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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New Jersey (Dec. 28)

[December 28, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New Jersey (Dec. 28)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New Jersey.

*** Enpirion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Enpirion, Hampton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,339,802) developed by four co-inventors for a "module having a stacked magnetic device and semiconductor device and method of forming the same." The co-inventors are Ashraf W. Lotfi, Bridgewater, N.J., Douglas Dean Lopata, Boyertown, Pa., John David Weld, Ledgewood, N.J., and Mathew A. Wilkowski, Nazareth, Pa.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A module having a stacked magnetic device and semiconductor device, and method of forming the same. In one embodiment, the module includes a printed wiring board including a patterned conductor formed on an upper surface thereof. The module also includes a magnetic core mounted on the upper surface of the printed wiring board proximate the patterned conductor and a semiconductor device mounted on an upper surface of the magnetic core." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2009 (12/393,818). 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=8,339,802&OS=8,339,802&RS=8,339,802 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** PD-LD Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- PD-LD, Pennington, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,339,598) developed by Vladimir Sinisa Ban, Princeton, N.J., Boris Leonidovich Volodin, West Winsdor, N.J., and Neal R. Stoker, Chapin, S.C., for a "compact, low cost raman monitor for single substances." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus for performing Raman analysis may include a laser source module, a beam delivery and signal collection module, a spectrum analysis module, and a digital signal processing module. The laser source module delivers a laser beam to the beam delivery and signal collection module. The beam delivery and signal collection module delivers the laser source beam to a sample, collects Raman scattered light scattered from the sample, and delivers the collected Raman scattered light to the spectrum analysis module. The spectrum analysis module demultiplexes the Raman scattered light into discrete Raman bands of interest, detects the presence of signal energy in each of the Raman bands, and produces a digital signal that is representative of the signal energy present in each of the Raman bands. The digital signal processing module is adapted to perform a Raman analysis of the sample." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (13/361,072). 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=8,339,598&OS=8,339,598&RS=8,339,598 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Uncovering the Differences in Backbone Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,965) developed by four co-inventors for "uncovering the differences in backbone networks." The co-inventors are Ming Zhang, Redmond, Wash., Ratul Mahajan, Seattle, Lindsey Philip Poole, Princeton, N.J., and Vivek Sadananda Pai, Princeton, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The claimed subject matter provides systems and/or methods that discover comparative differences in performance of Internet Service Provider networks. The system can include devices, components, and/or processes that partitions measurement processes into cycles and measures at least one Internet Service Provider network every cycle, develops and distributes to interrogation nodes a list of destination Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to interrogate, and utilizes results delivered or retrieved from interrogation nodes to generate a report on the comparative performance of Internet Service Provider networks queried." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2007 (11/865,914). 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=8,339,965&OS=8,339,965&RS=8,339,965 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,339,956) developed by Eric Noel, Holmdel, N.J., and Mark Ratcliffe, Oakhurst, N.J., for a "method and apparatus for providing a centralized subscriber load distribution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for providing subscriber load distribution in networks are disclosed. For example, the method receives capacity data and user equipment (UE) resource consumption data from a plurality of devices that process call control signaling messages within the communication network. The method receives a first request from one of the plurality of devices to re-register one or more selected user equipment, and selects at least one available device from the plurality of devices. The method then re-registers the one or more selected user equipment on the at least one available device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 15, 2008 (12/014,489). 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=8,339,956&OS=8,339,956&RS=8,339,956 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SRI International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,456) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus for intelligent and autonomous video content generation and streaming." The co-inventors are Jayakrishnan Kumar Eledath, Princeton, N.J., Sarah Paris-Mascicki, Monmouth Junction, N.J., Vincent Endres, Morristown, N.J., and Barbara Hanna, Princeton Junction, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for automatically capturing an event of interest in a venue is disclosed, comprising a plurality of cameras for capturing video images of the event; and at least one processor communicatively connected to said plurality of cameras and con figured to execute a plurality of modules, said modules comprising a rectification module for combining the video images to form a wide-angle view; at least one of a motion analysis module configured for tracking salient blobs that are not part of a background of the wide-angle view, an activity analysis module configured for extracting temporal and spatial patterns from the wide-angle view, and a shape and appearance module configured for selecting one or more objects in the wide-angle view based on descriptors that are scale and rotational invariant; and a region of interest selector for selecting a viewpoint from the wide-angle view based on output from at least one of the motion analysis module, the activity analysis module, and the shape and appearance module, wherein the region of interest selector outputs the selected viewpoint for display. The system further comprises at least one audio recording device for capturing audio from the event; and means for synchronizing the video images and audio." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2008 (12/186,863). 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=8,339,456&OS=8,339,456&RS=8,339,456 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Transpacific Infinity Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Transpacific Infinity, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,339,551) developed by Dennis Lee Matthies, Princeton, N.J., for "electrode structure which supports self alignment of liquid deposition of materials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved two layer electrode structure is fabricated on a surface. According to one aspect of the invention, the first layer of the electrode structure is designed to provide electrical contact to a fluid electronic material and the second layer of the electrode structure is formed so as to constrain the fluid electronic material in a precise pattern. Alternatively, the second layer of the two-layer electrode structure includes a low surface energy material to further assist in constraining the fluid electronic material to the desired pattern. In another alternative, the first layer of the electrode structure includes a transparent electrode material, that is coupled to an electro-optical device. The second layer of this electrode structure includes a high conductivity material that is coupled to the first layer of the electrode structure in an area not directly over the electro-optical device to improve the conductivity of the transparent electrode structure." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2005 (11/288,655). 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=8,339,551&OS=8,339,551&RS=8,339,551 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Signum Biosciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Signum Biosciences, Monmouth Junction, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,338,648) developed by four co-inventors for "topical compositions and methods for epithelial-related conditions." The co-inventors are Jeffry B. Stock, Rocky Hill, N.J., Joel Gordon, Princeton Junction, N.J., Maxwell Stock, Rocky Hill, N.J., and Gregory Stock, Princeton, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to pharmaceutical, cosmetic and cosmeceutical topical compositions containing polyisoprenyl-protein inhibitor compounds and methods useful in the promotion of healthy epithelium and the treatment of epithelial-related conditions." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2005 (11/151,174). 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=83,38,648.PN.&OS=PN/83,38,648&RS=PN/83,38,648 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Reata Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Reata Pharmaceuticals, Irving, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,338,618) developed by five co-inventors for "antioxidant inflammation modulators: novel derivatives of oleanolic acid." The co-inventors are Xin Jiang, Dallas, Jack Greiner, Milltown, N.J., Lester L. Maravetz, Westfield, N.J., Stephen S. Szucs, Lawrenceville, N.J., and Melean Visnick, Irving, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are novel oleanolic acid derivatives. Methods of preparing these compounds are also disclosed. The oleanolic acid derivatives of this invention may be used for the treatment and prevention of many diseases, including cancer, neurological disorders, inflammation, and pathologies involving oxidative stress." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2011 (13/294,504). 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=83,38,618.PN.&OS=PN/83,38,618&RS=PN/83,38,618 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Celanese International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Celanese International, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,338,650) developed by eight co-inventors for "palladium catalysts for making ethanol from acetic acid." The co-inventors are Victor J. Johnston, Houston, Barbara Kimmich, Bernardsville, N.J., John Potts, Angleton, Texas, Heiko Weiner, Pasadena, Texas, James H. Zink, League City, Texas, Josefina T. Chapman, Houston, Laiyuan Chen, Houston, and Radmila Jevtic, Pasadena, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Catalysts and processes for forming catalysts for use in hydrogenating acetic acid to form ethanol. The catalyst comprises palladium and chromium on a support." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2011 (13/079,700). 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=83,38,650.PN.&OS=PN/83,38,650&RS=PN/83,38,650 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Corn Products Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Corn Products Development, Westchester, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,338,673) developed by four co-inventors for a "hybrid corn plant and seed PPVO1864." The co-inventors are Brad M. Ostrander, Bridgewater, N.J., Travis L. Roberts, Bridgewater, N.J., Barry J. Nagle, Bridgewater, N.J., and Wade A. Ostrander, Bridgewater, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides hybrid maize plant designated PPVO1864. This invention further provides hybrid seed of PPVO1864, a representative sample of which has been deposited under ATCC Accession Number PTA-9367, hybrid plants produced from such seed, and variants, mutants, and trivial modifications to hybrid PPVO1864, as well as methods of using the hybrid and products produced from the hybrid." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2008 (12/169,958). 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=83,38,673.PN.&OS=PN/83,38,673&RS=PN/83,38,673 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bristol-Myers Squibb Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,338,604) developed by John Hynes, Washington Crossing, Pa., George V. De Lucca, Pannington, N.J., and Hong Wu, New Hope, Pa., for "imidazopyridine and imidazopyrazine compounds useful as kinase inhibitors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A compound of Formula (I) or Formula (II) and enantiomers, diastereomers and pharmaceutically-acceptable salts thereof. Also disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions containing compounds of Formula (I) or Formula (II), and methods of treating conditions associated with the activity of p38 kinase. ##STR00001##." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2009 (12/999,073). 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=83,38,604.PN.&OS=PN/83,38,604&RS=PN/83,38,604 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bristol-Myers Squibb Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,338,606) developed by four co-inventors for "crystalline forms of N-(tert-butoxycarbonyl)-3-methyl-L-valyl-(4R)-4-((7-chloro-4-methoxy-1-is- oquinolinyl)oxy)-N-((1R,2S)-1-((cyclopropylsulfonyl)carbamoyl)-2-vinylcycl- opropyl)-L-prolinamide." The co-inventors are Robert Kevin Perrone, Belle Mead, N.J., Anne I. Song, Upper Saddle River, N.J., Chenchi Wang, Somerset, N.J., and William Ying, Martinsville, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure generally relates to crystalline forms of N-(tert-butoxycarbonyl)-3-methyl-L-valyl-(4R)-4-((7-chloro-4-methoxy-1-is- oquinolinyl)oxy)-N-((1R,2S)-1-((cyclopropylsulfonyl)carbamoyl)-2-vinylcycl- opropyl)-L-prolinamide. The present disclosure also generally relates to a pharmaceutical composition comprising one or more of the crystalline forms, as well of methods of using the crystalline forms in the treatment of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and methods for obtaining such crystalline forms." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2012 (13/472,720). 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=83,38,606.PN.&OS=PN/83,38,606&RS=PN/83,38,606 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,339,391) developed by Lining Yang, East Windsor, N.J., and Christian Isleib, Koblenz, Germany, for a "method and system for direct rendering of multi-volume data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for performing direct rendering of a multi-volume data, having the steps of determining whether a volume of the multi-volume data is one of active and inactive via interaction with a ray for the multi-volume data, recording in triplicate a starting point and an end point of the ray for an eyespace, repeating the determining whether the volume is one of active and inactive via interaction with a ray for the multi-volume data and the recording in triplicate a starting point and an end point of the ray for an eyespace for all volumes of the multi-volume data, providing triples from all volumes to an array, sorting the array to create a sorted triples list array, breaking the ray into a plurality of segments using the sorted triples list array, determining which volumes are active for each of the segments via an active volume list, and sampling each segment of the ray to acquire an accumulated result." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2008 (12/060,441). 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=8,339,391.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,391&RS=PN/8,339,391 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SRI International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,349) developed by six co-inventors for a "moving target detection in the presence of parallax." The co-inventors are Garbis Salgian, West Windsor, N.J., Supun Samarasekera, Montgomery, N.J., Jiangjian Xiao, Plainsboro, N.J., James Russell Bergen, Hopewell, N.J., Rakesh Kumar, West Windsor, N.J., and Feng Han, Lawrenceville, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for detecting a moving target is disclosed that receives a plurality of images from at least one camera; receives a measurement of scale from one of a measurement device and a second camera; calculates the pose of the at least one camera over time based on the plurality of images and the measurement of scale; selects a reference image and an inspection image from the plurality of images of the at least one camera; and detects a moving target from the reference image and the inspection image based on the orientation of corresponding portions in the reference image and the inspection image relative to a location of an epipolar direction common to the reference image and the inspection image; and displays any detected moving target on a display. The measurement of scale can derived from a second camera or, for example, a wheel odometer. The method can also detect moving targets by combining the above epipolar method with a method based on changes in depth between the inspection image and the reference image and based on changes in flow between the inspection image and the reference image." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2007 (11/763,559). 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=8,340,349&OS=8,340,349&RS=8,340,349 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NEC Laboratories America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,340,584) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for adaptive beamforming in indoor wireless networks." The co-inventors are Sriram Lakshmanan, Atlanta, N.J., Karthikeyan Sundaresan, Howell, N.J., Ravindranath Kokku, Monmouth Junction, N.J., and Mohammad Ali Khojastepour, North Brunswick, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for transmitting signals between a transmitter and a receiver by differentially estimating channel coefficients for each of the antenna elements relative to a reference antenna element; determining beam weights to remove oscillator induced phase or offset; and applying a correction (beamforming solution) at the transmitter to make the phase of the received signal from different antenna elements to be coherently combined at the receiver." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2009 (12/368,246). 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=8,340,584.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,584&RS=PN/8,340,584 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cellco Partnership Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Cellco Partnership, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,339,257) developed by Carlos A. Cazanas, Bethlehem, Pa., Brian Tims, Bethlehem, Pa., and Azam Khan, Franklin Park, N.J., for a "firearm and system for notifying firearm discharge." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A firearm equipped with a capability of wireless communication reports a discharge of the firearm to a reporting center terminal via a wireless communication link. The firearm includes a firearm housing including a trigger assembly. A sensor is coupled to the firearm housing for sensing the discharge of the firearm. The housing, e.g., portion of a pistol grip, also encases a wireless communication unit for transmitting a message indicating occurence of the firearm discharge to the terminal via wireless communication network. A GPS receiver installed in the firearm receives GPS signals from GPS satellites to enable calculation of the location of the firearm, either at the firearm or by a Position Determining Equipment (PDE), to identify the location of the firearm to the reporting center terminal. Upon detection of the discharge of the firearm, the firearm initiates activities of the GPS receiver and the wireless communication unit." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2009 (12/512,391). 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=8,339,257.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,257&RS=PN/8,339,257 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,339,284) developed by Gang He, Morristown, N.J., for a "method and apparatus for displaying flight path information in rotocraft." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A visual display system is provided, and includes a visual display element configured to display a visual display with three-dimensional, conformal background information at a first perspective; and a processor coupled to the visual display. The processor can be configured to evaluate flight path information and to adjust the visual display into a second perspective if the flight path information cannot be accurately displayed at the first perspective relative to the background." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2008 (12/045,873). 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=8,339,284.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,284&RS=PN/8,339,284 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,340,530) developed by Yi Cai, Eatontown, N.J., for a "local oscillator frequency offset compensation in a coherent optical signal receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method implementing dual stage carrier frequency offset compensation (FOC) in a coherent receiver for an optical communication system. In the first stage, a feed forward FOC function compensates for relatively slowly drifting frequency offsets. In a second stage, a decision-feedback FOC function compensates for relatively quickly drifting frequency offsets. The feed forward frequency offset compensation may be implemented with a feed forward carrier phase estimation function and the decision-feedback frequency offset compensation may be implemented with a decision-feedback carrier phase estimation function." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2010 (12/718,177). 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=8,340,530.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,530&RS=PN/8,340,530 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Avaya Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,340,277) developed by Howard G. Kradjel, Lincroft, N.J., and Paul Roller Michaelis, Louisville, Colo., for "bartering system and method for controlling position in a wait queue in a contact center." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A contact center establishes a communication with a user. The communication is placed into a position in a wait queue that has other position(s) with other communication(s) that are waiting to be serviced by contact center agents. An offer is made to the user to change an amount of time to wait in the wait queue before being connected to a contact center agent. The offer can be based on a commodity such as money, frequent flyer miles, willingness to listen to an advertisement while holding, completing a survey, and the like. In response to the user accepting the offer, the position of the communication in the wait queue is changed to a different position. This allows the user to interactively adjust their wait time." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2009 (12/474,981). 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=8,340,277&OS=8,340,277&RS=8,340,277 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Verizon Services, Ashburn, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,340,262) developed by eleven co-inventors for a home call router. The co-inventors are Gregory Wayne Cermak, Needham, Mass., Bernadette Anita Nelson, Lexington, Mass., Sandra Kelly Teare, Needham, Mass., Alex Tserkovny, Brookline, Mass., John Herman Wurster, Basking Ridge, N.J., Douglas Reynold Jones, Medford, N.J., Linda Louise Witham, Annandale, Va., Stephen Paul Brennan, Bedford, Texas, Premkumar Natarajan, Sudbury, Mass., Anne M. Kraus-Keenan, Mountain Lakes, N.J., and Elizabeth I. Van Horn, Philadelphia.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method and system for routing telephone calls within a household. In the disclosed home call routing system, a head of the household or other person with administrative authority within the home can control the routing of telephone calls by establishing and modifying call system parameters such as call priorities, traffic times, caller identities, routing rules, etc. through a home computer." The patent application was filed on Nov. 17, 2005 (11/280,325). 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=8,340,262&OS=8,340,262&RS=8,340,262 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,340,261) developed by Marian Croak, Fair Haven, N.J., and Hossein Eslambolchi, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for ubiquitous access to dialing plans for enterprise networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention comprises a method and apparatus for providing at least one network endpoint of an enterprise customer network access to at least one dialing plan. Specifically, the method comprises receiving at least one dialing plan request from the at least one network endpoint, retrieving at least one address mapping in response to the at least one dialing plan request, and responding to the at least one dialing plan request using the at least one address mapping." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2004 (10/951,137). 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=8,340,261&OS=8,340,261&RS=8,340,261 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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