Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Gordon M. Stewart
  • Patent number: 6149129
    Abstract: A probe and a valve, which may be used together in a valve assemblage, and a method of using them. The valve includes a valve body with a forward end having a forwardly tapering valve body opening defined by a valve seat; a valve seal positioned in the valve body and having a forward end with a forwardly tapering valve seating portion, with the forward end being movable rearwardly from a closed position in which the seating portion sealingly mates against the valve seat to close the valve body opening, to an open position in which the valve seating portion is spaced from the valve seat to allow fluid to pass through the valve body opening and hence through the valve; and a resilient member adapted to urge the forward end of the valve seal into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Clark Eugene Harris, Jeffrey Charles Robertson
  • Patent number: 6132997
    Abstract: Methods for linearly amplifying mRNA to produce antisense RNA are provided. In the subject methods, mRNA is converted to double-stranded cDNA using a promoter-primer having a poly-dT primer site linked to a promoter sequence so that the resulting double-stranded cDNA is recognized by an RNA polymerase. The resultant double-stranded cDNA is then transcribed into antisense RNA in the presence of a reverse transcriptase that is rendered incapable of RNA-dependent DNA polymerase activity during this transcription step. The subject methods find use a variety of different applications in which the preparation of linearly amplified amounts of antisense RNA is desired. Also provided are kits for practicing the subject methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies
    Inventor: Karen W. Shannon
  • Patent number: 6132449
    Abstract: A device for sampling blood from the skin of a patient by puncture. The device includes one or more lancets for lancing the skin and a fluid-conducting plate unit for transporting blood from the lancing wound. The plate unit has one or more channels for conducting fluid to one or more target locations. Preferably there is a first channel for conducting away a first portion of fluid that contains more of a fluid that is emitted initially (initial fluid) from the puncture wound and a second channel for conducting a second portion of fluid that contains less of the initial fluid from the puncture wound. Blood is drawn into the channels by capillary force. The device can be used to lance the skin and obtain a representative sample of blood with relatively simple procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Lum, Leslie A. Leonard, Edward D. Verdonk, Dominique M. Freeman, Michael Greenstein, Catherine Keely-Templin
  • Patent number: 6104468
    Abstract: A method of routing images in the form of image signals, in a photofinishing laboratory between a first device which provides the images, a workflow controller, and at least one image processor. Identifications of the images are communicated to the workflow controller. Image processing requests and associated image identifications are communicated from the workflow controller to the image processor. Images from the first device are retrieved at the image processor by: (i) communicating image identifications from the image processor to the first device; and (ii) in response to the identifiers received from the image processor, communicating the images corresponding to the received identifiers from the first device to the image processor without using the workflow controller as an intermediary. A photofinishing laboratory which can execute such methods is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gregory R. Bryniarski, Brian R. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6101000
    Abstract: A method of processing photographic media carrying a plurality of images, and an apparatus which can execute the method. The media is scanned to obtain image signals corresponding to the images. Image characteristics are determined from scanned image signals. Image characteristics for scanned images are automatically compared with one or more predetermined characteristic values to classify as passed or suspect images those images which do or do not meet one or more predetermined characteristics. Simulated images are displayed based on the scanned image signals such that any suspect images are apparent to a user. User inputs are obtained for any suspect images, and any suspect image signal is corrected in response to the user input for that image. The image signals are forwarded to an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Thomas J. Murray, Walter C. Slater, Brian J. Joseph
  • Patent number: 6079444
    Abstract: A probe comprising of a probe body, a probe post positioned in the probe body and having a forward end with a forwardly tapering front face and a rearwardly tapering probe post seat. A probe seal is provided within the probe body having a forward end with a rearwardly tapering probe seal opening forward end of the probe seal has a seal face. The forward end is movable rearwardly from a closed position sealingly mating against the probe post seat to close the probe seal opening to an open position in which the probe seal face is spaced from the probe post seat to allow fluid to pass through the probe seal opening and hence through the probe. A first resilient means for urging the forward end of the probe seal into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Clark Eugene Harris, Jeffrey Charles Robertson
  • Patent number: 6058954
    Abstract: It is known to supply solution to a process and to collect effluent therefrom using `bag-in-box` arrangement each having a predetermined volume. However, if the process must be supplied with greater volumes of solution, the use of larger `bag-in-box` arrangements is limited by weight restrictions that an operator can handle. Described herein is a method of using a number of `bag-in-box` arrangements coupled together to provide a larger volume of replenisher solution to a process and to collect of effluent therefrom than would be the case if only a single `bag-in-box` arrangement is used. An automatic changeover system can be utilised which allows the process to be supplied with a greater volume of solution than that which corresponds to the legal weight limit without having to empty the supply `bag-in-box` arrangements into a large replenisher tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Edward Charles Glover, Anthony Earle, Christopher Barrie Rider
  • Patent number: 6052144
    Abstract: A printer to print images on a continuous web. The printer has a print station at which the images are printed on the web. A web transport transports the web in a lengthwise direction through the print station. The web transport including a slack loop station having a web feeder and a web receiver. These are spaced apart from one another to transport a web in the lengthwise direction while establishing a web slack loop therebetween which extends in a first direction. The web transport also includes a web proximity sensor which is directed along the first direction to measure a distance between the sensor and the slack loop. A method of printing images on a continuous web is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Noel L. Reyner
  • Patent number: 6046848
    Abstract: An integral image display carrying, on the same side of a single substrate, a plurality of separate different integral images on different regions of the substrate, each of which images has a plurality of views, at least one of the views of one integral image following sequentially from a view in another one of the integral images. Particularly, one of the complete images may follow sequentially from the other one. The sequences of each integral image may particular be motion sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Stephen Gulick, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6040776
    Abstract: Described herein is an alarm system for use with a `bag-in-box` arrangement (10) which is used to collect effluent from a processing apparatus (20). The alarm system comprises a chamber (50) located between the processing apparatus (20) and the `bag-in-box` arrangement (10) which includes a level sensor (52) which indicates that the `bag-in-box` arrangement (10) has been overfilled by a predetermined amount and is ready for changing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Edward Charles Glover, Martyn Stuart Glover
  • Patent number: 6038401
    Abstract: Apparatus (10; 800) is disclosed for loading a camera (106) of a type including an external housing (320) having at least one movable closure (322, 324) which, in an open position of the closure, enables a discrete filmstrip (332) to be loaded from an exterior of the camera into the camera; the camera further including a memory feature (344) for storing and communicating information, the apparatus including a frame (40-50); a station (14, 138, 142; 804) to support a camera to be loaded; a source (150, 168) supported by the frame for unexposed photographic film; a film loading member (522) supported by the frame and extended between the source and the station for guiding film from the source to a camera; a mechanism (176, 246, 248) for driving film from the source, via the film loading member, and to a camera; a customer interface (18-30) supported by the frame for inputting at least one signal about a desired manner of photo-finishing; and means (212, 348) responsive to the at least one signal for communicati
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Dennis R. Zander
  • Patent number: 6019309
    Abstract: A photographic cassette, has a core retainer to rotatably seat a photographic web roll core along an axis of the retainer. The cassette further has a housing with an exterior and interior members each with a main wall which extends axially and part way around the axis, the main wall of each having an axially extending first margin. In the cassette one of the members is rotatable around the axis between a closed position in which first margins of the housing members abut one another so that a web roll with a core seated in the core retainer is light tightly enclosed by the housing, and an open position in which the first margins are separated to expose an axially extending cassette opening and in which the rotatable member further radially overlaps the other member than when in the open position. A method of loading such a cassette and dispensing photosensitive material, is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Steven F. Entz
  • Patent number: 6012606
    Abstract: An apparatus for is disclosed for detecting low liquid level in a bottom-draining container (12), the apparatus including a spout (14, 48) extended outwardly from the container, the spout having a central bore (18) through which liquid can drain from a bottom of the container; at least one guide member (26, 56, 62) positioned in the spout; at least one float (38) mounted for movement in the spout along the guide member, the float being buoyant in a liquid to be drained from the container; a source (42) for directing a beam of radiation into the spout along a path intersected by the float when a liquid drains to a preselected level within the spout; and a device (44, 46) for detecting when the float intersects the beam. The guide member may be omitted in one embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Clark Eugene Harris, Dennis Robert Stell
  • Patent number: 5993201
    Abstract: A photographic flash lamp having a closed, at least partially transparent capsule. A combustible material within an enclosed region of the capsule generates a flash upon ignition. Ignition is provided by a frictionally ignited composition within the enclosed region and an ignitor to frictionally engage with the composition. A frictional ignitor assembly extends between an interior and exterior of the enclosed region and carries one of the composition or ignitor. Movement of an exterior end of the ignitor assembly causes the frictional ignitor and frictionally ignited composition to frictionally engage one another resulting in flash generation. Particularly with a sliding piston arrangement for engaging the ignitor and frictionally ignited composition, ignition can be accomplished with very low cost components such as a spring while at the same time, combustion gases are trapped within the closed envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Warren Green, Richard A. Colleluori
  • Patent number: 5991459
    Abstract: A method of modifying a time-varying image sequence in which a parametric velocity vector field that characterizes changes in successive images of the image sequence is estimated. The estimating includes combining optical flow constraints, directional smoothness constraints and regularization constraints in a functional of the estimate of the parametric velocity vector field such that the weighting coefficients of the functional are functions of the parametric velocity vector field to be estimated. A system of nonlinear equations that arise from the optimality criterion of the functional are then solved. Once the system of nonlinear equations is solved, the estimate of the parametric velocity vector field is applied to modify at least one image in the image sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Sergei Valentinovich Fogel
  • Patent number: 5989016
    Abstract: A photographic flash lamp having an envelope defining a chamber, at least a portion of the envelope being transparent. A support mesh is positioned within the chamber and has a first portion out of contact with the remainder of the lamp. Suitable combustible material to produce the flash, is adhered to the first portion of the mesh to generate a flash upon ignition. An ignitor ignites the combustible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Warren Green
  • Patent number: 5991548
    Abstract: Apparatus (10; 800) is disclosed for loading of film into a photographic camera (106), the camera including an external housing (320) having at least one movable closure (322, 324) which, in an open position of the closure, enables a discrete filmstrip (332) to be loaded from an exterior of the camera into the camera; the camera further including a memory feature (344) for storing and communicating information about at least one type of film appropriate for the camera, the apparatus including a frame (40-50); a station (14, 138, 142; 804) supported by the frame for a camera to be loaded; means (109, 148) supported by said frame for communicating with a camera to receive from the camera a first signal corresponding to a type of film appropriate for the camera; a source (150, 168) supported by the frame for unexposed photographic film, the source including at least one type of unexposed photographic film; a film loading member (522) supported by the frame and extended between the source and the station for guid
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Dennis R. Zander
  • Patent number: 5984544
    Abstract: An elongated intercore for mounting hollow cores of various lengths for rotation. The intercore includes a plurality of stop members spaced along at least part of the length of the intercore, and which are urged resiliently radially outward between retracted and extended positions. As a result, a core can be slid over the stop members while they are in their retracted position and a first end of a core can abut against a forward facing side of any of the stop members when in an extended position, to prevent the first end from rearward movement. In another aspect, an elongated intercore is provided with a plurality of ring guides spaced apart from one another along a forward end of the intercore and each extending about the intercore. This aspect additionally includes a resilient wire ring which can be positioned within any of the ring guides and restrain forward movement of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Steven R. Lippold, Steven F. Entz
  • Patent number: 5983036
    Abstract: A non-photographic strip includes a base layer similar in properties and characteristics to a base layer of a known photographic filmstrip and a magnetic recording layer over the base layer. A cartridge is sized and shaped to be received in a cartridge receiving chamber of a photographic camera. The cartridge contains the non-photographic strip which is sized and shaped to be moved within the camera from the cartridge. Preferably, the magnetic recording layer is opaque. The magnetic recording layer is used to transfer information to and/or from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Dale Frederick McIntyre, J. Kelly Lee
  • Patent number: 5982957
    Abstract: A scanner has a sensor assembly having a sensor to receive light from an image, and which assembly generates an image signal corresponding to the image, which image signal has a plurality of color channel components representative of different spectral regions. A media holder holds a media carrying the image. An illuminator to illuminate the image of a held media such that light from the image falls on the sensor. The illuminator has a plurality of sets of light emitting elements to provide illumination in all of the spectral regions, each set having a different spectral output with at least a first set having plural sub-sets of different spectral output within a first one of the spectral region represented by the color channels, the number of different spectral output elements being greater than the number of color channels. The illuminator also has an integrator between the array and the media holder so as to improve uniformity of the illumination from the illuminator which illuminates the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joel D. DeCaro, Mark E. Shafer