Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Baniak Pine & Gannon
  • Patent number: 7166087
    Abstract: Inner and outer shield parts of a breastshield are joined to form an enclosure defining a pressurizable chamber. The inner shield part has at least a portion thereof movable relative to the outer shield part when the chamber is subject to a negative or a positive pressure. A first pressure port is in communication respectively with the chamber for connection with a fluid pressure source of a first pressure. A second pressure port is in communication with the interior for connection with a pressure source of a second pressure. The breastshield is thus capable of being subjected to two different pressures, such as a positive pressure to move (expand) the chamber into the interior, so as to compress or massage the nipple/breast, and a negative pressure in the interior to draw the nipple/breast further therein for the expression of milk. The pressures can be independently controlled, and may furthermore alternate being negative and positive through the same pressure port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Brian H. Silver, Russ Schweizer
  • Patent number: 7160273
    Abstract: The suction pump is essentially comprised of three separate pump parts, namely of a drive unit located inside a main casing (1), of a collecting reservoir (8) and of a valve block (6), which is arranged directly between the casing (1) and reservoir, whereby these parts can be easily coupled to one another in a manner that enables them to be detached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Medela AG
    Inventors: Andy Greter, Hansruedi Kuenzler, Brian H. Silver
  • Patent number: 7144322
    Abstract: A game, gaming machine apparatus and game method wherein game elements are assigned to a matrix of game element locations. Play is initiated by evaluating the game elements for predetermined transformative conditions, such as a match of game elements. If a transformative condition is found, the game element(s) are transformed with at least one being removed from the matrix. The remaining game elements are moved, if permitted, according to a movement methodology. The steps of evaluating, transforming, removing, and moving the remaining game elements are repeated so long as a transformation is subsequently available for continued gameplay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Case Venture Management, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Gomez, Scott D. Slomiany, Duncan F. Brown, Lawrence E. DeMar
  • Patent number: 7140510
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for the individual controlled preparation of a beverage from one or more beverage bags within a variety of containers and the quick and sanitary storage of the bag or bags once the beverage preparation has been completed. Preferably, the beverage preparation and bag storage apparatus is sized and shaped to be seated on the lip of a container to cover the mouth of the container. The apparatus includes a bag retention structure that is openable or open such that at least a portion of the beverage bag may be drawn within and thereby retained in a position elevated above the beverage so that the beverage can be sampled and consumed even with the apparatus in place on the container and the bag or bags retained within the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventors: Jill Portman, Gary Shinner
  • Patent number: 7124032
    Abstract: A system and method for reconstructing pathways in large genetic networks from genetic perturbations comprises an analysis method and system that applies a recursive algorithm for determining the path between every gene pair in an arbitrarily large genetic network from large-scale gene perturbation data and reconstructs all direct and indirect regulatory gene interactions in the network. Graph theory mathematics is applied to genetic network reconstruction in the following manner: Genetic perturbation data is used to identify all genes accessible from a perturbed gene to generate an accessibility list for the gene. Graph theory mathematics is applied to the accessibility list and its graph to determine a condensation of the graph as defined by the condensation's accessibility list. Graph theory mathematics is applied to the accessibility list, such as through a recursive algorithm performed on a desktop computer, to obtain an adjacency list for the gene that characterizes a genetic network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Science & Technology Corporation @ UNM
    Inventor: Andreas Wagner
  • Patent number: 7118113
    Abstract: A novel card game is disclosed utilizing a standard deck of playing cards and played by combining the rules of tic-tac-toe and twenty-one or poker. The player places the cards at certain locations in order to accumulate combinations of twenty-one or in order to accumulate the best poker hands. Also disclosed are novel decks of game playing cards containing playing cards. One novel deck consists of groups of cards, each containing the numeric values of one through ten. The other novel deck contains 37 or 38 novel cards, each containing a numeric value one through 36, or a zero or a double zero, along with a color indication of red, black or green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventors: David L. Hoyt, Stephen M. Flaherty
  • Patent number: 7094217
    Abstract: A brassiere for supporting the breasts of a wearer and for receiving and supporting a funnel for expressing breast milk, comprising a pair of cups, at least one of which includes a first portion and a second portion having at least one elastic band. The first and second portion, and of the cup are expandable to allow a funnel to be selectively inserted between said first portion and said second portion, and under said first portion, and under said second portion, so as to contact said breast for expressing milk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventor: Steven Fialkoff
  • Patent number: 7086943
    Abstract: After players make their wagers, a dealer deals hands comprised of two cards to each player and a hand comprised of two cards to himself. When the player's hand as dealt has a predetermined point value (or one of a plurality of predetermined point values), the player is offered an early payout option. If the early payout option is elected, the player receives a portion of the original wager. In one embodiment, the early payout option is offered only when the dealer's hand is not a natural. In another embodiment, the early payout option is offered only if the dealer's face up card is a predetermined value (or one of a plurality of predetermined point values), such as ten.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Casino Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Frank Mugnolo, Michael Cyrkiel
  • Patent number: 7082942
    Abstract: A wood burner includes a wrapper. A firebox is positioned in the wrapper that defines a combustion chamber. An air inlet is placed in communication with an external air supply. The air inlet includes a conduit to conduct the external air to the combustion chamber and a second conduit. A manifold is positioned above the firebox. The manifold is in communication with the second conduit, and includes one or more manifold chambers for permitting the external air received thereby to become heated. A plurality of air tubes connect to the manifold to receive the heated external air from the manifold, each plurality of air tubes including a plurality of apertures to direct the heated external air into the combustion chamber adjacent an upper inner surface of the firebox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: CFM Corporation
    Inventors: Robert H. Buzzard, Ralph E. Morrison
  • Patent number: 7070400
    Abstract: The diaphragm suction pump has a pump chamber (7) located in a base plate (6), the wall of said chamber extending in a conical manner from a central flat base section (7?) to the lateral edge (8). The elastic pump diaphragm (5), which spans the pump chamber (7), is configured in such a way that it lies tightly against the entire pump chamber wall at the top dead center point of the drive connecting rod (4). The diaphragm (5) consists of a self-supporting elastic material with rear recesses (9; 10), which form hinges that can be elastically pretensioned during the operation of the diaphragm (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Medela AG
    Inventor: Andy Greter
  • Patent number: 7030391
    Abstract: An apparatus for irradiation of a fluid with UV light includes a tubular body consisting of UV-permeable material. The body includes a fluid chamber and openings for passage of fluid. A UV source is provided to subject the chamber to the UV light. Light baffles define an irradiated section of the chamber to prevent light penetration beyond the irradiated section while permitting the fluid to flow through. The apparatus is provided as a component in a housing having a modular design. The modules include a back cover for surface mounting. The body is mounted to the back cover. An inner cover is attached to the back cover. The inner cover includes the UV source and modular electronics. A front cover is attached to the inner and back cover. Heat sink elements are provided to control the heat produced in the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: CFM Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Zagrobelny
  • Patent number: 7018293
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for playing a game has in one aspect a plurality of game elements of at least two types, such as game pieces which have two different sides, and are arranged in a matrix of rows and columns, for instance. A player may select a number of arrangements of matching game elements (e.g., lines of contiguous matching game-piece sides) to wager upon in the chance outcome arrangement in play. Aggregation of the number of winning arrangements determines the outcome, most preferably with an increasing non-linear payout in view of that aggregate number. The invention also discloses a related bonus game, which in a preferred embodiment is based upon an Othello®-type game particularly for a gaming machine using outflanking game pieces, such that any game pieces with opponent's side or color showing are converted to game pieces with player's side or color, with an award or payoff according to the level of successful advancement in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Case Venture Management, LLC
    Inventors: Duncan F. Brown, Alfred Thomas, Scott D. Slomiany, Lawrence E. DeMar, Benjamin T. Gomez
  • Patent number: 7008400
    Abstract: A motorized pump is disclosed that includes a flexible diaphragm fitting within a rigid member, a motor drive mechanism for drawing a puller member attached to the diaphragm away from the rigid member to create a space between the diaphragm and the rigid member and form a negative pressure region within that space, and an outlet communicating with the negative pressure region. In one embodiment, the pump provides a negative pressure in a single chamber which can be used to operate one or two breast shield assembles. In another embodiment, the pump is particularly adapted for double-pumping and provides two chambers which generate vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Brian H. Silver, Larry D. Annis
  • Patent number: 6997897
    Abstract: A motorized pump is disclosed that includes a flexible diaphragm fitting within a rigid member, a motor drive mechanism for drawing a puller member attached to the diaphragm away from the rigid member to create a space between the diaphragm and the rigid member and form a negative pressure region within that space, and an outlet communicating with the negative pressure region. In one embodiment, the pump provides a negative pressure in a single chamber which can be used to operate one or two breast shield assembles. In another embodiment, the pump is particularly adapted for double-pumping and provides two chambers which generate vacuum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Brian H. Silver, Larry D. Annis
  • Patent number: 6990908
    Abstract: A transportation subassembly is provided for transporting a material that is destabilized in the presence of a destabilizing contaminant. The subassembly has a structural body having a cavity constructed and arranged to receive the material to be stored, a breather assembly operatively connected to the structural body and including a container forming a chamber, the chamber being in fluidic communication with the cavity and being constructed and arranged to receive an contaminant-removing material selected to remove the destabilizing contaminant, and a venting assembly mounted with respect to the structural body. The venting assembly includes a rupture apparatus rupturable at a predetermined pressure formed within the cavity to form fluidic communication between the cavity and the atmosphere. A method for transporting a material in a transportation subassembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: OCI Chemical Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Lissa, Lucius Wood
  • Patent number: 6974440
    Abstract: A breastpump assembly includes a hood member having a funnel-shaped shield portion for placement over a breast and a sleeve portion extending from the funnel-shaped portion. The breastpump assembly includes a substantially rigid plastic housing connected to the extending portion of the breast hood. A pump is fixed or functionally attached to the housing for applying a negative pressure to the housing. A container is attached to the housing, the container being in fluid communication with the breast hood to receive expressed breast milk. At least a portion of the breastpump exterior surface includes a compliant portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventor: Brian H. Silver
  • Patent number: 6968123
    Abstract: An electric fire assembly with a flame effect arrangement. The arrangement includes a bulb located in a hollow cylindrical member of opaque material with a plurality of flame shape cutouts. Light passes through the cutouts onto the rear surface of a screen to provide a flame effect as the member rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: CFM Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Ravnbo-West, Lee Cresswell, Michael John Green, Mitchell Lee Cadd, Roy Berrisford, Kevin Regan
  • Patent number: 6949116
    Abstract: An implant for occluding a passage in a circulatory system is provided. The implant in one form includes a plurality of thin wire-like members each having a proximal and a distal end and a first holder to which the distal ends of the members are attached. The proximal ends of the members are attached to a second holder. The implant includes an expansible occluding body attached to the members at a point intermediate the first and second holders. A carrier rod is releasably attached to the first holder and upon which the second holder is slidably received. A driving implement is located on the carrier rod, the driving implement contacting the second holder and movable toward the first holder along the carrier rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Carag AG
    Inventors: Laszlo Solymar, Daniel Thomas Thommen, Jerome Bernhard
  • Patent number: 6935333
    Abstract: A wood burner includes a wrapper. A firebox is positioned in the wrapper that defines a combustion chamber. An air inlet is placed in communication with an external air supply. The air inlet includes a conduit to conduct the external air to the combustion chamber and a second conduit. A manifold is positioned above the firebox. The manifold is in communication with the second conduit, and includes one or more manifold chambers for permitting the external air received thereby to become heated. A plurality of air tubes connect to the manifold to receive the heated external air from the manifold, each plurality of air tubes including a plurality of apertures to direct the heated external air into the combustion chamber adjacent an upper inner surface of the firebox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventors: Robert H. Buzzard, Ralph E. Morrison
  • Patent number: D540939
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Medela Holding AG
    Inventors: Britta Pukall, Markus Kerschdorfer, Therese Naef, Yvonne Krebs, Richard R├Âllin