Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Bernstein & Associates
  • Patent number: 5551108
    Abstract: An infant cushion and cover combination including an integrated blanket and a cushion placed inside of a fabric cover. The fabric cover includes a blanket which is closable over the top of the fabric cover. With the blanket closed, an infant may be positioned between the top of the fabric cover and the blanket. The cushion has elevated edges that prevent an infant from rolling off the cushion. The cushion may be removed from the fabric cover and is then usable as a diaper changing pad with the moisture resistant cover in place over the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: George D. Butler, III
  • Patent number: 5540440
    Abstract: A baseball board game comprising three game boards, two of which represent offensive and defensive players, the third of which represents the field of play. The field of play board is generally in the shape of a baseball diamond, but is divided into vertical and horizontal polar coordinates. The field of play also has zones upon it to account for scoring, balls, strikes and player positioning. A ball shaped marker is used to designate the position of the ball on the field and player markers designate the position of players on the field. The game may be played with either specially marked dice and one player board or with the use of the two player boards. Each of the player boards can be interchangeably used as the offensive or defensive team. Each player board illustrates a zone for an air or ground ball, a six by six coordinate system for placement of a hit ball, a bad ball zone and a stolen base zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Inventor: Lisong Liu
  • Patent number: 5533615
    Abstract: A container for storing a disc comprising a planar surface having a recessed receptacle therein, a first retention means comprising at least one lip projecting from the planar surface over the recess, and a second retention means comprising a pivotable lip attached to a button, the button being attached to a flexible tab, which in turn is attached to the planar surface. When the button is depressed, the moveable lip lifts away allowing the insertion or removal of a disc from the storage container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: William G. McCamy
  • Patent number: 5533506
    Abstract: A nasal ventilation system comprising a tube terminating in a pair of nasal inserts. Each insert tapers at its end and has a soft membrane covering the tapered end for wearer comfort. A washer positioned below the membrane provides a positive seal with the nostril and prevents gas leakage by resting on the support bar. A support bar having slots which can accommodate the nasal inserts also permits lateral movement of the inserts for positioning of the inserts within the nostrils. An adjustable harness system is removably secured to the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Medlife, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Wood
  • Patent number: 5512038
    Abstract: Surgical retraction apparatus having a retractor blade with a curved blade and a quick release mechanism. The blade has a complex curved shape and notches on the sides to reduce tissue damage during retraction. Blades can be removed from a rack and pinion mechanism by sliding the bushing of the blade over the rack arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventors: Darrell D. O'Neal, Robert J. Schiess, III
  • Patent number: 5509908
    Abstract: A sheath introducer for a catheterization or similar procedure comprises a body having a upper portion and a lower portion, the lower portion being angled with respect to the upper portion; a curved tapering channel extending through the upper and lower portions; a cannula with a tapered distal end extending at an angle with respect to the upper portion a hemostatic valve having an access port and a fluid tight slit opening and seated within the upper portion and maintained by a cap; and an angled sideport in fluid communication with the channel. Optionally, a wiper flange extends inward within the valve access port which provide an additional fluid tight seal when a catheter is slidingly inserted, removed or maintained within the valve. A dilator can be adapted for use with the introducer by having a bend in the tube portion of the dilator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Novoste Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Hillstead, Joseph B. Muhlestein
  • Patent number: 5462255
    Abstract: A fluid control valve assembly including a first tube member, a second tube member and a cylindrical valve element. The first tube member has a narrower diameter passageway connected by a transitional surface to a wider diameter passageway. The narrower passageway acts as a secondary valve sealing surface and the transitional surface acts as a primary valve sealing surface. The valve element includes a primary valve sealing shoulder which forms a seal when in contact with the primary sealing surface of the first tube member; at least one secondary sealing flange which deformingly engages the wall of the narrower passageway; and a plurality of elastomeric bands extending from the base of the valve element. The bands are looped around posts extending upward from the inner wall of the second tube member when the valve assembly is assembled. The elastic bands maintain the valve element in a compressively engaged sealing relationship with the transitional surface of the first tube member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Assignee: Novoste Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Rosen, Charles E. Larsen
  • Patent number: 5450977
    Abstract: A refrigerated shipping container is disclosed. The container has a rigid support structure surrounding the walls thereof. The floor, roof, endwall, door assemblies and sidewalls are made from a light, non-metal, highly insulative material. These components generally comprise two relatively thin sheets of the insulative material separated by support channels. The cavities between the sheets are filled with foam insulation. Reinforcing rods may also be utilized to pre-load the structure before packing the cargo in the container. The walls, floor, door assemblies, and roof are assembled on the metal structure such that no support surface of the structure extends from inside the container to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Inventor: James S. Moe
  • Patent number: 5438978
    Abstract: A hollow, elongated shaft (20) containing a layer of porous material (30) that is capable of retaining moisture is designed to fit within the airway (13) of the mouthpiece (11) of a closed respiratory system to receive water vapor from expired air and allow the water vapor to be taken up by inspired air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: Weh, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter E. Hardester, III
  • Patent number: 5419439
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for performing multiple level sortation operations upon a number of randomly ordered garments. The garments are identified by unique identification data, which can be scanned and entered into a computer. The computer remembers the order in which garment identification data has been. The garments are then transferred in their entered order to a first sortation assembly in which a rotating wheel assembly accepts and selectively releases garments during indexed rotation of the wheel at one of a number of stop points. Each stop point has associated with it a receiving rail, where each rail represents a different group within a first sortation level. The computer recognizes which receiving rail is the correct rail for each garment according to the first sortation criteria and signals the release of the garment at the correct stop point. The garments collected on each receiving rail comprise a group of first sorted garments according to the first sortation criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Inventor: Thomas R. Branch
  • Patent number: D360874
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventors: Marion V. Duff, Jeffery P. Unger, Alfred E. Hoffman
  • Patent number: D360881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Assignee: Usability Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Reed B. Johnson
  • Patent number: D363121
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Chimera, Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell D. O'Neal, Robert J. Schiess, III
  • Patent number: D364467
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Assignee: Usability Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Reed B. Johnson
  • Patent number: D366534
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: Caldamc, Inc.
    Inventor: Danny L. McMahon
  • Patent number: D370163
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: James H. Hurd
  • Patent number: D374076
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Novoste Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. Hillstead, Joseph B. Muhlestein
  • Patent number: D375579
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Jacqueline S. Nicholson
  • Patent number: D375673
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: David Schowalter
  • Patent number: D375817
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Jacqueline S. Nicholson