Patents Represented by Attorney Baker & Daniels LLP
  • Patent number: 8326053
    Abstract: A method and apparatus provides for block based image compression with multiple non-uniform block encodings. In one embodiment, an image is divided into blocks of pixels. In one embodiment the blocks are four pixels by four pixels, but other block sizes are used in other embodiments. In one embodiment, a block of pixels in the original image is compressed using two different methods to produce a first and second compressed block. Thus, each block in the original image is represented by two, typically different, compressed blocks. In one embodiment, color associated with a pixel is determined by combining the compressed information about the pixel in the first compressed block with information about the pixel in the second compressed block. In another embodiment, global information about the image is combined with the information in the first and second compressed blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventors: Konstantine Iourcha, Andrew S. C. Pomianowski, Raja Koduri
  • Patent number: 8322794
    Abstract: A seat damper assembly for a chair includes a rubber element having a through hole and a bracket seat having a major surface with a raised portion around a perimeter of the major surface. A support bracket is configured to be coupled with the bracket seat such that the raised portion abuts an outer edge of the support bracket. A side of the support bracket opposite the bracket seat is shaped to receive a portion of a chair frame assembly. A fastener, disposed in the through hole in rubber element, is configured to couple with a seat pan to secure the seat damper relative to the seat pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: HNI Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew C. Brown, Travis J. Crowell, Aaron Michael Ickes, Jay R. Machael, Phillip D. Minino
  • Patent number: 8318092
    Abstract: An oxygenator combines, in a single structure, a heat exchanger, a gas exchanger and an arterial filter. Such an oxygenator permits fewer fluid connections and thus may simplify an extracorporeal blood circuit, including a heart-lung machine and a blood reservoir, in which it is used. In some cases, the oxygenator may be configured to include multiple purge ports for purging bubbles both before and after filtering the blood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sorin Group Italia S.r.l.
    Inventors: Stefano Reggiani, Claudio Silvestri, Alberto Giri
  • Patent number: 8316596
    Abstract: An IG unit includes a perimeter structure having a port, a first pane supported by the perimeter structure, a second pane supported by the perimeter structure opposite the first pane with an interior space defined between the first and second panes that is sealed and connected to the port, and a membrane valve assembly adapted to act as a self-sealing access to the port. The membrane valve assembly optionally includes a first sealant layer, a second membrane layer, and a third sealant layer, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Howard C. Anderson, Andy Schirz, Kenneth E. Nossaman
  • Patent number: 8316956
    Abstract: A grader-blade retainer assembly affording side-to-side movement of the blade that provides a compliant attachment of an upper retainer assembly to the grader-blade assembly. An embodiment facilitates adjustment of the retainer assembly, as in the case of wear, without the necessity of hand tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Nathan Joseph Horstman, Leroy Ernest Kraske
  • Patent number: 8320094
    Abstract: A surge protection module comprises a base, a plurality of first pins extending from the base to connect electrically to an upstream circuit, a plurality of second pins extending from the base to connect electrically to a downstream circuit, a fuse device acting between each first pin and a respective one of the second pins, at least one analog arrestor upstream of the fuse devices that is electrically connected across the first pins and in electrical connection to a ground terminal extending from the base, and a low capacitance solid state arrestor arrangement electrically connected to each second pin downstream of the fuse devices and to the ground terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Circa Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Sonila Hebibasi, Garner Meszaros
  • Patent number: 8319539
    Abstract: An in-rush or out-rush current limiting circuit employs a low number of components to effect in-rush current limiting and may be employed in dongles or on-chip (in the case of serving as an out-rush current limiting circuit). The in-rush current limiting circuit may be employed, for example, in USB dongles, Display Port (DP) dongles, or any other suitable connector as desired. Alternatively, the circuit may be integrated onto a circuit board or within an integrated circuit as desired. Among other advantages, a lower cost, low complexity solution may be provided. In addition, bulk capacitance can be increased such as by employing a trickle resistor or other suitable limiting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: ATI Technologies ULC
    Inventor: Husein Afaneh
  • Patent number: 8317760
    Abstract: Methods for delivery of a compound within a tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Biosynergetics, Inc.
    Inventor: Eldon H. Nyhart
  • Patent number: 8321035
    Abstract: A medical device lead includes an insulative lead body, a conductor extending through the lead body from a proximal end to a distal end, and an electrode electrically connected to the conductor. The proximal end is adapted to be electrically connected to a pulse generator. The electrode includes a plurality of electrode modules mechanically coupled in a stack of electrode modules. Each electrode module includes a plurality of layers that define substantially similar sized pores such that the stack of electrode modules includes an array of the substantially similar sized pores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: Brendan E. Koop
  • Patent number: 8313247
    Abstract: An assembly of a mounting support and an optical fibre connector adaptor (20) mounted on the support, wherein the adaptor has a connector-receiving axis and at least one lateral (to the said axis) mounting projection (25) on at least a first one of its sides, and the mounting support comprises wall members (not necessarily flat or continuous) upstanding from the support on both sides of the said adaptor, which wall members on at least one side of the adaptor define mounting slots adapted to receive the said mounting projections of the adaptor, and wherein the slots are formed to permit movement of the adaptor between at least a first position in which the adaptor is supported with its said axis at an acute angle to the support, and a working position in which the adaptor is supported with its said axis lying substantially parallel to the support, and wherein the wall members define, in at least one of the said slots, at least one shoulder (30) on which one of the mounting projections (25) of the adaptor can b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Raychem BVBA
    Inventors: Kristof Vastmans, Luiz Neves Mendes, Ronnie Rosa Georges Liefsoens
  • Patent number: 8315989
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for checking the integrity of a database through a test of database integrity information provided in the database and integrity information provided external to the database. The integrity information may be provided in a configuration file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Gejdos, Lawrence G. Yarian, II, Keith E. Bernard, Morris J. Young, Christopher R. Baker
  • Patent number: 8312956
    Abstract: A work vehicle is provided having a front wheel assembly and a rear wheel assembly. The front wheel assembly may include a front axle assembly, and the rear wheel assembly may include a rear axle assembly. The vehicle may include a braking system configured to transfer front axle braking torque to the rear axle assembly when the vehicle is positioned on a slope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: David Frederick Rindfleisch
  • Patent number: 8313478
    Abstract: A catheter assembly for cannulating an ostium of a coronary sinus of a heart comprises an outer catheter member and an inner catheter member. The outer catheter member has a distal end portion including a deflectable distal end and a lumen extending through the deflectable distal end, wherein the distal end portion includes regions of varying stiffness and has a pre-formed curvature. The inner catheter member is slidably and rotatably disposed within the lumen of the outer catheter member, and has a distal end portion including a distal end, and a lumen extending through the distal end. The distal end portion of the inner catheter member has regions of varying stiffness and a pre-formed curvature. The outer and inner catheter members are configured such that relative translation and rotation of the outer and inner catheter members causes the distal end of the outer catheter member to assume a plurality of two and three dimensional shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Tockman, Randy W. Westlund
  • Patent number: D671333
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith E. Metcalf, Ralph L. Langen, Jeffrey P. Bueltel, Todd E. Boyd, Stanley J. Epple
  • Patent number: D671341
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith E. Metcalf, Todd E. Boyd, Dennis J. Lechner, Stanley J. Epple, Jeffrey P. Bueltel
  • Patent number: D671434
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignees: Pacific Industrial Co., Ltd, Bridgestone Corporation
    Inventors: Satoru Kawai, Satoshi Mori
  • Patent number: D671638
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Oval Medical Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Young, Jose Alberto De Los Rios, Congyi Huang
  • Patent number: D671839
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Pepup SA
    Inventor: Eric Risgalla
  • Patent number: D671852
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Pacific Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirohisa Yamada
  • Patent number: D671899
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Tyco Electronics Nederland BV
    Inventors: Jarno Verhoeven, Jacco Elenbaas