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[February 15, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 15)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,374,448) developed by Alex Zavatone, Irving, Texas, and Donald H. Relyea, Dallas, for an "image data optimization systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An exemplary method includes an image data optimization control subsystem subjecting data representative of an image to an image data optimization cycle and repeating the subjecting of data representative of the image to the image data optimization cycle in response to a determination that output data representative of the image produced in conjunction with the previous subjection is optimized by at least the predetermined optimization threshold, wherein the repeat subjection of data representative of the image includes submitting the output data from the previous subjection as new input to the image data optimization cycle. Corresponding systems and methods are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2010 (12/983,101). 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=8,374,448&OS=8,374,448&RS=8,374,448 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.


*** Behavioral Recognition Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Behavioral Recognition Systems, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,374,393) developed by Wesley Kenneth Cobb, The Woodlands, Texas, Ming-Jung Seow, Houston, and Tao Yang, Katy, Texas, for a foreground object tracking.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are disclosed for detecting foreground objects in a scene captured by a surveillance system and tracking the detected foreground objects from frame to frame in real time. A motion flow field is used to validate foreground objects(s) that are extracted from the background model of a scene. Spurious foreground objects are filtered before the foreground objects are provided to the tracking stage. The motion flow field is also used by the tracking stage to improve the performance of the tracking as needed for real time surveillance applications." The patent application was filed on July 10, 2012 (13/545,950). 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=8,374,393&OS=8,374,393&RS=8,374,393 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bell and Howell Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Bell and Howell, Wheeling, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,374,398) developed by Roger Spitzig, Ontario, Canada, and Mark Woolston, Copper Canyon, Texas, for a "linear image lift array for transported material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The subject matter presented herein relates to a method, system and program product for performing image capture of items. In particular the image capture occurs during transport of the items by a high-speed transport device. The image is captured by a linear array imaging sensor as a face of the item is transported at a continuous production speed in near proximity to the linear array imaging sensor." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2009 (12/579,039). 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=8,374,398&OS=8,374,398&RS=8,374,398 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Realtime Call Screening ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,374,319) developed by J. Bradley Bridges, San Antonio, and Larry B. Pearson, San Antonio, for a realtime call screening.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is generally related to methods for use in connection with network-based messaging systems and related systems. In accordance with a particular embodiment, the method includes receiving a call at the network-based messaging system and providing a notification to a subscriber of the network-based messaging system that the call has been received and that a message for the subscriber is to be recorded. The subscriber is located remotely from the network-based messaging system. In accordance with another particular embodiment, the system includes a computer server and a notification module. The computer server is associated with the remote subscriber terminal and includes a voice message storage unit to store voice messages. The notification module is to notify the remote subscriber terminal when a call is received at the computer server and when a voice message is to be recorded." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2002 (10/205,688). 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=8,374,319&OS=8,374,319&RS=8,374,319 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent for System and Method for Interactive Customer Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,374,334) developed by Ramesh Sankaranarayanan, Irving, Texas, for a "system and method for interactive customer service." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is implemented by one or more server devices associated with a network. The method includes receiving information relating to a customer service request, where the information includes data to identify a category of the customer service request. The method also includes receiving a request to speak with a customer service agent, and placing a service call request in a calling queue associated with the category of the customer service request. The method further includes monitoring availability of customer service agents associated with the calling queue, and sending a call initiation message to the access terminal when a customer service agent associated with the calling queue is available. Based on the call initiation message, the access terminal may automatically initiate a voice session with an available customer service agent." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2009 (12/509,649). 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=8,374,334&OS=8,374,334&RS=8,374,334 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,374,324) developed by Lalitha Suryanarayana, Austin, Texas, Michael F. Grannan, Austin, Texas, and Claire Svetana Vishik, Austin, Texas, for "methods of using biometric data in a phone system and apparatuses to perform the methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A phone system can include a phone terminal that includes a biometric data input device. Methods of using the phone terminal can include receiving biometric data of a user at the phone terminal and comparing the biometric data to saved biometric data. A comparison of the received and saved biometric data can be performed to locate one or more configuration files for a user, to authenticate or otherwise confirm the identity of a party, perform another activity, or any combination thereof. In one embodiment, the biometric data, other data, or a combination thereof can be used to access one or more configuration files that can be used to configure a phone terminal or a data processing system outside of the phone terminal. In another embodiment, the identity of a calling party, a called party, one or more other parties, or any combination thereof can be authenticated or otherwise confirmed." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2005 (11/143,110). 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=8,374,324&OS=8,374,324&RS=8,374,324 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System for Recording Spoken Phone Numbers During a Voice Call ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,374,316) developed by four co-inventors for a "system for recording spoken phone numbers during a voice call." The co-inventors are Erik J. Burckart, Raleigh, N.C., Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Andrew Ivory, Wake Forest, N.C., and Aaron K. Shook, Morrisville, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and computer program product for employing speech recognition technology to recognize a number spoken during a telephone call and a voicemail message. A speech recognition and transcription (SRT) utility within a communication device (e.g., a telephone) detects spoken numbers (and spoken phrases which may be associated with telephone numbers), and transcribes the numbers into text. The SRT utility then determines whether a sequence of the transcribed spoken numbers is a telephone number. If the transcribed sequence of numbers is a telephone number, the SRT utility records the telephone number in a pre-specified "events" list (in the telephone) of the intended listener. Consequently, the recipient has the option of retrieving the recorded events (numbers) and communicating with other parties via the retrieved numbers. For example, these phone numbers may then be dialed, saved as contacts, and text messaged." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2007 (11/846,223). 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=8,374,316&OS=8,374,316&RS=8,374,316 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Explore Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Explore Technologies, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,980) developed by David Reber, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "system for mounting a display to a computer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer includes various features that improve its functionality and/or ease of use. A modular electronics cartridge that includes a piston seal and opposed-direction latches removably engages a cartridge bay of the computer. A high intensity touch-screen display and a high power processor are disposed in a sealed compartment of the computer, and a remote heat exchanger is used to cool the sealed compartment. An interface converter/adapter converts a standard mini-PCI Express slot into a specialized mini-PCI Express slot with voice capabilities. SIM and microSD card slots mount to a pivoting door on the computer such that opening the door provides easier access to the card slots." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2011 (13/039,054). 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=8,373,980&OS=8,373,980&RS=8,373,980 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Silicon Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,296) developed by four co-inventors for an "output circuitry for minimizing spurious frequency content." The co-inventors are Peter J. Vancorenland, Austin, Texas, Scott Willingham, Austin, Texas, Mustafa Koroglu, Austin, Texas, and Jing Li, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system including first voltage supply circuitry configured to provide a first voltage supply with spurious frequency content and second voltage supply circuitry configured to provide a second voltage supply without the spurious frequency content is provided. The system includes signal generation circuitry configured to generate a first digital signal using a clock signal and the first voltage supply and configured to cause the spurious frequency content on the first voltage supply and output circuitry configured to generate a second digital signal from the first digital signal synchronous with the clock signal using the second voltage supply." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2008 (12/057,988). 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=8,374,296&OS=8,374,296&RS=8,374,296 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Method and System for Resizing a MIMO Channel ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,271) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for resizing a MIMO channel." The co-inventors are Ahmadreza Hedayat, Allen, Texas, Genyuan Wang, Plano, Texas, Mohammad Janani, Plano, Texas, and Hanqing Lou, Garland, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention discloses a method for generating a signal stream in a multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) channel of a wireless communications system. The method comprises encoding at least one transmitting message into a first signal sequence, transforming the first signal sequence into a second and a third signal sequence by a first and a second predetermined rule, respectively, coupling the second signal sequence to a first antenna, coupling the third signal sequence to a second antenna, transmitting a signal stream comprising the first and second signal sequences to a mobile station." The patent application was filed on Dec. 13, 2007 (11/956,280). 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=8,374,271&OS=8,374,271&RS=8,374,271 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,285) developed by Muhammad Zubair Ikram, Richardson, Texas, Seok-Jun Lee, Allen, Texas, and Murtaza Ali, Plano, Texas, for a "system and method for time domain interpolation of signals for channel estimation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for time domain interpolation of signals for channel estimation. A method for computing channel estimates comprises storing symbols in a buffer, using time domain interpolation (TDI) for a first time to compute channel estimates for a set of sub-carriers of a symbol. The channel estimates are computed from the symbol and a first number of required symbols in the buffer. The method also comprises using TDI for a second time to compute channel estimates for the set of sub-carriers of a symbol. The channel estimates are computed from the symbol, a second number of required symbols in the buffer, and a buffered symbol used as a missing required symbol if the missing required symbol is not in the buffer." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2008 (12/115,394). 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=8,374,285&OS=8,374,285&RS=8,374,285 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Doppler Estimation in Orthogonal Frequency-division Multiplexing (OFDM) ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,261) developed by Charles Sestok, Dallas, and Jaiganesh Balakrishnan, Bangalore, India, for a "method and apparatus for Doppler estimation in orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for estimating Doppler channel in an Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexor. The method includes selecting a continuation pilot, generating a channel estimation, filtering the continual pilot with at least one channel estimator, computing the error between the channel estimation and the filtered channel estimates, averaging the error across continual pilot carriers and over time, estimating noise variance, corrects average error utilizing the estimated noise variance to generate an estimate of the overall channel estimator error, and setting the filter cutoff to minimum estimation error." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2009 (12/512,784). 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=8,374,261&OS=8,374,261&RS=8,374,261 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,953) developed by seven co-inventors for a "distribution of electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuitry within an integrated circuit." The co-inventors are Michael A. Stockinger, Austin, Texas, Anthony G. Dunne, Carrigaline, Ireland, Alex P. Gerdemann, Austin, Texas, James W. Miller, Austin, Texas, Daniel J. O'Hare, Turners Cross, Ireland, Paul J. Sheridan, Mary Burrough Woods, Ireland, and Jeannie Han Millaway, Panama City Beach, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an integrated circuit (IC) or semiconductor device. This semiconductor device includes a number of I/O pads or bumps on an outer surface of the semiconductor device, a number of electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection cells and functional modules. Individual ESD protection cells couple to and are downstream of individual I/O pads. Functional modules coupled to and are downstream of individual ESD protection cells. The ESD protection cells protect circuitry within the functional module from electrostatic discharge events. A rail clamp may provide an ESD discharge path between a first power supply bus and a second power supply bus. The ESD protection cells may be collected in groups to form clusters (with linear or irregular placement patterns). These clusters may be distributed autarchically across the semiconductor device overlapping one or more functional modules or within spaces or gaps between the functional modules." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2008 (12/345,507). 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=8,373,953&OS=8,373,953&RS=8,373,953 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fina Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Fina Technology, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,372,917) developed by Fengkui Li, Houston, Tim J. Coffy, Houston, and Michel Daumerie, Houston, for "polymeric blends and methods of using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A film comprising a polylactic acid and polypropylene blend having a haze of from about 10% to about 95% and a gloss 45.degree. of from about 50 to about 125. A method of producing an oriented film comprising blending polypropylene and polylactic acid to form a polymeric blend, forming the polymeric blend into a film, and orienting the film. A method of producing an injection molded article comprising blending polypropylene and polylactic acid to form a polymeric blend, injecting the polymeric blend into a mold, and forming the article." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2012 (13/562,096). 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=83,72,917.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,917&RS=PN/83,72,917 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Assigned Patent for Processes and Apparatus for Continuous Solution Polymerization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- ExxonMobil Chemical Patents, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,372,924) developed by four co-inventors for "processes and apparatus for continuous solution polymerization." The co-inventors are Richard Cheng-Ming Yeh, Bellaire, Texas, Bruce C. Devoy, Livingston, Texas, Vetkav R. Eswaran, Houston, and Rui Zhao, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein in one embodiment is a plant for the continuous solution polymerization of one or more monomers in a solvent, e.g., a hydrocarbon solvent. In one aspect, the plant comprises a high pressure pump and at least one heat exchanger downstream of the pump. In another aspect a feed is cooled by three heat exchangers which are refrigerated by means of a common three stage compressor. In another aspect, the plant comprises a primary reactor and a secondary reactor arranged to operate in parallel, in which the ratio of volume of the primary reactor to the secondary reactor is in the range of 60:40 to 95:5. In another aspect, a method of defouling a heat exchanger is provided in which the level of liquid refrigerant in the heat exchanger is temporarily lowered." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2010 (12/972,061). 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=83,72,924.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,924&RS=PN/83,72,924 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- ExxonMobil Chemical Patents, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,372,930) developed by Patrick Brant, Seabrook, Texas, Donna J. Crowther, Seabrook, Texas, and Andrew G. Narvaez Jr., Pasadena, Texas, for "high vinyl terminated propylene based oligomers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to a co-oligomer having an Mn of 300 to 30,000 g/mol comprising 10 to 90 mol % propylene and 10 to 90 mol % of ethylene, wherein the oligomer has at least X % allyl chain ends, where: 1) X=(-0.94 (mole % ethylene incorporated)+100), when 10 to 60 mole % ethylene is present in the co-oligomer, and 2) X=45, when greater than 60 and less than 70 mole % ethylene is present in the co-oligomer, and 3) X=(1.83*(mole % ethylene incorporated)-83), when 70 to 90 mole % ethylene is present in the co-oligomer. This invention also relates to a homo-oligomer, comprising propylene, wherein the oligomer has: at least 93% allyl chain ends, an Mn of about 500 to about 20,000 g/mol, an isobutyl chain end to allylic vinyl group ratio of 0.8:1 to 1.2:1.0, and less than 100 ppm aluminum. This invention also relates to a process of making homo-oligomer, comprising propylene, wherein the productivity is greater than 4500 g/mmol Hf (or Zr)/hour." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2008 (12/143,663). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,72,930.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,930&RS=PN/83,72,930 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dow Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Ethylene-based Polymer Compositions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Dow Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,372,931) developed by four co-inventors for ethylene-based polymer compositions. The co-inventors are Theresa J. Hermel-Davidock, Randolph, N.J., Mehmet Demirors, Pearland, Texas, Sarah M. Hayne, Houston, and Rongjuan Cong, Lake Jackson, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides an ethylene-based polymer composition characterized by a Comonomer Distribution Constant in the range of from greater than 45 to less than 400, wherein the composition has less than 120 total unsaturation unit/1,000,000C, and method of producing the same." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/827,222). 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=83,72,931.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,931&RS=PN/83,72,931 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Texas System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- The University of Texas System, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,855) developed by Manfred Fink, Austin, Texas, and Philip Varghese, Austin, Texas, for a "compact Raman analyzer for recording dissolved gases in liquids with high sensitivity and spectral resolution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Raman head is provided capable of operating at high surrounding pressures. The Raman head has housing having a first, sealed chamber filled with an incompressible liquid and a second chamber that is open to the surrounding environment. At least one bellows can be used to equalize pressure between the first sealed chamber and the surrounding environment. A planar side of a pair of plano-concave lens is positioned within the first chamber and the concave side of each plano-concave lens is positioned within the second chamber of the Raman head. Light emitted as a result of a laser beam in communication with the pair of plano-concave lens can be analyzed by a Raman analyzer." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2011 (13/016,966). 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=8,373,855&OS=8,373,855&RS=8,373,855 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,372,908) developed by Zhanhu Guo, Beaumont, Texas, and H. Thomas Hahn, Malibu, Calif., for a "method of fabrication of nanoparticulate composites using monomer stabilization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved method is provided to prepare reinforced resin nanocomposites without the need of surfactants or coupling agents. The present invention comprises the use of monomers for improving the dispersion of nano-sized materials and enhancing the particle/matrix interaction. One comprises mixing a plurality of nanoparticles with a monomer resin to form a mixture, blending a catalyst and a promoter with the mixture, and curing the blended mixture to form a polymerized nanocomposite. The monomers, which serve to stabilize the nanoparticles, are covalently bound onto the nanoparticle surface and copolymerize with non-bound monomers after introduction of a catalyst and a promoter that initiate polymerization. Without any additional surfactant or coupling agent, the resin is chemically bound onto the nanoparticle surface and protects the iron nanoparticles from agglomeration and oxidation." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2009 (12/467,196). 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=8,372,908&OS=8,372,908&RS=8,372,908 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent for Method for Leakage Reduction in Memory Circuits ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,016) developed by Jeffrey A. Correll, Austin, Texas, for a "method for leakage reduction in memory circuits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus includes a bit cell of a programmable memory circuit. The bit cell includes a programmable device. The bit cell includes a first device having a first type. The first device is configured to conduct a first current between a first node and a second node in response to a first value of a signal on the word line and a signal on a bit line. The programmable device is configured to be programmed in response to a first level of the first current. The bit cell includes a circuit coupled to the second node. The circuit is configured to reduce a leakage current through the first device in response to a second value of the signal on the word line and based on a feedback signal. In at least one embodiment of the apparatus, the feedback signal is based on a signal on the bit line." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2011 (13/069,853). 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=8,374,016&OS=8,374,016&RS=8,374,016 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Tangoe Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Tangoe, Orange, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,579) developed by William Marsh, Austin, Texas, and John Merritt, Austin, Texas, and Juan Gonzales, Austin, Texas, for a "system and method for analyzing wireless communication data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In general, a system and method for analyzing wireless communication records and for determining optimal wireless communication service plans is disclosed. A transceiver is configured to receive billing information associated with a subscriber of a telecommunications service under a current rate plan. A storage unit stores the billing information. A processor processes the subscriber related billing information to produce organized data having a predefined format. The processor then analyzes the processed data in relation to a plurality of rate plans of a plurality of telecommunications service providers, and determines at least one proposed rate plan that would save the subscriber telecommunication costs relative to the current rate plan. A report of at least one proposed rate plan is then produced and provided to the subscriber, which enables selection of a best telecommunication service provider." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2007 (11/843,188). 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=8,374,579.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,579&RS=PN/8,374,579 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Gradual Proximity Touch Screen ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,669) developed by Jerzy Miernik, Allen, Texas, for a "gradual proximity touch screen." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an example embodiment, there is disclosed herein an apparatus comprising a touch screen display, a sensing mechanism operable to sense an object in proximity of the touch screen display, and control logic coupled to the sensing mechanism and the touch screen display. The control logic is operable to calculate an anticipated touch point for the object on the touch screen. The control logic is responsive to calculating the anticipated touch point to increase a size of a portion of the touch screen display around the anticipated touch point." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2009 (12/506,489). 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=8,373,669&OS=8,373,669&RS=8,373,669 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,029) developed by Peggy Jean Liska, Sugar Land, Texas, Aaron Jabari Russell, Houston, and Anthony Scott Vaughan, Missouri City, Texas, for an "electrically addressed non-volatile memory maintentance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrically addressed non-volatile memory is maintained by measuring a voltage threshold for each selected memory cell in the electrically addressed non-volatile memory. The voltage threshold is a voltage around which a controllable voltage signal applied to a control gate of a selected memory cell produces a change in value read from the selected memory cell. A measured voltage threshold distribution of the measured voltage thresholds is generated for the selected memory cells. The voltage threshold distribution is analyzed to identify memory cells having greater probabilities of read errors, for example. In response to the analysis, an operating parameter that affects the memory cells identified as having greater probabilities of read errors is selectively changed." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2011 (13/047,798). 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=8,374,029&OS=8,374,029&RS=8,374,029 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Jin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Ju Jin, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,789) developed by Ju Jin, for an "auto focus system and auto focus method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An auto focus method for passive auto focus systems consists of an image acquisition and processing engine, as well as an acutance index calculation engine. An auto focus method measures image's acutance index rather than image's contrast value. A passive auto focus system employing the auto focus method of the present invention can accurately and reliably detect the best focus point and thus preventing auto focus malfunction even under the condition that illumination uniformity changes dramatically." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2010 (12/658,914). 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=8,373,789&OS=8,373,789&RS=8,373,789 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intellectual Ventures II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Intellectual Ventures II, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,373,781) developed by Jaroslav Hynecek, Allen, Texas, for an "image pixel employing floating base readout concept, and image sensor and image sensor array including the image pixel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pixel of an image sensor includes only two signal lines per pixel, a pinned photodiode for sensing light, a floating base bipolar transistor, and no reset and address transistors. The floating base bipolar transistor provides the pixel with a gain, which can increase pixel sensitivity and reduce noise. The pixel also incorporates a vertical blooming control structure for an efficient blooming suppression. The output terminals of the pixel are coupled to a common column output line terminated by a special current sensing correlated double sampling circuit, which is used for subtraction of emitter leakage current. Based on this structure, the pixel has high sensitivity, high response uniformity, low noise, reduced size, and efficient layout." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2007 (12/003,316). 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=8,373,781&OS=8,373,781&RS=8,373,781 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oceans' Edge Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Oceans' Edge, Herdon, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,373,538) developed by eight co-inventors for a "mobile device monitoring and control system." The co-inventors are Steven T. Hildner, Leesburg, Va., Thomas P. Shanley, Brambleton, Va., Sam Emara, Fairfax, Va., Nathan Klonoski, Arlington, Va., Robert Adam McKay, Sterling, Va., Jay Lukin, Dallas, Tom Krussel, Herndon, Va., and Paul Neuner, Ballwin, Mo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for surreptitiously installing, monitoring, and operating software on a remote computer controlled wireless communication device are described. One aspect includes a control system for communicating programming instructions and exchanging data with the remote computer controlled wireless communication device. The control system is configured to provide at least one element selected from the group consisting of: a computer implemented device controller; a module repository in electronic communication with the device controller; a control service in electronic communication with the device controller; an exfiltration data service in electronic communication with the device controller configured to receive, store, and manage data obtained surreptitiously from the remote computer controlled wireless communication device; a listen-only recording service in electronic communication with the device controller; and a WAP gateway in electronic communication with the remote computer controlled wireless communication device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2008 (12/209,904). 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=8,373,538.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,538&RS=PN/8,373,538 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Temperature Sensor Programmable Ring Oscillator, Processor, and Pulse Width Modulator ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,482) developed by Sam G. Sabapathy, Sugar Land, Texas, and Christine J. Chang, Bellaire, Texas, for a "temperature sensor programmable ring oscillator, processor, and pulse width modulator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of programming a ring oscillator for use as a temperature sensor comprises selecting an initial number of delay elements for use in a ring oscillator. The method further comprise starting a system clock counter and counting pulses of the ring oscillator until the system clock counter reaches a programmed value. The method also comprises determining whether a number of counted ring oscillator pulses is between lower and upper count thresholds and changing the number of delay elements for the ring oscillator as a result of the number of counted ring oscillator pulses being less than the lower count threshold or greater than the upper count threshold." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2011 (13/006,167). 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=8,373,482.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,482&RS=PN/8,373,482 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,511) developed by Ajay Kumar, Dallas, Xiao Pu, Plano, Texas, and Krishnaswamy Nagaraj, Plano, Texas, for an "oscillator circuit and method for gain and phase noise control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An oscillator circuit and method for gain and phase noise control. A gain and phase noise controlled oscillator circuit includes a variable electronic oscillator and a tuning loop circuit. In operation, the variable electronic oscillator generates a clock signal and has a clock signal frequency that is controlled by a sense voltage received by the variable electronic oscillator or by one or more capacitive loads coupled to the variable electronic oscillator. Further, the tuning loop circuit is coupled to the variable electronic oscillator and compares the sense voltage to a control voltage received by the tuning loop circuit and produces one or more correction signals based on the comparison, where the one or more capacitive loads change capacitance based on the one or more correction signals." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2010 (12/905,113). 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=8,373,511.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,511&RS=PN/8,373,511 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus of Alternating Service Modes of an SOI Process Circuit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,447) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus of alternating service modes of an SOI process circuit." The co-inventors are Joseph E. Kidd, Hudson, Mass., Brian W. Amick, Bedford, Mass., Ryan J. Hensley, Austin, Texas, James R. Magro, Austin, Texas, and Ronald L. Pettyjohn, Concord, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus of alternating service modes of a silicon on insulator (SOI) process circuit includes determining whether the SOI process circuit is in a first or second service mode. A first clock or a second clock is selected for transmission along a buswire of the SOI process circuit based upon the determination. A receiving device of the signal is notified whether the SOI process circuit is operating in the first service mode or the second service mode." The patent application was filed on Nov. 24, 2010 (12/953,593). 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=8,373,447.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,447&RS=PN/8,373,447 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Class D Power Amplifier ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,504) developed by four co-inventors for a "class D power amplifier." The co-inventors are Baher Haroun, Allen, Texas, Joonhoi Hur, Dallas, Lei Ding, Plano, Texas, and Rahmi Hezar, Allen, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A class D power amplifier (PA) is provided. The PA generally comprises a driver, output capacitor, a matching network, and a cancellation circuit. The driver has an input, an output, and a parasitic capacitance, and the input of the driver is configured to receive complementary first and second radio frequency (RF) signals, where there is a free-fly interval between consecutive pulses from the first and second RF signals. The output capacitor and cancellation circuit are each coupled to the output of the driver such that the cancellation circuit provides harmonic restoration at least during the free-fly interval, and the matching network is coupled to the output capacitor." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2011 (13/106,611). 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=8,373,504.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,504&RS=PN/8,373,504 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,383) developed by four co-inventors for a "smart cart to automatically manage portable information handling systems." The co-inventors are Shree Dandekar, Round Rock, Texas, David Douglas, Austin, Texas, Gary Verdun, Georgetown, Texas, and Gregory Dvorak, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A smart cart for automatically managing a plurality of information handling systems. The system provides a plurality of functions. For example, in certain embodiments, the system provides one or more of security authentication for distributing the notebooks, automatic asset tracking functionality; identification of notebook charge status; provides identification of asset information (e.g., an asset tag number, a serial number or a computer name); network access to push patch updates at night when units are not in use; and charging control to optimize system availability and prevent AC input circuit overload." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/578,043). 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=8,373,383.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,383&RS=PN/8,373,383 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** McCain Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Joseph H. McCain, Celina, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,559) developed by Joseph McCain, Celina, Texas, for a "microelectronic device with integrated energy source." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus including an electronic device having a plurality of substantially collocated components, the plurality of components including an antenna, an energy supply and an integrated circuit chip. The integrated circuit chip is electrically coupled to the antenna and the energy supply. A material substantially encloses the electronic device." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2011 (13/180,540). 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=8,373,559.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,559&RS=PN/8,373,559 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,373,594) developed by J. Richard Wood, Grapevine, Texas, for a "low frequency directed energy shielding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for use in generating and imparting a low frequency, directed energy wave field are disclosed. In a first aspect, the presently disclosed technique includes a low frequency directional array, comprising: a plurality of array elements capable of generating a low frequency, directed energy wave front; and a canceling element capable of actively canceling a spurious lobe of the wave front. In a second aspect, the presently disclosed technique includes a method, comprising: imparting a low frequency, directed wave front; and actively canceling a spurious lobe of the wave front." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2009 (12/512,803). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,373,594.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,594&RS=PN/8,373,594 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Triune Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Triune Systems, Richardson, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,436) developed by four co-inventors for an adaptive termination. The co-inventors are Amer Atrash, Dallas, Ross Teggatz, McKinney, Texas, Brett Smith, McKinney, Texas, and Wayne Chen, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for consolidated data services comprising a plurality of devices, a plurality of data services and a content application programming interface (API). A user API provides user identification for each of the plurality of devices. A feedback API configured to receive data from each of the plurality of devices. A device API configured to provide a client system to one or more of the plurality of devices using one or more of a plurality of device API methods. An update API configured to provide an updated client system to one or more of the plurality of devices using one more of a plurality of update API methods. A web service consolidator configured to control interactions between the content API, the user API, the feedback API, the device API, the update API, a plurality of data services and the plurality of devices." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2011 (13/072,462). 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=8,373,436.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,436&RS=PN/8,373,436 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,502) developed by Greg Bernstein, Fremont, Calif., and Young Lee, Plano, Texas, for an "open shortest path first extensions in support of wavelength switched optical networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network component comprising a generalized multiprotocol label switching (GMPLS) control plane controller configured to implement a method comprising transmitting a message to at least one adjacent control plane controller, wherein the message comprises a Type-Length-Value (TLV) indicating Routing and Wavelength Assignment (RWA) information, wherein the TLV comprises a Node Attribute TLV, a Link Set TLV, or both, and wherein the TLV further comprises at least one sub-TLV indicating additional RWA information. A method comprising communicating an open shortest path first (OSPF) link state advertisement (LSA) message comprising a TLV with at least one sub-TLV to a GMPLS control plane controller, wherein the TLV comprises a Node Attribute TLV, a Link Set TLV, or both, and wherein the TLV further comprises at least one sub-TLV indicating RWA information." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,387). 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=8,374,502.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,502&RS=PN/8,374,502 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,215) developed by Weidong Tian, Dallas, and Imran Khan, Richardson, Texas, for a "zero temperature coefficient capacitor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A zero temperature coefficient (ZTC) capacitor including a silicon dioxide dielectric layer with a phosphorus density between 1.7.times.10.sup.20 atoms/cm.sup.3 and 2.3.times.10.sup.20 atoms/cm.sup.3. An integrated circuit containing a ZTC capacitor including a silicon dioxide dielectric layer with a phosphorus density between 1.7.times.10.sup.20 atoms/cm.sup.3 and 2.3.times.10.sup.20 atoms/cm.sup.3. A process of forming an integrated circuit containing a ZTC capacitor including a silicon dioxide dielectric layer with a phosphorus density between 1.7.times.10.sup.20 atoms/cm.sup.3 and 2.3.times.10.sup.20 atoms/cm.sup.3." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2011 (13/267,674). 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=8,373,215&OS=8,373,215&RS=8,373,215 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,373,221) developed by Robert F. Steimle, Austin, Texas, Ramachandran Muralidhar, Austin, Texas, and Bruce E. White, Round Rock, Texas, for a "nanocluster charge storage device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit and method of forming an integrated circuit having a memory portion minimizes an amount of oxidation of nanocluster storage elements in the memory portion. A first region of the integrated circuit has non-memory devices, each having a control electrode or gate formed of a single conductive layer of material. A second region of the integrated circuit has a plurality of memory cells, each having a control electrode of at least two conductive layers of material that are positioned one overlying another. The at least two conductive layers are at substantially a same electrical potential when operational and form a single gate electrode. In one form each memory cell gate has two polysilicon layers overlying a nanocluster storage layer." The patent application was filed on Dec. 26, 2007 (11/964,309). 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=8,373,221&OS=8,373,221&RS=8,373,221 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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