Patents Represented by Attorney Lewis and Roca LLP
  • Patent number: 8210943
    Abstract: A system for targeting and attack of one or more enemies in a game environment is provided. A player may designate an enemy or enemies on a display screen as a target and subsequently initiate an attack of the targeted enemy or enemies. The display allows for flexibility in choosing which enemies to attack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Bruce Woodard, Dylan Jobe
  • Patent number: 8213267
    Abstract: A day clock has day, hour, and minute hands revolving continuously around a common center. It has a time adjustment knob and a day adjustment knob. When the day adjustment knob is pulled out, a set of gears are disengaged, allowing the day hand to be adjusted with that knob without affecting the other hands. Then, when the set of gears are reengaged, the time adjustment knob can be utilized to set the time of day. In order to set the day and time accurately, the user may first set the time to midnight with the time adjustment knob, pull out the day adjustment knob, set the day to a clock face line between days with that knob, push that knob back in, and then set the time to the correct time with the time adjustment knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: DayClocks, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Kallestad
  • Patent number: 8209437
    Abstract: A data management application that may be implemented in a mobile device to perform two-way synchronization of electronic messages and/or PIM data with a server device. The device may be a mobile device such as a mobile phone or Smartphone, as well as a personal digital assistant, notebook computer, or other mobile device communicating using any of several wireless protocols. PIM data may include PIM application objects or other data, including but not limited to calendar, contact, and task object data. The data management application may synchronize e-mail and PIM data on a client device with that of a server where the server and client utilize one or more different protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Rockliffe Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Henders, Rory Fitzpatrick, John Davies
  • Patent number: 8205804
    Abstract: A flexible fluid delivery line with an end fitting retention bracket is disclosed for use during installation of an irrigation or sprinkler system. The retention bracket is malleable along its length and facilitates the positioning and orientation of a sprinkler head or other fluid delivery device with respect to the surrounding ground level. The retention bracket has two annular sleeves connected by a malleable elongate member. Through the pair of annular sleeves passes a semi-flexible riser. The annular sleeves are configured to substantially match the external circumference of the end fittings and retain the fitting therein. The retention bracket may be bent to suit various installation angles. The retention bracket prevents undesired turning or displacement of the end fittings during installation/use/removal of a sprinkler head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Parker
  • Patent number: 8196811
    Abstract: A multiple criteria buying and selling system and method is provided. A seller initially establishes a deal structure for a product, which provides seller defined selling criteria information relating to the purchasing of the product, such as volume per unit price, quality, delivery time and warranty information. A buyer will be able to review a list of deals if the seller's selling criteria matches a buyer defined buying criteria. The deal structure is preferably set up so as to provide buyers with both price and non-price criteria information that the buyer's would consider important in a purchase of the type of product being offered by the seller. The deal structure is electronically made available to potential buyers of the product. For example, the deal structure may be displayed on an Internet site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: eWinWin, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Mesaros
  • Patent number: 8194135
    Abstract: A system and method for rendering unobstructed views in a gaming environment are provided. The system includes a memory for storing a camera navigation/control model, a central processing unit for executing the camera navigation/control model to provide unobstructed and non-disorienting target character views, and a graphics processing unit configured to render the unobstructed views of the target in an image for display. In addition, the camera navigation/control model includes an object detection model, line-of-sight restoration models to restore a line-of-sight view of an obstructed target, and a camera navigation path model. A line-of-sight restoration method is used to move the camera to provide an unobstructed view of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Gavin Michael James
  • Patent number: 8192260
    Abstract: A fantasy sports game provides for a league of fantasy teams, each managed and owned by a fantasy game player. Teams are filled through a player draft of active players followed by ranking each drafted fantasy team utilizing current season player statistics in multiple predefined categories. The rankings in the various categories are totaled to determine team, and thus fantasy game player, rankings. The player statistics utilized are current as of the previous night during regular season play, and as of the end of the season between seasons of play. The draft may be an online web application or utilize live video conferencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Sports Draft Daily, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Scott Fleming
  • Patent number: 8192073
    Abstract: A mixing apparatus is disclosed. The mixing apparatus comprises a mixing device having a constant flow area. The mixing device is configured to create a shearing environment. Several types of mixing apparatus are disclosed. Methods for producing aqueous fuel emulsions with consistently uniform dispersed phase particle sizes using a mixing apparatus are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Jack L. Waldron, Patrick Grimes
  • Patent number: 8191021
    Abstract: A method for single event transient filtering in an integrated circuit device is described. The device comprises three sequential elements, each having a data input and a data output with each of the three data outputs coupled to one of three inputs of a voting gate. The method comprises generating first and second nominally equivalent logic signals in first and second SET domains, converting the first and second nominally equivalent logic signals into first, second and third nominally equivalent data channels, and transmitting the first, second and third nominally equivalent data channels to the data inputs of the first, second and third sequential elements. Provision is made for applying the method to logic designs implemented in programmable logic integrated circuit devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Actel Corporation
    Inventor: Sana Rezgui
  • Patent number: 8191148
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for classifying messages are disclosed. A plurality of fraud indicators are identified in the message. A signature of the message is generated. The generated signature of the message is compared to a stored signature. The stored signature is based on a statistical analysis of fraud indicators in a second message associated with the stored signature. A determination as to whether the message is fraudulent is made based on the comparison. The message is processed based on the determination that the message is a fraudulent message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: SonicWALL, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Oliver, Scott D. Eikenberry, Gleb Budman, Brian Kim
  • Patent number: 8184122
    Abstract: An electronic entertainment system for creating a video sequence by executing video game camera behavior based upon a video game sound file includes a memory configured to store an action event/camera behavior (AE/CB) database, game software such as an action generator module, and one or more sound files. In addition, the system includes a sound processing unit coupled to the memory for processing a selected sound file, and a processor coupled to the memory and the sound processing unit. The processor randomly selects an AE pointer and a CB pointer from the AE/CB database. Upon selection of the CB pointer and the AE pointer, the action generator executes camera behavior corresponding to the selected CB pointer to view an action event corresponding to the selected AE pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Ed Annunziata
  • Patent number: 8174527
    Abstract: A system and method for environment mapping determines a computer-generated object's reflective appearance, based upon position and orientation of a camera with respect to the object's location. An embodiment of the present invention is implemented as a real-time environment mapping for polygon rendering, however, the scope of the invention covers other rendering schemes. According to one embodiment of the present invention, a vector processing unit (VPU) uses a modified reflection formula—r=e?(e·(n+eo))(n+eo)/(1?nz)=e?(e·[nx, ny, nz?1])[nx, ny, nz?1]/(1?nz), wherein eo=[0,0,?1], and nx, ny, and nz are the components of the surface normal vector n—to compute reflective properties of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Mark Evan Cerny, Pal-Kristian Engstad
  • Patent number: 8172656
    Abstract: Methods and systems for emotion-based game character manipulation are provided. Each character is associated with a table of quantified attributes including emotional attributes and non-emotional attributes. An adjustment to an emotional attribute of a game character is determined based on an interaction with another game character. The emotional attribute of the first game character is adjusted, which further results in an adjustment to a non-emotional attribute of the first game character. The behavior of the first game character is then determined based on the adjusted non-emotional attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Ed Annunziata
  • Patent number: 8167195
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for enhancing the security of a cluster box unit which includes a protective enclosure, internal cabinetry, door, hinge and locking system. The cluster box unit may also include outgoing mail compartment doors that are heavily constructed and rigidly reinforced, with the locks carried thereon protectively shielded, and with the extensible bolts of these locks being engaged by brackets that not only lock the outgoing mail compartment doors but also the master loading doors of the cluster box units. The cluster box unit may also include master loading doors are provided with hinges that extend the full height of the doors—hinges that are defined by pivotally interfitting elements of extrusions that very sturdily mount the master loading doors, that prevent prying or bending the doors in the vicinities of their hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Ryszard K. Mikolajczyk, Taurris D. Baskerville
  • Patent number: 8170959
    Abstract: A label and a method for providing a label to a user is described. The label may be a mailing label to be placed on letters or parcels. The label includes information such as postage, delivery address, return address, and a barcode for tracking delivery information. A user may request both a label and postage in what, to the user, appears to be a single computerized connection on a single internet web-page. A postage indicia is provided through a postage provider with whom the user has a deposit or credit. The label itself may be generated through a label-generating application hosted or generated by an entity separate from the postage provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventors: Stuart Willoughby, Ronald F. Smith, Daniel Lord, Charles Outman, Joseph A. Otten, John Gullo, Anna Vale
  • Patent number: 8162351
    Abstract: Provided is a small mobile robot which moves back and forth and left and right while keeping its posture by two main wheels. The small mobile robot includes built-in auxiliary wheels to overcome topographical elevation differences. The auxiliary wheels of the small mobile robot are attached to a servomotor. The servomotor is driven by remote control, and the auxiliary wheel can be moved to the position required for operation. When the robot is in a normal state, the auxiliary wheels are retracted in the robot. When the robot meets a stepped topography, the auxiliary wheels are lowered out to contact a ground to support the main wheels going over the stepped topography. The small mobile robot includes a sensor for sensing obstacles and a control module to make a detour around obstacles while moving to a target point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Hoya Robot Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: So-Young Lee, Jeong-Ho Kang, Min-Kyu Kim
  • Patent number: 8160082
    Abstract: A communication device communicates with an originating device during an originating session and receives originating data from the originating device over a wireless communication link and then communicates with a receiving device during a receiving session and sends the originating data to the receiving device over a wireless communication link, such that the originating session and the receiving session occur at different times, and at least one of the sessions is an ad hoc communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Adam Harris, William McCarroll
  • Patent number: 8160931
    Abstract: The demand aggregation system includes deal room sponsored by a third party host. The third party host facilitates commercial transactions between a plurality of buyers and at least one seller. In exchange for sponsorship of such a deal room, the third party host can receive an incentive such as a percentage of sales, seller discount or the like. Furthermore, mechanisms are provided to aid discovery of sellers and/or offers that can be included in a group buying event for a buying group. The buying group receives a greater discount as the total purchase amount in the group buying event increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: eWinWin, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory J. Mesaros
  • Patent number: 8152613
    Abstract: Methods and systems for damaging objects in digital environments are provided. The objects may be defined by a number of tiles. Tiles may be joined together to form objects of various sizes, shapes, and facades. The tiles may be broken up or divided into smaller tiles as the objects sustain damage. These smaller tiles may be rejoined to the objects providing virtually unlimited ways in which the objects can be damaged. In addition, the objects may incorporate stress-related damage that allows the object to break or collapse under its own weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: David Ratdogg Williams, Andrew Graham Styles, Scott Francis Butler
  • Patent number: D662987
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Laerdal Medical AS
    Inventor: Jens Petter Ianke