Patents Represented by Attorney Rocco S. Barrese
  • Patent number: 6163761
    Abstract: An electronic production system and method are capable of handling dynamic process production data. The electronic production system includes a memory; an input/output interface for receiving production data from a plurality of sensors detecting operation of a plurality of processes of a facility; and a processor. The processor includes a plurality of dynamically operating software modules, each responsive to the production data of a respective process for storing and dynamically updating the production data in the memory; an event log generator, responsive to the production data stored in the memory, for generating event logs and for transmitting the event logs to a management system connected to the input/output interface; and a graphic user interface, responsive to the dynamically operating software modules updating the production data, for displaying the production data graphically and dynamically as the production data changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Henkel Corporation
    Inventor: James Thomas Kent
  • Patent number: 5601376
    Abstract: A writing instrument is provided which includes a body having a barrel portion and a plunger portion. The barrel portion has opposed front and rear ends for housing a replaceable writing cartridge and a spring for biasing the cartridge toward the rear end of the barrel portion. The plunger portion is removably maintained in the rear end of the barrel portion and is configured for moving the cartridge between a retracted portion and a protracted position and for rotational and axial movement with respect to the center line of the barrel portion for removing the plunger portion to replace the cartridge. A clip member is pivotably mounted to the body of the writing instrument and includes a latch for selectively engaging the body of the writing instrument when the cartridge is in a protracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventors: Iskandar Badr, Edgar B. Chiswell
  • Patent number: 5454655
    Abstract: A writing instrument which includes a body having a barrel portion and a replaceable cartridge housed within the barrel portion. A retractor mechanism is removably maintained in a rear end of the barrel portion and is adapted for axial movement between a retracted position and a protracted position. The instrument further includes structure for biasing the replaceable cartridge toward the rear end of the barrel portion and for maintaining the retractor mechanism in the protracted position by imparting a moment, or force, on the retractor mechanism acting relative to the axial centerline of the barrel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventor: Edgar B. Chiswell
  • Patent number: 5448823
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing suture-needle assemblies in which the suture thread is connected to the needle shank through the provision of heat shrinkable tubing. The apparatus for securing the heat shrink tubing to the shank of the needle essentially comprises a needle holder, a heat source, a video camera and monitor device and means for insuring heating of the tubing only at the shank. An apparatus is also disclosed for securing the suture thread to the needle shank where the needle shank is already provided with the heat shrink tubing secured thereon. The apparatus for securing the suture thread to the needle shank includes a needle holder, a heat source, a heat cover to create a heating chamber, as well as video camera and monitor means to enlarge the image for an operator, as well as temperature regulating equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Richard N. Granger, Michael S. Kassim
  • Patent number: 5415487
    Abstract: The subject invention is directed to a cartridge for a writing instrument. In particular, the writing instrument includes a surface against which the cartridge abuts. The cartridge includes a tubular body for containing ink which has a front end including an applicator for applying the ink, and a plug member disposed at least partially in a rear end of the tubular body of the cartridge. The plug member includes a path for permitting airflow into the tubular body, and a flange for cushioning the cartridge against the abutment surface of the writing instrument so as to inhibit separation of the ink from the ink applicator and absorb pressure exerted upon the ink applicator during writing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald S. Rukan, Barry W. Chadwick
  • Patent number: 5399041
    Abstract: An writing instrument having an elongated tubular body formed from a thin sheet of material being rolled upon itself. A marking substance positioned within a bore of the body is prevented from leaking through the body by the application of a coating to at least one side of the sheet so that a lining is formed in the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventor: Edgar B. Chiswell
  • Patent number: 5336006
    Abstract: A writing instrument is provided which includes a body having a barrel portion and a plunger portion. The barrel portion has opposed front and rear ends for housing a replaceable writing cartridge and a spring for biasing the cartridge toward the rear end of the barrel portion. The plunger portion is removably maintained in the rear end of the barrel portion and is configured for moving the cartridge between a retracted portion and a protracted position and for rotational and axial movement with respect to the center line of the barrel portion for removing the plunger portion to replace the cartridge. A clip member is pivotably mounted to the body of the writing instrument and includes a latch for selectively engaging the body of the writing instrument when the cartridge is in a protracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Assignee: Bic Corporation
    Inventors: Iskandar Badr, Edgar B. Chiswell
  • Patent number: 5306258
    Abstract: A syringe is disclosed which includes a needle body having a proximal end and a distal end, a needle attached to the distal end of the needle body, a plunger for drawing fluid into the needle body through the needle, and a protective sheath configured and dimensioned to be positioned about the needle body and movable between a first distal position whereby the needle is shielded by the sheath and a proximal position whereby the needle is exposed. A system of slots and pegs is provided to releasably retain the protective sheath in the first distal position and to releasably retain the protective sheath in the proximal position. Also a system to retain and lock the protective sheath in a second distal position after use whereby the needle is protected by the sheath. A method of using the safety syringe to protect the needle from inadvertent contact with the user or any person in the area of use is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Inventor: Ricardo L. de la Fuente
  • Patent number: 5306289
    Abstract: A braided suture exhibits one or more improved properties, e.g., reduced chatter, greater flexibility and/or better hand, than that of a braided suture of known, or standard, construction and of substantially equivalent size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Donald S. Kaplan, Matthew E. Hermes, Ross R. Muth
  • Patent number: 5289963
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for endoscopic application of surgical staples adapted to attach surgical mesh to body tissue in laparoscopic hernia surgery. The apparatus includes a frame, and a generally elongated endoscopic section connected to the frame and extending distally therefrom. A staple storage magazine is provided for storing a plurality of surgical staples at the distal end portion of the endoscopic section with each staple being configured and adapted to attach the mesh to the body tissue. An elongated pusher system formed of several assembled components and extending from the frame to the endoscopic section is provided for individually advancing at least one staple at a time distally for positioning adjacent the surgical mesh and the body tissue. The pusher system also includes a trigger mecanism to actuate the pusher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Richard A. McGarry, David T. Green, Henry Bolanos, Wayne P. Young, Lisa W. Heaton, Salvatore Castro
  • Patent number: 5277577
    Abstract: A valve is disclosed for selectively permitting passage of fluid media such as gaseous fuel, from a first location to a second location. A valve body has one end portion defining a cylindrical inner wall surface and a flat annular seat extending inwardly thereof. An end plug is positioned for axial movement toward and away from the valve seat and an annular seal ring is positioned between the end plug and the valve seat and adapted to provide gaseous sealing contact between the end plug and the valve body at a plurality of locations when the end plug is moved to a first closed position which prevents gaseous communication between the first and second locations. In one embodiment the seal ring moves axially with the end plug and in another embodiment the seal ring remains seated and the end plug moves in the axial direction away from the seal ring. Other embodiments provide alternative means to direct the gaseous media from the first location to the second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: Minitek Feinmechanische Produkte Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Friedrich Schachter, Michel Doucet
  • Patent number: 5277299
    Abstract: A suture package is disclosed which is formed of a plurality of panels foldably connected to each other and arranged to fold upon each other to form a suture compartment between pairs of adjacent panels. A generally planar insert member includes portions cut out and lifted from the plane of the insert, respective pluralities of the cut portions being dimensioned and positioned to engage respective portions of a plurality of suture needles positioned thereon to retain the needles in respective fixed spaced positions within the package such that the needles are positioned in one needle compartment and individual flexible suture portions connected to the needles are respectively positioned in individual compartments formed by the remaining adjacent folded panels. In one embodiment portions of certain panels are cut away to reduce the girth of the folded package when loaded. Such portions may either be circular cut-outs or may be provided by dimensioning the length of certain panels less than the others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Henry A. Holzwarth, Christopher M. Scanlon
  • Patent number: 5275618
    Abstract: A method for making a multifilament suture yarn includes jet entangling the filaments of the suture yarn prior to other operations such as twisting and braiding. A multifilament braided suture is made of air entangled suture yarns, such as by braiding. The suture may include a core constructed of entangled yarns, preferably in the form of a cabled core constructed of multiple entangled yarns plied together, the plied yarns being air entangled and twisted in a first direction. Multiple entangled plied yarns twisted in the first direction are combined and twisted in a second opposite direction to form a cabled core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Ilya Koyfman, Michael P. Chesterfield
  • Patent number: 5269783
    Abstract: A device for repairing torn tissue or muscle such as the meniscus of the knee. The device consists of a pair of needles detachably secured to a pair of anchoring members having a plurality of barb-like projections extending outwardly therefrom. The anchoring members are joined by a suture which connects the ends of the anchoring members opposite the needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas Sander
  • Patent number: 5261886
    Abstract: A braided suture possesses a cable core which resists any tendency to protrude through the surrounding braid structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Michael P. Chesterfield, Ilya S. Koyfman, Donald S. Kaplan, Matthew E. Hermes
  • Patent number: 5259845
    Abstract: A combined surgical needle-suture device of controlled suture release characteristics and a method for manufacturing the device employ a shrinkable tubing to connect the needle to a suture possessing a lubricated tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: Herbert W. Korthoff
  • Patent number: D341330
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph T. Remo, Alfred G. Evans, Paul O. Rawson
  • Patent number: D351554
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Tritec International Corp.
    Inventor: Jisu Kim
  • Patent number: D354080
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventor: Jean F. Chevalier
  • Patent number: D378917
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Renault Metal Products, Ltd.
    Inventor: David Ohayon