Total 6590 patents for "2011-12-22"

MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE WITH CAPILLARY MENISCUS MARCHING VELOCITY SENSOR

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110312740

A microfluidic device for processing a fluid, the microfluidic device having an inlet for receiving the fluid, functional sections for processing the fluid, a flow-path extending from the inlet into at least some of the functional sections, circuitry for operative control of the functional sections, and, a capillary meniscus marching velocity sensor having a plurality of liquid sensors spaced along the flow-path, each of the liquid sensors having electrodes positioned for contact with the fluid flowing along the flow-path, wherein, the circuitry is configured to provide a voltage across the electrodes such that current above a predetermined threshold is indicative of liquid at the electrodes and used to derive a velocity of the liquid flow front.

CELL LINES COMPRISING SOUR-TASTE RECEPTORS

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110311986

The present invention relates to sour taste receptors and compositions and methods thereof. In particular, the present invention provides assays and methods of screening for ligands specific for sour taste receptors. Additionally, the present invention provides methods for screening for accessory proteins and mutations, polymorphisms and other potential sour taste receptor protein mutations that are associated with disease states, and therapeutic agents, ligands, and modulators of such proteins. The present invention also provides compositions and methods for modulating sour taste receptors in vitro and in vivo.

GAIT MONITOR

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110313705

Vertical centre of mass movement measuring apparatus comprising an inertial sensing device, for producing outputs relating to rotation and acceleration in its local frame of reference and configured for fastening to the back of an animal, preferably a person, a memory and a processor, wherein the processor is programmed to provide a quaternion corresponding to the rotation of the inertial sensing device and a first acceleration, both based on an output of the rotation sensing device, and the processor is programmed to combine the quaternion and the first acceleration and based on the result of the combination to provide, when the device is fastened close enough to the centre of mass of a moving object such as a person, an estimate of vertical displacement, or a derivative of vertical displacement, of the centre of mass in a global reference frame.

Thin Film Wound Dressing

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110313339

A composite wound dressing and delivery apparatus includes a substantially transparent dressing layer having a lower surface that is coated with a pressure sensitive for applying the dressing layer over a wound to define a reservoir in which a negative pressure may be maintained. A substantially transparent backing layer adhered to the lower surface of the dressing layer in a releasable manner, and a vacuum port is centrally located on the dressing layer. The vacuum port is adapted to provide fluid communication between a vacuum source and the reservoir through the dressing layer. A targeting grid associated with either the dressing layer or the backing layer includes regularly spaced reference marks along at least two axes extending from the vacuum port.

METHOD FOR TREATING A RHEUMATIC DISEASE USING A SOLUBLE TLA4 MOLECULE

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110311529

The present invention relates to compositions and methods for treating rheumatic diseases, such as psoriasis arthropathica, by administering to a subject a CTLA4 molecule that block endogenous B7 molecules from binding their ligands.

THERMALLY CONDUCTIVE GEL PACKS

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110308781

A conformable, thermally-conductive gel pack is provided having a thermal gel encapsulated by a compliant packaging material formed from a dielectric polymer. The gel pack is adapted for emplacement between opposed heat transfer surfaces in an electronic device. One heat transfer surface can be part of a heat-generating component of the device, while the other heat transfer surface can be part of a heat sink or a circuit board.

Gene Expression Markers for Breast Cancer Prognosis

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110312532

The present invention provides gene sets the expression of which is important in the diagnosis and/or prognosis of breast cancer.

Method and apparatus for inserting video watermark in compression domain

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110311098

An apparatus and method for video watermarking are provided. The apparatus and method include receiving a bit stream encoded by a video encoder by a spatial domain information analyzer and extracting information from a spatial domain of an image with respect to code words forming the bit stream, grouping the code words for each segmented domain by a domain classifier based on the information from the spatial domain, determining a sign of the each segmented domain by a domain sign determiner and inserting a watermark in the each segmented domain according to the sign determined by the domain sign determiner by a watermark bit inserter.

ABSTRACTIONS AND AUTOMATION FOR ENHANCED SHARING AND COLLABORATION

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110314555

The present invention provides methods for using abstractions of people, including dynamic and static groups of people, to enhance the efficiency of the specification and automation of policies for sharing information between users with a need-to-know. An instance of the present invention can also provide these users information based on a time-to-know. By providing access to information based on group affiliation and properties of the content of the information, the present invention maintains optimal information privacy while minimizing encumbrances to sharing data with appropriate users and even at appropriate times. The present invention can be integrated with other communication technologies to facilitate access to information in a time appropriate manner. Other instances of the present invention employ automated and semi-automated, mixed-initiative techniques, to make information-sharing decisions. Additional instances of the present invention include the employment of machine-learning techniques to facilitate construction of access policies from the actions or profile of a single user or a community of users, including the construction of automated sharing agents that work in an automated or mixed-initiative manner to respond to real-time requests for information.

METHOD FOR THE PRODUCTION OF IRRADIATION MODULES

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110309058

Method for the production of irradiation modules, in which a cladding is produced on a reactor housing by a hydroforming method in one work step, and connection parts, bottom termination and flow-guidance geometries are connected to the cladding without additional materials in a device using a laser welding process

RETURN PULSE SHAPE ANALYSIS FOR FALLING EDGE OBJECT DISCRIMINATION OF AEROSOL LIDAR

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110313722

A LIDAR optical remote sensing system and method analyzes the falling edge profile of a return LIDAR signal that may be indicative of an object or an aerosol cloud, which is generally more diffuse. Using the falling edge profile permits burnthrough to an object that may be obscured by the aerosol cloud. The profile is compared against at least one threshold that may correspond, in various embodiments, to a negative slope of the falling edge, an integrated power under the falling edge, or a range estimate error for varying transmitted power values, varying transmitted pulse lengths and/or varying receiver detector field of view values.

STRAND MOUNTABLE ANTENNA ENCLOSURE FOR WIRELESS COMMUNICATION ACCESS SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110309996

An antenna enclosure is designed to be suspended from a line such as a messenger strand which extends in a first direction between a pair of utility poles, in a similar manner to other aerial strand mounted communication system components. At least one antenna element is mounted in the enclosure. The antenna enclosure in one example is elongated in the first direction and tapers inwardly in a vertical direction between the upper and lower ends of the enclosure. Two spaced connecting brackets mounted on the upper end of the enclosure are configured for connection to spaced positions on a line to suspend the enclosure from the line.

SD SWITCH BOX IN A CELLULAR HANDSET

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110314268

A cellular handset, including a cellular base band modem, including a UART interface, and an SD host interface, a NAND flash memory, a NAND controller coupled with the NAND flash memory, a host device including a host controller, wherein the electronic host device supports an SD connection, and a convergence controller coupled with the cellular base band modem, the host device and the NAND controller, including a UART port for transferring data to and from the cellular base band modem via the UART interface, an SD port for transferring data to and from the cellular base band modem via the SD host interface, an SD port for transferring data to and from the NAND flash memory via the NAND controller, an SD port for transferring data to and from the host device via the host controller, a first mailbox into which the base band modem writes messages and from which the host device reads messages, and a second mailbox into which the host device writes messages and from which the cellular base band modem reads messages. A method is also described and claimed.

Light-Emitting Diode Assembly Housing Comprising Poly(Cyclohexanedimethanol Terephthalate) Compositions

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110310622

Light-emitting diode assembly housing comprising high temperature poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate) compositions containing titanium dioxide.

VENTILATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SUPERCHARGE ENGINE

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110308504

In ventilation system and method for a supercharge engine, in a middle load driving region of the engine in which the boost pressure of position of an intake air passage located at the downstream side with respect to a throttle valve is positive and is lower than a set pressure (P1), with importance placed on the ventilation of a crank chamber, a relatively large quantity of fresh air is introduced into the crank chamber and, on the other hand, in a high load driving region in which the boost pressure is equal to or higher than the set pressure (P1), with importance placed on the engine output, the large quantity of fresh air is supplied to the engine so that, while the deterioration of engine oil within the crank chamber suppressed, the output reduction of the engine in the high load driving region can be suppressed.

UNIT FOR MONITORING AND/OR SIGNALING OR VISUALIZING OPERATING PARAMETERS OF A GAS-INSULATED SWITCHGEAR SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110309939

Exemplary embodiments are directed to a monitoring unit and method for monitoring and/or signaling or visualizing a plurality of operating parameters of a gas-insulated switchgear system, where a current and voltage supply unit are located in the housing of the monitoring unit. At least one measurement cell capturing the density or the pressure of a protective gas present in the gas chamber of the gas-insulated switchgear system is also included in the monitoring unit. A processing unit processing the parameters captured by the measurement cell. The monitoring unit also includes a unit for measuring partial discharge and/or a unit for capturing an arc fault arising in the gas chamber of the switchgear system, and an interface for transferring analog and/or digital values.

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110312186

The semiconductor device manufacturing method comprises the step of transferring patterns formed on a reticle to a semiconductor substrate by an exposure with oblique incidence illumination. In the step of making the exposure with oblique incidence illumination, the exposure is made with an aperture stop 16 including a first ring-shaped aperture 22, and a plurality of second apertures 24 a 1-24 a 4 formed around the first ring-shaped aperture 22. The exposure is made with an aperture stop 16 having the first ring-shaped aperture 22 which can transfer patterns arranged at a medium pitch to a relatively large pitch with a relatively high resolution and the second aperture 24 a 1-24 a 4 which can transfer patterns arranged at a relatively small pitch with a relatively high resolution, whereby even when the patterns are arranged at various pitch values, the DOF can be surely sufficient, and the patterns can be stably transferred.

TEST MODULE THAT UPDATES EPIDEMIOLOGICAL DATABASES

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110312792

A test module for analyzing a sample fluid and communicating epidemiological data to a database, the test module having a receptacle for receiving the sample, functional sections for processing and analyzing the sample, a communication interface for communication with the epidemiological database, and, a controller for operative control of the communication interface.

Small-molecule Hsp90 Inhibitors

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110312980

Purine scaffold Hsp90 inhibitors are useful in therapeutic applications and as radioimaging ligands.

METHOD FOR NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING OF AT LEAST PARTIALLY OPEN HOLLOW COMPONENTS OR SYSTEM COMPONENTS FOR TIGHTNESS IN SERIES PRODUCTION

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110310923

A method for non-destructive testing of open hollow components for tightness supplies a gas under pressure into the component and cools the component in a punctiform manner. Detecting a leak out of the component using a thermographic camera and using a computer connected downstream of the thermographic camera to visualise the leak, follows. The precise location of each leak is thus detected.

CONTROLLED-FRICTION LINEAR DEVICE IN WHICH A PRESS FORCE IS APPLIED PERPENDICULAR TO THE MOVEMENT

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110311171

A controlled-friction device comprising a first element having a second element mounted thereon to slide in a sliding direction, and friction retaining means arranged to exert between the two elements an opposing force against relative movement of the two elements. The friction retaining means comprises a friction member mounted securely to the first element to rub against the second element via a friction surface extending parallel to the sliding direction, a presser member for exerting a thrust force on the friction member, urging the friction member against the second element in a direction normal to the relative movement of the elements, and a link means linking the friction member to the first element causing the friction member to separate from the second element during movement in either direction of the second element relative to the first element.

Linear Vibrator

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110309692

Disclosed is a linear vibrator, the linear vibrator including: a stator including a circuit substrate formed at a bottom surface with a connection terminal and a coil block arranged at an upper surface opposite to the bottom surface and electrically connected to the connection terminal; a first cover arranged at the bottom surface of the circuit substrate and formed with an opening for exposing the connection terminal; a second cover coupled to the first cover in a bottom-opened cylindrical shape; and a vibrator including a magnet arranged inside the coil block, a yoke in which the magnet is mounted, and an elastic member coupled to the yoke and the second cover to vertically vibrate the magnet relative to the coil block.

HANDHELD ROTATIONALLY RECHARGEABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110309794

A rotationally rechargeable electrical apparatus includes an electronic device with a back, a center of mass and a battery. An electrical generator at the back of the device has a rotor secured to the device and a stator having a flat contact surface extending parallel to the back of the device. The rotor and stator are rotatably connected together so that they can rotate relatively about an axis that extends perpendicular to the contact surface and passes through the center of mass. A voltage regulating circuit is connected electrically between the generator and the battery so that when the apparatus is placed on a support so that the contact surface frictionally engages the support and the device is spun about the axis, the generator produces an electrical output that is conditioned by the regulator circuit to charge the battery.

RNA INTERFERENCE MEDIATED INHIBITION OF PROPROTEIN CONVERTASE SUBTILISIN KEXIN 9 (PCSK9) GENE EXPRESSION USING SHORT INTERFERING NUCLEIC ACID (siNA)

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110313024

The present invention relates to compounds, compositions, and methods for the study, diagnosis, and treatment of traits, diseases and conditions that respond to the modulation of Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin Kexin 9 (PCSK9) gene expression and/or activity. Specifically, the invention relates to double stranded nucleic acid molecules including small nucleic acid molecules, such as short interfering nucleic acid (siNA), short interfering RNA (siRNA), double-stranded RNA (dsRNA), micro-RNA (miRNA), and short hairpin RNA (shRNA) molecules capable of mediating RNA interference (RNAi) against Proprotein Convertase Subtilisin Kexin 9 (PCSK9) gene expression, including cocktails of such small nucleic acid molecules and lipid nanoparticle (LNP) formulations of such small nucleic acid molecules.

SUPPORT STRUCTURE IMPLANT FOR A BONE CAVITY

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110313537

A support structure implant for location within a bone cavity to support the bone which defines the cavity is formed from wires by braiding in a machine direction from a first end of the structure towards an opposite second end. The wires are formed into loops at the first end of the structure so that two lengths of wire extend away from each loop and a reformed into the braid. Each of the wires which is formed into the braid is held at the second end of the structure in a clamp. The clamp is provided by a support ring and a clamp ring which is formed from a shape memory alloy which can shrink to clamp the wires against the support ring when heated.

Electromagnetic Telemetry Assembly With Protected Antenna

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110309949

Oilfield drilling utilizes downhole data transmitted to surface for formation evaluation and steering of directional wellbores. A leading technology in providing subsurface to surface communication is Electro-Magnetic (EM) Telemetry. This technology is typically employed with a downhole antenna concentric with the bore of an electrically insulating gap sub portion of the system. The antenna blocks the bore from further use to conduct other sensors or equipment through. One aspect of the invention is to integrate the antenna into the structure of the gap sub, thereby clearing the bore for conducting other tools through, and also protecting the antenna from the harsh drilling environment, including abrasion, erosion, shock, and vibration. Another aspect of this invention enables the antenna to serve a secondary function as an anti-rotation feature between the two halves of the gap sub.

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER READABLE MEDIA FOR PROVIDING DYNAMIC ORIGINATION-BASED ROUTING KEY REGISTRATION IN A DIAMETER NETWORK

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110314178

Methods, systems, and computer readable media for providing dynamic origination-based routing key registration in a DIAMETER network are disclosed. According to one method, origin-based routing information is received, at a first DIAMETER node, from a second DIAMETER node. The origin-based routing information specifies one or more sources such that traffic originating from one of the one or more sources should be routed to the second DIAMETER node. A routing rule is automatically generated, at he first DIAMETER node, based on the received origin-based routing information.

IMAGE PRINTING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110310198

An image printing apparatus including a cartridge mounting unit on which an ink cartridge is detachably mountable. The cartridge mounting unit includes a sensor configured to detect a light transmitted through a remaining amount detecting portion. The image printing apparatus further includes a counter configured to count ejected ink and a storage section configured to store a count integrated value. The image printing apparatus further includes a reset section configured to reset the value stored in the storage section. Moreover, the image printing apparatus includes a temporary count holding section configured to temporally store the integrated value stored in the storage section and restore the value of storage section in response to a trigger signal. Therefore, the image printing apparatus may reliably detect an exchange of an ink cartridge and may accurately detect a remaining amount of ink.

SANITARY NAPKIN FOR CLEAN BODY BENEFIT

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110313385

A sanitary napkin has a facing layer joined to a backsheet, and an absorbent core disposed between the facing layer and backsheet. The facing layer has a first region comprising a plurality of apertures, and a second region comprising a plurality of raised, out-of-plane deformations that can be soft, resilient, rib-like elements. In one embodiment, the sanitary napkin also comprises a deep-embossed channel.

Devices and Methods For Securing Skis, Snowboards, etc. to Crossbars of Vehicle Roof Racks

Pub Date: 2011-12-22

Pub Number: US20110309120

The present disclosure generally relates to devices that can be used for mounting and securing skis, snowboards, among other equipment to vehicle roof racks (e.g., luggage racks, factor-installed racks, after-market racks, etc.), such as those having crossbars. In an exemplary embodiment, there is a device suitable for use in securing an article to a vehicle roof rack having one or more crossbars. The device generally includes at least one hook component including a curved portion configured to be hooked under a crossbar of a vehicle roof rack. The device also includes a clamping apparatus operable for creating a clamping force to secure the device and the article to the crossbar.