Patents Represented by Attorney Hodgson Russ LLP
  • Patent number: 8347769
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for controlling a brake of a microtome. The microtome (1) has an actuating element (2), a movement mechanism (8) and a brake. With the aid of the movement mechanism (8), an object to be cut can be moved relative to a knife blade. The actuating element (2) can be manually actuated by an operator and, as a result thereof, the relative motion between the object and the knife blade can be performed with the movement mechanism (8). The relative motion can be locked with the aid of the brake. So that the relative motion between the object and the knife blade can be used in a mechanically designed movement mechanism (8) and/or the relative motion can be locked without an additional hand movement of the operator, the inventive device is characterized by at least one sensor unit (5, 13). The sensor unit (5, 13) is provided on the actuating element (2) or adjacent to the actuating element (2). With the aid of the sensor unit (5, 13) a contact by the operator can be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Walter
  • Patent number: 8352290
    Abstract: A method of automatically programming an infusion pump includes scanning, via a machine-readable scanner wirelessly connected to the infusion pump, a machine-readable label for a drug container to automatically program the infusion pump according to a protocol included in the label. The machine-readable label for the drug container further includes a drug name and data associated with a drug corresponding to the drug name.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Curlin Medical Inc.
    Inventors: Troy A. Bartz, Paul T Kotnik
  • Patent number: 8349794
    Abstract: Compositions useful for reconstitution of concentrated formulations containing protein/peptide pharmaceuticals are provided. The composition generally includes one or more lipids, as well as one or more alcohols that promote and stabilize the formation of (a) lipid molecular assemblies with greater protein encapsulation; (b) protein-lipid complexes and (c) protein and lipid solutions. The reconstitution medium improves the protein-lipid association that in turn alters the pharmaceutical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
    Inventor: Sathyamangalam V. Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 8342493
    Abstract: A turning roll system for rotating a cylindrical workpiece about a workpiece axis comprises a pair of idler rollers cooperating with a pair of drive rollers to support the workpiece. To oppose axial drift of the workpiece, each idler roller is rotatably journalled on a respective idler axle such that the axis of rotation of the idler roller is oriented obliquely relative to a pivot axis of the idler axle. The idler axles may be pivoted about their respective pivot axes to adjust the orientation of the idler roller axes relative to the workpiece to introduce an axially directed force component acting on the workpiece to counter axial drift. Pivoting of the idler axles may be automatically controlled based on a signal generated by a drift sensor arranged to detect axial drift of the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Koike Aronson, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Flaig
  • Patent number: 8343111
    Abstract: An anti-free-flow mechanism includes an occluder mechanism which is disposed along a segment of tubing and a mounting structure. The occluder mechanism is normally in a biased closed position, but may be moved into an open position by placement in the mounting structure. However, unless force is applied to keep the occluder mechanism in the mounting structure, the occluder will move relative to the mounting structure and return to the first, closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Zevex, Inc.
    Inventors: Kent Beck, Jason Bultman, Jeff Juretich, Philip Eggers, Ryan Federspiel, Blake Allen
  • Patent number: 8337781
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tissue infiltration device (1) for samples (34) contained in cassettes (5). The tissue infiltration device (1) comprises at least two liquid containers (7, 11a-11d, 13, 15) and a transport apparatus (6). A liquid (12, 14, 16) having a property that can be predetermined can be filled into a liquid container (7, 11a-11d, 13, 15). A plurality of cassettes (5) can be held by a transport device (4). Using the transport apparatus (6), a transport device (4) can be brought to a liquid container (7, 11a-11d, 13, 15) and/or moved away from a liquid container (7, 11a-11d, 13, 15). A sequence of operations (8) can be prescribed in which a transport device (4) runs through the liquid containers (7, 11a-11d, 13, 15) of the tissue infiltration device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventors: Hermann Ulbrich, Marc Konrad, Peter Richter
  • Patent number: 8329741
    Abstract: Provided herein are substituted pyrrolidines that demonstrate binding at biogenic amine transporters and can be synthesized by a methodology based on a chiral dirhodium catalyst. Compositions comprising substituted pyrrolidines can be used to treat central nervous system disorders such as schizophrenia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
    Inventor: Huw M. L. Davies
  • Patent number: 8322994
    Abstract: A diaphragm metering pump suitable for metering an effervescent gas. The pump has a pump head with a product chamber having an inlet end with a one-way inlet valve and an outlet end with a one-way outlet valve. A displaceable diaphragm member defines a boundary of the product chamber. The diaphragm member is capable of being reciprocated to cause pumping displacements. A discharge side is disposed downstream from the outlet valve. A passageway is disposed in fluid communication between the discharge side and the product chamber. A valve is disposed in the passageway. The valve is opened intermittently to allow liquid to re-enter the product chamber in an amount effective to purge gas from the product chamber to prevent loss of prime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Pulsafeeder, Inc.
    Inventors: Cordell E. Claude, Stephen B. Muscarella, Patrick F. Miller
  • Patent number: 8317512
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for operating a firing furnace, in particular for the dental sector, in which the temperature is measured and, based on the measured temperature, a temperature control is performed. If appropriate, the temperature integral, recorded at discrete points, is determined over the course of time and in particular stored, and is used, if appropriate in addition to the temperature, for controlling the firing furnace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Ivoclar Vivadent AG
    Inventor: Rudolf Jussel
  • Patent number: 8318615
    Abstract: A launderable and reusable, leak-proof, breathable fabric and, more specifically, a composite fabric comprised of a liquid absorptive layer and a liquid impervious but vapor permeable layer. Such fabric is useful in drawing fluids, such as bodily fluids, away from a source, such as the body, and retaining them within the absorptive layer while evaporation thereof takes place though the vapor permeable layer. This material consists of two juxtaposed layers. The inner layer has the characteristic of being liquid permeable so as to allow the body fluids to flow into it and be absorbed. The outer layer has the characteristic of being liquid impermeable but air or vapor permeable, so that the liquid absorbed in the inner layer does not strike through the outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Tri-Sis Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Filteau, Rene Nantel, Yun Shao
  • Patent number: 8314076
    Abstract: Provided is a method for enhancing an immune response to a desired antigen in an individual. The method is performed by administering to the individual an agent capable of inhibiting class A macrophage scavenger receptor (SR-A) and optionally administering the desired antigen. Also provided is a method for enhancing an immune response to an antigen by administering to an individual a composition containing antigen presenting cells that are characterized by specifically inhibited SR-A. Substantially purified populations of mammalian dendritic cells characterized by specifically inhibited SR-A are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Health Research Inc.
    Inventors: Xiang-Yang Wang, John Subjeck
  • Patent number: 8312796
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a microtome (1) having functional regions to be operated manually, in particular a sample holder (2), a cutting device (3), a section removal system (4), and a section collection pan (5). A microtome (1) is described in which the particularly firm contact or adhesion of sectioning waste fragments and, in particular, of thin sections can be at least largely avoided. For this purpose, the microtome (1) according to the present invention is characterized in that the components of the microtome (1) that can be brought into contact with paraffin sections are embodied in electrically conductive fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Leica Biosystems Nussloch GmbH
    Inventors: Stefan K√ľnkel, Frank Sauer, Volker Schneider
  • Patent number: 8308465
    Abstract: A wedge-lock system for injection molds, using a protrusion on one side of the mold and a mating opening and sets of wedges which act together upon mold closing to provide and maintain accurate centering of the core and cavity halves in reference to each other, to prevent core shifts and compensate for uneven thermal expansion of mold components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Injectnotech Inc.
    Inventor: Vince Ciccone
  • Patent number: 8303613
    Abstract: A Langevin transducer horn uses split electroding or selective electroding of transducer elements and phase relationships of the voltages applied thereto to determine the relative longitudinal and flexural/transverse motion induced in the tip of the horn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Zevex, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Anthony Crandall, Blake Allen, Mark Stringham, Joseph Luis, Olga Jovic, David Blaine
  • Patent number: 8302369
    Abstract: An angle trim (20) is provided. The angle trim (20) includes a first elongated strip (22) having first (24) and second (26) opposed ends. A second elongated strip (28) projects at an angle from an elongated side (30) of the first strip (22) along the length of the elongated side (30). A tongue member (32) extends from the first end (24) of the first strip (22) at a raised height above the upper surface of the first strip (22). A channel (34) is arranged adjacent the second end (26) of the first strip (22) above the upper surface. The channel (34) is adapted to receive the tongue member (32) of another angle trim to connect the angle trims in an end to end relationship without requiring overlap of the first strips of the angle trims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Top Idea Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Richard Jelacic
  • Patent number: 8303913
    Abstract: A tissue processor for treating tissue samples comprises a process chamber (10) in which the tissue samples can be treated with at least one liquid. The process chamber (10) is formed as a vessel of a magnetic stirrer. In the process chamber, a stirring body (16) for stirring the liquid is arranged, wherein the stirring body (16) comprises at least one magnet (40a, 40b) with the aid of which the stirring body (16) can be set in rotation by a drive unit (20) of the magnetic stirrer, and at least one vane (28a to 28f) by which the liquid to be stirred is stirred when the stirring body (16) rotates. According to a first aspect of the invention, the stirring body (16) has at least three vanes (28a to 28f), according to a second aspect of the invention, the stirring body (16) has at least one further magnet (40b). The north pole (46) of the one magnet (40a) and the south pole (50) of the further magnet (40b) face the drive unit (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Leica Instruments (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Claus Haberkorn
  • Patent number: 8297481
    Abstract: A dispensing device having a housing capable of receiving a pre-packaged charge of pre-whipped topping or icing. The housing has an inner wall with a slot formed therein for receiving a rack that is capable of rotational and translational motion within the slot. The rack has a set of gear teeth that engage with a catch on a plunger. The piston moves in the axial direction to force the pre-whipped topping or icing through the outlet in its packaging. The catch on the piston is locked in one direction and pivots in the opposite direction such that the rack engages with the piston when it moves in a first direction and the rack disengages with the piston when it is moved in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Rich Products Corporation
    Inventors: Rohit Jalali, Christopher Vincent Tirone, Theodore Watson Rich, Steven A. Franz, William E. Grieshober, Jr., Joseph Victor Bisacca, Lisa Augustine, Kerry Marshal Chace, Timothy A. Falken, David E. Moomaw
  • Patent number: 8287178
    Abstract: The invention provides a system and method for filling a reservoir through one or a plurality of inlet nozzles to encourage mixing. The inlet nozzles include a specifically designed size reduction between the main line or branch to which the inlet nozzle is attached and the nozzle pipe itself; a specifically designed nozzle pipe length which, combined with the pressure increase provided by the size reduction, will produce the most appropriate jet flow; and a specifically designed location and orientation of the inlet nozzle within the reservoir. These parameters produce a developed turbulent jet flow which, when the inlet nozzle is positioned at the appropriate elevation and oriented in the appropriate direction(s), will direct the developed turbulent jet flow with the appropriate momentum to reach the surface of the water with initial major mixing taking place in this area. A corresponding draining system and method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Landmark Structures I, L.P.
    Inventor: Douglas Lamon
  • Patent number: D670846
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Litelab Corp.
    Inventor: Rafael M. Ramirez
  • Patent number: D672455
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: ZEVEX, Inc.
    Inventor: Kent Beck