Patents Represented by Attorney Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Patent number: 8352652
    Abstract: Methods and systems for communicating information through a USB device with A/D converters are presented. Active components which provide analog signals to the A/D converters are switched off to cause spikes in the analog signals/channels. The spikes are digitized by the A/D converters and sent to the host through a USB interface. The active components are switched on and off in a pattern corresponding to a message, such that the host can determine the message from the resulting spikes. If multiple active components and A/D converters are used, then multiple ‘bits’ can be transmitted simultaneously using the different channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaodong Mao
  • 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: 8346006
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus provide for an output manager that receives an identification of content. The output manager receives an identification of a set of filters to be applied to the content where each filter in the set of filters defines a sequence of steps to be applied to the content. The output manager identifies shared steps that are common to the sequence of steps of at least two filters in the set of filters. Thus, upon a first execution of a shared step in a sequence of steps by a filter, the output manager caches output of the first execution to be used in place of execution of that shared step in a sequence of steps of another filter in the set of filters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventors: Abhinav Darbari, Ramesh P B
  • Patent number: 8345992
    Abstract: Provided is an image encoding method and device capable of encoding moving image random allowing access with low delay and high compression. The image encoding method which inputs image data and encodes the image data using a reference picture about the image data and a difference between the reference picture and the image data, and performs the steps of: setting an image output availability parameter indicating that it is possible to decode the image data to output the same if past pictures fall within a fixed range have been decoded, when decoding the image data which has been encoded; calculating influenced range information indicating a range where pictures encoded in the past influence a target picture to be encoded when encoding the image data; and controlling a range of the reference picture upon encoding such that the influenced range information calculated does not exceed the image output availability parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.
    Inventors: Muneaki Yamaguchi, Masatoshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8345946
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and apparatus for determining an orientation of a cilium relative to a characteristic of the shape of the cell from which the cilium projects. Three-dimensional microscopy data may be used to determine an orientation of a cilium relative to a specified axis, which is determined from a profile for each cell. Such orientation may be used to forecast alter, or otherwise study the growth process of chondrocytes. Results indicate that the shape of chondrocytes, the position of the ciliary basal body, the incidence of cilia, and the orientation of cilium, are not random through the growth plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: Maria-Grazia Ascenzi
  • Patent number: 8343975
    Abstract: Compounds are provided that act as potent antagonists of the CCR1 receptor, and have in vivo anti-inflammatory activity. The compounds are 4-amino-3-imidazoyl-pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine derivatives and are useful in pharmaceutical compositions, methods for the treatment of CCR1-mediated disease, and as controls in assays for the identification of competitive CCR1 antagonists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Penglie Zhang, Yibin Zeng
  • Patent number: 8346723
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide for applying modifications to database instances in a way that allows some of instances to be modified without requiring that all of the instances be modified. Patching less than all of a plurality of replicated database instances can comprise applying a patch to a first version of a table in a first database instance. The first version of the table may be replicated in a corresponding first version of the table in a second database instance. Applying the patch to the first version of the table in the first database instance can result in a second version of the table in the first database instance. Transformations caused by applying the patch to the first version of the table in the first database instance can be consolidated based on differences between the first version of the table and the second version of the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Zandro Luis Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 8346639
    Abstract: Transaction processing involves receiving data from an access transaction application of a portable consumer device, wherein the received data comprises data from an access transaction data string that includes a transit verification value wherein, with the exception of the transit verification value, the access transaction data string is substantially similar to a retail data string comprising retail data, wherein the access application data string is adapted for use with an access transaction processing system and the retail data string is adapted for use with a retail processing system. The transaction processing involves processing access transaction application data for selective authorization of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Ayman Hammad, Philip B. Dixon
  • Patent number: 8347042
    Abstract: A multi-plane type flash memory device comprises a plurality of planes each including a plurality of memory cell blocks, page buffers each latching an input data bit to be output to its corresponding plane or latching an output data bit to be received from the corresponding plane, cache buffers each storing an input or output data bits in response to one of cache input control signals and each transferring the stored data bit to the page buffer or an external device in response to one of cache output control signals, and a control logic circuit generating the cache input and output control signals in response to command and chip enable signals containing plural bits. The program and read operations for the plural planes are conducted simultaneously in response to the chip enable signal containing the plural bits, which increases an operation speed and data throughput processed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Byoung Sung You
  • Patent number: 8343859
    Abstract: A non-uniform ion implantation apparatus comprises a wide ion beam generator configured to generate a plurality of wide ion beams to irradiate at least two regions on the entire area of a wafer, and a wafer rotating device configured to rotate the wafer in a predetermined direction while the wide ion beams generated by the wide ion beam generator are irradiated to the wafer. Among the wide ion beams, at least one wide ion beam has a different dose from that of at least one different wide ion beam. Since the wide ion beams are irradiated at different doses to the wafer, a smooth circular border is formed between the regions to which the impurity ions are implanted to different concentrations. Since the position of the wafer is suitably changed for the wide ion beams, it is possible to control disposition of the regions implanted with the impurity ions of different concentrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventors: Kyoung Bong Rouh, Seung Woo Jin, Min Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 8342192
    Abstract: A cosmetic compact (1) comprises a container (9) to hold liquid cosmetics, and a stopper (5) for to the compact (1). The stopper comprises a protrusion (7) that cooperates with a dispensing orifice (8) of the container. The stopper is connected by a hinge (6) to a lid (2) or base (3) of the compact, preferably to the lid. The stopper may thus serve as a latch for the lid of the compact. The hinged connection (6) may be a web integrally formed with the stopper and the adjacent part of the compact, or it may comprise a pin or protrusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Toly Products (UK) Ltd.
    Inventor: Philippe Parker
  • Patent number: 8342660
    Abstract: A piezoelectric element includes: a substrate; a lower electrode that is formed on and/or over the substrate; a piezoelectric substance layer that covers the lower electrode; and an upper electrode that is formed on and/or over the piezoelectric substance layer, wherein a side surface of the piezoelectric substance layer includes a first portion that extends from an upper surface of the piezoelectric substance layer and a second portion that extends from the first portion, the first portion is inclined at a first angle with respect to an upper surface of the substrate, the second portion is inclined at a second angle with respect to the upper surface of the substrate, the second angle is smaller than the first angle, and the upper electrode covers at least the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masao Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8346636
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and machine-readable media are disclosed for tracking and reporting information related to compliance with a set of security requirements by one or more entities handling financial transaction information. According to one embodiment, a system can comprise one or more acquirer systems, each adapted to process information related to a plurality of financial transactions for entities involved in the transaction. A tracking and reporting system can be communicatively coupled with each of the acquirer systems. The tracking and reporting system can be adapted to collect at least a subset of the information related to the plurality of financial transactions, collect compliance information related to the entities involved in the transaction, the compliance information for each entity indicating that entity's compliance with the set of security requirements, and generate one or more reports based on the information related to the plurality of financial transactions and the compliance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: Dawn M. Brys, Sabrina Hagberg, Shirley McCulloch, Carol Walnut, Mary Meade-Koslen, Michael Hamian, David J. Tuck, Luanne Gallagher, Ashok N. Shenoy, Barbara Marx
  • Patent number: 8343401
    Abstract: A method for forming a filtration media from waste media includes combining the waste media with a binder to form a dry mixture, adding a liquid composition to the dry mixture to form a slurry, and extruding the slurry to form a filtration media. The waste media may include fines or oversized media resulting from a prior media production process that have been subjected to a hydration process. The waste media may be ground and sized prior to combining it with the binder. The binder may include clay, cellulose materials, and combinations thereof. The liquid composition may include water and optionally one or more additional additives selected from the group consisting of permanganates, acids, bases, amines and combinations thereof. In one embodiment, the slurry is extruded into a honeycomb matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Purafil, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. England
  • Patent number: 8346368
    Abstract: Coding of received audio signals and the resulting application of electrical stimuli applied to electrodes used in a cochlear implant system are disclosed together with a method of fitting this new coding strategy. One of the aims is to improve place specific stimulation representing pitch by applying near threshold electrical stimuli with limited and focused excitation fields. A range of stimulation rates and a minimal range of current levels above threshold are used for creation of a dynamic loudness percept for a cochlear implant recipient. Another aim is to disclose a coding scheme based on a model of physiological measures (i.e. refractoriness, adaptation, spread of activation field, spatiotemporal acoustical cochlear activation patterns and spontaneous activity) to estimate the proportions of available excitable auditory neurons close to the electrodes available for stimulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cochlear Limited
    Inventor: Matthijs J. P. Killian
  • Patent number: 8347120
    Abstract: A usage pattern identifies time periods when an electrical apparatus is likely to be powered-up or not in use. Power provided to an electrical apparatus is increased during time periods that the electrical apparatus is likely to be powered-up. Similarly, the power provided to the electrical apparatus is reduced or removed during time periods that the electrical apparatus is likely to be out of use or idle. The usage pattern is continually updated and refined by collecting usage data during user interaction with the electrical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: IXYS Corporation
    Inventor: Nathan Zommer
  • Patent number: 8346091
    Abstract: A distributed antenna system is provided for communicating with a plurality of base stations. The distributed antenna system includes a system controller and a master unit communicating with at least one of the plurality of base stations. A remote unit communicates over a high data rate media with the master unit and/or a downstream remote unit. Alternatively, the distributed antenna system includes a controller and a digital time/space crosspoint switch controlled by the controller. A digitizing transceiver is in communication with the digital time/space crosspoint switch. The crosspoint switch is configured to transmit and receive digital data through the digitizing transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Andrew LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Kummetz, Donald McAllister, Carmine Pagano, Hongju Yan, Dennis M. Cleary, Van Hanson, Mathias Schmalisch, Stefan Eisenwinter
  • Patent number: D673346
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Bodypoint, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Kosh
  • Patent number: D673480
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Keyaki, Takanori Ozawa, Yuichi Iwase
  • Patent number: D673830
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Lee Valley Tools, Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven K. Jones, Brent K. Hyde, Brian Ebbinghaus, Terry R. Saunders