Patents Represented by Attorney Thompson Coburn, LLP
  • Patent number: 8352364
    Abstract: A method of performing financial transactions between users of Summa accounts, each Summa account including an electronic messaging system that provides for crediting and debiting at least one financial account associated with each Summa account. The invention also allows each user to define a schedule of receipt charges associated with the identities of other users to be charged as compensation for accepting delivery of their messages. With the user's permission, a record of purchases made from the Summa account may be maintained in a marketing database, increasing the value of use's market identity and the corresponding value of receipt charges they user may collect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: David C. Reardon
  • Patent number: 8347545
    Abstract: A support supports a decoy device in an elevated position above the support with a post. The support comprises a platform member with a front edge and an opposite rear edge with longitudinal sides extending therebetween. The platform member has top and bottom surfaces defining parallel planes between the front and rear edges and the longitudinal sides. The front edge has a width dimension less than the width dimension of the rear edge. The front edge is generally pointed in cross-section. The platform member is formed from a material with sufficient buoyancy to allow the support to substantially float in the water with the decoy device mounted thereto. The platform member top surface has a mount adapted to receive the post of the decoy device. The platform member has a tether connector. The method of using the support is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Rodney Ivie
  • Patent number: 8344207
    Abstract: The present invention provides nucleotide sequences encoding an insecticidal protein exhibiting lepidopteran inhibitory activity, as well as a novel insecticidal protein referred to herein as a Cry1A.105 insecticide, transgenic plants expressing the insecticide, and methods for detecting the presence of the nucleotide sequences or the insecticide in a biological sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Natalia N. Bogdanova, David R. Corbin, Thomas M. Malvar, Frederick J. Perlak, James K. Roberts, Charles P. Romano
  • Patent number: 8346660
    Abstract: A method and system for creating a pre-defined electronic transactions is disclosed. the system comprises a server in communication with a database and a computer network, and the server is configured to: (1) receive a request to create a pre-defined electronic transaction from a client computer via the computer network, (2) receive input from the client computer comprising information that at least partially defines the pre-defined electronic transaction, and (3) store the received information in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventors: David C. Reardon, Timothy L. Henson
  • Patent number: 8346507
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting various system conditions in a fluid delivery system (such as an HVAC system) based on a motor parameter are disclosed. Embodiments of the present invention relate to detecting: filter condition, frozen coil condition, register condition, energy efficiency, system failure, or any combination thereof. Embodiments of the present invention relate to detecting fluid delivery system conditions based on motor parameters including system current, system power, system efficiency, motor current, motor power, motor efficiency, and/or a change (or rate of change) in motor parameters. Techniques for responding to a clogged filter and a frozen coil are also disclosed. Also disclosed are techniques for characterizing a fluid delivery system off-site, prior to system installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Emerson Electric Co.
    Inventors: Prakash B. Shahi, Eric J. Wildi, Mark E. Carrier, Randy L. Bomkamp, Hung M. Pham, William P. Butler
  • Patent number: 8343222
    Abstract: Described is an articulating intervertebral disc prosthesis including a first member having a vertebra engaging portion and a bearing surface; a second member having a vertebra engaging portion and a bearing surface, which in use abuts the first member bearing surface to form a first bearing joint, —and motion restraint means adapted to provide ax-ticulation restraint of the bearing joints at predetermined limits of articulation similar to the natural motion restraint of a facet joint; wherein the prosthesis is longitudinally—split into two bodies so that the two bodies can be laterally separated, each body having an articulating bearing joint. Preferably, the second member bearing surface is shaped to include at least a portion of a first substantially circular curve when viewed in a first section, and at least a portion of a second substantially circular curve when viewed in a second section, said first and second curves being of respectively different sizes of circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Aiden Cope
  • Patent number: 8338664
    Abstract: Polynucleotides, nucleic acid constructs, and methods are disclosed for the modification of cellulose and/or lignin content in plant tissues. Plants are genetically engineered with a gene encoding a C3HC4 protein, which leads to increased cellulose content when over-expressed in the plant vascular system. Plant transformants harboring the C3HC4 protein gene show increased content of cellulose and/or decreased lignin content, traits that are thought to improve hardwood trees for cellulose extraction during pulping and papermaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Monsanto Do Brasil LTDA.
    Inventors: Paulo Arruda, Isabel Rodrigues Gerhardt
  • Patent number: 8340738
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for non-invasively measuring blood glucose levels in a biological sample based on spectral data. A variety of techniques are disclosed for improving signal-to-noise ratio in the acquisition of spectral data and calculating attenuance of light attributable to blood in a sample. Disclosed techniques include (1) using a standard deviation operation in conjunction with the logarithm function, (2) using a normalization factor, (3) using a ratio factor, (4) accounting for the effect of temperature on various system components such as resistors, and (5) accounting for dark current in a light detector by performing a calibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Curators of The University of Missouri
    Inventor: Zhi Xu
  • Patent number: 8341209
    Abstract: Systems and methods for processing information via networked computers leverage request handlers, process handlers, and task handlers to provide efficient distributed processing of processing jobs, the processing jobs comprising a process flow, each process flow including (1) a plurality of processing tasks to be performed by task handlers and (2) state information associated with the processing tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Appistry, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Louis Hinni, Guerry Anderson Semones, Michael Scott Groner, Roberto Raul Lozano
  • Patent number: 8340989
    Abstract: An Internet-enabled rental vehicle reservation management method and system are disclosed. Via the system and method, authorization limits can be assigned to the users who create and manage replacement rental vehicle reservations through the system, where these authorization limits impose financial commitment monetary limits that the users can make on replacement rental vehicle reservations over a specified period of time. In an exemplary embodiment, these authorization limits are customized on a per user basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Crawford Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Robert Weinstock, Kimberly Ann DeVallance, Randall Allan Haselhorst, Craig Stephen Kennedy, David Gary Smith, William T. Tingle, Anita K. Klopfenstein
  • Patent number: 8324482
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are transgenic plants having recombinant DNA which expresses a G1073 transcription factor which provides enhanced resistance and/or tolerance to water deficit. More specifically the DNA constructs comprise a polynucleotide which encodes at least a functional part of a G1073 transcription factor or a homologous transcription factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Jindong Sun, Kimberly Zobrist, Jingrui Wu, Changlin Fu, Stanton B. Dotson, Linda Lutfiyya
  • Patent number: 8326819
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and system for hardware-accelerating the generation of metadata for a data stream using a coprocessor. Using these techniques, data can be richly indexed, classified, and clustered at high speeds. Reconfigurable logic such a field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) can be used by the coprocessor for this hardware acceleration. Techniques such as exact matching, approximate matching, and regular expression pattern matching can be employed by the coprocessor to generate desired metadata for the data stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Exegy Incorporated
    Inventors: Ronald S. Indeck, Naveen Singla, David E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8308851
    Abstract: The invention relates to compositions and methods for separating oil and other contaminants (particularly oleophilic compounds) from water, gas and other carriers. The invention is useful for separating oil, including emulsified oil, from water and other oleophilic compounds from bilgewater and other wastewater. The compositions comprise a hydrocarbon resin and a drying oil, which may be combined in an organic solvent. For example, hydrocarbon resin and tung oil are optionally combined into a naphtha solvent. The invention is also useful for removing a variety of contaminants from an air stream, such as exhaust from internal combustion engines, burners, and other sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventor: David Roberts
  • Patent number: RE43839
    Abstract: A baking tray includes an outer shell and a bottom plate positioned within the outer shell for supporting a food item. The bottom plate is removable from the outer shell to separate the food item from the outer shell. The baking tray also includes a divider assembly positionable within the outer shell adjacent to the bottom plate. The divider assembly is configured to divide the food item supported on the bottom plate into a plurality of pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: FPG, LLC
    Inventors: Lou Henry, Scott Nicholson, Lori A. Long
  • Patent number: D672180
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Schroeder & Tremayne, Inc.
    Inventor: Jessica Stoddard
  • Patent number: D672181
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Schroeder & Tremayne, Inc.
    Inventor: Jessica Stoddard
  • Patent number: D672923
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: United Pet Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Loudenback, Roger Yount
  • Patent number: D672924
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: United Pet Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Olivier Amice, Aaron Witt
  • Patent number: D673238
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Double Nickel Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Bruce K. Siddle, Kevin Siddle
  • Patent number: D673667
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Baldor Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert McElveen, William E. Martin, Stephen T. Evon, Timothy Cain