Patents Represented by Attorney Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP
  • Patent number: 8352312
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method that allows a central election office to maintain control over actions taken on voting devices located at various polling locations. In an exemplary embodiment, a poll worker or other user contacts the central election office with a request to perform an action on a voting device. An election management system located at the central election office executes a hashing algorithm to generate a first hash code associated with the action. The central election office communicates the first hash code to the polling location, and the poll worker or other user inputs the first hash code into the voting device. The voting device executes the same hashing algorithm to generate a second hash code associated with the action, and compares the second hash code to the first hash code to verify the validity of the first hash code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: ES&S Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Carbullido
  • Patent number: 8343020
    Abstract: A method for exercise, physical therapy and rehabilitation includes providing an elastic member having a tension indicator, securing one end of the elastic member, and stretching the elastic member using a part of the body until the tension indicator indicates that a predetermined tension level has been attained. Upon reaching the predetermined tension level, the elastic member is returned to its relaxed state. The tension indicator on the elastic member may be a printed image of recognizable image that distorts to another recognizable image at the predetermined tension level, a printed non-recognizable image that distorts to a recognizable pattern or image at the predetermined tension level, or an electronic indicator that provides audio and/or visual cues at the predetermined tension level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: ZMI Electronics, Ltd.
    Inventor: J. Chris Castel
  • Patent number: 8347103
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for authenticating a user of a device or computer system using a graphical password. In an exemplary embodiment, a user is presented with a plurality of graphical images on a display screen of an access device, such as a handheld smart phone. Each graphical image includes one or more associated attributes. The user sequential selects graphical images and a password is generated based on the combination of attributes of the selected images. The generated password is compared with a stored password to authenticate the user and grant access to the device. In another aspect, the graphical password includes time, motion, and/or keyboard input attributes such that the password is multidimensional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: NIC, Inc.
    Inventors: Nolan Jones, J. D. Sherry
  • Patent number: 8337122
    Abstract: A continuous semi-dense phase conveying system comprising a vessel having a gas inlet, a particulate material inlet, and a gas and particulate material outlet, which has an operating pressure of about 15 psig or less. The system includes a rotary airlock valve for feeding particulate material into the vessel and a pressurizing gas supply which branches into a feed gas line and a bypass line. A pneumatic conveying line coupled to the gas and particulate material outlet of said the and coupled to the bypass line. The pressure of the vessel is controlled using a bypass valve on said bypass line and optimize the flow of gas and particulate matter through the pneumatic conveying line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Magnum Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Brad Schultz
  • Patent number: 8333159
    Abstract: A veterinary table assembly having a support assembly and a table mounted to the support assembly. The table is operable to rotate with respect to the support assembly at least approximately 90 degrees between a first position and a second position. Preferably, the table is also operable to move vertically between a lowered position and a raised position. The table assembly also preferably includes a back panel mounted to the support assembly for restraining an animal on the table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Schroer Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Joseph Schroer, Perry Crow
  • Patent number: 8323969
    Abstract: A method for generating a purified regulatory T cell composition having a CD4+CD25+Foxp3? phenotype from naive T cells having CD4+CD45RA+RO?CD11alo CD27+ phenotype comprising the steps of stimulating a T cell receptor on the naive T cells and stimulating ICAM-1 on the naive T cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: University of Kansas
    Inventors: Stephen H. Benedict, Kelli M. Cool, Abby L. Dotson
  • Patent number: 8298470
    Abstract: A method of making a molded article from two or more different formable materials having different molding temperatures in a single heating or molding cycle. One of the formable materials is selected as a reference material, and the remaining formable materials are modified so that all of the formable materials reach their respective molding temperatures at substantially the same time. Preferably, each of the remaining formable materials is modified by mixing a suitable amount of an additive therewith so as to adjust the power factor of the formable material. All of the formable materials are then placed in a flow molding apparatus whereby an alternating dielectric field is applied across the formable materials to form the molded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Vertex L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michel Marc
  • Patent number: 8293510
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a hydrogel network comprised of a physically cross-linked polymer and a chemically cross-linked polymer or physically entangled copolymer containing living cells, such as chondrocytes, encapsulated therein. In a preferred aspect, the physically cross-linked polymer is selected from the group consisting of thermally gelling polysaccharides and proteins, such as agarose or gelatin, and the chemically cross-linked or physically entangled polymer is synthesized from a water-soluble vinyl monomer, either as a homopolymer or copolymer, such as polyethylene glycol diacrylate (“PEG-DA”) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (“HEMA”).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: University of Kansas
    Inventors: Michael Detamore, Stevin H. Gehrke
  • Patent number: 8272919
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an interactive intelligent toy that provides the appearance and experience of a toy hamster moving in, and interacting with, its environment and habitat. In an exemplary embodiment, the interactive intelligent toy comprises an intelligent motive and control component enclosed by a cover resembling a hamster, with fur coat, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and whiskers. The motive component includes a drive mechanism and circuitry operable to control the drive mechanism, monitor and detect user and event inputs, and detect and decode embedded codes from a pathway and perform predetermined actions or generate predetermined sounds in response. The motive component moves along and through a pathway component having one or more embedded codes detectable by the motive component, the embedded codes providing information to the motive component to direct desired action of the motive component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cepia, LLC
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Marcellus Benson, Joseph McGowan, Michael Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8268048
    Abstract: Solid nanoparticulate transition metal complexes of Co(II) salen exhibit reversible oxygen absorption in a near stoichiometric manner. In contrast, no measurable oxygen binding was observed with unprocessed Co(II) salen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: University of Kansas
    Inventors: Bala Subramaniam, Andrew S. Borovik, Chad A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8261984
    Abstract: A ballot processing system for processing a plurality of ballots having one or more voting selections marked thereon. The system includes an input area configured to receive a stack of ballots to be processed, an output area configured to store the processed ballots, and a transport path operable to transport each of the ballots from the input area to the output area. In an exemplary embodiment, the transport path comprises a planar section positioned between a first curve section and a second curve section to form a generally S-shaped path. The length of the transport path allows each of the ballots to be processed prior to reaching the output area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: ES&S Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Dean Baumert, Mike Dvorak
  • Patent number: 8260660
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for un-issuing a voting credit that has been erroneously issued to a voter in an election. The system includes an electronic poll book that is used to check-in a voter by locating the appropriate voter record and analyzing the voter record to determine whether a voting credit has been issued to the voter in the election. If a voting credit has been issued to the voter, the electronic poll book displays an indication that the voter has already voted in the election. If it is determined that the voting credit was erroneously issued to the voter, a poll worker enters an un-issue code into the poll book. The poll book verifies the validity of the un-issue code and updates the voter record so as to un-issue the voting credit. As such, the voter may vote a regular ballot in the election.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: ES&S Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Ken D. Carbullido, Brandon M. Elwood, Shari L. Little, Jessica E. Blackman
  • Patent number: 8252963
    Abstract: A catalyst composition can include: a support; a ruthenium catalyst (Ru) nanoparticle; and a linker linking the Ru nanoparticle to the support, wherein the linker is stable under hydrogenolysis conditions. In one aspect, the linker can include 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APTS) or derivatives thereof, such as those with amine functionality. In another aspect, the linker can include phosphotungstic acid (PTA) or other similar solid acid agents. In another aspect, the support can be selected from alumina, carbon, silica, a zeolite, TiO2, ZrO2, or another suitable material. A specific example of a support includes zeolite, such as a NaY zeolite. The Ru nanoparticle can have a size range from about 1 nm to about 25 nm, and can be obtained by reduction of Ru salts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: University of Kansas
    Inventors: Raghunath V. Chaudhari, Debdut S. Roy, Bala Subramaniam
  • Patent number: 8236212
    Abstract: A method of forming a hardened skin on one or more surfaces of a molded article. In an exemplary method, a formable material is mixed with a blowing agent to form a foam material. The foam material is placed in a flow molding apparatus such that a first surface of the foam material is in contact with a first mold section and a second surface of the foam material is in contact with a second mold section. In operation, an alternating dielectric field is applied across the foam material to form the molded article. At the end of the molding cycle, the first and/or second surfaces of the foam material remain under the decomposition temperature of the blowing agent and are not blown so as to form one or more thicknesses of hardened skin on the molded article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Vertex L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michel Marc
  • Patent number: 8225998
    Abstract: A secure ballot box includes a main compartment for receiving ballots, a case including a base and a cover supported by the main compartment, and a scanner supported within the base. The cover is coupled with the base and is moveable between a closed position enclosing the scanner and an open position exposing at least a portion of the scanner. The case and scanner are removable from the main compartment for easy transport. A sensor, operable to detect the height of the ballots collected within the main compartment, is coupled with the scanner to switch the scanner to an off mode such that additional ballots will not be accepted when the height of ballots within the main compartment reaches a predetermined threshold level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: ES&S Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Steve Bolton
  • Patent number: D664709
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Xikar, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Almsberger, Kurt Van Keppel, Trevor Matthew Howell
  • Patent number: D664710
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Xikar, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Van Keppel, Trevor Matthew Howell, Scott Almsberger
  • Patent number: D665524
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Koller Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bush, Charles S. Oldani
  • Patent number: D670352
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Rocksolid Industries LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Norberg, Keith A. Dinwiddie
  • Patent number: D673231
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cepia, LLC
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Joseph McGowan, James Augustus Keefe, III, Michael Reynolds, Ryan William Alexander Lee