Patents Represented by Law Firm Andrus, Sceales, Starke & Sawall
  • 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: 8203447
    Abstract: A telemetry system is disclosed herein. The telemetry system includes a transmitter configured to provide tracking data, and a receiver adapted to define a coverage area. The receiver is configured to receive the tracking data from the transmitter only when the transmitter is within the coverage area. The telemetry system also includes a processor configured to receive the tracking data from the receiver. The processor is configured to estimate the location of the transmitter when the transmitter is outside the coverage area based on the tracking data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Robert Joseph Alberte, Jr., Bruce Arnold Friedman, Mathew George Grubis
  • Patent number: 8202022
    Abstract: A vibratory percussion rammer includes a gear box, a percussion delivery unit extending downwardly from the gear box, and one or more slide bearings disposed in the percussion delivery unit between adjacent surfaces of reciprocating metal components. The slide bearings are made from a sheet of plastic material that is curved into the shape of a tube having a C-shape in cross section and define an open seam extending the entire length of the slide bearing. Slide bearings according to this design can be disposed in the percussion delivery unit to eliminate some or all of the metal-on-metal contact between reciprocating components, including between the ram and shaft assembly and spring box and the guide cylinder, the spring separator and the spring box, and the shaft of a ram and shaft assembly and an upper end of the spring box. The seam width of any slide bearing is wider than the anticipated width-wise thermal expansion of the slide bearing during normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: M-B-W Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Grinwald
  • Patent number: 8202339
    Abstract: An inertial gas-liquid impactor separator includes an inertial impactor collector having an impactor surface extending diagonally relative to axially accelerated flow, which surface is preferably a cone having a leading tip axially facing and axially aligned with the acceleration nozzle. In a further aspect, first and second inertial impactor collectors are provided in series, with an orifice in the first inertial impactor collector providing a nozzle for the second inertial impactor collector. Improved performance is provided by reducing the extent of the stagnation region to change from a narrow band particle size range to a wider band range and to shift cut-off size. An inertial gas-liquid impactor separator has a perforated layer of coalescence media having at least one aperture through which the gas-liquid stream flows. Improved performance is provided by increased penetration of the flow into the media patch and thereby enhancing particle capture by interception, impaction and diffusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP Inc.
    Inventors: Arun Janakiraman, Shiming Feng, Peter K. Herman
  • Patent number: 8197624
    Abstract: A method for joining functional components with at least a thermoplastic components to thermosetting composites with at least some thermoplastic surface. The thermosetting composite has a functional thermoplastic surface layer attached by a process of selection of a compatible thermoplastic, heating the combined materials to allow migration of uncured thermosetting polymer into the thermoplastic polymer, then cooling the combined materials to provide a strongly attached thermoplastic surface. The thermosetting composite component may have a polymeric material coating. The present invention subsequently relates to the joining of the functional component and thermosetting polymer composite components, using high-speed oscillating relative displacement or high-speed continuous relative displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: CRC For Advanced Composite Structures, Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Beehag, Adrian Jackson, Meng Hou, Rowan Paton
  • Patent number: 8196453
    Abstract: A laminated sensor comprises a base stratum and a terminal stratum. The base stratum has a first surface that is affixed to a surface of a structure to be monitored. The terminal stratum is affixed to the opposite second surface of the base stratum. A connector is attached to the terminal stratum. The base stratum is provided with first and second channels and that are cut through the thickness of the base stratum. The terminal stratum is provided with holes that extend through the thickness of the terminal stratum. A first pair of the holes are positioned to register with the first channel, while a second pair of the holes are positioned to register with the second channel. A first conduit is formed by the first channel and the holes; while a second conduit is formed by the second channel and the holes. The connector connects with tubes to provide fluid communication between the conduits and a differential pressure monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Structural Monitoring Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Lawrence John Walker, Nigel Laxton, Andrew Petrow, Duncan Barton, Peter Hughes
  • Patent number: 8193169
    Abstract: This invention discloses (20R)-2?-methyl-19,26,27-trinor-vitamin D analogs, and specifically (20R)-2?-methyl-19,26,27-trinor-1?,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, and pharmaceutical uses therefor. This compound exhibits 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 very low activity in vivo on bone calcium mobilization and 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: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Hector F. DeLuca, Pawel Grzywacz, Lori A. Plum, Margaret Clagett-Dame
  • Patent number: 8193170
    Abstract: This invention discloses 2-methylene-19,26-dinor-(20R,22E,25R)-vitamin D analogs, and specifically 2-methylene-19,26-dinor-(20R,22E,25R)-1?,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, and pharmaceutical uses therefor. This compound exhibits 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 very low activity in vivo on bone calcium mobilization and relatively high 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: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Hector F. DeLuca, Grazia Chiellini, Pawel Grzywacz, Lori A. Plum, Margaret Clagett-Dame
  • Patent number: 8191440
    Abstract: An actuator comprises a screw shaft, a nut translatable along the shaft between a retracted position and an extended position, a tine component carried by the nut, the tine component including tine fingers formed with projections each being engageable with a formation provided on a housing when the nut occupies its extended position to secure the nut against axial movement, and a lock member engageable with the tine fingers to restrict radial movement of the tine fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Goodrich Actuation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Richard Hadley, Mark David Timms
  • Patent number: 8189032
    Abstract: A signal transfer arrangement is provided for conveying a signal from a first location to a second location. The signal transfer arrangement includes an articulated support structure rotatably mounted on a base located on a support surface. The support structure has a mobile collection device for receiving an input signal from at least one input emission device at the first location positioned on the support surface without contact between the collection device and the emission device, and transferring the input signal to the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Nicholas B. Sime
  • Patent number: 8186134
    Abstract: Packaging machines are disclosed including a web transport conveyor transporting a web of flexible packaging material from upstream to downstream locations through a series of stations. Packaging apparatuses are disclosed including a forming station and a closing station, each having movable die members that are counterbalanced. Methods of operating the packaging apparatus are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Alkar-RapidPak-MP Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Daryl W. Shackelford, Craig R. Bonneville
  • Patent number: 8188876
    Abstract: The integrated batter level indicator method and circuit of the present application provides an LED bar graph display proportional to a range of variable throttle control that provides range of speed indication, direction indication, as well as a battery level indicator. The bar graph display is configured to switch between speed or battery mode, preferably switching to battery mode when a user turns the throttle to an off position, while indicating direction of the motor at all times when the motor is in use. The integrated battery level indicator and circuit displays an amount of battery power remaining in the battery by comparing the input signal to a high and low reference level such that as the input varies between the high and low reference levels, the battery voltage is displayed on the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven E. Holley, Jason M. Bentz
  • Patent number: 8181432
    Abstract: A web packaging system provides easy access and changing of forming plug tooling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Alkar-RapidPak-MP Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig R. Bonneville, Daryl W. Shackelford
  • Patent number: 8182891
    Abstract: A resealable label flap is positionable to cover an opening in a package containing removable articles. The label flap includes a base layer extending between a first and a second end. The base layer includes a first adhesive on a bottom face surface and permits repeated application and separation of the base layer relative to the package. The base layer has a starting tab to permit removal of the base layer from the package. A top layer includes a second adhesive on a bottom face surface that fixes the top layer to a top face surface of the base layer. The base layer and the first adhesive are formed with a slit that defines a hinge for enhancing separation of the base and top layers from the package upon manipulation of the starting tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Prime Label & Screen, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry M. Scott, James F. Konicke
  • Patent number: 8177174
    Abstract: A monitor lift mechanism that can be utilized in connection with a desk having a stationary work surface. The monitor lift mechanism is movable between a retracted position in which a monitor is positioned beneath the work surface, and an extended position in which the monitor is positioned above the work surface for viewing. The monitor lift mechanism includes a lift bar that is movable between a retracted position and an extended position through the use of a block and tackle pulley and lift cylinder arrangement. A latch mechanism holds the lift bar in the retracted position and can be released upon depression of a monitor door coupled to the lift bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis G. Griepentrog
  • Patent number: 8178517
    Abstract: This invention discloses 6-methylvitamin D3 analogs, and specifically 1?,25-dihydroxy-6-methylvitamin D3, and pharmaceutical uses therefor. This compound exhibits vitamin D receptor binding activity and transcription activity as well as activity in arresting the proliferation of undifferentiated cells and inducing their differentiation to the monocyte thus evidencing use as an anti-cancer agent, especially for the treatment or prevention of leukemia, colon cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer or prostate cancer. This compound also exhibits low in vivo calcemic activity, but because it binds the receptor with the same affinity as the native hormone calcitriol, it may act as an antagonist to inhibit development of hypercalcemia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
    Inventors: Hector F. DeLuca, Katarzyna Sokolowska, Lori A. Plum, Margaret Clagett-Dame, Rafal R. Sicinski, Antonio Mouriño
  • Patent number: 8177160
    Abstract: A clutch arrangement, especially adapted for use in an aircraft nose wheel landing gear steering arrangement, includes a rotatable drive input, a rotatable output, and an epicyclic gear arrangement, and a carrier upon which the planet gears are mounted, the drive input being connected to the ring gear of the gear arrangement or the carrier, the output being connected to the other of the ring gear or the carrier, and a clutch operable to control relative rotation between the ring gear and the sun gear and to direct the major portion of the torque being transmitted therethrough the first of two transmission paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Goodrich Actuation Systems Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Richard Hadley, John Herbert Harvey, Andrew Robert Hawksworth, Edward George Hill, Mark Whitehouse
  • Patent number: 8176747
    Abstract: A tube picking mechanism is designed for use in an automated, ultra-low temperature (e.g., ?80° C.) storage and retrieval systems which stores biological or chemical samples. The samples are contained in storage tubes held in SBS footprint storage racks that are loaded into trays located within an ultra-low temperature freezer compartment (?80° C.). A tube picking mechanism resides in a tube picking chamber that is located adjacent the freezer compartment. The tube picking chamber is maintained at about ?20° C. when the tube picking mechanism is in operation. The tube picking mechanism includes a cache within the tube picking chamber to facilitate fast paced shuttling of the tube racks from the freezer compartment into the tube picking chamber. The shuttle has a clamping mechanism to secure a tube rack in place when a gripper head picks a tube from the rack. The system also includes a push pin that pushes on the bottom of the respective tube as it is being picked from the tube rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Hamilton Storage Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond T. Howard, Julian Warhurst, Behrouz Zandi, Michael A. Carman, James O'Toole
  • Patent number: 8180651
    Abstract: A system and method of predicting telemetry signal dropout creates a prediction of patient destination. The method includes defining a telemetry coverage area, receiving a location of a monitored patient, recording the received location, calculating a trajectory and speed, and comparing the location, trajectory, and speed of the patient to historical patient movement trends to predict patient destination. The system includes a remote unit worn by a patient and at least one telemetry receiver, a location services computer, a patient location database, a location prediction computer, and a graphical display. The location services computer receives the location information and computes a location, speed, and trajectory of the patient. The location prediction computer compares the computed location, speed, and trajectory of the patient to previously acquired locations, speeds, and trajectories to predict a patient destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Jennifer Lynn Molaison
  • Patent number: 8177820
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bone plate comprising at least one screw that is to be fixed at a stable angle to at least one through-hole and at least one bone screw which is provided with an external thread in the top region. Said external thread tapers more in the screwing direction than a mating thread of the through-hole embodied as an internal thread such that the top of the bone screw is clamped in a stable direction in a torsion-proof manner when the bone screw is screwed in. The bone plate is configured elastically in at least one area adjoining the through-hole such that the material of the bone plate is not deformed in the ductile area because of the expansion resulting from the head of the bone screw being screwed in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Merete Medical GmbH
    Inventors: Emmanuel Anapliotis, Curt Kranz