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

[February 21, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (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 Washington.

*** University of Washington Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- The University of Washington, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,380,016) developed by Michael Hochberg, Seattle, and Thomas W. Baehr-Jones, Seattle, for "geometries for electrooptic modulation with .chi..sup.2 materials in silicon waveguides." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for providing electrooptic modulation. The apparatus includes electrical contacts, a waveguide coupled between the electrical contacts, and a nonlinear optical material positioned in the slot region. The waveguide includes a first arm and a second arm that are each arranged to define a slot region for confining an optical mode. The slot region has a height, t1, and each of the first arm and the second arm include a strip load region having a height that is less than the height, t1, of the slot region. Each of the first arm and the second arm is configured to provide an electrical signal to the slot region via at least one of the electrical contacts. In one embodiment, the nonlinear optical material includes a .chi..sup.2-based material. In another embodiment, each of the first arm and the second arm have an "L"-type shape." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2010 (12/796,999). 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=8,380,016&OS=8,380,016&RS=8,380,016 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Resolution Adjustment of an Image that Includes Text Undergoing an OCR Process ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,009) developed by Sasa Galic, Seattle, for a "resolution adjustment of an image that includes text undergoing an OCR process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is provided which rescales a received image to an optimal size to undergo an optical character recognition (OCR) process. The system includes an optimal size determination component that determines an optimum size for the image such that processing time of the received image is minimized without affecting accuracy. The optimal size determination component determines the optimum size of the image based at least in part on a dominant interline spacing of text and a dominant text height. The system also includes a rescaling component that resizes the received image to the determined optimum size." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2010 (12/721,705). 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=8,380,009&OS=8,380,009&RS=8,380,009 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Video Conference Rate Matching ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,790) developed by Ming Chieh Lee, Bellevue, Wash., Mu Han, Redmond, Wash., and Tim Moore, Bellevue, Wash., for a "video conference rate matching." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Video conference rate matching may be provided. A video conference server may receive video source streams from clients on a video conference. The server may analyze each client's capabilities and choose a video stream to send to each client based on those capabilities. For example, a client capable of encoding and decoding a high definition video stream may provide three source video streams--a high definition stream, a medium resolution stream, and a low resolution stream. The server may send only the low resolution stream to a client with a low amount of available bandwidth. The server may send the medium resolution stream to another client with sufficient bandwidth for the high definition stream, but which lacks the ability to decode the high definition stream." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2008 (12/334,969). 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=8,380,790&OS=8,380,790&RS=8,380,790 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sony Assigned Patent for Method of and Apparatus for Providing Isochronous Services over Switched Ethernet Including a Home Network Wall Plate having a Combined IEEE 1394 and Ethernet Modified Hub ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,379,654) developed by four co-inventors for a "method of and apparatus for providing isochronous services over switched ethernet including a home network wall plate having a combined IEEE 1394 and ethernet modified hub." The co-inventors are Glen David Stone, Los Gatos, Calif., Scott David Smyers, San Jose, Calif., Bruce Alan Fairman, Woodside, Calif., and Mark Kenneth Eyer, Woodinville, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A combined IEEE 1394-2000 and ethernet network allows devices on the network to operate according to both the IEEE 1394-2000 protocol and the ethernet protocol. The devices within the network are able to send IEEE 1394-2000 isochronous data, IEEE 1394-2000 asynchronous data and ethernet data. Both IEEE 1394-2000 and ethernet devices within the network are coupled to modified hubs (MHubs) to form a local cluster. The MHubs are coupled to an ethernet switch which controls communications between devices in different local clusters. The ethernet switch and the MHubs obey an isochronous interval in which all isochronous data transfers will be allowed. Preferably, on a regular and reoccurring period, the ethernet switch sends an isotick signal to begin the isochronous interval. Any bandwidth left after the isochronous interval is then allocated to the traditional ethernet traffic and the IEEE 1394-2000 asynchronous traffic, until the start of the next isochronous interval." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/433,505). 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=83,79,654.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,654&RS=PN/83,79,654 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for System for Synchronous and Asynchronous Gaming Modes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,540) developed by Timothy S. Gill, Seattle, and Arnold Blinn, Hunts Point, Wash., for a "system for synchronous and asynchronous gaming modes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system is disclosed for switching between synchronous and asynchronous network connections for implementing a turn-based multiplayer game. A network connection manager handles client device connections to set the connection to either an asynchronous network connection or a synchronous network connection. The connection manager may switch between the asynchronous and synchronous network connection modes based on a variety of triggering criteria." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,813). 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=83,79,540.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,540&RS=PN/83,79,540 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Multidimensional Data Cubes with High-cardinality Attributes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,748) developed by six co-inventors for a "multidimensional data cubes with high-cardinality attributes." The co-inventors are Alexander Berger, Sammamish, Wash., Mosha Pasumansky, Redmond, Wash., Amir Netz, Bellevue, Wash., Akshai M. Mirchandani, Redmond, Wash., Marius Dumitru, Issaquah, Wash., and Cristian Petculescu, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-readable media, systems, and methods for building a multidimensional data cube having one or more high-cardinality attributes are described. In embodiments, data is extracted from one or more databases. It is determined that one or more instances of the data are fact data and one or more instances of the data are dimension data. Each member of the fact data is one instance of a dimension and each instance of the dimension data includes an attribute for grouping the fact data. Moreover, in embodiments it is determined that one or more instances of the dimension data are high-cardinality attributes. The one or more high-cardinality attributes are processed with fact data and stored in fact tables on a computer storage medium." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2008 (12/042,674). 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=8,380,748&OS=8,380,748&RS=8,380,748 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AudienceScience Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- AudienceScience, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,745) developed by Basem Nayfeh, Mercer Island, Wash., for a "natural language search for audience." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A facility for defining a group of people is described. The facility provides a visual user interface containing a control for receiving a query string. The facility receives a query string via the control, and uses an index on a body of documents to identify documents of the body that satisfy the received query string. The facility accesses a record indicating which documents of the body were accessed by each of a population of people during a foregoing time period to identify people among the population that accessed at least a threshold number of the identified documents during the foregoing time period. The facility displays within the visual user interface, in conjunction with the control, information characterizing the people identified." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2009 (12/410,418). 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=8,380,745&OS=8,380,745&RS=8,380,745 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Document Imaging and Indexing System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,012) developed by Gary K. Starkweather, Bellevue, Wash., for a "document imaging and indexing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A document digitizing method digitizes and automatically indexes documents in printed form. The method includes optically scanning the document, forming and storing a digitized image file from the optically scanned document, optically recognizing characters in the optically scanned document, and forming and storing a text file of the optically recognized characters in document. A retrieval method for retrieving the digitized image file for a document includes searching the text files to identify any having a selected text string and providing access to the digitized image files that correspond to those text files. The digital image file and the text file together represent a digitized document data structure that combines a digital image of a document with a text file of optically recognized characters in the digital image." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2005 (11/053,079). 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=8,380,012&OS=8,380,012&RS=8,380,012 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,762) developed by five co-inventors for a "database application including spilt views." The co-inventors are Christopher Bryant, Seattle, George R. Fordham, Seattle, Marcus Markiewicz, Mercer Island, Wash., Michael McCormack, Snohomish, Wash., and Theresa Naramore, Snohomish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A database application is provided which includes functionality for providing split views. The database application includes an object model having a number of objects, methods, and properties. The object model preferably includes a form object which includes a split view representation. A number of properties are associated with the split view which provides for the presentation of data to a user of the database application." The patent application was filed on June 8, 2010 (12/796,116). 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=8,380,762&OS=8,380,762&RS=8,380,762 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent for Color Decontamination for Image Compositing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,972) developed by Jue Wang, Seattle, Sarah Kong, Cupertino, Calif., and Alan L. Erickson, Highlands Ranch, Colo., for a "color decontamination for image compositing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of methods and apparatus for removing unwanted background color from a border region surrounding a foreground object in an image in order to composite the foreground object of the image with a new background image are described. Embodiments of color decontamination for image compositing may accept an image and an alpha matte corresponding to the image as input. In some embodiments, estimated foreground colors are determined for pixels in a border region between the foreground and the background of the input image. In some embodiments, the input image may be created by down-sampling a higher resolution image and pixels with estimated foreground colors may be up-sampled. In some embodiments, a composite image may be created based on the input image, the alpha matte, the estimated foreground colors of pixels in the border region and a new background image. In some embodiments, a texture preserving luminance blending operation may be performed using the estimated foreground colors for pixels in the border region to create refined foreground colors for pixels in the border region. In some embodiments, a composite image may be created further based on the refined foreground colors for pixels in the border region. In some embodiments, parameters controlling the creation of a composite image may be set in response to user input." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2009 (12/628,322). 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=8,379,972&OS=8,379,972&RS=8,379,972 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eden Rock Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Eden Rock Communications, Bothell, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,574) developed by Derek Hilborn, Kirkland, Wash., for "systems and methods for mitigating intercell interference by coordinated scheduling amongst neighboring cells." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A networked computing system capable of mitigating interference amongst neighboring base stations. The networked computing system includes multiple base stations, user equipment, a network resource controller, and a data communications network facilitating data communications amongst all network devices. A serving base station is configured to acquire interference metrics from its local user equipment and then generate an aggregate representation from the acquired interference metrics. The network resource controller is configured to acquire the aggregate representation, determine an interference reduction associated with a neighbor base station for each of the user equipment serviced by the serving base station, determine a power schedule for the first base station based on the aggregate representation and the determined interference reduction, and then modify a power schedule for the neighbor base station based on the determined interference reduction." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2010 (12/963,484). 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=83,79,574.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,574&RS=PN/83,79,574 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,759) developed by six co-inventors for a "type projection query of an instance space." The co-inventors are Joel Pothering, Seattle, Jakub Oleksy, Woodinville, Wash., Ashvinkumar J. Sanghvi, Sammamish, Wash., Pratibha Mallya, Bellevue, Wash., Murat Ersan, Ankara, Turkey, and Bogdan Berce, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technologies are described herein for applying type projection queries to instance space graphs. Through the utilization of the technologies and concepts presented herein, a type projection may be used to describe the hierarchy of instance types connected by relationships within an instance space graph. A type projection query based on the type projection may be dynamically generated to query instances and relationships within the instance store. Filter criteria for the query can be expressed using a path notation. Results from of the type projection query may be provided as graphs of instances and relationships which are subgraphs of the queried instance space graph. Programmatic traversal of the resultant subgraph can navigate to each instance node within the result space." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2009 (12/623,378). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,380,759&OS=8,380,759&RS=8,380,759 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** 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.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Timestamp-independent Motion Vector Prediction for Predictive (P) and Bidirectionally Predictive (B) Pictures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,722) developed by four co-inventors for a "timestamp-independent motion vector prediction for predictive (P) and bidirectionally predictive (B) pictures." The co-inventors are Alexandros Tourapis, West Windsor, N.J., Shipeng Li, Redmond, Wash., Feng Wu, Beijing, and Gary J. Sullivan, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatuses are provided for achieving improved video coding efficiency through the use of Motion Vector Predictors (MVPs) for the encoding or decoding of motion parameters within the calculation of the motion information in B pictures and/or P pictures. Certain exemplary methods and apparatuses selectively apply temporal and/or spatial prediction. Rate Distortion Optimization (RDO) techniques are also applied in certain methods and apparatuses to further help improve coding efficiency." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2006 (11/465,938). 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=83,79,722.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,722&RS=PN/83,79,722 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,735) developed by Mingtzong Lee, Woodinville, Wash., and Huseyin S. Yildiz, Kenmore, Wash., for an "automatic video glitch detection and audio-video synchronization assessment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process to detect video glitches and audio-video synchronization errors arising during playback or capture. The process encodes an external time stamp into video and audio streams directly at the output of a digital media playback device. The process captures the stamped video and audio streams and analyzes the external stamp by comparing it with a presentation time stamp and a capture time stamp." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2006 (11/383,444). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,79,735.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,735&RS=PN/83,79,735 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,751) developed by Peter J. Torr, Kirkland, Wash., for an "abstraction layer for online/offline resource access." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A resource abstraction layer for use in a media processing environment includes a configuration file and a set of computer-executable instructions. Both network-based and locally-accessible resources are indirectly accessible via the resource abstraction layer. The configuration file has at least two data structures--a first data structure storing "virtual resource identifiers," which reference particular resource usable in connection with rendering a particular media presentation, and a second data structure storing "virtual location identifiers," which reference one or more locations at which particular resources are stored. The set of computer-executable instructions facilitates use of the configuration file, and seamless indirect access by the media processing environment to particular resources, regardless of where such resources are located. Temporary resources may be rendered while a particular resource is being accessed via the resource abstraction layer." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2011 (13/079,360). 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=8,380,751&OS=8,380,751&RS=8,380,751 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Selectively Disabling Reliability Mechanisms on a Network Connection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,651) developed by Deepak Bansal, Redmond, Wash., and Hasan Alkhatib, Kirkland, Wash., for "selectively disabling reliability mechanisms on a network connection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computerized methods, systems, and computer-storage media for establishing and managing a transmission control protocol (TCP)-based tunnel ("tunnel") are provided. The tunnel spans between a data center and a private enterprise network and connects endpoints, of a service application, that reside in each location. During communication, the endpoints transmit data packets over one or more channels (e.g., higher-level channel and lower-level channel) that comprise the tunnel. Each of the channels supports reliability mechanisms (e.g., congestion-control mechanism and loss-recovery mechanism) integrally running thereon, for ensuring complete data-packet delivery. To prevent unwarranted performance degradation caused by duplicative efforts of reliability mechanisms, a fabric controller is employed to selectively disable one or more of the reliability mechanisms individually. The selective disablement of the reliability mechanisms is invoked by predefined criteria, such as instructions from a service model or detected identity of a source/destination endpoint, and is invoked on a per network connection basis." The patent application was filed on July 18, 2012 (13/552,328). 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=83,79,651.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,651&RS=PN/83,79,651 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Bypassing Routing Rules during a Conversation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,637) developed by Rajesh Ramanathan, Redmond, Wash., Brandon V. Taylor, Issaquah, Wash., and Pradipta Kumar Basu, Redmond, Wash., for "bypassing routing rules during a conversation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Communication requests added to a conversation are routed directly to a user without following the pre-configured routing rules for the user during a breakthrough period. The breakthrough period may last for the duration of the conversation or for some other period of time. A conversation may be initiated using any supported type of communication. For example, if a user initially sets up an IM conversation with a remote user, then when a voice call is made to the user from the remote user, the voice call is routed directly to the user without applying the routing rules that are configured for the user. Once the breakthrough period has elapsed, the routing rules become active again and are applied to communications received from the remote user that are directed to the user." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2008 (12/127,655). 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=83,79,637.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,637&RS=PN/83,79,637 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,565) developed by four co-inventors for "browsing and quality of service features." The co-inventors are David M. Callaghan, Kirkland, Wash., Robert Joseph Devine, Kirkland, Wash., Evgeny Veselov, Sammamish, Wash., and Arron Eicholz, Enumclaw, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments are configured to provide browsing and other functionality that can be used to provide viewable data based in part on a current viewable space of a browser interface, but the embodiments are not so limited. In an embodiment, components of a system can operate to communicate viewable data to a browser engine based in part on a configuration of the browser engine and/or a display architecture. In one embodiment, a computing device includes a browser application that can be used to provide data associated with viewable portions of a browser display, wherein the provided data can be used to monetize advertising revenue according to monetization and/or advertising requirements." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2012 (13/365,337). 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=8,380,565&OS=8,380,565&RS=8,380,565 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Earthbound Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Earthbound, Monroe, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,470) developed by Thomas M. Espinosa, Snohomish, Wash., Edward Wayne Chin, Snohomish, Wash., and Johan Lockhart Pingree, Kirkland, Wash., for an "online engineering tool system for specifying the various components of a holdown system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computerized online engineering tool system for specifying the various components of a holdown system that assemble a run comprising a tie rod extending inside a frame wall structure from the foundation up through the walls to the top floor, and bearing members and tension devices securing the tie rod to the wall. The system comprises a server including a database of drawing elements and hardware parts; a program residing in the server including the steps of allowing a user to login into the server; providing the user a settings page to allow the user to select options for the run; providing the user a data input and calculated data page for inputting uplift, tension or overturning load at each framing level and showing calculated rod elongation at a framing level and rod size sufficient to handle the uplift load; and providing the user a print and download page for allowing the user to download a shop or installation drawing of the run generated using the drawing elements and hardware component parts from the database." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2009 (12/585,747). 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=8,380,470&OS=8,380,470&RS=8,380,470 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for System and Method for Determining Electronic Logbook Observed Defect Fix Effectiveness ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,380,385) developed by Steven J. Yukawa, Seattle, Rajit Jain, Seattle, and Timothy W. Anstey, Seattle, for a "system and method for determining electronic logbook observed defect fix effectiveness." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for automating tracking of an effectiveness of fault repairs. The method may involve defining a unique fault code for each one of a plurality of different faults; cataloging faults that are repaired according to their respective fault codes and storing each cataloged fault in a fix effectiveness subsystem; placing the fix effectiveness subsystem in communication with an electronic logbook (ELB) system that is able to populate the fix effectiveness subsystem with additional fault information; providing a user interface to enable a user to access said ELB system to obtain information on a specific fault condition that was previously stored on the fix effectiveness subsystem; and presenting a fault history to the user from information stored in the fix effectiveness subsystem that enables the user to select a repair procedure for correcting the specific fault condition." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2008 (12/269,315). 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=8,380,385&OS=8,380,385&RS=8,380,385 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Local and Remote Feedback Loop for Speech Synthesis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,508) developed by Michael D. Plumpe, Seattle, for a "local and remote feedback loop for speech synthesis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A local text to speech feedback loop is utilized to modify algorithms used in speech synthesis to provide a user with an improved experience. A remote text to speech feedback loop is utilized to aggregate local feedback loop data and incorporate best solutions into new improved text to speech engine for deployment." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2009 (12/479,007). 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=8,380,508&OS=8,380,508&RS=8,380,508 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Electro Scientific Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Electro Scientific Industries, Portland, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,379,679) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for reliably laser marking articles." The co-inventors are Haibin Zhang, Portland, Ore., Glenn Simenson, Portland, Ore., Robert Hainsey, Portland, Ore., David Barsic, Portland, Ore., Jeffrey Howerton, Portland, Ore., Wayne Crowther, Vancouver, Wash., and Patrick Leonard, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is a method and apparatus for creating a color and optical density selectable visible mark on an anodized aluminum specimen. The method includes providing a laser marking system having a laser, laser optics and a controller operatively connected to said laser to control laser pulse parameters and a controller with stored laser pulse parameters, selecting the stored laser pulse parameters associated with the desired color and optical density, directing the laser marking system to produce laser pulses having laser pulse parameters associated with the desired color and optical density including temporal pulse widths greater than about 1 and less than about 1000 picoseconds to impinge upon said anodized aluminum." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2010 (12/704,293). 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=83,79,679.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,679&RS=PN/83,79,679 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Eagle Harbor Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Eagle Harbor Holdings, Bainbridge Island, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,383) developed by Dan A. Preston, Bainbridge Island, Wash., for a "distributed vehicle control system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A distributed vehicle control system comprising a secure real-time executive running as a distributed abstraction of both the application and the operating system, where the SRE comprises a message manager, security manager, critical data manager, configuration manager, and multi-processor task control manager and is configured to control how the processors communicate with each other, how the processors are initiated, how the processors start tasks, and how priorities are set for messages." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2005 (13/447,793). 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=8,380,383&OS=8,380,383&RS=8,380,383 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Variably Dimmable Window System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,380,393) developed by Akitoshi Ohtomo, Seattle, for a "variably dimmable window system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A variably dimmable window system including a variably dimmable window having a light transmissivity; a controller in communication with the variably dimmable window, wherein the controller is configured to determine a target transmissivity to adjust the light transmissivity to correspond to the target transmissivity; and a navigational input in communication with the controller, wherein the target transmissivity is determined, in part, based on the navigational input. Methods for controlling the light transmissivity of a variably dimmable window mounted on a vehicle are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2010 (12/875,301). 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=8,380,393&OS=8,380,393&RS=8,380,393 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Root Wireless Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Root Wireless, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,532) developed by Paul Griff, Bellevue, Wash., Ron Dicklin, Kirkland, Wash., and Jason Browne, San Mateo, Calif., for a "web server and method for hosting a web page for presenting location based user quality data related to a communication network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A web-server communicates wireless networking performance data that reflects the true user experience of a mobile device operating in a particular location and operating on a particular wireless network." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2009 (12/574,655). 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=83,79,532.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,532&RS=PN/83,79,532 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** World Wide Packets Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- World Wide Packets, Spokane Valley, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,676) developed by four co-inventors for "injecting in-band control messages without impacting a data rate." The co-inventors are Kevin Q. Daines, Liberty Lake, Wash., Keith Michael Bly, Newman Lake, Wash., Kelly Donald Fromm, Newman Lake, Wash., and C. Stuart Johnson, Liberty Lake, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This document describes tools useful in relaying a data stream from a data device to a network tunnel, such as by injecting in-band control messages without impacting a data rate. For example, the tools may receive data packets on a first link and then relay the data packets to a data device on a second link. While doing so, the tools may periodically free an amount of link time by reducing the length of the relayed data packets by reducing the length of a header of each data packet. The tools may then consume the freed link time by sending a control message on the second link to the data device." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2006 (11/421,764). 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=83,79,676.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,676&RS=PN/83,79,676 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Association of Semantic Meaning with Data Elements Using Data Definition Tags ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,493) developed by Ben Chronister, Oakton, Va., and Bryan Dove, Seattle, for "association of semantic meaning with data elements using data definition tags." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technology is described for associating semantic meaning with data elements. The system can include a messaging module configured to receive a message having data elements. A storage module can store the data elements from the message in a structured format. A message dictionary can be configured to identify a type of the message received and to lexically identify data elements of the message using the message dictionary and the type of message. In addition, a taxonomy module can be configured to provide a semantic meaning for the data elements of the lexically identified portions of the message. Further, a data definition tag repository can store data definition tags and link the message dictionary, the taxonomy, and storage location of the data elements in the storage module. The data definition tags can enable the semantic meaning of data elements to be queried." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2010 (12/895,870). 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=8,380,493&OS=8,380,493&RS=8,380,493 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Vehicle-based Automatic Traffic Conflict and Collision Avoidance ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,380,424) developed by Glenn S. Bushnell, Puyallup, Wash., for a "vehicle-based automatic traffic conflict and collision avoidance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for providing vehicle-centric collision avoidance are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes determining a first flight trajectory for a first aircraft. The method also includes determining a second flight trajectory for a second aircraft. A distance between the first aircraft and the second aircraft at a first closest point of approach (CPA) is predicted. The predicted closest point of approach is then compared to a separation perimeter layer. The separation perimeter layer is configured to provide a minimum separation distance from the first aircraft to the second aircraft. When the predicted closest point of approach breaches the separation perimeter, the first flight trajectory is altered to provide collision avoidance." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (11/864,335). 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=8,380,424&OS=8,380,424&RS=8,380,424 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** F5 Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- F5 Networks, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,379,515) developed by Arindum Mukerji, Seattle, for "TCP throughput control by imposing temporal delay." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, apparatus, and method are directed towards managing traffic over a network by imposing temporal delays in acknowledgments (ACKs). A Traffic Management Device (TMD), interposed between two network session end-points monitors a buffer of relayed packets. If the contents of the buffer exceed a threshold value, delays are imposed on sending of acknowledgements. If the buffer contents exceed the threshold, and the buffer's contents are increasing, the delays may be increased. If the buffer's contents are about at steady state, the acknowledgement delays may be decreased, or maintained at a current delay status. In one embodiment, if the sender is sending packets at a rate above a receiver's ability to receive the packets, and the sender appears not to be decreasing its rate of transmission, an explicit congestion notification echo (ECE) may be sent to the sender." The patent application was filed on Feb. 1, 2007 (11/670,410). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,379,515&OS=8,379,515&RS=8,379,515 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** SafeNet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- SafeNet, Belcamp, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,379,865) developed by five co-inventors for a "multikey support for multiple office system." The co-inventors are Alan H. Frindell, Seattle, Dan Hill, Redwood City, Calif., Venkitachalam Gopalakrishnan, Fremont, Calif., Abdesalam Laqtib, San Francisco, and Eric Murray, Los Gatos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel approach is proposed for centralized administration of a multikey for a plurality of clients at a set of remote office/branch offices (ROBOs). A multikey having a set of properties, permissions, and policies is first associated with a secure item present at one or more of the ROBOs. A set of respective instances of the multikey are then generated for the ROBOs having the secure item, and the set of properties, permissions, and policies are associated with each of the respective instances of the multikey automatically. The instances of the multikey are then provided to the set of ROBOs for the encryption or decryption of the secure item present at the ROBOs." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2007 (11/927,228). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,379,865&OS=8,379,865&RS=8,379,865 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Multiple Centroid Condensation of Probability Distribution Clouds ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,919) developed by five co-inventors for a "multiple centroid condensation of probability distribution clouds." The co-inventors are Matthew Bronder, Bellevue, Wash., Oliver Williams, San Francisco, Ryan Geiss, San Jose, Calif., Andrew Fitzgibbon, Cambridge, United Kingdom, and Jamie Shotton, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for identifying objects captured by a depth camera by condensing classified image data into centroids of probability that captured objects are correctly identified entities. Output exemplars are processed to detect spatially localized clusters of non-zero probability pixels. For each cluster, a centroid is generated, generally resulting in multiple centroids for each differentiated object. Each centroid may be assigned a confidence value, indicating the likelihood that it corresponds to a true object, based on the size and shape of the cluster, as well as the probabilities of its constituent pixels." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2010 (12/770,394). 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=8,379,919&OS=8,379,919&RS=8,379,919 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Loudspeaker Array Design ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,891) developed by four co-inventors for a loudspeaker array design. The co-inventors are Ivan J. Tashev, Kirkland, Wash., James G. Droppo, Duvall, Wash., Michael L. Seltzer, Seattle, and Alejandro Acero, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Sound signals to be output from a loudspeaker array are modified by a plurality of filters designed according to an unconstrained optimization procedure to improve overall performance (e.g., power, directivity) of the loudspeaker array. More particularly, respective filters are configured to receive a signal to be output to a plurality of loudspeakers. Upon receiving the signal, the respective filters individually modify the received signal according to the results of the unconstrained optimization procedure and then output the individually modified signals to respective loudspeakers. The unconstrained optimization procedure takes into account manufacturing tolerances and individually enhances the signal output to each of a plurality of individual loudspeakers within an array to achieve an overall improvement in performance. In one example, a speaker system utilizes the unconstrained optimization procedure to enable a user to hear an output sound clearly, while adjacent people experience the output sound at lower volume, if at all." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2008 (12/132,624). 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=8,379,891&OS=8,379,891&RS=8,379,891 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Flexible Communication Systems and Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,828) developed by Shumeet Baluja, Leesburg, Va., Michael Chu, Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Mayumi Matsuno, Seattle, for a "flexible communication systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of initiating a telecommunication session for a communication device include submitting to one or more telecommunication carriers a proposal for a telecommunication session, receiving from at least one of the one or more of telecommunication carriers a bid to carry the telecommunications session, and automatically selecting one of the telecommunications carriers from the carriers submitting a bid, and initiating the telecommunication session through the selected telecommunication carrier." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2011 (13/234,834). 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=8,379,828&OS=8,379,828&RS=8,379,828 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Optimized Client Side Rate Control and Indexed File Layout for Streaming Media ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,851) developed by six co-inventors for an "optimized client side rate control and indexed file layout for streaming media." The co-inventors are Sanjeev Mehrotra, Kirkland, Wash., Kishore Kotteri, Bothell, Wash., Bharath Siravara, Issaquah, Wash., Thomas W. Holcomb, Bothell, Wash., Hui Gao, Redmond, Wash., and Serge Smirnov, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An indexed file layout, comprising index information, is defined for segmented streaming of multimedia content. The index information can comprise program description information and streaming segment index information. In addition, the layout can comprise files containing streaming segments of the program, where the streaming segments are each encoded at one or more bitrates independently of other streaming segments of the program. The layout supports client switching between different bitrates at segment boundaries. Optimized client-side rate control of streaming content can be provided by defining a plurality of states, selecting available paths based on constraint conditions, and selecting a best path through the states (e.g., based on a distortion measure). In one client-side rate control solution states correspond to a specific bitrate of a specific streaming segment, and in another client-side rate control solution states correspond to a measure of client buffer fullness." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2008 (12/119,364). 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=8,379,851&OS=8,379,851&RS=8,379,851 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Conveying Service Invocation Information within Multimodal Conversation Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,827) developed by seven co-inventors for "conveying service invocation information within multimodal conversation systems." The co-inventors are Srivatsa Srinivasan, Renton, Wash., Ankit Tandon, Bellevue, Wash., Sundar Anantharaman, Redmond, Wash., Vijay Manian, Redmond, Wash., Lokesh Srinivas Koppolu, Redmond, Wash., Vadim Eydelman, Redmond, Wash., and Aatif Awan, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Service invocation information including call routing, reasons for redirections, and similar information are provided to party requesting a communication session and recipients of an enhanced communication system along the call routing path as the request is routed. Some of the information is filtered based on system and/or user defined rules, user permission levels, and comparable aspects." The patent application was filed on June 8, 2009 (12/480,495). 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=8,379,827&OS=8,379,827&RS=8,379,827 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Conference Signal Anomaly Detection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,800) developed by five co-inventors for a "conference signal anomaly detection." The co-inventors are Warren M. Lam, Redmond, Wash., Hosam A. Khalil, Redmond, Wash., Vinod Prakash, Redmond, Wash., Sang K. Choe, Redmond, Wash., and Hong Wang Sodoma, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Detecting at least one of an echo detector and a noise detector based on analysis of audio streams transmitted to and received from each endpoint of a conference. When certain characteristics of the respective audio streams for a given endpoint are classified as significant against certain criteria, a determination is made as to whether that endpoint is a source of echo and/or noise. Subsequent actions are taken to alert users and/or prevent broadcast of impaired signals." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2011 (March 29, 2011). 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=8,379,800&OS=8,379,800&RS=8,379,800 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intellisist Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intellisist, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,802) developed by Gilad Odinak, Bellevue, Wash., Thomas R. McCann, North Bend, Wash., and Julien Rivarol Vergin, Seattle, for a "system and method for transmitting voice input from a remote location over a wireless data channel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for improving voice recognition processing at a server system that receives voice input from a remotely located user system. The user system includes a microphone, a processor that performs front-end voice recognition processing of the received user voice input, and a communication component configured to send the front-end processed user voice input to a destination wirelessly over a network. The server system includes a communication component configured to receive the sent front-end processed user voice input, and a processor configured to complete voice recognition processing of the sent front-end processed user voice input." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2010 (12/829,820). 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=8,379,802&OS=8,379,802&RS=8,379,802 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Implantable Medical Device Including Eddy Current Reducing Capacitor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, Saint Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,380,302) developed by four co-inventors for an "implantable medical device including eddy current reducing capacitor." The co-inventors are Lisa B. Schmalhurst, Bellevue, Wash., Gregory J. Sherwood, Shoreview, Minn., Masoud Ameri, Maple Plain, Minn., and Yingbo Li, Woodbury, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An implantable device, such as a pacer, defibrillator, or other cardiac rhythm management device, can include one or more MRI Safe components. In an example, the implantable device includes a capacitor including a first electrode including a first slot extending from a perimeter of the first electrode to an interior of the first electrode. A second electrode is separated from the first electrode by a first distance. The second electrode includes a second slot extending from a perimeter of the second electrode to an interior of the second electrode. The first and second slots are configured to at least partially segment surface areas of the first and second electrodes, respectively, to reduce a radial current loop size in each of the first and second electrodes." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2010 (12/980,891). 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=8,380,302.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,302&RS=PN/8,380,302 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Capacitive Bonding of Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,130) developed by six co-inventors for a "capacitive bonding of devices." The co-inventors are Andrew C. Glass, Woodinville, Wash., Christopher M. Dreher, Bothell, Wash., Ellick H. Sung, Seattle, Randall E. Aull, Kenmore, Wash., Doron J. Holan, Seattle, and Craig S. Ranta, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments relate to systems and methods that facilitate wireless device communications and configuration. A detection component identifies N devices that are coupled together via a biological medium, N being an integer, wherein the medium includes direct or indirect touching to a device or devices. After biological contact, a configuration component initiates a configuration between a subset of the devices." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2011 (13/229,608). 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=83,80,130.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,130&RS=PN/83,80,130 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Gesture-related Feedback in Eletronic Entertainment System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,380,119) developed by four co-inventors for a "gesture-related feedback in eletronic entertainment system." The co-inventors are Vasco Rubio, Edmonds, Wash., Eric Filer, Renton, Wash., Loren Douglas Reas, Kent, Wash., and Dennis W. Tom, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments related to providing user feedback in an electronic entertainment system are disclosed herein. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a method of providing user feedback in a karaoke system, comprising inviting a microphone gesture input from a user, receiving the microphone gesture input from the user via one or more motion sensors located on a microphone, comparing the microphone gesture input to an expected gesture input, rating the microphone gesture input based upon comparing the microphone gesture input to the expected gesture input, and providing feedback to the user based upon the rating." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2008 (12/121,240). 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=83,80,119.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,119&RS=PN/83,80,119 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Varia Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Varia Holdings, Brooklyn, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,247) developed by G. Eric Engstrom, Kirkland, Wash., for a "wireless mobile phone with authenticated mode of operation including heart beat profile based authentication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless mobile phone is equipped to operate in an unauthenticated and an authenticated mode of operation, depending on whether a user has been authenticated. In one embodiment, the wireless mobile phone includes a number of sensors to enable a user's heart beat profile to be captured and be used for authentication. In one embodiment, authentication is performed by comparing the real time captured heart beat profile against a reference heart beat profile. In one embodiment, the reference heart profit is retrieved from an identity card. The wireless mobile phone further includes a reader to retrieve the reference heart beat profile from the identity card." The patent application was filed on Aug. 8, 2011 (13/205,458). 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=8,380,247.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,247&RS=PN/8,380,247 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,930) developed by Gregory Talbott Katz, Seattle, and Yury Polyakovsky, Bellevue, Wash., for "refreshing cached data based on content identifier map." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for refreshing cached data based on content update frequency includes an application/presentation layer coupled to a caching layer, the caching layer including cached content, and a content management system coupled to the application/presentation layer, the content management system configured to provide a content invalidation message to the caching layer informing the caching layer when the cached content is updated." The patent application was filed on Jan.6, 2009 (12/349,262). 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.h 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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