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7,308,419 Method and system for tracking consumer awareness of brand-names
  Issued: December 11, 2007
  Filed: May 19, 2000
  U.S. Class: 705/14
A method and system allowing the assessment of the strength of at least one mark relative to at least one other mark. In one embodiment, a method includes but is not limited to displaying at least two marks as activation mechanisms for a print-shopping-list command, and determining relative consumer awareness of the at least two marks by maintaining an accounting of the number of times each of the at least two marks is activated. In one embodiment, a system includes but is not limited to hardware and/or software effecting the method.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:09:07 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


7,308,425 Method, system and medium for assisting a user in evaluating a merchant in an electronic marketplace
  Issued: December 11, 2007
  Filed: September 29, 2006
  U.S. Class: 705/26
Various computer-implemented services are disclosed for assisting users in selecting items from an electronic catalog, and for selecting merchants with which to conduct transactions. One such service detects when a first user accesses a web page associated with a particular merchant, and then attempts to identify, from a set of users who are affiliated with the first user, a second user who has engaged in business with this merchant. If such a second user is identified, the service notifies the first user, and provides an option or information for the first user to contact the second user regarding the merchant.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:08:37 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day


7,308,445 Method for estimating coverage of web search engines
  Issued: December 11, 2007
  Filed: January 21, 2004
  U.S. Class: 707/5
A computerized method is used to estimate the relative coverage of Web search engines. Each search engine maintains an index of words of pages located at specific URL addresses in a network. The method generates a random query. The random query is a logical combination of words found in a subset of the pages. The random query is submitted to a first search engine. In response a set of URLs of pages matching the query are received. Each URL identifies a page indexed by the first search engine that satisfies the random query. A particular URL identifying a sample page is randomly selected. A strong query corresponding to the sample page is generated, and the strong query is submitted to a second search engine. Result information received in response to the strong query is compared to determine if the second search engine has indexed the sample page, or a page substantially similar to the sample page. This procedure is repeated to gather statistical data which is used to estimate the relative sizes and amount of overlap of search engines.

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A company that creates touch-screen technology has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against PC maker Dell Inc. and Motion Computing, Inc., a developer of tablet computers. The complaint, filed by Typhoon Touch Technologies, Inc., seeks an unspecified amount of damages and a permanent injunction enjoining Dell and Motion Computing from continued alleged infringement. The suit was filed Wednesday, Dec. 5, in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas. Typhoon filed the suit as co-plaintiff with its licensee, Nova Mobility Systems, Inc., a maker of tablet personal computers and handheld systems. "As alleged in our complaint, we believe that both Dell and Motion Computing are using and profiting from our patented technologies," said James Shepard, CEO and president of Typhoon Touch Technologies.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:21:35 am into the following categories: In The News


IBM reported Thursday that it filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission against Taiwan computer and components manufacturer ASUSTeK. The complaint alleges that ASUS and its North American subsidiary, ASUS Computer International, are infringing three IBM patents. The charge comes as the new ASUS ultra-mobile computer, the Eee PC, is reaching U.S. consumers. ASUS has said that it expects to sell 3.8 million units of the tiny computer. IBM said it made repeated attempts to reach a licensing agreement with ASUS before it filed the complaint. In a release, IBM said, "IBM's position has been -- and remains -- that ASUSTek either must license or stop using IBM's patented technology."

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:20:11 am into the following categories: In The News


Intuitive Surgical Inc., which makes robotic surgical tools, said Monday the California Institute of Technology will dismiss its lawsuit against the company as part of a licensing deal. According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Intuitive and the university entered a non-exclusive licensing deal under the university's patent portfolio. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. In January, the company said the university filed a lawsuit, claiming patent infringement.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:19:15 am into the following categories: In The News


Novo Nordisk Inc. today announced the company has settled a lawsuit against Pfizer claiming
that Pfizer's product Exubera(R) infringed patents owned by Novo Nordisk. The patents cover inhaled insulin treatment for diabetes. The lawsuit was originally filed in August 2006 in United States Federal Court in the Southern District of New York. Novo Nordisk is a healthcare company with an 84-year history of innovation and achievement in diabetes care. The company has the broadest diabetes product portfolio in the industry, including the most advanced products within the area of insulin delivery systems.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:18:18 am into the following categories: In The News


7,305,356 Travel value index
  Issued: December 4, 2007
  Filed: May 25, 2001
  U.S. Class: 705/27
Method and system are disclosed for assigning a relative value to a search result based on the personal preferences of the consumer. A consumer profile may be created for each consumer. The profile may contain the consumer's personal preferences for each one of the search criteria. A search value index may be derived for the search results based on the preferences in the consumer profile. The search value index may indicate to the consumer the value of a particular search result relative to other search results. Search results satisfying a consumer defined threshold may be retained, while the rest may be discarded.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:31:28 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


7,302,767 Water illusion column
  Issued: December 4, 2007
  Filed: November 12, 2004
  U.S. Class: 40/409
A water flow simulation system for audio and visual illusion has an inner conduit and an outer conduit spaced apart to define a flow channel therebetween. A blower directs a flow of air through the inner conduit from one end to an opposite end where at least some of the air exits and is redirected through the flow channel and back to the blower. The conduits are formed of clear plastic and a light source is positioned to light up a plurality of objects floating in the airflow to produce a visual effect of moving water. A sound source operates concurrently with the blower to produce a sound reminiscent of rippling water. The light source can change colors and strobe to enhance the visible image. A lenticular lens on an inner surface of the outer conduit also enhances the image.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:31:00 pm into the following categories: Patents of the Day


7,304,603 Radar apparatus and processing method for detecting human carried explosive devices
  Issued: December 4, 2007
  Filed: February 17, 2006
  U.S. Class: 342/188
A linear FM pulse radar with Doppler processing of co-polarized and cross-polarized radar return signals isolates the target echo signal content associated with a moving pedestrian to provide high quality target echo data for standoff HCE detection based on polarimetric signature analysis. Baseband co-polarized and cross-polarized radar return signals are repeatedly and coherently integrated across numerous successive radar return pulses to create co-polarized and cross-polarized range vs. velocity (Doppler) data maps. The co-polarized data map is used to identify a moving pedestrian, and co-polarized and cross-polarized data subsets corresponding to the identified pedestrian are extracted and subjected to polarization signature analysis to determine if the pedestrian is bearing explosive devices. Low pass filtering of the of the baseband co-polarized and cross-polarized radar return signals prior to integration provides range aliasing to reject signal content associated with objects beyond the unambiguous range of the radar apparatus.

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Klausner Technologies Inc. said Monday it filed a $460 million patent infringement suit against Apple Inc. over the company's iPhone Visual Voicemail feature. New York-based Klausner claims the iPhone infringes its intellectual property rights "by allowing users to selectively retrieve voice messages via the iPhone's inbox display." The company said founder Judah Klausner is "the inventor of the PDA and electronic organizer," and that Cupertino-based Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) defunct digital organizer Newton was covered under a patent it received more than 20 year ago.

Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:57:55 am into the following categories: In The News

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