Patents Represented by Attorney Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC
  • Patent number: 8302246
    Abstract: A hair brush includes a brush head and a bristle/handle assembly. The head includes a cylindrical barrel with a plurality of apertures in it, and the bristle/handle assembly includes a handle and a bristle tree assembly. The bristle tree assembly includes a central bristle rod, a plurality of bristles radially extending from the rod, and a connecting rod extending between the bristle rod and the handle. The bristle rod is positioned within the barrel, and the bristles extend through the barrel apertures in an extended position. The brush head and the bristle/handle assembly are not attached to each other, and instead they slide longitudinally relative to each other. When the handle and the barrel are slid apart from each other, the bristle rod travels with the handle to retract the bristles to a retracted positioned further within the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Goody Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Chudzik, Michael Defenbaugh
  • Patent number: 8297694
    Abstract: A child seat assembly has a clamp mechanism configured to connect to a table and a child seat coupled to and supported spaced from the clamp mechanism. The child seat is reconfigurable between a toddler seat configuration and an infant seat configuration relative to the table and the clamp mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: John (Jason) C. Arnold, IV, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8295441
    Abstract: An improved x-ray tube that includes a plurality of cathodes in a region under vacuum is provided. Several wirelessly activatable elements, which are each assigned to a cathode or a group of cathodes, are arranged in the region under vacuum and make an electrically conducting connection of the cathode or the group of cathodes to a cathode control voltage line when receiving a control signal from outside of the region under vacuum. A system that includes the improved x-ray tube and several transmitter elements for the wireless activation of the wirelessly activatable elements is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Walter Beyerlein, Andreas Böhme, Markus Hemmerlein, Oliver Heuermann, Jürgen Oelschlegel, Peter Wehrle
  • Patent number: 8291530
    Abstract: A child containment system has a child containment structure with a bottom, a perimeter side wall surrounding the bottom, and a connector part carried on each of two opposed inward facing surfaces of the perimeter wall. The system has an infant sleeping apparatus with a fabric panel having a top surface, a perimeter edge, a frame structure carrier near the perimeter edge, and an exposed portion of the frame structure positioned near each opposed end of the fabric panel. The infant sleeping apparatus is removably mounted to the child containment structure with the fabric panel suspended above the bottom of the child containment structure by connecting each exposed portion of the frame structure to a corresponding one of the connector parts of the child containment structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon Burkholder, Matt Rivera, Annette Stella
  • Patent number: 8291264
    Abstract: A system, a computer program product and a method for failure prediction are implemented on an agent. The agent is installed on a machine to be monitored. The method includes detecting service data on the machine. A reference database is accessed, and a failure pattern is provided. The detected service data are analyzed in view of the provided failure pattern by applying a correlation mechanism, such that a prediction for future failures is generated and depicted as a result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thorsten Schöler, Werner Zirkel
  • Patent number: 8289063
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a digital system that includes a distribution network having a path to carry a reference clock and an adjustable delay element disposed along the path, and first and second clock domains coupled to the distribution network to receive the reference clock and configured to be driven by respective clock waveforms, each of which has a frequency in common with the reference clock. The digital system further includes a phase detector coupled to the first and second clock domains to generate a phase difference signal based on the clock waveforms, and a control circuit coupled to the phase detector and configured to adjust the adjustable delay element based on the phase difference signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Juang-Ying Chueh, Jerry Kao, Visvesh Sathe, Marios C. Papaefthymiou, Conrad Ziesler
  • Patent number: 8281906
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to a braking apparatus, in particular for slowing down a carriage, with a brake pad, which is formed using a magnetic material, at least one first spring to press the brake pad onto a surface for the purposes of braking and an electromagnet. The brake pad, the at least one first spring and the electromagnet are disposed and embodied in such a manner that when current flows through the electromagnet a force acts on the brake pad by way of the magnetic material, compensating for the action of the at least one first spring on the brake pad in such a manner that the brake pad assumes a position, in which braking cannot take place due to the pressure of the brake pad. The braking apparatus allows braking independently of the material characteristics of the environment in which the braking apparatus is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Hesl
  • Patent number: 8285014
    Abstract: A system and method of obtaining perfusion data for cerebral tissue is described. The system includes a C-arm X-ray device and a computing system configured to obtain sets of rotational projection X-ray data suitable for reconstructing 3D voxel data sets. A first data set is obtained of the patient, and then contrast material is injected into the vascular system to obtain a second 1 data set. A first voxel data set is subtracted from the second voxel data set, and the resultant data set is processed so as to segment the contrast-enhanced vasculature from the remaining data. The segmented voxels are subtracted from the resultant voxel data set, so as to yield a functional data set representing the difference between the attenuation of the tissues after administering contrast agent and the tissues prior to administering the contrast agent, without the contrast enhanced vasculature. The attenuation of the functional data set represents the perfusion or cerebral blood volume (CBV).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Guenter Lauritsch, Thomas Redel, Michael Zellerhoff
  • Patent number: 8285021
    Abstract: A method for centering a left atrium and pulmonary veins at an isocenter of an imaging device is provided. The method includes positioning an injection catheter at a bifurcation of a pulmonary artery; obtaining an anterior or posterior flouroscopic image of area including and/or surrounding the left atrium and pulmonary veins; and moving the imaging device, patient support, or the combination thereof, such that the injection catheter and a spine of a patient are displayed in the fluoroscopic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Jan Boese, Alois Nöttling
  • Patent number: 8283645
    Abstract: A particle therapy system that includes at least one irradiation chamber, in which an object is irradiated with a treatment beam, an antechamber, which is screened off from radiation occurring in the irradiation chamber and from which access is made to the irradiation chamber, and an access area, which leads to the irradiation chamber and connects the irradiation chamber to the antechamber, is provided. A support for a patient moves along a path of travel from the antechamber, through the access area, to the irradiation chamber. A radiation protection door is arranged in the access area, and the access area is configured geometrically in such a way that the path of travel in the access area is substantially rectilinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Murat Güneysel
  • Patent number: 8277070
    Abstract: A counter includes a base and a countertop spaced from the base that has an edge that defines a border of the countertop. An edge or support collar is disposed between the base and the countertop, the edge collar including a light-transmissive band that extends along the border of the countertop. The light-transmissive band has an inner side and an outer side opposite the inner side that forms a stratified outer edge with the edge of the countertop. A light source is positioned adjacent the inner side of the edge collar and configured to emit light outward through the light-transmissive band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Crafted Countertops, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph R. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 8281286
    Abstract: Methods and systems for the automated testing of applications using an application independent GUI map are disclosed. A method includes receiving a command to change a physical description of an object of a general class in the GUI map. A physical description of the object of general class is changed in the GUI map to correspond to a specific object in a particular application. A request is received to identify the specific object in the particular application using a physical description of the specific object. The specific object is associated with the physical description of the specific object. Access is provided to the physical description of the specific object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Dung H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8272603
    Abstract: A stand, in particular a floor stand, having an arm for holding an object, in particular an imaging device in the form of an ultrasound transducer, said arm being mounted on a vertical column and movable vertically via a vertical guide, wherein a counterweight balancing the weight of the arm is provided on or in the vertical column, a device (24) being provided for moving the counterweight (21) counter to the weight force (FG) for at least partially overriding the counterbalance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Franz Fadler, Paul Weidner, Satchi Panda
  • Patent number: 8274283
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for obtaining diffusion weighted magnetic resonance images (DW-MRI) is described. The properties of the diffusion tensor in tissue are measured by applying a diffusion weighting gradient oriented along a plurality of measurement axes. The value of the magnetic field is increased by using as many of the magnetic gradient coils as are effective in contributing the gradient field strength along the axis being. In regions where the magnetic field gradient is increased, the echo time (TE) may be decreased, increasing the signal-to-noise ratio of the measurements. Alternatively, the number of measurements than are averaged to achieve a particular image quality may be decreased, reducing the patient exposure time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kecheng Liu, YongMing Dai, Tiejun Zhao, Thorsten Feiweier, Jing An
  • Patent number: 8271970
    Abstract: A method for software distribution is provided. The method is for software distribution from a central provider server of a software provider to a customer system with at least one technical device, on which at least one application program managed by the software provider is installed. The method includes storing information about a customer version of the application program used by the customer system and a current version in a database on the central provider server, and making a program packet, which corresponds to the current version of the application program, available to the customer system by way of a data line when the present customer version does not correspond to the current version.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Stefan Bayer
  • Patent number: 8271373
    Abstract: A system and method for risk analysis of a portfolio of derivative products is disclosed which is conducted based on a set of flexible rules. The system and method allow creating predefined sets of products for the purpose of future risk offsets. If a futures trade as a subset of that set of products that met a threshold level, then the subset is assigned the offset value (or a pro rata or other portion of the offset value) of the predefined set. For example, assume that the predefined set consists of one S&P 500 futures, one NASDAQ futures, one S&P Midcap 400 futures and one Russell 1000 futures and the threshold is three. If the futures trader holds any three of those four futures, the three futures can be grouped, assigned an offset value, and this group can be used as one asset for purpose of further risk offsets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitriy Glinberg, Tae S. Yoo, Dale A. Michaels, Edward Gogol
  • Patent number: 8266030
    Abstract: An electronic trading system utilizes a Match Engine that receives orders, stores them internally, calculates tradable combinations and advertises the availability of real and implied orders in the form of market data. New tradable items defined as combinations of other tradable items may be included in the calculation of tradable combinations. A technique is disclosed for transforming a combination or strategy contract with an arbitrary number of buy and sell legs with an arbitrary volume ratio for each leg into a form that can be used for rapid implied order calculations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Milne, Aleksandr Sedlin
  • Patent number: 8266046
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for analyzing a risk offset associated with a portfolio including a plurality of products traded on an exchange is disclosed. The method includes comparing a first market response of a first product in the portfolio with a second market response of a second product in the portfolio where the first and second market responses result from a change in market data, calculating an offsetting effect between the first market response and the second market response where the first and second market responses are substantially different responses to the same change in the market data, determining a diversification spread based on the offsetting effect derived between the first product and the second product, calculating a diversification spread credit based on the determined diversification spread, and adjusting a margin requirement for the portfolio based on the diversification spread credit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: Dmitriy Glinberg, Edward Gogol, Dale A. Michaels
  • Patent number: 8266037
    Abstract: A system mitigates the effects of a market spike caused by the triggering and the election of a conditional order in an automated matching system. Conditional orders submitted to a trading engine are evaluated to compare a price of an order to a predetermined price range. Matching of the orders may be delayed when the price of the orders lies outside of the predetermined price range. An opening price to be used by the trading engine is derived and a time interval is used to delay a matching of the orders until the opening price is within a predetermined price range up to a maximum delay time set by a control center. Implied spreads are also removed until other instruments within a trading unit are verified open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventors: James Farrell, James Krause
  • Patent number: 8255305
    Abstract: A method for matching orders is provided. The method includes receiving a first order for a product, the first order specifying a first volume, receiving a second order for the product, the second order specifying a second volume, wherein the first volume is different than the second volume, generating an implied order based on a ratio spread defined between the first order and the second order, and matching a third order with the implied order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Milne