Patents Represented by Attorney Fish & Neave IP Group Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Patent number: 7361181
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for creating anastomoses are provided. An incision tool for creating an incision having a controlled length in a side wall of a patient's body tissue conduit is provided. A delivery device for inserting a hollow annular connector into an incision in a side wall of a patient's body tissue conduit is provided. The delivery device may include first and second anvil structures around which the connector may be disposed. By moving the first anvil structure away from the second anvil structure, the connector may expand to a desired configuration (e.g., non-round) within the aperture. In one example, the connector may be inserted into the aperture to hold the aperture open prior to attachment of a graft conduit to the aperture, thereby allowing a physician to inspect the aperture and the surrounding tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical ATG, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J Hindrichs, Michael P Brenzel, Richard G Cornelius, William J Swanson
  • Patent number: 7345509
    Abstract: Integrated circuit devices are provided that include power detection circuits that indicate whether power supplies have reached functional voltage levels. The power detection circuits include latches coupled to power supplies that can detect whether all the power supplies have reached functional voltage levels, logic circuits to provide appropriate output signals, and well bias circuits that supply current to the power detection circuits. Well bias circuits provide current from first power supplies to reach functional voltage levels so that indication may be provided from the power detection circuit without requiring functional voltage levels of all power supplies. Outputs from power detection circuits can be combined with control signals, for various applications. Applications include holding an integrated circuit device in reset until power supplies have reached functional voltage levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Sergey Y Shumarayev, Thomas H White
  • Patent number: 7306903
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and compositions for identifying morphogen analogs. The preferred methods and compositions relate to the discovery that morphogen upregulation of the mouse type X collagen promoter activity is mediated by a MEF-2 like sequence and requires an adjacent AP-1 sequence. Certain methods rest on the use of test cells comprising DNA defining a morphogen-responsive transcription activating element operatively associated with a reporter gene. Other methods rest on the use of DNAs for measuring morphogen-inducible DNA-binding. In certain preferred embodiments, the methods and DNAs involve an osteogenic protein 1 (OP-1) responsive transcription activating element. Substances that mediate interaction with and/or activate the OP-1 responsive transcription activating element are considered herein likely to be useful for reproducing in vivo effects of morphogens such as OP-1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Curis, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuber T. Sampath, Shun-ichi Harada, Gideon A. Rodan
  • Patent number: 7307020
    Abstract: General purpose methods for the fabrication of integrated circuits from flexible membranes formed of very thin low stress dielectric materials, such as silicon dioxide or silicon nitride, and semiconductor layers. Semiconductor devices are formed in a semiconductor layer of the membrane. The semiconductor membrane layer is initially formed from a substrate of standard thickness, and all but a thin surface layer of the substrate is then etched or polished away. In another version, the flexible membrane is used as support and electrical interconnect for conventional integrated circuit die bonded thereto, with the interconnect formed in multiple layers in the membrane. Multiple die can be connected to one such membrane, which is then packaged as a multi-chip module. Other applications are based on (circuit) membrane processing for bipolar and MOSFET transistor fabrication, low impedance conductor interconnecting fabrication, flat panel displays, maskless (direct write) lithography, and 3D IC fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Elm Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Glenn J Leedy
  • Patent number: 7304497
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for programmably powering down a structured application-specific integrated circuit are provided. At least one of the programmable layers of the structured ASIC that frequently provides some programmability as between or among a small number of alternative functions is used to provide this programmability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Hee Kong Phoon, Kar Keng Chua
  • Patent number: 7304786
    Abstract: The invention relates to mechanically bi-stable shutter assemblies for use in display apparatus to form images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Pixtronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Nesbitt W. Hagood, Jasper Lodewyk Steyn, Roger Barton, Richard S. Payne
  • Patent number: 7304785
    Abstract: The invention relates to light modulators for use in display apparatus. In particular, the invention relates to methods for supporting and support structures for light modulators to reduce unwanted motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Pixtronix, Inc.
    Inventors: Nesbitt W. Hagood, Jasper Lodewyk Steyn
  • Patent number: 7297522
    Abstract: Compositions comprising a plurality of yeast cells, wherein said plurality of yeast cells have been cultured in the presence of an alternating electric field having a specific frequency and a specific field strength for a period of time sufficient to increase the capability of said plurality of yeast cells to treat epilepsy. Also included are methods of making such compositions and methods of treating epilepsy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Ultra Biotech Limited
    Inventor: Ling Yuk Cheung
  • Patent number: 7291664
    Abstract: The invention relates to a multicomponent composition for photodegradable and biodegradable plastic articles, and the use of said composition in the manufacture of various disposable and packaging plastic articles and the articles made therefrom. The multicomponent composition does not contain starch, and is a multicomponent compounded composition of new bioactive material of chitin, casein and the like, with biodegradable aid component, photodegradable and auto-oxidation catalysis component, and nonmetallic minerals and the like. Under natural condition, the degraded material can be utilized by microorganism to release carbon dioxide and water, and acts as an eco-friendly plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventor: Benzhong Hao
  • Patent number: 7287051
    Abstract: Multi-functional digital signal processing (“DSP”) circuitry can perform any of a wide range of different DSP functions. For example, the DSP circuitry can perform multiplication of simple or complex numbers of different lengths. The multiplication of simple (i.e., non-complex) numbers can be augmented with addition of the resulting products. The DSP circuitry can also support implementing finite impulse response filters of either even or odd order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventor: Martin Langhammer
  • Patent number: 7284431
    Abstract: An improved system for sensing ground motion is provided. The system generally comprises a shell and a case within the shell and connected by a suspension. The mass of the case is greater than the mass of the shell. An electrode within the shell detects relative motion between the shell and the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: James E. Barger
  • Patent number: 7286844
    Abstract: A system (105) determines a power level for transmitting to a neighboring node in a wireless network. The system (105) receives a message indicating a three-dimensional position and orientation of the neighboring node and a type of directional antenna of the neighboring node that transmitted the message. The system (105) determines the power level for transmitting to the neighboring node based on the three-dimensional position and orientation of the neighboring node and the type of the directional antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Jason Keith Redi, Eric Gustav Brett, William Dugald Watson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7286670
    Abstract: The present invention is a compression method for compressing digital data. The data is strings of digital values, which can be broken down to a series of 1's and 0's. The present inventive method uses a chaotic system to compress the data. The first step in the inventive method is generating a plurality of periodic orbits that correspond to a plurality of control bit strings. Each of the periodic orbits is formed with a series of numeric values. The next step is to convert the numeric values of the periodic orbits to digital data values, similar in form to the data to be compressed. The digital data values of the periodic orbits are then organized to identically match the original digital data values. Then the control bit strings corresponding to the organized digital data values of the periodic orbits are identified and saved in order, such that applying the control bit strings to the chaotic system will regenerate the original data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Chaoticom, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin M. Short
  • Patent number: 7279175
    Abstract: An intraluminal medical device comprises a stent having a coating applied to at least part of an interior surface, an exterior surface, or both. The coating comprises a sustained release formulation of a combination of pharmaceutical compounds dispersed within a biologically tolerated polymer composition. The choice of the combination of pharmaceutical compounds are intended to reduce neointimal hyperplasia restenosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Psivida Inc.
    Inventors: Jianbing Chen, Paul Ashton
  • Patent number: 7279680
    Abstract: An RF-driven plasma source, including a pair of spaced-apart plasma electrodes, wherein the electrodes act as plates of a capacitor, the gas electrically discharges and creates a plasma of both positive and negative ions, in a clean process that enables efficient sample analysis, with preferred isolated sample photo-ionization, reduced-power operation and also including signal detection with modulated drive electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Sionex Corporation
    Inventors: Raanan A. Miller, Erkinjon G. Nazarov, Evgeny Krylov, Gary A. Eiceman, John A. Wright, Stephen D. Kendig, C. James Morris, Douglas B. Cameron
  • Patent number: 7280122
    Abstract: A data-display system employs a display in which the representations of data objects are caused to move on the display in order to convey information about the represented data objects. In one example, icons in a link-analysis display that represent data objects satisfying a selection criterion are made to execute distinctive motion. In another example, three-dimensional models of moving bodies in whose features components of respective data objects are encoded are projected onto a screen plane, and the resultant values are used to generate the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Robert J. Bobrow, R. Bruce Roberts, Colin Ware, Ronald M. Pickett
  • Patent number: 7277352
    Abstract: A dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is provided that has separate array and peripheral power busing to isolate array noise from peripheral circuits such as delay lock loops during row activations and read/write memory operations. A switch connects the array power bus to another separate power bus for a limited period of time during a DRAM refresh cycle to provide additional current to the DRAM arrays. The switch disconnects the array power bus from the other power bus preferably before the end of the refresh cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: George B Raad
  • Patent number: D551875
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: DeCoro Limited
    Inventor: Luca Ricci
  • Patent number: D552397
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Dreamwell Ltd.
    Inventor: Neal Charles Van Patten
  • Patent number: D552860
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: DeCoro Limited
    Inventor: Luca Ricci