Patents Represented by Attorney John P. Blasko
  • Patent number: 6139016
    Abstract: A game method and apparatus is disclosed. In the game, players use a game board, sets of response cards, board place markers, and a plurality of scenario cards containing brief situation descriptions and potential responses. Taking turns, players read a selected scenario card to another player. The latter player then decides which one of four possible responses best represents what he or she would truly do if faced with the described situation, and secretly indicates the choice with a response card. At the same time, all other players in the game predict how the player will respond by similarly choosing an appropriate response card. After players have all privately made their choices, they then reveal their responses. Accordingly, all players have an opportunity to then move their place markers around the board, depending on the responses given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: By Plato, Inc.
    Inventor: Gayle J. Plato
  • Patent number: 6116401
    Abstract: A static article-rotating apparatus having a continuous helical channel designed within a tubular member is disclosed. One or more guides smoothly and continuously deflect an article as it passes through the channel thereby rotating the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Carleton, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas D. Carleton
  • Patent number: 6118912
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding and tuning a thin film optical assembly is presented in which a housing receives a cylindrical thin film optical assembly which can be rotated to adjust the wavelength at which it passes or reflects an optical signal. The thin film optical assembly is composed of a thin film optical filter mounted on a cylindrical unit having a flat mounting face and an aperture for the transmission of light. The housing has a light path machined through it which permits light to pass to each thin film optical assembly, where one wavelength is separated by transmission and the remaining wavelengths are reflected to a subsequent filter. Each thin film optical assembly can be rotated within the housing to permit wavelength tuning. Once the thin film optical assembly is tuned it can be held in place using solder applied between the thin film optical assembly and the housing. Optical fibers are coupled to the housing using ferrules and graded rod index lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Chorum Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jing-Yu Xu
  • Patent number: 5516174
    Abstract: Handling equipment and a grapple device for handling balled plant loads such as trees and shrubs are disclosed. The grapple device which may be pivotally mounted on any suitable vehicle has a lengthwise frame. A pair of pivot rotary actuators having their rotational axes oriented transversely to each other are attached to the end of the frame. A grapple mechanism having pair of diametrically opposed grapple blades pivotally attached to a support member is fastened to one of the pivot rotary actuators. The grapple blades are opened or closed about the root ball of a plant by means of actuators, preferably hydraulic cylinder actuators. The grapple mechanism also has a slidably adjustable foot member which is positioned between the grapple blades to stabilize the plant load. The interior surfaces of the grapple blades and foot are adapted to engage the root ball of the plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Lee Squyres
  • Patent number: 5458564
    Abstract: A wrist brace to prevent injury to persons such as concrete finishers who repetitively use their arms to support themselves or exert pressure against an object is disclosed. The wrist brace has a support element for maintaining the wearer's hand in a clenched fist configuration and a planar alignment of the hand, wrist and forearm. The support element is secured to the dorsal side of the wearer's arm by straps. The brace has a hand strap for securing the support element against the hand and maintaining the hand in a clenched fist during use of the brace. The support element also has cushioning such as foamed polyurethane adjacent to the wearer's arm. The support element may also have a hinge near the forearm to permit wrist and hand portions of the support element to be rotated thereby permitting the brace to be slidably retracted along the arm when the brace is not in use. This obviates the need to remove the brace entirely from the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Paul W. Franzen
  • Patent number: 5268844
    Abstract: An electronic digital plotter for navigators which relieves the rigors of mechanical manual plotting of position on a chart. The plotter utilizes either a flexible or rigid board employing electromagnetic or capacitive resistance technology. It makes use of a fixed X/Y coordinate system to generate latitude and longitude coordinates from a chart overlay. The plotter employs a pencil or pen type stylus with interchangeable cartridge to locate position, derived from electronic position information on the board and hence on the chart. By comparing the location of the stylus to the input data, the plotter directs the user to the input location utilizing a visual, bullseye director display. Given ship's position, on a dead reckoning track or expected destination or waypoint, the plotter gives course, speed distance, and transit time. The plotter can also accept inputs from hand bearing compass or ship's heading compass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventors: Christopher S. Carver, Christopher Carver
  • Patent number: 5188666
    Abstract: Novel paint removing compositions, a method for their production, and methods for using the same, are described, which employ conventional active paint removing ingredients, in combination with auxiliary ingredients, which aid in lifting paint from a painted surface, such as an automobile body and which act to prevent re-adhesion of the paint, and to convert the paint-paint-removing composition mixture to a dry, friable mass, which is easily removed to exposed the bare substrate, and produce a dry, easily handled and disposable waste product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Inventor: Victor N. Boccardo
  • Patent number: 4769182
    Abstract: 3-(Hydroxyphenylphosphinyl)-propanoic acid is produced by reacting phenylphosphonous dichloride with a 0 to 20 percent molar excess of acrylic acid at a temperature of to C., heating the reaction mixture at a temperature of to for at least 45 minutes, and then hydrolyzing the mixture to obtain the desired product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Assignee: Hoechst Celanese Corporation
    Inventor: James R. Hazen
  • Patent number: 4764213
    Abstract: A lithographic fountain solution concentrate is disclosed, the essential components of which comprises an aqueous mixture of:(a) from about 0.1 to 1.5 percent by weight of a water soluble film forming hydrophilic gum;(b) from about 0.75 to about 8.5 percent by weight of Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone;(c) from about 5.0 to about 30.0 percent by weight of a water soluble acid etchant;(d) from about 20.0 to about 50.0 percent by weight of a water soluble or water miscible glycol; and(e) from about 0.01 to about 1.25 percent by weight of a phosphate/phosphoric acid buffer system.The concentrate is adapted for further dilution by water to yield a fountain solution which when used in the printing process offers decreased scumming and blinding of printing plates while at the same time permitting a reduction in the amount of water applied to the plate. Improved print quality, reduced tendency to wet the paper, faster ink drying and improved ink/water balance is thereby achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: Hoechst Celanese Corporation
    Inventors: Henry Gventer, Raymond Hamilton
  • Patent number: 4618562
    Abstract: An improved negative working photographic element is prepared by coating a suitable substrate with a photosensitive composition comprising an admixture of two light sensitive diazonium salts and a binder composition comprising a polyvinyl acetate resin and a styrene/maleic acid half ester copolymer. Upon imagewise exposure of the element to actinic radiation through a suitable mask, the unexposed portions are removable with an aqueous alkaline developer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1986
    Assignee: American Hoechst Corporation
    Inventors: John E. Walls, Shuchen Liu
  • Patent number: 4596763
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for producing a positive working photoresist which comprises coating at least one novolak resin, and 1-naphthalenesulfonic acid, 3-diazo-3,4-dihydro-4-oxo-,4-benzoyl-1,2,3-benzenetriyl ester onto a substrate, exposing to a u.v. light source having a wavelength of less than 380 nanometers and developing with an aqueous alkaline solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1986
    Assignee: American Hoechst Corporation
    Inventors: John DiCarlo, Jonas St. Alban, Donald C. Mammato, Bruce M. Stevens
  • Patent number: 4550189
    Abstract: Soil repellents derived from fluorinated acrylates and aromatic amines are disclosed which have excellent durability and resistance to laundering. The compounds are represented by the formula(R).sub.m --Ar--(NHCH.sub.2 CH(R.sub.1)CO.sub.2 R.sub.f).sub.nwherein n is 1 to 3 and m is 0 to 4, Ar is an aromatic radical containing from 1 to 3 benzene rings which may be fused together or linked through a single carbon-carbon bond or a linking group, R.sub.f is a fluorinated radical, R.sub.1 is H or CH.sub.3, and R is independently selected from lower alkyl, lower alkoxy, halogen, hydroxy, nitro, cyano, amino, lower alkylamino, lower acylamino, --CO.sub.2 R.sub.3 and --NHCH.sub.2 CH(R.sub.1)CO.sub.2 R.sub.3 wherein R.sub.3 is lower alkyl, --CH.sub.2 CH.sub.2 OH, or --CH.sub.2 CH(OH)CH.sub.2 Cl. Also disclosed are polyester and nylon fibers having these compounds incorporated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1985
    Assignee: American Hoechst Corporation
    Inventors: Michael G. Kelly, James H. Covill
  • Patent number: 4548613
    Abstract: C.I. Disperse Yellow 54 and 64 are important yellow dyestuffs of the quinophthalone type used in coloring synthetic fibers, particularly polyamide, polyester, acrylic and acetate fibers at boiling temperature conditions. Yellow azo dyestuffs of the hydroxypyridone type, e.g., C.I. Disperse Yellow 114, 180 227 and 230 have found widespread application in the high-temperature dyeing of such synthetic fibers. It has now been found that improved tinctorial results on these synthetic fiber materials can be obtained by applying a dyeing composition derived from these yellow coloring means and comprising a mixture of 70-90 parts by weight of one or more dyestuffs of the C.I. 54 and 64 type with 5 to 30 parts by weight of an azo dyestuff of the hydroxypyridone type. These improved dyestuff compositions exhibit superior leveling, high tinctorial strength or color build-up, high dyebath exhaustion and deep shade dyeing over the individual components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Assignee: American Hoechst Corporation
    Inventors: Albert Bode, Thomas V. Chambers, Manfred Hahnke, Wolfgang Kretzschmar
  • Patent number: 4534770
    Abstract: Multi-ring fluorinated carbamates are disclosed which have excellent anti-soiling properties, durability and resistance to laundering. The compounds are represented by the formula ##STR1## wherein R.sub.f is a fluorinated radical. Compositions containing at least 10% of such compounds are also disclosed, as well as polyester and nylon fibers having such compounds incorporated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Assignee: American Hoechst Corporation
    Inventor: Michael G. Kelly
  • Patent number: 4521214
    Abstract: There is described a process for producing, in a continuous manner, a gradient dyeing across the width of a long strip of a plastic sheet and an apparatus used therefor. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the orientation of the plastic strip is maintained substantially constant during the passage through a dye bath, and the dye liquid level is repetitively varied by use of a liquid level control means. This invention is particularly useful for making gradient-dyed plastic sheets which in turn are used for making sunglass lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: American Hoechst Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Weis
  • Patent number: D370298
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Andrea Fortunoff
  • Patent number: D370299
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1996
    Inventor: Andrea Fortunoff