Patents Represented by Attorney Bright & Lorig
  • Patent number: 6892987
    Abstract: Satellite earth sensors (ES) generate scan lines, areas of detected infrared information gathered across the view of the earth by the satellite. The length of these scan lines is utilized by the satellite Attitude Control Subsystem (ACS) to determine the satellite pointing in roll and pitch. There are areas on the earth during particular periods of the year that can cause earth radiance gradient disturbance effects, satellite attitude errors caused by the ACS-calculated length of the scan lines becoming faulted. This invention includes methods and systems for minimizing disturbances to the satellite attitude for satellites in inclined, elliptical orbits that use infrared earth sensors to determine pitch and roll angles. These include identifying areas where earth radiance gradient events cause such disturbances and the prediction of times of such occurrences and methods for mitigating the effect of such events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick T. Anglin, Ronald W. Bounds, Christopher A. Croom, Paul W. Crawford, Theodore Hessler, III, Michael Kokkalakis, Claudia H. Lam
  • Patent number: 6864484
    Abstract: An X-ray imaging module having a multilayer ionizing radiation sensitive element operative to convert spatially modulated impinging X-ray radiation to a spatially modulated charge distribution. The multilayer ionizing radiation sensitive element has a substrate, a conductive layer overlying the substrate, an ionizing radiation sensitive layer overlying the conductive layer which converts ionizing radiation impinging thereon to charge carriers, and a blocking layer exposed to ionizing radiation and optical radiation, overlying the ionizing radiation sensitive layer. The blocking layer generally limits the passage of charges, of at least one polarity, therethrough and blocks optical radiation, of at least one spectral band, from penetrating therethrough, while permitting passage therethrough of ionizing radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Edge Medical Devices, LTD
    Inventor: Albert Zur
  • Patent number: 6679276
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for washing a plurality of cored lettuce heads as they are harvested in the field is disclosed. The apparatus incorporates a multi-segment hinged conveyer forming a loop, at least one support platform having an opening, at least one lettuce head guide connected to the support platform and an aqueous solution spraying system. Workers harvest lettuce heads, core the lettuce heads and then place them on the lettuce head guides which are moving along the conveyer. The lettuce heads are conveyed to an aqueous solution spraying system which washes the cored areas of the lettuce heads. The lettuce heads are then removed from the conveyer into a produce bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Fresh Express, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Brown, Eugene D. Rizzo
  • Patent number: 6635013
    Abstract: Exercise Gets Personal® is a system and method for delivering personalized exercise and injury prevention information based on identification and analysis of user-specific health and fitness indicators. By providing instruction for safe and effective cardiovascular, muscle conditioning and flexibility exercises, this invention assists healthy users in improving their physical fitness through exercise. The users' exercise programs are designed for safe progressions through four-week program guidelines in different levels. The Exercise Gets Personal® system is accessed by the user directly through the Internet or licensed Intranet, or through the guidance of an intake coordinator, personal trainer, or other qualified health/fitness professional.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
    Inventor: Linda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 6620078
    Abstract: Fitness Triage® is a system and method for prioritizing delivery of personalized exercise and injury prevention information based on identification and analysis of user-specific health and fitness indicators. By providing answers to questions concerning key health risk factors, conditions, and habits, exercise information is delivered to the user based on the level of potential risk and other considerations associated with his/her participation in an fitness program. Based on the Fitness Triage® analysis of user data, the delivery of information is identified and prioritized according to one of three levels of potential risk. The user is thus informed of the level of risk associated with his/her participation in exercise, and the recommended precautions based on his/her individual health profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Aerobics and Fitness Association of America
    Inventor: Linda Pfeffer
  • Patent number: 6601804
    Abstract: A headrest for supporting a person's head includes a back panel adapted to abuttingly engage a person's head that includes a first hinge-forming groove at each end, and two side wing members pivotally and foldably attached to the back member at or near its ends with the side wing members including an offset portion with an axle rotatable in the first hinge-forming groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Bisch
  • Patent number: 6564053
    Abstract: Satellite audio broadcasting systems include orbital constellations for providing high elevation angle coverage of audio broadcast signals from the constellation's satellites to fixed and mobile receivers within service areas located at geographical latitudes well removed from the equator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Briskman, Robert A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6562790
    Abstract: Methods for abating coronary artery blockage in human subjects include administering a combination of natural hormones including human growth hormone with sufficient T3 thyroid supplement to maintain the body temperature of the subject at or above 97.6° F. upon awakening and at 98.7° F. or higher during afternoon hours. Testosterone, if any, administered to male subjects is in natural, gel form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: Edmund Y. M. Chein
  • Patent number: 6532717
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for gas-tight sealing a plastic bag about perishable containers carried on a pallet utilize a rotatable turntable having an upper support surface for a pallet bearing produce, a tape dispenser for applying tape to seal a plastic bag to plastic sheeting at the periphery of the pallet, and a roller system that includes four rotatable rollers rotatably mounted on a single carrier. The carrier applies pressure through two of the rollers simultaneously against the tape during rotation of the turntable to seal the tape to the plastic sheeting and bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Fresh Express, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederick Forgnone, Marvin Weeks, Jr., Richard F. J. MacLeod
  • Patent number: 6470795
    Abstract: A closure system for attachment to and use in gas flushing a container of fresh produce includes a body portion, a closure connected to the body portion, and a pressure-sensitive mechanism connected to the body portion and to the closure that moves the closure to an open position or to a closed position, depending on the pressure exerted on said mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Assignee: Fresh Express, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard S. Brown, Eugene D. Rizzo
  • Patent number: 6468239
    Abstract: Calf supporting device includes a U-shaped or O-shaped support and, within the support, and attached to its inner surface, sealed bags at least partly filled with cushioning material to suspend a user's heel. The device also includes a foot pad at the end from which a user's foot protrudes for placement against, and support of the sole of a user's protruding foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Vinyl Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos A. Mollura, Sr., Kenneth Rehm
  • Patent number: 6314811
    Abstract: The design and method of fabrication for an acoustic sensor module for mounting on the hull of a submarine or surface ship is disclosed. The design involves the use of molded alignment structures within a two part rubber shell to reduce tooling requirements and eliminate a significant amount of assembly labor in fabricating hull mounted sonar arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Assignee: Litton Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lee Goldner, Joseph Scott Salinas
  • Patent number: 6278823
    Abstract: A sensor array cable and method of construction thereof utilizing a sensor/interlink assembly to facilitate the relatively easy and inexpensive installation of a sensor device in a cable that includes a strength member to provide tensile strength to the cable, optical fibers or wires for carrying electrical or optical energy to and from the sensor device, and a protective outer jacket. A portion of the protective outer jacket is removed allowing access to the inner strength member and optical fibers. A segment of the strength member is removed and an interlink/sensor assembly is installed in its place. The interlink serves to maintain the tensile strength of the cable. Optical fibers and/or electrical wires are connected to the sensor device for operation. The interlink/sensor assembly and associated optical fibers and electrical wires are then enclosed in an overmold which is sealed to the outer protective jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2001
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Lee Goldner, Gary Thomas Griffin, William David Briggs, Robert L. Kaplan, Dennis Patrick Bevan
  • Patent number: 6262415
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for measuring the orientation of a platform by receiving and reading signals from one or more orientation sensors, such as a magnetic compass, using optical interrogation, telemetry, and multiplexing, with the signals passing through a single supply/return optical waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Lee Goldner
  • Patent number: 5794138
    Abstract: A radio receiver augmentation system for insertion in a cassette player or compact disc player includes a receiver unit and an antenna unit. The receiver unit includes an insertable element having a size and shape suitable for insertion in a tape cassette receiving slot of a cassette player/radio combination or in a compact disc receiving slot of a compact disc player/radio combination and delivers audio program signals to the magnetic head of the tape cassette player or the optical coupler of the compact disc player. The audio program signals come by retransmission from an antenna unit that receives radio broadcast signals from satellites and their terrestrial repeaters having frequencies in the range of about 300 MHZ to about 4000 MHZ. The system's circuitry conditions the signal for aural presentation through the tape cassette player/radio combination or compact disc player/radio combination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: CD Radio Inc.
    Inventor: Robert D. Briskman
  • Patent number: 5037181
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are shown for cladding grown single crystal optical fibers. Neodymium YAG fibers are clad with a high index glass, either melted around the fiber in a trough or extruded over the fiber surface. Lithium niobate fibers are clad through an impregnation process. The lithium niobate fiber is first coated with magnesium oxide and then heated to a temperature and for a time sufficient for the magnesium oxide dopant material to diffuse into the fiber. The dopant lowers the intrinsic refractive indices of the fiber material around its circumference, creating a cladding region around the fiber core. Single crystal fibers clad by these methods and combined with suitable pumping means or with deposited electrodes provide low-loss single mode optical components useful for amplification, electro-optical effects and acousto-optical effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventors: Robert L. Byer, Cordova Amado, Michael Digonnet, Martin Fejer, Celestino Gaeta, Herbert J. Shaw, Shoichi Sudo
  • Patent number: 4948252
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for closed-loop phase modulation to measure rate and control phase modulator gain errors in an electrical signal representing the phase difference between first and second light signals from light waves counterpropagating in an interferometric rotation sensor including a closed light path with a phase modulator in the path. The disclosed method and apparatus correct phase modulator gain in a way that is independent of rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Allen C. Cekorich
  • Patent number: 4924719
    Abstract: A mechanical linkage characterizer for varying the movement of one output linkage with respect to an input from a linkage includes a generally box-like housing with a carriage mounted on tracks within the housing with a pivotally mounted output arm carried on the movable carriage and a pair of elongated variable contour stationary cams positioned adjacent the track for pivotally moving the output arm in response to movement of the carriage along the tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1990
    Inventors: Michael L. Hyde, Donald F. Cart
  • Patent number: 4907499
    Abstract: Roof ridge ventilators include two panels joined by bendable hinges with each of the panels having an upper and lower surface. The lower surfaces of these panels include a plurality of spaced-apart, downwardly-projecting supports joined to the lower surfaces at substantially right angles and extending transversely across them. The support means on each panel have differing heights, with the first of the supports, of greatest height, being positioned near one end of the bottom surfaces, and with each successive support, behind the first, having successively smaller height than the preceding support. Each of the lower surfaces has substantially the same number of supports with substantially the same sizes and spacing to permit bending the ventilator over and attaching the ventilator to a roof ridge. The ventilator also includes air passages, such as a plurality of openings, of sufficient size and shape to facilitate overlapping these passages with a portion of the bottom surface of another of the ventilators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Inventor: Gatacre A. F. James
  • Patent number: D309170
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: Jeff Bisch