Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Patent number: 8274668
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus that generates printing data comprising a scanner mechanism that reads an image of a document to set the read image as image data; a printing-pixel number distribution grasping member that sets a band as one unit, and grasps distribution of the number of printing pixels in a main scanning direction of the serial printer in every band; a processing-band setting member that sequentially sets each band as a processing band; a reference position setting member that sets an analyzing band, obtains a cumulative value and sets a start reference position when the cumulative value exceeds a predetermined range, and obtains a cumulative value and sets a end reference position when the cumulative value exceeds the predetermine range; and a printing-data generating member that generates printing data by setting a printing area based on the start reference position and the end reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Nakayama, Yoichiro Maki
  • Patent number: 8273170
    Abstract: An ink jet ink composition containing an aralkyl-modified silicone surfactant, an organic solvent, and a metallic pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuaki Tsukiana, Takashi Oyanagi
  • Patent number: 8272707
    Abstract: A printing device having a function that adjusts for deviation that occurs between ink droplet landing positions during bidirectional printing in which ink droplets of a plurality of dot sizes are discharged to print images on a print medium, comprising a print head that discharges ink droplets having a plurality of sizes, and a control unit that sets an adjustment value for the deviation for different types of images based upon a type of image being printed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuke Kashimoto
  • Patent number: 8276169
    Abstract: A medium processing device is provided. A processor processes a plate-shaped medium. A tray has a storage for storing the medium and is movable between a first position where the medium is processed by the processor and a second position where the medium is mounted and removed from the storage. A moving mechanism moves the tray between the first position and the second position. A transporting mechanism mounts the medium in the storage and removing the medium from the storage. A restraining member restrains an upward movement of a front end of the tray that is moved to the second position by the moving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8274692
    Abstract: In order to control printing of at least one of a plurality of digital images, zero or no value is set as a default value for a number of print copy of every one of the digital images. If any, an instruction for setting the number of print copy of at least one of the digital images is received. An instruction for printing the at least one of the digital images is received, under a condition that an identifier associated with one of the digital images is designated in a display. It is judged whether the at least one of the digital images includes at least one digital image to which one or more is set as the number of print copy, upon receipt of the instruction for printing. The at least one of the digital images is printed in accordance with the set number of print copy when it is judged the at least one of the digital images includes at least one digital image to which one or more is set as the number of print copy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuyuki Fujimori
  • Patent number: 8273086
    Abstract: Methods and devices for treating spinal deformities are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a low-profile spinal anchoring device is provided for receiving a spinal fixation element, such as a tether, therethrough. The device generally includes a staple body that is adapted to seat a spinal fixation element, a fastening element for fixing the staple body to bone, and a locking assembly for coupling a spinal fixation element to the staple body. In one embodiment, the locking assembly includes a washer that is adapted to couple to the staple body such that the spinal fixation is disposed therebetween, and a locking nut that is adapted to engage the staple body to mate the washer to the staple body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Hassan A. Serhan, Michael A. Slivka, Mathew Hannen, Peter Newton, Michael Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8273060
    Abstract: The present invention generally provides methods and devices for removing fluid from a surgical instrument. Surgical access devices and seal systems are generally provided having one or more valves or seal assemblies to create a closed system between the outside environment and the environment in which the surgical access device is being inserted. In one embodiment, a seal assembly is provided and can include a seal having an opening configured to receive a surgical instrument therethrough and a fluid remover in the form of an absorbent element, a scraper element, a wicking element, or any combination thereof can be associated with the seal and configured to remove fluid from the opening and/or a surgical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Cesar E. Moreno, Jr., Patrick J. Minnelli, Thomas A. Gilker, Daniel J. Mumaw, Rebecca J. Mollere, Randall Tanguay
  • Patent number: 8270662
    Abstract: Improved loudspeakers, systems and components are adapted to interconnect with many forms of communication media. In one embodiment, a speaker is mountable within a receptacle. The speaker includes a magnetic driver and a diaphragm mounted to a frame. The frame includes a mounting member extending from a surface of the frame behind the flange plane. The mounting member is engagable in a notch formed in the receptacle for securing the speaker within the receptacle. In another embodiment, a low-profile loudspeaker has a front-mounted magnetic driver disposed within a cone-shaped acoustic diaphragm. The magnetic driver includes a first rare earth magnet centrally disposed within an electromagnetic shielding material. In another embodiment, a low-profile, two-way loudspeaker includes a cone-shaped diaphragm and a dome-shaped (tweeter) diaphragm. A front-mounted magnetic driver comprises first and second rare earth magnets each centrally disposed within electromagnetic shielding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Dr. G Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Godehard A. Guenther
  • Patent number: 8271997
    Abstract: The invention provides an embedded processor architecture comprising a plurality of virtual processing units that each execute processes or threads (collectively, “threads”). One or more execution units, which are shared by the processing units, execute instructions from the threads. An event delivery mechanism delivers events—such as, by way of non-limiting example, hardware interrupts, software-initiated signaling events (“software events”) and memory events—to respective threads without execution of instructions. Each event can, per aspects of the invention, be processed by the respective thread without execution of instructions outside that thread. The threads need not be constrained to execute on the same respective processing units during the lives of those threads—though, in some embodiments, they can be so constrained. The execution units execute instructions from the threads without needing to know what threads those instructions are from.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Frank, Shigeki Imai
  • Patent number: 8267945
    Abstract: A surgical clip applier and methods for applying surgical clips to a vessel, duct, shunt, etc., during a surgical procedure are provided. In one embodiment, a surgical clip applier is provided and can include a housing having a trigger movably coupled thereto and an elongate shaft extending therefrom with opposed jaws formed on a distal end thereof. The clip applier can include an advancer assembly disposed within the elongate shaft and configured to advance one of a plurality of clips disposed within the elongate shaft into the opposed jaws. A feeder shoe can be disposed within the elongate shaft and can be configured to engage and prevent the advancer assembly from moving to a proximal position after the advancer assembly has moved to a distal position to advance a proximal-most clip into the opposed jaws. This can indicate to a user that a clip supply of the surgical clip applier is depleted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony T. Nguyen, Denzel Z. Herrera-Davis
  • Patent number: 8268383
    Abstract: Medical implants exhibiting optimized mechanical properties, and methods of making such implants, are disclosed. That is, the implants are fabricated of a porous metal substrate and include coating integrated over various areas so as to provide some added or desirable property or functionality to the implant. In one embodiment, the implant is an acetabular implant with a coating applied to an internal, concave wear surface which is sized and configured to receive a head of a femur. Typically, the coating is a ceramic incorporated onto the desired area of the implant via electrophoretic deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Depuy Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Langhorn
  • Patent number: 8267885
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention provides methods and apparatus for delivering peritoneal dialysis (PD) solution (or other fluids), from a supply to a patient. A first pump, in fluid coupling with the supply, delivers PD solution from the supply to a “mesne” (or intermediate) measuring element, and generates signals indicative of a volume of that delivered PD solution. The mesne measuring element, in fluid coupling with the first pump, generates signals indicative of a volume of PD solution received from that pump. A second pump, fluidly coupled to the mesne measuring element, routes PD solution from the mesne measuring element for delivery to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Landherr, Jay M. Lan
  • Patent number: 8267970
    Abstract: Various devices and methods are provided for spinal augmentation. In particular, the device can includes a connector element having a superior portion and an inferior portion that is adapted to support adjacent superior and inferior vertebrae and a first superior seating member and a second superior seating member associated with the connector element. The first seating member can be adapted to receive a portion of a lamina of the superior vertebra and the second seating member can be adapted to receive a portion of the lamina of the inferior vertebra. The device can have a variety of configurations, including the connector element and the first and second seating members being unitary and the first and second seating members being separately secured to the connector element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Hassan A. Serhan, Michael A. Slivka
  • Patent number: 8264924
    Abstract: A data writing control device enable quickly writing data to optical discs. A reading process unit 62a, 62b reads data in predetermined read units from a storage device (hard disk drive 14) that has a head and stores the data. A storage unit (buffers 63a and 63b) has a storage area for storing the read units of data read by the reading process unit 62a, 62b. A writing process unit 64a, 64b acquires data stored in the storage unit in write units, which are smaller than the read units, and supplies the acquired write units of data to an optical disc drive is connected as a peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Manabu Okumura, Junichi Otsuka, Hiroki Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 8262688
    Abstract: A device for nasal insertion may include an open-ended tubular element. The tubular element may extend along a central tube axis between a first end and a second end, the first end being larger than the second end. The tubular element may define at least one groove along a lateral wall of the tubular element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Sanostec Corp
    Inventors: Ernest Santin, Louise S. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 8264699
    Abstract: A control method for a print media processing apparatus that prints on a print medium based on print data supplied from a host computer, comprising converting the print data supplied from the host computer to the print media processing apparatus before a print command is asserted to print image data in a buffer based on a print data conversion command, and controlling printing in response to a print command by accessing the buffer and retrieving the print image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Saikawa, Atsushi Natsuno, Yoshiaki Kinoshita, Masanori Hayashi
  • Patent number: 8262662
    Abstract: The present invention provides minimally invasive devices and methods for delivering a spinal connector to one or more spinal anchor sites in a patient's spinal column. In one embodiment, a spinal implant and access device is provided that includes a U-shaped receiver member, a bone-engaging member, and an extension member. The U-shaped receiver member can have a recess formed therein that is adapted to seat a spinal connector. The bone-engaging member can extend distally from the receiver member and it can be adapted to engage bone to thereby mate the receiver member to bone. The extension member can extend proximally from the receiver member and it can include a frangible portion formed thereon that is adapted to break when a predetermined force is applied thereto thereby allowing at least a portion of the extension member to be separated from the receiver member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Beardsley, Douglas Bireley, James J. Roveda, Christopher Sicvol, Anthony R. Carlone
  • Patent number: 8261451
    Abstract: A razor system is provided for shaving facial and body hair, the razor system having a handle and a razor cartridge. The razor cartridge has a primary group of blades and a second group of blades, such that the primary group of blades makes a first common plane and the second group of blades makes a second working plane. The first common plane and the second working plane are directionally-opposed. The present invention further relates to a method of shaving with the razor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: James A. Macove
  • Patent number: 8262894
    Abstract: A copper electroplating bath that includes an aqueous solution that comprises a copper salt and at least one acid and a container that comprises a copper salt in solid form, is disclosed. The container supplies copper ions to the aqueous solution to maintain the copper ion concentration of the aqueous solution at saturation levels while retaining the copper salt in solid form within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Moses Lake Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Xingling Xu, Eric Webb
  • Patent number: 8262675
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for deploying and applying multiple suture anchors. In one embodiment, a surgical device is provided having a shaft configured to be introduced into a body, e.g., through a scoping device, and to deliver a plurality of suture anchors, each having a suture attached thereto, into tissue, preferably without the need to remove the shaft from the body. The shaft can be configured to penetrate tissue and to deploy one or more of the suture anchors through the tissue such that the sutures extending from the deployed suture anchors extend through the tissue to allow the anchors to engage the tissue. The surgical device can also include a knotting mechanism configured to secure the sutures attached to the deployed anchors, thereby securing the anchors to the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Cropper, David Martin, Jonathan A. Coe, Richard F. Schwemberger