Patents Represented by Attorney Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery
  • Patent number: 8295985
    Abstract: An irrigation device including an actuator configured to control water flow to at least one water delivery device, a first stored energy source configured to power the actuator to effect irrigation via the at least one water delivery device, and a second stored energy source which is separate from the first stored energy source, wherein the second stored energy source is configured to power the actuator to terminate the irrigation via the at least one water delivery device. The irrigation devices further includes a controller configured to cause the first stored energy source to power the actuator to effect the irrigation, responsive to an instruction to provide irrigation, and to cause the second stored energy source to power the actuator to terminate the irrigation responsive to a termination condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy J. Crist
  • Patent number: 8294553
    Abstract: A movable barrier operator system includes a motor that is used to move a movable barrier. The system also includes an audio amplifier device. First power is supplied to the audio amplifier device to thereby render corresponding content locally audible. Information regarding starting of the motor is received and the first power supplied to the audio amplifier device is automatically reduced in response to receiving the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: James Joseph Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 8293299
    Abstract: Containers and methods are provided for dispensing a liquid concentrate utilizing one or more desirable properties including a generally consistent discharge across a range of squeeze forces, a generally consistent discharge with the same force without significant dependence on the amount of liquid concentrate in the container, a substantially dripless or leak proof outlet opening, a jet that minimizes splashing when the liquid concentrate impacts a target liquid, and a jet that maximizes mixing between the liquid concentrate and the target liquid to produce a generally homogenous mixture without the use of extraneous utensils or shaking. Also provided are liquid beverage concentrates that can be cold filled during packaging while maintaining shelf stability for at least about three months at ambient temperatures. Concentrates are provided having low pH, with or without alcohol, and with buffers to allow for increased acid content at a selected pH.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Karl Ragnarsson, Jane Lee MacDonald, Dana Marie Brown
  • Patent number: 8293424
    Abstract: The invention relates to a repeating unit for a fuel cell stack comprising a membrane electrode assembly and a flow field designed to supply an active surface of the membrane electrode assembly with gas and comprising at least a gas passage orifice. According to the invention it is contemplated that a gas-tight gas flow barrier is disposed between the active surface and the gas passage orifice so that gas passing through the first gas passage orifice flows around the gas flow barrier, wherein the projection of the gas flow barrier towards the periphery of the active surface is at least half as long as the projection of the gas passage orifice towards the periphery of the active surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: STAXERA GmbH
    Inventor: Andreas Reinert
  • Patent number: 8294292
    Abstract: An irrigation power system is provided for use with a conventional irrigation conduit having water flow therethrough as a source of hydro energy. In order to convert the hydro energy of the water flow to electrical energy, a power generation module is provided along the irrigation conduit. The electrical energy provided by the power generation module is then provided to a power conditioner to alter the electrical energy to produce a predetermined current. The predetermined current is then sent to a storage device for later use. An irrigation system component then communicates with the storage device to receive electrical power for selective operation of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin M. Irwin, Carlos Antonio Lopez Abundis, David Addai-Gyansa, JeanPaul Vitali Bell, Jonathan Heitzinger, Juan Carlos Lopez, Scott A. McLeod, John Stuart Saenz, Christopher J. Sandy, Dustin Robert Stone, Brett J. Wham
  • Patent number: 8287213
    Abstract: An insert is disclosed for use in cutting tool applications having two major faces and at least two cutting edges. The insert is indexable by repositioning the cutting insert from one face to the other face. The inserts may be mounted in a seat formed in a fixed cutting tool. The seat has a major seating surface for mounting the insert and for receiving a retainer at a predetermined angle. In one form, the seat may also have dovetail walls oriented to engage side walls of the insert and to reduce the shear force against the retainer during contact between the insert and a rotating workpiece. The fixed tool has reliefs and a tip pocket to protect an unused cutting edge on the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Remark Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney M. Kramer
  • Patent number: 8288736
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an irradiation cell for producing a radioisotope of interest through the irradiation of a target material by a particle beam, comprising a metallic insert forming a cavity designed to house the target material and to be closed by an irradiation window, wherein said metallic insert comprises at least two separate metallic parts of different materials, being composed of at least a first part comprising said cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Ion Beam Applications SA
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Amelia, Michel Ghyoot
  • Patent number: 8286887
    Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) devices for use in RFID-based sensors and related methods are described herein. In one implementation, an RFID sensor system includes an RFID device having a near field only RFID tag and a conductive element which functions as a far field antenna. A coupling structure selectively locates the near field only RFID tag and the conductive element in at least a first position and a second position relative to each other; wherein in the first position, the RFID device only operates in a near field, and in the second position, the RFID device operates in both the near field and a far field. The system may also include an RFID reader and controller located within the far field to read the RFID device only when the coupling structure locates the components in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8288085
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pancreatic islet isolation method comprising the steps of (1) injecting a protection solution containing a protease inhibitor into the pancreatic duct of an procured pancreas; (3) digesting the pancreas into which the protection solution has been injected; and (4) purifying the digested pancreatic tissue using a purification solution containing a density gradient reagent. The present invention also provides a protection solution for injection into the pancreatic duct, a pancreas preservation solution for the two-layer method, and an islet purification solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Kyoto University
    Inventors: Shinichi Matsumoto, Hiromi Wada, Hirofumi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8287819
    Abstract: The invention concerns a device for synthesis of radiopharmaceutical products based on chemical reagents contained in bottles, said device comprising several reaction compartments, transfer means between said bottles and said reaction compartments as well as mechanical means acting on said transfer means and enabling to monitor and control mechanically the transfer of chemical reagents. The invention is characterized in that it comprises: a fixed module including at least the mechanical means; a removable and disposable module, essentially in the shape of a support, whereon are arranged the transfer means between said bottles and said reaction compartments, said removable and disposable module not including any mechanical means; and means for securing said removable and disposable module to said fixed module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Ion Beam Applications S.A.
    Inventors: Fèdèric Schmitz, Pierre-Emmanuel Boeyen, Vincent Tadino
  • Patent number: 8287608
    Abstract: The present teachings are directed toward a lubricity additive for fuel compositions that is a mixture of an amine having at least one alicyclic group and a monocarboxylic acid having up to 22 carbon atoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Afton Chemical Corporation
    Inventor: Scott D. Schwab
  • Patent number: 8287936
    Abstract: Lipid-based, creamy food fillings are disclosed that are bake-stable up to a temperature of at least about 125° C. The creamy food fillings are particularly suitable for use in products that require the filling to be added prior to baking. In one aspect, the fillings are a solid-in-liquid dispersion having a dispersed solid phase including a hydrophilic powder and a high-melting lipid, as well as a continuous lipid phase including a low-melting lipid in which the hydrophilic powder and high-melting lipid are dispersed. Preferably, the fillings have a low water activity of about 0.5 or lower and are formed in the absence of additional humectants, thickening agents, or gelling agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Global Brands LLC
    Inventors: Jimbay P. Loh, Yeong-Ching Albert Hong
  • Patent number: 8286884
    Abstract: Radio frequency identification (RFID) devices, and methods of manufacture are described herein. In one implementation, a RFID device comprises: a near field only RFID tag that does not function as a far field RFID tag and is pre-manufactured; and a conductive element independent from the near field only RFID tag and adapted to function as a far field antenna. The near field only RFID tag is coupled to a first portion of an item; and the conductive element is coupled to a second portion of the item, the first portion and the second portion located such that the near field only RFID tag is coupled in proximity to the conductive element such that the RFID device functions in both a near field and a far field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8284897
    Abstract: One accesses information regarding the functionality of portions of the patient's body and then uses that information to optimize a radiation-treatment plan to treat a target portion of the patient's body while minimizing at least some collateral radiation-based damage to non-targeted functional portions of the patient's body. By one approach, the aforementioned information can comprise a functionality model as pertains to at least some portions of the patient's body. As one example in these regards, this can comprise optimizing the radiation-treatment plan such that the planned radiation beams tend to pass through non-targeted less-functional portions of the patient's body rather than through non-targeted portions of the patient's body of greater functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems International AG
    Inventors: Janne Nord, Ramin Baghaie, Marko Rusanen, Juha Kauppinen
  • Patent number: 8283547
    Abstract: A method for use with a musical instrument includes receiving a signal representative of a sound produced by the musical instrument, receiving a selection of an audio effect from a wireless controller, applying the audio effect to the signal representative of a sound produced by the musical instrument, and providing an output signal representative of the audio effect applied to the sound produced by the musical instrument. Other methods include causing an image to be responsive to a signal representative of motions of the musical instrument, and causing an image to be responsive to a signal representative of sound produced by the musical instrument. A computer readable storage medium may store a computer program adapted to cause a processor based system to execute the steps of any one or more of these methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Mark Francis Villa, Gary M. Zalewski
  • Patent number: 8283386
    Abstract: Method of operating a three-phase slurry reactor includes feeding at a low level at least one gaseous reactant into a vertically extending slurry body of solid particles suspended in a suspension liquid, the slurry body being contained in at least two vertically extending shafts housed within a common reactor shell, each shaft being divided into a plurality of vertically extending channels at least some of which are in slurry flow communication and the slurry body being present in at least some of the channels. The gaseous reactant is allowed to react as it passes upwardly through the slurry body present in at least some of the channels of the shafts, thereby to form a non-gaseous and/or a gaseous product. Gaseous product, if present, and/or unreacted gaseous reactant is allowed to disengage from the slurry body in a head space above the slurry body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Sasol Technology (Proprietary) Limited
    Inventors: Andre Peter Steynberg, Berthold Berend Breman, Derk Willem Frederik Brilman
  • Patent number: 8284021
    Abstract: A rolling code transmitter is useful in a security system for providing secure encrypted RF transmission comprising an interleaved trinary bit fixed code and rolling code. A receiver demodulates the encrypted RF transmission and recovers the fixed code and rolling code. Upon comparison of the fixed and rolling codes with stored codes and determining that the signal has emanated from an authorized transmitter, a signal is generated to actuate an electric motor to open or close a movable barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford L. Farris, James J. Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 8281477
    Abstract: A semi-automatic loader for needle boards (2) includes a filling device (51)that presents felting needles (17) arranged at a ratio that is consistent with the ratio of holes of a needle board. A machine operator can then grasp the felting 5 needles (17) by use of a multiple collet chuck (45) and set them in groups in the rows of holes of the needle board (2). This provides a loading method featuring extremely high productivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventors: Bernhard Münster, Gustav Wizemann, Johannes Bruske
  • Patent number: D669096
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideki Katsura
  • Patent number: RE43753
    Abstract: A graphic user interface method for representing a search of a database, providing a plurality of stylized Venn diagrams each representing an intersection of at least two sets; receiving from the user, for each generic graphic icon, a selection of at least one region, defining an output data set; presenting the generic graphic icons on the graphic user interface as modified graphic icons, each having graphic indication of the selections; and receiving linkage information from the user for the modified graphic icons to represent a composite set inclusion property, based on the output data sets and the linkage information. Once a search is defined, it may be translated, as necessary, for execution by a typical database search engine. Retrieved results may be quautified and ranked by the interface system fur optimal presentation to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Alberti Anemometer LLC
    Inventor: Andrew J. Szabo