Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Laubscher & Laubscher
  • Patent number: 6241561
    Abstract: An internal bus connector device is provided for use in the terminal block of an electrical power and signal distribution system, wherein the connector device includes a thin support plate that extends parallel with the support rail of the system and that carries a plurality of rows of pins each of which includes a pair of orthogonally arranged portions that extend parallel with and normal to the support plate, respectively. The pin portions that extend normal to the support plate are adapted for connection with the circuits of an associated printed circuit board, and the pin portions that extend parallel with the support plate are connected with conductors on the terminal block or with corresponding terminals of an adjacent terminal block mounted on the same support rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Christoph Zebermann, Michael Schnatwinkel
  • Patent number: 6240979
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of filling a dispenser and to the dispenser itself. For already filling a defined part of the head piece (20) when mounting the dispenser after material has been filled into said dispenser and for ensuring an interruption-free dispensing behavior during future operation, it is suggested that, when a first point of airtight sealing of a fluid container (10) by means of a head piece (20) has been reached, the movement of the two elements towards one another should be continued along a predetermined, fixed displacement distance (X). In addition, a dispenser is provided, especially for carrying out the filling method, in which a bottom side of the head piece (20) and a filler opening of the fluid container (10), which is adapted to be coupled to said bottom side, are implemented such that they match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: RPC Wiko GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Willy Lorscheidt
  • Patent number: 6237438
    Abstract: In a system for adjusting the position of a first member relative to a second, support member regarded as fixed, the support member comprises a base having an upright at each of its two ends. The first member is inside the two uprights of the support member and the uprights are substantially parallel to the axis of the first member. The position adjustment system is locked in a chosen position by a clamping device, whose component parts are mounted on a clamping rod passing through the two uprights and whose axis is the clamping axis, which is substantially perpendicular to the axis of the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Assignee: Lemfördes Nacam SA
    Inventors: Abdel Karim Ben Rhouma, Thomas Robin
  • Patent number: 6231463
    Abstract: A golf ball having improved aerodynamic efficiency is characterized by the arrangement of a plurality of modified tear-drop shaped dimples arranged on the surface thereof. The ball has a dimple-free equator which divides the ball into two identical hemispheres, each of which is broken into equal portions by a plurality of great circles passing through the poles of the ball. Each portion has a maximum circular area filled with a first plurality of non-circular dimples. A second plurality of non-circular dimples is arranged between the circular areas so that the dimple coverage on the ball is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Spalding Worldwide Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Tavares, Stephen Green
  • Patent number: 6227720
    Abstract: An adapter for coupling optical and electronic circuits, has a housing including a first portion for mating with an optic fiber termination device, and a second portion for mating with an electronic termination device. At least one electro-optical transducer in the housing has an optical interface for coupling with the optical termination device and an electronic interface for coupling with the electronic termination device. The adapter converts signals between optical and electronic form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Mitel Semiconductor AB
    Inventor: Jan Isaksson
  • Patent number: 6224429
    Abstract: A synthetic plastic terminal block assembly includes a housing containing a longitudinal through passage in which is mounted a unitary fastening member having a center portion that is connected with the housing, and a pair of end portions resiliently connected for independent displacement relative to the center portion and to the housing, the end portions having opposed inwardly-directed hook-shaped foot portions adapted to extend under the outwardly extending flanges at the upper ends of the legs of a U-shaped mounting rail, thereby to fasten the terminal block to the rail. With this extremely simple design, the terminal block can be mounted downwardly upon the rail from above. The terminal block can be easily disconnected from the rail at either side, and if necessary, the terminal block can be pivoted laterally away from the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventors: Peter Bernhards, Wolfgang Schild, Rudolf Steinmeier, Manfred Wilmes
  • Patent number: 6215251
    Abstract: A spark gap assembly having electrodes spaced from bonding pads and the integrated circuit. The electrodes contact a plurality of resistors to reduce voltages and dissipate energy experienced during electrostatic discharge (ESD) which would otherwise damage the integrated circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Mitel Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan Harry Orchard-Webb
  • Patent number: 6211842
    Abstract: An antenna receives beams from telecommunication satellites in geostationary orbit close to the equator. The continuous concave reflecting surface of the reflector of the antenna has an equation deduced from a paraboloid by adding thereto the equation of a correction surface comprising a second order polynomial and a sum of N(2N−1) terms depending on distances between the projection of any point on the reflecting surface and N(2N−1) control points of a grid extending over a plane perpendicular to the plane of symmetry. The angular separation of the primary sources on a circular support with an inclination different from the angle of offset is less than approximately 3° for an aperture of more than 50°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignees: France Telecom, TéléDiffusion de France
    Inventors: Pascal Cousin, Jean-Louis Desvilles, Jean-Pierre Blot, Jean-Jacques Delmas
  • Patent number: 6206792
    Abstract: A spherical ball and a method of making the spherical ball wherein the ball has a plurality of elongated dimples substantially covering the outer surface of the ball without any dimple overlap. The elongated dimples are of at least two types including a first plurality of dimples having a minor axis and a major axis which together form the long axis of the first plurality of dimples. The minor axis being less than the major axis. A second plurality of dimples has a minor axis equal to that of the first plurality of dimples and a major axis less than the major axis of the first plurality of dimples but greater than the minor axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Tavares, Kevin Shannon, Daniel Murphy, Joseph F. Stiefel
  • Patent number: 6208199
    Abstract: A low power pulse amplifier with low duty cycle errors. The amplifier provides several differential amplifier stages with a biasing and canceling network. To minimize duty cycle errors for large input signals, cascode transistors are added between the drains of the differential amplifiers and the outputs. The result is an amplifier having a duty cycle error of less than 5% at amplitude input ranges from 5 millivolts to the supply voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Mitel Semiconductor AB
    Inventor: Bengt-Olov Andersson
  • Patent number: 6193625
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of controlling a ram speed of a press ram of a metal-forming press, and a driving device, in particular for carrying out this method. According to the present invention, at least one energy storage device is connected to an auxiliary drive having connected thereto the main drive for controlling the ram speed, said energy storage device having supplied thereto the energy released during a negative acceleration of the press ram while from said energy storage device additional energy for the acceleration of the press ram during a further stroke is recovered and fed into the main drive via the auxiliary drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Jens Ullrich, Karlheinz Morgenstern
  • Patent number: 6186694
    Abstract: A device for permanently coupling two shafts rotatable about a common axis comprises a tubular intermediate member disposed between the outer shaft and the inner shaft, an elastic connecting member disposed between the inner shaft and the tubular intermediate member, the elastic member being attached directly to the inner shaft and to the tubular intermediate member; and rotational connecting means between the outer shaft and the tubular intermediate member. When the coupling is mounted on an automobile vehicle steering column, the inner shaft is a tube of the steering shaft and the outer shaft is the connection end of the yoke of a universal joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Lemförder Nacam SA
    Inventors: Antoine Couallier, André Laisement, Benoît De Rincquesen
  • Patent number: 6183012
    Abstract: A motor vehicle steering column comprises a steering shaft mounted in a body-tube connected via a support assembly to the chassis of the vehicle, the support assembly comprising a mobile support, a fixed support attached to the chassis of the vehicle and a double winding mounted on a member rotating on a fixed shaft. The double winding has a central portion mounted on the mobile support connected to the body tube so that in the event of an impact the mobile support pushes the double winding and unwinds it to absorb energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Lemförder Nacam SA
    Inventors: Christophe Dufour, Pascal Millet, Vincent Fargeas
  • Patent number: 6176793
    Abstract: A new configuration for dimples on the surface of a golf ball is characterized by at least a portion of the bottom surface of the dimple having a raised contour which is still below the surface of the ball. The contoured portion may comprise many shapes including a crescent or a sinusoidal configuration. Moreover, the contoured portion may have different portions having different depths. The contours within at least some of the dimples on the surface of the ball alter the air flow across the golf ball surface to reduce drag and increase the distance the ball will travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Sullivan, Terence Melvin
  • Patent number: 6173068
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for annotation of medical imagery to facilitate patient identification, diagnosis, and treatment is characterized by an imaging device for producing a first signal representative of sensed characteristics of the individual and a minutiae generator which receives the first signal and produces a second signal representative of minutiae of the individual, the minutiae corresponding to specific branch points of blood vessels of the individual. A minutiae data generator analyzes the characteristics of minutiae and produces a third signal representative of the characteristics which is stored in a minutiae database for each of the plurality of known individuals and their medical conditions. The minutiae and minutiae data may be used to annotate medical imagery to facilitate subsequent image comparison by providing standardized registration points and time-varying characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Mikos, Ltd.
    Inventor: Francine J. Prokoski
  • Patent number: 6168843
    Abstract: An optical recording medium is provided in which a recording layer contains a salt-forming dye between an ion of an azo metal complex of the following formula (I) and an ion of a cyanine dye of the following formula (II), having a complex index of refraction in the wavelength region of recording light and/or reading light whose imaginary part k is up to 0.20, or at least one of azo oxovanadium metal complexes having an azo compound of the following formula (III) as a ligand and metal complexes having azo compounds of the following formulae (IV) and (V) as a ligand. Recording and reading can be carried out at a conventional wavelength or a short wavelength of about 630-690 nm or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Emiko Kambe, Masahiro Shinkai, Sumiko Kitagawa, Atsushi Monden
  • Patent number: 6163556
    Abstract: A method of reducing the amount of unwanted radiation emitted from a semiconductor laser device involves coating a transparent portion the device intended to transmit radiation with a partially reflective layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Mitel Semiconductor AB
    Inventor: Vilhelm Oskarsson
  • Patent number: 6157766
    Abstract: A distribution frame for optical fibers comprises, for example, two elementary distribution frames in each of which supports are provided to support rows of optical fiber connection modules which, in an inclined rest position, are distributed in a matrix arrangement to connect ends of first optical fibers to ends of connecting optical fibers. To make a connection relating to a module supported by the support, the support rotates about a rotation shaft parallel to two sides of the matrix in a vertical plane, out of the mass of connecting optical fiber ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Frances Telecom
    Inventors: Sylvie Laniepce, Anne-Marie Blanchard, Jean-Jacques Gueguen
  • Patent number: D437902
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Spalding Sports Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Persinger
  • Patent number: D434535
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Ernst Koch Hunde & Katzen Accessoires
    Inventor: Heinrich Koch