Patents Represented by Attorney Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8340549
    Abstract: Image forming apparatuses include: a casing; an image forming unit removable from the casing in a first direction; and plural developer cartridges. The cartridges may be attached and detached with respect to the image forming unit in a second direction that is inclined toward the first direction. Other image forming apparatuses include: a casing; an exposure device; a plurality of cartridges configured to be attached and detached with respect to the casing in a first direction; and a recording medium transport system for transporting recording media adjacent the photosensitive members in a second direction. The first direction may be inclined with respect to the second direction, and at least a portion of optical paths of the light emitted from the exposure device may extend parallel with the first direction. Aspects also relate to image forming units, e.g., for use in image forming apparatuses as described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Igarashi, Naoya Kamimura, Yoshiya Tomatsu
  • Patent number: 8337320
    Abstract: Putters include a putter body having a ball striking face member made of a material having a first hardness characteristic. A cavity is defined in the putter body behind the ball striking face member, and plural openings are defined in the ball striking face member extending rearward with respect to the ball striking face member and into the cavity. A polymeric material at least partially fills the openings and the cavity, wherein the polymeric material has a second hardness characteristic that is softer than the first hardness characteristic. The ball striking face member and the polymeric material exposed in at least some of the openings provide a ball striking surface of the putter. The ball striking surface may include grooves or scorelines to affect the launch angle, spin, and/or roll of the ball during a putt. Methods for making such putter devices also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Franklin, John T. Stites
  • Patent number: 8336118
    Abstract: Articles of apparel include: (a) a garment structure having one or more fabric elements structured and arranged to provide a close fit to at least one predetermined portion of a body (e.g., area(s) of the body for which enhanced position sensing and/or feedback are desired); and (b) a body position feedback system engaged with or integrally formed as part of the garment structure. The body position feedback system may apply higher tensile or constricting (compressive) forces to selected portions of the wearer's body and/or stretch resistance, which can help stimulate or interact with nerves and deep tissue receptors located in various portions of the body. The increased forces at selected locations of the body give the wearer sensory feedback regarding the position or orientation of these parts of the body and can improve or accelerate development of “muscle memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Nordstrom, Susan L. Sokolowski
  • Patent number: 8341056
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for communicating and processing market data. The market data may comprise quotes, orders, trades and/or statistics. A messaging structure allows for adding, re-ordering and/or expanding data, within the printable character set of any language. One or more delimiters are defined and used to delimit data elements within the message structure. The data is interpreted based on templates which may be disseminated prior to the sending of messages and used as an abstraction so that the meaning of data need not be conveyed in the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: Ron Newell, Vijay Menon, Fred Malabre, Joe Lobraco, Jim Northey
  • Patent number: 8341385
    Abstract: An information processing device, configured to perform information processing with an application run on an operating system, includes an installing unit configured to install the application into the information processing device, an instruction accepting unit configured to accept an instruction to run the application, a first determining unit configured to determine whether the operating system has been rebooted after the installation of the application, in response to the instruction accepted through the instruction accepting unit, and a prohibiting unit configured to prohibit the application from being run when the first determining unit determines that the operating system has not been rebooted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Norihiko Asai
  • Patent number: 8337324
    Abstract: Golf club heads for iron-type golf clubs (including 1 through 9 irons, iron-type hybrid clubs, driving irons, and wedges (e.g., pitching wedges, lob wedges, gap wedges, sand wedges, etc.)) include a striking face. The striking face may comprise a plurality of spaced, parallel grooves that extend across at least a portion of the striking face. The grooves may form a herringbone groove pattern. The herringbone groove pattern may include two or more rows of diagonal, parallel grooves slanting in alternate directions to form a series of parallel Vs. The grooves may be rounded. Other possible groove shapes also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond J. Sander, Robert Boyd
  • Patent number: 8333756
    Abstract: There is disclosed a new low-level laser therapy apparatus and method of treating tissue. The invention includes a laser system that uses laser diodes and/or alternatively light emitting diodes (LED's), or both, and a digital interface that gives the operator the ability to generate sine waves or scalar waves as opposed to the simple on/off square waves. The invention also enables the operator to modulate not only the frequency, but also other wave characteristics such as the amplitude and phase. In one aspect, the invention involves modulating the phase relationship between multiple waves by taking one channel or wave which is pulsed through the laser system and then running a second channel or wave in relationship to the first channel, thereby creating a phased relationship, which has been discovered to provide a therapeutic and quantum healing effect on tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventors: Paul Weisbart, Lillie Weisbart
  • Patent number: 8334997
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus comprising: a determining unit which determines a start time for forming an image on a recording medium; a judging unit having a first judging unit which judges whether to execute a quality improving process based on the start time; and a control unit which controls an execution of the quality improving process based on a judgment result of the first judging unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Kato
  • Patent number: 8333373
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes an image forming unit, a housing including a sheet feed opening for feeding a recording sheet to the image forming unit, a tray which accommodates a recording sheet, and a feed member which rotates while pressing a recording sheet fed through the sheet feed opening to apply a transport force to the recording sheet. Also, the image forming apparatus may include a friction member provided to oppose the feed member, and contact the recording sheet from a side opposite to the feed member to apply a transport resistance to the recording sheet, a resin support frame which supports the friction member, and a metal transport chute which includes a guide part provided to contact the recording sheet fed from the tray to guide the recording sheet toward the image forming unit, the transport chute being formed integrally with the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Okuchi, Yoshikazu Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8333047
    Abstract: The invention therefore proposes an anchorage unit for anchoring at least one prestressing member, capable of being tensioned, onto a structural component to be strengthened or repaired by additional prestressing. The anchorage unit includes means of fixing onto the structural component and means of anchoring the prestressing member located adjacent to a first side of the anchorage unit oriented towards a regular section of the prestressing member. The fixing means are located adjacent to a second side, opposite the first side, of the anchorage unit, which is so provided that it may be put into traction when the prestressing member is tensioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Freyssinet International (STUP)
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Nieto, Christian Tourneur
  • Patent number: 8333021
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a sole and a collapsible upper attached to sole. The collapsible upper includes a first portion and a second portion which is below the first portion and extends from the sole to the first portion. Further, the collapsible upper also includes a seam which is positioned above the sole and is not in contact the sole. The seam joins substantially the entire perimeter of the first portion with substantially the perimeter of the second portion. Additionally, when the upper is in a collapsed state, the seam becomes the widest points of the article of footwear and defines the perimeter of the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8335592
    Abstract: Systems and methods for dispensing beverages are provided. Aspects relate to obtaining measurements regarding dispensing an ingredient (including the dispensing conditions of the ingredient) and determining whether to adjust dispensing conditions of at least one other ingredient. In one embodiment, at least one ingredient of a recipe is not dispensed based upon a dispensing measurement. The adjustment of one or more ingredients may comprise the use of adjustable orifices, which do not require separate measurements of ingredients before dispensing, but rather may measure ingredients' parameters (including dispensing conditions) as they are dispensed. Certain embodiments relate to devices and methods that may determine if an ingredient is a non-Newtonian fluid, and if so, may be configured to conduct measurements on such fluids, including, for example, the strain stress and strain rate as the fluid passes within a conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventors: Indrani Deo, Steven Jersey
  • Patent number: D672741
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Nicolas Lylyk
  • Patent number: D672852
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Inoue, Masahiro Nakamura, Yu Yamasaki
  • Patent number: D672854
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Toto Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaaki Inoue, Masahiro Nakamura, Yu Yamasaki
  • Patent number: D673167
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron N. Woo, Jeffery G. Arnold
  • Patent number: D673170
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Shawna J. Davis, Ryan T. Bickel
  • Patent number: D673171
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jannes Peters, Chad Michael Roberts
  • Patent number: D673173
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Liang Chen
  • Patent number: D673176
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Kieran Phelan