Patents Represented by Attorney Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP
  • Patent number: 7817788
    Abstract: A content distribution system is described. The content distribution system includes a show account database and a plurality of credit cards stored in the show account database. The content distribution system also has a linking module associating a viewer entering the call-in number with a credit card number in the show account database. The system has a charge module that charges a credit card account corresponding to the credit card number associated with a viewer entering the call-in number. The system also has an interactive recognition system that provides a qualifying question for the viewer to answer before a call of the viewer is connected to a studio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: HSN Interactive LLC
    Inventors: John Xavier Watson, Jay Herratti
  • Patent number: 7816583
    Abstract: The invention provides seed and plants of tomato line CHI 15-2113, tomato line CHD 15-2114 and hybrid tomato variety BX 0154 3756. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of tomato line CHI 15-2113, tomato line CHD 15-2114 and hybrid tomato variety BX 0154 3756, and to methods for producing a tomato plant produced by crossing a plant of tomato line CHI 15-2113, tomato line CHD 15-2114 or hybrid tomato variety BX 0154 3756 with itself or with another tomato plant, such as a plant of another line or variety. The invention further relates to seeds and plants produced by such crossing. The invention further relates to parts of a plant of tomato line CHI 15-2113, tomato line CHD 15-2114 or hybrid tomato variety BX 0154 3756, including the fruit and gametes of such plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Seminis Vegetable Seeds, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas William Heath
  • Patent number: 7816507
    Abstract: The invention provides bifunctional plant biosynthetic enzymes that increase the efficiency by which modification can be made to plant biosynthetic pathways. In certain aspects of the invention, bifunctional isoflavone biosynthetic enzymes are provided. The invention therefore allows the modification of plants for isoflavone content. The inventors have demonstrated increased isoflavone biosynthesis can be obtained even in non-legume plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
    Inventors: Li Tian, Richard A. Dixon
  • Patent number: 7817875
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus including a contrast detector that detects a contrast intensity of a pixel in a first image; a flat-intensity detector that detects a flat intensity of the pixel; an edge-intensity detector that detects an edge intensity of the pixel; a flat-weight setter that sets a flat weight for the pixel; an edge-weight setter that sets an edge weight for the pixel; an attenuator that attenuates components in a predetermined frequency band of the first image to form a second image; a first combiner that combines the first and second images to form a third image using weights based on the flat weight; an edge enhancer that enhances edges in the third image to form a fourth image; and a second combiner that combines the first and fourth images using weights based on the edge weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Xavier Michel, Koji Aoyama
  • Patent number: 7816587
    Abstract: According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH780761. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH780761, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH780761 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH780761.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Gary Stangland
  • Patent number: 7817872
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes an edge-direction detector that detects an edge direction in an original image; a confidence detector that detects a confidence of the edge direction; a contrast detector that detects a contrast intensity; a texture-contrast-weight setter that sets a texture-contrast weight; an edge-contrast-weight setter that sets an edge-contrast weight; a texture-weight setter that sets a texture weight; an edge-weight setter that sets an edge weight; a texture filter that performs texture filtering to generate a texture-filter image; an edge filter that performs edge filtering to generate an edge-filter image; a texture combiner that combines the original image and the texture-filter image to generate a texture-combination image; and an edge combiner that combines the texture-combination image and the edge-filter image to generate an edge-combination image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Xavier Michel, Koji Aoyama
  • Patent number: 7816510
    Abstract: The present invention provides non-coding regulatory element polynucleotide molecules isolated from Zea mays useful for expressing transgenes in plants. The invention further discloses compositions, polynucleotide constructs, transformed host cells, transgenic plants and seeds containing the Zea mays regulatory polynucleotide sequences, and methods for preparing and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Wei Wu, Qi Wang, James Morrell, Linda Lutfiyya, Maolong Lu, Zhaolong Li, Ping Li, Michelle Lacy, David Kovalic, Yongwei Cao, Andrey Boukharov, Stanislaw Flasinski, Peter T. Hajdukiewicz
  • Patent number: 7816719
    Abstract: A nonvolatile magnetic memory device including a magntoresistance device having a recording layer formed of a ferromagnetic material for storing information by use of variation in resistance depending on the magnetization inversion state. The plan-view shape of the recording layer includes a pseudo-rhombic shape having four sides, at least two of the four sides each include a smooth curve having a central portion curved toward the center of the pseudo-rhombic shape. The easy axis of magnetization of the recording layer is substantially parallel to the longer axis of the pseudo-rhombic shape. The hard axis of magnetization of the recording layer is substantially parallel to the shorter axis of the pseudo-rhombic shape. The sides constituting the plan-view shape of the recording layer are smoothly connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Hajime Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 7816591
    Abstract: According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH339402. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH339402, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH339402 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH339402.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Michael S. Olsen
  • Patent number: 7815778
    Abstract: A polishing pad includes at least one conductive polishing element supported by a compressible under layer having conductive patterning therein, the conductive patterning adapted to permit coupling of a potential to the conductive polishing element; a guide plate above the compressible under layer, the guide plate having a hole through which the polishing element passes and further having a cathodic element connected thereto; and a slurry distribution layer adhered to the guide plate opposite the compressible under layer. The polishing pad may further include a proton exchange membrane placed over the cathodic element. A semiconductor wafer having a metal film thereon may be polished using the polishing pad by placing the wafer in contact with the polishing element, applying anodic current to the polishing element and cathodic current to the cathodic element, and polishing with an anodic solution. For copper films, a sulfuric acid-copper sulfate solution may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Semiquest Inc.
    Inventor: Rajeev Bajaj
  • Patent number: 7816589
    Abstract: According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH408813. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH408813, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH408813 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH408813.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventor: Nathaniel J. Page
  • Patent number: 7812301
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device, includes: a pixel array area including an unit pixel having a photoelectric conversion element and a transfer gate; a first supply voltage control means for supplying a first control voltage to a control electrode of the transfer gate; a second supply voltage control means for sequentially supplying one or plural second control voltages having a voltage value different from the first control voltage to the control electrode; a third supply voltage control means for supplying a third control voltage having the same voltage value as the second control voltages once or plural times prior to one or plural supplies of the second control voltages; a first driving means for reading signal charges from the transfer gate when the first control voltage is supplied; and a second driving means for reading signal charges from the transfer gate once and more when the second control voltage is sequentially applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yusuke Oike, Atsushi Toda
  • Patent number: 7813240
    Abstract: An optical disk recording apparatus having (1) an optical pickup that emits laser light to illuminate a recording surface of an optical disk, receives reflected light resulting from the laser light reflected off the recording surface, and generates a light reception signal based on the thus received reflected light; (2) a laser power controller that sets a laser power setting and controls the power of the laser light emitted from the optical pickup based on the thus set laser power setting; and (3) a signal generator that, when a plurality of trial write areas provided on the recording surface of the optical disk are successively illuminated with the laser light in order to write trial write data, generates a timing notification signal that sets laser arrival timing when the laser light sequentially reaches trial write start positions of the plurality of trial write areas based on the light reception signal generated by the optical pickup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tadatsugu Morimoto, Takashi Fujimoto, Yoshie Hayashida, Rumi Fukuda, Jumpei Kura, Takeshi Yuwaki
  • Patent number: 7813430
    Abstract: In an apparatus that converts (compresses) motion image data, the amount of motion of a subject in a block of motion image data is detected, and spatial decimation is performed in a mode in which sampling point positions are fixed or in a mode in which sampling point positions are shifted, depending on the detected amount of motion. When predicted image quality corresponding to the moving speed of a subject detected by analyzing blocks is lower than a predetermined threshold level, spatial decimation is performed in the mode in sampling point positions are shifted such that the moving speed of the subject is virtually changed to a value at which a super resolution effect occurs, thereby achieving data conversion without causing significant degradation in image quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Kobayashi, Yasutaka Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 7811537
    Abstract: Systems and methods using the properties of supercritical water to allow raw air including a contaminant to be combined with water and to be purified in a supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) process. A supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) air purifier will generally take in a mixture of water and raw air which includes oxygen via a pumping and mixing apparatus, put the mixture into a supercritical water reactor (SCWR), and run the resultant effluent stream through a system for separating the water from the resultant clean air and the other relatively harmless outputs of the supercritical water reactor (SCWO).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Asdrubal Garcia-Ortiz, Sunggyu Lee, John Wootton
  • Patent number: 7812874
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging apparatus includes a plurality of sensors that are formed on a substrate on a pixel basis and photoelectrically convert the light incident from a first surface side of the substrate, and a readout circuit that is formed on a second surface side of the substrate, which is the opposite side to the first surface side, and processes a signal from the plurality of sensors. The readout circuit includes a plurality of transistors and the transistors are disposed in a region between the pixels in an aligned manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shin Iwabuchi, Nobuhiro Karasawa
  • Patent number: 7813541
    Abstract: A method for inspecting a wafer including a multiplicity of dies, the method including dividing an image of at least a portion of the wafer into a plurality of sub-images each representing a sub-portion of the wafer and selecting at least one defect candidate within each sub-image by comparing each sub-image to a corresponding sub-image of a reference including a representation, which is assumed to be faultless, of the portion of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Applied Materials South East Asia Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Erez Sali, Tomer Yanir, Mark Wagner, Noam Dotan, Yuval Dorfan, Ran Zaslavsky
  • Patent number: 7812878
    Abstract: A solid-state imaging device with a multi-pixel sharing structure, wherein the area of each photoelectric conversion element can be secured independent of a reduction in area of each pixel. A solid-state imaging device including photoelectric conversion elements arranged in a two-dimensional array and voltage conversion elements for converting charge produced by photoelectric conversion through the corresponding photoelectric conversion elements into voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshiharu Kudoh
  • Patent number: 7808918
    Abstract: A system for dynamically shaping data packet traffic on a packet network including at least one customer access node for communicating the data packets on the packet network; at least one customer premises equipment in communication with the at least one customer access node; at least one Internet gateway for communicating the data packets from an Internet, the at least one Internet gateway in communication with the at least one customer access node through the packet network; and at least one data packet rate shaper in communication with the at least one Internet gateway for shaping the rates of transmission of the data packets through the packet network based on network performance data transmitted by the at least one customer access node to the Internet gateway. A method for dynamically shaping data packet traffic on a packet network is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Embarq Holdings Company, LLC
    Inventor: Michael K. Bugenhagen
  • Patent number: D625742
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: David Jebb