Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear
  • Patent number: 8340879
    Abstract: A method for opening a closed clutch arrangement of a drivetrain for a motor vehicle. The clutch arrangement is activated in such a way that the torque which it can transmit is reduced up to an opening point at which torque can no longer be transmitted via the clutch arrangement. The clutch arrangement is placed into an intermediate slip state before the opening point is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: GETRAG Getriebe-und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Cie KG
    Inventors: Josef Glatthaar, Stefan Thum
  • Patent number: 8337823
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a macromolecule having a controlled terminal group stoichiometry, the macromolecule including a surface layer, at least one subsurface layer and at least two terminal groups including: a first terminal group which is a residue of a pharmaceutically active agent, a derivative thereof or precursor therefor; and a second terminal group selected to modify the pharmacokinetics of the pharmaceutically active agent and/or macromolecule, wherein terminal group stoichiometry refers to the number and type of terminal groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Starpharma Pty Limited
    Inventors: Benjamin James Boyd, Lisa Michelle Kaminskas, Christopher John Hamilton Porter, Peter Karellas, Guy Yeoman Krippner, Brian Devlin Kelly, Zemin Wu, Pasquale Razzino, Sue Pallich
  • Patent number: 8339239
    Abstract: An embodiment of an electronic access control system includes an electronic key, an electronic lock, and an access control administration program. The electronic key can include program code for switching between a lock mode and a computer mode. In some embodiments, the lock mode and computer mode allow for simplified administration and operation of the access control system. Some embodiments of the electronic key include a rechargeable battery. In some embodiments, the access control system includes a hybrid power supply system having a rechargeable battery and a generator. In some embodiments, the electronic lock includes a piezoelectric latch. In some embodiments, the electronic key is configured to act as a storage device for a computer system. Some embodiments provide an electronic access control system with a streamlined user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Gregory Paul Kirkjan
  • Patent number: 8338075
    Abstract: A positive resist composition including: a base component (A) which exhibits increased solubility in an alkali developing solution under the action of acid; and an acid-generator component (B) which generates acid upon exposure; dissolved in an organic solvent (S), the organic solvent (S) including an alcohol-based organic solvent having a boiling point of at least 150° C.; and a method of forming a resist pattern including: applying the positive resist composition on a substrate on which a first resist pattern is formed to form a second resist film; and subjecting the second resist film to selective exposure and alkali developing to form a resist pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaru Takeshita, Shinji Kumada, Yasuhiro Yoshii, Takeshi Iwai, Tsuyoshi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8337513
    Abstract: An instrument and technique for the removal of epidermal layers in a controlled manner utilizing a hand-held instrument with a working end that (i) a vacuum aspiration system, (ii) a source for delivery of a sterile fluids or pharmacological agents to the skin; and (iii) a skin interface surface in the working end that has specially shape structure for abrading surface layers of the patient's epidermis as the working end is moved over the patient's skin while at the same time causing rapid penetration of the fluids into the skin for therapeutic purposes. Movement of the working end across the skin causes abrasion of the surface layers in a path over the patient's skin. The method of the invention may be used in a periodic treatment for the removal of superficial skin layers that enhances the synthesis of dermal collagen aggregates by inducing the body's natural wound healing response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Axia MedSciences, LLC
    Inventor: John H. Shadduck
  • Patent number: 8336573
    Abstract: A manifold for accommodating at least one fluid is constructed of a plurality of modules that can be interconnected and configured to create a customized manifold. Couplers interconnecting a flow cavity of each module can be selected to determine fluid flow characteristics between module flow cavities. Each module has one or more valve ports. Valves or other flow accommodating apparatus are attached to the manifold via adapters. A first end of each adapter is sized and configured to engage a valve port, and a second end engages the attached apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Coast Pneumatics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Robert Ellis
  • Patent number: 8337660
    Abstract: A plasma reactor for processing a workpiece includes a reactor chamber, an electrostatic chuck within the chamber having a top surface for supporting a workpiece and having indentations in the top surface that form enclosed gas flow channels whenever covered by a workpiece resting on the top surface. The reactor further includes thermal control apparatus thermally coupled to the electrostatic chuck, an RF plasma bias power generator coupled to apply RF power to the electrostatic chuck, a pressurized gas supply of a thermally conductive gas, a controllable gas valve coupling the pressurized gas supply to the indentations to facilitate filling the channels with the thermally conductive gas for heat transfer between a backside of a workpiece and the electrostatic chuck at a heat transfer rate that is a function of the pressure against the backside of the workpiece of the thermally conductive gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Buchberger, Jr., Paul Lukas Brillhart, Richard Fovell, Hamid Tavassoli, Douglas H. Burns, Kallol Bera, Daniel J. Hoffman, Kenneth W. Cowans, William W. Cowans, Glenn W. Zubillaga, Isaac Millan
  • Patent number: 8338296
    Abstract: The present disclosure is related to a method for forming a catalyst nanoparticle on a metal surface, the nanoparticle being suitable for growing a single nanostructure, in particular a carbon nanotube, the method comprising at least the steps of: providing a substrate, having a metal layer on at least a portion of the substrate surface, depositing a sacrificial layer at least on the metal layer, producing a small hole in the sacrificial layer, thereby exposing the metal layer, providing a single catalyst nanoparticle into the hole, removing the sacrificial layer. The disclosure is further related to growing a carbon nanotube from the catalyst nanoparticle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignees: IMEC, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, K.U. LEUVEN R&D
    Inventors: Hari Pathangi Sriraman, Ann Witvrouw, Philippe M. Vereecken
  • Patent number: 8338381
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention disclosed herein relate to compositions comprising carnosine and N-acetyl-histitidine in a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier. Other embodiments disclosed herein relate to preventing and/or ameliorating one or more symptoms associated with an eye disease such as dry eye syndrome, cataracts of the eye and nuclear sclerosis of the eye lens. Kits for preventing and/or ameliorating one or more symptoms associated with an eye disease by administering a pharmaceutical composition comprising N-acetyl-histidine are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: ADER Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventor: Emilio Robledo
  • Patent number: 8341359
    Abstract: A method of dynamically sharing a media volume in a network includes associating a first media management module with a first media volume of a first storage device, associating a second media management module with the first media volume, the second media management module mounting the media volume and creating an access path to the media volume, and delegating management of the created access path to the second media management module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: CommVault Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajiv Kottomtharayil, Parag Gokhale, Anand Prahlad, Manoj Retnamma, David Ngo, Varghese Devassy
  • Patent number: 8341540
    Abstract: A visualization service generates a graphical representation or visualization of each user's behavior within a network resource, such as a website. In one example, the visualization service provides a dynamic visualization of each user accessing the network resource. Each user is graphically represented in the visualization with an indicium, such as a point or dot. The visualization (and thus, the position of each indicium representing a user) is dynamically updated as each user accesses data files from the network resource and thus, moves from state to state (or page to page) over time. The effect is similar to watching cars move along a complex highway system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy S. Haynes, Michael W. Friedman
  • Patent number: 8339025
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide luminescent ceramics which have a lower amount of dopant than conventional luminescent ceramics. In some embodiments, the luminescent ceramic comprises a host material comprising a rare earth element and at least one rare earth dopant, wherein the rare earth dopant may be about 0.01% to 0.5% of the rare earth atoms present in the material. Some embodiments provide luminescent ceramic comprising: a polycrystalline phosphor represented by the formula (A1-xEx)3B5O12. Some embodiments provide a light-emitting device comprising a luminescent ceramic disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Toshitaka Nakamura, Hironaka Fujii, Hiroaki Miyagawa, Rajesh Mukherjee, Bin Zhang, Amane Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 8340615
    Abstract: A voltage-controlled capacitor and methods for forming the same are described. A mechanical conductor membrane of the voltage-controlled capacitor is movable to and from a first position and a second position. An amount of capacitance can vary with the movement of the mechanical conductor membrane. A microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) voltage-controlled capacitor can be used in a variety of applications, such as, but not limited to, RF switches and RF attenuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip D. Floyd
  • Patent number: 8336895
    Abstract: A skateboard deck is formed of several layers pressed and bonded together. Apertures are formed through the bottom-most layers, and impact support members are arranged within the apertures. The impact support members are more rigid than the other portions of the skateboard deck, and provide localized impact support while allowing the remaining layers of the deck to retain their performance characteristics and feel while strengthening the most vulnerable areas of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Chomp, Inc.
    Inventors: Eben Woodall, Chi Leung, Scott Jensen
  • Patent number: 8337375
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a paper tube having a polygonal cross section includes a frame, an elongate core assembly having an end rotatably supported to the frame and the other free end and having an outer peripheral surface of a predetermined polygonal shape, and a delivery member installed to the core assembly for at least a portion of the delivery member to be exposed from the outer peripheral surface of the core assembly on which the strips are wound, the delivery member being installed for the exposed portion to move toward the free end of the core assembly after receiving the power, whereby the exposed portion contacts with an inner surface of the lowermost one of a plurality of the strips and thus a plurality of the strips wound on the core assembly continuously move toward the free end of the core assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Dyne Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jae-Mun Lee, Han-Yong Cho
  • Patent number: 8337827
    Abstract: Methods for obtaining osteoprogenitors, osteoblasts or osteoblast phenotype cells, as well as cell populations including such cells, from human bone marrow stem cells in vitro or ex vivo are disclosed. Bone marrow stem cells are contacted with human serum or plasma and a growth factor or a biologically active variant or derivative thereof. In addition, osteoprogenitor, osteoblast or osteoblast phenotype cell types and cell populations are provided. The cell populations may include additional cell types, such as endothelial cells or progenitors. The osteoprogenitors, osteoblasts or osteoblast phenotype cells may be used in therapy, particularly bone therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Universite Libre de Bruxelies
    Inventors: Dominique Egrise, Valerie Gangji, Jean-Philippe Hauzeur, Micheline Lambermont, Michel Toungouz
  • Patent number: 8337834
    Abstract: Cells present in processed lipoaspirate tissue are used to treat patients. Methods of treating patients include processing adipose tissue to deliver a concentrated amount of stem cells obtained from the adipose tissue to a patient. The methods may be practiced in a closed system so that the stem cells are not exposed to an external environment prior to being administered to a patient. Compositions that are administered to a patient include a mixture of adipose tissue and stem cells so that the composition has a higher concentration of stem cells than when the adipose tissue was removed from the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cytori Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Fraser, Marc H. Hedrick
  • Patent number: 8339118
    Abstract: In one aspect, a method of reducing power consumption in a circuit by adaptive bias current generation of a bias current configured to bias, at least in part, at least one amplifier of the circuit is provided. The method comprises establishing the bias current based, at least in part, on a reference frequency of a reference clock providing a clock signal to at least one component of the circuit, and changing the bias current in response to a change in the reference frequency of the at least one reference clock, the bias current being change non-linearly with respect to the change in the reference frequency of the at least one reference clock. In another aspect, the method comprises establishing the bias current based, at least in part, on a capacitance of a reference capacitor, and changing the bias current in response to a change in the capacitance of the reference capacitor such that the bias current is changed non-linearly with respect to changes in the capacitance of the reference capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Analog Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald A. Kapusta, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8339424
    Abstract: An organic light emitting display which prevents unnecessary illumination of the organic light emitting diodes is disclosed. The display has an emission driver which globally turns off all of the pixels during an initialization period, and allows normal operation during other times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seon-I Jeong, Mi-Hae Kim, Ki-Myeong Eom, Jin-Tae Jeong
  • Patent number: 8338403
    Abstract: A compound having a hyperglycemia improving effect and a hemoglobin A1c lowering action such as 4-methylcholest-7-en-3-ol, 4-methylergost-7-en-3-ol and 4-methylstigmast-7-en-3-ol is used as an active ingredient of a drug or food or drink for improving hyperglycemia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryuuichi Higuchi, Masanori Inagaki, Hirotoshi Hayasawa, Muneo Yamada, Miyuki Tanaka, Eriko Misawa, Noriko Wakimoto, Yousuke Itou