Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Rockey, Milnamow & Katz, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 6761275
    Abstract: A liner disc for a bottle cap for sealingly closing a bottle includes an annular rim portion and a downwardly domed portion depending from the annular rim portion. The domed portion is convex toward the contents of the bottle. A seal layer is provided on the domed portion. Internal pressure of the contents of the bottle acts in a direction tending to flatten the domed portion which in turn expands an annular side wall of the domed portion outwardly to press the seal layer against the inside surface of the bottle to assist in effecting a seal between the bottle and the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Alcoa Closure Systems International
    Inventors: Stephen W. McBride, David Babcock
  • Patent number: 6527137
    Abstract: A drinking mug with integral straw includes a cup-like vessel portion, and a straw portion having an internal passage joined in fluid communication with an interior volume of the vessel portion. The straw portion is preferably positioned in spaced apart relationship to the vessel portion, whereby the straw portion can be easily gripped for holding the mug during use. Notably, the straw portion includes a plurality of subdivisions in the internal passage arranged in series flow relationship, with each of the subdivisions including a pair of sections through which liquid can flow. Thus, as liquid is drawn through the straw portion from the vessel portion, the liquid flow is repeatedly subdivided and joined as liquid flows through the series of subdivisions. By formation of the present drinking mug from transparent plastic material, the flow of liquid from the vessel portion through the straw portion is readily visually apparent, thus enhancing enjoyable use of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Arrow Plastic Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: Robert Kleckauskas, Bruce Ronner, Robert Giacolo, David W. Heidlauf
  • Patent number: 6469155
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an immunoglobulin-like protein useful in preventing or treating pathologies concerned with herpes simplex virus 1, herpes simplex virus 2 infections in humans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignees: Universita′ Degli Studi di Bologna, Inserm Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale
    Inventors: Gabriella Campadelli Fiume, Francesca Cocchi, Laura Menotti, Marc Lopez
  • Patent number: 6427252
    Abstract: Having shoulder straps that pass over a wearer's shoulders when it is worn, a harness of a type that complies with National Fire Protection Association 1983 Standard 4-3.1.3, is combined with suspenders, which are attached to the shoulder straps and which include front suspenders on each side of the harness and back suspenders on each side of the harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Morning Pride Manufacturing, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Patricia Lewis, William L. Grilliot, Mary I. Grilliot
  • Patent number: 6420177
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of improving the strain used for the production of erythromycin through the disruption of the melA gene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: FermaLogic Inc.
    Inventors: J. Mark Weber, Minh B. Luu
  • Patent number: 6415913
    Abstract: A base excited vibratory trough conveyor includes a trough mounted on leaf springs to a base which is excited by a linear vibratory drive. The vibratory drive produces a linear force which is oriented to be perpendicular to the springs, and the linear force is adjusted to equal the reaction force of the springs on the base during the desired stroke. Such balancing results in no stroke or movement of the base. A more lightweight base can thus be used without requiring that the base center of gravity be aligned along the center of gravity of the conveyor and the trough, or that the base be excessively heavy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: FMC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul I. Sleppy, Harold E. Patterson
  • Patent number: 6405549
    Abstract: A portable heating and cooling unit intended to be used within a room or area of a building includes a cabinet supported on a plurality of wheels and a refrigeration circuit at least partially carried within said cabinet. The refrigeration circuit includes a first coil, a compressor, a second coil and a refrigerant reversing valve. In a cooling mode of operation, the first coil acts as an evaporator coil and room air is circulated by a first fan across the evaporator coil and delivered into the room. A second fan circulates room air through the second coil acting as a condenser coil and discharges the thus warmed air away from the room area to be cooled. In a heating mode of operation, the refrigerant reversing valve is activated to change the flow direction of the refrigerant through the circuit such that the first coil now acts as a condenser and The second coil now acts as the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: DO Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Baffes
  • Patent number: 6398793
    Abstract: A disposable dermal curette for scraping lesions from the surface of a patient's skin, comprising a generally cylindrical plastic handle having a proximal end portion, a distal end portion and a mid-section portion therebetween. The curette has a substantially flattened annular working element attached to the handle, the working element having a hoe-shape, substantially planer configuration and arcuate walls projecting therefrom to the handle and attached thereto. The arcuate walls extend from the planar cutting surface having a radius sufficient to minimize gouging as the cutting surface is moved along the skin to remove lesions therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Acuderm Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph McGuire
  • Patent number: 6398077
    Abstract: A dispensing system is provided for two, constituent, fluent materials which are stored separately and then combined in a dispensing process to form a combination product. The dispensing system includes a container having at least two interior storage chambers, and each chamber has a separate discharge opening. Associated with each discharge opening is a separate, flexible valve. Each valve has an initially closed dispensing orifice which opens in response to a differential between the pressure acting against the side of the closed valve facing toward the associated discharge opening and the pressure acting against the side of the closed valve facing away from the associated discharge opening. In a preferred embodiment, a top is provided downstream of the valve. The top is movable between (1) a close position to occlude a dispensing flow path downstream of the valves, and (2) an open position which permits flow to be discharged from the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Seaquist Closures Foreign, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Gross, Daniel G. Schantz, Timothy R. Socier, Fred H. Martin, Julie M. Grissmeyer, Duncan Toll
  • Patent number: 6393130
    Abstract: A compliant hearing aid has a housing formed with an exterior peripheral layer of a deformable material. Electronic components located within the deformable layer can be encapsulated, at least in part, with a second deformable material. The second material also fills voids in the interior of the deformable peripheral layer. The second material can be cured within the deformable layer. Alternately, the second material can be cured apart from the deformable layer. The layer can then be attached to the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Beltone Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Stonikas, Robert S. Yoest
  • Patent number: 6382445
    Abstract: A closure shell has an end wall and a sidewall. The sidewall has an inside thread for engagement to a thread formation of a container neck. The closure shell has a sealing flap extending radially from the sidewall and an annular vertical member extending from the end wall. The vertical member has an inside diameter greater than the diameter of a seal finish of the container neck. The sealing flap is sized and arranged to be pressed axially by the seal finish to the end wall, and radially pressed by the seal finish to the vertical member. A resilient element is formed between the vertical member and the sidewall to radially press the vertical member against the sealing flap to effect a tight radial seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Alcoa Closure Systems International
    Inventor: Thomas J. McCandless
  • Patent number: 6382476
    Abstract: A dispensing structure is provided for a container that has an opening from which a product can be dispensed. The structure includes a body for extending around the container opening. The body defines a first dispensing aperture communicating with the container opening. An intermediate member defines at least one second dispensing aperture that is smaller than the first dispensing aperture. The intermediate member is pivotable about an axis between a closed position and an open position. A lid is pivotable on the closure body about the same axis as the intermediate member, and the lid is pivotable between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Seaquist Closures Foreign, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Randall, Kelly A. Smith, Susan De Groot
  • Patent number: 6381817
    Abstract: A composite nonwoven fabric is formed by providing a synthetic fiber web comprising staple length polymeric fibers, and a cellulosic fiber web, preferably comprising wood pulp fibers. Prior to integration of the webs, the synthetic fiber web is subjected to hydroentangling to form a partially entangled web, with the cellulosic fiber web thereafter juxtaposed with the partially entangled web for hydroentanglement and integration of the webs. Pre-entanglement of the synthetic fiber web desirably acts to minimize the energy input required for integration of the cellulosic fiber and synthetic fiber webs, and also desirably acts to abate loss of the cellulosic fibers during hydroentanglement and integration of the webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Polymer Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph A. Moody, III
  • Patent number: 6383517
    Abstract: A process for preparing a solid formulation of a lipid-regulating agent comprising dissolving said lipid-regulating agent particles in a surfactant solution, premixing an excipient, wet granulating the mixture, drying the mixture and forming a finished dosage form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Abbott Laboratories
    Inventors: Yihong Qiu, Venkatramana M. Rao, Kevin R. Engh, Thomas L. Reiland
  • Patent number: 6378253
    Abstract: A system for forming a glazed structure, such as a wall of a conservatory or sun room, comprising a base member, support posts mountable on the base member and capable of receiving on at least one side a window frame and an eaves beam mountable on the support posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Ultraframe (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Richardson
  • Patent number: 6380846
    Abstract: A pull station for an alarm includes a housing with a handle mounted for sliding movement within the housing. The housing includes a window for a user to access the handle for forcibly sliding the handle in a vertical direction. A latch is rotatably mounted to the handle and spring biased to rotate to a locked position upon sliding movement of the handle. The latch has a portion which moves to bear against a stationary element of the housing to establish the locked position. The housing can be opened to reset the handle without changing the state of the alarm. Closing of the housing automatically resets the alarm. An attached terminal block includes a plurality of U-shaped terminal elements each having a screw terminal, a solder lug and a press pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Pittway Corporation
    Inventor: Eric W. Hohlfelder
  • Patent number: 6378225
    Abstract: Employing a radiator made of a ceramic adapted when heated to radiate far-infrared radiation, a hair dryer comprises an elongate body, which has an inlet end defining an inlet and an outlet end defining an outlet, a fan, which is adapted when driven to draw air into the inlet, to move air through the elongate body, and to blow air from the outlet, an electrical motor, which is adapted when energized to drive the fan, and an electrical heater, which is mounted within the elongate body, between the fan and the outlet. The ceramic radiator, which is tubular, is mounted within the elongate body, between the fan and the outlet and near the electrical heater, which is configured as an elongate coil deployed around the ceramic radiator and which is adapted when energized to heat air pulled through the elongate body by the fan and to heat the ceramic radiator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Fred M. Slingo
  • Patent number: D457431
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Alcoa Closure Systems International
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Brant, Richard Laveault, Thomas P. Hennessy, Chon Tsai
  • Patent number: H2027
    Abstract: A dispensing valve is provided for being sealingly disposed with respect to, and dispensing a product from, a discharge opening of a container. The preferred form of the valve includes a generally annular marginal portion adapted to be sealingly engaged when the valve is sealingly disposed with respect to the container discharge opening. The valve also includes a central head portion extending from the marginal portion. The head portion has an exterior side with a generally concave shape when viewed from outside the container and has an interior side with (1) a planar central area, and (2) a generally curved, radially outer portion which tapers toward the planar central area such that the exterior and interior sides converge toward the planar central area to provide a tapered construction with reduced thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Seaquist Closures Foreign, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul E. Brown, Timothy R. Socier
  • Patent number: D458876
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Razorback Vehicles Corporation Limited
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kendall