Patents Represented by Law Firm Bard, Groves, Sroufe, Ryerson & Jackson
  • Patent number: 4353370
    Abstract: A medicated ear rod is provided for cleaning the pierced ear hole of the earlobe. A grooved or ruffled rod member containing an absorbent material loaded with a cleaning agent is adapted to be passed into and out of the earlobe hole and then disposed of. In another embodiment, the ear rod is constructed as part of a permanent earring which can be worn to provide a constant supply of cleaning solution to the earlobe to prevent infection of the ear hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1982
    Inventor: Aida L. Evans
  • Patent number: 4312354
    Abstract: An implantable pacemaker having circuit means for indicating, by pulse width modulation of the delivered pacing pulses, the programmable control states which control the selected pacemaker operating perameters. The circuitry includes a parallel to serial shift register adapted to receive the control states from a pacer circuit and to generate a serial multiple bit word when the pacemaker is switched to a magnetic mode. The shift register is clocked by stimulus timing signals, and the multiple bit word drives a one shot generator, the output of which is combined with the timing pulses to produce pulse width modulated pacing pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Assignee: ARCO Medical Products Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Walters
  • Patent number: 4313022
    Abstract: An array of photovoltaic cells in a back wall-type configuration supported by a rigid transparent vitreous substrate, such as glass, for admitting incident radiation to the cells. A plurality of cells are interconnected into a desired electrical configuration by one or more layers of electrically conducting materials which overlie the entire heterojunction of each cell to minimize the internal resistance of the cell and may conveniently protect the heterojunction from degrading environmental conditions. Various component layers forming the photovoltaic cells are selectively removed and strips of insulating material are applied prior to forming the heterojunction. The electrically conductive material is thereafter applied and separated at areas protected by insulating material. The resulting series array contains no exposed heterojunction areas, thereby obtaining improved operating stability and performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Assignee: Photon Power, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Jordan, Curtis M. Lampkin
  • Patent number: 4312350
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for collecting seminal fluid for artificial insemination is provided and wherein the apparatus has a flexible wall closed at one end and with a rim at the other open end movable in a reciprocating fashion back and forth with respect to the closed end wall. An inflatable sphincter member is located within the vagina adjacent the closed end and applies pressure to the penis during thrusting actions by the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Inventor: Rosetta C. Doan
  • Patent number: 4307681
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for forming films of materials which are component layers of solar energy conversion devices, e.g. photovoltaic cells and heat collector panels. A selected substrate, generally glass, is heated while being sprayed with solutions which react on the heated surface to form a particular film. Films of SnO.sub.x and CdS are particularly produced. According to the present invention, a thermal energy input gradient is provided to approximate the energy loss gradient during the spray process. Radiative heaters provide a rapid resupply of energy to the substrate and, in some instances, directly to the film forming surface. Temperature detectors, such as thermocouples, monitor substrate temperature to provide the radiative energy input needed for substantial temperature uniformity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Assignee: Photon Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis M. Lampkin, Guy A. Roderick, Peter Locke
  • Patent number: 4304607
    Abstract: A photovoltaic cell having an electrically conductive substrate, which may be glass having a film of conductive tin oxide; a first layer containing a suitable semiconductor, which layer has a first component film with an amorphous structure and a second component film with a polycrystalline structure; a second layer forming a heterojunction with the first layer; and suitable electrodes where the heterojunction is formed from a solution containing copper, the amorphous film component is superposed above an electrically conductive substrate to resist permeation of the copper-containing material to shorting electrical contact with the substrate. The penetration resistant amporphous layer permits a variety of processes to be used in forming the heterojunction with even very thin layers (1-6.mu. thick) of underlying polycrystalline semi-conductor materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1981
    Assignee: Photon Power, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Jordan, Curtis M. Lampkin
  • Patent number: 4300926
    Abstract: A duct increasing in cross-sectional area is provided with a screen means on its upper wall. An adjustable baffle is hingedly fixed to the lower wall of the duct at the inlet. Air-borne material carried in an air stream introduced at the inlet is separated from the stream by projection against the screen. The adjustable baffle directs the air-borne material onto the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1981
    Inventor: Derrick W. Brooks
  • Patent number: 4290304
    Abstract: A back-up tong for use with a power tong holds the lower pipe in a pipe joint from being rotated, so as to effect makeup or breakout of the pipe joint. The back-up tong employs sliding heads which are driven by camming surfaces on a ring-like member fixedly positioned about the pipe, when the heads are arcuately rotated about the pipe. The assembly holding the heads is arranged to be released automatically from the bottom of the back-up tong frame, in the event that the drill string begins to slip back down into the hole, or in the event a portion of the string is prematurely lifted, thereby preventing damage to the back-up tong. The back-up tong is constructed so that only a minimum amount of clearance is required at the top working surface, thereby permitting the sliding heads to be located as near the joint as possible when simultaneously using a power tong.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: Eckel Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Emery L. Eckel
  • Patent number: 4290430
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for determining the compatibility between a selected implantable pacer and a patient within which the pacer is to be implanted wherein the pacer does not have to be directly connected to the patient during the compatibility check.Actual cardiac signals from the patient are digitized and a storage frame is established about a complete cardiac waveform. This cardiac waveform can be reproduced in analog form for presentation to the pacer. Further, the amplitude of the reproduced cardiac waveform may be varied in a manner determined by an active search routine wherein the threshold response of the cardiac pacer can be determined. In a preferred embodiment, the threshold response determination is also used to provide an output signal indicative of the degree of compatibility between the selected cardiac pacer and the actual patient selected to receive the pacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Assignee: Intermedics, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Bihn, Pat L. Gordon
  • Patent number: 4289292
    Abstract: A container for suspending various small articles such as toiletries, poisons, spices, and plants from an overhead support at a plurality of elevations is provided. A releasably locking member for one-handed height adjustment of the container is further provided, as well as automatic retracting means for returning the container to a convenient storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1981
    Inventor: Varughese Kunjumon