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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Dec. 3)

[December 03, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Dec. 3)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New York.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,316,540) developed by six co-inventors for a "method of producing a land grid array (LGA) interposer structure." The co-inventors are Gareth G. Hougham, Ossining, N.Y., Brian S. Beaman, Cary, N.C., Evan G. Colgan, Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., Paul W. Coteus, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Stefano S. Oggioni, Besana in Brianza, Italy, and Enrique Vargas, Bronx, N.Y.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of producing a land grid array (LGA) interposer structure, including an electrically insulating carrier plane, and mounting at least one interposer on a first surface of said carrier plane. The interposer possesses a hemi-toroidal configuration in transverse cross-section and is constituted of a dielectric elastomeric material. At least one sidewall of the interposer is slitted to facilitate the venting of gases and pressure therethrough. The method includes arranging a plurality of electrically-conductive elements about the surface of the at least one hemi-toroidal interposer and extending them radically inwardly and downwardly from an uppermost end thereof into electrical contact with at least one component located on an opposite side of the electrically insulating carrier plane." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2008 (12/212,927). 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=8,316,540&OS=8,316,540&RS=8,316,540 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boundless Innovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Boundless Innovations, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,316,578) developed by Mitchell Faham, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Scott Soltis, North Plainfield, N.J., for a bedbug trap.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An device for attracting and capturing an insect is provided. The device includes a housing which defines an interior space and a plurality of entrances in open communication with the interior space, a downwardly sloping panel coupled to and disposed within the housing, and an adhesive attached to at least a portion of the bottom surface of the downwardly sloping panel. The downwardly sloping panel and the housing together define a tapering passageway which leads to a crevice opposite at least one of the plurality of entrances, and the adhesive attached to the bottom surface of the panel is adapted to capture the insect." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2010 (12/769,708). 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=8,316,578&OS=8,316,578&RS=8,316,578 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,316,749) developed by Donald S. Rimai, Webster, N.Y., James D. Shifley, Spencerport, N.Y., and Brian J. Kwarta, Pittsford, N.Y., for a "finisher for cutting or scoring receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A finisher for a receiver moving in a feed direction includes a cutting device having a cutting blade and a scoring blade on opposite sides of the receiver and oriented perpendicular to the feed direction, and a scoring notch on the opposite side of the receiver from, and parallel to, the scoring blade. An actuator selectively causes the scoring blade to engage the scoring notch as the receiver moves between the scoring blade and scoring notch, so that the receiver is scored, or causes the cutting blade to engage the scoring blade, so that the receiver is cut. A controller receives a job specification including one or more cut or score location(s) on the receiver and causes the receiver to be cut at the cut location(s) or scored at the score location(s)." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2010 (12/779,279). 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=83,16,749.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,749&RS=PN/83,16,749 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,316,766) developed by Matthew Ryan McLaughlin, Rochester, N.Y., for a "media inversion system for a continuous web printer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A continuous web inversion system for use in a continuous web imaging device includes a first turn bar positioned to receive a substantially continuous web moving in a first direction with a first surface facing in a printing direction and to flip the web and direct it in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. A second turn bar is positioned to receive the continuous web from the first turn bar to flip the web and direct it in a third direction opposite the first direction. A third turn bar is positioned to receive the continuous web from the second turn bar to flip the web and direct it in the first direction with a second surface of the web facing in the printing direction. The second and the third turn bars are coupled together and supported for translation along an axis perpendicular to the first direction. A sensor is configured to generate a signal indicative of a lateral position of the continuous web exiting the third turn bar. A driver is operably coupled to at least one of the second and the third turn bars to adjust a position of the third turn bar along the axis based on the signal." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2009 (12/560,483). 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=83,16,766.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,766&RS=PN/83,16,766 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Magna Powertrain of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Magna Powertrain of America, Troy, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,316,738) developed by four co-inventors for a "compact transfer case with beveloid gearset." The co-inventors are William A. Hellinger, Mexico, N.Y., John D. Zalewski, Liverpool, N.Y., David W. Wenthen, Syracuse, N.Y., and Brian M. Fitzgerald, Cazenovia, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power transmission device for a four-wheel drive vehicle having a power source and first and second drivelines includes an input shaft adapted to be driven by the power source. A first output shaft is rotatable about a first axis and adapted to transmit torque to the first driveline. A second output shaft is adapted to transmit torque to the second driveline and is rotatable about a second axis. The first and second axes do not extend parallel to each other. A transfer unit includes a first cylindrically-shaped gear rotatably supported on the first output shaft and a second conically-shaped gear fixed for rotation with the second output shaft. The first and second gears are in constant meshed engagement with each other." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2009 (12/481,779). 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=83,16,738.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,738&RS=PN/83,16,738 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Quality Vision International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Quality Vision International, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,316,728) developed by David E. Lawson, Webster, N.Y., and William E. Stevens Jr., Byron, N.Y., for a "break away slide mechanism with enhanced positioning accuracy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An actuator for selectively extending and retracting a probe in a measuring instrument comprises an actuator body, a carriage having a first aperture slidably attached to the body, and a second aperture receiving a probe holder having a probe. The first aperture of the carriage, which surrounds the actuator body, includes a first plurality of magnets disposed around an inner circumference of the aperture. The actuator body includes a lead screw, a round lead screw nut mated with the lead screw, and a second plurality of magnets arranged on a periphery of the lead screw nut, generally aligned with the first plurality of magnets. The magnets are arranged so that the carriage may be displaced with respect to the actuator body a sufficient amount that the magnets do not significantly restrain the further movement of the carriage." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2009 (12/623,111). 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=83,16,728.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,728&RS=PN/83,16,728 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Carrier Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Carrier, Farmington, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,316,657) developed by Alexander Lifson, Manlius, N.Y., for a "refrigerant system and control method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A refrigerant system is configured to alternatingly run in an economized mode and a standard mode. A control system shifts the refrigerant system between the economized mode and standard mode responsive to a determined efficiency reflecting a combination of at least two of: compressor isentropic efficiency; condenser efficiency; evaporator efficiency; efficiency of hardware mechanically powering the compressor; and a mode-associated cycling efficiency. In a bypass mode, a bypass refrigerant flow from an intermediate port may return to the suction port. Shifting into the bypass mode may be similarly controlled based upon the determined efficiency." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2007 (12/528,910). The full-text of the patent can be found at 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=83,16,657.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,657&RS=PN/83,16,657 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,318,099) developed by five co-inventors for a "chemical and biological sensors, systems and methods based on radio frequency identification." The co-inventors are Radislav Alexandrovich Potyrailo, Niskayuna, N.Y., William Guy Morris, Rexford, N.Y., Kenneth Brakeley Welles II, Scotia, N.Y., Andrew Michael Leach, Clifton Park, N.Y., and Andrew David Pris, Niskayuna, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention include a wireless sensor, such as an RFID tag, that includes a substrate, an antenna disposed on the substrate, and an environmentally sensitive sensor material disposed over at least a portion of said substrate. Other embodiments an RFID tag and at least one antibody coupled to the RFID tag. The RFID tag includes a substrate, circuitry disposed on the substrate, and an antenna coupled to the substrate. The at least one antibody is capable of affecting the signals emanating from the RFID tag. Further embodiments include a detection system that includes a reader. Yet other embodiments include a method for detecting specific analytes. The method includes providing an RFID tag which emanates a first signal having a first frequency, and enabling the REID tag to emanate a second signal having a second frequency upon attraction of a specific analyte to the RFID tag." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2005 (11/259,711). 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=8,318,099.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,099&RS=PN/8,318,099 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Detecting an Analyte ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,318,098) developed by Rogerio Geraldes Rodrigues, Clifton Park, N.Y., for a "method and apparatus for detecting an analyte." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present technique facilitate the detection of analytes. Detection is generally achieved by binding agents labeled with non-radiative energy transfer acceptors. The binding agents, when bound to a specific analyte, change conformation such that the distance between the respective non-radiative energy transfer acceptors and a respective quantum dot or quantum well changes. Certain embodiments of the present technique also comprise readout circuitry configured to determine rates of non-radiative energy transfer electrically and not optically." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/929,313). 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=8,318,098.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,098&RS=PN/8,318,098 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Modular Tower and Methods of Assembling Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,316,615) developed by Balaji Haridasu, Karnataka, India, Biao Fang, Clifton Park, N.Y., and Danian Zheng, Simpsonville, S.C., for a "modular tower and methods of assembling same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tower assembly for use with a modular tower is provided. The tower assembly includes a plurality of assembly panels each including a pair of opposing circumferential edges, and, a plurality of connectors for use in coupling adjacent assembly panels of the plurality of assembly panels to one another, each connector of the plurality of connectors including an outer flange, an inner flange, and a spacer extending therebetween, the outer flange is spaced a distance from the inner flange such that a first slot and a second slot are defined between the outer and inner flanges, each of the first and the second slots is sized to receive one of the assembly panel circumferential edges therein to enable the adjacent assembly panels to be coupled to one another." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2011 (13/009,326). 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=83,16,615.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,615&RS=PN/83,16,615 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mattel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Mattel, El Segundo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,897) developed by Christopher Francis Lucas, Cheektowaga, N.Y., for a water gun assembly.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A toy water gun assembly is disclosed. The assembly includes a water gun and a filling station. The filling station connects to a water source such as a hose. The gun connects to the filling station such that, when connected, the trigger is secured in a locked stated, preventing the user from discharging the gun while mounted on the station. In operation, the gun is connected to the filling station until the water reservoir on the gun is filled. The gun is then released from the filling station by engaging a release lever or button. The gun is fully charged, with the water being pressurized during the filling process." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2010 (12/692,780). 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=83,16,897.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,897&RS=PN/83,16,897 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Printing Systems with Progressive Image Transfer and Progressive Radiant Energy Exposure of Images for Multi-pass Printing, Printing Apparatuses and Corresponding Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,317,313) developed by Barry P. Mandel, Fairport, N.Y., for "printing systems with progressive image transfer and progressive radiant energy exposure of images for multi-pass printing, printing apparatuses and corresponding methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Printing systems, printing apparatuses and methods of forming images on media are provided. An exemplary embodiment of the printing systems includes a rotatable intermediate member including an outer surface on which marking material can be applied by a marking system to form an image via multiple passes of the intermediate member past the marking system; a transport device including a rotatable transport belt having an inlet end and an outlet end, the transport device being movable relative to the outer surface of the intermediate member to engage the transport belt with a medium starting at the inlet end at which a leading edge of the medium enters and progressively increase an engagement zone with the medium toward the outlet end as the leading edge of the medium advances, the outer surface and the transport belt forming an image transfer/curing zone along which the image is transferred from the outer surface to the medium, the image transfer/curing zone increasing in length as the transport belt is progressively engaged with the advancing medium; and a radiating device including a radiant energy source adapted to simultaneously progressively expose the image to radiant energy while the image is being transferred to the medium along the image transfer/curing zone." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2010 (12/729,685). 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=8,317,313.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,313&RS=PN/8,317,313 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Marayna Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Marayna, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,317,018) developed by Joyce Florentz, New York, and Kevin Joyce, New York, for a cigar package.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A packing system for cigars including a cigar box and at least one support. The flat support is sized slightly larger than the distance between a pair of walls of the cigar box so that the support is compressed into an arch shape that is maintained by the walls when inserted into the cigar box. The support includes a plurality of elongate holes that define a plurality of collars. The cigars are seated by the collars and restrict the movement of the cigars. The support also provides a pleasing display for the cigars. In a more particular arrangement, one or more such supports include tabs that engage the cigars of a straight body type and restrict movement of the cigars." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2010 (12/861,661). 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=8,317,018.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,018&RS=PN/8,317,018 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for System and Method for Attenuating Rotating Member Contamination Affecting Uniformity Measurements in an Inkjet Imaging Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,317,291) developed by Howard A. Mizes, Pittsford, N.Y., and Yeqing Zhang, Penfield, N.Y., for a "system and method for attenuating rotating member contamination affecting uniformity measurements in an inkjet imaging device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method enables an inkjet printing system to attenuate image noise in an image of a test strip obtained as print media bearing the test strip travels over a roller in the printing system. The method includes illuminating blank media as the media travels over a rotating member, generating electrical signals corresponding to light reflected by the blank media as the blank media travels over the rotating member, converting the electrical signals to image data of the blank media, printing a test strip on media, illuminating the media as the media on which the test strip is printed travels over the rotating member, generating electrical signals corresponding to light reflected by the media as the media on which the test strip is printed travels over the rotating member, converting the electrical signals to image data of the media on which the test strip is printed, modifying the image data of the media on which the test strip is printed with the image data of the blank media, and storing the modified image data in memory." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2009 (12/621,356). 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=8,317,291.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,291&RS=PN/8,317,291 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mastercard International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Mastercard International, Purchase, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,317,109) developed by Leland Stanford Englebardt, New York, John Wankmueller, Great Neck, N.Y., and David A. Roberts, Warrington, United Kingdom, for a "payment device with audio and/or visual capability and associated method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A payment device includes a memory, a processor coupled to the memory, a communications module coupled to the processor and configured to interact with a payment terminal, a sound-producing element coupled to the processor, and an associated body portion. The memory is configured to store at least one representation of at least one sound and the processor is configured to cause the sound-producing element to produce a sound corresponding to the at least one representation of the at least one sound when such representation is stored in the memory, responsive to the communications module interacting with the payment terminal, substantially without usage of a battery on the device. Visual stimuli can be employed in addition to or in lieu of sounds. Sounds can be downloaded to devices with or without batteries, as part of a service offering." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2011 (13/160,892). 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=8,317,109.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,109&RS=PN/8,317,109 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kraft Foods Global Brands Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Kraft Foods Global Brands, Northfield, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,317,060) developed by Jiayan Gu, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., John Blake, Danbury, Conn., and Glenn Gruskin, Nanuet, N.Y., for a "snap resealing closure for a container." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A overcap is provided which covers the opening of a container. The overcap, in one form, engages an exterior of the container around the rim and along an inwardly directed flange which defines an opening of the container. The overcap snappingly engages with the container to produce an audible indication that the overcap is firmly attached to the container and that air is being expelled from inside the container. In another form, the overcap includes an invertible dome which is transformable between an upward convex position and an upward concave position." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2006 (11/510,717). 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=8,317,060.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,060&RS=PN/8,317,060 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** USAF Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- The U.S. Air Force has been assigned a patent (8,317,058) developed by Shirley A. Toth, Rome, N.Y., and E. Paul Ratazzi, Rome, N.Y., for a "bicyclists' water bottle with bottom drinking valve." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus for dispensing water or other liquids to a bicyclist while riding. Invention provides a means for dispensing fluids from its bottom end so as to eliminate the need for inverting. Contents of the bottle are gravity-dispensed so as to eliminate repeated squeezing of bottle to discharge contents. Invention incorporates functional ergonomic elements including recesses for better handhold, concave sections and extended sections to provide a close conformity to a bicyclist's face to both preserve the aerodynamics of the bicyclist and for maintaining adequate clearance for breathing, while drinking from the invention. Invention is compatible with prior art carriage and retention systems." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2006 (11/591,661). 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=8,317,058.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,058&RS=PN/8,317,058 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for System and Method for Improving Throughput for Duplex Printing Operations in an Indirect Printing System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,317,286) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for improving throughput for duplex printing operations in an indirect printing system." The co-inventors are Cynthia J. Ryan, Lima, N.Y., Paul J. McConville, Webster, N.Y., Brent E. Fleming, Aloha, Ore., Jeffrey R. Kohne, West Linn, Ore., Walter S. Harris, Portland, Ore., and Trevor J. Snyder, Newburg, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for performing duplex printing enables increased throughput in an indirect printing system. The method includes measuring a coverage parameter for image data to be printed, and transforming operation of the printer from a first printing process timing sequence to a second printing process timing sequence in response to the coverage parameter exceeding a predetermined threshold." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2010 (12/720,505). 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=8,317,286.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,286&RS=PN/8,317,286 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Zippo Manufacturing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Zippo Manufacturing, Bradford, Pa., hase been assigned a patent (8,317,028) developed by Gary A. Doster, Orchard Park, N.Y., for a "product package utilizing an information indicator held in a product tray." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A product package having a product tray and an information indicator that can be mounted in the tray. The information indicator is operable to be held in the product tray and the product placed into the tray on top of the information indicator. The tray is operable to protect the product from damage during storage or transport as well as provide an enhanced appearance during display. The information indicator is operable to convey information to the consumer as well as assist in removal of the product from the product tray." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2011 (13/247,873). 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=8,317,028.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,028&RS=PN/8,317,028 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MasterCard International Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Performing a Financial Transaction ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- MasterCard International, Purchase, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,317,090) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and systems for performing a financial transaction." The co-inventors are Mark Wiesman, Chesterfield, Mo., Bruce Rutherford, Stamford, Conn., Art Kranzley, Pound Ridge, N.Y., and Stephen Orfei, Katonah, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and computer-based method for performing a financial transaction using an interchange computer coupled to a database, the interchange computer and database associated with an interchange network, the transaction initiated by a cardholder with a merchant. The method includes receiving, at the interchange computer, a payer authentication request message from the merchant, the payer authentication request message associated with the cardholder and including data representing at least one of transaction card brands supported for payment, a response time limit, and item purchase information. The cardholder is prompted to enter access credential information. The entered access credential information is verified at the interchange computer. The cardholder is prompted to select a transaction card from one or more transaction cards associated with the cardholder. A payer authentication response message including transaction card data associated with the selected transaction card is transmitted from the interchange computer to the merchant." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/748,119). 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=8,317,090.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,090&RS=PN/8,317,090 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Feeding Media Sheets in an Image Production Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,317,185) developed by Douglas K. Herrmann, Webster, N.Y., for a "method and apparatus for feeding media sheets in an image production device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for feeding media sheets in an image production device is disclosed. The method may include applying a downward airflow to a top of a leading edge of a media sheet located at a top of a media stack that is to be fed to an image production section of the image production device, and applying a vacuum airflow to the top of the leading edge of the media sheet located at the top of the media stack that is to be fed to the image production section of the image production device, the applied downward airflow and the applied vacuum airflow causing the top media sheet to separate from the media stack, and feeding the separated top media sheet to the image production section." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2011 (13/101,630). 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=8,317,185.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,185&RS=PN/8,317,185 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method for Image Production Device Media Hold Down Transport Air Flow ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,317,197) developed by Paul J. DeGruchy, Hilton, N.Y., for an "apparatus and method for image production device media hold down transport air flow." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus (100) and method (300) for media hold down transport air flow in an image production device is disclosed. The apparatus can include a media transport belt (110) configured to transport media sheets (105) in a process direction (116). The media transport belt can include a plurality of belt apertures (115) arranged along a cross-process direction (118), where the cross-process direction is perpendicular to the process direction. The plurality of belt apertures can be configured to conduct air to secure the media sheets on the media transport belt. The apparatus can include a vacuum plenum assembly (120). The vacuum plenum assembly can include a plurality of plenum apertures (125) arranged along the cross-process direction. The plurality of plenum apertures can be configured to conduct air through at least some of the plurality of belt apertures. The plurality of plenum apertures can include at least a first plenum aperture (121) of a first width (123) in the cross-process direction and at least a second plenum aperture (122) of a second width (124) in the cross-process direction, where the first width can be different from the second width. The apparatus can include a media transport shift assembly (130) configured to shift a relative position between the media transport belt and the vacuum plenum assembly in the cross-process direction to align at least some of the plurality of belt apertures with at least some of the plurality of plenum apertures." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,810). 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=8,317,197.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,197&RS=PN/8,317,197 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,317,315) developed by four co-inventors for a "corrugated pre-curler for media hold-down transport." The co-inventors are Linn C. Hoover, Webster, N.Y., Ruddy Castillo, Briarwood, N.Y., Joannes N.M. Dejong, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Ming Yang, Fairport, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for maintaining depth of focus in an ink jet printer between a series of print heads and corrugated media includes a vacuum transport in combination with a heating element positioned upstream of the series of print heads in order to help the vacuum transport acquire the corrugated media and seal edges of the corrugated media against a platen." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2010 (12/731,162). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,317,315.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,315&RS=PN/8,317,315 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hand Held Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Hand Held Products, Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,317,104) developed by four co-inventors for an "image engine with integrated circuit structure for indicia reading terminal." The co-inventors are William H. Havens, Syracuse, N.Y., Ynjiun P. Wang, Cupertino, Calif., Edward C. Bremer, Victor, N.Y., and Kevin D. Bower, Syracuse, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention comprise an image engine constructed as an IC structure that has one or more active regions for illuminating, imaging, and decoding a decodable indicia. In one embodiment of the image engine, the IC structure can comprise an imaging region, an aiming region, and an illumination region, all disposed on a single, contiguous substrate. The resultant constructed embodiment can fit within a form factor, wherein the form factor is less than about 500 mm.sup.3." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2010 (12/851,186). 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=8,317,104.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,104&RS=PN/8,317,104 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Sheet Registration Using Multiple Elongated Sensors ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,317,191) developed by Joannes N.M. deJong, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Lloyd A. Williams, Mahopac, N.Y., for a "sheet registration using multiple elongated sensors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system have a media path having moving devices that move a media sheet in a processing direction. At least two elongated sensors within the media path are positioned diagonally relative to the processing direction. The media sheet has two lateral sides, a leading edge, and a trailing edge. A registration controller is operatively connected to the media path and to the elongated sensors. Each of the elongated sensors simultaneously identifies: a location of one of the lateral sides of the media sheet, such that a combination of the elongated sensors simultaneously outputs at least two lateral measures of locations of the lateral sides of the media sheet; and at least one measure leading edge or at least one measure of the trailing edge of the media sheet." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/577,987). 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=8,317,191.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,191&RS=PN/8,317,191 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Method of Position Detection with Two-dimensional Sensor in Printer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,317,292) developed by four co-inventors for a "method of position detection with two-dimensional sensor in printer." The co-inventors are Richard A. Murray, San Diego, James J. Haflinger, San Diego, Gary A. Kneezel, Webster, N.Y., and Juan M. Jimenez, Escondido, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for monitoring relative position of a carriage and a recording medium in an inkjet printing system having a roller for advancing the recording medium along a recording medium advance direction, the method includes sending light from a light source toward at least a portion of the roller; receiving reflected light in a two-dimensional sensor mounted on the carriage; sending a signal from the two-dimensional sensor to a controller, wherein the signal indicates the pattern of reflected light received by the two-dimensional sensor; comparing the received signal by the controller to a signal stored in memory; and calculating a shift between the received signal and the signal stored in memory." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2009 (12/636,807). 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=8,317,292.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,292&RS=PN/8,317,292 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Content Presentation Based on User Preferences ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,317,097) developed by ten co-inventors for a "content presentation based on user preferences." The co-inventors are Gary W. Flake, Bellevue, Wash., Eric J. Horvitz, Kirkland, Wash., Joshua T. Goodman, Redmond, Wash., Eric D. Brill, Redmond, Wash., Bradly A. Brunell, Medina, Wash., Susan T. Dumais, Kirkland, Wash., Alexander G. Gounares, Kirkland, Wash., Trenholme J. Griffin, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Oliver Hurst-Hiller, New York, and Raymond E. Ozzie, Manchester, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Architecture is provided that facilitates user-controlled access to user profile information related to spam filtering. A user is allowed to selectively expose (or mask) portions of his/her profile related to spam filtering to third parties. Additionally, advertisers and/or content providers can offer incentives or enticement in response to the acceptance of which a user exposes larger portions of their profiles related to spam filtering. The architecture comprises a system that facilitates profile management utilizing a profile component that facilitates creation and storage of an electronic profile including spam filtering information of a user, and a control component under control of the user for controlling access to the profile." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2011 (13/189,849). 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=8,317,097.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,097&RS=PN/8,317,097 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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