Patents Represented by Attorney Sheridan Ross PC
  • Patent number: 7762714
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for administering micro-ingredient feed additives or supplements to feed rations. The amount of each particular micro-ingredient to be delivered to a feed ration may be determined by a bulk density measurement. Alternatively, bulk density measurement may be used in combination with existing weight measurement and volumetric metering methods for multiple micro-ingredients. Delivery by bulk density requires determination of a bulk density value along with use of a dispensing device that dispenses a calculated amount of the micro-ingredient ration. The dispensing calculation may be achieved by analysis of delivery time, pulse count, or some other quantitative measure such as magnitude. Use of bulk density as a measurement technique eliminates the requirement for use of scales in the micro-ingredient delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Lextron, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve R. Freeman, Charles H. Hoff
  • Patent number: 7758742
    Abstract: An electrocoagulation treatment device includes a plurality of spaced reaction plates disposed within a reaction chamber. A voltage is applied to selected reaction plates to create an electrical field within the electrocoagulation chamber. The plates are arranged vertically which induces a vertical flow of liquid through a device. The device includes various embodiments adapted for use as a large industrial unit, a portable unit or for use within the home. The voltage and amperage of the electrical field chamber may be adjusted by placing selected reaction plates in electrical contact with the voltage source. One embodiment is especially adapted for treatment of oil slop to remove water from the oil, and for treatment of seawater to desalinate the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Inventor: Scott Wade Powell
  • Patent number: 7754855
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel methods for making fusion proteins comprising a cytokine or growth factor fused to an immunoglobulin domain. The growth factor/cytokine can be fused directly to an immunoglobulin domain or through a peptide linker. The purified growth factor/cytokine-IgG fusion proteins produced by the novel methods are biologically active and can be used to treat diseases for which the non-fused growth factor/cytokine are useful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Bolder Biotechnology, Inc.
    Inventors: George N. Cox, III, Daniel H. Doherty
  • Patent number: 7754418
    Abstract: The present invention provides a novel family of apoptosis-modulating proteins. Nucleotide and amino acid residue sequences and methods of use thereof are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Genentech, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Kiefer, Philip J. Barr
  • Patent number: 7743626
    Abstract: A gel-pack for chilling bottled beverages comprising a flexible plastic envelope, sealed around its perimeter, provided with a spaced array of holes therethrough whereby the gel-pack can be draped over a plurality of beverage bottles, with the necks of the bottles protruding through the holes in the gel-pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Molson Canada 2005
    Inventor: Craig Buckingham
  • Patent number: 7744269
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for administering micro-ingredient feed additives wherein controlled access is provided to the bins or containers that store the micro-ingredients prior to delivery thereby preventing inadvertent errors in adding incorrect micro-ingredients to a feed ration as well as to provide a measure of security to prevent tampering with the micro-ingredients in the bins. A micro-ingredient delivery system typically includes a plurality of bins that store designated micro-ingredients therein. Each bin may have a locking device thereby restricting access to the bin, along with a switch indicating whether the bin access cover is open or closed. A master controller of the delivery system provides signals to lock or unlock the locking devices based upon authorizations provided to access the bins in accordance with the particular operating parameters and requirements of the delivery system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Lextron, Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Adent, Steve R. Freeman
  • Patent number: 7744131
    Abstract: A one-piece adhesive label is provided incorporating an integral tear strip. The tear strip is formed as the user grasps one activation tab that resides on either opposite end of the label. Preferably, one tab is formed at each opposite end. Slits formed on the opposite ends of the label adjacent the tabs enable the label to be torn in a uniform manner, taking advantage of the particular material characteristics of the label sheet that has unidirectional fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Corporate Express US Inc.
    Inventor: Debra A. Urbanek
  • Patent number: 7743624
    Abstract: A beverage dispense font incorporating a portable cooling device is provided wherein the portable cooling device cools an outer housing of the dispense font in order to encourage ice formation on the dispense font. Unique visual effects can be obtained with ice formation on the outer housing of the dispense font, and the portable cooling device therefore enables independent cooling of the outer housing without redesign or modification of the existing glycol cooling system used to cool the dispensed beverage. The portable cooling device can be inherently small in size due to relatively minimal cooling capacity requirements for cooling just the outer housing of the dispense font. The dispense font and portable cooling device may be moved from location to location thereby greatly enhancing the capability to provide a frozen-appearing dispense font to many locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Millercoors LLC
    Inventors: Lynette S. Schneller, David Milliken, Kevin Winters
  • Patent number: 7743699
    Abstract: An automated system and method are provided for application of inoculant products onto forage material. Real time data measurements are taken for relative humidity and moisture content of the forage material in order to timely adjust the dispense rate of the inoculant applied to the forage material. Data gathering capabilities are provided with this system controller to enable an operator to view, adjust, and record various production records, as well as detailed information as to the amounts of inoculant applied. The components associated with the system of the present invention includes an inoculant bin or container including a dispense auger which dispenses a controlled amount of inoculant which is then conveyed to the intake opening of the baling machine the forage material enters the machine. The control system includes various sensors positioned at the intake opening of the baling machine which measures moisture content, and optionally the mass or volume of the incoming forage material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Lextron, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve Freeman, Wes Byers, Michael Van Lith, Dean Nordhues, Chad Greiman
  • Patent number: 7744132
    Abstract: Damping conduit assembly (4) for a hydraulic system comprising a user (3) and a pipe (2) connected to the user (3) by means of a first connecting element (6) and presenting an end portion (20) having a first axis (B) and a bush (15) carried by the end portion (20) and having a second axis (A) transverse to the first axis (B), the bush (15) also housing the first connecting element (6) for fluidly connecting the user (3) to the pipe (2), the conduit assembly (4) being suited to be fluidly connected to the pipe (2) and comprising a flexible cylindrical wall (27), a closing element (29) axially delimiting an internal volume (30) of the cylindrical wall (27) filled with fluid. The conduit assembly (4) also comprises a connecting unit (5) comprising the first connecting element (6) and a second connecting element (22) carried by the cylindrical wall (27) and coupled to the first connecting element (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Dayco Fluid Technologies S.p.A.
    Inventors: Fabrizio Tabaro, Mariofelice Zanardi
  • Patent number: 7735329
    Abstract: A control device for an air-conditioning system of a vehicle comprises an evaporator, a compressor with externally controlled variable displacement, and an expansion valve. The control device comprises a control block that receives a reference temperature indicating a desired temperature of the air downstream of the evaporator, and an effective temperature of the air present downstream of the evaporator. The control device-supplies a control signal for the compressor to bring the effective temperature substantially equal to the reference temperature. An observer module receives the control signal and supplies a temperature disturbance indicating an estimate of the oscillatory effect generated by an expansion valve on the temperature of air downstream of the evaporator when a compressor is driven by the control signal. An adder block removes from the effective temperature the temperature disturbance so as to eliminate the oscillatory effect on the effective temperature downstream of the evaporator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: C.R.F. Societa Consortile per Azioni
    Inventors: Stefania Martini, Maria Laura Parodi, Carloandrea Malvicino
  • Patent number: 7736885
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for producing arachidonic acid. In one embodiment, Mortierella sect. schmuckeri microorganisms are cultured in fermentation medium, preferably containing a component of a complex nitrogen source. Further disclosed is a food product which includes Mortierella sect. schmuckeri microorganisms or lipid isolated from such microorganisms to enhance the arachidonic acid content of the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Martek Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventor: William R. Barclay
  • Patent number: 7732403
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of treating T-cell mediated diseases and a method of inhibiting the activation of T-cells using certain diketopiperazines. The invention also provides methods of synthesizing diketopiperazines and pharmaceutical compositions comprising certain diketopiperazines. The invention further provides methods of making improved pharmaceutical compositions of proteins and peptides by either increasing or decreasing the content of diketopiperazines in the compositions and the resultant improved pharmaceutical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: DMI Biosciences, Inc.
    Inventors: David Bar-Or, Raphael Bar-Or, Richard Shimonkovitz
  • Patent number: 7732170
    Abstract: The present invention provides a process for growing eukaryotic microorganisms which are capable of producing lipids, in particular lipids containing polyenoic fatty acids. The present invention also provides a process for producing eukaryotic microbial lipids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Martek Biosciences Corporation
    Inventors: Richard B. Bailey, Don DiMasi, Jon M. Hansen, Peter J. Mirrasoul, Craig M. Ruecker, George T. Veeder, III, Tatsuo Kaneko, William R. Barclay
  • Patent number: 7726512
    Abstract: An aid for dining in stand-up and similar situations where a person may simultaneously support a plate and a beverage container by a single hand. The invention comprises a universal food holding receptacle that is stably mountable on upright beverage containers of widely diverse shapes and sizes. The user holds a lower portion of the beverage container in one hand and uses the other hand for other activities such as taking food items from the food holding receptacle that is supported on the beverage container. The food holding receptacle is stably mounted on the beverage container in loose-fitting relationship so that the receptacle can be repeatedly mounted on and demounted from the beverage container in a facile manner while dining. The same food holding receptacle may also be used, after turning upside-down, to stably support beverage containers of diverse shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Patrick MacCarthy
  • Patent number: 7726266
    Abstract: A cooling circuit comprises a cylinder block and a cylinder head block, these blocks each including cooling elements the form of integrated portions of circuit. The cooling circuit also includes at least a first, a second and a third separate external loops for external recirculation or reinjection mounted in parallel and looped on the integrated cooling elements. A circulating pump is connected fluidically to the integrated cooling element and to the three recirculation loops causing the fluid to circulate in the integrated cooling element and in the three recirculation loops. The at least three recirculation loops offer at least one common fluid node and are at least partially overlapping. A single actuator controls the flow of liquid circulating in the at least three recirculation loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Mark IV Systemes Moteurs (SAS)
    Inventors: Richard Komurian, Julien Peuch
  • Patent number: 7722840
    Abstract: Processes are provided for recovering precious metals from refractory materials using thiosulfate lixiviants. The processes can employ heap leaching or lixiviants that include one or more blinding agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Placer Dome Technical Services Limited
    Inventors: Ralph Peter Hackl, Jinxing Ji, Paul George West-Sells
  • Patent number: 7717705
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for supporting, stacking and transporting kiln run, in particular, when firing ceramic products, comprising an assembly from supports and support beams, in particular carrier beams, cross beams, large plates or similar, on which, in particular, one or several supports for placing kiln run are provided. The device comprises at least one substantially rectangular sleeve, in particular disposed on a kiln cart. In this sleeve a substantially rectangular support of the support assembly is disposed, wherein the sleeve has at least one adjustment means, which is supported in the sleeve, and which can be pressed against the support, wherein the sleeve additionally comprises at least one pressure means, formed from at least one elastic element, which is preloaded through the impact of the adjustment devices, so that it builds up reversal forces against the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Saint-Gobain Industriekeramik Rodental GmbH
    Inventor: Winkler Erhard
  • Patent number: 7687706
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disposing and supporting a solar panel array are disclosed. In one embodiment, a system for supporting a solar panel array includes the use of support columns and cables suspended between the support columns, with the solar panels received by solar panel receivers that are adapted to couple to the cables. The solar panel array may then be used to provide power as well as shelter. Cooling, lighting, security, or other devices may be added to the solar panel array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Steven Conger
  • Patent number: 7689434
    Abstract: A computer network and method for feeding animals in a feedlot, in which discretion and direct control over the various suboperations of the feed ration assignment and delivery process are distributed among the individual operators in the system, while the feedlot manager is capable of indirectly monitoring the performance of the various suboperations through use of a satellite based global positioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Lextron, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Sam Cureton, Thomas Pavlak, James Carisch, Michael A. Ackerman, Arlen Anderson