Patents Represented by Attorney Howrey Simon Arnold and White LLP
  • Patent number: 6871226
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of searching and querying computers and websites connected to a distributed network such as the Internet. When the computers and websites are uniquely identified by an IP address or similar identifier, the processes of the present invention systematically proceed through a given range of addresses to be queried in a top-to-bottom manner. The process preferably comprises four stages: the Initial Process, the Second Pass, the Ping Process, and the Ping Follow-Up. Essentially, the Initial Process establishes a preliminary listing of computers that respond to requests transmitted over the network. The Second Pass attempts to establish a connection to computers with which a connection could not be established during the Initial Process. The Ping Process uses ping commands to verify the operability of non-responsive computers; and the Ping Follow-Up makes one final attempt to transmit requests to computers that have responded to ping commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: BSAFE Online
    Inventors: Stephen J. Ensley, David K. Haadsma, Donald R. Kolenda, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6867199
    Abstract: The present invention relates to certain novel dinucleoside polyphosphates of general Formulae I, II and III, and formulations thereof which are selective ligands of the P2Y purinergic receptors. Applicants have discovered that dinucleoside polyphosphates of general Formulae I, II and III are effective in clearing retained mucous secretions, balancing tissue hydration and fluid secretion, and/or inhibiting or preventing early stages of platelet activation, platelet degranulation, and platelet aggregation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Inspire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Janet L. Rideout, Benjamin R. Yerxa, Sammy Ray Shaver, James G. Douglass, III
  • Patent number: 6863239
    Abstract: A fluid conduit is provided for use in a hydraulic actuating system for controlling an instrumentality disposed on a rotating portion of a machine. The fluid conduit transports pressurized fluid between a fluid source disposed on a non-rotating portion of the machine and the instrumentality and comprises a rigid tubular member formed in the shape of a helix having at least about 2 revolutions and a non-constant pitch length. The ends of the tube are adapted to be sealingly connected between the fluid source and the instrumentality. The fluid conduit is used, for example, in an apparatus and system for controlling a hydraulic actuator mounted on a rotating blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory W. Terpay
  • Patent number: 6865556
    Abstract: Utilizing phenotypic markers in seeds or plants to allow qualitative detection of a proprietary trait in the harvest, to allow a quantitative calculation of the amount of the trait, and to facilitate the calculation and collection of fees for the trait. The phenotypic markers of the seeds can be the seed coat color, and said seeds can be homozygous or heterozygous for the phenotypic difference of seed coat color. Commercial cultivars of seeds with the phenotypic difference of seed color may be grown to include several different seed colors. Trait fees may be assessed on all grain with the proprietary trait, whether the grain was produced from purchased seed or from seed saved from a previous harvest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Greg A. Penner, Stefan A. Bledig, Timothy W. Conner, Vergel C. Concibido
  • Patent number: 6865711
    Abstract: Systems and related methods are described for (1) determining one or more state probabilities for one or more states in a trellis representation; (2) determining an estimate of or extrinsic output for one or more bits using a trellis representation; (3) determining a branch metric for a branch in a trellis representation; (4) performing a MAX*2->1 operation; (5) performing a MAX*2p->1 operation, where p is an integer of two or more, through a hierarchical arrangement of MAX*2->1 operations; and (6) computing forward state probabilities in a forward mode of operation and computing backward state probabilities in a backward mode of operation. Combinations of the foregoing are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Conexant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eran Arad, Efraim Dalumi, Shachar Kons, Donald B. Eidson
  • Patent number: 6860859
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to devices for detection estrus-state and/or non-pregnancy in mammals and methods for using the same. The device and/or methods may be of particular use in cattle. The devices disclosed include at least a housing of a size, shape, and outer surface quality permitting it to be securely maintained within a mammals vagina. The housing has at least one interior space for installation of instrument(s) for measuring, intra-vaginally, at least on indicia of estrus (heat) or non-pregnancy, converting the resulting measurement into a signal or signals (electronic or otherwise). The device also comprises a signal transmitting means and, optionally, a remote receiving station capable of interpreting the signal(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Vikram P. Mehrotra, Chris R. Redford
  • Patent number: 6860717
    Abstract: An axial turbine for aeronautical applications has a casing housing a stator, which is provided with an array of airfoil profiles, which are positioned angularly equidistant from one other about the axis of the turbine, define associated spaces between one another for the passage of a flow of gas and are hinged to an annular structure, each one about an associated hinge axis incident to the axis of the turbine; in service, the airfoil profiles are simultaneously actuated to rotate by an identical angle of adjustment by means of a ring actuated by actuators outside the casing and connected to each airfoil profile via an associated lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Avio S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claudia Schipani, Ennio Spano, Domenico Dalle Crode
  • Patent number: 6860936
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for constructing, verifying, and maintaining underground vaults that isolate and contain radioactive burial sites. The method employs a buoyant lift technique to isolate a block of soil containing the contaminates from the surrounding soil. An impermeable synthetic liner is embedded in the vault to enhance the integrity of the system. The integrity of the vault is monitored by a system of sensors placed both inside and outside of the sealed vault. The method eliminates the need to excavate or drill in the contaminated areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventor: Ernest E. Carter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6861394
    Abstract: A wellbore fluid including a peroxide degradable polymer and an encapsulated peroxide source. The peroxide degradable polymer may be a polysaccharide. The peroxide source may include an inorganic peroxide, including zinc and alkaline earth metal peroxides, such as magnesium peroxide. The encapsulating material may be a polymer, including enteric polymers. The release of peroxide, from peroxide sources generally, can be controlled by means of pH such that peroxide source can be activated, and peroxide released, by a change in pH. In a wellbore, this pH change can be effected by using produced fluids to lower the pH of a more basic wellbore fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: M-I L.L.C.
    Inventors: David A. Ballard, Christopher A. Sawdon, Trevor G. Jappy
  • Patent number: 6858309
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved methods for conducting living/controlled polymerization on polymeric solid supports. The improved methods allow polymerization to occur directly from the non-functionalized surface of a bulk support. In addition, polymerization may be re-initiated to provide co-polymers. The disclosed methods may employ the non-nitroxide-based RAFT and ATRP control agents that allow controlled polymerization to proceed at relatively low temperatures (<80° C.). Furthermore, these improved methods may provide graft polymers with decreased levels of “in-growth” of the bulk solid support. The invention also provides substrate polymers, with improved properties for solid phase synthesis and diagnostic applications, which may be made by the disclosed methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Polymerat Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Peter Kambouris, Michael Whittaker, Tom Davis, Idriss Blakey, Gary M. Day
  • Patent number: 6859302
    Abstract: This invention relates to an electrophoretic display comprising cells of well-defined shape, size and aspect ratio which cells are filled with charged pigment particles dispersed in a solvent, and novel processes for its manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Sipix Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Rong-Chang Liang, Mary Chan-Park, Scott C-J Tseng, George Wu, HongMei Zang
  • Patent number: 6857485
    Abstract: A water-base drilling fluid for use in drilling wells through a formation containing a shale which swells in the presence of water. The drilling fluid preferably includes: an aqueous based continuous phase, a weight material, and a shale hydration inhibition agent having the formula: H2N—R—{OR?}x—Y.[H+B?]d in which R and R? are alkylene groups having 1 to 6 carbon atom and x is a value from about 1 to about 25. The Y group should be an amine or alkoxy group, preferably a primary amine or a methoxy group. The acid H+B? is a protic acid selected from the group consisting of inorganic acids and organic acids, illustrative examples of which include: hydrochloric, hydrobromic, sulfuric, phosphoric, nitric, boric, perchloric, formic, acetic, halogenated acetic, propionic, butyric, maleic, fumeric, glycolic, lactic, citric and combinations of these. The shale hydration inhibition agent should be present in sufficient concentration to reduce the swelling of the shale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: M-I LLC
    Inventors: Arvind D. Patel, Emanuel Stamatakis, Eric Davis, Steve Cliffe
  • Patent number: 6856656
    Abstract: An iterative system for performing carrier phase tracking of symbols using a serial turbo decoder. Estimates of a buffered block of symbols are provided by a serial turbo decoder. Optionally, reliability metrics for the estimates are provided as well. Responsive to this information, a tracking loop module determines derotation phases for each of the symbols in the buffer. A symbol derotator derotates each of the buffered symbols in the block by its corresponding derotation phase. The derotated symbols are stored back in the buffer. The process may repeat itself for a prescribed number of iterations, after which the serial turbo decoder provides estimates of the underlying source bits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Conexant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Brian Eidson, Abraham Krieger
  • Patent number: 6854960
    Abstract: In the embodiments described in the specification, an impeller is manufactured by providing a mold for one angular segment containing one vane of an impeller and corresponding hub and rim portions, injection-molding fiber-reinforced polymer composite resin material into the mold to produce a plurality of substantially identical segments, and assembling the segments into an impeller by bonding corresponding mating end surfaces of the hub and rim portions of the segments. A veil cloth is applied to the outer surface of the rim portion and impregnated with resin material to complete the impeller structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Electric Boat Corporation
    Inventors: Pieter Van Dine, Catherine Van Dine
  • Patent number: 6851279
    Abstract: Jewelry articles having magnetic elements and interchangeable settings are disclosed. In one aspect, the jewelry articles include magnetically coupling body portions and interchangeable settings. The body portions magnetically couple together to hold the interchangeable settings. For example, the body portions can magnetically couple together using rare earth magnets to form a composite ring. Preferably, at least one of the body portions is rotatable to tangentially break the magnetic coupling between the body portions to interchange the setting. In another aspect of the present invention, magnetic elements are used to magnetically suspend a movable setting on a jewelry article. An longitudinal member has at least one end connected to the jewelry article. The setting is movably disposed on the longitudinal member. A first magnetic element adjacent an end of the longitudinal member magnetically repels a second magnetic element on the setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Heart & Company
    Inventor: Ronald W. Hartgrove
  • Patent number: 6850355
    Abstract: This invention relates to an electrophoretic display comprising a transparent top viewing electrode, a bottom electrode and a plurality of isolated cells having well-defined size, shape and aspect ratio, said cells filled with charged pigment particles dispersed in a dielectric solvent or solvent mixture, and a color filter placed with the top transparent electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: SiPix Imaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Rong-Chang Liang, Zarng-Arh George Wu, Scott C-J Tseng, Hongmei Zang
  • Patent number: D501459
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Marine Acoustics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ace J. Sarich, John T. Hall, Mark Cosgrove
  • Patent number: PP15531
    Abstract: A new variety of Chrysanthemum plant named ‘Spritza Time Yellow,’ having sunny yellow medium anemone flowers with a flat capitulum canopy. The variety is upright and free branching with a good foliage presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Cleangro, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ruth Redman
  • Patent number: PP15535
    Abstract: A new variety of Chrysanthemum plant named ‘Stereophonics,’ having a good uniform canopy of large white spatulate single flowers with a green disc. The new variety has medium vigor with a domed capitulum, free branching, and uniform spreading habit with good foliage presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Cleangro Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark R. Boeder
  • Patent number: PP15584
    Abstract: A new variety of Chrysanthemum plant named ‘Vamp Time Salmon,’ having a good uniform canopy of salmon decorative flowers. The new variety has a medium vigour, free branching, with a uniform spreading habit and good foliage presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Cleangro Ltd.
    Inventor: Ruth Redman