Patents Represented by Attorney Jacox, Meckstroth & Jenkins
  • Patent number: 8216316
    Abstract: A prosthetic implant, and more particularly, with a prosthetic implant having biplanar angulation and that can be inserted into a disk area generally straight using a posterolateral approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: X-spine Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Louis Kirschman
  • Patent number: 8209924
    Abstract: A steel structural member such as a joist or beam is secured to a vertical cast concrete member or wall by a connector system including a fabricated steel receiver embedded within the wall. Embedded anchors are attached to the receiver which has front wall portions flush with the concrete wall and define a front opening. A support bracket has a horizontal plate attached to the beam and a vertical plate which fits through the front opening within the receiver. The bracket is attached to the beam which is then elevated, and the vertical plate is inserted through the opening into the receiver. The beam and vertical plate are then shifted until opposite edge portions of the vertical plate are blocked by the front wall portions of the receiver. In the illustrated embodiment, the front opening and vertical plate are generally triangular, and the support bracket has a welded reinforcing gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Foley Group, LLC
    Inventor: Robert P. Foley
  • Patent number: 8210415
    Abstract: A sub-miniature surgical staple cartridge includes an elongated housing having longitudinally extending strips forming walls with a wall thickness preferably less than 0.015 inch. The walls define a plurality of longitudinally spaced pockets which receive a corresponding plurality of U-shaped surgical staples above generally flat corresponding drivers. The thin walls are formed of sheet metal or extruded plastics material or heat-formed sheet plastics material with the outer side walls having opposite end walls welded together or integrally connected. The outer side walls may be sheet metal enclosing sheet metal or plastic extruded internal walls, or the entire cartridge may be extruded of a plastics material or formed of sheet plastics material and have a plastic bottom wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Gary L. Ward
  • Patent number: 8209925
    Abstract: A steel structural member such as a joist or beam is secured to a vertical cast concrete by a connector system including a fabricated steel receiver embedded within the wall. Embedded anchors are attached to the receiver which has front wall portions flush with the concrete wall and define a front opening. A support bracket has an attachment plate secured to the beam and a vertical plate which fits through the front opening within the receiver. The bracket is attached to the beam which is then elevated, and the vertical plate is inserted through the opening into the receiver. The beam and vertical plate are then shifted until opposite edge portions of the vertical plate are blocked by the front wall portions of the receiver. In the illustrated embodiments, the front opening and vertical plate are generally triangular, and the support bracket has a vertical or horizontal attachment plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Foley Group, LLC
    Inventor: Robert P. Foley
  • Patent number: 8206246
    Abstract: A system and method for improving a player's efficiency in shooting by providing a player with various shooting challenge routines at which a player makes either a total number of shots or a total number shots in a row. Statistics regarding the player's performance are stored, printed and/or evaluated and the player can use the information to improve his or her efficiency at one or more of the plurality of different locations where the player shoots the basketball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Shoot-A-Way, Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Joseph, Troy David Geiser
  • Patent number: 8191229
    Abstract: A rotor for an electrical machine that comprises two parallel magnet wheels, each of which comprises axial teeth so that each tooth on a wheel is situated in the space existing between two consecutive teeth on the other wheel, and that comprises magnetic elements, each arranged between two adjacent teeth and partly received in a groove produced in each of the opposite lateral faces of the two adjacent teeth. In one embodiment, each of the two adjacent teeth comprises one groove at a maximum, which emerges at the base of the first tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur
    Inventors: Stephane Rigaud, Marc Tunzini
  • Patent number: 8189870
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the automatic determination of the coefficient of a slope from a motor vehicle fitted with a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Benoist Fleury, Julien Moizard, Adrien Charpentier
  • Patent number: 8181332
    Abstract: A method of inserting an undulating winding into an alternator stator. The method comprises the following steps consisting of shaping each phase winding into a succession of crenels comprising two lateral branches which are intended to be attached at a position for reception in a slot, positioning the windings on an insertion tool and inserting the turns into the slots of the stator in the reverse order to the winding order. The windings are wound around the insertion tool simultaneously, and the turns that succeed one another in a determined winding order belong alternatively to different windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Equipments Electriques Moteur
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre Chochoy
  • Patent number: 8179070
    Abstract: A method of preparing a reversible electric machine with a phase for starting a heat engine of a vehicle that is equipped with an automatic start/stop system, whereby said machine comprises a rotor which is connected to the heat engine. The method comprises the following steps consisting in detecting an action prior to a heat engine start command and applying a magnetizing electric current to the rotor of the machine upon detection of the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur
    Inventors: Brice Lecole, Magali Laurence
  • Patent number: 8180108
    Abstract: A method for determining the distance of visibility for a driver of a vehicle in the presence of an element disrupting the visibility of the driver, the method comprising the following steps: determining the luminosity of the pixels of a region of an image taken in the field of vision of the driver, resulting in a luminosity curve, determining a first tangent to the curve of luminosity, determining a second tangent to the curve of luminosity, determining a sweep-line according to the first tangent and second tangent, the sweep-line being representative of the distance of visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Julien Rebut, Joël Leleve
  • Patent number: 8175791
    Abstract: A method of managing the degraded modes of a system for the automatic starting/stopping of a heat engine of a vehicle, whereby the system receives information supplied by measurement and detection sensors and by a bus for the communication of vehicle operating data. The method comprises the following steps consisting in verifying the presence and validity of the information supplied by the sensors and, in the event of a negative result, defining a first degraded mode in which any stopping phase of the automatic start/stop mode is forbidden until an end-of-restriction condition has been fulfilled, and, in the even of a positive result, testing the communication with the data communication bus and, in the event of a negative result, defining a second degraded mode in which the automatic start/stop mode is inhibited until an end-of-inhibition condition has been fulfilled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur
    Inventors: Brice Lecole, Magali Laurence
  • Patent number: 8172473
    Abstract: The applicator is made of a material that is compatible with the cosmetic. In the manufacturing method, a digital model of the applicator is prepared, the material is conditioned in a raw form that is capable of flowing, and the material in raw form is solidified in slices that are defined by the digital model. The material in raw form is capable of being solidified by photo-polymerization, in particular by means of a light source comprising a laser, or else by sintering, in particular by means of a heat source comprising a laser. The applicator is a mascara brush or comb, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Chanel Parfums Beaute
    Inventor: Christian Salciarini
  • Patent number: 8171413
    Abstract: An interface for a database. The database contains information about subnets in a large network, such as the Internet. The interface displays the information in a hierarchical fashion. However, because all subnets cannot be displayed on a display at once, some subnets are displayed, and a user reaches other subnets by calling for subsets of the subnets displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Manatee County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida
    Inventors: Michael Bruce McLaughlin, William Brian Kersey, III
  • Patent number: 8154208
    Abstract: A method and headlight adapted to supply power to a dual-mode automobile headlight light source able to provide either main beam mode lighting or dipped beam mode lighting, wherein the light source is supplied with electrical power at a first voltage when it is in main beam mode and at a second voltage when it is in dipped beam mode, the second voltage being lower than the first voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Vision
    Inventors: Jean-François Le Bars, Etienne Pauty
  • Patent number: 8147522
    Abstract: A tulip assembly configured to be coupled to a head of a bone fixation device. The steps of fixing include inserting the pedicle screw into a bone, the pedicle screw including a head portion, expanding a first inner member over the head portion of the pedicle screw after the pedicle screw is inserted into a bone, fixing an angle of the tulip assembly relative to the pedicle screw using the first inner member and a second inner member, the first and second inner members situated in an outer member of the tulip assembly and positionally locking a rod in the tulip assembly after the angle is fixed by rotating the second inner member and outer member relative to each other after the fixing step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: X-spine Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Warnick
  • Patent number: 8148873
    Abstract: A rotor for an electrical machine that comprises two parallel magnet wheels, each of which comprises axial teeth so that each tooth on a wheel is situated in the space existing between two consecutive teeth on the other wheel, and that comprises magnetic elements, each arranged between two adjacent teeth and partly received in a groove produced in each of the opposite lateral faces of the two adjacent teeth. In one embodiment, each of the two adjacent teeth comprises one groove at a maximum, which emerges at the base of the first tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Valeo Equipements Electriques Moteur
    Inventors: Stéphane Rigaud, Marc Tunzini
  • Patent number: 8142436
    Abstract: A retractor system and method for locating and placing a polyaxial screw while substantially simultaneously retracting tissue is shown and described. The retractor has a channel that facilitates introducing a rod into the polyaxial screw. Various embodiments are shown, including one which utilized a reducer for moving the rod in the retractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: X-spine Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: David Louis Kirschman
  • Patent number: 8141406
    Abstract: Can shells are produced with tooling installed on a single action mechanical press, and the tooling includes an upper retainer supporting a blank and draw die enclosing an outer pressure sleeve and an inner pressure sleeve surrounding a die center punch, all having air actuated pistons. The die center piston has an air reservoir connected by air passages which form air springs for the inner pressure sleeve, and the outer pressure sleeve receives the same controllable air as the reservoir or low pressure plant air supply. The inner pressure sleeve has a projecting nose portion which initiates the drawing of a cup and has contoured surfaces which mate with corresponding surfaces on a die core ring to form and clamp the chuckwall of the shell during downstroke of the press. A lower panel punch forms the center panel, panel wall and countersink of the shell during upstroke of the press.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Container Development, Ltd.
    Inventor: R. Peter Stodd
  • Patent number: D660986
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Bulldog Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis E. Meyer, Robert B. Meyer, Wilbur N. Meyer
  • Patent number: D663418
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Bulldog Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Meyer, Wilbur N. Meyer