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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 3)

[January 03, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 3)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Single Channelization Code HARQ Feedback for DC-HSDPA +MIMO ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,345,614) developed by Sharad Deepak Sambhwani, San Diego, and Wei Zeng, San Diego, for "single channelization code HARQ feedback for DC-HSDPA +MIMO." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, an apparatus, and a computer program product for wireless communication are provided in which a single channelization code may be utilized on an uplink channel for providing a HARQ ACK/NACK response corresponding to DC-HSDPA+MIMO. Here, the set of channelization codes includes four codeword groups, each codeword group corresponding to a scenario wherein a node B schedules a single transport block or dual transport blocks on each of the two downlink carriers. Thereby, each of the four codeword groups may be designed to have an improved distance property in comparison to the utilization of a single codeword group for all HARQ ACK/NACK hypotheses, reducing errors." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2010 (12/725,379). 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=8,345,614&OS=8,345,614&RS=8,345,614 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Sending an Uplink Order to Active Set Base Stations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,345,617) developed by seven co-inventors for "sending an uplink order to active set base stations." The co-inventors are Arjun Bharadwaj, San Diego, Sharad Deepak Sambhwani, San Diego, Rohit Kapoor, San Diego, Aziz Gholmieh, San Diego, Jilei Hou, San Diego, Danlu Zhang, San Diego, and Ozcan Ozturk, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for sending an uplink order to active set base stations is disclosed. A new mode of operation for a wireless communication device is determined. A transmission is sent on an uplink control channel to active set base stations that indicates the new mode. The transmission from the wireless communication device is received on the E-DPCCH. It is determined if the transmission is an uplink order. The new mode of operation is transitioned to. Subsequent transmissions from the wireless communication device are interpreted using the new mode of operation if the transmission is an uplink order." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2010 (12/861,745). 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=8,345,617&OS=8,345,617&RS=8,345,617 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Avaya Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,345,645) developed by Zenon Kuc, San Jose, Calif., for "WLAN access controller packet buffering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Traffic pending delivery to sleeping Mobile Units is buffered in an Access Controller. When a particular sleeping Mobile Unit wakes up, the Access Point with which the Mobile Unit is associated signals to the Mobile Unit indicating that traffic is buffered for that Mobile Unit. In response to signaling from the Mobile Unit via the Access Point, the Access Controller forwards the traffic buffered for that Mobile Unit. In particular, the traffic is transmitted from the Access Controller to the Access Point, and then from the Access Point to the Mobile Unit. A limit may be placed on the amount of time during which the Access Controller buffers traffic for a particular Mobile Unit." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2005 (11/262,609). 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=8,345,645&OS=8,345,645&RS=8,345,645 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Wireless Communications System that Supports Multiple Modes of Operation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,637) developed by four co-inventors for a "wireless communications system that supports multiple modes of operation." The co-inventors are Robert W. Heath, Los Altos, Calif., Rajeev Krishnamoorthy, Sunnyvale, Calif., Arogyaswami J. Paulraj, Standford, Calif., and Peroor K. Sebastian, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless communications adapts its mode of operation between spatial multiplexing and non-spatial multiplexing in response to transmission-specific variables. An embodiment of a wireless communications system for transmitting information between a base transceiver station and a subscriber unit includes mode determination logic. The mode determination logic is in communication with the base transceiver station and the subscriber unit. The mode determination logic determines, in response to a received signal, if a subscriber data stream should be transmitted between the base transceiver station and the subscriber unit utilizing spatial multiplexing or non-spatial multiplexing." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2009 (12/496,922). 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=8,345,637&OS=8,345,637&RS=8,345,637 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,345,609) developed by four co-inventors for a "system, apparatus and method for proactively re-assessing the availability and quality of surrounding channels for infrastructure operation in wireless mesh nodes." The co-inventors are Abhishek Patil, San Diego, Xiangpeng Jing, San Diego, Aixin Liu, San Diego, and Djung N. Nguyen, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of the invention involves a method for selecting an infrastructure mode wireless channel for a tier-2 wireless node of a plurality of wireless nodes forming a wireless mesh network. The method comprises a first operation of receiving information from at least one neighboring node. Then, the first wireless node determines if a collision has occurred with the at least one neighboring node, where the collision is an overlapping of wireless channels selected by the first node and the at least one neighboring node. If a collision has occurred, the first wireless node compares its network degree, iterative count, and MAC address (progressively in that order) with that of its neighboring node to determine which of the first wireless node or the at least one neighboring node is responsible for re-selecting a different wireless channel from a set of non-overlapping wireless channels that are available to the wireless mesh network. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2009 (12/535,595). 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=8,345,609&OS=8,345,609&RS=8,345,609 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,550) developed by Kennan Laudel, San Jose, Calif., and Yongfang Guo, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "coaxial network communication node and methods for communicating within a MoCA network with reduced-length cyclic prefixes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A coaxial network communication node receives multimedia content with one or more other nodes in a Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA.RTM.) coaxial network. The node determines a delay-spread of a coaxial channel based on a probe received from a transmitting node during a link-maintenance operation (LMO) cycle. The probe is stored and reused during the LMO until the channel-shortening TEQ filter converges. The node configures a channel-shortening time-domain equalizer (TEQ) filter to effectively shorten the channel and instructs the transmitting node to shorten a length of a cyclic prefix for subsequent packet-based transmissions." The patent application was filed on Aug. 25, 2011 (13/218,122). 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=8,345,550&OS=8,345,550&RS=8,345,550 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and System for Utilizing Plurality of Physical Layers to Retain Quality of Service in a Wireless Device During a Communication Session ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,591) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and system for utilizing plurality of physical layers to retain quality of service in a wireless device during a communication session." The co-inventors are Alexander G. MacInnis, Ann Arbor, Mich., Thomas Quigley, Franklin, N.C., Arya Behzad, Poway, Calif., Jeyhan Karaoguz, Irvine, Calif., John Walley, Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Mark Buer, Gilbert, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless mobile communication (WMC) device may be determine a quality of service (QOS) required to communicate data. The WMC device may utilize a plurality of physical layers available in the WMC device to retain the QOS throughout the data communication. The physical layers may comprise a plurality of wireless technologies and/or a plurality of transmission power levels within each wireless technology. Selection of physical layers that may be utilized may comprise determination of available QOS through the physical layers, available power in the WMC device, and/or power requirement for communicating data via the physical layers. Data encoding may also be utilized to alter size of communicated data while retaining the required QOS. Data encoding may comprise utilizing encoding schemes, data compression, and/or redundancy bits. A set of deadlines may be utilized to enable switching between available physical layers to ensure maintaining and/or achieving required QOS." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (11/864,269). 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=8,345,591&OS=8,345,591&RS=8,345,591 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,558) developed by Mark Nicholson, San Mateo, Calif., and Dhairyashil Patil, Fremont, Calif., for a "packet-based memory test of a network device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A router may be tested using a packet-based testing technique in which the test packets are generated by the router. In one implementation, a forwarding plane in a router may include a first component to process header information of packets to determine forwarding information, and a memory component to store payload data for the packets. A control plane of the router may generate test packets, insert the test packets into the forwarding plane, receive a second set of packets from the forwarding plane, analyze the second set of packets to determine whether the second set of packets correspond to the inserted plurality of test packets, and output, based on the analysis, test results, relating to the operation of the routing device." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2010 (12/698,704). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,345,558&OS=8,345,558&RS=8,345,558 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Access Terminal Conditionally Opening a Data Session ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,345,646) developed by four co-inventors for an "access terminal conditionally opening a data session." The co-inventors are Don Nielsen Andrus, Carlsbad, Calif., James A. Hutchison, San Diego, Rotem Cooper, San Diego, and Vikas Gupta, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The access terminal is configured to wirelessly send to a data system a request that the data system assign an access terminal identifier (ATI) to the access terminal. The access terminal delays transmission of the request until after a user of the access terminal has employed the access terminal to request a packet data service from the data system. In some instances, the data system is an Evolution, Data Only (EV-DO) system and the access terminal identifier (ATI) is a Unicast Access Terminal Identifier (UATI) generated by the Evolution, Data Only (EV-DO) system." The patent application was filed on Aug. 9, 2006 (11/502,216). 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=8,345,646&OS=8,345,646&RS=8,345,646 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,553) developed by four co-inventors for "apparatus and methods for reduction of transmission delay in a communication network." The co-inventors are Yitshak Ohana, Jerusalem, Philippe Klein, Jerusalem, Avi Kliger, Ramat Gan, Israel, and Stephen Palm, Irvine, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods for reducing latency in coordinated networks. The apparatus and methods relate to a protocol that may be referred to as the Persistent Reservation Request ("p-RR"), which may be viewed as a type of RR (reservation request). p-RR's may reduce latency, on average, to one MAP cycle or less. A p-RR may be used to facilitate Ethernet audiovisual bridging. Apparatus and methods of the invention may be used in connection with coaxial cable based networks that serve as a backbone for a managed network, which may interface with a package switched network." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2008 (12/041,368). 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=8,345,553&OS=8,345,553&RS=8,345,553 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Radiofy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Radiofy, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,345,653) developed by Kambiz Shoarinejad, Tustin, Calif., for a "wireless RFID networking systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention include a wireless access point that acquires and processes radio frequency identification (RFID) information. The wireless access point may be coupled to a network of RFID readers over a wireless network. The RFID readers may read a plurality of RFID tags and transmit information to one or more readers. The readers may, in turn, transmit the RFID information to a wireless access point. The wireless access point may include a middleware layer for performing a variety of RFID data processing functions. In one embodiment, the wireless RFID reader network may be used to improve positioning of readers and tags, and may include a GPS system or position assisted GPS system at the reader and/or tag level." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2012 (13/354,288). 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=8,345,653&OS=8,345,653&RS=8,345,653 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,345,620) developed by Wanshi Chen, San Diego, and Durga Prasad Malladi, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for frequency hopping with frequency fraction reuse." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for a wireless communication system, for frequency hopping using frequency fraction reuse scheme. The frequency hopping pattern is generated by dividing a portion of frequency into plurality of sub-bands, dividing a portion of time into plurality of sectors, each sector comprising the divided sub-bands, designating one of the divided sub-band within one of the sectors as the restricted sub-band, and allocating a location the designated sub-band as a restricted sub-band." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2008 (12/025,174). 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=8,345,620&OS=8,345,620&RS=8,345,620 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sprint Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Sprint Communications, Overland Park, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,345,595) developed by four co-inventors for a sector-based quality-of-service enforcement. The co-inventors are Linda Huan-Chin Chau, Fremont, Calif., Kosol Jintaseranee, Sunnyvale, Calif., Jing Jong Yea, Hillsborough, Calif., and Soshant Bali, Menlo Park, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "What is disclosed is a communication system and method of operating a communication system, where a wireless access node configured to receive packet communications from wireless devices communicating in sectors over wireless links, and the packet communications indicate an application type. A wireless access node determines wireless device identifiers of the wireless devices and sector identifiers of the sectors and transfers the packet communications, the wireless device identifiers, and the sector identifiers. A packet processing system is configured to receive the packet communications, the wireless device identifiers, and the sector identifiers; determine the application types of the packet communications; determine sector activity profiles by way of the application types, the wireless device identifiers, and the sector identifiers; determine a quality-of-service policies based on the activity profiles; and transfer the quality-of-service policies. The wireless access node is configured to receive the quality-of-service policies and enforce a level of service to the wireless devices over the wireless links based on the quality-of-service policies." The patent application was filed on Aug. 8, 2008 (12/188,467). 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=8,345,595&OS=8,345,595&RS=8,345,595 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ViaSat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,650) developed by Michael Foxworthy, Carlsbad, Calif., Girish Chandran, Carlsbad, Calif., and Jason Lau, Lafayette, La., for "access node/gateway to access node/gateway layer-2 connectivity (end-to-end)." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and apparatus for providing end-to-end L2 connectivity, are described. The system includes satellites configured to transmit data packets. The system further includes a first non-autonomous gateway in communication with the satellites. The first non-autonomous gateway is configured to receive the data packets from the satellites at L1, generate virtual tagging tuples within L2 packet headers of the data packets, and transmit the data packets each including a virtual tagging tuple. The system further includes a L2 switch in communication with the first non-autonomous gateway. The L2 switch is configured to receive the virtually tagged data packets and transmit the virtually tagged data packets. Further, the system includes a second non-autonomous gateway in communication with the L2 switch. The second non-autonomous gateway configured to receive the virtually tagged data packets and transmit the virtually tagged data packets to an entity based on the virtual tagging tuple associated with each of the virtually tagged packets." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2010 (12/761,858). 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=8,345,650&OS=8,345,650&RS=8,345,650 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Effectuating Establishment of Internet Protocol Security Tunnels for Utilization in a Wireless Communication Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,345,604) developed by Srinivasan Balasubramanian, San Diego, Raymond Tah-Sheng Hsu, San Diego, and Reza Shahidi, San Diego, for "effectuating establishment of internet protocol security tunnels for utilization in a wireless communication environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methodologies are described that effectuate establishment of an IPSec tunnel for utilization in a wireless communication environment. IPSec establishment procedures on home base stations can be used to establish IPSec tunnels between home base stations situated on open access sectors of wireless communication environments and packet data interworking function components positioned at the contiguity of secured segments of the wireless communication environments. Moreover, high rate packet data point-to-point protocol challenge-handshake authentication protocols can be directed through the IPSec tunnels to facilitate authentication of access terminals associated with the home base stations in order to facilitate further communications with components dispersed within secure areas of wireless communication environments. Further, international mobile subscriber identities (IMSI) affiliated with access terminals associated with home base stations can be used to identify packet data serving nodes with which to establish communications between home base stations and packet data serving nodes." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2008 (12/132,552). 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=8,345,604&OS=8,345,604&RS=8,345,604 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent for Handling Mutex Locks in a Dynamic Binary Translation Across Heterogeneous Computer Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,531) developed by four co-inventors for a "handling mutex locks in a dynamic binary translation across heterogeneous computer systems." The co-inventors are Abhinav Das, Sunnyvale, Calif., Jiwei Lu, Pleasanton, Calif., William Y. Chen, Los Altos, Calif., and Chandramouli Banerjee, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for executing non-native binaries on a host computer architecture comprises receiving a guest executable binary encoded on a computer readable medium. The guest executable binary is executable on a first computer architecture. Moreover, the guest executable binary includes a mutex lock encoded instructions for implementing a mutex lock. The guest executable binary is then executed on the host computer architecture by first translating the guest executable binary to a translated executable binary. The encoded instructions for implementing a mutex lock are translated by mapping the mutex lock to an instance of a compound mutex lock data structure. A computer system implementing methods for executing non-native binaries on a host computer architecture is also provided." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2008 (12/264,944). 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=8,346,531&OS=8,346,531&RS=8,346,531 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and System for Enhancing Efficiency by Modulating Power Amplifier Gain ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,185) developed by Ali Afashi, San Diego, Vikram Magoon, San Diego, and Arya Behzad, Poway, Calif., for a "method and system for enhancing efficiency by modulating power amplifier gain." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of a method and system for enhancing efficiency by modulating power amplifier (PA) gain are presented. Aspects of the system may comprise a PA gain modulator that enables modification of an amplitude of a digital baseband signal. A baseband processor may enable computation of a first gain value based on the modification. The baseband processor may enable computation of a second gain value based on the first gain value. A PA may enable generation of an RF output signal based on the modified digital baseband signal and the second gain value." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2011 (13/304,752). 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=8,346,185&OS=8,346,185&RS=8,346,185 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Visa USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Visa USA, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,346,662) developed by four co-inventors for a "desktop alert with interactive bona fide dispute initiation through chat session facilitated by desktop application." The co-inventors are Ayse Korgav, San Mateo, Calif., Raymond P.P. Chan, Mountain View, Calif., Jie Feng, Foster City, Calif., and Michele Ann Colgan, Alameda, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A consumer installs a desktop application on a computer which renders a user interface on the computer's desktop. Upon installation, the desktop application is registered to receive offers and alerts. Each alert includes data for a transaction on an account conducted with a merchant where the account was issued by an issuer to an account holder to conduct transactions on the account with merchants. A received alert is rendered on the desktop. If the consumer, upon review of the rendered alert, deems the corresponding transaction to be fraudulent, the consumer can operate the user interface to activate a live chat with a web service, and use the live chat to send information sufficient to initiate a bona fide dispute of the transaction. The offers are rendered on the user interface as advertisement and are selectable to initiate a transaction on the account." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2008 (12/122,573). 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=8,346,662&OS=8,346,662&RS=8,346,662 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Instinet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Instinet, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,346,651) developed by Frank Freitas, Berkeley, Calif., John Comerford, San Francisco, and Jonathan Kellner, New York, for a "method and system for conducting computer-assisted transactions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method may include a central security transaction-assisting machine receiving from at least a subset of a plurality of system participants initial orders to buy and sell a security; a processor of the machine matching at least a subset of the initial buy orders to at least a subset of the initial sell orders based at least on quantity; the processor forming an order block of at least a subset of the matched orders; responsive to a threshold volume of matching orders being reached, the central machine broadcasting a cross announcement to each of the plurality of participants, where the cross announcement indicates a beginning of a time window during which further matching orders to buy and sell quantities of the security are presentable for inclusion in the order block; and, at an end of the time window, executing the order block." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2009 (12/367,924). 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=8,346,651&OS=8,346,651&RS=8,346,651 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Mems Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Qualcomm Mems Technologies, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,346,048) developed by six co-inventors for a "front light devices and methods of fabrication thereof." The co-inventors are Ion Bita, San Jose, Calif., Gang Xu, Cupertino, Calif., Kollengode S. Narayanan, Cupertino, Calif., Russell W. Gruhlke, Milpitas, Calif., Marek Mienko, San Jose, Calif., and Lai Wang, Milpitas, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A illumination device comprises a light guide having a first end for receiving light and configured to support propagation of light along the length of the light guide. A turning microstructure is disposed on a first side of the light guide configured to turn light incident on the first side and to direct the light out a second opposite side of the light guide, wherein the turning microstructure comprises a plurality of indentations. A cover is physically coupled to the light guide and disposed over the turning microstructure. An interlayer is between the cover and the light guide, wherein the interlayer physically couples the cover to the light guide. A plurality of open regions is between the interlayer and the plurality of indentations. Various embodiments include methods of coupling the cover to the light guide while preserving open regions between the cover and plurality of indentations." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2009 (12/474,245). 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=8,346,048&OS=8,346,048&RS=8,346,048 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sling Media Assigned Patent for Management of Shared Media Content ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Sling Media, Foster City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,605) developed by Jason Krikorian, San Mateo, Calif., and Brian Meckler, Kensington, Canada, for a "management of shared media content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A media device allows users to watch and capture portions from a media broadcast. Users may then share the captured media content items with other users, for example, by uploading the items to a community website. Before providing requested media content items to other users, the website may combine advertisements with the media content items. The website may receive advertising revenue from advertisers and may share the advertising revenue with owners of the media content items in exchange for their permission to provide the media content items. The advertisers may provide restrictions on how the advertisements are combined with the media content items, and the content owners may provide restrictions on how the media content items are provided to the users." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2007 (11/620,711). 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=8,346,605&OS=8,346,605&RS=8,346,605 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Jasper Wireless Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Jasper Wireless, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,214) developed by Jahangir Mohammed, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "self provisioning of wireless terminals in wireless networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of acquiring telecommunications service is disclosed. The method comprises listening to a wireless signal from a wireless network and decoding a country code from the wireless signal. The method further comprises selecting a subscriber identity based at least in part on the country code of the wireless signal and acquiring wireless service from the wireless network." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2005 (11/119,401). 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=8,346,214&OS=8,346,214&RS=8,346,214 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,079) developed by Young Lee, Plano, Texas, and Greg Bernstein, Fremont, Calif., for a "path computation element protocol (PCEP) operations to support wavelength switched optical network routing, wavelength assignment, and impairment validation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus comprising a path computation element (PCE) configured for at least partial impairment aware routing and wavelength assignment (RWA) and to communicate with a path computation client (PCC) based on a PCE protocol (PCEP) that supports path routing, wavelength assignment (WA), and impairment validation (IV). The PCEP comprises at least one operation selected from the group consisting of a new RWA path request operation and a path re-optimization request operation. Also disclosed is a network component comprising at least one processor configured to implement a method comprising establishing a PCEP session with a PCC, receiving path computation information comprising RWA information and constraints from the PCC, and establishing impairment aware RWA (IA-RWA) based on the path computation information and a private impairment information for a vendor's equipment." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2010 (12/710,757). 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=8,346,079&OS=8,346,079&RS=8,346,079 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hollinworth Fund Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Hollinworth Fund, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,346,189) developed by six co-inventors for a power amplifier architectures. The co-inventors are Alexandre Dupuy, San Diego, Raul Alidio, Carlsbad, Calif., Ajay Gummalla, San Diego, Maha Achour, San Diego, Cheng-Jung Lee, San Diego, and Can Zhen, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Implementations and examples of power amplifier devices, systems and techniques for amplifying RF signals, including power amplifier systems based on Composite Right and Left Handed (CRLH) metamaterial (MTM) structures." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2012 (13/469,640). 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=8,346,189&OS=8,346,189&RS=8,346,189 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Methods for Intercell Interference Cancellation Via RNTI ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,346,173) developed by Wanshi Chen, San Diego, Juan Montojo, San Diego, and Alexei Y. Gorokhov, San Diego, for an "apparatus and methods for intercell interference cancellation via RNTI." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system facilitate inter-cell interference cancellation in a wireless network. An RNTI component manages a set of radio network temporary identifiers (RNTIs) for a plurality of user equipment (UE). The RNTI component determines whether the UEs will likely cause interference with a neighboring cell and/or experience interference from a neighboring cell, based on a respective attribute of the UEs. The RNTI component includes a space splitting component that divides the set of RNTIs into at least two subsets based on the determination, and allocates a first group of the UEs that are determined to likely cause interference and/or experience interference to a first subset of the divided RNTIs, such that the UEs in the first group are allocated a corresponding one of the RNTIs among the first subset of RNTIs. An implicit broadcast component can implicitly broadcast the first subset of RNTIs to facilitate cancellation of interference possibly caused by the first group of UEs." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2010 (12/727,177). 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=8,346,173&OS=8,346,173&RS=8,346,173 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent for Line of Credit with Pre-agreed Line Increases ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,658) developed by five co-inventors for "line of credit with pre-agreed line increases." The co-inventors are Lisa D. Curry, Warwick, R.I., Cherie A. Arruda, Winchester, Mass., James D. Heisterkamp Jr., Auburn, Calif., Donna L. Nicholson, Hanson, Mass., and Ryan Gene Ritz, Charlotte, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A line of credit with pre-agreed line increases is described. In example embodiments, the line of credit is secured by a residence, and the borrower can agree at initial closing to periodic line increases, so that additional closings and re-recording are not necessary. Modeling can be used by the financial institution to determine if and when to offer increases in the LOC. An automated servicing routine is then used to produce a recommendation with respect to increasing the LOC loan amount. This automated servicing routine includes at least one model to produce the recommendation. The line of credit can be increased if and when recommended by the servicing platform." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2008 (12/110,523). 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=8,346,658&OS=8,346,658&RS=8,346,658 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** eBay Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- eBay, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,622) developed by Naresh Shetty, Dubai, Arab Emirates, for a connection system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments include systems and methods for providing communication among a plurality of users with complementary requirements in an electronic network." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/427,014). 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=8,346,622&OS=8,346,622&RS=8,346,622 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nuance Communications Assigned Patent for Automatic Grammar Tuning Using Statistical Language Model Generation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Nuance Communications, Burlington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,555) developed by Brent D. Metz, Delray Beach, Fla., for an "automatic grammar tuning using statistical language model generation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention discloses a speech processing solution that utilizes an original speech recognition grammar in a speech recognition system to perform speech recognition operations for multiple recognition instances. Instance data associated with the recognition operations can be stored. A replacement grammar can be automatically generated from the stored instance data, where the replacement grammar is a statistical language model grammar. The original speech recognition grammar, which can be a grammar-based language model grammar or a statistical language model grammar, can be selectively replaced with the replacement grammar. For example when tested performance for the replacement grammar is better than that for the original grammar, the replacement grammar can replace the original grammar." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2006 (11/466,223). 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=8,346,555&OS=8,346,555&RS=8,346,555 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Citicorp Development Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Citicorp Development Center, Blue Ash, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,346,677) 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 Dec. 28, 2001 (10/028,718). 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=8,346,677&OS=8,346,677&RS=8,346,677 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pelco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Pelco, Clovis, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,065) developed by Samuel Nikolay Grigorian, Fresno, Calif., for an "apparatus and method of storing video data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for and method of storing video data comprising receiving an MPEG video stream comprising I-frames and P-frames, separating the I-frames from the P-frames, storing the I-frames and the P-frames separately, and providing information so that the I-frames and the P-frames can be combined to produce a full-motion video." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/982,063). 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=8,346,065&OS=8,346,065&RS=8,346,065 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** KAIAM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- KAIAM, Newark, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,037) developed by Bardia Pezeshki, Menlo Park, Calif., and John Heanue, Boston, for a "micromechanically aligned optical assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical assembly includes a combination of laser sources emitting radiation, focused by a combination of lenses into optical waveguides. The optical waveguide and the laser source are permanently attached to a common carrier, while at least one of the lenses is attached to a holder that is an integral part of the carrier, but is free to move initially. Micromechanical techniques are used to adjust the position of the lens and holder, and then fix the holder it into place permanently using integrated heaters with solder." The patent application was filed on Feb. 1, 2010 (12/698,086). 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=8,346,037&OS=8,346,037&RS=8,346,037 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Showing Suite Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Showing Suite, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,346,606) developed by Rick Robert Bengson, San Diego, for a "data collection and dissemination system with terminal having literature distribution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a system for collecting and disseminating customer data and for distributing real estate marketing literature. The system includes a customer terminal, which is in communication with a data center, which, in turn, is in communication with a business terminal. The customer terminal includes a device for inputting customer data and a device for distributing relevant marketing literature. The customer data is sent to the data center, where it is stored for subsequent retrieval by a sales person using the business terminal." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2008 (12/173,409). 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=8,346,606&OS=8,346,606&RS=8,346,606 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Aurora Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Aurora Networks, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,081) developed by four co-inventors for a "smart RF over glass (RFoG) CPE unit with seamless PON upgrade capability." The co-inventors are Sudhesh Mysore, Carlsbad, Calif., Charles Barker, Sunnyvale, Calif., Oleh Sniezko, Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Krzysztof Pradzynski, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are described for "Smart" RF over Glass (RFoG) CPE Unit with Seamless PON Upgrade Capability. A method includes operating a customer premises equipment device including transporting upstream cable return services with a laser; and switching a drive source for the upstream laser from an analog driver to a digital driver by using a managed electrical switch to reuse a wavelength of the laser. An apparatus includes a customer premises equipment device including a laser for transporting upstream cable return services; and a managed electrical switch coupled to the laser that is used to switch a drive source for the upstream laser to reuse a wavelength of the laser." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/587,889). 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=8,346,081&OS=8,346,081&RS=8,346,081 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Facilitating Bidding on Images ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,604) developed by Yushi Jing, Mountain View, Calif., and Shumeet Baluja, Santa Clara, Calif., for "facilitating bidding on images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are described for facilitating bidding on images. The techniques may include receiving bids includes presenting a first image and a bid associated with the first image. The first image is similar to a second image for which a bid is to be submitted for presenting sponsored content based on the second image. A bid is received for presenting a sponsored-content item based on the second image. The received bid is stored in association with second image and a sponsored-content item based to be presented based on the bid and the second image." The patent application was filed on March 8, 2012 (13/415,410). 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=8,346,604&OS=8,346,604&RS=8,346,604 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,017) developed by eleven co-inventors for an "intermediate point between images to insert/overlay ads." The co-inventors are Blaise Aguera y. Aguera, Seattle, Brett D. Brewer, Sammamish, Wash., Steven Drucker, Bellevue, Wash., Karim Farouki, Seattle, Gary W. Flake, Bellevue, Wash., Tomasz Kasperkiewicz, Redmond, Wash., Stephen L. Lawler, Redmond, Wash., Donald James Lindsay, Mountain View, Calif., Adam Sheppard, Seattle, Richard Stephen Szeliski, Bellevue, Wash., and Jeffrey Jon Weir, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates simulating a portion 2-dimensional (2D) data for implementation within a 3-dimensional (3D) virtual environment. A 3D virtual environment can enable a 3D exploration of a 3D image constructed from a collection of two or more 2D images, the 3D image is constructed by combining the two or more 2D images based upon a respective image perspective. An analyzer can evaluate the collection of two or more 2D images to identify a portion of the 3D image that is unrepresented by the combined two or more 2D images. A synthetic view generator can create a simulated synthetic view for the portion of 3D image that is unrepresented, the simulated synthetic view replicates a 2D image with a respective image perspective for the unrepresented portion of 3D image." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2008 (12/112,567). 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=8,346,017&OS=8,346,017&RS=8,346,017 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Wireless Communications Chip with Multi-port Distributed Antenna ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,181) developed by Ahmadreza Rofougaran, Newport Coast, Calif., and Maryam Rofougaran, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for a "wireless communications chip with multi-port distributed antenna." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for power combining in a multi-port distributed antenna are disclosed and may include power combining signals from power amplifiers (PAs) on a chip. The PAs may be coupled to a single distributed antenna via antenna ports. A phase of each of the signals may be matched at the antenna ports via phase-matching circuitry. A characteristic impedance may be configured at the ports based on a location of the ports. The PAs may be impedance matched to the antenna ports via impedance matching elements. A power level of the power-combined signals may be monitored via a power detector coupled to the distributed antenna. The power detector may include an envelope detector, such as a diode. The antenna may be integrated on the chip or may be located external to the chip. The signals may include RF signals and the antenna may include a microstrip antenna." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2012 (13/440,222). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,346,181&OS=8,346,181&RS=8,346,181 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kotura Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Kotura, Monterey Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,028) developed by four co-inventors for an "optical device having modulator employing horizontal electrical field." The co-inventors are Dazeng Feng, Arcadia, Calif., Po Dong, Arcadia, Calif., Ning-Ning Feng, Arcadia, Calif., and Mehdi Asghari, San Marino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The optical device includes a waveguide on a base. The device also includes a modulator on the base. The modulator includes an electro-absorption medium configured to receive a light signal from the waveguide. The modulator also includes field sources for generating an electrical field in the electro-absorption medium. The electro-absorption medium is a medium in which the Franz-Keldysh effect occurs in response to the formation of the electrical field in the electro-absorption medium. The field sources are configured so the electrical field is substantially parallel to the base." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/653,547). 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=8,346,028&OS=8,346,028&RS=8,346,028 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Chevron USA, Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Chevron USA, San Ramon, Calif., and Schlumberger Technology, Houston, have been assigned a patent (8,346,523) developed by Seong H. Lee, Berkley, Calif., Zhou Hui, Stanford, Calif., and Hamdi A. Tchelepi, Belmont, Calif., for an "indirect-error-based, dynamic upscaling of multi-phase flow in porous media." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-implemented systems and methods are provided for an upscaling approach based on dynamic simulation of a given model. A system and method can be configured such that the accuracy of the upscaled model is continuously monitored via indirect error measures. If the indirect error measures are bigger than a specified tolerance, the upscaled model is dynamically updated with approximate fine-scale information that is reconstructed by a multi-scale finite volume method. Upscaling of multi-phase flow can include flow information in the underlying fine-scale. Adaptive prolongation and restriction operators are applied for flow and transport equations in constructing an approximate fine-scale solution." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2009 (12/551,906). 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=8,346,523&OS=8,346,523&RS=8,346,523 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Just-in-time Conference Room Scheduling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,589) developed by Kenneth S. Norton, San Carlos, Calif., and Charles Stephen Wiles, Guildford, United Kingdom, for a "just-in-time conference room scheduling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and a system for just-in-time scheduling of conference rooms based on a plurality of conference room scheduling requests, and then transmitting information concerning conference room assignments is described. One aspect of the invention involves a computer-implemented method. The method includes scheduling conference rooms just-in-time, in response to a predefined triggering event. The method includes retrieving stored conference room scheduling information corresponding to a respective conference room scheduling request. A combination of conference room assignments is selected for a plurality of conference room scheduling requests, in accordance with conference room assignment fitness scores for each of a plurality of potential combinations of conference room assignments. Conference rooms are assigned to respective requests in accordance with the selected combination. Information concerning the conference room assignment for the respective conference room scheduling request is transmitted to the requester or an invitee of the respective meeting." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2010 (12/695,142). 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=8,346,589&OS=8,346,589&RS=8,346,589 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oclaro (North America) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Oclaro (North America), San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,084) developed by four co-inventors for an "optical device with stable optical configuration." The co-inventors are Haijun Yuan, Pleasanton, Calif., Xuehua Wu, Union City, Calif., Christopher Lin, El Cerrito, Calif., and Giovanni Barbarossa, Saratoga, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical device for a wavelength division multiplexing system has a telecentric lens system and a signal-processing optical element, where the signal-processing optical element performs switching, attenuation, or other optical signal processing for the optical device. The telecentric lens system acts as a self-compensating optical system to minimize sensitivity of the optical device to unwanted displacement of an input image from the optical axis of the optical device. The optical device may include multiple telecentric lens systems, in which case the optical device is also less sensitive to precise alignment between the telecentric lens systems." The patent application was filed on Nov. 27, 2007 (11/945,996). 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=8,346,084&OS=8,346,084&RS=8,346,084 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** DigitalOptics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- DigitalOptics, Arcadia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,074) developed by five co-inventors for an "autofocus camera systems and methods." The co-inventors are Roman C. Gutierrez, Arcadia, Calif., Robert J. Calvet, Pasadena, Calif., Darrell Harrington, Pasadena, Calif., Guiqin Wang, Arcadia, Calif., and Kumaraswamy Jayaraj, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an example embodiment, a method for focusing a miniature camera includes applying a signal to an actuator in the camera, moving a MEMS stage movably supported by one or more flexures in response to the application of the signal, moving a lens in response to the moving of the MEMS stage, and limiting movement of the MEMS stage to substantially one degree of freedom corresponding to an optical axis of the lens." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2011 (13/225,257). 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=8,346,074&OS=8,346,074&RS=8,346,074 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,661) developed by seven co-inventors for an "aggregation of customer transaction data." The co-inventors are Thayer S. Allison Jr., Charlotte, N.C., Sudeshna Banerjee, Waxhaw, N.C., Debashis Ghosh, Charlotte, N.C., Hemant A. Kagade, Charlotte, N.C., Mark V. Krein, Charlotte, N.C., David Joa, Irvine, Calif., and Kurt D. Newman, Matthews, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aggregating customer records to conduct due diligence to facilitate business transaction includes receiving a request to aggregate customer transaction records, wherein the customer transaction records are stored when a customer conducts a transaction with a selected one of a first company and a second company. A plurality of customer transaction records are determined from a first enterprise. The plurality of customer transaction records are aggregated from the first enterprise, wherein the plurality of customer transaction records comprises records associated with the first company and records associated with the second company. The aggregated customer transaction records are communicated in response to the request." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2010 (12/730,706). 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=8,346,661&OS=8,346,661&RS=8,346,661 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Deep Tag Cloud Associated with Streaming Media ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,540) developed by Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Ruthie D. Lyle, Durham, N.C., and Lisa A. Seacat, San Francisco, for a "deep tag cloud associated with streaming media." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a method for providing access to media segments using a tag cloud comprises receiving a request to play streaming media, identifying deep tags associated with the streaming media, and determining preferences of a user based on information provided by the user. The method can also comprise selecting a group of the deep tags based on the information provided by the user and displaying the group of the deep tags in a tag cloud, wherein the deep tags hyperlink to segments within the streaming media. The method can also include presenting, in response to activation of a deep tag in the group, one of the segments within the streaming media." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2008 (12/131,994). 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=8,346,540&OS=8,346,540&RS=8,346,540 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus to Efficiently Verify Inventory ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,630) developed by Neil Edward McKeown, Lodi, Calif., for a "method and apparatus to efficiently verify inventory." The abstract of the pate 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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