Patents Represented by Attorney Vista IP Law Group LLP
  • Patent number: 8348969
    Abstract: A method of remodeling the uncinate process associated with a paranasal sinus includes positioning at least one shim member in the infundibulum, the shim member deforming the uncinate process and widening at least a portion of the infundibulum. The infundibulum space may be dilated with a dilating member. Dilation may occur prior to delivery of the at least one shim. The dilation member may be delivered into the sinus cavity via an access passageway formed in the canine fossa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Entellus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter T. Keith, Theodore O. Truitt, Thomas V. Ressemann
  • Patent number: 8348940
    Abstract: Large tissue regions are treated using pairs of electrode arrays. The electrode arrays may be concave and disposed in tissue so that their concave portions are opposed to each other. Axial conductors may be provided extending from the arrays and toward each other in order to increase the heating of tissues lying along the axis between the deployed electrode arrays. By properly spacing the electrode arrays apart and selecting the diameters of the arrays, desired volumes of tissue may be treated, typically with a bipolar, radiofrequency current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Behl, Morton Grosser, Alexander L. Huang
  • Patent number: 8352906
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, system, and computer program product for implementing external domain independent modeling framework in a system design. In some embodiments, the method or system comprises importing an external model in an external format into the framework while substantially preserving some or all of the interpretation of the external model, determining a internal common representation for the external model within the framework, and displaying or storing the internal common representation in a tangible computer readable medium. In some embodiments, the method or system further comprises validating the accuracy of the internal common representation, determining an analysis or transformation capability for the framework, or outputting a first output model in a second external format. In various embodiments, the method or system requires no external tool compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaron Kashai, Stavros Tripakis, Felice Balarin
  • Patent number: 8348971
    Abstract: Apparatus for sealing a puncture communicating with a blood vessel includes a bioabsorbable sealing member secured to one end of a filament or other retaining member. The sealing member is delivered through the puncture into the vessel, and retracted against the wall of the vessel to provide temporary hemostasis. The sealing member is rapidly absorbed after exposure within the vessel, e.g., to an aqueous or heated physiological environment (e.g., exposure to blood or body temperature), immediately or shortly after completing a medical procedure via the puncture, e.g., within the time period that the patient is ambulatory. Optionally, extravascular sealing material is delivered into the puncture proximal to the sealing member. The retaining member and/or extravascular material may be bioabsorbable, being absorbed at a slower rate than the sealing member. Alternatively, the filament is removed from the puncture after hemostasis is established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: AccessClosure, Inc.
    Inventors: Puneet Khanna, Farhad Khosravi
  • Patent number: 8352014
    Abstract: A site marker is provided that includes a generally hollow body defining a cavity. A deployment line within the site marker positions at least one marker element within the body portion. The deployment line has a first end that is fixedly secured to a first end of the body portion and a second end that is secured to a second end of the body portion. The deployment line is pre-biased so as to pull the first end of the body portion towards the second end of the body portion, and thereby expand the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Suros Surgical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip M. Leopold, Zachary R. Nicoson
  • Patent number: 8352101
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for simultaneous attitude maneuver and momentum dumping. The attitude maneuver is performed using nominal wheel control to minimize propellant usage, while applying a momentum management command to the thruster control loop in order for the wheels to accomplish the desired spacecraft maneuver while simultaneously being reset to a de-saturated target state. The system and method involve a wheel system comprised of reaction wheels and/or a control moment gyroscope (CMG), at least one thruster, and control logic that is in communication with the wheel system and thruster(s). If a spacecraft maneuver is in progress, the control logic biases an error input signal to a thruster control loop to track the wheel maneuver to prevent unnecessary propellant consumption. The control logic is further operable to output thruster torque commands and wheel torque commands that accomplish the maneuver while achieving the desired final momentum target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ronald Shawn Thomas, Richard I. Milford
  • Patent number: 8352999
    Abstract: A method of storing secret data in a shared computing environment includes defining secret data, such as a password and administration policies according to a schema of a directory server such as a LDAP server. The secret data and administration polices are centrally stored on the LDAP server. The secret data can be encrypted. Administration polices include authorization and authentication policies, and a security zone can be defined for a collection of entities with a common security characteristic, such as a common password. A security zone defines a group of users and the secret data that can be accessed by the group of users. Multiple security zones can be defined. The secret data can be accessed directly from the server of the directory service without accessing another server or data store assuming the administration policies are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kaijun Zhan, James Harper
  • Patent number: 8346635
    Abstract: Identifying suspect electronic tax data of an electronic tax return prepared using a tax preparation program. A first field of the tax return is populated with first tax data. The program selects statistical data for another type of tax data based upon the first tax data. A second field is populated with second tax data, which is compared with selected statistical data to determine whether the second tax data satisfies pre-determined criteria relative to the selected statistical data, e.g., whether the second tax data is within a pre-determined range or standard deviation of a mean or average of statistical data. If the second tax data does not satisfy the criteria, e.g., is outside of the range or standard deviation, the program issues an alert to notify the preparer of the specific location of the suspect data. The alert may be issued in real time while the tax return is being prepared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventor: Moshe Olim
  • Patent number: 8347248
    Abstract: A method and system to insert redundant vias while preserving timing is disclosed. The system and method preserve the timing during redundant via insertion, which utilizes incremental timing and extraction updates. A budgeting based approach and a path based approach to the method are disclosed. The budgeting approach is faster, while the path based method has a better insight of the worst slack/slew for the entire design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Tatjana Serdar, Olivier Omedes
  • Patent number: 8343192
    Abstract: Correction of a scoliotic curve in a spine comprises the steps of implanting an expanding rod isolated completely under the skin and attached to selected portions of the scoliotic curve of the spine at opposing ends of the rod; and producing a controlled force by means of expansion of the rod over at an extended time period under external control until a desire spinal curve is obtained. An incremental force is generated to stretch the scoliotic curve of the spine between the selected portions where attachment of the rod is defined. The controlled force is provided steadily for at least one month or alternatively 1-3 months. Multiple rods may be employed each associated with a different scoliotic curve of the spine or a different portion of the scoliotic curve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Ellipse Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: P. Douglas Kiester
  • Patent number: 8345902
    Abstract: A hearing aid includes a microphone for converting sound into an audio input signal, a hearing loss processor configured for processing the audio input signal or a signal derived from the audio input signal in accordance with a hearing loss of a user of the hearing aid, a synthesizer configured for generation of a synthesized signal based at least on a sound model and the audio input signal, the synthesizer comprising a noise generator configured for excitation of the sound model for generation of the synthesized signal including synthesized vowels, and a receiver for generating an output sound signal based at least on the synthesized signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: GN ReSound A/S
    Inventors: Guilin Ma, Karl-Fredrik Johan Gran
  • Patent number: 8342044
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclose a flow cytometric apparatus comprising a flow chamber to be passed through by a sample in a row in sequence, a sample storage means for metering and storing the sample, a sample syringe for driving the sample into the flow chamber, a syringe-type injection-suction device comprising a sheath liquid syringe and a liquid-path switching means connected with it, and a control unit for controlling the operations of the sample syringe and the syringe-type the injection-suction means. In a sample charging stage, the injection-suction means feeds the sample into the sample storage means so that the sample is temporarily stored in it in a ready-to-use state, and in a sheath-liquid injection stage, the injection-suction means feeds the sheath liquid into the flow chamber to form a sheath flow. A flow cytometric method performed by the flow cytometric apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bingqiang Zhao, Quan Gan, Chengwei Sun
  • Patent number: 8347261
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved mechanism and method for implementing electronic designs. According to some approaches, a method, mechanism, and compute program product is disclosed for implementing electronic designs that allows visual editing of complex objects with advanced editing features, which also provides for automated correspondence of the editing results to parametric values for a programmable object in the design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold Ginetti, Theodore Alan Paone, Gerard Tarroux, Jim Newton, Jean-Noel Pic
  • Patent number: 8341081
    Abstract: Computer-implemented methods, articles of manufacture and systems for identifying an on-line bank account utilized for business purposes. A computer processor receives or determines a name of on-line bank account entered by an account holder. The account name is tokenized or parsed into name segments, which are analyzed using a first or local set of rules that is applied to each individual segment to tag or assign a score to each individual segment, and a second or global set of rules are applied to multiple name segments or groups of segments. Scores generated by application of the first and second rule sets are used to determine whether the customer uses the account identified by the account name for business purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventors: Gang Wang, Gary S. Mason
  • Patent number: 8341120
    Abstract: Techniques for transferring objects between database systems. A transfer is controlled by a master table in the RDBMS that is performing the transfer operation. The master table specifies the kind of transfer operation to be performed, a set of objects to be transferred, operations to be performed on the objects as they are being transferred, and filters for selecting a subset of the objects. During execution of the transfer, the transfer mechanism maintains and updates state in the master table and thereby makes it possible for the entity that is doing the transfer to determine the current status of the transfer and to restart the transfer after it has been stopped. The entity that is performing the transfer may also detach from the transfer without stopping the transfer and later again attach to the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Lee B. Barton, George H. Claborn, William Fisher, James Stenoish
  • Patent number: 8341586
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method, system, and computer program product for routing, modeling routes, and measuring congestion. In some embodiments, Gcells are implemented with reduced number of nodes to facilitate route modeling and congestion measurement. Some embodiments are particularly suitable for direct congestion and routing analysis of diagonal routing paths. In this way, congestion analysis can be directly performed along diagonal boundaries for diagonal routes, without requiring association with Gcell boundaries on Manhattan routing layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Frankle, John H. Gilchrist, III, Anish Malhotra
  • Patent number: 8341571
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product are disclosed for generating a pattern signature to represent a pattern in an integrated circuit design. In one approach, the method, system and computer program product transform pattern data, two dimensional data for the pattern, into a set of one dimensional mathematical functions, compress the set of one dimensional mathematical functions into a single variable function, compress the single variable function by calculating a set of values for the single variable function, and generate a pattern signature for the pattern from the set of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Cadence Design Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Junjiang Lei, Srini Doddi, Weiping Fang
  • Patent number: 8331593
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a new type of hearing aid with a housing that is adapted for positioning in the ear canal of a user and attached to an elongate member that is adapted for positioning in the pinna outside the ear canal of the user. The elongate member is adapted for removable interconnection with the hearing aid the housing of which is adapted for positioning in the ear canal of a user and accommodates a signal processor for processing an audio signal into an audio signal compensating a hearing loss and a receiver that is connected to an output of the signal processor for converting the processed compensated audio signal into a sound signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: GN ReSound A/S
    Inventors: Jesper Koj Slemming, Henrik Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8330132
    Abstract: An energy modulator for use with a particle source that provides a beam of particles includes a first block moveable between a first position and a second position, wherein when the first block is at the second position, it is in a path of the beam, and a second block moveable relative to the first block, wherein the second block and the first block are offset from each other in a direction of the beam, wherein the first block has a first energy absorption characteristic, and the second block has a second energy absorption characteristic that is different from the first energy absorption characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Guertin, Marcel Marc
  • Patent number: 8330397
    Abstract: An apparatus for regulating power in an accelerator system includes a directional coupler for sensing a power reflected from an accelerator towards a power source, and a power modulator for reducing an output of the power source based on the sensed power. A method for regulating power in an accelerator system includes sensing a power reflected from an accelerator towards a power source, and reducing an output of the power source based on the sensed power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Gard Meddaugh