Patents Represented by Attorney Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Patent number: 8201249
    Abstract: A system and method provide for detecting intrusion and misuse of a computer in a computer network. The system includes an agent manager that directs actions of software agents to collect computer performance parameters from the computer, and a data analyzer that summarizes the collected computer performance parameters and generates a user profile. The system further includes a comparator that compares the summarized computer performance data and the user profile and generates a prompt based on a set of criteria related to the computer performance data and the user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis Hain McCallam
  • Patent number: 8198243
    Abstract: A method for treating conditions related to lack of blood supply with a lipid based resuscitation fluid is disclosed. The resuscitation fluid contains a lipid component and an aqueous carrier. The lipid component forms an emulsion with the aqueous carrier. The resuscitation fluid can be used to increase the blood pressure and to carry oxygen to tissues. The resuscitation fluid can also be used for preserving the biological integrity of donor organs for transplantation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Cuthbert O. Simpkins
  • Patent number: 8193670
    Abstract: Provided is an actuator, comprising a motor/generator element and a clutch/brake element. The motor/generator element comprises a stator made of a high magnetic permeable material, an outer coil being wound around the stator; a rotor made of a high magnetic permeable material and with a plurality of permanent magnets fixed thereon; and a cavity configured to receive a fluid. The clutch/brake element is arranged in the cavity. An inner coil is wound around the clutch/brake element. The fluid is capable of producing a shear stress in response to an electromagnetic field induced from the inner coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Inventors: Wei Hsin Liao, Hongtao Guo
  • Patent number: 8192616
    Abstract: A pressurized wastewater effluent chlorination system including a treatment tank defining a contact chamber and an aeration chamber. The treatment tank receives wastewater effluent. The system includes a pressure vessel within a liquid chlorine storage container positioned in or near the treatment tank. Preferably, the pressure vessel is a floating vessel having a check valve at its bottom, enabling the vessel to fill with a predetermined amount or measured charge of chlorine depending on the position of a float on the vessel. In response to a timer control or float switch, a valve operates to communicate air pressure from a compressor to the vessel to displace the measured charge of liquid chlorine into the wastewater effluent in the contact chamber. Effluent flow and air discharge into the contact chamber enhances mixing of the chlorine and the effluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Mark N. Chaffin
  • Patent number: 8191437
    Abstract: A system and method for capturing a sample gas for analysis is disclosed. In one embodiment, the system includes an accumulator that has a variable volume. A volume of the sample gas is fed to the accumulator. The system also has an analyzer. An aliquot of the sample gas is withdrawn from the accumulator and fed to the analyzer. The analyzer analyzes a desired component of the sample gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: O.I. Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph A. Brandesky
  • Patent number: 8186170
    Abstract: An LNG terminal is disclosed which includes an offshore mooring turret, an LNG storage vessel operatively coupled to the mooring turret, the LNG storage vessel including at least one LNG storage tank for the storage of liquid natural gas and a regasification vessel operatively coupled to the LNG storage vessel. A method of operating an offshore LNG terminal is also disclosed which includes obtaining liquefied natural gas from at least one LNG storage tank on an LNG storage vessel that is operatively coupled to a mooring turret, regasifying the liquefied natural gas from the LNG storage vessel using a regasification vessel operatively coupled to the LNG storage vessel, and supplying the regasified gas to at least one subsea pipeline via the mooring turret.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Sofec, Inc.
    Inventors: L. Terry Boatman, Yonghui Liu
  • Patent number: 8191015
    Abstract: A personalized content manager is disclosed. The personalized content manager comprises an apparatus, system, method, and computer readable medium that includes or performs the steps of receiving input regarding the filtering of broadband content, filtering the broadband content with one or more content categories based on the filtering input, filtering the content with one or more of a plurality of content sources based on the filtering input, and generating a personalized content management interface screen that includes a list of titles of the filtered content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Andrews Kurth LLP
    Inventors: Tom Grimes, Khanh Mai
  • Patent number: 8181862
    Abstract: Embodiments of a system and method are disclosed for providing identification and medical information. The embodiments include collecting and storing medical biographical information of a subject, embedding the medical biographical information in a readable code of an object worn by or in the possession of the subject, and scanning the readable code of the object worn by or in the possession of the subject using a device to retrieve the medical biographical information of the subject. The medical biographical information allows medical professionals to obtain the subject's medical information in order to provide medical care.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Solomon Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy T. Walker
  • Patent number: 8183034
    Abstract: An apparatus for carbon dioxide-capture system has a cultivating vessel and at least one basking mechanism. The cultivating vessel has a reservoir for accommodating alga culture. The basking mechanism is mounted in the reservoir of the cultivating vessel and has multiple trays and a circulating mechanism. The trays are imbricately mounted on the basking mechanism with predetermined intervals and each has at least one spout formed at an overlap with an adjacent tray. The circulating mechanism is mounted between the trays and the reservoir. The alga culture is pumped into one tray by the circulating mechanism, flows through the spout into another tray, enhancing a rate of carbon fixation by alga.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Mei-Hua Huang
  • Patent number: 8182889
    Abstract: The invention relates to a packaging article for use in form-fill-seal, flow wrap and lidding. In particular, the invention concerns such an article sealed with a biodegradable film having a peel sealable coating thereon, and coated filmic lids for sealing polylactic acid (PLA) trays and specifically PLA trays used for packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Innovia Films, Limited
    Inventor: Florian Chapalain
  • Patent number: 8173234
    Abstract: There is described a label comprising a self supporting sheet of a biopolymer, preferably cellulose (e.g. regenerated cellulose, cellulose acetate and/or PLA), said sheet being substantially transparent to visible light when uncoated, wherein said sheet comprises: (a) a first coating on at least one surface thereof to aid printability thereon; (b) a second coating comprising an adhesive dispersible in an aqueous medium; and (c) optionally a third coating to modify water permeability through the sheet. The labels are to be applied to articles such as glass containers. Preferred labels are wet glue cellulose labels, for example where the first coating also comprises a copolymer of vinyl chloride and vinyl acetate to aid water permeability and hence rapid drying of the label on an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Innovia Films Limited
    Inventors: Thierry Gavel, Wayne Middleton, Veli Nasib, Gianpaolo Faletti
  • Patent number: 8173771
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention is directed to search receptors based on the information of HN signaling pathways in order to find Humanin receptor or Humanin-like polypeptide receptor (HNR), and to reveal a mechanism of promoting or suppressing the intracellular signal transduction for neuroprotecting activity of HN and identify a compound involved in the mechanism. The aspect of the invention is directed to a method for screening of HNR agonist and HNR antagonist, to utilize the screened compound in development of a drug for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease, and to provide an assay system of AD neuronal cell death, and to provide methods for the compulsory expression of HNR gene or knocking-out of intracellular genes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Keio Univeristy
    Inventors: Masaaki Matsuoka, Ikuo Nishimoto, Tomo Nishimoto, legal representative, Sadakazu Aiso
  • Patent number: 8153142
    Abstract: A skin treatment composition of the present invention is an external composition for skin comprising an alkylene oxide derivative expressed by Formula (I): R1O-[(AO)m(EO)n]—R2??(I) wherein AO is an oxyalkylene group of C3 or C4; EO is an oxyethylene group; m and n are 1?m?70 and 1?n?70 respectively, wherein EO is 20˜80% by weight with respect to a total of AO and EO; each of R1 and R2 is a hydrogen or a hydrocarbon group having C1-4. The alkylene oxide derivative (I) has a moisturizing effect, a rough skin improving effect, a stickiness improving effect, and a transdermal absorption promoting effect. When a refreshing agent is used together therewith in the composition of the present invention, the refreshing effect lasts for a long time and it is excellent in feeling of use without skin stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignees: Shiseido Co., Ltd., NOF Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Ohmori, Tohru Okamoto, Hiroyuki Kakoki, Reji Miyahara, Tomiyuki Nanba, Toshihiko Nakane, Yohei Hamano, Eriko Takeoka
  • Patent number: 8142992
    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 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Biovec Transfusion, LLC
    Inventors: Lakshman R. Sehgal, Shaker Mousa
  • Patent number: 8138569
    Abstract: A guard ring structure for use in a semiconductor device. The guard ring structure includes a semiconductor layer stack having a first layer and a second layer on top of the first layer, gates structures formed in the first layer; and guard rings formed in the first layer. The second layer has a dopant concentration that is higher than the dopant concentration of the first layer. The gates and the guard rings are formed simultaneously using a single mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: John Victor D. Veliadis, Megan J. Snook
  • Patent number: 8129104
    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 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Biovec Transfusion, LLC
    Inventors: Lakshman R. Sehgal, Shaker Mousa
  • Patent number: 8129103
    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: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Biovec Transfusion, LLC
    Inventors: Lakshman R. Sehgal, Shaker Mousa
  • Patent number: 8130023
    Abstract: A system and method for providing symmetric, efficient bi-directional power flow and power conditioning for high-voltage applications. Embodiments include a first vertical-channel junction gate field-effect transistor (VJFET), a second VJFET, a gate drive coupled to the first VJFET gate and the second VJFET gate. Both VJFETs include a gate, drain (D1 and D2), and a source, and have gate-to-drain and gate-to-source built-in potentials. The first VJFET and the second VJFET are connected back-to-back in series so that the sources of each are shorted together at a common point S. The gate drive applies an equal voltage bias (VG) to both the gates. The gate drive is configured to selectively bias VG so that current flows through the VJFETs in the D1 to D2 direction, flows through the VJFETs in the D2 to D1 direction or voltages applied to D1 of the first VJFET or D2 of the second VJFET are blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: John V. Veliadis
  • Patent number: 8128320
    Abstract: The invention provides a gabion which may be used to protect military or civilian installations from weapons assault or from elemental forces, such as flood waters, lava flows, avalanches, soil instability, slope erosion and the like, the gabion comprising side walls connected together at spaced intervals by partition walls, the side walls comprising at least one substantially closed side wall element panel, which acts in use of the gabion to prevent a gabion fill material from falling through the side wall, the said action of the substantially closed side wall element panel being effective without the aid of a gabion lining material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Patent number: 8114042
    Abstract: An orthotic apparatus for assisting a person having an orthotic disability, such as foot drop, comprising an ankle belt component and a shoe/foot belt component connected by a pair of coil springs which are adjustably and releaseably attached between the belts. The foot at the beginning and end of the step will flex, due to the springs, and still return to lift the foot, which allows for normal walking and requires no special adaptation to the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventors: Dell Klotz, James M Killian