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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 16)

[November 16, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 16)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Second Sight Medical Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Second Sight Medical Products, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,311,634) developed by seven co-inventors for an "apparatus and method for electrical stimulation of human retina." The co-inventors are Alan Matthew Horsager, Los Angeles, Scott H. Greenwald, Seattle, Mark S. Humayun, Glendale, Calif., Matthew J. McMahon, Los Angeles, Ione Fine, Seattle, Robert J. Greenberg, Los Angeles, and Geoffrey M. Boynton, Seattle.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for retinal stimulation are shown. The method comprises varied parameters, including frequency, pulse width, and pattern of pulse trains to determine a stimulation pattern and visual perception threshold." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2004 (11/818,373). 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=8,311,634&OS=8,311,634&RS=8,311,634 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,310,716) developed by James Zhixin Chang, Vancouver, Wash., and John Charles Dalrymple, Portland, Ore., for "systems and methods for designing a set of black generation transfer curves." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for designing a black generation transfer curve is described. A table is produced to convert a first signal in a first signal space to a second signal in a second signal space. Color measurement data of a device is obtained. The color measurement data relates to a signal-to-color response of the device. A black generation transfer curve is designed constrained by the color measurement data of the device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2007 (11/951,187). 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=8,310,716&OS=8,310,716&RS=8,310,716 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,732) developed by seven co-inventors for "navigation communication with self-identifying elements." The co-inventors are Ali Khan, Duvall, Wash., Zhangwei Xu, Redmond, Wash., Alexander Bussmann, Kirkland, Wash., Dhiresh Kumar, Bothell, Wash., Gaurav Singhal, Redmond, Wash., Martin H. Hall, Sammamish, Wash., and Jennifer Hilary Kays, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A navigation device includes a communication subsystem and a navigation subsystem. The communication subsystem communicates with a remote navigation database via a gateway using variable-size data payloads. Each variable-size data payload is accompanied by a content-identifier and a size-identifier. The navigation subsystem determines a current position of the navigation device and encodes the current position of the navigation device as one or more position payloads that are sent from the communication subsystem to the remote navigation database via the gateway. Each position payload is sent with an accompanying content-identifier and size-identifier." The patent application was filed on Sept. 5, 2008 (12/205,195). 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=8,311,732&OS=8,311,732&RS=8,311,732 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,311,686) developed by William H. Herkes, Seattle, Kevin A. Burnside, Renton, Wash., and Ronald F. Olsen, Woodinville, Wash., for an "onboard airplane community noise and emissions monitor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for monitoring airplane noise and emissions may include receiving a predetermined set of engine performance data for an airplane and receiving a predetermined set of airplane flight data for the airplane. The method may also include predicting at least one of a noise level and an emissions level from the airplane at each of a plurality of ground based noise and emissions monitoring stations based on the predetermined set of engine performance data and the predetermined set of airplane flight data. Each of the plurality of ground based noise and emissions monitoring stations is located at a predetermined geographic location along an expected flight path of the airplane. The method may also include presenting at least one of the predicted noise level and the predicted emissions level on a display to a pilot of the airplane to permit operation of the airplane to substantially minimize at least one of an actual noise level and an actual emissions level at each of the plurality of ground based noise and emissions monitoring stations." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2009 (12/544,321). 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=8,311,686&OS=8,311,686&RS=8,311,686 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for System and Method for Monitoring Completed Manufacturing Operations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,311,658) developed by Donald Coffland, Seattle, Russell Tice, Renton, Wash., and Sujith Mally, Bellevue, Wash., for a "system and method for monitoring completed manufacturing operations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic torque wrench having a flexible head provides accurate torque measurements irrespective of the angular position of the head relative to a handle on which the force is applied. The head includes first and second portions connected by at least three pivotal links. One of the links is used to react against the entire torque applied to the handle, regardless of the pivotal position of the handle. An electronic strain gauge on the torque-reacting link provides a measurement of the torque applied to the fastener." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2008 (12/145,637). 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=8,311,658&OS=8,311,658&RS=8,311,658 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,733) developed by five co-inventors for an "interactive key frame image mapping system and method." The co-inventors are Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, and John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a computer system and method for providing key frame image mapping. A method includes collecting one or more images of a predetermined area on the map of a physical location; and organizing the one or more images on the map as a function of a time, location, and/or image history parameter. A computer system includes a mapping module including a data store configurable to organize one or more images according to locations on a map and a table. The table can associate metadata for images with a time line, an image history and/or a location. The association can enable an instantiation of a time-related image from images at locations of the map. The mapping module enables a personalized iconographic map of a physical location illustrating icons associated with a catalog of images that are incorporated with the time line. The time line can be associated with a trip taken to an area in a map such that scrolling the time line automatically causes images associated with that time appear as well as the location on the map wherein the picture was taken." The patent application was filed on Feb. 15, 2005 (11/058,399). 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=8,311,733&OS=8,311,733&RS=8,311,733 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Reischling Press Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Reischling Press, Tukwila, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,310,696) developed by Mark Gustafson, Spokane, Wash., and Sam Comstock, Spokane, Wash., for a "multiproduct printing workflow system with dynamic scheduling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for end-to-end printing, including entering into service level agreements with each of a plurality of partner systems that enable customers to order personalized print products, wherein a service level agreement designates maximum delays for finishing customer print orders, receiving customer print orders forwarded from the plurality of partner systems, each print order specifying at least one personalized print product, serializing the print orders into a plurality of work items, each work item corresponding to a part of a personalized print product that is to be printed on printable material, dynamically assigning priorities to the work items, dynamically advancing the work items through a plurality of print processing states, wherein each processing state processes work items in order of their priorities." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2008 (12/011,169). 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=8,310,696&OS=8,310,696&RS=8,310,696 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,135) developed by five co-inventors for "computing system infrastructure to administer distress messages." The co-inventors are Nirupama Chandrasekaran, Seattle, Gopal Parupudi, Issaquah, Wash., Prabhu Padhi, Sammamish, Wash., Ben Yim, Duvall, Wash., and Atif Gul, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method that allows for distress or SoS messages from various managed resources to be sent to a reliable location such as a server. The server can gather the distress messages and provide a summary or health status based on the gathered distress messages." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2007 (11/670,838). 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=8,312,135&OS=8,312,135&RS=8,312,135 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Validation and Correction of Map Data Using Oblique Images ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,287) developed by Pragyana K. Mishra, Kirkland, Wash., Eyal Ofek, Redmond, Wash., and Gur Kimchi, Bellevue, Wash., for a "validation and correction of map data using oblique images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technologies are described herein for validating and correcting map data using oblique images or aerial photographs taken at oblique angles to the earth's surface. Pixels within oblique images can be analyzed to detect, validate, and correct other sources of data used in generating maps such as vector data, elevation maps, projection parameters, and three-dimensional model data. Visibility and occlusion information in oblique views may be analyzed to reduce errors in either occluding or occluded entities. Occlusion of road segments due to foliage, z-ordering of freeways, tunnels, bridges, buildings, and other geospatial entities may be determined, validated, and corrected. A learning algorithm can be trained with image-based descriptors that encode visible data consistencies. After training, the algorithm can classify errors and inconsistencies using combinations of different descriptors such as color, texture, image-gradients, and filter responses." The patent application was filed on Sept. 25, 2008 (12/237,817). 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=8,311,287&OS=8,311,287&RS=8,311,287 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Discovering, Defining, and Implementing Computer Application Topologies ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,127) developed by Laurentiu T. Nedelcu, Redmond, Wash., Maor Kashansky, Sammamish, Wash., and Radu V. Ionescu, Redmond, Wash., for "discovering, defining, and implementing computer application topologies." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for discovering, defining, and implementing an application topology through the user of a graphical user interface is provided. A topology system may analyze the topology of an enterprise and provide a graphical representation of the application topology. The topology system may discover the application topology of an enterprise by accessing various configuration data stores of the enterprise. The topology system provides a graphical representation of the application topology and allows a user to modify the topology using a graphical user interface. The topology system may then control the implementation of the application topology." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2010 (12/773,615). 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=8,312,127&OS=8,312,127&RS=8,312,127 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Itron Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Itron, Liberty Lake, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,310,341) developed by Mark K. Cornwall, Spokane, Wash., Matthew Johnson, Spokane, Wash., and Barry Cahill-O'Brien, Spokane, Wash., for an "endpoint classification and command processing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Packet formats and related infrastructure for improved messaging and processing of commands in an AMR system are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for identifying the features of an endpoint based on data encoded in a standard meter reading is provided. In this regard, the method includes receiving a standard meter reading having an endpoint type and subtype classification, wherein the subtype classification corresponds to a feature of the endpoint that may be re-configured. Once received, the standard metering reading is decoded. Then, the method identifies the classification of the endpoint with regard to type and subtype and determines whether the endpoint is capable of implementing a particular command." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2009 (12/483,172). 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=8,310,341&OS=8,310,341&RS=8,310,341 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Pullman, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,310,373) developed by Laurence V. Feight, Island Lake, Ill., and Mark L. Zeller, Pullman, Wash., for a "system, a tool and a method for communicating with a faulted circuit indicator using a display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a system, a tool and a method for communicating with a faulted circuit indicator (FCI), the faulted circuit indicator including a detection circuit for monitoring an electrical conductor of a power system. The system includes a display and a first light emitting diode associated with the display. The first light emitting diode generates an optical FCI status signal in response to an occurrence of a fault in the electrical conductor. The system also includes a first microcontroller operatively coupled to the display and the detection circuit, and a handheld user command tool adapted to optically signal the display. The handheld user command tool may be also adapted to generate an optical serial communication. The optical serial communication may provide data and/or commands for operation of the faulted circuit indicator. The display may be integrated into the FCI. The FCI may be an overhead FCI." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2010 (12/781,477). 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=8,310,373&OS=8,310,373&RS=8,310,373 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacinian Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Pacinian, Spokane, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,310,444) developed by Cody George Peterson, Coeur dAlene, Idaho, Andrew P. Huska, Post Falls, Idaho, and James William Schlosser, Spokane, Wash., for a "projected field haptic actuation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic device includes a touch surface that can be physically engaged by a user. The touch surface is operably connected to an actuator arm which, in turn, is connected to an actuator array. Drive electronics sense a user's movement relative to the touch surface and, responsively, drive the actuator array effective to move the actuator arm and, in turn, provide haptic feedback to the user through the touch surface." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2009 (12/360,631). 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=8,310,444&OS=8,310,444&RS=8,310,444 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Insertion of Virtual Video into Live Video ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,310,521) developed by Zhengyou Zhang, Bellevue, Wash., and Aaron Bobick, Alpharetta, Ga., for an "insertion of virtual video into live video." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present virtual video muting technique seamlessly inserts a virtual video into a live video when the user does not want to reveal his/her actual activity. The virtual video is generated based on real video frames captured earlier, and thus makes the virtual video appear to be real." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2007 (11/742,504). 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=8,310,521&OS=8,310,521&RS=8,310,521 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,203) developed by Winston Wang, Seattle, Adam Holt, London, and Feridoon Malekzadeh, Seattle, for a user-initiated return communication.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to defer an incoming communication and then schedule a follow up communication are disclosed. A communication recipient can defer an incoming communication and schedule a return communication time. The return communication may be manually deferred by a user and/or automatically deferred based at least in part on availability of a user on an appointment calendar." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2009 (12/410,331). 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=8,311,203&OS=8,311,203&RS=8,311,203 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Augmenting a Call with Context ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,191) developed by four co-inventors for "augmenting a call with context." The co-inventors are Amritansh Raghav, Seattle, Eran Shtiegman, Redmond, Wash., Gurdeep S. Pall, Medina, Wash., and Paul D. Tidwell, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for providing context of a caller to a callee when a call is initiated is provided. The context system executing on the calling device collects context for the call. The calling device initiates the call and sends a message to the callee that includes the context. Upon receiving the message, the callee device notifies the caller that a call has been initiated and displays the received context. The callee can decide based on the received context whether to answer the call or not answer the call." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/580,222). 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=8,311,191&OS=8,311,191&RS=8,311,191 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** IMDb.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- IMDb.com, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,312,097) developed by Hilliard Bruce Siegel, Seattle, and Pratik S. Dave, New York, for "segmenting access to electronic message boards." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for fine level access control over message content in an electronic messaging system. Access criteria associated with the message content define requirements that a user must satisfy in order to perform specified actions on message content. The user's complete profile is examined at run time and compared to access criteria to make a real time decision about the level of access that a user should have to message content. Depending on the access criteria associated with content, stronger authentication or weaker authentication of the user profile information may be performed on the user profile to determine the level of access that should be granted to the user." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2012 (13/471,996). 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=8,312,097&OS=8,312,097&RS=8,312,097 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Providing Application Level Presence Information in Wireless Communication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,312,076) developed by Anuraag Agrawal, Bellevue, Wash., for "methods and systems for providing application level presence information in wireless communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for determining and maintaining user presence information include capturing user presence data with an application presence server. The application presence server can be configured to update user presence data as a user initiates or exits an application. Applications associated with user presence data are configured to query an application proxy client concerning user presence data of a selected user and, based on a returned user status, deliver, discard, or redirect a message intended for the user. User presence data is stored in a user presence repository and can be provided via Internet-based or other connections to applications executed on external networks. User activity status can be used to select or update user presence data. In some examples, an application server of an external network is configured to receive user presence data from the presence server." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2007 (11/872,398). 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=8,312,076&OS=8,312,076&RS=8,312,076 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ZymoGenetics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- ZymoGenetics, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,309,692) developed by six co-inventors for "antibodies to cytokine receptor ZCYTOR17." The co-inventors are Cindy A. Sprecher, Hereford, Ariz., Scott R. Presnell, Tacoma, Wash., Zeren Gao, Shanghai, China, Theodore E. Whitmore, Redmond, Wash., Joseph L. Kuijper, Kenmore, Wash., and Mark F. Maurer, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Novel polypeptides, polynucleotides encoding the polypeptides, and related compositions and methods are disclosed for zcytor17, a novel cytokine receptor. The polypeptides may be used within methods for detecting ligands that stimulate the proliferation and/or development of hematopoietic, lymphoid and myeloid cells in vitro and in vivo. Ligand-binding receptor polypeptides can also be used to block ligand activity in vitro and in vivo. The polynucleotides encoding zcytor17, are located on chromosome 5, and can be used to identify a region of the genome associated with human disease states. The present invention also includes methods for producing the protein, uses therefor and antibodies thereto." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2011 (13/090,316). 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=83,09,692.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,692&RS=PN/83,09,692 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent for Efficient Evaluation of XQuery and XPath Full Text Extension ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,030) developed by four co-inventors for an "efficient evaluation of XQuery and XPath full text extension." The co-inventors are Zhen Hua Liu, San Mateo, Calif., Thomas Baby, Maple Valley, Wash., Sukhendu Chakraborty, San Francisco, and Anguel Novoselsky, Foster City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are provided for efficiently evaluating XML queries that conform to an extension of an XML language (e.g., XQuery or XPath). The extension allows XML queries to have full-text search capabilities. Such an XML query is compiled to generate a tree of nodes that correspond to one or more conditions in the full-text portion of the query. In one technique, the amount of memory for the execution state of the tree is determined at compile time and allocated only once throughout execution of the query. In another technique, to ensure at most a single scan of a document, all the words or phrases in the full-text portion of an XML query are located before any of the other conditions in the full-text portion are evaluated. In another technique, the elements of the full-text portion of an XML query are analyzed to determine, based at least in part on cost, which evaluation strategy, of a plurality of evaluation strategies, should be employed." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2009 (12/388,249). 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=8,312,030&OS=8,312,030&RS=8,312,030 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent for Dynamic Tree Determination for Data Processing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,312,037) developed by four co-inventors for a "dynamic tree determination for data processing." The co-inventors are Govindaswamy Bacthavachalu, Sammamish, Wash., Peter Grant Gavares, Seattle, Ahmed A. Badran, Issaquah, Wash., and James E. Scharf Jr., Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Data can be processed in parallel across a cluster of nodes using a parallel processing framework. Using Web services calls between components allows the number of nodes to be scaled as necessary, and allows developers to build applications on the framework using a Web services interface. A job scheduler works together with a queuing service to distribute jobs to nodes as the nodes have capacity, such that jobs can be performed in parallel as quickly as the nodes are able to process the jobs. Data can be loaded efficiently across the cluster, and levels of nodes can be determined dynamically to process queries and other requests on the system." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2008 (12/200,821). 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=8,312,037&OS=8,312,037&RS=8,312,037 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Database Application Navigation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,048) developed by ten co-inventors for a database application navigation. The co-inventors are Steven Miles Greenberg, Seattle, Vitore Selca, Bellevue, Wash., Andrew Robert Miller, Issaquah, Wash., Stephen Lesser, Redmond, Wash., Clinton Dee Covington, Redmond, Wash., Ryan McMinn, Seattle, Pavel R. Karimov, Redmond, Wash., Konrad Tupaj, Kirkland, Wash., Amarinder Singh Grewal, Redmond, Wash., and Robert Scott Cooper, Woodinville, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A database server application program is provided that is configured to provide a programmable interface into a database application by way of database services uniform resource locators (URLs). A database services URL utilized by the database application can be updated programmatically by program code executing within or under control of the database server application program. A macro action for use in conjunction with a database server application that provides functionality for displaying a database object, such as a form or report, in-place in a Web browser is also disclosed." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2009 (12/468,067). 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=8,312,048&OS=8,312,048&RS=8,312,048 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for News Group Clustering Based on Cross-post Graph ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,049) developed by four co-inventors for a "news group clustering based on cross-post graph." The co-inventors are Jennifer Chayes, Seattle, Christian H. Borgs, Seattle, Amin Saberi, Atlanta, and Mohammad Mahdian, Atlanta.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and/or method that facilitates analyzing newsgroup clusters. A data reception component receives data relating to a plurality of newsgroups and relays the data to an engine that constructs a weighted graph. The weighted graph represents a subset of the newsgroups as vertices of the graph. The vertices are connected by edges, which represent cross-postings relating to the subset of newsgroups." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2003 (10/603,034). 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=8,312,049&OS=8,312,049&RS=8,312,049 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent for System and Method for Enabling a Data Container to Appear in a Plurality of Locations in a Super-namespace ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,046) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for enabling a data container to appear in a plurality of locations in a super-namespace." The co-inventors are Michael Eisler, Colorado Springs, Colo., Daniel S. Nydick, Wexford, Pa., Peter F. Corbett, Lexington, Mass., Michael Kazar, Pittsburgh, and J. Christopher Wagner, Langley, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method to allow a volume to appear in multiple locations in a super-namespace. A super-namespace is a hierarchy of namespaces within a storage system environment, such as a storage system cluster. The volume can appear in multiple locations in the super-namespace and/or in multiple namespaces within the super-namespace." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2007 (11/680,255). 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=8,312,046&OS=8,312,046&RS=8,312,046 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Image Compression Based on Parameter-assisted Inpainting ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,347) developed by four co-inventors for an "image compression based on parameter-assisted inpainting." The co-inventors are Xiaoyan Sun, Beijing, Feng Wu, Beijing, Zhiwei Xiong, Beijing, and Shipeng Li, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods provide image compression based on parameter-assisted inpainting. In one implementation of an encoder, an image is partitioned into blocks and the blocks classified as smooth or unsmooth, based on the degree of visual edge content and chromatic variation in each block. Image content of the unsmooth blocks is compressed, while image content of the smooth blocks is summarized by parameters, but not compressed. The parameters, once obtained, may also be compressed. At a decoder, the compressed image content of the unsmooth blocks and the compressed parameters of the smooth blocks are each decompressed. Each smooth block is then reconstructed by inpainting, guided by the parameters in order to impart visual detail from the original image that cannot be implied from the image content of neighboring blocks that have been decoded." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2006 (11/558,755). 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=8,311,347.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,347&RS=PN/8,311,347 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Washington Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The University of Washington, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,311,374) developed by Michael J. Hochberg, Seattle, and Tom Baehr-Jones, Seattle, for a "beam generation and steering with integrated optical circuits for light detection and ranging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated photonic beam steering device includes a planar photonic substrate. An input waveguide is configured to accept an electromagnetic energy from a source of electromagnetic energy radiation. A first splitter is configured to split the electromagnetic radiation into one or more paths. One or more phased array rows are optically coupled to each of the one or more paths. Each phased array row includes a row splitter configured to split the each of the one or more paths into two or more row paths. Two or more phase modulators are each optically coupled respectively to each of the two or more row paths. Two or more output couplers are optically coupled respectively to each phase modulator output of the two or more phase modulators. The two or more output couplers are configured to radiate a steered photonic beam away from the integrated photonic beam steering device." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2009 (12/511,201). 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=8,311,374.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,374&RS=PN/8,311,374 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,517) developed by Richard I. Brass, Friday Harbor, Wash., and David B. Wecker, Redmond, Wash., for a personal communications server.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved system and method for a personal communications server is provided. The system and method may provide seamless multi-functional wireless communications for different integrated applications desired by a user. To this end, a computing device with a telecommunications interface is provided for coupling to a mobile phone network. The computing device may be without an attached audio input and output device, but may include a network interface for coupling with an external audio input and output device to receive audio from the mobile phone network and/or to send audio to the mobile network. A computer with a network interface may also be coupled with the computing device to receive data from a mobile phone network and/or to send data to the mobile network." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2007 (11/949,238). 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=8,311,517.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,517&RS=PN/8,311,517 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,310,103) developed by Steve Fischer, Redmond, Wash., for a "cell site power system management, including battery circuit management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, apparatuses, and methods for managing battery circuits in systems such as wireless communications service base stations are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a battery circuit having multiple strings of one or more serially connected batteries. The apparatus may be configured to rotate between battery strings such that one or more strings are maintained at or near an upper threshold while other string(s) are disconnected from the maintained string(s). The apparatus may also be configured to charge the battery circuit, to test the battery circuit, and to handle power failures." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2010 (12/726,265). 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=8,310,103.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,103&RS=PN/8,310,103 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Resolution Adjustment of an Image that Includes Text Undergoing an OCR Process ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,331) developed by Djordje Nijemcevic, Beograd, Serbia, Milan Vugdelija, Belgrade, Serbia, and Bodin Dresevic, Bellevue, Wash., for a "resolution adjustment of an image that includes text undergoing an OCR process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical character recognition process characterizes text lines in a textual image by their base-line, mean-line and x-height. The base-line for at least one text line in the image is determined by finding a parametric curve that maximizes a first fitness function that depends on the values of pixels through which the parametric curve passes and pixels below the parametric curve. The base-line corresponds to the parametric curve for which the first fitness function is maximized. The first fitness function is designed so that it increases with increasing lightless or brightness of pixels immediately below the parametric curve while also increasing with decreasing lightness of pixels through which the parametric curve passes. The mean-line is determined by incrementally shifting the base-line upward by predetermined amounts (e.g., a single pixel) until a second fitness function for the shifted base-line is maximized. The second fitness function is essentially the inverse of the first fitness function. Specifically, the second fitness function increases with increasing lightless of pixels immediately above the shifted base-line while also increasing with decreasing lightness of pixels through which the shifted base-line passes. The x-height is equal to the sum of the predetermined amounts by which the base-line is shifted upward in order to maximize the second fitness function. In some cases different groups of text-lines in the textual image may be characterized differently from one another. For example, each group may be characterized by a most probable x-height for that group." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2010 (12/719,894). 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=8,311,331.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,331&RS=PN/8,311,331 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Prevention of Accidental Device Activation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,514) developed by four co-inventors for a "prevention of accidental device activation." The co-inventors are Shamik Bandyopadhyay, Lake Stevens, Wash., G. Eric Engstrom, Kirkland, Wash., Vikram Kapoor, Redmond, Wash., and Kathryn C. Lemson, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present application allows wake-up and unlock operations to occur using a single event, such as a single keystroke. Additionally, a check is made to ensure that activation was caused by human touch, not an object. In one embodiment, an area of a mobile device is designated as a wake-up area, which is separate from the touch screen. A user can touch the wake-up area to both activate the mobile device from a sleep mode and unlock the mobile device. In another embodiment, the wake-up area can be integrated into the touch screen, so that there is not an appearance of a separate button. Fingerprint checking and/or proximity sensors can also be integrated into the mobile device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2010 (12/883,801). 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=8,311,514.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,514&RS=PN/8,311,514 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,947) developed by six co-inventors for an online service syndication. The co-inventors are Krishna Kumar Sunkammurali, Sammamish, Wash., Michel Burger, Woodinville, Wash., Ashutosh Badwe, Redmond, Wash., Jignesh Kacharia, Redmond, Wash., Rammohan Nagasubramani, Kirkland, Wash., and Roy Peter D'Souza, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments described herein are directed to syndicating an online service to at least one syndication partner of a syndicator. In one embodiment, a computer system determines that a syndication relationship has been established between a syndicator and a syndication partner, where the syndication relationship is established to provide syndicated services to syndication partners and clients. The computer system indicates which services provided by the syndicator are available for syndication to the syndication partner and which type of usage information the partner is to provide in order to use the syndicator's services. The computer system receives usage information from the syndication partner specifying which services are to be syndicated and specifying parameters for those services indicating operating parameters specific to the use of the syndicated services. Based on the received usage information, the computer system provides the service to the syndication partner in the manner indicated by the received usage information." The patent application was filed on Nov. 26, 2008 (12/323,814). 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=83,11,947.PN.&OS=PN/83,11,947&RS=PN/83,11,947 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sound Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Sound Pharmaceuticals, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,309,560) developed by Jonathan Kil, Seattle, and Eric D. Lynch, Lake Forest Park, Wash., for "methods and compositions for ameliorating the undesirable effects of chemotherapy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, the present invention provides chemoprotectant compositions that each comprise at least two of the chemoprotectants disclosed herein. The chemoprotectant compositions of the invention are useful, for example, for ameliorating at least one adverse effect of chemotherapy. In another aspect, the present invention provides methods of ameliorating at least one adverse effect of chemotherapy, the methods each comprising the step of administering to a subject undergoing chemotherapy an amount of a chemoprotectant composition that is effective to ameliorate at least one adverse effect of the chemotherapy." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2010 (12/946,694). 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=8,309,560&OS=8,309,560&RS=8,309,560 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Washington State University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,309,530) developed by Eva Szentirmai, Spokane Valley, Wash., Levente Kapas, Spokane Valley, Wash., and James M. Krueger, Pullman, Wash., for "compositions and methods for modulating ghrelin-mediated conditions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In certain aspects, the preproghrelin gene, but not the ghrelin receptor (GHS-R1a) is required for normal integration of thermoregulation and sleep in mice. Particular aspects provide methods for modulation of thermoregulation and other ghrelin-mediated conditions (e.g., reduction of appetite or food intake, reduction of body weight or treatment of obesity, reduction of body temperature or induction of hypothermia, etc.), comprising administration of an inhibitor of ghrelin expression, and including, e.g., siRNA inhibition for treatment of obesity and for modulation of thermoregulation (e.g., induction of hypothermia in surgical settings benefiting from same). Additionally provided are methods for reducing body temperature or induction of hypothermia, comprising administration to a mammalian subject in need thereof an amount of an anti-obestatin antibody agent sufficient to reduce body temperature or induce hypothermia. Further methods comprise administration of a ghrelin peptide antagonist." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2010 (12/700,009). 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=8,309,530&OS=8,309,530&RS=8,309,530 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

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