Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Hopgood, Calimafde, Kalil & Judlowe
  • Patent number: 6284736
    Abstract: A compound of formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof: wherein R1 is a carboxylic acid group, a derivative thereof, a ketone residue, an aldehyde function or optionally substituted methyl; R2 is hydroxy, C1-8 alkoxy or a fluorine atom; and R3 is an amino group or a derivative thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Beecham Group, plc
    Inventor: William Skinner Maclachlan
  • Patent number: 6235029
    Abstract: An orthopaedic device for the gradual correction of angular and longitudinal defects of elongated bones, comprising at least one first clamp for a first group of screws insertable in a proximal portion of a bone, and at least one second clamp for a second group of screws insertable in a distal portion of the bone, a longitudinal guide bar positioned externally of the limb to be corrected for slidably supporting the clamps; at least one of the clamps is selectively orientable about a substantially transverse axis for carrying out angular corrections of the bone. There are provided a compression/distraction device movably coupleable with the clamps for carrying out longitudinal corrections of the bone. The orientably clamp is adjustable angularly in a predetermined geometric plane, as well as adjustable transversely for the group of bone screws carried by the clamp parallel to themselves for compensating the lateral movement induced by the angular correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Orthofix S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Faccioli, Daniele Venturini, Sander Ten Veldhuijs
  • Patent number: 6203194
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a thermopile sensor and in particular to a radiation thermometer or a motion detector with a thermopile sensor. The thermopile sensor includes a thermopile supported in a housing. The thermal capacity of the cold and hot junctions of the thermopile including its supporting structure and the thermal conductivity of the supporting structure are mutually coordinated such that a change in the housing's temperature produces a change of equal magnitude in the cold and hot junctions' temperature, that is, no temperature gradients occur within the thermopile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Beerwerth, Bernhard Kraus
  • Patent number: 6190039
    Abstract: A main heater, auxiliary heater and guard heater arranged on an insulator substrate to absorb leakage current, thereby maintaining precise sensing temperature. The main heater is parallel with a bridge circuit containing the auxiliary heater, and the main and auxiliary heater s are typically adjacently arranged with a guard heater there between, electrically interconnected to maintain target temperature of the main heater, regardless of leakage current typically resultant from insulation substrate deterioration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Riken
    Inventor: Osamu Yaguchi
  • Patent number: 6187120
    Abstract: A mixture of flat soft magnetic powder and an organic binding agent is rolled by mutually confronting of rolls so as to produce a composite magnetic sheet excellent in electromagnetic wave absorption characteristic. A plurality of the composite magnetic sheets are stacked by forming groove surfaces on each of said plurality of sheets and rolled to a desired thickness. By sandwiching a conductive mesh metal layer between two of said composite magnetic sheets and joining them by applying rolling pressure thereto, a mechanically strong electromagnetic interference suppressing sheet can be easily obtained. In order to reduce reflection and transmittance of electromagnetic waves of the composite magnetic sheet, embossing is applied to obverse and reverse surfaces of the composite magnetic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Tokin Corporation
    Inventors: Norihiko Ono, Shigeyoshi Yoshida, Osamu Ito, Mitsuharu Sato
  • Patent number: 6183414
    Abstract: A technique for overcoming male impotence when this condition is due to a loss of plasticity in the tissues of the male organ, making it incapable of achieving and maintaining an erectile state. To practice this technique, the male organ to be treated is engaged by an erectile enhancement device which in the course of each operating cycle compels the organ to change from a flaccid to an erectile state and then revert to the flaccid state. The device is programmed to repeat this operating cycle a predetermined number of times during an exercise session that subjects the male organ to a workout that enhances the plasticity of the tissues. Impotence is overcome when the individual completes a series of such exercise sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventors: Michael S. Wysor, Wanda D. Wysor
  • Patent number: 6182898
    Abstract: A fully automatic bar code symbol reading system comprising an automatic (i.e., triggerless) portable bar code symbol reading device with an omnidirectional projection laser scanning engine mounted within the head portion of its hand-supportable housing, and an associated base unit positioned within the data transmission range thereof without a physical wiring connection thereto. The hand-supportable bar code symbol reading device produces a narrowly confined scanning volume for omnidirectional scanning of code symbols presented therein, while preventing unintentional scanning of code symbols on nearby objects located outside thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark C. Schmidt, Carl H. Knowles, David M. Wilz, Sr., George B. Rockstein
  • Patent number: 6173270
    Abstract: A system and method for managing a plurality of stock option accounts each for a plurality of participants. The system invokes a particular option plan defined in the system that governs the transaction choices available to each participants The governing option plans are defined by the sponsoring company in terms of grant, vest and expiration date for the option contracts, and are defined in the system via a database of option holding information for each participant and an axiomatic rule system defining the criteria under which a given participant can exercise given options under the particular plan. The system implements the plans for multiple client companies providing several distinct modes for option exercise by the participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith
    Inventors: John Cristofich, Susan Warner, Deborah Howard, Karen Berkley, Eric Radcliffe
  • Patent number: 6164863
    Abstract: A locking arrangement for releasably securing a first member to a second member is provided in which a surface of the first member has anchors projecting therefrom with a lip portion of each anchor transversely extending from an extremity of each anchor. A surface of the second member has a cutout portion defining an opening adapted to lockingly engage an anchor. At least a portion of the cutout has a tongue at the opening thereof shaped to be positioned underneath the lip portion of an anchor to effect locking engagement thereof. During use, a surface of each of the first and second members is arranged by positioning the cutout portion on the anchor following which one member is rotated relative to the other member to thereby effect engagement of the tongue underneath the lip portion. A keeper is then inserted in at least a part of the cutout not occupied by an anchor to releasably secure the first member to the second member, wherein movement between the members is inhibited.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Hedweld Engineering Pty Limited
    Inventor: Robert Ian Hedley
  • Patent number: 6156148
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a process for manufacturing a protective cap which is adapted to be fitted to an ear canal temperature measurement probe of an infrared radiation thermometer and to be introduced into a body cavity. The protective cap (1) is formed of a base body (3) of plastic material having its one end open and its opposite end closed by a window film (7) transparent to infrared radiation. In a first step of the process, at least one hole (5) is made in a sheet-, film-, web- or plate-shaped base body material intended to form the base body (3). In a second step of the process, the perforated base body material (6) is covered at least in the area of the hole (5) with a window film (7) fabricated from a plastic material transparent to infrared radiation and joined to the base body material (6) in an immovable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: BRAUN GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Beerwerth, Bernhard Kraus, Katja Honnefeller, Gerald Gorich, Walter Zimmermann
  • Patent number: 6152595
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a probe tip (10) for a radiation thermometer in which the infrared radiation to be measured is directed through a waveguide device (12) to a radiation sensor (14) that converts the incident radiation into an electrical output signal from which the target temperature is determined by means of a downstream electronic measurement circuitry. To reduce temperature gradients in the sensor (14), the invention provides for the sensor housing (16) to be thermally coupled to the waveguide device (12) via a thermal coupling arrangement (24, 28, 30), such that the waveguide device is in direct thermal contact with the side of the sensor housing (16) close to the radiation and the opposite side thereof via the thermal coupling arrangement (24, 28, 30). Preferably, the thermal coupling arrangement (24, 28, 30) which is made of a material conducting heat well has substantially its entire surface area in abutting engagement with the corresponding sides of the sensor housing (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Beerwerth, Bernhard Kraus, Katja Honnefeller
  • Patent number: 6154732
    Abstract: A system and method for a data processor implemented system monitor for enabling individual employee participants to access independent professional money management for their Benefit Plan assets in a manner that is free from the traditional economic conflicts of interest inherent in previous systems is disclosed. The system and method are adapted to separate the investment management functions and fees thereof from the participant investment advice function and the fees thereof. The system and method collects, monitors and directs information from employee Benefit Plan accounts, employees, employers, fund managers and professional investment advisors to provide professional investment advice in a non conflict of interest manner and in accordance with the regulatory restraints of ERISA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: GuidedChoice.com
    Inventor: Brian Christopher Tarbox
  • Patent number: 6153286
    Abstract: A sound-absorbing cellular component is produced in multiple-chamber array, using a grid of spaced elongate rods, and by engaging to the rods of said grid a foil of deformable sheet material which is then drawn by deformation through spaces between rods, to thereby define adjacent partition walls of adjacent chambers. Various embodiments are described, involving retention and/or removal of the rods, and/or involving application of one or more insulating or finishing materials continuously over outwardly facing bottoms of the chambers of the array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Faist Automotive GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Klaus Pfaffelhuber, Gerhard Kock, Stefan Lahner
  • Patent number: 6149337
    Abstract: A ball and socket bearing assembly adapted to receive the vertical post of a rudder installed in the stern of a boat. The assembly consists of a molded journal box having a spheroidal cavity therein defining a socket in which is nested a ball-like bearing formed of UHMW polyethylene or of a material having similar non-stick properties, the post passing through an axial bore in the bearing. The assembly is produced by placing the preformed bearing in a mold to create an annular space between the bearing and the inner wall of the mold. This space is then flooded with a curable liquid resin monomer whereby when the monomer is polymerized and rigidified, it does not bond to the non-stick bearing. The bearing is therefore free to rotate in the cavity and align itself with the rudder post regardless of the degree to which the post deviates from the vertical as a result of hydrodynamic or other forces imposed on the rudder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Tides Marine, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Newton, Jeffre W. Strong
  • Patent number: 6151142
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for recording and displaying grazing-incidence (i.e., steep reference beam angle) holograms supported on a substrate having thin edge-illuminatable geometry. The system and process use thin edge-illuminated substrates that facilitate optimal coupling of the reference light beam at steep angles approaching grazing incidence, while maximizing the contrast of the slanted fringe structures thereof. Different recording techniques are employed when the index of refraction of the substrate is greater than that of the recording medium, than when the index of refraction of the substrate is less than that of the recording medium. A recording and playback system of complementary design is provided for recording slanted-fringe volume holograms under relaxed conditions, without compromising the light diffraction efficiency of the holograms under different playback conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Imedge Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Phillips, Zane Coleman, Michael H. Metz
  • Patent number: 6149679
    Abstract: A non-invasive therapeutic technique for treating neuro-cerebral disorders such as multiple sclerosis that are characterized by internal lesions in brain tissue. In this technique, directed toward an external site on the body of the subject to be treated adjacent the internal lesions is a pulsatory corona discharge beam which impinges on the site and bombards the lesions with ions to alleviate the disorder. The beam is produced by an energy-generating unit in which a radio-frequency carrier is modulated by an audio frequency signal that is chopped into pulses. In the course of an operating period having a brief duration, such as one minute, the pulses have a progressively stepped up repetition rate, resulting in corresponding bursts of radio-frequency energy. The bursts of energy yielded by the unit are applied to the discharge electrode of an applicator from which the corona discharge beam is projected toward the site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: ADM Tronics Ulimited, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfonso Di Mino, Andre Di Mino
  • Patent number: 6149298
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method of computing the radiation temperature of a body from the signals of a radiation and an ambient temperature sensor, and further to a radiation thermometer, in particular a clinical radiation thermometer. In the method of the present invention, computation of the temperature is not using the Stefan Boltzmann law, but rather, a polynomial is used, preferably a third-degree polynomial, which is adjusted to the radiation-optical properties of the thermometer in the relevant wavelength range. The reciprocal value of the sensitivity of the radiation sensor is preferably represented as a polynomial as well. In this manner, the computation of a fourth root or divisions which are otherwise customary are avoided, enabling the necessary computations to be also performed, for example, by a 4-bit microprocessor with great speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Braun Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Bernhard Kraus, Manfred Kaiser
  • Patent number: 6149297
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a method of operating a tympanic thermometer, in which a sensor (8) for detecting infrared radiation is arranged in a housing (1) having a radiation inlet (23). Associated with the sensor (8) is an electronic evaluation unit (13). For temperature measurement, the radiation inlet (23) is covered with a probe cover (5) transparent to infrared radiation. The condition of a missing probe cover (5) is indicated by an audible warning signal or a signal lamp (14) which are activated after the thermometer is turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Frank Beerwerth, Albrecht Jestadt, Heinz Bultges
  • Patent number: 6146286
    Abstract: A golf club head includes a tubular shaft attaching portion which is provided to a hosel portion so as to serve as a fixing portion that fixes a distal end portion of a shaft to the head. The tubular shaft attaching portion has an upper end which is located below a corresponding upper surface of a crown portion. In this head, the effective length of the shaft that can flex during a golf swing can be extended at the distal end portion, so that the head speed can be increased by sufficiently utilizing the flexure at the distal end portion of the shaft. Also, damage to the shaft can be prevented effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: MacGregor Golf Japan LTD
    Inventor: Masayoshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 6143722
    Abstract: Heptapeptide analogues or pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof consist of a hexapeptide moiety S and a C-terminal .beta.-aminoalcohol residue Z bound to the moiety S by an amide bond, wherein the .beta.-aminoalcohol Z is --NR--CH(Q)--CH.sub.2 OH, Q is (CH.sub.2).sub.n --NH--A is H or --C(.dbd.NH)NH.sub.2, and R is CH.sub.3 or C.sub.2 H.sub.5, and the moiety S wherein H is a D-aromatic .alpha.-aminoacid and Y is an aliphatic .alpha.-aminoacid and have oxytocin antagonist activity. Also disclosed is: a method of their synthesis; pharmaceutical compositions containing these analogues; the synthesis of such compositions; a method of control of uterine contractions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Ferring, B.V.
    Inventors: Per Melin, Anders Nilsson, Jerzy Trojnar, Carl-Johan Aurell, Pierre Riviere, Robert Haigh