Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Andrew J. Cornelius
  • Patent number: 8135466
    Abstract: A medical implant system is described for inhibiting infection associated with a joint prosthesis implant. An inventive system includes an implant body made of a biocompatible material which has a metal component disposed on an external surface of the implant body. A current is allowed to flow to the metal component, stimulating release of metal ions toxic to microbes, such as bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and viruses. One detailed system is completely surgically implantable in the patient such that no part of the system is external to the patient while the system is in use. In addition, externally controlled devices are provided which allow for modulation of implanted components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: ArgentumCidalElectrics, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas A. Fuller, Richard A. Wysk, Wayne J. Sebastianelli
  • Patent number: 7454812
    Abstract: A cleaning device, or projectile, cleans the inside surface of a tube as it is propelled by a liquid through the tube by mechanically scraping and cleaning soft and hard deposits, such as sludge and manganese, from the inner surface of the tube, such as those found in condensers and heat exchangers. The tube cleaning device, or projectile, is propelled forward by a high-pressure fluid spray injected into a tube. This high-pressured fluid injection is sufficient to advance the device through the tube, allowing the device to scrape or otherwise dislodge incrustations or other accumulations from the interior wall of the tube. The tool cleans the inside surface of a tube as the tool travels through the tube and includes a compressible bushing and a series of cutters secured to a split support that defines a cavity for receiving the bushing, the support being adapted to be opened and closed to receive and contain the bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel C. Lyle
  • Patent number: 7424904
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tape dispenser including a housing configured to support a roll of tape, such that the tape is dispensable from the roll. A tape cutter is engageable with the tape. The tape cutter includes a heating element. A power source, such as batteries, is in electrical communication with the heating element. When a flow of electricity passes from the power source to the heating element, a temperature of the heating element increases to sever the tape. Buttons and/or switches are preferably included and designed as a safety feature. The buttons and switches are to be operated in a certain manner in order to prevent unwanted heating of the heating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Inventors: Anthony J. Lammers, John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Patrick W. Brown
  • Patent number: 7000438
    Abstract: A restraint system includes a wrist restraint system and an ankle restraint system that allow the limbs of a detainee to be restrained. The lockable wrist restraint system includes a waist belt and wrist restraints that are rotatably mounted to the waist belt. The wrist restraints can be positioned anywhere around the waist belt. The lockable ankle restraint system includes a strap and two buckles that form the strap into two loops. Each loop is used to restrain a leg of the detainee. A lockable buckle includes a housing that creates a tortuous path that traps a strap to which the buckle is mounted and prevents the strap from being adjusted or removed from the detainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Restraint Systems Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Cooper, Daniel T. Hilliard, D. Patrick Jones, Jimmy Warnell, Randy Norton, Tim Quintana
  • Patent number: 6766820
    Abstract: An improved pilot guard for controlling the flow of gaseous fuel to both a pilot burner and a main burner, the pilot valve comprising a housing having an inlet port, a pilot port and a main burner port; a bore extending through the housing between the pilot port and main burner port; a stop shuttle normally biased to a seated position in which it blocks communication between the inlet port and the bore; a reset shuttle positioned in the bore for lifting the stop shuttle from its seated position, the reset shuttle supporting a sealing member for sealing the inlet port from the main burner port but permitting communication between the inlet port and the pilot port when the reset shuttle lifts the stop shuttle from its seated position; a thermocouple capable of generating a current from the heat of the pilot burner; an electromagnet connected to the thermocouple and capable, when fully energized, of holding the stop shuttle from moving to its seated position; wherein the reset shuttle is movable by the force of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Maurice Hoss
  • Patent number: 6264548
    Abstract: A dispensing system for dispensing a deodorizing, disinfecting or freshening substance is mounted in the heating and air conditioning ductwork of a vehicle, and includes an electronic controller that controls the operation of the system. The substance dispensed by the system is spread through the ductwork throughout the interior of the vehicle by the heating and air conditioning system of the vehicle. The system is operated during a cycle that includes an ON time, during which the substance is dispensed, and an OFF time, during which the substance is not dispensed. The system is configured to cycle only when the vehicle ignition is on. The system can also be configured to cycle only when the parking brake is released, or when the vehicle transmission is in gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Transcents, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert V. Payne, Jr., Irvin L. Parr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6217270
    Abstract: A clamping washer and washer assembly that are used to mount bracing rods or cables to the web of metal building frame columns includes a load distributing washer and a clamping washer that are fastened together on the rod or cable. The washers define matching curved, toothed bearing surfaces or seats. When the washers are clamped together, the teeth on the bearing surfaces mesh with each other to lock the clamping washer in place on the load distributing washer. The load distributing washer defines an elongated opening through which the rod or cable projects, which opening allows positioning of the rod or cable at a variety of angles with respect to the load distributing washer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Triangle Fastener Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph E. Stager
  • Patent number: 6089161
    Abstract: A railway panel transport apparatus for moving prefabricated railway panels to installation sites includes a plurality of ties, a first rail, and a second rail. The ties are positioned in spaced parallel relation to support the first and second rails, which extend substantially the length of the railway panel. At least two truck assemblies are connected to the railway panel. The truck assemblies include a pair of travel wheels mounted thereon for engaging and traveling upon existing railway sections. Following transport to the installation site, the truck assemblies are removed and the railway panel is installed in a proper location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: John M. Saban
  • Patent number: 6085450
    Abstract: An animated display mechanism provides two components of motion to an object. The mechanism includes a mechanism base, a slide plate to which both a motor and the object are mounted, and a cam that is mounted to and rotated by the motor shaft. An animated golfer display employs the display mechanism, and repeatedly executes an animation cycle, during which a golfer advances toward a golf ball on a putting green, stops, takes two practice puts, approaches the golf ball, and putts the ball into the cup. The ball is returned to the green by the display mechanism as the golfer retreats to a position in which the animation cycle can repeat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Ruck Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: George W. Ruck
  • Patent number: 6079890
    Abstract: A tag feed system is used to feed tags through a marking machine, such as a tag printer or a laser marking machine, that marks information on the tags. A laser-marking system is used to mark and label information on metal tags, and a tag feed system for the laser-marking system that drives the tag material through the laser-marking system for marking. The laser marking system can include a housing, a laser for marking tag material, a tag unwind system for holding and supporting unlabeled tag material before it is marked and a tag retainer system for holding and supporting labeled tag material after it is marked. The tag feed system for feeding tag material through the laser marking system includes a housing unit that contains a first aperture through which tag material enters the housing unit for marking, a second aperture through which marked tag material exits the housing unit, and a lasing window through which a laser beam from the laser passes to mark tag material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: The Pannier Corporation
    Inventors: Frank D. Gross, Julius L. Hopson
  • Patent number: 6000585
    Abstract: A dispenser or shaker is used to store and dispense powdery or granular substances, and a sealing device for the shaker forms a seal against the escape of the substance between the lid and the shaker body. The lid can be placed around the mouth of the shaker body, and they can be rotated relative to one another to "lock" the lid onto the shaker body. The lid contains a number of dispensing holes through which the powdery or granular substance contained within the container body may be dispensed. The sealing device is located within the sealing lid, and provides a seal between the lid and the container body to prevent the powdery or granular substance from being ejected from the space between the sealing lid and the container body. The sealing device includes an inner and an outer ring made of materials that allow effective mounting of the device within the lid and formation of an effective seal, yet that provide for easy removal of the sealing device for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Creative Products International
    Inventors: Frances Todd Stewart, Raymond Ho-Cheong Cheng
  • Patent number: 5931320
    Abstract: A rack for drying or curing items can be disassembled for storage or transportation. The rack includes a pair of rack units, each rack unit including a base, an upright and a series of elongated members, or poles, on which the items can be supported above the generally flat surface on which the unit rests. The base includes three legs that engage the flat surface. The series of poles is supported by the upright. The upright is hollow and can be used to store the poles and base legs. A cap is provided to close the upright to keep out moisture and dirt when the rack is in use, and to ensure that the poles and base legs remain in the upright, and are protected, during transportation or storage of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventors: James J. Gajda, Leonard Richard Gajda, D. Patrick Ledford
  • Patent number: 5903995
    Abstract: A device for supporting a hunting rifle, pistol or other firearm that permits the rifle to rotate to allow a full range of targeting while providing stable support in a confined area. The supporting device includes a base to support the device on a surface, a vertical supporting leg and a rest to support a rifle. One end of the supporting device is secured to the base via a swivel and the other end of the supporting device is secured to the rest via a swivel. The swivels provide rotational movement of the supporting leg relative to the base, and rotational movement of the rest, and consequently of the rifle, relative to the supporting leg. The swivels can be set at varying tensions or stiffness. The rifle can be attached to the rest. To aid in the transportation of the rifle and support device, the supporting leg can be folded and clamped onto a clamp of the rest, so that the supporting leg and base are parallel to the rifle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Brutis Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley C. Brubach
  • Patent number: 5884283
    Abstract: A method, computer program product and system providing management and control of the disposition of personal financial resources, taking into account the effects of inflation and deflation. The method is used to project target gross income, income taxes, after-tax income, living costs and savings over a period of time. The compounding effect of inflation (deflation) is applied to actual amounts for gross income, income taxes, after-tax income, living costs and savings to project targets for these amounts through the projected period by applying to the actual amounts the estimated rate of inflation or deflation and rates that are related to these rates. Actual inflation and deflation rates are used to determine and recalculate the inflation and deflation rates, and the rates that are related to those rates, and the recalculated rates are applied to the actual amounts to recalculate the targeted amounts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Christopher T. Manos
  • Patent number: 5786000
    Abstract: A continuous molding machine molds heat sensitive thermoplastic material into a finished product. The material is fed into a mold from a source through a mold inlet that is defined by the mold. The cross-sectional shape of the mold is chosen to conform to the desired cross-sectional shape of the product that is being molded. An endless conveyor and a pusher force the material through the mold. Heating apparatus heats the material as it passes through the mold. As it is heated, it conforms to the shape of the mold and, therefore, to the desired shape of the product. Cooling apparatus cools the mass after it is heated and formed to ensure that the mass remains dimensionally stable as it exits the mold. The finished, molded product exits the mold through the mold outlet that is defined by the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Inventor: Rolf E. Berner
  • Patent number: 5305488
    Abstract: Fluid propelled tube cleaning tool for removal of deposits from the interior wall of a tube as a substantially cylindrical body, with a tail portion at one end, with a plurality of spaced cutters, with each cutter having a plurality of cutting blades extending radially from the cutters and with flexible bushings for each cutter which permit the force exerted by the cutter blades against the interior wall of the tube to be adjusted by axially compressing the flexible bushings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Inventor: Daniel C. Lyle
  • Patent number: 5267411
    Abstract: A trap system includes a housing in which a conventional spring-loaded trap is mounted. The housing defines a rodent access through which the rodent enters the housing. Rodent bait secured to the trigger of the trap entices the rodent to travel to and activate the trap. Upon activation, the trapping bar of the trap pulls the activation indicator into the housing to indicate that trap activation has occurred. The trap system includes an obstructor that hinders inadvertent activation of the trap during shipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventors: Arthur J. Phillips, Robert J. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5215213
    Abstract: Apparatus for disengaging items from storage compartments and distributing them to the proper delivery locations. An associated system serves to control the storage and dispensing apparatus and, additionally, provides data relative to the operation of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Richard F. Nestler & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard F. Nestler, Theodore K. Milbaugh, Kurt M. Olsen, Jerry Christensen
  • Patent number: 5027853
    Abstract: Apparatus which monitors the extent to which a mechanical valve (2) is opened which employs a rotary position transducer (5). The rotary position transducer (4) provides a signal representative of valve (2) position to a signal processor (10, 140 for analysis. The signal processor (10, 14), in turn, activates various announciator lights (122, 124) which provide a visual indication of valve (2) position and sends signals to other apparatus (21) associated with the valve (2). Also provided is a mounting (30, 32, 44, 102, 104) for apparatus which monitors the extent to which a mechanical valve (2) is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Electronic Technology Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Walko, Thomas Kallay, Kevin Kallay, Robert Holden, Andrew Gavrilos
  • Patent number: 4767708
    Abstract: Restriction enzymes are used to remove from DNA a complete and undamaged structural gene coding region for the expression of DNA polymerase I (polA) without the gene's natural promoter or with only a significantly damaged portion of the gene's natural promoter. Also by the use of restriction enzymes, a segment from a plasmid cloning vector is excised at a position adjacent to a promoter which is conditionally controllable and may be more powerful than the damaged or removed promoter. The gene for DNA polymerase I is enzymatically cloned into said vector at the position of said removed segment and adjacent to said conditionally controllable promoter. Multicopies of the cloned vector are introduced into a host baterial strain (E. coli). The host strain is then cultured so that the cell colony grows and replicates new generations containing replicated foreign plasmid. During such said replication the activity of said controllable promoter is repressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: Carnegie Mellon University
    Inventors: Edwin G. Minkley, Jr., William E. Brown