Patents Represented by Law Firm Seed & Berry LLP
  • Patent number: 6031445
    Abstract: A invention provides a transformer for use in integrated circuits, comprising four layers of conductive lines, separated from each other by first, second and third insulating layers. First conductive vias traverse the second insulating layer to connect said second and third pluralities of conducting lines, to form a first winding. Second conductive vias traverse the first, second and third insulating layers to connect said first and fourth pluralities of conducting lines to form a second winding, about and approximately concentric with said first winding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventors: Michel Marty, Herve Jaouen
  • Patent number: 6030948
    Abstract: Hair regeneration compositions containing T.alpha.1, T.beta.4, or a combination thereof for treating alopecia on the scalp of a patient in need thereof are disclosed. Teatment methods include (1) cleansing the scalp with a cleansing agent; (2) treating the cleansed scalp with a keratin solvent system; (3) applying a topical anesthetic (optional); (4) applying an acid peel solution; (5) applying a hyperactive urea gel formula (optional) and (6) applying a hair regeneration composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Morris A. Mann
  • Patent number: 6028793
    Abstract: The invention relates to a driving circuit for row decoding which is also useful in non-volatile memory devices of the multi-level Flash type and the multi-level EPROM type and allows the overall capacitive loads as seen from the program voltage generator and the read/verify voltage generator, to be drastically reduced without involving segmentation of the decoding circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Alessandro Manstretta, Andrea Pierin, Guido Torelli
  • Patent number: 6028468
    Abstract: A level shift circuit for a voltage input signal (S, SN) presenting at least a first and a second high-voltage levels, the circuit comprising two parallel branches, each formed by a current modulator and a signal converter. The current modulators are supplied with two signals in phase opposition to each other, and generate current signals whose value depends on the level of the respective input signal; and the signal converters convert the current signals into ground-related voltage signals. The signal converters together form a single-ended differential circuit, the output of which therefore presents a low-voltage digital signal which can be processed by normal digital circuits and is unaffected by noise or variations in supply voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r. l.
    Inventors: Pietro Menniti, Aldo Novelli
  • Patent number: 6027890
    Abstract: Methods are provided for detecting the binding of a first member to a second member of a ligand pair, comprising the steps of (a) combining a set of first tagged members with a biological sample which may contain one or more second members, under conditions, and for a time sufficient to permit binding of a first member to a second member, wherein said tag is correlative with a particular first member and detectable by non-fluorescent spectrometry, or potentiometry, (b) separating bound first and second members from unbound members, (c) cleaving the tag from the tagged first member, and (d) detecting the tag by non-fluorescent spectrometry, or potentiometry, and therefrom detecting the binding of the first member to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Rapigene, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Van Ness, John C. Tabone, J. Jeffry Howbert, John T. Mulligan
  • Patent number: 6026525
    Abstract: A foldable infant mattress system with a sleeping recess. A head mattress section is hingedly connected to a foot mattress section. Each mattress sections include an end wall and two laterally spaced apart sidewalls traversed to the end wall. The foldable infant mattress system is deployed in a flat position for sleeping and foldable into a closed position for carrying. In the flat position, the end wall and sidewalls of each mattress section together form the recess which contains an infant to a sleeping area. The walls are of sufficient thickness to allow for sound structural support and effective restraint of the infant. In the closed position, the mattress sections form a compact, easily carried assembly. A closing device such as a combination of straps and a snap is used which also forms a handle for carrying the mattress system. The mattress system is constructed of a foam material which is air permeable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Bumpa Bed Company, LLC
    Inventor: Shirley Louise Davis
  • Patent number: 6028469
    Abstract: An electric circuit having a switchable feedback branch switchable between a first feedback state, in which the circuit arrangement has a frequency response that is stable with respect to an oscillation tendency, and a second feedback state, in which the circuit arrangement has a frequency response that is unstable with respect to an oscillation tendency. The circuit includes a switchable frequency response compensation circuit which during the first feedback state of the feedback branch can be controlled to an ineffective state and during the second feedback state of the feedback branch can be controlled to an effective state, and in the effective state causes such compensation of the frequency response of the circuit arrangement in the second feedback state that the circuit arrangement in the second feedback state remains stable with respect to an oscillation tendency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics GmbH
    Inventors: Gerhard Roither, Gunther Hackl, Uwe Fischer
  • Patent number: 6028058
    Abstract: Methods are provided to regulate the trafficking of nuclear proteins, including the high molecular weight forms of FGF-2, to the nucleus. A nuclear trafficking component, which is approximately 29 kD, is identified as binding to and regulating nuclear localization of FGF-2. Inhibitors of the binding of the 29 kD component and FGF-2 are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Ciblex Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Z. Florkiewicz
  • Patent number: 6027883
    Abstract: A sample preparation procedure for mitochondrial (mt) DNA analysis is described. The present method for isolating mtDNA uses sedimentation techniques for separating erythrocytes from lymphocytes and platelets (crude buffy coat fraction), followed by DNA extraction from the crude buffy coat fraction by boiling in water. This approach improves the yield of mutant DNA, enhancing the sensitivity of subsequent mutation interrogation techniques and allowing for meaningful statistical treatment of the degree of heteroplasmy within the mitochondrial DNA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Mitokor
    Inventors: Corinna Herrnstadt, Soumitra Ghosh, Eoin D. Fahy, Robert E. Davis
  • Patent number: 6028331
    Abstract: To manufacture integrated semiconductor devices comprising chemoresistive gas microsensors, a semiconductor material body is first formed, on the semiconductor material body are successively formed, reciprocally superimposed, a sacrificial region of metallic material, formed at the same time and on the same level as metallic connection regions for the sensor, a heater element, electrically and physically separated from the sacrificial region and a gas sensitive element, electrically and physically separated from the heater element; openings are formed laterally with respect to the heater element and to the gas sensitive element, which extend as far as the sacrificial region and through which the sacrificial region is removed at the end of the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Ubaldo Mastromatteo, Vigna Benedetto
  • Patent number: 6028955
    Abstract: A computer-based method and system for digital 3-dimensional imaging of an object which allows for viewing images of the object from arbitrary vantage points. The system, referred to as the Lumigraph system, collects a complete appearance of either a synthetic or real object (or a scene), stores a representation of the appearance, and uses the representation to render images of the object from any vantage point. The appearance of an object is a collection of light rays that emanate from the object in all directions. The system stores the representation of the appearance as a set of coefficients of a 4-dimensional function, referred to as the Lumigraph function. From the Lumigraph function with these coefficients, the Lumigraph system can generate 2-dimensional images of the object from any vantage point. The Lumigraph system generates an image by evaluating the Lumigraph function to identify the intensity values of light rays that would emanate from the object to form the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. Cohen, Radek Grzeszczuk
  • Patent number: 6027469
    Abstract: A colloidal silver solution is introduced as a disinfectant to the blood and dialysate sides of a hemodialysis system at the conclusion of a dialysis session and is not flushed from the system until another dialysis is to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Lee D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6024937
    Abstract: The present invention provides aromatic amine substituted metal chelating compounds, chelates and chelate-targeting moiety conjugates formed from the chelating compounds, and methods for making and using these compounds. Metals capable of being chelated by the chelating compounds include radionuclides, such as .sup.99m Tc and .sup.186188 Re.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: NeoRx Corporation
    Inventors: Sudhakar Kasina, Eric Yau, John M. Reno
  • Patent number: 6025861
    Abstract: A printhead having multiple print lines of conventional design and a printhead control system for using the multiple print lines in a variety of operations. In one embodiment, the printhead control system prints an image by superimposing the printing from multiple print lines. In another embodiment, the image is printed by alternating the energization of one print line so that each print line is used to print only 1/3 of the image lines. As a result, the print lines are allowed a relatively long time to cool, thus allowing the printhead to be operated at a faster speed. In another embodiment, the printing elements of each print line print with a different image density, and images printed by superimposing the printing elements in the print lines with a variety of combinations depending upon the desired magnitude of the image density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Assignee: Intermec IP Corporation
    Inventors: Pixie A. Austin, Edward M. Millet, David S. Nierescher, Christopher A. Wiklof
  • Patent number: 6022778
    Abstract: A process for the manufacturing of an integrated circuit having DMOS-technology power devices and non-volatile memory cells provides for forming respective laterally displaced isolated semiconductor regions, electrically insulated from each other and from a common semiconductor substrate, inside which the devices will be formed; forming conductive gate regions for the DMOS-technology power devices and for the memory cells over the respective isolated semiconductor regions. Inside the isolated semiconductor regions for the DMOS-technology power devices, channel regions extending under the insulated gate regions are formed. The channel regions are formed by an implantation of a dopant along directions tilted of a prescribed angle with respect to a direction orthogonal to a top surface of the integrated circuit, in a dose and with an energy such that the channel regions are formed directly after the implantation of the dopant without performing a thermal diffusion at a high temperature of the dopant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: SGS-Thomson Microelectronics, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Claudio Contiero, Paola Galbiati, Michele Palmieri
  • Patent number: 6022947
    Abstract: Light-colored phenolic-modified rosin esters, suitable for use as, for example, tackifiers in adhesive compositions, are prepared by reacting together rosin, a phenolic compound, formaldehyde or a reactive equivalent thereof, and a non-phenolic hydroxyl-containing organic compound in the presence of at least one lightening agent selected from phenol sulfide compounds, phosphorous acid, esters of phosphorous acid, and hypophosphite salts. The formaldehyde or reactive equivalent is present in an amount ranging from about 1.1 to about 3.5 equivalents of --CHO moieties per 1 equivalent of Ar--OH moiety of the phenolic compound, in order to obtain rosin esters having desirably low color, and adequately low molecular weight to effectively function as tackifiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Union Camp Corporation
    Inventors: Charles R. Frihart, Kenneth E. Krajca, Brett A. Neumann
  • Patent number: 6023523
    Abstract: A computer-based method and system for digital 3-dimensional imaging of an object which allows for viewing images of the object from arbitrary vantage points. The system, referred to as the Lumigraph system, collects a complete appearance of either a synthetic or real object (or a scene), stores a representation of the appearance, and uses the representation to render images of the object from any vantage point. The appearance of an object is a collection of light rays that emanate from the object in all directions. The system stores the representation of the appearance as a set of coefficients of a 4-dimensional function, referred to as the Lumigraph function. From the Lumigraph function with these coefficients, the Lumigraph system can generate 2-dimensional images of the object from any vantage point. The Lumigraph system generates an image by evaluating the Lumigraph function to identify the intensity values of light rays that would emanate from the object to form the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. Cohen, Steven Gortler, Richard S. Szeliski
  • Patent number: 6022966
    Abstract: Methods, compounds, compositions and kits that relate to pretargeted delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic agents are disclosed. In particular, methods for radiometal labeling of biotin, as well as related compounds, are described. Articles of manufacture useful in pretargeting methods are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: NeoRx Corporation
    Inventors: Linda M. Gustavson, Louis J. Theodore, Fu-Min Su, John M. Reno
  • Patent number: 6021121
    Abstract: A device for the selection of address words each having n bit locations and serving for addressing m different receiving locations of a digital communication module, in at least one of the receiving locations, including a digital acceptance module through which address words can be selected. The device has an address word segmenting module through which each address word received by the receiving location can be subdivided into s address word segments with b segment bit locations each, wherein b=n/s and n is an integral multiple of s. The device further has z digital segment filters whose inputs can each be fed with an address word segment, with each segment filter having the function of examining one address word segment each with respect to conformity with a predetermined segment bit pattern, and a filter output signal being available at the output of the respective segment filter, which in accordance with the examination result is either a conformity signal or a non-conformity signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Heinrich
  • Patent number: RE36579
    Abstract: A sense circuit for reading EPROM and ROM type memory cells employs a circuit for generating an offsetting current which is exempt of error during transients and which thus permits to achieve a reduced access time. On the other hand, the sense circuit maintains the intrinsic advantages of a current-offset sensing architecture which is represented by a substantially unlimited operating voltage range toward the maximum value VCC.sub.max. The current generating circuit is driven by means of a supplementary row of cells which is decoded at every reading and which replicates, during transients, the behaviour of the row selected for the reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: SGS-Thomson Microelectronics S.r.l.
    Inventors: Luigi Pascucci, Marco Olivo