Patents Represented by Attorney Novak Druce & Quigg, LLP
  • Patent number: 8348128
    Abstract: A system for performing anastomosis includes a plurality of staples, an annular staple support having structure for holding the staples, and a staple closing device for closing the staples to secure the canal ends together. A method for performing anastomosis and staples for performing anastomosis are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Biorep Technologies, Inc., University of Miami
    Inventors: Ramon E. Poo, Andreas G. Tzakis
  • Patent number: 8352308
    Abstract: When deciding whether to fund a project, such as a movie, investors consider information such as what is often referred to as the “bankability” of people or entities attached to the project, such as the top-billed actors, the director, the producer, and/or the screenwriter. A system can collect information about people or entities and prior projects associated with those people or entities and use that information to calculate the bankability of those people or entities. Project developers can use the calculated bankability of the people or entities when deciding which people or entities to attach to in-development projects to increase the chance that the project will attract funding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: IMDb.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Syrett
  • Patent number: 8350729
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device and an associated method are provided. The handheld electronic device includes a keyboard assembly, a display positioned adjacent the keyboard assembly, a processor structured to receive inputs from the keyboard assembly and to output to the display as a function of the inputs, the processor further structured to run a disambiguation routine. The keyboard assembly includes a printed circuit board, a primary conductor portion, a secondary conductor portion, and a keyboard assembly. The printed circuit board has a plurality of electrical contacts. The conductor assembly has a plurality of primary conductors and a plurality of secondary conductors, each the primary conductor and secondary conductor structured to correspond to, and engage and close, at least one of the plurality of electrical contacts. The keyboard assembly has a plurality of keys each having one or more indicia thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Jason Tyler Griffin, Mihal Lazaridis
  • Patent number: 8352299
    Abstract: Systems and methods use behavioral data to assess listings for items. The behavior data may relate to information regarding user actions in connection with listings for the items. The listings may be collections of information about the items. Behavioral data in connection with a collection of listings is used to assess how changing listings affects one or more performance measures and/or to score listing quality. The assessment may be used for various purposes, such as identifying listings that may be changed to achieve one or more improved performance measures for corresponding items and for other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Mukund Seshadri, Deepak Jain, Tevye Rachelson Krynski
  • Patent number: 8352483
    Abstract: Multiple paths of an index tree may be traversed to discover a set of content descriptors that are match candidates for a set of query descriptors. A size of the set of candidate content descriptors may be optimized, for example, to reduce false positive matching errors, query latencies and/or index tree traversal times, at least in part by determining a number of child nodes to traverse based at least in part on current traverse level and/or traverse neighborhood thresholds. Index trees for large content descriptor sets may be built in resource constrained environments with approximation and/or refining build techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Ramesh, Arnab S. Dhua, Max Delgadillo, Raghavan Manmatha
  • Patent number: 8348513
    Abstract: A device for axially preloading a machine element that is arranged in a housing, with an annular steel spring that has an open hollow profile in cross-section, on which at least on one side is molded an annular collar that rests on the machine element and that has an axial contact surface, the steel spring being preloaded via a safety element against the machine element with a force that exceeds the operating force that occurs. A structurally simple device that ensures high preloading forces with advantageous tolerance compensation is achieved by the steel spring with an axisymmetrical, semi-circular section with an essentially uniform radius R1 undergoing transition indirectly or directly via a smaller radius R2 into the annular collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Audi AG
    Inventors: Stefan Rusteberg, Friedrich Vollhüter, Karl Seng
  • Patent number: 8352320
    Abstract: Method and system for enabling advertisers to deliver advertisements to consumers in which a plurality of tiers of available advertisements are defined, each tier containing a number of advertisements, a price for allocation of an advertisement in each tier is set wherein a lowest tier has the lowest price and the price increases to a maximum at a highest tier, and advertisements are allocated to advertisers based on availability starting from a lowest tier with unallocated advertisements and progressing to higher tiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan MacDonald, Donald Peppers
  • Patent number: 8350748
    Abstract: A process and a device for automatically determining meteorological conditions in the vicinity of an aircraft is disclosed. The device (1) comprises a meteorological radar (2), able to determine the meteorological information associated with a primary geographical area ahead of an aircraft, and means (3, 4A, 4B) for automatically determining the meteorological conditions associated with a geographical area being extended with respect to the primary geographical area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Guillaume Fouet, Xavier Grossin, Sébastien Robert
  • Patent number: 8352104
    Abstract: A method and device for servocontrolling an aircraft speed-wise in an approach phase. The device can adapt to the estimated time of passage of the aircraft at a particular point of the approach trajectory, the position of the start of deceleration of the aircraft in the approach phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Maxime Wachenheim, Jean-Louis De Menorval
  • Patent number: 8349933
    Abstract: A flame retardant composition and method for making flame retardant articles. The flame retardant composition can include a silicone polyetherimide, an fibrillated polytetrafluoroethylene, and a zinc borate. The silicone polyetherimide can be present in an amount of from about 99.6 to about 80.0 percent by weight. The silicone polyetherimide can have from about 5 to about 50 percent by weight dimethyl siloxane units, and less than about 100 ppm amine end groups. The fibrillated polytetrafluoroethylene can be present in an amount of from more than about 1.25 to about 5.0 percent by weight. The fibrillated polytetrafluoroethylene can be encapsulated in a polystyrene, a poly(styrene acrylonitrile), a poly(methyl methacrylate), a polycarbonate, a polyetherimide, a polysulfone, and combinations thereof. The zinc borate can be present in an amount of more than 0 to about 10 percent by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sabic Innovative Plastics IP B.V.
    Inventors: Yashpal J. Bhandari, Robert Russell Gallucci
  • Patent number: 8352187
    Abstract: A monitoring system including two laser anemometers and a selection logic device able to select, on the one hand, a value of the IAS air speed to be displayed on first display means and, on the other hand, another value of the IAS air speed to be displayed on second display means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Jean-Damien Perrie, Guillaume Preaux
  • Patent number: 8352408
    Abstract: A system for generating measurable indexes for providing a total wellness assessment of an individual is provided. The system can include a communications interface for accessing databases of population data derived from samplings of populations. The system further can include an integration and synthesis engine for generating weighting factors based upon a combination of the data, each weighting factor corresponding to a body region of the individual or to a health condition associated with the individual and based upon the population data. The system also can include a conditions capture engine for capturing individual-specific data corresponding to predetermined health conditions. The system can further include a modeling tool for combining the weighting factors with the individual-specific data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Quantum Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel Guillama, Pedro Martinez
  • Patent number: 8348585
    Abstract: A system for unloading and loading load-containing units, such as containers or movable boxes, presenting lift blocks from and onto railway trucks arranged to move on a main track along a longitudinal travel axis. The system including at least two pairs of lifting members separated at least in space above the main track, and able to flank the load-containing unit on opposite sides about the main track and to translate it vertically by achieving a grip on lift blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Salmoiraghi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Sandro Salmoiraghi
  • Patent number: 8352435
    Abstract: In a synchronous remote mirroring system, as a host computer writes data to primary storage in a primary data storage system, remote copy data is transferred from the primary data storage system to a secondary storage system in which secondary storage is maintained as a remote mirror of the primary storage. The primary data storage system performs data reduction upon the remote copy data prior to transmitting the remote copy data in a reduced to the secondary data storage system. The secondary data storage system returns an acknowledgement of receipt of the remote copy data upon receipt of the remote copy data in the reduced form, and later reverses the data reduction upon the remote copy data in the reduced form to produce data written to the secondary storage to maintain the secondary storage as the remote mirror of the primary storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: EMC Corporation
    Inventors: Richard P. Ruef, Uday K. Gupta, Chris D. Youngworth
  • Patent number: 8352565
    Abstract: A method for viewing an attachment of an email message on a portable electronic device in which the attachment has a renderable format. The method includes: requesting to view the attachment in an attachment viewer of the device, building a graph structure within an attachment server representing a map of the attachment, the graph structure including at least one renderable identifier corresponding to a page of the attachment, requesting rendering of the attachment, the rendering request sent from the attachment viewer to the attachment server and including the at least one renderable identifier, initializing a rendering library and storing rendering commands corresponding to command types of the graph structure in the rendering library, drawing the rendering commands in an off-screen bitmap which is saved as a JPEG file, sending the JPEG file to the portable electronic device and displaying the JPEG file in the attachment viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Olav A. Sylthe, Dan Mihal Dumitru, Andrew Bocking, Eshwar Stalin
  • Patent number: 8348360
    Abstract: A support can provide information and display objects. The compartment of the support is hinged to switch between a flat folded condition and an unfolded and open functional condition to receive an object. It comprises a retractable wall (115) for holding the compartment in its unfolded and open condition and an elastic element (127) for biasing the holding wall in an unretracted holding position. The flattening of the compartment is done by retracting the holding wall against the action of an elastic element. The pivoting holding retracting wall (115) is a shoring wall between a floor face (105) and a ceiling face (103) with which they form a force descending rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: François L'Hotel
  • Patent number: 8352178
    Abstract: Provided is a method, wireless communication device and computer program product for generation and communication of a geographic route from a first device to a second device. The method involves presenting a reference map using the first device; receiving route input using the first device, said route input indicative of the geographic route relative to the reference map; processing said route input with respect to a reference coordinate system to generate processed route information indicative of the geographic route; and communicating said processed route information to the second device. The method may further involve receiving and processing processed route information, using the second device, the processing performed at least in part based on the reference coordinate system and an output reference map to generate route output indicative of the geographic route relative to the output reference map; and presenting said route output using the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Michael Allen, Daniel Edward Kaldor
  • Patent number: 8346901
    Abstract: Methods and arrangements for selecting a content source from a plurality of potential content sources based on program information are described. A network resource maintains a mapping between itself and a static URL to be accessed by an application when updating content used in the application. The network resource can receive, over an electronic network, a configuration request providing the static URL and program information that at least identifies the application and version of the application. Based on the received information that is specific to the identified application version and from which content specific for that application version can be obtained, the network resource determines a second URL and provides the second URL to the application in response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Tony F. Kinnis
  • Patent number: 8347300
    Abstract: A method and system of managing resource lease duration for on-demand computing is provided. The system can include one or more resources having a metric capturing tool; and a provisioning manager in communication with the one or more resources. The provisioning manager can receive a request for at least one resource from the requester. The provisioning manager can provision the at least one resource from the one or more resources. The metric capturing tool can communicate one or more metrics associated with performance of the at least one resource to the provisioning manager. The provisioning manager can determine a lease modifier based at least in part on the one or more metrics. The provisioning manager can adjust a lease duration for the at least one resource based at least in part on the lease modifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Adam McLean, Jason Smith, Adam Borg, Steven Langridge
  • Patent number: 8344901
    Abstract: A method and handheld electronic device for detecting and providing notification of a device drop are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, there is provided a method for providing notification of a device drop on an electronic device having a processor coupled to a memory and an accelerometer, the method comprising: receiving an input from the accelerometer; and issuing an alert when the input indicates a freefall event and at least one secondary indication of a device drop exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Piotr Konrad Tysowski, Martin Arastafar