Patents Represented by Attorney Hancock & Estabrook, LLP
  • Patent number: 6656129
    Abstract: An improved flow based incentive spirometer operable through a range of user set flow rates and being adapted to receive a supplemental flow of Oxygen without requiring any change in the calibration of the device or effecting the patient's monitoring of usage. In this manner the spirometer may be utilized by a range of patients having quite distinct therapy needs. The device also features an integral information display receptacle in the base for storage of operational instructions. A portion of the base is transparent to that the information contained in the storage receptacle can be viewed by a patient while the device is in use, thereby permitting a patient to observe such things as the instructions for proper use of the incentive spirometer while using the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventors: Rex A. Niles, Stephen D. Diehl, Patrick W. Olin, Deborah A. Laun, David T. Middleton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6645093
    Abstract: A basketball shot trainer for controlling the movement of the user's shooting arm in a predetermined direction and predetermined elbow placement. The shooter's arm is connected to an arm bar such that the shooting arm and elbow pivot in a predetermined manner relative to the user's torso. The shooting arm is held in the desired position on the user by means of a back plate which supports the arm bar for pivotal movement to control movement of the user's shooting arm. The arm bar has a guide portion which is secured to the user's shooting arm by an arm band which controls movement of the shooting arm in a predetermined vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Mark C. Sheppard
  • Patent number: 6640480
    Abstract: A gun barrel cleaning system adapted for storage in the pistol grip of a firearm. The gun barrel cleaning system generally comprises a carrier unit that is removably mounted within the cavity of the pistol grip by a flanged mounting bracket, and a plurality of gun barrel cleaning tools stored in the carrier unit. The carrier unit comprises a bottom plate and a plurality of upstanding walls which collectively define a cavity in which the tools are stored, and an open top end. A pair of diametrically opposed slotted openings are formed through opposing walls, and the mounting bracket flanges include wedges formed thereon which are adapted to engage respective ones of the slotted openings. The mounting bracket is attached to the pistol grip by a bolt, thereby interconnecting the carrier unit to the pistol grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Williams, Nicholas Williams
  • Patent number: 6630674
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correction of temperature-induced variations in the analog output characteristics of a microbolometer detector in an infrared detecting focal plane array utilizing electronic means to correct for the temperature variation of the individual microbolometer detector. The electronic circuitry and associated software necessary for implementation is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Infrared Components Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Knauth, Steven M. Balick
  • Patent number: 6610984
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for correction of temperature-induced variations in the analog output characteristics of a microbolometer detector in an infrared detecting focal plane array utilizing electronic means to correct for the temperature variation of the individual microbolometer detector. The electronic circuitry and associated software necessary for implementation is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Infrared Components Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan P. Knauth, Steven M. Balick
  • Patent number: 6606953
    Abstract: A roller coaster ride comprising a carriage adapted for travel along a track in a predetermined direction and a plurality of seats interconnected to and positioned exteriorly from the carriage. The seats are capable of 360 degree rotation about a longitudinal axis which extends perpendicular to the direction of travel. The seats may further be spaced apart from the carriage in a downward direction by a central arm and perpendicular to said direction of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Meteoro Amusement Corporation
    Inventor: John F. Mares
  • Patent number: 6598773
    Abstract: A device for dispensing tickets from a continuous strip of paper (1), each ticket being constituted by an end segment of the strip suitable for being grasped by a recipient of the ticket and detached by applying traction to said end, the device comprising a mechanism for pinching the paper along a line (3) extending transversely across the strip (1), and downstream from this mechanism, a cutting blade (4) extending substantially transversely across the strip, with the strip bearing against the cutting edge (5) of the blade when the above-mentioned traction is applied, wherein the cutting edge (5) of the blade is formed by a straight-line segment that intersects the plane of the strip of paper (1) in contact with the blade (4) prior to cutting and containing the pinch line (3), with the projection (7) of the blade onto said plane converging towards the pinch line (3) from the point (6) where the paper first comes into contact with the blade (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Axiohm
    Inventors: Dominique Daret, Frédéric Mazel, Richard Arrufat, Eric Thevenet
  • Patent number: 6599044
    Abstract: The invention relates to a printer device for printing on a paper tape and for cutting the tape into printed tickets. The device comprises a frame having a cover hinged on the frame, a printer, cutter means, and guide means for guiding the tape between the printer and the cutter means. According to the invention, the guide means are formed by two walls substantially parallel to the axis of a paper drive roller, one wall being carried by the cover and the other wall being carried by the frame, in such a manner as to impose an S-bend on the portion of the tape that extends between the printer and the cutter means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Axiohm
    Inventor: Eric Paris
  • Patent number: 6592757
    Abstract: The apparatus of the present invention generally comprises a wastewater contact tank that is broken into three distinct zones: a selector zone positioned between a stabilization zone and a contact zone. The entire influent is introduced into the selector zone which is maintained in an anoxic condition. Baffles positioned within the selector zone permit control of microorganisms levels present in the zone. The wastewater introduced into the selector zone and treated via the microorganisms present therein, flows over a weir into the contact zone. In the contact zone, the solids suspended in the liquor (the mixture of the wastewater and activated sludge) settle to the bottom and pass through a line which returns it to the selector zone. The return line, however, includes a valve which controls the rate of passage. The treated wastewater (which includes waste activated sludge and treated water) passes from the contact zone into the clarifiers for final processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Inc.
    Inventor: Sami M. Nasr
  • Patent number: 6588421
    Abstract: A HME bypass system including a manually actuated bypass valve which is coupled into a respiratory air circuit, preferably upstream of the HME, to permit inspiratory air to be selectively passed through the HME, or to bypass the HME, depending upon the treatment desired by the healthcare provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: DHD Healthcare Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen David Diehl, Edgar Delgado, Bernard Wesley Baker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6588302
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting a coaxial cable, or the like, and effecting cutting and stripping operations to remove a portion of one or more layers which concentrically cover a central conductor. A single blade, having a circular cutting edge, is moved in an orbital path about the cable with rotary motion of a motor translated to orbital motion of the blade through a plurality of plates relatively movable on crossed, linear, roller bearings and a shaft eccentrically affixed to the motor with the shaft and motor axes at an acute angle to one another. The shaft extends through a spherical bearing mounted in one of the plates, thereby translating nutational motion of the shaft to orbiting motion of the plate which is directly attached to the blade. A unique clamping assembly includes a pair of jaws having respective gear racks engaging a single pinion gear on a motor output shaft for linear movement of the jaws by equal distances in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Orbital Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Palmowski
  • Patent number: 6581598
    Abstract: An enhanced PEP therapy device which provides a variable frequency and variable magnitude positive expiratory pressure by utilizing a nonlinear orifice for adjusting and maintaining a desired positive expiratory pressure oscillation in accordance with a predetermined pressure range of a patient's expiratory air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: DHD Healthcare Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer M. Foran, Lawrence A. Weinstein, Fredrick M. Richards, Christopher T. Zirps, Robert H. Elden
  • Patent number: 6580815
    Abstract: A device for use by an authorized person having an unique biometric parameter to obtain information for use in accessing a secured site. The device comprises a biometric interface unit engaged with a portable body member. The device further comprises biometric circuitry adapted to generate and store an initialized biometric template upon presentment of the person's unique biometric parameter to the biometric interface unit. The biometric circuitry is further adapted to generate a second biometric template upon subsequent presentment of the person's unique biometric parameter to the biometric interface unit. The device further comprises compare circuitry adapted to generate an first signal indicative that the second biometric template is substantially identical to the initialized biometric template. The device further comprises a storage device for storing a plurality of passwords.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Mandylion Research Labs, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Grajewski, Douglas Jaeger
  • Patent number: D475976
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: John Mezzalingua Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Noah Montena
  • Patent number: D476957
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: NuVisions International, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Chudoba, Jerome Polizzi
  • Patent number: D477509
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Utica Cutlery Company
    Inventors: David S. Allen, Paul Clifford
  • Patent number: D478087
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Contour Electronics Limited
    Inventor: Ian Edward Aldridge
  • Patent number: D478291
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: The Brannock Device Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Salvatore A. Leonardi, Jr.
  • Patent number: D480207
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Otis Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Doreen Marks
  • Patent number: D480610
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Ginkgo International, Ltd.
    Inventor: Siro R. Toffolon