Patents Represented by Attorney Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Patent number: 8322643
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of rock crushers, in particular, rock crusher attachments for earth moving equipment or the like. The rock crusher attachment includes a front bucket portion configured for scooping rocks to be crushed and a rear crusher portion connected to and in communication with the rear of the bucket portion. The crusher portion includes a housing and a crushing assembly accommodated within the housing. The housing including a pair of spaced apart side panels. The crushing assembly has a lower jaw fixed between the side panels of the housing and an upper movable jaw mounted opposite and spaced apart from the lower jaw. The upper movable jaw assembly includes a support, an upper jaw plate attached to the underside of the support and a jaw-actuating drive assembly operable to urge the upper movable jaw assembly to move between an open jaw setting and a closed jaw setting. The support is pivotally connected between the side panels adjacent the front of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Mining Technologies International Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Lucien Fernand Gervais, Nicholas Scott Dickson
  • Patent number: 8299649
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for reducing distortions originating from a balanced link between a video transmitter connected to a first ground and a video receiver connected to a second ground, the method comprising isolating a connection to one of the first ground and the second ground and connecting the isolated connection to the other ground via a dedicated link. In particular, there is disclosed a passive circuit enabling additional channels to become available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Muxlab Inc.
    Inventor: Zbigniew A. Tkaczewski
  • Patent number: 8292169
    Abstract: A cart moves items within a facility, each having an identification tag. The cart includes a carriage, a scale, a reader, and processors. The scale measures a cumulative weight of the items on the carriage. The reader reads the tags of the items. The processors determine a weight for each item by a change in the cumulative weight after its transfer to or from the carriage. The weight is stored in a database in association with each item. There is also disclosed a related system and method. Preferably, the cart is located, and its location is applied to each item carried thereby to track the items within the facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Purolator Courier Ltd.
    Inventors: Kirk Edward Serjeantson, Andrew Silerio Vicencio, Cameron James Laird
  • Patent number: 8272406
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of structural pipe lining for conduit rehabilitation and more specifically, to methods for rehabilitating conduits using structural liners. There is provided a method for rehabilitating a tubular conduit having an inner conduit space and at least one service connection tied into the tubular conduit. A portion of the at least one service connection protrudes into the inner conduit space. A liner is provided for covering the inner surface of the tubular conduit. The liner is made of a flexible material capable of being impregnated with a first curable adhesive resin and has a film made of a material impermeable to liquid bonded onto the inner surface of the liner. Also provided, is a flexible sealing member made of a second curable adhesive resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Fer-Pal Construction Ltd.
    Inventors: Shaun McKaigue, Robert Philpott
  • Patent number: 8196422
    Abstract: The present invention is directed at a solar powered heat exchange system preferably used to drive a water collection device, which condenses water vapor in atmospheric air to water. The device comprises means for drawing the atmospheric air into the device; means for condensing the moisture vapor in the atmospheric air into water; and means for collecting the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan G. Ritchey
  • Patent number: 8132282
    Abstract: The present invention generally pertains to a self-propelled mechanical sweeper. The mechanical sweeper comprises a pickup broom for lifting debris toward a first belt conveyor. The sweeper further comprises a second deployable conveyor assembly mounted on a turntable and adapted for conveying the debris from the first conveyor to an auxiliary vehicle such as a dump truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: 9089-1557 Quebec Inc. (Entretien de Stationnement M.A.)
    Inventors: Michel Arsenault, Stéphane Arsenault
  • Patent number: 8115579
    Abstract: The micro-electromechanical (MEMS) actuator comprises a hot arm member and a cold arm member. The cold arm member comprises at least two longitudinally spaced-apart flexors. The actuators may also be constructed with at least one among the hot arm member and the cold arm member comprising at least one spring section. The stress in this improved MEMS actuator is more uniformly distributed, thereby reducing the mechanical creep and improving its reliability as well as its operation life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Reseaux MEMS, societe en commandite
    Inventors: Stéphane Mènard, Nicolas Gonon
  • Patent number: 8115576
    Abstract: MEMS structures employing movable conductive member and a number of current-carrying stationary contact terminals which advantageously permit higher current carrying capability that prior art devices in which currents flowed through movable conductive members. Current carrying capability in excess of 1.0 amp without the need for additional current limiting devices is realized thereby lowering overall system manufacturing costs for systems employing our structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Réseaux MEMS, Société en Commandite
    Inventors: Jun Lu, Stephane Menard
  • Patent number: 8101713
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel antibodies and their use for detecting, imaging, staging, treating and monitoring of prostate cancer, and/or metastasis thereof. The present invention also relates to novel pharmaceutical compositions for the treatment of prostate cancer. Furthermore the present invention relates to assay systems and kits for detecting, imaging, staging, treating and monitoring of prostate cancer, and/or metastasis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Proscan RX Pharma Inc.
    Inventors: Claudio Cuello, Uri Saragovi, Pierre Du Ruisseau, Phil Gold, Nicole Bernard, Serge Moffett
  • Patent number: 8093901
    Abstract: An intelligent switching unit to be connected with a processing unit is disclosed. The intelligent switching unit includes a switching unit to be actuated by a user, a detection module connected to the switching unit. The detection module detects a signal outputted by the switching unit and provides a detected signal representative of the signal outputted by the switching unit. The intelligent switching unit further comprises a communication module for receiving and transmitting the detected signal to the processing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: JPS Électronique Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Pétrin, Benjamin Bélisle, Pascal Coderre
  • Patent number: 8088120
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of treatments for nasal congestion, and in particular, to a method and apparatus for alleviating nasal congestion in a patient by mechanically stimulating the sneezing reflex in the patient to urge drainage of the nasal passageways. The method includes inserting an instrument having a work tip portion provided with at least one filament into the nostril of the patient. The nasal mucosa of the patient is then probed with the at least one filament to stimulate in the patient the sneeze reflex. This probing action causes the patient to sneeze. With the patient's mouth closed, the sneeze urges at least one of mucus, fluid and debris in the nasal passages of the patient to be forcibly expelled through the nostrils of the patient thereby draining the nasal cavity of the patient. The instrument used in the performance of this method includes a handle portion upon which the work tip portion is carried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Maya Worsoff
  • Patent number: 8086068
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed for providing an indication of a level of distortion created by blocking artifacts in an image comprising a plurality of pixels, the method comprising for each pixel in a first given direction, determining a corresponding gradient between the pixel and a neighboring pixel, for each pixel in the first direction, summing each of the corresponding determined gradient in a second direction to provide a plurality of gradient summing values, computing a level of distortion for each of at least one potential block size using at least one of the gradient summing values, determining an actual block size using the computed at least one level of distortion and providing the level of distortion corresponding to the determined actual block size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Miranda Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Pascal Carrières
  • Patent number: 8029423
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to exercise equipment and more specifically, to an isometric exercise apparatus and a storage rack therefor. The isometric exercise apparatus includes a frame which has a base and a sidewall joined to the base. The base has an exercise platform for supporting a user's body. Also provided is a restraint arm assembly connected to the frame. The arm restraint assembly includes a swing arm pivotally connected to the base, a restraint arm carried by the swing arm and positionable above the exercise platform to inhibit movement of a portion of the user's body so as to allow the user to perform isometric exercises. An indexing assembly is provided to fix the swing arm in a predetermined angular position selected from a set of discrete angular positions relative to the base. At least one limb restraint accessory is positionable at predetermined locations along the base for inhibiting movement of the user's limb so as to allow the user to perform isometric exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Brad Thorpe
  • Patent number: 8021840
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of determining interferon responsiveness in a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis. The method comprises determining an amount of a XAF-1 gene expression level in a blood sample, which is obtained from the patient undergoing interferon therapy. The amount of the XAF-1 gene expression level in the blood sample is then correlated with the responsiveness of the patient to the interferon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Dianovix, Inc.
    Inventors: Virender Bhan, Andrea Hebb, Martin Holcik, Robert G. Korneluk, Craig Moore, George Robertson
  • Patent number: 7993573
    Abstract: A slag transport and dumping apparatus, for use with slag, includes a vehicle, a pallet, and a lifting mechanism. The vehicle includes a bed having a pallet interface. The pallet includes a support frame having ground support members, and a transporter interface selectively engaging the pallet interface. A dump container has a slag reservoir. Rear pivots on the container and pallet, together with the lifting mechanism, which is securely mounted to the bed of the vehicle and selectively engages the container, enable secure selective pivoting of the container between slag retaining and pouring configurations. In a loading configuration, the reservoir receives the slag, the container is in the retaining configuration, and the vehicle is removed from the pallet. In a transporting configuration, the container is in the retaining configuration, and the vehicle securely engages the pallet, in carrying relation, thus enabling transport of the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Paling Transporter Ltd.
    Inventors: Bogdan Z. Charczuk, John L. Evans
  • Patent number: 7972140
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is disclosed for providing a virtual environment or a visual presentation to a user. A portion of interest is created and depending on a response of the user to the virtual environment or to the visual presentation, a feedback is preferably provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Patrice Renaud
  • Patent number: D651122
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: GV Snowshoes
    Inventors: Stephen Vincent, Rino Bourgoin, Gaetan Legare
  • Patent number: D654430
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: AddÉnergie Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Stephan Demers, Marie-Claude Guay, Louis Tremblay, Michael Desjardins
  • Patent number: D668216
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Societe de Velo en Libre-Service
    Inventor: Michel Dallaire
  • Patent number: D673902
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Société de Vélo en Libre-Service
    Inventor: Michel Dallaire