Patents Represented by Attorney Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Patent number: 8311728
    Abstract: The invention relates to a navigation system for aircraft comprising inertial sensors, a GNSS receiver and potentially a baro-altimeter. The measurements from the inertial sensors are hybridized with the code and phase measurements from the receiver within a main Kalman filter and, possibly, secondary filters. The said measurements are corrected for several types of errors, notably those due to the passage of the satellite signals through the ionospheric layers. The precision of the determination of the position of the aircraft is greatly improved, both in the horizontal plane and in the vertical direction. This is also the case for the corresponding protection radii, which allows margins to be created in order to satisfy the integrity constraints for the navigation solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Jacques Coatantiec, Sébastien Juillaguet
  • Patent number: 8308816
    Abstract: Locking systems for prosthetic sockets utilizing integrated vacuum and mechanical coupling are disclosed. Some example embodiments may include a flexible liner shaped to accept a portion of a patient's residual limb, the flexible liner including a liner distal end including at least one surface feature; a plunger pin extending distally from the liner distal end; and a locking mechanism for mounting within a prosthetic limb socket approximate a socket distal end, the locking mechanism including a central opening sized to receive the plunger pin, the locking mechanism releasably engaging the plunger pin when the residual limb and the liner are inserted into the socket, wherein a proximal end of the locking mechanism includes at least one surface feature for releasably and sealingly engaging the at least one surface feature of the distal end of the flexible liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Prosthetic Design, Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy C. Slemker, Robert Hoskins, Paul L. Galloway
  • Patent number: 8310271
    Abstract: An alternator and starter tester system having a starter current zero test. The current is measured before and after a solenoid of a starter motor is energized and deenergized to determine if the starter motor should be failed. This allows the operator to quickly determine if the starter motor is stuck on during normal starter motor testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: SPX Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt Raichle, Scott Krampitz, Weixing Xia
  • Patent number: 8309905
    Abstract: The multispectral filter for an image detection device comprises a prismatic plate (85) comprising a first internal face (86) and a second external face (87), the first and the second faces (86, 87) being inclined with respect to one another by an angle ?, and comprises at least two different spectral bands (91, 92, 93, 94) deposited either on the first or the second face (86, 87) of the prismatic plate (85), the various spectral bands (91, 92, 93, 94) being spaced a predetermined distance (D) apart. Application to multispectral imagers, in particular to Off Axis imagers. This filter allows the suppression of the ghost images (or spurious echoes) generated at the focal plane of a multispectral imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Blanc, Stephane Garin
  • Patent number: 8302670
    Abstract: An air cooled condensing tower system has a framework supporting a fan deck, a plurality of steam headers running longitudinally above the fan deck, a plurality of condensing coils extending downward and at an angle from the steam headers, and above the fan deck, a plurality of collector tubes disposed at the bottom of the condenser coils and above the fan deck. At least one substantially non-porous side wall is disposed on at least one side of the tower spanning from a height generally proximate the steam supply headers downward to a height generally proximate the fan deck. A downwardly and outwardly projecting substantially non-porous elongated upper air guide extends downwardly and outwardly from the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jidon Yang, Glenn S. Brenneke, Eldon F. Mockry
  • Patent number: 8305266
    Abstract: The invention relates to a network making it possible to calculate and provide ionospheric corrections to the users of a satellite navigation system, wherein the network also comprises: an aeronautical segment comprising an aeronautical user segment composed of a plurality of aircraft each one having an on-board RF receiver capable of measuring delays of the navigation signals transmitted by the satellites and an aeronautical data communication means between the plurality of aircraft and the ground segment in order to transmit said measurements of delays to the ground segment, and means, at the level of the ground segment, of receiving measurements of delays used for the calculation of the grid, the measurements of delays coming from the plurality of aircraft and from the plurality of ground stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Damidaux, Jean-Christophe Levy
  • Patent number: 8302247
    Abstract: A paint roller including a roller cover retainer that is releasable to permit a roller cover to be easily removed. The device includes a locking lever pivotable relative to the frame which actuates retainers located within the roller assembly. The locking lever also exerts an axial force adapted to disengage the roller cover from the roller assembly when the retainer is disengaged. A used roller cover can be removed without the need to grasp the used roller cover. Installation of a roller cover onto the roller assembly automatically engages the retainers and shifts the locking lever into the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Newell Operating Company
    Inventors: Robin E. Smith, Natalia Johnson, Christopher John Parke, Brandon Seth Cross, George Andrew Hartel, Kimberly Clendenen Franklin
  • Patent number: 8297776
    Abstract: A lighting device for helmet comprises a helmet including an arm to which are fixed a microphone and a lamp, called “lip light”, lighting with at least one lighting level. The device comprises a head tracking system comprising a computer for measuring and collecting data concerning the attitude of the helmet in motion and its position in space. Lamp activation means are automatically controlled by positions calculated by the computer so that the lip light lights, with one of its lighting levels, when it is oriented in a direction contained within a predefined area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Joël Baudou
  • Patent number: 8297876
    Abstract: A road building machine for road surface paving is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Bomag GmbH
    Inventor: Jens Wagner
  • Patent number: 8298252
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for removing obstructive material within a body lumen. The apparatus includes a macerator device deployable from a sheath that includes an expandable cage carried by a shaft and within a constraint tube. The shaft is movable relative to the constraint tube for deploying and expanding the cage within a body lumen such that an open end of the cage is oriented towards obstructive material. The cage is advanced to capture the material or the material is directed into the cage using an expandable member expanded beyond the material and retracted to direct the material into the cage. The cage is withdrawn into the constraint tube to compress the cage radially inwardly. Material extending through apertures in the cage are sheared off by a sharpened edge of the constraint tube. The smaller, sheared off particles are then aspirated from the body lumen through the sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Teleflex Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Krolik, Juan Domingo, Daryush Mirzaee, James H. Dreher
  • Patent number: 8299854
    Abstract: A circuit for power amplification of an input signal includes an input stage and an output stage, the said input stage including: a drive means incorporating a so-called main drive transistor, and a first so-called main input transistor able to receive the input signal, and mounted as a current mirror with the main drive transistor The first main input transistor is coupled to the output stage via a second so-called main input transistor incorporated into the input stage and controlled by the drive means, the first and second main input transistors being coupled together and with the earth according to a structure of Darlington type by way of a resonant circuit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Vincent Frédéric François Petit, Bruno Louis, Rémi Luc Pierre Corbiere
  • Patent number: 8299963
    Abstract: The antenna with shared feeds for generating multiple beams includes a plurality of identical individual feeds spaced apart by a constant pitch, wherein the individual feeds are associated in identical subnetworks around a central individual feed, each subnetwork being intended to synthesize a beam, the individual feeds of each subnetwork being phase-coupled together by electromagnetic coupling, and two successive subnetworks include at least one individual feed in common and are offset by a distance corresponding to a predetermined number of pitches greater than or equal to one, being applicable in particular to the field of satellite telecommunications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Gérard Raguenet
  • Patent number: 8299734
    Abstract: The present invention advantageously provides a motorized roller shade that includes a shade tube, a motor/controller unit and a power supply unit. The motor/controller unit is disposed within the shade tube, and includes a bearing, rotatably coupled to a support shaft, and a DC gear motor. The output shaft of the DC gear motor is coupled to the support shaft such that the output shaft and the support shaft do not rotate when the support shaft is attached to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: HomeRun Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Willis Jay Mullet, Darrin W. Brunk, Christopher Lee Wysoczynski, Harry Edward Asbury, Richard Scott Hand, Yan Rodriguez, Benjamin Anthony Bruckner
  • Patent number: 8298309
    Abstract: A liquid separator for separating a liquid from a gas flow comprising a housing (1) includes a baffle plate (4) provided between an upper housing portion (1A) and a lower housing portion (1B). The baffle plate prevents liquid contained in the gas flow from escaping from the liquid separator. Liquid separated at the baffle plate (4) is returned to the inlet (2) of the liquid separator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Deutsche Transalpine Oelleitung GmbH
    Inventor: Josef Nerb
  • Patent number: 8297121
    Abstract: A micromachined accelerometer in a flat plate includes a base and at least two resonator measuring cells provided with a common mobile seismic element, the two measuring cells being placed one on each side of the common mobile seismic element along the sensitive axis of the accelerometer, such that under the effect of an acceleration, the resonator of one measuring cell undergoes a traction while the resonator of the other measuring cell undergoes a compression, the measuring cells respectively configured to amplify the acceleration force generating the translation of the common mobile seismic element provided with a respective anchoring foot-piece. The common mobile seismic element includes at least two mobile seismic masses able to be displaced in translation along the sensitive axis of the accelerometer and/or in rotation with respect to a respective axis of rotation substantially orthogonal to the sensitive axis under the effect of an acceleration along the sensitive axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Régis Quer, Olivier Lefort, André Boura
  • Patent number: 8299958
    Abstract: An airborne radar device having a given angular coverage in elevation and in azimuth includes a transmit system, a receive system and processing means for carrying out target detection and location measurements. The transmit system includes: a transmit antenna made up of at least a first linear array of radiating elements focusing a transmit beam, said arrays being approximately parallel to one another; at least one waveform generator; means for amplifying the transmit signals produced by the waveform generator or generators; and means for controlling the transmit signals produced by the waveform generator or generators, said control means feeding each radiating element with a transmit signal. The radiating elements being controlled for simultaneously carrying out electronic scanning of the transmit beam in elevation and for colored transmission in elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Stépahne Kemkemian, Pascal Cornic, Patrick Le Bihan, Myriam Nouvel-Fiani
  • Patent number: 8299679
    Abstract: A remotely interrogatable passive sensor is provided. The sensor comprises an antenna and at least one surface wave resonator including a transducer with inter-digitated electrodes with two ports on the surface of a piezoelectric substrate, in which the antenna comprises conducting elements connected to the two ports and integrated onto said piezoelectric substrate. Advantageously, the antenna elements are folded on the substrate to enhance compactness. The passive sensor can be used for medical applications such as tissue analysis or arterial pressure measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Senseor
    Inventors: Luc Chommeloux, Brahim Belgacem, Jean-François Leguen, Sylvain Ballandras, Ali Chami, Philippe Lethuc, Cyril Luxey, Robert Staraj
  • Patent number: 8299955
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for cleaning signals for centralized antijamming. The invention makes it possible to provide as many cleaned antenna channels as sub-arrays with limited computational requirements. The method proceeds in two steps. Initially, an antijamming matrix is computed. This matrix depends on the noise covariance matrix, on a weighting vector representing the form of the desired antenna pattern on reception in an unjammed environment, and on constraints for preserving the shape of this antenna pattern. Subsequently, the signals arising from the antenna sub-arrays undergo a linear recombination effected by the antijamming matrix. The antijamming method is termed centralized since the data necessary for the antijamming processing are concentrated in the lone antijamming matrix. The invention applies notably to radar systems, notably to airborne radar systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Amaury Fuss, Laurent Savy
  • Patent number: 8297344
    Abstract: An air-cooled condenser for receiving and condensing steam has at least one first, corner module and at least one second, intermediate module. The first module has a four-sided profile in plan view and a respective vertical tube bundle panel located on each of two adjacent sides of the first module. The second module has a four-sided profile in plan view and a vertical tube bundle panel on one of its sides, and an internal tube bundle panel disposed inside of the second module. Steam is supplied to all of the tube bundle panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Vouche
  • Patent number: 8296539
    Abstract: A method for performing wear leveling in a memory, and an apparatus corresponding to the method, is provided. The method includes: dividing the lifecycle of the memory which includes more than one physical blocks into at least one sampling interval; for each sampling interval, getting the first physical block by taking statistics of the degree of the wear leveling of each physical block in the memory in the current sampling interval; getting the second physical block by taking statistics of the updating times of each logical address in the current sampling interval; exchanging the logical addresses and data of the first physical block and the second physical block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Liming Chen, Cheng Chen