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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
Abstract: 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.
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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
Abstract: 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.
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7,308,445 Method for estimating coverage of web search engines
Issued: December 11, 2007
Filed: January 21, 2004
U.S. Class: 707/5
Abstract: 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."
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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.
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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.
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7,305,356 Travel value index
Issued: December 4, 2007
Filed: May 25, 2001
U.S. Class: 705/27
Abstract: 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.
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7,302,767 Water illusion column
Issued: December 4, 2007
Filed: November 12, 2004
U.S. Class: 40/409
Abstract: 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.
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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
Abstract: 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.
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Celerity, Inc., a technology leader in precision instruments and advanced gas and liquid delivery solutions for the global semiconductor and electronics industries, announced today the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a permanent injunction in Celerity's patent infringement suit against Ultra Clean Holdings, Inc. , and its subsidiary Ultra Clean Technology Systems and Service, Inc., Menlo Park, CA ("UCT"). The Court's order prohibits UCT from manufacturing, selling and importing any Predator or "colorably similar" products into the United States. In June, a unanimous jury validated Celerity's U.S. Patent Nos. 6,435,215 and 6,394,138, and found that UCT's Predator product infringed on Celerity's patented modular gas delivery technology used in semiconductor manufacturing and other related industries requiring high precision process control.
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A Massachusetts company has sued the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) Association for patent infringement, charging the project with stealing its designs for a multilingual keyboard. Lagos Analysis Corp., or Lancor, filed the lawsuit Thursday in the Federal High Court, Lagos Judicial Division in Nigeria, where the company owns a patent for a four shift-key keyboard, said Adé Oyegbola, Lancor's CEO.
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Etrials will pay $1.75 million to settle a patent infringement lawsuit with a Maryland firm. The Morrisville company, which provides software to help run clinical trials of drugs and medical devices, says the settlement means that it will have no future monetary obligations to the Maryland firm, Datasci LLC, which sued Etrials in 2006. The Datasci case is a quirk of the patent system, in which the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in 2002 essentially granted the company a patent on running clinical trials over the Internet - even though Etrials and other companies in the space had been doing just that for years.
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7,302,395 Speech notification
Issued: November 27, 2007
Filed: September 9, 2003
U.S. Class: 704/275
Abstract: A notification device comprises control software including a calendar-type application, which is capable of managing notification messages and where the messages are associated with at least an item of notification content and a time of notification. The method comprises the steps of: deciding to notify a user, based at least in part on a comparison between said time of notification and current time, obtaining an audio signal based on the item of notification content, and outputting the audio signal through a speaker of the portable communication device with the resulting effect of notifying the user.
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7,302,349 System and a method for observing and predicting a physiological state of an animal
Issued: November 27, 2007
Filed: August 15, 2003
U.S. Class: 702/32
Abstract: A system for observing and predicting a physiological state of an animal has been provided. The system includes a computer including a processor and being operatively connected to a database, at least one sample providing device for repetitively providing at least one sample of a body fluid of the animal, an analysis apparatus for analysing the at least one sample, so as to obtain at least one sample value of at least one parameter of the body fluid, a data interface for repetitively entering the sample value of the at least one parameter in the database, where the database is adapted to store multiple database entries representing the sample value of the at least one parameter at various points in time, and where the processor is programmed to perform at least one mathematical analysis of the at least one sample value, and selecting, on the basis of the at least one mathematical analysis, the point in time for providing a subsequent sample and performing a subsequent analysis of the subsequent sample for at least one of the parameters.
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7,300,625 Chlorine gas generating candle
Issued: November 27, 2007
Filed: March 18, 2004
U.S. Class: 422/33
Abstract: A chlorine gas generating candle in a vented container which serves as a portable means to generate heated chlorine gas for killing insects, bacteria, viruses and other dangerous biological agents. The device has application in sanitizing dwellings, swimming pools and the like, and is effective in case of accidental release and/or biological attack. The chlorine gas generating candle disinfects an enclosed space with a quantity of heated chlorine gas. The chlorine gas generator is a self contained unit including an igniter which can be activated to initiate a self propagating burn of the entire candle and a resultant distribution of toxic chlorine gas. The use of one or a plurality of chlorine generators described in this application can provide any desired concentration of the killing gas. The chlorine gas generating candle can be safely and easily transported and does not require a source of power to operate.
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Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) must pay more than $140 million for infringing on software patents owned by a Michigan-based technology company, a federal appeals court has ruled. Z4 Technologies Inc. sued Microsoft and Autodesk Inc. (ADSK), maker of drafting software, in 2004, claiming the technology they used to activate newly installed software and deter piracy infringed on patents created and owned by David Colvin, the owner of privately held z4. Commerce Township, Mich.-based z4 argued that Microsoft's Windows XP and Office 2003 suite of productivity software used its patented method of asking computer users to supply two passwords, or authorization codes, before they could fully use new software. The technology in question also can be used to deactivate software.
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Ten million dollars. That's the amount Apple has agreed to pay software developer Burst in exchange for a non-exclusive license to most of the company's patent portfolio, excluding 3 pending U.S. patent applications related to new DVR technology. Oh, and Burst also promised not to sue Apple for any future infringement of these patents. After a prolonged two-year court battle, the two companies recently announced that the they settled their ongoing dispute, which had to do with a handful of audio and video delivery technologies. In 2004, Burst claimed that Apple's iPod, iTunes and Quicktime products used many of its audio and video patents and subsequently asked Apple to license them.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:28:12 am into the following categories: In The News
CIBA Vision and CooperVision Inc. reported they have reached an agreement to settle patent litigation that resolves all current patent infringement lawsuits between the two companies. CIBA Vision, the Duluth, Ga.-based eye-care unit of Novartis, said it has licensed its so called "Nicolson" patents to CooperVision. This will enable both companies to move forward in bringing forth new and improved products. The Nicolson patents cover high-oxygen-transmissible contact lenses, including CIBA Vision's O2OPTIX AIR OPTIXand NIGHT & DAY silicone hydrogel contact lenses. In exchange, CooperVision will pay CIBA Vision a royalty on U.S. sales of its Biofinity contact lenses until 2014 and on sales outside of the United States until 2016. CIBA Vision also has licensed two types of patents from CooperVision related to contact lens designs.
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Cooper Cos., which is moving to Pleasanton from Lake Forest, said Wednesday that it settled a patent infringement lawsuit with rival Ciba Vision, the eye care unit of Switzerland’s Novartis AG. The settlement stems from Cooper and Novartis trading patent infringement suits in April 2006. CooperVision, Cooper’s dominant contact lens unit, said its suit against Ciba involved a pair of patents, one relating to features controlling contact lenses’ edge characteristics and another relating to design. Ciba alleged CooperVision infringed on patents relating to silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Under the settlement, CooperVision will pay a royalty to Novartis on domestic sales of its Biofinity contact lenses until 2014 and on international sales until 2016.
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7,297,860 System and method for determining genre of audio
Issued: November 20, 2007
Filed: November 12, 2004
U.S. Class: 84/615
Abstract: Both the beat and genre of music are used to select or generate a dance robot object for display of a robot icon on a computer monitor or for establishing the movements of a three-dimensional robot. The detected genre can define the type of dance performed by the robot. Also, the detected genre can be used to sort music. The genre can be detected using a neural network or by correlating the compressibility of the music to a genre.
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7,297,000 Periodic table of the elements in three dimensional form
Issued: November 20, 2007
Filed: November 26, 2003
U.S. Class: 434/282
Abstract: Disclosed is a three dimensional arrangement for the Periodic Table of the Elements that is based on an elliptical rather than rectangular arrangement represented in conventional charts. The three dimensional arrangement contains a continuous unidirectional periodic spiral of objects, the spiral having a substantially elliptical shape, and each object representing a different chemical element; the objects positioned so that chemical elements in a period are in a single spiral loop, and each successive period has a larger circumference than a preceding period; and the objects positioned so that chemical elements in a chemical group are in substantially the same vertical plane.
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7,297,110 Systems and methods for remote monitoring of fear and distress responses
Issued: November 20, 2007
Filed: December 8, 2004
U.S. Class: 600/300
Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for tracking and monitoring the location, health, emotional state, position, environment, sound, appearance, and other characteristics of subjects remotely over an electronic communications network by receiving signals transmitting such information from a device or devices located on or in the subject to a remote monitoring device over the electronic communications network.
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A U.S. appeals court judge upheld a $140 million judgment Friday against Microsoft Corp. for patent infringement against David Colvin, a Commerce Township inventor and founder of z4Technologies Inc.Judge Elaine Bucklo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois upheld a lower court jury that ruled last year in Texas that Microsoft willfully infringed two of z4’s patents involving digital rights management in the Windows XP operating system. The jury awarded $115 million in damages, and Judge Leonard Davis added $25 million because of what he called litigation misconduct during the trial.
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Microsoft did not infringe on patents over technology that helps computers boot up faster, a Texas court ruled late last week after a seven-day trial. The suit, filed by Acceleration Software International Corp, claims that Microsoft infringed on United States patent 5933639, issued in 1999. The suit asked the court to award the patent holder $2.50 per copy of Windows XP sold in the United States, or between $600 million to $900 million. Microsoft argued that there are many ways to improve the boot speed of PCs and that Windows XP does not infringe on the technology in the patent. In addition, the jury also found that the patent is invalid because it was obvious and the technology already existed.
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"A little-known corporation from Newport Beach, California is suing Mac maker Apple Inc., alleging that a new version of the company's iChat video conferencing software infringes on patented technology through its use of custom video backdrops," Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider. "In the 6-page complaint, filed Wednesday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, Digital Background Corporation claims that the Apple software infringes on its 1998 patent entitled 'Real-Time Method of Digitally Altering a Video Data Stream to Remove Portions of the Original Image and Substitute Elements to Create a New Image,'" Jade reports.
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A North Texas federal court recently issued a Final Judgment in favor of a subsidiary of Dallas-based Heelys, Inc. in a lawsuit against a patent infringer selling knock-offs of patented Heelys wheeled footwear in shopping malls throughout the Dallas area. The alleged patent infringers, operating under the company name Ohayan, were ordered to cease all sales of the wheeled footwear, which were conducted at kiosks in numerous North Texas malls including Irving Mall, Valley View Center and Stonebriar Center, under the brand name “Air” and others. “We are pleased that the federal court agreed with our position and shut Ohayan down,” said Mike Staffaroni, CEO of Heelys, Inc. “We now need the mall operators to do the right thing and stop leasing kiosks to infringers.”
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7,294,053 Prescription paper for physicians
Issued: November 13, 2007
Filed: August 24, 2004
U.S. Class: 462/67
Abstract: A prescription paper has reproduction material placed on selected areas of the back side of the paper so that prescription information can be transferred directly onto the patient's records while the prescription writer is writing the prescription. The reproduction material can be a carbonized backing or any other suitable reproduction material. The front side of the prescription paper comprises at least two lines that are separated by a pre-selected distance to match the distance between adjacent lines on the medical record. The prescription writer can align the lines on the prescription paper to the lines on the medical record so that information can be neatly transferred to the space between the lines on the medical record.
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7,296,016 Systems and methods for performing point-of-view searching
Issued: November 13, 2007
Filed: March 12, 2003
U.S. Class: 707/5
Abstract: A system provides search results relating to a point-of-view (POV). The system obtains a search query and POV data. The system generates a list of documents based on the search query and filters the list of documents based on the POV data. Alternatively, the system may perform a search based on the search query and the POV data to generate the list of documents. In either case, the system then presents the list of documents as the result of the search.
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7,295,127 National security warning system integrated with building fire alarm notification system
Issued: November 13, 2007
Filed: November 24, 2003
U.S. Class: 340/628
Abstract: A fire alarm system includes a fire alarm notification appliance, and a warning detector which detects a warning alert from an external source. The fire alarm notification appliance provides notification of the warning alert in response to detection of the warning alert.
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Japan's Canon won a patent lawsuit against a recycled ink cartridge supplier as the country's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal against a lower court decision in favor of the camera and office gear maker. Canon filed a suit at a Tokyo court in 2004, asking a court injunction to block imports and sales by Tokyo-based Recycle Assist of recycled Canon ink cartridges that are refilled with non-Canon ink, claiming the products infringe Canon patents.
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A Boston university and an affiliated start-up have sued Google for patent infringement related to search engines. The suit was filed by Boston's Northeastern University and Jarg, a company that specializes in distributed search technologies and one of whose co-founders, Kenneth Baclawski, is an associate professor at Northeastern. The suit accuses Google of using a distributed database technology developed by Baclawski. The lawsuit seeks an injunction, royalty payments and damages. The patent describes a distributed database system that breaks queries into fragments and distributes them to multiple computers in a network to get faster search results. The patent was assigned to Northeastern University, which licensed it exclusively to Jarg, according to the lawsuit, filed last Tuesday in a Texas court.
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OpenTV, a provider of interactive TV software and services, announced on Friday that it has settled its lawsuit against former competitor Liberate Technologies, with Liberate admitting that it infringed two OpenTV patents. Under the terms, the court permanently enjoined Liberate from infringing OpenTV's patents, while Liberate dismissed all of its counterclaims against OpenTV. San Francisco-based OpenTV originally filed suit in 2002 against Liberate, which sold its assets in 2005 to TVWorks, a joint venture between cable TV providers Comcast and Cox.
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A patent infringement suit by a three-person company against Apple Inc. will go forward, a U.S. District Judge has ruled. Santa Rosa-based Burst.com Inc., a company that lost $533,000 last year, contends its founder invented some of the technologies used by iPod. The company wants millions of dollars in royalties from Cupertino-based Apple, which has a campus in Elk Grove.
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7,292,994 System and method for establishing value and financing of intellectual property
Issued: November 6, 2007
Filed: February 15, 2001
U.S. Class: 705/35
Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for developing intellectual property (IP) assets, by collecting one or more IP assets in accordance with a characterization; determining a market value for the collection in accordance with a plurality of uses for the assets so characterized; holding the collection in an investment trust (IT), which is sold to investors; and exploiting the collection, using investor contributions to make markets for the various uses of the asserts, obtaining revenue in these markets, and distributing profits to the investors.
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7,292,683 Ad ringer
Issued: November 6, 2007
Filed: August 29, 2005
U.S. Class: 379/114.13
Abstract: A method and system are provided for playing an advertisement to a telephone subscriber prior to call completion in a telecommunications network. A subscriber telephone line is provisioned to provide an advertisement. A switch in the telecommunications network detects an off-hook condition at the subscriber's telephone and interprets the digits of the telephone number of a called party dialed by the subscriber. The switch then retrieves an advertisement and plays the advertisement to the subscriber instead of generating a ringing tone prior to call completion. The switch may also play the advertisement instead of a dial tone. The advertisement may be stored in an advertisement module in the switch or in a network component in the telecommunications network. The period for playing the advertisement may be extended by delaying call processing at the network component. Once the advertisement begins playing, the subscriber may terminate the advertisement by depressing a key on a telephone keypad. The switches and network components in the telecommunications network may be advanced intelligent network (AIN) components.
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7,290,501 System and method for relaxing laying hen
Issued: November 6, 2007
Filed: December 7, 2004
U.S. Class: 119/719
Abstract: A system for producing a sound having a certain frequency range to maintain laying hens in stable and comfortable conditions. includes a basic wave generator for generating a pair of first basic waves having the same phase and a pair of second basic waves having opposite phases, a relaxation wave generator for generating a pair of relaxation waves by combining the pair of first basic waves and the pair of second basic waves with time, a modulator for generating a pair of relaxation sounds by modulating the pair of relaxation waves with a sound wave having an audible frequency, and an audio output unit composed of two left and right parts such that stereo sound is outputted, for receiving the pair of relaxation sounds and outputting the pair of relaxation sounds to the left and right parts, respectively.
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Procter & Gamble and Kraft have filed fresh lawsuits in their continuing legal fight over allegations of patent infringements of plastic coffee cups. As FLEXNEWS reported last week, Kraft Foods went on the offensive when it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against P&G and its plastic Folgers coffee container on October 26 in the District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin. However, just days later, P&G filed a retaliatory suit with a counter-claim that Kraft has committed a second infringement of its coffee cup patent. The latest legal exchanges follow the one launched by P&G on August 27 in the US District Court in San Francisco alleging Kraft’s Maxwell House coffee cup has infringed the patent of its Folgers product. A case due to be heard on October 24 was, at Kraft’s request, adjourned to allow examination of the patents. Commenting on the latest legal actions a P&G spokesman told FLEXNEWS: “We were surprised that on October 26, 2007, Kraft decided to sue P&G for patent infringement after a recent product change to Folgers large-size plastic canisters.
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GPS Industries, Inc. (GPSI), the world's leading provider of WiFi-enabled golf management systems, intends to respond decisively and aggressively to the patent infringement lawsuit filed last week by ProLink Holdings Corp. Robert Silzer, President and CEO of GPSI, provided these initial comments about the suit: "Our Inforemer Golf Management System is built on our own state of the art technology and is protected by our own intellectual property. We are familiar with ProLink's patents, but simply have no use for that technology. We are confident that the Inforemer system does not infringe any aspect of ProLink's patents. We are advised by Uplink, and our own investigation confirms, that the Uplink systems do not encroach upon these patents. So from our point of view, the lawsuit has no merit whatsoever."
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Martek Biosciences Corp., a developer of health and wellness food and supplements, said Thursday it expects to receive a permanent court injunction against a Swiss drug company related to its fatty acid product. Columbia, Md.-based Martek said the U.S. District Court judge in Wilmington, Del., will enter a permanent injunction against Lonza Ltd. marketing its fatty acid product. The decision came in a patent infringement suit against Lonza Ltd., Nutrinova Inc. and Nutrinova Nutrition Specialties & Food Ingredients GmbH. Martek said the judge also ruled in favor of two of Martek's three patents for the fatty acid product, sold by Martek under the name life's DHA. Martek filed suit in 2006 after Swiss drug company Lonza began marketing the product under a different name.
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Multisorb Technologies Inc. said it has won a patent infringement case against Sud-Chemie Inc., a company headquartered in Louisville, Ky. Sud-Chemie had alleged infringement of the U.S. Patent No. 5793942 by Multisorb's TranSorb sorbent packs. On Sept. 7, the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Kentucky ruled Sud-Chemie's patent invalid, and dismissed Sud-Chemie's patent infringement case against Multisorb. Multisorb will continue to sell Transorb sorbent packs, which are designed specifically for use within ocean cargo containers to protect products against moisture damage during international and domestic shipping. These sorbent packs absorb moisture that builds up in containers and condenses that can cause rusting, peeling of labels and wrinkled packaging.
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7,289,031 Monitored felon warning system
Issued: October 30, 2007
Filed: November 30, 2005
U.S. Class: 340/573.4
Abstract: A monitored felon warning system has a police computer having a felon data base. The system also has a global positioning system, also known as GPS, and a sending subassembly having a circuit, with the transmitter being capable of transmitting a first signal to a receiver. The receiver gives off an alarm and also causes a display of warning material, such as a photograph to be displayed on the cell phone screen.
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7,289,814 System and method for detecting proximity between mobile device users
Issued: October 30, 2007
Filed: April 1, 2003
U.S. Class: 455/456.1
Abstract: A system and method are provided to alert two mobile communications users in the event they come in close proximity to one another. The present system uses a distributed algorithm denoted as the Strips algorithm, in which a pair of moving friends with mobile telecommunications devices makes an agreement about a static buffering region between them. After the agreement is made, the users do not need to follow each other's location until one of them enters the buffering region for the first time. By doing so, they invalidate the agreement. Consequently, they replace a location update message between them, determine if they got within the vicinity of each other, and otherwise make a new agreement on a new buffering region. When one of them enters the buffering region for the first time, a message is sent to both friends alerting them of the proximity of the other.
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7,288,710 Music searching apparatus and method
Issued: October 30, 2007
Filed: December 2, 2003
U.S. Class: 84/609
Abstract: An apparatus and a method for searching for a music piece which includes a storing device for storing first chord progression music data for a plurality of music pieces representing chronological changes in chords in the music pieces. Second chord progression music data representing chronological changes in at least a part of chords in a music piece is produced, the first chord progression music data for the plurality of music pieces stored and the second chord progression music data are compared on the basis of the amount of change in the root of a chord in a chord transition and the attribute of the chord after the transition in order to calculate a similarity for each of the plurality of music pieces, and a search output corresponding to a result of the calculation for each of the plurality of music pieces is produced.
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Intel Corp. and Transmeta Corp. have eventually settled down a patent infringement lawsuit over chip design, as Intel has just agreed to pay Transmeta no less than $250 million for ending the patent litigation. Intel Corp. has agreed to pay Transmeta Corp. $150 million initially and then, in the next five years, it will pay $20 million each year. Intel will this way be granted the right to license Transmeta patents for use in its future devices. This agreement will eventually end the pending patent litigation between the two companies and will as well release all the claims between them. The deal has however come only after Transmeta Corp., which is based in Santa Clara, California, has sued Intel Corp. in the United States’ District Court for the District of Delaware about one year ago. Transmeta has claimed at the time that some Intel processors have violated 10 of the company’s patents covering chip design and power-efficiency techniques. Nine of these patents cover basic functions such as scheduling and addressing instruction on the microprocessors, while the tenth could be related to the company’s LongRun technology, which is used to adjust a chip’s voltage based on its workload.
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Bayer AG said a US court ruled in favour of the German drugs and chemicals maker in a case in which Indian generic drug maker Dr Reddy's Laboratories challenged the validity of two US patents for antibiotic Avelox. Dr Reddy's had filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for approval of a generic version of Avelox prior to the expiration of Bayer's patents, the German drugs and chemicals maker said in a statement. 'Under US law, the filing of the ANDA is an act of patent infringement,' Bayer said, adding it is nonetheless not unusual for generic drug companies to file ANDAs on successful pharmaceutical products prior to the expiration of the relevant patents.
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SanDisk filed three patent infringement actions against 25 companies that manufacture, sell and import USB flash drives, CompactFlash cards, multimedia cards, MP3/media players and other removable flash storage products, the company announced Wednesday. The actions -- two filed in the United States District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin and one in the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) --allege that the companies involved have infringed various SanDisk system-level patents. They seek damages and a permanent injunction as well as a permanent exclusion order from the ITC banning importation of the products into the United States. "These actions demonstrate SanDisk's long-term commitment to enforcing its patents, both to protect our investment in research and development by obtaining a fair return on that investment, and out of fairness to third-parties that participate in our patent licensing program," said E. Earle Thompson, chief intellectual property counsel at the Milpitas, Calif.-based SanDisk.
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Sun filed suit in a U.S. District Court in Eastern Texas against the entire NetApp product line, seeking both an injunction and monetary damages. "It's a responsive action we take not because we want to, but rather because we are forced to," said Mike Dillon, Sun's general counsel, in a blog posting. The Sun filing is in response to a NetApp suit filed against Sun September 5, also in Texas, alleging Sun's Zettabyte File System (ZFS) infringed on seven NetApp patents for its Write Anywhere File Layout (WAFL) and RAID technology. NetApp claims that Sun infringed its patents when it released ZFS in 2005 and then released code for it under an open source license this year, as Sun has done with much of its other software.
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7,286,692 Automatic celebrity face matching and attractiveness rating machine
Issued: October 23, 2007
Filed: December 26, 2002
U.S. Class: 382/118
Abstract: The present invention teaches an amusement machine having the abilities of automatically finding the most likely match of a user facial image to a prestored database of facial images such as celebrity images and in estimating the degree of attractiveness of the user facial image. The amusement machine has a camera for taking a facial image of the user, automatically compares it to said prestored database of facial images, and assigns the attractiveness score. The results are then displayed to the user on a computer screen.
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7,287,029 Tagging data assets
Issued: October 23, 2007
Filed: September 25, 2003
U.S. Class: 707/7
Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, program products and data structures for tagging data assets are disclosed. An interface which can receive location information to identify a storage location identifier for a data asset to be saved is presented to a user. The location information for the data asset to be saved and a selection identifying a concept and a relation between the concept and the data asset to be saved are received from the user through the interface. The asset reference for the data asset to be saved is stored in a tag database and an association is created in the tag database representing the relation between the data asset to be saved and the identified concept.
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7,285,714 Pickup for digital guitar
Issued: October 23, 2007
Filed: September 9, 2005
U.S. Class: 84/726
Abstract: A reluctance pickup for a guitar including a pair of magnetic pole pieces disposed within wire coils. The coils are oppositely wound and wired in series. Each pole piece has an elongated magnetic pole end extending above its respective coil. The pole pieces are disposed so as to form a pickup face having two approximately parallel elongated pole ends. The elongated pole ends have opposite magnetic polarities and create a magnetic field therebetween. The pickup is mounted beneath a magnetically permeable string such that a projection of the string intersects the pole ends at a selected orientation angle between approximately 28 degrees and approximately 58 degrees, preferably, 43 degrees, so as to optimize selected performance parameters of the pickup, including: channel-to-channel separation, frequency response, and dynamic response.
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First, Verizon did it. Then Sprint Nextel got in on the action. And now Vonage has admitted in a regulatory filing that AT&T has also joined the patent infringement party. After failing to arrange a settlement over a single patent that "lets users access an internet phone system using a standard phone device," AT&T told the Wall Street Journal that it was forced to take legal action against the beleaguered VoIP company. This means that every major wireless company here in the U.S. has singled out Vonage in patent infringement cases. It also means one more nail has been placed in Vonage's coffin. Most recently, Vonage settled the Sprint Nextel lawsuit for $80 million. The out of court deal covers both past and future use of patents and came only weeks after a federal jury ordered Vonage to pay Sprint $69.5 million in damages.
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Nutratech, Inc. has successfully concluded its patent infringement lawsuit against Syntech (SSPF) International, Inc., over the sale of Citrus aurantium (bitter orange) extract. Syntech has acknowledged the validity and infringement of U.S. patents licensed exclusively to Nutratech on the use of Citrus aurantium extract for stimulating thermogenesis, reducing weight, and suppressing appetite. Advantra Z®, Nutratech’s proprietary Citrus aurantium extract, is the industry’s leading patented thermogenic ingredient.
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Wellman, Inc. announces the initiation of a patent infringement lawsuit against Eastman Chemical Company for infringement of United States Patent Nos. 7,129,317 and 7,094,863 owned by Wellman that cover titanium catalyzed polyethylene terephthalate (“PET”) resins and the preforms made from titanium catalyzed PET resins. The complaint alleges that Eastman infringes Wellman’s ‘317 patent with its ParaStar resins that are made from its IntegRex process and Eastman is inducing third parties, including its customers, to infringe Wellman’s ‘863 patent when they make preforms using ParaStar resin.
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Renesas Technology Corp. today announced that the company has won the patent infringement lawsuit filed by Translogic Technology, Inc. against Renesas Technology America, Inc., Hitachi, Ltd. and its affiliates. Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) upheld a ruling of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the patent (No. 5,162,666) issued to Translogic Technology is invalid. In addition, the CAFC ordered the dismissal of the patent infringement suit, overturning the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, which had awarded Translogic Technology $86.5 million (plus interest) in damages and to suspend sales of products incorporating the disputed technology.
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7,283,983 Computer and vision-based augmented interaction in the use of printed media
Issued: October 16, 2007
Filed: January 9, 2004
U.S. Class: 706/20
Abstract: Media and gesture recognition apparatus and methods are disclosed. A computerized system views a first printed media using an electronic visual sensor. The system retrieves information corresponding to the viewed printed media from a database. Using the electronic visual sensor, the system views at least a first user gesture relative to at least a portion of the first printed media. The system interprets the gesture as a command, and based at least in part on the first gesture and the retrieved information, the system electronically speaks aloud at least a portion of the retrieved information.
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7,283,969 Methods and systems for automatically registering complaints against calling parties
Issued: October 16, 2007
Filed: November 22, 2000
U.S. Class: 705/1
Abstract: Disclosed is a communication system that is adapted to notify a calling party that no further call attempts should be made and to automatically register a complaint with a calling party complaint registration database. The calling party complaint database is further adapted to notify an enforcement authority of repeated violations by a calling party. The called party communication terminal is adapted to automatically block subsequent call or communication attempts from a repeat offending calling party while simultaneously sending an additional complaint registration to the calling party complaint registration database.
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7,281,965 Combination yo-yo and top
Issued: October 16, 2007
Filed: April 14, 2005
U.S. Class: 446/250
Abstract: The present invention is directed to a combination yo-yo and top device comprising first and second yo-yo body halves, a hollow dowel element detachably connecting one of the yo-yo body halves to the other, a ball bearing element mounted on the hollow dowel element between the yo-yo body halves, a first flywheel assembly having an elongated flywheel axle, wherein the first flywheel assembly is adapted for attachment to the yo-yo body, a second flywheel assembly adapted for attachment to the yo-yo body, a string element having a first end coupled to the hollow dowel element, a power element adapted for attachment to either the first flywheel assembly or the second flywheel assembly to activate both flywheel assemblies, and, at least one removable top component adapted to be secured to the yo-yo body to convert the device from a yo-yo to a top.
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RC2, whom you probably know as the company that makes the lead-tainted Thomas & Friends toys, has filed a lawsuit against rival Munchkin, INC for allegedly infringing on a spill-proof sippy cup patent. Munchkin, INC, which had no comment for the Chicago Sun-Times about the matter, does display a note on their spill-proof sippy cup product page proclaiming: Patents pending. Quick, Munchkin, INC! Hire Verizon's magical flying lawyers before RC2 gets them first.
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IPG Photonics Corp., a maker of fiber lasers and amplifiers, said Thursday it settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Scientific-Atlanta, a unit of networking equipment company Cisco Systems Inc. Terms were not disclosed. The company said the settlement will not affect its financial statements or condition. IPG said the agreement settled Scientific-Atlanta's claims against the company as well as IPG's counterclaims. Scientific-Atlanta sued IPG in April 2005 claiming patent infringement.
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Trading Technologies International Inc. won a patent infringement lawsuit against eSpeed Inc. related to certain versions of its futures-trading software last used three years ago. A jury in a U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois found that ESpeed must pay $3.5 million in damages. "All of eSpeed's current products have already been found to not infringe the patents that were litigated in this case," eSpeed Chairman, Chief Executive and President Howard Lutnick said in a statement. The patent infringement case related to the period from August to December 2004. In August 2007 the Patent and Trademark Office said it would re-examine patents held by Chicago-based Trading Technologies due to "substantial new questions of patentability." The Illinois court has yet to try certain issues related to the patents' validity and enforceability, which could eliminate the judgment, ESpeed said.
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Arete Power, Inc. filed a patent infringement suit on October 9, 2007, against Wilmington Massachusetts-based Beacon Power Corporation. The lawsuit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that flywheel energy storage systems being manufactured and sold by Beacon Power infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,710,489. The lawsuit seeks damages from Beacon Power, as well as injunctive relief preventing further infringement. Arete Power, Inc. is a Reno, Nevada-based developer and manufacturer of advanced flywheel energy storage systems and holder of 23 patents related to flywheel energy storage technology.
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7,278,637 Underwater matching game
Issued: October 9, 2007
Filed: August 26, 2005
U.S. Class: 273/273
Abstract: A matching game for use in a swimming pool. Game pieces are provided which have various icons and point values on their faces and which are adapted to sink to the pool bottom and rest automatically in a face-down position on the pool floor. In alternating turns, players gather pairs of game pieces attempting to find matching pairs and accumulate scores according to the point values of matching pairs.
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7,280,980 Algorithm for explaining credit scores
Issued: October 9, 2007
Filed: July 30, 2001
U.S. Class: 705/38
Abstract: An exemplary Web-based score explanation service typically requires only the credit bureau identifier, credit score, and up to four reason codes as input. The invention herein discloses an algorithm that is used to provide an explanation of the primary factors influencing the score, where a rich data feed is provided to the facility implementing the algorithm.
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7,280,030 System and method for adjusting access control based on homeland security levels
Issued: October 9, 2007
Filed: September 24, 2004
U.S. Class: 340/5.21
Abstract: A system and method for automatically regulating access control levels in an access control system based on the threat level as determined by the Department of Homeland Security and/or their corresponding local offices.
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Baden Sports Inc. says it's been awarded an $8.1 million judgment in a patent infringement case brought against Molten Corp. by a federal court jury in Seattle. The Federal Way-based sporting goods company sued Molten Corp. of Japan and its U.S. subsidiary, Molten USA of Reno, Nev., in U.S. District Court of Western Washington, claiming its patented basketball technology was infringed by Molten. According to Baden, the verdict also prevents Molten from selling or advertising its "dual cushion" basketballs in the U.S. Baden said it developed its "cushion control technology" in the mid-1990s, using a separate inner and outer layer that the company says gives the basketball a truer bounce.
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Prokop Labs LLC, today announced it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Belkin International, Inc. a privately held company in Compton, CA. The suit alleges Belkin International's line of computer accessories Waverest® and GelFlex® brands of Gel Mousepads and Wristrests infringe Prokop Labs LLC US Patent 5,566,913. The suit seeks compensatory damages and a permanent injunction precluding Belkin International, Inc from selling the infringing products in the U.S.
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Lumenis Ltd., a global leader in laser and light-based devices for medical and aesthetic applications, announced that it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Alma Lasers Ltd. and Alma Lasers Inc. for patent infringement. In this lawsuit, Lumenis has accused Alma's light-based cosmetic treatment systems, including the Harmony platform, of infringing seven of Lumenis' U.S. patents. Lumenis is seeking an injunction against further infringement as well as monetary damages. If Lumenis prevails at trial, Alma could be ordered to pay millions of dollars in damages for past sales and to stop selling infringing products.
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A jury has awarded a Tecumseh heavy equipment manufacturer more than $1.5 million in a patent infringement dispute. Dickson Industries Inc. was awarded $503,873 in actual damages and almost $1.04 million in punitive damages. The jury found defendant Patent Enforcement Team LLC's patent was invalid and that the company acted "intentionally and with malice" by suing or threatening Dickson's customers. The jury verdict was made on Sept. 28. It is rare that a company is awarded punitive damages in such a patent dispute, said John Kenney, the lead attorney representing Dickson. "The jury has to find that the actions were malicious and harmful," Kenney said. "The general law is that patent owners have the right to enforce patents. Only when they step over the line do they qualify for punitive damages."
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7,277,445 Call management via television
Issued: October 2, 2007
Filed: July 2, 2002
U.S. Class: 370/401
Abstract: A telephone call management system and method are disclosed, allowing for call review where a voice mail message being recorded for a specific telephone may be played on a television associated therewith during the time it is being recorded. Optionally, the call may further be retrieved and rerouted to the user telephone responsive to a command entered via the television distribution gateway, and any call may be recorded responsive to commands entered via the gateway.
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7,277,888 Method for minimizing reintroduction of participants at successive social events
Issued: October 2, 2007
Filed: November 4, 2003
U.S. Class: 707/6
Abstract: A method for minimizing the reintroduction of two people at a successive social event comprises the steps of assigning each person wishing to attend the successive social event a unique identifier, obtaining characteristic information about each person wishing to attend successive social events, the characteristic information having at least two potential values. An event identifier is assigned to at least said first social event and said successive social event. An event history associated with each unique identifier is created, the event history having elements corresponding to information about each event the person associated with the unique identifier has attended. A person is allowed to attend the successive social event dependent upon a rule for screening attendees, said rule being a function of said characteristic information and said event history.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:36:28 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,276,819 Explosively driven power generation, method and device
Issued: October 2, 2007
Filed: September 19, 2005
U.S. Class: 310/10
Abstract: A method for generating power including an energetic charge is activated to produce a shockwave, which is imparted at an effective velocity and temperature on a gas to ionize the gas for creating plasma and to drive the plasma. The plasma is impacted on an electrically conducting cable for conducting an electrical charge therethrough.
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A federal court ruled Wednesday that Medtronic Inc. must pay $226.3 million to a unit of Johnson & Johnson to resolve a patent infringement case. Fridley-based Medtronic said in a statement that it will appeal the jury verdict, which the company said is not yet final. The patent dispute is related to screws used to treat spinal problems. Medtronic, a maker of medical devices, would pay the money to New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Spine division.
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In a 37-page order released Sept. 26, U.S. District Judge Julie E. Carnes said that U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Margaret H. Murphy had erred in embracing a characterization of Weyerhaeuser as a “bad actor” in the case, which sprang from the 1998 bankruptcy of Norcross-based Paragon Trade Brands Inc. Paragon, which manufactured generic brand disposable diapers, was established as a division of Weyerhaeuser. In 1993, Weyerhaeuser took Paragon public, making more than $200 million from the initial public offering of Paragon stock. But five years later, after losing two patent infringement suits associated with its line of baby diapers, Paragon filed for bankruptcy. It then sued Weyerhaeuser, claiming that Weyerhaeuser executives had saddled Paragon with diaper patents that infringed patents registered by Kimberly-Clark Corp. (which makes Huggies) and Procter & Gamble (which makes Pampers.)
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Maplewood-based 3M Co. today said it has settled lawsuits with Netherlands-based Avery Dennison Corp. for infringement of 3M's patents related to pressure sensitive adhesives for large format graphics. As part of the settlement, Avery Dennison is now licensed under 3M patents to sell its earlier and existing products in the large format graphics market. The license also includes a cross-license to 3M for related Avery Dennison patents.
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An eastern China court has ordered a French electrical company to pay 330 million yuan (44 million dollars) for infringing the copyright of a Chinese enterprise, a company official and state press said Sunday. In a Saturday ruling, the Wenzhou intermediate court in Zhejiang province ordered Schneider Electric to pay 330 million yuan in compensation to the Chint Group for patent infringement of its low-voltage elecrtical equipment, the Beijing News reported. The amount of compensation is believed to be the highest in China in an intellectual property rights case, the paper said. "We absolutely disagree with this decision, it is absolutely unreasonable," Guy Dufraisse, director of China operations for Schneider Electric told AFP. "Schneider Electric is a world leader in this technology, we will appeal this decision immediately to the Zhejiang high court."
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7,273,234 Card with increased gripability
Issued: September 25, 2007
Filed: July 6, 2000
U.S. Class: 283/83
Abstract: The invention disclosed herein represents a means for increasing the gripability of a credit-card-sized card. Specifically, dimples raised from, indented in, or embossed in a credit-card-sized card are arranged to from a tread on the front or back of a card. This tread allows fingers to more easily grip a credit-card-sized card for ease of handling or removal from a wallet or carrying case. Moreover, the means disclosed does not interfere with various means such as magnetic stripes commonly used to store encoded information on credit-card-sized cards.
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7,275,035 System and method for speech generation from brain activity
Issued: September 25, 2007
Filed: December 8, 2004
U.S. Class: 704/271
Abstract: In a method of assisting a subject to generate speech, at least one first neural impulse is sensed from a first preselected location in the subject's brain. A first preselected sound is associated with the first neural impulse. The first preselected sound is generated in an audible format. In an apparatus for assisting the subject to generate speech, at least one sensor senses a neural impulse in the subject's brain and generates a signal representative thereof. An electronic speech generator generates a phoneme in response to the generation of the signal. An audio system generates audible sounds corresponding to the phoneme based upon the signal received from the speech generator.
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7,275,110 Authentication using portion of social security number
Issued: September 25, 2007
Filed: February 20, 2003
U.S. Class: 709/229
Abstract: A system and method for an access code issuer to receive an on-line application including certain personal information from a user of a computer network such as the Internet, to independently operatively connect to a database and obtain or verify demographic and additional personal information regarding the user, and issue an access code to the user. The user enters this access code when accessing various nodes or websites of a plurality of affiliated content providers. The content providers obtain or verify the user's demographics by operatively connecting to the access code issuer, thereby obtaining or verifying the demographics of the visitor to its site without requiring the visitor to enter his or her demographic information or to independently provide proof thereof to the content provider. The content provider can then customize the presentation and advertising on its site according to the demographics of the user, and/or can restrict access to its site or portions thereof based on demographics or other information regarding the user. Authentication is provided using a portion of a social security number.
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Patent reform legislation before the U.S. Congress would kill the value of patents and allow companies from other countries to steal U.S. intellectual property, a group of inventors said Thursday. About 20 inventors and U.S. company executives, visiting Washington, D.C., encouraged Congress to defeat the Patent Reform Act, a version of which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month. The Senate has not yet voted on its version of the bill. The legislation "will weaken the patent system," said Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and the AutoSyringe. "It will devalue patents. It will be a disincentive for people to invest in the future."
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Starbucks was sued for allegedly infringing another company's patented design for a nonelectric coffee maker. Bodum USA, based in New York, accused Seattle-based Starbucks of copying its silver-domed glass carafe design and selling the copy as its own "Anniversary Press" coffee maker. Both products are available in the U.S., according to the complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago. The suit seeks more than $10 million in damages. "Starbucks has sold Bodum's coffee makers for at least 20 years in its stores and, therefore, is well aware of Bodum's trade dress and celebrity," attorney David Bennett wrote in the complaint, referring to the look and reputation of the company's products.
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Electronic ticketing venture Flash Seats filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to guard against what it considers patent infringement. The lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Delaware alleges that Paciolan's Ticket Marketplace infringes on Cleveland-based Flash Seats' patent for electronic ticketing. The lawsuit seeks a court order protecting its patent and awarding unspecified damages. Flash Seats offers sports teams and live entertainment venues paperless electronic ticketing, and provides season ticket holders a way to sell and transfer seats electronically. The Cleveland Cavaliers nearly a year ago were the first NBA team to agree to use the ticketing technology. Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert is also the principal owner of Flash Seats.
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CalAmp Corp. announced that it has filed complaints in the United States Federal Court against Procon, Inc., Skywatch GPS LLC, and iMETRIK Solutions Inc. for infringement of United States Patent Nos. 6,025,774 and 6,249,217 B1. The patents relate to a vehicle location system whose purpose is to enable automobile dealers and finance companies to locate and repossess vehicles serving as collateral on loans that go into default. These patents were acquired by CalAmp through the acquisition of the Aircept Vehicle Tracking business from AirIQ in March 2007. “We will protect our intellectual property rights and enforce our patents by all appropriate means,” stated Michael Burdiek, President of CalAmp’s Wireless DataCom Division. “Although we have developed a licensing program for our technology that includes ‘CalAmp Certified’ branding and co-marketing initiatives, it is unfortunate that some companies have chosen to utilize our intellectual property without our permission."
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7,270,083 Shark repelling device
Issued: September 18, 2007
Filed: July 26, 2002
U.S. Class: 119/220
Abstract: A device for repelling selected aquatic creatures, such as sharks. The device consists of an electromagnetic field generator for generating an electromagnetic field that repels sharks and is supported by a buoyant device. This provides a shark-free region about the device. Multiple devices can be connected together to form an array of repelling devices, thereby extending the shark-free region.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:32:41 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,272,572 Method and system for facilitating the transfer of intellectual property
Issued: September 18, 2007
Filed: November 28, 2000
U.S. Class: 705/26
Abstract: A method and system for facilitating the transfer of intellectual property are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method of facilitating the transfer of intellectual property includes obtaining at a computer system of a first entity information concerning intellectual property in which an interest is available for transfer (the "available intellectual property") from a second entity. The method further includes transferring the interest in the available intellectual property by concluding an agreement between the first and second entities. The agreement is representative of an acceptance of an offer concerning the transferring of the interest in the available intellectual property and consideration for the transferring of the interest. At least a portion of the interest in the available intellectual property that is transferred to the first entity is intended to be transferred from the first entity to a third entity.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:32:09 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,271,720 Homeland intelligent systems technology "H-LIST"
Issued: September 18, 2007
Filed: September 12, 2003
U.S. Class: 340/540
Abstract: Homeland Intelligence Systems Technology "H-LIST" comprises nano-sensors embedded in a silicon substrate and etched/fused in a micro-fibered material to enable an outfit for monitoring suspicious terrorist activities and for track biological and chemical gases, and explosives, including stationary and portable weapons of mass destruction such as those that are likely carried on the body of a terrorist or suicide bomber, or that are likely planted in a parked vehicle or carried inside a moving vehicle. H-LIST includes a wired outfit comprising at least a jacket that is worn by an officer, a security officer, a bus driver, hostesses, Doctors and the like, for sensing deadly gases and explosives in a defined area. A receptor is operatively configured with the outfit and attached on a waist belt, and communicatively connected to the outfit input/output connector through at least wired or wirelessly means for empowering the sensors and for receiving signal communication wirelessly; indicating the presence of a sensed agent. Detected signals are transported wirelessly through radio frequency signals to a central security monitoring station, enabling communication with first responders and backup security personnel or agents to the vicinity of the detection. The sensors are multifunctional and coded to recognize wavelike pattern of gases and explosives traveling through wave. The wired outfit and the receptor are operable to process the portion of the detection signal to determine whether there is a concealed object by conducting a test in which a first characteristic of a first dielectric constant associated with a person is determined, and a second characteristic of a second dielectric constant associated with the concealed object and or weapons of mass destruction is determined to expedite data transmission and communication to first responders.
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A federal jury in Beaumont, Texas, handed down a $156 million judgment against AT&T Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit over prepaid telephone calling cards. The verdict was returned in favor of Dallas-based TGIP Inc., which sued AT&T over claims that the telecommunications company violated two patents covering point-of-sale activation technology for calling cards. AT&T officials contend they did not violate any patent rights and plan to continue fighting the verdict through the courts. The verdict was delivered late Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont. Jurors reached their decision after hearing two weeks of testimony.
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TruePosition, Inc., a leading provider of wireless location technologies and solutions and a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, today announced that TruePosition has won a patent infringement suit against Andrew Corporation in the United States District Court in the District of Delaware, TruePosition, Inc. v. Andrew Corporation (Civ. No. 05-747-SLR). On September 14, after a trial lasting two weeks, the jury found for TruePosition on all counts and awarded it US$45.3 million for Andrew Corporation's willful infringement of its intellectual property. This is the second time that TruePosition has successfully defended its intellectual property rights against Andrew Corporation. In this case, TruePosition sued Andrew Corporation for infringing a patent dealing with the location of wireless phones using the wireless network control channel, known as the "144" or "control channel" patent, which is particularly important for safety and security applications. This suit focused primarily on infringement related to contracts that Andrew Corporation entered into with a customer in Saudi Arabia.
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NTP, a company best known for winning a patent-infringement lawsuit against Research In Motion, has filed similar lawsuits against the four largest wireless carriers in the United States. Last year, RIM paid over $600 million to settle the suit brought by NTP, which accused the BlackBerry maker of infringing on some of its patents related to wireless email. The new lawsuits brought against the wireless telecommunications companies are also related to wireless email. The carriers are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
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India’s Lupin has won its patent challenge against King Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi-Aventis for blood pressure drug Altace, which has sales of $700 million in the US alone. A US federal appeals court has ruled that the patent for Altace, chemically known as ramipril, was invalid on grounds of being obvious. Thus, the court overturned a lower court ruling that Lupin had infringed the patent by seeking approval to market a generic version of the drug. Lupin had filed in March 2005, a generic drug application with the US Food and Drug Administration, using the paragraph IV certification pertaining to generics launches for patented drugs. It typically takes up to 15 months for approval and with this latest legal victory, the company is expecting the approval for ramipril any time.
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7,267,076 Ant sculptures
Issued: September 11, 2007
Filed: October 17, 2005
U.S. Class: 119/6.5
Abstract: An ant sculpture is formed by removing a block of nutritious gel having with a network of ant tunnels from a formicarium container; placing the block in an p.v.c bag that serves as a release liner; and stuffing the bag containing the gel block back into the container. The tunnel network is then filled with a transparent epoxy resin which is permitted to harden in the tunnel network; the bag containing the gel body with set epoxy removed from the container and, the gel is then separated so that the hardened epoxy forms an ant sculpture replicating the network of ant tunnels. The epoxy resin is Bisphenol A epoxy resin.
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7,269,590 Method and system for customizing views of information associated with a social network user
Issued: September 11, 2007
Filed: April 26, 2004
U.S. Class: 707/10
Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are directed towards managing a view of a social network user's personal information based, in part, on user-defined criteria. The user-defined criteria may be applied towards a user's relationship with each prospective viewer. The user-defined criteria may include degrees of separation between members of the social network, a relationship to the prospective viewer, as well as criteria based, in part, on activities, such as dating, employment, hobbies, and the like. The user-defined criteria may also be based on a group membership, a strength of a relationship, and the like. Such user-defined relationship criteria may then be mapped against various categories of information associated with social network user to provide customized views of the social network user.
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7,268,290 Tactile metronome
Issued: September 11, 2007
Filed: May 26, 2005
U.S. Class: 84/723
Abstract: A tactile metronome for use by a musician generally includes a signal generator for producing an electrical signal according to a desired timing scheme and a tactile transducer in electrical communication with the signal generator. The tactile transducer, which may take the form of a piezoelectric device, a buzzer, electrodes or any substantial equivalent, is adapted to impart a tactile sensation to the musician in response to the generated electrical signal. A strap, which may be formed from an elastic material or a soft cloth material with hook and loop fasteners, is provided to secure the tactile transducer in place on the musician's body.
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ImClone Systems, Inc. (IMCL) said it agreed to pay $65 million to Repligen Corp. (RGEN) and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, to settle a lawsuit that alleged, ImClone used Repligen's patented technology to manufacture cancer drug Erbitux. Shares of Repligen are currently down more than 14%. As a result of the current settlement, Repligen would receive net proceeds of about $40 million after payment of obligations to MIT and legal expenses. The settlement agreement serves as the basis for Repligen and MIT to dismiss the lawsuit against ImClone. Further, Repligen has granted ImClone a non-exclusive sublicense to certain patent rights.
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A group representing patent examiners and professionals in the United States said that the patent reform proposal now in the U.S. Congress would hurt the American patent approval process. The Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), which claims to represent more than 5,000 members, distributed a patent policy paper (PDF) in Washington this week, stating that H.R. 1908 and S. 1145 includes a "dangerous requirement that would effectively outsource the patent search, allowing applicants to contract searches to anyone, including foreign entities." The group wants Congress to focus on job retention, providing examiners enough time to review applications, and increasing resources, rather than changing the system. The group claims that an Applicant Quality Submission requirement in the bills would make applicants provide a search report of all relevant patent and non-patent literature.
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Fujifilm's Fujinon Corp sued Motorola Inc., alleging several of the mobile phone maker's phones, including its flagship Razr models, infringed on its patents, according to court documents on Thursday. Motorola's various phone models infringe on three of its patents involving the imaging lens, Fujinon alleged in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Besides Razr, the lawsuit also alleges that various versions of Motorola's Rokr, Slvr and Pebl models also infringe on its patents.
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Life sciences research equipment company Applied Biosystems Group said Friday the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut dismissed a patent lawsuit against it by Enzo Biochem Inc. and Yale University. Enzo said it filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The company, a unit of Applera Corp., claimed the judge granted a motion for summary judgment, thereby dismissing the remaining claims in the patent infringement case.
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7,264,584 Method for safely and efficiently navigating magnetic devices in the body
Issued: September 4, 2007
Filed: March 9, 2004
U.S. Class: 600/1
Abstract: A method of turning a medical device, having a magnetically responsive element associated with its distal end, at an operating point within an operating region inside a patient's body from an initial direction to a desired final direction, through the movement of at least one external source magnet. The at least one external source magnet is moved in such a way as to change the direction of the distal end of the magnetic medical device from the initial direction to the desired final direction without substantial deviation from the plane containing the initial direction and the desired final direction.
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7,266,533 Electronic gift greeting
Issued: September 4, 2007
Filed: December 6, 2001
U.S. Class: 706/26
Abstract: According to the invention, a method for creating an electronic greeting card enclosing an electronic gift is disclosed. In one step, the electronic greeting card selection is received from a sender along with a selection of at least one of a type of electronic gift, an amount for the electronic gift, and an identifier for a receiver of the electronic gift. Payment for the electronic gift is received from a money handler chosen by the sender. A code indicative of the electronic gift is received, whereby the code facilitates redemption of the electronic gift. The code is embedded in the electronic greeting card.
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7,264,474 Personality style method
Issued: September 4, 2007
Filed: September 18, 2002
U.S. Class: 434/236
Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a plurality of color-coded cards and representing four personality styles and a set of two cards representing the Extraversion-Introversion scale of Carl Jung. On each set of two cards, there is one that lists twenty characteristics of the particular style associated with that card on a plurality of removable strips. The other card in the set of two has a blank side to place the removable strips that characterize each participant. On the reverse side of this card is printed the workplace environment that most appeals to a person of this particular style. Each card has a place for a simple score, (i.e. a simple sum of the characteristics chosen). The color-coded cards are ordered numerically. The Extravert-Introvert (E-I) card is also scored. Participants are asked to place color-coded dots representing each participant's particular order of styles on their nametags. The first style represents a participant's dominant personality style. The combination of all four styles with the Extraversion-Introversion components represents the participant's personality temperament or profile.
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Motorola's request for an injunction against Aruba's use of patented technologies could have been an opening shot for what could just be tough negotiations between the two firms, said Charles Hosch, chair of Strasburger & Price's Intellectual Property practice. Some tech companies now view the threat of patent litigation as a prelude to jockeying for licensing rights or some other concession. Aruba and Motorola have joined the now legion number of tech companies engaged in legal patent disputes. Motorola's subsidiary companies Symbol Technologies and Wireless Valley Communications filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Aruba Networks in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Aruba infringed its patents related to wireless local area network (WLAN) communication technologies, according to Motorola's statement. Two of the patents relate to WLAN switching architecture technology, which Motorola said significantly lowers the cost of deploying network infrastructure and drives down the cost of managing, maintaining and upgrading wireless systems. Symbol introduced the first such switch to the market, Motorola said.
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The long-running legal battle between Microsoft and Eolas Technologies, which Microsoft was losing, has been settled. The two firms agreed to an undisclosed settlement that resolves the case. The lawsuit dates back to February 1999, when Eolas, a spin-off from the University of California, filed suit against Microsoft for alleged patent infringement involving plug-in and applet technology. The company accused Microsoft of using its patented technology in Windows 98, Windows 95 and Internet Explorer. Eolas was granted the patent on November 17, 1998, which covers technologies for the creation of a browser system that allowed for the embedding of small interactive programs, such as plug-ins, applets, scriptlets or ActiveX Controls, into online documents. Microsoft was hit with a $521 million verdict in 2003. The case has been on appeal since.
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A day after winning a patent infringement lawsuit against a Taiwanese memory chip maker Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. has filed to have the chips in question barred from Japan. The Tokyo District Court Thursday upheld Fujitsu claims that DRAM (dynamic RAM) memory chips made by Nanya Technology Corp. infringed upon patents held by Fujitsu. The court granted an injunction against future import and sales of the chips. Fujitsu said Friday it had filed an application with Japan's customs authority to suspend import of the DRAM chips under the country's customs law. The lawsuit concerned a patent related to a technology for improving the speed of DDR SDRAM (double data rate synchronous dynamic RAM) memory chips and was filed just over two years ago after talks between the two companies produced no agreement on patent licensing.
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MedioStream Inc. sued Apple Inc., Dell Inc. and Acer America Corp. this week, alleging infringements of its patents for decoding audio and video signals for faster playback or recording. Los Altos-based MedioStream said in a complaint filed in federal court in Tyler, Texas that Cupertino-based Apple, Round Rock, Texas-based Dell and San Jose-based Acer infringe the 2006 patent of a "method and system for direct recording of video information onto a disk medium."
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7,263,526 Method and apparatus for embedding chat functions in a web page
Issued: August 28, 2007
Filed: December 18, 1996
U.S. Class: 707/102
Abstract: A real time chat server not only maintains the chat session but also synchronizes the browse and chat functions by dynamically linking the browser and chat applications to allow the contents of the browser window and the chat window to change in a coordinated manner. The chat server is built from a number of core software objects, namely user objects, connection objects, and room objects. In this way, multiple users' browsers may be connected into one powerful distributed chat/HTTP server and all such users are able to fully interact with one another in a coordinated manner via type-written messages, HTML web documents, and file transfers. The usefulness of chat is enhanced by embedding the chat functions into the browser window.
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7,263,491 On-line degree and current enrollment verification system and method
Issued: August 28, 2007
Filed: June 4, 2004
U.S. Class: 705/1
Abstract: The present invention provides a new and useful system and method for processing on-line degree and current enrollment verification inquiries. The system includes a requestor computer and an institutional computer each connected to a server computer via the Internet. The server computer is capable of processing and storing educational information/education records provided by the institutional computer, and receiving at least one inquiry from the requestor computer and providing educational information/education records in response to the inquiry. The system also includes a database for storing educational information/education records and a search engine module that searches for and retrieves educational information/education records from the database. Communication means are also included which allow the system to transfer data between the requestor computer and the institutional computer.
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7,263,378 Method and apparatus for interactive audience participation at a live entertainment event
Issued: August 28, 2007
Filed: February 6, 2006
U.S. Class: 455/517
Abstract: A method and system provide interactive participation during shopping activity occurring at a shopping venue. Enjoyment for a plurality of enrolled participants is enhanced. Participants employ wireless interactive devices that present a promotional message and include user input and output interfaces. Participants are queried, and enter answers via the user input interface. The promotional messages are preferably related to businesses associated with the shopping venue.
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Opponents of legislation that would overhaul the U.S. patent system have enlisted new allies who may cause majority Democrats in Congress to rethink their support of the proposals. Since late July, three labor unions -- the AFL-CIO, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), and the United Steelworkers -- have sent letters to lawmakers saying they oppose two current patent reform bills. Patent reform opponents say they hope their alliance with organized labor, which has a long history of supporting Democrats, will stall the legislation. But representatives of large tech vendors that are pushing for patent reform say they're confident there will be support for the legislation when Congress returns from summer recess in early September. The committees in both the Senate and the House of Representatives approved versions of a sweeping patent reform bill in July, and House leaders have targeted the patent reform bill for passage by the end of the year.
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Cincinnati-based P&G said it filed a patent infringement suit in federal court in San Francisco. P&G claims Kraft's new Maxwell House can infringes on the design of P&G's 4-year-old Folgers can. "In 2003, P&G introduced Folgers Coffee in a consumer-preferred plastic container," P&G said. "This innovation has grown the Folgers business for the past four years." The lawsuit seeks to stop Kraft Foods from selling the allegedly infringing Maxwell House Coffee package. It also seeks recovery of an undisclosed amount of damages.
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A Germantown inventor says he discovered the secret to keeping delicate whites white years ago, but now the country’s biggest bleach manufacturer is leaving him in the dark. Lawnie Taylor sued The Clorox Co. last week to prove that its UltimateCare Premium Bleach is just like his 2004 patented formula for GLEE, a liquid chlorine bleach that removes stains without damaging clothing. Taylor, a physicist and retired senior engineer at the U.S. Department of Energy, said he and his attorney spent several months in licensing and royalty talks with Clorox after the product was launched in May 2006. When those talks ended three or four months later, Taylor said he decided a new course of action was needed.
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A Georgia synthetic glove maker has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission alleging Cardinal Health Inc. infringed on a patent. The company that filed the complaint, Menlo, Ga.-based Best Manufacturing Co., alleges the nitrile gloves Cardinal imports from its glove manufacturer in Malaysia infringe on a patent it owns. Best Manufacturing is requesting the trade commission issue a cease-and-desist order for the product that also would go to four other companies listed as respondents in the investigation. Cardinal spokeswoman Donna Gaidamak said the nitrile gloves the company imports from Malaysia and then distributes through its gloves group in McGaw Park, Ill., are among the many medical and surgical gloves it markets. Cardinal has been distributing gloves for more than 20 years.
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7,258,592 Santa Claus visit kit
Issued: August 21, 2007
Filed: August 26, 2004
U.S. Class: 446/487
Abstract: A kit for creating an illusion that suggests a Santa Claus visit in a premises is disclosed. The kit includes items revealed to a child audience. These items include a displayer at which small items can be placed, and amusement items for use by at least a member of the child audience in carrying out steps that the child audience is invited to believe will assist Santa Claus in making the visit. The kit also includes items at least temporarily concealed from the child audience. The concealed items include means for making boot print resembling marks to mark an illusionary trail of Santa Claus in the premises.
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7,260,192 Internet user finder
Issued: August 21, 2007
Filed: November 10, 1998
U.S. Class: 379/114.01
Abstract: Specialized telecom network users who burden the network, such as high-volume users of Internet services, are identified by analysis of network traffic data to identify addresses (e.g. telephone numbers) for callers to destinations associated with the particular call-in service. Destination telephone numbers may be identified from a list of known service providers or from a network traffic study, which identifies destination numbers receiving unique patterns of incoming traffic. Analysis of the records of calls to the destination numbers then identifies numbers for callers who made more than some minimum number of calls during the study or who accumulate more than some threshold amount of total connect time on such calls. The preferred embodiments utilize automated systems to compile and analyze call records from standard messages of a telephone network, such as interoffice signaling messages or automated accounting messages. Data from the records can be translated to identify the calling subscribers, e.g. by name and address or by point of connection to the network.
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7,260,542 Method and system for the real time sale of sensor data
Issued: August 21, 2007
Filed: May 4, 2000
U.S. Class: 705/1
Abstract: A method and system for the transmission and sale of real-time sensor data. The system including, placing remote sensors in areas of interest to the providers users, receiving sensor orientation requests from users, determining a winning sensor orientation, and finally sending the data from the sensor to the users.
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Medical device concern CytoLogix Corp. received a jury verdict of $10.7 million in damages in patent infringement claims against Ventana Medical Systems Inc., after a three-week long trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Boston-based CytoLogix Corp.s technologies contain slide-staining methods used by pathologists in the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. Jack Pirozzolo and Vickie Henry of Foley Hoag LLP in Boston led the CytoLogix trial team. Litigation on the CytoLogix family of patents covering this diagnostic technology is expected to continue. Its competitor, Ventana Medical Systems Inc. is as Tucson, Arizona-based medical device company.
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SonoSite Inc. said it has expanded its patent lawsuit fight with General Electric Co. in a Wisconsin court. In July, the Bothell maker of hand-carried ultrasound machines filed a counterlawsuit after General Electric sued SonoSite in May, alleging that SonoSite ultrasound products infringed on GE products. In an Aug. 17 amendment to its July countersuit, SonoSite alleged that GE, of Fairfield, Conn., infringed on additional SonoSite patents.
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It looks like Robot FX has run into a bigger obstacle than it's bargained for, with the company now facing not one but two lawsuits from iRobot over alleged patent infringement. Apparently, iRobot thinks that Robot FX's "Negotiator" robot is a little too similar to iRobot's popular Packbot, and it's asking for a permanent injunction to prevent Robot FX from selling any more of the bots, along with the usual damages. Adding further to the intrigue is the fact that Robot FX was founded by a former iRobot employee, who is specifically named in the second lawsuit claiming misappropriation and misuse of confidential information relating to the Packbot. Sadly, it seems that the whole matter will have to be settled in court, and not in a winner-take-all robot death match as we would have hoped.
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Pall Corp., which makes filters and purifiers, said late Thursday it received a favorable claim construction ruling in a patent infringement lawsuit against a 3M Co. division. The lawsuit claims Cuno Inc.'s Polypro XL and LifeAssure filters infringe two patents related to Pall's Ultipleat filters, which use a laid-over pleat design that allows more material to be packed into a smaller envelope. U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert of the Eastern District of New York stated Wednesday in a memorandum and order that Pall's product "was a major breakthrough" when it was created, as it established a more efficient and long-lasting filter without increasing the size of the product. Pall is seek compensatory damages and a permanent injunction against Cuno selling the products named in the lawsuit. The court ruled in 2002 that an earlier Cuno product infringed on the same patents, Pall said.
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7,257,570 Geographical location extraction
Issued: August 14, 2007
Filed: Decemebr 22, 2003
U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract: A geographical location extraction method and tool to infer a likely geographical location from one or more search terms entered as a query by a user on a search engine or the like.
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7,255,277 Method of designating dating status
Issued: August 14, 2007
Filed: April 6, 2006
U.S. Class: 235/462.1
Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to a system and method for dating. More particularly, this disclosure is a dating system and method that limits the embarrassment of rejection and minimizes costs of implementation based on a market recognition of an external sign to be associated with a dating status such as a color-coded bracelet.
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7,257,388 Pre-paid mobile phone with temporary voice mail
Issued: August 14, 2007
Filed: August 20, 2004
U.S. Class: 455/406
Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for allowing access to a voice mailbox associated with a pre-paid mobile phone subscriber's account after the expiration of the subscriber's credits. A call processing system may be configured to receive a call from a calling party and to connect the call to a voice mailbox system. The call processing system may allow the calling party to record a voice message that can subsequently be accessed by the subscriber for an access fee. The call processing center may also be configured to allow the calling party to add credit to the subscriber's account. Access fees are paid and credits are added to the account by way of pre-paid calling cards, smart cards, credit cards, debit cards, electronic fund transfers.
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EchoStar Communications has gained some ground in defending its digital video-recording technology against patent-infringement claims, but a big case with giant Tivo is still pending. The Douglas County-based satellite- TV provider said Friday that it prevailed in a patent-infringement case filed by Forgent Network Inc. EchoStar said it won $90,000 in court costs after a Texas appellate judge upheld a jury verdict last spring that Forgent's patent claims were invalid. EchoStar, operator of Dish Network, also said this week that the federal patent office recently rejected all of the hardware-related claims asserted by Tivo. But the patent office affirmed Tivo's software claims related to a $90 million Texas court verdict against EchoStar last year. EchoStar reiterated in a regulatory filing this week that it does not believe it has infringed on any of Tivo's patents and that it will prevail on appeal. An appellate court has stayed an injunction prohibiting EchoStar from using the technology, pending appeal.
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On Monday, Apple was sued in Texas for violating the patent rights of a Michigan-based inventor. Attorney Joseph Zito of Washington, D.C.-based law firm Zito tlp filed the patent infringement lawsuit in a Texas federal court on behalf of Thomas Harvey, claiming that the Apple Portable Power Adapter violates two related patents granted to Harvey for an illuminated portable recharging device. Harvey "invented a power adapter with an illuminated connector end," the complaint says, citing a patent applied for in 2001 and granted in 2004. "...Apple manufactures and sells a device referred to as the 'Apple Portable Power Adapter.' The power adapter, in combination with an Apple notebook computer, has all the elements of the claims of [Harvey's patents], including: a portable electronic device recharger, a rechargeable battery, a battery compartment, a power adapter, an illuminated connector terminus."
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Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that a U.S. District Court judge in Santa Ana, Calif. has ordered Qualcomm Incorporated to pay double damages of $39.3 million for past infringement of three Broadcom patents. The judge also ordered Qualcomm to pay Broadcom's attorneys' fees in the litigation. An injunction hearing in the case, in which Broadcom is seeking to bar future infringement of the patents by Qualcomm, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. In May, a federal jury in Santa Ana found that Qualcomm had "willfully infringed" the three Broadcom patents, and awarded Broadcom $19.64 million in damages. The "willfulness" finding provided the judge with the discretion to increase the damages. In doubling the amount of damages initially awarded by the jury, U.S. District Judge James V. Selna reasoned, "There is a spectrum of improper conduct for determining the amount to award. That Qualcomm's conduct was not at the most egregious end of the spectrum does not mean that no enhanced award is due." He found awarding the attorneys' fees "appropriate for the same reasons as the damages enhancement. Broadcom has demonstrated that this case is exceptional by clear and convincing evidence." Judge Selna issued a tentative ruling on the awards August 9; today he made the order final.
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Callaway Golf Co. has filed two suits accusing TaylorMade Golf Co. of violating its patents on three golf clubs and a ball-covering material. The maker of Big Bertha and Steelhead brand clubs is seeking monetary damages and an order that all the infringing TaylorMade products be destroyed. The company also wants an order permanently blocking TaylorMade from using the disputed technology. The suits contend that the patent violations have caused Callaway "irreparable injury," according to court documents. Since the introduction of its oversize Big Bertha driver in 1991, Carlsbad, Calif.-based Callaway has led an arms race among professional golfers and weekend duffers. The company, whose sales topped $1.02 billion last year, sells a line of Big Bertha irons and drivers as well as the full range of golf clubs, balls and other equipment. TaylorMade, a unit of Adidas Group, also is headquartered in Carlsbad and its products are used by a number of professional golfers. The TaylorMade patents targeted in these suits include a polyurethane golf ball cover that produces a softer feel and increased ball spin along with a club head used for longer drives, court documents show.
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7,254,092 Method and system for swimmer denial
Issued: August 7, 2007
Filed: March 31, 2005
U.S. Class: 367/138
Abstract: A method and system for swimmer denial transmits underwater sound associated with a time-reversed impulsive response, resulting in amplified sound at a predetermined location. The amplified sound has sufficient peak pressure and/or impulse area to form a barrier to an underwater swimmer.
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7,254,839 Secured access using a coordinate system
Issued: August 7, 2007
Filed: March 21, 2001
U.S. Class: 726/34
Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for controlling access to an access-protected unit. A pair of coordinates may be read from a base, such as a card, using a digital pen. The system may then check if the pair of coordinates are within a coordinate area belonging to an authorized user. If so, access may be granted to the authorized user to the access-protected unit or to specific programs or functions of the access-protected unit.
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7,253,727 Security checkpoint
Issued: August 7, 2007
Filed: July 8, 2004
U.S. Class: 340/522
Abstract: A security checkpoint includes a personal scanning portal, a parcel scanning portal and a controller for ensuring substantially simultaneous scanning of a person and the parcel associated with the person. The controller also adjusts the level of scrutiny at each portal based on scanned data received at the other portal and based on information in a database relating to the specific person at the security checkpoint.
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A U.S. judge on Monday threw out a record $1.5 billion verdict against Microsoft Corp, ruling the world's largest software had not infringed on audio technology patents held by France's Alcatel-Lucent. Microsoft said the reversal was a victory for other technology companies who could have been at risk to patent infringement charges if Alcatel won. A federal jury in San Diego ruled in February that Microsoft had violated two patents related to MP3 audio files and handed Alcatel-Lucent the largest-ever damages award in a U.S. patent case. MP3 is the standard digital music format, which allows audio to be compressed so that it can be easily played on computers, mobile phones or digital music players. The court heard a post-trial motion on July 25 and 26 when Microsoft asked for the verdict to be reversed, a new trial or dramatic reduction in damages. U.S. District Judge Rudi Brewster said in a 43-page order that the jury's damages could not stand because Microsoft had not violated one of the two patents.
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Apple is the focus of a recently-filed lawsuit over the iPhone's touchscreen keyboard. A virtually unknown company called SP Technologies has filed a suit against Apple for infringement on a patent on for a touchscreen keyboard. The company is now demanding that the courts issue a permanent injunction against Apple and is asking for damages and attorney's fees. The patent, "Method and medium for computer readable keyboard display incapable of user termination," describes a software system that takes touch input on a virtual keyboard—a keyboard that cannot be minimized or closed and is therefore integral to the use of the device it's installed on, much like the iPhone's keyboard. The patent was filed in August of 2000 and awarded in August of 2004. SP Technologies claims that Apple has willfully and deliberately infringed on this patent by developing iPhone, and is apparently continuing to do so in a flagrantly in-your-face manner by having the gall to sell it. SP Technologies also makes a point of bringing up Apple's legal run-in with Creative, saying that Apple has been "repeatedly sued" in the past over patent infringement.
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In what could be a high-stakes battle between two of the biggest makers of liquid crystal displays, Sharp Corp. has sued Samsung Electronics Co., accusing its rival of infringing five of its patents on LCD technologies often used in televisions, computer monitors and cell phones. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, centers on patents related to various methods Sharp said it developed to improve the quality of LCD displays. The Japanese electronics company is seeking unspecified damages, a ban on infringing products and a jury trial. The lawsuit does not specify how many products are in question, but analysts say the scope will likely be in the millions, and the monetary stakes high. "We are currently in a cutthroat time in the industry, where prices of finished goods are falling so fast that any kind of technological edge one company has over the other is completely vital," said Eric Haruki, an analyst of TV technologies at market researcher IDC.
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RealNetworks, the company behind the digital media player, Real Player, has won a patent infringement lawsuit brought by San Francisco-based technology licensing company, Friskit. Frisket had been seeking damages of over US$70m (AUD$82m) against Real, but Judge William W. Schwarzer of the US District Court for the Northern District of California granted RealNetworks' motion for summary judgment invalidating the claims of four patents asserted by Friskit. In its motion, RealNetworks relied upon the recent legal decision in KSR vs Teleflex, in which the Supreme Court ruled on the proper standard for determining obviousness in patent cases. The Supreme Court rejected any "rigid" application of existing tests for obviousness in favour of the "expansive and flexible approach" set forth in the Supreme Court's earlier decisions. RealNetworks relied upon that analysis to argue that Friskit's patent claims relating to systems for enabling continuous streaming playback from internet sites were "obvious combinations of elements found in the prior art", including RealNetworks' own internet products.
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7,251,320 Call initiation via calendar
Issued: July 31, 2007
Filed: September 15, 2006
U.S. Class: 379/202.01
Abstract: A system and method for initiating calls via electronic calendar is disclosed. A call list is associated by a user to a particular time and day within the electronic calendar. When the particular day and time arrives, the call list is forwarded to a service which executes the call list, and subsequently contacts the members of the call list through a telephone network. Once a connection is established, the user and the members of the list are linked to a conference bridge.
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7,250,853 Surveillance system
Issued: July 31, 2007
Filed: December 10, 2004
U.S. Class: 340/506
Abstract: A surveillance system is provided. The system includes at least one target detection sensor, a plurality of adjustable identification sensors and a system controller. The syste controller is coupled to the at least one target detection sensor and the plurality of adjustable identification sensors. The system controller processes data from the plurality of target detection sensors, applies threat criteria, and, when a target is identified as a threat, the system controller selects at least one of the plurality of adjustable identification sensors and adjusts a sensing input of the selected one of the plurality of adjustable identification sensors to capture information on the identified target. The system also includes a monitoring station that is adapted to receive signals from the selected one of the adjustable identification sensors and to display the captured information.
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7,251,665 Determining a known character string equivalent to a query string
Issued: July 31, 2007
Filed: May 3, 2001
U.S. Class: 707/104.1
Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product perform text equivalencing. The text equivalencing is performed by modifying a string of characters by applying a set of heuristics, comparing the modified strings of characters to known strings of characters. If a match is found, the text equivalencing engine performs database update and exits. If no match is found, sub-strings are formed by grouping together frequently occurring sets of characters. An information retrieval technique is performed on the sub-strings to determine equivalent text.
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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by Coca-Cola Co. (KO) that charged its rival PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) with patent infringement on a collapsible bag that dispenses syrup for fountain sodas. It was the third such lawsuit Atlanta-based Coca-Cola has brought against PepsiCo or its affiliates in the past six years. The decision was issued Wednesday by Judge Richard Story of the U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Coca-Cola Co. is the biggest soft-drink company in the world. Purchase, N.Y.- based PepsiCo Inc., is second-largest. "It confirmed what we knew all along, that there was no infringement," PepsiCo spokesman Dave DeCecco said. Coca-Cola was reviewing the decision and an appeal may be forthcoming, said spokesman Dana Bolden. The company has 30 days to decide.
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A U.S. district court judge has ruled that eBay Inc. can continue to use its "buy it now" feature even though a patent infringement ruling against the feature continues to stand. Judge Jerome Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied an injunction request by MercExchange LLC, which successfully sued eBay for patent infringement in 2003. But Friedman also said he would move forward with MercExchange's efforts to collect the US$25 million patent infringement award against eBay.
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The inventor of a computer software encryption scheme filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming the operating system giant is illegally using that technology in Windows XP and Vista. The patent for “computer implemented secret object key block cipher encryption and digital signal device” was granted in 2001 to Luciano Paone, then of Safecourier Software in Kings Park, N.Y. Paone is seeking damages, triple damages and an injunction against Microsoft. The technology in question is based on a 4,096-bit encryption model and a 2,048-bit secret key digital signature process. In addition, the object keys are dynamic, changing throughout the encryption process.
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Biothera and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) filed a patent infringement lawsuit today against Biorgin, a Brazilian company, for selling beta 1,3/1,6 gluco polysaccharide ingredients in the U.S. for nutritional supplements and functional foods. Biothera and MIT charged Biorigin with six counts of patent infringement in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois. Massachusetts Institute of Technology owns and licenses to Biothera certain patents that are part of the litigation. The plaintiffs seek a permanent injunction and unspecified damages from Biorigin. “Biothera has a formidable intellectual property portfolio that provides exclusivity to market our gluco polysaccharide in the U.S.,” said Richard G. Mueller, Biothera president and chief executive officer. Biothera has more than 40 U.S. patents and patents pending, as well as additional patents in more than 20 countries, protecting the matter of composition, manufacturing and use of beta 1,3/1,6 gluco polysaccharide derived from yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).
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7,247,782 Genetic music
Issued: July 24, 2007
Filed: January 8, 2004
U.S. Class: 84/600
Abstract: Genetic music generated by decoding and transcribing genetic information within a DNA sequence into a music signal having melody and harmony, and useful in the producion of novely consumer products, identification systems, and diagnostic tools.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:37:54 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,249,175 Method and system for blocking e-mail having a nonexistent sender address
Issued: July 24, 2007
Filed: April 12, 2000
U.S. Class: 709/225
Abstract: A system and method for filtering undesirable e-mail with forged nonexistent sender addresses in real time without sending a message to that sender. A server or proxy rejects electronic messages having a nonexistent sender address by establishing a connection to an authorized mailhost for the domain of the sender address and using discrete transactions during the protocol setup phase to determine if that mailhost will accept mail for the sender address. If the authorized mailhost for the sender address will not accept mail for that address, then the sender address is determined to not exist and the message can be safely rejected.
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7,248,159 User-centric event reporting
Issued: July 24, 2007
Filed: December 30, 2004
U.S. Class: 340/539.13
Abstract: A system and method for receiving hazard and event information in a mobile unit and using that information to warn a user of an event or future hazard with reference to the mobile unit's location and/or intended direction of travel is provided. A hazard location algorithm compares a forecast location of each mobile unit with a forecast hazard and transmits a warning to each mobile unit that is predicted to encounter the hazard. As the mobile unit moves, its actual position is updated in an event center, and a revised warning is transmitted to the mobile unit as applicable. Warnings include audio warnings for playback and/or visual warnings for display on the mobile device. Users may also wirelessly report events or hazards to a central server in an event center by sending data to the event center via a wireless communications network. Secondary information may be included, based on the selected event type.
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Taiwan's Acer Inc. said Friday it has filed a counterclaim in a U.S. court against a patent infringement lawsuit by Hewlett-Packard Co. Acer said in a statement it filed the counterclaim Thursday with the District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In late March, HP filed a lawsuit at the same court, alleging Acer had violated five patents covering technologies that included DVD editing, managing power consumption in portable computers and ways to use multiple microprocessor chips. HP also filed another lawsuit against Acer in April at the International Trade Commission alleging infringement of four of the same patents.
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General Protecht, an electrical product manufacturer based in East China's Zhejiang Province, has won a three-year patent infringement lawsuit in the United States. According to a Federal Court ruling in New Mexico, the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) products of General Protecht did not infringe upon the patents of the US company Leviton. Beginning in April 2004, Leviton filed lawsuits against several customers of General Protecht in New Mexico, Florida and California, alleging several patent infringements of its products. GFCI is a small electrical device often used in houses. They can reduce the risk of electrocution. "It's a great win for General Protecht, which has always respected the intellectual property rights (IPR) of others," said Chen Wusheng, president of the company. It shows a Chinese company, which conducts business in the US, can be treated fairly and impartially according to the rule of law, he added.
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The suit alleges the Staples Corp brand of computer accessories Gel Mousepads and Wristrests infringe Prokop Labs US Patent 5,566,913.The suit seeks compensatory damages and a permanent injunction precluding Staples Corp from selling the infringing products in the U.S. The lawsuit was filed in Seattle at the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. “Our Patents are core assets. They represent countless hours of research to develop our Gel-eez® line of ergonomic products, they have sold world wide for several years. We plan to vigorously defend our patent rights, preferably through negotiated license agreements, or through the courts” said, David Prokop, founder of Prokop Labs, LLC (a former Microsoft Program Manager and Kinesiologist). Prokop Labs Gel-eez ® line of computer accessories Gel mousepads and wristrests represents an engineering breakthrough. It’s patented thermal gel offers several advantages for computer users, with a cool, comfortable Gel Wristrest pad. This is a key benefit particularly in computer office ergonomics, where comfort and proper hand position help reduce inflammation caused by keyboard carpal tunnel and repetitive motion injuries.
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7,246,068 Computerized system for combining insurance company and credit card transactions
Issued: July 17, 2007
Filed: August 10, 2001
U.S. Class: 705/2
Abstract: A method and apparatus for combining a credit card account with a medical services or insurance account. A client establishes a credit card account and links the credit card account to an insurance policy or medical services account. The client uses the credit card and generates rebates used to offset the cost of the insurance policy or make payments into the medical services account. The form of the rebate depends on the type of insurance policy or medical services account selected by the client. An interactive Web site is provided for creation, coordination, and monitoring of the linked credit card accounts and insurance policies. A client uses the interactive Web site to explore different insurance policies and the effects of using credit card rebates to offset the price of an insurance policy. The interactive Web site also provides services for the client to maintain and monitor the linked accounts.
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7,245,704 Automated third party call activated when 911 dialed
Issued: July 17, 2007
Filed: January 30, 2004
U.S. Class: 379/45
Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses that operate with different communications devices, different users, and/or different communications networks to generate, enable, disable, transmit, and/or otherwise control an Emergency Third Party Communications Signal. According to embodiments of this invention, a communications network establishes an emergency communications link between a calling party and an emergency response call center. Thereafter, the communications network automatically associates a third party to add to the emergency communications link and uses the Emergency Third Party Communications Signal to establish an emergency conferencing communications link between the third party, the calling party, and/or the emergency response call center.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 11:00:37 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,246,157 Systems and methods for underwriting coverage for data transmissions
Issued: July 17, 2007
Filed: February 4, 2006
U.S. Class: 709/217
Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods which afford a technical application for insuring, bonding, and underwriting a transmission of a data set, streaming data, and/or document over the Internet through TCP/IP and all other electronic media such as WAP, VOIP, fiber optic channels, microwave channels, and through standard electrical switches, electrical outlets and power lines. The present invention includes a computer readable medium having computer executable instruction to cause a system perform a method for insuring, bonding, and/or underwriting data transmission. The method includes enabling a first remote client coupled to a communications network to insure, bond, and/or underwrite a transmission of an electronic data set, streaming data, and/or document, with a selected coverage type for a selected coverage amount, from the first remote client to one or more second remote clients. The method includes charging a fee to an appropriate account for the selected coverage type and amount.
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Eye drug developer QLT Inc. (TSX:QLT) is on the hook for nearly US$70 million in past penalties and tens of millions of dollars for future sales of its Visudyne drug in the wake of a legal decision by a U.S. district court Tuesday. The Vancouver company said the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts affirmed a 2006 decision by a federal jury that had found QLT liable for unfair trade practices and ordered it to pay damages to the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Under the decision the company must pay US$69.6 million as past damages for royalties, plus interest and legal fees, and royalties on future Visudyne sales.
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Competitive Technologies, Inc. announced today that CTT, its client, the University of Illinois, and all Fujitsu defendants have reached a settlement in the long-standing patent infringement suit regarding US Patent Nos. 4,866,349 and 5,081,400 covering plasma display panels (PDPs) and related circuitry. As part of the settlement, CTT will pay Fujitsu a minor portion of the approximately $233,000 costs awarded to Fujitsu by the courts in 2006. The parties will dismiss with prejudice all claims and counterclaims in the suit.
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Warner Music Group said Thursday it would drop its patent infringement lawsuit against social-networking site imeem, instead offering access to the music giant's catalog for a cut of the startup's revenue. Imeem didn't disclose the percentage of revenue it would share with Warner. In May, Warner Music sued San Francisco-based imeem , charging the company let users share copyrighted content without permission. Imeem now says it wants to offer other record labels a share of the profit from its music-sharing service in exchange for access to copyrighted content.
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Medtronic Inc., the world's largest maker of devices used to regulate heart rhythms, was sued by Spectranetics Corp. over a technology for sucking deposits out of blood vessels, the heart and lungs. Medtronic's Export XT 6F model aspiration catheter is among the products that violate a U.S. patent covering a device and method for removing intravascular, pulmonary and cardiac obstructions, Spectranetics said July 10 in a complaint in federal court in Austin, Texas. Spectranetics, a maker of medical lasers based in Colorado Springs, asked the court to block Minneapolis-based Medtronic from using the patented technology and to award cash compensation for past infringement.
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7,240,619 Identifiable bullet which is unduplicatable
Issued: July 10, 2007
Filed: March 9, 2006
U.S. Class: 102/430
Abstract: This invention is intended to provide an identifiable bullet which is unduplicatable by a third party.The means is to place plural (two or more) kinds of identification codes onto or into a bullet and to make the identification codes mutually related. By this means the bullet remains identifiable. Next, the means is to make at least one kind of the identification code or codes ciphered. By this means the mutual relations among the identification codes become confidential to a third party, so that the bullet becomes unduplicatable.In one embodiment, each identification code is placed in a different kind of material, and this enables an investigator to detect and compare the identification codes more easily after shooting of the bullet.In another embodiment, each kind of identification code or codes is placed in a different kind of material.
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7,243,231 Sensory verification of shared data
Issued: July 10, 2007
Filed: July 31, 2002
U.S. Class: 713/168
Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for sensory verification comprises exchanging at least one data item with a computing unit and selecting a sequence number. Such selection may be accomplished by generation of the sequence number or manual entry by the user. Thereafter, a transformation is periodically performed on the data item, the sequence number and optionally a random value to produce a sequence of values, each value being used to produce a perceivable sensory element for comparison with another sensory element produced by another computing unit.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:14:58 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,240,688 Retrofitting a fire hydrant with secondary valve
Issued: July 10, 2007
Filed: March 2, 2006
U.S. Class: 137/15.02
Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and devices for retrofitting fire hydrants with additional structure for reducing the potential that those with ill intent can foul municipal water supplies by introducing toxins or other materials into fire hydrants. Various embodiments include a seat and elongated member for efficient and cost effective installation and cooperation with valves, which close off portions of the hydrant otherwise available for receipt of toxic or other materials when the fire hydrant nozzle cap is unscrewed and open.
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Call it a case of Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0. The controversy stems from development work done at Ikimbo, one of the original Internet companies. The company was developing an enterprise-level groupware application framework. In a 2001 position paper, Ikimbo described itself as “developing a real-time platform for accelerating business communications across the value-chain.” Ikimbo closed down in 2004, but it left behind a patent, applied for in 2000 by the inventors and subsequently issued by the U.S. Patent Office 2003, that became the property of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, a venture capital management firm based in Radnor, Pa. The patent, entitled “System for creating a community of users with common interests to interact in,” was a continuation of another patent issued in 1998 to the inventors. Cross Atlantic contends that the patent was issued prior to development of the now-popular Facebook Web site—a poster child of the Web 2.0 era—which uses the same technology and which went live on Feb. 4, 2004. Cross Atlantic filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming that Facebook is in violation of that patent. Cross Atlantic is seeking an injunction, royalties and punitive damages.
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Sonosite Inc., a Washington state-based ultrasound firm, has filed a patent infringement suit against General Electric Co. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison, Sonosite said Thursday. The complaint is filed as a counterclaim to a GE complaint filed in May alleging Sonosite, which makes hand-held ultrasound systems, of infringing five of its patents. Sonosite is filing its answer to the complaint denying all of GE’s claims and alleging that the asserted patents are either invalid, not infringed or both. A GE spokesman did not return phone calls seeking comment. Complaints from both companies seek "unspecified monetary damages" and an injunction to prevent the companies from using the technologies in question.
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Baxter International Inc., the world's biggest maker of treatments for blood disease, settled a patent-infringement suit with Talecris Biotherapeutics Inc. over a means of preparing injectable antibodies, on the eve of trial. Talecris, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, sued Baxter in federal court in Delaware in 2005 over the patent, licensed from Bayer HealthCare LLC, for a method of clearing viruses from serum to treat people with weakened immune systems. A jury trial was set to begin today in Wilmington, Delaware, before Chief U.S. District Judge Gregory M. Sleet. "I can confirm that the terms of the settlement are confidential," Talecris spokeswoman Lacy McMahon said in a statement. Baxter spokeswoman Deborah Spak said the trial was canceled and also declined to give details of the settlement. In the complaint, Talecris contended it would be "irreparably harmed" by the importation and sale of Baxter's infringing Gammagard Liquid product, and asked for a ruling to stop sales until the patent expires in 2020.
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Shares in biotechnology company Ciphergen Biosystems Inc. fell Friday after it agreed to pay $600,000 to Health Discovery Corp. to settle a patent infringement case. Under the terms of the agreement, Ciphergen will pay Savannah, Ga.-based Health Discovery and receive a non-exclusive license to use its support vector machines, Health Discovery said. Fremont, Calif.-based Ciphergen also dropped all counterclaims against HDC, a biomarker discovery company. Biomarkers act as the signals that stem cells give off when exposed to a certain drug or disease.
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7,239,723 Method for verifying the identity of a passenger
Issued: July 3, 2007
Filed: October 23, 2000
U.S. Class: 382/115
Abstract: A conveyance boarding pass includes a human-cognizable image of a passenger as well as the travel itinerary details. The human-cognizable image is collected using a device capable of generating an electronic image at a time when the identification of the passenger is verified. Upon presenting the boarding pass the identity of the bearer is checked against the human-cognizable image on the boarding pass to maintain the security of the transport system. The electronic image optionally is stored in a computer database in combination with the travel itinerary details for further security and other uses.
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7,239,912 Electric modulation of sympathetic nervous system
Issued: July 3, 2007
Filed: September 13, 2002
U.S. Class: 607/2
Abstract: A method for the treatment of obesity or other disorders, by electrical activation or inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system. This activation or inhibition can be accomplished by electrically stimulating the greater splanchnic nerve or other portion of the sympathetic nervous system using an implantable pulse generator. This nerve activation can result in reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure. Reduced food intake may occur through a variety of mechanisms that reduce appetite and cause satiety. Increased adrenal gland hormone levels will result in increased energy expenditure. Fat and carbohydrate metabolism, which are also increased by sympathetic nerve activation, will accompany the increased energy expenditure.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:07:18 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,240,290 Telephone call initiation through an on-line search
Issued: July 3, 2007
Filed: April 9, 2004
U.S. Class: 715/764
Abstract: There are disclosed methods and apparatus for telephone call initiation through an on-line search. A search response includes at least one hit corresponding to a search request, an ad having a dial link, and instructions for triggering a multi-leg phone call with a merchant phone number associated with the dial link and a user phone number. The dial link has a display portion. The search response is displayed, and the dial link is activated. A call trigger is generated in accordance with the instructions in the search response. The call trigger is for initiating a multi-leg phone call with the user phone number and the merchant phone number.
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Sometimes it pays to stay local. On Monday search engine Local.com's shares rocketed almost 70% Monday after it announced received a patent for the technology it uses that responds to directory assistance inquiries with voice-enabled and text-messaged systems. The patent also includes a referral system which monetizes local searches. The Irvine, Calif.-based search engine offers local search results and advertising to 10 million visitors a month. The site’s mobile service, Local Mobile, sends search results directly to cellular phones and devices.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:11:55 am into the following categories: In The News
Online DVD rental service Netflix has settled a patent infringement lawsuit against Blockbuster, ending an attempt to thwart the rapid growth of its biggest rival. Terms of the settlement were kept confidential. In Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed Wednesday, Blockbuster said the settlement won't affect its future performance. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco dismissed the 14-month-old case Tuesday at the request of both companies, averting a jury trial scheduled to begin in September. The secrecy surrounding the settlement raises the possibility that the two rivals had reached a "sweetheart agreement" that may stifle competition, said Scott Kamber, a New York lawyer who has filed a separate lawsuit alleging that Netflix abused the patent process in an attempt to monopolize the market for online DVD rentals.
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Biotechnology company StemCells Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to a stay in its patent-dispute lawsuit against Neuralstem Inc. while the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office re-examines the patents in question. StemCells' lawsuit alleges that stem-cell based products and other services being developed by Neuralstem infringe on four of its patents.
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A Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP trial team won a significant patent infringement victory for client Celerity Inc. in a dispute over the company’s patented gas delivery systems for semiconductor fabrication equipment, a press release by Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP stated. The technology at issue involved gas delivery systems for semiconductor fabrication equipment. In 2005, Celerity learned that a competitor, Ultra Clean Technology (UCT), was planning to introduce a gas delivery system that infringed on Celerity's patented design. But following a three-week trial in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, a unanimous jury returned a verdict in Celerity's favor, finding Ultra Clean guilty of infringement with its new gas delivery system, and rejecting all of Ultra Clean's invalidity defenses. Celerity was awarded monetary damages and a jury finding of infringement, based on UCT’s initial sales of the infringing product.
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7,236,618 Virtual surgery system with force feedback
Issued: June 26, 2007
Filed: July 7, 2000
U.S. Class: 382/128
Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a method of interacting with simulated three-dimensional objects, the method including the steps of the identification of three-dimensional objects from volume images; the association of physical properties with identified objects said properties including at least visual and haptic properties of the identified objects; and incorporating said identified objects and associated physical properties into a system including at least one visual interface device and at least one haptic interface device thus enabling the system to simulate visual and haptic properties of the identified objects, or any part thereof, to a human user interacting with the simulated three-dimensional objects, or any part thereof, said interaction including the generation of signals by the system for transmission to the at least one visual interface device in accordance with the physical properties associated with the objects and the reception of signals from the least one haptic interface device in accordance with user requests.
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7,236,970 Address matching system and method
Issued: June 26, 2007
Filed: October 19, 2000
U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract: An address matching system that maintains a central database of valid addresses has been designed. According to the invention, address matching requests are received by the system from a plurality of remote users located at respective machines ("clients"). Those requests are processed at the central system, and the results are returned to the client that made the request. In addition, novel techniques are implemented for improving the likelihood of obtaining one or more matches from a request.
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7,236,822 Wireless electric modulation of sympathetic nervous system
Issued: June 26, 2007
Filed: October 16, 2002
U.S. Class: 607/2
Abstract: A method for the treatment of obesity or other disorders, by wireless electrical activation or inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system. This activation or inhibition can be accomplished by wirelessly stimulating the greater splanchnic nerve or other portion of the sympathetic nervous system using a wireless electrode inductively coupled with a radiofrequency field. The source of radiofrequency energy may be internal or external to the patient. This nerve activation can result in reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure.
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judge suggested a possible compromise in a patent dispute between Internet phone carrier Vonage and Verizon Communications that would allow Vonage to continue signing up new customers while it modifies its technologies. Judge Timothy B. Dyk, part of the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, made the remark during oral arguments Monday. The panel is considering Vonage's appeal of a March jury verdict that found Vonage infringed on three Verizon Communications Inc. patents in constructing its Internet phone system. The jury in awarded Verizon $58 million, plus future royalties for continued patent infringement. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton then barred Vonage from signing up new customers, a decision that threatens to cripple the company. The appeals court granted a stay while it considers the case. Dyk raised the possibility that the appeals court could instruct Hilton to consider softening the injunction.
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Carlsbad, California-based semiconductor company Pulse~LINK is suing Sunnyvale-based Tzero Technologies for patent infringement. Pulse~LINK claims to see a pattern going back to 2002, when it first demonstrated UWB over band-limited channels (like coax cables), and again in 2005 after it showed off a wireless HDMI connection using JPEG2000 image compression. Each time, it claims Tzero had similar announcements shortly after. Pulse~LINK says Tzero is replicating its innovations, and that Tzero's products either do or will infringe on Pulse~LINK's patents. Tzero CEO Mike Gulett says, “We believe there is no basis for this complaint, and Tzero will aggressively defend itself against this claim.”
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Thermage, Inc. has announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Alma Lasers, Ltd. and Alma Lasers, Inc. in Delaware Federal District Court. The lawsuit claims that 10 Thermage(R) U.S. patents, covering Thermage's innovative skin tightening and contouring technology, are infringed by Alma's Accent XL product, and six of those patents are infringed by Alma's Harmony product. In addition to damages and attorney fees, Thermage is asking the Court to enjoin Alma from further infringement. "Several of the patents Alma infringes are the same as those admitted in 2005 by Syneron, Inc. as valid in a paid license settlement of prior litigation between Thermage and Syneron," said Stephen Fanning, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thermage. "We notified Alma as early as February 2006 that its Accent product in particular would infringe our patents if marketed in the United States. We were disappointed to hear in late April 2007 of Alma's receipt of FDA clearance for Accent XL, and Alma's intent to market this product in the U.S. in disregard of our patents. We are extremely confident our patents will be upheld by the Court and that Alma will be ordered to cease its infringement."
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Arrow International Inc. said a judgment was awarded to Johns Hopkins University and Arrow International in their patent infringement lawsuit against Datascope Corp. on Friday, June 15, 2007, in the United States District Court in Baltimore, Maryland. Johns Hopkins and Arrow had brought suit against Datascope for infringing patents relating to the Arrow-Trerotola Percutaneous Thrombolytic Device, a device used by interventionalists for treating hemodialysis patients. The jury found that the Datascope ProLumen device infringed three patents owned by Johns Hopkins and licensed by Arrow, and upheld their validity.
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7,231,875 Deployable bullets having a tranquilizer
Issued: June 19, 2007
Filed: November 25, 2005
U.S. Class: 102/502
First Claim: A method for non-lethal crowd and personal protection, the method comprising: firing one or more non-lethal bullets towards a person; deploying portions on the one or more non-lethal bullets prior to impacting the person to decrease its impact pressure on the person; and releasing a tranquilizer to the person, which is exposed by the deployment of the portions.
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7,233,942 Method and apparatus for providing geographically authenticated electronic documents
Issued: June 19, 2007
Filed: July 15, 2003
U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing geographically authenticated electronic documents is disclosed. Authentication for attributes for an electronic document stored on a computer network are defined, the attributes comprise at least one attribute describing a geographic location associated with the electronic document. Authenticated attributes (e.g., geographic location) of electronic documents (e.g., Web pages) allow for more accurate geographic searching and filtering. An authenticated digital certificate is created and associated with an electronic document. The authenticated digital certificate can be stored within the electronic document, such as can be done with HTML tags on a Web page. The digital certificate can also be stored as a separate file associated with the electronic document, as a separate signed digital certificate and as a database record.
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7,233,907 Parcel or service delivery with partially scheduled time windows
Issued: June 19, 2007
Filed: August 7, 2002
U.S. Class: 705/8
Abstract: A delivery scheduling system that is configured for scheduling the delivery of an item or service from a sender to an intended recipient. After receiving a signal indicating that, for example, a particular package is to be delivered to an intended recipient, the system attempts to establish interactive contact with the recipient either by direct contact with the recipient, or by leaving the recipient a message to establish direct contact with the system at a convenient time. Upon establishing contact with the recipient, the system allows the intended recipient to schedule delivery of the package. More particularly, the recipient may schedule the package to be delivered: (1) within a particular time window; (2) before or after a particular time of day; or (3) on a particular day.
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South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. said Monday it will file a counter-lawsuit against Hitachi Ltd., its U.S. unit and a flat-panel joint venture, claiming the Japanese company infringed on patents related to LG's plasma displays. The patent infringement and damage compensation lawsuit will be filed in a U.S. district court in the U.S. state of Texas later Monday, LG Electronics said in a statement. Hitachi officials weren't immediately available for comment. LG said its complaint alleges Hitachi, its U.S. unit and Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Ltd., a joint venture with Japan's Fujitsu Ltd., infringed on seven LG patents. The South Korean company is a major manufacturer of plasma display panels used in flat screen televisions. LG's lawsuit follows a similar suit that Hitachi filed against LG Electronics and its U.S. unit in the same court.
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The Associated Press on Mon. reported that a Texas-based company has sued Nintendo Co. for patent infringement in the design of its popular Wii video game system.
Lonestar Inventions seeks damages and an injunctin against Nintendo using the patented technology. The company claims that a structure for capacitors that use parallel conducting strips appears in the Wii. According to the report, Lonestar has sued Texas Instruments and Broadcom over the same patent and won. Nintendo issued no comment on the lawsuit
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Taser International Inc., a maker of electric shock weapons, said Friday a court ruled the company's former patent attorney must surrender any claims he has or may have to patents related to Taser's weapons. Taser had sued Thomas Watkins III for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud and breach of contract. Previously, the court had said Watkins represented Taser without letting the company know about interests he had that were adverse to the company, and, as a result, Taser was harmed.
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Furukawa Electric North America, Inc. (“FENA”), and its wholly-owned subsidiary OFS Fitel LLC, (“OFS”), a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of leading edge fiber optic products, announced today the commencement of federal litigation against Draka Comteq, Inc. (“Draka Comteq”) alleging that the North Carolina-based company infringes several U.S. patents related to single-mode and multi-mode optical fiber, processes for making optical fiber, and optical fiber cables. The complaint, filed on June 11, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, accuses Draka Comteq of offering, distributing, selling and importing optical fiber and other products that infringe several U.S. patents, and seeks unspecified monetary damages from Draka Comteq as well as a permanent injunction barring the importation and sale of Draka Comteq's core suite of optical fiber based products.
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7,231,399 Ranking documents based on large data sets
Issued: June 12, 2007
Filed: November 14, 2003
U.S. Class: 707/102
Abstract: A system ranks documents based, at least in part, on a ranking model. The ranking model may be generated to predict the likelihood that a document will be selected. The system may receive a search query and identify documents relating to the search query. The system may then rank the documents based, at least in part, on the ranking model and form search results for the search query from the ranked documents.
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7,228,862 Use of oxyhydroxide compounds for reducing carbon monoxide in the mainstream smoke of a cigarette
Issued: June 12, 2007
Filed: February 23, 2004
U.S. Class: 131/364
Abstract: Cut filler compositions, cigarettes, methods for making cigarettes and methods for smoking cigarettes are provided, which involve the use of an oxyhydroxide compound that is capable of decomposing to form at least one product capable of acting as an oxidant for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or as a catalyst for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. The oxyhydroxide compound and/or the product formed from the decomposition of the oxyhydroxide can be in the form of nanoparticles. Cut filler compositions are described which comprise tobacco and at least one such oxyhydroxide compound. Cigarettes are provided, which comprise a tobacco rod, containing a cut filler having at least one such oxyhydroxide compound. Methods for making a cigarette are provided, which involve (i) adding at least one such oxyhydroxide compound to a cut filler; (ii) providing the cut filler comprising the oxyhydroxide compound to a cigarette making machine to form a tobacco rod; and (iii) placing a paper wrapper around the tobacco rod to form the cigarette. Methods of smoking the cigarette, as described above, are also provided, which involve lighting the cigarette to form smoke and inhaling the smoke, wherein during the smoking of the cigarette, the oxyhydroxide compound decomposes during smoking to form a compound that acts as an oxidant for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or as a catalyst for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide.
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7,230,175 Portable exerciser for stringed instrument players
Issued: June 12, 2007
Filed: August 17, 2004
U.S. Class: 84/465
Abstract: A handle for grasping by one hand and a neck with a fingerboard for fingering with the other hand for use by stringed instrument players. The fingerboard is correlated to a section of the fret-board of a conventional stringed instrument such as a guitar, bass, or banjo. The fingerboard has string ridges that provide a pressure-resistant feel to simulate playing the corresponding string instrument. Example embodiments include a fingering device for acoustic guitar players that is a portable, single piece of lightweight, molded foam, a similar fingering device that is correlated to an electric bass, and similar fingering devices that provide audible feedback by producing sounds based on the notes played.
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Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Monday it filed a patent infringement countersuit against Qualcomm in an ongoing multinational legal battle over wireless technology. Nokia, which filed the lawsuit in a Texas district court, is seeking damages and injunctive relief. The lawsuit deals with claims of unauthorized use of Nokia's Brew and MediaFlo patents, which allow fast, high-quality transfers of audio and video multimedia to wireless subscribers. In April, Qualcomm Inc., the world's No. 2 chipmaker for mobile phones which licenses its technology patents, filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Texas against Nokia, allegedly involving certain types of mobile software download and execution environments.
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Stung by a US import ban on some of its 3G chips because of patent infringement, Qualcomm Inc. said Friday it will immediately ask for a delay from the courts. It will also request President George Bush veto the order issued by the US International Trade Commission. In a statement, Qualcomm said it was "extremely disappointed" with the ITC decision to ban the import of future models of 3G handsets using chipsets and software that infringes a Broadcom Corp. patent. "The public injury that would result from the remedy imposed by the Commission is grossly disproportionate to any benefit flowing to Broadcom from such broad enforcement of a recently-purchased patent. Broadcom does not make or sell EV-DO chips, and Broadcom's claims that it can supply WCDMA products for the United States have been rebuffed by WCDMA operators in submissions the operators made to the ITC," the company said.
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Nordson Corporation filed a patent infringement action against Jetmaster and Jetmaster2 manufactured by Musashi Engineering, Inc., with the Tokyo District Court in Japan on April 27, 2007, seeking to secure fair marketing opportunities in Japan. Nordson, through its subsidiary, Asymtek, sells non-contact fluid jet dispensers under the names DispenseJet® DJ-2100 Series and DJ-9000 Series in Japan. Nordson owns three Japanese patents that relate to the DJ-2100 and DJ-9000 jet dispensers. These patents were obtained on the dates of 26 December 2003, 12 November 2004 and 20 January 2006.
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Universal power adapter company Mobility Electronics Inc. said Monday it filed two separate patent infringement suits against Comarco Inc. and American Power Conversion. Mobility said it filed a suit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, in which it contends that Comarco is selling universal power adapters for mobile electronics that encroach upon Mobility's patented design. These adaptors are mostly sold under Comarco's Kensington brand, Mobility said.
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7,228,298 Apparatus and method for perusing selected vehicles having a clean title history
Issued: June 5, 2007
Filed: September 3, 2002
U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract: A system and method for allowing a consumer to search a database containing used vehicles from a variety of sellers that can be queried to provide search results that include only vehicles having clean title histories.
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7,228,145 Dropped call continuation
Issued: June 5, 2007
Filed: May 21, 2003
U.S. Class: 455/519
Abstract: A switching system adjunct monitors a call between a calling and a called party and reestablishes the call when one of the parties has been or is being dropped. The reestablishment may be effected to a same or a different phone number of the dropped party, and may be effected via the same or a different medium (e.g., wired or wireless). The call record of the original call is merged into the call record of the reestablished call, thus preserving the context of entities involved in the call that exists at the time that the party is dropped.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:29:41 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,228,121 Mobile phone Amber Alert notification system and method