Patents Represented by Attorney Arent Fox LLP
  • Patent number: 8349508
    Abstract: When the output of a fuel cell starts to decrease, in consideration of the increase in the power generation efficiency, an instruction for the output of the fuel cell undergoes a smoothing process to gradually decrease the output, and excessive electric power generated during a period in which the power generation efficiency is high is used for charging a battery. While the output of the fuel cell is increasing, the power generation efficiency of the fuel cell is low. Thus, assisting electrical energy from the battery is increased. In this manner, the power generation output when the power generation efficiency of the fuel cell is low is reduced from a high power generation output to a low power generation output to achieve improvement in the average power generation efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hibiki Saeki, Takuya Shirasaka
  • Patent number: 8352533
    Abstract: There is provided a semiconductor integrated circuit including: a plurality of first logic blocks which are reconfigurable, the plurality of first logic blocks inputting data of a first bit width and performing computation; a first network connecting the plurality of first logic blocks in a dynamically reconfigurable manner; a plurality of second logic blocks inputting data of a second bit width different from the first bit width and performing computation; a second network connected to outputs of the plurality of second logic blocks; and a third network connecting a carry bit output of a computing unit included in the first logic block to an input of a computing unit included in the second logic block in a dynamically reconfigurable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventor: Hiroshi Furukawa
  • Patent number: 8349821
    Abstract: A stanol composition containing in addition to sitostanol as the main component, also a substantial amount of at least 10% campestanol has been found to effectively lower serum cholesterol levels when incorporated in edible commodities. Upon esterification the composition is especially useful in edible fats and oils and in fat-containing foods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Raisio Nutrition Ltd.
    Inventors: Ingmar Wester, Tapio Palmu, Tatu Miettinen, Helena Gylling
  • Patent number: 8347460
    Abstract: A door hinge device for vehicle includes a checking-force generating mechanism provided between an inner cylinder and an outer cylinder. The checking-force generating mechanism has a holding member attached to the outer cylinder, an elastic member biasing the holding member toward the inner cylinder, a detent roller being held in a holding groove of the holding member, and detent grooves that are provided in an outer peripheral surface of the inner cylinder and are capable of holding the door at a plurality of positions where the door should be stopped by an engagement with the detent roller. The detent roller applies a compression load to the elastic member even in a state where the detent roller is engaged with any of the detent grooves. An assembly groove is provided in the outer peripheral surface of the inner cylinder and allows the detent roller to be inserted into the holding groove in a state where the holding member is in contact with the outer peripheral surface of the inner cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rikenkaki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yumiko Minegishi
  • Patent number: 8349994
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrode electrolyte for solid polymer fuel cells, which uses a polymer electrolyte containing a polyarylene copolymer containing a nitrogen-containing aromatic ring having a substituent represented by —SO3H, —(O(CH2)hSO3H or —O(CF2)hSO3H (wherein h represents an integer of 1-12). By having such a constitution, the electrode electrolyte for solid polymer fuel cells can be produced at a low cost, while being excellent in proton conductivity, dimensional stability, hydrothermal resistance and mechanical strength. In addition, this electrode electrolyte for solid polymer fuel cells enables to recover a catalyst metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: JSR Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiaki Kadota, Yoshitaka Yamakawa, Fusao Nakagawa, Nagayuki Kanaoka, Takaki Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8348173
    Abstract: A portable temperature controlled container having a body including an internal chamber with an opening into the internal chamber; and a temperature control unit coupled to the body and displaced to be thermally coupled with a first portion of the internal chamber, the temperature control unit configured to selectively alter the temperature in the internal chamber by releasing a thermally controlled material into the internal chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ROYAL BIJOU
    Inventor: In Jae Shin
  • Patent number: 8352283
    Abstract: Drug purchases are evaluated according to available offers from drug manufacturers, based on the equivalent dosage regimens for similar drugs. Equivalent doses among drugs are calculated. Purchasing amounts of equivalent doses of drugs are reviewed. The costs of the equivalent doses of the drugs are compared, taking into account contractual price adjustments, such as discounts and rebates. Subsequent purchasing amounts of the drugs are determined, using results from the comparisons. The new purchasing amounts of the equivalent doses of the drugs are produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cardinal Health Pharmacy Services
    Inventors: Teresa Ard, Rick Burnett, Kathy Chase, Alisa Goetz, Joel McTopy, Kathy McTopy
  • Patent number: 8346448
    Abstract: Detection-time torque of a drive source is determined when a value that varies in accordance with depression of an accelerator pedal has exceeded a predetermined value, first torque is determined on the vehicle speed and the transmission gear ratio, second torque is determined on the detection-time torque and the first torque, third torque is determined on the amount of depression of the accelerator pedal and the second torque, and fourth torque is determined on the depression of the accelerator pedal, and the output torque is limited to the third torque as long as the third torque is less than the fourth torque. The third torque is determined such that in the case where the detection-time torque is greater than the first torque, an increase of the third torque is suppressed further than where the detection-time torque is not greater than the first torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Kanazawa, Takeshi Kurata
  • Patent number: 8344763
    Abstract: A driver circuit includes an output transistor circuit that includes a first transistor of a first conductivity type and a second transistor of a second conductivity type disposed between a supply voltage source and a reference voltage source, and that outputs an output signal from a connection node between the first transistor and the second transistor, a first pre-buffer circuit that drives a gate of the first transistor in response to an input signal, and a second pre-buffer circuit that drives a gate of the second transistor in response to the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Oosawa
  • Patent number: 8342594
    Abstract: An apparatus for reducing atmospheric drag on a vehicle. The apparatus includes an airfoil having a receiving feature, wherein the airfoil is attachable with a back portion of the vehicle. The apparatus includes at least one extender attachable with the back portion of the vehicle, and a slide arm attached to the at least one extender and mateable with the recess portion of the airfoil. The apparatus is configured such that when the slide arm is disposed in the receiving portion of the airfoil, the airfoil is in an extended position relative to the back of the vehicle. The apparatus is further configured such that applying a force on the airfoil in a direction substantially perpendicular to the back portion of the vehicle buckles the airfoil, thereby lifting the slide arm from the recess and moving the airfoil to a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Craig R. Benton
  • Patent number: 8342149
    Abstract: An air intake device for an engine is provided that includes a throttle body (1), a throttle valve (5) that has a valve shaft (5a) rotatably supported on the throttle body (1), a throttle drum (8) connected to one end of the throttle valve (5), a throttle sensor (51) connected to the other end of the valve shaft (5a), a bypass (20) bypassing the throttle valve (5), and a bypass valve (25) that opens and closes the bypass (20), a bearing boss (3) supporting one end part, on the throttle drum (8) side, of the valve shaft (5a) being integrally and projecting provided on one side face of the throttle body (1), wherein the bypass (20) is formed so as to surround the bearing boss (3). This enables the air intake device for an engine to be made compact in spite of the bypass being present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Keihin Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshige Akiyama, Minoru Suzuki, Toshiyuki Sugimoto
  • Patent number: 8344143
    Abstract: The invention is directed to improved processes for preparing Tiotropium bromide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sicor, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Busolli, Nicola Diulgheroff, Francesca Scarpitta, Roberta Volonte, Alessandro Pontiroli
  • Patent number: 8337725
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a linear semi-crystalline copolymer [polymer (A)] comprising recurring units derived from vinylidene fluoride (VDF) monomer and at least one hydrophilic (meth)acrylic monomer (MA) of formula: wherein each of R1, R2, R3, equal or different from each other, is independently an hydrogen atom or a C1-C3 hydrocarbon group, and ROH is a hydrogen or a C1-C5 hydrocarbon moiety comprising at least one hydroxyl group, said polymer (A) comprising from 0.05 to 10% by moles of recurring units derived from said hydrophilic (meth)acrylic monomer (MA) and being characterized by a fraction of randomly distributed units (MA) of at least 40%, having improved thermal stability, to a process for its manufacture, to a composition comprising the same, and to its use as binder in batteries or for the manufacture of hydrophilic membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Solvay Solexis S.p.A.
    Inventors: Julio Abusleme, Riccardo Pieri, Emma Barchiesi
  • Patent number: 8338445
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cabergoline crystal form L, its preparation from halogenated aromatic solvents and aliphatic hydrocarbons and to pharmaceutical compositions containing the new form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lek Pharmaceuticals D.D.
    Inventors: Zoran Ham, Andrej Premrl
  • Patent number: 8340866
    Abstract: A steering control device for a vehicle has a steering assistance means (7) which performs steering assistance processing for driving an actuator (6) so that a vehicle (1) travels along a lane recognized by a lane recognition means (5) from an image acquired by an image acquisition means (4); a side displacement amount calculation means (8) which calculates a displacement amount in the lane width direction between the position of the vehicle (1) and the center of the recognized lane; a complexity calculation means (10) which calculates the complexity of the acquired image; and a steering assistance inhibition means (11) which inhibits, according to the displacement amount in the lane width direction calculated based on the lane recognized from the acquired image at a given time point and the complexity of the acquired image, steering assistance processing based on the lane by the steering assistance means (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Hanzawa, Tetsuo Ikeda, Kiyozumi Unoura, Tomoyoshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 8339296
    Abstract: An amplifying circuit includes a pair of MOS transistors; an amplifier that amplify a difference between potentials of differential output nodes coupled to drains of the pair of MOS transistors; cancel circuits that cause cancel current to flow to one of the differential output nodes when the amplifier amplifies a voltage between the differential output nodes and that shut off, after the amplifier performs the amplification operation, inflow of the cancel current; and a controller that performs setting so that a potential of first one of the differential input signals is equal to a potential of another one of the differential input signals, that compares, before the inflow of the cancel current, potentials generated at differential output nodes when the difference between potentials of the differential output nodes is amplified, and that sets the cancel current so that the potentials are reversed after the inflow of the cancel current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Takumi Danjo
  • Patent number: 8339003
    Abstract: The invention relates to a gear motor including a multiple-phase electric motor formed by a stator portion excited by electric coils and by a rotor having N pairs of poles radially magnetised in alternating directions, the stator portion including two angular sectors alpha-1 and alpha-2 with respective radii R1 and R2, and wide teeth and narrow teeth radially extending from an annular crown, characterized in that the wide teeth have a width higher than or equal to twice the width of the narrow teeth, in that the notch width is higher than the width of a narrow tooth, in that the angular sector alpha-1 is lower than 220° and includes all the coils, and in that the ratio R1/R2 ranges from 1.2 to 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Moving Magnet Technologies
    Inventor: Daniel Prudham
  • Patent number: 8337903
    Abstract: The use of benzophenanthridine alkaloids and the salts thereof for the preparation of medicaments for the treatment of tumors is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Indena S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ezio Bombardelli, Gabriele Fontana, Paolo Morazzoni, Antonella Riva
  • Patent number: D673035
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Grant Andrew Parker Betzig, Nicholas John White
  • Patent number: D673403
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Mars, Incorporated
    Inventors: Gregory John McDonald, Donald John MacIntosh