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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Maryland (Jan. 2)

[January 02, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Maryland (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 Maryland.

*** Johns Hopkins University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, has been assigned a patent (RE43,894) developed by Isaac N. Bankman, Clarksville, Md., and Tanya Nizialek, South Riding, Va., for a "method and apparatus for segmenting small structures in images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for segmenting a small feature in a multidimensional digital array of intensity values in a data processor computes an edge metric along each ray of a plurality of multidimensional rays originating at a local intensity extreme (local maximum or minimum). A multidimensional point corresponding to a maximum edge metric on each said ray is identified as a ray edge point. Every point on each ray from the local extreme to the ray edge point is labeled as part of the small object. Further points on the feature are grown by labeling an unlabeled point if the unlabeled point is adjacent to a labeled point, and the unlabeled point has a more extreme intensity than the labeled point, and the unlabeled point is closer than the labeled point to the local extreme. The resulting segmentation is quick, and identifies boundaries of small features analogous to boundaries identified by human analysts, and does not require statistical parameterizations or thresholds manually determined by a user." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2011 (13/314,021). 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=RE43,894&OS=RE43,894&RS=RE43,894 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Richmond IP Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Richmond IP Holdings, Richmond, Va., has been assigned a patent (RE43,903) developed by Anthony Brown, Hyattsville, Md., for a "severe weather detector and alarm." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A compact, portable weather station for predicting local extreme weather conditions and for reporting remote weather conditions. The weather station has sensors for determining local temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, ambient light, and ambient static charge. A microprocessor has memory for storing data relating to past weather conditions and data processing apparatus and algorithms for determining probable developing weather conditions responsive to sensed local conditions. The weather station has a radio receiver for communicating with global weather reporting communications systems utilizing cellular communications. Operating commands, predicted local weather conditions, and remote weather conditions are annunciated in synthesized voice in any one of a variety of predetermined languages. The weather station includes voice synthesizing and recognition apparatus for annunciating verbal prompts and weather conditions, and for responding to vocal control. The weather station is formed in two separable components, one having sensors and the other having radio communications apparatus. REEXAMINATION RESULTS The questions raised in reexamination proceeding No. 90/008,410, filed Jan. 5, 2007, have been considered, and the results thereof are reflected in this reissue patent which constitutes the reexamination certificate required by 35 U.S.C. 307 as provided in 37 CFR 1.570(e) for ex parte reexaminations, or the reexamination certificate required by 35 U.S.C. 316 as provided in 37 CFR 1.997(e) for inter partes reexaminations." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2005 (11/186,013). 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=RE43,903&OS=RE43,903&RS=RE43,903 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cox Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Cox Communications, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,347,345) developed by four co-inventors for a television terminal modem. The co-inventors are John S. Hendricks, Potomac, Md., Alfred E. Bonner, Bethesda, Md., Richard E. Wunderlich, Alpharetta, Ga., and Eric C. Berkobin, Woodstock, Ga.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to apparatus and methods for a television terminal with a modem. The television terminal may be a set top terminal for use with a cable television program delivery system. The modem may be integral to the terminal or may be provided as a hardware upgrade unit or expansion card connected to the terminal to modularly enhance the functionality of the terminal. The modem enables the terminal to communicate with interactive services and on-line databases, including services and databases outside of the television program delivery system. The services and databases may provide home shopping, airline reservations, news, financial information, classified advertisements, home banking, and/or interactive teletext." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 1999 (09/396,429). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,347,345&OS=8,347,345&RS=8,347,345 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AOL Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- AOL, Dulles, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,346,953) developed by Chin Hew, Potomac, Md., and Thu Rein Kyaw, Reston, Va., for "methods and systems for restricting electronic content access based on guardian control decisions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, computer-readable media, and systems are provided to facilitate a second user to allow or deny a first user, such as a child, from accessing content by proving the second user with a content profile based on decisions made by other users with respect to the content. In one implementation, a system allows the second user to set a threshold to automatically allow or deny access based on the other users' decisions. The decisions made by other users are aggregated into information that may be based on similarities between the child and other children from whom other users have previously made decisions regarding the particular content. In addition, the aggregation may more heavily weight decisions by users that have a history of making similar decisions to the second user." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2007 (12/000,843). 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=8,346,953&OS=8,346,953&RS=8,346,953 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Round Rock Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 2 -- Round Rock Research, Mount Kisco, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,925) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus for providing security over untrusted networks." The co-inventors are James M. Holden, Valley Center, Calif., Stephen E. Levin, Poway, Calif., James O. Nickel, Dayton, Md., and Edwin H. Wrench, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network security apparatus adapted to provide for secure communications across data networks, including untrusted networks. In one embodiment, the security apparatus comprises one or more components disposed within the software stack of a computerized device, the components including an association process adapted to establish security associations between devices on the network, and an encryption key generation process adapted to generate one or more encryption keys. In one variant, the keys are specifically for use with temporary or ad hoc security associations. The one or more keys are exchanged according to a key exchange protocol after the device is authenticated or authenticates another device. In one implementation, the device comprises a portable device such as a laptop computer." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2010 (12/965,606). 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=8,346,925&OS=8,346,925&RS=8,346,925 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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