Patents Represented by Attorney Larry J. Guffey
  • Patent number: 8282036
    Abstract: A multi-wing, airfoil fuselage aircraft that is capable of flying in a ground-effect mode includes a main airfoil fuselage wing, a fin that extends vertically from this wing, a pivot mount that is affixed to the fin, an auxiliary wing that connects to the pivot mount so as to allow its angle of attack to be adjusted and changed during different flight conditions, a main landing gear, an adjustable-length, stabilizing landing gear, assorted control surfaces that are movably affixed to the auxiliary wing and fin, and a ground-effect control system that is adapted to control the operation and movement of these control surfaces when the aircraft is flying in a ground-effect mode of flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen H. Funck
  • Patent number: 8211107
    Abstract: The intramedullary fixation device for use in fixing the relative position between a tubular bone and an adjoining bone has, according to the present invention, an intramedullary nail that is inserted into the medullary canal of the tubular bone whose position is to be fixed, an elongated blade for insertion into the adjoining bone whose position is to be fixed relative to that of the tubular bone, a coupling element for fixing and locking the relative position of the nail and blade after their insertion, and a means for locating and positioning within the bones to-be-treated the nail and blade. Furthermore, the blade has a cross-sectional shape that is configured in consideration of the geometry of the bone into which the blade is to-be-placed and so as to enhance the ability of the blade to stabilize the bone, and these elements are configured so that they do not have to be decouple during the process of inserting the nail and blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Concepts In Medicine, LLC
    Inventors: Brent G. Parks, Christopher Chiodo, Lew C. Schon
  • Patent number: 8116499
    Abstract: A method of improving the “tight space” usefulness of a unidirectional microphone of the type having an otherwise screw-together headpiece and handle, includes the steps of: (a) fabricating an adapter having male- and female-threaded ends and a cavity of a specified volume that extends between these ends, and where each of these ends has a centerline and these intersect at a prescribed angle, (b) fabricating the adapter's cavity so that its volume is approximately equivalent to that of the volume of handle's acoustic chamber, and (c) connecting the adapter's male-threaded end to the handle and its female-threaded end to the headpiece in such a manner as to not appreciably change the frequency response characteristics of the microphone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventors: John Grant, Antonino Correlli
  • Patent number: 8061085
    Abstract: To further prevent stairway falls, an otherwise conventional handrail, of the type that is mounted on the sidewall of a stairway and has an upper portion which is configured to be easily grasped by one utilizing, is modified by providing it with a two-part cavity in the interior of the handrail, with its first part being a slot that extends from the handrails' exterior surface and its second part being a bore that is situated in the handrail's interior and joined with the slot so as to make the bore accessible from the handrail's exterior surface. This modified handrail is also to provided with a wrist securing device that works in cooperation with the handrail's cavity for keeping the wrist of a user in close proximity to the handrail when the user is traversing the stairway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: John S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7954505
    Abstract: A mobile, emergency apparatus that can be used to minimize the flood damage to the property in rooms that experience ceiling or roof water leaks includes: (a) a container that has exterior and interior surfaces that include a bottom and sidewalls with free edges that form the rim of an opening to the container's interior surface which also includes an aperture, (b) a plurality of hinges that are attached proximate the container's rim, (c) a plurality of extendible leashes that are attached to the hinges and with each of these leashes having a free end to which is attached an anchor, and (d) a liquid impermeable membrane that has an outer edge and an opening, with this opening having an edge that is attached around the perimeter of the container's aperture, and wherein the container, membrane and hose are sized so that the membrane and hose are storable in the container when the apparatus is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Matthew Odachowski
  • Patent number: 7938229
    Abstract: An improved marine emergency rope ladder apparatus includes: (a) a continuous piece of rope knotted so as to form a safety ladder having a top and a bottom-free end, two side pieces that form a loop at the top of the ladder which is used to attach the top of the ladder to the surface to which it is to be affixed, and a plurality of rungs extending between these side pieces, (b) a pull rope whose top end is attached proximate the free end of the ladder and whose length is such that its bottom end is place proximate a water surface to which the ladder is to be extended, (c) a covering for the ladder in the form of a sleeve with a top flap and a means for releasably connecting the covering's bottom portion so that it can support the weight of the ladder fitted within the covering, and wherein this releasable means is configured so that a pull on the pull rope causes the releasable means to open the covering's bottom so as to allow the free end of the ladder to fall to the water below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Rebecca M. Davies
  • Patent number: 7775456
    Abstract: A fluidic device, that operates on a pressurized liquid flowing through it to generate an oscillating spray having desired three-dimensional flow characteristics, includes a member that has fabricated within it at least two liquid flow channels that are configured in the form of a fluidic circuit having an inlet and an outlet and a centerline therebetween. These flow channels are further configured so that the straight line projections of their centerlines, that extend from their outlets, intersect at a prescribed intersection angle, ?, and the outlets are separated by a characteristic separation distance, “w.” We have found that the values of the intersection angle, ?, and separation distance, “w,” can be are chosen so as to yield the desired three-dimensional flow characteristics of the spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Bowles Fluidics Corporation
    Inventors: Shridhar Gopalan, Gregory Russell
  • Patent number: 7677480
    Abstract: For those spray applications that use a fluidic oscillator of the type that generates a spray by having a pressurized liquid flow through the oscillator and exhaust into a surrounding environment, and where such an oscillator has a boundary surface which has fabricated into it a channel in the form of what is referred to herein as fluidic circuit, an improved enclosure for this oscillator includes: a body having an interior and an exterior surface, wherein a portion of this interior surface is configured to attach to the oscillator boundary surface so as to form with the oscillator's channel an enclosed pathway through which the to-be-sprayed liquid may flow, and wherein a segment of this interior surface is configured so as to yield specified properties of the resulting spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Bowles Fluidics Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Russell, Keith Berning, Russell D. Hester
  • Patent number: 7651036
    Abstract: A fluidic oscillator suitable for use at colder temperatures for utilizing a pressurized liquid to generate a uniform spatial distribution of droplets has (a) an inlet for the pressurized liquid, (b) a set of three power nozzles that are fed by the pressurized liquid, (c) an interaction chamber attached to the nozzles and which receives the flow from the nozzles, wherein this chamber has an upstream and a downstream portion, with the upstream portion having a pair of boundary edges and a longitudinal centerline that is approximately equally spaced between the edges, and wherein one of the power nozzles is directed along the chamber's longitudinal centerline, (d) a throat from which the liquid exhausts from the interaction chamber, and (e) an island located in the interaction chamber, with this island being situated downstream of the power nozzle that is directed along the chamber's longitudinal centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Bowles Fluidics Corporation
    Inventor: Shridhar Gopalan
  • Patent number: 7478764
    Abstract: An improved fluidic insert, that operates on a pressurized liquid flowing through the insert to generate a jet of liquid that flows from said insert and into the surrounding gaseous environment to form a spray of liquid droplets, includes: (a) a member having top, front and rear outer surfaces, (b) a fluidic circuit located within this top surface and having an inlet, an outlet and a channel whose floor and sidewalls connect the inlet and outlet, and a barrier located proximate the outlet that rises from the channel floor and is configured such that: (i) it divides the channel in the region of the barrier into what are herein denoted as two power nozzles, and (ii) each of these nozzles has a downstream portion that is configured so as to cause the liquid flowing from the nozzles to generate flow vortices behind the barrier that are swept out of the outlet in such a manner as to control the lateral rate of spread of liquid droplets from the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Bowles Fluidics Corporation
    Inventor: Shridhar Gopalan
  • Patent number: 7472848
    Abstract: A fluidic oscillator suitable for use at colder temperatures for generating an exhaust flow in the form of an oscillating spray of fluid droplets has an inlet for pressurized fluid, a pair of power nozzles configured to accelerate the movement of the pressurized fluid, a fluid pathway that connects and allows for the flow of pressurized fluid between its inlet and the power nozzles, an interaction chamber which is attached to the nozzles and receives the flow from the nozzles, a fluid outlet from which the spray exhausts from the interaction chamber, and, at each power nozzle, a step in the height elevation of the floor of the power nozzle with respect to that of the interaction chamber for increasing the instability of the flow from the power nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Bowles Fluidics Corporation
    Inventors: Shridhar Gopalan, Gregory Russell
  • Patent number: 7465050
    Abstract: A device for measuring the three-dimensional movements of an eye includes: (a) a mark array that identifies prescribed positions on the eye whose movements are to be measured, (b) a digital camera for capturing the two-dimensional images of this marker array as the eye is moved, (c) a light source that illuminates the marker array with an output that is outside the spectral range of the camera, (d) light source that are used to align the camera's optical axis with the center of the eye, (e) an algorithm for computing the three-dimensional positions of the marker array from the information contained in the captured digital images , and (f) a base for fixing the position of the camera relative to the position of the eye, wherein the materials of the marker array are chosen so that the array has the ability to, when illuminated as described above, give off energy that is in the spectral range of the device's camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: The Johns Hopkins University
    Inventors: Americo A. Migliaccio, Charles C. Della Santina, Hamish G. MacDougall
  • Patent number: 7357565
    Abstract: An improved injector which mixes a secondary fluid into a carrier fluid stream has (a) a body for directing the flow of the carrier fluid, this body having an internal wall forming a flow passage therethrough, a central axis, an inlet, an outlet, and a port for receiving the secondary fluid that is mixed with the carrier fluid, (b) a ramp-like restriction portion which is located downstream of the body's inlet and upstream of the secondary fluid port and configured so as to decrease the effective cross-sectional area of the flow passage in the direction of the flow of the carrier fluid, (c) a ramp-like expansion portion which is located downstream of the secondary fluid port and upstream of the body's outlet and configured so as to increase the effective cross-sectional area of the flow passage in the direction of the flow of the carrier fluid, (d) a throat portion which is situated between the restriction and expansion portions, and (e) a cavity in the throat that extends from its internal wall and into the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Bowles Fluidics Corporation
    Inventors: Shridhar Gopalan, Shawn Martin, Alan S. Romack
  • Patent number: 7354008
    Abstract: A fluidic nozzle, for use with a trigger spray applicator that issues a desired spray pattern of fluid droplets, and wherein the applicator has a liquid delivering orifice and an exterior surface proximate the orifice that is configured to receive a spray nozzle, includes in a first preferred embodiment a member having a front and a rear surface and a passage that extends between these surfaces. A portion of this passage is configured in the form of a fluidic circuit, and the configuration of this fluidic circuit is chosen so as to provide the desired spray pattern. Additionally, the passage's rear portion may be configured so as to allow this member to fit on that portion of the spray head which is configured to receive a spray nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Bowles Fluidics Corporation
    Inventors: Russell D. Hester, Rosa Korobkov, Alan Santamarina, Steve Crockett, Shridhar Gopalan
  • Patent number: 7333887
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for an aviation system to manage the temporal assignment of airport gates for use by a plurality of aircratf includes the steps of: (a) collecting and storing data, (b) processing the data to predict the trajectories of the aircraft, (c) processing the data to predict the loads imposed on the ground resources and gates (d) processing the data, trajectories and loads to identify the various possible ways to distribute the ground system resources and assign the gates so as to meet the time constraints of the predicted trajectories and loads, and (e) assigning to each of the plurality of aircraft a gate for use for a prescribed period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventors: R. Michael Baiada, Lonnie H. Bowlin
  • Patent number: 7329197
    Abstract: An improved alignable pulley or sheave assembly includes: (a) a shaft having a rotational axis and an exterior surface which has a portion that is spherically shaped, (b) a pulley having a perimeter and a central opening with an interior surface that is configured so as to allow the pulley to be mounted on shaft's spherical shaped portion, and (c) a means for locking the shaft and pulley together such that they rotate together while also enabling the pulley to tilt from side to side with respect to a plane that lies perpendicular to the shaft's rotational axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Inventors: Robert M. Gearhart, Donald N. Clark, Kraig A. Clark
  • Patent number: 7303532
    Abstract: A method for collecting air-transportable evidence samples from objects and clothing: (a) utilizes a collection tube having open upstream and downstream ends, and at a point between these ends a constriction in the cross-sectional area of the tube, (b) utilizes an applicator stick having proximate and distal ends, the length of this stick being less than the length of the collection tube between its constriction and downstream end, and the distal end of this stick having an air permeable tip, (c) places the proximate end of the applicator stick in the upstream end of tube, (d) orients the stick so that its tip is proximate the tube constriction, and (e) imposes a suction force on the downstream end of the tube so that any air-transportable evidence sample proximate the upstream end of the collection tube is sucked into the tube and becomes lodged on the stick's tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Salvatore J. Bianca
  • Patent number: 7267290
    Abstract: A fluidic oscillator suitable for use at colder temperatures for generating an exhaust flow in the form of an oscillating spray of fluid droplets has an inlet for pressurized fluid, a pair of power nozzles configured to accelerate the movement of the pressurized fluid, a fluid pathway that connects and allows for the flow of pressurized fluid between its inlet and the power nozzles, an interaction chamber which is attached to the nozzles and receives the flow from the nozzles, a fluid outlet from which the spray exhausts from the interaction chamber, and a means for increasing the instability of the flow from the power nozzles, with this means being situated in a location chosen from the group consisting of a location within the fluid pathway or proximate the power nozzles. In a first preferred embodiment, the flow instability generating means comprises a protrusion that extends inward from each side of the fluid pathway so as to cause a flow separation region downstream of the protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Assignee: Bowles Fluidics Corporation
    Inventors: Shridhar Gopalan, Gregory Russell
  • Patent number: 7247116
    Abstract: A motor suitable for use in a medical imaging environment has (a) a cylindrical outer gear having a bore with a centerline and an internal surface with circumferentially distributed and radially directed teeth, (b) a means for mounting this outer gear such that it is constrained to move in rotational motion about its centerline, (c) a cylindrical planetary gear having a bore and an external surface having circumferentially distributed and radially directed teeth, (d) a means located within the planetary gear bore for applying a fluid pressure driven force to cause it to move in translational-circular motion about the outer gear's centerline, and (e) wherein the teeth of these gears are configured so as to cooperate such that the translational-circular motion of the planetary gear causes the rotational movement of the outer gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: The John Hopkins University
    Inventors: Dan Stoianovici, Louis R. Kavoussi
  • Patent number: D547516
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Fan Cans, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Wolford, Clint Jorgenson, Larry Ethan Burd