Patents Represented by Attorney Lawrence E. Laubscher
  • Patent number: 7727074
    Abstract: The yoke member of Cardan joint is made in one unitary part of one piece and includes a pivot fork including two pivot arm portions each comprising a crossing hole, the axis of which is the pivot axis of a cross-piece, and a connecting element for the motion transmission shaft and having two tightening portions connected via a junction portion. Each of the two tightening portions comprises a tightening hole. Four reinforcing appendices are arranged on the tightening portions and opposite one another in pairs to form together with the portions a housing for the motion transmission shaft. The yoke member is stamped in order to give it the desired thickness in highly stressed and lowly stressed regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: ZF Systems de Direction Nacam, S.A.S.
    Inventors: Andre Laisement, Jacques Loyau, Pascal Millet
  • Patent number: 7712998
    Abstract: A portable, inflatable flood wall is characterized by a sheet of synthetic plastic material which is folded back on itself to define a chamber between bottom, rear and front portions of the sheet and within which at least one inflatable bladder is secured. When the bladder is inflated, the rear portion of the sheet is erected to a vertical position which prevents water from passing beyond the sheet. The front portion preferably contains a plurality of openings to allow water to enter the chamber. The weight of the water on the bottom portion of the sheet serves to hold the wall in place. A plurality of such walls may be connected in end-to-end relation to construct a wall of a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Bernard Salemie
  • Patent number: 7708158
    Abstract: A calf bottle is characterized by an improved neck design which prevents deposits and microbes from collecting therein. The bottle is in the form of a hollow container having top, side and bottom walls which define a chamber for receiving formula for feeding calves. The top wall includes a neck portion having a central opening and an annular lip surrounding the opening for receiving a removable nipple. The inner wall of the neck portion has a cylindrical configuration of constant diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Walco International, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Sommer, Bobby D. Burkham
  • Patent number: 7707329
    Abstract: A remotely programmable device includes a message store for receiving messages over a radiolink from a controller and forwarding the messages to a local application resident in the device, writable registers for controlling operation of the device, a command interpreter for interpreting commands embedded in thessages to write data to the register, and a lock for inhibiting writing of data to the registers. The local application is responsive to an authorization code embedded in the messages to release the lock and thereby allow writing of data to the registers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Zarlink Semiconductor AB
    Inventor: Per-Olof Bergstedt
  • Patent number: 7695324
    Abstract: A connector arrangement connects the contacts of a stack of terminal blocks, including a first conductive bridge extending longitudinally of a given terminal block for selectively connecting together the contacts thereof, and a second laterally-extending conductive bridge for connecting together corresponding contacts of various selected terminal blocks of the stack. The terminal blocks are mounted in parallel vertical orientation on an orthogonally arranged horizontal mounting rail. Vertical branch lines extend upwardly from a plurality of horizontal vertically-spaced bus bar members contained in each of the terminal blocks, and intermediate branch lines connected with the upper ends of the vertical branch lines contain offset tiered first and second contact areas. Resilient fingers on the longitudinal and lateral conductive bridges extend into and electrically engage openings contained in the first and second contact areas, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Joerg Diekmann
  • Patent number: 7690618
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a position adjustment mechanism, comprising two cylindrical portions, a first one of the portions being slidably disposed inside a second one of the portions. One of the portions has at least three detents and the other portion has at least three members for engaging in respective the detents to hold the portions in a first position, the members being removable from the detents to allow the portions to move into a second position; wherein the detents and members are equi-spaced around the first and second portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Roger Geoffrey Halstead
  • Patent number: 7690791
    Abstract: A visual acuity examination is performed on a patient by bringing a confocal imaging apparatus up to a patient's eye. Stimuli at various points in the patient's field of view are generated while the patient fixates on a point. The patient's responses to the stimuli are recorded with the movement of the eye with is tracked with the aid of the confocal imaging apparatus. The position of said stimuli on the retina is corrected to take into account any movement of the eye between stimuli.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: OTI Ophthalmic Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Rishard Weitz, Duncan McLean, John Rogers, Justin Pedro
  • Patent number: 7673396
    Abstract: A protective foot cover for use in dance, exercise, or athletic applications using strategically placed thicker protective pieces in ball and toe areas of the foot in connection with an elastic material in the sole structure to allow the foot to move freely and provide less of a barrier between the foot and floor such that a dancer can better sense the floor upon which they dance. The foot cover incorporates strategically placed protective patches that provide support, protection, and comfort to the ball and toe portions of the foot. The patches are spaced from one another so that the footwear is able to move more naturally with the expansion of the foot as pressure is applied to the foot. The foot cover may be used alone, whereby the toe and heel portions of the foot are exposed, or in combination with a dance shoe providing a stretchable sole running from the arch portion to the toe portion of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Ballet Makers, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Terlizzi, Paul Terlizzi, Laura M. Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7670060
    Abstract: A fiber optic connector arrangement includes a locking device for fastening together a pair of male plug and female socket components, which locking device consists of locking elements mounted solely on a pair of telescopic adapter housings that support the plug and socket components when in the engaged condition. In order to increase the operational life of the connector components, one of the plug and socket components contains a recess for receiving an auxiliary second locking device that extends longitudinally in a normally non-stressed unlocked inoperative condition from the other component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Juergen Ziemke, Ralf Schumacher, Michaela Muecke, Andreas Muhs, Volker Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7666005
    Abstract: A connector assembly for a planar vertical printed circuit board includes a housing having a pair of parallel space planar vertical side walls defining an open-topped vertical chamber in which the printed circuit board is mounted. First electrical connectors mounted on the vertical end edges of the printed circuit board include body portions that extend outward beyond the vertical edges of the side walls, which extending body portions contain access openings affording communication with first connector contacts in electrical engagement with the printed circuit board. Protective side cover members are fastened to the housing side walls to partially enclose the extending connector body portions, which cover members contain openings opposite the connector body access openings. The cover members contain ventilation openings for cooling the printed circuit board, and the housing includes a mounting foot arrangement for mounting the printed circuit board assembly on a support rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Christian Heggemann, Jens Oesterhaus, Matthias Boensch, Matthias Niggemann, Michael Lenschen, Stephan Fehling, Torsten Diekmann
  • Patent number: 7667140
    Abstract: A cable includes a cable sheath in which are embedded a plurality of insulated conductors at least two of which are helically twisted, the cable being provided with visible markings that indicate where one can electrically engage a selected one of the conductors by an insulation-piercing contact. The cable is formed by arranging a plurality of insulated conductors in a light-transmitting synthetic plastic sheath layer, two or more of the insulated conductors being helically twisted about a longitudinal axis, which cable is optically scanned to determine locations at which contiguous portions of the twisted insulated conductors are superposed orthogonally relative to a reference plane, whereupon markings are formed on the cable sheath layer at locations laterally spaced from the contiguous conductor portions, whereby a selected one of the twisted conductors may be engaged by an insulation-piercing contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thomas Hock, Klaus Holterhoff, Jens Oesterhaus, Stephan Fehling
  • Patent number: 7658647
    Abstract: Connector apparatus electrically connects together a plurality of shielded cables, including a housing containing a chamber including a first opening for receiving one end of a first shielded cable, and at least two second openings receiving the one ends of at least two second shielded cables, respectively. A conductive shield associated with the housing connects together the shielding layers of all of the cables, and a printed circuit board arranged in the housing connects at least one conductor of at least two of the second cables with a corresponding conductor of the first cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Stefan Reker
  • Patent number: 7658653
    Abstract: A connector arrangement includes a universal terminal block having a body containing a chamber in which is removably mounted one of a plurality of function control modules as used in commercial, industrial and residential installations, wherein a pair of module contacts on the module are brought into electrical engagement with a pair of stationary contacts mounted in the chamber, thereby to connect the module to a pair of external insulated conductors via bus bars and terminals contained in the terminal block body. Various types of function control modules may be used with a single universal terminal block. The modules may include locking devices for locking the module to the universal terminal block. The terminal block includes mounting feet on the side thereof remote from the chamber, whereby selective modules may be substituted for one another when the terminal block is mounted on a support rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joerg Diekmann, Torsten Diekmann, Michael Lenschen, Joern Buhrke
  • Patent number: 7658643
    Abstract: A connector fastening arrangement locks a connector housing to a printed circuit board, thereby to effect engagement between a resilient contact on the housing and a corresponding electrical element on the adjacent top surface of the printed circuit board. A rotary locking member carried by the connector housing extends within a locking bore contained in the adjacent surface of the printed circuit board, the locking member being rotatable between locked and unlocked positions relative to the connector housing. In a preferred embodiment, the locking bore is a through bore, and the locking member extends completely through the locking bore. When the locking member is rotated toward the locked position, an eccentric locking device carried by the extremity of the locking member extends in locking engagement beneath the bottom surface of the printed circuit board. In a second embodiment, the locking device comprises a bayonet fitting arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Dieter Tuerschmann, Michael Sturm, Dirk Hanke, Manfred Domrath
  • Patent number: 7657320
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic device comprising an inductive element configured to function in a communication mode as an antenna for picking up communication signals, and in a power conversion mode as an inductive element configured to be the energy storage inductor in a switching regulator used for conditioning the power available from an internal power source to power for powering the device, and a controllable switch for switching between said communication mode and said power conversion mode. The communications system further comprises a controllable switch for connecting said inductive element to either said receiver or said power conversion circuit. The controllable switch switches the system between the communication mode and the power conversion mode by means of unipolar or bipolar transistor switches or by mechanical switches or relays. The communication system may be used in an in-vivo medical device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Zarlink Semiconductor AB
    Inventor: Peter Edward Chadwick
  • Patent number: 7651362
    Abstract: A connector arrangement serves to connect a plurality of the circuits of a printed circuit board with a plurality of electrical conductors, respectively, including a locking member for locking together a first connector member having terminals connected with the electrical conductors, respectively, and a second connector member having a plurality of conductive pins connected with the printed circuit board circuits, respectively. In a first embodiment, the locking pin is connected with the first connector member for longitudinal sliding displacement between unlocked and locked positions relative to a second connector member electrically connected with the first conductor member. Pairs of auxiliary contacts may be provided that are operable when the locking member is in the locked position. In a second embodiment, the locking member is pivotally connected with the first connector member for pivotal displacement between the unlocked and locked positions relative to the other connector member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Vianden
  • Patent number: 7649629
    Abstract: Apparatus for obtaining depth profile information from a transparent object, includes a confocal scanner for producing an en-face image of the object in an x-y plane, a spectral optical coherence tomography (OCT) apparatus for producing an OCT scan along at least one line in the z direction passing through a point in the x-y plane, and a display device. A processing unit displays on the display device the en-face image and an indication of the position of the point so as to permit the location of the OCT scan to be determined on the en-face image. The position point can be adjusted by the user when viewing the image. In other embodiments, SLO and OCT images are produced from a common aperture, and spectral OCT images are produced simultaneously with fluorescence images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: OTI Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Rogers, Mark Hathaway
  • Patent number: 7648371
    Abstract: An electrical connecting arrangement includes a locator device mounted on a photovoltaic panel for relatively positioning a connector housing such that a resilient contact on the connector housing is arranged for electrical connection with a stationary rigid contact on the photovoltaic panel that extends in space relation within a chamber contained in the locator device, connection being made via an access opening contained in the locator device. Preferably, the stationary contact is a knife contact having a rectangular configuration defining a pair of parallel end edges that are supported by a pair of support slots defined in the opposed walls of the access opening, thereby to support the stationary contact during the engagement thereof by the resilient contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Weidmuller Interface GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Matthias Boensch, Thorsten Beck, Klaus Pueschner, Klaus Holterhoff, Jim Cahaly
  • Patent number: D608925
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: The Daylight Company (Holdings) Limited
    Inventor: Fraser Milbourne Hodgson
  • Patent number: D616143
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: The Daylight Company (Holdings) Limited
    Inventor: Fraser Milbourne Hodgson