Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm James F. Hann
  • Patent number: 6815934
    Abstract: An induction generator power supply comprises a prime mover, an induction generator operably connected to the prime mover and having a generator output, and a phase shift circuit, having a circuit input and a circuit output, the circuit input connected to the generator output. The power supply also comprises an AC to DC converter, having a converter input and a converter output, the converter input connected to the circuit output, and an energy reservoir having a reservoir input connected to the converter output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP
    Inventor: Bruce H. Colley
  • Patent number: 6809430
    Abstract: A conveyor-type apparatus harnesses energy from a fluid flow, for example a river or a tidal flow region, and comprises a support structure, a continuous-loop, flexible driven element, for example a pair of chains, mounted to the support structure and extending along a closed-loop path, the path defining an interior region and an exterior region, and a series of reversible fluid foils. The driven element has first and second reaches, the first and second reaches being upflow and downflow reaches when fluid flows from the first reach to the second reach. Each fluid foil is connected to the flexible driven element for movement between a first orientation, situated in the interior region when moving along the upflow reach, and a second orientation, situated in the exterior region when moving along the downflow reach. The first sides are generally concave when moving along the upflow reach and generally convex when moving along the downflow reach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: J├╝rgen Diederich
  • Patent number: 6809251
    Abstract: A PV assembly comprises a base, having a length L, an upwardly extending PV module, having a length H, and a downwardly extending deflector. The PV module and the deflector are preferably secured to the base so that they are placeable at shipping and inclined-use angles. The module may be connected to the base by a living hinge. The deflector may comprise an outer surface having a solar reflectivity of at least about 0.2, and more preferably of at least about 0.7, whereby solar radiation contacting the outer surface may be redirected to an adjacent PV module to increase the power output of the adjacent PV module. The inclined-use angle of the PV module may be about 2° to 15° and a ground cover ratio of H/L may be about 0.6 to about 0.8 for increased power output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Powerlight Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas L. Dinwoodie
  • Patent number: 6809253
    Abstract: Each PV assembly of an array of PV assemblies comprises a base, a PV module and a support assembly securing the PV module to a position overlying the upper surface of the base. Vents are formed through the base. A pressure equalization path extends from the outer surface of the PV module, past the PV module, to and through at least one of the vents, and to the lower surface of the base to help reduce wind uplift forces on the PV assembly. The PV assemblies may be interengaged, such as by interengaging the bases of adjacent PV assemblies. The base may include a main portion and a cover and the bases of adjacent PV assemblies may be interengaged by securing the covers of adjacent bases together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: PowerLight Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas L. Dinwoodie
  • Patent number: 6784623
    Abstract: A direct-current dimmer switch with low noise. A direct-current switch is turned on relatively slowly to avoid noise generation. Input capacitance of the direct-current switch device works in conjunction with a switch input series resistor to avoid a sharp turn-on characteristic. A set-point is compared against a voltage ramp to generate a pulse provided to the switch input. Essentially the full voltage is supplied to the load during the pulse. In one embodiment, a field-effect transistor with a low series resistance is used as the direct-current switching device. The ramp is generated by an integrator that is turned off at zero crossings of the alternating input line voltage to re-set the integrator. In a further embodiment a detector, such as a passive infra-red detector, is used to turn on the dimmer switch at a pre-set level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Tim Simon, Inc.
    Inventor: Blaine M. Smith
  • Patent number: 6761795
    Abstract: A low-stretch, flexible composite, made of one or several sections, particularly useful for making a sail (2), includes first and second polymer films (52, 62) with discontinuous, stretch-resistant segments (16) therebetween. The segments extend generally along the load lines (17) for the sail. The segments have lengths which are substantially shorter than corresponding lengths of the load lines within each section. The ends of the segments are laterally staggered relative to one another. Mats (20) of generally parallel mat elements can be used as the segments. The mat elements typically include discrete multifiber yarns (24, 26) and/or a fiber array (22), typically created by pneumatically laterally spreading apart the fibers of an untwisted multifiber yarn (32). A laminating assembly includes first and second flexible pressure sheets (66, 68), defining a sealable lamination interior (82) containing the material stack (64) to be laminated, housed within an enclosure (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Tensile Composite Research
    Inventors: Laurent Chapuis, Thomas M. Ainlay, Jean-Pierre Baudet, Marc A. Bruegger
  • Patent number: 6722357
    Abstract: A solar collector array is formed of multiple parallel rows of solar panels, each said row being made of one or more building blocks with an east-west oriented torsion tube defining an east-west axis for the row, an array of flat generally rectangular solar panels, and a set of panel rails and rail claims attaching the panels onto the torsion tube. A row of piers aligned on the east-west axis each have a footing that is supported in the earth, and a pier cap affixed onto a top end of the pier. The pier cap holds the torsion tube non-rotationally such that the torsion tube and panels are held at a preset elevation angle. The torsion tube may serve as a conduit for power conductors from the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Powerlight Corporation
    Inventor: Jefferson Shingleton
  • Patent number: 6710705
    Abstract: A pest deterrent device attracts the attention of a pest with ultrasonic noise and then produces a series of flashes to drive off the pest. In one embodiment, the device continuously produces ultrasound, changing the ultrasound when a pest is detected. In another embodiment, the device does not produce ultrasound until a pest is detected. In a further embodiment, the flash charging circuit is used to modulate the ultrasound while the flash is operated. In a particular embodiment, four ultrasonic speakers are arranged in a series-parallel configuration with a total capacitance of about 0.2 micro-Farads achieve 120 dB of sound output with a supply voltage of about 12-18 V.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Tim Simon, Inc.
    Inventors: Blaine M. Smith, Timothy M. Simon
  • Patent number: 6702370
    Abstract: A PV roof assembly (6) includes a roof (12) mountable to an electric vehicle (4), and a PV assembly (10) at the upper part of the roof. The PV assembly may be mounted to a separate roof surface (34) or the PV assembly may itself constitute all or part of the roof. The vehicle may include a secondary PV assembly (96) coupled to a display unit (92) to provide an independent indication of the intensity of solar irradiation. The roof may have mounting element recesses (68) to accommodate mounting elements (70) of the PV assembly, the mounting elements configured so as not to shade the PV panel (14). The roof may also be configured to accommodate a global positioning device (80). The roof preferably includes a peripheral gutter (88). The roof body preferably includes hand-hold recesses (90) housing hand-hold elements (42) at positions to provide a horizontal setback (92) from the lateral sides (93) of the roof body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Powerlight Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel S. Shugar, Thomas L. Dinwoodie
  • Patent number: 6699260
    Abstract: A device for the removal of a blockage in a passageway such as a dialysis graft or in a body passageway includes a catheter for reception and aspiration of the blockage and an occlusion engaging element distal of the distal end of the catheter which occlusion engaging element is supported on a wire that extends through the catheter. At the distal end of the catheter, there is a device such as a multi-wing malecot expansion device that is expanded after the catheter is placed in position so as to block the occlusion from passing around the outside of the catheter. The support wire can be a movable core guide wire which has a braided device on its distal end. When the core is as distal as possible of the distal end of the shell, the braid is in a collapsed minimum diameter state for insertion through the catheter and through the occlusion. Proximal movement of the core causes the braid to expand to the wall of the graft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Genesis Technologies LLC
    Inventors: William Dubrul, Richard Eustis Fulton, III
  • Patent number: 6696960
    Abstract: An improved hydraulic system comprises a hydraulic fluid reservoir and a hydraulic circuit assembly comprising lines and hydraulic components. The hydraulic components comprise a hydraulic actuator comprising a cylinder, defining an interior, a reciprocating piston within the interior dividing the interior into first and second regions, and a first shaft extending from the piston, through the first region and out through a first opening in the cylinder. At least two of the hydraulic components and the reservoir fluidly coupled to one another by the lines. Hydraulic leak warning apparatus, fluidly coupled into the hydraulic fluid reservoir, is constructed to provide a signal indicating a possible hydraulic fluid leak. The invention includes the structure that compensates for changes in the volumes of fluid within the first and second regions as the piston moves within the cylinder so that actuation of the hydraulic actuator has no effect on the fluid level within the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Donald G. Martinez
  • Patent number: 6675580
    Abstract: A flexible solar power assembly (2) includes a flexible photovoltaic device (16) attached to a flexible thermal solar collector (4). The solar power assembly can be rolled up for transport and then unrolled for installation on a surface, such as the roof (20, 25) or side wall of a building or other structure, by use of adhesive and/or other types of fasteners (23).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Powerlight Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey H. Ansley, Jonathan D. Botkin, Thomas L. Dinwoodie
  • Patent number: 6660032
    Abstract: A coiled stent (196) has a coiled stent body with a main body portion (106) and end portions (108). The end portions may be substantially less stiff than the body portion to help prevent tissue trauma. A graft material (124) may be used to cover at least the main body portion to create a coiled stent graft (122) in which adjacent turns (128) have gaps defined therebetween to create a generally helical gap (130). The coiled stent may have side elements (10) separated by connector elements (112) and be placeable in a contracted, reduced diameter state and in a relaxed, expanded diameter state. The connector elements are preferably generally parallel to the stent axis when placed in the contracted, reduced-diameter state, typically tightly wrapped around a placement catheter (136).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Vascular Architects, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 6645237
    Abstract: A coiled stent (196) has a coiled stent body with a main body portion (106) and end portions (108). The end portions may be substantially less stiff than the body portion to help prevent tissue trauma. A graft material (124) may be used to cover at least the main body portion to create a coiled stent graft (122) in which adjacent turns (128) have gaps defined therebetween to create a generally helical gap (130). The coiled stent may have side elements (10) separated by connector elements (112) and be placeable in a contracted, reduced diameter state and in a relaxed, expanded diameter state. The connector elements are preferably generally parallel to the stent axis when placed in the contracted, reduced-diameter state, typically tightly wrapped around a placement catheter (136).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Vascular Architects, Inc.
    Inventors: Katherine J. Klumb, Thomas J. Fogarty, Kirti P. Kamdar, Bradley B. Hill
  • Patent number: 6640943
    Abstract: A shock absorber (2) includes a piston assembly (6) and a damping fluid cylinder (4) having a first end (22) and defining a damping fluid chamber (56). The piston assembly includes a piston (14) mounted to a shaft (8). The piston divides the damping fluid chamber into first and second variable-volume parts (58, 60). At least one restricted flow path is provided between the variable-volume parts of the cylinder, preferably one (18) for compression and one (19) for rebound or extension. A sealing ice scraper assembly (30) is mounted to the first end of the cylinder. The scraper assembly includes a sealing ice scraper sleeve (34) having a generally cylindrical scraper surface (36). A gap of a desired size, typically quite small, is provided between the scraper surface and the shaft. A recess (38) is formed into the scraper surface and houses an outer fluid seal (40) therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Fox Factory, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Daws, Dustin F. Janes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6635068
    Abstract: Wires, catheters, endoscopes, etc. and their methods that have flow directed distal ends, which allow and facilitate management of these devices during use are disclosed. Additionally instant invention allows for distal anchoring so that the device will remain in a location once it has arrived and its method for use. Further, the instant invention describes an apparatus and method for a tensioning characteristic to be applied along the device once it is place that will facilitate the passing of another member along the initially placed member. Last, a novel occluder is disclosed and its method of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E Fulton
  • Patent number: 6612216
    Abstract: A sawguide assembly includes a set of sawguides positioned adjacent to one another to create an array of laterally-abutting sawguides. A sawguide biasing assembly biases the sawguides against one another. The array is supported for movement along a lateral path generally parallel to the axis of the arbor. A lateral driver is used to move the entire array in unison along the lateral path. A sawguide array skewing assembly couples the sawguides to one another so that the sawguides can be pivoted in unison about their respective pivot axes by a skewing driver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: CAE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald W. McGehee, Jeffrey T. Burns, Rory M. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6602265
    Abstract: Medical devices that have a novel mechanical trap(s) on the distal end of a shaft that is used for the removal of material from the body. Further an expandable channel is included to entrap the material that aid with removal or obliteration of tissue or foreign bodies is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: William Richard Dubrul, Richard E Fulton
  • Patent number: 6602204
    Abstract: Intraoperative tissue treatment methods are used following the removal of target tissue, e.g. diseased tissue, from a target site, e.g. within a patient's breast, leaving access to the target site. In one method an expandable element is introduced into and expanded within a void at the target site. If all of the target tissue was not removed, then a layer of tissue at least partially surrounding the expanded element is removed from the patient, preferably in a substantially intact form. In a second method the suction inlet of a suction device is in fluid communication with the void. If all of the target tissue has not been removed, at least a portion of the collapsed tissue is removed from the patient and analyzed. With a third method, a flexible implant is passed through the sheath and into the void to at least substantially fill the void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Artemis Medical, Inc
    Inventors: William R. Dubrul, Richard E. Fulton, Robert M. Curtis
  • Patent number: D484565
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Danny L. Ariaz