Patents Examined by Julie Bichngoc Lieu
  • Patent number: 7528728
    Abstract: A circuit for an RFID tag has at least two RF ports for driving points of the antenna that may correspond to different RF polarizations. The RF ports may be driven by a common modulating signal, or by separate modulating signals. Further, the ports may be coupled and uncoupled together, responsive to a control signal. The control signal may be the same as one or both of the modulating signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: IMPINJ Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Oliver, Christopher J. Diorio, Todd E. Humes
  • Patent number: 7394360
    Abstract: In a method for commissioning radio-based emergency alarm systems, having a master station (7) with a transmit and receive arrangement and peripheral elements (1 to 6), each also having a transmit and receive arrangement, in a cell, the peripheral elements are fitted and supplied with energy, whereupon they transmit search telegrams and then switch to receive mode. Peripheral elements (1 . . . 6), which receive a search telegram from a search peripheral element (1 . . . 6) while in receive mode, transmit a response telegram to the searching peripheral element (1 . . . 6). The availability tables of the peripheral elements (1 . . . 6) in mutual contact with each other are then supplemented and a structure is thereby automatically created among the already fitted peripheral elements (1 . . . 6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Faouzi Derbel
  • Patent number: 7394354
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting a vehicle trailer. The method includes sensing a first vehicle condition that indicates a movement of the vehicle, and sensing a second vehicle condition that indicates an angle of the vehicle. The method also includes determining a disturbance from the movement and the angle of the vehicle, and detecting a trailer presence when the determined disturbance is above a threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Jingsheng Yu
  • Patent number: 7394371
    Abstract: A method of tracking automotive production in the manufacture of automotive vehicles (10) is provided. The method includes manufacturing a plurality of automotive vehicles along an assembly line (12). Each of the plurality of automotive vehicles having a build characteristic (13). The build characteristics varying among the plurality of automotive vehicles. The method includes installing a radio frequency transmitter within each of the plurality of automotive vehicles as they move along the assembly line (16). Each of the radio frequency transmitters generating a unique identifier signal (20). Associating each unique identifier signal with the build characteristics of one of the plurality of automotive vehicles (34). The method includes transferring the plurality of automotive vehicles to a plant storage lot as they exit the assembly line (14). The method includes receiving the unique identifier signals (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Anne C. Green, Lawrence C. Mallia, Kenneth L. Butler
  • Patent number: 7388491
    Abstract: A portable RFID reader (or reader/writer) that also employs a location determination subsystem that facilitates determination of the reader (or reader/writer) location. The location subsystem can employ a satellite-based GPS (Global Positioning System) location technology where such signals are unimpeded by structures. Additionally, the location subsystem can employ other terrestrial location technologies that operate inside structures such as warehouses and the factory automation environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sujeet Chand, Vivek R. Bapat, Kenwood H. Hall, Richard A. Morse, Joseph P. Owen, Jr., Arthur P. Pietrzyk, Andreas Somogyi, Kenneth A. Tinnell
  • Patent number: 7388474
    Abstract: When either a front-side sensor or a rear-side sensor of a subject vehicle detects an obstacle entering a certain distance range of multiple distance ranges within a detection zone close to the subject vehicle, a micro-computer causes a warning unit to warn with a buzzer in a primary warning pattern that is prepared for each distance range. In contrast, when both detect obstacles, the warning unit is caused to warn in the following patterns. In a first case that at least one of two sensors detects an obstacle entering a shortest distance range, the warning unit warns in a different warning pattern differentiated from the primary warning pattern. In a second case except the first case, the warning unit warns in the primary warning pattern corresponding to the distance range that is entered by the obstacle that is closer to the vehicle, of the obstacles detected by the two sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventors: Hiroshi Yagyu, Kenichiro Horikawa, Hideyuki Ide, Kenichi Ohue
  • Patent number: 7378988
    Abstract: A method for warning a driver when parking a motor vehicle, in which an inclination variable describing the roadway inclination in the longitudinal direction of the vehicle is ascertained, a vehicle standstill is ascertained, a steering angle variable describing the steering angle is ascertained, and in the case of a standstill of the vehicle a driver warning information is output if the inclination variable fulfills a specified inclination condition and the steering angle variable fulfills a specified steering angle condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Nordbruch
  • Patent number: 7375622
    Abstract: An on-vehicle alarm generation method and an on-vehicle alarm generation apparatus for notifying a driver to be aware of safe driving by detecting a passerby or a bicycle moving at a dangerous point and generating an alarm to the driver are provided. In one aspect, the on-vehicle alarm generation method for detecting a passerby and generating an alarm to a driver includes the steps of including a dangerous driving point in map data and detecting the vehicle position; monitoring whether the vehicle approaches the dangerous driving point; transmitting a searching signal when the vehicle approaches the dangerous driving point; monitoring whether, in response to the searching signal, a responsive signal is received from a mobile device carried by the passerby; and generating an alarm to the driver upon receiving the responsive signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Takata, Daishi Mori
  • Patent number: 7369058
    Abstract: A remotely controlled electronic display sign which operates with a plasma display and which provides for humidity and heat control and the like allowing the sign to be used in various environments. The sign is essentially self-contained and includes those components necessary for enabling a display of desired material from a remote control source or one located at the sign. A controller in or associated with the sign is accessible either electrically, or through satellite transmission or other wireless transmission from the remote source which allows the display of the sign to be changed at will. Thus, an operator at a remote source may, with the aid of a pre-prepared graphic design, transmit that design to the controller at or associated with the sign for display of that graphic information and potentially with sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Dave Gothard
  • Patent number: 7339485
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rectifier for supplying double voltage and an RFID tag thereof. The rectifier includes a charging part for charging an input voltage induced to input ends by a received radio frequency (RF) signal; a power provider for charging a sum voltage corresponding to the sum of the input voltage induced to the input end and the voltage charged in the charging part as a power voltage, and discharging the charged power voltage to provide a direct current (DC) power; and a switching part for switching to supply the input voltage induced at the input ends to the charging part during a first interval and switching to supply the sum voltage to the power provider during a second interval. Accordingly, double voltage can be supplied to other electric elements formed in the RFID tag and overcurrent caused by overvoltage can be prevented from flowing into the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ja-nam Ku, Young-hoon Min, Il-jong Song, Dong-hyun Lee
  • Patent number: 7330116
    Abstract: A shoplifting-prevention security device includes a flexible flat substrate (1) having an inductor (2) and a capacitor (3) which form a resonant circuit, the plates of the capacitor being separated by a layer of dielectric material. Moreover, at least one zone (A) of the material can be used to establish a short circuit between the plates in order to deactivate the device. In addition, at least one face of the above-mentioned substrate is provided with a rigid part (B) having a contour (Bc) which surrounds the zone(s) (A) provided for the purpose of deactivation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventors: Lionel Prat, Patrice Coupin
  • Patent number: 7327223
    Abstract: Systems and methods for distributing management information in a computing system over existing power are disclosed. These systems and methods may eliminate the need for a separate physical network to distribute management information in the computer system and the commensurate physical hardware need to implement these networks. A management system may place a management communication on a physical transport medium. This management communication may then be placed on the power lines used to power the various components of the computing system and distributed to the various components along these power lines, where it may be received by its intended recipient and acted upon if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Crossroads Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Schlinger
  • Patent number: 7327237
    Abstract: A warning apparatus for a vehicle determines a contact possibility of the vehicle contacting with an object that is present in front of the vehicle according to a relative distance between the vehicle and the front object, a relative speed between the vehicle and the front object, and the like, and provides a contact possibility warning by changing at least one of the driving torque and braking torque of the vehicle according to the contact possibility. The warning apparatus detects, an intention of the driver of the vehicle to bring the vehicle closer to the front object in a steady driving state of the vehicle by, for example, changing a lane of the vehicle. The warning apparatus calculates a correction value to change the driving torque or braking torque according to a result of the detection, delays the timing of providing the contact possibility warning, and controls braking force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Kimura, Tatsuya Suzuki, Naotaka Usui, Genpei Naito
  • Patent number: 7327254
    Abstract: A bulb adapted with an infrared sensor includes a LED and a power switch, the switch being turned on to light the LED in the bulb when the sensor detects the heat emitted from a human body and turned off to kill the light when failing to detect the heat for practical use and energy saving purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Kai-Po Chen
  • Patent number: 7327250
    Abstract: System for providing a virtual vehicle boundary. The system includes a method for activating a virtual fence for use with a delivery vehicle. The method comprises steps of detecting a protection event, determining that the protection event is an activation event, and activating a selected virtual fence based the activation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventor: John Harvey
  • Patent number: 7327243
    Abstract: A method for warning deflation of tires which can detect the deflation of 2 wheels at the same axle including a following axle, the simultaneous deflation of 4 wheels or the abrasion of tires only by the information of wheel speeds is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 7324004
    Abstract: A method for reducing false detects may include emitting an infrared light beam from a primary emitter to a primary monitor detector, measuring a first voltage value using a primary receive detector and setting a primary smoke alarm flag corresponding to a primary channel if the first voltage value is above a first threshold value. The method may also include measuring a second voltage value using a secondary receive detector, setting a secondary smoke alarm flag corresponding to a secondary channel if the second voltage value is above a second threshold value and setting an alarm indicating a smoke condition if the primary smoke alarm flag and the secondary smoke alarm flag are set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Honeywell International, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace T. Van Winkle, Lester J. Lowery, Timothy L. Fujawa, John Lohmeier, Aileen K. McDowall, Richard K. Morey, Michael E. Patterson, Andrew D. Bunn, Maria M. Cornejo
  • Patent number: 7324006
    Abstract: A power strip is providing including a housing coupled to a first end portion of a power supply cord, the housing having an electrical receptacle mounted thereto and connected to the power supply cord, the power supply cord having a second end connectable to a power source. A current sensor is coupled to the power supply cord between the electrical receptacle and the second end for detecting electrical current flow through the power supply cord and providing an output signal that varies in proportion to the current flow through the power supply cord. A processing circuit coupled to the output of the current sensor includes a display device for displaying at least one of the current, voltage, power, and phase associated with the power supply cord at the current sensor. The display device can be remotely coupled to the power strip for positioning the display in a convenient location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventor: Jean Luc Godard
  • Patent number: 7321305
    Abstract: A system for determining a location of an object. The system includes an object location tracker and a computer system. The object location tracker is configured for attachment to a mobile vehicle and includes an object identification reading device and a position-tracking device. The object identification reading device senses object identification indicia on the object, such as RF ID tags, bar codes, etc., as the mobile vehicle moves around an environment in which the object is situated. The position-tracking device computes the location of the object location tracker as the mobile vehicle moves throughout environment. The computer system associates the sensed object identification indicia of the object, as determined by the reading device, with a location in the environment based on the position of the object location tracker in the environment, as determined by the position-tracking device, when the reading device senses the object identification indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: PINC Solutions
    Inventor: Aleks Göllü
  • Patent number: RE40037
    Abstract: A Power system protection and control system has protection and control terminals that perform protection and control of a power system by operation of a plurality of CBs in response to state variables input from power system; and a power system monitoring and control host mutually connected in a fashion to permit data exchange through a transmission system (communication network) with protection and control terminals and that performs monitoring and control of power system in accordance with data transmitted from protection and control terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Osamu Hasegawa, Yoshihiro Shirota, Yasuo Kaino