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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Jan. 24)

[January 24, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Jan. 24)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** Ameritox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Ameritox, Midway, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,359,207) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for generating toxicology reports." The co-inventors are Ronald C. Backer, Midland, Texas, William Pace, Baytown, Texas, Patricia Patrick, Decatur, Ga., Sybil Patricia Lowry, Houston, Shesh Rau, Naperville, Ill., and Joel McEndree, Midland, Texas.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides methods and apparatuses for generating toxicology reports. Using the methods and apparatus disclosed herein, physicians can more easily understand toxicological lab test results. Physicians receive a toxicology report that explains, in plain language, the toxicological lab test results. A rules engine provides rules for interpreting the toxicological lab test results. Detailed explanations are associated with the rules, and the explanations appear on the toxicology report. The toxicology report greatly reduces the need for the physician to call the toxicology scientist." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2005 (11/949,407). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,359,207&OS=8,359,207&RS=8,359,207 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,359,045) developed by John Chandler Hopkins III, San Antonio, for a "method and system for wireless device communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and apparatus for wireless device communication. A wireless device may be engaged in a wireless data communication session within a local geographic region. The wireless device may be tracked within the local geographic region. The targeted information may be provided to the wireless device regarding the local geographic region based on the tracking of the wireless device." The patent application was filed on May 31, 2007 (11/756,322). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,359,045&OS=8,359,045&RS=8,359,045 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Assigned Patent for Method for Selecting Electrodes for Deep Brain or Cortical Stimulation and Pulse Generator for Deep Brain or Cortical Stimulation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,359,100) developed by Tracy L. Cameron, Toronto, Rohan Hoare, Dallas, for a "method for selecting electrodes for deep brain or cortical stimulation and pulse generator for deep brain or cortical stimulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a system for electrically stimulating neural tissue of a patient and for determining neurotransmitter release in response to stimulation, the system comprises: pulse generating circuitry for generating electrical pulses; at least one electrical lead for conducting electrical pulses generated by the pulse generating circuitry to neural tissue, the at least one electrical lead comprising a plurality of electrodes; at least one electrochemical sensor for sensing an extracellular level of one or several neurotransmitters; circuitry for sampling a signal from the at least one electrochemical sensor; a controller for automatically applying stimulation to neural tissue using a plurality of electrode combinations, the controller generating data related to neurotransmitter release for each of the plurality of electrode combinations; and a display for displaying neurotransmitter release for electrode combinations to a clinician." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2008 (12/137,365). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,359,100&OS=8,359,100&RS=8,359,100 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,359,101) developed by Philip M. Finch, Parkerville, Australia, Scott F. Drees, McKinney, Texas, and John Erickson, Plano, Texas, for a "system and method for electrical stimulation of the intervertebral disc." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method electrically stimulates an area in a spinal disc. The method comprises: implanting at least one steerable lead at a placement site for stimulating a spinal disc such that the lead is disposed exterior and immediately adjacent to and circumferentially along an annulus of the spinal disc, the at least one lead including a plurality of electrodes distributed along a majority of a circumference of the annulus; connecting the lead to a signal generator; and generating electrical stimulation pulses using the generator to stimulate targeted portions of the spinal disc, wherein the stimulation of the targeted portion of the spinal disc sufficiently stimulates nerve tissue within the spinal disc to prevent communication of pain signals originating in the spinal disc without damaging tissue of the spinal disc." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2011 (13/336,593). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,359,101&OS=8,359,101&RS=8,359,101 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Electro Scientific Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Electro Scientific Industries, Portland, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,358,671) developed by six co-inventors for a "photonic clock stabilized laser comb processing." The co-inventors are Brian W. Baird, Oregon City, Ore., Kelly J. Bruland, Portland, Ore., Clint R. Vandergiessen, Beaverton, Ore., Mark A. Unrath, Portland, Ore., Brady Nilsen, Beaverton, Ore., and Steve Swaringen, Rockwall, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Processing a workpiece with a laser includes generating laser pulses at a first pulse repetition frequency. The first pulse repetition frequency provides reference timing for coordination of a beam positioning system and one or more cooperating beam position compensation elements to align beam delivery coordinates relative to the workpiece. The method also includes, at a second pulse repetition frequency that is lower than the first pulse repetition frequency, selectively amplifying a subset of the laser pulses. The selection of the laser pulses included in the subset is based on the first pulse repetition frequency and position data received from the beam positioning system. The method further includes adjusting the beam delivery coordinates using the one or more cooperating beam position compensation elements so as to direct the amplified laser pulses to selected targets on the workpiece." The patent application was filed on July 19, 2011 (13/186,323). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,58,671.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,671&RS=PN/83,58,671 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,662) developed by Greg M. Bernstein, Fremont, Calif., Young Lee, Plano, Texas, and Yijun Xiong, Plano, Texas, for a "creating and maintaining traffic engineered database for path computation element." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus comprising a node configured to communicate with a path computation element (PCE) and a neighbor node, wherein the node is configured to send a local traffic engineering (TE) information directly to the PCE without sending the local TE information to the neighbor node. Also disclosed is a network component comprising at least one processor configured to implement a method comprising establishing a PCE protocol (PCEP) session with a PCE, and sending a TE information directly to the PCE without flooding the TE information. Also disclosed is a method comprising receiving a TE information, updating a first TE database (TED) using the TE information, and synchronizing the first TED with a second TED." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2009 (12/545,663). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,58,662.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,662&RS=PN/83,58,662 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,559) developed by Mohamed Farouk Mansour, Richardson, Texas, for a "system and method for imaging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An imaging device is provided, comprising: a decorrelation circuit configured to receive K initial imaging signals and to perform a decorrelation operation on K initial imaging signals, respectively, to generate K decorrelated imaging signals; K.sup.h wavelet decomposition circuits configured to perform K wavelet decomposition operations on the K decorrelated imaging signals, respectively, to generate K decomposed imaging signals; K quantization circuits configured to perform K quantization operations on the K decomposed imaging signals, respectively, to generate K quantized imaging signals; and a bit multiplexer configured to generate a compressed bit stream based on the K quantized imaging signals; a data line configured to pass the compressed bit stream; and a decompressor module configured to convert the compressed bit stream into K recovered imaging signals corresponding to the K initial imaging signals, wherein K is an integer greater than 1." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/872,236). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,58,559.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,559&RS=PN/83,58,559 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,656) developed by Robert Winter, Leander, Texas, Bruce Montag, Austin, Texas, and Liam B. Quinn, Austin, Texas, for a "system and method for communication of uncompressed visual information through a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "DisplayPort micropackets of uncompressed visual information are adapted to conventional network infrastructure with a switch having DisplayPort ports, network ports and a packet converter. The packet converter encapsulates DisplayPort packets for communication through network ports and extracts DisplayPort packets from network packets for communication through DisplayPort ports. An address resolution table associates the switch ports with each other and with a packet converter operation by using a control field that defines the packet converter operation for information received at each port, such as encapsulation, extraction or native switching." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2011 (12/985,593). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,58,656.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,656&RS=PN/83,58,656 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,358,591) developed by Mike Chuang, Austin, Texas, and Michael Sean McGee, Round Rock, Texas, for a "network traffic monitoring in a server network environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with monitoring a server port in a server network environment are described. In one embodiment, a graphical user interface (GUI) allows server port(s) to be selected for monitoring. The GUI also allows for an uplink port to be selected, where the uplink port is a port that may be connected to a network analyzer. In response to the selections, a virtual local area network (VLAN) is created to establish communication between the selected server port(s) and the selected uplink port. Network traffic that passes through the selected server port(s) can then be duplicated and transmitted through the VLAN to the selected uplink port to be monitored and analyzed by a network analyzer connected to the uplink port." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2008 (12/156,925). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,58,591.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,591&RS=PN/83,58,591 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** FutureWei Technologies, AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- FutureWei Technologies, Plano, Texas, and AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, have been assigned a patent (8,358,647) developed by Kaniz Mahdi, Carrollton, Texas, and Hugh Shieh, Sammamish, Wash., for a "system and method for provision of IMS based services for legacy CS UE with home node B access." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for allowing legacy circuit switched user equipment (CS UE) to operate via a packet-switch system, such as an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) system, is provided. The mobility and session control aspects of communications with a legacy CS UE is separated. A user agent is placed in the receiving node (e.g., a home node B) that acts as the SIP agent for the CS UE for session control. An interworking function is provided to allow mobility between the macro CS network and the PS (e.g., IMS) network." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2009 (12/486,645). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,58,647.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,647&RS=PN/83,58,647 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Andrew Corp. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- -- Andrew Corp., Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,358,970) developed by eight co-inventors for "repeaters for wireless communication systems." The co-inventors are Mano D. Judd, Rockwall, Texas, Breck W. Lovinggood, Garland, Texas, David T. Tennant, Flossmoor, Ill., Gregory A. Maca, Annandale, N.J., William P. Kuiper, Lucas, Texas, James L. Alford, Somerset, N.J., Michael D. Thomas, Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Jonathon C. Veihl, McKinney, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A repeater and associated method of use includes at least one antenna element for communicating in one direction and at least one antenna element for communicating in another direction. A radio frequency uplink path and a radio frequency downlink path are coupled between the antennas. At least one of the radio frequency uplink path or the radio frequency downlink path includes an adaptive cancellation circuit. The adaptive cancellation circuit is configured to generate a cancellation signal without requiring an injected signal. The cancellation signal, when added to a radio frequency signal in the respective uplink and downlink paths, substantially reduces feedback signals present in the radio frequency signal." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2011 (13/220,541). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,358,970.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,970&RS=PN/8,358,970 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sandia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Sandia, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned a patent (8,358,893) developed by Stephen N. Sanderson, Albuquerque, N.M., Titus James Appel, Albuquerque, N.M., and Walter C. Wrye IV, Houston, for a photonic-powered cable assembly.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A photonic-cable assembly includes a power source cable connector ("PSCC") coupled to a power receive cable connector ("PRCC") via a fiber cable. The PSCC electrically connects to a first electronic device and houses a photonic power source and an optical data transmitter. The fiber cable includes an optical transmit data path coupled to the optical data transmitter, an optical power path coupled to the photonic power source, and an optical feedback path coupled to provide feedback control to the photonic power source. The PRCC electrically connects to a second electronic device and houses an optical data receiver coupled to the optical transmit data path, a feedback controller coupled to the optical feedback path to control the photonic power source, and a photonic power converter coupled to the optical power path to convert photonic energy received over the optical power path to electrical energy to power components of the PRCC." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2010 (12/687,652). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,358,893.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,893&RS=PN/8,358,893 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Optoelectronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Applied Optoelectronics, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,937) developed by Jun Zheng, Houston, for "systems and methods for reducing clipping in multichannel modulated optical systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for reducing clipping may be used between a multichannel RF source and a laser to reduce or correct clipping that might occur in the laser as a result of negative spikes or peaks in a multichannel RF signal. The system generally includes a clipping correction circuit that receives the multichannel RF signal and responsive to the RF signal, prevents one or more of the negative peaks in the RF signal from causing clipping. The clipping correction circuit may either detect an envelope of the RF signal and/or may detect one or more peaks in the RF signal. One or more negative peaks may be prevented from causing clipping by adjusting a bias current provided by a bias control circuit and/or by modifying the RF signal with one or more clipping correction pulses coinciding with one or more negative peaks." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2007 (11/753,162). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,358,937.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,937&RS=PN/8,358,937 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Silicon Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- -- Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,994) developed by Junsong Li, Austin, Texas, for "mitigating radio receiver multipath noise." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method for processing radio frequency signals includes estimating an average value of a demodulated signal and a noise signal, both obtained from a radio frequency signal, estimating a noise floor based on the noise signal, generating a blend control signal based on the average values and the noise floor, and blending at least two path signals based on the blend control signal to obtain a blended signal. This blended signal may be output for further processing when multipath noise is detected." The patent application was filed on Nov. 23, 2009 (12/623,641). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,358,994.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,994&RS=PN/8,358,994 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Affinity Labs of Texas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Affinity Labs of Texas, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,359,007) developed by Russell W. White, Austin, Texas, and Kevin R. Imes, Austin, Texas, for a "system and method for communicating media center." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for communicating media content is disclosed. The method includes receiving in a server a request for a listing of network addresses associated with a playlist for available content, and sending a message having network addresses for different portions of the content. The network addresses allow a requesting device to use one transmission rate for a first part of the content and a different transmission rate for a second part of the content." The patent application was filed on March 21, 2011 (13/052,559). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,359,007.PN.&OS=PN/8,359,007&RS=PN/8,359,007 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Behavioral Recognition Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Behavioral Recognition Systems, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,358,834) developed by Wesley Kenneth Cobb, The Woodlands, Texas, Ming-Jung Seow, Houston, and Tao Yang, Katy, Texas, for a "background model for complex and dynamic scenes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are disclosed for learning and modeling a background for a complex and/or dynamic scene over a period of observations without supervision. A background/foreground component of a computer vision engine may be configured to model a scene using an array of ART networks. The ART networks learn the regularity and periodicity of the scene by observing the scene over a period of time. Thus, the ART networks allow the computer vision engine to model complex and dynamic scene backgrounds in video." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2009 (12/543,336). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,834&OS=8,358,834&RS=8,358,834 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Oracle America, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,780) developed by Leonard D. Rarick, San Diego, and Christopher H. Olson, Austin, Texas, for an "execution unit for performing the data encryption standard." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described is an execution unit for performing at least part of the Data Encryption Standard that includes a Left Half input; a Key input; and a Table input, as well as a first group of transistors configured to receive the Table input, perform a table look-up, and output data. The execution unit further includes a first exclusive-or operator having two inputs and an output that is configured to receive the Left Half input and the Key input. The execution unit also includes a second exclusive-or operator having two inputs and an output that is configured to receive the data output by the first group of transistors and to receive the output of the first exclusive-or operator. The execution unit also includes a third exclusive-or operator having two inputs and an output that is configured to receive the Left Half input and the data output by the first group of transistors." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2011 (13/291,026). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,780&OS=8,358,780&RS=8,358,780 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,358,826) developed by Reynaldo Medina III, San Antonio, and Matthew Wayne Prater, San Antonio, for "systems and methods for receiving and orienting an image of one or more checks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Images of a plurality of checks to be presented for payment may be captured through the use of a check sleeve. The check sleeve includes check-holding mechanism to hold one or more checks in place in the sleeve, and contains various types of markings or other features that allow an image of the sleeve to be oriented, and to allow the portion of the image that represents a check to be distinguished from portions of the image that do not represent a check. One or more algorithms may be used to distinguish check from non-check portions of the image, and to orient the image. The check sleeves may have one or more barcodes imprinted thereon, which may encode various types of information." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2007 (11/876,925). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,826&OS=8,358,826&RS=8,358,826 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Real Time Automatic Caller Speech Profiling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,358,747) developed by Sheri G. Daye, Boca Raton, Fla., Peeyush Jaiswal, Boca Raton, Fla., and Fang Wang, Plano, Texas, for a "real time automatic caller speech profiling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method, system, and computer program product for recognizing a voice input to an interactive voice recognition system is presented. An initial caller voice input is received from a caller. In response to determining that the initial caller voice input is a computer-unintelligible voice input that does not match any entry from a lexicon of known voice inputs, the caller is prompted to transmit a secondary input to clarify the computer-unintelligible voice input. The secondary input is utilized to match the computer-unintelligible voice input with a specific known voice input from the lexicon of known voice inputs. The lexicon of known voice inputs is then updated with the computer-unintelligible voice input." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2009 (12/615,384). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,747&OS=8,358,747&RS=8,358,747 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,763) developed by five co-inventors for "camping on a conference or telephony port." The co-inventors are Labhesh Patel, San Francisco, Sanjeev Kumar, San Francisco, Mukul Jain, San Jose, Calif., Joseph F. Khouri, San Jose, Calif., and Christopher E. Pearce, Dallas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a scheduling/conferencing system provides a user with the ability to set up a camp-on request for a person invited to attend a conference session in response to one or more selections made by the user via a user interface, which may include a name of the person and a specified action to be taken when the person leaves the conference session. During the conference session, a conference port of the person is camped-on. When the person leaves the conference session and his conference port becomes free, the specified action, which includes an attempt to communicate with the person by the user, is executed. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2006 (11/507,915). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,763&OS=8,358,763&RS=8,358,763 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,358,757) developed by Armstrong Soo, San Ramon, Calif., and Bernard Ku, Austin, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for providing a customer premise based communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and an apparatus for providing a customer premise based feature. For example, the method receives a call directed to a customer, wherein the call is associated with a customer premise based feature. The method then forwards the call to a customer premise based communication system located at a location of the customer, wherein the customer premise based feature is implemented locally by the customer premise based communication system." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2009 (12/424,017). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,757&OS=8,358,757&RS=8,358,757 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for System and Method to Search a Media Content Database Based on Voice Input Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,358,749) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method to search a media content database based on voice input data." The co-inventors are Hisao Chang, Cedar Park, Texas, Dale Malik, Dunwoody, Ga., Linda Roberts, Decatur, Ga., and Horst Schroeter, New Providence, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method includes initiating a call from an interactive voice response (IVR) system to a first device associated with a user in response to a user request. The computer implemented method includes receiving voice input data at the IVR system via the call. The computer implemented method also includes performing a search of a media content database based at least partially on the voice input data. The computer implemented method further includes sending search results identifying media content items based on the search of the media content database to a second device associated with the user." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2009 (12/623,379). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,749&OS=8,358,749&RS=8,358,749 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,115) developed by Shiguo Luo, Austin, Texas, and Colin Lambert, Austin, Texas, for a "voltage regulator with optimal efficiency selection and a master-slave zero cross detection configuration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A voltage regulator includes a first phase power stage, a second phase power stage, and a controller. The first phase power stage includes a zero cross detection circuit configured to measure a current level for the first phase power stage, and to cause a diode emulation state in the first phase power stage when the current level is substantially equal to zero. The second phase power stage is in communication with the zero cross detection circuit, and configured to enter the diode emulation state in response to receiving a signal from the zero cross detection circuit. The controller is coupled to the first phase power stage and to the second phase power stage. The controller is configured to measure an output current of the voltage regulator and to activate the second phase power stage when the output current is above a first threshold current level." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2010 (12/759,961). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,115&OS=8,358,115&RS=8,358,115 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Coherent Logix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Coherent Logix, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,705) developed by Kevin A. Shelby, Austin, Texas, Peter J. Nysen, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Michael B. Doerr, Dripping Springs, Texas, for a "transmission of multimedia streams to mobile devices with uncoded transport tunneling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for wirelessly transmitting audiovisual information. First audiovisual information may be encoded using a first error correction coding method. A plurality of packets may be generated, including the first audiovisual information, second audiovisual information, and control information. The second audiovisual information may not be encoded using the first error correction coding method, and the control information may indicate this. The plurality of packets may be wirelessly transmitted. The control information may be usable by a receiver to determine that the second audiovisual information is not encoded using the first error correction coding method, and may thereby determine that the second audiovisual information is a different service version than the first audiovisual information." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2009 (12/474,595). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,705&OS=8,358,705&RS=8,358,705 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Vampire Labs Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Vampire Labs, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,103) developed by Jeffrey Raymond Eastlack, Austin, Texas, for an "automatic coupling of an alternating current power source and an inductive power apparatus to charge a target device battery." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Several methods and systems to perform automatic coupling of an alternating current power source and an inductive power apparatus to charge a target device battery are disclosed. In an embodiment, an inductive battery charging system includes a connection module to determine when a target device is coupled to a charging apparatus comprised of an inductive power apparatus. The system further includes a monitoring module to determine when a target device battery is below a charging threshold while using power from a supplemental power source. In addition, the system includes an activation module to automatically couple the inductive power apparatus and an alternating current power source when a power level of the target device battery is below the charging threshold." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2009 (12/511,069). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,103&OS=8,358,103&RS=8,358,103 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Versalite Associates Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Versalite Associates, Bedford, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,358,101) developed by five co-inventors for an "extended reach battery charging system." The co-inventors are Randal A. Dowdy, North Richland Hills, Texas, Jeffrey A. Guyer, Dallas, Justin D. Pendleton, Carrollton, Texas, Brian L. Roderman, Plano, Texas, and Eric A. Tanner, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A charging system for use in charging a battery includes an elongate handle with a working length sufficient to reach a battery that is out of reach of a user. The charging system includes a charging apparatus coupled to the elongate handle. A head member is configured to mechanically engage with and electrically connect to a battery unit and also mechanically disengage and electrically disconnect from the battery unit by manually grasping and applying mechanical force to the elongate handle. The charging system also includes a power supply configured to provide electrical power to the charging apparatus. The charging system can be used to recharge the battery of a wall or ceiling mounted device (e.g., a battery powered lighting device) that is out of reach of the user without having to remove the device or use a ladder to reach the device." The patent application was filed on Aug. 9, 2010 (12/853,068). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,101&OS=8,358,101&RS=8,358,101 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Southwest Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,358,126) developed by four co-inventors for a "magnetostrictive sensor for tank floor inspection." The co-inventors are Glenn M. Light, San Antonio, Alan R. Puchot, San Antonio, Adam C. Cobb, San Antonio, and Erika C. Laiche, San Antonio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of testing for defects in the bottom of an above ground storage tank, the tank bottom having a lip extending outwardly from the tank wall around the circumference of the tank. A special magnetostrictive sensor is designed to be placed on this lip. The sensor is placed over a strip of magnetostrictive material, which generally conforms in length and width to the bottom of the probe, with a couplant being applied between the strip and the lip surface. The sensor is then operated in pulse echo mode to receive signals from defects in the bottom of the tank. It is incrementally moved around the circumference of the tank." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2010 (12/687,727). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,126&OS=8,358,126&RS=8,358,126 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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