Patents Represented by Attorney Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.
  • Patent number: 8350145
    Abstract: The invention is a generator for photovoltaic conversion of concentrated sunlight into electricity. A generator according to the invention incorporates a plurality of photovoltaic cells and is intended for operation near the focus of a large paraboloidal reflector pointed at the sun. Within the generator, the entering concentrated light is relayed by secondary optics to the cells arranged in a compact, concave array. The light is delivered to the cells at high concentration, consistent with high photovoltaic conversion efficiency and low cell cost per unit power output. Light enters the generator, preferably first through a sealing window, and passes through a field lens, preferably in the form of a full sphere or ball lens centered on the paraboloid focus. This lens forms a concentric, concave and wide-angle image of the primary reflector, where the intensity of the concentrated light is stabilized against changes in the position of concentrated light entering the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on Behalf of University of Arizona
    Inventor: Roger P Angel
  • Patent number: 8348158
    Abstract: A system and method for substantially immediate issuance of transaction cards includes at least one unassigned transaction card including a storage medium having a card number encoded thereupon. The system also includes a computing system configured to receive application information from an applicant that has been provided said unassigned transaction card, and to activate the unassigned transaction card so that access to monetary funds is extended to the applicant through said unassigned transaction card, upon an evaluation of said application information indicating that the applicant has been approved for access to the monetary funds. The unassigned transaction card bears no visible marking presenting information concerning the applicant and encodes no information concerning said applicant upon the storage medium of said unassigned transaction card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Serve Virtual Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason J. Hogg, Patrick Graf
  • Patent number: 8348159
    Abstract: A wireless financial transaction instrument, such as a card, has a magnetic stripe, a display, and an on-board power supply, such as a battery, and is usable with a dual capture point of sale terminal. Information is received by such a terminal from the card wirelessly, and also from the magnetic stripe, and the data received contactlessly is preferably used to verify that read from the stripe. The display can display the account number on command, or to display a current balance, or amount of credit remaining, or any combination of these items of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Bonalle, Michael D. Donovan, Sherrie G. Jackson, Scott Glen Paylor, Medina J. Senghore, Tracey R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8348777
    Abstract: A sport landing cushion may comprise an airbag comprising first and second inflatable compartments or first and second airbags, wherein the first compartment (airbag) is thicker than the second compartment (airbag) and provides a base, and wherein the second compartment (airbag) provides a landing surface and is for inflation to a higher pressure for use than is the first compartment (airbag). A container therefor may comprise an enclosure for a rolled deflated airbag and having an opening through which a deflated airbag may pass, a winch, and an air supply for inflating the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Powdr-Woodward PA LLC
    Inventors: Gary P. Ream, Frank L. Bare
  • Patent number: 8352343
    Abstract: Commercial size of spending wallet (“CSoSW”) is the total business spend of a business including cash but excluding bartered items. Commercial share of wallet (“CSoW”) is the portion of the spending wallet that is captured by a particular financial company. A modeling approach utilizes various data sources to provide outputs that describe a company's spend capacity. Marketing companies that sell lists compile those lists by searching one or more databases for names and/or businesses that match certain criteria. Those marketing companies can use the CSoW/CSoSW modeling approach to show predicted spend and/or revenues for each company on a list. This makes the list more valuable to list buyers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company Inc.
    Inventors: Kathleen Haggerty, Charles Christopher Lyon, Benedict O. Okoh, Robert E. Phelan, Jon Kevin Ruterman, Geraldine A. Turner, Chao M. Yuan, Arnab Biswas
  • Patent number: 8344500
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an integrated circuit module and method of manufacturing the same. The integrated circuit module includes a chip and a carrier supporting the chip. The carrier defines a front side and a back side, and the chip is disposed on the front side. The carrier includes a first insulating layer defining a first opening at the back side, a second insulating layer defining a second opening and a chip accommodation opening at the front side, and a patterned conductive layer sandwiched in between the first insulating layer and the second insulating layer. The patterned conductive layer is formed with an inner contacting portion exposed through the chip accommodation opening and an outer contacting portion exposed through the first opening and the second opening. The inner contacting portion is connected to the chip through the chip accommodation opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Mutual-Pak Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Lu-Chen Hwan, Po Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 8346364
    Abstract: The evoked spinal cord potential monitoring apparatus of the present invention includes: a pair of electrodes 14; and a holding section 12 for holding the pair of electrodes 14, a tip section of each of the electrodes 14 being extended outwards from an end of the holding section 12, and the electrodes 14 being movable relative to the holding section 12. A hook section 15 engageable to an intercostal nerve is provided at the tip section of each of the electrodes 14, and the electrodes 14 or the holding section 12 is moved while the hook section 15 is coupled to the intercostal nerve such that the hook section 15 and the holding section 12 are able to hold the intercostal nerve therebetween. The apparatus requires no preoperative preparation, is capable of coping with an emergency case, and further, is unsusceptible to the influence of anesthetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hiroshima University
    Inventor: Taijiro Sueda
  • Patent number: 8346910
    Abstract: Methods for controlling online session inactivity timeouts between a user terminal and a server involves the server polling the user's local terminal to determine whether the user presence at the terminal can be confirmed if there is a period of inactivity within the session. If so, or if the server can otherwise confirm that the terminal is secured from use by other users, then the user session is maintained. Otherwise, the user session is allowed to timeout due to inactivity. The server may issue an alert to the user whenever a timeout is imminent, and may restore any information entered by the user prior to the timeout, if the user later returns and validates his identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Barrett
  • Patent number: 8344734
    Abstract: A test module and method for radio frequency identification (RFID) chips are provided. The test module includes a test head having a chip carrier for carrying a RFID chip to be tested, the chip carrier having a first antenna electronically connecting the RFID chip. The module further includes a second antenna for communicating with the first antenna; and a base supporting the chip carrier and the second antenna. The test module further includes a test computer electronically connecting the second antenna, wherein the test computer evaluates functions of the RFID chip by way of the communications between the first antenna and the second antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Mutual-Pak Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lu-Chen Hwan
  • Patent number: 8341080
    Abstract: Offsite financial account onboarding is provided which creates a more streamlined process for a customer. The customer accesses a money services business business electronic system to request financial account setup. The onboarding system establishes account access to a pooled custodial account managed by the money services business business based on preliminary identification (ID) data from the customer. With only preliminary ID data, account access limits are assigned which reduces the risk of fraud or criminal activity with the customer's account access. Because account access is established with just the preliminary ID data, the customer may fully obtain account access directly from a mobile device. The money services business business provides additional graduated access levels depending on additional ID data provided by the customer. Thus, depending on the type of ID data provided by the customer, the customer's account access will have corresponding access level rights to the custodial account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Serve Virtual Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas P. Johns, Jason J. Hogg, Cory Moreira
  • Patent number: 8341166
    Abstract: A system that enables development and execution of predictive models comprises a centralized data management system, a data extraction tool a model validation tool and a model execution tool. In embodiments, a data management system includes a data management server that can be accessed via a web browser that stores data in the form of a flat file. An extraction tool extracts data. A model validation tool validates a model by scoring an analytical environment data set and a production environment data set. A model execution tool allows a user to select when and how often a model is scored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Narasimha Murthy, Mickey S. Oralevich, Sandeep Sacheti, Deep Thomas
  • Patent number: 8339863
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides an operation method of a memory device. The memory device includes a source, a drain, and a channel region between the source and the drain, a gate dielectric with a charge storage layer on the channel region, and a gate on the gate dielectric, wherein the source, the drain and the channel region are located in a substrate. The operation method includes the following steps: applying a reverse bias between the gate and the drain of the memory device to generate band-to-band hot holes in the substrate near the drain; injecting the band-to-band hot holes to a drain side of the charge storage layer; and performing a program/erase operation upon the memory device. The band-to-band hot holes in the drain side of the charge storage layer are not completely vanished by the program/erase operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Ting-Chang Chang, Te-Chih Chen, Fu-Yen Jian, Chia-Sheng Lin
  • Patent number: 8341055
    Abstract: An existing customer of a financial institution may open a new account with their financial institution using an optimized online interface. Initially, the interface presents a standard application for a new account in which an extensive number of fields for personal and financial information must be completed. A link is provided on this long application for use by existing account holders only. Upon selection of the link, an existing account holder is instead presented with a short application in which only the account holder's name, a portion of their social security number, their existing account number, and their account confirmation identifier are required to be entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Yelena Khandros, Lorraine C. Miranda, Suzanne K Berlin, Randy Okerlund, Rhonda Lee Bertucci, Gregory Alan Glenn
  • Patent number: 8336764
    Abstract: Credit applicants may apply for instant credit, and use an instant account number (“IAN”) to make purchases after the instant credit has been granted. Fraud control methods may be used in authorizing the instant credit. When the IAN is issued to purchase airline tickets, it can be ensured that the applicant's last name matches the passenger's last name for the airline ticket being purchased, and that the ticket will not be renamed or sold. When the IAN is issued in conjunction with a partner's loyalty or rewards program, the applicant's account information with the rewards program is captured. It is ensured that the applicant has some tenure with the partner and that data submitted by the applicant is consistent with data on file with the partner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Stacey J. Crawford, Danielle M. Crop, Glade R. Erikson, Kristin H. Gomes, Sejal D. Vora
  • Patent number: 8338211
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention can be used to charge a charge-holding layer (such as a passivation layer and/or antireflective layer) of a solar cell with a positive or negative charge as desired. The charge-holding layer(s) of such a cell can include any suitable dielectric material capable of holding either a negative or a positive charge, and can be charged at any suitable point during manufacture of the cell, including during or after deposition of the passivation layer(s). A method according to one aspect of the invention includes disposing a solar cell in electrical communication with an electrode inside a chamber. The solar cell includes an emitter, a base, a first passivation layer adjacent the emitter, and a second passivation layer adjacent the base. Gas is injected into the chamber and a plasma (with photons having an energy level of at least about 3.1 eV) is generated using the gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Amtech Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeong-Mo Hwang
  • Patent number: 8333257
    Abstract: Systems and methods for moving objects facilitate quick and inexpensive relocation of the target objects. Operator safety is enhanced by eliminating the need to apply manual force to urge a target object into motion, and by inclusion of features such as automatic braking responsive to motor cut-off. Through use of the present system, a user may move a target object, for example a trailer intended for use behind a vehicle, into and/or out of a storage location in a simplified and more efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: James A. Bonnardel
  • Patent number: 8335742
    Abstract: A browser-based simulator may be used to create and send test messages to one or more transaction processing facilities (TPFs) to determine the response of the TPF system. It allows a user or plurality of users to create ISO 8583 messages, send the messages to the TPF systems, receive a response, and display the results to the users. Messages created by the simulator are stored within an ANSI queryable SQL database to make test selection simple. The TPF test messages and results are thus available worldwide. Further, the simulator is server-based, so desktop licenses are not required. The simulator allows a user to either select a preformatted message or derive a new message by selecting the data of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark McIver, Richard A. Forbes
  • Patent number: 8335720
    Abstract: Consumer, merchant, and transactional data from a closed loop network and external sources may be leveraged to increase demand of a merchant's inventory during normally low-demand periods. Extensive data mining is used to determine the excess merchant inventory and demand patterns at different times and different locations for merchants and groups of merchants. Similar data mining is used to analyze cardmember demand patterns to identify the cardmember preferences regarding when and where they which to purchase goods and/or services. Cardmembers may also be grouped based on their demand patterns. Using pricing as a lever, cardholders with specific preferences are targeted to shift the demand from peak periods and locations to non-peak periods and locations, and to increase the non-peak demand by location as well as time period. Higher precision may be obtained using product level transaction data from point-of-sale terminals used by merchants wherever applicable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.
    Inventors: David Juang, Rajendra R. Rane
  • Patent number: 8334219
    Abstract: A method of forming stress-tuned dielectric films having Si—N bonds on a semiconductor substrate by modified plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD), includes: introducing a nitrogen-and hydrogen-containing reactive gas and an additive gas into a reaction space inside which a semiconductor substrate is placed; applying RF power to the reaction space using a high frequency RF power source and a low frequency RF power source; and introducing a hydrogen-containing silicon precursor in pulses into the reaction space wherein a plasma is excited, thereby forming a stress-tuned dielectric film having Si—N bonds on the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: ASM Japan K.K.
    Inventors: Woo-Jin Lee, Kuo-Wei Hong, Akira Shimuzu
  • Patent number: 8333137
    Abstract: In accordance with various exemplary embodiments, a firearm actuation system is provided. The firearm actuation system, comprising a housing, a guide, a contoured actuation handle, and a bolt. The system provides an actuation mechanism for an AR-15 which is engagable by a shooter where the AR-15 is in a shouldered firing position. The contoured actuation handle may be retained in the retaining slot to provide an action-open-position. The housing may also comprise a mounting rail with a plurality of grooves, where each groove may be configured with a unique indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Sirochman