Patents Represented by Attorney Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP
  • Patent number: 8243373
    Abstract: When the lens barrel is in the storage state, a part of a lens group and a group cylinder are inserted into an aperture of a diaphragm unit and a shutter blade of a shutter unit is closed for light shielding. With this arrangement, the cylinder length in the storage state is shortened, and the performance degradation of an image sensor and optical components provided on a front side of an image sensor can be prevented as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toru Ishimasa
  • Patent number: 8243174
    Abstract: A defect pixel detection apparatus includes an image sensor which includes an effective pixel configured to have a photoelectric conversion element and an output unit configured to output a pixel signal generated by the photoelectric conversion element, a first reference pixel configured to have the same pixel configuration as the effective pixel and be optically shielded, and a second reference pixel configured to have a pixel configuration different from that of the effective pixel, a defect level acquiring unit configured to acquire a defect level of a target pixel in the image sensor, and a defect pixel determination unit configured to determine whether the target pixel is a defect pixel by comparing a defect level of the target pixel with a defect detection threshold according to a type of the pixel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shigeru Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 8235207
    Abstract: A jigsaw puzzle transporting system having a bottom part, a base plate and a lid is provided. An at least substantially vertically projecting frame is present on the bottom part for peripherally surrounding the base plate. A shoulder with a holding face fitting into the frame projects from the lid. Side faces, mutually facing in a closed position, of the shoulder and of the frame cooperate for releasably locking the shoulder in the frame. The shoulder in the closed position is positioned, relative to the base plate received in the frame, such that a distance between the holding face and an upper surface, facing the latter, of the base plate is less than a jigsaw puzzle piece height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH
    Inventor: Sabine Dietenberger
  • Patent number: 8237627
    Abstract: A head-mounted device for mounting on the head of a user includes a first pressing member for pressing a first portion of the head from a first direction; a second pressing member for pressing a second portion of the head from a second direction that is different from the first direction; a string member that concatenates the first pressing member and the second pressing member; a structure that guides the string member so that the first and the second pressing members move in the first and the second directions, respectively, according to changes in the length of the string member; and an adjusting unit that adjusts the length of the string member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Nakabayashi, Toshiyuki Yasuda, Toshiki Ishino, Yoshihiro Saito, Toshiyuki Okuma, Kazuhide Miyata, Hiroshi Komatsu
  • Patent number: 8238266
    Abstract: A communication device includes a recognition unit configured to recognize a service provided by a network, a generation unit configured to generate a packet to be transmitted to an external device that provides the service recognized by the recognition unit based on a priority set to the packet according to the recognized service when the service is recognized by the recognition unit, and a connection unit configured to establish a connection with the external device using the packet generated by the generation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Hamada
  • Patent number: 8231013
    Abstract: Articles comprising a fibrous support of nanofibers and an interfacially polymerized polymer layer disposed on a surface of the fibrous support are useful, e.g., as fluid separation membranes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
    Inventors: Benjamin Chu, Benjamin Hsiao, Kyunghwan Yoon
  • Patent number: 8231160
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for carrying a hose or other tubular member. The device includes a first base member releasably connected to a second base member. The first and second base members operate to form a plurality of openings sized to receive a length of hose or other tubular member. The plurality of openings may be configured to permit charging of the hose without removing the hose from therein. The device may include a locking mechanism for selectively securing the first base member to the second base member. The locking mechanism may define a handle for supporting the device. The locking mechanism may further include a handle release for selectively unlocking the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Edward McEnaney
  • Patent number: 8233454
    Abstract: A management apparatus instructs a wireless terminal wirelessly connecting to a first base station to switch wireless connection to a second base station. After the wireless terminal switches the wireless connection to the second base station as instructed, the wireless terminal transmits a message for updating information used for determining a forwarding destination of the message received by the relay apparatus. The relay apparatus updates the information used for determining the forwarding destination of the received message based on the message transmitted from the wireless terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8226669
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device comprising: a packaging box for the flexible material part, dimensioned to hold said part flat; folding means for folding said part without direct handling; and a reception tube for receiving said folded flexible material part. The invention is characterized in that the folding means comprise; a traction suture connected to the flexible material part, which passes through the tube, and, walls forming a funnel whereof the base emerges proximate to the opening of the tube through which the flexible material part is designed to be inserted into said tube, said funnel being designed, when a traction is exerted on the traction suture, to gradually fold down the zones of the part located laterally relative to the tube towards the zone of the part located opposite the opening of said tube, to enable the part to be inserted into the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sofradim Productions
    Inventors: Bernard Detruit, Michel Therin, Pierre Bailly
  • Patent number: 8226695
    Abstract: An adjustable occipital plate includes a central body portion having a plurality of arms extending therefrom in a generally Y-shaped configuration. Two of the arms include elongate slots for slidably receiving retaining members therein. Each retaining member includes a U-shaped channel for receiving a spine rod and a set screw. The central body portion and one arm include openings for receiving bone screws therein. Each of the arms may be angled with respect to the central body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Moore, John Kostuik, Steven A. Brown
  • Patent number: 8222166
    Abstract: Membranes suitable for microfiltration, ultrafiltration (UF) and nanofiltration (NF) filters are provided. Such membranes may include a nanofibrous scaffold, optionally in combination with a non-woven substrate and/or a coating of a polymer and a functionalized nanofiller. Suitable membranes may also include a coating of a polymer and a functionalized nanofiller on a substrate, which can include a non-woven membrane, a nanofibrous scaffold, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
    Inventors: Benjamin Chu, Benjamin S. Hsiao, Dufei Fang, Kwang-Sok Kim
  • Patent number: 8225360
    Abstract: A communication system includes an image pickup device and an information processing apparatus. The image pickup device is connectable to a printer, and the information processing apparatus is connectable to a server device. The image pickup device includes an acquiring unit that acquires printer information indicating information on the printer if the image pickup device is connected to the printer and a transmitting unit that transmits the printer information acquired by the acquiring unit to the information processing apparatus if the image pickup device is connected to the information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus also includes a display control unit that displays, on a display unit, an indication that the printer indicated by the printer information can be registered with the server device, based upon the printer information transmitted from the transmitting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yosato Hitaka
  • Patent number: 8216280
    Abstract: An orthopedic device is described for stabilizing the spinal column between first and second vertebral bodies. The device has first and second screws adapted for fixation to the first and second vertebral bodies, respectively. The device further includes an elongated ligament with a first end connected to the first screw and the second end operatively connected with the second screw. The ligament is made preferably of a nickel titanium alloy selected to have ductile inelastic properties at body temperature and is capable of plastic deformation to allow relative constrained motion between the vertebral bodies. The preferred nickel titanium has a martensite/austenite transition temperature above body temperature. In a preferred embodiment, the second pedicle screw includes a bearing for receiving the ligament in a slidably engageable relationship. The device further includes optional first and second dampening members surrounding the ligament for restraining the spinal column during flexion and extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: K2M, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick M. White
  • Patent number: 8218317
    Abstract: A computer system is disclosed having an enclosure having a plurality of components. The computer system further includes a first chamber including a first set of cooling devices; and a second chamber including solely a set of components and a second set of cooling devices. The second chamber is located adjacent to the first chamber, and the set of components includes components not included in the first chamber. The set of components includes solely a plurality of storage components selected from the group consisting of a CD-ROM and a hard drive. Air flow is unidirectional from a front side of the enclosure to a rear side of the enclosure. Further, air flow is prevented from flowing between the first chamber and the second chamber by a solid separation mechanism there between. The first chamber has an air flow path independent of the air flow path of the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Panagiotis Tsakanikas
  • Patent number: 8215223
    Abstract: Several ceramic armor systems are provided herein. One such system is a ceramic armor system for personnel. Such system includes an integral ceramic plate, or a plurality of interconnected ceramic components providing an integral plate. The ceramic has a deflecting front surface or a flat front surface, and a rear surface. A front spall layer is bonded to the front surface of the ceramic plate. A shock-absorbing layer is bonded to the rear surface of the ceramic plate. A backing is bonded to the exposed face of the shock-absorbing layer. A second such system is a ceramic armor system for vehicles. Such system also includes an integral ceramic plate, or a plurality of interconnected ceramic components providing an integral plate. The ceramic plate has a deflecting front surface or a flat front surface, and a rear surface. A front spall layer is bonded to the front surface of the ceramic plate. A shock-absorbing layer is bonded to the rear surface of the ceramic plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Aceram Materials and Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Petru Grigorie Lucuta, Gilles Pageau, Vlad Lucuta
  • Patent number: D663125
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Mr. BAR-B-Q-, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Zemel
  • Patent number: D663159
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Mr. BAR-B-Q-, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Zemel
  • Patent number: D663531
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Mr. BAR-B-Q-, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Zemel
  • Patent number: D664398
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Mr. BAR-B-Q-, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Zemel
  • Patent number: D665178
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Mr. BAR-B-Q, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Zemel