Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Reed Smith LLP
  • Patent number: 8197158
    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: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Sanexen Environmental Services Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Sudano, Michael Davison, Benoit Côté
  • Patent number: 8198996
    Abstract: The present provides a system which integrates motor vehicle turn signal operation into actuators located in the rim of a motor vehicle steering wheel. The actuators of the system of the present invention, one for controlling the right-hand turn signal and one for controlling the left-hand turn signal, are located in an arc segment of the steering wheel defined by the three o'clock and 12 o'clock positions for the right-hand actuator and the nine o'clock and 12 o'clock positions for the left-hand actuator. The actuators may operate in parallel with a conventional stalk switch and only turn on the respective turn signal lights when activated and subsequently depressed. The turn signal lights turn off when the actuators are released. The integrated turn signal system of the present invention further provides for turn signal operation which does not require a driver to remove his or her hands from the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Adam Simon Golomb
  • Patent number: 8200581
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method for identifying and converting digital media assets within a system through the use of identification data. A client device is examined to detect media assets lacking such identification data; the identification data is then applied to each detected asset with data specific to the customer and digital media asset. To facilitate transfers and ease of use the digital media assets can be made DRM-free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Content Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Dunkeld, Edward Lambert
  • Patent number: 8191320
    Abstract: A photovoltaic panel clamp includes an upper and lower section. The interface between the assembled clamp halves and the module edge is filled by a flexible gasket material, such as EPDM rubber. The gasket preferably has small, finger like protrusions that allow for easy insertion onto the module edge while being reversed makes it more difficult to remove them from the module once installed. The clamp includes mounting posts or an integral axle to engage a bracket. The clamp also may include a locking tongue to secure the clamp to a bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: SunLink Corporation
    Inventors: Margaret Birmingham Mittan, Robert H. J. Miros, Malcolm P. Brown, Robert Stancel
  • Patent number: 8184885
    Abstract: A system. The system includes a computing device configured for communication with an imaging system and with a display device. The computing device includes a contour modeling module. The contour modeling module is configured for superimposing reference anchors on a cross-sectional image generated from 3D image data, for generating a line which connects the reference anchors, for sampling the 3D image data in a variable thickness plane defined by the connecting line, and for generating a contour-modeled C-mode image from the sampled 3D image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh - of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishikawa, Joel S. Schuman, Gadi Wollstein
  • Patent number: 8177151
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a method for separating a material comprising a super absorbent polymer, a fiber and a plastic to separate the material into components thereof, one method comprising shredding the material, adding salt to the material, and agitating the material, wherein the material does not comprise a slurry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Knowaste International, LLC
    Inventor: David B. Grimes
  • Patent number: 8167519
    Abstract: The present invention is a coring unit adapted to be engaged to an articulated arm, to reduce the labor necessary for on-site coring of sewage and water pipes. The coring unit includes a frame containing the components of the unit, which include a coring bit, a coring bit motor, a traverse mechanism, and a stabilizer for allowing ready orientation of the coring unit with respect to an object being cored. The unit may also he provided with a traverse motor for driving the coring bit into an object being cored, and for withdrawing the coring bit once a core has been formed. The coring unit may additionally be adapted to allow for remote operation of the coring unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: MECO Constructors, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew R. Ebert, Peter Ebert, Frederick Engel, Jr., Edward Lounsberry
  • Patent number: 8170955
    Abstract: A method, system and software for permitting use of digital works having rights associated therewith in a system having repositories configured to enable use of the digital work in accordance with the rights, including associating a transfer right with a digital work, the transfer right specifying that the digital work is transferred from a first repository to a second repository; transferring the digital work from the first repository to the second repository in accordance with the transfer right; and in response to the transferring, step updating transfer right information in respect of the digital work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Stefik, Peter L. T. Pirolli
  • Patent number: 8170715
    Abstract: Methods and tools for automatically performing work within a pipe or pipe network based on sensed impedance information. A robot, which may be tethered or un-tethered, includes a computer controller and a work tool for performing work within the pipe. With or without impedance-based calibration, the robot senses environmental and tool-based impedance characteristics and determines, using said software, ways in which the current work performance can be altered or improved based on the impedance information. The operation of the work tool is then altered in line with the control software. Many different types of work related to the inspection, cleaning and rehabilitation of pipes can be accomplished with the present robots including reinstating laterals after lining, cutting or clearing debris, sealing pipe joints and/or other heretofore manual pipe-based processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: RedZone Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Subramanian Vallapuzha, Scott M. Thayer, Eric C. Close, Joseph Salotti, Ronald Genise, Alan Gerber, Adam Slifko, Edison Hudson, Gregory Baltus, Carlos F. Reverte, Prasanna Kumar Velagapudi
  • Patent number: 8162858
    Abstract: An ultrasonic medical treatment device takes the form of an elongate probe having an elongate wave-generating concave surface with a longitudinal axis and ultrasonic electromechanical transducer elements for vibrating said concave surface to generate ultrasonic pressure waves focused along a linear locus extending parallel to said longitudinal axis. The probe may include a monolithic piezoelectric crystal element and electrode pairs provided along the unitary or monolithic element in a spaced array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: US Hifu, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald R. Manna
  • Patent number: 8156697
    Abstract: A solar array mounting system having unique installation, load distribution, and grounding features, and which is adaptable for mounting solar panels having no external frame. The solar array mounting system includes flexible, pedestal-style feet and structural links connected in a grid formation on the mounting surface. The photovoltaic modules are secured in place via the use of attachment clamps that grip the edge of the typically glass substrate. The panel mounting clamps are then held in place by tilt brackets and/or mid-link brackets that provide fixation for the clamps and align the solar panels at a tilt to the horizontal mounting surface. The tilt brackets are held in place atop the flexible feet and connected link members thus creating a complete mounting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Sunlink Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. J. Miros, Margaret Birmingham Mittan, Martin N. Seery, Rodney H. Holland
  • Patent number: 8150727
    Abstract: Embodiments provide content and advertising material superdistribution. In one embodiment, a method of distributing content and advertising material may be provided. The method may include: registering members who are potential users and distributors of content; receiving, from a first member, an identifier of a second member with whom the first member has a relationship; receiving, from the first member, a selection of content to be distributed to the second member; receiving, from the first member, a selection of advertising material to be associated with the content to be distributed to the second member; and distributing the content and the advertising material to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Free All Media LLC
    Inventor: Brian McCourt
  • Patent number: 8139129
    Abstract: A color filter array (CFA) and image processing system wherein a color filter overlaying an image sensor has a luminance element (i.e. green filter in RGB space, or yellow in CMY space) that is made larger than the other two chrominance elements (i.e. red, blue or cyan, magenta). Additionally, overlaying micro-lenses may be sized to correspond to the relative sizes of the underlying color filters. The optimized filter array is compatible with existing de-mosaic image processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: AltaSens, Inc.
    Inventor: Lester J. Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 8140515
    Abstract: Users of electronic documents are classified for profiling and targeting of additional relevant content. Behavioral data is gathered from user registration information and user activity, and user documents and actions are categorized. Registration information is combined with collaborative and editorial data to provide user profile information. Author-generated document classification information is analyzed and assigned a first taxonomic noun to characterize the document. User-generated tags characterizing a portion of the document are assigned a second taxonomic noun. Search terms that resulted in the user accessing the document are identified and assigned a third taxonomic noun. Attributes related to how the document was accessed are evaluated and assigned a fourth taxonomic noun. The document is processed using pattern rules to extract a fifth taxonomic noun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Tushar Pradhan, Thomas Osborne, John Potter
  • Patent number: 8133223
    Abstract: Medical devices that useful during electrocauterization procedures. The present invention encompasses a needle-tipped electrocautery device in which the needle tip is housed within the body of the device when the device is not in use. When an extension mechanism on the electrocautery stylus is activated, the tip is exposed and may be used for surgical procedures. The mechanism may be either mechanically driven or electronically driven. The present invention thereby dramatically reduces the risk of injury or infection by inadvertent pricks from an electrocautery tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh-Of The Commonwealth System Of Higher Education
    Inventor: Steven G. Docimo
  • Patent number: 8135297
    Abstract: In order to simultaneously prevent both curl generation and fixation performance deterioration upon both-surface image formation of a recording medium P, a fixation temperature control means which subjects a transporting-direction trailing end region of a first surface (front surface) of the recording medium P to fixation at a low heating treatment temperature, thereby suppressing the curl generation amount in the region subjected to the low-temperature heating treatment, at the same time, subjects the region except for the region that has undergone the low-temperature heating treatment to fixation at a normal heating treatment temperature, thereby preventing deterioration in the fixation performance, and subjects the region which has undergone the low-temperature heating treatment to heating treatment of a high temperature upon fixation of a second surface (back surface), thereby preventing defective fixation in the low-temperature heating treatment region is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Inc.
    Inventor: Masato Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8124130
    Abstract: Methods and formulations for the improvement of recovery following bone-impacting injury or surgery. The formulations of the present invention preferably include platelet-rich plasma with a pharmaceutical agent. The pharmaceutical agent may be a glucocorticoid hormone or other organic pharmaceutical agent. Particularly preferred pharmaceutical agents include dexamethasone, melatonin, purmorphamine, 17?-estradiol, vitamin K2 (menaquinone-4, MK4), bisphosphonates, derivatives thereof, and combinations thereof. The formulations of the present invention may be directly administered to a surgical or injury site where improved bone growth is desired. The formulations may also be applied to or otherwise incorporated into scaffolding structural components commonly employed in the medical field to promote bone structure and growth. The pharmaceutical agent may be employed in an immediate release form or a sustained release form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: James Louis Rutkowski
  • Patent number: D657756
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Corsair Memory, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Mueller
  • Patent number: RE43314
    Abstract: A low-noise active pixel circuit is disclosed that efficiently suppresses reset (kTC) noise by using a compact preamplifier consisting of a photodetector and only three transistors of identical polarity, in conjunction with ancillary circuits located on an imager's periphery. The use of only three transistors with a tapered reset signal allows the optical area to be increased, while still providing a low-noise imager.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: AltaSens, Inc.
    Inventor: Lester J. Kozlowski
  • Patent number: D660810
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Corsair Memory, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin Mueller