Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Middleton Reutlinger
  • Patent number: 7998274
    Abstract: A smoking article comprising discrete segments of smokable material having an encapsulated flavourant contained within a component of the smokable material to provide a stable release of flavourant at different points during smoking, and in particular in the final puffs. The encapsulated flavourant is incorporated within a reconstituted tobacco material for ease of manufacture and for improved flavour stabilisation. A method of making a segmented smoking article having encapsulated flavourant therein is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Souza Cruz S.A.
    Inventors: Antonio Augusto Da Silva Rodrigues, Nadia Maria de Almeida Rodrigues, legal representative, Eduardo José Faria Miranda
  • Patent number: 7988008
    Abstract: A hermetic storage system for storing wipes is provided. The hermetic storage system may include a flexible container, a first member, a second member, and a third member configured for holding the wipes. The flexible container is disposed between the first member and the second member. The third member is releasably coupled to the second member and covers an aperture defined by the second member. The hermetic storage system is configured to provide a hermetic seal when the third member is releasably engaged with the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Beauty and Closures, Inc.
    Inventors: Joachim Banik, Jon C. Alexander, Tarry P. Zielinski
  • Patent number: 7988695
    Abstract: An articulated delivery instrument for the proper positioning and placements of inserts, for example, an insert such as a lumbar interbody fusion device (“LIF”). The instrument may comprise a body and a first member slidingly coupled to the body. A rotating member for releasably retaining an insert may be pivotally coupled to a distal end of the body and the first member. A first actuator may function to translate the first member relative to the body. Translation of the first member relative to the body may rotate the rotating member relative to the instrument. A second actuator may function to transition the rotating member between release and retention of the insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventor: Justin Dye
  • Patent number: 7988003
    Abstract: A child resistant closure having a ratchet push and turn mechanism. The ratchet push and turn mechanism includes an over cap disposed over an under cap, each with ratchet teeth in operable engagement. The ratchet teeth of the closure may have a groove. Another groove may extend between adjacent ratchet teeth allowing air to escape from between the under cap and the over cap during the assembly process of the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher B. Clodfelter
  • Patent number: 7988004
    Abstract: A dispensing closure having a tamper evident device. The closure having a spout positionable between an open position and a closed position relative to a closure base. An overcap with a tamper indicating band having an anti-rotational mechanism interacting with the closure base. The closure base has a plurality of projecting flanges engaging the tamper indicating band. The projecting flanges of the closure base curve towards the spout of the dispensing closure. The tamper indicating band of the overcap is supported interiorly by the spout in both the open position and closed position of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Closures and Containers Inc.
    Inventors: J. Nathan Marret, Thomas Stoneberg, Troy Tacke
  • Patent number: 7975704
    Abstract: A smoking article in which a patch of web material such as paper containing an adsorbent material therein, such as activated carbon, is positioned towards the mouth end of the smoking article to achieve a flatter puff profile compared to a conventional cigarette by decreasing the smoke constituents in the final few puffs. Characteristics of the smoking articles may be changed to increase the delivery of smoke constituents in the first few puffs in order to maintain a constant ISO NFDPM yield. The adsorbent-containing paper extends over only a portion of the smoking article towards the mouth end and does not comprise a flavorant therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventor: Richard Thomas Fiebelkorn
  • Patent number: 7976549
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system are provided to place an insert in a space between boney structures. The insert may be rotatably coupled to the delivery instrument. The delivery instrument may comprise a body and an articulating member. The articulating member may slidably interact with the insert to rotate the insert about a pivot point. A first actuator is operatively coupled to the articulating member such that actuating the first actuator translates the articulating member relative to the body. An engagement member may be coupled to the body and adapted to releasably and rotatably secure the insert to the delivery instrument. The articulating member and the engagement member may be offset from each other in such a manner that when the articulating member engages the insert, the insert rotates relative to the delivery instrument. Alternatively, the insert may be coupled to the delivery instrument via rotatable attachment members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventors: Justin Dye, Noelle Dye, Dennis Colleran
  • Patent number: 7975990
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus are disclosed that relate to one or more aspects of an abatement system that removes heat and/or one or more byproducts of combustion from a gas flow. In various aspects a misting array assembly is provided that includes at least one nozzle tubing having at least one nozzle coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Caldwell Tanks, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. Shepherd, Mark Ammons
  • Patent number: 7972841
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exposure device for living cell cultures, the device having a medium chamber common to a plurality of cell culture chambers and medium directing means. The medium chamber, cell culture chambers and the medium directing means may be arranged so as to provide substantially contemporaneous medium exchange at the cell culture chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: British American Tobacco (Investments) Limited
    Inventors: Elan David Massey, Justine Williamson, Jeremy Francis Neale Phillips
  • Patent number: 7971860
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus are disclosed that relate to one or more aspects of an abatement system that removes heat and/or one or more byproducts of combustion from a gas flow. In various aspects a misting array assembly is provided that includes at least one nozzle tubing having at least one nozzle coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Caldwell Tanks, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. Shepherd, Mark Ammons
  • Patent number: 7971859
    Abstract: Various methods and apparatus are disclosed that relate to one or more aspects of an abatement system that removes heat and/or one or more byproducts of combustion from a gas flow. In various aspects a misting array assembly is provided that includes at least one nozzle tubing having at least one nozzle coupled thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Caldwell Tanks, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. Shepherd, Mark Ammons
  • Patent number: 7973664
    Abstract: A closure comprising a top wall with an annular side wall depending there from. An induction foil is proximate an inner surface of the top wall and may have a ring or circular configuration. An RFID device is affixed or is integral with the closure a minimum distance from and/or orientation with the induction foil as to prevent damage to the RFID device during an induction sealing process and to reduce adverse operational effects of the RFID from the foil. The RFID may be active or passive and may be proximate or integral with the top wall or integral with the side wall of the closure. The RFID may be contained within a film wherein a portion of the film is inductively sealed to the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Healthcare Packaging Inc.
    Inventors: Phil Lambert, Mark Branson, William Shankland
  • Patent number: 7963205
    Abstract: A weapon mounting system for securing a weapon such as a machine gun to a platform comprises a cradle assembly including a pair of opposed front and rear flanges having apertures therein for engaging a retaining pin to secure a weapon thereto. The cradle assembly of the present invention is formed of a single piece of high strength material, for example aluminum stainless steel or titanium. The cradle assembly further includes a pair of pintle flanges to engage a pintle, thereby enabling rotation of cradle and concomitant weapon around two axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Kiesler Police Supply, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam S. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7958961
    Abstract: A SEGWAY adapted with a mechanism to manually override the rider detection mechanical sensors to allow a golfer to choose to ride or not ride the SEGWAY while playing golf. A handle attachment extends outwardly enabling the golfer to manually steer and thus control the speed and direction of the SEGWAY while not riding the SEGWAY. The golfer can ride, walk, or run as desired in unison with the improved SEGWAY. A rider detection override mechanism is positioned under each existing step pad. A counterweight is placed at the rear of the SEGWAY to balance the SEGWAY when there is no rider present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Christopher W. Schade
  • Patent number: 7959099
    Abstract: A bolt-in toolholder assembly for a shredding device includes a rotor having a substantially cylindrical shape, a plurality of pockets formed in the rotor and spaced apart preselected distances to form preselected patterns, a bolt-in toolholder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventors: William W. Cox, George R. Sotsky
  • Patent number: D639902
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Caldwell Tanks, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Ammons, Donald W. Shepherd
  • Patent number: D640556
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Rexam Closures and Containers Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Bragg, Karla Koring, Robert J. Seib
  • Patent number: D641461
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: AAF-McQuay Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammad Usman Rafi
  • Patent number: D641462
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: AAF-McQuay Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammad Usman Rafi
  • Patent number: D642268
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Theken Spine, LLC
    Inventor: Abid Qureshi