Patents Examined by Ed To
  • Patent number: 9069217
    Abstract: A display panel includes a first substrate including a common electrode, a second substrate including a first solid pixel electrode and a second solid pixel electrode, and a liquid crystal layer including liquid crystal between the first substrate and the second substrate. The second solid pixel electrode is spaced apart from the first solid pixel electrode, and surrounds the first solid pixel electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gak-Seok Lee, Keun-Chan Oh, Taek-Joon Lee
  • Patent number: 9057911
    Abstract: A direct type LED backlight device improves color unevenness on the periphery of the display region without increase of the driver and its control circuit and contour change of a liquid crystal panel. This device includes a bottom wall, a set of optical members arranged opposite to an inner surface of the bottom wall, a side wall maintaining the bottom wall and the set of optical members at a predetermined distance, and LEDs fixed to the inner surface of the bottom wall. The side wall has a protrusion protruding toward a central portion of a space formed by the bottom wall, the side wall, and the set of optical members. At least part of emission surfaces of the LEDs arranged at outermost positions are overlapped with the protrusion and located at such positions as to be invisible when seen along a direction perpendicular to the set of optical members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: NLT TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroki Sugaya
  • Patent number: 9026041
    Abstract: A portable radio-frequency repeater includes a housing and a transceiver. The transceiver is disposed at least partially within the housing and configured to alternatively operate in a transmitting mode and a sleep mode. The transceiver includes an antenna and a control unit. The control unit is in electrical communication with the antenna. When the transceiver operates in the transmitting mode, the control unit is configured to receive an RFID signal from the antenna, convert the RFID signal into a converted RFID signal, and transmit the converted RFD signal to the antenna. When the transceiver operates in the sleep mode, the control unit is configured to detect an interrogation signal from the antenna and not to transmit any converted RFID signal to the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Ian James Forster
  • Patent number: 8831668
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques and apparatus for using power control in a television white space (TVWS) network. One example method generally includes generating, at a first apparatus, a message for controlling a transmit power of a second apparatus—the message including a first indication of a first transmitter power backoff for the first apparatus and a second indication of a second transmitter power backoff for the second apparatus—and transmitting, to the second apparatus, the message based on the first transmitter power backoff. In this manner, messaging may be used to enable transmit power control of devices in a TVWS network, which may operate in accordance with the IEEE 802.11af standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sameer Vermani, Rahul Tandra, Santosh Paul Abraham, Hemanth Sampath
  • Patent number: 8583534
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for distributed risk management. According to one example embodiment, a central risk controller is provided that can communicate with a plurality of local risk management modules located at a plurality of gateways. The central risk controller may allocate a portion of a central account balance associated with a trading account to each local risk management module. Then, as the trades are made using the trading account, the local risk management modules may manage risk associated with the trades until the local account balance is insufficient. As the account balance gets low, the local risk management module may query the central risk controller for the additional risk account balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Trading Technologies International Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Slezak
  • Patent number: 8521635
    Abstract: A method of negotiating trades on an electronic trading system is presented. In order to enable an intra-trading-system part-to part negotiation the method comprises the steps of receiving a trade negotiation request with respect to a selected order from a user; forwarding the trade negotiation request to a submitter of the selected order; receiving an accept or a reject to the trade negotiation request from the submitter; and initiating an intra-trading-system part-to-part negotiation procedure between the user and the submitter if the negotiation request is accepted by the submitter. An electronic trading system is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: OMX Technology AB
    Inventor: Johan L Olsson
  • Patent number: 8510202
    Abstract: Systems and methods embodying the present invention permit a trader of securities such as municipal bonds to observe real-time data relating to actual or prospective trades of relevance to a contemplated trade, while excluding those actual or prospective trades that are insufficiently relevant. The trader, or other user, can specify filtering criteria according to which actual or prospective trade data will be collected and presented. The retrieval and presentation of matching data permits an informed yet rapid determination of a price, or other information, for a particular municipal bond or analogous security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: The Municenter
    Inventor: Thomas S. Vales
  • Patent number: 8510212
    Abstract: System and method for aggressively trading a spread trading strategy in an electronic environment are provided herein. According to the example embodiments, a trader may configure the automated trading tool to trade as aggressively as possible by leaning on a price without an associated quantity. This allows a trader to possibly obtain a more profitable price as well as get filled faster. Traders submit an order for a spread and the automated trading tool calculates the quote order price based on a defined level of aggressiveness, the leaned on price, and the desired spread price. Based on the level of defined aggressiveness and the gap in the market, the automated trading tool may lean on a mildly, moderately, or extremely aggressive price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Trading Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Kontos, Sagy P. Mintz, Alexander D. Deitz
  • Patent number: 8504464
    Abstract: A method for facilitating freight shipment between a first geographic location and a second geographic location is disclosed. The method comprising displaying in a first data section of a browser window derivative contract data pertaining to shipment capacity offered by carriers between the first geographic location and the second geographic location, the derivative contract data being associated with at least shipping mode. The method further comprising displaying in a second data section of a browser window forecast data pertaining to demand forecasts between the first geographic location and the second geographic location, the forecast data being provided by shippers, the second data section being configured to be viewed simultaneously with said first data section, the browser window being configured to be accessible via a computer network. The method further comprising receiving shipper assessment of accuracy of the forecast data from the shippers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Future Freight Corporation
    Inventors: Pierre L. Laurent, Petere Miner
  • Patent number: 8498917
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for computing migration and performance matrices. The matrices may provide risk and performance data, as well as different views on the data useful for making and monitoring investment decisions. The migration and performance matrices may bring together data to reflect information on the likelihood that a rated entity will change its current rating within a given time period, information reflecting retention rates, and information describing the effect of changed exchanged rates on different data, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Markus Helmut Kahn, Jens-Peter Jensen, Marcus Baumann
  • Patent number: 8498897
    Abstract: A broadcast signal having reward and broadcast (programming and/or advertising) content is broadcast, and viewers provide reward responses in response to queries in the broadcast content. Viewers also provide consumer data associated with the reward response provided. Rewards may then be awarded based on the accuracy of the reward response as well as the utilization of the associated consumer data provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Signature Systems LLC
    Inventor: Postrel Richard
  • Patent number: 8423450
    Abstract: A method of processing data in connection with a security is provided. The security is collateralized by a plurality of home mortgage loans or by portions of the plurality of home mortgage loans. The method comprises generating payment projections regarding principal and interest payment projections for the plurality of home mortgage loans; determining that the payment projections have errors; and modifying loan characteristic data to eliminate errors in the loan characteristic data that cause errors in the payment projections. According to another embodiment, a method comprises receiving payment data regarding the plurality of loans a plurality of times separated by a plurality of days during the reporting cycle. Each time the payment data is received, the payment data is processed and the opportunity to make corrections is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Fannie Mae
    Inventors: Dror Oppenheimer, Maryann Bastnagel, William P. Nixon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8386352
    Abstract: A method for preparing a financial statement for a member of a group of members participating in a community system. The method includes submitting a request to the community system for an accounting adjustment rule. The request includes an attribute of the member, an adjustment rule type, and an account of a general ledger of the member. The accounting adjustment rule is used to adjust a trial balance of the general ledger, obtaining the accounting adjustment rule from the community system based on the request, making an adjustment in the account based on the accounting adjustment rule to obtain an adjusted trial balance, validating the adjusted trial balance of the general ledger subsequent to making the adjustment, and preparing the financial statement for the member upon validating the adjusted trial balance. The accounting adjustment rule is contributed to the community system by at least one of the group of members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Intuit Inc.
    Inventor: Patanjali Bhatt
  • Patent number: 8249977
    Abstract: System and method for aggressively trading a spread trading strategy in an electronic environment are provided herein. According to the example embodiments, a trader may configure the automated trading tool to trade as aggressively as possible by leaning on a price without an associated quantity. This allows a trader to possibly obtain a more profitable price as well as get filled faster. Traders submit an order for a spread and the automated trading tool calculates the quote order price based on a defined level of aggressiveness, the leaned on price, and the desired spread price. Based on the level of defined aggressiveness and the gap in the market, the automated trading tool may lean on a mildly, moderately, or extremely aggressive price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Trading Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Kontos, Sagy P. Mintz, Alexander D. Deitz
  • Patent number: 8200557
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for computing migration and performance matrices. The matrices may provide risk and performance data, as well as different views on the data useful for making and monitoring investment decisions. The migration and performance matrices may bring together data to reflect information on the likelihood that a rated entity will change its current rating within a given time period, information reflecting retention rates, and information describing the effect of changed exchanged rates on different data, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Markus Helmut Kahn, Jens-Peter Jensen, Marcus Baumann
  • Patent number: 8136465
    Abstract: A vessel (2) comprises a first stabilizer assembly (14) and a second stabilizer assembly, each stabilizer assembly comprising at least one submergible at least partially hollow body; and suspending means (16) for suspending the or each body from the vessel, the first and second stabilizer assemblies being suspended from substantially opposite sides of the vessel. Fins (22) are provided on the stabilizer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Saipem UK Limited
    Inventors: Vincent George McCarthy, Christopher John Dunlop
  • Patent number: 8131612
    Abstract: A computer-based method for generating a program for hedging guaranteed benefits of a set of variable annuity (VA) contracts, including automatically generating interpreted and compiled contract value projection code; generating vectorized integrated scenario sets including arbitrage-free interest rate, hedging instrument, and VA fund values based on financial market data and regression and cointegration analysis of the VA funds and user-selected hedging instruments; multi-threaded vectorized calculating of present value PVGij of projected VA benefit guarantee cash flows for each VA contract i for each vectorized integrated scenario set j; calculating of differences of PVGij to determine sensitivities to financial parameters (“Greeks”) for each contract; calculating of present value PVAij of projected asset cash flows for each asset i for each vectorized integrated scenario set j; calculating of differences of PVAij to determine sensitivities to financial parameters (“Greeks”) for each asset; and, presenting
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Genesis Financial Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Payne
  • Patent number: 8113135
    Abstract: A device for selectively opening and closing a fuselage coupled to a towed submarine object. The device comprises first and second shells articulatable with respect each other by a hinge assembly. A releasable locking system locks the shells on each other. Hinge members of the hinge assembly are slidable with respect to each other along the articulation axis of the shells in order to actuate the locking or unlocking of these shells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Sercel
    Inventors: Samuel Catherin, Sylvain Leclercq
  • Patent number: 8073766
    Abstract: To use market clearing methods to determine market equilibrium, a market clearing situation is established by determining a number of items to be sold at the market price and allotting a number of pseudo items assignable to bids below the market price. Once bids are received for the items, using the number of pseudo items and the actual items as the supply side, and the total funds bid as the demand side, a market clearing price is determinable using a market clearing equilibrium model. Funds assigned to pseudo items are returned or not charged. Further, by selling items only to bids exceeding the market clearing price, such as by setting the market price incrementally above the market clearing price, bidders are encouraged to submit bid prices bid reflecting what the items are worth to them instead of attempting to bid strategically to guess or set the market price.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Kamal Jain, Kunal Talwar
  • Patent number: 8061289
    Abstract: A catamaran lifting apparatus is disclosed for lifting objects in a marine environment. The apparatus includes first and second spaced apart barges. First and second frames span between the barges. The frames are spaced apart and connected to the barges in a configuration that spaces the barges apart. The first frame connects to the first barge with a universal joint and to the second barge with a hinged connection. The second frame connects to the second barge with a universal joint and to the first barge with a hinged connection. The hull arrangement provides flexibility in a quartering sea state due to the universal joint and hinge placement between the frames and the hulls. Each frame extends upwardly in an inverted u-shape, providing a space under the frame and in between the barges that enables a marine vessel to be positioned in between the barges and under the frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Jon Khachaturian