Patents Represented by Law Firm Banner, Birch, McKie & Beckett
  • Patent number: 5420923
    Abstract: A method of transmitting addressed messages to subscribers comprises the steps of defining the group or individual subscriber to be addressed, creating the message, assigning the message to the individual or group to be addressed, scheduling the message for transmission, transmitting the message, and recording the transmission of the message. The message creating step further includes the steps of defining message attributes such as background color, creating sets of instructions for the subscriber, if required, setting a data field related to alerting the subscriber and compressing the data length of the message using a predetermined compression code. A system control computer, according to the present invention, comprises a billing computer interface for interfacing with a billing computer and a user interface for providing access to messaging services to a system operator, each of the billing and user interfaces for providing data to a group queuing subsystem and a system event scheduler, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Beyers, II, Gregory S. Durden, M. Kent Ivey, Curt M. Kuban
  • Patent number: 5417301
    Abstract: A worker platform assembly is modular in construction so as to be configurable according to the configuration and size, particularly width, requirements of each bridge and to metal surfaces thereof which are to be reconditioned by abrasive stripping and recoating. The assembled platform is suspendable at each end by suspension frame assemblies which are rollable along the parapets of the bridge for repositioning the platform assembly, with the suspension assembly being adjustable to various configurations of parapets. An adjustable curtain frame enables sealed enclosure of bridge surfaces to be treated and optimum access of workers to those surfaces during the treatment. Airborne residue is evacuated by vacuum for subsequent disposal in a manner which does not contaminate the environment, while heavier residue and spent abrasive grit is collected and positively moved off of the platform assembly for subsequent, environmentally safe separation and reconstitution of the grit for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Robert J. Wildner
    Inventor: Robert J. Wildner
  • Patent number: 5416988
    Abstract: A customized fit shoe, and particularly a high-top ice hockey skate, having a plurality of interior inflatable chambers. The chambers are configured and inflatable to different amounts to conform to the contours of the arch and the area below the malleoli of the foot in the shoe. The inflation of the chambers is accurately and easily adjusted through an upper push-to-deflate valve. When thereby adjusted, the concavities of the arch and ankle are filled without restricting the plantar or dorsi flexion of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel R. Potter, Bruce J. Kilgore
  • Patent number: 5417202
    Abstract: The present invention provides a heat exchanger for a fryer having a vat or tank filled to a selected level with a cooking medium such as shortening or oil. The heat exchanger includes a plurality of heat transfer tubes each having an inlet end and an outlet end, and at least one of the plurality of heat transfer tubes extending at a first angle, at least one of the plurality of heat transfer tubes extending at a second angle generally opposite to the first angle, and at least one of the plurality of heat transfer tubes extending horizontally. At least one mixing plenum having a plurality of inlet openings and a plurality of outlet openings is also provided, and at least some of the heat transfer tubes are sealingly connected to the mixing plenum. The plurality of heat transfer tubes and the mixing plenum are disposed within the vat of shortening in order to maximize the exposed heat transfer surface and thereby increase the heat transfer to the shortening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: America's Favorite Chicken Company
    Inventor: Joseph A. C. Cote
  • Patent number: 5416741
    Abstract: Disclosed is a semiconductor memory with a built-in test mode which can freely change the width of parallel test bits. This semiconductor memory has pairs of data read/write (RWD) lines commonly provided for each block of a memory cell array laid out as a plurality of blocks, DQ buffers for each amplifying data output on associated pairs of DQ lines from an associated block and sending the amplified data in read mode, and writing data, written on those associated RWD lines, on the associated pairs of DQ lines in write mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Takashi Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 5415293
    Abstract: A stackable and nestable container is provided which comprises a bottom surface and two pairs of opposed side walls integrally joined with the bottom surface and each other to form a substantially rectangular open-top container. The uppermost surfaces of the side walls collectively form an upper container rim. A container lid is adapted to be received along the upper container rim. Ventilation apertures are formed in each of the side walls. Also, each side wall includes a pair of column sections. Each column section includes a recessed portion, an inner shelf, and a lower column support. The column sections form outer surfaces which project outwardly away from the side walls. By using the column section design, all the support geometry for the container is located in the corners of the container. The upper container rim comprises a double thickness of material around substantially its entire periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Rehrig-Pacific Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Ackermann, William P. Apps, Cory Philips
  • Patent number: 5416829
    Abstract: A dual mode cellular radio communication apparatus includes an echo canceller which cancels echo signals caused by acoustic coupling between a hands-free microphone and a loudspeaker in both analog mode and digital modes. An analog-to-digital converter and digital-to-analog converter may be used both in an analog mode and in a digital mode. A second analog-to-digital converter and a second digital-to-analog converter may be selectively used in the analog or digital mode. The echo canceller may be rendered inoperative during hand-set operation. In addition, a bypass circuit may be provided between an input and an output of the echo canceller so that the echo canceller is bypassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Yuji Umemoto
  • Patent number: 5414452
    Abstract: In ink jet printers in which the printing head (33) is connected to an ink reservoir (16), such as may be used in teleprinter or facsimile apparatuses, it is necessary to foresee the expiry of the ink in the reservoir in order to be able in due time to replace the printing head or the pertinent cartridge. A logic circuit (40) is used to count the number of drops gradually expelled, and, with any necessary correction, compares this number with the maximum number of drops equivalent to a known volume of ink contained on average in the reservoir. Expiry of the ink is indicated in in dependence on the result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Ing. C. Olivetti & C., S.p.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Accatino, Angelo Arca
  • Patent number: 5414771
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a random combinational sequence by combining random elemental sequences. Embodiments of the present invention contemplate that the combinational sequence can be combined with messages or any other type of information for encryption/decryption purposes. Embodiments of the present invention also contemplate the creation of the random elemental sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: MRJ, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Fawcett, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5414204
    Abstract: The improved method of treating activated carbon having an organochlorine compound adsorbed thereon which comprises adding water to said activated carbon and then exposing said activated carbon to ionizing radiation, thereby decomposing and rendering harmless the organochlorine compound adsorbed on the activated carbon is described. The method is capable of safe and efficient decomposition of the activated carbon that has been used in adsorption treatment of organochlorine compounds such as PCBs and trichloroethylene that have heretofore been difficult to treat. The activated carbon that has hitherto simply been accumulated to date after adsorbing organochlorine compounds can be effectively treated by the method at low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute
    Inventors: Masakazu Hosono, Hidehiko Arai, Teijiro Miyata
  • Patent number: 5413784
    Abstract: The subject invention concerns a novel anal useful biopesticide with activity against insect pests such as boll weevil, sweet potato whitefly and cotton fleahopper. The biopesticide of the subject invention comprises an entomopathogenic fungus having virulence against a targeted insect pest(s), an arrestant anal feeding stimulant for the targeted insect pest(s) anal, optionally, a pheromone for the targeted insect pest(s). A preferred fungus is a Beauveria bassiana, preferably Beauveria bassiana, ATCC-74040 (ARSEF-3097). By using this novel fungus, or mutant thereof, in the composition of the present invention, Boll weevils, sweet potato whiteflies anal cotton fleahoppers can be controlled without environmental and public safety hazards presented by chemical control agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Inventors: James E. Wright, Laurence D. Chandler
  • Patent number: 5412609
    Abstract: Word lines are divided into a plurality of blocks in a row direction, and divided into a plurality of sections having e.g., four word lines in a column direction. An area where each block and each section are crossed is used as a sector. One sector includes four word lines. A control gate of a plurality of transistors constituting a memory cell is connected to each of the word lines, each drain is connected to each of the bit lines, and each source is connected to each of source lines in common. A source main decoder is provided in each section, source sub-decoders are provided in each sector. Each source sub-decoder includes each of supply circuits. The source main decoder outputs a sector selection signal in accordance with a row address signal, and a block decoder outputs block selection signals in accordance with a column address signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Nobuaki Ohtsuka, Junichi Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 5412588
    Abstract: Upon receipt of the sine (sin .omega.) or the cosine (cos .omega.) of a digital angular frequency, a multiplier performs predetermined arithmetic operations of multiplication on it. An output of the multiplier is stored in a register. An adder-subtracter performs arithmetic addition or subtraction of the output of the register and an output of the multiplier. The arithmetic results are stored in first and second registers or third and fourth registers. The arithmetic operations performed by the multiplier include arithmetic multiplication of outputs (initial values) of the third and fourth registers by the sine or cosine of the digital angular frequency and arithmetic multiplication of the results of arithmetic operations by the adder-subtracter stored in the first and second registers or the third and fourth registers by the sine or cosine of the digital angular frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Mikio Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 5412760
    Abstract: A telecommunication exchange system in which the fixed location subscribers, like the mobile station subscribers, are provided with individual identifications which are used to assign communication channel pairs to each call to and from both fixed and mobile subscribers. This is accomplished by use of broad-band cables connected from the exchanges all the way to the fixed subscribers' premises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Peitz GmbH
    Inventor: Albert Peitz
  • Patent number: 5412757
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fuzzy control system which calculates a membership function concerning a control value of a to-be-controlled object through a fuzzy inference operation in accordance with an input value from the to-be-controlled object and a control rule, and determines the control value from the membership function to control the to-be-controlled object. This fuzzy control system has a plurality of internal states respectively expressed by a plurality of membership functions in addition to the input value and the control value, determines the state of the to-be-controlled object using a rule for evaluating the input value, alters the internal state by fuzzy inference, stores a decision result as a new internal state, and determines the control value of the to-be-controlled object through fuzzy inference from the new internal state and the input value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Tsunekazu Endo
  • Patent number: D357794
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric P. Avar, Bradford A. Johnson
  • Patent number: D358144
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventor: Iino Masaaki
  • Patent number: D358375
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Ing. C. Olivetti & C. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Michele De Lucchi, Hagai Shvadron
  • Patent number: D358482
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Taguchi, Alexander Gajowskyj, Gaile M. Thorstad
  • Patent number: D358587
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Baltea S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Solero