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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 2)

[January 02, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 2)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Communication Protocol for Use with Portable Electronic Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,987) developed by Gregory Thomas Lydon, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Scott Krueger, San Francisco, for a "communication protocol for use with portable electronic devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improved techniques for communicating between a portable electronic device and an accessory (or auxiliary) device are disclosed. The accessory device can augment or supplement the functionality or capabilities of the portable electronic device. For example, in one embodiment, the accessory device can provide wireless communication capabilities to the portable electronic device. In one embodiment, the portable electronic device pertains to a portable media player and thus provide media data for storage, playback or transmission. In one embodiment, the accessory device is attachable to the portable electronic device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2011 (13/273,107). 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=8,346,987&OS=8,346,987&RS=8,346,987 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Intel Assigned Patent for Power-optimized Frame Synchronization for Multiple USB Controllers with Non-uniform Frame Rates ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,015) developed by four co-inventors for a "power-optimized frame synchronization for multiple USB controllers with non-uniform frame rates." The co-inventors are Michael N. Derr, El Dorado Hills, Calif., Darren L. Abramson, Folsom, Calif., Bryan C. Doucette, Folsom, Calif., and Karthi R. Vadivelu, Folsom, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus, and system to synchronize multiple host controllers with non-uniform frame rates. The apparatus includes a first host controller, a second host controller, and logic. The first host controller is configured to access memory at a first frame rate. The second host controller is configured to access the memory at a second frame rate which is different from the first frame rate. The logic is coupled to the first and second host controllers to synchronize the memory accesses of the first and second host controllers at a common frame rate. Other embodiments are described." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2011 (13/305,591). 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=8,347,015&OS=8,347,015&RS=8,347,015 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,346,968) developed by Samir Ait-Ameur, Fremont, Calif., and Imtiaz Shaikh, Pleasant Hill, Calif., for a "proactive DNS query system based on call flow analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "DNS requests associated with a network call flow may be proactively predicted. A method may include receiving a model relating DNS queries to DNS queries that are likely to be subsequently issued by other network devices; receiving a first DNS query, the first DNS query being received from a first network device; predicting additional DNS queries that are likely to be issued by the other network devices; and transmitting responses to the predicted DNS queries to other network devices." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2009 (12/637,307). 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=8,346,968&OS=8,346,968&RS=8,346,968 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,980) developed by Ronald Vern Schauer, Gilroy, Calif., for a "modular input/output bridge system for semiconductor processing equipment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods for providing an interface for a semiconductor processing tool are provided. In some embodiments, the apparatus may include an input/output bridge for receiving analog and state command system control signals from, and sending return data and status information to, a system controller, wherein the analog and state command system control signals are intended to control an analog device, and for converting the analog and state command system control signal into a digital system control signal intended to control a digital device; and an upper pneumatic assembly coupled to the input/output bridge for providing pressure control to one or more pressure zones located on a polishing apparatus coupled to the upper pneumatic assembly for the polishing of semiconductor wafers." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2010 (12/775,258). 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=8,346,980&OS=8,346,980&RS=8,346,980 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,347,020) developed by Srinivas Maddali, San Diego, and Deepti Sriramagiri, San Diego, for a "memory access controller, systems, and methods for optimizing memory access times." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A configurable memory access controller and related systems and methods. In embodiments described herein, the configurable memory controller is adapted to provide a separate memory access configuration for each of a plurality of memory banks in a given memory system. The memory access configuration provided for each memory bank can either be to leave open or close at least one memory page in each memory bank. In this manner, a memory access configuration can be provided for each memory bank on an individualized basis to optimize memory access times based on the type of data activity in each memory bank. In embodiments described herein, the memory controller can also be configured to allow for dynamic configuration of one or more memory banks. Dynamic configuration involves changing or overriding the memory access configuration for a particular memory bank to optimize memory access times." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2009 (12/407,910). 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=8,347,020&OS=8,347,020&RS=8,347,020 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Scalable Network Apparatus for Content Based Switching or Validation Acceleration ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,969) developed by John B. Abjanic, San Diego, David A. Marlatt, San Diego, and John A. Malo, San Diego, for a "scalable network apparatus for content based switching or validation acceleration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network apparatus is provided that may include one or more security accelerators. The network apparatus also includes a plurality of network units cascaded together. According to one embodiment, the plurality of network units comprise a plurality of content based message directors, each to route or direct received messages to one of a plurality of application servers based upon the application data in the message. According to another embodiment, the plurality of network units comprise a plurality of validation accelerators, each validation accelerator to validate at least a portion of a message before outputting the message." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2009 (12/350,675). 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=8,346,969&OS=8,346,969&RS=8,346,969 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Micron Technology Assigned Patent for Peripheral Interface Alert Message for Downstream Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, has been assigned a patent (8,346,992) developed by Ajai K. Singh, Folsom, Calif., and David Puffer, Tempe, Ariz., for a "peripheral interface alert message for downstream device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to some embodiments, a message generated by a downstream device is received at upstream device. The message may, for example, be received via a peripheral interface and may not require a response. It may then be determined that an error is associated with the message, and an alert message may be sent from the upstream device to the downstream device via the peripheral interface." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2011 (13/111,673). 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=8,346,992&OS=8,346,992&RS=8,346,992 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,014) developed by four co-inventors for a "class-based compatibility testing and notification." The co-inventors are Emily Clark Schubert, San Jose, Calif., Stephen Chick, Mountain View, Calif., Scott Krueger, San Francisco, and Gregory R. Joswiak, Halfmoon Bay, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile computing device (MCD) can determine, based on model-specific test result information, whether an accessory may be incompatible with specific MCD functions. In some embodiments, the accessory provides test result information separately indicating a test result for each of a number of MCD models. Multiple MCD models can be grouped into a device class, and the MCD can deem the accessory compatible if he received test result information indicates a pass result for at least one of the device models associated with a device class to which the MCD belongs. If the accessory is not deemed to be compatible with the mobile computing device, the MCD can generate a warning." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/895,229). 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=8,347,014&OS=8,347,014&RS=8,347,014 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,723) developed by Zandro Luis Gonzalez, San Mateo, Calif., for "consolidation of patch transformations for database replication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention provide for applying modifications to database instances in a way that allows some of instances to be modified without requiring that all of the instances be modified. Patching less than all of a plurality of replicated database instances can comprise applying a patch to a first version of a table in a first database instance. The first version of the table may be replicated in a corresponding first version of the table in a second database instance. Applying the patch to the first version of the table in the first database instance can result in a second version of the table in the first database instance. Transformations caused by applying the patch to the first version of the table in the first database instance can be consolidated based on differences between the first version of the table and the second version of the table." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/749,799). 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=8,346,723&OS=8,346,723&RS=8,346,723 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,008) developed by Sasi K. Kumar, Lake Forest, Calif., for a "method and system for hardware based implementation of USB 1.1 over a high speed link." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain aspects of a method and system for a hardware-based implementation of USB 1.1 over a high-speed link may comprise translating at a client side of a client server communication system, USB protocol messages comprising a first USB standard to corresponding encapsulated USB protocol messages, wherein the USB protocol messages comprising the first USB standard are received from a client device at the client side of the client server communication system. The translated corresponding encapsulated USB protocol messages may be communicated from the client side to a server at a server side of the client server communication system." The patent application was filed on July 16, 2012 (13/549,762). 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=8,347,008&OS=8,347,008&RS=8,347,008 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,347,005) developed by Kirk M. Bresniker, Roseville, Calif., for a "memory controller with multi-protocol interface." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-protocol memory controller includes one or more memory channel controllers. Each of the memory channel controllers coupled to a single channel of DIMM, where the DIMM in each single channel operate according to a specific protocol. A protocol engine is coupled to the memory channel controllers. The protocol engine is configurable to accommodate one or more of the specific protocols. Finally, a system interface is coupled to the protocol engine and is configurable to provide electrical power and signaling appropriate for the specific protocols." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2007 (11/882,264). 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=8,347,005&OS=8,347,005&RS=8,347,005 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Data Synchronization Transparent to Application ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,346,972) developed by Srikiran Prasad, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "data synchronization transparent to application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Synchronization of data accessible by an application program is performed transparent to the application program. After a data item is instantiated by the application program, the synchronization engine performs data synchronization without or with minimal intervention of the application program. The synchronization engine may be part of an operating system. The synchronization engine is preinstalled on a computing device; therefore, application program developers can simply define whether the data items associated with the application programs should be syncable, and if so, to what extent the data items should be syncable. The application program developer is relieved of the task of developing the synchronization engine or other software components associated with data synchronization." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2010 (12/764,379). 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=8,346,972&OS=8,346,972&RS=8,346,972 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Blue Oak Mountain Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Blue Oak Mountain Technologies, Mariposa, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,699) developed by Gregory J. Czora, Mariposa, Calif., for a "system and method for simulating consciousness." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A simulated consciousness method (10) for an improved human/computer interface. A computer system (12) is programmed to have a Digital Life Form (32) possessing a plurality of attributes (65). A plurality of actions (64) taken relative to objects (60) in the environment (30) contribute to simulated feelings (76) which ultimately control the viability of the Digital Life Form (32). When there are not sufficient energy packets (66) to sustain the Digital Life Form (32) then simulated death 52 results. Therefore, only actions (64) which contribute to the viability of the Digital Life Form (32) are repeated in the long-run. Some of those actions (64) include perception of reality, concept formation, and natural language processing." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2011 (13/301,631). 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=8,346,699&OS=8,346,699&RS=8,346,699 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NEC Laboratories America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,346,708) developed by four co-inventors for a "social network analysis with prior knowledge and non-negative tensor factorization." The co-inventors are Yun Chi, Santa Clara, Calif., Shenghuo Zhu, Santa Clara, Calif., Koji Hino, Cupertino, Calif., and Yihong Gong, Saratoga, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed to analyze a social network by generating a data tensor from social networking data; applying a non-negative tensor factorization (NTF) with user prior knowledge and preferences to generate a core tensor and facet matrices; and rendering information to social networking users based on the core tensor and facet matrices." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2009 (12/469,043). 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=8,346,708&OS=8,346,708&RS=8,346,708 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Step 3 Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Step 3 Systems, Tustin, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,702) developed by Justin Busch, Tustin, Calif., and Ryan Brunton, San Diego, for a "system and method for automatically predicting the outcome of expert forecasts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided that predict the accuracy of expert forecasts based on a corpus of prior expert forecasts. Expert forecasts (also referred to as opinions) are analyzed and processed to determine an opinion and related positions expressed by the expert. Each opinion is combined with relevant industry information to create a structured model for the opinion. A plurality of structured models for a given expert are then analyzed along with information related to the actual outcome of prior predictions to create a decision model for the particular expert. A new opinion issued by an expert is then analyzed using the decision model for that expert to predict the accuracy of the new opinion from the expert. Recommended actions in accordance with or against the new expert opinion may then be provided." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2009 (12/471,164). 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=8,346,702&OS=8,346,702&RS=8,346,702 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Teradota US Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Teradota US, Dayton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,346,714) developed by Bhashyam Ramesh, Secunderabad, India, and Donald Pederson, San Diego, for "transactiontime and validtime timestamping in an enterprise active data warehouse." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A temporal table is present in an active data warehouse ("ADW") on a massively parallel processing system ("MPP system"). The MPP system includes a plurality of units of parallelism. Each of the plurality of units of parallelism maintains its own moving system time separate from that of the other units of parallelism. A load-job for the ADW is accepted. The load-job includes a requested modification to an identified row. The identified row is stored in the temporal table on a first of the MPP system's units of parallelism. The requested modification is implemented on the identified row. The identified row is timestamped with the moving system time maintained by the first of the MPP system's units of parallelism at the time of the implementation of the modification." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/640,103). 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=8,346,714&OS=8,346,714&RS=8,346,714 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** SAS Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- SAS Institute, Cary, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,691) developed by Revathi Subramanian, San Diego, Vijay S. Desai, San Diego, and Hongrui Gong, San Diego, for a "computer-implemented semi-supervised learning systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-implemented systems and methods for determining a subset of unknown targets to investigate. For example, a method can be configured to receive a target data set, wherein the target data set includes known targets and unknown targets. A supervised model such as a neural network model is generated using the known targets. The unknown targets are used with the neural network model to generate values for the unknown targets. Analysis with an unsupervised model is performed using the target data set in order to determine which of the unknown targets are outliers. A comparison of list of outlier unknown targets is performed with the values for the unknown targets that were generated by the neural network model. The subset of unknown targets to investigate is determined based upon the comparison." The patent application was filed on Sept. 6, 2007 (11/850,861). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,346,691&OS=8,346,691&RS=8,346,691 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Determining Conversion Probability using Session Metrics ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,709) developed by six co-inventors for "determining conversion probability using session metrics." The co-inventors are Andrew E. Silverman, San Francisco, Abhinay Sharma, Mountain View, Calif., Scott S. Benson, Sunnyvale, Calif., Adrian Dumitru Corduneanu, Cambridge, Canada, Angshuman Guha, Los Gatos, Calif., and Tomas Lloret Llinares, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for determining a probability that a traffic conversion of a content item associated with a content source (e.g., website) will occur based on past traffic patterns for that content source. A traffic conversion defines, for example, minimum traffic interactions of one or more associated user sessions with a content source. The minimum traffic interactions can be based on, for example, the duration of the one or more user sessions on the content source, or a quantity of pages associated with the content source navigated in the one or more associated user sessions." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2009 (12/535,375). 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=8,346,709&OS=8,346,709&RS=8,346,709 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,680) developed by Wendy Castleman, San Jose, Calif., Melanie Baran, San Diego, and Kavita Appachu, San Diego, for a "method and system for dynamic adaptation of user experience in an application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system that executes an application. During operation, the system physiologically monitors a user of the application with a set of sensors as the application executes. Next, the system assesses a mental state of the user based on physiological data collected from the sensors. Finally, the system changes the behavior of the application based on the assessed mental state to facilitate use of the application by the user." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2008 (12/059,259). 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=8,346,680&OS=8,346,680&RS=8,346,680 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,717) developed by James Mensch, San Jose, Calif., Joshua Shaffer, San Jose, Calif., and Ronnie Misra, Sunnyvale, Calif., for managing file systems.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A path request is generated by a secondary platform application, such as a word processor, and is received by invention. The path request may contain the location of a library required for the application to function, or a document saved previously by a user. The path request comprises a complete path for the requested file. The complete path is formatted for a file system and file structure for expected by the application. The elements of the path request, such as directories, disks, filenames, file types, etc. are analyzed by the invention in order to provide another complete path. The path provided by the invention is formatted for a different file system and file structure. The file pointed to by the path provided for the invention enables the secondary platform application to find and use the requested file." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2008 (12/175,390). 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=8,346,717&OS=8,346,717&RS=8,346,717 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Citicorp Development Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Citicorp Development Center, Blue Ash, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,346,678) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and system for conducting commerce over a wireless communication network." The co-inventors are Grigor Markarian, Agoura, Calif., Ramadurai Vaidyanathan, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Arun Ahuja, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Albert Cohen, Encino, Calif., and Anand Tata, Moorpark, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein is an enabling product that facilitates implementation of an m-commerce business solution. According to an embodiment of the present invention an m-commerce solution includes: a content provider or merchant site that provides products and goods to be purchased; a payment system allowing online authorization of funds to purchase the goods; and a wireless network for all customer interactions. Embodiments described herein perform at least one of the following three functions: 1) protocol conversions; 2) customer information reposing, and 3) payment authorization system interfacing." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/913,941). 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=8,346,678&OS=8,346,678&RS=8,346,678 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Business-semantic-aware Information Lifecycle Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,729) developed by Karen W. Brannon, Palo Alto, Calif., Ying Chen, San Jose, Calif., and Lesley Mbogo, San Jose, Calif., for a "business-semantic-aware information lifecycle management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "For information lifecyle management (ILM) a process receives a user-definition of ILM actions, data state transitions, and associations among the respective data state transitions and ILM actions and responsively stores a data structure representing the received data state transitions, ILM actions, and correspondence among the respective data state transitions and ILM actions. A process for an ILM model detects a workflow definition event in a monitored process running on a computer system. An information lifecycle flow data structure for the workflow definition is stored responsive to the workflow definition in the monitored process having a data state transition matching one of the user-defined data state transitions, wherein the information lifecycle flow data structure models the matching data state transition, so that the ILM action corresponding to the matching data state transition may be performed for the data responsive to occurrence of a workflow process event in which the matching data state transition occurs." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2006 (11/561,394). 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=83,46,729.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,729&RS=PN/83,46,729 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Search Augmentation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,791) developed by four co-inventors for a search augmentation. The co-inventors are Anand Shukla, Milpitas, Calif., Mark Pearson, San Mateo, Calif., Krishna Bharat, Palo Alto, Calif., and Stefan Buettcher, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for generating or using augmentation queries. In one aspect, augmentation queries are identified from user interactions or are machine generated. The augmentation queries can be stored in an augmentation query data store. When a user submits a search query to a search engine, the terms of the query, and optionally additional information, such as the geographic location from which the query is received or the language of the query, can be used to identify stored augmentation queries and select one or more similar augmentation queries. The selected augmentation queries, in turn, can be used by the search engine perform an augmented search operation." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2009 (12/404,447). 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=83,46,791.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,791&RS=PN/83,46,791 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ticketmaster Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Ticketmaster, West Hollywood, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,857) developed by Dennis Denker, Scottsdale, Ariz., Kip Levin, Los Angeles, and David Scarborough, Asburn, Va., for "systems and methods for providing resource allocation in a networked environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for allocating resources, such as computer controlled resources, in a networked system are described. An example system includes a network interface, an item database, a load balancer, a web proxy processor configured to selectively block or route an inbound user browser request, a cache cluster system configured to cache data and states for access by other system components, and program code stored in computer readable memory configured to store a session identifier on a user terminal associated with a user browser, process an item acquisition request from the user browser while the browser is accessing a first website, transmit to the browser an indication that the acquisition request is accepted if the acquisition request meets a predefined criterion, if the acquisition request is accepted then automatically transmit to the browser an offer to transfer the item to another, use the session identifier for identification, and determine if a transfer instruction has been received from the browser." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2010 (12/946,739). 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=83,46,857.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,857&RS=PN/83,46,857 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,847) developed by Edward D. Steakley, Cupertino, Calif., for "installing applications based on a seed application from a separate device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable storage media for synchronizing applications between devices. The method displays, on a sharing device, a list of one or more applications which are available to share with other devices, and receives a selection, at the sharing device, of an application to share with a receiving device from the list of applications. The method then determines by the sharing device, sharing preferences of the selected application, creates an application package at the sharing device, based on the sharing preferences, and establishes a network connection from the sharing device to the receiving device. The system transmits the application package from the sharing device to the receiving device via the network connection." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2009 (12/483,164). 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=83,46,847.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,847&RS=PN/83,46,847 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,798) developed by eleven co-inventors for a "method for sharing and searching playlists." The co-inventors are Michael Spiegelman, Los Angeles, David E. Brown, Boston, Lori Ann Sutton, La Jolla, Calif., Pierre Schiro, Culver City, Calif., Christa Maria Stelzmuller, Long Beach, Calif., Siddhartha S. Sahay, Rolling Hills, Calif., Daniel Baird, Carlsbad, Calif., Adam Korman, Glendale, Calif., Alexander Stephen Toth III, Venice, Calif., Poorna Chandra Gowda Bannikuppe Ramachandra, Bangalore, India, and Bipin Suresh, Bangalore, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides a method for making a playlist available to the public. In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a method for creating a playlist comprising user-defined descriptor information. In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a method for searching for such public playlists." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2005 (11/315,419). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,46,798.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,798&RS=PN/83,46,798 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent for Evolution of XML Schemas Involving Partial Data Copy ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,725) developed by four co-inventors for an "evolution of XML schemas involving partial data copy." The co-inventors are Thomas Baby, Foster City, Calif., Abhyudaya Agrawal, San Francisco, Sam Idicula, San Jose, Calif., and Nipun Agarwal, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "XML schema evolutions can be performed on an XML-type database using partial data copy techniques. The partial data copy techniques provide mechanisms to identify a minimal set of data in the database that needs be copied out in order for schema evolution operations to occur. Identifying the minimal set of data involves comparing an existing XML schema to a new XML schema and determining the differences between the two schemas. Based on those differences, a minimal set of data can be determined. That data can then be copied to a temporary storage location, while the XML schema and its associated database structure are updated to conform to the new XML schema. Then, the minimal set of data is copied back into the modified database structure." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2006 (11/521,907). 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=83,46,725.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,725&RS=PN/83,46,725 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,778) developed by Amit Ganesh, San Jose, Calif., Juan R. Loaiza, Woodside, Calif., and Krishna Kunchithapadam, Portland, Ore., for "organizing portions of a cascading index on disk." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for compressing branch nodes in an index are provided. The branch nodes may be part of a main index of a multi-level index that also includes one or more journal indexes. A Bloom filter may be generated and associated with, e.g., a branch node in the main index. The Bloom filter is used to determine whether, without accessing any leaf blocks, a particular key value exists, e.g., in leaf blocks associated with the branch node." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2009 (12/469,635). 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=83,46,778.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,778&RS=PN/83,46,778 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,855) developed by Paul T. Buchheit, Mountain View, Calif., Jing Yee Lee, Santa Clara, Calif., and Sanjeev Singh, San Francisco, for "methods and systems for transferring client device data over a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for the transfer of client device data on a network are described. One described method comprises causing non-time-sensitive client device data to be identified on a client device, causing the non-time-sensitive client device data to be prepared for output and stored by the client device, and causing the non-time-sensitive client device data to be output with a request signal upon satisfaction of a condition." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2010 (12/886,311). 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=83,46,855.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,855&RS=PN/83,46,855 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Efficient Integer Transform ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,838) developed by Eric Debes, Santa Clara, Calif., William W. Macy, Palo Alto, Calif., and Jonathan J. Tyler, Austin, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for efficient integer transform." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for including in a processor instructions for performing integer transforms including multiply-add operations and horizontal-add operations on packed data. In one embodiment, a processor is coupled to a memory that stores a first packed byte data and a second packed byte data. The processor performs operations on said first packed byte data and said second packed byte data to generate a third packed data in response to receiving a multiply-add instruction. A plurality of the 16-bit data elements in this third packed data storing the result of performing multiply-add operations on data elements in the first and second packed byte data. The processor adds together at least a first and a second 16-bit data element of the third packed data in response to receiving an horizontal-add instruction to generate a 16-bit result as one of a plurality of data elements of a fourth packed data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2009 (12/560,225). 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=83,46,838.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,838&RS=PN/83,46,838 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** A9.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- A9.com, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,799) developed by Francois Huet, Palo Alto, Calif., Anil A. Sewani, Palo Alto, Calif., and Daniel E. Rose, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "recent content rank adjustment with inverted decay." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A search facility may optimize search result ranking by applying inverted decay transformations to history-dependent ranking components. Ranking scores for content in a content collection may be based on a set of ranking components including history-dependent ranking components. History-dependent ranking components may be based on historical behavioral data such as historical searches, actions taken with respect to content such as viewing content and content-related purchases. Content recently added to the content collection may be disadvantaged relative to content with an established history. Inverted decay transformations may correspond to simulations of additional historical behavioral data." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2010 (12/766,415). 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=83,46,799.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,799&RS=PN/83,46,799 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Deskstream Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Deskstream, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,854) developed by Rao Cherukuri, Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Rajavel Lenin, Livermore, Calif., for a "method and system of operating system independence." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system of operating system independent cloud computing is provided. In one embodiment, a method of a client device includes accessing a first application through a first application template. The first application template resides on a server. The method also includes accessing the first application based on a response to a request of a user interface of the client device. Furthermore, the method includes processing the first application through a processor such that the first application accesses the first application template such that the client device permits an access of the first application through the first application template. The method also includes executing the first application through the first application template such that an execution of the first application through the first application template emulates the execution of the first application installed on an operating system of the client device." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/826,719). 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=83,46,854.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,854&RS=PN/83,46,854 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,730) developed by Kiran Srinivasan, Cupertino, Calif., Garth Goodson, Fremont, Calif., and Kaladhar Voruganti, San Jose, Calif., for a "deduplication of data on disk devices based on a threshold number of sequential blocks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Deduplication of data on disk devices based on a threshold number (THN) of sequential blocks is described herein, the threshold number being two or greater. Deduplication may be performed when a series of THN or more received blocks (THN series) match a sequence of THN or more stored blocks (THN sequence), whereby a sequence comprises blocks stored on the same track of a disk device. Deduplication may be performed using a block-comparison mechanism comprising metadata entries of stored blocks and a mapping mechanism containing mappings of deduplicated blocks to their matching blocks. The mapping mechanism may be used to perform later read requests received for the deduplicated blocks. The deduplication described herein may reduce the read latency as the number of seeks between tracks may be reduced. Also, when a seek to a different track is performed, the seek time cost is spread over THN or more blocks." The patent application was filed on April 25, 2008 (12/110,122). 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=83,46,730.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,730&RS=PN/83,46,730 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,848) developed by Christopher Peiffer, Menlo Park, Calif., and Israel L'Heureux, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "system and method for maintaining statefulness during client-server interactions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides systems and methods for maintaining stateful interactions between clients and servers. Furthermore, the invention provides systems and methods for maintaining stateful interactions between clients and load balancers. In one embodiment, the present invention provides systems and methods for maintaining statefulness without the need for the server to query and/or store information on the client." The patent application was filed on Aug. 16, 2002 (10/222,051). 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=83,46,848.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,848&RS=PN/83,46,848 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Vivante Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Vivante, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,831) developed by Mike M. Cai, Newark, Calif., and Lefan Zhong, San Jose, Calif., for "systems and methods for computing mathematical functions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Mathematical functions are computed using a single hardware pipeline that performs polynomial approximation of second degree or higher. The single hardware pipeline includes multiple stages. Several data tables are used on the computations. The data tables are associated with a reciprocal, square root, exponential, or logarithm function. The data tables include data associated with implementing the associated function. The single hardware pipeline computes at least one of the functions associated with the data tables." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2006 (11/493,714). 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=83,46,831.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,831&RS=PN/83,46,831 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Query Generation Using Structural Similarity between Documents ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,792) developed by six co-inventors for a "query generation using structural similarity between documents." The co-inventors are Steven D. Baker, San Francisco, Michael Flaster, Menlo Park, Calif., Nitin Gupta, Santa Clara, Calif., Paul Haahr, San Francisco, Srinivasan Venkatachary, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Yonghui Wu, Riverside, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for generating synthetic queries using seed queries and structural similarity between documents are described. In one aspect, a method includes identifying embedded coding fragments (e.g., HTML tag) from a structured document and a seed query; generating one or more query templates, each query template corresponding to at least one coding fragment, the query template including a generative rule to be used in generating candidate synthetic queries; generating the candidate synthetic queries by applying the query templates to other documents that are hosted on the same web site as the document; identifying terms that match structure of the query templates as candidate synthetic queries; measuring a performance for each of the candidate synthetic queries; and designating as synthetic queries the candidate synthetic queries that have performance measurements exceeding a performance threshold." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2010 (12/942,950). 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=83,46,792.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,792&RS=PN/83,46,792 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for System and Method for Generating Homogeneous Metadata from Pre-existing Metadata ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,789) developed by Eric N. Klein Jr., Cupertino, Calif., for a "system and method for generating homogeneous metadata from pre-existing metadata." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method according to one embodiment includes determining the presence of pre-existing metadata associated with at least one local media content file. The method of this embodiment may also include determining at least one data field contained within the pre-existing metadata and generating a homogeneous metadata file for the at least one local media content file by mapping data contained within the at least one data field of the pre-existing metadata into at least one defined data field of the homogeneous metadata file." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2006 (11/397,301). 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=83,46,789.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,789&RS=PN/83,46,789 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for System and Method for Scalable Data Distribution ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,843) developed by Arvind Jain, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "system and method for scalable data distribution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system having a resource manager, a plurality of masters, and a plurality of slaves, interconnected by a communications network. To distribute data, a master determined that a destination slave of the plurality slaves requires data. The master then generates a list of slaves from which to transfer the data to the destination slave. The master transmits the list to the resource manager. The resource manager is configured to select a source slave from the list based on available system resources. Once a source is selected by the resource manager, the master receives an instruction from the resource manager to initiate a transfer of the data from the source slave to the destination slave. The master then transmits an instruction to commence the transfer." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2004 (11/009,569). 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=83,46,843.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,843&RS=PN/83,46,843 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Applied Micro Circuits Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Applied Micro Circuits, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,346,840) developed by Viet Linh Do, Carlsbad, Calif., and Simon Pang, San Diego, for a "flexible accumulator for rational division." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are provided for rational division. The method accepts accepting a binary numerator and a binary denominator. A binary first sum is created of the numerator and a binary first count from a previous cycle. A binary first difference is created between the first sum and the denominator. In response to comparing the first sum with the denominator, and first carry bit is generated and added to a first binary sequence. The first binary sequence is used to generate a k-bit quotient. Typically, the denominator value is larger than the numerator value. In one aspect, the numerator and denominator form a rational number. Alternately, the numerator may be an n-bit bit value formed as either a repeating or non-repeating sequence, and the denominator is an (n+1)-bit number with a decimal value of 2.sup.(n+1)." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2007 (11/954,325). 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=83,46,840.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,840&RS=PN/83,46,840 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Selectively Storing Event Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,777) developed by David Benjamin Auerbach, Brooklyn, N.Y., Omar Habib Khan, Toronto, and Stephen Lawrence, Mountain View, Calif., for "systems and methods for selectively storing event data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems are provided for selectively storing event data. In one described method, an event associated with an article is captured. The captured event can comprise event data. The method further comprises evaluating the event for satisfaction of a criterion. If the event satisfies the criterion, it is indexed." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2004 (10/814,054). 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=83,46,777.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,777&RS=PN/83,46,777 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower, Pomona, Calif., has been assigned a patent (PP23,289) developed by Christian Bedard, Brea, Calif., for a "floribunda rose plant named 'WEKzazette'." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new variety of Floribunda rose suitable for garden decoration, having flowers of ketchup red and mustard yellow bicolor coloration." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2011 (13/317,757). 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=PP23,289&OS=PP23,289&RS=PP23,289 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Clustering Search Results ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,770) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for clustering search results." The co-inventors are Adam Smith, Mountain View, Calif., Xianping Ge, Sunnyvale, Calif., Elizabeth Hamon, Harrisville, N.H., and Abhishck Parmar, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system forms search results clustered by address or telephone number. When clustering by address, the system may receive a search query and identify a geographical area of interest based, at least in part, on the search query. The system may identify documents that are associated with addresses located within the geographical area of interest, group the identified documents into clusters based, at least in part, on the addresses located within the geographical area of interest, and present the clusters as the search results. When clustering by telephone number, the system may receive a search query that includes at least one portion of a telephone number and identify documents that are associated with telephone numbers that match the at least one portion of the telephone number. The system may group the identified documents into clusters based on the telephone numbers included in the identified documents and present the clusters as the search results." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2003 (10/664,929). 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=83,46,770.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,770&RS=PN/83,46,770 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus to Improve Execution of a Stored Program ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,760) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus to improve execution of a stored program." The co-inventors are Hong Wang, Fremont, Calif., John Shen, San Jose, Calif., Ali-Reza Adl-Tabatabai, Santa Clara, Calif., and Anwar Ghuloum, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the invention provides a method comprising determining metadata encoded in instructions of a stored program; and executing the stored program based on the metadata." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2009 (12/469,583). 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=83,46,760.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,760&RS=PN/83,46,760 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Veritrix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Veritrix, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,370) developed by Paul Headley, Hollister, Calif., for a "multi-channel multi-factor authentication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for authenticating electronic transactions are provided. The authentication methods employ a combination of security features and communication channels. These security features can be based, for example, on unique knowledge of the person being authenticated, a unique thing that the person has, unique personal features and attributes of the person, the ability of the person to respond, and to do so in a fashion that a machine cannot, and so forth. Methods for enrolling the person prior to authentication are also provided, as well as systems for enrollment and authentication." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2011 (13/213,029). 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=8,347,370&OS=8,347,370&RS=8,347,370 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Ranking Method Using Hyperlinks in Blogs ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,763) developed by Steve Chien, Mountain View, Calif., and Dennis Fetterly, Belmont, Calif., for a "ranking method using hyperlinks in blogs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for static ranking of web documents is disclosed. Search engines are typically configured such that search results having a higher PageRank.RTM. score are listed first. A modified scoring technique is provided whereby the score includes a reset vector that is biased toward web pages linked to blogs. This requires identifying web pages as either blogs or non-blogs." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2007 (11/694,462). 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=83,46,763.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,763&RS=PN/83,46,763 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Creation, Management and Delivery of Map-based Media Items ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,762) developed by Ellis M. Verosub, San Francisco, for a "creation, management and delivery of map-based media items." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improved techniques to facilitate generation, management and delivery of personalized media items for users are disclosed. Users are able to influence or control content within a personalized media item. According to one aspect, personalized media items can pertain to generation and delivery of map-based media items. These media items are playable by a media playback device. For example, when a map-based media item is played by a media playback device, an audio output and/or a visual output can be provided. The audio output can be provided by digital audio, and the visual output can be provided by at least one digital image that is associated with at least a portion of the digital au 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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