Patents Represented by Attorney Townsend and Townsend & Crew, LLP
  • Patent number: 7876849
    Abstract: A data transmission method and apparatus are disclosed using receivers having spatial diversity, with the receivers communicating with a common client via network communication. Improved systems and methods for data transmission according to the disclosed method and apparatus include at least: a transmission source for transmitting a data signal; a first receiver for receiving the data signal; a second receiver for receiving the data signal, wherein the second receiver is spaced apart from the first receiver thereby providing spatial diversity; and a communication network for facilitating communication between a client and at least the first receiver and the second receiver, as needed, wherein the client is capable of analyzing individual data signals received by the first and second receivers and forming a composite signal of a higher quality than the quality of the individual data signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Viasat, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven H. Gardner
  • Patent number: 7877532
    Abstract: An interface and protocol allow a media player to communicate with external accessories over a transport link. The protocol includes a core protocol functionality and a number of accessory lingoes. Examples of accessory lingoes include a microphone lingo, a simple remote lingo, a display remote lingo, an RF transmitter lingo, and an extended interface lingo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Emily Clark Schubert, Wang Chun Leung, Gregory T. Lydon, Scott Krueger, Paul Phillip Holden, John Archibald, Lawrence G. Bolton, Donald J. Novotney, John Benjamin Filson, David Tupman
  • Patent number: 7875829
    Abstract: The thermal processing device includes a stage, a continuous wave electromagnetic radiation source, a series of lenses, a translation mechanism, a detection module, a three-dimensional auto-focus, and a computer system. The stage is configured to receive a substrate thereon. The continuous wave electromagnetic radiation source is disposed adjacent the stage, and is configured to emit continuous wave electromagnetic radiation along a path towards the substrate. The series of lenses is disposed between the continuous wave electromagnetic radiation source and the stage, and are configured to condense the continuous wave electromagnetic radiation into a line of continuous wave electromagnetic radiation on a surface of the substrate. The translation mechanism is configured to translate the stage and the line of continuous wave electromagnetic radiation relative to one another. The detection module is positioned within the path, and is configured to detect continuous wave electromagnetic radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean C. Jennings, Mark Yam, Abhilash J. Mayur, Vernon Behrens, Paul A. O'Brien, Leonid M. Tertitski, Alexander Goldin
  • Patent number: 7873606
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention provide solutions that can offer a consistent framework for tools that assist in the configuration, tuning, and/or troubleshooting of a database and/or an RDBMS. Merely by way of example, one set of embodiments provides a software framework for an advisor component of a database and/or RDBMS. In accordance with some embodiments, the framework might specify a common data model for such advisor components. The data model can include, merely by way of example, a set of one or more findings (which might, in some cases, describe the result of an analysis of a circumstance in the database, RDBMS, and/or a mid-tier application used with the database) and/or a set of one or more recommendations (which might provide suggestions for addressing the circumstance). In particular embodiments. In particular embodiments, the data model might include a set of on or more rationales, which can explain the recommendations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Karl Dias, Alex Tsukerman, Gregory S. Smith, Leng Tan
  • Patent number: 7871632
    Abstract: The present invention provides compositions for delivering highly water-soluble drugs (such as vinca alkaloids) and methods of using such compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Adventrx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Xian Chen
  • Patent number: 7873622
    Abstract: Graphical user interfaces that are well suited for displaying search results from multiple search categories are described. In one aspect of the invention, a graphical user interface is provided that includes a window having at least two panes that are arranged to display search results from searches in different search categories. Each pane can be presented in an open state suitable for displaying information and a closed state. A user may adjust the relative sizes of the panes and the user may switch the panes between the open and closed states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: A9.com, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Karls, Ruben E. Ortega, Udi Manber
  • Patent number: 7871792
    Abstract: An isolated microbial consortium is described that includes a first microbial consortium having Thermacetogenium phaeum to metabolize a complex hydrocarbon substrate into metabolic products comprising an acetate compound. The consortium also includes a second microbial consortium having a methanogen to convert the acetate compound into a final product that includes methane. Also, a method of increasing production of materials with enhanced hydrogen content. The method includes isolating Thermacetogenium phaeum from geologic formation water, culturing the isolated Thermacetogenium phaeum to increase the Thermacetogenium phaeum population, and introducing a consortium of the cultured Thermacetogenium phaeum, which may include spores of Thermacetogenium phaeum, into a hydrocarbon formation containing a complex hydrocarbon substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: LUCA Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Pfeiffer, Glenn A. Ulrich, Gary Vanzin
  • Patent number: 7872374
    Abstract: An uninterrupted power supply (“UPS”) system is disclosed which uses a battery communication system to communicate to a UPS processor information concerning the status of a battery pack in an array of parallel coupled battery packs. The battery packs provide back-up power for the UPS system. Information about the battery packs is collected by a monitor associated with each of the battery packs. The monitors measure battery pack voltage, currents and temperature and compile information about the battery pack from the measured values. Each monitor prepares a data word representing information about its battery pack. The data words are transmitted to the UPS in response to commands issued by the UPS processor to the monitors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: American Power Conversion Corporation
    Inventors: Peter A. Gottlieb, Rodger B. Dowdell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7871780
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods of predicting a pre-disposition of HBV-infected individuals to develop hepatacellular carcinoma (HCC).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignees: The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hospital Authority
    Inventors: Jao Yiu Joseph Sung, Lik Yuen Chan, Kwok Wing Stephen Tsui, Kwong Sak Leung, Shu Kam Tony Mok, Angeline Bartholomeusz, Wai Yee Nancy Leung, Kin Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 7873479
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, systems, and code for accurately classifying whether a sample from an individual is associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or a clinical subtype thereof. In particular, the present invention is useful for classifying a sample from an individual as an IBD sample using a statistical algorithm and/or empirical data. The present invention is also useful for differentiating between a clinical subtype of IBD such as Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) using a statistical algorithm and/or empirical data. Thus, the present invention provides an accurate diagnostic prediction of IBD or a clinical subtype thereof and prognostic information useful for guiding treatment decisions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Prometheus Laboratories Inc.
    Inventors: Augusto Lois, Bruce Neri
  • Patent number: 7871889
    Abstract: A capacitor includes a lower electrode, a first dielectric layer formed over the lower electrode, a second dielectric layer formed over the first dielectric layer, wherein the second dielectric layer includes an amorphous high-k dielectric material, a third dielectric layer formed over the second dielectric layer, and an upper electrode formed over the third dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
    Inventor: Jong-Bum Park
  • Patent number: 7873641
    Abstract: An interface can allow for associating documents with tags. A search system can use connections between the tags and documents to determine search-independent rank values for the documents. The search-independent rank values can be combined with term matching indications to get a total relevance of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: BEA Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kurt Frieden, Dax Farhang, Samir Mahendra, Jose Quezada
  • Patent number: 7871778
    Abstract: The present invention provides biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of endometriosis. Generally, the methods of this invention find use in diagnosing or for providing a prognosis for endometriosis by detecting the expression levels of biomarkers, which are differentially expressed (up- or down-regulated) in endometrial cells from a patient with endometriosis. Similarly, these markers can be used to diagnose reduced fertility in a patient with endometriosis or to provide a prognosis for a fertility trial in a patient suffering from endometriosis. The present invention also provides methods of identifying a compound for treating or preventing endometriosis. Finally, the present invention provides kits for the diagnosis or prognosis of endometriosis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: Linda C. Giudice
  • Patent number: 7871644
    Abstract: The present invention presents a pharmaceutical composition for oral use with improved absorption, which comprises drug, aminoalkyl methacrylate copolymer E, and acidic substance and is obtained by bringing said 3 components together and uniformly mixing at least this polymer and this acidic substance, and a method of improving oral absorption/by using this pharmaceutical composition. Moreover, the present invention presents an agent for improving oral absorption that increases drug permeability of the digestive tract mucous membrane and/or mucous layer present on the surface of this membrane, whose active ingredient is aminoalkyl methacrylate copolymer E. In addition, the present invention presents an oral agent for improving absorption by increasing drug permeability of the digestive tract mucous membrane and/or the mucous layer distributed over this mucous membrane, whose effective component is aminoalkyl methacrylate copolymer E.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Astellas Pharma Inc.
    Inventors: Shunsuke Watanabe, Shigeo Takemura, Yuuki Tsutsui, Himoru Kondo, Kiyo Nakanishi, Kazuhiro Sako, Toyohiro Sawada
  • Patent number: 7873556
    Abstract: A system and method for securitizing margin loans, wherein a processor system operates to analyze account data for a plurality of accounts, and to identify and flag accounts that are marginable. The process provides for flagging a group of accounts which collectively are representative of a portfolio of marginable accounts held by a brokerage company. The system and method also provides for generating a general ledger for the brokerage company, a SPV, and a trust, wherein these general ledgers track the sale of margin loans belonging to the flagged accounts, from the brokerage company to the trust via the SPV. The system and method further provide for processing transactions in the flagged accounts to identify and classify transactions in the flagged accounts which affect the margin balances for the flagged accounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Carrie Dolan, Gregg Dolin, Cassandra Seay
  • Patent number: 7871619
    Abstract: Ligands of CCX-CKR2 and the biological role of CCX-CKR2 in cancer is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: ChemoCentryx, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer M. Burns, Bretton Summers, Maureen C. Howard, Thomas J. Schall, Zhenhua Miao
  • Patent number: D630870
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Z-Line Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Sexton
  • Patent number: D630871
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Assignee: Z-Line Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Sexton
  • Patent number: D631437
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan K. Stacey
  • Patent number: D631526
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Gamo Outdoor, S.L.
    Inventors: Victor Tresserras Torre, Julian Arnedo Vera