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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (Dec. 27)

[December 27, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (Dec. 27)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Minnesota.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Sensing Threshold Control to Limit Amplitude Tracking ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,768) developed by Gary T. Seim, Minneapolis, and Ron A. Balczewski, Bloomington, Minn., for a "sensing threshold control to limit amplitude tracking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A depolarization sensing threshold can be determined using an amplitude-limited portion of a cardiac signal received using an implantable medical device. One or more cardiac depolarizations can be detected using the cardiac signal and the depolarization sensing threshold." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2008 (12/330,857). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,768&OS=8,340,768&RS=8,340,768 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,340,852) developed by Vibhor L. Bageshwar, Minneapolis, and Kartik B. Ariyur, West Lafayette, Minn., for a "system and method for simultaneous localization and map building." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An autonomous vehicle comprises at least one image sensor to provide measurements of landmark position for a plurality of landmarks; and processing functionality to estimate the position of the plurality of landmarks in a global frame and in the autonomous vehicle's frame, and to estimate the kinematic state of the autonomous vehicle in a global frame based, at least in part, on the measurements of landmark position from the at least one image sensor. The processing functionality is further operable to calculate errors in the estimated positions of the plurality of landmarks in the global frame and in the estimate of the kinematic state of the autonomous vehicle in the global frame by using a plurality of unit projection vectors between the estimated positions of the plurality landmarks in the autonomous vehicle's frame and a plurality of unit projection vectors between the estimated positions of the plurality of landmarks in the global frame." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2009 (12/432,026). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,852&OS=8,340,852&RS=8,340,852 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Myocardial Infarction Treatment System with Electronic Repositioning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,761) developed by Eric A. Mokelke, White Bear Lake, Minn., Allan C. Shuros, St. Paul, Minn., and James A. Esler, Coon Rapids, Minn., for a "myocardial infarction treatment system with electronic repositioning." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices for treating a blockage in the coronary arterial system are provided. Some blockages in the coronary arterial system restrict the blood flow to a portion of the heart, causing ischemia or infarction. Such blockages may be treated by displacing, removing and/or breaking up the blockage, which allows blood to reperfuse into the infarcted portion of the heart. Before, during, and/or after the reperfusion, cardioprotective pacing is provided to the heart. The devices have multiple electrodes in order to provide multiple locations at which the cardioprotective pacing may be delivered. The devices are adapted to deliver cardioprotective pacing to the heart via the electrode that results in a relatively high level of dyssynchrony of the heart." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2010 (12/793,206). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,761&OS=8,340,761&RS=8,340,761 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,778) developed by four co-inventors for a "multi-element acoustic recharging system." The co-inventors are Binh C. Tran, Minneapolis, Robert S. Harguth, Ham Lake, Mass., Bin Mi, Plymouth, Minn., and Keith R. Maile, New Brighton, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An acoustic energy delivery system for delivering acoustic energy to an implantable medical device ("IMD"). The system includes an IMD having a power source and an energy delivery device. The energy delivery device includes a controller and an array of ultrasonic elements electrically coupled to the controller and configured to deliver acoustic energy to the IMD. Methods of delivering acoustic energy to an IMD are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2009 (12/611,686). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,778&OS=8,340,778&RS=8,340,778 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Implantable Lead and Coronary Venous Pressure Sensor Apparatus and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, Saint Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,767) developed by four co-inventors for an "implantable lead and coronary venous pressure sensor apparatus and method." The co-inventors are Lili Liu, Maple Grove, Mo., Mohan Krishnan, Shoreview, Minn., Bruce A. Tockman, Scandia, Minn., and David R. Wulfman, Minneapolis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cardiac rhythm management system comprises a medical electrical lead, a pressure sensing element, and an implantable pulse generator. The lead is sized to be advanced through the right atrium and coronary sinus into a coronary vein adjacent to the left ventricle. The lead includes an opening intermediate its proximal and distal ends, and a lumen extending longitudinally within the body in communication with the opening. The pressure sensing element is movably disposed in lead lumen and is dimensioned to extend through the opening in the lead, and includes a flexible, elongated conductive member having a distal end, and a pressure transducer coupled to the distal end of the conductive member. The pulse generator is configured to receive cardiac rhythm signals from the electrode and fluid pressure signals from the pressure transducer." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2009 (12/539,832). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,767&OS=8,340,767&RS=8,340,767 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent for Implantable Medical Device Lead with Selectively Exposed Electrodes and Reinforcement Member ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,783) developed by four co-inventors for an "implantable medical device lead with selectively exposed electrodes and reinforcement member." The co-inventors are John L. Sommer, Coon Rapids, Minn., Kenneth C. Gardeski, Plymouth, Minn., Xiaonan Shen, Shoreview, Minn., and Jon D. Schell, Shoreview, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An implantable lead including a lead body including an outer surface, a proximal end, a distal end, and at least one electrode; an electrically insulating member that extends axially over a first portion of the outer surface of the lead body between the proximal end and distal end, the electrically insulating member defining at least one aperture that exposes a first portion of the at least one electrode when in a first position over the lead body; and a reinforcement member formed at least partially of a different material than the insulating member and coupled to the insulating member, the reinforcement member extending axially over the outer surface of the lead body between the insulating member and proximal end. The reinforcement member may be configured to transfer at least one of a radial or axial force from a proximal portion of the reinforcement member to the insulating member, wherein the at least one of radial or axial force transferred to the insulating member is sufficient to move the insulating member over the outer surface of the lead body. In some examples, the lead may further include a deployable lobe member configured to anchor the reinforcement member and insulating member adjacent a tissue site within a patient." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/825,647). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,783&OS=8,340,783&RS=8,340,783 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SPX Assigned Patent for USB Isolation for Vehicle Communication Interface ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- SPX, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,340,855) developed by Manokar Chinnadurai, Owatonna, Minn., Kurt Raichle, Owatonna, Minn., and Paul Sontheimer, Waseca, Minn., for an "USB isolation for vehicle communication interface." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates generally to an automotive diagnostic tool which facilitates data communications between an automobile and diagnostic device, such as a personal computer. More particularly, the present invention relates to electrically isolating the data communications using a Vehicle Communication Interface (VCI) device situated between an automobile's communication diagnostic port and the personal computer. The VCI contains logic circuitry to translate the automobile's On Board Diagnostic (OBD II) signals to an embedded Ethernet controller. Ethernet signals are then non-galvanicly exchanged with an Ethernet to USB controller with an Ethernet transformer. A personal computer is attached via a USB cable to the VCI's Ethernet to USB Controller, permitting information exchange between the automobile and the personal computer." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2008 (12/107,451). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,855&OS=8,340,855&RS=8,340,855 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Scimed Life Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Scimed Life Systems, Maple Grove, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,780) developed by four co-inventors for "leadless cardiac stimulation systems." The co-inventors are Roger N. Hastings, Maple Grove, Minn., Anupama Sadasiva, Plymouth, Minn., Michael J. Pikus, Golden Valley, Minn., and Graig Kveen, Maple Grove, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various configurations of systems that employ leadless electrodes to provide pacing therapy are provided. In one example, a system that provides multiple sites for pacing of myocardium of a heart includes wireless pacing electrode assemblies that are implantable at sites proximate the myocardium using a percutaneous, transluminal, catheter delivery system. Also disclosed are various configurations of such systems, wireless electrode assemblies, and delivery catheters for delivering and implanting the electrode assemblies." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2007 (11/745,105). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,780&OS=8,340,780&RS=8,340,780 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,340,772) developed by Abhi Vase, Mountain View, Calif., and Johann Neisz, Coon Rapids, Minn., for a "brown adipose tissue utilization through neuromodulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices for improved neurostimulation to treat obesity. Some methods include measuring temperature increases in Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) during intraoperative test stimulations to determine the proper nerve electrode placement for implantation. Methods can include determining the side of the patient having the most BAT, and stimulating preferentially on that right or left side. The BAT maybe used to burn fat by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system innervating the BAT deposits." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2010 (12/774,073). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,772&OS=8,340,772&RS=8,340,772 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** St. Jude Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,766) developed by Kyungmoo Ryu, Palmdale, Calif., and Valtino X. Afonso, Oakdale, Minn., for a "method and system for identifying cardiac arrhythmia driver sites." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of identifying potential driver sites for cardiac arrhythmias includes acquiring a plurality of electrograms from a plurality of locations on at least a portion of a patient's heart. Using the acquired electrograms, at least one electrical activity map is generated. Desirable electrical activity maps include complex fractionated electrogram standard deviation and mean maps, dominant frequency maps, peak-to-peak voltage maps, and activation sequence maps. Using one or more of these maps (e.g., by analyzing one or more electrogram morphological characteristics represented by these maps), at least one potential driver site can be detected." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2010 (12/923,769). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,766&OS=8,340,766&RS=8,340,766 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent for Large-pitch Coil Configurations for a Medical Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,759) developed by four co-inventors for a "large-pitch coil configurations for a medical device." The co-inventors are Peter B. McIntyre, Mounds View, Minn., Bernard Q. Li, Plymouth, Minn., Ling Wang, Plymouth, Minn., and Shangqian P. Zhang, Shoreview, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques related to coils for medical device are disclosed. One example coil may comprise multiple filars, each being formed of a biocompatible beta titanium alloy having an elastic modulus ranging from 30 GigaPascals (GPa) to 90 GPa and comprising at least two elements from a group consisting of titanium, molybdenum, niobium, tantalum, zirconium, chromium, iron and tin. At least one of the multiple filars may be electrically insulated one from another. A structural body, such as a lead body, may carry the coil. One or more filars may carry a low-resistance core." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2011 (13/092,367). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,759&OS=8,340,759&RS=8,340,759 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SPX Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- SPX, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,340,861) developed by Edward Lipscomb, Lakeville, Minn., Manokar Chinnadurai, Owatonna, Minn., and Troy Liebl, Owatonna, Minn., for a "docked/undocked vehicle communication interface module." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A diagnostic system that includes a vehicle communication interface (VCI) and a diagnostic tool is provided. When the VCI and the diagnostic tool are coupled together through a wired connection, the VCI and the diagnostic tool can communicate with each other and provide power, as needed, to each other. The VCI and the diagnostic tool can also communicate with each other wirelessly when the are not directly coupled to each other. The VCI and the diagnostic tool are configured so that communication is uninterrupted when going from the wired connection to the wireless connection and vice versa." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2009 (12/537,687). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,861&OS=8,340,861&RS=8,340,861 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent for Self Expanding Electrode Cuff ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,785) developed by five co-inventors for a "self expanding electrode cuff." The co-inventors are Eric H. Bonde, Minnetonka, Minn., Roy L. Testerman, New Hope, Minn., Timothy P. Herbert, Maple Grove, Minn., Mark A. Christopherson, Shoreview, Minn., and Jesse D. Geroy, North Saint Paul, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An expandable electrode cuff of an implantable stimulation system that includes a base member, a first flange member extending from a proximal end along a first side wall of the base member to a first distal end, and a second flange member extending from a proximal end along a second side wall of the base member to a second distal end. The first flange member extends over both a top wall of the base member and the second flange member, and the second flange member extends over the top wall to form a lumen. The electrode cuff is capable of being advanced between a first position corresponding to both flange members extending over the top wall, a second position corresponding to the first flange member not extending over the top wall and the second flange member extending over the top wall, and a third position corresponding to both of the flange members not extending over the top wall." The patent application was filed on May 2, 2008 (12/114,352). 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=8,340,785&OS=8,340,785&RS=8,340,785 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Determining Tracking a Virtual Point Defined Relative to a Tracked Member ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,751) developed by 19 co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for determining tracking a virtual point defined relative to a tracked member." The co-inventors are H. Toby Markowitz, Roseville, Minn., Mustafa Karamanoglu, Fridley, Minn., Pooja Mehta, Bartlett, Ill., Ioana Fleming, Anchorage, Alaska, David A. Scanlon, Minneapolis, Michael Kryger, Chicago, Sean Campbell-Massa, Gladwyne, Pa., Chad Giese, St. Paul, Minn., Steven L. Waldhauser, White Bear Township, Minn., Shangqian Peter Zhang, Shoreview, Minn., Jeff Jannicke, Andover, Minn., Phillip Falkner, Minneapolis, Don Hefner, St. Paul, Minn., Eduardo N. Warman, Maple Grove, Minn., James Steeves, Milton, Calif., Rogier Receveur, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Koen Michels, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Olaf Eick, Bremen, Germany, and Vincent Larik, Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An volume of a patient can be mapped with a system operable to identify a plurality of locations and save a plurality of locations of a mapping instrument. The mapping instrument can include one or more electrodes that can sense a voltage that can be correlated to a three dimensional location of the electrode at the time of the sensing or measurement. Therefore, a map of a volume can be determined based upon the sensing of the plurality of points without the use of other imaging devices. An implantable medical device can then be navigated relative to the mapping data." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2009 (12/422,689). 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=8,340,751&OS=8,340,751&RS=8,340,751 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rosemount Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Rosemount, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,791) developed by John P. Schulte, Eden Prairie, Minn., for a "process device with sampling skew." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An industrial process device for monitoring or controlling an industrial process includes a first input configured to receive a first plurality of samples related to a first process variable and a second input configured to receive a second plurality of samples related to a second process variable. Compensation circuitry is configured to compensate for a time difference between the first plurality of samples and the second plurality of samples and provide a compensated output related to at least one of the first and second process variables. The compensated output can comprise, or can be used to calculate a third process variable. The third process variable can be used to monitor or control the industrial process." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/571,622). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,791&OS=8,340,791&RS=8,340,791 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent for Percutaneous Flat Lead Introducer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,779) developed by Charmaine K. Harris, Woodbury, Minn., and Joseph J. Klein, Plymouth, Minn., for a "percutaneous flat lead introducer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In general, the invention is directed to a technique for percutaneously introducing a stimulation lead into a target stimulation site via the epidural region proximate the spine of a patient. The process of introducing the stimulation lead may include the use of a hollow stimulation lead introducer, which comprises an elongated sheath and an elongated dilator. The dilator fits within the sheath and serves to widen a path through the epidural region for the introduction of a stimulation lead. At least a portion of the stimulation lead introducer has an oblong cross-section, allowing passage of stimulation leads such as paddle leads. The stimulation lead introducer may enter the epidural region proximate a spine of a patient via a guidewire. The stimulation lead introducer provides a path through the epidural region of a patient to a target stimulation site. A stimulation lead may travel through the path to reach the target stimulation site where it may provide therapy to the patient." The patent application was filed on Feb. 5, 2004 (10/773,121). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,779&OS=8,340,779&RS=8,340,779 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Biased Acoustic Switch for Implantable Medical Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,776) developed by four co-inventors for a "biased acoustic switch for implantable medical device." The co-inventors are Eyal Doron, Kiriat-Yam, Israel, Lance E. Juffer, Lino Lakes, Minn., Keith R. Maile, New Brighton, Minn., and Andrew L. Cable, Hudson, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Devices, systems, and methods for selectively activating medical devices are disclosed. A medical device in accordance with an illustrative embodiment includes an energy storage device, an acoustic transducer configured to convert an acoustic signal into an electrical signal, a signal detector configured to generate a trigger signal when the electrical signal exceeds a specific threshold established by a biasing element, a control circuit, and an activation/deactivation switch configured to switch the medical device between an inactive state and an active state in response to the trigger signal." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2008 (12/054,864). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,776&OS=8,340,776&RS=8,340,776 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Dynamic Fault-tolerant Configuration Support and Re-configuration of a Braided Ring Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,339,993) developed by Michael Paulitsch, Columbia Heights, Minn., Brendan Hall, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Kevin R. Driscoll, Maple Grove, Minn., for a "dynamic fault-tolerant configuration support and re-configuration of a braided ring network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of configuring a node comprises receiving a first message having a count field value from a first direct link; receiving a second message having a count field value from a first skip link; adjusting the count field value in the first message by a first adjustment amount; adjusting the count field value in the second message by a second adjustment amount; comparing the adjusted count field value in the first message with the adjusted count field value in the second message; if the adjusted count field value in the first message matches the adjusted count field value in the second message, using the adjusted count field value in the first message to determine a node identity for the node; and processing subsequent messages based on the node identity." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2009 (12/437,178). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,339,993&OS=8,339,993&RS=8,339,993 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,163) developed by Don A. Gilliland, Rochester, Minn., for an "implementing single line asynchronous dual watchdog communication for ESD immunity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and dual watchdog communication circuit for implementing single line asynchronous dual watchdog communication for electrostatic discharge (ESD) immunity, and a design structure on which the subject circuit resides are provided. The dual watchdog communication circuit includes a source transceiver module and a sink transceiver module connected together by a single line, each of the source transceiver module and the sink transceiver module uses a coded pulse for the single line asynchronous dual watchdog communication." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2009 (12/465,689). 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=83,40,163.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,163&RS=PN/83,40,163 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Spread Spectrum Clocking with Transmitted Modulation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,152) developed by Mark James Jeanson, Rochester, Minn., Jordan Ross Keuseman, Rochester, Minn., and George Russell Zettles IV, Rochester, Minn., for a "spread spectrum clocking with transmitted modulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic system having a spread spectrum clock is disclosed. A spread spectrum clock source creates and transmits both a spread spectrum clock signal and a modulation signal. A spread spectrum clock generator uses a modulation waveform on the modulation signal to frequency modulate a reference oscillator frequency. A logic unit comprises a Phase Locked Loop that receives the spread spectrum clock signal and the modulation signal and generates a logic unit clock signal." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2008 (12/183,854). 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=83,40,152.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,152&RS=PN/83,40,152 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ADC DSL Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- ADC DSL Systems, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,118) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for multiplexing fractional TDM frames." The co-inventors are Xinkuan Zhou, Shekou, China, Clifton Powers, Raleigh, N.C., Laxman Anne, Eden Prairie, Minn., Manish Sharma, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Joe Polland, Eden Prairie, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multiplexing card comprises a primary TDM port over which TDM frames are communicated to and from a networking device, a plurality of secondary TDM ports over each of which fractional TDM frames are communicated to and from a plurality of digital subscriber line (DSL) units; and a logic device coupled between the primary TDM port and the plurality of secondary TDM ports, wherein the logic device is operable to map timeslots from each of the fractional TDM frames received over the plurality of secondary TDM ports to timeslots in a TDM frame communicated over the primary TDM port, and to map each of a plurality of blocks of timeslots in a TDM frame received over the primary TDM port to one of the plurality of secondary TDM ports; wherein the combined number of timeslots containing user data in the fractional TDM frames received over the plurality of secondary TDM ports is less than or equal to the maximum number of available timeslots in the corresponding TDM frame communicated over the primary TDM port." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2009 (12/468,562). 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=83,40,118.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,118&RS=PN/83,40,118 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Implementing Enhanced Link Bandwidth in a Headless Interconnect Chip ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,112) developed by Phillip Rogers Hillier III, Rochester, Minn., David Alan Shedivy, Rochester, Minn., and Kenneth Michael Valk, Rochester, Minn., for an "implementing enhanced link bandwidth in a headless interconnect chip." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and circuit for implementing enhanced link bandwidth for a headless interconnect chip in a local rack interconnect system, and a design structure on which the subject circuit resides are provided. The headless interconnect chip includes a cut through switch and a store and forward switch. A packet is received from an incoming link to be transmitted on an outgoing link on the headless interconnect chip. Both the cut through switch and the store and forward switch are selectively used for moving packets received from the incoming link to the outgoing link on the headless interconnect chip." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2010 (12/731,715). 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=83,40,112.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,112&RS=PN/83,40,112 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,340,746) developed by Zeeshan H. Syed, Wayzata, Minn., John V. Guttag, Lexington, Mass., and Collin M. Stultz, Newton, Mass., for a "motif discovery in physiological datasets: a methodology for inferring predictive elements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The application relates a methodology and apparatus for identifying predictive patterns for acute clinical events in the absence of prior knowledge. Principles of conservation are used to identify activity that consistently precedes an outcome in patients, and describe a two-stage process that allows us to more efficiently search for such patterns in large datasets. This is achieved by first transforming continuous physiological signals from multiple patients into symbolic sequences, and by then searching for patterns in these reduced representations that are strongly associated with an outcome." The patent application was filed on July 16, 2009 (12/504,529). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,340,746.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,746&RS=PN/8,340,746 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,750) developed by Rajan Prakash, St. Louis Park, Minn., Sameh Sowelam, Maple Grove, Minn., and Thomas J. Mullen, Andover, Minn., for a "mechanical function marker channel for cardiac monitoring and therapy control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The implantable medical device (IMD) system disclosed here utilizes one or more cardiac sensors that measure mechanical characteristics of the heart, such as left ventricular acceleration or right ventricular pressure. The raw sensor data is collected and processed by the IMD, which derives one or more mechanical event marker signals from features, traits, and characteristics of the sensor data waveforms. The mechanical event marker signals are wirelessly transmitted to an external monitor device for display." The patent application was filed on July 19, 2007 (11/780,140). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,340,750.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,750&RS=PN/8,340,750 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,747) developed by Paul V. Goode Jr., St. Paul, Minn., for a "method and apparatus for trending a physiological cardiac parameter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or pacemaker whose standard circuitry is used to trend a physiological cardiac parameter using intra-cardiac impedance measurements. The trend information may be used to predict the onset of a sudden cardiac death (SCD) event. By being able to predict the onset of an SCD event, patients and their physicians may be forewarned of a life-threatening event allowing them to respond accordingly. The trend information may also be used to predict the efficacy of cardiac-related medications, monitor progress of congestive heart failure, detect the occurrence of myocardial infarction, or simply track changes in sympathetic tone." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2010 (12/887,273). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,340,747.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,747&RS=PN/8,340,747 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Systems, Methods and Computer Program Products for Automatically Triggering Operations on a Queue Pair ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,237) developed by four co-inventors for "systems, methods and computer program products for automatically triggering operations on a queue pair." The co-inventors are Michael T. Benhase, Tucson, Ariz., David Craddock, New Paltz, N.Y., Thomas A. Gregg, Highland, N.Y., and William G. Verdoorn Jr., Rochester, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods and computer program products for automatically triggering operations on a queue pair (QP). Methods include receiving a command at a remote direct memory access (RDMA) capable adapter. A trigger event element associated with the command is determined. The trigger event element is posted on a triggered QP. A triggeror element on a triggeror QP is posted, where the triggeror QP includes a reference to the triggered QP. A notification that the triggeror element has completed is received. The trigger event element is automatically initiated in response to receiving the notification." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2006 (11/551,989). 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=8,341,237&OS=8,341,237&RS=8,341,237 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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