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

[January 02, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (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 New York.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Use of Peripheral Component Interconnect Input/Output Virtualization Devices to Create Redundant Configurations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,997) developed by Douglas M. Freimuth, New York, and Steven M. Thurber, Austin, Texas, for the "use of peripheral component interconnect input/output virtualization devices to create redundant configurations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method for creating redundant system configurations is presented. The computer-implemented method creates a set of virtual function path authorization tables, and receives a request from a requester to provide requested data from a virtual function wherein the virtual function is performed by a single root or a multi-root peripheral component interconnect device. Further a receive buffer is created in a selected address range in a set of addresses ranges as well as a virtual function work queue entry for the virtual function containing an address of the receive buffer in the selected address range. Responsive to a determination that the virtual function is authorized, writing the requested data into the receive buffer of the selected address range in the one or more systems, and responsive to writing the requested data, issuing a notice of completion to the requester." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2008 (12/332,957). 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=8,346,997&OS=8,346,997&RS=8,346,997 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Facilitating Transport Mode Input/Output Operations Between a Channel Subsystem and Input/Output Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,978) developed by seven co-inventors for "facilitating transport mode input/output operations between a channel subsystem and input/output devices." The co-inventors are Susan K. Candelaria, Tucson, Ariz., Scott M. Carlson, Tucson, Ariz., John R. Flanagan, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Roger G. Hathorn, Tucson, Ariz., Matthew J. Kalos, Tucson, Ariz., Louis W. Ricci, Hyde Park, N.Y., and Dale F. Riedy, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer program product is configured for performing a method including: receiving at least one command message specifying an I/O operation at a control unit from a channel subsystem, the at least one command message including one or more device command words (DCWs) having a data count and a suppress-length indication (SLI), the SLI configured to instruct the control unit whether to continue to perform the I/O operation in response to the control unit detecting an incorrect length condition; processing at least one of the one or more DCWs; and returning a transport response message including an incorrect length (IL) value, the IL value being a first IL value in response to the SLI being a first SLI value and the data count not matching the amount of data required, the IL value being a second IL value in response to the SLI being a second SLI value and the data count not matching the amount of data required." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2011 (13/173,733). 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=8,346,978&OS=8,346,978&RS=8,346,978 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Hardware Support for Software Controlled Fast Multiplexing of Performance Counters ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,001) developed by Valentina Salapura, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Robert W. Wisniewski, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for a "hardware support for software controlled fast multiplexing of performance counters." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Performance counters may be operable to collect one or more counts of one or more selected activities, and registers may be operable to store a set of performance counter configurations. A state machine may be operable to automatically select a register from the registers for reconfiguring the one or more performance counters in response to receiving a first signal. The state machine may be further operable to reconfigure the one or more performance counters based on a configuration specified in the selected register. The state machine yet further may be operable to copy data in selected one or more of the performance counters to a memory location, or to copy data from the memory location to the counters, in response to receiving a second signal. The state machine may be operable to store or restore the counter values and state machine configuration in response to a context switch event." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2010 (12/684,429). 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=8,347,001&OS=8,347,001&RS=8,347,001 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MCCI Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- MCCI, Ithaca, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,981) developed by Salvatore Gregory Scaffidi Jr., Harford, N.Y., for a "connection of peripherals to operating systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An arrangement for installing function drivers that provide communication between computer applications and various peripheral devices employs a master driver that is loaded for each peripheral device. The master drivers receive notification of the connection of the respective peripheral devices and, in time, load the proper function drivers. Each function driver has (1) an interface part that communicates with an application and (2) a peripheral part that communicates with the peripheral device associated with that application. When a device is disconnected, the associated function driver is notified and, in response, the driver discontinues operations of its peripheral part and retains operation of its interface part." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2006 (11/494,169). 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=8,346,981&OS=8,346,981&RS=8,346,981 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Energywise Partners Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Energywise Partners, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,679) developed by Eric Henry Baller, Webster, N.Y., for a "modular geothermal measurement system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A modular geothermal measurement system that provides for the pumping of a heat transfer fluid. The modular unit simplifies on-site installation time by reducing the number of distinct components to be installed and allows for the optional incorporating of additional heat sources or sinks, whereby the length of ground loop can be reduced, further reducing installation costs. The modular measurement system further allows for the growth of the system over time by adding modules, increasing the ground loop pumping power while providing energy transfer data specific to each thermal load. A controller having an energy control module provides energy control points. Such a system allows the beneficiary of a geothermal investment to be billed for their benefit, enabling the investor to capture the economic benefit of the investment." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2010 (12/714,988). 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=8,346,679&OS=8,346,679&RS=8,346,679 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Predicting States of Subjects ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,688) developed by Melissa Kristin Carroll, West Windsor, N.J., Guillermo Alberto Cecchi, New York, and Irina Rish, Rye Brook, N.Y., for "predicting states of subjects." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods for predicting states of a subject are presented. For example, a method for predicting states of a subject includes obtaining training data comprising a plurality of variables, obtaining training states associated with the training data, and forming a predictive model according to the training data and the training states, the predictive model predictive of the training states. The forming of the predictive model includes extracting one or more hidden components from the training data. The extracting of the one or more hidden components includes regression analysis including determining one or more relationships between the one or more hidden components and the plurality of variables, and determining one or more relationships between the one or more hidden components and the training states. A number of the one or more hidden components is less than a number of the plurality of variables and greater than a number of the training states." The patent application was filed on Nov. 25, 2009 (12/625,707). 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=8,346,688&OS=8,346,688&RS=8,346,688 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,858) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for providing an optimal motivational response." The co-inventors are Daniel Joseph Cleary, Schenectady, N.Y., Mark Richard Gilder, Clifton Park, N.Y., Virginia Ann Zingelewicz, Scotia, N.Y., and Joseph Carl Shultz, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for providing an optimal motivational response is provided. The system includes an input device configured to receive at least one client input from the client. The system further includes a processor configured to analyze the at least one client input received from the client and generate a current state of the client based on the at least one client input. The processor is further configured to analyze the current state of the client and determine an optimal motivational technique for the client based on the current state of the client and the at least one client input. The processor is also configured to generate an optimal motivational response based on the optimal motivational technique. The system further includes an output device configured to display the optimal motivational response to the client." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2010 (12/974,597). 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=83,46,858.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,858&RS=PN/83,46,858 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TTI Inventions C Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- TTI Inventions C, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,346,794) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for querying target databases using reference database records by applying a set of reference-based mapping rules for matching input data queries from one of the plurality of sources." The co-inventors are Kong Eng Cheng, Mendham, N.J., Munir Cochinwala, Far Hills, N.J., Dennis E. Egan, Westfield, N.J., Benjamin W. Falchuk, Upper Nyack, N.Y., Chiao-Wei Lee, Union, N.J., and John R. Wullert II, Martinsville, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Input data queries directed at a plurality of target databases and originating from any of a plurality of sources are first converted to validated canonical forms, which are then used to query the target databases. Specifically, upon receiving an input data query, a relatively accurate reference database is selected based on the type of the input data. This reference is then queried for the input data with the intent of finding an exact matching record or a near-matching record that can be considered an exact match and thereby validating the input data. Otherwise, the requesting source is instructed to provide a new query. Once having a validated record, it is converted to a canonical form, which is then used to query the target databases intended to be searched. In a further embodiment, multiple reference databases are queried to determine a canonical form of the data or to determine multiple canonical forms of the data." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2010 (12/849,522). 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=83,46,794.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,794&RS=PN/83,46,794 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and System for Merchandise Hierarchy Refinement by Incorporation of Product Correlation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,783) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and system for merchandise hierarchy refinement by incorporation of product correlation." The co-inventors are Xin Xin Bai, Beijing, Jin Dong, Beijing, Ta-Hsin Li, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Zhong Lin Lin, Beijing, Hai Rong Lv, Beijing, and Wen Jun Yin, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "System, method and computer program product for adjusting a representation of a merchandise hierarchy associated with an entity such as a retailer or wholesaler of products. Product correlation information discovered in that entity's customers' shopping records are obtained and incorporated into an existing merchandise hierarchy with a constraint on the consistency with the existing hierarchy." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2009 (12/636,444). 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=83,46,783.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,783&RS=PN/83,46,783 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,845) developed by Rohit M. Khandekar, Elmsford, N.Y., and Kun-Lung Wu, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for "distributed solutions for large-scale resource assignment tasks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Distributed data processing of problems representing resource assignment tasks. The problems are modeled as programs, and the programs are partitioned into sub-instances. Those sub-instances are executed in a distributed computing environment. The partitioning reduces communication costs between sub-instances and convergence time for the optimization program." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2010 (12/760,080). 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=83,46,845.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,845&RS=PN/83,46,845 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.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Protecting Network Entity Data while Preserving Network Properties ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,774) developed by four co-inventors for a "protecting network entity data while preserving network properties." The co-inventors are Dimitri Kanevsky, Ossining, N.Y., James R. Kozloski, New Fairfiled, Conn., Clifford A. Pickover, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Tara N. Sainath, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one exemplary embodiment, a storage medium embodying a program of instructions for performing operations including: storing raw information for primary properties of primary nodes within a primary network; in response to receiving a query, transforming the raw information into transformed information using key(s) and based on the query, the query is in relation to a queried property, the transformed information is transformed data for the queried property, the transformed information represents a surrogate network having surrogate nodes corresponding to a portion of the primary nodes, the transformed information enables performance of operation(s) without specific knowledge of and without revealing the entirety, the transformed information further enables one having the key(s) to relate an output of the operation to the raw information; and generating a solution that relates a transformed query to the transformed information, the transformed query is a transformed representation of the query obtained by using the key(s)." The patent application was filed on Aug. 8, 2011 (13/204,831). 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=83,46,774.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,774&RS=PN/83,46,774 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Incept Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Incept, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (RE43,902) developed by eight co-inventors for a "vascular device for emboli, thrombus and foreign body removal and methods of use." The co-inventors are Leo N. Hopkins, Buffalo, N.Y., Farhad Khosravi, San Mateo, Calif., Amr Salahieh, Campbell, Calif., Jackson F. Demond, Santa Cruz, Calif., Jonah Lepak, Santa Cruz, Calif., Stephen Ramee, New Orleans, La., Jeff A. Krolik, Campbell, Calif., and Richard Renati, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods are provided for use in filtering emboli from a vessel and/or performing thrombectomy and embolectomy, wherein a vascular device comprises one or more support hoops connected near a distal end of a guide wire, each support hoop having an articulation region, and a blood permeable sac affixed to the support hoop or hoops to form a mouth of the blood permeable sac. The mouth of the sac closes when the apparatus is collapsed for removal to prevent material from escaping from the sac." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2011 (13/162,794). 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=RE43,902&OS=RE43,902&RS=RE43,902 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Configuring Data Collection Rules in a Data Monitoring System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,743) developed by John C. Pfuntner, Holly Springs, N.C., and Isaac J. Graf, Flushing, N.Y., for "configuring data collection rules in a data monitoring system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method of adjusting a monitoring system having data collection nodes with instances of templates for collecting data according to data collection rules includes receiving a data propagation path specifying a hierarchy for at least a portion of the templates, the hierarchy specifying a child template, parent templates for the child template, and an order for the parent templates. The method also includes specifying an event data collection rule for the first child template and configuring parent data collection rules for the parent templates accordingly. The parent data collection rules include a data retrieval rule for retrieving event data associated with the event data collection rule or a data aggregation rule for combining the event data associated with the event data collection rule and multiple instances of the child template. The method also includes updating the instances in the data collection nodes." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2008 (12/233,256). 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=83,46,743.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,743&RS=PN/83,46,743 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Document Access Management Method and System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,347,400) developed by Marco A. Zuniga, Webster, N.Y., and Steven J. Harrington, Webster, N.Y., for a "document access management method and system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This disclosure provides a document access method and system. The document access method and system are based on a social network model which interconnects members of the social network as a function of trust. This framework provides a basis for documents to be accessed by members which are not directly specified by a document's owner, while providing a certain degree of document security." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2011 (13/182,531). 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=8,347,400&OS=8,347,400&RS=8,347,400 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and System for Transmitting a Query in a Wireless Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,758) developed by Dakshi Agrawal, Monsey, N.Y., and Murtaza Zafer, White Plains, N.Y., for a "method and system for transmitting a query in a wireless network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of transmitting a query in a wireless network includes receiving a plurality of queries from a plurality of user equipments, aggregating the plurality of queries at a node of the network, the network including at least one of an access point of the network and an intermediate node of the network, and transmitting the aggregated plurality of queries to a query server." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/872,943). 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=83,46,758.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,758&RS=PN/83,46,758 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Efficient Calculation of Node Proximity on Graphs with Side Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,766) developed by Hani T. Jamjoom, Hawthorne, N.Y., Huiming Qu, Hawthorne, N.Y., and Hanghang Tong, Pittsburgh, for an "efficient calculation of node proximity on graphs with side information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a computerized data mining context, user input relating to positive and negative information is incorporated into node proximity measurements on a weighted, directed graph. Random walk results are updated without a full matrix inversion by using selective update to a low rank approximation and to inversion results." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,514). 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=83,46,766.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,766&RS=PN/83,46,766 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Online Sample Interval Determination ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,289) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for online sample interval determination." The co-inventors are Yixin Diao, White Plains, N.Y., Joseph L. Hellerstein, Ossining, N.Y., Sam Sampson Lightstone, Toronto, Adam J. Storm, Toronto, and Maheswaran Surendra, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, functional system elements are added to an autonomic manager to enable automatic online sample interval selection. In another embodiment, a method for determining the sample interval by continually characterizing the system workload behavior includes monitoring the system data and analyzing the degree to which the workload is stationary. This makes the online optimization method less sensitive to system noise and capable of being adapted to handle different workloads. The effectiveness of the autonomic optimizer is thereby improved, making it easier to manage a wide range of systems." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2008 (12/165,009). 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=8,347,289&OS=8,347,289&RS=8,347,289 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and System of Providing Information During Content Breakpoints in a Virtual Universe ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,235) developed by four co-inventors for "method and system of providing information during content breakpoints in a virtual universe." The co-inventors are Sheila E. Allen, Peekskill, N.Y., Christopher J. Dawson, Arlington, Va., Rick A. Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., and Clifford A. Pickover, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a system and method for providing information during content breakpoints in a virtual universe. The system comprises a placement engine configured to detect a content breakpoint within a virtual universe, which is defined as at least one of a login process, a logoff process, a teleportation, a wait state, and during any point where a user changes information streams in the virtual universe. The system also comprises an insertion resolution engine configured to create a list of prioritized information to present to a user within the virtual universe and an information definition engine configured to present the prioritized information to the user of the virtual universe during the content breakpoint." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2008 (12/239,378). 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=8,347,235&OS=8,347,235&RS=8,347,235 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Detailed Routability by Cell Placement ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,257) developed by 10 co-inventors for a "detailed routability by cell placement." The co-inventors are Charles J. Alpert, Austin, Texas, Andrew D. Huber, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Zhuo Li, Austin, Texas, Gi-Joon Nam, Austin, Texas, Shyam Ramji, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Jarrod A. Roy, Austin, Texas, Taraneh E. Taghavi, San Diego, Gustavo E. Tellez, Essex Junction, Vt., Paul G. Villarrubia, Austin, Texas, and Natarajan Viswanathan, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method, data processing system, and computer program product for reworking a plurality of cells initially placed in a circuit design. An expander allocates cells to tiles, wherein some tiles have cells. The expander determines a high detailed routing cost tile class, wherein the high detailed routing cost tile class is a class of tiles that are high detailed routing cost tiles. The expander selects a cell within a tile of the high detailed routing cost tile class to form a selected cell and a selected tile. The expander places an expanded bounding box around the selected cell, wherein the bounding box extends to at least one tile adjacent the selected tile. The expander expands the selected cell within the bounding box to form a modified design, determines an aggregate routing cost among other steps, and affirms the modified design for further processing." The patent application was filed on June 8, 2010 (12/796,501). 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=8,347,257&OS=8,347,257&RS=8,347,257 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Conditional Computer Runtime Control of an Information Technology Environment Based on Pairing Constructs ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,931) developed by four co-inventors for a "conditional computer runtime control of an information technology environment based on pairing constructs." The co-inventors are Mythili K. Bobak, Lagrangeville, N.Y., Chun-Shi Chang, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Tim A. McConnell, Lexington, Ky., and Michael D. Swanson, Springfield, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Management of an Information Technology (IT) environment is conditionally controlled based on runtime analysis of resource pairing constructs. Resource pairings are provided, and evaluated based on the current state of the environment. This real-time information is then used in performing managerial tasks, the results of which are effected by the runtime conditions." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2007 (11/965,874). 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=8,346,931&OS=8,346,931&RS=8,346,931 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,346,903) developed by Michael D. Shepherd, Ontario, N.Y., for a "print server, mobile computing device, system and method for printing using a mobile computing device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A print server, a mobile computing device, a method of printing, and a system for printing using a mobile computing device. The print server includes a submission processor, an orchestration processor, and a positioning processor. The print server is configured to track the global position of a mobile computing device and determine a print location and/or print time based upon the global position of the mobile computing device. The method involves tracking the global position of the mobile computing device and determining the print location and/or print time based upon the global position of the mobile computing device." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2005 (11/289,211). 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=8,346,903&OS=8,346,903&RS=8,346,903 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Rate Control Technique for a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Over MQSeries (LoM) Server ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,958) developed by five co-inventors for a "rate control technique for a lightweight directory access protocol over MQSeries (LoM) server." The co-inventors are Sean E. Aschen, Torrington, Conn., Bahri B. Bali, Cary, N.C., Catherine Y. Barnes, Mansfield, Pa., Gordan G. Greenlee, Endicott, N.Y., and Dennis L. Hartel, Berthoud, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for controlling rates for a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) over MQSeries (LoM) server. The system comprises a health metrics engine configured to calculate an actual delay value, at least one LoM server configured to asynchronously obtain the actual delay value from the health metrics engine and place the delay value between one or more requests, and a LDAP master configured to accept the one or more requests and send information in the one or more requests to a LDAP replica." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2008 (12/328,424). 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=8,346,958&OS=8,346,958&RS=8,346,958 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Circuit Enhancement by Multiplicate-layer-handling Circuit Simulation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,259) developed by Pavan Y. Bashaboina, Hyderabad, India, and James A. Culp, New Paltz, N.Y., for a "circuit enhancement by multiplicate-layer-handling circuit simulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Critical circuit blocks are identified in a chip design layout, and are marked by a marker layer identifying a marked region. Multiplicate layers are generated for each critical circuit block within each marked region. Each multiplicate layer includes a different type of variant for each identified critical circuit block. The different types of variants correspond to different types of optimization goals to address different issues in circuit performance. Circuit simulation is performed with each type of variants in combination with adjacent circuit blocks as provided in original design. In each marked region, the results of the circuit simulations are evaluated to determine an optimal type among the variants. The optimal type is retained in each marked region, thereby providing a chip design layout in which various marked regions can include different types of variant circuit blocks to provide local circuit optimization." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2011 (13/193,721). 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=8,347,259&OS=8,347,259&RS=8,347,259 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method of Designing an Integrated Circuit Based on a Combination of Manufacturability, Test Coverage and, Optionally, Diagnostic Coverage ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,260) developed by five co-inventors for a "method of designing an integrated circuit based on a combination of manufacturability, test coverage and, optionally, diagnostic coverage." The co-inventors are Kerry Bernstein, Underhill, Vt., James A. Culp, Newburgh, N.Y., Leah M.P. Pastel, Essex, Vt., Kirk D. Peterson, Jericho, Vt., and Norman J. Rohrer, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclose are embodiments of an integrated circuit design method based on a combination of manufacturability, test coverage and, optionally, diagnostic coverage. Design-for manufacturability (DFM) modifications to the layout of an integrated circuit can be made in light of test coverage. Alternatively, test coverage of an integrated circuit can be established in light of DFM modifications. Alternatively, an iterative process can be performed, where DFM modifications to the layout of an integrated circuit are made in light of test coverage and then test coverage is altered in light of the DFM modifications. Alternatively, DFM modifications to the layout of an integrated circuit can be made in light of test coverage and also diagnostic coverage. In any case, after making DFM modifications and establishing test coverage, any unmodified and untested nodes (and, optionally, any unmodified and undiagnosable tested nodes) in the integrated circuit can be identified and tagged for subsequent in-line inspection." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2010 (12/880,228). 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=8,347,260&OS=8,347,260&RS=8,347,260 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Association and Scheduling of Jobs Using Job Classes and Resource Subsets ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,299) developed by Enci Zhong, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for "association and scheduling of jobs using job classes and resource subsets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, information processing system, and computer program storage product for associating jobs with resource subsets in a job scheduler. At least one job class that defines characteristics associated with a type of job is received. A list of resource identifiers for a set of resources associated with the job class is received. A set of resources available on at least one information processing system is received. The resource identifiers are compared with each resource in the set of resources available on the information processing system. A job associated with the job class with is scheduled with a set of resources determined to be usable by the job based on the comparing." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2007 (11/875,221). 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=8,347,299&OS=8,347,299&RS=8,347,299 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Incremental Timing Optimization and Placement ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,249) developed by six co-inventors for an "incremental timing optimization and placement." The co-inventors are Charles J. Alpert, Cedar Park, Texas, Zhuo Li, Cedar Park, Texas, Gi-Joon Nam, Austin, Texas, Shyam Ramji, Lagrangeville, N.Y., Jarrod A. Roy, Austin, Texas, and Natarajan Viswanathan, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a computer implemented method, data processing system, and computer program product to optimize, incrementally, a circuit design. An Electronic Design Automation (EDA) system receives a plurality of nets wherein each net is comprised of at least one pin. Each pin is linked to a net to form a path of at least a first pin and a second pin, wherein the first pin is a member of a first net. The second pin can be a member of a second net, and the path is associated with a slack. The EDA system determines whether the path is a critical path based on the slack. The EDA system reduces at least one wire length of the path, responsive to a determination that the path is a critical path. The EDA system moves a non-critical component in order to reduce at least one wire length of the nets that include pins of a non-critical component, responsive to reducing at least one wire length of the path, wherein the non-critical component lacks pins on a critical path. The EDA system legalizes the components on a net having a pin selected from the first pin and the second pin. The EDA system determines whether a component is a non-critical component. The EDA system, responsive to a determination that component is a non-critical component, legalizes the non-critical component. The EDA system incrementally optimizes a time delay of the plurality of paths, responsive to legalizing." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2009 (12/416,754). 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=8,347,249&OS=8,347,249&RS=8,347,249 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SmarteSoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- SmarteSoft, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,347,267) developed by five co-inventors for an "automated software testing and validation system." The co-inventors are Ethan Givoni, Framingham, Mass., Naomi Ravitz, Brooklyn, N.Y., Ziv Ravitz, Brooklyn, N.Y., Thang Quoc Nguyen, Placentia, Calif., and Thieu Nguyen, Santa Ana, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated software testing system allows automated test script generation with fully parameterized scripts, execution, and result correlation. A software Application Under Test (AUT) includes a process having Graphical User Interface (GUI) windows, objects and data elements. A test thread tree is generated corresponding to these windows, objects and data elements. A data structure is generated to enumerate test cases indicative of the windows, objects and data elements. Also generated is a parameterized script implementing the test cases and having string values instead of hard-coded data. A global change manager automates modifying in the data structure, data object attributes across multiple scripts. A Scenario view or data generation member generates Test Descriptions, automatically documenting the test cases. The script is executed to apply each of the test cases to the AUT and receive responses." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2011 (13/045,989). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,347,267&OS=8,347,267&RS=8,347,267 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Kubisys Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Kubisys, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,346,891) developed by Tigran Safari, Fort Lee, N.J., Soubir Acharya, Pleasantville, N.Y., and Shinichi Urano, River Edge, N.J., for "managing entities in virtual computing environments." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for discovering entities in a first portion of a data center network, examining information associated with the discovered entities to determine relationships that exist between pairs of entities in the first portion of the data center network, and generating a specification of the relationships that exist between pairs of entities in the first portion of the data center network based on results of the examining." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2008 (12/138,574). 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=8,346,891&OS=8,346,891&RS=8,346,891 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method for Supporting Transaction and Parallel Application Workloads Across Multiple Domains Based on Service Level Agreements ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,909) developed by six co-inventors for a "method for supporting transaction and parallel application workloads across multiple domains based on service level agreements." The co-inventors are Asit Dan, Pleasantville, N.Y., Daniel Manuel Dias, Mohegan Lake, N.Y., Richard Pervin King, Scarsdale, N.Y., Avraham Leff, Spring Valley, N.Y., James Thomas Rayfield, Ridgefield, Conn., and Noshir Cavas Wadia, Morgan Hill, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An on-demand manager provides an improved distributed data processing system for facilitating dynamic allocation of computing resources among multiple domains based on a current workload and service level agreements. Based on a service level agreement, the on-demand manager monitors and predicts the load on the system. If the current or predicted load cannot be handled with the current system configuration, the on-demand manager determines additional resources needed to handle the workload. If the service level agreement violations cannot be handled by reconfiguring resources at a domain, the on-demand manager sends a resource request to other domains. These other domains analyze their own commitments and may accept the resource request, reject the request, or counter-propose with an offer of resources and a corresponding service level agreement. Once the requesting domain has acquired resources, workload load balancers are reconfigured to allocate some of the workload from the requesting site to the acquired remote resources." The patent application was filed on Jan. 22, 2004 (10/763,135). 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=8,346,909&OS=8,346,909&RS=8,346,909 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Placement and Optimization of Process Dummy Cells ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,246) developed by Xu Ouyang, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Geng Han, Fishkill, N.Y., and Lars W. Liebmann, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., for "placement and optimization of process dummy cells." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for laying out process dummy cells in relationship to inside memory cells of a memory array includes (a) calculating an initial process performance parameter for the memory array; (b) changing dummy cell layout configuration for a layer electrically connected to inside cells; (c) applying lithographic simulation and yield model for both the inside memory cells and the changed layout configuration process dummy cells; and (d) repeating steps (b) and (c) until yield is maximized. Checks may be performed to ensure that there is enough room to make the change and that there is no significant adverse effect to neighboring circuits. The process performance parameter may be yield or a process window for the inside memory cells." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2012 (13/435,795). 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=8,347,246&OS=8,347,246&RS=8,347,246 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent for System and Method for Representing and Managing a Multi-architecure Co-processor Application Program ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,310) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for representing and managing a multi-architecure co-processor application program." The co-inventors are Julius Vanderspek, San Jose, Calif., Nicholas Patrick Wilt, Rochester, N.Y., Jayant Kolhe, Milpitas, Calif., Ian A. Buck, San Jose, Calif., and Bastiaan Aarts, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for representing and managing a multi-architecture co-processor application program. Source code for co-processor functions is compiled in two stages. The first stage incorporates a majority of the computationally intensive processing steps associated with co-processor code compilation. The first stage generates virtual assembly code from the source code. The second stage generates co-processor machine code from the virtual assembly. Both the virtual assembly and co-processor machine code may be included within the co-processor enabled application program. A co-processor driver uses a description of the currently available co-processor to select between virtual assembly and co-processor machine code. If the virtual assembly code is selected, then the co-processor driver compiles the virtual assembly into machine code for the current co-processor." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2007 (11/938,750). 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=8,347,310&OS=8,347,310&RS=8,347,310 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,911) developed by seven co-inventors for a computer system evaluation. The co-inventors are David M. Chess, Mohegan Lake, N.Y., Sophia Krasikov, Katonah, N.Y., David W. Levine, New York, John F. Morar, Mahopac, N.Y., Edward J. Pring, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Alla Segal, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Ian N. Whalley, Pawling, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, computer program and method for inspection of a system under inspection. The system may include an inspection program configured to access information available at the system under inspection and generate inspection data for the system under inspection. A runtime platform independent from the inspection program at the system under inspection is configured to limit the limit the contents of the inspection data to a maximum information content. A trusted third-party computer system may assist in selecting the inspection program and transferring the resulting inspection data." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2006 (11/378,075). 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=8,346,911&OS=8,346,911&RS=8,346,911 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Split-layer Design for Double Patterning Lithography ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,240) developed by Kanak B. Agarwal, Austin, Texas, Lars W. Liebmann, Poughquag, N.Y., and Sani R. Nassif, Austin, Texas, for a "split-layer design for double patterning lithography." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanism is provided for converting a set of single-layer design rules into a set of split-layer design rules for double patterning lithography (DPL). The set of single-layer design rules and minimum lithographic resolution pitch constraints for single exposure are identified. The set of single-layer design rules comprise a first plurality of minimum distances that are required by a set of first shapes in a single-layer design. Each of the first plurality of minimum distances in the set of single-layer design rules are modified with regard to the minimum lithographic resolution pitch constraints for single exposure, thereby forming the set of split-layer design rules. The set of split-layer design rules comprise a second plurality of minimum distances that are required by a set of second shapes and a set of third shapes in a split-layer design. The set of split-layer design rules are then coded into a design rule checker." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2010 (12/915,923). 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=8,347,240&OS=8,347,240&RS=8,347,240 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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