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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 4)

[January 04, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 4)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,345,454) developed by Matthew J. Krolak, Renton, Wash., John M. Fifield, Kent, Wash., and Shengyi Liu, Sammamish, Wash., for an "architecture and control method for dynamically conditioning multiple DC sources to driven an AC load." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power electronics and control architecture for powering an AC load from a multi-source power system through a single conversion stage is disclosed. A controllable DC-to-AC inverter accepts a DC output voltage range from a DC power source at a DC input, and outputs an adjustable AC at an AC output. A sensor measures an output power of the DC power source to obtain a measured output power, and a processor sets a power level at the DC input based on the measured output power. The processor sets the power level to control the output power of the DC power source, and synchronizes the adjustable AC to a common AC output of the multi-source power system." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2009 (12/623,372). 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=8,345,454&OS=8,345,454&RS=8,345,454 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Camera-based Scanning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,345,106) developed by six co-inventors for a camera-based scanning. The co-inventors are Djordje Nijemcevic, Belgrade, Serbia, Magdalena Vukosavljevic, Belgrade, Serbia, Milan Vugdelija, Belgrade, Serbia, Ana Mitrovic, Belgrade, Serbia, Georg F. Petschnigg, Seattle, and Bodin Dresevic, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of camera-based scanning are described. In various embodiments, scanned documents can be created using images captured by a camera associated with a device. An image captured by the camera is processed to identify portions within the image that correspond to rectangular objects such as paper, business cards, whiteboards, screens, and so forth. One or more of these portions can be selected for scanning automatically based on a scoring scheme and/or semi-automatically with the aid of input from a user. One or more scanned documents are created from the selected portions by un-warping the selected portions to remove effects of perspective (e.g., rectify the portions to rectangles) and applying various image enhancements to improve appearance." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/578,445). 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=8,345,106&OS=8,345,106&RS=8,345,106 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,345,348) developed by Matthias P. Savage-Leuchs, Woodinville, Wash., for a "method and optical gain fiber having segments of differing core sizes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and method for amplifying laser signals using segments of fibers of differing core diameters and/or differing cladding diameters to suppress amplified spontaneous emission and non-linear effects such as four-wave mixing (FWM), self-phase modulation, and stimulated Brillouin and/or Raman scattering (SBS/SRS). In some embodiments, different core sizes have different sideband spacings (spacing between the desired signal and wavelength-shifted lobes). Changing core sizes and providing phase mismatches prevent buildup of non-linear effects. Some embodiments further include a bandpass filter to remove signal other than the desired signal wavelength and/or a time gate to remove signal at times other than during the desired signal pulse. Some embodiments include photonic-crystal structures to define the core for the signal and/or the inner cladding for the pump. Some embodiments include an inner glass cladding to confine the signal in the core and an outer glass cladding to confine pump light in the inner cladding." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2011 (13/160,473). 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=8,345,348&OS=8,345,348&RS=8,345,348 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tijemiksho Data Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Tijemiksho Data, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,345,279) developed by Cory Klatt, Edmonds, Wash., and Brent Krum, Redmond, Wash., for a "system for establishing event rules for sales management databases." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Information stored in a corporate database is monitored and used to determine when certain business-related events have occurred. Event information is transmitted over the Internet to a print production facility, where it is used to fire one or more event rules, which in turn automatically generate print requisitions or print production orders. In one variation, print requisitions are routed through an existing and commercially available procurement system before a print production order is generated. The system can monitor and handle events from multiple corporations, each having its own business-related event rules, and each potentially having its own procurement approval system." The patent application was filed on Jan. 10, 2000 (09/479,913). 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=8,345,279&OS=8,345,279&RS=8,345,279 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Visual Occultation to Measure Refractivity Profile ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,345,115) developed by Brian J. Tillotson, Kent, Wash., for a "visual occultation to measure refractivity profile." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Presented is a system and method for measuring the refractivity profile of a parcel of atmosphere comprising an image capturing device for capturing an image of a visual feature, such as a topographic feature like the horizon, combined with a lens having focal length adapted to focus an image onto image capturing device such that the combination of the lens and the image capturing device are adapted to resolve at least 100 microradians of angle, and an image processor adapted to compare a detected position of the visual feature in the image to the expected position of the visual feature. The system uses the difference between the detected position and the expected position to detect the change in arrival angle caused by atmospheric refraction of light from the visual feature as it passes through the atmosphere." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2009 (12/533,807). 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=8,345,115&OS=8,345,115&RS=8,345,115 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,345,272) developed by Andrew Rodney Ferlitsch, Camas, Wash., for "methods and systems for third-party control of remote imaging jobs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention comprise systems and methods for third-party control of remote imaging jobs." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2006 (11/536,115). 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=8,345,272&OS=8,345,272&RS=8,345,272 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,345,269) developed by Patrick L. Anderson, Sammamish, Wash., and Leonard P. Estrada, Issaquah, Wash., for a "method and apparatus for measuring the width of composite tape." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus is provided for slitting composite material int1aaaaaaaaaaao tape and for measuring the width of the slit tape as the tape is being reeled onto take up rolls. The tape width is measured by an optical micrometer. The optical micrometer includes a transmitter for directing radiant energy over the tape and, a receiver for receiving radiant energy from the transmitter that passes across an edge of the tape and for producing a signal related to the width of the tape." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2007 (11/859,745). 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=8,345,269&OS=8,345,269&RS=8,345,269 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent for Image-based Document Display ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,345,068) developed by five co-inventors for an image-based document display. The co-inventors are Robert L. Goodwin, Mercer Island, Wash., David Zhao, Bothell, Wash., Adrian Tsang Kwong Chan, Bellevue, Wash., Chieh Wang, Issaquah, Wash., and Michael V. Rykov, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a method and system for continuously displaying image pages of digital content which are available over a network. More specifically, the method and system enables a user to view image pages in a continuous manner while a limited number of image pages are being downloaded at a given time. Several image pages which are adjacent to the image page(s) the user is currently viewing may be stored in temporary memory. The image pages in the temporary memory are utilized so that, within the image pages, the user can move the displayed image pages up and down without experiencing any discontinuation. In order to ensure continuous display throughout the entire digital content, the next possible set of image pages is constantly determined and obtained to update the current set of image pages in the temporary memory." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2010 (12/696,025). 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=8,345,068&OS=8,345,068&RS=8,345,068 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,344,133) developed by Jon S. Thorson, Middleton, Wis., and Joseph M. Langenhan, Seattle, for "neoglycorandomization and digitoxin analogs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides methods of producing compounds with enhanced desirable properties and diminished side effects as well as the compounds produced by the methods. In preferred embodiments, methods of the present invention use a universal chemical glycosylation method that employs reducing sugars and requires no protection or activation. In a preferred embodiment, the invention provides neoglycoside digitoxin analogs that include compounds with significantly enhanced cytotoxic potency toward human cancer cells and tumor-specificity, but are less potent Na.sup.+/K.sup.+-ATPase inhibitors in a human cell line than digitoxin." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2010 (12/819,801). 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=8,344,133&OS=8,344,133&RS=8,344,133 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** UTILX Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- UTILX, Kent, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,344,252) developed by James Steele, Seattle, and William R. Stagi, Burien, Wash., for a "cable splice connection assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cable splice connection assembly for coupling a first cable to a second cable generally includes a main body having first and second ends and defining an inner cavity, the first end configured to receive at least a portion of a first cable therein, and the second end configured to receive at least a portion of a second cable therein, and a first engagement mechanism configured to couple the main body to a first cable wherein the first engagement mechanism includes a cable seal, wherein the cable seal includes an adhesive seal." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2009 (12/544,991). 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=83,44,252.PN.&OS=PN/83,44,252&RS=PN/83,44,252 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,344,586) developed by Bradley J. Mitchell, Snohomish, Wash., Gerardo Pena, Seattle, and Matthew C. Malkin, Seattle, for a temperature-activated voltage generator.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An illustrative embodiment of a temperature-activated voltage generator includes a generator housing having a housing interior; a flexible, temperature-sensitive bimetallic element disposed in the housing interior; and a piezoelectric element carried by the generator housing. The bimetallic element is positional between a first position wherein the bimetallic element disengages the piezoelectric element and a second position wherein the bimetallic element engages the piezoelectric element. Electrical voltage output leads are electrically connected to the piezoelectric element. A voltage-generating method is also disclosed." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2012 (13/529,071). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,344,586&OS=8,344,586&RS=8,344,586 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Shader-based Extensions for a Declarative Presentation Framework ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,345,045) developed by four co-inventors for a "shader-based extensions for a declarative presentation framework." The co-inventors are Greg D. Schechter, Seattle, Gerhard Schneider, Seattle, Ashraf A. Michail, Redmond, Wash., and Brendan Clark, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various technologies and techniques are disclosed for controlling a shader declaratively. A declarative programming model enables declarative statements to be used that control an instantiation of a shader in a declarative presentation framework. A shader-based effect that was specified declaratively is instantiated programmatically for rendering graphic effects for a software application. Declarative statements are sent to a shader processor to enable a shader to render the graphical effect customizations for the software application. A method is also described for utilizing a declarative programming model as a multiple pass effect that controls and encapsulates a set of shaders to be run during a multiple pass operation." The patent application was filed on March 4, 2008 (12/041,951). 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=8,345,045.PN.&OS=PN/8,345,045&RS=PN/8,345,045 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Meagan Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Meagan Medical, Vancouver, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,367) developed by William J. Carroll, La Center, Wash., for an "apparatus and method for stabilizing, improving mobility, and controlling cartilage matrix degradation of weight-bearing articular joints." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for improving mobility and/or the quality of synovial fluid of an affected articular joint are disclosed, wherein the joint is associated with at least a first muscle group and at least a second muscle group each having an antagonistic relationship for effecting mobility of the joint through a range of motion when recruited by natural neural impulses. The apparatus and method include an electro-medical device configured to apply motor-level electrical stimulation in a multiphasic pattern via at least a first channel and at least a second channel, the multiphasic pattern being programmed into the electro-medical device and corresponding to the sequence of an electromyographic output for the joint; at least two first electrodes connected to the at least first channel of said electro-medical device, the at least two first electrodes being positioned proximate to the at least first muscle group; at least two second electrodes connected to the at least second channel of said electro-medical device, the at least two second electrodes being positioned proximate to the at least second muscle group; and an applicator configured to be worn on the articular segment such that the at least two first electrodes and the at least two second electrodes are disposed between the applicator and the articular segment, the applicator being further configured to reduce compressive forces on at least one compartment of the affected joint." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2011 (13/168,518). 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=8,346,367.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,367&RS=PN/8,346,367 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Pullman, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,402) developed by Armando Guzman-Casillas, Pullman, Wash., and Mangapathirao Venkata Mynam, Pullman, Wash., and Marcos A. Donolo, Pullman, Wash., for an "islanding detection in an electrical power delivery system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An intelligent electronic device is operable to use a signal derived from an electrical power delivery system to effectively detect an islanding condition. The intelligent electronic device is configured to compare a frequency deviation (from nominal frequency) and a rate-of-change of frequency of the electrical power delivery system to a protection characteristic of the intelligent electronic device to quickly and securely detect islanding conditions thereby enhancing power protection, automation, control, and monitoring performance. The intelligent electronic device uses local measurements of the electrical power deliver system to provide reliable and economical means to properly separate a generation site from the remainder of the electrical power delivery system. Such may be useful to prevent reclosing out of synchronism." The patent application was filed on May 10, 2010 (12/777,128). 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=8,346,402.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,402&RS=PN/8,346,402 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,354) developed by seven co-inventors for "determining a neuromodulation treatment regimen in response to contactlessly acquired information." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Eric C. Leuthardt, St. Louis, Dennis J. Rivet, Portsmouth, Va., Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described embodiments include a system, an apparatus, and a method. A described system includes a sensor device configured to sense a property of a mammal without physically contacting the mammal. The system also includes a signal generator configured to generate a signal indicative of the sensed property of the mammal. The system further includes a treatment decision device configured to determine in response to the signal indicative of the sensed property of the mammal a neuromodulation treatment regimen for administration to a nervous system component of the mammal. The system also includes a computer-readable medium configured to maintain and to provide access to information corresponding to the determined neuromodulation treatment regimen." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2009 (12/462,123). 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=8,346,354.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,354&RS=PN/8,346,354 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Airbiquity Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Airbiquity, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,346,227) developed by David Quimby, Renton, Wash., Ken Johnson, Seattle, and Leon L. Hong, Sammamish, Wash., for an "automatic gain control in a navigation device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one example, a Bluetooth enabled navigation device pairs with a mobile phone and then sends a plurality of tuning transmissions, each at a different transmission power gain amount, to a remote server using the mobile phone. These tuning transmissions are encoded using frequency tones that synthesize speech for transmission through the mobile phone and a voice channel of its wireless telecommunications network. The navigation device then tunes transmit power settings according to a received response to the tuning transmissions and uses the tuned transmit power settings for subsequent transmission to the remote server using this particular mobile phone." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2011 (13/281,358). 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=8,346,227.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,227&RS=PN/8,346,227 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Washington Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- The University of Washington, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,346,345) developed by four co-inventors for "methods for assessing a physiological state of a mammalian retina." The co-inventors are Yoshikazu Imanishi, Seattle, Krzysztof Palczewski, Bellevue, Wash., Bryan S. Sires, Seattle, and Eric J. Seibel, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect the present invention provides methods for assessing a physiological state of a mammalian retina in vivo, the methods of this aspect of the invention each include the steps of (a) irradiating a portion of a mammalian retina, in vivo, with light having a wavelength in the range of from 600 nm to 1000 nm at an intensity sufficient to stimulate two-photon-induced fluorescence in the retina; and (b) assessing a physiological state of the retina by analyzing the fluorescence." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2010 (12/722,314). 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=8,346,345.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,345&RS=PN/8,346,345 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GridPoint Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- GridPoint, Arlington, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,346,401) developed by Seth B. Pollack, Seattle, and Seth W. Bridges, Seattle, for a "smart charging value and guarantee application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and methods that enables smart charging for electric resources. A smart charging method may include smart charging customer guarantees. The charging behavior guarantee may comprise a guaranteed charging schedule that matches a regular charging schedule of an electric resource and provides power flow flexibility. In addition, a smart charging method may manage electric resources via a smart charging benefit analysis. A smart charging benefit may include an impact resulting from the energy management system which is beneficial to an electric resource. A smart charging method may manage the charging behavior of the electric resources on a grid based on the smart charging benefit. Further, a smart charging method may manage electric resources via a smart charging benefit analysis and smart charging customer guarantees." The patent application was filed on July 19, 2010 (12/839,239). 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=8,346,401.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,401&RS=PN/8,346,401 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,346,415) developed by Harris O. Hinnant Jr., Seattle, for an autonomous underwater navigation.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for autonomous underwater navigation are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for autonomous underwater navigation comprises an underwater communication network, at least one master controller node coupled to the underwater communication network, at least one network docking node coupled to the underwater communication network, and at least one submersible vehicle for underwater mapping at least a portion of a floor of a body of water. The submersible vehicle comprises a geolocation module to establish a geographic reference for at least one location in the underwater geographic region and an image collection module to collect images of an underwater geographic region proximate the geographic reference." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2009 (12/605,326). 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=8,346,415.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,415&RS=PN/8,346,415 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,345,038) developed by Louis J. Kerofsky, Camas, Wash., for "methods and systems for backlight modulation and brightness preservation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Elements of the present invention relate to systems and methods for image enhancement for color enhancement, brightness enhancement and/or backlight modulation compensation. Some elements comprise backlight illumination level selection." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/929,796). 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=8,345,038.PN.&OS=PN/8,345,038&RS=PN/8,345,038 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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