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7,236,618 Virtual surgery system with force feedback
Issued: June 26, 2007
Filed: July 7, 2000
U.S. Class: 382/128
Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention provides a method of interacting with simulated three-dimensional objects, the method including the steps of the identification of three-dimensional objects from volume images; the association of physical properties with identified objects said properties including at least visual and haptic properties of the identified objects; and incorporating said identified objects and associated physical properties into a system including at least one visual interface device and at least one haptic interface device thus enabling the system to simulate visual and haptic properties of the identified objects, or any part thereof, to a human user interacting with the simulated three-dimensional objects, or any part thereof, said interaction including the generation of signals by the system for transmission to the at least one visual interface device in accordance with the physical properties associated with the objects and the reception of signals from the least one haptic interface device in accordance with user requests.
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7,236,970 Address matching system and method
Issued: June 26, 2007
Filed: October 19, 2000
U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract: An address matching system that maintains a central database of valid addresses has been designed. According to the invention, address matching requests are received by the system from a plurality of remote users located at respective machines ("clients"). Those requests are processed at the central system, and the results are returned to the client that made the request. In addition, novel techniques are implemented for improving the likelihood of obtaining one or more matches from a request.
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7,236,822 Wireless electric modulation of sympathetic nervous system
Issued: June 26, 2007
Filed: October 16, 2002
U.S. Class: 607/2
Abstract: A method for the treatment of obesity or other disorders, by wireless electrical activation or inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system. This activation or inhibition can be accomplished by wirelessly stimulating the greater splanchnic nerve or other portion of the sympathetic nervous system using a wireless electrode inductively coupled with a radiofrequency field. The source of radiofrequency energy may be internal or external to the patient. This nerve activation can result in reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure.
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judge suggested a possible compromise in a patent dispute between Internet phone carrier Vonage and Verizon Communications that would allow Vonage to continue signing up new customers while it modifies its technologies. Judge Timothy B. Dyk, part of the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, made the remark during oral arguments Monday. The panel is considering Vonage's appeal of a March jury verdict that found Vonage infringed on three Verizon Communications Inc. patents in constructing its Internet phone system. The jury in awarded Verizon $58 million, plus future royalties for continued patent infringement. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton then barred Vonage from signing up new customers, a decision that threatens to cripple the company. The appeals court granted a stay while it considers the case. Dyk raised the possibility that the appeals court could instruct Hilton to consider softening the injunction.
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Carlsbad, California-based semiconductor company Pulse~LINK is suing Sunnyvale-based Tzero Technologies for patent infringement. Pulse~LINK claims to see a pattern going back to 2002, when it first demonstrated UWB over band-limited channels (like coax cables), and again in 2005 after it showed off a wireless HDMI connection using JPEG2000 image compression. Each time, it claims Tzero had similar announcements shortly after. Pulse~LINK says Tzero is replicating its innovations, and that Tzero's products either do or will infringe on Pulse~LINK's patents. Tzero CEO Mike Gulett says, “We believe there is no basis for this complaint, and Tzero will aggressively defend itself against this claim.”
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Thermage, Inc. has announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Alma Lasers, Ltd. and Alma Lasers, Inc. in Delaware Federal District Court. The lawsuit claims that 10 Thermage(R) U.S. patents, covering Thermage's innovative skin tightening and contouring technology, are infringed by Alma's Accent XL product, and six of those patents are infringed by Alma's Harmony product. In addition to damages and attorney fees, Thermage is asking the Court to enjoin Alma from further infringement. "Several of the patents Alma infringes are the same as those admitted in 2005 by Syneron, Inc. as valid in a paid license settlement of prior litigation between Thermage and Syneron," said Stephen Fanning, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thermage. "We notified Alma as early as February 2006 that its Accent product in particular would infringe our patents if marketed in the United States. We were disappointed to hear in late April 2007 of Alma's receipt of FDA clearance for Accent XL, and Alma's intent to market this product in the U.S. in disregard of our patents. We are extremely confident our patents will be upheld by the Court and that Alma will be ordered to cease its infringement."
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Arrow International Inc. said a judgment was awarded to Johns Hopkins University and Arrow International in their patent infringement lawsuit against Datascope Corp. on Friday, June 15, 2007, in the United States District Court in Baltimore, Maryland. Johns Hopkins and Arrow had brought suit against Datascope for infringing patents relating to the Arrow-Trerotola Percutaneous Thrombolytic Device, a device used by interventionalists for treating hemodialysis patients. The jury found that the Datascope ProLumen device infringed three patents owned by Johns Hopkins and licensed by Arrow, and upheld their validity.
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7,231,875 Deployable bullets having a tranquilizer
Issued: June 19, 2007
Filed: November 25, 2005
U.S. Class: 102/502
First Claim: A method for non-lethal crowd and personal protection, the method comprising: firing one or more non-lethal bullets towards a person; deploying portions on the one or more non-lethal bullets prior to impacting the person to decrease its impact pressure on the person; and releasing a tranquilizer to the person, which is exposed by the deployment of the portions.
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7,233,942 Method and apparatus for providing geographically authenticated electronic documents
Issued: June 19, 2007
Filed: July 15, 2003
U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing geographically authenticated electronic documents is disclosed. Authentication for attributes for an electronic document stored on a computer network are defined, the attributes comprise at least one attribute describing a geographic location associated with the electronic document. Authenticated attributes (e.g., geographic location) of electronic documents (e.g., Web pages) allow for more accurate geographic searching and filtering. An authenticated digital certificate is created and associated with an electronic document. The authenticated digital certificate can be stored within the electronic document, such as can be done with HTML tags on a Web page. The digital certificate can also be stored as a separate file associated with the electronic document, as a separate signed digital certificate and as a database record.
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7,233,907 Parcel or service delivery with partially scheduled time windows
Issued: June 19, 2007
Filed: August 7, 2002
U.S. Class: 705/8
Abstract: A delivery scheduling system that is configured for scheduling the delivery of an item or service from a sender to an intended recipient. After receiving a signal indicating that, for example, a particular package is to be delivered to an intended recipient, the system attempts to establish interactive contact with the recipient either by direct contact with the recipient, or by leaving the recipient a message to establish direct contact with the system at a convenient time. Upon establishing contact with the recipient, the system allows the intended recipient to schedule delivery of the package. More particularly, the recipient may schedule the package to be delivered: (1) within a particular time window; (2) before or after a particular time of day; or (3) on a particular day.
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South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. said Monday it will file a counter-lawsuit against Hitachi Ltd., its U.S. unit and a flat-panel joint venture, claiming the Japanese company infringed on patents related to LG's plasma displays. The patent infringement and damage compensation lawsuit will be filed in a U.S. district court in the U.S. state of Texas later Monday, LG Electronics said in a statement. Hitachi officials weren't immediately available for comment. LG said its complaint alleges Hitachi, its U.S. unit and Fujitsu Hitachi Plasma Display Ltd., a joint venture with Japan's Fujitsu Ltd., infringed on seven LG patents. The South Korean company is a major manufacturer of plasma display panels used in flat screen televisions. LG's lawsuit follows a similar suit that Hitachi filed against LG Electronics and its U.S. unit in the same court.
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The Associated Press on Mon. reported that a Texas-based company has sued Nintendo Co. for patent infringement in the design of its popular Wii video game system.
Lonestar Inventions seeks damages and an injunctin against Nintendo using the patented technology. The company claims that a structure for capacitors that use parallel conducting strips appears in the Wii. According to the report, Lonestar has sued Texas Instruments and Broadcom over the same patent and won. Nintendo issued no comment on the lawsuit
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Taser International Inc., a maker of electric shock weapons, said Friday a court ruled the company's former patent attorney must surrender any claims he has or may have to patents related to Taser's weapons. Taser had sued Thomas Watkins III for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, constructive fraud and breach of contract. Previously, the court had said Watkins represented Taser without letting the company know about interests he had that were adverse to the company, and, as a result, Taser was harmed.
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Furukawa Electric North America, Inc. (“FENA”), and its wholly-owned subsidiary OFS Fitel LLC, (“OFS”), a designer, manufacturer, and supplier of leading edge fiber optic products, announced today the commencement of federal litigation against Draka Comteq, Inc. (“Draka Comteq”) alleging that the North Carolina-based company infringes several U.S. patents related to single-mode and multi-mode optical fiber, processes for making optical fiber, and optical fiber cables. The complaint, filed on June 11, 2007 in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, accuses Draka Comteq of offering, distributing, selling and importing optical fiber and other products that infringe several U.S. patents, and seeks unspecified monetary damages from Draka Comteq as well as a permanent injunction barring the importation and sale of Draka Comteq's core suite of optical fiber based products.
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7,231,399 Ranking documents based on large data sets
Issued: June 12, 2007
Filed: November 14, 2003
U.S. Class: 707/102
Abstract: A system ranks documents based, at least in part, on a ranking model. The ranking model may be generated to predict the likelihood that a document will be selected. The system may receive a search query and identify documents relating to the search query. The system may then rank the documents based, at least in part, on the ranking model and form search results for the search query from the ranked documents.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:27:09 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,228,862 Use of oxyhydroxide compounds for reducing carbon monoxide in the mainstream smoke of a cigarette
Issued: June 12, 2007
Filed: February 23, 2004
U.S. Class: 131/364
Abstract: Cut filler compositions, cigarettes, methods for making cigarettes and methods for smoking cigarettes are provided, which involve the use of an oxyhydroxide compound that is capable of decomposing to form at least one product capable of acting as an oxidant for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or as a catalyst for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. The oxyhydroxide compound and/or the product formed from the decomposition of the oxyhydroxide can be in the form of nanoparticles. Cut filler compositions are described which comprise tobacco and at least one such oxyhydroxide compound. Cigarettes are provided, which comprise a tobacco rod, containing a cut filler having at least one such oxyhydroxide compound. Methods for making a cigarette are provided, which involve (i) adding at least one such oxyhydroxide compound to a cut filler; (ii) providing the cut filler comprising the oxyhydroxide compound to a cigarette making machine to form a tobacco rod; and (iii) placing a paper wrapper around the tobacco rod to form the cigarette. Methods of smoking the cigarette, as described above, are also provided, which involve lighting the cigarette to form smoke and inhaling the smoke, wherein during the smoking of the cigarette, the oxyhydroxide compound decomposes during smoking to form a compound that acts as an oxidant for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and/or as a catalyst for the conversion of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide.
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7,230,175 Portable exerciser for stringed instrument players
Issued: June 12, 2007
Filed: August 17, 2004
U.S. Class: 84/465
Abstract: A handle for grasping by one hand and a neck with a fingerboard for fingering with the other hand for use by stringed instrument players. The fingerboard is correlated to a section of the fret-board of a conventional stringed instrument such as a guitar, bass, or banjo. The fingerboard has string ridges that provide a pressure-resistant feel to simulate playing the corresponding string instrument. Example embodiments include a fingering device for acoustic guitar players that is a portable, single piece of lightweight, molded foam, a similar fingering device that is correlated to an electric bass, and similar fingering devices that provide audible feedback by producing sounds based on the notes played.
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Nokia Corp., the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Monday it filed a patent infringement countersuit against Qualcomm in an ongoing multinational legal battle over wireless technology. Nokia, which filed the lawsuit in a Texas district court, is seeking damages and injunctive relief. The lawsuit deals with claims of unauthorized use of Nokia's Brew and MediaFlo patents, which allow fast, high-quality transfers of audio and video multimedia to wireless subscribers. In April, Qualcomm Inc., the world's No. 2 chipmaker for mobile phones which licenses its technology patents, filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Texas against Nokia, allegedly involving certain types of mobile software download and execution environments.
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Stung by a US import ban on some of its 3G chips because of patent infringement, Qualcomm Inc. said Friday it will immediately ask for a delay from the courts. It will also request President George Bush veto the order issued by the US International Trade Commission. In a statement, Qualcomm said it was "extremely disappointed" with the ITC decision to ban the import of future models of 3G handsets using chipsets and software that infringes a Broadcom Corp. patent. "The public injury that would result from the remedy imposed by the Commission is grossly disproportionate to any benefit flowing to Broadcom from such broad enforcement of a recently-purchased patent. Broadcom does not make or sell EV-DO chips, and Broadcom's claims that it can supply WCDMA products for the United States have been rebuffed by WCDMA operators in submissions the operators made to the ITC," the company said.
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Nordson Corporation filed a patent infringement action against Jetmaster and Jetmaster2 manufactured by Musashi Engineering, Inc., with the Tokyo District Court in Japan on April 27, 2007, seeking to secure fair marketing opportunities in Japan. Nordson, through its subsidiary, Asymtek, sells non-contact fluid jet dispensers under the names DispenseJet® DJ-2100 Series and DJ-9000 Series in Japan. Nordson owns three Japanese patents that relate to the DJ-2100 and DJ-9000 jet dispensers. These patents were obtained on the dates of 26 December 2003, 12 November 2004 and 20 January 2006.
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Universal power adapter company Mobility Electronics Inc. said Monday it filed two separate patent infringement suits against Comarco Inc. and American Power Conversion. Mobility said it filed a suit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Friday, in which it contends that Comarco is selling universal power adapters for mobile electronics that encroach upon Mobility's patented design. These adaptors are mostly sold under Comarco's Kensington brand, Mobility said.
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7,228,298 Apparatus and method for perusing selected vehicles having a clean title history
Issued: June 5, 2007
Filed: September 3, 2002
U.S. Class: 707/3
Abstract: A system and method for allowing a consumer to search a database containing used vehicles from a variety of sellers that can be queried to provide search results that include only vehicles having clean title histories.
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7,228,145 Dropped call continuation
Issued: June 5, 2007
Filed: May 21, 2003
U.S. Class: 455/519
Abstract: A switching system adjunct monitors a call between a calling and a called party and reestablishes the call when one of the parties has been or is being dropped. The reestablishment may be effected to a same or a different phone number of the dropped party, and may be effected via the same or a different medium (e.g., wired or wireless). The call record of the original call is merged into the call record of the reestablished call, thus preserving the context of entities involved in the call that exists at the time that the party is dropped.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:29:41 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,228,121 Mobile phone Amber Alert notification system and method
Issued: June 5, 2007
Filed: June 25, 2003
U.S. Class: 455/404.1
Abstract: A text messaging based alert notification and feedback method based on the Amber Alert system used in child abduction situations is disclosed herein. A mobile subscriber receives a public service text message that was broadcast to a large number of mobile subscribers. Law enforcement working in coordination with one or more cellular carriers compose and send out the public service text message containing facts about an exigent circumstance such as a child abduction. If a subscriber possesses information and wishes to reply to the public service text message, his mobile phone automatically generates a reply message to the public service text message. The reply message contains, at a minimum, a header portion that includes a time/date stamp, an identification stamp (e.g., mobile phone number), and if possible a location stamp. The reply message also allows for the inclusion of a data portion. The data portion includes the option of attaching additional text and an audio or video attachment to the reply message. Once the reply message is fully composed it is automatically returned to the sender of the public service text message.
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Sony is finding itself in another court battle over patents, as Canadian digital security firm Certicom this week filed suit against the company and a handful of its subsidiaries, alleging infringements on patents it holds for elliptic curve cryptography. Elliptic curve cryptography can be used as a way to secure communications between electronic devices, preventing interception or altering of a signal, and Certicom is alleging that Sony's uses of Advanced Access Content System (AACS) and Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP) specifications violate its patents. A host of Sony products are named in the suit as infringing devices, including the PlayStation 3, its games, all Blu-ray products, certain high-definition TVs, and DTCP-enabled, i.Link-equipped Vaio PCs.
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U.S. drug makers Barr and Eli Lilly said Monday they have voluntarily dismissed their patent dispute over Prozac Weekly Capsules. Lilly filed the patent suit against Barr last May in an Indiana district court, to prevent Barr from marketing a generic version of the Prozac Weekly formulation. In the case, Lilly asserted a re-issue patent on the anti-depressant it was awarded in March 2005. As a result of the voluntary dismissal of the case, Barr is free to seek approval of its generic formulation of Prozac Weekly, and said it believes it is the first company to file for approval of the product and would be eligible for six months' market exclusivity if OK'd
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A patent-infringement claim filed against Salt Lake City-based Overstock.com by Furnace Brook LLC of New York has been rejected again, this time by a federal appeals court. Furnace Brook asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., to overturn a district court-level ruling that threw out the company's suit against Overstock.com. The plaintiff alleged Overstock.com helped build its online retail-sales company by improperly taking advantage of one of Furnace Brook's Internet-related patents. The Court of Appeals rejected that argument last week. Overstock.com attorneys called the suit frivolous and characterized Furnace Brook officials as "patent trolls." "We respect legitimate intellectual property rights of others, but patent trolls are another matter. This federal court's decision validates our decision to fight patent trolls. Furnace Brook can no longer use this patent to try to hold up Internet retailers," said Overstock's chief attorney, Jonathan Johnson.
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Thursday, after the closing bell, Crocs Inc. said that its unit, Jibbitz LLC, prevailed in its Federal patent infringement case against defendant Joinworld Industrial & Trading Limited and its principals. The Court found that Jibbitz has developed creative and original designs for its shoe charms, Jibbitz owns all right, title and interest in its shoe charm designs. The Court awarded damages in the amount of $1.8 million in addition to attorney's fees and other costs.
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