Patents Represented by Attorney Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner P.A.
  • Patent number: 8339277
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus [100] and a system, as well as a method and an article, may operate to transmit downhole data in a drilling fluid via fluid pressure modulation, and receive the downhole data at a fluid pulse receiver included in a conduit [104] coupled to a drill pipe downstream from a Kelly hose. Other apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Spross, Kenneth J. Bryars, Andrew J. Downing
  • Patent number: 8337806
    Abstract: A hydrogen producing fuel comprises a chemical hydride and metal hydride. In one embodiment the chemical hydride evolves hydrogen spontaneously upon exposure to water vapor, and the metal hydride reversibly absorbs/desorbs hydrogen based on temperature and pressure. The hydrogen producing substance may be formed in the shape of a pellet and may be contained within a hydrogen and water vapor permeable, liquid water impermeable membrane. The hydrogen producing substance may further be soaked in a hydrophobic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Steven J. Eickhoff
  • Patent number: 8340780
    Abstract: Various configurations of systems that employ leadless electrodes to provide pacing therapy are provided. In one example, a system that provides multiple sites for pacing of myocardium of a heart includes wireless pacing electrode assemblies that are implantable at sites proximate the myocardium using a percutaneous, transluminal, catheter delivery system. Also disclosed are various configurations of such systems, wireless electrode assemblies, and delivery catheters for delivering and implanting the electrode assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Scimed Life Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger N. Hastings, Anupama Sadasiva, Michael J. Pikus, Graig Kveen
  • Patent number: 8341039
    Abstract: Playlists having media items from more than one source are described. Media items in a first library are mapped to media items from an online media item store. Media items within the playlist that can be found in the first library will be played from the first library, while media items not within the first library will be played from the online media store. By identifying media items present in both libraries and playing them only from the first library, the described method can reduce the royalties needing to be paid by the online media store. Further methods are disclosed for setting limits on the number of media items that can be shared by a second library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Martin Bachman, Christopher J. Sanders, Timothy B. Martin
  • Patent number: 8339135
    Abstract: A biological detector includes a conduit for receiving a fluid containing one or more magnetic nanoparticle-labeled, biological objects to be detected and one or more permanent magnets or electromagnet for establishing a low magnetic field in which the conduit is disposed. A microcoil is disposed proximate the conduit for energization at a frequency that permits detection by NMR spectroscopy of whether the one or more magnetically-labeled biological objects is/are present in the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: STC.UNM
    Inventors: Laurel Sillerud, Todd M. Alam, Andrew F. McDowell
  • Patent number: 8341567
    Abstract: A method is provided to formally verify a property of a circuit design comprising: receiving a description of at least a portion of the circuit; receiving an indication of search accuracy criteria; receiving a description of a relationship between current and voltage (I-V relationship) for one or more of devices of the circuit; converting each I-V relationship to a conservative approximation of such I-V relationship; assigning voltage labels to one or more terminals of one or more identified devices that indicate voltage relationships among the one or more terminals consistent with KVL; defining a respective current relationship among one or more respective sets of currents of the one or more of the identified devices that is consistent with KCL; searching for one or more combinations of current and voltage values that are within at least one region of each conservative approximation and that are consistent with the voltage labels and that are consistent with each respective defined current relationship; conv
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Saurabh K. Tiwary, Anubhav Gupta, Joel R. Phillips, Claudio Pinello, Radu Zlatanovici
  • Patent number: 8339306
    Abstract: A detection system includes a detection processor configured to receive a frame of image data that includes a range/Doppler matrix, perform a rate-of-change of variance calculation with respect to at least one pixel in the frame of image data, and compare the calculated rate-of-change of variance with a predetermined threshold to provide output data. The range/Doppler matrix may include N down-range samples and M cross-range samples. The detection processor may calculate a rate-of-change of variance over an N×M window within the range/Doppler matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Donald P. Bruyere, Ivan S. Ashcraft, John B. Treece
  • Patent number: 8340764
    Abstract: A pacing system delivers cardiac protection pacing to protect the heart from injuries associated with ischemic events. The pacing system detects an ischemic event and, in response, initiates one or more cardiac protection pacing sequences each including alternative pacing and non-pacing periods. In one embodiment, the pacing system initiates cardiac protection pacing sequences including at least one postconditioning sequence to protect the heart from a detected ischemic event and a plurality prophylactic preconditioning sequences to protect the heart from probable future ischemic events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventors: Tamara Colette Baynham, Yi Zhang, Joseph M. Pastore
  • Patent number: 8337217
    Abstract: In an example, an apparatus, such as a header pin, includes an insulator and a first pin disposed at least partially within the insulator. The first pin includes a first portion configured to electrically couple to a circuit board. A second portion is configured to releasably engage a pin of a surface mount module. The second portion includes a retention feature configured to selectively retain the second portion in engagement with the pin of the surface mount module. The second portion is movable between a first position and a second position, wherein the second portion is biased toward the first position. The second portion is movable to the second position to allow the pin of the surface mount module to pass by the retention feature. The second portion is configured to move back toward the first position to engage the pin of the surface mount module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Digi International Inc.
    Inventor: John Clark Roberts
  • Patent number: 8336178
    Abstract: A roof panel seamer which is self-propelled and bidirectional for forming a standing seam joining two adjacent metal roof panels. Two seamers are disclosed, one for forming a 90° seam and the other for forming a 180° seam. Friction wheels, rather than gears, are used to transfer power from the main support body to the auxiliary support body of the seamer. The seamer includes five roll forming stations, the leading three of which are effective for each direction of travel. One of the roll forming stations for each direction of travel in the 90° seamer imparts a curve to the leg being bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Englert Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 8341111
    Abstract: In some example embodiments, a system and method are illustrated as including receive pattern data that includes transaction data relating to transactions between persons. Next, the system and method may include building at least one secondary network based upon the pattern data. Additionally, the system and method may include displaying the at least one secondary network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Dhanurjay A. S. Patil, Grahame Andrew Jastrebski, Allison E. Miller, Chris Riccomini
  • Patent number: 8334030
    Abstract: Provided is an image transfer material, comprising a support, optionally at least one barrier layer, a melt transfer layer, and an image receiving layer. Also provided is a process for preparing the image transfer material. Further provided is a heat transfer process using the disclosed material. In the heat transfer process, after imaging, the image receiving layer and melt transfer layer are peeled away from the optionally barrier-coated support material and placed, preferably image side up, on top of a receptor element. A non-stick sheet is then optionally placed over the imaged peeled material and heat is applied to the top of the optional non stick sheet. The melt transfer layer then melts and adheres the image to the receptor element. A composition comprising: at least one self-corsslinking polymer, and at least one dye retention aid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: MJ Solutions GmbH
    Inventor: Scott A. Williams
  • Patent number: 8335981
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods may operate to receive, sequentially, individual lines of information included in a file stored in an electronic storage medium; to locate one or more tables in a spreadsheet when at least two of the lines in a sequence are consecutive lines that begin with a non-empty cell and have a matching length; to determine a vertical orientation or a horizontal orientation of the tables based on an arrangement of the information within the lines and across the lines; and to create metadata from the information, based on the arrangement. The metadata may comprise object label names, object qualifications, and/or object data types. Additional apparatus, systems, and methods are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Business Objects Software Ltd.
    Inventors: Alexis Naibo, Philippe Meiniel
  • Patent number: 8335983
    Abstract: A gallery widget is invoked when a tag in a markup language document, such as a web page, is processed. The gallery widget selects a number of images specified in the tag and places the images in the markup language document as defined by the tag. The images are selected from a gallery containing all images available for display or from a pool of images chosen from the gallery using a gallery administration tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: eBay, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Pearson, Bill Wang
  • Patent number: 8335563
    Abstract: An implantable medical device with an inductive switching regulator having an inductor with a ferromagnetic core is described. The device incorporates a core saturation detector for detecting saturation in the inductor core indicating the presence of a magnetic field such as produced by an MRI scan. The device is configured to alter its behavior when core saturation is detected such as by entering an MRI mode that may include cessation of therapy, fixed-rate bradycardia pacing, and/or disablement of tachyarrhythmia therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Stessman
  • Patent number: 8335947
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an availability analysis tool includes executable code that is operable to calculate an availability value for a system having a number of operational units. The executable code may receive one or more reliability metrics for each operational unit and designate one or more reliability metrics for at least spare unit associated with the operational unit to be similar to the one or more reliability metrics. An availability value for the system may be calculated according to the reliability metrics of the operational unit and its associated at least one hot or cold spare unit. The executable code may then output this calculated availability value to the user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Gerald R. Hoffmann
  • Patent number: 8335822
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system is disclosed in which a network-based interaction environment includes a plurality of peer-to-peer nodes being able to communicate directly with each other using a peer-to-peer protocol and a peer-to-peer client application, the plurality of peer-to-peer nodes including a first peer-to-peer client, a second peer-to-peer client, and a third peer-to-peer client, a first peer-to-peer client application running on the first peer-to-peer client to process persistent item information on the first peer-to-peer client, the persistent item information being related to an item being offered by a first user of the first peer-to-peer client application, a second peer-to-peer client application running on the second peer-to-peer client to cache the persistent item information on the second peer-to-peer client; and a third peer-to-peer client application running on the third peer-to-peer client to search a cache of the second peer-to-peer client for the persistent item information r
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Zahid N. Ahmed, Adrian Nicholas Cockcroft, Josep M. Ferrandiz, Neelakantan Sundaresan
  • Patent number: 8333917
    Abstract: Various drawable and moldable gel-based articles, methods and kits are disclosed in this patent document. In some examples, the gel-based article includes a gel-clinging article, which is configured to adhere to smooth, rigid surfaces such as glass windows upon curing, without the use of adhesives or fasteners. In some examples, the gel-based article includes a molded article, such as a bouncy ball (commonly known as a “super-ball”), a fishing lure or other small figurine-type toys. In some examples, the gel-based article includes an edible gel-based article, such as a gummy worm or gummy bear. In various examples, the gel-based article is simple to use and capable of prompt curing. Advantageously, the present gel-based articles, methods and kits allow for stimulation of one's creativity and imagination, and subsequent display, use or consumption of a created product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: NuCoat, Inc.
    Inventors: Jodi A. Schwendimann, Scott Evanoff
  • Patent number: 8333152
    Abstract: Some embodiments pertain to an example projectile that includes an enclosure and an umbilical interface that is exposed on the enclosure. The projectile further includes an umbilical interface cover attached to the enclosure such that the umbilical interface cover protects the umbilical interface. The umbilical interface cover includes a casing and a sensing system inside the casing. The sensing system monitors conditions that the projectile is exposed to until the umbilical interface cover is removed to expose the umbilical interface. The sensing system allows the umbilical interface cover to record data related to the conditions that the projectile is exposed to until the umbilical interface on the projectile is mated to a launcher's umbilical interface. The recorded data may provide valuable information in diagnosing why there was a projectile mission failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Bruce R. Woollard
  • Patent number: 8335366
    Abstract: A method including searching image data corresponding to a series of axial image slices with a processor, searching axial image slices from a starting image slice and calculating a confidence score that an image slice includes a cross-section image of an aorta, identifying an image slice containing at least one seed disk, including an ascending aorta seed disk, from candidate image slices identified according to the confidence score, and growing a 3D segmentation of the ascending aorta by stacking ascending aorta image disks included in consecutive image slices beginning from the ascending aorta seed disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Vital Images, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel W. Peterson, Marek Brejl