Patents Represented by Attorney Thomas R. Vigil
  • Patent number: 8316794
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a system and device for self-tanning of the type comprising a booth (2) in which two lateral walls (5) have one or more lamps (52) protected by gratings (51) arranged to warm the area inside the booth and to radiate the skin of a person in the booth. The booth is provided with a spraying device (11) for nebulizing a tanning substance. The device comprises a Second control panel (6) connected to a means of management envisaged for activating and governing the diverse functions of the device under the control of an operator or of a user. The system comprises a series of operative phases which envisage, for a person who undergoes a self-tanning session: entering the booth; pressing start on the control panel; the lamps switching on for a preset time and switching off; a tanning solution being sprayed, followed by the lamps being switched on a second time to dry the tanning solution; the lamps being switched off; the person leaving the booth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Luciano Pinotti
  • Patent number: 8249307
    Abstract: The method and apparatus for estimating the tenderness of meat comprises scanning a sample of meat through an x-ray beam; detecting or measuring the transmitted x-ray radiation through the meat sample; relating the transmitted x-ray radiation to a characteristic of the shear force of the meat sample; and assessing the tenderness of the meat sample from the characteristic of the shear force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Ltd.
    Inventor: Chris Kroger
  • Patent number: 8245550
    Abstract: The apparatus comprises a crank arm in a crank-arm press with a curved tool at the end of the crank arm being constrained to move so the curved tool makes rolling contact across a flat, stationary substrate. The crankshaft rotates about an axis, the crank arm is rotatably mounted at one end to the crankshaft, a curved tool is mounted at the other end of the crank arm, a line on the surface of the curved tool and parallel to the crankshaft axis of rotation is constrained to move perpendicular to a plane while the curved tool is in rolling contact with the substrate, said plane being the plane of the flat stationary substrate, the radius of curvature of the curved tool being greater than the length of the crank arm; and with the radius of the curved tool, the length of the crank arm, and the eccentric radius of rotation of the crankshaft being selected to maintain the contact line of the curved tool in the substrate plane during the rolling contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventors: Samuel P Willits, Steven F Willits
  • Patent number: 8181376
    Abstract: A floor display comprises a window plate (2) made from a transparent material, a baseplate (3), and a frame made from flexible material, the frame (4) extending around the two plates (2, 3) and holding them together, it being possible for an exchangeable image carrier (21) made of material in sheet or film form to be placed between the plates (2, 3), the frame (4) being nonreleasably connected, by means of a bonded join, to substantially the entire peripheral edge (9) of the window plate (2), and the frame (4) furthermore being nonreleasably connected, by means of a bonded join, to at most two peripheral edge sides (10) of the baseplate (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Comax B.V.
    Inventor: Matthijs Alphons Rietveld
  • Patent number: 8146169
    Abstract: The clothing is designed to prevent medical workers after using needles on patients who may be suffering from infective pathologies transmissible via blood. A protective element comprises, at the time of production and shipping, a first portion and a second portion reciprocally constrained by a connecting element moulded contemporaneously with the two portions. A pan is created inside the first portion and first ridges and second ridges have been created in the lower part of the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Fabio Massimo Marchesi
  • Patent number: 8120755
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is a method of correcting a volume imaging equation for more accurate determination of a velocity field of particles in a volume, said volume being captured from different directions by at least two cameras, a coarse calibration of the position of the cameras relative to each other and relative to the volume of concern being carried out first by determining an imaging equation that associates with the coordinates (X, Y, Z) of a point in the volume the corresponding camera picture coordinates xi, yi of each camera i, all the cameras then capturing simultaneously in the same unchanged position particles in a volume, the position (X, Y, Z) of a particle in the volume being approximated by means of a known triangulation method using the calculated position xi, yi of a particle in the camera pictures, this position (X, Y, Z) being imaged through the original imaging equation onto a position xi?, yi? in the camera images of the at least two cameras, a correction factor for the im
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: LaVision GmbH
    Inventor: Bernhard Wieneke
  • Patent number: 8113417
    Abstract: The easy open envelope comprising a front panel and a back panel hingedly connected to one edge of the front panel; a sealing flap connected to the opposite edge of the front panel at a fold line and having on an outer side of the sealing flap in one corner section thereof a legend or indicia indicating where to pull on the corner section of the sealing flap to open the envelope; and a strip of adhesive sealing material extending longitudinally across the envelope on one of the sealing flap or back panel of the envelope in the area where the sealing flap overlies the back panel, but not in the area of the corner section, whereby, once the sealing flap is sealed by the strip of adhesive material to the back panel, the sealed envelope easily can be opened by pulling on an edge of the corner section of the sealing flap having the legend to create an opening in the sealed envelope where a finger or tool can be inserted to open the envelope along the fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Stude
  • Patent number: 8105620
    Abstract: The insecticide comprises an insecticide particularly for killing bed bugs comprising nanospheres and primary ingredients of Organic Andirobia, Orange, Citronella, Organic Neem and Australian Myrtle oils. The insecticide can further comprise Isopropyl Alcohol as a carrier, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandox and Leucojum Aestivum Bulb Extract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventors: Wesley L Williams, William Monroe Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8074378
    Abstract: A shock-absorbing method and device of an insole of a resilient shoe is provided. At least one transverse partition is set in a gas or liquid chamber of the insole. The gas or liquid chamber of the insole is partitioned into a fore cavity and a rear cavity by the partition. The fore cavity and the rear cavity are communicated reciprocally through the region external of the ends of the partition. Preferably, a fish-bone shaped partition is set longitudinally in the gas or liquid chamber. A column is set at the end of each of fish-bone branches of said fish-bone shaped partition and is positioned corresponding to a relevant acupoint of a human foot bottom. The gas or liquid chamber is filled with soft or resilient materials. The insole according to the invention could be shock absorbing and resilient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Yun-Foo Wu
  • Patent number: 8073106
    Abstract: A method of estimating the strength of a wooden support wherein gamma rays (4) are transmitted and detected parallel to a neutral axis (5) through a cross section of the support. It also includes a method of locating regions of unsound wood in a wooden support using detection of transmitted gamma rays (4), as well as apparatus suitable for conducting both methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences
    Inventor: Gavin Wallace
  • Patent number: 8031487
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is a terminal block (1) as part of a high or mean voltage plant with at least one converter and at least one transformer, said terminal block (1) comprising several terminal ports (5, 6) disposed side by side, each terminal port (5) having two contacting terminal tongues (5a), an electric circuit being closed by the contacting terminal tongues (5a), there being provided a plug (20) that comprises at least one electrically non conductive plug tongue (22) for disconnecting said terminal tongues (5a) in one terminal port (5) in order to open an electric circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Hubert Ostmeier
  • Patent number: 8023548
    Abstract: Diode lasers type of devices with good coupling between field distribution and gain are disclosed. A single element has a flat field distribution that couples with the uniform current injection in a contact region. A multi element array having almost flat field distribution in each element and almost equal amplitude for the field intensity in all elements is provided. Injection by multiple contacts couples well with the overall field distribution. Also, the lasers are stable against filament formation and mode switching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Iulian Basarab Petrescu-Prahova
  • Patent number: 7995835
    Abstract: The method and apparatus for enhancing digital image data is to be know as DarbeeVision™, or DVn™ for short, and includes a method and an apparatus for enhancing images by embedding three-dimensional information into them. It works for movies, TV, videogames, print—in fact, for any image—whether from natural sources or generated by a computer. By combining the information contained in two source images, one for each eye, the DarbeeVision algorithm adds significant additional information content to any ordinary two-dimensional image. As a result DarbeeVision strikingly enhances images visually, imparting a strong sense of depth that is particularly pronounced when viewing moving images. The DarbeeVision method for enhancing images and the apparatus for implementing the method can be used during image recording and as a post-production procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Paul V Darbee
  • Patent number: 7940829
    Abstract: The basic gain medium enclosure for laser devices comprises two parallel lateral mirrors which geometrically define the extent of the gain medium enclosure and which allow the formation of lateral stationary sinusoidal waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Lulian Petrescu-Prahova
  • Patent number: 7884597
    Abstract: The subject matter of the invention is an apparatus for testing a protective, measuring or metering device as a constituent part of a high or medium voltage installation, more specifically of a utility protective relay, of a generator protective device, of a current meter and so on in a high or medium voltage installation, a combined terminal and pole block (1) located in the input field of the high or medium voltage installation being connected in the protective field to the protective, measuring or metering device, said terminal and pole block (1) comprising several terminal and pole segments (2) disposed behind each other, each terminal and pole segment (2) comprising on its upper side a pole opening (5) for receiving the pole blade (7) of a plug (8), each terminal and pole segment (2) having a cable clamping apparatus (27; 31) on either side thereof, said cable clamping apparatus (27; 31) being accessible through an opening (22a) for the cable disposed in the side wall of the terminal and pole segment (2)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Hubert Ostmeier
  • Patent number: 7877378
    Abstract: A method of processing information relating to the execution of instructions by a database management system includes receiving an instruction; receiving execution information relating to the execution of the instruction by the database management system; comparing the instruction to one or more previously received instructions and determining whether, according to a predetermined equivalence criterion, the instruction matches one of the previously received instructions; and, if the instruction matches a previously received instruction, combining the execution information with execution information relating to the matching one of the previously received instructions to produce aggregate execution information. The aggregate information may be used, for example, in analysing and optimizing performance characteristics of the database management system, the databases under its control, and individual instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Jon Gray
  • Patent number: 7843714
    Abstract: On an inverter (1) for converting an electric direct voltage, in particular of a photovoltaic direct voltage source into an alternating voltage with a direct voltage input with two terminals (DC+, DC?) and one alternating voltage output with two terminals (AC1, AC2) and with one bridge circuit including semiconductor switching elements (S1-S6), said bridge circuit comprising one first bridge branch (Z1) including four switching elements (S1-S4) and one second bridge branch (Z2) including two additional switching elements (S5, S6) as well as a freewheeling circuit provided with additional diodes (D7, D8), the efficiency is further increased without high frequency interferences and capacitive leakage currents having the possibility to occur on the generator side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventors: Sven Bremicker, Frank Greizer, Matthias Victor
  • Patent number: 7821479
    Abstract: A rolling light emitting diode screen device includes a plurality of equilong rigid supporting stripes, a plurality of pixel units which are disposed with a equal interval in a straight line on the rigid supporting stripes, electric signal lines and power lines connected to respective pixel units, and a control device. It is characterized that it further includes a flexible frame, and the plurality of rigid supporting stripes are aligned at both ends, and are disposed parallel with an equal interval on the flexible frame, so that a pixel matrix plane is formed on the rigid supporting stripes. The flexible frame engages the rigid supporting strips and the pixel units thereon to roll around an axis parallel to the axis of the rigid supporting stripes to form a reel. The rolling LED screen device of the invention is easy to be stored, transported and mounted, wirings thereof are easy to be disposed, not easy to be damaged, and easy to repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Carex Lighting Equipment (Dong Guan) Company Limited
    Inventor: Wei Yang Zhang
  • Patent number: D627725
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: SMA Solar Technology AG
    Inventor: Bernd Gebert
  • Patent number: RE42682
    Abstract: The implantable, electrically operated medical device system comprises an implanted radio frequency (RF) receiving unit (receiver) incorporating a back-up rechargeable power supply and an implanted, electrically operated device, and an external RF transmitting unit (transmitter). RF energy is transmitted by the transmitter and is coupled into the receiver which is used to power the implanted medical device and/or recharge the back-up power supply. The back-up power supply within the receiver has enough capacity to be able to, by itself, power the implanted device coupled to the receiver for at least 24 hours during continual delivery of medical therapy. The receiver is surgically implanted within the patient and the transmitter is worn externally by the patient. The transmitter can be powered by either a rechargeable or non-rechargeable battery. In a first mode of operation, the transmitter will supply power, via RF coupled energy, to operate the receiver and simultaneously recharge the back-up power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventors: Francisco Jose Barreras, Sr., Oscar Jimenez