Patents Represented by Attorney Townsend and Townsend & Crew, LLP
  • Patent number: 7888206
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a semiconductor device includes forming a recess with a device separating film and a first hard mask layer so that a pad nitride film for defining a recess gate region may remain with a conventional mask. The method additionally the recess gate region to facilitate a subsequent process for etching a gate electrode without a step difference between the device separating film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Sang Don Lee
  • Patent number: 7884276
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are described for automatically converting audio input signal data into musical score representation data. Embodiments of the invention identify a change in frequency information from the audio signal that exceeds a first threshold value; identify a change in amplitude information from the audio signal that exceeds a second threshold value; and generate a note onset event, each note onset event representing a time location in the audio signal of at least one of an identified change in the frequency information that exceeds the first threshold value or an identified change in the amplitude information that exceeds the second threshold value. The generation of note onset events and other information from the audio input signal may be used to extract note pitch, note value, tempo, meter, key, instrumentation, and other score representation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: MuseAmi, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Taub, J. Alexander Cabanilla
  • Patent number: 7884955
    Abstract: Techniques for performing one or more actions based upon physical locations of one or more paper documents. According to an embodiment of the present invention, the paper documents have identification tags physically associated with them. The physical locations of the paper documents are determined based upon information read from the identification tags physically associated with the paper documents. One or more actions are performed based upon the physical locations of the paper documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Hull, Jamey Graham, Dar-Shyang Lee
  • Patent number: 7883836
    Abstract: The method for forming a fine pattern of a semiconductor device includes depositing a photoresist film over a semiconductor substrate having an underlying layer, performing a first exposure process using a first exposure mask to form a first photoresist pattern, the first exposure mask defining a first and a second exposure patterns, the first exposure pattern finer than the second exposure pattern, depositing a photoresist film over an entire surface of the resultant including the first photoresist pattern, performing a second exposure process using a second exposure mask to form a second photoresist pattern, the second exposure mask defining a third and a fourth exposure patterns, the third exposure pattern finer than the fourth exposure pattern and disposed between the first exposure patterns, the fourth exposure pattern overlapped with a portion of the second exposure pattern, and patterning the underlying layer using the first and the second photoresist patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Sun Young Koo
  • Patent number: 7885137
    Abstract: Provided is a method of operating a flash memory device having a first area and a second area, in which a programmed state and an erased state of the first area are opposite to that of the second area. The method includes receiving a program command, inverting the program data when the received program command is a command for programming the second area, and programming the inverted program data into the second area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Seok-Jin Joo
  • Patent number: 7883669
    Abstract: Systems for managing workflows to perform chemical or biological reactions using microfluidic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Fluidigm Corporation
    Inventors: Gang Sun, Greg Harris, Andy May, Kyle Self, Kevin Farrell, Paul Wyatt
  • Patent number: 7885139
    Abstract: A multi-chip package includes a plurality of memory chips and a control chip, wherein the control chip stores information about whether the memory chips are operating normally and selects chips that are operating normally according to an address signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventors: Je Il Ryu, You Sung Kim
  • Patent number: 7885879
    Abstract: To protect a person with a property interest in real property against a loss of market value thereof, a base market value of the real property is determined at a current time when the property interest in the real property arises or thereafter, and a number of types of events that cause the real property to lose market value as compared with the base market value are defined. A number of the defined types of events are selected, and a real estate market value policy is issued to the person at about the current time. The policy promises to compensate the person for any loss experienced by the person if the real property loses market value as compared with the base market value based on any of the selected types of events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventor: Arthur Quentin Smith
  • Patent number: 7885298
    Abstract: A system for producing frequency converted light includes a first seed laser operable to provide a first laser signal and a second seed laser operable to provide a second laser signal. The system also includes an optical combiner optically coupled to the first seed laser and the second seed laser. The optical combiner is operative to combine the first laser signal and the second laser signal into a combined laser signal. The system further includes a power amplifier optically coupled to the optical combiner. An intensity of both the first laser signal and the second laser signal are increased by the power amplifier. The system additionally includes a harmonic converter optically coupled to the power amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Deep Photonics Corporation
    Inventor: Michael J. Munroe
  • Patent number: 7883965
    Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a device isolation structure, a recess channel structure, and a gate electrode. The device isolation structure is formed in a semiconductor substrate to define an active region. The recess channel structure is disposed in the semiconductor substrate under the active region. The gate electrode includes a holding layer disposed in a gate region to fill the recess channel structure. The holding layer prevents a seam and a shift of the seam occurring in the recess channel structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventors: Shin Gyu Choi, Seung Chul Oh
  • Patent number: 7885830
    Abstract: Insurance policy deductibles are managed by a plurality of interrelated tables each including a plurality of variables. The variables in a first table include a geographical variable, a transaction variable and an effective policy date variable. The variables in another table include additional geographic variables, structural characteristics, amount of insurance and provides controls for managing deductibles. The variables in a further table distinguish deductibles available to the policies. In an additional table, the variables identify movement from an old deductible to a new deductible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association
    Inventors: Jerromy Laverne Johnson, Michael Hongming Chan
  • Patent number: 7883206
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a multifocal lens having a mostly spherical power region and a progressive optical power region. Embodiments of the present invention provide for the proper alignment and positioning of each of these regions, the amount of optical power provided by each of the regions, the optical design of the progressive optical power region, and the size and shape of each of the regions. The combination of these design parameters allows for an optical design having less unwanted astigmatism and distortion as well as both a wider channel width and a shorter channel length compared to conventional PALs. Embodiments of the present invention may also provide a new, inventive far-intermediate distance zone and may further provide for increased vertical stability of vision within a zone of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: PixelOptics, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald D. Blum, William Kokonaski, Venkatramani S. Iyer, Joshua N. Haddock, Mark Mattison-Shupnick
  • Patent number: 7884390
    Abstract: A vertically conducting semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate having a topside surface and a backside surface. The semiconductor substrate serves as a terminal of the vertically conducting device for biasing the vertically conducting device during operation. An epitaxial layer extends over the topside surface of the semiconductor substrate but terminates prior to reaching an edge of the semiconductor substrate so as to form a recessed region along a periphery of the semiconductor substrate. An interconnect layer extends into the recessed region but terminates prior to reaching an edge of the semiconductor substrate. The interconnect layer electrically contacts the topside surface of the semiconductor substrate in the recessed region to thereby provide a topside contact to the semiconductor substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: John T. Andrews, Hamza Yilmaz, Bruce Marchant, Ihsiu Ho
  • Patent number: 7883717
    Abstract: A delivery device that allows for the sustained release of an agent, particularly useful for the sustained release of a therapeutic agent to limited access regions, such as the posterior chamber of the eye and inner ear. The delivery device is minimally invasive, refillable and may be easily fixed to the treatment area. The delivery device includes a hollow body with an inlet port at its proximal end for insertion of the agent, a reservoir for holding the agent and a delivery mechanism for the sustained delivery of the agent from the reservoir to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Signe Erickson Varner, Eugene Dejuan, Aaron Christopher Barnes, Terry Harrison Shelley, Michael J. Cooney
  • Patent number: 7883019
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) includes a high capacitance solid state circuit region configured to perform predetermined operations, a RFID block comprising a FeRAM block for storing data, and an interface unit configured to transfer to the RFID block an externally-provided unique ID for wirelessly identifying the IC, the unique ID being stored in the FeRAM block. The IC further includes a conductive trace extending through predetermined regions of the IC, the conductive trace being configured as an antenna for the RFID block, wherein the RFID block is configured to receive and transmit information to an external source via the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventors: Hee-Bok Kang, Jin-Hong Ahn
  • Patent number: 7885922
    Abstract: A method of processing data includes identifying a capture redo byte address, initiating a capture process at the capture redo byte address, creating a clone of a source database to a logical change number, and initiating an apply process at a target database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Alok Pareek, Eric Ian Fish
  • Patent number: 7883516
    Abstract: Occluding structures may be created within a body lumen by advancing a length of material distally through the body lumen. By drawing a distal location on the advanced length of material in a proximal direction, the material may be compacted into a structure which at least partially occludes the lumen. The occluding structure may be used to remove kidney stones from the ureter in conjunction with lithotripsy and irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Percutaneous Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander L. Huang, Rupesh Desai
  • Patent number: 7884839
    Abstract: A method of enhancing the gray scale resolution of a PWM system. The method includes defining an N-bit PWM sequence with a length of 2N?1 units. The N-bit PWM sequence includes a least significant bit (LSB) segment characterized by a temporal length of one unit. In some embodiments, the temporal length of one unit is referred to as a time t0. The method also includes defining a fractional PWM sequence. The fractional PWM sequence includes the N-bit PWM sequence and a fractional bit segment of temporal length F. The temporal length of the fractional PWM sequence is 2N?1+F units. In a particular embodiment, F=1 and the temporal length of the fractional PWM sequence is 2N.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Miradia Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Y. T. Hwang
  • Patent number: 7884660
    Abstract: A programmable delay element, variable-length delay chain, and ring oscillator are disclosed. The programmable delay element performs phase interpolation of input signals in response to a control signal and can be used in combination with other delay elements to create a highly-modular, variable-length delay chain or ring oscillator. The ring oscillator can be used as part of a digitally-controlled oscillator (DCO) in a digital clock synthesizer to adjust the frequency and phase of a clock signal by fractional unit delay steps. Within the variable-length delay chain, some programmable delay elements can be configured to scale the delay-step of other programmable delay elements so that a plurality of step sizes can be implemented with identical delay elements. Also, variations of the delay chain generate in-phase and quadrature phase (I/Q) signals in either an end-tap or center-tap configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: PMC-Sierra, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Delage, Hormoz Djahanshahi, Guillaume Fortin
  • Patent number: PP21700
    Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Cynara named ‘B13’ that has improved productivity and year round harvest. B13 produces one central and about fifteen lateral edible immature flower buds, and four side shoots during the first year.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Baroda Farms, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Jordan