Patents Represented by Attorney Alston & Bird LLP
  • Patent number: 8334837
    Abstract: A method, a computer program and a computer program product for interacting with a device via an interaction unit, wherein the interaction unit comprises a plurality of interaction areas that can be activated by an activation unit to effect the interaction, the method comprising detecting approached interaction areas, wherein the approached interaction areas are interaction areas that are approached by the activation unit without yet being activated; displaying representations of the approached interaction areas on a display of the device. The invention further relates to the device itself and to a module for such a device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Zoran Radivojevic, Reijo Lehtiniemi
  • Patent number: 8333566
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and to a method of controlling a fluid pump, as well as to a linear compressor and a cooler configured to calibrate the respective functioning at the time of the first use or in cases of problems caused by electric or mechanical failures. According to the teachings of the present invention, the fluid pump is provided with a piston-position sensing assembly, the electronic controller monitoring the piston displacement within the respective cylinder by detecting an impact signal. The impact signal is transmitted by the sensing assembly upon occurrence of an impact of the piston with the stroke end, the electronic controller successively incrementing the piston displacement stroke upon a trigger signal as far as the occurrence of the impact to store a maximum value of piston displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Paulo Sérgio Dainez, Egidio Berwanger
  • Patent number: 8333556
    Abstract: A variable-nozzle turbocharger includes a cartridge containing a variable vane mechanism connected between the center housing and the turbine housing. The cartridge comprises an annular nozzle ring supporting an array of rotatable vanes, an insert having a tubular portion sealingly received into the bore of the turbine housing and having a nozzle portion extending radially out from one end of the tubular portion and being axially spaced from the nozzle ring with the vanes therebetween, a plurality of spacers connected between the nozzle portion of the insert and the nozzle ring, and an annular retainer ring fastened to the center housing so as to capture the nozzle ring between the retainer ring and the center housing. The retainer ring is formed as a separate part from the insert ring and is mechanically and thermally decoupled from the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Raphaël Hettinger, Joel Castan, Jean-Luc Perrin, Lorrain Sausse
  • Patent number: 8334222
    Abstract: A processing method of a semiconductor wafer is provided. The method comprising the steps of: removing at least part of oxide film from a surface of the semiconductor wafer; removing liquid from the surface; and providing at least partial oxide film on the surface by applying an oxidizing gas wherein a gas flow of the oxidizing gas and/or an ambient gas involved by the oxidizing gas is characterized by an unsaturated vapor pressure of the liquid such that the liquid on the surface vaporizes. The above-described steps are conducted in this order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sumco Techxiv Corporation
    Inventors: Isamu Gotou, Tomonori Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 8335600
    Abstract: A regenerative integrated actuation system and method are provided to efficiently supply power to a plurality of actuators and to make efficient use of power regenerated by the actuators. The system may include a plurality of actuators in communication with a power distribution system. Each actuator may include an energy storage element. The system may also include a controller for determining if a respective actuator is in a consumption mode or a regenerative mode. If in the consumption mode, the controller may determine whether the respective actuator should draw power from an energy storage element or from the power distribution system. Conversely, if in the regenerative mode, the controller may determine whether any excess power from the respective actuator should be provided to one of the actuators, such as to another actuator which is in the consumption mode or to the energy storage element associated with the respective actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph S. Breit, Kurt M. Lorhammer
  • Patent number: 8334966
    Abstract: A watermark formed of a bistable material, and a method of forming the watermark, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Xiang-Dong Mi, Stanley W. Stephenson, III
  • Patent number: 8335265
    Abstract: The invention relates to method for buffering encoded pictures. The method includes an encoding step for forming encoded pictures in an encoder. The method also includes a transmission step for transmitting said encoded pictures to a decoder as transmission units, a buffering step for buffering transmission units transmitted to the decoder in a buffer, and a decoding step for decoding the encoded pictures for forming decoded pictures. The buffer size is defined so that the total size of at least two transmission units is defined and the maximum buffer size is defined on the basis of the total size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Miska Hannuksela, Emre Aksu
  • Patent number: 8330882
    Abstract: An image display comprises at least one display device having a first pair of transparent conductive layers, a second pair of transparent conductive layers spaced apart from the first pair transparent conductive layers, a display layer disposed between the first pair of transparent conductive layers, the display layer configured to display an image in response to a first set of voltages applied to the first pair of transparent conductive layers, and a light control layer disposed between the second pair of transparent conductive layers, the light control layer configured to operate in one of a transmissive mode to allow an incident light to pass toward the display layer and a reflective mode to reflect an incident light away from the display layer in response to a second set of voltages applied to the second pair of transparent conductive layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Johnsee Lee, Chao-Chiun Liang, Tzeng-Shii Tsai
  • Patent number: 8331480
    Abstract: A method forms a preamble sequence in a wireless communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Yan-Xiu Zheng, Chang-Lung Hsiao, Wen-Sheng Feng
  • Patent number: 8332716
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of decoding a matrix built from concatenated codes, corresponding to at least two elementary codes, with uniform interleaving, the matrix having n1 lines, n2 columns and n1*n2 symbols, the method comprising processing all the lines- and columns-vectors of the matrix by symbol groups, the processing comprising a first decoding to simultaneously process all the symbols of a group of symbols according to their lines and then a second decoding to simultaneously process all the symbols of said group of symbols according to their columns, the symbol groups being thus successively processed in lines and in columns, or conversely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Groupe des Ecoles des Telecommunications (Enst Bretagne)
    Inventors: Christophe Jego, Patrick Adde
  • Patent number: 8332811
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for enabling design, generation, and execution of real-time workflows. Such embodiments provide a graphical designer including a plurality of shapes representing the various objects of a workflow that are used to model the workflow. In addition, various embodiments of the graphical designer provide shapes to model aspects of the workflow not found in previous graphical designers. Various embodiments also provide a code generator that converts the representation of the workflow into executable code for multiple target languages. Various embodiments also provide a workflow engine based on a Petri net model responsible for executing the workflow and for delegating tasks to be performed for the workflow to an operating system. In various embodiments, the workflow engine further includes a platform abstraction layer that provides a transition layer from the Petri net language to the operating system language.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: John M. Festa
  • Patent number: 8331906
    Abstract: It is disclosed a method comprising receiving, prior to a handover operation, first key indication information, creating, prior to the handover operation, key information based on the received first key indication information, retaining the created key information, sending, after the handover operation, the received first key indication information associated with the key information created prior to the handover operation, and retrieving, after the handover operation, the retained key information based on the first key indication information; and a method comprising generating, prior to the handover operation, the first key indication information associated with key information intended to be created, sending, prior to the handover operation, the generated first key indication information, and receiving, after the handover operation, second key indication information corresponding to the generated first key indication information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Dan Lars Anders Forsberg, Pentti Valtteri Niemi
  • Patent number: 8330001
    Abstract: A novel soybean variety, designated XBP27002 is provided. Also provided are the seeds of soybean variety XBP27002, cells from soybean variety XBP27002, plants of soybean XBP27002, and plant parts of soybean variety XBP27002. Methods provided include producing a soybean plant by crossing soybean variety XBP27002 with another soybean plant, methods for introgressing a transgenic, mutant trait, and/or native trait into soybean variety XBP27002, methods for producing other soybean varieties or plant parts derived from soybean variety XBP27002. Soybean seed, cells, plants, germplasm, breeding lines, varieties, and plant parts produced by these methods and/or derived from soybean variety XBP27002 are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
    Inventor: Leon G. Streit
  • Patent number: 8332826
    Abstract: A monitor program executes a set of client processes upon reboot of a computer, starts, stops and monitors client processes running on the computer, and/or detects and recovers automatically from process crashes. The program monitors a client process using a supervisory thread it creates when the client process is started, and uses the process's handle to detect its termination. When process termination is detected, the state table within the monitor program is checked to determine if the client process crashed or was exited normally. If the exit was the result of a crash, the program can automatically execute crash recovery using a preconfigured plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Julianne Yoko Abe
  • Patent number: 8330932
    Abstract: A watermark formed of a bistable material, and a method of forming the watermark, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Xiang-Dong Mi, Stanley W. Stephenson, III
  • Patent number: 8328036
    Abstract: There is provided a double rib overcap with a plug for a container with a removable membrane. The skirt of the overcap includes two inside surfaces axially separated a rib. The container opening is encircled by a rim and the membrane covers the opening such that the membrane extends radially onto an outer surface of the rim. The two inside surfaces of the skirt are dimensionally sized to create an interference-fit with the rim when the overcap is connected to the container when the membrane is either attached or removed. The overcap also includes a circumferential ring radially inward of the skirt that is axially positioned to engage the top surface of the membrane when the membrane is attached to the container and is diametrically dimensioned to engage an inner wall of the container when the membrane is removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sonoco Development, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Stevens
  • Patent number: 8328272
    Abstract: A lower structure of a vehicle body rear portion includes: a rear floor panel in a rear portion of a vehicle; a spare tire housing formed on the floor panel in such a manner as to be recessed downward; rear side members extending in a front and rear direction on respective right and left ends of the floor panel; a rear cross member arranged in front of the housing and connecting the paired right and left side members; and a spare tire cross member attached to the housing and connecting the paired side members, wherein a rear part of each of the side members is formed to have a rigidity lower than a rigidity of a front part thereof, the rear part extending on the rear side from a joint part joining with the spare tire cross member, the front part extending on the front side from the joint part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Takanobu Fujimura
  • Patent number: 8329480
    Abstract: A method of detecting manufacturing defects at a memory array may include disposing an active area of a first width in communication with a first conductive member of the memory array to define a grounded conductive member, disposing an isolation structure of a second width in communication with a second conductive member of the memory array to define a floating conductive member, and providing an alternating arrangement of floating and grounded conductive members including arranging a plurality of the grounded and floating conductive members adjacent to each other to define a sequence of alternating floating and grounded conductive members. A corresponding test device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Macronix International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Che-Lun Hung, Hsiang-Chou Liao, Tuung Luoh, Ling-Wu Yang
  • Patent number: 8331860
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanism for using services provided by a network in an environment including user-operated short-range wireless terminals and short-range wireless peripheral devices, such as wireless storage units, controllable by the user-operated terminals. A wireless peripheral device is informed that a network providing services is to be accessed, as a result of which the wireless peripheral device accesses the said network. A service is then selected from the infrastructure network by the user-operated terminal, while also indicating that the party requesting the selected service is the peripheral device. The selected service is delivered to the wireless peripheral device through the infrastructure network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Hasse Sinivaara, Jari Jokela
  • Patent number: 8330462
    Abstract: A method for performing magnetic resonance diffusion imaging, comprising: (a) acquiring a sequence of magnetic resonance images of a target body (BS) using diffusion-encoding gradient pulses applied along a set of non-collinear orientations ( ) sampling a three-dimensional orientation space (AR); (b) estimating, from said sequence of images, a set of space- and orientation-dependent parameters representative of molecular diffusion within said target body; wherein said step of estimating a set of space- and orientation-dependent parameters representative of molecular diffusion within said target body is performed in real time by means of an incremental estimator such as a Kalman filter fed by data provided by said magnetic resonance images; characterized in that said three-dimensional orientation space (AR) selectively excludes a set of orientations (FR) for which magnetic resonance signal intensity is attenuated by diffusion below a threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et Aux Energies Alternatives
    Inventors: Cyril Poupon, Fabrice Poupon, Alexis Roche, Jean-François Mangin