Patents Represented by Attorney Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
  • Patent number: 7861644
    Abstract: The present invention provides a beverage maker having an in-line heating assembly for heating water to make hot beverages such as coffee and tea. The heating assembly defines a flow path that runs past a plurality of heaters for heating water to a desired temperature. In this manner, the beverage maker heats water as it travels, alleviating the need for a water tank or vessel, resulting in increased savings in weight and size, as well as reducing brew time. Additionally, an optical sensor assembly is provided to detect when a serving container of the beverage maker has a prescribed capacity of liquid within it. The sensor assembly includes at least one light source aligned to shine into the container and at least one detector aligned to detect light reflected off the liquid surface within the container. A drainage assembly is also provided that can drain liquid through either a connector port into an airplane's wastewater system or through a drainage port into a drainage sump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Ghassemlou, Victor Eisa, Amrik S. Sidhu
  • Patent number: 7863832
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems, equipment and methods that provide emergency lighting and allow the detection of brownout conditions. One aspect of the present invention is an emergency lighting system with an input voltage interface for receiving an input voltage, a brownout detection component for detecting a brownout condition on the input voltage and generating a brownout signal, a switch mode power converter for altering the input voltage; and an emergency lighting control and battery charging component for controlling the charging of a battery pack and receiving the brownout signal. Another aspect of the invention is a method of providing emergency lighting performed by receiving an input voltage; automatically establishing a brownout threshold relative to the input voltage; and detecting a brownout condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: John Evan Lane, Don Zulim
  • Patent number: 7862865
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention can provide a protective fabric includes a plurality of inherently flame resistant fibers, and at least one ultraviolet-resistant additive incorporated into the inherently flame resistant fibers through a dye process using a carrier, wherein the ultraviolet-resistant additive significantly increases at least one of the strength retention and the colorfastness of the fabric when exposed to ultraviolet radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Southern Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Rembert Joseph Truesdale, III, Phillip H. Riggins
  • Patent number: 7861408
    Abstract: A cooling surface for cooling an electronic component, the surface having two sets of fins, each set of fins defining a set of channels, and a number of passageways connecting the sets of channels. The cooling surface can be attached to an electronic component, such as a chip, and refrigerant supplied to at least one of the sets of channels. When the temperature of the electronic component rises, the heat is transferred to the refrigerant in the cooling surface, at least some of which vaporizes to carry heat away from, and facilitate cooling of, the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Wolverine Tube, Inc.
    Inventor: Petur Thors
  • Patent number: 7864164
    Abstract: A method for interfacing a user with a computer running an application program, the computer generating a graphical environment comprising a graphical object and a graphical representation of at least a portion of a living body, comprises providing an object in communication with the computer, controlling the graphical object in relation to manipulation of at least a portion of the object by the user, and outputting a haptic sensation to the user when the graphical object interacts with a region within the graphical representation to provide the user with haptic feedback related to a simulated palpation of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. Cunningham, Robert F. Cohen, Russell H. Dumas, Gregory L. Merril, Philip G. Feldman, Joseph L. Tasto
  • Patent number: 7860572
    Abstract: In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, a cable for communicably connecting a first component and a second component of a cochlear implant system is disclosed. The cable comprises: a first conductor for conducting at least one analog-domain signal; a second conductor for conducting at least one digital-domain signal; and at least one ground conductor electrically coupled to the first and second conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Ibrahim Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 7860573
    Abstract: A medical stimulation device such as a cochlear implant configured to provide stimulation of one or more spatially-restricted contiguous portion(s) of the spiral array of auditory nerve fibers in the cochlear (“discrete stimulation regions”). Each discrete stimulation region is defined by the constructive and/or destructive interference of stimulating and limiting signals simultaneously applied to electrode channels of an implanted electrode array, the stimulating and limiting signals being determined based upon transimpedance measurements of intracochlear electrode channels of the implanted electrode array representing specific spread functions of an individual recipient. The stimulating signal is preferably applied through a targeted electrode channel; that is, one or more successive electrodes which is/are adjacent to the discrete stimulation region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Christopher van den Honert
  • Patent number: 7856986
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a transcutaneous transfer system is disclosed. The system comprises: an inductively-coupled coil system comprising an external and an internal coil adapted to be transcutaneously juxtaposed along a coupling axis; an internal magnet fixed relative to the internal coil; an external magnet assembly coupled to the external coil; and an apparatus to securely retain the magnet assembly in a desired one of a plurality of positions along a longitudinal axis substantially parallel to the coupling axis in response to tool-less manipulation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Derek Ian Darley
  • Patent number: 7859551
    Abstract: A method for generating a personalized presentation, comprising providing an Internet browser user interface for selecting an image and a surrounding context; receiving the selected image and surrounding context by an Internet web server; accounting for the user activity in a financial accounting system; and delivering the selected image and surrounding context to the user. The surrounding context may comprise a physical frame for a picture, with a printed version of the selected image framed therein. The accounting step may provide consideration to a rights holder of the selected image, or provide for receipt of consideration from a commercial advertiser. A plurality of images may be selected, wherein the context defines a sequence of display of the plurality of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventors: Richard L. Bulman, Brad Dahl, Steve Gravitz
  • Patent number: 7860786
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for a predictive score for lending. A method includes receiving an employee's health insurance plan design information and general health and wellness data, weighting selected ones of the employee's health insurance plan design information and general health and wellness data, and generating a credit risk indicator from the weighted selected ones of the employee's health insurance plan design information and general health and wellness data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Canopy Acquisition, LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy J. Blackburn, Vikram A. Kashyap, Anthony T. Banas
  • Patent number: 7859666
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric field sensor including: a light source (1); an electro optic crystal (7) which is applied with an electric field based on a signal under test, in which a birefringent index changes according to the electric field, and which changes a polarization state of light incident from the light source according to the birefringent index and emits the light; and a detector (9, 17, 19, 21) that detects an electric signal according to the change of the polarization state of the light emitted from the electro optic crystal (7). Further, the electric field sensor includes: a signal electrode (11) for applying the electric field based on the signal under test to the electro optic crystal (7); a counter electrode (12) that forms a pair with the signal electrode (11); and an auxiliary electrode (61) that is electrically connected to the counter electrode (12), and that forms a capacitance with ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Aiichirou Sasaki, Mitsuru Shinagawa, Nobutarou Shibata, Tadashi Minotani, Kazuo Fujiura, Masahiro Sasaura, Seiji Toyoda
  • Patent number: 7856055
    Abstract: A process and methods of digital enhancement of motion pictures and other moving image sequences for the purpose of being exhibited in an alternative display format including a large format cinema are disclosed. The invention efficiently enhances image resolution and quality through a temporal filtering process and achieves high performance using automated or interactive statistical quality evaluation methods. A system specially designed for efficient temporal computing with a parallel and distributed computing configuration equipped with a variety of optimization schemes is also disclosed. The performance of the process and the system is optimized through an intelligent controller and is scalable to support any throughput requirements demanded for concurrent motion picture releases in the original format as well as in any alternative format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Imax Corporation
    Inventors: Samuel Zhou, Ping Ye, Paul Judkins
  • Patent number: 7856320
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems for applying independent component analysis (ICA) and other advanced signal processing techniques to automatically identify an optimal number of independent gene clusters and to efficiently separate gene expression data into biologically relevant groups. Embodiments of the methods and systems of the present invention provide an interface that allows the user to review the results at various stages during the analysis, thereby optimizing the type of analysis performed for a specific experiment. Also disclosed are methods and systems to mathematically define the relationship for gene expression within a group of interrelated genes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Inventor: Kayvan Najarian
  • Patent number: 7854017
    Abstract: A thermally protective fabric includes a composition of inherently flame resistant fibers, and interstices having insulating pockets of air, wherein at least some of the air is incorporated into the interstices through a mechanical working process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Southern Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Andrew Laton
  • Patent number: 7856620
    Abstract: A method for creating an application comprises receiving input specifying a plurality of elements of a software application, said elements including interactions between a user and said software application, generating a dialog that includes a listing of said user interactions from said plurality of elements and is adapted to receive user input to edit one or more of said user interactions, and generating said software application based at least partly upon said received input and said user input to edit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Silke Fleischer, Magnus Nirell
  • Patent number: 7845028
    Abstract: Vacuum sewer system comprising a source of sewage (101), sewer piping (102), a discharge valve (103) between the source of sewage and the sewer piping, means (104) for generating partial vacuum in the sewer piping, and a control means for controlling the operation of the discharge valve. The control means comprises a control mechanism (105) with a body part defining a series of chambers including a first end chamber and a second end chamber, wherein the first end chambers is provided with an activating means (106). The body part (12) is provided with a first port (8) for communication with a source of vacuum (102), a second port (9) for communication with the discharge valve (103) and a third port (10) for communication with an aeration means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Evac International Oy
    Inventor: Gunnar Lindroos
  • Patent number: 7845103
    Abstract: There is provided an illuminated sign mounting system and methods for mounting an illuminated sign to a mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Acuity Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Logan, Paul Pickard, Mark Wedell
  • Patent number: 7845829
    Abstract: An enclosure for an LED circuit board is manufactured from a flame resistant material and includes LED apertures through which LEDs mounted on an LED circuit board may pass. The enclosure is designed to be positioned on the LED circuit board so that, when so positioned, the LEDs extend at least partially through the LED apertures in the enclosure. When the enclosure is positioned on the board, portions of its lower surface contact the upper surface of the board. Various fixation/retention methods may be used to retain the enclosure in position relative to the circuit board. It is preferable that such methods allow for the separation of the enclosure from the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Shaner
  • Patent number: 7842271
    Abstract: Carbon nanostructures are mass produced from graphite. In particularly preferred aspects, graphene is thermo-chemically derived from graphite and used in numerous compositions. In further preferred aspects, the graphene is re-shaped to form other nanostructures, including nanofractals, optionally branched open-ended SWNT, nanoloops, and nanoonions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Viktor I. Petrik
  • Patent number: D629716
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Yuko Fujita