Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John R. Ross
  • Patent number: 8348067
    Abstract: A fingernail color display system. Holding rods having a fingernail color display element are inserted into a display device. The display device has a side section and a top section. The side section provides support for the top section. The top section has holes arranged in rows. Rod support sections are attached to the underside of the top section so that there are rows of the rod support sections. The holding rods are inserted through the holes and are supported by the rod support sections to display the holding rods so that a rearmost row is higher than a frontmost row. In a preferred embodiment the display device is injection molded. Also preferably the top section is tilted with respect to horizontal and the rod support sections are of equal length. Also preferably the rod support sections include an alignment feature for aligning the holding rods so that the color display element is flush with the front edge of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Shahnaz Mir Brown
  • Patent number: 8330959
    Abstract: A robust multichannel SPR instrument with exceptionally high sensitivity (<pg/mm2). The instrument utilizes an SPR detection scheme providing multiple reflections from a planar light guide configuration to amplify the reflected light intensity changes near the resonance angle. This SPR approach is amenable to simultaneous multichannel detection while maintaining high sensitivity with a simple, cost-effective design. The idea of using multiple reflections to excite multiple surface plasmon waves seems counterintuitive at first because the SPR resonance will be broadened; the broadened resonance will diminish sensitivity for angle or wavelength detection modes. However, changes in reflected light intensity near the resonance angle will be amplified by the multiple reflections, thereby increasing the sensitivity of SPR utilizing intensity detection at a fixed angle of incidence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher L. Claypool, Emad S. Zawaideh
  • Patent number: 8330092
    Abstract: Pixel circuits, capable of operating in either “snapshot” or “rolling integration” mode, and compatible with a conformal photodiode coating. Preferred embodiments of the present invention are compatible with these coating materials, as well as others, including amorphous Silicon. The preferred pixel circuits includes additional transistors not provided in prior art pixel circuits to divert leakage current away from integration nodes when not integrating, to reset the integration node, and to buffer and select the integrated voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp
    Inventors: Peter Martin, Paul Johnson, Chris Sexton
  • Patent number: 8319966
    Abstract: Metrology systems and methods that measure thin film thickness and or index of refraction of semiconductor wafers with at least one deposited or grown thin film layer. The present invention measures near normal incidence and grazing angle of incidence reflection (using reflected broadband UV, visible, and near infrared electromagnetic radiation) from a small region on a sample. Embodiments of the system selectively comprise a near-normal incidence spectrometer/ellipsometer, a high angle of incidence spectrometer/ellipsometer, or a combination of the two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Emad Zawaideh, Javier Ruiz
  • Patent number: 8291914
    Abstract: A technique for penal enlargement. The apparent length of the penis is first increased by cutting ligaments that attach the penis to the pubic bone. Then the girth of the penis is increased by making two cuts making two apertures in the penile skin near the base of the penis (proximal) and near the glans of the penis (distal) and inverting the skin from the top side of the penis so that the glans of the penis protrudes through one of the skin aperture (proximal) substantially all of the exposed penis protrudes through this skin aperture, leaving the top half of the penis skinless defining a bare penile region. One or more layers of donated skin graft are attached to the patient's fascia (tunica albuginea) covering the bare region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander Krakovsky
  • Patent number: 8279287
    Abstract: A passive optical crosswind profiling system. The system includes at least one telescope defining two apertures separated at a distance and adapted to collect light along at least two separate paths from a field of view containing a target and at least one high-speed digital camera defining at least one many pixel sensor wherein pixels of said at least one many pixel sensor are identified as separate blocks of pixels. The system further includes an optical system for focusing light collected along said at least two separate paths by said at least one telescope onto said at least one many pixel sensor to produce at least two images of the target scene and a high-speed computer processor programmed to with a special block matching correlation algorithm to correlate image data collected the separate blocks of pixels in order to calculate a crosswind profile along a path between said system and said target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp
    Inventor: Mikhail Belenkii
  • Patent number: 8272338
    Abstract: A safe anchoring device for anchoring a safe to a floor. In addition to anchoring the safe, the safe anchoring device simultaneously provides a watertight and airtight seal for the interior of the safe. A tunnel connects the interior housing to the exterior housing. Insulation is between the interior housing and the exterior housing. A removable top cover covers the tunnel on the inside of the safe at the interior housing. When the anchoring device is used to anchor the safe to the floor, a removable threaded locking bolt extends through the tunnel and is threaded onto a threaded tube section of a bottom cover while the bottom cover is securely attached to the floor. In a preferred embodiment, when the safe is anchored to the floor the watertight and airtight seal is provided by a gasket under the top cover and an O-ring under the bolt head of the threaded locking bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Leslie Ho Leung Chow
  • Patent number: 8221072
    Abstract: An ultra-high power density wind turbine system for producing energy from a wind including a structure having a shape adapted to produce a positive wind pressure on a high-pressure portion of a surface that faces into the wind and to produce a vacuum on two low pressure portions of its surface and one or more shrouded wind turbine systems mounted in the structure and comprising turbine stator vanes, turbine rotor blades and a turbine discharge duct adapted to channel turbine exhaust to exit the structure at the two low-pressure portions of the structure surface. In preferred embodiments the structure is a vertical tower that is generally cylindrical and the turbine is a horizontal axis axial flow shrouded wind turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Davorin D. Kapich
  • Patent number: 8218918
    Abstract: A scalable optical switch especially useful for switching multimode beams carried by optical fibers. Light from an input fiber is focused by a lens which is moved in an x-y direction perpendicular to the beam direction in order to switch the beam from one output fiber to a different fiber. In preferred embodiments the beam can be directed to any one of as many as 90 output fibers. Techniques for scaling the switch to produce N×N switches with N being large are described. Embodiments of the present invention can also be utilized to create more elaborate fiber optical switches such as an N×N switch and a N2×N switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp
    Inventors: Hus Tigli, Matthew Last, Yoshi Taketomi
  • Patent number: 8213014
    Abstract: An apparatus for counting and inspecting medicaments and other small objects whereby the objects are poured into a funnel. From the funnel, the objects fall onto the sharp point of a concentric cone, dispersing the objects on their way outwards causing dispersion and lateral singulation. Objects are vertically singulated when falling from the bottom edge of the cone. Objects are circularly scanned from just below the edge of the cone. A high speed processor resolves the scanned path in sufficiently small segments to determine width, and angular position measurements of the objects. The height measurements are resolved by the number of scans that show the objects in the same location before falling out of view. By calculations based on recurring sequential scans of objects at the same location, a total count can be made as well as sizes and irregularities of the objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Werner Willemse
  • Patent number: 8163238
    Abstract: An automated micro-well plate handling device for removing a micro-well plate from within a vertically stacked plurality of micro-well plates and transferring the removable micro-well plate to a receiving area. A vertical storage device for storing the vertically stacked plurality of micro-well plates creates a vertical clearance space between the vertically stacked micro-well plates. A shovel slides into the vertical clearance space underneath the micro-well plate that is being removed. The shovel then removes the micro-well plate from the vertical storage device and places the micro-well plate at a transfer station. A gripper then grabs the micro-well plate from the transfer station and transfers the micro-well plate to a receiving area. In a preferred embodiment, the automated micro-well plate handling device is controlled via a computer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Let 's Go Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. Ganz, Nicholas P. Pratte, Anthony L. Moore, Chinapong Songchan
  • Patent number: 8098764
    Abstract: Millimeter wave radio with phase modulation. In preferred embodiments each of the two radios in a link uses a single aperture to transmit radiation in one of the two bands, and receive radiation in the other of the bands. The counterpart radio used to form a link preferably is almost identical, except for the interchange of the transmit and receive frequencies. Preferred embodiments utilize a modulation scheme in which the radios each receive on-off keyed data and transmit the on-off keyed data encoded in a millimeter wave carrier wave with binary phase shift keying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Eric Korevaar, Richard Chedester, Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 8090379
    Abstract: A communication system providing wireless communication among wireless users through a number of cellular base stations, each including at least transport management equipment and broadband equipment, at least one of which supports at least remote cellular station including RF equipment for communication with users of cellular devices. The system includes at lease one wireless narrow beam communication link operating at millimeter wave frequencies in excess of 60 GHz connecting a remote cellular station with a cellular base station equipped with broad band conversion electronic equipment and transport management equipment. In preferred embodiment the communication system includes a large number of remote cellular stations with each remote cellular station serving a separate communication cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp
    Inventors: Thomas Lambert, Paul Johnson, Eric Korevaar, Eduardo Tinoco
  • Patent number: 8090411
    Abstract: A lens-based millimeter wave transceiver for use in wireless communication systems operating in the E-band spectrum consistent with the FCC rules regulating the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz bands. The transceiver includes a single lens adapted for transmission of millimeter radiation to form communication beams in one band of either a band of about 71-76 GHz or a band of 81-86 GHz and for collection and focusing of millimeter wave radiation from communication beams in the other of the two bands. It includes a feed horn adapted to broadcast millimeter radiation through said single lens and to collect incoming millimeter wave radiation collected and focused by said single lens. A millimeter wave diplexer separates incoming and outgoing millimeter wave radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp
    Inventors: Eric Korevaar, Eduardo Tinoco, Richard Chedester, Vladimar Kolinko
  • Patent number: 8061789
    Abstract: A storage device. The storage device has at least one pivot arm that is pivotally mounted to a support frame. A storage rod is attached to the pivot arm(s). The pivot arm(s) control the movement of the storage rod between a conveniently accessible lower use position and an upper storage position. In a preferred embodiment the storage device is mounted inside a closet and is used in conjunction with storage drawers that rest on the floor. Also, in a preferred embodiment a linear actuator is connected to the pivot arm and controls the pivoting of the pivot arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Krueger
  • Patent number: 8058598
    Abstract: A system and method for imaging far away fast moving objects such as satellites in low earth orbit. The object to be imaged is illuminated simultaneously with a composite beam comprised of a large number of separate laser beams from a large number of laser sources each from a separate position with each of the separate laser beams shifted in frequency with respect to each other beam so as to produce a large number of beat frequencies in the composite beam. The positions of the laser sources are changed rapidly during an illumination period of a few seconds. Light reflected from the object is collected in a large number of light buckets and information defining the intensity of the collected reflected light as a function of time is stored. The positions and frequencies of each of the laser sources are also recorded and stored as a function of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Dave Sandler, Brett Spivey, Louis Cuellar, Paul Fairchild
  • Patent number: 8038940
    Abstract: An automated machine for transferring solution from a source microwell plate to a destination microwell plate. A plurality of pins is used for transferring the solution. The pins are attached to pin assemblies. The pin assemblies are attached to the circumference of a circular dial that is rotatably connected to the automated machine. The circular dial rotates the pins form a solution removal position to a solution transfer position and then to a pin cleaning position. Solution is removed from individual wells at the solution removal position and the solution is transferred to individual wells at the solution transfer position. The pins are cleaned at the pin cleaning position. A computer is programmed to control the automated machine and the transfer of solution. In a preferred embodiment, the computer is programmed to: 1) execute a saved transfer list, 2) accept a customized input list from an operator, 3) execute the customized input list, and 4) save the customized input list for later execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Lets Go Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian L. Ganz, Nicholas Pratte, Richard Roberts, David Jewell
  • Patent number: 8029553
    Abstract: A process and laser system for in vitro and in vivo pain research, pain clinical testing and pain management. In preferred embodiments of the present invention a diode laser operating at a 980 nm wavelength is used to produce warmth, tickling, itching, touch, burning, hot pain or pin-prick pain. The device and methods can be used for stimulation of a single nerve fiber, groups of nerve fibers, nerve fibers of single type only as well as more the one type of nerve fibers simultaneously. The present invention is especially useful for research of human/animal sensitivity, pain management, drug investigation and testing, and psychophysiology/electrophysiology studies. The device and methods permit non-contact, reproducible and controlled tests that avoid risk of skin damage. Applicant an his fellow workers have shown that tests with human subjects with the process and laser of the present invention correlate perfectly with laboratory tests with nerve fibers of rats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Mikhall Nemenov
  • Patent number: 8025425
    Abstract: An improved beaconless adaptive optics system and process. A target is illuminated with a high energy laser beam of a directed energy laser. Wave front measurements are made of high energy laser beam reflections from the target. These wave front measurements are analyzed by a high speed processor to determine both high frequency phase components and low frequency phase components in the wave front data. (Applicants' experiments have shown that there is a direct correlation between beam spot size on the target and the phase variance of the reflected laser beam. The correlation is: the greater the phase variance the smaller the beam spot size.) Applicants have developed a technique for providing special control algorithms that provide very high speed control of the elements of a deformable mirror using this phase variance as a feedback parameter. Applicants have also developed algorithms to correct a limited number of Zernike modes associated with the wave front control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp
    Inventor: Mikhail Belenkii
  • Patent number: D668154
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Lawrence R. Milne, Gretchen Feldmann