Patents Represented by Attorney Cook Alex Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8348938
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems and methods for providing electrical energy to treat a tissue condition includes a high voltage pulse generator for generating short high voltage pulses of energy and a delivery device for receiving the pulses of energy. The delivery device includes at least a pair of needle electrodes for penetrating into the tissue and delivering the pulses of energy to the tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignees: Old Dominian University Research Foundation, Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Inventors: Richard D. Blomgren, Dilip Paithankar, Roelof Trip, Roman Slizynski, Kathleen Beauchamp
  • Patent number: 8348047
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for imparting movement to one or more articles includes placing the one or more articles on a surface of a support member and imparting vibratory motion to the support member by vibrating actutators connected to the support member wherein the vibratory motion includes at least a rotational vibratory component about one or more axes out-of-alignment with the gravity vector to produce effective force fields on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Northwestern University
    Inventors: Kevin Lynch, Paul Umbanhowar
  • Patent number: 8348247
    Abstract: A flexible tubing for fine bubble aeration is provided with an air passageway defined in part by an upper portion and a lower portion. The tubing can be made of a uniform weighted material with more material in the lower portion than in the upper portion. This makes the tubing self-orienting, in that it will tend to orient itself with micro-slits along the upper portion facing upward and the lower portion facing downward when submerged in a body of water. An automated, one-stage production line converts raw tubing material to a finished tubing product without the need for separate processing. A method of coiling the tubing places the micro-slits approximately 90° away from the surface of a spool hub, thereby avoiding a longitudinal arch in the tubing and ultimately preventing roll-over and improper slit orientation after installation in a water body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Air Diffusion Systems, A John Hinde Company
    Inventor: John N. Hinde
  • Patent number: 8351869
    Abstract: A circuit tracer includes a transmitter that places one of first and second signals on an electrical circuit depending on whether the circuit is energized. A receiver detects the signals imposed on the circuit by the transmitter, with the signal strength indicating the proximity of the receiver to the circuit. The receiver detects which of the transmitter signals is present and thereby can also indicate whether power is present on the circuit. The receiver has first and second antennas, one optimized for wide area detection and one optimized for circuit breaker detection. The receiver has an OLED display that remains properly oriented for viewing regardless of the orientation of the receiver housing. The transmitter can have a clamp version that inductively couples to the circuit being traced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Tich Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8347535
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display and method of making thereof that can comprise comprising fragmenting a first image into a plurality of individual first image fragments, fragmenting a second image into a plurality of individual second image fragments, and positioning the first image fragments and the second image fragments at locations and at orientations in a three dimensional space to form a display having the first image visible when the display is viewed in one direction, the second image visible when the display is viewed in a different direction, and neither the first image nor the second image visible when the display is viewed in other directions. The invention also envisions a kit for making a display and a method for making an advertisement where two images can be viewed from two directions and not from any other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas L. Cohlmia
  • Patent number: 8327474
    Abstract: A magnetic drain stopper assembly includes an actuating lever in a drain pipe and is movable to allow fluid flow into the drain pipe in an open position and to prevent fluid flow into the drain pipe in a closed position. A magnet on the drain stopper interacts magnetically with the actuating lever or a sleeve on the actuating lever. The magnetic drain stopper is easily removed by simply pulling it out of the drain pipe. Studs on the drain stopper catch objects that fall into the drain pipe for easy retrieval and further catch residue such as hair for easy cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony J. Van Zeeland, Ryan M. Sims
  • Patent number: 8323251
    Abstract: Needle covers are provided for medical needle assemblies having a base and a cannula. The needle cover includes hub and cap portions. The hub portion is adapted to be secured to the base. The cap portion is adapted to substantially enclose at least a distal end of the cannula when the hub portion is secured to the base. The cap portion includes at least one generally outwardly extending wing having an outer edge and an enlarged rib extending along only a portion of the outer edge of the wing and only in a direction substantially parallel to a central axis defined by the cap portion. The cap portion is separable from the hub portion upon application of a torsional force, with the rib of the wing being thicker than the portion of the wing radially inward of the outer edge to assist gripping during application of such force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Fenwal, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard L. West, Daniel R. Lynn, Mark B. Jones, Daniel F. Bischof
  • Patent number: 8323777
    Abstract: Tough decorative printable film products having holographic-type images are provided that are low in cost. These film products include a relatively high temperature film that is made by continuous extrusion of the film resin onto a master film having pre-etched holographic-type imaging in order to provide a high-temperature primary film with conforming holographic imaging. This primary film provides a tough holographic-type image that is readily secured to any number of products to impart a holographic character to them. For example, this primary film is suitable for use on the surface of recreational sportsboards. When desired, sublimation printing can be used to impart indicia, text, images and colors, alone or in combination, to the primary film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Transilwrap Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy W. Albert, Robert C. Fleherty
  • Patent number: 8323048
    Abstract: A conduit connector adapted to connect to flexible electrical conduit has a first housing with a front portion adapted to engage a front portion of a second housing. The front portion of the first housing comprises a cavity adapted to contain a first portion of an electrical connector assembly, while the front portion of the second housing comprises a cavity adapted to contain a respective second portion of the electrical connector assembly. The conduit connector further may include one or more sealing elements to prevent the intrusion of dust, debris or containments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Ideal Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan E. Zantout, Dennis M. Breen, IV
  • Patent number: 8317278
    Abstract: Slide assemblies having telescopic slide members, a handle assembly and open and closed positions, with either or both of the open and closed positions being a releasable locking position, while merely requiring an intuitive pushing or pulling on a handle in the direction of intended movement to both unlock and move the slide assembly from the respective optional locking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Enos
  • Patent number: 8317083
    Abstract: A cash drawer having a secured storage compartment accessible from the front when the drawer is closed or open is disclosed. The storage compartment includes a cover and bottom tray, the forward upper ends of which are upwardly positioned to define a chute which is in communication with a slot in the cash drawer front plate for depositing items such as, for example, large denomination paper currency into the storage compartment. Controlled access to the compartment is provided by a suitable lock such as, for example, a dead bolt key lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Block and Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul E. Specht
  • Patent number: 8309343
    Abstract: The application discloses an apparatus and method for processing biological material, including a suspension of cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignees: Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healtcare S.A.
    Inventors: Kyungyoon Min, Thomas E. Dudar, James C. Laird
  • Patent number: 8308757
    Abstract: A hydraulically actuated medical instrument includes an elongated shaft having proximal and distal ends, a hydraulically actuated end effector at the distal end of the shaft and a fluid flow path extending through the shaft to the end effector. The end effector may be directly manually operated by way of a handle located at the proximal end of the shaft or remotely, for example, via robotic controller. Articulation joints may be provided along the shaft, between the shaft and end effector or handle, or elsewhere. The hydraulic actuation of the present invention permits multiple axis instrument articulation, miniaturization and simplified instrument fabrication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Richard A. Hillstead, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Hillstead, Bryan D. Knodel
  • Patent number: 8297575
    Abstract: A standard and shelf support are provided for supporting one or more shelves at selected elevations from a vertical surface. The standard has a rear wall, and first and second mounting walls being spaced apart and extending from the rear wall. The first and second mounting walls define a channel that is open to the front of the standard. At least one of the first and second mounting walls defines a plurality of spaced apart notches which are not visible from the front of the standard, and the notches are adapted to receive a retention member on a shelf support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Richard G. Kluge
  • Patent number: 8292795
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for intraocular brachytherapy are disclosed in which a cannula is introduced into the eye for delivery of radiation to a target tissue. Techniques for properly locating the cannula with respect to the target tissue, for protecting non-target tissue, for regulating heat generated by x-ray emitters, and for combining therapies are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: NeoVista, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A Hillstead, Charles E. Larsen, Roelof Trip, Cory S. Anderson, Eberhard Fritz, Rainer Pintaske
  • Patent number: 8291667
    Abstract: A suspended ceiling system is provided comprising at least first and second parallel inverted tee-runners. Each tee-runner comprises a horizontal flange and a vertical web, with the vertical web having at least two spaced openings therein. At least one ceiling panel is associated with the parallel tee-runners. The ceiling panel has opposed side walls and opposed end walls, with a pair of first tabs formed at one end of the ceiling panel and a pair of second tabs formed at the opposite end of the panel. The first tabs are relatively longer than the second tabs and have a length sufficient so that each first tab extends through one of the spaced openings in the web of the first inverted tee-runner and rests on the flange of the first tee-runner, with the second tabs being supported by the flange of the second tee-runner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Chicago Metallic Corporation
    Inventors: Peter G. Jahn, Mark A. Fladeland
  • Patent number: D670447
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Hoplite Armour LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Emrich, John Larkin, Frederick Mariani, William Rempe
  • Patent number: D671821
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas J. Anzelmo
  • Patent number: D673469
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zenton Bernard Groten, S.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Groten, Manuel Aizpurua
  • Patent number: D673470
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zenten Bernard Groten, S.L.
    Inventors: Alberto Groten, Manuel Aizpurua