Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Harnes, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
  • Patent number: 8138612
    Abstract: A semiconductor device including: a semiconductor substrate including an electrode; a resin protrusion formed on the semiconductor substrate and including a plurality of first portions and a second portion disposed between two of the first portions adjacent to each other; and an interconnect electrically connected to the electrode and extending over one of the first portions of the resin protrusion. A lower portion of a side surface of the second portion includes a portion which extends in a direction intersecting a direction in which the resin protrusion extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuaki Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 7777323
    Abstract: Example embodiments are directed to a method of forming a semiconductor structure and a semiconductor structure including a semiconductor unit including a protrusion on a front side of the semiconductor unit and a recess on a backside of the semiconductor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yong Chai Kwon, Keum-Hee Ma, Kang-Wook Lee, Dong-Ho Lee, Seong-il Han
  • Patent number: 7771415
    Abstract: A method of turning a medical device, having a magnetically responsive element associated with its distal end, at an operating point within an operating region inside a patient's body from an initial direction to a desired final direction, through the movement of at least one external source magnet. The at least one external source magnet is moved in such a way as to change the direction of the distal end of the magnetic medical device from the initial direction to the desired final direction without substantial deviation from the plane containing the initial direction and the desired final direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Stereotaxis, Inc.
    Inventors: Rogers C. Ritter, Bevil J. Hogg, Peter R. Werp, Walter M. Blume, Francis M. Creighton, IV, Roger N. Hastings
  • Patent number: 7574916
    Abstract: A system for applying a controlled stress on a joint in a structure includes means for applying a plurality of thermal bursts in a designated timing sequence and trajectory pattern to produce a combined shock wavefront directed toward the joint. This system can provide increased accuracy in measuring the strength and quality of composite bonds and laminations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian J. Tillotson
  • Patent number: 7479911
    Abstract: A method is provided for multi-channel analog-to-digital conversion. The method includes: receiving an input vector which represents a plurality of analog signals; transforming the input vector using a linear transformation matrix; converting the transformed input vector to a digital stream using an array of sigma-delta converter; and adapting the linear transform matrix to maximize de-correlation between the signals represented in the input vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of Michigan State University
    Inventor: Shantanu Chakrabartty
  • Patent number: 7424412
    Abstract: In the method, a reference core design is generated based on a defined set of limits. The set of limits may include a target hot excess reactivity constraint to be satisfied over a given core energy cycle and a given desired control blade definition that is set for the cycle. A reference core design is generated based on the defined limits. A unique subset of fresh fuel bundles is subject to an iterative improvement process including replacing, at each fuel location, at least one of the current fresh fuel bundles with at least one of the selected fresh fuel bundles, and simulating reactor operation on the reference core design to obtain a plurality of outputs to be ranked based on the defined set of limits. The highest ranked output may represent an accepted core design with set control blade definition that satisfies the target hot excess reactivity constraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Global Nuclear Fuel - Americas, LLC
    Inventors: David Joseph Kropaczek, Mehdi Asgari, Richard Dean McCord
  • Patent number: 7365071
    Abstract: The invention relates to novel heterocyclic compounds of general formula (I) and to their salts with a base or an acid: The invention also relates to processes and to intermediates for the preparation of these compounds, and to their use as medicaments, in particular as antibacterials and ?-lactamase inhibitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Branislav Musicki
  • Patent number: 7285231
    Abstract: An immersion liquid for microscopy using water immersion objectives has a refractive index in the range from 1.25 to 1.4 and a kinematic viscosity of greater than 20 mm2/s at 20° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung trading as Carl Zeiss
    Inventor: Hans-Joachim Weippert
  • Patent number: 7093927
    Abstract: A carriage (recording head portion) which an ink cartridge including a non-volatile memory is to be mounted has a memory access controlling portion for controlling accesses to a non-volatile memory, thereby reducing the number of connection lines between the carriage (recording head portion) and a printer main body controlling portion. The apparatus main body controlling portion and the memory access controlling portion transmit and receive data therebetween by means of serial data communication. The memory access controlling portion reads out various information (the amount of remaining ink, use start year and month, and the like) stored in each non-volatile memory and then stores the readout information in a RAM in the memory access controlling portion. The apparatus main body controlling portion issues an access request command for the RAM to read information out from the RAM and update the readout information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuichi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 6938748
    Abstract: A torque transfer mechanism is provided for controlling the magnitude of a clutch engagement force exerted on a multi-plate clutch assembly that is operably disposed between a first rotary and a second rotary member. The torque transfer mechanism includes a clutch actuator for generating and applying a clutch engagement force on the clutch assembly. The clutch actuator includes a wedge fork having a gear rack segment and a tapered tang segment and a reaction block defining a tapered edge in sliding engagement with the tapered tang segment. An electric motor drives a pinion that is meshed with the gear rack to cause bi-directional linear movement of the wedge fork which causes corresponding sliding movement of the reaction block relative to the clutch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Magna Drivetrain of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale L. Pennycuff
  • Patent number: 6641084
    Abstract: An auxiliary power unit (APU) for an aircraft utilizing solid oxide fuel cells for providing electrical power. The solid oxide electrolytes of the fuel cells allow for reformed fuel to provide a catalyst for oxygen migration. The auxiliary power unit, utilizing solid oxide fuel cells, can also power systems of the aircraft to produce water for use on the aircraft. Waste exhaust energy may be captured from the APU by a power recovery turbine which drives a compressor to provide aircraft cabin air under increased pressure to the fuel cell, thereby increasing system efficiency. The APU may provide all of the electricity to the aircraft allowing for more efficient aircraft engine design and a decrease in aircraft engine size. Furthermore, the fuel cell APU can reduce airport ramp noise and exhaust emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James M. Huber, Joel D. Lindstrom, David L. Daggett, Michael G. Friend
  • Patent number: 6532369
    Abstract: A wireless communications technique enables direct call set up and communication between wireless subscribers without involving network infrastructure. A mobile is modified to perform like a network base station during a local calling mode initiated by a user, thereby reversing transmit and receive frequency bands and allowing the mobile to set up and carry out a call as if it were a network base station. The mobile initially performs a communication channel or frequency sweep sequence to determine an idle traffic channel, thereby preventing interference with other subscribers. After a local call is established, the transceiver monitors call quality, and performs another communication channel or frequency sweep sequence to select a new traffic channel when call quality drops below a threshold level to ensure a certain level of call quality between the first and second mobiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Myer
  • Patent number: 6502882
    Abstract: A handle and strap for use with a tool storage bag is disclosed. The handle is uniquely formed into the strap and is made for carrying heavy loads. The strap includes first and second ends each including a first and a second leg. The first leg is folded generally in half over itself and placed within and affixed to the second leg which is also folded generally in half over itself to form an overlap. A covering material is wrapped around the overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Scott Snider, James Pangerc, Matthew J. Holland
  • Patent number: 6352537
    Abstract: An apparatus for a spinal fixation generally includes a hook member and a linkage. The hook member includes an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portion has a generally arcuate shape and defines an aperture passing therethrough. The lower portion has a curved shape for engaging the lamina. The linkage includes a generally flat plate and defines an arcuate service for matingly receiving the upper portion of the hook member so as to permit relative rotation therebetween. The apparatus further includes a coupling arrangement including a shaft passing through the recess of the linkage and an aperture of the hook member. The shaft includes an upper end and a lower end. A locking member is carried by a lower end and disposed within an aperture of the hook member. A nut is provided in threaded engagement with the upper end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Electro-Biology, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee A. Strnad
  • Patent number: 6290903
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a monolithic broadhead including a ferrule and a blade having a tapered cross-section. The ferrule is formed with a threaded portion for attaching the broadhead to an arrow shaft in a conventional manner. Through the use of powdered metallurgy, the blade may be formed of a metal having a high hardness for maintaining edge sharpness and the ferrule may be formed of a high strength material for maintaining the durability of the broadhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventors: Louis Grace, Jr., Nathaniel G. Grace, Matthew L. Grace
  • Patent number: 6201584
    Abstract: There is provided a novel structure in which in a liquid-crystal display device including active devices a sufficient writing operation is ensured and a decrease in voltage applied to liquid crystal is prevented by a method different from a method for improving the device characteristics of active devices such as MIM devices. MIM devices 13 are connected to scanning lines 11, and pixel electrodes 15 are connected to the MIM devices 13. One electrode of an electrostatic capacitor CS is connected to a point at which the MIM device 13 and the pixel electrode 15 are connected, and another electrode of the electrostatic capacitor CS is connected to stable potential VS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tomio Sonehara, Tetsuhiko Takeuchi, Hidehito Iisaka
  • Patent number: 6197220
    Abstract: The invention provides polymeric PTC compositions and electrical PTC devices with higher voltage capability and improved electrical stability. Depending on device design, the composition can be used in low to high voltage applications 6 volts up to 240 volts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Therm-O-Disc Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J Blok, Prasad Khadkikar, Jeffrey A. West, Mark R. Scoular, Joseph V. Rumler
  • Patent number: D524672
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Omron Healthcare Co, Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Yamada, Nobuo Kubo, Jiazheng Jin, Yoshio Kusumi
  • Patent number: D591923
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventors: Joseph Freitas, Eric J. Webb
  • Patent number: D618721
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Toshiba Tec Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Akihiro Wasai