Patents Represented by Attorney Nixon & Vanderhye P.C.
  • Patent number: 8350801
    Abstract: A display apparatus according to the present invention comprises a plurality of pixel sections 150 and performs an image display operation and an image reading operation. The plurality of pixel sections 150 each include a light output section 160 for outputting first light, and a light receiving section 102 for receiving reflected light obtained as a result of an imaging subject being irradiated with the first light. The apparatus further comprises a directivity adjusting section for adjusting a directivity of the first light. The plurality of pixel sections 150 are divided into a plurality of groups. The light output section 160 outputs the first light and the light receiving section 102 receives the reflected light on a group-by-group basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromi Kato, Yoshihiro Izumi
  • Patent number: 8347728
    Abstract: An integrated circuit 2 is formed of multiple wafer layers 4, 6, 8, 10 arranged in a stack and connected with through silicon vias 12. Mechanical strain sensors 26, 28, 30, 32 in the form of ring oscillators are provided proximal to the through silicon vias 12 and detect mechanical strain associated with the through silicon via 12. The measured mechanical strain may be used to dynamically adjust operating parameters of the integrated circuit either as a whole or in regions where the mechanical strain is detected. The operating parameters adjusted can include clock frequency, operating voltage and heat generation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventor: Robert Campbell Aitken
  • Patent number: 8352727
    Abstract: A basic idea of this system is to separate ordered delivery data and unordered delivery data in a security protocol running on top of a reliable transport protocol, and perform a first type of security processing for ordered delivery data and a second different type of security processing for unordered delivery data in the security protocol. Preferably, data messages using ordered delivery and data messages using unordered delivery within a secure data stream are separated into two message sequence spaces on the security protocol layer, and data security processing is then performed differently in these two spaces. This system is particularly suitable for a reliable transport protocol such as SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol). The security protocol running on top of the transport protocol is preferably based on the TLS (Transport Layer Security) or a TLS-like protocol with a security processing extension for unordered delivery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventors: Ta-wei Chen, Karl Norrman
  • Patent number: 8351648
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided to control an angle of a light axis of light from headlights mounted on a vehicle. In the apparatus, images of a field of view in front of the vehicle are captured, and the captured images are used to detect taillights of a preceding vehicle. A illumination target position is set by using, as a positional reference, a position of the detected taillights in the captured images, and the angle of the light axis so that the light axis is directed to the illumination target position. The command is provided to an angle changing device, where the provided command depends on the angle calculated. The angle changing device changes the direction of the light axis of the light at an angle commanded by the command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Kamioka, Yasutoshi Horii, Junichi Hasegawa, Kenji Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8348076
    Abstract: A collapsible container includes a main frame and at least one pivotable side wall that is pivotable between a collapsed position and an opened position. The pivotable side wall is provided with a spring lock insert secured therein and biased toward a lock position in which a lock portion of the spring lock insert extends beyond an end edge of the pivotable side wall. The main frame includes a latch opening that receives the spring lock insert when the pivotable side wall is in the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Monoflo International, Inc.
    Inventors: Henning Rader, Hans Niemann
  • Patent number: 8350830
    Abstract: A game system as an information processing system includes a game apparatus and a controller, and the controller is attached with an attachment device. The controller images an image including infrared rays output from markers arranged on a monitor through a half mirror integrated in the attachment device. Furthermore, the controller images an image including an infrared ray from a pen input device reflected by the half mirror via a touch panel. In the former, the controller functions as an input device for a direct coordinate input, and in the latter, the controller functions as a pen tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Hosoi, Yasuyuki Shimohata, Toru Yamashita, Ryoji Kuroda
  • Patent number: 8348644
    Abstract: A pump includes a cylinder and a plunger. The cylinder defines an outlet-side passage therein. The plunger is reciprocably received within the cylinder. An inner peripheral surface of the cylinder and an end surface of the plunger define a pump chamber. The outlet-side passage is communicated with the pump chamber. When the plunger reciprocates within the cylinder, fluid inside the pump chamber is pressurized such that fluid is discharged to an exterior through the outlet-side passage. The inner peripheral surface includes a spherical surface part that surrounds the pump chamber. The spherical surface part is defined by a curved surface having a predetermined curvature such that the pump chamber defines a spherical space. The spherical surface part is provided with an opening of the outlet-side passage, which has a circular shape when observed from a spherical center of the pump chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Shinya Tsutsumidani
  • Patent number: 8348734
    Abstract: A game system moves a player character in a virtual game space in accordance with an operation by a player. Further, the player character's moving amount per predetermined unit time is detected at each predetermined time interval. A predetermined parameter (gage amount) value is calculated at each predetermined time interval based on the moving amount detected at each predetermined time interval. Also, the game system adds the predetermined parameter value calculated at each predetermined time interval for accumulation. In response to a predetermined operation performed by the player, the game system causes the player character to perform a predetermined motion (e.g., special shot) on a condition such that a value obtained as a result of the addition reaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takahashi, Shugo Takahashi, Haruki Kodera, Yusuke Sugimoto, Toru Takamatsu, Toshiharu Izuno
  • Patent number: 8351875
    Abstract: A distortion compensator for reducing a level of a distortion component included in an output analog signal of an amplifier, includes: an A/D converter to convert the output analog signal of the amplifier into a digital output signal; a comparator to generate a distortion characteristic of the amplifier based on a digital input signal and the digital output signal; a rate controller to control a sampling rate of the A/D converter based on the digital input signal and the digital output signal; a predistorter to multiply the digital input signal and a compensation value for compensating the amplifier, the compensation value being calculated based on the digital input signal and the distortion characteristic of the amplifier; and a D/A converter to convert multiplication result of the predistorter into an analog input signal to input the analog input signal to the amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takayuki Kato, Atsushi Yamaoka, Keiichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8347621
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of controlling a fluid working machine (12) having a plurality of working cylinders (14) having pistons (16) therein and arranged to drive a shaft (18), in which said cylinders are supplied with pressurized working fluid via a manifold (24), the contents of which may be 5 purged by a de-pressurizer taking one of a number for forms such as to allow re-activation of said machine (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sauer-Danfoss APS
    Inventors: Win Rampen, Onno Kuttler, Niall James Caldwell
  • Patent number: 8348761
    Abstract: In a game played by a plurality of game machines through teamwork, an evaluation is performed according to the correlation among operation information obtained through communications with each of the game machines. A plurality of game machines communicate with one another to establish timing synchronization. After the game, input timings at which buttons are operated during the game are collected and then evaluated so as to determine an absolute and relative timing coincidence in a predetermined period (unison part). A predetermined number of points are added to its game score based on the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akito Nakatsuka, Yuichi Ozaki
  • Patent number: 8350601
    Abstract: A drive unit controls the operation of a corresponding power switching element such as IGBT which forms an inverter and a converter. The drive unit controls the operation of the corresponding power switching element to supply an operation current to a motor generator. First and second switching elements in the drive unit are simultaneously turned on when an operation signal transferred from a control device is switched to a turning-on instruction operation signal. The voltage at the gate terminal of the power switching element is shifted to a divided voltage obtained by dividing a voltage of the power source by first and second resistances connected in series in the drive unit. When a mirror time period of the power switching element is elapsed, the second switching element only is turned off in order to shift the gate voltage of the power switching element to the voltage of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Nagata, Tsuneo Maebara
  • Patent number: 8350817
    Abstract: A display device provided with a touch panel for detecting a contact position on a touch surface of the panel at which a contact object is brought into contact with the touch surface, the touch panel including an in-panel-surface electrode with a plurality of openings formed in a display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Asahi Yamato, Kazuki Takahashi, Jun Nakata
  • Patent number: 8351164
    Abstract: An example magnetoresistive element includes a first magnetic layer whose magnetization direction is substantially pinned toward one direction; a second magnetic layer whose magnetization direction is changed in response to an external magnetic field; and a spacer layer. At least one of the first magnetic layer and the second magnetic layer includes a magnetic compound layer including a magnetic compound that is expressed by M1aM2bOc (where 5?a?68, 10?b?73, and 22?c?85). M1 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Co, Fe, and Ni. M2 is at least one element selected from the group consisting of Ti, V, and Cr.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Fuji, Hideaki Fukuzawa, Hiromi Yuasa
  • Patent number: 8350823
    Abstract: A coordinate detection device according to the present invention includes: a conductor for locating a point of contact; multiple terminals that are connected to the conductor at mutually different points; a signal output section, which includes a charge storage section to store electrical charge there and which outputs a signal with a voltage value representing the quantity of charge stored in the charge storage section; a setting section for setting a voltage for the charge storage section equal to a predetermined value; and a switching section for selectively connecting or disconnecting a particular one of the terminals to/from not only the charge storage section but also a predetermined power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takao Hasegawa, Takeshi Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Hamada, Ryota Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8348333
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle structure, in particular for a commercial vehicle, van, or the like, comprises a metal frame including a pair of longitudinal members connected by cross members, and a metal cab body mounted on the frame, including a pair of longitudinal sub-cab members supported on the longitudinal members of the frame by means of elastic supports that enable relative movements in a vertical direction of the body with respect to the frame. A front cross member for absorption of impact is fixed to the front end of the two longitudinal frame members. A main front plate is connected to the front end of each longitudinal frame member and faces a respective auxiliary front plate connected to the front end of the respective longitudinal sub-cab member to enable distribution of the applied forces of the aforesaid front cross member between the longitudinal members of the frame and the longitudinal sub-cab members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societá Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Michele Iammarino, Augusto Masia, Michele Castaldi
  • Patent number: 8348628
    Abstract: A system and method enable monitoring of a mechanical condition of a reciprocating compressor. The compressor includes a compressor frame, a pressure chamber, and a pressure head. A plurality of tie bolts are secured between the compressor frame and the pressure chamber head. A sensor assembly is secured to one of the plurality of tie bolts. The sensor assembly includes an elongation member positioned to extend in concert with extension of one of the tie bolts. A sensor measures extension of the elongation member to thereby monitor cylinder pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Roger A. Hala
  • Patent number: 8351016
    Abstract: A display device 1 of the present invention includes a first conductive layer 20 and a second conductive layer 21 arranged across an insulating layer 24 from the first conductive layer 20. An overlap section 40 at which the first conductive layer 20 and the second conductive layer 21 overlap each other is provided. At least one of the first conductive layer 20 and the second conductive layer 21 includes a slit portion 210a that is arranged in the overlap section 40. The width of the slit portion 210a is set to be smaller at a medial area 82 except both end areas 81 of the slit portion 210a, than at the both end areas 81.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidetoshi Nakagawa
  • Patent number: D673961
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Matsui, Kazuhiko Koriyama
  • Patent number: D674080
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukishige Shiraichi, Masaki Ohtsuka, Masaya Takahashi