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[November 07, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 7)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Replication of Operations on Objects Distributed in a Storage System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,306,947) developed by six co-inventors for a "replication of operations on objects distributed in a storage system." The co-inventors are Sean L. Broeder, Sunnyvale, Calif., Gordon J. Bowring, San Jose, Calif., James J. Collison, Indianapolis, Vilmar Olsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, David W. Birdsall, Santa Clara, Calif., and Gary M. Gilbert, Arlington Heights, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment is a method that reads audit from an audit trail of a source database distributed across multiple storage systems with independent audit trails and then replicates the audit trail to a target database distributed across multiple storage systems with independent audit trails without manual coordination by a database administrator." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2008 (12/261,473). 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=83,06,947.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,947&RS=PN/83,06,947 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,306,894) developed by six co-inventors for an economic intelligence. The co-inventors are Kurt Newman, Matthews, N.C., Debashis Ghosh, Charlotte, N.C., David Joa, Irvine, Calif., Tim Bendel, Charlotte, N.C., Mark Krein, Charlotte, N.C., and Aaron Lai, Alameda, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the invention provide for the use of transactional data in the calculation of sub-scores that may be used in an index score. The sub-scores may include an account sub-score, an investment sub-score, and/or a discretionary sub-score. One or more sub-scores that represent an individual, an entity, or an economic sector may be used to create an index. Further aspects relate to calculating novel indices that more accurately represent and/or predict economic conditions." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2009 (12/430,510). 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=83,06,894.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,894&RS=PN/83,06,894 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Adchemy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Adchemy, Foster City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,962) developed by David Robert Kauchak, San Mateo, Calif., Monifa Akanke Porter, Oakland, Calif., and Shreehari Manikarnika, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "generating targeted paid search campaigns." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In particular embodiments, constructing a classifier based on a plurality of training keywords. Each training keyword comprises one or more words and has a corresponding training keyword document. Constructing the classifier comprises: for each training keyword of the plurality of training keywords, annotating the training keyword with one or more labels of a plurality of labels, each label having a corresponding label document; and for each label annotating the training keyword, determining a correctness of the label; calculating a first index-wise product between a word count vector of the training keyword document corresponding to the training keyword and a word count vector of the label document corresponding to the label; and forming a pair of the correctness and the first index-wise product; and training the classifier using one or more pairs of the correctness and the first index-wise product." The patent application was filed on Jan. 3, 2012 (13/342,803). 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=83,06,962.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,962&RS=PN/83,06,962 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent for Automated Integrated High Availability of the In-memory Database Cache and the Backend Enterprise Database ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,951) developed by eight co-inventors for an "automated integrated high availability of the in-memory database cache and the backend enterprise database." The co-inventors are Sourav Ghosh, Union City, Calif., Ashish Motivala, San Francisco, Charles Hoch, Milpitas, Calif., Rohan Aranha, San Francisco, Ben Fulton, San Francisco, Andrey Gusev, Dublin, Calif., Tirthankar Lahiri, Palo Alto, Calif., and Juan Tellez, Piedmont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cluster manager is configured to manage a plurality of copies of a mid-tier database as a mid-tier database cluster. The cluster manager may concurrently manage a backend database system. The cluster manager is configured to monitor for and react to failures of mid-tier database nodes. The cluster manager may react to a mid-tier database failure by, for example, assigning a new active node, creating a new standby node, creating new copies of the mid-tier databases, implementing new replication or backup schemes, reassigning the node's virtual address to another node, or relocating applications that were directly linked to the mid-tier database to another host. Each node or an associated agent may configure the cluster manager to behave in this fashion during initialization, based on common cluster configuration information. Each copy of the mid-tier database may be, for example, a memory resident database. Thus, a node must reload the entire database into memory to recover a copy of the database." The patent application was filed on March 8, 2010 (12/719,264). 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=83,06,951.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,951&RS=PN/83,06,951 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,880) developed by Todd Matthew Fitch, Santa Clara, Calif., and Thomas A. Frasher, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "system and method for determining foreign paid taxes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for determining foreign paid taxes involves receiving an identification (ID) value linked to an account; requesting a financial record associated with a foreign tax jurisdiction from the account; obtaining a total price of a purchase associated with the financial record; extracting a foreign paid tax from the total price; calculating a tax sum based on the foreign paid tax; and populating a section of a form based on the tax sum." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2007 (11/833,923). 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=83,06,880.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,880&RS=PN/83,06,880 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Teradata U.S. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Teradata U.S., Dayton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,306,946) developed by five co-inventors for a "deployment manager for master data management." The co-inventors are Neelesh V. Bansode, Bangalore, India, Santosh K. Singh, Bangalore, India, Carl L. Christofferson, Escondido, Calif., Thomas K. Ryan, Valley Center, Calif., and Brian J. Wasserman, Escondido, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture provide the ability to deploy a data management application to a target computer system. Metadata for a master data management (MDM) application is stored in a deployment database. The metadata is representative of business rules and process workflows that manage business data from multiple sources and a model definition for a model for a central business database. Configuration settings for the MDM application are stored in the deployment database. The metadata and configuration settings are retrieved from the deployment database. Installation instructions of the MDM application are confirmed based on input into a graphical user interface. The master data management application is installed on the target computer system based on the installation instructions, metadata, and configuration settings." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2009 (12/557,270). 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=83,06,946.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,946&RS=PN/83,06,946 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,306,949) developed by Jesse Donaldson, San Jose, Calif., and David Creemer, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "method and system for copying a file using a portable electronic device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and computer-usable medium for copying a file are disclosed. A plurality of location identifiers are stored that include a location identifier of a removable memory and a location identifier of a memory of a portable electronic device. A file is stored in a memory of the portable electronic device, where the file is associated with the location identifier of the memory. In response to a user interaction with a user interface of the portable electronic device, the location identifier of the removable memory is associated with the file, where the user interaction includes a user selection of the file to copy. In response to the associating the location identifier of the removable memory with the file, the file is copied from the memory of the portable electronic device to the removable memory." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2009 (12/552,467). 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=83,06,949.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,949&RS=PN/83,06,949 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Interactive Visualization for Generating Ensemble Classifiers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,940) developed by four co-inventors for an "interactive visualization for generating ensemble classifiers." The co-inventors are Bongshin Lee, Issaquah, Wash., Ashish Kapoor, Kirkland, Wash., Desney S. Tan, Kirkland, Wash., and Justin Talbot, Stanford, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A real-time visual feedback ensemble classifier generator and method for interactively generating an optimal ensemble classifier using a user interface. Embodiments of the real-time visual feedback ensemble classifier generator and method use a weight adjustment operation and a partitioning operation in the interactive generation process. In addition, the generator and method include a user interface that provides real-time visual feedback to a user so that the user can see how the weight adjustment and partitioning operation affect the overall accuracy of the ensemble classifier. Using the user interface and the interactive controls available on the user interface, a user can iteratively use one or both of the weigh adjustment operation and partitioning operation to generate an optimized ensemble classifier." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2009 (12/408,663). 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=83,06,940.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,940&RS=PN/83,06,940 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Shutterfly Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Shutterfly, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,925) developed by Kelly Berger, Los Altos, Calif., Max Vuong, San Jose, Calif., and Mohammed Pedhiwala, Fremont, Calif., for a "system and method for managing quantity tiers using attributes in an online stationery design system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented system and method are described in which an appropriate pricing structure for a new stationery design is identified by automatically comparing attributes of the stationery design with attributes of existing stationery designs which have assigned pricing structures. In one embodiment, the attributes are prioritized such that certain attributes are weighted more than other attributes when determining an appropriate price structure. For example, in this embodiment, a search is initially performed for a price structure of an existing stationery product which shares all of the same attributes as the new stationery product. If a match is not found, then the least significant attribute is removed from the set of search criteria and another search is performed. This process continues until an existing pricing structure of a stationery product which shares the most significant attributes of the new stationery product is identified. Once the pricing structure is identified, the designer has the option to modify the pricing structure and create a new pricing category, which is then stored in a database with other pricing categories." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/641,078). 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=83,06,925.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,925&RS=PN/83,06,925 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pacific Investment Management Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Pacific Investment Management, Newport Beach, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,892) developed by William H. Gross, Laguna Beach, Calif., and Ramin Toloui, Newport Beach, Calif., for a "fixed income securities index." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of a computer-implemented method of generating a financial index includes storing in a computer memory a regional weight for each of one or more regions, and, for each of the regions, a category weight for each of one or more categories of financial instruments issued from the region. At least one of the regional weights does not reflect a market capitalization of the respective region and may be based on, e.g., a gross domestic product for the region. The method also includes programmatically selecting one or more constituent financial instruments for the categories of financial instruments issued from the regions. In some implementations, the constituents do not include equity instruments. The method also includes programmatically calculating, for the categories and regions, subindices based at least in part on the constituent financial instruments, and determining the financial index based at least in part on the subindices, the category weights, and the regional weights." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2008 (12/270,756). 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=83,06,892.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,892&RS=PN/83,06,892 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Panzura Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Panzura, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,948) developed by Randy Yen-Pang Chou, San Jose, Calif., Steve Jung, San Jose, Calif., and Ravi Mulam, San Jose, Calif., for a "global deduplication file system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosed embodiments describe interactions and synchronization techniques for global deduplication file systems. In one embodiment of the invention, a method and system implements a global deduplication file system between a plurality of interconnected systems located in different locations globally by making use of the deduplication dictionary included in metadata being periodically snapshot. In yet another embodiment of the invention, a method implements a global deduplication file system between a plurality of interconnected systems located in different locations globally and provides appropriate read/write locks." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,933). 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=83,06,948.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,948&RS=PN/83,06,948 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,306,938) developed by Michael D. Howard, Westlake Village, Calif., and Eric Huang, Los Angeles, for a "hybrid probabilistic/deterministic planning system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid probabilistic/deterministic planning system including a hybrid planning engine responsive to a null hybrid contingency plan including user defined probabilistic problem including goals, possible effect actions, and the initial state of one or more possible worlds configured to extract a deterministic planning problem therefrom. A deterministic planning engine responsive to the hybrid planning engine configured to generate one or more deterministic partial plans. The d hybrid planning engine converts the one or more deterministic partial plans into one or more hybrid partial plans and splices the one or more hybrid partial plans into selected null hybrid contingency plans to generate one or more hybrid contingency plans for each agent in each of the one or more possible worlds." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2009 (12/386,371). 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=83,06,938.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,938&RS=PN/83,06,938 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** c4cast.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- c4cast.com, Pasadena, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,891) developed by M. Chapman Findlay III, Los Angeles, G. Michael Phillips, Pasadena, Calif., and William P. Jennings, Simi Valley, Calif., for a potential-based asset comparison.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Measurements for comparing one financial asset to another are provided. For example, in one aspect a comparison measurement is generated between a model estimate and an observed market value for an asset and then such comparison measurements are compared for two different assets. In another aspect, tracking error and performance differences between two assets are measured simultaneously, thereby providing better isolation of important information." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2004 (10/931,675). 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=83,06,891.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,891&RS=PN/83,06,891 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NTelx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- NTelx, Vienna, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,306,943) developed by Lusine Yepremyan, Glendale, Calif., Amrinder Arora, Centreville, Va., and Christopher Kakovitch, Herndon, Va., for "seasonality-based rules for data anomaly detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, we describe a method that generates seasonality rules for anomaly detection for a hierarchical/tree based data structure. A new algorithm for processing nodes in hierarchy, as well as business rules for nodes, is described. Variations and examples are given to describe different scopes and embodiments of the invention. Exclusion criteria and children nodes are used as some examples for the implementations, with flow charts to describe the methods of application, as examples." The patent application was filed on March 4, 2010 (12/717,460). 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=83,06,943.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,943&RS=PN/83,06,943 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Stockshield Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Stockshield, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,306,897) developed by Brian Yolles, Pasadena, Calif., for a "method and system for insuring against investment loss." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a web-based computer system, a web-based computer software for use in connection with the web-based computer system, and a method of use thereof for the transfer of information between a moderator and a plurality of recipients in a face-to-face environment. In the system, a presentation such as a series of sequential questions are programmed into the interface for use in a face-to-face setting. A moderator tasked with transferring information to listeners in proximity uses a large display such as a plasma television connected to the internet to display questions, data, or group answers." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2012 (13/424,940). 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=83,06,897.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,897&RS=PN/83,06,897 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,306,953) developed by Sandip Agarwala, Sunnyvale, Calif., Sandeep Gopisetty, Morgan Hill, Calif., and Stefan Jaquet, Morgan Hill, Calif., for an "online management of historical data for efficient reporting and analytics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments for efficiently computing complex statistics from historical time series data are provided. A hierarchical summarization method includes receiving at least one stream of data and creating data blocks from the at least one stream of data. In another embodiment, a method for computing statistics for historical data includes accessing at least one online stream of historical data, the online stream of historical data including metadata, and creating data blocks from the at least one online stream of historical data. Each data block includes a pair of timestamps indicating a sampling start time and a sampling end time, a number of data samples spanned by the data block, a SUM(X) statistic, a SUM(XX) statistic, and a SUM(XY) statistic computed for the data samples spanned by the data block. Other methods are also presented, such as methods for efficiently and accurately calculating statistical queries regarding historical data for arbitrary time ranges, among others." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/872,964). 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=83,06,953.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,953&RS=PN/83,06,953 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lawrence Livermore National Security Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Lawrence Livermore National Security, Livermore, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,942) developed by six co-inventors for a "discriminant forest classification method and system." The co-inventors are Barry Y. Chen, San Ramon, Calif., William G. Hanley, Livermore, Calif., Tracy D. Lemmond, Tracy, Calif., Lawrence J. Hiller, Livermore, Calif., David A. Knapp, Livermore, Calif., and Marshall J. Mugge, Westerly, R.I.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid machine learning methodology and system for classification that combines classical random forest (RF) methodology with discriminant analysis (DA) techniques to provide enhanced classification capability. A DA technique which uses feature measurements of an object to predict its class membership, such as linear discriminant analysis (LDA) or Andersen-Bahadur linear discriminant technique (AB), is used to split the data at each node in each of its classification trees to train and grow the trees and the forest. When training is finished, a set of n DA-based decision trees of a discriminant forest is produced for use in predicting the classification of new samples of unknown class." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2009 (12/436,667). 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=83,06,942.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,942&RS=PN/83,06,942 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Data Fusion & Neural Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Data Fusion & Neural Networks, Broomfield, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,306,931) developed by Christopher Bowman, Broomfield, Colo., and Duane DeSieno, LaJolla, Calif., for a "detecting, classifying, and tracking abnormal data in a data stream." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for detecting, classifying, and tracking abnormal data in a data stream. Embodiments include an integrated set of algorithms that enable an analyst to detect, characterize, and track abnormalities in real-time data streams based upon historical data labeled as predominantly normal or abnormal. Embodiments of the invention can detect, identify relevant historical contextual similarity, and fuse unexpected and unknown abnormal signatures with other possibly related sensor and source information. The number, size, and connections of the neural networks all automatically adapted to the data. Further, adaption appropriately and automatically integrates unknown and known abnormal signature training within one neural network architecture solution automatically. Algorithms and neural networks architecture are data driven, resulting more affordable processing. Expert knowledge can be incorporated to enhance the process, but sufficient performance is achievable without any system domain or neural networks expertise." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2009 (12/462,634). 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=83,06,931.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,931&RS=PN/83,06,931 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Buy.Com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Buy.Com, Aliso Viejo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,874) developed by Jared Morgenstern, Newport Beach, Calif., Edward Lim, Newport Beach, Calif., and Eoin Matthews, Aliso Viejo, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for word of mouth selling via a communications network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A selling method and system that allows individuals or groups to interactively select associate products and services with their online presence in exchange for the online service, as part of an online service, or for some reward, monetary or otherwise. Individuals or groups select products and services from a pool of partner e-commerce retailers or import them from their purchasing histories based on personal preference and may use them as a means of expression for their online audience as part of an online service. This provides e-commerce retailers with self-selected targeted marketing and referral selling to affinity groups, the online version of word of mouth selling. E-commerce retailers share revenue and pay for referrals that occur via this word of mouth selling framework. Online services that have any form of user identity within the context of a larger audience may utilize this form of user based referral selling as a revenue generating tool." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2005 (11/112,483). 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=83,06,874.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,874&RS=PN/83,06,874 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Dynamic Content Selection and Delivery ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,857) developed by seven co-inventors for a "dynamic content selection and delivery." The co-inventors are Jason Lee, Forest Hills, N.Y., Andrew Glenn, New York, Vince Li, Brooklyn, N.Y., Scott Spencer, New York, Dritan Suljoti, New York, Shing Franky Sze, Hoboken, N.J., and Rigo Dillon, Berkeley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for selecting and delivering content items includes a primary system and a secondary system. Each system includes a server and a datastore of content items that is accessible by the server. The primary system receives a request for a content item, selects an appropriate content item from the primary datastore, and sends a query containing information regarding the selected content item to the secondary system. The secondary system receives the query, searches the secondary datastore, and determines whether to deliver the content item contained in the query, another content item, a default content item, or a pass-back to the requester." The patent application was filed on April 3, 2009 (12/418,447). 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=83,06,857.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,857&RS=PN/83,06,857 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AOL Advertising Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- AOL Advertising, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,306,855) developed by Kevin C. Haley, Austin, Texas, and Robert A. Luenberger, Palo Alto, Calif., for "systems and methods for providing a reverse frequency cap in advertisement viewing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods relate to frequency of advertisement viewing on the Internet, and more specifically to controlling advertisement viewings by a person during an advertising cycle. A probability of return for a customer is evaluated and an advertisement is shown to the customer based on a function of at least the probability of return and a value for the return. Once the customer has seen the advertisement a target number of times, the customer is no longer shown the advertisement." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2011 (13/236,283). 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=83,06,855.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,855&RS=PN/83,06,855 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** eBay Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- eBay, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,920) developed by Liam Sean Lynch, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and system to securely store customer data in a network-based commerce system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for securely storing sensitive customer data in a network-based commerce system such that encryption keys are not exposed to the system is described. Sensitive customer data is received via a network connection through an application interface. A symmetric key is generated, and the sensitive customer data is encoded with the symmetric key. The symmetric key is encoded with an asymmetric key and the encoded sensitive customer data and the encoded symmetric key are placed in a self-describing data-structure. The encoded sensitive customer data and the encoded symmetric key are stored in a database." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2004 (10/902,647). 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=83,06,920.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,920&RS=PN/83,06,920 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 --Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,918) developed by Augustin J. Farrugia, Cupertino, Calif., Thomas Dowdy, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Gianpaolo Fasoli, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "use of media storage structure with multiple pieces of content in a content-distribution system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for distributing content over a network. The method distributes a single media storage structure to a device (e.g., a computer, portable player, etc.) that connects to the network. The media storage structure includes first and second pieces of encrypted content. Based on whether the device is allowed to access the first piece of content, the second piece of content, or both, the method provides the device with a set of keys for decrypting the pieces of the content that the device is able to access. The provided set of keys might include one or more keys for decrypting only one of the two encrypted pieces of content. Alternatively, it might include one or more keys for decrypting both encrypted pieces of content. For instance, the selected set of keys might include a first key for decrypting the first encrypted piece and a second key for decrypting the second encrypted piece. Based on the provided set of keys, the device can then decrypt and access either one of the two pieces of content in the media storage structure or both pieces of encrypted content in the media storage structure." The patent application was filed on Oct. 11, 2005 (11/249,123). 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=83,06,918.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,918&RS=PN/83,06,918 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Say Media Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Say Media, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,306,859) developed by David Ross Lerman, New York, Troy William Young, Mill Valley, Calif., and Matthew Allen Sanchez, San Francisco, for a "dynamic configuration of an advertisement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for dynamically sizing, structuring and operating advertisements that include a variety of content, including interaction prompts and other elements, which enable an engagement-based revenue generation model. According to one embodiment, a computer implemented method comprises storing advertising content, serving an XML file from an advertising server to an advertisement manager in order to control a player on a user computer, dynamically generating the advertisement through the player based on directions from the advertisement manager and the stored content, and tracking and reporting a user's engagement with the advertisement in order to determine compensation for the publisher." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2008 (12/209,107). 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=83,06,859.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,859&RS=PN/83,06,859 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,922) developed by Ranveer Kunal, Dist-Tirunelveli, India, Kiran S. Panesar, Bangalore, India, and Madhukar N. Thakur, San Jose, Calif., for a "detecting content on a social network using links." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving at information related to users of a social network site, and determining a social network graph for at least a portion of the social network, the graph including a plurality of nodes connected by links, each node corresponding to a user that has a profile page on the social network. The method can also include identifying first nodes from the plurality of nodes as including content associated with a particular subject of interest, and seeding the identified first nodes with first scores. The method can additionally include determining second scores for second nodes based on propagation of the first scores from the first nodes to the second nodes using the links of the social network graph; and providing the determined second scores for the second nodes." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/571,924). 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=83,06,922.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,922&RS=PN/83,06,922 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Consolidated Content Item Request for Multiple Environments ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,858) developed by Ben Lisbakken, San Francisco, for a "consolidated content item request for multiple environments." 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 consolidating content item request for multiple content item environments. In one aspect, a method includes consolidating content item requests for two or more content item environments in a webpage. A first content item environment is a primary content item environment and the remaining content item environments are secondary content item environments. The primary content item environments issues a content item request for itself and the secondary content item environments, and owns a process that distributes the received content items for the secondary content item environments to the secondary content item environments." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2010 (12/836,212). 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=83,06,858.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,858&RS=PN/83,06,858 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,306,843) developed by David D. Price, Kennewick, Wash., Alycia DeZanet, Los Angeles, and David Kennedy, Martinez, Calif., for an "employee feedback and problem management portal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods for providing an electronic feedback management system. The method may use an electronic information processing platform. The method may include receiving information relating to a company employee hierarchy. The method may also include receiving information relating to the submission of a suggestion by a first employee. The method may further include receiving information relating to the status of the suggestion. The status of the suggestion may include an identification of a second employee who has viewed the suggestion. The method may also include displaying on a graphical user interface ("GUI") a visual representation of at least part of the company employee hierarchy. The display may include the identification relating to the second employee." The patent application was filed on Jan 22, 2010 (12/691,827). 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=8,306,843&OS=8,306,843&RS=8,306,843 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Deutsche Telekom, University of Illinois Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Deutsche Telekom, Bonn, Germany, and the University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill., have been assigned a patent (8,307,414) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and system for distributed, localized authentication in the framework of 802.11." The co-inventors are Petros Zerfos, New York, Jatinder Pal Singh, Mountain View, Calif., Marcin Solarski, Berlin, Pablo Vidales, Berlin, Nathanael Thompson, Champaign, Ill., and Haiyun Luo, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for controlling Internet access of a mobile device by using a communication system having a number of access points includes the steps of performing a certificate-based authentication between an authentication access point and a mobile device seeking access to the Internet; transmitting a certificate from the mobile device to the authentication access point; verifying the certificate by the authentication access point; determining whether the authenticating mobile device's certificate has been revoked prior to the expiration of its lifetime; and granting the authenticating mobile device access to the Internet, if the certificate has been verified successfully and not revoked prior to the expiration of its lifetime." The patent application was filed on Sept. 5, 2008 (12/205,359). 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=8,307,414&OS=8,307,414&RS=8,307,414 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Automated Digital Media Content Filtration Based on Relationship Monitoring ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,307,066) developed by six co-inventors for an "automated digital media content filtration based on relationship monitoring." The co-inventors are Bernadette A. Carter, Cary, N.C., Belinda Y. Chang, Cary, N.C., Fuyi Li, Sudbury, Mass., Pamela A. Nesbitt, Tampa, Fla., Anne I. Ryan, Durham, N.C., and Lisa A. Seacat, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for automated digital media content filtration based on relationship monitoring. The method determines a plurality of user relationships based at least in part on an online association between a user and a content producer. The method monitors each user relationship with each content producer for a relationship interaction between the user and the content producer. Furthermore, the method also identifies digital media content published by a content producer having a relationship with the user. A determined relevancy may be based on a strength factor derived at least in part on monitored relationship interactions between the user and the content producer that published the digital media content. The digital media content is presented to the user, with that having a greater relevancy weight having a higher priority than other digital media content available to the user from other content producers." The patent application was filed on June 6, 2008 (12/134,859). 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=8,307,066&OS=8,307,066&RS=8,307,066 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Synopsys Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatuses for Circuit Design and Optimization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Synopsys, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,315) developed by Saurabh Adya, Milpitas, Calif., Kenneth S. McElvain, Menlo Park, Calif., and Gael Paul, Aix-en-Provence, France, for "methods and apparatuses for circuit design and optimization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect of an embodiment, a method implemented on a data processing system for circuit design, includes: identifying one or more first portions (e.g., islands) of a design of a circuit, where each of the one or more first portions contains a set of elements interconnected via timing critical nets; and reporting inter-dependency between portions of the circuit in view of the one or more first portions. In one aspect of an embodiment, a method implemented on a data processing system for circuit design, includes: identifying a first portion (e.g., island) of a design of a circuit, the first portion containing a set of elements interconnected via timing critical nets; and performing a synthesis transformation of the first portion to isolate timing dependency of the first portion on a non-critical net connected to an element of the first portion." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2009 (12/363,212). 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=8,307,315&OS=8,307,315&RS=8,307,315 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Generating Customized Documentation for a Software Product ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,307,341) developed by Daniel C. Eykholt, San Jose, Calif., for a "generating customized documentation for a software product." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for creating customized documentation is disclosed. The method comprises storing one or more documents such that each of the one or more documents corresponds to one of a plurality of versions of a software product. The version of the software product which is installed in an installation environment is detected. The configuration of the installation environment is also detected. At least one document from the one or more documents that corresponds to the version of the software product installed in the installation environment is selected. A subset of the selected document that includes the version of the software product installed in the installation environment and the configuration of the installation environment is then determined. A customized document is composed, based on one or more subsets of the selected document." The patent application was filed on April 25, 2007 (11/740,011). 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=8,307,341&OS=8,307,341&RS=8,307,341 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** PrimeNano Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- PrimeNano, Portola Valley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,461) developed by Xinxin Li, Shanghai, China, and Yongliang Yang, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "fabrication of a microcantilever microwave probe." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microwave probe having a metal tip on the free end of a microcantilever. In one embodiment, a pyramidal pit is isotropically etched in a device wafer of monocrystalline silicon. Oxidation may sharpen the pit. Deposited metal forms the metal tip in the pit and a bottom shield. Other metal sandwiched between equally thick dielectric layers contact the tip and form a conduction path along the cantilever for the probe and detected signals. Further metal forms a top shield overlying the conduction path and the dielectrically isolated tip and having equal thickness to the bottom shield, thus producing together with the symmetric dielectric layers a balanced structure with reduced thermal bending. The device wafer is bonded to a handle wafer. The handle is formed and remaining silicon of the device wafer is removed to release the cantilever." The patent application was filed on Jan. 20, 2011 (13/009,990). 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=8,307,461&OS=8,307,461&RS=8,307,461 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,307,057) developed by seven co-inventors for "methods for identifying and recovering non-revenue generating network circuits established outside of the united states." The co-inventors are Paritosh Bajpay, Edison, N.J., Robert Best, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Romelle Bond, Parker, Colo., Hossein Eslambolchi, Los Altos Hills, Calif., Richard Glozzy, Hackettstown, N.J., Alan Hughes, Lawrenceville, Ga., and John McCanuel, Bailey, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes issuing a retrieval instruction, such as a database query, to retrieve from a database system a datum associated with a network circuit established outside of the United States. Upon receiving the datum from the database system, it is determined, based on the datum retrieved, whether the network circuit is incurring a charge. It is further determined, based on the datum retrieved, an amount of revenue generated by the network circuit. When the amount of revenue generated by the network circuit is below a predetermined threshold, a termination instruction to terminate a service associated with the network circuit is issued." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2005 (11/311,439). 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=8,307,057&OS=8,307,057&RS=8,307,057 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,029) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for conditional delivery of messages." The co-inventors are Marc Eliot Davis, San Francisco, Marco Boerries, Los Altos Hills, Calif., Christopher William Higgins, Portland, Ore., Joseph James O'Sullivan, Oakland, Calif., Ronald Martinez, San Francisco, and Robert Carter Trout, Burlingame, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure describes systems and methods delivering communications associated with delivery conditions in which the occurrence of the delivery condition is determined by monitoring information received from a plurality of sources via multiple communication channels. The message delivery systems allow messages to be delivered to any "Who, What, When, Where" from any "Who, What, When, Where" upon the detection of an occurrence of one or more "Who, What, When, Where" delivery conditions. A message (which may be any data object including text-based messages, audio-based message such as voicemail or other audio such as music or video-based prerecorded messages) is delivered in accordance with delivery conditions based on any available data, including topical, spatial, temporal, and/or social data. Furthermore, because the systems coordinate delivery of messages via multiple communication channels and through multiple devices, the communication channel for delivery of a message may be dynamically determined based on the delivery conditions." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2007 (11/953,494). 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=8,307,029&OS=8,307,029&RS=8,307,029 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent for Mechanism for Enabling a Set of Output from a Functional Component to be Presented on Different Types of Clients ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,336) developed by James A. Clark, Sunnyvale, Calif., Konstantin Krupnikov, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Jeffrey W. Allen, Denver, for a "mechanism for enabling a set of output from a functional component to be presented on different types of clients." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An output processor for transforming the output produced by a functional component into different forms that can be consumed and presented by different types of clients is disclosed. With this output processor, a functional component is allowed to produce a single set of output that is not targeted at any particular type of client. The output processor then determines which type of client is requesting the output, and transforms the output into a form that can be consumed and presented by that type of client. By performing this transformation, the output processor allows the implementation of the functional component to be decoupled from the client that is requesting output from the functional component. This decoupling in turn enables the amount of effort needed to develop and maintain functional components in a large scale program to be significantly reduced." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2005 (11/095,831). 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=8,307,336&OS=8,307,336&RS=8,307,336 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Portable Computer Accounts ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,425) developed by Bruce Gaya, Palo Alto, Calif., for portable computer accounts.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "User accounts, authentication information and user home directories are stored on an external storage media that can be transferred from one device to another. Measures are included for detecting tampering of stored information and for preventing possibly conflicting or damaging account and file information from entering a host device." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2006 (11/499,170). 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=8,307,425&OS=8,307,425&RS=8,307,425 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Content Resizing and Caching in Multi-process Browser Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,300) developed by Darin Fisher, San Jose, Calif., and Brett Wilson, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "content resizing and caching in multi-process browser architecture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to systems and methods for content resizing and caching in multi-process browser architecture. An embodiment includes initiating a rendering engine process and a browser process, receiving a request to resize content, providing the request to the rendering engine process, waiting to allow the rendering engine process to render an updated bitmap associated with the content and displaying the updated bitmap synchronously if the updated bitmap is produced during the waiting step. Another embodiment includes, receiving an input associated with the status of a tab, determining if the tab is a background tab or a foreground tab based on the receiving step, checking a cache for a bitmap of content associated with the tab if the tab has changed status to a foreground tab; and displaying the contents of the cache in the tab if the cache includes the bitmap of content previously associated with the tab." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2008 (12/201,772). 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=8,307,300&OS=8,307,300&RS=8,307,300 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,422) developed by Kannan Varadhan, San Jose, Calif., and Joao Campelo F.N. Gomes, Bristol, United Kingdom, for a "routing device having integrated MPLS-aware firewall." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An MPLS-aware firewall allows firewall security policies to be applied to MPLS traffic. The firewall, which may be integrated within a routing device, can be configured into multiple virtual security systems. The routing device provides a user interface by which a user specifies one or more zones to be recognized by the integrated firewall when applying stateful firewall services to the packets. The user interface allows the user to define different zones and policies for different ones of the virtual security systems. In addition, the user interface supports a syntax that allows the user to define the zones for the firewall by specifying the customer VPNs as interfaces associated with the zones. The routing device generates mapping information for the integrated firewall to map the customer VPNs to specific MPLS labels for the MPLS tunnels carrying the customer's traffic." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/271,605). 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=8,307,422&OS=8,307,422&RS=8,307,422 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent for Selectable Captchas ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,407) developed by Bjorn Markus Jakobsson, Palo Alto, Calif., Philippe J.P. Golle, San Francisco, and Richard Chow, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a selectable captchas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for displaying a set of selectable CAPTCHAs produces a first set of CAPTCHAs whose images are based at least partially on an alphanumeric sequence, where a respective CAPTCHA in the first set is associated with a CAPTCHA property. The system also produces a second set of CAPTCHAs whose images are based at least partially on an alphanumeric sequence, where a respective CAPTCHA in the second set is not associated with a CAPTCHA property. Next, the system displays the first and second sets of CAPTCHAs. Finally, the system makes respective CAPTCHAs in the first and second sets of CAPTCHAs selectable, thereby allowing a user to pass a CAPTCHA challenge by distinguishing the first set of CAPTCHAs from the second set of CAPTCHAs without typing the words associated with the images." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2008 (12/045,917). 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=8,307,407&OS=8,307,407&RS=8,307,407 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Guardian Data Storage Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Guardian Data Storage, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,307,067) developed by Nicholas M. Ryan, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "protecting encrypted files transmitted over a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved system and approaches for protecting secured files when being used by an application (e.g., network browser) that potentially transmits the files over a network to unknown external locations are disclosed. According to one aspect, access to secured files is restricted so that unsecured versions of the secured files are not able to be transmitted over a network (e.g., the Internet) to unauthorized destinations. In one embodiment, processes operating on a computer system are monitored to determine destination locations, if any, of said processes, and then using such destination locations to determine whether to permit the processes to open files in a secure or unsecured manner." The patent application was filed on Feb. 19, 2009 (12/389,076). 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=8,307,067&OS=8,307,067&RS=8,307,067 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Teledyne LeCroy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Teledyne LeCroy, Thousand Oaks, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,332) developed by six co-inventors for a "code editing for data traffic modification." The co-inventors are Douglas Lee, Milpitas, Calif., Eugene Fouxman, Mountain View, Calif., Shlomi Krepner, Sunnyvale, Calif., Andrew Roy, Erie, Colo., Amit Bakshi, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Dmitry Karpov, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and associated systems and methods may relate to a data traffic modification system that may receive operating code developed using a graphical user interface (GUI) that permits substantially real-time editing of instructions that have been determined to include errors. In various implementations, a data traffic modification device may selectively modify data traffic upon the occurrence of a predetermined condition. In one illustrative example, operating code may be developed by sequentially editing individual instructions. Upon modifying each instruction, the validity of the operating code with the edited instruction may be checked, and the GUI may display the updated code substantially in real time during an editing session. The GUI may display an indication of the validity status of the set of instructions. In some embodiments, the user may be permitted to continue editing the code within the GUI while the set of instructions contains errors." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2007 (11/681,589). 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=8,307,332&OS=8,307,332&RS=8,307,332 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microunity Systems Engineering Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microunity Systems Engineering, Los Altos, Calif., has been assigned a patent (RE43,798) developed by Craig C. Hansen, Los Altos, Calif., for a "configurable cache allowing cache-type and buffer-type access." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A virtual memory system including a local-to-global virtual address translator for translating local virtual addresses having associated task specific address spaces into global virtual addresses corresponding to an address space associated with multiple tasks, and a global virtual-to-physical address translator for translating global virtual addresses to physical addresse For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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