Patents Represented by Attorney Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8339657
    Abstract: An image data processing apparatus includes an execution device, a use determination device, an identification device, an execution determination device, and a control device. The execution device executes a predetermined data processing of image data. The use determination device determines at least one used amount in at least one specified portion which is used when the data processing is executed. The identification device identifies an attribute of the image data. The execution determination device determines whether or not to execute the data processing of the image data based on the attribute of the image data identified by the identification device and the at least one used amount determined by the use determination device. The control device makes the execution device execute the data processing of the image data when it is determined by the execution determination device to execute the data processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masataka Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8337212
    Abstract: A multi-mode athleticism movement measurement system includes an athlete-borne acceleration sensor and an athleticism processing device to determine athleticism information based upon one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor, the athleticism information corresponding to any of multiple athleticism measurement modes available on athleticism processing device and selectable by a user. A data link between the athlete-borne acceleration sensor and the athleticism rating processing device transmits the one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor to the athleticism rating processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Patent number: 8336527
    Abstract: A solenoid switching valve is provided at a low concentration gas pipe that sends gas from a second separating film unit to a canister. A reflux pipe, that is branched-off from the low concentration gas pipe by the solenoid switching valve, merges with a medium concentration gas pipe that is from the second separating film unit, and further runs via a circulating pipe, and reaches a merge portion with a purge pipe from the canister. By switching the solenoid switching valve to the merge portion side and driving a purge pump that is provided at an exhaust pipe between the merge portion and a first separating film unit, gas, whose concentration has risen within the low concentration gas pipe, is sent to the first separating film unit, and is separated into high concentration gas HG and low concentration gas LG.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Aisan Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shuichi Aso, Takashi Nagai
  • Patent number: 8339621
    Abstract: The multifunction device includes a first mode device, a second mode device, an operating unit, a detecting unit, and a switching unit. The first mode device provides a reading mode that reads image information with using a first type medium. The second mode device provides a writing mode that writes image information with using a second type medium. The operating unit provides each operating environment corresponding to each mode. The detecting unit detects either the first type medium or the second type medium used. The switching unit automatically switches the operating environment provided by the operating unit based on the type of the medium detected by the detecting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Katsunori Enomoto
  • Patent number: 8341077
    Abstract: A method for predicting client funds positions includes predicting an expected future change in funds for a selected party, and creating a funds estimate for the selected party at a specified time. The predicted future change in funds is based on a transaction history of the selected party, and the calculation is based on the expected future change in funds. The change in funds can be a deposit or withdrawal. Such deposits or withdrawals can be in the form of monetary packages, which enables incorporation of monetary package tracking features into the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Michelle Nichols, Todd Atwood, James Heddleson
  • Patent number: 8337760
    Abstract: A system and method of cleaning an enclosure of a container defined by inner walls, including providing a container, orienting the container so that the opening is lowermost and opens downwardly and generating resonant vibration in the container at a predetermined frequency and at an energy level sufficient to dislodge any loose solid particles from the inner walls of said container but not being of an energy level to impact the structural integrity of the container and maintaining the resonant vibration within the container enclosure for a sufficient time to dislodge all loose solid particles from the inner walls of said container. The system may include a resonant chamber in the form of a shroud and means to effectuate the method steps and may also include a sanitizing step in which the containers are further sanitized to render inactive any organic contaminants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas S. Wolters
  • Patent number: 8339901
    Abstract: A display device for deriving geographic location from a GPS signal or the Internet and cross referencing the location with a database to determine the adjustment required to display correct time regardless of time zone and daylight savings time. Thus, a device may be sold and/or transported anywhere in the country and/or world and display the current time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Rolf Haupt, Allan McCormick
  • Patent number: 8340718
    Abstract: A method of estimating road traffic on a roads network, comprising: receiving information from at least one information source, wherein the information received from the at least one information source is one among a first information type and a second information type; defining at least two different information processing methods, each one associated with a respective one of said information type; selecting the information processing method based on the available information type and on predefined criteria; and processing with the selected information processing method the corresponding available information type; and providing an estimation of the road traffic based on the result of said processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Massimo Colonna, Piero Lovisolo, Dario Parata
  • Patent number: 8337325
    Abstract: Iron golf clubs heads and clubs include: (a) a ball striking face; (b) an opposite rear surface; (c) a sole portion extending rearward from the ball striking face and defining a cavity having an open upper portion; (d) an insert element mounted in the cavity, wherein the insert element includes at least one weight port; and (e) a weight member mounted in the port. The insert element may substantially fill the cavity to dampen vibrations and/or noise when a ball is struck. Additionally, the insert element may allow the weight(s) to be selectively placed to enable customization and tuning of the overall weight of the club head (e.g., for swing weighting purposes, for ball flight control purposes, etc.). Methods of making such club heads and clubs also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Byron C Slaughter, Charles Jack Green, III
  • Patent number: 8337326
    Abstract: Wood-type golf club heads include: (a) a club head body member defining an interior chamber; (b) a weight system engaged with a rear perimeter portion of the club head body member; and (c) a connection system connecting the weight system with the club head body (e.g., with the rear of the ball striking face portion). The club heads further may include one or more damping members in the interior chamber to alter the sound and/or otherwise attenuate a vibrational response of the club head. The damping members may extend between the ball striking face and the weight system, and optionally may engage the connection system. The damping member(s) may constitute a foam material compressed within the interior chamber of the club head. Methods of making such golf club head structures also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lukasiewicz, Jr., Robert Boyd
  • Patent number: 8337810
    Abstract: Oxidants (e.g., N-chlorosuccinimide) can be used to stabilize ?-particle emitters (e.g., 211 At) in solution, prior to their subsequent reaction to form ?-particle emitter labeled compounds (e.g., a radiolabeled pharmaceutical or a radiolabeled pre-cursor used to prepare it). In particular, the use of an oxidant has been found to maintain the ?-particle emitter in a chemical form that facilitates this reaction, which may involve a number of possible mechanisms including electrophilic substitution, nucleophilic substitution, complexation, exchange, or metallic bonding. Compounds labeled with ?-particle emitters in this manner have wide-ranging therapeutic applications, particularly in the treatment of cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Duke University
    Inventors: Michael Rod Zalutsky, Oscar Rodolfo Pozzi
  • Patent number: 8336378
    Abstract: A method for estimating the moment of inertia of a rotating unit of a washing or washing-and-drying machine comprising the steps of: establishing one or more linear parameters; rotating the drum of the rotating unit in such a way as to reach a set of speeds of a pre-set value; once each speed of a pre-set value is reached, detecting the value of the torque provided to the rotating unit; and finally estimating the moment of inertia of the rotating unit through a linear combination of the torques detected and by means of the linear parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Electrolux Home Products Corporation N.V.
    Inventors: Fabio Altinier, Terenzio Girotto, Marco Giovagnoni
  • Patent number: 8337334
    Abstract: Golf balls include an exterior cover having a plurality of dimples arranged thereon, wherein from 5 to 95% of the dimples have a non-uniform dimple profile. At least a majority of the dimples having a non-uniform dimple profile on the golf ball body may be arranged in 2-24 repeating dimple clusters on the exterior surface of the ball. In some example structures, the exterior surface of the ball will include from 4-18 repeating dimple clusters, from 4-12 repeating dimple clusters, or even from 6-10 repeating dimple clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Goodwin
  • Patent number: 8341676
    Abstract: A method and system for performing an alphabetic search using a single application of keys is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for selecting a program title using an alpha-numeric keypad, comprises gathering one or more searchable items from a broadcast source; generating a dynamic directory of the one or more searchable items by a set-top box; narrowing the scope of the dynamic directory upon receiving a narrowing command from the keypad; receiving a partial program title from the keypad at the set-top box; returning a list of possible selections by the set-top box, wherein the list includes the program title; and receiving a subselector key selector signal from the keypad at the set-top box, wherein the subselector key selector signal selects the program title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: JLB Ventures LLC.
    Inventor: Dan Kikinis
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    Patent number: D673045
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tropicana Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Wade L. Clark
  • Patent number: D673168
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Naud Frijlink, Jeffery G. Arnold
  • Patent number: D673169
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery G. Arnold, Jeffrey C. Fong, Michael I. Guss
  • Patent number: D673172
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jannes Peters, Chad Michael Roberts, Jeffery G. Arnold
  • Patent number: D673174
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Blaine J. Carpenter
  • Patent number: D673175
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Vineet Gupta, Michael McCormack, Naveen Sethia, Ted Cyrek