Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Akerman Senterfitt
  • Patent number: 8125208
    Abstract: A device and method for non-contact transmission of electrical energy by means of a transformer (1) comprising at least a primary side (2) and at least a secondary side (8), and where resonance is set up in a circuit comprising the primary winding (4) of the transformer (1) and a capacitor (14) connected in series with the primary winding (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Geir Olav Gyland
  • Patent number: 8119380
    Abstract: The invention provides isolated and at least partially-purified dicamba-degrading enzymes, isolated DNA molecules coding for dicamba-degrading enzymes, DNA constructs coding for dicamba-degrading enzymes, transgenic host cells comprising DNA coding for dicamba-degrading enzymes, and transgenic plants and plant parts comprising one or more cells comprising DNA coding for dicamba-degrading enzymes. Expression of the dicamba-degrading enzymes results in the production of dicamba-degrading organisms, including dicamba-tolerant plants. The invention further provides a method of controlling weeds in a field containing the transgenic dicamba-tolerant plants of the invention and a method of decontaminating a material containing dicamba comprising applying an effective amount of a transgenic microorganism or dicamba-degrading enzyme(s) of the invention to the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Regents of University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Donald P. Weeks, Xiao-Zhuo Wang, Patricia L. Herman
  • Patent number: 8119177
    Abstract: Method for the preparation of a crumbly, and expanded dairy product, comprising the steps of subjecting a hard cheese with a humidity content lower than or equal to 45% to a microwave treatment until a crumbly and expanded product with a humidity content lower than 15% is obtained, which is subjected to immediate cooling with dry air at 4-10° C., wherein the starting hard cheese is finely divided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: San Lucio S.r.l.
    Inventor: Luigi Prestini
  • Patent number: 8116437
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for providing a telecommunications services menu accessible via a voice interactive system, such as a voice services node. A subscriber accesses a voice communications menu by accessing a voice services node. The voice services node queries a customer profile database to obtain a list of telecommunications services available to the subscriber. At the voice services node, a voice prompt is constructed for providing the subscriber a voice menu of the available services. After the subscriber receives the voice prompt of menu items, the subscriber may select a service from the provided menu.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Scott T. Stillman, Jennifer A. Crowe
  • Patent number: 8115792
    Abstract: In a method for producing a permanent mark in an optical element which consists essentially of a material that is transparent in the visible spectral region, a marking region of the optical element is irradiated with laser radiation in order to generate local, near-surface material changes in such a way that a mark of prescribed shape and size is generated. The laser radiation has an operating wavelength ? from the wavelength region between 1.1 ?m and 9.2 ?m. A thulium-doped fiber laser is preferably used as laser radiation source. The operating wavelength is selected in dependence from the material of the optical element such that the material exhibits a partial absorption with a transmittance between 60% and 98%. The method can be used, in particular, to provide spectacle lenses, contact lenses or intraocular lenses with marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: 3D-Micromac AG
    Inventors: Tino Petsch, Bernd Keiper, Sven Albert, Thomas Hoeche
  • Patent number: 8105676
    Abstract: In order to fasten a silicon block on a support for improved further handling, fiber material is introduced into an adhesive joint between the silicon block and the support. The fiber material is impregnated with adhesive and consists of glass fibers. The silicon block is then positioned on the support. The fiber material assures that the adhesive joint is not pressed together too far and is more stable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Gebr. Schmid GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Reinhard Huber
  • Patent number: 8104147
    Abstract: A fluid tight slide fastener (10) including a slider (15) slidably associated with opposite edges (12a) of two flanking strips (12) to provide for their closure, and an upper end stop (16) with which the slider (15) is removably engaged upon closure. A clearance-recovery wedge-like coupling is included at the upper stop (16) and in the slider (15), which includes respective tilted sections (19,21) and opposite tilted sections (46,47) to make, upon engagement of the upper stop (16) and slider (15), a clearance-recovery taper fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: RIRI SA
    Inventor: Roberto Peano
  • Patent number: 8105840
    Abstract: Described are a urine pretreatment agent, a urine pretreatment method, and a urinary protein quantitation method which reduce or cancel the influences of urine pH variations, cancel the influences of precipitates of urinary inorganic salts, and solubilize membrane proteins. The urine pretreatment agent for urinary protein quantitation, includes a buffer, a chelating agent, and a surfactant; the urine pretreatment method includes a step of mixing 10 to 1000 parts by mass of the urine pretreatment agent of the present invention with 100 parts by mass of urine; and the urinary protein quantitation method includes steps of: mixing 10 to 1000 parts by mass of the urine pretreatment agent with 100 parts by mass of urine; and then measuring the protein concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignees: Niigata University, Denka Seiken Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masanori Hara, Akihiko Saito, Shinya Ogasawara, Yoshiaki Hirayama, Hiroyuki Kurosawa
  • Patent number: 8100550
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a plurality of light fixtures to create light and music, including a processor having a memory. Software is loaded in the memory and is executable by the processor to operate a plurality of light fixtures and at least one music speaker. At least one DMX controller is operable by the software to control the color of at least one of the plurality of light fixtures, the at least one light fixture controllable by the DMX controller including an LED light engine. The system and method generates light and sound displays by operating the lights in synchronization with music played through the music speaker. The color of at least one of the plurality of light fixtures is altered in synchronization with the music by the DMX controller. Also disclosed is a light fixture suitable for use in the light and music displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Next Step Products LLC
    Inventors: Robert Harris, Adrian Ehresman, Stephen Faber, Paul Koren, Roy Archer
  • Patent number: 8087095
    Abstract: Sports garment (10), especially a cyclist jersey, of the type comprising a vest (12) intended to be in contact with the sportsman's torso and equipped with at least one pocket (14), means (16) being provided for supporting said at least one pocket (14), extended between at least one part thereof and an area of the sports garment positioned substantially at the shoulders of the sportsman who is wearing said garment (10), thus substantially transforming said pocket (14) into a pack-saddle, i.e. into a shoulder bag associated with the said garment (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: ASSOS of Switzerland S.A.
    Inventor: Roger Maier
  • Patent number: 8087097
    Abstract: A protection seat (10, 110) for the crotch area (14) of cyclist trousers (12), having at least a front portion (16, 116) and preferably also a rear portion (118) formed with an anatomical concave shell shape. A method for manufacturing the seat is also described wherein said concave regions are obtained by joining the flaps of V notches cut in the front and rear portion of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: ASSOS of Switzerland S.A.
    Inventor: Roger Maier
  • Patent number: 8085914
    Abstract: At least one exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes a method, comprising requesting real-time measurement data for a telephone network between a transit carrier and a predetermined terminating carrier; and automatically receiving the real-time measurement data via the Internet at an originating carrier associated with the transit carrier. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. This abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Min-Hsuan Chen, Richard Chiang, Christopher Kwan, Stephen R. Lang
  • Patent number: 8078698
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and products are disclosed for producing a virtual host. The virtual host is generated. A demographic trait of a user, interacting with the virtual host, is acquired. The virtual host is endowed with the demographic trait, thereby enriching the virtual host to appeal the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: Darryl Cynthia Moore
  • Patent number: 8071960
    Abstract: In the case of a method for producing samples for transmission electron microscopy, a sample is prepared from a substrate of a sample material. To this end, the sample material is irradiated by means of a laser beam along an irradiation trajectory in order to produce a weak path in the sample material. The irradiation is controlled such that the weak path crosses a further weak path, which is likewise preferably produced by laser irradiation, running in the sample material, at an acute angle in a crossing region. The substrate is broken along the weak paths. A sample is thereby produced which has a wedge-shaped sample section bounded by fracture surfaces and has in the region of a wedge tip at least one electron-transparent region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: 3D-Micromac AG
    Inventor: Thomas Hoeche
  • Patent number: 8071059
    Abstract: A chemical reactor for catalytic reactions, comprises a substantially cylindrical shell (2) closed at the opposite ends by respective covers (3 and 4), at least one reaction zone (7, 8) in which a respective catalytic bed (9, 10) and a plurality of heat exchangers (25) placed in said at least one reaction zone (7, 8) are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Methanol Casale S.A.
    Inventors: Ermanno Filippi, Enrico Rizzi, Mirco Tarozzo
  • Patent number: 8062866
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel chimeric, humanized or CDR-grafted anti-IL-6 antibodies, including isolated nucleic acids that encode at least one such anti-IL-6 antibody, vectors, host cells, transgenic animals or plants, and methods of making and using thereof, including therapeutic compositions, methods and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Femta Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerhard Frey, Hwai Wen Chang, Jay Short
  • Patent number: D653135
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Heys (USA), Inc.
    Inventor: Haroon Sheikh
  • Patent number: D653437
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Jal Group Italia S.r.l.
    Inventor: Nicola Mongelli
  • Patent number: D654775
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yumiko Higashi
  • Patent number: D654845
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masato Yonai, Yuji Watanuki