Patents Represented by Law Firm Tobor & Goldstein
  • Patent number: 6142302
    Abstract: A bag stack made of low density polyethylene material is disclosed. The bag stack comprises a plurality of bags where consecutive bags are adhesively connected together and where the back walls of the bags in the stack are hot welded together near the tops of the back walls of the bags. When a bag is removed from the stack, the front wall of the following bag is pulled open to permit easy removal of the next bag. A method is disclosed for forming a bag stack in accordance with the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Better Bags, Inc.
    Inventor: Eduardo A. Requena
  • Patent number: 6117124
    Abstract: A brand new device and a method to do arteriographies which allow simultaneous angioplasties by using a catheter and a balloon capable of copying the narrowed portion of the artery under study, providing the contrast required to view the artery via a contrasting medium which is circumscribed within the diagnosis balloon and which is not in relationship with the patient's tissue; therefor, the catheter has a diagnosis balloon which may be filled with the contrasting medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Parodi
  • Patent number: 6116354
    Abstract: A rotary steerable system for use in a drill string for drilling a deviated well is disclosed. The system utilizes a mechanical gravity reference device comprising an unbalanced weight which may rotate independently of the rotation of the drill string so that its heavy portion is always oriented toward the low side of the wellbore and which has an attached magnet. A magnetic switch that rotates as the drill string rotates is activated when its axis coincides with the axis of the magnet, and this activation results in a thrust member or pad being actuated to "kick" the side of the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Weatherford/Lamb, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean Buytaert
  • Patent number: 6114664
    Abstract: An oven comprises a cooking chamber, first and second energy sources, a cooling fan, and a controller. The first energy source provides radiation heating in the cooking chamber, and the first energy source has a low mass for rapid heating. The second energy source provides convection heating in the cooking chamber, and the second energy source has a high mass heating element and a convection fan for moving air through the cooking chamber during convection heating. The cooling fan moves cooling air over the first energy source. The controller energizes the first and second energy sources during at least initial convection heating so that the first energy source rapidly heats the cooking chamber in order to facilitate the initial convection heating and to eliminate the need to pre-heat the cooking chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Amana Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward R. Cook, Joseph R. Adamski
  • Patent number: 6099544
    Abstract: A safety shielded, reusable trocar consisting of a trocar cannula subassembly, a safety shield control mechanism, and a separate obturator subassembly. The trocar cannula subassembly includes an outer cannula attached to a main housing having a central bore in which a spring biased, inner cannula is slidably and removably inserted, and an upper housing, removably secured to the main housing, having a central bore which is aligned longitudinally with the bore of the main housing and in which a sealing assembly is removably secured. The obturator subassembly includes an elongated obturator having a replaceable and rotatable knife, an elongated shaft, an arcuate shaped cap, and which extends through the upper housing, sealing assembly main housing, inner cannula, and outer cannula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: NeoSurg Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip L. Wolf, William T. Cox, II
  • Patent number: 6095264
    Abstract: A rolling cutter drill bit and method for making a rolling cutter drill bit having a cutting insert pressed into a socket, wherein the socket forms a juncture with the curved outer surface of a rolling cutter, and the juncture contacts a plane in contact with the juncture in at least three points located on the juncture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Camco International, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter S. Dillard
  • Patent number: 6088932
    Abstract: A clothes dryer has a plurality of high energy lamps. The high energy lamps are mounted so as to emit high energy radiation toward a drying chamber. A blower is arranged to move air to the plurality of high energy lamps so as cool the high energy lamps. The air that cools the high energy lamps is delivered to the drying chamber. The plurality of high energy lamps is operated to emit ultraviolet energy for sanitizing the articles in the drying chamber and to emit infrared energy for drying the articles in the drying chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Amana Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Adamski, Edward R. Cook, Shou-Heng Huang, Arlynn Sanders
  • Patent number: 6087634
    Abstract: A browning grill is arranged for use in a high power density radiant oven. The oven includes a cooking enclosure having a ceiling and a floor, upper radiant energy sources located near the ceiling, and lower radiant energy sources located near the floor. The browning grill has a grilling surface and a debris collector. The grilling surface has a plurality of grill tines. The grilling surface is located between the upper and lower radiant energy sources, and the grilling surface establishes a cooking plane to the upper radiant energy sources. The debris collector catches food debris from food being grilled on the grilling surface. The debris collector is located between the grilling surface and the lower radiant energy sources, and the debris collector is arranged to permit heating of the cooking plane by the lower radiant energy sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Amana Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Edward R. Cook, J. Scott Petty
  • Patent number: 6083562
    Abstract: A process and materials made by the process which includes a bicomponent fiber, made of a nonconductive first component, including a first fiber-forming polymer selected from the group consisting of polyethylene terephthalate, nylon 6, nylon 6,6, cellulose, polypropylene cellulose acetate, polyacrylonitrile and copolymers of polyacrylonitrile; a conductive second component, including carbon particles and a second fiber-forming polymer selected from the group consisting of polyethylene terephthalate, nylon 6, nylon 6,6, cellulose, polypropylene cellulose acetate, polyacrylonitrile and copolymers of polyacrylonitrile; and a conductive third component, including a polymer selected from the group consisting of polypyrrole and polyaniline, said polymer formed in situ and being interspersed among at least a portion of the carbon particles of the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Sterling Chemicals International, Inc.
    Inventors: Edgardo Rodriguez, John W. Lindsay, William E. Streetman
  • Patent number: 6081932
    Abstract: The chin strap assembly for use with an athletic helmet includes a chin cup member having a flexible strap on each side of the chin cup member, each flexible strap passing through a plurality of slots formed in the chin cup member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventor: Nelson Kraemer
  • Patent number: 6079497
    Abstract: A subsurface safety valve having a valve member with a pressure equalizing mechanism is provided. The valve member includes a bore therethrough for receiving an equalizing plug. A beam is attached to the upper surface of the valve member for transferring downward motion of a flow tube to unseat the equalizing plug, and thereby establish fluid communication through the valve member prior to the opening of the valve member. A retention member is attached to the lower surface of the valve member to upwardly bias the equalizing plug within the plug bore of the valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Camco International Inc.
    Inventors: Russell A. Johnston, Andrew J. Martin
  • Patent number: 6074030
    Abstract: A refrigerator has a refrigerator cabinet and a refrigerator door. The refrigerator door is arranged to open and close with respect to the refrigerator cabinet. A storage compartment is associated with either the refrigerator cabinet or the refrigerator door, and a container door cooperates with the compartment to form a container. First and second hinge members are on the container door, and third and fourth hinge members are on the compartment. The first and third hinge members form a first hinge and the second and fourth hinge members form a second hinge between the container door and the compartment. Ribs are on the container door adjacent to, and on either side of, the first and second hinge members. The ribs contact the compartment adjacent to the third and fourth hinge members in order to permit the container door to move quietly into opened and closed positions with respect to the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Amana Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Prunty, Joseph M. Nurre
  • Patent number: 6070677
    Abstract: An apparatus for enhancing production from a wellbore hole may include a body member having at least one cutting assembly. Each cutting assembly may have an upper, middle, and lower cutting arm. The cutting arms are hingedly connected to one another. An upper end of each upper cutting arm is hingedly connected to the body member. A lower end of each lower cutting arm is hingedly connected to a corresponding beveled attachment that is slidably received within a corresponding beveled groove in the body member. The body member includes an interior longitudinal bore in fluid communication with a jet nozzle that is located beneath each cutting assembly. The apparatus is connected to a drill string. As the drill string is rotated, each cutting assembly is moved to a fully-deployed position under centrifugal force, thereby enlarging the wellbore hole. Drilling fluid may be pumped into the apparatus to generate hydraulic power to carry loose cuttings to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: I.D.A. Corporation
    Inventor: Hugh L. Johnston, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6070608
    Abstract: The present invention is a surface controlled gas lift valve designed for high flow rates and used in a subterranean well, comprising: a valve for sealable insertion in a mandrel, having a variable orifice which alternately permits, prohibits, or throttles fluid flow into the valve, and a detachable and/or remote actuator are disclosed. Methods of actuating the valve include electro-hydraulic, hydraulic, and pneumo-hydraulic, while sensors relay the position of the variable orifice and critical fluid pressures to a panel on the surface. The orifice valve and the actuator while operatively connected, may be separately installed in or retrieved from by either wireline or coiled tubing intervention methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Camco International Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Pringle
  • Patent number: 6068015
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for orienting a first device in a first pocket in a mandrel relative to a second device in a second pocket in the mandrel, the first and second pockets being substantially parallel to one another, comprising: a first guide rail and a second guide rail, the first and second guide rails being on an inner surface of the mandrel and spaced apart in substantially parallel relationship to define a longitudinal groove therebetween; the first device having an orienting key and a first reference point, the orienting key and the first reference point being longitudinally aligned; the second device having a second reference point; and, the first and second reference points being longitudinally aligned when the orienting key is disposed within the longitudinal groove between the guide rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Camco International Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Pringle
  • Patent number: 6060641
    Abstract: The invention relates to a modular mandibular prosthesis for use after the resection of a patient's mandible. The modular mandibular prosthesis includes a pair of anchor plates and at least one connector member. Each anchor plate has first and second ends. The second end of each anchor plate is adapted to be attached to a portion of the patient's mandible. At least one connector member is disposed between the pair of anchor plates. Each connector member includes first and second ends. The first end of a connector member is connected to the first end of an anchor plate thereby defining a connection. The second end of a connector member is connected to the first end of the other anchor plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Baylor College of Medicine
    Inventor: Spiros Manolidis
  • Patent number: 6060016
    Abstract: A densified sintered product, such as a rolling cutter adapted for use in a steel tooth rolling cutter earth boring bit, has a layer of a metal powder applied to the external surface of the unsintered compact, the metal powder being melted to form a thin glaze of the melted metal powder on the external surface of the sintered compact, and the sintered compact may then be pneumatically isostatically forged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Camco International, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Vuyk, Jr., Jeffery E. Daly
  • Patent number: 6057528
    Abstract: A compact oven assembly has a housing and a high power density, low mass heating element. The housing defines a cooking cavity and a slot which permits access to the cooking cavity. The high power density, low mass heating element is supported by the housing above the cooking cavity. The compact oven assembly may include a food support which is arranged so that, when the food support is inserted into the cooking cavity through the slot, the slot of the housing is substantially closed off. The compact oven may also include a switch operated by the food support when the food support is inserted into the cooking cavity through the slot in order to energize the high power density, low mass heating element. Each high power density heating element has a formed parabolic reflector located above it and opposite to the cooking plane. Accordingly, the energy from the high power density heating elements is directed toward the cooking plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Amana Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Edward R. Cook
  • Patent number: RE36723
    Abstract: A coiled tubing completion system is provided with a plurality of completion apparatus, all of which is designed flush with the diameter of the coiled tubing outside diameter for avoiding upsets and are flexible, spoolable on a coiled tubing reel and having through bores large enough to pass wireline tools for performing other operations. The spoolable coiled tubing system may use standard coiled tubing well control equipment and can be used in live wells. The flush, flexible, spoolable and through bore completion equipment may include a tubing retrievable safety valve, an annular control valve, concentric gas lift valves, a zone packer, a landing nipple, a sliding sleeve, and may include at the end a non-flexible but flush and open bore production packer and pump out plug. The completion system may be retrieved through a retrieval system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Camco International Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Keith Moore, Ronald E. Pringle
  • Patent number: RE36880
    Abstract: A coiled tubing completion system is provided with a plurality of completion apparatus, all of which is designed flush with the diameter of the coiled tubing outside diameter for avoiding upsets and are flexible, spoolable on a coiled tubing reel and having through bores large enough to pass wireline tools for performing other operations. The spoolable coiled tubing system may use standard coiled tubing well control equipment and can be used in live wells. The flush, flexible, spoolable and through bore completion equipment may include a tubing retrievable safety valve, an annular control valve, concentric gas lift valves, a zone packer, a landing nipple, a sliding sleeve, and may include at the end a non-flexible but flush and open bore production packer and pump out plug. The completion system may be retrieved through a retrieval system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Camco International Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald E. Pringle