Patents Represented by Law Firm Oppenheimer Poms Smith
  • Patent number: 5969488
    Abstract: A vibratory, motorized articulated bed including a head motor, a foot motor and a vibratory massage motor, is controlled by a remote control hand-held device. The device has (a) a first user-activated mechanism which controls an operation of at least one of the head and foot motors and (b) a second user-activated mechanism which shifts an on-off cycling rhythm of the massage motor between first and second different rhythms with the massage motor running. According to another aspect of the invention, a control circuit remotely operable by a user of the bed is provided. The control circuit includes (a) a user memory which stores a remotely-communicated user variable to indicate a user-selected preferred position of the bed, (b) a recall control by which the user can remotely command the bed to be returned to the preferred position, and (c) a handler routine which is responsive to the recall control and which returns the bed to the preferred position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Maxwell Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Leonard E. Fromson
  • Patent number: 5919926
    Abstract: Salinamides A and B are disclosed. These two bicyclic depsipeptides are produced by fermentation of a specific marine actinomycete, a Streptomyces sp, (CNB-091) in saltwater-based media. Salinamides A and B are useful as anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: William H. Fenical, Robert S. Jacobs, Paul R. Jensen
  • Patent number: 5850572
    Abstract: A Video Display FIFO includes a circular buffer and counters that allow the FIFO to properly recover from data alignment problems caused by FIFO underflow. A pair of counters store read and write pointers, which indicate the addresses of data read from and written into the buffer. Another counter stores a count of data in the buffer. Buffer underflow causes the count to go negative and the read pointer to advance ahead of the write pointer. Data written into the buffer while the total count is negative is not read out of the buffer. This allows alignment of the data to be restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventor: Gregg Dierke
  • Patent number: 5848068
    Abstract: An asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) digital electronic communication system includes an ATM communication system interconnection and termination unit (ATMCSI/TU). This ATMCSI/TU includes both a programmable microprocessor and several hardware-implemented coprocessors. The hardware-implemented coprocessors are under control of the microprocessor, and are dedicated to the performing of repetitive tasks. Thus, the microprocessor is freed to perform supervisory tasks in the ATM in addition to performing tasks associated with actual communication of digital data packages (i.e., CS-PDU's) in the ATM system. Thus, the APU is freed from doing repetitive data manipulation tasks, while these tasks are performed by one or more hardware-implemented coprocessors using memory mapped data structures and linked lists of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Daniel, Dieter Nattkemper, Subir Varma
  • Patent number: 5843769
    Abstract: The invention relates to a two-stage composter drum which includes an inner, rotatably mounted drum and an insulated, stationary, outer drum. Waste is introduced into an opening at one end of the inner drum where it is partially degraded and then discharge through openings at the other end of the inner drum into the annular space provided between the inner and outer drums. The outer surface of the inner drum is provided with means for mixing and moving the composted waste contained within the annular space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Biolan Oy
    Inventor: Markku Jonninen
  • Patent number: 5836459
    Abstract: A compact, high-visibility display rack and assembly system is disclosed. The innovative display rack includes a base, a pair of sides, and a mounting bracket which is connected to the base and the sides at an angle relative to the horizontal elongated plane of the base. Because the mounting bracket is at an angle relative to the base and the rest of the display rack, when the rack is mounted on a supporting surface, the display rack extends outward from the supporting surface at an acute angle, providing an angular view of the front of product packages contained therein. In addition, the top, most of the front, and a portion of a side of the display rack is open, allowing for easy access of the product packages contained therein. Furthermore, the sides of the display rack are built using wire-frame construction or transparent plastic to further enhance the visibility and the ease of access of the contents therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph F. Nezwek, James R. Plumb
  • Patent number: 5836017
    Abstract: A corsage mounting device including a small wire element having two ends. Each end having buttons with holes wherein the wire ends are inserted therein in order to attach the corsage to a wearer's garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventors: Saburo Hironaga, Taylor Rudd
  • Patent number: 5838163
    Abstract: Signals (including probes) from an external system are selectively connected to a plurality of unsingulated dies on a semiconductor wafer with a minimum number of connections and an electronic selection mechanism resident on the wafer. The electronic selection mechanism is connected to the individual dies by conductive lines on the wafer. The electronic selection mechanism is capable of providing the external signals (or connecting the external probe) to a single die or groups of the dies, and electronically "walking through" the entire plurality of unsingulated dies. Redundant conductive lines may be provided. Diodes and/or fuses may be provided in conjunction with the conductive lines, to protect against various faults which may occur in the conductive lines. Redundant electronic selection mechanisms may also be provided to ensure the ability to selectively provide signals to the unsingulated dies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Rostoker, Carlos Dangelo, James Koford
  • Patent number: 5834436
    Abstract: Acyloxyalkyl esters of phosphate-containing second messengers which are capable of permeating cell membranes. Once inside the cell, the ester derivatives undergo enzymatic conversion to the biologically active form of the second messenger. The acyloxyalkyl esters have the formula: ##STR1## wherein A.sub.1 to A.sub.6 is H, OH, F or ##STR2## wherein R is an alkyl group having from 2 to 6 carbon atoms and R' is H or CH.sub.3 or R is CH.sub.3 and R' is CH.sub.3 and wherein at least one of A.sub.1 to A.sub.6 is a phosphoester having the formula set forth above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Roger Y. Tsien, Carsten Schultz, Wenhong Li
  • Patent number: 5832934
    Abstract: A hand held portable humidor for cigars including a humidifying material for maintaining a substantially constant relative humidity within the humidor, the humidor including an upper housing and a lower housing which is formed of a material less rigid than the upper housing, with the lower housing being telescopically fitted within the upper housing such that a sliding seal is maintained between the upper housing and the lower housing. The upper housing includes an inwardly directed ridge; and the lower housing includes an outwardly directed ridge which contacts the inward directed ridge of the upper housing when the humidor is in a fully extended configuration preventing the lower housing from separating from the upper housing. The upper housing includes an exterior surface to which a cigar cutter is detachably secured. The humidor also includes a lid secured to the upper housing and an enclosure sized to receive the humidifying material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Pacific Handy Cutter
    Inventor: G. Gerry Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5823302
    Abstract: For a shopping cart wheel, for example, a toggle brake assembly which can be automatically actuated by an audio frequency signal when the cart is taken out of a designated area. When actuated, a battery-powered solenoid coil of the brake assembly is energized, drawing a coil spring catch away from a locking position on a toggle. The toggle then drops with a pivotal or axial movement to a braking position against the wheel, either against the outside or inside of the wheel depending on the brake embodiment used. As the wheel rotates in either direction, the toggle wedges or hooks to brake the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Quentin David Schweninger
  • Patent number: 5823981
    Abstract: An orthopaedic support having outer and inner resilient layers wherein the outer resilient layer is comprised of neoprene or another material suitable for surrounding and supporting a portion of the human anatomy through compression and a inner resilient layer generally coextensive with a substantial portion of the outer resilient layer which may be comprised of a material selected to enhance the performance and comfort of the orthopaedic support. The inner and outer resilient layers may be secured together in discrete zones but are otherwise freely stretchable or movable relative to one another. Where desired, the outer resilient layer may be provided with an aperture configured to receive a discrete area of the supported body member such as the knee cap which may be sensitive to pressure. The inner resilient layer of such a support may be provided with a corresponding aperture or, in the alternative, the inner resilient layer may extend across the aperture in the outer resilient layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Royce Medical Company
    Inventors: Tracy E. Grim, Alec D. Bobroff, John Morgan Bourne, Joseph Michael Iglesias
  • Patent number: 5819419
    Abstract: A letter opening device, having a letter opening blade for opening envelopes which is molded partially within a plastics molded body suitable for being hand held and for cutting open envelopes is provided with a generally rectangular recess in the body of a size to receive a business card, or the like, therein for display laterally for the body. Card retaining tabs are molded integrally of the body to retain the business card within the recess and a transparent flexible window member is provided for overlying the card in the recess. End tabs are formed integrally of the window member which cooperate with slots formed in the body to maintain the window member in assembled relation to the letter opener device in overlying relation to the business card being displayed by the letter opener device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Pacific Handy Cutter, Inc.
    Inventor: G. Gerry Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5822214
    Abstract: Several inventions are disclosed. A cell architecture using hexagonal shaped cells is disclosed. The architecture is not limited to hexagonal shaped cells. Cells may be defined by clusters of two or more hexagons, by triangles, by parallelograms, and by other polygons enabling a variety of cell shapes to be accommodated. Polydirectional non-orthogonal three layer metal routing is disclosed. The architecture may be combined with the tri-directional routing for a particularly advantageous design. In the tri-directional routing arrangement, electrical conductors for interconnecting terminals of microelectronic cells of an integrated circuit preferably extend in three directions that are angularly displaced from each other by 60.degree.. The conductors that extend in the three directions are preferably formed in three different layers. A method of minimizing wire length in a semiconductor device is disclosed. A method of minimizing intermetal capacitance in a semiconductor device is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: LSI Logic Corporation
    Inventors: Michael D. Rostoker, James S. Koford, Ranko Scepanovic, Edwin R. Jones, Gobi R. Padmanahben, Ashok K. Kapoor, Valeriv B. Kudryavtsev, Alexander E. Andreev, Stanislav V. Aleshin, Alexander S. Podkolzin
  • Patent number: 5816623
    Abstract: A self-locking quick-disconnect coupling device includes a female coupler including a stop formed thereon and an opening defined therethrough. A male adaptor through which a recess is defined is insertable into the female coupler. A cam handle includes a handle portion and a cam portion rotatably mounted on the coupler between a releasing and an engaging position so that the cam portion is moved through the hole into the recess. A hooking element is pivotably linked to the handle portion. The hooking element includes a barb projecting therefrom and including an inclined surface. A locking control element including first and second distal ends is pivotably linked to the handle portion. The inclined surface will slide on the stop when the cam portion is pivoted from the releasing position to the engaging position thus allowing the barb to snap into engagement with the stop when the cam handle is in the engaging position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: King Chang
  • Patent number: 5816247
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for EEG monitoring provides multi-dimensional classification of EEG samples, using a neural network having multiple outputs trained upon a training set of samples to define an n-dimensional space in which to classify the samples and provide to the user a display of that space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: RDM Consultants Ltd.
    Inventor: Douglas E. Maynard
  • Patent number: D401063
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Norman Curtis Yamamoto, Bruce A. Carter
  • Patent number: D403175
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: Shahriar Dardashti
  • Patent number: D414137
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Royal Truck Bodies, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Joaquin Aros, Sylvan S. Throndson Aros
  • Patent number: D420271
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Pacific Handy Cutter
    Inventor: Robert B. Wenk