Patents Represented by Attorney Fredrikson & Byron, PA
  • Patent number: 8352207
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide methods for calibrating a fluorometer in order to account for one or more optical properties of a water sample affecting fluorescence measurements. In some cases one or more calibration solutions are prepared with sample water from a specific field site. Fluorescence measurements are taken from a water sample and one or more of the calibration solutions, and calibration parameters are determined based on the measurements. In some cases a calibration solution is prepared by spiking sample water to include a higher concentration of a fluorescent tracer and measurements are taken to characterize a calibration slope coefficient. In some cases a calibration solution is prepared by adding an acid and measurements are taken to characterize a background fluorescence in the sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene Tokhtuev, Christopher J. Owen, Soren K. Tryggestad, Anna Pilipchenko
  • Patent number: 8348331
    Abstract: A structural attachment system for a cargo management system is fully integrated into the cargo bed side walls of a pick-up truck so that the only feature that is different than a standard pick-up is an array of holes along the top of the cargo bed side walls. The cargo management system also includes a wide range of different pick-up truck cargo bed mounted accessories that incorporate structural hooks that are adapted to be retained and released by the structural attachment system. Additionally, the structural attachment system provides a single point, simple method of retention and release via an actuation handle at the rear most point of the pick-up truck cargo bed. The configuration of the structural attachment system allows significant structural retention forces to be transferred from the accessories into the pick-up truck cargo bed side walls via the structural hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Multimatic Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence J Holt
  • Patent number: 8351158
    Abstract: A slider includes a slider body having a first side and edges defined adjacent to the first side, at least two separate insulators each adjacent to the first side of the slider body and supported by the slider body, and a conductive trace adjacent to each of the at least two separate insulators and opposite the first side of the slider body. The at least two separate insulators each are in physical contact with the slider body along the first side of the slider body such that the at least two separate insulators are physically attached to the slider body to electrically insulate each conductive trace from the slider body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Jianxin Zhu, David A. Sluzewski, Lance E. Stover, Joel W. Hoehn, Kevin J. Schulz
  • Patent number: 8327745
    Abstract: A retain-and-release member, which is coupled to a punch holder of a punch assembly, engages a punch tip against an end of the holder, such that a working portion of the tip extends from the end. A punch guide sidewall of the assembly includes an aperture aligned with an actuation interface of the retain-and-release member, when the punch holder and the engaged punch tip are slidably engaged within a guide bore formed by the punch guide sidewall. The aperture provides access for applying a force, to the actuation interface, in order to disengage the retain-and-release member from the punch tip, while the punch holder remains within the guide bore of the assembly. Following the removal, the same punch tip, or another, may be inserted into the guide bore and into engagement with the retain-and-release member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Wilson Tool International Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J. Lee, Kevin A. Johnston, Christopher J. Rose, Jon M. Shimota
  • Patent number: 8329781
    Abstract: Thermosetting colored powder paints to be used in electrostatic painting processes are described. These powder paints comprise not more than 30% by weight of at least one monochromatic pigment coated with at least one aldehyde and/or ketone resin, preferably 5 to 30% by weight, and up to 95% by weight of conversion agent, preferably 70 to 95% by weight; more than 90% of the particles of said at least one coated monochromatic pigment and said conversion agent have a particle size of between 10 and 40 microns, preferably between 15 and 35 microns. The coated monochromatic pigment and the conversion agent have the same specific weight which is between 1.3 and 1.7 g/cc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: INXEL Trademarks & Patents SAGL
    Inventor: Angelo Achille Bardelli
  • Patent number: 8330542
    Abstract: Power amplifier for amplifying an electric input signal in an operational frequency range and providing an output signal, comprising switching means (12) for generating a block wave signal by alternately switching the block wave signal to a first supply voltage or a second supply voltage, input means for receiving the electric signal and driving the switching means, wherein the input means comprises an integrator circuit (10) integrating an error signal formed by a difference between the output signal and the electric input signal and providing an integrator gain in the operational frequency range, the power amplifier further comprising a local feedback circuit (18), and a global feedback circuit (20), an output of the integrator circuit being connected the input of the switching mean A limiter circuit (22) is connected to receive the electric input signal and an output signal of the integrator circuit and connected to the integrator circuit for limiting the gain of the integrator circuit when detecting a dif
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Abletec AS
    Inventor: Patrik Boström
  • Patent number: 8317674
    Abstract: A shielding assembly for an infusion system includes a plurality of compartments and a door for each compartment, and provides a radioactive radiation barrier for the compartments. One of the compartments contains a radioisotope generator of the infusion system and another of the compartments may contain a waste bottle of the infusion system. An opening into each of the generator and waste bottle compartments may be oriented upward, and the opening into the latter may be at a higher elevation than the opening into the former, for example, to facilitate independent removal and replacement of each. A door of at least one of the compartments, other than the generator compartment, when closed, may prevent the door of the generator compartment from being opened. A cabinet structure for the infusion system may enclose the shielding assembly and secure the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Quirico, Ernest Balestracci, Daniel Darst, Eric J. Krause, Vishal N. Lokhande, Jacob S. Childs, Peter B. Madson, Daniel V. Clements
  • Patent number: 8308356
    Abstract: Protective enclosure and method for protecting heat sensitive, data recording devices in high temperature environments. The protective enclosure has a housing having at least one compartment for containing a heat sensitive, data recording device, e.g., a temperature recording device, and a jacket configured to contain a phase change material. The jacket may be vented and configured to at least partially surround the compartment. The housing may be sealed with an endcap. The recording device and a heat absorbing element are disposed within the same or within adjoining or adjacent sub-compartments within the enclosure. In a method, the enclosure with heat absorbing element and temperature recording device is placed within a heated environment or environment to be heated, e.g., a furnace. The recording device is connected to a thermal couple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Despatch Industries Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Hans L. Melgaard
  • Patent number: 8303361
    Abstract: A floatation device for a pregnant woman is formed from a panels of an air impermeable material defining an inflatable chamber having an abdomen cavity passing there through to allow a pregnant woman rest on the floatation device while lying in a prone position. The unique torso cavity shape and cover encasing the chamber functionally combine to provide the woman an improved level of comfort when using the device. Internal structural support features, handles, and appropriate device dimensions can further combine to increase the level of comfort provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Bellyflopz, LLC
    Inventor: Gina Green
  • Patent number: 8293018
    Abstract: Systems and processes may be used for continuously processing a solid material such as a solid starch-bearing material at a non-atmospheric pressure. In some examples, the material is delivered to a process vessel at substantially the same non-atmospheric pressure condition as the process vessel so as to avoid shearing the material. In some examples, the solid material is continuously fed into a process vessel, continuously processed in the process vessel, and continuously discharged from the process vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Bepex International, LLC
    Inventors: Peter M. Koenig, Gregory J. Kimball, David Lonnie Phillips
  • Patent number: 8291521
    Abstract: A collar for protecting the neck of a user, useful in particular for motorcycle riders, is envisaged, said collar comprising two half-collars which are pivotably hinged together at one end so as to be rotatable in a substantially horizontal plane and which can be connected together by means of a fastening and release lever, a plate which at the rear extends downwards from the bottom edge of the collar so as to be centred with respect to the spinal column of the user, and a protective shield which extends downwards at the front. The collar is provided with removable padding means where the collar rests on the user's shoulders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Alpinestars Research Srl
    Inventors: Giovanni Mazzarolo, Colin Ballantyne
  • Patent number: 8283059
    Abstract: Low-emissivity coatings that are highly reflective to infrared-radiation. The coating includes three infrared-reflection film regions, which may each include silver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Cardinal CG Company
    Inventor: Klaus Hartig
  • Patent number: 8273008
    Abstract: A shielding assembly for an infusion system includes a plurality of compartments and a door for each compartment, and provides a radioactive radiation barrier for the compartments. One of the compartments contains a radioisotope generator of the infusion system and another of the compartments may contain a waste bottle of the infusion system. An opening into each of the generator and waste bottle compartments may be oriented upward, and the opening into the latter may be at a higher elevation than the opening into the former, for example, to facilitate independent removal and replacement of each. A door of at least one of the compartments, other than the generator compartment, when closed, may prevent the door of the generator compartment from being opened. A cabinet structure for the infusion system may enclose the shielding assembly and secure the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
    Inventors: Charles R. Quirico, Ernest Balestracci, Daniel Darst, Eric J. Krause, Vishal N. Lokhande, Jacob S. Childs, Peter B. Madson, Daniel V. Clements
  • Patent number: 8269193
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a handheld fluorometer and method of determining a concentration of a product within a sample. In some cases the handheld fluorometer includes an immersible sensor head that measures a fluorescence of the product and a controller that calculates the concentration of product. In some cases the handheld fluorometer includes a handheld controller module, an immersible sensor head connected to the controller module, a sample cup for containing a water sample, and a fastener that removably fastens the sample cup about the immersible sensor head. In some cases the sensor head is angled with respect to the controller module and the fluorometer provides a substantially stable base. The sample cup can be removed to acquire a sample of water containing the product and then refastened about the sensor head for determining the concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Christensen, Eugene Tokhtuev, Brian Philip Carlson, Paul R. Kraus, Benedict F. Pesigan, Jill Marie Klegin, Adrian Eugene Hartz, Michael Patrick Kremer
  • Patent number: 8271367
    Abstract: Embodiments provide computerized stress testing for evaluating the effect of changes in the financial position of one or more borrowers. A stressed financial parameter (e.g., a risk rating or financial ratio) is generated for a borrower based on a selection of a borrower account type, a stress amount for applying to the account type, and additional financial inputs corresponding to the borrower. In some cases the stressed financial parameter is generated as a function of an unstressed financial parameter for the borrower, the stress amount, a numerator factor corresponding to the selected account type, and a denominator factor corresponding to the selected account type. Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are provided with the stress testing functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: WebEquity Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Todd M. Classen
  • Patent number: 8260411
    Abstract: A medical device having incorporated electrodes that can be used for delivering drugs or other therapeutic fluids at a uniform rate over an extended area to an internal anatomical location of a patient's body. The device can also be used for aspirating excess fluid from an internal anatomical location of a patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Twin Star Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Rick Mathew Odland, Bradford G. Staehle, Scott R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 8245451
    Abstract: An under deck drainage system for use with a deck. The system includes at least one starter strip mounted to one or more joists of the deck, a plurality of clips coupled with the starter strip, where the clips are slidable along the starter strip. The system further includes an elongate channel member coupled with at least one of the plurality of clips, and the elongate channel member has at least one channel therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Tim Whitten
  • Patent number: 8248611
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a handheld optical measuring device and method of measuring an optical property of a liquid sample. In some embodiments the optical measuring device includes a handheld controller module having an immersible sensor head and a sampling member including a sample cup and an attachment member that couples the sample cup to the handheld controller module. In some embodiments the attachment member is an elongated rigid member that is hingedly coupled to the controller module, thus providing a folding configuration for enclosing the sensor head with the sample cup during measurements, transportation, and/or storage. In some embodiments the attached sample cup provides a protective shell for the immersible sensor head during use and/or when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Ecolab USA Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Christensen, Eugene Tokhtuev, Christopher J. Owen
  • Patent number: D668067
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ottlite Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David Frisch
  • Patent number: D671417
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Purity Vodka AB
    Inventors: Anders Kornestedt, Martin Lannering