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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 28)

[December 28, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 28)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,339,951) developed by Giuseppe Scaglione, Granite Bay, Calif., for a "method for configuration of a load balancing algorithm in a network device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for configuration of a network device is described herein. Counter information for one or more ports of a plurality of ports of the network device is managed. The one or more ports are aggregated to a logical port in a logical communication channel. The counter information may be determined by the network device. A current load balancing algorithm is determined. The current load balancing algorithm is set for use on network packets on egress out of the logical port. Statistics are determined using the counter information and the current load balancing algorithm. Based on the statistics, the network device is configured with an available load balancing algorithm of a plurality of load balancing algorithms available to the network device." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2010 (12/845,446). 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=8,339,951&OS=8,339,951&RS=8,339,951 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Apple Assigned Patent for Portable Computing Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,775) developed by 19 co-inventors for a portable computing device. The co-inventors are Brett W. Degner, Menlo Park, Calif., Euan Abraham, Sunnyvale, Calif., John M. Brock, San Francisco, Matthew P. Casebolt, Fremont, Calif., Robert L. Coish, Mountain View, Calif., Laura M. DeForest, San Mateo, Calif., Michelle Goldberg, Sunnyvale, Calif., Bradley Joseph Hamel, Sunnyvale, Calif., Ron Hopkinson, Campbell, Calif., Jim Hwang, Danville, Calif., Caitlin E. Kalinowski, San Francisco, Steven Keiper, San Jose, Calif., Patrick Kessler, San Francisco, Eugene Kim, San Francisco, Chris Ligtenberg, San Carlos, Calif., Jay K. Osborn, Dublin, Calif., John Raff, Menlo Park, Calif., Nicholas A. Rundle, San Jose, Calif., and David J. Yeh, Redwood City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable computing device includes at least a base portion of a lightweight material that includes at least a wedge shaped top case having a trough formed at an interfacing edge thereof. The trough includes a raised portion having a first contact surface and a receiving area, and a bottom case coupled to the top case to form a complete housing for at least a portion of the portable computing device for enclosing at least a plurality of operational components and a plurality of structural components. The portable computing device also includes at least a lid portion pivotally connected to the base portion by a hinge assembly. In the described embodiments, the lid portion has a display in communication with one or more of the plurality of components in the base portion by way of or more electrical conductors that electrically connect the base portion to the lid portion." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2011 (13/339,325). 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=8,339,775&OS=8,339,775&RS=8,339,775 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Infinera Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Infinera, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,799) developed by Huan-Shang Tsai, Cupertino, Calif., and Jie Tang, Fogelsville, Pa., for "integrated circuit with pins at multiple edges of a chip." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved integrated circuit (IC) layout is described that provides conductive pads on opposite sides of a substrate. The conductive pads provide for connectivity to the chip in different chip orientations. Accordingly, multiple chips having the same layout can be provided in a package, instead of providing each chip with a different layout. Since the same layout may be used for each chip, manufacturing costs are reduced." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2009 (12/550,446). 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=8,339,799&OS=8,339,799&RS=8,339,799 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lawrence Livermore National Security Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Lawrence Livermore National Security, Livermore, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,600) developed by Michael P. Chrisp, Danville, Calif., for a "dual waveband compact catadioptric imaging spectrometer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A catadioptric dual waveband imaging spectrometer that covers the visible through short-wave infrared, and the midwave infrared spectral regions, dispersing the visible through shortwave infrared with a zinc selenide grating and midwave infrared with a sapphire prism. The grating and prism are at the cold stop position, enabling the pupil to be split between them. The spectra for both wavebands are focused onto the relevant sections of a single dual waveband detector. Spatial keystone distortion is controlled to less than one tenth of a pixel over the full wavelength range, facilitating the matching of the spectra in the midwave infrared with the shorter wavelength region." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2010 (12/829,816). 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=8,339,600&OS=8,339,600&RS=8,339,600 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent for Streamlined Packet Forwarding Using Dynamic Filters for Routing and Security in a Shared Forwarding Plane ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,959) developed by five co-inventors for "streamlined packet forwarding using dynamic filters for routing and security in a shared forwarding plane." The co-inventors are Jerome P. Moisand, Arlington, Mass., Jean-Marc Frailong, Los Altos, Calif., Krishna Narayanaswamy, San Jose, Calif., Oren Melamud, Herzelia, Israel, and Paul J. Kirner, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network router includes a plurality of interfaces configured to send and receive packets, and a routing component comprising: (i) a routing engine that includes a control unit that executes a routing protocol to maintain routing information specifying routes through a network, and (ii) a forwarding plane configured by the routing engine to select next hops for the packets in accordance with the routing information. The forwarding plane comprises a switch fabric to forward the packets to the interfaces based on the selected next hops. The network router also includes a security plane configured to apply security functions to the packets. The security plane is integrated within the network router to share a streamlined forwarding plane of the routing component." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2008 (12/182,619). 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=8,339,959&OS=8,339,959&RS=8,339,959 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Headway Technologies Assigned Patent for Shield Design for Magnetic Recording Head ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Headway Technologies, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,751) developed by five co-inventors for a "shield design for magnetic recording head." The co-inventors are Glen Garfunkel, San Jose, Calif., Moris Dovek, San Jose, Calif., Kenichi Takano, Cupertino, Calif., Joseph Smyth, Aptos, Calif., and Yuchen Zhou, Milpitas, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is disclosed for forming a magnetic shield in which all domain patterns and orientations are stable and which are consistently repeated each time said shield is exposed to an initialization field. The shield is given a shape which ensures that all closure domains can align themselves at a reduced angle relative to the initialization direction while still being roughly antiparallel to one another. Most, though not all, of these shapes are variations on trapezoids." The patent application was filed on April 6, 2011 (13/066,099). 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=8,339,751&OS=8,339,751&RS=8,339,751 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Teledyne Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Teledyne Technologies, Thousand Oaks, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,584) developed by six co-inventors for a velocity measuring system. The co-inventors are William R. Christian, Newbury Park, Calif., Ray C. Delcher, Oxnard, Calif., Tong Chen, Palo Alto, Calif., Mohsen Khoshnevisan, Newbury Park, Calif., Phillip B. Liescheski, Lincoln, Neb., and Michael A. Metcalf, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A laser Doppler velocimeter uses self-mixing amplification of backreflections from scatterers below the surface of a flow. A time domain signal is divided into segments that are roughly equal to a transit time of particles through a focus of a laser beam. The segments are connected to a frequency domain through the use of an FFT algorithm to produce frequency domain data segments. Signal-to-noise ratio is enhanced through signal processing techniques using the segments to produce a final enhanced signal spectrum." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2010 (12/800,750). 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=8,339,584&OS=8,339,584&RS=8,339,584 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sprint Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sprint Communications, Overland Park, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,339,974) developed by Travis Dawson, San Mateo, Calif., and Mark Evans, San Mateo, Calif., for a "method and system for detecting and mitigating RTP-based denial of service attacks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This present invention provides a method and system for detecting and mitigating RTP-based denial of service attacks. A prediction model is implemented to analyze data within RTP packets to predict a range of valid data for future packets. Subsequent RTP packets that contain data that fall within the predicted range of data are considered valid RTP packets while others may be considered invalid packets subject to additional analysis." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2005 (11/159,013). 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=8,339,974&OS=8,339,974&RS=8,339,974 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Headway Technologies Assigned Patent for TMR or CPP Structure with Improved Exchange Properties ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Headway Technologies, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,754) developed by four co-inventors for a "TMR or CPP structure with improved exchange properties." The co-inventors are Kunliang Zhang, Milpitas, Calif., Hui-Chuan Wang, Pleasanton, Calif., Tong Zhao, Fremont, Calif., and Min Li, Dublin, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An insertion layer is provided between an AFM layer and an AP2 pinned layer in a GMR or TMR element to improve exchange coupling properties by increasing Hex and the Hex/Hc ratio without degrading the MR ratio. The insertion layer may be a 1 to 15 Angstrom thick amorphous magnetic layer comprised of at least one element of Co, Fe, or Ni, and at least one element having an amorphous character selected from B, Zr, Hf, Nb, Ta, Si, or P, or a 1 to 5 Angstrom thick non-magnetic layer comprised of Cu, Ru, Mn, Hf, or Cr. Preferably, the content of the one or more amorphous elements in the amorphous magnetic layer is less than 40 atomic %. Optionally, the insertion layer may be formed within the AP2 pinned layer. Examples of an insertion layer are CoFeB, CoFeZr, CoFeNb, CoFeHf, CoFeNiZr, CoFeNiHf, and CoFeNiNbZr." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2011 (13/135,277). 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=8,339,754&OS=8,339,754&RS=8,339,754 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,339,944) developed by Sai Yiu Duncan Ho, San Diego, for "SDU discard mechanisms for wireless communication systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methodologies are described that facilitate packet discard restriction in a wireless communication system. As described herein, a discard prohibit counter and/or other similar mechanism can be employed to limit the number of consecutive packets that are discarded by a transmitter, even in the event that the delay bounds of those packets have been exceeded. A discard prohibit counter as described herein can be updated upon a packet transmission and reset upon a packet discard to ensure that an acceptable number of packets are transmitted before a packet can be discarded. An acceptable number of packets can be selected based on device specifications, requirements of a data packet flow and/or traffic associated with the flow, or other suitable factors, and can be constant or adaptable to changes in network conditions. As further described herein, multiple counters can be separately maintained and utilized for a plurality of corresponding packet flows." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2008 (12/264,059). 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=8,339,944&OS=8,339,944&RS=8,339,944 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Foundry Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Foundry Networks, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,943) developed by Xiaohong Pan, Fremont, Calif., for a "virtual router failover dampening." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A virtual router spans a number of physical routing devices. One of the physical routing devices is designated as master, and the other physical routing devices are designated as backups to the master. A failover protocol that includes both a non-dampened state and a dampened state can be implemented. According to the failover protocol, an attempt to designate one of the backups as master in place of the current master is permitted while the virtual router is in the non-dampened state, while such an attempt is suppressed while the virtual router is in the dampened state." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2011 (13/076,222). 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=8,339,943&OS=8,339,943&RS=8,339,943 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Heat Valve for Thermal Management in a Mobile Communications Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,787) developed by Richard Tsai, Cupertino, Calif., for a "heat valve for thermal management in a mobile communications device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A thermal valve for controlling heat transfer between two electronic components is disclosed. The thermal valve includes a first thermally conductive strip that is secured to the first electronic component and a second thermally conductive strip that is secured to the second electronic component. The first strip and the second strip are located between the two electronic components. The first strip changes its shape toward making contact with the second strip in response to a temperature increase of the first electronic component, and the second strip changes its shape away from making contact with the first strip in response to a temperature increase of the second electronic component. Other embodiments are also described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2010 (12/877,219). 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=8,339,787&OS=8,339,787&RS=8,339,787 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Incoherent Spectral Beam Combining with Optical Path Compensation Using Real Time Holography ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,339,694) developed by four co-inventors for an "incoherent spectral beam combining with optical path compensation using real time holography." The co-inventors are Daniel J. Sox, Redondo Beach, Calif., Dennis M. Guthals, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Margarita A. Carbon, Calabasas, Calif., and Blair F. Campbell, Chatsworth, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for path compensation of multiple incoherent spectral optical beams incorporates an optical element combining a plurality of incoherent spectral beams to an aperture by angle using carrier frequency tilt fringes. An illumination laser is employed for reflection of an illumination beam from a target. An interferometer receives a sample of the reflected illumination beam reflected from the target and provides interference fringes. A spatial light modulator receives the interference fringes and generates a real time hologram. Relay optics are employed for transmitting the combined plurality of incoherent beams to the SLM and receiving a diffraction corrected full aperture compensated combined beam for emission to the far field." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2009 (12/635,696). 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=8,339,694&OS=8,339,694&RS=8,339,694 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,957) developed by Gregory L. Chesson, Palo Alto, Calif., for an aggregate transport control.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Example embodiments of methods and apparatus for data communication are disclosed. An example method includes receiving, at a data network communication device having a shared data buffer for queuing received data, respective data backlog information for a plurality of sending network devices operationally coupled with the data network communication device. The example method also includes determining an amount of aggregate data backlog for the data network communication device based on the respective data backlog information. The example method further includes comparing the aggregate data backlog amount with a threshold, and, in the event the aggregate data backlog amount is less than or equal to the threshold, allocating, at the data network communication device, respective data transmission windows to the plurality of sending network devices. In this example, respective sizes of the respective data transmission windows are based on the respective data backlog information for each sender. In the event the aggregate data backlog amount is greater than the threshold, the example method further includes allocating, at the data network communication device, fixed size data transmission windows to the plurality of network sending devices. The example method still further includes receiving, at the data network communication device, data from the sending network devices in accordance with at least one of the respective data transmission windows and the fixed size data transmission windows." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2009 (12/492,363). 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=8,339,957&OS=8,339,957&RS=8,339,957 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Pilot Transmission and Channel Estimation with Pilot Weighting ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,339,930) developed by Dhananjay Ashok Gore, San Diego, and Avneesh Agrawal, San Diego, for a "pilot transmission and channel estimation with pilot weighting." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to perform channel estimation with pilot weighting are described. A receiver receives at least one transmission symbol for a pilot transmitted by a transmitter. Each transmission symbol may be generated with a single-carrier multiplexing scheme (e.g., IFDMA or LFDMA) or a multi-carrier multiplexing scheme (e.g., OFDMA). The receiver processes each received transmission symbol and obtains received pilot values. The receiver may derive an interference estimate based on the received pilot values and may estimate the reliability of the received pilot values based on the interference estimate. The receiver determines weights for the received pilot values based on the transmitted pilot values, the estimated reliability of the received pilot values, and/or other information. The receiver derives a channel estimate based on the received pilot values and the weights. The receiver then performs data detection (e.g., equalization) on received data values with the channel estimate." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2006 (11/405,831). 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=8,339,930&OS=8,339,930&RS=8,339,930 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent for Fluid Dynamic Bearing with Non-linear Damping ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,731) developed by four co-inventors for a "fluid dynamic bearing with non-linear damping." The co-inventors are Hans Leuthold, Santa Cruz, Calif., Susan Immisch, Scotts Valley, Calif., Saul Ceballos, Watsonville, Calif., and Michael Tiller, Santa Cruz, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Thus, if a shock or other disturbance to a disc stack spindle bearing assembly occurs that tilts the bearing assembly, the resulting motion is both a tilting, and a motion which is axial. If a shock axially moves the hub assembly, only an axial motion occurs. Thus the system has a non-linear behavior. Pursuant to this invention, when a tilting disturbance occurs, and some of it is dissipated in a net axial movement at a different frequency, energy is subtracted out of the system with motion that is not linearly related to the disturbance was that created it." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2003 (10/436,925). 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=8,339,731&OS=8,339,731&RS=8,339,731 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Thomson Licensing Assigned Patent for Single-sided Pre-recorded Dual-layer DVD Disc Functioning as a Dual-sided Pre-recorded DVD ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Thomson Licensing, Boulogne-Billancourt, France, and OPSEC Security Group, Denver, have been assigned a patent (8,339,928) developed by John Matthew Town, Ojai, Calif., and Mark Timothy Turnage, Denver, for a "single-sided pre-recorded dual-layer DVD disc functioning as a dual-sided pre-recorded DVD." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical disc structure for playback by a read-out device is described. The optical disc structure includes a first layer with first content recorded thereon. A second layer is coupled to the first layer. The second layer has first content and second content recorded thereon. The disc of the present principles makes use of the fact that a less than full capacity DVD9 disc leaves available recording space after the end of program area and required lead-out area on the second of the two data layers of a DVD9 disc." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2007 (12/312,205). 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=8,339,928&OS=8,339,928&RS=8,339,928 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** LSI Assigned Patent for Techniques for Increasing a Lifetime of Blocks of Memory ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- LSI, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,881) developed by Radoslav Danilak, Cupertino, Calif., for "techniques for increasing a lifetime of blocks of memory." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are described for increasing a lifetime of blocks of memory. In operation, respective life expectancy scores for each of the blocks are calculated based at least in part on a respective number of times each of the blocks is respectively erased, and further based at least in part on at least one other factor that affects the lifetime of the blocks. An order to write and recycle the blocks is determined, based at least in part on at least some of the respective lifetime expectancy scores. A total amount of the blocks that are erased and written is minimized while lifetime expectancy score variation between the blocks is equalized." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2011 (13/042,242). 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=8,339,881&OS=8,339,881&RS=8,339,881 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Spatial Multiplexing in a Cellular Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,934) developed by four co-inventors for a "spatial multiplexing in a cellular network." The co-inventors are Robert W. Heath Jr., Los Altos, Calif., Peroor K. Sebastian, Mountain View, Calif., Rahul Chopra, Campbell, Calif., and Arogyaswami J. Paulraj, Stanford, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides methods and apparatus for implementing spatial multiplexing in conjunction with the one or more multiple access protocols during the broadcast of information in a wireless network. A subscriber unit for use in a cellular system is disclosed. The subscriber unit includes: spatially separate receivers, a spatial processor, and a combiner. The spatially separate receivers receive the assigned channel composite signals resulting from the spatially separate transmission of the subscriber downlink datastream(s). The spatial processor is configurable in response to a control signal transmitted by the base station to separate the composite signals into estimated substreams based on information obtained during the transmission of known data patterns from at least one of the base stations. The spatial processor signals the base stations when a change of a spatial transmission configuration is required. The combiner combines the estimated substreams into a corresponding subscriber datastream." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2010 (12/823,057). 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=8,339,934&OS=8,339,934&RS=8,339,934 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Micrometric Vision Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Micrometric Vision Technologies, Mission Viejo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,616) developed by Nicolae Paul Teodorescu, Mission Viejo, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for high-speed unconstrained three-dimensional digitalization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and a system for optical three-dimensional (3-D) digitalization of physical objects, suitable for moving scenes, unattached to locating devices, utilizing structured light in the form of a plurality of overlapped patterns free of any intensity features, capable of obtaining frames of 3-D coordinates and textural color at video frame rates." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2010 (12/748,397). 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=8,339,616&OS=8,339,616&RS=8,339,616 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MWorks Wireless Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- MWorks Wireless Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,339,945) developed by Dennis P. Connors, San Diego, for a "data link control architecture for integrated circuit devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are described for a data link control layer of a communication modem in which data movement functionality is implemented in hardware. In one embodiment, a data link layer comprises software, memory and hardware. The software comprises a processor configured to receive control signaling from a host device and provide control information to the hardware. The hardware comprises an outbound memory manager configured to receive data from the host device, determine locations in the memory for the data, store the data in the memory, determine which of the data is to be forwarded to a physical layer during a given transmit period, and forward the data to the physical layer. In preferred embodiments, the modem is a high performance modem designed for the terminals of a wireless local area network having multiple data flows, segmentation and reassembly, encryption, automatic repeat request, and quality of service requirements." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2004 (10/876,280). 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=8,339,945&OS=8,339,945&RS=8,339,945 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Power Integrations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Power Integrations, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,811) developed by Alex B. Djenguerian, Saratoga, Calif., Arthur B. Odell, Morgan Hill, Calif., and Henson Wu, Saratoga, Calif., for an "apparatus and method for detecting a change in output voltage of an isolated power converter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An output voltage sensor for use in a power converter controller includes a first pulse sampler circuit coupled to receive a feedback signal representative of an output of a power converter. The first pulse sampler circuit is coupled to capture a first peak voltage representative of a second peak of a ringing voltage of the feedback signal at a first time in the feedback signal. A second pulse sampler circuit is coupled to receive the feedback signal representative of the output of the power converter. The second pulse sampler circuit is coupled to capture a second peak voltage representative of the second peak of the ringing voltage of the feedback signal at a second time in the feedback signal. The output voltage sensor is coupled to output a change signal to a drive circuit of the power converter controller in response to the first and second peak voltages." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2011 (13/293,042). 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=8,339,811&OS=8,339,811&RS=8,339,811 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,748) developed by Wing C. Shum, San Mateo, Calif., Yanning Liu, San Ramon, Calif., and John E. Scura, Paso Robles, Calif., for a "suspension assembly having a microactuator bonded to a flexure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a suspension assembly for a disk drive that includes: a mounting plate having a top-side and a bottom-side; a microactuator mounting structure formed in the mounting plate; a microactuator mounted in the microactuator mounting structure in which the microactuator has a top-side and a bottom-side; and a flexure attached to the bottom-side of the of mounting plate and the microactuator. The flexure includes a pad layer and a through-hole, in which the through-hole extends through the pad layer. An epoxy on the pad layer bonds widely to the microactuator and extends through the through-hole." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/826,550). 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=8,339,748&OS=8,339,748&RS=8,339,748 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Assigned Patent for Method for Providing a Magnetic Recording Transducer Having a Hybrid Moment Pole ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Western Digital, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,738) developed by Ut Tran, San Jose, Calif., and Zhigang Bai, Milpitas, Calif., for a "method for providing a magnetic recording transducer having a hybrid moment pole." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for fabricating a magnetic transducer having an air-bearing surface (ABS) is provided. The method comprises providing an underlayer, and providing a main pole residing on the underlayer and having a front and a rear. The step of providing a main pole further includes providing a first portion having a first magnetic moment, the first portion having a front face at the ABS and terminating between the ABS and the rear of the main pole, and providing a second portion having a second magnetic moment. A part of the second portion resides on the first portion, and another part of the second portion resides between the first portion of the main pole and the rear of the main pole. The first magnetic moment is less than the second magnetic moment." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2012 (13/528,007). 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=8,339,738&OS=8,339,738&RS=8,339,738 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,973) developed by Swaminathan Pichumani, Santa Clara, Calif., and Rahul Aggarwal, San Francisco, for a "multicast traceroute over MPLS/BGP IP multicast VPN." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The subject matter of this specification can be implemented in, among other things, a method that includes receiving, at a first network device that is associated with an MVPN, an mtrace message that identifies a source device that is associated with the MVPN and that is separated from the first network device by an MPLS network. The method further includes determining an LSP from the first network device to a second network device that is associated with the MVPN and that is separated from the first network device by the MPLS network. The method further includes adding an IP header to the mtrace message, the IP header including a destination address set to a localhost loopback IP address. The method further includes encapsulating the mtrace message with an MPLS label stack that causes the encapsulated mtrace message to reach an instance of the MVPN on the second network device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2010 (12/876,871). 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=8,339,973&OS=8,339,973&RS=8,339,973 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,919) developed by Patrick J. Lee, San Jose, Calif., for a "disk drive margining read channel by biasing log-likelihood ratios of a nonbinary iterative decoder." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A disk drive is disclosed comprising a head actuated over a disk and control circuitry operable to sample a read signal emanating from the head to generate read samples. First vectors of log-likelihood ratios (LLRs) are generated in response to the read samples, wherein each vector corresponds to a nonbinary symbol q in a set of symbols. The first vectors of LLRs are biased to generate biased vectors of LLRs, and the biased vectors of LLRs are decoded into a data sequence, wherein the biased vectors of LLRs increase an error rate of the data sequence." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2011 (13/325,309). 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=8,339,919&OS=8,339,919&RS=8,339,919 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent for Removable Actuator Assemblies for Testing Head Gimbal Assemblies of a Storage Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,747) developed by Geoffrey A. Hales, San Jose, Calif., Chunjer C. Cheng, Saratoga, Calif., and Tao Lin, San Jose, Calif., for "removable actuator assemblies for testing head gimbal assemblies of a storage device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Removable actuator assemblies for testing head gimbal assemblies of a storage device are provided. One such removable test assembly for a head gimbal assembly (HGA) includes an actuator base including at least one guide pin, a shoe assembly including a body including a first end portion opposite to a second end portion, a first attachment means for releaseably coupling the shoe assembly with the actuator base, the first attachment means positioned along the first end portion and including at least one hole in the body configured to receive the at least one guide pin, and a locking cam configured to rotate such that a portion of the cam is positioned over a portion of the at least one hole, and a second attachment means for releaseably coupling the shoe assembly with the HGA, the second attachment means positioned along the second end portion." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2011 (13/046,566). 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=8,339,747&OS=8,339,747&RS=8,339,747 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Chelsio Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Chelsio Communications, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,952) developed by Asgeir Thor Eiriksson, Sunnyvale, Calif., Wael Noureddine, Mountain View, Calif., and Chris Yuhong Mao, Fremont, Calif., for a "protocol offload transmit traffic management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Transfer of data is facilitated between at least one application and a peer via a network. Data destined for the peer is provided from the at least one application for transmission to the peer via the network. Modulation event tokens are managed, and protocol processing of the data with the peer is based in part on a result of the modulation event tokens managing such that protocol processed data is caused to be transmitted to the peer via the network nominally with desired data transmission rate characteristics. A result of the protocol processing step is fed back to the to the modulation event tokens managing. The desired data transmission rate characteristics may include, for example, shaping and pacing." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2012 (13/413,196). 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=8,339,952&OS=8,339,952&RS=8,339,952 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rockstar Consortium Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Rockstar Consortium, Richardson, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,339,963) developed by Jozef Babiarz, Stittsville, Calif., and Kwok Ho Chan, Dunstable, Mass., for a "technique for end-to-end admission control of real-time packet flows." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique for end-to-end admission control of real-time packet flows is disclosed. In one particular exemplary embodiment, the technique may be realized as a method for end-to-end admission control of real-time packet flows in a network having a plurality of network elements. The method may comprise transmitting at least one probe packet from a first network element to a second network element via a network path, determining, at least one intermediate network element on the network path, at least one flow rate associated with a plurality of packets, marking at least one predetermined bit in the at least one probe packet if the at least one flow rate is greater than a predetermined rate, and controlling an admission of additional packets into the network based at least in part on the marking of the at least one predetermined bit in the at least one probe packet." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2004 (10/799,704). 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=8,339,963&OS=8,339,963&RS=8,339,963 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Rendering Data Based on Graphic-list Partitioning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,670) developed by Uoc H. Nguyen, Long Beach, Calif., James E. Owen, Vancouver, Wash., and Paul R. Henerlau, Portland, Ore., for "methods and systems for rendering data based on graphic-list partitioning." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered "out-of-order" or concurrently." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/413,663). 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=8,339,670&OS=8,339,670&RS=8,339,670 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Unity Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Unity Semiconductor, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,867) developed by Chang Hua Siau, San Jose, Calif., for "fuse elements based on two-terminal re-writeable non-volatile memory." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A margin restore fuse element is described, including a latch configured to store data, a first memory element coupled to the latch and configured to store a first resistive value, a second memory element coupled to the latch and configured to store a second resistive value, a restore circuit coupled to the latch, the first memory element, and the second memory element, the restore circuit being configured to perform a restore data operation to substantially restore the first and second memory elements to the first and second resistive values, respectively. The latch, restore circuit, and other circuitry can be formed FEOL on a substrate (e.g., a semiconductor wafer) as part of a microelectronics fabrication process and the fuse element and memory elements can be formed BEOL over the substrate as part of another microelectronics fabrication process. The fuse and memory elements can be included in a two-terminal non-volatile memory cell." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/653,850). 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=8,339,867&OS=8,339,867&RS=8,339,867 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Thermal Protection Circuits and Structures for Electronic Devices and Cables ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,760) developed by four co-inventors for "thermal protection circuits and structures for electronic devices and cables." The co-inventors are Stanley Rabu, Sunnyvale, Calif., Ida Lo, Sunnyvale, Calif., Cameron Frazier, San Carlos, Calif., and Mathias Schmidt, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Connectors for cables such as a 30-pin connector are provided. The connectors may have thermal protection circuits and may carry a power supply voltage and a ground voltage. The thermal protection circuits may disable the power supply voltage when the temperature of the connector exceeds a threshold value. The connectors may have structures that encourage any dendritic failure to occur in a preferred location." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2009 (12/485,019). 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=8,339,760&OS=8,339,760&RS=8,339,760 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Control Circuit Having a Delay-reduced Inverter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,756) developed by Timothy J. Maloney, Palo Alto, Calif., and Bruce Chou, San Francisco, for a "control circuit having a delay-reduced inverter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a power supply clamp may include a switchable discharge device configured to discharge an electrostatic discharge; and a control circuit configured to generate a control voltage to turn off the discharge device at a shutoff time, with the shutoff time being long enough to allow the electrostatic discharge though the discharge device but short enough to reduce a duration of a power-up current transient through the discharge device. Other embodiments may be described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/641,274). 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=8,339,756&OS=8,339,756&RS=8,339,756 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,339,947) developed by Jay J. Lee, San Ramon, Calif., and Lee K. Tjio, Danville, Calif., for "flow-based proactive connection admission control (CAC) in wireless networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device receives available capacity and used capacity associated with a network, receives a connection request from a user device in the network, and receives a maximum capacity threshold associated with the network. The device calculates a minimum capacity threshold and a medium capacity threshold, associated with the network, based on the maximum capacity threshold. The device also determines whether to admit or deny the connection request based on the available capacity, the used capacity, the minimum capacity threshold, the medium capacity threshold, and the maximum capacity threshold. The device further allocates, when the connection request is to be admitted and based on resource availability associated with the network, a particular bit rate, for a particular quality of service (QoS) class, to the connection request." The patent application was filed on July 1, 2010 (12/828,810). 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=8,339,947&OS=8,339,947&RS=8,339,947 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,895) developed by Frederick A. Ware, Los Altos Hills, Calif., Reza Navid, Mountain View, Calif., and John W. Poulton, Chapel Hill, N.C., for "signal calibration methods and apparatuses." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a signal calibration scheme, a desired phase relationship is maintained between a set of signals. For example, in some aspects the desired phase of a clock tree generated from a high speed reference clock signal may be maintained by detecting phase differences between a low speed reference clock signal and low speed clock signals associated with different phases of the clock tree. In some aspects, the desired phase of a clock tree may be maintained by detecting framing offsets that occur through the use of the clock tree." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2009 (13/061,519). 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=8,339,895&OS=8,339,895&RS=8,339,895 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,878) developed by Ian P. Shaeffer, San Jose, Calif., Bret Stott, Menlo Park, Calif., and Benedict C. Lau, San Jose, Calif., for an "integrated circuit with staggered signal output." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A memory controller having a time-staggered request signal output. A first timing signal is generated while a second timing signal is generated having a first phase difference relative to the first timing signal. An address value is transmitted in response to the first timing signal and a control value is transmitted in response to the second timing signal, the address value and control value constituting portions of a first memory access request." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2011 (13/336,851). 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=8,339,878&OS=8,339,878&RS=8,339,878 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Link A Media Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Link A Media Devices, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,723) developed by Kwok W. Yeung, Milpitas, Calif., and Kin Ming Chan, Milpitas, Calif., for "split sector formatting of storage disks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A length of a separator to be skipped on the storage disk is compared with a threshold. The threshold is associated with a maximum value for which a timing loop is able to be paused without causing the timing loop to have inaccurate timing. If the length is greater than the threshold, a first split sector format is assigned to the split sector and that information is recorded. In such cases, a first portion and a second portion both include synchronization information. If the length is less than the threshold, a second split sector format is assigned to the split sector and that information is recorded. In such cases, the first portion includes synchronization information and the second portion of the split sector excludes synchronization information." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2011 (13/305,584). 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=8,339,723&OS=8,339,723&RS=8,339,723 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cortina Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Cortina Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,949) developed by Santanu Sinha, Cupertino, Calif., for a "priority-aware hierarchical communication traffic scheduling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Priority-aware hierarchical communication traffic scheduling methods and apparatus are disclosed. Communication traffic is scheduled by schedulers. Each scheduler supports a multiple priority scheduling function to schedule communication traffic having any of multiple priorities. The communication traffic scheduled by the schedulers is further scheduled based on the priorities of the communication traffic scheduled by each of the schedulers. Traffic shaping may also be integrated into a hierarchical scheduler. The priority-aware further scheduling and the optional shaping may be implemented, for example, using multiple Active lists, one per traffic priority, and a Pending list to which a scheduler can be added if it has communication traffic to schedule but is not allowed to schedule that traffic due to the shaping." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2007 (11/976,459). 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=8,339,949&OS=8,339,949&RS=8,339,949 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Printed Circuit Boards with Embedded Components ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,798) developed by Jahan Minoo, San Jose, Calif., Anthony P.N. Bidmead, Los Gatos, Calif., and Michael Nikkhoo, San Jose, Calif., for "printed circuit boards with embedded components." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Printed circuit boards are provided with embedded components. The embedded components may be mounted within recesses in the surface of a printed circuit board substrate. The printed circuit board substrate may have grooves and buried channels in which wires may be mounted. Recesses may be provided with solder pads to which the wires may be soldered or attached with conductive adhesive. An integrated switch may be provided in an opening within a printed circuit board substrate. The integrated switch may have a dome switch member that is mounted within the opening. A cover member for the switch may be formed from a flexible layer that covers the dome switch member. Terminals for the integrated switch may be formed from conductive structures in an interior printed circuit board layer. Interconnects may be used to electrically connect embedded components such as switches, integrated circuits, solder pads for wires, and other devices." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2010 (12/832,885). 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=8,339,798&OS=8,339,798&RS=8,339,798 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** eASIC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- eASIC, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,844) developed by four co-inventors for a "programmable vias for structured ASICs." The co-inventors are Herman Schmit, Palo Alto, Calif., Ronnie Vasishta, Mountain View, Calif., Adam Levinthal, Redwood City, Calif., and Jonathan Park, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semiconductor device may be created using multiple metal layers and a layer including programmable vias that may be used to form various patterns of interconnections among segments of metal layers. The programmable vias may be formed of materials whose resistance is changeable between a high-resistance state and a low-resistance state." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2008 (12/046,626). 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=8,339,844&OS=8,339,844&RS=8,339,844 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,672) developed by Uoc H. Nguyen, Long Beach, Calif., James E. Owen, Vancouver, Wash., and Paul R. Henerlau, Portland, Ore., for "methods and systems for rendering data using graphic-list partitions and associated rendering processors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered "out-of-order" or concurrently." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/413,679). 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=8,339,672&OS=8,339,672&RS=8,339,672 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Assigned Patent for Slider with Leading Edge Blend and Conformal Step Features ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Western Digital, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,742) developed by four co-inventors for a "slider with leading edge blend and conformal step features." The co-inventors are Eric T. Sladek, Pleasanton, Calif., Mark D. Moravec, Gilroy, Calif., Hariharakeshava S. Hegde, Fremont, Calif., and Ittipon Cheowanish, Maung Nonthaburi, Thailand.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A slider having an air bearing surface and a leading face is described. The slider comprises a leading edge blend comprising a first curved surface formed at an intersection of the air bearing surface and the leading face. The slider further comprises at least one step feature having a second surface with a first portion recessed from the air bearing surface and a second portion recessed from and conformal to the first curved surface of the leading edge blend." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2011 (13/310,931). 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=8,339,742&OS=8,339,742&RS=8,339,742 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Rendering Data Based on Overlap Characteristics ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,339,653) developed by Uoc H. Nguyen, Long Beach, Calif., James E. Owen, Vancouver, Wash., and Paul R. Henerlau, Portland, Ore., for "methods and systems for rendering data based on overlap characteristics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention are related to systems and methods for rendering graphical objects in a printing system. According to one aspect of the present invention a graphic list may be partitioned, and the graphic-list partitions may be rendered "out-of-order" or concurrently." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/413,689). 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=8,339,653&OS=8,339,653&RS=8,339,653 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** JDS Uniphase Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- JDS Uniphase, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,955) developed by Kiranmai Vedanabhatla, San Jose, Calif., and Geoffrey T. Hibbert, San Jose, Calif., for an "out-of-band control of communication protocol in an in-line device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for a network diagnostic component that is placed in-line between two nodes in a network to control the protocol with which two nodes communicate. The network diagnostic component receives a network data stream from a first node for communication with a second node. The network data stream is received by a receive component or module. The network data stream includes a portion that conforms with at least a first network protocol. The diagnostic component then determines that the first network protocol is not to be used to communicate with the second node. This determination is performed by a determine component or module. The diagnostic component modifies the network data stream so that the network data stream is in a form that is no longer recognized by the second node as being in accordance with the first network protocol. The modification is performed by a modification component or module." The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2007 (11/675,038). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.usp For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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