Patents Represented by Law Firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow & Garret
  • Patent number: 8325251
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes: receiving means for receiving selection input for an imaging mode; discriminating means for discriminating, when the selection input is received through the receiving means, a selected imaging mode on the basis of the received selection input; and scanning controlling means for causing, when it is discriminated by the discriminating means that a simple imaging mode for limiting operation input and allowing a user to appropriately take an image of a subject is selected, the imaging apparatus to execute scanning processing for specifying a position of the subject, which is performed to set focus on the subject, in a maximum range from a near scene to a distant scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoko Takachi
  • Patent number: 8318095
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatic execution of different treatment operations in connection with staining of tissue specimens on microscope slides, wherein the apparatus (1) comprises a loading station (2) for microscope slides (7) with tissue specimens, a number of reagent stations (3) for staining of the tissue specimens on supplied microscope slides, a conveyor (5) for transfer of microscope slides (7) between the stations (3) in accordance with a staining program, an unloading station (10) for treated microscope slides, and a control unit (19) for controlling the treatment operations in accordance with a data program. The apparatus comprise a photo station (25) with a digital camera (26) for automatic photographing with a background light source of the finished treated tissue specimens on supplied microscope slides (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Dako Instrumec AS
    Inventors: Øystein Ljungmann, Torstein Ljungmann
  • Patent number: 8237655
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an imaging unit, an icon display control unit causing a display to display an operation icon, a pickup image display processing unit causing the display to sequentially display an input operation region image constituted by, among pixel regions constituting an image picked up by the imaging unit, a pixel region including at least a portion of a hand of a user, an icon management unit managing event issue definition information, which is a condition for determining that the operation icon has been operated by the user, for each operation icon, an operation determination unit determining whether the user has operated the operation icon based on the input operation region image displayed in the display and the event issue definition information, and a processing execution unit performing predetermined processing corresponding to the operation icon in accordance with a determination result by the operation determination unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Toshiharu Yabe, Kenichiro Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8166564
    Abstract: The user of any one portable terminal sends a content information request including a user ID to a distribution server. In response, the distribution server distributes a stream data of content that can be used on the user's terminal. If the user of a first portable terminal intends to let a second portable terminal try out a certain content, the user sends to the distribution server the trial permission information including the user's own user ID, a content ID of the content of interest, and a digital signature. The distribution server authenticates the received information before distributing a streaming data of a trial-oriented content with the content ID and user ID attached to it as search keys. This allows the content that can be used on a given user terminal to be tried out on another user terminal without the latter user having recourse to the steps of searching for the content in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Ryosuke Nomura
  • Patent number: 8131657
    Abstract: An information processing device for generating a target feature amount computational expression for outputting a target feature amount corresponding to input data, comprising: a feature amount extraction expression list generating unit configured to generate and update a feature amount extraction expression list; a feature amount computing unit configured to input actual data supplied as tutor data to each feature amount extraction expression included in the feature amount extraction expression list to compute multiple feature amounts corresponding to the actual data; a target feature amount computational expression generating unit configured to employ the multiple feature amounts, and an existing feature amount corresponding to the actual data supplied as tutor data for the same rank to generate the target feature amount computational expression by machine learning; and an evaluation value computing unit configured to compute the evaluation value of each feature amount extraction expression included in the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8098425
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a fiber amplifier, a fabricating method thereof, and a fiber communication system. The fiber amplifier includes at least a pump laser, at least a gain medium and at least an integrated optical component. The integrated optical component includes multiple optical input/output ports, and the optical input/output ports are connected to the pump laser or gain medium directly or indirectly. The present invention may better address problems of unstable performance and difficulty in reducing the size of components in the prior art where fiber amplifiers are formed by a number of discrete components with many fiber fusion splices. In addition, the present invention may reduce the production complexity and costs of fiber amplifiers, and improve the productivity of fiber amplifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wendou Zhang, Dongming Li, Hong Liu
  • Patent number: 8082124
    Abstract: Provided are a data obtaining section (21) that obtains a time-series data fluctuating in accordance with the plasma conditions, a translation error calculation section (24) that calculates a determinism providing an indicator of whether the time-series data in the plasma are deterministic or stochastic, from the time-series data that have been obtained in the data obtaining unit (21), and an abnormal discharge determination section (26) that determines that the plasma is under the abnormal discharge conditions, in the case that the value representing the determinism calculated in the determinism derivation unit is less than or equal to a given threshold value, during the plasma generation. Examples of the value representing the determinism include translation error or permutation entropy. In the case the permutation entropy is used as a value representing the determinism, a permutation entropy calculation section is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignees: Ritsumeikan University, Tokyo Electron Ltd.
    Inventors: Takaya Miyano, Toshiyuki Matsumoto, Naoki Ikeuchi, Tsuyoshi Moriya
  • Patent number: 8003875
    Abstract: A playback apparatus is provided that includes an operation plane, a detection unit to detect which of contact relationship including first contact relationship, second contact relationship with a higher degree of contact than the first contact relationship and third contact relationship with a higher degree of contact than the second contact relationship the operation plane and an operation object have, a creation unit to create a list screen of content data for selecting content data based on movement of the operation object with respect to the operation plane in the first contact relationship, a playback unit to play back content data, and a playback control unit to cause the playback unit to play back content data selected on the list screen when becoming the second contact relationship from the first contact relationship if contact relationship becomes the third contact relationship from the second contact relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: QiHong Wang, Akiko Terayama, Takaomi Kimura, Ryo Mukaiyama
  • Patent number: 7987154
    Abstract: A system for updating a data set through a geographical communication network. The data set is stored in a recovery storage unit located in a recovery data center and has to be updated with data blocks generated by a processing system located in a primary data center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Di Giglio, Raffaele Girardi, Eugenlo Maria Maffione
  • Patent number: 7960178
    Abstract: A sample processing system 101 that may be automated and methods are disclosed where sample(s) 198 are arranged on a carrier element 197 and a process operation control system 171 automatically processes the sample(s) perhaps robotically according to an desired aggregation of event dictated by an input 173. Alteration of an initial aggregated event topology may be accepted while the system is processing an initial aggregation and varied-parameter robotic control simulation functionalities 606 may be accomplished to determine an enhanced sequence for processing. Suggested operator actions may be displayed that might further enhance the scheduling of the altered aggregated event topology together with an automatic operator need prompt 608 that may inform an operator of a need for a particular action in order to accomplish the desired tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: DAKO Denmark A/S
    Inventors: Marc Key, Gordon Feingold, Rosanne Welcher
  • Patent number: 7962857
    Abstract: A method, and a handheld electronic device that implements the method, for selecting a number of languages used by a text disambiguation function executed by an electronic device during a text entry session. The method comprises determining a context for the text entry session, and responsive to the determining, selecting at least some of the number of languages used by the text disambiguation function during the text entry session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Trevor Plestid, Dimitrios Prodanos
  • Patent number: 7957979
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for providing real-estate information using a computer network, such as the Internet. A buyer information web page showing relevant buyer list information in an easy-to-read, summary format is created and displayed to a real estate agent. Buyer information provided includes summaries of various aspects of information needed by a real estate agent to effectively represent and assist a buyer. Examples of information provided include a potential buyer name, a new activity summary summarizing newly-listed properties and other activity meeting the buyer's profile, a new views summary summarizing any views of detailed property information by the buyer using an online property data search and information system provided by the agent, and a new tags summary summarizing any properties that the buyer or the agent finds of particular interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Home Mart, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert N. Milman, Pete Andrews, Joan Milman
  • Patent number: 7927381
    Abstract: Provided is a process for lightening or dyeing keratin fibers, in which the following are applied to the said fibers: (a) an aqueous cosmetic composition (A) comprising at least one fatty substance and at least one surfactant; (b) a cosmetic composition (B) comprising at least one alkaline agent, (c) a cosmetic composition (C) comprising at least one oxidizing agent, wherein the amount of the at least one fatty substance in composition (A) is greater than 20% by weight relative to the total weight of composition (A), and when the process used is a process for dyeing keratin fibers, then cosmetic composition (B) further comprises at least one oxidation dye, at least one direct dye, or both. Also provided is a multi-compartment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: L'Oreal S.A.
    Inventor: Leïla Hercouet
  • Patent number: 7918870
    Abstract: Devices and methods for the treatment of chronic total occlusions are provided. One disclosed embodiment comprises a method of facilitating treatment via a vascular wall defining a vascular lumen containing an occlusion therein. The method includes providing an intravascular device having a distal portion with a lumen extending therein; inserting the device into the vascular lumen; positioning the distal portion in the vascular wall; and directing the distal portion within the vascular wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Bridgepoint Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad J. Kugler, Robert E. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 7885343
    Abstract: A device and a method for clipping multicarrier signal are provided. The method for clipping multicarrier signal includes: detecting whether an Idle Period in DownLink (IPDL) starts in each subcarrier forming a multicarrier joint signal and generating an IPDL flag just when the IPDL starts in a subcarrier; detecting power of each subcarrier to get a detection result; selecting a clipping filter coefficient according to the IPDL flag and the detection result; performing a clipping processing of the received multicarrier joint signal according to the clipping filter coefficient and outputting the multicarrier joint signal after the clipping processing. Embodiments of the present invention meet demands of an IPDL time template and effectively support an IPDL mechanism in a Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) system on the premise of no multicarrier signal clipping performance is affected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jianhua Liu, Qixiang Wu
  • Patent number: 7876315
    Abstract: A thin image display apparatus includes a thin image display apparatus body, a hollow support member having a first end at which the hollow support member supports the thin image display apparatus body through a rocking mechanism section and a second end at which a plug element configured to engage with an illumination apparatus wiring member attached to the ceiling or a wall is provided, and a power line extending through the hollow support member and configured to connect the plug element and the thin image display apparatus body to each other. The thin image display apparatus body receives, when the plug element engages with the illumination apparatus wiring member, power supplied through the power line together with a modulated image signal supplied through the power line such that an image based on the modulated image signal is displayed on the thin image display apparatus body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Suzuki, Yasuhisa Nakajima
  • Patent number: 7755700
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a motion-adaptive non-interlace conversion apparatus includes an interference elimination process circuit which executes a cross-color & dot interference elimination process, an intra-field interpolation process circuit which generates an intra-field interpolation signal using a signal that is obtained by delaying a processed signal, which is subjected to the interference elimination process, with a delay corresponding to 1 field, an inter-field interpolation process circuit which generates an inter-field interpolation signal by using the processed signal and a pre-process signal which is yet to be subjected to the cross-color & dot interference elimination process, a motion detection circuit which obtains a motion detection signal, a mixing circuit which mixes the intra-field interpolation signal and the inter-field interpolation signal with a mixing ratio corresponding to the motion detection signal and outputs a mixed signal, and a multiple-speed conversion circuit whic
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Tadayoshi Kimura, Himio Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 7706379
    Abstract: A transmitting apparatus includes an input interface which receives a TS, a counter which counts the number of packets contained in the TS and output count values, a multiplexing section which multiplexes the output count values of PCR packets contained in the TS on a predetermined position of each PCR packet, a discard section which discards null packets from the TS, and a transmitting section which transmits the TS. A receiving apparatus includes a receiving section which receives the TS, an extraction section which extracts the count values from the PCR packets contained in the received TS, and a rearranging section which rearranges the multiplex position of the PCR packets of the received TS based on the extracted count values to restore a TS equivalent to the previous TS from which the null packet has not been discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masaki Kato
  • Patent number: 7587369
    Abstract: Documents and other items can be delivered electronically from sender to recipient with a level of trustedness approaching or exceeding that provided by a personal document courier. A trusted electronic go-between can validate, witness and/or archive transactions while, in some cases, actively participating in or directing the transaction. Printed or imaged documents can be marked using handwritten signature images, seal images, electronic fingerprinting, watermarking, and/or steganography. Electronic commercial transactions and transmissions take place in a reliable, “trusted” virtual distribution environment that provides significant efficiency and cost savings benefits to users in addition to providing an extremely high degree of confidence and trustedness. The systems and techniques have many uses including but not limited to secure document delivery, execution of legal documents, and electronic data interchange (EDI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: Intertrust Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Karl L. Ginter, Victor H. Shear, Francis J. Spahn, David M. Van Wie, Robert P. Weber
  • Patent number: RE41277
    Abstract: A novel surface exposed protein of Haemophilus influenzae or related Haemophilus species is described. The protein named protein D is an Ig receptor for human IgD and has an apparent molecular weight of 42,000. Protein D can be detected in all of 116 encapsulated and non-encapsulated isolates of H. influenzae studied. The protein from all strains shows in addition to the same apparent molecular weight immunogenic similarities since protein D from all strains interacts with three different mouse monoclonal antibodies and monoclonal human IgD. A method for purification of protein D is described. Cloning of the protein D gene from H. influenzae in E. coli is described as well as the nucleotide sequence and the deduced amino acid sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Arne Forsgren