Total 5257 patents for "2012-04-05"

WATER-BASED INK FOR INK-JET RECORDING, INK CARTRIDGE, INK-JET RECORDING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING WATER-BASED INK FOR INK-JET RECORDING

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120081477

There is provided a water-based ink for ink-jet recording including: a colorant including a self-dispersible pigment modified by a carboxylic acid group; a highly polymerized compound containing a carbodiimide group; an ether sulfate-based anionic surfactant; water; and a water-soluble organic solvent.

Unattended Spatial Sensing

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120081545

An unattended ground sensor system includes a sensor to produce pixel data from a radiating target within its field of view. The detection of such a target is implemented detectors in the sensor other than those used for imaging. Once a target has been detected, the sensor collects a linear array of pixels data at each sampling period throughout the time interval during which the target is within the field of view of the sensor. The linear arrays of pixels are transmitted to a location remote from the sensor, where they are analyzed to classify and identify the target and an alert is issued to applicable personnel when the classification and identification of the target warrants such.

DRIVE CIRCUIT OF SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE, METHOD OF DRIVING SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE AND IMAGE PICKUP SYSTEM OF SOLID-STATE IMAGE PICKUP DEVICE

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120081585

There is provided a drive circuit of a solid-state image pickup device capable of generating pulse for vertical scanning the interval of which changes non-linearly and pulse other than the pulse for vertical scanning without increasing a circuit size and communication time for setting an electronic shutter. There is provided a drive circuit of a solid-state image pickup device including a polynomial arithmetic operation unit for carrying out an arithmetic operation of first or higher order of polynomial; an arithmetic operation controller of generating a variable of the polynomial to control an arithmetic operation in the polynomial arithmetic operation unit; and a pulse generator of generating a pulse based on a result of an arithmetic operation on a polynomial of the polynomial arithmetic operation unit.

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TACKING PLAQUE TO A BLOOD VESSEL WALL

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120083872

A tack device for holding plaque against blood vessel walls in treating atherosclerotic occlusive disease can be formed as a thin, annular band of durable, flexible material. The tack device may also have a plurality of barbs or anchoring points on its outer annular periphery. The annular band can have a length in the axial direction of the blood vessel walls that is about equal to or less than its diameter as installed in the blood vessel. A preferred method is to perform angioplasty with a drug eluting balloon as a first step, and if there is any dissection to the blood vessel caused by the balloon angioplasty, one or more tack devices may be installed to tack down the dissected area of the blood vessel surface, in order to avoid the need to install a stent and thereby maintain a stent-free environment.

WIRING STRUCTURE OF FLEXURE

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120081815

A wiring structure of a flexure includes wiring that includes a trace of first polarity and a trace of second polarity and transmits signals to and from a head that is supported with the flexure and writes and reads data to and from a recording medium and an interleaved section formed at least partly in the wiring where the traces are each divided into sub-traces, the sub-traces being alternated in a width direction of the wiring, the sub-traces of each trace being connected to each other on each side of the interleaved section, an outer one of the sub-traces of each trace being narrower than an inner one of the same. The wiring structure reduces partial dips in the frequency characteristic of signal transmission loss (loss-to-frequency characteristic) of the wiring at the interleaved section.

PRESS ASSEMBLY AND METHOD FOR BENDING ELECTRICAL TERMINALS OF BATTERY CELLS

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120079711

A press assembly and a method for bending electrical terminals of battery cells are provided. The assembly includes a supporting member that holds a body portion of a cell thereon. The cell has first and second electrical terminals. The assembly further includes a lower plate having first and second dies that hold the first and second electrical terminals, thereon. The assembly further includes an upper plate having third and fourth dies, and guide rods disposed between the lower plate and the upper plate. The upper plate moves vertically on the guide rods relative to the lower plate. The assembly further includes an actuation assembly moving the upper plate toward the lower plate such that the first electrical terminal is bent into a first predetermined shape between the first and third dies, and the second electrical terminal is bent into a second predetermined shape between the second and fourth dies.

METHOD FOR CHANGING READ PARAMETER FOR IMPROVING READ PERFORMANCE AND APPARATUSES USING THE SAME

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120084490

A memory system including a non-volatile memory device and a memory controller is provided. When a read operation on a first data initially output from the non-volatile memory device during a first read operation is successful, the memory controller may change a read voltage for reading a second data stored in the non-volatile memory device during a second read operation.

PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVE SHEET

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120082817

The present invention provides a PSA sheet provided with a release liner having, on at least a first side thereof, a release layer composed of a silicone-based release agent, and a PSA layer provided on the release layer and containing an acrylic polymer synthesized in ethyl acetate as an adhesive component thereof. The release layer has an amount of silicone that transfers to Single-Sided Adhesive Tape No. 31 B manufactured by Nitto Denko Corporation of 10 kcps or less per unit surface area equivalent to a circle having a diameter of 30 mm when determined as X-ray intensity of silicon by X-ray fluorescence analysis. A mark of a color selected from green and blue is displayed on the back of the PSA sheet.

Optical System Module For An Optical Measuring Device

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120081848

An optical system module for an optical measuring device, especially a laser rangefinder, includes an optical system support, a display and a display holder, the display holder and the display being designed such that they embrace the optical system support between its axial end zones and that they have corresponding connecting elements detachably interconnecting them.

TRANSACTION PROCESSING CIRCUIT

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120084183

According to one exemplary embodiment, a system for processing transactions is provided that comprises a transaction processing circuit configured to receive transaction data relating to one or more transactions for the purchase of software applications from a digital application store. The transaction processing circuit is further configured to apply one or more business rules to the transaction data and to generate one or more transaction summary files. The transaction summary files are transmitted to a payment system configured to perform, based on the transaction summary files, at least one of recording revenue related to the transactions and causing payment to be distributed to developers of the software applications. At least a portion of the transaction processing circuit is implemented using a shared, scalable computing system. A level of resources of the shared, scalable computing system requested for implementation of the transaction processing circuit is varied based on a volume of transactions processed by the transaction processing system.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CLOCK CHECKING

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120082281

Disclosed is a method and apparatus for clock checking, to solve the problem of high resource occupation in existing clock checking methods. The method includes: a programmable device for performing frequency division on the source clock signal to obtain a reference clock signal; treating the source clock signal as a counting work clock to determine the counting value of rising edges and counting value of high levels of a clock signal being checked during each high level period out of N continuous high levels of the reference clock signal; and determining whether the clock signal being checked is valid according to the magnitude relationship between the counting value of the high levels of the clock signal being checked during each high level period and a first expected value, as well as the magnitude relationship between the counting value of the rising edges and a second expected value.

METHOD AND APPARATUS TO UPGRADE DRIVER OF IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120081751

A method and apparatus to upgrade a driver of an image forming apparatus. The method includes accessing a website having a website driver program useable by the image forming apparatus, converting a class mode of the image forming apparatus from an original class mode to a predetermined class mode that is different from the original class mode, comparing a driver program stored in the image forming apparatus with the website driver program on the website, and downloading the website driver program from the website and storing the website driver program in the image forming apparatus when the website driver program is a later version than the stored driver program.

POSITIVE SWIVEL FITTING

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120080111

A positive swivel fitting provides for a system flow transmitting portion and a separate lock-down portion. The flow transmitting portion is configured to be receivable within the lock-down portion. When the flow transmitting portion is properly and positively positioned, then the lock-down portion can be secured and the position of the flow transmitting portion is maintained, thus making alignment with other parts of the flow device variable. The fitting can be used within any air, other gas or liquid flow system.

EFFICIENT WIND TURBINE BLADES, WIND TURBINE BLADE STRUCTURES, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE, ASSEMBLY AND USE

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120082555

Wind turbine systems and methods are disclosed herein. A representative system includes a wind turbine blade having an inner region that has an internal load-bearing truss structure, and an outer region that has an internal, non-truss, load-bearing structure. In particular embodiments, the truss structure can include a triangular arrangement of spars, and/or can include truss attachment members that connect components of the truss without the use of holes in the spars. Spars can be produced from a plurality of pultruded composite members laminated together in longitudinally extending portions. The longitudinally extending portions can be connected at joints that interleave projections and recesses of each of the spar portions. The blades can include fan-shaped transitions at a hub attachment portion, formed by laminated layers and/or a combination of laminated layers and transition plates.

METHOD FOR ATTACHING A SPOUT TO A FLEXIBLE FILM POUCH

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120083398

A flexible film pouch includes an aperture to access its contents, and a closure means such as a re-sealable spout is applied over the aperture to permit sealed storage of the contents after opening. The closure means is attached to the flexible film pouch by means of a patch that is bonded to the inside of the pouch adjacent to the aperture. The patch is selected to have a mating surface that bonds with the inner surface of the pouch, where such bonding is preferably conducted by ultrasonic welding or adhesive bonding. The patch itself may have a hole that permits access to the contents of the pouch, or the closure means may include a cutting surface that tears a portion of the patch to permit access.

Apparatus and method for stabilizing headstones

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120079777

An apparatus and method for stabilizing a headstone. A substantially-rigid perforated member is provided having a headstone aperture formed therein. The perforated member includes at least one anchor extending away from the perforated member to be driven into the ground. At least one securing member is disposed at the headstone aperture of the perforated member to secure the stabilizing apparatus to the headstone. The method includes providing such a perforated member, removing existing sod from around the headstone, placing the perforated member over the headstone with the headstone extending through the headstone aperture so that the perforated member is next to the ground, adjusting a securing member so as to secure the stabilizing apparatus to the headstone, and placing sod on top of the perforated member.

BASE PLATE

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120080567

A base plate 1 for fixing an object 2 to an installation surface, comprising a plate-like base body 11 having a mounting portion 11 a on its upper surface for mounting the object 2, and a fixing piece 12 having bolt-fastened portions 15 which are to be fastened onto the installation surface by means of fixing bolts. Portions to be fitted 13 are provided on side surfaces of the base body 11, a fitting portion 16 is provided at an end of the fixing piece 12 to detachably fit to the portion to be fitted 13, and the fixing piece 12 is detachably attached to the side surface of the base body 11. The base plate 1 has various uses, and also allows for easily fixing of the object even in a narrow and tight place.

PROSTHETIC AND ORTHOTIC DEVICES AND METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120083901

Prosthetic and/or orthotic devices (PODS), control systems for PODS and methods for controlling PODS are provided. As part of the control system, an inference layer collects data regarding a vertical and horizontal displacement of the POD, as well as an angle of the POD with respect to gravity during a gait cycle of a user of the POD. A processor analyzes the data collected to determine a locomotion activity of the user and selects one or more control parameters based on the locomotion activity. The inference layer may be situated between a reactive layer control module and a learning layer control module of the control system architecture.

BATTERY MONITORING SYSTEM WITH A SWITCHING MODE TOPOLOGY

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120081126

A battery monitoring system for a battery including multiple battery cells is disclosed. The battery monitoring system includes multiple first switch sets coupled across the battery cells respectively, an energy storage element, and a comparator coupled to the energy storage element via a second switch set. The energy storage element samples cell voltages of the battery cells via the first switch sets respectively. The comparator compares a respective cell voltage with a first reference signal to determine whether a fault condition occurs on a respective battery cell. The second switch set and one of the first switch sets are turned on alternately.

SERVER AND SERVICE PROVIDING METHOD THEREOF

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120084848

A service providing method of a server is provided. The method includes registering a service hub according to a service request; setting a service hub program corresponding to the service hub; receiving a request for the service hub program from a user terminal device belonging to an organization associated with the service hub; providing the service hub program to the user terminal device; and providing an application program corresponding to the user terminal device and the service hub program to the user terminal device.

DISPLAY DRIVE DEVICE, DISPLAY DEVICE, DRIVING CONTROL METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120081381

display drive device includes a correction data memory circuit, a data reading control circuit, and an image data correction circuit. The correction data memory circuit stores a plurality of pieces of correction data according to characteristics of pixels in association with positions where the pixels are arranged in a display panel. The data reading control circuit sets a reading order of the plurality of pieces of correction data to an order corresponding to a display form and reads the correction data in the set reading order. The image data correction circuit associates the image data with each of the plurality of pieces of correction data and generates corrected image data obtained by correcting the image data using the corresponding correction data.

FLUID TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120080280

A fluid transmission apparatus including a pump impeller that is connected to an input member coupled to a motor; a turbine runner that is rotatable together with the pump impeller; a damper mechanism that includes an input element, an intermediate element engaged with the input element via a first elastic body and an output element engaged with the intermediate element via a second elastic body; a lock-up clutch mechanism; a dynamic damper that includes a mass body and a third elastic body engaged with the mass body; and a centrifugal pendulum vibration absorber that includes a support member and a plurality of mass bodies each oscillatable with respect to the support member. The third elastic body of the dynamic damper is engaged with one of the intermediate element and the output element. The centrifugal pendulum vibration absorber's support member is connected to the intermediate element or the output element.

Method for Delivering a Topical Agent to a Nasaogastric Passage

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120083763

The present invention is directed to a method for delivering a topical agent to a nasogastric passage comprising: introducing a nasogastric tube into the nasogastric passage, the nasogastric tube comprising means for delivering the topical agent to the nasogastric passage; positioning the nasogastric tube such that the means for delivering the topical agent is positioned adjacent to a target area in the nasogastric passage; and delivering a therapeutic amount of the topical local anesthetic agent to the target area of the nasogastric passage.

LIGHT EMITTING DIODE AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120080695

Exemplary embodiments of the present invention disclose a light emitting diode (LED) and a method of fabricating the same. The LED includes a substrate, a semiconductor stack arranged on the substrate, the semiconductor stack including an upper semiconductor layer having a first conductivity type, an active layer, and a lower semiconductor layer having a second conductivity type, isolation trenches separating the semiconductor stack into a plurality of regions, connectors disposed between the substrate and the semiconductor stack, the connectors electrically connecting the plurality of regions to one another, and a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) having a multi-layered structure, the DBR disposed between the semiconductor stack and the connectors. The connectors are electrically connected to the semiconductor stack through the DBR, and portions of the DBR are disposed between the isolation trenches and the connectors.

ELECTRONIC APPARATUS, ICON DISPLAY METHOD, AND PROGRAM FOR ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120084730

According to one embodiment, there is provided an electronic apparatus, including: a display screen on which icons are displayed; a first icon display area within the display screen, the first icon display area displaying plural icons having approximately the same size so as to be arranged approximately in a one-dimensional direction while avoiding an overlap between the icons; and a second icon display area continuous with the first icon display area in the one-dimensional direction within the display screen, the second icon display area displaying plural icons so as to be decreased in size as it goes away from the first icon display area while allowing an overlap between the icons.

SURGICAL STAPLE CARTRIDGES WITH DETACHABLE SUPPORT STRUCTURES AND SURGICAL STAPLING INSTRUMENTS WITH SYSTEMS FOR PREVENTING ACTUATION MOTIONS WHEN A CARTRIDGE IS NOT PRESENT

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120080478

Surgical staple cartridges and end effectors for surgical stapling instruments. In various embodiments, a cartridge support member is coupled to a portion of an implantable staple cartridge body. The cartridge support member is configured to be removably coupled to an elongated channel portion of a surgical instrument. When the stapling process has been completed, the implantable cartridge body remains stapled to the tissue and is separated from the cartridge support member which remains affixed to the elongated channel to provide the surgeon with an indication that no cartridge is present within the elongated channel. In other embodiments, a closure lockout arrangement is provided to prevent the advancement of a closure member to a fully fired position when a staple cartridge is not present within the end effector.

ONE-PIECE RESIN COMPONENT FOR DYNAMOELECTRIC MACHINE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD USING THE SAME

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120080961

In a one-piece resin component, a plurality of stackable resin portions is resin-molded integrally with a resin housing of a dynamoelectric machine and radially outwardly projects from the resin housing. Each the plurality of stackable resin portions is adapted to be stacked against a corresponding one of a plurality of stackable resin portions of another one-piece resin component that is generally identical to the one-piece resin component.

Methods of Forming a Semiconductor Package Using a Seed Layer and Semiconductor Packages Formed Using the Same

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120083097

Provided is a method of forming a semiconductor package including providing a substrate having a first side and an opposite second side and providing a wafer having a plurality of semiconductor chips, each of the semiconductor chips having a conductive pad, wherein at least one of the substrate and the wafer includes a seed pattern. The first side of the substrate is bonded to the wafer with the conductive pad positioned adjacent to the first side of the substrate and the seed pattern positioned between the conductive pad and the first side of the substrate. A through hole is then formed penetrating the substrate from the second side of the substrate to expose the seed pattern. A through electrode is formed in the through hole using the seed pattern as a seed. Corresponding devices are also provided.

CONTENT PREVIEW

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120084644

Methods, systems and machine readable tangible storage media that can provide one or more previews of content of a file or other object are described. In one embodiment, a preview of content of external data that is referenced by a link within a document is presented while the document is presented (e.g. displayed) by a first application, and the preview can be displayed in a bubble that is adjacent to and points to the link; the content of the external data is not accessible to the first application in one embodiment and the preview is presented by a non-native application or service which cannot create or edit the content of the external data. Other embodiments are also described.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONTENTION-BASED CHANNEL ACCESS WITH DIRECTIONAL ANTENNA OVER WIDEBAND HIGH FREQUENCY WIRELESS SYSTEM

Pub Date: 2012-04-05

Pub Number: US20120082109

Provided are a method of performing contention based channel access by classifying a contention period into a beamformable contention period in which a beamforming is allowed and a non-beamformable contention period in which the beamforming is interrupted so as to resolve an issue regarding channel access occurring due to an introduction of a directional antenna for handling a path loss in a wideband wireless communication system according to an embodiment of the present invention, and a method for maximizing a spatial reuse gain by managing, for each direction, information about a transmission time of a message received from a dispersion device.