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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 12)

[February 12, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 12)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent for Variable Tg Shape Memory Polyurethane for Wellbore Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,833) developed by Nicholas Carrejo, Katy, Texas, and Michael H. Johnson, Katy, Texas, for a "variable Tg shape memory polyurethane for wellbore devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Wellbore devices for use in filtration, wellbore isolation, production control, lifecycle management and wellbore construction may include at least a first and a second shape-memory material each having a an altered geometric position and each an original geometric position. Each shape-memory material may include a polyurethane material held in the altered geometric run-in position at a temperature below glass transition temperature (T.sub.g), where the T.sub.gs and/or the respective slope changes of the first and second polyurethane materials are different. Once the wellbore device is in place downhole and the first and second shape-memory materials are subjected to temperatures above their T.sub.gs, the materials will deploy and expand to recovered geometric positions at or near their original geometric positions to perform their filtration, isolation, control or other function. These deployments or expansions may occur at different times or rates." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/732,617). 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=8,365,833&OS=8,365,833&RS=8,365,833 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Air Tractors Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Air Tractors, Olney, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,365,762) developed by Victor D. Trotter, Fort Worth, Texas, for a hydraulic control system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A control system for transferring fluid between a fluid supply and a process. The control system includes a transfer controller, which outputs a transfer signal that corresponds to a time varying fluid transfer rate, and plural valves that are plumbed in parallel for connection between the fluid supply and the process. Each valve has a corresponding input to receive an actuation signal that enables a closed state or an open state. The system also includes plural means for limiting the rate of fluid flow corresponding to the plural valves, and a valve drive that is coupled to the corresponding inputs of the plural valves, which operates to generate a sequences of valve actuation signals that result in a combined fluid flow rate through the plural valves selected to track the time varying fluid transfer rate defined by a modulated transfer signal within a margin of error. A transfer sensor is engaged to output a feedback signal that is related to the actual time varying transfer of fluid with the process, and a feedback modulator is coupled to modulate the transfer signal with the feedback signal to produce the modulated transfer signal." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2010 (12/687,540). 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=8,365,762&OS=8,365,762&RS=8,365,762 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ConocoPhillips Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- ConocoPhillips, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,823) developed by W. Reid Dreher Jr., Katy, Texas, Thomas J. Wheeler, Houston, and Dwijen K. Banerjee, Owasso, Okla., for an "in-situ upgrading of heavy crude oil in a production well using radio frequency or microwave radiation and a catalyst." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for heating heavy oil inside a production well. The method raises the subsurface temperature of heavy oil by utilizing an activator that has been injected below the surface. The activator is then excited with a generated microwave frequency such that the excited activator heats the heavy oil. " The patent application was filed on May 18, 2010 (12/781,912). 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=8,365,823&OS=8,365,823&RS=8,365,823 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent for Pre-verification of Perforation Alignment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,814) developed by Freeman L. Hill, Houston, Tim W. Sampson, Spring, Texas, and John D. Macpherson, Sugar Land, Texas, for a "pre-verification of perforation alignment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A perforating system, comprising a perforating gun with shaped charges, and a pre-detonation orientation apparatus and method. The pre-detonation orientation device comprises an orientation device in communication with the firing means of the perforating gun. Detonation of the shaped charges can be contingent upon the perforating gun orientation." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2007 (11/858,686). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,365,814&OS=8,365,814&RS=8,365,814 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Madigan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Stephen J. Madigan, Flower Mound, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,365,738) developed by Stephen J. Madigan, Dallas, and Larry Eugene Hess, Lititz, Pa., for a "combination condom and personal lubricant container." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention comprises articles of manufacture including a disposable condom and personal container comprising a condom compartment enclosing one or more condoms immersed in either a personal lubricant or sexually stimulating lubricant removably adjoined to at least one lubricant compartment. The compartments are constructed of a packaging material comprising properties that conduct heat and hermetically sealed. The condom compartment comprises a seal positioned on the top wall that is removed or opened for the purpose of gaining access to the contents. The personal lubricant compartment comprises a discharge element through which the contents of the compartment are discharged by activating a removable dispenser that fits within the element. The contents of the compartments may be heated by a device in which the compartments are seated. The temperature of the contents may be monitored with the aid of a temperature sensing aid." The patent application was filed on Nov. 4, 2011 (13/289,890). 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=8,365,738&OS=8,365,738&RS=8,365,738 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent for Perforating and Fracturing System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,824) developed by James G. Phillips, Grapevine, Texas, for "perforating and fracturing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for use in borehole completion is provided and includes a perforating sub, a firing sub having a first port and an interior and including a firing assembly disposable within the interior and operably coupled to the perforating sub and a drilling fluid barrier, which is formed with a second port and is displaceable toward a position at which the first and second ports align to form a fluid path through the interior that is sufficiently pressurizable to actuate the firing assembly, a drop plug selectively engageable with the drilling fluid barrier to enable displacement thereof to the position in response to applied pressures and an isolation sub, into which the drop plug is receivable following disengagement thereof from the drilling fluid barrier." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2009 (12/503,577). 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=8,365,824&OS=8,365,824&RS=8,365,824 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TIW Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- TIW, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,826) developed by Britt O. Braddick, Houston, for a "hydraulically powered fishing tool and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hydraulically powered fishing tool is provided for retrieving another tool or tubular stuck in a well. A tool housing is supported in a well on a work string, and the housing encloses a plurality of pistons (16, 28, 34) each movable in response to pressurized fluid transmitted through the work string. An anchor (52) axially fixes the position of the tool in the well, and a tool mandrel (40) is axially movable relative to tool housing when the anchor is set. A fishing device (82) engages the another tool or tubular, so that axial movement of the mandrel in response to the plurality of pistons dislodges the stuck tool or tubular." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2009 (12/536,547). 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=8,365,826&OS=8,365,826&RS=8,365,826 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** PGI International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- PGI International, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,769) developed by Spencer Nimberger, Houston, for a ball valve.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A ball valve is provided for threaded connection to a separable component 72 having male threads 74. A housing 10 contains a ball 12 selectively rotatable for passing fluid through the housing, and a flange member 20 threadably secured to the valve housing. A stop ring 16 is positioned outward of the valve housing and engages the flange member. A coupling 20 is threadably secured to the stop ring and includes female threads for engagement with male threads on the separable component." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2009 (12/348,977). 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=8,365,769&OS=8,365,769&RS=8,365,769 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ConocoPhillips Assigned Patent for Liquefied Natural Gas Pipeline with Near Zero Coefficient of Thermal Expansion ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- ConocoPhillips, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,776) developed by Mamdouh M. Salama, Richmond, Texas, and Stuart L. Wilson, Pearland, Texas, for a "liquefied natural gas pipeline with near zero coefficient of thermal expansion." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a pipe assembly for containing and transporting cryogenic temperature fluids." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2010 (12/789,126). 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=8,365,776&OS=8,365,776&RS=8,365,776 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,835) developed by Michael J. Loughlin, Houston, for a "method and downhole tool actuator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A downhole tool actuator includes, an inflatable member, a first portion on an uphole end of the inflatable member that is attachable to a first structure of a downhole tool, and a second portion on a downhole end of the inflatable member that is attachable to a second structure of the downhole tool. The actuator configured so that the second structure is movable relative to the first structure in response to movement of the second portion relative to the first portion in response to inflation of the inflatable member." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2008 (12/175,073). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,365,835&OS=8,365,835&RS=8,365,835 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cameron International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Cameron International, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,830) developed by four co-inventors for a "multi-deployable subsea stack system." The co-inventors are Johnnie E. Kotrla, Katy, Texas, Melvyn F. Whitby, Houston, David J. McWhorter, Magnolia, Texas, and Glenn J. Chiasson, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods for deploying a subsea blowout preventer stack system comprising a lower marine riser package, a blowout preventer stack with a first ram blowout preventer, and an additional blowout preventer package releasably coupled to the blowout preventer stack and comprising a second ram blowout preventer. The subsea blowout preventer stack assembly can be deployed by coupling a drilling riser to the lower marine riser package that is releasably connected to the blowout preventer stack. The lower marine riser package and blowout preventer stack are then toward a subsea wellhead and then landed on the additional blowout preventer package that is coupled to the subsea wellhead." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2011 (13/043,660). 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=8,365,830&OS=8,365,830&RS=8,365,830 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ExxonMobil Upstream Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- ExxonMobil Upstream Research, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,831) developed by Chul-Sung Kim, Houston, and Mark W. Dobin, Houston, for "determining connectivity architecture in 2-D and 3-D heterogeneous data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is disclosed for determining the connectivity architecture of a hydrocarbon reservoir in terms of locally optimal paths between selected source points, e.g. wells. In one embodiment of the invention, a fast-marching method (133) is used to compute the distance field (or the time of arrival field) from N selected source points in a heterogeneous media, i.e. in a non-uniform velocity field. This is done by propagating N labeled (132) fronts simultaneously from N objects. Then, a method (134) is disclosed for detecting Voronoi curves or Voronoi surfaces, where fronts of differing labels meet each other. Then, saddle points are found on the Voronoi curves or surfaces (135), and each saddle point is used to determine a locally optimal path (136) between a pair of equidistant (from the saddle point), closest (to the saddle point) source points." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2008 (12/679,641). 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=8,365,831&OS=8,365,831&RS=8,365,831 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent for Fracturing Method to Reduce Tortuosity ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,827) developed by Maria M. O'Connell, Cypress, Texas, Michael H. Johnson, Katy, Texas, and David A. Castillo, Houston, for "fracturing method to reduce tortuosity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A series of jet nozzles have a telescoping structure designed to impact the borehole wall and initiate a fracture. The nozzles can be extended through fluid pumped through them or with some mechanical force from within the bottom hole assembly. The leading ends of the telescoping assembly can be sharp and hardened to facilitate the initiation of a formation fracture in an open hole. The telescoping structures can be disposed in a single or multiple rows with the circumferential spacing being such that each telescoping structure is designed to cover a target circumferential distance of 45 degrees or less so that jetted fluid from at least one jet will be within 22.5 degrees of a location of maximum formation stresses to reduce the tortuosity of the created fractures from jetting through the nozzles with possible enhancement of the fracturing from added annulus pressure." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2010 (12/816,824). 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=8,365,827&OS=8,365,827&RS=8,365,827 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent for Tubular Seat and Tubular Actuating System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,365,829) developed by six co-inventors for a "tubular seat and tubular actuating system." The co-inventors are Justin Kellner, Pearland, Texas, Travis Harris, Montgomery, Texas, Jason Coe, Kingwood, Texas, Dwayne Walkoviak, Magnolia, Texas, James Scott Sanchez, Tomball, Texas, and David B. Ruddock, Pearland, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pluggable seat includes, a first portion, positionable within a tubular, that is receptive to a runnable member seatable thereagainst, a second portion positioned downstream of the first portion, having a radial dimension smaller than a smallest radial dimension of the first portion, and a profile disposed at the second portion configured to increase resistance to extrusion of a runnable member past the pluggable seat in comparison to the same pluggable seat without the profile." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2009 (12/557,989). 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=8,365,829&OS=8,365,829&RS=8,365,829 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent for Position Retention Mechanism for Maintaining a Counter Mechanism in an Activated Position ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Schlumberger Technology, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,365,832) developed by seven co-inventors for a "position retention mechanism for maintaining a counter mechanism in an activated position." The co-inventors are Lauren M. Martin, Bryan, Texas, Seth Conaway, Houston, Steven L. Anyan, Missouri City, Texas, Joseph O. Glasofer, Houston, Alexander R. Barnett, Houston, Anthony Villarreal, Lake Jackson, Texas, and Brad Swenson, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To operate a device for use in a well, a counter mechanism is provided that is actuatable by pressure cycles to an active position that allows actuation of the device to a target state. A position retention mechanism is coupled to the counter mechanism to maintain the counter mechanism in the active position once the counter mechanism has been incremented by the pressure cycles to the active position." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2010 (12/695,144). 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=8,365,832&OS=8,365,832&RS=8,365,832 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for System for Integrating Multiple Access Controls Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- George Mallard, The Woodlands, Texas, has developed a patent (8,370,911) for a "system for integrating multiple access controls systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a location where a number of entities share a common area and where those entities wish to exclude unauthorized individuals yet desire access for a set of individuals from each entity, a system, using networking techniques, integrates a plurality of independent entity access control systems in which each system authorizes credentials from one of the plurality of entities to control access to each individual entity area." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2008 (12/274,799). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,370,911&OS=8,370,911&RS=8,370,911 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Michigan, Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Method for Forming High-impact Transparent, Distortion-free Polymeric Materials ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Edwin J. Oakey, Clinton Township, Mich., and Rodney M. Tinney, Burleson, Texas, have developed a patent (8,366,987) for a "method for forming high-impact transparent, distortion-free polymeric materials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus are provided for forming a sheet of polymeric material, such as polycarbonate. A forming mold is provided having halves that engage for forming a heated sheet therebetween. Each of the halves defines an interior cavity having a peripheral edge. The sheet is retained between the peripheral edges of the halves and a vacuum is generated within one of the cavities for drawing the sheet therein, whereby a sensing mechanism detects a draw depth for initiating a cooling mechanism to cool the sheet to a temperature below a glass transition temperature of the material. A series of retention mechanisms are provided about the peripheral edge of one of the halves, for biasing the sheet into engagement with the peripheral edge of the opposing half. A trimming mechanism is further provided for trimming the perimeter of the sheet to a desired form." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2007 (11/787,266). 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=8,366,987&OS=8,366,987&RS=8,366,987 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dow Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Dow Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,365,925) developed by Wu Chen, Lake Jackson, Texas, Daniel A. Alderman, Midland, Mich., and Leonardo C. Lopez, Midland, Mich., for a filter medium.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The instant invention generally provides a porous filter medium, a porous composite filter medium, a filter assembly, processes of making the same, and processes suitable for filtering contaminants from liquids." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2009 (12/539,784). 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=83,65,925.PN.&OS=PN/83,65,925&RS=PN/83,65,925 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Trusted Zone Protection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Robert Hansen, Austin, Texas, has developed a patent (8,370,529) for a trusted zone protection.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A trusted zone protector in exemplary embodiments of an electronic system helps reduce unwanted attempts to use a consumer machine in a trusted zone to address a network resource that lies inside the trusted zone on behalf of a website that lies outside of the trusted zone. An address manager in the electronic system is arranged to provide an indication whether an element retrieved by a network-enabled application executing on the consumer machine is arranged to address a network resource that lies inside the trusted zone. The trusted zone protector is arranged to generate a protective action in response to the indication that the element retrieved by the network-enabled application is arranged to address the network resource that lies inside the trusted zone." The patent application was filed on July 10, 2012 (13/545,961). 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=8,370,529&OS=8,370,529&RS=8,370,529 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Torque Wrench ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Terry Daglow, Allen, Texas, has developed a patent (8,365,641) for a torque wrench.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A torque wrench comprising a shaft, a shaft cam configured to rotate with the shaft around the longitudinal axis, a groove defined in the shaft cam, a ramp positioned within the groove at a position below the groove upper surface, an outer cam comprising an engaging member configured to selectively contact a ramp upper surface or groove upper surface. The wrench also comprises a spring to apply a downward force on the outer cam and a void defined in the groove between the ramp and a side wall of the groove to allow the engaging member to escape the groove when not contrained by the ramp." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2011 (13/105,251). 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=83,65,641.PN.&OS=PN/83,65,641&RS=PN/83,65,641 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Cube Insertion Game ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Ioan Boeru, Houston, has developed a patent (8,366,530) for a cube insertion game.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic insertion type game system wherein an image of a game cube formed of a plurality smaller cubes, some of which are scoring cubes, arranged in a generally cubic center array having six square faces is displayed on an electronic display and players operating user input devices simulate inserting a smaller cube into the game cube, forcing another smaller cube to be ejected from the opposite side of the game cube. A score is tallied for a player when a scoring cube is ejected from the frame." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2010 (12/877,050). 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=8,366,530&OS=8,366,530&RS=8,366,530 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Wireless Telephony Device with Breath Analysis Sensor and Methods for Use Therewith ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Patrick G. Harris Jr., Cedar Park, Texas, has developed a patent (8,369,891) for a "wireless telephony device with breath analysis sensor and methods for use therewith." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless telephony device includes a memory that stores at least one telephony application. A processor executes the telephony application to process at least one telephone call via a wireless telephony network in response to commands of a user. A breath analyzing sensor analyzes a breath of the user in conjunction with the at least one telephone call and generates breath analysis test data in response thereto. The telephony application generates a breath analysis test message, based on the breath analysis test data and transmits the breath analysis test message via the wireless telephony network." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2012 (13/572,791). 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=8,369,891&OS=8,369,891&RS=8,369,891 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Saudi Arabian Oil Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Saudi Arabian Oil, Saudi Arabia, has been assigned a patent (8,365,601) developed by five co-inventors for a "high precision corrosion monitoring sensor assembly and system." The co-inventors are Ali Minachi, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Ghazzay M. Al-Subaii, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia, Ayedh S. Saleh, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Erika Laiche, San Antonio, and Glenn Light, San Antonio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high-precision corrosion monitoring sensor assembly is provided for permanent mounting on a vessel to measure wall thickness of the vessel. The assembly includes an ultrasonic transducer and a delay line, which are bonded to the vessel wall a first location. The assembly is further bonded to the vessel by an adjustable fixture. The assembly includes a cross-member attached to the ultrasonic transducer, having a pivot pin at each distal end. The pivot pins are attached to a first tower and a second tower, which bond to the outer vessel wall at a second location and a third location. The position of the first and second towers can be adjusted with respect to angle and placement about the pivot pins. Fasteners are attached to the pivot pins and can be tightened to make rigid the fixture, thereby allowing configuration of the assembly for use on flat surfaces and small-diameter pipes." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2011 (12/983,931). 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=83,65,601.PN.&OS=PN/83,65,601&RS=PN/83,65,601 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Lock Key Mechanism ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Antonio Domit, San Antonio, has developed a patent (8,365,560) for a lock key mechanism.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A key mechanism that makes it possible to fix the key inside the cylinder bolt lock outphased from the original combination, thereby preventing the cylinder of the bolt lock from turning. The security of the key mechanism is also enhanced as a cylinder tumbler engages within a slot of the key blade and the key cannot then be expelled from the cylinder bolt lock. Therefore, it is impossible to insert another key or picklock from the other side of the cylinder bolt lock." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2010 (12/726,132). 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=83,65,560.PN.&OS=PN/83,65,560&RS=PN/83,65,560 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Canada, Texas Inventors Develop Patent for High Definition Impedance Imaging ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Alvin Wexler, Winnipeg, Canada, Patrick Adrian O'Connor, Pinawa, Canada, and Rajen Manicon Murugan, Garland, Texas, Zhong Zheng, Winnipeg, Canada, have developed a patent (8,369,941) for a "high definition impedance imaging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for producing a computationally efficient system that reduces the number of iterations required to generate a conductivity image pattern of a subsurface object, and its attendant conductivity distribution, through a solution to the system of field equations that simultaneously satisfies all of the boundary conditions and conserves internal current flux densities." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2007 (12/375,145). 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=8,369,941&OS=8,369,941&RS=8,369,941 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Air/Light Dental Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Mary K. Swift, Dallas, has developed a patent (8,366,441) for an "air/light dental device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hand held curing light device having an integral, self-contained compressed-air system, which allows the operator to complete a procedure involving the use of light-curable compounds using a single hand-held instrument." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2009 (12/350,207). 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=8,366,441&OS=8,366,441&RS=8,366,441 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Flow Restrictor Cartridge for Fluid Flow Measurements ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Joel David Bell, Katy, Texas, has developed a patent (8,365,765) for a "flow restrictor cartridge for fluid flow measurements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A flow restriction member having a cylindrical body and two ends, a two-faced flange disposed radially about the body, and a hub formed by the outer surface of the body not otherwise disposed by the two-faced flange. The flow restriction member further includes a first conically-shaped circular torus opening disposed on one end of the body, the torus opening progressively reducing in cross-sectional area along the longitudinal axis into the body, a second conically-shaped circular torus opening disposed on the other end of the body, the torus opening progressively reducing in cross-sectional area along the longitudinal axis into the body, and a sill opening disposed between the first and the second torus openings, the sill opening of constant cross-sectional area along the longitudinal axis of the body. In one example, a handle disposed radially from the two-faced flange and an RFID tag disposed within the handle." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2008 (12/207,876). 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=83,65,765.PN.&OS=PN/83,65,765&RS=PN/83,65,765 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** VIA Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- VIA Technologies, New Taipei, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,370,684) developed by G. Glenn Henry, Austin, Texas, Darius D. Gaskins, Austin, Texas, and Jason Chen, Austin, Texas, for a "microprocessor with system-robust self-reset capability." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microprocessor includes a bus interface unit that interfaces the microprocessor to a bus that includes a signal that, when asserted, instructs all bus agents to refrain from initiating bus transactions. Microcode causes the bus interface unit to assert the signal in response to detecting an event and resets the microprocessor, but does not reset a portion of the bus interface unit that asserts the signal on the bus. After the reset, the microcode causes the bus interface unit to deassert the signal on the bus. Additionally, the microcode sets a flag and saves the microprocessor state to memory before resetting itself, but does not reset the interrupt controller. After the reset, the microcode reloads the state of the microprocessor from the memory. However, if the microcode determines that the flag is set, it forgoes reloading the state of the interrupt controller." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2011 (12/944,269). 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=8,370,684&OS=8,370,684&RS=8,370,684 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Thermal Barrier Construction Material ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Thomas Lucian Hurlburt, Garland, Texas, has developed a patent (8,365,498) for a "thermal barrier construction material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A thermal board including a first layer, a reflective layer a spacing device and a second layer bonded together as a single unitary structure. The spacing device forms a cavity between the first and second layers in which insulation may be positioned. It is contemplated that in one embodiment the first layer is provided as gypsum board and the second layer is a paper material. In another embodiment, a third layer is positioned between the first and second layers, where the third layer is a dense fiber board. Reflective layer(s) is/are provided as thermally reflective layers are provided as, for example, a spray coating and/or a metallic foil acting like a mirror to Infrared Radiation. The thermal board may be provided as a 4'.times.8' sheet of material as a single bonded, unitary structure that may be cut and installed in the same manner as standard drywall." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2010 (12/943,458). 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=83,65,498.PN.&OS=PN/83,65,498&RS=PN/83,65,498 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Tailoring Point-to-point Measurement Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Drew Thomas Jones, Hurst, Texas, has developed a patent (8,365,421) for a "tailoring point-to-point measurement tool." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A point-to-point measurement tool performs the measurement of the distance between the outside surfaces of the shoulders across the back of an individual, which is associated with tailoring custom clothing and utilized to determine both the top-of-sleeve points and used to assist in determining the sleeve length measurements in tailoring custom clothing. Various embodiment of the point-to-point measurement tool can be folded, collapsed, or broken down to enable increased portability and ease of storage of the tool." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2010 (12/950,229). The full-text of the patent can be found at 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=83,65,421.PN.&OS=PN/83,65,421&RS=PN/83,65,421 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** VIA Technologies Assigned Patent for Initialization of a Microprocessor Providing for Execution of Secure Code ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- VIA Technologies, New Taipei, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,370,641) developed by G. Glenn Henry, Austin, Texas, and Terry Parks, Austin, Texas, for an "initialization of a microprocessor providing for execution of secure code." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus including a microprocessor and a secure non-volatile memory. The microprocessor executes non-secure application programs and a secure application program. The microprocessor has secure execution mode initialization logic and an authorized public key. The secure execution mode initialization logic provides for initialization of a secure execution mode within the microprocessor. The secure execution mode initialization logic employs an asymmetric key algorithm to decrypt an enable parameter directing entry into the secure execution mode. The authorized public key is used to decrypt the enable parameter, the enable parameter having been encrypted according to the asymmetric key algorithm using an authorized private key that corresponds to the authorized public key. The secure non-volatile memory stores the secure application program, where transactions over the private bus between the microprocessor and the secure non-volatile memory are isolated from the system bus and corresponding system bus resources within the microprocessor." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2008 (12/263,214). 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=8,370,641&OS=8,370,641&RS=8,370,641 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for System and Method for Originating a Call Via a Circuit-switched Network from a User Equipment Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,369,319) developed by Adrian Buckley, Tracy, Calif., and John-Luc Bakker, Keller, Texas, for a "system and method for originating a call via a circuit-switched network from a user equipment device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for originating a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) call from a user equipment (UE) device in a network environment including a circuit-switched (CS) network and an IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) network to a called party are disclosed. In one illustrative example, when the SIP call is originated by the UE device in the CS network domain, a SIP Invite message which includes a SIP Uniform Resource Indicator (URI) or Tel URI of the called party is sent from the UE device to the IMS network (e.g. to an application server (AS) node). At the AS node, a pool of E.164 numbers are maintained as IP multimedia routing numbers (IMRNs) which are utilized for mapping to or otherwise associating with called party URIs. Thus, the AS node dynamically allocates a select E.164 number with respect to the called party's URI received from the UE device, and returns it to the UE device in a SIP Response message, e.g., a SIP 380 (Alternative Service) message. Subsequently, the dynamically-allocated E.164 number is sent from the UE device in a call setup message for identification of the URI at the AS node, via the mapping, so that the SIP call may be properly routed towards the called party." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2010 (12/732,041). 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=8,369,319&OS=8,369,319&RS=8,369,319 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus to Support Voice Solutions for Data Centric Terminals ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,369,253) developed by Stefano Faccin, Hayward, Calif., Claude Jean-Frederic Arzelier, Slough, United Kingdom, and Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker, Irving, Texas, for "methods and apparatus to support voice solutions for data centric terminals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus to support voice solutions for data centric terminals are described. An example method includes sending a combined registration request message for at least one evolved packet system service via a first radio access technology, receiving an EPS service registration accept message comprising an indicator that indicates that circuit switched fall back is supported, and when the user equipment has a voice centric setting, reselecting to a second radio access technology." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2010 (12/856,270). 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=8,369,253&OS=8,369,253&RS=8,369,253 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Privacy-related Requests for an IMS Emergency Session ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,369,824) developed by four co-inventors for a "privacy-related requests for an IMS emergency session." The co-inventors are Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker, Keller, Texas, Adrian Buckley, Tracy, Calif., Andrew Allen, Mundelein, Israel, and Nigel Barnes, East Meon, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network component is provided that includes a processor configured, upon the network component receiving an IMS (Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem) emergency call from a user equipment (UE) 110, to detect in the emergency call an indicator requesting the network component to restrict presentation of private information related to the UE 110. The processor is further configured, when the indicator is present, to transmit the emergency call without at least some of the private information to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) 130." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2011 (13/244,795). 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=8,369,824&OS=8,369,824&RS=8,369,824 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsemi Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Microsemi Semiconductor, Ottawa, ON, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,369,510) developed by Merle L. Miller, Austin, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for ringing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus is provided for ring-trip detection in a line card having an analog-to-digital converter for processing voice signals. The method includes receiving a ringing control signal, transmitting a ringing signal to a subscriber line in response to the ringing control signal, and receiving a portion of the ringing signal from the subscriber line. The method includes converting the portion of the ringing signal to a digital signal using the analog-to-digital converter, and providing a ring-trip indication in response to the digital signal. The apparatus includes first circuitry capable of processing a voice signal, the circuitry including a analog-to-digital converter for processing the voice signal. The apparatus includes a ringing generator, second circuitry, and ring-trip detection logic. The generator is capable providing a ringing signal to a subscriber line in response to receiving a ringing control signal. The second circuitry is capable of delivering the portion of the ringing signal to the analog-to-digital converter of the first circuitry, wherein the analog-to-digital converts the portion of the ringing signal to a digital signal. The ring-trip detection logic is capable of providing a ring-trip indication in response to the digital signal." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2005 (12/879,968). 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=8,369,510&OS=8,369,510&RS=8,369,510 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Inactivity Timer in a Discontinuous Reception Configured System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,369,256) developed by Zhijun Cai, Euless, Texas, and James Earl Womack, Bedford, Texas, for an "inactivity timer in a discontinuous reception configured system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods and wireless devices are provided that utilize a timer to ensure a receiver of a wireless device is on to receive downlink transmissions. In the event the timer runs out without further resource allocation, the mobile device turns its radio off. If a further resource allocation occurs while the timer is running, the timer is restarted." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2012 (13/399,811). 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=8,369,256&OS=8,369,256&RS=8,369,256 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fujitsu Assigned Patent for Optical Network Computation Engine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Fujitsu, Kawasaki-Shi, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,369,704) developed by Shigdho Chandra Bardalai, Plano, Texas, for an "optical network computation engine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for computing optical network characteristics may comprise: a plurality of network elements arranged into two or more domains; two or more optical computation engines, each of the two or more optical computation engine associated with a respective one of the two or more domains; and a centralized path computation engine configured to interface with the two or more optical computation engines to calculate one or more characteristics of the optical path. Each of the two or more domains may comprise one or more network elements sharing a common operational characteristic. The plurality of network elements may be in optical communication along an optical path, the optical path including a first network element at an origin of the optical path and a final network element at a terminus of the optical path. The two or more optical computation engines may be configured to perform calculations related to the optical performance of the network elements associated with the same domain as the optical computation engine." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2010 (12/710,177). 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=8,369,704&OS=8,369,704&RS=8,369,704 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Multi-user MIMO Transmissions in Wireless Communication Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,369,885) developed by Jianzhong Zhang, Irving, Texas, and YoungHan Nam, Plano, Texas, for "multi-user MIMO transmissions in wireless communication systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for providing control information in a Multi User-Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) wireless communication system is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of Resource Elements (REs) including Downlink Control Information (DCI), determining, using the DCI, a set of REs to which a plurality of Downlink Reference Signals (DRSs) may be mapped, determining remaining REs as REs to which data is mapped, and demodulating the data using a precoding vector of a DRS corresponding to the MS." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2010 (12/753,364). 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=8,369,885&OS=8,369,885&RS=8,369,885 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Methods to Reduce Power for Asynchronous Internet Message Protocols ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,369,304) developed by Ravindranathan Sengottaiyan, Garland, Texas, and Sudhindra P. Herle, Dallas, for "methods to reduce power for asynchronous internet message protocols." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for reducing power consumption in a mobile station is provided. The method includes holding data associated with a first polling message until a first scheduled RF wake-up of the mobile station. The method also includes sending the data associated with the first polling message at substantially the same time as the first scheduled RF wake-up of the mobile station. The method further includes holding a second polling message until a second scheduled RF wake-up of the mobile station. The scheduled RF wake-ups of the mobile station are determined according to a schedule established by a service provider of the wireless communication network. In certain embodiments, the polling messages are associated with an ActiveSync.RTM. Ping command." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2010 (12/655,878). 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=8,369,304&OS=8,369,304&RS=8,369,304 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fujitsu Assigned Patent for Communicating a Signal According to ASK Modulation and PSK Modulation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Fujitsu, Kawasaki-shi, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,369,442) developed by Olga I. Vassilieva, Plano, Texas, and Takao Naito, Plano, Texas, for "communicating a signal according to ASK modulation and PSK modulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transmitter modulator that is operable to modulate signals according to multiple modulation formats includes a first modulator, a second modulator, and a polarization beam combiner. The first modulator encodes a first signal according to a first modulation format. The second modulator encodes a second signal according to a second modulation format, the first signal orthogonally polarized with respect to the second signal. The polarization beam combiner combines the first signal and the second signal for transmission." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2007 (11/622,495). 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=8,369,442&OS=8,369,442&RS=8,369,442 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Cell-specific Shifting of Reference Signals in Multi-stream Transmissions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-Si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,369,206) developed by Young-Han Nam, Richardson, Texas, and Jianzhong Zhang, Irving, Texas, for "cell-specific shifting of reference signals in multi-stream transmissions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A base station is provided. The base station comprises a downlink transmit path comprising circuitry configured to transmit a plurality of reference signals in one or more subframes. Each subframe comprises one or more resource blocks. Each resource block comprises S Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) symbols. Each of the S OFDM symbols comprises N subcarriers, and each subcarrier of each OFDM symbol comprises a resource element. The base station further comprises a reference signal allocator configured to allocate the plurality of reference signals to selected resource elements of a resource block, and circularly shift the plurality of reference signals in a time domain of the resource block by an h.sub.shift value that is based at least partly upon a cell_ID of the base station." The patent application was filed on Feb. 19, 2010 (12/709,347). 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=8,369,206&OS=8,369,206&RS=8,369,206 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Pilot Boosting and Traffic to Pilot Ratio Estimation in a Wireless Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,369,450) developed by four co-inventors for a "pilot boosting and traffic to pilot ratio estimation in a wireless communication system." The co-inventors are Farooq Khan, Allen, Texas, Zhouyue Pi, Richardson, Texas, Jiannan Tsai, Plano, Texas, and Jianzhong Zhang, Irving, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and circuits for assigning pilot boosting factors and calculating traffic to pilot ratios in a wireless communication system. The data to be transmitted is first modulated to generate a plurality of data modulation symbols. The plurality of data modulation symbols and a plurality of reference signal symbols are mapped into transmission resources of each of a plurality of antennas in accordance with a transmit diversity scheme. The transmission resources of each of the antennas are divided into a plurality of subcarriers in a frequency domain and a plurality of time units in a time domain. Then, a power scaling factor are assigned for data modulation symbols on each of the antennas in dependence upon power levels of the reference signal symbols to maintain a fixed power level across the plurality of antennas in each time unit. Finally, the data modulation symbols and the reference signal symbols are transmitted via the plurality of antennas in accordance with the mapping scheme and the assigned scaling factors." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2008 (12/155,311). 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=8,369,450&OS=8,369,450&RS=8,369,450 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Multi-compartment Beverage Container ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Fadi Kalaouze, College Station, Texas, has developed a patent (8,365,960) for a multi-compartment beverage container.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A beverage container has a lower container section filled with a first liquid. Above the lower container section is an upper container section secured to the lip and groove of the lower section. The upper container section can hold a second different liquid than the first liquid. The upper section defines a mixing channel where openings to both the upper and lower container sections meet to allow the two liquids to mix prior to final dispensation." The patent application was filed on July 1, 2009 (12/496,502). 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=8,365,960&OS=8,365,960&RS=8,365,960 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Segmented Decompression Resistant Cable Splice and Method of Installation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Tod D. Emerson, Cypress, Texas, and James A. Williams, Cypress, Texas, have developed a patent (8,367,931) for a "segmented decompression resistant cable splice and method of installation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrical splice, resistant to decompression failure for use in gassy hydrocarbon wells, is segmented thereby permitting the installation of the splice quickly and efficiently. The segmented cable splice provides a passage into which is inserted an electrical crimping union which provides a detent to engage a ridge on the interior passage of the segmented sleeve. When each sleeve is complete, the exterior surface of the complete splice is either cylindrical or flat; and covered by protective transition covers having epoxy encapsulating each contained conductor line back to the armored cover, thereby providing mechanical protection and inhibiting movement of the spliced conductors within the splice connection." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2009 (12/865,684). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,367,931.PN.&OS=PN/8,367,931&RS=PN/8,367,931 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Research in Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Research in Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,367,957) developed by Patrick Clement Strittmatter, Frisco, Texas, for a "breathable sealed dome switch assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sealed dome switch assembly is provided to allow air to flow between the interior and the exterior of the dome switch during the collapse and recovery of the resilient dome shell. The sealed dome switch assembly comprises at least one vent leading between the interior space and the exterior space of the sealed dome switch, wherein the vent is covered by a membrane that is permeable to air and resilient to liquid (e.g. water) and small particles (e.g. dirt). A vent may also be used to network the interiors of a plurality of sealed dome switches to at least one exterior entranceway that is covered by the membrane." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2012 (13/448,179). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,367,957.PN.&OS=PN/8,367,957&RS=PN/8,367,957 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Method and Apparatus for Resistive Power Distribution ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- John Bradford Janik, Humble, Texas, has developed a patent (8,368,246) for a "method and apparatus for resistive power distribution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrical power distribution method and apparatus are disclosed, the apparatus comprising a first power distribution member section receiving electrical power from a power supply and a second high resistivity power distribution member section, electrically connected to the first section for supplying the electrical power to an electrical device in electrical communication with the high resistivity section." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2010 (12/850,820). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,368,246.PN.&OS=PN/8,368,246&RS=PN/8,368,246 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Active Low-pass Current Filter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 12 -- Don D. Davis, Katy, Texas, Adrian P. Glover, Houston, and Holloway H. Frost, Houston, have developed a patent (8,368,248) for an "active low-pass current filter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An active low-pass current filter apparatus and method reduces conducted emissions above a predefined cutoff frequency at high power levels. The apparatus and method use a bidirectional DC-DC converter to minimize current fluctuations on a power lead that may result in conducted emissions above the predefined cutoff frequency. The bidirectional DC-DC converter absorbs current from the power lead and 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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