Patents Represented by Law Firm Vinson & Elkins
  • Patent number: 7500948
    Abstract: A dual bladed laryngoscope for quickly and easily intubating a patient. The invention has two blades pivotally hinged on one side while the opposing side is open allowing the laryngoscope to be easily removed after intubating a patient. The proximal end of the upper blade has a grip portion which can be moved closer to or farther away from the handle attached to the proximal end of the lower blade to open or close the distal ends of the lower and upper blades. The lower blade of the invention has a distal end adapted as an esophageal obturator for obstructing the esophagus. An arytenoid bumper to prevent the laryngoscope from penetrating too far into the esophagus is preferably secured to the distal end of the lower blade. The arytenoid bumper may have a ramp or wedge shape adapted to deflect an intubation tube through a patient's larynx and into the trachea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Elroy T. Cantrell
  • Patent number: 7490147
    Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for measuring the performance of a subroutine in a software application executing upon a computer system. When characterized as a method, a monitoring application operating according to the present invention first intercepts a call to a subroutine. The monitoring application then examines a system clock. If the clock is in a particular configuration, the monitoring application collects a first set of performance data. Next, the monitoring application passes control to the subroutine. When the subroutine completes, control is returned to the monitoring application. The monitoring application then collects a second set of performance data. The first and second sets of data are then compared to determine the performance characteristics of the subroutine. If the clock in not in the particular configuration, the monitoring application passes control to the subroutine in such a way that processing continues as it would if the monitoring program had never been called.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: BMC Software, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Allen Price
  • Patent number: 7461884
    Abstract: A hidden storage for vehicles such as vans and utility/sports utility vehicles without altering the external appearance of the vehicle. The hidden storage is located adjacent one or both sides of the vehicle between a rearmost side door and the rear of the vehicle. The hidden storage is accessible only via one or more hinged side panel sections of the vehicle, and access to the interior of the vehicle does not provide access to the hidden storage area. The hidden storage is provided by a storage box secured to the side of the vehicle and the interior of the storage box is only accessible through opening of an associated hinged section of the side panel of the vehicle, which can be locked shut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventors: Scott Clare, Neil G. Long
  • Patent number: 7462491
    Abstract: Serum cav-1 is disclosed as a biomarker for prostate cancer that has the power to differentiate between prostate cancer and BPH patients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: Baylor College of Medicine
    Inventor: Timothy C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7458998
    Abstract: Systems and methods for in-line blending of biodiesel and diesel fuels in cold weather environments include diluting heated B100 into a portion of heated diesel prior to blending into a cold diesel stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Flint Hills Resources, L.P.
    Inventors: Ken Copeland, Rita Hardy, Jeff Johnson, Charles Selvidge, Kirk Walztoni
  • Patent number: 7432360
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to multi-dose erythropoietin formulations for parenteral administrations. The formulations contain one or more of the following preservatives benzethonium chloride, phenoxyethanol and phenylethyl alcohol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    Inventor: Atef Gayed
  • Patent number: 7421407
    Abstract: Process and system for investing in private portfolio includes determining relative risk, excess return and correlation of a private investment portfolio to a public market.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: Alignment Capital Group
    Inventors: Austin M. Long, III, Craig J. Nickels
  • Patent number: 7391507
    Abstract: A new method of photo-reflectance characterization of strain and active dopant in semiconductor structures has been developed for characterization of physical properties of semiconductor structures. The underlying principle of the strain and active dopant characterization technique is to measure photo-reflectance signals occurring nearby to interband transitions in the semiconductor bandstructure and which are highly sensitive to strain and/or active dopant through the effect of the nanometer scale space charge fields induced at the semiconductor surface. To attain this, the present disclosure comprises an intensity modulated pump laser beam and a continuous wave probe laser beam, focused coincident on a semiconductor structure. The pump laser provides approximately 15 mW optical power in the NIR-VIS. The pump light is amplitude modulated by a signal generator operating in the range of 100 kHz-50 MHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Xitronix Corporation
    Inventor: William W. Chism, II
  • Patent number: 7338711
    Abstract: Nanoparticles having designed or engineered coatings that provide enhanced or improved characteristics to the coated nanoparticles and methods for forming the improved nanoparticles from oxide or ceramic coated nanoparticles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Quantum Logic Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis Brousseau, III
  • Patent number: 7329642
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of inhibiting angiogenesis within a tissue of interest by providing either intact or nicked ?2-Glycoprotein 1 (?2GP1) to cells associated with the tissue. The presence of ?2GP1 inhibits angiogenesis within the tissue, in part by preventing neovascularization into the tissue. The disclosure also provides a method for treating tumors by providing ?2GP1 to the tumor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Board of Regents, University of Texas System
    Inventors: Alan Jay Schroit, Krishnakumar Balasubramanian, Marya McCarty
  • Patent number: 7314636
    Abstract: This invention is directed to the field of medical implants, and more specifically to biodegradable injectable implants and their methods of manufacture and use. The injectable implants disclosed herein comprise glycolic acid and bio-compatible/bio-absorbable polymeric particles containing a polymer of lactic acid. The particles are small enough to be injected through a needle but large enough to avoid engulfment by macrophages. The injectables of this invention may be in a pre-activated solid form or an activated form (e.g., injectable suspension or emulsion).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Medgraft Microtech, Inc.
    Inventors: Crisoforo Peralta Caseres, Daniel Leon de Lagarde
  • Patent number: 7294508
    Abstract: A method for isolating an inner cell mass comprising the steps of immobilizing a blastocyst stage embryo having a zona pellucida, trophectoderm, and inner cell mass, creating an aperture in the blastocyst stage embryo by laser ablation, and removing the inner cell mass from the blastocyst stage embryo through the aperture. The aperture is through the zona pellucida and the trophectoderm. The laser ablation is acheived using a non-contact diode laser. The inner cell mass removed from the blastocyst stage embryo is used to establish human Embryonic Stem Cell lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Reliance Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventors: Firuza Rajesh Parikh, Satish Mahadoerao Totey, Shailaja Anupam Saxena
  • Patent number: 7269584
    Abstract: A client initially creates a client's request for proposal (RFP) on a client computer. The client also enters information that identifies some of the client's opponents. Next, a service provider creates a service provider profile on a service provider computer. The service provider also enters information that identifies some of the service provider's clients. Next, all of this information is transmitted to a host site computer that is in communication with the service provider computer and the client computer. The host site computer then compares the information identifying the client's opponents to the information identifying the service provider's clients to determine if the service provider should be allowed access to the client's RFP. If one of the service provider's clients is the same as one of the client's opponents, the service provider is refused access to the client's RFP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Peveril O. Settle, III
  • Patent number: 7255798
    Abstract: A method for recovering and recycling catalyst coated fuel cell membranes includes dissolving the used membranes in water and solvent, heating the dissolved membranes under pressure and separating the components. Active membranes are produced from the recycled materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Assignee: Ion Power, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Grot, Walther Grot
  • Patent number: D552792
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: DUSA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bargiel, Joshua J. Nelson, Glenn Walters, Frank Pollard
  • Patent number: D553003
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Assignee: ACH Food Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathryn S. Baker, Robert G. Larkin, Carolyn M. Wise
  • Patent number: D556104
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Stephen Saporito
  • Patent number: D562696
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: ACH Food Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathryn S. Baker, Robert G. Larkin, Carolyn M. Wise
  • Patent number: D562697
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: ACH Food Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathryn S. Baker, Robert G. Larkin, Carolyn M. Wise
  • Patent number: D581531
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: CooperSurgical, Incorporated
    Inventors: Red Alinsod, James M. Fowler, Jr., Marc D. Gelnett