Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Carella, Byrne, Bain Gilfillan
  • Patent number: 6946107
    Abstract: An apparatus for converting at least one nitrogen oxide, such as NO, O2, or N2O converts oxide in the presence of a catalyst supported on a metal mesh-like structure. The mesh-like structure is preferably fibrous formed of metal or ceramic fibers which may include knitted wire, sintered metal fibers and so on and has a porosity greater than about 85%. The mesh is formed into channels, preferably corrugations, and includes vortex generators, which generate turbulence to create a pressure differential across the mesh, to promote flow of fluids through the mesh pores which normally do not exhibit flow therethrough in the absence of such pressure differential. Preferred embodiments of structured packing and monoliths are disclosed each having a catalyst preferably in the mesh pores and/or coated on the fibers for converting the nitrogen oxide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: ABB Lummus Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Joakim A. Carlborg, Yun-Feng Chang, Lawrence L. Murrell, Robert E. Trubac, Rudolf A. Overbeek, Verena R. Schmidt, Chuen Y. Yeh, Lothar Schuh
  • Patent number: 6909552
    Abstract: The present invention provides a three-dimensional image display device capable of reproducing clear, deviation-free and distortion-free three-dimensional images generated by a three-dimensional generating method. The three-dimensional image display device 4 comprises a lens array 1 having the predetermined number of convex lenses arranged in a matrix; and image display means for displaying a plurality of two-dimensional images 3 corresponding to the respective convex lenses. The same lens array 1 is employed in the three-dimensional display device as the lens array employed for generating the two-dimensional images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: DHS, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeyoshi Dohi, Makoto Iwahara, Nobuhiko Hata, Hongen Liao, Yoichi Katayama
  • Patent number: 6855167
    Abstract: A cortical bone implant is formed of two or more planks of bone which are connected with one or more offset pins. The pins may be right circular cylinders inserted into a corresponding offset bore which offset bends the inserted pin. The bending creates compression and tensile loads in the pin which loads creates friction compression forces on the planks connecting them to the pins by friction. The pins may have different shapes to form the offsets and different configurations for friction attachment to the planks. The implants may be formed of flat or L-shaped planks or bones formed into other shapes including interlocking arrangements. Processes and fixtures are disclosed for forming the pins, planks and implants. Various embodiments of the pins, planks, implants and processes are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Osteotech, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Shimp, John M. Winterbottom, David R. Kaes, Todd M. Boyce, Erik O. Martz
  • Patent number: 6855958
    Abstract: Wavelength conversion element for car use constituted in the following manner can provide practical LED components for headlights and fog lamps. The element comprises a heat conductive base having a cavity; one or more chips fitted to the cavity bottom, and a wavelength conversion part, which converts emitted light from the chip to visible rays, arranged above the chip. The chip comprises a substrate and a light emitting part constituted by an n-type GaN film, an active layer and a p-type GaN film successively laminated on the substrate. The chip has one straight side in its plan view; an angle formed between the bottom and the side cavity surface is over 0 degree and below 90 degree. The cavity has one straight side in its opening. A ratio of the cavity opening to the totaled areas in plan view of the respective chips, is set less than three.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Sato, Yasushi Yatsuda
  • Patent number: 6852583
    Abstract: The invention relates to an economical and precise method for the production and configuration of an organic field-effect transistor (OFET) whereby the solubility of at least one functional polymer of an OFET is utilized to such a degree, that the functional polymer is deposited on the OFET, or a substrate, by means of a conventional printing process as for a color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Adolf Bernds, Wolfgang Clemens, Walter Fix, Henning Rost
  • Patent number: 6816223
    Abstract: The following constitution provides a vertically oriented liquid crystal display element of higher quality having almost uniform visibility in any direction attained by improving obliquely viewed visibility. The liquid crystal display element comprises a pair of substrates, transparent electrodes having predetermined patterns formed on the respective substrates, vertical orienting membranes respectively formed on the transparent electrodes and rubbed in a predetermined direction and a liquid crystal layer consisting of the liquid crystal molecules sandwiched by the substrates. The substrates are arranged such that respective transparent electrodes face each other. Series of nearly rectangular slits are formed on the respective transparent electrodes by removing portions of the electrodes in a display area formed by the electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Sugiyama, Yoshihisa Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 6799921
    Abstract: The present invention provides a manhole cover/frame exchange method capable of minimizing the size of a portion to be mended, of eliminating a pressing step by a roller machine, of eliminating/reducing steps and a required mending time and of suppressing vibrations, noises and the like during the exchanging process. The manhole cover/frame exchange method comprises steps of: cutting a portion of a paved road around the manhole cover/frame spherically; removing the spherically cut portion; filling a self-curing highly fluid non-shrink filler into a spherical hollow space formed by the removing step, and filling a surface layer material over the self-curing highly fluid non-shrink filler. Thus, the pressing step by the roller machine is eliminated by the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: Shiga Sangyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiharu Kodama
  • Patent number: 6783299
    Abstract: A plurality of latches are employed for detachably holding a semiconductor wafer to a ring support during processing. Each latch is rotatably mounted on a post which is secured to the ring so that it can move to engage and disengage the wafer, alternately clamping and releasing it from the ring. Each latch has two opposed rollers, one to engage and disengage the wafer and the other to engage the ring. The latches should be freely rotatable into and out of engagement with the wafer. The ring usually has two pairs of opposed dimples such that each roller is in registration with each of the opposed dimples of each pair when it rotates from the engaged to the disengaged position and visa versa. The dimple in registration with the roller when engaged the wafer is sufficiently deep so that the roller does not touch the ring when clamped to the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventors: Ovadia Meron, Dmitriy Genkin
  • Patent number: 6752148
    Abstract: An inhaler disc cartridge comprises a carrier disc with radially outwardly extending resilient fingers, each with a medicament powder dosage. A sealing disc and an indexing ring are bonded to the disc. A cam sequentially and manually deflects a selected finger causing it to snap against an anvil to release the dosage by momentum energy transfer. In other embodiments, a cassette includes a carrier substrate reel of deposited powder dosages with a dosage sealing tape. The substrate comprises a belt with a plurality of transversely extending triangular fingers, each finger tip with a dosage thereon. Each finger is snapped in sequence against an anvil while a clamp secures the belt as the fingers are deflected. The spring fingers are corrugated in one embodiment cooperating with an anvil having channels and a device for inducing agglomeration breakup air streams through the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Delsys Pharmaceutical Company
    Inventors: Joseph T. McGinn, Suggy S. Chrai, Bogdan Brycki, Bawa Singh, Peter Coyle, Gary Santonastaso, Hoi Cheong Sun
  • Patent number: 6752439
    Abstract: A prior art security seal is molded one piece thermoplastic having a flag for receiving indicia such as serial number and so on and a strap extending from the flag. A locking socket depends from the flag at the junction with the strap. One or more projections extend from the flag from a surface opposite to the socket. The flag is too small for certain implementations which require a flag for receiving large labels. A large flag capable of receiving such labels is attached to the seal via the seal flag and projection. The flag has a channel for receiving the seal flag in an axial direction parallel to the plane of the flags and an opening for receiving the one or more projections, the opening having a contour that matches that of the projection(s). Snap fit latches secure the seal at flanges thereof as the projection(s) is inserted in the opening in a direction normal to the plane of the flags. The seal flag is releasably held in two normal directions to the large flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: George Albert Lundberg, Rui Pedro Henriques
  • Patent number: 6746056
    Abstract: A fluid coupling device employs a male spherical member with a fluid receiving bore and a female housing. The spherical member abuts two axially spaced Teflon ring seats between the member and the housing in the housing chamber. The ring seats reduce friction between the member and the housing and axially retain the member in the housing with no metal to metal contact. A first O-ring provides fluid sealing between the spherical member and housing inner wall in the chamber. A hose receiving nipple member with a fluid receiving bore has a threaded concave end with a peripheral region that engages the first O-ring to hold the O-ring against the spherical member, one of the ring seats and housing chamber wall to seal the interface between the spherical member and housing. The nipple member has a flange which abuts the housing to limit squeezing action on the O-ring to ensure sufficient contact of the O-ring and mating surfaces to obtain a good seal without creating excessive friction loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Strahman Valves, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Palmer
  • Patent number: 6746454
    Abstract: A spinal implant tool comprises a steel shaft bifurcated into shaft portions at one end at which a pair of extensions extend from the bifurcated shaft portions. The extensions are flat members which extend from an implant impact element at the end of each of the shaft portions. A spinal bone implant is inserted between the extensions. A shaft portion displacement member has a stud threaded to one of the shaft portions and a knob head for capturing the other shaft portion to the member threaded stud. When the knob is rotated the shaft members are moved apart or closer together. A stop member limits the spread apart distance of the shaft portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Osteotech, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Winterbottom, Erik O. Martz
  • Patent number: 6725610
    Abstract: A relatively high perm pliable moisture barrier material pliable sheet material exhibits a breathable perm value, e.g., over 0.4, that repels liquid water applied to a surface thereof and which permits water vapor to permeate therethrough in response to a pressure differential thereacross to preclude substantial condensation collection in the interior of said wall at the opening while providing a water barrier to liquid water applied thereto is applied to corners of the window opening in a wall as a plurality of corner seals with leg portions for application to the face of sheathing and leg portions for overlying the sill, jambs and head of the opening at the corners. Flanges may be included for sealing the sheet material to an interior vapor barrier material. Sill, jamb and head seals are applied over the corner seals and over the sill, head and jambs to completely seal the window opening with the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Exterior Research, LLC
    Inventors: Colin Murphy, Robert Mills, Wei Lam, David Landsburgh, Charles Phillips
  • Patent number: 6706067
    Abstract: A C-shaped or ring shaped implant formed of cortical bone has its C-shaped or inner channel filled with a bone promoting material which is preferably demineralized bone fibers formed as a flexible wet sheet or may be cancellous bone, pressed bone fibers formed from demineralized cortical bone chips soaked in acid, or a flex material formed of demineralized bone growth promoting bone fibers. The discrete bone filler element may be secured by a bonding agent, pins or screws, metal, polymer or bone material. The bone filler material is preferably bonded by filling a section of a long bone medullary cavity with wet bone fibers and then drying the fibers to bond them to the outer bone. A filled bone ring may be sliced to form annular filled sections which are then divided into mirror image C-shaped halves each forming an implant. Flex material of compressed bone fibers may be formed with an opening shaped to receive a cortical bone implant element having a C-shaped channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Osteotech, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Shimp, Steven Annunziato, Erik Martz, David R. Kaes
  • Patent number: 6678552
    Abstract: Apparatus for aiding in the identification of tissue type for an anomalous tissue in an impedance image comprising: a first device for providing an polychromic immitance map of a portion of the body; a second device for determining a plurality of polychromic measures from one or both of a portion of the body; and a display which displays an indication based on the plurality of polychromic measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: TransScan Medical Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew L. Pearlman
  • Patent number: 6672080
    Abstract: A rapid cooling apparatus passing hot exhaust gas in a short time along a flow path formed in a cooling setting with piled up arrangement and having a reduced cross-sectional area of the flow path to reduce the volume thereof so as to cool rapidly to a temperature below a dioxin synthesizing temperature so that dioxins are prevented from generating, characterized in that multistage tube bodies for heat exchange to pass coolant therethrough are arranged in a rapid cooling cylindrical body for passing hot gas such as exhaust gas from an inlet opening to an outlet opening, and the cross-sectional area of the rapid cooling cylindrical body is being reduced gradually in a passing direction of the hot gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Masue Iwasaki
    Inventor: Tetsuto Tamura
  • Patent number: 6668694
    Abstract: An anvil blanket is molded urethane sheet material and formed with a plurality of interlocking fingers at mating opposing blanket ends and includes a depending projection which mates with a channel in the anvil about which the blanket is wrapped. A urethane insert having a hardness greater than the blanket material is molded embedded in the blanket to form a portion of the fingers and a portion of the projection depending from the fingers. A woven fiberglass fabric provides support for the blanket and which fabric is molded to the blanket. The insert has a durometer greater than that of the blanket to minimize the formation of surface recess defects at the projection which might otherwise occur due to the increased thickness of material at the projection. The insert may have other properties different than that of the blanket material including rebound, modulus, and cut and tear strength among others for resisting the formation of blanket surface defects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Robud, a Florida Partnership
    Inventors: Kenneth Ray Neal, Stephen Kenneth Warll
  • Patent number: 6668599
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a washing machine capable of removing earth/sand, waste thread, dust and the like stuck to the washing. In order to realize the objective, the washing machine is constituted so as to be operated as follows: overflowed washing water or rinsing water from washing/dehydrating tank to an annular drainage pipe by reciprocating revolutions of the tank is led to a side pipe, where the water is filtered and circulated to the tank by a pump arranged in the middle of the side pipe for utilizing the washing or the rinsing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Kazuo Nakada
  • Patent number: 6667017
    Abstract: A process for oxidizing environmentally harmful compounds which participate in atmospheric photochemical reactions to produce for example ozone and undesirable smog constituents from a fluid, in particular a gas, volatile organic compounds (VOC) including hydrocarbons, CO and any other constituent that participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions to produce for example ozone or smog constituents and combustible compounds to be removed from a gas stream for reasons of toxicity, photochemical reactivity or physical discomfort such as irritants, particulates, odor sources and so on, and compounds which may cause upper atmosphere ozone depletion or lower atmosphere ozone formation. The uncoated randomly oriented mesh-like structure preferably has a porosity greater than about 85%. The coated randomly oriented mesh-like structure preferably has a porosity greater than about 65%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: ABB Lummus Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence L. Murrell, Rudolf Overbeek, Robert E. Trubac, Pieter Lusse, Balachandran Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 6666866
    Abstract: An insertion tool for a C-shaped bone spinal wedge shaped intervertebral implant comprises an outer shank with a hollow core in which is placed a shaft with a threaded stud which passes through a bore in the shank at an implant insertion end of the shank. A flat extension member defines a plane and extends from the shank overlying the stud, the stud for receiving a threaded bore of the spinal implant. The shaft has a knob distal the stud for rotatably attaching the stud to the implant. The extension member abuts the implant at mating flat surfaces which are spaced by a medial recess formed by a portion of the medullary canal of a long bone. A cap slides over the shank at an end opposite the extension member to capture the shaft in the shank core. A guide rod is attached to a collar on the shank normal to the plane of the extension member to assist the surgeon in orienting the implant to the disc space orientation during insertion of the implant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Osteotech, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Martz, Perry Germakis, John Boyle, Daryl Sybert