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[January 10, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Jan. 10)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New York.

*** Starcom Mediavest Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Starcom Mediavest Group, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,352,305) developed by Albert Vollrath, Evanston, Ill., and Stephen Poulin, New York, for an "automated broadcast advertising transaction system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for synchronizing broadcast advertising inventory data between a broadcast vendor system and a media buyer's media resource planning system features a database that stores advertising inventory data received from the broadcast vendor system and the media buyer's resource planning system. A matching application in communication with the database performs a comparison between a previous package of advertising inventory data and a revised package of advertising inventory data. An analysis application in communication with the matching application and the database enables a user to review results of the comparison and directs uploading of the revised package of advertising data from the database to the media buyer's resource planning system." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2006 (11/542,537). 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=8,352,305&OS=8,352,305&RS=8,352,305 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Integrated Framework for Finite-element Methods for Package, Device and Circuit Co-design ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,230) developed by Keunwoo Kim, Somers, N.Y., and Soojae Park, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., for an "integrated framework for finite-element methods for package, device and circuit co-design." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Electrical finite element analysis is carried out on a circuit design, which includes devices, to determine an acceptable power-performance envelope and to obtain data for circuit temperature mapping. A circuit temperature map is developed for the circuit design, based on the data for circuit temperature mapping. Thermo-mechanical finite element analysis is carried out on a package design for the circuit design, based on the circuit temperature map, to determine a package reliability limit based on thermal stress considerations. It is determined whether the package design and the circuit design jointly satisfy: (i) power-performance conditions specified in the acceptable power-performance envelope; and (ii) the package reliability limit based on the thermal stress considerations." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2010 (12/723,130). 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=8,352,230&OS=8,352,230&RS=8,352,230 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,319) developed by four co-inventors for generating user profiles. The co-inventors are Xuefu Wang, Los Altos, Calif., Sarah Sirajuddin, Sunnyvale, Calif., Oren E. Zamir, Los Altos, Calif., and Aitan Weinberg, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for generating user identifier profiles. A user identifier profile characterizes a user based on events that occurred during past user sessions for a user (e.g., past online activities). An event is an action that occurs during a user session, such as a web page view, an advertisement click-through, and a conversion. A user identifier profile can be used, for example, to select advertisements targeted to the user. A user identifier profile includes information about inferred user interests and inferred user demographics." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2009 (12/401,345). 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=8,352,319&OS=8,352,319&RS=8,352,319 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,352,298) developed by John C. Handley, Fairport, N.Y., and Jeffrey R. Earl, Pittsford, N.Y., for "systems and methods to detect models and accounts with anomalous revenue from color impressions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for identifying device models or accounts exhibiting outlying behavior are disclosed. For a method of identifying a device model exhibiting outlying behavior, a processor may receive a color impression count, a monochrome impression count and either a device model for each of a plurality of devices. A proportion of color revenue may be determined for each device based on the color impression count and the monochrome impression count. The processor may determine, for each device model, a distribution of the proportion of color revenue for the one or more devices having the device model and may automatically identify one or more distributions of the proportion of color revenue exhibiting outlying behavior. Each distribution is associated with a device model." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2010 (12/702,052). 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=8,352,298&OS=8,352,298&RS=8,352,298 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Dynamically Adjusting Triage Classification Levels ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,285) developed by Raymond R. Hitney, Buchanan, N.Y., Martin S. Kohn, East Hills, N.Y., and Erik T. Mueller, Chevy Chase, Md., for "dynamically adjusting triage classification levels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An initial triage level classification for a latest patient to arrive at an emergency department (ED) is received. Availability levels of resources needed to treat the latest patient are electronically collected, along with triage level classifications for all other patients currently in the ED. The initial triage level classification of the latest patient is adjusted upward or downward based on the availability levels of resources needed to treat the latest patient and based on the triage level classifications for the patients in the ED. The triage level classifications for all patients currently in the ED are summed up. If a sum of all triage level classifications exceeds a first predetermined threshold, other resources are reallocated in order to provide the resources needed to treat the latest patient to arrive at the ED. If the sum of all triage level classifications exceeds a second predetermined threshold, then a disaster plan is implemented." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2010 (12/797,888). 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=8,352,285&OS=8,352,285&RS=8,352,285 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System and Method for System Integration Test (SIT) Planning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,237) developed by eight co-inventors for a "system and method for system integration test (SIT) planning." The co-inventors are Kathryn A. Bassin, Endicott, N.Y., Steven Kagan, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Shao C. Li, Beijing, Zhong J. Li, Beijing, He H. Liu, Beijing, Susan E. Skrabanek, Atlanta, Hua F. Tan, Beijing, and Jun Zhu, Shanghai, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code tangibly embodied on a computer readable storage medium having programming instructions. The programming instructions are operable to receive a system architecture model of a system and receive trigger coverage rules. Additionally, the programming instructions are operable to determine system integration test (SIT) coverage for each connection and interface of the system architecture model and select a set of use cases execution scenarios to satisfy the SIT coverage." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2009 (12/558,375). 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=8,352,237&OS=8,352,237&RS=8,352,237 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Active Learning Systems and Methods for Rapid Porting of Machine Translation Systems to New Language Pairs or New Domains ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,244) developed by Yuqing Gao, Hawthorne, N.Y., Bing Xiang, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Bowen Zhou, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for "active learning systems and methods for rapid porting of machine translation systems to new language pairs or new domains." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for active learning of statistical machine translation systems through dynamic creation and updating of parallel corpus. The systems and methods provided create accurate parallel corpus entries from a test set of sentences, words, phrases, etc. by calculating confidence scores for particular translations. Translations with high confidence scores are added directly to the corpus and the translations with low confidence scores are presented to human translations for corrections." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2009 (12/506,483). 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=8,352,244&OS=8,352,244&RS=8,352,244 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for System and Method for Advanced Condition Monitoring of an Asset System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,216) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for advanced condition monitoring of an asset system." The co-inventors are Rajesh Venkat Subbu, Clifton Park, N.Y., John Erik Hershey, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Xiao Hu, Schenectady, N.Y., Robert James Mitchell Jr., Waterford, N.Y., Avinash Vinayak Taware, Rexford, N.Y., and Piero Patrone Bonissone, Schenectady, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for advanced condition monitoring of an asset system includes sensing actual values of an operating condition for an operating regime of the asset system using at least one sensor; estimating sensed values of the operating condition by using an auto-associative neural network; determining a residual vector between the estimated sensed values and the actual values; and performing a fault diagnostic on the residual vector. In another method, an operating space of the asset system is segmented into operating regimes; the auto-associative neural network determines estimates of actual measured values; a residual vector is determined from the auto-associative neural network; a fault diagnostic is performed on the residual vector; and a change of the operation of the asset system is determined by analysis of the residual vector. An alert is provided if necessary. A smart sensor system includes an on-board processing unit for performing the method of the invention." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2008 (12/129,622). 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=8,352,216&OS=8,352,216&RS=8,352,216 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for System for Controlling Input Profiles of Combined Cycle Power Generation System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,148) developed by six co-inventors for a "system for controlling input profiles of combined cycle power generation system." The co-inventors are Fernando Javier D'Amato, Niskayuna, N.Y., Darrin Glen Kirchhof, Schenectady, N.Y., Dean Alexander Baker, Clifton Park, N.Y., Ramu Sharat Chandra, Niskayuna, N.Y., Daniel Francis Holzhauer, Burnt Hills, N.Y., and Christopher Eugene Long, Greenville, S.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A control system for a combined cycle power generation system including a gas turbine engine (GT), a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), and a steam turbine (ST) includes a display wherein an operator may observe information about predicted operating parameters; a user interface wherein an operator may provide additional operating constraints; and a controller configured to generate input profiles of the GT, the HRSG, and the ST that satisfy the nominal constraints and any additional constraints and to generate the information about the predicted operating parameters. The controller may be configured to detect a stage transition of power generation system operation and update the input profiles. The controller may be configured to generate alternative operating scenarios by mapping alternative control actions to an operating constraint of at least one of the system components." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2008 (12/124,316). 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=8,352,148&OS=8,352,148&RS=8,352,148 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Lockheed Martin, Grand Prairie, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,352,120) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for stability control using GPS data." The co-inventors are William C. Craig, Endicott, N.Y., Richard S. Stevens, Endicott, N.Y., Thomas D'Onofrio, Endicott, N.Y., David Shivy, Endwell, N.Y., and Charles T. Disaverio, Apalachin, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for stability control of a vehicle using GPS data. The system and method can receive GPS data and optionally vehicle operating data or signals and define one of a brake-based stability control subsystem and a torque management-based stability control subsystem as the dominant stability control system. Based on the stability control subsystem defined as the dominant stability control system, the system and method provide stability control for the vehicle. The system and method also defines the dominant stability control system based on weather data." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2009 (12/372,657). 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=8,352,120&OS=8,352,120&RS=8,352,120 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,352,577) developed by Terry Martone, Candor, N.Y., for a "method and apparatus for updating information on an embedded system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A target system is dynamically configured to boot from a network connection upon power-up. A portable data loader connected to the target system may receive communications from the target system that a connection has been established. In response, a copy of a target-specific software data loader (SWDL) application may be transmitted from the portable data loader to the target system. The copy of the SWDL application may be stored in volatile memory on the target system and may be executed to support at least one maintenance operation. A user may invoke a maintenance operation by entering a command into the portable data loader. By isolating the data loader application from the operational software stored on the target system, the disclosed methods and apparatus may allow for reduced development and software certification costs for implementing maintenance operations on an embedded system." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2008 (12/177,538). 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=8,352,577&OS=8,352,577&RS=8,352,577 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Human Emotion Metrics for Navigation Plans and Maps ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,179) developed by five co-inventors for "human emotion metrics for navigation plans and maps." The co-inventors are Paul B. French, Cork, Ireland, Eric Thiebaut-George, Cork, Ireland, Niall Jude Lucey, Cork, Ireland, Edith Helen Stern, Somers, N.Y., and Michael Truss, Cork, Ireland.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An enhanced navigation system allowing navigation route and destination planning according to user-specified criteria for the emotion state of persons along the route, at the destination, or both. The enhancement is accomplished by receiving a set of human emotion metrics corresponding to one or more parts of a navigation plan; determining if the human emotion metrics meet one or more user-specified criteria; responsive to not meeting the criteria, determining an alternate navigation plan until the user-specified criteria are met; and responsive to the criteria being met, presenting the navigation plan to the user for laying into a navigation system, and optionally during execution of the navigation plan updating the received human emotion metrics; repeating the determination against the user-specified criteria; and repeating the steps of determining an alternate navigation plan and presentation to a user responsive to the updated human emotion metrics not meeting the user-specified criteria." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2012 (13/422,481). 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=8,352,179&OS=8,352,179&RS=8,352,179 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Distributed Image Search ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,494) developed by Mihai Badoiu, New York, for a distributed image search.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for distributed nearest-neighbor search for image retrieval are disclosed. An example distributed image retrieval system includes a root server and a plurality of leaf servers. The root server controls the clustering of images in the image corpus, and determines the assignment of image clusters to a collection of leaf servers. Each leaf server is independently configured to perform a two-stage nearest-neighbor search in a locality-sensitive hash space for a received query image within the leaf server's assigned images clusters. Thus, the distributed image retrieval system is modular and amendable to tuning, modifications, duplication, and replacement on a per-server basis. In addition, the design of the image retrieval system allows flexible load balancing among the leaf servers." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2009 (12/632,681). 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=8,352,494&OS=8,352,494&RS=8,352,494 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Signaling Beacons in a Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,351,405) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for signaling beacons in a communication system." The co-inventors are Junyi Li, Bedminster, N.J., Vladimir Parizhisky, New York, Alexander Leonidov, Somerset, N.J., and Thomas J. Richardson, South Orange, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for improved beacon signaling in a wireless communication system are described. Information is encoded in the tone position of the beacon tone. The information encoded may include sector type, sector index and slope index, as well as some time index. The information is coded in the tone position so that any few of several beacons can be decoded in order to decode the information. The methods and apparatus described in the invention improve the robustness against frequency selective fading and do not require wireless terminals to establish synchronization for reliable base station detection." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2006 (11/486,653). 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=83,51,405.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,405&RS=PN/83,51,405 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,351,426) developed by Michael J. Cadigan Jr., Brewster, N.Y., Jeffrey M. Turner, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Stephen R. Valley, Valatie, N.Y., for an "ethernet virtualization using assisted frame correction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for Ethernet virtualization using assisted frame correction. The method comprises receiving at a host adapter data packets from a network, storing the received data packets in host memory, storing the received data packets in a hardware queue located on the host adapter, setting a status indicator reflecting the status of the data packets based on results of the checking, and sending the status indicator to the host memory." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2008 (12/052,238). 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=83,51,426.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,426&RS=PN/83,51,426 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** InterDigital Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- InterDigital Technology, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,351,371) developed by Stephen E. Terry, Northport, N.Y., Guodong Zhang, Farmingdale, N.Y., and Stephen G. Dick, Nesconset, N.Y., for a "method and apparatus for minimizing redundant enhanced uplink allocation requests and fault-isolating enhanced uplink transmission failures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for minimizing redundant enhanced uplink (EU) allocation requests and fault-isolating EU transmission failures that occur between a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) and a Node-B. The WTRU transmits an enhanced dedicated channel (E-DCH) allocation request to the Node-B over an uplink (UL) EU channel. In one embodiment, if E-DCH allocation cannot be provided within a predetermined time period, the Node-B sends an acknowledgement message to the WTRU via a downlink (DL) EU signaling channel without sending E-DCH allocation information. The request is queued in the Node-B and the WTRU refrains from transmitting the same request until after the time period expires or resources become available. In another embodiment, appropriate actions are taken to correct EU transmission failures by determining whether an E-DCH allocation request was unsuccessfully delivered via the UL EU channel or whether channel allocation information was unsuccessfully delivered via the DL EU signaling channel." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2005 (11/114,390). 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=83,51,371.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,371&RS=PN/83,51,371 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,351,348) developed by four co-inventors for a "value-adoption and value-translation for automatic provisioning of port parameters." The co-inventors are T. Benjamin Mack-Crane, Downers Grove, Ill., Linda Dunbar, Plano, Texas, Lucy Yong, McKinney, Texas, and Robert Sultan, Somers, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network component comprising at least one processor configured to implement a method comprising receiving a message comprising a node's data value from the node, determining whether a local data value has been assigned, and adopting the node's data value as the local data value when the local data value has not been assigned. Also disclosed is a network component comprising a plurality of ports each configured to couple to a node via a link, a memory configured to store a port data value associated with at least some of the ports, and a processor coupled to the memory and the ports, wherein the processor is configured to access a node's data value in a message and adopt the node's data value as the port data value." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2008 (12/252,698). 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=83,51,348.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,348&RS=PN/83,51,348 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,351,840) developed by four co-inventors for a "printing system architecture with center cross-over and interposer by-pass path." The co-inventors are Barry Paul Mandel, Fairport, N.Y., Steven Robert Moore, Rochester, N.Y., Injae Choi, Webster, N.Y., and Stan Alan Spencer, Rochester, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A printing system comprises a paper path architecture for parallel printing using multiple marking engines. The media path configuration enables all the media feed trays to be located in one place, relative to the marking engines. A cross-over module is located between marking engines. The cross-over module can interleave media sheets that are being transported away from a first marking engine with the sheets being transported to the second marking engine. The cross-over module also includes a straight through path that enables media sheets to be transported directly to a finishing device without going through either marking engine. The marking engines include internal duplex loops such that media can be supplied to each engine in alternate groups. A merge module selectively merges the media which can then be further processed in a finishing transition module prior to communication to a finishing device." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2011 (13/029,607). 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=8,351,840&OS=8,351,840&RS=8,351,840 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,351,754) developed by George N. Bell, Stormville, N.Y., for a "method and apparatus for automatic storage of optical fiber cable slack during and after cable deployment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique for storing cable slack in an automatic and safe manner, to allow a plug and play connectivity for fiber optic cable installation between floors in multi-floor high-rise apartment buildings. A tamper-proof storage box is located in a prescribed location for which its footprint is intended, such as a utility closet in a lobby or basement. The box contains a number of reels of cable (bundles of individual optical strands), each reel's contents designated for a different floor in the building. As pre-connectorized strands are pulled from a rotatable spindle mounted in the storage box to its intended floor, any cable excess (slack) remains automatically on the spindle in the storage box in an out-of-the-way location avoiding tampering and tripping. This allows off the shelf lengths of cable saving time and expense." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2009 (12/649,405). 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=8,351,754&OS=8,351,754&RS=8,351,754 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** New York University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- New York University, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,352,023) developed by Erwin R. John, Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Leslie S. Prichep, Mamaroneck, N.Y., for a "system and method for guidance of anesthesia, analgesia and amnesia." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described is a method and system which includes a first set of digital data generated by amplifying and digitizing brain waves of a patient before and after administration of initial doses of interventional agents to the patient and a second set of digital data generated by amplifying and digitizing brain waves of the patient during a medical procedure. In addition, the system includes a microprocessor computing separate trajectories for at least two different indices of an anesthetic state of the patient during the medical procedure as a function of a comparison of the first and second sets of digital data, the indices including a Depth Index (DI), a Memory Index (Mich. and Pain Index (PI), the DI corresponding to a depth of anesthesia of the patient, the PI corresponding to a sensitivity of the patient to pain and the MI corresponding to an ability of the patient to form and store memories. The system also includes a display outputting the trajectories for the at least two different indices of anesthetic state of the patient to a user for consideration in formulating subsequent dosages of the interventional agents to be administered to the patient." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2011 (13/036,730). 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=8,352,023.PN.&OS=PN/8,352,023&RS=PN/8,352,023 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Columbia University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Columbia University, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,351,742) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for sensing properties of a workpiece and embedding a photonic sensor in metal." The co-inventors are Chee Wei Wong, New York, Rohit Chatterjee, Chennai, India, Xiaochun Li, Madison, Wis., and Xugang Zhang, Madison, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for sensing properties of a workpiece and embedding a photonic sensor in metal are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, systems for sensing properties of a workpiece include an optical input, a photonic device, an optical detector, and a digital processing device. The optical input provides an optical signal at an output of the optical input. The photonic device is coupled to the workpiece and to the output of the optical input. The photonic device generates an output signal in response to the optical signal, wherein at least one of an intensity of the output signal and a wavelength of the output signal depends on at least one of thermal characteristics and mechanical characteristics of the workpiece. The optical detector receives the output signal from the photonic device and is configured to generate a corresponding electronic signal. The digital processing device is coupled to the optical detector and determines at least one of the thermal characteristics and mechanical the characteristics of the workpiece based on the electronic signal." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2010 (12/905,974). 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=8,351,742&OS=8,351,742&RS=8,351,742 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Printer having an Alternate Scavenger Geometry ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,351,828) developed by Kenneth J. Brown, Penfield, N.Y., Michael T. Dobbertin, Honeoye, N.Y., and Dennis J. Grabb, Sodus, N.Y., for a "printer having an alternate scavenger geometry." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A printer having a developer station for holding a supply of developer which includes magnetized carrier particles, a magnetized development roller, and an imaging roller proximate the development roller which collects carrier particles during operation of the printer. A scavenger proximate the imaging roller and the development roller removes the carrier particles from the imaging roller during operation of the printer which are then urged through a slot in the scavenger by the magnetized development roller." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/827,261). 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=8,351,828&OS=8,351,828&RS=8,351,828 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and System for Call to Role ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,351,596) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for call to role." The co-inventors are Maria Rene Ebling, White Plains, N.Y., William Francis Jerome, Baldwin Place, N.Y., Barry Leiba, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., and Edith Helen Stern, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems are provided for routing incoming customer service requests directly to the most appropriate destination within a call center without requiring customer knowledge of a specific telephone number or extension to call and without requiring the customer to select from a series of menus. The receiving location or inbound call center accepts a voice call from a customer. The incoming voice call includes an associated data stream. This data stream is processed by the inbound call center and is used to route the call to the appropriate destination or customer service representative, for example a specific person, a department, a subsidiary, an individual either working within a facility or working outside the facility, a subcontractor and combinations thereof. Additional functionality is provided by including additional data, e.g. data in addition to routing data, along with voice data." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2008 (12/145,429). 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=8,351,596&OS=8,351,596&RS=8,351,596 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,351,278) developed by four co-inventors for a "jam latch for latching memory array output data." The co-inventors are Paul A. Bunce, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., John D. Davis, Maybrook, N.Y., Diana M. Henderson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Jigar J. Vora, Westborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A jam latch device for a data node includes a feed forward inverter having an input coupled to the data node; a feedback inverter having an input connected to an output of the feed forward inverter with an output of the feedback inverter connected to the data node; an isolation device that selectively decouples the feedback inverter from a power supply rail, the isolation device controlled by a clock signal of a reset device that resets the data node to a first logic state such that decoupling of the feedback inverter from the power supply rail coincides with resetting the data node to the first logic state; and a margin test device that selectively increases pull down strength of the feedback inverter." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2010 (12/822,038). 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=8,351,278&OS=8,351,278&RS=8,351,278 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Gracious Eloise Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Gracious Eloise, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,351,700) developed by five co-inventors for a "variable glyph system and method." The co-inventors are Eloise Bune D'Agostino, New York, Michael Bennett D'Agostino, New York, Bryan Michael Minor, Mount Vernon, Wash., Tamas Frajka, Seattle, and Michel Francois Pettigrew, Edgewood, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Using methods, computer-readable storage media, and apparatuses for computer-implemented processing, an image of handwritten text may be segmented into a disjoint component image corresponding to individual glyphs connected by ligatures. The disjoint component image is skeletonized into a grid graph, and a connected path traversing the ligatures is determined. The disjoint component image is segmented into non-overlapping segments based on connected graphs corresponding to edges in the disjoint component image, where sets of adjacent non-overlapping segments correspond to the individual glyphs. Glyph geometry may be varied by obtaining an ensemble of glyph representations, each characterized by measurable geometric glyph properties. For each geometric glyph property, target values are obtained from ensemble-wide statistical distribution functions, and the target values are used to transform a base glyph representation into a target glyph representation." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2010 (12/756,970). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,351,700&OS=8,351,700&RS=8,351,700 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,351,675) developed by seven co-inventors for "systems and methods for volumetric tissue scanning microscopy." The co-inventors are Peter So, Boston, Bevin Engelward, Lexington, Mass., Timothy Ragan, Somerville, Mass., Karsten Bahlmann, Cambridge, Mass., Ki Hean Kim, Belmont, Mass., Lily Hsu-Laiho, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Hayden Huang, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with preferred embodiments of the present invention, a method for imaging tissue, for example, includes the steps of mounting the tissue on a computer controlled stage of a microscope, determining volumetric imaging parameters, directing at least two photons into a region of interest, scanning the region of interest across a portion of the tissue, imaging a plurality of layers of the tissue in a plurality of volumes of the tissue in the region of interest, sectioning the portion of the tissue and imaging a second plurality of layers of the tissue in a second plurality of volumes of the tissue in the region of interest, detecting a fluorescence image of the tissue due to said excitation light; and processing three-dimensional data that is collected to create a three-dimensional image of the region of interest." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2010 (12/757,139). 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=8,351,675&OS=8,351,675&RS=8,351,675 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Watson Bowman Acme Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Watson Bowman Acme, Amherst, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,351,687) developed by Paul Bradford, West Falls, N.Y., and David Kent Fugard, St. Catherines, Canada, for a "bearing and expansion joint system including same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bearing is provided for use in connection with expansion joint systems. The bearing may be incorporated into expansion joint systems that are used in roadway constructions, bridge constructions, and architectural structures. The bearing can absorb increased loads that are applied to the expansion joint system. The structure of the bearing also permits improved motion of, and provides improved support for, the components of the expansion joint system that are supported on or engaged with the bearing." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2011 (13/330,199). 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=8,351,687&OS=8,351,687&RS=8,351,687 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Liquid-cooled Electronics Rack with Immersion-cooled Electronic Subsystems and Vertically-mounted, Vapor-condensing Unit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,351,206) developed by five co-inventors for "liquid-cooled electronics rack with immersion-cooled electronic subsystems and vertically-mounted, vapor-condensing unit." The co-inventors are Levi A. Campbell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Richard C. Chu, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Michael J. Ellsworth Jr., Lagrangeville, N.Y., Madhusudan K. Iyengar, Woodstock, N.Y., and Robert E. Simons, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Liquid-cooled electronics racks are provided which include: immersion-cooled electronic subsystems; a vertically-oriented, vapor-condensing unit facilitating condensing dielectric fluid vapor egressing from the immersion-cooled subsystems, the vertically-oriented, vapor-condensing unit being sized and configured to reside adjacent to at least one side of the electronics rack; a reservoir for holding dielectric fluid, the reservoir receiving dielectric fluid condensate from the vertically-oriented, vapor-condensing unit; a dielectric fluid supply manifold coupling in fluid communication the reservoir and the dielectric fluid inlets of the immersion-cooled electronic subsystems; and a pump associated with a reservoir for pumping under pressure dielectric fluid from the reservoir to the dielectric fluid supply manifold for maintaining dielectric fluid in a liquid state within the immersion-cooled electronic subsystems." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/825,745). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,351,206&OS=8,351,206&RS=8,351,206 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

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