Patents Represented by Attorney Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Patent number: 8346953
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, and systems are provided to facilitate a second user to allow or deny a first user, such as a child, from accessing content by proving the second user with a content profile based on decisions made by other users with respect to the content. In one implementation, a system allows the second user to set a threshold to automatically allow or deny access based on the other users' decisions. The decisions made by other users are aggregated into information that may be based on similarities between the child and other children from whom other users have previously made decisions regarding the particular content. In addition, the aggregation may more heavily weight decisions by users that have a history of making similar decisions to the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: AOL, Inc.
    Inventors: Chin Hew, Thu Rein Kyaw
  • Patent number: 8336970
    Abstract: A link for a track-type machine is disclosed. The link may have a body portion. The link may also have an aperture extending through the body portion. The aperture may have a cylindrical portion. Additionally, the aperture may have an annular groove formed in the cylindrical portion. The aperture may also have a tapered portion. The tapered portion may abut the cylindrical portion, and may taper toward the cylindrical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Eric James Johannsen, Mark Steven Diekevers
  • Patent number: 8341007
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for forecasting demand for objects, such as products, parts, etc. in a managed supply chain. In one embodiment, a method for forecasting demand is provided that comprises the step of determining a forecast profile including a forecast model and a forecast parameter to be assigned to a set of data forming the basis of the forecast. The determining step may include the steps of performing at least one forecast test on the set of data to identify the significance of a forecast model in the set of data, and determining iteratively the value of a forecast parameter, wherein the forecast parameter is determined based on the outcome of performing the at least one forecasting test. Further, the method may include the step of automatically assigning the determined forecast profile to the set of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventor: Ralph Moessner
  • Patent number: 8336292
    Abstract: An exhaust component for use with a combustion engine is disclosed. The exhaust component may have a housing at least partially defining an inlet and an outlet, and a treatment device supported by the housing in communication with exhaust passing from the inlet to the outlet. The exhaust component may also have a life indicator permanently associated with at least one of the housing and the treatment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Jason K. Bloms, Mohamed Daoud, Antony J. Eager, Kevin D. Ehrenhardt, Tazio S. Grivetti, David J. Kapparos, Matthew E. Leustek, Anthony C. Rodman, Richard Severns, II, Yanchai Zhang
  • Patent number: 8338833
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of producing a silicon carbide semiconductor substrate in which a silicon carbide buffer layer doped with germanium and a semiconductor device layer are sequentially laminated on the buffer layer, a silicon carbide semiconductor substrate obtained by the method and a silicon carbide semiconductor in which electrodes are disposed on the silicon carbide semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Japan Fine Ceramics Center
    Inventors: Akinori Seki, Yukari Tani, Noriyoshi Shibata
  • Patent number: 8340668
    Abstract: A method for paging a terminal device across heterogeneous networks, where networks using different wireless standards send paging messages and location management information, and thus the load terminal devices can be alleviated and wireless resources occupied can be reduced. The method includes: selecting, by a current network, another network to execute a paging procedure, when receiving user data and determining a corresponding communication interface of the terminal device in the current network to be in a Dormant Mode, where the another network uses wireless standards different from the current network; sending, by the another network, a paging message to the terminal device to enable the terminal device to reconnect to the current network. A terminal device and network system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hongguang Guan
  • Patent number: 8341684
    Abstract: A method for transmitting video communication data includes: allocating a redundant audio data bandwidth according to an obtained current packet loss ratio of audio data, generating redundant audio data according to the redundant audio data bandwidth, and sending the redundant audio data; calculating a target total video data bandwidth according to a video communication bandwidth, an encoded audio data bandwidth, and the redundant audio data bandwidth; allocating a redundant video data bandwidth according to an obtained current packet loss ratio of video data and the target total video data bandwidth, generating redundant video data according to the redundant video data bandwidth, and sending the redundant video data. A method for transmitting video communication data and a video communication device are also provided. By using the method and device, the quality of voices and videos is improved in the video communication, and the utilization efficiency of the communication bandwidth is guaranteed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiaoxia Wei
  • Patent number: 8340990
    Abstract: A method for supply chain design may include identifying nodes, links connecting the nodes, and replenishment strategies for moving materials along the links, in a supply chain. The method may also include determining a value indicative of the complexity of the supply chain based on a characteristic of the nodes, links, and replenishment strategies. The method may also include identifying whether core competencies of the nodes are underutilized. The method may also include reducing the complexity of the supply chain to increase utilization of the core competencies of the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Cline, Sarah N. Pick, William P. Newton
  • Patent number: 8341274
    Abstract: A method, a system, a server, and a terminal for processing message are described. The method includes the steps as follows. A notification message for requesting to establish a session sent by a session requester is received, in which the notification message carries session management information related to the session. The session management information of the session in the notification message is acquired, and a session connection with the session requester is initiated according to the session management information. Alternatively, the notification message is acknowledged according to the session management information, a reply message is generated according to an acknowledgement result, and the reply message is sent to the session requester.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kepeng Li, Xiaoqian Chai, Linyi Tian, Fujun Ye
  • Patent number: 8340454
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a block level information obtaining unit to detect a block level from the difference in pixel values between each pixel of an image and nearby pixels and to obtain distribution information wherein the block levels are accumulated for each position in a predetermined direction; a short cycle measuring unit to measure short cycle information which is the distribution information for each phase in a plurality of predetermined short cycles corresponding to a plurality of block sizes from the distribution information; and a determining unit to determine the block size corresponding to the short cycle information wherein the phase distribution takes a maximum value, of the short cycle information of the plurality of predetermined short cycles corresponding to the plurality of block sizes, as the block size in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Aoyama, Hideki Watanabe, Hiroaki Yamajo
  • Patent number: 8339242
    Abstract: An apparatus and method provide logic for managing positional information within a mobile communication network. In one implementation, an information management apparatus includes a history information registration unit, a registration determination unit, and a base station information registration unit. The history information registration unit may be configured to register first and second history information within a storage unit. The registration determination unit may determine whether a difference value between time information associated with the first and second history information is less than a threshold value. The base station information registration unit may subsequently register at least position information associated with a communications apparatus and a base station, when the difference value is less than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Junichi Rekimoto
  • Patent number: 8338853
    Abstract: Light emitters and substrates for light emitters are provided to improve light-emitting efficiency and achieve improvement in crystal quality. A light emitter includes a single-crystal substrate, an oriented microcrystal layer, and a light-emitting layer. The light-emitting layer is made of a nitride semiconductor by means of a vapor-phase growth method. In the oriented microcrystal layer, the proportion of crystals, in which one of crystal axes is oriented with respect to the single-crystal substrate, is 5-9 out of 10 crystals. An average diameter of the crystal grains of the respective crystals, contained in the oriented microcrystal layer, is 1-1,000 nm. A light emitter may be equipped with an intermediate layer, a light-emitting layer, and a clad layer. These layers are formed on the oriented microcrystal layer by a vapor-phase growth method. The light-emitting layer contains microcrystal grains whose average grain diameter is 1-1,000 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akira Kiyama, Rentaro Mori, Hiroya Inaoka, Masayuki Ichiyanagi, Nobuhiko Sawaki, Yoshio Honda, Yasuyuki Yanase
  • Patent number: 8339213
    Abstract: A communication device includes a communication circuit unit, a transmission path, a ground, a coupling electrode, and a resonating unit. The resonating unit includes a first resonating unit connected to the transmission path and a second resonating unit having one end connected to the first resonating unit and another end short-circuited to the ground, the second resonating unit having terminals of the coupling electrode connected thereto. A microdipole is formed of a line segment connecting a center of charges stored in the coupling electrode and a center of mirror-image charges stored in the ground. The high-frequency signal is transmitted to a distant side disposed so as to face the communication device with an angle ? formed relative to a direction of the microdipole being approximately 0 degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Takanori Washiro
  • Patent number: 8340822
    Abstract: There is provided an actuator control device for force-controlling a joint driving actuator according to a commanded joint force command value ?a. The actuator control device includes a joint value detecting means for detecting a joint value q at an output stage of the actuator, an action force detecting means for detecting an action force ?e in a joint driving direction at the output stage of the actuator, and a driving force determining means for determining an instructed driving force ? to the actuator, on the basis of an ideal response model of the actuator which specifies the relationship of a joint value acceleration target value achieved as the actuator responds ideally when the joint force command value ?a, the action force ?e, and a joint value velocity obtained by time-differentiating the joint value q are given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kenichiro Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 8341098
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing apparatus including: evaluation information extracting means extracting evaluation information from evaluation of every user for an item; preference information creating means for creating preference information indicating a preference of every user on the basis of the evaluation information extracted by the evaluation information extracting means and an item characteristic amount indicating a characteristic of the item; space creating means for creating a space in which the user is located, according to the preference information; and display control means for controlling display of the user located in the space, according to the space created by the space creating means and the preference information. The apparatus may be applied to, for example, an image display apparatus which displays server images for providing a variety of items and information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Tateno, Shinya Ohtani, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Mari Saito
  • Patent number: 8340469
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a band-shaped area selecting section, an angle selecting section, and a control section. The band-shaped area selecting section selects, from among band-shaped areas each having a first angle with respect to a second direction orthogonal to a first direction, a first band-shaped area having a maximum height, which satisfies a condition that the first band-shaped area is on one side of a first point group, which is in the first direction and on one side of a second point group, which is in a direction opposite to the first direction. The angle selecting section selects a candidate for the first angle. The control section effects control to repeat selecting of the first band-shaped area and selecting of the candidate for the first angle, and obtains the finally selected first band-shaped area as a processing result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuharu Ohki
  • Patent number: 8340266
    Abstract: Embodiments consistent with the present invention provide an integrated system for conferencing services reporting to support customer billing needs. Systems consistent with the present invention enable a customer to retrieve and use integrated usage data, including data for unbilled conferencing services. Furthermore, systems consistent with the present invention provide an integrated account management interface to enable a customer to retrieve and use account information in real time and to manage a conferencing services account with ease. Still further, systems consistent with the present invention enable a customer to establish multiple levels of security to easily manage multiple users with multiple information needs and responsibilities. Systems consistent with the present invention also provide tools to analyze and track moderator conferencing schedules to enhance accurate timekeeping and billing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: American Teleconferences Services, Ltd.
    Inventors: Anne K. Bingaman, Dagny Boyd Evans, Boban Mathew, Kesah N. Schmitt, Alina K. Scott
  • Patent number: 8336856
    Abstract: The presently disclosed embodiment can be characterized as a threadless quick connect coupling release tool having a main body portion fixedly attached to a handle portion, and a head portion having two engagement projection fingers, the head portion being removably attached to the main body portion. An inlet port is coupled to the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan E. Nelson, Viral S. Mehta, Daniel L. Mikrut, Kirat Shah
  • Patent number: D673087
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tatsuya Hotta, Tetsuya Nakagawa
  • Patent number: D673487
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Hanson, Gary C. Bryant, Robert B. Riggs