Patents Represented by Attorney Howson & Howson LLP
  • Patent number: 8351302
    Abstract: A line current power supply delivers operating current to a clock designed to be powered by a conventional electrochemical cell disposed in a power source compartment within the clock housing, and at the same time supplies recharging current to a rechargeable electrochemical cell for powering the clock in the absence of an external power supply. The rechargeable cell is contained within a cylindrical enclosure having a shape such that it can fit into the power source compartment of the clock, and having contacts allowing it to be substituted for the conventional electrochemical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Jeremy Laurence Fischer
  • Patent number: 8348448
    Abstract: Headgear for mounting a headlight on a surgeon's head includes a headband and a stabilizer. The headband encircles the wearer's head and the stabilizer is connectable to a rear section of the headband for engaging and cradling a substantial portion of at least a lower back region of a wearer's head when the headgear is worn by the wearer. The stabilizer includes a peripheral extending portion extending beneath the headband on opposite sides of the wearer's head corresponding to a location of a lower portion of an occipital bone of the wearer's head and a peripheral portion extending above the headband on opposite sides of the wearer's head corresponding to a location of a top of the occipital bone. The headgear can also include a connection element for removably connecting the stabilizer to the headband so that the headgear can be worn with or without the stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Sunoptic Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Walter Antonio Orozco, James D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8343965
    Abstract: Compositions, preferably pharmaceutical compositions, containing micronized tanaproget, or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, microcrystalline cellulose, croscarmellose sodium, sodium lauryl sulfate, butylated hydroxyanisole, povidone, and magnesium stearate, are provided. The compositions are useful in contraception and hormone replacement therapy and in the treatment and/or prevention of uterine myometrial fibroids, benign prostatic hypertrophy, benign and malignant neoplastic disease, dysfunctional bleeding, uterine leiomyomata, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and carcinomas and adenocarcinomas of the pituitary, endometrium, kidney, ovary, breast, colon, and prostate and other hormone-dependent tumors, and in the preparation of medicaments useful therefor. Additional uses include stimulation of food intake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Wyeth LLC
    Inventors: Arwinder S. Nagi, Ramarao Chatlapalli, Shamim Hasan, Rolland W. Carson, Mohamed Ghorab
  • Patent number: 8337348
    Abstract: In a silent chain, cushion pads are provided in the inner flank regions of at least every second link row. These cushion pads restrict inward flexion of the chain and reduce vibration of the free span regions of the chain. The cushion pads can be individual pads each associated with a link plate, or elongated pads each associated with a row of link plates. In either case, side parts protruding toward the outside of the loop formed by the chain can also restrict outward flexion of the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Tsuyoshi Kabai, Shuuji Hamaguchi, Takayuki Morimoto
  • Patent number: 8336936
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing a six-inch deep trench in a lawn surface, for the primary purpose of installing irrigation pipe for sprinkler systems. A trenching tool which includes a lower portion having two heavy steel blades and a hinge mechanism. The steel impact blades are sharpened at the bottom to accommodate a V configuration to enhance the downward penetrating action by the operator as he drives the blades into the ground until the desired 6? is reached. The operator then forces the handles together which separates or widens the bottom portion of the channel. The channel/trench is elongated for any distance the operator desires by repeatedly thrusting the tool into the lawn right next to the elongated section of the original opened trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Calvin McIntosh
  • Patent number: 8337890
    Abstract: A coated drug-ion exchange resin complex comprising a core composed of a drug complexed with a pharmaceutically acceptable ion-exchange resin is provided. The drug-ion exchange resin complex is in admixture with a release retardant. The coating is a polyvinyl acetate polymer and a plasticizer. Methods of making and products containing this coated complex are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Tris Pharma Inc
    Inventors: Ketan Mehta, Yu-Hsing Tu
  • Patent number: 8333973
    Abstract: Fusion proteins comprising a single chain antigen-binding domain (scFv) of a monoclonal antibody, linked to an anti-thrombotic agent, anti-inflammatory agent, or a pro-drug thereof are provided, where the polypeptide binds to a binding site (antigen) expressed on the surface of a red blood cell at a density greater than 5,000 copies per red blood cell. Pharmaceutical compositions comprising these fusion proteins, and methods of delivering an anti-thrombotic agent to the surface of a red blood cell via delivery of these fusion proteins, and methods of treating or preventing thrombosis, tissue ischemia, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), ischemic stroke, cerebrovascular disease, pulmonary embolism, or ischemic peripheral vascular disease via administration of the fusion proteins or compositions comprising same are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Vladimir R. Muzykantov, Sergei V. Zaitsev, Bi-Sen Ding, Douglas B. Cines
  • Patent number: 8328018
    Abstract: A carded package includes a front card bonded to a rear card with a blister card captured therebetween. The blister card has upstanding blister compartments projecting through openings of the front card. The rear card extends over an opposite face of the blister card and is a laminate including a tear-resistant polymeric layer bonded to a paperboard layer. The polymeric layer extends adjacent the blister card and the paperboard layer of the laminate extends remote from the blister card forming an exposed surface of the rear card. The rear card includes perforations aligned behind the blister compartments. The perforations include a first set of perforations cut entirely through the paperboard and polymeric layers and a second set of perforations cut into the paperboard layer and not into or entirely through the polymeric layer. A method of assembling a carded package is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: AndersonBrecon Inc.
    Inventors: Ryen Sack, Curtis A. Knutson
  • Patent number: 8329690
    Abstract: Methods of using compounds which are progesterone receptor agonists for contraception and the treatment of progesterone-related maladies alone or in combination with an estrogen receptor agonist or progesterone receptor antagonist are provided. These compounds have the structure: wherein R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, and Q1 are defined herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Wyeth LLC
    Inventors: Puwen Zhang, Andrew Fensome, Eugene A. Terefenko, Lin Zhi, Todd K. Jones, James P. Edwards, Christopher M. Tegley, Jay E. Wrobel, Mark A. Collins
  • Patent number: 8329225
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for encapsulating active protein in a polymeric nanocarrier. The instant method employs homogenization at subzero temperatures so that enzyme activity is retained. Enzymes which can be encapsulated by the present method include, for example, antioxidant enzymes and xenobiotic detoxifying enzymes. Encapsulation of an enzyme protects it from protease degradation and increases therapeutic half-life. Advantageously, polymeric nanoparticles of the invention are permeable to enzyme substrates and therefore enzymes encapsulated by the instant method can exert their effect without release from the nanocarrier. Methods for decomposing a reactive oxygen species, protecting against vascular oxidative stress, and detoxifying a xenobiotic are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Vladimir R. Muzykantov, Thomas D. Dziubla
  • Patent number: 8323135
    Abstract: The hollow plunger of a hydraulic tensioner for an engine timing chain protrudes from a tensioner housing in an oblique downward direction. An inner sleeve fixed to the housing slidably protrudes into the interior of the plunger, and has a ball check valve at its protruding end. Oil is supplied though the sleeve and the check valve to a high pressure oil chamber formed inside the plunger, and flows outward through a two-part leakage path formed by a gap between the sleeve and the interior of the plunger and a gap between the exterior of the plunger and an interior wall of a plunger-accommodating hole in the housing. Any air that enters the tensioner accumulates in a region surrounding the upper end of the sleeve, rather than in the high oil pressure chamber inside the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Namie, Hiroshi Hashimoto, Hiroyuki Miyake
  • Patent number: 8317645
    Abstract: In a silent chain transmission, the distance between the centers of front and rear pin holes of each of the inner link plates of the chain is smaller than the length of the smallest chord obtained by dividing, by the number of sprocket teeth, the circumference of a circle having a radius extending from the center of the sprocket to the center of a pin hole of a link plate of the chain when the last-mentioned link plate is fully engaged with the sprocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Tsubakimoto Chain Co.
    Inventors: Shunji Sakura, Masatoshi Sonoda
  • Patent number: 8318480
    Abstract: Sequences of a serotype 8 adeno-associated virus and vectors and host cells containing these sequences are provided. Also described are methods of using such host cells and vectors in production of rAAV particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Guangping Gao, James M. Wilson, Mauricio R. Alvira
  • Patent number: 8318314
    Abstract: A barrier film for a flexible copper substrate comprising a Co—Cr alloy film containing 5 to 30 wt % of Cr and a balance of unavoidable impurities and Co is provided. The barrier film has a thickness of 3 to 150 nm and a film thickness uniformity of 10% or less at 1?. A sputtering target for forming a barrier film comprising a Co—Cr alloy containing 5 to 30 wt % of Cr and a balance of unavoidable impurities and Co is also provided. The relative magnetic permeability in the in-plane direction of the sputtered face of the target is 100 or less. The barrier film for a flexible copper substrate and the sputtering target for forming such barrier film have a film thickness that is thin enough to prevent film peeling and inhibiting the diffusion of copper to a resin film such as polyimide, is capable of obtaining a sufficient barrier effect even in a minute wiring pitch and has barrier characteristics that will not change even when the temperature rises due to heat treatment or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Shuichi Irumata, Yasuhiro Yamakoshi
  • Patent number: 8317120
    Abstract: A mounting for a rope pulley is arranged so that the pulley can rotate on an axle in a housing. The rope pulley has a projection, which points in the direction toward the axle and which engages in a peripheral gap to guide the rope pulley in an axial direction on the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Flexi-Bogdahn Technik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Manfred Bogdahn
  • Patent number: 8308932
    Abstract: Provided are a method of recovering valuable metals from IZO scrap, wherein indium and zinc are recovered as hydroxides by using an IZO scrap as both an anode and a cathode, and performing electrolysis while periodically reversing polarity; and a method of recovering valuable metals from IZO scrap, wherein the hydroxides of indium and zinc obtained by the electrolysis are roasted and indium and zinc are recovered as oxides. Specifically, provided is a method which enables the efficient recovery of indium and zinc from IZO scrap such as a spent indium-zinc oxide (IZO) sputtering target and IZO mill ends arising during the manufacture of such a sputtering target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichiro Shindo, Kouichi Takemoto
  • Patent number: 8308933
    Abstract: Provided are a method of recovering valuable metals from IZO scrap, wherein valuable metals are recovered as hydroxides of indium and zinc by using an insoluble electrode as an anode or a cathode and an IZO scrap as the other cathode or anode as the opposite electrode, and performing electrolysis while periodically reversing polarity; and a method of recovering valuable metals from IZO scrap, wherein the hydroxides of indium and zinc obtained by the electrolysis are roasted and valuable metals are recovered as oxides of indium and zinc. Specifically, provided is a method which enables the efficient recovery of indium and zinc from IZO scrap such as a spent indium-zinc oxide (IZO) sputtering target and IZO mill ends arising during the manufacture of such a sputtering target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichiro Shindo, Kouichi Takemoto
  • Patent number: 8308934
    Abstract: Provided is a method of recovering valuable metals from IZO scrap in which valuable metals are recovered as indium and zinc metals or suboxides by performing electrolysis using an insoluble electrode as an anode and an IZO scrap as a cathode. Specifically, this method enables the efficient recovery of indium and zinc from IZO scrap such as an indium-zinc oxide (IZO) sputtering target or IZO mill ends that arise during the manufacture of such a sputtering target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: JX Nippon Mining & Metals Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichiro Shindo, Kouichi Takemoto
  • Patent number: 8309594
    Abstract: Methods for purifying a compound of formula I are provided, wherein A, B, X, Q, and R1 are defined herein. The methods include mixing the compound of formula I and a solvent; adding a base to the solvent; and precipitating purified compound of formula I.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Wyeth LLC
    Inventors: Bogdan Kazimierz Wilk, Arkadiy Zinoviy Rubezhov, Anthony Francis Hadfield, Jean Louise Helom
  • Patent number: D672607
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Speymalt Whisky Distributors Limited
    Inventor: Donna Maria Hainan