Patents Represented by Attorney Alston & Bird LLP
  • Patent number: 8344884
    Abstract: According to some example embodiments, systems, apparatus, methods and computer program products are provided for triggering an alarm. In this regard, one example apparatus includes means for receiving an instruction to alarm a security gate device, and means for tuning a security resonator at a location such that a field generated by the security gate device interacts with the security resonator to cause the security gate device to trigger an alarm in response to at least receiving the instruction to alarm the security gate device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Mercier, Gary Mark Shafer, Lee H. Eckert
  • Patent number: 8341985
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a security device are provided for attaching to and securing small articles, such as jewelry or other accessories that are either loose or attached to a display card. The security device may engage various sizes of card stock and/or secure articles that include a ring component in a practical and unobtrusive manner. The security device may detect unauthorized removal of the item from the retail premises. In some cases, the security device may also be configured to detect tampering of the security device and may include one-alarm, two-alarm, or three-alarm functionality. Moreover, the security device may also provide other features or functionalities that a retail operator may prefer or consider prior to the use or selection of a particular security device over others. The device may provide easy securing to and/or removal from an object by an authorized operator, such as an employee, and may be reusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Ezzo, Matthew R. Shute
  • Patent number: 8342834
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for spinning and crimping a synthetic multifilament yarn, wherein a filament bundle is spun from a polymer melt and compressed to a yarn plug. The yarn plug is advanced at a cooling speed and cooled within a cooling zone in a moving cooling groove. After cooling, the yarn plug is disentangled to form a crimped yarn, with the latter being wound to a package. To obtain an adequate cooling of the yarn plug and, with that, a stable and highest possible crimp in the yarn, the method of the invention provides for selecting the length of the cooling zone and the cooling speed of the yarn plug such that the yarn plug is cooled in the cooling groove over a period of at least 1 second. To this end, the apparatus of the invention includes a cooling groove, whose width is dimensioned such that the yarn plug can be advanced in meander form in a plurality of superposed layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventors: Mathias Stündl, Diethard Hübner
  • Patent number: 8336448
    Abstract: A dispensing device for milk and/or milk foam is provided that includes a mixing device for mixing steam, milk and/or air. A mixing device may include a chamber, a first line for the supply of milk into the chamber, a second line for a supply of steam into the chamber, a third line for the supply of air into the chamber, at least one outlet for dispensing the milk and/or the milk foam from the chamber, a valve including an adjustable regulating shaft for regulating the supply of milk and/or air into the chamber. By adjusting the regulating shaft between different predetermined positions at least one flow of milk may be switched on and switched off and/or altered and a flow of air may be switched on and switched off and/or altered. A dispensing device may further include a drive motor for adjusting the regulating shaft of the valve and a control device for controlling the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Jura Elektroapparate AG
    Inventor: Philipp Büttiker
  • Patent number: 8337838
    Abstract: Disclosed are CD70 binding agents, such as anti-CD70 antibodies and derivatives, that induce a cytotoxic, cytostatic or immunomodulatory without conjugation to a therapeutic agents as well as pharmaceutical compositions and kits comprising the antibody or derivative. Also disclosed are methods for the treatment and prevention of CD70-expressing cancers and immunological disorders comprising administering the CD70 binding agents to a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seattle Genetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Che-Leung Law, Julie McEarchern, Alan F. Wahl
  • Patent number: 8340050
    Abstract: A method for transferring user equipment from a current cell during an ongoing communication is disclosed. The current cell belongs to a first network. In the method capability information for at least one available cell of a second network is determined in a controller of the current cell, where after at least one cell of the second network is selected based on the capability information to prepare a transfer of the user equipment from the current cell. Information regarding the selected at least one cell of the second network is then sent from the controller to the user equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Uwe Schwarz
  • Patent number: 8336919
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a snap-on coupling between a fluid pipe and a rigid tubular end fitting, this coupling having a sleeve mounted on a pipe to be coupled to an end fitting that has a peripheral connecting projection, a locking member engaging with this projection to retain the end fitting in the sleeve, and a visual indicator which engages with the projection behind the locking member and occupying an extended position and a depressed position in the sleeve, the member and the indicator each having a head and two elastically deformable side legs, each leg of the indicator having a retention arm engaging with a lower side tooth and with a bottom stop, both formed on the corresponding side of the sleeve, when the indicator occupies the depressed and extended positions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Damien Gillet, Luc Milanini
  • Patent number: 8340996
    Abstract: An automated method for assessing the readiness of a plurality of repairable systems, such as a fleet of aircraft, is provided. In addition to identifying the repairable systems that will be operational, the relative state of readiness of the repairable systems is determined such that the repairable systems that are most likely to successfully complete the designated task can be selected. Additionally, an automated method of analyzing the maintenance operations performed upon a plurality of repairable systems, such as a fleet of aircraft, is provided. In this regard, the relative states of readiness of the repairable systems are determined and maintenance resources are allocated based upon the respective measures of the relative states of readiness of the repairable systems. As such, maintenance operations scheduled for the aircraft that will have the greatest state of readiness upon completion of the maintenance operations can be prioritized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Scott Edwin Black, Kirby Joe Keller
  • Patent number: 8336924
    Abstract: Coupling device is provided having a male tubular end fitting; a connection mechanism to be mounted around the male end fitting by being coupled to a female end fitting and including a coupling end to be housed in a groove of the female end fitting; and a locking member for locking this connection mechanism that is to be mounted around the male end fitting in order reversibly to bring the coupling end into a locked position in the groove. The connection mechanism includes a radially internal bearing zone to be mounted against the male end fitting and ending in the coupling end, which includes tabs that are elastically deformable in the radial direction extending the bearing zone, each tab being able to be jammed in the locking position by flexing against the groove and against one of the guide and locking-aid ramps of the male end fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hutchinson
    Inventors: Stéphane Ully, Damien Gillet
  • Patent number: 8339329
    Abstract: An antenna mount for a satellite antenna comprises an adjustment plate with a first cam slot, a first bracket and a first cam. The first bracket includes a first base, a first sidewall extending from the first base and having a second cam slot aligned with the first cam slot, and a second sidewall extending in parallel with the first sidewall from the first base. The first cam is adapted to attach the adjustment plate to an inner surface of the first sidewall. The first cam includes a first shaft protruding from the first sidewall through the first and second cam slots and rotatable with respect to the first sidewall, and a first disc coupled with the first shaft and adapted to fit within the first cam slot so that the adjustment plate is rotatable with respect to the first sidewall as the first shaft is rotated from the exterior of the first sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Azure Shine International Inc.
    Inventor: Wen-Chao Shen
  • Patent number: 8336938
    Abstract: A cap mounting structure has an engagement hole formed in a peripheral edge part of an opening in an interior member; a protruding part is formed on a cap; an engagement part engaging with the engagement hole is formed by expanding an intermediate portion in the protrusion direction of the protruding part; the length in the expansion direction of the engagement part is set so as to be longer than the length of the engagement hole; the engagement part is inserted through the engagement hole while at least one of the engagement hole and the engagement part is elastically deformed, and the engagement part is engaged with the engagement hole by the elastic restoration of the elastically deformed part(s), whereby the cap is made in a temporarily held state in which the cap is held by the interior member; and from the temporarily held state, the cap is oscillated so as to be opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Kazunori Kouno
  • Patent number: 8337851
    Abstract: Methods for identifying subjects having a cancer or pre-malignant condition that will benefit from anti-CD40 therapeutic agents that modulate CD40L-mediated CD40 signaling are provided. The methods comprise the use of biomarkers of cellular apoptosis, cell proliferation and survival, and CD40 signaling pathways to monitor ex vivo response to one or more anti-CD40 therapeutic agents of interest that modulate CD40 signaling on CD40-expressing neoplastic cells. The ex vivo prognostic assays can be used alone or in conjunction with other prognostic assays to identify candidate subjects who will benefit from treatment with anti-CD40 therapeutic agents. Methods of the invention also comprise the use of these biomarkers to monitor in vivo efficacy of treatment with an anti-CD40 therapeutic agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: Novartis AG, Xoma Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Sharon Lea Aukerman, Bahija Jallal, Mohammad Luqman
  • Patent number: 8336730
    Abstract: A protective seal for application onto a beverage can, which is capable by virtue of its geometric configuration of providing efficient sealing against possible contamination that may come into contact with the upper outer portion of the can, and providing high resistance to penetration of substances and/or contaminants onto the can surface by virtue of the cooperation of compressive forces exerted by the surfaces of the protective seal onto the can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: CBE—Companhia Brasileira De Embalagens S/A
    Inventor: Jacques Pontes
  • Patent number: 8338599
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the use of compounds with a potentiating effect on the activity of antibiotics that are activatable via the EthA enzymatic pathway, for the preparation of a medicament for preventing and/or treating mycobacterial infections such as tuberculosis and leprosy, to pharmaceutical compositions comprising them in combination with an antibiotic that is activatable via the EthA pathway, to compounds having a potentiating effect on the activity of antibiotics that are activatable via the EthA enzymatic pathway, to pharmaceutical compositions comprising them and to their use as medicaments, especially medicaments for preventing and/or treating mycobacterial infections such as tuberculosis and leprosy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: Institut Pasteur de Lille, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Universite de Lille 2, Universite du Droit et de la Sante, Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (Inserm)
    Inventors: Benoît Deprez, Nicolas Willand, Bertrand Dirie, Patrick Toto, Vincent Villeret, Camille Locht, Alain Baulard
  • Patent number: 8338670
    Abstract: According to the invention, there is provided a novel soybean variety designated XB45U08. This invention thus relates to the seeds of soybean variety XB45U08, to the plants of soybean XB45U08 to plant parts of soybean variety XB45U08 and to methods for producing a soybean plant produced by crossing plants of the soybean variety XB45U08 with another soybean plant, using XB45U08 as either the male or the female parent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas C. Corbin
  • Patent number: 8335821
    Abstract: A method for providing in-band client telemetry data may include receiving a message, from a first application, intended to be communicated to a second application via a network, the message being otherwise unrelated to client telemetry data. The method may further include inserting client telemetry data collected at a client device executing the first application into a portion of the message and providing for communication of the message to a server device executing the second application. A corresponding computer program product and apparatus are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Radu Catalin Bocirnea
  • Patent number: 8334442
    Abstract: A novel maize variety designated PH17PK and seed, plants and plant parts thereof. Methods for producing a maize plant that comprise crossing maize variety PH17PK with another maize plant. Methods for producing a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into PH17PK through backcross conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant part produced thereby. Hybrid maize seed, plant or plant part produced by crossing the variety PH17PK or a locus conversion of PH17PK with another maize variety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Jon Ross
  • Patent number: 8334702
    Abstract: The invention relates to a detection device of small size, allowing direct in situ detection of particles with no labelling, enabling the particles to be rapidly analysed, and having both a specificity and a sensitivity that are at least equivalent to the existing devices. In one embodiment, the invention provides a device having a nanowire, intended for interacting with the particles of interest, which is suspended between two anchors that define a source and a drain, the source and the drain are configured to be connected to an AC voltage generator and to a DC voltage generator, respectively, in order to generate a first input signal; an excitation electrode, placed laterally facing the nanowire and configured to be connected to an AC voltage generator, in order to generate a second input signal; and a measurement electrode placed opposite the excitation electrode relative to the nanowire and generating a single output signal representative of the particles of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie et aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Vincent Agache, Guillaume Delapierre
  • Patent number: 8333970
    Abstract: Methods for identifying subjects having an inflammatory disease and/or autoimmune disease that will benefit from anti-CD40 therapeutic agents that modulate CD40L-mediated CD40 signaling are provided. The methods comprise the use of biomarkers of cellular apoptosis, cell proliferation and survival, and CD40 signaling pathways to monitor ex vivo response to one or more anti-CD40 therapeutic agents of interest that modulate CD40 signaling on CD40-expressing cells. The ex vivo prognostic assays can be used alone or in conjunction with other prognostic assays to identify candidate subjects who will benefit from treatment with anti-CD40 therapeutic agents. Methods of the invention also comprise the use of these biomarkers to monitor in vivo efficacy of treatment with an anti-CD40 therapeutic agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignees: Novartis AG, Xoma Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Sharon Lea Aukerman, Bahija Jallal, Mohammad Luqman
  • Patent number: D673600
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Silhouette International Schmied AG
    Inventor: Gerhard Fuchs