Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Bryan Cave
  • Patent number: 8185413
    Abstract: A computer-based method and system to enable a benefit plan sponsor to design a plurality of benefit plans to be offered to a given participant population and for determining the cost of sponsoring the plans for the participant population by predicting utilization for each of the plans based upon historical utilization data for the population, projected plan selections based upon presumed participant objectives, and/or survey or historical data from a sample of the given population or from preexisting statistical samples exhibiting analogous demographic characteristics to the given participant population relating to expected benefit utilization and plan preference criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Melnick, Agnes Rey-Giraud
  • Patent number: 8181789
    Abstract: Retail packaging for a transaction card includes a carrier for retaining the transaction card, a transparent encasement enclosing the carrier, literature containing information associated with the transaction card placed within the encasement, and means for hanging the packaging within a retail environment. The encasement may take on a variety of forms, including having a curved outer surface forming a cavity within the encasement. The carrier may also take on a variety of forms, including forms having a main surface and a device for elevating the transaction card off the main surface to create a visual effect that the transaction card is floating within the encasement. The packaging may further include a panel that at least partially obscures the transaction card from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Green Dot Corporation
    Inventors: Michael L. Casella, Steven W. Streit, Eduardo A. Becerril, Mark Timothy Troughton, R. Matthew Kohler
  • Patent number: 8181788
    Abstract: Some embodiments disclose a folding box configured to hold a product. The folding box can include: (a) an enclosure base configured to form a cavity and having: (1) a first back panel; (2) a first left-side panel; (3) a first right-side panel; (4) a first bottom panel; and (5) a first top panel; (b) an enclosure door coupled to the enclosure base, the enclosure door having: (1) a front panel having a second top panel; (2) a second left-side panel; (3) a second right-side panel; and (4) a second bottom panel; (c) a box insert blank configured to be received within and fixedly attached within the cavity of the enclosure base and comprising a second back panel; and (d) a product mounting blank configured to receive the product and configured to be fixedly attach to the box insert blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Belkin International Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron Meneses
  • Patent number: 8173125
    Abstract: The present invention relates to nucleic acid sequences and amino acid sequences which influence bone deposition, the Wnt pathway, ocular development, tooth development, and may bind to LRP. The nucleic acid sequence and polypeptides include Wise and Sost as well as a family of molecules which express a cysteine knot polypeptide. Additionally, the present invention relates to various molecular tools derived from the nucleic acids and polypeptides including vectors, transfected host cells, monochronal antibodies, Fab fragments, and methods for impacting the pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Stowers Institute for Medical Research
    Inventors: Robb Krumlauf, Debra Ellies
  • Patent number: 8174189
    Abstract: A white Light Emitting Diode (LED) device that enables the adjustment of a Correlated Color temperature to realize emotional illumination is provided. The white LED device includes a package body for accommodating a plurality of light source units; a first light source unit accommodated in the package body, configured to have one or more first LED chips and a first phosphor, and configured to emit white light having a first Correlated Color Temperature (CCT); a second light source unit accommodated in the package body, configured to have one or more second LED chips and a second phosphor, and configured to emit white light having a second CCT; and a current control unit for varying current, to be supplied to at least one of the first and second LED chips, so as to adjust the first and second CCTs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Lumimicro Corp., Ltd.
    Inventors: Han Do Kim, Hyun Min Kim, Jung Hyun Yoon
  • Patent number: 8176467
    Abstract: An computer program generation system (100) for creating a computer program includes: (a) a recorder module (103) capable of recording data comprising actions of a user of one or more applications; (b) a storage module (112) to store predefined portions of source code; and (c) a code generation module (105) capable of generating source code for the computer program using the data and the predefined portions of source code from the storage module (112).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Weng, Jun Ping Zhang, Darrell Gene Hansen
  • Patent number: 8171411
    Abstract: A system and method for delivering content in a movie trailer and a system for implementing the same. The method includes receiving a request to deliver a shell application having a configuration dependent on a selected movie. Appropriate multi-media content and a scrubber bar are determined at a configuration server for the selected movie. Both the multi-media content and the scrubber bar are configured for the selected movie. The scrubber bar includes a timeline that is associated with the multi-media content from which progress through the multi-media content can be tracked. The scrubber bar includes at least one Q-point located within the time line. The shell application that is configured to include the multi-media content and the scrubber bar is then delivered to the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: National CineMedia LLC
    Inventors: Scott W. Ungar, Ken J. Venturi, Hyung Shik Kim
  • Patent number: 8167610
    Abstract: Premix furnace for heating an occupied space while producing lower NOx emissions and methods of mixing air and fuel delivered to a premix burner and of improving combustion stability. A mixing device may be located within an inlet tube, may have a flat surface that is perpendicular to the direction of fuel flow, or may have two surfaces held at substantially opposite angles to induce swirl. A mixing device may be attached to the fuel injector, may be made from a piece of sheet metal, and may have bends and a hole for attachment to the fuel injector. A fluidic diode in the inlet tube may improve combustion stability and may include a hollow frustum or a frustoconical portion, a cylinder concentric with the inlet tube, or a combination thereof. Some embodiments include refractory insulation lining the combustion chamber or may adjust for elevation or fuel characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Nordyne, LLC
    Inventors: William F. Raleigh, Robert A. Borgeson, Aaron D. Herzon, Allan J. Reifel, Russell W. Hoeffken
  • Patent number: 8168761
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to isolated polypeptides and antibodies suitable for producing therapeutic preparations, methods, and kits relating to bone deposition. One objective of the present invention is to provide compositions that improve bone deposition. Yet another objective of the present invention is to provide methods and compositions to be utilized in diagnosing bone dysregulation. The therapeutic compositions and methods of the present invention are related to the regulation of Wise, Sost, and closely related sequences. In particular, the nucleic acid sequences and polypeptides include Wise and Sost as well as a family of molecules that express a cysteine knot polypeptide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Stowers Institute for Medical Research
    Inventors: Robb Krumlauf, Debra Ellies
  • Patent number: 8160898
    Abstract: Methods for determining whether a drug is a specialty drug, methods for creating tools to be used in making the determination, and the tools themselves are disclosed. The overall value of a drug depends on the drug's attribute values with respect to each of a set of drug attributes (concerning, e.g., the drug's route of administration, targeted disease, possible adverse reactions, risk of toxicity, cost, need for patient compliance with the treatment regime, and handling, preparation, and/or storage requirements. If the overall value or its partial overall values meet certain criteria, the drug is deemed to be a specialty drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmond Weisbart, Andrew Behm, Aimee Tharaldson, Steven Miller
  • Patent number: 8150495
    Abstract: Generally, systems, methods, and apparatus related to the use of a dynamic imaging modality in an image guided intervention are disclosed herein. More specifically, the use of such modalities in sealing a bodily opening, such as those that may be formed during an invasive medical procedure are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a method includes viewing a representation of an instrument within a body of a patient, adjusting a position of the instrument based on the viewing such that a portion of the instrument is at a location within the body of the patient, and delivering a sealant via the instrument to the location within the body of the patient. The sealant is configured to seal an opening in the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Veran Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome R. Edwards, Christopher B. Lee, Troy L. Holsing, Torsten M. Lyon
  • Patent number: 8143215
    Abstract: Compositions for enhancing satiety and weight loss in an individual, assays for assessing a tastant for enhancing satiety and weight loss, and methods of using the composition to suppress appetite and enhance weight loss are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Alan R. Hirsch
  • Patent number: 8143062
    Abstract: Compositions for enhancing satiety and weight loss in an individual, assays for assessing a tastant for enhancing satiety and weight loss, and methods of using the composition to suppress appetite and enhance weight loss are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Alan R. Hirsch
  • Patent number: 8136305
    Abstract: The invention provides an adjustable mounting system for mounting countertops and other similar structures to a wall or other similar structure. Adjustable mounting systems of the invention include hinge adjustment features and/or length adjustment features that allow a single system to be adapted to fit a variety of sizes and/or shapes of spaces. The invention further provides methods of mounting a countertop using an adjustable mounting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy Mulherin
  • Patent number: 8137692
    Abstract: A solid deodorizer (14) for use on the inside surface (12) of an ostomy pouch (10). The solid deodorizer include a deodorizing mixture (24) and a carrier (16) by which the deodorizer is attached to the inside of the pouch. The carrier has filaments (22) which are molded into the mixture, and an adhesive (20). The deodorizing mixture includes activated charcoal, glycerin, and wax, and may include one or more of sodium bicarbonate, stearic acid, and/or starch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Cynthia G. Timms
  • Patent number: 8137674
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a fusion protein comprising a fusion polypeptide of E6 and E7 of a human papilloma virus, a signal peptide for secreting the polypeptide out of the cell, and an immune enhancing peptide for a subject; a polynucleotide encoding the fusion protein; and a vector containing the polynucleotide. The present invention further relates to a pharmaceutical composition comprising the fusion protein or the vector; and a method for treating a disease caused by a human papilloma virus using the pharmaceutical composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignees: Postech Foundation, Genexine Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Chul Sung, Hyun Tak Jin, Sang Hwan Seo, Sang Hoon Park, Je-In Youn
  • Patent number: 8136443
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed which can shape fruits and root and tuberous vegetables. The shaping apparatus is operated in such a manner that: when root and tuberous vegetable or fruit is placed in a cutting blade case and rotated, the object is spirally tracked and the spirally tracked object is removed from the lower side of the cutting blade case, so that the spirally tracked object is picked up by an additional stick and then ornamented into various forms. The shaping apparatus allows fruits and root and tuberous vegetables to be easily treated in a variety of ways, as per the second process, thereby enhancing the product value of processed foodstuffs produced from the first process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventors: Bong-Gu Lee, Sung-Wook Choi, Zoong-Ho Park, Jun-Mo Yoo, Chang-Ho Kim, Kwang-Su Kim, Jae-Hong Kim
  • Patent number: 8133060
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electric plug can comprise a housing, a rotatable plug assembly, and a blade array. The housing can have a bottom piece and a top piece including a first opening. The bottom piece can be in mechanical communication with the top piece and forming a cavity defined by the interior surface of the top piece and the interior surface of the bottom piece. The rotatable plug assembly can have a top surface and a bottom surface opposite each other, where a first portion of the rotatable plug assembly can comprise the bottom surface and be located within the cavity, and where a second portion of the rotatable plug assembly can protrude from the cavity via the first opening. The blade array can include a plurality of plug blades, each plug blade of the plurality of plug blades having an outlet end and a connector end, the connector end of each plug blade located within the rotatable plug assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 8133613
    Abstract: The present invention relates to nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries and durable anode materials and anodes for use in nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries. The present invention also relates to methods for producing these anode materials. In the present invention, a metal-semiconductor alloy layer is formed on an anode material by contacting a portion of the anode material with a displacement solution. The displacement solution contains ions of the metal to be deposited and a dissolution component for dissolving a part of the semiconductor in the anode material. When the anode material is contacted with the displacement solution, the dissolution component dissolves a part of the semiconductor in the anode material thereby providing electrons to reduce the metal ions and deposit the metal on the anode material. After deposition, the anode material and metal are annealed to form a uniform metal-semiconductor alloy layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Enovix Corporation
    Inventors: Murali Ramasubramanian, Robert M. Spotnitz
  • Patent number: 8132097
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a computer-implemented system can be configured to facilitate creation of a publication from a master template, one or more embedded templates, and one or more content components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Saepio Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Jason Angell