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7,273,234 Card with increased gripability
Issued: September 25, 2007
Filed: July 6, 2000
U.S. Class: 283/83
Abstract: The invention disclosed herein represents a means for increasing the gripability of a credit-card-sized card. Specifically, dimples raised from, indented in, or embossed in a credit-card-sized card are arranged to from a tread on the front or back of a card. This tread allows fingers to more easily grip a credit-card-sized card for ease of handling or removal from a wallet or carrying case. Moreover, the means disclosed does not interfere with various means such as magnetic stripes commonly used to store encoded information on credit-card-sized cards.
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7,275,035 System and method for speech generation from brain activity
Issued: September 25, 2007
Filed: December 8, 2004
U.S. Class: 704/271
Abstract: In a method of assisting a subject to generate speech, at least one first neural impulse is sensed from a first preselected location in the subject's brain. A first preselected sound is associated with the first neural impulse. The first preselected sound is generated in an audible format. In an apparatus for assisting the subject to generate speech, at least one sensor senses a neural impulse in the subject's brain and generates a signal representative thereof. An electronic speech generator generates a phoneme in response to the generation of the signal. An audio system generates audible sounds corresponding to the phoneme based upon the signal received from the speech generator.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 10:35:52 am into the following categories: Patents of the Day
7,275,110 Authentication using portion of social security number
Issued: September 25, 2007
Filed: February 20, 2003
U.S. Class: 709/229
Abstract: A system and method for an access code issuer to receive an on-line application including certain personal information from a user of a computer network such as the Internet, to independently operatively connect to a database and obtain or verify demographic and additional personal information regarding the user, and issue an access code to the user. The user enters this access code when accessing various nodes or websites of a plurality of affiliated content providers. The content providers obtain or verify the user's demographics by operatively connecting to the access code issuer, thereby obtaining or verifying the demographics of the visitor to its site without requiring the visitor to enter his or her demographic information or to independently provide proof thereof to the content provider. The content provider can then customize the presentation and advertising on its site according to the demographics of the user, and/or can restrict access to its site or portions thereof based on demographics or other information regarding the user. Authentication is provided using a portion of a social security number.
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Patent reform legislation before the U.S. Congress would kill the value of patents and allow companies from other countries to steal U.S. intellectual property, a group of inventors said Thursday. About 20 inventors and U.S. company executives, visiting Washington, D.C., encouraged Congress to defeat the Patent Reform Act, a version of which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month. The Senate has not yet voted on its version of the bill. The legislation "will weaken the patent system," said Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and the AutoSyringe. "It will devalue patents. It will be a disincentive for people to invest in the future."
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Starbucks was sued for allegedly infringing another company's patented design for a nonelectric coffee maker. Bodum USA, based in New York, accused Seattle-based Starbucks of copying its silver-domed glass carafe design and selling the copy as its own "Anniversary Press" coffee maker. Both products are available in the U.S., according to the complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Chicago. The suit seeks more than $10 million in damages. "Starbucks has sold Bodum's coffee makers for at least 20 years in its stores and, therefore, is well aware of Bodum's trade dress and celebrity," attorney David Bennett wrote in the complaint, referring to the look and reputation of the company's products.
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Electronic ticketing venture Flash Seats filed a federal lawsuit today seeking to guard against what it considers patent infringement. The lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Delaware alleges that Paciolan's Ticket Marketplace infringes on Cleveland-based Flash Seats' patent for electronic ticketing. The lawsuit seeks a court order protecting its patent and awarding unspecified damages. Flash Seats offers sports teams and live entertainment venues paperless electronic ticketing, and provides season ticket holders a way to sell and transfer seats electronically. The Cleveland Cavaliers nearly a year ago were the first NBA team to agree to use the ticketing technology. Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert is also the principal owner of Flash Seats.
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CalAmp Corp. announced that it has filed complaints in the United States Federal Court against Procon, Inc., Skywatch GPS LLC, and iMETRIK Solutions Inc. for infringement of United States Patent Nos. 6,025,774 and 6,249,217 B1. The patents relate to a vehicle location system whose purpose is to enable automobile dealers and finance companies to locate and repossess vehicles serving as collateral on loans that go into default. These patents were acquired by CalAmp through the acquisition of the Aircept Vehicle Tracking business from AirIQ in March 2007. “We will protect our intellectual property rights and enforce our patents by all appropriate means,” stated Michael Burdiek, President of CalAmp’s Wireless DataCom Division. “Although we have developed a licensing program for our technology that includes ‘CalAmp Certified’ branding and co-marketing initiatives, it is unfortunate that some companies have chosen to utilize our intellectual property without our permission."
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7,270,083 Shark repelling device
Issued: September 18, 2007
Filed: July 26, 2002
U.S. Class: 119/220
Abstract: A device for repelling selected aquatic creatures, such as sharks. The device consists of an electromagnetic field generator for generating an electromagnetic field that repels sharks and is supported by a buoyant device. This provides a shark-free region about the device. Multiple devices can be connected together to form an array of repelling devices, thereby extending the shark-free region.
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7,272,572 Method and system for facilitating the transfer of intellectual property
Issued: September 18, 2007
Filed: November 28, 2000
U.S. Class: 705/26
Abstract: A method and system for facilitating the transfer of intellectual property are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method of facilitating the transfer of intellectual property includes obtaining at a computer system of a first entity information concerning intellectual property in which an interest is available for transfer (the "available intellectual property") from a second entity. The method further includes transferring the interest in the available intellectual property by concluding an agreement between the first and second entities. The agreement is representative of an acceptance of an offer concerning the transferring of the interest in the available intellectual property and consideration for the transferring of the interest. At least a portion of the interest in the available intellectual property that is transferred to the first entity is intended to be transferred from the first entity to a third entity.
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7,271,720 Homeland intelligent systems technology "H-LIST"
Issued: September 18, 2007
Filed: September 12, 2003
U.S. Class: 340/540
Abstract: Homeland Intelligence Systems Technology "H-LIST" comprises nano-sensors embedded in a silicon substrate and etched/fused in a micro-fibered material to enable an outfit for monitoring suspicious terrorist activities and for track biological and chemical gases, and explosives, including stationary and portable weapons of mass destruction such as those that are likely carried on the body of a terrorist or suicide bomber, or that are likely planted in a parked vehicle or carried inside a moving vehicle. H-LIST includes a wired outfit comprising at least a jacket that is worn by an officer, a security officer, a bus driver, hostesses, Doctors and the like, for sensing deadly gases and explosives in a defined area. A receptor is operatively configured with the outfit and attached on a waist belt, and communicatively connected to the outfit input/output connector through at least wired or wirelessly means for empowering the sensors and for receiving signal communication wirelessly; indicating the presence of a sensed agent. Detected signals are transported wirelessly through radio frequency signals to a central security monitoring station, enabling communication with first responders and backup security personnel or agents to the vicinity of the detection. The sensors are multifunctional and coded to recognize wavelike pattern of gases and explosives traveling through wave. The wired outfit and the receptor are operable to process the portion of the detection signal to determine whether there is a concealed object by conducting a test in which a first characteristic of a first dielectric constant associated with a person is determined, and a second characteristic of a second dielectric constant associated with the concealed object and or weapons of mass destruction is determined to expedite data transmission and communication to first responders.
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A federal jury in Beaumont, Texas, handed down a $156 million judgment against AT&T Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit over prepaid telephone calling cards. The verdict was returned in favor of Dallas-based TGIP Inc., which sued AT&T over claims that the telecommunications company violated two patents covering point-of-sale activation technology for calling cards. AT&T officials contend they did not violate any patent rights and plan to continue fighting the verdict through the courts. The verdict was delivered late Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont. Jurors reached their decision after hearing two weeks of testimony.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:26:58 am into the following categories: In The News
TruePosition, Inc., a leading provider of wireless location technologies and solutions and a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, today announced that TruePosition has won a patent infringement suit against Andrew Corporation in the United States District Court in the District of Delaware, TruePosition, Inc. v. Andrew Corporation (Civ. No. 05-747-SLR). On September 14, after a trial lasting two weeks, the jury found for TruePosition on all counts and awarded it US$45.3 million for Andrew Corporation's willful infringement of its intellectual property. This is the second time that TruePosition has successfully defended its intellectual property rights against Andrew Corporation. In this case, TruePosition sued Andrew Corporation for infringing a patent dealing with the location of wireless phones using the wireless network control channel, known as the "144" or "control channel" patent, which is particularly important for safety and security applications. This suit focused primarily on infringement related to contracts that Andrew Corporation entered into with a customer in Saudi Arabia.
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NTP, a company best known for winning a patent-infringement lawsuit against Research In Motion, has filed similar lawsuits against the four largest wireless carriers in the United States. Last year, RIM paid over $600 million to settle the suit brought by NTP, which accused the BlackBerry maker of infringing on some of its patents related to wireless email. The new lawsuits brought against the wireless telecommunications companies are also related to wireless email. The carriers are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:24:34 am into the following categories: In The News
India’s Lupin has won its patent challenge against King Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi-Aventis for blood pressure drug Altace, which has sales of $700 million in the US alone. A US federal appeals court has ruled that the patent for Altace, chemically known as ramipril, was invalid on grounds of being obvious. Thus, the court overturned a lower court ruling that Lupin had infringed the patent by seeking approval to market a generic version of the drug. Lupin had filed in March 2005, a generic drug application with the US Food and Drug Administration, using the paragraph IV certification pertaining to generics launches for patented drugs. It typically takes up to 15 months for approval and with this latest legal victory, the company is expecting the approval for ramipril any time.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:23:34 am into the following categories: In The News
7,267,076 Ant sculptures
Issued: September 11, 2007
Filed: October 17, 2005
U.S. Class: 119/6.5
Abstract: An ant sculpture is formed by removing a block of nutritious gel having with a network of ant tunnels from a formicarium container; placing the block in an p.v.c bag that serves as a release liner; and stuffing the bag containing the gel block back into the container. The tunnel network is then filled with a transparent epoxy resin which is permitted to harden in the tunnel network; the bag containing the gel body with set epoxy removed from the container and, the gel is then separated so that the hardened epoxy forms an ant sculpture replicating the network of ant tunnels. The epoxy resin is Bisphenol A epoxy resin.
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7,269,590 Method and system for customizing views of information associated with a social network user
Issued: September 11, 2007
Filed: April 26, 2004
U.S. Class: 707/10
Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are directed towards managing a view of a social network user's personal information based, in part, on user-defined criteria. The user-defined criteria may be applied towards a user's relationship with each prospective viewer. The user-defined criteria may include degrees of separation between members of the social network, a relationship to the prospective viewer, as well as criteria based, in part, on activities, such as dating, employment, hobbies, and the like. The user-defined criteria may also be based on a group membership, a strength of a relationship, and the like. Such user-defined relationship criteria may then be mapped against various categories of information associated with social network user to provide customized views of the social network user.
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7,268,290 Tactile metronome
Issued: September 11, 2007
Filed: May 26, 2005
U.S. Class: 84/723
Abstract: A tactile metronome for use by a musician generally includes a signal generator for producing an electrical signal according to a desired timing scheme and a tactile transducer in electrical communication with the signal generator. The tactile transducer, which may take the form of a piezoelectric device, a buzzer, electrodes or any substantial equivalent, is adapted to impart a tactile sensation to the musician in response to the generated electrical signal. A strap, which may be formed from an elastic material or a soft cloth material with hook and loop fasteners, is provided to secure the tactile transducer in place on the musician's body.
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ImClone Systems, Inc. (IMCL) said it agreed to pay $65 million to Repligen Corp. (RGEN) and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, to settle a lawsuit that alleged, ImClone used Repligen's patented technology to manufacture cancer drug Erbitux. Shares of Repligen are currently down more than 14%. As a result of the current settlement, Repligen would receive net proceeds of about $40 million after payment of obligations to MIT and legal expenses. The settlement agreement serves as the basis for Repligen and MIT to dismiss the lawsuit against ImClone. Further, Repligen has granted ImClone a non-exclusive sublicense to certain patent rights.
Posted by GEN-ERIC at 12:38:13 am into the following categories: In The News
A group representing patent examiners and professionals in the United States said that the patent reform proposal now in the U.S. Congress would hurt the American patent approval process. The Patent Office Professional Association (POPA), which claims to represent more than 5,000 members, distributed a patent policy paper (PDF) in Washington this week, stating that H.R. 1908 and S. 1145 includes a "dangerous requirement that would effectively outsource the patent search, allowing applicants to contract searches to anyone, including foreign entities." The group wants Congress to focus on job retention, providing examiners enough time to review applications, and increasing resources, rather than changing the system. The group claims that an Applicant Quality Submission requirement in the bills would make applicants provide a search report of all relevant patent and non-patent literature.
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Fujifilm's Fujinon Corp sued Motorola Inc., alleging several of the mobile phone maker's phones, including its flagship Razr models, infringed on its patents, according to court documents on Thursday. Motorola's various phone models infringe on three of its patents involving the imaging lens, Fujinon alleged in the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware. Besides Razr, the lawsuit also alleges that various versions of Motorola's Rokr, Slvr and Pebl models also infringe on its patents.
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Life sciences research equipment company Applied Biosystems Group said Friday the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut dismissed a patent lawsuit against it by Enzo Biochem Inc. and Yale University. Enzo said it filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The company, a unit of Applera Corp., claimed the judge granted a motion for summary judgment, thereby dismissing the remaining claims in the patent infringement case.
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7,264,584 Method for safely and efficiently navigating magnetic devices in the body
Issued: September 4, 2007
Filed: March 9, 2004
U.S. Class: 600/1
Abstract: A method of turning a medical device, having a magnetically responsive element associated with its distal end, at an operating point within an operating region inside a patient's body from an initial direction to a desired final direction, through the movement of at least one external source magnet. The at least one external source magnet is moved in such a way as to change the direction of the distal end of the magnetic medical device from the initial direction to the desired final direction without substantial deviation from the plane containing the initial direction and the desired final direction.
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7,266,533 Electronic gift greeting
Issued: September 4, 2007
Filed: December 6, 2001
U.S. Class: 706/26
Abstract: According to the invention, a method for creating an electronic greeting card enclosing an electronic gift is disclosed. In one step, the electronic greeting card selection is received from a sender along with a selection of at least one of a type of electronic gift, an amount for the electronic gift, and an identifier for a receiver of the electronic gift. Payment for the electronic gift is received from a money handler chosen by the sender. A code indicative of the electronic gift is received, whereby the code facilitates redemption of the electronic gift. The code is embedded in the electronic greeting card.
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7,264,474 Personality style method
Issued: September 4, 2007
Filed: September 18, 2002
U.S. Class: 434/236
Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a plurality of color-coded cards and representing four personality styles and a set of two cards representing the Extraversion-Introversion scale of Carl Jung. On each set of two cards, there is one that lists twenty characteristics of the particular style associated with that card on a plurality of removable strips. The other card in the set of two has a blank side to place the removable strips that characterize each participant. On the reverse side of this card is printed the workplace environment that most appeals to a person of this particular style. Each card has a place for a simple score, (i.e. a simple sum of the characteristics chosen). The color-coded cards are ordered numerically. The Extravert-Introvert (E-I) card is also scored. Participants are asked to place color-coded dots representing each participant's particular order of styles on their nametags. The first style represents a participant's dominant personality style. The combination of all four styles with the Extraversion-Introversion components represents the participant's personality temperament or profile.
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Motorola's request for an injunction against Aruba's use of patented technologies could have been an opening shot for what could just be tough negotiations between the two firms, said Charles Hosch, chair of Strasburger & Price's Intellectual Property practice. Some tech companies now view the threat of patent litigation as a prelude to jockeying for licensing rights or some other concession. Aruba and Motorola have joined the now legion number of tech companies engaged in legal patent disputes. Motorola's subsidiary companies Symbol Technologies and Wireless Valley Communications filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Aruba Networks in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Aruba infringed its patents related to wireless local area network (WLAN) communication technologies, according to Motorola's statement. Two of the patents relate to WLAN switching architecture technology, which Motorola said significantly lowers the cost of deploying network infrastructure and drives down the cost of managing, maintaining and upgrading wireless systems. Symbol introduced the first such switch to the market, Motorola said.
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The long-running legal battle between Microsoft and Eolas Technologies, which Microsoft was losing, has been settled. The two firms agreed to an undisclosed settlement that resolves the case. The lawsuit dates back to February 1999, when Eolas, a spin-off from the University of California, filed suit against Microsoft for alleged patent infringement involving plug-in and applet technology. The company accused Microsoft of using its patented technology in Windows 98, Windows 95 and Internet Explorer. Eolas was granted the patent on November 17, 1998, which covers technologies for the creation of a browser system that allowed for the embedding of small interactive programs, such as plug-ins, applets, scriptlets or ActiveX Controls, into online documents. Microsoft was hit with a $521 million verdict in 2003. The case has been on appeal since.
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A day after winning a patent infringement lawsuit against a Taiwanese memory chip maker Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. has filed to have the chips in question barred from Japan. The Tokyo District Court Thursday upheld Fujitsu claims that DRAM (dynamic RAM) memory chips made by Nanya Technology Corp. infringed upon patents held by Fujitsu. The court granted an injunction against future import and sales of the chips. Fujitsu said Friday it had filed an application with Japan's customs authority to suspend import of the DRAM chips under the country's customs law. The lawsuit concerned a patent related to a technology for improving the speed of DDR SDRAM (double data rate synchronous dynamic RAM) memory chips and was filed just over two years ago after talks between the two companies produced no agreement on patent licensing.
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MedioStream Inc. sued Apple Inc., Dell Inc. and Acer America Corp. this week, alleging infringements of its patents for decoding audio and video signals for faster playback or recording. Los Altos-based MedioStream said in a complaint filed in federal court in Tyler, Texas that Cupertino-based Apple, Round Rock, Texas-based Dell and San Jose-based Acer infringe the 2006 patent of a "method and system for direct recording of video information onto a disk medium."
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