Patents Represented by Attorney Holland & Hart LLP
  • Patent number: 8352210
    Abstract: A system determines the revolutions of an object using multiple accelerometers. A difference vector between at least 2 multi-axis accelerometers spaced some distance apart is used to calculate the two-dimensional or three-dimensional centripetal acceleration vector. The centripetal acceleration vector is then used as a rough estimate for the sampling rate for a digital tracking bandpass filter. This bandpass filter extracts angular orientation data leading to a sampling rate and to a revolution totalizer. The number of revolutions of the object, along with a known diameter of an attached object, such as a vehicle wheel, may be used to calculate distance traveled by the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stemco LP
    Inventor: Mark J. Kranz
  • Patent number: 8347913
    Abstract: A combustible fuel supply system includes a fuel tank, a carburetor and a combustible fuel piping system. The combustible fuel piping system includes a fuel-feeding pipe, a fuel-drawing pipe, a vent pipe, and a switch valve. The fuel-feeding pipe interconnects the carburetor and a lower space of the fuel tank that stores combustible fuel. The fuel-drawing pipe interconnects the carburetor and an upper space of the fuel tank that accommodates air when the lower space stores the combustible fuel. The vent pipe is for fluid communication between the upper space and the exterior of the fuel tank. The switch valve is operable to obstruct fluid flow through at least one of the fuel-feeding pipe, the fuel-drawing pipe and the vent pipe, and is operable to switch between a fuel-feeding state and a fuel-drawing state for obstructing and permitting fluid flow through at least one of the pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Yimin Zhu
  • Patent number: 8349139
    Abstract: A pyrolysis apparatus and method for pyrolyzing plastic wastes to form a fuel and generating energy is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: All Grade Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Peter John Rolston
  • Patent number: 8351383
    Abstract: Satellite communications systems, methods, and related devices are described. In one embodiment, a satellite communications system is configured to dynamically allocate bandwidth and frequencies among different beams. Bandwidth request data may be received and compiled from the terminals. The satellite may be configured with different beam coverage areas, and may dynamically allocate bandwidth and particular frequency channels to different beam coverage areas based on the requests. In each of a series of one or more epochs, and according to the bandwidth requests, there may be allocations among carrier groups, traffic classes, and particular terminals. The setup of slot structure and selection of modes for particular terminals is also addressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventor: Anil Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8347731
    Abstract: A flow rate meter comprises a disposable fluid transport portion and a reusable interface connector removably attached to the transport portion. The transport portion includes a flow conduit having an input and an output, while the interface connector provides feedback to a desired location. First and second portions of control circuitry are, respectively, associated with the transport portion and the interface connector. The first circuitry portion includes a plurality of electrodes and derives flow rate. The device measures a range of flow rates and is adapted, for example, for use in micro-fluidic systems including fluids administration to a patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Amir Genosar
  • Patent number: 8348083
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for partitioning food containers, such as cereal bowls. Some embodiments may include a system with a food container, which may be a cereal bowl. The system may also include a flexible membrane having a top surface and a bottom surface. The membrane may partition the food container into a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion may be for holding liquid content. The upper bowl portion may be adapted for holding edible solid content. The membrane may have multiple passageways extending from the membrane bottom surface through the membrane top surface. The multiple passageways may be normally closed and then expand to an open configuration allowing fluid transmission from below the membrane to above the membrane when the membrane is flexed in a first direction normal to a resting plane parallel to the top surface and the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Oded Light
  • Patent number: 8345779
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for providing a communication system for handling pulse information. Embodiments of the invention provide a pulse shaping unit operable to avoid saturation of the pulse transformer, while being easily incorporated into IC processes. Some embodiments of the pulse shaping unit provide a two-to-three level driver unit for converting a two-level input voltage signal to a three-level driver signal for driving a pulse transformer. Other embodiments of the pulse shaping unit provide components configured to differentially drive a pulse transformer, effectively converting a two-level input voltage signal to a three-level driver signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Microsemi Corporation
    Inventors: Sam Seiichiro Ochi, Charles Coleman
  • Patent number: 8347156
    Abstract: A test system for performing tests on devices under test (DUTs) includes a storage device storing test data for performing the tests on the DUTs, a shared processor for generating the test data, storing the test data in the storage device and generating a test control signal including one or more test instructions for executing the tests, and, for each DUT, a dedicated processor configured to receive a test control signal from the shared processor, and in response to the test control signal, transfer the test data for one of the test instructions to the DUT to execute that test instruction and verify the completion of that test instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Advantest (Singapore) PTE LTD
    Inventors: Erik H. Volkerink, Edmundo De La Puente
  • Patent number: 8342269
    Abstract: A polycrystalline diamond compact useful for wear, cutting, drilling, drawing and like applications is provided with a first diamond region remote from the working surface which has a metallic catalyzing material and a second diamond region adjacent to or including the working surface containing a non-metallic catalyst and the method of making such a compact is provided. This compact is particularly useful in high temperature operations, such as hard rock drilling because of the improved thermal stability at the working surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: US Synthetic Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Bertagnolli, Michael A. Vail
  • Patent number: 8343234
    Abstract: A hand prosthesis includes a chassis and a finger prosthesis articulated to the chassis. A first drive is located in the chassis and is coupled via a force transmission unit to the finger prosthesis for moving the finger prosthesis about a first swiveling axis relative to the chassis. A second drive is located within the finger prosthesis and moves the finger prosthesis about a second swiveling axis relative to the chassis and relative to the first swiveling axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Otto Bock Healthcare GmbH
    Inventor: Gregor Puchhammer
  • Patent number: 8346582
    Abstract: A system for facilitating a project between owners and contractors. The system includes a program for receiving owner, project and contractor data. The program determines a contractor rating for each of a plurality of contractors and a project rating for at least one project. The program then identifies contractors having a contractor rating that is compatible with the project rating. The program may further provide notifications, bid letting support, project finance support, project scheduling assistance, construction support and/or bond acquisition support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Dick Davis, Roland Partida, Maurtice Rosemond, Sarah Starks
  • Patent number: 8345650
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for providing end-to-end L2 connectivity, are described. The system includes satellites configured to transmit data packets. The system further includes a first non-autonomous gateway in communication with the satellites. The first non-autonomous gateway is configured to receive the data packets from the satellites at L1, generate virtual tagging tuples within L2 packet headers of the data packets, and transmit the data packets each including a virtual tagging tuple. The system further includes a L2 switch in communication with the first non-autonomous gateway. The L2 switch is configured to receive the virtually tagged data packets and transmit the virtually tagged data packets. Further, the system includes a second non-autonomous gateway in communication with the L2 switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Foxworthy, Girish Chandran, Jason Lau
  • Patent number: 8337522
    Abstract: An internal tissue puncture closure method and apparatus. The method and apparatus provide a locking device for compressing and holding an external component such as a collagen sponge at a puncture situs. The locking device facilitates compression of the external component in a first direction, but prevents or locks against retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical Puerto Rico LLC
    Inventor: Theresa Ditter
  • Patent number: 8340291
    Abstract: Protection of documents printed in paper is provided by processes for detection, immediately and clearly, of different types of falsification, adulteration, inclusion and omission. A network accessible system is capable of detecting several fraud aspects. A “Remote Expertise Center” or a remote service data center accessible from and to any location in which there is a connection to the network, such as through the Internet provides customized protection and automatic verification of document pages. Documents pages are generated by the Remote Expertise Center and transmitted to remote printers, bypassing user operational system, using a specific driver of each printer, avoiding any access to protected document before effective printing. Documents include multiple types of security features, such that in the event that any of them is surpassed, the document will remain protected by the other types of security protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Luiz Alberto Wanderley
  • Patent number: 8336940
    Abstract: A lifting system can be used to move an item between a use position and a stowed position in a structure such as a vehicle or home. The item may be an article of furniture, an appliance, a storage unit, a platform, workbench, or the like. The lifting system may be motorized and/or utilize a flexible drive to move the item. The lifting system may be used to reciprocally move the item between the use position and the stowed position in the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventor: C. Martin Rasmussen
  • Patent number: 8325664
    Abstract: Novel satellite communications systems, methods, and related devices are described. In some embodiments, a satellite communications system is configured to dynamically allocate bandwidth to terminals. Such a system may be made up of a satellite in communication with terminals (e.g., user terminals or gateways). The satellite or a Network Control Center (NCC) may receive and compile bandwidth request data from the terminals. In each of a series of one or more epochs, and according to the bandwidth requests, the satellite and/or NCC may allocate carrier group resources to particular traffic classes. The assignment of allocated resources to particular terminals is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: ViaSat, Inc.
    Inventor: Anil Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8326565
    Abstract: A chip tester for testing at least two devices under test connected to the chip tester has a timing calculator for generating a timing information for the channels of the chip tester. The timing calculator is adapted to obtain a propagation delay difference information describing a difference between, on the one hand, a propagation delay from the first channel port of the chip tester to the first terminal of the first device under test and, on the other hand, a propagation delay from the first channel port of the chip tester to the second terminal of the second device under test. The timing calculator is adapted to provide a timing information for a second channel of the chip tester connected to the first device under test or to the second device under test on the basis of the propagation delay difference information. The channel module configurator is adapted to configure the second channel of the chip tester on the basis of the timing information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Advantest (Singapore) Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Michael Daub, Alf Clement, Bernd Laquai
  • Patent number: 8326408
    Abstract: A method and apparatus using brainwaves to control real objects is provided. The method and apparatus comprise using sensors to detect the brain's electrical signals and transmit at least two brainwaves to an apparatus that converts the brainwaves into a format usable by a signal processor. The signal processor determines a coherence between portions of the brainwaves, typically in the frequency domain, and compares the coherence values, which change rapidly from moment to moment, to thresholds. Based on the comparison of the coherence value to the thresholds, which are adjusted over time based on feedback relating to success, a control signal is developed that can be sent to a real object to control 3 dimensional motion of the control object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: George H. Green, John LeMay
  • Patent number: D673321
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Mikko Karkkainen
  • Patent number: D674163
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Konecranes PLC
    Inventors: Johannes Tarkiainen, Jerome Gouault