Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Middleton Reutlinger
  • Patent number: 8142508
    Abstract: A spinal cage with a wall extending in a longitudinal direction defining an interior space is disclosed. There is also provided a deployable element in movable relation to the spinal cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: James Bruffey, Eric A. Lab, Bret Everette Hartzell, Adam C. Sclafani
  • Patent number: 8142299
    Abstract: A wrist guide for athletic training comprises a first wrist structure extending along a user's wrist, the first wrist structure having a first end and a second end, the first wrist structure having an inner surface and an outer surface, a curved element having a first end connected to the first wrist structure and a second end connected to a second wrist structure, the second wrist structure extending from the curved element above the first wrist structure, a visual aid receiver on an upper surface of the second wrist structure, the receiver having a first portion for receiving a visual aid and a second portion in communication with the first portion for movement of the visual aid, the visual aid positioned in the receiver and being positionable in at least one of a first orientation wherein the visual aid is substantially perpendicular to an outer surface of the second wrist structure and a second orientation wherein the visual aid is substantially parallel to the outer surface of the second wrist brace stru
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Sarmad Shah
  • Patent number: 8141559
    Abstract: The invention describes a filter (1) with a first filter portion (6) comprising an adsorbent, for example carbon, and/or a catalyst, capable of reducing various vapor phase constituents of cigarette smoke. The adsorbent/catalyst is separated from a second filter portion by means of a barrier (2) having pores therein of pore size less than 0.1 ?m. The invention also describes a smoking article in which a rod of smoking material, with or without encapsulated flavor, is attached to the above described filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Peter James Branton, Philip Richard Hunt
  • Patent number: 8136533
    Abstract: A smoking article having one or more reconstituted tobacco split inner wrap strips is described. One or more split inner wrap strips extend coaxially along the tobacco column between the inner surface of an outer wrap of cigarette paper and the tobacco column. The tobacco blend includes burley and a second tobacco, such as flue-cured, oriental, Maryland, or rare and exotic tobaccos, and combinations thereof. This blend improves burley smoke character without increasing Hoffman analyte levels, especially tobacco-specific nitrosamines (i.e., TNSAs). A cigarette with an improved burley smoke character without increasing Hoffman analyte levels is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: John-Paul Mua, Luis Monsalud, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8123058
    Abstract: A closure having a stopping mechanism whereby a stop lug is positionable between a flexed and unflexed position relative to a spring gap. The stop lug may project from a skirt of the closure top wall. The spring gap is positioned adjacent the stop lug to provide an area for the stop lug to travel when outside forces are applied to the stop lug and subsequently return back to the unflexed position. The stop lug may have a substantially vertical support rib in combination with a plurality of annularly spaced ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Brozell, Kiran M. D'Silva, C. Edward Luker, J. Nathan Marret, John D. Mitchell, Mark K. Branson, Clifton C. Willis
  • Patent number: 8118040
    Abstract: A container for supporting particulate matter is provided. The container includes a base providing a chamber configured to receive particulate matter and a cover coupled to the base and movable relative to the base between a closed position and an open position. The container also includes a sifter supported at the base. The sifter includes a first member having at least one dispensing aperture extending therethrough and a second member having at least one dispensing aperture extending therethrough. The second member is movable between a first position in which the at one dispensing aperture of the first member is at least partially out of alignment with the at least one dispensing aperture of the second member and a second position in which the at one dispensing aperture of the first member is in greater alignment with the at least one dispensing aperture of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Beauty and Closures, Inc.
    Inventor: Kyle M. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8113217
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filter-tip cigarette with a tobacco rod (1) wrapped in a cigarette paper and a filter (6) wrapped along its length in tipping paper (4) or other wrapper being other than plugwrap, and a strip of material (5) fully covering the tipping paper of the filter and the cigarette paper of the wrapped tobacco rod in the region of the abutment between tobacco rod and filter bonds together the filter and tobacco rod. In addition, the invention relates to a process for the manufacture of such a filter, which may also be employed for the manufacture of ‘double unit cigarettes’.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventor: Horst Grzonka
  • Patent number: 8109396
    Abstract: A bi-injected closure is provided which includes a gripping area molded on the exterior of the closure through a bi-injection technique. As a result of the closure having a high frictional material positioned on the exterior of the closure, the slide area acts to allow the closure to move freely and unrestricted in material handling machinery without the gripping material restricting movement of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Clayton Robinson, William J. Shankland
  • Patent number: 8104484
    Abstract: A smoking article such as a cigarette, or a smoke filter or other component thereof, comprises a catalyst for the oxidation of carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. The catalyst comprises gold, and an oxide of zinc or titanium. Titania and mixed oxides of zinc and copper or aluminum are preferred (TiO2, ZnO, ZnAlOx or CuZnOx). The gold preferably comprises species in the metallic state)(Au0), together with species in an oxidized state (Au?+).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Peter James Branton, Stephen John Roberts, Elma van der Lingen
  • Patent number: 8104098
    Abstract: A glove, particularly useful for automobile mechanic work and other types of working environments or sports which brings the dorsal side of the hand in contact with hard objects or the like which may result in injuries to the knuckles of the fingers, thumb and dorsal side of the hand is provided with padding positioned to circumscribe the center axis of rotation of the metacarpalphalangeal joints of the fingers and the thumb. The pad covers the distal ends of the metacarpals and the proximal ends of the proximal phalanxes of the fingers with padding being absent at the metacarpalphalangeal joints of the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Hillerich & Bradsby Co.
    Inventor: James M. Kleinert
  • Patent number: 8101002
    Abstract: A front access frame sealing mechanism for filter cassettes comprising at least one pair of posts extending inwardly from opposing sidewalls of a filter cassette housing wherein the posts have a head with a diameter exceeding that of the shaft of the post. At least one camming retainer is mounted adjacent each opposing sidewall about a post wherein each of camming retainer has a cam with a centrally oriented aperture with a diameter greater than the diameter of the post head for mounting about the posts. The cams have a flat portion and a extending handle portion, the flat portion becomes adjacent a sealing channel when in a sealing position. A sealing channel is adjacent each sidewall of the housing with a linear side adjacent front edges of at least one upstream filter cassette and having a channel holding each of the cams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: AAF-McQuay Inc.
    Inventors: Keiron O'Connell, Jeffrey T. Deye, Robert C. McNeill
  • Patent number: 8100972
    Abstract: A spinal cage with a wall extending in a longitudinal direction defining an interior space is disclosed. There is also provided a deployable element in movable relation to the spinal cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: James Bruffey, Eric A. Lab, Bret Everette Hartzell, Adam C. Sclafani
  • Patent number: 8075774
    Abstract: A gas baffle for a waste water treatment plant filter housing that includes a first and second deflecting plate. The gas baffle has at least one flow-through opening defined by the first and second deflecting plates. The combination of the first and second deflecting plates deflects rising gas bubbles and any solid particulates so that the bubbles and particulates do not enter the filter housing. The gas baffle may include exterior apertures to dissipate the rising gas bubbles that travel on the bottom surface of each deflecting plate. The gas baffle may be integrally formed with the filter housing or created separately and subsequently connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Bear Onsite, LLC
    Inventor: Theophilus B. Terry, III
  • Patent number: D650082
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Kelly D. Roggenkamp
  • Patent number: D650483
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Kelly D. Roggenkamp
  • Patent number: D652130
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: AAF-McQuay Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammad Usman Rafi
  • Patent number: D652498
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: AAF-McQuay Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammad Usman Rafi
  • Patent number: D655419
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Kelly D. Roggenkamp
  • Patent number: D655471
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Papa John's International, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Schnatter
  • Patent number: D655731
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Republic Machine, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Cox, George R. Sotsky