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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Arizona (Feb. 21)

[February 21, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Arizona (Feb. 21)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Arizona.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Performing Logical Compare Operations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,780) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for performing logical compare operations." The co-inventors are Rajiv Kapoor, University Place, Wash., Ronen Zohar, Sunnyvale, Calif., Mark Buxton, Chandler, Ariz., Zeev Sperber, Zichron Yaakov, Israel, and Koby Gottlieb, Kiryat Tivon, Israel.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for including in a processor instructions for performing logical-comparison and branch support operations on packed or unpacked data. In one embodiment, a processor is coupled to a memory. The memory has stored therein a first data and a second data. The processor performs logical comparisons on the first and second data. The logical comparisons may be performed on each bit of the first and second data, or may be performed only on certain bits. For at least one embodiment, at least the first data includes packed data elements, and the logical comparisons are performed on the most significant bits of the packed data elements. The logical comparisons may include comparison of the same respective bits of the first and second data, and also includes logical comparisons of bits of the first data with the complement of the corresponding bits of the second data. Based on these comparisons, branch support actions are taken. Such branch support actions may include setting one or more flags, which in turn may be utilized by a branching unit. Alternatively, the branch support actions may include branching to an indicated target code location." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2011 (13/082,726). 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=8,380,780&OS=8,380,780&RS=8,380,780 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,627) developed by Norman Beamish, Cork, Ireland, Paul Kelleher, Cork, Ireland, and Daniel B. Schwartz, Scottsdale, Ariz., for a "wireless communication device, integrated circuit and method of timing synchronisation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless communication device comprises a first sub-system arranged to pass data to a second sub-system comprising timing synchronization logic operably coupled to a counter, such that data is sampled by the timing synchronization logic when passed to the second sub-system from the first sub-system wherein the wireless communication device is characterized in that the timing synchronization logic is arranged to determine a position of a first data frame and in response thereto initiate a counting process of the counter and determine a position of a second data frame and in response thereto determine a count value from the counting process of the counter and in response to the count value determine whether to initiate a timing advance or timing retard operation on the data being passed to the second sub-system. In this manner, the inventive concept provides the wireless communication device with a mechanism to achieve timing synchronization. In particular, the inventive concept may allow a radio frequency integrated circuit to implement timing synchronization by advancing or retarding an `actual` signal sent from digital baseband circuits in a 3G DigRF wireless communication device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 2, 2007 (12/521,862). 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=83,79,627.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,627&RS=PN/83,79,627 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Limit Repository Limit Model and Related System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,380,335) developed by Douglas P. Metzger, Phoenix, and James R. Christian, Calabasas, Calif., for a "limit repository limit model and related system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus includes at least one memory configured to store application information associated with multiple process control applications used to control an industrial process. The application information includes multiple boundaries associated with the process control applications. Each boundary is associated with at least one of multiple hierarchical levels. The apparatus also includes at least one processing device configured to alter the association of the boundaries with the hierarchical levels independent of the process control applications. The hierarchical levels associated with different levels of criticality regarding the industrial process. In addition, the apparatus includes at least one interface configured to receive data from and transmit data to the process control applications." The patent application was filed on April 6, 2005 (12/755,195). 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=8,380,335&OS=8,380,335&RS=8,380,335 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DR Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- DR Systems, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,380,533) developed by Murray A. Reicher, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Evan K. Fram, Paradise Valley, Ariz., for a "system and method of providing dynamic and customizable medical examination forms." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of providing dynamic and customizable medical forms is disclosed. In certain specific embodiments, these dynamic and customizable medical forms may be automatically presented to users based on a predefined series of rules which allow multiple users having different roles in the clinical process to collaborate and contribute to a medical examination report, while at the same time maintaining an independent record of what was contributed and by whom it was contributed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2009 (12/622,404). 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=8,380,533&OS=8,380,533&RS=8,380,533 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** HealthTrio Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- HealthTrio, Centennial, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,380,537) developed by five co-inventors for a "system for communication of health care data." The co-inventors are Malik M. Hasan, Las Vegas, J. Dominic Wallen, Tucson, Ariz., John C. Peterson, Tucson, Ariz., Cindy A. Post, Colton, Calif., and Ralph A. Korpman, San Bernardino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: " An apparatus for communicating health care data from a sender to a receiver is provided. The apparatus has a first computer system, a second computer system, and a rules engine. The first computer system has health care data stored therein. The second computer system is in operable communication with, and is configured to extract the health care data from, the first computer system. The rules engine normalizes the extracted health care data to a predefined format. " The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (13/400,786). 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=8,380,537&OS=8,380,537&RS=8,380,537 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of North Dakota Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- The University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., has been assigned a patent (8,380,367) developed by four co-inventors for an "adaptive surveillance and guidance system for vehicle collision avoidance and interception." The co-inventors are Richard R. Schultz, Grand Forks, N.D., Florent Martel, Grand Forks, N.D., Matthew Lendway, Tucson, Ariz., and Brian L. Berseth, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surveillance and guidance method and system for use with autonomously guided, man-on-the-loop or man-in-the-loop guided vehicles where the presence of obstacles must be considered in guiding the vehicle towards a target includes a navigation system configured to determine the position of the vehicle on which it is equipped. A communication system is configured for data exchange between the vehicle, neighboring vehicles and ground stations. A surveillance system is configured to detect and locate fixed or moving targets and obstacles. A computer is configured to track the position of targets and obstacles and to provide guidance commands or 4D flight paths to perform collision avoidance with respect to traffic regulations and procedures, and operational airspace restrictions. Additional computer tasks include station keeping or interception of targets. A command and control system is configured to interact with a user interface and control the vehicle's actuators." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/732,970). 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=8,380,367&OS=8,380,367&RS=8,380,367 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Controlling a Digital Audio Player from a Cassette Tape Player Adapter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,329) developed by Randolph E. Crutchfield, Scottsdale, Ariz., for "controlling a digital audio player from a cassette tape player adapter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adapter for a cassette tape player couples to a digital audio player. The adapter enables controls operated on the cassette tape player to control an external digital audio player. The digital audio player may be coupled to the adapter to receive signals indicative of which controls on the cassette tape player were operated. For example, in one embodiment the adapter may determine the direction of cassette tape player rotation, the initiation of rotation and the speed of rotation to detect which controls were operated. Appropriate signals may then be provided to the digital audio player, either through a wired or wireless connection, to enable the digital audio player to respond accordingly." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (10/045,524). 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=8,380,329&OS=8,380,329&RS=8,380,329 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Health Monitoring Systems and Methods with Vehicle Identification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,380,389) developed by four co-inventors for "health monitoring systems and methods with vehicle identification." The co-inventors are George Wright, Corrales, N.M., Mark Allen Wright, Albuquerque, N.M., Grant Gordon, Peoria, Ariz., and Mark Simons, Bosque Farms, N.M.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A health monitoring system is provided for a vehicle with an identity configured to travel on a surface. The system includes a body positioned on the surface and configured to stimulate a dynamic response from the vehicle as the vehicle travels over the body; a response sensor associated with the body and configured to measure the dynamic response from the vehicle; and an identification sensor associated with the body and configured to collect data corresponding to the identity of the vehicle." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/627,818). 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=8,380,389&OS=8,380,389&RS=8,380,389 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cleveland Clinic Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,380,471) developed by Joseph P. Iannotti, Cleveland, Jason Scalise, Phoenix, and Jason Allen Bryan, Avon Lake, Ohio, for a "method and apparatus for preparing for a surgical procedure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of preparing for a surgical procedure includes creating a three-dimensional bone model of a subject bone of a patient. At least a portion of the bone model is compared to at least one three-dimensional reference anatomic model. At least one structural difference between the bone model and the at least one reference anatomic model is identified. At least one desired subject bone structural change is specified to produce a modified bone model responsive to the step of identifying at least one structural difference between the bone model and the at least one reference anatomic model. An apparatus for preparing for a surgical procedure is also provided." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2011 (13/197,265). 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=8,380,471&OS=8,380,471&RS=8,380,471 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cadence Design Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,468) developed by Stephen McCracken, Hong Kong, Enis Aykut Dengi, Tempe, Ariz., and Xuejin Wang, Chandler, Ariz., for "methods for facilitating specification allocation of hierarchical systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method, and software program for facilitating the assignment of cell specifications to a plurality of cells of a system design. The methods include generating a plurality of candidate cell specifications that meet the specification for the system design. In one embodiment, the method entails using information related to intra-range preference for cell specifications to generate a set of alternative system pareto-optimal solutions which define a boundary of a region of candidate cell specifications. In another embodiment, the method entails generating a substantially uniform set of candidate cell specifications using a prediction-based performance model, such as support vector regression model or cluster-weighted model, an optimizing algorithm such as conjugate-gradient or Markov Chain Monte Carlo Method, and a sample density model. The method may also include graphically displaying substantially uniformly distributed cell performance data and corresponding system performance data, and allowing a user to focus on regions-of-interest via a selectable range graphic feature." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2011 (13/085,466). 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=8,380,468&OS=8,380,468&RS=8,380,468 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Go Daddy Operating Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Go Daddy Operating, Scottsdale, Ariz., has been assigned a patent (8,379,941) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for person's verification using portrait photographs taken by a verifier-controlled digital camera." The co-inventors are James M. Bladel, Le Claire, Iowa, Yong Lee, Chandler, Ariz., Noah D. Plumb, Phoenix, and Wayne Thayer, Phoenix.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention envisions providing requester with a computer program for a remote computer equipped with a digital photo camera. The computer program controls the camera and prevents alterations to an image taken with the camera. The unaltered image of a portrait photograph of the requester is transmitted from the remote computer to the verifier's server computer. The image of the portrait photograph of the requester may further be used to verify the requester by comparing the image to the photographs from other sources." The patent application was filed on Feb. 1, 2011 (13/018,616). 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=8,379,941&OS=8,379,941&RS=8,379,941 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MathWorks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- MathWorks, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,380,467) developed by Brian Mirtich, Phoenix, and Jeff Wendlandt, Newton, Mass., for "representing geometry of a system in a modeling environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment, an element, that represents an entity in a system, is generated. The generated element may be incorporated in a network that represents the system. The generated element may include geometry information about a geometry of the entity. The geometry information may be used in one or more computations associated with a simulation or an analysis of the system. The element may have a frame port that exposes a frame. The frame may represent at least a position and an orientation in a two dimensional or three dimensional space with respect to another frame in the network. The other frame in the network may be a reference frame that may be defined by a "world" that the system resides in. The generated element may be incorporated into the network by connecting the frame port to the network." The patent application was filed on July 16, 2010 (12/837,638). 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=8,380,467&OS=8,380,467&RS=8,380,467 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent for Encryption Apparatus and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,846) developed by Thomas E. Tkacik, Phoenix, for an "encryption apparatus and method therefor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An encryption apparatus (14) includes an integrated circuit (34) having a secure processing section (30). A plaintext reset epoch key (154) is stored in the secure processing section (30) and configured to have a short life. A plaintext master key (160) is stored in the secure processing section (30) and configured to have a long life. A multiplicity of active keys (172) are generated, encrypted using a weaker but faster cryptographic algorithm (68) and the reset epoch key (154), then stored in a high-capacity key magazine (86) portion of unsecured memory (16, 18, 28). Some keys and data are also encrypted using a stronger but slower cryptographic algorithm (70) and the master key (160), then stored in unsecured memory (16, 18, 28). Keys (272, 372) may be converted between weaker, faster encryption and stronger, slower encryption." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2009 (12/469,868). 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=8,379,846&OS=8,379,846&RS=8,379,846 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Spatial Extent Migration for Tiered Storage Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,958) developed by four co-inventors for a "spatial extent migration for tiered storage architecture." The co-inventors are Pui Fun Lau, Vail, Ariz., David Montgomery, Costa Mesa, Calif., Karl A. Nielsen, Tucson, Ariz., and Richard B. Stelmach, Tucson, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are techniques for migrating a first extent, determining a spatial distance between the first extent and a second extent, determining a ratio of a profiling score of the second extent to the spatial distance, and, in response to determining that the ratio exceeds a threshold, migrating the second extent." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2010 (12/942,625). 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=8,380,958.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,958&RS=PN/8,380,958 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Formatting Storage Volumes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,961) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and systems for formatting storage volumes." The co-inventors are Ellen J. Grusy, Tucson, Ariz., Brian D. Hatfield, Tucson, Ariz., Kurt A. Lovrien, Tucson, Ariz., and Matthew Sanchez, Tucson, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer storage mediums including a computer program product method for formatting storage volumes are provided. One method includes creating a storage volume including a global counter and partitioned into multiple storage segments including a segment counter and partitioned into multiple stripes, wherein the global counter and each segment counter match at an initial time. The method further includes releasing the storage segments prior to completely reformatting the storage volume and subsequently incrementing the global counter such that the global counter and each segment counter no longer match at a subsequent time. The method further includes enabling a user to write data to the storage segments prior to completely reformatting the storage volume in response to incrementing the global counter. One system includes a processor for performing the above method and one computer storage medium includes a computer program product configured to perform the above method." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2010 (12/859,134). 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=8,380,961.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,961&RS=PN/8,380,961 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Storage Application Performance Matching ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,947) developed by six co-inventors for a "storage application performance matching." The co-inventors are Lawrence Y. Chiu, San Jose, Calif., Clement L. Dickey, San Jose, Calif., Yu-Cheng Hsu, Tucson, Ariz., Joseph S. Hyde II, Tucson, Ariz., Paul H. Muench, San Jose, Calif., and Cheng-Chung Song, Tucson, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Input/output (I/O) activity in the multiple tier storage system is monitored to collect statistical information. The statistical information is recurrently transformed into an exponential moving average (EMA) of the I/O activity having a predefined smoothing factor. Data portions in the multiple tier storage system are sorted into buckets of varying temperatures corresponding to the EMA. At least one data migration plan is recurrently generated for matching the sorted data portions to at least one of an available plurality of storage device classes. One data portion sorted into a higher temperature bucket is matched with a higher performance storage device class of the available plurality of storage device classes than another data portion sorted into a lower temperature bucket." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2012 (13/458,843). 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=8,380,947.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,947&RS=PN/8,380,947 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Providing Shared Access to Data Storage Resources Across Cluster Computing Environment Boundaries ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,938) developed by four co-inventors for "providing shared access to data storage resources across cluster computing environment boundaries." The co-inventors are Ofer Elrom, Gazit, Israel, Eran Raichstein, Yokneam Illit, Israel, Gregory John Tevis, Tucson, Ariz., and Oren Wolf, Bedford, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Providing shared access to data storage resources in a cluster computing environment, including detecting when a computer node requests access to a data storage device in a manner that excludes a computing device from accessing the data storage device, where the computer node is configured to communicate with the data storage device along a first communications channel, and where the computing device is configured to communicate with the data storage device along a second communications channel that is exclusive of the first communications channel, and responsive to the detecting, causing the data storage device to allow the computer node and the computing device to share access to the data storage device." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/712,046). 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=8,380,938.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,938&RS=PN/8,380,938 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Managing Write Operations to an Extent of Tracks Migrated between Storage Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,949) developed by David Montgomery, Tucson, Ariz., for "managing write operations to an extent of tracks migrated between storage devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are a computer program product, system, and method for managing write operations to an extent of tracks migrated between storage device. An operation is processed to migrate an extent of tracks from the second storage to the first storage. A determination is made as to whether an extent object exists for the extent to migrate. The extent object exists if the extent was previously migrated from the first storage to the second storage at a previous time. The extent object includes for each track a write indicator indicating whether the track was updated in the second storage since the previous time when the extent was previously migrated to the second storage. In response to determining that the extent object exists, a determination is made of the tracks in the extent having the write indicator indicating that the track was updated in the second storage since the previous time. The data for the determined tracks is copied from the second storage to free locations in the first storage. For each determined track, the entry for the determined track in the extent object is updated to indicate the free location to which the data for the track was copied as an active address for the track." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2010 (12/784,427). 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=8,380,949.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,949&RS=PN/8,380,949 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TiVo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- TiVo, Alviso, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,049) developed by Richard A. Lang, Mendocino, Calif., and Eric H. Walters, Phoenix, for a "playback of audio/video content with control codes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for time-shifted viewing of broadcast television programs is disclosed. Simultaneous recording and playback are provided by using buffer storage as the source and destination of compressed or uncompressed digital video/audio programs. Full VCR-like control is provided for all playback within the buffer storage. Playback and control of recorded programs may be initiated by the user at any time after initiation of the broadcast program with simultaneous continuous recording of the ongoing live broadcast. Larger archival storage and removable is also provided for storing and building a library of programs. Viewer playback control data may be stored as part of the program or used as edit points prior to archival. Numerous options are provided for features such as continuous automatic recording in a circular buffer fashion, program archival, editing, Internet interfaces, multiple-channel recording and more." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2007 (11/833,891). 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=83,80,049.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,049&RS=PN/83,80,049 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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