Patents Represented by Law Firm Pravel, Gambrell, Hewitt, Kimball & Krieger
  • Patent number: 5197641
    Abstract: A carrier apparatus for use on a motor vehicle to store a spare tire mounted on a rim beneath the undercarriage of the vehicle. The apparatus including a spring rod having an upper end and a lower end with the upper end being connected to the vehicle via a mounting assembly. A cradle bar having a forward end attached to the lower end of the spring rod is received in a cradle receiver member to form a telescoping cradle. A rear end of the cradle receiver member is connected to a bracket assembly which is adapted to be secured to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: L & M Sales, Inc.
    Inventor: Mike E. Montgomery, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5198166
    Abstract: A method of forming jewelry articles discloses a method of constructing multi-colored jewelry from multiple colored thread parts which are cut into short threads of approximately one-half inch in length. The cut threads of different colors are then mixed in combination with a liquid glue product and a fabric stiffener. The mixture is blended and formed into a desired shape using a mold cavity. The blend produces a "marbled look" and the mold is polished so as to give the finished article a glossy, marbled look resembling certain stone such as granite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventor: Trudie Bordelon
  • Patent number: 5198871
    Abstract: An optical inspection system for using laser-induced luminescence to detect the quality of materials, such as fuel. The inspection system comprises an excitation means for illuminating a specimen to cause it to produce fluorescent radiation. The spectral representation of the fluorescence produced by the specimen is compared to a reference spectrum to obtain an indication of the physical characteristics of the specimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Ralph H. Hill, Jr., David W. Naegeli
  • Patent number: 5197159
    Abstract: Apparatus for cleaning a viewing surface of a product sorter viewer, the apparatus, in one embodiment, having a movable body for supplying air under pressure to the surface to remove debris or dust; and, in another embodiment, a viewer cleaning aparatus having a movable body with a cleaning element for contactingly cleaning a viewer surface such as a viewer window or optical fiber end. In one aspect a device according to this invention has a cleaning element that conforms in shape to the shape of a viewing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Delta Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Thuan V. Truong
  • Patent number: 5196124
    Abstract: A method is provided for reducing the radioactive material content of fluids withdrawn from subterranean reservoirs. The method involves deposition of sorbent solids within the reservoir matrix surrounding a production well to act as an in-situ filter for dissolved radionuclides present in reservoir pore waters. For this purpose, the sorbent solid is either a) precipitated within the reservoir matrix by the reaction of two or more carrier solutions or b) directly introduced into the reservoir as a solid component of a solid-liquid slurry using high-pressure injection techniques. Thereafter, fluids produced by the well contain significantly lower concentrations of radionuclides (e.g., principally radium and uranium ions), as radionuclides are removed from the inflowing reservoir fluids by means of ion exchange, adsorption, chelation, chemisorption, or coprecipitation with the in-situ filter medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Groundwater Services, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Connor, Dennis A. Clifford, Philip T. King
  • Patent number: 5195356
    Abstract: An assembly is provided for mounting on a flue or exhaust stack conveying combustion gases from a furnace. The assembly permits periodic calibration of a cross-duct flue gas analyzer which senses the flue gas concentrations in the combustion gases. The gas analyzer is calibrated while in place without requiring its removal from service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Houston Industries Incorporated
    Inventor: Leroy F. Stavinoha
  • Patent number: 5196417
    Abstract: A pharmaceutical composition for topical application is described on the basis of a W/O emulsion, which contains piroxicam in the oil phase as an active ingredient. On account of its good compatibility to the skin and stability characteristics, the composition is very suitable for use as an antirheumatic, antiphlogistic and/or anti-inflammatory pharmaceutical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Assignee: Sagitta Arzneimittel GmbH
    Inventors: Reinhold Dolling, Uwe N. Johann
  • Patent number: 5197041
    Abstract: A mud pulser for measurement-while-drilling applications is disclosed which employs piezoelectric transducers to provide for variations in the mud flow through a mud pulser sleeve. The piezoelectric transducers used in the mud pulser are comprised of two piezoelectric elements bonded together in a bender bar transducer configuration, thin metallic sheets to improve the rigidity of the transducer and to protect the ceramic material and electrodes from the effects of abrasive drilling fluid, and simplified mounting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: William T. Balogh
  • Patent number: 5193679
    Abstract: A clamshell package supports a hip prosthesis so that modular pads and/or a modular distal sleeves can be added during surgery so that sterility is maintained while achieving a custom fit for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew Richards Inc.
    Inventor: Mark White
  • Patent number: 5193782
    Abstract: An ejector for an objector product sorter is disclosed which, in one embodiment, has a solenoid with a coil having a hollow center through which air flows and, in one aspect, has a relatively small air reservoir space to increase ejector accuracy. In one embodiment, balanced air flow provides for uniform travel of a valve seat cover, further increasing accuracy and efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Delta Technology Corporation
    Inventor: Roger F. Bailey
  • Patent number: 5192254
    Abstract: A sensor device to detect and signal the exercise or movement of a subject's craniofacial and cervical muscles that includes a trigger attached to the subject, sensitive to movement in at least one direction and communicating with a signal emitter in order to emit an appropriate signal upon the sensing of movement that indicates the performance of the exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventor: Sharon Young
  • Patent number: 5192210
    Abstract: A training apparatus is provided for cattle roping to be used by a roper. The training apparatus includes a frame assembly and straps for securing the frame assembly to the body of the roper. A saddle horn is attached to the frame assembly at a location representing the distance relationship between the roper and the saddle horn when the roper is actually on a saddle on horseback. The apparatus allows a roper to simulate a variety of roping conditions likely to be encountered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventors: Darrell E. Thomas, Donald E. Standley, Leon J. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5192330
    Abstract: Orthopedic device of biocompatible polymer with oriented fiber reinforcement. There is provided a device such as a hip stem which has a longitudinally curved body. The reinforcing fibers are continuous filament fiber plies with parallel orienated fibers in each ply. The plies are curved longitudinally to approximately correspond to the curve of the body. In one embodiment, there are longitudinally oriented fiber plies at or near the surfaces of the device and plies with fibers offset at 5.degree.-40.degree. from the longitudinal axis between the surface layers. The fiber orientation is balanced by providing a ply of negatively angled offset fibers of a similar angle for each positively angled offset ply. The device is made by molding plies preimpregnated with polymer (prepregs) simultaneously, by molding a plurality of prepregs into segments which are then molded together, or by molding a segment and incrementally molding additional layers of prepregs thereto in a series of progressively larger molds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew Richards, Inc.
    Inventors: Fu-Kuo Chang, Kenneth Reifsnider, James A. Davidson, Frederick S. Georgette
  • Patent number: 5192315
    Abstract: An orbital implant and conformer affords mobility and decreases the likelihood of implant extrusion and the "dropped socket" appearance. The implant device consists of a spherical implant whose circumference is dotted with a cellular ingrowth surface to which all the remaining ocular muscles can adhere and act upon. A shaft protrudes anteriorly from the implant through the conjunctival sheath into the front orbital space. The base of the shaft and the area of the implant encircling the shaft also have a cellular ingrowth surface into which the conjunctiva can grow forming a tight seal. The shaft fits into a corresponding small hole in the conformer. The shaft communicates the muscular movement of the implant directly to the conformer. Since the conformer sits on the shaft, its weight is more evenly distributed throughout the orbital socket and should not distend the eyelids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventor: Jean T. Jacob-LaBarre
  • Patent number: 5190049
    Abstract: A blood sampling kit having a plurality of glass vials for receiving blood therein; a puncture pin for puncturing the skin of the subject to be tested; an alcohol swab for cleansing the area punctured, and an envelope for returning the specimen to a laboratory. The specimen receiving kit further comprises a quantity of clay like material for sealing the ends of the blood vials after the blood sample has been received therein, so that blood is not lost during transit. The system provides that the test subject would receive the kit containing the above- referenced items to prick one's finger, place blood into the plurality of blood-receiving vials, close off the end of the vials with a quantity of clay plug; return the vials to the kit, reseal the blood it, place the kit in a sealable plastic bag container, note one's name and address on the plastic bag and place the kit in an envelope provided for returning to the laboratory for testing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventors: David Briggs, Brenda Briggs, David J. Bourgeois, Kent Leger, James W. Briggs
  • Patent number: 5190085
    Abstract: A vehicle fluids change and recycle apparatus includes a vessel body having an interior reservoir for containing oil drained from an engine. The body includes parallel and rear surfaces on opposite sides of the interior reservoir. The vessel body includes an inlet for enabling draining oil to enter the reservoir at the front surface of the vessel body. The lower end of the vessel body has a pedestal for enabling the vessel body to be supported in an upright position wherein the front and rear surfaces are generally vertical. An outlet member defines a drain for emptying the reservoir when the vessel is upright and a valve controls flow from the reservoir via the outlet. The valve is spaced above the pedestal when the vessel body is upright enabling a container to be placed under the valve when the vessel body is upright so that drained engine oil can be recycled into such container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: Gary Dietzen
  • Patent number: 5188401
    Abstract: A pipe coupling for connecting a pipe (6) to a fitting (5). The coupling comprises an annular assembly (1) incorporating a gripping ring (4) for inserting into a radial gap between the pipe (6) and the fitting (5), and structure (8,9) for applying an axial load to the annular assembly (1) so that the gripping ring (4) is biased radially against the pipe (6). The gripping ring (4) is defined by a plurality of separable segments dimensional such that when the annular assembly (1) is axially compressed each of the segments is biased against the pipe (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: WASK-RMF Ltd.
    Inventor: Graeme Staniforth
  • Patent number: D333740
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventor: Mark Ma
  • Patent number: D333745
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventor: Mark Ma
  • Patent number: D334451
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Pratt Golfing Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian C. Lindeman