Patents Represented by Attorney Mark M. Takahashi
  • Patent number: 7897233
    Abstract: Adhesive antiskid material suitable for use with traction sensitive applications (such as a skateboard deck) is described herein. The adhesive antiskid material includes pieces that are visually distinguishable from each other. An adhesive patch layer of the adhesive antiskid material maintains the pieces in a single sheet for handling and application to the object of interest. The adhesive antiskid material may include a graphics layer and a clear or translucent filler grip piece that is applied over the graphics layer. This option allows stickers, advertisements, company logos, pictures, or any design element to be incorporated into the adhesive antiskid material itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventors: Marcelo Esposito, Mark Mitsugi Takahashi, Erik Hoffman
  • Patent number: 7405655
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for securing and/or tracking cargo containers. The security unit comprises a positioning receiver configured to provide a position of the cargo container and a memory configured to store a first geocentric zone and a second geocentric zone of the cargo container. The security unit also comprises a controller coupled to the positioning receiver and the memory. The security unit is configured to receive the position of the cargo container from the positioning receiver, determine if the position of the cargo container is within one of the first geocentric zone and the second geocentric zone stored in the memory, operate in a first operating mode associated with the first geocentric zone if the position is within the first geocentric zone, and operate in a second operating mode associated with the second geocentric zone if the position is within the second geocentric zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph S. Ng, George W. Wells
  • Patent number: 7373814
    Abstract: A precipitation static sensor includes a bottom flexible dielectric layer (e.g., a layer of urethane tape) configured to be attached to a wing or other external surface of an aircraft, a flexible conductive layer (e.g., a layer of aluminum tape) formed over a portion of the first flexible dielectric layer, and a conductor (such as a twisted-pair wire) coupled to the flexible conductive layer. A top flexible dielectric layer is formed over a portion of the bottom dielectric layer and a portion of the flexible conductive layer, thus forming an exposed detector region. In accordance with a further embodiment, multiple such precipitation static sensors are used and coupled to a meter device (e.g., a picoammeter), which may also be coupled to a data acquisition and display for providing a visual indication of the charge accumulated by the precipitation static sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Arlene M. Brown, Grant J. Erickson, Joe Heeter, David W. Kwolek, Robert Steinle, Kari L. Stromsland
  • Patent number: 5910959
    Abstract: A methodology for a modem control channel is disclosed. The channel allows faster seamless rate change and precoder tap exchange than the baseline procedure for seamless rate change, allowing for more robust transmission of control information. It can also be use to convey side-information in the case of multiple data applications, serving the purpose of mode switching. Thus, with a single control channel both the needs for seamless rate change and transmitting control information for multiple data applications can be met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Assignee: Conexant Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Sverrir Olafsson, Sandeep Rajpal
  • Patent number: 5586560
    Abstract: A seating apparatus having a base, front and rear upright support members, and two horizontal transverse support members. The transverse members comprise the seating means. Extending from the rear upright support members are two horizontal supports holding two rear upright support members. Leg support members are rotatably mounted to the transverse support members. Coupled by ratchet devices to the rear of the seating means is a seat back. The seat back is composed of two main seat back members separated by horizontal seat back members. The ratchet allows the seat back to be 90 degrees from the seating means or to rearwardly pivot to parallel with said seating means. Legs formed at the top back of the seat back support the seat back against the ground when the seat back is fully reclined. Arm support members are pivotally coupled to the sides of seat back. Also disclosed are two pneumatic devices. The first pneumatically advances a horizontal armature. The second pneumatically advances a vertical armature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: David Boutos
  • Patent number: 5564164
    Abstract: A base member and a fascia are assembled to form a hollow door section which is filled with insulative material. Adjacent sections are coupled along respective longitudinal edges for angular and spatial displacement. The base member is extended from a selected plastic with male and female coupling components extending continuously along respective longitudinal edges. A plurality of mounting members projecting from the lateral edges of the sections matingly and slidably engage the semi-cylindrical guide surface of a tract for reciprocal vertical movement of the door. The door may be partially raised for spatial displacement of the sections whereby flow-through ventilation openings are exposed. In a specific embodiment, a flexible drive screw is rotatably carried within the track for powered operation of the door. In alternate embodiments a generally tubular door track is either grasped by a door guide apparatus having a clip, or the guide is slit and a rounded guide rides within the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Inventor: John F. Jella
  • Patent number: 5553098
    Abstract: A selectable demodulator (32) operates in the phase domain to implement a coherent demodulation path (40) and a differentially coherent demodulation path (42). The coherent path (40) includes a differential encoder circuit (46) to produce coherently demodulated differential data. Magnitude converters (62, 62') convert phase errors in each path into magnitude values. A comparison circuit (66) compares magnitude values from the two paths (40, 42) and selects the path encountering the least phase error. A selection circuit (60) provides data codes demodulated in accordance with the selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Sicom, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Cochran, John M. Liebetreu, Ronald D. McCallister
  • Patent number: 5535260
    Abstract: A radiotelephone (10) simulates the call origination process performed by land-line telephones. Dial tone is generated (78) in response to an off-hook condition and removed when a first digit (54) is dialed. A timer process (84, 110) and a number analysis process (100) simultaneously evaluate dialed digits to detect the completion of dialing. The number analysis process (100) identifies seven, ten, and eleven digit, and indeterminate length phone number formats (64, 66, 52, 68). The ten digit format is recognized in response to remotely programmed (42) connected NPA codes. For most calls, the number analysis process (100) instantly detects a phone number's final digit (62). In a few cases the timer process (84, 110) detects the final digit through the absence of dialing activity for a predetermined duration. When the final digit (62) is detected, an origination message is transmitted to a cellular network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: GTE Mobile Communictions Services
    Inventors: Robert G. Zicker, John K. Dion
  • Patent number: 5531601
    Abstract: A battery pack is provided for use in applications where lightweight and flexibility are desired, such as for powering an illuminated clothing article. A battery pack is provided consisting of a first and second fabrics, each having conductive traces applied upon its inside. The fabrics are sealed together forming a battery pouch area to hold and electrically connect a battery that is placed within it. Because the pack is made of fabric, and requires no connecting wires or hard case, excess weight and bulk is eliminated, resulting in a comfortable clothing article within a natural drape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: Eugene C. Amoroso
  • Patent number: 5511265
    Abstract: A cleaning aid for fabric washing machines is provided that improves the cleaning ability without using environmentally damaging detergents, excess water or longer cleaning cycles. The cleaning aid uses scrubbing devices having different buoyancy. The different buoyancy result in the scrubbing devices being distributed throughout the fabric cleaning machine, assuring that most areas of the fabric in the machine are benefited. The fabric scrubbing devices can be made with a material such as plastic or rubber. The scrubbing devices can be covered with flexible bristles to enhance their scrubbing ability. The shape of the bristles can be manipulated for particular uses. The resulting combination is a cleaning aid that can be used in conventional washing machines and improve the washing ability of these machines without damaging environmental side effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Ralph N. Caputo
  • Patent number: 5509457
    Abstract: A sectional door panel for use in an overhead door assembly is provided. The sectional door panel includes a front panel, a rear panel, an insulating material between the front and rear panels, an upper edge integral to the front panel, a raised tongue formed in the upper edge, an upper rail integral to the upper edge, a lower edge integral to the front panel, a concave groove formed in the lower edge, and a lower rail integral to the lower edge. An overhead door assembly is also provided that utilizes a plurality of the sectional door panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Holmes-Halley Industries
    Inventor: John F. Jella
  • Patent number: 5501436
    Abstract: A substrate retention fixture including a base formed of a relatively flat plate with major surfaces and a substrate receiving area formed in one surface thereof with a plurality of openings adjacent the area and in communication therewith. A plurality of spools, one each positioned in each opening, and slideably mounted within the opening for movement between a substrate disengaged and a substrate engaged position. A plurality of springs, one each positioned in each opening, with the spring in each opening engaged with the spool in the opening and biasing the spool into the substrate engaged position. Alignment pins formed to engage and align a substrate positioned in the area, the alignment pins being mounted on one of the base and the plurality of spools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Dennis K. Miller
  • Patent number: 5441202
    Abstract: A misting system including a locking T coupler with an elongated tubular body having a first end defining an axially extending chamber therein with sidewalls that taper radially outwardly from adjacent the first end toward the center of the body. A tubular ferrule is designed to axially nest within the first end of the body with a first end of the ferrule positioned in the chamber for receiving a supply tube coaxially in a second end thereof. The first end of the ferrule further including axially extending fingers with radially outwardly extending portions positioned to engage the tapered sidewalls of the chamber and force the fingers radially inwardly into a tube gripping position as the ferrule is partially withdrawn from the body so as to tightly grip a supply tube positioned therein and prevent the withdrawal of the supply tube from the ferrule.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Inventors: Gary F. Wintering, Thomas A. Bontems
  • Patent number: 5440265
    Abstract: Symbols (18) of a burst (12) are sub-divided into symbol sections (20). Each symbol section (20) is sampled and converted into polar coordinates. A buffer bank (38) selectably delays the samples and replays a preamble (14). A demod bank (40) includes a coherent demod (58) and several differential demods (60). Each differential demod (60) processes its own stream of symbol sections (20). The differential demods (60) feed a preamble detector (66) and a symbol synchronization circuit (62). The symbol synchronization circuit (62) identifies the symbol section (20) which yields the smallest magnitude of frequency errors. This symbol section (20) is processed by the coherent demod (58) to acquire carrier phase and recover data. The coherent demod (58) is implemented in the phase domain so that only oscillation signal phase data need be generated in phase locked loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: Sicom, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce A. Cochran, Ronald D. McCallister, Brendan J. Garvey
  • Patent number: 5415223
    Abstract: An evaporator including a frame which defines a fluid inlet plenum and an interchangeable baffle plate positioned in the plenum along with an interchangeable fluid spray bar. A transition element carries fluid from a standard round tubular fluid inlet and distributes the fluid equally across the width of the spray bar. By forming a plurality of interchangeable baffling plates each having at least one of the placement, configuration and size of holes therethrough different than the other interchangeable baffling plates and forming a plurality of interchangeable spray bars each having a different fluid outlet configuration, the baffle plates and spray bars can be interchanged to design an evaporator for air conditioners and the like with the least amount of internal fluid pressure drop and the best fluid inlet flow balance with the best heat performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: Calsonic International, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Reavis, Marvin Beasley
  • Patent number: D370585
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Assignee: Hug's Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald R. Faithfull
  • Patent number: D376024
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventor: John P. Ryan