Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Patent number: 8350168
    Abstract: An interrupter includes at least four pairs of contacts. Each pair of contacts includes a stationary contact positioned to abut a corresponding moveable contact. The moveable contacts are coupled to a rotating member. The rotating member is coupled to a driving member via a biasing member. The driving member is rotated causing all four pairs of contacts to separate and open a circuit quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Salaheddine Faik
  • Patent number: 8351637
    Abstract: An earhook (1), for example for a headset, to be worn around the root of the auricle (14) in the postauricular sulcus. The earhook (1) extends between a first end (5) and a second end (6) and has at least a first (2) and a second (3) curved element interconnected at the first end (5). Each curved element (2, 3) has a concave first side pointing forward towards the root of the auricle (14) and a convex second side pointing away from the root of the auricle (14) when worn. The curved elements (2, 3) are arranged with lateral distance (w) seen in a direction essentially perpendicular to the side of the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: GN Netcom A/S
    Inventors: Marcus Hoggarth, Raun Forsyth, Stephen De Saulles
  • Patent number: 8349714
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to align the plane orientations of crystal grains of a semiconductor film crystallized by irradiation with a linear laser beam with a width of less than or equal to 5 ?m. By performing irradiation with the linear laser beam condensed by an aspheric cylindrical lens or a gradient index lens to completely melt the semiconductor film and scanning the linear laser beam, the completely melted semiconductor film is made to grow laterally. Because the linear beam is very narrow, the width of the semiconductor which is in a liquid state is also narrow, so the occurrence of turbulent flow in the liquid semiconductor is suppressed. Therefore, growth directions of adjacent crystal grains do not become disordered due to turbulent flow and are unformalized, and thus the plane orientations of the laterally grown crystal grains can be aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichiro Tanaka, Tomoaki Moriwaka, Takatsugu Omata, Junpei Momo
  • Patent number: 8350012
    Abstract: This invention describes monoclonal antibodies that suppress thyrotropin receptor constitutive activity and methods of using the antibodies to treat thyroid related diseases; particularly hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Inventors: Basil Rapoport, Sandra McLachlan, Chun-Rong Chen
  • Patent number: 8352082
    Abstract: A method and system of determining and displaying energy savings from an HVAC system operating in an energy saving mode. The HVAC system is operated to maintain a comfort mode temperature during a learning period. The energy consumed by the HVAC system at multiple outside ambient conditions during the learning period is determined. The correlation between a specific ambient condition and energy consumed by the HVAC system is determined. The HVAC system is run to maintain an energy saving setpoint temperature. The energy consumed by the HVAC system is determined at an ambient condition while maintaining the energy saving setpoint temperature. The energy savings are calculated as a function of the difference between the energy that would have been consumed by the HVAC system at the ambient condition based on the determined correlation and the energy consumed by the HVAC system while maintaining the energy saving setpoint temperature at the ambient condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Schneider Electric USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Parker, Alexander Filippenko
  • Patent number: 8349334
    Abstract: We describe an Fve polypeptide being a fragment, homologue, variant or derivative of Fve protein, which comprises at least one biological activity of Fve protein. uses of such a polypeptide, etc, and nucleic acids encoding these, in the treatment and prevention of allergy and cancer are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: National University of Singapore, Agency for Science and Research
    Inventors: Kaw Yan Chua, See Voon Seow, Prasanna Ratnakar Kolatkar
  • Patent number: 8348935
    Abstract: A system for applying therapy to an eye includes an applicator having a conducting element configured to direct energy from an energy source to an application end of the conducting element, where the application end has at least one eye contact portion. A positioning system positions the at least one eye contact portion in stable engagement with the eye surface. The conducting element is disposed within a housing for the applicator and at least one adjustment system is employed to move the conducting element relative to the housing. The at least one adjustment system enables controlled movement of the conducting element and the at least one eye contact portion against the corneal surface. In particular embodiments, sufficient contact between the applicator and the cornea is determined by causing applanation of the cornea. In other embodiments, at least one measurement device is employed to determine when sufficient contact has been established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Avedro, Inc.
    Inventors: David Muller, Ronald Scharf, Thomas Ryan, Neal Marshall, Artie Wu
  • Patent number: 8350466
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a technology for manufacturing a highly reliable display device at a low cost with high yield. In the present invention, a spacer is formed over a pixel electrode, thereby protecting the pixel electrode layer from a mask in formation of an electroluminescent layer. In addition, since a layer that includes an organic material that has water permeability is sealed in a display device with a sealing material and the sealing material and the layer that includes the organic material are not in contact, deterioration of a light-emitting element due to a contaminant such as water can be prevented. The sealing material is formed in a portion of a driver circuit region in the display device, and thus, the narrower frame margin of the display device can also be accomplished.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Satoshi Murakami, Hisashi Ohtani, Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 8350021
    Abstract: Conserved consensus sequences from known hepatitis B virus strains and known hepatitis C virus strains, which are useful in inhibiting the expression of the viruses in mammalian cells, are provided. These sequences are useful to silence the genes of HBV and HCV, thereby providing therapeutic utility against HBV and HCV viral infection in humans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine J. Pachuk, Chandrasekhar Satishchandran, Vincent R. Zurawski, Jr., Liat Mintz
  • Patent number: 8348747
    Abstract: A multi-player gaming system sensing multiple simultaneous contacts on a surface of a gaming table, differentiating contacts by different players. Privacy controls selectively display private information visible to only one of the players on or near the display surface of the gaming table. The gaming system also detects physical objects placed on the surface of the gaming table, causing wagering game functions or peripheral functions to be performed as a result of the placement of the object on the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir I. Arezina, Gilbert J. Q. Burak, Mark B. Gagner, Benjamin T. Gomez, Joel R. Jaffe, James V. Palermo, James M. Rasmussen, Gene Rigsby, Richard T. Schwartz, Craig J. Sylla, Alfred Thomas, Timothy C. Loose
  • Patent number: 8349822
    Abstract: This invention relates to compositions and methods utilizing a chemotherapeutic drug and 6-bromoindirubin3?-oxime (BIO) for the treatment of cancer, including glioblastoma multiforme. The present invention demonstrates that BIO works synergistically with chemotherapeutic drugs to increase the cytotoxic effects of these drugs in glioma cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
    Inventor: John S. Yu
  • Patent number: 8352755
    Abstract: A digital image system which transmits digital image data, and more particularly, to a digital image system in a high definition multimedia interface (HDMI) format or a digital visual interface (DVI) format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Opticis Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: TaeHoon Bae
  • Patent number: 8350414
    Abstract: An electrical switch apparatus for use in connecting and disconnecting a DC power source and a load includes first and second pairs of controllable electromechanical contacts coupled to the DC power source and the load for connecting the power source to the load when the contacts are closed, and disconnecting the power source from the load when the contacts are open. A controller is coupled to the electromechanical contacts and programmed to produce control signals for opening and closing the contacts. A diode is coupled to the electromechanical contacts to prevent electrical current from flowing from the load to the power source, and a controllable semiconductor switch is coupled to the controller and across the power source for momentarily short circuiting the source in response to a control signal indicating a transition of either or both of the first and second pairs of electromechanical contacts from a closed condition to an open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Xantrex Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Richard T. West
  • Patent number: 8352322
    Abstract: A document processing system comprises an input receptacle for receiving documents. A transport mechanism receives the documents from the input receptacle and transports the documents past a full image scanner and a discrimination unit. An output receptacle receives the documents from the transport mechanism after being transported past the full image scanner and the discrimination unit. The full image scanner includes means for obtaining a full video image of said documents, means for obtaining a image of a selected area of said documents, and means for obtaining information contained in said selected area of said document. The discrimination unit includes means for determining the authenticity of said document. A system controller directs the flows of documents over the transport mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cummins-Allison Corp.
    Inventors: Douglas U. Mennie, William J. Jones, Mark C. Munro
  • Patent number: 8349196
    Abstract: A system is provided for etching patterned media disks for hard drive. The modular system may be tailored to perform specific processes sequences so that a patterned media disk is fabricated without removing the disk from vacuum environment. In some sequence the magnetic stack is etched while in other the etch is performed prior to forming the magnetic stack. In a further sequence ion implantation is used without etching steps. For etching a movable non-contact electrode is utilized to perform sputter etch. The cathode moves to near contact distance to, but not contacting, the substrate so as to couple RF energy to the disk. The substrate is held vertically in a carrier and both sides are etched serially. That is, one side is etched in one chamber and then in the next chamber the second side is etched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Intevac, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Fairbairn, Michael S. Barnes, Terry Bluck, Ren Xu, Charles Liu, Ralph Kerns
  • Patent number: 8344379
    Abstract: A plurality of wires and electrodes are formed by forming a first conductive film, selectively forming a resist over the first conductive film, forming a second conductive film over the first conductive film and the resist, removing the second conductive film formed over the resist by removing the resist, forming a third conductive film so as to cover the second conductive film formed over the first conductive film, and selectively etching the first conductive film and the third conductive film. Thus, wires using a low resistance material can be formed in a large-sized panel, and thus, a problem of signal delay can be solved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Saishi Fujikawa, Kunio Hosoya
  • Patent number: 8346637
    Abstract: A method for a consumer to protect against loss associated with specified forms of check fraud. Upon purchasing checks, a consumer can subscribe to a check fraud protection program, for an additional fee. The subscription will enable the consumer to obtain reimbursement from the check printer for the consumer's losses due to specified causes. The consumer reciprocally assigns any right of recovery from the consumer's bank or financial institution to the check printer, which can then seek reimbursement from the bank, or financial institution and institute proceedings against the fraud perpetrator. Protection may be obtained for forged signatures, forged endorsements and altered check. A symbol to indicate such protection is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ezshield, Inc.
    Inventors: John Browning, Ken Illingworth, Brian Briggs
  • Patent number: 8345699
    Abstract: A system and method which enables a provider network to run a loop detection protocol in a customer network communicably coupled to it. The provider network runs a loop detection protocol and the customer network either runs a different protocol or none. The provider network determines its root bridge, or designated customer bridge, which is used to control loop detection decisions for the customer network. A BPDU or other protocol packet received from the customer network is tunneled through the provider network to the designated customer bridge. The designated customer network then processes the received BPDU in accordance with a loop detection instance for the customer network. The designated customer bridge then produces control messages in response to the processing and forwards those messages to the customer network. The control messages may include port state controls for ports in the customer network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Foundry Networks, LLC
    Inventors: Jordi Moncada-Elias, Rajiv Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 8343560
    Abstract: A modular container assembly comprises first, second and third containers. Each of the containers includes a continuous body portion and a rim. The rim encompasses and projects laterally outwardly from the body portion. The rim has a first feature projecting generally upwardly therefrom and a corresponding second feature being adapted to be releasably engageable with another one of the first feature. The rims of the containers are substantially identical. The containers are releasably engaged to each other by fitting respective upwardly-projecting features into the corresponding feature of another container or into the upwardly-projecting feature of another container. At least one of the first, second and third containers is inverted with respect to the remaining containers so as to form a modular container assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Reynolds Consumer Products Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Blythe, Toby R. Thomas, Robert Peterson, Donald A. Lehman, Reiner Jargosh
  • Patent number: D673982
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Miller International Ltd.
    Inventor: Gary Miller