Patents Represented by Attorney Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
  • Patent number: 8347452
    Abstract: A vehicle vacuum cleaning system may have a portable vacuum module that employs a vacuum module case, a vacuum fan within the interior of the vacuum module case and a vacuum fan drive shaft coupled to the vacuum fan. The vacuum module attaches and detaches to an HVAC module within the vehicle. The HVAC module may utilize an HVAC case, an electric motor within the HVAC case, an HVAC fan drive shaft coupled to the electric motor and an HVAC fan coupled to the HVAC fan drive shaft. The vacuum fan drive shaft is adapted to receive rotational energy from the HVAC fan drive shaft, either directly or through an auxiliary shaft. The vacuum module may employ gears to increase the speed and drawing force of the vacuum fan. A debris receptacle is detachable to the vacuum module. The HVAC fan drive shaft ultimately drives the vacuum fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Hiromitsu Maehata, Delomer Gosioco
  • Patent number: 8349665
    Abstract: A fuse device includes a fuse unit, which includes a cathode, an anode, and a fuse link coupling the cathode and the anode. A transistor includes at least a portion of the fuse unit to be used as an element of the transistor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Deok-kee Kim
  • Patent number: 8348858
    Abstract: A guide wire for magnetically navigating a medical device through in a subject's body comprising an elongate wire having a proximal and distal end, a portion adjacent the distal end that is more flexible than the more proximal portions of the elongate wire, and a first magnetically responsive element on the distal end of the elongate wire. The guide wire further comprises one or more magnetically responsive elements spaced apart from the first magnetically responsive element and disposed on the more flexible portion of the elongate wire. The guide wire provides for bending or deflecting the distal end of the stent, to provide easier navigation of the distal end of the guide wire and the stent through the vasculature of a subject body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stereotaxis, Inc.
    Inventors: Raju R. Viswanathan, Jonathan C. Sell
  • Patent number: 8351256
    Abstract: A memory system and a nonvolatile memory device therein are disclosed. The memory system comprises a memory device outputting a plurality of analog signals during a read operation, a converter to convert the plurality of analog signals into binary data, and a memory controller to operate an error correction operation on the binary data. The error correction operation uses a soft decision algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hong Rak Son, Jaehong Kim, Junjin Kong
  • Patent number: 8350158
    Abstract: Example embodiments are directed to a tape wiring substrate including a film having an upper surface including a chip mounting area, the chip mounting area further including an inner area and a peripheral area, the film further including a lower surface, and vias penetrating the film, the vias being located in the inner area, an upper metal layer on the upper surface of the film and connected to electrode bumps of a semiconductor chip, and a lower metal layer on the lower surface of the film. Example embodiments are directed to a tape wiring substrate including a film having an upper surface including a chip mounting area, a lower surface, and vias penetrating the film, an upper metal layer on the upper surface of the film and connected to electrode bumps of a semiconductor chip, and a lower metal layer on the lower surface of the film, the vias being located outside of the chip mounting area. Example embodiments are directed to packages including tape wiring substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yechung Chung, Chulwoo Kim, Eunseok Song, Kyoungsei Choi
  • Patent number: 8350854
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are disclosed for visualizing a tomographic volume data record of an object volume. In at least one embodiment of the method, the gradient magnitude is additionally determined for each voxel of the volume data record and an at least two-dimensional transfer function is provided which assigns a color value and an opacity value to each combination of gradient value and scalar of the voxel. Here, at least the opacity value and the color value are modulated by the gradient value. The transfer function is applied to the previously determined gradient values and scalar values and the volume data record is displayed with the respective color and opacity values of the voxels by way of a volume rendering technique. The method permits an improved recognizability of structures, in particular in volume data records from medical imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Röttger
  • Patent number: 8350802
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of driving an electrophoretic device that includes an electrophoretic element having a first electrode, a second electrode, and an electrophoretic layer disposed between the first and second electrodes, and further includes a capacitor connected to the first electrode at one terminal. The method includes (a) applying a reference potential or a first potential higher than the reference potential to the first electrode of the electrophoretic element and the terminal of the capacitor and applying the reference potential to the second electrode of the electrophoretic element, and (b) applying a signal fluctuating between a second potential and a third potential to the second electrode subsequently to the step (a), the second potential being equal to or higher than the reference potential, the third potential being higher than the second potential and being equal to or lower than the first potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Hirayama, Junpei Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8350162
    Abstract: Disclosed is a connection structure for a circuit board using a solder bump to arrange circuit boards. The circuit board connection structure includes a solder bump prepared on one of two circuit boards and a perforated part formed at the other of the circuit boards to receive the solder bump. Facing both circuit boards towards each other and inserting the solder bump into the perforated part, the circuit boards are desirably arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Tae Kim, Tae Sang Park, Young Jun Moon, Soon Min Hong, Hyo Young Shin
  • Patent number: 8348632
    Abstract: A compressor shaft has a fluid inlet that leads into a fluid inlet tube, is perpendicular to a longitudinal hole in the length of the shaft. An intermediate inlet into the longitudinal hole is located between the fluid inlet and an outlet at an end of the longitudinal hole. A drive plate mounted to the compressor shaft has a protruding drive arm, which uses a holding mechanism to connect to a swash plate. At certain swash plate angles, the intermediate inlet is covered and sealed by the swash plate, or uncovered. The drive arm defines an internal bore and a through slot. At opposite ends, the bore merges into the longitudinal hole and open into the through slot. The holding mechanism and/or swash plate guide covers the bore in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Craig Soliz, Christopher Carleton Bartholomew
  • Patent number: 8350315
    Abstract: Memory devices include a tunneling insulating layer disposed on a substrate, a charge storage layer disposed on the tunneling insulating layer, a blocking insulating layer disposed on the charge storage layer and a control gate electrode disposed on the blocking insulating layer. The control gate electrode may have an edge portion spaced farther apart from the blocking insulating layer than a central portion of the control gate electrode to concentrate charge density distribution on a central portion of a memory cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang-soo Seol
  • Patent number: 8351096
    Abstract: An image scanning unit includes a translucent member, a transport unit, and a scan device. The translucent member has a flat face on which a document is contactingly transported by the transport unit while contacting the document against the translucent member. The scan device scans image information of the document transported by the transport unit at a scan position, and is fixedly disposed on a side of the translucent member opposite a side on which the document contacts the flat face of the translucent member. The translucent member includes a convex portion to lift the document transported by the transport unit from the flat face of the translucent member. The scan device scans the document at the scan position when the document transported by the transport unit passes over the convex portion and is still lifted from the flat face of the translucent member by the convex portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masao Sagara
  • Patent number: 8352045
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a device for stimulating living tissue, comprising an array of stimulating microelectrodes that are placed in a defined configuration side by side and able to be selected by applying an electrical signal for stimulation by one of the microelectrodes. According to the disclosure, an additional conducting surface for application against the living tissue, is provided in the vicinity of a defined plurality of sections for local application of microelectrodes, connecting structures being provided for electrical connection between the zones, and the additional conducting surface being also connected to a lead and being formed so as to ensure local stimulation via a microelectrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Group Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique, Universite de Bordeaux 1
    Inventors: Sébastien Joucla, Blaise Yvert, Lionel Rousseau
  • Patent number: 8349227
    Abstract: A motheye mold fabrication method of at least one embodiment of the present invention includes the steps of: (a) preparing an Al base in which an Al content is less than 99.99 mass %; (b) partially anodizing the Al base to form a porous alumina layer which has a plurality of very small recessed portions; (c) after step (b), allowing the porous alumina layer to be in contact with an etchant which contains an anodic inhibitor, thereby enlarging the plurality of very small recessed portions of the porous alumina layer; and (d) after step (c), further anodizing the Al base to grow the plurality of very small recessed portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ichiro Ihara
  • Patent number: 8351943
    Abstract: In response to a determination that a received pilot signal identification is not present in a current neighbor list of a mobile station, a network controller identifies one of a plurality of sectors associated with the missing pilot signal identification that is a most likely handoff candidate. In one embodiment, the most likely handoff candidate is determined as the sector that is closest to the mobile station. When the most likely candidate is identified, a handoff may be initiated between the mobile station and the identified sector. The handoff may be accomplished by activating a traffic channel for the mobile station in the identified sector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Vladan Jovanovic
  • Patent number: 8350262
    Abstract: A nonvolatile memory device having self-presence diode characteristics, and/or a nonvolatile memory array including the nonvolatile memory device may be provided. The nonvolatile memory device may include a lower electrode, a first semiconductor oxide layer on the lower electrode, a second semiconductor oxide layer on the first semiconductor oxide layer, and/or an upper electrode on the second semiconductor oxide layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Myoung-Jae Lee, In-Kyeong Yoo, Eun-Hong Lee, Jong-Wan Kim, Dong-Chul Kim, Seung-Eon Ahn
  • Patent number: 8350796
    Abstract: A display device for displaying an image may include display and control sections. The display section, provided by a liquid crystal display (LCD), may be configured to display the image with a luminance in accordance with a display signal voltage, the display section including pixels, each pixel in the LCD including first and second subpixels connected to same source and gate lines. The control section may be configured to divide each frame into first to m-th subframe periods, m being an integer greater than or equal to two, the control section configured to generate first to m-th display signals for the subframe periods for output to the display section such that dividing each frame into the subframe periods does not change a sum luminance output of the display section within each frame. The control section may create a difference between luminances of the first and second subpixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazunari Tomizawa, Tomohiko Mori
  • Patent number: 8351318
    Abstract: An apparatus for converging voltages of an optical recording medium may include a first converging unit, a second converging unit, and/or a switching unit. The first converging unit may be configured to converge a voltage level of a first input signal to a reference voltage. The second converging unit may be configured to converge a voltage level of a second input signal to the reference voltage. The switching unit may be configured to determine whether to short-circuit output terminals of the first and second converging units during a period when the voltage levels of the first and second input signals are being converged to the reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sang-woog Byon
  • Patent number: 8350992
    Abstract: A polarization element includes: a substrate; a plurality of thin metal wires provided to the substrate in a striped manner; and a plurality of protruding sections made of metal provided to each of the thin metal wires, and arranged in a longitudinal direction of the thin metal wire at a pitch shorter than a wavelength of incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Daisuke Sawaki
  • Patent number: 8350873
    Abstract: A method of controlling a vehicle navigation system may entail inquiring if the navigation system is displaying a road map in a first map scale on a display, inquiring if a scrolling feature was used to pan the road map in the first map scale on the display to a specific scrolled point, concluding that the scrolling feature was used, calculating a detail road display area based on the specific scrolled point of the display; loading detailed road link data in a second map scale from memory of the navigation system, the detailed road link data corresponding in actual geographic area to the detail road display area, converting the detailed road link data from the second map scale to the first map scale to create converted detail road link data, and displaying the converted detail road link data together with the road map in the first map scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: DENSO International America, Inc., Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Naohiro Sakashita
  • Patent number: 8348695
    Abstract: A power tool having a housing, a motor disposed in the housing, a power cord connected to the motor, and a cord protector operably engaging the power cord for movement therewith. The cord protector comprises a cam follower bracket having a camming slot sized to receive a cam follower. The cam follower bracket being biased into an initial position and exerting a biasing force upon the power cord in response to a load being applied to the power cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Black & Decker Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Puzio, Robert Opsitos, Richard C. Nickels, Jr.