Patents Represented by Attorney Oppedahl & Olson LLP
  • Patent number: 7219079
    Abstract: A convertible financial instrument provides incentives to holders to keep the instruments outstanding so that issuers maintain flexibility and control over the maturity date of the instrument and the manner in which it is settled. The instrument may provide issuers with the ability to deduct an amount for tax purposes that approximates the true economic cost of the financial instrument. The instrument may contain a provision calling for contingent payments (which may include, for example, contingent interest, preferred distributions, contingent principal, dividends, and other pay-outs) to the holder in some circumstances, which may be based on formulae calculations. For example, this may occur when the trading value of the convertible instrument exceeds a predetermined value such as, for example, a certain percentage of the accredited value of the convertible instrument, or, for example, another circumstance that may trigger a contingent payment may be when the price of another financial instrument (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventors: James R. Birle, Jr., David K Dolan, Jeffrey N. Edwards, Yonathan Epelbaum, Frederick J. Fiddle, Emerson P. Jones, Stuart C. Kaperst, Todd K. Kaplan, Daniel Y. Kerstein, Dragomir Kolev, Richard P. Luciano, Thomas H. Patrick, Jr., Paul A. Pepe, Eric Steifman, Russell L. Stein, Brennan J. Warble, Richard J. Green, Robert A Rudnick, Frank R Strong
  • Patent number: 7177740
    Abstract: Three-dimensional parameters of a tire are measured dynamically in a non-contact way using laser vision technology. Two laser vision sensors are used, which are calibrated and then used for practical measurement. The system offers a wide measuring range, high accuracy and high efficiency, even though the tire is moving, and it minimizes the size of the measuring apparatus, and reduces the cost of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Inventors: Zhang Guangjun, Zhou Fuqiang, Wei Zhenzhong, Jiang Jie
  • Patent number: 7171392
    Abstract: In a postage meter system (FIG. 2), a user enters information,indicative of a batch of mail pieces to be franked (30). The mail pieces are franked(31), and when the batch is completed, data relating to the batch are made the subject of a cryptographic engine(33). The data digitally signed, or a message authentication code (MAC) is derived, all in a postal security device (PSD)(32). The data are communicated(34), preferably by means of public-key cryptography(35). These data are then made available to the postal authority in a secure way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Ascom Hasler Mailing Systems Inc
    Inventors: George Brookner, Roman Kresina, Lorenz Frey
  • Patent number: 7170413
    Abstract: The invention disclosed provides a method, system, and associated tag for detection and tracking of inanimate and animate objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Visible Assets, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Waterhouse, Christopher W. Verge, Michael J. Vandenberg, Kenneth Truong, John K. Stevens, Jason August
  • Patent number: 7170292
    Abstract: An improved axial gas bearing for a gas-driven NMR MAS sample rotor is disclosed that utilizes inward flow with a low rotational component over a rotor conical end. A conical flow region is formed between the rotor conical end and a conical stator bearing surface such that the included angle defining the stator surface is not less than the included angle defining the rotor conical end. Gas is injected radially inward with a significant axial rearward component from a number of small holes at high velocity from the periphery into the conical flow region. Compared to the radial velocity components, the tangential flow components of the injected gas are small and preferably opposed to the direction of the rotor rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Doty Scientific, Inc.
    Inventors: F. David Doty, Siddarth Shevgoor
  • Patent number: 7163247
    Abstract: Device at tool holder (10) of the kind comprising an essentially C-shaped frame preferably having a long inner range, which frame at its free shank ends carries said tool, for instance a riveting, a glueing or a welding unit. The holder (10) comprises a truss or frame work, which includes an outer and an inner C-shaped frame (11, 23) and a number of slewing brackets (27–32) connected to these. The frames (11, 23) and the slewing brackets (27–32) are arranged to form a number of connected triangular sections, which connection points (18–22, 37) are designed as intersections or joints. The outer C-shaped frame (11) is arranged only to support thrust forces and the inner frame (23) thrust and tensile forces and the slewing brackets (27–32) substantially tensile forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: C-Power Technologies AB
    Inventors: Karl-Otto Stromberg, Hans Hellman, Dan Holm, Peter Froberg
  • Patent number: 7164359
    Abstract: The invention disclosed provides a method, system, and associated tag for detection and tracking of inanimate and animate objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Visible Assets, Inc
    Inventors: Paul Waterhouse, Christopher W. Verge, Michael J. Vandenberg, Kenneth Truong, John K. Stevens, Jason August
  • Patent number: 7160217
    Abstract: A broadhead assembly includes a substantially planar metal blade that defines a plane of symmetry relative to the blade. The blade includes first and second sharp edges which are symmetric relative to the plane of symmetry. The first and second sharp edges nearing each other and defining a tip area therebetween/and defining a cutting bevel of between 17 and 30 degrees. The tip area is characterized by third and fourth sharp edges which are symmetric relative to the plane of symmetry. The third edge is adjacent to the first edge at a first inflection point and adjacent to the fourth edge at the tip area. The fourth edge is adjacent to the third edge at the tip area and the second edge at a second inflection point, wherein the angle formed between the first inflection point, the tip area, and the second inflection point is between 40 and 65 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Michael Sohm
  • Patent number: 7151374
    Abstract: A MAS probe offers a substantial improvement in signal to noise (S/N) in triple-resonance high-resolution (HR) magic-angle-spinning (MAS) NMR of samples near room temperature (RT) in high field magnets, especially where the RT shim bore is less than 55 mm. Critical circuit components other than the sample coils, including both high-power capacitors and inductors for one or more channels are located in a small, thermally insulated, cold zone immediately below the sample spinner assembly. Cooling these components to 100 K allows their thermal noise power to be conveniently reduced by a factor of three or more. Variable capacitors for fine tuning are located in an RT tuning zone below the cold zone. The circuit is designed such that the currents, voltages, and standing wave ratio (SWR) in circuit tuning elements in the RT tuning zone are relatively low, so rf losses and noise contributions below the cold zone may be only a few percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Doty Scientific, Inc.
    Inventor: F. David Doty
  • Patent number: 7110414
    Abstract: A hub for a fiber channel arbitrated loop is disclosed. The hub comprises a switching device including a matrix of switches connected by a plurality of signal lines, each signal line being electrically connected to at least one switch. The hub is operable to selectively connect and disconnect one signal line from at least one other signal line, at least some of the signal lines being operatively connectable to respective devices comprising the fiber-channel arbitrated loop. The switching device is operatively configurable to selectively open and close the switches to arrange the devices on the fiber-channel arbitrated loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Richmount Computers Limited
    Inventor: Aedan Diarmuid Cailean Coffey
  • Patent number: 7105987
    Abstract: The piezoelectric motor (6) comprises a stator (1) and a runner (4) which form a gap (7) as well as comprising a piezoelectric transducer (3) which is connected to the stator (1) or the runner (4) and which with the stator (1) or the runner (4) forms a resonator (1,3;4,3), wherein the resonator (1,3; 4,3) may be excited in a main oscillation direction (H), characterised in that the stator (1) comprises an engagement surface (1a) facing the runner (4), or the runner (4) an engagement surface which faces the stator (1), and that the stator (1) or the runner (4) comprises an elastic advance element (5) which bridges the gap (7) between the stator (1) and the runner (4) in a manner such that the advance element (5) at least temporarily lies on the engagement surface (1a). The advance element (5) comprises a first part-section (5c) as well as a second part-section (5d), wherein the part-sections (5c, 5d) have a different resonant frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: Miniswys S.A.
    Inventor: Bonny Witteveen
  • Patent number: 7100334
    Abstract: A conveyor specialized to convey people, and more particularly a conveyor which may serve as a conventional staircase, comprises treads that can individually raise and lower by the amount of the tread rise. To ascend, a user stands on the lowest level, and the tread lifts to match the height of the next tread. The user steps forward to the next tread. That tread likewise lifts to match the height of the next tread, and so on. In this way the user is able to ascend the height of the staircase without having to step up. A corresponding process permits descending the height of the staircase without having to step down. The conveyor can work even if the staircase winds or curves or goes around corners. Optionally a platform is caused to move laterally from each step to the next, so that the user need not even step forward during the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventors: Ioannis Milios, Dimitrios Korres
  • Patent number: 7075523
    Abstract: A Circuit (in FIG. 1) and an Algorithm for Data Acquisition from Capacitive Touch Pad Sensor employs charge transfer to sense capacitance. The circuit has high degree of noise rejection from both system and externally generated noises; it is resistant to the effects of ESD; utilizes a general purpose “off the shelf” components and programmable microcontroller (element 10), providing flexibility for changes and adjustments without incurring the high costs of a custom IC design. A settling time and low sensitivity to the noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Semtech New York Corporation
    Inventors: Victor Marten, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 7049963
    Abstract: The invention disclosed provides a method, system, and associated tag for detection and tracking of inanimate and animate objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Visible Assets, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Waterhouse, Christopher W. Verge, Michael J. Vandenberg, Kenneth Truong, John K. Stevens, Jason August
  • Patent number: 7042744
    Abstract: Hermetically sealed high-voltage assemblies are made up of series-connected diodes. Exposed tabs bonding adjacent diodes allow for greater thermal dissipation than previous products. This allows higher current-carrying capacity especially if used in oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Semtech Corporation
    Inventors: David Francis Courtney, Gary Bridges, Albin Gary Stanulis, Todd Allan Albright
  • Patent number: 7043442
    Abstract: Unique identifiers are defined with respect to products (ingredients). Each identifier is indicative of a source of information regarding a certification of the respective ingredient with respect to a particular food quality. The information is stored in a computer database. Unique identifiers for ingredients are provided to a certification agency associated with the manufacturer, the certification agency associated with the manufacturer being non-identical to the certification agencies certifying the food qualities of the ingredients. Information is retrieved, by means of the identifiers, regarding the certification of the ingredients. The certification agency associated with the manufacturer is then able to certify the food quality regarding the product, based in part on the retrieved information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Kip Holding Inc.
    Inventors: Menachem Levy, Yishai Hornbacher, Shayna Leah Hershfeld
  • Patent number: D522369
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Select Imports Limited
    Inventor: Tom Penn