Patents Represented by Attorney Morris, Manning & Martin LLP
  • Patent number: 8351136
    Abstract: This invention provides an optical imaging lens system in order from an object side to an image side including: a first lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface, a second lens element with negative refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface, a third lens element with positive refractive power, and a fourth lens element having a concave image-side surface, and at least one of the object-side and image-side surfaces thereof being aspheric; wherein the optical imaging lens system further comprises an aperture stop and an electronic sensor on which an object is imaged, and the aperture stop is positioned between an object and the first lens element; wherein there are four lens elements with refractive power. By such arrangement, total track length and photosensitivity of the optical imaging lens system can be effectively reduced while retaining high image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Largan Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsung Han Tsai, Hsin Hsuan Huang
  • Patent number: 8350444
    Abstract: A method for converting heat to electricity by exploiting changes in spontaneous polarization that occur in electrically polarizable materials is described. The method uses an internally generated field to achieve poling during cycling. The internal poling field is produced by retaining residual free charges on the electrodes at the appropriate point of each cycle. The method obviates the need for applying a DC voltage during cycling and permits the use of the electrical energy that occurs during poling rather than an external poling voltage which detracts from the net energy produced per cycle. The method is not limited to a specific thermodynamic cycle and can be used with any thermodynamic cycle for converting heat to electricity by thermally cycling electrically polarizable materials. The electrical energy generated can be used in various applications or stored for later use. An apparatus for converting heat to electricity is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Neothermal Energy Company
    Inventors: Ahmet Erbil, David F. Walbert
  • Patent number: 8348805
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric vehicle motor automatic transmission driving system. The motor automatic transmission driving system includes a motor, a gear transmission, one or more battery groups and a control system. The control system includes a motor controller, a system controller, a battery voltage sensor, a battery current sensor, a first rotation speed encoder, a second rotation speed encoder, a fork position sensor group, a transmission oil (fluid) temperature sensor and a pressure source sensor. The power input of the motor controller is connected with the outputs of one or more battery groups respectively via a first power leads, the power output of the motor controller is connected with the power input of the motor via a second power lead. According to the invention, the motor shaft also act as the first shaft of the gear transmission and the said motor is an AC induction motor or an AC permanent magnet motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Wuhan University of Technology
    Inventors: Sen Wu, Zhengce Cao
  • Patent number: 8351125
    Abstract: A directional light distributing optical element includes a light incident surface and a light emission curved surface. The light incident surface receives a light emitted by a light source. The light emission curved surface and a first plane are intersected to form a first curve. The first curve has a plurality of first curve segments, and each first curve segment includes at least three first tangent points. After passing each first tangent point along a connecting line of the light source and each first tangent point, the light exits along a first axis, and an included angle formed between the first axis and an optic axis is greater than ?15° and smaller than 15°. Thus, the light after passing the directional light distributing optical element forms a one-dimensional directional light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Hui-Hsiung Lin, Wen-Hsun Yang, Chin-Ju Hsu, Yu-Nan Pao
  • Patent number: 8350983
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention, an LCD includes a front frame having a flange and a rear cover having a flange defining a housing therebetween, a liquid crystal (LC) panel placed in the housing, a backlight positioned between the LC panel and the rear cover, and a backlight frame having a first engaging structure configured to receive the flanges of the front frame and the rear cover, and a second engaging structure configured to retain the backlight and the LC panel in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Chung-Min Wang, Chia-Hsin Chang, Ping-Fu Wang, Chia-Chang Tsai
  • Patent number: 8348521
    Abstract: An optical fiber connector in accordance with the present invention prevents its components from being assembled incorrectly and comprises a distal housing, a core tube, an extension tube, a spring, a proximal housing and an end tube. The distal housing has a slot. The core tube is mounted longitudinally in the distal housing and has a distal tube and a proximal tube. The extension tube is mounted around and connected to the proximal tube. The spring is mounted around the proximal tube of the core tube and the extension tube. The proximal housing is connected to the distal housing and mounted around the core tube, the extension tube and the spring and has an assembly protrusion that is mounted slidably in the slot to prevent the proximal housing from being connected to the distal housing incorrectly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced-Connectek Inc.
    Inventor: Min-Chao Hsu
  • Patent number: 8350648
    Abstract: A power control apparatus in the form of a standard, toggle, wall-mounted light switch for remote actuation of an electrical load or local manual override. A switch housing supports and retains a latching relay that includes power terminals, a switching terminal for remote actuation by a control signal, and a manual override. A switch lever extends from the body of the switch housing for manual actuation to override the state of the relay. The switch lever engages the manual override of the latching relay upon manual actuation by a person. A centering structure maintains the switch lever in a centered position to allow unimpeded movement of the manual override. The latching relay can be remotely actuated by a signal at its switching terminal to switch a power load connected to the power terminals on or off, or the relay can be manually overridden by actuation of the switch lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Gus Cueto
  • Patent number: 8347644
    Abstract: An air conditioning system includes a first circulation module and a second circulation module. Two circulation modules are joined by a heat exchanger. The first circulation is a modular refrigeration system includes a compressor, expansion device, and heat exchangers. The second circulation module includes a main liquid refrigerant tank, a number of distributed liquid refrigerant tanks, liquid pumps and a plurality of indoor units which includes a heat exchange device and a vapor propelling device. The heat exchange device is connected to the main liquid tank. The vapor propelling device propels the working fluid in a saturated vapor state to the first heat exchanger, thus forming a working fluid loop. It can be switched between the heating and cooling modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Chung-Che Liu, Ling-Yu Chao, Hsu-Cheng Chiang, Chia-Hung Liu
  • Patent number: 8341980
    Abstract: Integrated multiaxial articles are formed of yarns arranged in multiaxial direction in a plurality of layers bound together by a set of through-the-layers yarns. Methods and apparatus of making same are presented. Hollow integrated multiaxial fabric and its variants are introduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignees: Stoneferry Technology, LLC, Sinoma Science & Technology Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhong-Xing Mi, Qian Zhao, Youjiang Wang, Shijie Chen
  • Patent number: 8344636
    Abstract: A fixed frequency dimming method and fixed frequency dimming circuit for a light emitting module can control light emitting brightness of the light emitting module through a hysteresis control circuit. A voltage difference between an upper limit voltage and a lower limit voltage of a hysteresis width of the hysteresis control circuit is maintained at a fixed value, and a driving current flowing through the light emitting module is changed by changing the upper limit voltage or the lower limit voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Macroblock, Inc.
    Inventor: Chin-Chung Cheng
  • Patent number: 8345358
    Abstract: The present invention provides an image-capturing optical lens assembly comprising, in order from an object side to an image side, a front lens group, a stop, and a rear lens group. The front lens group comprises, in order from the object side to the image side: a first lens element with negative refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface; and a second lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a concave image-side surface. The rear lens group comprises, in order from the object side to the image side: a third lens element with positive refractive power having a convex object-side surface and a convex image-side surface; a fourth lens element with negative refractive power; and a fifth lens element with positive refractive power having a convex image-side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Largen Precision Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chih-Wen Hsu, Ming-Ta Chou, Tsung-Han Tsai
  • Patent number: 8346624
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recommending third party products and services. The method includes the steps of ranking the third party products and services based on one or more factors, and generating a user profile based on one or more user-related factors. Next, the method determined appropriate third party products and services based on the user's geographical location and filters the third party products and services based on the user profile and the user's geographical location. These filtered results are dynamically ranked based on the user profile, and personalization of the third party products and services. Finally, the method provides the ranked results pertinent to the end user's preferences, and the geographical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Allconnect, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn R. Goad, David Norman Martin, Ravi Trivedi
  • Patent number: 8344585
    Abstract: A method for converting heat to electricity is described. The method can be used to efficiently and economically generate electricity from thermal energy directly through ferroelectric or other polarizable materials without the need for first converting thermal energy to mechanical energy or to any other form of energy or work. The method can involve subjecting a polarizable material to a thermodynamic cycle having two isothermal steps and two steps that occur at constant polarization. In an ideal implementation, this thermodynamic cycle allows the conversion of heat to electricity at the ultimate Carnot limit. The ferroelectric material can be continuously cycled in and out of its ferroelectric phase while heat is continuously converted to electricity at high voltage. The electrical energy so generated can be used in a virtually unlimited range of different applications or be stored for later use. An apparatus for converting heat to electricity is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Neothermal Energy Company
    Inventors: Ahmet Erbil, David F. Walbert
  • Patent number: 8344979
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for over-driving a liquid crystal display (LCD) are provided, which are suitable for compensating a gray level brightness of the LCD. The method includes the following steps. Firstly, a data buffer unit outputs a current frame data. Then, the current frame data is stored into a frame memory unit, and the frame memory unit outputs a previous frame data. Next, several look-up tables (LUTs) are searched for a driving voltage in a corresponding LUT according to the current frame data and the previous frame data. Afterward, a position scanning unit receives the current frame data to determine a current position. Finally, a multiplexer outputs the corresponding driving voltage at the current position. Thus, a display panel has the same gray level brightness in upper, middle, and lower portions thereof, thereby avoiding ghosting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Chunghwa Picture Tubes., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mu-Shan Liao, Tung-Hsin Lan, Hung-Chun Li
  • Patent number: 8339477
    Abstract: A digital camera capable of detecting a name of a captured landmark is described. The digital camera includes an environmental condition capturer, a liquid crystal display (LCD) unit, and a map data table. The map data table includes a plurality of landmark names and a plurality of landmark coordinates corresponding to the landmark names. A method for detecting the name of the captured landmark using by the digital camera includes the steps of capturing an image, and obtaining a focusing distance, in which the image includes at least one of the captured landmark; capturing an environmental condition including shooting information and searching information; obtaining a search focus range according to the environmental condition and the focusing distance; and looking up the map data table according to the search focus range and the shooting information to obtain an output coordinate and the landmark name corresponding to the captured landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Altek Corporation
    Inventor: Chih-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 8337951
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a method of forming a superhydrophobic surface. The method includes: preparing a surface of a substrate of a first material; modifying the surface through an etching process to generate a plurality of nucleation sites in an array; forming, by using glancing angle deposition, a plurality of nano-rods of a second material and each at a respective one of the plurality of nucleation sites in the array; and depositing a conformal coating on the plurality of nano-rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
    Inventors: Alexandru S. Biris, Ganesh K. Kannarpady
  • Patent number: 8338725
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention relates to an apparatus for touch detection. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a touch panel, an imaging device mounted to the touch panel and configured such that when a pointer touches the touch panel, the imaging device acquires an image of the pointer touching the touch panel, and a processor in communication with the imaging device for receiving and processing the acquired image to obtain its width and its angle relative to the touch panel so as to determine the location of the pointer in the touch panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: AU Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Fu-Cheng Fan, Chih-Yen Chen
  • Patent number: 8336838
    Abstract: This invention provides a mounting device and an electronic system. The electronic system includes an electronic device and a mounting device. The mounting device includes a mounting bracket, a rail member, and a sliding member. The mounting bracket is mounted to the electronic device. The rail member is rotatably and pivotally connected to the mounting bracket. The rail member has a rail, and the rail has a first end and a second end. The sliding member is slidably disposed at the mounting bracket and has a protrusion portion capable of sliding along the rail. When the rail member rotates relative to the mounting bracket and the rail pushes the protrusion portion to move from the first end to the second end, the sliding member is inserted into a fastening hole of the electronic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Pegatron Corporation
    Inventor: Ho-Yuan Tsai
  • Patent number: D673575
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kingston Digital, Inc.
    Inventors: Yi-Ting Lin, Hsi-Ming Tsai, Peter Leekuo Chou
  • Patent number: D673576
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Kingston Digital, Inc
    Inventors: Yi-Ting Lin, Ming-Ching Wang, Hsi-Ming Tsai, Peter Leekuo Chou