Patents Represented by Attorney Davidson Berquist Jackson & Gowdey, LLP
  • Patent number: 8353003
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a flow of data from a network interface controller (NIC) to a host processor coupled to the NIC. Data such as IP packets are received by the NIC and may be transmitted to the host processor for further processing such as firewall processing. The NIC is in communication with the host processor using, for example, a software driver running on the host processor. The NIC may monitor the processing load on the host processor as it handles packet data received from the NIC. As the processing load increases, the NIC may begin to throttle the quantity of packets being sent to the host processor in order to avoid overloading the host processor. The throttling may be governed by a heuristic throttling function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Exelis Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Paul Noehring, David Allan Schollmeyer, Chad William Mercer
  • Patent number: 8337390
    Abstract: An intracardiac device for restoring the functional elasticity of the cardiac structures, in particular for the treatment of cardiomyopathies and or valvulopathies, by storing energy from the cardiac structures and ceding energy to the cardiac structures during the cardiac cycle, has an elongated shape, is at least partially wound in coils and is attachable to a cardiac structure; the coils are selected in material, number and dimension so as to allow an elastic elongation of the intracardiac device higher than 10% of the rest length of the intracardiac device and are exposed, in use, to the blood flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: CUBE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Paolo Ferrazzi
  • Patent number: 8333645
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new system and method of gaming on a computer system. In particular, the invention relates to a novel method of playing games such as poker (and variations thereof) and other games where the player is provided with the opportunity to participate in a bonus round of play for an accumulated jackpot when the results of a regular round of play trigger access to the bonus round. The system and method are particularly suited for deployment on a video lottery terminal (VLT) slot machine or other computer gaming system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Techlink International Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: John Emmanuel Xidos, Vincent Joseph White, Geoff David Gabriel, Michael Patrick Jessome, Mark Christopher Nordine, Ian Grosvenor Coville, Franklin Timmons
  • Patent number: 8326514
    Abstract: A drive for an internal combustion engine having a predetermined take-up rate (TU) and comprising a drive pulley, a driven pulley, a shoe and an oil wet toothed belt cooperating in contact with a guiding surface of the shoe, presenting an optimized winding angle (?) of the guiding surface to decrease the power dissipated on the toothed belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Dayco Europe S.R.L.
    Inventor: Adriano Rolando
  • Patent number: 8326748
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system capable of automatic loan approval, in which lenders can both provide information to brokers regarding their loan policies, and in which brokers can obtain information regarding likely lender treatment of prospective borrowers. Thus, brokers search a database of possible loan programs made available by lenders, rather than lenders searching a database of possible loans made available by brokers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: IMX, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Klein
  • Patent number: 8325340
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for testing of LCD cells is disclosed. An LCD cell under test (14, 30) may be mounted to translatable table (40) between polarization state generator (10) and polarization state analyzer (16). For each location on cell (14, 30) to be tested, a variety of known polarization states (22) are launched through LCD cell (14, 30) and detected by polarization state analyzer (16). Electrical signals representative of polarization states are acquired by computer (18). Within computer (18), a model (58, 60) of polarization properties of LCD cell (14, 30) is developed based on estimations of what physical parameters of LCD cell (14, 30) are believed to be. RMS differences between simulated polarization properties and measured polarization properties are minimized by iteratively refining (60) modeled physical cell properties, at which point cell thickness and other physical parameters of the LCD cell may be deduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Axometrics, Incorporated
    Inventor: Matthew Smith
  • Patent number: 8325484
    Abstract: A heat-dissipating apparatus is installed on a circuit board which includes a board body formed with a plurality of apertures, a heat-generating element, and a lock member having an engaging hole. The heat-dissipating apparatus includes a base plate and a plurality of fastening elements. The base plate is abutted against the heat-generating element, and includes an engaging hook for engaging the engaging hole, and a plurality of through holes corresponding in position to the apertures. A plurality of connecting elements are disposed below the board body and correspond in position to the apertures. Each fastening element extends through a respective through hole, and is engaged to a respective connecting element after extending through a respective aperture. A plurality of spring members are respectively sleeved on and bias the fastening elements to move away from the base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Aopen Inc.
    Inventor: Kun-Hang Lo
  • Patent number: 8319728
    Abstract: A method and system to detect a correlation of movements of an input device, sent from a first location, with at least one configurable movement parameter set on a remote computer at a second location remote from the first location, wherein the method includes: (a) sending first movement information from the first location to the remote computer at the second location, the first movement information corresponding to a first movement of the input device; (b) tracking a resulting movement of a cursor of the remote computer at the second location in response to the remote computer having received the first movement information and utilized the at least one configurable movement parameter; (c) calculating predicted movements utilizing at least two possible values for the at least one configurable movement parameter; and (d) determining which of the at least two possible values provides the predicted movement most closely matching the resulting movement of the cursor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Avocent Huntsville Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Geffin, Craig Siegman, Brian Stewart, John Reed
  • Patent number: 8307364
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for handling client/server traffic and communications pertaining to the delivery of hypertext information to a client. The system includes a central server which processes a request for a web page from a client. The system operates by receiving a request for a web page from a client. If information for the requested web page is available in a cache, it is forwarded to the client. Otherwise, the relevant information for the requested web page is retrieved from the pertinent server and processed to generate additional relevant information for creating an annotated version of the requested web page which includes additional displayable hypertext information. In handling its communications with various processing/storage entities, the operating system running behind the central server utilizes a pool of persistent threads and an independent task queue to improve the efficiency of the central server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Leo S. Chang, Matthew J. Mucklow
  • Patent number: 8303214
    Abstract: A lay ramp for an underwater-pipeline laying vessel has an inside ramp hinged to the laying vessel; an outside ramp hinged to the inside ramp; and an actuating device having a first actuating assembly for rotating the inside ramp with respect to the laying vessel, and a second actuating assembly secured to the outside ramp and to the first actuating assembly to rotate the outside ramp with respect to the inside ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Saipem S.p.A.
    Inventor: Teresio Signaroldi
  • Patent number: 8302269
    Abstract: A fastening device includes a first female component and a second male component, each component adapted for attachment to a back panel, wing or strap of a garment or the like, the first component includes a plastic first plate having an inner side and an outer side. The second component includes a second plastic plate having an inner side and an outer side adapted to at least partially overlie the outer side of the first plate in use. The first plate is formed with a plurality of connecting recesses and the inner side of the second plate is formed with at least one connecting protrusion adapted to be releasably received and retained selectively in any one of the connecting recesses. The second plate is formed with a resilient nose inclined downwardly in the direction from its outer side towards its inner side and is deflected upwardly when the components are coupled together to bear resiliently against the outer side of the first plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Talon International, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond Pitman
  • Patent number: 8303241
    Abstract: A KHP system turbine for the production of energy in an underwater environment including a yaw stop arrangement for use in flowing steams where the flow direction of water therein is changeable, including bi-directional and multi-directional current flows, so that a rotatably mounted turbine remains in an optimal position within such changing flow conditions. The KHP turbine includes a rotational portion and one or two passive yaw stop assemblies that will control turbine yaw and keep the turbine oriented to capture energy from changeable underwater current flows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Verdant Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Corren, John Gray, Christopher Gray
  • Patent number: 8292765
    Abstract: A tensioner (1) for a belt drive comprises a base(2, 3) defining an axis (A), a mobile element (4) hinged onto axis (A) and defining a guiding surface (22), an elastic helical element (18) having a square or rectangular cross section for actuating the mobile element (4) and an idle pulley (5) surrounding the guiding surface (22). The tensioner (1) further comprises a journal bearing (4, 29, 32, 33) for supporting the pulley (5) on the guiding surface (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: DAYCO Europe S.r.L.
    Inventors: Adriano Rolando, Gianluca Pane
  • Patent number: 8291848
    Abstract: A traction system for operating lines, in particular mooring lines and/or production lines, of a floating production unit has a number of work stations distributed along the unit, at least at two ends of the unit, and engaged by respective operating lines; a main winch; and a cable transmission device having a duty cable connected to the main winch, and guide means for selectively routing the duty cable to each work station for attachment to a respective operating line; at least one auxiliary winch, having an auxiliary cable connectable to the duty cable, is used to unwind the duty cable off the main winch and run the duty cable, along paths defined by the guide members, into a number of positions close to respective work stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Fenini, Gianfranco Gamba
  • Patent number: 8286897
    Abstract: Electromagnetic fuel injector for gaseous fuels comprising: an injection nozzle controlled by an injection valve; a movable shutter to regulate the flow of fuel through the injection valve; an electromagnetic actuator, which is suitable to move the shutter between a closed position and an open position of the injection valve and comprises a fixed magnetic pole, a coil suitable to induce a magnetic flux in the magnetic pole, and a movable anchor suitable to be magnetically attracted by the magnetic pole; an absorption element, which is made of an amagnetic elastic material and is arranged between the magnetic pole and the anchor; and a protective element, which is made of a magnetic metal material having high surface hardness and is interposed between the absorption element and the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Magneti Marelli
    Inventors: Pasquale Dragone, Andrea Cobianchi, Mirco Vignoli
  • Patent number: 8287679
    Abstract: A method of forming a protective coat about a cutback between pipes forming part of an underwater pipeline provides for laying a thermoplastic sheet on a supporting sheet; and winding the thermoplastic sheet and the supporting sheet about the cutback to join the thermoplastic sheet to the cutback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: SAIPEM S.p.A.
    Inventor: Valerio Bregonzio
  • Patent number: 8285757
    Abstract: A file system for a storage device including a storage region, capable of storing one or more blocks of data; and a first data structure representing free space in the storage region, the first data structure comprising a location and a length of a block of free space in the storage region is disclosed. Methods of allocating storage, searching data and optimizing performance of the storage device file system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Weiya Xi, Wei Khing For
  • Patent number: 8276982
    Abstract: Described herein is a frame for a motor vehicle having a first body and a second body, which are rigidly connected to one another in such a way that they can be taken apart; the first body has a first connection bar set in a transverse direction, and the second body has a second connection bar set in a transverse direction, which is set parallel to, faces, and is in direct contact with the first connection bar and is bolted to the first connection bar itself by means of a number of bolts arranged vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ferrari S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Favaretto
  • Patent number: 8275857
    Abstract: An Intelligent Network Peripheral (INP) is equipped with a recording control processor that is connected to at least one internal or external recording device (e.g., hard drive, disk array, CD-recorder, DVD recorder, and/or tape device). Using the INP, a user may be prompted to perform an activity, such as (1) start a new recording session, (2) playback a recorded session, (3) delete a recorded session, (4) edit recording parameters (e.g., the number of stored frames, the length of a session to record, the resolution of the image to record), and (5) re-run a recorded session. An INP may be incorporated into a Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) switch, a Rack Connection Manager (RCM) and/or a Pod Extension Module (PEM) for recording at least one of video from and user input to a computer for diagnostic and other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Avocent Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Siegman, Steven Geffin
  • Patent number: 8272981
    Abstract: Pulley assembly for a continuously-variable vehicle transmission, comprising a support element having an axis, a first half-pulley rotationally connected to the support element, a second half-pulley facing the first half-pulley to define a seating adapted to house a drive belt, the second half-pulley being axially and circumferentially mobile in relation to the support element, and cam means functionally inserted between the second half-pulley and the support element to control the position of the second half-pulley. The cam means define a plurality of circumferential cavities carried by a peripheral portion of the second half-pulley, said cavities being defined by the first and second sides which are transverse to axis, and comprise a plurality of cam-followers which are connected to the support element and housed in the corresponding circumferential cavities to cooperate selectively with the first and second sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Dayco Europe S.r.L. Con Unico Socio
    Inventors: Alessio Galletti, Paolo Seta