Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Kilpatrick Stockton
  • Patent number: 8313928
    Abstract: An immunogenic reagent which produces an immune response which is protective against Bacillus anthracis, said reagent comprising one or more polypeptides which together represent up to three domains of the full length Protective Antigen (PA) of B. anthracis or variants of these, and at least one of said domains comprises domain 1 or domain 4 of PA or a variant thereof. The polypeptides of the immunogenic reagent as well as full length PA are produced by expression from E. coli. High yields of polypeptide are obtained using this method. Cells, vectors and nucleic acids used in the method are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Secretary of State for Defense
    Inventors: Ethel Diane Williamson, Julie Miller, Nicola Jane Walker, Leslie William James Baillie, Paula Thomson Holden, Helen Claire Flick-Smith, Helen Lisa Bullifent, Richard William Titball, Andrew William Topping
  • Patent number: 8263554
    Abstract: The disclosure provides the use of GLP-1 receptor agonist compounds to treat pancreatitis (e.g., acute, chronic, hemorrhagic, necrotizing) in patients. The disclosure also provides the use of GLP-1 receptor agonist compounds to reduce elevated plasma amylase and/or lipase concentrations in patients. An exemplary GLP-1 receptor agonist compound is exenatide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Krystyna Tatarkiewicz, David G. Parkes, Denis Roy, Bronislava Gedulin
  • Patent number: 7955194
    Abstract: A golf mat includes artificial grass fibers attached to and extending upward from a backing material, which may be one or more layers. The artificial grass fibers include groups of at least two different kinds of fiber sewn through a common path in the backing material. One of the kinds of fibers in each group is shaped so as to appear like a blade of grass. The other kind of fiber in each group is pre-stressed/crimped so that the relaxed shape of the fiber is nonlinear, resembling a curlicued or articulated form having lateral excursions. The lateral excursions cause portions of one such pre-stressed fiber to overlap and interfere with another, forming a mesh. The height of the pre-stressed fibers in their relaxed state in the turf is less than the height of the relatively unstressed artificial grass fiber(s). The crimped fibers form a resilient mat with impact characteristics similar to natural turf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Textile Management Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: George S. Avery
  • Patent number: 7930648
    Abstract: A feature for visibly distinguishing multiple containers within an application being edited in an ADE is described. When the user selects to activate the container expansion, the ADE identifies an active target container in the application and then analyzes a container hierarchy based on the target container. The ADE visually represents the container hierarchy in a graphical overlay superimposed on top of the application. The visual representation includes a container proxy for each of the containers within the hierarchy. The container proxies are drawn in a manner to visibly distinguish each of the proxies to the developer even though the actual containers are not distinguishable in the application. The overlay of container proxies are superimposed onto the application in a design view of the ADE and the developer may make changes to the underlying application by interacting with the overlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Narciso B. Jaramillo
  • Patent number: 7907143
    Abstract: A development application leverages the programmability of shader execution units in the graphics processing subsystem to make graphics processing subsystem state data accessible to applications executed outside the graphics processing subsystem. The development application modifies shaders to include state output instructions adapted to direct a shader execution unit to copy graphics processing subsystem state data to a location in the computer system that is accessible to applications executed outside of the graphics processing subsystem. Following the execution of the state output instructions, the shader execution unit can be halted or can continue executing the shader. The development application can modify the shader to include state restoration instructions adapted to direct the shader execution unit to set state data of the graphics processing subsystem to previous or new values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Alan B. Heirich
  • Patent number: 7901688
    Abstract: Disclosed are RAGE fusion proteins comprising RAGE polypeptide sequences linked to a second, non-RAGE polypeptide. The RAGE fusion protein may utilize a RAGE polypeptide domain comprising a RAGE ligand binding site and an interdomain linker directly linked to an immunoglobulin CH2 domain. Such fusion proteins may provide specific, high affinity binding to RAGE ligands. Also disclosed is the use of the RAGE fusion proteins as therapeutics for RAGE-mediated pathologies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Transtech Pharma, Inc.
    Inventors: Adnan M. M. Mjalli, Ye Edward Tian, Jeffrey C. Webster, Robert Rothlein
  • Patent number: 7895963
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flotation element for vessels, consisting of concrete comprising closed-cell expanded foam beads, such as polypropylene beads, which are coated with a flexible binder, such as polyurethane, whereby the unfilled inter-bead volumes do not exceed approximately 20% of the volume of the floatation element. Preferably, one such floatation element comprises a concrete core as indicated above, a polyurethane coating around the core and a bonding film, such as polyurethane, which is disposed between the core and the coating. The invention is suitable for the construction of vessel floats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Zodiac International
    Inventor: Philippe Roy
  • Patent number: 7891209
    Abstract: In a method of chilling slaughtered poultry or parts thereof, the poultry is conveyed through a chilling room, or at least through a part of said chilling room, and in the process is exposed to a stream of chilling air. During the chilling of the poultry the skin of the poultry is moistened. The skin of the poultry is moistened by spraying it with water in a spray area that is separated from the stream of chilling air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Stork PMT B.V.
    Inventors: Adrianus Josephes van den Nieuwelaar, Andries Moret
  • Patent number: 7893199
    Abstract: A peptide having a sequence which satisfies all of the following requirements (I) to (V) and has an activity of stimulating an immune cell: (I) the number of constituent amino acid residues is 12 to 36; (II) the sequence is amphipathic; (III) the charge of the whole molecule is +2 or more; (IV) when constituent amino acid residues are arranged so as to form an a-helical structure, a side chain of any aromatic amino acid residue is not located between side chains of at least two positively charged amino acid residues on a side where hydrophilic amino acid residues are located; and (V) the sequence contains an amino acid residue which serves as a cleavage point for a mitochondrial processing enzyme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: National University Corporation Gunma University
    Inventors: Hidehito Mukai, Kaori Wakamatsu
  • Patent number: 7894916
    Abstract: A cochlear implant electrode assembly device (10) comprising an elongate electrode carrier member (11), and a shape element (15) formed of a memory material, such as Nitinol. The elongate member (11) is made of a resiliently flexible first material and has a length and a plurality of electrodes (12) mounted thereon adapted to apply a preselected tissue stimulation. The elongate member (11) has a pre-formed curved orientation that at least substantially matches an inside surface of a cochlea, an implantable orientation different to said pre-formed orientation that allows said member to be inserted into an implantee's cochlea, and an at least one intermediate orientation between said implantable orientation and said pre-formed orientation. The shape element (15) is removably positioned within the elongate member (11) and extends along at least a portion of the length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Peter Gibson, Ian Darley, Claudiu Treaba, John Parker, Fysh Dadd
  • Patent number: 7894951
    Abstract: Systems and methods for switching between autonomous and manual operation of a vehicle are described. A mechanical control system can receive manual inputs from a mechanical operation member to operate the vehicle in manual mode. An actuator can receive autonomous control signals generated by a controller. When the actuator is engaged, it operates the vehicle in an autonomous mode, and when disengaged, the vehicle is operated in manual mode. Operating the vehicle in an autonomous mode can include automatically controlling steering, braking, throttle, and transmission. A system may also allow the vehicle to be operated via remote command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignees: Deere & Company, iRobot Corporation
    Inventors: William Robert Norris, James Allard, Mikhail O. Filippov, Robert Dale Haun, Christopher David Glenn Turner, Seth Gilbertson, Andrew Julian Norby
  • Patent number: 7890881
    Abstract: The invention comprises systems and methods for a fold preview. Various embodiments of the present invention provide a fold preview of a web page, including fixed-width and flexible-width web page designs. Other embodiments of the present invention provide a fold preview of any software application interface. In one exemplary embodiment, a method for providing a fold preview comprises calculating a cut-off region for one or more display resolutions, rendering one or more fold indicators, and continuing to display an area of a page falling within the cut-off region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: John Skidgel
  • Patent number: 7889879
    Abstract: An auditory prosthesis (30) comprising a microphone (27) for receiving the sound and producing a microphone signal responding to the received sound, an output device for providing audio signals in a form receivable by a user of the prosthesis (30), a sound processing unit (33) operable to receive the microphone signal and carry out a processing operation on the microphone signal to produce an output signal in a form suitable to operate the output device, wherein the sound processing unit (33) is operable in a first mode in which the processing operation comprises at least one variable processing factor which is adjustable by a user to a setting which causes the output signal of the sound processing unit (33) to be adjusted according to the preference of the user for the characteristics of the current acoustic environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Harvey Dillon, Justin Andrew Zakis, Hugh Joseph McDermott, Gitte Keidser
  • Patent number: 7890919
    Abstract: An application development environment is described that updates one or more component tools offered in the application development environment. The application development environment determines the address of a server site related to the application under edit. After accessing this server site, the application development environment searches for one or more components related to the application being edited. The application development environment downloads and compares the server site components with one or more local components associated with the application. If a difference is detected, and a user authorizes the update, the application development environment revises the local components with the downloaded components and updates the component tools to facilitate presentation of the new components to the developer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Heidi Bauer Williams
  • Patent number: 7882846
    Abstract: An umbrella comprises a vertical support member and a plurality of ribs operatively associated with the vertical support member and extending generally radially outward from a central location. The umbrella further includes a plurality of elongated, laterally flexible members, one of the flexible members being operatively associated with each of the plurality of ribs and extending outward therefrom. A canopy is supported by the plurality of ribs and has a periphery extending beyond the ribs. Receptacles are disposed on the inner surface of the canopy at points proximate the periphery of the canopy and in substantial alignment with a corresponding rib. The outer end of each flexible member engages a corresponding one of the receptacles. The canopy and the flexible members are configured such that the canopy exerts a tension on the flexible member that causes it to flex inward and downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Harbaugh
  • Patent number: 7886226
    Abstract: Methods, systems and program products for providing a first visual region, the first visual region configured to present content determined by a document. A distinct second visual region is provided, the second visual region not defined by the document and configured to present content that is not contained in the document. One or more attributes are identified in the electronic document. Based on the one or more attributes, the presentation of ad content in the second visual region is enabled or disabled. The electronic document is presented in the first visual region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: William H. McCoy, Richard Wright, Peter Sorotokin
  • Patent number: 7881801
    Abstract: An apparatus (30) that can test external components of a cochlear implant system in a manner that does not require the person conducting the test to have advanced knowledge of the operation of the tested component. The apparatus provides a relatively quick and straightforward answer to the question of whether the component is operative or not. The testing apparatus (30) comprises at least one testing station (32,33,34) for receiving the component to be tested and makes an electrical and/or inductive connection thereto. A testing circuit is adapted to apply at least one test to the component and measure the response of the component to that test. The apparatus (30) compares the response of the component to stored data indicative of the response to the test of at least one equivalent component that is known to be operational and outputs a result of said comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Paul M. Carter, David J. Bull
  • Patent number: 7881800
    Abstract: An implantable component (30) of a cochlear implant system comprising a housing for a stimulator unit (31) that is adapted to output one or more stimulation signals and an electrode assembly (30) adapted to apply electrical stimulation in accordance with the output of the stimulator unit (31). On implantation, the housing is positionable such that the electrode assembly (20) extends from the housing at least initially in a downward orientation toward the mastoid cavity before entering the cochlea. An external component (50, 60 or 70) of a cochlear implant system comprising a support for mounting to the ear of an recipient and an external signal transmitter coil (53) wherein the signal transmitter coil (53) is movably mounted to at least a portion of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Christopher Daly, Akira Nakazawa, Peter Single
  • Patent number: 7881446
    Abstract: Inmate communications systems provide a feature-rich platform with a high degree of flexibility and security employing call control facilities located off institutional premises. Authentication processes for calling and called party verification include biometric techniques in some embodiments. Distributed processing of call control and billing provide flexible interactive call payment processes. Preferred embodiments feature voice over IP transmission and control featuring controlled access to avoid addition of unauthorized third-party call participants. Monitoring, recording and selective forwarding of calls is provided under control of system administrators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Confinement Telephony Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Wesley Larry Apple, Timothy Edwin Pabon, John Vincent Townsend, III
  • Patent number: RE42183
    Abstract: An improved interface control advantageously may be operated by one hand. A thumbpiece is slidably disposed within a longitudinal arm member which moves in an arcuate path. Placing his or her thumb in the thumbpiece, a user controls the horizontal positioning of a cursor by moving the arm member along the arcuate path. Vertical positioning of the cursor is controlled by sliding the thumbpiece along the length of the arm member. Trigger functions are implemented by exerting a downward force on the thumbpiece. Since the downward force used to implement the trigger function is orthogonal to motions used to control positioning of the cursor irrespective of the particular positions of the arm member and thumbpiece, the disclosed interface control prevents a user from inadvertently altering the positioning of the cursor during implementation of the trigger function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Craig Culver