Patents Represented by Attorney Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser
  • Patent number: 8335556
    Abstract: Smooth guiding through the inside of a body cavity is carried out by a magnetic field applied from the outside of the body. The provided capsule medical device (1) includes a bio-information detecting device (5) for detecting bio information of the inside of a body cavity; a magnet (12) for receiving a guidance magnetic field applied from outside the body and generating a driving force; a coil (7) for receiving a position-detection magnetic field applied from outside the body and generating a position-detection signal; a filter device (8), connected to the coil (7), for attenuating an induction signal component which is generated by the guidance magnetic field incident on the coil (7); and a wireless transmission device (10) for externally transmitting the position-detection signal which has passed through the filter device (8) and the bio information which has been detected by the bio-information detecting device (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Akio Uchiyama, Atsushi Kimura, Ryoji Sato, Atsushi Chiba
  • Patent number: 8335153
    Abstract: To provide an orthogonal frequency division multiplex modem circuit which can multiplex signals, whose bit rates and QoS are different from one another, and can transmit the signals via one OFDM line. A serial/parallel converter converts input signals into a complex parallel signal respectively, and a sub carrier and a modulation system are assigned every communication channel. A randomizer changes the alignment sequence of the signal, a discrete inverse Fourier transformer processes the signal, a parallel/serial converter converts the signal into a serial signal, and a transmitter performs the orthogonal modulation of the signal to output the signal from an antenna. A receiver performs orthogonal demodulation of the signal received with an antenna, a serial/parallel converter converts the signal into a parallel signal, and a discrete Fourier transformer processes the parallel signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Masaki Ichihara, Yukitsuna Furuya
  • Patent number: 8335423
    Abstract: An image display apparatus includes an image playback unit that plays a group of a series of images in chronological order; an operating unit that is used to input an operation when an image that is being played in the image playback unit is subjected to image interpretation; an image interpretation operation recording unit that records an operation content which is input from the operating unit in an order with respect to the image that is being played in the image playback unit; an image interpretation operation image creating unit that creates, using the operation content recorded in the image interpretation operation recording unit, a series of images according to the order; and an image interpretation operation image display unit that displays the image created by the image interpretation operation image creating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Katsuyoshi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8335361
    Abstract: A medical image processing apparatus which performs image processing on a medical input image, includes: a pixel extraction portion for extracting an inappropriate pixel satisfying a predetermined condition in the input image, a replacing pixel information calculation portion for calculating replacing information with which pixel information of the inappropriate pixel is to be replaced, based on pixel information of a predetermined region including the extracted inappropriate pixel or adjacent to the extracted inappropriate pixel and a replaced image generation portion for replacing the pixel information of the inappropriate pixel in the input image with the replacing information and generating a replaced image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Kenji Nakamura, Hideki Tanaka, Hirokazu Nishimura, Ryoko Inoue, Miho Sawa
  • Patent number: 8331125
    Abstract: A high density memory architecture comprising magnetic racetrack memory and a method of operation. The memory architecture comprises a plurality of magnetic memory structures, each the structure formed of magnetic material; a sensing device associated with each magnetic memory structure; first decoder device initiating a track select signal for activating a single magnetic memory structure from among the plurality to perform a bit read or bit storage operation; a bit drive device for applying a first signal to form a new magnetic memory domain associated with a bit value to be stored in the activated magnetic memory structure at a first position thereof during a bit storage operation; and, a second decoder applying a second signal for advancing each the formed magnetic memory domain toward a second position of the activated memory structure. The sensing device reads a memory bit value stored at a magnetic domain at the second position of the activated memory structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: John K. DeBrosse
  • Patent number: 8328950
    Abstract: There are provided a system, method and computer program product for detecting foreign materials in a semiconductor manufacturing process. The manufacturing process uses a plurality of semiconductor manufacturing tools. The system categorizes at least one monitoring wafer according to one or more categories. The system supplies the categorized monitoring wafer to a semiconductor manufacturing tool. The system observes a level of contamination on the categorized monitoring wafer. The system compares the level of contamination to a threshold. The system cleans the tool in a response to determining that the level of contamination is larger than the threshold. The system determines which category of the wafer leaves a highest level of contamination on the tool. The system identifies a root cause of the highest level of contamination on the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Baseman, Tomasz J. Nowicki
  • Patent number: 8331435
    Abstract: An object is to calculate an accurate motion vector with a small computational effort. To this end, provided is a system for compressing a motion picture generated by projecting objects onto a screen, the objects moving relatively to the screen in a 3D space, the system including: a motion calculating component which calculates a motion vector of the object within the screen by projecting onto the screen a motion of the object in the 3D space between a time corresponding to a compression target frame and a time corresponding to another frame; and a compressing component which compresses the compression target frame by motion compensation based on the motion vector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Inoue, Takao Moriyama
  • Patent number: 8331041
    Abstract: Provided is an imaging optical system and an image acquisition apparatus that can be suitably used in a small-diameter endoscope while having an ultra-wide angle of view. Provided is an image optical system (1) containing, in order from the object side, a negative front group (FG), an aperture stop (S), and a positive back group (BG), wherein the front group (FG) contains, in order from the object side, a negative first lens (L1) and a negative second lens (L2), and the back group (BG) contains a cemented lens (CL) constituted of at least three lenses (L5, L6, L7) joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Masahiro Katakura, Hideyasu Takato, Yuji Kamo
  • Patent number: 8331726
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are disclosed for creating an image from a device. In one embodiment, the method comprises acquiring first and second images from the device, said first and second images having overlapping portions, and estimating said overlapping portions to obtain an approximate shift amount to align approximately said first and second images. This method further comprises analyzing the overlapping portions, using a defined cross-correlation algorithm, to calculate a precise shift amount to align the first and second images; and using said precise shift amount to join the first and second images together. In one embodiment, an optical system is used to acquire the images, a stage is used to move either the device or the optical system to acquire the first and second images, and the estimating includes using movement of the stage to estimate the overlapping areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Franco Stellari, Peilin Song
  • Patent number: 8330137
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electrode is provided that includes providing a pillar of a first phase change material atop a conductive structure of a dielectric layer; or the inverted structure; forming an insulating material atop dielectric layer and adjacent the pillar, wherein an upper surface of the first insulating material is coplanar with an upper surface of the pillar; recessing the upper surface of the pillar below the upper surface of the insulating material to provide a recessed cavity; and forming a second phase change material atop the recessed cavity and the upper surface of the insulating material, wherein the second phase change material has a greater phase resistivity than the first phase change material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alejandro G. Schrott, Chung H. Lam, Eric A. Joseph, Matthew J. Breitwisch, Roger W. Cheek
  • Patent number: 8328712
    Abstract: An image processing method includes the steps of: receiving image data from a body-insertable apparatus having a plurality of imaging units that captures an image of inside of a subject and generates image data and an identification information adding unit that adds identification information for identifying an imaging unit that generates the image data to the image data; displaying a list of the selected image data by the identification information; and switching image data to be displayed in the list displaying step from image data of the one identification information being displayed to image data of the other identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Medical Systems Corp.
    Inventors: Takeshi Nishiyama, Katsuyoshi Taniguchi
  • Patent number: 8332394
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program product for conducting questions and answers with deferred type evaluation based on any corpus of data. The method includes processing a query including waiting until a “Type” is determined AND a candidate answer is provided; the Type is not required as part of a predetermined ontology but is a lexical/grammatical item. Then, a search is conducted for evidence that the candidate answer has the required LAT (e.g., as determined by a matching function leveraging a parser, a semantic interpreter and/or a pattern matcher). Alternately, the LAT may be matched to a known Ontological Type and then a candidate answer searched in an knowledge-base or database determined by that type. Then, all the evidence from all the different ways to determine that the candidate answer has the expected lexical answer type (LAT) is combined and one or more answers provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James Fan, David Ferrucci, David C. Gondek, Wlodek W. Zadrozny
  • Patent number: 8330943
    Abstract: A signal processing apparatus includes a phase shift unit and a signal processing unit. The phase shift unit shifts phases of at least one set of first periodic signals and second periodic signals. The first periodic signals are output from an optical signal output device connected to a displacement detection target and have amplitude gradually increasing with a displacement in a predetermined direction of the displacement detection target. The second periodic signals are output from the optical signal output device connected to the displacement detection target and have amplitude gradually decreasing with the displacement in the predetermined direction of the displacement detection target. The signal processing unit executes a predetermined operation with respect to the first and second periodic signals output from the phase shift unit to obtain a displacement of the displacement detection target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Hane, Hiromasa Fujita, Eiji Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8328713
    Abstract: The required minimum amount of examination site information is acquired, stored, or transmitted without missing an affected area, thus reducing power consumption, reducing the size of a battery disposed in a capsule, and reducing the size of a casing. Provided is a capsule medical device including a casing having a capsule shape; a light-detecting section, disposed in the casing, for detecting information about the intensity of light from outside the casing; an information-acquiring section for acquiring examination site information from an examination site positioned outside the casing; and a determination section for determining whether or not to acquire, store, or transmit, to the outside, the examination site information acquired by the information-acquiring section on the basis of the information about the intensity of the light detected by the light-detecting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Olympus Corporation
    Inventor: Yasushige Ishihara
  • Patent number: 8330088
    Abstract: A target scene generator for testing an imaging ladar in a Hard Ware in the Loop arrangement, such as might be employed for testing an optical seeker on a guided missile, the generator comprising an array of pixel elements, a photodetector for detecting incident light from a ladar a laser source for generating pulses of light representing returned ladar pulses, and a reconfigurable fiber network including an optical switch selectively coupling the laser to the pixel elements, and a controller which selectively reconfigures the fiber network, to present to selected pixel elements the pulses of light with selected time delay characteristics such that light emitted from the pixels represent light returned from a target illuminated by the ladar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: MBDA UK Limited
    Inventors: Martyn Robert Jennings, Lee Douglas Miller
  • Patent number: 8330999
    Abstract: An image reading apparatus to read an image and generate pixel data representing the image is provided. The image reading apparatus includes an image sensor having a plurality of sensor units, each of which includes a plurality of light receiving elements, a data storage store shading correction data, which is used to correct unevenness caused in the pixel data, including first shading correction data, and a data corrector to correct the pixel data output from the light receiving elements based on the shading correction data. The data corrector corrects the pixel data based on the first shading correction data when a number of light receiving elements used to read the image in each sensor unit is greater than a number of pieces of correcting information in the first shading correction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 8332379
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying nodes with similar content. In one aspect, the method comprises determining a structure of a network of nodes, said structure defined by incoming links and outgoing links between nodes within said network, grouping said nodes within said network into a first set of modules, calculating a first modularity value between each of the modules within the first set, said modularity value indicating a degree of similar content within each module, calculating a topical relevance value for each of the modules, selecting those modules whose topical relevance value exceeds a threshold value and calculating an authority score for the selected modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ning Duan, Pei-Yun S. Hsueh, Yan Liu
  • Patent number: 8331838
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus is provided. The image forming apparatus includes a fixing unit to thermally fix an image transferred onto a sheet, a discharge unit to discharge the sheet carried from the fixing unit outside the image forming apparatus through a discharge path, a swingable member to be swung by the sheet being discharged, a swing-detectable sensor to detect swing movement of the swingable member being swung by the sheet, and a judging unit to judge as to whether the sheet is in one-sided alignment, in which the sheet is aligned to one of the widthwise sides in the discharge path based on result detected by the swing-detectable sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Noboru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 8332562
    Abstract: A system and method for testing a self configuring computer which includes a computer system. Sensors electrically communicating with respective electrical connectors in the computer system. The sensors detecting when the electrical connector has a change of status from a previous start up. The sensor indicating a state change when the connector has a change of status. The computer system electrically communicating with the sensor for detecting the sensor state. The computer system initiating a power up and a self test of the connector and a new device connected to the connector using the program upon start up of the computer system when a change in the state of the sensor indicates a change in the status of the connector. The computer system by-passing a power up and self test of the connector when there is no change in the state of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hoi Y. Chan, Jeffrey O. Kephart, David W. Levine
  • Patent number: 8331815
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus determines whether an amount of colorant remaining in a container is equal to or greater than a threshold value and controls a print unit to perform a reduced printing operation with a reduced amount of colorant if the amount of the remaining colorant is less than the threshold value is made and to perform the reduced printing operation on one side of a new non-printed sheet instead of performing the reduced printing operation on the opposite side of a one-side printed sheet existing if the amount of the remaining colorant is less than the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Naoki Nishikawa