Patents Represented by Attorney Marger Johnson & McCollom, P.C.
  • Patent number: 8120122
    Abstract: A method of forming a pattern includes forming a first layer on a substrate, forming a second layer on the first layer, depositing a multi-temperature phase-change material on the second layer, patterning the second layer using the multi-temperature phase-change material as a mask, reflowing the multi-temperature phase-change material, and patterning the first layer using the reflowed multi-temperature phase-change material as a mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Jong Ho Limb
  • Patent number: 8120706
    Abstract: We describe and claim a video system and method for automatic size and position adjustment according to the incoming stream. A detection module detects a size and a position of video including an aspect ratio of video on at least one channel of at least one video input source. An execution module adjusts a scale mode responsive to the detection of the size and position or aspect ratio of the video. Once the aspect ratio has been detected and the scale mode adjusted responsive to the detection, video is provided to the display of a display device. The detection and execution modules crop unintentional vertical blanking interval (VBI) lines from upconverted video signals. An on screen display includes a selection for active management that provides for automatic detection of size and position information, or a manual control mode for selection by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Pixelworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony C. Verbeck, Carl H. Alelyunas
  • Patent number: 8115213
    Abstract: A light-emitting diode includes a substrate, a lower cladding layer, an active layer having a quantum well of a thirty percent concentration of indium on the lower cladding layer, and an upper cladding layer. A method of manufacturing light-emitting diodes includes forming a lower cladding layer on a substrate, forming an active layer on the lower cladding layer such that the active layer has a quantum well of thirty percent indium, forming an upper cladding layer on the active layer, and forming a metal cap on the upper cladding layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Phoseon Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jules Braddell
  • Patent number: 8113682
    Abstract: A lighting device comprises an elongated assembly forming a water-tight chamber adjacent a first end of the lighting device, where the first end includes a transparent face along a long axis of the elongated assembly. A lighting module, having a first light source and a second light source positioned on opposite ends of the lighting module, is positioned within the water-tight chamber so that the first light source is adjacent to and is configured to project light out the transparent face in a first direction along the long axis of the elongated assembly. The second light source is configured to illuminate along an elongated portion of the elongated assembly, where the elongated portion extends from the water-tight chamber in a second direction along the long axis of the elongated assembly opposite from the first direction, and out translucent circumferential sides of the elongated portion. A button on the module allows one to selectively alternate between the first and second light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Life+Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Bertken
  • Patent number: 8110888
    Abstract: High voltage semiconductor devices with high-voltage termination structures are constructed on lightly doped substrates. Lightly doped p-type substrates are particularly prone to depletion and inversion from positive charges, degrading the ability of associated termination structures to block high voltages. To improve the efficiency and stability of termination structures, second termination regions of the same dopant type as the substrate, more heavily doped than the substrate but more lightly doped than first termination regions, are positioned adjoining the first termination regions. The second termination regions raise the field threshold voltage where the surface is vulnerable and render the termination structure substantially insensitive to positive charges at the surface. The use of higher dopant concentration in the gap region without causing premature avalanche is facilitated by only creating second termination regions for regions lacking field plate protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Microsemi Corporation
    Inventors: Jinshu Zhang, Dumitru Sdrulla, Dah Wen Tsang
  • Patent number: 8107537
    Abstract: A one-pass picture-layer rate control (RC) method and system for controlling a video encoder: The bit allocation and determination of quantization parameter (QP) in this rate control method and system are based on a Rate-Quantization (R-Q) scale model. The R-Q model is a linear one, wherein the number of bits per picture is in reverse ratio of quantization scale for that picture. A conversion of exponential-based QP to linear-scaled QP is taken in the calculation of complexity model and determination of QP. The conversion is integer-based and is consistent with the quantization array defined in the H.264 standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Zhi Zhou, Shijun Sun
  • Patent number: 8103205
    Abstract: An imaging system including an image transfer structure configured to transfer marking material to a first side of a substrate; a tacker configured to fix the marking material to the substrate; a path controller; a substrate inverter; and a fuser. The path controller is configured to switch the substrate between a first path towards the fuser and a second path extending through the substrate inverter and returning to the image transfer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Biegelsen K. David, Swartz E. Lars
  • Patent number: 8102552
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring performance of a multifunction printer (MFP) throughout the lifetime of the MFP. The MFP may include a task run-time controller to collect performance information from the MFP and to transmit the performance information to a receiver such as a host, an MFP front panel, or a website. The task run-time controller may include a high resolution timer to collect task execution times or idle time for tasks running on the MFP. The task run-time controller may also receive internal task scheduling policy alterations based on an analysis of the performance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kim Phuong Wells, James E. Owen
  • Patent number: 8102582
    Abstract: A scanning optical system including an optical source configured to generate an ultra-short light pulse, a dispersion compensation system disposed such that the ultra-short light pulse travels through the dispersion compensation system, an optical deflector configured to rotate about an axis such that the ultra-short light pulse is deflected through a scan angle, and an f-theta scan lens having a group delay (GD) variation versus relative pupil height and group delay dispersion (GDD) variation versus the scan angle that are substantially minimized. The f-theta scan lens is disposed such that the ultra-short pulse is incident on the f-theta scan lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Patrick Y. Maeda
  • Patent number: 8103701
    Abstract: A method includes receiving a user input in a design environment indicating at least one software component for which a technical design document is desired, identifying files in which information associated with the component is located, accessing the information, and formatting the information according to a technical design document template. A system has a design environment for development of software components, and a document generator to automatically generate documentation for the software components on demand. A method to design software components includes producing a design of a software component in a design environment residing upon a computer, selecting the software component for design review, and generating a design document according to a template from the design environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Brimble, Samir Buche
  • Patent number: 8096671
    Abstract: An illumination panel has four peripheral edges constructed of an upper plate and a lower plate. Each of the plates has aligned peripheral edges and an upper and lower surface. The upper plate is fabricated of an optically reflective material. The lower plate is fabricated of an optically diffusive material. Each of the illumination panels includes a peripheral frame formed of four edge pieces. Each of the edge pieces is in a cross sectional configuration to receive and support the peripheral edges of the plates. A pair of opposed recesses face each other in the edge pieces. A printed circuit board with a plurality of light emitting diodes is supported in the edge pieces by the recesses. An electrical connector is adapted to disperse electrical power to the light emitting diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: NMERA, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kent Cronk, Owen Boyd Stephens
  • Patent number: 8097872
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for storing information are provided, including using an integrated circuit including a transistor having a channel, a gate oxide layer, a gate electrode, and a modifiable gate stack layer. To store information, the on-resistance of the transistor is changed by causing a non-charge-storage based physical change in the modifiable gate stack layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Rising Silicon, Inc.
    Inventor: Franz Kreupl
  • Patent number: 8098783
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a biased tracking loop that may include encoded information. Embodiments may comprise a training pattern, utilized in a non-interfering way that allows for clock recovery, embedded information transmission and/or header alignment. Therefore, embodiments may comprise a tracking loop training pattern that comprises data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Adarsh Panikkar, Kersi H. Vakil, Pete D. Vogt
  • Patent number: 8093614
    Abstract: An illuminator (1) has bare semiconductor die light emitting diodes (7) on pads (11) of Ag/Ni/Ti material. A Si wafer (13) has a rough upper surface, and this roughness is carried through an oxide layer (12) and the pads (11) to provide a rough but reflective upper surface of the pads (11), thus forming a diffuser. Epoxy encapsulant (9) is deposited in a layer over the diodes (7) and the pads (11), and it is index matched with a top diffuser plate (8) of opal glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Phoseon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jules Braddell, Kieran Kavanagh
  • Patent number: 8083135
    Abstract: An information card overlay system can include a base card having multiple claims, an overlay card storing an overlay claim, and an overlay module that can be used to apply the overlay card to the base card. A computer-implemented method can include selecting a base card having multiple claims, selecting an overlay card storing an overlay claim, and applying the overlay card to the base card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Novell, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew A. Hodgkinson, James M. Norman
  • Patent number: 8085765
    Abstract: A border gateway has a control card and at least one line card. The control card has a control processor to execute a control portion of an exterior gateway protocol and a routing table of exterior gateway routes and devices. The line card has a line processor to execute an offload portion of an exterior gateway protocol and a communications port to allow termination of at least one communication link. A backplane allows the control card and the line card to communicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Sanjay Bakshi, Rajendra S. Yavatkar
  • Patent number: 8083327
    Abstract: A print head pump assembly has a piezo element plate having an array of piezoelectric elements, a channel plate having an array of channel regions corresponding to the array of piezoelectric elements, and a valve plate having an array of reed valve pairs corresponding to the array of channel regions. A print head assembly has at least one ink reservoir, an upper routing plate to receive ink from the ink reservoir, a lower routing plate to direct ink out of the print head, and a pump assembly to draw ink from the upper routing plate and deliver ink to the lower routing plate using piezoelectric diaphragms. A method of delivering ink to a print substrate includes providing ink to a low-pressure reservoir of a print head, drawing ink out of the low-pressure reservoir through an upper routing plate using a pump assembly internal to the print head, and pumping ink out of the print head through a lower routing plate using the pump assembly, such that the drawing and pumping processes continuously alternate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Roger G. Leighton, Gerald A. Domoto, Brian D. Bitz, Kirk S. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8082660
    Abstract: Xerographic micro-assembler systems and methods are disclosed. The systems and methods involve manipulating charge-encoded micro-objects. The charge encoding identifies each micro-object and specifies its orientation for sorting. The micro-objects are sorted in a sorting unit so that they have defined positions and orientations. The sorting unit has the capability of electrostatically and magnetically manipulating the micro-objects based on their select charge encoding. The sorted micro-objects are provided to an image transfer unit. The image transfer unit is adapted to receive the sorted micro-objects, maintain them in their sorted order and orientation, and deliver them to a substrate. Maintaining the sorted order as the micro-objects are delivered to the substrate may be accomplished through the use of an electrostatic image, as is done in xerography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeng Ping Lu, Eugene M. Chow
  • Patent number: 8083238
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a lighting system for a sporting apparatus. In one embodiment, a sporting board apparatus includes an elongated board structure having top surface, a bottom surface, and edge surfaces. The sporting board apparatus further includes a light system having a plurality of light sources coupled to a power supply. In addition, the sporting board apparatus may include a switching mechanism to control the supply of electrical power from the power supply to the light sources, and a select mechanism to control one or more light programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Seth Borges
  • Patent number: D651261
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Jessica Talisman, Inc.
    Inventor: Jessica Marian Talisman