Patents Represented by Attorney Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Patent number: 8236300
    Abstract: A method for treating a renal disease in a subject is disclosed. The method includes administering into a kidney of the subject with an effective amount of a gutless adenoviral vector containing a polynucleotide encoding a therapeutic agent. The gutless adenoviral vector contains the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO:13 or SEQ ID NO:15 and expresses the therapeutic agent in a kidney tissue of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Biovec, LLC
    Inventors: Lakshman R. Sehgal, Jonathan Wong
  • Patent number: 8236856
    Abstract: Methods and compositions for reducing the frequency of urination are disclosed. One method comprises administering to a subject in need thereof an effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition comprising an analgesic agent formulated in a delayed-release formulation. Another method comprises administering to a subject in need thereof an effective amount of a pharmaceutical composition comprising multiple active ingredients. Yet another method comprises administering to a subject in need thereof an effective amount of a diuretic followed with another administration of an pharmaceutical composition comprising an analgesic agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Wellesley Pharmaceuticals, LLC
    Inventor: David A. Dill
  • Patent number: 8236553
    Abstract: Methods and devices for isolating nucleic acids from a mixture containing such nucleic acids and extraneous matter are provided. In one embodiment, the method of the invention comprises passing the mixture through a glass frit under conditions effective to separate the nucleic acids from the extraneous matter. In a more specific embodiment, the glass frit is a sintered glass frit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Akonni Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip Belgrader
  • Patent number: 8239347
    Abstract: A system and method for customizing the storage of data according to data attributes are provided. A user is provided with a graphical user interface for generating data archive profiles. The data archive profiles can include information regarding the attributes of the device data, specifications regarding the storage of the data, specifications regarding the retrieval of the archived data, and management of the archived data during storage. The execution of the data archive profiles facilitates the individual processing of specific data types or individual pieces of identifiable data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Vigilos, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Alexander, David Antal
  • Patent number: 8236501
    Abstract: Methods and devices for isolating nucleic acids from a mixture containing such nucleic acids and extraneous matter are provided. In one embodiment, the method of the invention comprises passing the mixture through a glass frit under conditions effective to separate the nucleic acids from the extraneous matter. In a more specific embodiment, the glass frit is a sintered glass fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Akonni Biosystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip Belgrader
  • Patent number: 8234131
    Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention relates to a computerized system programmed for providing care support to at least one patient having at least one chronic illness. In one embodiment, the system includes a medical professional module adapted for receiving, storing, and providing data in communication with at least one medical professional at the point of care, a health coach module adapted for receiving, storing, and providing data in communication with the at least one patient and at least one health coach, a patient module adapted for receiving, storing, and providing data in communication with the at least one patient, and, a public health module adapted for receiving, storing, and providing data in communication with at least one research professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Morehouse School of Medicine
    Inventors: Elizabeth Ofili, Priscilla I. Pemu, Alexander Quarshie, Priscilla Johnson, Laura J. Linn, Dipendra Kaur, Jacquelyn Ali
  • Patent number: 8231907
    Abstract: Milled nanoparticles comprising a biologically active agent, at least one biopolymer and a coating containing at least one coating which is a polymer or ligand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Morehouse School of Medicine
    Inventors: James W. Lillard, Rajesh Singh, Shailesh Singh
  • Patent number: 8233251
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel circuit interrupting device, preferably a ground fault circuit interrupter, which contains a reset button that is capable of interacting with a test button to perform an end-of-life-component test on the circuit interrupting device. The circuit interrupting device also contains a reset switch coupled to the reset button which is capable of disallowing reset if the device is miswired and/or fails the end-of-life-component test. Only when the circuit interrupting device is properly wired, in a tripped state, and all of the key components in the circuit interrupting device are working properly, the depression of the reset button allows the device to be reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: Huadao Huang, Huayang Lu
  • Patent number: 8231686
    Abstract: A bioabsorable stent is disclosed. The stent is made of a bioabsorable material and has an elongated body having a proximate end, a distal end, and at least one open channel formed on the exterior surface of the elongated body to provide fluid communication between the proximal end and the distal end. Also disclosed is a bioabsorable stent having an elongated center rod having a proximate end and a distal end and a plurality of leaflets extending outward from the center rod and forming channels between two neighboring leaflets to provide fluid communication between the proximal end and the distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Eric Mangiardi
  • Patent number: 8232044
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions and methods for storing platelets to preserve the function and freshness of the platelets. More particularly, the present invention relates to the use of a preservative composition having an antiplatelet agent, an anticoagulant, and an oxygen carrier, for maintaining the freshness of platelets. Additionally, the composition may also contain an ultra-short acting broad spectrum anti-microbial agents. The preservative composition may be used to store platelets in a liquid state, a frozen state, or a freeze-dried state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Biovec Transfusion, LLC
    Inventor: Lakshman R. Sehgal
  • Patent number: 8223956
    Abstract: A queue interface system and method for queuing voice calls for use with a communication system having queues includes a queue selector allowing a user to select a queue from a list of queues on a display. In an embodiment, one or more of the queues on the list of queues is a service agent queue. Further, the queue interface system includes an expected wait time component for displaying an expected wait time for a customer for the selected queue. The system also includes a call options selector providing a hold option and a call option. The hold option places a call in the selected queue and the call option causes a call to occur. In an embodiment, the call option further includes assigning a placeholder for a customer in the selected queue and causing a call to the customer to occur after the expected wait time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Virtual Hold Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Williams, Eric I. Camulli
  • Patent number: 8218146
    Abstract: A system and a method for detecting the existence of a target substance, the system includes a laser with a broad spectral output and a detector for detecting an absorption spectrum of a laser beam from the laser. The method includes emitting a laser beam into the atmosphere using a laser light with a broad spectral output; measuring the absorption spectrum of said laser beam; comparing the absorption spectrum to known absorption spectrums for target substances using a detector; and detecting the existence of a target substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Mark E. Rogers, Paul L. Thee, Richard A. Rosenthal, Paul D. Biernacki
  • Patent number: 8216447
    Abstract: The invention disclosed is a total organic carbon (TOC) analyzer comprised of an electrochemical cell comprising a diamond-film electrode doped with boron or other conductivity inducing material. The diamond-film electrode is the working electrode and carries out the oxidation of TOC to produce carbon dioxide. The apparatus further comprises sensors for detecting the carbon dioxide produced. Such sensors include but are not limited to a tunable diode laser and/or ion-selective electrode. The invention also discloses a method for measuring TOC in an aqueous solution using a total organic carbon analyzer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: O.I. Corporation
    Inventor: Samuel P. Kounaves
  • Patent number: 8213911
    Abstract: A mobile communication device is provided for enabling a user to establish an automated call back from a communication system, such as a call center, for example. A software device application enables the mobile communication device to communicate with the call center through the exchange of data. The mobile communication device includes a display screen for displaying controls for allowing the user to interact with the communication system. The controls allow the user to request a list of providers from which to select a provider or company to contact. The mobile communication device further provides controls for allowing the user to select a queue to join from a list of queues associated with the selected provider. For example, one queue may be related to billing and another queue may be related to another aspect of customer service. The user may then request the expected wait time in the selected queue for receiving a call-back from the communication system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Virtual Hold Technology LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Williams, Eric I. Camulli, Larry Miner
  • Patent number: 8211527
    Abstract: One or more types of ink retention layers for a one-way vision display panel and methods are provided. In one example, a one-way vision display panel assembly includes a perforated panel formed of a flexible material. The perforated panel having a front surface, a rear surface and a plurality of through holes extending from the front surface to the rear surface. An ink retention layer is located adjacent to the perforated panel. The ink retention layer includes a light reflective material that retains residual ink from an image applied to the front surface of the perforated panel. The one-way vision display panel may further include a releasing layer or a backing layer, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Clear Focus Imaging, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Ross
  • Patent number: 8210214
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a hydrogen rich gas stream at a high pressure for use by hydrogen vehicles or other devices requiring hydrogen rich feed streams are disclosed in the present invention. As the pressure of gaseous hydrogen is increased, the temperature of the gaseous hydrogen also increases due to the heat of compression. The apparatus and method of the present invention utilize localized cooling via a vortex tube to cool the gaseous hydrogen caused by the increase in pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Texaco Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Glenn Casey, Bhaskar Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 8208347
    Abstract: A geophone in which a coil bobbin assembly ideally includes a provision for receiving a third coil winding between the upper and lower coils. A third mass-tuning coil is wound around the bobbin whose purpose is to adjust the overall mass of the bobbin assembly with greater accuracy and precision than can be achieved by machining techniques alone. Mass is adjusted by adding or subtracting one or more turns of wire in the tuning coil. The tuning coil is preferably electrically shorted for increasing geophone damping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Geospace Technologies, LP
    Inventor: Daniel M. Woo
  • Patent number: 8207091
    Abstract: In agriculture when temperature and moisture deviate from the norm two things happen, plant growth suffers and disease flourishes. The Stoller model for plant growth states that proper hormone balance is necessary for optimum growth and performance. When growth conditions deviate from the norm, hormone balance is altered and plant growth suffers. This invention presents evidence to support this model and explain the relationship between hormone levels and plant growth. A clear understanding of this relationship will facilitate crop treatments aimed to eliminate these problems. Although we cannot control the climate, we can control the damage caused by environmental stresses by manipulating the levels and/or ratio of plant hormones in the different plant tissues. By adjusting the levels and/or ratios of hormones, particularly auxin and cytokinins in the root tissue, we can assist the plant in overcoming or compensating for this environmental stress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Stoller Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry H. Stoller, Sherry Leclere, Albert Liptay
  • Patent number: 8206843
    Abstract: Disclosed are a gradient bioceramic coating comprising a rare earth oxide, a broadband laser method for preparing the bioceramic coating, and the use of the bioceramic coating in the field of medical materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Guizhou University
    Inventors: Qibin Liu, Wenfei Li, Ling Wu
  • Patent number: 8206065
    Abstract: A recoverable gabion is disclosed. The gabion comprises opposed side walls connected together at spaced intervals by a plurality of partition walls such that spaces between neighboring pairs of partition walls define, together with the side walls, individual compartments of the gabion, adjacent side and partition walls being connected to one another by pivotal connections wherein at least one partition wail comprises at least three partition wall elements, a first partition wall element being pivotally connected to a first side wall and a second partition wall element being connected to a second side wall, and the partition wall comprising at least a third partition wall element between said first and second partition wall elements acting as a spacer element therebetween to extend the width of the gabion compartment and being releasably connected to the first and second partition wall elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden