Patents Represented by Law Firm Townsend and Townsend
  • 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: 7886297
    Abstract: In an information processing apparatus which executes first and second threads which executes methods, the first thread transmits a stop instruction for terminating execution of the second thread to the second thread. In response to the reception of the stop instruction, the second thread terminates execution of a first method in execution and initiates execution of the second method which should be executed subsequent to the first method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyohei Nagano, Mutsuko Kondo
  • 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: 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: 7883471
    Abstract: Minimally invasive methods, systems and devices are provided for qualitatively and quantitatively assessing collateral ventilation in the lungs. In particular, collateral ventilation of a target compartment within a lung of a patient is assessed by advancement of a catheter through the tracheobronchial tree to a feeding bronchus of the target compartment. The feeding bronchus is occluded by the catheter and a variety of measurements are taken with the use of the catheter in a manner which is of low risk to the patient. Examples of such measurements include but are not limited to flow rate, volume and pressure. These measurements are used to determine the presence of collateral ventilation and to quantify such collateral ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Pulmonx Corporation
    Inventors: Nikolai Aljuri, Anthony Wondka, George Surjan, Kirk Davis, Peter Soltesz, Rodney C. Perkins
  • Patent number: 7882842
    Abstract: An airway implant device for maintaining and/or creating an opening in air passageways is disclosed. Methods of using the device are also disclosed. The airway implant device comprises a deformable element to control the opening of an air passageway. Preferably the deformable element is an electroactive polymer element. Energizing of the electroactive polymer element provides support for the walls of an air passageway, when the walls collapse, and thus, completely or partially opens the air passageway. Some embodiments of the invention include a sensor capable of sensing the possible occurrence of an apneic event and activating the deformable element of the airway implant device. Methods of treating airway disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring with the airway implant device are disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Pavad Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Nikhil D. Bhat, Anant V. Hegde, George Yoseung Choi
  • Patent number: 7886352
    Abstract: A reverse proxy server can provide access to web applications. The reverse proxy system can produce interstitial pages not generated with the web application code and optionally block access to the web application until the interstitial pages have been processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Phani Pandrangi, Michael Lossos, Don L. Hayler, Daniel Vu, William Adjie-Winoto
  • Patent number: 7885160
    Abstract: There is provided an information recording and reproducing method and an apparatus for the same capable of optimizing the shift adjustment of a recording pulse recorded in an optical disk even at the time of recording information on the optical disk at a high speed. The shift adjustment value of the recording pulse optimized at a low speed recording on an optical disk is multiplied by a constant value to be taken as the optimum shift conditions of the recording pulse at the high speed recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Takakiyo Yasukawa, Koichi Watanabe, Naohito Ikeda, Toshio Shoji, Yasuhiro Wada
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 7885659
    Abstract: A method for managing Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) communications within a local area network and a LAN-based UMA network controller are disclosed. The method includes monitoring packets received from a first UMA device connected to the local area network and detecting whether they represent a call between the first UMA device and a second UMA device. The method also includes determining whether the second UMA device is connected to the local area network. If the packets represent a call between the first and second UMA devices and the second UMA device is connected to the local area network, packets representing audio data are maintained within the local area network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Network Equipment Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy T. Pummill, Kevin Isacks, Terry Hardie, Talbot Harty
  • Patent number: 7885841
    Abstract: An audit planning system enables users to plan effective audits by identifying audit units having potentially large impacts and risks on an enterprise and enabling users to select audit units to include in audits based on a variety of different criteria. The audit planning system displays the audit units of the enterprise and a visual indicator of the impact and risk associated with each audit unit. The audit planning system enables users to select the displayed audit units to plan an audit. The audit planning system may display audit units in an impacted financial statement, a tree map, a graph, and/or a table. The audit planning system may sort and/or display audit units with visual indicators specifying associated risks, impacts, materiality values, exposures, coverages, and/or audit costs. The audit planning system can further display visual indications of the changes in audit units' associated attributes over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Nigel King
  • Patent number: 7883520
    Abstract: Corneal epithelial pocket formation systems include a cutting head and a blade coupled to the cutting head. The blade is coupled to the cutting head at an orientation that is effective in maintaining a viable separated pocket defining portion of corneal epithelium of an eye of a patient during formation of a corneal epithelial pocket of the eye. The blade includes a cutting edge surface at its distal end. The cutting edge surface is effective in separating the corneal epithelium from the underlying Bowman's membrane of the eye without leaving residual corneal epithelial cells in contact with Bowman's membrane that may result in corneal epithelial cell growth between a corneal implant located in the corneal epithelial pocket and the underlying Bowman's membrane. Versions of the present systems include spring loaded blade holders, which may be removable from the cutting head. Versions also can include applanators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: ForSight Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Markus Gaeckle, Helmut Maas, Daniel Wolf, Tanja Riehl
  • 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: 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: 7884992
    Abstract: A photochromic optical article comprises a substrate, and a photochromic coating coated on an outer surface of the substrate and having at least two photochromic layers. Each of the photochromic layers has a composition that contains a carrier and at least one photochromic dye. The compositions of the photochromic layers are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Darwin Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yun-Cheng Wang, Yi-Tang Wang
  • 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