Patents Represented by Attorney Bracewell&Patterson
  • Patent number: 7019655
    Abstract: A system and methods of the present invention advantageously provide efficient mail processing and handling that, as compared to existing procedures, enhances detection within the mail being processed or handled of biological, germ, chemical, or other harmful agents. A system and methods provide additionally a higher level of quality and consistency for processing and handling mail so that concerns over contamination of postal workers and potential mail recipients are reduced. A system and methods further provide enhanced disabling of contaminated mail contents, mail, mail equipment, mail containers, and mail personnel due to exposure or contact with harmful agents associated with mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Technology Solutions International, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven W. Lopez, Jeffrey S. Whittle
  • Patent number: 6981144
    Abstract: A method for providing secure access to console functions of a computer system and authentication of a console device is disclosed. The method comprises first initiating a first EKE sequence to generate a unique shared secret per device utilizing a default device identifier and associated default shared secret on a system-attached device from which a console operation is desired to be enabled. Then, a shared secret is generated from the first EKE sequence, and the generated shared secret is utilized in place of the default device shared secret in subsequent console authentication procedures for that device. Following, the shared secret is securely stored within a storage location of the system and on the system-attached device. The device's shared secret is subsequently replaced on each connection from that device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Linus Bauman, John Joseph Bird, Jeffrey Earl Remfert
  • Patent number: 6971610
    Abstract: A railway crossing has a plate with a pocket that defines a crossing angle for enabling one railway line to cross over another at virtually any angle. The pocket closely receives continuous long beams and divided beams. The pocket also has protrusions for restricting longitudinal horizontal movement of the beams. Each divided beam has three separate, discontinuous segments, including two outer segments and one inner segment. The segments are reversible such that the inner segments may be interchangeably positioned with each other, and the outer segments may be interchangeably positioned with each other. Fasteners secure the beams to the plate and resist both vertical movement and lateral horizontal movement. Each fastener has a wedge brace, a clip, and a wedge. The wedge prevents pull-apart of the plate and the beams due to thermal forces, mechanical forces, and surface discontinuities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Capital Corporation
    Inventors: Russell R. Hein, Robert C. Roberts, Jr., Brian Weaver
  • Patent number: 6949025
    Abstract: A downhole motor universal joint assembly includes a female coupler which receives a male end of a drive shaft. The female coupler has a retainer that prevents separation of the male end and the female coupler. The retainer has a rearward extending skirt with flow passages to prevent solid material from accumulating in an exposed space between the female coupler and the male coupler. Also to prevent solid material from accumulating in this space, a shoulder formed on the male coupler diverts the flow of well fluid towards the outside of the joint. Thrust loads are transmitted between the male coupler and the female coupler by a thrust ball positioned between the male coupler and the female coupler. Torque loads are transmitted between the male coupler and the female coupler by a plurality of balls positioned in annularly spaced concave pockets on the exterior surface of the male coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Black Warrior Wireline Corp.
    Inventors: James E. Kraus, Gary W. Lambert
  • Patent number: 6948460
    Abstract: A drive apparatus, particularly for an internal combustion engine, allows the compression ratio to be changed while operating. A piston is slidably carried in a cylinder. The piston rod engages a power gear via an eccentric link. The power gear rotates around a rim gear. The rim is biased to a maximum stroke position, however it is allowed to rotate toward an increased torque minimum stroke position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Glendal R. Dow
  • Patent number: 6946953
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for enhanced data communications and control between a vehicle and a remote data communications terminal are disclosed. The apparatus preferably includes a first protocol converter adapted to be positioned in communication with at least one electronic subsystem of the vehicle, a first transceiver, a first requestor, and a first buffer. The apparatus also preferably includes a second transceiver, a second protocol converter, a second requestor, and a second buffer. The first protocol converter converts data of a vehicle communication protocol to data of an over-the-air communication protocol. After the first requestor opens a window in an over-the-air communication channel between the vehicle and the remote data communications terminal, the first transceiver in the vehicle wirelessly transmits data over-the-air from the vehicle to the second transceiver in the remote data communications terminal preferably not using the over the air communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Vehicle Enhancement Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Lesesky, Bobby Ray Weant
  • Patent number: 6931933
    Abstract: A pressure sensing unit has a pressure responsive member, a pressure sensor, and a hydraulic connector hydraulically connecting the pressure responsive member with the pressure sensor to produce an indication of sensed pressure. The hydraulic connector includes a tubular member and a longitudinal insert in the tubular member with hydraulic fluid in the tubular member between the insert and the member. The tubular member, the insert and the hydraulic fluid and the dimensions of the tubular member and the insert are such that the hydraulic fluid transmitted to the pressure sensor is substantially independent of temperature changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Vetco Gray Controls Limited
    Inventor: James Brian Wilson
  • Patent number: 6928733
    Abstract: A method for applying a desired shape to an orthodontic archwire includes the steps of obtaining a numerical description of the desired shape of an orthodontic archwire, generating a description of the design of a fixture basing on the numerical description, manufacturing a fixture basing on this description of the design, constraining a wire into the fixture and applying an adequate treatment to the wire in order to cause it to adopt the shape dictated by the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Lingualcare, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruedger Rubbert, Thomas Weise
  • Patent number: 6926656
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for fabricating corrugated composite stiffeners provides a base tool having grooves formed in an outer surface and a roller having a rotating shaft and a removable, lobed, elastomeric member surrounding the shaft. The lobes of the elastomeric member form a radial array around the shaft and match the contours of the grooves in the base tool. A section of prepreg fabric is placed between the roller and the base tool, and the roller is rotated to sequentially engage the lobes with the grooves, the lobes pressing the fabric into the grooves, the fabric conforming to the contours of the grooves. Several layers of fabric are applied, then the elastomeric member is released from the shaft, laid out flat, and placed on the fabric on the base tool, the lobes locating in the grooves. The base tool, fabric, and elastomeric member are enclosed in a vacuum bag and heated to cure the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Slade H. Gardner, Ronald L. Price
  • Patent number: 6925582
    Abstract: A system and method in data processing networks with distributed processing or multiple nodes provide a capability to insure that the protocols implicated in a first or original protocol are identified so that diagnostic messages sent during execution of that protocol are traceable. Thus, each of the diagnostic messages are delivered to the requestor of the original protocol before the original request completes. A linkage is provided between the original protocol and all protocols nested within it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Miller, Vicki Lynn Morey, Kiswanto Thayib, Laurie Ann Williams
  • Patent number: 6925323
    Abstract: A system for enhancing visibility in the epidural space is provided that improves visibility in the epidural space of a patient for more effectively conducting therapeutic surgery therein. The method includes the steps of distending a portion of the epidural space of a patient by filling the portion of the epidural space with a fluid supplied from a catheter and positioning a portion of an optical scope in the distended portion of the epidural space by inserting the optical scope through the same catheter that supplies the distending fluid to thereby provide a visual image of the epidural space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Phillip Jack Snoke
  • Patent number: 6917496
    Abstract: A hard disk drive utilizes a spacer ring at its inner diameter to load and unload the read/write heads. During relatively small shock events, the actuator is retained relative to the disk through a circumferential groove in the spacer ring. A complementary protrusion on the load/unload tab extends from the actuator into the groove to complete the retention. A tribological coating on the spacer ring and/or protrusion significantly reduces wear therebetween. However, during large shock events an inertial latch is used by the system to hold the actuator in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Donald Ray Gillis, Mike Suk
  • Patent number: 6910618
    Abstract: A steel pipe is welded to a threaded connector that has an end with a desired nominal inner diameter. A swage is forced over an end of the pipe, reducing an outer diameter and an initial inner diameter of the end of the pipe. A die is then forced into the end of the pipe, the die having an outer diameter sized to increase the inner diameter of the end of the pipe to the nominal inner diameter of the end of the connector. A weld groove is machined on the end of the pipe and the ends are abutted and welded at the weld grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: The Technologies Alliance, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin Gendron
  • Patent number: 6902199
    Abstract: A subsea connector is remotely actuated to connect a subsea flowline to a subsea connector hub. The connector has a frame with a tubular mandrel located within it. The mandrel connects to the flowline and has a forward end that engages the connector end. The mandrel moves axially relative to the frame between retracted and extended positions. A lock member on the forward end of the mandrel will engage the profile of the connector hub. An actuator mounted to the mandrel causes the lock member to move into engagement with the connector hub after the mandrel has been moved into engagement with the connector hub. A portable telescoping jack assembly has an ROV interface for receiving power from the ROV. The jack assembly fits within a first pocket in the frame to move the mandrel to the extended position. The jack assembly is retrievable from the first pocket and fits within a second pocket in the frame to move the actuator and the lock member into locking engagement with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Offshore Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Angus N. Colyer, Jon E. Hed
  • Patent number: 6902694
    Abstract: A combination fastener and foam sheet having enhanced fastener retention and methods of forming a foam sheet are provided so that the fastener is not easily removed from the foam sheet when an outward force is applied thereto. The combination preferably includes a foam sheet including a fibrous material and urethane foam material abuttingly contacting and substantially surrounding the fibrous material so that the fibrous material is substantially contained within and retained by the urethane foam material. The combination also, preferably includes a fastener having threaded portions positioned within the foam sheet so that the threaded portions are retained in the foam sheet and are not easily removed when an outward force is applied thereto. The foam sheet preferably also has a strengthening material such as glass also substantially surrounded by the urethane foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Penske Composites Inc.
    Inventor: Herman Novak
  • Patent number: 6901735
    Abstract: A fuel conditioning system for a turbine plant may include an inlet fuel module followed by a turbine fuel module for each turbine, the modules being monitored and controlled by a programmable logic controller. The inlet fuel module may include a metering station, an inlet pressure control station, an inlet scrubber station, and an inlet coalescing filter station. Each turbine fuel module has a turbine pressure control station, a turbine super-heater station, and a turbine coalescing filter station. The fuel conditioning system may also include a trip transient mitigation system and a latent fuel venting system. The programmable logic controller collects data from all of the stations and systems as well as the turbine and then uses self-correcting algorithms to control the stations and systems. The programmable logic controller also stores the data collected and transmits the data to an off-site storage and verification center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Pipeline Controls, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Lohn
  • Patent number: D506121
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Blaylock Trailer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert P. Falconer, Jewel B. Smith
  • Patent number: D507624
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Douglas E. Shastid
  • Patent number: RE38967
    Abstract: A portable video cassette camera or minicam, preferably a palmcorder, is placed within a vehicle so as to monitor the activity within the passenger compartment. The minicam is contained in a box fastened to a wall within the vehicle so as to prevent the theft of the minicam. The minicam is mounted on a base adapted to fit snugly inside the box, the door of the box is opened, the base and minicam are placed inside the box once the minicam is set to record, and the door is closed. The minicam records the activity occurring in the passenger compartment through a solar cool glass window located in the door of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: K & F Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventors: Monroe E. Kreuzer, John E. Fox
  • Patent number: D518616
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Alan R Goodwin