Patents Represented by Law Firm Townsend and Townsend
  • 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: 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 7885434
    Abstract: At least one wrong template for storing features of pattern information imaged on condition unsuitable for biometric authentication is provided and the wrong template information is collated with collation template information produced by extracting features from biometric information when authentication information is registered. When similarity is low, the collation template information is stored in an authentication template. The collation template is collated with the wrong template upon authentication and when similarity is high, authentication processing is not made. Further, when similarity of the collation template information and the wrong template information is high, a guidance message for solving a problem is displayed to the user. Thus, reduction of authentication performance is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiji Kitane, Yasushi Aoyama, Harumi Satou, Shuichi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 7884182
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of assembling oligopeptide intermediates in a native chemical ligation reaction that eliminates self-ligation of bi-functional intermediates. An important aspect of the invention is a bi-functional intermediate with an N-terminal heterocyclic protecting group which effectively prevents self-ligation in the chemical assembly process. The present invention is useful in methods for convergent synthesis of polypeptides and proteins and improves the efficiency of native chemical ligation reactions, particularly where three or more peptide fragments are used to assemble a polypeptide or protein product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Paolo Botti, Hubert Gaertner, Sonia Manganiello, Matteo Villain
  • 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: 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: 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: 7883207
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention provide multifocal lenses having one or more multifocal inserts comprising one or more diffractive regions. A diffractive region of a multifocal insert of the present invention can provide a constant optical power or can provide a progression of optical power, or any combination thereof. A multifocal insert of the present invention can be fabricated from any type of material and can be inserted into any type of bulk lens material. A diffractive region of a multifocal insert of the present invention can be positioned to be in optical communication with one or more optical regions of a host lens to provide a combined desired optical power in one or more vision zones. Index matching layers of the present invention can be used to reduce reflection losses at interfaces of the host lens and multifocal insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: PixelOptics, Inc.
    Inventors: Venkatramani S. Iyer, William Kokonaski, Joshua N. Haddock, Roger Clarke, Ronald D. Blum
  • Patent number: 7882841
    Abstract: Methods and systems for resecting and debulking prostatic tissue to utilize a shaft carrying an energy source. The shaft is anchored by a balloon or other structure expanded in the bladder, and the energy source is capable of directing ablative energy radially outwardly from the urethra, where the energy source will be moved in order to remove a pre-defined volume of prostatic tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Procept Corporation
    Inventors: Nikolai Aljuri, Rodney C. Perkins
  • 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: 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: PP21699
    Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Cynara named ‘X42’ that has improved productivity and year round harvest. ‘X42’ 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