Patents Represented by Attorney Hoffmann & Baron
  • Patent number: 8336713
    Abstract: A packaging container (10; 100) for transporting and displaying a plurality of individually packaged products (25; 25?) is formed from a blank and comprises at least a base (14; 14?) and side walls (20, 22; 20?, 22?). Tabs (60; 102, 104) are provided along opposing side walls and project into the interior volume for contact with products (25; 25?) to hold them in an upright or display position. Each tab (60; 102, 104) comprises a portion of the side wall which is bent inwardly out of the plane of the side wall about a fold line (62; 62?) leaving an aperture in the side wall. Prior to bending, each tab is surrounded about its free edge(s) by a cut-out (63, FIG. 4) such that the surface area of the tab is less than the surface area of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cadbury UK Limited
    Inventor: Patrick Jules Joseph Poitevin
  • 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: 8337562
    Abstract: An expandable interbody fusion device includes superior and inferior plates that are configured to receive a sequentially inserted stack of expansion members or wafers. The superior and inferior plates include features that at least initially interlock the two plates until the superior plate is dislodged by pressure from the growing wafer stack. The 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. Each wafer also includes features that interlock with the inferior plate until the wafer id dislodged by sequential introduction of another wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Landry, Steve Wysocki
  • Patent number: 8338350
    Abstract: A microelectronic photoresist cleaning composition suitable for cleaning multi-metal microelectronic devices and to do so without any substantial or significant galvanic corrosion occurring when there is a subsequent rinsing step employing water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Avantor Performance Materials Inc.
    Inventor: Seiji Inaoka
  • Patent number: 8337640
    Abstract: Disclosed are quaternary ammonium salts containing non-halogen anions such as carbonates, bicarbonates, phosphates, glycolates and mixtures thereof as conversion coatings or additives imparting anti-corrosive properties to paints. The invention relates to a method for inhibiting the corrosion of metal surfaces by applying a composition containing one or more quaternary ammonium carbonate or bicarbonate. The disclosure is also directed to anti-corrosive coatings for metal substrates containing these compounds and to metal substrates having these anticorrosive coatings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lonza, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Bedard, Thomas David Burleigh, Larry K. Hall, Joseph Kimler, Joseph W. Scheblein, Michael Y. Chiang
  • Patent number: 8337557
    Abstract: A kit of parts is provided that comprises: a cannula, the distal end of the cannula adapted to be inserted through the disc annulus; an injection needle, the distal end adapted to be inserted into the proximal end of the cannula and configured for relatively close sliding fit therewithin; and a syringe for containing a quantity of curable biomaterial, the syringe adapted to be coupled to the proximal end of the needle and to inject the biomaterial into the needle under pressure. The kit may further comprise a quantity of curable biomaterial that is selected to have upon curing strong adhesive properties such as a protein polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Spine Wave, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Collins, Thomas G. Wilson, Andrew Carter
  • Patent number: 8335227
    Abstract: A multimedia device configured to support video in a session of a call includes one or more media providing devices and one or more computer codes directed to performing an initialization process for the one or more media providing devices. The initialization process may be performed at an initialization time prior to or substantially equal to a first time prior to or substantially equal to a reception time associated with receiving an indication of call acceptance from a called device, or second time prior to or substantially equal to an acceptance time associated with call acceptance by the multimedia device. The multimedia device also includes one or more computer codes directed to transmitting one or more preferences for the session according to a session setup procedure, one or more media processors coupled to the one or more media providing devices, and one or more computer codes directed to transmitting media on one or more media channels associated with the session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Onmobile Global Limited
    Inventors: Marwan A. Jabri, Albert C. Wong, Brody Kenrick, Robert Jongbloed, David Jack
  • Patent number: 8328078
    Abstract: A confectionery container (10) has a main body (12) defining an inner volume in which articles can be held. A closure member or lid (14) is pivotably attached to the main body for movement between an open position in which articles within the inner volume can be dispensed and a closed position in which the articles are retained within the container. To assist the user in opening and closing the container, an over-center mechanism (34) is provided which is configured to bias the lid (14) towards the open and closed positions. The container (10) is preferably formed from a unitary blank of foldable material (48) and the over-center mechanism may comprise two co-operating panels (36, 40) connected between the main body (12) and the lid (14). A blank (48) for forming the container and a method of dispensing articles from the container are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cadbury Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Asit Modha, William John Davis
  • Patent number: 8332632
    Abstract: A system and method to ensure trustworthiness of a remote service provided by a service provider. The method includes monitoring runtime dependencies invoked during execution of a service transaction associated with the remote service, the service transaction being requested by a service requester. The method further includes determining whether a deviation exists between the runtime dependencies and a trusted list of dependencies associated with the remote service. The method also includes blocking execution of the service transaction based on determining that the deviation between the runtime dependencies and the trusted list of dependencies exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property II, LP, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    Inventors: Liviu Iftode, Gang Xu
  • Patent number: 8329880
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for preparing naphthalen-2-yl-pyrazol-3-one intermediates, tautomers, and salts thereof, to novel intermediates, and to the use of the intermediates in the preparation of sigma receptor inhibitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Laboratorios del Dr. Esteve, S.A.
    Inventors: Antoni Torrens Jover, Jordi Corbera Arjona, Maria Rosa Cuberes-Altisent
  • Patent number: 8332179
    Abstract: A sensor device for a fluid power apparatus and in particular a pneumatic cylinder comprises at least one sensor for producing at least one sensor value on the basis of a property or a condition of the fluid power apparatus, and a sensor communication means for the transmission of the at least one sensor value. As regards the sensor device there is a provision such that it includes a reading means for reading apparatus identification data characterizing the fluid power apparatus and the sensor device is adapted for the transmission of the apparatus identification data by way of the sensor communication means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Festo AG & Co
    Inventors: Gerhard Nolle, Jurgen Arbter
  • Patent number: 8328481
    Abstract: A retaining device which can be fitted in a vehicle interior, in particular as part of a storage system. The retaining device contains at least one retaining strut with a length-adjustable rod structure and two plate-like supporting elements attached to the end sides thereof. The supporting elements can be fixed to the vehicle walls by a respective adhesive fastening device. This results in a secure support for the retaining struts without it being necessary to brace the retaining struts fixedly between the vehicle walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Tanos GmbH Verpacken Ordnen Prasentieren
    Inventors: Andreas Koenig, Jurgen Rittler, Lutz Wolle
  • Patent number: 8332288
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to interactively displaying account activity. An analysis of financial transactions associated with a financial unit can be performed by a spending analysis tool, which can display the analysis via a website. The analysis can include, for example, a spending analysis and a budget analysis. The financial transactions are associated with merchants. At least one of the financial transactions is associated with first merchant, a first merchant category, and a member of the financial unit. The spending analysis tool changes the merchant category associated with the at least one of the financial transactions to another merchant category based on a selection of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: MasterCard International Incorporated
    Inventors: Patricia Preston, Janet L. Bernacki
  • Patent number: 8322717
    Abstract: A media transport apparatus includes a first media transport, having a first transport surface and a first drive unit, to convey the substrate media. A second media transport having a second transport surface and a second drive unit receives the substrate media from the first. A first force transducer outputs a force signal associated with a first force between the media transports. A control unit receives the force signal, and outputs a control signal to at least one of the first and second drive units that is dependent upon a comparison of the first relative force signal with a predetermined value. The control signal commands the first or second drive unit to drive the motion of the respective first or second media transport to maintain the force signal at or about no greater than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Joannes N. M. de Jong, Steven R. Moore, Peter J. Knausdorf
  • Patent number: 8326854
    Abstract: A method of detecting a reference sequence of events in a sample sequence of events, wherein each event is of a certain event type and holds a set of data attributes, includes the steps of: picking candidate combinations of events from said sample sequence so that the event types within each candidate combination match the event types in the reference sequence, calculating an overall similarity score for each candidate combination from at least (i) an event occurrence score based on occurrence deviations representing a count of non-matching events between the events of a candidate combination matching events of the reference sequence and (ii) an attribute match score based on similarity deviations between the data attributes of the events of a candidate combination and the data attributes of the matching events of the reference sequence, and identifying the candidate combination with the best overall similarity score as reference sequence detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: UC4 Software GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Suntinger, Hannes Obweger, Christian Rauscher, Josef Schiefer
  • Patent number: 8318149
    Abstract: Described is a replication-competent virus capable of replication and having lytic capacity in target cells. The virus comprises in the genome thereof, at least one DNA sequence coding for a silencing factor functional in reducing expression of a target gene in the target cells, operably linked to one or more expression control sequences, functional in the target cells. The use thereof in the preparation of a medicament and the use thereof in a method for lysing target cells expressing a virus inhibitory factor are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Vereniging voor christelijik hoger onderwijs, wetenschappelijk onderzoek en patientenzorg
    Inventors: Jan E. Carette, Victor W. van Beusechem
  • Patent number: 8317209
    Abstract: A wheel axle suspension for suspending a round hollow axle (10) from a vehicle comprises on both sides of the vehicle a trailing arm (1,41,51) to which the axle (10) is attached. The trailing arm is hingedly connected at the front to a bearing bracket (42) which is arranged on the vehicle chassis (43). A pneumatic spring (44) is operational between the trailing arm and the chassis. The axle body bears directly against a contact region (5,45,55) of the trailing arm. The contact region is essentially complementary to the outer contour of the axle body, wherein, on that side of the axle body opposite the contact region, a support part (20,46,56) is provided with a recess (21) for accommodating the axle. The support part is clamped against the axle by means of clamping means (23,24,47,48). At the location of the contact region, the trailing arm is wider than in the region (2,41a, 52) which is situated immediately in front thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Weweler Nederland B.V.
    Inventors: Derk Geert Aalderink, Geert Everts, Harm Damkot, Hans Bramer
  • Patent number: D671853
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: PendoTECH
    Inventors: James F. Furey, Dennis C. Annarelli, Jack McMickle
  • Patent number: D672184
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Guard Master, Inc.
    Inventor: Eugene Alletto, Jr.
  • Patent number: D673196
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Festo AG & Co. KG
    Inventor: Karoline von Hafen