Patents Represented by Attorney Dority & Manning
  • Patent number: 8307660
    Abstract: A combustor nozzle includes a center body and a shroud circumferentially surrounding at least a portion of the center body to define a passage between the center body and the shroud. A guide between the center body and the shroud can pivot with respect to the center body. A method for supplying fuel to a combustor includes flowing a working fluid through a nozzle at a mass flow rate and flowing a fuel through the nozzle. The method further includes sensing a flame holding event inside the nozzle and pivoting a guide inside the nozzle to increase the mass flow rate of the working fluid flowing through the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Jason Thurman Stewart, Thomas Edward Johnson
  • Patent number: 8308468
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for loading a tread press are provided. More specifically, the present invention provides for loading a tread band onto a tread press while suspending the tread band above the mold elements as the tread band is moved into the proper longitudinal position within the tread press. Lateral positioning can also be provided using the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignees: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin, Michelin Recherche et Technique
    Inventors: Bernard Papin, Theophile Henry Louchart, William Gibbs Pike
  • Patent number: 8308162
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing a secondary lottery game with a first instant lottery game in an instant lottery game ticket is disclosed. The player purchases an instant lottery game, where chances for winning instant prizes are provided to the player. The player may also be provided a chance to win entry with predetermined entry indicia into a secondary lottery game if the instant lottery ticket indicates that the player has won a ticket to the secondary lottery game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Kyle Rogers
  • Patent number: 8308535
    Abstract: A device for processing a carcass part of slaughtered poultry in a processing line is provided. The carcass part is supported on a carrier that moves in the processing line. The device includes device for cutting and/or removing of the wishbone from the carcass part. The device is arranged such that the device for cutting and/or removing of the wishbone can be a knife equipped to cut the wishbone and disconnect it from the membrane and/or ligament with an increased yield of meat that is retained on the carcass part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Ferdinand Allard De Vos, Hendrik Jan Jonkers, Hermanus Laurentius Zomerdijk, Michael George Lourentius Koopman, Pieter Willem Vonk, Willem Cornelis Steenbergen
  • Patent number: 8311741
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing routing information to a user are disclosed. Based on a request for routing information between an origin and destination for a travel objective, wireless coverage data for the geographic area associated with the travel objective is received. A graph model for determining routes between the origin and destination is adjusted based at least in part on the wireless coverage data. According to particular aspects of the present disclosure, the graph model can be adjusted based on the wireless coverage data and at least additional parameter such as estimated trip time, average speed, distance, favored routes or traffic information. User information can be optionally provided and used to emphasize or deemphasize wireless coverage data in the determination of the route for the travel objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Jan Lawther, Luke David Macpherson, Andrew Foster
  • Patent number: 8303262
    Abstract: A wheeled, manually movable, internal combustion engine powered trash pump is mounted in a rigid frame formed of tubular steel elements. A pair of aligned wheels is pivotally mounted independently to each opposite side of the frame. Each pair of aligned wheels is provided with a pivot pin mechanism that enables the rear wheels to be lifted off the ground to facilitate pivoting the unit on the front wheels. Each pair of aligned wheels is selectively detachable from the frame to facilitate shipping. The internal combustion engine is mounted toward the front end of the frame. The upper front portion of the frame houses a fuel tank completely within the outline of the frame, and the tank holds more than two gallons of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Bobby L. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8306749
    Abstract: Methods and systems for route summarization are described herein. The method includes generating a route from an origin to a destination, the route including a plurality of maneuvers. One or more maneuvers are removed from the plurality of maneuvers based, at least in part, upon geographic information about a selected user. A summarized route is generated that reflects the removal of the one or more maneuvers from the plurality of maneuvers such that the summarized route has fewer maneuvers than the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Morten Just Petersen, Noam Ben Haim, Jens Riegelsberger
  • Patent number: 8302273
    Abstract: A joining unit contains a spindle drive in the form of a hollow shaft motor that encloses a spindle. The hollow shaft motor serves to achieve a linear movement of a joining tool for the execution of a joining process. The joining unit contains instruments for the presetting and/or determination of the forces exerted and/or the movement of the joining tool during the joining process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Kistler Holding AG
    Inventor: Alexander Müller
  • Patent number: 8303289
    Abstract: An improved method and container for forming billets using hot isostatic pressing is provided. The improved method and container have features that control the deformations of the container during the high temperatures and pressures experienced in such processing so as to provide a billet having a predetermined shape such as, for example, substantially parallel, convex, and/or concave sides. Conservations of the powder used for the billet and more efficient use of the container upon the resulting billet can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: George Albert Goller, Raymond Joseph Stonitsch, Jason Robert Parolini, Daniel Y. Wei
  • Patent number: 8303261
    Abstract: A wheeled, manually movable, internal combustion engine powered air compressor is mounted in a rigid frame formed of tubular steel elements. A pair of aligned wheels is pivotally mounted independently to each opposite side of the frame. Each pair of aligned wheels is provided with a pivot pin mechanism that enables the rear wheels to be lifted off the ground to facilitate pivoting the unit on the front wheels. Each pair of aligned wheels is selectively detachable from the frame to facilitate shipping. Two gas storage tanks are mounted to the bottom of the frame and disposed side-by-side. The internal combustion engine is mounted toward the front end of the frame. The upper front portion of the frame houses a fuel tank completely within the outline of the frame, and the tank holds more than two gallons of fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Bobby L. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 8303779
    Abstract: Methods of depositing a transparent conductive oxide layer on a substrate are generally disclosed. A shield of greater than about 75% by weight molybdenum can be attached to a first surface of a substrate such that the shield contacts at least about 75% of the first surface. The shield can then be heated via an energy source to cause thermal exchange from the shield to the substrate to heat the substrate to a sputtering temperature. A transparent conductive oxide layer can then be sputtered on a second surface of the substrate at the sputtering temperature. Methods are also generally disclosed for manufacturing a cadmium telluride based thin film photovoltaic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: PrimeStar Solar, Inc.
    Inventor: Jennifer A. Drayton
  • Patent number: 8303383
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for mechanically processing an organ or organs taken out from slaughtered poultry in a processing device or processing line, which organ or organs form part of an organ package and wherein the organ or organs are separated from the organ package. The organ package is spatially oriented by the processing device without notably breaking tissue connections in the package, and in a preselected order so as to cause the harvesting of organs from the package to occur in a preselected sequence that depends on the location of the organ package in the processing device or processing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Tom Cornelis Jansen, Remco Spijker
  • Patent number: 8297788
    Abstract: An LED light assembly includes a plurality of LED printed circuit boards (PCB), with each LED PCB having at least one LED bulb and electrical connector pads configured at each opposite end of the boards. At least one electrical connector is configured to connect one end of a first LED PCB to an end of a second said LED PCB such that the first and second LED PCBs are electrically connected end-to-end. The connected LED PCBs may be configured in a light tube that includes connector end caps for mounting the light tube in a light fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: AVX Corporation
    Inventor: Peter Bishop
  • Patent number: 8297933
    Abstract: A wind turbine blade has a leading edge and a trailing edge and includes an upper shell member and a lower shell member. The shell members include transversely spaced attachment edge that are spaced rearward of the leading edge. A preformed bond cap having opposite legs with rearward edges is mounted to the attachment edges of the upper and lower shell members. The bond cap is preformed into an aerodynamic parabolic shape and size so as to define the leading edge of said blade and lie essentially flush with the upper and lower shell members. The bond cap defines a primary external bonding bridge between the upper and lower shell members and defines at least a portion of the leading edge of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Amir Riahi
  • Patent number: 8299778
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and methodology for providing approaches to remove or reduce thermal drift of the magnetic sensitivity of Hall sensor devices, to improve the stability of resulting signals of interest. Samples of a particular signal or signals of interest having improved stability make for advantageous use in conjunction with electricity meters. At the same time, associated designs and related components have greater simplicity, for reduced complexity in implementation. Among alternative embodiments, a gating structure selected of various present alternative designs may be used to partially cover, to an intentionally selected degree, an active area of a Hall sensor, so that a zero-drift supply current value may likewise be selected so as to satisfy other criteria which may be applicable to use of the Hall sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Youcef Haddab, Alexandre Kerlain, Vincent Mosser, Hartman Van Wyk
  • Patent number: 8300387
    Abstract: A capacitor assembly that is thermally and mechanically stable in high temperature environments is provided. Thermal stability is provided by enclosing and hermetically sealing the capacitor element within a housing in the presence of a gaseous atmosphere that contains an inert gas, thereby limiting the amount of oxygen and moisture supplied to the solid electrolyte of the capacitor. To provide the assembly with good mechanical stability, a polymeric restraint is also employed that is positioned adjacent to and in contact with one or more surfaces of the capacitor element. Without intending to be limited by theory, it is believed that the strength and rigidity of the polymeric restraint can help the capacitor element better withstand vibrational forces incurred during use without resulting in delamination. In this manner, the capacitor assembly is able to better function in high temperature environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: AVX Corporation
    Inventors: Ivana Zednickova, Martin Biler
  • Patent number: 8301931
    Abstract: A portable time transfer device is provided to transfer accurate date/time to reader devices and, thus, the reader devices do not have to be connected to a source of accurate time. A host computing system is configured to synchronize the portable time transfer device to a network, GPS, or other source of precise (accurate) time. Once the portable time transfer device is synchronized to the accurate date/time by the host computing system, the portable time transfer device is ready to be used by reader devices or any other devices (e.g., laptops, etc.) which need to maintain accurate time regardless of the connectivity to a network or GPS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 8299975
    Abstract: An embedded antenna for facilitating wireless transmission of utility meter data is disclosed, where in one embodiment an RF antenna is a part of the faceplate of the utility meter. In another embodiment the utility meter faceplate is a single-layer or a multi-layer printed circuit board (PCB) with the RF antenna printed on any desired layer. Such faceplates may be labeled to be viewable from outside of the meter housing and/or have openings to accommodate visual access to an output display of the meter consumption information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Itron, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry L. Savage, Kirby K. Nelson, III, Michael D. Rock
  • Patent number: 8292381
    Abstract: A consumer appliance with a soft open door mechanism includes a cabinet having top and a bottom and defining an opening along a front side. A door has a top and a bottom and is attached by a hinge to the front side of the cabinet. The hinge is at a bottom of the door so that the door is movable between an upright position closing the opening and a substantially horizontal position opening the opening. A spring is mounted in the cabinet so as to oppose movement of the door toward the horizontal position. A damping device is mounted within the cabinet activatable by an opening movement of the door toward the horizontal position to slow the door motion. The damping device is not active until the door has moved a distance from the upright position toward the horizontal position. Again, various options and modifications are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aaron Matthew McDaniel, John Alexander Gardner
  • Patent number: D669719
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Green, Bastiaan Roelof Tjaden, Joseph Elisabeth Oberdorf