Patents Represented by Attorney Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Patent number: 8271671
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for implementing a modified form of User Datagram Protocol (UDP) multicast notification system in a client-server architecture that otherwise allows only client initiated messages. The method includes: receiving a registration message at a server from a client with a client IP address in the registration message, wherein the registration message includes types of notifications desired to be received by the client, and wherein the server is a Download and Configuration Management (DCM) engine; adding the client IP address to a list in a registration message database; receiving a request for a port number by the client; and responding with the port number to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Ruppert, Farshid Atashband
  • Patent number: 8268252
    Abstract: A unique combination of male and female gas connectors for one way transfer of gasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: GENO LLC
    Inventors: Jody Fuller, David H. Fine
  • Patent number: 8263870
    Abstract: It is an object to improve a conventional point that mounting an electronic component that requires a high current and heat radiation, such as an LED, together with other general electronic components on the same board has been difficult. To achieve this object, a different thickness lead frame partially having different thicknesses is used. On a thick portion of the different thickness lead frame, a special electronic component, such as an LED, for which a high current and heat radiation are required is mounted. Further, a thin portion of the different thickness lead frame is formed at a fine pitch, and general electronic components are mounted at a high density on the thin portion. Thus, unitization or modularization of electronic components for which a high current and heat radiation are required becomes possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuya Tsumura, Hiroharu Nishiyama, Etsuo Tsujimoto
  • Patent number: 8263404
    Abstract: An antigen-dependent negative selection blood cell separation method is described. Rare circulating epithelial cells can be separated from blood by depleting erythrocytes from a blood sample. Erythrocytes are depleted by agglutination. The new method comprises the use of an agglutinating agent, such as an anti-glycophorin A or glycophorin B antibody, as glycophorin A or B are present on erythrocytes and not on the desired epithelial cells. With regular mixing, desired rare circulating epithelial cells do not become entrapped in the red cell agglutinate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Medical Discovery Partners LLC
    Inventors: Sarah K. Olken, Steven A. Bogen, Seshi R. Sompuram
  • Patent number: 8264232
    Abstract: A device for measuring the wear of the contacts of a switchgear device is described. The switchgear device is of the open circuit breaker type with offset pole-shaft, and the movable contact is mounted on a sliding support. Measurement of the wear of the contacts is based on evaluation of the over-travel of the movable contact in the closed position when the latter slides in its support. This over-travel is determined by measuring the residual rotation of the pole-shaft, preferably by a contact-less magnetic rotation sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventor: Marc Rival
  • Patent number: 8257180
    Abstract: A gaming system having one or more reconfigurable gaming machines and reconfigurable gaming displays is disclosed herein. Each gaming machine includes three reconfigurable video screens, wherein the reconfigurable first video screen displays a first game located on the gaming machine, and wherein the second reconfigurable video screen and the third reconfigurable video screen display pay tables associated with the first game, artwork associated with the first game, or combinations thereof. The one or more gaming machines are reconfigurable to display a second game on the three reconfigurable video screens in response to receiving a reconfiguration command and downloading the second game from a server via a network so that the second game is displayed on the first reconfigurable video screen, and wherein the second reconfigurable video screen and the third reconfigurable video screen display pay tables associated with the second game, artwork associated with the second game, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney Hill, Shawn G. Quick, Loren T. Nelson, James W. Morrow, Robert L. Miodunski
  • Patent number: 8260946
    Abstract: A method for sending a notification message using a modified form of User Datagram Protocol (UDP) multicast notification system in a client-server architecture that otherwise allows only client initiated messages. The method includes: identifying information at a server that has potential for inclusion in a notification message, wherein the server is a Download and Configuration Management (DCM) engine; querying a database for one or more clients that have registered for a particular type of notification by a UDP broadcast processor; receiving identifiers for the one or more clients that have registered for the particular type of notification from the database; and sending notification to the one or more clients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Ruppert, Farshid Atashband
  • Patent number: 8259596
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for managing Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses in a network gaming environment comprising a plurality of electronic gaming machines, having one or more in-game network devices. In particular an in-game switch is provided, which is configured to receiving an external IP address from a centrals DHCP server and to determine a scope of internal IP addresses associated with the one or more in-game network devices. Once the scope is determined, the in-game switch is configured to lease IP addresses from the address scope block to the associated in-game network devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven R. Oak
  • Patent number: 8259597
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for managing Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses in a network gaming environment comprising a plurality of electronic gaming machines, having one or more in-game network devices. In particular an in-game switch is provided, which is configured to receiving an external IP address from a centrals DHCP server and to determine a scope of internal IP addresses associated with the one or more in-game network devices. Once the scope is determined, the in-game switch is configured to lease IP addresses from the address scope block to the associated in-game network devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven R. Oak
  • Patent number: 8257695
    Abstract: Use of at least one strain of a microorganism and/or a metabolite thereof in the manufacture of a support for administration to a subject for modulating satiety signalling, wherein the support is a pharmaceutically acceptable support or a food product. Suitably, the at least one strain of a microorganism and/or a metabolite thereof may be administered to the subject for the treatment and/or prevention of excess weight and/or a disease caused by excess weight. Likewise, the at least one strain of a microorganism and/or a metabolite thereof is administered to the subject for the treatment and/or prevention of obesity and/or a caused by obesity. Preferably, the microorganism is a probiotic microorganism. Suitably the microorganism may be a lactic acid bacterium. Li one embodiment the microorganism is a strain of Lactobacillus spp. and/or Bifidobacterium spp., for example a strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. curvatus, L. salivarius and/or B. lactis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: DuPont Nutrition Biosciences ApS
    Inventors: Nina Rautonen, Heli Putaala, Arthur Ouwehand, Kirsti Tiihonen, Marta Korczynska, Wouter Herman Noordman
  • Patent number: 8255332
    Abstract: A certified distribution stored on a computer-readable medium for use in a stochastic information system includes stochastic data providing a series of trials for at least one uncertain variable such that the series of trials maintains the relationship between the trials of each of the at least one uncertain variable, and a digital imprimatur associated with the stochastic data to certify the stochastic data. A distribution database includes a database stored on a computer-readable medium and a communications interface operable to receive a database query, to determine a result set of the at least one stochastic models satisfying the database query, and to respond to the database query. The database includes at least one stochastic model providing a series of trials for at least one uncertain variable such that the series of trials maintains the relationship between the trials of each of the at least one uncertain variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Sam L. Savage
  • Patent number: 8255539
    Abstract: A system and method of managing computer sessions are provided. The preferred method opens a session (such as for access to a database) and creates a token that includes a session opening time and a measure of the session duration. If the token is used within a predefined time window before the end of the session, the session is extended by updating the token to reflect a new session duration. The time window and duration of a session extension may be adjusted according to usage patterns of the system. The session may be extended recursively. The token expires when the last of the session extensions expires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Amadeus SAS
    Inventors: Loïc Pierlot, Stephane Mollard, Bertrand Alberola
  • Patent number: 8246439
    Abstract: A gaming system is disclosed that provides game.pjay in a tournament in exchange for monetary input per game played. The gaming system includes: a game server, a plurality of game units, and a tournament administration controller. Each game unit including one or more display screens, a monetary input device, a player input device, and a processor that is implemented as part of a control system and connected to the game server via a casino gaming network. Each game unit is a game of chance or other game that does not rely primarily on the skill of the player. The casino-based game units enable the play of linked wheel games. The tournament administration controller enables an operator to designate tournament characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Matthew F. Kelly, John G. Kroeckel, John E. Link, Norman B. Petermeier
  • Patent number: 8248419
    Abstract: A system for interactive computer graphics enables generation of Bezier curves from a series of points based on the relative position of successive points in the series. For example, for successive points in a series, point A, point B, and point C are successive points in the series of points, and wherein a control point corresponding to point B and associated with the segment AB is determined by the equation B+RA*(RA*(B?C)+RC*(A?B)), and a control point corresponding to point B and associated with the segment BC is determined by the equation PBBC=B+RC*(RA*(C?B)+RC*(B?A)), where RA=|AB|/(|AB|+|BC|), and RC=|BC|/(|AB|+|BC|).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Tatsuya Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 8249700
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a patient having a head with a first ear and a second ear function by mounting a support system to the head of the patient so that the support system is aligned with a target tissue of the first ear; applying a therapeutic agent to the first ear by energizing an iontophoresis electrode supported by the support system; and actuating a device while the device is supported by the support system so that the device therapeutically remodels the target tissue of the first ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Acclarent, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton Clifford, Greg Liu, John Morris, Joshua Makower, William Facteau, Eric Goldfarb, John Y. Chang
  • Patent number: 8246725
    Abstract: A nitric oxide delivery system, which includes a gas bottle having nitrogen dioxide in air, converts nitrogen dioxide to nitric oxide and employs a surface-active material, such as silica gel, coated with an aqueous solution of antioxidant, such as ascorbic acid. A nitric oxide delivery system may be used to generate therapeutic gas including nitric oxide for use in delivering the therapeutic gas to a mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Geno LLC
    Inventors: David R. Rounbehler, David H. Fine
  • Patent number: 8246486
    Abstract: A golf club head having a striking wall having a front surface, and a rear surface, a top surface, and a sole portion extending rearwardly from the rear surface, the sole portion having a forward end, a rearward end, an upper surface and a lower surface. The intersection of the upper surface and the rear surface defines an interior sole line. The intersection of the upper surface and the rearward end defines a trailing edge. A region on the upper surface includes variation of the height of the trailing edge or exterior sole line relative to the height of the interior sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: SRI Sports Limited
    Inventor: Jesse D. Sukman
  • Patent number: PP23014
    Abstract: A chrysanthemum plant named ‘Zanmubedaz’ characterized by its medium sized blooms with bronze ray floret with a dark center and prolific branching; natural season flower date September 21 (week 39) blooming for a period of 5 weeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysanthemum Breeders Association Research B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Bernardus Blom
  • Patent number: PP23015
    Abstract: A chrysanthemum plant named ‘Zanmuperfect’ characterized by its medium sized blooms with pink ray florets and prolific branching; natural season flower date September 14 (week 38); blooming for a period of 5 weeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysanthemum Breeders Association Research B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Bernardus Blom
  • Patent number: PP23016
    Abstract: A chrysanthemum plant named ‘Zanmurover’ characterized by its medium sized blooms with dark red ray florets and prolific branching; natural season flower date October 5 (week 41); blooming for a period of 4 weeks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Chrysanthemum Breeders Association Research B.V.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus Bernardus Blom