Patents Represented by Law Firm Krass & Young
  • Patent number: 5373330
    Abstract: In a video cassette recorder (VCR) adapted for use in conjunction with a television (TV) receiver, a audio signal generator is used to produce an audio signal in response to key closures made on the VCR's remote unit with the TV speaker being used as an audio output device. In an alternative embodiment, the audio generator is in the form of a speech synthesizer which generates a human-voice message in response to commands entered via the keypad. The main VCR housing may alternatively come equipped with its own speaker, obviating the need to feed the audio signals to the TV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: Smart VCR Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael R. Levine
  • Patent number: 5363776
    Abstract: An inlet venturi for coal-side exhauster fan structure used to deliver pulverized coal to a combustion chamber. Generally, the inlet venturi has an axial length comparable to that of the exhauster fan inlet, resulting in a shallow, smooth transition angle from the venturi to whizzer ring or similar structure for guiding the coal flow into the center of the fan assembly. The inlet venturi includes a back plate or collar portion which prevents eddy effects and pressure drop between the venturi throat and the exhauster fan inlet, and further serves to accurately position the venturi in the exhauster fan inlet. The inventive inlet venturi structure additionally permits the removal of some or all of the "whizzer" structure commonly used on such fans, resulting in substantial savings in power needed to drive the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Sure Alloy Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Rickey E. Wark
  • Patent number: 5365282
    Abstract: A video recorder, adapted for use in conjunction with a remotely controllable unit associated with television recording and/or viewing, contains a remote-control signal transmitter to transmit control codes to the associated unit, and means to analyze the operation of the associated unit in response to the control codes. An electronic controller causes the transmitter to transmit test codes to the associated unit, then analyzes the resulting operation of the associated unit to determine its control codes, which it stores in a memory for later use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Smart VCR Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Michael R. Levine
  • Patent number: 5365378
    Abstract: The invention is a convex mirror for surveillance purposes, in combination with an advertising message, and the method of fabricating same. A removable mask is attached to the interior of the surface to be mirrored, and a non-reactive removable liquid mask is applied to the openings in the removable mask. The removable mask is removed, and a mirror material is applied to the surface. The liquid mask is allowed to solidify, then removed, leaving one or more transparent areas in the surface of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Paul Sorko-Ram
  • Patent number: 5364046
    Abstract: This invention is an automatic capture and docking mechanism for a pair of spacecraft. A largely passive capture mechanism disposed on a first spacecraft includes a concave cone section with the narrower interior end to admit a ball of a predetermined diameter. When tripped, a capture device restricts the diameter of passage for capture of the ball. In the release position passage for the ball is unrestricted. The capture device is preferably reset by the other spacecraft to release the ball. A docking mechanism disposed on the second spacecraft includes a convex cone section constructed to mate with the concave cone section, ball at the end of a cable and a boom. The cable may be extended from or retracted to the apex of the convex cone section. A rotary drive coupled to the convex cone section permits relative rotation of the spacecraft. The boom may be extended from or retracted into the second spacecraft. The spacecraft dock by directing the extended ball into the cylinder, where it is captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
    Inventors: Michael E. Dobbs, Peter Tchoryk, Jr., Donald B. Jones
  • Patent number: 5364112
    Abstract: A pair of wheel assemblies adapted to attach to the rear legs of a folding lawn chair so that the chair can be used to transport heavy or bulky items from a car to a picnic site. The cargo is carried on the seat of the chair. The chair can be used for conventional seating purposes with the wheels in position ready for operation. The wheels are brought into contact with the ground by tipping the chair rearward. Each wheel assembly can be rotated about the axis of its associated leg and locked into a plurality of positions, including the position in which, for stacking and storage purposes, the wheel lays flat against the plane of the chairs rear leg assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: William S. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5363523
    Abstract: A post-operative pillow includes a weight and means to removably secure the weight to the pillow, the function of the weight being to assist in the application of pressure to a localized area of the patient's body, for example to the chest area following open-heart surgery. In the preferred embodiment, the means to removably secure the weight to the pad includes a pocket formed on an outer portion of the pillow, with the weight being frictionally retained within the pocket. The weight is preferably in the form of an elongated washable pouch filled with a heavy material such as lead shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Linda M. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 5363907
    Abstract: A hose assembly suited for delivering viscous material to a dispenser nozzle at a controlled viscosity and temperature. The hose assembly includes a jacketed hose including an outer hose positioned around an inner hose carrying the mastic and defining an annular passage between the inner hose and the outer hose, and a hose cover assembly adapted to be releasably wrapped around a further remote hose carrying the mastic. The cover assembly includes an elongated strip of flexible material including generally parallel opposite longitudinal edges; a plurality of tubes embedded in the strip and running longitudinally through the strip; and coacting interengagable quick release means (such as a zipper) on the opposite longitudinal edges of the strip to enable the strip to be wrapped around the hose and secured in position around the hose by releasable interengagement of the quick release means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventors: Dave Dunning, William Cline
  • Patent number: 5362018
    Abstract: A T-shaped molded clip has an elongated base which can be taped at its ends to a harness, and a fastener stem extending from the middle of the base for attachment to a support. The base has a resilient longitudinal web allowing the base to be bent or hinged toward either side to conform to the harness, the amount of bending determined by the harness diameter. The base strips on either side of the web may be flat or concavely contoured on both sides of the clip for mating with the harness. Optionally, the base has two or more webs to enhance the flexibility for conformance to the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher J. Darr, Yasutaka Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5359322
    Abstract: A group of cabinets or other units each have a solenoid operated lock controlled by an electronic lock accessible by one or more electronic keys. The locks are linked together in a chain by power and data lines so that power is supplied through a single 12 volt transformer, and key codes are transmitted from a lock that reads a key to other locks, to open any cabinet programmed with an access code matching the transmitted key code. To limit power requirements, when one solenoid is being energized a busy signal is transmitted to prevent concurrent operation of other solenoids. A user installed master code stored in the lock and a corresponding master key are used to permit programming or erasing of other access key codes. A factory installed permanent reset code is stored in the lock and a secret algorithm known only to the manufacturer can derive the reset code from the cabinet serial number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Stanley Home Automation
    Inventor: James S. Murray
  • Patent number: 5358137
    Abstract: A bulk liquid container including a pallet defining an annular outer peripheral portion defining an upwardly facing annular seat and a central platform portion within the outer peripheral portion; an annular cage including an annular sidewall structure and an annular lower edge positioned on the annular seat; and a bulk liquid bottle positioned in the sleeve with its sidewall structure juxtaposed to the sleeve sidewall structure and its bottom positioned on the platform portion. The pallet defines an upstanding rim extending around the annular seat and a plurality of circumferentially spaced channels opening inwardly of the annular seat and above the seat. A plurality of straps extend through openings in the rim and through an opening in the lower annular portion of the cage for passage into a respective channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: Sotralentz, S.A.
    Inventors: Lyle H. Shuert, Claude Decroix
  • Patent number: 5359387
    Abstract: A photographic process for institutional groups in which several exposures are taken of each subject in the group. After the film is developed, the negatives are printed in proof form on a single sheet of proof paper and an order form is simultaneously printed on the same sheet of proof paper to create a combined print and order form. The combined print and order form is delivered to the subject with an envelope including information with respect to packages symbolically identified on the order form, the subject marks the order form to indicate the packages desired for each proof print, the subject returns the marked combined print and order form with payment in the envelope to the photographic lab and the photographic lab, produces final photographic prints from the order information contained on the combined print and order form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Ray Hicks
  • Patent number: 5355728
    Abstract: A balancing station includes a vertical spindle having a collet for frictionally engaging the center hole of a wheel. A motor driven drum is mounted on an arm which is moved by an actuator to urge the drum against the wheel with a radial force so that it can frictionally drive the wheel. An idler drum or a second driven drum mounted on a similar arm on the opposite side of the wheel is moved by an actuator to engage the wheel at a location diametrically opposite the driven drum to apply a radial force to the wheel equal and opposite to the force from the driven drum. The arms are symmetrically mounted with respect to the spindle so that the two drums will contact diametrically opposite locations on the wheel for any size wheel over a large size range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Balance Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Hartmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5356400
    Abstract: An apparatus for draining a biological substance from a collection bag attached to a patient. The apparatus includes a large bore, thin walled drainage tube which expands to have a substantially circular cross-sectional configuration when a biological substance such as fecal material passes therethrough, and collapses into a substantially flat cross-sectional configuration when the tube is empty. A connector in the form of two adhesively coated, resilient, fluid impervious pieces of sheet material is used to connect the large bore drainage tube to the collection bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: John E. Temple
  • Patent number: 5355767
    Abstract: A system for locating microwave radiation sources such as radar, jamming equipment and the like, employs a cannon launched shell including a frequency scanning receiver for the microwave emissions. Received information is processed on the shell and can derive signals that are used to modulate a telemetry transmitter. A ground base telemetry receiver associated with the launching cannon, includes means for processing the signals to derive the location of the microwave sources relative to the shell, and for processing information relating to the shell launch to determine its instantaneous position and attitude. The location of the sources relative to the launch site is then calculated and is used to aim the cannon and destroy the emission site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
    Inventor: Yuji Morita
  • Patent number: 5355215
    Abstract: Measurement of the fluorescence of a layer of cells, disposed in a well, with supernatant liquid thereabove, is greatly enhanced in sensitivity by illuminating the cell layer with a beam of light incident thereupon at a first angle and detecting fluorescence emitted by the cells with a detector which views the illuminated cells at a second angle, wherein at least one of the first or second angles is oblique to the cell layer. By so controlling the geometry of the system, the contribution to background fluorescence by the supernatant liquid is greatly minimized. Sensitivity of the technique is further enhanced by restricting the portion of the illuminated cell layer which is viewed by the detector. The technique may be applied to an apparatus for rapidly scanning the fluorescence of a plurality of samples in a multiple well plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Assignee: Environmental Research Institute of Michigan
    Inventors: Kirk Schroeder, Brad Neagle
  • Patent number: 5354994
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining the edge of an individual frame of photographic film on a strip of photographic film being moved along a photographic film transport path. A plurality of light sensors are positioned in a substantially linear array substantially perpendicular to and on one side of the path and a light is shined through the film toward the array of light sensors as the strip passes along the path. By sensing the level of illumination incident upon each of the sensors and comparing the level of illumination incident thereon with a predetermined level corresponding to a known degree of opacity associated with the interframe border between individual frames on the film, the presence of a film edge can be determined when the level of illumination associated with a predetermined number of tile sensors corresponds to a degree of opacity at least as great as the predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventor: Ray Hicks
  • Patent number: D351538
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: Sidney E. Gatewood
  • Patent number: D351806
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Assignee: 1uard-Tech Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Bert S. Bedrosian
  • Patent number: D353065
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: RJ Marketing Co.
    Inventors: Annette Greenlee, Rein J. Mozer