Patents Represented by Attorney Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C.
  • Patent number: 8323214
    Abstract: An oral testing device has a housing comprising a window for visually exposing test strips within the housing and a donor sample pad coupled to a first end of the housing. In addition, the oral testing device has a mirror hingedly coupled to a second end of the housing positioned for viewing the test strips when the donor sample pad is inserted within a donor's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Larry Hartselle
  • Patent number: 8299912
    Abstract: A system has a sensing device for detecting a signal and logic configured to discover the sensing device at a location on a user's body, the logic further configured to monitor the signal for an event and upon receiving information indicating an event has occurred the logic is further configured to transmit event data indicative of the event to a controller via a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Halo Monitoring, Inc.
    Inventor: Chris A. Otto
  • Patent number: 8273334
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and composition for transforming hair. The composition is a dual composition that is useful to curl or straighten hair. The composition also repairs hair. The reducing solution includes monoethanolamine and thioglycolic acid and is essentially ammonium hydroxide free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Farouk Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Farouk Shami
  • Patent number: 8242785
    Abstract: An anomaly detection system comprises an echo canceler and anomaly detection logic. The echo canceler has a plurality of taps respectively associated with a plurality of tap coefficients. The anomaly detection logic is configured to determine a difference between a new tap coefficient associated with one of the taps and a previous tap coefficient associated with the one tap. The anomaly detection logic is configured to perform a comparison between the difference and a threshold and to detect an anomaly along a telecommunication line based on the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: ADTRAN, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Hunt, Fred Chu, Lee T. Gusler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8208604
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for diagnosing loop anomalies for bonded-loop communication media. In one exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure, a communication medium comprises a plurality of bonded loops that couple network communication equipment (e.g., communication equipment at a central office) to customer premises (CP) communication equipment residing at a customer premises. If communication occurring over one of the loops becomes significantly degraded (e.g., if the SNR of the loop falls below a predefined threshold or id communication across the loop is interrupted), then loop diagnostic logic at the customer premises performs a diagnostic test on the loop. Information indicative of the diagnostic test is then communicated to the network equipment via one of the other bonded loops. Thus, the network service provider is able to receive information indicative of the diagnostic test without having to send a technician to the customer premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: ADTRAN, Inc.
    Inventors: Fred Chu, Philip David Williams
  • Patent number: 8205502
    Abstract: A system in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure comprises a plurality of electrodes communicatively coupled to an electromagnetically sensitive bio-organism isolated from electrostatic energy and control logic configured to detect at least one signal from the electrodes and determine, based upon the at least one signal, whether seismic activity is present, the at least one signal indicative of an action potential in the bio-organism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Bioelectrochemistry, LLC
    Inventor: Alexandre G. Volkov
  • Patent number: 8204971
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for controlling sensor networks. A sensor network has a plurality of sensor nodes, which have sensors for monitoring operational parameters of devices within an application-specific system. A wireless communication module is provided for each node to enable the node to wirelessly communicate with other nodes of the network. A user defines various scripts for controlling the behavior of one or more nodes, and the network distributes the scripts, as appropriate, to various nodes thereby implementing the behavior defined by the scripts. Accordingly, a user can easily and dynamically configure or re-configure the behavior of any node without having to physically access the node that is being configured or re-configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Synapse Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Ewing, Rick A. Martindale
  • Patent number: 8199790
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a reactor vessel for plasma gasification reactors employing a DC graphite electrode, AC graphite electrodes, AC plasma torches or DC plasma torches to create a high-energy plasma arc for the pyrolytic decomposition of feed materials. The vessel is configured with an upper portion and a lower portion, where the lower portion is for the containment of a layer of molten metal (iron) and a second layer of slag and having a substantially uniform width, while the upper portion being for the containment of gas and having a varying width. The reactor vessel comprises a steel shell housing a multi-layered wall that defines a chamber where the multi-layered wall includes a first layer high-density refractory material, a second intermediate layer of a insulating material, and a third outer layer of high-density refractory materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Plasma Waste Recycling, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodrigo B. Vera
  • Patent number: 8199905
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for identifying subscriber lines coupled to transceivers of interest. In one exemplary embodiment, an end of a subscriber line is coupled to and terminated by a transceiver of interest. The other end of the subscriber line is coupled to a speaker. The transceiver is then selectively activated and deactivated causing it to transmit its normal frequency spectrum in a predefined pattern. The frequency spectrum includes frequencies audible to humans. Thus, the speaker produces sound capable of being heard by a human, and the sound exhibits periods of noise followed by periods of silence. Indeed, the periods of noise and silence are in a pattern according to the activation/deactivation pattern of the transceiver. Thus, a user can identify the subscriber line that is coupled to the transceiver by identifying which of the lines is coupled to the speaker when the speaker emits noise and silence according to the predefined pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Adtran, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Barrett, Jeffrey E. Boswell, Christopher R. Hodges
  • Patent number: 8190777
    Abstract: An integrated system concurrently connects voice and data communications devices used by small and medium sized businesses to a network T1 data line terminating at the customer premises. A system chassis includes multiple slots and backplane connectors for removably receiving a bank controller unit (BCU), power service unit (PSU), and one or more different types of smart and dumb voice and data access modules that provide the functional interface to the customer premises equipment. The BCU controls the operation of the system, which can be configured by the customer through an external terminal interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: ADTRAN, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert James Toth, Gary M. Willoughby, W. Stuart Venters
  • Patent number: 8164302
    Abstract: A service station facility for replenishing various motivational energy sources onboard different types of automotive vehicles is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the service station facility includes a rack, replaceable fuel tanks, a service module, and an electronic computer control system. The replaceable fuel tanks are stocked on the rack and substantially filled with various fluids, such as hydrogen, which are utile as motivational energy sources within fuel-operated automotive vehicles. The service module is mounted on the rack, and the electronic computer control system is connected in electrical communication with the service module. In this configuration, the service module is controllably operable to receive a depleted replaceable fuel tank from a fuel-operated automotive vehicle and also selectively deliver one of the filled replaceable fuel tanks onboard the automotive vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Peter David Capizzo
  • Patent number: 8163253
    Abstract: A tamper-proof, point-of-collection specimen assay apparatus including three selectively connectable and sealable chambers, including a first chamber for receiving a specimen, a second chamber housing a specimen testing device and a specimen transfer site positioned between the first chamber and the second chamber for selectively depositing a portion of the specimen from the first chamber into the second chamber and a third chamber having inlets for depositing another portion of the specimen from the first chamber into the third chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: R. Lawrence Hartselle
  • Patent number: 8159210
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of detecting the configuration of a network having a feeder line with a plurality of feeder meters and distribution transformer meters (DTMs) coupled thereto and with one or more customer meters and/or customer configuration modules coupled to the distribution transformers. The method includes the steps of having each of the feeder meters transmit a uniquely identifiable signal through the feeder line. The DTMs then identifying the phase of each of the uniquely identifiable signals and then transmitting the phase of each of the uniquely identifiable signals to a data collector along with a unique DTM identifier. The connectivity relationship between the feeder meters and distribution transformer meters is then extrapolated by comparing the phase information transmitted by the DTMs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Kinects Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric George de Buda, John Cecil Kuurstra
  • Patent number: 8160187
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for cancelling crosstalk. A multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) system in accordance with one exemplary embodiment of the present disclosure has a plurality of receivers, which are capable of exchanging information with one another. Each receiver is coupled to a respective subscriber line and receives signals from a remote transmitter. In each path of the MIMO system, in domain crosstalk and possibly some combination of noise, alien crosstalk, and/or other interference such as RF interference, is canceled from the signal being processed. In some cases, a cancellation signal for cancelling crosstalk is based on an output of a symbol decision element, such as a slicer or decoder, thereby improving the accuracy of the cancellation signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: ADTRAN, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Turner, Leif J. Sandstrom, John Gordon Brooks
  • Patent number: 8130673
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally pertains to systems and methods for using predefined network addresses in wireless sensor networks. In one exemplary embodiment, a system comprises a first node and a plurality of nodes defining a wireless sensor network. The wireless sensor network is configured to allow nodes to dynamically join, and each of the plurality of nodes has a respective network address for the wireless sensor network. The first node has a predefined network address that identifies the first node in the wireless sensor network, and the predefined network address is known to the first node prior to the first node joining the wireless sensor network such that the first node is able to immediately communicate via the wireless sensor network using the predefined network address upon joining the wireless sensor network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Synapse Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Ewing, Kevin R. Banks
  • Patent number: 8122352
    Abstract: A parts marking system has memory for storing data indicative of at least one algorithm associated with at least one object material and logic configured to display the at least one algorithm to a display device and receive a user input for at least one part in response to the displayed algorithm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: The Force, Inc.
    Inventor: Nancy Regan
  • Patent number: 8105062
    Abstract: A system for curing tires that does not require a traditional bladder is described. The system disclosed has top and bottom assembly rings that are coupled to modified mold rings. The bottom assembly ring has a curing medium delivery system, which has ports and a diverter that disperses the curing medium thereby reducing the momentum of the curing medium striking a liner of the tire being cured. The system is adapted for easy installation to existing center post presses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Curing Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Don Cain
  • Patent number: 8100693
    Abstract: An apparatus of the present disclosure has a dental tray cup filled with a silicone elastomer and elastomeric sheeting covering the silicone elastomer in the dental tray cup. A method of the present disclosure comprises the steps of providing a dental tray, filling the dental tray with an elastomeric material, covering the elastomeric material in the dental tray with a sheeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Henry Darnell
  • Patent number: 8081590
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for controlling nodes in a communication network, such as a wireless sensor network. In one exemplary embodiment, a node, referred to herein as a “coordinator node,” controls the operation of various nodes, referred to herein as “sensor nodes,” that are configured to monitor various parameters. The coordinator node from time-to-time broadcasts a beacon to the sensor nodes. The beacon can include various information that is used by the sensor nodes for control. In one exemplary embodiment, the beacon includes node-specific information that informs at least some nodes that they are to transition to a sleep state for a certain period of time. Such nodes, based on the beacon, transition to a sleep state, thereby conserving electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Synapse Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade C. Patterson, Rick Martindale
  • Patent number: D661708
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: C&L Performance, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee F. Bender