Patents Represented by Attorney Mesmer & Deleault, PLLC
  • Patent number: 8336325
    Abstract: The invention relates to an ice dispenser (10) for a refrigerator that includes a flap unit (24) which is arranged in an ice dispenser shaft and which can be adjusted between a release position which releases the ice dispenser shaft for dispensing ice and a locking position which blocks the ice dispenser shaft against dispensing ice, a pulse-controlled actuating magnet arrangement (58) for actuating the flap unit (24), and mechanical retention means (36, 64, 66) which releasably retain the flap unit (24) in the release position and in the locking position thereof, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Albert Dirnberger, Georg Spiessl
  • Patent number: 8333351
    Abstract: A device for keeping lawn waste or other flexible refuse bags open while filling. The device is made of a resilient and flexible material so that it can be squeezed and easily inserted into the top opening of a refuse bag. The device has a generally-rectangular frame, a pair of spaced apart, substantially-parallel, upwardly-curved members each having a proximal end and a distal end; and a pair of spaced apart, substantially-parallel downwardly-curved members. One of the pair of downwardly-curved members connects to the proximal ends of the upwardly-curved members and another one of the pair of downwardly-curved members connects to the distal ends of the upwardly-curved members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Ross R. Kramer
  • Patent number: 8280515
    Abstract: A method of treating chronic pain in a subject by positioning a lead containing electrodes subcutaneously in the occipital region of a subject's skull at the height of an imaginary line connecting the tops of the ears; and energizing the lead with an electrical signal effective to suppress pain, and below the level where the subject can feel the lead being energized. Typically the procedure involves a trial phase and a permanent implant phase. The procedure is known as occipital neuromodulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Joshua Greenspan
  • Patent number: 8276951
    Abstract: A door-closing device for a domestic electrical appliance comprises a frame with an aperture for the introduction of a keeper. A closing unit is arranged on the frame such that when in a closing position, the closing unit holds the keeper for the purposed of keeping the door closed and, in an open position, releases said keeper for the purposed of opening the door, said closing unit, in the course of its transfer from the open position into the closing position, draws the keeper along with it. A closing spring arrangement acts upon the closing unit to draw the keeper along with said unit. A blocking element that is movable relative to the frame to block and unblock the movement of the closing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: emz-Hanauer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventors: Albert Dirnberger, Georg Spiessl, Josef Bauriedl, Peter Nitsche
  • Patent number: 8276793
    Abstract: A fitment for use with a flexible container having a lower fitment member with a fluid conducting opening in a top surface and an upper fitment member with an upper fitment opening in an upper fitment bottom surface where the fluid conducting opening and the upper fitment opening form a fluid passageway or conduit. A wall of the flexible container is compressibly held between the top surface of the lower fitment member and the upper fitment bottom surface. The fitment may also include one or more additional walls of one or more additional flexible containers forming a bag-in-a-bag structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Nova Biomedical Corporation
    Inventors: David H. Dicks, Anand P. Panchu, John C. Balsavich, Jr., Jonas S. Campos, Jeffrey C. Chien
  • Patent number: 8268448
    Abstract: A method of joining two silicon members, the adhesive used for the method, and the joined product, especially a silicon tower for supporting multiple silicon wafers. A flowable adhesive is prepared comprising silicon particles of size less than 100 ?m and preferably less than 100 nm and a silica bridging agent, such as a spin-on glass. Nano-silicon crystallites of about 20 nm size maybe formed by CVD. Larger particles maybe milled from virgin polysilicon. If necessary, a retardant such as a heavy, preferably water-insoluble alcohol such as terpineol is added to slow setting of the adhesive at room temperature. The mixture is applied to the joining areas. The silicon parts are assembled and annealed at a temperature sufficient to link the silica, preferably at 900° C. to 1100° C. for nano-silicon but higher for milled silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Ferrotec (USA) Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Boyle, Raanan Zehavi, Amnon Chalzel
  • Patent number: 8256038
    Abstract: A urinal block for use in a conventional water-based urinal where the water has been shut off, the block includes a first block portion that makes up about forty percent to sixty percent of the urinal block and has a first portion composition substantially similar to a conventional, non-paradichlorobenzene block used in water-based urinals for deodorizing during each flush, a second block portion that makes up about forty to sixty percent of the urinal block and has a second portion composition of a blended mixture of a non-paradichlorobenzene block portion, an odor counteractant gel, and a bacterial culture gel, and a liquid-pervious and liquid-insoluble layer covering at least the second block portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Jay D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8234732
    Abstract: An orthopedic pillow has a plurality of foam layers. The plurality of foam layers includes a top foam layer made of memory foam. The top foam layer is constructed and arranged to receive a user's head. The plurality of foam layers also includes a middle foam layer made of latex foam, the middle layer defining a central opening, and a bottom layer made of latex foam. The orthopedic pillow also has a high density foam tube affixed to an edge of the top foam layer. The high density foam tube is constructed and arranged to support the user's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Roland Bacon
  • Patent number: 8210406
    Abstract: A tool lanyard wrist cuff includes a fixed, closed loop band having a first mating portion of a fastening mechanism fixedly attached to an outside surface of the closed loop band, an adjustment tab extending from the fixed, closed loop band where the adjustment tab has a second mating portion of the fastening mechanism configured for releasable engagement with the first mating portion when the fixed closed loop band is folded onto itself positioning the adjustment tab over and onto the outside surface of the closed loop band, and a lanyard retaining component integrally formed on the outside surface of the closed loop band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Darrell A. Moreau, Andre W. Moreau
  • Patent number: 8201361
    Abstract: A combination through-wall masonry flashing/drainage device having a flashing membrane with at least one reinforcing cloth adhered to at least one side of the flashing membrane. A wicking cloth made of a synthetic wicking material is then adhered to the device. The wicking cloth material is selected for wicking ability, life expectancy, mildew resistance, and strength characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: York Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: David G. Koch, Joseph G. Lincourt, Kevin D. Broad
  • Patent number: 8196685
    Abstract: An outboard electric drive attachable to a vehicle having a hitch attachable to a passenger vehicle; a momentum switch capable of detecting acceleration and deceleration; a swing arm; an electric motor; a wheel secured to the swing arm and coupled to the electric motor; an electric storage battery; and a motor controller electrically cabled to the electric motor, storage battery, and momentum switch such that the outboard electric drive applies force in the direction of vehicle travel when the momentum switch senses acceleration and applies force in the direction opposite the direction of vehicle travel when the momentum switch senses deceleration and recharges the battery. The drive can be operated in manual mode using a switch to enable the application constant force. A swing arm raising and lowering system can be provided to raise the apparatus when not in use or when the vehicle is operating in reverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: David Gugger
  • Patent number: 8197520
    Abstract: A bone loss plate for the rigid fixation of a bone having a bone gap where portions of the bone are absent, the plate includes an elongated fixation plate having a first plate side, a second plate side, a proximal portion, a distal portion, and a middle portion and a tubularly-shaped containment cage connected to the second plate side of the elongated fixation plate, the tubular containment cage having a length shorter than the elongated fixation plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventors: Anthony A. Salemi, Glenn S. Lieberman
  • Patent number: 8193461
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electrical switch (10), particularly of microswitch design, comprising at least one pair of switching contacts (42, 60), which can be moved, relative to one another, between an in-contact position and an out-of-contact position, for the purpose of making and breaking an electrical path leading via the two switching contacts (42, 60), and comprising spring means (40), which bias at least one of the two switching contacts in the direction of one of the two relative positions, the spring means (40) comprising, according to a preferred design, a helical spring (40), which is made of an electrically conductive material, is loaded substantially in the direction of its spring axis, and is located in the electrical path in series with the switching contact pair (42, 60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: emz-Hanuer GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Inventor: Georg Spiessl
  • Patent number: 8182182
    Abstract: A tie-down strap system, an offset adapter for use with a tie-down strap or rope and kits therefor are disclosed. A tie-down strap system includes an adjustable tie down strap component having a first strap secured on one end to a strap adjusting mechanism and an anchor point connector on an opposite end and a second strap having a free end removably and operably connected to the strap adjusting mechanism and an anchor point connector on an opposite end, the anchor point connector includes an connector body with an opening formed at a first body end to which a strap end is secured, and an elongated end portion extending longitudinally away from the connector body for a predefined distance and offset from the plane of the connector body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Lock N Load Systems LLC
    Inventors: Thomas A. Tardif, Douglas J. Lambert
  • Patent number: 8167734
    Abstract: A swing training device includes a guiding-arm and a resistance-arm that guides a user through a backswing and a forward swing allowing a user to hit a ball with a naturally swinging follow-through without any hindrance from the guiding components. Two computer-controlled electric motors provide rotation of the corresponding arms. The speed of rotation of the guiding-arm defines a pace of golf club movements. The speed of rotation of the resistance-arm defines the position of the club shaft relative to the user's forearms at each point of the backswing. During the forward swing the resistance-arm defines a pace of golf club movements, while the guiding-arm interactively resists the golf club movements through the guiding-arm lead, which is released from the guiding-arm by means of a trigger mechanism mounted on the distal end of the guiding-arm at a defined point of the swing controlled by the computer system a golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander Boldin
  • Patent number: 8167172
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing apparatus having a) a compressed gas or CO2 cartridge controller, b) a hydraulic pressure medium connected to the CO2 cartridge controller, c) a flow control valve connected to the hydraulic pressure medium; and d) a hydraulic piston connected to the hydraulic pressure medium, whereby a CO2 cartridge applies pressure to the hydraulic pressure medium controlled by the CO2 cartridge controller, the flow control valve is operated to precisely meter hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic piston, and the hydraulic piston provides the linear force to dispense a fluid product with similar and matching regulation under pressure. A rotary valve can be provided to use spent CO2 to retract the piston.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Advanced Fluid Product Development, LLC
    Inventor: James E. Yeames
  • Patent number: 8151504
    Abstract: An ergonomic firearm grip includes a grip body having a front strap, a rear strap, a lower palm grip portion, and an upper firearm interface portion with parallel sides, a front interface end and a rear interface end, a rear strap extension connected to the rear strap adjacent the upper firearm interface portion where the rear strap extension has a rear curved surface portion that extends horizontally away from the rear strap at the junction of the rear strap extension and the rear strap and forming the rear interface end, and a front strap extension connected to the front strap where the front strap extension has a front curved surface portion that extends horizontally away from the front strap at the junction of the front strap extension and the front strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Stark Equipment Corp.
    Inventor: Christopher Aiston
  • Patent number: 8137350
    Abstract: In an internal fixator having a sliding mechanism for treating femoral trochanteric fracture, it is intended to firmly hold the femoral head by setting a sliding direction at a high angle. The fixator is constituted of a sliding nail, a femoral head nail, and a sleeve plate. The sliding nail is inserted at a high angle of about 160° in relation to a femoral axis. The femoral head nail is inserted at a low angle of about 95°. A tip of the femoral head nail is located within the femoral head. The femoral head nail is combined and joined with the sliding nail within the bone. A sliding nail passes and slides within the sleeve of the sleeve plate. A sliding direction is consistent with a tangential direction of an inner cortical bone at a fracture side. Thus, displacement between the fracture edges is less likely to occur and excessive shortening can be avoided. With the femoral head nail, the femoral head can be firmly held.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Shu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8133260
    Abstract: A chiropractic table has a base, a table support member connected to the base and extending upward from the base, an axial-lateral-tilt mechanism laterally connected to table support member, a cephalad section connected transversely to and being supported by the table support member above the base, a head section connected to and extending longitudinally from a first cephalad section end of the cephalad section, and a caudal section interconnected with the axial-lateral-tilt mechanism and the table support member and being positioned longitudinally adjacent a second cephalad section end of the cephalad section where the axial-lateral-tilt mechanism has an axial pivot mechanism configured to axially pivot the caudal section through a predefined arc around a longitudinal pivot axis that is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the chiropractic table, the longitudinal pivot axis being located a predefined distance above the top surface of the chiropractic table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Bernwart Kellner
  • Patent number: 8131596
    Abstract: In a first embodiment, a location-aware payment system including: a smart device, the smart device including: a location sensing mechanism for detecting its location; an identification mechanism for identifying the smart device; and a wireless communication mechanism; a display device having at least one of an indicator light, a printed receipt, and a digital read out; and a server, the server including: a wireless communication mechanism communicating with the smart device and display device; and a software program loaded into the server that receives and sends out communications, calculates amounts due between a payor and a payee, issues authorization codes, and performs banking transactions between a payor and a payee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: George C. McQuilken