Patents Represented by Attorney Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
  • Patent number: 8221187
    Abstract: Methods of molding a non-woven fabric are provided. The methods include selecting a non-woven fabric having a web of fibers having a uniform fiber orientation in all directions, compressing the non-woven fabric between a top mold and a bottom mold, and maintaining the non-woven fabric between the top and bottom molds for a predetermined dwell time to define a molded depth and a molded diameter in the non-woven fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Roger D. Warren, Robert A. Miller, Asli Begenir
  • Patent number: 8156768
    Abstract: An article of hosiery having a toe seam has been developed. The hosiery includes a foot portion and a first circumferential toe portion having a first stitch length. A second circumferential toe portion can be adjacent the first toe portion. The second circumferential toe portion has at least two knitted courses with each of the at least two knitted courses having a second stitch length that is less than the first stitch length. There is at least one thread in the first circumferential toe portion that forms the toe seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: David H. Green, Howard Van Saunders, Thurmond Rufus Vaughn
  • Patent number: 8148604
    Abstract: Methods and materials for conferring pest resistance to plants are provided. Plants are transformed with a silencing construct homologous to a gene of a plant pest that is essential for the survival, development, or pathogenicity of the pest. This results in the plant producing RNAi to the selected gene, which, when ingested by the pest results in silencing of the gene and a subsequent reduction of the pest's ability to harm the plant. In other embodiments, the pest's reduced ability to harm the plant is passed on to pest progeny. Methods and materials for depathogenesis of pests is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Venganza Inc.
    Inventor: Charles L. Niblett
  • Patent number: 8117674
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a garment, including providing a fabric layer having sonically weldable material, the fabric layer having an inner surface and at least one opening region, the opening region having a periphery and an outer free edge, placing an elastic edge band having sonically weldable material around the entire periphery of the opening region, the edge band having first and second free edges and an inner surface, securing the first free edge of the edge band to the outer free edge of the opening region with a subsonic or ultrasonic edge weld to form a finished seamless edge along the opening region, and activating an adhesive along more than half of the inner surface of the edge band to secure the edge band and second free edge to the inner surface of the fabric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Roger D. Warren, Rick Kelley
  • Patent number: 8076102
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel selection marker vectors, and methods for using these vectors to generate stable gene expression systems in eukaryotic cells utilizing any enzyme useful in the eukaryotic sterol/cholesterol biosynthetic pathway, such as a 3-ketosteroid reductase, as a metabolic selection marker to select transfected cells. In one embodiment, the method comprises transfecting cells that are auxotrophic for cholesterol with a vector encoding 3-ketosteroid reductase and at least one heterologous protein, and selecting cells that have the ability to survive in medium lacking cholesterol and/or producing the heterologous protein in these cells in chemically defined and/or serum-free media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Biofactura, Inc.
    Inventors: Luis Branco, Darryl Sampey
  • Patent number: 8071393
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the manipulation of colloidal particulates and biomolecules at the interface between an insulating electrode such as silicon oxide and an electrolyte solution. Light-controlled electrokinetic assembly of particles near surfaces relies on the combination of three functional elements: the AC electric field-induced assembly of planar aggregates; the patterning of the electrolyte/silicon oxide/silicon interface to exert spatial control over the assembly process; and the real-time control of the assembly process via external illumination. The present invention provides a set of fundamental operations enabling interactive control over the creation and placement of planar arrays of several types of particles and biomolecules and the manipulation of array shape and size. The present invention enables sample preparation and handling for diagnostic assays and biochemical analysis in an array format, and the functional integration of these operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: BioArray Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Seul
  • Patent number: 8063893
    Abstract: A haptic feedback planar touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that inputs a position signal to a processor of the computer based on a location of user contact on the touch surface. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position signal, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user contacting the touch surface. The touch input device can be a touchpad separate from the computer's display screen, or can be a touch screen. Output haptic sensations on the touch input device can include pulses, vibrations, and spatial textures. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Louis B. Rosenberg, James R. Riegel
  • Patent number: 8063892
    Abstract: A haptic feedback touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that provides position information to a computer based on a location of user contact. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position information, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user. The actuator can move the touchpad laterally, or a separate surface member can be actuated. A flat E-core actuator, piezoelectric actuator, or other types of actuators can be used to provide forces. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, Bruce M. Schena, Louis B. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 8059105
    Abstract: A haptic feedback planar touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that inputs a position signal to a processor of the computer based on a location of user contact on the touch surface. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position signal, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user contacting the touch surface. The touch input device can be a touchpad separate from the computer's display screen, or can be a touch screen. Output haptic sensations on the touch input device can include pulses, vibrations, and spatial textures. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Louis B. Rosenberg, James R. Riegel
  • Patent number: 8059088
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to methods and systems for providing customized “haptic messaging” to users of handheld communication devices in a variety of applications. In one embodiment, a method of providing haptic messaging to a hand communication device includes: associating an input signal with an event; determining a source of the event and selecting the control signal based on the determination; and outputting a control signal to an actuator coupled to the hand communication device. The control signal is configured to cause the actuator to output a haptic effect associated with the event. An event in the above may be a connection event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey Eid, Shoichi Endo, Danny A. Grant
  • Patent number: 8059104
    Abstract: A haptic feedback touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that provides position information to a computer based on a location of user contact. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position information, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user. The actuator can move the touchpad laterally, or a separate surface member can be actuated. A flat E-core actuator, piezoelectric actuator, or other types of actuators can be used to provide forces. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Erik J. Shahoian, Bruce M. Schena, Louis B. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 8057120
    Abstract: A structure for joining structural members is disclosed. The structure joins an end of a first member to a side of a second member by a coupling insert. The coupling insert has a web coupling portion that is received by the end of the first member and a tenon portion that is received by a transverse opening in the side of the second member. The web coupling portion and the tenon portion are connected by a base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Chad Wernlund, Mike Schmidt, Frank Campbell
  • Patent number: 8051871
    Abstract: A tensiometer for use in determining matric potential of a soil comprising: a water inlet; a hydraulic coupler comprising a porous material for providing hydraulic coupling between water that enters the inlet and the soil; and a septum that seals water that enters the inlet against ingress of air via the porous material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignees: Netafim Ltd., Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Inventors: Uri Shani, Abraham Schweitzer
  • Patent number: 8048147
    Abstract: Branched braided stent or graft devices and processes for fabrication of the devices are disclosed in which a trunk portion and two hinge leg portions are fabricated in one piece braided from a single plurality of filaments, whereby the legs contain the full plurality of filaments and the trunk portion contains a subset of the same plurality of filaments. The fabrication process involves braiding the hinged legs on a mandrel while retaining loops of filament between the hinged leg portions for subsequent braiding of the trunk portion of the stent or graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: AGA Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel O. Adams
  • Patent number: 8049734
    Abstract: A haptic feedback planar touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that inputs a position signal to a processor of the computer based on a location of user contact on the touch surface. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position signal, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user contacting the touch surface. The touch input device can be a touchpad separate from the computer's display screen, or can be a touch screen. Output haptic sensations on the touch input device can include pulses, vibrations, and spatial textures. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Louis B. Rosenberg, James R. Riegel
  • Patent number: 8050551
    Abstract: A covert camera for surveillance in an aircraft comprises a front panel that can have an appearance other than a conventional camera. The front panel can include at least one aperture therethrough. A lens can be in or near the aperture, the lens having a field of view. A camera mount can be positioned on the front panel. The camera mount can include a sensor capable of receiving an image of at least a portion of the field of view. The camera mount can be capable of adjustment without movement of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Ericka A. Peterson, Richard A. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8044178
    Abstract: Anti-5T4 antibodies, anti-5T4 antibody/drug conjugates, and methods for preparing and using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Wyeth LLC
    Inventors: Erwin R. Boghaert, Nitin K. Damle, Philip Ross Hamann, Kiran Khandke, Arthur Kunz, Kimberly A. Marquette, Lioudmila Tchistiakova, Davinder Gill, Kodangattil Sreekumar
  • Patent number: 8043294
    Abstract: A femoral caliper having one or more anatomical referencing members for placement against portions of the femur, such as the anterior cortex and posterior portion of the femoral condyles, to measure the femur for sizing of the femoral component. A reference mark positioning guide of the femoral caliper is connected to the anatomical referencing member and is capable of guiding placement of a reference mark on the femur that facilitates positioning of the femoral component. The femoral caliper includes an adjustment mechanism capable of displacing the reference mark positioning guide relative to the anatomical referencing member. This allows adjustment of the position of the reference mark (and hence the femoral component) on the femur to account for the up or down sizing of the femoral component. Preferably, the adjustment mechanism adjusts the reference mark positioning guide in the anterior-posterior direction to allow balancing of the tightness or laxity of the selected component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Fencl, J. David Blaha, Vernon R. Hartdegen, William J. Maloney, Stephen E. White
  • Patent number: 8042598
    Abstract: An insect screen of increased invisibility can be created by using small wire diameter elements and/or increasing the mesh density of the screen. The combination of small wire diameter and increased mesh density provide a screen with a higher Dalquist Rating that becomes invisible at closer distances. A “sweet spot” exists at which a screen with a combination high mesh density and small wire diameter is less visible, while still providing the strength, durability, and quality desired. Further, screens with properties in proximity to this sweet spot also provide a marked increase in invisibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventors: Alex Bredemus, Kurt Dalquist, Patrick J. Gronlund, Ray Meyer, Michael J. Deaner
  • Patent number: D649924
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Vehicle Control Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Tureaud