Patents Represented by Attorney Staas & Halsey LLP
  • Patent number: 8345008
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing an adaptive on-screen keyboard are provided. The apparatus includes a sensor for detecting touch action of a user from a touch screen, a pattern recognizer for recognizing a touch pattern of the user using the detected touch action of the user, a rearrangement processor for reconstructing the key arrangement of the on-screen keyboard to be provided through the touch screen on the basis of the recognized touch pattern of the user, and a display for displaying the on-screen keyboard on the basis of information on the reconstructed key arrangement. Thus, the apparatus can increase the convenience of use when the user makes use of the on-screen keyboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun-jeong Lee, Joon-ah Park, Wook Chang
  • Patent number: 8344591
    Abstract: Provided is a vibration actuator comprising an elastic body; an electromechanical transducer that causes the elastic body to vibrate; and a rotating body that rotates in response to a drive force received from contact with the elastic body at a vibrational antinode thereof, wherein the rotating body contacts the elastic body at a prescribed position along a direction in which an axis of the rotation extends. In the vibration actuator, the elastic body includes an elastic body contact member that is arranged in a region that includes the vibrational antinode of the elastic body, the rotating body includes a rotating body contact member that receives a drive force by contacting the elastic body contact member, and one of the elastic body contact member and the rotating body contact member has a contact surface that is oriented diagonally to the axis of rotation and contacts the other of the elastic body contact member and the rotating body contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiko Suzuki, Eiji Matsukawa, Kazuyasu Oone, Masaaki Tanabe
  • Patent number: 8345772
    Abstract: An image coding method and apparatus considering human visual characteristics are provided. The image coding method comprises (a) modeling image quality distribution of an input image in units of scenes such that the quality of an image input in units of scenes is gradually lowered from a region of interest to a background region, (b) determining a quantization parameter of each region constituting one scene according to the result of modeling of image quality distribution, (c) quantizing image data in accordance with the quantization parameter, and (d) coding entropy of the quantized image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Woo-shik Kim, Dae-sung Cho, Shi-hwa Lee, Sang-wook Kim
  • Patent number: 8346283
    Abstract: A method for measuring a position includes: allocating a first ranging code and a first ranging region for a mobile station; receiving a second ranging code and allocation information on a second ranging region of the mobile station from a neighboring base station; transmitting the first ranging code and the second ranging code to the mobile station; receiving the first ranging code from the mobile station in the first ranging region; calculating a received timing adjustment value of the first ranging code; receiving a received timing adjustment value of the second ranging code from the neighboring base station; and measuring the position of the mobile station according to the received timing adjustment value of the first ranging code and the received timing adjustment value of the second ranging code. Therefore, the cost and efficiency can be improved by measuring the position of the mobile station by changing the ranging method used in the conventional system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jae-Sun Cha, Kwang-Jae Lim, Chul-Sik Yoon
  • Patent number: 8344631
    Abstract: A method for driving a plasma display panel in which a plurality of first and second electrodes are arranged adjacently each other, a plurality of third electrodes are arranged to cross the first and second electrodes, the plasma display panel having a reset period, an address period, and a sustain discharge period is provided. The method includes in the reset period, applying to the second electrodes a first waveform voltage, whose applied potential increases with time, then applying to the second electrodes a second waveform voltage, whose applied potential decreases with time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hitachi Plasma Patent Licensing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noriaki Setoguchi, Shigeharu Asao, Yoshikazu Kanazawa
  • Patent number: 8336974
    Abstract: In a refrigerator door in which a decoration member is mounted to a door frame using a foam material, the foam material fills a space formed between the decoration member mounted to a front side of the door frame and a rear panel mounted to a rear side of the door frame. Accordingly, the decoration member can be fixed to the door frame through direct contact with the foam material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong Wook Lee, Sang Chul Ryu
  • Patent number: 8340097
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a generic packet block applicable to multiple routing schemes in low-power sensor networks and a method of providing the same which reduces operations and information required for a routing scheme in the low-power sensor network and provides flexible extension applicable to various multi-hop routing schemes. The generic packet block includes a generic routing header and routing block, and the method of providing the same is widely applicable to a multi-hop routing. The generic routing header includes a routing packet type, routing address information, and the like, commonly required for the multi-hop routing. The routing block is located in a routing packet body and includes routing cost information changeable depending on a routing scheme, and information changeable depending on a routing operation scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Eunsook Kim, Kaspar Dominik, Sang Keun Yoo, Jun Seob Lee, Yong-Woon Kim
  • Patent number: 8341012
    Abstract: A working skill estimating program is provided for estimating working skills of each agent in the state of separating a disturbance factor from response records (incidents). A large category classifier is supplied with the incidents within a predetermined time and classifies the incidents according to classification rules, for creating the topic-classified incidents. A small category generator collects the analogous incidents for each task type of the topic-classified incidents and generates a small category. A disturbance distinguisher distinguishes if the incidents belonging to each small category are common response records that appear regularly over time or disturbances whose frequency exhibits a significant time dependency. Then, a skill estimator estimates the working skills of each agent for each task type by using only common incidents determined as the common information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Hideki Yamanaka, Takashi Yanase, Isao Namba
  • Patent number: 8339582
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of correcting an image are provided. The apparatus includes a receiver to receive a depth value and a luminous intensity, the depth value and the luminous intensity being measured by at least one depth sensor, and a correction unit to read a correction depth value of a plurality of correction depth values mapped to different depth values and different luminous intensities from a first storage unit and to correct the measured depth value using the read correction depth value, the correction depth value being mapped to the measured depth value and the measured luminous intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hyun Jung Shim, Jae Young Sim, Do Kyoon Kim, Jeong Hwan Ahn, Alexander Hornung, Markus Gross, Rolf Adelsberger
  • Patent number: 8340538
    Abstract: Provided is a method of controlling electric power of a coil which performs induction heating in an imaging apparatus. The method includes: detecting an input current of the coil; detecting a resonant current of the coil; calculating a difference between the detected resonant current and the detected input current; and controlling electric power supplied to the coil based on the difference. These operations are repeatedly performed whenever the detected input current is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: An-sik Jeong
  • Patent number: 8341048
    Abstract: A rechargeable and disposable electronic funds (cash card) issued by a non-financial facility, such as a check cashing facility, a payday loan facility or a short term loan facility, is disclosed where the card substitutes for the cash and is labeled in the name of a bank type financial institution with which the non-financial facility has a relationship. The card can be charged with a variable amount on money. When used at a store for a purchase it can act like a debit card but need not have a name of the holder associated with (or embossed on) it like a gift card, so the user can remain anonymous. The card can be upgraded to a rechargeable or debit/credit card. The card can draw on an account or sub account of the check cashing service or of the bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: James Randall Beckers
  • Patent number: 8339677
    Abstract: An image processing system includes: an image input unit which reads an image printed on a medium and generates electronic data representing the image; and a processing unit which corrects the image represented by the electronic data. The processing unit implements the functions of: detecting, from the image represented by the electronic data, a first pattern having a first size and shape that is attached to the image; measuring a degree of degradation by measuring an amount of displacement of the size of the detected first pattern from the first size; and correcting the image represented by the electronic data to reduce the degree of degradation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Shohei Nakagata, Kensuke Kuraki, Jun Takahashi, Taizo Anan
  • Patent number: 8339489
    Abstract: An image photographing apparatus, method and medium that can enhance color reproducibility and sensitivity. The image photographing apparatus includes a filter unit having a first filter region to pass at least one band of an incident light signal corresponding to a complementary color of a first color, and a second filter region to pass all bands of the incident light signal, wherein the first filter region and the second filter region are each formed in one of two adjacent pixels, and an image sensor unit to sense an image from the incident light signal that passes through the filter unit, the image sensor unit including a plurality of photoelectric conversion layers each having a different spectral sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Won-Hee Choe, Chang-Yeong Kim, Seong-Deok Lee, Hyun-Chul Song
  • Patent number: 8340413
    Abstract: A display device includes a scene conversion detecting module to detect whether a scene is converted in an input image, and a brightness compensating module to determine an image category of the input image when a scene conversion is generated in the input image, and compensating for the brightness of the input image by calculating a weighted mean value of a tone increase value corresponding to the determined image category and a tone increase value corresponding to an image category of a previous image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang-ho Cho, Seung-sin Lee, Du-sik Park
  • Patent number: 8340566
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes: a casing; a printing medium supply unit, which is coupled to the casing, and supplies a printing medium; an image forming unit, which forms an image on the printing medium supplied from the printing medium supply unit; and a discharge unit. The discharge unit includes: a discharging part, which discharges the printing medium fed from the image forming unit out of the casing; a feeding guide, which is provided along in a feeding path of the printing medium, and moves between a discharging position, in which the printing medium is discharged out of the casing, and a back feeding position, in which the printing medium is back fed to the image forming unit; and a pressing lever, which presses and releases the feeding guide, according to a movement of the discharging part, so that the feeding guide can move between the discharging position and the back feeding position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seung-sik Jeong
  • Patent number: 8340959
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for transmitting a speech signal are provided. A speech signal transmitter includes a quadrature mirror filter, a base sub-band encoder, an enhancement sub-band encoder, and a network connector. The quadrature mirror filter receives a speech signal, divides the speech signal into an enhancement band speech signal and a base band speech signal, and outputs the enhancement band speech signal and the base band speech signal. The base sub-band encoder receives and encodes the base band speech signal. The enhancement sub-band encoder receives and encodes the enhancement band speech signal. The network connector multiplexes the encoded enhancement band speech signal and the encoded base band speech signal based on the kinds of networks over which speech signals are transmitted, and transmits the multiplexed signals to the networks. A speech signal is multiplexed and transmitted by various methods based on the kinds of networks. Thus, the speech signal can be efficiently transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Ho-sang Sung, Dae-hwan Hwang
  • Patent number: 8338715
    Abstract: A printed circuit board provided with board electrodes, wherein each board electrode is provided with a board electrode base, for carrying by soldering a bottom electrode arranged at a bottom of an electronic device inside from outer edges of the electronic device, arranged inside from the outer edges of the electronic device and a projection projecting out from the board electrode base, narrower in width than the board electrode base, and connected to an interconnect of the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Hirano, Mitsunori Abe
  • Patent number: 8336330
    Abstract: A refrigerator with an ice making device. The refrigerator includes a body defined with a refrigerating compartment, a freezing compartment, and an ice making compartment, the ice making compartment arranged in the refrigerating compartment while being thermally insulated from the refrigerating compartment, a first evaporator arranged in the refrigerating compartment, a second evaporator arranged in the freezing compartment, a refrigerating duct for circulating cold air from the first evaporator to the refrigerating compartment, a freezing duct for circulating cold air from the second evaporator to the freezing compartment, and an ice making flow passage for communicating the second evaporator and the ice making compartment. The second evaporator, ice making compartment, and ice making flow passage form a closed circuit such that the cold air in the ice making compartment does not enter the refrigerating compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jong Dal Lee, Jae Hoon Lim, Myung Hoon Cho, Seung Tae Lim, Dong Nyeol Ryu
  • Patent number: 8340963
    Abstract: An echo suppressing system includes: a sound output device for outputting sound based on a sound signal, including a passing section for allowing passage of a component of a different frequency band, and a plurality of sound output sections, each of which outputs sound based on each of the plurality of sound signals passed through the passing section; a summer for summing the plurality of sound signals to generate a reference sound signal; a sound input device for converting input sound into a sound signal; and an echo suppressor for suppressing echo based on the sound output by the sound output device, including an input section to which a sound signal is input from the sound input device as an observation sound signal, and a correction section for correcting the observation sound signal so as to suppress echo included in the observation sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Naoshi Matsuo, Taisuke Itou
  • Patent number: 8340002
    Abstract: An improved method and a communication means node implementing the method for load control in connection with a multimedia service transmission intended for multiple receivers over a wireless network are disclosed. The receivers in the wireless network are able to respond to requests communicated from an ordering entity by feeding back responses to a management entity in said wireless network. The feedback of these responses uses a different communication means, separate from said wireless network. This different communication means has limited communication resources. A transmission load caused in said different communication means by said feedback of said responses is according to the invention controlled by the different communication means itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Johan Johansson, Michael Roberts