Patents Represented by Attorney Fletcher Yoder
  • Patent number: 8352833
    Abstract: A method and system is disclosed for operating a NAND memory device. The NAND memory device is operated by transmitting serial peripheral interface signals from a host to a NAND memory device, whereby the signals are communicated to a NAND memory in the NAND memory device without modifying the signals into a standard NAND memory format. Similarly, a method and system is disclosed for receiving signals from the NAND memory device without modifying the signals from a standard NAND format into a serial format. The system also incorporates error detection and correction techniques to detect and correct errors in data stored in the NAND memory device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore T. Pekny, Victor Y. Tsai, Peter S. Feeley
  • Patent number: 8347970
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that may include employing a lockscrew to provide radial and axial force in connecting tubular members in a mineral extraction system. The lockscrew may be angled relative to the tubular members, at an angle that is greater than 0 degrees and less than 90 degrees. Further, the lockscrew may have an end portion which mates with a slot in a locking segment, and the lockscrew and locking segment may be moved from an unlocked to a locked position. In a locked position, the lockscrew exerts force axially downward and radially inward to push the locking segment against a tubular member, locking the member in place. The interconnection between the lockscrew and the locking segment may enable easier installation and may utilize parts which may be easier to manufacture. Furthermore, the angle of the lockscrew may provide improved support for tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Delbert Edwin Vanderford, Kenneth Melvin Reed
  • Patent number: 8352203
    Abstract: Methods and systems for tracking an electronic signal corresponding to an operating frequency of an electronic component are provided. A method may include sampling the signal to determine previous and current time samples of the signal. A frequency of interest in the signal may also be pre-warped to decrease adverse warping effects resulting from processing signals having relatively higher operating frequencies. The previous and current time samples of the signals, along with the pre-warped frequency of interest, may be input into a digital tracking filter. The digital tracking filter may be configured to execute one or more algorithms on the previous and current time samples and the pre-warped frequency of interest to estimate a current operating frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Seibel, Russel J. Kerkman, Carlos Daniel Rodriguez-Valdez
  • Patent number: 8349056
    Abstract: A system includes a direct contact absorber configured to circulate a flow of a liquid desiccant solution for absorbing moisture from a gas stream flowing through the direct contact absorber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Robert Warren Taylor
  • Patent number: 8347916
    Abstract: A chemical injection line connector includes first and second couplings configured to automatically seal shut when the members are disengaged. A method for blocking contamination or pressure transfer of chemical injection lines includes securing first and second couplings to corresponding ends of a chemical injection line and automatically sealing the couplings shut when the couplings are disengaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventor: David R. June
  • Patent number: 8347966
    Abstract: A system in some embodiments includes a system, having a seal assembly, including an inner energizing ring, an outer energizing ring, a load ring disposed between the inner energizing ring and the outer energizing ring, a sealing element, and a lock ring. Further other embodiments provide a method of sealing, including rotating an inner energizing ring in a direction to move the inner energizing ring in a first axial direction to seat a seal, rotating an outer energizing ring in the direction to wedgingly engage and set a lock ring in a radial direction, and rotating a load ring in the direction to move the load ring in a second axial direction to set the lock ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cameron International Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis P. Nguyen, Thomas E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8347631
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system includes an end cover and a liquid cartridge. The liquid cartridge is configured to mount in a fuel nozzle of a turbine engine, wherein the liquid cartridge comprises a one piece flange configured to couple to the end cover, wherein the flange comprises a water inlet, an air inlet, and a fuel inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Donald Mark Bailey, Scott R Simmons, Gregory Allen Boardman, Xiomara Irizarry-Rosado
  • Patent number: 8352010
    Abstract: A sensor assembly is provided that includes a frame upon which electrical and optical components may be disposed and a covering, such as an overmold coating, provided about the frame. The frame may be moved between an open and a closed configuration, such as during the manufacture of the sensor assembly. The sensor assembly includes a retaining component configured to hold the sensor in the closed configuration when engaged. In one embodiment, the sensor may be placed on a patient's finger, toe, ear, and so forth to obtain pulse oximetry or other physiological measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: George L. Matlock
  • Patent number: 8352004
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a sensor may be adapted to provide information related to its position on a patient's tissue. postioned adjacenta sensor may be provided with tissue contact sensors which may relay a signal related to the proper placement of the sensor relative to the tissue of a patient. Such a sensor may be useful for providing information to a clinician regarding the location of the sensor in relation to the skin of a patient in order to provide improved measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Paul D. Mannheimer, Bruce R. Bowman, Lee M. Middleman, Clark R. Baker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8352009
    Abstract: A sensor may be adapted to provide output to indicate when the sensor experiences abnormal forces or pressure. The forces may be outside forces, or the forces may be generated by patient motion. A sensor system as provided may also be adapted to correct for such forces when calculating measurements related to a physiological characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventors: Carine Hoarau, Li Li
  • Patent number: 8352394
    Abstract: The present invention provides novel techniques for validating laboratory data values for properties of interest of products produced by a process system. In particular, samples of the product may be sent to a laboratory testing facility, where laboratory testing procedures may be used to obtain the laboratory data values for the property of interest. The laboratory data values may be sent to a control system which includes a laboratory data validation module. The laboratory data validation module may be capable of validating the laboratory data values of the property of interest by comparing the laboratory data values of the property of interest with predicted values generated by a model. The model may be created using inputs such as laboratory and measured data values of the property of interest as well as laboratory and measured data values of other properties of the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Kent Stephenson, David G. Hoch, L. Paul Collete, III
  • Patent number: 8352865
    Abstract: Techniques for displaying object animations on a slide are disclosed. In accordance with these techniques, objects on a slide may be assigned actions when generating or editing the slide. The effects of the actions on the slide are depicted using one or more respective representations which represent the slide as it will appear after implementation of one or more corresponding actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Bradford Vaughan, James Eric Tilton, Christopher Morgan Connors, Ralph Lynn Melton, Jay Christopher Capela, Ted Stephen Boda
  • Patent number: 8345177
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display (LCD) is provided having transistors disposed within via holes having elongated (e.g., rectangular or oval) contact areas. The use of via holes having elongated contact areas allows an opaque mask defining an aperture for light transmission to be lengthened, thereby increasing the overall area of the aperture. The increase in the area of the aperture may increase the amount of light that can pass through the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Shih Chang Chang, Shawn Robert Gettemy, Ming Xu, Cheng Chen, Mingxia Gu, John Z Zhong
  • Patent number: 8343243
    Abstract: A method may include preparing a coke slurry, preparing a lignite slurry separate from the coke slurry, and combining the coke slurry with the lignite slurry to form a coke/lignite slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jaleh Khorami Ghani
  • Patent number: 8347233
    Abstract: The embodiments of the present invention provide novel techniques for visualizing parameter values, such as parameter values measured in an industrial measurement process. In particular, the disclosed embodiments provide visualization techniques for re-scaling a representation of a target parameter range with respect to an overall parameter range for a parameter value. Re-scaling the representation of the target parameter range effectively provides continuous dynamic zooming for the measured parameter value. This allows for better visualization as well as providing continuous feedback to an operator of the industrial measurement process regarding the current measured parameter value, thereby facilitating faster and more accurate operation of the industrial measurement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Preysman, Stefan Braun, Martin Dittmer
  • Patent number: 8344078
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for producing a polyolefin using reactors in series are described. Described embodiments include techniques and systems for polymerizing a monomer in a first polymerization reactor to form a first polyolefin, discharging a first slurry continuously from the first polymerization reactor to a second polymerization reactor, and discharging a second slurry continuously from the second polymerization reactor. Using continuous take-off devices disposed on either or both reactors, pressure control may be attained such that the rate of transfer between and withdrawal from both reactors are within a desired range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
    Inventor: John D. Hottovy
  • Patent number: 8347238
    Abstract: Alignment guides configured for adaptive snap-to behavior are disclosed. In one embodiment, during a user interface element resize or move gesture, match-priority values for potential alignment guides are determined based at least on gravity values associated with said alignment guides. After a displayed object is snapped to a first alignment guide having the highest match-priority value, and the user interface element is moved away from the first alignment guide during the resize or move gesture, the gravity value associated with the first alignment guide is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Akiva Dov Leffert, Peter William Rapp
  • Patent number: 8345334
    Abstract: A system and method for replicating optical data storage discs (e.g., holographic data storage discs) having multiple layers of data. Master discs providing for respective single layers of data are utilized, and each respective single layer of data from the master discs are replicate onto the optical data storage disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Xiaolei Shi, Kenneth Brakeley Welles, John Erik Hershey, John Anderson Fergus Ross, Brian Lee Lawrence, Zhiyuan Ren, Victor Petrovich Ostroverkhov
  • Patent number: 8346063
    Abstract: An exemplary method of operating a recording device comprises acquiring a title of a recorded program when a recording operation begins. The exemplary method further comprises determining, at a first specific time period after a next-occurring hour of the clock or after a next-occurring half hour of the clock during the recording operation, whichever occurs first, whether the recording operation started within a second specific time period, the second specific time period being between the first specific time period and thirty minutes, storing as the title of the recorded program the title acquired when the recording operation began if the recording operation was not started within the second specific time period, and reacquiring the title of the recorded program if the recording operation was started within the second specific time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Shenzhen TCL New Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Mark Gilmore Mears, Mark Alan Logan
  • Patent number: 8342794
    Abstract: A system includes a compressor and a control system. The control system includes a processor and associated memory. The control system is configured to receive feedback comprising a thermodynamic characteristic or a mechanical characteristic of the compressor. Also, the control system is configured to generate an indication of a surge event or a stall event in the compressor based on the feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Serge Staroselsky, William Charles Jost, Mel Gabriel Maalouf, Andriy Andreyev, Michael Tolmatsky