Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Hoffmann & Baron, LLP
  • Patent number: 8348447
    Abstract: A sign-type lighting fixture assembly is provided herein. The assembly includes an illuminating lighting fixture, a canopy, and a canopy lock. The lighting fixture has a housing with a perimetrical wall. The perimetrical wall includes a fixture opening therein. The canopy secures the lighting fixture to the canopy. The canopy has a canopy opening for passage of electrical wires. The canopy further includes a pair of inwardly deflectable fingers for insertion into the fixture opening for resilient securement to the perimetrical wall of the lighting fixture. The canopy lock is configured to be inserted into the canopy opening. The canopy lock is disposed between the pair of deflectable fingers of the canopy to prevent inward deflection of the fingers of the canopy to prevent removal from the lighting fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts International, Inc.
    Inventors: Viorel Mirica, Kelley McAlpine
  • Patent number: 8349878
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of compounds having pharmacological activity towards the sigma receptor, and more particularly to 1,2,4-triazole derivatives of formula I to processes of preparation of such compounds and to pharmaceutical compositions comprising them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Laboratorios del Dr. Esteve, S.A.
    Inventors: Nadine Jagerovic, Jose Maria Cumella-Montanchez, Maria Pilar Goya-Laza, Alberto Dordal Zueras, Maria Rosa Cuberes-Altisent
  • Patent number: 8349014
    Abstract: An expandable interbody fusion device includes superior and inferior endplates that are configured to receive a sequentially inserted stack of interlocking expansion members or wafers. The like-configured wafers include features on their top and bottom surfaces that interlock the wafers in multiple degrees of freedom so that the wafer stack is not disrupted when the fusion device is fully expanded. One of the interlocking features includes a plurality of prongs projecting from an upper surface of the wafers and into a recess defined in the lower surface of an adjacent previously inserted like-configured wafer. The prongs and recesses are configured to prevent retrograde movement of each new wafer in a direction opposite the direction of insertion. Other interlocking features prevent movement in the direction of insertion, transverse to the insertion direction and vertically within the stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Barreiro, Dennis Ty, Michael E. Landry
  • Patent number: 8350768
    Abstract: The invention concerns a multi-layer film element (1) and a process for the production of such a film element. The multi-layer film element (1) has at least one flexible dielectric layer (16) and one or more electrically conductive layers (15, 17) each comprising an electrically conductive material. The layer thickness of the electrically conductive layer or layers is in each case less than 20 ?m. The electrically conductive layer or layers are shaped in pattern form for forming two or more conductor structures which are coupled together to afford an antenna structure galvanically connected to an electric circuit (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventor: John Anthony Peters
  • Patent number: 8348989
    Abstract: A joint and method for producing a joint in an endovascular graft. In one embodiment, a flap of a flexible material portion of an endovascular graft is folded about a portion of an expandable member to form a loop portion. The flap is secured in the loop configuration so that tensile force on the expandable member is transferred into a shear force on the fixed portion of the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: TriVascular, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael V. Chobotov, Patrick Stephens
  • Patent number: 8353034
    Abstract: Method, system and computer-readable medium to locate a prefix hijacker of a destination prefix within a one-hop neighborhood on a network. The method includes generating one-hop neighborhoods from autonomous system (AS)-level paths of plural monitors to a destination prefix. The method also includes determining a suspect set of AS identifiers resulting from a union of the one-hop neighborhoods. The method further includes calculating a count and a distance associated with each AS identifier of the suspect set. The count indicates how often the AS identifier appeared in the one-hop neighborhoods. The distance indicates a total distance from the AS identifier to AS identifiers associated with the plural monitors. Yet further, the method includes generating a one-hop suspect set of AS identifiers from the suspect set that have highest counts and highest distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Lusheng Ji, Dan Pei, Tongqing Qiu, Jia Wang
  • Patent number: 8347419
    Abstract: Provided are a protective headwear and method of manufacturing the headwear. The headwear includes a body, band and plurality of protective inserts. The body has a tubular shape with an opening and a crown, and is configured to fit a head of a person. The band extends from and about the opening of the body to the interior of the tubular shape and partially toward the crown. The band is free floating with respect to the body and configured to fit the head of the person. The band includes a plurality of pockets disposed about a base stitching of the band. The protective inserts are configured to be received into the pockets to provide a protective function to the head of the person. The protective inserts are disposed adjacently to one another about the band and extend from the base stitching of the band to the crown of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Robert E. Cleva
  • Patent number: 8350089
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a process for the production of 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone and its bisulfite adducts, comprising the following steps: a) oxidizing 2-methyl-naphthalene (2-MNA) to achieve an organic phase containing 2-methyl-naphthoquinone (2-MNQ) and 6-methyl-naphthoquinone (6-MNQ); b) subjecting said organic phase to treatment with an aqueous solution of a bisulfite salt to extract preferentially the 6-MNQ isomer from the organic phase; c) separating said organic phase from the aqueous phase; d) subjecting the organic phase of process step c) to a second bisulfidation step with an aqueous solution of a bisulfite salt, resulting in an organic phase containing 2-MNA and trace amounts of 2-MNQ and an aqueous phase containing 2-MSB and trace amounts of 6-MSB; e) optionally removing interfering bisulfite ions from the aqueous phase of process step c); f) raising the pH of the aqueous phase from step c) or e) to higher than 8.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Lonza Ltd.
    Inventors: Kamyab Amouzegar, Behzad Mahdavi, Charles Didier, Alexander Lieb, Mathieu Langevin
  • Patent number: 8346339
    Abstract: A system for sensing multiple local electric voltages from endocardial surface of a heart, includes: an elongate tubular member; a plurality of flexible splines having proximal portions, distal portions and medial portions therein between; an anchor for securably affixing the proximal portions of the splines; a tip for securably affixing the distal portions of the splines; and a polymeric member including opposed a first open end and a second open end defining an open lumen therein between and an inner member surface and an outer member surface, wherein at least one of the plurality of flexible splines is at least partially disposed within the lumen of the polymeric member; a flexible electrode assembly strip with one or more exposed electrodes disposed on at least a portion of the outer surface of the polymeric member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Topera, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas F. Kordis, Eric T. Johnson, Philip C. Burke, Darrin J. Kent, Kevin M. Magrini, Jeff A. Burke, Robert Ryan Ragland
  • Patent number: 8344892
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein are directed to personalizing event participation of a visitor at an event. Embodiments include communication nodes that form defined wireless areas. A first one of the communication nodes determines when the visitor enters a first defined wireless area in response to detecting an identifier associated with the personal portable wireless device associated with the visitor, records user activities of the visitor within the first one of defined wireless areas, and determines an interest of the visitor in response to the user activities in the first defined wireless area, where the interest is used to customize the event for the visitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Arturo M. Lorenzo, Hua Liu, Naveen Sharma
  • Patent number: 8342602
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a car seat. The car seat is a bucket seat having a bottom support section for supporting the bottom of a user, a back support section for supporting the back of the user, a shoulder support section for supporting the shoulders of the user, a head support section for supporting the head of the user, and a left flank support section and a right flank support section for protecting the left and right flank of the user. A substantial part of the bucket seat is constructed from aluminium sheet. The car seat further includes at least one composite reinforcement member which extends along a part of the bucket seat and is mounted to the bucket seat. The at least one composite reinforcement member is manufactured from a composite material. The present invention further relates to a method for manufacturing the car seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: D. Bonne Mechanisatie B.V.
    Inventor: Daniel Bonne
  • Patent number: 8345336
    Abstract: A MEMS scanning micromirror with reduced dynamic deformation with a mirror support including a rotation axis beam 120 having a rotation axis 58; a pair of extension bars 56 parallel to the rotation axis 58, each having a first end 140, a midpoint 142, and a second end 144; and a pair of X beams 130, each of the pair of X beams 130 having a cross midpoint 134. One of the pair of X beams 130 is connected to the first end 140 and the midpoint 142 of each of the pair of extension bars 56; the other of the pair of X beams 130 is connected to the midpoint 142 and the second end 144 of each of the pair of extension bars 56; and the rotation axis beam 120 is connected to the cross midpoint 134 of each of the pair of X beams 130.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Innoluce B.V.
    Inventors: Krassimir T. Krastev, Hendrikus W. L. A. M. van Lierop, Hermanus M. J. R. Soemers, Renatus H. M. Sanders
  • Patent number: 8346764
    Abstract: The present inventors devised, among other things, systems, methods, and software for enhancing the relevancy of content presented to users in response to queries in an online information retrieval system. One exemplary system refines a user input query by making suggestions of alternatives queries. A switchboard module converts the refined query, administers one or more searches, and collects search results from one or more search engines based on the refined query. And, a post-processor module refines the collected search results by, for example, modifying the order of the results, removing inappropriate or undesirable content from the results, and/or applying historical performance analysis, based for example on social feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Thomson Reuters Global Resources
    Inventors: Douglas T. Rosenoff, Christopher Crowhurst
  • Patent number: 8346543
    Abstract: A VAD/SS system is connected to a channel of a transmission pipe. The channel provides a pathway for the transmission of energy. A method for operating a VAD/SS system includes detecting the energy on the channel, and activating or suppressing activation of the VAD/SS system depending upon the nature of the energy detected on the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P.
    Inventors: Bing Chen, James H. James
  • Patent number: 8341863
    Abstract: A barrel holder for a drop-down barrel weapon with at least one tapped hole for accommodating an interchangeable barrel which ends in a ring shoulder for supporting the edge of a cartridge, wherein a first circumferential section of the ring shoulder is constructed as an axially movable cartridge extractor, and the remaining second circumferential section of the ring shoulder is formed by a separate adapter part which is inserted in modular fashion into the barrel holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Steyr Mannlicher Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Hubert Kefer
  • Patent number: 8343193
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for distracting, in a given direction, and supporting opposing vertebral bodies. A plurality of wafers are consecutively inserted between the vertebral bodies to create a column of wafers. The column of wafers is oriented between the vertebral bodies so as to expand in the given direction as the wafers are consecutively added to the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley D. Johnson, Tyler Lipschultz, Larry Wales, Robert Kieval
  • Patent number: 8337641
    Abstract: Disclosed is a treatment solution for use in the formation of a black trivalent chromium chemical conversion coating film with uniformly stabilized black wash, luster and corrosive resistance irrespective of the type of the acidic, neutral or alkaline zinc plating bath employed or the presence or absence of nickel eutectoid. Also disclosed is a method of forming the black trivalent chromium chemical conversion coating film. The treatment solution comprises a trivalent chromium ion, a chelating agent capable of forming a water-soluble complex with the trivalent chromium, at least one metal ion selected from the group consisting of a cobalt ion, a nickel ion and an iron ion, and formic acid or a salt thereof as a buffer for hydrogen ion concentration. The treatment solution can be used for forming a black hexavalent chromium-free chemical conversion coating film on zinc or a zinc alloy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Dipsol Chemicals Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomitaka Yamamoto, Naoki Okabe
  • Patent number: 8337531
    Abstract: An apparatus and method is provided for distracting, in a given direction, and supporting opposing vertebral bodies. A plurality of wafers are consecutively inserted between the vertebral bodies to create a column of wafers. The column of wafers is oriented between the vertebral bodies so as to expand in the given direction as the wafers are consecutively added to the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley D. Johnson, Tyler Lipschultz, Larry Wales, Robert Kieval
  • Patent number: 8337532
    Abstract: Methods and techniques for adding an additional spinal construct in a patient are disclosed. In one arrangement the additional spinal construct extends an existing spinal construct ipsilaterally with an inline rod connector in a minimally invasive or preferably, percutaneous procedure. In another arrangement, the ipsilateral extension of an existing spinal construct uses an offset rod connector for receiving an additional spinal rod that may be placed interiorly or exteriorly of the existing spinal construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McLean, Tim E. Adamson
  • Patent number: D673988
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Riegl Laser Measurement Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Riegl, Gerald Zach