Patents Represented by Law Firm Kennedy & Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5747647
    Abstract: A process for fractionation of dairy whey is described which enables various whey constituents, in particular, alpha-lactalbumin and beta-lactoglobulin, to be recovered in substantially pure form. Lactose may also be recovered. The mineral content of raw whey is reduced so that the calcium content is less than 120 parts per million. Thereafter, the whey is treated to allow the lactose to crystallize out for removal and selectively to flocculate the alpha-lactalbumin, leaving a liquor containing substantially pure beta-lactoglobulin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Dairygold Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Francis Martin Stack, Mark Hennessy, Daniel Mulvihill, Brendan Thomas O'Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5632846
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in removing hazardous material from an elongated pipe has an upper work section comprised of a sheet of flexible material having a centrally located opening and a lower debris collection and disposal bag that depends from the upper work section about the opening. Gloves are mounted to the upper work section sheet. So constructed, upon wrapping and securing the upper work section about a pipe with opposite ends thereof drawn upwardly thereto aside the opening, the work section is configured into the shape of a funnel for funneling debris worked from the pipe down into the debris collection and disposal bag. The apparatus is made by cutting one or more holes in a generally rectangular sheet of flexible material such as plastic, mounting gloves to the sheet, and mounting bags to the sheet about the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Inventor: Kurt D. Ross
  • Patent number: 5630936
    Abstract: A drying bed for waste sludge in a wastewater treatment facility having a vertical drainage riser extending vertically from a subnatant discharge pipe near the bottom of the drying bed. A sludge inlet at an end of the drying bed communicates with a source of watery sludge. Water communicates through a mesh screen that wraps the vertical drainage riser and through openings in the vertical drainage riser to the subnatant discharge pipe. A valve is selectively opened to control the flow rate of the water from the subnatant discharge pipe. A method of dewatering waste sludge is disclosed. The wastewater treatment facility provides a mixing/balancing chamber for initial mixing of activated return sludge with influent wastewater for aggressive assimilation of wastes and an improved airlift for removal of suspended solids in the wastewater. The airlift comprises a solids evacuation pipe having a lower open end for receiving solids, an upper open end for exiting solids, and a midsection defining a series of holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Inventor: Boris Oyzboyd
  • Patent number: 5626123
    Abstract: An air compressed gun (10) is provided having a stock (11), a barrel (12), a trigger (13) and a manual pump (14). The manual pump is coupled to a swivel joint (31) which provides pivotal movement of the pump relative to the barrel so as to allow for a variety of gun configurations and uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Johnson Research & Development Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, John Applewhite
  • Patent number: 5622306
    Abstract: A tubular corrugated paperboard shipping container having a rigid base frame, a cleat-reinforced tubular corrugated paperboard body attached thereto, and a top frame. The corrugated paperboard body includes a pair of spaced-apart attaching strips fixed on opposing side wall panels of the body. One of the pair of attaching strips on each panel is disposed in alignment with a member of the base frame. The other one of the pair of attaching strips is positioned on the panel in alignment with the top frame. Staples driven through the paperboard wall and the attaching strips secure the paperboard container to the base frame and to the top frame to ensure against component separation, thereby providing a cleated container with improved structural rigidity. A plastic sheet in the top frame prevents dust and dirt from entry into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: North American Container Corp.
    Inventor: John M. Grigsby, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5616855
    Abstract: An apparatus for measuring viscosity of liquids includes an external chamber (10) which encloses an internal chamber/duct (20) having an inlet (21) and an outlet (22). Internal chamber (20) houses a fan (30) for forcing air through the duct, a heater (40) for heating air to a desired temperature, a thermal ballast (50) for maintaining the temperature of the air in the duct constant, and a viscometer (72) for measuring viscosity of liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Dean M. Ball
  • Patent number: 5609708
    Abstract: A packing material having a resilient core and a uniform non-seamed exterior surface comprising a plurality of discrete compressible particles attached to the flexible core and to each other, the particles being compressed after attachment. The method comprises surrounding the flexible elongate core with a plurality of powder-like particles which together feed through a plurality of aligned pairs of feed groove rollers. The core, with the attached particles, wraps under tension around an arcuate sector of a cylinder or wheel passing between a pair of spaced-apart walls. A roller pushes against the core to compress the powder particles together and to bias the length of packing material into a spiral coil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventors: Steven M. Suggs, Reid M. Meyer
  • Patent number: 5602038
    Abstract: In a method of determining creatinine clearance for detecting and monitoring renal dysfunction, spot samples of urine and blood from a person are obtained. Specific gravity or osmolality and creatinine concentration of the urine sample are measured. Creatinine concentration of plasma of the blood sample is also measured. Creatinine clearance is calculated as a function of the measured urine specific gravity or osmolality, the measured urine creatinine concentration and the measured plasma creatinine concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Private Clinic Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Kell
  • Patent number: 5601448
    Abstract: A connector for electrical communication between a low-voltage lamp and an electrical cable connected with a source of low-voltage electricity. The connector has a base with two opposed sections that define a channel for receiving the cable. Distal ends of each section have threaded radially outward surfaces for receiving a threaded cap. A presser in the cap pushes the cable into piercing engagement with a pair of nails in the channel for providing electrical communication between the cable and a lamp having a pair of wires connected to the nails. A U-shaped positioner is received within the channel over the electrical cable therein for accommodating narrow gauge cable. A method of connecting a lamp to an electrical cable is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Sunskill Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kar K. Poon
  • Patent number: 5596978
    Abstract: An air compressed gun (10) is provided having a stock (11), a barrel (12), a trigger (13) and a manual air pump (14). The gun also has a magazine (18) having a series of barrels (26) for holding several projectiles (P). An actuator (50) indexes the magazine with each shot of the gun and automatically actuates a release valve (36) which controls the firing of the gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Johnson Research & Development Co, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, John Applewhite
  • Patent number: 5592931
    Abstract: An air compressed gun (70) is provided having a housing (71), a magazine (75) having multiple barrels (89) for holding projectiles, and a manual air pump (76). The gun also has a pneumatic indexer (82) which indexes the magazine for firing with each shot of the gun and a harness (77) which enables the magazine to be supported adjacent the head of a person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Johnson Research & Development Co, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, John Applewhite
  • Patent number: 5590707
    Abstract: A heat exchanger (10) for extracting thermal energy from a process fluid, comprising a first group of at least one plate-fin heat exchange module (34a) and a second group of at least one plate-fin heat exchange module (34b). Each plate-fin heat exchange module (34) includes an inlet (72), an outlet (74) and a plurality of spaced-apart plates (60) for communicating a refrigerant fluid in a cross-direction to a process fluid. The modules (34) are sequenced alternately with one of the modules (34a) of the first group adjacent one of the modules (34b) of the second group. The modules (34) are disposed so that the refrigerant fluid flows in a first direction through the modules (34a) of the first group and flows in a second opposite direction through the modules (34b) of the second group. A supply header (38) connects to the inlets (72) of each heat exchange module (34) in parallel for communicating the refrigerant fluid from a supply to the heat exchange modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Contaminant Separations, Inc.
    Inventor: David Mauterer
  • Patent number: 5586688
    Abstract: A water gun 10 having a storage tank (18), a pressure tank (19) and an electric pump (28) for conveying liquid from the storage tank to the pressure tank. The conveyance of liquid into the pressure tank causes the liquid to be pressurized by air compressed within the pressure tank. A safety switch (42) limits the pressurization of the liquid. The pressurized liquid is released through a nozzle (21) coupled to the pressure tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Johnson Research & Development Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, John Applewhite
  • Patent number: 5584856
    Abstract: A surgical staple (10) is provided having a fastener member (11) and a retainer member (12). The retainer member has an internal channel (31) having ridges (33) with serrated teeth (35). The fastener member has a tubular head (13), and a series of prongs (14) removably mounted to the tubular head by a locking pin (15). The prongs have two flexible arms (23) with serrated teeth (24) adapted to mate with the serrated teeth of the retainer member to lock the fastener member to the retainer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Inventors: Irfan M. Jameel, Joe S. Robinson, Jr.
  • Patent number: RE35412
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a toy water gun which is operated by selectively releasing water from a water reservoir pressurized with air. The present invention has a manually operated pump incorporated into the design. As the pump is cycled, water and air is drawn from a water storage tank. Once drawn, the water and air are forced into a pressure reservoir. As the amount of water and air forced into the pressure reservoir increases, the pressure on the water within the pressure reservoir increases. The pressure of the water and air within the pressure reservoir increases with each cycle of the pump, until the pump can no longer overcome the pressure of the water and air within the pressure tank. The pressurized water and air within the pressure tank has an avenue of release that is regulated by the trigger mechanism of the invention. When no force is applied to the trigger, the pressurized water and air are held at bay with no means of release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Larami Limited
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, Bruce M. D'Andrade
  • Patent number: D378148
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Lee Haney
  • Patent number: D378223
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventor: Tim Goodwin
  • Patent number: D379079
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Tri-Glas Corporation
    Inventor: Paul Thomas, Jr.
  • Patent number: D394130
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: Spencer Iverson
  • Patent number: D395590
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Kason Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Burl Finkelstein, Mark Kennedy