Patents Represented by Law Firm Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall
  • Patent number: 8230773
    Abstract: Axial piston compressor, especially a compressor for the air-conditioning system of a motor vehicle, having a housing and, for drawing in and compressing a coolant, a compressor unit arranged in the housing and driven by means of a drive shaft, the compressor unit comprising pistons, which move axially back and forth in a cylinder block, and a tilt plate 10 (tilt ring; wobble plate or swash plate), which drives the pistons and rotates together with the drive shaft, wherein the tilt plate 10 or a tiltable part thereof associated therewith has locations 14, 15 of reduced amassing of material and/or locations which consist of a material which is different from the material from which the rest of the tilt plate 10 or tiltable part thereof is made, those locations bringing about a specific effect on the regulation behavior of the compressor in such a way that in a region of small tilt angles of the tilt plate 10 or tiltable part thereof, especially in a tilt angle range from 0° to 8°, especially 0° to 3°, a moment
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Compressor Europe GmbH
    Inventor: Otfried Schwarzkopf
  • Patent number: 8229537
    Abstract: An electrode system for the measurement of biopotential signals includes a substrate. A microelectrode is coupled to the substrate. An accelerometer is coupled to the substrate. A biopotential amplifier is electrically coupled to the microelectrode and acceleration measurement circuit is electrically coupled to the accelerometer. A method of measuring a biopotential from a patient includes sensing a biopotential with a microelectrode. The biopotential is amplified with an amplifier in electrical communication with the microelectrode. A movement of the electrode is sensed with an accelerometer integrated with the electrode substrate. The sensed biopotential and the sensed movement are provided to an electronic controller. Portions of the sensed biopotential that correspond to sensed movement are identified as artifact contaminated portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shankar Chandrasekaran, Juha Virtanen, Shivappa Goravar
  • Patent number: 8225919
    Abstract: A drive arrangement comprising a drive shaft, a clutch arrangement operable, upon axial movement of the drive shaft occurring, to interrupt drive to the drive shaft, an axially movable interrupt shaft, a gear arrangement whereby the interrupt shaft is driven for rotation by the drive shaft at a speed slower than the rotary speed of the drive shaft, a disconnect device operable to cause axial movement of the interrupt shaft, and a transmission device for transmitting axial movement of the interrupt shaft to the drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Goodrich Control Systems
    Inventors: Paul Harris, Raymond Richard Bomford, Darren Christopher Howard
  • Patent number: 8229551
    Abstract: A system and method of presenting physiological data in a component ring. The method includes receiving a plurality of leads of physiological data. Morphology features are extracted from the plurality of leads. The morphology features are graphed by presenting a component ring associated with each of the morphology features. The system includes at least two sensors configured to collect physiological data. A processor is configured to extract amplitudes of morphology features. A graphical user interface is configured to graphically display the morphology features in a plurality of component rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Joel Q. Xue
  • Patent number: 8221709
    Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for separating gangue material from metallic sulfide ores. The compositions typically include a lignosolfonate and do not include a cyanide salt. Suitable lignosulfonates may include lignosulfonates, for example hardwood lignosulfonate having a weight average molecular weight of about 3 kDa to about 12 kDa and having a relatively low sulfur content and a relatively low sulfonate content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: LignoTech USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry D. Gargulak, Lori L. Bushar
  • Patent number: 8221330
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for assessing the reactivity observable in a certain physiological signal, especially the EEG signal, of a comatose subject. In order to obtain an objective and a reliable measure of the reactivity automatically and without the presence of a trained EEG specialist, a valid signal model is constructed for an EEG signal obtained from the subject. A time reference corresponding to a stimulus is applied and further signal data is obtained from the time series, the further signal data being subsequent to the time reference. By employing the further signal data, the method tests whether the signal model remains to be a valid signal model for the EEG signal also after the stimulus, and indicates, based on the test, whether reactivity is present in the physiological signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mika Sarkela, Juha Virtanen, Hanna E. Viertio-Oja, Tapani Salmi
  • Patent number: 8222236
    Abstract: This invention discloses 2-methylene-(20E)-20(22)-dehydro-19-nor-vitamin D analogs, and specifically 2-methylene-(20E)-20(22)-dehydro-19-nor-1?,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, and pharmaceutical uses therefore. This compound exhibits relatively high transcription activity as well as pronounced activity in arresting the proliferation of undifferentiated cells and inducing their differentiation to the monocyte thus evidencing use as an anti-cancer agent and for the treatment of skin diseases such as psoriasis as well as skin conditions such as wrinkles, slack skin, dry skin and insufficient sebum secretion. This compound also shows lower activity in vivo on bone calcium mobilization and similar in vivo intestinal calcium transport activity compared to the native hormone 1?,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, and therefore may be used to treat autoimmune disorders or inflammatory diseases in humans as well as renal osteodystrophy. This compound may also be used for the treatment or prevention of obesity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Hector F. DeLuca, Bulli Padmaja Tadi, Lori A. Plum, Margaret Clagett-Dame
  • Patent number: 8220124
    Abstract: A restoration process for restoring surface porosity defects on a component surface. The areas of a component surface having surface porosity defects are identified for restoration. The restoration surface is subsequently sprayed with a restoration spray to restore the surface porosity defects. The component surface is then finished to create a final component substantially free of surface porosity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Morasch, Douglas M. Woehlke, Kevin R. Anderson, Raymond J. Donahue
  • Patent number: 8216551
    Abstract: Methods of evaluating the tissue response to an agent in birds are provided. Also disclosed are methods of monitoring exposure to agents in birds and methods of determining the efficacy of vaccines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
    Inventor: Gisela F. Erf
  • Patent number: 8214970
    Abstract: A wheel system includes a frame, a wheel rotatably mounted to the frame, and a lifter. The lifter defines a first end and a second end. The first end of the lifter is pivotably mounted to the frame, and the second end of the lifter defines a contact surface. The contact surface of the lifter is adapted to establish initial contact with a vertically disposed obstacle, and thereafter the lifter is configured to pivot about the first end such that the wheel is lifted and translated over the vertical obstacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Terrance Patrick Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8215081
    Abstract: A system and method to attach and retain panel tiles and a top cap to a support frame of a modular wall panel system. The top cap attached to the support frame includes an elongated body having a one or more attachment clips removably attached to the elongated body at desired locations along the length of the elongated body. The attachment clips and elongated body are formed separately and assembled prior to attachment to the modular panel. The elongated body includes a pair of receiving cavities that receive spring arms formed on each of the attachment clips. The attachment clips are rotated into position such that the spring arms engage the elongated body and hold the attachment clips in position. Each panel includes a stiffener bracket having engagement tabs. The engagement tabs are received within notches formed in the vertical posts to secure the tiles to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Cummings, David D. Liegeois, Steven C. Gevaert
  • Patent number: 8215046
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement for use with a shotgun or rifle to selectively position accessories along the barrel of the rifle. The mounting arrangement includes a forend and a series of mounting rails that receive the desired accessories. The forend includes a series of locator rails equally positioned around the outer circumference and spaced from each other at approximately 45°. The spacing of the locator rails allows a user to selectively attach an accessory in a larger number of desired locations around the outer circumference of the forend. Each of the mounting rails and locator rails engage each other in a dovetail configuration to prevent the radial separation of the mounting rail from the locator rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Technology International USA, LLC
    Inventor: John R. Chvala
  • Patent number: 8219187
    Abstract: In a method and apparatus for providing an indication suitable for assessing a physiological condition of a patient, at least two biosignals are obtained from the patient. The biosignals contain at least one common physiological data component, such as an EEG or EMG component. An analysis of each of the biosignals is carried out to obtain a complexity value for each of the biosignals. Or, the biosignals may be divided into their components and a complexity value is obtained for the biosignal components. Thereafter and on the basis of the complexity values, a complexity value indicative of at least one physiological data component present in the biosignals is selected and utilized to provide the physiological condition assessment indication of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Instrumentarium Corporation
    Inventor: Mika Särkelä
  • Patent number: 8217023
    Abstract: 19-nor-vitamin D analogs having an additional cyclopentene ring connecting carbon 1 and carbon 2, or connecting carbon 3 and carbon-2 of the A-ring of the analog, and pharmaceutical uses therefore, are described. These compounds exhibit selective in vitro activities, making them therapeutic agents for the treatment or prophylaxis of some types of cancers, particularly leukemia, colon cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer or prostate cancer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Hector F. DeLuca, Agnieszka Glebocka, Lori A. Plum, Margaret Clagett-Dame, Rafal R. Sicinski
  • Patent number: 8210898
    Abstract: A pivotally manipulable toy is disclosed which includes a plurality of sections pivotally coupled in series, with a plurality of counting apertures being located in a plurality of the sections. The pivotally manipulable toy can be manipulated to form a plurality of shapes including letters and numbers. The pivotally manipulable toy may be used in a manner that is both educational and enjoyable for children. Further, a manual which correlates each of the shapes with the number of unobstructed counting apertures that are visible when each shape is formed correctly may be provided together with the pivotally manipulable toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Parchmint, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8211657
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to satisfying the need to detect microbial contamination of food products. The described bioseparator/bioreactor coupled with an optical/electrochemical biosensor was able to specifically detect E. coli O157:H7 from 8.8×101 to 8.8×106 CFU/ml in 2.5 hours without any enrichment. Using this invention, concentrations of S. Typhimurium ranging from 8.6×102 to 8.6×106 CFU/ml in pure culture were detected in 2 hours without any enrichment. The invention may also be used for the detection of S. Seftenberg, which has the same sensitivity as S. Typhimurium. Other pathogens such as L. monocytogenes and S. Heidleberg did not interfere with the detection. The optimum inner diameter of the 25 cm long column for the detection of E. coli O157:H7 is 250 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas
    Inventors: Yanbin Li, Yongcheng Liu
  • Patent number: 8210910
    Abstract: A sanding and finishing tool is constructed from a number of interlocking sanding members configured such that the sanding and finishing tool is equipped for sanding and/or finishing jobs of varying sizes and degrees, and is further able to easily sand and/or finish in and around various sized edges, crevices and corners. The tool includes a first sanding member having a handle which can be provided with auxiliary sanding members having auxiliary sanding surfaces. The first sanding member includes a sanding surface covered by a sanding material, wherein the sanding material is removably attached to the sanding surface. The tool further includes any number of additional sanding members, such that each additional sanding member dovetails on to the last sanding member, and also includes a sanding surface and material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Lake Country Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott S. McLain
  • Patent number: 8211030
    Abstract: A method and system for operating a non-invasive blood pressure monitor that utilizes an SpO2 plethysmograph waveform to determine the initial inflation pressure for the NIBP monitor. A pulse sensor is placed on the patient's limb distal to the blood pressure cuff and provides a pulse waveform to the NIBP monitor. The NIBP monitor calculates a second derivative of the pulse waveform, which includes a series of acceleration peaks corresponding to pulse signals within the pulse waveform. When the blood pressure cuff reaches systolic pressure, the acceleration peaks contained within the acceleration waveform are eliminated, thus providing an indication that the cuff pressure has reached systolic pressure for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: The General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert F. Donehoo, Lawrence T. Hersh, Sai Kolluri
  • Patent number: 8206724
    Abstract: The instant invention relates to antigens and nucleic acids encoding such antigens obtainable by screening a Chlamydia genome. In more specific aspects, the invention relates to methods of isolating such antigens and nucleic acids and to methods of using such isolated antigens for producing immune responses. The ability of an antigen to produce an immune response may be employed in vaccination or antibody preparation techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignees: Auburn University, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
    Inventors: Stephen A. Johnston, Katherine Stemke-Hale, Kathryn F. Sykes, Bernhard Kaltenboeck
  • Patent number: D662484
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: CyCell Limited
    Inventor: Thomas Sunderland