Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Charles E. Wands
  • Patent number: 6039006
    Abstract: There is disclosed an incubator (1) for hatching the eggs (12) of birds, comprising a cover (2), a base (10) for supporting the eggs (12), a flexible screen (5) which is associated with the cover (2) and is sufficiently loose to be able to follow the contour of the upper region of the eggs (12) positioned on the base (10) below the screen (15), a device such as a fan (13) for creating a super-atmospheric pressure in the chamber (7) defined between the cover (2) and the screen (5), and a device such as a heater (8) for heating air in the chamber (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Brinsea Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank H. Pearce
  • Patent number: 6029285
    Abstract: The envelope-dependency of the distortion-introducing behavior of an RF power amplifier is used to derive a predistortion signal, that is derived from a plurality of respectively different work function representative signals. Each work function signal, in turn, is based upon the envelope of the input signal to the RF power amplifier. Prior to being combined into a predistortion control signal, each work function signal is controllably weighted in accordance with an error measurement comparison of the amplifier input signal with the amplifier output signal. The error measurement function yields a measure of the error contained in the amplifier output signal, and drives a weight adjustment control mechanism, which controllably varies a set of weights for each of in-phase and quadrature components of the respectively different signal functions, in such a manner as to minimize the measured error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Spectrian
    Inventors: Donald K. Belcher, Michael A. Wohl, Kent E. Bagwell
  • Patent number: 6028494
    Abstract: A stripline isolation cross-over is configured to cancel signals that may be mutually coupled at cross-over points between adjacent stripline networks within a compact multilayer signal distribution architecture, such as one feeding elements of phased array antennas, without a shielding layer between adjacent signal distribution networks. The signal distribution networks includes layers of stripline, patterned on opposite sides of a dielectric layer. Wherever the stripline layers mutually overlap, they are oriented at right angles to one another, and one of the striplines is configured as a pair of power dividers, connected back-to-back via stripline interconnect passing the other stripline layer, to form a signal splitting-recombining stripline pair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffery C. May, Walter M. Whybrew, Douglas E. Heckaman
  • Patent number: 6026565
    Abstract: A printed circuit card housing provides separate cooling fluid travel paths for convectively cooling on-board heat exchangers of non mil. spec. component-retaining printed circuit cards, and for thermal conductive cooling of conventional (VME) circuit cards, while keeping both types of circuit cards sealed from contaminants that may be present in the cooling fluid. The housing includes a chassis having a card slot cavity, into which both types of printed circuit cards are retained. A cooling fluid supply/exhaust plenum provides a first cooling fluid travel path that is ported to only convectively cooled circuit cards. In order to cool the remaining circuit cards, the cooling fluid supply/exhaust plenum ports cooling fluid entering the plenum along a second cooling fluid travel path through heat exchangers installed along sidewalls of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Carl J. Giannatto, Kevin C. Cornish
  • Patent number: 6018529
    Abstract: A reduced cost and hardware complexity ISDN channel bank architecture supports a plurality of Basic Rate-One Transmission Extension (BRITE) ISDN circuit cards. Rather than install a dedicated processor on each BRITE card or multiple BRITE circuits on one card, each BRITE circuit card of the channel bank has no processor of its own, but is instead controlled by a shared control processor on a separate bank controller card. Since each such `processorless` BRITE circuit card contains only single BRITE circuit, removal of any one BRITE circuit card from its backplane slot will not impair the operational integrity of the other BRITE cards, so that service to customer premises equipment terminating the local loops to such cards is not interrupted. The shared processor on the bank controller card executes the same single task communication control routine for plural BRITE cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Adtran, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert James Toth
  • Patent number: 6010507
    Abstract: A bone fracture is repaired using a flexible, resorbable cannulated, self-tapping (in soft bone) compression and decompression fixation element to retain respective sections of bone in a spatial relationship that facilitates mending with minimal or no compression, that might otherwise lead to collapse and/or misalignment of the bone sections. The fixation element is inserted through a first bone section and intersects a second bone section at an acute angle relative to the fracture. As the fixation element is driven into the second bone section, its elasticity stably secures the mutually facing surfaces of the two bone sections in a mending position. Since the fixation element is flexible, its forward end may be deflected when it encounters the sidewall of the second bone section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: David A. C. Rudloff
  • Patent number: 6004268
    Abstract: Whether a post surgery intubated patient is at risk for aspiration-based pneumonia is determined by requiring the patient to inhale an aerosol of tartaric acid that will stimulate a sensory innervation of the patient's larynx, if functionally recovered, thereby causing the patient to cough. The resulting cough or lack of cough is graded to determine whether the patient is at risk for pneumonia caused by the aspiration of matter present in the patient's mouth. In a further embodiment, the inability or difficulty of a patient to voluntarily expel potentially threatening fluid and matter from the patient's airway can be remedied by repeated applications of the aerosol chemostimulant spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventors: W. Robert Addington, Robert E. Stephens
  • Patent number: 5999592
    Abstract: A method of reporting an event to a monitoring station in a network of communication switching exchanges comprised of monitoring in each exchange for events to be reported, upon detection of the event, the exchange in which the event occurred automatically dialing a gateway network node to which a network monitoring station is connected, upon the network node responding to the automatic dialing, sending at least one DTMF signal containing a report of the nature of the event and an identification of the exchange in which the event occurred to the network node for provision to the network monitoring station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Mitel Corporation
    Inventor: Mark R. Sestak
  • Patent number: 5999542
    Abstract: The range of digital data communication services, such as a basic rate 2B1Q ISDN channel, to customer premises located beyond the industry standard achievable range of a two-wire loop can be extended by increasing the capacity of the ISDN line code from two information bits per symbol to three information bits per symbol, so as to reduce the effective symbol rate, which is error correction encoded to an effective 4B1H line code for defining a sixteen level PAM signal waveform, and employing enhanced low signal-to-noise ratio signal processing techniques in both the transmitter and receiver to accommodate the increased insertion loss of the two-wire line resulting from its extended length. Such enhanced low signal-to-noise ratio signal processing techniques include a Tomlinson precoder in the transmitter, and an adaptive linear equalizer and a module unit in the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Adtran, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Turner, Kevin W. Schneider, Richard A. Burch, Richard L. Goodson
  • Patent number: 5993440
    Abstract: A hand-held, non-invasive cutting device is configured to cut a fiber-like element, such as animal or human hair projecting from the surface of a medium, such as body skin, without exposing the user to the cutting beam. The device exterior is shaped to be readily placed against the surface of the body and has an aperture that accommodates passage of the hair to be cut into an interior region of the housing. The housing includes an optical energy beam director that directs a beam of optical energy, such as a laser beam generated by an external or internal laser, through an interior cutting zone, and onto the inserted element, thereby severing or vaporizing the element. Because the laser beam is aligned with and parallel to the longitudinal direction of the cutting window, then regardless of where it is inserted in the cutting window, the element will be cut by the laser beam. In addition, the beam cannot exit the cutting window, so that the invention is non-invasive and safe for consumer use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Faramarz Frank Ghassemi
  • Patent number: 5995681
    Abstract: A digital image processing system reduces errors in the parameters of a sensor geometry model, through which points in a captured digital image are geolocated to the surface of the earth by means of a `real time` co-registration mechanism that refines the geometry model associated with the working image in a matter of seconds. Using a co-registration mechanism such as that described in the U.S. Pat. No. 5,550,937, the system co-registers the reduced accuracy working digital image with a reference image, geographical spatial locations of respective pixels of which have been previously determined with a high degree of accuracy. The imagery co-registration operator adjusts the respective geometry models associated with its input images, in accordance with differences in cross-correlations of the respectively different spatial resolution versions of the two images, so as to bring the respective images into effective co-registration on image registration surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew J. Lee, David M. Bell, Jack M. Needham
  • Patent number: 5995046
    Abstract: An asset management radio location system uses time-of-arrival differentiation for random and repetitive spread spectrum, short duration pulse `blinks` from object-attached tags, to provide a practical, continuous identification of the location of each and every object within an environment of interest, irrespective whether the object is stationary or moving. Correlation-based RF processors determine which signals received spatially diverse antennas coupled to tag transmission readers are first-to-arrive signals as transmitted from any blinking tag. An object location processor carries out time-of-arrival differentiation of first-to-arrive transmissions from any blinking tag to determine where the respective object is located within the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Widata Corporation
    Inventors: Donald K. Belcher, Robert W. Boyd, Michael A. Wohl
  • Patent number: 5994204
    Abstract: Semiconductor-on-glass integrated circuits may include photodetectors which are stimulated by backside light passing through the glass substrate; this provides information reception by optical communication. Bipolar and field effect transistors are shielded from the light by their buried layers. Further, LEDs integrated together with photodetectors permits all optical communication among glass substrate chips. Alternative uses of glass substrate include thermal isolation for efficient thermally regulated integrated circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: William Ronald Young, Anthony L. Rivoli
  • Patent number: 5990830
    Abstract: A "just in time" pipelined signal processing architecture for a phased array antenna simultaneously updates the weights of all phase control elements of the antenna with reduced wiring complexity and fast beam steering updates. Signal propagation paths between a pipelined communication link--through subarray control processors distributed along the pipeline link--and phase control elements of the antenna array are provided with respectively different serial pipelined transport delays. These delays are such that all phase control signals produced by the subarray control processors are applied simultaneously to their associated subsets of antenna phase control elements. The use of serial (FIFO) delays to equalize pipeline and weight processing latency allows each subarray controller to process and forward serial beam vector data at the same data rate at which it is received from an upstream host processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: David K. Vail, Mark D. Fisher, Stephen S. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5990851
    Abstract: An antenna structure, such as an antenna reflector, comprises a collapsible mesh and catenary tie/cord attachment structure, retained in tension by a plurality of variable geometry spreader-standoffs connected to an inflatable tubular support hoop. The standoffs decouple the energy-focusing geometry of the antenna surface from the hoop, so as to reduce the sensitivity of the shape of the surface to variations in the shape of the tubing. Each spreader-standoff is connected to the hoop at a hinge joint of a pair of spreader-standoff elements, by a radial connection element retained in tension by the adjoining tubing. The hinge joint of a respective spreader-standoff pair is adjacent to an inner diameter side of the hoop, while distal locations of the spreader-standoff elements are located beyond an outer diameter side of the inflated hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Philip J. Henderson, Richard A. Deadwyler
  • Patent number: 5982851
    Abstract: A portable ISDN test set contains test circuitry that is controllably operative to automatically test the ISDN communication capability of an ISDN circuit. In response to a user operating a prescribed input/output element of a user interface of the test set, the test set's supervisory control processor executes a routine that places an ISDN call over a first bearer channel of the ISDN circuit, the first bearer channel having a first directory number, through a public switched telephone network to a second directory number associated with a second bearer channel of the ISDN circuit. The ISDN call is thus routed by the public switched telephone network back to the ISDN test set. When the ISDN call is received by the test set, it is automatically looped to the public switched telephone network, so that the call is rerouted to the first directory number associated with the first bearer channel to the ISDN test set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Kennedy, Paul H. Katz, Roy L. Soto
  • Patent number: 5982619
    Abstract: A printed circuit card housing provides separate cooling fluid travel paths for convectively cooling on-board heat exchangers of non mil. spec. component-retaining printed circuit cards, and for thermal conductive cooling of conventional (VME) circuit cards, while keeping both types of circuit cards sealed from contaminants that may be present in the cooling fluid. The housing includes a chassis having a card slot cavity, into which both types of printed circuit cards are retained. A cooling fluid supply/exhaust plenum provides a first cooling fluid travel path that is ported to only convectively cooled circuit cards. In order to cool the remaining circuit cards, the cooling fluid supply/exhaust plenum ports cooling fluid entering the plenum along a second cooling fluid travel path through heat exchangers installed along sidewalls of the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: Carl J. Giannatto, Kevin C. Cornish
  • Patent number: 5978192
    Abstract: A Schmitt trigger-configured overvoltage protection circuit has a hysteresis turn-on, turn-off characteristic that minimizes its sensitivity to noise, and is effective to protect an integrated circuit against a DC overvoltage condition, and electrostatic discharge-based transients, while allowing `hot` insertion of a device containing the clamping circuit into an already powered-up system. The protection circuit employs a reference device, such as a Zener diode, that enables the clamping circuit trigger threshold to be set at a value that is independent of the power supply voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventors: William R. Young, Gregg D. Croft
  • Patent number: 5974149
    Abstract: A network resource security services control system comprises an integrated arrangement of security services, that are operative to control the ability of an information storage and retrieval network user to have access to and communicate with one or more information resources within the network. The security access control mechanism monitors activity associated with a user's attempt to and actual conducting of data communications with respect to a system resource, and controllably modifies one or more security relationships of a security association that has been established among the users and resources of the system, in dependence upon one or more characteristics of the monitored activity, in such a manner that affects the ability of the system user to conduct data communications with respect to a system resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Harris Corporation
    Inventor: James Leppek
  • Patent number: 5970051
    Abstract: The problem of digital data corruption heat occurs when an analog card is inserted into a card/time slot of a D4 channel bank is effectively remedied by sampling and analyzing the channel bank's transmit enable (TNEN) lead for successive frames of time slots. Unless analyzed TNEN lead samples of a channel unit time slot of interest derived over successive frames have the same logic state associated with an analog channel unit, the PCM data lead remains default-coupled to a digital data transmission lead. This prevents PCM-encoded spurious noise on the analog PAM lead from being erroneously asserted in place of serialized digital data bits that should have been passed directly from the digital data bus to the PCM bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Adtran, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Mack, Michael W. Elliott, Clifford Hall