Patents Represented by Attorney Merchant & Gould
  • Patent number: 8348498
    Abstract: A procedure for checking the functionality of an electric heating device (10) with at least one PTC-element (13, 14) is suggested. The electric heating device (10) is operated at a battery voltage. When controlling the heating device (10) it is impinged with a current and at least one measuring value is detected, which represents the current that flows through the heating device. The measuring value for the current is compared to at least one reference value with a default tolerance width while considering the battery voltage. In the case of a measuring value that deviates from the reference value an error can be assumed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Buelent Barcin, Jan Kaluza, Michael Gerlach, Horst Kleinknecht
  • Patent number: 8347699
    Abstract: At a procedure for determining at least one misfiring cylinder (1, 2, 3, 4) of a combustion engine (12) with an even number n of at least four cylinders (1, 2, 3, 4), whereby at least each cylinder (1, 2, 3, 4) is assigned to its own angle segment of a work cycle of the combustion engine (12) and whereby uneven running values (luts) are determined for each cylinder (1, 2, 3, 4), the uneven running values (luts) are evaluated with regard to the fulfillment of a condition (1., 2., 3., 4.), which is set depending on the length of the angle segment or a part or a multiple of it and which corresponds with a default misfiring pattern of the combustion engine (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Claus Heppel
  • Patent number: 8351913
    Abstract: Multiple instances of an incoming call in an integrated system capable of communicating through multiple networks are associated such that the called party is provided a single (merged) notification along with options to select among available call types. The call is established using a selected network and end device registered to the called user. Association of the instances is accomplished by comparing caller identity derived from a variety of information associated with the calling party. Conversation or correlation IDs are used to associate the instances as being for the same call and with other related communications such as a related instant messaging session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Rajesh Ramanathan, Pradipta Kumar Basu, Amritansh Raghav, Nikhil P. Bobde, Sriram K. Parameswar
  • Patent number: 8347529
    Abstract: A machine configured so that its ground speed is at least in part dependent on the measured force that is applied to an attachment attached thereto is provided. An attachment for a machine that is configured to provide feedback to the machine it is configured to be attached to, wherein the feedback is representative of the force applied to the attachment is also provided. Also provided is a method of automatically controlling the ground speed of a machine based on feedback measured in an attachment attached to the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Vermeer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Casey Dean Berg, Oleg Khalamendik, Ted Jay Sanders
  • Patent number: 8351408
    Abstract: A data packet generator periodically generates a data packet including a passcode comprising a plurality of characters. The data packet is sent to a server or a computing device for validation. If validated, the data packet is used, for example, to identify the location of a user or device. Additional systems and methods involving such a data packet generator are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Mark R. Daigle
  • Patent number: 8352988
    Abstract: A method and apparatus providing time-shifted television within a video-on-demand system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cox Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey Alan Cleary, Michael C. Bertram
  • Patent number: 8352929
    Abstract: A method for preventing the unauthorized modification of a software or unauthorized modification of runtime data. According to this method, a converter, which is capable of converting the software into a generalized machine code is provided. The converter is designed such that it cannot be reverse engineered, by using a conversion process that causes data loss. An interpreter, which the knowledge of its process method is kept restricted, is also provided. The interpreter interprets the general machine code into a specific machine code, while reconstructing the lost data during the interpretation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Keren Asipov, Boris Asipov
  • Patent number: 8352418
    Abstract: A collaborative authoring application provides an authoring environment in which two or more users can edit a document concurrently. Each user edits a copy of the document, sends updates to a master copy of the document, and receives updates from the master copy of the document. The authoring environment generally inhibits the users from providing conflicting editing instructions to the master copy of the document. For example, each user can generate a content lock about one or more data units within the document. The authoring environment may synchronize content locks automatically and content only at the request of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Beckett Bailor, Ethan Joseph Bernstein, Mark Rolland Knight, Christopher James Antos, Andrew Richard Simonds, Brian Michael Jones, Simon Peter Clarke, Edgar Mark Sunderland, David Benjamin Robins, Miko Arnab Sakhya Singha Bose
  • Patent number: 8348201
    Abstract: A wing-flap assembly includes a flap made up of a plurality of flap sections, in which each flap section is connected to the preceding one in a rotatable manner, and one or more actuator devices adapted to control the rotation of the flap sections. Each actuator device includes an extended element made of shape memory alloy and an arch-shaped framework made of elastic material, to which the extended element is fixedly connected under tension. Each end of the extended element is fixed to a respective end of the arch-shaped framework. At least one of the actuator devices is connected at one end to the first of the flap sections, and on the other side it is adapted to be connected to a wing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A.
    Inventors: Rosario Pecora, Generoso Iannuzzo, Massimo Riccio, Salvatore Russo, Erika Calvi, Leonardo Lecce, Silvestro Barbarino, Antonio Concilio, Salvatore Ameduri
  • Patent number: 8352226
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media are provided for real-time oil and gas field production optimization using a proxy simulator. A base model of a reservoir, well, pipeline network, or processing system is established in one or more physical simulators. A decision management system is used to define control parameters, such as valve settings, for matching with observed data. A proxy model is used to fit the control parameters to outputs of the physical simulators, determine sensitivities of the control parameters, and compute correlations between the control parameters and output data from the simulators. Control parameters for which the sensitivities are below a threshold are eliminated. The decision management system validates control parameters which are output from the proxy model in the simulators. The proxy model may be used for predicting future control settings for the control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Landmark Graphics Corporation
    Inventors: Alvin Stanley Cullick, William Douglas Johnson
  • Patent number: 8351716
    Abstract: Embodiments provide for efficient encoding and rendering of remote graphic displays by applying one or more of the following: (1) field encoding for identifying fields of a graphics set such that commonalities of various fields across different graphics languages are identified; (2) resource caching, which treats heterogeneous resources in a homogeneous way when it comes to storing them; (3) determining the type of encoding for remoting items within a graphics set based upon the types of compression mechanisms supported by a remote device; (4) improving responsiveness by rendering with partially sent resources; (5) a mechanism for determining what portions (if any) of a graphics set should be sent to a remote device and in what order; and (6) use of dedicated resources already on a remote device in order to eliminate the transfer of a resource between a local device and the remote device when rendering such resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Parsons, Joy Chik, Nadim Y. Abdo, Robert Wilhelm Schmieder
  • Patent number: 8348300
    Abstract: The tips are upwardly curved and the board's/ski's underside (the sole) is provided with first and second surfaces, straight in cross section, extending in the board's/ski's longitudinal direction, which are arranged at an angle to each other and usually interconnected via a third surface. The sole's first and second sole surfaces (2) at the lateral edge, which normally consists of a steel edge, have a varying height over a third sole surface (1), where this height typically both increases and decreases as one advances from the middle of the snowboard/ski towards the transition to the tip (A-A). At the same time the first and second sole surfaces (2) at the lateral edge substantially have a greater height over the third surface (1) in a 10 cm long area from the transition (A-A) and backwards than in the area forming the central half of the snowboard/ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: HiTurn AS
    Inventor: Jørgen Karlsen
  • Patent number: 8347464
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a rib insert, a ginning rib and process for a ginning seed-cotton. The insert and ginning rib have an outer profile so that seed-cotton in contact therewith is urged away from the ginning zone formed between the ginning rib and saw. Advantages of the invention include increasing the rate of lint removal during ginning and increasing the long fiber length compared to conventional ginning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
    Inventors: Kevin Michael Bagshaw, Stuart Geoffrey Gordon
  • Patent number: 8352296
    Abstract: Presence information within a meeting room is detected and published to users for managing room availability and real time status. Various means such as motion detectors, card readers, log-in mechanisms associated with in-room computers, and the like, are used to detect presence information. Different status indicators are assigned to each room and published through a communication application or hosted service providing useful and real time information to users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Puneet Taneja, Murali Venkataraman, Shiran Sathananthan, Eric Sather, Vivek Ramamoorthy, Anil Kommineni, Paul Egger
  • Patent number: 8352870
    Abstract: Embodiments of a collaborative authoring environment enable a user to resolve editing conflicts arising when synchronizing a user copy of a data file with a master copy of the data file. Content updates may be synchronized separately from metadata updates. Metadata updates may be synchronized automatically, whereas content updates may be synchronized only when any identified editing conflicts are resolved. When an editing conflict is identified, the user interface of the authoring application may be configured to toggle between displaying and hiding the identified editing conflicts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan Beckett Bailor, Ethan Joseph Bernstein, Kelly Michael Krout, Matthew Eric Mizulo, Jonathan Ian Gordner
  • Patent number: 8348308
    Abstract: A high security locking system can be used in a conventional pivot door adapted for use with a latch and deadbolt lock combination. The high security system can be a multi-point lock, received in a recess formed in a locking edge side of a door stile, cooperating with a linkage or other mechanism in a conventional deadbolt/location. The lock can be actuated with a keyed cylinder and thumb turn combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Amesbury Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce Hagemeyer, Dan Raap, Gary Tagtow, Tracy Lammers, Allen Rickenbaugh
  • Patent number: 8349044
    Abstract: A method of pulse cleaning filter media in panel, cylindrical, conical, or V-pack style filter in an opening of a tubesheet is provided. The method includes directing a fluid pulse at the filter media at an angle that is: (i) not normal to a plane of the opening of the tubesheet; and (ii) not in line with the general direction of the filtration flow through the filter media. An air cleaner is provided including a housing including a dirty air inlet, a clean air outlet, and an interior. A tubesheet is in the housing interior having a plurality of openings. In the plurality of openings of the tubesheet are mounted filters with filter media. There is a plurality of blow pipes, with each blow pipe being pointed to direct at a fluid pulse a respective one of the filters at an angle that is: (i) not normal to a plane of the opening in the tubesheet; and (ii) not in line with the general direction of filtration flow through the respective filter media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Raether
  • Patent number: 8352961
    Abstract: A system and method for notifying users in a manner that is appropriate for the event and the environment for the user. The method of the present invention relates to determining the desired properties of an event and assigning varying notification characteristics to that event. Profiles are created of the various events, wherein each profile relates to a different mode or situational environment, such as a meeting environment, an office or normal environment, a louder outside-type environment, etc. The invention further relates to placing the small computer device in a particular mode, either automatically or manually. Once in a particular mode the device provides notifications according to that mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kathryn L. Parker, Peter Vale
  • Patent number: 8348737
    Abstract: A method for conducting an online contest involving “fantasy” type sporting games through the use of bracketing rules such that a player can employ decision-making via strategic moves as well as by mathematical equation. The method integrates hundreds of thousands of fantasy players into a unitary online contest where each fantasy player seeks to advance through various brackets in order to win prizes derived from the mass amount of entry fees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Everett Page
  • Patent number: D673829
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Izumi Products Company
    Inventors: Masafumi Takeshima, Masaki Miyazawa