Patents Represented by Attorney Dorsey & Whitney
  • Patent number: 8348961
    Abstract: A surgical introducer for an implant, such as a gastric band. The introducer has a shaft portion with a longitudinal axis extending through proximal and distal sides. A guide bore extends longitudinally through the shaft portion to extend the shaft to slide over an elongated guide member. A band-pulling member is disposed on the distal side and is configured to retain the implant in a loaded position on the shaft and to pull the implant in this position across an incision, such as across an abdominal wall, through an implantation site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Automated Medical Products Corporation
    Inventor: Sidney Appel
  • Patent number: 8352679
    Abstract: Techniques are generally described for methods, systems, data processing devices and computer readable media configured to decrypt data to be stored in a data cache when a particular condition indicative of user authentication or data security has occurred. The described techniques may also be arranged to terminate the storage of decrypted data in the cache when a particular condition that may compromise the security of the data is detected. The describe techniques may further be arranged to erase the decrypted data stored in the cache when a particular condition that may compromise the security of the data is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Wolfe, Thomas Martin Conte
  • Patent number: 8348349
    Abstract: A conveyor system for an open pit mine may include one or more conveyor lines. The conveyor lines are used to transport material from one location in the mine to another location. The material transported may be a waste material, such as overburden material, or coal. The conveyor lines may move from a first end of the pit to a distal second end. When the conveyor lines reach the second end, they may reverse direction and return towards the first end. During this reversal in direction of travel, equipment may be selectively swapped between the conveyor lines. The conveyor lines may include at least one mobile bridge conveyor. Each mobile bridge conveyor may support one or more conveyors that transport the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ThyssenKrupp Robins, Inc.
    Inventor: Christof Brewka
  • Patent number: 8347446
    Abstract: A tool for cleaning a drainage structure comprises a rod having a center longitudinal axis, a barrel housing having a proximal opening and a distal opening, the barrel housing having a center longitudinal axis and coupled coaxially to the rod, the barrel housing having an outside dimension that can be accommodated within the drainage structure, the distal opening of the barrel housing having a sinusoidal tearing contour. The tool further comprises a plurality of cutting implements radially coupled to and between the rod and the barrel housing, the cutting implements having a distal cutting edge and being angularly oriented to facilitate sweeping debris in a selected direction, and the barrel housing and cutting implements operable to rotate about the center longitudinal axis of the rod to dislodge and loosen debris inside the drainage structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Harr Technologies, Inc
    Inventor: Robert E. Harr
  • Patent number: 8351289
    Abstract: A phase change memory array may include at least one cell used to determine whether the array has been altered by thermal exposure over time. The cell may be the same or different from the other cells. In some embodiments, the cell is only read in response to an event. If, in response to that reading, it is determined that the cell has changed state or resistance, it may deduce whether the change is a result of thermal exposure. Corrective measures may then be taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Brand, Jason Snodgress
  • Patent number: 8351665
    Abstract: Software systems, arrangements and processes for evaluating an image associated with at least one portion of an anatomical structure are provided. For example, first information associated with the at least one portion of the anatomical structure second information associated with the at least one portion of the anatomical structure can be received. Third information can be generated by determining a relationship between the first information and the second information. Further, the image can be evaluated using a predetermined pathological scoring criteria and the third information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventors: Guillermo J. Tearney, Brett Eugene Bouma, John A. Evans
  • Patent number: 8351272
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for reducing power consumption in digital circuits, particularly circuits including a charge pump. A driver may selectively drive a signal line, such as a memory device wordline, between a first voltage, which may be a voltage generated by the charge pump, and a different second voltage. A coupling circuit may be coupled between the signal line and the charge pump to selectively couple the signal line to the charge pump responsive to the signal line being driven from the first voltage to the second voltage. For example, the first voltage may be a voltage generated by the charge pump, and the second voltage may be a voltage having a lesser magnitude. As a result, the voltage on the signal line may be discharged into the charge pump when the voltage of the signal line transitions from the first voltage to the second voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Harish N. Venkata
  • Patent number: 8350607
    Abstract: A clock generator having a delay locked loop and a delay control circuit. The delay locked loop receives an input clock signal and adjusts an adjustable delay circuit to generate an output clock signal that is synchronized with received input clock signal. The delay control circuit coupled to the delay locked loop generates a control signal to initialize the delay measure operation to adjust the adjustable delay circuit, after comparing the phase difference of the input clock signal and the output clock signal. The delay control circuit further generates a start measure control signal to start measuring a delay applied to the measurement signal propagating through the adjustable delay circuit, and generates a stop measure control signal to stop the delay measurement of the measurement signal. The delay adjustment of the delay locked loop is then adjusted to apply the delay measurement when synchronizing the input and output clock signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jongtae Kwak
  • Patent number: 8348181
    Abstract: A shower assembly having a plurality of spray modes for expelling water includes a housing having a water inflow and a water outflow. The shower assembly provides a manifold defining a cavity having a sidewall. One or more mode apertures formed in the sidewall of the cavity are in fluid communication with the water outflow. A radial mode changer provided in the shower assembly defines a hollow passageway in fluid communication with the water inflow, and further defines a plurality of recessed ports in fluid communication with the hollow passageway. The radial mode changer is rotatably received in the cavity of the manifold and may be rotated relative to the manifold to align at least one of the recessed ports with at least one of the mode apertures for providing flow from the water inflow into the water outflow via the radial mode changer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl T. Whitaker, Leland C. Leber, Brian Randall Williams
  • Patent number: 8351689
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention involve methods and systems for converting a 2-D image to a stereoscopic 3-D image by segmenting one or more portions of the 2-D image based on one or more pixel color ranges. Further, a matte may be created that takes the shape of the segmented region such that several stereoscopic effects may be applied to the segmented region. In addition, ink lines that are contained within the segmented region may be removed to further define the corresponding matte. Implementations of the present disclosure also include a interface that provides the above functionality to a user for ease of segmentation and region selection. By utilizing the segmentation process, a 2-D image may be converted to a corresponding stereoscopic 3-D image with a perceived depth. Further, this process may be applied to each image of an animated feature film to convert the film from 2-D to 3-D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Tara Handy Turner, Evan M. Goldberg, Matthew F. Schnittker, Joseph W. Longson, Robert M. Neuman
  • Patent number: 8346998
    Abstract: A system and method for transmitting data packets from a memory hub to a memory controller is disclosed. The system includes an upstream reception port coupled to an upstream link. The upstream reception port receives the data packets from downstream memory hubs. The system further includes a bypass bus coupled to the upstream reception port. The bypass bus transports the data packets from the upstream reception port. The system further includes a temporary storage coupled to the upstream reception port and configured to receive the data packets from the upstream reception port. The system further includes a bypass multiplexer for selectively coupling an upstream transmission port to either one of a core logic circuit, the temporary storage, or the bypass bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph James, Joe Jeddeloh
  • Patent number: 8344168
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of steroidal 17?-carboxylic thioates. More particularly the present invention relates to a convenient and efficient synthesis of steroidal 17?-carboxylic thioates, such as fluticasone propionate I, using soluble mixed fluorides to introduce fluorine by displacing an appropriate leaving group X in compounds II resulting in selective and controlled fluorination. The present invention also relates to intermediates II and their preparation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Generics (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Vinayak G. Gore, Mahesh Gadakar, K. Pokharkar, V. Wakchure
  • Patent number: 8344029
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a substituted propanamide derivative or a pharmacologically acceptable salt thereof that is useful as a prophylactic or therapeutic agent for a bone metabolic disease. The present invention relates to a pharmaceutical composition comprising a compound having General Formula (I) or a pharmacologically acceptable salt thereof as an active ingredient: [wherein, R1 represents a C6-C10 aryl group that may be substituted by a group selected from Substituent Group ?, for example; R2 represents a C6-C10 aryl group that may be substituted by a group selected from Substituent Group ?, for example; and X represents a hydroxyl group or a C1-C6 alkoxy group, for example].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kazumasa Aoki, Koji Suda, Kentoku Gotanda, Tomio Kimura
  • Patent number: 8345159
    Abstract: A captioning evaluation system. The system accepts captioning data and determines a number of errors in the captioning data, as well as the number of words per minute across the entirety of an event corresponding to the captioning data and time intervals of the event. The errors may be used to determine the accuracy of the captioning and the words per minute, both for the entire event and the time intervals, used to determine a cadence and/or rhythm for the captioning. The accuracy and cadence may be used to score the captioning data and captioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Caption Colorado L.L.C.
    Inventors: Richard T. Polumbus, Troy A. Greenwood
  • Patent number: 8343541
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to compositions and methods of delivery of CoQ that is reduced in the presence of lipoic acid and, optionally a fatty acid and/or optionally in a monoterpene. The compositions that include the reduced CoQ can be formulated in soft gel capsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Soft Gel Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Fantuzzi
  • Patent number: 8347165
    Abstract: Error correcting codes (ECCs) have been proposed to be used in high frequency memory devices to detect errors in signals transmitted between a memory controller and a memory device. For high frequency memory devices, ECCs have delay characteristics of greater than one clock cycle. When the delay exceeds one clock cycle but is much less than two clock cycles, an entire second clock cycle must be added. By calculating and comparing the ECC value in a static logic circuit and a dynamic logic circuit, the logic delay is substantially reduced. In addition, the ECC value may be calculated and compared using two sets of static logic gates, where the second static logic gate is clocked by a clock signal that is delayed relative to the clock signal of the first set of logic gates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: James Brian Johnson
  • Patent number: 8345420
    Abstract: A battery assembly includes at least a plurality of battery cells that includes at least a first and a second battery cell each attached to a distributed battery monitoring unit, the second battery cell being associated with an external circuit, the second battery cell connected to a battery management unit (BMU) by way of a pre-formed battery contact shaped to accommodate the external circuit. The plurality of battery cells are electrically connected to at least the BMU such that each of the plurality of battery cells are substantially aligned with each other thereby preserving a battery profile corresponding to unconnected battery cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen R. McClure, Scott J. Hagadone, Sheba Devan, Val Valentine
  • Patent number: D673649
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Quinn, Leland C. Leber, Harold A. Luettgen, Joseph W. Cacka
  • Patent number: D673855
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Wildlife Research Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel A. Burgeson
  • Patent number: D674050
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Water Pik, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Quinn, Leland C. Leber, Harold A. Luettgen, Joseph W. Cacka