Patents Represented by Law Firm Phillips, Moore, Lempio & Finley
  • Patent number: 5159989
    Abstract: An automatic leveling system for a four-wheel vehicle system having outrigger assemblies at each of the four corners of the vehicle chassis and in which each outrigger assembly has an outrigger pad and a hydraulic cylinder for moving the pad downwardly and upwardly relative to the ground. The leveling system includes a low-pressure high-flow source of hydraulic fluid which is connected for one-way flow into the head ends of all four of the cylinders to lower all pads to the ground and then maintain them in contact with the ground. A level sensor senses the relative levelness of the right front and left rear corners of the vehicle and high-pressure low-flow hydraulic fluid is connected to the head end of the cylinder at the lower of those two corners to raise that corner of the vehicle relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: Up-Right International Manufacturing, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gerald L. Claxton
  • Patent number: 5157942
    Abstract: An improved regenerative absorption refrigeration cycle having a high COP and a commercially practicable pumping system. In the basic cycle, an ammonia/water solution is boiled in an externally-heated generator (11). The boiled-off ammonia vapor is cooled (14) in a regenerator (16), condensed (28), expanded to low pressure (32), and boiled in an evaporator (34) to extract heat from fluid circulating to and from a cooling load (41). The low-pressure liquid ammonia returns (46) to the regenerator (16) and is absorbed back into the low-pressure water from the generator. The solution is then cooled in a low-pressure absorber (50), pumped (53) to a high-pressure conduit (57) which is heated by the regenerator heat before going back to the generator 11. The improved cycle uses at least one intermediate absorber stage 60 to absorb more ammonia vapor (69, 71) into the solution coming from the lower pressure absorber (50) to produce a cooled solution of higher ammonia concentration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: Kim Dao
  • Patent number: 5157136
    Abstract: The present invention relates a precursor metal organic compound of the formula:(R.sub.3 --Si).sub.3 --Y--Q--M--A (I)wherein M is selected from the Group IIb elements of zinc, cadmium, or mercury;A is selected from amide, alkyl having from 1 to 10 carbon atoms, aryl, substituted aryl, or --Q'--Y'--(Si--R'.sub.3).sub.3 L.sub.2 wherein L is selected from nothing or a Lewis base ligand,Q and Q' are each independently selected from Group VIa elements of sulfur, selenium, or tellurium; andY and Y' are each independently selected from carbon, silicon, germanum and tin, andR and R' are each independently selected from alkyl having from 1 to 10 carbon atoms, aryl or substituted aryl.In a preferred embodiment, A is --Q'--Y'--(Si--R'.sub.3)L.sub.2 where L is nothing or a Lewis base ligand, especially wherein Q.dbd.Q', Y.dbd.Y' and R.dbd.R'. Methods of producing these compounds are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1992
    Assignee: Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: John Arnold, Phillip J. Bonasia
  • Patent number: 5151224
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process of manufacture of an essentially smooth texture-free conductive polymer comprising poly(dithiophene) which is subsequently doped with a dopant comprising an organometallic compound, preferably an optionally substituted metal phthalocyanine. Specifically, the process relates to a process to produce a smooth, texture-free conductive polymer comprising poly(dithiophene) and an organometallic compound which process comprises:A. contacting a solution itself comprising:(a) dithiophene is present in between about 0.01 and 0.001 M concentration;(b) a water-soluble salt of an optionally substituted organometallic wherein the metal is selected from iron, copper, cobalt or nickel, at a concentration of between about 0.01 and 10 mM;(c) in a solution of acetonitrile/water in a ratio of between about 30:70 and 10:90 percent by volume with a cycling potential of between about 0.1 volts and 10 volts at between about and C. for between about (0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Assignee: Osaka Gas Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Marc J. Madou, Subhash C. Narang, Takaaki Otagawa, Sharon Wing
  • Patent number: 5143737
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved method for the modification of a food for a ruminant mammal such that the mammal will produce a modified milk fat or meat fat which method comprises:(a) producing an emulsion of(i) a non-toxic food substance to be encapsulated; and(ii) an acid sensitive nontoxic crosslinkable material which will surround and encapsulate the substance with the proviso that no added crosslinking chemical is present in the emulsion; (b) subjecting the emulsion to reaction conditions which crosslink the crosslinkable material and encapsulate the substance. Specifically, the method is useful to encapsulate emulsified unsaturated fatty acids with a natural protein such as whey protein concentrate containing a reducing sugar, such as lactose, with crosslinking and encapsulating using the Maillard browning reaction. Cattle sheep or goats feed the modified food produce a higher level of unsaturated milk fat and meat fat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: Thomas Richardson
  • Patent number: 5141627
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a group of organic chelators whose affinity for calcium ion in solution is increased by electromagnetic radiation. Specifically, the chelators are related to BAPTA and utilize the addition of an electron-withdrawing group (e.g., diazocarbonyl) to a ring of BAPTA, para to the amino group. Photochemical rearrangement of the diazoacetyl group converts the group to the electron-donating carboxymethyl group, causing the calcium ion efficiency to increase 25 to 50 fold. These chelators when incorporated into rat fibroblasts either by microinjection or by incubation as the membrane-permeable, enzymatically-labile tetraacetoxymethyl ester and flash-photolyzed cause a drop in intracellular free calcine ion to or below resting valves of about 10.sup.-7 M. These chelators are used to generate controlled fast removal of intracellular free calcium ion to mimic or modulate a number of important cellular responses, especially in nerve or muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Roger Y. Tsien, Stephen R. Adams
  • Patent number: 5134232
    Abstract: The invention discloses fluorescent chelator compounds that are especially useful to monitor and measure cytosolic concentrations of alkali metal cations such as Na.sup.+, K.sup.+, and Li.sup.+. The new compounds are comprised of: (1) crown ethers (that may or may not have substituent groups attached to the core carbons, but will always contain at least one core nitrogen) that are linked via the core nitrogen(s) to at least one (2) fluorophore that contains an additional heteroaromatic liganding center. In the currently preferred dye, SBFI, the core compound is crown ether 1,7-diaza-4,10,13-trioxacyclopentadecane and the heteroaromatic fluorophores are benzofurans that are linked to isophthalate groups. Selectivities for Na.sup.+ over K.sup.+ of about 20 are observed, resulting in effective dissociation constants for Na.sup.+ of about 20 mM against a background of 120 mM K.sup.+. Increasing [Na.sup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Roger Y. Tsien, Akwasi Minta
  • Patent number: 5134042
    Abstract: The present invention relates to solid materials for use as electrolyte for a fuel cell, or for a sensor, or as a catalyst. Representative structures include lanthanum fluoride, lead potassium fluoride, lead bismuth fluoride, lanthanum strontium fluoride, lanthan strontium lithium fluoride, calcium uranium, cesium fluoride, PbSnFy, KSn.sub.2 F.sub.4, SrCl.sub.2.KCl, LaOF.sub.2, PbSnF.sub.8.PbSnO, lanthanum oxyfluoride, oxide, calcium fluoride, SmNdFO, and the like. In another aspect, the present invention relates to a composite and a process to obtain it of the formula:A.sub.1-y ByQO.sub.3having a perovskite or a perovskite-type structure as an electrode catalyst in combination with:A.sub.y B.sub.1-y F.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Marc J. Madou, Takaaki Otagawa, Arden Sher
  • Patent number: 5131177
    Abstract: A portable and reversible lightweight sticker display system is disclosed for stickers and the like. Each of the various embodiments includes a display board of various configurations each defining slots for capturing a support device along each side edge, and stiffening rods for high temperature and windy applications. In each embodiment the mounting devices can be reversed so that the display board can be mounted on the inside of a window so that the sticker is visible through the window or on the outside of a surface. Simply reverse the position of the display board and the suction cups to display a sticker on the other side of the display board. The sticker display system can also be utilized as a sun visor to cover the open area of the windshield of an automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Inventor: Enrique M. Sy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5132093
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compound of the formula: ##STR1## wherein (a) A is independently selected from --SR.sup.1, --NR.sup.1 R.sup.2, --PR.sup.1 R.sup.2, --Si,R.sup.1 R.sup.2 R.sup.3, or --SnR.sup.1 R.sup.2 R.sup.3,R.sup.1, R.sup.2 and R.sup.3 are each independently selected from alkyl, cycloalkyl, alkylcycloalkyl, arylalkyl having from 1 to 20 carbon atoms or aryl, substituted aryl, or where R.sup.2 and R.sup.3 together form a heterocycle group, having from 4 to 20 carbon atoms, andn is an integer from 1 to 5;(b) Y is selected from a direct bond or --CR.sup.4 R.sup.5 --, wherein R.sup.4 and R.sup.5 are each independently selected from hydrogen, or alkyl group having 1 to 20 carbon atoms or R.sup.4 and R.sup.5 together form a cycloalkyl group having 4 to 20 carbon atoms;(c) Z is aryl or substituted aryl; and(d) X is halogen, sulfonate, carboxylate, phosphate, carbonate, sulfate, or MD.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Samson Hettiarachchi, Subhash C. Narang, Digby D. Macdonald
  • Patent number: 5129617
    Abstract: A hanger means and method of installing it for displaying eyewear at the point of sale while permitting the potential customer to try on the eyewear without the hanger means interfering with the person of the wearer is disclosed. The apparatus includes hanger means with a body portion that defines numerous apertures therethrough all in parallel relationship to each other and in the stated order to receive a support at the time of display, to receive the tongue section of the hanger means, and to receive the same one of the temple pieces of the eyewear for display at a point of sale. The hanger means further includes a tongue portion extending from the body portion with the longitudinal axis of the tongue portion being in substantially perpendicular relationship with the apertures. Optionally, the hanger means also includes an adhesive tag means for sealing the tongue portion to the temple piece of the eyewear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Inventor: Roger MacWilliamson
  • Patent number: 5122505
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved process to produce an essentially carbon-free nitrate of an alkali metal, alkaline earth metal, transition metal, lanthanide metal, actinide metal, metal, or mixtures thereof, which process comprises:Contacting an anhydrous composition of an alkali metal, alkaline earth metal, transition metal, lanthanide metal, actinide metal, or mixtures thereof substituted with an organic or an inorganic carbon-containing substitute with flowing nitrogen dioxide, dinitrogen tetroxide or mixtures thereof at a temperature of between about to C. under anhydrous conditions for a time and at a pressure effective to form the nitrate of the alkaline metal, alkaline earth metal, transition metal, lanthanide metal, actinide metal, or mixtures thereof, essentially free of any carbon containing contaminant. Materials produced by this improved process are useful as electrical superconductors, e.g. YBa.sub.2 Cu.sub.3 O.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Michael Gusman, Gilbert Tong, Angel Sanjurjo, Sylvia M. Johnson, Robert Lamoreaux
  • Patent number: 5110806
    Abstract: An improved synthetic lung surfactant consists essentially of dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl choline, a C-14 to C-18 fatty alcohol (preferably hexadecanol), and a non-toxic nonionic surface active agent (preferably tyloxapol). The surfactant is prepared in a powdered lyophilized form that can be stored for extended periods at room temperature. The powdered product can be readily reconstituted by simply adding distilled water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventor: John A. Clements
  • Patent number: 5106601
    Abstract: Exhaust gases are treated to remove NO or NO.sub.x and SO.sub.2 by contacting the gases with an aqueous emulsion or suspension of yellow phosphorous preferably in a wet scrubber. The addition of yellow phosphorous in the system induces the production of O.sub.3 which subsequently oxidizes NO to NO.sub.2. The resulting NO.sub.2 dissolves readily and can be reduced to form ammonium ions by dissolved SO.sub.2 under appropriate conditions. In a 20 acfm system, yellow phosphorous is oxidized to yield P.sub.2 O.sub.5 which picks up water to form H.sub.3 PO.sub.4 mists and can be collected as a valuable product. The pressure is not critical, and ambient pressures are used. Hot water temperatures are best, but economics suggest about C. The amount of yellow phosphorus used will vary with the composition of the exhaust gas, less than 3% for small concentrations of NO, and 10% or higher for concentrations above say 1000 ppm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: The Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Shih-Ger Chang, David K. Liu
  • Patent number: 5104232
    Abstract: An improved vacuum tumble mixer (10) is provided, the mixer having a horizontal drum (11) with a cylindrical mid-section (12), frusto-conical or dished entry and discharge ends (13, 14), and entry and discharge openings (16, 17) axially into the ends, the drum (11) being rotatable in one direction to tumble products therein and rotatable in the other direction to discharge the contents from the dischage opening. A plurality of primary vanes (26) are secured helically to the interior of the mid-section (12) of the drum, the primary vanes having radial tumbling surfaces (27) to tumble the product and to move the product gently towards the entry end of the drum, the vanes (26) having opposed channel-shaped discharge surfaces (28) which progressively increase in height to convey the products in the drum to discharge chutes (31) that extend helically along the discharge end (14) of the drum to the discharge opening (17). A chilling system (50) can be provided with one or more CO.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Blentech Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Lennox, III
  • Patent number: 5099222
    Abstract: A flasher unit is provided which can plug into the standard flasher receptacle of a turn signal system of a vehicle. When the vehicle operator selects a turn signal lamp by operation of the turn signal switch, the flasher unit will cycle the chosen lamp on and off at a predetermined rate for as long as the turn signal switch is closed. The flasher unit will also operate an audible signal to indicate that the turn signal system is in operation, with the level of the audible signal progressively increasing in the event that the operator forgets to restore the turn signal switch to the off position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Fact Games, Ltd.
    Inventor: Gerald L. Campagna
  • Patent number: 5097350
    Abstract: A converter applique that fits onto and retrofits existing low priced plain paper electrostatic copiers is discussed herein. The applique of the present invention contains all of the additional elements needed to provide the full functionality of a plain paper facsimile transceiver. Additionally, the applique of the present invention removably mounts on a plain paper copier and converts it to serve as a facsimile transceiver while preserving the functionality of the copier even when the applique is in place on the copier. Further the applique of the present invention makes no electrical contact with the internal circuits of the copier, and only makes mechanical contact to the non-movable portions of the outer case of the copier where it is positioned precisely to align the laser beam in the applique with the photosensitive drum within the copier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Interfax, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Baran
  • Patent number: 5095880
    Abstract: A fuel system for a diesel engine includes an air purging system for venting trapped air to a vent line connected to a fuel tank and an emergency shut-down system for providing a fail-safe shut-down of the engine when fuel is low. The air-purging system comprises a device defining a float chamber having an air outlet communicating with the vent line, a fuel inlet, and a fuel outlet. A float is disposed in the chamber and is adapted to move between a normal first position closing the air outlet, an emergency intermediate second position opening both the air and fuel outlets, and a shut-down third position opening the air outlet and closing the fuel outlet. The emergency shut-down system includes electronic and pressure sensitive switches, warning lights, and an auxiliary fuel pump to monitor and control the shut-down and restart modes of engine operation. The air purging system is adapted to function independently of the emergency shut-down system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Robert C. Ricks
  • Patent number: 5094242
    Abstract: An electro-acupuncture system comprises a transmitter for emitting high frequency magnetic energy pulses and a receiver, sealed within an implantable "thumb-tack" shaped device, for receiving and converting such pulses into stimulating pulses of current. The device comprises a head having an exposed ring-electrode (anode) secured therein and a needle-like electrode (cathode) having a proximal end secured in the head and a distal end adapted to pierce body tissue. The latter electrode comprises a metallic tube secured in the head and a metallic wire inserted through the tube to position and fix an exposed tip of the wire at a preselected location and depth in the body tissue, in accordance with method steps taught herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Regents of the University of California
    Inventors: Curtis A. Gleason, Marshall L. Stoller, Tom F. Lue, Richard A. Schmidt, Emil A. Tanagho
  • Patent number: D327082
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Inventor: Roger MacWilliamson