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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Dec. 13)

[December 13, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Dec. 13)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Pennsylvania.

*** RIC Investments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- RIC Investments, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,332,236) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and system for tracking and monitoring patient compliance with medical device usage prescription." The co-inventors are Gregory Yurko, Murrysville, Pa., Kevin Bowen, Pittsburgh, Mark D'Angelo, Harrison City, Pa., Rochelle Eisert, Pittsburgh, and Michael H. Kissel, Harrison City, Pa.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method for tracking and monitoring a patient's compliance with a medical device usage prescription for a medical device is disclosed. This method and system includes the steps of: (a) providing a minimum medical device usage compliance value for the medical device for a predetermined compliance period; (b) providing the quantity of compliance periods in a measurement cycle; and (c) determining a compliance period value as the number of compliance periods in the measurement cycle in which an actual medical device usage value is at least equal to the minimum medical device usage compliance value. In another embodiment, the method also includes: providing a weighting factor, and applying the weighting factor to at least one actual medical device session usage value." The patent application was filed on Jan. 11, 2011 (13/004,412). 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=8,332,236&OS=8,332,236&RS=8,332,236 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bailey Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- G. William Bailey, Newark, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,332,247) developed by G. William Bailey, and William A. Huber, Rosemont, Pa., for "methods and systems for optimizing network travel costs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems optimize travel costs both on and off a sequence of one or more networks used to represent travel, communication, or transport of anything within a spatial medium. Such systems and methods can develop a data structure for optimizing travel costs for a region having an embedded network. The data structure includes a grid representation of the region having an array of cells covering the region, an optimal-cost grid dataset containing optimal costs for travel between an initial location in the region and cells in the grid, a hybrid grid-network dataset representing travel costs within the network, within the grid, and between the network and the grid, and back-links among elements of the hybrid grid-network dataset, reflecting optimal travel routes originating at the initial location. Methods and systems also include querying the datasets of the data structure to generate a route with an optimal travel cost from the initial location to a query point." The patent application was filed on Feb. 6, 2007 (11/702,627). 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=8,332,247&OS=8,332,247&RS=8,332,247 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations, Carnegie Mellon University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, have been assigned a patent (8,332,134) developed by Wende Zhang, Shelby Township, Mich., and Peterson; Kevin Zhang, Pittsburgh, for a "three-dimensional LIDAR-based clear path detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for detecting a clear path of travel for a vehicle includes generating a datastream corresponding to a three-dimensional scan of a target area surrounding the vehicle from a vehicle LIDAR system, estimating a ground plane for a present vehicle location using the datastream corresponding to the three-dimensional scan of the target area surrounding the vehicle, and comparing the datastream corresponding to the three-dimensional scan of the target area surrounding the vehicle with the estimated ground plane to detect a clear path of vehicle travel." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2009 (12/581,861). 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=8,332,134&OS=8,332,134&RS=8,332,134 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** In Silico Biosciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- In Silico Biosciences, Lexington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,332,158) developed by Hugo Geerts, Berwyn, Pa., and Athan Spiros, Portland, Ore., for "method and apparatus for computer modeling of the interaction between and among cortical and subcortical areas in the human brain for the purpose of predicting the effect of drugs in psychiatric and cognitive diseases." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer model of a diseased human brain includes inputs representing a drug and outputs representing the clinical effect of that drug on psychiatric and cognitive diseases. Diseases that can be modeled include psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, ADHD, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse and cognitive deficits therein and neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Mild Cognitive impairment, Parkinson's disease, stroke, vascular dementia, Huntington's disease, epilepsy and Down syndrome. The computer model preferably uses the biological state of interactions between and among cortico and subcortical areas of the human brain, to define the biological processes related to the biological state of the generic synapse model, the striatum, Locus Coeruleus, Dorsal raphe, hippocampus, amygdala and cortex, as well as certain mathematical relationships related to interactions among biological variables associated with the biological processes and to correlations between the biological variables and clinical effects on a clinical scale." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2012 (13/412,626). 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=8,332,158&OS=8,332,158&RS=8,332,158 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,280) developed by five co-inventors for a "system for managing a supplier for participation in a plurality of trading networks." The co-inventors are Theresa W. Broden, Johnson City, N.Y., Glenn C. Godoy, Endicott, N.Y., Jane M. Murphy, Vestal, N.Y., Mark A. Musa, Brackney, Pa., and Sherry L. Wilson, Conklin, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for performing a method for managing a supplier for participation in trading networks. The method includes: receiving from each trading network a volume commitment consolidating volume commitments for offerings of commodities and services; negotiating with each trading network to supply to customer members of the trading network the commodity or service; storing, for each trading network for each supplier, attributes including start date, end date, services and products offered to the trading network, and payment flow for the commodities and services; offing a trading network package based on negotiations occurring before receiving purchase requests from the customer members, the trading network package including: (i) a value-add service offering to the customer members for a fee, and (ii) a managed package for which a customer member provides a volume commitment and actual purchases are tracked; and negotiating price discount levels for committed levels of demand from the trading networks." The patent application was filed on July 18, 2011 (13/184,682). 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=8,332,280&OS=8,332,280&RS=8,332,280 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TruePosition Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- TruePosition, Berwyn, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,331,955) developed by Jeffrey F. Bull, Chalfont, Pa., and Robert J. Anderson, Phoenixville, Pa., for a "robust downlink frame synchronization schemes in CDMA wireless networks for geo-location." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless location system is configured to operate in a CDMA-based wireless communication network. In exemplary embodiments, location measuring units (LMUs) can synchronize to sectors of base stations and store sector timing information. In response to a request to geo-locate a mobile device communicating with a sector, sector timing information for the servicing sector is sent to other LMUs and the LMUs can use the sector timing information to detect uplink signals transmitted by the mobile device. The location of the mobile device can then be estimated based on time of arrival measurements made by the LMUs." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2010 (12/980,098). 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=8,331,955&OS=8,331,955&RS=8,331,955 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** InterDigital Patent Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- InterDigital Patent Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,331,975) developed by eight co-inventors for a "uplink power control for distributed wireless communication." The co-inventors are Zinan Lin, Melville, N.Y., Alexander Reznik, Titusville, N.J., Prabhakar R. Chitrapu, Blue Bell, Pa., Mihaela C. Beluri, Huntington, N.Y., Eldad M. Zeira, Huntington, N.Y., Philip J. Pietraski, Huntington Station, N.Y., Sung-Hyuk Shin, Northvale, N.J., and Gregg A. Charlton, Collegeville, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for power control for distributed wireless communication is disclosed including one or more power control loops associated with a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU). Each power control loop may include open loop power control or closed loop power control. A multi-phase power control method is also disclosed with each phase representing a different time interval and a WTRU sends transmissions at different power levels to different set of node-Bs or relay stations during different phases to optimize communications." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/627,376). 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=8,331,975&OS=8,331,975&RS=8,331,975 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Agere Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Agere Systems, Allentown, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,331,386) developed by Rafael Carmon, Rishon le Zion, Israel, and Simon Issakov, Bethlehem, Pa., for a "CRC checking and MAC-HS processing in an HSDPA-compatible receiver in a 3G wireless network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method for processing a transport block having a MAC-hs protocol data unit (PDU) and a corresponding checksum in an HSDPA-compatible (high-speed downlink packet access) receiver in a 3GPP wireless communication network, the method including: (a) recovering the transport block, (b) performing, substantially in parallel: (i) a cyclic redundancy check (CRC) on the transport block to determine whether the transport block passes or fails, and (ii) MAC (media access control) disassembly to generate a modified MAC-hs PDU, and (c) determining whether to perform reordering-queue distribution and reordering on the modified MAC-hs PDU based on whether the transport block passes or fails. By performing the CRC check and disassembly substantially in parallel, processing efficiencies may be gained." The patent application was filed on May 31, 2007 (11/755,999). 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=83,31,386.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,386&RS=PN/83,31,386 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** InterDigital Technology, SK Telecom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- InterDigital Technology, Wilmington, Del., and SK Telecom, Seoul, South Korea, have been assigned a patent (8,331,315) developed by eight co-inventors for a "media independent handover for smart phone architecture." The co-inventors are Debashish Purkayastha, Pottstown, Pa., Shamim Akbar Rahman, Montreal, Khalid S. Hossain, Montreal, Michelle Perras, Montreal, Hyun Wook Kim, Kyunggi-Do, South Korea, Yong Sun Cho, Seoul, South Korea, Suan Eoh, Seoul, South Korea, and Jean-Ian Boutin, Montreal.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) may include two or more modems, each configured to link to a different network, and a media independent handover (MIH) client. An application programming interfaces (API) may provide the MIH client with mechanisms to receive information about links, control the modems for handover, discover a MIH server and IP multimedia system nodes, trigger mobile IP handover, etc. If a link has been successfully established, the MIH client may start a MIH session. When the modem indicates that a connection is going to be terminated, the MIH client may activate the second modem for handover. If the first modem indicates that a link parameter has crossed a threshold, the MIH client may send signal measurements to a MIH server. After receiving a media independent handover switch request, the MIH client may initiate handover to the second network." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2008 (12/209,772). 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=83,31,315.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,315&RS=PN/83,31,315 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,497) developed by Jacob Gladish, Sunnyvale, Calif., Ronald W. Kownacki, Pittsburgh, and Michael Comer, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "generic resynchronization between persistent management store and dynamic configuration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cluster of nodes share configuration data that characterizes the cluster as an entity (virtualization) to a client. Management configuration data, VSC, is entered into a replicating database, RDB. That data is distributed and stored into replicating databases in each node, and then reconciled with the corresponding cluster configuration data in dynamic memory. The dynamic memory is accessed by clients. In a preferred embodiment, the nodes are storage servers." The patent application was filed on Feb. 20, 2007 (11/676,894). 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=8,332,497.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,497&RS=PN/8,332,497 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Reduced Complexity Video Processing via Special Chroma Handling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,659) developed by Kathleen Burns, Doylestown, Pa., and Larry Pearlstein, Newtown, Pa., for a "method and apparatus for reduced complexity video processing via special chroma handling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for reduced complexity video and image processing with special chroma handling are disclosed. Frame-type decisions are made on a video stream made up of a sequence of frames. A first subset of the frames are selected to be monochrome and generated without chroma data. A second subset of the frames are selected to be in color and generated with chroma components. In one embodiment, the first subset of frames includes odd frames and the second subset of frames includes even frames in the video stream. Under higher video frame rates, the lack of color in every other frame is not visible to the end viewer. Accordingly, subsequent processing of the output video stream permits luma-only processing of many frames in the video stream, extensively reducing the amount of computation." The patent application was filed on May 23, 2008 (12/126,321). 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=8,331,659.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,659&RS=PN/8,331,659 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,205) developed by Michael Allen Seigler, Pittsburgh, Michael Leigh Mallary, Harmony, Pa., and Hua Zhou, Pittsburgh, for a "sloped pole for recording head with waveguide." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus having a first pole with a first side and a second side opposite from the first side, a second pole positioned on the first side of the first pole, and a waveguide positioned on the second side of the first pole wherein the waveguide has an end adjacent to an air bearing surface. The first pole includes a first portion spaced from the waveguide and a second portion extending from the first portion to the air bearing surface, with the second portion being structured such that an end of the second portion is closer to the waveguide than the first portion." The patent application was filed on Nov. 25, 2008 (12/277,497). 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=8,331,205&OS=8,331,205&RS=8,331,205 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent for Hierarchical Classifier for Data Classification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,331,699) developed by four co-inventors for a "hierarchical classifier for data classification." The co-inventors are Maneesh Dewan, West Chester, Pa., Gerardo Hermosillo Valadez, West Chester, Pa., Zhao Yi, Los Angeles, and Yiqiang Zhan, Berwyn, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein is a framework for constructing a hierarchical classifier for facilitating classification of digitized data. In one implementation, a divergence measure of a node of the hierarchical classifier is determined. Data at the node is divided into at least two child nodes based on a splitting criterion to form at least a portion of the hierarchical classifier. The splitting criterion is selected based on the divergence measure. If the divergence measure is less than a predetermined threshold value, the splitting criterion comprises a divergence-based splitting criterion which maximizes subsequent divergence after a split. Otherwise, the splitting criterion comprises an information-based splitting criterion which seeks to minimize subsequent misclassification error after the split." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2010 (12/887,640). 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=8,331,699.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,699&RS=PN/8,331,699 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Agere Systems Assigned Patent for Detection of Double Talk in Telecommunications Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Agere Systems, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,331,552) developed by Mizhou Tan, Easton, Pa., for a "detection of double talk in telecommunications networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the presence of double talk (DT) is detected in a telecommunications network having a near-end user and a far-end user. The energies of both (1) a signal received from the far-end user by the near-end user and (2) a signal to be communicated from the near-end user to the far-end user are computed. An echo return loss (ERL) estimate is calculated based on the energy calculations, and a preliminary decision is made as to whether DT is present based on the ERL estimate and the energy calculations. If DT is detected, then a counter is set to a hangover value. If DT is not detected, then the counter is reduced. This process is repeated, and, for each iteration, a final decision as to whether DT is present is made based on the counter value." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2008 (12/117,901). 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=8,331,552.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,552&RS=PN/8,331,552 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,331,641) developed by Gerardo Hermosillo Valadez, West Chester, Pa., Bing Jian, Exton, Pa., and Yoshihisa Shinagawa, Downingtown, Pa., for a "system and method for automatically classifying regions-of-interest." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein is a method and system for facilitating automatic classification of regions-of-interest (ROIs). Contrast enhanced image data may be received (202) and processed to generate at least one texture value of at least one ROI in the image data (204). The ROI may be automatically classified as either a mass or a non-mass like enhancement (NMLE) based on the texture value (e.g., bumpiness) (208)." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2009 (12/549,381). 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=8,331,641.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,641&RS=PN/8,331,641 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,331,189) developed by Eric T. Pancoast, Langhorne, Pa., James N. Curnew, Medford, N.J., and Scott M. Sawyer, Mt. Laurel, N.J., for "tamper-protected DRAM memory module." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dynamic memory module is fitted with a tamper detection circuit and a memory clear circuit responsive to a detected tampering signal for clearing the memory. A power retention circuit powers the memory, the tamper detection circuit, and the clearing circuit in the event that the main power fails. Failure of the main power or a System Reset may also initiate memory clearing." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2010 (12/787,804). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,189&OS=8,331,189&RS=8,331,189 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Gravic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Gravic, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,331,740) developed by five co-inventors for an "inferential self-registration of imperfect OMR forms." The co-inventors are Owen C. Davison, Honey Brook, Pa., Victor F. Berutti, Downingtown, Pa., Bruce D. Holenstein, Media, Pa., Paul J. Holenstein, Downingtown, Pa., and Tristan E. Hoffmann, Exton, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Image data of a zone in a response form that has a plurality of response bubbles in the zone is processed. The image data of the zone has at least one response bubble that is well-formed and at least one response bubble that is not well-formed. Well-formed response bubbles are located in the zone from image data of the zone. The locations of the well-formed response bubbles in the zone are compared to a form template that defines the zone and contains data regarding locations of all expected response bubbles in the zone. It is determined from the comparison whether sufficient information exists to determine that the well-formed response bubbles constitute a specific part of the form template zone. If so, then the well-formed response bubbles are processed from the image data of the zone." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2008 (12/265,404). 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=8,331,740.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,740&RS=PN/8,331,740 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent for Automatic Calibration of Computer Aided Diagnosis Based on Retrospective Examination ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,331,636) developed by Yoshihisa Shinagawa, Downingtown, Pa., and Gerardo Hermosillo Valadez, West Chester, Pa., for an "automatic calibration of computer aided diagnosis based on retrospective examination." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for automatic detection of lesions within a medical image include acquiring medical image data. Regions of suspicion are automatically identified within the medical image data. It is automatically determined whether each identified region of suspicion is of a benign state, is of a suspicious state that requires a biopsy, or is of an indeterminate state that requires subsequent imaging after a particular length of time. When an identified region of suspicion is determined to be of an indeterminate state, the determination is automatically reconsidered in light of a calibration factor that biases the automatic determination towards either a benign state or a suspicious state. The calibration factor may be based on data collected from follow-up examinations that reveal whether a lesion previously characterized as indeterminate was actually a benign or malignant lesion or on additional diagnostic information including prior image data or non-image data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 5, 2008 (12/204,870). 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=8,331,636.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,636&RS=PN/8,331,636 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Agere Systems Assigned Patent for Applause Attenuation System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Agere Systems, Allentown, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,331,573) developed by James L. Archibald, Lehigh, Pa., for an applause attenuation system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for attenuating applause from a satellite radio signal, including, a spectrum analyzer and comparator having an internal memory for obtaining a spectral signature of different sounds in the radio signal, a detector automatically detecting whether the sounds contain applause, an attenuator attenuating the sounds containing applause; and a digital to analog converter converting the attenuated sounds for audio listening. A comparator compares applause in the radio signal to a threshold level and disables the attenuator when the applause abates below the threshold level." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2007 (11/872,838). 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=8,331,573.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,573&RS=PN/8,331,573 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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