Patents Represented by Attorney Michaud-Kinney Group LLP
  • Patent number: 8341908
    Abstract: An expansion joint system has a cover plate; a spline attached to the cover plate along a first edge of the spline; and two portions of open celled foam, each portion being located on an opposing face of the spline. The open celled foam has a fire-retardant material infused therein and layers of waterproof elastomer disposed thereon. The spline depends from the cover plate and is positioned in a gap between substantially coplanar substrates such that the cover plate overlies the gap. Each portion of the open celled foam is compressed between a respective face of the spline and a face of one of the coplanar substrates. An intumescent material may be incorporated into the spline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Emseal Joint Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Lester Hensley, Bill Witherspoon
  • Patent number: 8336705
    Abstract: The present invention provides causing a plurality of filling chambers to be opened and mixing agents inside the filling chambers using user's general operation between taking out a packed multi-chamber container and mounting the container on a device. The user's general operation includes operations for taking out a packed multi-chamber container and removing the package, for unfolding the multi-chamber container typically folded in two, for mounting i.e. hanging the unfolded multi-chamber container on the device, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fuso Pharmaceuticals Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiya Okahisa
  • Patent number: 8326264
    Abstract: In a mobile communication network system for locking an operation on a cellular telephone comprised of a cellular telephone body, and an information storage medium that is inserted in the cellular telephone body and that is assigned a specific telephone number, provided are a service control apparatus that associates a terminal identification number assigned to the cellular telephone with the telephone number of the information storage medium currently inserted in the cellular telephone to manage, and an information management server which acquires a telephone number of the information storage medium corresponding to the terminal identification number of the cellular telephone targeted for locking from the service control apparatus, and locks the operation on the cellular telephone based on the telephone number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoto Miyajima, Yuji Yamazaki, Tomoko Ishii, Tomoya Murao
  • Patent number: 8324035
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a manufacturing method of SOI MOS device eliminating floating body effects. The active area of the SOI MOS structure according to the present invention includes a body region, a N-type source region, a N-type drain region, a heavily doped P-type region, wherein the N-type source region comprises a silicide and a buried insulation region and the heavily doped P-type region is located between the silicide and the buried insulation region. The heavily doped P-type region contacts to the silicide, the body region, the buried insulation layer and the shallow trench isolation (STI) structure respectively. The manufacturing method of the device comprises steps of forming a heavily doped P-type region via ion implantation method, forming a metal layer on a part of the surface of the source region, then obtaining a silicide by the heat treatment of the metal layer and the Si material below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
    Inventors: Jing Chen, Jiexin Luo, Qingqing Wu, Xiaolu Huang, Xi Wang
  • Patent number: 8317444
    Abstract: A system for anchoring a cover plate over an interface formed between substantially coplanar substrates includes a sleeve capable of being anchored in a first substrate; a spring located in the sleeve; a bolt located in communication with the spring; and a nut threaded onto the bolt. A head of the bolt is located in the sleeve, and an end of the bolt opposite the head of the bolt extends out of the sleeve to receive the nut. The nut is threaded onto the bolt over the cover plate located on the first substrate such that the cover plate extends over the interface formed between the first and second substrates when they are positioned to be substantially coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Emseal Joint Systems LTD
    Inventor: Lester Hensley
  • Patent number: 8317900
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for producing membrane, in particular gas separation membrane, wherein the membrane comprises a selective separating layer. The following steps are carried out: a) a polymer solution is produced from at least one polymer and at least one polyglycol ether, b) the polymer solution is cast into a film, c) in a further step, the selective separating layer is produced from the film, preferably by drying. The invention, among other things, further relates to a membrane, in particular gas separation membrane, comprising a selective separating layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum fur Material-und Kustenforschung GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus-Viktor Peinemann, Grete Johannsen, Wilfredo Yave Rios, Anja Car
  • Patent number: 8320976
    Abstract: To provide a mobile terminal apparatus capable of suppressing exhaustion of the battery while securing convenience of switching to a communication system corresponding to an existing area, and a control method and communication system for the apparatus, a mobile terminal apparatus 20 is driven by power supply from a battery, capable of communicating with each of a plurality of communication systems, monitors a communication environment with each of the communication systems, and has a detecting section that detects a battery remaining amount of the battery, and a control section 21 that limits targets to monitor when the battery remaining amount falls below a first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Nagasawa, Yusuke Saito, Kohei Sato
  • Patent number: 8308626
    Abstract: A rotor unit for a centrifugal separator, which centrifugal separator comprises a non-rotatable housing wherein the rotor unit is disposed about a central axis of rotation, an inlet for supply of a mixture of components to be separated, at least one outlet for a component separated during operation, whereby the rotor unit, at least parts of which are made of metal, comprises a separating chamber formed inside the rotor unit, an inlet chamber connected to the inlet and the separating chamber, is formed radially within said separating chamber and is usually shielded from the separating chamber, at least one outlet connected to the separating chamber, a plurality of separating discs disposed at a distance axially from one another in said separating chamber coaxially with the axis of rotation, at least a number of the metal parts of said rotor unit are undetachably joined together to form a composite assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Alfa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Kjell Klintenstedt
  • Patent number: 8307821
    Abstract: A continuous moving bed solar steam generation and storage system is provided to generate steam for production processes after loss or reduction of received solar energy. The system includes a receiver 10 that receives a flowing stream of particulate material 30 that absorbs solar radiant energy 15 as it passes through beams of the energy 15 received from collectors 14. The heated stream of material 30 passes into a first chamber 40 to heat a tube bundle 42 therein. Heat from the particulate material 30 is transferred to the bundle 42, evaporating the water to generate, reheat (RH) and/or superheat (SH) steam 46. The cooled material 30 passes to a second chamber 60. The material 30 is drained from the second chamber 60 and carried to a cyclone 80 in the receiver 10. The material 30 drains from the cyclone 80 to complete the flow cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Alstom Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Glen D. Jukkola, Mark Palkes, Bard C. Teigen
  • Patent number: 8303814
    Abstract: A cross-flow filtration system includes a first filter element having a first conduit for receiving a flow of a first aqueous feed stream, a second conduit operable to discharge a flow of first permeate water and a third conduit operable to discharge a flow of first retentate water. The cross-flow filtration system includes a coil assembly disposed about the first conduit. The first coil assembly is operable to subject the first aqueous feed stream to electromagnetic pulses. A second filter element is in fluid communication with the first filter element via the third conduit. The second filter element is operable to receive the first retentate water via the third conduit. A second coil assembly is disposed about the third conduit and is operable to subject the first retentate water to electromagnet pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Clearwater Systems Corporation
    Inventor: David Wayne Alley
  • Patent number: 8300886
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a device for determining an object property of an object with the aid of images that have been recorded with the aid of a camera. Further, the invention relates to a method for determining a calibration parameter for a stereo camera. For determining the object property of an object, the object is defined in a first image recorded with the aid of the camera. Further, the brightness of a defined object is determined. Each time after a preset time interval, a further image is recorded with the aid of the camera. The object is defined in each of the further images and each time, the brightness of the defined object of each image is determined. Dependent on the brightness curve, an object property is assigned to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Hella KGaA Hueck & Co.
    Inventor: Ingo Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8279414
    Abstract: The invention refers to a device and a method for monitoring a delimited area in order to detect if an undesired object is present within the area. The invention also refers to a use of the device. A first laser is adapted to emit a laser pulse (B) of a determined wavelength over the area. A first photo sensor is arranged to receive a reflected part of the laser pulse (B). An evaluation unit is connected to the laser and the photo sensor. The evaluation unit is arranged to measure the reflected part of the laser pulse (B) during a predetermined time period after the laser pulse has been emitted from the laser, to generate a signal depending on the measured reflected part and to process the generated signal in order to determine if an undesired object is present within the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Avalon Innovation AB
    Inventors: Börje Eklund, Hans Undin, Örjan Altebro
  • Patent number: 8276764
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing a polymer membrane, the polymer membrane being produced from a solution, in particular a casting solution, comprising at least one first polymer. The invention further relates to a polymer membrane. The process of the invention is distinguished by the fact that a water-soluble second polymer and/or oligomer that forms phases in the solution is part of the solution. The polymer membrane of the invention, preferably produced by the process of the invention, has an oil flow rate, in particular of a refined edible oil, of greater than 200 l/m2 h bar at 60° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum fur Material-und Kustenforschung GmbH
    Inventors: Detlev Fritsch, Gisela Bengtson, Katrin Ebert, Joachim Koll, Petra Merten
  • Patent number: 8272632
    Abstract: In a bookbinding apparatus, an adhesive applying portion applies an adhesive to an end face of a sheet bundle allowed to stand in the substantially vertical direction, a storage portion that gathers and stores the sheet bundle which is applied with the adhesive and bound in the adhesive applying portion while letting the sheet bundle stand in the substantially vertical direction, transport means for conveying the sheet bundle while letting the sheet bundle stand in the substantially vertical direction from the adhesive applying portion to the storage portion along a substantially vertical transport path, and a cutting portion which is provided on the transport path between the adhesive applying portion and the storage portion, and which cuts an end face of the sheet bundle while letting the sheet bundle stand in the substantially vertical direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignees: Canon Finetech Inc., Nisca Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroki Honmochi, Masayoshi Kubo, Toshiaki Nochi, Ken Yonekawa, Yuji Ueno, Keiichi Nagasawa, Hiroshi Nakagomi
  • Patent number: 8273251
    Abstract: A fluid feed stream is flowed, subject to electromagnetic pulses, to a filter element via an input feed conduit for the filter element. A coil assembly is disposed about the input feed conduit and an AC power source is connected with the coil assembly. The AC power source has a period including first and second half-cycles of opposing polarities. A switch in series with the coil assembly forms a series connected circuit. A second switch connected with the coil assembly forms a second circuit. A control means closes the first switch and opens the second switch during a first half-cycle of the AC power source. During a second half-cycle, the control means closes and then opens the second switch to produce a first large ringing pulse in the coil assembly. A subsequent pulse may be produced either before or after the first pulse substantially decays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Clearwater Systems Corporation
    Inventor: David Wayne Alley
  • Patent number: 8267682
    Abstract: An extrusion system and method uses an accumulator to control and use excess plastic melt. The accumulator is situated between an extruder and a gear pump. The accumulator includes an accumulator housing to store excess plastic melt from the extruder and an accumulator spring connected to an accumulator piston to subsequently send the excess plastic melt to the gear pump. In another embodiment, the accumulator includes an accumulator housing to store excess plastic melt from the extruder and a hydraulics system to send the excess plastic melt to the gear pump. The accumulator can be a first in first out (FIFO) device having a melt passage through the accumulator piston. The system and method are used particularly advantageously in Alternate Polymer extrusion installation in which gear pumps regularly increase and decrease their speed but in which the melt-supplying extruder cannot accommodate such rapid speed changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventors: Holton E. Harris, K. Burr McGhee
  • Patent number: 8271580
    Abstract: A mobile communication network system and server apparatus enabling the time for a mobile terminal apparatus to acquire content to be sufficiently reduced. In a mobile communication network system provided with a cellular telephone 10 having the browser function, and a mobile communication center 11 that manages mobile communication in the cellular telephone 10 via a mobile communication network 13, upon receiving a request for Web access from the cellular telephone 10, the mobile communication center 11 determines whether the request meets a predetermined condition, and when the request meets the predetermined condition, executes pipeline processing for enabling HTTP requests from the cellular telephone 10 to be continuously received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
    Inventors: Sohei Tani, Tomonori Nakamura, Hisashi Hamada
  • Patent number: 8268353
    Abstract: A polymer latex composition has an acrylonitrile component, a polychloroprene component, and a natural latex component. When these components are blended together and formed into a film, the film exhibits a resistance to ozone that is greater than a resistance to ozone of materials in which acrylonitrile is not included. Furthermore, the combination of acrylonitrile and chloroprene imparts a synergistic effect to the composition with regard to ozone resistance. The film can be formed into a glove having a resistance to ozone that is improved over the resistance to ozone of gloves not including acrylonitrile. The glove may include an antimicrobial agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Playtex Products, LLC
    Inventor: Gerald Merovitz
  • Patent number: 8257240
    Abstract: In a compressible unit a plurality of separating discs are provided and adapted to being capable, in a compressed state, of being mounted in and removed from a centrifugal separator rotor, which rotor during operation is rotatable about an axis of rotation. The unit includes a support, a pressure surface, between which the separating discs are disposed abutting against one another. Guide surfaces abut against the separating discs and control radial and polar position. At least one compression mechanism is adapted during compression of the unit to press the support and pressure surface towards one another so that the discs are compressed. During compression, the guide surfaces allow relative movement between the support and pressure surface and the separating discs, and are of at least sufficient extent in the compression direction for the position-controlling abutment between the guide surfaces and the separating discs to be maintained throughout the relative movement during the compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Aifa Laval Corporate AB
    Inventor: Kjell Klintenstedt
  • Patent number: 8257518
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of producing and treating a sheet suited to be used as a component or as a part of a component in a fuel assembly for a nuclear light water reactor, which method comprises: a) producing a sheet of a Zr-based alloy by forging, hot rolling and cold rolling in a suitable number of steps, b) carrying out an ?+? quenching or a ? quenching of the sheet when the sheet has been produced to a thickness which is equal to or almost equal to the final thickness of the finished sheet, c) heat treating the sheet in the ?-phase temperature range of said alloy, wherein the sheet is stretched during the heat treatment according to step c). The invention also concerns a use of a sheet that is produced and treated according to this method, and to methods and fuel assemblies of which said sheet forms a part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Sweden AB
    Inventor: Mats Dahlbäck