Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Cummings & Lockwood
  • Patent number: 6712939
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing wet-felted and thermally bonded porous structures is provided to produce formed porous media for use in filters with improved filtration performance. The process includes the steps of forming a slurry with a primary media consisting of natural or synthetic fibers, a wet strength agent consisting of fibrillated fibers, and a binding agent; vacuum forming the slurry to produce a formed media; drying the formed media using a gas at a temperature below the melting temperature of the binding agent; bonding the formed media using a gas at a temperature above the melting temperature of the binding agent; and cooling the formed media using a gas at ambient temperature. The process produces a formed porous media with improved bonding which results in improved filtration performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Cuno Incorporated
    Inventors: Wei-Chih Chen, Katharine L. K. Faye, Mark Schimmel
  • Patent number: 6714628
    Abstract: A marking grid is provided for use in radiographic imaging, and a method is provided for manufacturing the marking grid. The marking grid is comprised of a radiolucent substrate with a pressure sensitive adhesive on one side, a plurality of parallel strips of radiopaque material fixed to the substrate on the side opposite the pressure sensitive adhesive, and apertures in the substrate between the parallel strips of radiopaque material. The substrate is provided on a releasable backing with a plurality of holes longitudinally spaced relative to each other, which can be used to register the position of the substrate in the equipment used to produce the marking grids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Beekley Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Broyles, Hermann Kasper, Kimberlee Olson
  • Patent number: 6692910
    Abstract: Methods of reducing gene expression, protein production and messenger RNA output in a cell are disclosed. Also disclosed is a method for delivering a selected ribozyme to a target mRNA in a cell. The methods are useful for prophylactic and therapeutic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: The University of Connecticut
    Inventors: David W. Rowe, Mary Louise Stover, Akin Beckley
  • Patent number: 6652770
    Abstract: The increase of temperature in heat sensitive devices during heat generating conditions is prevented through the absorption of heat, by providing Organic Acids in an amount sufficient to effect the required heat absorption. Where the heat generating conditions are generated by a heat generator, separate and distinct from the heat sensitive device, the Organic Acid is supported in a position between the heat sensitive device and the heat generator. Where the heat sensitive device is itself the heat generator, the Organic Acid is contacted to the heat sensitive device either directly or indirectly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Claude Q. C. Hayes
  • Patent number: 6650072
    Abstract: A control circuit is provided for regulating the rotational speed of a brushless DC motor by pulse width modulating at least one power transistor to pass a motor supply signal to the motor armature. A voltage averaging circuit generates an averaged signal indicative of the average voltage level being supplied to the motor. The averaged voltage signal is compared against a reference voltage to determine motor speed error in order to maintain the rotational speed of the motor at a generally constant level. A sawtooth or other periodic ramp signal is added to a motor current signal, and this composite signal is monitored by a comparator until it overcomes the motor speed error signal. The pwm circuit thereby modulates the power supply to regulate motor speed while maintaining a symmetrical motor armature current waveform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Nidec America Corporation
    Inventor: George H. Harlan
  • Patent number: 6644742
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel seating device (1) with an elastic support element (2), at least one support leg (3) and a seat element (4), wherein the support element (2) has a substantially toroidal support body (9) standing on the ground. One great advantage provided by the novel seating device is that upward and downward movements can be slightly dampened thereby substantially alleviating the load on the back. Slight circular movements can also be effected which have an especially prophylactic effect against possible back injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas Walser
  • Patent number: 6638444
    Abstract: The increase of temperature in heat sensitive devices during heat generating conditions is prevented through the absorption of heat, by providing Hydrated Salt in an amount sufficient to effect the required heat absorption. Where the heat generating conditions are generated by a heat generator, separate and distinct from the heat sensitive device, the Hydrated Salt is supported in a position between the heat sensitive device and the heat generator. Where the heat sensitive device is itself the heat generator, the Hydrated Salt is contacted to the heat sensitive device either directly or indirectly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Claude Q. C. Hayes
  • Patent number: 6610302
    Abstract: Compositions of pro-IFG-I E-peptides for the treatment and amelioration of tumor-producing diseases, and methods for their utilization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: University of Connecticut
    Inventors: Thomas T. Chen, Maria J. M. Chen
  • Patent number: 6607722
    Abstract: A method for inducing differentiation of monocytes contained in an extracorporeal quantity of a subject's blood into functional dendritic antigen presenting cells is provided. The monocytes are first treated by exposure to physical perturbation, irradiation in the presence of a photoactivatable agent capable of forming photoadducts with cellular DNA components, and/or treatment with a DNA binding agent. The treated monocytes are then incubated for a period of time sufficient to maximize the number of functional dendritic cells in the treated cell population. Functional dendritic cells generated from induced monocytes are incubated together with disease effector agents to enhance the presentation of at least one disease-causing antigen expressed by the disease effector agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventors: Richard Leslie Edelson, Carole Berger
  • Patent number: 6606156
    Abstract: A spectrometer is provided having a carrier, a light input for measurement light disposed on the carrier, a diffraction grating disposed on the carrier for dispersing the measurement light received from the light input, an opto-electronic detector disposed on the carrier for receiving and detecting the measurement light dispersed by the diffraction grating, at least one optical component for imaging the measurement light on the detector through the diffraction grating, a base board fastened to said carrier for supporting the opto-electronic detector, wherein the opto-electronic detector is fastened at a predetermined position on the base board, and wherein the base board and the carrier include positioning members for relatively positioning the base board on the carrier in a predetermined position. Preferably, the detector is a detector chip excluding a housing and fastened in a predetermined position on the base board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Gretag-Macbeth AG
    Inventors: Peter Ehbets, Adrian von Orelli, Eckard Vasold, Wilhelm Schebesta
  • Patent number: 6604561
    Abstract: A resealable cap for a medicament vial has a base portion formed of vulcanized rubber or like material known for providing a stable environment for the medicament contained within the vial, and a resealable portion overlying the base portion. The resealable portion is made of low-density polyethylene or like material, and can be punctured by a needle or like injection member for dispensing medicament into the vial. Prior to filling, the cap is assembled to the vial and the cap/vial assembly is sterilized. Then, a needle is inserted through the cap and medicament is introduced through the needle and into the vial. Upon withdrawal of the needle, the penetrated region of the cap is fused by laser or direct heat sealing to hermetically seal the needle hole in the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Py
  • Patent number: 6601495
    Abstract: A structural band saw blade is provided having a cutting edge defined by a plurality of teeth spaced relative to each other, and a back edge located on an opposite side of the blade relative to the cutting edge. Each tooth of the band saw blade defines a tip, a rake face formed on one side of the tip, a primary clearance surface formed on the opposite side of the tip relative to the rake face, a secondary clearance surface formed on the opposite side of the primary clearance surface relative to the tip, and a tertiary clearance surface formed on the opposite side of the secondary clearance surface relative to the first clearance surface. The primary clearance surface defines a first acute relief angle, the secondary clearance surface defines a second acute relief angle less than the first acute relief angle, and the tertiary clearance surface defines a tertiary acute relief angle greater than the first and second relief angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: American Saw & Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Mark T. Cranna
  • Patent number: 6601864
    Abstract: A device for preventing a wheelchair or a walker from passing through a doorway, the doorway having a predetermined dimension, e.g., a predetermined height. The device includes a barrier and a coupling for securing the barrier to the; wheelchair or the walker such that a portion of the barrier extends from the wheelchair or the walker. The barrier has a primary dimension sized such that a combined dimension, e.g., a combined height, of the wheelchair or the walker and the portion of the barrier extending from the wheelchair or walker is greater than the predetermined height of the doorway, such that the barrier prevents the wheelchair or the walker from passing through the doorway. The present disclosure, therefore, provides a device for preventing a wheelchair or a walker from passing through a doorway to keep a patient in a defined area and prevent the patient from entering another area where the patient might be endangered or endanger others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald Hoyt
  • Patent number: 6598270
    Abstract: An equipment mounting strap is disclosed for securing equipment in a rack having side frames. The equipment mounting strap includes two angled brackets, each bracket including a first leg defining a slot for receiving a strap and a second leg having means for fastening the angled bracket to one of the side frames of the rack, a bumper mounted on each angled bracket adjacent the slot, and a composite strap having one end fixedly fastened through the slot of one of the angled brackets and the other end detachably fastened through the slot of the other of the angled brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Ortronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Lars R. Larsen, Stewart A. Levesque, Lylette Schumacher
  • Patent number: 6599221
    Abstract: A foldable trampoline including a resilient web, a web frame assembly and a plurality of springs includes peripheral frame members pivotally connected to each other such that the web can be positioned between a first position oriented in an approximately horizontal configuration forming a trampoline, and a second position where a portion of the web is oriented at an angle of less than 180° relative the other portion of the web to thereby form a backstop for ball games. Frame assembly members dampen the movement of the frame members relative to each other to thereby control the rate at which the trampoline is folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Brian L. Goldwitz
  • Patent number: 6590648
    Abstract: A measuring device for emitted, remitted or transmitted light from a measuring object is provided having an optical detector for capturing light to be measured, said light being radiated from the measuring object; a spectrometer optically connected with the detector for dispersing the measuring light into its spectral components, said measuring light being captured by the detector, said spectrometer including a photo-electric converter for generating respective analog electrical signals from the spectral components of the measuring light; an analog/digital converter for converting the generated analog electrical signals into respective digital measurement data, said analog electrical signals being generated by the photo-electric converter; a digital computer for controlling the photo-electric converter and the analog/digital converter; a bidirectional interface for connecting the computer with an external computer; and a program for controlling the computer, said program for communicating between the computer
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Gretag-Macbeth AG
    Inventors: Adrian von Orelli, Peter Ehbets
  • Patent number: D477458
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Inventor: Brian L. Goldwitz
  • Patent number: D479113
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: American Saw & Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Brian K. Douglas
  • Patent number: D480157
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Becht Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Chawki A. Benteftifa, Charles Becht, IV, Francisco Javier Camargo Salinas
  • Patent number: D485365
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignees: Medical Instill Technologies, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals s.a.
    Inventors: Daniel Py, Norbert M. Assion, Julian V. Chan, Jacques Thilly, Christian Vandecasserie