Patents Represented by Attorney Hanley, Flight & Zimmerman, LLC
  • Patent number: 8287361
    Abstract: A method of populating symbol spaces on a gaming device includes providing a plurality of designated spaces arranged to display a plurality of symbols, wherein one of the designated spaces is populated with a symbol from the plurality of symbols by moving the symbol from an initial location, to a final location within the designated space, wherein the game outcome is at least partly dependent on the final location of the symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Michael A. Shai-Hee
  • Patent number: 8287223
    Abstract: A vehicle restraint includes a hook supported by a carriage that travels vertically along a track, wherein the hook can move to selectively restrain or release a vehicle's ICC bar at a loading dock. The carriage includes a unique roller arrangement that minimizes friction while maximizing the rolling line contact between a set of rollers and the track. Instead of individual rollers mounted at opposite ends of a shaft extending from the carriage, two or more rollers are mounted to a module, and two such modules are rotatably or otherwise movably attached to the ends of the shaft. Each module includes a shaft-receiving bore having an inner diameter comparable to that of a conventional individual roller, thus the unique roller arrangement lends itself well to retrofit applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Andersen, Timothy Cotton
  • Patent number: 8286757
    Abstract: A wheel restraint for restraining a vehicle at a loading dock includes various features such as, a wheel chock supported by a spring loaded articulated arm with a spring that can be selectively tightened or released, a sensor that detects whether the chock is solidly against a base plate or floor, a bi-directional pivotal joint between the articulated arm and the wheel chock to ensure that the chock can sit squarely on a mating base plate, a wheel chock that meshes with a hydraulically actuated base plate, pivotal or otherwise movable backstops that prevent a wheel chock from sliding out of position, and a base plate cleaning system. The wheel restraint also includes a first vertical resistance feature that is coupled to the base and a second vertical resistance feature that is coupled to the wheel chock to limit vertical movement between the wheel chock and the base when the first vertical resistance feature engages the second vertical resistance feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
    Inventor: Kyle Nelson
  • Patent number: 8286938
    Abstract: Flexible seals for process control valves are disclosed. An example disclosed seal includes a seal for use with a butterfly valve. The example seal includes a substantially flexible ring-shaped carrier configured to be fixed within the butterfly valve and to surround a flow control aperture therein. Additionally, the seal includes a ring-shaped cartridge coupled to an inner diameter of the ring-shaped carrier. The cartridge includes a first portion and a second portion coupled to the first portion to define a circumferential opening to hold a seal ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventors: Wade Jonathon Helfer, David John Koester, Benjamin Uriah Good, Paul Russell Dalluge, Andrew John Olson
  • Patent number: 8287365
    Abstract: A method of gaming comprises initiating a jackpot event responsive to receiving an event trigger; determining whether to award a prize to a player in the jackpot event, the probability of awarding the prize in the jackpot event being dependent on a value of a jackpot evaluation parameter accumulated over a plurality of games; and awarding the prize in response to making a positive determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Antoon Christiaan Visser
  • Patent number: 8291289
    Abstract: Low density parity check code (LDPC) base parity check matrices and the method for use thereof in communication systems. The method of expanding the base check parity matrix is described. Examples of expanded LDPC codes with different code lengths and expansion factors are also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventor: Michael Livshitz
  • Patent number: 8287371
    Abstract: A method of gaming includes generating a game outcome. The method also includes determining whether the game outcome includes a win outcome. The method further includes providing a three-dimensional representation of an object having a plurality of win outcome modifiers thereon. Additionally, the method includes controlling display of the object in response to a modification condition being met, such that the object is displayed as rotating and the axis around which it rotates changes at least once prior to the object stopping and such that after stopping, the selected modifier of the plurality of modifiers which is to be applied is apparent from the display. The method includes modifying the win outcome with the selected modifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Antoon Christiaan Visser
  • Patent number: 8290489
    Abstract: This application pertains to methods and apparatus to perform time zone determination by a mobile station. One example method for use in a communication device includes determining a geographical location and universal time for the device; determining a time zone for the device based on the geographical location; determining a time for the device based on the universal time and the time zone; using the determined time in applications operable on the device, wherein the applications operable on the device comprise applications other than the application used to determine the geographical location. Other examples are shown and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Syed Hussain Ali, Dominik Buszko, Noushad Naqvi, Maiyuran Wijayanathan, Jigar Shah
  • Patent number: 8287348
    Abstract: A gaming method for providing a poker-style game on a gaming device includes selecting at least one player card to form at least part of a player hand, selecting at least one machine card to form at least part of a machine hand. A prize schedule payable to the player if the player were to win a completed hand is calculated based on the selected cards. The player decides whether to continue play of the game utilizing their hand, after being provided with the calculated prize schedule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Paul Francis Jason Bramble
  • Patent number: 8290631
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to arbitrate valve position sensor redundancy are disclosed. A disclosed example method comprises measuring a first value representative of a position of a valve, measuring a second value representative of the position of the valve, computing a first estimated position of the valve, selecting one of the first and second values based on the first estimated position, and generating a first valve control signal for the valve based on the selected one of the first and second values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Emerson Process Management Power & Water Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Sweeney, Scott Shaw, Peter Nicholas Francino
  • Patent number: 8290603
    Abstract: In general, user interfaces for controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a user interface is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When the scene is activated, the players in the scene react in a synchronized manner. For example, the players in the scene are all caused to play a multimedia source or music in a playlist, wherein the multimedia source may be located anywhere on a network. The user interface is further configured to illustrate graphically a size of a group, the larger the group appears relatively, the more plays there are in the group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Lambourne
  • Patent number: 8282070
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for manual override operation of a linear actuator are described. An example apparatus includes a base to be mounted to an actuator. A drive member is operatively coupled to the base and selectively engagable to a stem of the actuator to enable manual operation of the actuator in a first direction and a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventor: Lonnie Oscar Davies, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8285218
    Abstract: Example methods and apparatus to identify wireless carrier performance effects are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes receiving an indication of media content presentation on a wireless communication device, monitoring a wireless carrier operating parameter in response to receiving the indication of media content presentation, and monitoring the wireless communication device for a media content presentation command. The example method also includes associating the media content presentation command and the wireless carrier operating parameter with a scoring factor indicative of subscriber preferences, and generating a report including the scoring factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: The Nielsen Company (US), LLC
    Inventors: Achilleas Papakostas, Michael A. Yonker
  • Patent number: 8286090
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present technology provide a method of displaying and visualizing information in accordance with the amount of screen space available. Other embodiments provide a system for displaying and visualizing information in accordance with the amount of screen space available. Yet other embodiments provide a computer-readable medium having a set of instructions for execution by a computer, the set of instruction capable of displaying and visualizing information in accordance with the amount of screen space available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Terry Gene Ballard, Thomas David Burton, William Murray Stoval
  • Patent number: 8281804
    Abstract: Pressure relief valves are described herein. An example pressure relief valve includes a body having external threads to threadably engage another body having a pressurized chamber. Additionally, the pressure relief valve includes a relief valve orifice that is threadably engaged with the body via internal threads of the body. The relief valve orifice includes a seating surface. Further, the pressure relief valve includes a pressure-balanced piston assembly that is slidably movable within the body relative to the relief valve orifice and the seating surface to control the flow of fluid between the pressurized chamber and the relief valve orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International LLC
    Inventors: Chun Lin, Roy Ronald Pelfrey
  • Patent number: 8285310
    Abstract: Methods and systems respectively provide for receiving a wireless signal coverage map request from a wireless device. A map is generated in accordance with the request and provided to the wireless device. The map includes symbology keyed to wireless signal services within a particular geographic area. Such symbology can be indicative of recommended areas and travel routes having particular types of wireless signal coverage, regions of poor or non-existent wireless signal service, areas presently experiencing heavy wireless signal usage, and so on. In this way, a wireless device user can seek to access specific wireless services and/or avoid suspect trouble regions within a geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Edgar Shrum, Jr., Barret Kreiner, Steven Wright
  • Patent number: 8285313
    Abstract: A messaging method using a mobile user terminal, the method including the steps of: creating, at the mobile user terminal, at least one graphical messaging symbol adapted to convey a meaning to a message recipient; preparing message content including at least one of the created graphical messaging symbols using the mobile terminal; and sending the message to a recipient via a communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Oliver Boyd Errington
  • Patent number: 8279771
    Abstract: Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to monitor communication paths in communication systems are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes identifying first and second inter-network communication links of a communication system, identifying a first plurality of router pairs associated with the first inter-network communication link, identifying a second plurality of router pairs associated with the second inter-network communication link, partitioning the first plurality of router pairs into a first subset of router pairs and a second subset of router pairs, partitioning the second plurality of router pairs into a third subset of router pairs and a fourth subset of router pairs, during a first time interval, performing first reachability tests for respective ones of the first and third subsets of router pairs, and during a second time interval, performing second reachability tests for respective ones of the second and fourth subsets of router pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Zhijian Xu, Chee Ching, Kevin D'Souza, Joseph Lu, David H. Lu, Chen-Yui Yang, Leah Li Zhang
  • Patent number: D668586
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Flip Innovations Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Matthew Golias, Jon Seddon, Michael Russell
  • Patent number: D669227
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Xuegang Wang