Patents Represented by Attorney Charles N. Quinn
  • Patent number: 7416096
    Abstract: A container of liquid color material has a diaphragm liquid color pump located therewithin for providing liquid color from the container and non-drip apparatus for releaseably connecting the container with a blender for supply of liquid color thereto and methods for pumping and supplying liquid color incorporating the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen B. Maguire
  • Patent number: 7347007
    Abstract: A vacuum dryer and method for drying granular or powdery material including at least one canister for holding said material being movable among a series of locations including material heating and vacuum drying locations, means for moving said canister among said locations, and means for directing heating air to a canister for delivery to said canister at a selected position on said canister for heated air passage though material in said canister in a selected direction corresponding to the selected position at which said heated air is delivered to said canister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen B. Maguire
  • Patent number: 7341195
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for targeted education and advertising preferably includes sanitary paper comprising a plurality of portions and a consumer-friendly message disposed on at least one of the plurality of portions. The consumer-friendly message preferably comprises commercial or noncommercial health-related advertising information. A URL is preferably disposed on the at least one of the plurality of portions and the URL is preferably associated with a host computer system hosting a health-related newsletter template. The paper preferably also includes a code disposed on the at least one of the plurality of portions, where the code is preferably associated with the health-related advertising information and health-related newsletter content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Deirdre M. Cimino
  • Patent number: 7312074
    Abstract: There is described a method of isolating nucleotide sequences encoding target peptides from DNA libraries using DNA binding proteins to link the peptide to the sequence which encodes it. DNA libraries are prepared from cells encoding the protein of interest, or from synthetic DNA, and inserted into, or adjacent to, a DNA binding protein in an expression vector to create a chimeric fusion protein. Incorporation of the vector DNA into a carrier package, during expression of the chimeric fusion protein, results in the production of a peptide display carrier package (PDCP) displaying the DNA-bound fusion protein on the external surface of the carrier package. Employment of affinity purification techniques results in the PDCP particles containing sequences encoding the desired peptide to be selected and the desired nucleotide sequences obtained therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Duncan McGregor
  • Patent number: 7302743
    Abstract: A reusable casket includes a rectangular solid-configured body preferably having a casket top hingedly connected to a casket rear for pivotal movement between a casket-open position and a casket-closed position, a casket front pivotally connected to a casket bottom between a casket-closed position and a casket-open position, a latch for retaining the casket front in the casket-closed position and a lock for securing the casket top to the casket front. The reusable casket also has a tray for supporting a disposable cremateable container for human remains and track assemblies connected to the casket bottom for rotatably supporting the tray during tray movement along the casket bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Harry J. Fash
  • Patent number: 7296997
    Abstract: An apparatus for simulating interdental papilla having a support for interdental gingival tissue and an attachment for securing the support to an interimplant bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Howard Fraiman
  • Patent number: 7251899
    Abstract: A direct reading prism pole has a tubular housing having an open top, a flange at the open top, a conical bottom portion for wedging the tubular housing into ground soil, a height-adjusting rod partially inserted into the tubular housing by a friction fit, a lip positioned at the top of height-adjustable rod, a laser sensor mounted to the outer surface of the tubular housing for emitting a laser toward the lip to take height measurements of the distance between the laser sensor and the lip, an electronic control unit for receiving the height measurements and providing height reference data, an electronic display for displaying the height reference data, an audio device for emitting an alarm indicating movement of the height-adjusting rod with respect to the tubular housing, and an output device for sending the height reference data to a data collection device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Wilkinson & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Yandrick, Edward Wilkinson, John Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 7234247
    Abstract: A low pressure dryer for granular or powdery material includes a plurality of canisters rotatable about a common vertical axis serially among material heating, vacuum drying and material inventory discharge positions; pneumatic piston-cylinder means for rotating the canisters about said axis among said heating, vacuum drying and inventory discharge positions; means for heating contents of a canister at said heating position; means for sealing and drawing vacuum within a canister at said vacuum drying position and means for selectably permitting downward flow of dried granular or powdery material out of a canister at said discharge position where said canisters move collectively and unitarily one with another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Stephen B. Maguire
  • Patent number: 7234613
    Abstract: A valve assembly including a downwardly directed funnel, a substantially cylindrical body position within a cylindrical base and a cylindrical valve within the cylindrical body atop of the funnel includes a baffle, a latch and a planar semi-circular surface about which the cylindrical valve adapted to rotate to open and close the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Patrick D. McGuire
  • Patent number: 7228639
    Abstract: A measuring device for obtaining inlet invert measurements, pipe invert measurements, and pipe diameter measurements includes an invert measuring rod having a plurality of rod segments, each a threaded bore at a first end and an axially extending threaded stud at a second end, a foot assembly comprising a guide rod removably connected to and extending perpendicularly from the bottom of the lower segment of the continuous rod, when connected having a free end opposite the connecting with the invert measuring rod with a bottom conical foot connected to and extending downwardly from the free end of the guide rod and parallel to the invert measuring rod, the bottom conical foot having an axial length the same as axial length of the conical rod tip, and extending from the free end of the guide rod parallel to the invert measuring rod and a diameter measuring sleeve, having a tubular portion positionable concentrically about the invert measuring rod and having an inner diameter just greater than the outer diameter
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Wilkinson & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: John Wilkinson, Edward Wilkinson, Richard Yandrick
  • Patent number: 7219829
    Abstract: A planar carrier for a coded card is substantially aesthetically irreversibly convertible from a substantially two-dimensional blank into a three-dimensional card enclosing gift package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Tracey Treat
  • Patent number: 7218210
    Abstract: A multi-wheel highway vehicle for transporting passengers, cargo or both has a plurality of wheels supporting the vehicle with the wheels having pneumatic tires mounted thereon, at least one transducer connected to one of the wheels for sensing pressure in a tire mounted on the wheel and providing a output signal indicative of the pressure, a comparator mounted on the wheel receiving the output signal provided by the transducer for comparing the output signal from the transducer to a reference and providing a second output signal indicative of the comparison and a transmitter carried by the vehicle receiving the second output signal provided by the comparator for sending tire pressure information derived from the second output signal to a remote locale, optionally together with information identifying the vehicle and/or the location of the vehicle and/or the speed and/or the direction of travel of the vehicle and/or the identity of the driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventors: Bruce Schoenberger, Edward P. Eberhardt
  • Patent number: 7156109
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved combination tooth pick/dental floss appliance, with the addition of, a food and or medicament pad. The tasks carried out by the invention are beyond basic flossing to include the delivery system of an attached medicament such as or combination of, nicotine, breath fresheners, antacids, fluoride, and teeth brighteners. This invention is most valuable to a person on the go, who does not have easy access to facilities to brush their teeth as desired. This combination dental tool with the accompanying medicament gives one the ability to cleanse one's teeth as well as freshen one's mouth whether it be after eating or smoking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Mark A. Sampson
  • Patent number: 7139699
    Abstract: Method and apparatus to measure jitter (period-to-period fluctuations in fundamental frequency) among the voices of suicidal, major depressed, and non-suicidal patients to predict near-term suicidal risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen E. Silverman, Asli Ozdas, Marilyn K. Silverman
  • Patent number: 7121534
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for gasifying a liquid wherein a liquid feedstock (2) to be gasified is passed down a surface (8) in the presence of a gas and into standing liquid (6), the surface having at least one change in gradient (8a, 8b) to provide a surface for the development of turbulence which is essential in drawing gas into the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Dyhaw Limited
    Inventor: Claude Dyson
  • Patent number: 7076592
    Abstract: An electrical modular power node comprising a power bus backplane containing a plurality of bus bars, at least some of which are connectable to at least one power source, each bus bar having a plurality of terminals at regular intervals along the bus bar, each terminal being in a standard position in a pattern with terminals from the other bus bars and all terminal patterns being in a standard orientation on the backplane, and a plurality of functional modules, each housing circuitry having at least one connector for a connection to at least one terminal on one of the bus bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: SPD Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: John I. Ykema
  • Patent number: 7066689
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing granular material to a loading hopper preparatory to processing includes a receptacle receiving material prior to processing thereof by machinery supplied by the hopper with a top including a first valve for selectably connecting the receptacle to vacuum or ambient air, a conduit for drawing vacuum in the receptacle, a conduit for connecting the receptacle to a supply of the granular material, a second valve for selectably permitting material flow from the receptacle into the hopper, and a sensor control for temporarily adjustably closing the first valve and opening the second valve responsively to detected presence of a suitable amount of material in the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen B. Maguire
  • Patent number: 7062443
    Abstract: A method for evaluating near-term suicidal risk by analysis of a series of spoken words includes converting the spoken series of words into a signal having characteristics indicative of said words as spoken, dynamically monitoring said signal to detect changes therein and identifying the person as having a relatively high near-term risk of suicide on the basis of such monitored changes in the signal relative to the speech of individuals in good mental health having no near-term suicidal risk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventors: Stephen E. Silverman, deceased, Marilyn K. Silverman
  • Patent number: D532960
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Penguin Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Pellerin
  • Patent number: D551486
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Inventor: Jonathan Ford