Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman, LLP
  • Patent number: 8350864
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for determining a dependency relationship between graphics commands based on availability of graphics hardware resources to perform graphics processing operations according to the dependency relationship are described. The graphics commands may be received from graphics APIs (application programming interfaces) for rendering a graphics object. A graphics driver may transmit a portion or all of the received graphics commands to a graphics processing unit (GPU) or a media processor based on the determined dependency relationship between the graphics commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Elliott Swift, Kenneth Christian Dyke, Richard Schreyer
  • Patent number: 8348419
    Abstract: A printing system is disclosed. The printing system includes a first printer to print a first type of data to a medium and to print a barcode on the medium including variable data to be printed on the medium and a second printer to print the variable data to the medium based on the barcode. The second printer includes a barcode reader, transfer location and a medium path having a fixed distance between the barcode reader and the transfer location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Info Print Solutions Company, LLC
    Inventors: Tania Wolanski, Joseph A. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8350701
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for configuring antennae of radio frequency identification reader systems. In one aspect of an embodiment, a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader system, includes: a receiver; a radio frequency (RF) source for signal transmission; and a switch matrix coupled with the receiver and the radio frequency source to selectively couple the receiver and the radio frequency source to a plurality of non-collocated antennae. When in a first mode, the switch matrix connects the radio frequency source to a first one of the antennae for signal transmission and the receiver to a second one of the antennae for signal reception; and when in a second mode, the switch matrix connects the first one of the antennae for signal reception and, in one example, the second one or another one of the antennae to the RF source for signal transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Alien Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Curtis L. Carrender, John Michael Price
  • Patent number: 8352500
    Abstract: An embodiment is a technique to perform centralized multimedia access. A playlist is created in a single document, the playlist including a plurality of items. Each of the items specifies an access parameter to a multimedia file and a play parameter. The playlist is stored in a central location. The multimedia file as pointed to by the playlist is retrieved or accessed in the central location using the access parameter to play the multimedia file according to the play parameter. A storage element contains a pointer to point to a playlist in a single document. The playlist includes a plurality of items. Each of the items specifies an access parameter to a multimedia file and a play parameter. A compiler compiles the playlist to determine the access parameter, the play parameter, and a plug-in associated with the multimedia file. The plug-in plays the multimedia file according to the play parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tanmay Agnihotri, Sivaraman Varatharajan
  • Patent number: 8352516
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses enable a generic mapping tool accessible to multiple applications. One or more of the applications may invoke the mapping tool to map objects to each other with a defined relationship. The mapping occurs dynamically during the run-time of the application. The flexibility of the mapping tool enables the use of standard mapping mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: SAP Aktiengeselleschaft
    Inventors: Wolfgang E. Walter, Amar Kumar
  • Patent number: 8351979
    Abstract: A portable handheld electronic device contains a camera lens and accelerometer to allow a user to control voicemail and call features by swiping his finger across the camera lens and/or tapping the device. Therefore, the user can comfortably input commands into the device with a single hand and without needing to move the phone away from his ear to apply these inputs. In another embodiment, the camera lens can also be used to control navigation of the display screen or a displayed document of the device. For example, if a user wishes to shift a scrollbar for a page displayed on the screen downwards to view the bottom of the page, the user should move his finger over the camera lens in an analogous downward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Chad G. Seguin, Justin Gregg, Michael M. Lee
  • Patent number: 8351731
    Abstract: An image-information obtaining unit obtains image information. An image-component separating unit separates the image information into luminance information and color information. An edge extracting unit extracts edge information from the luminance information. A luminance-noise removing unit removes noise from the luminance information. A color-noise removing unit removes noise from the color information. An image-information synthesizing unit synthesizes image information based on the edge information, the luminance information form which the noise is removed, and the color information from which the noise is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Haike Guan
  • Patent number: 8350952
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a substrate having a plurality of photosensitive areas, a light shield positioned spanning the photosensitive areas in which light shield a plurality of apertures are formed, and a plurality of microlens each disposed centered on one of the apertures such that a focal point of the incident light through each microlens is substantially extended into the substrate to a point where a portion of the incident light directed onto the periphery of each microlens is blocked by a light shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. Meisenzahl
  • Patent number: 8352717
    Abstract: A recovery system for a computer operating system and applications is described which uses selectable and configurable snapshots. In one example, a start-up sequence of the computer system is initiated, a plurality of snapshots in a hidden section of a mass storage device are identified before loading an operating system for the computer system, each snapshot containing an operating system, applications, and computer system configuration settings. One of the plurality of snapshots is booted including loading the operating system and applications of the one snapshot, and the start-up sequence is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: CS-Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Lloyd Campbell, Gregory Todd Lear
  • Patent number: 8351451
    Abstract: An embodiment of the invention involves a method for selecting and maintaining wireless communications for wireless mesh networks between tier-2 and tier-3 nodes. The method comprises a first operation of receiving channel information from a first wireless node operating as an access point. The channel information includes each channel number used by one or more wireless nodes that are detected by the first wireless node to be operating within a signal coverage area of the first wireless node. Then, an active scan is conducted on a frequency spectrum for wireless signals based on the channel information. Such scanning is accomplished by initially scanning frequencies of each channel number used by the one or more wireless nodes. After the scanning, a determination is made whether to (i) maintain wireless communications with the first wireless node or (ii) establish new wireless communications with a new wireless node (AP). Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Abhishek Patil, Xiangpeng Jing, Aixin Liu, Djung N. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8353002
    Abstract: A machine includes card stores to store information cards. For each card store, one or more card selectors can be provided. When performing a transaction involving information cards, a generic card selector, using a selector policy engine, can identify a card selector to use for the transaction. The identified card selector can be used to identify an information card in a card store to use in performing the transaction, which can be used to provide a security token to the relying party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James Mark Norman, Daniel S. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8350522
    Abstract: A portable electronic device has a connector with a first pin and a second pin, and a battery charging circuit having an input coupled to receive current through the second pin to charge a battery of the device. The portable device also has a controller to determine whether the connector is coupled to an external power source (EPS) having a power converter circuit that can provide the current. The controller on that basis drives the first pin to stimulate the power converter circuit to raise voltage on the second pin. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8351099
    Abstract: A method disclosed. The method includes receiving color pixel data for an object to be printed, receiving predefined color values, calculating color space coordinates corresponding to the predefined color values, performing monochromatic hue mapping to map each pixel to the calculated color space coordinate values and color mapping the pixels from a source color space to a destination color space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: InfoPrint Solutions Company LLC
    Inventors: Jason Charles Walp, James Anthony Chauvin
  • Patent number: 8352765
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of methods, apparatuses, and systems for powering up select components of a computer from a sleep state, maintaining a network state, and powering down the select components of the computer to return the computer to the sleep state are described. For one embodiment, a network interface and a fan controller receive power during the network state maintenance but a display or audio components do not receive power during the network state maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ethan Bold, Stuart Cheshire, J. Rhoads Hollowell, Joe Liu, R. Dean Reece
  • Patent number: 8352468
    Abstract: At least certain embodiments of the present disclosure include a method to identify top hits in search result based on learned user preferences. In one embodiment, a user search query for records is received from a user. The user search query may contain an alphanumerical string. Records in a multifunctional device are searched to find those that match the alphanumerical string. Based on records previously selected by the user, records in the search result are ranked to identify one or more top hits for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Edward T. Schmidt, Gordon J. Freedman, Benjamin S. Phipps
  • Patent number: 8350533
    Abstract: A controller detects the temperature of a portable electronic device as being below a battery charging threshold, and in response signals one or more of the electronic circuit components that make up the device to enter an increased power consumption state so as to generate more heat in the device for warming up the battery. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ching Yu John Tam, Parin Patel
  • Patent number: 8351210
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a housing, a circuit board in the housing, a heat sink, and a fixing portion. The circuit board includes a heating component. The heat sink has a plate shape and faces the heating component. The fixing portion is attached to the heat sink and fixed to the circuit board at least at two points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Noboru Nishida, Yuuji Iwasaki
  • Patent number: 8352704
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a switching apparatus includes a storage module, a setting module, a managing module and a reconstruction module. The storage module stores data pertaining to the switching function by dividing the data into a plurality of groups. The setting module sets, for each of the plurality of groups, a base address to be allocated by an operating system when the program is started up. The managing module records and manages the base address and data size information of each group when the program is terminated. The reconstruction module, when the program is started up, refers to the base address and the data size information recorded when the program is terminated last time, and reconstructs data in the virtual memory space for each of the plurality of groups based on a reference result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hitoshi Kato, Shuichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8350610
    Abstract: Described herein is a method and apparatus to wake-up analog bias signals with minimum delay. The apparatus comprises a first logic unit operable to adjust a signal level of a gated bias signal via a first predetermined signal in response to a power-down event; a comparator operable to compare the gated bias signal with an un-gated bias signal, and operable to generate an output signal indicating the comparison result; and a self-timed logic unit coupled to the comparator and operable to generate a wake-up signal in response to an end of the power-down event and the output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Praveen Mosalikanti, Harishankar Sridharan, Jacob Schneider, Pushkar Gorur, Nasser A. Kurd
  • Patent number: 8352603
    Abstract: A method performed in a network element coupled between a subscriber end station and an AAA server for avoiding AAA processing by at least temporarily suppressing AAA access-request messages for a rejected subscriber end station. The network element receives subscriber session-request messages from the subscriber end station. Subscriber session-request messages include information for verifying an identity that the network element transmits to the AAA server as AAA access-request messages. The network element receives AAA access-response messages corresponding to the AAA access-request messages. Responsive to an AAA access-response message, the network element determines that additional AAA access-request messages should be, at least temporarily, suppressed with regards to the subscriber end station. Responsive to determining, the network element suppresses any additional AAA access-request messages from being transmitted to the AAA server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Namadurai Akil Ponnuswamy, Sudhagar Chinnaswamy