Patents Represented by Attorney Smith Moore LLP
  • Patent number: 7439441
    Abstract: An integrated system and software package for creating and performing a musical score including a user interface that enables a user to enter and display the musical score, a database that stores a data structure which supports graphical symbols for musical characters in the musical score and performance generation data that is derived from the graphical symbols, a musical font that includes a numbering system that corresponds to the musical characters, a compiler that generates the performance generation data from the database, a performance generator that reads the performance generation data from the compiler and synchronizes the performance of the musical score, and a synthesizer that responds to commands from the performance generator and creates preassembled data for acoustical playback of the musical score that is output to a sound generation device. The synthesizer generates the data for acoustical playback from a proprietary library of digital sound samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Virtuosoworks, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Marius Jarrett, Lori Jarrett, Ramasubramaniyam Sethuraman, Rangarajan Krishnaswami, Anand Shankar Krishnamoorthi
  • Patent number: 7407912
    Abstract: The invention describes supersuperabsorbent polymers composed of surface-post crosslinked polycarboxypolysaccharides having excellent age-stable absorption properties, even under load, high attrition resistance and biodegradability and their use for absorbing water, aqueous or serous fluids and also blood. Also disclosed is a method of making which is impervious to changes in raw material quality and which provides consistent product quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Stockhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Mertens, Olaf Höller
  • Patent number: 7399813
    Abstract: A flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition including a monoethylenically unsaturated polymer, such as carboxylic acid, sulphonic acid, or phosphoric acid, or salts thereof, and an acrylate or methacrylate ester that contains an alkoxysilane functionality, or a monomer capable of co-polymerization with a compound containing a trialkoxysilane functional group and subsequent reaction with water to form a silanol group wherein the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition has a residual monoethylenically unsaturated monomer of less than about 1000 ppm. The flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition is particularly suitable for use in manufacturing absorbent articles. A method of making the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition includes preparing a monomer solution, adding the monomer solution to an initiator system, and activating a polymerization initiator within the initiator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Stockhaussen, Inc.
    Inventors: Angela Jones Lang, Dave Allen Soerens, Iqbal Ahmed, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7344208
    Abstract: A slide assembly for use with a door of a furniture piece is disclosed. The slide assembly includes a pair of cambered slides and an alignment element. The pair of slides is for slidably mounting the door. The alignment element is for aligning the movement of the pair of slides. The camber is for compensating for the weight of the door to maintain the movement of the door substantially true relative to the furniture piece. Preferably, the pair of cambered slides is universally cambered. The universal camber is for permitting one design to be used without having to be concerned about the handedness of the cambered slide assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: TCI Supply, Inc.
    Inventor: David Todd Brown
  • Patent number: 7335713
    Abstract: A process of making the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition includes preparing a preneutralized monomer solution having at least about 40 mol % degree of neutralization, preparing a monomer solution including monoethylenically unsaturated monomers, one of which includes an alkyloxysilane functionality, preparing initiator system solutions and adding the solutions to the monomer solution, mixing the foregoing solutions into a polymerization solution, cooling the polymerization solution, and post neutralizing the polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Angela Jones Lang, Dave Allen Soerens, Iqbal Ahmed, Scott J. Smith, Michael Ralph Lostocco, W. Clayton Bunyard
  • Patent number: 7312286
    Abstract: A flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition including a monoethylenically unsaturated polymer, such as carboxylic acid, sulphonic acid, or phosphoric acid, or salts thereof, and an acrylate or methacrylate ester that contains an alkoxysilane functionality, or a monomer capable of co-polymerization with a compound containing a trialkoxysilane functional group and subsequent reaction with water to form a silanol group wherein the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition has a residual monoethylenically unsaturated monomer of less than about 1000 ppm. The flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition is particularly suitable for use in manufacturing absorbent articles. A method of making the flexible superabsorbent binder polymer composition includes preparing a monomer solution, adding the monomer solution to an initiator system, and activating a polymerization initiator within the initiator system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Angela Jones Lang, Dave Allen Soerens, Iqbal Ahmed, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7312268
    Abstract: A water absorbent polymer with reduced residual monomer content is prepared using silver ions and/or colloidal silver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen GmbH
    Inventor: Young-Sam Kim
  • Patent number: 7294741
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for the production of acrylic acid (AA) comprising the steps wherein: a) a 1st gas mixture comprising propylene, oxygen, an inert gas and steam is subjected to a 1st catalytic oxidation reaction stage thereby converting the propylene in the presence of a catalyst mainly into acrolein being contained in a 2nd gas mixture from said 1st catalytic oxidation reaction, b) said 2nd gas mixture from the 1st catalytic oxidation reaction stage is subjected to a 2nd catalytic oxidation reaction stage thereby converting the acrolein in the presence of a catalyst mainly into AA, being contained in a product gas, c) said product gas is subjected to a quench tower, wherein said AA is recovered as an aqueous solution comprising said AA being contained in the process water, wherein a process vent gas is obtained at the top of said quench tower, wherein, said 1st gas mixture has a steam/propylene ratio of >0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Gunther Bub, Jurgen Mosler, Dietrich Maschmeyer, Andreas Sabbagh, Roland Fornika, Matthias Peuckert
  • Patent number: 7291674
    Abstract: The invention relates to a superabsorbent polymer comprising a composition comprising a polymeric resin composition comprising from about 55 to about 99.9 wt. % of polymerizable unsaturated acid group containing monomers, from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of internal crosslinking agent and from 0 to 25 wt % of a preneutralizing agent; wherein the polymeric resin composition is preneutralized from 0 to about 50 mole %; and a water swellable, water-insoluble aminopolysaccaride polymer wherein when the superabsorbent polymer is contacted with an aqueous solution, the polymeric resin composition is neutralized by the aminopolysaccaride polymer so that the superabsorbent polymer has a degree of neutralization of about 20 mole % or more than the preneutralization degree of the polymeric resin composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Seungkoo Kang, Scott J. Smith
  • Patent number: 7290381
    Abstract: An allergen-barrier fabric includes a tightly-constructed fabric substrate, woven from 0 to 45% continuous synthetic filament yarns and 55 to 100% natural or synthetic spun yarns. The fabric substrate is finished to produce a fabric with a mean pore size of 4 to 10 microns, an air permeability of 0.5-25 cfm, a mean fabric flexibility of 0.5 to 6.5 grams (bending resistance), and a moisture vapor permeability in excess of 800 g/m2/24 hours. This fabric provides a barrier to mite-induced allergen particles. Various additional finishes can be included on the fabric. For example, an antimicrobial finish may be provided on the fabric to extend fabric wearlife by providing protection against mold and mildew. As another alternative, a fluorochemical finish can be provided to extend fabric wearlife by providing protection against fluid stains.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Precision Fabrics Group Inc.
    Inventors: John Martin Smith, III, Charles Woody Duckett
  • Patent number: 7285614
    Abstract: The invention relates to hydrophilic superabsorbent polymer comprising a) from about 55 to about 99.9 wt. % of polymerizable unsaturated acid group containing monomers; b) from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of internal crosslinking agent; c) from about 0.001 to about 5.0 wt. % of surface crosslinking agent applied to the particle surface; and d) wherein the composition has a degree of neutralization of more than about 20%, and from about 20 mole % to about 75 mole % of the unsaturated acid group containing monomers are neutralized with a first neutralizing agent, and from about 5 mole % to about 40 mole % of the unsaturated acid group containing monomers are neutralized with a second neutralizing agent; at a temperature of about 75° C. or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerd Jonas, Klaus Pflueger, Rüdiger Gerlach
  • Patent number: 7285599
    Abstract: The invention relates to absorbent, cross-linked polymers based on partially neutralized, monoethylenically unsaturated monomers that bear acidic groups. Said polymers exhibit improved properties with regard to their ability to transport liquids in a swollen state. The surface of the polymers is postreticulated, using a combination of an organic cross-linking compound, excluding polyols, and a cation that is in salt form in an aqueous solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Mertens, Harren Jörg
  • Patent number: 7241820
    Abstract: A process for producing an absorbing polymer structure (Pa) including the steps of obtaining a treated absorbing polymer structure (Pb) by increasing the absorption under load at a load of 0.3 or 0.9 psi (AUL) compared to an untreated absorbing polymer structure (Pu) by a first treatment of an outer region of the untreated absorbing polymer structure (Pu) and reducing the AUL compared to the treated polymer structure (Pb) by a second treatment of an outer region of the treated absorbing polymer structure (Pb). Such absorbing polymer structure (Pa) may be used in a composite and may be used in foams, moulded articles, fibers, sheets, films, cables, sealing materials, liquid-absorbing hygiene articles, carriers for plant growth-regulating and fungal growth-regulating agents, packaging materials and soil additives or building materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Scott Smith, Bernfried Messner, Markus Frank
  • Patent number: 7223177
    Abstract: Pool table improvements including: (1) a quick change pool table cloth system including a snap on cloth; (2) a built in pool table level system including highly sensitive levels embedded into the pool table frame; (3) a pre-adjusted, push, pull slate frame leveling system including push and pull bolts for leveling and positioning a slate frame; (4) a seven bolt, bi directional, cushion/cap rail anchor system; (5) a U-shaped structural design; (6) tapered, self-taping, threaded flange inserts; and (7) a slate and frame movement system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel E. Tarbell
  • Patent number: 7198723
    Abstract: Water is separated from an emulsion of water and oil by passing the emulsion through a bed of superabsorbent polymer granules which break the emulsion and absorb water from the mixture of water and oil. An apparatus for separating water from an emulsion of water and oil has at least one separation cell containing a bed of super absorbent polymer granules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. McGarvey, James A. Lilly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7183345
    Abstract: This invention relates to a water-absorbent, water insoluble polymer comprising silver complex ions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen GmbH
    Inventor: Young-Sam Kim
  • Patent number: 7179862
    Abstract: The invention relates to crosslinked polymerizates which are capable of absorbing, which are based on partially neutralized, monoethylenically unsaturated monomers that carry acidic groups, which exhibit improved properties, in particular, with regard to their ability to transport liquids when in a swollen state, and which have been subsequently crosslinked on the surface thereof with a combination consisting of an organic crosslinker compound, with the exception of polyols, and of a cation provided in the form of a salt in an aqueous solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Mertens, Joerg Harren
  • Patent number: 7173086
    Abstract: The invention relates to absorptive, crosslinked polymers which are based on partly neutralized, monoethylenically unsaturated monomers carrying acid groups wherein the absorptive crosslinked polymer may be coated with a thermoplastic polymer, and have improved properties, in particular in respect of their capacity for transportation of liquids in the swollen state, and which has a high gel bed permeability and high centrifuge retention capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Smith, Stan McIntosh, Heinz Bremus, Frank Loeker
  • Patent number: 7169843
    Abstract: The invention relates to absorptive, crosslinked polymers which are based on partly neutralized, monoethylenically unsaturated monomers carrying acid groups, and have improved properties, in particular in respect of their capacity for transportation of liquids in the swollen state, and which has a high gel bed permeability and high centrifuge retention capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott J. Smith, Mark C. Joy, Whei-Neen Hsu, Markus Frank
  • Patent number: 7163969
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste comprising from about 1 to about 5 wt % of superabsorbent particles and from about 95 to about 99 wt % of an aqueous water-soluble solution having from about 0.5 to about 5%, preferably from about 1 to about 3% solid level. The present invention is also directed to a coated substrate comprising a substrate material and an aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste comprising a blend of i) from about 1 to about 5 wt % of superabsorbent particles and ii) from about 95 to about 99 wt % of an aqueous water-soluble solution. The present invention is also directed to a method for reducing the loss of circulation fluids into flow passages of a subterranean formation during well drilling, completion or work over operations, by using the aqueous superabsorbent polymer paste of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Stockhausen, Inc.
    Inventors: Iqbal Ahmed, Angela M. Jones, Scott Tomlin, Scott J. Smith