Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jones & Askew, LLP
  • Patent number: 6317714
    Abstract: A communications system that provides bandwidth efficient, bi-directional communications over a single communications channel, allowing a master device to control the operation of remote devices. A computer system continuously provides an audio/video presentation on a speaker and display device. During a first time period, the computer system also provides control and speech data, relevant to the presentation, to a link master controller. The link master controller encodes the control and speech data to reduce bandwidth requirements, and then transmits the encoded data to a remote device. The remote device receives and decodes the encoded data, places the data into a data buffer, and uses the data to control at least one motion servo motor and/or provide data to a speech synthesizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Leonardo Del Castillo, Damon Vincent Danieli, Scott Randell, Craig S. Ranta, Harjit Singh
  • Patent number: 6294698
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to new, energy-efficient photoinitiators in the form of organic sulfur-containing compounds. The present invention is also directed to a method of generating reactive species which includes exposing one or more photoinitiators to radiation to form one or more reactive species. Also described are methods of polymerizing unsaturated monomers, methods of curing an unsaturated oligomer/monomer mixture, and methods of laminating using the photoinitiators of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald S. Nohr, J. Gavin MacDonald
  • Patent number: 6290454
    Abstract: An apparatus for gripping parcels which includes a pair of cooperating side clamps connected by a scissors actuator, configured for movement with a suction holding device. A controller and a trigger switch are likewise used to facilitate accurate gripping of parcels thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America Inc.
    Inventors: Pao-Ter Huang, Christopher Chunsheng Cai, Joseph P. Snyder, Jr., John H. Lecko, Jaroslav Janik, Rajan Chandrakant Penkar, Peter Douglas Jackson
  • Patent number: 6288726
    Abstract: Rendering glyphs using a layout services library. A layout services library provides a set of text-processing functions for use by a client program. The text-processing functions access font information stored in the font tables insulating the client program from the details of the font table formats. The layout services library may be used to identify glyph variants and to position glyphs along a base line for a run of text. To identify glyph variants, the layout services library scans the run of text to identify the locations of characters having alternative glyph forms. The layout services library creates a list of feature parameter structures, each of which contains a count of the number of glyph alternates that apply for each identified character. The client program assembles a list of identical characters which have different parameters and presents a list of all glyph variants to the user who chooses one of the alternatives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Dean D. Ballard
  • Patent number: 6262776
    Abstract: A system for playing video data ahead of corresponding audio data in order to help maintain synchronization between the audio data and the video data. Two software objects or filters are used to process the video data. An initial start time of the video data is determined and, if possible, the frame of video data is decoded or else it is selectively dropped in order to help maintain synchronization. An adaptive offset time is applied to the initial start time of a decoded frame of video data in order to produce an adjusted start time for the decoded frame. The offset time can be adapted to include a refresh offset related to sweep delays in computer monitors, a target offset which helps to build in a play-ahead margin for future late frames, and an earliness offset which is diminishing over time to help smooth transitions due to changing apparent video processing power. Additionally, the playing of video data can be slowed down in response to a low condition of the audio buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Laurence Kelvin Griffits
  • Patent number: 6254524
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for treating confined material such as buried waste or areas of contaminated earth by injecting a plurality of high velocity jets of treating fluid into the material over a limited depth in multiple directions from each of a plurality of injection holes. The high velocity jets remain stationary, but the arrangement of the jets emanating from an injection hole in multiple directions produces a result similar to a rotating jet but with increased penetrating force. The jets are operated sequentially over the limited depth of each injection hole to treat a layer of the material and are then moved and again operated sequentially over another limited depth of each injection hole to provide treatment of the material by layers. This allows effective treatment of material surrounding each injection hole without substantial interference from treating fluid flowing through the material from a previously treated hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph L. Kauschinger
  • Patent number: 6253235
    Abstract: A system and method for the transmission of signals from a device to a communications network connection card. In particular, a return path is provided for the transmission of signals from a device to an interface where the signals are converted into a format acceptable for transmission to a communications network connection card. The signals are then transmitted to the card and/or may be transmitted to an optical network unit, thereby establishing a connection from the device to systems that employ optical networks. An embodiment also provides a transport system for the delivery of video signals to a device, for the return of analog signals from the device, and for the transmission of digital signals to a signal destination. This embodiment includes a broadband communications module that receives video signals from a signal source and delivers the video signals to the device. The module also receives analog signals from the device and transmits the analog signals to an interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: BellSouth Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Lee Estes
  • Patent number: 6248063
    Abstract: The simultaneous multi access reasoning technology system of the present invention utilizes both existing knowledge and implicit information that can be numerically extracted from training data to provide a method and apparatus for diagnosing disease and treating a patient. This technology further comprises a system for receiving patient data from another location, analyzing the data in a trained neural network, producing a diagnostic value, and optionally transmitting the diagnostic value to another location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Horus Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Barnhill, Zhen Zhang
  • Patent number: 6244826
    Abstract: A method for conducting suction and compression operation on a gaseous medium of thermodynamic process in the closed chamber of a closed chamber gas equipment said suction operation intended to bring the gaseous medium in to the closed chamber and said compression operation intended to compress the gaseous medium retained within the closed chamber; The gaseous medium is exposed to have direct contact with a gas which is dissimilar in composition to that of said gaseous medium and which is moving away from and towards the gaseous medium with the aid of a gas discharge means performing respectively the suction and compression operation and thereby acting as a gaseous piston. The gaseous piston may do only one of the two operations namely suction or compression. The gas discharge means may comprise a venturi means connected to the closed chamber or a gas reservoir connected to the closed chamber or both. The admittance of gaseous piston in to and out of the closed chamber may be through valve or port means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: T. R. Sarathi
  • Patent number: 6244612
    Abstract: The present invention reveals a device that enables an instructor to stabilize a moving single or double wheel cycle and rider as the instructor assists the new rider to safely develop the balancing and steering skills necessary to control the cycle independently. To accomplish its purpose, the device comprises: a pivotal connector mounted to the cycle; a handle that provides a gripping location for the instructor; and an extension which joins the connector to the handle. The pivotally mounted connector permits the handle to be swung laterally in an arc from a position of minimal control behind the rider, to an position of maximum control immediately adjacent to the rider. The amount of leverage and control the instructor desires to exert over the moving cycle and rider is determined by where in relation to the rider the instructor chooses to position the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Alexander Blake Henderson
  • Patent number: 6242178
    Abstract: The nucleic acid sequence encoding the internal transcribed spacer 2 region of Candida, the organism causing candidiasis, for various Candida species. Nucleic acid molecules useful as probes for detecting Candida species are described. The nucleic acid molecules are useful in methods for the detection and diagnosis of Candida infection in a sample or subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Inventors: Timothy J. Lott, Cheryl M. Elie, Christine J. Morrison, Errol Reiss
  • Patent number: 6243721
    Abstract: A system for providing automatic capabilities in creating a computer form containing control items. Upon selecting a control item to place on a computer form, preferred coordinates to position the control item is automatically determined. Next, the size of the new control item is automatically selected based on properties of the new control item and the size and location of surrounding control items. The new control item, and any intersecting control items, are then automatically adjusted to accommodate the new control item at the preferred coordinates. The adjustments include: (1) setting the width and height of the new control item; (2) identifying the space available to above and to the right of the preferred coordinates; and if the width or height of the new control item exceeds the space available, (3) adjusting the other control items to obtain additional space for the new control item. Alignment properties for the new control item are also automatically determined and assigned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Duane, Brian W. MacDonald, Suryanarayanan Raman, Scott A. Thurlow
  • Patent number: 6235756
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a group of compounds that effectively inhibit angiogenesis. More specifically, thalidomide and various related compounds such as thalidomide precursors, analogs, metabolites and hydrolysis products have been shown to inhibit angiogenesis. Importantly, these compounds can be administered orally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: The Children's Medical Center Corporation
    Inventor: Robert D'Amato
  • Patent number: 6193061
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an indexed storage cradle system for compact discs comprising a series of storage cradles rotatably mounted in parallel in a housing. Each cradle consists of a base having generally parallel vertically upstanding side walls, a rear wall and a vertical upstanding front wall. One of said side walls is higher than the other to act as a guide when inserting the disc into the slot formed between the two side walls. Means are provided on each of said side walls to keep the disc centered when fully inserted into the cradle. The top of the front wall of each cradle is provided with a cutout portion and a tab is provided either on the bottom or the top of said cutout to facilitate pulling down the cradle and the location of the tab alternates on adjacent cradles to minimize the chance of inadvertently pulling down the adjacent cradle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Diskjocki
    Inventors: Gene Lew, Philip Dewhurst
  • Patent number: 6184030
    Abstract: This invention relates to biologically-active polymers that are useful for analyte detection and isolation and delivery of substances. The biologically-active polymers are capable of specifically and reversibly binding to analytes, including molecules and cells. The biologically-active polymers are also capable of releasing substances upon electrical stimulation. The present invention provides compositions comprising biologically-active polymer membranes and methods for making these biologically-active polymer membranes that may be specifically designed to selectively bind cells and specific cell types, to affect cell growth characteristics, and to modulate cellular differentiation. These biologically-active polymer membranes may be controlled electrically to induce controlled cellular differentiation and modulate the cell growth cycle. These biologically-active polymers have many applications in biological and chemical fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventors: Mohammad W. Katoot, Karen Robbyn Goodan Katoot, administrator, Ali Maroof Katoot, administrator, Ahmed Maroof Katoot, administrator
  • Patent number: 6180288
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an optically diffracting sensing device whose diffraction pattern changes upon exposure to some stimuli. The diffraction pattern may be two or three dimensional, and in one embodiment the change in diffraction patterns is recognizable to the untrained eye. The device comprises one or more gels coated onto patterned, self-assembling monolayers of alkanethiolates, carboxylic acids, hydroxamic acids, and phosphonic acids printed onto a variety of substrates, including glass, silicon, aluminum oxide, and thermoplastic films metallized with gold, or with an alloy such as nickel/gold. The present invention also comprises the method of making this device, and the use of this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis S. Everhart, Rosann M. Kaylor, Mark L. Jones
  • Patent number: 6174494
    Abstract: A solid object having controlled frangibility, such as a bullet or a container for explosives, is made by combining two different metals in proportions calculated to achieve a desired density, without using lead. A wetting material is deposited on the base constituent which is made of a relative dense, hard material. The wetting material enhances the wettability of the base constituent with the binder constituent, which is lighter and softer than the base constituent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Lowden, Thomas M. McCoig, Joseph B. Dooley, Cyrus M. Smith
  • Patent number: 6172177
    Abstract: Modifyied poly(ethylene oxide) compositions are disclosed. The poly(ethylene oxide) compositions have improved melt processability and properties and can be used to thermally process articles which have improved properties over articles similarly processed from unmodified poly(ethylene oxide) compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: James Hongxue Wang, David Michael Schertz, Dave Allen Soerens
  • Patent number: D437057
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Lifestream Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Thomas Maus, Jackson Briggs Connolly
  • Patent number: RE37126
    Abstract: A multilevel cascade voltage source inverter having separate DC sources is described herein. This inverter is applicable to high voltage, high power applications such as flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS) including static VAR generation (SVG), power line conditioning, series compensation, phase shifting and voltage balancing and fuel cell and photovoltaic utility interface systems. The M-level inverter consists of at least one phase wherein each phase has a plurality of full bridge inverters equipped with an independent DC source. This inverter develops a near sinusoidal approximation voltage waveform with only one switching per cycle as the number of levels, M, is increased. The inverter may have either single-phase or multi-phase embodiments connected in either wye or delta configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Fang Zheng Peng, Jih-Sheng Lai