Patents Represented by Attorney Oppedahl & Larson LLP
  • Patent number: 7042561
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a system and a device (10) for alignment of at least one alignable plane with reference to at least one reference plane. The device includes a main part (11), a light source (18) and a number of contact points (21a, 21b, 21c), and the light source (18) is provided to emit a light beam (25) with a scattering angle in one plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Damalini AB
    Inventor: Nils Andersson
  • Patent number: 7028339
    Abstract: A wireless key (6), capable of transmitting an ultra-low frequency radio wave signal (5), is used to gain access to a secure receptacle (1), the wireless key (6) and receptacle (1) comprising a system to ensure the secure transfer or delivery of items between parties typically engaging in e-commerce. The wireless key (6) possesses a means to discriminate against the unauthorized entry of the receptacle, such as through the use of buttons to enter a secure access code. The wireless key (6) accepts an access code entry from the user desiring entry to the receptacle (1) and subsequently transmits an ultra-low frequency signal (5) to a receivin and processing means (4). If the analysis of the signal indicates the user of the wireless key (6) is authorized to gain entry to the receptacle (1), the receptacle's locking mechanism (3) is disengaged to allow entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Visible Assets Inc.
    Inventor: John K. Stevens
  • Patent number: 7015267
    Abstract: A method for increasing the crystallization rate of a polyethylene terepthalate (PET) prepared based on terepthalic acid (TPA) and ethylene glycol monomers, by adding into said TPA-based PET an effective amount of a polyethylene terepthalate prepared based on dimethyl terephthalate (DMT), in an amount sufficient for said thermally formable composition to have an increase in crystallization temperature as required for the final end-use application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Herve Cartier, Franciscus Petrus Maria Mercx, Antonius Adrianus Marinus de Vries, Sanjay Mishra, Luc Govaerts
  • Patent number: 6991158
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for electronically capturing and storing paper records for accounting purposes using a mobile handheld device with an integrated digital camera or scanner. This method involves digitalizing a paper receipt with a digital camera or scanner, manually entering accounting data into a form presented on the display of a handheld device and performing a wireless transmission of the digital image of the paper record together with the entered information to a record storing system. The storing system securely stores the digital image of the record for future references and transmits manual entered record data to an accounting application using existing telecommunication or data networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Inventor: Ralf Maximilian Munte
  • Patent number: 6993610
    Abstract: A data storage apparatus arranged to provide redundancy in a storage enclosure containing multiple Serial ATA disk drives is disclosed. The apparatus comprises at least one disk drive of a kind having a single port for the input and output of serial data and at least two disk drive controllers each having data transmit and receive paths connected in common to the single port. The apparatus then switches control to either controller if the other should fail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Richmount Computers Limited
    Inventors: Aedan Diarmuid Cailean Coffey, Timothy James Symons, Hans O'Sullivan, Derek Christopher Harnett
  • Patent number: 6989190
    Abstract: Disclosed is a transparent/translucent molding composition and process for making prepared from an impact modifier and a resin blend of polycarbonate and a cycloaliphatic polyester having a matching index of refraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Satish Kumar Gaggar, Johannes Jacobus de Moor, Paul Honigfort, Gabrie Hoogland, Mark van Heeringen, Eelco M. S. van Hamersveld
  • Patent number: 6986776
    Abstract: An apparatus used with a helical suture device has a first end and a second end. The first end includes a spatulate member having a length along a first axis. The second end includes a guide shaped to receive a cylindrical axle of the helical suture device for rotation on a second axis. The guide is shaped to constrain the first axis in fixed position relative to the second axis, the first and second axes each lying within a plane. The spatulate member extends, typically symmetrically, in a first direction and a second direction from the first axis, the first direction and second direction being on opposite sides of the plane. The apparatus lies between a first tissue that is to be sutured, and a second tissue that is desired not to be sutured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: H. Randall Craig
  • Patent number: 6986902
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the amphiphilic polyelectrolyte, poly(2-ethylacrylic acid) and covalently bonded lipids to generate Lipo-PEAA. These Lipo-PEAA are then used to make pH-sensitive liposomes which become unstable, permeable or fusogenic with certain pH changes. In addition, this invention generally describes methods for delivering therapeutic compounds and drugs to target cells by administering to a host the pH-sensitive liposomes of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Inex Pharmaceuticals Corporation
    Inventors: Tao Chen, Yuehua He, Peter Cullis, Thomas Madden, Peter Scherrer, David Tirrell, Phalgun Joshi, Jung Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 6983363
    Abstract: A processor resetting apparatus comprises a fibre channel arbitrated loop (FC-AL) interface arranged to receive a frame over the FC-AL containing an indicator of a reset command for a server comprising one of a redundant pair of servers and including a processor associated with the resetting apparatus. The apparatus further comprises a reset component, responsive to the reset command, to issue a reset command for resetting the processor. The apparatus therefore provides the ability for a server to reset another server if it detects that the server is faulty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Richmount Computers Limited
    Inventor: Aedan Diarmuid Cailean Coffey
  • Patent number: 6975590
    Abstract: An enclosure services processor card is arranged to selectively split a fiber-channel arbitrated-loop (FC-AL) into two split loops. The card is adapted to plug into a backplane for a rack enclosure and includes a first switch operatively connected to a hub for the FC-AL. The hub comprises a plurality of port bypass circuits, each port bypass circuit being connected to a pair of tracks which in use connect to a respective one of each of the devices comprising the fiber channel arbitrated loop. The hub further comprises a pair of switches operatively controlled by the first switch, the pair of switches being disposed between respective port bypass circuits at which the loop is to be split. In a first state the pair of switches connect the devices in a single loop and in a second state the pair of switches divide the devices into two split loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Eurologic Systems Limited
    Inventors: Odie Banks Killen, Jr., Timothy Gene Lieber, Reuben Michael Martinez
  • Patent number: 6963929
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for constructing an internet e-mail add-on service system that can seamlessly operate on the conventional SMTP internet message transport network. The method and system make use of a recipient e-mail address extended by a domain suffix. The domain suffix portion specifies both the kind of e-mail add-on services to be applied and the intermediate mail relay server to perform the service on the message before delivery to the recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Inventor: Soobok Lee
  • Patent number: 6961767
    Abstract: A fiber channel analyzer for analyzing the operation of a fiber channel arbitrated loop (FC-AL) to which a plurality of devices are connectable is disclosed. The analyzer is adapted to be housed in an enclosure which, in use, houses at least one of the fiber channel devices. The analyzer extracts data from the fiber channel, processes the extracted data; and communicates processed data to a SES Processor through a secondary communication bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Richmount Computers Limited
    Inventors: Aedan Diarmuid Cailean Coffey, Derek Christopher Harnett
  • Patent number: 6958131
    Abstract: The optical sensor contains an optical waveguide (1) with a substrate (104), waveguiding material (105), a cover medium (106) and a waveguide grating structure (101-103). By means of a light source (2), light can be emitted to the waveguide grating structure (101-103) from the substrate side and/or from the cover medium side. (101-103). With means of detection (11), at least two differing light proportions (7-10) radiated from the waveguide (1) can be detected. For carrying out a measurement, the waveguide can be immovably fixed relative to the light source (2) and the means of detection (11). The waveguide grating structure (101-103) itself consists of one or several waveguide grating structure units (101-103), which if so required can be equipped with (bio-)chemo-sensitive layers. The sensor permits the generation of absolute measuring signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Artificial Sensing Instruments ASI AG
    Inventor: Kurt Tiefenthaler
  • Patent number: 6951631
    Abstract: A test kit for determining qualitatively or quantitatively the presence of one or more analytes in a fluid sample, comprising an assay device together with a reading device which engages with the assay device and wherein precisely located engagement of the assay device with the reading device is essential for accurate reading of the assay result, wherein precisely located engagement of the assay device with the reading device causes a ‘lock-and-key’ interaction, ie. a unique 3-dimensional interaction, between the assay device and reading initiation means of the reading device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Inverness Medical Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Catt, Peter Lenko, Michael T. Pearson
  • Patent number: 6949599
    Abstract: A clear blend of three resin components includes a first polycarbonate resin component; a second resin component of a first polyester copolymer resin derived from a cycloaliphatic diol and a cycloaliphatic dicarboxylic acid, and a third resin component of a second polyester polymer resin derived from the condensation of a cyclohexane diol with a terephthalic acid and an additional condensation reaction component selected from aliphatic or aromatic diacids or diols suitable for enhancing the clarity of said blend wherein the three component blend has a light transmission of seventy percent or greater and an elongation at break after exposure to Fuel C of forty percent or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Peter H. Th. Vollenberg, Gerrit de Wit
  • Patent number: 6946456
    Abstract: The present invention concerns methods for treating cell proliferative diseases, tumors associated with viral infections, and certain viral infections. The disclosed methods use compounds which inhibit heat shock protein 90 proteins. Such methods block Rb negative or deficient cells in the G2/M phase of the cell cycle and rapidly causes their destruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
    Inventors: Neal Rosen, Mary Srethapakdi
  • Patent number: 6944611
    Abstract: A system stores digital media records and has a search engine searching the stored digital media records. The system receives first search requests from a plurality of first users. The system performs, by the search engine, searches based upon the first search requests, yielding respective first search results, each first search result defining first selected digital media records. The first search results are logged. Information is received from the first users indicative of subsequent actions by the first users selecting particular ones of the selected digital media records. A second search request is received from a second user. A search is performed, by the search engine, based upon the second search request, yielding respective second search results, the second search results defining second selected digital media records. The second selected media records are then ranked differently, for example upward or downward, based upon the longed first search results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Assignee: Emotion, Inc.
    Inventors: Sharon Flank, Ruth Sperer, Donna Romer
  • Patent number: 6941294
    Abstract: A system stores digital media records, and comprising a vocabulary file of words keyed to the digital media records. A search query is received by computer from a user, the search query including words. The search query is logged by computer, yielding a query log. The query log is processed by computer to identify words in the query log which are not words already included in the vocabulary file and which are not words which are variants of words already included in the vocabulary file. Such words are defined as “not-found words.” The not-found words are added to the vocabulary file, and the not-found words are keyed to the digital media records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Emotion, Inc.
    Inventor: Sharon Flank
  • Patent number: 6927064
    Abstract: A fertility determining system employing hormone level measuring apparatus on selected days in a menstrual cycle to determine the levels of analytes, i.e., estrone-3-glucuronide (“E3G”) and luteinizing hormone (“LH”), in early morning urine. The fertility/infertility signalling algorithm relies upon data characterizing the user earlier in that menstrual cycle, and also upon her analyte pattern in past recent cycles. At a point in a menstrual cycle which is user-dependent, the early morning E3G urine level is compared against the lower E3G level earlier in the cycle. The beginning of the fertile period is signalled when a sufficient E3G increase occurs. The end of the fertile period (and, correspondingly, the reestablishment of a period requiring no contraception) is signalled a period after the LH surge. In the absence of an LH surge in any subject, the end of the fertile phase is signalled a period of time following the peak of the E3G urinary metabolite of estradiol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Inverness Medical Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Catt, Carole R. Cunningham, Paul H. C. Mundill, Michael E Prior, Stewart Wilson, Zhi G. Zhang
  • Patent number: RE38995
    Abstract: High yields of ester-substituted diary carbonates such as bis-methyl salicyl carbonate were obtained by the condensation of methyl salicylate with phosgene in the presence of a phase transfer catalyst (PTC) in an interfacial reaction system in which the pH of the aqueous phase was greater than 9.3. Using the method of the present invention conversions of greater than 99% were obtained whereas under standard conditions using triethylamine as the catalyst conversions were limited to 70-75% of the methyl salicylate starting material even with a 20 mole % excess of added phosgene. The optimized conditions of the of the present invention use only a slight excess of phosgene and represent an attractive route for the manufacture of bis methyl salicyl carbonate and ester-substituted diaryl carbonates generally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph McCloskey, Timothy Brydon Burnell, Daniel Joseph Brunelle, Elliott West Shanklin, Paul Michael Smigelski, Jr., Ganesh Kailasam