Patents Represented by Attorney Dann, Dorfman, Herrell & Skillman, P.C.
  • Patent number: 8096890
    Abstract: An amusement ride assembly includes a rotatable endless loop cable spanning between end stations and a drive system operable to rotate the loop cable. A passenger carrier is suspended from the cable and includes a roller mechanism to enable the passenger carrier to free-roll along the cable and an associated clamping mechanism to alternatively fix the passenger carrier to the cable. A control system may control the drive system and to enable actuation of the clamping mechanism to fix the passenger carrier to the cable when the carrier is at a position along the cable remote from the end stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Keith Randal Anderson, Arthur Tyndall
  • Patent number: 8083915
    Abstract: A microfabricated device employing a bridging membrane and methods for electrokinetic transport of a liquid phase biological or chemical material using the same are described. The bridging membrane is deployed in or adjacent to a microchannel and permits either ionic current flow or the transport of gas species, while inhibiting the bulk flow of material. The use of bridging membranes in accordance with this invention is applicable to a variety of processes, including electrokinetically induced pressure flow in a region of a microchannel that is not influenced by an electric field, sample concentration enhancement and injection, as well as improving the analysis of materials where it is desired to eliminate electrophoretic bias. Other applications of the bridging membranes according to this invention include the separation of species from a sample material, valving of fluids in a microchannel network, mixing of different materials in a microchannel, and the pumping of fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen C. Jacobson, J. Michael Ramsey, Christopher T. Culbertson, William B. Whitten, Robert S. Foote
  • Patent number: 8084732
    Abstract: A reflectron lens for a time-of-flight mass spectrometer and a method of making same are disclosed. The reflectron lens includes a glass tube having a conductive surface along the length of the tube. The conductive surface has an electrical resistance gradient along its length. The electrical resistance gradient provides an electric field interior to the tube that varies in strength along the length of the tube when an electric potential is applied to opposing ends of the tube. A mass spectrometer incorporating the reflectron lens, a method of making the reflectron lens, and an apparatus for removing lead from the surface of a lead silicate glass tube are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Burle Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce N. Laprade
  • Patent number: 8066184
    Abstract: A ballot or sheet having an anti-copying feature provides for detecting from an image of the ballot or sheet whether the ballot or sheet is an original or is a copy. The anti-copying feature may lighten or darken, or both, when copied and may or may not be evident to the human eye. A reader comprising an imager and a processor is for reading the ballot or sheet and for determining whether the ballot or sheet is an original or is a copy, and for determining selections marked thereon. A method for reading the ballot or sheet is for determining from an image of the ballot or sheet whether the ballot or sheet is an original or is a copy, and for determining selections marked thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Avante International Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Kwong-Tai Chung, Victor Jun Dong
  • Patent number: 8061780
    Abstract: A cushion for a seat of good appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: TS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumitaka Tsuji, Takahito Yabe
  • Patent number: 8058462
    Abstract: Ligand-modified poly oxo-hydroxy metal ion materials and their uses are disclosed, in particular for nutritional, medical, cosmetic or biologically related applications for example for the treatment of a deficiency related to a component of the material or for the removal of an endogenous substance capable of binding to the material. The present invention further relates to processes for preparing the materials and optimising their physico-chemical properties and their medical uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Medical Research Council
    Inventors: Jonathan Joseph Powell, Sylvaine Francoise Bruggraber, Nuno Jorge Rodrigues Faria, Dora Isabel Amaral Pereira
  • Patent number: 8020932
    Abstract: A vehicle seat is disclosed which comprises a seat cushion (1), first and second seat backs (2, 3) separated from each other in a vehicle width direction and pivotally supported to the seat cushion (1), a first recliner device (22) for allowing the first seat back (2) to be pivoted in a forward/rearward direction with respect to the seat cushion (1), and a second recliner device (34) for allowing the second seat back (3) to be pivoted in the forward/rearward direction with respect to the seat cushion (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignees: TS TECH Co., Ltd., HONDA MOTOR Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuro Yamada, Kazuyuki Kaneko
  • Patent number: 8021895
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of detecting renal transplant rejection and other forms of renal damage. Protein markers or renal damage are provided, along with assays for detecting said markers. Also provided are methods for identifying markers of renal damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Electrophoretics Limited
    Inventors: Stefan Kienle, Richard Joubert
  • Patent number: 8017151
    Abstract: Compositions and methods for transporting biologically active proteins and polypeptides, particularly across the blood-brain barrier, are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska by and Behalf of the University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Inventors: Elena V. Batrakova, Serguei V. Vinogradov, Alexander V. Kabanov
  • Patent number: 8017071
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant, martensitic steel alloy having very good cold formability is described. The alloy has the following weight percent composition. Carbon 0.10-0.40 Manganese 0.01-2.0? Silicon ?2.0 max. Phosphorus ?0.2 max. Sulfur 0.030 max.? Chromium 10-15 Nickel ?0.5 max. Molybdenum 0.75-4.0? Nitrogen 0.02-0.15 Copper 1.5-4.0 Titanium 0.01 max. Aluminum 0.01 max. Niobium + Tantalum 0.10 max. Vanadium 0.20 max. Zirconium less than 0.001 Calcium less than 0.001 The balance of the alloy is essentially iron. Nickel and copper are balanced in the alloy such that the ratio Ni/Cu is less than 0.2. A second embodiment of the alloy contains at least about 0.005% sulfur, selenium, or a combination thereof to provide good machinability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: CRS Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Magee, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8012416
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for thawing and heating biological material such as plasma, bone marrow or stem cells. The apparatus includes a housing containing a fluid-filled, sealed bladder for receiving a bag of the biological material. An agitator is provided which is operable to inflate an actuator pillow causing a support plate to compress the fluid-filled bladder, thereby promoting movement of the fluid within the bladder to agitate the biological material. A heater is provided which heats the fluid while contained in the bladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: CytoTherm, L.P.
    Inventor: Roman Kuzyk
  • Patent number: 7999232
    Abstract: A gas detector (10) that is arranged to sense the concentration levels of target gases oxygen, methane, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen sulphide, within a gas sample from an environment surrounding the detector. The gas detector (10) comprises laser sources (12a-12d) that are arranged to transmit radiation through the gas sample at four target wavelengths that correspond approximately to the optimum absorption wavelengths of each of the target gases and an optical detector (16) that is arranged to sense the intensity of the radiation transmitted through the gas sample at each of the target wavelengths. A control system (22) generates representative concentration level information for the target gases based on the level of absorption of the radiation transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Photonic Innovations Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Colin Wilson, Sri Kumar Sandeep, Reece Wim Geursen
  • Patent number: 7993674
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel solid dosage unit, preferably in the form of a film or thin troche, containing at least one pharmaceutical agent, and its method of manufacture, which involves introduction of a fluid containing at least one non-volatile material, such as a polymeric film forming substance, a volatile carrier and at least one pharmaceutical agent into a depression or cavity comprising the major element of the packaging film for the finished dosage unit (s), and removing the volatile carrier from the cavity by exposure to radiant energy, whereby the remaining non-volatile residue comprises the desired dosage unit. The packaging film can be subsequently lidded by conventional sealing methods to produce packaged dosage units which are suitable for sublingual and other oral applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Michael K. Weibel
  • Patent number: 7995823
    Abstract: A method and system are provided to report the findings of an expert's analysis of image data. The method and system are based on a reporting system that forms the basis of an image management system that can efficiently and systematically generate image reports, facilitate data entry into searchable databases for data mining, and expedite billing and collections for the expert's services. The expert identifies a significant finding on an image and attaches a location:description code to the location of that finding in order to create a significant finding and an entry into a database. Further descriptions of that finding, such as dimensional measurements, may be automatically appended to the finding as secondary attributes. After the evaluation, the system sorts the findings in the database and presents the findings by prioritized categories. The expert edits and approves a multimedia report which may be delivered by electronic means to an end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Wake Forest University Health Sciences
    Inventors: David J. Vining, Yaorong Ge, David K. Ahn, David R. Stelts
  • Patent number: 7980181
    Abstract: A drag racing roller coaster amusement ride has at least two sets running rails, each set having at least one running rail and an embark point. At least two carriers (109) are arranged to carry at least one rider on a respective set of running rails with the rider(s) in a substantially prone position. Each carrier is arranged to slidingly engage with the respective set of running rails to enable the carriers to traverse the ride. The ride has an indicator (109) to provide a ride commencement indication. A launch system is configured to provide a powered initial motion to each carrier. Each carrier has a ride activator controllable by a rider of the carrier to trigger the launch system to commence the ride for the carrier following the ride commencement indication. Launch systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Manchester Securities Limited
    Inventors: Christopher James Heaslip, Robert Cummins
  • Patent number: 7971706
    Abstract: A conveyor having conveyor chain 100 adapted to be engaged and driven by drums 180 and 190 having spiral flights. The conveyor chain has a number of interconnected conveying modules 120, 140, 150 and 160. Selected modules 120 are aligned in the direction of travel parallel to the axis of rotation of the drums. Each of the aligned modules has a traveling guide socket 122 on the back surface, which engages with flight portions 180a and 190a of the spiral drums, so that the chain is advanced by the rotation of the drums. The modules are rectangular and are interconnected in columns and rows, preferably in a brick pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Hajime Ozaki, Katsutoshi Shibayama, Satoshi Hotchi, Tsuyoshi Nakamura, Fukukazu Kato
  • Patent number: 7972233
    Abstract: A bearing roller chain which is sealed by a seal mechanism which prevents entry of foreign substances from the outside and leakage of lubricating oil leakage from the inside to the outside, resulting in an improvement in wear resistance of the bearing roller and avoidance both of rotation failure of the roller and of increased traveling resistance of the chain. A seal mechanism is provided between an inner link plate of a bearing roller chain and a bearing roller assembly carried by the link plate. The bearing roller assembly is formed by a plurality of anti-friction rollers between a hollow roller and a bush. The seal mechanism comprises an inner annular oil seal member, a spacer and a disk-shaped seal member having a flange extended toward an outer side surface of the hollow roller loosely into an outer circumferential concave groove on an end surface of the hollow roller. The disk-shaped seal member slidably comes into close contact with the inner link plate and the spacer, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Makoto Fujiwara, Makoto Tanimura, Tetsuo Imamoto
  • Patent number: D642977
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Tait Electronics Limited
    Inventors: Gregory David Kendall, Rodney Steven Mackrell, Aaron Maurice Duncan
  • Patent number: D649793
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Air New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Glen Wilson Porter, Victoria Anne Bamford, Kerry Alan Reeves, Stuart Anthony Eric Hilton
  • Patent number: D652645
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Air New Zealand Limited
    Inventors: Glen Wilson Porter, Victoria Anne Bamford, Kerry Alan Reeves, Stuart Anthony Eric Hilton