Patents Represented by Law Firm Greenlee & Winner
  • Patent number: 7869139
    Abstract: The present invention provides optical systems containing an afocal variator able to impart focus means to the optical system, as well as essentially constant magnification throughout the focal translation. The present application teaches a specific formula or set of spacing requirements for the positioning of the afocal variator that can be used with any afocal variator optical lens system comprised of various lens combinations. Provided that the formula for spacing the afocal variator within the optical system is utilized, the afocal variator acts not only to focus the optical system but maintains substantially constant magnification during the translation of focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Infinity Photo Optical
    Inventor: H. Jay Margolis
  • Patent number: 7842850
    Abstract: Methods for producing hybrids between domestic and wild soybean that are fertile and can be further bred with other soybean plants are provided, thus allowing transfer of desirable traits and genes from the wild soybean into the domestic soybean. This invention also provides novel media for producing callus and multiple somatic embryos, as well as novel media for producing multiple shoots from the embryos. The hybrid plants are made fertile by colchicine treatment to double their chromosome number so that they can be backcrossed into domestic soybean. These methods and media allow the production of elite soybean lines containing traits or genes from wild soybean as well as a minimum amount of additional wild soybean DNA. Backcrosses containing only one wild soybean chromosome can be produced, as well as sets of such backcrossed lines that each contain one chromosome from the wild ancestor, but collectively all the wild chromosomes from the hybrid ancestor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventor: Ram J. Singh
  • Patent number: 7832521
    Abstract: An axle assembly for a vehicle, the axle assembly comprising a differential gear having an input for connection to a drive shaft, and a first wheel hub to support a first wheel and a second wheel hub to support a second wheel, the first wheel hub and the second wheel hub being drivingly connected to the differential gear, wherein the first wheel hub is drivingly connected to the differential gear via a reverser mechanism, the reverser mechanism having a first operating mode where the first wheel hub is driven in the same direction as the second wheel hub and a second operating mode where the first wheel hub is driven in the opposite direction to the second wheel hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: J.C. Bamford Excavators Limited
    Inventors: Paul Levell, Simon James Peter Evans, Timothy Boothroyd
  • Patent number: 7812190
    Abstract: The invention provides improved therapeutic and diagnostic fullerenes and endohedral fullerenes. The fullerenes and endohedral fullerenes of the invention are derivatized with at least two charged functional groups (and preferably more than two charged functional groups) to provide for water-solubility and improved in vivo biodistribution. Improved derivatized fullerenes and endohedral fullerenes carry a plurality of functional groups at least two of which are charged. Preferably at least about ? of the possible derivations sites on the fullerene caged carry derivatives and preferably at least about ½ of the functional groups on the fullerene cage are charged groups. The invention also provides water-soluble endohedral metallofullerene with improved biodistribution which are useful as in vivo imaging agents, including MRI contrast agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: TDA Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Bolskar, J. Michael Alford
  • Patent number: 7795460
    Abstract: Methods of making alkyl esters are described herein. The methods are capable of using raw, unprocessed, low-cost feedstocks and waste grease. Generally, the method involves converting a glyceride source to a fatty acid composition and esterifying the fatty acid composition to make alkyl esters. In an embodiment, a method of making alkyl esters comprises providing a glyceride source. The method further comprises converting the glyceride source to a fatty acid composition comprising free fatty acids and less than about 1% glyceride by mass. Moreover, the method comprises esterifying the fatty acid composition in the presence of a solid acid catalyst at a temperature ranging firm about 70° C. to about 120° C. to produce alkyl esters, such that at least 85% of the free fatty acids are converted to alkyl esters. The method also incorporates the use of packed bed reactors for glyceride conversion and/or fatty acid esterification to make alkyl esters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: TDA Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Elliott
  • Patent number: 7790759
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of a medicine for treating diseases associated with inflammation, immunity or infection, and in particular, to glycyrrhetinic acid-30-amide derivatives of general formula I and their preparation, and a pharmaceutical composition containing the same. Said derivatives and composition exhibit anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-allergic, cough-preventing, liver-protecting and anti-viral properties, wherein each group is as defined in the description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Tianjin Institute of Pharmaceutical Research
    Inventors: Jianwu Wang, Weiren Xu, Jianping Wong, Lida Tang, Shijun Zhang, Lijun Liu, Yuli Wang, Xiaowen Ren
  • Patent number: 7785825
    Abstract: Lantibiotics are synthesized on ribosomes as prepeptides and post-translationally modified to a mature form. These modifications include dehydrations and cyclizations. Compounds and related methods of generating compounds, modified by dehydration, cyclization, or dehydration and cyclization, are disclosed. The disclosure includes in vitro approaches to effecting dehydration and cyclization leading to production of biologically active compounds such as lantibiotics and variants thereof. Synthetic variants and methods including combinatorial approaches for generating diverse lantibiotics and other compounds are disclosed. The invention has broad potential for applications including food, agricultural, and medical industries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Willem A. van der Donk, Lili Xie, Champak Chatterjee, Moushumi Paul
  • Patent number: 7785474
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for contacting liquid with an ion exchange resin comprising introducing liquid into a process tank containing ion exchange resin at an inlet (2) and removing liquid that has been contacted with resin from the process tank at an outlet, the outlet being located above the inlet (2), the process tank including a resin containment region (7, 9) disposed between the inlet (2) and the outlet to impede the upward flow of the resin as it becomes entrained in the liquid flowing from the inlet to the outlet, and a contactor region for promoting contact between the resin and the liquid located below the containment region (7, 9), said containment region (7, 9) containing an array of settling members through which the liquid and resin upflow and which impede the flow of the resin to a sufficient extent that it is substantially contained within or below the containment region (7, 9). Apparatus for performing this method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Orica Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Gregory Mark Vero, Colin Bruce Ritchie, Abigail Holmquist
  • Patent number: 7780766
    Abstract: The invention provides devices and methods for collecting vapor gas generated by an oil-containing material within a production tank. The devices and associated methods result in produced oil having a reduced level of dissolved hydrocarbons and recovery of vapor gas for resale. The devices include vapor recovery units connected to conventional oil-production units so that a conventional unit is converted to a low emission unit. In an embodiment, the device is a column separator comprising a perforated, packed spiral baffle with one end that receives vapor gas and a second end for removing gas that has traversed the length of the column separator. Also provided are methods for converting an oil-production unit into a low-emission oil production unit using any of the devices disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Leed Fabrication Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Delbert Thompson
  • Patent number: 7768376
    Abstract: This invention provides thermal sensors and imagers that are flexible and capable of conforming to curved surfaces and corresponding methods of making and methods of thermal sensing. The thermal sensors contain an array of thermal resistors patterned in a row and column configuration, with each thermal resistor electrically isolated from other thermal resistors within the sensor. Thermal information is obtained from a region by measuring the resistance of each thermal resistor and calculating a thermal resistance for each entry of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventors: Chang Liu, Nannan Chen, Jonathan Engel, Jack Chen, Zhifang Fan
  • Patent number: 7767653
    Abstract: Exogenous cDNA capable of expressing interferon? activity, exogenous interferon? protein, inducers of endogenous interferon? protein activity, inducers of endogenous interferon $ protein activity, inducers of endogenous interferon? activity, or inducers of other immune-enhancing activity can be combined with a vaccine to enhance an immune response. Specifically disclosed are adjuvant and vaccine combinations where the adjuvant comprises a cDNA capable of expressing interferon? activity, a complex comprising polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidilic acid, or a complex comprising polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidilic acid, poly-L-lysine, and carboxymethylcellulose and where the vaccine is a live vaccine virus derived from a virus causing porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Inventor: Federico A. Zuckermann
  • Patent number: 7767886
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to isolate Rf gene, particularly Rf1 gene derived from radish, and identify its structure. The present invention provides a protein involved in restoration of a cytoplasmic male sterile individual to fertility which has 14 or more pentatricopeptide repeat (hereafter may be abbreviated to PPR) motifs, wherein a group of the motifs is divided into 3 or more blocks, each of the individual blocks has at least 2 or more PPR motifs, and the block in a carboxyl terminal (C terminal) side has 4 PPR motifs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
    Inventors: Jun Imamura, Hideya Fujimoto, Ritsuko Yanagidate, Nobuya Koizuka, Takako Sakai, Takahiko Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 7767837
    Abstract: A method comprising contacting an alcohol, a feed comprising one or more glycerides and equal to or greater than 2 wt % of one or more free fatty acids, and a solid acid catalyst, a nanostructured polymer catalyst, or a sulfated zirconia catalyst in one or more reactors, and recovering from the one or more reactors an effluent comprising equal to or greater than about 75 wt % alkyl ester and equal to or less than about 5 wt % glyceride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: TDA Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Elliott
  • Patent number: 7763666
    Abstract: A process for the regeneration of loaded ion-exchange resin comprising (a) providing loaded resin for regeneration; (b) providing first stage and third stage regenerant suitable for regenerating loaded resin; (c) providing a plurality of regeneration vessels; (d) filling a regeneration vessel with a desired amount of the loaded resin before filling another regeneration vessel; (e) once a regeneration vessel has been filled, contacting the loaded resin within the vessel with first stage regenerant in a plug flow to provide a first stage regenerated resin; (f) contacting the first stage regenerated resin with third stage regenerant in a plug flow to provide regenerated resin and (g) removing and collecting third stage regenerant from a vessel containing regenerated resin and adding the collected regenerant to the first stage regenerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Orica Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Gregory Mark Vero, Paul Smith
  • Patent number: D621003
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Versa Products Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Gramegna, John Neill
  • Patent number: PP21185
    Abstract: A new and distinct floricane fruiting red raspberry, Rubus idaeus L., variety is described. The variety results from selection among a population of seedlings derived from controlled pollination crossing of the raspberry varieties known as ‘Lewis’ (not patented) and selection 86105M57 (not patented). The new variety is distinguished from others by the semi crown-forming nature of the plant which tends to produce fewer thicker canes that tend to branch and are very vigorous. The variety is further distinguished by having fruit that ripen on long laterals, release from the receptacle very easily, are dark in color, have large drupelets, and are very firm. In addition, the plant has displayed some field resistance to root rot caused by Phytophthora fragariae var. rubi and appears to be tolerant to infection of Raspberry Bushy Dwarf Virus (RBDV). Fruit of the new variety appears very suitable for the process fruit market.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited
    Inventors: Harvey K. Hall, Joseph Stephens
  • Patent number: D622350
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Versa Products Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald Gramegna, Joseph Caron
  • Patent number: PP21227
    Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Hydrangea arborescens plant named ‘PIIHA-I’, characterized by its magenta to pink mophead inflorescences; dark green foliage; and upright, spreading growth habit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Plant Introductions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Dirr
  • Patent number: PP21287
    Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Illicium plant named ‘Pink Frost’, characterized by its compact, rounded growth habit, medium green foliage with cream-white marginal variegation, pink-red petioles, red flowers, and pink to red foliage in winter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Plant Introductions, Inc.
    Inventor: Mickey Harp
  • Patent number: PP21299
    Abstract: A new and distinct tamarillo variety is described. The variety results from selection among a population of seedlings derived from hybridization among red, amber, and yellow-fruited tamarillo selections. This new variety is characterized by bright red skin color and sweet flavor. The new variety appears suitable for the fresh fruit market and has been named ‘Sweeten’.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: The Horticulture & Food Research Institute of New Zealand Limited
    Inventor: Greg Pringle