Patents Represented by Attorney Trexler, Bushnell, Giangiorgi, Blackstone & Marr, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 7645200
    Abstract: A golf ball retrieval system is described, for mounting within a golf club, using as a dedicated ball retrieval device, or retrofitting to an existing golf club. The system in a first embodiment comprises a hollow shaft, an anchor member mounted within the shaft, a sliding member movable axially within the shaft, the sliding member having a bore axially therethrough, a plurality of grappling wires connected to a proximal end of the sliding member, a spring connecting the anchor member to the sliding member, a wire placed within the bore, the wire having a first end and a second end, the wire further comprising a handle at the first end, the handle protruding from the bore at the proximal end of the sliding member, the second end of the wire being attached to the spring, and a shoulder attached to the wire between the spring and the sliding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Burns P. Downey
  • Patent number: 7641542
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for rucking netting onto a tube are described. The apparatus, in a first embodiment, comprises a frame having an axis, a passage along the axis, means for reciprocating movement along the axis, a netting tube releasably attachable to the means for reciprocating movement, a second tube comprising a frustum having a bore, the second tube being slidable co-axially to the netting tube, an annular space defined by the second tube and the netting tube, and spring-loaded fingers attached to the frame and extending into the passage. In another embodiment, a method for rucking netting onto a tube comprises attaching a netting tube to a moveable platform, mounting a second tube axially over the netting tube, the second tube comprising a frustum having a bore therethrough, placing an end of a netting over the second tube, forming an annular space between the netting tube and the second tube, and moving the second tube reciprocatingly through spring-loaded fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Precitec Corporation
    Inventors: Eggo Haschke, Robert Pinto
  • Patent number: 7630409
    Abstract: A method and apparatus which provides that, in a voice over network, incoming packets are analyzed and the appropriate moment to increase or decrease the nominal delay associated with a jitter buffer is determined. Hence, the nominal delay is adjusted at an appropriate moment based on network jitter characteristics. Preferably, the nominal delay is adjusted when voice activity is absent. The method and apparatus provide for improved play out of the jitter buffer, and provide improved performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventors: Nagendra Goel, Ran Katzur
  • Patent number: 7624758
    Abstract: A fluid flow controller (1) comprises a variable aperture flow control valve (5) having an inlet to receive fluid from a supply source and an outlet to deliver fluid along a conduit (6). Downstream of the valve (5) is a back-pressure regulator (8), which in turn delivers fluid to an outlet (9), whilst a permanently open orifice (11) is connected to the conduit (6) upstream of the regulator and provided with an exhaust outlet (12), the characteristics of the valve (5), regulator (8) and orifice (11) being so selected that upon a slight opening of the valve (5), the regulator (8) maintains a closed condition, while further opening of the valve (5) raises the fluid pressure at the regulator (8) which commences opening, to provide a continuous exhaust flow at the exhaust outlet (12), to extend the satisfactory operating range of the flow control valve (5) down to very low flow rates. The controller (1) is suitable for use with a sulphuric acid dewpoint monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Assignee: Land Instruments International Ltd
    Inventor: Richard Eric Whiteside
  • Patent number: 7618032
    Abstract: A spinning wheel format having a wheel rotatable about an axle, both carried within a substrate, wherein the substrate, the wheel, and the axle are made from the same stock, created in a continuous, single-pass finishing system, is described. The format is manufactured by adhering a first ribbon to a second ribbon to form a multi-ply ribbon, cutting the multi-ply ribbon to form a plurality of wheels and axles within the wheels, marrying the multi-ply ribbon to a third ribbon, folding the third ribbon to enclose the multi-ply ribbon within the folded third ribbon; and transversely cutting the third ribbon into a plurality of spinning wheel formats. A mass distributable packet can be created by marrying a plurality of spinning wheel formats to a fourth ribbon, and manufacturing a plurality of mass distributable packets from the fourth ribbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Lehigh Press, Inc.
    Inventor: David Deschryver
  • Patent number: 7618243
    Abstract: A free-piston linear compressor (1) controlled to achieve high volumetric efficiency by a controller including an algorithm (116) for ramping up input power until piston-cylinder head collisions are detected using a detection algorithm (117/118) which then decrements power input whereupon input power is again ramped up by algorithm (116). Non-damaging low energy collisions are achieved by the controller including a perturbation algorithm (119) which perturbates the input power ramp with periodic transient pulses of power to ensure piston collisions are provoked during the transient power pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Appliances Limited
    Inventors: Zhuang Tian, John H. Boyd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7616517
    Abstract: A circuit which includes an IP cell having a function select input signal line, combinatorial logic having an output connected to the function select input signal line of the IP cell, a configuration register having an output connected to an input of the combinatorial logic, wherein a high/low input signal line is also connected to the combinatorial logic, wherein the circuit provided that the configuration register receives configuration data during a start-up sequence, and configuration data is held by the combinatorial logic as the configuration register powers down during a functional mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventors: Stephan Habel, Claus Pribbernow, Stefan Block, Herbert Preuthen
  • Patent number: 7616871
    Abstract: A water chamber (1) adapted for use in conjunction with a heater base, for humidifying an air stream. The chamber (1) including at least one horizontally oriented gases port (3) including an elongate flow tube (5) extending into the chamber (1) from the inner periphery of the gases port (3), the flow tube (5) having an opening at its distal end facing a direction transverse to the axis of the tube (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventor: Martin Paul Friedrich Kramer
  • Patent number: 7589483
    Abstract: A washing machine and a method of operating same is disclosed. A electronically commutated motor for using in a washing machine is also disclosed. The washing machine has an agitator operated by an electronically commutated motor. An agitate cycle of the washing machine is detected. During an agitate cycle, the motor is electronically commutating with two phase firing if the agitator is rotating at rate below a first threshold, or the motor is electronically commutating using an optimised firing angle with three phase firing if the agitator is rotating at rate above a first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Applicances Limited
    Inventor: Adam John Darby
  • Patent number: 7587990
    Abstract: A feeder assembly is used in a feed distribution system having a feed supply conduit. The feeder assembly includes an elongated pan member. The feeder assembly includes first and second fill ports for receiving feed from the feed supply conduit and for providing feed onto a base portion of the pan member. Each fill port provides feed to a separate portion of the base portion of the elongated pan member. The fill ports are defined through an outer grill member having an elongated rim member which is operatively associated with the pan member. First and second drop tube members are associated with the first and second fill ports to direct feed flowing through the fill ports through first and second lower feed gates and onto the pan member. The drop tube members may have brood gates provided therethrough for providing a raised level of feed in the pan member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Lionel L. Kreger, Charles R. Bird
  • Patent number: 7588286
    Abstract: A logistics panel of the invention is formed of a composite panel, a logistics plate and a splicing plate. The composite panel is formed of inner and outer skins and a core member secured therebetween. The composite panel has top and bottom end portions and first and second side end portions. The composite panel further has an aperture set provided therethrough which defines at least one aperture which extends through the inner and outer skins and the core member and between the end portions. The logistics plate has a plurality of logistics apertures provided therethrough. The logistics plate is secured to the composite panel such that the plurality of logistics apertures are in alignment with the aperture set such that the aperture set is accessible through the logistics plate. The splicing plate is positioned to cover the aperture set such that the aperture set is inaccessible through the splicing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Wabash National, L.P.
    Inventors: Wilfred E. Lewallen, Michael L. Thoma, Danny L. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 7587830
    Abstract: A knockout punch is provided with a member such that when the punch and the die are drawn together by the draw stud to make a hole in a workpiece, the member on the punch will locate the punch assembly in a pilot hole. In three embodiments of the invention, the member is formed integrally with the punch and extends from the punch proximate to a bore in the punch which is used to connect the punch to the draw stud. In another embodiment of the invention, the member is provided as an insert which is connected to the punch within a counterbore. The punch is also provided with a pair of piercing portions for piercing through the workpiece after the member has centered the punch assembly with the pilot hole and a pair of cutting portions for shearing the workpiece after the piercing portions have pierced the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: William F. Nordlin
  • Patent number: 7588029
    Abstract: A gases transportation pathway for use in supplying a humidified gases stream to a patient includes regulated conduit heating. The regulated conduit heating may include a section of positive temperature coefficient material wherein the localized electrical resistance of the material is positively related to the localized temperature. The regulated conduit heating may be a layer of positive temperature coefficient material within the wall of the gases transportation pathway with at least a pair of conductors running the length of the pathway and in electrically conductive contact with the positive temperature coefficient material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Limited
    Inventors: Daniel John Smith, Hussein Kadhum, Malcolm David Smith
  • Patent number: 7584716
    Abstract: A feeder assembly includes a pan and an outer grill which is operatively associated with the pan. The outer grill defines a plurality of apertures therethrough through which birds can eat the feed presented on the pan. First and second inner grills can be rotated to partially mask the apertures through the outer grill in order to effectively change the width of the apertures. The inner grills are connected to one another by interlocking fingers such that rotation of one of the inner grills causes rotation of the other inner grill in the opposite direction. The inner grills are rotated by a dial member which is secured to the outer grill and which, upon rotation thereof between predetermined positions, causes rotation of the one inner grill, which in turn causes rotation of the other inner grill in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Lionel L. Kreger, Charles R. Bird
  • Patent number: 7587182
    Abstract: A receiver input circuit comprises an R-? type low-pass filter, a small-capacitance type coupling capacitor element and a parallel tuning circuit. The low-pass filter has an inductor element and a first capacitor element both connected in series, and a shunt-connected second capacitor element. The first and second capacitor elements are equivalent to ones obtained by dividing a normal shunt-connected capacitor element into two. A total capacitance value thereof is selected equal to the capacitance value of the normal shunt-connected capacitor element. The parallel tuning circuit makes use of a tuning first variable capacitance type capacitor element. A second variable capacitance type capacitor element is used for the small-capacitance type coupling capacitor element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: General Research of Electronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Kazuo Kawai
  • Patent number: 7582938
    Abstract: A technique to enhancing substrate bias of grounded-gate NMOS fingers (ggNMOSFET's) has been developed. By using this technique, lower triggering voltage of NMOS fingers can be achieved without degrading ESD protection in negative zapping. By introducing a simple gate-coupled effect and a PMOSFET triggering source with this technique, low-voltage triggered NMOS fingers have also been developed in power and I/O ESD protection, respectively. A semiconductor device which includes a P-well which is underneath NMOS fingers. The device includes an N-well ring which is configured so that the inner P-well underneath the NMOS fingers is separated from an outer P-well. The inner P-well and outer P-well are connected by a P-substrate resistance which is much higher than the resistance of the P-wells. A P+-diffusion ring surrounding the N-well ring is configured to connect to VSS, i.e., P-taps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventor: Jau-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: 7581512
    Abstract: A feeder assembly is used in a feed distribution system having a feed supply conduit. The feeder assembly includes a pan member, which is preferably elongated in configuration, in a shape of two intersecting circles. The feeder assembly also includes at least one fill port for receiving feed from the feed supply conduit and for providing feed onto a base portion of the pan member. The at least one fill port is defined through an outer grill member which is operatively associated with the pan member. Like the pan member, the outer grill member has a rim member which is preferably elongated in configuration, in a shape of two intersecting circles. The outer grill member defines a plurality of apertures therethrough through which birds can eat the feed presented on the base portion of the pan member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore J. Cole, Lionel L. Kreger, Charles R. Bird
  • Patent number: 7575404
    Abstract: A rivetless nut plate assembly, which is fully preassembled, which can be installed into an aperture of a composite material workpiece, such as a carbon fiber structure, without risking delamination of the workpiece. The rivetless nut plate assembly includes a nut, a holding bracket, a retainer, and a sleeve member. Additionally, a stem is used to install the rivetless nut plate assembly. The sleeve member is configured such that the nut plate assembly can be installed in a composite material workpiece without risking delamination. The sleeve member may be formed of 45Cb-55Ti Titanium Columbium, as Titanium Columbium is a high strength and ductile material that resists corrosion in the presence of, for example, a carbon fiber composite structure. Monel, Titanium alloys, and other soft Nickel alloys are also good material selections for the sleeve, for similar reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: SPS Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Rahmatollah Fakhri Toosky, Soheil Eshraghi
  • Patent number: 7565592
    Abstract: The invention provides a number of related methods which improve the test and analysis of integrated circuit devices. A first method of the invention provides a method for pausing on a SCAN based test. A second method of the invention provides a method for using stimulations and responses of a known good device to increase fault coverage of patterns in a test flow. A third method of the invention provides a method to curve trace device buffers on an ATE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: LSI Corporation
    Inventor: Roger Yacobucci
  • Patent number: D604148
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Assignee: Gripple Limited
    Inventor: Neil Clarke