Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Lackenbach Siegel Marzullo Aronson & Greenspan, P.C.
  • Patent number: 6385314
    Abstract: A control system for transmission devices equipped with a high-efficiency coding scheme in a communication network which avoids degradation of the quality of an acoustic signal for transmission and permits an efficient transfer of the acoustic signal. The control system has a structure in which: information on a high-efficiency coding scheme used in the preceding transmission device is sent to the current exchange from the preceding one through the use of an out-band signaling system for transmitting and receiving a call control signal via a channel different from a speech channel; and based on the information sent to the current exchange, second-placed transmission devices connected to the current and following exchanges avoid effectively decoding/coding of the acoustic signal transferred thereto, or the use of these transmission devices is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Kokusai Denshin Denwa Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Nobuo Furuya
  • Patent number: 6373393
    Abstract: A fire detection device comprises a detection element to convert the infrared ray energy into the electric signal, a first extracting unit to extract the signal of a first prescribed frequency range including the flicker frequency of a fire from the output signal of the detection element, a second extracting unit to extract the signal of a second prescribed frequency range including no flicker frequency of a fire but including the frequency on the higher frequency side than that of the first prescribed frequency range from the output signal of the detection element, and a judging unit to judge a fire based on the output signal of the first extracting unit and the output signal of the second extracting unit. The fire detection device is capable of surely discriminating and detecting the flame from other infrared ray energy generation source. A band pass filter or the like need not be increased in number, and the increase in the product price can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Assignee: Hochiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hidenari Matsukuma, Hiroshi Shima, Masato Aizawa
  • Patent number: 6365920
    Abstract: The present invention relates to electronics and especially to semiconductors. It is an improved embodiment of a luminescent diode, intended to increase the radiated power thereof. The device concerned is realized in the form of a securing device comprising a back plate and binding screws. The luminescent diode cover resembles a polyspherical lens with a cylindrical base having guide rods relative to the positionning openings provided in the back plate. The thickness of the back plate is equal to or larger than four thicknesses of light transmitter crystal. The crystal is fastened on the flat portion of the conical reflecting surface formed on the back plate. The depth of the conical surface exceeds two thicknesses of light transmitter crystal, and the resting area of the crystal has a diameter larger than the diagonal of its lower limit, but does not exceed the value of said diagonal by more than one and a half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Korvet Lights
    Inventors: Vladimir Semyonovich Abramov, Nikolai Mikhailovich Belenkov, Sergei Dmitrievich Denisov, Nikolai Valentinovich Scherbakov, Lev Alexeevich Uvarov
  • Patent number: 6366424
    Abstract: A magnetic tape apparatus including a cradle movably disposed on a chassis and used for supporting a tape cassette, and a cassette loading mechanism for interlocking the cradle with a driving unit via a moving rod which is reciprocated by the driving unit. The cradle is slightly moved backward when the cradle in a forward standby state is loaded with the tape cassette and by moving the moving rod forward using the driving unit upon detection of the slight backward movement of the cradle, and the cradle is moved backward horizontally before being moved down, so that the tape cassette is set in a predetermined position on the chassis. The driving unit has a first pinion which is rotated forward and backward and a first rack integrally formed with the moving rod and made to engage with the first pinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 6360367
    Abstract: A program-viewing inhibition device comprises a memory for storing inhibition level data indicative of a predetermined level of unsuitability rating of a broadcasting program, a control section for determining whether or not an input channel received is acceptable by comparing inhibition level data extracted from a broadcast signal of an received input channel with the inhibition level data read out of the memory, and for changing the input channel to another channel when it is judged that the input channel is unacceptable or to be rejected for its viewing. Accordingly, a manual operation to change the input channel to the substitute channel when the input channel is unacceptable for viewing can be eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6357120
    Abstract: An adjustable safety utility knife includes an elongated ergonomically shaped handle formed of two elongate shell members each having a peripheral edge and an outer generally convex surface and an inner generally concave surface. The shell members are fastened at the peripheral edges along a vertical parting plane to form an elongated internal cavity. The handle defines a front end, a back end and an intermediate portion suitable for being gripped by a user and also defining top and bottom surfaces extending along opposite sides of the shell members along the peripheral edges. The handle has a slot-like aperture at the front end substantially aligned with the parting plane and dimensioned for passage of a flat cutting blade therethrough. A guide element within the elongated cavity guides the cutting blade between a first position for safely storing the blade fully inside the cavity and a second position for selectively extending the blade beyond the aperture to expose at least a portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Olympia Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Zareh Khachatoorian, Qui Jian Ping
  • Patent number: 6360174
    Abstract: An ink level detecting apparatus comprises an ink cartridge, which is to be mounted in a printer, having an ID including cartridge type information and an identifying code, a fundamental data storing section for previously storing cartridge type information and ink capacity information associated therewith of ink cartridges which are to be mounted in the printer; a counting section for counting the number of ink dots jetted from the ink cartridge; an ink quantity storing section for storing residual ink quantities in ink cartridges mounted on the printer in association with identifying codes thereof; an ink quantity calculating section for reading the ID of the ink cartridge mounted in the printer to read out the residual ink quantity from the ink quantity storing section based on the identifying code in the ID, to read out the ink capacity from the fundamental data storing section based on the type information in the ID only when the residual ink quantity associated with the identifying code is absent in the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mikio Shoki
  • Patent number: 6354944
    Abstract: This invention was devised in order to create a favourable playing environment in a video game by automatically providing an optimum viewpoint without placing a burden on the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Assignee: Sega Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Takahashi, Akira Nishino, Yusuke Yoshida, Takeshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6349621
    Abstract: A wrench for applying a force to a work piece comprises a handle having proximal and distal ends, top and bottom edges and a slot extending therethrough with a groove extending downward from the slot. A fixed jaw is mounted at the distal end of the handle having an inner, contact surface for contacting the work piece, and a moveable jaw is pivotally mounted at the distal end of the handle having an inner, contact surface for contacting the work piece. A spring is mounted in the handle having a distal end in contact with the moveablejaw for biasing the moveable jaw toward the fixed jaw. A slidable button is mounted on the top edge of the handle, with a spring mounted between the slidable button and the top edge of the handle. A connector is provided having a distal end fixedly attached to the moveable jaw and a proximal end fixedly attached to the slidable button by a pin. In operation, the pin rides in the slot and fits in the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: Olympia Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Zareh Khachatoorain
  • Patent number: 6347186
    Abstract: A disc playback device reproduces either a video disc or an audio disc which is loaded and includes a digest playback device for reproducing each track of the video disc for a predetermined time and a scan playback device for reproducing each track on the audio disc for a predetermined time. A special playback instructing device instructs the disc playback device to reproduce each track of the disc which is loaded, for a predetermined time, and a disc type judging device is used for judging the type of disc to be reproduced. A special playback control device operates such that when the special playback instructing device issues an instruction to play back, if the result of judgment by the disc type judging device shows a video disc, the special playback control device drives the digest playback device, and if the result of judgment by the disc type judging device shows an audio disc, the special playback control device drives the scan playback device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenichi Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6340189
    Abstract: A universal device facilitates egress and/or ingress of a passenger from a vehicle having a door opening through which any passenger and/or driver can move into and out of a seat in the vehicle, and has a post or pillar to one side of the individual's seat. The device includes an elongate member having a handle at one end suitable for being gripped by the passenger. The other end of the elongate member is formed with an engaging member or element for securing the elongate member on a lateral surface of the post in proximity to the seated user. In one form, the engaging members or elements are in the form of tapered bodies having a smaller apex at one end and gradually increasing in thickness with or without an indented, scalloped edge to facilitate and to secure insertion of the engaging member through an upper opening of a striker mounted on the lateral surface of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: N/Amp Company, Inc.
    Inventor: William Pordy
  • Patent number: 6334250
    Abstract: A cable holder for holding a flexible flat cable having a film portion, flat wires running in the film portion, a reinforcement portion where a reinforcement sheet is attached and notches formed respectively in opposite side edges of the reinforcement portion, to electrically connecting the flexible flat cable to a connector, the cable holder comprises: a holder body; a holder guide portion provided with the holder body, wherein an inner shape of the holder guide corresponds to an outer shape of the connector; and a cable holding portion having protuberances formed on the cable holding portion, for engaging respectively in the notches for holding the reinforcement portion of the flexible flat cable such that a distal end of the flexible flat cable projects into the holder guide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Osamu Maeda, Kunio Sawai
  • Patent number: 6330749
    Abstract: An adjustable safety utility knife includes an elongated ergonomically shaped handle formed of two elongate shell members each having a peripheral edge and an outer generally convex surface and an inner generally concave surface. The shell members are fastened at the peripheral edges along a vertical parting plane to form an elongated internal cavity. The handle defines a front end, a back end and an intermediate portion suitable for being gripped by a user and also defining top and bottom surfaces extending along opposite sides of the shell members along said peripheral edges. The handle has a slot-like aperture at the front end substantially aligned with the parting plane and dimensioned for passage of a flat cutting blade therethrough. A guide element within the elongated cavity guides the cutting blade between a first position for safely storing the blade fully inside said cavity and a second position for selectively extending the blade beyond the aperture to expose at least a portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Assignee: Olympia Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Zareh Khachatoorian, Jian Ping Qiu
  • Patent number: 6325340
    Abstract: A space capable of readily mounting wires having different diameters and reliably preventing displacement of the wires with a simple structure is provided. This spacer is provided with a mounting hole capable of mounting wires having different diameters, and a hook and a hook receiver are provided on opposite end surfaces of a substantially V-shaped release portion. Any wire is fixed by simply inserting the wire into the release portion for mounting the same on the mounting hole and thereafter hanging the hook on the hook receiver. Thus, wires having different diameters can be readily mounted and reliably prevented from displacement with a simple structure. The wires can be readily mounted and dismounted by the hook and the hook receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 6311394
    Abstract: A combination 37-wire unilay stranded conductor includes a 19-wire stable unilay construction includes two layers of wires on a core wire, each having a diameter D, to define a hexagon that circumscribes the 19 nineteen wires. A corner wire is positioned at each corner of the hexagon, the corner wires being formed to provide bearing surfaces facing radially outwardly and defining a circle having a diameter of approximately 4.7 D. A third layer of wires includes a smaller diameter wire having a diameter of approximately 0.8 D contacting each bearing surface, and pairs of two wires each having diameters D are positioned between the smaller wires and are nested in a recess formed by two wires in a preceding underlying layer to define a substantially circular outer cable configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Nextrom, Ltd.
    Inventor: Paul White
  • Patent number: 6313548
    Abstract: A power switching device includes a switching relay for supplying power to a main circuit by switching between power from a main power supply and power from a supplementary power supply, and a control unit for controlling the switching relay. The control unit includes a voltage detecting unit for detecting a voltage value of the power supplied by either the main power supply or the supplementary power supply. The power switching device includes a first switch assisting unit, composed of semiconductor switching elements, for feeding the power from the main power supply to the main circuit when the voltage detecting unit detects that the voltage value of the power is above a predetermined value, and a second switch assisting unit, composed of semiconductor switching elements, for feeding the power from the supplementary power supply to the main circuit when the voltage detecting unit detects that the voltage value of the power is below the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Assignee: Hochiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Mitsuhiro Kurimoto
  • Patent number: 6307335
    Abstract: A Braun tube discharge apparatus that includes a so-called spot killer function. In the apparatus, an operational amplifier included in a vertical IC receives a vertical ramp signal from a one-chip IC at the non-inversion input terminal. The operational amplifier also receives a part of the output as a negative feedback to the inversion input terminal, and performs differential amplification of it and transmits the results to a vertical deflection coil. At the time a spot killer circuit discharges a remaining electrical charge held by a Braun tube when the power is turned off, a switching transistor is rendered conductive by using a spot killer pulse signal that instructs the activation of the spot killer circuit. When the negative feedback input side of the operational amplifier drops to the ground level, the center DC value of the vertical output signal is increased, and the amplitude is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Okabe
  • Patent number: 6301125
    Abstract: A unit with shield includes a sub-circuit board (20). This sub-circuit board (20) is covered by a first shield plate (12) and second shield plate (14) engaged with each other through the sub-circuit board (20), and inserted in a hole (24) formed in a main circuit board (22). At this time, a first spring (36a) and second spring (36b), formed in an insertion (34) of the first shield plate (12), urges the sub-circuit board 20 against one surface of the hole (24), thereby fixing the sub-circuit board 20 in the hole (24). Also, the main circuit board (22) is clamped by an abutment portion (20a) formed in the sub-circuit board 20 and a removal preventing portion (38) formed in the first shield plate (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Maeda
  • Patent number: 6298350
    Abstract: Inventions relating to the field of information technologies provide an appropriate account of “user's profile”, i.e. user's information need, and supply a user with data about the content of the whole complex of processed information materials in a integrated form with a quantitative evaluation of relative covering, in processed materials, various components of “user's profile” both separately and in relations thereof. The presence of data in materials being processed relating to elements of “user's profile” is detected and these data are demonstrated in visual or audiovisual forms local structures, i.e. graphs reflecting a character of relationship of each independent sense fragment of materials being processed with the mentioned elements, are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Gosudar-Stvenny Nauchno- Tekhnichesky Tsentr Giperinformatsionnykh Tekhnology (GNTTS “GINTEKH”)
    Inventors: Anatoliy Semenovich Lakayev, Vasiliy Nikolayevich Ivanov, Igor Mikhailovich Kornev, Vitaliy Anatolyevich Yakovenko, Marina Alekseevna Bevz
  • Patent number: 6295755
    Abstract: A device supporting the arm of a fisherman using a spinning-type fishing rod having a cylindrical rod handle, comprising an adjustable rotatable arm cradle supporting the upper forearm of the fisherman, a partially cylindrical elongated handle support member defining a partially cylindrical compartment that holds a selected area of the fishing rod handle in alignment with the arm cradle, an adjustable post connecting the arm cradle means with the handle, and an adjustable clamp for removably gripping the rod handle to the handle support. The arm cradle is rotatable to a selected angle relative to the rod handle and is removably lockable at the selected angle. The connecting post can be lengthened or shortened to a selected position and removably locked at that position. The clamp that presses the fishing rod handle against the top of the holding compartment of the handle support member is adjustable by means of a vertical screw that raises or lowers the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: Michael Macaluso