Patents Represented by Attorney DLA Piper US LLP
  • Patent number: 8060146
    Abstract: In a base station device (10), a reference installation direction storage unit (54) stores at least one reference installation direction serving as a reference installation direction. An acceleration sensor (52) measures an installation direction of the base station device. An inclination judgment unit (56) calculates inclination angles each defined by each reference installation direction stored in the reference installation direction storage unit (54) and the installation direction measured by the acceleration sensor (52). Moreover, the inclination judgment unit (56) judges whether each of the inclination angles exceeds a predetermined value. Then, an installation error alarm unit (58) issues a predetermined alarm when the inclination judgment unit (56) judges that some or all of the inclination angles exceed the predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Nobuaki Takamatsu, Shiro Ohmasa
  • Patent number: 8032394
    Abstract: A particular system and methodology by which a drug or medical therapy regimen is defined for any particular patient in a manner that takes not only a drug or therapy's effectiveness into account, but also an entire spectrum of relevant clinical dimensions so as minimize the possibility of harmful interactions while simultaneously maximizing pharmacotherapy potential. Furthermore, as a consequence of its construction, no medically relevant rule can be overlooked by the reasoning system. The system and methodology utilizes a computerized dimensional indexing system implementing multiple databases and performs therapeutic determinations by symbolic structural reasoning with respect to database elemental indices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Anvita, Inc.
    Inventor: Ahmed Ghouri
  • Patent number: 8007778
    Abstract: Methods useful in the regulation of myocardial contraction are disclosed. The methods are useful in the regulation of heart function. The invention reveals that sorcin overexpression enhances cardiac contractile performance and establishes the concept of sorcin as a regulator of myocardial contractility. The invention also provides screening assays that allow for the identification of agents that modulate sorcin expression. Such agents are useful, for example, for diagnosing cardiac contractile function associated disorders in subjects, and treating the subjects with the agents identified as being able to modulate sorcin expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Wolfgang H. Dillmann, Jorge Suarez, Darrell Belke, Bernd Gloss
  • Patent number: 7879228
    Abstract: A system for collecting and disposing of liquid medical waste includes a fluid collection cart and a draining and cleaning station. The fluid collection cart includes a pair of containers, each of which includes a draining port and a cap. Each cap includes an outer portion having a flushing port and a bore formed therein and an inner portion having vacuum and patient ports formed therein. The inner cap portion is disposable and removably positioned within the bore of the outer cap portion. Liquid level detectors also communicate with each container. The cart also includes a regulator so a low vacuum level may be pulled on one of the containers while a full vacuum level is pulled on the other container. Fluids are collected in the containers via suction tubes connected to the patient ports. The flushing and drain ports of the containers are connected to corresponding flushing and drain connectors on the station when the containers are full so that they may be drained and flushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Dornoch Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Dunn, Lawrence E. Guerra
  • Patent number: 7808400
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of (1) providing continuous monitoring of various operating and environmental characteristics using RFID technology or similar wireless technology and (2) capturing data on historical events that have occurred on the circuits used for the transmission and distribution of electric power. The invention has the additional capability to communicate the information to operators at the site, in remote locations, or to other equipment (peer to peer). The invention provides a low cost method and apparatus to monitor and store operating characteristics and events on the electric power distribution circuit. The information can be used to reduce the duration of outages, for improving system reliability, to study the impact on the power grid of various environmental factors, to enhance the ability to react to operating conditions such as overloads, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Marmon Utility LLC
    Inventor: Norman D. McCollough
  • Patent number: 7805814
    Abstract: Cable support hanger insulators are provided herein that generally have a ratchet locking mechanism to secure an electrical conductor to the insulator. Cable support hanger insulators are provided that have an insulator body, a locking base connected to the insulator body, and a retaining clamp pivotally connected to the insulator body. The insulator body has a seat adapted to receive a conductor cable, a front end, a back end, a first side, and a second side. The locking base has a front plate having a plurality of ratchet teeth. The retaining clamp comprising a first retaining arm, a second retaining arm, and a locking blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Marmon Utility LLC
    Inventor: May K. Cho
  • Patent number: 7737655
    Abstract: A controller allows use of a battery protection circuit that limits electrical current to a safe level regarding short circuits and hazardous locations as well as determining each battery configuration having a voltage-temperature profile associated with that enhances cold weather operation; high battery temperatures are also detected and then rectified by the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Koehler-Bright Star, Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Devaney, Mark Dirsa
  • Patent number: 7710069
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of (1) providing continuous monitoring of various operating and environmental characteristics using RFID technology or similar wireless technology and (2) capturing data on historical events that have occurred on the circuits used for the transmission and distribution of electric power. The invention has the additional capability to communicate the information to operators at the site, in remote locations, or to other equipment (peer to peer). The invention provides a low cost method and apparatus to monitor and store operating characteristics and events on the electric power distribution circuit. The information can be used to reduce the duration of outages, for improving system reliability, to study the impact on the power grid of various environmental factors, to enhance the ability to react to operating conditions such as overloads, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Hendrix Wire & Cable, Inc.
    Inventor: Norman D. McCollough
  • Patent number: 7699560
    Abstract: Dump element for forming a spatial structure (500, 501) such as a filtering or skeleton construction with such dumped dump elements. The dump element (99) comprises a first elongated, curved hook part (1), a second elongated, curved hook part (2), and a spacer (3) between the first (1) and the second hook part (2), which spacer holds said hook parts (1, 2) spaced apart and interlocks them. With a method for forming a spatial structure, dumped dump elements randomly interlock. In a spatial structure, hook parts of individual dump elements lying near each other interlock while then, the hook parts intersect in their longitudinal directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Anome B.V.
    Inventor: Joseph Maria Hoebe
  • Patent number: 7690817
    Abstract: An illumination device includes a base board, an insulator, a conductor, a plurality of semiconductor light-emitting elements and a light-transmissive sealing member. The base board includes a surface and projection portions. The projection portion is formed to become gradually thicker from its end toward the surface of the base board. The insulator is formed on the surface. The conductor is formed on the insulator. The semiconductor light-emitting elements are mounted on the projection portions. The semiconductor light-emitting elements are electrically connected to the conductor via connection members. The sealing member covers the insulator, the projection portions, the semiconductor light-emitting elements and the connection members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Sanpei, Yumiko Hayashida, Masahiro Izumi, Kiyoshi Otani, Yutaka Honda, Shinji Nogi
  • Patent number: 7681743
    Abstract: A gravity feed display rack for supporting and displaying merchandise is provided. The rack has a merchandise channel support structure featuring a number of rods. Inner and outer dividers featuring merchandise supports and longitudinally extending walls are positioned on the rods in a sliding fashion. End portions of the rods feature adjustable latch slots and at least one outer divider features connectors with locking projections that engage the adjustable latch slots of the merchandise channel support structure. As a result, the dividers are located in spaced apart relationship upon the merchandise channel support structure and may be adjusted to accommodate varying sizes of merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Source 1 Displays, a division of Fortune Resources
    Inventors: Peter Hanretty, Shao Hua Li
  • Patent number: 7681997
    Abstract: An inkjet recording apparatus comprises an inkjet recording head, an ink-testing unit having an ink-test chamber, a pressure-vibration generating unit that generates a pressure vibration in the ink-test chamber, a pressure-vibration detecting unit that detects the pressure vibration, an ink inlet that introduces ink into the ink-test chamber and an ink outlet through which ink is discharged from the ink-tester chamber. Failures of ink ejection can be prevented by detecting cavitation cores by the ink-test chamber and removing ink containing the cavitation cores from ink supplied to the inkjet recording head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Ryutaro Kusunoki, Tomoka Takanose, Toshio Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 7583935
    Abstract: A method of communicating data between a first transceiver and any of a plurality of second transceivers, wherein areas serviced by each of the plurality of second transceivers either overlap or are adjacent. The method comprises operating the first transceiver and the plurality of second transceivers in an overlapping frequency range. Each of the plurality of second transceivers operates in a time period different from a time period of another of the plurality of second transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Telcom Ventures, LLC
    Inventors: Rajendra Singh, George Ron Olexa
  • Patent number: 7525778
    Abstract: A semiconductor integrated circuit having protection elements for protecting a MOSFET of a high accuracy analog circuit from plasma damage generated during a manufacture of the semiconductor integrated circuit is provided. The protection elements operate at a lower voltage of PN junction breakdown voltage so as to prevent transistors from degrading or having dielectric breakdown due to plasma damage. A differential amplifier includes first and second n-channel MOS transistors for constructing a differential input pair. A first protection element comprising a plurality of gate-drain connected MOS transistors coupled as a cascade is provided between the gate of the first n-channel MOS transistor and a first differential input terminal. A second protection element comprising a plurality of gate-drain connected MOS transistors coupled as a cascade is provided between the gate of the second n-channel MOS transistor and a second differential input terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Nobutaka Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 7522165
    Abstract: A human body is three-dimensionally reproduced to create a computer-rendered model. The model is dynamically manipulable to adjust or customize the dimensions of the model to specified measurements. Computer renderings of garments are stored in the computer. The model may be “clothed” with one or more garments, the representation of a garment being accurately adjusted to reflect its fit on a model of the model's particular dimensions. The computer will accurately represent the specific dimensions of the items of clothing in relation to the customized dimensions of the virtual mannequin. The virtual mannequin may be rotated and may be animated to thereby model the clothing and observe the interaction of the clothing with the environment. Once satisfied to the accuracy/appropriateness of the clothing, the computer can output appropriate dimensional, color, and related coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Zenimax MediA, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher S. Weaver
  • Patent number: 7512916
    Abstract: A method for determining a layout which passes testing for electrostatic discharge in a semiconductor device, includes extracting an electrostatic discharge protection network including pads, nets and protective elements; setting start pads and end pads in the electrostatic discharge protection network; finding inter-pad voltages between the start pads and the end pads and electrostatic discharge current paths from the start pads to the end pads; grouping together the electrostatic discharge current paths in the same order; calculating estimated values of electrostatic discharge withstand voltages between the start pads and the end pads and groups to which the start pads and the end pads belong using a negative correlation between the inter-pad voltages and corresponding electrostatic withstand voltages; and determining whether the layout passes testing regarding electrostatic discharge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Sachio Hayashi
  • Patent number: 7500107
    Abstract: A security system comprises a log-in device including at least one biometric device for receiving current biometric data from a user. The log-in device compares the current biometric data of the user with pre-stored biometric data for all authorized users. At least one regulated device is in communication with the log-in device, wherein the log-in device regulates access to the at least one regulated device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Inventor: Michael Arnouse
  • Patent number: D601777
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Wells Lamont Retail Group
    Inventor: Linda Rolfe
  • Patent number: D614135
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: TE Wire & Cable LLC
    Inventors: David E. Bowser, Patrick Arnone
  • Patent number: RE41712
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Jan Glas