Patents Represented by Attorney Ropes & Gray, LLP
  • Patent number: 8352793
    Abstract: The same testing equipment can be used to test devices operating under different protocols. Where the testing protocol is slower than the native serial protocol of the high-speed serial link connecting the device processor to the component to be tested, the link may be adapted to carry the lower speed testing protocol. This may be accomplished by adding low-speed buffers to the circuits of the serial link, or the serial link may have a native low-speed protocol in addition to its high-speed protocol connections may be made to the pathways for the native low-speed protocol, or the testing protocol may be impressed on top of native low-speed protocol. Where the driver of the device being tested has limited number of pins, the test mode can be controlled by applying power to different power supply input pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Yongman Lee
  • Patent number: 8352978
    Abstract: The present invention allows control of the presentation of advertisements that are associated with television networks, channels, and programs, and enables a single broadcasting of each advertisement associated with a network to be made to numerous television systems in parallel. The presentation of advertisements that are associated with television networks, channels, and programs is controlled in the present invention by determining at television viewer equipment whether the television networks, channels, or programs with which the advertisements are associated are unavailable to the television viewer or are undesirable to the television viewer. Once this determination has been made, the television viewer equipment then presents the advertisements, or selects and presents suitable alternative advertisements. A single broadcasting of each network advertisement to all television systems is enabled in the present invention by broadcasting each advertisement with a network identifier to all television systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Reynolds, Robert A. Knee, Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8343913
    Abstract: A method of reducing antifungal drug resistance in which Hsp inhibitors, such as Hsp90 inhibitors, are used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research
    Inventors: Leah Cowen, Susan L. Lindquist
  • Patent number: 8343933
    Abstract: In certain aspects, the present invention provides compositions and methods for modulating (promoting or inhibiting) growth of a tissue, such as bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, and/or neuronal tissue. The present invention also provides methods of screening compounds that modulate activity of an ActRIIB protein and/or an ActRIIB ligand. The compositions and methods provided herein are useful in treating diseases associated with abnormal activity of an ActRIIB protein and/or an ActRIIB ligand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Acceleron Pharma, Inc.
    Inventors: John Knopf, Jasbir Seehra, Ravindra Kumar
  • Patent number: 8340526
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a reconfigurable, long-range, underwater data-communication network are described. The network provides a low cost, low power, lightweight, and easy to deploy underwater communication system capable of being operated at long distances. The network may include a cabled ocean observatory, which may be deployed underwater and connected to a surface buoy. The cabled ocean observatory may be connected to one or more removable underwater sensors via fiber optic cables. The underwater sensors may be disposed at underwater locations at long distances from the cabled ocean observatory. Fiber optic extension modules may be permanently connected to each end of the fiber optic cables. Each fiber optic extension module may include an optical transceiver, a power supply, and an inductive element for removably coupling an underwater sensor or the cabled ocean observatory to the fiber optic cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    Inventors: Richard Camilli, Frederick Sonnichsen, Albert M. Bradley, Steven A. Lerner
  • Patent number: 8341669
    Abstract: The invention, in one embodiment, is directed to a controller apparatus for controlling an electronic device by sensing and processing a user's interactions with an object and, particularly, for controlling and interacting with a media guidance application implemented on an interactive user equipment device. The controller apparatus may include a platform, a liquid container, and a stirring rod. The platform may include sensors of various kinds for detecting a user's interactions with any one of the components of the user interface system. The controller apparatus may also include sensors for sensing environmental conditions and use the sensed conditions to interact with the media guidance application or any other applications or electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: United Video Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Kam Ming Lau, Chi Kwong So, Man Fai Tam
  • Patent number: 8338807
    Abstract: An exit window for an electron beam emitter through which electrons pass in an electron beam includes a structural foil for metal to metal bonding with the electron beam emitter. The structural foil has a central opening formed therethrough. A window layer of high thermal conductivity extends over the central opening of the structural foil and provides a high thermal conductivity region through which the electrons can pass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Zosen Corporation
    Inventors: Tzvi Avnery, Kenneth P. Felis
  • Patent number: 8341136
    Abstract: A method of selecting graphic or video files having corresponding locators used to locate such graphic or video files using a computer. Identifiers are created by searching an area within a web page near a graphic or video file for searchable identification terms and searching an area within a web page near links to a graphic or video for searchable identification terms. The identifiers are stored in a database. User requests for graphic or video file content are received and the database of identifiers is searched to find graphic and video files corresponding criteria of the user. Graphic or video file content is then provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Gemstar Development Corporation
    Inventor: Henry C. Yuen
  • Patent number: 8339581
    Abstract: A quantum-illumination receiver is described comprising a phase-conjugation and mixing system for mixing and/or conjugating the idler beam from an entangled light transmitter and the return beam from the target to produce an output beam that is representative of the presence or absence of the target, a light beam collector for receiving a return light beam from the target region and directing the return light beam from a target region to the phase-conjugation and mixing system input, an optical input for receiving an idler light beam from a transmitter and directing the idler light beam from the transmitter to the phase-conjugation and mixing system, a sensor for measuring the output of the phase-conjugation and mixing system, and a processor to process the output of the sensor to make an determination about the presence of the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Saikat Guha, Zachary Dutton
  • Patent number: 8338377
    Abstract: In certain aspects, the present invention provides compositions and methods for promoting bone growth and increasing bone density and strength. In certain embodiments, the present invention provides ALK3 polypeptides, including ALK3-Fc fusion proteins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Acceleron Pharma Inc.
    Inventor: Jasbir Seehra
  • Patent number: 8341137
    Abstract: A method of selecting graphic or video files having corresponding locators used to locate such graphic or video files using a computer. Identifiers are created by searching an area within a web page near a graphic or video file for searchable identification terms and searching an area within a web page near links to a graphic or video for searchable identification terms. The identifiers are stored in a database. User requests for graphic or video file content are received and the database of identifiers is searched to find graphic and video files corresponding criteria of the user. Graphic or video file content is then provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Gemstar Development Corporation
    Inventor: Henry C. Yuen
  • Patent number: 8339024
    Abstract: An exit window can include an exit window foil, and a support grid contacting and supporting the exit window foil. The support grid can have first and second grids, each having respective first and second grid portions that are positioned in an alignment and thermally isolated from each other. The first and second grid portions can each have a series of apertures that are aligned for allowing the passage of a beam therethrough to reach and pass through the exit window foil. The second grid portion can contact the exit window foil. The first grid portion can mask the second grid portion and the exit window foil from heat caused by the beam striking the first grid portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Zosen Corporation
    Inventors: Steven R. Walther, Gerald M. Friedman, Michael L. Bufano
  • Patent number: 8338796
    Abstract: An electron beam emitter includes an electron generator for generating electrons. The electron generator can have a housing containing at least one electron source for generating the electrons. The at least one electron source has a width. The electron generator housing can have an electron permeable region spaced from the at least one electron source for allowing extraction of the electrons from the electron generator housing. The electron permeable region can include a series of narrow elongate slots and ribs formed in the electron generator housing and extending laterally beyond the width of the at least one electron source. The electron permeable region can be configured and positioned relative to the at least one electron source for laterally spreading the electrons that are generated by the at least one electron source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi Zosen Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Raymond Walther, Michael L. Bufano, Gerald M. Friedman
  • Patent number: 8335224
    Abstract: A data-buffering apparatus (100) having two buffers (206,200) and configured to conserve power is disclosed. When a block of data (202) having a short block length (406?) is to be buffered, the block of data (202) is buffered by a small primary buffer (206) and a large secondary buffer (200) is deactivated. When a block of data (202) having a long block length (406?) is to be buffered, the large secondary buffer (200) is activated and the block of data (202) is buffered by both buffers (206,200). As there are typically many more blocks of data (202) having short block lengths (406?) than long block lengths (406?), the secondary buffer (200) is activated only a small fraction of the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon BBN Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Walter Clark Milliken
  • Patent number: 8336071
    Abstract: A system and method for utilizing data stored in an EPG database for modifying advertisement information. In this way, a service provider and/or an advertiser can transmit a single advertisement to all the television stations regardless of their geographic location and other user specific information, and need not re-transmit the advertisement even if there is a change in the show's program description. When the advertisement is displayed, the correct updated information is retrieved from the EPG database and inserted into the advertisement. In one aspect, the present invention describes a method for modifying an advertisement in an EPG comprising the steps of: storing television schedule information in a first database; storing advertisement information in a second database; incorporating a portion of the television schedule information into a portion of the advertisement information to form a modified advertisement; and displaying the modified advertisement on a screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Gemstar Development Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Ward, III, Kenneth Hancock, Douglas B. Macrae
  • Patent number: 8335566
    Abstract: A housing for an electrostimulation device comprising a charger plug and a stimulation plug, designed to receive respectively a connector linked to a charger and a connector linked to a stimulation electrode, characterized in that it comprises a mobile locking element designed to alternately lock the charger plug or the stimulation plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Compex Medical S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre-Yves Müller, Klaus Schönenberger
  • Patent number: 8335249
    Abstract: Equalizer circuitry on an integrated circuit (“IC”) includes first, second, and third continuous time, equalizer stages connected in series. Each stage includes peaking inductor circuitry. The equalizer circuitry may further include controllably variable, static, DC mode offset voltage compensation circuitry and/or dynamic, continuous mode, offset voltage compensation circuitry for respectively reducing DC voltage offset and/or time-varying, continuous mode voltage offset between an output of the third equalizer stage and utilization circuitry to which that output is applied. The first equalizer stage may be preceded by termination circuitry having controllably variable impedance. Differential circuitry and signalling may be used for various circuit components. The equalizer circuitry is particularly useful for fabrication as part of a programmable IC, using 28 nm CMOS technology, and as a receiver equalizer for a high-speed serial data signal having a bit rate of 20-25 Gbps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventors: Xiaoyan Su, Sriram Narayan, Wilson Wong, Sergey Shumarayev
  • Patent number: 8334328
    Abstract: The main goal of the present invention is the development of a polymerizable material for isolation and protection of the gums and generally the soft tissues of the oral cavity. For better protection during various procedures of the dental surfaces. The composition of the material can contain many other substances that strengthen its qualities and protective action. Such substances can be various substances that have antioxidative, sedative, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-irritant action etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: KLOX Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Vassilios Marmarinos, Paschalis Paschalakis
  • Patent number: 8332831
    Abstract: A software-to-hardware compiler is provided that generates hardware constructs in programmable logic resources. The programmable logic resources may be optimized in terms of being configured to make additional copies of regions on memory devices other than on the programmable logic resources (e.g., RAM). This facilitates multiple reads during a single clock cycle. Symbol set analysis is used to minimize the size of regions to allow for more efficient use of hardware resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Altera Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Metzgen
  • Patent number: 8332638
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and system for securing sensitive data from unauthorized access or use. The method and system of the present invention is useful in a wide variety of settings, including commercial settings generally available to the public which may be extremely large or small with respect to the number of users. The method and system of the present invention is also useful in a more private setting, such as with a corporation or governmental agency, as well as between corporation, governmental agencies or any other entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Security First Corp.
    Inventors: Rick L. Orsini, John VanZandt, Mark S. O'Hare, Roger S. Davenport