Patents Represented by Attorney Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
  • 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: 8351838
    Abstract: An image bearing member-protecting agent which is supplied to an image bearing member for protecting the image bearing member, the image bearing member-protecting agent including a fatty acid metal salt and an inorganic lubricant, wherein the image bearing member-protecting agent is formed by compression molding of powder containing at least the fatty acid metal salt and the inorganic lubricant, and wherein the image bearing member-protecting agent satisfies the relation 1.0<A/B, where A denotes a density at end portions in the longitudinal direction of the image bearing member-protecting agent and B denotes a density at a central portion in the longitudinal direction of the image bearing member-protecting agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Taichi Urayama, Hiroshi Nakai, Kunio Hasegawa, Shinya Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8352546
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for notifying a user having an association with a plurality of computing devices. A notification service is configured to receive notifications intended for the user and forward the notifications to one or more of the computing devices associated with the user. The notification service may determine a present location of the user and select a computing device to send the notification in accordance with the present location of the user. The notification service may also identify one of the computing devices that is currently being interacted with by the user from amongst the computing devices associated with the user and send the notification to the identified computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Morgan Francois Stephan Dollard
  • Patent number: 8351507
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the method includes selecting a list 0 motion vector of the co-located block in a first reference picture if the co-located block has the list 0 motion vector and a list 1 motion vector. The first reference picture is a type of reference picture permitted to be located temporally before or after the current picture. The method further includes deriving at least one motion vector of the bi-predictive block by applying a bit operation to the selected list 0 motion vector. The bit operation includes 8 bits right shift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Byeong Moon Jeon
  • 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: 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: 8348111
    Abstract: A vehicle article carrier system for use on an outer body surface of a vehicle. The system may have a pair of support rails secured to the outer body surface. At least one cross bar having a pair of end supports extends between the support rails. Each end support has a housing and a rotatable locking component secured to the housing for rotatable movement. One of the housing and the rotatable locking component has a biased implement projecting therefrom, and the other has a plurality of structural elements arranged in a circumferential pattern. The biased implement engages with at least one of the structural elements to provide an additional holding force to the rotatable locking component when the rotatable locking component has been tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: JAC Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Heuchert, Eric Weber, Michael R. Makin, Gerald L. Drumm, Gordon Michie
  • Patent number: 8351505
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the method includes selecting a list 1 motion vector of the co-located block in a first reference picture if the co-located block only has the list 1 motion vector. The first reference picture is a type of reference picture permitted to be located temporally before or after the current picture, and the selected list 1 motion vector points to a second reference picture, which is a reference picture of the first reference picture. The method further includes deriving the list 0 and list 1 motion vectors of the bi-predictive block based on the selected list 1 motion vector of the co-located block. This deriving includes deriving a first temporal distance from a difference between the current picture and the first reference picture, deriving a second temporal distance from a difference between the first reference picture and the second reference picture, and scaling the selected list 1 motion vector of the co-located block based on the first and second temporal distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Byeong Moon Jeon
  • 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: 8350922
    Abstract: A method to create a video sequence of a plurality of resultant images is disclosed. The video sequence is produced from images originating from a rolling shutter acquisition sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
    Inventors: Emmanuel Pierre Aimé D'Angelo, Pierre Vandergheynst
  • Patent number: 8347776
    Abstract: A gun mount for mounting a weapon to a vehicle includes a weapon mount plate defining a planar surface. First and second side plates are oriented at an angle to the weapon mount plate planar surface. Front and rear plates are perpendicular to the weapon mount plate and the first and second side plates supporting the weapon mount plate and fixed to the first and second side plates. A male tab extends from both the first and second side plates. A female slot is created in individual ones of both the front and rear plates. The female slot is aligned to slidably receive the male tab with a male tab freely extending portion extending beyond the female slot. A tab weld joint created at the freely extending portion of the male tab fixes the first and second side plates to the front and rear plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Milton Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Frey, Richard J. Nowicki
  • 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: 8351252
    Abstract: The data read circuit includes a variable current generation circuit and a data sensing circuit. The variable current generation circuit is configured to generate a variable current that varies in response to an external temperature. The data sensing circuit is configured to sense and amplify data on a bit line connected to a non-volatile memory cell according to the variable current and to configured to output the sensed and amplified data. The data sensing circuit controls a margin for sensing the data according to the variable current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hoe Ju Chung
  • Patent number: 8350457
    Abstract: A spark plug includes a housing, a center electrode, a ground electrode, and a pre-chamber cup. The housing is configured to thread into a spark-plug hole in an engine. The center electrode extends axially from a center of the housing. The ground electrode extends radially inward from the housing. The pre-chamber cup is attached to the housing. The housing defines a gas thread cavity that extends radially at least partially through the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: DENSO International America, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas, Jeongung Hwang, Nicholas C. Polcyn
  • Patent number: 8350435
    Abstract: An interior permanent magnet machine has non-contiguous, non-magnetic radial slots between the magnets and the cylindrical periphery and the magnets have non-magnetic radial end slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Keith I. Hoemann, Todd A. Walls
  • Patent number: 8341911
    Abstract: A flooring material having a textile pad substructure with a density of greater than 10 pounds per cubic foot is provided. The textile pad has reinforcement and binding fibers. The binding fibers are thermoplastic and are used to bind the reinforcement fibers together. The pad is created by heating and compressing a fibrous textile batt so that it has a density of greater than 13 pounds per cubic foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Alan B. Collison, Chad A. Collison
  • Patent number: 8341910
    Abstract: A flooring material having a textile pad substructure with a density of greater than 10 pounds per cubic foot is provided. The textile pad has reinforcement and binding fibers. The binding fibers are thermoplastic and are used to bind the reinforcement fibers together. The pad is created by heating and compressing a fibrous textile batt so that it has a density of greater than 13 pounds per cubic foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Alan B. Collison, Chad A. Collison
  • Patent number: 8342291
    Abstract: A checkout system for handling sales or payment transactions with a computer module for electronically processing payment-related data, with at least one peripheral module which is connected electrically and mechanically to the computer module, wherein a housing wall of at least one peripheral device adjoins a housing wall of the computer module such that the mutually facing housing walls of said computer module and said peripheral module are arranged parallel, characterized in that the peripheral module (3) is in electrical contact with the computer module (2) and/or with a further peripheral module (4) by means of an electrical plug device (23, 28), wherein the electrical plug device (23, 28) has at least corresponding plug/connection elements (24, 29) which are respectively arranged on the mutually facing housing walls (14, 15) of the adjacent modules (2, 3, 4), and wherein the peripheral module (3) can be mechanically locked to the computer module (2) and/or to at least the further peripheral module (4) b
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Wincor Nixdorf International GmbH
    Inventors: Guenter Baitz, Uwe Kirschke
  • Patent number: 8346019
    Abstract: An image generation method for generating image information of a color signal Y of an image A by using a color signal X of image A, and color signal X and color signal Y of an image B. The presence or absence of a point in color signal X of image B corresponding to each pixel position of color signal X of image A, and the position of the relevant corresponding point are estimated. To each estimated pixel position in color signal Y of image A, image information of the corresponding position in the second color signal Y of image B is assigned. Color signal Y at a pixel position in image A for which it is estimated that there is no corresponding point is generated by using the image information of color signal Y assigned to pixels having a corresponding point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Kimata, Shinya Shimizu, Kazuto Kamikura, Yoshiyuki Yashima
  • Patent number: D673530
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Verto Medical Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Feng Feng, Seth Burgett, Richard J. Daniels