Patents Represented by Attorney Westman, Champlin & Kelly
  • Patent number: 8351126
    Abstract: In a particular embodiment, a meta-material slab is formed from multiple layers of at least two different compositions. The meta-material slab is adapted to propagate an evanescent wave in a direction parallel to an axis to form a cone-shaped wave along the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Chubing Peng
  • Patent number: 8350751
    Abstract: A radar level gauge for determining the filling level of a product in a tank, comprising a transceiver for transmitting and receiving microwaves, processing circuitry connected to the transceiver and adapted to determine the filling level, an antenna connected to said transceiver and arranged to emit and receive microwaves through an opening of the tank, and a microwave transmissive sealing member adapted to cover said opening and to provide pressure sealing of the tank. The sealing member comprises a metal grid layer providing structural strength, which metal grid layer has sealed openings formed to allow transmission of microwaves. The tank opening is thus divided into a number of smaller openings by the metal grid, thereby improving the mechanical strength of the sealing member. At the same time, the sealing member is designed to maintain its pressure sealing properties, e.g. by suitable dielectric filling of the openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rosemount Tank Radar AB
    Inventors: Olov Edvardsson, Stig Larsson
  • Patent number: 8351721
    Abstract: The image encoding device includes: signal-to-signal predicting unit 8 for separating an intra-signal prediction residual signal obtained by performing difference processing between an input image signal and an intra-signal prediction signal into a reference signal and a signal to be predicted and calculating signal-to-signal prediction information used for performing signal-to-signal prediction on each pixel of the signal to be predicted corresponding to each pixel of the reference signal; and signal-to-signal compensating unit 9 for obtaining a signal-to-signal prediction signal of the region to be encoded from a decoded intra-signal prediction residual signal and the signal-to-signal prediction information from the signal-to-signal predicting unit, wherein each pixel of the signal to be predicted is encoded by performing orthogonal conversion, quantization, and encoding on the signal-to-signal prediction residual signal obtained by performing the difference processing between the intra-signal prediction re
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: KDDI R&D Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Haruhisa Katou, Sei Naitou
  • Patent number: 8352826
    Abstract: A system includes an error correction encoder that encodes data and produces parity bits, and a parity bit processor that disperses the parity bits across the data, placing respective i-bit parity sub-blocks between selected multiple-bit data sub-blocks. The system also modifies one or more of the bits in predetermined positions in respective data sub-blocks based on the bits of the parity sub-blocks that precede them, such that the precoding does not sign invert the data sub-blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Cenk Argon, Kinhing Paul Tsang
  • Patent number: 8349258
    Abstract: Disclosed is a sensor for measuring the amount of an analyte to be detected in human interstitial fluid, comprising a micro-cantilever sensing unit which includes: a first substrate; a micro-cantilever which is substantially in parallel with the first substrate and one end of which is supported onto the first substrate; a gold film formed onto at least one side of the micro-cantilever; a protein layer formed on the gold film, the protein layer being used to adsorb, at a surface thereof, the analyte to be detected in human interstitial fluid; a driving electrode provided on the first substrate; a micro-cantilever electrode which is provided on the first substrate at a position where the micro-cantilever is supported, and which is cooperated with the driving electrode so as to drive the micro-cantilever to produce resonance in a direction perpendicular to the first substrate; and a detecting electrode which is provided on the first substrate and which is cooperated with the micro-cantilever electrode so as to d
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Tianjin Sunshine Optics Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kexin Xu, Dachao Li
  • Patent number: 8351116
    Abstract: In order to furnish an optical component and a phase contrast microscope which can indicate difference of phases of a specimen including information of frequency and color, at least two optical mediums are arranged side by side so that a constant difference of the phases is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Yutaka Suenaga
  • Patent number: 8353015
    Abstract: A token or other storage device uses Internet identities to set file access attribute rights. Subsequently, requests to access a file can be controlled by confirming the Internet identity of the requester by either validating the request with a known public key or retrieving the public key from an Internet identity provider. Files may be stored encrypted and may be re-encrypted with the public key associated with Internet identity making the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Todd L. Carpenter, David Steeves, David Abzarian
  • Patent number: 8349239
    Abstract: A three-dimensional model built with an extrusion-based digital manufacturing system, and having a perimeter based on a contour tool path that defines an interior region of a layer of the three-dimensional model, where at least one of a start point and a stop point of the contour tool path is located within the interior region of the layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stratasys, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E. Hopkins, Donald J. Holzwarth
  • Patent number: 8348336
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to sunroof for a vehicle having an opening in its fixed roof. The sunroof comprises a stationary part to be attached to the vehicle, and at least a front closure member and a rear closure member, movably supported by the stationary part. The closure members are movable between a closed position within the roof opening and an open position in which they are moved at least partly away from the roof opening. An intermediate member is supported by the stationary part in the area of the rear end of the front closure member and the front end of the rear closure member when they are in their closed position. An electrical part on each of the closure members requires electrical connections between each closure member and the stationary part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Inalfa Roof Systems Group B.V.
    Inventor: Sander De Bie
  • Patent number: 8347804
    Abstract: System for mooring a substantially cylindrical floating production, storage and offloading unit (FPSO), comprising a substantially cylindrical mooring element having un upper side for engaging the lower side of the FPSO, further comprising mooring lines for connection to the seabed, and operating means for realising an engagement between the mooring element and the FPSO, wherein the mooring element has such a specific weight that, when disconnected from the FPSO, it floats at a certain depth below the sea level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Bluewater Energy Services B.V.
    Inventors: Adrianus Cornelis Josephus Van Loenhout, Marinus Uittenbogaard, Jacob De Baan
  • Patent number: 8348501
    Abstract: A sensor for detecting icing conditions in an airstream includes a flow housing mounted on an aircraft and in which one or more probes are mounted. At least one of the probes subjected to impingement of the airstream and liquid moisture droplets in such airstream. The heat removal, or cooling effect on the probe in the airstream carrying liquid droplets is determined. A temperature signal indicating the airstream temperature is combined with signals from the at least one probe for determining whether or not icing conditions are present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Severson
  • Patent number: 8350752
    Abstract: A radar level gauge system, for determining a filling level of a product contained in a tank, the radar level gauge system comprising: a transceiver for generating, transmitting and receiving electromagnetic signals; a propagating device electrically connected to the transceiver and arranged to propagate a transmitted electromagnetic signal towards a surface of the product contained in the tank, and to return echo signals resulting from reflections at impedance transitions encountered by the transmitted electromagnetic signal, including a surface echo signal resulting from reflection at the surface, back to the transceiver; processing circuitry connected to the transceiver and configured to determine the filling level based on the surface echo signal; and a bottom reflector arranged at a bottom of the tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Rosemount Tank Radar AB
    Inventor: Erik Hemmendorff
  • Patent number: 8345585
    Abstract: A method is provided for optimizing allocation of transmission resources in a mobile radio communication cellular network. The network has at least one base station controlled by a base station controller, and a connecting network connecting the base stations(s) with the base station controller, wherein setting up, maintaining and terminating a communications channel between a mobile station located in the cellular network are implemented by exchanges of signalling messages. The connecting network includes at least one radio link with shared resources between the base station(s) and the base station controller. Such a method includes: analysing content of all or a portion of the signalling messages, including searching for and detecting in the content of the signalling messages data indicating a traffic activity; and allocating or not allocating a resource channel in the radio link with shared resources according to data indicating a traffic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: CELL & SAT
    Inventors: Bogéna De Jaeger, Michel Mouly, Didier Verhulst
  • Patent number: 8345054
    Abstract: A method is provided for updating a data-rendering device connected to a communications network by an intermediate device. A specific electronic address is assigned to the data-rendering device. The method includes associating at least one identifier, preliminarily assigned to the intermediate device, with the electronic address. The at least one identifier belongs to the group including at least: one dynamic connection identifier of the intermediate device and one user account identifier (AID).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: France Telecom
    Inventors: Emmanuel Gustin, Bertrand Bouvet
  • Patent number: 8345791
    Abstract: A method is provided for receiving a received signal corresponding to a multicarrier signal transmitted by at least one transmitter via a transmission channel, the multicarrier signal being formed by a temporal succession of symbols including of a set of data elements with real values, including informative data elements, and reference data elements called pilots for at least some of the symbols. The reception method includes step of first estimation of the transmission channel. Due to at least one of the pilots being an isolated pilot in transmission, the reception method further includes a step of extracting the isolated pilot, and a step of locally refining the first estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: France Telecom
    Inventors: Chrislin Lele, Jean-Philippe Javaudin, Pierre Siohan
  • Patent number: 8342036
    Abstract: A pitot-static device, comprising first and second pluralities of hollow spokes extending in a radial direction from a central hub, the hollow interiors of the spokes of the first plurality being connected so as to allow fluid communication therebetween, and at least all but one of the spokes of the first plurality having at least one aperture facing in a first axial direction that is transverse to the radial direction, and the hollow interiors of the spokes of the second plurality being connected so as to allow fluid communication therebetween, and at least one of the spokes of the second plurality having an aperture at an end portion thereof that faces in the radial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Hussein Khimji
  • Patent number: 8345368
    Abstract: A storage medium has a first servo field having magnetic lands separated by nonmagnetic areas, the magnetic lands of the first servo field having a unipolar pattern. The medium further includes a second servo field having magnetic lands separated by nonmagnetic areas, the magnetic lands of the second servo field having a bipolar pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Puskal Prasad Pokharel, Barmeshwar Vikramaditya
  • Patent number: 8344685
    Abstract: A method that includes affixing a radio frequency identification tag on a storage battery at a battery manufacturing plant. The method also includes storing battery manufacturing information into the radio frequency identification tag at the battery manufacturing plant. The battery manufacturing information includes a battery algorithm suitable for use in testing the storage battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Midtronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, John S. Philbrook
  • Patent number: 8345710
    Abstract: A Field Device Tool (FDT)-based application is provided. The FDT-based application includes at least one communication Device Type Manager (communication DTM) and a router Device Type Manager (DTM). The communication DTM corresponds with a type of communication protocol that an at least one plant asset follows. The communication DTM is configured to provide an interface for communication between the FDT-based application and the communication protocol that the plant asset follows. The router DTM is coupleable to an asset optimization device manager that includes electronic device description language (EDDL), the router DTM is configured to transfer data from the asset optimization device manager to the at least one communication DTM for communication with the plant asset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Garrett, Stefan Trebing
  • Patent number: D673676
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Preceptis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Goudreau, Andrew N. Smith, Michael K. H. Loushin, Keith J. Leland