Specific Application, Apparatus Or Process Patents (Class 700/90)
  • Patent number: 9822596
    Abstract: Techniques for releasing a well tool string from a wireline release tool includes initiating actuation of a linear actuator of the wireline release tool, the actuator coupled to an inner mandrel on which a retractable latch rides, the retractable latch including a profile formed on an outer surface of the latch that is coupled to the well tool string; actuating the actuator to move the inner mandrel of the wireline release tool to remove support of the profile by a ramp formed on the outer surface, the profile retracted toward the inner mandrel based on the movement of the inner mandrel; decoupling the profile from the well tool string based on retraction of the profile toward the inner mandrel; and moving the wireline release tool into a position to release the wireline release tool from the well tool string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Gammill Clemens, Bryan William Kasperski, Matthew Craig Mlcak, George Nathan Aldredge
  • Patent number: 9785542
    Abstract: A method for debugging test procedures for automated device testing is disclosed. The method comprises receiving a command to update at least one modified test procedure modified during a first debugging session and saving state information for a test plan, wherein the state information comprises information regarding a breakpoint entry location, and wherein the modified test procedure is invoked within the test plan. The method subsequently comprises suspending execution of the test plan and unloading the modified test procedure. It also comprises compiling the modified test procedure to produce a compiled file and then reloading the test procedure into the test plan using the compiled file. Finally, it comprises resuming execution of the modified test procedure in a second debugging session and breaking the execution during the second debugging session at a breakpoint corresponding to the breakpoint entry location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ADVANTEST CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Elston, Leon Chen, Harsanjeet Singh, Hironori Maeda, Ankan Pramanick, Youbi Katsu
  • Patent number: 9788042
    Abstract: Provided is an image display apparatus including: an interface unit through which a pointing signal is received from an external input device; and a display unit that includes a first region and a second region which are distinguishable from each other and on any one of which an image object of which a function is activated by the pointing signal is displayed; and a controller that activates an application corresponding to a predetermined pattern, when in a state where a content screen is output to the first and second regions of the display unit, the image object that is displayed according to the pointing signal moves in the predetermined pattern, in which while maintaining the outputting of the content screen, the controller performs control in such a manner that a control screen for an external apparatus, which corresponds to the activation of the application, is output to the second region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sijeong Ro, Myungbok Yoo, Duksung Kim
  • Patent number: 9773127
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a memory that stores, for each of a plurality of items that can be described in extensions included in a certificate signing request, item names and item contents with associating each of the item names with a respective one of the item contents; an acquiring unit that acquires specific information; a preparation unit that makes out a specific certificate signing request including specific extensions in which a specific item name and a specific item content are described, according to a condition for making out specific extensions which is determined in response to a user's instruction, by acquiring the specific item name and the specific item content from the memory and using the acquired specific information, specific item name and specific item content; and an output unit that outputs the specific certificate signing request to an outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoru Yanagi
  • Patent number: 9766881
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method executable by a multi-tenant server system to manage a project is provided. The method includes receiving user input data indicating project data that includes at least one of project information, task information, and details information associated with the project; associating tenant-specific metadata with the project data; and storing the project data and the associated tenant-specific metadata in a project data datastore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: salesforce.com, inc.
    Inventor: Belinda Wong
  • Patent number: 9758303
    Abstract: A method of and device for generating an identifiable signal to facilitate an order picking process are disclosed. The method and device can be used on an order picking station having containers with items to be picked. In some embodiments, the station has multiple shelves having signal generating devices coupled with each of the containers on the shelves. The device takes the information of the items to be picked and generate identifiable signals, such that the device provides visual effects to facilitate workers' picking and gathering efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Fernando Antonio Sanchez Marquez
  • Patent number: 9749455
    Abstract: An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a communication unit configured to communicate with at least one a first electronic device or at least one second external device by at least one communication method, and a control unit configured to, when a message is received from the first electronic device, identify at least one of the second electronic device to which a message is sent in response to the message received from the first electronic device, create the message that is to be sent to the identified second electronic device, and send the created message to the second electronic device. Other various embodiments may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ji-Ryang Chung, Suck-Ho Seo, Sung-Ho Park, Dong-Hyoun Son, Il-Sung Hong, Ji-Hyun Park, Ki-Soo Cho
  • Patent number: 9740826
    Abstract: A wireless medical room control arrangement includes a wireless controller having a wireless router. A room identifier and a device identifier are stored in the controller. A communication interface sends commands to and receives commands from the wireless controller. In response to commands from the interface, the wireless controller sends wireless control signals to operate medical devices in the room. A room monitor adjacent a doorway provides room identifiers to medical devices and wireless controllers entering the room and provides dummy identifiers to medical devices and controllers exiting the room. The room monitors may connect to a global network processor that determines the location of the medical devices in a medical facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: STRYKER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Prabhu Raghavan, Travis Morgan
  • Patent number: 9734459
    Abstract: A method for managing a project including displaying, to a user, a Gantt chart illustrating one or more project items of the project as one or more corresponding bars, alerting the user when one of the one or more project items has a status of warning or critical, selecting one of the one or more corresponding bars, and displaying additional information pertaining to the project item corresponding to the selected one of the one or more corresponding bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin R. Barrett, Andrew Barnett
  • Patent number: 9730298
    Abstract: Lighting units, systems, and methods are described herein for determining whether occupancy detections are legitimate or not. Methods and systems are further described herein for powering down a network of power over ethernet (PoE) components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Philips Lighting Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Jurgen Mario Vangeel, Mark Henricus Verberkt, Peter Fitski
  • Patent number: 9721301
    Abstract: A computer-based method for obtaining repair estimates for a vehicle, and a related network server, are provided. The method comprises receiving a vehicle identification number (VIN) over a network from a customer computer, retrieving vehicle information, associated with the VIN, from a database, sending the vehicle information and a graphical representation of the vehicle, including a plurality of selectable vehicle damage locations, over the network to the customer computer, receiving a selection of at least one vehicle damage location over the network from the customer computer, receiving at least one image of the vehicle over the network from the customer computer, storing the vehicle information, the selected damage location and the vehicle image as a repair job in a non-volatile memory or the database, and sending a notification, indicating that the new repair job is available for review, over the network to at least one repair provider computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: SHzoom LLC
    Inventor: Ingrid Cook
  • Patent number: 9715678
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for presenting a plurality of shared calendars in a single electronic display frame or window where each of the plurality of shared calendars is displayed in a common view mode relative to other displayed shared calendars. Users may select one or more shared calendars to be displayed in the same display frame or window as their own calendar. Upon selection of a shared calendar to be displayed alongside a first calendar, an aggregate view object is called to control and coordinate all shared calendars selected for display in the common window or frame. The aggregate view object determines the view data object, including view mode (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly) and other calendar display settings of the first or active calendar displayed in the common view of shared calendars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Hill, Hans Bjordahl
  • Patent number: 9710973
    Abstract: A system that includes a head mounted display device and a processing unit connected to the head mounted display device is used to fuse virtual content into real content. In one embodiment, the processing unit is in communication with a hub computing device. The processing unit and hub may collaboratively determine a map of the mixed reality environment. Further, state data may be extrapolated to predict a field of view for a user in the future at a time when the mixed reality is to be displayed to the user. This extrapolation can remove latency from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Avi Bar-Zeev, J. Andrew Goossen, John Tardif, Mark S. Grossman, Harjit Singh
  • Patent number: 9709255
    Abstract: A smart home-care security device includes a security device that includes a master control board and installed for home use. The master control board is electrically connected with an image-taking module that recognizes a target body, a communication module connectable with multiple electrical appliances, and a detection module, and a reminder module for indicating and reminding. The detection module includes: a microwave measurement module using microwave to detect blood pressure data of the target body; a biological recognition module using microwave to detect a physiological signal of the target body; and a water quality measurement module installed in home water supply facility to inspect and wirelessly transmit water quality. The security device uses the detection module to conduct remote monitoring of the target body in order to establish detailed data of the target body and allow the communication module to provide voice control and wireless connection with the electrical appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Kaipo Chen
  • Patent number: 9681357
    Abstract: A system, method, and computer-readable storage medium that enable the monitoring and control of a device via a network, such as the Internet, via an interactive hardware module that interfaces with the device and communicates with a module server located locally or remotely from the placement of the module. The hardware module allows for the transmission and receipt of data between the device interfaced to the hardware module and the module server, thereby enabling the user manually or automatically to control or monitor the device via an access medium, such as an API. The hardware module and the device may be interfaced via a wired or a wireless connection. Furthermore, the hardware module and the module server may enable the activation of an inactive device from a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: ioBridge, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Stanley Mawrey, Jason Thomas Winters, Peter Thomas Scharler
  • Patent number: 9674930
    Abstract: A lighting control apparatus includes a wireless communication module to receive tag information transmitted from a light switch, a control module to register the received tag information by matching the received tag information with at least one of a plurality of lighting devices, and to control the lighting devices using the registered tag information, and a storage module to store the tag information and identification information of the lighting device matched with the tag information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: LG INNOTEK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Dae Hun Kim, Ki Chul Chang
  • Patent number: 9652347
    Abstract: A cloud computing platform is disclosed that utilizes a messaging platform configured to receive input message from one or more remote testing devices identifiable via one or more codes and generate a reply message to request test data or information from the one or more remote testing devices. The messaging platform is configured to interface with one or more remote or mobile computing devices to transmit the test data or information for the one or more testing devices to the one or more remote computing devices. The platform also includes a data storage platform configured to receive the test data or information from the one or more testing devices and store the test data or information to one or more data storage devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: MTS SYSTEMS CORPORATION
    Inventor: Andrew Frenz
  • Patent number: 9652118
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method of determining a color palette to be associated with an audio selection is presented. The system and method includes receiving an audio selection, sending data associated with the audio selection to a music information server and receiving information about the audio selection, sending the information to a color palette server that selects one or more color palettes based on the information, receiving the color palettes from the color palette server, associating one of the color palettes with the audio selection, and sending the associated color palette and audio selection to one or more third parties using a mode of social media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Marcus Thomas LLC
    Inventors: King Hill, Mark Bachmann, Jamie Venorsky, Jason Hutchison, Kevin Delsanter, Carolyn Fertig, Kara Gildone, Brian Klausner, Scott Chapin
  • Patent number: 9633536
    Abstract: An intruder alarm and deterrent system includes a plurality of motion sensors around a dwelling being in communication with an existing sprinkler system. Upon sensing an adult intruder, the sprinkler system is activated to broadcast a spray of water to douse, startle, and scare away the intruder. The intruder alarm also provides an audible alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Monica Makarovich, Donald Kirkham
  • Patent number: 9619082
    Abstract: A control method and device comprising a touch screen, the touch screen displaying at least one touch control zone for transmitting a command to a piece of equipment. The touch screen is continuously unlocked. The touch screen is in a passive state presenting a first display mode when no control zone has been touched by a person. On being touched, the touch screen is put into an active state imparting a second display mode thereto that is distinct from the first display mode. After the touch screen has passed from the passive state to the active state, all of the requested commands are validated jointly by operating validation means, the control device transmitting at least one signal to at least one piece of equipment in order to convey the commands and the touch screen then being placed in the passive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventor: Lionel Fontaine
  • Patent number: 9620589
    Abstract: Integrated circuits and methods for fabricating integrated circuits are provided. In an embodiment, a method includes providing a semiconductor substrate, defining a length on the semiconductor substrate corresponding to opposing vertices of a nanowire, removing a portion of the semiconductor substrate to provide a first fin structure and a second fin structure, etching a first cavity proximate to the first side, depositing a protective layer in the first cavity, removing a portion of the protective layer to expose a portion of the semiconductor substrate, and etching a second cavity at the exposed semiconductor substrate where the first and second cavities communicate. The first and second fin structures are adjacent where the length of the first fin structure corresponds to the opposing vertices and has a first side and a second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas Sassiat, Ran Yan, Kun-Hsien Lin, Jan Hoentschel
  • Patent number: 9613340
    Abstract: This invention discloses a novel system and method for displaying electronic documents that are subject to approval by multiple parties. The invention presents approval by person as a separate indication on the original document. The system automatically reviews the document to determine its type and then using the type, looks up the recipient list that is associated with that type of document. The document is then transmitted to those recipients for approval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Workshare Ltd.
    Inventor: John Safa
  • Patent number: 9535767
    Abstract: Techniques for effectuating a virtual NUMA architecture for virtual machines are disclosed herein. In an embodiment, a system determines the physical topology of a datacenter. When instantiating a virtual machine, the system determines a number of NUMA nodes for that VM based on the physical topology. The system then directs a second system to instantiate the virtual machine with the determined number of NUMA nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: Jacob Oshins
  • Patent number: 9495969
    Abstract: A received transport stream may be demultiplexed into a compressed audio stream and a control stream. The compressed audio stream may be decoded. Audio corresponding to a tuned program may be stored. The stored audio may be separated from the compressed audio stream by subtracting the stored audio from the decoded audio stream, until a no-active-speech command is found in the control stream. Responsive to the no-active-speech command, the subtracting may be omitted for a period corresponding to a duration of the no-active-speech command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Arturo A. Rodriguez, David A. Sedacca, Albert Garcia
  • Patent number: 9489377
    Abstract: Embodiments infer a difficulty attribute of a recipe. A recipe is obtained that includes recipe content such as preparation steps and ingredients. A recipe server identifies attribute features in the recipe content, where the attribute features are representative of portions of the recipe content that are correlated with difficulty attributes. The recipe server determines whether the recipe is associated with a difficulty attribute based on the attribute features and obtained attribute parameters corresponding to the attribute features. A difficulty attribute determined to be associated with a recipe is transmitted to a client device in response to a request for the recipe. The estimated difficulty attribute is used to filter recipes sent in response to a request for recipes, where the request specifies a criterion based on the difficulty attribute. The estimated difficulty attribute is used to select recipes for recommendation to a user based on that user's preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Yummly, Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Feller, Vadim Geshel, Gregory Allen Druck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9474969
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a method for detecting a plurality of stimulus signals generated by a gaming accessory device, identifying a plurality of substitute gaming stimulations associated with the plurality of stimulus signals, substituting the plurality of stimulus signals with the plurality of substitute gaming stimulations, incorporating in each of the plurality of substitute gaming stimulations a first unique identifier to generate a plurality of updated substitute gaming stimulations, transmitting the plurality of updated substitute gaming stimulations to a computing device executing a gaming application, and receiving from the computing device a plurality of game action results, where each of the plurality of gaming action results comprises the first unique identifier of a corresponding one of the plurality of updated substitute gaming stimulations. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Kim Rom, Jeffrey Nicholas Mahlmeister, Jacob Wolff-Petersen, Bruce Hawver, Francis Arnold Grever, Tino Soelberg, Christopher John Nicolella
  • Patent number: 9418286
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a feature amount extraction unit configured to extract each feature amount from a connected image generated by connecting images photographed from different viewpoints; and a specific object recognition unit configured to perform a process of determining a position of a specific object based on the feature amount extracted by the feature amount extraction unit. The feature amount extraction unit performs a feature amount extraction process to which a separated filter in which filter-formed regions are set to be separated is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Yokono
  • Patent number: 9390161
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and system for the extraction of keyphrases from natural text. For the purpose of this document, keyphrases are text segments that represent the main topic of a text. The method of the present invention may facilitate keyphrase extraction from any length of text. The text may be of several varieties, such as, for example a sentence, paragraph, document or collection of documents. Phrase separator methods may be applied to the text to extract phrases from the text. From these phrases the present invention may identify the one or more phrases that are integral to the meaning of the text and these may be identified as the keyphrases of the text. The text may be indexed using the keyphrases so that a search based upon any of the keyphrases will cause search engines and/or text retrieval means to retrieve the text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventors: Shady Shehata, Fakhri Karray, Mohamed Salem Kamel
  • Patent number: 9361735
    Abstract: To determine the extent of the damage to a vehicle after a crash, a vehicle treatment system may determine a change in position of a vehicle part based on one or more spatial sensors attached to the vehicle part. The change in position of the vehicle part may be compared to previous change in position data for the same or similar type of vehicle part, to determine the extent of the damage to the vehicle part. Additionally, the vehicle treatment system may determine the extent of the damage for all vehicle parts to determine an overall extent of the damage to the vehicle after the crash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: William J. Leise
  • Patent number: 9352113
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mask sizing device (10) for determining sizing information for custom mask design of a facial mask, wherein the mask sizing device (10) comprises an image projecting unit (20) for projecting an image (16) onto a person's face (18), wherein the image (16) comprises at least a number of contact points of the facial mask, said contact points representing potential points of contact of the facial mask with the person's face (18), a control unit (22) for controlling said image projection unit (20) to adjust dimension, position and/or orientation of the image (16) and/or to project an image including two or more sub-images having different dimensions, positions and/or orientations, a sub-image comprising at least a number of contact points of a facial mask; and a read-out unit (24) for reading out sizing information comprising information about the dimension, position and/or orientation of the image (16) and/or a selected sub-image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventor: Andrew Phillip Deguilio
  • Patent number: 9344333
    Abstract: Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method performed by a network node device for provisioning the device on a network, the method including detecting one or more ports, sending discovery messages from one or more of the discovered ports, receiving an offer message including network information, storing the received network information, receiving a promotion message, and listening for discovery messages. In some embodiments, the method further includes receiving one or more messages including configuration information. In various embodiments, the configuration information includes one or more of node interface parameters, management parameters, OAM parameters, and MPLS parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventors: Alp Dibirdi, Michael Long
  • Patent number: 9311299
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for a part-of-speech tagger that may be particularly useful for resource-poor languages. Use of manually constructed tag dictionaries from dictionaries via bitext can be used as type constraints to overcome the scarcity of annotated data in some instances. Additional token constraints can be projected from a resource-rich source language via word-aligned bitext. Several example models are provided to demonstrate this such as a partially observed conditional random field model, where coupled token and type constraints may provide a partial signal for training. The disclosed method achieves a significant relative error reduction over the prior state of the art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Slav Petrov, Dipanjan Das, Ryan McDonald, Joakim Nivre, Oscar Tackstrom
  • Patent number: 9310501
    Abstract: Stratigraphy is inferred over a volume of seismic information. Seismic images are implemented to create higher fidelity stratigraphic structure by leveraging a process that translates seismic image information back and forth into and out of a space that is flattened on geographic time. The stratigraphic structure inferred may be implemented in seismic modeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Paul Stefani
  • Patent number: 9307884
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for graphically representing a commercial deal by defining entities, assigning roles for relating entities, accessing commercial deal information corresponding to the entities, defining objects for related entities, and automatically generating a visual representation depicting a relationship between entities involved in a commercial deal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Don Coleman, Jeff Dodson, Noel F. Fouts, Michael I. Matheson
  • Patent number: 9294469
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for establishing a connection between an appliance and a home energy management device. Upon being prompted by a user, the home energy management device can create a private network for a limited period of time. Then, upon also being prompted by the user, an appliance can request to join the private network. If the appliance satisfies any required security criteria, the home energy management device can securely provide local area network access data to the appliance over the private network. After receiving such access data, the appliance can connect to the wireless local area network and establish a secure connection with the home energy management device via a router of the local area network. In one implementation, both the home energy management device and the appliance can be prompted by the user by simply pressing a button or other user-operable selector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Dong Hun Lee, Dong Soo Shin, Kevin Farrelly Nolan
  • Patent number: 9280863
    Abstract: A system for dispensing a plurality of customized doses of pharmaceuticals includes: a housing; a customer interaction station; a customized packaging station configured to selectively package individual doses of medication into customized packaging, the medications being selected responsive to input from the customer input station; and a controller connected to the customer interaction station and the customized packaging station, the controller configured to control the customized packaging based on customer input from the customer interaction station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Parata Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Robert G. Spignesi Jr., Mark Longley
  • Patent number: 9280615
    Abstract: A method of providing a flow rack system design using a flow rack design application is provided. The method includes selecting a first tier menu item from a plurality of first tier menu items saved in memory using a computer. A second tier menu item is selected, wherein the second tier menu item has project level standards information associated with the second tier menu item saved in memory. A virtual flow rack system is generated using the computer, the project level standards information and parts information saved in memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: John B. Gittings, Brian C. Feldman
  • Patent number: 9273840
    Abstract: An integrated illumination system can comprise a combination of components configured to collect, convert, and store solar energy as electrical energy and subsequently convert the electrical energy into visible light. The integrated illumination system can be suitable for installation into or onto a building structure as a convenient, standalone ‘plug-and-play’ package. The integrated illumination system can include control strategies to manage various aspects of the system's “user interface” (e.g., color, color temperature such as ‘warmth’ of emitted light, system efficiency, etc.). The control strategies can manage aspects of the integrated illumination system that can be specified, monitored, controlled, and packaged/customized for an application and/or environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Marlin Braun
  • Patent number: 9274672
    Abstract: A computer system monitors the execution time of each of a plurality of tasks over a plurality of time periods. The system receives a first input that selects a particular time period from the plurality of time periods, and further monitors the execution time of the plurality of tasks in the selected time period. The system receives a second input that selects a particular task from the particular time period, and monitors the execution time of the particular task in the particular time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: CA, Inc.
    Inventors: Ai Huang, Hai Liu
  • Patent number: 9271032
    Abstract: A set of media playback and device settings data from each home appliance of a first set of home appliances is stored on a central server and/or sent to a remote control device upon initiation of a suspend command by a user. The stored media and devices states may be used at a later time to control the first set of home appliances, or a user may, after relocating to a second set of home appliances, initiate a resume state command whereupon media playback and device settings data from the central server and/or remote control device controls each home appliance in the second set of home appliances to bring about the same or substantially similar media and device states as in the first set of home appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Mark Momot
  • Patent number: 9271332
    Abstract: A heating device includes a heater (2) having a heating portion (6) which generates heat by energization; a housing (4) which contains the heating portion and forms a passage (18) for a heating medium between the housing and the heating portion; a temperature sensor (26) for detecting the temperature of the heating medium in the passage; and an inverter for interrupting energization of, that is, the carrying of current to, the heater depending on the temperature of the heating medium detected by the temperature sensor. The temperature sensor is brought into contact with the heating portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: SANDEN CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshinobu Maemura
  • Patent number: 9271033
    Abstract: A set of media playback and device settings data from each home appliance of a first set of home appliances is stored on a central server and/or sent to a remote control device upon initiation of a suspend command by a user. The stored media and devices states may be used at a later time to control the first set of home appliances, or a user may, after relocating to a second set of home appliances, initiate a resume state command whereupon media playback and device settings data from the central server and/or remote control device controls each home appliance in the second set of home appliances to bring about the same or substantially similar media and device states as in the first set of home appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Universal Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Paul D. Arling, Christopher Chambers, Wayne Scott, Mark Momot
  • Patent number: 9232601
    Abstract: The lighting system includes lighting devices and a controller of the lighting devices. The controller includes a display unit and a storage unit which stores area information including target areas in which the lighting devices are arranged, the identification information of the lighting devices, the lighting information regarding different lighting conditions of the lighting devices, and scene setting information regarding a state change pattern for changing a lighting state of one or more lighting devices allotted to each target area. The control unit controls the display unit to display a scene operation screen having pictorial signs each indicating one piece of scene setting information, and selects, if one of the pictorial signs is touched, a corresponding scene setting information represented by the pictorial sign, and controls the display unit to display a state change pattern of each lighting device allotted to the selected piece of scene setting information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigemi Fushimi
  • Patent number: 9226340
    Abstract: Heating device includes: heater (2) with heating portion (6) generating heat by energization; housing (4) contains the heating portion and forms passage (18) for a heating medium between the housing and the heating portion; temperature detection means (26) detects, in the passage, temperature (T) inside the housing due to heat of the heating medium and the heating portion; and energization controlling means (40) for turning energization of the heater on/off depending on the temperature detected inside the housing. Energization of the heater is turned off to put the heater in an energization standby state if temperature detected inside the housing is equal to or greater than a first specified threshold (TS1), and is turned off to put the heater in an energization complete stop state if the temperature detected inside the housing in the energization standby state is equal to or greater than a second specified threshold (TS2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: SANDEN CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Maemura, Kazuyasu Ushigome
  • Patent number: 9224125
    Abstract: A process management system uses a radio frequency identification (RFID) detection system in the form of, for example, a phased array antenna based RFID detection system to track and manage material storage and flow in a manufacturing process or plant. The process management system operates in conjunction with the various machines that implement manufacturing stages or steps of the manufacturing process to assure that the correct materials and processing procedures are used at or on the various production machines of the process to produce a particular product as defined by a job number or job order. The process management system is thereby able to increase the efficiencies of the plant and to increase the quality of the plant production by reducing or eliminating waste, manufacturing errors and shipping errors in the production facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: A-1 PACKAGING SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Schoening, William J. Greaves
  • Patent number: 9196012
    Abstract: A method and an associated arrangement for starting up a medical engineering system via a data transmission link are provided. The method includes storing, in advance, at least one switch-on time for the medical engineering system in a spatially remote central unit via the data transmission link. The method also includes switching-on the medical engineering system by the central unit via the data transmission link at the at least one stored switch-on time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Maik Bittner, Manfred Wischlitzki
  • Patent number: 9189206
    Abstract: A system and method of managing immutable objects includes monitoring new object construction, detecting construction of an object, determining a key for the object, looking the key up in a persistent storage system, when the key is found in the persistent storage system, loading the object from the persistent storage system, and when the key is not found in the persistent storage system constructing the object, determining whether the object is immutable, and storing the object in the persistent storage system when the object is immutable. In some examples, determining whether the object is immutable includes examining each primitive type data member of the object, examining each reference type constructor parameter of the object to determine whether the reference type constructor parameter is defensively copied, examining all function calls used by the object to determine whether the function calls preserve immutability, and recursively examining each reference type data member of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Filip Eliá{hacek over (s)}, Filip Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9177324
    Abstract: A method of analyzing Internet-based communication sessions may include detecting interactions during a communication session and detecting an associated characteristic. The method may also include identifying other communication sessions that are also associated with the characteristic and accessing a group profile of the other communications sessions. The group profile may be assigned a first group profile state in a state-machine-based progression of group profile states and have a group lead score. The method may additionally include associating the communication session with the group profile, adjusting the group lead score based on the communication session to cross a threshold value, and moving to a second group profile state. The method may further include authorizing devices associated with the group profile access to additional data after moving to the second group profile state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Deepesh Chourey
  • Patent number: 9177039
    Abstract: A communication assistance device (10) includes a communication level determination unit (11) and a topic recommendation unit (16) so as to determine a level of a relationship between users who communicate with each other and provide communication assistance using the result of the determination. The communication level determination unit (11) determines the level (communication level) of the relationship between the users based on similarity between the users obtained from preference information showing preferences of the users, and on user action records showing records of actions taken by a certain user toward a partner user with whom the certain user communicates out of the users. The topic recommendation unit (16) selects, from among a group of topics prepared in advance, a topic that can be transmitted to the partner user based on the determined level of the relationship between the users and on preferences of the certain user and the partner user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hironori Mizuguchi, Dai Kusui
  • Patent number: 9125255
    Abstract: Intelligent lighting devices, with sensors, programmed processors and communication capabilities and networked with a hierarchy of computers, to form a system to monitor one or more conditions external to the lighting devices not directly related to operational performance of the respective lighting devices, for a variety of applications separate and in addition to the lighting related functions of the networked devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: David P. Ramer, Jack C. Rains, Jr.