Patents Represented by Attorney Joseph E. Funk
  • Patent number: 6981203
    Abstract: A multi-user turbo decoder combining multi-user detection and forward error correction decoding is disclosed in which randomly ordered indices are assigned to interfering users before a decoding tree is constructed in the multi-user decoder for each symbol interval for every iteration and for each new block of data. By building the decoding tree in this manner for each symbol interval, a reduced complexity search is more likely to include paths (and nodes) in the tree containing the correct value for the channel symbols. All users thus share in the benefit of root level placement in the decoding tree. In an alternative embodiment of the invention only one decoding pass is accomplished and there is no re-construction of the decoding tree based on further random index ordering for iterative decoding. No modification to the transmitted signaling method is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Bae Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Diane G. Mills
  • Patent number: 6920709
    Abstract: An article of sports memorabilia having collectable attractiveness attributes is disclosed wherein common and personalized attributes are displayed on an article such as a home plate, tee shirt, glass or picture. The common attributes indicate the name of a stadium or field, a team, and a team player striking or kicking a sport ball such as a baseball, football or soccer ball. The personalized attributes indicate the name and address of a person or entity for whom the article is personalized, and the number of feet between the stadium or field, or home plate or other location on the field, and the address of the person for whom the article is personalized. A logo “From Our Home To Yours” on the article indicates the personalized distance between the field or stadium and the personalized address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Kenneth M. LaMalfa
  • Patent number: 6796539
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a fastening means for attaching containers to the side of balusters of railings of porches, balconies and stairways, and the containers are used to hold plants and to store items. The containers are mounted to the side of the balusters furthest from the porches, balconies and stairways and do not take up any space on the porches, balconies and stairways. Heavier containers have a support lip that rests on the floor of the porches and balconies to support the heavier weight while the fastening means hold the container firmly against the balusters. The fastening means comprises a threaded member that extends from the rear of a container and through the balusters, and a cross bar and knurled knob with nut turn onto the threaded member to pinch the balusters, thereby creating a frictional force that holds the containers to the balusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: Donald Tilton
  • Patent number: 6785040
    Abstract: Wavelength conversion apparatus is described that utilizes a Kerr cell to modulate the polarization of a pump laser beam having a first wavelength before the beam is input to an optical parametric oscillator/amplifier wavelength converter to generate a laser beam having a second wavelength. By modulating the polarization of the pump laser beam using the Kerr cell, the optical wavelength converter can be controlled to switch on and off or otherwise amplitude modulate the second wavelength laser beam output from the converter, and to correspondingly amplitude modulate the first wavelength and all other laser beams being output from the converter. In addition, with the pump laser beam and the second wavelength laser beam always being output from said wavelength converter there is a substantially constant thermal load on said wavelength converter creating substantially constant thermal lensing in the wavelength converter crystal that may be easily compensated using optical means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Bae Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventor: Peter A. Budni
  • Patent number: 6666431
    Abstract: An electrically controlled flow valve is disclosed that is co-located with a manually operated, remote, water supply flow valve to control the flow of water through a hose from the water supply valve to an appliance such as a washing machine. A controller in the appliance controls the new flow valve to control the flow of water to the appliance, and isolates water pressure from the hot and cold water supply lines from the hoses and the washing machine when the appliance is not in use. Any hose leak that may occur when the alliance is not in use is limited to the small amount of water that normally lies in the hoses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Leo McCusker
  • Patent number: 6615505
    Abstract: A template is disclosed for use in measuring and cutting a tinted film for attachment to a mirror to reduce dazzle and glare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Robert E. Pierce
  • Patent number: 6603490
    Abstract: A screen rotation tool for use on Internet web sites is disclosed that rotates the order in multiple screens in a list are sequentially displayed to more equitably display all screens in the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventor: John F. Coombs
  • Patent number: 6497005
    Abstract: An adjustable doorstop is disclosed that mounts on a hinge pin that is inserted into mating hinge leafs. The doorstop has two members that are manually positioned with respect to each other and lock to set how far the door to which they are mounted can open. The doorstop members each have a means that contact only a hinge leaf of a door hinge to prevent a door from opening beyond its manually predetermined point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Inventor: David J Apostoloff
  • Patent number: 6380507
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method are disclosed for generating energy from the essentially complete disassociation of organic matter in a plasma arc furnace operating under pyrolytic conditions. Energy is produced by the disassociation in the form of synthesis gases such as hydrogen and carbon monoxide that can be used to generate electricity, and heat energy from the process and from burning the synthesis gasses are also used to generate electricity. In addition, inorganic matter that is input to the furnace is rendered ecologically and biologically safe and is extracted from the furnace to be re-cycled into new uses such as insulation and road paving material. Organic matter, along with non-organic matter, is pre-processed and sized before being input to the plasma arc furnace. The pre-processed matter is fed into a molten silica bath in the furnace through hollow electrodes that are inserted into the silica bath to create the plasma arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Wayne F. Childs
  • Patent number: 6374303
    Abstract: What is disclosed is an arrangement of field of label augmented, multi-protocol routing of data packets in a network utilizing fixed length labels that are negotiated between adjacent label routing routers in the network. Portions of each routing label may be assigned by both upstream and downstream routers in the network. Routing labels are used in lieu of conventional address headers to route data packets through said network; and by using routing labels the routers have more flexibility in routing data packets through said network and can use network links between routers that normally carry less traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Grenville John Armitage, Eric W. Gray, Zheng Wang
  • Patent number: 6366556
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for providing virtual rings in SONET networks. By using an unused byte in the SONET path overhead, in conjunction with multiframe operation, restoration is performed at the sub-network connection layer or path layer to provide a finer granularity of protection which provides more efficient use of bandwidth. By restoring the operation of the SONET path overhead before exiting a virtual ring created using the present invention, the present virtual ring can be applied to the existing SONET network. Since a virtual ring provides restoration at a path level, a virtual ring can be comprised of various SONET rate interfaces. Further, restoration circuits are not dedicated, but are shared to create virtual rings as needed, which increases bandwidth efficiency and which are automatically and quickly created without the need for a centralized controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: James E. Ballintine, Mark A. Bordogna, Wilhelm Kremer
  • Patent number: 6362909
    Abstract: A system for transmitting data signals across a data transmission line in accord with a specified digital data transport protocol utilizes a powering shelf for powering the line. To that end, the line electrically couples the powering shelf with a signal converter that converts the data signals to optical signals. The signal converter includes a first interface for receiving a first data signal complying with the protocol from the line, and a housing. The powering shelf, which is external to the converter housing, preferably includes a first powering circuit for the first interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Stephan Bedrosian
  • Patent number: 6222847
    Abstract: An apparatus for retrieving data from a first network site for use by a second network site utilizes a template that specifies the location of the data within a response solicited from the first network site. The template is a mark-up document having a similar format to the response and thus, it is not an application program. A marker is included within the template to determine the location of the data within the response. A matching mechanism, which may be used with any template, is utilized to compare the template with the response to determine the exact location of the data within the response. The data may be retrieved when its location within the response is ascertained. Once retrieved, the data may be used by the second network site for display in a format that is specified by the second network site. Accordingly, data is located within the response with a template and not with a scanning application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Ball, Glenn R. Bruns
  • Patent number: 6195804
    Abstract: A pair of golf gloves each having loop and pile interfaces at specific locations that fasten together as a golfer grasps a golf club, and they aid the golfer to properly grasp, hold and maintain a preferred neutral hold on a golf club during back swing and forward swing to achieve a good golf shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas M Fraser
  • Patent number: 6147878
    Abstract: A locking clip is disclosed for use with modular circuit packs that mount in mounting racks, and the insertion and extraction of circuit packs from a mounting rack is facilitated using a lever that is attached to the face plate of each circuit pack. When the novel locking clip is installed in a hole through the lever it is difficult to be seen and can only be removed with tweezers or similar small grasping tool. When in place the locking clip blocks the normal operation of the lever and the circuit pack cannot be removed from the mounting rack. Removal of the locking clip permits the lever to be operated normally to remove a circuit pack from the mounting rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Heselton
  • Patent number: 6121856
    Abstract: A bulk acoustic wave delay line is disclosed having a thin, amorphous metal substrate, and deposited on the first and second surface at each end of which is a very thin layer of a piezoelectric material. Positioned on each piezoelectric material layered area are a plurality of interleaved electrodes with a first portion of each plurality of electrodes being interconnected and a second portion of each plurality of electrodes being interconnected. The electrodes on the first and second surface at one end of said device are energized with electrical signals in a phased or un-phased manner to generate selected modes of pure Lamb waves in said substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: John T. Apostolos
  • Patent number: 6112753
    Abstract: A dental floss having spaced, spherical protruberances along its length that improve the ability to remove unwanted material trapped between teeth, and improve the ability of a user to hold and use the floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Peter Arsenault
  • Patent number: 6098338
    Abstract: A planter is disclosed which looks like a half barrel that may be placed over low things such as tree stumps, or may be wrapped around tall things such as trees and poles. Containers that are part of the planter are placed in the top of the open planter over low things, or between the planter wall and the tree or pole, and are supported therein by a retainer device. Real or plastic plants and flowers may be placed in the containers for aesthetic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Donald D. Tilton
  • Patent number: 6088133
    Abstract: Optics for a document scanner arc disclosed which permit information on a document to be optically reorganized so they may be input as a single image to the lens of a single charge coupled device camera without the need for moving optics or moving document arrangements to sequentially image portions of the document to the input lens of the camera. The optics are mirrors in a fixed, stationary arrangement with respect to each other, between the camera lens and a document to be read. All the information to be read on the document is reflected between the mirrors and is thereby transposed physically before being input to the lens of the camera as a single image. After the single image input to the camera is scanned and stored the image portions are re-transposed using a computer and software utilizing a transposition algorithm to re-create the information on the document in their proper order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Imaging Automation Inc.
    Inventors: James Thomas Francis, Howard Prescott Denton
  • Patent number: 5980384
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus and method are disclosed in which there is a primary game and a secondary game that are dynamically linked, and the primary game can be won independently of the secondary game. The primary game may be won on each play of the game, and the secondary game may be won over a plurality of plays of the primary game. Primary game symbols appearing during plays of the primary game may cause: (i) movement of primary game symbols to secondary game display positions; (ii) primary game symbols directing play options of secondary game symbols; (iii) changing the options open to the player in his or her attempt to win the secondary game; (iv) symbols in the primary game being used as soft buttons to affect movement of game symbols from the primary game to the secondary game, and between symbol display positions in the secondary game; and (v) secondary game symbols persisting to subsequent plays of the primary game to help the player to win at the secondary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Robert P. Barrie