Patents Represented by Attorney Nixon & Vanderhye P.C.
  • 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: 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: 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: 8352794
    Abstract: Clock signal control circuitry is disclosed along with a method for switching a clock between modes and a computer program product. The clock signal control circuitry is for receiving a clock signal from a clock signal generator and for outputting said clock signal to synchronous circuitry that is to be clocked by said clock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventors: Remi Teyssier, Florent Begon, Jocelyn Francois Orion Jaubert, C├ędric Denis Robert Airaud
  • Patent number: 8350829
    Abstract: An input pen (60) of the present invention is an input pen used for performing an input to a touch-panel-integrated liquid crystal display device (100) (display device). The liquid crystal display device (100) includes a plurality of photosensitive elements (30) that senses light transmitted through a panel surface. The photosensitive elements (30) detect a position of input by sensing an image on a surface of a display panel. The input pen (60) includes a retroreflective element (61) at its tip that is to be in contact with the display panel. The retroreflective element (61) is made up of a spherical glass (62) (spherical transparent member) and an elastic reflective element (63). In this way, it is possible to provide an input pen which is to be used with a touch-panel-integrated display device and which makes it possible to perform a more accurate position detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shinichi Miyazaki, Masakazu Wada, Kengo Takahama, Toshiaki Nakagawa
  • 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: 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: 8351334
    Abstract: The present invention relates to quality-based scheduling of data in wireless networks. In this scheduling, quality information representing the degree of decodability of previously transmitted but not correctly received and not successfully decoded data packets is estimated in receiving communications nodes. This quality information is reported back to the node that transmitted the packet. The quality information will be used by the transmitting node when scheduling subsequent data transmissions. In this scheduling process, at least one of selection of: i) receiving node(s), to which a second data packet is to be forwarded; ii) a type of the data in the second packet; and/or iii) a data flow, to which the second packet belongs, is performed based on the quality information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)
    Inventors: Peter Larsson, Niklas Johansson, Michael Meyer
  • Patent number: 8348575
    Abstract: A self-countersinking screw (10) is capable of full penetration into wood, plastic veneered wood, and cementaceous products. An alternating sequence of peripheral cutters (A, B) extend from the periphery of the underside of the screw head (11), acting in conjunction with countersink cutting edges (24) and debris receiving recesses (20). Cutter (A) has an arcuate notch (30) in the cutting face (28), cutter (B) has a rectangular notch (31) in the trailing edge. Full countersinking without tearing, cracking or dimpling of the surface is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Mirco Walther
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 8352819
    Abstract: A data processing apparatus is provided with state retention circuits into which state values are saved from nodes within the data processing circuitry when entering a sleep mode from an active mode. Error management circuitry is coupled to the state retention circuits and detects errors in the retention of the state values. If errors are detected then an error recover response is triggered. A voltage controller coupled to the error management circuitry serves to vary a supply voltage to the state retention circuits during the sleep mode so as to maintain a finite non-zero error rate in the retention of the state values by the state retention circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventor: David Walter Flynn
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: D674079
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukishige Shiraichi, Masaki Ohtsuka, Masaya Takahashi