Patents Represented by Attorney Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung & Stenzel, LLP
  • Patent number: 8352197
    Abstract: The invention relates to an arrangement and method for monitoring and presenting the status of an electrolytic process in an electrolytic cell (1). The arrangement is characterized by a return channel arrangement (8) for transmitting status information, established by the data processing means (7) of a data processing device (6) and describing the status of the electrolytic process in the electrolytic cell (1), from the data processing device (6) to an indicator device (9) arranged in connection with the electrolytic cell (1). The indicator device (9) comprises first presentation means (10) for presenting the status information established by the data processing means (7) of the data processing device (6) and describing the status of the electrolytic process in the electrolytic cell (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Outotec Oyj
    Inventors: Ari Rantala, Lauri Nordlund, Jyrki Malinen
  • Patent number: 8347974
    Abstract: A safety locking device 18 for a quick hitch/coupler 10 of an earth working machine. The safety locking device 18 has a locking element 21 which is biased into a locking position to automatically lock a front pin of an implement when it is engaged in the hook 14 of the coupler 10. The safety locking device 18 has an hydraulic operable mechanism to move the locking element 21 to an unlocking position. The hydraulic supply to the safety locking device 18 is independent of the hydraulic supply to a locking mechanism 16 of the coupler 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew James Calvert, David Aperahama Calvert
  • Patent number: 8343350
    Abstract: The invention comprises a membrane and device and method for removing proteases from fluids, particularly from biological fluids and pharmaceutical solutions, which uses a microporous membrane body, whereby inhibitors that selectively bind proteases are coupled to the membrane body by chemically activated groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sartorius AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Demmer, Dietmar Nussbaumer, Hans-Heinrich Hörl
  • Patent number: 8343778
    Abstract: The invention encompasses microfluidic microarray assemblies (MMA) and subassemblies and methods for their manufacture and use. In one embodiment, first and second channel plates are provided and are sealingly connected to a test chip in consecutive steps. Each plate includes microfluidic channels configured in a predetermined reagent distribution pattern. The test chip comprises a plurality of discrete test positions, each test position being located at the intersection between a first predetermined reagent pattern and a second predetermined reagent pattern, wherein at least one of said patterns is non-linear. The first channel plate allows the distribution of a first reagent on said test chip, wherein said first reagent is immobilized at said test positions. The second channel plate allows the distribution of a second reagent on said test chip, wherein said second reagent comprises a plurality of different test samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Simon Fraser University
    Inventors: Hua Zhong Yu, Meenakshinathan Parameswaren, Paul Chi Hang Li, Xing Yue Peng, Hong Chen, Wa Lok Chou
  • Patent number: 8341860
    Abstract: The present invention provides a tubular support (12) comprising a composite layer of resin and longitudinal arranged first fibers (66), said tubular support (12) further comprising longitudinal arranged second fibers (68) that are concentrated in discrete domains along the circumference of the tubular support, said second fibers having a Tensile modulus that is higher than the Tensile modulus of said first fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Frangible Safety Posts Limited
    Inventors: Gerard S. Boyce, Nigel A. Finney, Ralph T. Middleton, Nicholas L. Weatherby
  • Patent number: 8343351
    Abstract: The invention comprises a membrane and device and method for removing proteases from fluids, particularly from biological fluids and pharmaceutical solutions, which uses a microporous membrane body, whereby inhibitors that selectively bind proteases are coupled to the membrane body by chemically activated groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Sartorius AG
    Inventors: Wolfgang Demmer, Dietmar Nussbaumer, Hans-Heinrich Hörl
  • Patent number: 8343550
    Abstract: Conventional spray-drying methods are improved by incorporation of a pressure nozzle and a diffuser plate to improve the flow of drying gas and a drying chamber extension to increase drying time, such improvements leading to the formation of homogeneous solid dispersions of drugs in concentration-enhancing polymers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Bend Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald A. Beyerinck, Heather L. M. Deibele, Dan E. Dobry, Roderick J. Ray, Dana M. Settell, Ken R. Spence
  • Patent number: 8342526
    Abstract: A card shuffler that moves cards one-at-a-time from the bottom of a deck in a deck-crib to randomly designated single-card receptacles in a dealing rack. The dealing rack is moved by a motor to align a receptacle, randomly selected from among remaining empty receptacles, with an outfeed slot of the deck-crib to receive each card to be moved from the deck-crib. A space is provided in the dealing rack where a dealer's hand can reach cards and remove them from the dealing rack. A controller can cause the dealing rack to move so as to allow a selected number of cards to be removed by the dealer for a player hand or a dealer hand. A card reader may be included, and positions in the dealing rack of cards identified by the card reader can be stored in memory in the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Savant Shuffler LLC
    Inventors: David E. Sampson, Steven L. Forte
  • Patent number: 8338633
    Abstract: A method of processing wood oil which is generated during pulping. In the method, low molecular weight carboxyl acid that is approximately 0.5-5.0% of the wood oil quantity (weight) is added to that wood oil early in its separation stage, in order to esterify the alcohol groups present in the wood oil, by the said acid. The protective esterification according to the present invention prevents the esterification of the alcohol groups by the fatty acids naturally present in the wood oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Forchem Oy
    Inventor: Esko Kiviranta
  • Patent number: 8336750
    Abstract: A stapler 100 is provided with a driver 5 provided at a forward end of the driver arm 4, as shown in FIG. 20A, driving a staple 30 out according to any predetermined clinching force, the driver 5 having projections 5b, 5b which contact portions of the staple 30 over the legs of the staple pushed against the front inner wall of the magazine 3 by a staple-pushing member 40. Accordingly, the clinching force is transferred to the legs through the projections 5b, 5b of the driver 5 so that the clinching force can be concentrated onto the legs. Furthermore, a staple-pushing member 40 pushes the staple 30, so that it is possible to prevent buckling from occurring in the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Jun Maemori
  • Patent number: 8333418
    Abstract: An implement (800) for use in the consumption of food includes a pair of elongate members (820, 822) having a first end for contacting the food and a second end for applying a pressure to operate the implement. The elongate members are pivotable with respect to each other. The implement is urged to a storing position in which the first ends of the elongate members are in close proximity to each other and the second ends are spaced apart so that as pressure is applied to the second ends of the elongate members (820, 822) the elongate members pivot with respect to each other separating the first ends and enabling food to be located there between. When the pressure is released the food is gripped by the first ends of the elongate members and can be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Dragonsticks Limited
    Inventor: Prakash Gosai
  • Patent number: 8328176
    Abstract: To provide a paper-sheet-loading device that makes it easy to take out booklet or the like loaded on a tray. The paper-sheet-loading device 1 is provided with a discharge-processing portion 7 which discharges the booklet or the like through a discharge portion and a discharged paper stacker 8 having a loading stage 80 on which the booklet or the like discharged from the discharge-processing portion 7 is loaded. The loading stage 80 is provided with a tray 81 on which the booklet or the like is loaded and which can be pulled out from the front side of the device and an auxiliary loading member 80b closing the lower side of a rear side of the tray 81 when the tray 81 is pulled out. The auxiliary loading member 80b has a shape after a loading face 81a of the tray 81 and becomes exposed continuously from the lower side of the tray 81 to the rear side thereof, thereby enabling the booklet or the like to be loaded without losing its balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: MAX Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masashi Shimamura
  • Patent number: 8322491
    Abstract: A stepladder includes first and second legs and a plurality of treads, wherein each first and second leg forms a separate channel for receiving the treads. A pad installed in the stepladder includes has a first portion residing under compression within the channel of the first leg between adjacent treads and a second portion residing outside of the channel of the first leg to provide the cushion for a worker when carrying the stepladder on his or her shoulder. The pad, suitably consisting of closed-cell foam, is held within the channel by frictional forces between the resilent pad, the first leg and the adjacent treads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Working Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Henry Crampton
  • Patent number: 8318227
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for removing fat floating on hot soup. A thermally conducting plate 14 having a flat underside is cooled to a temperature below that at which the flat solidifies and lowered onto the floating fat to cause the fat to congeal and adhere to its underside. The plate 14 is then raised to remove the adhering fat from the soup, and the fat adhering to the underside is scraped off by dragging the underside across a straight edge 22.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Ilan Zadik Samson
  • Patent number: 8309129
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical composition comprises nanoparticles comprising a poorly water-soluble drug, ethylcellulose, and a bile salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Bend Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren Kenyon Miller, Michael Mark Morgen, Daniel Tod Smithey
  • Patent number: 8308292
    Abstract: A soft contact lens for fitting to a cornea includes a lens main body made of a light permeable member. The lens main body has a diameter larger than that of a light-shielding portion which shields incident light incident to the cornea. The light-shielding portion includes a main body constituting a light-shielding member, an aperture that allows incident light to be transmitted, the aperture being positioned on a position of the main body of the light-shielding portion, and multiple holes that maintain a scotopic vision and a night vision, the holes being provided around the aperture in the main body of the light-shielding portion and each of the holes having a diameter smaller than that of the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Universal View Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Arai, Sunao Mikawa
  • Patent number: 8302835
    Abstract: To prevent clogging in a jet nozzle without using any inert gas and to allow reliability to be improved by filling a through hole of a printed circuit board with the molten solder. By flowing the molten solder 4 in the solder bath 2 from inside of the inner cylinder 15 to a nozzle cap 19, the inside of the nozzle cap 19 is filled with the molten solder 4, and the molten solder 4 filling the inside of the nozzle cap 19 is flown downward from between an inner cylinder 15 and an outer cylinder 16 without substantially flowing it to outside from an insert hole 19a. This enables the molten solder 4 to be prevented from oxidizing because the molten solder 4 is not exposed to the outside air. For this reason, it is possible to prevent clogging in the jet nozzle 3 without filling a part of nozzle outlet with any inert gas as in the conventional soldering apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Senju Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Issaku Sato, Akira Takaguchi
  • Patent number: 8297241
    Abstract: A hydraulic actuator (1) comprising a body (2), in which a control arm (5) and a lift means (6) provided with a piston surface (22) are arranged, which lift means is arranged to follow the reference movement of the control arm (5), and an inlet port (3) and an outlet port (4) for hydraulic medium. The body (2) encloses a pressure chamber (10) delimited by the piston surface (22) of the lift means (6), and the movement of the control arm (5) provides a flow connection between the inlet port (3) and the pressure chamber (10) in order to move the lift means (6), and the movement of the control arm (5) in the opposite direction provides a flow connection between the pressure chamber (10) and the outlet port (4) in order to move the lift means (6) in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Wärtsilä Finland Oy
    Inventors: Juha Alajoki, Pekka Hautala, Jyrki Kajaste, Jukka Kiijärvi, Petri Kuosmanen, Markus Niemi
  • Patent number: D669756
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Crofts & Assinder Limited
    Inventor: Zoran Matijevic
  • Patent number: D670595
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Cascade Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley J. Vandehey, D. Clark Jordan, Scott E. Schauer