Patents Represented by Attorney Hoffman & Baron, LLP
  • Patent number: 8197910
    Abstract: The present invention discloses methods for producing synthetic surfaces that mimic collagen coated surfaces for cell culture comprising: providing a monomer source comprising one or more organic compounds which are capable of polymerization, wherein at least one organic compound is prolinol; creating a plasma of said monomer source; and contacting at least a portion of a surface with the plasma to provide a plasma polymer coated surface. Advantageously, such methods provide a synthetic, chemically defined surface that mimics a collagen coated surface for cell culture. Advantageously, such methods not only reduce the cost and/or issues associated with animal-derived collagen but are also amenable to large scale manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: Xiaoxi (Kevin) Chen, Kristina Parry, Anita Mistry, Deepa Saxena
  • Patent number: 8193380
    Abstract: A salt of a carboxylic acid with an aminoalcohol of formula I.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Lonza AG
    Inventors: Dominique Michel, Hanspeter Mettler, John McGarrity
  • Patent number: 8191512
    Abstract: A heat exchange apparatus of a high-load bottom-up-type condensing gas boiler is disclosed. In the gas boiler system having a ventilator attached to a lower part of a combustion chamber, the heat exchange apparatus structured in such a manner that a Venturi path for achieving a high-pressure and high-velocity flow of exhaust gas is mounted in an exhaust duct formed between a sensible heat exchanger in which first heat exchange is performed and a latent heat exchanger to which firstly heat-exchanged exhaust gas is flown, so that the sensible heat exchanger and the latent heat exchanger are perfectly independent from the exhaust gas after combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Daesung Industrial Corporation
    Inventor: No Jin Park
  • Patent number: 8187986
    Abstract: The invention provides a novel optical glass which has a refractive index (nd) of 1.78 to 2.2 and an Abbe value (?d) of 16 to less than 40 and is suitable for precision mold press molding by virtue of its having a low glass transition temperature, namely, an optical glass which contains by mole in terms of oxides 25 to 60% B2O3, 2 to 45% (in total) TiO2 and Nb2O5 and 1 to 25% WO3 and has a refractive index (nd) of 1.78 to 2.2 and an Abbe value (?d) of 16 to less than 40. Further, the glass contains 5 to 35% La2O3 and 1 to 40% ZnO and has a glass transition temperature (Tg) of 700° C. or below. The optical glass is excellent in meltability, stability and devitrification resistance and has a high refractive index, high light-dispersive power and excellent precision press moldability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Ohara Inc.
    Inventor: Jie Fu
  • Patent number: 8185560
    Abstract: The present inventors recognized a need for improving conventional informational retrieval systems, particularly those intended for retrieval of legal information. Accordingly, they devised systems, methods, and software that facilitate online access to documents, such as non-opinion legal documents, in context of a legal workflow. An exemplary method of operation includes determining that a user of a client access device is performing a litigation-related task using a word-processing application on the client-access device. And in response to an affirmative determination, providing trial court materials relevant to the litigation-related task to the client access device without the user leaving the word-processing application. In some embodiments, the word-processing application is launched from a case-management application that provides case, activity, and role information to the online legal research system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Thomson Reuters Global Resources
    Inventors: Yohendran Arumainayagam, Steven Brant Anderson
  • Patent number: 8177415
    Abstract: A system and method for agitating pouched products traveling along a conveyor belt to facilitate heat transfer, blending, mixing and/or stirring of the contents thereof. An agitation station is located along the conveyor belt, and includes an agitator secured to one end of an arm, the arm being pivotally secured to the frame supporting the conveyor belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Tarpaulin.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. White
  • Patent number: 8171951
    Abstract: A valve (1) with a AND gate function has a valve member (2) cooperating with moving passage members (23a and 23b) in a valve housing (3) in order to control connections between one outlet (A) and two inlets (E1 and E2). If the pressure difference present at the input side goes above a threshold value, the valve member (2) can thrust back one of the passage members (23a and 23b) against the stressing force of the stressing means (34a and 34b) in order to separate the outlet (A) simultaneously from both inlets (E1 and E2). Accordingly a safety and/or a logic function may be implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Festo AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Volker Quendt, Tobias Danner
  • Patent number: 8173216
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and device for producing a base material (10) for screen-printing. This base material (10) comprises a screen (12), a resist layer (30) of resist material and a protective film (22). In the method according to the invention, the base material (10) is assembled from the various components. More particularly, the method comprises at least the steps of applying a first resist layer (30) to one side of the screen (12), and then applying the protective film (22) to the first resist layer (30) on the screen. The invention also relates to the base material (10) itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Stork Prints B.V.
    Inventors: Wilfried Franciscus Maria Koopman, Jacob Jacobus Poelman, Johannes Franciscus Gerardus Koster, Stephanus Gerardus Johannes Blankenborg
  • Patent number: 8169292
    Abstract: A high voltage fuse which includes at least one fuse terminal located at a distal end of the fuse housing. One face of the fuse terminal includes an elongated groove and an opposite face includes at least two elongated grooves. An aperture extends through the fuse terminal from the first face to the second face. The first face is adapted for use with an eyebolt connector component to attach a single conductor to be in direct contact with the fuse terminal. The second face is adapted for use with a parallel groove connector clamping component to attach a pair of conductors in direct contact with the fuse terminal. Alternatively, the grooves on the first and second faces may be provided on a single face of the fuse terminal. The fuse terminal may also serve the function of a spade connector. Thus, the fuse terminal provides improved versatility to allow a variety of connectors to be used therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Gardner, Gene Wood
  • Patent number: 8170634
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include antennas for transmitting and receiving electromagnetic signals. The antennas are configured to transmit a first electromagnetic signal at full power via a first set of radiating elements and to transmit the first electromagnetic signal at an attenuated power via a second set of radiating elements to decrease side lobes associated with the transmission of the first electromagnetic signal. The antennas are configured to receive a second electromagnetic signal having an associated first power level via the second set of radiating elements and to form an aggregated electromagnetic signal having a second power level that is a multiple of the first power level. The antennas are configured to attenuate the aggregated signal to form an attenuated electromagnetic signal having a third power level to facilitate uniform reception of the second electromagnetic signal and tapered transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: ET Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John Howard, Charilaos Paraskevaidis
  • Patent number: 8168577
    Abstract: A microelectronic cleaning compositions of: a) from about 80% to about 99% by weight of the composition of at least one organic sulfone; b) from about 0.5% to about 19% by weight of the composition of water; and c) from about 0.5% to about 10% by weight of the composition of at least one component providing tetrafluoroborate ion, and d) optionally at least one polyhydric alcohol is especially useful to clean etch/ash residues from microelectronic substrates or device having both Si-based anti-reflective coatings and low-k dielectrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Avantor Performance Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Gemmill
  • Patent number: 8167260
    Abstract: An adjustable brace for supporting a window air conditioner that includes: a pair of interior brackets on the inside adjustably attached to a pair of exterior brackets and a pair of locating brackets on the outside. The pair of interior brackets includes an interior leg extending downwardly from one end and adjustably secured to the wall by interior mounting plates. The pair of exterior brackets includes an exterior leg extending downwardly from one end and adjustably secured to the wall by exterior mounting plates. A cross member adjustably connects the two interior brackets to fit different size air conditioners. The adjustable brace extends through the window to adjustably support the window air conditioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Boccia Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Boccia, Frank Boccia, Vincent Boccia
  • Patent number: 8169922
    Abstract: A system and method directed to diagnosing a problem associated with a route group in a network are disclosed. A problem associated with a route group is diagnosed by comparing inventory information associated with a route group to current route information associated with a router, where the router is associated with the route group. The process followed for diagnosing a problem associated with a route group depends on whether there is a mismatch between the inventory route information and the current route information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Qian, Paritosh Bajpay, Jackson Liu, Michael Zinnikas
  • Patent number: 8164274
    Abstract: The invention provides a product display system and a method for illuminating a product. The product display system 1? comprises a product carrier (20, 4?) and a lighting device comprising a plurality of light sources (10), each having two or more LEDs of different light color, and a control device (26). The control device (26) can control the various light sources (10), and even the various LEDs in the light sources, in order, in this way, to achieve a different luminosity and/or light color per light source. Thus, a flexible and energy-efficient system is obtained, by means of which special light effects can be obtained, such as promoting products by means of very bright lighting, or increasing the appeal of a product by adapting the lighting color to the color of the product (14, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Ireneus Johannes Theodorus Maria Pas
  • Patent number: 8157768
    Abstract: An injection device is provided. The device includes a housing having a first end defining a first opening. A plunger is received within the first opening of the housing to move between first and second positions. A cartridge is disposed in the housing and has an interior serving as a reservoir for a drug. A delivery needle is disposed within the housing and is in fluid communication with the reservoir via an interruptible fluid channel. A locking mechanism is disposed in the housing. In the first position of the plunger the delivery needle is enclosed by the plunger and in the second position of the plunger the delivery needle is placed in an injection position and the plunger activates the locking mechanism whereby when the plunger returns to the first position the .locking mechanism prevents the needle from being placed in the injection position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Becton Dickinson and Company
    Inventors: M. Ishaq Haider, Timothy Erskine, Ronald J. Pettis
  • Patent number: 8159485
    Abstract: A method of using a customer pole display, point-of-sale pole display, point-of sale display, or pole display includes connecting a Universal Serial Bus, inputting a power signal from the Universal Serial Bus, translating the power signal to a display power signal, and connecting the display power signal to the display. A Universal Serial Bus-compatible interface adapted to provide power to a point-of-sale display includes a connector adapted to be coupled to a Universal Serial Bus and a converter operatively coupled to the connector and adapted to translate a power signal input from the Universal Serial Bus to a display power signal. A point-of-sale display assembly includes a display, a connector adapted to be coupled to a Universal Serial Bus, and a converter operatively coupled to the connector and adapted to translate a power signal input from the Universal Serial Bus to a display power signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Logic Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Jackson Lum
  • Patent number: 8156965
    Abstract: A modular arrangement is proposed with modules (10-25) added in a row direction, these being constructed at least partially as valve modules (16-21, 23, 24), wherein one module is constructed as a control module (10) and is connected to the other modules (11-25) by control and/or sensor lines (30) running transversely through these modules. Voltage supply lines (36, 37) powered by a voltage source (33) run transversely through the modules (10-25). At least one module is constructed as a safety module (12) and has a switching arrangement (38) for interrupting the voltage supply lines (36) to the modules (13-21) powered via the safety module (12) in the activated state. Safety-related control and/or diagnostic electronics are provided for activating the switching arrangement (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Festo AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Rolf Kremser, Bernd Gienger, Achim Ziegele, Uwe Gräff
  • Patent number: 8159384
    Abstract: To suppress cross-ambiguities in the examination of an ice region or dry region by means of aircraft- or aerospace-supported radar echo sounding, the region to be examined is overflown by a radar sensor (6) by multiple compatible radar sensors of the same operating wavelength on multiple spatially separated, substantially parallel paths, wherein the radar signal data received on each path are recorded. The radar signal data recorded for each of the different paths are summed coherently and using a weighting to form a radargram, wherein an adaptive complex-valued weighting for each of the individual paths is performed using a geometrical model which takes into account the topography of the environment of the region to be examined. The weighting for every depth of the examined region is determined by solving a system of linear equations from which is calculated a synthetic antenna pattern which has zeros in the direction of the ambiguities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft-und Raumfahrt E.V.
    Inventor: Rolf Scheiber
  • Patent number: 8155562
    Abstract: A copy machine is provided which includes: a fluorescent lamp; a mirror group having a plurality of mirrors that forms a light path by reflecting luminous flux from an original once on each of the plurality of mirrors, and is configured so that an imaging-side mirror, which is disposed most to an imaging side on the light path, has a shortest length in a main scanning direction; an imaging lens that forms an image from luminous flux reflected by the mirror group; a reading portion that reads an image on the original based on image formation by the imaging lens, disposed in an imaging position of the imaging lens; and a casing body that houses the fluorescent lamp, the mirror group, the imaging lens, and the reading portion, to be movable in a sub-scanning direction that is orthogonal to the main scanning direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Kyocera Mita Corporation
    Inventor: Tomohide Hozono
  • Patent number: 8150685
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a voice transcoder that converts a bitstream representing frames of data encoded according to a first voice compression standard to a bitstream representing frames of data according to a second voice compression standard using perceptual weighting that uses tuned weighting factors, such that the bitstream of a second voice compression standard to produce a higher quality decoded voice signal than a comparable tandem transcoding solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Onmobile Global Limited
    Inventors: Marwan A. Jabri, Jianwei Wang, Nicola Chong-White, Michael Ibrahim