Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Reed Smith LLP
  • Patent number: 8041517
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for indexing, archiving, analyzing and reporting pipe and other void network data. Specifically, multi-dimensional indexing and correlation of spatial, temporal, feature, environmental, uncertainty and/or context-based data is synchronized, indexed and analyzed across a wide variety of pipe networks at various times. The present invention preferably includes data represented at several different levels of reference including: referenced to the sensor with which it was collected; referenced to the robot or platform upon which the sensor is attached; and the world. The structure and functionality of the system provides for extensive querying, trouble-shooting and predictive analysis for pipe networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: RedZone Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott M. Thayer, Carlos Felipe Reverte, Eric C. Close, Prasanna Kumar Velagapudi, William Ommert
  • Patent number: 8041455
    Abstract: A robotic cart pulling vehicle includes a positioning error reducing system for reducing accumulated error in the ded-reckoning navigational system. The positioning error reducing system including at least one of a low load transfer point of the cart attaching mechanism, a floor variation compliance structure whereby the drive wheels maintain a substantially even distribution of load over minor surface variations, a minimal wheel contact surface structure, a calibration structure using at least one proximity sensor mounted on the robot body, and a common electrical and mechanical connection between the cart and the robot vehicle formed by a cart attaching post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Aethon, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry F. Thorne
  • Patent number: 8024066
    Abstract: An autonomous inspector mobile platform robot that is used to inspect a pipe or network of pipes. The robot includes a locomotion device that enables the device to autonomously progress through the pipe and accurately track its pose and odometry during movement. At the same time, image data is autonomously captured to detail the interior portions of the pipe. Images are taken at periodic intervals using a wide angle lens, and additional video images may be captured at locations of interest. Either onboard or offboard the device, each captured image is unwarped (if necessary) and combined with images of adjacent pipe sections to create a complete image of the interior features of the inspected pipe. Optional features include additional sensors and measurement devices, various communications systems to communicate with an end node or the surface, and/or image compression software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: RedZone Robotics, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos F. Reverte, Scott M. Thayer, William Whittaker, Eric C. Close, Adam Slifko, Edison Hudson, Subramanian Vallapuzha
  • Patent number: 8022704
    Abstract: A method for producing a magnetic resonance image using an ultra-short echo time. The method includes applying a pulse sequence to an object, detecting a spirally encoded and phase encoded magnetic resonance signal associated with the object, and reconstructing the magnetic resonance image based on the spirally encoded and phase encoded magnetic resonance signal. The pulse sequence includes a slab-selective radiofrequency pulse, a slab-selective gradient pulse, a plurality of variable duration slice encoding gradient pulses, a plurality of first spiral encoding gradient pulses, and a plurality of second spiral encoding gradient pulses. The detection of the spirally encoded and phase encoded magnetic resonance signal occurs concurrently with the application of one of the plurality of first spiral encoding gradient pulses and with the application of one of the plurality of second spiral encoding gradient pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh-Of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Yongxian Qian, Fernando E. Boada
  • Patent number: 8019659
    Abstract: A catalog taxonomy organized in a tree-like configuration including at least one first tier product category having at least one first tier attribute associated with products in the first tier category, and a plurality of second tier product categories branching from the first tier product category and defining subcategories, at least one of the plurality of second tier product categories having a second tier attribute associated with products in a subcategory defined by the plurality of second tier product categories, wherein each of the second tier product categories inherits the first tier attribute of the first tier product category from which the plurality of second tier product categories branches. In addition, a system and method utilizing such catalog taxonomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy A. Musgrove, Robin Hiroko Walsh
  • Patent number: 8019656
    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: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: CBS Interactive Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Baran, Timothy Allen Musgrove, Robin Hiroko Walsh
  • Patent number: 8015196
    Abstract: A computer-based software tool for performing intelligent searches for geographic names data utilizing a fuzzy-logic search as well as linguistic principles and allowing the user to select various search criteria is disclosed. Geographic feature names can be searched for exact matches, similar geographic names based on misspellings or phonetic similarities, similar geographic names based on language dialects, historic place name variants, features with similar name Romanization, similar names with the type of feature, such as city, river, or mountain included in the name, in reversed or reading order, and similar names with inconsistent Unicode. With the aid of a displayed geographic map, the search can be localized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Geographic Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexandre Taranenko, Inessa Taranenko
  • Patent number: 8007420
    Abstract: A portable exercise device. The portable exercise device includes a recoil assembly, a clutch assembly, an adjustable resistance assembly, a housing assembly, and a flexible cable member. The clutch assembly is coupled to the recoil assembly. The adjustable resistance assembly is coupled to the clutch assembly. The housing assembly includes a first portion and a second portion. The first portion defines and opening therethrough and surrounds the recoil assembly and the clutch assembly. The second portion is rotatably coupled to the first portion, defines a configured projection, and surrounds the adjustable resistance assembly. The flexible cable member is coupled to the recoil assembly, and extends through the opening defined by the first portion of the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Mullin
  • Patent number: 8006731
    Abstract: This is an apparatus and system for integration of Central Tire Inflation (CTI) valve functionality directly into a wheel. The CTI valve may be attached to the wheel or integrated into the wheel. In addition, the CTI valve may have a valve body or the valve components can be installed directly into the wheel. An air passageway between the vehicle air source and the CTI valve and/or an air passageway from the CTI valve to the tire cavity can also be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Hutchinson S.A.
    Inventors: Lars Johan Resare, Olivier Marsaly, Larry K. Rogers, Pascal Seradarian
  • Patent number: 8007206
    Abstract: Improved roof cable bolts with reduced protrusion from a mine roof. Particularly, a roof cable bolt head can preferably be dimensioned such that most of its length fits inside a drilled hole in the mine roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Excel Mining Systems LLC
    Inventor: Anthony John Spencer Spearing
  • Patent number: 8010230
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for the automated retrieval/delivery of goods from one location to another using a robotic device such as a tug and accompanying cart. A computer within the tug/cart stores a map of the building floor plan and intended paths for the tug to take when traversing from one location to the next. During the delivery, a variety of different sensors and scanners gather data that is used to avoid obstacles and/or continuously adjust the movement of the tug in order to more closely follow the intended path. The system preferably includes wireless networks that allow one or more tugs to communicate with a tug base station, a primary network located at the site of the delivery and a remote host center that monitors the status and data collected by the tugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Aethon, Inc.
    Inventors: Aldo Zini, Spencer Wayne Allen, Barry Mark Skirble, Henry F Thorne, Stuart Fairley
  • Patent number: 8007467
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for performing and aiding venipuncture. The apparatuses of the present invention provide the medical practitioner with an improved tool for performing venipuncture methods. The apparatus preferably includes a handle that is connected to a plurality of tines that run roughly parallel to one another. During use, the tines of the apparatus are pressed against the skin of the patient such that they sit astride the vein to be accessed. The distance between the various tines of the present apparatuses varies so as to be able to accommodate a variety of vein widths. The apparatuses of the present invention may have tines at either one or both ends of the body of the apparatus. The apparatuses of the present invention may be used with a variety of vein accentuating devices, such as those that employ light to accentuate the vein to be punctured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: James Louis Rutkowski
  • Patent number: 8006954
    Abstract: A cable puller has a pair of shoulder bars connected to each other at one end thereof, each of the shoulder bars having a hook at the other end for releasably accommodating a plurality of wires or cables thereon; and a support bar with two ends respectively and symmetrically connected to respective intermediate points of the shoulder bats. The shoulder and support bars are arranged to provide a shoulder width wider than a depth of an enclosed space to pull the cable therethrough and narrower than a pre-determined pathway in the enclosed space the cables are designed to be pulled therealong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Mallory
  • Patent number: 8007504
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for functionally occluding the lumen of the left atrial appendage (LAA) is provided. Access to the LAA is through an epicardial approach. The devices function to capture the LAA through various non-invasive means. After capturing the LAA with the devices and methods provided, a clamping device is preferably disposed about the base of the appendage. In certain embodiments, the appendage remains viable subsequent to the functional occlusion of the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh of The Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Marco Zenati, David S. Schwartzman, Mark J. Gartner, Daniel T. McKeel
  • Patent number: 8003061
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a test strip for determining and/or quantifying a property of a sample, such as the concentration of an analyte, the pH, the viscosity, or the specific gravity of a fluid specimen. More particularly, the present invention relates to an improved test strip and scale for determining and/or quantifying a property of a sample, such as the concentration of an analyte, the pH, the viscosity, or the specific gravity of a fluid specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Akers Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan Andrelczyk, Leonard L. Schluter
  • Patent number: 8001053
    Abstract: A method, system and device for sharing rights adapted to be associated with items, the method and system including generating at least one of usage rights and meta-rights for the items; defining, via the usage rights, a manner of use for the items; and defining, via the meta-rights, a manner of rights transfer for the items. The device including receiving at least one of usage rights and meta-rights for the items; interpreting, via the usage rights, a manner of use for the items; and interpreting, via the meta-rights, a manner of rights transfer for the items. The usage rights or the meta-rights include at least one state variable that is shared by one or more rights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: ContentGuard Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Mai Nguyen, Xin Wang, Eddie J. Chen, Bijan Tadayon
  • Patent number: 7999340
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for forming optical black pixels having uniformly low dark current. Optical Black opacity is increased without having to increase Ti/TiN layer thickness. A hybrid approach is utilized combining a Ti/TiN OB layer in conjunction with in-pixel metal stubs that further occlude the focal radius of each pixel's incoming light beam. Additional metal layers can be used to increase the opacity into the infrared region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: AltaSens, Inc.
    Inventors: Giuseppe Rossi, Lester Kozlowski, Henry Lin, John Richardson, Gregory Chow, Gaurang Patel
  • Patent number: 7994858
    Abstract: An operational trans-conductance amplifier circuit having a voltage clamp circuit. The clamp circuit utilizes low area and power overhead, has a sharp clamp characteristic, and little degradation in the small-signal DC gain at the “knee” of the clamp characteristic. The clamp circuit includes a comparator circuit and a current control circuit. The amplifier and clamp circuits may further include a clamp voltage generator circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: AltaSens, Inc.
    Inventors: David Standley, Laurent Blanquart
  • Patent number: 7996109
    Abstract: Systems, methods and devices for the automated retrieval/delivery of goods from one location to another using a robotic device such as a tug and accompanying cart. A computer within the tug/cart stores a map of the building floor plan and intended paths for the tug to take when traversing from one location to the next. During the delivery, a variety of different sensors and scanners gather data that is used to avoid obstacles and/or continuously adjust the movement of the tug in order to more closely follow the intended path. The system preferably includes wireless networks that allow one or more tugs to communicate with a tug base station, a primary network located at the site of the delivery and a remote host center that monitors the status and data collected by the tugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Aethon, Inc.
    Inventors: Aldo Zini, Spencer Wayne Allen, Barry Mark Skirble, Henry F. Thorne, Stuart Fairley
  • Patent number: D643997
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Rolly's Convenient Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Roland Waller, Steven Lipinski