Patents Represented by Attorney Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller LLC
  • Patent number: 8348589
    Abstract: A Universal Folding Boom Trailer for transporting multiple vehicles provides a safe and legal manner for towing. The trailer includes a winch for loading and unloading the towed vehicles and can act alone as a crane if desired. Further, this trailer arrangement backs up like a conventional trailer. The Universal Folding Boom Trailer provides a means for a driver to haul multiple vehicles in both directions. The driver is able to attach the trailer to a personal fifth wheel and tow any type of unit: a fifth wheel trailer, a ball hitch trailer, or a gooseneck, among others—instead of dead-heading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Wastow Enterprises LLC
    Inventor: Doyle E. Watkins
  • Patent number: 8347737
    Abstract: A pressure sensor for measuring a pressure of a fluid in fluid flow path of a fuel cell system is disclosed. The pressure sensor includes a housing provided with a communication path formed between the fluid flow path and an interior of the housing, the communication path having a hydrophobic feature to militate against a formation and an accumulation of an undesired material within the pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jon P. Owejan, Mark T. Schluentz, Steven L. Piedmont
  • Patent number: 8348021
    Abstract: A method, an elevator system control unit, computer-readable media and an elevator installation for allocation of a user to the elevator installation, which is provided with a plurality of elevator cars and with a destination call control unit, wherein the user lodges a destination call at the destination control unit using a communications unit. The destination call control unit determines a group of elevator cars for serving the destination call and makes the group known to the user by the communications unit. The user selects an elevator car from the group by the communications unit. In addition, information for guiding the user to the selected elevator car is communicated to the user by the communications unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventor: Lukas Finschi
  • Patent number: 8348019
    Abstract: In an elevator element for driving or reversing an elevator suspension device in an elevator system, that interacts with an elevator suspension device, the arithmetic mean of the roughness value of the contact surface measured in the circumferential direction of the elevator element, and the mean roughness value of the contact surface measured in the axial direction of the elevator element, are different. The arithmetic mean roughness value of the contact surface measured in the circumferential direction of the elevator element is less than 1 micrometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Hans Blochle, Ernst Ach
  • Patent number: 8342043
    Abstract: A system for collecting a sample of fluid from a fluid source and reintroducing the sample of fluid to the fluid source is disclosed. The system includes a pump in fluid communication with the source of fluid, a filter vessel in fluid communication with the pump and the source of fluid to receive a flow of fluid from the pump and substantially eliminate contaminants from the fluid flowing therethrough, and a fluid reservoir in fluid communication with the pump, wherein the fluid is directed from the pump into the fluid reservoir when in a sample mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Velcon Filters, LLC
    Inventors: Jed Stevens, Gregory Sprenger, Vitas Sprindys
  • Patent number: 8342710
    Abstract: A loupe and lighting assembly for enhancing detection of dust particles on the optical sensor of a digital camera. The assembly is made of a cylindroid hollow-centered main frame body, into which is fixed a loupe lens. A battery housing is joined to the body in order to supply electrical power to a LED array. The LED array is made from a plurality of LED diodes mounted peripherally and around the inside of the cylindroid body, being tilted at an acute angle from the axis orthogonal to the plane of the cylindroid body so that all diodes axially converge toward a single focal point, at a certain distance from the main frame body. The dust particles scattered upon the sensor become clearly visible to an observer looking through the assembly when the dust particles location coincide with the LED common focal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: 1317442 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Fariborz Rahbar-Dehghan
  • Patent number: 8334840
    Abstract: An interface system and a method for manipulating a display are disclosed. The interface system includes a display having a scroll area and a cursor presented thereon, a controller for manipulating a position of the cursor on the display, and a haptic device for generating a plurality of tactile feedbacks to a user through the controller, wherein a movement of the cursor across a peripheral edge of the scroll area of the display results in the haptic device generating a first tactile feedback of the plurality of tactile feedbacks representing a scroll mode, and wherein a movement of the cursor while the cursor is positioned within the scroll area of the display results in the haptic device generating a second tactile feedback of the plurality of tactile feedbacks representing a scroll rate of a visual feedback presented on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Visteon Global Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Colleen Serafin, Theodore Charles Wingrove, Anthony Ciatti
  • Patent number: 8334424
    Abstract: An animal incontinence device comprises a base layer of a liquid-impervious polymer film, an intermediate absorbent layer comprising superabsorbent polymer particles intermediate a plurality of layers of tissue, and a top layer comprising a porous, hydrophilic, woven or non-woven polymer fiber mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Principle Business Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J Szypka
  • Patent number: 8329347
    Abstract: A fuel cell system includes a water vapor transport device having a wet flow field layer having a coarse microtruss structure disposed between a pair of fine microtruss structures. The coarse and fine microtruss structures of the wet flow field layer are formed from a radiation-sensitive material. A dry flow field layer has a coarse microtruss structure disposed between a pair of fine microtruss structures. The coarse and fine microtruss structures of the dry flow field layer are also formed from a radiation-sensitive material. A membrane is disposed between the wet flow field layer and the dry flow field layer and adapted to permit a transfer of water vapor therethrough from the wet fluid to the dry fluid to form a humidified fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Rock, Yeh-Hung Lai, Gerald W. Fly
  • Patent number: 8327688
    Abstract: A system for the automated regulation of a gas permeation testing system is disclosed, wherein a control system in communication with a data processor facilitates more precise control of a pressurized fluid caused to flow through the gas permeation testing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Plastic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank E. Semersky, Jonathan A. McGurk, Aaron R. Teitlebaum
  • Patent number: 8327915
    Abstract: A casting apparatus and a method of forming a casting using the casting apparatus is disclosed, the casting apparatus comprising a ladle having a hollow interior adapted to receive a molten material therein; a nozzle in fluid communication with the hollow interior, the nozzle having a first portion disposed outside of the ladle and a second portion disposed within the hollow interio; an additive feeder in fluid communication with the hollow interior of the ladle; and a gas conduit in fluid communication with the hollow interior of the ladle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Christopher D. Cogan, Stephen M. Fitch, Qigui Wang
  • Patent number: 8328653
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting object location and movement utilizes a first viewing area (40) observed by a first camera (42) cooperating with a light (43) and a second camera (44) cooperating with a light (45). A third camera (46) can be added to observe a second viewing area (47) encompassing the first viewing area (40). The first camera (42) acquires images at time spaced points (51) and (53) along a first trajectory line (55). The second camera (44) acquires images at time spaced points (52) and (54) along a second trajectory line (56). This information is combined to generate the 3-D trajectory line (50) of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Playdata, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Lock
  • Patent number: 8323589
    Abstract: A pyrolysis process is provided. The process includes the steps of: depositing a quantity of waste into a porous container, the porous container adapted to allow a convective stream of substantially anaerobic gas to flow therethrough; inserting the porous container into a pyrolysis thermal processor; sealing the thermal processor; circulating the convective stream of gas through the pyrolysis thermal processor; heating the waste according to a first time-temperature profile to pyrolyze the waste and form a carbonaceous char; and cooling the carbonaceous char by circulating the convective stream of gas through a cooler. An oil product and a gaseous hydrocarbon product are produced during the pyrolysis. The carbonaceous char is further processed to form a carbon black product and a recyclable metal product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Tellus Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Wesley Hamby, James Brian Kelly, Timothy Joseph Kuhn
  • Patent number: 8322915
    Abstract: A compensation adjustment mechanism for a mechanical timepiece is provided including a gear set and a crown. A first gear at the input end of the gear set is connected to the crown, a second gear at the output end of the gear set is connected to a regulator pin on a balance spring, and a chapter ring is connected to the gear set and capable of rotating together with the crown. Adjustment of the regulator pin is performed by rotating the crown and is visible on the chapter ring. The scale on the chapter ring is predetermined according to the characteristics of the balance spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Chit Yin Wong
  • Patent number: 8323793
    Abstract: A system and method for preparing a pelletized carbon black product is provided. The system includes a source of a carbon black product from a pyrolysis process. A mixer is in communication with the source of the carbon black product. A binder oil storage tank is in fluid communication with the mixer. The binder oil storage tank is configured to inject a desired amount of a binder oil into the mixer to form the pelletized carbon black product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Tellus Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Hamby, Michael R. Beck, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8317907
    Abstract: A water vapor transfer assembly for a fuel cell system includes at least one water vapor transfer device. The water vapor transfer device permits a transfer of water from a wet stream to a dry stream. The water vapor transfer device is disposed between a pair of end plates. The end plates each have a plurality of outwardly extending ribs. The water vapor transfer device and the end plates are disposed within a housing having a pair of wet stream apertures and a pair of dry stream apertures formed therein. The housing further includes a plurality of channels formed adjacent the dry stream apertures. The channels are in fluid communication with the wet stream apertures. The outwardly extending ribs of the end plates cooperate with the channels to define a tortuous bypass flow path between the wet stream apertures of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: David A. Martinchek, Ian R. Jermy
  • Patent number: 8316778
    Abstract: A table including a collapsible umbrella and a hollow main body is provided. The hollow main body is adapted to receive the umbrella when the umbrella is in a collapsed position. The collapsible umbrella may include a pole coupled to a plurality of hinged ribs supporting a canopy. Each of the ribs may include a first hinge coupled to the pole that facilitates a downward folding of the umbrella, and a second hinge disposed between a first end of the rib and a second end of the rib that facilitates an upward folding of a portion of the umbrella. A method for storing the umbrella of the table is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Dale M. Smith, Diana M. Smith
  • Patent number: 8318409
    Abstract: A system for fabricating a radiation-cured structure is provided. The system includes a radiation-sensitive material configured to at least one of initiate, polymerize, crosslink and dissociate with exposure to radiation. At least one radiation source is configured to project a radiation beam toward the radiation-sensitive material. A smart glass device is disposed between the radiation-sensitive material and the at least one radiation source. The smart glass device includes at least one switchable layer selectively operable from an active state to an inactive state. The smart glass device is configured to expose the radiation-sensitive material to a desired exposure pattern when in one of the active state and the inactive state. A method for fabricating the radiation-cured structure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Yeh-Hung Lai, Gerald W. Fly, Jeffrey A. Rock
  • Patent number: 8312608
    Abstract: An installation and removal system for a toilet unit is provided. The system includes a base having floor engaging wheels coupled thereto. At least one of the floor engaging wheels is adjustable to maintain the base substantially level relative to the floor. An actuator is disposed on the base. A pair of spaced apart support elements are coupled to the actuator and adapted to engage an underside of the toilet unit. An angle of the support elements relative the base is adjustable. The system includes a retaining system coupled to the spaced apart support elements and adapted to couple with the toilet unit. The retaining system militate against an undesired movement of the toilet unit relative the support elements. A kit and method for using the system are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: John Head
  • Patent number: D672167
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Dimension Espacio, S.A. de C.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Dantus, David Canseco, Victor Finkelstein