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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.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:30:18 am into the following categories: In The News
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.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:11:16 am into the following categories: In The News
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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