Patents Represented by Law Firm Reid & Priest LLP
  • Patent number: 7233936
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system of artificial intelligence for the classification of events, objects or situations from signals and discriminant parameters produced by models comprising at least one processing branch comprising a fuzzy expert system making a decision according to high level properties and discriminant parameters of low level extracted from signals by signal processing type procedures, and capable of explaining its decision to the user through the intermediary of rules selected by order of applicability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Denis Muller, Stéphanie Muller Carceles
  • Patent number: 7203194
    Abstract: A system and method for encoding wide striped cells that carry packets of data across stripes. The method encodes an initial block of a first wide striped cell is encoded with initial cell encoding information, and distributes initial bytes of packet data into available space in the initial block of the first wide striped cell. The initial cell encoding information includes control information and state information. One initial block of the first wide striped cell comprises five subblocks corresponding to five stripes. Each subblock includes identical control information and identical state information. The method further includes adding reserve information to available bytes at the end of the initial block of the first wide striped cell. Remaining bytes of packet data are distributed across one or more blocks in the first wide striped cell until an end of packet condition is reached or a maximum cell size is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Foundry Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Chang, Ronak Patel, Ming G. Wong
  • Patent number: 7200512
    Abstract: A method for regulating a temperature increase rate of a communication device as the communication device transmits data is provided. The communication device transmits the data to a second communication device at a rate set. The method includes monitoring the temperature of the communication device as the communication device transmits data to the second communication device. When the temperature of the communication device exceeds an acceptable temperature, the rate set of the data is throttled in order to decrease the temperature increase rate of the communication device in order to avoid a peak temperature. The communication consumes an amount of output power during a period of time as data is transmitted. The rate set of the data is throttled by either reducing the output power used or reducing the period of time used while the communication device is transmitting to the second communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Lalau, Carl Wong
  • Patent number: 7180171
    Abstract: A multilayer printed circuit board (PCB) interface includes a top PCB layer, a middle PCB layer, and a bottom PCB layer. A top surface of the top PCB layer receives at least one top module. The middle PCB layer includes an electrically conductive layer disposed between two dielectric layers. The electrically conductive layer forms a plurality of connectors protruding horizontally from the sides of the multilayer PCB to couple the PCB interface to a main board. A bottom surface of the bottom PCB layer receives at least one bottom module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Smart Modular Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Garnik Taheri
  • Patent number: 7167905
    Abstract: A data communications network may be browsed using one or more tokens by receiving an input keyword string from a user, determining whether there is a match between the input keyword string and a database of keyword strings, determining a category of the keyword string, rendering to the user at least one service identifier associated with the category, receiving a user-selected service identifier in response to the rendering, substituting at least one variable in a resource locator template associated with the service with a string based at least in part on the keyword string entered by the user and launching the resource locator. According to one aspect, a special rendering of a hyperlink corresponding to the resource locator is used to indicate private data will be disclosed upon launching the resource locator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Sierra Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. R. Tosey
  • Patent number: 7168042
    Abstract: Force effects for a graphical user interface of a computer are provided based on user preference information, which indicates the types of graphical objects in the graphical user interface which are to have force effects associated with them, and at least one particular force effect assigned to each of those types of graphical objects. An output of a force sensation by a haptic feedback device to the user is based on those assigned force effects and occurs when a displayed cursor controlled by a user interacts with a graphical object having one of the types. An architecture for a host computer allowing multi-tasking application programs to interface with a feedback device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Adam C. Braun, Jonathan L. Beamer, Louis B. Rosenberg, Dean C. Chang
  • Patent number: 7165117
    Abstract: An address is allocated to a host device which is selected to obtain network access from any access point within a given communications system, while maintaining a network bandwidth management scheme that is consistently applied to a user's network bandwidth usage regardless of the access point used by the user. This is accomplished using a communications network having a at least one access point coupled to a first router which is configured to forward packets at a forwarding rate based on a source address contained in each of the packets. A user profile is assigned to each subscriber belonging to an access point. Each user profile includes a pool identifier which corresponds to a forwarding rate used by the router for packets corresponding to the subscriber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Sitaraman, Joseph F. Mann, Maria Alice Dos Santos, Shuxian Lou, Sampath Kumar Sthothra Bhasham
  • Patent number: 7164861
    Abstract: An optical wavelength division multiplexing network which can carry out large-capacity access service with a simple constitution is provided. In an optical network comprising a plurality of layers, a highest level network comprises a ring network having a center node and remote nodes; an intermediate level network comprises a ring centered around a node belonging to the higher level network, and a lowest level network comprises a star network centered around an access node which multiplexes traffic from a plurality of ONU, the ONU and the access node being directly joined together by optical fibers; the center node belonging to the highest level network and the ONU establish a direct communication path by using lights of different wavelengths; at nodes provided therebetween, the optical signals are not electrically processed but are amplified, branched, and routed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
    Inventors: Noboru Takachio, Katsumi Iwatsuki, Hitoshi Obara
  • Patent number: 7161580
    Abstract: A haptic device comprises an actuator and a mass. The actuator has a shaft. The actuator is elastically coupled to the mass and/or a base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: David Bailey, Danny Grant, Alex Jasso, Ken Martin, Erik Shahoian, Kollin Tierling, Steven Vassallo
  • Patent number: 7160585
    Abstract: A process makes at least one nanotube between two electrically conducting elements located on a substrate, using, inside a deposition chamber, a microwave power, a magnetic field, and at least one electronic cyclotron resonance zone faciliting ionization and/or dissociation of a gas containing carbon injected into the deposition chamber at a low pressure inside the deposition chamber, causing ionization and/or dissociation of this gas in each electronic cyclotron resonance zone. The ions and electrons produced are located along the field lines of the magnetic field set up in the deposition chamber. The process also includes a screening operation of the various species produced in each electronic cyclotron resonance zone to enable exclusive access of CxHy°non condensable free radicals produced to access a deposition zone adjacent to at least one part of the substrate including the two electrically conducting elements to make the nanotube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique
    Inventors: Marc Delaunay, Anne Senillou, Marie-Noelle Semeria
  • Patent number: 7162520
    Abstract: A method and apparatus dynamically change a connection service category for an exiting soft permanent virtual circuit (SPVC) which includes a permanent virtual circuit (PVC) connection leg set up from a source end to a network device, and a switched virtual circuit (SVC) connection leg set up from the network device to a destination end via a communications network. In one embodiment, the method includes (a) receiving a new connection service category for the existing SPVC, (b) releasing the SVC connection leg in response to the receiving the new service category, while maintaining the PVC connection leg, (c) de-allocating resources from the PVC connection leg, (d) allocating new resources on the PVC connection leg, the new resources corresponding to the new connection service category and traffic parameters, and (e) creating a new SVC connection leg in accordance with the new connection service category and the traffic parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Uma Mahesh Mudigonda, Somashekar Srinivasajah Venkatesh Murthy
  • Patent number: 7158112
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing force feedback to a user operating a human/computer interface device and interacting with a computer-generated simulation. In one aspect, a computer-implemented method simulates the interaction of simulated objects displayed to a user who controls one of the simulated objects manipulating a physical object of an interface device. The position of the simulated object, as provided within the simulation and as displayed, is mapped to the physical position of the user object. This mapping can be broken under conditions that are effective to provide force feedback to the user which imparts a physical sensation corresponding to the interaction of the simulated objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Louis B. Rosenberg, Scott B. Brave
  • Patent number: 7153747
    Abstract: A process for producing a MOS-type transistor includes providing a substrate comprising a thin layer of silicon (26), integral with an insulating support (14), and covered with a superficial layer (28) of a semi-conductor material, local etching of the superficial layer to expose the silicon layer in at least one channel region, formation of an insulated gate (50) above the silicon layer in the channel region, and formation of a source and a drain on either side of the channel region, the source and drain extending in the layer of silicon and in the superficial layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Commissariat A L'Energie Atomique
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Joly
  • Patent number: 7154470
    Abstract: An amplitude modulator circuit includes a reference oscillator and an envelope modulator coupled to the reference oscillator for receiving a reference signal. A microcontroller is coupled to the envelope modulator for providing an envelope signal to the envelope modulator and a low pass filter is coupled to the envelope modulator for receiving a modulated command from the envelope modulator. An inverter is coupled to the low pass filter for receiving a low passed envelope modulated signal from the low pass filter and a transducer or amplifier is coupled to the inverter and the low pass filter for receiving an inverted low passed signal and the low passed envelope modulated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Kollin M. Tierling
  • Patent number: 7154076
    Abstract: An image sensor with a high dynamic range is provided. The image sensor includes a semiconductor substrate, a plurality of light-receiving elements formed on the semiconductor substrate, and light-shield films formed on upper ends of some of the light-receiving elements to partially block light incident upon each of the some light-receiving elements. Hence, an image sensing device including the image sensor can detect an accurate image regardless of whether the environment is bright or dark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: C'est Image, Inc.
    Inventors: Heung Sik Kim, Yong Ahn Ha, Ui Chol Yl, Jin Heon Kim, Woo Hyun Kwon, Jong Sun Won, Hak Dae Lee, Seung Hyun Cha, Seung Chul Lee, Tae Sun Shin
  • Patent number: 7150883
    Abstract: A lipid composition forms liposomes spontaneously upon mixing with an aqueous solution. The lipid composition includes diacylglycerol-PEG compounds. Such lipid compositions are useful for forming liposomes, which in turn are useful for a variety of purposes, including the delivery of therapeutic agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: BioZone Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Charles Keller, Alenka Lasic, legal representative, Dan D. Lasic, deceased
  • Patent number: 7146718
    Abstract: When mounting semiconductor chips, the semiconductor chips are presented on a wafer table where they are picked one after the other by a pick and place system, transported and placed onto a substrate that rests on a supporting surface of a substrate table. The wafer table is aligned diagonally to the supporting surface of the substrate table whereby part of the wafer table is located under the substrate table. The pick and place system comprises a shuttle with a swivel arm carrying a bondhead. The swivel arm is swivelled back and forth between two predetermined swivel positions whereby in the first swivel position a longitudinal axis of the swivel arm embraces the angle ? with the perpendicular to the supporting surface of the substrate table and whereby in the second swivel position the longitudinal axis of the swivel arm runs orthogonally to the supporting surface of the substrate table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: ESEC Trading SA
    Inventor: Silvan Thuerlemann
  • Patent number: 7148875
    Abstract: A haptic feedback planar touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that inputs a position signal to a processor of the computer based on a location of user contact on the touch surface. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position signal, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user contacting the touch surface. The touch input device can be a touchpad separate from the computer's display screen, or can be a touch screen. Output haptic sensations on the touch input device can include pulses, vibrations, and spatial textures. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Louis B. Rosenberg, James R. Riegel
  • Patent number: 7149118
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for programming a single-poly pFET-based nonvolatile memory cell bias the cell so that band-to-band tunneling (BTBT) is induced and electrons generated by the BTBT are injected onto a floating gate of the cell. Following a predetermined event, the single-poly pFET is biased to induce impact-ionized hot-electron injection (IHEI). The predetermined event may be, for example, the expiration of a predetermined time period or a determination that a channel has been formed by the BTBT injection process that is sufficiently conducting to support IHEI. Employing BTBT permits a previously overerased or stuck bit to be “unstuck” or “removed” and thus be made usable (i.e., able to be programmed) again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Impinj, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Diorio, Todd E. Humes
  • Patent number: RE39534
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating a semi-empirical process simulator used to determine process values in a plasma process for creating a desired surface profile on a process substrate includes providing a test model which captures all mechanisms responsible for profile evolution in terms of a set of unknown surface parameters. A set Sets of test conditions processes is are derived for which the profile evolution is governed by only a limited number of parameters. For each set of test conditions process, model test values are selected and a test substrate is substrates are actually subjected to a the test process processes defined by the test values , thereby creating a test surface profile profiles. The test values are used to generate an approximate profile prediction predictions and are adjusted to minimize the discrepancy between the test surface profile profiles and the approximate profile prediction predictions, thereby providing a final model of the profile evolution in terms of the process values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: David Cooperberg, Richard A. Gottscho, Vahid Vahedi