Patents Represented by Attorney Hoffman & Baron, LLP
  • Patent number: 8142655
    Abstract: A filtration unit (A) is immersed in raw water (W) that is held inside a reservoir tank, and includes a membrane module (5) that filters the introduced raw water (W). This filtration unit (A) includes a casing (3) which is in the shape of a box having a bottom and includes the membrane module (5) housed therein, and an activated carbon cartridge (4) inside which activated carbon is provided in cartridge form. Inside the casing (3) are provided an intake port that is used to introduce the raw water into the interior of the casing, and an opening/closing device that is installed on this intake port and controls a flow of the raw water into the interior of the casing, and the activated carbon cartridge (4) side and the membrane module (5) side are separated so as to allow the raw water (W) introduced into the interior of the casing 3 to circulate from the activated carbon cartridge (4) side to the membrane module (5) side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Tsukishima Kikai Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8143257
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods, compounds, and compositions for inhibiting angiogenesis. More particularly, the present invention relates to methods, compounds, and compositions for inhibiting VEGF production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: PTC Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Soongyu Choi, Young-Choon Moon, Nadarajan Tamilarasu
  • Patent number: 8136160
    Abstract: Method, system and computer-readable medium to select monitors that increase the likelihood of detecting prefix hijacking events of a destination prefix are disclosed. The method includes assigning each of the candidate prefix hijack monitors to a respective cluster of a plurality of clusters. Each of the candidate prefix hijack monitors is associated with an autonomous system (AS) that indicates an AS path of autonomous systems (ASes) from the AS to a destination prefix associated with a destination AS. The method further includes iteratively merging a pair of clusters with a highest similarity score amongst cluster pairs of the plurality of clusters into a single cluster until a processed number of clusters is less than or equal to a predetermined number of clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Dan Pei, Tongqing Qiu, Jia Wang
  • Patent number: 8133807
    Abstract: One object of the present invention is to provide a transparent electrode substrate with an ITO film formed thereon, used for example as the transparent electrode plate in a dye sensitized solar cell, for which the electrical resistance does not increase even when exposed to high temperatures of 300° C. or higher. In order to achieve the object, the present invention provides a substrate for a transparent electrode, wherein two or more layers of different transparent conductive films are formed on a transparent substrate, and an upper layer transparent conductive film has a higher heat resistance than that of a lower layer transparent conductive film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Fujikura Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Kawashima, Hiroshi Matsui, Kenichi Okada, Nobuo Tanabe
  • Patent number: 8129217
    Abstract: The invention concerns a process for the production of a multi-layer body, wherein the multi-layer body includes at least two functional layers on a top side of a carrier substrate, which are structured in register relationship with each other, by a procedure whereby an underside of the carrier substrate is prepared in such a way that in a first region there results a transparency for a first exposure radiation and in at least one second region there results a transparency for at least one second exposure radiation different therefrom in register relationship with the first region, the underside is successively exposed with the first and the at least one second exposure radiation and the first exposure radiation is used for structuring a first functional layer and the at least one second exposure radiation is used for structuring at least one second functional layer on the top side of the carrier substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: OVD Kinegram AG
    Inventors: Gernot Schneider, Rene Staub, Wayne Robert Tompkin, Achim Hansen
  • Patent number: 8123437
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pipeline assembly and a method of installing a pipeline assembly, wherein the pipeline extends at least in part on a seabed and curves upwardly from the seabed along a curved section thereof, the pipeline extending toward a delivery end provided at the water surface, wherein a connecting device connects the pipeline at a coupling point to an anchoring device at the seabed for preventing the coupling point from moving upward. The invention further relates to a pipeline device comprising at least two pipeline assemblies which are interconnected at a substantial distance from the seabed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Dirk Rients Wolbers, Ton Coppens
  • Patent number: 8124298
    Abstract: Provided are a metallic separator for fuel cell in which a Cr2N layer is formed on the surface of base metals, and a method of fabricating the metallic separator or fuel cell. The method comprises: plating chromium layer on the surface of the base metal; and forming a Cr2N layer by nitriding the chromium-plated layer in properly selected nitriding conditions. Only the Cr2N layer, which has lower electrical resistivity than CrN, is selectively fabricated on the surface of the base metal. The interfacial contact resistance of the separator is reduced and the efficiency of the fuel cell can be improved. In addition, since a low-priced general metals or alloys such as stainless steels, carbon steels, alloy steels or even nonferrous alloys can be used as the base metal, the cost of the fabrication of metallic separator can be significantly reduced. The thickness of the separator can be made as small as to 0.2 mm, the weight and total thickness of a fuel cell stack can be significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Seoul National University Industry Foundation
    Inventors: Dae Geun Nam, Hu Chul Lee
  • Patent number: 8124551
    Abstract: There is provided a glass member for optical parts that represents a greater absolute value |?n| of refractive index difference ?n of visual light between base glass and heterogeneous phase region. In the glass member for optical parts, the heterogeneous phase region distinguishable by a different refractive index is formed at an intended location inside a glass by focused irradiation of a pulsed laser. When a multicomponent optical glass of SiO2, Rn2+RO, and TiO2 is used, |?n| of no less than 0.005 can be attained under a lower irradiation intensity. It is suitable for optical parts such as optical low-pass filters, diffractive optical parts, optical diffusion parts, optical filters, lenses and microlens arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Ohara Inc.
    Inventor: Tomohiro Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 8118330
    Abstract: A cover for a conduit body device for accommodating wire therethrough including: a substantially flat elongated portion with at least two butterfly-shaped clips located at opposite ends of the elongated portion, wherein the butterfly-shaped clips are designed to engage the interior of the conduit body device. In one aspect, the present invention may include at least one ledge on the cover. In addition, a conduit body device and cover system for accommodating wire therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger Pyron
  • Patent number: 8115032
    Abstract: A process for the preparation of the compound of formula
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lonza Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicka Chinkov, Aleksander Warm, Erick Carreira
  • Patent number: 8116335
    Abstract: A data communication apparatus, comprising an interface for enabling communication with a remote entity via a network and a control entity in communication with said interface. The control entity is operative to establish a packet-switched connection with the remote entity through the network and to negotiate with the remote entity using in-band signaling entry into a codec-bypass mode of operation. In this way, a codec-bypass connection, which enhances speech quality, can be established over a packet network, which reduces bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Kapsch Carriercom France S.A.S.
    Inventors: Rafi Rabipour, Chung Cheung Chu, Pierre Gendron, William Navarro, Paul Boudreaux
  • Patent number: 8114996
    Abstract: Method of synthesizing a compound of formula (I), wherein R1, R2 are, independently, chloro or fluoro, and wherein R3 is H, alkyl, aralkyl or is an alkylether or alkylthioether comprising the steps of firstly reducing a diazeny compound of formula (II) non-catalytically or with a catalytic amount of an homogenous organic, non-metal catalyst to the corresponding hydrazo compound of formula (III) and in a second step catalytically hydrogenating said hydrazo compound in with a heterogeneous Ni-catalyst to the compound of formula (I).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lonza AG
    Inventors: Wilhelm Quittmann, Wei Zhu, Feng Ye, Rongmin Chen
  • Patent number: 8113393
    Abstract: A collapsible hook hanger having a metal hook moveable between an upright position for displaying garments and a folded position for reducing the footprint of the hanger during packaging/transportation of pre-hung garments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: The Build-Up Plastic & Metal Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Leung Ho
  • Patent number: 8109506
    Abstract: A method and system for determining sheet position and orientation of a sheet as the sheet moves along a feed path is provided herein. The method includes moving the sheet along the feed path and past at least one point sensor to measure a first position of the sheet relative to a first reference axis coinciding with the process direction of the feed path. Next, the method provides for moving the sheet along the feed path and past at least one linear array sensor to measure a second position of the sheet relative to a second reference axis disposed perpendicular to the first reference axis and an angular orientation of the sheet in the reference plane relative to a third reference axis perpendicular to the reference plane. After that, a sheet velocity is determined. Then, one or more estimated sheet positions along the feed path are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Saurabh Prabhat, Martin Krucinski
  • Patent number: 8110515
    Abstract: A glass composition that simultaneously has a low temperature coefficient of refractive index and a good light transmittance, being suitable for use in environments of intense temperature change. There is provided an optical glass containing SiO2, B2O3 and La2O3, which has a temperature coefficient (20° to 40° C.) of relative refractive index (546.07 nm) of 10.0×10?6 (° C.?1) or below. Further, there is provided an optical glass mentioned above having a temperature coefficient (20° to 40° C.) of relative refractive index (546.07 nm) of 4.6×10?6 (° C.?1) or below. Still further, there is provided an optical glass mentioned above having an internal transmittance (?;10 mm) at 400 nm of 80% or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Ohara, Inc.
    Inventor: Koji Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8112415
    Abstract: Two methods and computer-readable medium for obtaining information using field group unpacking functions. The first method obtains information using field group unpacking functions by identifying an optimized unpacking function from field group unpacking functions, and an optimized unpacking function is used to unpack a field associated with the data stream. The second method obtains information using field group unpacking functions by identifying an optimized unpacking function from the field group unpacking functions. Then, a prefilter is applied and associated with the optimized unpacking functions and used to unpack a field associated with the data stream. The computer-readable medium obtains field group unpacking functions for execution by a computing device using field group unpacking functions that identify an optimized unpacking function from the field group unpacking functions, and use an optimized unpacking function to unpack a field associated with the data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, LP
    Inventors: Theodore Johnson, Lukasz Golab, Oliver Spatscheck
  • Patent number: 8105082
    Abstract: Stain-removing oral compositions, such as gum compositions are herein provided. The compositions include a chelating agent and a surfactant. The surfactant includes a fatty acid salt and at least one component selected from nonionic and anionic surfactants. The fatty acid salt may have at least one hydroxyl functionality. The oral compositions may optionally include an abrasive agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Cadbury Adams USA LLC
    Inventors: Samantha Katharine Racheal Holme, Shiuh Luo, Petros Gebreselassie, Navroz Boghani
  • Patent number: 8100867
    Abstract: A needle (1, 100, 110) for precision filling of dosage containers, such as vials, ampoules etc. is provided. The needle ideally comprises an elongate plastics body (2) having a through channel (5) extending between inlet (3) and outlet (4) openings. A tip portion (7b) at the outlet opening (4) has a chamfer (8) tapering towards the outlet opening (4) and an end surface (9) around the opening so that the tip portion (7b) is frusto-conical. The surface area of the end surface (9) is sufficiently smaller than the area of the cross-section of the needle body (2) so that in use the needle (1) is capable of providing for formation of smaller droplets of liquid at the outlet (4) compared to needles without such body thickness reduction at the time when the liquid flow through the needle is shut off. The end surface (9) may be so narrow as to take the form of a sharp rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Gerhard Liepold
  • Patent number: 8092794
    Abstract: The present invention relates to pharmaceutical compositions adapted for pharmaceutical administration comprising at least one superoxide dismutase and at least one prolamine based peptide fragment. The invention also relates to certain superoxide dismutases and prolamine based peptide fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Isocell Pharma S.A.
    Inventor: Alphonse Calenda
  • Patent number: D653861
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sourcing Solutions International Ltd.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Sullivan, Leung Ho