Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Patent number: 8295422
    Abstract: A code controller configures a code state at a substantially constant and low storage volume, and at a substantially constant computational processing amount, regardless of which state position a desired code state is present in within the state area of the code states. In one embodiment, a state processor detects the position of a desired code state based on an inputted code phase amount. Based on the detection, state processor performs processing for jumping the code state a predetermined interval, and obtains a specific code state near the code state. The state processor selects the appropriate process from among a process for delaying the code state one state at a time from the obtained code state and a process for transiting the code state one state at a time in the direction opposite the delay direction, transits the code state, and obtains the desired code state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Furuno Electric Company, Ltd
    Inventor: Dun Wang
  • Patent number: 8295429
    Abstract: A CCD color image sensor which prevents unnecessary charge from overflowing in a photoelectric conversion element. An image input apparatus having the CCD color image sensor comprises transferring unit which transfers effective charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion element provided for each of the colors (R, G and B), extracted as an output signal, to a shift register by opening a shift gate; and discarding unit which discards unnecessary charge accumulated in the photoelectric conversion element by opening the shift gate at different timing from one color to another immediately before the photoelectric conversion element starts accumulating effective charge again. The discarding unit discards unnecessary charge immediately before effective charge accumulates, and discards unnecessary charge by opening the shift gate before unnecessary charge overflows in the photoelectric conversion element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Atsushi Sasaki
  • Patent number: 8287083
    Abstract: A position detecting device for detecting a position of an object, includes a light emitting portion that emits light, a light receiving portion that receives the light from the light emitting portion, and a scale that is arranged between the light emitting portion and the light receiving portion, and includes a position detecting pattern and a smear detecting pattern. The position detecting pattern has a first light transmitting portion for transmitting the light from the light emitting portion and a first light interception portion for intercepting the light from the light emitting portion which are alternately arranged in a detection range of the object. The smear detecting pattern for detecting smear of the scale has a second light transmitting portion for transmitting the light from the light emitting portion and a second light interception portion for intercepting the light from the light emitting portion which are alternately arranged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Nakata, Hitoshi Igarashi
  • Patent number: 8287406
    Abstract: Methods and devices, including kits, are disclosed herein for playing a flying disc game. For instance, some aspects are directed to kits for playing flying disc game that can include one or more poles (e.g., two), one or more target objects (e.g., two), and/or a flying disc. The pole can be insertable into a ground surface, or can optionally be inserted into a free standing base. The target object can be detachably placed on the a target support of the pole, which can be dislodged by a player throwing the flying disc at the target object. Various configurations for the poles, target objects, and flying disc are discussed. As well, a method for playing a flying disc game, (e.g., one using some assembly of the equipment disclosed) is also revealed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Bryan Biederman, John St. Amand
  • Patent number: 8289590
    Abstract: A scanner unit includes a scanner for imaging a print medium, a base unit that supports the scanner, a pressure feed roller disposed opposite the scanning surface of the scanner, a guide member for guiding the print medium to the scanner, a frame member that supports the pressure feed roller and the guide member, and a motor that drives the pressure feed roller. The frame member is supported pivotably to the base. In other embodiments the scanner unit can include a roller shaft such that the pressure feed roller is coaxially affixed to the roller shaft and the frame member supports the roller shaft, a first gear on the roller shaft, and a second gear that transfers drive power from the motor to the second gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Furihata, Katsuyuki Endo, Sadao Murata
  • Patent number: 8287554
    Abstract: An instrument for reconfiguring stomach tissue includes a sealing member that seals a section of a tissue manipulator from contact with bodily fluids. The tissue manipulator includes a first portion that is configured for releasable coupling to an actuating member and a second portion configured to receive an implant to be deployed within the patient. The tissue manipulator also includes a rectangular member and a cavity for receiving a coupler of the actuating member. The tissue manipulator has a first member with tissue penetrating elements and a second member with engaging elements configured to deflect the tissue penetrating elements upon relative movement of the first and second members. The actuating member includes a tissue penetrating element support positioned to limit bending of the tissue manipulator. The instrument includes an actuating mechanism that is configured to move at least one of the first and second members of the tissue manipulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Cerier, Amos G. Cruz, Jonathan O'Keefe, Cheryne Ray, Joseph M. Gordon, David Robson, Daniel Nelsen, Aidan Petrie
  • Patent number: 8282641
    Abstract: Various exemplary instruments for introducing an implant using a posterolateral approach are also provided, as well as various exemplary methods for using such instruments. In general, the instruments are configured to interconnect to an implant and/or to a guide member such that the components are all docked relative to one another. This allows the various components of a multi-piece implant to be mated intraoperatively within the disc space, and in particular to be guided into alignment with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Erasmo Lopez, Jonathan Bellas, Amie Borgstrom, Douglas R. LaSota
  • Patent number: 8282566
    Abstract: A pressure sensing catheter having a pressure sensor and an antenna that is coupled to the pressure sensor, e.g., by a connector, are provided. The pressure sensor can be adapted to measure a pressure surrounding the catheter, and the antenna can be adapted to telemetrically communicate the measured pressure to an external device. In an exemplary embodiment, the antenna, pressure sensor, and/or connector are hermetically sealed, e.g., by the catheter and/or a coating, to prevent the antenna, pressure sensor, and connector from coming into contact with fluid, thereby allowing the catheter to be permanently implanted or otherwise used for long term use. Exemplary methods for manufacturing and using pressure sensing catheters are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Mauge, Alan Dextradeur, Daniel McCusker, Stefan Meyer, Volker Boedecker, Robert G. Kraus, Max G. Ostermeier
  • Patent number: 8283343
    Abstract: Amorphous, polymorphic, and solvated forms of 17-amino geldanamycin are disclosed. These compounds are particularly useful for the treatment of cancer, a neoplastic disease state and/or a hyperproliferative disorder, and inhibiting Heat Shock Protein 90 (“Hsp90”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Austad, Louis Grenier, Edward B. Holson, John J. Lee, Roger H. Pak, James R. Porter, James L. Wright
  • Patent number: 8282195
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid ejecting apparatus including a liquid ejecting head that ejects liquid from an aperture of a nozzle plate toward a recording material while reciprocating over the recording material and a platen that supports the recording material from a rear face thereof to position the recording material at a position facing the nozzle plate in a direction in which the liquid is ejected. The liquid ejecting apparatus further includes: a first electrode being provided on the platen side between the liquid ejecting head and the platen; a second electrode being provided on the liquid ejecting head side between the liquid ejecting head and the platen; and a potential difference generating section of which one end is connected to the first electrode and the other end is connected to the second electrode and that generates a potential difference between the second electrode and the first electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tsunenobu Endo, Tomoaki Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8284436
    Abstract: An image data processing apparatus, increase: a reader that reads image data included in an image file in read units of a specified data length from an external storage medium storing the image file; a storage that temporarily saves the image data read by the reader; and a data processor that requests image data to the reader and applying a specified data processing to the image data given from the reader in response to the request; wherein the reader reads image data requested by the data processor from the storage and supplies them to the data processor and, if the image data requested by the data processor cannot be read from the storage, reads image data of a specified data length including the image data from the storage medium and supplies them to the data processor, and the reader optimizes the read unit according to the form of the request from the data processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinao Kitahara
  • Patent number: 8282675
    Abstract: Methods and devices for locking a fastener in a thru-bore are provided herein. In one exemplary embodiment, a spinal anchor is provided that includes a bone engaging fastener, an anti-backout mechanism, and a locking mechanism. The anti-backout mechanism can be movable between a retracted position in which it is disposed within the fastener and a deployed position in which is extends from the bone engaging fastener. The locking mechanism can be matable to the bone engaging fastener and can be configured to move the anti-backout mechanism from the retracted position to the deployed position. In the deployed position, the anti-backout mechanism can prevent the bone engaging fastener from backing out of a thru-bore in a spinal plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul S. Maguire, Douglas L. Hester
  • Patent number: 8282546
    Abstract: Access devices and related methods are disclosed that generally involve flexible or adjustable cannulas that have a substantially cylindrical insertion configuration and a substantially conical expanded configuration. Various methods and features are provided for transitioning the cannula from the insertion configuration to the expanded configuration while the access device is inserted through tissue to form a conical opening through the tissue. Examples include cables, biasing elements, retaining elements, bimodal rings, and coil springs. The devices and methods disclosed herein can allow for improved retention of the access device, improved angulation of instruments passed through the access device, and can increase the integrity of a seal formed between the access device and surrounding tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick E. Shelton, IV, Jerome R. Morgan, Eugene L. Timperman
  • Patent number: 8277491
    Abstract: Minimally invasive methods and devices for introducing a spinal fixation element into a surgical site in a patient's spinal column are provided. In one embodiment, a dissection tool is provided for separating muscles along a muscle plane without causing damage to the muscles. The dissection tool can also include a lumen extending therethrough for receiving a guide wire. The tool allows the guide wire to be positioned relative to a vertebra, and once properly positioned, the tool can be removed to allow a spinal anchor to be delivered along the guide wire and implanted into the vertebra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean P. Selover, Nancy M. Sheehy
  • Patent number: 8280271
    Abstract: A printing system includes an optical sensor that reads a plurality of order sheets at least selecting images to be printed and printing sheet types, a printing specifying unit that specifies the images and printing sheet types selected by the order sheets on the basis of an output from the optical sensor, a reader that reads image data of the images selected by the order sheets from a recording medium, and a printer that prints the read image data on types of printing paper which correspond to the printing sheet types selected by the order sheets, wherein after the optical sensor reads the order sheets, the printer performs batch printing based on the images and printing sheet types selected by all the order sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyuki Narusawa
  • Patent number: 8276818
    Abstract: A magnetic ink character reading method includes conveying paper by a stepping motor, detecting magnetic ink characters on the paper and generating magnetic detection signals by a magnetic detection unit, generating magnetic noise data by accumulating magnetic detection signals before the paper passes the magnetic detection unit, and removing the magnetic noise by subtracting the magnetic noise data from the magnetic detection signals. The generated magnetic noise can be a function of a control period of the transportation mechanism and a control period of a photodetector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 8277552
    Abstract: An ink set includes a cyan ink composition containing C. I. Pigment Blue 15:6 as a pigment; a magenta ink composition containing a quinacridone pigment or a quinacridone solid solution pigment; a light magenta ink composition containing a quinacridone pigment selected from the group consisting of C. I. Pigment Violet 19, C. I. Pigment Red 122, C. I. Pigment Red 202, and C. I. Pigment Red 209 or a quinacridone solid solution pigment composed of at least two selected from the group, the pigment concentration being lower than that of the magenta ink composition; a light cyan ink composition containing C. I. Pigment Blue 15:3 as a pigment at a pigment concentration lower than that of the cyan ink composition; an orange ink composition containing a pigment selected from the group consisting of C. I. Pigment Orange 43 and C. I. Pigment Red 242: a green ink composition containing a pigment selected from the group consisting of C. I. Pigment Green 36 and C. I. Pigment Green 7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shohei Shiono, Tsuyoshi Sano
  • Patent number: 8277468
    Abstract: A medical instrument for engaging tissue includes a flexible shaft, a tissue piercing coil at a distal portion of the shaft, and a tissue stabilizer positioned over the shaft and biased in a distal direction such that as the tissue piercing coil enters tissue, the tissue stabilizer is urged against a surface of the tissue. A medical instrument for reconfiguring tissue includes a flexible shaft defining a lumen housing actuating controls, and a distal actuating assembly with a sealing portion configured to substantially seal the shaft lumen from contact with bodily fluids. A cartridge assembly includes first and second members configured for releasable attachment to a medical instrument, and a holder configured to receive the first and second members and to be released from the first and second members upon action of the first and second members attaching to the medical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Laufer, Jeffrey C. Cerier, Amos G. Cruz, Jonathan O'Keefe, Richard Andrews, Ram Chuttani, Vincent A. Piucci, Jr., Michael Barenboym, Neal H. Marshall, Randal B. Chinnock
  • Patent number: 8278366
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the use of talc as a chemical foaming agent in perfluoropolymers to form foamable and foamed compositions. For example, in one aspect, a foamable composition is disclosed, which comprises (i) one or more base perfluoropolymers comprising at least 50 percent by weight of the composition, and (ii) talc blended with the one or more base perfluoropolymers, where the talc comprises 3 percent to about 15 percent by weight of the composition. Each of the perfluoropolymers is selected from the group consisting of tetrafluoroethylene/perfluoromethylvinyl ether copolymer (MFA), hexafluoropropylene/tetrafluoroethylene copolymer (FEP) and perfluoroalkoxy (PFA) and any blend thereof, where hydrogen-containing fluoropolymers are absent from the composition. The one or more base perfluoropolymers are melt-processable at one or more elevated processing temperatures of at least about 600° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Charles Glew, Kenneth Boyle, Bradley L. Kent, Jeffrey A. Hrivnak
  • Patent number: 8273124
    Abstract: Various spinal implants and methods for stabilizing the spine are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a spinal implant is provided having an expandable container with an interior volume that is selectively expandable between a compressed condition and an expanded condition. The expandable container is coupled to a superior endplate member having a bone-contacting surface and an engagement surface effective to mate with a superior surface of the expandable container, and an inferior endplate member having a bone-contacting surface and an engagement surface effective to mate with an inferior surface of the expandable container. In addition, at least one inlet port is formed in the expandable container and is effective to communicate a fluid to at least one cavity disposed within the interior volume of the expandable container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Naren Renganath, Steven Connolly, Michael Alan Fisher, Glen Presbrey