Patents Represented by Attorney Chalker Flores, LLP
  • Patent number: 8346534
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and a system for automatic keyword extraction based on supervised or unsupervised machine learning techniques. Novel linguistically-motivated machine learning features are introduced, including discourse comprehension features based on construction integration theory, numeric features making use of syntactic part-of-speech patterns, and probabilistic features based on analysis of online encyclopedia annotations. The improved keyword extraction methods are combined with word sense disambiguation into a system for automatically generating annotations to enrich text with links to encyclopedic knowledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: University of North Texas System
    Inventors: Andras Csomai, Rada Mihalcea
  • Patent number: 8345264
    Abstract: A sensor, sensor assembly and a method of sensing, in which the sensor is in contact with a material or structure and the sensor directly measures one or more property changes in the material by means of light reflection and scattering using a reflective target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Haiying Huang, Uday Shankar Tata
  • Patent number: 8343342
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating a liquid includes: (a) a pump volute or hydrocyclone head having an inlet and an outlet, (b) a throat having a first opening, a second opening and a central axis, wherein the first opening is connected to the outlet of the pump volute or hydrocyclone head, (c) a tank connected to the second opening of the throat, and (d) a wave energy source having a first electrode within the pump volute or hydrocyclone head that extends through the outlet into the first opening of the throat along the central axis of the throat, and a second electrode within the tank that is spaced apart and axially aligned with first electrode. The liquid is supplied to the inlet of the pump volute or hydrocyclone head, and is irradiated with one or more wave energies produced by the wave energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Foret Plasma Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Foret
  • Patent number: 8337709
    Abstract: A method for treating a liquid using an apparatus includes: (a) a pump volute or hydrocyclone head having an inlet and an outlet, (b) a throat having a first opening, a second opening and a central axis, wherein the first opening is connected to the outlet of the pump volute or hydrocyclone head, (c) a tank connected to the second opening of the throat, and (d) a wave energy source having a first electrode within the pump volute or hydrocyclone head that extends through the outlet into the first opening of the throat along the central axis of the throat, and a second electrode within the tank that is spaced apart and axially aligned with first electrode. The method includes the steps of providing the above-described apparatus, supplying the liquid to the inlet of the pump volute or hydrocyclone head, and irradiating the liquid with one or more wave energies produced by the wave energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Foret Plasma Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Foret
  • Patent number: 8333988
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for tissue-specific targeted delivery of therapeutic agents through the use of tissue-specific peptidomimetic ligands are disclosed herein. The ligand comprises a composition of formula A-scaffold-A? and one or more hydrophobic anchors covalently linked to the scaffold. The A and A? compounds linked to the scaffold comprise monovalent peptidomimetic compounds wherein each monovalent peptidomimetic compound is selected from the group consisting of fragments IKs, GKs, IDs, GSs, GTs, VSs, TKs, KTs, ARs, KIs, KEs, AEs, GRs, YSs, IRs, and morpholino.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: GRADALIS, Inc.
    Inventor: Nancy Smyth Templeton
  • Patent number: 8333283
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a cyclone separator (1) which comprises an inlet section (2), a first cone (3) and a steady flow section (7) that are connected in succession, wherein the inlet section (2) is provided with at least one tangent inlet (11) with which a inflow pipe (8) is connected; the first cone (3) is tapered downwards; the steady flow section (7) is an elongated cylindrical pipe with an outlet (12) at its tail; characterized in that it further comprises a second cone or tapered body (4) positioned above the inlet section (2) and connected with the same, wherein the second cone or tapered body (4) is tapered upwards and has a top opening (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sino-Gas & Oil Technology, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ling Zhang
  • Patent number: 8329004
    Abstract: An apparatus for protection of metallic materials from corrosion comprising an electrical power source (5) and a conductor (7) coupled to the power source. An anode (11) is electrically coupled to the conductor. The anode is configured to be secured proximal to the metallic materials to be protected from corrosion and has an exterior surface (13) formed predominantly of electrically conductive polymer and an interior filled with particulate carbonaceous material. The anode comprises a hollow cylinder (13) formed of electrically conductive polymer, the cylinder having an interior. A metallic tube (15) is secured to and in electrical communication with the interior of the cylinder. An anode conductor (17) is electrically coupled to the metallic tube and extends from the interior of the cylinder to the exterior of the cylinder for connection to the conductor coupled to the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: AEP & T, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Steven Georgia
  • Patent number: 8329044
    Abstract: A method of and apparatus for treating liquids flowing in a thin film around a source of wave energy to directly expose the liquid to the wave energy, preferably generated in whole or part by an electrical arc between carbon electrodes. In addition to the wave energy generated by the electrical arc, energy generated by cavitation of the flowing liquid may be used in treating the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Foret Plasma Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Foret
  • Patent number: 8329449
    Abstract: A reverse phase extraction method for the recovery of triglycerides from aqueous slurries of algae is described herein. The present invention discloses the use of immobilized anion exchange and lipid binding resins. As the algae flows past the resin, triglycerides adhere while the bulk of the algae flows through. The lipids, useful for generating biofuels are then are eluted off the resin. The method of the present invention does not require prior drying of the algae, is inexpensive, and does not destroy the algal biomass which can be used for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Martin Poenie, Jessica Jones, James Beach
  • Patent number: 8329472
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a method for suppressing foam formation by identifying a gene involved in foam formation during culture of an acetic acid bacterium and reducing or deleting the function of a protein encoded by the gene, a method for more efficiently producing vinegar that contains a high concentration of acetic acid by using an acetic acid bacterium in which foam formation has been suppressed by the above method, and vinegar produced by the above production method. An acetic acid bacterium with suppressed foam formation was obtained by isolating a gene encoding a protein involved in foam formation during culture of an acetic acid bacterium, then by altering the gene by a modification to reduce or delete the function of a protein involved in foam formation. Further provided is a method for efficiently producing vinegar with higher concentration of acetic acid with the use of the acetic acid bacterium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mizkan Group Corporation
    Inventor: Aya Iida
  • Patent number: 8324523
    Abstract: An apparatus for synergistically combining a plasma with a comminution means such as a fluid kinetic energy mill (jet mill), preferably in a single reactor and/or in a single process step is provided by the present invention. Within the apparatus of the invention potential energy is converted into kinetic energy and subsequently into angular momentum by means of wave energy, for comminuting, reacting and separation of feed materials. Methods of use of the apparatus in the practice of various processes are also provided by the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Foret Plasma Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Foret
  • Patent number: 8302302
    Abstract: Ribbons containing e.g. inorganic NMOS devices are assembled in electrical contact with ribbons containing e.g. PMOS devices (preferably organic) to enable flexible electronic textile circuits, e.g. displays, to be inexpensive and practical for a wide for a variety of functions. The use of ribbons provides flexibility, reduces costs, and allows testing during assembly and different processes to be efficiently used for different components. This is apparently the first time that ribbons (especially inorganic-device-containing ribbons) have been interconnected to form a flexible CMOS electronic textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventor: Bruce Gnade
  • Patent number: 8298764
    Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for contacting one or more cells with a random RNA-containing library, treating the contacted cells and with a denaturing agent or digestion with one or more nucleases, and extracting from the cells one or more internalized nucleic acids resistant to the nucleases or denaturants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Andrew D. Ellington, Matthew Levy, Amy Yan, Ted Chitai Chu
  • Patent number: 8299049
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an anoikis-inducing agent comprising a Tiarella polyphylla extract, a tiarellic acid compound isolated therefrom or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, which is specific to cancer cells expressing a tumor-associated antigen L6 or a homolog thereof. The Tiarella polyphylla extract, the tiarellic acid compound isolated therefrom or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof of the present invention leads to loss of cell adhesion to reduce cancer cell proliferation and exhibits the effect of inducing cell death in cancer cells expressing a tumor-associated antigen L6 or a homolog thereof, thereby being used for preventing and treating cancer diseases due to a tumor-associated antigen L6 or a homolog thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology
    Inventors: Hyeong-Kyu Lee, Sei-Ryang Oh, Kyungseop Ahn, Joongku Lee, Sangku Lee, Ho-Jae Lee, Doo-Young Kim, Jung-Hee Kim, Eun-Ah Kim, Soon-Ja Choi, Soo Hyun Kim, Jung Weon Lee, Su-Yong Choi
  • Patent number: 8292718
    Abstract: A system for multi-level wagering has one or more multi-level wagering accounts in which accumulated play value is stored. A computer may be used to track play value in the multi-level wagering accounts. Play value is distributed from a portion of the sales price of other multi-level wagering accounts, e.g., until a predetermined play value is achieved. One or more multi-level gaming machines may be operated by play value from the multi-level wagering accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph J. Tallal, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8288025
    Abstract: The present invention includes method, compositions and devices including acid-base polymer membranes with high proton conductivity at low relative humidity, good thermal and mechanical stabilities and low methanol crossover. The acid-base polymer membrane includes an acidic polymer mixed with a basic polymer. The acidic polymer includes an acidic group attached to an aromatic polymer, while the basic polymer includes at least one heterocyclic ring structure attached to an aromatic polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Arumugam Manthiram, Yongzhu Fu
  • Patent number: 8287404
    Abstract: The present invention includes programs, devices and methods for a programmable ball throwing machine that is able to eject balls to preset, programmed or manually-selected positions with programmable projection and travel characteristics. The present invention includes a computer implemented method for controlling the parameters of a ball flight and trajectory in three dimensions including one or more parameters to identify a flight and trajectory of a ball in three dimensions for one or more player positions and a processor to control one or more motors in response to the one or more parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: PrecisionSports Robotics, LLC
    Inventors: Romulo J. Cucjen, Dennis Randall Duron
  • Patent number: 8283464
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a process for synthesizing sucralose, which comprises reacting sucrose with acetic anhydride in the solvent of a N-amide compound in the presence of an organic complex alkali metal salt catalyst to produce sucrose-6-acetate, and then chlorinating and deacetylating the sucrose-6-acetate to give sucralose. The present invention also discloses a process for purifying sucralose, which comprises purifying crude sucralose with one or more organic solvents to obtain purified sucralose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignees: Zhejiang Hangzhou Xinfu Pharmaceutical, Co., Ltd., Shanghai Tongchen Biotech, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xinmin Chen, Yanbing Bai, Jianxin Peng
  • Patent number: 8278810
    Abstract: The present invention provides a glow discharge cell comprising an electrically conductive cylindrical vessel having a first end and a second end, and at least one inlet and one outlet; a hollow electrode aligned with a longitudinal axis of the cylindrical vessel and extending at least from the first end to the second end of the cylindrical vessel, wherein the hollow electrode has an inlet and an outlet; a first insulator that seals the first end of the cylindrical vessel around the hollow electrode and maintains a substantially equidistant gap between the cylindrical vessel and the hollow electrode; a second insulator that seals the second end of the cylindrical vessel around the hollow electrode and maintains the substantially equidistant gap between the cylindrical vessel and the hollow electrode; a non-conductive granular material disposed within the gap, wherein the non-conductive granular material (a) allows an electrically conductive fluid to flow between the cylindrical vessel and the hollow electrode
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Foret Plasma Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Todd Foret
  • Patent number: 8276831
    Abstract: A box truck for supplying sufficient electrical power and compressed air flow to enable spray foam contractors to use specialized equipment to foam insulate buildings. Such a truck has the necessary generator and air compressor systems mounted within the chassis of the vehicle and said systems do not take up valuable cargo space within the truck box, while utilizing components present in normal box truck designs to assist in their operation. The generator system is hydraulically powered and utilizes a PTO (Power Take-Off) mechanism to use power from the truck power train to drive the hydraulic system. The air compressor is a screw type compression system and is belt driven off the truck engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Keith D. Rutherford