Patents Represented by Law Firm Jones, Askew & Lunsford
  • Patent number: 5372146
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are described for attaching tendons, ligaments, or other tissue to bone, which includes the use of adjustable head members positioned along filament members. Also disclosed are methods and apparatuses for mending breaks in tissue such as skin or meniscal layers tissue such as skin or meniscal layers skin by use of similar elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Thomas P. Branch
  • Patent number: 5242382
    Abstract: Continuous or periodic measurement of blood gas parameters and blood pressure by separating plasma from blood and then using that plasma to measure the blood parameters. Plasma is separated from blood in vivo with a filter implanted within a blood vessel, and the separated plasma is removed to extracorporeal apparatus for analyzing blood gas parameters or measuring blood pressure. The use of plasma is equivalent to the use of whole blood for measuring blood gas parameters as the gas parameters reside in the plasma, not in the separated blood cells which remain in the blood vessel. This arrangement permits the continuous measurement of blood gases without removal of blood from the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Healthdyne, Inc.
    Inventors: Reynolds G. F. Gorsuch, John Atkin, Tommy G. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5236826
    Abstract: An immunoassay method for the detection or quantitation of an analyte suspected of being in a solution comprising: (a) combining said specimen, a first binding component, insoluble particles, and second binding component labelled with a signal generating material in a solid phase retention and separation apparatus having a sufficient pore size such that said particles are trapped within said filter yet permitting rapid passage of fluid therethrough in such a manner that an immunological reaction occurs if analyte is present in said specimen, resulting in the formation of an immunocomplex of insolubilized first binding component:analyte:second labelled binding component on or within said filter means; (b) separating bound from unbound material; and (c) determining the presence and/or amount of signal produced which is correlative with the amount of analyte present in the solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Murex Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Marshall
  • Patent number: 5216431
    Abstract: A pedestal assembly for rotatably carrying a load containing radio-sensitive equipment is disclosed, with the assembly having a turntable and base. The profiles of the turntable and base adjacent to one another are both stepped and define a tortuous path between them. The assembly further is designed to distribute any attached load directly to a driven bull gear, rather than to the turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
    Inventors: D. Edward Sinyard, Dietrich H. Hoecht, G. Harold Lindsey, Leroy Fuss, III
  • Patent number: 5195537
    Abstract: An elastomeric material and gloves or condoms made therewith are substantially impermeable to water vapor and liquid water, have a relatively high tensile strength, and have a relatively low resilience. The gloves conform to the shape of a hand when stretched to fit about the hand and then relax so that the pressure exerted on the hand is substantially reduced. The gloves are particularly useful in medical applications and most particularly useful as surgical gloves. Likewise, the condoms conform to the shape of a penis when stretched to fit about the penis and then relax so that the pressure exerted on the penis is substantially reduced. The condoms are useful for preventing the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Tillotson Corporation
    Inventor: Neil E. Tillotson
  • Patent number: 5194691
    Abstract: An improved device for providing EMI/RFI shielding for a joint is disclosed comprising a compressible, resilient sealing element and a conductive shielding element bonded to the sealing element and positioned such that the shielding element provides a direct electrical contact across the joint. The disclosed invention further provides a cabinet which effectively utilizes such a device. The disclosed invention also includes an improved cabinet construction which minimizes the paths by which moisture and debris may enter the cabinet interior, while providing a cabinet which is transportable without violating the integrity of the cabinet structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Gichner Systems Group, Inc.
    Inventor: George McIlwraith
  • Patent number: 5187910
    Abstract: An improved fire barrier system is disclosed for interposition within an expansion joint between adjacent wall or floor members. In the disclosed embodiment, the invention is characterized in that the fire barrier system is symmetrical in both pairs of opposing quadrants defined by a first axis parallel to and midway between said mutually facing walls and transverse to said direction of elongation and a second axis transverse to said first axis and to said direction of elongation. This symmetry affords equal resistance to fire from either side of the barrier, eliminates the possibility of the joint being installed backwards, and permits the barrier system to be fire-rated for resistance to fire from either side of the barrier on the basis of a single test.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: MM Systems Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Nicholas, Randy L. Hensley
  • Patent number: 5185988
    Abstract: A tower compression unit having a case compression tower with vertically oriented surfaces defining a compression chamber, and an access gate associated with the tower compression unit. The access gate has a means for moving the cases within the tower by applying a vertical force to the cases. The force is applied through machinery attached to or received through the access gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventor: Thomas J. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 5186435
    Abstract: Improvements to a method and apparatus are disclosed for making a series of coil springs pocketed within individual pockets in an elongate fabric strip comprised of two overlying plies capable of being welded together. Improvements include improvements to fabric tracking and folding, fabric handling along the fabric path, and various direct-drive configuration eliminating the need for pneumatic cylinders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Assignee: Simmons Company
    Inventor: Ruslon J. Smith
  • Patent number: 5184517
    Abstract: There is disclosed a printed circuit board text fixture and method for testing printed circuit boards. The test fixture and test method is designed to establish statistical information concerning the breaking force for and deflection of a printed circuit board when the printed circuit board is broken along pre-existing score lines. In particular, the test fixture comprises a support surface for the circuit board to be tested, a clamp for holding the circuit board in place, an alignment target for locating the score line on the circuit board with respect to the clamp, a force gauge for exerting and measuring a downward force on the circuit board until the circuit board breaks along the score line, and a travel indicator for indicating the maximum flex experienced by the circuit board just prior to breaking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Inventor: Robert Kelzer
  • Patent number: 5183687
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a method is provided for treating poultry for coccidiosis. The method comprises administering an effective amount of a biologically-active copolymer on the poultry with coccidiosis, the octablock copolymer being selected from the group consisting of an octablock copolymer having the following formula: ##STR1## and an octablock copolymer having the following formula: ##STR2## wherein: the mean aggregate molecular weight of the portion of the octablock copolymer represented by the polyoxypropylene is between approximately 5000 and 7000 daltons;a is a number such that the portion represented by polyoxyethylene constitutes between approximately 10% to 40% of the compound by weight; andb is a number such that the polyoxypropylene portion of the total molecular weight of the octablock copolymer constitutes between approximately 50% and 90% of the compound by weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Robert L. Hunter, William L. Ragland
  • Patent number: 5182106
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a method is provided for treating hypothermia and for protecting a human or animal against hypothermia. The present invention relates to a method for protecting a human or animal from damage during hypothermia such as occurs in hypothermic bypass surgery. The surface active copolymer can be an ethylene oxide-propylene oxide condensation product with the following general formula:HO(C.sub.2 H.sub.4 O).sub.b (C.sub.3 H.sub.6 O).sub.a (C.sub.2 H.sub.4 O).sub.b Hwherein a is an integer such that the hydrophobe represented by (C.sub.3 H.sub.6 O) has a molecular weight of approximately 950 to 4000 daltons, preferably approximately 1200 to 3500 daltons, and b is an integer such that the hydrophile portion represented by (C.sub.2 H.sub.4 O) constitutes approximately 50% to 90% by weight of the compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: Emory University
    Inventors: Craig K. Mezrow, Robert L. Hunter, Carol E. Bennett
  • Patent number: 5181583
    Abstract: A ladder-like stilt, designed to be used in pairs, particularly for ceiling work such as sheetrocking as shown. Two pairs of side rails are joined at a conventional head step area. The area of the otherwise conventional head step is extended by the employment of an elongated head step platform to which a boot is attached for accepting the user's foot. The downwardly projection of the head step platform falls within the footing defined by the distal ends of the side rails, thus providing a stable platform for standing, when the stilts are used in pairs. The boot allows the user to walk on the stilts and perform elevated work, while being able to quickly dismount and climb down the steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Inventor: Stuart M. Platt
  • Patent number: 5178339
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an improved rotor disc for a refiner and its method of formation. The invention comprises a plurality of blade members spaced apart by a spacer between each adjacent blade member. Dams may be provided on the spacer. In forming the preferred disc, the plurality of blades and spacers are secured one to the other to form a blade segment. A plurality of blade segments are affixed one to the other to, in turn, form the disc. The invention is characterized by an absence of any mounting plate or base member. The method of the invention is characterized by a continuous weld along either of the inner circumference or the outer circumference of the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Atlanta Import Export Corporation
    Inventor: Milton Pilao
  • Patent number: 5179661
    Abstract: A data flow controller (150) for monitoring and automatically controlling the flow of serial data from a remote transmitter to a host device. A serial communications card (11) provides an interface between a remote transmitter connected to a serial port connector (20) and a host device (10). The card (11) contains a UART (14) which has a buffer. A counter (151) counts the number of bytes received by the UART (14) since the last time that the host (10) read all the data in the buffer. If the number exceeds a predetermined portion of the buffer capacity the counter output (Q11) will go high, thereby disabling the counter and sending a control signal (DTR, RTS) to the remote transmitter to stop sending data. Once the host (10) has read all the data in the buffer the UART (14) provides a signal (-RXREADY) which resets the counter (151), thereby causing the output (Q11) to go low, thereby allowing the remote transmitter to resume sending data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Copeland, III, John W. Jerrim, Scott C. Swanson
  • Patent number: 5179706
    Abstract: A bus access controller. An interface circuit (22) controls the access of a host computer (10) and a microprocessor (23) to one or more UARTs (14, 15). The microprocessor (23), which has no provision for waiting for a data transfer, is required to provide a signal of its intent to perform a data transfer prior to beginning the actual data transfer. The signal is identical to the actual data transfer operation. If the host (10) attempts a data transfer operation while the microprocessor (23) is conducting a data transfer operation, or if the host data transfer cannot be completed prior to the time that the microprocessor data transfer will commence, then the interface circuit (22) signals the host (10) that the data transfer will take additional time by deasserting the I/O READY line (12a). Once the microprocessor data transfer is completed then the I/O READY signal is reasserted and the host data transfer is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Swanson, Jeffrey P. Murray
  • Patent number: 5177107
    Abstract: A method has been discovered for the control of arthropod pests which comprises treating the pest with an effective amount of selected fluorocarbons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Agriculture
    Inventors: Robert K. V. Meer, Clifford S. Lofgren, William E. Myers, Danny H. Lewis, David F. Williams
  • Patent number: 5175087
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved method for collecting blood. The present invention also relates to a method of collecting blood whereby tissue plasminogen, tissue plasminogen activator inhibitor and other serine proteases, serine protease inhibitors and components that are produced or destroyed through the action of serine proteases in collected blood are stabilized. In addition, the present invention provides a method for collecting blood that reduces the hemolysis (lysis of red blood cells). Using the blood collecting method of the present invention, reliable control plasmas can be manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Biopool International, Inc.
    Inventors: Mats G. Ranby, Tor-Bjorn Wiman
  • Patent number: RE34169
    Abstract: A phase responsive video parameter control system operative for correcting hue, saturation, and luminance of a phase encoded component of a composite video signal. A digital phase detector detects the instantaneous hue of the video image, and provides a signal which selects which one of a plurality of color intervals or bands the detected instantaneous hue falls in. Prestored digital correction values associated with the selected color interval are retrieved from memory and converted into analog correction signals which modify the phase, amplitude, and DC level of the composite video signal. New digital correction values, which reflect operator control panel adjustments, may be loaded into memory during the vertical retrace interval, thereby allowing frame-by-frame color correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: ColorGraphics Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael L. Osburn, Robert L. Hemsky, James I. Bacon
  • Patent number: D333531
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Georgian Art Lighting Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark W. Rottner