Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear
  • Patent number: 8340379
    Abstract: Presented herein are methods, systems, and computer-readable medium for presenting imaging data related to an anatomical site. These include obtaining a first set of imaging data related to the anatomical site and tracking units at the anatomical site and, thereafter, optionally, obtaining a second set of imaging data related to the anatomical site. A deformed version of the first set of imaging data is then determined based on the relative arrangements of one or more of the tracking units at the time when the first set of imaging data is obtained and when the second set of imaging data is obtained. Then the relative emplacements of the second set of imaging data set and of the deformed version of the first set of imaging data set are determined and used, along with the second set of imaging data set and the deformed version of the first set of imaging data, as a basis for displaying image guidance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Inneroptic Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharif Razzaque, Andrei State
  • Patent number: 8338205
    Abstract: A method of fabricating and encapsulating MEMS devices is disclosed, using least two carbon films as the dual sacrificial layers sandwiching a MEMS structural film which is anchored onto a substrate and covered by an encapsulating film containing a plurality of thru-film sacrificial release holes. The dual sacrificial carbon films are selectively removed via plasma-enhanced oxygen or nitrogen ashing through the thru-film sacrificial release holes for releasing the MEMS structural film inside a cavity formed between the encapsulating film and the substrate. The thru-film sacrificial release holes, preferably with a relative high asperity ratio, are then sealed off by depositing a hole-sealing film in a physical vapor deposition process or a chemical vapor deposition process or combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Shanghai Lexvu Opto Microelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Herb He Huang
  • Patent number: 8338991
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments are directed to wireless power. A wireless power receiver includes a receive antenna for coupling with near field radiation in a coupling-mode region generated by a transmit antenna operating at a resonant frequency. The receive antenna generates an RF signal when coupled to the near field radiation and a rectifier converts the RF signal to a DC input signal. A direct current-to-direct current (DC-to-DC) converter coupled to the DC input signal generates a DC output signal. A pulse modulator generates a pulse-width modulation signal to the DC-to-DC converter to adjust a DC impedance of the wireless power receiver by modifying a duty cycle of the pulse-width modulation signal responsive to at least one of a voltage of the DC input signal, a current of the DC input signal, a voltage of the DC output signal, and a current of the DC output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: William H Von Novak, Charles E Wheatley, III, Stanley S Toncich, Ernest T Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8340826
    Abstract: Thermostatic HVAC and other energy management controls that are connected to a computer network. For instance, remotely managed load switches incorporating thermostatic controllers inform an energy management system, to provide enhanced efficiency, and to verify demand response with plug-in air conditioners and heaters. At least one load control device at a first location comprises a temperature sensor and a microprocessor. The load control device is configured to connect or disconnect electrical power to the an attached air conditioner or heater, and the microprocessor is configured to communicate over a network. In addition, the load control device is physically separate from an air conditioner or heater but located inside the space conditioned by the air conditioner or heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: EcoFactor, Inc.
    Inventor: John Douglas Steinberg
  • Patent number: 8338170
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to compositions and methods comprising cell surface markers for hES-derived cells, in particular, endoderm lineage cells including pancreatic endoderm-type cells, derived from hES cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Viacyte, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivia Kelly, Anne Bang
  • Patent number: 8336539
    Abstract: A solar concentrator assembly is disclosed. The solar concentrator assembly comprises a first reflective device having a first reflective front side and a first rear side, a second reflective device having a second reflective front side and a second rear side, the second reflective device positioned such that the first reflective front side faces the second rear side, and a support assembly coupled to and supporting the first and second reflective devices, the second reflective device positioned to be vertically offset from the first reflective device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sunpower Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan Linderman, Zachary S. Judkins, Brian Wares, Charles Almy
  • Patent number: 8341452
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed, such as those involving an inter-chip interface configured to receive and process electronic data. One such interface includes a receiver circuit that includes a clock tree configured to receive a clock signal at a clock tree input. The clock tree distributes a plurality of clock signals delayed from the clock signal such that one or more of the clock signals have a delay different from the delays of the other clock signals. The receiver circuit further includes a plurality of data input latches configured to receive a plurality of data elements over two or more different points in time. This configuration at least partially reduces crosstalk and simultaneous switching output noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dragos Dimitriu, Timothy Hollis
  • Patent number: 8337541
    Abstract: A medical treatment system and method of treatment is described having an implant that can be positioned and deployed, then undeployed to allow repositioning of the implant. The system includes a self-expanding medical implant that longitudinally foreshortens upon radially expanding from a radially compacted state, a distal interface configured to attach the implant to a distal mount of a delivery device, and a proximal interface configured to attach the implant to a proximal mount of the delivery device. Moving the distal mount longitudinally away from the proximal mount applies a longitudinal tension to the implant causing the implant to expand longitudinally and contract radially, and moving the distal mount toward the proximal mount reduces a longitudinal tension in the implant allowing the implant to expand radially toward a fully expanded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: CardiAQ Valve Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arshad Quadri, J. Brent Ratz
  • Patent number: 8338959
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a semiconductor device comprises patterning a layer of photoresist material to form a plurality of mandrels. The method further comprises depositing an oxide material over the plurality of mandrels by an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. The method further comprises anisotropically etching the oxide material from exposed horizontal surfaces. The method further comprises selectively etching photoresist material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ardavan Niroomand, Baosuo Zhou, Ramakanth Alapati
  • Patent number: 8338154
    Abstract: To obtain a mutant protein of an asparagine-linked glycoprotein, which has no N-linked sugar chain under ordinary circumstance, and remains a physiological activity of the glycoprotein before the mutation was introduced, at least one of the amino acids contained in the amino acid sequence motif (I) and/or (II) in the polypeptide of the asparagine-linked glycoprotein is substituted into another amino acid: (I) Asn Xa1 Xa2 (II) Xa3 Val Gly Asn Xa1 Xa2. In amino acid sequence motif (I) and (II), Xa1 represents an amino acid other than Pro, Xa2 represents Thr or Ser and Xa3 represents His or Asp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seikagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Jin-ichi Inokuchi, Satoshi Uemura
  • Patent number: 8337518
    Abstract: Disclosed is an expandable transluminal sheath, for introduction into the body while in a first, low cross-sectional area configuration, and subsequent expansion of at least a part of the distal end of the sheath to a second, enlarged cross-sectional configuration. The sheath is configured for use in the vascular system and has utility in the performance of procedures in the left atrium. The access route is through the inferior vena cava to the right atrium, where a trans-septal puncture, followed by advancement of the catheter is completed. The distal end of the sheath is maintained in the first, low cross-sectional configuration during advancement to the right atrium and through the atrial septum into the left atrium. The distal end of the sheath is subsequently expanded using a radial dilatation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Onset Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Edward J. Nance, Jay Lenker, George F. Kick, Hyun T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8339841
    Abstract: A magnetoresistive element of an aspect of the present invention including a lower electrode provided on an insulating layer on a semiconductor substrate, a first ferromagnetic layer provided on the lower electrode, a first tunnel barrier layer provided on the first ferromagnetic layer, a second ferromagnetic layer provided on the first tunnel barrier layer, and an upper electrode provided on the second ferromagnetic layer, wherein the upper electrode has a hexagonal cross-sectional shape, and a maximum size of the upper electrode in a first direction is larger than a size of the first tunnel barrier layer in the first direction, the first direction being horizontal relative to a surface of the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Masayoshi Iwayama
  • Patent number: 8336547
    Abstract: A breathing mask is disclosed, as well as a valve and a diverter that can be used within a breathing mask. The breathing mask can include a body, a respiratory interface, a balanced exhaust valve, and an inlet valve. The body can include an inlet and an exhaust. The respiratory interface can be configured to provide fluid communication between each of the inlet and the exhaust, and a user's respiratory system. The balanced exhaust valve can be configured to selectively flow fluid between the exhaust and the respiratory interface. The inlet valve can be configured to selectively flow fluid between the inlet and the respiratory interface. The valve can be a balanced exhaust valve with a fixed balance chamber. The diverter can include a tubular diverter body, a breathing port, an exhaust port, a demand port, and a diverter wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Amron International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Craig Ritchie, Christopher Eames Woolley
  • Patent number: 8337445
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to medical devices and methods for the treatment of ocular disorders. One method provides an implant having an inlet portion with a first anchor and an outlet portion with a second anchor. The implant is implanted in tissue of an eye such the implant conducts fluid from an anterior chamber of the eye to a physiological outflow pathway of the eye. The implanting involves positioning the first anchor adjacent eye tissue, positioning the second anchor within the physiological outflow pathway, and deploying the second anchor such that the second anchor secures the implant within the physiological outflow pathway and a distal end of the second anchor is positioned further into the physiological outflow pathway than an outlet of the outlet portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Glaukos Corporation
    Inventors: Hosheng Tu, Gregory T Smedley, Barbara A Niksch, David S Haffner
  • Patent number: 8340143
    Abstract: A passively mode-locked picosecond laser device comprising a pump source, a laser crystal, a laser cavity, a mode-locked output structure is provided. In the device, the pump source is placed at the side of the incident end surface of the laser crystal; the laser cavity includes a plane reflective mirror and a first plano-concave mirror, the reflective mirror is placed opposite to the concave surface of the plano-concave mirror and located on the position of the focal radius of the plano-concave mirror. The normal direction of the reflective mirror and the axis of the plano-concave mirror form a small angle therebetween; the laser generated from the laser crystal oscillates in the laser cavity, and output through the mode-locked output structure. The device uses a stable cavity design of the equivalent confocal cavity, which can increase the optical path, reduce the repetition frequency, and significantly reduce the cavity length and volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Beijing GK Laser Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhongwei Fan, Yunfeng Ma, Gang Niu
  • Patent number: 8337754
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for the developing of immuno-stained biological samples. The systems disclosed herein are automated and are configured to control one or more steps of the developing procedure. Reagents may be added using automatic syringe dispensing. Reagent temperature, reagent stirring, and wash procedures are programmable and can be separately controlled for separate immuno-staining procedures that are performed at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael P. Emery, Matthew C. Wallace, James E. Sinclair, Raymond J. Gonzales, Brian Grot, Sanjay S. Magavi
  • Patent number: 8339261
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a pharmaceutical cabinet comprises sensors positioned within the frame and door of the cabinet, and the sensors are arranged in a predetermined orientation when the door is closed and a lock is actuated. The sensors are configured to communicate with one another when brought into the predetermined orientation to confirm that the door is closed and the lock is actuated. One or both of the sensors may transmit an identifier to the other sensor, and the communication between the sensors may be encoded. The cabinet also includes a sensor on the lock that indicates if the lock is engaged. The cabinet may generate a record of the times the sensors are moved into or out of communication and the times that the lock is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Knox Associates
    Inventor: Keith T. Wolski
  • Patent number: 8338402
    Abstract: The present invention relates to scaffolds which can be used as medical devices for guided tissue regeneration and repair, in particular the invention is directed to a scaffold comprising fibers having a mean fiber diameter of between from about 1.2 to 4.0 microns, wherein the fibers comprise a glycolide. The invention further relates to the use of the scaffolds for the selective capture of cell populations for a cell source material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew PLC
    Inventors: Nicholas Fry, Anthony Dagger, David Morsley, Helene Lecomte, Roy Trayhern, Mark Howard, Sarah Freestone, Brian Thomson, Mark Smith, Rebecca Crallan
  • Patent number: 8336655
    Abstract: An electrical axle assembly for a motor vehicle comprises a first electric machine, which is rotationally fixed to a first input shaft, and a second electric machine, which is rotationally fixed to a second input shaft. The first input shaft and the second input shaft are arranged coaxially along an input axle. The axle assembly further comprises a first output shaft, which can be connected to a first driving wheel, and a second output shaft, which can be connected to a second driving wheel. The first output shaft and the second output shaft are arranged coaxially along an output axle. Further, they are connected to the associated input shaft via at least one transmission stage, in such a way that the driving wheels can be driven independently of one another by the electric machines. At least one of the shafts here has a bearing journal, which is radially supported in an axial bore of a shaft coaxial therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Cie KG
    Inventor: Daniel Knoblauch
  • Patent number: 8336695
    Abstract: A power transmitting apparatus can include a clutch housing rotatable together with an input member and supporting a plurality of driving clutch plates. A clutch member can support a plurality of driven clutch plates alternately arranged between the driving clutch plates via spline fitting and connected to an output member. A pressure member can be mounted on the clutch member and axially movably therealong for carrying out the pressure-contact or release between the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates. Back-torque limiting cams can be configured to release the connection between the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates when the rotation speed of the output member has exceeded that of the input member. A rotational force input to the input member can be transmitted to or cut-off from the output member by carrying out the pressure-contact or release between the driving clutch plates and the driven clutch plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha F.C.C.
    Inventors: Makoto Kataoka, Shunichi Itou, Katsu Yoshimoto