Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Patent number: 8320716
    Abstract: A voucher data management system is provided. An image data generating section reads an original of a voucher to be copied and supplied to a user and generates voucher image data. A database stores the voucher image data. An access code generating section generates an access code for accessing the voucher image data stored in the database. An access code outputting section outputs the access code to the user. An image data outputting section reads out the voucher image data corresponding to the access code from the database in a case where the image data outputting section is accessed from the external terminal based on the access code, determines an attribute of the user who operates the external terminal, determines a range of the voucher image data to be output to the external terminal based on the determined attribute, and outputs the determined range of the voucher image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideaki Takahashi, Chiaki Furuya
  • Patent number: 8315047
    Abstract: A display apparatus, comprising a display having a longitudinal edge and a latitudinal edge, where the longitudinal edge is longer than the latitudinal edge, a first supporting member having an upper end portion rotatably coupled to the display and a lower end portion rotatably coupled to a base, wherein the display is configured to be rotatable between a first position in which the longitudinal edge is substantially in parallel with the base and a second position in which the longitudinal edge is substantially perpendicular to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Moriyuki Tsuchihashi, Yasumasa Takeda, Shunya Uno
  • Patent number: 8313516
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides a polyaxial fixation device having a shank with a spherical head formed on a proximal end thereof, and a receiver member having an axial passage formed therein that is adapted to polyaxially seat the spherical head of the shank. The polyaxial bone screw further includes an engagement member that is adapted to provide sufficient friction between the spherical head and the receiver member to enable the shank to be maintained in a desired angular orientation before locking the spherical head within the receiver member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: David D. Konieczynski, Thomas V. Doherty, Dale E. Whipple, Niall Casey, Mark T. Hall
  • Patent number: 8313158
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including: first nozzles which discharge a dye ink; second nozzles which discharge a pigment ink of the same color as the dye ink; and a controller which controls the discharge of the inks from the first nozzles and the second nozzles, wherein the controller executes a first discharging operation for discharging the dye ink from the first nozzles and then discharging the pigment ink from the second nozzles at predetermined positions on a medium and executes a second discharging operation for discharging the pigment ink from the second nozzles and then discharging the dye ink from the first nozzles at positions different from the predetermined positions on the medium, and wherein a ratio of the dye ink to the pigment ink in the amount of ink discharged in the second discharging operation per unit area is less than that in the first discharging operation per unit area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Mai Kubota, Tomohiro Yuda, Takahide Miyashita, Naoki Sudo, Akito Sato, Bunji Ishimoto
  • Patent number: 8308738
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for controlling movement of a working end of a surgical device, and in particular for performing various surgical procedures using an instrument having an end effector that can be articulated relative to an elongate shaft of the device. In certain embodiments, the end effector can also optionally rotate relative to the elongate shaft of the device, and/or the shaft can rotate relative to a handle of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolph H. Nobis, Anil K. Nalagatla, Sean P. Conlon
  • Patent number: 8310726
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including a specific image detection unit detecting an area including at least a part of a specific image in an input image, a representative color calculation unit calculating a representative color of the specific image on the basis of pixels belonging to the area detected by the specific image detection unit, plural correction curve acquisition units which acquire plural correction curves resulting in gradation correction for every element color on the basis of the gradation value for every element color constituting the representative color after correction, and plural correction units which correct the gradation value for every element color in each pixel constituting the input image based on the obtained plural correction curves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Enjuji
  • Patent number: 8303661
    Abstract: System of intervertebral disc prostheses which includes standard prostheses and corrective prostheses. The corrective prostheses serve to compensate for a ventro-dorsal offset. They are characterized in that, on one of their cover plates, the surface via which it cooperates in a matching manner with the prosthesis core is offset ventrodorsally relative to the contact surface by comparison with the standard prostheses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventor: Arnold Keller
  • Patent number: 8303063
    Abstract: A printing apparatus including a first nozzle that ejects dye ink; a second nozzle that ejects pigment ink of a color that is the same as the dye ink; and a controller that controls ejection of ink from the first nozzle and the second nozzle. The controller performs a first ejection operation, in which the pigment ink is ejected from the second nozzle after the dye ink is ejected from the first nozzle, for a predetermined position on a medium and performs a second ejection operation, in which the dye ink is ejected from the first nozzle after the pigment ink is ejected from the second nozzle, for a second position on the medium. An amount of the pigment ink per unit area that is ejected in the second ejection operation is made smaller than an amount of the pigment ink per the unit area in the first ejection operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Mai Kubota, Bunji Ishimoto, Akito Sato, Tomohiro Yuda, Naoki Sudo, Takahide Miyashita
  • Patent number: 8303198
    Abstract: A label paper indexing control method for a label printer is provided that in one embodiment includes conveying label paper having labels affixed with a specific gap there between to a continuous liner through a path passed a printing position of a print head, detecting a reference position of the label paper at a detection position upstream from the print head, determining the position of a downstream label end of a label on the path as a first distance from the detection position based on when the reference position is detected, updating the first distance each time the label paper is conveyed, executing a power shutdown operation that writes the first distance to memory and turns the power off when a command instructing turning the power off is asserted, and reading the first distance from memory when the power turns on without the label paper having been replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Nishimura, Ichimi Masuda, Junichi Arai
  • Patent number: 8304379
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a solidified detergent composition is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Hiroshima University
    Inventor: Hiroki Nikawa
  • Patent number: 8302209
    Abstract: A data processing device includes a data storage section that stores data; an authentication information storage section that stores first authentication information registered by a user; an input section that allows the user to input second authentication information; a first judgment section that permits reading of the data stored in the data storage section when the first authentication information matches the second authentication information, and does not permit reading of the data stored in the data storage section when the first authentication information does not match the second authentication information; a slot into which an external storage device can be inserted; and a writing admission section that permits writing of the data stored in an external storage device into the data storage section without input of the second authentication information when the external storage device is inserted into the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Tsubono
  • Patent number: 8298235
    Abstract: The present invention includes pin guides and methods for placing pins in adjacent vertebrae. The present invention also includes methods for placing pins in adjacent vertebrae using the pin guides described herein. The present invention also includes an intervertebral implant insertion and alignment instrument, a distraction instrument, an intervertebral implant insertion guide, and methods for inserting an implant into an intervertebral space. Despite existing tools and techniques, present positioning of implants in intervertebral spaces and pins in adjacent vertebrae often depend on a surgeon's skill, experience and technique. Practice of the present invention can aide in the placement of an implant into an intervertebral space and placement of pins in adjacent vertebrae, e.g., midline to the coronal plane spine and/or parallel to vertebral endplates that abut the intervertebral space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Grinberg, William McGittigan, Edward B. Zalenski, Ronald Garner, Andrea Burke
  • Patent number: 8297859
    Abstract: A printing method is provided for printing on a medium with a color material by a printer including a cartridge accommodating section that removably accommodates a cartridge to which an advance payment information storage section for storing therein advance payment information is attached and which contains the color material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Teruhito Kojima
  • Patent number: 8301219
    Abstract: Various systems and methods are provided for monitoring patient physiological data without the need for adhesives or wires to be connected to a patient. The system is also fully functional without the need for manipulation or intervention by a care provider or medical personnel. In particular, the system can include a pad having a plurality of electrical contacts or electrodes formed thereon in a predetermined pattern. The electrodes can be configured to sense electrical signals produced by a patient's body. A controller in communication with the electrodes can be configured to select and process signals from the electrodes and send the information derived from the electrical signals to an output device for displaying resulting physiological data so that the patient can be monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignees: The General Hospital Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Fred Chen, Henry Wu, Pei-Lan Hsu, Brad Stronger, Hongshen Ma, Robert L. Sheridan
  • Patent number: 8298236
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are various tools and devices for use in spinal surgery. In one embodiment, a spinal guide device is provided having a guide member with a positioning element that is adapted to engage a portion of a vertebra to position the guide member relative to the vertebra. The guide member can also include a retractor guide that is adapted to guide a retractor therethrough to retract tissue adjacent to the distal end of the guide member. Various tissue retractors, bone preparation tools, and spinal implants are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Lauryssen, James Kelly, Thomas V. Doherty
  • Patent number: 8296593
    Abstract: In an information processing system, a host apparatus and a device are communicatively connected such that the host apparatus serves as a master and the device serves as a slave. The device is configured to establish a power-saving mode, when any command is not received from the host apparatus for a prescribed time period. A device driver is provided in the host apparatus. The device driver is configured to transit from a normal state to a suspended state when an operation command for operating the device is not received from an application running in the host apparatus for a prescribed time period, and to transmit a dummy response to the application, when an inquiry command is received from the application while the device driver is placed in the suspended state, without notifying the inquiry command to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akio Takamoto
  • Patent number: 8292424
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting head is adapted to eject liquid toward a target medium. A transporter is adapted to transport a tray on which the target medium is mounted toward a region facing the liquid ejecting head via a transporting path. A tray guide is disposed in a front side of the liquid ejecting apparatus, and having a supporting face adapted to support the tray thereon. The tray guide is movable between a first position connecting the supporting face with the transporting path to allow the transporter to transport the tray to the transporting path and a second position escaping the supporting face from the transporting path. The supporting face is kept being parallel to the transporting path when the tray guide is moved between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Eiichi Miyashita, Takashi Akahane, Hiroki Nakashima, Satoshi Noda
  • Patent number: 8294891
    Abstract: In one aspect, a system for use in product packaging is disclosed that includes a polymeric sensing substrate coupled to a package such that a front sensing surface thereof is in contact with a portion of a product, e.g., a fungible product, stored in the package and a back surface thereof is accessible via an environment external to the package. The system further includes a radiation source adapted to direct radiation to the substrate's back surface such that the radiation would interact with one or more molecular species of the product that are in contact with the substrate's sensing surface. The system also includes a detector that is adapted to detect radiation returning from the substrate in response to its illumination by the radiation source. The front surface of the sensing substrate can comprise a plurality of micron-sized or submicron-sized ridges having a discontinuous or continuous metal coating, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Eric Mazur, Eric Diebold
  • Patent number: 8293168
    Abstract: The present invention is generally directed to nanocomposite thermoelectric materials that exhibit enhanced thermoelectric properties. The nanocomposite materials include two or more components, with at least one of the components forming nano-sized structures within the composite material. The components are chosen such that thermal conductivity of the composite is decreased without substantially diminishing the composite's electrical conductivity. Suitable component materials exhibit similar electronic band structures. For example, a band-edge gap between at least one of a conduction band or a valence band of one component material and a corresponding band of the other component material at interfaces between the components can be less than about 5kBT, wherein kB is the Boltzman constant and T is an average temperature of said nanocomposite composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignees: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Trustees of Boston College
    Inventors: Gang Chen, Mildred Dresselhaus, Zhifeng Ren
  • Patent number: 8292391
    Abstract: A liquid ejecting apparatus includes: a first nozzle row in which first nozzles ejecting a first liquid are arranged in a predetermined direction; a second nozzle row in which second nozzles ejecting a second liquid are arranged in the predetermined direction; a movement mechanism moving the first and second nozzle rows in a movement direction intersecting the predetermined direction relative to a medium; a transport mechanism transporting the medium in the predetermined direction relative to the first and second nozzle rows; and a control unit repeating an image forming operation of ejecting the liquids from the first and second nozzles while moving the first and second nozzle rows in the movement direction by the movement mechanism and a transport operation of transporting the medium in the predetermined direction relative to the first and second nozzle rows by the transport mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Bunji Ishimoto, Yumiko Takeda