Patents Represented by Attorney Lewis B. Sternfels
  • Patent number: 7575022
    Abstract: A diverter (170, 270) atop the upper wall (110) of a cartridge (100) and over the opening (114, 115) therein avoids direct access of urine to the opening and the sealant (105) within the cartridge. The diverter is spaced by standoffs (182, 282) from the upper wall to provide a urine flow passage. A float (274) can be incorporated in the diverter to provide a visible signal of the presence of collected urine on the cartridge upper wall. A pre-treatment chemically-constituted tablet (210) held by a retainer (200) in the diverter provides sanitizing and/or deodorizing means. Post-treatment chemically-constituted tablets (224a) or pellets (224b) placeable at the outlet of the cartridge protect the drain pipe from corrosion and other harm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Falcon Waterfree Technologie
    Inventor: Michael Higgins
  • Patent number: 7571741
    Abstract: In a urine cartridge, equalized pressures and increased flow rate between its inlet and outlet compartments increases the life of the cartridge. The pressure equalizing is effected by placement of a separator between the two compartments to provide them with substantially equal volumes. The increased flow rate is created by a uniquely configured baffle positioned adjacent a pan at the bottom of the cartridge. The baffle configuration is shaped to provide a constriction that increases the flow velocity of the urine so that the fluid flow effects a channel along the bottom pan and through any solids deposited on the bottom pan. A diverter may be placed above the centrally located entry to the inlet compartment to create a circuitous path for preventing a disturbing impingement of the urine onto the sealant contained in the inlet compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Falcon Waterfree Technologies
    Inventor: Michael Higgins
  • Patent number: 7390206
    Abstract: A mounting plate having an orienting portion facilitates orienting the vacuum connection opening of the mounting plate with respect to an anticipated orientation of a receptacle and electrical box. The orienting portion is optionally releasably attachable to the main body of the mounting plate which main body comprises the vacuum connection opening. The mounting plate is mounted prior to installation of the electrical receptacle in the electrical box. The orienting portion of the mounting plate facilitates orienting the vacuum connection opening in a known orientation with respect to an anticipated orientation of the electrical receptacle when inserted in the electrical box. After installation of the inlet valve and the electrical receptacle, a hose cuff having standard electrical terminals oriented with respect to the vacuum connection of the hose cuff may be simultaneously inserted into the electrical receptacle and the vacuum connection opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Plastiflex Canada Inc
    Inventors: James George Sheremeta, Daniel David Richard Mika
  • Patent number: 7189051
    Abstract: A wind power plant includes four main elements: a foundation (29), at least one supporting structure (21), a carrying construction (23) having a vertical axis (25) and being rotatable around the vertical axis, and at least one rotor (45), (49), (52) positioned on the carrying construction. The rotors can have horizontal, vertical, and inclined axes of rotation in different combinations. Each rotor has at least two blades (53) arranged along its axis of rotation. Since the rotors used in the invention have a small diameter, the wind power plant can produce energy under high and low wind speeds, consequently producing more energy per year than known wind turbines. Also, because the rotors have rectilinear blades for their manufacture expensive composite materials and complicated expensive equipment are not required. For these reasons the wind power plant of this invention will produce energy at lower cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Nuhim Heifets
  • Patent number: 7177028
    Abstract: A spool (12), for supporting a fiber optic coil (14) and a shield (118) surrounding the spool and fiber optic coil, includes a centrally placed, bolt-receiving opening (29). The shield includes a lower shield portion (20), which supports the spool and the fiber optic coil, and an upper shield portion (118). The upper and lower shield portions are arranged to interfit with each other at an interface (121). The upper shield portion has a centrally placed fastener-receiving opening (124) which is alignable with the centrally placed, bolt-receiving opening of the spool. A bolt (156) has a head (156a), a shank (156b) and a threaded end (156c, 156d). The bolt head is engageable with the spool through intermediary structure (48). The shank is insertable through the centrally placed, bolt-receiving opening (29) and the lower shield opening (26), for radially centering the assembly and its components. The threaded end is disposed to engage a threaded opening (68) in a gyroscope assembly support (66).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Gilbreath, Richard Anderson, Devadas Dorai-Raj, Arthur D. Lang
  • Patent number: 7029143
    Abstract: A light cove (20), which is adapted to be secured to a wall (46), includes elongated top and bottom fastening devices (22) and (24), a light-transparent panel section (26), and a plurality of two-piece adjustable supports (28). A light fixture (82) with one or more bulbs (80) is positioned intermediate to the top and bottom fastening devices, and all three elements are separately securable to a wall (46) for accommodating any unevenness of the wall and to provide maximum adjustment among the three parts. The panel section is pivotally couplable to the bottom fastening device and can be articulated upwardly so as to position its end (50) adjacent to the adjustable supports. The supports include a strap (62) having projections (78) which can be snapped past a snap-in lip (58) to form a secure joint between the strap and the panel section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Ceilings Plus
    Inventors: Albert Kiechle, Lester Eisner
  • Patent number: 6973939
    Abstract: An exit opening (78) in a cartridge (22) is alignable with an opening (48) in a housing (32) for communication to an external drain. The cartridge and the housing have positions of final secured and initial unsecured interconnections, when openings (78, 48) are respectively aligned and unaligned. A lever (52) is swivelably secured to the housing bottom wall (46), whose cap (54) can close housing exit tube (28); a projection (56) is engageable with the cartridge for effecting the closure when the housing and cartridge openings (48, 78) are not aligned. Three L-shaped keyways (60) in the housing interior mate with three keyways (82) in the cartridge, and have corrugated surfaces to provide a ratcheted secure connection between the cartridge and the housing when in the secure connection. A tool (92) is used to insert and to remove the cartridge into and from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Falcon Waterfree Technologies
    Inventors: Ditmar L. Gorges, Michael Higgins
  • Patent number: 6959723
    Abstract: Improvements in retention of the oily liquid sealant (20) in a oil-sealed odor trap (10B-10M), for drain applications such as a waterless urinal or anti-evaporation floor drain, are accomplished by minimizing turbulence in the oil sealant, such as by making the liquid flow path (22A, 22B) substantially horizontal as a departure from conventional practice of substantially vertical flow and by positioning a barrier (40) above the oil sealant to prevent direct impingement of urine or other waste products onto the sealant. The trap is thus structured to realize the substantially horizontal liquid flow path and to locate the flow path immediately beneath the sealant layer or beneath a baffle portion (16B). The baffle portion may be sloped such that stray sealant droplets are encouraged to migrate upwardly to the upper surface of the flow path due to their buoyancy and, therefore, the stray droplets will be recaptured and returned to the main sealant layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Falvon Waterfree Technologies
    Inventor: Ditmar L. Gorges
  • Patent number: 6796724
    Abstract: A sleeve (22) enables attachment of an optic fiber (14) to a multi-integrated optic chip (10) in optical communication therewith, and maintains alignment of the fiber at its end adjacent the chip. The sleeve includes a symmetrically-shaped cavity (26) bounded by termini (30, 32) which are respectively disposed to fit onto the chip and to accept the fiber. An adhesive (46) within the cavity symmetrically bonds the fiber to the chip. The adhesive cures symmetrically in the cavity, to eliminate undesired motion of the fiber from its preferred alignment position vis-a-vis the chip connection point (12) or to provide a repeatable motion to achieve the optimum alignment position of the fiber with respect to the chip. The sleeve may be left in place or, alternatively, it may be removed. The sleeve controls, defines and confines the index matching adhesive and/or fluid between fiber end (44) and connection point (12) by defining the areas and volume actually in contact with the adhesive or fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Litton Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Arnold E. Goldman, K. Juergen Flamm, John G. Mark, Ike Song
  • Patent number: 6750773
    Abstract: A liquid flow meter (50), including a microcontroller (60) and associated algorithm, monitors urine flow through a cartridge trap (20). Measuring the duration of such flow and the number of times the urinal is used will determine, in accordance with preset criteria, when servicing or replacement is needed, and alerts a service person to that effect by a warning light (68) or other signal. Because urine has a high mineral content, it is electrically conductive, effective to complete circuits between closely spaced metal contacts (62a-62c, 64a-64c) coupled to the PROM, which allows the manner and existence of the urine to be detected. The liquid flow meter is installed in the cartridge trap by utilizing and placing a split ball stem (52) located at the base of the meter into a mounting hole (42) located in the center of the drain holes (36) on the cartridge cover (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Falcon Waterfree Technologies
    Inventor: Michael Higgins
  • Patent number: 6688147
    Abstract: A panel, formed from a perforated face (102), is respectively concavely and convexly curved by seriatim stretching or contracting its flanges (104a, b; 156a, b). Such stretching and contracting is produced by placing the opposed flanges within jaw halves (110a, b; 166a, b) of a jaw mechanism (110, 166), by seriatim positioning of the paired flanges between their respective jaw halves, and by moving the jaw halves away from or towards one another. Jaw movement towards one another effects a stretching function. Jaw movement towards one another effects a shrinking function. Computerization enables the panel curving to be precisely controlled. The curved panel, as it exits from the panel curving machine (126, 148) is supported on rollers (146) or, more precisely, by a scissor apparatus (176). The scissors apparatus includes roller sets (242, 244, 246) which are positionable, relative to one another, to conform the roller sets to the curvature of the exiting panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Ceilings Plus, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles M. Gordon, Bruce R. Harkness, Daniel J. Mellough, Gregory Stewart, Vincent A. Burokas
  • Patent number: 6644339
    Abstract: An odor trap apparatus (20) includes a housing (32) having an interior and an opening (48) extending from the interior to the external drain, and a cartridge (22). The cartridge has an exit opening (78) disposed to communicate with the housing opening. The cartridge and the housing have positions of final secured interconnection, when openings (26, 48) are aligned, and of initial unsecured interconnection, when their openings are not aligned. A lever (52) is swivelably secured to the housing bottom wall (46), and has a cap (54) for closing the housing exit tube (28) and a projection (56) engageable with the cartridge for effecting the closure when the housing opening (48) is not aligned with the cartridge exit opening (78). Three L-shaped keyways (60) in the housing interior are adapted to mate with three keyways (82) in the cartridge, and have corrugated surfaces to provide a ratcheted secure connection between the cartridge and the housing when in the secure orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: Falcon Waterless Technologies
    Inventors: Ditmar L. Gorges, Michael Higgins
  • Patent number: 6581296
    Abstract: A tape measure with laser beam (10) comprises a case (12), a laser device (70) carried in the case and capable of transmitting a laser beam therefrom, and a roll (24) of measuring tape (25) supported in the case. The measuring tape roll is disposed to be rewound into the case by a conventional spring mechanism. A one-way brake (38) is couplable to the measuring tape roll for preventing rewinding of the measuring tape back into the case. A brake override 50 permits retraction of the measuring tape into the case. A second brake (92) is adapted to hold the tape measuring roll securely in place when a pencil (86) is inserted into the case. Power supply apparati, comprising parallelly connected batteries (78), solar cells (82) and a dynamo (83), are electrically coupled to the laser for enabling laser beam transmission therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Felix C. Ponce
  • Patent number: 6568950
    Abstract: A receptacle assembly (34) includes a radial groove (58) supported by a housing (46) which houses a plurality of electrical sockets (50). A radial abutment (60) is positioned on the housing adjacent the radial groove. A plug assembly (32) includes cantilever fingers (88) terminating in radially inwardly and outwardly directed protuberances (90,92). The inwardly directed protuberances are disposed to engage the radial groove. A locking sleeve (78) has a radially inward directed annular groove (112) and a surface (110) adjacent to groove (112). The sleeve groove is alignable with outwardly directed protuberances (92) to permit radial deflection of the cantilevered fingers and movement of inwardly directed protuberances (90) over the abutment and into groove (58). The sleeve is movable to position its surface (110) over outwardly directed protuberances (92) to lock inwardly directed protuberances (90) in groove (58).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventors: Edward Rudoy, Larry Leroy McCormick, Edwin E. Vega, Craig W. Courtney
  • Patent number: 6525920
    Abstract: Two fuse wires (42a, 42b) hold an insulator hub (34) in place which, in turn, retains a hook-shaped release end (32) of a restraining wire (28). The insulator hub is provided with two grooves (36a, 36b), one for fuse wire (42a) and one for fuse wire (42b), and with a center hole (38) midway between the grooves. A lanyard (35) is terminated at its ends by a pair of loops (35a, 35b). Loop (35b) is secured through center hole (38) in the insulator hub. The fuse wires are connected to two power supplies (48, 52) which are employed as a redundant power supply or fusible link decoupling device (50). Restraining wire (28) is wrapped around and holds together a pair of spool halves (16, 18) of a frangible actuator (12). A release pin (76) has a head portion (86), which is captured between the spool halves, and a shaft portion (86). A load, as represented by an arrow-headed line (88), exerts a force upon the release pin tending to move it away from frangible actuator (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Nea Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Rudoy, Larry Leroy McCormick, Edwin E. Vega, Craig W. Courtney
  • Patent number: 6462824
    Abstract: Interconnection mechanisms for a laser gyroscope assembly (10) enable it to be rapidly and non-harmfully assembled and disassembled prior to a more durable interconnection, to facilitate repair and rework. The assembly includes a fiber optic spool (12), an inner shield (16) and an outer shield (18), which are formed of a stress-annealed magnetic and generally malleable material. The outer shield comprises upper and lower portions or parts (30, 32) whose first and second end segments (62, 66) respectively terminate the portions. Segment (66) has angled intersecting conical surfaces (74, 76) which engage surfaces (65, 67) on segment (62). Stops (80, 83) are formed respectively on the ends of the segments so that a distal end (68) contacts an interior ledge surface (80) of outer shield (34), thereby to limit the mutual engagement and to center the segment configuration interfit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas McLean, Eric L. Goldner, Michael J. Tweedy
  • Patent number: 6433990
    Abstract: A device for restraining and then quickly releasing objects, comprising two half-spools that are held in place by a coil spring. The spring is attached at one end to one of the spools and at another end is held in place by a frangible wire, which is in turn connected to redundant power supplies. Insulation is provided by coating a base portion with aluminum oxide and attaching an insulator hub to the end of the spring held by the frangible wire. Cut-outs within the coils are provided to maximize separation force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Nea Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Rudoy, Larry Leroy McCormick, Edwin E. Vega, Craig W. Courtney
  • Patent number: D622582
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Kerb-Konus-Vertriebs-GmbH
    Inventors: Simon Lottner, Frankbert Klarner
  • Patent number: D630369
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: RSA, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Shapiro
  • Patent number: D630426
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Hans-Peter Wilfer