Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Hovey,Williams, Timmons & Collins
  • Patent number: 6525565
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for doubling the throughput rate of data transmission on a logic path comprising providing two latches that alternately receive successive bits of the data stream to be transmitted and a multiplexer having data transmission paths that are alternately clocked by two separate clocks, which clocks are substantially 180 degrees out of phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Xilinx, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Young, Suresh M. Menon, Ketan Sodha, Richard A. Carberry, Joseph H. Hassoun
  • Patent number: 6429868
    Abstract: A method and computer program for simultaneously displaying very large sets of quantitative data. The method and computer program permit the display of quantitative data without first standardizing the data. The method and computer program also permit an observer to display the data space under user controlled color mappings, to select color spectrums to emphasize or hide certain data or certain characteristics, and to move over and fly through the data space to identify and analyze areas of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventors: Charles V. Dehner, Jr., Wayne Hewitt
  • Patent number: 6405672
    Abstract: In a system and a method for monitoring the physical condition of a herd of livestock, errors between values predicted in accordance with a time-series model and corresponding measured values are used for determining a confidence interval for a prediction for each animal individually the significance of an error between a prediction and a measured value regarding the likelihood that the animal is in heat or suffers from a disease is automatically assessed for each animal individually. There is no need to determine dedicated confidence intervals for different situations and properties. A better fit of the time-series model automatically results in a narrowed confidence interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Delaval International AB
    Inventors: Rudolfus M. De Mol, Albertus Keen
  • Patent number: 6389368
    Abstract: A basketball score-keeping apparatus (10) for detecting and tracking shooting statistics of a player shooting a basketball (12) at a basketball goal (14) that detects a first location at which the basketball (12) crosses a generally horizontal detection plane (26) as it ascends and a second location at which the basketball (12) crosses the detection plane (26) as it descends. The apparatus (10) also tracks the shooting statistics of the player. The apparatus (10) may also include a display (30). The apparatus (10) may be coupled to other similar apparatuses to allow competition between players. Vibration (38) and verification (40) sensors may be part of the apparatus (10) in order to provide additional features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Randal R. Hampton
  • Patent number: 6380276
    Abstract: Polymer-metal ion composites and methods are provided for reversibly binding target compounds using such composites. Broadly, the composites comprise an amorphous polymer matrix having a plurality of channels with metal ion-ligand complexes immobilized therein. The composites are formed by polymerizing a polymeric moiety with a metal complex template in the presence of a solvent. The template is formed of a metal ion having a ligand bonded thereto as well as to polymer matrix. The metal ion and ligand are selected to yield a composite having a particular chemical and/or physical environment around the metal sites, depending upon the desired end use. Preferred metal ions include ions of the transition metals. The composites can be contacted with target compounds for reversibly binding the compounds. Exemplary compounds include those selected from the group consisting of oxygen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, compounds having an atom of P, S, or N, and mixtures thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: The University of Kansas
    Inventors: Andrew Borovik, Anjal Sharma, John Krebs
  • Patent number: 6363585
    Abstract: A cord-locking device for releasably gripping a cord (4), which preferably may be used in a milking machine as a safety coupling. The cord comprises a grip member (12) arranged to receive the cord (4) and to hold releasably by a holding member (13). The grip member (12), held by the holding member (13), is arranged to lock fixedly the received cord (4) by clamping as a consequences of a pulling load applied to the cord (4). The grip (12), when released from said holding member (13), is arranged to enable the release of the received cord (4) from the grip member (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Delaval International AB
    Inventors: Kenneth Percy Birger Gustafson, Leif Börje Johannesson
  • Patent number: 6360681
    Abstract: A method of applying liquid anhydrous ammonia to soil is disclosed as including the step of pressurizing anhydrous ammonia received from a source. The pressurized anhydrous ammonia is conducted to a plurality of terminal outlets, wherein each of the outlets is configured to maintain a back pressure and thereby the liquid state of the anhydrous ammonia. The anhydrous ammonia is discharged from the plurality of terminal outlets to thereby contact the soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Exactrix Global Systems
    Inventor: Guy J Swanson
  • Patent number: 6360842
    Abstract: An in-wall speaker mounting apparatus adapted to attach to adjacent studs in a wall is provided. Such stud attachment permits the weight of the apparatus as well as any speakers attached to the apparatus to be supported by the studs and not the wall in which the apparatus is mounted. The apparatus comprises a backwall and four upstanding sidewalls. At least one sidewall or the backwall is provided with an access hole which serves as an entry point for speaker wire or the like. At least one, and preferably two opposing sidewalls are provided with a pair of apertures each having a fixture assembly mounted thereto. The fixture assembly comprises a spacer mount having a flanged portion flush with the exterior portion of the sidewall and an exteriorly threaded region extending into the apparatus. A flanged hex nut is threaded onto the threaded region of the spacer mount with the flanged portion of the hex nut flush with the interior portion of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Multi Service Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher E. Combest
  • Patent number: 6359791
    Abstract: A telecommunications equipment mounting assembly is provided including a plate (12) presenting a plurality of separate, spaced apart mounting zones (24), together with generally U-shaped brackets (14) respectively secured to the plate (12) adjacent corresponding zones (24). A telecommunications equipment enclosure (16) is secured to each pair of bracket legs whereby the enclosures (16) are spaced from the plate (12). Preferably, the brackets are oriented at an oblique angle relative to the longitudinal axis of the plate (12) to facilitate cabling and interconnection of the electrical equipment within the enclosures (16). In alternate forms, a standoff leg assembly (56) is employed to secure the mounting plates (12) and associated hardware to an upright wall (62). This creates a cableway (80) between the plates (12) and the wall (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Special Product Company
    Inventors: Randall D. Hutchison, Robert Schiffbauer, Kevan Smith
  • Patent number: 6354170
    Abstract: A remote control assembly (10) for controlling a valve or similar equipment is provided which includes a case (12) having an internal, pivotal lever (14) presenting first and second alternately usable spaced apart lever couplers (126, 130, 128, 132), together with a shiftable output rod (15) selectively and alternately connectable with one or the other of the lever couplers (126, 130, 128, 132). A control handle (16) is operatively coupled with the lever (14) and extends out of the case (12), with the handle (16) being movable in order to pivot the lever (14) about an axis (18) to thereby shift the output rod (15). The control handle (16) is located in a first rest position when one lever coupler (128, 132) is employed, and a second, different rest position when the other lever coupler (126, 130) is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Wescon Products Company
    Inventors: Anthony Beugelsdyk, Marvin Cox
  • Patent number: 6354397
    Abstract: An audio speaker (10, 76) has a housing (12, 78) with a front panel (14, 80) secured thereto, and with a grille (18) removably mounted to the front panel (14, 80). A series of combined connection assemblies (20, 84) serve to connect both the panel (14, 80) to the housing (12, 78) and the grille (18) to the panel (14, 80). The assemblies (20, 84) include a socket (50) which is seated within a panel opening (34), with couplers (62) securing the panel (14, 80) to the housing (12, 78). An insert (70) is threadably received within the socket (50). Connectors (42) secured to the grille frame (38, 82) include a bifurcated resilient ball (68) which is frictionally received within an associated insert (70).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Multi Service Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Combest, Robert R. Hoyes
  • Patent number: 6354053
    Abstract: The joint includes at least two profile elements having such a shape as to enable mutual engagement thereof as a male part and at least a female part, each being integral with one of the edges of two adjacent slabs. One edge of the slab is provided with a substantially L-shaped female profile, whose vertical stem extends all along the edge up to the sharp edge of the upper surface of the slab, and whose base stem extends towards the inner part of the slab and is downwardly folded to form a further stem, extending parallel to the base stem and forming a small space therebetween, for possible engagement of a part of the male profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Eurosteel S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Raymond Kerrels
  • Patent number: 6353748
    Abstract: A preferred fax/data interface apparatus (10) enables the use of a conventional analog fax machine (20) on a wireless local loop (WLL) (12). The wireless local loop (12) includes a WLL terminal (14) having a telephone line (16) connected to the analog telephone port (18) thereof with an analog fax machine (20) connected to the telephone line (16), and with the fax/data interface (10) connected between the data port (26) of the WLL terminal (14) and the telephone line (16). The interface (10) receives analog fax signals from the fax machine (20) over the telephone line (16) and converts the analog fax signals to digital fax signals for delivery to the data port (26) of the WLL terminal (14) for wireless PCS transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Semax Wireless, Inc.
    Inventor: Yong Seok Cho
  • Patent number: 6352407
    Abstract: A single-blade fan apparatus includes a blade assembly having a hub presenting a longitudinal aperture adapted for receipt on the fan apparatus, a single blade protruding radially from the hub in a first direction, and a counterweight body protruding radially from the hub in a second direction opposite the first direction. The hub, blade and counterweight body are formed of a unitary piece of aluminum, zinc or synthetic resin material. A method of constructing the blade assembly includes providing a mold including a hub cavity, a blade cavity protruding from the hub cavity in a first direction, and a counterweight-body cavity protruding radially from the hub in a second direction opposite the first direction, and fitting a removable mold insert in the blade cavity. The first mold insert fills a portion of the blade cavity remote from the hub cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Emerson Electric, Co.
    Inventors: D. Lee Hill, Frank E. Cahill, Jimmy D. Vanfossan, Hamid Massali
  • Patent number: 6352306
    Abstract: A stadium seat for semi-permanent attachment to a stadium bench, the seat having a frame with a back and a seat portion, the back portion being connected to the stadium seat by a clamp secured to the stadium seat and the stadium bench by a bolt. The seat portion of the frame carries a cushion which in a position of use is over the stadium bench, but which cushion may be swung to a storage position beneath the front portion of the stadium bench which extends over the riser which supports the stadium bench whereby to protect the cushion during storage from wear and weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: It's Greek to Me, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Dreiling
  • Patent number: 6349727
    Abstract: A penile clamp for inhibiting male incontinence is provided as a single, unitary, synthetic resin body having a pair of jaw-like arms, a bridge interconnecting the arms and biasing them to a penis clamping position, and a pair of ears. The ears may be pinched together to spread apart the arms, thereby permitting insertion of a penis between the arms. One of the arms includes a penis-cradling area which is concave to conform to the top of the penis, while the other arm includes a urethral pressuring area which is preferably convex to apply pressure directly against the underside of the penis outside of the urethra. The pressuring area may be either a cantilever spring extending toward the bridge from the remote end of the second arm, or an area of the second arm between its proximate and remote ends. The arms are connected to the bridge at their proximate ends and presenting an opening across from the bridge opposite their remote ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Pos-T-Vac, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Stewart, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6349485
    Abstract: A high capacity grain aeration apparatus (10) is provided which includes opposed, upright, tubular, ported inlet and outlet ducts (24,26) positioned within a grain bin (12) and having inlet and outlet fans (28, 30) adjacent the upper ends of the ducts (24, 26). The ducts (24, 26) preferably present smooth, uncorrugated walls (40, 44). In use, aeration air is directed through the inlet duct (24) and then transversely through the ports (42) to the interior (20) of grain bin (12). Such air flows transversely through the grain within bin (12) and is pulled upwardly through outlet duct (26) by means of outlet fan (30). Additional aeration air enters through vents (50) or the grain inlet port (47) and enters the outlet duct ports (46) by passing through the grain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Kansas State University Research Foundation
    Inventor: Carl Reed
  • Patent number: 6349451
    Abstract: A paint roller assembly is disclosed as including a handle that is configured for use with a variety of extension poles, each requiring a different type of connection with the handle. The handle includes a pole connector socket extending inwardly from one end thereof that is designed to receive a number of different pole connectors. The illustrated socket is provided with a tapered wall section and a circumferential groove, with the former being configured to provide a press fit attachment between the handle and connector and the latter being configured to provide a snap fit attachment between the handle and the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Robert D. Newman/Specialty Products of Greenwood, Missouri, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Newman, Robert D. Newman, Jr., Buford J. Guittar
  • Patent number: 6349890
    Abstract: The material processing mill includes a pair of rolls that each preferably have a smooth outer surface, such that material particles passing through the nip defined between the rolls are formed into flakes. One of the rolls is shiftable relative to the other, and shifting of the one roll is controlled by a roll positioning mechanism that includes a pair of piston and cylinder assemblies and associated spring reliefs. The rolls are each powered by a separate drive, which preferably includes a motor drivingly connected to the respective roll by a cogged belt. The drive for the shiftable roll particularly includes a motor base having a shiftable carrier to which the motor is fixed. The drive further includes a belt tensioning device, preferably in the form of a turnbuckle, that adjustably fixes the motor to the shiftable roll. Thus, the motor normally shifts with the shiftable roll, but the tensioning device may be used to adjust the spacing between the motor and shiftable roll to vary the tension on the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: IBT, Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan Godsey
  • Patent number: D457003
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignees: Specialty Products of Greenwood, Missouri, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Newman, Robert D. Newman, Jr., Buford J. Guittar