Patents Represented by Attorney Barnes & Thornburg
  • Patent number: 8350411
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for supplying energy to a load includes an energy recharge unit, an energy storage unit, an energy converter connected to the energy recharge unit, the energy converter being capable of transferring energy at a power level from the energy recharge unit to an output node, the power level being determined by a power transfer controller, and a bi-directional energy converter connected to the energy storage unit and to the output node. The bi-directional energy converter is capable of converting energy of varying voltages from the energy storage unit to energy of varying current levels to supplement the transferred energy with energy from the energy storage unit so as to maintain a constant voltage on the output node. The bi-directional energy converter is capable of converting the transferred energy to provide charging energy to the energy storage unit when the transferred energy exceeds a demand level of the load while maintaining the constant voltage at the output node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: SolarBridge Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Kimball, Philip T. Krein, Nicholas D. Benavides
  • Patent number: 8352313
    Abstract: A central monitoring station is linked to a plurality of remote terminals, such as payment terminals at a plurality of parking facilities. The central monitoring station and each remote terminal includes a two-way communication system in the form of a video camera and display, and audio speaker and microphone. The station and remote terminals are preferably linked through an Ethernet or Internet connection, although a hard-wired connection is also contemplated. The two-way communication system can be used by a customer at the remote terminal to achieve direct human interaction with an attendant at the remote central station to address problems occurring at the terminal. The communication system can also allow the attendant to manipulate the processor of each remote terminal to collect data, troubleshoot or override the function of the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Pratt, David Harpold
  • Patent number: 8348709
    Abstract: A method of making a spark plug includes providing a metal shell, an insulator at least partially disposed in the metal shell, a ground electrode coupled to the metal shell, and a center electrode disposed within the insulator. The method also includes depositing a tip substance on the spark plug to form an electrode tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Eric Passman, Martin Carlin Baker, Jeffrey Boehler
  • Patent number: 8350454
    Abstract: A spark plug comprises a shell having a substantially cylindrical threaded portion for threadable engagement in a cylinder head of an internal combustion engine, an insulator disposed coaxially in the shell, a center electrode disposed coaxially in the insulator, a side ground electrode having a first end coupled to the shell and a second end facing an end of the center electrode to define a spark discharge gap therebetween, and an electrode tip portion secured to either the side ground electrode or the center electrode proximate the spark discharge gap. The tip portion is formed from an alloy comprising from about 60 to about 70 percent by weight iridium, from about 30 to about 35 percent by weight rhodium, from 0 to about 10 percent by weight nickel, from about 3500 to about 4500 parts per million tantalum, and from about 100 to about 200 parts per million zirconium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fram Group IP LLC
    Inventors: Eric P. Passman, Jeffrey T. Boehler, Edgar A. Leone
  • Patent number: 8350719
    Abstract: A meter pit lid plug and bracket assembly configured to suspend a transmitter plug inside a meter pit is provide. The meter pit lid plug and bracket assembly includes a plug and a bracket. The plug includes a head and a stem that extends from the head. The stem is also configured to extend through a hole in a meter pit having a top surface. The head is sized to rest on the top surface of the meter pit lid and is configured to hold the stem in the hole. The bracket is configured to hold the transmitter plug inside the meter pit. The stem is selectively engageable with the base so that when the stem is connected with the base, both the plug and bracket are configured to hold and suspend the transmitter plug inside the meter box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Ford Meter Box Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Hockema, Mark E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8350456
    Abstract: A spark plug is provided providing resistance to fouling. The spark plug includes a metal shell having a first end, a second end and an intermediate portion that collectively define a central cavity. The spark plug also includes an insulator that extends through the central cavity of the metal shell. The insulator includes a first end portion extending through an intermediate portion to a stepped tip portion having a first length. The stepped tip portion includes a first section and a substantially straight second section having a second length. The substantially straight second section includes a segment that extends beyond the second end of the metal shell to a third length. The second length of substantially straight portion is based upon at least one of the first length and the third length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: FRAM Group IP LLC
    Inventor: Matthew B. Below
  • Patent number: 8343936
    Abstract: Described herein are novel macrolides, the preparation of novel macrolides, the use of novel macrolides for preventing, treating, or ameliorating various conditions, and the use of novel macrolides as antibacterial agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Duffield, Youe-Kong Shue, Yoshitaka Ichikawa, Chan-Kou Hwang
  • Patent number: 8345712
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and system enable a mobile device to roam while maintaining a persistent IP tunnel. Specifically, a mobile router may be utilized to enable a mobile device to maintain a persistent IP tunnel while the device roams. In one embodiment, the mobile device is a virtual host and the mobile router is a virtual mobile router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Kapil Sood, Jesse R. Walker, Tsung-Yuan Tai
  • Patent number: 8341777
    Abstract: A patient support is connectable to an external power source. The patient support includes a bedframe supported on a floor, a plurality of wheels coupled to the bedframe, and a brake configured to prevent the bed from moving on the floor. The brake is moveable between a braked position and an unbraked position. The patient support also includes a controller configured to activate an alarm when the brake is moved to the unbraked position when the bed is connected to the external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hensley, Jean-Bernard Duvert, Sebastien Gemeline, Patrick Weizman, Gary S. Siegle, Olivier Barbu, Le Boeuf Guenael
  • Patent number: 8344860
    Abstract: A system including a patient support apparatus that has an adjustable height, a brake and a siderail. The system also includes a processor receiving at least two of the following signals: a first signal indicating a brake condition of the brake, a second signal indicating a siderail condition of the siderail, and a third signal indicating a height condition of the patient support apparatus. The system has a user input configured to allow a person to make a selection of any one or more of the brake, siderail and height conditions for monitoring. The system includes a light that has a first state when any of the selected brake, siderail and height conditions indicate an alarm condition and that has a second state when all of the selected brake, siderail and height conditions of the selection indicate no alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Williams F. Collins, Jr., James M. Allen, Keith A. Huster, Carl W. Riley, Patricia A. Glidewell, Irvin J. Vanderpohl, Richard J. Schuman, Christopher A. Mathura
  • Patent number: 8341779
    Abstract: A bed has a head section and a foot section. The bed can assume a horizontal position and at least one position in which the foot section is at an angle relative to horizontal. For instance, the bed may assume a chair position, in which the head section is pivoted upwardly and the foot section is pivoted downwardly, to a substantially vertical position. Casters allow the bed to move relative to the floor. The casters can retract toward the head section of the bed as the foot section pivots downwardly toward the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Hornbach, Jonathan D. Turner, Jeffrey Scott Jelinek
  • Patent number: 8341778
    Abstract: A hospital bed includes a frame having a head end, a foot end longitudinally spaced from the head end, and first and second laterally spaced sides. A siderail is coupled to the frame adjacent one of the first and second laterally spaced sides. A footboard is coupled to the frame adjacent the foot end such that a gap is defined between the siderail and the footboard. A barrier pad is coupleable to the frame in a first position and in a second position. The barrier pad is situated in the gap and extends generally longitudinally when coupled to the frame in the first position. The barrier pad extends generally laterally in juxtaposition with the footboard when coupled to the frame in the second position. The barrier pad, therefore, serves as a gap filler when in the first position and serves as a footboard pad in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard H. Heimbrock
  • Patent number: 8344289
    Abstract: An electric cooking range includes an oven having an electric baking element and a back panel positioned behind the oven. A spacer bracket is positioned between the back panel and an electrical terminal block. A bottom panel is positioned below the bracket and spaced apart from a number of mounting feet so as to create a gap between the bottom panel and the mounting feet. The bracket has a passageway positioned over an opening formed in the bottom panel such that when the baking element is energized, air from the gap is drawn into the passageway and advanced upwardly along the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Rogers, David R. Sampson, Gregory S. Wade
  • Patent number: 8342604
    Abstract: A child restraint includes a juvenile vehicle seat and a movable headrest mounted on the seat. The seat includes a base, a back, and a child-restraint harness coupled to the base and to the movable headrest. The child-restraint harness includes shoulder belts arranged to pass through openings formed in the seat back and the movable headrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan W. Heisey, Curtis J. Brandl
  • Patent number: 8346413
    Abstract: The present interface system includes a controller monitoring pressure on a locomotive brake pipe port, controlling pressure on a train brake pipe port in response to the pressure on a locomotive brake pipe port, providing ECP commands on an ECP trainline via a train electrical terminal in response to the pressure on the locomotive brake pipe port, and providing electrical power on the ECP trainline via an train electrical trainline terminal from the locomotive electrical trainline terminal. A transceiver is connected to the controller for wireless communication with the controller. A wireless display unit communicates via the transceiver with the controller and displays information from the controller to the operator remote from the interface system and provides inputs from the operator to the controller. The system also includes a three position change over valve. An event recorder and a GPS system may be connected to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: New York Air Brake Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Storms, Richard Matusiak, John LaDuc, Bryan McLaughlin, Gary S. Newton, Dale R. Stevens, Jon M. Marra
  • Patent number: 8343159
    Abstract: A number of orthopaedic surgical instruments are also disclosed. A method, apparatus, and system for fabricating such instruments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: DePuy Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Travis Bennett
  • Patent number: 8342448
    Abstract: Floor modules of a cargo deck in a hull of an aircraft which comprise support devices for carrying functional elements, e.g. panels, roller conveyors or ball mats, are provided. The support devices are attachable in the hull of the aircraft directly or by way of intermediate elements. To improve stability at reduced weight, end support devices, as seen in the aircraft's longitudinal direction, have a thickness reduced in such a way compared to the other support devices of the floor module that only together with the end support devices of a floor module installed adjacently in the hull do they ensure a loading capacity that corresponds to at least the loading capacity of the other support devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Telair International GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Huber, Richard Holzner
  • Patent number: 8346512
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing the probability of a collision between a first object, whose trajectory is substantially controlled by an operator input command, and a second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: CMTE Development Limited
    Inventor: Ross McAree
  • Patent number: 8341827
    Abstract: A device suitable for placing a component on a substrate is provided with a component feeding device, a component pick-and-place device comprising a nozzle, a substrate carrier, means for moving the component pick-and-place device from the component feeding device to the substrate carrier and vice versa. A global measuring system is provided for determining the position of the component pick-and-place device during movement of the component pick-and-place device from the component feeding device to the substrate carrier and vice versa. The device is further provided with a local measuring system, remote from the global measuring system, for almost continually determining, in the proximity of a desired position of the component on the substrate, the position of the component pick-and-place device with respect to the substrate. The local measuring system is located closer to the substrate carrier than the global measuring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Assembleon B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Hubertus Antonius Van de Rijdt
  • Patent number: D673412
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: David J. Roberts, Ross Olinski, Owen Shoemaker