Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Locke Reynolds
  • Patent number: 6200559
    Abstract: The invention provides methods of indirectly measuring the level of type I interferons in vivo utilizing antibodies directed against MxA and/or MxB. The methods find application in conjunction with therapies directed to raising or lowering the levels of interferons in patients. Also provided are new monoclonal antibodies that recognize specific human Mx protein(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Peter von Wussow
  • Patent number: 6201173
    Abstract: An arrangement for enabling facile and efficient operation of at least one bass drum mallet, in combination with at least one bass drum, such that the bass drum with its associated mallet can be placed in any desired location, within and beyond, a limited Critical Performance Area which is encountered with conventional drumming equipment, and such that the mallet is operable by means of at least one foot pedal, placed close to, or remote from, the location of the mallet/bass drum assembly. The arrangement offers considerable flexibility in the location of bass drums and other drum/musical instruments, and equipment, and can be operated by means of wire, wireless, or direct mechanical, communication between the foot pedal and the bass drum mallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Jet Black
  • Patent number: 6199935
    Abstract: A load-carrying box on a land vehicle in the form of a generally rectangular container having an upper perimeter defined by a top edge of each of the walls encompassing an open top is covered by a flexible sheet cover having a first end secured adjacent a top edge of one of the side walls. A second end of the flexible sheet is attached to a roller having opposite ends projecting beyond the top edges of two end walls forming the load-carrying box. A motor is coupled to the roller for rolling and unrolling the flexible sheet cover along the top edges of the two end walls and along bows connecting the two side walls. An arm has a first end coupled to the roller and a second end including a slot engaging a pin defining a pivot for the arm so that the roller can remain in constant contact with the top edges of the end walls and bows as the flexible sheet cover is deployed and retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventors: Paul Waltz, Kevin Waltz
  • Patent number: 6184989
    Abstract: Laser sheet tomography is employed to determine flow field statistics in non-steady and steady flow at high repetition rates. The laser sheet tomography system is divided into two independent optical portions, the laser illuminator and the laser imager. As an absorption instrument, the laser illuminator can be shone directly into the laser imager, or if desired, the two portions can be positioned orthogonally to each other with the laser imager observing the scattered light. The observed light is correlated with known variations in laser intensity of the imager to generate transmittance data from which asymmetry ratios and probability density functions of local absorption coefficients can be computed at time repetition rates of 200 Hz and greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: En'Urga, Inc.
    Inventors: Yudaya R. Sivathanu, Rony K. Joseph
  • Patent number: 6168414
    Abstract: A cryogenic stretch blow molding apparatus including a stretching rod mounted to a blow mold rod seal assembly for sliding movement therethrough, into and longitudinally stretching a plastic parison, the stretching rod including a cooling fluid tube defining a cooling fluid inlet port for connection to a source of a cooling fluid and a cooling fluid outlet port to introduce the cooling fluid within the container, and a heater disposed in a cavity defined in the blow mold rod seal assembly for heating the blow mold rod seal assembly so that at least a portion of the stretching rod is maintained at a temperature above a preselected level to prevent accumulation thereon of ice sublimated from water vapor present in the blow air and portions of seals of the blow mold rod seal assembly are maintained at a temperature above a predetermined level to prevent seal failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Electra Form, Inc.
    Inventor: David C. Oas
  • Patent number: 6167914
    Abstract: An orifice protector for use in subterranean fluid dispensing systems defined by at least one conduit for disposing of wastewater. The orifice protector includes a body in the form of partial cylinder having two ends. The partial cylinder is formed a wall of substantially constant thickness having a C-shaped cross section having an outer and an inner surface. A central portion of the wall includes a plurality of openings such as slits extending between the outer and inner surfaces to allow the outward flow of wastewater from orifices existing in the conduit. The slits are situated about parallel to the ends and extending through about a 90° arc length. The wall also has two longitudinal, linear, parallel edges of equal length separated by a slot adapted to receive the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Gary L. Koteskey
  • Patent number: 6158833
    Abstract: A thermally insulated cabinet is provided for protecting electronic data storage devices from damage by accidental and environmental conditions and from intentional acts. This cabinet provides an interior envelope which contains a data storage device surrounded by multiple layers of thermal insulation. The thermal insulation layers allow electrical power, data and device control cabling to access the device, thus permitting real time operation of the device while the device is contained within the inner envelope. The inner envelope has two vertically separated ends: a lower end and an upper end. The data storage device is affixed to the inner envelope to permit heated air to rise from the lower end of the inner envelope away from the location of the device. The inner chamber is dimensioned to permit the heat generated by operation of the data storage device to dissipate and to maintain stable thermal conditions within the inner envelope during normal use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Schwab Corporation
    Inventor: Randolph L. Engler
  • Patent number: 6158923
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing a preassembled silt fence into soil and mountable to a vehicle, including a holder mountable to the vehicle and capable of holding a roll of preassembled silt fence for unrolling rotation, a trenching member mountable to the vehicle for cutting a trench in the soil as the vehicle travels, a guide mountable to the vehicle proximate to the holder for guiding unrolled silt fence at least partially into the trench as the vehicle travels, a stake ram mountable to the vehicle proximate to the guide for driving stakes of the preassembled silt fence into the soil at the trench, and means for activating the stake ram when each stake reaches a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: Revoluntinary Machine and Installation LLC
    Inventors: Bert Wheeler, Jon Scott Rhodes, Robert Eric Abbott
  • Patent number: 6160698
    Abstract: A first surface of a basepan of molded plastic for an electric load center includes a plurality of integrally formed fasteners for securing electrical components such as bus bars, neutral bars, and neutral tie bars to the basepan. Each fastener is formed in the absence of any core through the basepan from a second surface obverse to the first. Each integrally formed fastener has a support portion which projects away from the basepan first surface and a flexural portion supported by the support portion. The flexural portion has a first outwardly facing surface inclined with respect to the basepan first surface at an angle that facilitates elastic deformation of the flexural portion, but not the support portion upon application of a bar to the basepan. The flexural portion also has a second inwardly facing surface arranged at an angle with respect to the basepan first surface that facilitates fixed retention of the bar despite any reasonable variation in the thickness of the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: L. L. Culmat, Ltd.
    Inventors: Ricky W. Tumlin, J. Larry Underwood
  • Patent number: 6145752
    Abstract: This invention generally relates to a thermostat system for use in thermal regulation of an environment.This invention involves thermal regulation systems for controlling the temperature of an environment and the thermostat systems used in thermal regulation systems. The invention provides a pair of contacts and a creep action bi-metal thermostat, electrically connected to the pair of contacts. The bi-metal thermostat provides an electrical connection between the pair of contacts when the thermostat is exposed to temperatures within one defined range, and the thermostat interrupts any electrical connection between the pair of contacts when the thermostat is exposed to temperatures that are outside of the defined range. A capacitor, is electrically connected between the contacts, in parallel with the creep action bi-metal thermostat to prevent heating caused by electrical arcing within the bi-metal thermostat from altering the performance of the bi-metal thermostat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald E. Jackson
  • Patent number: 6143234
    Abstract: An improvement for a stretch blow molding apparatus, including a cryogenic liquid pulse pump disposed in sealed fluid connection between a cryogenic liquid reservoir and a stretch blow molding machine, a subcooler connected between the reservoir and the pulse pump for supplying cryogenic liquid at a preselected temperature, a vacuum jacket casing disposed generally surrounding a stretch blow rod, the reservoir, and the pulse pump for preventing vaporization of cryogenic liquid prior to delivery into a container, and control means for controlling the pulse pump to deliver a preselected amount of cryogenic liquid into the container through the stretch rod during a predetermined time interval beginning at a preselected time after formation of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: Norm Van Horn, Craig P. Davis, Michael Vaughn
  • Patent number: 6129119
    Abstract: A flexible tube for lining pipes and ducts as well as a method and an apparatus for manufacturing thereof are suggested. The flexible tube is composed of a coated fabric of high resilient warp threads as well as woof threads having lower elasticity. With the flexible tube thus suggested, strong curvatures or angles being present in the pipes can be lined without wrinkles and all-over for the first time.This is enabled in that the high resilient warp threads are stabilized by covering yarn upon straight pipe portions and hence comprise a limited linear extension such that the flexible tube can be placed inside the pipe in quality.In the curved pipe portions the high elasticity of the basic warp thread is activated by a force increase during passing through these portions by compensating the forces of the covering yarn, such that the flexible tube closely fits to the inner pipe wall, all-over and without any wrinkles in these regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Karl Weiss Hoch - Tief - und Rohrleitungsbau GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Siegfried Schwert, Andre Rose, Andreas Huttemann, Peter Marquardt, Wolf Rabold
  • Patent number: 6105808
    Abstract: Opening/closing safety device to be mounted on a bayonet pan, consisting of a body (1) to which a side handle is attached (11), and a lid (2) to which an upper body is attached (3), which consists of a lever (4) which, when it is in its initial position, guarantees that there is no pressure inside the pan and which, when it is locked (pressure cooker), prevents the pan from opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Cruzinox Industria Metalurgica, LDA
    Inventor: Fernando Jorge Mendonca
  • Patent number: 6106273
    Abstract: A mandrel assembly for holding a preform, including a mandrel having a collar for locating within an interior surface defined by a finish portion of the preform, a plurality of preform guides pivotably mounted to the mandrel for generally radial movement and contact with the interior surface, a plurality of resilient members for biasing the preform guides for contact against the interior surface with a preselected frictional force, so that the preform may be held by the mandrel against forces less than the preselected frictional force and the preform is capable of movement relative to the mandrel upon application of forces greater than the preselected frictional force, each resilient member attached to the mandrel and bearing against and biasing at least one of the preform guides for rotation generally radially outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: 7345 Corp.
    Inventor: Gregory S. O'Dell
  • Patent number: 6102225
    Abstract: A tamper-indicating container-closure package assembly is composed of a container including a base, a sidewall portion extending upward from the base, and a finish portion connected to an upper region of the sidewall portion defining a mouth of the container. The finish portion includes a threaded portion located inside the mouth which can include at least one interruption for allowing venting of the container as a closure is removed. A seal seat is recessed inside the mouth, yet is situated above the threaded portion, while a radially outwardly bulbous portion protrudes outside of the mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen R. Lynn
  • Patent number: 6103162
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for producing flexible cellulose fibres by spinning solutions of the cellulose through spinnerets over an air layer in an amine oxide-containing aqueous and/or alcoholic regenerating bath followed by drying, in which the damp threads from the spinneret are taken before drying through at least one post-treatment bath containing water and water-miscible alkanols, diols, triols or mixtures thereof, and a washing bath containing water, an alkanol, a diol or a triol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaftzur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V.
    Inventors: Konrad Frigge, Hans-Peter Fink, Peter Weigel, Ernst Walenta, Helmut Remde
  • Patent number: D442328
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: Sandbar Wholesale Trust
    Inventor: Marvin L. Barmes
  • Patent number: D429164
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventors: William Jerome Peek, George R. Conrad, Craig P. Davis
  • Patent number: D431470
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Ball Corporation
    Inventor: John P. Henderson
  • Patent number: D434343
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Anne L. Brookie