Patents Represented by Attorney Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC
  • Patent number: 8329858
    Abstract: A method of controlling oil-absorbing properties of a silicone rubber powder characterized by keeping a silicone rubber powder in hot storage at a temperature in the range of 40° C. to 150° C. or in cold storage at a temperature in the range of 0° C. to 10° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Dow Corning Toray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Ando, Junichi Uchiyama
  • Patent number: 8328786
    Abstract: A method of controlling a medication delivery system is used to deliver medication to a patient. The system includes an electronic controller, at least one control button, a patient label, and a removable overlay label disposed on top of the patient label for controlling an amount of the medication to be delivered to the patient. The method comprises the steps of selecting the amount of the medication in accordance with a first set of explanatory indicia on the removable overlay label; locking the system such that the selected amount of the medication to be delivered to the patient is unable to be modified; removing the removable overlay label to reveal the patient label; and operating the system in accordance with a second set of explanatory indicia on the patient label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Strickler, Donald W. Malackowski
  • Patent number: 8328641
    Abstract: Systems and methods which provide real-time accounting for transactional exchanges involving credit or cash and gaming chips conducted between players and the casino at gaming tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Ira W. Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 8329625
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an aqueous functional fluid comprising an antioxidant of the hindered phenol type and a water-soluble polyalkylene glycol. The aqueous functional fluids are especially suitable for use as hydraulic or metal working fluids. The present invention also relates to the use of the aqueous functional fluid for improving the performance properties of hydraulic or metal working fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Rohrbach, Samuel Evans, Stefan Laeuger
  • Patent number: 8329831
    Abstract: A multi part hydrosilylation curable silicone elastomer composition comprising (i) an organopolysiloxane comprising at least two unsaturated groups and having a viscosity of at least 1,000 mPas at 25° C.; (ii) inorganic filler having a hydrophilic surface; (iii) a filler treating agent comprising an organopolysiloxane comprising at least 2 hydroxy or otherwise hydrolysable groups, or a mixture thereof and having an average degree of polymerization of from 2 to 50; (iv) an organohydrogensiloxane having an average of greater than two silicon bonded hydrogen atoms per molecule having a viscosity of up to about 10 PaS at 25° C.; (v) a hydrosilylation catalyst; and/or a treated filler obtained by the reaction of (ii) and (iii) above characterized in that the filler treating agent (iii) and/or treated filler is packaged separately from organohydrogensiloxane (iv) prior to curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Dow Corning Corporation
    Inventor: Lawrence Rapson
  • Patent number: 8329037
    Abstract: A filtration apparatus including an annular filter surrounding a waste treatment chamber, a first turbine drawing liquid up within the chamber and a second turbine driving liquid outwardly through the filter. In the method of treating organic waste, the chamber includes an ultraviolet lamp and a cylindrical baffle surrounding the chamber having a mirrored surface. The disclosed apparatus further includes anodic and cathodic plates surrounding the filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: E. Bayne Carew
  • Patent number: 8325035
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system which can give a vehicle user an indication related to a direction to take to find back his vehicle. The said system comprises a hand-held object (1) to be taken by the user and a module (2) to be installed on the vehicle. The module (2) is equipped with a first emitting device (3) of a first radio signal (5). The latter (5) is a directed radio signal which is emitted within an angular sector of an angle A less than 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Securite Habitacle
    Inventors: Ciprian Musat, Eric Menard
  • Patent number: 8323096
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a supplemental bingo game and produce supplemental bingo cards for use in a supplemental bingo game that can provide simultaneous winners. The bingo cards have a predetermined number of rows and columns forming a grid with a plurality of locations. Each location has an assigned bingo number. The numbers in one of the columns of one of the bingo cards are the same as the numbers in all of the other bingo cards, but arranged in a random order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Vance Tomei
  • Patent number: 8322076
    Abstract: An adjustable glide apparatus is for a sliding panel to slide along a track between open and closed positions. The adjustable glide apparatus comprises a housing defining a cavity with at least one receiver disposed within the cavity. An adjustment stem has an end that has a thread and is disposed within the cavity. A cam is coupled to the receiver for moving the receiver relative to the housing. The cam comprises a plurality of teeth for engaging the thread to rotate the cam as the adjustment stem is rotated thereby moving the receiver relative. A glide is coupled to the receiver and comprises a contact surface. The contact surface is adapted for sliding engagement with the track to slide the sliding panel between the open and the closed positions. A distance between the contact surface and the housing is adjusted as the receiver is moved by the cam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Quanex Building Products Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph D. Isaacs, Jeffrey V. Sawyers
  • Patent number: 8323797
    Abstract: A composite article comprises a first glass layer, a silicone layer, a second glass layer, and an organic layer. The silicone layer is disposed adjacent to the first glass layer. The silicone layer includes a cured silicone composition. The second glass layer is disposed adjacent to the silicone layer, spaced from and substantially parallel to the first glass layer. The organic layer is disposed adjacent to the second glass layer, spaced from and substantially parallel to the silicone layer. The organic layer includes a cured organic composition. A method of making a composite article including a first glass layer and a polymeric layer disposed adjacent to the first glass layer includes providing a dual-compartment chamber. The chamber includes a first compartment and a second compartment separated by a polymeric separator. The separator can be manipulated through pressure differentials between the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Dow Corning Corporation
    Inventors: Bizhong Zhu, Carl Allen Fairbank, Raymond Lee Tabler, Nathan P. Greer
  • Patent number: 8322075
    Abstract: The present invention includes a sliding window assembly for a vehicle. The sliding window assembly comprises a first fixed panel configured for coupling with the vehicle and a second fixed panel configured for coupling with the vehicle. The second fixed panel is spaced from the first fixed panel to define an opening therebetween. A track is connected to the first fixed panel and to the second fixed panel and the track defines a U-shaped channel. The sliding window assembly also comprises a sliding panel disposed within the channel and moveable relative to the first and second fixed panels along the track for covering and uncovering the opening. The sliding window assembly further includes a channel seal having a finger contacting the sliding panel and a base extending from the finger and coupled to the track for sealing the channel from environmental elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: AGC Automotive Americas Co.
    Inventor: David W. Lahnala
  • Patent number: 8323097
    Abstract: Non-transitive gaming elements, including a first, a second and a third one or more gaming elements, respectively, wherein the second provides an advantage represented by higher scores, on average, as compared with the scores of the first, the third provides an advantage represented by higher scores, on average, as compared with the scores of the second and the first provides an advantage represented by higher scores, on average, as compared with the scores of the third, and wherein each of the three respective advantages are all less than 3 percent and each advantage does not differ from the mean of the three advantages by more than 20 percent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Stanley Klein
  • Patent number: 8322044
    Abstract: A method of classifying a dent on a surface of a shipping container as being in an acceptable or unacceptable classification includes calculating at least one of an acceptable dent depth range corresponding to the acceptable classification and an unacceptable dent depth range corresponding to the unacceptable classification. The method further includes measuring a depth of the dent with a measurement apparatus and comparing the depth with the acceptable and/or unacceptable dent depth ranges to classify the dent in the acceptable or unacceptable classification. The method of classifying the dent on the surface of the shipping container is accurate and repeatable because it includes measuring the depth of the dent and comparing the depth with the acceptable and unacceptable dent depth ranges. The ability to classify dents allows recipients of the shipping containers to consistently accept or reject shipping containers having dents in the acceptable and unacceptable classifications, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Dow Corning Corporation
    Inventors: Cortney L. Gregory, Frederick Wheeler, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8316583
    Abstract: A sliding window assembly for a vehicle includes a fixed panel and a sliding panel moveable relative to the fixed panel between an open position and a closed position. An elongated member is connected to the fixed panel and defines a channel extending along a longitudinal axis from a first end to a second end. The channel receives the sliding panel for movement of the sliding panel relative to the fixed panel. A rail is disposed in the channel along the longitudinal axis and is spaced along the longitudinal axis from the first end. The elongated member defines a drain hole molded into the elongated member in the channel. The drain hole is defined between the rail and the first end of the channel along the axis for draining water from the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: AGC Automotive Americas Co.
    Inventor: David W. Lahnala
  • Patent number: 8319623
    Abstract: A brake monitoring system and method for a vehicle having multiple axles and a plurality of brake actuators and an engine control module, each brake actuator being associated with one of the axle. The system include sensors for measuring, in real-time, brake pressure and brake lining wear, and generating first and second signals. The first and second signals are received and stored in a chassis communications module. The chassis communications module detects fault condition of the brakes as a function of the first and/or second signals and for recording the fault condition, the fault condition being one of a brake monitor warning and a brake lining warning and provides an indication of status via warning lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: MGM Brakes
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Wallace, Richard J. Rink, Mark David Chandler
  • Patent number: 8319777
    Abstract: A character display for attracting user interest by increasing the variety of on-screen display while reducing data processing by making the time variation of posture common among a plurality of characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Asami
  • Patent number: 8317581
    Abstract: A puzzle game includes a plurality of game pieces arranged in an arrangement of game pieces. Each of the game pieces includes a matrix of polytopes. Each of the polytopes of each of the game pieces includes one of a pre-determined number of individual indicia disposed thereon, which is different than the individual indicia disposed on all of the other polytopes of the respective game pieces. The arrangement of game pieces includes a pre-determined number of rows and columns of polytopes. The game pieces are re-positioned within the arrangement of game pieces so that each of the individual indicia is displayed only once in each row of polytopes in the arrangement of game pieces and is displayed only once in each column of polytopes in the arrangement of game pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Canned Bananas LLC
    Inventor: James Prucey
  • Patent number: 8318296
    Abstract: A composite includes a first preform and a second preform spaced from and in overlying relationship to the first preform. The second preform defines at least one first opening extending therethrough along an axis transverse to the first preform. A first surface layer is disposed adjacent to the second preform and on an opposite side of the second preform from the first preform. A polymeric composition including the reaction product of an isocyanate component and an isocyanate-reactive component is disposed between the first preform and the second preform. The polymeric composition adheres the first surface layer to the second preform through the at least one first opening. The surface layer is adhered to the second preform during molding of the composite article and in the absence of additional adhesive, thereby reducing production time and cost of the composite article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: James F. Turnbach, David R. Phelps, Danny Snider
  • Patent number: 8317220
    Abstract: A curable coating composition that exhibits improved cure and adhesion to various substrates, especially synthetic textiles used in the manufacture of air bags, comprises a composition curable by a hydrosilylation reaction, an acryloxy functional alkoxysilane or a methacryloxy functional alkoxysilane, an alkenyl functional silanol terminated organopolysiloxane, and an epoxy functional alkoxysilane. The curable coating composition is especially useful for application to synthetic textiles such as automotive air bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignees: Dow Corning Corporation, Dow Corning Toray Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Randall Paul Sweet, William R. Blackwood, Tsugio Nozoe
  • Patent number: 8317487
    Abstract: The respective spaces for forming gas passages on the suction side formed on the front and rear side cylinder blocks are assembled together to configure a gas passage on the suction side, and the respective spaces for providing gas passages on the discharge side are connected with each other to configure a gas passage on the discharge side. A gas port leading to the suction side space is provided on one of both cylinder blocks, and a gas port leading to the discharge side space is arranged on the other. A circumferential width of the space for forming a gas passage communicating with the gas port is made larger than a circumferential width of a space for forming a gas passage not communicating with the gas port in the respective cylinder block. Partition walls are contacted with each other in the axial direction when both cylinder blocks are assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Japan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryoma Suzuki, Ryosuke Izawa