Patents Represented by Attorney Townsend and Townsend & Crew, LLP
  • Patent number: 7902831
    Abstract: Methods of performing electrostatic discharge testing on a transaction card are disclosed. A transaction card may be placed on an insulated surface. A grounding probe may be placed at a first location on the transaction card. A discharge probe may be charged to a known voltage level. The discharge probe may then be discharged at a second location on the transaction card. A discharge wave shape may be recorded from the ground probe, and one of a pass condition and a fail condition may be assigned based on at least the value of the known voltage level as compared to a reference voltage level. The first location and the second location may each be selected from a plurality of areas on the transaction card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Visa U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Mustafa Cemal Top, Edward Kurtek, Johan Ras, Dung Huynh, Stan Weitz, Chris Stanley Nelson
  • Patent number: 7904307
    Abstract: A virtual health-care electronic commerce community includes a network to communicate information relating to the community; one or more patients coupled to the network; one or more treating professionals coupled to the network; and a server coupled to the network, the server storing data for each patient and performing patient data visualization in response to a user request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Align Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Abolfathi, Ike Udechuku, Phillips Alexander Benton, Beth Ann Cooney, Keith Wolf
  • Patent number: 7903654
    Abstract: A packet classifier and a method for routing a data packet are provided. The packet classifier includes a content addressable memory, a translation table and a parameter memory. The method includes looking up a content addressable memory for a base address into a parameter memory using a header of the data packet. The base address is related to the routes under ECMP for forwarding the data packet. From among these addresses, using multiple headers of the data packet, an adjustment to the base address is computed. The adjustment specifies an actual address to the parameter memory corresponding to a selected route for forwarding the data packet. The parameter memory is then accessed using the actual address to obtain parameter values relevant to the selected route. The data packet is then forwarded according to the parameter values thus obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Foundry Networks, LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Bansal, Yuen Wong
  • Patent number: 7901708
    Abstract: The present invention provides apparatus and processes for producing liposomes. By providing a buffer solution in a first reservoir, and a lipid solution in a second reservoir, continuously diluting the lipid solution with the buffer solution in a mixing chamber produces a liposome. The lipid solution preferably comprises an organic solvent, such as a lower alkanol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Protiva Biotherapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian MacLachlan, Lloyd Brian Jeffs, Lorne R. Palmer, Cory Giesbrecht, Noelle Giesbrecht, legal representative
  • Patent number: 7898459
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for adaptively estimating the specific differential phase (Kdp) from dual-polarization radar data in the complex domain. Some embodiments adapt for wrapped differential propagation phases by estimating the specific differential phase in the complex domain. Some embodiments adapt for measurement fluctuations and/or spatial scale in making such estimations. Some embodiments also provide for determining the presence of storms cells using the dispersion of the differential propagation phase shift over a subset of bins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Colorado State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Chandrasekaran Venkatachalam, Yanting Wang
  • Patent number: 7898549
    Abstract: A graphics processing subsystem defines a bounding area as the portion of the display buffer and other memory buffers occupied by one or more rendered objects. When clearing the memory buffers, only the portions of the buffers corresponding to the bounding area need to be cleared. A graphics pipeline includes a bounding area memory to store bounding area values. The bounding area values are modified during rendering so that each rendered primitive falls within the bounding area values. The graphics processing subsystem clears a portion of the memory buffer in response to a clear command specifying a bounding area. The clear command may include a set of bounding area values defining the bounding area, or alternatively a reference to the bounding area memory. For applications that draw objects in isolation, the bounding area will be smaller than the window, resulting in a decreased time requirement for clearing the memory buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: NVIDIA Corporation
    Inventors: Ross A. Cunniff, Matthew J. Craighead
  • Patent number: 7897329
    Abstract: The present invention features a method for determining t-RNA dihydrouridine-synthase activity of a polypeptide and screening for modulators of t-RNA dihydrouridine-synthase activity. The present invention further provides methods or pharmaceutical compositions for preventing and/or treating non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) using such modulators. Furthermore, the present invention provides methods for diagnosing non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) using the t-RNA dihydrouridine-synthase activity of IMS-E21 (URLC8) protein as an index. The present invention further provides methods for predicting and prognosing lung squamous-cell carcinoma (SCC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Oncotherapy Science, Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakamura, Yataro Daigo, Shuichi Nakatsuru
  • Patent number: 7897848
    Abstract: The present application provides methods and compositions that modulate fruit dehiscence in plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Martin F. Yanofsky, Sarah Liljegren
  • Patent number: 7897387
    Abstract: A reporter system reflecting the transport process that transports GPI-anchored proteins to the cell wall was constructed and compounds inhibiting this process were discovered. Further, genes conferring resistance to the above compounds were identified and methods of screening for compounds that inhibit the activity of the proteins encoded by these genes were developed. Therefore, through the novel compounds, the present invention showed that antifungal agents having a novel mechanism, i.e. inhibiting the process that transports GPI-anchored proteins to the cell wall, could be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kappei Tsukahara, Katsura Hata, Koji Sagane, Kazutaka Nakamoto, Mamiko Tsuchiya, Naoaki Watanabe, Fuminori Ohba, Itaru Tsukada, Norihiro Ueda, Keigo Tanaka, Junko Kai
  • Patent number: 7899867
    Abstract: Techniques for processing instant messages (IM) received from entities destined for IM clients are provided. An IM module is used to receive the instant messages and process them. In one embodiment, the IM module may be used to determine if a message is spam (or spim) or not. The IM module receives an instant message for the IM client and determines if a challenge message should be sent to the sender of the IM. The challenge IM is an IM that is sent to the sender of the IM that necessitates a challenge. If a response to the IM challenge is received at the IM module, it is determined if the response satisfies an answer required by the challenge IM. If the response satisfies the answer, the IM received may be forwarded to the intended recipient IM client. Additionally, a method for processing buddy list events using an IM module is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: FaceTime Communications, Inc,
    Inventors: Alex Sherstinsky, Joseph Petviashvili, Eric Young, Jonathan Christensen
  • Patent number: 7899941
    Abstract: Circuits, methods, and apparatus that allow a DisplayPort compatible host device to control data transactions over an I2C bus when communicating with a legacy monitor. One example includes an adapter having a compatibility register that may have a number of locations, where at least some of the locations correspond to I2C bus speeds. Values stored at these locations can indicate whether the adapter is compatible or incompatible with the corresponding I2C bus speed. Another example includes an adapter having a speed register that may have a number of locations, where at least some of the locations correspond to I2C bus speeds. A defined value written to one of these locations dictates the corresponding I2C bus speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Hendry, George C. Kyriazis, Colin Whitby-Strevens
  • Patent number: 7895583
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and system for building a computer program, such as a dynamically linked library, capable of recognizing graphical user interface objects in HTML applications. The program accepts HTML DOM structures as input and processes the DOM by 1) creating one or more tokens for each parsed DOM element, and 2) parsing the generated tokens according to an application specific grammar. The program outputs user-interface objects that correspond to the graphical elements and other items displayed in the web browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Attila Szepesvary, Gergely Szilvasy, Sandor Banki-Horvath, Tamas Szvitacs
  • Patent number: 7895337
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generation of a content aware internet application interface including multiple content regions. A primary region populated by content including a content parameter for use in selecting, retrieving or configuring content of a secondary region. The secondary region content being selected, retrieved or configured responsive to the data found in the primary region content. The internet application interface is generated using a content manager configure to manage processing of the primary region content and selection or configuration of the second region content accordingly. In various embodiments the internet application interface is configured to access a internet application through a browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Rossi, Kenneth D. Pugsley, Gregory B. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7888314
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of treating intermittent claudication comprising administering glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) molecules to subjects suffering therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Hathaway, Thomas R. Coolidge
  • Patent number: 7887812
    Abstract: Targeted disruption of the centrin gene leads to attenuation of growth in Leishmania. Preferred embodiments of the invention provide attenuated strains of Leishmania useful for the preparation of immunogenic preparations including vaccines against a disease caused by infection with a virulent Leishmania strain and as tools for the generation of immunological and diagnostic reagents. Other preferred embodiments provide related immunogenic compositions, methods of generating an immune response, methods for producing a vaccine, and methods of forming attenuated strains of Leishmania.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Hira L. Nakhasi, Angamuthu Selvapandiyan, Alain Debrabant, Robert C. Duncan, Poonam Salotra, Gannavaram Sreenivas
  • Patent number: 7889204
    Abstract: A programmable processor and method for improving the performance of processors by expanding at least two source operands, or a source and a result operand, to a width greater than the width of either the general purpose register or the data path width. The present invention provides operands which are substantially larger than the data path width of the processor by using the contents of a general purpose register to specify a memory address at which a plurality of data path widths of data can be read or written, as well as the size and shape of the operand. In addition, several instructions and apparatus for implementing these instructions are described which obtain performance advantages if the operands are not limited to the width and accessible number of general purpose registers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Hansen, John Moussouris, Alexia Massalin
  • Patent number: 7887164
    Abstract: A piezoelectric layer is formed of a plurality of ferroelectric films containing lead (Pb), zirconium (Zr), and titanium (Ti) above a first electrode. A boundary portion between a first ferroelectric film closest to the first electrode and a second ferroelectric film formed above the first ferroelectric film has an area where the maximum value of a concentration of titanium with respect to zirconium is 80% or more.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Kuriki
  • Patent number: 7890173
    Abstract: Receiver-stimulators comprise a nearly isotropic transducer assembly, demodulator circuitry, and at least two tissue contacting electrodes. Use of near isotropic transducers allows the devices to be implanted with less concern regarding the orientation relative to an acoustic energy source. Transducers or transducer elements having relatively small sizes, typically less than ½ the wavelength of the acoustic source, enhance isotropy. The use of single crystal piezoelectric materials enhance sensitivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: EBR Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Axel F. Brisken, Mark W. Cowan, Debra S. Echt, Richard E. Riley
  • Patent number: 7890432
    Abstract: A system for providing franking services includes one or more networks, one or more postage meters, and a postal infrastructure data center connected to the one or more meters through the one or more networks, wherein the postal infrastructure data center establishes communication with the one or more meters as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Neopost Technologies
    Inventor: James M. Mattern
  • Patent number: 7890158
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for performing biometric determinations using optical spectroscopy of tissue. The biometric determinations that are disclosed include determination or verifications of identity, estimation of age, estimation of sex, determination of sample liveness and sample authenticity. The apparatuses disclosed are based upon discrete light sources such as light emitting diodes, laser diodes, vertical cavity surface emitting lasers, and broadband sources with multiple narrow-band optical filters. The multiple light sources are encoded in a manner that the tissue response for each source can be efficiently measured. The light sources are spaced at multiple distances from a detector to contribute differing information to the biometric determination task as do light sources with different wavelength characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Lumidigm, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert K. Rowe, Stephen P. Corcoran, Shonn P. Hendee