Patents Represented by Attorney Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C.
  • Patent number: 8346276
    Abstract: A local radio network controller (RNC) includes one or more stage buffers, with each stage buffer including a database configured to receive and index service measurement data, and a plurality of service measurement data (SM) buffers configured to store the service measurement according to the index of the database, and to send at least one of the stored service measurement data to a next stage of processing at least one of during the receiving of the service measurement data by the stage buffer and before the stage buffer has completed receiving the service measurement data. A depth and number of the SM buffers and a buffer serving time are allocated such that the one or more stage buffers are scalable to support a service node of increasing size by supporting a diverse number of service measurement pegging and appearing virtually infinite in size to applications pegging the service measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Sheng L. Lin, Catherine L. Cayer
  • Patent number: 8344413
    Abstract: A nitride semiconductor chip is provided that offers enhanced luminous efficacy as a result of an improved EL emission pattern. The nitride semiconductor laser chip (nitride semiconductor chip) has an n-type GaN substrate having as a principal growth plane a plane having an off-angle in the a-axis direction relative to the m plane, and a nitride semiconductor layer formed on the principal growth plane of the n-type GaN substrate. The n-type GaN substrate includes a depressed portion (carved region), which is carved from the principal growth plane in the thickness direction, and an uncarved region, which is a region not carved. The nitride semiconductor layer formed on the n-type GaN substrate has a gradient thickness region whose thickness decreases in a gradient fashion toward the depressed portion (carved region) and an emission portion formation region whose thickness varies very little. In the emission portion formation region 6, a ridge portion is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Kamikawa, Masataka Ohta
  • Patent number: 8344367
    Abstract: Molecular devices and methods of manufacturing the molecular device are provided. The molecular device may include a lower electrode on a substrate and a self-assembled monolayer on the lower electrode. After an upper electrode is formed on the self-assembled monolayer, the self-assembled monolayer may be removed to form a gap between the lower electrode and the upper electrode. A functional molecule having a functional group may be injected into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-Won Kim, Dong-Gun Park, Sung-Young Lee, Yang-Kyu Choi, Lee-Eun Yu
  • Patent number: 8344393
    Abstract: A light receiving and emitting device includes: a light emitting unit and a light receiving unit which are provided on a same substrate, wherein the light emitting unit includes an active layer sandwiched between a first clad layer and a second clad layer, a first electrode electrically connected to the first clad layer, and a second electrode electrically connected to the second clad layer, the light receiving unit includes a light-absorbing layer, at least part of the active layer forms a gain region on a current path between the first electrode and the second electrode, the gain region is provided from a first side face of the active layer to a second side face parallel to the first side face so as to be inclined with respect to a perpendicular of the first side face as seen in a planar view, a light generated in the gain region is divided, at least one of an edge face on the first side face and an edge face on the second side face, the edge faces of the gain region, into a light emitted to an outside and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 8346143
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a rotatable first nip formation member, a rotatable second nip formation member, and an oil applier. The second nip formation member is provided under the first nip formation member to contact the first nip formation member. The oil applier includes an oil pan, an oil receiver, and an oil filter. The oil pan is provided under the second nip formation member to contain oil in which the second nip formation member is dipped. The oil receiver holds the oil pan. The oil filter is provided between the oil pan and the oil receiver to filter oil overflowing the oil pan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masami Okamoto, Jun Okamoto, Kazuo Suno, Kenji Nozawa, Naoto Suzuki, Yoshihiro Sonohara, Syoichi Kaneko, Keisuke Kubota, Takashi Kagami, Hiroyuki Shimada
  • Patent number: 8342343
    Abstract: A free-standing, point-of-purchase display includes a base portion and a display portion. The display portion upwardly extends from the base portion and includes a frame having a plurality of upright members and at least one display element for supporting product for retail display. The display further includes first and second advertising panels carried by first and second upright members of the plurality of uprights, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: T. M. Shea Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas M. Shea
  • Patent number: 8342885
    Abstract: An inline fuse holder for housing a fuse that electrically connects first and second wire terminals is provided. The inline fuse holder can generally include a cannulated fuse holder housing having a cylindrical inner periphery. The fuse holder housing can have a first end that defines a first opening, and a second end that defines a second opening. The first and second ends comprise first locking features. A first wire connector includes a connector housing that defines a through bore. The connector housing can have a boss configured to be received by the first opening of the fuse holder housing. The first wire connector further includes a second locking feature that is configured to selectively lock with one of the first locking features in the installed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventor: James Thomas Jetton
  • Patent number: 8346117
    Abstract: A fixing device includes a heating source; a heating member heated by the heating source; a pressing member contacting the heating member to form a fixing nip therebetween, at which an unfixed image of toner on a recording sheet is fixed to the recording sheet; a first charging member located at an entrance of the fixing device, from which the recording sheet bearing the unfixed toner image enters the fixing device, so as to face the unfixed toner image. The first charging member is not contacted with the heating member and pressing member, and has a charge with a polarity opposite to a polarity of a charge of the toner to collect floating particles of the toner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Limited
    Inventors: Kenji Ishii, Tadashi Ogawa, Satoshi Ueno, Hiroshi Seo, Masanao Ehara
  • Patent number: 8344706
    Abstract: A power factor correction (PFC) system includes a direct current (DC) module, an error control module, an offset module, and a duty cycle control module. The DC module determines an average current value based on a plurality of current values over at least one cycle of an input alternating current (AC) line signal of the PFC system. The error control module generates an error signal based on the average current value. The offset module offsets a desired instantaneous current based on the error signal. The duty cycle control module controls at least one duty cycle of switches of the PFC system based on the offset desired instantaneous current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Green
  • Patent number: 8343851
    Abstract: A wafer temporary bonding method using silicon direct bonding (SDB) may include preparing a carrier wafer and a device wafer, adjusting roughness of a surface of the carrier wafer, and combining the carrier wafer and the device wafer using the SDB. Because the method uses SDB, instead of an adhesive layer, for a temporary bonding process, a module or process to generate and remove an adhesive is unnecessary. Also, a defect in a subsequent process, for example, a back-grinding process, due to irregularity of the adhesive may be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung-ho Kim, Dae-lok Bae, Jong-wook Lee, Seung-woo Choi, Pil-kyu Kang
  • Patent number: 8346111
    Abstract: A main controlling part is configured to choose and execute either a constant belt speed control which controls a driving motor (a driving source for an intermediate transfer belt) to move the intermediate transfer belt at a predetermined target belt speed or a constant motor speed control which rotates the driving motor at a predetermined target rotational speed according to a print command, and then, prior to a first-time print job, after executing a writing position correcting process while moving the intermediate transfer belt under the constant belt speed control, forms a color shift detecting image by switching from the constant belt speed control to the constant motor speed control, measures a difference between amounts of color shift, and executes a speed correcting process for correcting the target rotational speed of the driving motor in the constant motor speed control based on the measurement result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Maehata, Yasuhisa Ehara, Noriaki Funamoto, Tetsuji Nishikawa, Jun Yasuda, Hiroaki Murakami
  • Patent number: 8345757
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the method includes selecting the list0 motion vector of the co-located image block for the bi-predictive image block as a motion vector for deriving motion vectors of the bi-predictive image block regardless of whether the co-located block includes a list1 motion vector. The selected motion vector of the co-located block in the reference picture is scaled based on a temporal distance between a current picture and the reference picture. The current picture includes the bi-predictive block. The motion vector of the bi-predictive block is derived based on the scaled motion vector of the co-located block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Byeong Moon Jeon
  • Patent number: 8342021
    Abstract: A composite sensor includes: a package including a container and a lid; a plurality of spaces that is partitioned by at least the container and the lid, and has different pressures, the plurality of the spaces including a first space sealed at around an atmospheric pressure and a second space sealed at a depressurized state; an acceleration sensor element disposed in the first space; and a vibration type angular velocity sensor element disposed in the second space. In the sensor, the first space has a volume smaller than a volume of the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Oshio
  • Patent number: 8344982
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, to allow a circuit that compensates for variations in a threshold voltage of a drive element to operate properly and prevent luminances of other pixel circuits from fluctuating due to a compensation operation, a pixel circuit is disclosed. A driving TFT, a switching TFT, and an organic EL element are provided between a power supply wiring line and a common cathode, and a capacitor and a switching TFT are provided between a gate terminal of the driving TFT and a data line. A switching TFT is provided between a connection point B between the capacitor and the switching TFT and a reference supply wiring line, a switching TFT is provided between the gate terminal and a drain terminal of the driving TFT, and a switching TFT is provided between the gate terminal of the driving TFT and the connection point B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Senda
  • Patent number: 8344682
    Abstract: A first and a second drive current for an electrical drive are generated as a function of a nominal value for a movement variable, such as drive torque or rotational speed. An alternating magnetic field is generated in the drive by the drive currents. The alternating magnetic field causes movement of the drive. A first measurement signal and a second measurement signal are determined by a measurement device. The two measurement signals represent the first drive current and the second drive current. A field-producing direct-axis current component and a torque-producing quadrature-axis current component are determined as a function of the first and second measurement signals. In addition, an actual value of the movement variable is determined as a function of the measurement signals. At least one of the drive currents is generated with a variable test current component which forms a test pattern for checking the measurement device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Pilz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Roland Gaiser, Marcus Gossner, Dirk Scheffner
  • Patent number: 8342993
    Abstract: A synchronous drive apparatus that includes a continuous loop elongate drive structure and first and second driven rotors that are configured to cooperate with the continuous loop elongate drive structure to generate first and second opposing fluctuating corrective torques, respectively, that are configured to at least partly counteract first and second periodic fluctuating load torques, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Litens Automotive Partnership
    Inventor: Witold Gajewski
  • Patent number: 8344541
    Abstract: A reverse current protection system for a vehicle electrical system that communicates with a trailer electrical system generally includes a mode determination module that receives a reverse current flow detection signal and that selectively determines a field effect transistor (FET) operating mode to be a reverse on mode based on the reverse current flow detection signal. A current flow control module generates a current flow control signal to a field effect transistor to control the field effect transistor based on the determined FET operating mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Yazaki North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kang Li, Alain Grenier
  • Patent number: 8341935
    Abstract: An integrated, single piece mixer-center body ventilation apparatus is disclosed for use with a turbofan jet engine. The apparatus may incorporate a circumferential forward body portion adapted to be coupled to an aft end of a core engine turbine case of the jet engine, and a center body tube portion integrally formed with the forward body portion and having an axially opening vent exit. The forward body portion may have a plurality of inner mixer flow paths in communication with scalloped projecting portions. The inner mixer flow paths direct a pressurized core exhaust flow through the mixer device and mix the pressurized core exhaust flow with a portion of a pressurized fan exhaust flow, to thus significantly cool the pressurized core exhaust flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Edward C. Marques, Matthew D. Moore
  • Patent number: 8347114
    Abstract: A system and a method are disclosed for enforcing a predetermined mapping of addresses in a physical address space to addresses in a virtual address space in a data processing system including a processor in the virtual address space and a memory in a physical address space. During the compilation and linking of an application to be run on the data processing system, in at least one embodiment, the mapping table is generated linking the virtual addresses to physical addresses. This mapping table is kept secret. A second mapping table is generated using a cryptographic function of the physical address with the virtual address as a key to link virtual addresses to intermediate addresses. The second mapping table is loaded into the memory management unit. The data processing system further includes cryptographic hardware to convert the intermediate address to the physical address using the inverse of the cryptographic function which was used to calculate the intermediate address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nagravision S.A.
    Inventors: Fabien Gremaud, Henri Kudelski
  • Patent number: 8343299
    Abstract: Unabsorbed infrared laser light that has passed though plastic parts to be welded with a low absorption TTIr process is recirculated in an infinite loop back to the low absorption weld interface for reabsorption in the process. On each pass in the infinite loop, more infrared laser light is absorbed at the weld interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Branson Ultrasonics Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Caldwell, Paul Rooney