Patents Represented by Law Firm Kerkam, Stowell, Kondracki & Clarke, P.C.
  • Patent number: 6157044
    Abstract: A tunnel junction type Josephson device includes a pair of superconductor layers formed of a compound oxide superconductor material and an insulator layer formed between the pair of superconductor layers. The insulator layer is formed of a compound oxide which is composed of the same constituent elements as those of the compound oxide superconductor material of the superconductor layers but with an atomic ratio which does not present a superconductivity characteristics. In addition, the superconductor layers and the insulator layer are continuously formed while supplying oxygen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidenori Nakanishi, Saburo Tanaka, Hideo Itozaki, Shuji Yazu
  • Patent number: 6075078
    Abstract: A method for producing a fast drying high solids adhesive wherein a water based polymer emulsion (latex) is modified with unemulsified elasticizing oils and reinforcing-tackifying resins to produce a stable emulsion of polymer, oil and resin without the use of additional emulsifiers or volatile organic solvents. When packaged in pressurizable canisters along with a suitable propellant, the adhesive may be sprayed through a suitable nozzle and deposited in a thin layer to form an adhesive film which has excellent bonding characteristics for many laminates such as fabric or textiles, wood, plastics, metals and rubber, and for adhering flooring materials such as carpet, linoleum, tiles and artificial grass to a variety of substrates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: XL Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Braud, Helen Grace Gilbreath
  • Patent number: 6071276
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method provides for the application of a cell treatment agent, such as genetic material or drugs to be inserted within the cells of a patient in vivo. The apparatus may be a catheter arrangement with various embodiments for applying heat to a patient's cells in vivo in order to improve transfection efficiency or application efficiency. Laser beams may be applied directly to the cells. Alternately, the cells may be heated by electrical heating, chemical heating, radio frequency heating, microwave heating, infrared heating, ultrasound heating, or indirect laser heating. Further, the treatment agent may be heated prior to its application to the patient such that the treatment agent heats the cells of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventor: George S. Abela
  • Patent number: 6064813
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an application integration tool for integrating applications into a data processing platform which includes structure for hosting applications, making it possible for applications editors and customers having at least one application to integrate, to configure the services of the platform so that the application will be supported by the platform as soon as it is installed. The integration tool allows any application to be integrated to benefit automatically from the services offered by the platform as soon as it is installed, and facilitates the launching of applications at a plurality of sites.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Bull S.A.
    Inventors: Gerard Sitbon, Christian Baillif, Armand Nachef
  • Patent number: 6059624
    Abstract: The display screen (11) is made of pixels (P) connected to one edge (11a) of the screen by wires (12) separated by a given pitch (s) so as to be controlled by respective terminals (18) of integrated circuits (16) outside the screen. The terminals (18) of each integrated circuit are disposed in a plurality of parallel rows (19) in which they are separated from one another by a pitch (Sm) equal to several times the pitch of the wires. Each integrated circuit is mounted on a connecting support (10) formed by an insulating film (21) carrying conductive tracks (23) connecting the terminals of the integrated circuit to the corresponding wires of the screen, the tracks extending substantially at the pitch of the wires. The mounting is done simply by collective reflow of bumps between the tracks (23) and the terminals (18), and the support (10) makes it possible to test the integrated circuits before they are mounted on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Bull S.A.
    Inventors: Gerard Dehaine, Thierry Fromont
  • Patent number: 6042497
    Abstract: A mechanical assembly is operable as a variable speed transmission. The output shaft has a rotational force at speeds variable from an input applied to an input shaft. The mechanical assembly is a transmission device using a "positive traction" effect with a differential using a speed control (control shaft or hydraulic device) of relatively small controlling power to control transmission of power from the input shaft to the output shaft. Planetary gearing at a two-to-one ratio is used to convert the speed and direction supplied by the speed control to the output axle. The power input is applied to a differential carrier by a shaft mounted opposite of and collinear to the output axle. This eliminates the ring gear and pinion normally required. The carrier of a planetary gearing is used for speed control and is connected to the control shaft by a one-to-one ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Larry T. Scott
  • Patent number: 6029233
    Abstract: Electrical circuit (5) arranged to move data blocks from a source memory unit (8, 9, 12) to a target memory unit (9, 12, 8) by a data path (5, 6, 7), to send, in a given order, requests to read blocks in the source memory, to generate an end marker in the request to read the last block of the source memory, to receive the blocks read, in the form of response messages, in the order in which the requests were sent, and to send requests to write the received blocks, in the target memory, during receiving of response messages until receiving a message from the source memory with the end marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Bull, S.A.
    Inventors: Jack Abily, Jean-Fran.cedilla.ois Autechaud, Christophe Dionet
  • Patent number: 6021886
    Abstract: An installation (1) for storing articles (2) and unloading them in batches (3), comprising a flexible element (5) constituting a conveyor loop which cooperates with rotating mechanisms (6-10) for guiding and driving its movement in a direction (C1, C2) along a polygonal path and carries means (5A) for receiving articles. A point (P1) is provided for loading articles (2) onto the conveyor element (5) and a point (P2, P3) is provided for unloading batches placed on the conveyor element on a straight section (5B, 5C) of the flexible element (5). Also included is a means (15A, 15B) for controlling the advance of the conveyor element to the various points (P1, P2, P3) and a device (16) for controlling the operation of the installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Sierem, S.A.
    Inventor: Maurice Remericq
  • Patent number: 6021437
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process and system for real-time monitoring of a data processing system for administration and maintenance support of the data processing system in the operating phase, which data processing system communicates in a client/server mode through interconnected networks (W), each client (WCL) comprising a browser (BRO) which supports a high-level hypertext language. Intelligent agents are installed in each server (WSE) for running, after the phrasing of client requests, a check on the status of each server, measuring and storing parameter information indicating the status and the behavior of the server at a given moment, which parameter information is automatically collected as a function of domains examined and systematically processed by the server so as to be offered in the form of presentation reports contained in dynamically evolving pages while the client's browser accesses the dynamic pages having the collected and processed information responding to a request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Bull S.A.
    Inventors: Ty-Foune Chen, Christian Caudrelier, Eric Espie, Tony Reix
  • Patent number: 6018795
    Abstract: For the obtainment of a unique number identifier called a ticket indentifying a task or an event in a multi-node data processing system (SYS), a master node (Ny) for distributing the ticket in the system is designated, and it includes a ticket generator (TICKy:VALy, SESSy, COUNTy) whose address (TICK.sub.-- ID) is stored in a reference register (REF) of each node. When a node (Nx) requests a ticket, it reads the address (TICK.sub.-- ID) in this register and thus accesses the ticket generator of the master node (Ny). A backup or substitute node (Ns) can replace the master node (Ny) in case of a failure (TICK-MISS).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Bull S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Boudou, Christian Billard, Daniel Daures
  • Patent number: 6012508
    Abstract: Metal strip (20) is cast from casting pool (68) of molten metal supported above nip (69) between chilled casting rolls (16). Molten metal is introduced into the casting pool by nozzle (19) having a trough (61) closed by a bottom floor (63). Metal is supplied to trough (61) in free-falling streams (65) which impinge on floor (63) and fan outwardly across the floor and through nozzle side openings (64) into the casting pool. Streams (65) are staggered longitudinally of the trough with respect to the side openings (64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignees: Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Indistries Limited, BHP Steel (JLA) Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: William John Folder
  • Patent number: 6009116
    Abstract: An integrated receiver decoder (IRD), commonly called a set-top box, has a global positioning system (GPS) receiver. The GPS receiver checks to see if the IRD is at an authorized location and allows descrambling of video signals only if the location is authorized. A central access control system, remote from the customers/viewers, has a high quality GPS receiver and sends some GPS data in the transmission medium used to send video signals to the customers. The set-top box, referred to as a customer access control, establishes different geographic restrictions on different of various video signals. Location-specific signals require that the set-top box be at a single fixed location for descrambling. Region-specific signals are accessible only if the set-top box is in a geographic region authorized for reception, there being several such regions. Large area signals are accessible anywhere within a large area including the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Philip A Rubin and Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Bednarek, Philip A. Rubin
  • Patent number: 6007642
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a low loss motor lamination steel having a relatively low alloy content, which has a composition such that the motor lamination steel is fully ferritic at all solid temperatures. The steel preferably includes 1.20-1.40 wt. % silicon, 0.25-0.40 wt. % aluminum, 0.15-0.30 wt. % manganese and not more than 0.005 wt. % carbon. The processes for producing the fully ferritic low loss motor lamination steel include a hot band anneal followed by cold rolling, and a two-stage or double cold roll process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: National Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Eric E. Gallo
  • Patent number: 6009472
    Abstract: In a multinode information system (SYS), a processor (Pxm) of a first node (Nx) emits a message of predetermined size (MESS) in the form of a write operation in the communication module (ISLx) of the first node and transmits it to the communication module (ISLy) of a second node (Ny), where it is stored in a queue of messages received (FIFO-MGT), in the order of their reception, then dequeued by a processor (Pyn) of the second node (Ny) in the form of a read operation in the communication module (ISLy) of this node so that the information contained in the message can be processed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Bull, S.A.
    Inventors: Alain Boudou, Henriette Derne
  • Patent number: 6003589
    Abstract: A nozzle for delivering molten metal to a casting pool of a twin roll strip caster is formed in two halves and comprises an upwardly opening trough (61) to receive falling supply streams of molten metal and outlet openings (64) at the bottom of the trough. Nozzle end formations (87) define reservoirs (88) to receive separate supply streams of molten metal and flow passages (95) to direct metal from the reservoirs across pool confining end closures of the caster. Each reservoir (88) is separated from trough (61) by an upstanding wall (70) which functions as a weir for metal in the reservoir such that metal can flow over it into the trough when the reservoir is full.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignees: Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Company Limited, BHP Steel (JLA) Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: William John Folder
  • Patent number: 6003545
    Abstract: A gas flow control device is provided in which a regulator body has an inlet bore and an outlet bore extending therein, into which inlet and outlet sleeves having highly polished inner surfaces are secured, with the inlet and outlet sleeves further having connected thereto, at an exterior of the regulator body, connectors for an inlet line, an inlet pressure gauge, an outlet line and and outlet pressure gauge. The inlet and outlet sleeves are made of corrosion-resistant tubing, as are the connectors, in a preferred embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Controls Corporation of America
    Inventors: Sande Dukas, Kevin Bailey, John Friedrichs, Robert Cooper, David Durkin
  • Patent number: 6001079
    Abstract: A multilumen catheter (1) of a type comprising two inner lumens (2, 3) defined by a wall (2A, 3A) for guiding a fluid (4), and two opposite ends (5, 6), namely a distal end (5) and a proximal end (6), characterized in that the distal end is formed of two elongated and discrete end portions (13, 14) located beyond a so-called dividing point (12) at a predetermined distance D1 from the proximal end (6), wherein said end portions, in a rest position of the catheter, extend parallel to the longitudinal axis thereof, each over a predetermined length (L1, L2) measurable between a free end (13A, 14A) and the dividing point (12), are each made of a flexible material, contain a segment of at least one lumen (2, 3) and have at least one channel (7, 8) for delivering and/or sampling the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: Thierry Pourchez
  • Patent number: 5997327
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a power connection device (1) which includes, on the one hand, a female part (2) with a lyre-shaped profile contained within and secured by an insulating support (3), which assembly is fixed inside a panel and is only accessible from one side, and on the other hand, a male part (6) to be plugged into said female part through said accessible side. This device is remarkable in that, in order to transfer high-intensity currents, the female part is composed of a thick, rigid multiclip (2) into which the male part, composed of a single thick plate (6), is inserted during the connection, which female part has a clamping zone (P) and which male part has a thickness (W) such that the insertion force is between 1.5 and 5 daN and that the resultant of the contact resistances is less than 60 N.OMEGA..
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Bull S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Vergne, Gilles Soulard
  • Patent number: 5999557
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a method and apparatus for thermal homogenization of molten metal in a heath of a electric arc furnace for steel production. The invention addresses the problem of lack of thermal homogenization by providing a lance which directs oxygen gas downwardly towards the surface of the bath and into the molten metal in a direction that diverges away from a direct line to a central region of the hearth through a horizontal divergence angle in the range of 10.degree. to 50.degree. thereby to enhance movement of the molten metal about the hearth and the direction of the gas is inclined downwardly to strike the nominal horizontal plane of the surface of the bath at an inclined angle in the range of 35.degree. to 50.degree. thereby to minimize splashing of the molten metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: The Broken Hill Proprietary Company
    Inventors: Neil Adrian Molloy, Grant Caffrey
  • Patent number: 5996252
    Abstract: A shoe having a replaceable sole pad for use by roofers is provided wherein the shoe has a thin lower flexible portion with a sheet or layer of hook fasteners of the hook-and-loop type fastener system disposed on a bottom surface thereof, and having a band secured thereto extending around a periphery of the shoe, and wherein a replaceable sole pad is provided having a sheet or layer of the corresponding loop elements provided on an upper surface thereof. The sole pad is constructed of a high density, closed-cell foam that provides greatly improved traction on roofing surfaces, thereby improving worker safety and productivity or efficiency, and provides adequate durability to make the shoe with the replaceable soles cost justifiable, when factoring in the improved productivity. The sole pad is installed and removed from the shoe in the conventional manner in which two object are fastened and unfastened by the use of hook-and-loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Daniel D. Cougar