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[November 21, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 21)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,039) developed by Lucretia Vanderwende, Sammamish, Wash., and Chris Brockett, Bellevue, Wash., for "identifying conceptually related terms in search query results." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Conceptually related term identification technique embodiments are presented that involve identifying in the results of a search query, terms that are conceptually related to the search query terms. In one general embodiment, this is accomplished by first inputting the terms employed in a search query and the results of the search. Word tokens found in the search query terms are then identified, as are potential phrases that can be made from the identified word tokens. Conceptually related words and phrases are then identified in the search query results. These words and phrases correspond to the previously identified word tokens and potential phrases. The search query results are presented to a user on a display device in such a manner as to visually distinguish the conceptually related words and phrases from other words and phrases in the search query results." The patent application was filed on May 18, 2009 (12/467,538). 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=83,16,039.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,039&RS=PN/83,16,039 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Synchronization Adapter for Synchronizing Data to Applications that do not Directly Support Synchronization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,978) developed by Paresh Suthar, Redmond, Wash., Jack Ozzie, Redmond, Wash., and Steven Lees, Seattle, for a "synchronization adapter for synchronizing data to applications that do not directly support synchronization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A synchronization adapter is coupled to the application that does not support synchronization and generates the necessary synchronization metadata for all data in the application that is to be synchronized. The synchronization adapter then combines the metadata to the actual data to be synchronized to form a synchronization feed. The synchronization feed is stored in an internal cache (or data store) which is internal to the application, or an external cache (or data store), which is external to the application, or it can be stored in both caches. The synchronization adapter also intermittently determines whether the application data has changed, thus warranting a change in its metadata, or whether a synchronization operation is warranted to synchronization operation is warranted to synchronize the data with data in another application. In either case, the synchronization adapter makes the changes to the data, or performs a synchronization operation." The patent application was filed on June 19, 2008 (12/141,946). 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=83,15,978.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,978&RS=PN/83,15,978 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Method for Maintaining Databases Information about Multiple Instances of an Activity Generating, Updating Virtual OLAP Cube Based on Modified Star-schema ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,972) developed by Gueorgui Bonov Chkodrov, Redmond, Wash., Richard Zachary Jason, Seattle, and Eric Anthony Reel, Seattle, for a "method for maintaining databases information about multiple instances of an activity generating, updating virtual OLAP cube based on modified star-schema." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Challenges associated with maintaining information about multiple instances of an activity are addressed. Separate database tables are maintained for data corresponding to active instances of an organization's activities and for data corresponding to inactive instances of an organization's activities. Multiple database tables can be maintained for data corresponding to inactive instances of an activity. In another aspect, data from the active instances table and one or more inactive instances tables are processed to generate combined analysis data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2003 (10/670,276). 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=83,15,972.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,972&RS=PN/83,15,972 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Network-community Research Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,018) developed by John Solaro, Bellevue, Wash., and Kathleen P. Mulcahy, Seattle, for a network-community research service.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network-community research service includes a research module to receive a research query from a requesting member belonging to a network community. The research module is configured to answer the research query with a ranked list of research results at least partially prioritized based on network-community activities of non-requesting members." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2008 (12/116,946). 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=83,16,018.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,018&RS=PN/83,16,018 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Consistency Sensitive Streaming Operators ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,990) developed by four co-inventors for "consistency sensitive streaming operators." The co-inventors are Roger S. Barga, Bellevue, Wash., Jonathan D. Goldstein, Kirkland, Wash., Mohamed Ali, Bellevue, Wash., and Mingsheng Hong, Ithaca, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new approach for handling stream imperfections based on speculative execution involves the retraction of incorrect events facilitated using operators to remove speculatively produced incorrect output. Additionally, parameters are disclosed that define a spectrum of consistency levels. A first parameter, maximum blocking time, exposes a tradeoff between a degree of speculation and latency. A second parameter, the maximum time data is remembered before being purged from the system, exposes a tradeoff between state size and correctness. Varying these two parameters produces a spectrum of consistency levels (e.g., strong, middle, weak) which address the specific tradeoffs built into other systems. Retraction is accomplished using operators that include Select, AlterLifetime, Join, Sum, Align, and Finalize." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2007 (11/937,118). 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=83,15,990.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,990&RS=PN/83,15,990 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Corporate Services Group, Raytheon BBN Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Verizon Corporate Services Group, Basking Ridge, N.J., and Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,315,998) developed by Michael Anthony Dean, Liberty Lake, Wash., for "methods and apparatus for focusing search results on the semantic web." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for searching Semantic Web structured resources and presenting the search results to a user can increase the likelihood that the search can produce meaningful results. An index database can be constructed by parsing literal values from statements from the resources to obtain component words of the literal values, with the index relating the component words to the statements from which they were parsed. A search engine can obtain component words from the database that match search terms in a query prepared by the user and can obtain the related statements for the matching words. A servlet or other application using the search engine and database can obtain predicates, instances, types of said instances, and full literal values of said instances for the related statements. The search results can be presented to the user as a summary of the predicates, instances, types, and full literal values." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2004 (10/803,551). 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=83,15,998.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,998&RS=PN/83,15,998 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,315,986) developed by Aditya Kapoor, Bellevue, Wash., Christopher Hercules Claudatos, San Jose, Calif., and William Dale Andruss, Minneapolis, for a restore optimization.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, article of manufacture, and apparatus for protecting data, comprising receiving information about objects stored on a plurality of hosts, determining whether an object needs to be backed up, and if the object needs to be backed up, requesting each host having the object to provide a portion of the object to a target. Information about the objects and backup may be stored in an index. A requesting host may request an object to be restored to a target. It is determined whether the object is available at the backup and at other hosts, and the backup and hosts having the object may be requested to provide portions of the object to the target, which may be the requesting host. The index may be used to determine availability of the object at the backup and other hosts." The patent application was filed on Dec. 24, 2007 (12/004,735). 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=83,15,986.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,986&RS=PN/83,15,986 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Generating Histograms of Population Data by Scaling from Sample Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,009) developed by Campbell Bryce Fraser, Redmond, Wash., Ian Jose, Redmond, Wash., and Peter Alfred Zabback, Kirkland, Wash., for "generating histograms of population data by scaling from sample data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Histograms formed based on samples of a population, such as histograms created from random page-level samples of a data store, are intelligently scaled to histograms estimating distribution of the entire population of the data store. As an optional optimization, where a threshold number of duplicate samples are observed during page-level sampling, the number of distinct values in the overall population data is presumed to be the number of distinct values in the sample data. Also, during estimation of distinct values of an overall population, a "Chao" estimator can optionally be utilized as a lower bound of the estimate. The resulting estimate is then used when scaling, which can take domain knowledge of the data being scaled into account in order to prevent scaled estimates from exceeding the limits of the domain. Also, a "sum of the parts" mathematical relationship can be taken into account during scaling that the sum of the scaled distinct values for each bin of an estimate histogram should total an estimate for the total distinct values of the entire population." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2010 (12/700,274). 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=83,16,009.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,009&RS=PN/83,16,009 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,455) developed by four co-inventors for a secure seed media. The co-inventors are Collin H. Brace, Seattle, Nathan D. Muggli, Seattle, William B. Lees, Redmond, Wash., and William J. Whalen, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Accessing a data set with secret and non-secret data. A method includes accessing a data set image. The data set image comprises secret data. The data set image is derived from an authorized data set associated with a master key that authorizes access to the secret data. The master key is not provided with the data set image. The method further comprises restoring the data set image to a computing system to create a degraded data set. Data in the degraded data set other than the secret data is accessed without restoring the master key." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2011 (13/015,018). 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=8,316,455&OS=8,316,455&RS=8,316,455 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Blue Coat Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Blue Coat Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,446) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for blocking unwanted software downloads." The co-inventors are Alexander Wade Campbell, Woodinville, Wash., Lee Thomas Dolsen, Los Gatos, Calif., Vilis Ositis, Sunol, Calif., and Cameron Charles Smith, Redwood City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for blocking unwanted software downloads within a network. Such methods may thereby prevent (i) downloads of spyware from one or more identified locations, and/or (ii) certain outbound communications from the network and/or may also permit software downloads only from specified locations. In general, the policies are defined by rules specified by a network administrator or other user." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2005 (11/112,033). 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=8,316,446&OS=8,316,446&RS=8,316,446 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Preventing Secure Data from Leaving the Network Perimeter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,442) developed by Prashanth Prahalad, Bellevue, Wash., for a "preventing secure data from leaving the network perimeter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Secure data is prevented from leaving the perimeter of a network such as an enterprise network or corporate network ("corpnet") by an arrangement in which a hash of the secure data is periodically computed, and the hashes are pushed out to an edge device on the network such as a firewall where they are stored for later access. The edge device is configured so that it has access to all traffic that flows between the enterprise network and an external network, such as the Internet, that is located outside the enterprise network perimeter. Whenever a user attempts to send data to the external network, a process running on the edge device computes a hash for the outbound data and compares it against the stored hashes associated with the secure data. If a match is made between the hash for the outbound data and a stored hash for secure data, then the edge device blocks the outbound data from leaving the network perimeter." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2008 (12/014,099). 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=8,316,442&OS=8,316,442&RS=8,316,442 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Automatic Filter Generation and Generalization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,448) developed by five co-inventors for an "automatic filter generation and generalization." The co-inventors are Marcus Peinado, Bellevue, Wash., Manuel Costa, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Miguel Castro, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Lidong Zhou, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Lintao Zhang, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and architectures for automatic filter generation are described. In an embodiment, these filters are generated in order to block inputs which would otherwise disrupt the normal functioning of a program. An initial set of filter conditions is generated by analyzing the path of a program from a point at which a bad input is received to the point at which the malfunctioning of the program is detected and creating conditions on an input which ensure that this path is followed. Having generated the initial set of filter conditions, the set is made less specific by determining which instructions do not influence whether the point of detection of the attack is reached and removing the filter conditions which correspond to these instructions." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2007 (11/925,575). 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=8,316,448&OS=8,316,448&RS=8,316,448 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** National Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- National Products, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (RE43,806) developed by Jeffrey D. Carnevali, Seattle, for an "universally positionable mounting device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Couplers with ball-shaped heads are mounted on a pair of objects, and a split arm assembly is interposed along a line of juncture between the pair of couplers and clamped together about the heads thereof. However, before that time, a spring is interposed between the pair of elongated arm sections in the assembly to produce a differential in the reaction of the respective pairs of end portions in the arm sections to the clamping forces so that the assembly is formed into a bifurcated arm assembly at one of the heads. That one head is also compressible so that after the split arm assembly has been rotated in relation to the one head, or vice versa, to set the angle of the line of juncture with respect to one or both of the objects, further clamping of the assembly operates to interlock the assembly with the heads of the pair of couplers to rigidify the connection made by the assembly between the pair of heads." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2000 (09/733,691). 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=RE43,806&OS=RE43,806&RS=RE43,806 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pure Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Pure Networks, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,316,438) developed by seven co-inventors for a "network management providing network health information and lockdown security." The co-inventors are Steve Bush, Redmond, Wash., Steve Mooney, Seattle, Xin Liu, Seattle, John Mevissen, Edmonds, Wash., Josh J. Hinds, Duvall, Wash., Ron Gery, Kirkland, Wash., Brett Marl, Seattle, and Matthew Tebbs, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Network management to establish and maintain the health and security of a computing network, such as a home network. A network management tool may identify the media access control (MAC) address for each device in the network, and allow a user to identify which devices are authorized to be a member of the network. If the network gateway device supports MAC address filtering, a user can then employ the network management tool to configure the router to exclude non-authorized devices from joining or remaining in the network based upon their MAC addresses. Further, the network management tool may allow a user to configure a wireless gateway device to stop broadcasting its service set identifier (SSID), change the SSID, or both, identify to the user when a wireless gateway device is using encryption, and, if so, what type of encryption. Still further, the tool may monitor the status of various software applications on devices in the network, and then alert a user if the status of any of the devices in the network requires attention. Further, the network management tool may provide recommendations to a user for correcting or changing the status of the monitored software applications." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2007 (11/696,638). 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=8,316,438&OS=8,316,438&RS=8,316,438 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Breadcrumb Navigation Through Heirarchical Structures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,323) developed by five co-inventors for "breadcrumb navigation through heirarchical structures." The co-inventors are Puravkumar B. Saraiya, Redmond, Wash., Catherine Elizabeth Dumas, Bothell, Wash., Stephen M. Danton, Seattle, Balasubramanian Shyamsundar, Redmond, Wash., and Pravin R. Indurkar, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A viewer may be used to navigate through diagrammatic views of hierarchically structured documents. Expansion and collapse controls may be used to show or hide details regarding a particular node in the hierarchy. Furthermore breadcrumb navigation may be employed to show and hide details regarding the ancestral chain for a particular node in the hierarchy." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/748,110). 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=8,316,323&OS=8,316,323&RS=8,316,323 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Predicting Phenotypes Using a Probabilistic Predictor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,957) developed by David E. Heckerman, Santa Monica, Calif., and Carl Myers Kadie, Bellevue, Wash., for "predicting phenotypes using a probabilistic predictor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to predicting phenotypes. In aspects, a probabilistic predictor is used to summarize a relationship between a set of biological predictors and a phenotype. The probabilistic predictor may use a function that is selected based on the type of the phenotype (e.g., binary, multi-state, or continuous). The probabilistic predictor may use genetic and/or epigenetic information. The probabilistic predictor may be trained on a portion of the data in conjunction with predicting phenotypes in another portion of the data. The probabilistic predictor may be used for various analyses including genome-wide association analysis and gene-set enrichment analysis." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2009 (12/551,606). 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=8,315,957&OS=8,315,957&RS=8,315,957 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Dataflow Component Scheduling Using Reader/writer Semantics ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,369) developed by Artur Laksberg, Redmond, Wash., Joshua D. Phillips, Seattle, and Niklas Gustafsson, Redmond, Wash., for "dataflow component scheduling using reader/writer semantics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The scheduling of dataflow components in a dataflow network. A number, if not all, of the dataflow components are created using a domain/agent model. A scheduler identifies, for a number of the components, a creation source for the given component. The scheduler also identifies an appropriate domain-level access permission (and potentially also an appropriate agent-level access permission) for the given component based on the creation source of the given component. Tokens may be used at the domain or agent level to control access." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2009 (12/649,254). 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=8,316,369&OS=8,316,369&RS=8,316,369 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Automatically Generated Highlight View of Electronic Interactions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,315) developed by William L. Portnoy, Seattle, Lili Cheng, Bellevue, Wash., and Scott J. Counts, Seattle, for "automatically generated highlight view of electronic interactions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for generating a highlight view of electronic interactions, such as, emails, instant messages, audio messages and/or video messages is provided. The highlight view can facilitate a user's understanding of the electronic interactions. The electronic interactions can comprise emails associated with conversation threads of a discussion list posted and/or received by a plurality of users. The highlight view system can include, for a given period of time, a list of participants in the discussion list, a list of conversation threads and/or a linear progression of one or more of the conversation threads. The linear progression of one or more conversation threads can include signal word(s), such as, "stated, "asked", "responded", "wrapped up", "disagreed", "agreed" etc. that facilitate a user's comprehension of the individual e-mails which form the conversation thread. An electronic interactions highlight system can include an input component that receives electronic interactions (e.g., emails associated with conversation thread(s) of a discussion list) and an analysis component that analyzes the electronic interactions and automatically generates a highlight view of the electronic interactions." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2005 (11/069,443). 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=8,316,315&OS=8,316,315&RS=8,316,315 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for System and Method to Facilitate Programming of an Associated Recording Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,389) developed by Curtis Wong, Bellevue, Wash., and Steven Drucker, Bellevue, Wash., for a "system and method to facilitate programming of an associated recording device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are disclosed to facilitates programming of a recording device. A client system is operatively coupled with the recording device, which, for example, is programmed and/or configured to record selected audio and/or visual broadcast programming. The client system receives a message, such as in the form of electronic mail (email) or another suitable form, from a remotely located computer. One or more tokens are associated with the message for providing program criteria indicative of selected audio and/or visual programming, which may be employed to program the recording device for recording broadcast programming based on the token." The patent application was filed on Aug. 9, 2007 (11/836,451). 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=8,316,389&OS=8,316,389&RS=8,316,389 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Exposure of Remotely Invokable Method through a Webpage to an Application Outside Web Browser ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,387) developed by Andrzej Turski, Redmond, Wash., for an "exposure of remotely invokable method through a webpage to an application outside web browser." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Web browsing environments are commonly used to facilitate user interaction with data over the Internet. A web browser is a tool used to view and interact with a webpage. A webpage may interface with a web service to provide remote functionality that the webpage does not locally provide. An effective method for specifying and consuming remote functionality that an application invokes outside of the web browser is disclosed herein. A webpage exposes remote functionality (e.g., web service) that a web browser and/or browser extensions may discover through browsing the webpage. A browser extension associated with an application determines whether the application is compatible with the remote functionality. Once a compatible application is determined, it may be executed so as to connect to and invoke the remote functionality outside of the web browser. The application may provide a more robust experience with the remote functionality compared to the web browsing environment." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2008 (12/199,814). 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=8,316,387&OS=8,316,387&RS=8,316,387 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Input/output Broker Model ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,384) developed by Lorenzo Tessiore, Seattle, and Jeffrey Tzu Heng Lin, Redmond, Wash., for an input/output broker model.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The described implementations relate to input/output (I/O) broker models for use with various devices. One implementation can dynamically match an I/O request to a suitable I/O driver. This implementation can also determine a buffering strategy for accomplishing the I/O request based, at least in part, on information obtained from the I/O driver." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2009 (12/372,750). 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=8,316,384&OS=8,316,384&RS=8,316,384 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Utilizing a Schema for Documenting Managed Code ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,351) developed by Tushar S. Nene, Redmond, Wash., and Charles Ainslie, Bellevue, Wash., for an "utilizing a schema for documenting managed code." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A schema is provided that supports documenting API elements that is flexible and captures current technologies as well as evolves without interfering or breaking the definitions of the existing elements. The schema utilizes a flexible and extensible element that can be used to define various elements of the APIs and can be extended to define new technology when it is introduced." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2007 (11/801,027). 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=8,316,351&OS=8,316,351&RS=8,316,351 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Type Descriptor Management for Frozen Objects ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,357) developed by nine co-inventors for a "type descriptor management for frozen objects." The co-inventors are Scott D. Mosier, North Bend, Wash., Peter F. Sollich, Bavaria, Germany, Frank V. Peschel-Gallee, Kirkland, Wash., Patrick H. Dussud, Redmond, Wash., Simon J. Hall, Seattle, Rudi Martin, Snohomish, Wash., Michael M. Magruder, Carnation, Wash., Andrew Pardoe, Bellevue, Wash., and Madhusudhan Talluri, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The efficient use of type descriptors with frozen objects. A frozen object might actually include several type descriptors, a primary type descriptor that is canonical according to a set of canonicalization rules, and an auxiliary type descriptor that is not identical to the primary type descriptor. The auxiliary type descriptor may be used to access the canonical type descriptor. When performing an operation, if the auxiliary type descriptor can be used to perform the operation, then that auxiliary type descriptor may be used. If the canonical type descriptor is to be used to perform the operation, the auxiliary type descriptor is used to gain access to the canonical primary type descriptor. The primary type descriptor is then used to perform the operation." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2008 (12/203,857). 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=8,316,357&OS=8,316,357&RS=8,316,357 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Program Abstraction Based on Program Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,345) developed by Sumit Gulwani, Redmond, Wash., and Akash Lal, Madison, Wis., for a "program abstraction based on program control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments described herein relate to determining an abstraction of a computer program and to the refinement of an abstraction of a computer program. The computer program may be a sequential program or may be a concurrent (parallel) program. A directed graph represents a computer program and may be the cross product of threads within a concurrent program. Nodes within a representation of a program are reduced to a single node to produce an abstraction. An abstraction may be refined by determining constraints that produce a refined abstraction that does not comprise infeasible paths." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2007 (11/757,198). 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=8,316,345&OS=8,316,345&RS=8,316,345 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** RAF Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- RAF Technology, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,418) developed by David Justin Ross, Redmond, Wash., for a "verification engine for user authentication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-implemented system and methods for authenticating the identity of a person, for example a customer (1) of an E-Commerce web site (15). The web site or other verification "client" (110) contacts a verification engine (10, 100) ("Authentex"), which may be implemented as a web server (604). The verification engine (10), in turn, has limited access to a plurality of independent, third-party secure databases (21, 112) which are maintained by Trusted Validators (3, 610, 620, etc), which are entities such as banks that have a pre-existing relationship with customer (FIG. 4), and due to that relationship, acquire and maintain "out-of-wallet" data (4) that may be useful to authenticate the identity of the customer. That confidential customer data--held by the third-party "Trusted Validators"--is not disclosed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2011 (13/230,471). 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=8,316,418&OS=8,316,418&RS=8,316,418 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Deployment Script Generation and Execution ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,349) developed by four co-inventors for a "deployment script generation and execution." The co-inventors are Vladimir Yuryevich Morozov, Sammamish, Wash., Stephen Matthew Schwink, Seattle, Lily Ma, Bellevue, Wash., and Lubomir I. Birov, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to deployment scripts. In aspects, in conjunction with creating a package for deploying software to a target, an installation script is also created. The installation script includes instructions for deploying the software in the package to one or more targets. The installation script is human-readable and readily modifiable. A software development tool may provide a seamless interface that allows a software developer to view, edit, execute, and debug the installation script on a local or remote target." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2010 (12/788,317). 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=8316349&OS=8316349&RS=8316349 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Service for Determining whether Digital Certificate has Been Revoked ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,230) developed by Avi Ben-Menahem, Sammamish, Wash., Monica I. Ene-Pietrosanu, Redmond, Wash., and Vishal Agarwal, Bothell, Wash., for a "service for determining whether digital certificate has been revoked." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A revocation determination service determines for a client whether a particular digital certificate as issued by a particular certificate authority (CA) has been revoked by such CA. In the service, an engine receives a query from the client, where the query identifies the particular certificate and the CA that issued the particular certificate. At least one provider is resident at the service, where each provider corresponds to a revocation information repository and represents the corresponding repository at the service, and connects to the corresponding repository. Each repository has revocation information from at least one CA. A configuration store includes a configuration information record corresponding to each provider resident at the service. Each configuration information record includes an identification of the provider and of each CA that the repository corresponding to such provider has revocation information for." The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2005 (11/273,908). 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=83,16,230.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,230&RS=PN/83,16,230 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Phrase Generation Using Part(s) of a Suggested Phrase ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,296) developed by six co-inventors for a "phrase generation using part(s) of a suggested phrase." The co-inventors are Tim Paek, Sammamish, Wash., Bongshin Lee, Issaquah, Wash., Bo Thiesson, Woodinville, Wash., Gary Voronel, Seattle, Julian James Odell, Kirkland, Wash., and Olilver Scholz, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Real-time query expansion (RTQE) is a process of supplementing an original query with addition terms or expansion choices that are ranked according to some figure of merit and presented while users are still formulating their queries. As disclosed herein, phrases may be presented and one or more terms of a focused-on phrase may be pinned (as desirable to the user). Subsequent lists may be presented as a function of pinned terms and/or user input. In one embodiment, a placeholder may be substituted for one or more pinned terms if less than some predetermined threshold of phrases is able to be presented based upon the pinned terms and/or user input, and another list of phrases may be presented as a function of a query using fewer than all the pinned terms. The placeholder may allow out-of-index phrases to be formed, for example, based upon two or more phrases and/or terms input by the user." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2008 (12/243,638). 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=8,316,296.PN.&OS=PN/8,316,296&RS=PN/8,316,296 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Health Integration Platform Protocol ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,227) developed by four co-inventors for a "health integration platform protocol." The co-inventors are Sean Patrick Nolan, Bellevue, Wash., Johnson T. Apacible, Mercer Island, Wash., Jeffrey Dick Jones, Woodinville, Wash., and Cezary Marcjan, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A protocol is provided for communicating data between two applications. The protocol can support communication of an extensible markup language (XML) document over hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) by associating the XML document with a data envelope and sending the data envelope to a disparate application. The data envelope can comprise a header, which can specify supported compression methods, encryption keys, and/or data specific to the disparate application and/or the sending application. The protocol adds a layer of security to the communication and can prevent malicious requests and other attacks. This protocol can also be used in conjunction with a health integration network." The patent application was filed on May 8, 2007 (11/745,904). 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=83,16,227.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,227&RS=PN/83,16,227 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,316,238) developed by John Francis Mergen, Baltimore, Carl Marshall Eliot Powell, Gaithersburg, Md., and Daniel M. Wood, Acton, Wash., for a "method and system for providing image processing to track digital information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach for tracking documents using image processing is disclosed. Auxiliary information corresponding to compressed digital information is extracted. The auxiliary information is used to output text lines, which undergo a hash function (e.g., checksum operation). In this manner, individual hash values are generated, as well as an overall hash value of the entire file of text lines. A reference set of hash values are maintained to identify other compressed digital information." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2006 (11/552,757). 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=83,16,238.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,238&RS=PN/83,16,238 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,316,213) developed by four co-inventors for a "management of object mapping information corresponding to a distributed storage system." The co-inventors are James Christopher Sorenson III, Seattle, Gunavardhan Kakulapati, Bellevue, Wash., Jason G. McHugh, Seattle, and Allan H. Vermeulen, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for managing mapping information for objects maintained in a distributed storage system are provided. The distributed storage system can include a keymap subsystem that manages the mapping information according to object keys. Requests for specific object mapping information are directed to specific keymap coordinators within the keymap subsystem based on a consistency based hashing schema. The hashing schema is updated and distributed to other components within the distributed storage system based on a defined distribution model." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2009 (12/533,885). 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=83,16,213.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,213&RS=PN/83,16,213 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,316,225) developed by four co-inventors for an "automated integration of fault reporting." The co-inventors are Steven J. Yukawa, Seattle, Tim W. Anstey, Seattle, Steven R. Ecola, Sammamish, Wash., and David L. Allen, Kent, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are provided for establishing a communication link between an on onboard computer system (OCS) of a mobile platform and a central computer system (CCS) located remotely from the mobile platform. A message containing data to be downloaded from the OCS to the CCS is sent from a first portion of an electronic log book function (ELB1) of the OCS to a second portion of a communications management function (CMF2) of the OCS. The message is configured into a transmittable data file and placed into an outgoing queue of the CMF2. The CMF2 automatically selects at least one desired communication channel from a plurality of available communication channels utilizing a configuration file of the CMF2. The CMF2 establishes a secure link between the OCS and the CCS utilizing the automatically selected communication channel and sends the transmittable data file to the CCS, via the secure established link over the automatically selected channel." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2005 (11/191,645). 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=83,16,225.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,225&RS=PN/83,16,225 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Arris Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Arris Group, Suwanee, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,316,135) developed by James O. Ford, Bothell, Wash., for a "highly scalable network environment for managing remote devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A highly scalable primary server is provided to serve an increasing number of users and remote devices. Instead of communicating with a primary server using an expensive communication protocol, a remote device communicates with a secondary server using a less expensive protocol to determine whether the primary server desires to communicate control instructions to the remote device. When the primary server has a request to control the remote device, the primary server creates a table entry to the secondary server to notify the remote device of a request to communicate. Upon polling the secondary server and learning of the created table entry, the remote device establishes a communication connection with the primary server to receive the instructions for controlling the remote device. In this manner, the demand for resources needed for communication with the primary server is significantly reduced." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2007 (11/937,442). 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=83,16,135.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,135&RS=PN/83,16,135 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Mechanisms to Accelerate Transactions Using Buffered Stores ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,194) developed by seven co-inventors for "mechanisms to accelerate transactions using buffered stores." The co-inventors are Ali-Reza Adl-Tabatabai, San Jose, Calif., Yang Ni, Sunnyvale, Calif., Bratin Saha, Santa Clara, Calif., Vadim Bassin, Raanana, Israel, Gad Sheaffer, Haifa, Israel, David Callahan, Seattle, and Jan Gray, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the present invention includes a method for executing a transactional memory (TM) transaction in a first thread, buffering a block of data in a first buffer of a cache memory of a processor, and acquiring a write monitor on the block to obtain ownership of the block at an encounter time in which data at a location of the block in the first buffer is updated. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,054). 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=83,16,194.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,194&RS=PN/83,16,194 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,291) developed by Bernd Paradies, Seattle, and Nils Hausig, Hamburg, Germany, for "packaging an electronic document and/or a method of displaying the package." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of methods, apparatuses, systems and/or devices for packaging an electronic document and/or displaying the package are disclosed. In one embodiment, a first document including one or more digital media assets may be packaged. Packing the electronic document may comprise generating a second document comprising a rendering of at least a portion of the first document, extracting at least a portion of the digital media assets from the first document into one or more electronic files, and generating an electronic file comprising descriptive data for at least a portion of the extracted digital media assets." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2005 (11/192,666). 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=8,316,291.PN.&OS=PN/8,316,291&RS=PN/8,316,291 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Distributed Robust Clock Synchronization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,155) developed by Shao Liu, Bellevue, Wash., Avi Bar-Zeev, Redmond, Wash., and Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Redmond, Wash., for a "distributed robust clock synchronization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technology is provided for synchronization of clock information between networked devices. One or more of the devices may include one or more applications needed access to data and a common time reference between devices. In one embodiment, the devices have applications utilizing data shared in a network environment with other devices, as well as having a reference to a local clock signal on each device. A device may have a layer of code between the operating system and software applications that processes the data and maintains a remote clock reference for one or more of the other devices on the network." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2010 (12/971,903). 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=83,16,155.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,155&RS=PN/83,16,155 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cypress Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 21 -- Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,158) developed by David Wright, San Diego, and Warren Snyder, Snohomish, Wash., for a "configuration of programmable device using a DMA controller." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and a system of configuring a programmable device using a DMA controller are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes generating a direct memory access (DMA) request to a direct memory access (DMA) controller in response to a reset of the programmable device. The method further includes automatically loading configuration data of the programmable device to configuration registers of the programmable device using the DMA controller." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (11/904,644). 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=83,16,158.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,158&RS=PN/83,16,158 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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