Patents Represented by Attorney Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
  • Patent number: 8328496
    Abstract: A bottom unloader for conveying feed material from a silo is disclosed. The unloader may have a housing with a drive unit and discharge, a conveyor positioned in the trough of a silo and a rotating cutter arm. The bottom unloader may be equipped with heavy-duty hooks having a wide uniform forward profile to prevent breaking and clogging of the conveyor. The hooks may be arranged in a repeating sequence to optimize unloading. The silo trough may have a wide chamfered section to prevent bridging. A discharge cover may extend from the conveyor to cover the top of the trough within the silo. The discharge cover remains fixed to conveyor backbone and is removed from the silo with conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Bernard Cernik
  • Patent number: 8322274
    Abstract: A machine for producing ice-cream and the like including an outer boxlike housing, a processing tank that extends into the boxlike housing, and a discharge manifold which branches from the bottom of the processing tank to reach the boxlike housing at a front wall of the latter, and is structured so as to allow a product contained in the processing tank to flow out of the machine. The discharge manifold includes a tubular duct which protrudes from the bottom of the processing tank and ends with a mouth assembly which through-engages an appropriate opening obtained on the front wall of the boxlike housing. The mouth assembly includes a central sleeve that is rigidly and fixedly attached to the tubular duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Valmar Global VSE ZA Sladoled D.O.O.
    Inventor: Valter Jejcic
  • Patent number: 8313943
    Abstract: The invention provides a natural killer cell, NK-92, modified to express an Fc receptor on the surface of the cell, such as CD16 (Fc?RIII-A), or other Fc? or Fc receptors. The modified NK-92 cell can be further modified to concurrently express an associated accessory signaling protein, such as Fc?RI-?, TCR-?, or to concurrently express interleukin-2 (IL-2) or other cytokines. Additional methods are disclosed for various assays, assessments, and therapeutic treatments with the modified NK-92 cells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Fox Chase Cancer Center
    Inventor: Kerry S. Campbell
  • Patent number: 8279908
    Abstract: A broadcasting method includes: using a first transmitter to send a signal including a plurality of frames of data synchronized with respect to a first GPS pulse signal, receiving the signal at a first remote transmitter, synchronizing the frames to a second GPS pulse signal at the first remote transmitter, and transmitting the synchronized frames from the remote transmitter to a plurality of receivers. A system that implements the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: iBiquity Digital Corporation
    Inventors: Russell Iannuzzelli, Stephen Douglas Mattson, Muthu Gopal Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 8273289
    Abstract: Coated silica mesh fabrics for use in metal casting operations are disclosed. The refractory coating comprises a mixture of colloidal silica binder and refractory particles such as zirconia flour. A slurry comprising the colloidal silica and refractory particles is applied to the silica mesh fabric and allowed to dry. The coated silica mesh fabric may be used in metal casting operations at relatively high molten metal temperatures above 3,000° F.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Jay R. Hitchings
  • Patent number: 8265291
    Abstract: A physiological sensing stethoscope suitable for use in high-noise environments is disclosed. The stethoscope is designed to be substantially matched to the mechanical impedance of monitored physiological activity and substantially mismatched to the mechanical impedance of air-coupled acoustic activity. One embodiment of the stethoscope utilizes a passive acoustic system. Another embodiment utilizes an active Doppler system. The passive and active systems can be combined in one stethoscope enabling switching from a passive mode to an active mode suitable for use in very high-noise environments. The stethoscope is suitable for use in environments having an ambient background noise of 100 dBA and higher. The passive includes a head having a housing, a flexural disc mounted with the housing, and an electromechanical stack positioned between the housing and the flexural disc in contact with the skin of a patient. The active system detects Doppler shifts using a high-frequency transmitter and receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Active Signal Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Bridger, Arthur V. Cooke, Dennis J. Kohlhafer, Joseph J. Lutian, John M. Sewell, Richard E. Strite
  • Patent number: 8230530
    Abstract: A protective cover for drains and other holes is provided which prevents spills and unwanted liquids from flowing therein. The protective cover includes a durable backing layer and a pliable, tacky sealing layer adjacent a portion of the durable backing layer which conforms and adheres to a surface surrounding the drain to reduce or eliminate the flow of liquids into the drain. The pliable, tacky sealing layer can have a periphery inside the periphery of the durable backing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: New Pig Corporation
    Inventors: R. Douglas Evans, Jr., Patrick E. Healy, Matthew J. Huff
  • Patent number: 8229806
    Abstract: Computer implemented methods of tracking customer spending and income are provided. The methods may comprise aggregating spending transactions by estimating income to a customer during a first time period. The methods may also comprise displaying a user interface to the customer. The user interface may comprise a first bar indicating customer income and a second bar indicating customer spending.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Aaron Chapman, Hyun Jin Ko, Rodney Hal Monson, Mark Alexander Jones, Bryan L. Mackrell, Michael S. Ley, Thomas S. Kunz
  • Patent number: 8211530
    Abstract: Methods of forming shaped adhesive fillets are disclosed. The adhesive fillets may be made by stacking multiple layers of adhesive sheets, consolidating the stacked layers, cutting strips from the consolidated layers, and forming the strips into adhesive fillets having desired cross sectional shapes. The fillets may be formed by feeding the strips through an apparatus comprising opposing rollers and a catcher, which facilitates release of the adhesive fillets from the rollers. The formed adhesive fillets are useful for applications such as stiffened panels for aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventors: William T. Mead, John Potter
  • Patent number: 8198338
    Abstract: A process for producing high octane fuel from carbon dioxide and water is disclosed. The feedstock for the production line is industrial carbon dioxide and water, which may be of lower quality. The end product can be high octane gasoline, high cetane diesel or other liquid hydrocarbon mixtures suitable for driving conventional combustion engines or hydrocarbons suitable for further industrial processing or commercial use. Products, such as dimethyl ether or methanol may also be withdrawn from the production line. The process is emission free and reprocesses all hydrocarbons not suitable for liquid fuel to form high octane products. The heat generated by exothermic reactions in the process is fully utilizes as is the heat produced in the reprocessing of hydrocarbons not suitable for liquid fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: CRI EHF
    Inventors: Arthur M. Shulenberger, Fridik Ragnar Jonsson, Oddur Ingolfsson, Kim-Chinh Tran
  • Patent number: 8195241
    Abstract: A receiver includes a plurality of antennas; a plurality of front end circuits producing digital signals in response to signals received on the antennas; a beamforming unit weighting and summing the digital signals to produce a first signal; a first stage including a first plurality of modems producing first bit streams in response to components of the first signal, a first plurality of signal reconstruction units producing first signal replicas in response to the first bit streams, and a first active cancellation unit weighting the first signal replicas and subtracting the weighted first signal replicas from the first signal to produce a second signal; and a second stage including a second plurality of modems producing second bit streams in response to components of the second signal, a second plurality of signal reconstruction units producing second signal replicas in response to the second bit streams, and a second active cancellation unit weighting the second signal replicas and subtracting the weighted s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: David K. Mesecher
  • Patent number: 8182927
    Abstract: An absorbent structure is provided which comprises a first outer layer, a second outer layer, a core layer positioned between the first outer layer and the second outer layer, wherein the core layer comprises a recycled cellulose material, and a core bonding agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: New Pig Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Scott Diminick, R. Douglas Evans, Jr., Dane R. Jackson
  • Patent number: 8171986
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a foam metal panel heat exchanger core positioned in a duct, an inlet flow passage for directing a first fluid to the heat exchanger core, and an exit flow passage for directing the first fluid from the heat exchanger core, wherein the inlet flow passage is tapered relative to an inlet face of the heat exchanger core and the exit flow passage is tapered relative to an outlet face of the heat exchanger core. The first fluid has a substantially uniform flow distribution through the core. The inlet and exit flow passages can be adjacent to each other. The core can be formed of a compressed foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation
    Inventor: John Frederick Klein
  • Patent number: 8168849
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of making a bandage from a fabric such as a knitted fabric, for example. The fabric is steamed, sprayed with a solution containing an antibacterial/antimicrobial agent in a spraying chamber 28 and then dried in a drying chamber 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Laboratoires Urgo SAS
    Inventor: David Timothy Baldock
  • Patent number: 8149657
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a waveguide having a core layer and first and second cladding layers on opposite sides of the core layer, wherein the cladding layers comprise a binary oxide composition. In another example, the cladding layers include a ternary or quaternary combination of oxides and/or oxynitrides. In another example, the cladding layers include a silicon oxynitride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Xiaoyue Huang, Michael Christopher Kautzky, Amit Itagi, William Albert Challener, Michael Allen Seigler
  • Patent number: 8149652
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a storage medium, a recording head, a source of electromagnetic radiation, and a control circuit for modulating the source of electromagnetic radiation in response to a static deviation of a spacing between the recording head and the storage medium. A method of compensating a static deviation of a spacing between a recording head and a storage medium performed by the apparatus, and a method of precompensating for nonlinear transition shifts in a heat assisted magnetic recording system, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Mehmet Fatih Erden, Priyadarshee Deeptarag Mathur, William Albert Challener, Edward Charles Gage, Wei Peng, Terry Wayne McDaniel, Tim Rausch
  • Patent number: 8146894
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing gas and liquid is disclosed. The apparatus can comprise a draft tube having a gas conduit, a liquid inlet and a gas-liquid outlet, an impeller rotatably mounted within the draft tube. The gas can be entrained into the liquid by rotation of an impeller having relatively high angular velocity, which generates relatively low axial velocity of the liquid and relatively low angular velocity of the liquid. Floats may support the impeller and the impeller may have means for maximizing aeration of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Blair H. Hills
  • Patent number: 8146895
    Abstract: An apparatus for mixing gas and liquid is disclosed. The apparatus may have a plurality of blades rotated about a common shaft. The blades may have a forward portion, which cuts through a liquid, and a trailing portion, which forms the leading part of a gas cavity. The gas cavity is in communication with a gas inlet and the bulk fluid. As the blades pass through a liquid, a reduced pressure zone is formed immediately behind the blade. The reduced pressure zone allows air to be aspirated from the gas inlet into the gas cavity adjacent to the blade. Gas in the gas cavity is sheared into discrete bubbles and transferred to the liquid by the action of the trailing blade wake currents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Blair H. Hills
  • Patent number: 8149539
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a magnetic layer, a heat sink layer, and a thermal resistor layer between the magnetic layer and the heat sink layer. The apparatus may be configured as a thin film structure arranged for data storage. The apparatus may also include an interlayer positioned between the magnetic layer and the thermal resistor layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Bin Lu, Ganping A. Ju, Julius K. Hohlfeld, Duane C. Karns, Amit V. Itagi, William A. Challener, Hua Zhou
  • Patent number: 8138696
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and a method for improving the use of energy in an electric motor by inducing currents generated from magnets that result in an increase of primary power and creating, directing and introducing a counter current obtained from primary coils of the motor into a resonant LC circuit which is introduced as a transient secondary process to increase the overall efficiency of the motor. Furthermore, this motor produces rotational torque without using alternating magnet polarity, but rather magnetic compression that utilizes permanent magnets arranged in a dipolar manner around an axial plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Kress Motors, LLC
    Inventors: Timm A. Vanderelli, Rodney Carter