Patents Represented by Attorney AlphaPatent Associates Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8348243
    Abstract: A home soda machine includes a cylinder of gas suitable for carbonation, an attachment mechanism to attach a bottle of water, a valve opening mechanism to open a gas release valve on the gas cylinder and introduce the gas to the bottle of water, a gas release sensor to sense at least events indicating the opening and closing of the gas release valve, and an indirect gas meter to at least determine an amount of the gas released from the cylinder based at least on a cumulative length of time the gas release valve was open as per data received from the gas release sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sodastream Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Amir Schori, Alon Gendel, Allan Ring, Antony Frank Pateman, David O'Neill
  • Patent number: 8335228
    Abstract: A method for a central coordinator of a network includes transmitting an active media access plan (MAP) using at least a regional mask and a bit allocation table (BAT) associated with the regional mask and transmitting a default MAP using only a permanent mask and a BAT associated with the permanent mask. The default MAP includes at least regional mask information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sigma Designs Israel S.D.I. Ltd.
    Inventors: Reuven Franco, Boaz Kol, Liam Alfandary, Erez Ben Tovim
  • Patent number: 8333398
    Abstract: An injury protection accessory for a riding vehicle (e.g., motorcycle), the accessory comprising: at least one shield (4), disposed at the side(s) of the riding vehicle, the shield comprising: a substantially vertical hinge (12), attached to the body or the chassis of the riding vehicle; and one or more substantially horizontal bars (10), attached to the hinge; the shield having an open state, in which one edge of the shield is separated from the body of the vehicle, thereby allowing the rider thereof to get off the vehicle, and a closed state, in which both sides of the shield are engaged with the body of the vehicle, thereby protecting the rider from injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventors: Elad Oved, Meir Gitelis
  • Patent number: 8335553
    Abstract: A system and method for generating three dimensional CT-type information from a conventional C-arm fluoroscope imaging system. A small number of fluoroscope images are used, taken from angles whose pose is determined by means of a three-dimensional target attached to the region of interest, aided by the participation of the surgeon or an image processing routine to pinpoint known anatomical features in the region of interest of the patient. This procedure enables the reconstruction of virtual images in any desired plane, even in planes other than those accessible by the C-arm imaging process, such as the axial plane of a vertebra. Use of this system and method of marking of the feature to be treated in a small number of angularly dissimilar images, enables the generation of CT-type information which can be used to accurately align a robotically guided surgical tool with the anatomical feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Mazor Robotics Ltd.
    Inventors: Joseph Rubner, Eli Zehavi, Leonid Kleyman
  • Patent number: 8317688
    Abstract: Endoscopic illumination and imaging systems for enabling observation of both the forward and rearward directions in a lumen using only a single imaging device. According to one implementation, the system utilizes the effects of a partially reflective mirror to respectively transmit and reflect light from the different portions of the lumen or cavity, and uses separate groups of illumination sources to illuminate one or the other section of the lumen, such that the illuminated section is preferentially imaged by virtue of its increased light level. In a second implementation, electrically switched mirrors are used, having properties switched between a transmissive and a partially reflective state, such that the mirror can be switched between imaging the regions forward of the camera when in a transmissive state, and imaging the regions rearward of the camera when in a reflective state. A mechanically swiveled mirror is described for the same purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Technion Research & Development Foundation Ltd.
    Inventors: Daniel Glozman, Noam Hassidov, Moshe Shoham
  • Patent number: 8313860
    Abstract: High capacity primary and rechargeable cells may include a cathode with a lithiated active cathode material and an anode including lithium intercalating carbonaceous material. The cells may also include a separator impregnated with a liquid electrolyte or a solid electrolyte. The ratio of the capacity to reversibly incorporate lithium ions of the cathode to the capacity to reversibly incorporate lithium ions in the form of LiC6 of the carbonaceous material of the anode is equal to or larger than 2:1. During charging a high grade high density substantially non-dendritic lithium metal layer is plated on the anode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Tadiran Batteries Ltd.
    Inventors: Herzel Yamin, Chen Menachem, Dany Bar-Tov
  • Patent number: 8304458
    Abstract: A method of reclaiming a cured elastomer material in the form of crumb or chips, comprising mixing the elastomer material with a devulcanization-aiding chemical composition and performing devulcanization by applying a shear-stress deformation while performing a mechanical disintegration into fine-ground crumbs under a controllable temperature not exceeding about 90 degrees C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Innovert Investments A.L. Ltd
    Inventor: Lev Beirakh
  • Patent number: 8298186
    Abstract: Safety catheter introducer 135 (see FIG. 13) comprises catheter 131, needle 136, a safety means including needle protector 138 and actuated by trigger 149, as well as catheter cap 150. The latter is initially detachably retained on hexagonal shank 153 of protector 138 by moderate friction forces, and male luer member 145 is protected from contact with personnel by cap lateral wall 147. After the catheter emplacement, needle withdrawal and needle sharp point protection, operator turns protector 138 through 180 degrees and fixes cap 150 on catheter 131 by thread 152 using protector 138 as a cap holder. In doing so, male luer member 145 occludes the catheter entrance. Thereafter, operator easily detaches the protector from the cap. As a result, catheter 131 remains in patient's vein being closed with cap 150.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Sergey Popov
  • Patent number: 8295205
    Abstract: A method includes matching at least one device-associated contact from a list of contacts on a mobile device with at least one web-associated contact from another list of contacts associated with a web-based application and downloading media content associated with the at least one web-associated contact to the mobile device with an indication of the device-associated contact with which it is to be associated. The mobile device launches media content associated with a contact on the occasion of call related activity with the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Vringo, Inc.
    Inventors: Gad Mazor, Jonathan William Medved
  • Patent number: 8292049
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention is directed to a vehicular brake (10) comprising: a closed-circuit tunnel (14, 62) containing hydraulic liquid (72); a mechanism (22) for moving the hydraulic liquid (72) within the closed-circuit tunnel (14, 62) together with the wheel (30) of the vehicle; and at least one faucet (24) within the closed-circuit tunnel (14, 62), for reducing the cross-section area (from A1 to A2) of the closed-circuit tunnel (14, 62) at least at one location, upon braking activity, thereby braking the vehicle wheel (30) without friction wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Avshalom Eden Sharaphi
  • Patent number: 8289515
    Abstract: A method and system are presented for use in characterizing properties of an article having a structure comprising a multiplicity of sites comprising different periodic patterns. The method comprises: providing a theoretical model of prediction indicative of optical properties of different stacks defined by geometrical and material parameters of corresponding sites, said sites being common in at least one of geometrical parameter and material parameter; performing optical measurements on at least two different stacks of the article and generating optical measured data indicative of the geometrical parameters and material composition parameters for each of the measured stacks; processing the optical measured data, said processing comprising simultaneously fitting said optical measured data for the multiple measured stacks with said theoretical model and extracting said at least one common parameter, thereby enabling to characterize the properties of the multi-layer structure within the single article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoel Cohen, Boaz Brill
  • Patent number: 8277371
    Abstract: A system and methods for transcranial magnetic stimulation, the system including a helmet, a positioning portion, a stimulator and a cooling system, are disclosed. The helmet includes a coil for deep brain magnetic stimulation. The coil has a base portion, and return portions, which may include a protruding return portion and a contacting return portion. The coil is designed to minimize unintended stimulation of portions of the brain, while reducing accumulation of surface charges. The coil is stimulated at several locations and/or at different times so as to focus the electrical field on a specific deep neuronal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignees: Brainsway, Inc., Yeda Research & Development Co. Ltd. at the Weizmann Institute of Science, The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Abraham Zangen, Yiftach Roth, Pedro C. Miranda, David Hazani, Mark Hallet
  • Patent number: 8275360
    Abstract: A method includes sending media clips provided by date candidates to a device of a seeker for viewing by the seeker, receiving a selection of a candidate from the seeker device, sending a media clip provided by the seeker to a device of the selected candidate for playing and facilitating a call between the seeker and the candidate if the candidate agrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Vringo, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Gerald Granat, Itay Tal
  • Patent number: 8265788
    Abstract: An automated mail sorting system including a display for displaying the image of an item of mail belonging to a carrier route, and input device for associating the image with any of a plurality of stations in a walking sequence of the carrier route, and a sorter having a reader for identifying the item of mail, to sorter for placing the item of mail in a location corresponding to the station in the walking sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ehud D. Karnin, Eugene Walach
  • Patent number: 8248855
    Abstract: A memory chip includes memory cells storing data to be read, at least one reference cell having a reference cell current level, at least one reference gate voltage memory cell storing a reference gate voltage value and a read circuit to read the memory cells with a fixed gate voltage with respect to at least one reference cell activated at a voltage having its associated stored reference gate voltage value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Infinite Memories Ltd.
    Inventors: Eli Lusky, Aner Arussi, Amir Gabai
  • Patent number: 8244063
    Abstract: A method includes measuring the likelihood that two different space-time video segments could have resulted from a similar underlying motion field without computing the field. The method may be employed to identify locations in a video sequence where at least one behavioral phenomenon similar to that demonstrated in the video segment occurs. For example, the phenomenon might be a dynamic behavior, an action, a rigid motion, and/or a non-rigid motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Yeda Research & Development Co. Ltd. at the Weizmann Institute of Science
    Inventors: Eli Shechtman, Michal Irani
  • Patent number: 8238173
    Abstract: An in-memory processor includes a memory array which stores data and an activation unit to activate at least two cells in a column of the memory array at generally the same time thereby to generate a Boolean function output of the data of the at least two cells. Another embodiment shows a content addressable memory (CAM) unit without any in-cell comparator circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: ZikBit Ltd
    Inventors: Avidan Akerib, Oren Agam, Eli Ehrman, Moshe Meyassed
  • Patent number: 8237703
    Abstract: A method for generating 3D visualization of a large-scale environment comprising the steps of: acquiring a 3D model of the large-scale environment; dividing the 3D model into a near-field part and a far-field part; rendering an array of images of the far-field part; creating a 3D visualization of the near-field part combined with the array of rendered images of the far-field part and displaying the combined rendered images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Geosim Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Victor Shenkar, Yigal Eilam
  • Patent number: 8233376
    Abstract: A method, system and device for use in conjunction with Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) transmission systems, including Far-End Crosstalk (FEXT) cancellation circuitry. According to embodiments of the invention there is provided a system including a central office having a plurality of central modems, and at least one remote modem in communication with the plurality of central modems, the remote modem capable of automatic channel adjustment, and further capable of providing to the central office a channel adjustment parameter, wherein the central office includes a precoder to selectively precode symbols prior to transmission by each of the central modems with an estimation precoding matrix, and a controller to receive from the at least one remote modem respective channel adjustment parameters in response to transmitted symbols precoded with said estimation precoding matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Ishai Ilani
  • Patent number: 8224981
    Abstract: A multimedia file transfer system including a redirector configured to identify a request to access a multimedia file via a network at a specified network address, and an accelerator configured to respond to the request by identifying at least one physical data storage device on which at least a portion of the multimedia file is stored, establish a plurality of data transfer links via the network with any of the devices, download a different portion of the multimedia file via each of the data transfer links, where any of the portions are downloaded at least partly concurrently, and provide, at least partly concurrently with downloading any of the portions, downloaded multimedia file data to a multimedia file player in the order in which the data appear in the multimedia file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Speedbit Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosef Vardi, Idan Feigenbaum, Fabian Ben Aderet