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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (Jan. 17)

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Illinois.

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Allstate Insurance Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,355,931) developed by Matthew S. Easley, Arlington Heights, Ill., for "mortality progression methods and systems."

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for preparing improved mortality tables for use with life insurance and other financial products are described herein. The improved mortality tables described herein account for progression over time of insureds from one underwriting class to another, e.g., based on deteriorating health over time. An insured who is in a "preferred" class at the time of initial underwriting might not still qualify for "preferred" status in 5 years, or even the next year. By creating a system of linear equations that predict the composition of a group n years after underwriting, insurance (and other financial products) providers can calculate more definite costs for pricing financial products based on the estimated or expected transition from one underwriting class to another."

The patent application was filed on June 10, 2009 (12/482,032). 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=8,355,931&OS=8,355,931&RS=8,355,931

Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Capability and Maturity-based SOA Governance

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,355,940) developed by four co-inventors for a "capability and maturity-based SOA governance." The co-inventors are Klshore Channabasavaiah, Palatine, Ill., Sri Ramanathan, Lutz, Fla., Raghu Varadan, San Francisco, and Nevenko Zunic, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

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The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, including service methods, articles of manufacture, systems, articles and programmable devices are provided for a service-oriented architecture governance model. Each of a plurality of governance dimension attributes of a service-oriented architecture are calibrated and mapped to each of a plurality of governance evolution element attributes. A maturity and capability assessment is performed for the service-oriented architecture as a function of the mapping, and a maturity-based and capability-based governance model is generated for the service-oriented architecture as a function of the maturity and capability assessment. In one aspect a programmable device is configured to perform at least one of the calibrating, the mapping, the performing the maturity and capability assessment and the generating the maturity-based and capability-based governance model."

The patent application was filed on March 25, 2009 (12/410,554). 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=8,355,940&OS=8,355,940&RS=8,355,940

Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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Ocean Tomo Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Ocean Tomo, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,355,932) developed by seven co-inventors for a "system and method for managing intellectual property-based risks." The co-inventors are James E. Malackowski, Chicago, Robert Block, Chicago, Andrew W. Carter, Chicago, Adam Clifford, Chicago, Richard Conroy, Chicago, Michael O. Hill, Chicago, and Michael Lasinski, Chicago.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Presented herein are methods and systems for managing an entity's risks of patent coverage. More specifically, the present invention is directed to methods and system for insuring an entity against damage awards in patent litigation. The presented methods and systems allow a manufacturer to minimize their exposure to damage awards in patent litigation by conducting pre-emptive analyses and properly allocating funds for royalty payments and/or damage awards. An insurance captive is also established as a risk management tool to insure the manufacturer against excessive damage awards."

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The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2009 (12/589,113). 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=8,355,932&OS=8,355,932&RS=8,355,932

Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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Northwestern University Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,355,903) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for using data and angles to automatically generate a narrative story." The co-inventors are Lawrence A. Birnbaum, Evanston, Ill., Kristian J. Hammond, Chicago, Nicholas D. Allen, Chicago, and John R. Templon, Chicago.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for automatically generating a narrative story receives data and information pertaining to a domain event. The received data and information and/or one or more derived features are then used to identify a plurality of angles for the narrative story. The plurality of angles is then filtered, for example through use of parameters that specify a focus for the narrative story, length of the narrative story, etc. Points associated with the filtered plurality of angles are then assembled and the narrative story is rendered using the filtered plurality of angles and the assembled points."

The patent application was filed on May 13, 2010 (12/779,683). 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=8,355,903&OS=8,355,903&RS=8,355,903

Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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Groupon Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Groupon, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,355,948) developed by Andrew Mason, Chicago, for "system and methods for discount retailing."

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The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and methods to mutually satisfy a consumer with a discount and a vendor with a minimum number of sales by establishing a tipping point associated with an offer for a good or service. If the tipping point is met, the sale of the good or service is executed and the consumer is charged and receives an indication of the discounted sale, such as a certificate. If the tipping point is not met, the discount offer is abandoned and the consumer is not charged. Once the tipping point is established, the vendor receives a payment, even before the consumer uses the certificate. The system and methods also include a reward or loyalty program, an exchange or secondary market for the purchased deals, and a matching algorithm that matches customers to relevant goods or services."

The patent application was filed on May 7, 2010 (12/776,028). 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=8,355,948&OS=8,355,948&RS=8,355,948

Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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General Electric Assigned Patent for Demand Side Management Module

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,355,826) developed by nine co-inventors for a "demand side management module." The co-inventors are Eric K. Watson, Crestwood, Ky., John K. Besore, Prospect, Ky., Michael Thomas Beyerle, Pewee Valley, Ky., David C. Bingham, Louisville, Ky., Darin Franks, Lanesville, Ind., Byron Guernsey, Charlestown, Ind., Darko Ilickovic, Mount Washington, Ky., Mallika Ravindra Patel, DesPlaines, Ill., and Brian Michael Schork, Louisville, Ky.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A household appliance system and method include an appliance control system having a common appliance interface provided on an appliance and a demand side management module connected to the common appliance interface. The module corresponds to one select utility of a plurality of utilities and is adapted to communicate with the one select utility of the plurality of utilities. The appliance control system operates the appliance based on communications with the one select utility through the module."

The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2009 (12/559,636). 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=8,355,826&OS=8,355,826&RS=8,355,826

Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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Vega Wave Systems Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Vega Wave Systems, West Chicago, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,355,416) developed by Alan R. Sugg, Naperville, Ill., and Anthony L. Moretti, St. Charles, Ill., for "wavelength stabilized multi-transverse optical mode laser diodes."

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-transverse-optical-mode heterojunction diode laser characterized by wavelength control of its output. The wavelength control or the control of multi-transverse-optical-modes may be achieved by, for example, selectively etching a layer to partially remove it and possibly followed by epitaxial regrowth, or by selectively converting a layer to an insulating material of a different refractive index, or by selectively modifying the optical properties of a layer by ion implantation, or by selectively modifying the optical properties of a layer by impurity-induced vacancy disordering."

The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2010 (12/692,742). 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=83,55,416.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,416&RS=PN/83,55,416

Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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Motorola Solutions Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Motorola Solutions, Schaumburg, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,355,472) developed by Alan P. Conrad, Geneva, Ill., and Kevin G. Doberstein, Elmhurst, Ill., for a "frequency deviation error compensation in an MLSE receiver."

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is described to compensate for deviation error in a H-CPM sync or data burst received by a MLSE receiver in a communication device. The deviation error is estimated and matched filter coefficients are adjusted using the estimated deviation error. Metrics are determined for the current state using the adjusted matched filter coefficients. The state having the minimum metric is determined to be the most likely current state. The most likely previous state is similarly determined. The burst is reconstructed backward from the last state to the initial state. The metric is the squared magnitude of the difference between the channel estimate multiplied by the matched filter coefficient associated with one of the possible states and the current state. Timing and frequency errors are compensated for before estimation and correction of the deviation error. Pilot or sync symbols are used in estimating the deviation error."

The patent application was filed on April 28, 2010 (12/768,909). 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=83,55,472.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,472&RS=PN/83,55,472

Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,356,232) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for encoding and decoding data." The co-inventors are Yuei Wu Blankenship, Kildeer, Ill., T. Keith Blankenship, Kildeer, Ill., Brian K. Classon, Palatine, Ill., and Ajit Nimbalker, Schaumburg, Ill. The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for turbo coding and decoding is provided herein. During operation, a concatenated transport block (CTB) of length X is received and a forward error correction (FEC) block size K.sub.I is determined from a group of available non-contiguous FEC block sizes between K.sub.min and K.sub.max, and wherein K.sub.min.ltoreq.K.sub.I<K.sub.max and wherein K.sub.I is additionally based on X. The concatenated transport block of length X is segmented into C segments each of size substantially equal K.sub.I. An FEC codeword for each of the C segments is determined using FEC block size K.sub.I; and the C FEC codewords are transmitted over the channel." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2006 (11/539,404). 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=8,356,232.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,232&RS=PN/8,356,232

Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,165) developed by four co-inventors for "selecting regions of hot code in a dynamic binary rewriter." The co-inventors are Steven T. Tye, Hopkinton, Mass., Michael Bedy, Merrimack, N.H., Richard L. Ford, Redmond, Wash., and Alex Shye, Evanston, Ill. The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach to region selection which extends beyond traces and selects super-regions. A super-region (SR) contains arbitrary control flow, such as interprocedural nested loops, that provides a larger scope for transformation (e.g. optimization) than traces. Hardware samples are used to identify SRs that contain the hot code of a client process without requiring any static program information." The patent application was filed on Sept. 14, 2009 (12/558,938). 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=8,356,165.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,165&RS=PN/8,356,165

Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,355,565) developed by Qingxiong Yang, Urbana, Ill., and Kar-Han Tan, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "producing high quality depth maps."

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Producing high quality depth maps. A time of flight camera and stereo cameras of a stereo camera arrangement are mapped into a common coordinate system. A correspondence between an RGB image taken from the time of flight camera and an RGB image taken from a reference stereo camera of the stereo camera arrangement is established. Intensity values of the plurality of pixels of a stereo camera left of the reference stereo camera, a stereo camera right of the reference stereo camera and the reference stereo camera are determined. These intensity values of the stereo camera left of the reference stereo camera and the stereo camera right of the reference stereo camera are compared to the reference camera. Based on the comparing, matching intensity values are determined." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2009 (12/608,394). 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=8,355,565&OS=8,355,565&RS=8,355,565

Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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