Patents Represented by Attorney Hensley Kim & Holzer, LLC
  • Patent number: 8000215
    Abstract: The presently disclosed technology teaches an improved voltage pattern for conductive tips utilized as moveable top electrodes for writing data bits into ferroelectric media. A conductive tip is dragged in contact or near contact with a ferroelectric surface forming a moveable top electrode on a ferroelectric media disk. A metallic film is deposited onto a bottom-side of the ferroelectric media forming a conductive bottom electrode. Applying electrical voltage pulses between the conductive tip and the bottom electrode induces polarization switching of the ferroelectric media under the head. The improved voltage pattern incorporates positive and negative overshoot voltages to induce a polarization switch in the ferroelectric media and positive and negative drag voltages to expand a polarized region on the ferroelectric media. Potential benefits of the improved voltage pattern include reduced cross-track blooming and reduced along-track blooming resulting in a more uniform track width and bit series length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Andreas Karl Roelofs, Tong Zhao, Martin Gerard Forrester
  • Patent number: 7990988
    Abstract: The invention concerns a scheduler for sharing a resource comprising a storage unit for storing user deadlines, FIFO storage units, associated each with a first increment value (d(j)) and, for some of them (c(j, i), with a second increment value (d(i)), for storing user-identifiers. The scheduler comprises a management unit selecting one of the FIFO storage units to serve the user designated as next to serve for the resource, recycling his user-identifier, and a recycling decision unit for redirecting, in accordance with conditions, which include a comparison between the second increment value of the FIFO where the user is going and the first increment value from where the user is coming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Streamcore System SAS
    Inventors: Rémi Despres, Rémi Lucet
  • Patent number: 7979899
    Abstract: An authentication system combines device credential verification with user credential verification to provide a more robust authentication mechanism that is convenient to the user and effective across enterprise boundaries. In one implementation, user credential verification and device credential verification are combined to provide a convenient two-factor authentication. In this manner, an account authority service or other authentication provider verify both factors and provide a security token in accordance with the security policy of the account network resource the user is intending to access. The level of privilege granted by the target account network resource can vary depending on the number and type of factors verified by the account authority service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Wei-Qiang (Michael) Guo, Yordan Rouskov, Rui Chen, Pui-Yin Winfred Wong
  • Patent number: 7953866
    Abstract: Implementations are disclosed that provide protocols for connecting an intelligent service module within a storage area network (SAN). The protocols support physical connections between the intelligent service module and a director-level switch of the SAN. In some variations, the intelligent service module may comprise a director service module (DSM), a domain-sharing leaf switch service module (LSSM), or a non-domain-sharing LSSM. The protocols provide for establishing link parameters and negotiating responsibilities between the intelligent service module and the director-level switch. In one configuration, for example, ELP and ELP_ACCEPT frames may be used to establish the link parameters. In another configuration, ESC and ESC_ACCEPT frames may be used to negotiate responsibilities between the intelligent service module and the director-level switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: MCDATA Corporation
    Inventors: James Mark Walden, Keith J. Noe, Jesse B. Willeke
  • Patent number: 7952997
    Abstract: A scalable solution to managing congestion in a network is disclosed. In one implementation, such a solution comprises a means for managing traffic including at least one flow monitor and a plurality of flow control regulators that together manage congestion within a network. Each of the flow control regulators monitor traffic at a corresponding ingress point and determine a state of the ingress point corresponding to the traffic monitored at the ingress point. Each flow control regulators forward the state (or information representative of the state) to the flow monitor. The flow monitor detects congestion based upon the states of the flow control regulators and, in the event of congestion, determines a target bandwidth for the ingress points. The flow monitor provides a control signal to at least one of the flow control regulators, and at least one of the flow control regulators control flows at its corresponding ingress point based upon the control signal received from the flow monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: MCDATA Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Corwin, Joseph Chamdani, Stephen Trevitt
  • Patent number: 7917540
    Abstract: Variations in the states of patterns can be exploited for their discriminatory information and should not be discarded as noise. A pattern recognition system compares a data set of unlabeled patterns having variations of state in a set-by-set comparison with labeled arrays of individual data sets of multiple patterns also having variations of state. The individual data sets are each mapped to a point on a parameter space, and the points of each labeled array define a subset of the parameter space. If the point associated with the data set of unlabeled patterns satisfies a similarity criterion on the parameter space subset of a labeled array, the data set of unlabeled patterns is assigned to the class attributed to that labeled array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Colorado State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Kirby, Christopher Scott Peterson
  • Patent number: 7905155
    Abstract: A testing apparatus for testing a device or components of a device is presented. It is desirable to simulate the effects of rotary and other forces as well as environmental factors on various components of devices to optimize design improvements so as to increase the quality of the various components and the device or to increase the length of service of the various components and the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Shang Jiun Wong, Jian Bing Zhao, Swee Tiong Tan, Ying Wang, Chung Poh Ong, Kee Ann Chan
  • Patent number: 7906734
    Abstract: In one implementation, a PCB having an array of vias and electrical terminals disposed on the side of the PCB opposite the side configured to receive a grid array package are disclosed herein. The array of vias have pads and forms a pattern of repetitive rows and columns. A substantially consistent intervia distance is defined along an intervia axis between each adjacent via in each of the rows and columns. A pair of electrical terminals are positioned adjacent one another along an electrical terminal axis between at least two of the vias and the electrical terminal axis intersects the intervia axis. In another implementation, a group of four adjacent vias form a substantially rectangular shape having one of four vias positioned at each of four corners of the rectangular shape. One electrical terminal is positioned within the four vias without contacting any of the four vias.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: MCDATA Corporation
    Inventors: Rod Del Rosario, John Nguyen, Anton Rahardja
  • Patent number: 7887183
    Abstract: A method for determining a progressive ophthalmic lens for a given user for whom a near vision power addition has been prescribed includes the following steps: measuring the user's downward and the vertical horopter on a near-vision target point; measuring the user's near-vision head elevation and/or eye elevation; determining a coefficient of the user's near-vision vertical head participation (Ptvvp); determining a user-specific progressive length (LP) defined by the relationship LP=H (1?Ptvyp), the progressive length being defined as the downward look angle between the mounting cross and the meridian point for which the power achieves the power addition; determining the lens by optimizing in optical computation in worn conditions, using as target a power variation along the meridian with a progressive length equal to said user-specific progressive length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Générale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Bjorn Drobe, Claude Pedrono
  • Patent number: 7874207
    Abstract: In order to provide a robust, weather resistant, portable, low-noise, relatively inexpensive, wind direction detection device, disclosed herein is a method and device for detecting fluid flow direction based on sensing a temperature variation transmitted from a temperature variation source to one or more temperature sensors. One or more indicators are utilized to communicate the measured fluid flow direction to a user. An implementation of the fluid flow direction detection device utilizes a resistance heater as the temperature variation source, thermistors as the temperature sensors, and light emitting diodes (LEDs) corresponding to each thermistor as the indicators. The thermistors and LEDs are arranged in a circular fashion around the resistance heater to accurately detect the direction of a thermal plume generated by the resistance heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Intrinsic Minds, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Center Galley, Arnell Jean Galley, Harbinder S. Pordal, James F. Yoder
  • Patent number: 7853988
    Abstract: A geospatial decision management system (GDMS) can save the overall state of a user's experience at one point in time within a GDMS session so that the user can restore the overall state at a later time, such as by restoring a geospatial browser view (e.g., camera settings for rending the map on the display screen, layer state information, map location) and restoring the states of one or more instances of geospatially-referenced tools that were active at the time of the state save. Upon restore, the browser and tools are initialized with their saved states so that the user is presented with the same functionality, data, and browser view that were displayed and accessible at the time of the state save. Saved states are transportable and can also be sequenced and animated to allow presentation of a slide show of individual GDMS views.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Waterstone Environmental Hydrology & Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Carla Johnson, Warren Christopher Wonders, John Richard Roth, Russell David Huff, Brian Lee Myller
  • Patent number: 7853364
    Abstract: An ion source, often used for materials processing applications in a vacuum processing chamber, is provided with an adaptive control system. The adaptive control system has a microprocessor and memory that regulate the inputs of power and gas flow into the ion source. The adaptive control system monitors and stores the dynamic input impedance properties and status of input devices to the ion source. The adaptive control system may additionally control magnetic fields within the ion source. The adaptive control system provides a multivariable control for driving any combination of input power, gas flow, magnetic field, or electrostatic ion beam extraction or acceleration field into the ion source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Veeco Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Deakins, Dennis J. Hansen, Leonard J. Mahoney, Tolga Erguder, David M. Burtner
  • Patent number: 7848253
    Abstract: A method includes determining a priority of each of a plurality of frames, wherein the priority is a function of an initial value dependent on content of each said frame and one or more adjustment values independent of content of each said frame, and selecting the frame with the highest determined priority for transmission through the device prior to transmission of any other of the frames. A system includes a receiving port configured to receive frames and assign an initial priority to each frame, a queue configured to insert queue entries associated with received frames on the queue, each queue entry being inserted at a queue position based on the initial priority assigned to the queue entry, the queue further configured to reorder queue entries based on readjusted priorities of the queue entries; and a transmitter switch configured to transmit the frame having the highest priority before transmitting any other frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: McData Corporation
    Inventors: W. Jeffrey Mitchem, Michael E. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 7826171
    Abstract: In general, the invention is directed to techniques for integrated interconnects with a set of disc drives. The interconnects allow for a set of disc drives to be positioned in an array; for example, as set of disc drives may be stacked to communicate with a device through a single interface of the device. The interconnects may be formed as vias within the housing of the disc drives. Vias may produced using MEMS techniques, e.g., electroplating, as part of the manufacturing processes of the disc drive itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Alan Johnston, Roger Hipwell, Hans Leuthold, Song S. Xue, Nurul Amin, Andrew White, Patrick Ryan, Bradley Ver Meer, John Pendray, Steven Kalderon, Wayne Bonin, Jeffery Berkowitz
  • Patent number: 7819789
    Abstract: An exercise handle for use with a cord and a method for the use thereof, the handle having a channel portion having at least two channel ends that are positioned non-diametrically relative to each other on the channel portion, the channel portion being rounded relative to a center point; a channel being fashioned on the channel portion, the channel being adapted to receive the cord; a grip portion being positioned between the at least two channel portion ends in an off-center relationship to the center point of the channel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: TherapyZone, Inc.
    Inventors: David Berman, Lee F. Spieker
  • Patent number: 7809852
    Abstract: A system and method for converting low-jitter, interleaved frame traffic, such as that generated in an IP network, to high jitter traffic to improve the utilization of bandwidth on arbitrated loops such as Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loops. Embodiments of a high jitter scheduling algorithm may be used in devices such as network switches that interface an arbitrated loop with an IP network that carries low-jitter traffic. The high jitter algorithm may use a separate queue for each device on the arbitrated loop, or alternatively may use one queue for two or more devices. Incoming frames are distributed among the queues based upon each frame's destination device. The scheduling algorithm may then service the queues and forward queued frames to the devices from the queues. In one embodiment, the queues are serviced in a round-robin fashion. In one embodiment, each queue may be serviced for a programmed limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney N. Mullendore, Stuart F. Oberman, Anil Mehta, Keith Schakel, Kamran Malik
  • Patent number: 7782338
    Abstract: Properties of pixels of a digital image are sampled within different subdivisions of an editing tool impression to produce different pixel property distributions. The property distributions from each region may be automatically classified to identify different edit classes within the property space, which are then used to apply an edit effect to the digital image within the tool impression. The edit classes are represented by an edit profile, the generation of which may be completely automated based on selection of a tool impression, or partially automated using the selection of the tool impression and receipt of classification guidance input, such as one or more parameters received from user input or a configuration file. The edit classes may also be generated without reference to the pixel property distributions, such as via user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Krzysztof Antoni Zaklika, Mikhail Ivanovich Trifonov, Leonid Borisovich Lalyko, Viktor Antol'evich Nesterov, Pavel Vladimirovich Gruzdev
  • Patent number: 7775213
    Abstract: A draping system for use in medical procedures includes a drape portion adapted to cover a surface, such as medical equipment or a patient, and serves as a barrier to fluid and debris during medical procedures. The draping system may have a fastening portion affixed to the drape portion and adapted to secure the drape portion to medical equipment. The drape portion may form a pocket for collecting debris resulting from a medical procedure. The drape portion may have an opening therein spanned by a non-porous, elastic membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: QSUM Biopsy Disposables, LLC
    Inventors: Cynthia Ruth Henke-Sarmento, Hudson Jones
  • Patent number: 7775657
    Abstract: A method for defining a supplementary face for spectacles (or clip-on), comprising the steps of: i) choice of a lens suited to the wearer's prescription; ii) modelization of the position of the chosen lens and of the position of a supplementary face in front of the chosen lens; iii) choice of an optical function for the assembly of the chosen lens and supplementary face; iv) calculation of the characteristics of the supplementary face by optical optimization for a standard wearer, using the chosen optical function as optimization target. A supplementary face for spectacles, having: i) a detachable mounting device, suited to the detachable mounting of the supplementary face in front of a lens mounted in the spectacles; ii) a surface at least equal to the surface of the lens and iii) a continuous optical power variation over this surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Générale d'Optique)
    Inventor: Cyril Guilloux
  • Patent number: D628372
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Joneric Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Marc Bell, Jordan David Bell