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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 30)

[January 30, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 30)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Sling Media Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Sling Media, Foster City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,365,236) developed by six co-inventors for a "personal media broadcasting system with output buffer." The co-inventors are Jason Gary Krikorian, Woodside, Calif., Blake Gary Krikorian, Hillsborough, Calif., Bhupendra Natwerlal Shah, Bonney Lake, Wash., Raghuveer Tarra, Cupertino, Calif., Parimal Bajpai, Bangalore, India, and Vijayachandran Velliyan Mariappan, Chennai, India.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A personal media broadcasting system enables video distribution over a computer network and allows a user to view and control media sources over a computer network from a remote location. A personal broadcaster receives an input from one or more types of media sources, digitizes and compresses the content, and streams the compressed media over a computer network to a media player running on any of a wide range of client devices for viewing the media. The system may allow the user to issue control commands (e.g., "channel up") from the media player to the broadcaster, causing the source device to execute the commands. The broadcaster and the media player may employ several techniques for buffering, transmitting, and viewing the content to improve the user's experience." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2011 (13/240,932). 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=8,365,236&OS=8,365,236&RS=8,365,236 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Unified Authorization for Heterogeneous Applications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,365,254) developed by Jonah S. Burke, Seattle, and Arshish C. Kapadia, Issaquah, Wash., for a "unified authorization for heterogeneous applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An enterprise system may separate the executable functionality existing in backend applications, and the separation may be at differing levels of granularity. The separated functions of the application may be registered in a catalog in the form of metadata objects. Once the executable functionality has been registered, the authorization information for each granular functional object may be associated with authorization information. In this manner, the authorization of a service of an application may be made on a feature by feature (or object by object) basis in a unified manner." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2005 (11/262,273). 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=8,365,254&OS=8,365,254&RS=8,365,254 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Protecting Password from Attack ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,264) developed by Mark F. Novak, Newcastle, Wash., for a "protecting password from attack." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A password may be provided along with a validation code, which can help prevent the password from being sent to the wrong recipient. When a password is created, a validation code may be created based on (a) the password, and (b) the identity of the target of authentication (TA) to which the password is intended to be sent. When a user is requested to provide a password, validation component intercepts the request and asks the user to enter both the password and validation code. The validation component then re-calculates the validation code based on the entered password and on the TA that is requesting the password. If the re-calculated validation code matches the validation code entered by the user, then the password is released to the user agent that the user uses to communicate with the TA, and the user agent sends the password to the requesting TA." The patent application was filed on Oct. 12, 2009 (12/577,711). 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=8,365,264&OS=8,365,264&RS=8,365,264 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,365,295) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and/or method for distributing media content." The co-inventors are Ariff Sidi, Studio City, Calif., Skarphedinn Hedinsson, Stevenson Ranch, Calif., David Watson, Valencia, Calif., and Dionysius Mavromatis, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems are disclosed for providing one or more protected segments of a media content segment, selectively providing access to at least a portion of said one or more protected segments in response to an access of a gating segment for a duration, and setting said duration in response to a selection to access said media content segment." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2007 (11/742,466). 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=8,365,295&OS=8,365,295&RS=8,365,295 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,304) developed by four co-inventors for "restricting access to volumes." The co-inventors are David J. Sebesta, Redmond, Wash., Robert C. Elmer, Redmond, Wash., Jay C. Beavers, Duvall, Wash., and Jack Creasey, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Architecture that provides programmatic association of a device (e.g., removable) to a currently logged-in user, and restricts access to the drive only to that particular logged-in user. When active, the architecture detects when devices are added to the system, determines which logged-in user a given device (or devices) should be assigned, modifies the security settings for the device(s), and makes a per-user drive letter mapping to that device such that only the logged-in user can see the mapped device. In the context of serially attachable peripheral devices such as USB (universal serial bus) devices (and IEEE 1394 devices), for example, access can be restricted to a user based on the USB hub into which the device is connected. This prevents the operating system from assigning a global drive letter to a device or device volume (for drives) when the device is added." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2010 (12/785,495). 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=8,365,304&OS=8,365,304&RS=8,365,304 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Handling Exceptions in a Data Parallel System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,198) developed by John Duffy, Renton, Wash., for "handling exceptions in a data parallel system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of handling exceptions in a data parallel system includes forwarding exceptions thrown by concurrent worker tasks to a coordination task. The thrown exceptions are aggregated into an aggregation exception structure. It is determined whether the aggregation exception structure will be handled by an exception handler. The concurrent worker tasks are unwound when it is determined that the aggregation exception structure will be handled." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2008 (12/330,718). 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=8,365,198&OS=8,365,198&RS=8,365,198 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Interactive Entertainment and Information System Using Television Set-top Box ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,220) developed by Robert M. Fries, Redmond, Wash., for an "interactive entertainment and information system using television set-top box." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interactive entertainment and information system using a television set-top box, wherein pages of information are periodically provided to the set-top box for user interaction therewith. The pages include associated meta-data defining active locations on each page. When a page is displayed, the user interacts with the active locations on the page by entering commands via a remote control device, whereby the system reads the meta-data and takes the action associated with the location. Actions include moving to other active locations, hyperlinking to other pages, entering user form data and submitting the data as a form into memory. The form data may be read from memory, and the pages may be related to a conventional television program, thereby providing significant user interactivity with the television." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2011 (13/172,549). 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=8,365,220&OS=8,365,220&RS=8,365,220 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Framework for Computing Device with Auxiliary Display ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,202) developed by Teague Mapes, Woodinville, Wash., and Richard J. Swaney, Sammamish, Wash., for a "framework for computing device with auxiliary display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system with an architecture and protocol that facilitate ready integration with an auxiliary display device. The auxiliary display device is coupled to the computer system over a transport, such as Bluetooth, USB or TCP/IP. From an application level gadget, control of the display device is through a programming interface to a platform component. The platform component interfaces with a device driver, which has two components. One component is common and can be used with any auxiliary display device supporting the protocol, regardless of which transport is used. The second component is transport specific. The second component processes data streams representing packets according to the protocol, conveying the packets as data in accordance with the format of the transport. The second component may be simple because it is not required to perform any processing specifically associated with the display functions or protocol." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2008 (12/025,352). 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=8,365,202&OS=8,365,202&RS=8,365,202 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Multi-function Device ID with Unique Identifier ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,201) developed by six co-inventors for a "multi-function device ID with unique identifier." The co-inventors are Doron J. Holan, Seattle, Randall E. Aull, Kenmore, Wash., Narayanan Ganapathy, Redmond, Wash., James G. Cavalaris, Kirkland, Wash., Esaias E. Greeff, Redmond, Wash., and Douglas K. Brubacher, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system that recognizes multi-function devices and associates functions with multi-function devices. Each multi-function device may be represented by a multi-function object, allowing tools, applications or other components within the computer to take actions relating to the entire device or relating to a function based on the association of that function with other functions in the same device. These actions include displaying information about devices, instead of or in addition to information about functions. Actions also include selecting functions based on proximity within a device. Functions may be associated with a multi-function device using a unique device identifier provided by the device or generated for the function based on a connection hierarchy between functions and the computer. Devices may be configured to provide the same identifier regardless of the transport over which the device is accessed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2007 (12/002,060). 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=8,365,201&OS=8,365,201&RS=8,365,201 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Topology management in peer-to-peer content distribution clouds ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,758) developed by six co-inventors for a "topology management in peer-to-peer content distribution clouds." The co-inventors are Aamer Hydrie, Seattle, Anders E. Klemets, Redmond, Wash., Christos Gkantsidis, Cambridge, United Kingdom, John Miller, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Pablo Rodriguez Rodriguez, Barcelona, Spain, and Rebecca C. Weiss, Vienna, Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A topology management process is implemented in peer-to-peer content distribution clouds using tracker nodes. Tracker nodes have information about available peers and assist peers in finding other peers to connect to. Various algorithms for use at the tracker nodes are described for selecting which peers to return as potentials for forming connections to. In addition, architectures and algorithms to allow efficient scaling of tracker nodes in peer-to-peer clouds are described." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2007 (12/279,823). 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=83,64,758.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,758&RS=PN/83,64,758 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,364,882) developed by Kuljit S. Bains, Olympia, Wash., for a "system and method for executing full and partial writes to DRAM in a DIMM configuration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment of the invention, a host or other controller writing to multiple DRAMs in a DIMM configuration determines whether there is full write request to at least one of the multiple DRAM's and a partial write request to at least another one of the multiple DRAM's. If so, then the host parses data associated with the full write request into a first portion and a second portion. The host then outputs a first partial write command associated with the first portion and a second partial write command associated with the second portion to the DIMM. Other embodiments are described." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2007 (11/968,141). 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=83,64,882.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,882&RS=PN/83,64,882 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Mesh-managing Data Across a Distributed Set of Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,759) developed by seven co-inventors for a "mesh-managing data across a distributed set of devices." The co-inventors are George P. Moromisato, Seattle, Noah B. Edelstein, Medina, Wash., Abhay V. Parasnis, Sammamish, Wash., Anthony D. Andrews, Sammamish, Wash., Raymond E. Ozzie, Seattle, William D. Devlin, Sammamish, Wash., and Akash J. Sagar, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Data files, applications and/or corresponding user interfaces may be accessed at a device that collaborates in a mesh. The mesh may include any number or type of devices that collaborate in a network. Data, applications and/or corresponding user interfaces may be stored within a core object that may be shared over the mesh. Information in the core object may be identified with a corresponding user such that a user may use any collaborating device in the mesh to access the information. In one example, the information is stored remotely from a device used to access the information. A remote source may store the desired information or may determine the storage location of the desired information in the mesh and may further provide the desired information to a corresponding user." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2010 (12/910,757). 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=83,64,759.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,759&RS=PN/83,64,759 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Mapping Network Addresses to Geographical Locations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,816) developed by five co-inventors for "mapping network addresses to geographical locations." The co-inventors are Chuanxiong Guo, Nanjing, China, Jiahe H. Wang, Issaquah, Wash., Qing Yu, Beijing, Yongguang Zhang, Beijing, and Yunxin Liu, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network address mapping system is described. The network address mapping system can identify a set of Web pages, collects information from the Web pages indicating geographical locations ("geolocations"), and correlate the geolocations with the network addresses from which the identified Web pages are served. The collected information can be weighted based on various factors, such as its relative position in a Web page. The collected information can then be used to identify a geolocation. The network mapping system can deduce geolocations for portions of ranges of network addresses based on the score, and can infer geolocations for other portions based on the deduced geolocations. This mapping can then be stored in a database and provided as a geomapping service. The network address mapping system is able to map network addresses to geographical locations. Thereafter, when a user's client computing device accesses a Web server, the Web server can easily and accurately determine a geographical location by querying the database storing the mapping or a geomapping service." The patent application was filed on Oct. 12, 2007 (11/871,810). The full-text of the patent can be found at patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,64,816.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,816&RS=PN/83,64,816 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Automated Translation of Service Invocations for Batch Processing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,750) developed by eight co-inventors for an "automated translation of service invocations for batch processing." The co-inventors are Luca Bolognese, Redmond, Wash., Lucas James Hoban, Seattle, Erik Meijer, Mercer Island, Wash., Anders Hejlsberg, Seattle, Matthew J. Warren, Redmond, Wash., Dinesh Chandrakant Kulkarni, Sammamish, Wash., Mads Torgersen, Seattle, and John W. Dyer, Monroe, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The utilization of data services (such as web services) may involve the invocation of services, which may reduce performance and overburden the server. In some scenarios, the invocation may be specified in a language that does not support batch invocation, but it may not be feasible to re-code the invocations in a language that supports batching. Instead, the service invocations may be automatically translated into a batch logic specified in a batch-capable language and sent to the service as a batch. For example, a local proxy may receive a language-integrated query having two or more service invocations, compile the query into an expression tree including the two or more invocations, and send the expression tree to the service host to achieve the batch processing of the service invocations." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2008 (12/144,634). 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=83,64,750.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,750&RS=PN/83,64,750 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Hypergraph Implementation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,142) developed by James T. Kajiya, Duvall, Wash., for a hypergraph implementation.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hypergraph implementation system is described. The hypergraph implementation system provides for a hypergraph template library that contains many hypergraphs and many bulk data areas. The hypergraphs allow a developer to program an application such that the pointers to files are contained in the memory cache. The hypergraphs consist of hyperedges and vertices residing in tables of indices that point into each other in a flat organization. Bulk data is hung directly off hyperedges and vertices via a set of features. Thus, all the relationships among objects are contained within the hypergraphs and all the bulk data such as audio, large tables, geometry and images are directly tied to hyperedges or vertices with one link." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2009 (12/484,674). 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=8,365,142&OS=8,365,142&RS=8,365,142 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,364,811) developed by David Erdmann, Edmonds, Wash., Karl A. McCabe, Dublin, Ireland, and Jon A. McClintock, Seattle, for detecting malware.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are various embodiments for determining a source of malware. At least one embodiment of a method includes receiving browsing data from a plurality of client devices, the data being sent by the plurality of client devices, in response to a determination of malware on the plurality of client devices and determining, from the browsing data, a source for the malware. Further, some embodiments include determining whether the source for the malware is associated with a predetermined network site and in response to determining that the source of the malware is associated with a predetermined network site, preventing download of at least a portion of the predetermined network site." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/827,478). 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=83,64,811.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,811&RS=PN/83,64,811 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Automated Client/Server Operation Partitioning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,751) developed by four co-inventors for an "automated client/server operation partitioning." The co-inventors are Erik Meijer, Mercer Island, Wash., Dinesh Chandrakant Kulkarni, Sammamish, Wash., Matthew J. Warren, Redmond, Wash., and Anders Hejlsberg, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An operation (such as a relational query) may be processed on a processing engine (such as a relational database server) on behalf of a client. A conventional processing involves the delivery of the operation to the processing engine, which executes the entire operation to completion and returns a result data set. It may be more efficient to allocate part of the operation to be performed on the client, but a developer may be unable or unavailable to rewrite the operation in a distributed manner. Instead, the operation may be automatically partitioned into a pre-engine client portion, a processing engine portion, and a client portion, and the instructions of each portion may be automatically allocated respectively to the client, the server, and the client. The partitioning may be adjusted to conserve computing resources, such as bandwidth and storage, and the instructions may be reordered to improve the processing of the operation." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2008 (12/145,523). 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=83,64,751.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,751&RS=PN/83,64,751 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Netapp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Netapp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,364,809) developed by William A. Hetrick, Wichita, Kan., Jeremy Dean Stover, Wichita, Kan., and Matt Tiemeyer, Bothell, Wash., for a "method and apparatus for debugging protocol traffic between devices in integrated subsystems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus, and computer instructions for a storage subsystem. This subsystem includes controller devices, storage devices, and a communications network. The communications network connects the controller devices and the storage devices. The communications network also includes a set of diagnostic outputs. The set of diagnostic outputs is configured to output data sent between two devices from the controller devices and the storage devices for monitoring." The patent application was filed on Oct. 5, 2009 (12/573,238). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,64,809.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,809&RS=PN/83,64,809 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Edge Routing Using Connection Regions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,129) developed by five co-inventors for "edge routing using connection regions." The co-inventors are Fabian Omar Winternitz, Sammamish, Wash., Kael R. Rowan, Kenmore, Wash., Timothy Garry Dwyer, Seattle, Stuart John Harding Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom, and Lev Borisovich Nachmanson, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system identifies a source node that is to be connected to a target node, where the target node is connected to the source node using an edge that links a connection region associated with the source node to a candidate connection region of the target node. The computer system identifies candidate connection region constraints that place restrictions on where the candidate connection regions can be positioned on the target node and determines, based on the identified candidate connection region constraints, the position of each candidate connection region relative to the target node. At least two of the candidate connection regions are disconnected so that an edge's connection to the target node can change between the disconnected connection regions. The computer system also visually represents the position of each of the candidate connection regions of the target node." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2009 (12/631,102). 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=8,365,129&OS=8,365,129&RS=8,365,129 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,865) developed by six co-inventors for a "data simulation using host data storage chain." The co-inventors are Eric Fleegal, Bothell, Wash., Chris Whitman, Fort Collins, Colo., Xianfeng Tian, Sammamish, Wash., Amar S. Vattakandy, Longmont, Colo., Jim Belesiu, Mill Creek, Wash., and Robert D. Young, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments related to a host computing device for rendering and sending image data to a peripheral device for display at the peripheral device. For example, one embodiment comprises a host computing device, the host computing device comprising a data storage subsystem and a logic subsystem. The host computing device further comprises instructions stored in the data storage subsystem and executable by the logic subsystem to output to the peripheral device a frame of image data representing a difference between a currently rendered image and an (N-1)-th previously rendered image, N being an integer and having a value of 3 or more." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2010 (12/892,666). 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=83,64,865.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,865&RS=PN/83,64,865 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Dynamic Languages for Static Hosts ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,143) developed by Curt Oliver Hagenlocher, Mercer Island, Wash., Anthony Moore, Seattle, and John Lam, Redmond, Wash., for "dynamic languages for static hosts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Using language add-ins with one or more static extensibility points of an application host. The method includes searching for user code in a user code store. Some user code is found in the user code store. A determination is made as to the language of the user code from among a plurality of predefined languages. The user code is provided to a language provider for the determined language. A function invocation is received from an application host. The function invocation is matched to at least a portion of the user code. The at least a portion of user code corresponding to the function invocation is executed via the language provider." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2010 (12/816,240). 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=8,365,143&OS=8,365,143&RS=8,365,143 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Teamon Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Teamon Systems, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,364,769) developed by Steven J. McCarthy, Bellevue, Wash., Darren L. Gardner, Issaquah, Wash., and Michael Jack Zakharoff, Sumner, Wash., for a "communications system providing message aggregation features and related methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communications system may include a plurality of source message servers for storing messages for delivery to a user, a target message server having a target message box associated therewith, and an aggregation server for periodically aggregating the messages from the source message servers to the target message box for retrieval by the user. The target message server may provide a delivery failure message to the aggregation server based upon a failure to deliver a message to the target message box. As such, the aggregation server may increase a period of sending messages to the target message box based upon a delivery failure message therefrom, and thereafter decrease the period of sending messages to the target message box based upon a successful delivery of a message thereto." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2010 (12/728,364). 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=83,64,769.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,769&RS=PN/83,64,769 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Updating Conversations After Redirection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,761) developed by Rajesh Ramanathan, Redmond, Wash., and Pradipta Kumar Basu, Redmond, Wash., for "updating conversations after redirection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates maintaining identification data for a real-time communication. A unified communications component can enable real-time communications by employing a communication session with at least one data communication mode, wherein the communication session can include conversation identification (ID). An invitation from a source to a target can initiate at least one of the communication session or the at least one data communication mode within the communication session. An update component can generate an additional conversation ID for the communication session upon detecting the invitation is forwarded by the target." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2007 (11/769,976). 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=83,64,761.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,761&RS=PN/83,64,761 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Non-uniform Scrolling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,091) developed by six co-inventors for a non-uniform scrolling. The co-inventors are Anthony Young, Fall City, Wash., Niels Van Dongen, Shaw Island, Wash., Erika Carlson, Bothell, Wash., Jeffrey N. Margolis, Seattle, William Vong, Hunts Points, Wash., and Joseph Michael Downing, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments related to the non-uniform scrolling of a scrollable list displayed on a computing device display are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of operating a display comprising displaying a scrollable list of items that includes a first pair of list positions separated by a first spacing on the display, and a second pair of list positions separated by a second spacing that is different than the first spacing. The method further comprises detecting a movement of a manipulator from a first location to a second location, and in response, scrolling a first list item on the display between the first pair of list positions at a first scroll distance/manipulator movement distance correspondence, and scrolling a second list item between the second pair of list positions at a second scroll distance/manipulator movement distance correspondence." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2009 (12/349,393). 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=8,365,091&OS=8,365,091&RS=8,365,091 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Snapshot Interface Operations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,364,849) developed by ten co-inventors for snapshot interface operations. The co-inventors are Piyush Chaudhary, Fishkill, N.Y., Jason E. Goscinski, Snoqualmie, Wash., Rama K. Govindaraju, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Leonard W. Helmer Jr., Stone Ridge, N.Y., Peter H. Hochschild, New York, Deryck X. Hong, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., John S. Houston, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Jang-Soo Lee, Fishkill, N.Y., Steven J. Martin, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Yuqing Zhu, Ossining, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a multinode data processing system in which the nodes communicate with one another via communication adapters over a network or switch, the adapters are provided with a dual register mechanism for tracking microcode task status. Upon the issuance of a disruptive command that requires attention from one of the nodes, the task status maintained in one register is copied to the snapshot register. As tasks within the adapter are completed, both registers are updated, thus providing a mechanism for the nodes to determine that all tasks active at the time of the disruptive command have completed. This means that the nodes now have a mechanism for determining, as soon as possible, that all tasks that are active when a disruptive command occurs have completed, thus allowing the data processing node to perform such operations as releasing system memory that is associated with the disruptive command, thus eliminating temporal overhead that can affect performance." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2004 (11/017,332). 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=83,64,849.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,849&RS=PN/83,64,849 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Address Management in a Connectivity Platform ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,847) developed by five co-inventors for an "address management in a connectivity platform." The co-inventors are Dmitry Anipko, Bellevue, Wash., David G. Thaler, Redmond, Wash., Deepak Bansal, Redmond, Wash., Benjamin M. Schultz, Kirkland, Wash., and Rajesh Sundaram, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are an approach form managing and assigning addresses in a connectivity platform that allows for proprietary connectivity modules (Providers) to plug into the operating system. In this disclosure, when a user/application/computing device, connects to another user on another computing device an address is generated for that user. However, because of a limited number of addresses that are available in an address space, it is necessary to ensure that a conflicting address is not present. To ensure this the connectivity platform determines if the address assigned is in conflict with another address associated with users that are located on the other computing devices. If an address is found to be in conflict the connectivity platform reassigns the address until a non-conflicting address is found. If a non-conflicting address cannot be found the connectivity platform blocks the connection between the user and the other user." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2008 (12/050,027). 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=83,64,847.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,847&RS=PN/83,64,847 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Search Service Administration Web Service Protocol ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,795) developed by Dmitriy Meyerzon, Bellevue, Wash., and Boxin Li, Sammamish, Wash., for a "search service administration web service protocol." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The embodiments described herein generally relate to a method and system for enabling a client to configure and control the crawling function available through a crawl configuration Web service. A client is able to configure and control the crawling function by defining the URL space of the crawl. Such space may be defined by configuring the starting point(s) and other properties of the crawl. The client further configures the crawling function by creating and configuring a content source and/or a crawl rule. Further, a client defines authentication information applicable to the crawl to enable the discovery and retrieval of electronic documents requiring authentication and/or authorization information for access thereof. A protocol governs the format, structure and syntax (using a Web Services Description Language schema) of messages for communicating to and from the Web crawler through an application programming interface on a server hosting the crawler application." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2010 (12/766,703). 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=83,64,795.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,795&RS=PN/83,64,795 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Content Targeting with Audiences ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,781) developed by four co-inventors for a "content targeting with audiences." The co-inventors are Venkatesh Veeraraghavan, Seattle, Lin Huang, Redmond, Wash., Targo Tennisberg, Bothell, Wash., and Nathan Fink, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a system and method for targeting content to audiences. The audience is defined by rules that may be based on properties as well as organizational structure associated with the users. Each of the rules is compiled to determine the group of members belonging to the rule. Logical operators are then applied to the groups to determine the audience membership. Compiling the rules enhances performance as the rules do not have to be run each time. Instead, a simple check against the rules results is performed. The rules making up the audience may be compiled at predetermined times in order to keep the audience up-to-date. Audiences are then selected and tagged to content so that the content may be viewed by the selected audiences." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2010 (12/967,055). 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=83,64,781.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,781&RS=PN/83,64,781 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Ad-funded Web Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,782) developed by Julien Couvreur, Kirkland, Wash., for ad-funded web services.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Restricting a web page's access to web services that do not display advertisements endorsed by the web service or its owner is described herein. A web page includes an IFrame where an advertisement is presented. The web page provides the functionality of a web service by communicating requests to a server hosting the web service. On a client computing device, a user may initiate a request to access the web service. The request may be sent to a broker configured to submit the request to the hosting server. The web service is exposed in such a way that it can only be called by an endorsed IFrame, also responsible for displaying advertisement on the web page." The patent application was filed on May 25, 2007 (11/753,905). 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=83,64,782.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,782&RS=PN/83,64,782 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Sustaining Session Connections ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,774) developed by James Undery, Seattle, and Mark Markaryan, Seattle, for sustaining session connections.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment, techniques for sustaining session connections are provided. The techniques send heartbeat messages when not sending a message may cause the session connection to close because of a timeout condition. Heartbeat messages are valid transport layer messages that will be ignored by protocols at higher levels of a data communications stack. As an example, the techniques may send a TCP message containing only a carriage return and line feed ("CRLF") in its payload. Because the TCP layer considers a message containing only a CRLF to be a valid TCP message, intermediary computing devices such as proxy servers may not interpret heartbeat messages as "keep alive" messages, and may sustain session connections." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2011 (13/159,146). 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=83,64,774.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,774&RS=PN/83,64,774 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,746) developed by Magesh Annamalai, Renton, Wash., and Zhengyi Jin, Bellevue, Wash., for a "system and method for determining device location in an IP-based wireless telecommunications network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method determines a geographic position of a mobile device in communication with an IP-based wireless telecommunications network. A wireless connection between the mobile device and the IP-based wireless telecommunications network is established when the mobile device registers with a network controller (NC) through an access point (AP). When a geographical position is needed for the mobile device (e.g., a 911 call), messages are exchanged between the NC and the SMLC, where the SMLC retrieves information from a database that is used to identify the geographic position of the mobile device. The database can store a variety of information related to mobile devices such as: last known position, IP address, MAC address, device or subscriber identifier, last CGI, etc. The geographical position is communicated back to the NC, which can then forward the position information to a switch for processing such as for 911 calls." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2006 (12/089,905). 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=83,64,746.PN.&OS=PN/83,64,746&RS=PN/83,64,746 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,365,074) developed by Mark Wagner, Clyde Hill, Wash., Christopher D. Nesladek, San Francisco, and Jason Parekh, Snellville, Ga., for a "navigation control for an electronic device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for suggesting search queries relevant to a user's context. One of the methods includes providing a navigation control for navigating in a graphical space. A portion of a large-scale graphical space is displayed on a screen of an electronic device and a navigation control is generated and displayed on the screen. The navigation control includes a ring-shaped graphical entity and a knob graphical entity positioned at point on the ring-shaped graphical entity. A zooming user input can be received to the navigation control, and in response, zooming in the graphical space is provided. The zooming user input includes the user selecting the knob graphical entity and tracing a shape of the ring-shaped graphical entity with the knob graphical entity in either a first direction to zoom in or in a second direction to zoom out." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2010 (12/711,170). 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=8,365,074.PN.&OS=PN/8,365,074&RS=PN/8,365,074 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Pre-boot Firmware Based Virus Scanner ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,364,974) developed by Vincent J. Zimmer, Federal Way, Wash., and Michael A. Rothman, Gig Harbor, Wash., for a "pre-boot firmware based virus scanner." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to allowing the utilization of a virus scanner and cleaner that operates primarily in the pre-boot phase of computer operation and, more particularly, to allowing the utilization of a virus scanner and cleaner that operates primarily during the loading of an operating system." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2011 (13/182,363). 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=8,364,974.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,974&RS=PN/8,364,974 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Runtime Dynamic Performance Skew Elimination ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,365,023) developed by Lawrence Y. Chiu, Saratoga, Calif., Paul H. Muench, San Jose, Calif., and Sangeetha Seshadri, Vancouver, Wash., for a "runtime dynamic performance skew elimination." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "For runtime dynamic performance skew elimination in a computer environment, an exemplary computer environment is configured for calculating a rank heats by utilizing a plurality of fine-grained statistics collected at an extent granularity, including considering bandwidth (BW) and input/outputs per second (IOPS) metrics. An adaptive data placement plan is generated to relocate the data. The data is placed among data storage ranks. The data storage ranks are balanced according to the adaptive data placement plan." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2011 (13/098,143). 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=8,365,023.PN.&OS=PN/8,365,023&RS=PN/8,365,023 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Performing Mode Switching in an Unbounded Transactional Memory (UTM) System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,365,016) developed by eleven co-inventors for a "performing mode switching in an unbounded transactional memory (UTM) system." The co-inventors are Jan Gray, Bellevue, Wash., Martin Taillefer, Redmond, Wash., Yossi Levanoni, Redmond, Wash., Ali-Reza Adl-Tabatabai, San Jose, Calif., Dave Detlefs, Issaquah, Wash., Vinod Grover, Mercer Island, Wash., Mike Magruder, Sammamish, Wash., Matt Tolton, Kirkland, Wash., Bratin Saha, Santa Clara, Calif., Gad Sheaffer, Haifa, Israel, ad Vadim Bassin, Rannnana, Israel.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the present invention includes a method for selecting a first transaction execution mode to begin a first transaction in a unbounded transactional memory (UTM) system having a plurality of transaction execution modes. These transaction execution modes include hardware modes to execute within a cache memory of a processor, a hardware assisted mode to execute using transactional hardware of the processor and a software buffer, and a software transactional memory (STM) mode to execute without the transactional hardware. The first transaction execution mode can be selected to be a highest performant of the hardware modes if no pending transaction is executing in the STM mode, otherwise a lower performant mode can be selected. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2011 (13/307,492). 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=8,365,016.PN.&OS=PN/8,365,016&RS=PN/8,365,016 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Controlled Automatic Healing of Data-center Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,365,009) developed by Pavel A. Dournov, Sammamish, Wash., and Haizhi Xu, Bellevue, Wash., for a "controlled automatic healing of data-center services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Subject matter described herein is directed to reallocating an application component from a faulty data-center resource to a non-faulty data-center resource. Background monitors identify data-center resources that are faulty and schedule migration of application components from the faulty data-center resources to non-faulty data-center resources. Migration is carried out in an automatic manner that allows an application to remain available. Thresholds are in place to control a rate of migration, as well as, detect when resource failure might be resulting from data-center-wide processes or from an application failure." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2010 (12/879,412). 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=8,365,009.PN.&OS=PN/8,365,009&RS=PN/8,365,009 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,365,081) developed by Matthew W. Amacker, San Jose, Calif., Russell A. Dicker, Seattle, and Ryan J. Snodgrass, Kirkland, Wash., for "embedding metadata within content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for embedding metadata into a piece of content are described herein. With use of the embedded metadata, an application takes one or more actions specified by the embedded metadata upon selection of the content. In some instances, the content comprises an image, video, or any other form of content that a user may consume. Using the example of an image, the techniques may embed metadata within the image to create an image file that includes both the image and the embedded metadata. Then, when an application of a computing device selects (e.g., receives, opens, etc.) the image file, the application or another application may perform one or more actions specified by the metadata." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2009 (12/473,479). 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=8,365,081.PN.&OS=PN/8,365,081&RS=PN/8,365,081 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Corralling Virtual Machines with Encryption Keys ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,983) developed by Dharshan Rangegowda, Seattle, and Robert M. Fries, Kirkland, Wash., for "corralling virtual machines with encryption keys." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A virtual machine comprises a unique identifier that is associated with one or more encryption keys. A management server encrypts the virtual machine's virtual hard disk(s) using the one or more associated encryption keys. The management server further provides the one or more encryption keys to a limited number of one or more servers in a system. Only those one or more servers that have been provided the one or more encryption keys can be used to load, access, and/or operate the virtual machine. The management server can thus differentiate which virtual machines can be operated on which servers by differentiating which servers can receive which encryption keys. In one implementation, a management server encrypts all virtual machines in the system, but encrypts virtual machines with sensitive data with a limited set of encryption keys, and further provides those encryption keys to a limited set of trusted servers." The patent application was filed on May 8, 2008 (12/117,059). 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=8,364,983.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,983&RS=PN/8,364,983 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System and Method for Incident Management Enhanced with Problem Classification for Technical Support Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,365,019) developed by Anca Sailer, Scarsdale, N.Y., Hidayatullah Habeebullah Shaikh, Mohegan Lake, N.Y., and Yang Song, Kirkland, Wash., for a "system and method for incident management enhanced with problem classification for technical support services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of problem determination and resolution utilizes enhanced problem classification, and effectively categorizes any problem a user experiences by leveraging all available data to recognize the specific problem. Historical problem data is labeled with the cause of that problem and is analyzed to learn problem patterns. The historical problem data is classified into a predefined hierarchical structure of taxonomies by using an incremental online learning algorithm. The hierarchical structure and learned patterns are utilized to recognize problems and generate the root cause of the problem when given a new set of monitoring data and log data." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2009 (12/485,655). 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=8,365,019.PN.&OS=PN/8,365,019&RS=PN/8,365,019 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Padcom Holdings Inc. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Padcom Holdings, Bethlehem, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,365,010) developed by Erik Olson, Seattle, and David Thompson, Shoreline, Wash., for "communications path status detection system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Virtual network interface selection manager in a client-server system, in which client and server are connectable through a plural alternate networks. System includes plural interfaces connectable to server through the plural networks, current interface indicator identifying a current interface through which data is transmitted to and/or received from the server, and prioritized listing of plural interfaces ranked in a descending order. Event detector detects occurrence of an event including time-out condition; successful interface test; and change in the plurality of interfaces, and a tester tests each plural interface in prioritized listing in a ranked order to test whether server is reachable. Marker identifies which of plural interfaces successfully pass the test, and switch switches from current interface to a higher priority interface when the marker identifies a higher priority interface as having successfully passed the test, whereby current interface indicator will identify the higher priority interface as current interface." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2012 (13/399,668). 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=8,365,010.PN.&OS=PN/8,365,010&RS=PN/8,365,010 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Automatically Starting Servers at Low Temperatures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,940) developed by Christian L. Belady, Mercer Island, Wash., Eric C. Peterson, Woodinville, Wash., and Harry R. Rogers, Bellevue, Wash., for an "automatically starting servers at low temperatures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This document describes various techniques for automatically starting servers at low temperatures. A server may be powered on into a heating mode responsive to determining that a temperature of the server is below an operational temperature range. The server may then be restarted when the temperature of the server has increased to a temperature that is within the operational temperature range." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/790,464). 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=8,364,940.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,940&RS=PN/8,364,940 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Portable Secure Data Files ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,984) developed by six co-inventors for a "portable secure data files." The co-inventors are Charles G. Jeffries, Sammamish, Wash., Vijay G. Bharadwaj, Redmond, Wash., Michael J. Grass, Sammamish, Wash., Matthew C. Setzer, Woodinville, Wash., Gaurav Sinha, Andhra Pradesh, India, and Carl M. Ellison, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable secure data file includes an encrypted data portion and a metadata portion. When a request associated with a current user of a device to access a portable secure data file is received, one or more records in the metadata portion are accessed to determine whether the current user is permitted to access the file data in the encrypted data portion. If a record indicates the user is permitted to access the file data, a content encryption key in that record is used to decrypt the encrypted data portion." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2009 (12/404,007). 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=8,364,984.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,984&RS=PN/8,364,984 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Provisioning an Unknown Computer System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 30 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,945) developed by four co-inventors for a "provisioning an unknown computer system." The co-inventors are Daniel Ward, Renton, Wash., Shantanu Sardesai, Sammamish, For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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