Patents Represented by Attorney Crawford Maunu PLLC
  • Patent number: 8346346
    Abstract: Imaging, testing and/or analysis of subjects are facilitated with a capillary-access approach. According to an example embodiment, a capillary is implanted into a specimen and adapted to accept an optical probe to facilitate optical access into the specimen. In some applications, the capillary is implanted for use over time, with one or more different probes being inserted into the capillary at different times, while the capillary is implanted. Certain applications involve capillary implantation over weeks, months or longer. Other applications are directed to the passage of fluid to and/or from a sample via the capillary. Still other applications are directed to the passage of electrical information between the sample and an external arrangement, via an implanted capillary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Mark Jacob Schnitzer, Juergen Claus Jung
  • Patent number: 8346000
    Abstract: A variety of methods, devices, systems and arrangements are implemented for processing and coding of video images. According to one such implementation, a method is implemented for encoding a sequence of images. A plurality of orthogonal transforms is implemented on a set of N images, where N is greater than one. The images are linked by motion fields that include sets of respective portions of the images. In particular, the construction of a motion-compensated orthogonal transform is accomplished for the important case where at least one portion of any of the N images—or any part of this portion—is used more than once to motion-compensate other portions of the N images—or parts thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Markus H. Flierl, Bernd Girod
  • Patent number: 8344908
    Abstract: Managing traffic signal preemption data accumulated at a plurality of intersections. In one approach a method includes reading the preemption data stored at each of the intersections. The preemption data includes for each preemption request an emitter code, and a date and a time the preemption request was submitted. The preemption data read from the intersections are stored in a database, and each emitter code is associated with a vehicle name in the database. Selected preemption data and associated vehicle names are read from the database in response to user input, and the selected preemption data and associated vehicle names are displayed. The database further stores data identifying the intersection from which the preemption data was read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Randal Johnson
  • Patent number: 8341097
    Abstract: Circuits, devices and methods for processing learning networks are implemented using a variety of methods and devices. One example involves a circuit-implemented method to identify a relationship of objects in a set of objects. Local scores are generated for the object and possible parents. The local scores indicate relationship strength between object and parent. The results are stored in a memory. A state-machine circuit is used to perform sampling and searching of the parent sets for each data node. The local scores are used to encode orderings of the parent. An algorithm is executed that uses the encoded possible orderings and a random variable to generate and score a current order and a proposed order of the possible parent sets. The proposed orders are accepted or rejected based on probability rules applied to the scores for the current and proposed orders. Structures are sampled to assess a Bayesian-based relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Teresa H. Meng, Wing H. Wong, Narges Asadi Bani
  • Patent number: 8325728
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for. In one aspect, a method includes detecting, by an end point, a first broadcast message specifying a first network identifier for a first PLC network and a first unique substation identifier for a first substation processing unit that belongs to the first PLC network. Data is encoded with the first network identifier and the first unique substation identifier and the encoded first data is transmitted to the first substation processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Landis+Gyr Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Zeppetelle, Stanley E. McHann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8325062
    Abstract: Managing traffic signal preemption at a plurality of intersections. In one approach a security level code that specifies one of a plurality of security levels for at least one jurisdiction is input. The security level controls which emitter codes are allowed to preempt traffic signals at the intersections in the jurisdiction. A set of emitter codes for the plurality of intersections in the jurisdiction is determined in response to the security level code. The set of emitter codes is downloaded to a plurality of preemption controllers at the plurality of intersections in the jurisdiction. Each preemption controller accepts a preemption request only if the preemption request contains an emitter code indicated by the downloaded set of emitter codes as being allowed to preempt traffic signals at the intersections in the jurisdiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Global Traffic Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David Randal Johnson
  • Patent number: 8323744
    Abstract: A variety of methods, devices, systems and arrangements are implemented involving nanowire meshes. One such method is implemented to include synthesizing metal nanowires in a solution containing a structure-directing agent. The metal nanowires are deposited on a substrate to form a sheet of nanowires. The deposited metal nanowires are heated to a temperature less than about 200 degrees Celsius and for a period of time of about 10 minutes to 60 minutes, thereby removing the structure-directing agent and modifying the electrical conductivity and optical transmittance of the sheet of nanowires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Steve T. Connor, Jung-Yong Lee, Yi Cui, Peter Peumans
  • Patent number: 8316981
    Abstract: A vehicle drive arrangement is controlled with an actuator arrangement. According to an example embodiment, an actuator arrangement includes a rotatable gear having pins thereon that are applied to a latch and rocker arm to selectively engage and lock a vehicle drive system. In some applications, gear is rotated to apply a first pin to move the latch for selective engagement of the vehicle drive system, and to apply the second pin for selective locking of the engagement, during which selective locking the rotation of the first pin does not cause movement of the latch. Other embodiments are directed to vehicle drive systems and vehicles, such as all-terrain vehicles, employing drive systems and an actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: American Gear Products, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Nyberg, James R. Preston
  • Patent number: 8313904
    Abstract: Characteristics of a chemical or biological sample are detected using an approach involving light detection. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, an assaying arrangement including a light detector is adapted to detect light from a sample, such as a biological material. A signal corresponding to the detected light is used to characterize the sample, for example, by detecting a light-related property thereof. In one implementation, the assaying arrangement includes integrated circuitry having a light detector and a programmable processor, with the light detector generating a signal corresponding to the light and sending the signal to the processor. The processor provides an output corresponding to the signal and indicative of a characteristic of the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Abbas El Gamal, Helmy Eltoukhy, Khaled Salama
  • Patent number: 8306607
    Abstract: Characteristics of biological substances, such as cerebral cortex matter, are sensed. According to an example embodiment, the present invention is directed to a negligibly-intrusive, multi-layer integrated circuit arrangement for monitoring activity of an area of a cerebral cortex that would normally be covered by an anatomical layer. The multi-layer integrated circuit arrangement includes an optics layer located outside the cerebral cortex area that includes an emitter and a detector. The optics layer is adapted for implantation in the anatomical layer and for sensing at least one brain-activity parameter. The multi-layered integrated circuit arrangement also includes a data-processing layer that includes a digital-processing circuit that is adapted for assimilating neural data in response to the optics layer sensing at least one brain-activity parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Ofer Levi, Evan P. Thrush, James S. Harris, Stepehn J. Smith, Krishna V. Shenoy
  • Patent number: 8304523
    Abstract: Nanowires are constructed using a variety of methods. Using one such method, a nanowire material is introduced to a microtubule lumen as a solution. The nanowire material is solidified to form a nanowire substantially within the microtubule lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior Universtiy
    Inventor: Ryan K. Louie
  • Patent number: 8300634
    Abstract: A variety of methods, systems, devices and arrangements are implemented for communications using a mobile communications device. In connection with various embodiments, one such method relates to routing calls specifying an endpoint device, from a mobile communications device to the endpoint device, using a call forwarding/routing service provider that establishes a connection with the endpoint device. The established connection may include, for example, a Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) connection. In some implementations, the authentication server is contacted (e.g., via the Internet) to authenticate the call to be made via the call forwarding/routing service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: 8x8, Inc., MobileMax, Inc.
    Inventors: Ramprakash Narayanaswamy, Bryan R. Martin, Raanan Cohen, Gaddi Menahem
  • Patent number: 8300552
    Abstract: External-services data are processed for use in a user facility in a manner that enables easy user interface and control. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, an arrangement for processing external-services data includes an audio, video, and data signal bussing arrangement adapted to distribute audio, video, and data to designated points in a user facility. A plurality of appliances are communicatively coupled to the bussing arrangement and adapted to receive and process one or more audio, video, and data signals. A user input device is adapted to command a network interface unit (NIU) to process the external-services data for use at a particular one of the plurality of appliances in the user facility. External-services data is delivered over the bussing arrangement and to one or more of the plurality of appliances using the (NIU).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: 8x8, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Barraclough, Bryan R. Martin, Philip Bednarz, Paul Voois
  • Patent number: 8290031
    Abstract: For use in or as part of a communications system benefiting from compensation for one or more non-idealities of components in the communications system, aspects of the invention are directed to providing compensation for such non-idealities. An example method which is applicable in a system that receives a pilot signal having an expected amplitude, includes determining a received amplitude for the received pilot signal using at least one of the components of the communications system, and using feedback indicative of a comparison of the determined received amplitude and the expected amplitude, compensating for a non-ideality of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Boris Murmann, Yangjin Oh
  • Patent number: 8275116
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, a networked contact center that includes multiple platforms to host multiple tenants. Example embodiments include receiving a message associated with one of the tenants and identifying one or more of the platforms associated with the message. For some example embodiments, the networked contact center may allow the platform to access a data location that is both associated with the tenant and shared by two or more of the multiple tenants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: 8x8, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Southwick, Robert Townsend, Mansour Salame
  • Patent number: 8270694
    Abstract: A variety of embodiments relate to systems, methods, circuits and devices are implemented to perform location-based correlations. One such embodiment relates to a circuit-implemented method for use with an actual probe within an anatomical structure. For a virtual probe at a virtual location within a model of the anatomical structure, virtual image data captured by the virtual probe is generated. The virtual image data is assessed through a probabilistic comparison of the virtual image data to actual image data captured by the actual probe at an actual location. Based upon the assessment, a correlation is updated between the actual location of the actual probe and a sensed location of the actual probe to provide synchronicity between the sensed location and actual location. For maintaining the synchronicity between a subsequently sensed location and subsequent actual location, the assessment is used to select a new virtual location for the virtual probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventors: Aditya Koolwal, Christopher R. Carlson, Federico Barbagli
  • Patent number: 8252405
    Abstract: The present invention provides single-walled carbon nanotubes and systems and methods for their preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Hongjie Dai, David Mann, Guangyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 8255330
    Abstract: Various aspects relate to systems, methods or devices for processing overdrafts made by customers. A particular embodiment is directed towards, a system that is configured to receive transaction data from customer-oriented terminals. The transaction data includes requests for monetary transfers on behalf of customers that hold a checking or savings account at a financial institution. In response to receiving the transaction data, the system accesses customer account information, which can include the amount of funds in the checking or savings accounts. The system determines whether sufficient funds exist in the accounts to cover the financial transactions. In response to a potential overdraft of one or more customer accounts, stored customer information is accessed to determine and authorize overdraft deferment eligibility of the customer based upon the stored customer information. The system defers an overdraft fee by providing a grace period during which funds can be transferred to cover the overdraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: U.S. Bank National Association
    Inventors: Valerie Felice Cameo, Mark Dickelman, Victoria Ann Vogt
  • Patent number: RE43863
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for initializing a processor based device having a processor that controls an electrical load, such as a motor. The electrical load is initially operationally controlled using startup code executed by the processor. Processor control of the electrical load is next temporarily released so that the electrical load operates in an open control mode while the startup code is displaced with application code during a “brain transplant” operation. Processor operational control of the electrical load is thereafter resumed using the application code and the device is placed in an operational ready mode. The apparatus preferably comprises a data storage device and the electrical load preferably comprises a spindle motor configured to rotate a data storage medium on which the application code is stored, as well as an actuator motor which supports a data transducing head used to access the application code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Wayne Lawrence Felts
  • Patent number: RE43883
    Abstract: A method for creating a high efficiency, error minimizing code is provided. In addition, an apparatus having a high efficiency, error minimizing code is provided. In particular, the present invention provides a high efficiency, error minimizing code for use in connection with systems having a communication channel in which identifiable dominant errors occur, and that is used to transmit data that may be usefully applied in the system even though the received signal is not exactly equal to the original signal. Furthermore, the present invention provides a code that may be used to constrain the effects of dominant errors in a communication channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Steve McCarthy, John Seabury