Patents Represented by Attorney Marger Johnson & McCollom, P.C.
  • Patent number: 8046484
    Abstract: A method of transmitting data is disclosed. The method transmits data from a source device over a contention channel in a centralized network to more than one device on the channel, including a central coordinator. The method then waits for a data acknowledgment signal from the central coordinator as an indicator of successful reception of the data by any device to which the data was transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Sharp Laboratories of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Ayyagari, Tomohiko Ozeki
  • Patent number: 8040722
    Abstract: A memory cell array including a data line; a capacitor; and a transistor coupled between the data line and the capacitor. At least one of the capacitor and the transistor includes a material with a mutable electrical characteristic. A memory cell array including a first transistor coupled between a first node, a second node, and a third node; and a second transistor coupled between the second node and a fourth node. The first transistor includes a material with a mutable electrical characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: William S. Wong, Sanjiv Sambandan, Tse Nga Ng, Robert A. Street
  • Patent number: 8040364
    Abstract: An imaging system including an image receiving structure including a tunable-resistivity material; and an energy source to emit an energy beam at the image receiving structure to pattern-wise program the tunable-resistivity material. A resistivity can be pattern-wise changed. Marking material can be pattern-wise adhered in response to the pattern-wise changed resistivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Timothy D. Stowe, Eugene M. Chow, Ashish V. Pattekar, Eric Peeters
  • Patent number: 8040729
    Abstract: A memory cell array including a data line; a capacitor; and a transistor coupled between the data line and the capacitor. At least one of the capacitor and the transistor includes a material with a mutable electrical characteristic. A memory cell array including a first transistor coupled between a first node, a second node, and a third node; and a second transistor coupled between the second node and a fourth node. The first transistor includes a material with a mutable electrical characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: William S. Wong, Sanjiv Sambandan, Tse Nga Ng, Robert A. Street
  • Patent number: 8039785
    Abstract: The present invention provides an optical system having an array of light emitting semiconductor devices to performing an operation that have multiple characteristics associated with performing the operation. The array includes at least one detector located within the array to selectively monitor multiple characteristics of the light emitting semiconductor devices and is configured to generate a signal corresponding to the selected characteristic. A controller is configured to control the light emitting semiconductor devices in response to the signal from the at least one detector. At least one of the multiple characteristics may be concentrated at an area of the array and the at least one detector may be located within the array at the area of the array to selectively monitor characteristic that is concentrated at the area of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Phoseon Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Olson, Duwayne R. Anderson, Robert G. Culter, Mark D. Owen
  • Patent number: 8039938
    Abstract: A package includes a pad chip having contact pads, a spring chip having micro-springs in contact with the contact pads to form interconnects, the area in which the micro-springs contact the contact pads forming an interconnect area, an assembly material between the pad chip and the spring chip arranged to form a gap between the pad chip and the spring chip, and an underfill material in a portion of the gap to form a mold from the pad chip and the spring chip. A package includes a pad chip having contact pads, a spring chip having micro-springs in contact with the contact pads to form interconnects, the area in which the micro-springs contact the contact pads forming an interconnect area, an assembly material between the pad chip and the spring chip arranged to form a gap between the pad chip and the spring chip, an underfill material in the gap to form a mold from the pad chip and the spring chip, and at least one wall between the underfill material and the interconnect area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Christopher L. Chua, Bowen Cheng, Eugene M. Chow, Dirk De Bruyker
  • Patent number: 8036357
    Abstract: A method and system for registering external telephone numbers and associating such external telephone numbers with an extension in a voice mail system. When a call is received from a telephone which is not registered in the called systems database, after the caller has identified an extension and entered an appropriate password, the user is given an opportunity to register the external telephone with the system and to associate the telephone with and extension in the called system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Fujita-Yuhas
  • Patent number: 8033396
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for arranging, transporting, and/or serving food is provided to improve various aspects of food catering. A food handling apparatus includes a base platter having a predefined pattern of food location indicators thereon. Food elements are arranged on the base platter according to the predefined pattern. The apparatus includes food cell members configured to cover the food elements, maintain a separation of the food elements one from another, and protect the food elements from damage. The apparatus includes a lid positioned over the food cell members and attached to the base platter. At a serving location, the food cell members are uncovered from the food cell members, thereby revealing the food elements in the predefined pattern without additional handling of the food elements. The food elements can therefore be efficiently transferred through a food catering logistics chain while maintaining quality and appearance, and reducing contamination and illness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Klassic Corporation
    Inventor: Miguel Angel Mendez
  • Patent number: 8035862
    Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a fax decoding/re-encoding system for transferring fax images between a sending fax machine and a receiving fax machine includes a decoder responsive to an encoded fax image defined by rows of scan lines. The decoder decodes the scan lines of the encoded fax image and generates run-length representation of the encoded fax image. A scanline manipulation device is responsive to the run-length representation for manipulating the same and generating a manipulated fax image without generating a bitmap of the encoded fax image. The fax decoding/re-encoding system further including a re-encoder responsive to the manipulated fax image and adaptive to generate a re-encoded fax image that is substantially the same as the encoded fax image, wherein the fax decoding/re-encoding system avoids the need for a bitmap for generating a re-encoded fax image thereby substantially reducing re-encoding time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Alexandrovich Gurevich
  • Patent number: 8034666
    Abstract: A method for producing a multi-layer thick-film RF package includes forming conductive layer(s) including one or more source portions, one or more gate portions, and/or one or more drain portions on a ceramic substrate. The conductive layer(s) and the ceramic substrate are fired or otherwise heated in a furnace until sintered. Thereafter, a dielectric pattern is formed on the conductive layer(s) and fired or otherwise heated in the furnace until sintered. Then, a conductive bridge is formed on the dielectric pattern, over the one or more drain portions and between the one or more source portions, which is then fired until sintered in the furnace. As a result, a monolithic, single-piece, sintered, high-frequency RF power transistor package having circuit features including a highly conductive and low capacitive bridge is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Microsemi Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin A. Samples
  • Patent number: 8028794
    Abstract: A case for an electronic device can include two pieces. A first piece can be configured to be attached to the electronic device in a substantially fixed position. A second piece can be configured to be attached to the electronic device in one of multiple substantially fixed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Futuristic Audio Design Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Falco Freeman
  • Patent number: 8026978
    Abstract: A camera module includes a lens unit; a holder which houses the lens unit therein and is displaceable along an optical axis direction of the lens unit; a coil provided on the holder; a yoke, four main magnets and two flat plate-shaped auxiliary magnets which provide a magnetic field to the coil, in which the yoke has a roughly rectangular and relatively thin box shape of which bottom side is opened so that the yoke is defined by four side wall portions and a top plate portion, and the yoke also has an opening formed in the top plate portion for receiving the holder; upper and lower leaf springs respectively attached to the upper and lower cylindrical end portions of the holder for supporting the holder so as to be displaceable along the optical axis direction; and a base which supports the yoke and the lower leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomohiko Osaka
  • Patent number: 8026879
    Abstract: A display that includes energy sensors within the display itself is disclosed. An Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) can be made to operate both as a light emitter and as an energy detector. When forward biased with an appropriate driving signal, the OLED emits light via electroluminescence, which can be used to make a portion of an image on the display. In another mode, the OLED can detect energy by converting incoming photons or energy into an electrical signal by the photoelectric effect. By operating OLEDs in the display in both emissive and sensing modes, energy that shines on the display, such as from an outside source can be detected at the same time an image is shown. Additionally, a display including OLEDs can detect light energy generated by the display itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Booth, Jr., Daniel Seligson
  • Patent number: 8024276
    Abstract: Provided is a method comprising delivering a video of an event to a learner that includes a still menu that effectuates and simulates a pause; recording a video of an action by the learner in response to the event; presenting to the learner the video of the action by the learner; presenting to the learner a video showing a preferred action by a master in response to the event; and recording at least one additional action by the learner. Also provided is a method for teaching a learner how to respond to an event comprising allowing the learner to choose among recording an action in response to a video of an event, viewing one or more recorded actions of a master, and comparing the two videos; wherein recording may be chosen before and after either or both viewing and reviewing, and the recordings are viewable as videos on a monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Drane Associates, LP
    Inventors: Douglas Drane, Paula Fracasso, David Rowland
  • Patent number: 8024463
    Abstract: Systems and methods of tracking activity over networks and, in particular, tracking web activity over the Internet are described. Exemplary systems and methods may include a receiver for receiving a request from a visitor for a data object, a processor for providing a cookie to track the visitor's web activity, and a transmitter for transmitting the cookie to the visitor in response to the request. The cookie may comprise tracking information for a plurality of web sites visited by the visitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Webtrends, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Bard Hanson, Martin Waugh
  • Patent number: 8023654
    Abstract: A method for securing human to human communication over a network includes receiving, by a first computer, an incoming authenticated data stream from a second computer over a first communication channel, the incoming authenticated data stream having been computed using an incoming digital experiential data stream and a first imprint, and extracting the first imprint from the incoming authenticated data stream. The incoming authenticated data stream is then presented for sensory experience by a human. An outgoing digital experiential data stream is then input and the method computes a second imprint associated with the first computer and computes an outgoing authenticated data stream using the outgoing digital experiential data stream and the second imprint. A second communication channel is then secured from the first computer to the second computer using the first imprint, the second communication channel suitable for sending the outgoing authenticated data stream to the second computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul J. Stewart, Dirk Balfanz, Glenn E. Durfee, Diana K. Smetters
  • Patent number: 8013465
    Abstract: An exhaust energy recovery and electrical generation system includes a conduit having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the conduit is configured to receive a gas flow transmitted by a gas flow channel of a gas flow source and wherein the conduit is configured to transmit the received gas flow from the first end thereof toward the second end thereof. A first blade assembly is coupled to the conduit, wherein the first blade assembly is configured to be moved when the received gas flow is transmitted from the first end of the conduit; and an electrical generator coupled to the first blade assembly to generate electricity when the first blade assembly moves. A cross-sectional area of the first end of the conduit may be less than a cross-sectional area of the gas flow channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey Ryan Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8012403
    Abstract: Porous ceramic and hybrid ceramic films are useful as low dielectric constant interlayers in semiconductor interconnects. (Hybrid ceramic films are defined as films that contain organic and ceramic molecular components in the structure, as, for example, organosilicates). This invention describes the usefulness of humidity treatments (using specific temperature/humidity treatments as illustrative examples) in increasing mechanical integrity of porous dielectric films with minimal detrimental effect on film porosity or dielectric constant and with no adverse impact on film quality. The efficacy of such treatments is illustrated using surfactant-templated mesoporous silicate films as an example. This invention also describes a specific family of additives to be used with highly pure alkali-metal-free ceramic and hybrid precursors for such dielectric films that will enable better control of the film porosity and quality and lower dielectric constants with the required mechanical integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Battelle Memorial Institute
    Inventors: Jerome C. Birnbaum, Glen E. Fryxell, Shari Li Xiaohong, Christopher A. Coyle, Glen C. Dunham, Suresh Baskaran, Ralph E. Williford
  • Patent number: D647230
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Life+Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Bertken
  • Patent number: D647231
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Life+Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Bertken