Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Meroni & Meroni
  • Patent number: 8317480
    Abstract: A turbine assembly comprises 2 or more symmetrical vanes or blades attached to a centralized shaft. The assembly may be placed into a fluid current for transferring energy therefrom. Each blade has a scoop with a relatively broader span at the top end and a relatively narrow span at the bottom, which scoop-like vane or blade resembles an inverted tear drop. Eighty-six percent of the potential energy vector is captured within the blade assembly. One end may be connected to a power generation device that will create electrical power when rotated. Certain energy transferring methodology is believed further supported by the vane or blade designed incorporated into the overall turbine assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Tadd M. Scarpelli
  • Patent number: 8287216
    Abstract: A harness assembly for restraining freight having a relatively high center of gravity comprises first and second junction rings, and four tensile members. Two of the four members form a bifurcated harness when connected to the junction rings. The third and fourth tensile members each have a ring end and an anchor end. The ring ends are connected to the junction rings. The bifurcated harness, having a top-contacting member and a side-contacting member, respectively contacts a top end and a side portion of positioned freight. The anchor ends anchor the third and fourth tensile members to a support structure such as a railcar floor. The third and fourth tensile members thereby diagonally direct tension into the bifurcated harness relative to the support structure so as to force the top end of the freight toward the support structure and the side portion of the freight toward the anchor ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Holland, L.P.
    Inventor: John W Frett
  • Patent number: 8248203
    Abstract: A lighting monitor/control system for remote billboards uses a cellular network to provide utility power and light status information to a central controller, which in response provides control signals to individual remote billboard lighting controllers for setting operating parameters such as multiple on/off times, lighting power adjustments for individual billboards, and custom lighting schedules based upon geographic and environmental considerations. Battery back-up is provided in the event of utility power outage with automatic reversion to utility power when restored. Immediate notification of failure of utility power or of individual lamp or ballast failure is provided by SMS messaging formatted so as to minimize the number of messages and reduce communications costs. The monitor/control system is also adapted for use in remote power monitoring applications to automatically switch to standby power (generator) in the absence of primary power and to return to primary power when restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Martin James Hanwright, Shih-Chiea Chen
  • Patent number: 8220628
    Abstract: A storage assembly houses a defibrillator and enables would-be users to quickly (1) identify the defibrillator location and (2) carry the housed defibrillator to a user site. The storage assembly comprises a cover structure, a mounting assembly, and a defibrillator-restraining assembly. The cover structure comprises an open back, a closed front, a cover wall extending from the front to the back, a heart-shaped transverse cross-section. The cover wall spaces the front from the back and has a transverse periphery thereby defining a space sufficient to receive and house the defibrillator. The mounting assembly removably mounts the cover structure to a support wall, and the defibrillator-restraining assembly removably restrains the defibrillator as received within the cover structure. The cover structure may be nested with at least one additional cover structure for reducing space necessary for storage and the like. An optional alarm may be outfitted with the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventors: Keith W. Hochhalter, Michael T. Seiler
  • Patent number: 8201595
    Abstract: A spout assembly transfers fluid from a container, and comprises a basic conduit construction, and a sleeve construction. The conduit construction comprises a laterally opposed extended conduit wings. The sleeve construction has a slotted end and a winged end. The slotted end comprises laterally opposed, bifurcated slots for receiving the conduit wings. Each bifurcated slot has an abbreviated and elongated slot length. The sleeve construction receives the conduit construction such that the sleeve construction is axially and rotatably displaceable relative to the conduit construction intermediate a closed position enabled via the conduit wings and abbreviated slot lengths and an open position enabled via the conduit wing and elongated slot lengths. The winged end comprises a plurality of circumferentially-spaced, extended wings, the longitudinal termini of which provide spout assembly stop structure at a fuel inlet aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: John Trippi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8201347
    Abstract: A shoe construction enables a user to attach or interchange shoe components for improving function and or appearance of the shoe construction. The shoe construction includes a base, a cover, a top attachable component, and two fasteners. The base includes a series of fastener-receiving apertures. First fastening structure surrounds the fastener-receiving apertures. The cover includes a second fastening structure matable with the first fastening structure. The top attachable component includes component ends, each of which has an end aperture and a third fastening structure, which third fastening structure surrounds the end apertures. The fasteners fasten the component ends to the base member via the end apertures and fastener-receiving apertures. The cover covers the first fastening structure, the component ends, and the fasteners. The first, second, and third fastening structures function to prevent rotation of the component ends about axes extending through the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Sandra Garza
  • Patent number: 8192634
    Abstract: The separator screen arrangement of a centrifugal basket assembly reduces separator screen wear and eases structural replacement of worn parts. The centrifugal basket assembly comprises a screen-supporting basket; a separator screen, and a series of J-shaped dam segments. The separator screen is received and supported by the basket and comprises and inlet and a circular outlet end. The dam segments each comprise a dam portion, and a rim seat portion. The rim seat portions seat upon the rim, being attached thereto in a circular manner side-by-side such that the dam portions extend toward the inlet end. The dam portions dam material directed thereagainst from the inlet end so as to uniformly spread and layer material upon the separator screen before the material exits the basket assembly. The uniformly spread and layered material reduces wear of the separator screen. Material-drying and screen-protecting methodology is further supported by the basket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: Stephen R. Gilles
  • Patent number: 8152030
    Abstract: A valve wrench assembly restores functionality to an aerosol container by being selectively and removably attachable the annular container rim adjacent the container outlet, which has been damaged or otherwise compromised, and by opening the valve of the compromised outlet and subsequently directing the aerosol container's product as purposed. The valve wrench assembly comprises an annular fitting assembly and a plunger assembly. The fitting assembly interfaces the plunger assembly to the container, which plunger assembly comprises a sleeve, a nut, and a plunger structure. The sleeve comprises communicating cavities in which the nut and plunger structure are received. The plunger structure is coupled to the nut, each of which provide certain conduit. The gasket structures axially align the plunger assembly with the container outlet and matter-conducting conduit thus extends from the container outlet to the assembly outlet via the valve wrench assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Donald L. Coroneos
  • Patent number: 8123112
    Abstract: A self-locking security mechanism for coin-operated machines. This mechanism consists of two units. The first unit mounts inside a coin-operated machine in alignment with the coin chute for receiving coins passing through the first unit. A second unit has a flexible bag secured thereon into which the coins are stored after passing through the second unit. This second unit also includes a door, which slides to an open condition by two teeth from the first unit when the second unit is connected by sliding into the first unit. The door is pushing the pivoting arm, which passes the snap stops and stays in preset condition. A pivoting arm is attached to the pivoting stopper with a spring between them. When the second unit is removed from the first unit, the door slides to a closed condition and releases the stopper. The spring lifts the stopper and blocks the door from sliding to an open condition. Only an authorized person can unlock the locked coin receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander Nikon
  • Patent number: 8007214
    Abstract: A container securement device enables a user to secure a cargo container to a carrier deck. The device includes a base having a projecting shear block received in the lock-actuating opening of the container. A shaft-mounted head rotates between an unlocked or loading position in which the head moves through the locking opening and a locked position in which the container is secured. Automatic entry and release are provided by a selected interchangeable spring element within the base biasing the head to the locked position but permitting movement to the unlocked position when torque is applied by engagement of the container with a cam surface on the head. The spring element may be interchanged as may be required by anticipated climactic and/or temperature conditions. Each spring element is actuable by a uniquely configured shaft member having a spring-receiving end capable of cooperating with at least two types of springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Holland, L.P.
    Inventor: John B. Brewster
  • Patent number: 7946012
    Abstract: An apparatus and method enhances installation of a waste disposer mounting assembly at a drain-received sink flange. The apparatus comprises a carriage guide, a carriage assembly, and a spring-actuable notch stop. The carriage guide comprises a hooked end, a handled end, and a notched face extending intermediate the hooked and handled ends. The carriage assembly is translatably and cooperably associated with the carriage guide and comprises a centralized rail guide aperture and a plurality of fastener-engaging arm assemblies. The guide aperture is sized and shaped to receive the guide rail and the notch stop engages the notched face for selectively prevent translation of the carriage assembly relative to the carriage guide. The arm assemblies of the carriage assembly carry a mounting assembly via fastener-port engagement to a mount position where a snap ring fastener may be manually installed to prevent downward displacement of the mounting assembly from the mount position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventors: Daniel W. Cox, Kevin M. Schnurstein
  • Patent number: 7945971
    Abstract: A hair-gathering hat construction comprises a hair-gathering aperture, which hat construction essentially comprises a crown portion, a brim portion, and hat cinching structure for cinching the crown and brim portions against the head of a user for effecting a proper fit. The crown portion defines a head-receiving opening and comprises inferior and posterior crown sections. The inferior crown section is peripherally discontinuous at the posterior crown section for defining an upper hair-receiving notch. The brim portion defines certain head-receiving structure and comprises a superior brim section, a posterior brim section, and brim flaps. The superior brim section extends from the inferior crown section at a crown-to-brim junction. The superior and posterior brim sections define a lower hair-receiving notch. The upper and lower notches together define a hair gathering aperture. The brim flaps form annular head-receiving structure when juxtaposed one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Sandra Garza
  • Patent number: 7941949
    Abstract: A multi-flag label label-links a primary container to at least one secondary container. The multi-flag label comprises multiple layers and multiple regions intermediate its length. A back cut separates a first layer into unequal segment lengths. A transparent second layer is removably and adhesively attached to the first layer and is dimensioned such that the first layer frames the second layer with a peripheral boundary. A third layer is permanently bonded to the second layer and terminates adjacent the back cut, thereby exposing the back cut via the second layer. The third and second layers adjacent the back cut provide a parent label region; the remainder of the second and third layers provide a child label region, which region may be die cut into patterns for effecting child label(s). The parent and child labels may comprise information for cross-linking a source container to at least one secondary dose container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy N. Cloninger
  • Patent number: 7935163
    Abstract: A filtering device for diesel engines is based on metal foams. In order to achieve high filtration efficiency with low pressure drop using deep bed filtration metal foams, a radial flow concept is used based on a “porosity gradient”. The foams can also be coated with catalytically active material to enhance soot oxidation (regeneration), as well as reduction of other exhaust gas pollutants (CO, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides). This may be accomplished by using non-uniform amounts of catalytic materials within the filter depending on the targeted application. An additional secondary filter segment may be placed within the metal support of the main filter segment. The metallic diaphragms at the entrance and exit of the external shell are designed in such a way as to allow the flow to be divided between the main and the secondary filter segments according to the respective flow resistances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Aristotle University Thessaloniki
    Inventors: Zissis Samaras, Grigorios Koltsakis
  • Patent number: 7896593
    Abstract: An improved cargo container securement device includes a housing defined by a base which forms a planar surfacing thereabout on which cargo container corner fittings rest in applied relation on the container relative to the supporting structure or platform involved. The container securement device includes a flanged end which engages a cargo container corner casting aperture opening or an appropriate aperture and utilizes the structure for retention of the securement device so the opposite side of the hold down device is allowed to automatically engage and disengage with a cargo container corner fitting as necessary to achieve proper handling and transport of cargo containers. The hold down device includes an indicator to visually signal that the automatic hold down feature of the device is engaged or disengaged with a cargo container corner fitting of cargo containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Holland, L.P.
    Inventor: John B. Brewster
  • Patent number: 7886964
    Abstract: A system allows consumers the ability to remotely transmit order and/or payment preference data to a vendor to facilitate sales transactions. A personal transmitter or key fob functions to transmit a signal to the vendor when the customer approaches the vendor, which signal comprises preferred order information for vendor processing. The vendor may acknowledge order receipt, generate the order, and automatically submit the transaction for payment through a secure connection. A web site acknowledges receipt of the payment request, retrieves specific transaction information for the target vendor, and processes the payments electronically. Customer information, vendor preferences and encrypted Customer payment specific pointers are downloaded to the personal transmitter on an ongoing basis and stored as encrypted data. If multiple vendors are within the proximity of the consumer, the transmitter will signal an error and list the vendors to the consumer, from which list the target vendor may be selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey T. Steinecker
  • Patent number: 7870933
    Abstract: A portable hammock (kit) with artificial limb assembly enables a user to selectively support a vertical load adjacent a select vertical support structure. The artificial limb assembly comprises a pair of compression members and first and second tension members. Each compression member has first and second compression ends. The first compression ends are drawn together such that the longitudinal axes of the members substantially intersect. The second compression ends are thus spaceable from one another. The first tension member interconnects the second member ends and receives a supportive outer surface of the vertical support structure. The second tension member interconnects the first compression ends with the vertical support structure at a superior portion thereof. The first compression ends at an opposite portion receive the vertical load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Richard E. McInnes
  • Patent number: 7837046
    Abstract: A self-lubricating, non-metallic type F coupler carrier improves upon state of the art railroad car coupler carrier arrangements. The coupler carrier is mounted within a cage, which coupler carrier comprises certain structures formed from an ultra high molecular weight polymer. The coupler carrier is shaped to define a load support surface for supporting a coupler shank. Further, oppositely facing forward and back carrier walls define vertically disposed slide surfaces formed for close fitted engagement with the inner and outer walls of the striker cage. Lugs, integrally formed with the coupler carrier comprise outwardly and upwardly facing slide surfaces for close fitted engagement with cage side walls and retainer plates, respectively. The lugs may further comprise concave relief portions intermediate the lug slide surfaces and the walls to which the lugs are integrally formed to provide stress concentration relief to said type F non-metallic coupler carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Holland, L.P.
    Inventor: John B. Brewster
  • Patent number: D628395
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Henry
  • Patent number: D657017
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Steven P. Porter