Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm David McEwing
  • Patent number: 8325338
    Abstract: There is disclosed a system comprising Raman spectroscopy used to detect key characteristics of ice formation on aircraft wings and engines in real time. This disclosure provides a method and apparatus for early detection of icing. The disclosed apparatus is suitable for use in aircraft, boats, oil rigs, wind turbines, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Blue Sky Group
    Inventors: John Pope, Daniel Buttry, Arthur R. Toews
  • Patent number: 8298613
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for remotely and robotically installing an organic, monolithic, structural and non structural, circumferential and partial radius membranes in conduits, pipelines or passageways. The method of spray lining a pipe, conduit, structure or passageway comprises connecting a liner supply umbilical to an in situ pipe spray liner device, connecting equipment control cables, air supply hose, electrical supply and controls for the two part liner, connecting an air supply to motors, connecting the liner supply hoses to the impingement block, connecting the air supply to one or more air motors powering a servo drive and maintaining the nozzle in the center of the pipe using a remotely controlled rotation table or scissor leg table. This method and apparatus will allow for continuous lining applications of any thickness in one pass, in conduits and passageways employing multi component liquid polymers with rapid mechanical properties formation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Quest Inspar LLC
    Inventor: Kent Weisenberg
  • Patent number: 8286671
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to an automated apparatus for filling capped needle syringes. The syringes are held in a rotatable motor controlled carousel. The carousel turns to place a syringe proximate to a dispenser mechanism. A rotatable plate on top of the dispenser mechanism holds an automated cap extractor/installer and at least one inverted vial having a needle perforatable surface. The rotatable plate can also move up and down relative to the top of the dispenser mechanism. The cap can be removed by the automated cap extractor/installer and the rotatable plate rotated to place the inverted vial over the exposed syringe needle. The rotatable plate can descend so that the needle perforates the surface of the vial. A syringe plunger tool of the dispenser mechanism engages the syringe plunger and pulls it downward. The syringe plunger tool can disengage and return to its original position. The rotatable plate can raise to remove the needle from the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Saverio Roberto Strangis
  • Patent number: 8272280
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for contaminant detection in the food industry. Particularly, the method and apparatus involve collecting air samples containing aerosolized contaminate particles from a foodstuff and analyzing the sample for presence of a contaminate. Aerosol lab-on-a-chip and/or electronic nose devices are utilized for the detection of contaminant particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Arthur T. Jones, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8246548
    Abstract: Methods for ischemic conditioning treatments of a chronic medical condition are provided. Baseline disease-related parameters of a patient with a chronic medical condition are measured. Ischemia is induced in the patient by occluding and releasing arterial flow in one or more extremities of the patient. Post-ischemia parameters in the patient are measured. The baseline and post-ischemia parameters are compared to provide an assessment of an ischemic conditioning treatment of a chronic medical condition. The repeated, scheduled delivery of ischemic conditioning provides a beneficial, therapeutic effect on the chronic medical condition. Also provided is a device for pulse oximetry during periods of absent or low pulsatile blood flow including an artificial pulse generator as well as the use of said device in assessment of ischemic conditioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Morteza Naghavi, Albert Andrew Yen, Haider Ali Hassan, David S. Panthagani
  • Patent number: 8109982
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to methods and apparatus for modulation of the sympathetic-parasympathetic balance by application of heat, carotid and/or ocular message to reduce sympathetic tone or increase parasympathetic tone in a target muscle system to relieve a symptom of urinary hesitancy, shy bladder syndrome, DESD, urinary retention, or laryngeal spasm, as well as to monitor the efficacy of treatments for bladder conditions and to assist in the passage of medical devices through bodily sphincters as well as to treat congestive heart failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Morteza Naghavi
  • Patent number: 8109231
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a lining device that can be pulled through a pipe having an approximate diameter between 1 and 36 inches. The device sprays an electrically charged lining mixture 360° onto the inside pipe surface. The lining mixture is electro-statically charged to facilitate full encapsulation and adhesion to all pipe wall surfaces in a circumferentially uniform thickness. The lining device can be contained in a multipart housing having flexible rod-like components that hold the device in the center of the longitudinal axis of the pipe. The lining mixture is conveyed to the device through heated non expanding hose. The non expanding properties facilitate the delivery of the lining under pressure to the device. The device also incorporates a dwell cone having a knurled edge that atomizes the lining mixture as it is centrifugally thrown onto the pipe wall. The device may further incorporate nitrogen in mixing the lining material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventors: Kent Weisenberg, Dudley Primeaux, II
  • Patent number: 8079819
    Abstract: The use of premium material in the construction of wind turbine blades may provide increases in blade efficiency and enable the use of thinner blades. By providing a spar cap having a section of premium material having a constant thickness, the use of the premium material may be optimized to provide a more effective use of premium material. Additional material, which may be less expensive as well as heavier, may be added near the blade root to provide additional strength and stiffness to the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Michael D. Zuteck
  • Patent number: 8075278
    Abstract: The torsional rigidity of a wind turbine blade affects the twist response of the blade induced by bending moments within the blade. By including regions having a lower modulus of rigidity than the remainder of the blade shell, the torsional rigidity of the blade shell can be decreased, and the twist response thereby increased. In blades having a single shear web, this twist response may be more pronounced. The regions of low modulus may comprise additional shell panels, or thick regions of low modulus joining material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Michael D. Zuteck
  • Patent number: 8061964
    Abstract: The specification discloses a rotating turbine tower. The tower rotates to maintain the turbine facing into the wind. This allows structure optimization. The tower structure is comprised of a leading edge and a trailing edge, with joining panels between the edge structures. The tower edges are the main structural components of the tower. The separation of the edges tapers to follow the bending moment on the tower, reducing the need to taper material thickness. The tapering shape of the tower structure matches the primary edgewise moment distribution. The tower can be assembled on site from components, thereby facilitating transportation to the tower site. The material properties and shape can be selected based upon the tower maintaining a near constant orientation with the wind. This can save weight and costs. The tower architecture can be of differing shapes such as a triangle or a structure tapering at each end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Zuteck
  • Patent number: 8062379
    Abstract: A device useful for treating an aneurysm having a neck comprises a first inflatable disc and a second inflatable disc, said second inflatable disc being adjacent to said first inflatable disc and in fluid communication therewith. The inflatable discs are sized and constructed such that when the inflatable discs are inflated, the aneurysm neck is engaged there between. The inflatable discs may include at least one wall that is substantially inelastic and may include an internal member limiting expansion of the inflatable disc in a direction parallel to the device axis. The inflatable discs may have an aspect ratio greater than 3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Hesham Morsi
  • Patent number: 8048091
    Abstract: A surgical device that includes an outer hollow body and an inner hollow body. The inner hollow body is slidably disposed within said outer hollow body and the inner hollow body includes at least two hollow arms located at the distal end of the inner hollow body. An inflatable member is rotatably attached to each hollow arm of the inner hollow body. At least a pair of suture rings are rotatably coupled to the outer hollow body wherein the suture rings are in parallel to each other and are coupled to each other by a plurality of suture clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Hesham Morsi
  • Patent number: 8006542
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for contaminant detection of body parts, such as hands, and or their coverings, such as clean room suits or gloves, and small objects. Particularly, the method and apparatus involve collecting air samples containing aerosolized contaminate particles from the objects and analyzing the sample for presence of a contaminate. Aerosol lab-on-a-chip and/or electronic nose devices are utilized for the detection of contaminant particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Arthur T. Jones, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7998168
    Abstract: A drain tube stripper containing two handles pivotally joined at one end. The second end of each handle contains a roller. The rollers meet when the handles are pressed together. The handles are of unequal length. A drain tube, e.g., surgical drain, can be stripped of fluid and material buildup by placing the open rollers over the tube and pressing the handles together. The rollers thereby pinch the drain tube and the rollers allow the device to be moved along the drain tube pushing fluid and material ahead of the rollers. The drain tube stripper allows the tube to enter between the rollers from the side and exit from the side of the opposing handle. The tube drain stripper may also contain a guide component to minimize entanglement of the drain and the device is rolled along the drain tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Robert C. Kleimann, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7993364
    Abstract: A collapsing clip including of a plurality of collapsed self expanding wire frame segments is contained within the distal end of a catheter. The clip can be maneuvered by a wire traversing through the catheter. The catheter can be placed proximate to the neck of an aneurysm within the neurovascular system. Using the wire, at least one segment can be pushed from the catheter through the aneurysm neck and expanded within the interior of the aneurysm. The wire can pull the expanded segment in a proximal direction. A proximal segment can be pushed from the catheter and expanded on the proximal side of the aneurysm. The collapsing clip impinges the distal and proximal framed wire segments onto the neck of the aneurysm. The framed wire segments are inter positioned so that the diamond shaped spaces between the wires are substantially blocked. The neck of the aneurysm is blocked by the distal and proximal framed wire segments forming a barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Noha LLC
    Inventor: Hesham Morsi
  • Patent number: 7992514
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a lining device that can be pulled through a pipe having an approximate diameter between 1 and 36 inches. The device sprays an electrically charged lining mixture 360° onto the inside pipe surface. The lining mixture is electro-statically charged to facilitate full encapsulation and adhesion to all pipe wall surfaces in a circumferentially uniform thickness. The lining device can be contained in a multipart housing having flexible rod-like components that hold the device in the center of the longitudinal axis of the pipe. The lining mixture is conveyed to the device through heated non expanding hose. The non expanding properties facilitate the delivery of the lining under pressure to the device. The device also incorporates a dwell cone having a knurled edge that atomizes the lining mixture as it is centrifugally thrown onto the pipe wall. The device may further incorporate nitrogen in mixing the lining material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventors: Kent Weisenberg, Dudley Primeaux, II
  • Patent number: 7980616
    Abstract: The disclosure teaches a seating component device for removable installation in a pickup truck. The device includes a first bracket removeably attached to a first side panel of a pickup truck bed and a first cross rail and a second cross rail attached to the bracket wherein each rail extends laterally across the truck bed. The rails connect to a second bracket removeably attached to a second side panel of a pickup truck bed. The device includes two foldable chairs hingeably mounted to the second rail, and a table mounted between the two chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Lounge Crafters LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Fletcher
  • Patent number: 7954518
    Abstract: The disclosure pertains to installing a plurality of tear cords between a metal tube and a protective jacket. The multiple cords facilitate ease of removal of the protective jacket by creating a panel of the jacket that is detached from the remainder by pulling on the multiple tear cords. The resulting widened space can be used to remove the tube from the remaining protective jacket. The jacketed tubes may be used in a hydrocarbon production downhole well bore. The tubes may be used to furnish hydraulic fluid or chemicals into the well bore. The contents may be pressurized or under vacuum. The jacketed tubes are hermetically sealed. The tubes, which may be 1 inch in diameter, are joined using compression fittings. Tear cords are used to facilitate removal of the protective jacket without damage to the tube surface thereby facilitating the placement of compression fittings and maintaining the integrity of the tube wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventors: Roy Torrance, Jody James
  • Patent number: 7953832
    Abstract: The specification teaches a method for automated configuration and installation of IPEPs such as VoIP devices. Configuration may utilize a configuration server in communication with the IPEP through a WAN. The configuration process may temporarily utilize the MAC address of the IPEP during the configuration process. The IPEP may respond directly to commands from the configuration server or a configuration proxy server. The server stores information on a database and creates files upon request of an IPEP. The specification also teaches networks created by this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Adaption Technologies Inc
    Inventors: Cory J. Richard, Andre Quebedeaux, Ricardo Araki
  • Patent number: 7946444
    Abstract: The device subject of this disclosure pertains to an insulated pipe or vessel including a single piece inspection plug device having a plug component attachable to an insulating structure and forming an aperture for access to an insulated pipe or vessel, a strap component attaching a lid component to the plug component, and that the lid component can be inserted into the aperture. Also disclosed is a method of providing access to a pipe covered with insulating material and a metal jacket comprising cutting a hole in the metal jacket and inserting the bottom of the plug component into the hole and further including inserting screws or clips through at least one pilot hole. The method may include pressing a skirt of the plug component to form an outer seal of the plug to the metal jacket and/or holding the plug component to the metal jacket using at least one flexible locking ring on the bottom of the plug component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Marie Counts-Bradley