Patents Represented by Attorney Duane Morris LLP
  • Patent number: 8325534
    Abstract: A device includes an address storage device. A first circuit includes a first flash memory, configured to sequentially receive first and second addresses and store the first address in the address storage device. The first circuit has a first set of control inputs for causing the first circuit to perform a first operation from the group consisting of read, program and erase on a cell of the first flash memory corresponding to a selected one of the first and second addresses. A second circuit includes a second flash memory, configured to receive the second address. The second circuit has a second set of control inputs for causing the second circuit to read data from a cell of the second flash memory corresponding to the second address while the first operation is being performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tien-Chung Yang, Chia-Fu Lee, Yue-Der Chih
  • Patent number: 8322020
    Abstract: A space transformer for a semiconductor test probe card and method of fabrication. The method may include depositing a first metal layer as a ground plane on a space transformer substrate having a plurality of first contact test pads defining a first pitch spacing, depositing a first dielectric layer on the ground plane, forming a plurality of second test contacts defining a second pitch spacing different than the first pitch spacing, and forming a plurality of redistribution leads on the first dielectric layer to electrically couple the first contact test pads to the second contact test pads. In some embodiments, the redistribution leads may be built directly on the space transformer substrate. The method may be used in one embodiment to remanufacture an existing space transformer to produce fine pitch test pads having a pitch spacing smaller than the original test pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming Cheng Hsu, Clinton Chih-Chieh Chao
  • Patent number: 8326356
    Abstract: A cellular phone includes, for the sake of privacy protection, a camera for outputting a pick up image in which an operator is photographed, a touch panel to accept designation of at least a partial region of the pick up image, and a control portion to determine a masked region to mask at least a part of the pick up image based on the accepted region, generate a composite image in which the masked region of the pick up image is converted to another image, and transmit the composite image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Miwa Koshijima, Michiaki Koizumi, Fumiaki Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 8326685
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments describe an automatic, adaptive system and method for efficiently and effectively scheduling advertising spots in commercial break locations across various networks, zones, channels, dates, times, and specific products, for example. The disclosed embodiments make use of fixed and relative factors, that may be user-defined, which assign a “cost” to one or more particular breaks which thereby allow for quick and accurate scheduling of spots. The “costs” may represent a value, or desirability, of a break for the advertiser and may be a function of both the fixed and relative factors. The fixed and relative factors may be configurable and may change for different advertising clients, different contract lines, different networks, different spot placement, etc. The placement of spots may be accomplished through the use of an ordered list which may be generated based on a number of inputs that may be user-selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Trisha Schepers, Stephen Falk
  • Patent number: 8324126
    Abstract: The present invention relates a process for the preparation of catalytic support and the supported metallocene catalysts used in the production of ethylene homopolymers and ethylene copolymers with ?-olefins, of high and ultra high molecular weight with broad molecular weight distribution, in gas or liquid phase polymerization processes, the latter being in slurry, bulk or suspension, and the products obtained from these processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Braskem S.A.
    Inventors: Marcia Silva Lacerda Miranda, Fernanda Oliveira Vieira da Cunha
  • Patent number: 8327141
    Abstract: A token-based centralized authentication method for providing access to a service provider to user information associated with a user's relationship with the service provider includes the steps of: authenticating a user presenting a user token at a user terminal, the user token having stored thereon a user ID; deriving a resource identifier using at least two data input elements, the at least two data input elements including the user ID of the user and a service provider ID of the service provider, wherein the user information is stored in a storage network and the resource identifier is associated with the user information; retrieving the user information from the storage network using the resource identifier; and providing the retrieved user information to the service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: WWPASS Corporation
    Inventors: Mikhail Vysogorets, Eugene Shablygin
  • Patent number: 8326317
    Abstract: A system and method of determining calibration data at non-calibrated location points is disclosed. A mobile station may be geo-located at most locations, if not all locations, within communication range of one or more serving and/or neighboring base stations of a mobile network. Calibration data may be collected and stored in memory via a data collection procedure. Known calibration data for locations proximate to the mobile station may be necessary when attempting to geo-locate the mobile station. A geographical region may be calibrated via a standard calibration data collection procedure, however, various obstacles, such as, buildings, mountains, ponds etc. may inevitably create deficiencies in the calibration data for one or more areas of the region. Certain techniques may be applied to estimate the calibration data of areas that have not been properly calibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Martin Alles, John Carlson, George Maher, Selcuk Mazlum
  • Patent number: 8324658
    Abstract: An electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection circuit structure includes a dual directional silicon controlled rectifier (SCR) formed in a substrate. The SCR includes first and second P-wells laterally interposed by an N-well. A deep N-well is disposed underneath the P-wells and the N-well. First and second N-type regions are disposed in the first and second P-wells, respectively, and are coupled to a pair of pads. First and second P-type regions are disposed in the first and second P-wells, respectively, are coupled to the pads, and are disposed closer to the N-well than the first and second N-type regions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Hsien Tsai, Chewn-Pu Jou, Fu-Lung Hsueh, Ming-Hsiang Song
  • Patent number: 8322056
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preparing a torrefied biomass fuel are disclosed. Moisture is initially extracted from relatively wet biomass fuel to produce a relatively dry biomass fuel. Remaining moisture is then extracted from the relatively dry biomass fuel in a final drying stage, using steam at a temperature of about 900° F. The resulting dried biomass fuel is conveyed downward using gravity and undergoes torrefaction, which produces torrefied biomass fuel and torrefaction gases. A gaseous mixture of steam and torrefaction gases is vented to a heat exchanger, where the gaseous mixture is heated by a flue gas, and the heated gaseous mixture is used to support the extraction of the remaining moisture in the final drying stage and to support the torrefaction of the dried biomass fuel. Embodiments disclosed herein efficiently use available energy resources to the benefit of manufacturers, consumers, and the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Terra Green Energy, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas P. Causer
  • Patent number: 8323216
    Abstract: Applied kinesiology method and device utilizes an examiner's autonomic response to truth/false or beneficial/non-beneficial stimulus and provides immediate feedback to the examiner in the context of an applied kinesiology exam. Kinesiology glasses detect local pupillary response to truthfulness locally and remotely. Through measurements of the pupils dilation or constriction and processing of the measurements, the response is obtained and feedback, via sensory stimulation, is provided to the examiner that reflects the pupillary response. The device and method effectively eliminate the subjective components of prior art muscle testing response from the hands of the testing examiner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: William Fabian
  • Patent number: 8325074
    Abstract: A continuous-time delta-sigma digital-to-analog converter (DAC) includes a first delta-sigma modulator configured to quantize a most significant bit or bits of a digital input signal and produce a first quantization error signal, and a second multi-stage delta-sigma modulator configured to quantize less significant bits of the digital input signal. A first DAC is coupled to an output of the first delta-sigma modulator, and a second DAC is coupled to an output of the second noise-shaping filter. The second DAC has a greater resolution than the first DAC. A low pass output filter is coupled to a sum of an output of the first DAC and an output of the second DAC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Kinyua
  • Patent number: 8325862
    Abstract: A wireless communication apparatus having a plurality of antennas 11-1 to 11-M and for diversity-combining signals received by the antennas 11-1 to 11-M, includes a first combining unit (23, 24) for combining received power of the antennas 11-1 to 11-M based on a first algorithm; a second combining unit (21-1 to 21-M, 22, 23) for combining received power of the antennas 11-1 to 11-M based on a second algorithm, which is different from the first algorithm; a determination unit 15 for determining whether there is a delayed wave based on the received signals; and a control unit 16 for selecting either one of the first combining unit (23, 24) and the second combining unit (21-1 to 21-M, 22, 23) depending on a determination result by the determination unit 15 and controlling a selected combining unit to combine received power of the antennas 11-1 to 11-M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshimasa Kusano
  • Patent number: 8325087
    Abstract: A system and method for determining whether a wireless device has transmitted one or more forged satellite measurements. An estimated location of the wireless device may be determined as a function of information from a cellular network. Acquisition assistance data may be determined for a first set of satellites as a function of the estimated location, the assistance data including an uncertainty window. If measured code phase information in the satellite measurements substantially correlates to the uncertainty window, then the wireless device may be transmitting forged satellite measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Martin Thomson, Neil Harper
  • Patent number: 8324690
    Abstract: A composite dielectric layer including a tensile stressed nitride layer over an oxide layer serves the dual function of acting as an SMT (stress memorization technique) film while an annealing operation is carried out and then remains partially intact as it is patterned to further serve as an RPO film during a subsequent silicidation process. The composite dielectric layer covers part of a semiconductor substrate that includes a gate structure. The tensile stressed nitride layer protects the oxide layer and alleviates oxide damage during a pre-silicidation PAI (pre-amorphization implant) process. Portions of the gate structure and the semiconductor substrate not covered by the composite dielectric layer include amorphous portions that include the PAI implanted dopant impurities. A silicide material is disposed on the gate structure and portions of the semiconductor substrate not covered by the composite dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jyh-Huei Chen
  • Patent number: 8322299
    Abstract: An apparatus includes an enclosure, at least one process chamber, a robot and at least one valve. The enclosure has a gas therein and at least one door configured to cover an opening into the enclosure. The gas includes at least one reduction gas. The robot is disposed within the enclosure and configured to transfer a substrate between the door and the process chamber. The valve is coupled to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chen-Hua Yu, Minghsing Tsai, Yi-Li Hsiao
  • Patent number: 8324984
    Abstract: A tunable duplexer using voltage-controlled varactors is presented. The center frequency, the pass band, and the stop band are each tunable to meet system requirements. A calibration circuit driving digital to analog converters produces the necessary voltages used in the resonant circuits. The tunable duplexer can be fabricated on a single silicon chip. On-chip transformers can be used to reduce the voltage level of signals in the filters to improve the linearity of the duplexer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: RF Magic, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Timothy Gavin, Peter Jivan Shah
  • Patent number: 8320654
    Abstract: To evaluate an exact bone mineral density, when a reference bar region in an X-ray picture of a mandible and a reference bar disposed beside the mandible is selected, the mean value and deviation of the brightness of this region are displayed by means of letter groups. When an evaluation object region is selected, the brightness of this region is corrected according to the mean value and deviation of the brightness of the reference bar region and standard mean value and deviation, or, in other words, according to a fixed reference. The corrected brightness is displayed in the form of histogram. Furthermore, the mean value and deviation of the corrected brightness are determined, and they are displayed by means of letter groups. The bone mineral density is quantitatively evaluated from the histogram and the mean value and deviation of the corrected brightness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Yoshitomo Takaishi
  • Patent number: 8316802
    Abstract: An animal cage box has a grommet for passing a watering conduit through a box side wall. The grommet is removably attachable at an opening through the side wall, using a non-round configuration by which the grommet is aligned for insertion into a non-round opening, and turned to hold the grommet in place. A flange on the grommet body rests against one face of the side wall. The non-round configuration includes one or more tabs that can be cut from the flange and are displaced axially by a distance equal to the side wall thickness. A hinge flap that can be grasped in the fingers helps to hold, align, insert or remove and twist the grommet relative to the side wall. The disclosed arrangement further minimized the cost of using inexpensive disposable cage boxes because relatively expensive grommets, for example of stainless steel, can be cleaned and reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Thoren Caging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Hallock
  • Patent number: 8316568
    Abstract: A chamber reinforcement for composite firearm barrel and method for forming the same. In one embodiment, the barrel includes an inner tube defining a bore that provides a bullet path and an outer sleeve preferably made of a material lighter in weight than the tube. In some embodiments, the inner tube is made of a material that preferably has a greater density and strength than the outer sleeve. The reinforcement in one embodiment may be in the form of an end cap disposed on a portion of the sleeve. The reinforcement preferably is made of a material comparable to the inner tube in density and strength to reinforce the area where a chamber is formed for receiving a cartridge. In the preferred fabrication, the reinforcement, tube, and sleeve are forged together to provide a strong and unitary structure for withstanding combustion pressures and forces associated with discharging the firearm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Vernon R. Briggs
  • Patent number: 8318912
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are materials and methods related to vaccines. Materials and methods for delivery of immunogens to the reticuloendothelial system via non-circulating lymphoid cells are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Augmenta Biologicals, LLC
    Inventor: Paul M. Simon