Patents Examined by Vivek Koppikar
  • Patent number: 8688292
    Abstract: A pendular motion determination unit of a motion stabilizer for a tractor includes a parameter computation unit configured to compute a determination parameter PA indicative of a quantity of change in an actual yaw rate Y, a threshold value setting unit configured to compute a threshold value PAth for the determination parameter PA, and a determination unit configured to determine that a pendular motion caused by swaying motion of a trailer is imparted, if the determination parameter PA is greater than the threshold value PAth. At least one of PAth and PA is changed based upon a correlation of a value related to a lateral acceleration based yaw rate Yg with a value related to the standard yaw rate Ys and a correlation of a value related to the actual yaw rate Y with a value related to the standard yaw rate Ys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuaki Miyata, Takeshi Kojima, Tomoyuki Futamura
  • Patent number: 8670887
    Abstract: A vehicle in which a drive state can be favorably selected in a configuration that separately and independently drives front and rear wheels and a method for controlling the vehicle. In the vehicle and control method thereof, a drive state control device prohibits operation of a first switch between front wheel drive (FWD) and all wheel drive (AWD) and a second switch between rear wheel drive (RWD) and AWD when a lateral acceleration related value of the vehicle exceeds a first threshold value G1. The first threshold value G1 is set with a divergence reference value Gref as a reference. The Gref value is determined considering factors such as lateral acceleration, turning characteristics and the drive state of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Nishimori, Satoshi Andou, Masayuki Kikuchi
  • Patent number: 8459448
    Abstract: My match container and striker for a match handle or holder enables self-sufficient functionality. It does so by incorporating match containment and striking within the application device itself. No secondary component such as a disconnected box of matches is necessary. Within one device a match can be lit and applied with convenience, efficacy, and safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory Desi Bussone
  • Patent number: 8321355
    Abstract: The present invention is embodied in adaptive rating methods and systems. The adaptive rating method includes receiving a first rating for a first product from a user, receiving a second rating for a second product from the user, identifying a conflict with a processor by comparing the first rating and the second rating, soliciting feedback from the user to remedy the conflict, and adjusting at least one of the first or second ratings with the processor responsive to feedback from the user. The steps of the method may be embodied in computer executable instructions stored on a non-transient machine readable medium that cause a processor to perform the method when executed by the processor. The system includes a processor configured to perform the steps of the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Darren Pulito, Lou Vastardis
  • Patent number: 8313071
    Abstract: A micro-adjustable supporting device includes a mounting seat, a movable unit, and an adjusting unit. The movable unit includes a rotating assembly disposed rotatably in the mounting seat and rotatable about an axis, and a bottom seat assembly disposed under the mounting seat and rotatable about the axis. The adjusting unit includes a pair of spaced-apart first and second tilt-adjusting elements, and an angle-adjusting element. Each of the first and second tilt-adjusting elements extends through the rotating assembly to connect with the bottom seat assembly, and is movable relative to the rotating assembly in a direction parallel to the axis to adjust a tilt angle of the bottom seat assembly relative to the axis. The angle-adjusting element is operable to move relative to the mounting seat to thereby rotate the rotating assembly and the bottom seat assembly about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Ming-Hsien Huang
  • Patent number: 8271299
    Abstract: An insurance method comprising a return-of-premium (ROP) benefit is disclosed. The ROP benefit is applied to property and casualty insurance and related insurance forms. The ROP benefit provides a return of all premiums after a set period of insurance, less the amount of any claims made by the insured. The policy may then be rolled over to again provide a ROP benefit to the policyholder. Fractional ROP benefit returns may be made on the policy after a minimum set period less than the full term of the policy. The ROP benefit may be provided by means of a rider to a standard property or casualty policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: S. Kenneth Davidson
  • Patent number: 8265948
    Abstract: Proactive and interactive clinical decision support events are provided. When a clinical decision support event is initiated for a patient, relevant stored clinical information associated with the patient is accessed. A user interface is generated using the stored clinical information. A clinician may interact with the user interface by providing user-provided clinical information that may add to and/or modify the stored clinical information in the user interface. Clinical advice is provided based on the stored clinical information and the user-provided clinical information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Schmitt, Keith A. Huffman, Leo V. Perez, J. Christopher Murrish
  • Patent number: 8255239
    Abstract: In an access controller and method for controlling access to medical data, the medical data being provided as at least one first file and a second file independent of the first file with findings regarding patients that are generated by medical personnel being stored in the first file and measurement results of patients that were acquired by means of a medical-technical apparatus being stored in the second file, with at least one subset of the measurement results stored in the second file forming the basis of at least a subset of the findings stored in the first file, the access controller is configured to detect the measurement results forming the basis of a stored finding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Catrin Lüll, John Sanchez, Sandra Sodilo
  • Patent number: 8255241
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of providing information regarding a patient's use of medications, the method including the step of providing a graphical icon relating to the medication, the graphical icon including at least one indicator relating to the patient's use of the medication. The least one indicator preferably provides information such as dosage information, duration information, compliance information, and impression information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Jason Edward Cafer
  • Patent number: 8244555
    Abstract: Healthcare information data is managed by, on a computer, maintaining a model of a state of a system based on the healthcare information, receiving a transaction representing a change to the system, determining that the change complies with a rule, and changing the model according to the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Merge eClinical, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnaud Masson, Romain Demoustier
  • Patent number: 8224675
    Abstract: A system and method for insurance companies contracting with and paying medical image reading professionals in a medical image reading professionals network. The network may be independent of a medical facility and be arranged to have each of the medical image reading professionals may be an expert in reading medical images of particular anatomical regions. The insurance companies may have lower overall costs by contracting with the medical image reading professionals who are experts in reading medical images of anatomical regions, modalities, and medical conditions as misdiagnoses are reduced due to proficiency of the medical image reading professionals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Premerus, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis J. Thorne, Gregg Phillip Allen
  • Patent number: 8224664
    Abstract: A portable cart and related system for operating the cart to automatically detect and track a prescription orders through distribution, particularly within a health-care facility is disclosed. A unique wireless tag is operably secured to each prescription order, and tag readers, which are in communication with a computer system, are positioned near the cart and, if needed, throughout the facility, to detect the presence of a tag within a defined physical area. Preferably, unique tags are also operably secured to each worker and patient. The system this detected information to track the prescription order and preferably verify the proper distribution of the prescription order to the correct patient. More preferably, the system also records, or charts, the distribution event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: GSL Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelton Louie, Stephen A. Garrett
  • Patent number: 8200417
    Abstract: A route search apparatus stores a section of a route to a database when drowsiness of a driver is detected by a drowsiness detector in the section of the route. The route search apparatus refers to the database and determines whether route candidates include a drowsiness-detected route section when the apparatus searches for a route extending from a departure place to a destination. When the drowsiness-detected route section is included in the route candidates, an evaluation value of the drowsiness-detected route section is raised before re-searching the route extending from the departure place to the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Kenichi Hamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8200501
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products for synthesizing medical procedure information stored in healthcare databases are provided. A medical procedure query associated with a single patient or a group of patients is received. Query results are provided responsive to the medical procedure query. The query results may include medical procedures from multiple sources that are expressed in multiple standards formats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert R. Friedlander, James R. Kraemer
  • Patent number: 8180561
    Abstract: A vehicle-installed obstacle detection apparatus includes a forward-view camera, and processes resultant image data to detect objects as possible obstacles. A size value such as tail lamp spacing, transmitted from a preceding vehicle, and a corresponding size value as measured in a captured image, are used to calculate the distance of the preceding vehicle. This is used together with a height value transmitted from the preceding vehicle and a corresponding height value measured in the captured image, to calculate the relative height difference between the vehicles, which is then used to discriminate between detected objects which are actual obstacles and objects such as road surface markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Denso Corporation
    Inventor: Satoshi Osanai
  • Patent number: 8160807
    Abstract: In information processing device or the like is provided to output a suitable form of information from a view point of user's non-feeling of trouble. In the information processing system, whether a user issues an output instruction or not is confirmed only with respect to information that is not extracted out of information stored in a first storing unit (211) and information that is not output out of information stored in a second storing unit (212) and the importance of which is not less than the standard value. Thus, it is avoidable for a user to coerce an output instruction or non-output instruction for information that is less important than the standard value even in the case that the information has been distributed or broadcasted from a distributing information server (100) and has been output or non-output information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadafumi Nogawa, Satoshi Murata
  • Patent number: 8160898
    Abstract: Methods for determining whether a drug is a specialty drug, methods for creating tools to be used in making the determination, and the tools themselves are disclosed. The overall value of a drug depends on the drug's attribute values with respect to each of a set of drug attributes (concerning, e.g., the drug's route of administration, targeted disease, possible adverse reactions, risk of toxicity, cost, need for patient compliance with the treatment regime, and handling, preparation, and/or storage requirements. If the overall value or its partial overall values meet certain criteria, the drug is deemed to be a specialty drug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Express Scripts, Inc.
    Inventors: Edmond Weisbart, Andrew Behm, Aimee Tharaldson, Steven Miller
  • Patent number: 8155977
    Abstract: A rule processing method includes defining a target group of patients chosen from a group of existing patients. An action to be taken concerning one or more patients within the target group of patients is defined, and an execution time for the action is scheduled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: The TriZetto Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Schoenberg
  • Patent number: 8150712
    Abstract: Computerized methods and systems for permitting clinicians and other healthcare providers to designate performance locations for clinical orders having one or more phases associated therewith, and for presenting order catalog content that is flexed based upon the designated performance location for the clinical order are provided. Further provided are computerized methods and systems for permitting clinicians and other healthcare providers to designate a performance location for each phase of a multi-phase clinical order, and for presenting order catalog content for each phase that is flexed based upon the designated performance location for the phase. User interfaces for presenting content associated with clinical orders based upon designated performance locations are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Cerner Innovation, Inc.
    Inventors: John Q. DeVerter, Michael A. Ash, Yegor F. Hanov
  • Patent number: 8140351
    Abstract: Central management of dose order preparation retrieves an unprocessed dose order record, selects a workstation from a set of workstations, forwards the order for conversion into a drug dosage form, and repeats the process for additional unprocessed dose order records. Depending on the operation type of the selected workstation (manual, automatic), protocol information concerning preparation of the dose order is selectively provided to the selected workstation. Interrogatable elements enable tracking of dose orders and dosage forms throughout preparation, storage and distribution cycles. Further methods enable rapid fulfillment by utilizing inventory ahead of drug order processing if suitable dosage forms exist in inventory records.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: FHT, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Tribble, Joel A. Osborne, Abdul Wahid Khan, Matthew Valentine, Bhavesh Padmani