Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Brown Martin Haller & McClain LLP
  • Patent number: 6534283
    Abstract: Shock is a life threatening complication in situations associated with trauma including burns, surgery, ischemia, sepsis, and other critical care applications. Shock is induced by pancreatic proteases when they are released into the small intestine when the tissue is compromised due to trauma. Administration of protease inhibitors into the small intestine, either orally, intraveneously, or by direct lavage, was demonstrated to prevent shock in rats as determined by both survival time and molecular and histological analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of California, The Scripps Institute
    Inventors: Geert Schmid-Schoenbein, Tony Hugli, Hiroshi Mitsuoka
  • Patent number: 6526897
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a plurality of shelves each having spaced front and rear hooks projecting from each side edge, each rear hook being spaced forwardly from the rear edge of the shelf, and a support framework for adjustably supporting the shelves at spaced intervals. The framework has a pair of support posts located on each side of the shelves, each pair of support posts comprising a front support post located adjacent the front hooks of the shelves and a rear support post located adjacent the rear hooks of the shelves. Each support post has a series of vertically spaced openings for receiving the shelf hooks. The posts are positioned so they are much less vulnerable to damage, and can be made out of light material with an open configuration. Brackets attach to the shelf to allow the easy addition of useful accessories to the standard shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: V. John Ondrasik
  • Patent number: 6524544
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the decontamination of fluid ammonia are described. Liquid or gaseous ammonia is purified of contaminants by passage through an adsorbent bed, the contaminants accumulating in the bed. A portion of the purified ammonia discharged from the bed is decomposed to hydrogen and nitrogen. The hydrogen is used to regenerate an adsorbent bed which has accumulated sufficient contaminants to reduce its ability to further decontaminate incoming ammonia satisfactorily. Preferably there are a plurality of interconnected adsorbent beds, with some being operated for ammonia decontamination while others are being regenerated, with their operations being reversed as needed to maintain a continual production of decontaminated ammonia from the plurality of beds. Computers or other controllers can be used to control such bed operations and interchanges. Internal production of hydrogen makes the system self-contained and no addition of hydrogen is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Aeronex, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Alvarez, Jr., Jeffrey J. Spiegelman
  • Patent number: 6514539
    Abstract: This invention relates to improvements in and relating to antimicrobial compositions. More particularly, it relates to antimicrobial compositions comprising or including a mixture of oils of melaleuca alternifolia and leptospermum scoparium and/or fractions or dilutions of same. A method of producing the composition is also claimed, as are methods of producing compositions which target particular microbes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Coast Biologicals Limited
    Inventor: William John Courtney
  • Patent number: 6514161
    Abstract: A ball hitting practice device featuring a practice ball slidably locateable upon a tether. The tether is attached to a support structure thereby placing the practice ball in a target position to be hit by a user. The support structure may be any versatile pole or pole like structure upon which fasteners at the ends of the tether will attach. The best mode features cuffs mounted at both ends of the tether which open and reengage to provide an easy encircling mount to the support structure for the tether. The ball is slidably mounted to the tether and is positioned in a target position for striking by a user by a ball positioner also located on the tether in a fixed position that is either adjustable or permanent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Pro Performance Sports, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Minniear
  • Patent number: 6514313
    Abstract: A gas purification system has at least one purifier in a purifier line with a gas supply inlet at one end and a process outlet at an opposite end for connection to a process tool using the purified gas. A vent line having a vent outlet is connected to the outlet end of the purifier. A control valve in the vent line controls connection of the purifier outlet to the vent outlet, and a control valve in the purifier line controls connection of the purifier outlet to the process outlet. A flow controller in the purifier line controls flow rate through the purifier. The system is controlled to provide an increased flow rate through the purifier and to connect the purifier outlet to the vent outlet on start up of the system, and then to connect the purifier outlet to the process outlet as soon as conditioning is complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Aeronex, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Spiegelman, Russell L. Abber
  • Patent number: 6511066
    Abstract: A dart game scoreboard intended for use in association with regulation size dartboard. The scoreboard contains a removable game piece that allows players to play established dart games such as “cricket” and “301” or “501.” Additionally, the removable game piece provides players with the opportunity to play several new games. The scoreboard contains a counter element that allows players to progressively maintain score while playing or compute final scores in games. The combination of the scoreboard's counter feature with the removable game piece allow players the flexibility of playing a variety of games using a single board that additionally maintains score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Rachon Durrant
  • Patent number: 6510647
    Abstract: A live animal trap includes only two basic parts, an elongate hollow tube and a pivot support stand on which the tube is pivotally mounted. The tube has a first, closed end for holding bait and a second, open end. The tube is pivotally mounted on the stand for rotation about a horizontal pivot axis transverse to the tube axis. The pivot axis is located closer to the first end of the tube than the second end. When the stand is placed on a support surface, the longer end of the tube will be slightly heavier, so that the second end of the tube will pivot downwardly into a set position in which the tube is inclined upwardly with the second end contacting the support surface. An animal can enter the open second end of the tube and move towards the bait. When the animal passes the pivot axis, the first end of the tube becomes heavier and pivots downwardly, moving the second end upwardly, until the tube reaches a vertical, actuated position with the animal trapped in the first, bottom end of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: James L. Cairns
  • Patent number: 6508566
    Abstract: An under cabinet halogen light fixture with an internal wire raceway includes a housing having a base and a removable cover, which when mated, define a hollow interior. The light fixture also includes at least one lamp assembly mounted inside the housing. Adjacent each lamp assembly there is a corresponding bezel assembly mounted in a respective aperture formed in the cover. A wall member located in the base defines at least one internal wire raceway in the interior of the housing, which routes electrical wires to each lamp assembly from an external wire raceway, or from a hole in the base of the housing where the electrical wires enter the housing. If needed, the hole in the base of the housing is created by removing a punch out portion from the base. To mate the internal wire raceway with an external wire raceway, a breakaway portion formed in the housing adjacent the internal wire raceway is removed from the housing to create a passageway that is shaped to receive the external wire raceway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Westek Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Roorda
  • Patent number: 6510270
    Abstract: A cable system for installation on the ocean floor or under another body of water includes a plurality of sub-sea junction boxes installed at spaced locations throughout a predetermined sub-oceanic cable network. At least some of the junction boxes are located at a predetermined distance off-shore from a respective on-shore cable junction node. A single main, high fiber count conduit extends from each off-shore junction box to the respective on-shore cable junction node. Each off-shore junction box has plurality of ports for releasable connection to a selected offshore cable terminated at the junction box, and a fiber routing unit in the junction box connects at least some of the ports to fibers in the main conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Ocean Design, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Toth, John P. Strauss
  • Patent number: 6508936
    Abstract: A desalination process is disclosed which combining two or more substantially different water treatment processes in a unique manner to desalinate saline water, especially sea water, to produce a high yield of high quality fresh water, including potable water, at an energy consumption equivalent to or less than much less efficient prior art desalination processes. In this process a nanofiltration step is synergistically combined with at least one of sea water reverse osmosis, multistage flash distillation. multieffect distillation of vapor compression distillation to provide an integrated desalination system by which sea water can be efficiently and economically converted to high quality potable water in yields which are at least 70%-80% greater than the yields available from the prior art processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Saline Water Conversion Corporation
    Inventor: Ata M. Hassan
  • Patent number: 6507361
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for electronically printing a person's image onto a substrate having a predetermined site-specific background includes a compact, portable housing, and a camera that is movably mounted in the housing. An electronic printer and a microprocessor are also mounted in the housing and are electronically connected to the camera. In one embodiment, the microprocessor is a printer control board which receives an image of the camera's field of view and suppresses regions of the image that are substantially outside of the person's body image. The printer control board then causes the printer to print only the person's image onto a preselected blank area of the substrate. The remaining region of the substrate is preprinted with a site specific background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Pamela Barber
  • Patent number: 6506428
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are disclosed for production of ice and maintenance of an ice conveyance free of microbial contamination. Ozone is incorporated into water from which the ice is made, so that significant ozone content is present in the ice. This ice may be recovered for human consumption. The ice manufactured in the ice maker is conveyed through a conveyance system to one or more locations remote from the ice maker, where the ice is to be used. Ozone gas is evolved as the ice melts, sublimes or is abraded. The evolved ozone evolved penetrates into all areas of the system and kills substantially all microbial materials which are within the system. Cleanliness is thereafter maintained since passage of more ice and water though the system causes the evolution of additional ozone, which in turn kills any microbial contamination which may subsequently get into the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Lancer Ice Link, LLC
    Inventors: J. Eric Berge, Mark Allen McClure
  • Patent number: 6503457
    Abstract: A sample/collection container includes a plurality of wells, each for separating a sample from its solid support when solvent is dispensed into the wells and the centrifuge is activated at a low speed. Operation of the centrifuge at high speed concentrates the cleaved sample in collection wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Discovery Partners International, Inc.
    Inventors: Rob Neeper, John Lillig, John Bridwell, Allan Childers
  • Patent number: 6502297
    Abstract: A card guide unit for use in guiding and positioning circuit boards in a card cage, which guide unit is integral, having front and rear cross members that are integral with machined elongated card guides, having machined spaces between the card guides, and which guide units are inter-connectable to side walls of a card cage, providing identical precisioned alignment between circuit boards in the card guides so that precise electrical connections can be made between the circuit board and electrical connectors on the back plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: AP Labs
    Inventors: Douglas A. Giese, Michael J. Pagan
  • Patent number: 6497639
    Abstract: A stackable weight plate for an exercise machine weight stack has a front edge, a rear edge, opposite side edges, an upper face, a lower face, and an aperture extending between the upper and lower face for receiving a weight stack selector stem. The front and rear edges having a matching arcuate curvature with one edge being convex and the other edge being concave, and the side edges are tapered at an angle from the front edge to the rear edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: Hoist Fitness Systems
    Inventors: Randall T. Webber, Bruce Hockridge, Robson L. Splane, Ben Ton
  • Patent number: 6494008
    Abstract: A dual membered sound wall panel constructed of two pre-formed half-panels. The half-panels have an inner surface that contains a plurality of connectors around their periphery and an outer surface. The outer surface may be textured if desired. The half-panels are each of concrete material with an embedded layer of mesh re-bar. The half-panels are oriented so that their inner surfaces are facing each other and the embedded connectors on each face are secured to each other. Additionally, between the half-panels are contained multiple spacer plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: L. B. Foster Company
    Inventors: Alec C. Bloem, William J. Neely
  • Patent number: 6491609
    Abstract: An exercise arm apparatus has a stationary frame member, a first pivoting arm pivoted to the frame member at a location intermediate its ends for rotation about a first pivot axis, a second pivoting arm pivotally connected to the frame member for rotation about a second pivot axis spaced from the first pivot axis, and a connecting link pivotally connected to the first arm and second arm to form a four-bar linkage. The first arm is an exercise arm with handles at one end for gripping by a user, and the connecting link is of sufficient weight to form a counter-weight to counter-balance the first exercise arm into a rest position corresponding to a start position for an exercise movement. In one example the connecting link is a solid, elongate bar of heavy metal or equivalent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Inventor: Randall T. Webber
  • Patent number: 6490374
    Abstract: The method identifies a Pixon element, which is a fundamental and indivisible unit of information, and a Pixon basis, which is the set of possible functions from which the Pixon elements are selected. The actual Pixon elements selected from this basis during the reconstruction process represents the smallest number of such units required to fit the data and representing the minimum number of parameters necessary to specify the image. The Pixon kernels can have arbitrary properties (e.g., shape size, and/or position) as needed to best fit the data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Richard Puetter, Amos Yahil
  • Patent number: D469347
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Alan Davis