Patents Represented by Attorney Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • 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: 8349574
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of measuring and/or quantifying the presence and/or amount of Her-3 and/or Her-3 in a complex in a sample. The invention also provides antibodies specific for Her-3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings
    Inventors: Michael Bates, Ali Mukherjee, Gordon Parry, Jeff Sperinde, Jennifer W. Cook, Gundo Diedrich, Laurie Goodman, Stephen J. Williams
  • Patent number: 8351513
    Abstract: Digital video content is processed for delivery over a communications channel by segmenting the digital video content into one or more regions of interest (ROI) in accordance with content signature of the video content and encoding the digital video content in accordance with the ROI segmentation and the communications channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Allot Communications Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiangtao Gene Wen, Sujit Dey, Parag Arole, Jinwen Zan, Supriya Bhat, Andjela Illic
  • Patent number: 8348402
    Abstract: A fluid supply device, a printing device, and a control method for a fluid supply device can desirably supply a fluid while maintaining good throughput, and can reduce device size and cost with a simple construction. The inkjet printer has an expansion mechanism that enables an ink refill operation in which a movable member expands an ink chamber by moving a piston that moves in contact with a regulator panel disposed to the main device side and supplies ink from an ink cartridge, a comparison means that determines whether or not the amount of ink left in the ink cartridge is less than a specified value, and a CPU that sets a long time mode in which the ink refill operation time is long when the amount of ink left in the ink cartridge is less than the specified value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Susumu Taga
  • Patent number: 8351883
    Abstract: A method for communicating data using a “burst protocol” includes enabling power to transmitters and receivers when needed to balance power consumption with latency and unscheduled communication. A transmitter transmits a plurality of packets indicative of substantially the same payload. Power then may be disabled to the transmitter. A first predetermined time is determined to enable a receiver. A second predetermined time is determined to disable the receiver. Power then may be enabled to the receiver based on the first predetermined time. The payload is output in response to receiving one or more of the plurality of packets. Power to the receiver is disabled based on the second predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Krueger, Gregory Lydon
  • Patent number: 8348460
    Abstract: In a lighting apparatus, comprising a heatsink having at one side thereof a recess with at least one groove extending over the length of the heatsink, a plurality of lighting units are arranged in the groove or grooves oriented toward the opening of the recess for the emission of light therefrom and the frame is provided at the side opposite the opening with heatsink ribs, the lighting units in the groove or grooves being encapsulated by an encapsulating material added into the groove or grooves and being cured therein so as to be in direct contact with the groove walls and enclosing the lighting units at least up to the light emitting lenses thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Bernhard Bachl, Bernd Bienek, Olaf Cladders, Henning Dieker, Christian Miesner, Lothar Schopmann, Herfried Zimmer, Daniel Sekowski, Mark Anthony Hand
  • Patent number: 8352037
    Abstract: A method for operating an external component of a cochlear implant hearing system. The external component includes a speech processor module operable in a stand-alone mode of operation and a body-worn mode of operation, and a protective case. The method includes operating the speech processor module in the stand-alone mode, determining when the speech processor module is mounted in the case, and operating the speech processor module in the body-worn mode in response to determining that the speech processor module is mounted in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventors: Derek I. Darley, Michael Goorevich, Peter S. Single
  • 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: 8348670
    Abstract: A method for the computer-assisted learning of orthography, the method includes executing the following steps by a data processing system: retrieving (11) a main set of words from a data storage; retrieving (12) an error data set associated with said main set of words from the data storage; repeatedly executing the following steps: selecting (13) a word to prompt the user with, by computing, for each word from the error data set, a statistic measure related to the probability of an error occurring in the word, and selecting the word which has the maximum value of the statistic measure; prompting (14) the user with the word; accepting (15) a user input specifying a sequence of symbols; comparing (16) the user input with the word; updating (17, 18) and storing the error data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Dybuster AG
    Inventors: Christian Voegeli, Markus Gross
  • 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: 8351414
    Abstract: Wireless communication with a communicating apparatus that is a limited band terminal capable of receiving only part of frequencies. A frequency channel allocating section allocates frequency channels, a terminal reception quality information processing section calculates an optimal modulation rate and required transmit power for each subcarrier, a subcarrier power control section controls a level of transmit power for each subcarrier, and a determining section checks a reception bandwidth of a communicating apparatus, while determining whether the communicating apparatus is a full band terminal capable of receiving all the frequency channels in the system band or a limited band terminal capable of receiving only part of frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroki Kashiwagi, Yasuhiro Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8352475
    Abstract: A flexible and extensible architecture allows for secure searching across an enterprise. Such an architecture can provide a simple Internet-like search experience to users searching secure content inside (and outside) the enterprise. The architecture allows for the crawling and searching of a variety of sources across an enterprise, regardless of whether any of these sources conform to a conventional user role model. The architecture further allows for security attributes to be submitted at query time, for example, in order to provide real-time secure access to enterprise resources. The user query also can be transformed to provide for dynamic querying that provides for a more current result list than can be obtained for static queries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Sachin Bhatkar, Meeten Bhavsar, Mark Davis, Joaquin Delgado, Cindy Hsin, Muralidhar Krishnaprasad, Hui Ouyang
  • 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: 8347527
    Abstract: A shoe sole and a shoe comprising such a shoe sole are described, with the shoe sole being equipped with integrated anti-slipping elements which are adjustable between an inactive position and an active position by means of a central actuation unit. This arrangement is characterized in that the anti-slipping elements, which in particular have the form of spikes, are respectively supported in individual functional units and are axially adjustable between their active and inactive positions through rotation by the central actuation unit via at least one flexible drive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Tecvision AG
    Inventor: Klaus Thielen
  • 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: 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: 8351659
    Abstract: An eye detection system, method, and apparatus are disclosed. The eye detection apparatus includes illuminator, receiver, processor, and memory elements. The illuminator emits radiation at predetermined wavelengths from the eye detection apparatus toward an area of interest. Radiation from the area of interest is detected at the receiver which, in turn, provides sensor data to the processor. The processor is coupled to the illuminator and receiver and controls their respective operations. The processor detects a pattern representative of a human eye in the sensor data and determines coordinates of an object corresponding to the pattern. The memory stores the coordinates of the object. Optionally, the eye detection apparatus communicates the coordinates of the object to a wireless device and directs countermeasures to the object's coordinates in response to commands from the wireless device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Clark D'Souza, Irene Chen, Shinhak Lee, Allen E. Ripingill, Jr.
  • 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: 8352215
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for performing an estimation using an iteratively reweighted least squares technique on a scenario defined by a design matrix, a response variable vector, and a parameter to be estimated. A system and method can be configured to include a root data processor, where a least squares estimate is calculated by the root data processor during each of a plurality of processing iterations. A plurality of node data processors can also be configured to: update values of a weight matrix according to a current state of the least squares estimate, determine a first intermediate value based on the design matrix and the weight matrix, determine a second intermediate value based on the design and weight matrices and the response variable vector. The root data processor calculates an updated least squares estimate based on the intermediate values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: SAS Institute Inc.
    Inventors: Lin (Colin) Chen, Steve Krueger, Christopher D. Bailey
  • Patent number: 8351877
    Abstract: A high performance and cost effective method of RF-digital hybrid mode power amplifier systems with high linearity and high efficiency for multi-frequency band wideband communication system applications is disclosed. The present disclosure enables a power amplifier system to be field reconfigurable and support multiple operating frequency bands on the same PA system over a very wide bandwidth. In addition, the present invention supports multi-modulation schemes (modulation agnostic), multi-carriers and multi-channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Dali Systems Co. Ltfd.
    Inventors: Wan Jong Kim, Kyoung Joon Cho, Shawn Patrick Stapleton