Patents Represented by Attorney Hoffmann & Baron
  • Patent number: 8305650
    Abstract: A system, method, and machine-readable storage medium for detecting changes in images are provided herein. The system includes an original grid and an image detection software program. The original grid represents an original image. The image detection software program detects changes between the original image and the processed image as follows: receiving a description of the original grid, the processed image and a set of tolerance parameters; scanning horizontally the pixels of the processed image into horizontal runs, scanning vertically the pixels of the processed image into vertical runs, and saving each of the plurality of vertical and horizontal coordinates within the predefined vertical and horizontal tolerance; determining a plurality of processed intersection coordinates; comparing a portion of the plurality of processed intersection coordinates to a portion of the plurality of original grid line intersection coordinates; and providing an image comparison result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Darren Scott Schroeder, James Christopher Charles Huebsch
  • Patent number: 8304429
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for preventing and/or treating degenerative disorders of the central nervous system using 5-(fluoromethyl)piperidine-3,4-diol, 5-(chloromethyl)piperidine-3,4-diol, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate, or prodrug thereof, or any combination of two or more thereof. In particular, the present invention provides methods for preventing and/or treating Parkinson's disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: AMICUS Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, Gary Lee
  • Patent number: 8307080
    Abstract: A method and system of monitoring computer network activity including determining a first phase frequency estimate, associated with a first frequency vector, determined in response to receiving first bits from a first plurality of remote computer network devices. The first bits received from the first plurality of remote devices in response to satisfying a first activity threshold. Also, determining a second phase frequency estimate associated with a second frequency vector and determined in response to receiving second bits from a second plurality of remote devices. The second bits received from the second plurality of remote devices in response to a second activity threshold being satisfied. The second phase frequency estimate determined in response to the first phase frequency estimate exceeding a global threshold. Further, providing a frequency moment Fp in response to the second phase frequency estimate exceeding a refined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Graham Cormode, Ke Yi
  • Patent number: 8303497
    Abstract: A surgical retractor includes a first component and a second component. The first component includes a ring structure and a conical outer wall. The ring structure has a first opening and defines a first plane. The outer wall forms an ellipse-shaped second opening in communication with the first opening and extends below the ring structure at an acute angle with respect to the first plane. The second component includes a top structure and a conical inner wall. The top structure has a third opening and defines a second plane. The inner wall forms an ellipse-shaped fourth opening in communication with the third opening and extends below the top structure at an acute angle with respect to the second plane. The top structure is disposed at least partially inside the ring structure such that the second component is rotatably adjustable with respect to the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: International Spinal Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Aferzon
  • Patent number: 8302496
    Abstract: A universal fitting for in-line fluid measurement in a process application. The fitting including an inlet and outlet port. The fitting also having a body with a fluid flow passage providing fluid communication between the ports. A sensor housing is provided that extends outwardly away from a wall of the body, wherein the housing is sized to receive a sensor assembly, which assembly measures at least one characteristic of the fluid. A base of each housing integrally formed with the wall and including a sensor seat for receiving a portion of the sensor assembly. A probe aperture receives a probe portion of the sensor assembly, each housing having the probe aperture disposed in the wall and extending from the fluid passage through its respective sensor seat. A filtering assembly being disposed between the inlet and outlet ports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignees: Eldon James Corporation, PendoTECH
    Inventors: James F. Furey, Dustin James Rekow
  • Patent number: 8298583
    Abstract: The present invention includes a pharmaceutical-based film system which includes various small-scale forms of pharmaceutically active agents, including tetrahydrolipstatin, in a film base. Such forms include nanoparticles, microparticles, and combinations thereof. Methods of producing such film and providing a dosage of the pharmaceutical in a film are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Monosol Rx, LLC
    Inventors: Garry L. Myers, Samuel D. Hilbert, Bill J. Boone
  • Patent number: 8298396
    Abstract: The invention is directed to processes and apparatuses for the production of chemical compounds, in particular fermentation products. According to the invention there is provided a process for the production of one or more chemical substances, which process comprises a fermentation step, wherein said substances are formed; and a separation step, wherein at least one pair of electrodes is used to induce a precipitation of said substances, which pair comprises at least one precipitation electrode and at least one counter electrode, through which an electric current is directed is used to precipitate said one or more substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Earl Lawrence Vincent Goetheer, Joost van Erkel, Koen Peter Henri Meesters, Roel Johannes Martinus Bisselink
  • Patent number: 8301625
    Abstract: A device, a method and a server for performing device identification of electric appliances connected to a network are provided. An information processing device 50, to which electric appliances 20 are communicably connected via a network 2, receives a packet (a response packet or a passive packet) for determining a type of an electric appliance 20, from the electric appliances 20. The information processing device 50 stores definition files defined for each electric appliance 20 in advance, compares the received packet with the definition files for the each electric appliance, scores the packet, extracts a definition file with a high score, and determines electric appliance information of the extracted definition file as electric appliance information of the electric appliance 20.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: OPTiM Corporation
    Inventor: Shunji Sugaya
  • Patent number: 8298753
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of generating a laser marking in a security document by means of at least one laser beam, the security document having at least one laser-markable layer and also at least one reflecting layer which overlaps at least partly with the at least one laser-markable layer and has opaque regions. The at least one reflecting layer has at least one transparent region and, at least visually, is not significantly altered by the laser treatment of the laser-markable layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: OVD Kinegram AG
    Inventors: Rene Staub, Wayne Robert Tompkin, Achim Hansen, Andreas Schilling, Olaf Krolzig, Daniel Holliger
  • Patent number: 8291932
    Abstract: A valve means has a valve housing, in which an inlet duct for pressure fluid extends, the duct opening into a valve chamber, in which a valve member is held by spring means in a closed position engaging a valve seat, the valve member opening at a predetermined opening pressure of the pressure fluid present so that pressure fluid arrives by way of an opening cross section at a fluid outlet and flows from it, and the valve means comprises a control duct by way of which pressure fluid flows into a control chamber, in which a control member is held clear of a control seat by spring means in an open position, the control chamber being connected by way of a connecting duct with the valve chamber; and in which the control member so controls the exit flow of the pressure fluid that the control member is able to be shifted, prior to opening of the valve member at a control pressure below the opening pressure into engagement with its control seat so that the passage of fluid between the control chamber and the valve ch
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Festo AG & Co. KG
    Inventors: Steffen Ilmberger, Volker Quendt, Tobias Danner
  • Patent number: 8292064
    Abstract: There is disclosed a conveyor drive roller of the type which may be used for example for supporting and driving a conveyor medium. The conveyor drive roller has a hollow drum which defines a cylindrically shaped rotatable supporting surface, and an internal surface. The hollow drum is rotatably connected to a first and a second support structure. An internal gear assembly is disposed inside of the hollow drum and operably connected to the internal surface of the hollow drum. The second support structure is adapted to permit a rotor of a motor located outside of the hollow drum to releasably couple to the internal gear assembly through the second support structure, so that when the rotor is coupled to the internal gear assembly, through the second support structure, rotation of the rotor is transmitted by the internal gear assembly to the hollow drum to cause rotation of the hollow drum about the first and second support structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander D. Kanaris
  • Patent number: 8292127
    Abstract: A foam dispensing device uses a single actuator to actuate two concentric pistons, one for an air chamber and one for a telescopically oriented liquid chamber. In all of the various embodiments the liquid chamber stops its actuation first and can continue to move along with the single actuator and the air chamber continues to dispense air. The air and liquids are dispensed into foaming chamber and then dispensed. The liquid chamber can continue to move because the liquid chamber is attached to the pump system by a deformable connector or some form. This arrangement allows for a foaming device that uses just one actuator that has the ability to dispense foam in the first phase and just air to clear out the nozzle effectively in the second phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Airspray N.V.
    Inventor: Edgar Ivo Maria van der Heijden
  • Patent number: 8286880
    Abstract: The invention relates to a security document (10) having a carrier substrate (1) and at least one first film element (2) which is fixed to the carrier substrate (1) and shows a first optically variable effect generated by a diffractive first relief structure, wherein the security document (10) furthermore has at least one first printing ink layer (5) which is applied in a region-wise fashion onto the at least one first film element, and at least one second film element (3), and to a method for the production, of the security document (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: OVD Kinegram AG
    Inventors: Achim Hansen, Christina Streb
  • Patent number: 8288116
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel methods and compositions for detection and isolation of cancer cells with metastatic potential. The invention further relates to assays for measuring the metastatic potential of such cancer cells and drug screening assays for the identification of agents having anti-metastatic potential. The present invention further provides methods and compositions for inhibiting the metastatic potential of cancer cells by modulating the activity of serine integral membrane proteases [(SIMP) consisting of seprase and dipetidyl peptidase IV (DPPIV)] expressed on the surface of metastasizing cancer cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
    Inventor: Wen-Tien Chen
  • Patent number: 8287824
    Abstract: A micro-reactor system assembly comprises a stack of at least n process modules (1-6), wherein n is an integer equal to or greater than 1, made from a rigid first material and comprising at least one reactive fluid passage (1A, 1B, 2A, 3A, 6A) for accommodating and guiding a reactive fluid, and at least n+1 heat exchange modules (7, 8) made from a ductile second material other than said first material and comprising at least one heat exchange fluid passage (7A, 8A) for accommodating and guiding a heat exchange fluid, wherein each process module (1-6) is sandwiched between two adjacent heat exchange modules (7, 8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Lonza AG
    Inventors: Dominique Roberge, Nikolaus Bieler, Bertin Zimmermann, Rainald Forbert
  • Patent number: 8286882
    Abstract: A tag with a hook for securing a tag to a pair of eyeglasses having a frame and two hinged legs is provided. The eyeglasses tag includes a body, a foldable member, a hook, an adhesive area and, optionally, a bend line, a panel with identification information, an adhesive portion, a radio frequency identification (REID) device or electronic article surveillance (EAS) device and an aperture. An adhesive strip of the foldable member is foldably attached to the first leg of the eyeglasses and the first and second sections of the body are folded together and affixed by the adhesive area so that the first leg of the eyeglasses is disposed between the first and second sections of the body. The eyeglasses tag can include an adhesive portion on the front side of the tag for affixing the panel with identification information, the radio frequency identification (RFID) device or the electronic article surveillance (EAS) device secured to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: B&G Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Norman, Keith C. Cedro
  • Patent number: 8287501
    Abstract: A pen needle assembly is provided herein having a hub with a distal end and a proximal end; a needle fixed to the hub and having a distal end, for insertion into a patient, and a proximal end; an inner shield disposed proximally of the hub; a spring disposed between the inner shield and the hub and configured to bias the hub distally; an outer shield with a distal end, a proximal end, and a tubular body at least partially encircling a portion of the needle with at least portions located radially outward further from the needle than the inner shield such that the outer shield at least partially encases the hub, the needle, the inner shield, and the spring; and a releasable retaining assembly configured to releasably retain the hub in a first locked state against the biasing of the spring. The distal end of the needle is covered by the outer shield with the hub being in the first locked state. Upon release of the releasable retaining assembly, the hub moves under force of the spring to an unlocked second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Becton, Dickinson and Company
    Inventor: Min Wei
  • Patent number: 8282954
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for making an edible film having a substantially uniform distribution of components, which includes the steps of combining a water-based film polymer solution and a slurry-type mixture comprising a water-active component and a solvent; mixing the polymer solution and slurry-type mixture for about 10 minutes or less; dispensing the mixed solution and slurry-type mixture to form a film; and drying the film to evaporate the water and solvent. Films made by the process are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: MonoSol Rx, LLC
    Inventors: Beuford A. Bogue, Garry L. Myers
  • Patent number: 8283502
    Abstract: An autocatalytic process for the synthesis of chiral propargylic alcohols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Lonza Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicka Chinkov, Aleksander Warm, Erick Carreira
  • Patent number: 8283324
    Abstract: The present invention is related to the development of peptides derived from the sequence HYRIKPTFRRLKWKYKGKFW (SEQ ID NO.: 13), showing amino acid substitutions, these peptides unable to bind to the lipopolysaccharides and bearing anti-tumoral and immunomodulatory capacities. These peptides alone or in combination are useful to treat cancer, and also in synergy with conventional therapies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Centro de Ingenieria Genetica y Biotecnologia
    Inventors: Maribel Guerra Vallespi, Isis del Carmen Torréns Madrazo, Osvaldo Reyes Acosta, Hilda Elisa Garay Pérez, Gerardo Enrique Guillén Nieto, Boris Ernesto Acevedo Castro, Raimundo Ubieta Gómez