Patents Represented by Attorney DeMont & Breyer, LLC
  • Patent number: 8244456
    Abstract: Methods for validating track databases based on the contents of a geological database. The track database stores a piecewise-polynomial spline as a geometric representation of the track, along with offsets from spline points to represent the geo-locations of features on the track. After the computations associated with the geometric representation are completed and the track database is populated, the geo-locations of features in the track database are checked for consistency with the geo-locations of monuments in the geological database. If the geo-location of a feature in the track database is found to differ by more than a threshold distance from its projected geo-location, as computed from offsets from a monument in the geological database, then corrective action is taken. The illustrative embodiment also enables the validation of data values in the track database and relationships among track features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Charles W. Morris
  • Patent number: 8212414
    Abstract: A resonant, contactless, RF power coupling suitable for high power-density applications and for use in an ocean environment is disclosed. In the illustrative embodiment, the power coupling includes a transmit coupling and a receive coupling, each of which include a resonant element. A high-powered RF generator is coupled to the transmit coupling and a rectifier circuit is coupled to the output coupling. Each of the resonant elements is disposed in its own electrically-conductive canister and advantageously potted in an appropriate insulating dielectric. Each canister has an open end to facilitate inductive coupling between the two resonant elements. In order to exclude seawater from the interface between the canisters, a seal of compliant material is disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert James Howard, John W. Rapp, Stanley Soonachan
  • Patent number: 8206651
    Abstract: The illustrative embodiment of the present invention is a system and a method for the detection and limited identification of biological agents. The system is small, light weight, requires little power to operate and uses few consumables. The system can be configured for use in either stationary or mobile applications. The system incorporates elements that enable it to obtain an air sample, extract particulates from the air sample, exposes the particulates to electromagnetic radiation, and monitor for fluorescent emissions. To the extent that fluorescent emissions are detected and exceed a predetermined value, an alarm is triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Scott M. Maurer, Ryan C. Brewer, Larry D. Jackson, Kevin J. Kofler, Mark J. Derksen
  • Patent number: 8209455
    Abstract: The invention relates to a control and/or data-transmission system comprising a number of I/O modules connected in series one adjacent to the other and a control and/or data-transmission module, as well as a control and/or data-transmission module for controlling I/O modules for such a control and data-transmission system. The invention proposes a control and data-transmission system that comprises a number of I/O modules connected in series one adjacent to each other, wherein each I/O module comprises at least one I/O signal channel and also at least one first signal terminal for connecting the I/O signal channel to a data bus and at least one second signal terminal for connecting a bus subscriber to the I/O signal channel, and wherein the system comprises a control and/or data-transmission module that comprises control electronics for the selective control of the number of I/O modules and that forms a detachable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Alexander Rasche, Hans-Peter Hudetz, Udo Haumersen
  • Patent number: 8203478
    Abstract: A distributed and coordinated electronic warfare system is disclosed, which comprises a plurality of autonomous, geographically-distributed, mobile units (e.g., soldiers, vehicles, etc.), each of which carries an electronic warfare module. Each electronic warfare module comprises: a telecommunications transceiver for enabling the electronic warfare modules and their users to communicate with each other, and a threat-detection receiver for detecting potentially hostile radio signals, such as those that are used to detonate IEDs; and a jamming transmitter for transmitting sequences of electromagnetic pulses to interfere with potentially hostile radio signals, and an electronic warfare controller for coordinating the efforts of the electronic warfare modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas S. Huneycutt
  • Patent number: 8205005
    Abstract: The invention relates, in particular, to an automation system (10; 110), in which a programmable logic control device (20; 120) can be connected via a network (100; 200) to a database system (60; 160). So that the programmable logic control device (20; 120) can exchange data directly with the database system (60; 160), the programmable logic control device (20; 120) has a first driver module (42; 132) associated with a physical interface (50; 150) for controlling data transmission via the network (10; 110) and also a second driver module (41; 132) for controlling the data exchange with the database device (60; 160).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Gerd Leseberg, Werner Pollmann
  • Patent number: 8203816
    Abstract: A circuit breaker is disclosed that provides a warning that the current through the circuit breaker exceeds a warning threshold. The circuit breaker comprises: a switch that carries a current I; an indicator for alternatively indicating: (i) that the current I has not exceeded IW, and (ii) that the current I has exceeded IW; and an actuator in series with the switch that: (i) causes the indicator to indicate that the current I has exceeded IW when and only when the current I has exceeded IW, and (ii) opens the switch when and only when the current I exceeds IT; wherein 0<IW<IT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Walter Michael Pitio, Allen Francis Santamaria
  • Patent number: 8203339
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a magnetic field generator for generating a magnetic field of a predetermined orientation, an element provided in the apparatus at a location that, in use, is within a region of the magnetic field having the predetermined orientation generated by the generator, and a device for determining an angle between the element and the magnetic field, the device comprising a Hall Effect sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: University of Southampton
    Inventors: Ole Gustav Johannessen, Malcolm Harris Levitt
  • Patent number: 8198990
    Abstract: The invention relates to a touch-sensitive front panel for a touch screen with a touch-insensitive front-panel area (107) and a touch-sensitive front-panel area (103) that can be distinguished haptically from the touch-insensitive front-panel area (107) or from an additional touch-sensitive front-panel area (105).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Olaf Prein
  • Patent number: 8191729
    Abstract: Device and method for mixing bone cement, for injection into vertebra in particular, comprising a mixing beaker (1), manual stirring rod (6) and a cover (2), which fits in said mixing beaker (1) with a perfect fit, and the lowermost point of which features an extraction hollow cone (3) in which an extraction syringe for extraction by suction of bone cement mixed in said mixing beaker (1) is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: aap Biomaterials GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan Deusser, Christoph Sattig
  • Patent number: 8193073
    Abstract: An improved method for producing a plurality of parts (30) from a plate-type substrate (20) is disclosed, comprising the steps of: (a) laterally separating the parts (30) from a plate-type substrate (20) fixed on a first vacuum plate (3); (b) sucking the parts (30) on a first vacuum plate (3); and (c) detaching the separated parts (30) from the first vacuum plate (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventor: Jörn Besinger
  • Patent number: 8193482
    Abstract: An imaging sensor having sensitivity at the single-photon level is disclosed. The sensor comprises an array of pixels, each of which comprises a negative-feedback avalanche diode and a read-out circuit that includes a counter. The counter keeps track of the number of photons detected by the diode during a given time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Princeton Lightwave, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Allen Itzler
  • Patent number: 8191818
    Abstract: A method whereby a relatively faster-moving vessel recovers a relatively-slower moving vehicle includes, in some embodiments, causing a first faster-moving vehicle to move along a first circular path, deploying a cable radially inward from the first circular path such that a free end of the cable circumscribes a second circular path having a radius smaller than that of the first circular path, attracting a second slower-moving vehicle to the free end of the cable, and coupling the second vehicle to the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Louis J. Larkin
  • Patent number: 8195014
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for optically detecting the presence of an analyte in a solution is presented. An embodiment comprises a waveguide resonator that is optically coupled to a fluid in a fluidic conduit so that the resonant wavelength of the waveguide resonator is based on the refractive index of the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Octrolix BV
    Inventors: Rene Gerrit Heideman, Ronald Dekker
  • Patent number: 8182176
    Abstract: A pipe comprising a flexible membrane that is disposed over a plurality of spaced-apart tendons is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen L. Bailey, Alan K. Miller
  • Patent number: 8180940
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for the transmission of cyclic and acyclic data by means of a transmission channel between at least two user devices connected to the transmission channel, with a protocol-specific cyclic data transmission being carried out at least between one user device functioning as a master and at least one user device functioning as a slave. During an impending transmission cycle, data to be transmitted is checked against corresponding data of a preceding cycle with regard to redundancy and currency. Upon detection of an impending transmission cycle for which redundant data without new information content is provided, acyclic data is inserted in lieu of said data in the data field provided for said data. The transmission channel effectively counteracts disadvantages previously resulting from a ring structure and a linear structure, and combines advantages of the one topology group with advantages of the other topology group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Andre Korrek
  • Patent number: 8174706
    Abstract: A system and method for dispersion-force-based actuation are disclosed. In some embodiments, a light beam is used to change the dispersion force between two spaced apart surfaces. The change in the dispersion force causes a change in the gap between the surfaces. The actuation system can be used in conjunction with a deformable mirror to provide an improved adaptive optics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: InterStellar Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Fabrizio Pinto
  • Patent number: 8170225
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for adapting a vibration isolation system as well as to an arrangement with a vibration isolation system. By constructive measures in the environment of the vibration isolation system, particularly plane-parallel surfaces areas are avoided and thereby disturbing environmental influences are reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Integrated Dynamics Engineering GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Heiland
  • Patent number: 8166039
    Abstract: A method of processing information related to documents in a collection of linked documents. For each respective document in all or a portion of said collection, one or more auxiliary page ranking vectors associated with the respective document are quantized. A search query comprising one or more search terms is received. Using a document index that represents said collection of linked documents, a plurality of documents is identified. Each document in the identified plurality of documents includes at least one term that matches a search term in the search query. For one or more respective documents in the plurality of documents, one or more of the auxiliary page ranking vectors associated with the respective document are decoded. The plurality of documents are then ranked using the decoded auxiliary page vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventor: Taher H. Haveliwala
  • Patent number: 8164662
    Abstract: A digital image-processing device with a Bayer sensor and an image memory is provided in which the image data of the sensor is written into an image memory, and from this image memory, image data in the Bayer format with a length L and a width B is written continuously into a data buffer, and in which the sample values are combined by means of a computational device with the help of adders, in each case symmetrically to a central point of one or more (2n+1)×(2n+1) neighborhoods, and one or more (n+1)×(n+1) matrices are derived by means of the computational device, and from this (n+1)×(n+1) matrix or these matrices, with the help of additional adders, at least one n×n matrix is formed, and a first color component is in each case calculated from this by means of an adder network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Baumer Optronic GmbH
    Inventors: Ingo Rueckert, Oliver Vietze, Joachim Ihlefeld