Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Kurz
  • Patent number: 6213308
    Abstract: A item separating or debris eliminating system includes a tank and a pump for circulating water from one end of the tank around through a duct and back into the opposite end of the tank. A medium density object collector is located within the tank, and a light debris collector is located within the tank. A conveyor filter is included through which substantially all of the water in the tank is circulated. The debris eliminating system preferably also includes a high density object collector within the tank. The system can be used to separate a variety of objects having different densities and terminal velocities in a fluid. Most preferably, the system is utilized for separating debris from potatoes and the like produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Recot, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick W. Bajema
  • Patent number: 6210949
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the Multiple Tumor Suppressor (MTS) genes in mice, their expression products, and their homology to the human MTS genes. The human MTS genes are involved in human cancers. The invention is further related to the use of the MTS genes in the therapy, diagnosis and prognosis of human cancer. The invention further relates to mutations in the MTS gene and their use in the diagnosis of predisposition to melanoma, leukemia, astrocytoma, glioblastoma, lymphoma, glioma, Hodgkin's lymphoma, CLL, and cancers of the pancreas, breast, thyroid, ovary, uterus, testis, kidney, stomach and rectum. The invention also relates to the therapy of human cancers which have a mutation in the MTS gene, including gene therapy, protein replacement therapy and protein mimetics. Finally, the invention relates to the screening of drugs for cancer therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Myriad Genetics, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Stone, Ping Jiang, Alexander Kamb
  • Patent number: 6200782
    Abstract: A nucleoprotein based nanoprocessor is described. The nanoprocessor includes one or more chimeric fusion proteins linked to a DNA scaffold. Both components of the fusion protein are enzymes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: City of Hope
    Inventor: Steven S. Smith
  • Patent number: 6191344
    Abstract: An inbred corn line, designated ASG10, is disclosed. The invention relates to the seeds of inbred corn line ASG10, to the plants of inbred corn line ASG10 and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing the inbred line ASG10 with itself or another corn line. The invention further relates to hybrid corn seeds and lants produced by crossing the inbred line ASG10 with another corn line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Asgrow Seed Company
    Inventor: James R. Klenke
  • Patent number: 6177618
    Abstract: A novel soybean cultivar, designated 943465628996, is disclosed. The invention relates to the seeds of soybean cultivar 943465628996, to the plants of soybean 943465628996 and to methods for producing a soybean plant produced by crossing the cultivar 943465628996 with itself or another soybean variety. The invention further relates to hybrid soybean seeds and plants produced by crossing the cultivar 943465628996 with another soybean cultivar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Monsanto Corporation
    Inventor: Beth Annice Holmes
  • Patent number: 6177617
    Abstract: A novel soybean cultivar, designated 89248009206, is disclosed. The invention relates to the seeds of soybean cultivar 89248009206, to the plants of soybean 89248009206 and to methods for producing a soybean plant produced by crossing the cultivar 89248009206 with itself or another soybean variety. The invention further relates to hybrid soybean seeds and plants produced by crossing the cultivar 89248009206 with another soybean cultivar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Asgrow Seed Company
    Inventors: Kevin W. Matson, Alan K. Walker
  • Patent number: 6172041
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the use of conantokin peptides, conantokin peptide derivatives and conantokin peptide chimeras, referred to collectively as conantokins, having 10-30 amino acids, including preferably two or more &ggr;-carboxyglutamic acid residues, for the treatment of neurologic and psychiatric disorders, such as anticonvulsant agents, neuroprotective agents or analgesic agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignees: University of Utah Research Foundation, Cognetix, Inc.
    Inventors: R. Tyler McCabe, Li-Ming Zhou, Richard T. Layer, Baldomero M. Olivera, J. Michael McIntosh
  • Patent number: 6169227
    Abstract: A novel soybean cultivar, designated 9505389620962, is disclosed. The invention relates to the seeds of soybean cultivar 9505389620962, to the plants of soybean 9505389620962 and to methods for producing a soybean plant produced by crossing the cultivar 9505389620962 with itself or another soybean variety. The invention further relates to hybrid soybean seeds and plants produced by crossing the cultivar 9505389620962 with another soybean cultivar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Assignee: Monsanto Corporation
    Inventor: William K. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 6162897
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of human genetics. Specifically, the present invention relates to methods and materials used to isolate and detect a human breast and ovarian cancer predisposing gene (BRCA1), some mutant alleles of which cause susceptibility to cancer, in particular breast and ovarian cancer. More specifically, the invention relates to germline mutations in the BRCA1 gene and their use in the diagnosis of predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer. The present invention further relates to somatic mutations in the BRCA1 gene in human breast and ovarian cancer and their use in the diagnosis and prognosis of human breast and ovarian cancer. Additionally, the invention relates to somatic mutations in the BRCA1 gene in other human cancers and their use in the diagnosis and prognosis of human cancers. The invention also relates to the therapy of human cancers which have a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, including gene therapy, protein replacement therapy and protein mimetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignees: Myriad Genetics, Inc., University of Utah Research Foundation, The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services
    Inventors: Mark H. Skolnick, David E. Goldgar, Yoshio Miki, Jeff Swenson, Alexander Kamb, Keith D. Harshman, Donna M. Shattuck-Eidens, Sean V. Tavtigian, Roger W. Wiseman, P. Andrew Futreal
  • Patent number: 6156317
    Abstract: The invention provides a plurality of peptides (and immunologically functional variants thereof) which are immunogenic epitopes recognized by CD8.sup.+ class I MHC restricted cytotoxic T-lymphocytes of patients harboring latent cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection. The peptides are capable of activating CTLs and CTLp's in the absence of active viral replication, and thus are useful for eliciting a cellular immune response against HCMV by normal and immunodeficient subjects. Polypeptide and lipopeptide vaccines, with and without adjuvants, also are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: City of Hope
    Inventors: Don Jeffrey Diamond, Joanne York
  • Patent number: 6153386
    Abstract: The association of the molecular variant A-20C of the angiotensinogen gene with the prognosis of human hypertension as determined by the G-6A molecular variant is disclosed. The determination of this association enables the screening of persons to identify the severity of hypertension or the severity of the risk of a predisposition to high blood pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: University of Utah Research Foundation
    Inventors: Jean-Marc Lalouel, Xavier Jeunemaitre
  • Patent number: 6149428
    Abstract: A mould for casting a base for a dental model when reconstructing teeth for dentures or parts thereof and including a base plate along the edge of which a mould cavity is placed, the mould cavity including a bottom with fixating structures for the dental model or parts thereof, and walls provided with ribs extending from the bottom, the mould cavity having the shape of at least a part of a jaw. With a view to creating a stable mould, in which the model cast on the base may be remounted and positioned without rocking, the mould is designed in such a way that the fixation structures are at least substantially cylindrical pins which can be inserted in corresponding holes in the bottom of the mould cavity and which each include a portion suited for being cast in the base of the dental model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Bent Mogensen
  • Patent number: 6150591
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel double flower gene in Verbena which is phenotypically expressed in the formation of flowers with one or more additional petals than existing Verbena cultivars. The present invention also relates to a Verbena seed, a Verbena plant, a Verbena flower, a Verbena variety and a Verbena hybrid which comprise the novel double flower gene. The present invention also relates to a method of producing the disclosed Verbena plants and seeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Goldsmith Seeds, Inc.
    Inventors: Mitchell Eugene Hanes, Stanislaw Nalepa
  • Patent number: 6145081
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for embedding watermark information into a cover signal, such as an audio signal, video signal, or still image signal, in a manner that prevents the watermark information from being removed without degrading the quality of the cover signal. This is accomplished by subjecting the cover signal to a phase modulation prior to being embedded with the watermark information, wherein the amount or degree of phase modulation is changed at least for each different watermark to be embedded in a particular instance or copy of the cover signal. As such, if two copies of the same cover signal, each containing a different watermark, are averaged or combined in an attempt to obliterate the watermark information, the cover signal will be subjected to phase cancellation, rendering any illicit copy of such signal so derived to be valueless.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Verance Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Winograd, Rade Petrovic, Eric Metois, Kanaan Jemili
  • Patent number: 6133433
    Abstract: A DNA probe has been isolated which is capable of hybridizing to an oligonucleotide sequence coding for a polypeptide from a major 64 Kilodalton protein of human cytomegalovirus (HCMVgp64). The probe has a sequence of at least seventeen (17) to as many as seven hundred twenty-one (721) nucleotides. The DNA fragments coding for the major late protein of human cytomegalovirus (HCMVgp64) may be hybridized to DNA fragments of HCMV DNA from an individual having human cytomegalovirus infection. The major late protein of human cytomegalovirus (HCMVgp64) also reacts with T-lymphocytes of an individual after natural infection of that individual with human cytomegalovirus. Thus, the HCMVgp64 protein may be used as a vaccine to prevent HCMV infection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Assignee: City of Hope
    Inventors: Hema Pande, Arthur D. Riggs, John A. Zaia, Brian R. Clark
  • Patent number: 6129939
    Abstract: A method for making bowl-shaped snack food products, e.g. tortilla chips. The method features placing chip preforms in open bowl-shaped cavities and partially frying the chip preforms by filling them with hot oil from above. Additionally, the preforms are partially fried from below by immersing the lower portions of the preforms in a vat of hot oil and transporting them through the hot oil. After cooking the preforms to a desired moisture content, at which point the preforms retain their bowl shapes outside of or independent of the mold cavities, the preforms are removed from the mold cavities and subsequently cooked to completion in a secondary frying operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Recot, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Fink, Ernest Marshall, Peris W. Njenga, James L. Sanford
  • Patent number: 6127599
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insect resistant alfalfa seed, alfalfa plant, and an alfalfa variety. More specifically, the invention relates to an alfalfa plant having resistance to the insect potato leafhopper. The invention also relates to an increased level of resistance to potato leafhopper and other pests. The invention further relates to the method of crossing alfalfa plants containing the resistance to potato leafhopper to produce insect resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Mark H. McCaslin
  • Patent number: D436996
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiromichi Izushima
  • Patent number: PP11753
    Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Impatiens plant, and named ‘Fify Red’ is provided. ‘Fify Red’ is distinct in its red flower color, small slightly cup shaped flowers, early flowering and small-leafed basal branching growth habit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Goldsmith Plants, Inc.
    Inventor: J. B. (Hanneke) Jonkers
  • Patent number: D439838
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Recot, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph P. Sagel, Robert J. Croft