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

[December 28, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (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 Washington.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Rendering Data by Partitioning a Graphics List ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,671) developed by Uoc H. Nguyen, Long Beach, Calif., James E. Owen, Vancouver, Wash., and Paul R. Henerlau, Portland, Ore., for "methods and systems for rendering data by partitioning a graphics list." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered "out-of-order" or concurrently." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/413,672). 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=8,339,671&OS=8,339,671&RS=8,339,671 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Visual Detection of Clear Air Turbulence ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,339,583) developed by Brian J. Tillotson, Kent, Wash., for a "visual detection of clear air turbulence." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Presented is a system and method for detecting clear air turbulence comprising an image capturing element, a lens having focal length adapted to focus a scene onto the image capturing element such that the combination of the lens and array of pixels are capable of optically resolving any visual distortions of features in the scene that are caused by turbulent air, and a processor. The processor compares the image with a subsequent image, or a stored image of the scene, to detect a change in refraction of light received from the feature in the scene that is due to turbulence and produces an indication of the area of turbulence in the scene." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2009 (12/505,182). 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=8,339,583&OS=8,339,583&RS=8,339,583 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Vanderbilt University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., has been assigned a patent (8,339,704) developed by eight co-inventors for a "photolithographed micro-mirror well for 3D tomogram imaging of individual cells." The co-inventors are Kevin T. Seale, Nashville, Tenn., Ronald S. Reiserer, Nashville, Tenn., John P. Wikswo, Brentwood, Tenn., Sandra Rosenthal, Nashville, Tenn., Jeffrey Chamberlain, Seattle, Charles Wright, Chicago, Dmitry Markov, Nashville, Tenn., and Chris Janetopoulos, Nashville, Tenn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A micro-mirror well. In one embodiment the micro-mirror well includes a plurality of planar mirrors arranged around an axis of symmetry and inclined to form a pyramid well, where each of the plurality of planar mirrors is capable of reflecting light emitting from an object of interest placed inside the pyramid well." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2011 (13/112,901). 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=8,339,704&OS=8,339,704&RS=8,339,704 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Printer Redirection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,635) developed by five co-inventors for a printer redirection. The co-inventors are Makarand Patwardhan, Redmond, Wash., Vladimir Stoyanov, Redmond, Wash., Gaurav Daga, Redmond, Wash., Mahadeva Alladi, Redmond, Wash., and Nelly Porter, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In client-server architectures, systems and methods for XPS based printer redirection are disclosed. In an implementation, a client computing device issues a print command to print an application hosted on a server computing device. The server computing device implements a generic printer driver to emulate exact properties of a client printer driver installed in the client computing device. The generic printer driver redirects one or more calls related to printer settings to the client printer driver. The client computing device returns the printer settings which are combined with the application (to be printed) to generate an XPS file. The XPS file is redirected to a printer connected to the client computing device for printing." The patent application was filed on April 3, 2007 (11/695,717). 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=8,339,635&OS=8,339,635&RS=8,339,635 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Encoding of Non-indexed Data for Printing Using Indexed RGB ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,663) developed by James E. Owen, Vancouver, Wash., for an "encoding of non-indexed data for printing using indexed RGB." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Machine-enabled methods of, and devices and systems for, encoding color bitmap data as indexed red-green-blue (RGB) data for printing and optional multi-functional peripheral (MFP) device raster image processor (RIP) bypass." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2009 (12/390,988). 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=8,339,663&OS=8,339,663&RS=8,339,663 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Rendering Data Based on Graphic-list Partitioning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,670) developed by Uoc H. Nguyen, Long Beach, Calif., James E. Owen, Vancouver, Wash., and Paul R. Henerlau, Portland, Ore., for "methods and systems for rendering data based on graphic-list partitioning." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered "out-of-order" or concurrently." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/413,663). 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=8,339,670&OS=8,339,670&RS=8,339,670 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.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Fiber Cable Distortion Detection System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,339,590) developed by Eric Yuen-Jun Chan, Mercer Island, Wash., and Dennis G. Koshinz, Bellevue, Wash., for a "fiber cable distortion detection system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fiber cable distortion detection system includes a broadband source, an optical source fiber disposed in optical communication with the broadband source, an optical fiber under test (FUT) disposed in optical communication with the optical source fiber and an optical spectrum analyzer disposed in optical communication with the optical source fiber. The system combines the refection of the distortion with the reflection from the source/FUT interface using a 1.times.2 fiber coupler, the location of the distortion is precisely determined with high resolution by the spectrum of the combined signal. The system is miniaturized to the size of a hand-held device suitable for use in airplane cable plant installation or in an environment where space is limited." The patent application was filed on March 4, 2009 (12/398,125). 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=8,339,590&OS=8,339,590&RS=8,339,590 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,672) developed by Uoc H. Nguyen, Long Beach, Calif., James E. Owen, Vancouver, Wash., and Paul R. Henerlau, Portland, Ore., for "methods and systems for rendering data using graphic-list partitions and associated rendering processors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered "out-of-order" or concurrently." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/413,679). 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=8,339,672&OS=8,339,672&RS=8,339,672 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Rendering Data Based on Overlap Characteristics ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,653) developed by Uoc H. Nguyen, Long Beach, Calif., James E. Owen, Vancouver, Wash., and Paul R. Henerlau, Portland, Ore., for "methods and systems for rendering data based on overlap characteristics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered "out-of-order" or concurrently." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/413,689). 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=8,339,653&OS=8,339,653&RS=8,339,653 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Assigning Color Values to Pixels Based on Object Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,411) developed by Geraldine Wade, Redmond, Wash., and Tanya Matskewich, Kirkland, Wash., for an "assigning color values to pixels based on object structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for assigning color values to pixels based on object structure. For example, when rendering a writing system symbol on an electronic display, a non-color characteristic of the symbol can be measured and the measurement can be used to select a color value for a pixel associated with the symbol. Legibility of open and closed line-based graphical objects can be increased by inferring spatial depth and distance through application of a color assignment model." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2006 (11/418,329). 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=8,339,411&OS=8,339,411&RS=8,339,411 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,543) developed by Liang Tang, Vancouver, Wash., Akinori Hashimura, Vancouver, Wash., and Apostolos T. Voutsas, Portland, Ore., for a "plasmonic device tuned using elastic and refractive modulation mechanisms." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A plasmonic display device is provided having dual modulation mechanisms. The device has an electrically conductive bottom electrode that may be either transparent or reflective. A dielectric layer overlies the bottom electrode, made from an elastic polymer material having a refractive index responsive to an electric field. An electrically conductive top electrode, either transparent or reflective, overlies the dielectric layer. A plasmonic layer, including a plurality of discrete plasmonic particles, is interposed between the top and bottom electrodes and in contact with the dielectric layer. In one aspect, the plasmonic layer is embedded in the dielectric layer. Alternately, the plasmonic layer overlies the bottom (or top) electrode. Then, the dielectric layer overlies the plasmonic layer particles and exposed regions of the bottom electrode between the first plasmonic layer particles." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2009 (12/621,567). 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=8,339,543&OS=8,339,543&RS=8,339,543 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Multi-camera Head Pose Tracking ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,459) developed by five co-inventors for a "multi-camera head pose tracking." The co-inventors are Zhengyou Zhang, Bellevue, Wash., Aswin Sankaranarayanan, Greenbelt, Md., Qing Zhang, Lexington, Ky., Zicheng Liu, Bellevue, Wash., and Qin Cai, Clyde Hill, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques and technologies for tracking a face with a plurality of cameras wherein a geometry between the cameras is initially unknown. One disclosed method includes detecting a head with two of the cameras and registering a head model with the image of the head (as detected by one of the cameras). The method also includes back projecting the other detected face image to the head model and determining a head pose from the back-projected head image. Furthermore, the determined geometry is used to track the face with at least one of the cameras." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2009 (12/561,154). 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=8,339,459&OS=8,339,459&RS=8,339,459 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Washington Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- The University of Washington, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,340,486) developed by Michael Hochberg, Seattle, and Thomas W. Baehr-Jones, Seattle, for an "effective .chi..sup.2 on the basis of electric biasing of .chi..sup.3 materials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for controlling the nonlinear moments of a nonlinear optical material of an electrooptical device is disclosed. The method includes controlling an optical mode region of the electrooptical device by providing a time varying signal to the electrooptical device via one or more electrodes of the device and affecting the nonlinear moments of the nonlinear optical material of the electrooptical device by providing a time independent bias to the device. In one embodiment, the nonlinear optical material includes a .chi..sup.3 material. In another embodiment, the method includes employing the time independent bias to bias the .chi..sup.3 material such that the .chi..sup.3 material behaves in a manner analogous to a .chi..sup.2 material." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2010 (12/796,931). 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=8,340,486&OS=8,340,486&RS=8,340,486 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,476) developed by six co-inventors for an "electronic acquisition of a hand formed expression and a context of the expression." The co-inventors are Alexander J. Cohen, Mill Valley, Calif., Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, 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: "Embodiments include an apparatus, device, method, and computer program product. In an embodiment, a device includes a handheld writing device that includes a writing element, and a writing detector module operable to generate information indicative of a handwriting movement of the writing element. The device also includes a context detector module operable to generate information indicative of a content portion of a document proximate to the handwriting movement of the writing element." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2005 (11/083,567). 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=8,340,476&OS=8,340,476&RS=8,340,476 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Detecting a Tilt Angle from a Depth Image ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,432) developed by Zsolt Mathe, Issaquah, Wash., and Charles Claudius Marais, Duvall, Pa., for "systems and methods for detecting a tilt angle from a depth image." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A depth image of a scene may be received, observed, or captured by a device. A human target in the depth image may then be scanned for one or more body parts such as shoulders, hips, knees, or the like. A tilt angle may then be calculated based on the body parts. For example, a first portion of pixels associated with an upper body part such as the shoulders and a second portion of pixels associated with a lower body part such as a midpoint between the hips and knees may be selected. The tilt angle may then be calculated using the first and second portions of pixels." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2009 (12/485,804). 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=8,340,432&OS=8,340,432&RS=8,340,432 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,430) developed by Richard John Campbell, Camas, Wash., for "methods and systems for identifying digital image characteristics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for determining image characteristics in a digital image." The patent application was filed on July 10, 2007 (11/775,773). 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=8,340,430&OS=8,340,430&RS=8,340,430 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Generation of Multi-resolution Image Pyramids ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,415) developed by Hugues Hoppe, Redmond, Wash., Charles Han, New York, and Matt Uyttendaele, Seattle, for a "generation of multi-resolution image pyramids." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments are described for a system and method for generating a multi-resolution image pyramid. The method can include obtaining an image captured as a coarse image of a defined subject and a fine image of the defined subject. The fine image can be downsampled to create a temporary image. A further operation is applying a structure transfer operation to the temporary image to transfer color detail from the coarse image. The structure transfer takes place while retaining structural detail from the temporary image. A blending operation can be applied between the temporary image and the fine image to construct an intermediate image for at least one intermediate level in the multi-resolution image pyramid between the fine image and the coarse image." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2010 (12/754,526). 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=8,340,415&OS=8,340,415&RS=8,340,415 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Techniques for Robust Color Transfer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,416) developed by Ido Omer, Redmond, Wash., and Eyal Ofek, Redmond, Wash., for "techniques for robust color transfer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques and systems to transfer color robustly between images are described. In an embodiment, a technique for transferring color includes separating color information of a registered source image into a one dimensional luminosity channel and multi-dimensional chromatic channels. The technique further includes building a voting table, where each table cell is indexed by the chromatic coordinates from the source image and from the destination image. The table is built by adding to a count stored in a table cell indexed by the chromatic coordinates of the source pixel and the chromatic coordinates of its related destination pixel for each occurrence of such a pairing. The voting table values are used to identify a transfer color, and to adjust the colors of the source image to the colors of the destination image. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2010 (12/823,760). 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=8,340,416&OS=8,340,416&RS=8,340,416 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent for Location-weighted Color Masking ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,406) developed by Jue Wang, Seattle, and Jen-Chan Chien, Saratoga, Calif., for a location-weighted color masking.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer-readable storage medium are disclosed for generating a location-weighted mask based on a color model comprising spatial dimensions. In one embodiment, a selection of at least one pixel in an input image is received, wherein the selection of the at least one pixel comprises a color and a location within the input image. A color model may be determined based on the color and the location of the at least one pixel, wherein the color model comprises one or more truncated Gaussian functions. A mask may be generated based on the color model. The mask may indicate a degree of membership in the mask for each pixel in the input image as a function of a similarity in color to the at least one pixel in the selection and a proximity to the location of the at least one pixel in the selection." The patent application was filed on Aug. 25, 2008 (12/197,913). 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=8,340,406&OS=8,340,406&RS=8,340,406 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Multi-layered Slide Transitions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,403) developed by Jason Zhao, San Jose, Calif., Mark Pearson, Renton, Wash., and Peter Lai, Mountain View, Calif., for a multi-layered slide transitions.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Architecture that enhances the visual experience of a slide presentation by animating slide content as "actors" in the same background "scene". This is provided by multi-layered transitions between slides, where a slide is first separated into "layers" (e.g., with a level of transparency). Each layer can then be transitioned independently. All layers are composited together to accomplish the end effect. The layers can comprise one or more content layers, and a background layer. The background layer can further be separated into a background graphics layer and a background fill layer. The transition phase can include a transition effect such as a fade, a wipe, a dissolve effect, and other desired effects. To provide the continuity and uniformity of presentation the content on the same background scene, a transition effect is not applied to the background layer." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2008 (12/104,422). 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=8,339,403.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,403&RS=PN/8,339,403 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Declustering Point-of-interest Icons ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,399) developed by Bradford J. Snow, Woodinville, Wash., for a declustering point-of-interest icons.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Super-clusters of point-of-interest locations are created based on how close the point-of-interest locations are to one another. Additionally, one or more mini-clusters are created in each of the super-clusters based on how close the point-of-interest locations within each super-cluster are to one another. For each of one or more mini-clusters, some point-of-interest icons corresponding to the point-of-interest locations are placed based at least in part on a mean out positioning vector that is based at least in part on a center of the mini-cluster and a center of the super-cluster that includes the mini-cluster. Additionally, some point-of-interest icons are attempted to be placed as a group, while others are attempted to be placed individually." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/930,367). 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=8,339,399.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,399&RS=PN/8,339,399 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,510) developed by five co-inventors for "implementing channel start and file seek for decoder." The co-inventors are Yongjun Wu, Redmond, Wash., Gang Ji, Bothell, Wash., Shyam Sadhwani, Bellevue, Wash., Naveen Thumpudi, Sammamish, Wash., and Eric S. Christoffersen, Beaux Arts, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A video bit stream with pictures comprising inter-coded content can be decoded upon receiving a channel start or file seek instruction. Pictures for beginning decoding and display of the bit stream can be selected based at least in part on one or more tuning parameters that set a preference between a latency of beginning to display video and possible defects in the displayed video. In some embodiments, to implement decoding upon a channel start or file seek, one or more types of data are generated for one or more pictures. For example, picture order counts are generated for pictures after a channel start or file seek operation. As another example, a decoder generates a frame number value that triggers re-initialization of a reference picture buffer before decoding after a channel start or file seek operation." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2009 (12/505,444). 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=8,340,510.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,510&RS=PN/8,340,510 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,339,285) developed by four co-inventors for a "tactile pilot alerting system and method." The co-inventors are Kelly L. Boren, Marysville, Wash., Dianne L. McMullin, Bothell, Wash., Rush F. Green Jr., Seattle, and Frank P. Santoni, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of alerting an occupant of a seat assembly of the occurrence of a triggering event comprising the steps of monitoring for the occurrence of the triggering event, vibrating the seat assembly and/or probing the seat assembly." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2009 (12/510,138). 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=8,339,285.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,285&RS=PN/8,339,285 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Illuminating Primary and Alternate Keyboard Symbols ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,294) developed by Jason L. Frazier, Redmond, Wash., for an "illuminating primary and alternate keyboard symbols." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A keyboard or keypad which can highlight symbols on the keys by illuminating them. The keys are backlit by two light sources, one visible and one ultraviolet, each of which illuminates multiple keys. One symbol on each key is designed to transmit the visible light, becoming highlighted when the visible light source is activated. A second symbol on each key is designed to fluoresce when illuminated by ultraviolet light, becoming highlighted when the ultraviolet light source is activated. If desired, both light sources can be activated, highlighting both symbols simultaneously. If desired, complementary light color and filter material may be used to reduce or eliminate transmission of light through the second symbol. A single pair of light sources may be used for the entire keyboard or the keyboard may be divided into segments with separate light sources for each segment." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2008 (12/042,729). 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=8,339,294.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,294&RS=PN/8,339,294 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intermec IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Intermec IP, Everett, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,266) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for determining RFID tag placement." The co-inventors are Pavel Nikitin, Seattle, Venkata Kodukula, Bothell, Wash., John Bleichner, Lake Stevens, Wash., and For S. Lam, Bothell, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In systems and methods for determining the placement of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, a tag reader communicates with one or more RFID tags at different locations of a target object. The tag reader determines which of the different locations is a preferable location for placing an RFID tag by detecting the transmission power level or other value required to communicate with the RFID tag at each of the different locations." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2008 (12/046,377). 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=8,339,266.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,266&RS=PN/8,339,266 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,340,498) developed by Sunbir Gill, Seattle, Kamlesh T. Talrja, Seattle, and Peter A. Schwabland, Seattle, for an "extraction of text elements from video content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Video content comprising a plurality of frames containing textual and non-textual elements is processed. A portion of the plurality of frames is selected for analysis to identify textual elements in the frames corresponding to pre-defined textual elements. The identified textual elements are stored along with their location within the video content. In some embodiments, each of a subset of frames included in the portion is analyzed until the pre-defined textual element is identified in a start frame. A plurality of successive frames subsequent to the start frame is analyzed to identify pre-defined textual elements in the frame. Analyzing the frames includes filtering the frames to remove non-textual elements and increase the visibility of the textual elements contained therein. A confidence rating is calculated for the identified textual elements according to some embodiments." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2009 (12/364,944). 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=8,340,498.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,498&RS=PN/8,340,498 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fluke Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Fluke, Everett, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,275) developed by Michael F. Gallavan, Edmonds, Wash., for an "AC voltage phase discriminator for circuit breaker locators." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An arrangement that includes a transmitter unit and a receiver for locating a circuit interrupter associated with a selected branch circuit of a power distribution system. The transmitter is electrically interconnected with the selected branch circuit and produces a sequence of tracing signals in a branch circuit that is to be traced. Each tracing signal is transmitted and detected at times measured with respect to a detected known phase of the signal on the branch circuit. In one embodiment, tracing signals are transmitted on a branch circuit of a 3 phase power distribution system when the branch circuit to be tested has a positive phase and the other phases are negative." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2009 (12/537,878). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,339,275.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,275&RS=PN/8,339,275 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fluke Assigned Patent for Circuit Breaker Locator ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Fluke, Everett, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,272) developed by Michael F. Gallavan, Edmonds, Wash., for a circuit breaker locator.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An arrangement that includes a transmitter unit and a receiver for locating a wire or a circuit interrupter associated with a selected branch circuit of a power distribution system. The transmitter is electrically interconnected with the selected branch circuit and produces a sequence of current pulses in a branch circuit that is to be traced to locate an associated circuit interrupter. Each current pulse is of a predetermined duration, a predetermined rise time, and a predefined fall time, which in one embodiment is equal to the current pulse rise time. The receiver is a handheld unit that is positioned in close proximity with the various circuit interrupters of the power distribution system and provides an indication that the desired wire or circuit interrupter has been located upon detecting current pulses that are with a predefined pulse duration, pulse separation and amplitude." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2009 (12/537,873). 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=8,339,272.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,272&RS=PN/8,339,272 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,267) developed by ten co-inventors for an "audio transforms in connection with multiparty communication." The co-inventors are Dinei A. Florencio, Redmond, Wash., Alejandro Acero, Bellevue, Wash., William Buxton, Ontario, Canada, Phillip A. Chou, Bellevue, Wash., Ross G. Cutler, Redmond, Wash., Jason Garms, Issaquah, Wash., Christian Huitema, Clyde Hill, Wash., Kori M. Quinn, Redmond, Wash., Daniel Allen Rosenfeld, Seattle, and Zhengyou Zhang, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The claimed subject matter relates to an architecture that can preprocess audio portions of communications in order to enrich multiparty communication sessions or environments. In particular, the architecture can provide both a public channel for public communications that are received by substantially all connected parties and can further provide a private channel for private communications that are received by a selected subset of all connected parties. Most particularly, the architecture can apply an audio transform to communications that occur during the multiparty communication session based upon a target audience of the communication. By way of illustration, the architecture can apply a whisper transform to private communications, an emotion transform based upon relationships, an ambience or spatial transform based upon physical locations, or a pace transform based upon lack of presence." The patent application was filed on Feb. 5, 2009 (12/365,949). 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=8,340,267&OS=8,340,267&RS=8,340,267 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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