Patents Represented by Attorney Beusse Brownlee Wolter Mora & Maire, P.A.
  • Patent number: 7044302
    Abstract: The oral medication delivery device provides patient access to medications prescribed to be available on an as-needed basis, but with a minimum time intervals between doses. The required time interval between drug accessibility is programmed into the device when the medication tray carrying the multiple doses is loaded into the device. The device allows access to a single dose of the medication after each minimum time interval has elapsed. When the drug dose is removed from the device, the medication tray locks until the next minimum time interval has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Avancen, Inc.
    Inventor: N. Sharon Conley
  • Patent number: 7045347
    Abstract: This invention provides helper-dependent adenovirus cloning vectors and helper adenoviruses, and methods for making and Using such preparations, wherein the helper adenoviruses contain recombinase target sites that are useful in reducing the level of contamination of helper virus in helper-dependent adenovirus vector preparations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Advec, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank L. Graham, Michael A. Rudnicki, Martina Anton
  • Patent number: 7046199
    Abstract: A monolithic surface mountable monopole antenna. The antenna comprises a top plate having a plurality of conductive regions and a like plurality of legs extending away from a plane of the top plate in a direction of a ground plane. Each leg is disposed between two adjacent conductive regions. In an embodiment wherein the top plate comprises four conductive regions, two of the four legs are connected to an underlying ground plane and two of the legs are connected to a signal feed conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: SkyCross, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Montgomery, Jason M. Hendler, Frank M. Caimi
  • Patent number: 7038597
    Abstract: A railroad distributed power communication method and system for wireless transceiver units at spaced locations along a train having remote units that may be out of direct communication with the lead unit for indicating that at least one of a plurality of such remote units is in receipt of a command message from the lead unit. The method and system including transmitting a status reply message from each of the plurality of remote units in response to that unit's receipt of the command message. Each of the status reply messages may include at least status information of the respective remote that corresponds to command instructions of the command message. At least one of the status reply messages of one of the other respective remote units may be received at an intermediate unit. The received status reply messages may be compared to the command message to determine whether the respective remote unit has received the command message and/or is following the set of command instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Eugene A. Smith
  • Patent number: 7027900
    Abstract: A method of dynamically controlling traction of a locomotive (V) having a plurality of axles (A1–A6) on each of which are mounted wheels (W) for moving the locomotive over a set of rails (R). A creep control signal (creep_n) is provided to a controller (TMTC) for each axle to move the locomotive over the rails, the creep control signal being a function of adhesion operation characteristics (tractive effort, torque, creep) for that axle. An advisory signal (ccc_n) combining values representative of the adhesion quality of the two axles is provided to the controller to maximize the tractive effort of the axle if the adhesion quality of the other axle is a maximum for the current rail conditions. This reduces the amount of time for the axle to attain its maximum tractive effort when rail conditions change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ajith K. Kumar, Bret Worden
  • Patent number: 7021344
    Abstract: A method for preventing use of an unapproved fuel in a diesel engine uses a fuel tank that does not have a conventional fueling opening and has a puncturable fitting for connection to fuel lines of the engine. The engine fuel lines terminate in a mount that has fangs adapted for puncturing the fuel tank fitting. The tank is against the mount so that the fangs puncture the fitting to allow fuel to flow from the tank to the fuel line. Since the tank does not have a fuel filling opening, it cannot be refilled without special equipment and must be removed from the engine for refilling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Hugr Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John P. Patten
  • Patent number: 7024493
    Abstract: A method of transferring CD ROM formatted files independently of operating systems. The method includes booting a computer with an operating system kernel loaded from a bootable CD ROM, and loading a file transfer application. The application can recognize CD ROM formatted files and can write selected files to a writeable CD ROM. The method further includes replacing the bootable CD ROM with a writeable CD ROM after the file transfer application is loaded, and copying the CD ROM formatted files from the computer to the writeable CD ROM. The method may also include selecting files on a computer's hard drive, converting the files to a CD ROM format and writing the files to a writeable CD ROM. A bootable CD having a bootable hard disk data structure, an operating system kernel, and an application for reading and burning ISO 9660 images and hard drive content to a writeable CD ROM is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Adaptec, Inc.
    Inventor: Huy Ngoc Tran
  • Patent number: 7013578
    Abstract: System and method for controlling an appliance for drying clothing articles is provided. The appliance has a container for receiving the clothing articles. A motor is provided for rotating the container about an axis. A heater is provided for supplying heated air to the container during a dry cycle. A sensor is provided for providing a signal indicative of moisture content of the articles. Memory is provided memory for storing historical stop time data of respective dry cycles. A noise-reduction filter is coupled to receive the signal from the moisture sensor to provide selectable filtering to that signal. A timer provides a signal indicative of elapsed time upon start of the dry cycle. A module is responsive to the historical data in the memory for determining an initial estimate of the stop time of the dry cycle to be executed. A processor allows for estimating the stop time of the dry cycle as the cycle is being executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: William Joseph Wunderlin, Michel Dion, Alexander Carswell Cambon, Mahmoud Fariz Ismail, Zubair Hameed, Cathy Diane Emery
  • Patent number: 7010814
    Abstract: Disclosed and claimed are cap (120), skullcap (200), hat (270), and hat insert (350) devices comprising a weight-increasing layer, such as an elastomeric weight layer (114, 214, 350, 414, 454, 514). The elastomeric weight layer (114, 214, 350, 414, 454, 514) is comprised of an elastomer and weighted bodies. In some embodiments the weight-increasing layer is shaped to conform to the crown of the head of a person wearing headwear of the present invention. In other embodiments a weighted component fits within a hat. Other forms of the weight-increasing layer include a double-walled bladder structure (700), shaped to conform to a person's head, into which weighted material is added. Exercise with such devices serves to increase the bone strengthening weight stress experienced by the wearer's spinal column and to encourage the wearer to maintain an improved, healthier posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: John Reed Benziger
  • Patent number: 7011231
    Abstract: A cup-dispensing apparatus and system is disclosed that utilizes a front piece that comprises a side-access port into which is reversibly inserted a cup-dispensing insert. This front piece/cup-dispensing insert assembly may be manufactured separately from or integral with other components of a cup-dispensing unit. The cup-dispensing unit comprises a flexible gasket or other cup retaining means that retains the last of a stack of cups in place, against an opposing cup-advancing force developed within the cup-dispensing unit. The use of the side-access port provides for improved performance, maintenance, repair, and aesthetic qualities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventors: James Oliver Boykin, Lynne Kay Boykin
  • Patent number: 7013239
    Abstract: An analysis scheduler for scheduling the automatic processing of performance data through a plurality of analysis tools is disclosed. Performance data provided to some of the tools by the analysis scheduler may be specified to be within a predetermined (but variable) look-back period. The analysis tools identify faults and anomalous conditions and also create repair recommendations, and automatically create problem cases when conditions warrant, or update existing problem cases with additional data, all under control of the analysis scheduler. The problem cases are reviewed by a human user and then forwarded to the railroad for implementation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Eric H. Hedlund, Nicholas Edward Roddy, David Richard Gibson, Richard G. Bliley, James E. Pander, Ashish Puri, Thomas E. O'Camb, John Howard Lovelace, II, Steven Loncher
  • Patent number: 7011041
    Abstract: A self cleaning birdbath with a bowl (10) which is shaped for easy cleaning and fixed to a support pole (14) that has a water supply pipe (13) inside it, connected to a gear driven lawn sprinkler (12) with a converter nozzle (11), that will produce a cleaning water jet (15) aimed downward into the bowl (10) which quickly empties the bowl (10) then the cleaning water jet (15) strikes the water holding surface of the bowl (10) directly and pressure washes it, the entire water holding surface of the bowl (10) is cleaned as the gear driven lawn sprinkler (12) rotates a full 360 degrees for as long as is needed for satisfactory cleaning. When the cleaning is done the water pressure is reduced so the water coming from the converter nozzle (11) will not have enough inertia to go over the rim, the bowl (10) will refill until the water is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Thomas Bradley
  • Patent number: 7000534
    Abstract: Modular fruit juice extraction apparatuses and systems are provided that comprise, for example, a linear actuator (2) effective to drive, by back and forth motion, a moveable peeler cup (4) in communication with each of two ends of the extraction apparatus. In such embodiment, each moveable peeler cup (4), comprising concave and radially cut hemispheres, moves against a respective fixed peeler cup (3), and thereby compresses a fruit (19) contained therein to obtain its juice, which passes through a filtering device (7) disposed in each respective fixed peeler cup (3). A plunger (8) is variously driven through the filtering device (7) to remove the fruit core (13). Other embodiments include an embodiment in which a linear actuator (202) drives both external moveable peeler cups (203) and internal moveable peeler cups (204).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Carlos Neto Mendes
  • Patent number: 7001734
    Abstract: DNAs encoding voltage-activated cation channels have been cloned and characterized. The cDNA's have been expressed in recombinant host cells which produce active recombinant protein. The recombinant protein is also purified from the recombinant host cells. In addition, the recombinant host cells are utilized to establish a method for identifying modulators of the channel activity, and channel modulators are identified. Channel modulators are useful as insecticides and arachnicidic agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Merck & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Leonardus H. T. Van Der Ploeg, Jeffrey W. Warmke
  • Patent number: 7000598
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of generating an active crank series of signals that is derived from at least two series of signals, wherein one or both of the series of signals have been modulated to produce two series of signals that resemble each other. Also disclosed herein is a crankshaft positioning system for determining the rotational position of a crankshaft of an engine that utilizes at least two crank angle sensors 10 and 12. The signal information from the two crank angle sensors 10 and 12 is processed by a signal processor 150 such that the series of signals 220 from the second crank angle sensor 12 emulates the series of signals 210 from the first crank angle processor 10. The signal processor generates an active crank series of signals 230 based on the two series of signals 210, 220. The active crank series of signals 230 is sent to an engine control processor 120 which directs the injection and/or ignition of fuel into cylinders of an engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Ahmed Esa Sheikh, Suresh Baddam Reddy, Bo Nilson Almstedt, Andreas Peterson
  • Patent number: 7002829
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for opening a fuse formed on a semiconductor substrate. The apparatus comprises a thyristor formed from CMOS device regions and having a one or two control terminals for permitting current to flow through the thyristor into the fuse, for opening the fuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Agere Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Ranbir Singh, Richard J. McPartland, Ross A. Kohler
  • Patent number: 6995686
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for disseminating weather products, based on raw weather data provided by various weather condition sensors, to a mobile vehicle. The weather products are formed as web pages and transmitted to the mobile vehicle during the vertical blanking interval of a broadcast television signal. The weather products are received and displayed within the vehicle under control of a web browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Malcom E. Gosdin, Michael Paul Zeitfuss, Youssef Sleiman, John R. Doner, Kenneth G. Bath, Michael Edwards, Stacey Travis Simmons
  • Patent number: 6996640
    Abstract: The present invention provides method, data transfer controller and system for asynchronously transferring data. The method allows to provide a buffer device. The method further allows to define in the buffer device a plurality of buffer segments. Respective ones of the buffer segments are filled with data from at least one data source device operating in a respective clock domain. Upon any respective buffer segment being filled up, the method allows to generate an indication of availability of the contents of the respective buffer segment to at least one data destination device operating in a respective clock domain. The clock domain of the at least one source device is distinct than the clock domain of the at least one destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Adaptec, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Hill, Thomas Trocine
  • Patent number: 6993675
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining when to close a problem case associated with a machine that includes identifying at least one failure condition associated with the problem case, determining whether the failure condition is repeated after a recommended fix instruction is executed and closing the problem case if the failure condition does not repeat within a predetermined amount of time after the fix instruction has been executed. The machine may be a remote machine such as a locomotive and electronic data indicative of the failure condition may be transmitted from the remote machine to a control center over a telecommunications medium such as the Internet. The control center may include a processor for managing the electronic data that may be transmitted from a plurality of remote machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas Edward Roddy, David Richard Gibson, Richard Gerald Bliley
  • Patent number: D520440
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Lee