Patents Represented by Attorney Oliff & Berridge, PLC
  • Patent number: 8349551
    Abstract: An organ perfusion apparatus and method monitor, sustain and/or restore viability of organs and preserve organs for storage and/or transport. Other apparatus include an organ transporter, an organ cassette and an organ diagnostic device. Organ viability is restored by restoring high energy nucleotide (e.g., ATP) levels by perfusing the organ with a medical fluid, such as an oxygenated cross-linked hemoglobin-based bicarbonate medical fluid, at normothermic temperatures. In the hypothermic mode, the organ is perfused with a medical fluid, preferably a simple crystalloid solution containing antioxidants, intermittently or in slow continuous flow. Viability of the organ may be automatically monitored, preferably by monitoring characteristics of the medical fluid perfusate. The perfusion process can be automatically controlled using a control program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Lifeline Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Owen, David C. Kravitz, John Brassil, Kelvin G. M. Brockbank, Andrew Burroughs, Dickon Isaacs, Dennis J. Steibel, Richard Fraser, Stanley Harris, Douglas Schein
  • Patent number: 8350151
    Abstract: A stud bolt assembly can couple two electrical conductive members to each other with stability and reliability in connection while avoiding breakage and deformation of the members upon coupling them to each other and an electrical junction box equipped with the stud bolt assembly. Electrical conductive member 24a and a connecting terminal 90 are mounted on a shaft portion 44 of a stud bolt 36. The electrical conductive member 24a is secured to the connecting terminal 90 by fastening a nut 96 on the shaft portion 44. The stud bolt 36 is displaced in a bolt cover 38 in an axial direction. The electrical conductive member 24a and connecting terminal 90 mounted on the shaft portion 44 are firmly and directly fastened between the nut 96 and a distal end surface 50 of a proximal end side projection 48 of the stud bolt 36.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sumitomo Wiring Systems, Ltd.
    Inventor: Takahiro Asao
  • Patent number: 8349533
    Abstract: A resist lower-layer composition configured to be used by a multi-layer resist method used in lithography to form a layer lower than a photoresist layer acting as a resist upper layer film. The resist lower-layer composition is insoluble or poorly-soluble in an alkaline developer after formation of the lower layer, and the resist lower-layer composition comprises, at least, a thermal acid generator for generating an acid by heating at a temperature of 100° C. or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Youichi Ohsawa, Jun Hatakeyama, Takeru Watanabe, Takeshi Kinsho
  • Patent number: 8351021
    Abstract: An optical system is able to achieve a substantially azimuthal polarization state in a lens aperture while suppressing loss of light quantity, based on a simple configuration. The optical system of the present invention is provided with a birefringent element for achieving a substantially circumferential distribution or a substantially radial distribution as a fast axis distribution in a lens aperture, and an optical rotator located behind the birefringent element and adapted to rotate a polarization state in the lens aperture. The birefringent element has an optically transparent member which is made of a uniaxial crystal material and a crystallographic axis of which is arranged substantially in parallel with an optical axis of the optical system. A light beam of substantially spherical waves in a substantially circular polarization state is incident to the optically transparent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Omura
  • Patent number: 8349273
    Abstract: A microreactor device comprises: a microchannel that sends one or more fluids; and a section that isolates vibrations to a first portion of the microchannel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Tabata, Yoshihisa Yamazaki, Masaki Hirota, Takayuki Yamada, Daisuke Nagao
  • Patent number: 8352137
    Abstract: A control apparatus includes a differential speed acquisition unit that acquires a differential speed representing a difference in speed between an input side drivingly connected to the input member of the fluid coupling and an output side drivingly connected to the transmission; a state determination unit that determines a shift speed in the transmission and an operating state of the direct connection clutch based on an accelerator opening and a vehicle speed of a vehicle; and a direct connection control unit that engages, if the differential speed is equal to or less than a predetermined engagement permitting threshold value when the state determination unit determines an upshift of the shift speed and a transition from a disengaged state to an engaged state of the direct connection clutch in a condition in which the accelerator opening is decreasing, the direct connection clutch regardless of an upshift operation of the shift speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Aisin AW Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Nobuaki Inagaki, Hiroya Ueno, Kohei Tsuda, Eiji Moriyama, Hiroshi Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 8351041
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of observing biological tissue, the method comprising: collecting through a first end of a bundle of optical fibers light from a surface of the tissue; observing at least one image of the tissue at a second end of the bundle, while injecting light into the second end of the bundle to illuminate the surface of the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Leveque, Neso Sojic
  • Patent number: 8349100
    Abstract: A method for press-molding an embossed steel plate is able to cool even an embossed steel plate under conditions adequate for quenching. After a plate body with convex portions formed thereon is placed between an upper pressing die and a lower pressing die and the dies are closed, first and second circulation pumps are run to circulate cooling water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fukai Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Susumu Sunaga
  • Patent number: 8350398
    Abstract: An open-rotor gas turbine engine comprising a starter/generator, a first spool and a second spool, the second spool is of a lower pressure than the first spool; wherein the starter/generator is connected to the first and second spools via first and second clutches respectively. The method of operating the open-rotor engine comprises the step of supplying power to the starter/generator to drive the first spool via the first clutch to start the engine and, once the engine is self-propelling, a step of driving the starter/generator from the second spool via the second clutch to generate electricity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce, PLC
    Inventor: David C. Butt
  • Patent number: 8348436
    Abstract: A light source device includes: a light source; a driving signal generating unit that supplies a driving signal to the light source; a light amount measuring unit that measures the amount of light of the light source; and a light amount correcting unit that calculates as a light amount error a difference between a target light amount corresponding to a gray-scale value indicated by gray-scale data input from the outside and the amount of light measured by the light amount measuring unit, corrects a differential efficiency by an integrated value of a product of the light amount error and the gray-scale value, corrects a threshold value of the driving signal, and outputs to the driving signal generating unit a command signal for generating a driving signal having a differential efficiency and a threshold value after the correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tomio Ikegami
  • Patent number: 8347828
    Abstract: A transmittance sensor that detects the optical transmittance of biofuel is provided on a fuel tank that stores biofuel to be supplied to an internal combustion engine. An ECU periodically acquires the optical transmittance detected by the transmittance sensor, and calculates the amount of change from the previous value. In addition, the ECU calculates a degradation index value indicating the degree of degradation of the biofuel by accumulating the amount of change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaori Yoshida, Satoshi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8352136
    Abstract: A vehicle control system for an engine-powered vehicle equipped with an engine and an automatic transmission with a clutch. When a given engine stop requirement is met during running of the engine, the system stops the engine automatically. When a given engine restart requirement is met after stop of the engine, the system restarts the engine and enters a clutch control mode to bring the clutch in the automatic transmission into a slippable state in which the clutch is permitted to slip based on the speed of the vehicle, thereby absorbing the acceleration shock which usually occurs upon engagement of the clutch to transmit engine torque to wheels of the vehicle when the engine is restarted, and the speed of the vehicle is relatively low.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Tatsuya Saito
  • Patent number: 8350606
    Abstract: In a delay circuit for inputting square waves, fluctuations in the amount of delay brought about by noise pulses present in input signals are reduced. A switch (SW3) is controlled by an output signal (Vdo) from a Schmitt comparator, and selects either an electric current source for supplying a charging current to a capacitor (Cst) or an electric current source for supplying a discharging current. A current supply from the selected electric current source is turned on/off by controlling switches (SW1, SW2) using an input signal (Vdi). The Schmitt comparator switches the level of Vdo in accordance with a voltage of Cst. The charging current is supplied to Cst when Vdi is H level at rising edge of Vdi, and the discharging current is supplied to Cst when Vdi is L level at trailing edge of Vdi.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sanyo Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Kurihara
  • Patent number: 8352161
    Abstract: An exhaust valve early-closure control brings about blowback of exhaust gas into an intake system. However, if the exhaust valve early-closure control is executed, for example, during a first idle operation immediately following the startup of the engine, or the like, the amount of blowback exhaust gas becomes excessively large. Therefore, when the post-startup increase amount has decreased to or below a lower-limit criterion value, the ECU prohibits the exhaust valve early-closure control, and changes the control to a usual valve timing control. As a result, during a period during which the combustion state has a stability margin and the amount of emission of HCs and the like is large, the exhaust emission quality can be bettered by the exhaust valve early-closure control. Besides, when the post-startup increase amount has decreased, the combustion state can be stabilized by prohibiting the exhaust valve early-closure control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Daisuke Ishii, Mamoru Yoshioka, Makoto Tomimatsu
  • Patent number: 8351714
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a reference-based coding unit that encodes image information for an image partition having a predefined size by referring to image information for another image partition; an independently coding unit that encodes the image information for the image partition independently of any other image partition; and a bounds defining unit that defines bounds of reference to be made by the reference-based coding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoki Taniguchi, Taro Yokose
  • Patent number: 8348003
    Abstract: There is provided an occupant detection correction system including: a load detection section that detects load imparted to a vehicle seat and outputs a load signal representing the load; an occupant detection section that detects an occupant based on the load signal and is capable of resetting the load signal to a reference point based on a predetermined reset instruction; a tilt angle detection section that detects a predetermined tilt angle of a seatback; and a permitting section that permits execution of resetting the load signal to the reference point by the occupant detection section when the predetermined tilt angle is detected by the tilt angle detection section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha, Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kentaro Morishita, Yosuke Kubota, Isao Hagiwara, Koki Terashima, Muneto Inayoshi
  • Patent number: 8352087
    Abstract: A method and system for controlling a flow control valve, comprising measuring a flow at a suitable point of a flow process and calculating a pressure drop across the valve from a Cv curve of the valve, a measured valve opening ?m, and the measured flow (Qm). From this calculated pressure drop, a flow set point (Qsp), and an inverse Cv curve of the valve, a new valve opening (?c) providing the desired flow is calculated. The control is thus adapted to each operating point and its prevailing flow gain and linearizes the dependence between flow control and flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Metso Automation Oy
    Inventor: Esko Yli-Koski
  • Patent number: D674010
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tomoyuki Nanno
  • Patent number: D674011
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Yukihiko Sato
  • Patent number: D674012
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Brother Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Nanno, Masahide Asano