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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Feb. 21)

[February 21, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Feb. 21)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New York.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,379,967) developed by six co-inventors for a "swarm control systems and methods." The co-inventors are Stephen Francis Bush, Latham, N.Y., John Hershey, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Ralph Thomas Hoctor, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Glen William Brooksby, Glenville, N.Y., Ambalangoda Gurunnanselage Amitha Perera, Clifton Park, N.Y., and Anthony James Hoogs, Niskayuna, N.Y.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for controlling a swarm that includes a plurality of autonomous objects may include a processing system and a controller. The processing system may compute the primitives to be applied to each pair of objects in the swarm, and may combine the primitives to generate higher-level primitives. The processing system may generate a graph of the computed primitives, and identify the cliques in the graph. The controller may cause the primitives to be applied between each pair of objects in the swarm, and cause each object to maximize its respective set of primitives so as to induce the desired group behavior. The controller may detect the desired group behavior in the swarm by monitoring the primitives computed by the processing system and the cliques identified by the processing system." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2008 (12/328,744). 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=8,379,967&OS=8,379,967&RS=8,379,967 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** InterDigital Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- InterDigital Technology, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,379,575) developed by Stephen E. Terry, Northport, N.Y., and Yi-Ju Chao, Minnetonka, Minn., for a "cognitive flow control based on channel quality conditions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method which improve the performance of a wireless transmission system by intelligent use of the control of the flow of data between a radio network controller (RNC) and a Node B. The system monitors certain criteria and, if necessary, adaptively increases or decreases the data flow between the RNC and the Node B. This improves the performance of the transmission system by allowing retransmitted data, signaling procedures and other data to be successfully received at a faster rate, by minimizing the amount of data buffered in the Node B. Flow control is exerted to reduce buffering in the Node B upon degradation of channel qualities, and prior to a High Speed Downlink Shared Channel (HS-DSCH) handover." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2012 (13/444,283). 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=83,79,575.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,575&RS=PN/83,79,575 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,379,717) developed by Deepak S. Turaga, Elmsford, N.Y., Rohit Puri, San Jose, Calif., and Ali J. Tabatabai, Cupertino, Calif., for "lifting-based implementations of orthonormal spatio-temporal transformations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for encoding video frames is described. In one embodiment, an encoding method includes jointly transforming a set of pixels into high-pass data using an orthonormal transform. The set of pixels includes at least one reference pixel and predicted pixels. The method further includes generating low-pass data using the reference pixel and the high-pass data." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2009 (12/405,179). 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=83,79,717.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,717&RS=PN/83,79,717 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Interdigital Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Interdigital Technology, Wilimgton, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,379,696) developed by Philip J. Pietraski, Huntington Station, N.Y., for a "method and apparatus for switching operating modes of a receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a wireless communication system, a method and apparatus switches operating modes of a receiver receiving data and operating in a first mode. The method comprises determining whether a criteria is met to switch the operating mode of the receiver. The operating mode of the receiver is switched from the first mode to a second mode if the criteria is met." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2011 (13/150,457). 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=83,79,696.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,696&RS=PN/83,79,696 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Thwapr Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Thwapr, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,380,786) developed by five co-inventors for "subscribing to mobile media sharing." The co-inventors are Eric Hoffert, South Orange, N.J., Vijay Bhaskar Reddy Gutta, East Brunswick, N.J., Richard Leigh Newsome, New York, Chiamu May Lin, New York, and Bruce M. Goldstein, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user is able to subscribe to an object by sending a mobile message or through a website. The object can be a file or a channel. The subscription message can use hierarchical mobile keywords. The user can adjust their registration information to control how much information is received from the subscription, when, and to what device the subscription is delivered." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2010 (12/887,422). 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=8,380,786&OS=8,380,786&RS=8,380,786 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,379,607) developed by Bernard J. Guarino, New Hempstead, N.Y., for an "adjusting link layer control frame to facilitate data throughput." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A base station subsystem includes logic to change the modulation and coding scheme for radio communications, and logic to communicate with a switching GSM to cause a change in link layer control frame size to reflect the change in modulation and coding scheme." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2009 (12/650,475). 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=83,79,607.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,607&RS=PN/83,79,607 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Harris Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Harris, Melbourne, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,379,732) developed by Nicholas J. Stocks, Rochester, N.Y., Brian C. Padalino, Rochester, N.Y., and Cory N. Fitzsimmons, Avon, N.Y., for a "communications device for scanning multiple frequencies and for detecting analog and digital video signals and associated methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communications device includes a radio frequency (RF) receiver being scannable over a plurality of different frequencies and an analog to digital (AD) converter coupled to the RF receiver. The AD converter is configured to generate a receive bitstream. A processor coupled to the RF receiver and the AD converter. The processor is configured to perform, in parallel, calculating a received power level from the receive bitstream, attempting analog video decoding from the receive bitstream, and attempting digital video decoding from the receive bitstream. The processor is also configured to lock the RF receiver to a current frequency or scan the RF receiver to a next frequency based upon the received power level, and the attempted analog and video decoding." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2010 (12/779,505). 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=83,79,732.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,732&RS=PN/83,79,732 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Visual Inspection System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,963) developed by four co-inventors for a visual inspection system. The co-inventors are Moon J. Kim, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Yumi Mori, Yamato, Japan, Hiroki Nakano, Shiga, Japan, and Masakuni Okada, Atsugi, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This solution relates to machine vision computing environments, and more specifically relates to a system and method for selectively accelerating the execution of image processing applications using a cell computing system. The invention provides a high performance machine vision system over the prior art and provides a method for executing image processing applications on a Cell and BPE3 image processing system. Moreover, implementations of the invention provide a machine vision system and method for distributing and managing the execution of image processing applications at a fine-grained level via a PCIe connected system. The hybrid system is replaced with the BPE3 and the switch is also eliminated from the prior in order to meet over 1 GB processing requirement." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2008 (12/057,942). 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=8,379,963&OS=8,379,963&RS=8,379,963 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Federation of Master Data Management Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,787) developed by eight co-inventors for a "federation of master data management systems." The co-inventors are Rangachari Anand, Teaneck, N.J., Stacy F. Hobson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Juhnyoung Lee, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Xuan Liu, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Bin Wang, Beijing, Yuan Wang, Beijing, Jing Min Xu, Beijing, and Jeaha Yang, Stamford, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Federating master data management systems may include a network-aware adapter configured with a host master data management node. The network-aware adapter may establish one or more links with other master data management systems to allow the system to work together and leverage each other's data." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2011 (13/117,321). 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=8,380,787&OS=8,380,787&RS=8,380,787 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Avaya Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,380,555) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for identifying and managing customer needs." The co-inventors are Joylee E. Kohler, Northglenn, Colo., Christian Long, Boulder, Colo., Jeffrey J. Olson, Boulder, Colo., and Doree Duncan Seligmann, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The system monitors the activity of customers, agents, and industry experts in a network for new topics relevant to a business and the interests in those topics. A determination is made automatically if there is enough interest to warrant adding a skill. If there is not enough interest, the system continues to monitor for topics and interests. If there is enough interest, the system automatically projects a resource needed for a skill. The system monitors internal resources and the network to determine if the resource needed for the skill exists in an internal resource. If the resource needed for the skill exists in an internal resource, the internal resource is reallocated. If the resource needed for the skill does exist in the internal resource, the system monitors the network for an external resource that has the skill." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2008 (12/270,443). 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=8,380,555&OS=8,380,555&RS=8,380,555 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,584) developed by five co-inventors for "generalized division free duplexing techniques for decreasing rendevous time." The co-inventors are Michael James Hartman, Clifton Park, N.Y., John Erik Hershey, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Richard Louis Zinser, Niskayuna, N.Y., John Anderson Fergus Ross, Niskayuna, N.Y., and Michael J. Dell'Anno, Clifton Park, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are methods and systems of using division-free duplexing (DFD) to reduce rendezvous time between two or more cognitive radio devices. The cognitive radio devices may opportunistically use available frequency spectra by communicating over available channels. To communicate, a first device may rendezvous with a second device by transmitting a beaconing signal over a frequency on which the second device is listening. DFD techniques may enable each of the devices to listen to a channel while concurrently transmitting beacon signals over the same channel. As periods of listening and periods of transmitting over the same channel need not be separated due to the transmitter cancelling approach used in DFD techniques, rendezvous time may be significantly reduced. Further, embodiments include a generalized DFD (GDFD) approach wherein devices listen to a broad band of frequencies, thus further reducing rendezvous time." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2010 (12/761,129). 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=83,79,584.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,584&RS=PN/83,79,584 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Medco Health Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Medco Health Solutions, Franklin Lakes, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,380,540) developed by seven co-inventors for a "computer implemented method and system for analyzing pharmaceutical benefit plans and for providing member specific advice, optionally including lower cost pharmaceutical alternatives." The co-inventors are Jack A. Smith, Franklin Lakes, N.J., Thomas E. Feitel, Franklin Lakes, N.J., Brian W. Cavanagh, Franklin Lakes, N.J., Vicente L. Caride, New York, Giovanni C. Minardi, Franklin Lakes, N.J., Shannon Sue Scullin, Franklin Lakes, N.J., and John E. Gobinski, Franklin Lakes, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is described for reducing medication purchasing costs for a member of a pharmaceutical benefits plan. A member's currently prescribed medications are analyzed, and at least one substitute medication is recommended for the analyzed medication, this recommendation is based the member's pharmaceutical benefit plan. In response to the recommendation, the system receives at least one of an authorization and selection of a substitute medication. Approval for this medication is requested from the member's doctor. Further, the requested approval is sent along with a plurality of other medication substitution requests. The responses are processed to complete the substitution of the medication for the member. The member is informed that the substitute medication was approved for their purchase." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2010 (12/792,045). 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=8,380,540&OS=8,380,540&RS=8,380,540 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ExxonMobil Upstream Research Assigned Patent for Windowed Statistical Analysis for Anomaly Detection in Geophysical Datasets ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- ExxonMobil Upstream Research, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,380,435) developed by nine co-inventors for a "windowed statistical analysis for anomaly detection in geophysical datasets." The co-inventors are Krishnan Kumaran, Raritan, N.J., Jingbo Wang, New York, Stefan Hussenoeder, Sugarland, Texas, Dominique G. Gillard, Houston, Guy F. Medema, Magnolia, Texas, Fred W. Schroeder, Tomball, Texas, Robert L. Brovey, League City, Texas, Pavel Dimitrov, Houston, and Matthew S. Casey, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method for identifying geologic features from geophysical or attribute data using windowed principal component (22), or independent component, or diffusion mapping (61) analysis. Subtle features are made identifiable in partial or residual data volumes. The residual data volumes (24) are created by (36) eliminating data not captured by the most prominent principal components (14). The partial data volumes are created by (35) projecting the data (21) on to selected principal components (22, 61). Geologic features may also be identified from pattern analysis (77) or anomaly volumes (62, 79) generated with a variable-scale data similarity matrix (73). The method is suitable for identifying physical features indicative of hydrocarbon potential." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2010 (12/775,226). 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=8,380,435&OS=8,380,435&RS=8,380,435 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Method and System for Tamping Media During Transportation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,380,344) developed by Douglas K. Herrmann, Webster, N.Y., for a "method and system for tamping media during transportation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for tamping media during transportation is disclosed. Multiple parallel beltsets lie between an inlet station(s) and a delivery station(s). The multiple parallel beltsets have one or more parallel belts, a motor connected to drive the beltsets, and multiple pushers attached to the belts of the beltset with the pushers of one beltset placed between the pushers of the adjacent beltset. A control module coupled to the motors accepts a set of instructions and controls tamping of the media stack during transportation. The control module varies the velocity of one of the beltsets relative to the adjacent beltset and adjusts the distance between successive pushers on the beltsets to accept media or to tamp media during transportation." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/702,265). 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=8,380,344&OS=8,380,344&RS=8,380,344 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Fast Iterative Reconstruction Using Separable System Models ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,948) developed by Thomas Matthew Benson, Clifton Park, N.Y., for "methods and systems for fast iterative reconstruction using separable system models." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for iterative image reconstruction. The method includes selecting a particular X and Y location corresponding to one or more selected voxels in an image volume. Further, one or more Z locations are iteratively selected for the particular X and Y location. One or more partial sums corresponding to channel dependent portions of a separable system model associated with the particular X and Y location are pre-computed. Additionally, row-dependent portions of the separable system model are computed independent of the pre-computing of the one or more partial sums. The partial sums and the row-dependent portions of the separable system model are combined to compute corresponding updates for the selected voxels. The one or more partial sums are then updated to be consistent with the computed updates. Additionally, the computed updates are applied to the selected voxels independent of updating the one or more partial sums." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2010 (12/974,723). 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=8,379,948&OS=8,379,948&RS=8,379,948 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Spatio-temporal Image Reconstruction Using Sparse Regression and Secondary Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,947) developed by Rahul Garg, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Monu Kedia, Jharkhand, India, and Yogish Sabharwal, Haryana, India, for a "spatio-temporal image reconstruction using sparse regression and secondary information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A spatio-temporal image of an object is reconstructed based on captured data characterizing the object. The spatio-temporal image comprises a plurality of spatial images in respective time intervals, and at least a given one of the spatial images in one of the time intervals is reconstructed using not only captured data from a frame associated with that time interval but also captured data associated with one or more additional frames associated with other time intervals. The spatio-temporal image may be reconstructed by iteratively obtaining a solution to a minimization or maximization problem in a sparse domain and transforming the solution to an image domain. The transformation between the sparse domain and the image domain may utilize a spatio-temporal transformation implemented using a plurality of basis functions, one or more of which may be determined at least in part based on secondary information associated with the imaged object." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/790,199). 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=8,379,947&OS=8,379,947&RS=8,379,947 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Corning Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Corning, Corning, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,684) developed by Rajaram Bhat, Painted Post, N.Y., Dmitry S. Sizov, Corning, N.Y., and Chung-En Zah, Holmdel, N.J., for "hole blocking layers in non-polar and semi-polar green light emitting devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Light emitting devices are provided comprising an active region interposed between n-type and p-type sides of the device and a hole blocking layer interposed between the active region and the n-type side of the device. The active region comprises an active MQW structure and is configured for electrically-pumped stimulated emission of photons in the green portion of the optical spectrum. The n-type side of the light emitting device comprises an n-doped semiconductor region. The p-type side of the light emitting device comprises a p-doped semiconductor region. The n-doped semiconductor region comprises an n-doped non-polar or n-doped semi-polar substrate. Hole blocking layers according to the present disclosure comprise an n-doped semiconductor material and are interposed between the non-polar or semi-polar substrate and the active region of the light emitting device. The hole blocking layer (HBL) composition is characterized by a wider bandgap than that of the quantum well barrier layers of the active region." The patent application was filed on Aug. 16, 2011 (13/210,456). 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=83,79,684.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,684&RS=PN/83,79,684 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent for Controlling the Number of Iterations in Image Reconstruction ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,380,469) developed by Alexander Hans Vija, Evanston, Ill., and Amos Yahil, Stony Brook, N.Y., for "controlling the number of iterations in image reconstruction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An iterative reconstruction method to reconstruct an object includes determining, in a series of iteration steps, updated objects, wherein each iteration step includes determining a data model from an input object, and determining a stop-criterion of the data model on the basis of a chi-square-gamma statistic. The method further includes determining that the stop-criterion of the data model has transitioned from being outside the limitation of a preset threshold value to being inside the limitation, ending the iterations, and selecting one of the updated objects to be the reconstructed object." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2011 (13/313,065). 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=8,380,469&OS=8,380,469&RS=8,380,469 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Audiovox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Audiovox, Hauppauge, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,430) developed by four co-inventors for a "portable transceiver with vehicle security control and locate features." The co-inventors are Thomas C. Malone, Miller Place, N.Y., James R. Tranchina, Dix Hills, N.Y., John DiCroce, Oceanside, N.Y., and Shane Wilson, Clinton Township, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable transceiver for locking and locating an automobile, includes a remote keyless entry system for locking the automobile; a locating device determining a location of the transceiver, wherein the remote keyless entry system and the locating device are housed in a pocket sized housing; and a processor deriving directional information from a current location to a waypoint, wherein in response to an activation of the remote keyless entry system, the locating device determines the waypoint corresponding substantially to that of the automobile." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2008 (12/259,768). 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=8,380,430&OS=8,380,430&RS=8,380,430 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Educational Testing Service Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,380,491) developed by four co-inventors for a "system for rating constructed responses based on concepts and a model answer." The co-inventors are Claudia Leacock, New York, Martin Chodorow, New York, Eleanor Bolge, Hamilton, N.J., and Magdalena Wolska, Blawenburg, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A concept rater module is utilized to automatically grade or score constructed responses based on a model answer. The concept rater module may be configured to accept a model answer as input. The model answer may be used as a grading key by the concept rater module. The concept rater module may be further configured to accept student responses in a file format. The file format may be ASCII text, a formatted word processing (e.g., WORDPERFECT, MICROSOFT WORD, etc.) and the like. The concept rater module may be further configured to process a student response into a canonical representation of the student response. The canonical representation of the student response is compared against the model answer by the concept rater module. From the comparison, a score is generated which represents that student's ability to cover all the key concepts." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2009 (10/125,440). 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=8,380,491&OS=8,380,491&RS=8,380,491 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,934) developed by David Wayne Jasinski, Rochester, N.Y., and Bruce Harold Pillman, Rochester, N.Y., for "estimating subject motion between image frames." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for determining a motion estimate, comprising: capturing at least two digital images of a scene at different capture times; designating one of the digital images as a reference digital image; designating a plurality of image regions; determining motion estimates for each image region by shifting the image regions within the non-reference digital images according to each of a plurality of spatial offsets relative to the image region within the reference digital image, computing merit function values for each spatial offset providing an indication of a difference between the image region in the reference digital image and the shifted image regions, computing a fitting function that provides an estimated merit function value as a function of spatial offset; and determining the motion estimate responsive to the determined non-integer spatial offset. A combined motion estimate is determined using weighting coefficients determined responsive to the shapes of the fitting functions." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2011 (13/021,067). 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=8,379,934&OS=8,379,934&RS=8,379,934 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Red Tail Hawk Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Red Tail Hawk, Ithaca, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,872) developed by John W. Parkins, Ithaca, N.Y., for a "talk-through listening device channel switching." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A talk-through system for hearing protectors such as headphones, helmets, earplugs and the like, in which separate left and right microphones are controlled by separate left and right switches. The microphones allow ambient sound to be heard by the wearer of the hearing protector, and normally the wearer hears audio from both microphones in the appropriate ears. Pushing a switch causes the audio from the ear on which the switch is mounted to be enhanced and, preferably, switched to both ears. Various arrangements of control logic are provided such that activation of a switch can cause changes in audio processing." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2010 (12/785,767). 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=8,379,872&OS=8,379,872&RS=8,379,872 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verint Americas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Verint Americas, Roswell, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,379,835) developed by Jamie Richard Williams, Fleet, United Kingdom, Thomas Z. Dong, Marietta, Ga., and Mark Edmund Coleman, New York, for "systems and methods for endpoint recording using recorders." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for recording media communications. An exemplary method is comprised of the following steps: configuring an endpoint recording device for relaying an incoming call to an endpoint component; receiving the incoming call from a communication system; determining whether to relay the incoming call to the endpoint component based on the configurations of the endpoint recording device; responsive to determining that the incoming call is to be relayed, relaying media communications associated with the incoming call to the endpoint component via the endpoint recording device; and recording the relayed media communications at the endpoint component." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2010 (12/769,545). 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=8,379,835&OS=8,379,835&RS=8,379,835 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System and Method for Management of Call Data Using a Vector Based Model and Relational Data Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,806) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for management of call data using a vector based model and relational data structure." The co-inventors are Cheng Wu, Mount Kisco, N.Y., Andrzej Sakrajda, White Plains, N.Y., Hong-Kwang Jeff Kuo, Pleasantville, N.Y., Vaibhava Goel, Elmsford, N.Y., and David Lubensky, Brookfield, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for representing call content in a searchable database includes transcribing call content to text. The call content is projected to vector space, by creating a vector by indexing the call based on the content and determining a similarity of the call to an atomic-class dictionary. The call is classified in a relational database in accordance with the vector." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2008 (12/196,776). 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=8,379,806&OS=8,379,806&RS=8,379,806 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Dynamically Reconfigurable Distributed Interactive Voice Response System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,808) developed by Te-Kai Liu, Elmsford, N.Y., and Kiyoshi Maruyama, Chappaqua, N.Y., for a "dynamically reconfigurable distributed interactive voice response system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is a computer system and method that manages connections between one or more data network interfaces and one or more phone interfaces. A manager process, running on a computer system having both data and phone network interfaces, receives one or more telephone calls from one or more users over one of the phone interfaces and than accesses one or more profiles associated with each of the users. These profiles have one or more service identifiers and one or more interactive response agent (IRA) identifiers associated with the respective user. A menu of the service identifiers is presented to the user. The system then looks up an agent address of one of the IRAs that is associated with the service identifier selected by the user from the menu and establishes a session with the associated IRA. Having done this a two-way communication with the associated IRA occurs during the session. In this communication, the IRA is capable of passing information to the system from one or more application servers to which the IRA is connected over one or more data networks." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2008 (12/125,432). 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=8,379,808&OS=8,379,808&RS=8,379,808 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intrinsix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intrinsix, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,379,760) developed by Eugene M. Petilli, Victor, N.Y., for a "hybrid heterodyne transmitters and receivers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are hybrid heterodyne transmitters and receivers for use in communications systems, or other systems, and the corresponding methods for hybrid heterodyne transmitting and receiving. A heterodyne receiver for converting a continuous time modulated signal to a discrete time digital baseband signal includes a sigma-delta modulator. The sigma-delta modulator is a signal-delta analog-to-digital converter constructed and arranged to receive a modulated signal at an RF carrier frequency and provide a quantized output at a first intermediate frequency. The heterodyne receiver may also include a digital mixer constructed and arranged to receive a data stream quantized by the sigma-delta analog-to-digital converter and receive a signal at a second mixing frequency. The digital mixer then provides digital signals representative of a baseband signal suitable for digital signal processing." The patent application was filed on Nov. 17, 2010 (12/948,200). 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=8,379,760&OS=8,379,760&RS=8,379,760 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Cleaning Edge Modification for Improved Cleaning Blade Life and Reliability ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,380,116) developed by Bruce Earl Thayer, Spencerport, N.Y., and Aaron Michael Burry, Ontario, N.Y., for "cleaning edge modification for improved cleaning blade life and reliability." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to aspects of the embodiments, there is provided an apparatus comprising a cleaning unit with a blade holder that rotates about a pivot point, the cleaning blade is coupled to the blade holder and is positioned to chisel excess toner from a photoreceptor surface. Geometrical changes produce a blade having a plurality of slanted surfaces at the working end of the blade one at an obtuse angle, in the range of 93 degrees to 97 degrees, and a second at an acute angle that forms an offset point between the cleaning edge and the intersection of the two angles. A double cut allows for improvement in the cleaning tip stiffness using the first cut, while the second cut increases the contact width and improves the pressure distribution at the working edge." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2010 (12/840,798). 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=83,80,116.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,116&RS=PN/83,80,116 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,284) developed by Manojkumar Saranathan, Rockville, Md., Christopher Judson Hardy, Niskayuna, N.Y., and Thomas K.F. Foo, Potomac, Md., for a "method and apparatus for automated tracking of vessel movement using MR imaging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is disclosed for tracking a moving object using magnetic resonance imaging. The technique includes acquiring a scout image scan having a number of image frames and extracting non-linear motion parameters from the number of image frames of the scout image scan. The technique includes prospectively shifting slice location using the non-linear motion parameters between slice locations while acquiring a series of MR images. The system and method are particularly useful in tracking coronary artery movement during the cardiac cycle to acquire the non-linear components of coronary artery movement during a diastolic portion of the R-R interval." The patent application was filed on Jan.19, 2007 (11/625,054). 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=8,380,284.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,284&RS=PN/8,380,284 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Grape Technology Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Grape Technology Group, Bethlehem, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,380,241) developed by Faith McGary, Bethlehem, Pa., Christine Baumeister, Schwenksville, Pa., and Robert Pines, New York, for a "communication assistance system and method with prosperity marketing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication assistance system includes a database having a plurality of listings therein, each of the listings includes a least one contact name and a contact information. A means is provided for receiving incoming communications from a plurality of requesters seeking a listing. A table stores past requested listings of the requesters, where the system reviews the table for storing past requested listings and, based on contents contained in the past requested listing table, develops a list of requesters to target a promotion to, whereupon when a requester who is among the list of requesters contacts the system, they are provided with the promotion." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2010 (12/888,727). 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=8,380,241.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,241&RS=PN/8,380,241 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method for Stripper Finger Operation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,380,118) developed by Augusto E. Barton, Webster, N.Y., for an "apparatus and method for stripper finger operation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method that operates a stripper finger. The apparatus can include a media path configured to transport a media sheet. The apparatus can include a rotational member configured to contact the media sheet. The apparatus can include a stripper finger having a length along a longitudinal axis. The stripper finger can include tip at an end of the length. The stripper finger can be configured to selectively engage and disengage contact between the tip and the rotational member to selectively strip the media sheet from the rotational member." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2010 (12/871,373). 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=83,80,118.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,118&RS=PN/83,80,118 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Evoke Neuroscience Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Evoke Neuroscience, Jacksonville, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,316) developed by David W. Hagedorn, Jacksonville, N.C., and James W.G. Thompson, New York, for a "transcranial stimulation device and method based on electrophysiological testing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the disclosed technology provide a combination electroencephalography and non-invasive stimulation devices. Upon measuring an electrical anomaly in a region of a brain, various tDCS or other electrical stimulations are utilized to correct neural activity. Devices of the disclosed technology may utilize visual, balance, auditory, and other stimuli to test the subject, analyze necessary brain stimulations, and administer stimulation to the brain." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2012 (13/543,204). 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=8,380,316.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,316&RS=PN/8,380,316 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Processor Including Age Tracking of Issue Queue Instructions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,964) developed by eight co-inventors for a "processor including age tracking of issue queue instructions." The co-inventors are James Wilson Bishop, Newark Valley, N.Y., Mary Douglass Brown, Austin, Texas, Jeffrey Carl Brownscheidle, Winooski, Vt., Robert Allen Cordes, Austin, Texas, Maureen Anne Delaney, Burlington, Vt., Jafar Nahidi, Round Rock, Texas, Dung Quoc Nguyen, Austin, Texas, and Joel Abraham Silberman, Somers, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An information handling system includes a processor with an instruction issue queue (IQ) that may perform age tracking operations. The issue queue IQ maintains or stores instructions that may issue out-of-order in an internal data store IDS. The IDS organizes instructions in a queue position (QPOS) addressing arrangement. An age matrix of the IQ maintains a record of relative instruction aging for those instructions within the IDS. The age matrix updates latches or other memory cell data to reflect the changes in IDS instruction ages during a dispatch operation into the IQ. During dispatch of one or more instructions, the age matrix may update only those latches that require data change to reflect changing IDS instruction ages. The age matrix employs row and column data and clock controls to individually update those latches requiring update. The issue queue may selectively clock a row and a column of cells of the age matrix that correspond to a dispatched instruction's queue position while leaving other cells unclocked to conserve power." The patent application was filed on April 3, 2009 (12/417,878). 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=8,380,964.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,964&RS=PN/8,380,964 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mobile Communication Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Mobile Communication Technologies, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,380,161) developed by Robert C. Ewell Jr., Ballston Spa, N.Y., for an "apparatus, system, and method for disabling a mobile communicator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a mobile communicator apparatus comprising a locational tracking unit and a disabling circuit. The locational tracking unit determines the location of the mobile communicator. The disabling circuit is configured to change the state of the mobile communicator from an enabled state, wherein the audible receiving and transmitting functions of the mobile communicator are enabled, to a disabled state, wherein the audible receiving and transmitting functions of the mobile communicator are disabled when the location of the mobile communicator as determined by the locational tracking unit satisfies the at least one condition. Also provided is a corresponding mobile communicator disabling system comprised of a mobile communicator apparatus and a network of signal transceivers and a corresponding method for disabling a mobile communicator apparatus." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2011 (13/163,122). 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=83,80,161.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,161&RS=PN/83,80,161 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Channel-based Runtime Engine for Stream Processing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,965) developed by four co-inventors for a "channel-based runtime engine for stream processing." The co-inventors are Eric Bouillet, Hawthorne, N.Y., Hanhua Feng, Hawthorne, N.Y., Zhen Liu, Hawthorne, N.Y., and Anton V. Riabov, Hawthorne, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus to facilitate design of a stream processing flow that satisfies an objective, wherein the flow includes at least three processing groups, wherein a first processing group includes a data source and an operator, a second processing group includes a data source and an operator and a third processing group includes a join operator at its input and another operator, wherein data inside each group is organized by channels and each channel is a sequence of data, wherein an operator producing a data channel does not generate new data for the channel until old data of the channel is received by all other operators in the same group, and wherein data that flows from the first and second groups to the third group is done asynchronously and is stored in a queue if not ready for processing by an operator of the third group." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2009 (12/485,592). 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=8,380,965.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,965&RS=PN/8,380,965 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Resonant-frequency Measurement of Electrophotographic Developer Density ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,091) developed by Kenneth J. Brown, Penfield, N.Y., and Charles H. Hasenauer, Rochester, N.Y., for a "resonant-frequency measurement of electrophotographic developer density." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Developer density is measured in an electrophotographic system. First and second electrodes are disposed to define a working volume between them through which developer passes without contacting the first electrode, wherein the electrodes are electrically insulated from each other by the working volume. One terminal of an AC voltage (current) source having a selected frequency is connected to one of the electrodes. An inductor is connected in series (parallel) with the voltage source, so that the source provides the AC bias (current) across the electrodes through (across) the inductor. The AC is applied and the current (voltage) across the electrodes is measured. The density of the developer in the working volume is automatically determined using a processor responsive to the measured current (voltage) and the applied bias (current)." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2010 (12/847,192). 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=83,80,091.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,091&RS=PN/83,80,091 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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