Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Wells, St. John, Roberts, Gregory & Matkin, P.S.
  • Patent number: 6774685
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification device comprises an integrated circuit including a receiver, a transmitter, and a microprocessor. The receiver and transmitter together define an active transponder. The integrated circuit is preferably a monolithic single die integrated circuit including the receiver, the transmitter, and the microprocessor. Because the device includes an active transponder, instead of a transponder which relies on magnetic coupling for power, the device has a much greater range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. O'Toole, John R. Tuttle, Mark E. Tuttle, Tyler Lowrey, Kevin M. Devereaux, George E. Pax, Brian P. Higgins, David K. Ovard, Shu-Sun Yu, Robert R. Rotzoll
  • Patent number: 6466634
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification device comprises an integrated circuit including a receiver, a transmitter, and a microprocessor. The receiver and transmitter together define an active transponder. The integrated circuit is preferably a monolithic single die integrated circuit including the receiver, the transmitter, and the microprocessor. Because the device includes an active transponder, instead of a transponder which relies on magnetic coupling for power, the device has a much greater range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. O'Toole, John R. Tuttle, Mark E. Tuttle, Tyler Lowrey, Kevin M. Devereaux, George E. Pax, Brian P. Higgins, David K. Ovard, Shu-Sun Yu, Robert R. Rotzoll
  • Patent number: 6459726
    Abstract: The present invention provides backscatter interrogators, communication systems and backscatter communication methods. According to one aspect of the present invention, a backscatter interrogator includes a data path configured to communicate a data signal; a signal generator configured to generate a carrier signal; and a modulator coupled with the data path and the signal generator, the modulator being configured to spread the data signal to define a spread data signal and amplitude modulate the carrier signal using the spread data signal, the modulator being further configured to phase modulate the carrier signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Ovard, Roy Greeff
  • Patent number: 6395128
    Abstract: Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) reactors and methods of effecting the same are described. In accordance with a preferred implementation, a reaction chamber includes first and second electrodes operably associated therewith. A single RF power generator is connected to an RF power splitter which splits the RF power and applies the split power to both the first and second electrodes. Preferably, power which is applied to both electrodes is in accordance with a power ratio as between electrodes which is other than a 1:1 ratio. In accordance with one preferred aspect, the reaction chamber comprises part of a parallel plate PECVD system. In accordance with another preferred aspect, the reaction chamber comprises part of an inductive coil PECVD system. The power ratio is preferably adjustable and can be varied. One manner of effecting a power ratio adjustment is to vary respective electrode surface areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignees: Micron Technology, Inc., Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Sujit Sharan, Gurtej S. Sandhu, Paul Smith, Mei Chang
  • Patent number: 6387556
    Abstract: Fuel cell power systems and methods of controlling a fuel cell power system are provided. According to one aspect, a fuel cell power system includes a plurality of fuel cells electrically coupled with plural terminals and individually configured to convert chemical energy into electricity; and a digital control system configured to at least one of control and monitor an operation of the fuel cells. Another aspect provides a method of controlling a fuel cell power system including providing a plurality of fuel cells individually configured to convert chemical energy into electricity; electrically coupling the plurality of fuel cells; providing a first terminal coupled with the fuel cells; providing a second terminal coupled with the fuel cells; and coupling a digital control system with the fuel cells to at least one of monitor and control an operation of the fuel cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Avista Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Fuglevand, Shiblihanna I. Bayyuk, Greg Lloyd, Peter D. Devries, David R. Lott, John P. Scartozzi
  • Patent number: 6384648
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification device comprises an integrated circuit including a receiver, a transmitter, and a microprocessor. The receiver and transmitter together define an active transponder. The integrated circuit is preferably a monolithic single die integrated circuit including the receiver, the transmitter, and the microprocessor. Because the device includes an active transponder, instead of a transponder which relies on magnetic coupling for power, the device has a much greater range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: James E. O'Toole, John R. Tuttle, Mark E. Tuttle, Tyler Lowrey, Kevin M. Devereaux, George E. Pax, Brian P. Higgins, David K. Ovard, Shu-Sun Yu, Robert R. Rotzoll
  • Patent number: 6383696
    Abstract: Methods of forming face plate assemblies are described. In one implementation, a substrate is patterned with photoresist and a first phosphor-comprising material is formed over first surface areas of the substrate. The photoresist is stripped leaving some of the first phosphor-comprising material over substrate areas other than the first areas. Photoresist is again formed over the substrate and processed to expose second substrate areas which are different from the first substrate areas. In a preferred aspect, processing the photoresist comprises using a heated aqueous developing solution comprising an acid, e.g. lactic acid, effective to dislodge and remove first phosphor-comprising material from beneath the developed photoresist. A second phosphor-comprising material is formed over the substrate and the exposed second areas, with trace deposits being left over other substrate areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jefferson O. Nemelka
  • Patent number: 6379991
    Abstract: The invention includes a semiconductor processing method of forming a die package. An insulative substrate is provided. Circuitry is over a topside of the substrate, and a slit extends through the substrate. A semiconductive-material-comprising die is provided beneath the substrate, and has a surface exposed through the slit in the substrate. The die has an edge. There is a gap between the die and an underside of the substrate. A radiation-curable material is injected through this slit and into the gap. Radiation is directed from over the edge to the gap to cure at least a portion of the radiation-curable material within the gap and thus form a dam which impedes non-cured radiation-curable material from flowing beyond the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Ford B. Grigg, Joseph M. Brand
  • Patent number: 6376281
    Abstract: The invention encompasses PVD target/backing plate assemblies which include a PVD target having a surface, and a bonding layer on the surface. The bonding layer has a different composition than the target surface, and a backing plate is provided to be separated from the PVD target surface by at least the bonding layer. The bonding layer forms a strong diffusion bond to the target. The invention also includes methods of forming PVD target/backing plate assemblies. Additionally, the invention includes assemblies in which one or more of titanium, zirconium, and copper is incorporated into a bonding layer between a target and a backing plate in a physical vapor deposition target/backing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron D. Kohler, Matthew S. Cooper
  • Patent number: 6372601
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention includes an isolation region forming method comprising: a) forming an oxide layer over a substrate; b) forming a nitride layer over the oxide layer, the nitride layer and oxide layer having a pattern of openings extending therethrough to expose portions of the underlying substrate; c) etching the exposed portions of the underlying substrate to form openings extending into the substrate; d) after etching the exposed portions of the underlying substrate, removing portions of the nitride layer while leaving some of the nitride layer remaining over the substrate; and e) after removing portions of the nitride layer, forming oxide within the openings in the substrate, the oxide within the openings forming at least portions of isolation regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Dickerson, Richard H. Lane, Charles H. Dennison, Kunal R. Parekh, Mark Fischer, John K. Zahurak
  • Patent number: 6371986
    Abstract: A bone joining implant, comprising a tubular body having an open leading end and a central aperture, the central aperture similarly sized to the open leading end, the open leading end communicating with the central aperture and configured to entrap a bone projection from each of a pair of adjacent bone bodies being joined together. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: George W. Bagby
  • Patent number: 6373391
    Abstract: In one aspect, the invention includes a device for sensing a change in an environment proximate the device. The device comprises a planar loop of conductive material extending along a first plane. The conductive material comprises two ends and the loop is configured to be broken upon the change in the environment. The device further comprises a pair of prongs. A first of the pair of prongs extends from one of the two ends of the conductive material and a second of the pair of prongs extends from an other of the two ends of the conductive material. The first and second prongs extend along the first plane. Additionally, the device comprises a circuit support having circuitry supported thereby and a pair of orifices extending therethrough. The prongs extend through the orifices to electrically connect. the circuitry supported by the circuit support to the planar loop of material. In another aspect, the invention includes a device for sensing termites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Rickie C. Lake, Mark E. Tuttle, Ross S. Dando
  • Patent number: 6368539
    Abstract: A method of utilizing a single engraved embossing roll to emboss different expanses of material with different patterns. The single engraved embossing roll has at least two projections projecting therefrom. A first of the projections projects to a greater height from the roll than a second of the projections. In another aspect, the invention encompasses an apparatus for embossing different expanses of material with different patterns. The apparatus includes an engraved surface having at least two projections projecting therefrom. A first of the projections projects to a greater height than a second of the projections. The apparatus also includes a backing surface configured to receive the projections of the engraved surface. The backing surface and engraved surface are together configured to receive an expanse of material between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Potlatch Corporation
    Inventors: Steven H. Greenfield, Carl Ingalls
  • Patent number: 6369427
    Abstract: The present invention includes integrated circuitry, an interface circuit of an integrated circuit device, cascode circuitry, method of protecting an integrated circuit, method of operating integrated circuitry, and method of operating cascode circuitry. One aspect of the present invention provides integrated circuitry including a driver adapted to couple with a pad and internal circuitry of an integrated circuit device, the driver includes a first transistor coupled with the pad; cascode circuitry including a second transistor coupled with the pad and a third transistor coupled with ground, the cascode circuitry configured to remain in an untriggered state during the presence of stress currents at the pad; and protection circuitry intermediate the pad and ground and configured to shunt stress currents from the pad to ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: VLSI, Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon R. Williamson
  • Patent number: 6365298
    Abstract: A method of forming a button-type battery includes, a) providing a conductive first terminal housing member, a conductive second terminal housing member, an anode, and a cathode; b) providing an anode/cathode separator, the separator being pre-configured with a self-aligning shape for self-aligning receipt relative to one of the first or second terminal housing members or the cathode; c) positioning the pre-configured separator relative to the one of the first or second terminal housing members or cathode, the pre-configured separator shape facilitating final alignment of the separator relative to the one of the first or second terminal housing members or the cathode; and d) joining the first and second terminal housing members together into a sealed battery assembly, with the anode, cathode and separator being received within the sealed battery assembly. A button-type battery construction is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Lane
  • Patent number: D455050
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Zak Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: David Wallace Tyler, Denise B. Love
  • Patent number: PP12507
    Abstract: A new and distinct variety of peach tree denominated varietally as ‘Burpeachthree’, and which is characterized as to novelty by producing an attractively colored fruit which is ripe for commercial harvesting and shipment approximately August 30 to September 5 under the ecological conditions prevailing in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: The Burchell Nursery, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Slaughter, Timothy J. Gerdts
  • Patent number: PP12518
    Abstract: A new and distinctive variety of nectarine tree denominated varietally as ‘Burnectone’, and which is characterized as to novelty by a date of maturity for commercial harvesting and shipment of approximately May 25 to June 5, under the ecological conditions prevailing in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: The Burchell Nursery, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Slaughter, Timothy J. Gerdts
  • Patent number: PP12555
    Abstract: A new and distinctive variety of nectarine tree denominated varietally as ‘Burnectwo’ and which is characterized as to novelty by date of maturity for commercial harvesting and shipment of approximately July 1 to July 8 under the ecological conditions prevailing in the San Joaquin Valley of Central California.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: The Burchell Nursery, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Slaughter, Timothy J. Gerdts
  • Patent number: PP12571
    Abstract: A new and distinctive variety of nectarine tree denominated varietally as ‘Burnecthree’, and which is characterized as to novelty by a date of maturity for commercial harvesting and shipment of approximately July 8 to July 15, under the ecological conditions prevailing in the San Joaquin Valley of central California.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: The Burchell Nursery, Inc.
    Inventors: John K. Slaughter, Timothy J. Gerdts