Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John F. A. Earley
  • Patent number: 5980923
    Abstract: Elastomeric sheeting materials are described which are formed from the process of (1) creating a membrane comprising a semi-interpenetrating polymer network ("IPN") of polytetrafluoroethylene ("PTFE") and polydimethylsiloxane ("PDMS") by causing a matrix of PDMS to be formed in situ with a matrix of PTFE; (2) causing a surface of substantially pure PDMS to be formed on at least one side thereof; (3) allowing said PDMS compositions to vulcanize; and (4) converting said structure into useful shapes suitable for application to anatomical areas of the body. The product of the process is suitable for the treatment of dermatologic scars, such as those associated with traumatic or surgical injuries of the skin. The pure PDMS layer provides desired therapeutic effects. The semi-IPN membrane provides improved physical integrity, durability, and elastic behavior in comparison to prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Bio Med Sciences, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark E. Dillon
  • Patent number: 5979437
    Abstract: Air control apparatus for a fireplace prevents or inhibits the buildup of soot and dirt on the inside surface of the glass doors of the fireplace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: H. Alfred Eberhardt
  • Patent number: 5981285
    Abstract: A method and apparatuses are disclosed for determining an anticoagulant therapy factor (ATF), a corrected anticoagulant therapy factor (CATF), and a modified anticoagulant therapy factor (MATF), all selectively used for monitoring oral anticoagulant therapy to help prevent excessive bleeding or deleterious blood clots that might otherwise occur before, during or after surgery. The anticoagulant therapy factor (ATF), the corrected anticoagulant therapy factor (CATF), and a modified anticoagulant therapy factor (MATF) are based upon disclosed methods for determining the fibrinogen transformation rate (FTR) which, in turn, is dependent on a maximum acceleration point for fibrinogen (FBG) conversion. The ATF, CATF, and MATF quantities are also based upon the prothrombin time (PT), but have no need for the difficulty to obtain prior art International Normalized Ratio (INR) and International Sensitivity Index (ISI) parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Wallace E. Carroll, R. David Jackson
  • Patent number: 5967578
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool for the free support of plate-like substrates, comprising a flat plate-like body with at least one supporting surface wherein at least one gas channel is provided within the body, extending from an outer gas supply end to an inner gas discharge end, the gas discharge end being in fluid communication with a gas distribution chamber, through which gas passes into a dynamically balanced gas slit being arranged radially with respect to the gas distribution chamber predominantly parallel to the supporting surface and opening into the supporting surface at its outer end at an angle >90 and <180.degree..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Sez North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Helmut Frey
  • Patent number: 5951734
    Abstract: A semi-convective forced air system for heating glass sheets during a heating cycle. The system has a heating chamber, and a longitudinal conveyor extending lengthwise through the heating chamber. A plurality of longitidinally-extending air manifolds are located within the chamber and are in fluid connection with a compressed air source. The manifolds are arranged in at least one widthwise-extending column. Each of the manifolds are oriented parallel to the length of the conveyor and are constructed and arranged to create a downward flow of heated air toward the conveyor to convectively heat the entire length of selected widthwise portions of a sheet of glass on the conveyor. A controller supplies or restricts the flow of compressed air to selected manifolds within a column at predetermined times during the heating cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: TGL Tempering Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Friedel, Cliff Matukonis
  • Patent number: 5952025
    Abstract: A bag suitable for use in microwave cooking is constructed of an elongated tube of flexible material closed at one end by a cold seal closure and having a heat seal adhesive deposit applied to the other end thereof for use in closing the bag after filling thereof to form a package. In another embodiment, a package suitable for use in microwave cooking is constructed of an elongated tube of flexible material closed at one end by a cold seal closure and having a cold seal adhesive deposit applied to the other end thereof for use in closing the bag after filling thereof. Methods for making bags and packages including methods for making rolls from which bags and packages may be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: American Packaging Corporation
    Inventor: Gilbert N. Yannuzzi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5950475
    Abstract: A coin feed for a souvenir coin elongation machine having a housing, a coin slot formed in the top of the housing, a pair of embossing rolls having a predetermined number (N) of embossing plates spaced equally around the outer circumferential surface of at least one embossing roll, and a gravity fed coin chute connecting the coin slot to the embossing rolls. The coin feed has a coin feed housing and a pair of stops. Each of the stops is movable between a first limit position traversing the coin chute and a second limit position retracted out of said coin chute. Each stop is mechanically linked to said embossing rolls by a cam and a gear train. The mechanical coin feed is located intermediate the coin chute and advancees only one coin at a time to the embossing rolls each time the embossing rolls are rotated 1/N revolutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Alexander D. Penny
  • Patent number: 5952367
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of treating pain caused by bursitis, tendinitis, arthritis, and the like, comprises ingesting an effective amount of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and ingesting an effective amount of L-or DL-Methionine and a sugar which provides relief from stomach discomfort caused by the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and which in combination with the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug results in relieving the pain more effectively than the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Kyoungsik Pak
  • Patent number: 5942316
    Abstract: The invention concerns a multi-layer refractory wear body having a wear layer being exposed to a direct thermal, mechanical and/or metallurgical attack, and at least another layer of a ceramic material having different physical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Didier-Werke AG
    Inventors: Ernst Luhrsen, Andreas Schuler, Robert Sheriff, Martin Wiesel
  • Patent number: 5942842
    Abstract: An electromagnetically lossy liquid- or gas-tight fusion seal for use as a low pass radio frequency signal filter constructed as a matrix of glass binder and ferrimagnetic and/or ferroelectric filler. Metal cased electrical filters are made by reflowing the material to form fused glass-to-metal seals and incorporating electrical thru-conductors therein which may be formed as inductive windings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Homer William Fogle, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5931534
    Abstract: A dual-purpose powered rotating infant pacification device and method comprises a carrier for supporting an infant, the carrier constructed and arranged to safely contain the infant and to support an adult, a carrier frame supporting the carrier, a base supporting the carrier frame, connecting member rotatably connecting the carrier frame to the base, a drive member mounted on the base for rotating the carrier and transmission member for connecting the drive member and the carrier, the device being constructed and arranged to safely contain and continuously rotate the infant when the drive member is electrically engaged to provide a pacifying effect on the infant, and the device being constructed and arranged to safely support an adult and to have the carrier free to rotate manually when the drive member is electrically disengaged. A method of pacifying an infant by providing a continuously rotating carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Edward F. Hutter
  • Patent number: 5920999
    Abstract: A device for aligning multiple shaft segments which are coupled together to form a single rotating shaft. The device has two elongate cylindrical bars each having an annular, axially extending outer surface, one end by which it is rotatable, and the other end which is engagable and disengagable to the other cylindrical bar. One of the bars is inserted into an aperture of one of the shaft segments and the other bar is inserted into the other one of the shaft segments. The engageable and disengagable sections of the bars are arranged such that when the bars are engaged the force of the bar that is rotated is transferred to the other bar and when the rotated bar is rotated from the engaged position the bars are not in contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Edward F. Hutter
  • Patent number: 5916814
    Abstract: A presealed integral hematocrit test assembly includes a holder, a bore molded into the holder, and a blood sample tube mounted on the holder adapted to receive a sample of blood by capillary action, whereby the blood sample tube is filled with blood from its inlet end by capillary action, and the test assembly is centrifuged into a column having a red corpuscles portion, white corpuscles portion, and a plasma portion. The method of using the presealed integral hematocrit test assembly includes the steps of measuring the length of the red cells column portion and measuring the total length of the blood column, and dividing the length of the red cells column portion by the total length of the blood column to make the hematocrit determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: Drummond Scientific Company
    Inventor: James W. Kenney
  • Patent number: 5911946
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a snorkel for a degassing vessel, with a refractory lining and a gas-purging device arranged therein with a plurality of channels, which, distributed over the circumference of the snorkel, extend through the refractory lining in the radial direction in relation to the central longitudinal axis of the snorkel and can be connected on the outside to at least one gas supply line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Veitsch-Radex Aktiengesellschaft fur Feuerfeste Erzeugnisse
    Inventors: Klaus Aichinger, Harald Harmuth, Heinrich Niehues, Armin Pertl
  • Patent number: 5913204
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for surveying and reporting listener opinion of a list of songs such as the songs comprising a radio station music library. A group of music listeners is selected from whom individual listener opinions are recorded. A home music preference test kit is fielded to the select listeners for use in each listener's residence. Data from each music preference test kit is then collected, compiled and tabulated to reflect a mean or average listener opinion for each song in the list.The home music preference test kit includes instructions for completing the test and returning the survey form, a music medium having a preselected number of song hooks representing each song in the library of the radio station. The kit also includes a survey form for recording the listener's opinion of each song based on the song hooks and an honorarium for agreeing to properly complete a survey form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventor: Thomas L. Kelly
  • Patent number: 5900091
    Abstract: A disposable one-time use, inexpensive, capillary-action safety micro-pipet for obtaining a sample of blood or other liquid comprises a transparent glass tube which is capable of drawing blood or other liquid into the tube by capillary action, and a resilient sheet, with an adhesive layer adhering the resilient sheet in one or more layers around the outside surface of the tube for covering the outside surface of the tube and protecting a user against being cut by any jagged edges of a broken tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Drummond Scientific Company
    Inventor: James W. Kenney
  • Patent number: 5894677
    Abstract: A measuring tape for measuring the distance between a first point and a second point. The tape has a flexible elongated blade with a tab fixed to free end of the blade for temporarily and removably hooking the free end of the blade to the first point. The tab extends in at least two directions transverse to a lengthwise edge of the blade at the free end of the blade. The blade has two sets of numbers imprinted thereon which correspond to units of measure. The first set of numbers is imprinted along a first lengthwise edge portion of the blade and is positioned on the blade such that the numbers are arranged in upright position one after the other and increase in value when read from the free end of the blade toward the fixed end of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: William W. Hoffman
  • Patent number: D413372
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Merit Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond H. Jensen
  • Patent number: D415278
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Hyox Systems Limited
    Inventor: Mark Bowman
  • Patent number: D416307
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Richard T. Williams