Patents Represented by Law Firm J & A
  • Patent number: 8350649
    Abstract: A plunger switch for use as a switch element in an electrical circuit, has a housing and a plunger movable axially in a bore of the housing in the direction of a longitudinal axis and when in an operating position in which it is depressed toward the housing, acts on an electronic sensor unit situated in the housing, which in turn initiates a switching procedure in the electrical circuit by electrical pulses, and the plunger, in its axial plunging region into the bore of the housing, is peripherally provided with at least one lubricating groove, which permits a lubricating fluid to travel into the axial plunging region between the plunger and bore, and the electronic sensor unit is protected from a penetration of lubricating fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kissling Electrotechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Achim Weirowski-Herz, Karl Steimle, Roland Hengstler
  • Patent number: 8347710
    Abstract: This invention relates to a robotic exoskeleton comprising mechanical linkages that couple to one or more selected joints of a limb of a subject. The robotic exoskeleton may be provided with means for obtaining data respecting angular position, torque, and/or acceleration of at least one of the joints or the links of the mechanical linkages, and may be used for assessing, studying, diagnosing a deficit, and/or treating an impairment in sensorimotor function of a limb of a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Queen's University at Kingston
    Inventors: Stephen H. Scott, Ian E. Brown, Stephen J. Ball
  • Patent number: 8347653
    Abstract: The device for homogenizing a glass melt has a melt receptacle and at least one stirring device arranged in the melt receptacle. Each stirring device consists of a stirrer shaft and stirrer blades extending toward an inside wall of the receptacle, which are configured to produce an axial feed of the glass melt in an inner stirring region between the stirrer shaft and front ends of the stirrer blades. The melt receptacle and the stirring device are configured so that a melt flow caused by the axial feed, which is opposite to the axial feed, seals a gap formed between the inside wall and the front ends of the stirrer blades, so that the glass melt cannot flow directly through the gap to a lower axial end of the inner stirring region. The invention also encompasses a method of homogenizing a glass melt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Christoph Berndhaeuser, Frank-Thomas Lentes, Karin Naumann, Hans Duerolf, Holger Hunnius
  • Patent number: 8347838
    Abstract: In an internal combustion engine valve drive train switching arrangement with a switching unit, the switching unit has at least one actuating unit with at least two switching members and at least one switching device for actuating the two switching members independently in an at least partial chronological offset, so as to perform a first switching process based on a first signal and then a second switching process, independently of an electronic evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Daimler AG
    Inventors: Jens Meintschel, Thomas Stolk, Alexander von Gaisberg-Helfenberg
  • Patent number: 8347811
    Abstract: A system is provided that is capable of supporting an object during application of surface coating that would enable access to multiple surfaces of the object while minimizing the impact on any surface that has not dried. The system provides stable support for the object during the application process and allows the coatings of all surfaces to dry with minimal effect on the coated surface. The system comprises a plurality of support units. Each support unit comprises a base portion and a contact portion. Each base portion is adapted to rest stably upon a work platform and contact portion is adapted to contact an underside of the object during application of surface coating. The plurality of support units together supports the object above the work platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Bucci
  • Patent number: 8348882
    Abstract: An instrument with a covered bore for subcutaneous implantation is provided. An incising body defines a non-circular coaxial bore and includes a sharpened cutting edge that extends from a bottom distal end beyond the opening of the coaxial bore and an attachment point at a top distal end. A plunger is non-fixedly contained within the coaxial bore and slides longitudinally therein. A cover is pivotally attached at the attachment point and extends down to the bottom distal end and, when closed, the cover encloses the opening proximal to the cutting edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Science Corporation
    Inventor: Gust H. Bardy
  • Patent number: 8350611
    Abstract: A start circuit including a load unit, a first switch, a second switch and a reset control circuit is provided. The load unit receives a power voltage. The first switch is electrically connected between a first end of the load unit and a ground, and receives a node voltage from a reference circuit. The second switch has a first end electrically connected to the reference circuit, a second end electrically connected to the ground, and a control end electrically connected to the second end of the load unit. The second switch determines whether to provide a start voltage to the reference circuit according to a conducting state thereof. The reset control circuit provides a discharge path between a control end of the first switch and the ground, and conducts the discharge path according to the power voltage during a period when the power voltage is smaller than a threshold voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Himax Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Chuan-Chien Hsu
  • Patent number: 8347629
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus including a compressed air energy storage system that includes an ambient air intake configured to intake a quantity of ambient air for storage in a compressed air storage volume, a compression system having a compression path that is configured to convey air compressed by the compression system through the compression system, a first path configured to convey ambient air to the compression system, a second path proceeding from the compression system to the compressed air storage volume and configured to convey compressed air to the compressed air storage volume, and a dehumidifying system. The dehumidifying system is coupleable to at least one of the first path that proceeds from the ambient air intake to the compression system, the compression path, and the second path. The dehumidifying system includes a dehumidifying component configured to remove moisture from the ambient air and/or the compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Matthias Finkenrath, Cristina Botero, Sebastian Walter Freund, Clarissa Sara Katharina Belloni, Miguel Angel Gonzalez Salazar, Stephanie Marie-Noelle Hoffmann, Roland Marquardt, Kurt Peter Moser, Stefan Martin Zunft
  • Patent number: 8351985
    Abstract: A mobile computing device with multiple modes, for example, wireless communication and personal computing, has an application processor and a communication processor. In the computing mode, the application processor is the master processor. In the communication mode, the application processor is deenergized to conserve battery power, with the communication processor functioning as the master processor by accessing the device's peripheral bus using the memory interface of the communication processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Ranganathan Krishnan, Albert S. Ludwin, William R. Gardner
  • Patent number: 8347617
    Abstract: A hydraulic two-circuit system (2, 4) for activating consumers (A1, B1; A2, B2; A3, B3) of a mobile unit, for example a track-laying unit, and an interconnecting valve arrangement (38), which is suitable for a two-circuit system (2, 4) of this type and via which the two circuits (2, 4) can be interconnected so as to add them together, are disclosed. According to the invention, the interconnecting valve arrangement has an interconnecting valve with two pressure connections (P1, P2), two LS input connections (LS1, LS2) and two LS output connections, wherein a valve body of the interconnecting valve is designed with four control surfaces, of which two control surfaces which act in one direction are acted upon by the highest load pressure (LS1) in the first circuit and by the pumping pressure (P2) in the second circuit, and the control surfaces acting in the other direction are acted upon by the highest load pressure (LS2) in the second circuit and by the pumping pressure (P1) in the first circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Thomas Weickert
  • Patent number: 8348001
    Abstract: An agricultural harvesting machine, in particular a self-propelled forage harvester, has a body which includes frame parts and parts of the outer shell, a chassis having at least two drive axles which form the ground drive, and various working units and drive units, and the harvesting machine is separatable into at least one front module and one rear module which are displaceable relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: CLAAS Selbstfahrende Erntemaschinen GmbH
    Inventor: Heinrich Isfort
  • Patent number: 8349399
    Abstract: The method produces powder particles that are uniformly coated with functional groups. It includes homogenizing, in an agitator mill, a suspension of glass, quartz, glass ceramic, and/or ceramic particles in a suspending agent together with a coating agent, so that the particles in the suspension react with the coating agent in the agitator mill to form the uniformly coated powder particles with functional groups. Preferably a weight ratio of the suspending agent to the particles is from 0.5:1 to 5:1. The suspending agent is preferably an aqueous solvent and the coating agent is preferably a silane. The uniformly coated powder particles have a particle size (d50) of less than 2 ?m, have a specific surface of 5 to 40 m2/g, and are free of agglomerates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Schott AG
    Inventors: Joern Besinger, Andreas Steinberg, Claudia Zimmerer
  • Patent number: 8348028
    Abstract: In a pneumatic damper for slowing down movable furniture parts, comprising a cylinder and a piston movably disposed in the cylinder so as to form a displacement chamber at one side and a vacuum chamber at the other side of the piston, the piston includes a seal element which, in one end position thereof, is in close contact with the wall of the cylinder whose cross-section increases toward the opposite end of the cylinder so that the sealing effect collapses when the piston approaches its other end position and the piston includes a piston rod, which has a diameter of less than 35% of the piston diameter and sealingly extends through a cylinder end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: G√ľnther Zimmer, Martin Zimmer
  • Patent number: 8352538
    Abstract: A system for exchanging transaction messages between different computer systems includes a data processor for monitoring transaction messages. The data processor has a transaction processor for assigning identifiers to both inbound transaction messages from source executable applications and outbound transaction messages for communication to destination executable applications, to individually identify transaction messages. The data processor has a repository of map information associating inbound and outbound transaction messages using the assigned identifiers and a user interface for providing data representing at least one display image and including data identifying an inbound or outbound transaction message and a corresponding outbound or inbound transaction message, in response to a user command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Julianne Noonan, Maryann Feng, Richard J. Gengler, Mannage Gunaratne
  • Patent number: 8348919
    Abstract: A disposable pull-on garment has a front waist region and a back waist region opposite the front waist region. The disposable pull-on garment also has a chassis and front and back waist members attached to the chassis in the front and back waist regions, respectively. The front waist member has a first retraction force and the back waist member has a second retraction force. The disposable pull-on garment also has a pair of side members attaching the front waist region to the back waist region, thereby forming a waist opening and a pair of leg openings. Each of the pair of side members includes a waist zone and a hip zone. The waist zones have retraction forces which are about equal to the first retraction force, and the hip zones have retraction forces which are greater than the first or second retraction forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Frederick Michael Langdon, Uwe Schneider, Christopher Jason Hawke, Gregory Ashton
  • Patent number: 8351362
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for waking a mobile station (MS) from a power saving mode to receive a media access control (MAC) management message (e.g., DCD/UCD, MOB_NBR-ADV, and SII-ADV) the MS has not yet received. The MS may wake from the power saving mode after detecting a mismatch between a set of media access control (MAC) management message parameters last received by the MS and the information found in an enhanced broadcast control pointer information element (BCP-IE) transmitted in a downlink map (DL-MAP). In this manner, the MS may be prevented from waking up unnecessarily, thereby providing high power efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Steven D. Cheng, Patrick Lim, Fangqi Hu
  • Patent number: 8347815
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mobile pet bed wherein the top and bottom units of the mobile pet bed are reversibly attached to each other. When the top unit is removed from the bottom unit the mobile pet bed functions similarly to a traditional pet bed. When the top unit is attached to the bottom unit the mobile pet bed functions as a pet carrier. Additionally, the top unit of the mobile pet bed has a door portion that can be opened and closed to permit pet ingress and egress as well as permitting easy loading of the mobile pet bed with the animal without necessitating the removal of the top unit from the bottom unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Leung
  • Patent number: 8347439
    Abstract: A reduced height combination ramp and load leveler includes at least two lengthwise support members, a plurality of cross members and plurality of cross treads. A retention tube is secured to each end of the at least two lengthwise support members. The at least two lengthwise support members and the plurality of cross members are preferably fabricated from an aluminum alloy having a tensile strength of at least 50,000 to reduce a height of the combination ramp and load leveler. Two stake receivers allow a single ramp to be used as a load leveler. Each stake receiver is sized to removably receive an adjustable stake. A ramp stand includes a support base and an adjustable tube receiver that is vertically postionable relative to the support base. The adjustable tube receiver retains the retention tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Richard R. Beilstein
  • Patent number: 8352792
    Abstract: Testing of an electrical device is achieved by providing a test access mechanism within the device that can receive scan frames from an external tester. The received scan frames contain stimulus data to be applied to circuitry within the device to be tested, a command for enabling a test control operation, and a frame marker bit to indicate the end of the scan frame pattern. The inputting of scan frames can occur continuously and simultaneous with a commanded test control operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Lee D. Whetsel
  • Patent number: D673864
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: You Stuff It Boxes, LLC
    Inventors: Mary C. Read, Sandi Jalernpan, Dang Jalernpan