Patents Represented by Attorney Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Patent number: 8349156
    Abstract: Disclosed invention uses a coaxial microwave antenna to enhance ionization in PVD or IPVD. The coaxial microwave antenna increases plasma density homogeneously adjacent to a sputtering cathode or target that is subjected to a power supply. The coaxial microwave source generates electromagnetic waves in a transverse electromagnetic (TEM) mode. The invention also uses a magnetron proximate the sputtering cathode or target to further enhance the sputtering. Furthermore, for high utilization of expensive target materials, a target can rotate to improve the utilization efficiency. The target comprises dielectric materials, metals, or semiconductors. The target also has a cross section being substantially symmetric about a central axis that the target rotates around. The target may have a substantially circular or annular a cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Stowell, Richard Newcomb
  • Patent number: 8351748
    Abstract: An apparatus for patterning objects for the manufacture of semiconductor integrated circuits includes an optical source, multiple fiber cores coupled to the optical source, each of the fiber cores has an input end and an output end, and each of the input ends is coupled to the optical source. The apparatus further includes an array coupled to each of the fiber cores, the array is configured to allow each of the fiber ends to output toward a common plane, an object having a photosensitive material coupled to the common plane, and a pattern that is exposed onto the photosensitive material. The pattern is composed of a number beams corresponding to a number of fiber cores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corporation
    Inventors: Tzu Yin Chiu, Jesse Huang, Simon Tarng
  • Patent number: 8351686
    Abstract: An apparatus for determining an azimuth of a target point is provided. The apparatus includes a support structure and an imaging device coupled to the support structure and configured to provide image data. The apparatus also includes a position measuring device coupled to the support structure and configured to determine position information and a processor in electrical communication with the imaging device and the position measuring device. The processor is configured to receive the image data from the imaging device, receive the position information from the position measuring device, determine a baseline between a first position and a second position, determine an orientation between overlapping images, and compute the azimuth of the target point relative to the baseline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Trimble Navigation Limited
    Inventor: Christian Graesser
  • Patent number: 8352368
    Abstract: A method and system for making a payment is disclosed. In the method, a Payor can specify an account from which to withdraw funds for the payment and specify an activation code necessary to activate the payment. The payment can be sent to a Payee in the form of a pre-paid transaction account. The account will not be activated unless the Payee provides the activation code. Funds can be withdrawn from the account specified by the Payor either in full at the time the payment is made or are withdrawn as the Payee uses the transaction account to access the funds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Visa International Service Association
    Inventors: Mark Carlson, Surendra Keshan
  • Patent number: 8347800
    Abstract: Methods of tufting a pattern in a backing material using a plurality of different yarns A, B, . . . n that are threaded in the needles of a needle bar in a non-repeating sequence or pattern of yarn sets across the width of the needle bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Interface, Inc.
    Inventors: Carson Rebecca Machell-Archer, Charles Chris Chapman
  • Patent number: 8348415
    Abstract: A recording paper transportation path structure suppresses sagging of the recording paper fed from the nipping part of a pair of rollers to the platen surface of a vacuum platen, and can prevent a drop in paper feed precision. In a roll paper printer 1, the recording paper fed through the nipping part 52 of a paper feed roller 22 and a paper pressure roller 23 is fed along the contact plane P2 of the outside surface of the rollers 22 and 23 toward the platen surface 8a of the vacuum platen 8 at a slightly lower position. An inclined surface part 12b that slopes along the contact plane P2, an up-lifting surface part 12c that slopes down, and a protruding surface part 12d are formed contiguously to the upstream side at the upstream end part 8b of the platen surface 8a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Nagata
  • Patent number: 8350356
    Abstract: An anti-fuse apparatus includes a substrate of a first conductivity type and a well region of a second conductivity type formed in the substrate. A junction between the well region and the substrate is characterized by a breakdown voltage higher than a predetermined voltage. The apparatus includes a contact region of the second conductivity type within the well region. The apparatus also includes a channel region and a drain region within the substrate. A gate dielectric layer overlies the channel region and the contact region. A first polysilicon gate, the drain region, and the well region are associated with an MOS transistor. The apparatus also includes a second polysilicon gate overlying the gate dielectric layer which overlies the contact region. The contact region is configured to receive a first supply voltage and the second polysilicon gate is configured to receive a second supply voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Xu
  • Patent number: 8352358
    Abstract: A method for assigning a value to a debt is disclosed. The method includes entering, into a digital computer, bankruptcy data associated with a bankruptcy proceeding after a debtor has filed for bankruptcy. The bankruptcy data may include priority claim data associated with priority claims, non-precedence claim data associated with non-precedence claims, and bankruptcy plan data. After the bankruptcy data are obtained, the digital computer determines a present value associated with at least one non-precedence claim in the non-precedence claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Melyssa Barrett, E. Christopher Lundquist
  • Patent number: 8351478
    Abstract: An optical device having a structured active region configured for one or more selected wavelengths of light emissions and formed on an off-cut m-plane gallium and nitrogen containing substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Soraa, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Raring, Nick Pfister, Mathew Schmidt, Christiane Poblenz
  • Patent number: 8351822
    Abstract: One end of the cover unit of a printer is supported freely rotatably on the device case, and a rotating shaft is disposed with both ends supported freely rotatably on the distal end. A right pressure lever and an operating lever are supported on the right end of the rotating shaft, and a left pressure lever is supported on the left end. When the operating lever rotates, the right and left pressure lever rotate in the same direction through an intervening rotation transfer member extending widthwise to the device. When the operating lever rotates when the cover is closed, the left pressure lever contacts the device case before the right pressure lever . The right and left pressure lever are set so that their rotational positions are the same when the cover starts to rise due to deformation of the rotation transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiko Yamada
  • Patent number: 8352443
    Abstract: Digital production assets and their attributes are stored directly in a scene description database, without any association with a specific enclosing asset data file. Software applications perform database queries to retrieve assets and attributes from the database. Changes to assets or new assets are stored in the database. Query results may be cached to improve performance. Heterogeneous opinion sets including sparse opinions of attribute values may be used to specify scene description data. The database stores heterogeneous opinion set data in association with attribute values. Database-aware applications may change the scene description data in the database without loading, parsing, and instantiating scene description data. An application generates database queries and instantiates scene description data from query results for access and manipulation by other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Pixar
    Inventors: William A. Polson, Timothy S. Milliron, Brad Andalman
  • Patent number: 8352913
    Abstract: A component name manager operates within an integrated development environment to assist developers in creating dynamic websites and Internet applications. The component name manager identifies an input field displayed on a graphical user interface of an object-oriented software development environment. The input field uses a fully-qualified name of a software component for accessing to access instructions and data associated with the software component and located at an application server. In response to receiving an input associated with the input field, the component name manager displays a list of qualified names of software components available for use in the object-oriented software development environment. Each of the qualified names identifies a path for accessing a corresponding software component. The component name manager can resolve fully qualified names by accessing one or more of an application file, an administrator interface, project level mappings, and global level preference mappings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Kiran Sakhare, Bhakti Pingale
  • Patent number: 8349172
    Abstract: A filter and pump unit is proposed for the filtering out of particles from a fluid, there being a filter housing (2) which bounds a filter space (3) and has an inlet (21) and also an outlet (22) for the fluid to be filtered as well as a filter element (4) provided in the filter space (3), the filter element demarcating an inlet region (31) from an outlet region (32) of the filter space (3), with the inlet region (31) communicating with the inlet (21) and the outlet region (32) communicating with the outlet (22), there also being an impeller (5) which, as part of a rotary pump, can pump the fluid from the inlet region (31) through the filter element (4) into the outlet region (32), characterized in that a flow connection (6) is provided between the outlet region (32) and the impeller (5) so that at least a part of the fluid can flow back from the outlet region (32) to the impeller (5). Furthermore, a method for the filtering out of the particles from a fluid is proposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Levitronix Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Reto Schoeb
  • Patent number: 8352517
    Abstract: Techniques for managing memory usage in a processing system are provided. This may be achieved by receiving a data stream including multiple tuples and determining a query plan that was generated for a continuous query applied to the multiple tuples in the data stream. The query plan may include one or more operators. Before scheduling an operator in the query plan, it is determined when an eviction is to be performed based a level of free memory of the processing system. An eviction candidate is determined and a page associated with the eviction candidate is evicted from the memory to a persistent storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Hoyong Park, Namit Jain, Anand Srinivasan, Shailendra Mishra
  • Patent number: 8350393
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to assembly techniques. According to the present invention, the alignment and probing techniques to improve the accuracy of component placement in assembly are described. More particularly, the invention includes methods and structures to detect and improve the component placement accuracy on a target platform by incorporating alignment marks on component and reference marks on target platform under various probing techniques. A set of sensors grouped in any array to form a multiple-sensor probe can detect the deviation of displaced components in assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Wintec Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kong-Chen Chen
  • Patent number: 8348377
    Abstract: A storage device electrically connected to a host circuit includes a data receiving unit, determination unit, and a data transmitting unit. The data receiving unit receives data including first data which are to be written in a memory array and second data which are generated based on the first data from the host circuit. The determination unit determines consistency between the first data and the second data. The data transmitting unit transmits a result of the determination to the host circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Noboru Asauchi
  • Patent number: 8351737
    Abstract: Provided is an image processing apparatus for performing a correction process with respect to object image data, the image processing apparatus including: a first determining unit that determines whether facial image data including a face of a person, which is extracted from the object image data, is attached to relevant object image data; a second determining unit that determines whether reduction image data of the object image data is attached to the relevant object image data; a selecting unit that selects the facial image data or the reduction image data as selection image data; a correction parameter setting unit that extracts a feature amount from the selection image data and sets a correction parameter for image correction based on the feature amount; and a correction processing unit that corrects the object image data based on the correction parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kosuke Shingai
  • Patent number: 8352458
    Abstract: Techniques for transforming records prior to loading the records into a data warehouse in an efficient manner. In one embodiment, instead of using lookup transformations, a database operation such as an outer join operation is used to transform records stored in a fact staging table to add foreign keys to the records corresponding to the dimension tables that are associated with a fact table in a data warehouse to which the records are to be loaded. Since the outer join operation is memory intensive, a determination is made as to which dimension tables from the multiple dimension tables associated with the fact table are suitable, from a performance perspective, for the outer join operation. Only those suitable dimension tables are outer joined to the fact staging table to add the foreign keys for the outer joined dimension tables to the fact staging table records. Lookup transformations may be used to add foreign keys to the fact staging table records for the non-suitable dimension tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Nitin Aggarwal
  • Patent number: 8348171
    Abstract: A smart card inlay and method for assembling the same are provided. The method includes attaching a first trace to a substrate, attaching a second trace to the substrate, attaching an antenna wire to the substrate, coupling a first end of the antenna wire to a first area of the first trace, and coupling a second end of the antenna wire to a first area of the second trace. A second area of the first trace and a second area of the second trace are configured to be coupled to an integrated circuit (IC) or IC module, and the first area of the first trace is located away from the second area of the first trace and the first area of the second trace is located away from the second area of the second trace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Amadeo, Jose Flores, Robert Kraft
  • Patent number: 8348704
    Abstract: Receptacle connectors and male plug connectors having a reduced size in at least one direction can be provided. One example reduces height by not including a center contact tab or tongue, but instead places contacts on an insulator that is adjacent to a bottom portion of the receptacle. Another example may reduce width by reducing contact pitch, and may use a particular shape of contact to achieve good signal quality. Receptacle connectors and male plug connectors can also provide support for one or more new high-speed communication standards, such as USB 3.0 and DisplayPort. Methods can provide one or more standardized connector components to speed connector design and manufacture of new electronic devices such as media players, thus reducing their time to market.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Sloey, S. Brian Lynch, Stephen Paul Zadesky