Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Morgan & Finnegan
  • Patent number: 7689002
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of detecting from a vehicle a bend in a road comprising a surface and road edges, comprising the following operations: taking an image of a road scene unfolding in front of the vehicle and at least partly illuminated by the vehicle, determining, for each pixel in the image a light decrease gradient, analysing these decrease gradients and determining an image of the road edges, mathematically discriminating the gradients from the image of the road edges, analyzing this discrimination and determining edges, and an angle of the bend. The invention also concerns a system for implementing the method of the invention comprising a camera mounted in the vehicle, an image processing unit and a neural network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Maurice Milgram, Didierl Dumoncel, Catherine Achard, William Ivaldi
  • Patent number: 7588337
    Abstract: An optical system is disclosed which is capable of improving of its contrast characteristic and displaying of images which have a brightness according to the brightness of the use environment. The optical system comprises an optical integrator which divides and recombines the illumination luminous flux in a first axis direction and a light intensity distribution converter which converts the light intensity distribution of the illumination luminous flux in a second axis direction. The optical system further comprises a luminous flux limiting unit which has an aperture. The size of the aperture is changeable in the second axis direction and unchangeable in the first axis direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Jun Koide
  • Patent number: 7562984
    Abstract: A polarizing beam splitter comprising a multilayer film formed by alternately laminating a plurality of H layers and a plurality of L layers having a relatively lower refractive index than a refractive index of the H layers, wherein transmittance of s-polarized light is higher than that of p-polarized light by 60% or higher of the transmittance of the p-polarized light in a first wavelength band having a bandwidth equal to or larger than 30 nm in a visible region, and transmittance of p-polarized light is higher than that of s-polarized light by 60% or higher of the transmittance of the s-polarized light in a second wavelength band different from the first wavelength band in the visible region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Reona Ushigome
  • Patent number: 7560435
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of treatment of a human patient suffering from a B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders such as B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL), splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), follicular lymphoma (FL), lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL), and Waldenström syndrome (WS), by the administration of a therapeutically effective amount of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide riboside (acadesine) or its precursors (eg. its mono-, di- and tri-5?-phosphates). This makes acadesine and its bioprecursors (eg. its mono-, di- and tri-5?-phosphates) useful as therapeutic agents for B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders in humans. The surprising feature that T cells are virtually not affected means that the side effect (immunosuppression) is minor, what represents a therapeutical advantage of acadesine over cladribine, fludarabine and other nucleosides known in the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Advanced In Vitro Cell Technologies, S. A.
    Inventors: José Manuel López Blanco, Clara Campás Moya, Juan Gil Santano
  • Patent number: 7554542
    Abstract: An animation system is made up of an audio analysis unit, having an audio output and a state change output, and a control unit having an input and an output, the input being constructed to receive a state change indication from the audio analysis unit, the control unit being further constructed to generate compositing command information for individual component elements of an animation frame and send the compositing command information out the output. A method of creating an animation from a set of actions involves receiving a set of signals reflecting the set of actions, outputting a set of compositing commands based upon the set of signals, the set of compositing commands being related to the set of signals by sequences of transition data items, and compositing first images into a first animation using the set of compositing commands and a first graphic database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Possible Worlds, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ferraro, Michael Sweet
  • Patent number: 7533874
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a nozzle unit for the supply of gas into a liquid comprising two or more annular nozzles one after the other in the direction of flow. The nozzles are angled to give a restriction in the direction of flow, and each nozzle overlaps the following nozzle. Each nozzle has one or more apertures for the supply of gas at the overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2009
    Assignee: AGA AB
    Inventor: Karsten Glomset
  • Patent number: 7527039
    Abstract: A fuel injection control apparatus of an internal combustion engine is disclosed. This apparatus is provided with a crank angle detector that includes a signal rotor having a number of tooth portions and a toothless portion. The crank angle detector outputs a first signal corresponding to each tooth portion and a second signal corresponding to the toothless portion. A control computer selectively carries out a first calculation process for calculating the timing of fuel injection using the first signal and a second calculation process for calculating the timing of fuel injection using the second signal. When carrying out the second calculation process, the control computer calculates the timing of fuel injection using the length of time gained by dividing the length of time gained through detection of the toothless portion by the number of tooth portions which can be aligned in the toothless portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki, Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshiya Yamamura, Yoshiyasu Ito
  • Patent number: 7525106
    Abstract: An exposure apparatus exposes a substrate in a vacuum atmosphere through an optical system. The apparatus includes a partition which separates a first space including at least part of the optical system from a second space adjacent to it, and includes an opening to pass light through it. The apparatus further includes a first pressure regulator which regulates the pressure in the first space, a second pressure regulator which regulates the pressure in the second space, and a controller which outputs manipulated variables for the first and second pressure regulators. The controller outputs the manipulated variables for the first and second pressure regulators to change the pressure in the first space and the pressure in the second space in the range of a vacuum to the atmospheric pressure while maintaining a pressure relationship in which the pressure in the first space is higher than that in the second space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kouhei Imoto, Shigeyuki Uzawa
  • Patent number: 7520995
    Abstract: The invention provides a dilution apparatus for a thickener of the type having a thickening tank and a feedwell disposed upstream of the tank to receive feed liquid, said dilution apparatus including: a receiving vessel adapted for at least partial submersion within the thickening tank to receive supernatant dilution liquid therefrom; and a submersible pump including an impeller adapted for at least partial submersion within the dilution liquid, the pump being adapted to transfer the dilution liquid from the thickening tank through the receiving vessel to the feed liquid for dilution thereof, before transfer of the feed liquid from the feedwell into the thickening tank. The pump is responsive to system parameters for adjusting the flow rate of the supernatant liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: David John Buchanan Taylor, Jeffrey Victor Belke
  • Patent number: 7515945
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for a implementing an optimized low-end radio communication protocol, wherein the communication link is flexible and the power consumption characteristics are optimized. One facet of the system's flexibility relates to the system's ability to negotiate device control roles associated with a polling communication link. Also, once the device control roles are in place and the communication link is established, the system selectively implements a number of polling protocols for a multitude of applications that need a low power consumption. In some embodiments the system maintains a communication link with a reduced frequency polling protocol. This type of communication link maintains efficient power consumption characteristics, as well as, connection times that are faster than establishing a communication link between disconnected devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventors: Päivi M. Ruuska, Antti Lappeteläinen, Jukka Reunamäki, Juha Salokannel
  • Patent number: 7504009
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for achieving a good contact surface on an aluminium electrode support bar used in electrolysis. In the method the support bar is fabricated as a continuous bar and a highly electroconductive layer is formed on its end. The highly electroconductive layer forms a metallic bond with the support bar and can be achieved for example with thermal spray coating. The invention also relates to an electrode support bar, the end of which is coated with a highly electroconductive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Karri Osara, Veikko Polvi
  • Patent number: 7502624
    Abstract: A system for effecting communication between first and second radio transceivers, comprises a communicator for effecting communication between the first and second radio transceivers over a first channel; a determiner for determining the distance between the transceivers, and for determining if the distance falls below a predetermined threshold; and a channel charger responsive to a positive determination, for effecting direct mode communication between the transceivers over a second channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Asko Räsänen
  • Patent number: 7501494
    Abstract: This invention is directed to deimmunized antibodies that are useful as immunotherapeutic drugs against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and CD4-mediated autoimmune disorders. More specifically, antibodies expressed by clones, Clone 7 containing the recombinant genes B4DIVHv1/VK1CHO#7, Clone 16 containing the recombinant genes B4DIVHv1/VK1#16, and clone 21 containing the recombinant genes B4DIVHv1/VK1#21, are derived from mouse monoclonal B4 antibody (mAb B4). The antibodies were produced by removing particular murine determinants recognized as foreign by the human immune system. These recombinant antibodies were generated by the chimerization and deimmunization of the Fv region of mouse monoclonal antibody (mAb) B4. For improved safety, the coding sequence may further be mutated to express an aglycosylated IgG1 antibody that is unable to bind complement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: United Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventors: Shugene Lynn, Chang Yi Wang
  • Patent number: 7502056
    Abstract: A movement signal generation apparatus is disclosed which can convert an analog position signal of an optical adjustment unit into digital signals representing a movement amount and a movement direction of the optical adjustment unit and output the digital signals. The movement signal generation apparatus includes an analog signal output section which outputs an analog signal in accordance with the position of the optical adjustment unit, and a digital signal generation section which generates two digital signals in accordance with a movement amount and a movement direction of the optical adjustment unit based on the analog signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Isao Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7502052
    Abstract: Provided is an image deformation estimating method capable of obtaining information expressing image deformation between frame images caused by a camera shake with almost no influence of photographing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yukio Kamoshida
  • Patent number: 7502553
    Abstract: An optical apparatus is disclosed which has a light amount adjusting unit, a lens to be driven by a linear actuator, and a detector for detecting the position of the lens, and which can be reduced in size. The optical apparatus includes a light amount adjusting unit which adjusts a light amount by light shield members translating in a first direction, a vibration type linear actuator which drives the lens in an optical axis direction, a guide member which guides the lens in the optical axis direction, and a detector which detects the position of the lens. When viewed from the optical axis direction of the optical apparatus, the vibration type linear actuator, the guide member, and the detector are arranged along an outer surface of the light amount adjusting unit, the outer surface being provided in a second direction orthogonal to the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehiko Sato, Shigeo Nakashima
  • Patent number: 7501141
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the preparation of colorant with enhanced color value from commercially available pungent free chilli oleoresin by extracting the pungent free oleoresin with any one of alcoholic solvent, mixture of alcoholic solvents, mixture of alcohol-ketonic solvent or aqueous ketonic solvent, separating the oleoresin layer and the solvent layer, pooling the solvent layer obtained and separating the final oleoresin layer, and distilling the final oleoresin layer to obtain pungent free oleoresin with enhanced color value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
    Inventors: Jarpla Pura Naik, Sathyagalam Ranganatha Desikacharya Sampathu, Madeneni Madhava-Naidu, Halagur Bogegowda Sowbhagya
  • Patent number: D593030
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Takaaki Konoma, Toshihiko Tsuzuki
  • Patent number: D597419
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: Ronald Lusker
  • Patent number: D611220
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toyota Jidoshokki
    Inventors: Hiroki Mori, Tomomichi Miura, Masanori Shinoda, Takahito Miyake