Patents Represented by Attorney Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner P.A.
  • Patent number: 8352381
    Abstract: A system for tuition reimbursement includes an administrative command module. An administrator can use the command module to implement a plurality of features on the system. After system set up by the administrator, a user interface displays an electronic application form for requesting reimbursement for tuition expenses. A completed electronic application form is transmitted to a manager for approval to take the course and a human resources administrator. Data relating to a completion of an education course is received, and then this data is transmitted to the manager of an employee and the human resources administrator. Input is then received relating to an approval or a denial of payment for the reimbursement for tuition expenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: tuitionXpress, Inc.
    Inventor: Mary Jo Betzold
  • Patent number: 8352027
    Abstract: A cardiac rhythm management system for providing a plurality of therapy modalities. For example, the system may include a cardiac resynchronization therapy module for providing cardiac resynchronization therapy and a pacemaker module for providing bradycardia therapy, as well as a selector module coupled to the cardiac resynchronization therapy module and the bradycardia module. The selector module may select an operating mode from among a plurality of operating modes including the cardiac resynchronization therapy module and the pacemaker module. Various manual and automatic methods may be used to select the operating mode. In addition, a reversion management system may be included to assist the cardiac rhythm management system to recover in case of a disruption to the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Julio Spinelli, Qingsheng Zhu, Bruce H. Kenknight, Yinghong Yu, Jiang Ding
  • Patent number: 8350525
    Abstract: Methods and systems for charging vehicles in a parking area are described. In one embodiment, a charge request may be received for a vehicle located in a parking area. The vehicle may have a power connection with a power source. An electric charge is provided through the power connection from the power source to the vehicle based on receiving the charge request. Payment is recorded for providing the electric charge based upon departure of the vehicle from the parking area. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Credit Lock, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley A. Handler
  • Patent number: 8349338
    Abstract: The invention refers to a cosmetic gel product containing acrylates and to a method for manufacturing the said product. The gel comprises 0.01-80% by weight of a film-forming agent on the basis of an acrylate copolymer or acrylate derivate which agent is emulsifiable with water, 0.01-90% by weight of an aliphatic hydrocarbon solvent or a volatile silicone derivate, both of which are not miscible with water and are emulsifiable with water-based ingredients and/or with ingredients on the basis of organic solvents in the presence of an emulsifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Coty B.V.
    Inventors: Yelena Loginova, Domnica Cernasov, Ralph Macchio
  • Patent number: 8352970
    Abstract: Disclosed in one example is a method for interfacing with multiple social networks. The method includes receiving a call from a social networking service agnostic social networking application for one of a plurality of social networking functions in a first format, translating the call in the first format to a call in a second format, the second format being one of a plurality of heterogeneous social networking service application programming interface formats, and passing the call in the second format to a first social networking service by utilizing a first social networking service application programming interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Brown, M. Ian Graham, Shantanu Talapatra, Scott Dale
  • Patent number: 8352969
    Abstract: Disclosed in one example is a method for interfacing with multiple social networks. The method includes receiving a call from a social networking service agnostic social networking application for one of a plurality of social networking functions in a first format, translating the call in the first format to a call in a second format, the second format being one of a plurality of heterogeneous social networking service application programming interface formats, and passing the call in the second format to a first social networking service by utilizing a first social networking service application programming interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Nathan Brown, M. Ian Graham, Shantanu Talapatra, Scott Dale
  • Patent number: 8348769
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a printed circuit board that is part of a wagering game machine. The printed circuit board includes a processor operable to execute instructions associated with a wagering game. The printed circuit board also includes a hard drive mount that includes an alignment guide and a blind mate connector for electrically coupling a hard drive to a surface mount connection on the printed circuit board. The hard drive is to store wagering game data for the wagering game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob C. Greenberg, Raymond E. Macika, Victor Mercado, Eleobardo Moreno
  • Patent number: 8352873
    Abstract: In various embodiments, a method includes receiving a request to initiate recording of media content of an event. The method also includes controlling capturing of the media content by a capture machine in response to the received request. The method includes opening a chat session among one or more persons that are listeners or viewers of the event being captured, wherein the opening is in response to the request to initiate recording of the media content. The chat session comprises one or more entries that include a chat input from the one or more persons and a timecode of the chat input. The method includes receiving a request to stop recording of the media content of the event. The method also includes combining at least a subset of the one or more entries of the chat session with the media content using the time code of the one or more entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James P. Craig, Eric M. Circlaeys, Kjell Bronder
  • Patent number: 8352040
    Abstract: A system for communicating with an implantable medical device via RF telemetry is disclosed which mitigates the effects of nulls caused by, e.g., multi-path distortion. In one embodiment, signals transmitted by the implantable device to an external device are simultaneously received with a pair of separate spaced apart first and second antennas. The antennas may provide spatial and/or polar diversity. The presence of nulls in the implantable device's transmission pattern can be determined by detecting an error rate in the signals received from the implantable device with each antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Von Arx, Prashant Rawat, William R. Mass, Greg Carpenter, Vineel Vallapureddy
  • Patent number: 8352968
    Abstract: A server system facilitates an exchange of messages with a remote client application. The server system includes a plurality of application servers hosting a plurality of applications. A plurality of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) provides programmatic access to the plurality of applications, each of the APIs being configured to receive request messages compiled by the remote client application. First and second request messages, respectively addressed to first and second APIs of the plurality of APIs by a remote client application, each comprise at least one common data component. Further, the first request message includes a first payload specific to the first API, and the second request message includes a payload specific to the second API.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Zahid N. Ahmed, Alon Cohen, Daniel Tsun Kao, Ray Tanaka, Gary Yue, Bhaven Avalani
  • Patent number: 8352029
    Abstract: A method for implementing a neural stimulation therapy mode in an implantable medical device (IMD) comprising the acts of mapping respective device states, defined by one or more timer states that include at least one neural event timer or one or more indications of one or more sensed physiologic events, to associated device actions in a stored neural table, storing an event represented as a device status word and a time stamp in a queue in response to an action input, and comparing one or more current timer states or one or more indications of one or more sensed physiologic events to a device state contained in the neural table and, if found to match, causing performance of one or more associated device actions, wherein the device actions include one or more of a neural stimulation energy delivery or a change in one or more timer states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Ternes, Doug M. Birkholz, David W. Yost, James A. Esler
  • Patent number: 8348667
    Abstract: One embodiments of the present subject matter include a method that includes fixing a top pantograph to a patient via clutches to the top teeth of the patient, fixing a bottom pantograph to a patient via clutches to the bottom teeth of the patient, optically monitoring the bite of the patient by monitoring the relation of the top pantograph to the bottom pantograph during a bite cycle, storing data relating to the actual bite, fitting the top pantograph and bottom pantograph to casts that are fixed to an automatically adjustable articulator and replicating the bite by moving the automatically adjustable articulator and optically monitoring said movement to replicate the monitored bite using feedback by comparing optical data relating to the replicated bite to the data relating to the actual bite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: NorthPointe Holding Company LLC
    Inventor: Roger A. Evenson
  • Patent number: 8343049
    Abstract: In an embodiment, an implantable medical device includes a controller circuit, a posture sensing circuit, and a physiological sensing circuit. The controller circuit senses a change in a physiological signal as a result of a change in posture, and generates a response as a function of that change. In another embodiment, the controller circuit identifies a heart failure condition as a function of the change in the physiological signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hatlestad, Imad Libbus, Aaron Lewicke
  • Patent number: 8342841
    Abstract: A storage device is provided for holding bone implant surgery articles. The storage device includes a body defining a plurality of openings capable of holding at least one rotatable drill bit that may be mounted on a drill and used to form a bore in bone and at least one implant container that holds an implant capable of being placed in the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zimmer Dental, Inc.
    Inventors: Tyson Vogel, Charles Howlett, Mojtaba Esfahni
  • Patent number: 8346578
    Abstract: Systems and methods to process overhead imagery received from overhead image sources are described herein. Examples include accessing an aerial image including a property, determining an owner of the property, determining whether the owner of the property is eligible to be a member of a financial institution, determining whether the owner of the property has property insurance with the financial institution for the property type of the property in the aerial image, and presenting an offer for insurance to insure the property in the aerial image when the owner is determined to be eligible for the financial institution and does not already have insurance with the financial institution. Examples include accessing an aerial image of properties, determining damage estimates, and reserving resources to repair the properties based on the damage estimates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: John Chandler Hopkins, III, Michael Patrick Bueché, Jr., Andre Rene Buentello, James Philip Hillman, Bradly Jay Billman
  • Patent number: 8344410
    Abstract: Discrete flexible pixel elements are hermetically sealed from the environment and comprise unitary, self-contained replaceable modules which enable efficient, economical production of large scale, free-form electronic displays, signs and lighting effects for outdoor use. The method and means for producing hermetically sealed discrete flexible pixel elements include encapsulation means, exterior casement means, and cable connector means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett D. Wendler, Eric S. Bravek, Erich J. Grebel
  • Patent number: 8346360
    Abstract: Various system embodiments comprise a stimulator adapted to deliver a stimulation signal for a heart failure therapy, a number of sensors adapted to provide at least a first measurement of a heart failure status and a second measurement of the heart failure status, and a controller. The controller is connected to the stimulator and to the number of sensors. The controller is adapted to use the first and second measurements to create a heart failure status index, and control the stimulator to modulate the signal using the index. Other aspects and embodiments are provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Imad Libbus, Krzysztof Z. Siejko, Marina V. Brockway, Robert J. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 8346622
    Abstract: Various embodiments include systems and methods for providing communication among a plurality of users with complementary requirements in an electronic network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Naresh Shetty
  • Patent number: 8345660
    Abstract: A set sleep period is coordinated among a plurality of mesh network nodes to conserve power. A controller is synchronized with an existing wireless mesh network by sending a network synchronization signal from the controller indicating that sleep timing information is lost, and receiving a reply from one or more wireless mesh network nodes within the existing wireless mesh network comprising sleep timing information for the wireless mesh network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Digi International Inc.
    Inventors: John P. Filoso, Jay Douglas George
  • Patent number: 8342164
    Abstract: A method of producing gemstones includes obtaining a plate of chemical vapor deposition formed diamond. The plate is cut into a plurality of geometrically optimized preforms. The preforms may be finished and cut into diamond gemstones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: SCIO Diamond Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Linares, Patrick J. Doering