Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP
  • Patent number: 8348079
    Abstract: The invention concerns a closure for a cylindrical can (10) The closure includes a flexible member (11) of the easy-open type secured across the open end of the can (10). A rigid, screw cap (22) is screwed over the thus sealed end of the can. An annular, resilient member (24) depending downwardly from the underside of the end wall of the cap (22), engages the membrane (11) in the vicinity of the end flange (18) of the can body (10) thereby strengthening the seal between the membrane (11) and the flange (18). This advantageously permits cooking of the contents of the can with the flexible membrane (11) in situ, thereby giving rise to a can having an easy-open end, the contents of which can are cooked and sterilized using conventional processing lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Lawson Mardon Sutton Ltd.
    Inventors: Ian Baird-Smith, Andreas Ziegler, Reinhart Geisler, Werner Hammon
  • Patent number: 8337499
    Abstract: The present invention provides surgical drilling devices and methods. An exemplary surgical drilling device in accordance with the present invention comprises a housing, a retractable guide tube assembly, and a flexible cable drill. The retractable guide tube assembly comprises an arcuate guide tube slidingly positioned in a first arcuate channel of the housing. The arcuate guide tube is operatively connected to an actuating rod slidingly positioned in a second channel of the housing wherein the actuating rod controllably advances and retracts the arcuate guide tube. The flexible cable drill comprises a first portion slidingly positioned in the arcuate guide tube and a second portion slidingly positioned in a third channel of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Dgimed Ortho, Inc.
    Inventors: Jude L. Sasing, Joseph A. Garcia, Roberto R. Fresnido, Ramon B. Gustilo
  • Patent number: 8301227
    Abstract: A tissue marking system is configured to mark a tissue sample. The tissue marking system includes an actuator portion movable between an actuated position and a non-actuated position and a jaw portion coupled to the actuator portion and movable between an open position and a closed position in response to movement of the actuator portion from the actuated position to the non-actuated position. The jaw portion includes a first tooth and a second tooth configured to engage the tissue sample when the jaw portion moves from the open position to the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Vector Surgical, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Phillips, Janet Phillips
  • Patent number: 8261586
    Abstract: A lock including a housing having an opening for a locking bolt, a locking bolt movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, an actuator positioned within the housing, and a rotary blocking device that prevents the locking bolt from moving to the unlocked position is disclosed. The lock may optionally include a tamper resistant mechanism that is designed such that attempting to forcibly move the locking bolt from the locked position to the unlocked position while the actuator remains in the locked condition causes the locking bolt to engage the tamper resistant mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Klaus W. Gartner
  • Patent number: 8256430
    Abstract: A method of using a probe that emits energy to coagulate lesions is disclosed. The probe is constructed and arranged to emit light from its distal end, either at an angle to its longitudinal axis, or along its longitudinal axis. Optionally, an end reflector may be used to direct the energy in a beam to one side of the fiber end. A reinforcing sleeve for the fiber is mounted to a shielded, Piezo-electric motor constructed and arranged to move the fiber both longitudinally and rotationally within an optional elongate cannula. An MRI system is arranged to generate a series of output signals indicative of temperature in the targeted area. The application of energy is stopped when the temperature at the boundary of the lesion reaches the required hyperthermic temperature. Cooling of the tip portion of the probe is effected by expansion of a supplied cooling fluid through a restrictive orifice into an expansion zone at the probe end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Monteris Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark G. Torchia, Richard Tyc, John S. Pacak, Ken J. McTaggart
  • Patent number: 8182622
    Abstract: The invention provides for a perchlorate-free pyrotechnic composition. In one embodiment of the present invention, the pyrotechnic composition includes from approximately sixty-seven percent (67%) to approximately seventy-eight percent (78%) of strontium nitrate [Sr(NO3)2], from approximately two percent (2%) to approximately eleven percent (11%) of potassium nitrate [KNO3], from approximately six percent (6%) to approximately fifteen percent (15%) of sulfur [S], from approximately one percent (1%) to approximately ten percent (10%) of polyvinyl chloride, from approximately one percent (1.0%) to approximately four percent (4%) of paraffin oil, and from approximately zero percent (0%) to approximately two percent (2%) of sawdust mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Standard Fusee Corporation
    Inventors: David Charles Ouart, John Alexander Conkling, Jeffrey Woodrow Johnson
  • Patent number: 8172745
    Abstract: A method of treating anal incontinence in a patient comprises providing a sling having a central portion and first and second arms, creating a subcutaneous tunnel between a first buttock incision and a second buttock incision in the patient, mechanically widening the subcutaneous tunnel to create a pocket for the central portion of the sling, grasping the first arm of the sling and pulling the sling through the subcutaneous tunnel such that the central portion of the sling rests underneath the ano-rectum, inserting an introducer needle through a first thigh incision formed in the patient and advancing the introducer needle through the first buttock incision, pulling the first sling arm through the first thigh incision, inserting the introducer needle through a second thigh incision formed in the patient and advancing the introducer needle through the second buttock incision, and pulling the second sling arm through the second thigh incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: AMS Research Corporation
    Inventor: Peter L. Rosenblatt
  • Patent number: 8142220
    Abstract: An electronic connector comprises an outer shell having a first side and a second side, an insulative seat body having a first side and a second side, a plurality of terminals extending along the first side of the insulative seat body, and a configuration aid formed on the outer shell. The insulative seat body is disposed within an interior of the outer shell such that the first side of the insulative seat body is oriented toward the first side of the outer shell and the second side of the insulative seat body is oriented toward the second side of the outer shell. The configuration aid is structured to indicate the orientation of the terminals with respect to the first side of the outer shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Jonathan C. Burns
  • Patent number: 8133177
    Abstract: A device for assessing capillary vitality comprises an inflatable cuff, a blood flow sensor and a pressure sensor in communication with the cuff, a pressure instrument in fluid communication with the cuff for inflation and deflation thereof, a microprocessor coupled to the pressure instrument for controlling airflow, at least one metabolic sensor for measuring a metabolic condition, and a computer program executable by the microprocessor. The pressure instrument includes a source of pressurized air and a conduit connecting the source of pressurized air to the cuff. The microprocessor is arranged to receive inputs from the blood flow, pressure and metabolic sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Vasamed, Inc.
    Inventors: Paulita LaPlante, Daniel J. Bartnik, Victor Kimball
  • Patent number: 8128631
    Abstract: A system and method for placing an implant into or onto supporting bone, or between adjacent bones, without impaction is disclosed. The system includes an implant, a distracter, and a sleeve. Optionally, the invention includes an alignment guide, a surgical navigational tracker, and a bone displacer. The sleeve is structured to interpose the implant and supporting bone and provide a differential engagement force between the sleeve-implant interface and the sleeve-bone interface to preferentially move the implant into, onto or between supporting bone structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Alexandria Research Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wesley D. Johnson, Daryl R. Pilarski
  • Patent number: 8127600
    Abstract: In a highway tractor trailer vehicle, a brake control sensor is operative to detect each activation of the manual trailer brake control, and a recorder receives and stores data comprising a speed of the tractor at each manual trailer brake control activation. Trailer brake wear is reduced by penalizing an operator of the tractor for each unauthorized activation of the manual trailer brake control. Testing of the connection of the tractor to the trailer is encouraged by tracking the activation of the manual trailer brake control and penalizing the operator for failure to test the connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Ken Olson
  • Patent number: 8113845
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a system and method for keeping injection reminders via stuffed doll. A stuffed doll is configured to receive a plurality of needles and a plurality of markers on the entirety of its body. The needles' locations on the stuffed doll may represent reminders of injection sites on the patient's body. The needles may represent past, current, or future injection sites, or any combination thereof. The needles may further comprise different distinctive qualities, such as thickness and changeable day of the week indicators or colors, allowing the needles to represent different injection types or times. Each needle may still further include blank labels on which a patient can record details pertinent to the specific injection instance. The markers' locations on the stuffed doll may represent reminders of future injection sites on the patient's body. The markers may further comprise different distinctive qualities and include blank labels as described with the needles above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Erika S. Koster
  • Patent number: 8060541
    Abstract: The present invention is a communication system. Further, the present invention relates to a database communication system that allows for communication between disparate databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: BE-Centric, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Dant
  • Patent number: 8032979
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for use with a carpet cleaning system having combined exhaust gases of an internal combustion engine and other hot exhaust gases expelled from a vacuum pump as a single input to a heat exchanger for heating the carpet cleaning fluid. A heat exchanger control system permits constant control of a stream of cleaning fluid both while the cleaning fluid is flowing through the heat exchanger and while the cleaning fluid is stagnant within the heat exchanger, without the potential overheat condition of the portion of cleaning fluid stagnant in the heat exchanger known in prior art devices that required a constant flow of the cleaning fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Hydramaster North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne Eric Boone
  • Patent number: 8032170
    Abstract: The method of present invention is used for addressing a broadcast message in a trunking system, in which said trunking communication system includes a base station and mobile stations. This method includes the following steps: adding a new index of trunking broadcast time slots, with all the mobile stations that support boundless capacity group call service monitoring these trunking broadcast time slots; the base station transmitting the paging message of the boundless capacity group call in the trunking broadcast time slot; and using the group identification as the broadcast address, allowing addressing to the group identification and not a single mobile station. The method of present invention efficiently solves the problem of paging channel capacity limitations of the boundless capacity group call service supported by CDMA trunking telecommunication systems, and greatly shortens the time of group call connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: ZTE Corporation
    Inventors: Yanye Chen, Xuemin Liu, Chenguang Zhang, Xiaoxia Hou
  • Patent number: 8025216
    Abstract: A method for conducting a checkless cash advance settlement is provided, including the following steps: (1) a customer initiates a Debit or Credit POS transaction via a gaming machine; (2) the customer receives authorization or denial; (3) the customer provides his identification and the credit/debit card to a cashier/attendant at the gaming station; (4) the cashier or attendant validates the customer's identity, retrieves the transaction information, and completes the cash advance application; (5) the application prints a non-negotiable instrument, such as a transaction receipt; (6) the customer signs the receipt confirming the transaction with a physical receipt or electronic capture; (7) the receipt image is stored electronically for subsequent transmittal to a central server; (8) the transaction information, including the receipt image if applicable, is recorded on the central server; and (9) the central server generates an ACH file and electronically transmits the ACH file to the casino's designated fina
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Global Cash Access, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig K. Potts, Richard Beer
  • Patent number: 8013129
    Abstract: The invention provides a protein separation device comprising a chaperone protein immobilized on a substrate. In one embodiment, the chaperone protein is an Hsp60 chaperone, preferably a group one chaperone, preferably GroEL. The invention also provides a method for isolating a protein from a biological sample using a protein separation device of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Heng Hang Tsai, Hon-Chiu Eastwood Leung
  • Patent number: D649012
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Klaus W. Gartner
  • Patent number: D670039
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Global Glove & Safety Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig S. Wagner
  • Patent number: D672346
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Karbonstream Corporation
    Inventors: Sudy Shen, Daniel K. Harden, Christopher L. Whittall, Ariel David Turgel, Elliot Ortiz, Kyle Buzzard, Sam Benavidez, Antony S. Cohen