Patents Represented by Attorney Perman & Green, LLP
  • Patent number: 8351373
    Abstract: A method of categorising speed of a terminal (202) in a wireless communications network (116) comprises monitoring a first factor associated with allocation of a radio-frequency (RF) resource that is not related to mobility of the terminal (202). The first factor is then offset against a second factor, the second factor being potentially indicative of mobility of the terminal (202). The speed of the terminal (202) is then approximated using the result of offsetting the first factor against the second factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Hurst, Per Kangru
  • Patent number: 8342446
    Abstract: An aircraft has a vertical fin fastened to the rear and above a fuselage of elongated form, essentially in a vertical plane of symmetry of the aircraft. The vertical fin has at least two stable positions, an extended position and a returned position, such that a surface of the vertical fin, subjected to an aerodynamic flow when the aircraft is in flight, is modified in position or in surface between the returned position and the extended position, so that the aerodynamic drag of the vertical fin is reduced in the returned position under given flight conditions compared to the extended position. The change from one surface to another of the vertical fin is accomplished by modifying the geometry of the vertical fin or by displacing the vertical fin relative to the fuselage so that the vertical fin, for example, is more or less inside the fuselage, or more or less immersed in the wake zone of the fuselage in which the local dynamic pressure Pd is reduced relative to the infinitely upstream dynamic pressure Pd0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Philippe Chareyre, Thierry Druot, Olivier Cazals
  • Patent number: 8342450
    Abstract: A seating arrangement in a vehicle compartment and particularly in an airplane cabin, includes a cabin floor with a carrier structure underneath, with at least two passenger seats, which are separated from each other by a gap. The seats include a table device in front of each seat, including a table top that can be folded down, wherein each seat includes a seat frame, which is connected to the carrier structure beneath the cabin floor of the airplane cabin, a seat cushion that is connected to the seat frame, and a backrest that is connected to the seat frame. In order to allow for a flexible and generous distribution of the seats in the cabin for the travel time and a pleasant ambiance for eating a meal together, the table device includes a table base, which is connected to the carrier structure beneath the cabin floor and is arranged such that it is generally located at the same distance from the seats of a group of seats and the table top of the table device is in front of both seats when folded down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Funke, Manfred Junker
  • Patent number: 8342606
    Abstract: A seat for a vehicle, that includes a headrest with a headstall for supporting the head of a passenger in the seat, wherein the occupant may or may not wear a protection helmet depending on the circumstances. The headstall can assume at least three stable positions: a first position for the cervical support of the head of the seat passenger in which the headrest provides a cervical support function with or without wearing a helmet; a second position for the occipital support of the head of the seat passenger in which the headrest provides an occipital support function without wearing a helmet; a third position for the occipital support of the head of the seat passenger in which the headrest provides an occipital support function while wearing a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Maxime Le Texier, Regis Leymat, Louis Duroch, Laurent Cecinas
  • Patent number: 8336811
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a reference system including a longitudinal X axis, a vertical Z axis perpendicular to the X axis, and a lateral Y axis perpendicular to the plane defined by the X and Z axes, a fuselage, a wing affixed to an upper central part of the fuselage, a set of rear airfoils situated behind the wing, and propulsion engines mounted on the wing, where the wing, the set of rear airfoils and the propulsion engines are parts of an aero-propulsive unit forming a structure independent of the fuselage, and where the aero-propulsive unit is connected to the fuselage by a six degrees of freedom connection system using arms with lengths modified to control a position of the aero-propulsive unit relative to the fuselage along the X, Y and Z axes and in rotation about the X, Y and Z axes, during flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Cazals, Thierry Druot
  • Patent number: 8336819
    Abstract: A reduced-volume casing for a landing gear including a chassis for fixing and taking up loads, to which the landing gear is exposed and an envelope-type structure arranged on the chassis for taking up pressurization forces. The chassis can include, in particular, a frame which is even to the output opening of the landing gear and is provided with beams used for receiving means for maintaining the fastening bearings of the gear and also including polygons which are used for receiving the fastening bearings of the gear manoeuvring strut and are fixed to the beams, wherein the beams and polygons form a lattice structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Paul De Ruffray, Rodolphe Morel
  • Patent number: 8336827
    Abstract: A method and a device for creating a continuous protected space along the path of an aircraft, in which protected space a maximum induced speed Vtc in a vortex of radius Rtc in the wake of an aircraft is decreased by increasing the radius Rtc. The method includes a preliminary step of identifying changes in the aerodynamic configurations of the aircraft liable to initiate disruptions in the wake that will have the effect of increasing the radius Rtc, —for each change in configuration determining beforehand the characteristics of propagation of the wake disturbances in the vortex, —carrying out, along the course of the aircraft, at least two configuration changes separated by a distance such that spaces, in which the effects of the wake disturbances resulting from each of the configuration changes propagated for a predetermined length of time, forms a substantially continuous protected space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Jerome Journade
  • Patent number: 8340314
    Abstract: An audio system for an aircraft passenger cabin and a method for controlling such an audio system for providing passengers with information programs, in which multiple loudspeakers are each disposed at a predefined loudspeaker location in the aircraft cabin, and an audio signal having at least one audio channel is reproduced via the loudspeakers wherein the at least one audio channel is output by a central processing unit to the multiple loudspeakers in the aircraft cabin via a bus system having multiple distribution units and multiple cabin units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Henning Scheel, Frank Cordes
  • Patent number: 8340838
    Abstract: A braking system for the landing gear of an aircraft, which landing gear includes a bogey containing at least four wheels, each equipped with a brake, with the bogey having at least two axles that are connected to the aircraft by a telescoping strut, wherein when the aircraft makes a low-speed turn around a center of rotation, the straight line linking the center of rotation of the turn to the barycenter of the landing gear does not pass between the front wheels and the rear wheels of the landing gear which system further includes means for applying differential braking between the front wheels and the rear wheels of the landing gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Regis, Kevin Scott, Gregory Sicault
  • Patent number: 8328495
    Abstract: A semiconductor workpiece processing system having at least one processing apparatus for processing workpieces, a primary transport system, a secondary transport system and one or more interfaces between first transport system and second transport system. The primary and secondary transport systems each have one or more sections of substantially constant velocity and in queue sections communicating with the constant velocity sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Bufano, Ulysses Gilchrist, William Fosnight, Christopher Hofmeister, Daniel Babbs, Robert C. May
  • Patent number: 8331246
    Abstract: A measurement system comprises a pair of probes located at different points in a communications network. The probes generate transaction records related to messages observed, an exchange of the messages constituting a transaction. The transaction records are passed to a data store, the data store being mined by a correlator engine to match transaction records. The timestamps contained in the matching transaction records obtained are used to calculate a transit metric by a measurement engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: JDS Uniphase Corporation
    Inventor: Donald MacGregor Scobbie
  • Patent number: 8330624
    Abstract: A remote meterless parking monitoring system including a plurality of individual parking spaces, a plurality of vehicle detector/RFID units for monitoring the status of the individual parking spaces; at least one Gateway device responsive to the plurality of vehicle detector/RFID units; a Command and Control Server for employing numerous security provisions at least including encryption of data, Virtual Privacy Networks, firewalls and authenticated connections and responsive to data from said Cellular gateway via the internet; and the Command and Control Server uses the status of each space and the ID from the motorist's RFID tag to cross reference data according to a Policy database and identifying the motorist through a Motorist Database including information about the motorist's mailing address, vehicle payment account balance or other information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Eric Groft, Kirby Andrews
  • Patent number: 8317131
    Abstract: A braking-energy equalization system applied to an aircraft undercarriage, which undercarriage includes at least two sets of landing gear, with each set of landing gear including at least two wheels and with each of wheels being equipped with a brake, wherein the system includes means intended to introduce a delay time to delay the braking of the brakes having a higher braking torque in comparison with the other brakes having a lower braking torque, so as to equalize the braking energies absorbed by the brakes of the landing gear during the landing or during an interrupted takeoff of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Regis, Kevin Scott, Emmanuel Ray
  • Patent number: 8317133
    Abstract: An aircraft floor including two lengthwise external beams and at least one pair of cross beams extending between the lengthwise beams, an external end of each cross beam being interlocked to the lengthwise beam. The internal ends of the beams of the pair of the cross beams are connected to each other, where the cross beams are inclined in such a way that the internal ends of the cross beams are directed downward when compared to the horizontal plane of the floor. Moreover, the floor includes self-stiffened panels extending between the cross beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Guy Nolla
  • Patent number: 8308108
    Abstract: An aircraft fuselage with a shape elongated along a longitudinal axis X along a longitudinal axis of the aircraft that determines a direction toward the front along a direction of motion of the aircraft in flight. A front section with straight cross sections widening relative to the X axis, located at the front of the fuselage and ending in the front of the fuselage in a fuselage nose, and delimited at the rear by a cross section for joining to a rear part of the fuselage behind the front section. The front section includes a cockpit located above a floorboard between a cockpit bulkhead to the rear and a front base to the front.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Cazals, Jaime Genty de la Sagne
  • Patent number: 8305089
    Abstract: A system for the detection of water in a sandwich structure for aircraft including: a microwave generator, at least two microwaves emitters/sensors mounted in the structure, and a microwave detector capable of detecting the microwaves after propagation in the structure; a data-processing unit associated with a library containing at least one model of the structure when empty. Also methods for implementing this system as well as an aircraft including such a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Fernando Manuel Ferreira Dos Santos, Jean-Louis Miane, Jean-Louis Arnaud
  • Patent number: 8302905
    Abstract: An aircraft landing gear including a leg, a bracket which defines the axis of rotation of the leg on the operating plane defined by the leg extension and retraction positions and a leg operating device consisting of at least one strut whose first end is provided with a first means for connecting to the landing gear element and second end is provided with a second means for connecting to the element of the gear-receiving landing gear casing for which the at least one strut expands outside of the operating plane of the gear leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Paul De Ruffray, Rodolphe Morel
  • Patent number: 8302909
    Abstract: An aircraft fuselage produced by assembling, at a circumferential joint, at least two sections, each section including a coating and at least one element of at least one stiffener, the aforementioned two elements having a closed cross section and being assembled by a splicing piece. The elements of the stiffener and the splicing piece are made of composite. The aforementioned splicing piece, which has two flanges, is fixed to the coatings and to the stiffener elements by working fastenings positioned only on the flanges of the aforementioned splicing piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Helene Cazeneuve, Bruno Cacciaguerra
  • Patent number: 8303764
    Abstract: There is described apparatus and methods for transporting and processing substrates including wafers as to efficiently produce at reasonable costs improved throughput as compared to systems in use today. A key element is the use of a transport chamber along the sides of processing chambers for feeding substrates into a controlled atmosphere through a load lock and then along a transport chamber as a way of reaching processing chambers and then out of the controlled atmosphere following processing in the processing chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Bluck, Kevin P. Fairbairn, Michael S. Barnes, Christopher T. Lane
  • Patent number: 8297319
    Abstract: A method for pressurizing a substrate carrier including pressurizing a chamber that is of unitary construction with the carrier and/or a substrate cassette within the carrier and maintaining a pressure within the carrier by releasing gas from the chamber into the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Brooks Automation, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Babbs, William Fosnight