Patents Represented by Law Firm Lyon and Lyon
  • Patent number: 7292905
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying manufacturing anomalies in a manufacturing system comprising a plurality of products which are manufactured with a plurality of manufacturing parameters is disclosed. The system comprises a data mining program applied to the data warehouse for analyzing the stored manufacturing parameters to define a normal manufacturing parameter subset. The data mining program is further for detecting that at least one of the plurality of manufacturing parameters is excluded from the normal subset. The system further comprises a reporting means for reporting the at least one detected manufacturing parameter. The data mining program may further detect that a plurality of the manufacturing parameters are excluded from the first subset. The data mining program then analyzes the detected plurality of manufacturing parameters to define a second normal subset of the detected plurality of manufacturing parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: NCR Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas J. Durrant, Bruce E. Aldridge, Ross E. Gough
  • Patent number: 6950880
    Abstract: A quality information system for receiving and/or presenting quality information in a component exchange system and methods of manufacturing and using the same. The quality information system comprises a receiving system, a converter, and an extractor. The receiving system is capable of receiving characteristic data from at least one seller processor and/or at least one buyer processor and is capable of communicating the characteristic data to the converter. Upon receiving the characteristic data, the converter converts the characteristic data into standardized characteristic data in accordance with a data standard established by the converter. The converter then communicates the standardized characteristic data to the extractor, which can present the standardized characteristic data to each of the seller processors and/or each of the buyer processors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas J. Durrant, Gerald L. Hill
  • Patent number: 6791419
    Abstract: A constant gain, constant phase RF power block, e.g., for use in a RF amplifier apparatus. In a preferred embodiment, the power block includes a DC to DC power supply circuit co-located with an RF power transistor device on a common heat sink. The power supply circuit has as an input a varying DC voltage and as outputs a constant supply voltage and a constant bias voltage. The power device has as inputs the constant supply voltage and the constant bias voltage, and further configured to receive and amplify an RF signal. The power supply circuit preferably includes a first laser trimmable resistor for setting the constant supply voltage and a second laser trimmable resistor for setting the bias voltage. In this manner, the constant supply and bias voltages may be easily tuned to a desired level during assembly of the power block device. The input and amplified RF signals are each matched to a relatively high impedance, e.g., approximately fifty ohms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Ericsson, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Moller, William Hart, James Mogel, Robert Bartola
  • Patent number: 6691120
    Abstract: A method and system for preparing a data record with multidimensional attributes for processing by a data-mining tool includes the steps of identifying a normalized data record, which includes an existing attribute comprising a plurality of dimensions, and generating a plurality of new attributes corresponding to the plurality of dimensions of the existing attribute. The method further includes creating an REI data record comprising the plurality of new attributes. The method further includes associating a plurality of value instances corresponding to the dimensions of the existing attribute with the plurality of new attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas J. Durrant, Bruce E. Aldridge
  • Patent number: 6649914
    Abstract: An x-ray imaging system according to the present invention comprising a stepped scanning-beam x-ray source and a multi-detector array. The output of the multi-detector array is input to an image reconstruction engine which combines the outputs of the multiple detectors over selected steps of the x-ray beam to generate an x-ray image of the object. A collimating element, preferably in the form of a perforated grid containing an array of apertures, interposed between the x-ray source and an object to be x-rayed. A maneuverable positioner incorporating an x-ray sensitive marker allowing the determination of the precise position coordinates of the maneuverable positioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Cardiac Mariners, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack W. Moorman, Brian Skillicorn, Edward G. Solomon, Peter J. Fiekowsky, John W. Wilent, Abigail A. Moorhouse, Robert E. Melen
  • Patent number: 6610054
    Abstract: A medical probe device comprises a catheter having a stylet guide housing with one or more stylet ports in a side wall thereof and a stylet guide for directing a flexible stylet outward through the stylet port and through intervening tissue at a preselected, adjustable angle to a target tissue. The total catheter assembly includes a stylet guide lumen communicating with the stylet port and a stylet positioned in said stylet guide lumen for longitudinal movement from the port through intervening tissue to a target tissue. The stylet can be an electrical conductor enclosed within a non-conductive layer, the electrical conductor being a radiofrequency electrode. Preferably, the non-conductive layer is a sleeve which is axially moveable on the electrical conductor to expose a selected portion of the electrical conductor surface in the target tissue. The stylet can also be a microwave antenna. The stylet can also be a hollow tube for delivering treatment fluid to the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Vidamed, Inc.
    Inventors: Stuart D. Edwards, Ronald G. Lax, Ingemar H. Lundquist, Hugh R. Sharkey
  • Patent number: 6608204
    Abstract: The present invention discloses peptide aldehydes which are potent and specific inhibitors of thrombin, their pharmaceutically acceptable salts, pharmaceutically acceptable compositions thereof, and methods of using them as therapeutic agents for disease states in mammals characterized by abnormal thrombosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Corvas International, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan Yoshiko Tamura
  • Patent number: 6585019
    Abstract: A rotary union assembly for use in an automatic tire inflation system for maintaining the desired pressure in the tires on a tractor trailer or other vehicle having pressurized axles. The assembly communicates the valve stems on a pair of adjacent tires with the axle interior through the use of a flexible tube extending between a stationary first fitting threadably engaged in the axle spindle and a rotary housing secured against the outside end surface of the hub cap so as to be positioned exteriorly of the wheel lubrication compartment and rotatable with the hub cap. The first fitting defines an open channel extending axially therethrough and includes an o-ring seal extending about the channel and forming an airtight seal within the fitting about the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Anthony L. Ingram
  • Patent number: 6559851
    Abstract: Methods for operating a graphics system which employs one or more frame buffer memory devices are disclosed which methods provide for accelerated rendering of two-dimensional and three-dimensional images in a computer graphics system One disclosed operation is a method for compressing data to be transmitted from a controller to the memory device and then decompressing the data within the memory device once it has been transmitted and received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Elizabeth J. Schlapp
  • Patent number: 6551774
    Abstract: Method and compositions are provided for the determination of telomere length and telomerase activity, as well as the ability to increase or decrease telomerase activity in the treatment of proliferative diseases. Particularly, primers are elongated under conditions which minimize interference from other genomic sequences, so as to obtain accurate determinations of telomeric length or telomerase activity. In addition, compositions are provided for intracellular inhibition of telomerase activity and means are shown for slowing or reversing the loss of telomeric repeats in aging cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignees: Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, The Regents of the University of California, Geron Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. West, Calvin B. Harley, Scott L. Weinrich, Catherine M. Strahl, Michael J. McEachern, Jerry Shay, Woodring E. Wright, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Nam Woo Kim, Homayoun Vaziri
  • Patent number: 6536023
    Abstract: An automated design rule checking software system processes a physical layout file of a circuit design to derive a list of vias needing design rule checks for violations in metal end, enclosure and/or exposure design rules. The process involves selection of vias likely to cause design rule check problems, selection of vias that violate an enclosure design rule, selection of vias violate metal end design rules, and design rule checks on the selected vias. Potentially problematic vias may be identified by expanding the dimensions of existing vias by a first predetermined minimum distance, subtracting out the metal area, and identifying those vias with residual portions remaining as potentially problematic vias. Candidate vias for an enclosure design rule check may be identified by expanding the dimensions of potentially problematic vias by a second predetermined minimum distance, subtracting out the metal area, and identifying those vias with residual portions remaining as violating the enclosure design rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Muni B. S. Mohan, Kevin E. Moynihan
  • Patent number: 6535218
    Abstract: A frame buffer memory is disclosed which provides accelerated rendering of two-dimensional and three-dimensional images in a computer graphics system. One embodiment of the disclosed memory comprises a memory array, a pixel buffer, a plurality of pixel arithmetic-logic units, an input data formatter, an output data formatter, a read data formatter, a write data formatter and an address and control input bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Elizabeth J. Schlapp
  • Patent number: 6532345
    Abstract: There are described herein systems and methods for producing and distributing personalized photographic souvenirs for spectators of an event. Equipment well-known in the art is used to take photographs of performers at the event, and to scan images or take photos of items representative of the event, for example a ticket stub, advertisement, or team names and logos. In addition, at least one pan-and-tilt camera system, also well-known in the art, is used to take an orderly, indexed series of photos of the spectators such that substantially every spectator will appear in at least one spectator photo. The spectator photos are indexed according to a predetermined mapping algorithm which maps a particular location of the venue to a virtual sector. Individual souvenirs are then created at the venue in a centralized processing location, by organizing and combining a spectator photo with the other photos and/or scanned images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: L. N. C. J. Limited
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Patent number: 6527878
    Abstract: A thixocast casting material is formed of an Fe—C—Si based alloy in which an angle endothermic section due to the melting of a eutectic crystal exists in a latent heat distribution curve and has a eutectic crystal amount Ec in a range of 10% by weight<Ec<50% by weight. This composition comprises 1.8% by weight≦C≦2.5% by weight of carbon, 1.4% by weight≦Si≦3% by weight if silicon and a balance of Fe including inevitable impurities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeshi Sugawara, Haruo Shiina, Masayuki Tsuchiya, Kazuo Kikawa, Isamu Takagi
  • Patent number: 6519905
    Abstract: A roofing system (10) adapted to be supported on a support surface (18), the system including a plurality of panels (14) arranged in partially overlapping relation to form a roof, the panels each having first (42) and second (44) side edges, an upper (26) and lower (30) surfaces providing a series of barrels (46) and pans (50), a first side region (83) defining a portion of a barrel and a first cylindrical mating surface (82), and a second-side region (66) defining a portion of a pan and a second cylindrical mating surface, the panels being arranged in overlapping relation so that the first and second mating surfaces are sealingly engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald S. W. Knighton
  • Patent number: 6517967
    Abstract: A high capacity primary (single-use; non-rechargeable) battery pack for high current portable appliances such as cellular phones employs electrochemical cells that use ambient oxygen for one of the electrodes. The pack makes possible a simple low cost design by providing for oxygen supply in a completely passive yet compact configuration. Cells may be arranged inside a housing in a tightly packed arrangement by providing internal spaces that are sized to permit diffusion and, if possible, bulk air flow. The highest volumetric energy density is achievable by permitting bulk flow of air into the housing. It has been found that in practical use, in applications such as cellular telephones, that bulk air flow can play a significant role in gas exchange required for operation. A number of design criteria are developed for providing for a mix of molecular diffusion and bulk flow in the design of battery packs according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Electric Fuel Limited
    Inventors: Yaron Shrim, Menachem Givon, Tzvi Rosenberg, Neal Naimer, Mariano Abramson, Jonathan Goldstein, Mark Slutski
  • Patent number: 6518022
    Abstract: A self-addressable, self-assembling microelectronic device is designed and fabricated to actively carry out and control multi-step and multiplex molecular biological reactions in microscopic formats. These reactions include nucleic acid hybridizations, antibody/antigen reactions, diagnostics, and biopolymer synthesis. The device can be fabricated using both microlithographic and micro-machining techniques. The device can electronically control the transport and attachment of specific binding entities to specific microlocations. The specific binding entities include molecular biological molecules such as nucleic acids and polypeptides. The device can subsequently control the transport and reaction of analytes or reactants at the addressed specific microlocations. The device is able to concentrate analytes and reactants, remove non-specifically bound molecules, provide stringency control for DNA hybridization reactions, and improve the detection of analytes. The device can be electronically replicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Nanogen, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald G. Sosnowski, William F. Butler, Eugene Tu, Michael I. Nerenberg, Michael J. Heller, Carl F. Edman
  • Patent number: D469390
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Pteazer, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond J. Newton
  • Patent number: RE38014
    Abstract: A waterproof flashlight wherein the flashlight is activated by means of a switch located in the flashlight's end cap. Another aspect of the invention being the orientation of the positive terminals of the flashlight's batteries away from the head assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Mag Instrument, Inc.
    Inventor: Lee K. Bieberstein
  • Patent number: RE38143
    Abstract: A method of providing thermal therapy to prostate tissue of a patient. The method includes: inserting a mechanical separator or infusing a fluid to separate human tissue to be treated from nontarget tissue, thereby providing thermal insulation and other beneficial effects, and applying the thermal therapy to the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Dornier Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Tierney, Richard diMonda, John Trachtenberg