Patents Represented by Attorney Nixon & Vanderhye P.C.
  • 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: 8352814
    Abstract: An electronic control apparatus comprises a nonvolatile memory, operating means, determining means and retrying means. The nonvolatile memory stores predetermined data and has a memory region which is divided into a plurality of sub-regions. The operating means executes a check operation for each of the sub-regions in order to check whether the data stored in the nonvolatile memory are normal or not. The determining means determines whether the check operation has detected any data errors. The retrying means allows the operating means to retry the check operation for a predetermined number of times for the sub-regions that have been determined to be in data error by the determining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Masashige Takasu
  • Patent number: 8349060
    Abstract: A scrubber removes matter (e.g., particulate, gaseous, or liquid) from a gas stream in order to recover the matter and/or to clean the gas. In particular aspects, the scrubber contains multiple venturis that may provide additional flexibility and increased efficiency. The invention also pertains to related methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Andritz Inc.
    Inventors: Kimmo Peltonen, Todd S. Grace
  • Patent number: 8349623
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a thin film photoelectric conversion module comprising the steps of: (A) forming a plurality of divided strings by dividing a string, in which thin film photoelectric conversion elements provided by sequentially laminating a first electrode layer, a photoelectric conversion layer and a second electrode layer on the surface of an insulating substrate are electrically connected in series, into a plurality of strings by dividing grooves, electrically insulating and separating the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer one from the other and extending in a serial connection direction; and (B) performing reverse biasing by applying a reverse bias voltage to each of thin film photoelectric conversion elements of the divided string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinsuke Tachibana, Takanori Nakano
  • Patent number: 8349968
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for radically curing an unsaturated polyester resin or vinyl ester resin composition, wherein the resin composition contains at least 10 ppm radical inhibitor; the resin composition has an acid value of from 0.001 to 300 mg KOH/g resin composition and the curing is effected in the presence of at least 5 mmol Mn/kg primary resin system and at least 10 mmol of thiol/kg primary resin system. The invention also relates to cured objects or structural parts obtained from a resin composition obtained by such a process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: DSM IP Assets B.V.
    Inventors: Johan Franz Gradus Antonius Jansen, Ronald Ivo Kraeger
  • 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: 8352267
    Abstract: A plurality of input devices each includes a speaker, an operation data transmitter, a voice data receiver, and a voice controller. An information processing apparatus includes a voice storing area, object displaying programmed logic circuitry, operation data acquiring programmed logic circuitry, pointing position determining programmed logic circuitry, object specifying programmed logic circuitry, voice reading programmed logic circuitry, and voice data transmitting programmed logic circuitry. The pointing position determining programmed logic circuitry specifies, for each of the input devices, a pointing position on a screen based on operation data transmitted from the operation data transmitter. The voice reading programmed logic circuitry reads voice data corresponding to the pointing position for each of the input devices. The voice data transmitting programmed logic circuitry transmits the voice data to each of the input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiaki Suzuki
  • 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: 8350835
    Abstract: Dynamic range is widened in a display device with a photosensor that can read an image due to having a photodetection element inside a pixel thereof. A sensor driving circuit switches ON a reset signal (RST) that is supplied via reset signal bus line, and after a predetermined time has elapsed, switches ON a readout signal (RWS) that is supplied via readout signal bus line. Thus, in the photosensor, from which a photosensor signal is output in accordance with an amount of light received by the photosensor in the predetermined time, the capacitance of a capacitor provided in the photosensor is made variable from when the reset signal (RST) is supplied to the photosensor until when the predetermined time has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromi Katoh, Christopher Brown
  • 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: 8350775
    Abstract: An improved antenna arrangement includes a reflector arrangement comprising a printed circuit board with an electrically conductive ground plane. The reflector arrangement also has a reflector frame with a coupling surface. The coupling surface is capacitively coupled to the ground plane. The coupling surface has a recess via which the ground plane, which is located underneath it, and/or the printed circuit board or an isolating intermediate layer which is provided above the ground plane or an isolating intermediate layer which is provided above the printed circuit board is exposed. The at least one antenna element arrangement is positioned and/or held on the printed circuit board in the area of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Kathrein-Werke KG
    Inventors: Johann Obermaier, Matthias Riedel, Stephen John Saddington
  • 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: 8351421
    Abstract: A system and method for sending long distance telephone calls over the Internet utilizes cost and quality of service data to optimize system performance and to minimize the cost of completing the calls. The system utilizes a network of gateways connected to the Internet. The gateways receive calls from various service providers and convert the analog calls into data packets which are then placed onto the Internet. Similarly, the gateways take data packets off the Internet, convert the data packets back into analog format, and provide the analog telephone calls to the same or another service provider. Then system periodically checks the quality of communications between each of the gateways, and uses this information, in combination with cost information, to determine how to route the calls over the Internet. Special addressing protocols can be used by a system embodying the invention to reduce or eliminate unnecessary signaling between gateways as call setup procedures are carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: iBasis, Inc.
    Inventors: Ajay Joseph, Hwan Tang, Lizhong Zhang, Paul A. Skelly
  • 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: 8347827
    Abstract: A system for generating steam for a turbine of an electric generator includes a superheater that receives steam from a boiler and that superheats the steam. All or a portion of the superheated steam from the superheater is then passed through a heat exchanger to transfer some of the heat energy in the superheated steam to a flow of water. This reduces a temperature of the superheated steam to a temperature that is suitable for the turbine. The water heated in the heat exchanger can be condensed water that has already passed through the turbine, and the water heated in the heat exchanger can be routed to the boiler, where it is re-cycled back into steam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Andrew Travaly, Jonathan Marmillo
  • 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: 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: 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: D673961
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takayoshi Matsui, Kazuhiko Koriyama
  • Patent number: D674079
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukishige Shiraichi, Masaki Ohtsuka, Masaya Takahashi