Patents Represented by Law Firm Mallinckrodt & Mallinckrodt
  • Patent number: 6739747
    Abstract: A dry supplement injection system produces a supplement slurry which is continuously introduced into a flow of irrigation water. The injection system includes a hopper having a cylindrical upper portion and a tapered lower portion terminating at a slurry outlet opening. An inverted perforated funnel assembly is disposed within the hopper. A spray nozzle connected to a water inlet pipe sprays water onto the inner surface of the funnel such that particles of micronized supplement in the hopper are washed through the perforated funnel forming a slurry. A mixing pan disposed below the hopper acts as a reservoir to hold slurry until pumped out through a slurry pump which pumps the slurry into a pressurized irrigation water pipe. Gravity feed of the slurry may replace the slurry pump for applications where the irrigation water is non-pressurized such as flood irrigation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: John P. Millward
  • Patent number: 6736358
    Abstract: A device for holding camping items ready for use at a camp site includes a support pole that is driven into the ground or is attached to a horizontal surface such as the top of a picnic table. The support pole has at least one, a preferably a plurality of, support arms that extend therefrom to hold camping items such as a lantern, paper towels, and cooking utensils. Support structures can also be secured to the support pole, such as by a sleeve which fits around the support pole to hold condiments, such as salt and pepper, or other items, such as garbage bags or a cutting board. The support arms are pivotally attached to the support pole to pivot between a support position wherein the arms extend from the support pole when the device is in use to hold the camping items, or a storage position wherein the arms are aligned with and substantially against the support pole for storage of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Freddie E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6735476
    Abstract: An electrical stimulation device for applying electrical stimulus to a living body includes a pair of applicators adapted to each contact the living body. The applicators each include electrically conductive material covered by electrically insulating material whereby the electrically conductive material is separated from the living body by the electrically insulating material when the applicators contact the living body. A preferred applicator is formed of flat cable having a plurality of conductors therein that form a plurality of antennas for transmitting electrical signals to the body. A signal generator generates a series of positive electrical pulses to be applied to the living body through the applicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Craig R. Mellen
  • Patent number: 6729805
    Abstract: Dust from and erosion of earth surfaces is controlled by the application of a fatty acid containing material such as used vegetable oil, animal renderings, or a combination thereof such as Yellow Grease to the surface and allowing the surface to harden and dry. The hardening and drying of the surface may be accelerated by making an at least semi-emulsion of the fatty acid containing material with a surface binding material such as lignin, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, or a mixture thereof, and water. With the at least semi-emulsion, the fatty acid containing material makes up between about 30% to about 75% of the product, the surface binding material makes up between about 10% and about 40%, with the water making up the remainder. The product is applied to the earth surface to be treated and dries in several hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Boyd J. Wathen
  • Patent number: 6709340
    Abstract: An inflatable rocking recreational device includes an inflatable main body having a generally arc-shaped bottom surface for resting in water or on a surface such as the ground or a floor, and on which the device can be rocked. The device can include a plurality of connected bodies such as a main body with stabilizing bodies secured thereto or two or more main bodies secured side-by-side or at angles to one another to stabilize the body. Handles are provided to allow the users to grip and hold on to the body. The device is usually mounted by a plurality of users who rock the device back and forth along the arced bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Aviva Sports L.L.C.
    Inventor: Donald W. Gordon
  • Patent number: 6705598
    Abstract: A fence post connector includes a securement section for securing the post connector to a fence post and at least one receiving section for receiving an item to be joined. The item to be joined may be the end of a stabilizing fence post, a gate hinge, etc. For attachment to a T-post, a closure member captures the T-post between a pair of spaced arms extending from the receiving section and travel of the post connector along the T-post is limited by adjacent lugs extending from the T-post. These lugs may cooperate with the closure member, an arm, or the portion of the connector spacing the arms, to limit sliding. For attachment to a wood post, at least one arm abuts the post with an opening through which a fastener, such as a nail or screw, extends into the post. The post connector is generally used to connect fence posts in reinforcing configuration and loosely connects the various fence posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Charles R. Collins
  • Patent number: 6703066
    Abstract: Flavor potentiating and enhancing compositions include an aqueous mixture containing colloidal silica of preferable 10-100 angstrom particle size. The colloidal silica acts synergistically with other flavor inducing agents which may also be present in the mixture. The compositions according to the invention have been found to enhance flavor, tenderize meats, aid in the formation of a stable crust on breaded fried foods, and impart improved body, consistency, and flavor in soups, dressings, and beverage. Also a novel method for generating the colloidal silica in the presence of a magnetic field is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Robert R. Holcomb
  • Patent number: 6694481
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for reading programmes into a device which processes data using a processor, according to a programme stored in a programme memory. A programming device sends programme data to the programme memory of the device to be programmed in the form of a data stream. The inventive method comprises the following steps: a) activating a light transmitter in accordance with the programme data, so that said light transmitter generates digital light signals in accordance with the programme data; b) receiving the light signals with a light receiver which is permanently installed on the device to be programmed and c) applying the signals of the light receiver of the device to be programmed to the programme memory of the same. The invention also relates to a device for carrying out this method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Bodenseewerk Geratetechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Jürgen Späh, Benno Petersen
  • Patent number: 6682106
    Abstract: A quick connect and disconnect coupling which does not allow free rotation of the ends of the coupling with respect to one another includes a male connector having a coupling end and a female connector having a coupling end with a receiving opening therein to receive the coupling end of the male connector when the connectors are in coupled condition. A holding mechanism is associated with the connectors to hold them together in coupled condition and allow easy disconnection when desired. Interengaging cooperable surfaces are provided on the male and female connectors, such as tabs extending from the female connector to engage a flat or other tab mating surface on the male connector to substantially prevent relative rotation of the male connector in relation to the female connector. The coupling is particularly useful for attaching sprinkler heads to sprinkler head holding bases in sprinkler systems to allow easy replacement of the sprinkler heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Parker
  • Patent number: 6679984
    Abstract: An apparatus and method utilizing a strip solution for removing gold from the loaded activated carbon used to accumulate such gold leached from gold bearing ore, and for electrically removing such gold from the strip solution by electrowinning. The apparatus includes a pair of strip columns fillable with loaded activated carbon. The strip columns are connectable individually and in series in respective continuous loops using a valved crossover pipe assembly to an electrowinning device, with the strip solution being pumped therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Summit Valley Equipment & Engineering Corp.
    Inventors: Todd A. Weldon, Charles O. Gale
  • Patent number: 6672334
    Abstract: A multi-diaphragm flow control valve includes a valve body separable into two parts. Each part includes an interior chamber having a closed end which separates the chambers when the parts are joined and an open end for connection to a pipe. An outer chamber surrounds a portion of the interior chamber and is separated therefrom by an interior wall. Slots connect the interior and outer chambers. The outer chambers connect to form a diaphgram chamber when the parts are joined. A cylindrical bell type elastomeric diaphragm having a central outwardly extending hump and with legs extending axially from opposite sides of the hump is positioned in the diaphragm chamber with the respective legs of the diaphragm over the slots through the interior walls of respective parts. The diaphragm is pressurized to block or allow flow through respective slots and each leg of the diaphragm acts as an independent diaphragm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Ajit Singh Gill
  • Patent number: 6668784
    Abstract: A thread insert and method to replace the damaged threads and tapered seat in a spark plug bore of an internal combustion engine allows for the continued use of the original factory specified spark plugs where the original threads in the spark plug bore have been damaged by stripping or cross threading. The thread insert's inner bore is designed to replace the original threads and tapered seat in the cylinder head. The thread insert may be adapted to fit any internal combustion engine using tapered seat spark plugs, and is particularly useful in deep spark plug bores with limited access as found in the aluminum heads in Ford modular engines. The insert includes a flange head that determines how far into the head the insert can extend and a recess below the flange to collect any bonding agent that may be squeezed from the threads during installation of the insert. Special tools make the installation of the insert easy and accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventors: Gary Sellers, Michael L. Shiffermiller
  • Patent number: 6667576
    Abstract: The effect lamp according to the invention comprises a baseplate, at least one perforated plate which is located in front of the baseplate and facing the observer and which comprises light passageway openings as well as at least one light source which illuminates the space between the baseplate and the perforated plate which is adjacent thereto and/or the space between two adjacent perforated plates. The baseplate and the perforated plate(s) bear text, image and/or color information whereby different optically appealing effects are generated. The optical effects alter depending on the illumination conditions inside and outside the effect lamp and depending on the location of the observer in relation to the effect lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Berthold Westhoff
  • Patent number: 6651112
    Abstract: A modular electronic device has a cabinet frame, a plurality of push-in modules with module frames retained in the cabinet frame side-by-side, and printed circuit boards mounted in the module frames, and electronic components carried by said printed circuit boards. Each of these modules has autonomous data transmitting connections for communicating directly with each of the other ones of the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Bodenseewerk Geratetechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Reinhard Reichel
  • Patent number: 6641288
    Abstract: A removable rear warning light system for attachment to a vehicle, such as a boat or snowmobile, carried on a trailer pulled by a motor vehicle to provide warning to the drivers of motor vehicles approaching from the rear. The warning light system includes a pod removably mountable on a rear portion of the trailered vehicle attachable to the electrical system of the motor vehicle to work in unison with one or more light functions of the motor vehicle. The pod fits within a boat cover having a flexible, water repellant sheet of such configuration as to cover the upper portion of a trailered vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Dee Wade Olsen
  • Patent number: 6641856
    Abstract: The present invention is based on a fermentation product produced by adding koji (rice or bean yeast) to boiled and/or steamed beans and allowing the mixture to ferment and mature. The fermentation product is kayu-like. Various foodstuffs and beverages can be prepared from such a fermentation product. Such fermentation products, foodstuffs and beverages are novel, tasty and rich of nutrients but do not contain salt or, if they do, contain salt only to a small degree. Such products are highly effective and useful as dietary food or drink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Kikue Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 6637088
    Abstract: In order to manufacture parts with an outer profile, a workpiece 32 is pressed by a pressure piece 24 through a ring-shaped cutting tool 34. The cutting tool 34 has a plurality of disks with inner cutting edges 62 for removing material from the workpiece 32. The cutting edges are progressively longer in the advance direction, so that each cutting edge removes material chips and the last cutting edge in the advance direction corresponds to the desired outer profile of the part. In order to improve chip removal, the chip chambers 74 located between the cutting edges communicate with the outside through radial connection openings 128 which are distributed all around their circumference. To hold the workpiece 32 securely on the pressure piece 24, a pressure pad 76 extends through the cutting tool 34 and is supported on the side of the workpiece 32 opposite to the pressure piece 32, and a hydraulic piston 80 generates a compression force on the pressure pad 76.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Roland Eckgold
  • Patent number: 6632327
    Abstract: A water soluble, surface active, polymeric agent is mixed with digestion liquor, preferably with an additional surface active defoamer coagulant agent prior to or during acidification of the alkaline digestive liquor. This results in an easily separable, non-gelatinous, non-gummy, coagulated lignin as a solids, particulate fraction that tends to float on a clarified liquid fraction containing recoverable salts. The solids fraction and the liquid frictions are easily separated, one from the other, by a gravity separation step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Assignee: Bountiful Applied Research Corporation
    Inventor: Hassan El Shall
  • Patent number: 6629085
    Abstract: A method of training a neural network for the guidance of a missile to a target includes the steps of: computing a solution of the non-linear guidance problem in analytical form, generating numerical solutions for a number of flights of a virtual missile to a virtual target, determining a human pilot's behavior and of the missile by simulating a number of flights of the virtual missile to a virtual target, and “cloning” a neural or fuzzy-neural network with the knowledge about the guidance of the missile to the target as obtained by the preceding steps. For determining the behavior of the human pilot, a scenario of missile and target is represented. This scenario is transformed into slow-motion. The flight of the missile to the target is simulated in slow-motion, the human pilot guiding the missile to the target. The pilot's behavior and the behavior of the missile resulting therefrom is stored for a number of such simulated flights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Bodenseewerk Geratetechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Uwe Krogmann
  • Patent number: 6622821
    Abstract: A flattened acoustic muffler for use on stock cars. The muffler mounts to the standard exhaust system pipes and to the lower chassis of the car, routing exhaust gasses to one or both sides of the car while providing improved ground clearance between the exhaust pipe and the surface of the race track. The muffler contains a plurality of spiral acoustic traps, which attenuate exhaust noise while producing little additional backpressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventor: Boyd L. Butler