Wearable Tech World Feature Article
January 22, 2013

Many Federal Patents Granted to Colorado Inventors

A large selection of Colorado inventors have been officially recognized for their efforts by the federal government, and have been awarded with federal patents for various technologies they have separately and co-developed over the past few years.

The patents are listed as follows: the Batelle Energy Alliance Assigned Patent (8,355,818), the Vivant Medical Assigned Patent (8,355,803), the Broadcom Assigned Patent for Powered Device Analysis and Power Control in a Power-over-ethernet System (8,355,409), the Rebit Assigned Patent (8,356,174), the Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent (8,356,184), Kopin Assigned Patent (8,355,671), the Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method for Identification Using Bluetooth Wireless Key (8,355,672), Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent (8,355,667), the Conexant Systems Assigned Patent (8,355,570), the Telcordia Technologies Assigned Patent (8,355,495), and the Agilent Technologies Assigned Patent (8,354,834).

The list is obviously long, and marks a huge vote of confidence by the government in the technological pursuits focused in the Colorado region.

The Batelle Energy Alliance Assigned Patent was originally filed in September 2009, and is described by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as, “A robot includes a hazard sensor, a locomotor, and a system controller. The robot senses a hazard intensity at a location of the robot, moves to a new location in response to the hazard intensity, and autonomously repeats the sensing and moving to determine multiple hazard levels at multiple locations.”

The hazard indicator therefore allows the robot to learn which areas to avoid and which areas are clear, without having to be constantly directed and redirected.

The full list of co-inventors for the robot is available, as well as all of the information on the patent, at this link.

Vivant Medical is located in Boulder, Colorado, and has been granted its patent (also filed in September 2009) for what is described as, “a perfused core dielectrically loaded dipole microwave antenna probe.” The co-developers of the technology both hail from Boulder--Kenlyn S. Bonn and Ian S. Smith.

For full details on the microwave antenna probe and the patent it has been granted, visit this link.

Irvine, California-based Broadcom has won a patent for its “powered device analysis and power control in a power-over-ethernet-system,” originally filed on December 30th, 2011. Only one of the four co-developers--John Perzow--is from Fort Collins, Colorado, while the other three, Asif Hussain, Manisha Pandya, and Farzan Roohparvar, are located in California.

For a full outline of the technology and how it improves upon standard power device (PD) and power-over-ethernet (PoE) technology, see this link.

Broadcom was granted an additional patent for a separate technology, filed in June 2009, for a “method for identification using bluetooth wireless key.” Developed by James R. Hinsey from Colorado Springs, the patent-granted technology works, as described by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in this way: “A Bluetooth host solves the aforementioned problems by evaluating a Bluetooth service provider server ID and by determining which of a plurality of access IDs map to the server ID and, correspondingly, providing a Bluetooth access ID that corresponds thereto.”

For the full patent abstract, see this link.

The Rebit Assigned Patent was developed in Longmont, Colorado, by David Schwaab, Nathan Probst, and Dennis B. Batchelor. The technology is described in the patent text as a, “system for automatically shadowing encrypted data and file directory structures.” The technology uses this system “for a plurality of network-connected computers using a network-attached memory with single instance storage.” Rebit’s patent was filed in March 2010, and more information can be found at this link.

Western Digital Technologies, like Broadcom, is based in Irvine, California, but its newly patented technology was similarly developed in collaboration with a Colorado inventor. In June, 2009, Alan T. Meyer (California) and Erik R. Habbinga (Colorado) filed for a patent for their technology, described as a “data storage device comprising a secure processor for maintaining plaintext access to an LBA table.”

For details on what the storage device does and the innovation it offers, see this link.

Though the company is based in Taunton, Massachusetts, Kopin’s Assigned Patent was filed by and co-created with several Colorado inventors, Mark Kramer, John M. Sample, and Wilfred I. Tucker. Jeffrey J. Jacobsen also collaborated on the technology, though he hails from California.

The patent describes Kobin’s new device as a “method and apparatus for transporting video signal over Bluetooth wireless interface.” The new apparatus allows for a “digital video signal to generate a component video signal that is suitable for handling by a display driver.” For more information on the patent, initially proposed in January 2009, see this link.

Verizon Patent and Licensing in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been granted a patent developed by Kevin R. Witzman from Monument, Colorado. The patent is for an “apparatus, method, and computer program product for obtaining broadcast content,” and works so that “a perceiver of content is in unilateral communication.” Witzman filed for the patent, fully described in this link, in December, 2006.

Conextant Systems, another California-based company, was granted its patent for a technology developed by two Colorado inventors, Manhar Karsanbhai and John M. Brooks. The patent abstract describes the product as various “systems and methods for raster-to-block converter.”

Brooks and Karsanbhai filed in 2009, and more information on their efforts can be found at this link.

Telcordia Technologies is based in New Jersey, and among its long list of co-inventors are several that come from Colorado. The full list of inventors is available at this link, along with a detailed patent abstract for their technology. The patent is for a “multi vendor NPAC administration peering,” which provides a method and apparatus for “multi vendor administration of telephone numbers being ported from one service provider to another.” The eight co-inventors filed for the patent in 2010.

Santa Clara-based Agilent Technologies earned a patent for its “methods and apparatus for acquiring measurements and performing an auto-zero process using a multi-range measurement apparatus,” developed by Benjamin D. Hoover, Mark Vulovic, and Peyman Safa. The inventors filed in June 2009, for their efforts to create “in one embodiment, a measurement apparatus [with] an input stage, an output stage and a multiplexer.” Full details can be found at this link.

In conclusion, though the list is long and the patents are detailed, it is worth taking a look, if for nothing else to see just how technologically innovative the Colorado region has become.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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