Patents Represented by Attorney Fulwider Patton, LLP
  • Patent number: 8349068
    Abstract: A premixed composition is formed from modified polyacrylate polymer, silicone emulsion, and silane, that cures rapidly to form a composition that can be used as a grout or coating. The premixed composition includes a latex resin including an acrylic-based polymer, a silicone emulsion, and a silane, and optionally may include various fillers, pigments, and adjuvants. These components in the proper proportions form a stable viscous suspension that can be floated into tile joints, and cleaned from an adjacent tile surface. The composition rapidly cures to form a hard mass that is resistant to abrasion, in both dry and wet conditions, is color consistent, and is resistant to staining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Custom Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven L. Taylor, Zosimo D. Pamaran
  • Patent number: 8350700
    Abstract: A system monitors parameters (e.g., speed, position, threshold boundaries) of mobile items attached to beacons and produces signals indicating these parameters. The system also monitors non-mobile parameters (e.g., battery life, door locks, windows) in the items. Different technologies (e.g., wireless) are provided for communicating between the beacons and a beacon controller interface. Different technologies are provided for locating and indicating item positions. The beacons and the interface provide for new beacons to be added to the system with different characteristics than the existing beacons for monitoring the operation of new beacons without affecting the operation of existing beacons. The system includes resellers, retailers, users and subscribers in a flexible relationship to enhance the ease in the system operation. Beacons can perform more than one function (e.g. tracking, threshold monitoring) simultaneously. Scenarios for the beacons can be created and monitored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Contigo Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond D. Fast, Robert R. Goehring, Kai Loon Ng
  • Patent number: 8348867
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for treating subcutaneous tissues using acoustic waves in the range of low acoustic pressure ultrasound waves is disclosed. The method includes injections of enhancing agents, wherein disruption of subcutaneous tissues and subcutaneous cavitational bioeffects are produced by ultrasound waves having a power that will not produce tissue cavitation in the absence of the enhancing agents. The apparatus and method of use is useful for treatment of subcutaneous abnormalities including cellulite, lipomas, and tumors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Cabochon Aesthetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Deem, Hanson S. Gifford, III, Douglas Sutton
  • Patent number: 8345379
    Abstract: A disk drive device has a hub so configured as to place and hold recording disks. Where the non-rotating eigenfrequency of resonance in a secondary rocking mode with the recording disks placed on the hub is defined to be F0 (Hz) and the rotational frequency of the hub is defined to be N (Hz), an extending part of the hub and a second cylinder part of the hub are formed such that the radial dimension of the extending part is smaller than the axial dimension of the second external cylinder part to satisfy to a relation F0>N·(3·P+2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Alphana Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiki Maeda, Kazuhide Kamata, Morifumi Ohsawa
  • Patent number: 8343206
    Abstract: A drug-eluting stent delivery system has a balloon disposed about at least a portion of a catheter, the balloon having a first end and a second end and a working length therebetween, the first end and the second end each including a tapered portion, each tapered portion being attached to the catheter, the balloon being inflatable from a collapsed configuration to an inflated configuration. A drug-eluting stent has a first end and a second end, the first end and the second end each including a tapered portion, wherein the drug-eluting stent is disposed over the balloon such that at least a portion of the first end and the second end of the balloon are covered by the tapered drug-eluting stent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Dirk Pacetti
  • Patent number: 8342558
    Abstract: A fifth wheel glider hitch is disclosed having a pair of sliding rails that support a fifth wheel assembly, the fifth wheel assembly sliding on the rails over first and second brackets that include a locking hole. The sliding rails each have apertures defining a forward position and a rear position, and the glider includes handle with a locking mechanism that traps the assembly in a forward or aft position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Austin Su
  • Patent number: 8343209
    Abstract: An expandable stent is implanted in a body lumen, such as a coronary artery, peripheral artery, or other body lumen for treating an area of vulnerable plaque. The invention provides for a an intravascular stent having a plurality of cylindrical rings connected by undulating links. The stent has a high degree of flexibility in the longitudinal direction, yet has adequate vessel wall coverage and radial strength sufficient to hold open an artery or other body lumen. A central section is positioned between distal and proximal sections and is aligned with the area of vulnerable plaque to enhance growth of endothelial cells over the fibrous cap of the vulnerable plaque to reinforce the area and reduce the likelihood of rupture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Limon
  • Patent number: 8346454
    Abstract: The method of maintaining optimal braking and skid protection for a two-wheeled vehicle wheel with a wheel speed sensor failure involves providing pulsed braking pressure to the affected wheel with the wheel speed sensor failure. If an incipient or initial skid on another wheel with a functioning wheel speed sensor has occurred, the pulsed braking pressure to the affected wheel is limited to the brake pressure command that caused the last incipient or initial skid on the other wheel, scaled by a factor for safety. Otherwise the pulsed braking pressure to the affected wheel is limited to be no greater than the greatest commanded brake pressure to the other wheel. The pulsed braking pressure is also limited to be less than the brake pressure commanded to the affected wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Hydro-Aire, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Raby, Jordan Silberling
  • Patent number: 8337540
    Abstract: An improved stent design and stent delivery catheter assembly for repairing a main vessel proximal to a side branch vessel and the opening to the side branch vessel forming a bifurcation. The stent is particularly useful in treating a bifurcation where plaque is present proximal to the side branch vessel but not distal to the side branch vessel. The present invention includes a trap door stent design, a stent delivery catheter assembly, and the method for delivering and implanting the stent in a bifurcated vessel. More particularly, the invention relates to a stent having rings aligned along a common longitudinal axis and connected by links. The stent has first rings that are implanted in the main vessel proximal to the bifurcation and one or more second rings forming a trap door section to appose the opening to the side branch vessel and the main vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Callol, W. Stan Wilson
  • Patent number: 8333897
    Abstract: A method for making a device includes providing a tubular member which will be formed into the device, masking at least a portion of the inner surface of the tubular member with a removable sacrificial material, selectively removing a portion of the tubular member and sacrificial material using a laser device, and mechanically removing the sacrificial material from the inner surface of the tubular member. Ultrasonic energy could be applied to a workpiece which is being laser cut to prevent any generated slag from welding itself to an exposed surface of the workpiece. A compressed fluid or gas, such as air, could be used to clean the surface of the laser-cut workpiece to remove slag formation which adheres to the surface of the cut workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Bialas, Robert P. Barbier, David Strauss, David Mackiewicz, Pius Kienzle, Mihaela Baldi
  • Patent number: 8329007
    Abstract: A hearing aid dehumidifier and disinfectant chamber. The chamber comprises an enclosure, including a vapor permeable wall, adapted to removably enclose a hearing aid. In vapor transmitting relationship with the vapor permeable wall is an electrochemical ozone generator, which is designed to draw water vapor from inside the enclosure and electrolyze it into at least ozone, which is discharged into the enclosure. Drawing the water vapor from the enclosure dries the hearing aid. The electrochemical action ceases when all water vapor is removed. Bathing the hearing aid in ozone for at least until the ozone decomposes, sterilizes the hearing aid, inside and out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: MB Research & Development, LLC
    Inventors: Martin S. Silverman, Lance Pritikin
  • Patent number: 8328863
    Abstract: An intravascular stent is provided to be implanted in coronary arteries and other body lumens. The transverse cross-section of at least some of the stent struts have a ratio of polar and bending moments of inertia, which results in optimal resistance to stent twisting. This resistance to twisting ratio for the stent struts minimizes out of plane twisting of the struts or projecting edges of the struts when the stent is expanded from a compressed diameter to an expanded diameter in a coronary artery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Abunassar
  • Patent number: 8323330
    Abstract: A stent having a compacted configuration in which adjacent crowns of its undulating rings overlap one another. The overlapping compacted configuration provides for a relatively low profile in view of the coverage that is achieved by the stent upon expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Keif Fitzgerald, Boris Anukhin
  • Patent number: 8323327
    Abstract: A catheter system for implanting an endoprosthesis at a treatment site in a patient's body lumen. The catheter includes an elongated shaft outer member and a stent sheath distal portion and a self-expanding stent radially restrained in a collapsed configuration within the stent sheath distal portion. A balloon catheter dimensioned for relative axial movement within the shaft outer member has an elongated shaft having an inflation lumen and a device receiving lumen. A stent stop secured to the balloon catheter is reversibly radially expandable to deploy from a collapsed to a radially expanded configuration. In the expanded configuration, the stent stop prevents longitudinal displacement of the stent. A balloon is located on a distal shaft section is releasably locked with respect to the shaft outer member and slidably disposed therein in an unlocked configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Shstems Inc.
    Inventors: Nianjiong Joan Bei, Keif Fitzgerald, Patrick C. Saxton, Zhicheng Lin, Steven A. Tyler, Joanna Lubas
  • Patent number: 8322356
    Abstract: The quickly erectable dome shelter includes an extendible perimeter truss assembly with link members connected between adjacent legs, a central truss assembly of link members, and a roof framework, including pairs of curved upper and lower peak truss members, that is movable between a lowered, collapsed configuration and a raised, upwardly arching position. The shelter also includes telescoping peak pole members coupled to the central truss assembly of link members and the roof framework, and may also include telescoping peak truss brace members connected between a peak truss member and a link member of the perimeter assembly of link members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Mark C. Carter
  • Patent number: 8322278
    Abstract: A marker carrier device has carrier elements for carrying respective markers, the device being re-configurable between a compact configuration and a selection configuration in which the markers are accessibly presented for selection. Carrier devices loaded with markers are received at a receiving station of a marking unit. The markers are selected from the carrier individually while in the marking unit and marked by a marking device with a predetermined indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hellermanntyton Limited
    Inventor: Steven Blanks
  • Patent number: 8323377
    Abstract: A process for recovering a target metal from an oxidized metalliferous material comprises the steps of: in an acid generation stage, adding sulfuric acid to a solution comprising a metal halide to generate an acidic aqueous halide solution; in a leaching stage that is separate to the acid generation stage, leaching the oxidized metalliferous material with the acidic aqueous halide solution to leach the target metal into solution; passing the solution from the leaching stage to a target metal recovery stage in which the target metal is recovered from the solution while the metal halide is retained in solution; and returning the solution with the metal halide therein from the target metal recovery stage to the acid generation stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Intec, Ltd.
    Inventors: John Moyes, Frank Houllis, Andrew Tong
  • Patent number: 8326506
    Abstract: The method of maintaining optimal braking and skid protection for a two-wheeled vehicle wheel with a wheel speed sensor failure involves providing pulsed braking pressure to the affected wheel with the wheel speed sensor failure. If an incipient or initial skid on another wheel with a functioning wheel speed sensor has occurred, the pulsed braking pressure to the affected wheel is limited to the brake pressure command that caused the last incipient or initial skid on the other wheel, scaled by a factor for safety. Otherwise the pulsed braking pressure to the affected wheel is limited to be no greater than the greatest commanded brake pressure to the other wheel. The pulsed braking pressure is also limited to be less than the brake pressure commanded to the affected wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Hydro-Aire, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald Raby, Jordan Silberling
  • Patent number: 8317748
    Abstract: A method of increasing blood flow through an obstructed blood vessel includes providing an expandable member substantially made of a mesh having a plurality of interstices. The expandable member is inserted into the blood vessel, positioned within the blood vessel with the proximal member end upstream of the distal member end and the member body located radially adjacent at least a portion of an obstruction, and expanded to bring at least a portion of the member body into contact with the obstruction. An outward radial force is exerted on the obstruction to dislodge at least one fragment from the obstruction and to enhance blood flow through the blood vessel past the obstruction. The at least one fragment is passed through at least one interstice of the member body in the radial direction, and is selectively retained within the expandable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventors: David Fiorella, Henry Woo
  • Patent number: 8316765
    Abstract: A marker carrier device has carrier elements for carrying respective markers, the device being re-configurable between a compact configuration and a selection configuration in which the markers are accessibly presented for selection. Carrier devices loaded with markers are received at a receiving station of a marking unit. The markers are selected from the carrier individually whilst in the marking unit and marked by a marking device with a predetermined indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Hellermanntyton Limited
    Inventor: Steven Blanks