Patents Represented by Attorney Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne
  • Patent number: 8336140
    Abstract: A support apparatus (10) for use in supporting a person, particularly a bariatric patient. The apparatus (10) is selectively convertible between a seat configuration for supporting the person in a substantially seated position and a table configuration for supporting the person in a substantially prostrate position. The apparatus (10) is both vertically and angularly adjustable in either configuration. The apparatus (10) includes enhanced lateral support provided by telescoping support cylinders (74,76), and substantially automatically retracting foot support portions (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Raye's, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Parson, John L. Fitzsimmons, Don Peach, Eric D. Boss
  • Patent number: 8336128
    Abstract: A water-conserving blowout toilet (10) includes a valve (14), such as a globe valve, connected to a timing mechanism (16) for determining a volume of water flowing to a toilet bowl (32) independent of water flow, a bowl (32) having a lower portion (36) defining a volume of space such that a minimal amount of the water is sufficient to cover and seal a waste outlet (34), and a distribution manifold (22) for distributing the water into the bowl (32) for maximum effect. In another embodiment, the toilet (10) uses approximately 1.0 gallon of water per flush, with approximately 0.5 gallons being used to flush waste from the bowl (32), and approximately 0.5 gallons being used to cover and seal the waste outlet (34). In one embodiment, upper and lower portions (133,136) of the bowl (132) are constructed separately and then joined together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Toilet Technologies Company, LLC
    Inventor: Audie Murphy
  • Patent number: 8302842
    Abstract: A honeycomb core is created from a stack of metal sheets that are welded together using a serpentine weld path. Each sheet in the stack is welded to the sheet underneath. All the odd-numbered sheets, excluding the bottom sheet, are welded using a first serpentine welding pattern that includes a plurality of long welds and a plurality of short welds. All the even-numbered sheets are welded using a second serpentine welding pattern that includes a plurality of long welds and a plurality of short welds, such that the long welds of the second serpentine welding pattern are shifted from the long welds of the first serpentine welding pattern. When a sufficient number of sheets have been welded, the stack is trimmed to remove the short welds. The stack is expanded by pulling the sheets one from another to form the honeycomb core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Benecor, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8299392
    Abstract: A laser welding pressure unit comprises a housing, a rotating element, and a foot. The housing may attach to a laser head. The rotating element may include an outer ring rotatably coupled to an inner ring, wherein the outer ring is coupled to the housing. The foot may couple to the inner ring such that the foot rotates with respect to the housing. The foot may also be configured to contact an upper surface of a metal sheet and may be oriented such that while the metal sheet is being welded, the foot rotates about a central vertical axis and the laser welding pressure unit is able to move in any direction without the foot breaking contact with the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Benecor, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8282919
    Abstract: The present invention provides a biologically pure isolate of the genus Salmonella having a disruption of at least one gene selected from the group consisting of aroA, rfaH, and thyA, as well as a method of treating cancer including the step of administering such a Salmonella to a subject in need thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Cancer Research Center
    Inventors: Abraham Eisenstark, Robert A. Kazmierczak
  • Patent number: 8251349
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a vehicle jack include a base, an upright support mounted adjacent to and extending upwardly from the base, a toothed rack, a toothed bar pin, and a release handle. The toothed rack has a first end and a second end and defines a plurality of ratchet troughs therebetween, and the toothed rack is mounted adjacent the upright support. The ratchet assembly is adapted to move along a path defined by the upright support, and the toothed bar pin, which is mounted adjacent the ratchet assembly, is adapted to selectively engage a portion of the toothed rack adjacent one of the plurality of ratchet troughs as the ratchet assembly moves along the path. The release handle is mounted adjacent the second end of the toothed rack, and the release handle is adapted to selectively disengage the toothed bar pin from one of the plurality of ratchet troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: MoJack Distributors, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Vernon Drake
  • Patent number: 8240432
    Abstract: A tree stand is provided, the tree stand including a platform support, first and second clamps rotatably attached to the platform support, and a platform attached to an upper portion of the platform support. Also provided is a climbing portion adapted to allow a user to enter and leave the tree stand. In some aspects of the invention, the various components of the tree stand can be easily assembled and disassembled for transporting and setting up the tree stand. The first and second clamps include openings for fasteners, which are used to secure the clamps to a tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Jimmie D Call
  • Patent number: 8187062
    Abstract: A device for retaining an animal on a transport system for moving the animal in a forward direction includes a lower portion operable to retain the animal and an upper portion operable for conveyance by the transport system. The upper portion is attachable to the lower portion, and the upper portion includes a connector for connecting the device to a drive mechanism. The connector has a longitudinal axis. The lower portion is operable for movement between a first position in which a longitudinal axis of the lower portion and the longitudinal axis of the connector are in substantially straight orientation relative to each other, and a second position wherein the longitudinal axis of the lower portion and the longitudinal axis of the connector are in substantially angled orientation relative to one another. The lower portion is substantially inhibited from moving in a rearward direction beyond said first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Food Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Criscione, II, William Randall Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8141850
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a vehicle jack include a base, an upright support mounted adjacent to and extending upwardly from the base, a toothed rack, a toothed bar pin, and a release handle. The toothed rack has a first end and a second end and defines a plurality of ratchet troughs therebetween, and the toothed rack is mounted adjacent the upright support. The ratchet assembly is adapted to move along a path defined by the upright support, and the toothed bar pin, which is mounted adjacent the ratchet assembly, is adapted to selectively engage a portion of the toothed rack adjacent one of the plurality of ratchet troughs as the ratchet assembly moves along the path. The release handle is mounted adjacent the second end of the toothed rack, and the release handle is adapted to selectively disengage the toothed bar pin from one of the plurality of ratchet troughs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: MoJack Distributors, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Vernon Drake
  • Patent number: 8137168
    Abstract: A device (10) for retaining and associating an animal with a transport system during transport to and through one or more processing operations along a processing line. The device (10) includes a pivot mechanism (12) for reliably controlling the orientation of the animal during upward and downward travel on the transport system. More specifically, the device includes a lower portion (14) for retaining the animal, and an upper portion (16) for coupling with the transport system. The lower portion (14) is pivotably coupled with the upper portion (16) and movable between a first position in which the lower portion (14) and the upper portion (16) are in a substantially straight orientation relative to each other, and a second position in which the lower portion (14) and the upper portion (16) are in a substantially angled orientation relative to each other in the forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Food Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Criscione, II, William Randall Armstrong
  • Patent number: 8046309
    Abstract: A system and method links one or more disparate community awareness management (CAM) datasets for a community awareness program (CAP) with one or more spatial layers to create linked CAM datasets. One or more data attributes common to a CAM dataset and a spatial layer are identified, and the link is defined between the CAM dataset and the spatial layer. The spatial layer and the linked CAM dataset then may be queried using a single input query. Features from the spatial layer and features from the linked CAM dataset that match the query are generated for display. In one embodiment, a system and method manage CAP assets, transactions, interest areas for the CAP, and buffer areas for the CAP. An audience utility enables entering and maintaining audience data for the CAP. A journal utility enables making journal entries for one or more audience members, CAP assets, transactions, and/or other CAM data. A link document utility enables linking one or more documents to CAM data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Celeritasworks, LLC
    Inventors: Scott A. Evans, Robert L. Marshall, Brett A. Lester, Larry D. Miley
  • Patent number: 8046310
    Abstract: A system and method links one or more disparate community awareness management (CAM) datasets for a community awareness program (CAP) with one or more spatial layers to create linked CAM datasets. One or more data attributes common to a CAM dataset and a spatial layer are identified, and the link is defined between the CAM dataset and the spatial layer. The spatial layer and the linked CAM dataset then may be queried using a single input query. Features from the spatial layer and features from the linked CAM dataset that match the query are generated for display. In one embodiment, a system and method manage CAP assets, transactions, interest areas for the CAP, and buffer areas for the CAP. An audience utility enables entering and maintaining audience data for the CAP. A journal utility enables making journal entries for one or more audience members, CAP assets, transactions, and/or other CAM data. A link document utility enables linking one or more documents to CAM data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: CeleritasWorks, LLC
    Inventors: Scott A. Evans, Robert L. Marshall, Brett A. Lester, Larry D. Miley
  • Patent number: 8028359
    Abstract: A support apparatus (10) for use in supporting a person, particularly a bariatric patient. The apparatus (10) is selectively convertible between a seat configuration for supporting the person in a substantially seated position and a table configuration for supporting the person in a substantially prostrate position. The apparatus (10) is both vertically and angularly adjustable in either configuration. The apparatus (10) includes enhanced lateral support provided by telescoping support cylinders (74,76), and substantially automatically retracting foot support portions (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Raye's, Inc.
    Inventors: Troy D. Parson, John L. Fitzsimmons, Don Peach, Eric D. Boss
  • Patent number: 8013088
    Abstract: A polymerization reaction mixture for the cationic polymerization of unsaturated biological oils (e.g. vegetable oils and animals oils) based on the cationic reaction of double bonds initiated by superacids is provided. The polymerized oils have a viscosity about 10 to 200 times higher than the initial oil and relatively high unsaturation (only about 10-30% lower than that of initial oils).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Pittsburg State University
    Inventors: Mihail Ionescu, Zoran S. Petrovic
  • Patent number: 7974909
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention includes a trading system that enables a trader to systematically layout and describe trading processes and to configure the trading system to automatically perform trading functions for the trader. This aspect frees the trader from the task of implementing those processes and enables the trader to focus on trading. The trading system may respond and react faster than the trader, and the trader may, in turn, concentrate on an overall trading strategy versus concentrating on implementing that strategy. In another aspect, the invention enables the trading system to perform a trading using snapshot processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: CeleritasWorks, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin M. Tresenriter
  • Patent number: 7887443
    Abstract: A frame for measuring a pitcher's circle includes a housing for engagement with a pitcher's plate, a measuring line and a guide rod. The measuring line is swivel connected to a centering member on the housing, with its free end connected to the guide rod. The measuring line has a predetermined length such that the tip of the guide rod represents the radial distance of the pitcher's circle when the measuring line is fully extended from the centering member. The pitcher's circle is marked out by simply walking the guide rod about the pitcher's plate. A leveling member is provided on the guide rod to ensure that the guide rod is kept at 90° vertical to prevent measuring inaccuracies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Earl M. Bryant
  • Patent number: 7885413
    Abstract: A computer system is disclosed that contains cryptographic keys and cryptographic key identifiers. The system has a repository cryptographic engine that communicates securely with a remote cryptographic engine, and the repository cryptographic engine is associated with a user data store. The user data store includes a hidden link including a session key identifier encrypted with a protection key. The hidden link is associated with a remote data entity. A key data store associated with the repository server includes a session key encrypted with a session-key-protection key. The session key is used to encrypt and decrypt the remote data entity. The system also includes a repository key exchange module operable to exchange the session key with a remote key exchange module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Eruces, Inc.
    Inventors: Ognjen Vasic, Suhail Ansari, Ping Gan, Jinhui Hu, Bassam Khulusi, Adam A. Madoukh, Alexander Tyshlek
  • Patent number: 7847315
    Abstract: A high-efficiency power semiconductor rectifier device (10) comprising a ?P++ layer (12), a P-body (14), an N-drift region (16), an N+ substrate (18), an anode (20), and a cathode (22). The method of fabricating the device (10) comprises the steps of depositing the N-drift region (16) on the N+ substrate (18), implanting boron into the N-drift region (16) to create a P-body region (14), forming a layer of titanium silicide (56) on the P-body region (14), and concentrating a portion of the implanted boron at the interface region between the layer of titanium silicide (56) and the P-body region (14) to create the ?P++ layer (12) of supersaturated P-doped silicon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Diodes Fabtech Inc.
    Inventors: Roman J. Hamerski, Zerui Chen, James Man-Fai Hong, Johnny Duc Van Chiem, Christopher D. Hruska, Timothy Eastman
  • Patent number: 7789739
    Abstract: A device (10) for retaining and associating an animal with a transport system during transport to and through one or more processing operations along a processing line. The device (10) includes a pivot mechanism (12) for reliably controlling the orientation of the animal during upward and downward travel on the transport system. More specifically, the device includes a lower portion (14) for retaining the animal, and an upper portion (16) for coupling with the transport system. The lower portion (14) is pivotably coupled with the upper portion (16) and movable between a first position in which the lower portion (14) and the upper portion (16) are in a substantially straight orientation relative to each other, and a second position in which the lower portion (14) and the upper portion (16) are in a substantially angled orientation relative to each other in the forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Johnson Food Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Criscione, II, William Randall Armstrong
  • Patent number: D647979
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Kathryn K Fromuth