Patents Represented by Attorney Townsend and Townsend and Crew
  • Patent number: 7882840
    Abstract: A method for opening a portion of a passageway of a patient is disclosed. The patient has a first metallic structure attached to a portion of the patient's neck. The method includes obtaining a second magnetic structure, placing the second magnetic structure proximate the first metallic structure attached to the portion of the patient's neck, and pulling the second magnetic structure away from the patient's neck to thereby open the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Peter Belafsky, Joel Delman, John B. Freese
  • Patent number: 7884826
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosure for maintaining realistic grooming of simulated objects. In a method for simulating objects, a reference shape associated with a simulated object is received. A predetermined orientation is also received. A force acting on the simulated object is then modified based on the predetermined orientation. The force acts on the simulated object to shape the simulated object according to the reference shape. The force may be “strategically weakened” when the simulated object (or a portion thereof) is substantially aligned with the predetermined orientation. In a further method for simulating objects, a measured height associated with the simulated object is received. A “lifting” force is generated to reduce a difference between the measured height and a predetermined height associated with the reference shape. The lifting force simulates structure and internal forces that provide volume and shaping to physical objects, such as hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Pixar
    Inventor: David Baraff
  • Patent number: 7885878
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for activating a payment account. The payment account is associated with two identifiers. A payment instrument is provided as having the two identifiers. A first identifier is read at a first point of sale device to activate the payment account. A second identifier is read by a radio frequency identification reader at a second point of sale device to access funds in the payment account. The first point of sale device may not be capable of reading the second identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventor: Keith A. Newbrough
  • Patent number: 7885454
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for generating depth-of-field effects includes receiving information specifying an input image rendered using a pinhole camera. A first set of circles of confusion associated with portions of the input image are determined based a set of parameters associated with the pinhole camera. The first set of circles of confusion are then associated with heat conductivity of a medium. The portions of the input image are blurred according to heat diffusion in the medium to generate a first output image having a first depth-of-field effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Pixar
    Inventor: Michael Kass
  • Patent number: 7881205
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for novel error detection and retransmission processes are described. These processes may be implemented on intermediate communication links between two end terminals, wherein the intermediate links are via satellite. Error control mechanisms to detect and retransmit lost or corrupted frames may be implemented at the network layer, or between the network and data link layers. Processes for discovering error control protocol-aware terminals are described. Features of these error control processes may include a configurable delay limit, tailored to traffic type or class.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Viasat, Inc.
    Inventor: Anil Agarwal
  • Patent number: 7880743
    Abstract: An improved attribute determination process allows the sharpness of a surface attribute function to be adjusted on a per-object, per-surface, per-texture, per-function, or other appropriate basis. A computer-based animator then can selectively adjust the sharpness or other attribute(s) of portions of a to-be-rendered image without significantly increasing the rendering time. For a selected texture, corresponding sampling regions will be shifted about the respective surface points projected in texture space. A multi-dimensional set of sub-regions can be generated for the shifted sampling region. Bounding boxes can be determined for each sub-region, the boxes occupying less area, such as in texture space, than a single bounding box for the original sampling region. The bounding boxes can be used for local attribute determinations (such as texture lookups) for each sub-region, with the local attributes being processed to determine an attribute for the respective surface point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Pixar
    Inventors: Chris Bernardi, Manuel Kraemer
  • Patent number: 7882021
    Abstract: System and methods for facilitating the settlement of financial accounts across different entities utilize a host computer system that tracks financial transactions made at each merchant location or store and uses this information to reconcile accounts across different entities. In one embodiment, the host computer periodically performs a net settlement analysis of the transactional data received from each entity's stores. A request is prepared to transfer funds from each entity's bank account having a positive net settlement amount into a central entity bank account. A request is also prepared to transfer funds into each entity's bank account having a negative net settlement amount from the central entity bank account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: First Data Corporation
    Inventors: David Baumgartner, Kevin James, Keith Newbrough
  • Patent number: 7880770
    Abstract: Tools for controlling cameras (and other objects), using an input device. Some such tools may establish a threshold, above which the input from the input device is fed directly to the object being controlled, and below which the input signal is processed to provide smoother operation. This can allow for direct control over a camera (or other object) in large movements but still allow for smooth, controlled movements when slower movement is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Accelerated Pictures, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Alvarez, Mark Parry
  • Patent number: 7878889
    Abstract: A system includes a substantially sealed, substantially airtight cabinet sized for housing a vertical array of heat-producing units, the cabinet having an exterior shell and the system including an interior divider wall disposed inside the cabinet, the shell and divider wall providing an equipment chamber adapted to support the array such that the array cooperates with the shell and divider wall in use to define a first plenum, the first plenum having a first inlet defined by the divider wall for receiving a flow of cooling gas and having a first outlet defined by a plurality of openings through the array whereby the first plenum communicates with the openings in use to exhaust substantially all of the flow of cooling fluid through the openings and hence through the array, wherein the divider wall is configured to allow the first inlet to admit the gas to the first plenum in a substantially horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventor: Tony Day
  • Patent number: 7879066
    Abstract: A luminal occlusion device comprises a tension member, an elongate shaft, and a flat film having an axial receptacle which is received over a distal portion of the tension member. The flat film has proximal and distal ends which are attached to the distal ends of the tension member and the elongate shaft, respectively. Thus, distal advancement of the tension member relative to the shaft will cause the flat film to assume a low profile configuration, while proximal retraction of the tension member relative to the elongate shaft will cause the flat film to assume a foreshortened, compacted configuration. The film usually includes one or more radioopaque markers which help shape the compacted film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Percutaneous Sustems, Inc.
    Inventors: Rupesh Desai, Alexander L. Huang, Steven Yee
  • Patent number: 7879602
    Abstract: The present invention provides chimeric adenoviral vectors and methods for using the vectors to elicit an immune response to an antigen of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Vaxart, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean N. Tucker
  • Patent number: 7882132
    Abstract: A mapping scheme is disclosed so that data can be communicated between a relational database and a system that represents data in a manner different than the relational database. In one embodiment, the mapping scheme uses a mapping catalog that identifies attributes, columns and tables in the relational database that store data for the attributes, and relations between tables in order to determine how to access the attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Sanjay P. Ghatare
  • Patent number: 7880438
    Abstract: An uninterruptible power supply system includes an input configured to couple to a power source, an output configured to couple to a system load, a battery, power circuitry coupled to the input, the output, and the battery, and configured to transfer power from the input to the output and to transfer power from the battery to the output, a test load, a test switch coupled to the battery and the test load and configured to selectively couple the battery to the test load, a voltage monitor coupled to the battery and configured to provide an indication of a voltage provided by the battery, and a processor coupled to the test switch and the voltage monitor and configured to effect a first partial-discharge test on the battery by actuating the test switch to couple the battery to the test load to partially discharge the battery, and by using information from the voltage monitor regarding the voltage provided by the battery at different times during the test before a complete discharge of the battery to determine a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel C. Cohen, William L. Owens
  • Patent number: 7880332
    Abstract: An uninterruptible power supply system includes power converter circuitry configured to convert AC input power to a first DC power and a second DC power to the first DC power, a battery pack configured to provide the second DC power, a power relay mechanism coupled to the power converter circuitry and to the battery pack that selectively moves between an open position and a closed position, the power relay mechanism coupling the battery pack to the power converter circuitry when in the closed position and isolating the battery pack from the power converter circuitry when in the open position, and control circuitry configured to provide a control signal, where the power relay mechanism includes a motor actuator coupled to the control circuitry, the motor actuator being responsive to the control signal to change the power relay mechanism from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Ziegler, Ashok B. Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 7880216
    Abstract: In a method of fabricating a flash memory device, trenches are formed in an isolation area of a semiconductor substrate. A first insulating layer is formed on sidewalls and bottoms of the trenches. Conductive layer patterns are formed on the first insulating layers at the bottoms of the trenches. A second insulating layer is formed on the conductive layer patterns. Gate lines are formed over a semiconductor substrate including the second insulating layer. The gate lines intersect the conductive layer patterns. Junctions are formed on the semiconductor substrate between the gate lines. An interlayer insulating layer is formed over the semiconductor substrate including the gate lines. Contact holes are formed through which the conductive layer patterns and the junctions located on one side of the conductive layer patterns are exposed. The contact holes are gap-filled with a conductive material, thereby forming contact plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Choong Bae Kim
  • Patent number: 7879401
    Abstract: Methods and systems for organic vapor jet deposition are provided, where an exhaust is disposed between adjacent nozzles. One or more carrier gases may be provided and ejected from a plurality of nozzles. An exhaust may be provided to create a localized vacuum between nozzles. The exhaust may reduce pressure buildup in the nozzles and between the nozzles and the substrate, leading to improved deposition profiles, resolution, and improved nozzle-to-nozzle uniformity. The exhaust may be in fluid communication with an ambient vacuum, or may be directly connected to a vacuum source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of Michigan, The Trustees of Princeton University
    Inventors: Stephen Forrest, Richard Lunt
  • Patent number: 7881057
    Abstract: A system for restricting mixing of air in a data center includes a plurality of racks, each of the racks having a front face and a back face. The system includes an enclosure for collecting air released from the back faces of the plurality of racks, the enclosure configured to substantially contain the air in an area between the first row and the second row and having a roof panel coupled to the first row of racks and the second row of racks configured to span a distance between the first row of racks and the second row of racks. The enclosure is configured to maintain a first air pressure inside of the enclosure that is substantially equal to a second air pressure outside the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Fink, John H. Bean, Jr., Stephen F. Held, Richard J. Johnson, Rollie R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7880263
    Abstract: A shallow trench isolation structure for integrated circuits. The structure includes a semiconductor substrate and a buffered oxide layer overlying the semiconductor substrate. A pad nitride layer is overlying the buffered oxide layer. An implanted region is formed around a perimeter of the trench region. A trench region is formed within the semiconductor substrate. The trench region has a bottom width of less than 0.13 microns and an upper width of less than 0.13 microns. A rounded edge region is within a portion of the semiconductor substrate surrounding a periphery of the trench region. The rounded edges have a radius of curvature greater than about 0.02 um. A planarized high density plasma fill material is formed within the trench region. The structure has a P-well region within the semiconductor substrate and bordering a vicinity of the trench region. A channel region is within the P-well region within the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corporation
    Inventor: Hae Wang Yang
  • Patent number: 7881110
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of programming a nonvolatile memory device. A method of programming a nonvolatile memory device in accordance with an aspect of the present invention can include performing a program operation on a first page, counting a program pulse application number until the program operation on the first page is completed, comparing the counted program pulse application number and a critical value and resetting a program start voltage based on the comparison result, and performing a program operation on a second page using the reset program start voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor inc.
    Inventor: Jin Su Park
  • Patent number: D631751
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Arta Holdings LLC
    Inventors: David Fox, Jaime King