Patents Represented by Attorney Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery
  • Patent number: 8349379
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cream cheese product obtainable by a process comprising the steps of: (a) acidifying a whey protein concentrate with a food grade acidulant or with starter bacteria to reduce the pH to more than 4.5 to about 5.2, (b) heating the acidified whey protein concentrate of step (a) slowly to a temperature of about 75° to about 90° C. and maintaining it for at least about 30 min to produce a 1.5 functional whey protein concentrate, (c) optionally blending the whey protein concentrate of step (b) with milk fat in a weight ratio of about 60:40 to about 100:0 wherein step (c) may be carried out before step (b), (d) homogenizing the blend obtained in step (b) or (c) in a 2-stage high-pressure homogenizer at pressures of about 300-400/50-80 bar and a temperature of about 5° to about 75° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods R & D, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Wolfschoon-Pombo, Mehran Rose, Peter Habermeier, Dirk Muxfeldt, Hermann Eibel
  • Patent number: 8350345
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide force input control devices for sensing vector forces comprising: a sensor die comprising: a rigid island, an elastic element coupled to the rigid island, die frame coupled to a periphery of the elastic element, one or more stress sensitive components on the elastic element, and signal processing IC, where the sensor die is sensitive to a magnitude and a direction of a force applied to the rigid island within the sensor die, where the sensor die is coupled electrically and mechanically to a substrate, a spring element coupling an external button, where the force is applied, to the rigid island element, wherein the spring element has a flat geometry and located in a plane parallel to a plane of the substrate, where the spring element is configured to translate a deflection of the button into an allowable force applied to the rigid island.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Vladimir Vaganov
  • Patent number: 8350292
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gallium nitride type epitaxial crystal, a method for producing the crystal, and a field effect transistor using the crystal. The gallium nitride type epitaxial crystal comprises a base substrate and the following (a) to (e), wherein a connection layer comprising a gallium nitride type crystal is arranged in an opening of the non-gallium nitride type insulating layer to electrically connect the first buffer layer and the p-conductive type semiconductor crystal layer. (a) a gate layer, (b) a high purity first buffer layer containing a channel layer contacting an interface on the base substrate side of the gate layer, (c) a second buffer layer arranged on the base substrate side of the first buffer layer, (d) a non-gallium nitride type insulating layer arranged on the base substrate side of the second buffer layer, and having the opening at a part thereof, and (e) a p-conductive type semiconductor crystal layer arranged on the base substrate side of the insulating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Naohiro Nishikawa, Hiroyuki Sazawa, Masahiko Hata
  • Patent number: 8347568
    Abstract: A building panel mounting system comprising a rail attachment strap, a rail, a rail attachment profile and a building panel. The rail attachment strap is connectable to a support structure, extends along a longitudinal axis and includes one or more rail support brackets. The rail is connected to the rail support bracket and extends in a direction which is generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The rail attachment profile has an engagement formation removably connected to the rail. The building panel is connected to the rail attachment profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stonelake Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Maurice Lake
  • Patent number: 8349313
    Abstract: Dairy compositions are provided having a high pH, of about 4.8 to about 6.2, comprising desirable probiotic cultures as well as an anti-microbial system for inhibiting undesirable pathogenic and/or spoilage microbial growth without significantly reducing the beneficial effect of the probiotic cultures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Gary Francis Smith, Alice Shen Cha, Zuoxing Zheng, Michael Gerard Roman, Benjamin Emanuel Dias
  • Patent number: 8348240
    Abstract: An output shaft to which the rotational force of a motor is transferred is housed in a case. One end side of the output shaft protrudes from a side surface of the case. A pinion gear is fixed to one end side of the output shaft. Teeth that mesh with the pinion gear are formed on the outer circumferential surface of cables. Cable guide surfaces for guiding the cables to mesh with the pinion gear are provided on the side surface of the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Webasto SE
    Inventors: Tsukasa Butsuen, Kozo Odoi, Bernhard Alois Meier
  • Patent number: 8352374
    Abstract: Methods and systems for controlling the distribution of digital content are provided. A license holder acquires protected content and an original digital license to the protected content from a content provider system. The license holder in turn delegates all or part of the grants in that original license to other qualified devices or clients. The content remains in its original, protected or encrypted form while it is delivered from the license holder to the client along with a digital sublicense that the client receives from the original license holder, whereupon the content can then be rendered. The original digital license defines or governs the conditions under which such delegation occurs, and includes terms under which such delegation is permitted to continue in order to enforce the intent of the content provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Eric John Swenson, Ryuji Ishiguro, Motohiko Nagano, Pierre Chavanne
  • Patent number: 8351573
    Abstract: A device is provided for positioning a target volume, such as a phantom or a patient, in a radiation therapy apparatus. The apparatus directs a radiation beam towards the target. The apparatus can include a target support whereon the target is immobilized, a two dimensional radiation detector fixed with fixations means in a known geometric relationship to the target support, the radiation detector being capable of detecting the position of intersection of the radiation beam with the detector, and correcting means for correcting the relative position of the beam and the target support, based on the detected intersection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ion Beam Applications S.A.
    Inventors: Yves Jongen, Rudi Labarbe
  • Patent number: 8349002
    Abstract: Adjustable annuloplasty rings for repair of a mitral or tricuspid valve which incorporate at least two separate parts that are adjustably interconnectable to create a ring the circumference of which can be changed in dimension. Rings having interconnections at spaced-apart lateral locations, which interconnections allow bidirectional movement to either shorten or lengthen the ring at either such location, afford a surgeon opportunity to make further adjustments to the dimensions of the annuloplasty ring after its initial partial securing to the heart valve tissue and thereby adjust the AP diameter of the valve being repaired. The mating interconnections at two lateral locations on the ring can be constructed so as to allow hinged movement about an axis defined by the interconnections to permit hinged movement between the two separate parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: QuickRing Medical Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventor: Simcha Milo
  • Patent number: 8343459
    Abstract: A method for producing a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent which contains a radioactive halogen-labeled amino acid compound as an effective ingredient and has a composition that can inhibit radiolysis of the effective ingredient, thereby further improving stability, is provided. Disclosed is a method for producing a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent, comprising a solution preparation step of preparing a solution containing a radioactive halogen-labeled amino acid compound, and a dilution step of diluting the solution containing the radioactive fluorine-labeled organic compound in order to adjust radioactive concentration thereof, which further comprises an acid addition step of adding an acid to the solution containing the radioactive fluorine-labeled organic compound, after the solution preparation step and before the dilution step, wherein the acid is added in the acid addition step in an amount sufficient to adjust the pH of the solution resulting from the dilution step to 2.0-5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nihon Medi-Physics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisaku Nakamura, Soichi Nakamura, Masahito Toyama, Akio Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8341807
    Abstract: A mounting device 12 for producing all-steel card clothings 2 with improved mounting quality. The mounting device 12 comprises a guide arrangement 28 for guiding the profile wire 3. The guide arrangement 28 may comprise, for example, an angle adjustment arrangement 32 comprising two brake jaws 30, 31. The mounting device 12 has at least one longitudinal axis 34, 45, about which the guide arrangement 28 can be pivoted. The guide arrangement 28 can be pivoted manually, with the use of a motor or by spring force. In addition, the guide arrangement 28 and the angle adjustment arrangement 32, respectively, can be adjusted in linear direction, and horizontally and vertically in a direction transverse to the longitudinal direction of the profile wire 38. Optionally, the guide arrangement 28 may replace a separate brake arrangement as well as a separate alignment arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventors: Rene Conzelmann, Benjamin Beck, Carmen Sautter
  • Patent number: 8344037
    Abstract: A resin composition for cross-linking foam molding having a polymer composition which comprises 100 parts by weight of the following component (A) and 0.5 to 20 parts by weight of the following component (B); a foaming agent; and a cross-linking agent, wherein the component (A) is an ethylene-based polymer satisfying the following conditions (a1) to (a2): (a1) the density is 860 to 935 kg/m3, and (a2) the melt flow rate (MFR) is 0.1 to 10 g/10 minutes, and the component (B) is an ethylene-?-olefin copolymer satisfying the following conditions (b1) to (b3): (b1) the density is 890 to 925 kg/m3, (b2) the intrinsic viscosity [?] determined in a tetralin solution is 4 to 15 dL/g, and (b3) the activation energy of flow (Ea) is less than 50 kJ/mol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
    Inventors: Katsuhiro Yamada, Yoshinobu Nozue
  • Patent number: 8342104
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method and an assembly for balk transport. An inflatable bladder is inserted into a container and disposed proximal and above a gravity-fed aperture. The container may be, for instance, a hopper rail car. A bulk material then is introduced into the container, the bulk material being, for instance, a grain-based material such as corn gluten feed. The bladder is positioned and preferably secured laterally with respect to the aperture to impede access to the aperture by the bulk material. When the container has reached the transport destination, the bladder is deflated. If the bulk material has set up during transport, access to the aperture nonetheless will have been maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Grain Processing Corporation
    Inventors: Jack E. Ramser, Peter A. Miller, Robert J. Willis, John P. Dudenhoeffer
  • Patent number: 8345010
    Abstract: A movable barrier operator system operational component includes an integral display comprising at least one of a numeric display, an alphanumeric display, and a graphics display. The display can comprise an active display or an active interactive display and can further operate in conjunction with adjacent user-input interface opportunities. So configured, numerous user interface events can be highly leveraged to contribute to ease of installation and ease and reliability of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James J. Fitzgibbon, Robert Daniel-Wayman, Eric Gregori, Robert J. Olmsted, Eric J. Robb
  • Patent number: 8346794
    Abstract: Input data queries directed at a plurality of target databases and originating from any of a plurality of sources are first converted to validated canonical forms, which are then used to query the target databases. Specifically, upon receiving an input data query, a relatively accurate reference database is selected based on the type of the input data. This reference is then queried for the input data with the intent of finding an exact matching record or a near-matching record that can be considered an exact match and thereby validating the input data. Otherwise, the requesting source is instructed to provide a new query. Once having a validated record, it is converted to a canonical form, which is then used to query the target databases intended to be searched. In a further embodiment, multiple reference databases are queried to determine a canonical form of the data or to determine multiple canonical forms of the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: TTI Inventions C LLC
    Inventors: Kong Eng Cheng, Munir Cochinwala, Dennis E. Egan, Benjamin W. Falchuk, Chiao-Wei Lee, John R. Wullert, II
  • Patent number: 8346946
    Abstract: Manufacturer registration of consumer electronic devices includes a registration server receiving purchaser-specific information from a user computer over a network, such as the Internet. This received purchaser-specific information may then be associated with a temporary short code, which is in turn provided back to the user computer over the network. The purchaser is then free to input the provided temporary short code into the consumer electronic device to be registered, after which both the short code and certain additional device-specific identification information may be provided directly by the consumer electronic device to the registration server over a network connection. The provided short code may then be matched to the previously-provided purchaser-specific information, and the manufacturer registration process completed using both the purchaser-specific information and the device-specific identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas P. Dawson
  • Patent number: 8345830
    Abstract: An audio indication of a recipient for a message is received, the message to be sent by a user to the recipient. An electronic database is searched for the recipient. When the recipient is found in the electronic database, information is determined from the electronic database concerning the recipient. An audio prompt is formed including at least some of the information concerning the recipient that was obtained from the electronic database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoko Takeda, Theodore R Booth, III, Jason Clement
  • Patent number: 8342078
    Abstract: A reciprocating-piston pump having an electromagnetically driveable reciprocating piston, which is mounted with a restoring spring, for feeding a liquid, an impact damper composed of an elastomer for damping an impact of the reciprocating piston at the end of a feed phase, a core flange which is situated opposite the reciprocating piston, with a gap which is dependent on the position of the reciprocating piston being provided between the reciprocating piston and the core flange. The kinetic energy of the reciprocating piston during an early feed interval of a feed phase is absorbed primarily by the restoring spring and the feed of the liquid, and in that the kinetic energy of the reciprocating piston during a late feed interval of a feed phase is absorbed primarily by the hydraulic damping of the liquid present in the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Webasto SE
    Inventor: Heiko Neuner
  • Patent number: 8343165
    Abstract: A driver apparatus for implanting spinal rod fixation devices including an anchor member and a coupling member pivotable relative to the anchor member is disclosed. The driver apparatus generally immobilizes the anchor member and coupling member relative to each other and to the driver apparatus during insertion to minimize interference between the coupling member and tissues surrounding the implantation site, as well as to minimize the clearance required for implantation. The driver apparatus includes a driver portion engageable with the anchor member for effecting seating of the anchor member, such as by threadably driving the anchor member in the bone. The driver portion is closely fit between portions such as upstanding walls of the coupling member to prevent relative rotation therebetween. The driver apparatus further includes locking portions shiftable to secure the coupling member with the driver apparatus when the driver is engaged with the anchor member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory Berrevoets
  • Patent number: 8346841
    Abstract: A sub-circuit for facilitating the synchronization of event-based samples of signals in a cross-correlation circuit utilizing event-based sampling is provided. The sub-circuit alternatively integrates one of the signals to be cross-correlated and alternates between the signals in response to the output of a hysteretic comparator. The invention extends to a method of manipulating the input signals to a cross-correlation circuit utilizing event-based sampling so-as to facilitate the synchronization of the event-based samples of the signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Cape Town Research Contracts and Intellectual Property Services
    Inventors: Ralph R. Etienne-Cummings, Jonathan Craig Tapson, Francesco V. G. Tenore, Fopefulu O. Folowosele, Mark Philip Vismer