Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Pillsbury Madison & Sutro
  • Patent number: 6215508
    Abstract: A printing apparatus for generating an image which includes a housing, a ribbon supply holder, a tape supply holder, an input device, a thermal printing head and a tape attachment device. The ribbon supply holder is operatively coupled to the housing to hold a supply of ink ribbon. The ink ribbon includes a film layer with an ink layer disposed thereon, and a receptor layer for receiving ink from the film layer. The tape supply holder is operatively coupled to the housing to hold a supply of tape, and the tape includes an adhesive layer. The input device is operatively coupled to the housing to enter data used to generate the image by the printing apparatus. The thermal printing head is operatively coupled to the housing to print the entered data on the ink ribbon. The tape attachment device attaches the tape to the film layer of the ink ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventors: Robert A. Bryan, Yoshitaka Namiki
  • Patent number: 6212805
    Abstract: A panel includes a sheet of light permeable, preferably optically clear transparent material and a transparent or translucent design superimposed on or forming part of a transparent or translucent base pattern. The design is visible from one side of the panel and a mirror image of the design is visible from the other side of the panel when a sufficiently high level of illuminated is provided on either side or both sides of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Contra Vision Limited
    Inventor: George Roland Hill
  • Patent number: 6210013
    Abstract: A refrigerator capable of being internally illuminated wherein the illumination is provided by an edge-lit panel of a substantially transparent material having two opposed surfaces of which at least one is within the refrigerator and on which a matrix of dots is applied so as to produce a light piping effect internally in to the refrigerator and wherein the light source of the edge-lit panel is located within the enclosed space of the refrigerator. One or more edge-lit panels may be used, which may be shelf of the refrigerator, or its side panels, back panel or roof panel. The edge-lit panel may be form from a transparent acrylic sheet, preferably containing an optical brightner. Protective transparent or translucent layer and a light diffuser may be applied to the surface carrying the matrix of dots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Imperial Chemical Industries PLC
    Inventor: Anthony Bousfield
  • Patent number: 6211237
    Abstract: Disinfecting agents according to the invention with a high microbiocidal effect contain up to 5 wt. % performic acid, hydrogen peroxide and peracetic acid. The agents can be obtained by addition of a source of formic acid such as formic acid, a water-soluble salt of the same or a lower formic ester, to an aqueous phase containing 5 to 50 wt. % hydrogen peroxide and 1 to 15 wt. % peracetic acid and, in the case of the addition of a salt, additionally a mineral acid. Preferred agents result from the addition of 0.1 to 1 mole sodium formate or formic acid, per kg of the agent to be produced, to an equilibrium peracetic acid containing mineral acid with 0.5 to 6 wt. % peracetic acid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Degussa-Huls AG
    Inventors: Michael Huss, Roland Schneider, Andrea Preuss, Rainer Fuchs
  • Patent number: 6209453
    Abstract: A heat-sensitive stencil sheet, and a method and a composition for perforating the same are provided, in which photothermal conversion materials transferred to the stencil sheet do not blur or spread but are fixed thereon faithfully to desired images, and clear images are printed. The heat-sensitive stencil sheet has on a side thereof a liquid absorbing layer to which the photothermal conversion material is to be transferred, and the liquid absorbing layer comprises a hydrophilic resin and a water-repellent compound, and optionally organic and/or inorganic particulates. The hydrophilic resin and the water-repellent compound may be mixed at a proportion sufficient to provide a contact angle of 20 to 150 degrees between the liquid absorbing layer and the liquid. The liquid, in which the photothermal conversion material is containd, can comprise water and/or a hydrophilic solvent. The liquid absorbing layer preferably has a softening or melting point of 40 to 120°C. and has a thickness of 0.01 to 20 &mgr;m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventor: Hideo Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6209624
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for use in a sulphuric acid manufacturing plant to effect heat transfer between desired gas streams selected from air, sulphur dioxide and sulphur trioxide. The exchanger provides for hot or cold split flow gas streams through the exchanger shell with either mixing or splitting into two or more streams to provide for reduced condensible material condensation, corrosion, metal thermal differential stress and capital equipment cost. A preferred exchanger is used in combination with a sulphur burning furnace to provide an improved preheater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Gordon M. Cameron
  • Patent number: 6210369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an automatic injector having a drive assembly with an actuator extending from the rearward end portion of the housing and a removal resistant cover for preventing unintended operation of the actuator. The present invention also relates to a sealing arrangement wherein the needle is sealed within a sterilized needle chamber by at least three sealing members which cooperate to form the chamber. Also, the present invention relates to an injector in which the cartridge is mounted to a tubular cartridge mounting portion of the needle carrier with an annular sealing member disposed therebetween. The cartridge mounting portion has at least one generally axially extending groove which allows air to escape from the cartridge mounting portion as the cartridge is being moved forwardly to a medicament supplying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Meridian Medical Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Wilmot, Jeffrey L. Goldberg, Jon Page, Cliff Ketcham, Jeffrey P. Castleberry, Jason Morton, Dave Edsall, Robert R. Boyd, Robert L. Hill
  • Patent number: 6209770
    Abstract: A fastener driving tool includes a housing assembly with a nosepiece assembly defining a drive track. A driving mechanism is housed within the housing assembly to drive a fastener through the drive track and into a workpiece in response to a trigger. The tool includes a safety trip assembly which includes a trigger enabling portion and a workpiece engaging portion and is movable between an extended disabling position and a retracted enabling position. The safety trip assembly is biased toward the extended position and is moved toward the retracted position by engagement between the workpiece and the workpiece engaging member. The workpiece engaging portion is movable to permit adjustment of a length of the safety trip assembly. The safety trip assembly includes a coupling mechanism including a fixed locking structure formed on an exterior portion of the workpiece engaging portion and a manually operable locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, LP
    Inventor: Arthur E. Perra
  • Patent number: 6212406
    Abstract: A base station equipment for receiving and transmitting a signal of a desired user, which signal to be received may arrive at the equipment along several different paths with several different delays, and which equipment includes one or more antenna arrays composed of several elements, one or more channel units having components for phasing the signal to be transmitted and received by the antenna array in such a way that the gain from the antenna array is the greatest in the desired directions. Each channel unit includes components for searching for the incoming directions and delays of the received signal components, and components for controlling the phasing components on the basis of the information in such a way that the angle of the greatest gain of the antenna beams is deflected in the environment of the desired directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Nokia Telecommunications OY
    Inventors: Ilkka Keskitalo, Peter Muszynski, Jaana Laiho-Steffens
  • Patent number: 6212380
    Abstract: An arrangement and method for carrying out a handover between first and second base station controllers in a telecommunications system that includes a local exchange of a fixed network; mobile stations; base station systems providing the mobile stations with a wireless access network to the local exchange, each base station system having a base station controller and a plurality of base stations; transmission circuits for connecting the local exchange to the base station controllers; the control of the handover between the base station controllers being located in the base station controllers so that the first base station controller of the call functions as the anchor point at which the original connection established via the local exchange is maintained, and from which a further connection is established to a second base station controller in a handover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Nokia Telecommunications Oy
    Inventor: Juho Laatu
  • Patent number: 6210115
    Abstract: The invention relates to an impeller being rotated around an axis for a mass flow measuring device receiving inflow of material through an inlet tube. To improve the measurement accuracy, the fan character of the impeller is reduced. This is obtained by two design principles which can be combined. The impeller includes a number of mainly radially directed vanes. That side of each vane along which the measured material flows is formed as a duct with a cross-sectional area which decreases in the direction from the center of the impeller. The other principle is to reduce the airflow by use of an upside down bowl shaped cowling placed over the impeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: S.E.G. Mekanik AB
    Inventors: Arne Söderholm, Olle Söderholm
  • Patent number: 6209948
    Abstract: A vehicle body front structure and an impact absorbing method thereof, in which an impact force applied to front side members is efficiently absorbed by an intended deformation of a reinforcing member. A part of the impact force applied to the front side members (12) is received by supporting forces in axial directions of a dash cross member (20) and a pillar brace (22). A recess (24) is provided in the dash cross member (20) in the portion thereof connected with the front side member (12). A recess (26) is provided in the pillar brace (22) in the portion thereof connected with the front side member (12). Due to the dash cross member (20) and the pillar brace (22) compressively deforming in the axial directions starting at these recesses (24), (26), the dash cross member (20) and the pillar brace (22) absorb impact force which is applied to the front side members (12) from the front of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takeo Mori, Toshiki Kitajima
  • Patent number: 6209503
    Abstract: An intake duct capable of reducing intake noise when an engine runs at a low speed and supplying a sufficiently large amount of air when the engine runs at a high speed without using any electron control circuit or electromagnetic valve, which is produced at low costs. The intake duct includes valve adjusting means which restrains the movement of the valve member when the valve member brings a second intake passage from the closed state to the open state, and facilitates the movement of the valve member when the valve member brings the second intake passage from the open state to the closed state. When the second intake passage is brought to the open state from the closed state, the restraining force of the valve adjusting means is great to restrain the movement of the valve member, and when the second intake passage is brought to the closed state from the open state, the valve member readily pivots to open the second intake passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Minoru Komada, Kazuo Fujihara, Yoshikazu Hirose, Takahiro Komori, Hitoshi Kino, Hidetoshi Ishihara
  • Patent number: 6211377
    Abstract: A process for the purification of (±)-2-azabicyclo[2.2.1]hept-5-en-3-one wherein the purification is obtained exclusively by means of extraction procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Degussa-Huls AG
    Inventors: Johny de Schrijver, Philippe Otten
  • Patent number: 6211391
    Abstract: Ruthenium and osmium carbene compounds that are stable in the presence of a variety of functional groups and can be used to catalyze olefin metathesis reactions on unstrained cyclic and acyclic olefins are disclosed. Also disclosed are methods of making the carbene compounds. The carbene compounds are of the formula where M is Os or Ru; R1 is hydrogen; R is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, and substituted or unsubstituted aryl; X and X1 are independently selected from any anionic ligand; and L and L1 are independently selected from any neutral electron donor. The ruthenium and osmium carbene compounds of the present invention may be synthesized using diazo compounds, by neutral electron donor ligand exchange, by cross metathesis, using acetylene, using cumulated olefins, and in a one-pot method using diazo compounds and neutral electron donors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Robert H. Grubbs, Peter Schwab, Sonbinh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6210691
    Abstract: The invention is characterized by the use in cosmetic compositions of one or more lipophilic derivatives of amino deoxyalditols corresponding to the general formula: in which: R1 is a saturated linear C14-C40 aliphatic radical; R2 is a hydrogen atom or a linear C1-C6 alkyl radical; X is an oxygen atom or a methylene radical; and n is an integer from 1 to 5; with the proviso that when X is a methylene radical R1 contains from 19 to 39 carbon atoms. Application to the preparation of cosmetic compositions for the treatment of keratinous substances and for buccodental hygiene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Claude Mahieu, Didier Semeria, Danièle Cauwet, Guy Vanlebbebghe
  • Patent number: 6212219
    Abstract: The present invention has an object to provide a spread spectrum communication system for heightening the speed of communication. The present invention transfers the first PN code sequence itself as the first component, adds and transfers zero or more instances of the second PN code sequence given a phase difference as the second component, and defines an information for transmitting by the number of the second PN codes corresponding to a cycle of said first PN code sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignees: Yozan Inc., Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Guoliang Shou, Changming Zhou, Xuping Zhou, Makoto Yamamoto, Sunao Takatori
  • Patent number: 6207739
    Abstract: The object of the present invention is to provide a polyimide film, a flexible printed wiring board consisting thereof, and a polyimide molding, wherein various metal compounds are added to improve their properties and to provide them with noble properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: Kanegafuchi Kagaku Kogyo Kabushiki
    Inventors: Kuzuhiro Ono, Masaru Nishinaka, Kiyokazu Akahori
  • Patent number: D439492
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventors: Joseph R. Martone, Joseph M. Candal
  • Patent number: D439812
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventor: John Staton