Patents Represented by Law Firm Epstein, Edell & Retzer
  • Patent number: 5910710
    Abstract: An electrodeless lamp waveguide structure includes tuned absorbers for spurious RF signals. A lamp waveguide with an integral frequency selective attenuation includes resonant absorbers positioned within the waveguide to absorb spurious out-of-band RF energy. The absorbers have a negligible effect on energy at the selected frequency used to excite plasma in the lamp. In a first embodiment, one or more thin slabs of lossy magnetic material are affixed to the sidewalls of the waveguide at approximately one quarter wavelength of the spurious signal from an end wall of the waveguide. The positioning of the lossy material optimizes absorption of power from the spurious signal. In a second embodiment, one or more thin slabs of lossy magnetic material are used in conjunction with band rejection waveguide filter elements. In a third embodiment, one or more microstrip filter elements are tuned to the frequency of the spurious signal and positioned within the waveguide to couple and absorb the spurious signal's energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: Fusion Lighting, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Simpson
  • Patent number: 5847517
    Abstract: Ignition of an electrodeless lamp, energized by microwave or radio frequency energy, is achieved by disposing a ferroelectric igniter in the lamp envelope along with the fill material. The igniter responds to switching of its spontaneous ferroelectric polarization by emitting electrons that collide with the atoms of the fill material to discharge further electrons and ultimately provide emission of light. In the preferred embodiment, the microwave or radio frequency energy used to excite the fill material is applied to the ferroelectric igniter to cause switching of its spontaneous ferroelectric polarization. Another preferred feature is the securing of the igniter, in the form of a thin patch or wafer, to the inside surface of the lamp envelope in a generally perpendicular orientation to the electric field in the microwave excitation energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Fusion Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ury, David Hammer, Czeslaw Golkowski
  • Patent number: 5841233
    Abstract: A microwave powered electrodeless lamp includes an improved screen unit having mesh and solid sections with an internal reflector secured at the juncture of the two sections to reflect light into a light-transmitting chamber defined in the lamp microwave cavity by the reflector and the mesh section. A discharge envelope of a bulb is disposed in the light-transmitting chamber. Light emitted from the envelope is prevented by the reflector from entering the cavity portion bounded by the solid section of the screen. The reflector is mounted in the cavity by tabs formed in the screen unit and bendable into the cavity to define support planes abutting respective surfaces of the reflector. The mesh section and tabs are preferably formed by etching a thin metal sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Fusion Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ury, Frank Sowers, Curt Harper, Wayne Love
  • Patent number: 5811936
    Abstract: A microwave powered electrodeless lamp includes an improved screen unit having mesh and solid sections with an internal reflector to reflect light into a light-transmitting chamber defined in the lamp microwave cavity by the reflector and the mesh section. A discharge envelope of a bulb is disposed in the light-transmitting chamber. Light emitted from the envelope is prevented by the reflector from entering the cavity portion bounded by the solid section of the screen. Replacing mesh material by solid metal material as part of the screen unit significantly reduces leakage of microwave energy from the lamp. The solid section has multiple compliant fingers defined therein for engaging the periphery of a flange on the waveguide unit so that a hose clamp can easily secure the screen to the assembly. Screen units of this type having different mesh section configurations can be interchanged in the lamp assembly to produce different respective illumination patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Fusion Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Turner, Michael Ury
  • Patent number: 5542949
    Abstract: A multifunctional clip applier instrument includes an elongate instrument body having a proximal end received in a control housing, a distal end having one or two pairs of opposed forceps jaws spring biased apart, a plurality of surgical clips disposed in one or two clip magazines inserted into a clip cartridge removably received into the instrument body and a handle cooperating with the control housing to operate the forceps jaws to apply clips to tissue, to grasp and manipulate tissue when no clip is in the jaws, to selectively or automatically advance clips into the jaws and to selectively or automatically cut tissue after clipping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventor: InBae Yoon
  • Patent number: 5152765
    Abstract: A cannulated bioabsorbable tack has annular ribs configured to enhance fixation to tissue, such as bone, and is particularly effective for attaching soft tissue to bone, such as ligaments or muscles in the shoulder. Apparatus and method for display the tack facilitate arthroscopic surgical procedures for attaching or joining tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Randall D. Ross, Stephen J. Snyder, Sam R. Marchand
  • Patent number: 5129906
    Abstract: A cannulated bioabsorbable tack has annular ribs configured to enhance fixation to tissue, such as bone, and is particularly effective for attaching soft tissue to bone, such as ligaments or muscles in the shoulder. Apparatus and method for deploying the tack facilitate arthroscopic surgical procedures for attaching or joining tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Linvatec Corporation
    Inventors: Randall D. Ross, Stephen J. Snyder, Sam R. Marchand
  • Patent number: 5127351
    Abstract: A batten end fitting includes a coupling having slots therein for securely receiving slides mounted for movement in a mast track formed longitudinally in a mast and rollers rotatably mounted thereon for movement along the mast in response to movement of the slides. A socket or pivot is formed in the coupling, and a ball is defined on the forward end of a batten holder for rotatable engagement with the socket when the batten holder is flexibly secured to the coupling. The batten holder includes a pair of plates for receiving therebetween a luff end of a mainsail, and a positioner is slidably mounted between the plates for receiving a forward end of a batten sewn into a pocket in the mainsail. The positioner selectively positions the batten relative to the plates and thereby selectively tensions the batten within the batten pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Inventor: Martinus V. Breems
  • Patent number: 5123698
    Abstract: An adjustable bicycle seat includes first and second support platforms laterally separated by first an second relatively slidable, horizontally oriented, overlapping flanges respectively joined to the first and second support platforms and having a bolt extending through a passage therein to releasably secure the first and second platforms in laterally spaced relation. Each support platform includes an integral spring rotatably mounted in a clamp attachable to a bicycle frame. Apertures formed in the first and second flanges are selectively alignable when the bolt is removed from the passage to permit selective lateral and angular positioning of the first and second support platforms in a horizontal plane, and the bolt is engageable in the aligned apertures to secure the support platforms in such position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Martec Development, Inc.
    Inventor: Marshall W. Hodges
  • Patent number: 5123645
    Abstract: A football-like projectile having a central longitudinal bore includes a weighted insert in the bore to concentrate the weight of the projectile interiorly of the ball about the longitudinal axis. The insert is provided with a longitudinal flow passage to permit air flow hrough the insert and the bore when the ball is in flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventors: Richard A. MacDonald, James A. MacDonald
  • Patent number: 5123948
    Abstract: A refrigeration system is employed alternatively as an automatic ice-maker, and a device to automatically produce a supply of purified water by melting a portion of the ice produced in the ice-making operation. Separate sections of the condenser of the refrigeration system are selectively employed to provide heat to melt ice when the purified water supply is low and, alternatively, to reject heat when the purified water supply is sufficient but ice production is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Thermadyne, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Ruff
  • Patent number: 5120183
    Abstract: A load transporting dolly includes a frame having a flange on a lower end thereof to be positioned above an upstanding wall of a tray containing a load and a foot positioned in spaced relation with the flange for engaging the load when the flange is placed above the side wall. Spaced, parallel legs joined to opposing lateral ends of the flange extend upwardly therefrom, and arms for positioning and holding the load upon the frame are mounted, respectively, on the legs for selective rotation around a first axis and selective sliding movement along the first axis to extend along lateral sides of the load perpendicular with the foot. The arms are rotatable around a second axis perpendicular with the first axis and are slidable along the second axis to selectively position gripping fingers in the arms and planes containing the arms to permit the gripping fingers to be placed in a clearance adjacent lateral sides of the load and positioned to extend along a back of the load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventor: Mark D. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5120225
    Abstract: A toothbrush includes a cluster of rotatable bristle tufts disposed between two longitudinally spaced clusters of positionally fixed bristle tufts. The fixed bristles frictionally engage tooth surfaces to oppose longitudinal movement of the brush head in response to longitudinal reciprocation of the brush handle within the head. A rack and pinion convert the longitudinal reciprocation of the handle to oscillatory rotation of the rotatable bristle tufts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventor: Noah Amit
  • Patent number: 5109961
    Abstract: A suitcase including a plurality of independently, selectively accessible compartments defined by a pair of opposed sides and having retaining devices for securing articles in the compartments with respect to the sides of the suitcase, a handle attached to the sides of the suitcase for supporting such sides and for allowing the suitcase to be carried by the handle, wheels mounted on the suitcase for supporting the suitcase on the ground and a pull strap attached to the sides of the suitcase at forward and rearward points or attachment for manually pulling the suitcase along the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Mady I. Bergman
  • Patent number: 5107908
    Abstract: Automated gel permeation chromatography of multiple individual samples is effected with high precision and high speed utilizing a common sample sizing loop into which each sample is placed prior to its injection into the chromatography column, thereby eliminating the need for precisely matched sample loops. Each sample is pre-stored in its own container, the containers being automatically sequentially accessed to feed a portion of the contained sample medium to the common sample sizing loop. The common sample flow path, including the sample sizing loop, is automatically cleaned with rinse solvent between loading of successive samples into the sizing loop. Multiple programs may be employed to control the processing times for different types of sample fluid. A sample container closure member having a unique sealing insert member is provided to preclude leakage of fluid from the sample storage container when the container is pressurized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Assignee: Analytical Bio-Chemistry Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Newhouse, Leemer Cernohlavek, Philip D. Lochhaas
  • Patent number: 5103653
    Abstract: A refrigeration system employed as an icemaker, in which part of the ice so produced is stored in a bin, and in which, part of the ice is then melted to provide a supply of purified water in a container. In one embodiment convection flow of air conveys heat from the ambient room environment to the bottom of the ice bin to achieve this melting. In a second embodiment a convection flow of water is employed for this purpose. Controls are provided to automatically control melting, to maintain a predetermined level in the purified water container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Thermadyne, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Ruff
  • Patent number: 5102338
    Abstract: A method for training individuals in the art of writing dialogue utilizes a bound volume of pages depicting scenes arranged in a sequence pursuant to a pre-prepared story outline. Each scene includes one or more characters in the story and enclosed caption bubbles with underlined blank spaces in which a trainee is instructed to handwrite words corresponding to statements the trainee believes the characters might be saying. The page material permits pencil markings to be easily erased. Illustrations may be outline drawings suitable for coloring by the trainee. An instructor typically evaluates the handwritten dialogue and advises the trainee pursuant to the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Peaches Press Ltd.
    Inventor: Anita G. Kapiloff
  • Patent number: 5097781
    Abstract: A mast boot includes a flexible cover for encircling a mast mounted in a mast collar in a deck opening on a sailboat having a lower edge to be positioned around the mast collar and an upper edge to be positioned around the mast above the mast collar and opposing side edges provided with fastener strips therealong for continuously securing the side edges together to position the upper and lower edges tightly against the mast and the mast collar, respectively. Upper and lower clamps for sealing the upper and lower edges include bands to be tightened around the mast to compress the upper and lower edges, respectively, against the mast and the mast collar. Upper and lower edge seals positionable to encircle the mast include strips having fasteners thereon permitting the strips to be positioned to cover the upper and lower clamps, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Robert R. Meny
  • Patent number: 5092367
    Abstract: A skid assembly for supporting a packer or the like in a pipeline includes three skid blades of different configuration whereby the radial apex of each blade is longitudinally offset from the radial apex of the other blades. With this configuration the skid assembly is capable of being transported past a radial offset or other radially reduced portion of the pipeline as each apex passes the offset independently of the other apices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: Cues, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank W. Gilleland
  • Patent number: D327954
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Assignee: Dawn's Designs & Imports, Inc.
    Inventor: Dawn Lawrence