Patents Represented by Attorney Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman, LLC
  • Patent number: 8340685
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed to generate market segmentation data with anonymous location data. A disclosed example method involves receiving geographic location information associated with a mobile phone user, associating the geographic location information with an identifier unrelated to personal information associated with the mobile phone user, identifying a home location associated with the geographic location information, and associating segmentation information with the identifier based on the home location and without referencing personal information of the mobile phone user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Laura Cochran, David R. Miller, Jeff Stevens, Mark Nelson
  • Patent number: 8339988
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for provisioning logical circuits for intermittent use in a data network. A customer order requesting the use of a logical circuit for communicating data for a predetermined time period is received in the data network. A logical circuit is then provisioned in the data network prior to the start of the predetermined time period for communicating the customer data. Once the predetermined time period has elapsed, the provisioned logical circuit is deleted from the data network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: William Taylor, David Massengill, John Hollingsworth
  • Patent number: 8335715
    Abstract: An advertisement exchange determines characteristics associated with advertisement slots such as slots in a commercial pod, locations on a printed page, banners in a video, billboards, etc. Characteristics may include demographic information, advertisement type, and neuro-response characteristics such as priming, attention, engagement, and retention. Advertisement slots are matched with advertisements and may be selected, purchased, exchanged, and analyzed by advertisers, individuals, corporations, and firms. In some examples, bids and offers are made for advertisement slots based on advertisement slot characteristics. Advertisement slot characteristics may be changed in real-time as placement of advertisements in surrounding slots changes the characteristics of a particular slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC.
    Inventors: Anantha Pradeep, Robert T. Knight, Ramachandran Gurumoorthy
  • Patent number: 8335716
    Abstract: An advertisement exchange obtains characteristics associated with multimedia advertisements such as commercial slots in a commercial pod, banners in a video, announcements in an audio program, etc. Characteristics may include demographic information, advertisement type, survey information, etc. Advertisement slots are offered with information on advertisement slot characteristics and may be selected, purchased, exchanged, and analyzed by advertisers, individuals, corporations, and firms. Advertisement slot characteristics may be changed in real-time as placement of advertisements in surrounding slots changes the characteristics of a particular slot. Advertisements may be automatically matched with advertisement slots based on advertisement slot characteristics and advertisement characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC.
    Inventors: Anantha Pradeep, Robert T. Knight, Ramachandran Gurumoorthy
  • Patent number: 8335162
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to control traffic in a packet-switched network are disclosed. An example circuit manager comprises a probe interface to collect data representative of actual utilization of a network, a usage analyzer to estimate a utilization of the network for a future time interval based on the collected data, and a rebalancer to detect a trigger event based on the estimated utilization, and to automatically identify a future virtual circuit path through the network for the future time interval based on the estimated utilization when the trigger event is detected; wherein the probe interface, the usage analyzer and the rebalancer operate repetitively to route data in the network in response to actual data transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Henry Towster, Juan A. Nunez, Nikhil Marathe
  • Patent number: 8332883
    Abstract: Embodiments are described that enable remote and interactive access, navigation, and analysis of reactions from viewers to a media instance. The reactions include physiological responses, survey results, verbatim feedback, event-based metadata, and derived statistics for indicators of success and failure from the viewers. The reactions are aggregated, and an interface enables remote access and navigation of the media instance, aggregated physiological responses synchronized with the media instance, survey results, and/or verbatim feedback related to the media instance. This enables users to interactively divide, dissect, parse, and analyze the reactions as they prefer. This automation provides an automated process enabling non-experts to understand complex physiological data, and to organize presentation of complex data according to their needs so as to present conclusions as appropriate to the media instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Hans C. Lee, Timmie T. Hong, Michael J. Lee
  • Patent number: 8332514
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for load balancing in communication networks are disclosed. An example method to perform load balancing in a communication network disclosed herein comprises routing a registration request received for a user device in an Internet protocol multimedia subsystem network to a first call processor when the user device is registered with the first call processor and in an active call session with the first call processor, and querying a load balancer to determine whether to assign the user device to at least one of the first call processor or a second call processor when the user device is registered with the first call processor but not in any active call sessions with the first call processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Chaoxin Charles Qiu, William R J Chorley, Robert F Dailey
  • Patent number: 8330109
    Abstract: A method of determining contamination on a material having suspected contamination includes irradiating the material having suspected contamination with infrared energy over a spectrum of wavelengths; detecting the infrared energy reflected from the material having suspected contamination over the spectrum of wavelengths; performing multivariate analysis on the spectrum of the reflected infrared energy; comparing results of the multivariate analysis with a predetermined calibration of infrared energy spectra comprising the spectrum of wavelengths collected from at least one reference material; and determining presence or absence of contamination on the material having suspected contamination based on the predetermined calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory James Werner, Paul H. Shelley
  • Patent number: 8331369
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to distribute network IP traffic are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes receiving a first IP control packet at an input of a first server, the first IP control packet being received from a first router, selecting a second router within a router array associated with the first router to send the first IP control packet, the first server selecting the second router by matching a destination IP address of the first IP control packet to a first IP address subspace associated with the second router, transmitting the first IP control packet to the second router, and updating a forwarding table in the first router by associating the destination IP address of the first IP control packet with a first control path from the first router to the second router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Cheng Tien Ee, Lee M. Breslau, Kadangode K. Ramakrishnan
  • Patent number: 8332567
    Abstract: Example apparatus and methods to communicatively couple field devices to controllers in a process control system are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a first interface configured to receive first information from a field device using a first communication protocol. The example apparatus also includes a communication processor communicatively coupled to the first interface and configured to encode the first information for communication via a bus using a second communication protocol. In addition, the example apparatus includes a second interface communicatively coupled to the communication processor and the bus and configured to communicate the first information via the bus using the second communication protocol. The bus is configured to use the second communication protocol to communicate second information associated with another field device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Allan Burr, Gary Keith Law, Doyle Eugene Broom, Mark J. Nixon
  • Patent number: 8328628
    Abstract: A gaming controller arranged to conduct a game having an overall return to player (RTP) and including a base game and a feature game. The gaming controller is arranged to conduct a base game and a feature game and includes an RTP controller arranged to operate in response to a player RTP instruction to configure a relative contribution of the base game and the feature game to the overall RTP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Hyong Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 8328453
    Abstract: A thermal coupling includes an attachment frame; a plurality of substantially straight or planar frame ribs extending from said attachment frame, said attachment frame comprising an annular frame ring, said plurality of frame ribs generally parallel to said frame ring; a plurality of fastener rings provided on said plurality of frame ribs, respectively, said fastener rings extending substantially perpendicular to said frame ribs; and plurality of fastener ring openings provided in said plurality of fastener rings, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William P. Keith, Michael L. Hand
  • Patent number: 8327587
    Abstract: Head curtains for dock shelters or dock seals are disclosed. An example head curtain assembly for a vehicle loading dock includes a retractable curtain stiffened by a resiliently compressible foam panel that is more flexible about a horizontal axis than about a vertical axis. The difference in directional flexibility can be created by sewing the foam panel to a pliable cover using a series of parallel horizontal thread lines. The thread lines create in the foam a series of compressed indentations that run horizontally across the curtain so that the curtain tends to bend more easily along those lines. The relative stiffness in the horizontal direction enables the curtain to exert an appreciable sealing force against two lateral dock seal members, and the vertical flexibility makes the curtain easy to retract to accommodate vehicles of various heights. Touch-and-hold fasteners make many of the individual components of the head curtain readily replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Digmann, Gary Borgerding, Timothy J. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8328447
    Abstract: When rotating a main body tube and an operation tube in a disclosed container toward a first direction, a moveable screw tube advances a predetermined amount. When further rotating toward the first direction, a screwing part urges a moving body forward. A female thread of the screwing part in the moveable screw tube is radially outwardly expandable via a slit. When the moveable screw tube advances toward the first direction, the outer diameter of the front end part is restricted and expansion thereof is prevented. When further rotating toward the first direction and the screwing part urges the moving body forward, expansion of the front end part and the female thread of the screwing part may be suppressed. Accordingly, the screwing part reliably exerts screw function when the moving body advances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Tokiwa Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Tani
  • Patent number: 8331235
    Abstract: Example systems, apparatus, and methods to reroute Internet Protocol traffic based on network user preferences are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes detecting a network defect in a first communication path, receiving IP traffic associated with a network user at a router, wherein the IP traffic is to be routed by the router over the first communication path, and buffering the IP traffic associated with the network user during a first time period having a first duration defined by the network user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Owen Nutto Gottwerth, Margarat T. Chlasl, Joseph Thomas Stango
  • Patent number: 8328621
    Abstract: A method of gaming including: displaying at least one symbol which comprises a visible symbol and a hidden symbol; locating an overlay on the at least one symbol; and determining whether the overlay makes the hidden symbol visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Hyong Joo Kim
  • Patent number: 8327396
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for multi-purpose metering are disclosed. An example method includes acquiring a rate of data transfer to/from the monitored location and comparing the acquired rate of data transfer to a threshold. The example method also includes setting at least one media monitoring device in a first bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer exceeds the threshold, and setting the at least one media monitoring device in a second bandwidth mode when the acquired rate of data transfer is below the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Arun Ramaswamy, Charles C. Conklin, Wayne A. Olmsted, Karin Johnson, Fred Martensen, Daniel Nelson, Alexander Topchy, Paul M. Mears
  • Patent number: 8327395
    Abstract: Embodiments are described that enable remote and interactive access, navigation, and analysis of reactions from viewers to a media instance. The reactions include physiological responses, survey results, verbatim feedback, event-based metadata, and derived statistics for indicators of success and failure from the viewers. The reactions are aggregated, and an interface enables remote access and navigation of the media instance, aggregated physiological responses synchronized with the media instance, survey results, and/or verbatim feedback related to the media instance. This enables users to interactively divide, dissect, parse, and analyze the reactions as they prefer. This automation provides an automated process enabling non-experts to understand complex physiological data, and to organize presentation of complex data according to their needs so as to present conclusions as appropriate to the media instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Hans C. Lee, Timmie T. Hong, Michael J. Lee
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    Patent number: D672141
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Smash Enterprises Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Dale Harbinson
  • Patent number: D672748
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Burlingame, III, Chris Kallai, Zivthan Dubrovsky, James Koo, Jonathan P. Lang, Wai-Loong Lim