Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John P. O'Banion
  • Patent number: 8347514
    Abstract: An alignment jig uses steel alignment cross members and chords to align multiple load bearing member footing legs simultaneously with great accuracy, thereby greatly speeding construction footing installation times. Using preset adjustment stops, multiple footing patterns may be readily accommodated. The entire alignment jig may be readily assembled or prepared for transport by skilled workers in an hour or less. By using the alignment jig, the speed of footing construction may be greatly increased. In some cases, footings that would have previously required four days to a week to build were reduced to a single day, with consequent cost and time savings. Although one initial use of the alignment jig is for high voltage power line tower footings with four legs, it may be used with as few as two legs, and may be used with more than four legs, and in a variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: KV Structures, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert McCollum
  • Patent number: 8344728
    Abstract: NMR spectroscopy is performed on intervertebral disc tissue. Extent of degeneration is determined based on the NMR spectroscopy. Correlation between NMR spectral regions and at least one of tissue degeneration and pain are made. Accordingly, NMR spectroscopy is used to determine location and/or extent of at least one of degeneration or pain associated with a region of tissue, such as for example in particular disc degeneration, or discogenic pain. NMR spectral peak ratios, such as between N-Acetyl/cho and cho/carb, are readily acquired and analyzed to predict degree of tissue degeneration and/or pain for: tissue samples using HR-MAS spectroscopy; and larger portions of anatomy such as joint segments such as a spine, using clinical 3 T MRI systems with surface head or knee coils; and tissue regions such as discs within spines of living patients using 3 T MRI systems with a surface spine coil, thus providing a completely non-invasive diagnostic toolset and method to image and localize degeneration and/or pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Regents of The University of California
    Inventors: Sharmila Majumdar, John Kurhanewicz, Jeffrey C. Lotz, David S. Bradford, Kayvan Keshari
  • Patent number: 8345158
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for generating a shutter-time compensated high spatial resolution (HR) image output by enhancing lower spatial resolution (LR) video images with information obtained from higher spatial resolution still images which are temporally decimated. Super-resolved images and LR SAD information is generated from the LR images and used for directing the extracting of information from the temporally decimated HR images to enhance the spatial resolution of the LR images in a blending process. By way of example blending can comprise: motion estimation, motion compensation of a temporally displaced HR still images and a super-resolved (SR) image input, transformation (e.g., DCT), generating motion error output, blending motion compensated images in response to LR motion error information; inverse-transformation into a shutter-time compensated HR video image output. Accordingly, a more cost effective solution is taught for obtaining a desired shutter time and video resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Robertson, Ming-Chang Liu
  • Patent number: 8335390
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of depth of field rendering which simulates larger apertures for images captured at a smaller aperture. The depth of field rendering provides selective simulation of out-of-focus effects which are attainable with cameras having a larger aperture when capturing images at a smaller aperture. A blur function model is created based on the relationship between the blur change and the aperture change. This model is used to determine the blur difference which would arise between two images taken at two different apertures. Then the out-of-focus effect is generated by blurring the image in a rendering process based on the blur difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Pingshan Li, Gazi Ali
  • Patent number: 8331684
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting “Object Portraits” (photographs or images with a stand-out object of interest or a set of stand-out objects of interest) is described. A set of tools has been developed for object of interest detection, including “Sunset-like” scene detection, pseudo-color saturation-based detection and object of interest isolation, block intensity based detection and object of interest isolation. By effectively integrating these tools together, the “Object Portrait” images and “Non-Object Portrait” images are successfully identified. Meaningful object of interest areas are thereby successfully isolated in a low complexity manner without human intervention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ximin Zhang, Ming-Chang Liu
  • Patent number: 8329559
    Abstract: In fabricating a microelectromechanical structure (MEMS), a method of forming a narrow gap in the MEMS includes a) depositing a layer of sacrificial material on the surface of a supporting substrate, b) photoresist masking and at least partially etching the sacrificial material to form at least one blade of sacrificial material, c) depositing a structural layer over the sacrificial layer, and d) removing the sacrificial layer including the blade of the sacrificial material with a narrow gap remaining in the structural layer where the blade of sacrificial material was removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Hideki Takeuchi, Emmanuel P. Quevy, Tsu-Jae King, Roger T. Howe
  • Patent number: 8325001
    Abstract: Interleaved three-dimensional (3D) on-chip differential inductors 110, 120 and transformer 100 are disclosed. The interleaved 3D on-chip differential inductors 110, 120 and transformer 100 make the best use of multiple metal layers in mainstream standard processes, such as CMOS, BiCMOS and SiGe technologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Daquan Huang, Mau-Chung Frank Chang
  • Patent number: 8315666
    Abstract: A wireless intelligent switch engine (WISE) is described. The wireless intelligent switch engine provides for automatic switching between different physical wireless interfaces in mobile devices while roaming to maintain a wireless network connection. WISE functions as a bridge between a mobile device and multiple wireless network interfaces to provide automatic and seamless switching among networks while roaming. The mobile device sees WISE as a LAN interface and communicates with WISE using the TCP/IP protocol stack, thus providing a PPP-less configuration that uses the TCP/IP protocol stack regardless of the wireless interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Yam
  • Patent number: 8294638
    Abstract: An improved organic electroluminescent display includes a plurality of normal mode colors and a plurality of user-selected power saving mode colors. The display is switchable between a normal display mode and a power saving display mode. In the normal display mode, the normal mode colors are displayed by the display. Conversely, in the power saving display mode, the power saving mode colors are displayed by the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ryuichi Iwamura
  • Patent number: 8295364
    Abstract: Just-in-time up-conversion utilizes frame tagging, and optionally pixel tagging, to minimize the data bandwidth required to drive a display. According to this approach video is maintained in its native frame rate until needed in the display device, such as for pixel control at the row/column drivers. By way of example, a frame tag comprises a repeat count and direction information upon which display refresh is based. In addition, pixel tagging can be utilized to dynamically configure the up-converter to generate pixel displacements within synthesized intermediate frames, such as based on different pixel layer representations. The data stream can utilize traditional fixed pixel lengths or variable pixel lengths to conserve additional bandwidth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Unger
  • Patent number: 8284260
    Abstract: Improving color calibration, and similar operations, by generating an optimal raw RGB color chart, in the raw RGB domain, for an imaging device with a given type of image sensor, such as for a digital still camera. Calibration is performed in response to a constraint which takes into account the spectral sensitivity of the image sensor used on the camera as well as spectral reflectance and spectral radiance of multiple illuminants. Calibration is performed using the raw RGB color chart which is illuminant independent and image sensor specific and which can match the calibration performance of known calibration standards, such as Macbeth 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaoling Wang, Farhan Baqai, Takami Mizukura, Naoya Kato
  • Patent number: 8280214
    Abstract: Nanoribbons and nanowires having diameters less than the wavelength of light are used in the formation and operation of optical circuits and devices. Such nanostructures function as subwavelength optical waveguides which form a fundamental building block for optical integration. The extraordinary length, flexibility and strength of these structures enable their manipulation on surfaces, including the precise positioning and optical linking of nanoribbon/wire waveguides and other nanoribbon/wire elements to form optical networks and devices. In addition, such structures provide for waveguiding in liquids, enabling them to further be used in other applications such as optical probes and sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Peidong Yang, Matt Law, Donald J. Sirbuly, Justin C. Johnson, Richard Saykally, Rong Fan, Andrea Tao
  • Patent number: 8270760
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a three dimensional cross sectional image of an object by the reconstruction of its projections that have been iteratively refined through modification in object space and Fourier space is disclosed. The invention provides systems and methods for use with any tomographic imaging system that reconstructs an object from its projections. In one embodiment, the invention presents a method to eliminate interpolations present in conventional tomography. The method has been experimentally shown to provide higher resolution and improved image quality parameters over existing approaches. A primary benefit of the method is radiation dose reduction since the invention can produce an image of a desired quality with a fewer number projections than seen with conventional methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Jianwei Miao, Benjamin Pooya Fahimian
  • Patent number: 8271354
    Abstract: Method and system for providing a notification function for bookmarked music clips broadcast over a radio station to provide to a user of an electronic music marking device such that when the playlist for the bookmarked music clips is available, the user can access information corresponding to the bookmarked music clips, while when the playlist for the bookmarked music clips is not available, the user is notified that the playlist is unavailable, and when the playlist becomes available, the an email is generated and transmitted to the user informing the user that the playlist corresponding to the user's bookmarked music clips is available, and further, the email may include a hypertext link attachment which may be configured to automatically re-direct the user's browser terminal to display the playlist corresponding to the bookmarked music clips on the user's electronic music marker device account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Yuichiro Deguchi
  • Patent number: 8266690
    Abstract: A method of generating an audiovisual object such as a wallpaper or screensaver keyed to a user's preferences, local time, and location, comprising: collecting a set of user preferences for a user; providing a metadata stream associated with an audiovisual input; comparing elements within the metadata stream with the set of user preferences to form a comparison; and outputting an audiovisual object to the user's video display unit if the comparison indicates that the metadata stream matches one or more elements of the set of user preferences. User preferences may be collected from user habits based on metadata streams associated with the audiovisual input, or may be directly input by the user. The methods above may also be stored on a computer readable medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Victor Carvajal, Jaime Chee, Ling Jun Wong
  • Patent number: 8259793
    Abstract: A system and method for coding moving pictures according to MPEG-4/AVC is described which performs rapid quantization of the transformed residue signal is described. The system and method may employ a number of techniques, which may be considered separately or in combination, including: extreme macroblock (MB) analysis, pre-execution table generation, conditional skipping, and picture level scaling. For example, MBs are detected wherein the quantization scale is adapted prior to quantization processing. The quantization process can be skipped for DCT coefficients which do not meet a threshold criterion. Weighted quantization can be readily performed in response to generating sets of scaled quantization tables in the beginning of encoding each picture, wherein the quantization scale of the DCT coefficients need not be scaled in response to position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ximin Zhang
  • Patent number: 8259208
    Abstract: A camera and method which selectively applies image content adjustments to elements contained in the image material. By way of example, the method involves registration of user touch screen input and determination of the arbitrary extent of a specific element in the captured image material at the location at which touch input was registered. Once selected, the element can be highlighted on the display, and additional user input may be optionally input to control what type of adjustment is to be applied. Then the element within the captured image material is processed to apply automatic, or user-selected, adjustments to the content of said element in relation to the remainder of the captured image. The adjustments to the image element may comprise any conventional forms of image editing, such as saturation, white balance, exposure, sizing, noise reduction, sharpening, blurring, deleting and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Florian Ciurea, Alexander Berestov, Chuen-Chien Lee
  • Patent number: 8254854
    Abstract: Improved power amplifiers and related methods using a pulsed load modulation technique that controls the load modulation characteristics in a digital pulsed fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Yuanxun Wang, Jin-Seong Jeong
  • Patent number: 8249150
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for performing quantization during video compression, such as within an MPEG-2 encoder. Inter-quantization is particularly described, although the teachings may be applied to intra-quantization as well. Computationally intensive portions of the quantization process are split into multiple components in response to differing execution probability. A first component is executed within each quantization iteration, and preferably is performed in parallel, such as using SIMD processing. At least one additional component, such as a second component, is serially processed in response to detecting a condition that does not arise with each loop iteration. One configuration replaces division operations with a combination of multiply and shift operations, while making extended use of table lookup procedures to reduce processing overhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Cheung Auyeung
  • Patent number: 8245779
    Abstract: A centralizer for an instrument such as an in-place inclinometer is described. The centralizer has a clamp with an inner receptacle configured for coupling to the instrument housing, and a plurality of elongate fingers extending from the clamp that center the instrument in the casing. The fingers carry rollers that fit into grooves in the instrument casing. The fingers are arcuate and provide a spring-like contact force that causes the rollers to abut the instrument casing and stabilize the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Geodaq, Inc.
    Inventors: John Lemke, Lars Pedersen