Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm R. Neil Sudol
  • Patent number: 7647713
    Abstract: A bucket or scoop with adjustable capacity has a fixed structure which forms an external rigid element and also has one or several mobile elements, complementary to the fixed structure, which slide inside the same by means of special devices. The special devices are actuators or pistons fixed either to the fixed structure or to the mobile elements, to occasion a reciprocal movement thereof. Sliding guides are arranged parallel to the direction of action of the pistons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Gianluca Malacrino
  • Patent number: 7648514
    Abstract: A medical device includes an actuator handle, an elongate flexible inner tubular member operatively connected at one end to the handle, two jaws pivotably mounted to a distal end of the inner tubular member and biased to an open configuration, and an elongate flexible outer tubular member operatively connected at one end to the handle and slidably surrounding the inner tubular member. The outer tubular member is provided at a distal end with two cutouts or open slots opposed to one another to define a pair of longitudinally extending opposed fingers. The fingers are engageable with respective ones of the jaws to pivot the jaws towards one another during a distally directed stroke of the outer tubular member so that the jaws assume a closed configuration. The cutouts or open slots are disposed alongside the jaws in the closed configuration thereof to provide clearance for tissue material grasped in and protruding laterally from the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Assignee: Granit Medical Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: Naomi L. Nakao
  • Patent number: 7640880
    Abstract: An automatic sewing device (1), particularly for hosiery knitting machines, characterized in that it comprises a supporting arm (2, 3, 4) for an oscillating means (7, 8), which comprises at least one first oscillating assembly (7), constituted by a semicircular ring, and at least one second oscillating assembly (8), constituted by a second semicircular ring, a means (11, 12) for actuating the oscillating assemblies which is suitable to produce at least one open position, in which the oscillating assemblies substantially form a ring which has the same size as the needle cylinder (24) from which it picks up a hosiery item at the end of the knitting process, and at least one closed position, in which the oscillating assemblies close the hosiery item in a semicircular arrangement, ready to be sewn, in a sewing station, the support being movable from at least one position for gripping the hosiery item from the needle cylinder to at least one position for applying the hosiery item to the sewing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Cesare Colosio, SPA
    Inventor: Colosio Gianfranco
  • Patent number: 7618437
    Abstract: A medical instrument includes an elongate tubular introducer member, an elongate slider member disposed at least partially inside the tubular member, a loop provided at a distal end of the slider member, a pouch connected to the loop so that the loop defines a mouth opening of the pouch and so that the pouch is slidable along at least a proximal portion of the loop, and a tether connected to the pouch at a proximal side thereof. The tether extends into the tubular member and is fastened to the tubular member at a location spaced by a distance from a distal tip of the tubular member. The tether has a length from the fastening location to the pouch that is less than the distance between the location and the tip of the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Granit Medical Innovation, LLC
    Inventor: Naomi L. Nakao
  • Patent number: 7601176
    Abstract: A disposable articulated spacing device for use as a temporary joint prosthesis includes a first member secured during an implantation procedure to a first articulation end and a separate and independent second member secured separately during the implantation procedure to the other articulation end, both members being pre-formed and made entirely of biological compatible and porous material suitable to be added with pharmaceutical and therapeutical products. The pre-formed members are reciprocally coupled in an articulated manner to maintain a suitable joint space and at least a partial articulation for the time necessary to perform the further implantation of a joint prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Tecres S.p.A.
    Inventors: Renzo Soffiati, Claudio Castelli, Giovanni Faccioli
  • Patent number: 7597665
    Abstract: A medical system includes a multiplicity of electromechanical transducers disposable in effective pressure-wave-transmitting contact with a patient and mounted to a carrier. Energization componentry is operatively connected to a first plurality of the transducers for supplying the same with electrical signals to produce first pressure waves in the patient. A control unit is operatively connected to the energization componentry and includes an electronic analyzer operatively connected to a second plurality of the transducers for performing electronic 3D volumetric data acquisition and imaging of internal tissue structures. The control unit includes phased-array signal processing circuitry for effectuating an electronic scanning of the internal tissue structures which facilitates one-dimensional, 2D, and 3D data acquisition and circuitry for defining multiple data gathering apertures and for coherently combining structural data from the respective apertures to increase spatial resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventors: Peter J. Wilk, Timothy J. Nohara, Peter Weber
  • Patent number: 7588557
    Abstract: A medical instrument for fluid injection includes a tubular member and a plurality of hollow needle elements connected to one end of the tubular member. Generally, the tubular member has a lumen and all the needle elements communicate with the lumen to enable a distribution of a diagnostic or therapeutic fluid to various points in a predetermined region. The tubular member is provided with a fluid introduction port at an end of the tubular member opposite the needle elements, the fluid introduction port communicating with the lumen. The needle elements are disposed in a predetermined configuration adapted to carry out a desired function. The needle elements are at least partially made of resilient material with a memory so that the needle elements are biased by their internal stresses towards a predetermined rest configuration and are alternately disposable in the rest configuration and at least one stressed or loaded configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Granit-Medical Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Naomi L. Nakao
  • Patent number: 7556934
    Abstract: A sensor and method for measuring the concentration of one or more chemical substances within a solution. The sensor including a body of saturated hydrogel held within a sensor body. A window to allow flow through of the chemical substance to be measured. The hydrogel is held under a predetermined compressive force within the sensor body such that the hydrogel exerts a base pressure. A pressure sensor such as a strain gauge senses the pressure exerted by the hydrogel within the sensor body. The sensed pressure is stored or displayed. The hydrogel is reactive to the one or more chemical substances so that contact causes the hydrogel to either increase the pressure above the base pressure under which the hydrogel is held or to decrease the pressure relative to the base pressure of the hydrogel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Inventor: Clive Lindsay Ragless
  • Patent number: 7553308
    Abstract: A hand held device generates a predetermined number of pulses of light having a predetermined electromagnetic spectrum, a predetermined duration, a predetermined inter-pulse interval, and a predetermined total energy. The pulse sequence is delivered to a skin surface to temporarily remove hair through the absorption of light energy only by endogenous chromophores of the hair. Exogenous chromophores for light absorpotion are not applied to the skin surface at any time. A period of time for reappearance of hair on the selected skin surface after the using of the device to remove hair from the selected skin surface is determined by counting the days to hair reappearance after a test light application. Subsequently, the device is used periodically to apply the pulses of light to the selected skin surface at intervals of shorter length than the determined period of hair regeneration, thereby temporarily maintaining the selected skin surface free of visible hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Harvey H. Jay
  • Patent number: 7540033
    Abstract: A device for opening-closing sun visor of a helmet is disclosed. The device comprises a helmet body 10 provided in front with an opening portion 11 for the face and having a pair of hinge shafts 12 protruded on both the left and right sides, a sun visor 20 having a visor portion 21 placed on the side of the opening portion 11 of the helmet body 10, extending portions 22 extended to the left and right sides of the visor portion 21, and hinge slots 23 formed at the ends of the extending portions 22; and an opening-closing mechanism 30 having a slider 31 connected to the top center of the visor portion 21 of the sun visor 20, a guide rail 32 which is attached to the ceiling of the helmet body 10, and a guide holder 35 which is attached lengthwise to the top center of the helmet body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: HJC Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Young-Il Kim, Chang-Seob Lee, Dal Busco Giacomo
  • Patent number: 7500956
    Abstract: In a method for treating cancer, a series of investigatory pressure waves of respective different preselected frequencies are generated in a patient so that the pressure waves are transmitted to a tumor through overlying tissues, while responsive oscillatory motion of the tumor and at least some internal tissues of the patient proximate to the tumor are monitored during this pressure wave generation. From the responsive oscillatory motion of the tumor and the internal tissues, a pressure wave frequency is determined which results in a resonant loading of the tumor and essentially leaves the internal tissues undamaged. Subsequently, treatment pressure waves are generated in the patient and have the determined pressure wave frequency and of an effective amplitude so that the tumor resonates with sufficient energy to mechanically destroy the tumor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 7497669
    Abstract: To make a Wesco type fuel pump to supply pressure-increased fuel toward a fuel injection valve with no time delay at a time of restarting an engine, an impeller (8) which is rotated by an electric motor (M) arranged within a motor chamber (9) is arranged within a pump chamber (7), a fuel inflow passage (6) which communicates with the outside and a discharge hole (5) which communicates with the motor chamber (9) are open to the pump chamber (7), and the discharge hole (5) is provided with a fuel holding function which inhibits air from flowing into the motor chamber (9) from the pump chamber (7) at a time when the engine stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Keihin Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihide Ito, Toshihiro Arai, Michiru Fukuda
  • Patent number: 7497828
    Abstract: A medical system includes a carrier and a multiplicity of electromechanical transducers mounted to the carrier, the transducers being disposable in effective pressure-wave-transmitting contact with a patient. Energization componentry is operatively connected to a first plurality of the transducers for supplying the same with electrical signals of at least one pre-established ultrasonic frequency to produce first pressure waves in the patient. A control unit is operatively connected to the energization componentry and includes an electronic analyzer operatively connected to a second plurality of the transducers for performing electronic 3D volumetric data acquisition and imaging (which includes determining three-dimensional shapes) of internal tissue structures of the patient by analyzing signals generated by the second plurality of the transducers in response to second pressure waves produced at the internal tissue structures in response to the first pressure waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Wilk Ultrasound of Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. Wilk, Timothy J. Nohara, Peter T. Weber
  • Patent number: 7472808
    Abstract: A powder body metering apparatus for metering a powder body such as a synthetic resin raw material is structured such that a powder body outlet of a metering container of another metering apparatus is connected to a second opening (50), whereby a powder body transport system is constructed, the powder body within the metering container of the other metering apparatus can be transported to a predetermined place via a metering container (32), by finishing a discharge of the powder body within the metering container (32), thereafter keeping a switch valve (36) in a closed state, filling the powder body in the metering container of the other metering apparatus and thereafter generating a gas stream toward a first opening (49) from the second opening (50), thus the metering container (32) being utilized as a part of a transport pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Matsui MFG. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazunari Hanaoka, Satoshi Ishii
  • Patent number: 7451993
    Abstract: A steerable chassis for work vehicle, having a coupling with a hinge that has a vertical axis in order to act as a steering system and an articulation that has a horizontal axis in order to ensure greater freedom of torsional oscillation of that chassis. The chassis has a device for locking the articulation, as selected by the operator, in order to increase the torsional rigidity of the chassis when required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: C.S.F. S.R.L.
    Inventor: Stefano Zanini
  • Patent number: 7448568
    Abstract: A shredder for shredding a by-product, such as sprue, runner and the like generated when molding a thermoplastic synthetic resin product, into recyclable shredded pieces, is structured such that front and rear oscillating side walls are openable, right and left stationary side walls are connected by two support shafts and one connection member, and two support shafts serve as pivot axes of the oscillating side walls and connection members connecting the right and left stationary side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Assignee: Matsui Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hikoichi Katsumura, Saiji Yamashita, Satoshi Ishii
  • Patent number: 7442168
    Abstract: A tranducer assembly for an ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a front driver having an elongate shaft in one direction and a stud extending in an opposite direction. An electromechanical transducer element is disposed around the stud. The transducer assembly also comprises a rear driver disposed around the stud on a side of the electromechanical transducer element opposite the front driver, the electromechanical transducer element being clamped between the front driver and the rear driver. An inertial or damping mass is fixedly connected to the stud at a point spaced from the rear driver. The stud is of length and thinness to act as a flexible vibration damping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Misonix, Incorporated
    Inventors: Theodore A. D. Novak, Alexander L. Darian, Dan Voic, Scott Isola, Ronald R. Manna
  • Patent number: 7435579
    Abstract: A microscale biosensor for use in the detection of target biological substances includes a detection chamber disposed on the substrate and defining a volume between 1 pico-liter and 1 micro-liter. The detection chamber is adapted to confine a composition containing microorganisms. Specimen concentration componentry is connected to the detection chamber for rapidly concentrating the microorganisms in the detection chamber. A heater is operatively connected to the substrate to heat the composition in the detection chamber. Electrodes are mounted on the substrate in communication with the detection chamber to identify AC impedance changes within the detection chamber from bacterial metabolism of the microorganisms of the composition over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Purdue Research Foundation
    Inventors: Rashid Bashir, Rafael Gomez
  • Patent number: D579784
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Pochet of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Hubert Varlet
  • Patent number: D587589
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Pochet of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Hubert Varlet