Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Fleit, Kain, Gibbons, Gutman & Bongini P.L.
  • Patent number: 6600371
    Abstract: It is shown a low noise amplifier comprising a first circuit block suitable for converting a first amplifier input voltage signal into current, a second circuit block adapted to divide the current coming from said first block, said second block being controlled by a second voltage signal, said first and second blocks conferring a variable voltage gain to the amplifier. The amplifier comprises at least one first and at least one second resistors and a feedback network, said at least one first resistor connected with one first output terminal of said second block and with a supply voltage, and said at least one second resistor being connected between said at least one first and at least one second output terminals of said second block, and said feedback network being coupled with said at least one first terminal and with said first circuit block, and said at least one second terminal being coupled with at least one output terminal of said low noise amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics s.r.l.
    Inventor: Giovanni Cali
  • Patent number: 6599263
    Abstract: A shoulder orthosis is utilized to effect relative movement between bones in a body of a patient. The orthosis includes a base section which is connected with a trunk of a patient's body, an upper arm section which is connected with an upper portion of an arm of the patient, and a lower arm section which is connected with a lower portion of the arm of a patient. An interconnection between the base section and upper arm section of the orthosis is disposed beneath an axilla between the trunk and arm of the patient. A main drive assembly is operable to rotate the lower arm section of the orthosis relative to the upper arm section of the orthosis to pivot a humerus bone in the upper arm of the patient relative to a scapula bone in a shoulder of the patient. A secondary drive assembly is operable to move the lower arm section and upper arm section relative to the base section of the orthosis to move the upper arm of the patient into alignment with the shoulder of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Bonutti 2003 Trust A
    Inventors: Peter M. Bonutti, Christopher A. Leo, Kevin R. Ruholl
  • Patent number: 6597891
    Abstract: A method for receiving digital content data on a user's system for playing or recording, the content data being compressed and encrypted with a first encrypting key, said method comprising the steps of: tuning a receiver to a selected frequency; receiving content data through a broadcast transmission at the selected frequency; assembling the content data that is received; and transferring the content data to a player for playing the content data after all the content data has been received. In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, an information processing system and computer readable medium is disclosed for carrying out the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ahmed Tantawy, Franco Marconcini, Jonathan P. Munson, Giovanni Pacifici, Aba S. Youssef
  • Patent number: 6597020
    Abstract: A method is provided for packaging an integrated circuit chip that has a front face with sensors located in a central region and electrical connection areas located in a region that lies between at least one edge of the chip and the central region. According to the method, a rear face of the chip is cemented to a front face of a substrate that includes through-holes, with the rear face of the substrate including electrical connection areas that pass in front of the through-holes such that the through-holes are located laterally with respect to the edge of the chip. The electrical connection areas on the front face of the chip are connected to the electrical connection areas on the substrate through the through-holes, and the chip is embedded in an optically transparent encapsulating material so as to form an encapsulating block on the same side as the front face of the substrate. The substrate is cut around the encapsulating block, following the perimeter of the encapsulating block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventors: Remi Brechignac, Juan Exposito
  • Patent number: 6592609
    Abstract: An anchor has a pointed end portion may be utilized to form an opening in a bone in a patient's body. The anchor is moved into the opening formed in the bone in the patient's body with a suture connected to the anchor. The suture may then be utilized to retain body tissue in a desired position relative to the bone. The body tissue may be either hard or soft body tissue. If desired the anchor may be utilized in conjunction with layers of soft body tissue. When a suture is used it may be secured by connecting a retainer with the suture. Alternatively, sections of the suture may be interconnected. It is believed that it may be preferred to secure the suture in place after at least a predetermined tension has been established in the suture and/or a predetermined force has been transmitted to the body tissue. The suture may be secured in place by exposing a retainer to ultrasonic vibratory energy or by applying the ultrasonic vibratory energy directly to sections of the suture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Bonutti 2003 Trust-A
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 6592531
    Abstract: A percutaneous tissue removal apparatus having a flexible drill shaft, a cutting tip mounted on the shaft a power source for transmitting motion to the shaft to move the cutting tip against tissue and a suction source for removing tissue fragments along the shaft to a location outside the tissue mass while cutting. The apparatus may include a container for collecting one or more selected components of the harvested tissue fragments for implantation of the fragments preferably into the body of the patient from whom they were removed. Where the tissue to be cut is bone, a cutting tip is preferably made of a polymeric material which is softer than the cortical portion of the bone, although the cutting tip may be made of a ceramic or a composite material. A second flexible shaft may be provided either within or about the flexible drill shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Bonutti 2003 Trust-A
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 6590353
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device to control a circuit for the vertical deflection of a spot scanning a screen, and more particularly a control device whose output amplifier stage works in class D mode at the rate of a switching signal called a first switching signal. The control device has an internal auxiliary supply to generate the overvoltage needed for the fast flyback of the spot. This auxiliary power supply is a switching voltage generation circuit whose switching signal, called a second switching signal, is synchronous with the first switching signal. The present invention has been shown to used advantageously in television screens and/or computer screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventors: Philippe Maige, Yannick Guedon
  • Patent number: 6590414
    Abstract: A circuit architecture and a method for performing a trimming operation directly on an application board, or after the operation of packaging integrated electronic devices. The circuit architecture includes at least one non-volatile memory unit (3) having non-volatile memory elements (5) and a circuit (17, 19) for modifying the state of the memory elements (5), a first multifunctional input pin (8) whereon a sequence (25) of trimming data is received, a second multifunctional input pin (9) whereon a timing signal of the trimming operations is received, and an additional access pin (7) for switching the circuit architecture operation from a normal mode over to a trimming mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Tiziana Signorelli, Francesco Pulvirenti, Calogero Ribellino
  • Patent number: 6591293
    Abstract: A system for making presentations to audience clients in a computer network. The presentation is made by a presenter client via a Web server connected to one or more audience client units. Each audience client unit has a browser for linking to the network. The system comprises a receiver for receiving and processing page requests from at least one presenter client; a transmitter for transmitting requested pages to the presenter client; and a server siphon for intercepting composed pages and sending copies of each composed page to at least one connected audience client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dieter Poetzschke, Frank Stein
  • Patent number: 6587837
    Abstract: A method for permitting the electronic delivery of digital content. Metadata is acquired which has been previously associated with content. Promotional metadata is extracted for use with a electronic store. At least one of the metadata is altered to create offer data. And at least one of the metadata is altered to create transaction data. In accordance with another aspect of the invention, a computer readable medium is described to carry out the above method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Spagna, Kenneth Louis Milsted, David P. Lybrand, Edgar Downs
  • Patent number: 6587932
    Abstract: Several peripheral entities, each of which is clocked by its own internal clock signal, can access a memory that is a single-access memory. A priority entity is defined from among the peripheral entities, and the other entities are defined as auxiliary entities. A repetitive time frame is formulated so as to be regulated by the internal clock signal of the priority entity. This time frame is subdivided into several groups of windows that are allocated to the peripheral entities. Each peripheral entity can access the memory only during the windows that are allocated to that entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventor: Christian Tournier
  • Patent number: 6581084
    Abstract: A multiplication circuit with an accumulator is provided. The multiplication circuit includes first latch circuits, second latch circuits, and elementary adders that are cascade-coupled to one another in series through the first latch circuits. Each of the adders has its carry output coupled to one of its inputs through one of the second latch circuits. Additionally, cancellation circuitry cancels the contents of each of the second latch circuits at least during selected multiplication operations so as to carry out multiplication operations in a Galois field. In some preferred embodiments, the cancellation circuitry includes a logic gate that receives a selection signal indicating the mode of operation, and the logic gate sets and holds the second latch circuits at zero when the selection signal indicates that the multiplication operation is to be done in a Galois field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventors: Fabrice Romain, Guy Monier, Marie-Noëlle Lepareux
  • Patent number: 6580282
    Abstract: A machine for testing electronic components or chips formed in a wafer (3) and each comprising a multiplicity of electrical connection pads formed on the surface of the wafer, which machine includes a test head (5) having a multiplicity of electrical connection test prods (11) and a mechanism for moving the wafer to be tested with respect to the head so as to bring the ends of the test prods into contact with the pads of each chip, in succession. The test head (5) carries heating and temperature-regulating elements (18) thermally coupled to the electrical connection test prods (11). Preferably, the test head (5) includes a metal block (16) thermally coupled to the electrical connection test prods (11). The heating and temperature-regulating elements (18) are thermally coupled to the metal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Lieutard, Bernard Faure, René Monnet
  • Patent number: 6575982
    Abstract: The relationship between first and second portions of a bone in a patient's body is changed by moving a wedge member into a slot formed in the bone. Force is applied against hard cortical bone by the wedge member. This force pivots the first portion of the bone relative to the second portion of the bone about an axis extending through bone interconnecting the first and second portions of the bone. As the wedge member moves into the bone, a side surface of the wedge member is moved into alignment with an outer side surface of the bone. The wedge member is fixedly connected with the bone. The wedge member is rigid so that the bone can immediately be load bearing. One or more openings may be provided in the wedge member to enable bone to grow through the wedge member. The wedge member may contain a material which promotes growth of bone through the wedge member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Bonutti 2003 Trust-A
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 6575926
    Abstract: An improved strap has a base end portion, a second end portion and a main portion which is disposed between the base and the second end portions of the strap. A first side of the strap has a layer formed of foam. A second side of the strap has a layer formed of fabric. The second side of a base end portion of the strap has a layer formed of foam. The layer formed of foam on the first side of the strap is placed in engagement with skin on a body of a patient. The base end portion of the strap is retained against movement relative to the body of the patient by wrapping the strap around a portion of the body of the patient and positioning a portion of the layer formed of foam and disposed on the first side of the strap in engagement with foam disposed on the second side of the base end portion of the strap. A second end portion of the strap is connected with the fabric layer on the second side of the strap at a location between the end portions of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Bonutti 2003 Trust-A
    Inventor: Peter M. Bonutti
  • Patent number: 6573778
    Abstract: A protection device includes a switching transistor (M11), connected between the gate of the output transistor (TS1) and ground, and a control circuit (CM), connected to the gate of the switching transistor (M11), which are capable of ensuring that the switching transistor (M11) is off when there is no electrostatic discharge at the drain of the output transistor (TS1) and capable of turning the switching transistor (M11) on when there is an electrostatic discharge at the drain of the output transistor (TS1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventors: Pascal Salome, Guy Mabboux
  • Patent number: 6574594
    Abstract: A broadcast datastream is received, and audio identifying information is generated for audio content from the broadcast datastream. It is determined whether the audio identifying information generated for the broadcast audio content matches audio identifying information in an audio content database. In one preferred embodiment, the audio identifying information is an audio feature signature that is based on audio content. Also provided is a system for monitoring broadcast audio content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael C. Pitman, Blake G. Fitch, Steven Abrams, Robert S. Germain
  • Patent number: 6574609
    Abstract: A method of managing content data and associated metadata. According to the method, the content data and the associated metadata are generated. The content data is transferred to a content host, and the metadata and usage condition data for the associated content are transferred to an electronic store. The metadata and/or the usage condition data are altered in order to form promotional data, and the promotional data is transferred from the electronic store to a customer's system. In one preferred method, the content data is encrypted with a first encrypting key before being transferred to the content host. The first encrypting key is encrypted with a second encrypting key, and the encrypted first encrypting key is transferred along with the metadata and usage condition data to the electronic store. Additionally, the encrypted first encrypting key is transferred along with the promotional data to the customer's system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Edgar Downs, George Gregory Gruse, Marco M. Hurtado, Cesar Medina, Kenneth Louis Milsted
  • Patent number: D476256
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: My Diamond Place, Ltd.
    Inventor: Avraham Namdar
  • Patent number: D477789
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Tarshish Sulimani Ltd.
    Inventor: Orna Sulimani