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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 29)

[November 29, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 29)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** American Power Conversion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- American Power Conversion, West Kingston, R.I., has been assigned a patent (8,320,146) developed by Lance P. Haines, Wilmington, Mass., and Vishwas M. Deokar, Acton, Mass., for alternative-source energy management.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power converter system includes a power converter system including: a DC-to-AC power converter; a first output configured to be coupled to a power grid; a first input configured to be coupled to the power grid; second outputs each configured to be coupled to a corresponding AC load; a power-grid switch coupled to the converter and to the first output; load switches coupled to the converter, the second outputs, and the first input; and a controller coupled to the load switches and to the first output and configured to determine whether energy from the power grid satisfies at least one criterion, the controller being further configured to control the power-grid switch and the load switches to couple the converter to the first output and to couple the first input to the second outputs if the at least one criterion is satisfied and otherwise to control the power-grid switch and the load switches to isolate the converter from the first output and to couple the converter to at least one of the second outputs." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2011 (13/048,775). 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=8,320,146&OS=8,320,146&RS=8,320,146 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Virgin Healthmiles Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Virgin Healthmiles, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,192) developed by Christopher R. Boyce, Hopkinton, Mass., and Richard M. Boylan, Medfield, Mass., for a "computer Method and system for promoting health, wellness, and fitness with multiple sponsors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is an improved automated system and corresponding computer method of promoting and maintaining health, wellness, and fitness. Multiple sponsors per member participant are enabled. Each sponsor defines respective qualifying healthy behavior (activities, purchases, other) and reward rate for each such activity and purchase. A rewards engine operates on member accounts adding units per member completion of qualifying healthy activities or purchases, thereby encouraging members to adopt healthy habits. This, in turn, leads to better health, wellness, and fitness for the subject members. The combination of different and multiple sponsors having different qualifying activities/purchases provides increased member incentive." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2009 (12/553,197). 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=8,321,192&OS=8,321,192&RS=8,321,192 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** BG Medicine Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- BG Medicine, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,154) developed by Aram S. Adourian, Woburn, Mass., Doris Damian, West Newton, Mass., and Amir Handzel, Watertown, Mass., for "methods for detecting coronary artery disease." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Markers are provided for detecting coronary artery disease. Levels of these markers are indicative of a patient being at risk of having or developing coronary artery disease." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2008 (12/593,149). 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=8,321,154&OS=8,321,154&RS=8,321,154 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Primeradx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Primeradx, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,140) developed by seven co-inventors for a "quantification of nucleic acid molecules using multiplex PCR." The co-inventors are Kyle Hart, Belmont, Mass., Vladimir Dancik, North Andover, Mass., Michael Bristol, Foxboro, Mass., Patrick Wells, North Attleboro, Mass., Elizabeth Garcia, Barrington, R.I., Vladimir Slepnev, Newton, Mass., and John Unger, Norwood, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described are novel quantification methods and systems that permit, within the context of multiplex PCR, the quantification of all targets within a single reaction tube. The methods employ quantitation algorithms applied to the amplification profiles of internal calibration controls or standards utilizing a plurality of nucleic acid templates that are amplified within the same reaction tube as the nucleic acid target(s) interrogated." The patent application was filed on Nov. 6, 2008 (12/266,133). 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=8,321,140&OS=8,321,140&RS=8,321,140 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ADC Telecommunications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- ADC Telecommunications, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,320,107) developed by four co-inventors for a "modular power distribution system and methods." The co-inventors are Joseph Coffey, Burnsville, Minn., David Johnsen, Plymouth, Minn., Duane Sand, Annandale, Minn., and Bradley Blichfeldt, Savage, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A modular power distribution system comprises a chassis and a backplane including a power input, and a plurality of module connection locations. A plurality of modules are mounted in the chassis, each module mounted to one of the module connection locations. Each module includes: (i) a circuit protection device; and (ii) a power output connection location. Bus bars connect front power inputs to the backplane." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2010 (12/951,442). 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=8,320,107&OS=8,320,107&RS=8,320,107 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,044) developed by six co-inventors for a "multimedia system for dialysis machine." The co-inventors are Kulwinder S. Plahey, Martinez, Calif., Mohsen Reihanifam, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Carlos E. Medina, Concord, Calif., Tri Ly, Dublin, Calif., Maureen Lyden Green, Melrose, Mass., and Thomas R. Williams, Nashua, N.H.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This patent application relates generally to dialysis machines." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2009 (12/394,443). 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=8,321,044&OS=8,321,044&RS=8,321,044 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nitric Biotherapeutics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Nitric Biotherapeutics, Bristol, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,321,008) developed by six co-inventors for a "combination cartridge and device for electrokinetic delivery of medicament to a treatment site." The co-inventors are John S. Petersen, Acton, Mass., Dennis I. Goldberg, Sudbury, Mass., James W. Kelland, East Walpole, Mass., Paul K. Rand, Roystone, United Kingdom, Anthony Patrick Charles Jones, Much Hadham, United Kingdom, and Robert W. Etheredgem, Natick, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for electrokinetic delivery of medicament to a treatment site includes a cartridge having an active electrode and a membrane overlying the active electrode and a medicament or a medicament and an electrically conductive carrier therefor, carried by the membrane in electrical contact with the electrode. The electrode opens through a surface of the cartridge remote from the membrane for connection with an electrical connector carried by the device. An locking element releasably couples the cartridge to the housing." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2006 (11/565,360). 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=8,321,008&OS=8,321,008&RS=8,321,008 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Analog Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Analog Devices, Norwood, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,091) developed by Javier A. Salcedo, North Billerica, Mass., and Colin McHugh, Cambridge, Mass., for an "apparatus and method for electronic circuit protection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods for electronic circuit protection are disclosed. In one embodiment, an actively-controlled protection circuit includes a detector, a timer, a current source and a latch. The detector is configured to generate a detection signal when the detector determines that a transient signal satisfies a first signaling condition. The timer is configured to receive the detection signal, and to generate a current control signal. The current control signal is provided to a current source, which produces a trigger current at least partly in response to the control signal. The trigger current is provided to a node of the latch, thereby enhancing the conductivity modulation of the latch and selectively controlling the activation voltage of the latch." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2010 (12/731,969). 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=8,320,091&OS=8,320,091&RS=8,320,091 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hypermed Imaging Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Hypermed Imaging, Greenwich, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,320,996) developed by Svetlana V. Panasyuk, Lexington, Mass., Jenny E. Freeman, Weston, Mass., and Alexander A. Panasyuk, Lexington, Mass., for a "medical hyperspectral imaging for evaluation of tissue and tumor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods for hyperspectral imaging analysis that assists in real and near-real time assessment of biological tissue condition, viability, and type, and monitoring the above over time. Embodiments of the invention are particularly useful in surgery, clinical procedures, tissue assessment, diagnostic procedures, health monitoring, and medical evaluations, especially in the detection and treatment of cancer." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2005 (11/288,410). 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=8,320,996&OS=8,320,996&RS=8,320,996 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** McGill University, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- McGill University, Montreal, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, have been assigned a patent (8,321,000) developed by Leon Glass, Montreal, Claudia Lerma, Mexico, and Ary Goldberger, Newton Center, Mass., for a "method for detecting pathologies using cardiac activity data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a method for determining a pathology in a subject, said method comprising: a) correlating N-N intervals with rate dependent fluctuations of electrocardiographic parameters derived from an electrocardiogram (ECG) of said subject or other recordings reflecting cardiac activity of said subject to derive electrocardiographic parameters correlation values, wherein said pathology is determined based on said correlation values." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2007 (12/305,765). 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=8,321,000&OS=8,321,000&RS=8,321,000 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CYTYC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- CYTYC, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,136) developed by Kam Lin Wong, Bedford, Mass., Louise Isenstein, Carlisle, Mass., and David Zahniser, Wellesley, Mass., for a "method and system for classifying slides using scatter plot distribution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a method and system for classifying biological specimen. A number of objects of interest are identified in a biological specimen. The nuclear area and nuclear integrated optical density for each object of interest in the specimen are measured and used for generating a scatter plot. The specimen is classified as normal or suspicious based on the distribution of points within the scatter plot." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2004 (10/794,334). 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=8,321,136&OS=8,321,136&RS=8,321,136 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Varian Semiconductor Equipment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Varian Semiconductor Equipment, Gloucester, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,088) developed by Roger Fish, Bedford, Mass., for a "power transfer mechanism for use in transmission and distribution level electrical power systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved power transfer mechanism is disclosed, which is particularly beneficial in power transmission applications. The mechanism allows the SCFCL system to have more than one electrical reference. The use of hydraulic power simplifies the design of systems in which one part of the system is referenced to ground, while a second part of the system is referenced to a different voltage, typically much higher than ground. For example, the tank of the SCFCL system may not be connected to ground, while hydraulic power supply is referenced to ground. This embodiment is performed without the use of an electrically conductive path between the two parts of the system." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2010 (12/972,598). 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=8,320,088&OS=8,320,088&RS=8,320,088 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ZOLL Medical Assigned Patent for Corrective Voice Prompts for Caregiving Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- ZOLL Medical, Chelsmford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,011) developed by four co-inventors for "corrective voice prompts for caregiving device." The co-inventors are Michael Parascandola, Londonderry, N.H., Marc Cordaro, Sudbury, Mass., Suzanne Crowell, Beverly, Mass., and Gary A. Freeman, Newton Center, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A medical device such as a defibrillator that incorporates corrective voice prompts that navigate users around operator errors. The voice prompts may, for example, address errors of readiness (e.g., failing to connect the defibrillator to an AC power source, failing to pre-connect electrodes, etc.), errors of omission (i.e., forgetting to do something, such as attempting to deliver a shock before the defibrillator is charged), and errors of commission (i.e., doing the wrong thing, such as attempting to shock VF when in the synchronization mode). The voice prompts may address errors in the delivery of therapy (e.g., attempting to shock VF when in the synchronization mode) or they may address errors other than in the delivery of therapy (e.g., failing to connect to an AC power source)." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2010 (12/787,689). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,011&OS=8,321,011&RS=8,321,011 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Massachusetts Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- The University of Massachusetts, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,321,139) developed by Alfred J. Crosby, Amherst, Mass., and Jessica Zimberlin, Amherst, Mass., for "methods and apparatus for modulus measurement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and system/apparatus as can be used to determine a material mechanical modulus on length scales as can be of biological cell dimension." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2007 (11/724,645). 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=8,321,139&OS=8,321,139&RS=8,321,139 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems to Facilitate Over-speed Protection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,119) developed by David R. Van Vactor, Liberty Township, Ohio, and Bertram S. Noyes Jr., Newbury, Mass., for "methods and systems to facilitate over-speed protection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for assembling a gas turbine engine to prevent rotor over-speeding is described. The method includes serially coupling a first fuel system interface to a second fuel system interface, such that at least one of the first fuel system interface and the second fuel system interface is coupled to the gas turbine engine. The method also includes coupling a control system to the first fuel system interface and to the second fuel system interface. The control system is configured to identify an occurrence of an over-speed condition. The method also includes programming the control system to discontinue fuel flow to the engine when both the first fuel system interface and the second fuel system interface indicate an over-speed condition has occurred." The patent application was filed on July 10, 2008 (12/170,932). 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=8,321,119&OS=8,321,119&RS=8,321,119 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Mobile Device Display Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,970) developed by Mike Lockwood, Lexington, Mass., for a "mobile device display management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The display of a mobile device is managed during a voice communication session using a proximity sensor and an accelerometer. In one example, the display of a mobile device is turned off during a phone call on the mobile device when a proximity sensor detects an object is proximate the device and an accelerometer determines the device is in a first orientation." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2011 (13/028,909). 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=8,320,970&OS=8,320,970&RS=8,320,970 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Mutualink Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Mutualink, Wallingford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,320,874) developed by Donald C. Mills, Bedford, N.H., and Joseph Boucher, Chelmsford, Mass., for a "system and method for establishing an incident communications network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing an interoperable communications system including a plurality of otherwise disjunct communication systems each including at least one communications device. The system includes a plurality of system interface controllers each coupled to one of the communication systems and a common network for connecting the communication system and associated communications devices to the common network. A controller is coupled to each of the system interface controllers. The system interface controller being operable in response to commands from an authorized controller wherein the connection between each of the communication systems and the common network is controlled by a controller associated with, and authorized to control each communication system. The system provides an interoperable communications system between the otherwise disjunct systems wherein the communications devices for each system coupled to the common network are in communication therebetween." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2010 (12/651,794). 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=83,20,889.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,889&RS=PN/83,20,889 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** K-NFB Reading Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- K-NFB Reading Technology, Wellesley Hills, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,708) developed by four co-inventors for a "tilt adjustment for optical character recognition in portable reading machine." The co-inventors are Raymond C. Kurzweil, Newton, Mass., Paul Albrecht, Bedford, Mass., Lucy Gibson, Belmont, Mass., and Lev Lvovsky, Waban, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reading machine that operates in various modes includes image correction processing is described. The reading device pre-processes an image prior to optical character recognition processing by detect distortion in an image of a page by measuring an extent to which page boundaries in the image deviate from a simple rectangular shape and correcting for the optical distortion by transforming the image to restore the page to a rectangular shape." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2005 (11/097,978). 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=83,20,708.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,708&RS=PN/83,20,708 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bose Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Bose, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,581) developed by Cristian M. Hera, Framingham, Mass., and Davis Y. Pan, Arlington, Mass., for a "vehicle engine sound enhancement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vehicle engine harmonic enhancement system. A method for operating the system includes providing a first engine harmonic enhancement audio signal and equalizing the first engine harmonic enhancement audio signal separately for each of the plurality of loudspeakers to provide individually equalized loudspeaker engine harmonic enhancement audio signals. A vehicle audio system includes a plurality of loudspeakers, an entertainment audio system, and an engine harmonic enhancement system. A method includes equalizing an entertainment audio signal to provide an equalized entertainment audio signal; providing an engine harmonic enhancement audio signal; equalizing the engine harmonic enhancement audio signal separately from the entertainment audio signal to provide an equalized engine harmonic enhancement audio signal; and combining the equalized entertainment audio signal with the equalized engine harmonic enhancement audio signal." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2010 (12/716,887). 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=83,20,581.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,581&RS=PN/83,20,581 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** OmniGuide Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- OmniGuide, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,725) developed by thirteen co-inventors for a "photonic crystal fibers and medical systems including photonic crystal fibers." The co-inventors are Burak Temelkuran, Boston, Charalambos Anastassiou, Malden, Mass., David Torres, Stoughton, Mass., Gil Shapira, Brookline, Mass., Max Shurgalin, Lexington, Mass., Gregor Dellemann, Cambridge, Mass., Ori Weisberg, Cambridge, Mass., Steven A. Jacobs, Needham, Mass., Tairan Wang, Waltham, Mass., Uri Kolodny, Cambridge, Mass., Jesse Rusk, West Roxbury, Mass., Robert Payne, Wellesley, Mass., and Yoel Fink, Brookline, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In general, in one aspect, the disclosure features a system that includes a flexible waveguide having a hollow core extending along a waveguide axis and a region surrounding the core, the region being configured to guide radiation from the CO.sub.2 laser along the waveguide axis from an input end to an output end of the waveguide. The system also includes a handpiece attached to the waveguide, wherein the handpiece allows an operator to control the orientation of the output end to direct the radiation to a target location of a patient and the handpiece includes a tip extending past the output end that provides a minimum standoff distance between the output end and the target location." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2011 (13/165,262). 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=83,20,725.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,725&RS=PN/83,20,725 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cognex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Cognex, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,675) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for fast, robust, multi-dimensional pattern recognition." The co-inventors are William M. Silver, Nobleboro, Maine, E. John McGarry, La Jolla, Calif., Sanjay Nichani, San Diego, and Adam Wagman, Stow, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method for determining the absence or presence of one or more instances of a predetermined pattern in an image, and for determining the location of each found instance within a multidimensional space. A model represents the pattern to be found, the model including a plurality of probes. Each probe represents a relative position at which a test is performed in an image at a given pose, each such test contributing evidence that the pattern exists at the pose. The method further includes a comparison of the model with a run-time image at each of a plurality of poses. A match score is computed at each pose to provide a match score surface. Then, the match score is compared with an accept threshold, and used to provide the location any instances of the pattern in the image." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2004 (11/026,004). 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=83,20,675.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,675&RS=PN/83,20,675 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** IDI Billing Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- IDI Billing Solutions, Victor, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,320,539) developed by five co-inventors for an "advanced payment for telephone services." The co-inventors are Jason M. Ingalsbe, Rochester, N.Y., Stephen G. Kosarko, Victor, N.Y., Kenneth A. Pierce, Holyoke, Mass., Mark R. Rissberger, North Chili, N.Y., and Darren Smith, Victor, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of providing telephone services includes receiving an advanced payment. The advanced payment corresponds to a fixed time interval of telephone service spanning at least one day. The method also includes activating service to a mobile device for the fixed time interval and collecting a plurality of call data." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2008 (12/037,149). 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=83,20,539.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,539&RS=PN/83,20,539 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Aegis Lightwave Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Aegis Lightwave, Woburn, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,758) developed by Michael Cahill, Dedham, Mass., for a "channel monitor and method for estimating optical power." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for estimating optical power in an optical channel includes determining a tunable filter full-width, FW.sub.F, by measuring a response of the tunable filter to a known signal and mapping the response to frequency. A portion of an optical channel is coupled to an input of the tunable optical filter. A peak power response, P.sub.R, and a full width tunable filter response, FW.sub.R, to the optical channel are determined by measuring a response of the tunable filter to the optical channel and mapping the response to frequency. A signal power, P.sub.S, is then calculated from the peak power response, P.sub.R, and a ratio of the full width tunable filter response, FW.sub.R, to the tunable filter full-width, FW.sub.F." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/433,868). 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=83,20,758.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,758&RS=PN/83,20,758 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent for Method and System for Providing Voice Dialing Service in a SIP-based Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,320,532) developed by David C. Robbins, Grafton, Mass., for a "method and system for providing voice dialing service in a SIP-based network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method may include establishing a processing data session over a data network based on a processing data session request from a remote communication device, identifying a dialing directory based on the processing data session request, the dialing directory including multiple complete addresses, and receiving address information over the data network via the processing data session. The system and method may further include processing the address information to determine whether the address information corresponds to one of the plurality of complete addresses, and providing the corresponding one of the plurality of complete addresses over the data network to the remote communication device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2006 (11/534,227). 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=83,20,532.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,532&RS=PN/83,20,532 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Polycom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Polycom, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,554) developed by Peter L. Chu, Lexington, Mass., for an "acoustic echo canceller clock compensation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A conferencing endpoint uses acoustic echo cancellation with clock compensation. Receiving far-end audio to be output by a local loudspeaker, the endpoint performs acoustic echo cancellation so that the near-end audio capture by a microphone will lack echo of the far-end audio output from the loudspeaker. The converters for the local microphone and loudspeaker may have different clocks so that their sample rates differ. To assist the echo cancellation, the endpoint uses a clock compensator that cross-correlates an echo estimate of the far-end audio and the near-end audio and adjusts a sample rate conversion factor to be used for the far-end audio analyzed for echo cancellation." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2010 (12/907,224). 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=83,20,554.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,554&RS=PN/83,20,554 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MAYO Foundation for Medical Education and Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- MAYO Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Rochester, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,320,646) developed by Houchun H. Hu, Cerritos, Calif., Ananth J. Madhuranthakam, Jamaica Plain, Mass., and Stephen J. Riederer, Rochester, Minn., for an "MRI acquisition using 2D sense and partial fourier pace sampling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An MRI system produces a three-dimensional image by acquiring NMR signals that fully sample a central region of k-space and partially sample peripheral k-space as a set of asymmetric radial sectors. The NMR signals are acquired with a plurality of receive channels and coils. An image is reconstructed using a homodyne reconstruction combined with SENSE processing." The patent application was filed on Nov. 02, 2007 (11/913,429). 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=83,20,646.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,646&RS=PN/83,20,646 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,320,386) developed by five co-inventors for "aggregating ports while allowing access to singleton ports." The co-inventors are Qi Bao, Westborough, Mass., George A. Harvey, Marlborough, Mass., Gerald R. Johnson, Cataumet, Mass., Whay C. Lee, Cambridge, Mass., and Ted R. Michaud, Medford, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method for aggregating parallel data links connecting two end-point devices into a logical link. If one of the parallel data links is a multi-point link, then an end-point device can still access that link to route traffic to an end station on the link (that is, to a device other than the other end-point device of the logical data link). In the terminology of this disclosure, the logical aggregated link is accessed through an "aggregated port" on an end-point device, while the constituent multi-point link is accessed directly through a "singleton port." By assigning a smaller cost to the aggregated port than to the singleton port, embodiments avoid creating routing loops. In some embodiments, the aggregation is performed at Layer 2 of the Open System Interconnection seven-layer protocol model. Then, the methods of the present invention work well with existing IEEE 802.1 bridging architectures and protocols." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/578,000). 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=83,20,386.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,386&RS=PN/83,20,386 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for MIMO WLAN System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,320,301) developed by four co-inventors for a MIMO WLAN system. The co-inventors are J. Rodney Walton, Carlisle, Mass., Mark S. Wallace, Bedford, Mass., John W. Ketchum, Harvard, Mass., and Steven J. Howard, Ashland, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multiple-access MIMO WLAN system that employs MIMO, OFDM, and TDD. The system (1) uses a channel structure with a number of configurable transport channels, (2) supports multiple rates and transmission modes, which are configurable based on channel conditions and user terminal capabilities, (3) employs a pilot structure with several types of pilot (e.g., beacon, MIMO, steered reference, and carrier pilots) for different functions, (4) implements rate, timing, and power control loops for proper system operation, and (5) employs random access for system access by the user terminals, fast acknowledgment, and quick resource assignments. Calibration may be performed to account for differences in the frequency responses of transmit/receive chains at the access point and user terminals. The spatial processing may then be simplified by taking advantage of the reciprocal nature of the downlink and uplink and the calibration." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2003 (10/693,419). 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=83,20,301.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,301&RS=PN/83,20,301 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** IPG Photonics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- IPG Photonics, Oxford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,415) developed by Dmitry Starodubov, Dudley, Mass., Alex Yusim, Boston, and Hongbo Yu, Worcester, Mass., for a high-power multi-port circulator.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high power (HP) fiber circulator is configured with a case enclosing a plurality of optical components which are arranged so as to define multiple ports. The fiber circulator further includes a plurality of launching and receiving fiber components each of which has spliced delivery and pigtailed passive fibers selectively coupling a HP input signal into and receiving a HP output signal from respective input and output ports. The passive fibers of each fiber component have respective protective coatings spaced from one another and each covering the cladding of the fibers. A light stripper, extending between the protective coatings, is operative to substantially remove cladding-supported light from one of the passive fibers before it reaches the protective coating of the other passive fiber. At least one of the ports includes a wavelength selective component configured to direct the HP input light beam along the desired path between the ports and including a fiber Bragg grating, volume Bragg grating or a combination of these." The patent application was filed on Aug. 19, 2009 (12/544,192). 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=83,20,415.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,415&RS=PN/83,20,415 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Inter-domain Path Computation Technique ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,255) developed by Jean-Philippe Vasseur, Dunstable, Mass., Muthurajah Sivabalan, Kanata, Canada, and David D. Ward, Somerset, Wis., for an "inter-domain path computation technique." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique computes a traffic engineering (TE) label switched path (LSP) that spans multiple domains of a computer network from a head-end node of a local domain to a tail-end node of a remote domain. The novel inter-domain TE-LSP computation technique comprises a computation algorithm executed by the head-end node, which utilizes Path Computation Elements (PCEs) located within the remote domains (i.e., other than the local domain). Specifically, the head-end node requests path segments from a PCE in each of the remote domains, in which the path segments represent paths between all entry border routers to either all exit border routers of the particular remote domain (i.e., through the domain), or to the tail-end node. Upon receiving path segments from each remote domain, the head-end node combines the path segments with local domain information, and performs a forward path computation from the head-end node to the tail-end node to find the best (i.e., "shortest") path." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2005 (11/049,587). 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=83,20,255.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,255&RS=PN/83,20,255 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Genband U.S. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Genband U.S., Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,320,281) developed by Paul Phillips, Westborough, Mass., and Jason Christopher Terry, Ayer, Mass., for "methods, systems and computer readable media for utilizing a standard spanning tree protocol to indicate an active switching fabric in a network node." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer readable media for utilizing a standard spanning tree protocol to designate an active switching device in a network node are disclosed. In one example, the method includes generating a virtual network topology representation that includes a payload processing device connected to each of a first switching device and a second switching device, transmitting, from each of the first and second switching devices to the payload processing device, a standard spanning tree protocol signaling message that contains the virtual network topology representation and a bridge root priority identifier that has been derived using an algorithm that considers whether the transmitting switching device is a preferred active switching device or a preferred standby switching device, and signaling messages at the payload processing device to select the preferred active switching device as a root bridge of a logical spanning tree based on comparing bridge root priority identifiers." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2010 (12/720,647). 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=83,20,281.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,281&RS=PN/83,20,281 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** IPG Photonics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- IPG Photonics, Oxford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,426) developed by Yuri Grapov, Sutton, Mass., William D. Jones, Wrentham, Mass., and Michael Digiantommaso, Oxford, Mass., for an "apparatus for selectively distributing energy from a laser beam." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An assembly for distributing laser energy is provided that is formed using a compact rigid housing with a sealed beam path contained therein. The assembly employs a monolithic housing with modular collimator and mirror switching components installed therein to reduce its size while maintaining a sealed beam path thereby reducing the possibility of contamination of the beam path. Other than the optics and mirror, there are no elements of the distribution device contained within the beam path. In one embodiment, the assembly distributes incoming energy from a single source to one or more outputs. In another embodiment, the assembly operates as a beam combiner to direct energy from one or more sources to a single output." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2008 (12/319,068). 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=83,20,426.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,426&RS=PN/83,20,426 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Raytheon BBN Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,217) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for disambiguating shooter locations with shockwave-only location." The co-inventors are James Edwin Barger, Winchester, Mass., Richard James Mullen, Needham, Mass., Daniel Ramsay Cruthirds, Cambridge, Mass., and Ronald Bruce Coleman, Arlington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The systems and methods described herein relate to an airborne shooter detection system having a plurality of sensors coupled to the body of an aircraft such as a helicopter. The sensors are arranged to receive shockwave-only signals. The received signals are analyzed to determine an unambiguous shooter location. The analysis may include measuring the arrival times of the shockwaves of projectiles at each of the sensors, determining the differences in the arrival times among sensors, computing a set of ambiguous solutions corresponding to a shooter, and clustering this set of solutions to determine the unambiguous shooter location. The systems and methods described herein may also be used to determine if multiple shooters are present, and subsequently determine the shooter locations for each of the multiple shooters." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2009 (12/629,761). 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=83,20,217.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,217&RS=PN/83,20,217 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,247) developed by Paul J. Giacobbe, Townsend, Mass., and John C. Carney, Bedford, Mass., for a dynamic queue management.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method may include receiving a data unit and identifying a state of a memory storing data units. The method may include selecting a threshold value having a first threshold unit or a second threshold unit based on the state of the memory. The method may include comparing the threshold value to a queue state using the first threshold unit if the memory is in a first state. The method may include comparing the threshold value to the queue state using the second threshold unit if the memory is in a second state." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2010 (12/765,906). 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=83,20,247.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,247&RS=PN/83,20,247 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Resolving Blinded-node Problems in Wireless Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,320,358) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for resolving blinded-node problems in wireless networks." The co-inventors are Xiaofei Wang, Somerville, Mass., Saishankar Nandagopalan, San Diego, Santosh Abraham, San Diego, and Sanjiv Nanda, Ramona, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for resolving blinded-node problems are described herein. One aspect operates on the physical (PHY) layer only, which a second layer operates on the medium access control (MAC) layer. Both aspects involve having a node stop processing a data packet that is not destined for it so as to be able to reserve its resources to detect control and other packets. An apparatus for implementing the techniques are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2007 (11/955,257). 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=83,20,358.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,358&RS=PN/83,20,358 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Massa Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Massa Products, Hingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,218) developed by Donald Patrick Massa, Scituate, Mass., for a "hidden ultrasonic transducer with beam angle control for non-contact target detection systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ultrasonic transducer utilizes a unique forward acoustic transmission line comprised of a composite structure partially consisting of a portion of a continuous smooth sheet of material, such as an automobile bumper, from which the acoustic beam is emitted. This makes it invisible to sight, thus allowing for an improved object detection system in which the sensors cannot be seen, so that they do not interfere with the smooth lines that were designed into the surface of the object or vehicle onto which they are mounted. This is a significant improvement for applications where the look and style of the surface of the platform is important, such as in automotive park assist systems." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2010 (12/657,588). 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=83,20,218.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,218&RS=PN/83,20,218 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,320,365) developed by Michael Alan Weintraub, Medfield, Mass., and David C. Robbins, Grafton, Mass., for a presence based telephony.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device is provided including a processor and a display configured to list more than one presence enabled contact. A user agent is configured to indicate an availability status of the device to a presence server. The user agent is at least partially executed by the processor. Moreover, at least one input is configured to enable a device user to request a communications session with at least one of the plurality of presence enabled contacts. The request is initiated by the user agent when the requested presence enabled contact is available." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2010 (12/686,085). 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=83,20,365.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,365&RS=PN/83,20,365 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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