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April, 2010 - Vol 3, Issue 3



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The next IEEE Signal Processing Society meeting will be on Wednesday, April 7th, 6:00pm at The University of Denver, Knudson Hall, Rm 309. 
The topic is: 
3DTV: The Tsunami About To Hit
by Chris Lennon (Harris Corporation)
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CEPD congratulates our VP, Chris Crosby, as inventor on the recently granted US patent, number 7,668,044, Data Offload and Charging Systems and Methods.  CEPD has participated in the development and helped several of our customers obtain patents.  Once our work is paid for, our customers retain all rights to the inventions that they have hired us to implement. We always appreciate being recognized as co-inventors, when we help design a patentable device or method. If you have an invention, consider utilizing our expertise to help you get it patented. 
More Patent Information
A patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a national government to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention. There are three basic types of patents: provisional, design, and non-provisional (utility) patents. It is possible for an invention to have both a design and utility patent. 
A provisional patent allows the use of "Patent pending", is less expensive, and is not examined on its merits, but cannot be used for design inventions. It will become abandoned 12 months from its filing date, but that year does not count towards the 20 year term of a utility patent.
A design patent protects only the appearance of an article, not structural or functional features. It has a term of 14 years from grant, and no fees are necessary to maintain it in force. The drawing should clearly depict the appearance, since the drawing defines the scope of patent protection. The specification is short and ordinarily follows a set form.
A utility patent is the patent type that most people are familiar with. It protects the way an article is used and works, and is valid for 20 years. A maintenance fee is due at 3.5, 7.5 and 11.5 years after the original grant, with a 6 month grace period. Failure to pay the maintenance fee will result in the patent no longer being in force.
Giving Back
A CEPD employee is participating in the Engineering and Construction Trades Advisory Committee at Brighton High School. This is part of "Project Lead the Way", which helps bright middle and high school students prepare for careers in Engineering. Take a look at the curriculum to see what the program is all about: http://www.pltw.org/Engineering/Curriculum/Curriculum-high-school.cfm 
If you would like help developing a new product or if you find your project under staffed, CEPD can help you meet your deadlines. Our staff draws on years of diverse product design experience to provide creative and timely solutions for your product needs. Some of our specialties include:
  • DSP
  • Embedded Systems Hardware and Software
  • Data Acquisition
  • Wireless Sensor and Telemetry Systems (Zigbee, Cellular, VHF, etc.)
  • Motor Control Systems
  • Programmable Logic: FPGA / CPLD / EPLD
  • Analog Circuit Design
  • Switching Power Supply Design
  • PCB Design and Layout
  • Analysis and Documentation
Our goal is to provide cost effective and expedient design options for our clients. Our services range from an hour of consultation to large turn-key product development projects. We provide detailed proposals, accurate estimates and time schedules to help you manage each phase of the project. We can offer fixed cost or time and materials proposals to suit your specific needs. There is no cost to you for the proposals we create and the initial discussions required! 
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