Patents Represented by Law Firm Carella, Bain, Gilfillan & Rhodes
  • Patent number: 4340978
    Abstract: A prosthesis for the surgical replacement of a dysfunctional knee joint is disclosed. The prosthesis includes a tibial platform, one or two tibial bearing inserts, and a femoral component.In a unicompartmental embodiment of the invention, the tibial platform includes a spike for securing the tibial platform to the tibia. The tibial platform, in the unicompartmental embodiment, includes a track, which may be curved, and which is slidably engaged in dovetail fashion by a tibial bearing insert, typically of high molecular weight polyethylene. The superior surface of the tibial bearing insert is concave spherical, designed to slidably engage the inferior surface of the femoral component. The inferior surface of the femoral component is generally convex spherical, with radius of curvature slightly smaller than the radius of curvature of the tibial bearing insert. In some embodiments the inferior surface of the femoral component may have two or more differing radii of curvature at different points on such surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1982
    Assignee: Biomedical Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Frederick F. Buechel, Michael J. Pappas
  • Patent number: 4334345
    Abstract: The internal walls of a conduit for conveying fluid carrying marine fouling organisms is lined with a liner of anti-fouling material by inserting an expandable liner of anti-fouling material into the conduit and by expanding the liner radially outwardly into tight engagement with the internal walls with sufficient force to prevent movement of the liner with respect to the conduit upon the fluid flowing therethrough. The liner of anti-fouling material prevents the marine fouling organisms from contacting the internal walls of the conduit and thereby prevents the marine fouling organisms from adhering to or collecting on the internal walls and thereby prevents such marine fouling organisms from constricting the flow of fluid through the conduit. The liner of anti-fouling material may be comprised of a plurality of generally annularly shaped and radially expandable bands of such material which are inserted into the conduit and aligned axially and adjacent each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1982
    Assignee: Revere Copper and Brass Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard H. Jenks
  • Patent number: 4333503
    Abstract: A system and methods with scavenging capabilities for simultaneously filling and evacuating a plurality of separate pressure vessels including valved conduits interconnecting a source of pressurized fluid and a source of vacuum separately to at least two pressure vessels whereby while one vessel is being filled the other is being evacuated and means to connect an evacuated tank to portions of the system for the purpose of using the vacuum therein to scavenge residue gas in said portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: John Stefiuk
  • Patent number: 4333494
    Abstract: A valve box consisting of a generally vertically elongated tube, pipe or cylinder having formed on the body thereof a hollow housing adapted to receive and cover an underground valve, more particularly a valve fabricated of a synthetic material having a unitary valve body and inlet and outlet conduits in which the housing is provided with at least two inwardly projecting ribs adapted to engage the valve body thereby positively limiting its upward movement in the housing to preclude the inlet and outlet conduit from engaging the top of the opposed openings in the side of the housing through which the said conduits extend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Assignee: CP Test Services - Valvco, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Shope
  • Patent number: 4333649
    Abstract: A racket string clamp including a plurality of wedges for being inserted into a hole extended through a game ball racket frame and for being wedged between the end portion of a game ball string and the surface of the racket frame defining the hole to secure the end portion of the string to the racket frame, and further including handle means including a plurality of handle members equal in number to the wedges and formed integrally therewith and for maintaining the wedges in a predetermined relationship with respect to each other, the wedges and handle means having inner surfaces providing in combination a passageway for receiving the string, the rearward portions of the handle members being formed integrally to provide a pivot about which the handle members and wedges pivot away from and toward each other in tweezer-like action, upon the handle members and wedges pivoting away from each other, the string is provided access to the passageway and upon the string being received within the passageway the handle
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Assignee: AMF Incorporated
    Inventors: George A. Vaughn, Francis J. Fuchs, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4328903
    Abstract: A weatherproof junction box is disclosed to include mounting means comprising lugs rotatably mounted on posts integral with the box structure and secured thereto by push nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1982
    Inventor: George J. Baars
  • Patent number: 4328107
    Abstract: There is disclosed a novel nozzle assembly comprised of a tapered liquid passageway and a tapered gas passageway of diminishing cross-sectional areas disposed at an angle of from 0.degree. to 90.degree. to one another meeting at the enlarged end of a gas-liquid mixture passageway of diminishing cross-sectional area to an outlet end thereof. Accordingly, separate streams of a pressured gas and a pressurized liquid are introduced into the respective gas and liquid conduits whereby the gas and liquid are accelerated to a high velocity while minimizing velocity head loss and admixed at converging angles to achieve immediate high forward velocity and thus gas-liquid dispersion with the resulting gas-liquid mixture being subsequently accelerated with minimum pressure losses to achieve further gas-liquid dispersion and thus, microbubble production from controlled volumes of gas and liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1982
    Assignee: Synergo, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank C. Wright
  • Patent number: 4325354
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining the speed of rotation of a windmill rotor at a fixed ratio to the free flow velocity of the driving wind. This arrangement permits the windmill rotor to rotate at the speed at which its power output is maximized. The apparatus includes a plurality of interleaved rotating and stationary friction discs which convert the rotational kinetic energy of the windmill rotor shaft into thermal energy. An anemometer shaft, which rotates with a velocity which is proportional to the ambient wind velocity, drives a gear train which increases or decreases the pressure on the friction discs so that the load on the rotor is increased or decreased, in an offsetting manner, as the wind velocity changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1982
    Inventor: Francis J. Fuchs
  • Patent number: 4310840
    Abstract: A text-processing system for presenting input data on a display device such as a cathode ray tube (CRT) and/or a data receiving unit from which the data may be selectively retrieved and presented in a predetermined format. The system comprises memory addressing and interpreting means which functions substantially independently for CRT beam controlling means, thus enabling parallel operation of these functions. The system further comprises slewing means for controlling beam movement directly between any selected points on the CRT face. Provision is made for italicizing and/or altering the size of selected ones of the displayed characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Assignee: Vydec, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Williams, Thomas D. Heidt
  • Patent number: 4309033
    Abstract: Clamping apparatus extending through a passageway formed in the frame of a game ball racket for applying non-uniform clamping pressure to a length of a game ball string adjacent an end thereof to clamp the length of string to the game ball racket frame, the non-uniform clamping pressure is minimum at the forward or pulled end of the clamped length of string where the tensile stress produced in the clamped length of string due to stringing and play is maximum and which non-uniform clamping pressure increases to a maximum at the free or rearward end of the clamped length of string where the tensile stress therein is minimum; the tendency of the clamped length of string to rupture at the forward or pulled end of the clamped length of string where the tensile stress is maximum is reduced because the non-uniform clamping pressure applied by the clamping apparatus of the present invention is minimum at this critical point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Assignee: AMF Incorporated
    Inventors: Charles L. Parker, Jr., George A. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 4308656
    Abstract: An improved method of making internally slitted strip material wherein a metal billet is cast about friable elongated members of weld preventing material and wherein the billet and elongated members are rolled to thin and elongate the billet and to pulverize the weld preventing material into a fine weld preventing powder for distribution along the spaces occupied by the weld preventing material and which spaces upon the pulverized weld preventing powder being removed form the slits, the improvement wherein prior to casting the metal billet about the elongated members of weld preventing material, the friability of the weld preventing member is enhanced to cause the members to pulverize more evenly and to distribute more evenly along the spaces occupied by the pulverized weld preventing material whereby any tendency of the pulverized powder to leave gaps at which welds are formed during rolling is substantially eliminated and wherein such enhancement is provided by coating the elongated members with a predeterm
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Assignee: Revere Copper and Brass Incorporated
    Inventor: Richard H. Jenks
  • Patent number: 4300249
    Abstract: A contoured chair for use by neurologically impaired patients providing means for supporting such patients in a sitting position while preventing them from falling or slumping out of the chair due to the patient's inadequate muscular tone and control and consequent inability to independently maintain a sitting position. The chair comprises a contoured back portion for substantially matable engagement with the upper portion of the patient, recessed contoured portions for substantially matable engagement with the patient's elbows and upper arms, a contoured middle portion for substantially matable engagement with the patient's buttocks and upper legs, a contoured bottom leg portion for substantially matable engagement with the patient's lower legs, a foot rest portion for supporting the patient's feet, all said portions being hingedly and successively connected to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1981
    Inventor: Francis H. Taylor
  • Patent number: 4279749
    Abstract: A collar for fitting over the upper end of the cake discharge chute of a rotatable disc filter, or the like. The collar has a plurality of downwardly and inwardly sloping walls which substantially reduce any tendency for cake to stick to the sides of the chute. For use with heavy cake, reinforcing members may be provided for the collar. The collar is configured for use with discharge chutes of diverse design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: Plastic Techniques, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Moore
  • Patent number: 4262869
    Abstract: A clamp for an elongated cylindrical workpiece such as a hose or pipe, comprises two, substantially identical, clamp members each having a semi-cylindrical recess formed therein. A cylindrical elastic insert is fitted around the workpiece and then inserted into the circular recess formed when the two clamp members are fastened one to the other. In the axial direction, the elastic insert has an elevated central region which engages a similar, depressed central region in the cylindrical recess formed by two clamp members. The height of the depressed region is less than the height of the elevated region; thus, while the workpiece is totally restrained from axial motion, in the region where the workpiece enters or exits the clamp, a limited amount of bending is permitted, thus avoiding stress and possible damage to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1981
    Assignee: Walter Stauffenberg KG
    Inventor: Arnold Menshen
  • Patent number: D259940
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: AMF Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul A. Witte, Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: D261518
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1981
    Inventors: Ann F. Butter, Bert Blumberg
  • Patent number: D263188
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1982
    Assignee: Barry Cohen
    Inventor: Harry Cohen
  • Patent number: D263772
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Assignee: Tree Time, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Alpert
  • Patent number: D263904
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1982
    Inventor: Barry E. Wheelock
  • Patent number: D267184
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: AMF Incorporated
    Inventors: Paul A. Witte, Thomas Johnson