Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Reed Smith LLP
  • Patent number: 8352333
    Abstract: A method and system for automatically generating a self-updating naturally-reading narrative product summary including assertions about a selected product. In one embodiment, the system and method includes evaluating an existing narrative product summary, comparing an existing attribute name, attribute value, attribute unit, and assertion model, respectively, to a current attribute name, attribute value, attribute unit, and assertion model to determine if one of the comparisons shows a change. The system and method further determines a new attribute associated with the selected product, selects an alternative product, retrieves a new assertion model with assertions that describe the selected product and identify an alternative product in a natural manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Baran, Timothy Allen Musgrove, Robin Hiroko Walsh
  • Patent number: 8346623
    Abstract: Computer-implemented systems, methods, and computer-readable media for facilitating user navigation of a collection of editorial content associated with products include displaying a first user interface including a first editorial content related to a first product previously viewed by a user, a second editorial content relating to a product navigated to by the user from the first editorial content, and a first plurality of editorial content relating to a first plurality of products; receiving a selection from the user; and navigation to editorial content in accordance with the user's selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventor: Vladimir Olexa
  • Patent number: 8343513
    Abstract: Polymer and drug containing compositions and method of preparing such compositions are disclosed. The dispersed phase formulation has a polymer, a pharmaceutically or biologically active agent and a small fraction of low pKa acid additive. Stable, filter sterilizable, non-gelling solutions containing GnRH analogues at least at levels typically used in sustained release formulations and a method of increasing solubility of a high level of a GnRH analogue or a freeze-dried antagonist of GnRH in a polymer containing solution are also disclosed. The amount of the acid additive in the polymer solution is such that it is sufficient to increase the solubility of the high level of the GnRH analogue in the polymer solution without affecting the release characteristics of the microspheres prepared therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Oakwood Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Bagavathikanun C. Thanoo, James Murtagh, Gonto Johns
  • Patent number: 8329863
    Abstract: Antagonistic peptides of GnRH having improved water solubility are disclosed. These peptides are capable of suppressing serum testosterone levels in vivo to chemical castration levels of ?0.5 ng/ml. Stable, filter sterilizable, non-gelling solutions containing the GnRH antagonists at least at levels typically used in sustained release formulations also are disclosed, as is a method of increasing the solubility of GnRH antagonist in a polymer containing dispersed phase, which method comprises addition of an acid to the dispersed phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Oakwood Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Bagavathikanun C. Thanoo, James Murtagh
  • Patent number: 8332302
    Abstract: An electronic auction system which Includes a Central Auction Controller (CAC) that allows sellers to list items for auction and users to enter bids and rank srdorings Is disclosed. The CAC maintains a central database comprising a database of user information, a database of Items and bids and a database of vendor information. Administration of the system is accomplished via an I/O device and CPU and an optional e-mail processor allows automated messaging to users. This methodology allows users to effectively bid on a large number of mutually exclusive items but receive at most one item at the end of the auction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Galahad Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: Terry Erisman
  • Patent number: 8323363
    Abstract: The invention discloses an apparatus and process for the reformation of hydrogen containing fluids to hydrogen and other constituents, more particularly, the reformation of hydrocarbons or mixtures of hydrocarbons in a cyclic flow inert porous media reactor for the production of hydrogen and other constituents. In an alternate embodiment, the apparatus and process can be used for the reformation of hydrogen sulfide to produce hydrogen and sulfur. The cyclic flow reactor comprises a reaction chamber filled with a porous media matrix containing an unconstrained reaction zone located in any portion of the reactor chamber. This reactor system employs valves to canalize the reactant mixture and product mixture during flow cycling channeling the reactant mixture through the porous media matrix, and reacting the reactant mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Innovative Energy Solution
    Inventors: Jacques Picardy Bingue, Christopher Lee White, Jean Pierre-Victor
  • Patent number: 8318413
    Abstract: A tissue, such as an amniotic or chorionic membrane, harvesting device that integrates a system facilitating subsequent storage of tissue samples. The device cuts a sample of the target tissue and automatically deposits the sample in a storage vessel. A method of collecting and storing a sample from a target tissue using a tissue harvesting device. A kit for collecting and storing samples of the target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
    Inventors: Dale Woodbury, Akiva Marcus
  • Patent number: 8303991
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for making composite active particles for use in a pharmaceutical composition for pulmonary administration, the method comprising a milling step in which particles of active material are milled in the presence of particles of an additive material which is suitable for the promotion of the dispersal of the composite active particles upon actuation of an inhaler. The invention also relates to compositions for inhalation prepared by the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Vectura Limited
    Inventors: John Staniforth, Matthew Michael James Green, David Alexander Vodden Morton
  • Patent number: 8296164
    Abstract: A pharmacy benefits management system and method. A processor server has claim information relating to pharmacy benefits claims, and information relating to a claims processing formulary stored therein. A provider server has pharmacy benefits plan structure information stored therein. A management server has price information relating drugs in various classes and a processing module for correlating the claim information with the benefits plan structure information and the formulary information to identify drugs dispensed to patients, expenses associated with the drugs in accordance with the pharmacy benefits plan structure information, alternative drugs in the same class as the drugs and expenses associated with the alternative drugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: RxEOB.COM, LLC
    Inventors: Robert S. Oscar, John E. Dietz, Bryan W. York, Dean T. Ousterhout, Rob Hauser, Matthew Rokenbrod, Ilia Brusilovsky
  • Patent number: 8289729
    Abstract: An ATX compatible power supply unit having a main printed circuit board and at least one connector printed circuit board that includes at least one outlet connector for use with a DC modular cable, the at least one connector printed circuit board is connected to the main printed circuit board with connectors other than bare or insulated wires to allow high currents to be transferred between the at least one connector printed circuit board and the main printed circuit board at low voltage drops is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Corsair Memory, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Lieberman
  • Patent number: 8290173
    Abstract: A wireless audio distribution system may include a wireless transmitter, responsive to a plurality of audio input channels, for transmitting an encoded digital bitstream serially combining each of the audio input channels with control data a receiver responsive to the transmitted encoded digital bitstream for decoding a preselected one of the plurality of the audio input channels from the digital bitstream for reproduction and at least one speaker for reproducing the preselected audio input channel in accordance with the control data. A wireless speaker system may include a receiver, responsive to a wirelessly transmitted, encoded digital bitstream serially combining each of a plurality of the audio input channels with control data disbursed therein, for decoding a preselected one of said audio input channels and a speaker system responsive to the receiver for reproducing the decoded, preselected audio input channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Unwired Technology LLC
    Inventors: Lawrence Richenstein, Michael A. Dauk, Robert J. Withoff
  • Patent number: 8286620
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include an apparatus including a tank for pneumatic gun comprising a fluid outlet, including an adapter that includes a first end attached to the tank, a second end comprising a fitting, wherein the fitting is capable of receiving a fluid hose, wherein the fluid hose is connected to a source of compressed fluid. The apparatus allows the gun to be fired from the source of compressed fluid. Other embodiments include a method of connecting the apparatus to a pneumatic gun, attaching the fluid hose to the fitting, and firing the gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Williford
  • Patent number: 8285594
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include tools for extracting data of interest from the world wide web (WWW). The extraction is accomplished using descriptions of data of interest. The descriptions of data of interest can include computer programs comprising a sequence of instructions and extractor patterns. The extractor patterns can be developed interactively using a web browser integrated into the graphical development environment for creating the descriptions of data of interest. The instructions can be selected from a predetermined list of instructions designed for extracting information from the WWW. The descriptions of data of interest can be grouped into categories sharing common query elements. Multiple descriptions of data of interest in the same category can executed simultaneously using the same query. The descriptions of data of interest can be accessed by a client computer using a web browser to initiate a query.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Yeogirl Yun, Brad Park
  • Patent number: 8280796
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of aggregating and valuing intellectual property in a financial exchange. The present invention provides means whereby holders of intellectual property rights may sell, or license intellectual property to an aggregator and receive shares of stock or cash for the contribution based on the aggregated value of the intellectual property held by the aggregator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: MP&S Intellectual Property Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Henning
  • Patent number: 8272808
    Abstract: A plug for a tubular service entrance of a conduit, wherein the plug includes a core body having a central hollow channel extending from a first end to second end of the core body; at least one flexible fin extending radially outwardly from the core body and having an outer diameter greater than the inner diameter of the tubular service entrance so that the plug is adapted to fit tightly into the tubular service entrance, and wherein the at least one flexible fin is deformable to adapt to the shape of the service entrance and apply a lateral force against the inner diameter of the service entrance. A plug dispensing magazine for storing and dispensing service entrance plugs to be service entrances of a conduit prior to installation of a liner in the conduit and a method of sealing the service entrances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sanexen Environmental Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Sudano, Michael Davison, Benoît Côté
  • Patent number: 8275716
    Abstract: A system and method for managing use of items having usage rights associated therewith. The system includes an activation device adapted to issue a software package having a public and private key pair, the public key being associated with a user, a license device adapted to issue a license, a usage device adapted to receive the software package, receive the license and allow the user to access the item in accordance with the license, and a subscription managing device adapted to maintain a subscription list including the public key associated with the user. License's is issued by the license device upon verifying presence of the public key in the subscription list corresponding to requested content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Guillermo Lao
  • Patent number: 8275119
    Abstract: A method of operating a telephony service on a telephony network is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of establishing and/or requesting a telephonic connection and/or a call between a caller and a call recipient, receiving a command signal initiated by the caller and/or the call recipient and/or the telephony network during any phase in the call process, the command signal comprising a data signal and/or tone, and initiating a service to the caller and/or the call recipient, or initiating a transaction between the caller and the call recipient in response to receiving the command signal other than a standard call connect and/or disconnect command. Preferably, the data signal and/or tone relates to one of the “*”, “0” or “#” keys of the telephone equipment of the caller, wherein each of the “*”, “0” or “#” keys is associated with a different category of service or transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Ari Kahn
  • Patent number: 8275213
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for digital column gain mismatch correction are described. At least one test signal pixel is added to each column in an image sensor. For each column the test signal from at least one test pixel is read and compared to a target value. A correction value is calculated based on comparing the test signal to the target value. The correction value is stored in a memory. When the regular photo-pixels are read, the photo-pixel signals are modified based on the stored correction value for each column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: AltaSens, Inc.
    Inventor: John Richardson
  • Patent number: 8275709
    Abstract: A system for managing use of digital content within a trusted community. An access list defines the trusted community. License requests for use of content made from outside the trusted community are handled in accordance with a license request policy process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Xin Wang, Tushar N. Padhye, M. S. Roopa, C. V. Joshi, Basavaraj B. H., Arun Ray, Deepanjan Kanungo, Aram Nahidipour, Thanh Ta, Michael Raley, Guillermo Lao, Eddie Chen, Bijan Tadayon, Anant Kansal
  • Patent number: 8271350
    Abstract: The publishing system and method automates at least some portion of a publishing process. The system publishes content using metadata, rights templates and/or specifications, publishing profiles and business rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Guillermo Lao, Ralph H. Brenner, Jr., Daniel C. Chen, Aram Nahidipour, Edgardo Valenzuela, Mark Berchowitz, Ivy Y. Chen, Xin Wang