Patents Represented by Attorney John J. Byrne
  • Patent number: 7819607
    Abstract: A paving block that closely resembles a used mined cobblestone. The blocks are manufactured by a bi-layer concept that is subjected to processes that cause the layers to structurally integrate. The process and composition permit the mass production of blocks having independent top topographies that emulate the surfaces of original cobblestones and with a comparable strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: EfraĆ­n Carreras-Maldonado, Javier E. Molinari
  • Patent number: 5746950
    Abstract: A drain assembly hose collection adapted to receive bleeder lines and/or overflow lines from a roof-supported evaporative cooler or the like in a manner which will help divert water flow away from the roof, thereby reducing serious staining and/or roof damage and at the same time providing a flexibility accommodating various plumbing and environmental ordinances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: Robert Villanueva
  • Patent number: 5742730
    Abstract: The system controls one or more VCRs to perform various operations including rapid and accurate tape repositioning from any point to any other point utilizing time codes and VCR performance data. They system includes the ability to encode, record, and reproduce a video signal with time codes and other information such as text commentary, directories to the tape content and VCR commands. Tapes prepared on any implementation of the system can be positioned on any other implementation except that the copying process must translate as appropriate between different signal formats (NTSC, PAL, SECAM), tape formats (VHS, Video 8, etc.) and encoding systems. The system includes a method for characterizing the tape transport performance of individual VCRs in the various tape transport modes including fast forward and rewind and during transitions between transport modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Inventors: David A. Couts, Richard B. McMurray, Xiang Mao
  • Patent number: 5698004
    Abstract: Processes and structures for using calcium cyanamide fertilizer in a manner to greatly enhance its most effective soil treatment form prior to its application. Calcium cyanamide transformation structures have both fertilizing and pesticidal qualities; however, it is difficult to obtain uniform, efficient effectiveness from dry calcium cyanamide's liquid transformation structures. In the process of this invention, dry, dusty granules and fines of calcium cyanamide are placed directly into tanks of liquid for transformation or within biodegradable bags through which water can freely flow. The bags are submerged in a tank of water. The insoluble calcium and carbon components thereof remain as solid residuals within the bags. Hydrolysis occurs and the solution is biocidal and ready for immediate application. The solution can be sprayed or irrigated onto a targeted soil area with conventional dispersal equipment. The remaining non-dissolved material in the bags can be dispersed on and into the plant crop soil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Inventor: Richard O. W. Hartmann
  • Patent number: 5676257
    Abstract: A gun rack for safely securing weapons which can be readily removed in an emergency. The securing mechanism is comprised of a pair of locking arms that are disposed over weapon-carrying cradles. Means are provided to lock the arms in this position. Key means are provided to unlock the arms and a movement of the arms sideways for less than an inch frees the weapons for removal. Guard means are provided for protecting the trigger mechanism while the weapon is in the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: At Ease Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John E. Adkins
  • Patent number: 5671926
    Abstract: An attachment for a tennis racket handle comprises a structure forming an enlarged handle portion of the handle shaft having a second width dimension that is larger than the first width dimension and a second depth dimension, the structure having side edges forming a handle transition portion of the handle shaft diverging at an angle of between about ten and twenty degrees from the first to the second handle portions toward the head providing a transition between the first and second width dimensions, the structure forming front and back faces corresponding to faces of the racket head, the front and back faces formed with substantially flat surfaces with a rounded ridge along a face of one embodiment. Another embodiment includes a protrusion on one side edge for engagement with a forefinger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Inventor: Edward H. Hagey
  • Patent number: 5607424
    Abstract: A cage for use in a spinal repair system wherein a pair of inert, relatively open bone-graft contouring cages are disposed between adjacent vertebrae mounted to the boney structure of these vertebrae wherein the vertebrae will knit together and act as a single unit. The upper and lower surfaces of the cages follow an arcuate path for increased contact with the abutting surfaces of the vertebrae themselves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventor: Patrick Tropiano
  • Patent number: 5564522
    Abstract: A multi-purpose vehicle of a type having the ability to swing about a vertical axis like a turret and having a two-member boom pivotable about a horizontal axis with an operator's cage at its distal end. Controls are available at the cage for locating and manipulating various construction materials and equipment essential to the efficient construction of the post frame building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Inventors: Hugh A. Markin, Brian A. Markin
  • Patent number: 5533561
    Abstract: A garage door-opener security system which automatically positively blocks any unauthorized opening of a sectional garage door that travels, guided by rollers, in a pair of flanking metal guide tracks. The security system is interconnected with a standard, automatic, garage door-opening mechanism that includes an electric drive motor. When the door reaches its fully closed position, a locking device, mounted adjacent one of the flanking tracks, physically inserts a locking pin into the trackway in which the rollers move, which pin is located a few inches above the roller next below. The locking pin is closely confined by a surrounding aperture which prevents its upward deflection or twisting, thus making it impossible for the roller to move therepast in the trackway and positively preventing the raising of the door more than a few inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: L. Langstroth Forehand, IV
  • Patent number: 5458118
    Abstract: A diagnostic device and method for determining the presence of a Tinel sign in a patient by providing a calibrated striking unit for use at a selected point along a regenerating nerve and said results of the striking being analyzed with respect to that of a healthy nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Jose J. Monsivais
  • Patent number: 5456498
    Abstract: A device for detecting fraudulent negotiable instruments by coating areas of the negotiable instruments with a fluorescent substance that, when subjected to an ultraviolet light source, develops an emission of a certain known frequency. The device includes a filter which only passes known emission frequencies so that negotiable instruments can be rejected that do not exhibit that frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: BancImage, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin B. Greene
  • Patent number: 5448938
    Abstract: A removable seat and floor coverlet for helicopters that are light in weight, easily removable and installed and that provide protection to the occupants from small arms fire from the ground. The cover protects not only the torso of the occupants, but also their legs. The coverlet can be easily stored, retrieved and then installed only when necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Guardian Technologies International, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph F. Fernandez, Oliver L. North
  • Patent number: 5388571
    Abstract: A nebulizer component, interconnected in the inspiratory flow path, includes an interior chamber with a lower region for storing liquid medicine at system pressures and an upper region containing a nebulizer (jet atomizer and baffle) for periodically nebulizing the liquid medicine for producing a fog of nebulized particles suspended in gas which mix with the breathable gas which flows through the chamber to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventors: Josephine A. Roberts, Jephthae W. Burwell
  • Patent number: 5377577
    Abstract: A ballistic-resistant blanket comprised of a plurality of panels that have inter-engaging connection means along their peripheries so that the individual panels can be arranged in a variety of shapes and forms and these panels are equipped with a plurality of handles to enable the users to handle the panels under a wide range of circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Guardian Technologies International
    Inventors: Bouakeo Bounkong, Joseph F. Fernandez, Oliver L. North
  • Patent number: 5353006
    Abstract: A vehicle anti-theft control which prevents the vehicle from being started by providing a code input authorization system working in combination with an enclosed controller relay system of a solonoid which prevents the starter motor from engaging the engine until after a correct code authorization is received. The controller is housed in an intermediate chamber of a solonoid housing and cannot be circumvented by exterior hot wiring so as to prevent electricity from passing to either the pulling or holding coils of the solonoid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventor: Ricardo Aguilar
  • Patent number: 5331704
    Abstract: A bifurcated toothbrush having two brush carrying members angled with respect to one another at the working end of the toothbrush handle. Each brush is designed for a distinct purpose and the brushes are spaced at a sufficient distance from one other to move the cheek or tongue away from the surface being brushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Inventors: Sidney W. Rosen, Jeffrey Ganeles
  • Patent number: 5327811
    Abstract: A body armor vest, the principle components of which are SPECTRA SHIELD packages sandwiched between SPECTRA woven fabric packages, and the combination of the carrier, packages, groin protector and the securing devices contribute a more adaptable vest of increased projectile resistance, reduced weight and improved wearability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1994
    Assignee: Guardian Technologies International
    Inventors: Allen L. Price, Oliver L. North, Joseph F. Fernandez
  • Patent number: 5120165
    Abstract: An Excavation System is disclosed in which fragmented excavated material is entrained in a gas and pneumatically conveyed to a desirably remote site for separation of such material from such gas. Energy is supplied to a motor to operate a gas pump to induce high velocity gas flow through a long vacuum conduit. At a vacuum intake end such flow entrains such material and conveys such material into and through such conduit to one or more separators communicating serially with the flow path for separating and collecting the excavant, then such gas is discharged into the atmosphere. At least one separator includes a high-efficiency cyclone chamber for maintaining a gas vortex for high-efficiency centrifugal separation with minimal flow-resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventor: John F. Walko, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4998831
    Abstract: A fitting assembly of the type specifically designed to be used in combination with the gripping, fitting and otherwise interconnection of conduits intended for the containment and flow therethrough of high pressure fluids. The fitting assembly comprises a fitting body having a base, an integrally formed outwardly extending segments wherein the base and the segments are disposed in surrounding relation to a substantially coaxially disposed central passage which is dimensioned to receive the conduit therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Proni Creations Inc.
    Inventor: Oscar Proni
  • Patent number: 4993850
    Abstract: A support for a disc narrow assembly wherein a standard ball bearing unit is utilized and is encased in a housing formed of opposing mirror image bushings which are further enclosed by a pair of opposing mirror image flange members that are releasably affixed to a vehicle carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Howse Implement Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Clovis J. Howse