Patents Represented by Attorney McAndrews, Held & Malloy
  • Patent number: 8348751
    Abstract: A bill acceptor 24.2 for a gaming machine includes a receiving zone for receiving a tendered bill. A sensing device 48 is arranged at an input region of the receiving zone for sensing at least one characteristic of the bill A controller 52 is in communication with the sensing device 48 for receiving an output signal from the sensing device 48. An annunciator 58 is controlled by the controller 52 to be activated when a bill acceptance rate of the controller 52 drops below a predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: James Rist
  • Patent number: 8348758
    Abstract: A plurality of electronic gaming machines are interconnected over a network to a central computer. Each gaming machine generates a composite video signal formed from at least two video signals. A first video signal carries game graphics information for generating at least a still graphics display which moves at selected times during play of the game. A second video signal carries video information for generating a moving video display. The two video signals are combined in accordance with key color information, which is carried by the first video signal. The combining is selectively controlled by the central computer. The central computer may also select which one of a number of second video signals may be combined with the first video signal. The central computer may also select a particular key color from a plurality of key colors defined in said key color information so as to control where on the display unit that the combining takes effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Cram
  • Patent number: 8351636
    Abstract: A system and method for acoustical communication, in which an eyeglass frame includes at least one directionally dependent microphone for capturing voice signals of a user and a communication device for signal transmission to external electronic devices, so that the directional dependence of the at least one microphone is user-specifically adjustable in an adaptive way. The directionally dependent microphones can be implemented as microphone arrays and/or in MEMS technology, and contact microphones can be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Swisscom
    Inventors: Rudolf Ritter, Eric Lauper
  • Patent number: 8350872
    Abstract: A method for generating a presentation of a region-of-interest in an original image for display on a display screen, comprising: establishing a lens for the region-of-interest, the lens having a magnified focal region for the region-of-interest at least partially surrounded by a shoulder region having diminishing magnification, the focal region having a perimeter defined by a radius r from a line segment; receiving one or more signals to adjust at least one of the radius r and a length len of the line segment to thereby adjust the perimeter; and, applying the lens to the original image to produce the presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Noregin Assets N.V., L.L.C.
    Inventors: Garth B. D. Shoemaker, Mark H. A. Tigges
  • Patent number: 8350914
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide methods and systems for calibration of an imaging camera or other image acquisition device. Certain embodiments include characterizing a transformation from a coordinate system of an imager to a coordinate system of a first sensor positioned with respect to the imager using a first off-line calibration. Certain embodiments also include characterizing a transformation from a coordinate system of an imaging camera source to a coordinate system of a second sensor positioned with respect to the imaging camera source using a second off-line calibration. Additionally, certain embodiments include quantifying intrinsic parameters of the imaging camera source based on a transformation from the coordinate system of the imager to the coordinate system of the imaging camera source based on the first and second off-line calibrations and information from the first and second sensors and a transmitter positioned with respect to an object being imaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dun Alex Li, Christopher Allen Nafis
  • Patent number: 8352572
    Abstract: A Call Session Control Function (CSCF) unit may receive from a user a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) message, which may be transmitted via a communication terminal, identifying particular media content on a particular content server, and in response the CSCF unit may transmit a second message to a particular application server (SIP-AS) if the CSCF unit determines that the SIP message is associated with the application server. The application server may generate and transmit to the communication terminal accessing information that may be used by the user to retrieve, via the communication terminal, the media content from the content server. Submitting content requests in this manner may enable routing content requests through an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), thereby making use of filtering features of the IMS for user authentication and access control, and obviating need for separate proprietary access control mechanisms for the content server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Swisscom
    Inventor: Christophe Gourraud
  • Patent number: 8349430
    Abstract: A padding system for protecting an outer surface of an appliance. The padding system includes a securing device that is attached to opposed first and second ends of a pad. The securing device consists of a first securing member that is releasably attachable to a second securing member when the pad is secured around the outer surface of the appliance. The padding system additionally includes a hand strap that is attached to the first end of the pad. A slit is formed in the pad adjacent to the second end of the pad. The hand strap is passable through the slit to provide a hand grip when the pad is secured around the outer surface of the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sears Brands, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Anthony Shee Toy
  • Patent number: 8344469
    Abstract: An image sensor includes a color filter, an over-coating layer formed on the color filter, and a medium layer formed on the over-coating layer, wherein the medium layer is configured with at least two medium layers of which refractive indices are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures II LLC
    Inventor: Won-Ho Lee
  • Patent number: 8342955
    Abstract: A bonus game controller is disclosed for use with a plurality of gaming machines in networked relationship with the bonus game controller. The bonus game controller comprises a trigger determiner arranged to determine whether a bonus trigger signal has occurred at a gaming device. The bonus game controller is arranged to implement a first bonus game when a bonus trigger signal occurs at a gaming device, and also comprises a bonus prize allocator arranged to allocate a bonus prize to the gaming device based on an outcome of the first bonus game and based on one or more respective outcomes of at least one other subsequent bonus game implemented within a qualification period. A gaming system including a plurality of gaming devices and a game controller is also disclosed. A corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty, Ltd.
    Inventors: Anthony Wayne Bond, Darnell Alfonso Johnson, Gary Frerking, John Wootress, Jr., Scott Monroe Stewart
  • Patent number: 8341913
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for suspending ceiling tiles, comprising a plurality of substantially parallel upper supports, a plurality of substantially parallel lower supports which are substantially perpendicular to the upper supports and which cross the upper supports at crossing points, the upper supports having apertures and being suspended via suspending means, a mounting clip which affixes each lower support to an upper support at a crossing point, the lower supports each having a substantially vertical web, wherein the mounting clip has the form of two plates each having an upper section and a lower section and the upper section of each plate has a protruding section at one edge, and the two protruding sections each pass through an aperture in the upper support, whereby the lower sections of the two plates pass on opposite sides of the vertical web of the lower support and press against and grip the lower support as a result of the protruding sections being held within the aperture or apertures i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Oskar Meres, Michael Bjorn Hansen
  • Patent number: 8346649
    Abstract: Provided are methods and computer software applications for generating a stock portfolio, and/or enhanced stock index, through using a plurality of growth factors and a plurality of value factors to rank stocks, and for constructing investment vehicles based on the stock portfolio. The method, software application, or computer apparatus of the present technology employs a novel stock selection strategy to select stocks from a pre-selected universe of securities such as a commercially available stock market index in order to create a stock portfolio, and/or enhanced stock index, and a fund based thereon that can generate positive alpha as compared to a fund based on the pre-selected universe of securities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: First Trust Portfolios L.P.
    Inventors: Dan Waldron, David McGarel, Robert Hensley, Christopher Peterson
  • Patent number: 8342925
    Abstract: A virtual shuffleboard table gaming apparatus including a housing having a playing field, a game acquisition circuit, and a display. As a puck is propelled towards a puck return at the distal end of the playing field, the puck temporarily obstructs at least two beams from transmitters. Sensors that receive the transmitted beams provide information to the game acquisition circuit indicative of the time when the beams were blocked and unblocked. The duration of time the beams are block are used by a game controller to calculate the angle of travel, location, and velocity of the puck. This information is then used by the game controller to determine the travel path and resting place of a virtual puck on a virtual playing field, as well as determine whether the virtual puck rests in a scoring zone and maintain a game score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Arachnid, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Martin, Patrick G. Rice
  • Patent number: 8346606
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a system for collecting and disseminating customer data and for distributing real estate marketing literature. The system includes a customer terminal, which is in communication with a data center, which, in turn, is in communication with a business terminal. The customer terminal includes a device for inputting customer data and a device for distributing relevant marketing literature. The customer data is sent to the data center, where it is stored for subsequent retrieval by a sales person using the business terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Showing Suite, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Robert Bengson
  • Patent number: 8342939
    Abstract: An electronic gaming console is illustrated having a console cabinet 10 including a prize display 12, a coin entry slot 13, a payout tray 14 and internally mounted game control processor circuits. A video game is provided for play on the console in which images of spinning reels spin and objects (balls) are dropped through a series of obstacles (pins) and eventually land in one or more of a set of containers. Prizes are paid according to either the state of the reels after spinning or the number of balls which are in each container at the end of the ball drop and/or the manner in which the pins are hit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nicholas Luke Bennett, David Villa, Christopher Stevens
  • Patent number: 8337299
    Abstract: A gaming machine has a display and a game controller arranged to control images of symbols displayed on the display. The game controller is arranged to play a game wherein at least one random event is caused to be displayed on the display and, if a predefined winning event occurs, the machine awards a prize. A game has a feature having non-monetary characteristics which can be won, the non-monetary characteristics being able to be gambled. The gaming machine includes a selector by which a player is able to gamble at least one of the non-monetary characteristics of the feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty, Ltd.
    Inventor: George Roukis
  • Patent number: 8339287
    Abstract: A device to facilitate a user interface of a computer system utilizing breath includes a body, a user side inlet defined by the body to receive a fluid flow generated by a user, an exhaust opening defined by the body, a conduit positioned between the user side inlet and the one exhaust opening, at least one segment positioned inside the body and one or more contactors positioned to be intermittently in contact with the at least one segment. The contact may occur responsive to the fluid flow generated by the user. The device may include a sensor to react to a movement of the at least one segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Inputive Corporation
    Inventor: Pierre Bonnat
  • Patent number: 8338188
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the identification and use of proteins with clinical relevance to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In particular, the invention provides the identity of marker proteins that specifically react with RA-associated autoantibodies. Also provided are methods, arrays and kits for using these proteins in the diagnosis of RA, and in the selection and/or monitoring of treatment regimens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Inserm (Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale)
    Inventors: Jean Roudier, Isabelle Auger
  • Patent number: 8337290
    Abstract: A method of gaming comprising: generating a game outcome by selecting symbols for a plurality of symbol positions arranged in a plurality of columns, at least some of the selected symbols being displayed to a player; generating a win entitlement by selecting a symbol pattern to be evaluated in respect of the game outcome, the symbol pattern consisting of a subset of displayed symbol positions; and evaluating the win entitlement by determining the extent to which the subset of displayed symbol positions corresponds to one or more designated winning symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hung Ngoc Nguyen, Lynne Cheryl Oldfield
  • Patent number: 8338358
    Abstract: Compositions comprising sulfo-estolides and alkyl ester sulfonates are described. Detergent formulations, such as laundry detergents, softeners, and other materials, containing any of these materials are disclosed, as well as personal care formulations, hard surface cleaner formulations, and automatic dishwasher detergent formulations. Laundry methods employing these formulations are also disclosed. These formulations are useful as laundry detergents and can be biodegradable, heavy duty liquids, 2× or 3× and up to 6× concentrates, low foaming, and/or effective in a high efficiency washing machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Stepan Company
    Inventors: Randal J. Bernhardt, Lourdes R. Alonso, Gregory P. Dado, Eddie I. Filipovic, Christopher A. Gariepy, Ronald A. Masters, Dennis S. Murphy, Jacqueline Maas Pytel, Branko Sajic, Irene Shapiro, Jeremy Aaron Weitgenant
  • Patent number: D673040
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Gary R. Stephan, Craig Saunders, Evan Spirk, Jeffrey Kalman, David Boll, Anthony S. Zuccaro