Patents Represented by Attorney Andrews Kurth LLP
  • Patent number: 8112069
    Abstract: A communication system for receiving incoming communications from mobile communication devices and for initiating a call-back is disclosed. The communication system receives incoming communications from a mobile communication device, such as data requests. The data requests may be for a list of providers or companies and for a list of corresponding queues related to customer services, such as billing, for example. Further, the communication system typically includes components and queues for initiating a call-back sequence to a communication receiving device and placing an identifier associated with the communication receiving device in a user-selected queue. The communication system also determines the wait time in a queue and places an outgoing call to the communication receiving device. Also, a method for initiating a call-back to a communication receiving device is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Virtual Hold Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Mark J. Williams, Eric I. Camulli, Larry Miner
  • Patent number: 8111119
    Abstract: A reed switch apparatus utilizes one or more reed switches to communicate with one or more devices. In one configuration, the reed switch apparatus utilizes a single magnetic field to, simultaneously activate two or more reed switches. In another configuration, two or more reed switches, each acting independent of one another are simultaneously activated by a single magnetic field. Additionally, a method of controlling at least two devices includes exposing a reed switch apparatus to a single magnetic field. Yet another method includes activating a device via the use of a single reed switch mounted to a portion of a warehouse structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Glendell N. Gilmore
  • Patent number: 8104396
    Abstract: A reactive armor that may include multiple layers. The reactive armor may include a self-healing outer layer, a ceramic tile layer and a backing layer. The ceramic tile layer may include a plurality of ceramic tiles and explosive material. The ceramic tiles may be hexagonal. The ceramic tiles may each define a hollow space in which the explosive material is deposited. The reactive armor may be combined with non-reactive armor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Armordynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Warren
  • Patent number: 8105911
    Abstract: Semiconductor devices with multiple floating guard ring edge termination structures and methods of fabricating same are disclosed. A method for fabricating guard rings in a semiconductor device that includes forming a mesa structure on a semiconductor layer stack, the semiconductor stack including two or more layers of semiconductor materials including a first layer and a second layer, said second layer being on top of said first layer, forming trenches for guard rings in the first layer outside a periphery of said mesa, and forming guard rings in the trenches. The top surfaces of said guard rings have a lower elevation than a top surface of said first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: John V. Veliadis
  • Patent number: 8097250
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means of inhibiting the growth and metastasis of cancer cells by administering anti-chemokine antibodies. It is possible to identify the particular chemokines which are over-expressed in the tumor using methods of the invention and administer antibodies against that over-expressed chemokine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Morehouse School of Medicine
    Inventors: James W. Lillard, Shailesh Singh, Jonathan K. Stiles
  • Patent number: 8098546
    Abstract: A geophone utilizing an Alnico-9 magnet and having an improved sensitivity over Alnico-9 geophones of prior art through the lengthening of the parasitic air gap between the upper and lower pole pieces which, results in less magnetic flux leakage. The flux concentration through the geophone coils is increased and shifted towards the ends of the magnet. The increase of sensitivity of geophone of the present invention over prior art geophones may exceed 3 dB. The axial length of the coil bobbin is increased, and the positions of the electrical coils are moved towards the ends of the magnet to align with the shifted magnetic flux.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Geospace Technologies, LP
    Inventor: Daniel M. Woo
  • Patent number: 8088603
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for diagnosing, preventing, and treating prostate cancer and prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Phigenix, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlton D. Donald
  • Patent number: 8083435
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for creating an outer surface effect of a structure wherein at least one wall of the structure defines a support surface, the apparatus comprising means defining a covering surface which overlies the support surface but is movable therefrom, so that a quantity of material to create the outer surface effect can be positioned between the support surface and the covering surface, and wherein the covering surface is in the form of a panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Hesco Bastion Limited
    Inventor: James Heselden
  • Patent number: 8080534
    Abstract: The present application provides methods of prevention and/or treatment of breast cancer in a subject by inhibiting expression of PAX2. In the certain embodiments, the method of inhibiting expression of PAX2 is to administrate the subject a nucleic acid encoding an siRNA for PAX2. A method of treating cancer in a subject by administering DEFB1 or by increasing expression of DEFB1 is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Phigenix, Inc
    Inventor: Carlton D. Donald
  • Patent number: 8076450
    Abstract: A system, including methods and compositions, for treatment of ischemia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Morehouse School of Medicine
    Inventors: Roger P. Simon, Zhi-Gang Xiong
  • Patent number: 8075000
    Abstract: A composite, dynamic seal suitable for use in a high temperature environment and method of making same. The dynamic seal includes a resilient, generally ring-shaped seal body having a first layer formed of a first resilient sealing material and a second layer formed of a second resilient sealing material. The first and second layers are preferably molded and cured together simultaneously and chemically cross-linked to each other. The first resilient sealing material is selected for its wear resistant dynamic properties and the second resilient sealing material is selected for its compression set resistant properties. Preferably, the first resilient sealing material is tetrafluoroethylene and propylene copolymer and the second resilient sealing material is fluorocarbon rubber. The first and second resilient sealing materials have compatible cure systems, preferably peroxide cure systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Kalsi Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. James, John E. Schroeder, Rome Richardson, Lannie L. Dietle
  • Patent number: 8078205
    Abstract: A method and system for sharing digital information, including biographical information is described. A method for sharing biographical information on mobile telecommunication device that includes providing an application for sharing bio-cards on a mobile telecommunication device, receiving inputs including biographical information, one or more selected bio-card layouts and one or more bio-card graphics, creating one or more bio-cards based on the received inputs, and retrieving potential bio-card recipients. The mobile telecommunication device includes a processor and a memory and bio-cards are digital representations of biographical information about a user that may be displayed on the mobile telecommunication device. The potential bio-card recipients include mobile telecommunication devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Snapdat Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris James
  • Patent number: 8074356
    Abstract: According to the preferred embodiment, an improved method and apparatus for the manufacturing of an aluminum tube and aluminum fin heat exchanger that includes steps for pneumatic cleaning, thermal cleaning, and uncontrolled-atmosphere open-flame autobrazing of hairpins to return bend fittings. The method uses a tube lubrication system that is adjustable to control amount of lubrication applied to the tube prior to final expansion. The method uses a pneumatic coil cleaning station that is adjusted to reduce the residual oil particulate from the expansion process required to be thermally cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Goodman Global, Inc.
    Inventors: James Branyon, Rodney Catlett, Sean Mosser, Lawrence Walker, Ronald Wenger
  • Patent number: 8074553
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing protection from ballistic rounds, projectiles, fragments and explosives. The apparatus includes a core, grinding layer and bonding layer. The core is shaped and configured as a structural truss of the apparatus, in which the core includes a plurality of parallel, adjacent rows and the core distributes and dissipates force impacting on the apparatus. The grinding layer is positioned on at least one side of the core facing towards potential threats, in which the grinding layer grinds rounds, projectiles, fragments or other materials impacting the apparatus, helping to dissipate the impacting material and its momentum. The bonding layer bonds the grinding layer together and the grinding layer to the core and provides an outer coating to the apparatus on a side of the apparatus facing potential threats and through which rounds, projectiles, fragments or other materials impact and penetrate the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Armordynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: David H. Warren
  • Patent number: 8075156
    Abstract: A multi-function flashlight device in one preferred embodiment comprising a housing assembly having a tubular member for gripping the device in a user's hand, a control housing coupled to the tubular member, and a lamp housing coupled to the control housing and having a light source mounted therein. The light source has an optical axis that is substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the tubular member. Batteries are housed in the tubular member. A control panel having a keypad overlay is mounted in the control housing. The keypad overlay includes a plurality of control buttons. A driver board in the control housing receives signals from the control panel and control the operation of the light source. The plurality of control buttons are manipulable by a single digit of the user's hand while gripping the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: First-Light USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Gavin A. Steele, Jeremy B. Ross
  • Patent number: 8071188
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a sealed package formed from a polymer film comprising a block copolymeric substrate and a heat sealable coating and/or skin layer on the substrate, the package being formed by wrapping the film around an article to be packaged in a manner to obtain at least one region of film overlap, and heat sealing the resulting overlapped film sections to each other to provide at least one sealed region of the package, the sealed region being subsequently openable by manually separating the overlapped film sections, effective without substantial tearing of the film at or around the sealed region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Innovia Fillms Limited
    Inventor: Shalendra Singh
  • Patent number: 8069107
    Abstract: A computerized method for online trading of options is disclosed. The method includes the steps of providing an interface screen that shows market data and market data analysis useful to conduct a transaction and allows a user to input various transaction parameters, wherein the market data and market data analysis shown on the interface screen are continuously updated; dynamically receiving selected transaction parameters for an option from the user; calculating an option premium for the option based on the selected transaction parameters and the continuously updated market data; providing the dynamically calculated option premium to the user; receiving an on-line offer for purchasing the option from the user; and presenting the received offer to a seller of the option for acceptance or rejection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Cheniere Energy, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith M. Meyer, Howard D. Thames, Drew C. Lynch
  • Patent number: 8068011
    Abstract: Systems and methods for interactively interfacing handheld devices and RFID media are described. A method for interactively interfacing HHDs and RFID media. The method includes starting an application on a HHD for interfacing with RFID media, the HHD including a RFID reader, receiving user input relating to the storing of commands or messages of RFID media, creating one or more commands or messages based on the received user input, and storing the one or more commands or messages on a RFID media using the RFID reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Q Street, LLC
    Inventors: Ali M. Sajadi, Mohamad Reza M. Sajadi, David Carrott
  • Patent number: D651034
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Daniel Eades, Ted Eades, Robert D. Lamson, Richard Miles, Anthony Nicholas Pond
  • Patent number: D651459
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventors: Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Daniel Eades, Ted Eades, Robert D. Lamson, Richard Miles, Anthony Nicholas Pond