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[November 16, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Nov. 16)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** Bioptigen Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Bioptigen, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,310,674) developed by Pete Huening, Clayton, N.C., Robert H. Hart, Cary, N.C., and Eric L. Buckland, Hickory, N.C., for "volume phase grating spectrometers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A spectrometer is provided including a camera and an axial symmetric camera mount configured to receive the camera and to rotate. The spectrometer furthers include an input for providing optical radiation to a spectrometer system; a diffraction grating for dispersing the optical radiation along a prescribed plane; at least one lens for focusing wavelength-dispersed light onto at least one array of a detector of optical radiation, wherein the camera has at least one linear array of elements for detecting optical radiation; a mechanical housing, wherein the axial symmetric camera mount is configured to couple the camera to the mechanical housing; and a means for rotating the camera coupled to the mechanical housing about an axis. Related systems and methods are also provided." The patent application was filed on May 10, 2012 (13/468,372). 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=8,310,674&OS=8,310,674&RS=8,310,674 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Synecor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 - Synecor, Chapel Hill, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,311,633) developed by Terrance Ransbury, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Kevin Holbrook, Chapel Hill, N.C., for an "intravascular implantable device having superior anchoring arrangement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Anchoring methods, systems and devices anchor an intravascular implantable device within a vessel that is located superior to the heart, i.e. above the heart in a direction toward the head of a patient. A method of providing an intravascular device and instructions for implanting the intravascular device, includes providing an intravascular device having an elongate device body with a proximal end and a distal end that is adapted for chronic implantation within the vasculature of a patient and that includes a distal portion of the intravascular device proximate the distal end of the elongate device body, and providing instructions for chronically implanting the intravascular device substantially wholly within the vasculature of a patient in a target vessel superior to the heart of the patient." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2007 (11/999,519). 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=8,311,633&OS=8,311,633&RS=8,311,633 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Processor Cooling Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,311,683) developed by four co-inventors for a processor cooling management. The co-inventors are Robert Lee Angell, Salt Lake City, David Wayne Cosby, Raleigh, N.C., Robert R. Friedlander, Southbury, Conn., and James R. Kraemer, Santa Fe, N.M.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Illustrative embodiments provide a computer implemented method, a data processing system, and a computer program product for adjusting cooling settings. The computer implemented method comprises analyzing a set of instructions of an application to determine a number of degrees by which a set of instructions will raise a temperature of at least one processor core. The computer implemented method further calculates a cooling setting for at least one cooling system for the at least one processor core. The computer implemented method adjusts the at least one cooling system based on the cooling setting. The step of analyzing the set of instructions is performed before the set of instructions is executed on the at least one processor core. The step of adjusting the at least one cooling system is performed before the set of instructions is executed on the at least one processor core." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2009 (12/432,611). 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=8,311,683&OS=8,311,683&RS=8,311,683 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Tracking Vehicle Maintenance Using Sensor Detection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,311,698) developed by six co-inventors for a "tracking vehicle maintenance using sensor detection." The co-inventors are Gregory J. Boss, American Fork, Utah, Peter G. Finn, Brampton, Canada, Rick A. Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., Brian M. O'Connell, Cary, N.C., James W. Seaman, Falls Church, Va., and Keith R. Walker, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Radio frequency identification is used in cooperation with the computer system aboard a motor vehicle to track service and maintenance activities relating to the vehicle. Each component or part of the vehicle that may require maintenance is provided with a unique passive identification tag. The output data from the tag is read by a reader placed in proximity to the tag, and the data is transmitted to an on-board computer module where it is processed, and the service record is updated. A data stream converter may be used to process the information read by the reader into a format that is acceptable to the on-board computer. The data from the on-board computer is stored in a device external to the computer. Provisions are included for notification to the user, the auto dealer or service other agency as needed." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2012 (13/467,529). 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=8,311,698&OS=8,311,698&RS=8,311,698 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,294) developed by John W. Poulton, Chapel Hill, N.C., Robert E. Palmer, Carrboro, N.C., and Andrew M. Fuller, Durham, N.C., for a "low-power clock generation and distribution circuitry." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication IC includes a power-efficient clock-distribution system. A control loop monitors and adjusts the peak and trough voltages of a clock signal. The clock signal can be adaptively adjusted to center the peak and trough voltages about the switching threshold voltage of a clock buffer. The voltage swing of the clock signal can thus be made small and, as a consequence, power efficient. The control loop can monitor and control more than one clock signal." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2008 (12/525,181). 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=8,310,294&OS=8,310,294&RS=8,310,294 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Itron Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Itron, Liberty Lake, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,312,103) developed by Kenneth J. Holbrook, Cary, N.C., and Christopher M. Higgins, Wake Forest, N.C., for a "periodic balanced communication node and server assignment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are apparatus and methodology subject matters for controlling the allocation of system nodes to a variable number of communication servers in an Advanced Metering System (AMS). An Orchestration Manager is provided through which all requests for end-device communications are routed. The Orchestration Manager periodically rebalances node assignments to reallocate nodes among communication servers in order to maintain data collection efficiency and in order to redistribute end devices from a failed communication server, or to otherwise adjust for the addition of a newly activated communication server." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2007 (11/897,235). 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=8,312,103&OS=8,312,103&RS=8,312,103 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Apparatus, System, and Method for Email Response Time Estimation Based on a Set of Recipients ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,312,089) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus, system, and method for email response time estimation based on a set of recipients." The co-inventors are Lisa Seacat Deluca, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Itzhack Goldberg, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Ohad Greenshpan, Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Boaz Mizrachi, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed to dynamically estimate a response time while composing an email. A recipient module determines a set of email recipients identified by a user. The set of email recipients comprises intended recipients of a new email message from the user. A response time identification module determines a response time trend for each email recipient. Each response time trend has information relating to previous email response times of an email recipient. An estimate module determines an estimated response time for the new email message based on the retrieved response time trends. A display module displays a visual representation of the response time to the user." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/578,486). 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=8,312,089&OS=8,312,089&RS=8,312,089 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,841) developed by Jimmy G. Foster Sr., Raleigh, N.C., and Kyu-Hyoun Kim, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for an "integrated circuit die stacks having initially identical dies personalized with switches and methods of making the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Integrated circuit die stacks having a first die mounted upon a substrate, the first die manufactured to be initially identical to a second die with a plurality of through silicon vias (`TSVs`), the first die personalized by opening switches on the first die, converting the TSVs previously connected through the open switches into pass-through vias (`PTVs`), each PTV implementing a conductive pathway through the first die with no connection to any circuitry on the first die; and the second die, manufactured to be initially identical to the first die and later personalized by opening switches on the second die, the second die mounted upon the first die so that the PTVs in the first die connect signal lines from the substrate through the first die to TSVs in the second die." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2009 (12/617,273). 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=8,310,841&OS=8,310,841&RS=8,310,841 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Kota Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Kota, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,312,087) developed by Hugh Svendsen, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Scott Curtis, Durham, N.C., for a facemail.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for generating, sending, and delivering a message addressed using an image of an intended message recipient of the message. In one embodiment, a sending user captures or otherwise obtains an image of an intended message recipient. A message to the intended message recipient is then generated, addressed using the image of the intended message recipient, and sent to a central server. The central server identifies the intended message recipient based on the image of the intended message recipient and optionally a location and time at which the image was captured. Optionally, the identity of the intended message recipient may be verified by one or more users such as one or more friends of the intended message recipient. The central server then sends the message to the intended message recipient using known contact information such as a username or email address of the intended message recipient." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2008 (12/111,456). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,312,087&OS=8,312,087&RS=8,312,087 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Evonik Stockhausen Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Evonik Stockhausen, Greensboro, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,309,682) developed by Gonglu Tian, Greensboro, N.C., Scott J. Smith, Greensboro, N.C., and Janet Pate-Linton, Winston-Salem, N.C., for "recycling superabsorbent polymer fines." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process is described for recycling superabsorbent polymer fines into a process that includes treating the superabsorbent polymer fines with caustic and a polymerization step for making the superabsorbent polymer gel. The process requires treating the superabsorbent polymer fines with a caustic, followed by mixture with polymerizable monomer solution, and polymerizing the mixture of the superabsorbent polymer fines and monomer to form the aqueous fluid absorbent polymer. In the process, the fines are incorporated into the new polymer gel and become indistinguishable there from. The gel may then be comminuted into a particulate dried and then separated into a portion having a desired minimum particle size in a fines portion having less than the desired size. The particulate may then be coated with a surface crosslinking agent and surface additives and heated for surface conversion." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2011 (13/020,898). 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=83,09,682.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,682&RS=PN/83,09,682 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** PBI Performance Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- PBI Performance Products, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,309,662) developed by four co-inventors for "polybenzimidazole-polyetherketoneketone blends and miscible blends." The co-inventors are Bobby G. Dawkins, Charlotte, N.C., Michael Gruender, Charlotte, N.C., Gregory S. Copeland, Tega Cay, S.C., and Tim Hsu, State College, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for producing a solution blend of a polybenzimidazole (PBI) and a polyetherketoneketone (PEKK). The PBI is mixed with sulfuric acid at a temperature between 40.degree. C. and 80.degree. C. for 30 minutes to 2 hours to produce a PBI solution then cooled to room temperature to form a cooled PBI solution. Then PEKK is added to the cooled PBI solution to form a mixture and that mixture is stirred from 30 minutes to 2 hours at room temperature to form a stirred mixture. The stirred mixture is poured into an excess of water being stirred swiftly to form an aqueous mixture. The aqueous mixture is filtered to produce a blend. The blend is washed with water and dried. The resulting blend can yield a blend in all proportion from 1/99 PBI/PEKK to 99/1 PBI/PEKK." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2010 (12/841,277). 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=83,09,662.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,662&RS=PN/83,09,662 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TriQuint Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- TriQuint Semiconductor, Hillsboro, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,310,224) developed by Kiran Karnik, Kernersville, N.C., for an automatic calibration circuit.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of circuits, devices, and methods related to calibration circuits are disclosed. In various embodiments, a calibration circuit may be used for calibrating a power detector circuit. In various other embodiments, a calibration circuit may be used for calibrating a resistor module. Other embodiments may also be described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2010 (12/699,829). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,224.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,224&RS=PN/8,310,224 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Digitalsmiths Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Semantically Classifying Shots in Video ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Digitalsmiths, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,311,344) developed by Heather Dunlop, Raleigh, N.C., and Matthew G. Berry, Raleigh, N.C., for "systems and methods for semantically classifying shots in video." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for classifying videos based on video content. For a given video file including a plurality of frames, a subset of frames is extracted for processing. Frames that are too dark, blurry, or otherwise poor classification candidates are discarded from the subset. Generally, material classification scores that describe type of material content likely included in each frame are calculated for the remaining frames in the subset. The material classification scores are used to generate material arrangement vectors that represent the spatial arrangement of material content in each frame. The material arrangement vectors are subsequently classified to generate a scene classification score vector for each frame. The scene classification results are averaged (or otherwise processed) across all frames in the subset to associate the video file with one or more predefined scene categories related to overall types of scene content of the video file." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2009 (12/372,561). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,311,344.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,344&RS=PN/8,311,344 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ektimisi Semiotics Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Ektimisi Semiotics Holdings, Portsmouth, N.H., has been assigned a patent (8,311,525) developed by Munindar P. Singh, Cary, N.C., and Mona Singh, Cary, N.C., for a "method, system, and computer program product for creating smart services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer program product are described for creating smart services. According to an exemplary embodiment, a method for creating smart services includes defining a service associated with a service agent on a smart services platform. The service is based on a situation of a service subscriber and an event for interacting with the subscriber on behalf of the service. The method includes providing access to subscriber context information based on private subscriber information. The subscriber context information is used in determining a current situation of the subscriber. The method also includes allowing, via the service agent on the smart services platform, the service to use the subscriber context information to generate a response to the event on behalf of the subscriber without the service having direct access to the private subscriber information." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2011 (13/323,092). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,311,525.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,525&RS=PN/8,311,525 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Digitalsmiths Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Digitalsmiths, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,311,390) developed by Matthew G. Berry, Raleigh, N.C., for "systems and methods for identifying pre-inserted and/or potential advertisement breaks in a video sequence." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for identifying advertisement breaks in digital video files. Generally, an advertisement break identification module receives a digital video file and generates an edge response for each of one or more frames extracted from the video file. If one of the generated edge responses for a particular frame is less than a predefined threshold, then the module identifies the particular frame as the start of an advertisement break. The module then generates further edge responses for frames subsequent to the identified particular frame. Once an edge response is generated for a particular subsequent frame that is greater than the threshold, it is identified as the end of the advertisement break. The video file may then be manipulated or transformed, such as by associating metadata with the advertisement break for a variety of uses, removing the advertisement break from the video file, etc. Optionally, various time and/or frame thresholds, as well as an audio verification process, are used to validate the identified advertisement break." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2009 (12/466,167). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,311,390.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,390&RS=PN/8,311,390 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cree Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cree, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,310,143) developed by Antony Paul Van De Ven, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, and Gerald H. Negley, Durham, N.C., for "lighting device and lighting method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lighting device comprising at least one solid state light emitter and at least one lumiphor. If each solid state light emitter is illuminated and each lumiphor is excited, a mixture of light emitted has x, y color coordinates within an area defined by the coordinates 0.32, 0.40; 0.36, 0,48; 0.43, 0.45; 0.42, 0.42; and 0.36, 0.38. The lumiphor(s) comprises phosphor particles, in the range of from 3 to 7 micrometers (or 5-15, 10-20, or 15-25 micrometers), or having a mean particle size of 5, 10, 15, 20 micrometers. Also, a lighting device comprising at least one emitter and at least one lumiphor in which the lumiphor comprises phosphor particles having sizes as mentioned above, where the lighting device has an efficacy of at least 60 (or 70, or 80) lumens per watt." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2007 (11/843,243). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,143.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,143&RS=PN/8,310,143 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Analog Devices Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method for Providing Multi-mode Clock Signals ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Analog Devices, Norwood, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,282) developed by John Kevin Behel, Greensboro, N.C., for an "apparatus and method for providing multi-mode clock signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods for providing multi-mode clock signals are disclosed. In some embodiments, a multi-mode driver configured to receive a first clock signal, and to selectively output a different clock signal in response to one or more signals from a controller is provided. The driver can include an H-bridge circuit without substantial increases in the size of the design area. Advantageously, lower jitter and improved impedance matching can be accomplished." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2011 (13/098,109). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,282.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,282&RS=PN/8,310,282 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Salix Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Salix Pharmaceuticals, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,309,569) developed by William Forbes, Raleigh, N.C., and Lorin Johnson, Palo Alto, Calif., for "methods for treating diarrhea-associated irritable bowel syndrome." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides methods of treating diarrhea-associated irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) following rifaximin administration." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2009 (12/393,979). 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=83,09,569.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,569&RS=PN/83,09,569 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Current Sensing Mechanism ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,310,225) developed by Gerald Paul Michalak, Cary, N.C., for a current sensing mechanism.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A current sensing mechanism for use in an integrated circuit is described. In one embodiment, the integrated circuit comprises a voltage supply rail and a current sensor coupled to that voltage supply rail such that the current sensor determines the current passing through the voltage supply rail. Leads attached to the current sensor can be monitored to obtain measurements that permit determination of the current." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2009 (12/353,626). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,225.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,225&RS=PN/8,310,225 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Illinois Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,310,128) developed by Placid M. Ferreira, Champaign, Ill., Jingyan Dong, Apex, N.C., and Deepkishore Mukhopadhyay, Chicago, for a "high precision silicon-on-insulator MEMS parallel kinematic stages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "MEMS stages comprising a plurality of comb drive actuators provide micro and up to nano-positioning capability. Flexure hinges and folded springs that operably connect the actuator to a movable end stage provide independent motion from each of the actuators that minimizes unwanted off-axis displacement, particularly for three-dimensional movement of a cantilever. Also provided are methods for using and making MEMS stages. In an aspect, a process provides a unitary MEMS stage made from a silicon-on-insulator wafer that avoids any post-fabrication assembly steps. Further provided are various devices that incorporate any of the stages disclosed herein, such as devices requiring accurate positioning systems in applications including scanning probe microscopy, E-jet printing, near-field optic sensing, cell probing and material characterization." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2009 (12/437,051). 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=8,310,128.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,128&RS=PN/8,310,128 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Pittsburgh-of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The University of Pittsburgh-of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education, Pittsburgh, has been assigned a patent (8,309,599) developed by Kazunori Koide, Pittsburgh, Brian J. Albert, Pittsburgh, and Ananthapadmanabhan Sivaramakrishnan, Jamestown, N.C., for a "synthesis of FR901464 and analogs with antitumor activity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides novel analogs of FR901464, as well as an improved methodology for preparing FR901464 and its analogs. These compounds display an anti-cancer activity and are candidates for therapies against a number of disease states associated with dysfunctional RNA splicing." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2010 (12/883,105). 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=83,09,599.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,599&RS=PN/83,09,599 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Serenex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 - Serenex, Indianapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,309,548) developed by seven co-inventors for "benzene, pyridine, and pyridazine derivatives." The co-inventors are Kenneth He Huang, Northbrook, Ill., Jeron Eaves, Durham, N.C., Gunnar Hanson, Dallas, James Veal, Apex, N.C., Thomas Barta, Carrboro, N.C., Lifeng Geng, Cary, N.C., and Lindsay Hinkley, Cary, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are compounds and pharmaceutically acceptable salts of Formula I ##STR00001## wherein R.sub.1, R.sub.2, R.sub.3, R.sub.4, R.sub.5, R.sub.6, R.sub.7, n, Q.sub.1, Q.sub.2, Q.sub.3, Y, and X.sub.1-X.sub.4 are as defined herein. Compounds of Formula I are useful in the treatment of diseases and/or conditions related to cell proliferation, such as cancer, inflammation, arthritis, angiogenesis, or the like. Also disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions comprising compounds of the invention and methods of treating the aforementioned conditions using such compounds." The patent application was filed on April 7, 2011 (13/081,637). 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=8,309,548&OS=8,309,548&RS=8,309,548 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

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