Patents Represented by Attorney McGarry Bair PC
  • Patent number: 8349089
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing multiple spray zones to different subportions of a silverware basket within the wash chamber of a dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Roger James Bertsch, David Hung-Chih Chen, Brian Lee Greenhaw, Jeffrey R. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8347898
    Abstract: An automatic dishwasher having a rotatable spray arm and at least one rotatable sprayer, with a drive for directly driving at least one of the spray arm and sprayer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jordan Robert Fountain, Sathish Andrea Sundaram, Bryan E. Wagenknecht
  • Patent number: 8349088
    Abstract: A method of surface cleaning wherein recovering a soiled cleaning fluid from a surface to be cleaned is subsequent to the application of fluid to the surface as a module moves along different and opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Miner
  • Patent number: 8342480
    Abstract: A substance communicating device for use in conjunction with an appliance or a system including an appliance and a consumable holder. The appliance has a first substance service connector component and a first service switch component. The substance communicating device has a second substance service connector component operably engageable with the first substance connector component to permit the communication of a substance between the first and second substance service connector components. The substance communicating device further has a second service switch component operably associated with the second substance service connector component, the second service switch component being configured to engage the first service switch component when the first and second substance service connector components are engaged to selectively permit the communication of the substance between the substance communicating device and the appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Michael S. Hendrickson, Joel A. Luckman, Richard A. McCoy
  • Patent number: 8343072
    Abstract: An adjustable coaxial needle assembly for placement into a tissue mass prior to a biopsy procedure comprises a guide cannula assembly, a stylet, and a throw calibrator. The stylet is selectively coaxially received by the guide cannula, which is in turn coaxially received by the throw calibrator. The effective length of the guide cannula can be selectively adjusted by moving the throw calibrator relative to the guide cannula to adjust the distance between an open distal end of the guide cannula and a the throw calibrator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Inrad, Inc.
    Inventors: Chad J. Bacon, Stephen F. Peters
  • Patent number: 8345686
    Abstract: A network system comprising a system of devices having a plurality of nodes defining a communications network. At least one identifier from a pre-determined group of identifiers is associated with each of the nodes and identifies the functionalities that are applicable to that node or device associated with that node. In one embodiment, at least one of the nodes can transmit the at least one identifier by a message sent over the communications network for receipt by at least one of the nodes to thereby publish the functionalities over the communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. McCoy, Matthew P. Ebrom, Robert J. Feldbruegge, David J. Kmet
  • Patent number: 8337628
    Abstract: A removable non-integrated treating chemistry dispensing cartridge assembly may emit a signal in response to a predetermined amount of treating chemistry being detected and in response to a predetermined amount of illumination being detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Paul E. Beshears, Jr., Sathish A. Sundaram
  • Patent number: 8338354
    Abstract: A manual spray cleaner for removing dirt and stains from fabrics and carpets comprising a spray bottle having two separate chambers and a single dispensing spray outlet for dispensing controlled amounts of liquids from each of the chambers. One of the chambers has a fabric/carpet cleaning composition therein and the other chamber has an oxidizing composition that enhances the cleanability of the fabric/carpet cleaning composition. The fabric/carpet cleaning composition and the oxidizing composition are simultaneously drawn from their respective chambers and mixed together at the time that they are dispensed from the spray bottle. At least one of the oxidizing composition and the fabric/carpet cleaning composition includes a fabric/carpet protectant. The two compositions are mixed before or after they are sprayed from the bottle. The two compositions can be pressurized with an aerosol propellant or drawn from their respective chambers by a mechanical pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse J. Williams, Eric J. Hansen, Lindsay M. Ulman
  • Patent number: 8333368
    Abstract: A hydraulically damped mounting device has first and second anchor parts connected by a first deformable wall, and a working chamber for hydraulic fluid partially bounded by the first deformable wall. The working chamber is connected to a composition chamber for the hydraulic fluid by a first passageway, the composition chamber being partially bounded by a second deformable wall. There is also an auxiliary chamber partially bounded by a third deformable wall connected to the working chamber by a second passageway. The mounting device then has a vacuum chamber connectable to a vacuum source for varying the pressure in the vacuum chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: DTR VMS Limited
    Inventor: Michael Paul Rooke
  • Patent number: 8328118
    Abstract: A manual spray dispenser for dispensing a mixture of two compositions comprises a container having a first and second chamber and a single dispensing spray outlet. At least one of the chambers has a separator in the form of a pouch for physically separating the contents of the container from an interior surface of the chamber. One of the first and second chambers contains a first composition and the other contains a second composition. The dispenser further contains a dispensing system for simultaneously dispensing the first composition and the second composition, mixing the two compositions together, and dispensing a mixture of the two compositions from the container under pressure. An aerosol propellant is between the separator and the interior surface of the at least one of the first and second chambers for pressurizing the composition in the pouch for dispensing the contents thereof through the dispensing system under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Hansen, Kevin Haley, Jesse J. Williams, Herbert J. VanderBilt, Michael R. Foote, Donald J. Mahaffy
  • Patent number: 8331038
    Abstract: An afocal rearview mirror assembly for a motor vehicle having a side door and a dashboard includes a housing attached to the motor vehicle adjacent the side door and dashboard. The housing has a low-profile, rounded external portion and an internal portion. A selectively movable reflective element is enclosed within the housing, and has opposed curved surfaces for reflecting unfocused light rays from outside the external portion through the internal portion of the housing. A selectively movable lens is enclosed within the internal portion of the housing for controlling light transmitted from the selectively movable reflective element to an occupant of the motor vehicle. The selectively movable lens can converge the unfocused light rays reflected from the selectively movable reflective element to a focused image observable by the occupant of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Magna Mirrors of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Snow, James A. Ruse, Keith D. Foote
  • Patent number: 8321983
    Abstract: A method for controlling a laundry treating appliance having a treating chamber for treating laundry may provide a wash liquid including an enzyme into the treating chamber to effect an enzymatic reaction having at least one constituent product, monitor the concentration of the at least one constituent product, and alter the control of the laundry treating appliance in response to the concentration reaching a plateau.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Claudio Civanelli, Layne E. Heilman, Sarah Ihne
  • Patent number: 8326523
    Abstract: A method of determining range between two objects, where a grid consisting of a plurality of grid lines are projected into space by the first object and detected by the second object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lawrence William Stimac, Michael Steven Feldmann, Frank Saggio, Douglas Robert Nichols
  • Patent number: 8322169
    Abstract: A laundry system comprises a first laundry appliance, a second laundry appliance, and a vertical laundry module. The vertical laundry module can have a housing with a width less than the width of each of the first and second laundry appliances and a stain treatment assembly. The stain treatment assembly can include a screen slidable mounted to the housing of the vertical module for supporting a fabric item and a wand extendable from the housing for applying a stain treatment agent to the fabric item on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Kendall, Lorraine L. Achterberg, Ameresh Babu Viswanathan, Colleen M. Doyle, Richard A. Sunshine
  • Patent number: 8323418
    Abstract: A method of operating a dishwasher having a treating chamber for washing utensils for removing wash liquid with soil particles from the treating chamber and storing a portion of the removed wash liquid for subsequent use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Bernhard J. Mohrbacher, Artur Przekora, Scott D. Slabbekoorn, Barry E. Tuller
  • Patent number: 8314678
    Abstract: A consumable holder for use in an appliance configured to perform an operation cycle related to a consumable in the consumable holder, in response to a cycle structure, has or is enabled to acquire information about the cycle structure. The information about the cycle structure can be communicated to the appliance for use by the appliance to change the cycle structure and thereby change the operation cycle related to the consumable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew P. Ebrom, Mark E. Glotzbach, Joel A. Luckman, Richard A. McCoy, Christopher S. Moes, Andre O. Pires
  • Patent number: 8296889
    Abstract: A control system for a fabric treatment appliance configured to control the operation of the fabric treatment appliance as a function of a user-selected system input weighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Whirlpoop Corporation
    Inventor: Nima Motamedi
  • Patent number: 8292991
    Abstract: A filter for a gas mask has a concave outlet wall and a convex inlet wall with a particulate filter bed that has a uniform depth and conforms substantially to the shape of the inlet and outlet wall. The side wall can have an elliptical, circular or convex shape to conform to the curvature of the wearer's face, or a planar shape. The filter an be a double particulate filter element and a double adsorption filter element configured for axial airflow therethrough with a bifurcated flow pattern. The adsorption filter element comprises a granulated charcoal, a composite material having carbon particles combined with binder particles, or an immobilized bed of charcoal granules and EVA-coated fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Avon Protection Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David K. Friday, John Schlaechter, Wayne E. Ballantyne, Robert J. Puhala, David W. Pike
  • Patent number: D670047
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Carlito Santiago, James Dangora, Jongho Nho, Clifford Krapfl, Ambreese Hill
  • Patent number: D670055
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: BISSELL Homecare, Inc.
    Inventor: Ambreese Hill