Patents Represented by Attorney RatnerPrestia
  • Patent number: 8350787
    Abstract: An illumination controller determines a target brightness setting value from a illuminance value measured by a illumination sensor, determines a brightness correction start time in response to a target brightness setting value and a current brightness setting value and a calculation information that are stored in a memory, calculates an amount of brightness setting change per specified time from the current brightness setting value stored in the memory and the target brightness setting value at a brightness correction start time, and outputs an output brightness setting value in response to the amount of brightness setting change that is calculated. The brightness controller adjusts brightness of the display unit in response to the output brightness setting value output from the illumination controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Tanba, Hirokatsu Yui, Motohiro Gotoh, Shinji Isawa, Tetsuya Kohga
  • Patent number: 8350784
    Abstract: In a plasma display panel, abnormal discharge in address periods is suppressed to enhance image display quality. The scan electrode driving circuit generates a first falling down-ramp voltage i.e. down-ramp voltage L2 or down-ramp voltage L4, in initializing periods, generates sustain pulses in sustain periods, generates a rising up-ramp voltage, i.e. erasing up-ramp voltage L3, at the ends of the sustain periods, and applies the voltages to the scan electrodes. After generating the sustain pulses in the sustain periods, the scan electrode driving circuit generates a second down-ramp voltage, i.e. erasing down-ramp voltage L5, which has a portion falling with a gradient gentler than that of down-ramp voltage L2 and down-ramp voltage L4. After generating erasing down-ramp voltage L5, the scan electrode driving circuit generates erasing up-ramp voltage L3 and applies the voltage to the scan electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Naoyuki Tomioka, Naoki Noguchi
  • Patent number: 8349758
    Abstract: A catalyst with large surface area structure, in particular for steam-reforming catalysts, which is characterized in that the large surface area structure is formed of a large number of round or parallel penetrating holes of polygonal cross-section, wherein the catalyst carrier is prepared in the injection molding process, coated with a washcoat and then impregnated with the active component. The catalyst carrier includes at least one sinterable material and has a lateral pressure resistance of at least 700 N. Also, a process for the preparation of such catalysts and the use thereof in a reactor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sud-Chemie AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Gabriel, Ingo Hanke
  • Patent number: 8350584
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a device, comprising a base assembly, a plurality of carrier columns extending from the base unit, and a plurality of vertical support plates, each vertically movable along a respective carrier column and including a pivotal device mounting bracket. A pneumatic unit including a piston rod is associated with each vertical support plate such that vertical motion of the piston rod controls vertical motion of the respective vertical support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: inTEST Corporation
    Inventors: Charles P. Nappen, Christopher L. West, Steven J. Crowell
  • Patent number: 8350433
    Abstract: It comprises stator including stator core having yoke and a plurality of teeth protruded from yoke, which is formed with slots between adjacent teeth, and rotor having rotor core and permanent magnet formed with a plurality of magnetic poles, which confronts tip ends of teeth via gaps, wherein rotor core is formed by rotor core materials circumferentially equally divided into the predetermined number of divisions, and the least common multiple being N for the number of slots and the number of magnetic poles and the least common multiple being M for the number of slots and the number of divisions, then N is equal to M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hu Li, Yuichi Yoshikawa, Hiroshi Murakami
  • Patent number: 8350833
    Abstract: When a connection failure occurs in an FFC for electrically interconnecting the ground potentials of the printed boards, the failure is immediately detected. A plasma display device has a scan electrode driving circuit for dividing scan electrodes into a first scan electrode group and a second scan electrode group and driving them, scan electrode driving ICs for applying a scan pulse generated by the scan electrode driving circuit to the scan electrodes, a timing generating circuit for generating switch signal SI used for switching the scan electrode driving ICs in a predetermined order, and a first printed board and second printed board that have the scan electrode driving ICs. The ground potential of the first printed board is electrically connected to that of the second printed board via an FFC. Switch signal SI is input from the first printed board to the second printed board via the FFC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Tsukasa Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8351186
    Abstract: An electrode foil for capacitor includes a substrate made of a valve metal foil, a first rough surface layer made of a valve metal formed on the first surface of the substrate by vapor deposition, and a second rough surface layer made of a valve metal formed on the second surface of the substrate by vapor deposition. The mode of diameters of pores of the first and second rough surface layers ranges from 0.02 ?m to 0.10 ?m. The thickness of the first rough surface layer is larger than the thickness of the second rough surface layer. The electrode foil has the rough surface layers formed by vapor deposition fabricated stably so that a solid electrolytic capacitor with high capacitance can be obtained using the foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Akiyoshi Oshima
  • Patent number: 8351642
    Abstract: In a speaker, a first space enclosed by the surface of a second edge close to a magnetic circuit body, a suspension holder, the outer circumferential surface of a voice coil body, the magnetic circuit body, and a frame is airtight to the atmosphere outside the speaker, to make a first space function as an air suspension. The voice coil body is supported with a first edge and a second edge, and with the aid of the springiness of gas inside a first space. Hence, an equivalent, low Young's modulus can be set to the first edge and the second. Consequently, deformation of the diaphragm connected to the first edge is reduced during sound reproduction, thereby reducing disturbance in frequency response in the middle and high ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Osamu Funahashi
  • Patent number: 8350197
    Abstract: An induction heating cooker including a top plate where a pan is placed; a heating coil for induction heating the pan; an inverter circuit for supplying a high frequency current to the heating coil; an infrared sensor, which is arranged under the heating coil and detects an infrared light radiated from the pan; a light guiding part including an upper opening formed at an upper end facing the top plate and a lower opening formed at a lower end, and guiding the infrared light from the pan to the infrared sensor; and a control unit for controlling an output of the inverter circuit according to an output from the infrared sensor; wherein the light guiding part includes a nonmetallic material part in which the upper opening is formed upper than a lower surface of the heating coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Tominaga, Kenji Watanabe, Masaharu Ohashi, Shintaro Noguchi, Tomoya Fujinami
  • Patent number: 8352809
    Abstract: A checking method in which serial data protected by check data are transmitted via a serial data bus from a transmitter to a receiver, the receiver then conditions the data and compares them with the transmitted check data in order to recognize transmission errors, wherein the transmitter bases the production of the check data and the receiver bases the conditioning of the data on the same check data formation method, wherein the check data formation/conditioning is performed using error recognition hardware, wherein the region of the receiver contains not only the error recognition hardware but also error recognition software which are used to additionally check the received data, and wherein also an error in the transmitted data and/or check data is caused by a transmitter-end error stimulation. A transmission and reception circuit for carrying out the above method and also the use thereof is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Lukusa Didier Kabulepa, Adrian Traskov
  • Patent number: 8351885
    Abstract: A Radio Frequency Receiver on a Single Integrated Circuit (“RFSIC”) is described. The RFSIC may include a mixer, a phase-locked loop (“PLL”) in signal communication with the mixer, and an on-chip auto-tuned RF filter in signal communication with both the mixer and PPL, such that the same PLL simultaneously tunes the frequency of the VCO and the frequency response of the auto-tuned RF filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: CSR Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Noshir Dubash, Jeffrey E. Koeller, Daniel Babitch
  • Patent number: 8345250
    Abstract: A remote sensing system includes a transmitter for transmitting an online signal and first and second offline signals toward a target. A receiver receives a returned online signal and first and second returned offline signals from the target. A processor is provided for determining (a) a first ratio based on the returned online signal and first offline signal, and (b) a second ratio based on the returned online signal and second offline signal. A filter is also provided for correlating the first ratio with the second ratio for determining whether the returned online, first offline and/or second offline signals are useable. The returned online, first offline and second offline signals are used to compute first and second concentration path lengths (CPLs) of a column of air between a target and the remote sensing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Exelis, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Steven Janosky, Joseph Lawrence Lippert
  • Patent number: 8344881
    Abstract: A system for providing tamper detection includes a plurality of circuit cards in a housing. The housing includes magnetic sensors and magnetic signal generators that form multiple pairs of a magnetic sensor (S) coupled to a magnetic signal generator (M). Each pair of S and M forms a tamper detector for a respective circuit card in the housing. A tamper detector of one circuit card notifies another tamper detector of another circuit card of the occurrence of a tamper event. As an example, a first tamper detector of a first circuit card notifies a second circuit card of the occurrence of a tamper event, and a second tamper detector of the second circuit card notifies a third circuit card of the occurrence of the tamper event. The first tamper detector is configured to sense a change in a magnetic field surrounding the first circuit card and generate a magnetic pulse for transmission to the second circuit card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Exelis, Inc.
    Inventor: Lyman Vinton Hays
  • Patent number: 8344913
    Abstract: An automatic emergency call is transmitted in the form of voice data which contain address information for the vehicle. The address information has been ascertained inside the vehicle by the emergency call device on the basis of a GPS position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Teves AG & Co. oHG
    Inventors: Peter Rieth, Ulrich Stählin
  • Patent number: 8347096
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of strong authentication tokens and more specifically to methods and apparatus employing cryptographic key establishment protocols for such strong authentication tokens. An apparatus comprising storage for a secret key, said secret key for use in the generation of cryptographic values, and a cryptographic agent for generating said cryptographic values using said secret key, selects one of a predetermined set of key transformations in an unpredictable way and applies said selected key transformation to said secret key prior to generating one of said cryptographic values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Vasco Data Security, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Hoornaert, Frederik Mennes
  • Patent number: 8344683
    Abstract: A device and a method for determining the current position of a rotor, particularly the angle of rotation of the rotor, of an electric motor, wherein said device determines the current position of the rotor using the fluctuations of the armature current or the armature voltage of the electric motor. The fluctuations of the armature current or the armature voltage are separated from the fluctuations of the motor current or the motor voltage with the help of an amplifier unit dependent on a controllable offset value. The offset value is changed according to the motor current or the motor voltage. By virtue of the device and the method, the fluctuations of the armature current or the armature voltage can be separated from the fluctuations of the motor current or the motor voltage over the full measurement range of the motor current or the motor voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Conti Temic Microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Wolfgang Schulter, Stefan Rau, Helmut Weber, Thomas Gründer, Carsten Sensche
  • Patent number: 8343995
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions containing clopidogrel, present as a free base or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and sulfoalkyl ether cyclodextrin (SAE-CD). The compositions can be liquid, suspension or solid compositions. They can be adapted for oral, peroral or parenteral administration. The SAE-CD serves to aid in dissolution and stabilization of the clopidogrel in aqueous media. The stability of clopidogrel against hydrolytic degradation, thermal degradation, and photolytic degradation are improved. SAE-CD provides improved results over other cyclodextrin derivatives. The SAE-CD-containing composition of clopidogrel can be provided in liquid form, solid form or as a reconstitutable powder. Both ready-to-use and concentrated liquid compositions can be prepared. The liquid composition is optionally available as a clear solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cydex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerold L. Mosher, Rebecca L. Wedel, Karen T. Johnson, Stephen G. Machatha, Jane A. Cowee, Daniel J. Cushing
  • Patent number: 8347363
    Abstract: In a contents retrieval system, when a publisher terminal uploads shared contents to a shared server, the shared server stores the shared contents in a contents area of a contents database, a partial data formation section forms partial data specifying the shared contents and stores the formed partial data in a partial data area, and a URL generation section forms a URL linked to the shared contents and stores the URL in a URL area. When the contents retrieval section receives partial data from the retriever terminal, it collates the received partial data with the partial data in partial data area of the contents database. When the partial data is found, the contents retrieval section replies a URL of the corresponding shared contents to the retriever terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: D673484
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Hugh Robinson
  • Patent number: D673566
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: PFU Limited
    Inventors: Minoru Sugitani, Satoshi Kuroda, Masaaki Yamashita