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[January 02, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Jan. 2)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** All ABout Choice Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- All ABout Choice, Harvard, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,681) developed by Marc Richard Lauritsen, Harvard, Mass., for a "system and method for decision support." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention use a construct referred to herein as a "choicebox" to support choice-making within a conceptual choicespace. The choicebox allows the identification of one or more options, one or more factors, and one or more perspectives for a particular choice. Each choice is associated with one or more categories. The options, factors, and perspectives are logically mapped to imagined x, y, and z axes and can be envisioned and graphically represented as a three-dimensional assessment matrix or box. Within the context of the present invention, choiceboxing is the activity of deliberating about a choice using such matrices. Choiceboxes are built and manipulated using software that renders their data into visual and interactive form. They serve as shareable places for collaborative deliberation." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2009 (12/551,139). 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=8,346,681&OS=8,346,681&RS=8,346,681 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MathWorks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- MathWorks, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,793) developed by Joe F. Hicklin, Upton, Mass., and Audrey L. Benevento, Waltham, Mass., for "techniques for suggesting correct identifiers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an illustrative embodiment, an apparatus, computer-readable medium, or method may be configured to suggest correct identifiers. Expected identifiers may be created and their frequencies of occurrence may be calculated. Unrecognized identifiers may be detected. First numerical scores indicating that the unrecognized identifiers were provided in place of one or more expected identifiers may be calculated. Second numerical scores indicating that the unrecognized identifiers were intended to include expected identifiers may also be calculated. The second numerical scores may be calculated using the first numerical scores and the frequencies of occurrence of the expected identifiers. The system may select one or more expected identifiers based on the second set of numerical scores." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2011 (13/074,717). 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=83,46,793.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,793&RS=PN/83,46,793 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,788) developed by seven co-inventors for "techniques for mapping data models using an intermediate processing layer." The co-inventors are Ken Kim, Worcester, Mass., Jingyan Zhao, Harvard, Mass., Yong Wang, Westborough, Mass., Lorenzo Bailey, Framingham, Mass., Utkarsh Vipul, Mansfield, Mass., Muhamad Djunaedi, Northborough, Mass., and Xuan Tang, Hopkinton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described are techniques for mapping a first set of objects in a first data model to a second set of objects in a second data model. In response to receiving the first set of objects, a third set of objects are generated using the first set of objects. The third set of objects include association objects each of which represent an association between a first object in the second set and a second object in the second set. A command set of provided for generating the second set of objects by extracting information from objects included in any of the first set and the third set. A request for an object in the second set is received. In response to the request, commands of the command set are executed to generate the object." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2011 (13/065,735). 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=83,46,788.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,788&RS=PN/83,46,788 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,798) developed by eleven co-inventors for a "method for sharing and searching playlists." The co-inventors are Michael Spiegelman, Los Angeles, David E. Brown, Boston, Lori Ann Sutton, La Jolla, Calif., Pierre Schiro, Culver City, Calif., Christa Maria Stelzmuller, Long Beach, Calif., Siddhartha S. Sahay, Rolling Hills, Calif., Daniel Baird, Carlsbad, Calif., Adam Korman, Glendale, Calif., Alexander Stephen Toth III, Venice, Calif., Poorna Chandra Gowda Bannikuppe Ramachandra, Bangalore, India, and Bipin Suresh, Bangalore, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides a method for making a playlist available to the public. In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a method for creating a playlist comprising user-defined descriptor information. In another embodiment, the present disclosure provides a method for searching for such public playlists." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2005 (11/315,419). 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=83,46,798.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,798&RS=PN/83,46,798 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,858) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for providing an optimal motivational response." The co-inventors are Daniel Joseph Cleary, Schenectady, N.Y., Mark Richard Gilder, Clifton Park, N.Y., Virginia Ann Zingelewicz, Scotia, N.Y., and Joseph Carl Shultz, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for providing an optimal motivational response is provided. The system includes an input device configured to receive at least one client input from the client. The system further includes a processor configured to analyze the at least one client input received from the client and generate a current state of the client based on the at least one client input. The processor is further configured to analyze the current state of the client and determine an optimal motivational technique for the client based on the current state of the client and the at least one client input. The processor is also configured to generate an optimal motivational response based on the optimal motivational technique. The system further includes an output device configured to display the optimal motivational response to the client." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2010 (12/974,597). 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=83,46,858.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,858&RS=PN/83,46,858 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,839) developed by five co-inventors for an "efficient advanced encryption standard (AES) datapath using hybrid rijndael S-box." The co-inventors are Erdinc Ozturk, Worcester, Mass., Vinodh Gopal, Westboro, Mass., Gilbert Wolrich, Framingham, Mass., Wajdi K. Feghali, Boston, and Kirk S. Yap, Framingham, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The speed at which an AES decrypt operation may be performed in a general purpose processor is increased by providing a separate decrypt data path. The critical path delay of the aes decrypt path is reduced by combining multiply and inverse operations in the Inverse SubBytes transformation. A further decrease in critical path delay in the aes decrypt data path is provided by merging appropriate constants of the inverse mix-column transform into a map function." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2007 (11/731,159). 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=83,46,839.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,839&RS=PN/83,46,839 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** EMC Assigned Patent for Controlling Multi-step Storage Management Operations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,735) developed by five co-inventors for "controlling multi-step storage management operations." The co-inventors are Xuan Tang, Hopkinton, Mass., Russell R. Laporte, Webster, Mass., Gregory W. Lazar, Upton, Mass., Sriram Krishnan, Shrewsbury, Mass., and Ying Xie, Northborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is used in controlling multi-step storage management operations. From a specification of a desired configuration of a data storage system, a description of a multi-step transaction for producing the desired configuration is derived. The description includes directions for reacting to results of an intermediate step within the multi-step transaction. Management operations are invoked based on the description." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2008 (12/241,417). 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=83,46,735.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,735&RS=PN/83,46,735 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent for Dynamic Advertisement Insertion Methods and Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,347,327) developed by four co-inventors for "dynamic advertisement insertion methods and systems." The co-inventors are Harpal S. Bassali, San Francisco, Armando P. Stettner, Westford, Mass., Michael P. Ruffini, Methuen, Mass., and Marcelo D. Lechner, Burlington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An exemplary method includes maintaining data representative of a plurality of advertisements each having one of a plurality of different resolutions, detecting a message indicative of an upcoming advertisement break in a media content program being transmitted to a media content access device by way of a content channel, detecting a resolution of the media content program, directing a dynamic advertisement delivery subsystem communicatively coupled to the media content access device to dynamically transmit a subset of the advertisements by way of one or more advertisement channels, wherein each advertisement included in the subset has the same resolution as the resolution of the media content program, and distributing tuning information associated with each of the one or more advertisement channels to the media content access device prior to an occurrence of the advertisement break. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,483). 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=8,347,327&OS=8,347,327&RS=8,347,327 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Verizon Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Verizon Laboratories, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,751) developed by nine co-inventors for a "hierarchial category index navigational system." The co-inventors are Zhiying Jin, Lexington, Mass., Fenglin Yin, Lexington, Mass., Sharon Marie Walker, Coppell, Texas, Jennifer Logan Stelling, Southlake, Texas, David A. Philbin, Arlington, Mass., Demetrios Karis, Cambridge, Mass., Hannah Y. Moon, Boston, John S. Huitema, Arlington, Mass., and William Christopher Smith, Lewisville, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A map-based search application for map-based category navigation includes geographic data, category data, and categorized data comprising at least one item, wherein each item is associated with each of the geographic data and the category data. Accordingly, a user is enabled to search for categorized data that satisfies at least one condition related to the geographic data and at least one condition related to the category data. The invention further comprises a display for displaying a list of results from a search, wherein the list comprises the at least one item." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2004 (10/872,051). 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=83,46,751.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,751&RS=PN/83,46,751 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,347,409) developed by Daniel James Burns, Cambridge, Mass., Georg Ernest Fantner, Chavannes-pres-Renens, Switzerland, and Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Cambridge, Mass., for a "resonance compensation in scanning probe microscopy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes generating, using a sensor, a data signal. The data signal includes a first component based on a motion in a first direction of an actuator configured to provide motion between a sample and a probe in the first direction, the first direction substantially in the plane of the sample; and a second component based on at least one of topographic variations of the sample in a second direction, and a materials property of the sample. The method further includes generating, using a processor, a compensatory signal based on the first component of the data signal generated by the sensor; and providing the compensatory signal to the actuator." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2010 (12/785,840). 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=8,347,409&OS=8,347,409&RS=8,347,409 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** EMC Assigned Patent for Environment Classification and Service Analysis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,748) developed by four co-inventors for an "environment classification and service analysis." The co-inventors are Manoj Nair, Cary, N.C., Iva Blazina Vukelja, Everett, Mass., Arun Dugganapally, Charlestown, Mass., and Stephen R. Perrin, Chapel Hill, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Discovering environment objects for information management in a networked environment. Information management provides services such as data protection, backup, retention, compliance, etc., by classifying the objects and/or infrastructure of an entity according to its value to the entity. Information management begins by discovering the data in a network and by discovering the servers and services operating in a network. The servers and services are discovered using adapters that can collect information regarding the environment objects. This information can then by used by information management systems to assign or orchestrate various services." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2007 (11/694,753). 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=83,46,748.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,748&RS=PN/83,46,748 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Symantec Assigned Patent for Detecting Malicious Social Networking Profiles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Symantec, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,381) developed by William Gauvin, Leominster, Mass., for "detecting malicious social networking profiles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Access of a social networking profile on a social networking website is detected. Characteristics of the social networking profile are analyzed to determine whether the social networking profile is malicious. Responsive to determining that the social networking profile is malicious, the social networking profile is reported as being malicious." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/414,005). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,347,381&OS=8,347,381&RS=8,347,381 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Aggregation, Organization and Provision of Professional and Social Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,746) developed by Geetika Tewari Lakshmanan, Cambridge, Mass., and Martin Oberhofer, Boeglingen, Germany, for an "aggregation, organization and provision of professional and social information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for performing a search for information pertaining to a search subject includes receiving a name of a person. A social/professional value is received. A search is performed based on the received name. A plurality of personal candidates is identified from results of the search and profiles of the same person in different search domains are automatically linked. A search subject is selected from among the identified plurality of candidates based on user input. The search results are characterized along a scale from social information to professional information. The search results are filtered based on the received value indicative of the desired level and the characterization of each item of results found. The filtered search results are displayed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2010 (12/876,966). 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=83,46,746.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,746&RS=PN/83,46,746 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** SavvyStuff Property Trust Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- SavvyStuff Property Trust, Centerville, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,347,398) developed by Harold J. Weber, Centerville, Mass., for a "selected text obfuscation and encryption in a local, network and cloud computing environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A keyboarded a mix of private and public text composing a source-text document is submitted through an encryption adapter intersituated in a data signal link between the keyboard and a computer system. A user selects and obfuscates the private text character portions with surrogate cloak characters in concurrent alternation with direct entry of the public text characters. A resultant protected document's data signal is safeguarded for editing and data storage without revelation of the private text content. The protected document is sufficiently secure for submission into a cloud computing environment and is immune to key-entry tracking malware. Clandestine hacking of residual data remaining in the computer firmware is negated in interpretative value by enabling the user's selective obfuscation of the source-text document's private text character content with surrogate cloak characters prior to entry into the computer system's keyboard input port." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2010 (12/927,076). 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=8,347,398&OS=8,347,398&RS=8,347,398 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Elwha Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Elwha, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,399) developed by six co-inventors for "providing greater access to one or more items in response to determining device transfer." The co-inventors are Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Richard T. Lord, Tacoma, Wash., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: determining that a computing device associated with a first user and that was in possession of a second user has been transferred from the second user to the first user; and providing at least greater access via the computing device to one or more items in response to determining that the computing device has been transferred from the second user to the first user. In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2011 (13/066,917). 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=8,347,399&OS=8,347,399&RS=8,347,399 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Dynamic Image Display Area and Image Display Within Web Search Results ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,815) developed by four co-inventors for a "dynamic image display area and image display within web search results." The co-inventors are Grant Dasher, Cambridge, Mass., Nundu Janakiram, San Francisco, Matthew K. Gray, Reading, Mass., and David R. Bailey, Palo Alto, Calif.

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 providing image search results with web corpus search results. In one aspect, a method includes determining dimensions of an image display environment in which image search results are to be displayed, determining an insertion score that defines an ordinal insertion position at which the image display environment is to be inserted into a ranking of general search results that defines ordinal positions for each of the general search results, the dimensions and the insertion score determined, in part, from the quality scores of the images, generating a search results resource for displaying the general search results according to their respective ordinal positions and the image display environment at the ordinal insertion position on a client device, and providing the search results resource in response to the search query." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2011 (13/106,403). 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=83,46,815.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,815&RS=PN/83,46,815 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Immunogen Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Immunogen, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (RE43,899) developed by Walter A. Blattler, Brookline, Mass., and Ravi V.J. Chari, Newton, Mass., for "compositions and methods for treating cancer using immunoconjugates and chemotherapeutic agents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is based on the discovery that the administration of at least one immunoconjugate and at least one chemotherapeutic agent provides an unexpectedly superior treatment for cancer. The present invention is directed to compositions comprising at least one immunoconjugate and at least one chemotherapeutic agent and to methods of treating cancer using at least one immunoconjugate and at least one chemotherapeutic agent. The present invention also provides methods of modulating the growth of selected cell populations, such as cancer cells, by administering a therapeutically effective amount of at least one chemotherapeutic agent and at least one immunoconjugate." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2012 (13/349,078). 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=RE43,899&OS=RE43,899&RS=RE43,899 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SimpliVity Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- SimpliVity, Westborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,810) developed by four co-inventors for a reference count propagation. The co-inventors are Arthur J. Beaverson, Bowborough, Mass., Kishore Chitrapu, Shrewsbury, Mass., John Michael Czerkowicz, Somerville, Mass., and Sowmya Manjanatha, Westford, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems are provided for tracking object instances stored on a plurality of network nodes, which tracking enables a global determination of when an object has no references across the networked nodes and can be safely de-allocated. According to one aspect of the invention, each node has a local object store for tracking and optionally storing objects on the node, and the local object stores collectively share the locally stored instances of the objects across the network. One or more applications, e.g., a file system and/or a storage system, use the local object stores for storing all persistent data of the application as objects." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2011 (13/106,927). 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=83,46,810.PN.&OS=PN/83,46,810&RS=PN/83,46,810 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for User Pivot Navigation of Shared Social Media ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,896) developed by seven co-inventors for a "user pivot navigation of shared social media." The co-inventors are Elizabeth A. Brownholtz, Andover, Mass., Joan M. DiMicco, Brookline, Mass., Casey Dugan, Medford, Mass., Werner Geyer, Boston, Jodi M. Large, Warwick, R.I., David R. Millen, Boxford, Mass., and Michael Muller, Medford, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to social media navigation in a social network and provide a method, system and computer program product for user pivot for media sharing in a social network. In an embodiment of the invention, a social networking data processing system for user pivot navigation. The system can include a social network executing in a host server, the social network providing shared media for viewing by communicatively coupled clients. The system also can include user pivot logic coupled to the social network. The logic can include program code enabled to identify a user of the social network associated with shared media selected for display in a media view to a requesting user and to generate a navigation view in a consistent location in a user interface to the social network irrespective of a page view rendered in the user interface, the view providing a link to a profile page for the identified user." The patent application was filed on Jan. 21, 2008 (12/017,056). 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=8,346,896&OS=8,346,896&RS=8,346,896 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Automated Relationship Classification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,898) developed by Jane B. Marcus, Westford, Mass., Richard Blair Davies Jr., Wayland, Mass., and A. Julie Kadashevich, Tyngsboro, Mass., for an automated relationship classification.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and computer program product for automatically classifying relationships in a social networking or email application is described. A method may comprise associating, via at least one of a client electronic device and a server computer, a first incoming communication type and a first outgoing communication type with a first contact group, and a second incoming communication type and a second outgoing communication type with a second contact group. The method may further comprise monitoring, via at least one of the client electronic device and the server computer, an incoming communication from a contact and an outgoing communication to the contact." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2009 (12/648,442). 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=8,346,898&OS=8,346,898&RS=8,346,898 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Device, System, and Method of Scheduling Tasks of a Multithreaded Application ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,301) developed by Wenlong Li, Beijing, Xiaofeng Tong, Beijing, and Aamer Jaleel, Hudson, Mass., for "device, system, and method of scheduling tasks of a multithreaded application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Device, system, and method of executing multithreaded applications. Some embodiments include a task scheduler to receive application information related to one or more parameters of at least one multithreaded application to be executed by a multi-core processor including a plurality of cores and, based on the application information and based on architecture information related to an arrangement of the plurality of cores, to assign one or more tasks of the multithreaded application to one or more cores of the plurality of cores. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2008 (12/164,143). 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=8,347,301&OS=8,347,301&RS=8,347,301 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,926) developed by four co-inventors for "granting access to a content unit stored on an object addressable storage system." The co-inventors are Jan F. Van Riel, Geel, Belgium, Tom Teugels, Schoten, Belgium, Michael Kilian, Harvard, Mass., and Stephen J. Todd, Shrewsbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the invention relate to sharing content stored on an object addressable storage (OAS) system among a plurality of users of the OAS system and authenticating users to an OAS system. In some embodiments, a user may store content units on the OAS system and control access by other users to these content units. In some embodiments, when a user grants one or more other users access to a content unit stored on the OAS system, the OAS system may send a notification of grant of access to the other user(s)." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/025,967). 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=8,346,926&OS=8,346,926&RS=8,346,926 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Red Hat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,886) developed by nine co-inventors for a "system, method, and medium for configuring client computers to operate disconnected from a server computer while using a master instance of the operating system." The co-inventors are Jonathan Richard Blandford, Groton, Mass., John Ross Dennis, Auburn, Mass., Alexander Tobias Larsson, Stockholm, Sweden, David Hugh Malcolm, Stoneham, Mass., Mark Brian McLoughlin, Clontarf, Ireland, Seth Aaron Nickell, Nashua, N.H., Havoc Pennington, North Chelmsford, Mass., Brian Stevens, New Boston, N.H., and Owen Wayne Taylor, Waltham, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system comprises a server. The server, in turn, comprises one or more master instances of an operating system (OS). The OS comprises a set of computer program files to operate a computer. The server also includes a version-managing program maintaining the one or more master operating systems. The computer system also includes a number of client computers each of which is configured to operate using one of the one or more master operating systems as read-only files." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2004 (10/935,712). 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=8,346,886&OS=8,346,886&RS=8,346,886 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MathWorks Assigned Patent for Hardware Definition Language Generation for Frame-based Processing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- MathWorks, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,347,245) developed by Brian K. Ogilvie, Holliston, Mass., and Pieter J. Mosterman, Framingham, Mass., for a "hardware definition language generation for frame-based processing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method generates hardware description language (HDL) code from a model having a plurality of components, including at least one component that processes frame-based input data. A selected preference is received for implementing the frame-based component. The generated HDL code includes a hardware implementation of the frame-based component that satisfies the selected preference." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2007 (11/842,099). 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=8,347,245&OS=8,347,245&RS=8,347,245 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,872) developed by eight co-inventors for a "context parameters and identifiers for communication." The co-inventors are Alexander J. Cohen, Mill Valley, Calif., Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, William Henry Mangione-Smith, Kirkland, Wash., John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, a method related to communication. In addition, other method, system, and program product aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and/or text forming a part of the present application." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2006 (11/506,415). 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=8,346,872&OS=8,346,872&RS=8,346,872 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Transaction Aggregation to Increase Transaction Processing Throughout ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,292) developed by Michael James Beckerle, Needham, Mass., and Michael John Carney, Pepperell, Mass., for a "transaction aggregation to increase transaction processing throughout." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are techniques for increasing transaction processing throughput. A transaction item with a message identifier and a session identifier is obtained. The transaction item is added to an earliest aggregated transaction in a list of aggregated transactions in which no other transaction item as the same session identifier. A first aggregated transaction in the list of aggregated transactions that has met execution criteria is executed. In response to determining that the aggregated transaction is not committing, the aggregated transaction is broken up into multiple smaller aggregated transactions and a target size of each aggregated transaction is adjusted based on measurements of system throughput." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2007 (11/848,115). 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=8,347,292&OS=8,347,292&RS=8,347,292 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SmarteSoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- SmarteSoft, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,347,267) developed by five co-inventors for an "automated software testing and validation system." The co-inventors are Ethan Givoni, Framingham, Mass., Naomi Ravitz, Brooklyn, N.Y., Ziv Ravitz, Brooklyn, N.Y., Thang Quoc Nguyen, Placentia, Calif., and Thieu Nguyen, Santa Ana, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated software testing system allows automated test script generation with fully parameterized scripts, execution, and result correlation. A software Application Under Test (AUT) includes a process having Graphical User Interface (GUI) windows, objects and data elements. A test thread tree is generated corresponding to these windows, objects and data elements. A data structure is generated to enumerate test cases indicative of the windows, objects and data elements. Also generated is a parameterized script implementing the test cases and having string values instead of hard-coded data. A global change manager automates modifying in the data structure, data object attributes across multiple scripts. A Scenario view or data generation member generates Test Descriptions, automatically documenting the test cases. The script is executed to apply each of the test cases to the AUT and receive responses." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2011 (13/045,989). 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=8,347,267&OS=8,347,267&RS=8,347,267 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Akamai Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Akamai Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,346,956) developed by Richard David Day, Upton, Mass., Eric Sven-Johan Swildens, Mountain View, Calif., and Zaide Liu, Cupertino, Calif., for a "dynamic image delivery system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dynamic image delivery system receives a client request for an image at an image caching server. The image caching server measures the client's network access speed and looks for an appropriate pre-rendered copy of the requested image that is rendered for the client's network access speed in local storage. If the appropriate rendered copy is found, then the image caching server sends the rendered image to the client. If it is not found, then the image caching server dynamically renders a copy of the image and sends it to the client." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2011 (13/244,373). 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=8,346,956&OS=8,346,956&RS=8,346,956 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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