Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman, LLP
  • 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: 8351996
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for operating a wireless mobile station configured to communicate with a wireless access point are described. A first awake timer may be started in response to receiving a beacon signal from the wireless access point. The beacon signal may indicate that data is available or pending for the wireless mobile station. A second awake timer may be started in response to data received from the wireless access point. When the second awake timer expires, the wireless mobile station may return to the sleep state. In one embodiment, the first awake timer counts for a first period of time and the second awake timer counts for a second period of time which is shorter than the first period of time. The RF radio may be in a higher power state when the first and/or the second awake timers are counting. In one embodiment, the wireless mobile station and the wireless access points may be synchronized using target beacon transmission times of the beacon signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tito Thomas, Pierre Vandwalle, Charles Francis Dominguez, Tashbeeb Haque
  • Patent number: 8352513
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing data, such as metadata. In one exemplary method, metadata from files created by several different software applications are captured, and the captured metadata is searched. The type of information in metadata for one type of file differs from the type of information in metadata for another type of file. Other methods are described and data processing systems and machine readable media are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Arrouye, Dominic Giampaolo, Bas Ording, Gregory Christie, Stephen Olivier Lemay, Marcel van Os, Imran Chaudhri, Kevin Tiene, Pavel Cisler
  • Patent number: 8350703
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag. The RFID tag comprises a flexible substrate and an integrated circuit embedded within the flexible substrate. The top surface of the integrated circuit is coplanar with the flexible substrate. At least one conductive element is formed on the flexible substrate. The conductive element is electrically connected to the integrated circuit. The conductive element serves as an antenna for the RFID tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Alien Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn W. Gengel, Mark A. Hadley, Torn Pounds, Kenneth D. Schatz, Paul S. Drzaic
  • Patent number: 8349116
    Abstract: A method of transferring a micro device and an array of micro devices are disclosed. A carrier substrate carrying a micro device connected to a bonding layer is heated to a temperature below a liquidus temperature of the bonding layer, and a transfer head is heated to a temperature above the liquidus temperature of the bonding layer. Upon contacting the micro device with the transfer head, the heat from the transfer head transfers into the bonding layer to at least partially melt the bonding layer. A voltage applied to the transfer head creates a grip force which picks up the micro device from the carrier substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LuxVue Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Andreas Bibl, John A. Higginson, Hung-Fai Stephen Law, Hsin-Hua Hu
  • Patent number: 8352770
    Abstract: A method and system for saving and/or retrieving context information of a processor core for a power state transition. The processor core resides in a complex power domain variously transitioning between a plurality of power states. The processor core includes a local context storage area for storage and retrieval of processor core context information. A low power context storage resides in a nominal power domain external to the complex power domain. Context information of the processor core is stored to the low power context storage based on whether a power state transition of the complex power domain includes a transition to power down the processor core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce L. Fleming, Ashish V. Choubal, Sanjoy K. Mondal, Belliappa M. Kuttanna
  • 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: 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: 8351921
    Abstract: Gateway devices maintain presence information for various mobile devices. Each gateway is associated with a zone and manages presence information only for mobile devices associated with that zone. Courier devices back-propagate presence information for the mobile devices to respective gateways based at least on the respective zone associated with each mobile device. The gateways and couriers are dynamically configured such that messages can be pushed from a provider application to a mobile device via any gateway and any courier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kris M. Bell, Darryl N. Bleau, Jeffrey T. Davey
  • 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: 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: 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: 8351546
    Abstract: Sensing installed orientation of an antenna or access node in a wireless digital network. According to one aspect of the invention, an orientation sensor such as a 2 or 3 axis accelerometer is provided in the access node. The orientation sensor may be attached to the access node housing, directly or through a substrate, attached to the main logic board of the access node, or may be mounted to an antenna. The orientation sensor may be mounted to the same substrate as is used to form an antenna, or may be mounted on a separate substrate. When associated with an antenna, such as the orientation sensor on the same substrate as the antenna, or co-located with the antenna such as inside the same package, the orientation of the antenna may be sensed. Orientation data on the access node and/or antenna may be transmitted to the controller for the access node, and/or to clients of the access node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aruba Networks, Inc.
    Inventor: Clark A. Vitek
  • 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: 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: 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: 8352627
    Abstract: An approach is provided for downloading data over a network that uses automatic bandwidth detection. According to the approach, a first version of data to be requested is selected from a plurality of available versions of the data. The first version may be selected based upon a default selection or based upon prior determined connection speeds. A client requests the first version of the data from a server and the client begins receiving the first version of the data. A determination of at least an approximate connection speed is made based upon at least a portion of the first version of the data received at the client. A determination is then made, based upon the determined connection speed, whether a different version of the data should be requested. If so, then the client requests a different version of the data from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Mackie
  • Patent number: 8352683
    Abstract: A method and system to reduce the power consumption of a memory device. In one embodiment of the invention, the memory device is a N-way set-associative level one (L1) cache memory and there is logic coupled with the data cache memory to facilitate access to only part of the N-ways of the N-way set-associative L1 cache memory in response to a load instruction or a store instruction. By reducing the number of ways to access the N-way set-associative L1 cache memory for each load or store request, the power requirements of the N-way set-associative L1 cache memory is reduced in one embodiment of the invention. In one embodiment of the invention, when a prediction is made that the accesses to cache memory only requires the data arrays of the N-way set-associative L1 cache memory, the access to the fill buffers are deactivated or disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Ehud Cohen, Oleg Margulis, Raanan Sade, Stanislav Shwartsman
  • Patent number: 8351522
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying the preamble for an unknown signal received in Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) communications. In one embodiment, the preamble is identified from a set of known preambles using a detection statistic based on a generalized likelihood ratio (GLR) method. In another embodiment, the GLR detection statistic relies on a priori assumptions about a transfer function represented by the received signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Maltsev, Audrey Pudeyev, Alexei Davydov, Sergey Tiraspolsky, Alexey Rubstov
  • Patent number: D673811
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Roudybush