Patents Represented by Attorney Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Patent number: 8338728
    Abstract: A nanoelectromechanical tunneling current switch includes a cantilevered nanofilament including a secured end and an unsecured end and a conductor with a surface substantially perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the nanofilament when the nanofilament is undeflected. The nanofilament is positioned with respect to the conductor to define a gap between the unsecured end of the nanofilament and the surface of the conductor substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the nanofilament. The nanofilament and the conductor are electrically connected by a circuit, and a tunneling current is configured to flow from the nanofilament to the surface of the conductor substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the nanofilament. In other embodiments of the nanoelectromechanical tunneling current switch, an electrically conductive membrane can be utilized in place of, or in addition to, the cantilevered nanofilament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Clean Energy Labs, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph F. Pinkerton
  • Patent number: 8341068
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and apparatus for generating and evaluating ideas within an organization through an idea market. It includes an automatic price-setting mechanism that modifies the share-price at the same instant that a trade is made, yet without the assistance of a market maker or a queue of orders. The instant price-setting is achieved by assuming a pre-defined relationship between the quantity of shares in the order and the average share price for that order. This relationship is the price-quantity function. The present invention also includes a mechanism of weighted parameters to modify the share-price in addition to pure supply and demand. The parameters can be adjusted over time in a neural network to optimize the relationship between the share price and the prediction of the actual idea value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Trustees of the Stevens Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Peter Koen, Gerrit Kamp
  • Patent number: 8337274
    Abstract: A toy car and a remote control regulate the speed of the car. A source of supplemental power selectively energizes the drive motor thereby to selectively permit the vehicle to move faster than the normal speed. A sensor measures the voltage to the vehicle motor. After stepping up the voltage to the drive motor, and detecting a drive motor current increase in excess of the capability of vehicle, the source of supplemental power is disabled. When a normal low voltage state is detected, the source of supplemental power in the vehicle is enabled whereby the motor supply voltage is permitted to increase above a normal low voltage state permitting more power to be provided to motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Silverlit Limited
    Inventor: Kwok Leung Wong
  • Patent number: 8337563
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention relates to a reverse shoulder assembly. Another embodiment of the present invention relates to a reverse shoulder assembly method of use. In one example, a reverse shoulder assembly of the present invention may be provided such that the reverse shoulder assembly alters the abduction force created by a patient's deltoid to a forward flexion force. In one example, a reverse shoulder assembly of the present invention may be provided such that the reverse shoulder assembly alters the abduction force created by a patient's deltoid to an external rotation force. In one example, a reverse shoulder assembly of the present invention may be provided such that the reverse shoulder assembly alters the abduction force created by a patient's deltoid to an external rotation force and a forward flexion force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Exactech, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher P. Roche, C. Michael Mauldin, Richard Jones, Thomas Wright
  • Patent number: 8340794
    Abstract: Disclosed is a trade evaluator for evaluating trades based on statistics of players to be traded, statistics of other players on each fantasy team, and settings of a fantasy league. A computer receives a request to analyze a trade of one or more players for one or more other players. The computer determines league settings and player statistics. For each player on the teams, the computer determines a position in a roster. The computer determines a highest value player for each position. If there is only one slot that can hold the highest ranked player still available to place, the computer fills the slot with that player. If there are multiple slots left, and each of those slots can also hold other player positions, the computer places the player in a slot with a lowest opportunity cost. The computer determines a point total for the teams with and without execution of the trade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Trdinich, Michael Graben, Ron Belmarch, Shane Kao, Joe Francis
  • Patent number: 8341157
    Abstract: A system and method for intent driven search presentation. A query is received, over a network, from a user, wherein the query comprises at least one query token. The query is analyzed wherein at least one query keyword is identified in the query. The query is classified wherein the query is classified into at least one intent using query keywords. A plurality of data objects that match query keywords is identified. The data objects are ranked, wherein at least one intent is assigned to at least some of the data objects. A result is built using the ranked plurality of data objects, wherein the result comprises display entries wherein if a data object has been assigned at least one intent, such intent is used to construct the display entry for the respective data object. The result is transmitted over the network to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Schulman
  • Patent number: 8333850
    Abstract: A Zr-based amorphous alloy and a method of preparing the same are provided. The Zr-based amorphous alloy is represented by the general formula of (ZraM1-a)100-xOx, in which a is an atomic fraction of Zr, and x is an atomic percent of 0, in which: 0.3?a?0.9, and 0.02?x?0.6; and M represents at least three elements selected from the group consisting of transition metals other than Zr, Group IIA metals, and Group IIIA metals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: BYD Company Limited
    Inventors: Qing Gong, Faliang Zhang, Yunchun Li, Jiangtao Qu, Xiaolei Hu
  • Patent number: 8333647
    Abstract: In some embodiments, the instant invention provides a computer-implemented method to conduct a drawing game that at least includes: providing a first game piece, where the first game piece has a first game data of the drawing game; receiving the first game data of the drawing game; determining a second game data of the drawing game based at least in part on: the first game data, where the second data includes the first game data, and a predetermined rule; randomly generating a third game data of the drawing game; providing a second game piece having the second game data and the third game data of the drawing game to a player, where the second game piece is capable of enabling the player to determine, by comparing the second game data and the third game data of the drawing game, whether the player wins a prize of the drawing game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Intralot S.A.—Integrated Lottery Systems and Services
    Inventors: Christos Dimitriadis, Vasileios Kasiotakis, Chrysoula Athanasopoulou
  • Patent number: 8333853
    Abstract: Aluminum alloy having an improved combination of properties are provided. In one aspect, a method for producing the alloy includes preparing an aluminum alloy for artificial aging and artificially aging the alloy. In one embodiment, the artificially aging step includes aging the aluminum alloy at a temperature of at least about 250° F., and final aging the aluminum alloy at a temperature of not greater than about 225° F. and for at least about 20 hours. These aluminum alloys realize an improved combination of properties, including improved strength with at least equivalent fatigue crack growth resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventors: Cindie Giummarra, Roberto J. Rioja, Gary H. Bray, Paul E. Magnusen
  • Patent number: 8332977
    Abstract: A medical examination device is provided with a pair of foot support assemblies, a patient support mat, and a pair of legs. Wheel assemblies are attached to the legs facilitate the transportation of the device to and from a bed whereby the support assemblies, patient support mat, and legs are extended and adjusted to support a patient on the bed to facilitate a medical examination. The foot support assemblies, patient support mat, and legs are collapsible so that the device is transported and stored in a small, compact size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Gwenventions, LLC
    Inventors: Ronnie Z. Bochner, Kris D Eager, Michael S. Rozewicz, Dustin Worm, Vaughn Gerber, David Veldkamp, Timothy Laroy
  • Patent number: 8332322
    Abstract: A system and methods that enables and utilizes the conversion of an individual's ability to access multiple secure accounts to establish and validate the individual's digital primary identity. The control for the digital primary identity validation is user-centric so that the individual controls the amount of information supplied and therefore the level of assurance achievable. The level of assurance can be added to the digital primary identity. An identity card for digital primary identity validation can be used online or in-person. Validation and level of assurance is reviewed regularly or continuously. Levels of assurance can be increased by validating primary sources of identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: miiCard Limited
    Inventor: James Frank Varga
  • Patent number: 8331028
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a light shelf of the present invention includes at least one panel assembly for reflecting daylight into a space; and at least two structural elements for holding the panel assembly, wherein the structural elements include a spine component having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween; a first mounting component for installing on a structural member and for engaging the proximal end of the spine component; a second mounting component for engaging the distal end of the spine component; and a sleeve component having at least one indentation for holding a side of the panel assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Alcoa Inc.
    Inventors: Prashanth Irudayaraj, Gregory McKenna
  • Patent number: 8328402
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an attachment system for communicating light energy from a light source to a light-conducting fiber includes a light pipe body sufficiently designed to engage a distal end of a light pipe, the light pipe body comprising at least one opening configured to dissipate heat buildup from light energy; a front assembly sufficiently designed to engage the light pipe body, the front assembly comprising an orifice and at least one opening configured to dissipate heat buildup from light energy; a light-conducting fiber body sufficiently designed to engage the front assembly and to hold a proximal portion of a light-conducting fiber, the light-conducting fiber body positioned in the orifice of the front assembly; and an optical taper assembly sufficiently designed to hold an optical taper, the optical taper assembly positioned between and spaced apart from the front assembly, and positioned between and spaced apart from the light pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: IlluminOss Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony W. O'Leary, Robert A. Rabiner, Dennis P. Colleran, Justin G. Dye, Douglas A. Kornbluth, Narissa Y. Chang, Joshua M. Morin
  • Patent number: 8332583
    Abstract: A distribution medium (20) for providing an application to a host system (4) includes an interface element (21) for interfacing with the host (4), a memory or storage module (22) that stores application code representing the application and a hardware element (23). The hardware element (23) directly accesses application content stored in the memory (22), processes that application content to transform it to another form, and then provides the transformed content to the host system (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: FXI Technologies AS
    Inventors: Jørn Nystad, Mario Blazevic, Borgar Ljosland, Edvard Sørgård, Frank Langtind
  • Patent number: 8331096
    Abstract: An apparatus is described for a fingerprint acquisition device that can be integrated into an expansion card capable of being inserted into a PC card slot of a portable computer such that the apparatus is substantially flush with the computer. The apparatus can contain a drawer that rotates or slides out of the apparatus to expose a fingerprint module where a user's fingerprint data can be collected. A latching mechanism is provided so that the drawer can be locked in a retracted position in the apparatus when the drawer is pushed into the apparatus and so that the drawer can extract out of the apparatus if the user pushes on the drawer again when the drawer is in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Validity Sensors, Inc.
    Inventor: Ed Garcia
  • Patent number: 8332291
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and method for estimating the future and present value of credit accounts (FIG. 1). A plurality of profit driver segments (105) are established. A degree of belonging of the credit account to each of the plurality of profit driver segments (105) is determine by characterizing the credit account based upon it historical behavior (110). The probability of migration of the credit account from at least one profit driver segment (105) to at least one profit driver segment based upon historical behavior data is determined. The credit account can then be valued based upon the characterization of the credit account and the determined probability of migration. By examinating how accounts migrate between behavior segments over multiple periods, and analyzing the discounted cash flows associated with these migration patterns, a net present value may be calculated for each account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Argus Information and Advisory Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikolas Sulkowski, Leonard Laufer, Nana Banerjee
  • Patent number: 8327957
    Abstract: Downhole cutting tools such as blade mills comprise a body having a first end for connection with a rotating component of a drill string and a cutting end for rotation in unison with the body. The cutting end comprises at least two blades, each of the at least two blades comprising a front sidewall surface, a back sidewall surface, an inner end, an outer end, and at least one beveled portion disposed along the front sidewall surface toward the inner end of each of the at least two blades. At least one of the beveled portions comprise at least one cutting element disposed thereon that is disposed across a center point of the face of the cutting end to provide for cutting away an object disposed in a wellbore to occur across a center point of the cutting end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Baker Hughes Incorporated
    Inventors: Calvin J. Stowe, II, Andrew D. Ponder
  • Patent number: 8330639
    Abstract: A remote controller for toys includes a user interface which applies the low-cost capacitive sensing method with the remote controller. Users can touch and/or drag on a remote controller surface by fingers to remotely control the movement of R/C cars, planes, helicopters or a boat. The remote controller is essentially a flat faced unit and there is no need for protruding control sticks or pushbuttons. This controller is applicable to different types of remote control toys with digital proportional control on speed and steering control. The remote controller is a symmetric product design whereby the controller is easily operable with left and right hand conventions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Silverlit Limited
    Inventors: Kwok Leung Wong, Ka Ho Ng
  • Patent number: D672244
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Uesst S.C.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Massimiliano Righi, Giovanni Morandini
  • Patent number: D673082
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Ahmad AlSayed M. AlGhazi