Patents Represented by Attorney Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • 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: 8240882
    Abstract: A light emitting diode module includes: a printed circuit board including an upper circuit layer, a lower metal layer, an insulating layer, and a plurality of through holes; a metallic heat sink formed with a plurality of chip-support portions and disposed below the printed circuit board; a thermal connection layer that has lower and upper surfaces respectively bonded to the heat sink and the lower metal layer of the printed circuit board; and a plurality of light emitting diode chips, each of which is placed in contact with and bonded to one of the chip-support portions and each of which is electrically connected to the upper circuit layer. A method for making the light emitting diode module is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Bright LED Electronics Corp.
    Inventors: Tsung-Jen Liao, Chung-Kai Wang, Yuan-Hsin Liu, Yao-Tsung Hsu
  • Patent number: 8241105
    Abstract: The specification discloses a multi-wheel game-of-chance having at least two groups of spinning wheels, wherein each group includes at least two concentric spinning wheels having a viewable surface face thereon. A plurality of indicia are positioned on the peripherals of the viewable surface face of each wheel such that all indicia on each wheel is viewable to the user. Bet areas are positioned at various locations around at least a portion of each group of wheels; along a line joining the center of any two groups of wheels; and/or a junction between various radially positioned lines extending from the center of two or more groups of wheels. Each bet area represents a possible payline with various pay ratios depending on the probability of various predetermined combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Lawrence W. Luciano, Kurt W. Spencer
  • Patent number: 8241123
    Abstract: A gaming method for presenting both gaming content based video signals and secondary video signals over a single display using a Display Manager is disclosed. The Display Manager is placed between the Master Gaming Controller and its Main Game Display and any Secondary Display and between the Player Tracking Unit connected to the casino system network (e.g., player tracking device) and its System display. The Display Manager receives one or more video signals from the Master Gaming Controller and one or more video signals from the system device and displays one or multiple video signals on one or more shared displays. One of video signals may be presented alone on one of the displays, with the other signal absent from that shared display, or multiple signals may be simultaneously displayed on one of the shared displays. The screen may be split between multiple signals, or one or more signals may overlay one or more background signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Stephen Patton, Kiran Brahmandam, Robert S. Crowder, Jr., Vijay Kompella, Jeffrey Lee Allen
  • Patent number: 8241124
    Abstract: Gaming machines projecting video images onto a curved display are disclosed herein. A Display Manager receives one or more video signals from a Master Gaming Controller and one or more video signals from the system device and displays one or multiple video signals on the curved display. The Display Manager sends the multiple video signals to a digital light emitting projector which projects the multiple video signals simultaneously on the curved display. The curved display may be split between multiple signals, or one or more signals may overlay one or more background signals. The overlaid signals may completely obscure the background signals, or they may provide a level of transparency by allowing the background signal to be partially or completely visible. The Display Manager receives commands from a device, directing it how to split, overlay, superimpose, and otherwise share the display among the video input signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Stephen Patton, Kiran Brahmandam, Robert W. Crowder, Jr., Vijay Kompella, Jeffrey Lee Allen, John R. Vallejo, Vernon H. Bernard, II, Karl E. Wudtke, Frank R. Anderson, Lawrence C. McAllister
  • Patent number: 8241783
    Abstract: A battery lid structure for an electronic device is provided which has a battery lid allowing a battery case to be opened when a battery lid body slides. A long engagement hole L-shaped in plan view is formed on a pressing plate to which the battery lid body is slidably attached. A lock lever section and a lock lever receiving section where an engagement section is formed are attached to the battery lid body so as to slide perpendicularly to the sliding direction. The engagement of the engagement section with a second long hole of the long engagement hole prevents the sliding motion of the battery lid body. During the sliding motion of the battery lid body, the engagement section engages with a first long hole of the long engagement hole. The wall surface of the long engagement hole is covered with a part of a plate spring body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignees: Panasonic Corporation, Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kunio Tsuji
  • Patent number: 8235784
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method for presenting a game having a bonus feature. The method includes initiating a game on at least one of a plurality of gaming machines associated with one another and arranged in a circular bank. The gaming machines are monitored to determine whether a triggering event has occurred on any of the plurality of gaming machines. A bonus feature is initiated on all of the plurality of gaming machines in response to the triggering event. The bonus feature play includes activating indicators associated with each gaming machine located around the circular bank, in a sequential order, for a specific amount of time. At the end of the sequence only one gaming machine indicator remains activated, designating a winner of the bonus feature. The winner is awarded a bonus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Christensen
  • Patent number: 8235794
    Abstract: A system for providing a multi-game gaming machine having mechanical reel strips is displayed. A mechanical-reel gaming machine may include light responsive polymer material layers on its reel strips having multiple symbol images visible in polarized light and methods for displaying such symbol images is disclosed. The multi-game gaming machine has access to changing reel strips, and as such a number of sets of symbols can be displayed based on a game selection and corresponding image polarizer orientation. The uniform light sources per reel work with the image polarizer associated per reel, with polarizer location between preferably the reel and the game patron or the light sources and the reel. The polarizer orientation changes based on a game selection, with different game symbols displayed according to that selected game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Green, Anand Singh, Thomas E. Buckeyne
  • Patent number: 8235821
    Abstract: A casino gaming system is disclosed that provides game play in exchange for monetary input per game played. The gaming system includes a casino game unit in which the casino game unit stores one or more games in electronic form. The casino game unit includes: a display screen for displaying images to a player; a monetary input system for receiving monetary input from a player; one or more player control devices for receiving player input; and a processor, wherein the processor executes game software and processes input from the player. The gaming system further includes computer readable media that stores casino game software in the game unit, and wherein computer readable media includes optically readable media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan M. Kelly, Matthew F. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8234836
    Abstract: A framing member incorporates a series of web slots along a portion of the member that are expanded through the process of manufacture. The expansion of the web slots creates voids and metal web elements in the webbed portion of the member, which can be a stud. The voids created during the expansion process can become the voids for running wiring, plumbing and heating ducts. The web elements can be designed to minimize thermal transmission from the exterior to the interior of a wall including the member, as well as provide adequate structure properties required from the structural member. The expanded slots allow the part to enlarge without increasing the amount of raw material and therefore substantially reducing the cost to manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8235788
    Abstract: A display and input system 10 provides an enhanced means for displaying service and system information 14 from a system network 18 to a player and to a casino employee. The display and input system 10 enables part or all of a video display screen 40 in a gaming device 50, which had previously been used only as a gaming interface 30, to be utilized as a systems interface 20 for data entry and retrieval of the service and system information 14. This provides a dramatic improvement over traditional system components 60 (input/output peripherals) that have been used as in the past to access service and system information 14 from the system network 18, such as 2-line, 20 character VF displays and 12-digit keypads. The display and input system 10, does not control game play itself (e.g., game play betting, game play flow, or game play operation). Rather, the system 10 provides a limited form of game play monitoring, indirectly, with respect to the monitoring player points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: James Morrow, Marvin Hein
  • Patent number: 8235795
    Abstract: A system for providing a multi-game gaming machine having mechanical reel strips is displayed. A mechanical-reel gaming machine may include light responsive polymer material layers on its reel strips having multiple symbol images visible in polarized light and methods for displaying such symbol images is disclosed. The multi-game gaming machine has access to changing reel strips, and as such a number of sets of symbols can be displayed based on a game selection and corresponding image polarizer orientation. The uniform light sources per reel work with the image polarizer associated per reel, with polarizer location between preferably the reel and the game patron or the light sources and the reel. The polarizer orientation changes based on a game selection, with different game symbols displayed according to that selected game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony E. Green, Anand Singh, Thomas E. Buckeyne
  • Patent number: 8233781
    Abstract: There is provided an image reproduction apparatus for seamlessly reproducing a connected stream which is obtained by connecting plural streams that are respectively coded by different codec methods. An image reproduction apparatus (100) for reproducing a connected stream which is obtained by connecting plural streams of different codec methods such as an MPEG-2 method and an MPEG-4 AVC method is provided with a stream buffer (102) in which the connected stream Bst is stored, and plural decoders Dd1˜Ddn corresponding to the various kinds of codec methods, and a decoder for decoding each stream in the connected stream Bst that is outputted from the stream buffer (102) is selected from among the plural decoders according to the codec method of each stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Nishi, Satoshi Kondo, Masayasu Iguchi, Tadamasa Toma, Hisao Sasai, Toshiyasu Sugio
  • Patent number: 8232722
    Abstract: A light emitting device includes a semiconductor nanocrystal and a charge transporting layer that includes an inorganic material. The charge transporting layer can be a hole or electron transporting layer. The inorganic material can be an inorganic semiconductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Moungi G. Bawendi, Vladimir Bulovic, Seth Coe-Sullivan, Jean-Michel Caruge, Jonathan Steckel, Alexi Arango, Jonathan E. Halpert
  • Patent number: 8232045
    Abstract: Colloidal metal conjugates can be produced in high concentrations suitable for direct use, for example, in immunoassays. The colloidal metal conjugates can be used in devices for qualitative, semi-quantitative, or quantitative determination of the presence of compounds in samples, including biological samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Inverness Medical Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: David E. Charlton
  • Patent number: 8226916
    Abstract: Inhalation of low levels of nitric oxide can rapidly and safely decrease pulmonary hypertension in mammals. A nitric oxide delivery system that converts nitrogen dioxide to nitric oxide employs a surface-active material, such as silica gel, coated with an aqueous solution of antioxidant, such as ascorbic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Geno LLC
    Inventors: David R. Rounbehler, David H. Fine
  • Patent number: 8222568
    Abstract: An electrically heated tool adapted for an anchoring device includes a housing having an opening, a heating head extending forwardly out of the opening, and a movable member disposed movably on the heating head and extending forwardly out of the opening. The movable member has an engagement hole permitting extension of the heating head therethrough, a front annular surface, a loading portion disposed on the front annular surface, and a loading space defined between the loading portion and the front annular surface. The movable member is movable relative to the heating head between an extended position whereat a front pressing surface of the heating head is spaced apart from a forwardly protruding nose of the device, and a retracted position whereat the front pressing surface contacts the nose. A spring is disposed for biasing the movable member toward the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Chia-Wen Hsu
  • Patent number: 8221800
    Abstract: Inhalation of low levels of nitric oxide can rapidly and safely decrease pulmonary hypertension in mammals. Precise delivery of nitric oxide at therapeutic levels of 20 to 100 ppm and inhibition of reaction of nitric oxide with oxygen to form toxic impurities such as nitrogen dioxide can provide effective inhalation therapy for pulmonary hypertension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Geno LLC
    Inventors: David H. Fine, Stephen J. MacDonald, David R. Rounbehler, David Wheeler, Jonathan L. Rolfe, George Jarvis
  • Patent number: 8216254
    Abstract: A system and associated method for manipulating tissues and anatomical or other structures in medical applications for the purpose of treating diseases or disorders or other purposes. In one aspect, the system includes a delivery device configured to deploy and implant anchor devices for such purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Neotract, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew McLean, Mitchell C. Barham, Michael Wei, Floria Cheng, Andrew L. Johnston, Michael Gearhart, Joseph Catanese, III, Theodore C. Lamson, Joshua Makower
  • Patent number: 8218764
    Abstract: A method for delivering media content in full motion video to users via the Internet in a collaborative media production process is disclosed. The method includes: receiving encoded, production digital media files and a meta-data file; wherein the meta-data file contains meta-data at least from film, video, television, or commercial production or post-production; parsing the meta-data, wherein the meta-data is read by parsing software; associating the meta-data with the production digital media files; and enabling viewing and collaborative interaction with the production digital media files by a user using the collaborative display interface, wherein the collaborative interaction includes interacting with other users during production and post-production by notating comments that includes inserting a link to a specific digital media file and an actual media clip frame using a production time code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sample Digital Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Joshua C. Kline