Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Cook, Alex, McFarron, Manzo, Cummings & Mehler, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 7503474
    Abstract: A hydraulically actuated medical instrument includes an elongated shaft having proximal and distal ends, a hydraulically actuated end effector at the distal end of the shaft and a fluid flow path extending through the shaft to the end effector. The end effector may be directly manually operated by way of a handle located at the proximal end of the shaft or remotely, for example, via robotic controller. Articulation joints may be provided along the shaft, between the shaft and end effector or handle, or elsewhere. The hydraulic actuation of the present invention permits multiple axis instrument articulation, miniaturization and simplified instrument fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Cerebral Vascular Applications, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Hillstead, Bryan D. Knodel
  • Patent number: 7435231
    Abstract: A blood collection tube holder assembly is disclosed that includes a needle assembly including a piercing end and a non-piercing end and a generally cylindrical housing including a distal end engageable with the needle assembly, a proximal end adapted to receive a blood collection tube, and a sidewall extending between the proximal and distal ends. A cover is movably associated with the proximal end of the cylindrical body and movable between a closed position covering the proximal end and an open position opening the proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Marie Mathias, Michel Joie
  • Patent number: 7420660
    Abstract: Systems and methods for optically sensing characteristics of a blood flow provide a light source having a driver circuit that includes a source of constant current and a modulator that modulates the constant current at a selected carrier frequency for transmission to the light source. The systems and methods also include a light sensor for receiving light from the light source and producing a modulated output proportional to received light intensity. A receiver circuit including a bandpass filter is coupled to the light sensor to receive the modulated output and having a center frequency at or near the selected carrier frequency to eliminate frequency components above and below the selected carrier frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew R. Muller
  • Patent number: 7420210
    Abstract: A light emitting device having high definition, a high aperture ratio, and high reliability is provided. The present invention achieves high definition and a high aperture ratio with a full color flat panel display using red, green, and blue color emission light by intentionally forming laminate portions, wherein portions of different organic compound layers of adjacent light emitting elements overlap with each other, without depending upon the method of forming the organic compound layers or the film formation precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Toshiji Hamatani, Toru Takayama
  • Patent number: 7414267
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a semiconductor device with high reliability which has TFT of adequate structure arranged according to the circuit performance required. The semiconductor has the driving circuit and the pixel portion on the same substrate. It is characterized in that the storage capacitance is formed between the first electrode formed on the same layer as the light blocking film and the second electrode formed from a semiconductor film of the same composition as the drain region, and the first base insulating film is removed at the part of the storage capacitance so that the second base insulating film is used as the dielectric of the storage capacitance. This structure provides a large storage capacitance in a small area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Koyama, Hiroshi Shibata, Takeshi Fukunaga
  • Patent number: 7409955
    Abstract: A combined cigarette cutter and container includes a cigarette cutter illustratively engaged to an upper inside surface of a lid of a container which holds preferably a single cigarette (or cigar). The user may partially smoke it, cut off the used portion using the cutter, insert the unused portion in the container, and close the lid. This provides a convenient carrying mechanism to permit later consumption of the cigarette or cigar. In other embodiments, the case has curved major surfaces with a fixedly-fastened cutter adjacent to one of the end walls. The cutter can be omitted to provide a case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Origin-8, LLC
    Inventors: Beau Austin Mauldin, Richard Garret Mauldiin
  • Patent number: 7410587
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for high-precision separation of pharmaceutical or biotechnology liquids. The separation can be in accordance with direct flow filtration, tangential flow filtration or preparative chromatography. Movement of the pharmaceutical or biotechnology liquid within a flow path is controlled according to a selected pattern. Selected patterns include automatically and progressively increasing the flow rate within the unit, automatically and progressively increasing the pressure within the unit or initially proceeding according to a relatively high constant flow rate and switching to a relatively high constant pressure at a time when a given parameter is attained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Scilog, Inc.
    Inventor: Karl G. Schick
  • Patent number: 7411259
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to realize a semiconductor device having a high TFT characteristic. In manufacturing an active matrix display device, electric resistivity of the electrode material is kept low by preventing penetration of oxygen ion into the electrode in doping of an impurity ion. A display device having a low electric resistivity can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Toru Takayama
  • Patent number: 7407789
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the biotechnology field, more particularly, to novel recombinant staphylokinase (RGD/KGD-Sak) derivatives and the preparation the thereof. The derivatives, have a low polymerizing ability, low immunogenicity and a bifunctionality of thrombolytics and anticoagulant. Based on the trimensional structural analysis of the monomer and dimer of recombinant staphylokinases and their biochemical properties, we designed two novel bifunctional staphylokinase molecular structures. Mutant genes were constructed by PCR site-directed mutagenesis, which were then recombined with a prokaryotic vector and used to transform E. coli. Engineered strains with a high expression level were selected by screening and propagated by fermentation, followed by disruption of the cells, centrifugation to collect inclusion bodies, renaturation, and purification of RGD/KGD-SAK through a two-step method. After lyophilized, the polymerizing ability and immunogenicity of the products decreased significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Fudan University
    Inventors: Houyan Song, Gang Song
  • Patent number: 7405033
    Abstract: To provide a method for manufacturing a resist pattern designed to reduce a manufacturing cost by improving efficiency in the use of a resist material, a method for removing a resist pattern, and a method for manufacturing a semiconductor device. The present invention includes a step of forming a resist pattern by discharging a composition containing photosensitizer on a object to be processed under reduced pressure. The present invention includes a step of etching the object to be processed using the resist pattern as a mask, a step of irradiating the resist pattern through a photomask with light within a photosensitive wavelength region of a photosensitizer, and a step of removing the resist pattern on the object to be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Yasuyuki Arai, Yasuko Watanabe
  • Patent number: 7405713
    Abstract: A pixel suitable for constant current operation of an active matrix type EL display device. The pixel comprises a first switch of which one terminal is connected to a source signal line whereas another terminal is connected to a current-voltage conversion element, a second switch of which one terminal is connected to the current-voltage conversion element whereas another terminal is connected to a voltage storage means and a voltage-current conversion element, a pixel electrode which is connected to the current-voltage conversion element and the voltage-current conversion element, and a third switch of which one terminal is connected to the pixel electrode whereas another terminal is connected to the power source line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Koyama
  • Patent number: 7405132
    Abstract: In a semiconductor device having a substrate which has a metal surface, an insulating film which is formed on the substrate having the metal surface, and a pixel unit which is formed on the insulating film; the pixel unit includes a TFT, and wiring lines connected with the TFT, and a storage capacitor is constituted by the substrate (11) having the metal surface, the insulating film (12), and the wiring line (21). As the insulating film is thinner, and as the area of a region where the insulating film and the wiring line lie in contact is larger, the storage capacitor is endowed with a larger capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Arao, Atsuo Isobe, Toru Takayama
  • Patent number: 7405515
    Abstract: A display device using an organic light emitting element is provided which is structured so as to ensure excellent display performance by avoiding dot defect and improve long-term reliability. The distance between an organic light emitting element and a sealing substrate is controlled using the top of a bank that is placed in a pixel portion and the top of an insulating film that is placed in a driving circuit portion. As a result, a gap is provided between the organic light emitting element and the sealing substrate and a damage to the organic light emitting element can be avoided. Furthermore, the sealing substrate can be as close to an element substrate as possible, thereby keeping the amount of moisture that enters the display device from its sides small.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Rumo Satake
  • Patent number: 7405432
    Abstract: The present invention provides a highly controllable device for exposure from the back side and an exposure method, and also provides a method of manufacturing a semiconductor device using the same. The present invention involves exposure with the use of the back side exposure device of which a reflecting means is disposed on the front side of a substrate, apart from a photosensitive thin film surface by a distance X (X=0.1 ?m to 1000 ?m), and formation of a photosensitive thin film pattern in a self alignment manner, with good controllability, at a position a distance Y away from the end of a pattern. The invention fabricates a TFT using that method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroki Adachi
  • Patent number: 7402467
    Abstract: A reduction in contaminating impurities in a TFT, and a TFT which is reliable, is obtained in a semiconductor device which uses the TFT. By removing contaminating impurities residing in a film interface of the TFT using a solution containing fluorine, a reliable TFT can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaya Kadono, Shunpei Yamazaki, Yukio Yamauchi, Hidehito Kitakado
  • Patent number: 7403179
    Abstract: An electro-optical device having a plurality of pixels including a plurality of EL elements, wherein the electro-optical device provides a gray scale display by controlling a period of time at which the plurality of the EL elements emit light in one frame period; the plurality of the EL elements have a first electrode and a second electrode; the first electrode is held at a constant potential; and a potential of the second electrode changes in such a manner that a polarity of an EL driving voltage, which is a difference between the potentials applied to the first and second electrodes, is inverted for each one frame period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Koyama, Kazutaka Inukai, Shunpei Yamazaki, Mai Osada
  • Patent number: D574240
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Silgan White Cap Americas LLC
    Inventor: Dennis A. Szczesniak
  • Patent number: D574670
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Fleming Sales Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Grady
  • Patent number: D581136
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: James E. Cross
  • Patent number: D591745
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Tony J. Lee, Adam T. Belote