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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 15)

[November 15, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 15)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Use of Rules Engine to Build Namespaces ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,459) developed by four co-inventors for "use of rules engine to build namespaces." The co-inventors are Frederick J. Smith, Redmond, Wash., Jeff L. Havens, Issaquah, Wash., Madhusudhan Talluri, Bellevue, Wash., and Yousef A. Khalidi, Bellevue, Wash.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A containment mechanism provides for the grouping and isolation of multiple processes running on a single computer using a single instance of the operating system. A system environment is divided into one or more side-by-side and/or nested spaces enabling the partitioning and controlled sharing of resources by creating different views of hierarchical name spaces via virtual hierarchies. A set of declarative rules specifying access capabilities may specify a set of filter drivers to be used to limit access to nodes in the hierarchical name space. The rules may be applied in sequence to construct a new name space from an existing one, or to add to an existing hierarchy. Filter drivers are used to limit access to nodes in the new name space or new portion of the name space. Access to nodes can be limited (read-only access instead of read/write) or nodes can be hidden altogether. Rules may be specified in a declarative language such as XML." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2005 (11/301,071). 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=8,312,459&OS=8,312,459&RS=8,312,459 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Attaching a Virtual Machine Virtual Hard Disk to a Host Machine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,212) developed by Ahmed M. Tolba, Redmond, Wash., for "systems and methods for attaching a virtual machine virtual hard disk to a host machine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for "attaching" a virtual hard drive to the physical computer hardware by implementing a specialized disk controller driver for the host operating system that is recognized by the host operating system as a disk controller driver but which in fact also emulates the virtual hard disk it is "attached" to. When the host operating system sends requests to read and write sectors from the virtual hard drive, the specialized driver (the "virtual hard drive controller driver") directly accesses and manipulates the back-end file mentioned above. Thus the virtual disk is "attached" and recognizable by the host operating system and can be manipulated thereby (and applications executing thereon)." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2009 (12/471,788). 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=8,312,212.PN.&OS=PN/8,312,212&RS=PN/8,312,212 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Resource Management in Computing Scenarios ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,463) developed by four co-inventors for a "resource management in computing scenarios." The co-inventors are Burton J. Smith, Seattle, David Probert, Woodinville, Wash., Abhishek Singh, Redmond, Wash., Douglas Burger, Redmond, Wash., and David Wecker, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This patent application pertains to urgency-based resource management in computing scenarios. One implementation can identify processes competing for resources on a system. The implementation can evaluate an urgency of individual competing processes. The implementation can also objectively allocate the resources among the competing processes in a manner that reduces a total of the urgencies of the competing processes." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/750,500). 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=8,312,463&OS=8,312,463&RS=8,312,463 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Digimarc Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Digimarc, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,312,168) developed by Geoffrey B. Rhoads, West Linn, Ore., William C. Hein III, Glenmoore, Pa., and Kenneth L. Levy, Stevenson, Wash., for "methods for linking from objects to remote resources." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technology is disclosed for associating content objects (e.g., paper documents, audio and video files, etc.) with corresponding information and/or action. One arrangement employs an architecture comprising a registration server, a router, and one or more product handlers. Identifiers for the content objects can be obtained in various ways, including decoding a digital watermark, deriving an identifier by hashing music data, sensing machine-readable data such as RFID or barcode data, etc. One particular method involves applying an algorithmic process to produce music- or video-content-identifying data; wirelessly sending the content-identifying data from the device in one or more packets including XML compliant data; and, as a consequence, receiving data back. By reference to this data, the receiving device presents information to a user that identifies a title of the content, and a performer of the content. Also presented are one or more features selectable by the user to obtain further information relating to the content, or different content. The technology is suitable for use with handheld devices, including cell phones and media players." The patent application was filed on Oct. 4, 2007 (11/867,480). 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=8,312,168.PN.&OS=PN/8,312,168&RS=PN/8,312,168 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,312,154) developed by Luis Felipe Cabrera, Bellevue, Wash., Allan H. Vermeullen, Seattle, and Peter N. DeSantis, Cape Town, South Africa, for "providing enhanced access to remote services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are described for providing client computing nodes with enhanced access to remote network-accessible services, such as by providing local capabilities specific to the remote services. In at least some situations, access to remote services by a client computing node may be enhanced by automatically locally performing some activities of the remote services, such as to improve the efficiency of communications that are sent between the client computing node and the remote service and/or to improve the efficiency by the remote service of processing communications from the client computing node. As one example, a node manager system local to a client computing node may perform authentication of communications sent by the client computing node to a remote service and/or may perform other activities specific to the remote service, so that the remote service does not need to perform the authentication and/or other performed activities for the communications." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2007 (11/764,739). 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=8,312,154.PN.&OS=PN/8,312,154&RS=PN/8,312,154 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,475) developed by Bhrighu Sareen, Redmond, Wash., Narayanan Parthasarathy, Redmond, Wash, and Kentaro Toyama, Bangalore, India, for "remote control of computing devices via two disparate networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An inter-network remote control system is described that enables remote control of computing devices via two or more disparate data communications networks. In various embodiments, the inter-network remote control system receives a message from a mobile device via a first network, transforms the received message so that it can be relayed via a second network, and forwards the transformed message via the second network to a target computing device to cause that device to be controlled remotely." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2007 (11/861,961). 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=8,312,475&OS=8,312,475&RS=8,312,475 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Structured Search in Source Code ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,437) developed by Peter Villadsen, Sammamish, Wash., for a "structured search in source code." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Architecture allows a programmer to answer questions about the source code the programmer is authoring, questions that cannot be answered by other means. A searching mechanism is provided over a much more structured presentation of the source code. The architecture utilizes components that provide an intimate knowledge about the structure of the text, namely, the source code of some particular programming language. The search mechanism employs an abstract syntax tree representation of the code over which the search is conducted. The program source code (as edited by the programmer) is transformed into the abstract syntax tree to embody the structure of the program. If the syntax tree is provided in XML, for example, an XML search mechanism such as Xpath can be utilized to perform the actual searching. This tree is then queried, allowing richer searching criteria to be expressed (by virtue of the structured format of the tree)." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2008 (12/345,691). 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=8,312,437&OS=8,312,437&RS=8,312,437 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Maintaining a Count for Lock-free Linked List Structures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,457) developed by Chunyan Song, Bellevue, Wash., and Stephen H. Toub, Seattle, for a "maintaining a count for lock-free linked list structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for maintaining a count for lock-free stack access. A numeric value representative of the total count of nodes in a linked list is maintained at the head node for the linked list. Commands for pushing and popping nodes appropriately update the total count at a new head node when nodes are added to and removed from the linked list. Thus, determining the count of nodes in a linked list is an order 1 (or O(1)) operation, and remains constant even when the size of a linked list changes." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2009 (12/637,535). 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=8,312,457&OS=8,312,457&RS=8,312,457 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hampton University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Hampton University, Hampton, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,311,617) developed by Cynthia Keppel, Norfolk, Va., and Douglas Kieper, Seattle, for an "opposed view and dual head detector apparatus for diagnosis and biopsy with image processing method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates generally to biopsy needle guidance which employs an x-ray/gamma image spatial co-registration methodology. A gamma camera is configured to mount on a biopsy needle gun platform to obtain a gamma image. More particular, the spatially co-registered x-ray and physiological images may be employed for needle guidance during biopsy. Moreover, functional images may be obtained from a gamma camera at various angles relative to a target site. Further, the invention also generally relates to a breast lesion localization method using opposed gamma camera images or dual opposed images. This dual head methodology may be used to compare the lesion signal in two opposed detector images and to calculate the Z coordinate (distance from one or both of the detectors) of the lesion." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2012 (13/467,655). 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=8,311,617.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,617&RS=PN/8,311,617 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Programming Interface for a Computer Platform ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,422) developed by five co-inventors for a "programming interface for a computer platform." The co-inventors are Kerem B. Karatal, Bellevue, Wash., Marc M. Miller, Redmond, Wash., Michael G. Sheldon, Seattle, Timothy P. McKee, Seattle, and Chris J. Guzak, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A programming interface for a computer platform can include various functionality. In certain embodiments, the programming interface includes one or more of a first group of services related to re-usable user interface controls, a second group of services related to user interface dialogs and user interface wizards, a third group of services related to extending the user interface functionality, and a fourth group of services related to extending functionality of a desktop of the user interface." The patent application was filed on Jan. 20, 2009 (12/356,452). 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=8,312,422&OS=8,312,422&RS=8,312,422 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Using Code Analysis for Requirements Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,415) developed by Gabriel Marius, Kirkland, Wash., and Sean Sandys, Seattle, for an "using code analysis for requirements management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various technologies and techniques are disclosed that allow project requirements to be associated with underlying code elements. A particular software project is analyzed to generate a list of code elements contained in the particular software project. Input is received from a user of a requirements management application to associate one or more project requirements to one or more of the code elements. The project requirements and an association with the one or more code elements are stored in a data store for later retrieval. These associations are used to determine when changes that potentially affect the project requirement are made to the underlying code elements. A software development application is operable to interact with the data store and provide a notice to a user of the software development application that a change to a particular code element of the software project will impact one or more project requirements." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2007 (11/787,884). 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=8312415&OS=8312415&RS=8312415 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,557) developed by Magesh Annamalai, Renton, Wash., for a "facility for selecting a mobile device location determination technique." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A facility for selecting a location determination technique from multiple available location determination techniques in order to determine the location of a mobile device in a cost or resource efficient manner. In order to select the location determination technique, the facility may consider various criteria such as the cost of employing the techniques, quality of service (QoS) criteria, the capabilities and/or resources of given mobile devices and/or networks, and/or the like. To select the location determination technique, the facility may rank the multiple location determination techniques according to weighted criteria and select the location determination technique according to the ranking. The criteria may be weighted according to the relative importance of each criterion to a requesting location-based service." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2009 (12/467,201). 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=8,311,557.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,557&RS=PN/8,311,557 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Managing Updates Using Compiler and Linker Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash, has been assigned a patent (8,312,447) developed by David M. Callaghan, Kirkland, Wash., Russell B. Keldorph, Seattle, and Leonard Ciprian Mosescu, Seattle, for "managing updates using compiler and linker information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Generating a next build version of a software application using information generated during a previous build version at the compiler and linker levels. The information describes the structure and build decisions applied during creation of the previous build version. Generation of the current build version is modified based on the information to minimize the binary differences between the builds. In some embodiments, a linker arranges the contents during the previous build in anticipation of the current build. Further, the linker pads the previous build with unused address space to minimize relocation of the contents of the build." The patent application was filed on Sept. 25, 2008 (12/237,778). 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=8,312,447&OS=8,312,447&RS=8,312,447 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent for Cell Based Data Processing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,429) developed by Adam Bosworth, Mercer Island, Wash., David Bau III, Gladwyne, Pa., and Kenneth Eric Vasilik, Redmond, Wash., for a "cell based data processing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data processing program is specified using a specification having a number of cell specifications specifying a number of data processing cells, with each data processing cell having a formula specifying an action or a computation. A cell may have one or more attributes referencing other cells. A cell formula may reference a value of another cell or be executed conditionally. In one embodiment, one of the cell is reserved as an output cell specifying the output, and a mnemonic is reserved for providing input to the specified data processing. An execution analyzer is provided to analyze the data processing specification, and identify the execution order of the cells. Further, an execution engine is provided to effectuate the specified data processing by executing the specified actions/computations of the cells in accordance with the determined execution order." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2000 (09/741,219). 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=8,312,429&OS=8,312,429&RS=8,312,429 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Groupon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Groupon, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,311,845) developed by Darren E. Vengroff, Seattle, and Jeffrey A. Holden, Seattle, for a "pay-for-visit advertising based on visits to physical locations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for providing a pay-for-visit billing model for advertisements is provided. The advertisement system provides advertisements that have associated physical visit locations. The advertisement system provides advertisements to a mobile device or fixed of a user when the user is in the vicinity of or examining locations in the vicinity of the visit location. If the user subsequently visits the visit location of the advertisement by physically going to the location, the advertisement system then bills the advertiser for the advertisement. The advertisement system bills the advertiser under the assumption that but for the advertisement, the user would not have visited the visit location." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2006 (11/404,102). 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=8,311,845&OS=8,311,845&RS=8,311,845 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Assisted Multi-modal Dialogue ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,835) developed by Renaud J. Lecoeuche, Bellevue, Wash., for an assisted multi-modal dialogue.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Controls are provided for a web server to generate client side markups that include recognition and/or audible prompting. The controls are organized in collections to obtain information pertaining to different topics. Each collection of controls create a separate dialog. In this manner, the collections can be selectively specified to execute the corresponding dialog." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2003 (10/652,685). 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=8,311,835&OS=8,311,835&RS=8,311,835 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Genelex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Genelex, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,311,851) developed by Robert D. Patterson, Lexington, Mass., Jessica Oesterheld, Bath, Maine, and Howard C. Coleman, Seattle, for "genetic data analysis and database tools." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computerized tool and method for delivery of pharmacogenetic and pharmacological information, comprising a core system having algorithms and databases for storing, collating, accessing, cross-referencing, and interpreting genetic and pharmacologic data, with a graphical user interface for a client network of providers of laboratory genetic testing services to access the core services under contract. The system includes "paypoints" in support of improved business models. Included are mechanisms for `pass through` third party and insurance reimbursement for interpretive reports, insurance reimbursement for on-line access to pharmacogenetic information at the point of care, tools for market segmentation, and a conversion tool for capturing new subscribers. Also disclosed are tools and predictive algorithms for preventing drug-drug and drug-gene adverse drug reactions." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2011 (13/316,144). 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=8,311,851&OS=8,311,851&RS=8,311,851 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tegic Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Tegic Communications, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,311,829) developed by Michael Longe, Seattle, Richard Eyraud, Seattle, and Keith C. Hullfish, Snohomish, Wash., for a "multimodal disambiguation of speech recognition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a speech recognition system combined with one or more alternate input modalities to ensure efficient and accurate text input. The speech recognition system achieves less than perfect accuracy due to limited processing power, environmental noise, and/or natural variations in speaking style. The alternate input modalities use disambiguation or recognition engines to compensate for reduced keyboards, sloppy input, and/or natural variations in writing style. The ambiguity remaining in the speech recognition process is mostly orthogonal to the ambiguity inherent in the alternate input modality, such that the combination of the two modalities resolves the recognition errors efficiently and accurately. The invention is especially well suited for mobile devices with limited space for keyboards or touch-screen input." The patent application was filed on Dec. 6, 2011 (13/312,799). 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=8,311,829&OS=8,311,829&RS=8,311,829 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Method for Confirming Touch Input ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,372) developed by Christina Chen, Redmond, Wash., George Henion, Carnation, Wash., and Nick Hofmeister, Boston, for a "method for confirming touch input." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for confirming touch input with a touch-sensitive display that includes detecting contact with a touch-sensitive display at coordinates corresponding with a control. An animated rendering on the touch-sensitive display is displayed, and an action is performed at a conclusion of the animated rendering if contact with the touch-sensitive display at the coordinates corresponding with the control is detected throughout a time period extending from initiation to the conclusion of the animated rendering." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2006 (11/352,071). 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=8,312,372&OS=8,312,372&RS=8,312,372 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Target Element Zoom ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,387) developed by six co-inventors for a target element zoom. The co-inventors are Harel M. Williams, Seattle, Brian E. Manthos, Sammamish, Wash., Paul L. Cutsinger, Redmond, Wash., Helen E. Drislane, Seattle, Prashant Singh, Bellevue, Wash., and Louis A. Martinez, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments provide a target element zoom component that is configured to perform a focal point zoom operation on a target element using an appropriate zoom factor. In at least some embodiments, the target element zoom component receives a request to perform a zoom operation at a focal point of a target element in a page displayed in a display area. In at least some embodiments, the request is received via two-finger tap input on a screen of a touch enabled device. The target element zoom component then determines an appropriate zoom factor for the zoom operation. Responsive to determining the appropriate zoom factor, the target element zoom component performs the zoom operation on the page using the appropriate zoom factor so that the target element remains within the display area with the focal point retained." The patent application was filed on Aug. 10, 2009 (12/538,754). 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=8,312,387&OS=8,312,387&RS=8,312,387 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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