Patents Represented by Attorney Mueller and Smith, LPA
  • Patent number: 7141676
    Abstract: Water-soluble discrete multi-biotin-containing compounds with at least three (3) biotin moieties are disclosed. The water-soluble biotin-containing compounds may additionally comprise one or more moieties that confer resistance to cleavage by biotinidase or that is cleavable in vitro or in vivo. The discrete multi-biotin-containing compounds may include a reactive moiety that provides a site for reaction with yet another moiety, such as a targeting, diagnostic or therapeutic functional moiety. Biotinylation reagents comprising water-soluble linker moieties are also disclosed and may additionally comprise a biotinidase protective group. Methods for amplifying the number of sites for binding biotin-binding proteins at a selected target using multi-biotin compounds also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: University of Washington
    Inventors: D. Scott Wilbur, Pradip M. Pathare, Donald K. Hamlin, Feng Wan
  • Patent number: 7137350
    Abstract: A catamaran has a pair of spaced-apart pontoons, each having a forward tapered end and a rearward end. An underwing is affixed to the pontoons and spans therebetween. A platform is pivotally connected to the underwing forward end and/or rearward end and conforms to the pontoons at their forward tapered end or their rearward end, respectively. A power assembly is connected to the platform for lowering or raising the platform from a stowed position to a plurality of working positions—including positions below the waterline—of the catamaran and for raising or lowering the platform back to the stowed position. For protecting the craft from damage, the platform also can carry a deployable extending ramp formed from a pair of spaced-apart floating pontoons with a walkway extending between the floating pontoons. A novel fendering system for the craft also is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: William L. Waldock
  • Patent number: 7111853
    Abstract: A transportable container for electrical devices having aluminum bottom, top and end panels. The top and bottom panels are configured having spaced apart interior and exterior sheet members laser welded to a corrugate stiffener. Each end panel is structured with an exterior sheet member spaced from an interior plurality of drawer guides laser welded to a corrugate stiffener. A plurality of aluminum drawers are mounted upon the drawer guides, each having an air entrance opening at its back communicating with air transfer outlets at a fan charged air distribution plenum. Conditioned a. c. power is provided at receptacles within each drawer as well as LAN connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Tracewell Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt S. Tracewell, Luke J. Eichhorn
  • Patent number: 7108196
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for depositing liquid brine on roadway surface. Substantially horizontally disposed streamer nozzles are employed in conjunction with brine pumps which are operated in correspondence with the forward speed of the treatment vehicle. Substantially horizontally disposed streamer nozzles express the fluid at a rate corresponding with the vehicle forward velocity to effect a relative zero velocity relationship between the pavement and liquid. These streamer nozzles are mounted close to the pavement surface at a location effective to avoid truck induced air turbulence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventor: James A. Kime
  • Patent number: 7097553
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for forming a shaped meat product by cutting under compression. Male and female die assemblies carried by dual conveyers are loaded with meat components and brought together in compression to define a die. The assemblies are formed with arrays of blade receiving slits and are conveyor transported to a cutting station. At the station, carriage mounted dynamic blades are maneuvered into the slits from the outward sides of the die assemblies to form any of a broad variety of geometric-shaped meat products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Jeffrey P. Smith
  • Patent number: 7092760
    Abstract: Electrobiological stimulation is carried out transcranially by applying high frequency squarewave bursts exhibiting no d.c. term across the cranial region. Such stimulation is commenced employing ramp generators and positive and negative voltage converters which evolve the requisite baseform and burst frequencies having a voltage waveform which is square in nature. Both voltage and current are sensed and subjected to comparator logic in conjunction with predetermined thresholds and windows. Overcurrent detection and overvoltage detection is provided in hard wired fashion to assure rapid shutdown response. D.C offset detection is provided along with waveform balance tests to further assure the safety of the system. Diagnostic procedures as well as therapeutic procedures may be carried out with a system version which provides for the application of a stimulus in conjunction with safety monitoring and controller based development of stimulating waveforms, all of which exhibits no d.c. term.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Foster Bio Technology Corporation
    Inventors: George B. Foster, Thomas L. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 7081584
    Abstract: Method and system for converting solar energy into electrical energy utilizing serially coupled multijunction-type photovoltaic cells in conjunction with a form of spectral cooling. The latter cooling is carried out by removing ineffective solar energy components from impinging concentrated light, inter alia, through the utilization of dichroics or the conversion of ineffective solar energy components to effective energy components by means of luminescence, phosphorescence, or fluorescence. Ineffective solar energy components are described as those exhibiting wavelengths outside the bandgap energy defined wavelength and an associated wavelength defined band of useful photon energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Inventor: William J. Mook
  • Patent number: 7065970
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for operating a condenser of the type having a housing inside of which is disposed a bundle of water tubes, a steam inlet for steam to flow inside the housing for contacting the tube bundle for cooling, and having a stagnant air zone during operation wherein any air in-leakage preferentially collects and condensate in the air zone becomes subcooled. A trough or drain is placed beneath the stagnant air zone for collecting subcooled condensate from the stagnant air zone. Collected subcooled condensate is transported from the trough or drain in a pipe to said steam inlet. The transported condensate is injected with an injector for contacting with steam entering the condenser, whereby the injected condensate is heated by the steam for expelling dissolved oxygen in the injected condensate. Advantageously, the condenser is fitted with an array of temperature sensors at the stagnant air zone for determination of its presence and/or size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Joseph W. C. Harpster
  • Patent number: 7056522
    Abstract: A method for applying a barrier to structures to prevent the infiltration of pest species (unwanted organisms) uses a (e.g., coating) composition formed from a polyurethane (e.g., film-forming) polymer system and a pellet comprising a pesticide incorporated into a sorbent and dispersed in the polyurethane polymer system. The composition protects the structure by application either to the structure or to a pathway that leads to the structure. Advantageous polymer systems include polyurethanes rich in urea linkages and predominating in aliphatic and alicyclic backbones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Termiguard Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Van Voris, Dominic A. Cataldo, Edward S. Lipinsky
  • Patent number: 7048131
    Abstract: An open frame display shelf assembly formed of elongate parallel base rods to which are connected an array of rod beams arranged transversely to the base rods and bent upwardly to support forward and rearward wall-forming rods. The wall-forming rods are arranged to provide receptor gaps. The shelves are supported from cantilevered sidewalls also containing receptor gaps. A bracket assembly with two adjusting components and three triangularly oriented connectors permit attitude adjustments of the shelf. A sign mount at the forward walls of the shelving is tiltable to accommodate the attitude of the shelf assembly. Sign support assemblies, carrying product identifying visual patterns may be pivotally mounted from the forward edge of forward region of one shelf to freely abuttably rest upon the forward wall of the next lower adjacent shelf. To access the product, the customer pivotally lifts the sign support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventors: Kenneth F. Gay, Kenneth R. Gay
  • Patent number: 7048756
    Abstract: Method, system and apparatus for monitoring target tissue temperatures wherein temperature sensors are configured as passive resonant circuits each, with a unique resonating signature at monitoring temperatures extending below a select temperature setpoint. The resonant circuits are configured with an inductor component formed of windings about a ferrite core having a Curie temperature characteristic corresponding with a desired temperature setpoint. By selecting inductor winding turns and capacitance values, unique resonant center frequencies are detectable. Temperature monitoring can be carried out with implants at lower threshold and upper limit temperature responses. Additionally, the lower threshold sensors may be combined with auto-regulated heater implants having Curie transitions at upper temperature limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Apasara Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Philip E. Eggers, John L. Ridihalgh, Mark Mayerchak, Gary Altman
  • Patent number: 7045978
    Abstract: A multi-channel induction accelerator (MIAC) comprised of the injector block, the drive source, the output device, and the multi-channel induction acceleration block. The latter is made in the form of an aggregate of one-channel linear induction acceleration blocks (including those which are oriented parallel one to other), each of which is made in the form of a sequence of the linearly connected acceleration sections, each of which, in turn, is made in the form of one or a few magnetic inductors enveloped by a conductive screen. Therein, at least one of the conductive screens is made in such a manner that it envelops at least two acceleration sections, which belong to different one-channel linear induction acceleration blocks. The invention allows to increase electric voltage in acceleration spaces of the acceleration sections without increasing the current strength in the inductors winding, and to increase efficiency of the accelerator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Viara Research, LLC
    Inventors: Victor V. Kulish, Alexandria C. Melnyk, Aleck K. Landgraf
  • Patent number: 7041101
    Abstract: Method, system and apparatus for carrying out electrosurgical procedures interstitially. Elevated temperature fluid such as steam generated by an instrument born electrosurgical cutting arc is evacuated through an intake port located adjacent the cutting electrode. Instrument cannula surface heating caused by transport of the heated fluid is isolated. Such thermal isolation is provided by a thermal shield which may be configured as an enveloping sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Neothermia Corporation
    Inventor: Philip E. Eggers
  • Patent number: 7039448
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to method and apparatus for non-invasively measuring the concentration of an unknown blood analyte present in a patient. The method involves determining the concentration of a reference analyte present in the patient. Using the non-invasive optical instrument of the invention, the concentrations of the reference analyte and unknown analyte are measured. If the measured reference analyte concentration and determined reference analyte concentration are substantially the same, then the measured unknown analyte concentration is displayed. If the measured reference analyte concentration and determined reference analyte concentration are not substantially the same, then an adjustment factor is applied to the measured unknown analyte concentration and the unknown analyte concentration is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: DIRAmed, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Schlegel, John M. Rihl, Steven V. Ricca
  • Patent number: 7030577
    Abstract: A multi-channel undulation induction accelerator of charged particles, comprising an injector block, drive source, output systems, turning systems, and induction acceleration block, which is made in the form of at least two one-channel linear induction acceleration blocks (including those that are placed parallel with one to other), linked by means of turning systems, each of which connects an output of one of the one-channel linear induction acceleration blocks with an input of another, similar block. At least one of the turning systems is made in the form of a sequence of fragments of solenoid, which are joined with each other in such a manner that they form a working channel for the charged particle beam, which accomplish a 180° or less angle turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Viara Research, LLC
    Inventors: Victor V. Kulish, Alexandra C. Melnyk, Aleck K. Landgraf
  • Patent number: 7030102
    Abstract: The present invention is based on the unexpected discovery that CoQ-10 can be made commercially in a highly bioavailable form suitable for topical, sublingual formulations, or for oral ingestion. One such bioavailable form is a water dispersible freeze-dried CoQ-10/?-cyclodextrin complex. Complexation in general with ?- or ?-cyclodextrin improved the cellular uptake of CoQ-10 as compared to water dispersible liposomal or micellar forms of CoQ-10. Thus, the present invention includes a highly bioavailable CoQ-10/cyclodextrin complex for use in the nutritional supplement, oral care, and pharmaceutical industry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: BioActives, LLC
    Inventors: Doddabele L. Madhavi, Daniel I. Kagan
  • Patent number: 7026773
    Abstract: System, method and apparatus for commutating a multiphase motor utilizing a single sensor. Commutation is carried out by employing a sensible system which incorporates phase commutating transition attributes. A motor is started by assigning a starting phase for a given direction of motor direction. An aligning phase initially is energized to orient the rotor so as to provide adequate starting phase start-up torque. Following such alignment and start-up, the motor is operated in response to transitions of the sensible system. In one aspect, a reference phase attribute may be incorporated in the sensible system to provide a mandated reference phase energization when the rotor is oriented for reference phase activation. Further described is a sensible system magnetic region configuration which is combined with a single package Hall effect sensor to provide three-phase unipolar and four-phase commutation with absolute phase defining information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Petersen Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Christian C. Petersen
  • Patent number: 7018041
    Abstract: A contact lens has an inner surface adapted to be placed against the eye of a wearer and an outer surface bearing a cosmetic holographic optical diffraction grating that, when worn by a wearer, displays color to an observer of the contact lens. The holographic optical diffraction grating can diffract incident light to display one or more colors to the observer, or can be formed as an alphanumeric character(s) or graphic display to the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Luckoff Display Corporation
    Inventor: Jefferson E. Odhner
  • Patent number: 7012385
    Abstract: The invention addresses a multi-channel induction accelerator with external channels, which in its broadest form includes an injector block, a drive system, a block of output systems, and a multi-channel induction accelerative block. The multi-channel induction accelerative block is formed of an aggregate of linear induction acceleration blocks (including those that are placed parallel one with respect to the other), each acceleration block being formed from a sequence of linearly connected acceleration sections. Each acceleration section comprises one or more magnetic inductors enveloped by a conductive screening. One or more inner accelerative channels are placed axially within the inner parts of the conductive screening and have one or more azimuthally oriented slits. One or more channel electrodes are connected electrically with different parts of the inner parts of the conductive screening that are separated by the slit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Viara Research, LLC
    Inventors: Victor V. Kulish, Alexandra C. Melnyk
  • Patent number: D518997
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: T.C. Marketing Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Timothy Salkow, Robert Chad Raymond, Kurt Robert Wendling