Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP
  • Patent number: 8192366
    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: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
    Inventors: Christophe Mauge, Alan J. Dextradeur, Daniel J. McCusker, Stefan Meyer, Volker Boedecker, Robert G. Kraus, Max G. Ostermeier
  • Patent number: 8191983
    Abstract: There is provided a method of calculating a correction value in a liquid ejecting apparatus in which a plurality of heads is arranged in a predetermined direction and each of the heads has a nozzle row in which nozzles ejecting a liquid on a medium are arranged in the predetermined direction. The method includes: forming a first and second pattern by a first and second operation; and calculating, on the basis of the first pattern, a first correction value and, on the basis of the first and second patterns, a second correction valve to line up a landed position of the liquid ejected in the first operation and the second operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Yoshida, Masahiko Yoshida, Michiaki Tokunaga, Tatsuya Nakano, Yuji Miyama
  • Patent number: 8191984
    Abstract: A recording medium detection method uses transmission and reflection photosensors to correctly detect if a recording medium having labels affixed to a liner is in the transportation path. The label printer has a reflection photosensor and a transmission photosensor disposed to the transportation path at positions separated the distance between the labels. Labels on the recording medium can always be detected by either or both the reflection photosensor and the transmission photosensor. Because the reflection photosensor is downstream from the transmission photosensor, a situation in which a black mark is at the detection position of the reflection photosensor and reflection is not detected and only the liner is at the detection position of the transmission photosensor and transmission of the detection beam is detected is avoided. Detecting transmission without detecting reflection of the detection beam therefore only occurs when the recording medium is not in the transportation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiko Yamada
  • Patent number: 8192471
    Abstract: Exemplary spinal fixation devices, systems, and method are provided for stabilizing vertebrae in a patient's spine. In one exemplary embodiment, methods and devices are provided for coupling one or more bone anchors, such as hooks, screws, etc., and/or one or more spinal fixation elements, such as spinal rods, cables, plates, etc. In certain exemplary embodiments, a cross connector is provided for connecting and stabilizing two bone anchors, a bone anchor and a spinal fixation element, or a bone anchor and bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: DePuy Spine, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven C. Ludwig, Mark T. Hall, Thomas V. Doherty
  • Patent number: 8195712
    Abstract: In one aspect, an apparatus according to the invention comprises a lattice data set with a partial order of concepts (LDSWPOC) including a plurality of data elements, each of which belongs to exactly one associated concept. The set of concepts carries the structure of a partial order. Each data elements associated with a concept may be linked to one or more other data elements associated with one or more other concepts. The links define (i) a path between data elements directly linked thereby and/or (ii) a portion of a path between data elements linked by intermediate subsets of data elements. The paths define a relationship between the data elements in accord with the partial order of the concepts with which they are associated, such that selected conditions and/or constraints (collectively, “conditions”) are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Lattice Engines, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent McCormick
  • Patent number: 8192804
    Abstract: A photocurable ink composition includes a dendritic polymer, a monomer expressed by CH2?CR1—COO—R2—O—CH?CH—R3 (R1 denotes a hydrogen atom or a methyl group, R2 denotes an organic residue having a carbon number of 2 to 20, and R3 denotes a hydrogen atom or an organic residue having a carbon number of 1 to 11), and a photo-polymerization initiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Fukumoto, Keitaro Nakano, Takashi Oyanagi
  • Patent number: 8192350
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for gathering impedance data related to implantable restriction devices. In general, the methods and devices can enable patients, health care providers, and others to use gathered data as a feedback mechanism to non-invasively monitor efficacy of an implantable restriction device in a patient and to identify, modify, and/or prescribe a treatment plan for the patient considering the gathered data. Impedance data can be gathered and analyzed for tissue proximate to the restriction device, e.g., a fat pad between a gastric band and the patient's stomach. Electrodes in contact with the tissue can measure an impedance of the tissue, with the impedance between the electrodes changing as the tissue reduces in size (e.g., as fat cells shrink) and/or changes configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, Daniel F. Dlugos, Jr., Amy L. Marcotte, David N. Plescia, David C. Yates
  • Patent number: 8192457
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for closing a puncture wound. In one exemplary embodiment, a puncture closure device is provided having an elongate tubular body that is disposable through a puncture in tissue and that includes proximal and distal portions. The proximal portion can be adapted to expand to form proximal wings upon rotation of the elongate tubular body, preferably in a first direction. The distal portion can be adapted to expand to form distal wings upon rotation of the elongate tubular body, preferably in a second, opposite direction. The proximal and distal portions can also be adapted to be moved toward one another as they expand upon rotation. As a result, the proximal and distal wings can engage tissue therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: James E. Coleman, Christy Cummins
  • Patent number: 8194413
    Abstract: A head substrate for mounting a driver IC that selectively drives a plurality of driving elements is provided. An input signal wiring pattern electrically connects external connection terminals with the pads in a first pad array and a second pad array. The input signal wiring pattern includes a clock signal line for supplying the clock signal to the driver IC and a logic power line for supplying the logic power to the driver IC. A part of the clock signal line and a part of the logic power line are disposed between the first pad array and the second pad array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Kohei Osawa, Satoshi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 8189005
    Abstract: Provided is a screen display control device including: a compression unit which compresses image data; a rewritable video memory in which the data compressed by the compression unit of image data of one frame including line data (Y (Y: natural number) pixels/one line) of X (X: natural number) lines is written asynchronously with reading; an expansion unit which expands the compressed data which is periodically read from the video memory in synchronization with a frame period of a screen display, and restores original image data; a display unit which displays an image of the image data expanded and restored by the expansion unit; an input image data holding unit which holds input image data of one frame including line data (X pixels/one line) of Y lines by M (M: natural number, M<Y) lines; and a data replacement control unit which performs a replacement process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Michio Yoshitake
  • Patent number: 8189840
    Abstract: The invention provides, in some aspects, electronic devices with improved radiators (or “passive drivers”) comprising an elastomerically mounted mass in order to improve sound reproduction fidelity. The mass comprises a component of the device not normally used for such purpose—e.g., a battery—thereby, permitting size reductions while, at the same time, enhancing audio fidelity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Godehard A. Guenther
  • Patent number: 8187162
    Abstract: Various methods and devices are provided for reorienting an implantable port. In one embodiment, an implantable port is provided and includes a base adapted to be anchored to tissue, and a housing pivotally mounted on the base and having a septum formed therein and adapted to receive fluid and to provide access to a fluid reservoir formed within the housing. In an exemplary embodiment, the housing can be pivotally mounted to the base using a ball and socket joint. For example, at least one of a distal surface of the housing and a proximal surface of the base is convex, and the other one of the distal surface of the housing and the proximal surface of the base is concave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan A. Coe, Christine Chen, Juan S. Ezolino, Kevin D. Felder, Eric Thompson
  • Patent number: 8186792
    Abstract: A signal generating device to be installed in a liquid ejecting apparatus which comprises a liquid ejector operable to eject liquid and a carriage operable to carry the liquid ejector, the signal generating device comprising: a first generator to generate first pulse signals at first intervals corresponding to a velocity of the carriage; an estimator to estimate an interval of the first pulse signals which will be generated by the first generator based on a variation of an acceleration of the carriage as a second interval; a second generator to generate second pulse signals at third intervals which are obtained by dividing the second interval; and a third timing signal generator to generate a timing signal determining a timing at which the liquid is ejected from the liquid ejector, based on the second pulse signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Otani
  • Patent number: 8187163
    Abstract: Various exemplary methods are disclosed for implanting a restriction device for forming a restriction in a patient. The methods can be used with a variety of restriction devices, but in an exemplary embodiment the methods are used for implanting a gastric restriction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Ortiz, Daniel F. Dlugos, Jr., Amy L. Marcotte, Randal T. Byrum, Kevin Doll
  • Patent number: 8184346
    Abstract: Facsimile systems, devices, and methods are provided related to transmitting an image from a sending device to a receiving device via a network. One embodiment includes a status information reply unit which replies to a notification request of status information from a sending device by transmitting status information representing status of the receiving-device to the sending device via a network, in which the status information reply unit includes a transmission source classifying portion which determines a class of the sending device and a selected-status information transmitting portion which transmits the status information to the sending device via the network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Takao Ozawa, Kosuke Matsunaga, Teruhito Kojima, Toshifumi Sakai, Katsunori Nagao, Kiyoshi Yoda, Masanobu Nishitani, Eiji Kubota
  • Patent number: 8179749
    Abstract: A medium transporting mechanism for transporting one of stacked media each of which has a hole is provided. A holder is provided on a movable transporting arm and holds the one of the media. A guide is provided in the transporting arm, the guide has a tapered surface that is inclined with respect to an axis of the guide. The tapered surface is configured to be brought into contact with an inner surface of the hole of the one of the media when the guide is inserted into the hole of the one of the media. The tapered surface includes a first surface on a tip end portion of the guide and a second surface on a base end portion of the guide. An inclined angle of the first surface with respect to the axis of the guide is greater than an inclined angle of the second surface with respect to the axis of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8179074
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for rotating an end effector on a long, flexible medical device. The methods and devices utilize an actuator mechanism that is effective to rotate an end effector on the distal end of an elongate flexible shaft. The actuator mechanism is movable between a freely rotatable position and a rotationally resistant position. When the actuator mechanism is in a freely rotatable position, the actuator mechanism can be rotated to impart torque to the end effector, and thus at least a distal portion of the elongate shaft, to cause the end effector to rotate. In order to prevent the actuator mechanism from “freewheeling,” wherein the actuator mechanism freely rotates in an opposite direction upon release rather than the end effector rotating in the desired direction, the actuator mechanism can be moved to the rotationally resistant position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey David Messerly, Gary W. Knight, Barry Thomas Jamison, William Douglas Shaw, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8178342
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for performing in vivo flow cytometry. In one embodiments, selected circulating cells of interest of a subject are labeled with fluorescent probe molecules. The labeled cells are irradiated in vivo so as to excite the fluorescent probes, and the radiation emitted by the excited probes is detected, preferably confocally. The detected radiation is then analyzed to derive desired information, such as relative cell count, of the cells of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventor: Charles P. Lin
  • Patent number: 8181191
    Abstract: A media processing device does not execute a media transportation process if the height of media stacked in a media storage unit is at an over capacity level, and reliably prevents problems such as damage to the media transportation mechanism caused by collision with the stacked media. If in the media processing device the height of media stacked in a media storage unit 121, 122 is at a full stack level or over capacity level (step S33 returns yes or step S35 returns yes), an appropriate warning is output (step S34 or step S36) and collision accidents of the media transportation mechanism 131 can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Sieko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuya Toshima
  • Patent number: 8179397
    Abstract: A screen display control device includes: a compression unit which compresses input image data in a line unit; a rewritable image memory to which the compressed data compressed in the line unit by the compression unit is written in non-synchronization with a reading process; a decompression unit which decompresses the compressed data periodically read from the image memory in synchronization with screen display to restore original image data; a display unit which displays an image of the image data decompressed and restored by the decompression unit; a buffer memory which temporarily maintains one-line data of the image data; and a writing/reading control unit which controls the process of writing the compressed data to the image memory and the processes of writing and reading the image data to and from the buffer memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Michio Yoshitake, Kazuya Takita