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[December 12, 2012]

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

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

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Method and System for Performance Metric Analysis of Video Assets ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,332,900) developed by Hung John Pham, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "method and system for performance metric analysis of video assets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for monitoring video assets provided by a multimedia content distribution network (MCDN) includes an expert test monitoring platform (ETMP) configured to emulate MCDN client systems at a facility of an MCDN service provider. The ETMP may be used to obtain remote control response metrics, along with internal performance data, for client systems in the ETMP. Historical metrics and historical data may be logged along with the release version for the client systems, which may then be used to correlate operational performance when analyzing client system characteristics." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2010 (12/958,211). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,900&OS=8,332,900&RS=8,332,900 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,869) developed by Robert Talbott Stevens IV, Austin, Texas, for "systems and methods for providing wake on LAN (WoL) support." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes a management controller coupled to and configured to manage a plurality of information handling systems. Each of the information handling systems may include a network interface device configured to receive wake-up messages remotely via a network. The management controller is operable to receive a wake-up message remotely via the network; identify a particular one of the information handling systems to be awakened from a non-awake state based on an address included in the wake-up message; and forward the wake-up message to the particular information handling system to cause the particular information handling system to awaken. The network interface device of the particular information handling system may remain unpowered while the wake-up message is received and forwarded by the management controller." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2007 (11/944,144). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,869&OS=8,332,869&RS=8,332,869 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Efficiently Identifying Television Stations in a User Friendly Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,890) developed by Carl P. Gusler, Travis County, Texas, and Rick A. Hamilton, II, Charlottesville County, Va., for "efficiently identifying television stations in a user friendly environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and computer program product for identifying television stations in a user-friendly environment. An entertainment unit configured to receive broadcast signals for a plurality of television stations may display folders, e.g., news folders, where each folder may be associated with a particular classification. A classification may refer to a particular type of broadcast, e.g., news, sports, cartoons, movies. Each folder, e.g., news folder, may comprise one or more indications, e.g., icon of CNN.TM., associated with one or more television stations, e.g., CNN.TM., in the same classification, e.g., news, as the folder. Furthermore, the entertainment unit may display one or more indications associated with one or more television stations based on content-based input from the viewer. Upon the viewer selecting a particular indication, the television station associated with that indication may be displayed " The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2001 (10/004,926). 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=8,332,890&OS=8,332,890&RS=8,332,890 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Red Hat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,332,871) developed by Jean Deruelle, Dechy, France, Ivelin Atanasoff Ivanov, Austin, Texas, and Eduardo Martins, Sesimbra, Portugal, for a "mechanism for improved integration of JSLEE and SIP servlets in a JAVA virtual machine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a mechanism for improved integration of JSLEE and SIP Servlets in a JAVA virtual machine is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes sending an event received at a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Servlet to a Java.TM. APIs for Intelligent Networks Service Logic Execution Environment (JSLEE) container through a fireEvent method, wherein the SIP Servlet and the JSLEE container are integrated in a same JAVA virtual machine (JVM). The method further includes receiving at the SIP Servlet an object that includes a getResult method, processing by a JSLEE application in the JSLEE container the event to produce a result, returning by the JSLEE application the result through a setResult method, and obtaining by the SIP Servlet the result via the getResult method." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2009 (12/395,389). 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=8,332,871&OS=8,332,871&RS=8,332,871 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Coherent Logix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Coherent Logix, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,896) developed by Kevin A. Shelby, Austin, Texas, Peter J. Nysen, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Michael B. Doerr, Dripping Springs, Texas, for "transmission of multimedia streams to mobile devices with cross stream association." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for wirelessly transmitting audiovisual information. A first plurality of packets including audiovisual information may be generated. A second plurality of packets including error correction coding information for the audiovisual information may be generated. Control information for associating the error correction coding information with the audiovisual information may be generated, and a third plurality of packets including the control information may also be generated. The plurality of packets, including the first, second, and third pluralities of packets, may be transmitted to a mobile device in a wireless manner. The control information may inform the mobile device of the association of the first error correction coding information with the audiovisual information." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2009 (12/472,892). 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=8,332,896&OS=8,332,896&RS=8,332,896 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Location Attestation Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,332,928) developed by Wael Ibrahim, Houston, and Manuel Novoa, Houston, for a location attestation service.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment a computer system comprises a processor and a memory module coupled to the processor and comprising logic instructions stored in a computer readable medium. The logic instructions, when executed, configure the processor to initiate, in a client computing device, a service request, in response to the service request, initiate a request for a location attestation certificate, and complete the client service request when the location attestation certificate is granted." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2007 (11/709,473). 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=8,332,928&OS=8,332,928&RS=8,332,928 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Communicating Video Content ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,332,888) developed by Wenge Chen, Austin, Texas, for a communicating video content.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is disclosed that includes receiving a selection of a channel at a set-top box device. In response to the selection of the channel, a still image associated with a program being transmitted via the selected channel is displayed at a display device. The method further includes receiving a multicast stream of video content associated with the selected channel at the set-top box device. At least a portion of the multicast stream is received while the still image is displayed at the display device. The method also includes transmitting the video content to the display device." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2009 (12/545,200). 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=8,332,888&OS=8,332,888&RS=8,332,888 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Service Re-factoring Method and System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,813) developed by Ali P. Arsanjani, Fairfield, Iowa, Ahamed Jalaldeen, Karnataka, India, and Siddharth Purohit, Allen, Texas, for a "service re-factoring method and system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A service re-factoring method and system. The method includes selecting by a computing system, a first service comprising a first name. The computing system receives a second name for a second service to be generated from the first service. The computing system executes a service refactoring software application, adjusts a granularity of the first service, and generates the second service. The computing system retrieves first traceability links associated with the first service and a first value associated with a first service identification technique. The first traceability links are created within the second service. The computing system generates a second value associated with a second service identification technique. The first service, the first name, and the first value are removed from the computing system. The computing system stores the second service, the second name, the second value, and the first traceability link." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2008 (12/332,504). 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=8,332,813&OS=8,332,813&RS=8,332,813 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,332,481) developed by Niral Sheth, Austin, Texas, and Chaoxin Qiu, Austin, Texas, for "systems and methods for transmitting subject line messages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of sending subject line messages is provided. A particular method includes receiving a call setup signaling message. The call setup signaling message includes a message identifier. The method further includes determining a subject line message associated with the message identifier of the call setup signaling message. The message identifier is replaced with the subject line message. The method further includes transmitting the call setup signaling message to a called party." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2008 (12/262,286). 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=83,32,481.PN.&OS=PN/83,32,481&RS=PN/83,32,481 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Libredigital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Libredigital, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,742) developed by Billy P. Taylor, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "method, system and computer program product for providing digital content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method performed by a computer system. The method includes storing a version of a mass-produced printed paper, identifying at least a subset of characters within the version, and in response to the identified subset, forming at least one hyperlink within the version, the version being displayable on a display device as a likeness of the paper including an indicator of a hyperlink." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/790,429). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,742&OS=8,332,742&RS=8,332,742 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** American Airlines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- American Airlines, Fort Worth, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,473) developed by Monty Fouts, Fort Worth, Texas, Richard Bowman, Grapevine, Texas, and Mark Hanson, Flower Mound, Texas, for a "system and method for managing multiple message format communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for managing multiple message format communication that may provide the ability to route, transform, and augment inbound messages, so that virtually any outbound message may be constructed." The patent application was filed on May 2, 2005 (11/119,787). 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=83,32,473.PN.&OS=PN/83,32,473&RS=PN/83,32,473 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Dynamically Mapping Chat Session Invitation History ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,760) developed by four co-inventors for a "dynamically mapping chat session invitation history." The co-inventors are Susann Keohane, Austin, Texas, Gerald F. McBrearty, Austin, Texas, Jessica Murillo, Round Rock, Texas, and Johnny M. Shieh, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and program are provided for dynamically mapping chat session invitation history. A chat controller for facilitating a chat session enables chat participants to invite additional users to join in the chat session. The chat controller dynamically generates a mapping of the chat participants to graphically represent a separate correspondence between each invited additional user and each inviting chat participant. The mapping is displayed within a user interface of a current participant or an invited additional user. Further, the displayed mapping is dynamically updated to reflect additional invitation history as the chat session continues." The patent application was filed on Jan. 18, 2009 (11/334,673). 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=8,332,760&OS=8,332,760&RS=8,332,760 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Simultaneous Analysis of Multiple Data Sources by Sychronization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,455) developed by Charles Gordon Hooks, Austin, Texas, for a "simultaneous analysis of multiple data sources by sychronization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method is disclosed for processing of multiple sources of data in a single execution process to synchronize the data to be analyzed by multiple analysis routines. A control program is given the criteria for each of the analysis routines and then reads data from each source meeting the criteria, converting the data from each source to a common format, controlling the analysis routines for each source for time synchronization of the data from the multiple sources and executing each analysis routine in time order. Specifically the following subroutines are used: (1) a routine to read and process a set of controls to describe data by time and type for each analysis routine; (2) a routine to read and process a set of controls to describe the sources of input; (3) a routine for reading data from each of the sources of input a record at a time, deciding whether the time and type for the record is requested for the current analysis, and if not, reading another record or, if so, setting up to process and return the current time and type of record for the source in a common format; and (4) a routine to decide which time from the current record for each source is the earliest and then execute the appropriate analysis by type of data requested for that source record by calling the appropriate analysis routine." The patent application was filed on June 6, 2002 (10/165,092). 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=83,32,455.PN.&OS=PN/83,32,455&RS=PN/83,32,455 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 - Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,800) developed by Ben D. Jarrett, Austin, Texas, for a "method for identifying redundant signal paths for self-gating signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for identifying and removing redundant signal paths includes determining whether a given input to a logic circuit is coupled to both an input of a cone of logic of a data input of a clocked state element and a clock gate circuit that is coupled to disable a clock input to the clocked state element. The method may include removing the given input from the cone of logic such that the given input is no longer coupled to the input of the cone of logic responsive to determining that the given input is coupled to both the input of the cone of logic and the clock gate circuit. The method may include preserving the given input to the clock gate circuit such that the given input continues to be coupled to the clock gate circuit after being removed from the input of the cone of logic." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2011 (13/152,975). 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=8,332,800&OS=8,332,800&RS=8,332,800 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Plugin-based User Interface Contributions to Manage Policies in an it Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,758) developed by five co-inventors for "plugin-based user interface contributions to manage policies in an IT environment." The co-inventors are John Bergeron, Cedar Park, Texas, Jonathan S. Kung, Austin, Texas, Sridhar R. Muppidi, Austin, Texas, Borna Safabakhsh, Mountain View, Calif., and Eric J. Wood, Santa Cruz, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach is provided that registers a component plug-in with a console application. A request is received from a user of the console application. The console application displays a console user interface in a predetermined interface style. The console application detects that the request corresponds to the component plug-in and sends an initial request to the component plug-in. The console application receives an initial model of an initial user interface from the component plug-in and this model is provided to the user in response to the initial request. The console application builds an initial component user interface based on the received initial model. The initial component user interface is also consistent with the predetermined interface style. The console application displays the initial component user interface and the console user interface in a common application window in the predetermined interface style." The patent application was filed on Nov. 25, 2009 (12/626,005). 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=8,332,758&OS=8,332,758&RS=8,332,758 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Thread Starvation Profiler by Utilizing a Set of Counters ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,850) developed by Andrew Matthew Theurer, Austin, Texas, for "thread starvation profiler by utilizing a set of counters." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A profiler of a multithreaded process that determines whether a process is runnable but not running by determining whether a process is both waiting for the processor and also not waiting for other events such as I/O. Counters are maintained for each such process that is runnable but not running. Reports are generated summarizing data relating to any process that may be starved due to lack of processor time. Information obtained by the method and apparatus assists developers in optimizing resources in multithreaded environments." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2008 (12/047,751). 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=8,332,850&OS=8,332,850&RS=8,332,850 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Enhanced Development Tool for Utilizing a Javascript Object Notation (JSON) Bridge for Non-java-based Component Communication within Java-Based Composite Applications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,815) developed by Robert A. Balfe, Whiteboro, N.Y., and Charles P. Imperato, Austin, Texas, for an "enhanced development tool for utilizing a javascript object notation (JSON) bridge for non-java-based component communication within java-based composite applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Utilizing a JAVASCRIPT Object Notation (JSON) bridge during JAVA-based composite application development can begin with the receipt of a command to present the wiring diagram of a JAVA-based composite application by an enhanced JAVA-based composite application development tool. The JAVA-based composite application can consist of one or more JAVA-based components and non-JAVA-based components, with one property of a JAVA-based component being communicatively wired to a non-JAVA-based component. A JSON bridge can acknowledge the accessing of the JAVA-based composite application. The wiring diagram of the JAVA-based composite application can then be visually rendered. For the property of the JAVA-based component communicatively wired to the non-JAVA-based component, a user-selectable option to utilize the JSON bridge for communication can be presented. With the JSON bridge option selected, user-entered changes to this property can automatically invoke the JSON bridge to communicate related data to the communicatively wired non-JAVA-based component." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2009 (12/405,849). 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=8,332,815&OS=8,332,815&RS=8,332,815 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Decoder with Resiliency to Handle Errors in a Received Data Stream ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,736) developed by Manisha Agrawal Mohan, Plano, Texas, for "decoder with resiliency to handle errors in a received data stream." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A decoder provided according to an aspect of the present invention determines a type of each network abstraction layer (NAL) unit, and discards a NAL unit when the size of the NAL unit is inconsistent with the size according to the determined type. According to another aspect, a decoder corrects for errors in the non-pay load portions and uses the corrected non-pay load portions to recover the original data contained in the payload portions of the data stream. In an embodiment, various global parameters (which are applicable to the data stream unless changed further in the data stream) and the values in the slice headers are examined to correct the parameters in the slice headers. According to one more aspect, an end of frame is reliably detected by using an expected number of macro-blocks in a frame and a set of logical conditions of slice header parameters." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2008 (12/324,904). 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=8,332,736&OS=8,332,736&RS=8,332,736 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Otrsotech Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Otrsotech, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,332,793) developed by Subhasis Bose, Austin, Texas, for "methods and systems for placement and routing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for placement of integrated circuit elements include global placement, detailed placement, timing closure, and routing. The integrated circuit is described by a netlist specifying interconnections of morphable devices. The detailed placement uses, for example, Simultaneous Dynamical Integration, wherein the morphable-devices correspond to nodes influenced by forces, including timing forces. The timing forces are derived, for example, from a timing graph; path delay; slack; and drive resistance of the elements. The timing closure uses timing-driven buffering and timing-driven resizing to reduce maximum delay and/or transition time, and/or to fix hold time. Nets having high capacitance and/or fanout, and timing critical nets are preferentially processed. Timing-driven buffering applies buffering solutions to segments of route trees, combines solutions of adjoining segments, and prunes sets of solutions. Timing-driven resizing morphably replaces selected elements with upsized versions thereof." The patent application was filed on May 18, 2007 (12/301,456). 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=8,332,793&OS=8,332,793&RS=8,332,793 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Versata Development Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Versata Development Group, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,818) developed by Justin Haugh, San Francisco, Ryan Kennedy, Eastampton, N.J., and Matt Schemmel, Austin, Texas, for a flash testing framework.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-based automated testing framework tests a multimedia application (such as a Flash application running in a player module) that includes one or more Flash objects by executing test scripts in an external Java-based test module that uses proxy objects in the test module to represent the Flash objects in the player module. Correspondence between the proxy object and Flash objects is maintained by translating the first test script into a command, sending the command from the external test module to the player module, interpreting the command by accessing a lookup table at the player module, and then returning a value to the external test module in response to the command." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2006 (11/474,790). 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=8,332,818&OS=8,332,818&RS=8,332,818 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Multiple Profiles for a User in a Synchronous Conferencing Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,761) developed by four co-inventors for "multiple profiles for a user in a synchronous conferencing environment." The co-inventors are Susan M. Cox, Rochester, Minn., Janani Janakiraman, Austin, Texas, Fang Lu, Billerica, Mass., and Kumar Ravi, Cedar Park, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer program product for managing multiple profiles in a synchronous conferencing system. A synchronous conferencing account is provided for a first user of the synchronous conferencing system. The synchronous conferencing account includes a plurality of user profiles for the first user. The user profiles identify the first user differently. Each user profile is associated with one or more data fields identifying the first user. The data fields may include any or all of a name, a nickname, a login name, and an avatar. A request from a second user of the synchronous conferencing system to communicate with the first user is received. The request includes an identification of the second user. One of the user profiles is selected based on the identification of the second user. The data fields associated with the selected user profile are transmitted to the second user." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2008 (11/971,201). 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=8,332,761&OS=8,332,761&RS=8,332,761 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent for Virtual Check ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,332,329) developed by Ross Andrew Thiele, Boerne, Texas, for a virtual check.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for virtual checking are described. A virtual check is created by a payor's device and then sent to the payee's device. The payee can be another mobile device. The virtual check has many of the same features as a regular, paper check plus additional features only available in digital form. In an example, the data can be encrypted by either the banks key or the payor's key. Further encryption can occur between the payor's device and the payee's device, which can connect on a peer-to-peer network. The check can be an image with tag data. In an example, data can be encoded into the image itself. The virtual check can include populated data that cannot be changed by the payee. In an example, the virtual check application of the payee can automatically perform a funds availability check." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2009 (12/427,808). 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=83,32,329.PN.&OS=PN/83,32,329&RS=PN/83,32,329 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Determining a Price Premium for a Project ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,332,331) developed by John A. Thywissen, Plano, Texas, for a "determining a price premium for a project." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes accessing project information that includes values for one or more parameters of a project. The method further includes determining from the project information a project duration for the project, a time value of money for the project, a variability for the project, and an expected project price. A price premium for the project is generated according to the project duration, the time value of money, the variability value, and the expected project price, using an option-pricing mathematical model for financial instruments." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2007 (11/688,094). 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=83,32,331.PN.&OS=PN/83,32,331&RS=PN/83,32,331 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,700) developed by four co-inventors for a "multiplexer input linking circuitry to IC and core TAP domains." The co-inventors are Lee D. Whetsel, Parker, Texas, Baher S. Haroun, Allen, Texas, Brian J. Lasher, Bellaire, Texas, and Anjali Kinra, Baton Rouge, La.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "IEEE 1149.1 Test Access Ports (TAPs) may be utilized at both IC and intellectual property core design levels. TAPs serve as serial communication ports for accessing a variety of embedded circuitry within ICs and cores including; IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan circuitry, built in test circuitry, internal scan circuitry, IEEE 1149.4 mixed signal test circuitry, IEEE P5001 in-circuit emulation circuitry, and IEEE P1532 in-system programming circuitry. Selectable access to TAPs within ICs is desirable since in many instances being able to access only the desired TAP(s) leads to improvements in the way testing, emulation, and programming may be performed within an IC. A TAP linking module is described that allows TAPs embedded within an IC to be selectively accessed using 1149.1 instruction scan operations." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2011 (13/330,178). 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=8,332,700.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,700&RS=PN/8,332,700 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,332,348) developed by Larry Avery, San Antonio, for a "knowledge extraction and prediction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for knowledge extraction and prediction are described. In an example, a computerized method, and system for performing the method, can include receiving historical data pertaining to a domain of interest, receiving predetermined heuristics design data associated with the domain of interest, and using the predetermined heuristics design and historical data, automatically creating causal maps including a hierarchy of nodes, each node of the hierarchy of nodes being associated with a plurality of quantization points and reference temporal patterns, the plurality quantization points being known reference spatial patterns. In an example the computerized method, and system for performing the method, can further include receiving, at each node, a plurality of unknown patterns pertaining to a cause associated with the domain of interest, automatically mapping the plurality of unknown patterns to the quantization points using spatial similarities of the unknown patterns and the quantization points, automatically pooling the quantization points into a temporal pattern, the temporal pattern being a sequence of spatial patterns that represent the cause, automatically mapping the temporal pattern to a reference temporal pattern, automatically creating a sequence of the temporal patterns, and automatically recognizing the cause using the sequence of temporal patterns." The patent application was filed on July 10, 2009 (12/500,702). 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=83,32,348.PN.&OS=PN/83,32,348&RS=PN/83,32,348 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Versata Development Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Versata Development Group, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,428) developed by Scott Bonneau, Austin, Texas, Michael Nonemacher, Austin, Texas, and Jeremy Weinrib, Austin, Texas, for "browse hierarchies customized for rules based custom catalogs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An arbitrary number of custom catalogs for an arbitrary number of customers can be published from a single database of seller catalog data. Custom browse hierarchies can be generated for each of the custom catalogs. The custom catalogs are subsets of the catalog database, and are generated in accordance with a set of rules that defines the scope of the content of the custom catalog. The rule sets define a series of sequential searches by which a subset of the product SKUs contained in the database are returned. A primary hierarchy is maintained that can have a scope coextensive with the primary database. Custom browse hierarchies can be pruned to render their scope approximately coextensive with each subset. The custom catalog subsets and the custom browse hierarchies are generated periodically through a virtual publication process." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2010 (12/880,724). 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=83,32,428.PN.&OS=PN/83,32,428&RS=PN/83,32,428 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,666) developed by four co-inventors for a "power management method and system." The co-inventors are Gregory Jensen Boss, Saginaw, Mich., Rick Allen Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., Julianne France, Austin, Texas, and Anne R. Sand, Peyton, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power management method and system. The method includes retrieving and storing by a computer processor, identification data identifying power consumption devices. Each power consumption device receives an input voltage signal and consumes power. The computer processor monitors a power consumption level for each power consumption device. The computer processor disables each power consumption device from receiving and consuming power. The computer processor generates an association list associating each power consumption level with the identification data. The computer processor generates and stores a prioritization list indicating an order of priority for disabling the power consumption devices." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2009 (12/631,935). 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=8,332,666.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,666&RS=PN/8,332,666 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Supporting Multiple High Bandwidth I/O Controllers on a Single Chip ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,552) developed by five co-inventors for "supporting multiple high bandwidth I/O controllers on a single chip." The co-inventors are Ravi K. Arimilli, Austin, Texas, Claude Basso, Raleigh, N.C., Jean L. Calvignac, Raleigh, N.C., Daniel M. Dreps, Georgetown, Texas, and Edward J. Seminaro, Milton, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated processor design includes physical interface macros supporting heterogeneous electrical properties. The processor design comprises a plurality of processing cores and a plurality of physical interfaces to connect to a memory interface, a peripheral component interconnect express (PCI Express or PCIe) interface for input/output, an Ethernet interface for network communication, and/or a serial attached SCSI (SAS) interface for storage. Each physical interface may be programmatically connected to a selected interface controller, such as a memory controller, a PCI Express controller, or an Ethernet controller, for example. A plurality of such controllers may be connected to a switch within the processor design, with the switch also being connected to each physical interface macro. Thus, the physical interface macros may be programmatically connected to a subset of the plurality of controllers." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2008 (12/270,569). 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=8,332,552.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,552&RS=PN/8,332,552 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus for Communicating and/or Using Discovery Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,332,541) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for communicating and/or using discovery information." The co-inventors are Vincent D. Park, Budd Lake, N.J., Thomas Richardson, South Orange, N.J., Junyi Li, Bedminster, N.J., and Sanjay Shakkottai, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus related to peer/network/service discovery in a mobile wireless system, e.g., an ad hoc peer-to-peer network are described. Transmission of discovery information, e.g., upper layer discovery information, is divided into a number of portions to be transmitted separately over time. Transmission of the individual portions is structured so as to enable flexibility in the frequency of the peer discovery transmissions as well as the monitoring of such transmissions. Various embodiments facilitate rapid discovery and/or secure discovery, e.g., selective discovery by trusted peers." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2008 (12/163,089). 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=8,332,541.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,541&RS=PN/8,332,541 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Security First Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Security First, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,638) developed by four co-inventors for a "secure data parser method and system." The co-inventors are Rick L. Orsini, Flower Mound, Texas, John VanZandt, Mission Viejo, Calif., Mark S. O'Hare, Coto De Caza, Calif., and Roger S. Davenport, Campbell, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a method and system for securing sensitive data from unauthorized access or use. The method and system of the present invention is useful in a wide variety of settings, including commercial settings generally available to the public which may be extremely large or small with respect to the number of users. The method and system of the present invention is also useful in a more private setting, such as with a corporation or governmental agency, as well as between corporation, governmental agencies or any other entity." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2012 (13/399,923). 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=8,332,638.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,638&RS=PN/8,332,638 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,641) developed by eleven co-inventors for an "authenticated debug access for field returns." The co-inventors are Lawrence L. Case, Austin, Texas, Asaf Ashkenazi, Austin, Texas, Ruchir Chhabra, Austin, Texas, Carlin R. Covey, Tempe, Ariz., David H. Hartley, Seacombe Heights, Australia, Troy E. Mackie, Austin, Texas, Alistair N. Muir, Austin, Texas, Mark D. Redman, Gilbert, Ariz., Thomas E. Tkacik, Phoenix, John J. Vaglica, Austin, Texas, and Rodney D. Ziolkowski, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Under the direction of a first party, an integrated circuit (IC) device is configured to temporarily enable access to a debug interface of the IC device via authentication of the first party by a challenge/response process using a key of the IC device and a challenge value generated at the IC device. The first party then may conduct a software evaluation of the IC device via the debug interface. In response to failing to identify an issue with the IC device from the software evaluation, the first party can permanently enable open access to the debug interface while authenticated and provide the IC device to a second party. Under the direction of the second party, a hardware evaluation of the IC device is conducted via the debug interface that was permanently opened by the first party." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2009 (12/363,259). 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=8,332,641.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,641&RS=PN/8,332,641 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Secure Policy Differentiation by Secure Kernel Design ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,636) developed by four co-inventors for a "secure policy differentiation by secure kernel design." The co-inventors are Masana Murase, Kawasaki, Japan, Masaharu Sakamoto, Yokohama, Japan, Kanna Shimizu, Austin, Texas, and Vladimir Zbarsky, Newark, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: A method, computer program product, and data processing system are disclosed for ensuring that applications executed in the data processing system originate only from trusted sources are disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, a secure operating kernel maintains a "key ring" containing keys corresponding to trusted software vendors. The secure kernel uses vendor keys to verify that a given application was signed by an approved vendor. To make it possible for users to execute software from independent software developers, an administrative user may disable the above-described vendor key-checking as an option." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2007 (11/866,001). 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=8,332,636.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,636&RS=PN/8,332,636 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fisher-Rosemount Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,567) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus and methods to communicatively couple field devices to controllers in a process control system." The co-inventors are Kent Allan Burr, Round Rock, Texas, Gary Keith Law, Georgetown, Texas, Doyle Eugene Broom, Georgetown, Texas, and Mark J. Nixon, Round Rock, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Example apparatus and methods to communicatively couple field devices to controllers in a process control system are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a first interface configured to receive first information from a field device using a first communication protocol. The example apparatus also includes a communication processor communicatively coupled to the first interface and configured to encode the first information for communication via a bus using a second communication protocol. In addition, the example apparatus includes a second interface communicatively coupled to the communication processor and the bus and configured to communicate the first information via the bus using the second communication protocol. The bus is configured to use the second communication protocol to communicate second information associated with another field device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2006 (11/533,259). 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=8,332,567.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,567&RS=PN/8,332,567 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent for System and Method for Identifying Inoperable Connection Points in a Storage Enclosure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,560) developed by Kevin T. Marks, Round Rock, Texas, and Don H. Walker, Katy, Texas, for a "system and method for identifying inoperable connection points in a storage enclosure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is disclosed for encoding a set of configuration data for a given expander and at some later point comparing the configuration data to a discovered configuration derived from an attempt to discover the operability of each phy or connection point of the storage system. The configuration identifies the phys or connection points that are operable and the mapping of operable connection points to wide ports communicatively of an expander." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2005 (11/178,552). 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=8,332,560.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,560&RS=PN/8,332,560 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,669) developed by Ardian Darmawan, Round Rock, Texas, Curtis Ray Genz, Round Rock, Texas, and Clay Phennicie, Round Rock, Texas, for an "information handling system port security." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A port securing module includes a power gate that is operable to be coupled in series to a power source and to a load. A resistor is coupled in parallel to the power gate. An operational amplifier includes an inverting input and a non-inverting input that couple the operational amplifier in parallel to each of the power gate and the resistor. The operational amplifier also includes an output that is operable to indicate whether a load is coupled to the power gate and, if a load is coupled to the power gate, supply a voltage to activate the power gate such that power is supplied to the load." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2011 (13/160,922). 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=8,332,669.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,669&RS=PN/8,332,669 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Updateable Secure Kernel Extensions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,635) developed by Wilfred E. Plouffe Jr., San Jose, Calif., Kanna Shimizu, Austin, Texas, and Vladimir Zbarsky, Newark, Calif., for an "updateable secure kernel extensions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, computer program product, and data processing system provide an updateable encrypted operating kernel. Secure initialization hardware decrypts a minimal secure kernel containing sensitive portions of data and/or code into a portion of the processor-accessible memory space, from which the kernel is executed. Most system software functions are not directly supported by the secure kernel but are provided by dynamically loaded kernel extensions that are encrypted with a public key so that they can only be decrypted with a private key possessed by the secure kernel. The public/private key pair is processor-specific. Before passing control to a kernel extension, the secure kernel deletes a subset of its sensitive portions, retaining only those sensitive portions needed to perform the task(s) delegated to the kernel extension. Which sensitive portions are retained is determined by a cryptographic key with which the kernel extension is signed." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2007 (11/754,658). 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=8,332,635.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,635&RS=PN/8,332,635 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Processing Event Notifications with an Event Sink ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,540) developed by Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Ruthie D. Lyle, Durham, N.C., and Lisa A. Seacat, San Francisco, for a "processing event notifications with an event sink." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Applications generating events, and system facilities generating events, send notifications of the events to a system event sink. The event sink is preferably associated with an operating system, and provides an application programming interface for registering listeners. (In one alternative approach, the event sink operates as a centrally-accessible or network-accessible entity, where it may concurrently interact with more than one client.) Upon receiving a notification of an event, the event sink forwards the notification to any registered listeners. Optionally, filters may be used to specify criteria to be met before a notification is forwarded to the listener. An event does not rely on a particular application for displaying the event to an end user. As one example, notification of a newly-arrived e-mail message might be presented in a chat window of an instant messaging client." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2011 (13/158,374). 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=8,332,540.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,540&RS=PN/8,332,540 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Performing a Partial Cache Line Storage-modifying Operation Based Upon a Hint ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,588) developed by four co-inventors for "performing a partial cache line storage-modifying operation based upon a hint." The co-inventors are Ravi K. Arimilli, Austin, Texas, Guy L. Guthrie, Austin, Texas, William J. Starke, Round Rock, Texas, and Derek E. Williams, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Analyzing pre-processed code includes identifying at least one storage-modifying construct specifying a storage-modifying memory access to a memory hierarchy of a data processing system and determining if more than one granule of a cache line of data containing multiple granules that is targeted by the storage-modifying construct is subsequently referenced by said pre-processed code. Post-processed code including a storage-modifying instruction corresponding to the at least one storage-modifying construct in the pre-processed code is generated and stored. Generating the post-processed code includes marking the storage-modifying instruction with a partial cache line hint indicating that said storage-modifying instruction targets less than a full cache line of data within a memory hierarchy if the analyzing indicates only one granule of the target cache line will be accessed while the cache line is held in the cache memory and otherwise refraining from marking the storage-modifying instruction with the partial cache line hint." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2012 (13/349,315). 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=8,332,588.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,588&RS=PN/8,332,588 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Content Protection Continuity through Authorized Chains of Components ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,536) developed by five co-inventors for a "content protection continuity through authorized chains of components." The co-inventors are Thomas A. Bellwood, Austin, Texas, Robert B. Chumbley, Round Rock, Texas, Jacob D. Eisinger, Austin, Texas, Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, and Matthew F. Rutkowski, Pflugerville, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a method for the distribution and control of digital content such that Quality of Experience (QoE) is maintained. Content is protected from when the content is encrypted to when it is used. To ensure the QoE of particular content, a content owner embeds a list of required or preferred components that must be employed to render the content. The content owner's list of required or preferred components specifies specific components "trusted" to correctly process the content. The specified chain of preferred components is compared to possible devices in the system that processes the content. If there are multiple acceptable devices for a specific link, a preference system is employed to determine the device that executed the particular part of the chain. The preference system is based upon a number of factors, such as, but not limited to, performance characteristics, user preferences, expected stability, power requirements and system preferences." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2009 (12/482,933). 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=8,332,536.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,536&RS=PN/8,332,536 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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