Patents Represented by Law Firm Larson, Taylor and Hinds
  • Patent number: 4261463
    Abstract: A suture package is provided comprising an outer sealed package and an inner sterile suture containing package. The inner suture containing package comprises pairs of heat sealed plastic sheets which form a series of pockets which are open at one end. Each of these pockets is adapted to contain a pre-reeled suture disposed within an envelope. Two rows of pockets are sealed together so as to be offset both laterally and vertically to provide a pair of rows of suture containing pockets which are offset with respect to each other for easy access. A portion of the suture within each envelope extends outwardly of the end of the envelope so that the suture may be grasped and withdrawn from the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Assignee: Howmedica Inc.
    Inventor: William Shave
  • Patent number: 4261328
    Abstract: A whistling teakettle with an attached food boiling device is disclosed which is especially suitable for soft-boiling eggs and the like. Both the teakettle and the boiling device are designed to be exposed to a burner surface. However, due to the decreased volume of water in the boiling device, this water boils sooner than the water in the teakettle. Thus, a food, such as eggs, placed in the boiling device is cooked during the same time that water in the teakettle reaches a boil and causes the teakettle to "whistle". By measuring the volume of water in the teakettle, the "whistle" of the teakettle is used as a timed alarm for the cooking of the eggs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Inventor: Norbert A. Kirk
  • Patent number: 4261382
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrically operated condensate drain valve arrangement for draining condensate from a fluid transfer system, the arrangement comprising a condensate drain valve (3), an electronic circuit (5 or 21) for controlling operation of the valve, and at least one sensing element (1 or 19 and 20) for insertion in the fluid transfer system to trigger the electronic circuit for operating the valve when a predetermined condition in the system is sensed by the sensing element; the electronic circuit including a delay means (10) imparting a desired minimum period between successive particular operations of the valve. In one use the predetermined condition is that condensate level is below the sensing element and the circuit is triggered to close the valve when this condition is sensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Assignee: Loomhurst, Limited
    Inventor: Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 4261158
    Abstract: A receiving device for bruisable objects having obliquely and downwardly extending receiving members, which can yield downwardly and outwardly and a pivot mechanism for pivoting at least one receiving member downwardly and outwardly, a restriction member being provided for retarding or hampering the movement of the receiving member and for moving in unison with the receiving member when a pivot mechanism pivots the receiving and restriction member in unison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Assignee: Moba Holding Barneveld B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrik J. Van Kattenbroek
  • Patent number: 4261573
    Abstract: A golf swing simulator device comprises a handle (10) or a mounting therefor, rotatably (axis 34) mounted to a crank (22) which is in turn rotatably (axis 28) connected (30) via hinged (36) interconnecting elements (21,23) to the outer end of an adjustable arm (20), the inner end of which is rotatably connected (axis 26) to a first part (16) of a mounting for the device. The first part (16) angularly adjustably mounted to a second part (14) which is in turn vertically adjustably mounted to a fixed support (12). This provides three rotational modes A,B,C to enable the golf swing to be simulated using the handle (10); and four adjustments D, E, F, G to determine the standing height, plane of swing, radius of swing and lie angle respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Inventor: Ralph H. A. Richards
  • Patent number: 4261752
    Abstract: A gunning refractory of the mean particle diameter in the range 1-10 mm, characterized in that a molten liquid of pitch having softening point higher than 100.degree. C. is mixed with refractory inorganic fine particles where the proportion to the total weight is in the range 5-85% by weight, and thereafter the mixture is hardened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Assignee: Shinagawa Refractories Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Danjyo, Eiichi Yorita, Shojiro Sawada, Fumiyoshi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 4260312
    Abstract: Apparatus for transfer of toxic and radioactive materials between a work enclosure and a container for storing and transporting the materials. Materials are moved through a "double-cover" in which a port in the enclosure is closed by a first cover and the container is closed by a second cover. During transfer, the covers are connected together and the space between the covers is swept by an air stream to prevent ingress and deposition of toxic or radioactive material on the surfaces thereof which are exposed to the environment on separation of the covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
    Inventor: Stanley Hackney
  • Patent number: 4259870
    Abstract: A method of determining the volume flow of a fluid through a conduit usable with a single crystal, whereby at least one of the fluid and the conduit have energy-scattering interfaces. The method in one embodiment includes transmitting a known, uniform sound field through the fluid which illuminates the entire cross-sectional area of the conduit, obtaining the Doppler signal from the received signal such that the sampling region is normal to the direction of propagation of the sound field; and obtaining the integral of the power over this surface. A known volume of fluid totally within the conduit is then sampled for the reference power return therefrom and this reference power return is divided into the first moment of the power to produce a signal proportional to the volume flow of the fluid through the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: Howmedica Inc.
    Inventors: Francis McLeod, Spencer Silverstein, Robert J. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 4260137
    Abstract: An electrode, connected to a fence charger or the like is secured across the bottom of a gate, fence or the like. A shield partially surrounds the electrode to prevent animals from contacting the electrode unless the animals attempt to put their heads under the gate or fence or attempt to crawl under the gate or fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: Frank R. Laurenz
  • Patent number: 4260923
    Abstract: The invention provides improved stator windings for pole-amplitude modulation (P.A.M.) pole-changing electric motors and generators. In large machine of high pole-numbers, the effect of adjacent harmonics of m.m.f. waveform becomes evident in the form of low-frequency vibration of the frame. In small machines the effect, although present, is less important. The invention provides stator windings, particularly for large machines, wherein the phase-winding coil grouping, selected primarily for sinusoidal modulation, is selected secondarily to include a third-harmonic content, whereby the adjacent harmonic m.m.f. content may be reduced for both alternative pole-numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: National Research Development Corporation
    Inventor: Gordon H. Rawcliffe
  • Patent number: 4260308
    Abstract: A sealing device for minimizing the leakage of toxic or radioactive contaminated environments through a biological shield along an opening through which a flexible component moves that penetrates the shield. The sealing device comprises an outer tubular member which extends over a length not less than the maximum longitudinal movement of the component along the opening. An inner sealing block is located intermediate the length of the component and is positioned in the bore of the outer tubular member to slide in the bore and effect a seal over the entire longitudinal movement of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
    Inventor: Robert A. Coulson
  • Patent number: 4259939
    Abstract: A monolithic Darlington in which the transistors forming the Darlington pair are formed on a substrate together with a fourth terminal in addition to the normal three terminals provided for a Darlington pair, the fourth terminal being connected to the base electrode of the second transistor and the emitter electrode of the first transistor. The addition of the fourth terminal enables a control circuit for controlling the rate of switch off to be connected between the fourth terminal and the command collector electrode, this removing the effect which the stored charge on the base electrode of the first transistor has on the switching rate of the Darlington pair, thus enabling a faster switching rate to be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: Lumenition Limited
    Inventor: John P. Coates
  • Patent number: 4259846
    Abstract: An arrangement for storing cryogenic liquid comprises a Dewar-flask-like vessel. The vessel is filled completely with a material able to absorb a cryogenic substance when said substance is in liquid form but only capable of absorbing said substance to a limited extent when said substance is in gas form. Adjacent to the mouth of said vessel and externally thereof there is provided a cavity, which is arranged to cooperate with means by which any gases formed in said cavity can be released to atmosphere when the pressure in said cavity exceeds a given pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: AGA Aktiebolag
    Inventors: Kjell Rudolphi, Ingvar Johansson
  • Patent number: 4260263
    Abstract: Process and apparatus for measurement of brightness of milled products, especially flour, are disclosed. The process is of the general type in which the surface of a layer of flour is illuminated, and the returned quantity of light is taken to an optical electrical transducer. A light source is used for illumination, and the light beam is optically decomposed into at least two part-beams (reference beam and measurement beam) for transmission to the transducer. At least one of the part-beams is cyclicly interrupted or broken into two essentially time-shifted measurement phases in such a way that of the two part-beams, only one of the two-part beams will strike the transducer during a first measurement phase, and during a second measurement phase at least the other part-beam will be applied to the transducer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Assignee: Gebrueder Buehler AG
    Inventor: Emanuel Kummer
  • Patent number: 4258856
    Abstract: A space dividing assembly is provided for dividing an existing drawer into smaller compartments or for forming a storage drawer, storage unit or the like. The basic building blocks of the assembly are generally flat rectangular runner members having longitudinal slots in the upper and lower edges thereof and connectors for connecting the runner members together. The connectors include T-shaped members having perpendicularly extending flanges which are received in the slots in the runner members and L-shaped corner members which include similar flanges. A "starter" component which secures the runner members to the side walls of an existing drawer includes a back portion which has an adhesive backing and spaced, outwardly extending flanges which are received in the upper and lower slots in a runner member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Inventor: Douglas S. Marling
  • Patent number: 4258709
    Abstract: A device for teaching a patient to keep his lips closed, to combat dribbling, has a sensor electrode (12,22,46) for insertion between the lips, and an electrical detector (G1) and indicator (30) to indicate cessation of contact with at least one lip. The patient is thus reminded to keep his lips closed.In one form, there is a secondary electrode (26) attached to a remote part of the patient's body, the detector detecting when an electrical circuit through the body is broken by the sensor electrode falling from the lips. In another form, the sensor electrode (46) is upwardly hooked (50) to contact the upper lip, and the detector detects absence of electrical contact between sensor electrode and a frame (32) hooked behind the lower lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Assignee: University of Exeter
    Inventors: Frederick C. Flack, Richard E. Ellis, Kenneth Bundy, Francis Miners, Wilfred G. Selley
  • Patent number: 4259386
    Abstract: A flexible wallcovering is made by applying a foamable composition (13) to a woodchip paper (12, 14) having woodchips defining a relief surface on the paper by a screen printing process and then foaming the composition. Preferably, the wallcovering is of two ply construction with a woodchip content between the plies and the paper is formulated so that the upper ply is dry removable from the lower ply. The woodchips are at least 2 mm in average length; and the woodchips form 20 to 35% by weight of the paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Assignee: Reed International Limited
    Inventor: Eric C. Wagstaffe
  • Patent number: 4258733
    Abstract: An improved method for the permanent waving of hair only in the vicinity of its root by enveloping the portion of the hair not to be treated with a flexible and impermeable protective sheet in a fluid-tight manner so as to shield it from action of the permanent wave product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Fulgoni
  • Patent number: 4259356
    Abstract: A method for preparing a protein concentrate useful in the production of a low calorie margarine of water-in-oil type which comprises acidifying a raw material comprising skimmed milk, skim milk powder or a mixture thereof to a pH of 4-5 to precipitate protein therefrom, heating the acidified raw material in a first heating stage to a temperature of about 35.degree.-65.degree. C. and maintaining said temperature for a period of at least 15 minutes, then quickly raising the temperature of the acidified milk in a second heating stage to a temperature of about 60.degree.-95.degree. C. and immediately after reaching the intended temperature, concentrating the precipitated protein and cooling the resulting concentrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Assignee: Mjolkcentralen Arla Ekonomisk Forening
    Inventors: Kurt Wallgren, Tage Nilsson
  • Patent number: 4258824
    Abstract: A drainage device is provided for draining fluid from a body cavity and for use with a vacuum. The drainage device has three chambers, a collection chamber, a water seal chamber and a pressure regulating manometer chamber. In operation, air bubbles passing through a body of liquid in the manometer chamber produces a disturbing sound. The present invention provides a sound muffling baffle plate including a plurality of fine apertures which is disposed in the lower end portion of the large arm of the manometer chamber, which prevents the formation of large air bubbles and effectively muffles the sounds emanating from the device during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Assignee: BioResearch Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard D. Kurtz, Robert E. Bidwell