For the week of Tuesday, February 28, 20122, there were 5,271 patents issued by the USPTO. Below are nine interesting patents issued to small businesses. These patents are assigned to Rebit, Cross Loop, Zoombak, Roundbox, MeLLmo, Talari Networks, Perceptive Pixel and OnLive.
Rebit provides an automated backup solution for programs, data and operating systems. The company was founded in 2007 and has received 6.7 million in funding. Rebit has 10 patents. U.S. Patent No. 8,126,851 is directed to data management in a data shadowing system. Follow Rebit on Twitter: @rebit_inc.
Cross Loop provides a service that connects computer users with trusted, qualified service providers and friends who can provide the support they need quickly and conveniently. The company has received 9 million in funding. Cross Loop received its first patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,126,781 is directed to a method of providing customer service to a customer through text messaging, and providing a service offer that the customer can accept. Unfortunately, the specification does not clarify whether the “text message” recited in the claims is an SMS text message. Follow Cross Loop on Twitter: @Crossloop.
Zoombak manufactures and sells the Zoombak locator, a GPS locator for people and things. The company is a subsidiary of Liberty Media. Zoombak has been issued two patents. Its second patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,125,332 is directed to improving the accuracy of geofencing applications through the use of error bounds. Follow Zoombak on Twitter: @zoombaklocator
Roundbox provides mobile broadcast software for allowing broadcasters to deliver video to mobile devices. Roundbox has received two patents. Its second patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,127,041 is directed to a method of operating a datacast platform for broadcasting a plurality of data objects to a plurality of client devices. Follow Roundbox on Twitter: @roundboxmobile (account appears to be inactive)
MeLLMo develops Roambi, a mobile application that integrates seamlessly with companies’ existing business intelligence and CRM systems to create award-winning analytics specifically designed for iPhones and iPads. The company has received 44 million in funding since being founded in 2007. Mellmo received its first patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,127,223, directed to a detailed method of presenting a graphical user interface for displaying field data on a mobile device. Follow MeLLmo on Twitter: @roambi.
Talari Networks provides a WAN virtualizaiton solution for enterprises that utilizes multiple WAN connections. The company has received approximately 20 million in funding. Talari Networks has received its first patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,125,907, directed to time calibration in nodes of a network. This patent appears to be core to Talari’s WAN virtualization offering. Follow Talari Networks on Twitter: @talari.
Perceptive Pixel, a company founded in 2006, is a leader in advanced multitouch interfaces. If you have watched CNN, you have probably seen the company’s displays in action. Perceptive Pixel received its first patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,125,468, directed to a liquid multi-touch sensor system for use in wet environments.
OnLive develops server-based video game processing that allows games to be played without high end computers or game consoles. OnLive has received its sixteenth patent. U.S. Patent No. 8,125,940 is directed to a repeated for a wireless area network. Follow OnLive on Twitter: @Onlive.