Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear
  • Patent number: 8343362
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, when forming first, second, and third stampers by transferring three-dimensional patterns of a master, a height adjusting layer having a film thickness greater on the upper surface of a projection than on the bottom surface of a recess is formed between the second stamper and a second release layer, and the surface of the third stamper is etched with an acidic solution having a pH of less than 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takuya Shimada, Shinobu Sugimura, Yoshiyuki Kamata, Masatoshi Sakurai
  • Patent number: 8344377
    Abstract: Optical filter functionality is incorporated into a substrate of a display element thereby decreasing the need for a separate thin film filter and, accordingly, reducing a total thickness of a filtered display element. Filter functionality may be provided by any filter material, such as pigment materials, photoluminescent materials, and opaque material, for example. The filter material may be incorporated in the substrate at the time of creating the substrate or may be selectively diffused in the substrate through a process of masking the substrate, exposing the substrate to the filter material, and heating the substrate in order to diffuse the filter material in the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Gally, William J. Cummings
  • Patent number: 8343678
    Abstract: A fuel cell system including: a reformer to convert a fuel into hydrogen; a reformer chamber to contain air heated by the reformer; a fuel cell stack to convert the hydrogen into electricity; a first pump to supply an oxidant to the stack; and a second pump to supply the heated air to the stack, to preheat the stack. The system may also include a controller to control the operation of the system, such that the heated air is not supplied until it reaches a predetermined temperature, and the oxidant is not supplied and the stack is not operated, until the stack reaches a predetermined temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Gi-Jang Ahn, Jin-Ho Lee, Ki-Woon Kim, Seong-Jin An, Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8343583
    Abstract: Methods and systems for depositing a film on a substrate are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes converting a non-gaseous precursor into vapor phase. Converting the precursor includes: forming a fluidized bed by flowing gas at a sufficiently high flow rate to suspend and stir a plurality of solid particles, and converting the phase of the non-gaseous precursor into vapor phase in the fluidized bed. The method also includes transferring the precursor in vapor phase through a passage; and performing deposition on one or more substrates with the transferred precursor in vapor phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: ASM International N.V.
    Inventors: Gert Jan Snijders, Ivo Raaijmakers
  • Patent number: 8345068
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and system for continuously displaying image pages of digital content which are available over a network. More specifically, the method and system enables a user to view image pages in a continuous manner while a limited number of image pages are being downloaded at a given time. Several image pages which are adjacent to the image page(s) the user is currently viewing may be stored in temporary memory. The image pages in the temporary memory are utilized so that, within the image pages, the user can move the displayed image pages up and down without experiencing any discontinuation. In order to ensure continuous display throughout the entire digital content, the next possible set of image pages is constantly determined and obtained to update the current set of image pages in the temporary memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Goodwin, David Zhao, Adrian Tsang Kwong Chan, Chieh Wang, Michael V. Rykov
  • Patent number: 8343129
    Abstract: A container (10) comprising a plurality of compartments (A, B, C) separated by compartment dividers (6), and an inlet connector (3) for receiving a liquid via a connection tube (2). The compartment dividers rupture when a sufficient pressure is applied by a liquid or gas introduced into the container (10) through the inlet connector (3). Some of the compartments comprise powder, which dissolves at the introduction of liquid into the container. A system, process and use in the field of dialysis are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Metpro AB
    Inventors: Thore Falkvall, Per-Olov Carlsson
  • Patent number: 8345030
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for providing positive and negative voltages of a power supply. In one aspect, the power supply includes an inductor having a first end coupled via a source switch to a voltage source and coupled via a first plurality of output switches to a respective plurality of negative outputs and a second end coupled via a ground switch to a ground potential and coupled via a second plurality of output switches to a respective plurality of positive outputs and a controller adapted to configure the switches into at least one of multiple configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Johannes Robertus Van Lier
  • Patent number: 8346057
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, there is provided a control block including a read control processor for reading designated content, a time information processor for processing time information. A controller returns, to a user terminal, a response signal, and information indicating a second absolute time point when an operation is executed in response to a request signal generated by the user terminal at a first absolute time point. The controller stores time difference information indicating a time difference between the first and the second absolute time points. When responding to a further request signal sent from the requester via the network, the controller sets, as tag time information, time information obtained by correcting, using the time difference information, a current relative time period for which the designated content is read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Hideo Kataoka, Hajime Aoyama
  • Patent number: 8342681
    Abstract: Computer eyewear for reducing the effects of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). In one embodiment, the eyewear comprises a frame and two lenses. In some embodiments, the frame and lenses have a wrap-around design to reduce air flow in the vicinity of the eyes. The lenses can have optical power in the range of approximately +0.5 to +2.5 diopters for reducing accommodation demands on a user's eyes when using a computer. The lenses can also include prismatic power for reducing convergence demand on a user's eyes when sitting at a computer. The lenses can also include a partially transmissive mirror coating, tinting, and anti-reflective coatings. In one embodiment, a partially transmissive mirror coating or tinting spectrally filters light to remove spectral peaks in fluorescent or incandescent lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Gunnar Optiks, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Croft, Matthew Michelsen, Robert Joyce
  • Patent number: 8343932
    Abstract: The invention relates to the identification of a naturally occurring internal proteolytic cleavage site in the ApoA1 protein, which leads to inactivation of the mature protein. Specific modification of this cleavage site leads to a stabilised ApoA1 protein, which is beneficial for the reverse cholesterol transport. The invention therefore encompasses pharmaceutical compositions comprising a recombinant stabilised variant ApoA1 protein or rHDL particles comprising such a protein, for use in the treatment of patients having reduced HDL or hampered reverse cholesterol transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Pronota N.V.
    Inventors: Sven Eyckerman, Koen Kas, Christine Labeur
  • Patent number: 8347148
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for monitoring and managing data transactions, such as SQL transactions. In certain examples, a management subsystem generates an alert identifying degrading database transactions to facilitate preventative tuning or other maintenance. In particular, a monitor module tracks performance measurements (e.g., logical reads) of select transactions. A modeler correlates the performance measurements and assigns first performance model(s) to represent the performance measurements and predicted performance measurements of a particular transaction. A trend change module detects a significant change in a trend and/or variance of the performance measurements and can cause the modeler module to generate a second performance model to represent at least a portion of the performance measurements and the predicted performance measurements of the particular transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Quest Software, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Anthony Harrison, Guy le Mar
  • Patent number: 8342999
    Abstract: A transmission having a plurality of tilting balls and opposing input and output discs provides an infinite number of speed combinations over its transmission ratio range. The transmission provides multiple powerpaths and can be combined with electrical components to provide motor/generator functionality, which reduces the overall size and complexity of the motor and transmission compared to when they are constructed separately. In one embodiment, rotatable components of a continuously variable transmission are coupled separately to an electrical rotor and to an electrical stator so that the rotor and stator rotate simultaneously in opposite directions relative to one another. In other embodiments, an electrical rotor is configured to transfer torque to or from a disc that is in contact with a plurality of speed adjusters, while an electrical stator is configured to transfer torque to a shaft that is operationally coupled to the speed adjusters via an idler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fallbrook Intellectual Property Company LLC
    Inventor: Donald C Miller
  • Patent number: 8343674
    Abstract: A fuel cell system and a method for controlling the same corrects concentration sensing values by estimating temperature according to the load amount of a stack. A control method of a fuel cell system including the steps of: measuring the load amount of loads supplied with power from a stack; estimating temperatures at the area where a concentration sensor is installed from the load amount values; producing the corrected concentrations by correcting the concentration sensing values according to the estimated temperatures; and controlling the drive of the fuel cell system according to the corrected concentrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ri-a Ju, Jin-hong An, Dong-rak Kim, Hyun Kim, Ho-jin Kweon, Young-jae Kim
  • Patent number: 8341993
    Abstract: A coil spring forming apparatus including a core bar 2 which rotates around an axis thereof and on which a wire material W fed from a wire material-feeding means is wound; a clamping portion 22 which rotates integrally with the core bar 2 and grips an end of the wire material W on the core bar 2; and first guide rollers 30 and second guide rollers 40 for guiding the wire material W onto the core bar 2; wherein the first guide rollers 30 and the second guide rollers 40 are provided so as to move independently from each other in parallel with the axis of the core bar 2, and a coil spring formed by the above coil spring forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Steel Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takashi Eto
  • Patent number: 8342302
    Abstract: A damper for a bicycle having a primary unit and a remote unit that, in some arrangements, is substantially entirely outside of the primary unit. The primary unit includes a damper tube, a spring chamber, and a piston rod that supports a main piston. The main piston is movable within the damper chamber of the primary unit. The main piston and the damper tube at least partially define a compression chamber. The remote unit comprises a remote fluid chamber and, in some arrangements, an inertial valve within the remote unit. The inertial valve is preferably responsive to terrain-induced forces and preferably not responsive to rider-induced forces when the shock absorber is assembled to the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McAndrews, Anthony Trujillo
  • Patent number: 8343088
    Abstract: A device and method for treating an occluded infection collection along the digestive tract with a stent delivered to an appendix, diverticulum or other anatomical structure of the digestive tract. A device and method to remove an obstruction from an occluded infection collection along the digestive tract with an obstruction removal device delivered to an appendix, diverticulum or other anatomical structure of the digestive tract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: Douglas Bates, Steven F Bierman
  • Patent number: 8346932
    Abstract: Embodiments of the use case-based management system enable non-technical users to manage devices, resources, and services that are remote to the premises where their integrated system management devices, applications, or appliances are located. This permits users to subscribe to remote voice, data, and other services without having to first configure their local equipment to ensure proper acceptance of these services. The users can simply select the desired remote services in the use case-based management system, enter a minimum amount of non-technical information such as account information provided by the service provider, and enable the service. The use case-based management system automatically creates generalized system management requests and passes them externally to the proper remote service, resource, or device managers, which then translate and broker these requests into proper low-level commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sutus, Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Holland, Jeff Brace, Henk Spaay, Martin Leonard, Peter Donald Baker, Michael Sample
  • Patent number: 8343738
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assay for determining a health state of a subject using a combination of detecting the presence of a virus and detecting the presence of a genomic target or marker indicative of a health state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Human Genetic Signatures Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Douglas Spencer Millar, John R. Melki, George L. Gabor Miklos
  • Patent number: 8346263
    Abstract: A method, system and memory are provided for enabling interoperability. A communication session between different communication systems, such as radio systems, operating using different protocols is initiated by receiving a scenario identifier from one of the user devices. An interoperability server receives the scenario identifier and accesses interoperability data to obtain the connection information corresponding the scenario matching the scenario identifier. The data includes scenarios for communication sessions and the connections required for each scenario. Once the interoperability server obtains the connection information, the communication session is initiated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cassidian Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Pierre Olivier, Douglas Gordon Roberts
  • Patent number: 8343366
    Abstract: Nanoscale graphene structure fabrication techniques are provided. An oxide nanowire useful as a mask is formed on a graphene layer and then ion beam etching is performed. A nanoscale graphene structure is fabricated by removing a remaining oxide nanowire after the ion beam etching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: SNU R&DB Foundation
    Inventors: Seunghun Hong, Joohyung Lee, Tae Hyun Kim