Patents Represented by Attorney Nixon & Vanderhye P.C.
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 8352815
    Abstract: The application discloses a circuit comprising at least one flip flop, said flip flop comprising: a master latch and a slave latch; a data signal input and a scan signal input arranged in parallel to each other and each input comprising a tristateable device; and a scan enable signal input, a functional clock signal input and a scan clock signal input; wherein: in response to a first predetermined value of said scan enable signal indicating a functional mode of operation, said scan input tristateable device is operable to isolate said scan input from said master latch, and said master latch is operable in response to said functional clock to receive data from said data input and to output data to said slave latch and said slave latch is operable in response to said functional clock to receive data from said master latch and to output data at said data output; and in response to a second predetermined value of said scan enable signal indicating a scan mode of operation said data input tristateable device is op
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventor: Marlin Frederick, Jr.
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 8351816
    Abstract: An ion generating unit comprises a duct, an ion generating device, a mounting plate and a fan. The duct is configured so as to have an air intake port at a first end and so as to have an exhaust port at a second end. The ion generating device is disposed inside the duct. The mounting plate is configured so as to serve to attach the duct to the housing. The mounting plate has an opening aperture communicating with the duct, and is configured so as to be attachable to the housing and so as to function as a part of the housing when it is attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yuhi Akagawa
  • 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: 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: D674079
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukishige Shiraichi, Masaki Ohtsuka, Masaya Takahashi