Patents Represented by Law Firm Tobor, Goldstein, Healey, L.L.P.
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 6039424
    Abstract: A refrigerator door supports a shelf which has a shelf front. The shelf is arranged to support a package to be retained, and the shelf has first, second, third, and fourth holes. A wire is arranged to be inserted into the first and third holes so that the wire has a first height with respect to the shelf, and the wire is arranged to be inserted into the second and fourth holes so that the wire has a second height with respect to the shelf. The first and second heights are different so that the wire and the shelf front are able to retain packages of different heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Amana Company, L.P.
    Inventor: John J. Pink
  • Patent number: 6038283
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for determining an optimized radiation beam arrangement for applying radiation to a tumor target volume while minimizing radiation of a structure volume in a patient, which uses an iterative cost function based on a comparison of desired partial volume data, which may be represented by cumulative dose volume histograms and proposed partial volume data, which may be represented by cumulative dose volume histograms for target tumors and tissue structures for delivery of the optimized radiation beam arrangement to the patient by a conformal radiation therapy apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Nomos Corporation
    Inventors: Mark P. Carol, Robert C. Campbell, Bruce Curran, Richard W. Huber, Richard V. Nash
  • Patent number: 6030368
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering fluid, or power syringe, comprises a base, a lever, and a syringe. The syringe has a reservoir adapted for holding a quantity of fluid and a plunger disposed within the reservoir and adapted for movement therein. The reservoir features a clip on one end which releasably secures the end of the reservoir to the base and an inwardly facing annular flange on the second end which substantially prevents the plunger from being removed from the reservoir and substantially prevents leakage. The base of the apparatus features an extension beyond the end of the reservoir containing the clip, thereby providing stability to the apparatus during operation. The plunger features a clip on one end which releasably secures the plunger to the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Azam Anwar
    Inventors: Azam Anwar, Christopher M. Boykin
  • Patent number: 6017048
    Abstract: A bicycle frame of efficient aerodynamic shaping including a main frame structure and fork assembly that employ an integral tension shell, strut and rib design, and integrated construction and assembly techniques, in which the structural components include a lightweight thin integral tension outer shell and lightweight thin inner integral tension struts and ribs arranged to use primarily their high tensile, and shear, but also lesser compression characteristics in combination to produce a very strong, aerodynamic, lightweight, and flex resistant bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas M. Fritschen
  • Patent number: 6014933
    Abstract: An improved downhole explosive charge carrier is disclosed. The invention uses a unique staggered charge pattern and a mounting configuration which allows the use of a straight, axially-located detonator in order to achieve a greater number of shots per unit length over conventional carriers. The invention also reduces the interference caused by the detonator and the closeness of the shots and thereby increases the performance of the individual charges, allowing smaller charges to be used to achieve the same perforation size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignees: Weatherford US Holding, L.P. a Louisiana Limited Partnership, Owen Oil Tools, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald V. Umphries, Harold D. Owen, Bobby R. Ford, David S. Wesson
  • Patent number: 6015779
    Abstract: A composition including polyalphaolefins that function as drag reducing agents and a process for the preparation of polyalphaolefins that function as drag reducing agents are disclosed. The process includes contacting alpha olefin monomers with a catalyst system, which includes a catalyst and an activator (co-catalyst) in a reactant mixture. The catalyst is a transition metal catalyst, preferably titanium trichloride, and the co-catalyst may include an alkylaluminoxane, alone or in combination, with a dialkylaluminum halide or a halohydrocarbon. The polymerization of the alpha olefin monomers produces a non-crystalline, ultra-high molecular weight polyalphaolefin having an inherent viscosity of at least 10 dL/g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Energy & Environmental International, L.C.
    Inventors: Gerald B. Eaton, Michael J. Monahan, Robert J. Tipton
  • Patent number: 6015012
    Abstract: An improved method and apparatus for sealing a junction between a central and lateral wellbore is provided. In a broad aspect, the method of the present invention includes installing a polymerizable sealing sleeve within a first casing in a central wellbore at a junction between the first casing and a second casing in a lateral wellbore. After the sealing sleeve has been installed and allowed to cure, a milling tool is used to mill a window through a sidewall of the sealing sleeve and flush with the inner diameter of the second casing. The sealing sleeve may be used alone to establish a primary seal, or in combination with cement or other sealing substance, as used heretofore in prior art sealing methods, as a back-up seal. The sealing sleeve of the present invention may be provided with at least one orienting means to enable the second casing to be located and to direct a well tool thereinto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Camco International Inc.
    Inventor: Mark S. Reddick
  • Patent number: 6012872
    Abstract: A flood control system, in one aspect involving providing a plurality of substantially rigid containers, at least some of the containers having a top portion, a bottom portion and substantially rigid sidewalls operably connecting the top and bottom portions, the sidewalls being configured to withstand compressive forces between the top portion and the bottom portion; and positioning the plurality of substantially rigid containers at a selected location proximate a body of water, at least some of the substantially rigid containers being positioned at the selected location in a substantially abutting relationship to form a barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: Tobor & Goldstein, L.L.P.
    Inventors: James D. Perry, Stephen E. Benet