Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jackson Walker L.L.P.
  • Patent number: 8204987
    Abstract: User input defining criteria for including a multimedia presentation event in an event report is received. The criteria include a maximum retention period, a threshold presentation duration, and a report condition. When a user receives a multimedia program for a time at least as great as the threshold presentation duration, data indicating receipt of the multimedia program is stored. The receipt data is used to determine whether the receipt of the multimedia program meets the report condition. Access to the event report is provided to a user in response to a user input. The event report indicates receipt of the multimedia program if the receipt data meets the report condition. The receipt data is purged when an age of the receipt data equals or exceeds a maximum retention period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Haifeng Bi, Xiaolian Bi
  • Patent number: 8200573
    Abstract: A system for optimization of variables is provided. The system includes a buyer finance system for receiving asset data and buyer finance data. A seller variable system receives the asset data and the buyer finance data and applies a seller variable distribution to generate seller transaction state data. A finance variable system receives the asset data and the buyer finance data and applies a finance variable distribution to generate finance transaction state data. A variable optimization system receives the seller transaction state data and the finance transaction state data and generates transaction approval data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Skopos Financial Group, LLC
    Inventors: A. John Fineout, Craig M. Allen, Thomas R. Brower
  • Patent number: 8187272
    Abstract: An apparatus for aiding coagulation of fluids and tissue during surgery is provided. The apparatus includes a suction tube and first and second electrodes shaped as a cylindrical section extending from the suction tube. Two spaces are formed between the first electrode and the second electrode, and the distance between the tips of the electrodes and the suction tube is large enough to allow unobstructed viewing of the tissue that is being treated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Biomedcraft Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Sensenbrenner, Dale Rice
  • Patent number: 8190551
    Abstract: A method for classifying textile samples and unknown fabrics into known categories using spectroscopy, chemometric modeling, and soft independent modeling of class analogies (“SIMCA”). The method involves collecting spectral data, preferably diffuse near infrared reflectance data, for a library of known fabric samples, creating a database of principal component analyses for each type of fabric, and using SIMCA to classify an unknown fabric sample according to the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Baylor University
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Busch, Christopher B. Davis, Marianna Busch
  • Patent number: 8189188
    Abstract: A new strategy for the quantitative determination of enantiomeric purity that combines guest-host complexation, spectroscopy, and chemometric modeling. Spectral data for samples of known enantiomeric composition is subjected to a type of multivariate regression modeling known as partial least squares (“PLS-1”) regression. The PLS-1 regression produces a mathematical model that can be used to predict the enantiomeric composition of a set of samples of unknown enantiomeric purity. In this strategy, the concentration of the chiral compound does not have to be fixed or known.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Baylor University
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Busch, Jemina Rose Ingle, Marianna Busch
  • Patent number: 8190546
    Abstract: A method and system for truth discovery may implement a methodology that accounts for accuracy of sources and dependency between sources. The methodology may be based on Bayesian probability calculus for determining which data object values published by sources are likely to be true. The method may be recursive with respect to dependency, accuracy, and actual truth discovery for a plurality of sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Xin Dong, Laure Berti-Equille, Divesh Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8180684
    Abstract: A system for selling wellhead production assets is provided. The system includes a bid request system that displays one or more bidders, such as approved oil refinery operators, and receives one or more bidder selections from the seller. A production posting system connected to the bid request system receives the bidder selections and provides lease data to the bidders selected by the seller, so as to allow the seller to obtain competing bids without alerting the bidders of the other competing bids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: EMK3, Ltd. L.L.P.
    Inventor: William L. Wittsche
  • Patent number: 8178942
    Abstract: An electrically alterable circuit (EAC), suitable for use in an integrated circuit, includes a first interconnect, a link element, and a second interconnect. A first set of interconnect vias provides an electrically conductive connection between the first interconnect and a first end of the link element; A second set of interconnect vias provides an electrically conductive connection between the second interconnect and a second end of the link element. The EAC further includes a third interconnect and a one or more fuse vias that provide an electrical connection between the third interconnect and the link element. A conductance of the one or more fuse vias is less than a conductance of the first set of interconnect vias, a conductance of the second set of interconnect vias, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Schlarmann
  • Patent number: 8176036
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer instructions on computer readable media are disclosed for optimizing a query, including a first join path, a second join path, and an optimizer, to efficiently provide high quality information from large, multiple databases. The methods and systems include evaluating a schema graph identifying the join paths between a field X and a field Y, and a value X=x, to identify the top-few values of Y=y that are reachable from a specified X=x value when using the join paths. Each data path that instantiates the schema join paths can be scored and evaluated as to the quality of the data with respect to specified integrity constraints to alleviate data quality problems. Agglomerative scoring methodologies can be implemented to compute high quality information in the form of a top-few answers to a specified problem as requested by the query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Divesh Srivastava, Ioannis Kotidis
  • Patent number: 8173443
    Abstract: A novel protein profiling method of testing for Lysosomal Storage Diseases (“LSD”) using discovered normalized lysosomal fingerprint patterns. The fingerprint patterns reveal the health of lysosomal organelles, specific LSD, and clinical severity Multiplexing bead technology for simultaneous screening of multiple LSD and normalizing measured enzyme activity or protein levels against other lysosomal proteins, enzymes, or enzyme activities. Compounds, reagents, and methods for identifying and quantifying multiple target enzymes and proteins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Women's and Children's Hospital
    Inventors: Peter John Meikle, John Joseph Hopwood, Douglas Alexander Brooks, Caroline Dean
  • Patent number: 8170196
    Abstract: A method, software and system of developing personalities for interactive and/or automated call center applications are provided. According to teachings of the present invention, sample population questionnaires and interviews may be used to identify key personality traits. The impact of the identified key personality traits are then empirically determined. Based on the empirical determination of the key personality traits' impact on customer satisfaction, a plurality of personality profiles may be generated for evaluation. A plurality of application types and voice talents may then be employed to evaluate the impact of each personality profile on customer satisfaction, for different user populations and different types of automated systems. The personality traits for each automated system are preferably rated and reviewed to ensure a system accurately represents the identified key personality traits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Benjamin A. Knott, Robert R. Bushey, John M. Martin, Stephanie Andrews
  • Patent number: 8163910
    Abstract: The present invention provides amide-substituted xanthene fluorescent dyes and reagent for the introduction of phosphonate or sulfo groups into the fluorescent dyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Elitech Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Eugene Lukhtanov
  • Patent number: 8161048
    Abstract: A method for mapping relationships in a database results in a cluster graph. A representative sample of records in each of a plurality of tables in the database is analyzed for nearest neighbor join edges instantiated by the record. Records with corresponding nearest neighbor join edges are grouped into clusters. Cluster pairs which share a join relationship between two tables are identified. A weighting may be applied to cluster pairs based on the number of records for the cluster pair. Meaningful cluster pairs above a weighted threshold may be ordered according to table and displayed as a cluster graph. Analyses of the cluster graph may reveal important characteristics of the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Cecilia Magdalena Procopiuc, Divesh Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8156019
    Abstract: A system for generation of accounts payable processing system tax rules is provided. A tax account system generates an account for a tax jurisdiction. An over-tax rule system generates one or more rules for processing a tax amount in excess of a required tax amount associated with the tax jurisdiction. An under-tax rule system generates one or more rules for processing a tax amount that is less than the required tax amount associated with the tax jurisdiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nascent Systems, L.P.
    Inventors: Christopher Wilson, Michael Williamson
  • Patent number: 8155139
    Abstract: Systems and methods for band hopping and power conservation in a wireless network are described. At least one embodiment is directed a method of hopping channels by a device within a wireless network. The method comprises hopping from a first channel to a target channel, resetting a virtual carrier sense after hopping to the target channel to enable service on the target channel, waiting for a pre-determined period of time, and setting a virtual carrier sense on the target channel after expiration of the pre-determined period of time and prior to hopping to a next target channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Conexant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Menzo Wentink, James Petranovich
  • Patent number: 8153103
    Abstract: A new class of photoactivatable dyes provides the ability to study cell-cell communication in live animals non-invasively with high spatiotemporal resolution. The compositions are made up of a macromolecule, a caging group, and a coumarin dye. Upon photolysis, the coumarin dye is released from the macromolecule caging group complex and is freely diffusible in cells and between cells. The compositions are retained in cells very well, having no observable side effects, no susceptibility to metabolism, and the ability to generate bright fluorescence signals after photolysis. Because of their high loading capacity and long cellular retention, they can be selectively uncaged in specific cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Wen-Hong Li, Yan-Ming Guo
  • Patent number: 8150387
    Abstract: A communication device such as a smart phone is enabled for remotely controlling set-top boxes (STBs) over Internet protocol networks using an applet running on the communication device. Authentication from within a multimedia content distribution network may be achieved by verifying that a network identifier associated with the communication device is associated with an account that has granted access to the smart phone and that is associated with the controlled STB. A viewing pane on the communication device permits a user to remotely view content received on or available to the controlled STB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Adam Klein, James Austin Britt, Joshua J. Fox
  • Patent number: 8143508
    Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed for providing lyrics with streaming music. A music stream is accessed that includes timing information for a song. Lyrics and other textual information such as song title, song artist, and album title are also accessed. A lyric file may be accessed that includes further timing information. The timing information is used to synchronize the song lyrics and music stream. A user may be permitted access to the synchronized lyrics and music stream by presentation on a display through a digital television set-top box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Daniel George Jean, Mary C. McCarthy, Ledley Lewis Yaussy
  • Patent number: 8144676
    Abstract: Included are embodiments for network allocation. More specifically, one embodiment of a method includes receiving, at a first communications device, without a prior RTS signal being sent, a first clear to send (CTS) signal from a second communications device, addressed to the first communications device, the CTS signal indicating a data exchange duration and sending a second CTS signal, from the first communications device, to the second communications device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Conexant Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Maarten Menzo Wentink
  • Patent number: 8139607
    Abstract: A computer program product includes computer executable instructions, stored on a computer readable medium, for allocating bandwidth among various network provided communication services. The executable instructions include instructions to process a subscriber request to specify a bandwidth allocation, determine a multimedia bandwidth allocation indicative of bandwidth allocated to multimedia content, and generate a multimedia content request. The multimedia content request is influenced by the multimedia bandwidth allocation. In some embodiments, for example, the multimedia content request includes multimedia bandwidth information determined at least in part by the multimedia bandwidth allocation. The multimedia bandwidth information may indicate the bandwidth available for multimedia content, which may be determined from the multimedia bandwidth allocation less any bandwidth allocated to or otherwise consumed by other multimedia layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Marc Sullivan, James Pratt