Patents Represented by Attorney Small Patent Law Group
  • Patent number: 8351666
    Abstract: A portable imaging system is presented. The system includes at least a display panel. Further, the system includes a control panel, where the display panel and the control panel include a seamless form factor of a single unit box, and where the seamless form factor is configured to aid in cleaning the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Andrew David Stonefield
  • Patent number: 8338187
    Abstract: Methods and systems for venting a well that receives a liquid. The method includes providing a microplate including a well that has a cavity with an open inlet and a closed end. The cavity extends between the open inlet and the closed end. The cavity is defined by a wall surface having a cross-sectional contour that includes at least one continuous section and at least one discontinuity section. The method also includes depositing a liquid into the open inlet of the well. The liquid enters the cavity and flows toward the closed end to at least partially fill the well. The liquid flows along the continuous section of the wall surface and remains separated from the discontinuity section of the wall surface, thereby maintaining a gas exhaust path along a spacing between the liquid and the discontinuity section as the liquid flows toward the closed end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Illumina, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad F. DeRosier
  • Patent number: 8336496
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a watering system configured to provide water to livestock. The system includes a water basin defining a trough configured to retain water, a reservoir mounted to the water basin, wherein the reservoir is configured to receive and retain water above the water basin. A water path is defined from the reservoir to the trough, wherein water within the reservoir is configured to pass into the water basin through gravity. A first heating element configured to heat water within the reservoir. A second heating element is configured to heat water within the trough, wherein the second heating element is separate and distinct from the first heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Allied Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas K. Reusche, Phillip E. Chumbley
  • Patent number: 8335359
    Abstract: A system and process for combining multiple datasets to provide a composite dataset is described. The system includes a data collection tool, a computation engine and a memory coupled to the data collection tool and computer-readable code embodied on a computer-readable medium. The computer-readable code is configured so that when the computer-readable code is executed by one or more processors associated with the computation engine the computer-readable code causes the one or more processors to: (i) accept two or more datasets corresponding to distinct measurements of a subject, (ii) initiate processing of the two or more datasets, (iii) contemporaneously segment and register a combination of the two or more datasets to achieve a combined dataset, (iv) test for convergence of the combined dataset and (v) provide the combined dataset for analysis when the test for convergence indicates that the combined dataset has been registered and segmented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Márta Fidrich, György Bekes, László Ruskó
  • Patent number: 8333325
    Abstract: An optical reader system including a source light assembly that has a code-reading beam and a fluorescence-excitation beam that are configured to illuminate encoded substrates. The substrates have optically readable codes that provide output signals when the code-reading beam is incident thereon. The output signals are indicative of the codes. The reader system also includes a fluorescence detector that is configured to detect fluorescent signals from the substrates and code pickup optics that are configured to project the output signals from the optically readable codes onto a Fourier plane. The reader system also includes a code detector that is positioned to detect the output signals in the Fourier plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Illumina, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Moon, David R. Fournier, Martin A. Putnam, Alan D Kersey, Tuo Li
  • Patent number: 8328903
    Abstract: A method for determining at least one of an effluent concentration profile, a breakthrough time and a filter cartridge recommendation includes receiving at least one input parameter, determining at least one of the effluent concentration profile, the breakthrough time and the filter cartridge recommendation based on the input parameter, and graphically displaying at least one of the effluent concentration profile, the breakthrough time, and the filter cartridge recommendation. The effluent concentration profile includes a plot of a concentration of a chemical species over a period of time. The breakthrough time includes a time at which a predetermined concentration of the chemical species passes through a filter cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Scott Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Parham, Amy Staubs, Yuqing Ding
  • Patent number: 8326007
    Abstract: A method for combined 4D presentation of quantitative measurements and morphology of an object uses an apparatus that includes a computer or processor, memory, and a display. The method includes identifying a region of interest in volumetric image data. Then, the following steps are iterated to produce a 4D volume rendering. The iterated steps include tracking a wall of the object in the region of interest of the image data to produce a displacement field, applying the displacement field to display data to create enhanced rendering data, volume rendering the enhanced rendering data to produce an enhanced volume rendering, and displaying the enhanced volume rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stian Langeland, Svein Brekke, Stein Rabben, Andreas Heimdal
  • Patent number: 8323047
    Abstract: An extension cordset assembly includes a receptacle and a sealing gasket. The receptacle includes a receptacle main body, a receptacle connecting interface and first and second spade mating holes extending into the receptacle main body from the receptacle connecting interface. The receptacle is configured to mate with a plug having a standard spade configuration. The sealing gasket is positioned on the receptacle connecting interface and includes first and second spade openings aligned with the first and second spade mating holes, respectively. The sealing gasket is configured to provide a water-resistant seal between the receptacle and the plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Allied Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas K. Reusche, Philip E. Chumbley
  • Patent number: 8319506
    Abstract: A portable imaging detector and a method for operating the portable imaging detector are provided. The portable imaging detector includes a docking connector having a plurality of docking connector contacts. The method includes measuring a voltage at a first docking connector contact, and determining whether the portable detector is (i) operating in a digital cassette mode or is (ii) installed in either a cassette holder or a charging bin using the measured voltage. A detector state monitoring system is also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Zhengshe Liu, Scott Petrick, Donald Langler, Chuande Liu, Gary McBroom, Roy Schley
  • Patent number: 8320659
    Abstract: A method and system of inspecting baggage to be transported from a location of origin to a destination is provided that includes generating scan data representative of a piece of baggage while the baggage is at the location of origin, and storing the scan data in a database. A rendered view representative of a content of the baggage is provided where the rendered views are based on the scan data retrieved from the database over a network. The rendered views are presented at a destination different from the origin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: TeleSecurity Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Moon-Ho Song, Douglas Perry Boyd
  • Patent number: 8319625
    Abstract: In accordance with the embodiments of the present invention, an alarm system is provided. The alarm system includes a system controller coupled to at least one initiation device. At least one textual notification device such as for example a signboard is coupled to the system controller. In one embodiment, the textual notification device is a multi-line signboard having an alarm input and a secondary input. The textual notification device is supervised, controlled, and powered integrally with the system controller. In an additional embodiment, an audible generator can be provided that provides an audible message in conjunction with the visual message on the textual notification devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignees: SimplexGrinnell LP, Inova Solutions
    Inventors: Daniel G. Farley, Jeffrey R. Brooks, Anthony J. Capowski, John R. Haynes, Gerald P. Gorman
  • Patent number: 8319770
    Abstract: A method and system for optimizing user input points that identify points within an image of a left ventricle of a heart includes identifying user input points on an image. The user input points include an apical point and left and right basal points positioned proximate to an endocardium of a left ventricle. An adjusted apical point is determined based on at least an autocorrelation of points in the image proximate to the apical point. The adjusted apical point is displayed on the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Zvi M. Friedman, Peter Lysyansky, Nahum Smirin
  • Patent number: 8303502
    Abstract: An ultrasound system comprises a position sensing module, an imaging tracking module, a display and a user interface. The position sensing module detects spatial information associated with a volume of data. The display displays first and second images based on the volume of data. The first and second images comprise first and second portions of the volume of data, and the first and second portions are at least partially different with respect to each other. The user interface selects a first image tracking point on the first image. The first image tracking point is indicated on the first image with a first indicator. The image tracking module tracks the first image tracking point within the volume of data. The image tracking module indicates on the display a spatial relationship of the first image tracking point to the second image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Washburn, Markus Wilhelm Marquart, Todor Sheljaskow
  • Patent number: 8302562
    Abstract: A pet bed is configured to transfer heat from a pet to a support structure. The pet bed may include at least one pad defining an internal chamber, and a batting secured within the at least one pad. The batting allows water within the internal chamber to easily flow therethrough so that heat is transferred away from the pet through convection and conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Allied Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas K. Reusche, Philip E. Chumbley
  • Patent number: 8290354
    Abstract: A deicing system includes a heating element configured to impart heat to water within a water-retaining structure, a guard configured to prevent the heating element from abutting surfaces of the water-retaining structure, and a securing spring that securely fastens the heating element to the guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Allied Precision Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas K. Reusche, Philip E. Chumbley
  • Patent number: 8290303
    Abstract: A method for volume based registration of images is presented. The method includes receiving a first image data set and at least one other image data set. Further the method includes identifying a first image slice in the at least one other image data set corresponding to the first image data set. The method also includes selecting a first point of interest on at least one of the first image data set or the first image slice in the at least one other image data set. In addition, the method includes selecting a second point of interest on the other of the first image data set or the first image slice in the at least one other image data set, wherein the second point of interest corresponds to the first point of interest. Moreover, the method includes translating one of the first image data set, the first image slice, or both, in a first direction, a second direction and a third direction to align the first point of interest with the second point of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Washburn, Markus Wilhelm Marquart
  • Patent number: D669184
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Aurelie Boudier
  • Patent number: D669989
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Aurelie Boudier
  • Patent number: D671647
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Aurelie Boudier, Regis Personnelli
  • Patent number: RE43900
    Abstract: The invention describes a procedure for the examination of objects by the means of ultrasound waves whereby a volume-of-interest is scanned by a 3D-ultrasound-probe by moving a transmitter/receiver beam in a scan plane within selectable limits. This B-mode scan plane is also simultaneously moved in a direction across to this scan plane. The transmitting of sound pulses and acquiring the echo-signals is done more or less continuously during the movement in B-plane and across to it The echo-signals are stored in a volume memory on addresses which correspond to the spatial position of the echo-generating structure inside the object. These stored data-sets are evaluated by a 3D-processor and are represented on at least one display unit by different algorithms with selectable parameters. Important is that the acquisition and the representation is done continuously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik GmbH & Co. OHG
    Inventors: Franz Wiesauer, Erwin Fosodeder, Arthur Gritzky