Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Reed Smith LLP
  • Patent number: 8122926
    Abstract: This CTI Valve manifold of this invention creates a wheel-manifold-CTI Valve combination such that an air passageway coming from the wheel hub through the manifold brings air to the valve, and an airway from the valve through the manifold provides air to the tire cavity, preferably via an air passageway in the wheel. The manifold also allows for the CTI valve to deflate the tire, a typical operational requirement for central tire inflation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Hutchinson, S.A.
    Inventor: Larry K. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8116641
    Abstract: The image forming device, by providing an amount of toner remaining detection system, calculates the amount of relative change in the electrostatic capacitance in the amount of toner remaining over a prescribed number of sheets of recording paper (R) to sense the amount of toner remaining, and indicates that the amount of toner remaining is too low when it is judged that the amount of relative change in the electrostatic capacitance of said amount of toner remaining exceeds a reference amount of change, sensing of the amount of toner remaining and indication that it is too low are performed based on the relative change in one sensing signal relating to the amount of toner remaining, comparing two sensing signals relating to the amount of toner remaining as in the past is eliminated, and the process for adjusting the sensing output is made unnecessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Canon Finetech Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyonori Soutome
  • Patent number: 8115335
    Abstract: An automatic sensing power system automatically determines a power requirement for an electrical device, converts power to the required level, and outputs the power to the electrical device when the electrical device is connected to the automatic sensing power system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Green Plug, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory W. Menas, Brent A. Miller, Steve Spano
  • Patent number: 8112139
    Abstract: Electrodes providing excellent recording and physical stability. Electrodes that include a plurality of small teeth that possess a novel design shape and orientation are disclosed. The shallow and relatively long teeth preferably run parallel to the rim of the electrode that presses against the patient's skin. When the electrode is twisted onto skin, the teeth penetrate nearly horizontally under the stratum corneum. The electrodes cause minimal discomfort to the patient since the teeth do not extend to the pain fibers which are located in deeper layers of the skin. The electrodes may house a diversity of electronic components to enable numerous experimental and medical implementations. The electrodes may also be used wirelessly without electrode leads. The electrodes may be fabricated using precision photo-chemical etching techniques that are well known in the art. An electrode installation device that preferably employs the electrodes is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Mingui Sun, Robert J. Sclabassi, Wei Liang, Joseph Marcanio
  • Patent number: 8108313
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a rights expression for association with an item for use in a system for controlling use of the item in accordance with the rights expression, including specifying rights expression information indicating a manner of use of an item, the rights expression information including at least one element, the element having a variable and corresponding value for the variable; and performing an encoding process, including determining an identifier associated with a template corresponding to the rights expression information, extracting from the rights expression information the value for the variable corresponding to the element, and encoding a license adapted to be enforced on a device based on the variable and the identifier, the license including an identification of the template and the value for the variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Raley, Charles P. Gilliam, Manuel Ham, Guillermo Lao, Bijan Tadayon
  • Patent number: 8097171
    Abstract: A novel composite of glass fiber paper and reinforcing material that is useful for high speed manufacturing of devices comprising it is disclosed. The composite is formed by pressing into a glass fiber paper, having multimodal (at least bi-modal) composition, a hydrophilic reinforcing material. The composite has anisotropic separation properties that are particularly useful for preparing a fluid fraction from whole blood. The preferred glass fiber paper comprises glass fibers such that there are a plurality of short fibers (6) having large diameters and long fibers (2) with smaller diameters. The preferred glass fiber paper also exhibits partial ordering. There are many more of the long fibers (2) with smaller diameters than of the short fibers (6) having large diameters. Also disclosed are several blood separator device designs for efficiently separating the fluid fraction of blood from whole blood using the composite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Akers Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: David Milunic, Donald Russell
  • Patent number: 8099364
    Abstract: A method and system for managing use of items having usage rights associated therewith including a point of capture system adapted to generate content of a future event when the event occurs, a content distributor adapted to generate a rights label having usage rights associated with content of the future event before the content is created, the rights label having a distribution key for encrypting the content as the content is generated, the distribution key being encrypted with a public key. The system also includes a license server adapted to generate a license associate with the content from the rights label before the content is generated, the license including the distribution key encrypted with the public key, and a content distributor adapted to distribute the license before the content is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Tushar N. Padhye, M. S. Roopa, C. V. Joshi, B. H. Basavaraj, Arun Ray, Deepanjan Kanungo, Aram Nahidipour, Xin Wang, Thanh Ta, Michael Raley, Guillermo Lao, Eddie Chen, Bijan Tadayon, Anant Kansal
  • Patent number: 8087439
    Abstract: This wheel has features allowing both integrated and non-integrated Central Tire Inflation (CTI) systems to be installed, without the need for a specialized manifold, adapter, or unique wheel to accommodate each specific system. Thus, a single, light-weight wheel in accordance with this invention can accept either non-integrated or integrated CTI valves, allowing the wheels of the invention to be used on newer vehicles with integrated CTI systems, as well as on older vehicles with non-integrated (external) CTI systems. In addition, a wheel with both integrated and non-integrated Central Tire Inflation (CTI) systems is much simpler to assemble since the valve mounts directly to the wheel and no brackets are required, unlike prior two-piece bolt-together wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Hutchinson, S.A.
    Inventors: Peter K. Hobe, Olivier Noblanc
  • Patent number: 8082214
    Abstract: A system and method for rating of each of plural products comprising identifying plurality of attributes associated with a category of product, applying a scalar structure for each attribute to provide scalar value of each attribute for each of the plural products, determining an incremental competitive index for each attribute of each product based on the scalar value of each attribute and a number of products having the scalar value, and rating each product based on the determined competitive index.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Musgrove, Robin Hiroko Walsh, Russell Gilchrist
  • Patent number: 8076881
    Abstract: A system. The system includes a first module, a second module communicably connected to the first module, a third module communicably connected to the first module, and a fourth module communicably connected to the third module. The first module is configured for determining an angle. The angle is defined by a first rotating reference frame having an axis aligned with a permanent magnet flux of a permanent magnet motor, and a vector of a motor magnetizing flux of the permanent magnet motor. The second module is configured for defining a second rotating reference frame having an axis aligned with the vector, and for transforming a two-phase set of direct currents from the first rotating reference frame to the second rotating reference frame. The first and second rotating reference frames are synchronized. The third module is configured for generating a first direct current reference signal associated with the second rotating reference frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corp.
    Inventors: David J. Hall, Mark P. Krefta
  • Patent number: 8078542
    Abstract: A method, system and device for transferring rights adapted to be associated with items from a rights supplier to a rights consumer, including obtaining a set of rights associated with an item, the set of rights including meta-rights specifying derivable rights that can be derived from the meta-; determining whether the rights consumer is entitled to the derivable rights specified by the meta-rights; and deriving at least one right from the derivable rights, if the rights consumer is entitled to the derivable rights specified by the meta-rights, wherein the derived right includes at least one state variable based on the set of rights and used for determining a state of the derived right.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mai Nguyen, Xin Wang, Thanh Ta, Guillermo Lao, Eddie J. Chen
  • Patent number: 8069890
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for installing a central tire inflation (CTI) valve containing member into the hub bore opening of a wheel so as to be in communication with an air passageway hub port in the vehicle hub. Preferably, the CTI valve containing member includes a CTI valve sealed to a hub bore manifold with the hub bore manifold being mounted to the wheel disc and/or the vehicle hub. The hub bore manifold seals against the vehicle hub and the wheel hub bore surface (and/or the front face of the wheel disc). An air passageway in the manifold runs from the vehicle hub port to the CTI valve, and other air passageway(s) connect the CTI valve to the tire interior, such that air can travels from the vehicle hub to and from the tire cavity by way of the manifold and CTI valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Hutchinson S.A.
    Inventors: Lars Johan Resare, Michael G. Hartman, Larry K. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8069116
    Abstract: A system and method for enforcing rights expressions, include specifying a repository rights expression indicating a manner of use of an item at a repository; and associating the repository rights expression with the repository. In a further embodiment, the system includes one or more repositories having associated therewith rights expressions further indicating a condition of use of the item at the repository. In a further embodiment, a repository for use in the system, includes a processor module configured to process the rights expression associated with the repository; and a determination module configured to determine based on the rights expression associated with the repository what action the repository is to take when the repository processes or receives a request for the item. The manner of use or condition of use indicates what action the repository is to take when the repository processes or receives a request for the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Gilliam, Xin Wang
  • Patent number: 8066128
    Abstract: Apparatuses for the efficient and safe organization of product on shelves. The present invention encompasses shelving allocation units that are adjustable in a longitudinal direction to accommodate varying shelf depths. The present invention also provides for shelving allocation units that are adjustable in both the longitudinal direction, but also along an orthogonal axis. By being adjustable along an orthogonal axis, the shelving allocation units of the present invention may be adapted to accommodate various sizes of product. The present invention also includes novel backstop assemblies that may be adapted for use in shelves of various dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Smart Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Crawbuck, James R. Burchell, Edward J. Moss, John C. Burchell
  • Patent number: 8063964
    Abstract: A dual sensitivity image sensor provides a standard mode and a high-sensitivity mode of operation via iSoC integration. In addition to boosting sensitivity, the high sensitivity mode also reduces temporal noise thereby optimally boosting the Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) of the image sensor. The circuit does not significantly increase pixel complexity and requires minimal changes to the support circuits in the iSoC including the addition of support and control circuitry to facilitate seamless mode change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: AltaSens, Inc.
    Inventor: Lester J. Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 8058320
    Abstract: A thermally foamable microsphere having a structure that a foaming agent is encapsulated in an outer shell formed from a polymer, wherein the foaming agent contains isododecane, and a production process of the thermally foamable microsphere by a suspension polymerization process using a polymerizable monomer and a foaming agent containing dodecane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Kureha Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Ejiri, Mitsuhiro Matsuzaki, Shunzo Endo
  • Patent number: 8060257
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for the remote control of a robot which incorporates interchangeable tool heads. Although applicable to many different industries, the core structure of the system includes a robot with a tool head interface for mechanically, electrically and operatively interconnecting a plurality of interchangeable tool heads to perform various work functions. The robot and tool head may include several levels of digital feedback (local, remote and wide area) depending on the application. The systems include a single umbilical cord to send power, air, and communications signals between the robot and a remote computer. Additionally, all communication (including video) is preferably sent in a digital format. Finally, a GUI running on the remote computer automatically queries and identifies all of the various devices on the network and automatically configures its user options to parallel the installed devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: RedZone Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Close, Adam Slifko, Edison T. Hudson, Ronald G. Genise
  • Patent number: 8060432
    Abstract: An investment index is generated by selecting a predetermined number of geographic regions having the highest ranked projected population growth and selecting a predetermined number of companies that have at least a predetermined percentage of the company's revenue derived from at least one or a combination of the selected number of geographic regions. The stock prices of the selected companies are then weighted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas Edward Bleier
  • Patent number: 8058482
    Abstract: A method for the preparation of (CF3)2CHOCH2F (Sevoflurane) is presented, which comprises providing a mixture of (CF3)2CHOCH2Cl, potassium fluoride, water, and a phase transfer catalyst and reacting the mixture to form (CF3)2CHOCH2F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Piramal Critical Care, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross C. Terrell, Joshua A. Levinson, Charles W. Young
  • Patent number: 8043299
    Abstract: An internal bone transport device and method for lengthen bone that, once surgically implanted will allow for a segment of bone to be transported along the length of the rod without changing the overall length of the rod. The segment from one bone end is transported to the other in a controlled fashion allowing for complete control of the rate of bone transport and adjusting this rate to the quality of the bone formation. The segment is moved either by the application of an externally applied magnetic force or by a fluid actuator in combination with a compression spring. It applies to patients in whom a segment of bone has been removed. This fully internal bone transport allows the bone transport to occur without any external fixation, thus eliminating the problems associated with pin tract infections and pain from the pins cutting through the soft tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: Janet Conway