Patents Represented by Attorney Waddey & Patterson, P.C.
  • Patent number: 8350006
    Abstract: A novel method for determining the bioactivity of TGF-? in a sample of milk, raw protein source, or nutritional composition is provided. The method includes particular reconstitution steps, centrifugation steps, incubation steps, and activation steps. The bioactivity of the TGF-? in the sample may be measured in a HT-2 cell bioassay or a cellomics bioassay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Mead Johnson Nutrition Company
    Inventors: Gyan P. Rai, Francisco J. Rosales, Zeina E. Jouni, Rosaline Waworuntu
  • Patent number: 8350678
    Abstract: A power line communication system transmits a dimming level to an electronic ballast to regulate the power consumed by a lamp. The power line controller has a notch generation circuit that generates notches on an AC power signal with a time duration in accordance with the dimming level of the lamp. A dimming interface associated with the electronic ballast detects the notches on the AC power signal. The dimming interface generates a ballast dimming level signal with a signal level related to the time duration of these notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Christopher Radzinski
  • Patent number: 8349796
    Abstract: The present invention relates to compositions and methods for use in osteodistraction procedures. In one embodiment, a method of stimulating osteogenesis during and/or following bone distraction comprises providing a composition comprising a PDGF solution disposed in a biocompatible matrix and applying the composition to at least one site of bone distraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: BioMimetic Therapeutics Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel E. Lynch, Charles E. Hart, Michael G. Ehrlich, Douglas C. Moore
  • Patent number: 8347934
    Abstract: A clamp for securing a wheel with a rim on a rim-holding tire changer. The clamp includes a base portion, a gripping plate secured to the base portion, and a support plate secured to the base portion such that the gripping plate is disposed between the base portion and the support plate. The gripping plate is configured with a first portion for engaging the rim of a wheel and the support plate is configured with a first portion to engage the rim of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Hennessy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles L. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 8344644
    Abstract: An electronic ballast includes a ballast control circuit controlling an inverter circuit to supply a rectangular wave AC power to a high-pressure discharge lamp. The ballast control circuit includes a load voltage detection circuit adapted to detect load voltages of both positive and negative polarities applied to the lamp, a comparison and selection circuit adapted to compare the detected load voltages of the positive and negative polarities and select one of the positive and negative polarities, and a switching control circuit adapted to use the load voltage of the polarity selected by the comparison and selection circuit for controlling load current in one cycle after a period of detecting the load voltages of both the positive and negative polarities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Nobutoshi Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 8344628
    Abstract: A electronic ballast according includes a DC power source circuit for generating a DC voltage from an AC power source, a pair of switching elements, an LC series resonance circuit, an inverter circuit for converting the DC voltage into a high frequency voltage to supply to a fluorescent lamp FL, and means such as a current transformer for detecting a current flowing into the fluorescent lamp FL, wherein oscillation of the inverter circuit is stopped when a value of a current flowing into the fluorescent lamp exceeds a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Naokage Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 8342772
    Abstract: A civil engineering machine for spreading material for spreading on soils or base materials, and in particular a civil engineering machine for spreading binders for soil or base material stabilization, has a container for material for spreading to receive the material for spreading and a spreading arrangement having one or more outlet openings for the discharge of the material for spreading. An anti-dust arrangement is arranged below the outlet openings, and is characterized in that there is created below the outlet openings a spreading compartment which is bounded by one or more first anti-dust members and in that there is created an anti-dust space which is bounded by one or more second anti-dust members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Christoph Menzenbach, Heiko Bohme, Cyrus Barlmanl, Gunter Hahn
  • Patent number: 8339056
    Abstract: An electronic lamp ballast is provided with first and second protection circuits responsive to mains input fault conditions. A controller includes a first input terminal coupled to a power supply circuit and effective to receive a power supply input voltage provided thereby, and a second input terminal coupled to an output sensing circuit and effective to receive a feedback voltage provided thereby. The first protection circuit includes circuitry to sense a fault condition in a mains power input to the ballast and to discharge the power supply input voltage in response to a sensed fault condition. The second protection circuit includes circuitry to sense a discharge of the power supply input voltage to the controller and to discharge the feedback voltage in response to the sensed discharge of the power supply input voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Wei Xiong, Thomas M. Poehlman
  • Patent number: 8333228
    Abstract: A tire changing machine comprises a chassis base and a rotatable wheel holder configured to retain a wheel rim. A tower, carrying a mount/demount head movable toward and away from the wheel rim, extends upward from the chassis base. An inflation cage is fixed with respect to the chassis base. The inflation cage defines an interior accessible through a first opening for ingress and egress of a vehicle wheel. Preferably, the inflation cage may be located at a back of the tire changer to rest on a common floor surface with the chassis base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Hennessy Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles L. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 8330382
    Abstract: An electronic ballast for powering a discharge lamp includes an asymmetry determination circuit functional to determine whether positive and negative polarities of an AC output current to the lamp are symmetrical. An inverter having a plurality of switching elements is coupled to a DC power source and converts the DC power to the AC output current. A control circuit is functional to control the plurality of switching elements dependent upon an operating mode and an output from the asymmetry determination circuit. The control circuit controls the switching elements in a normal mode upon receiving a determination of symmetrical current from the asymmetry determination circuit, and controls the switching elements in a restart mode for a predetermined period of time upon receiving a determination of asymmetrical current from the asymmetry determination circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Naoki Komatsu
  • Patent number: 8330378
    Abstract: An illumination device is provided for controlling a color temperature of light irradiated from a light source having a plurality of light-emitting elements of different light colors. A control setting module provides a control signal associated with a desired color temperature for the irradiated light. A light quantity determination circuit determines light quantities for each of the light-emitting elements based on a relationship between the control signal from the control setting module and an inverse color temperature. A plurality of driver circuits provide driver signals to the light-emitting elements corresponding to the determined light quantities. In this manner the color temperature for light irradiated from the light source coincides with the desired color temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Minoru Maehara, Kazuyoshi Kadotani, Kenichiro Tanaka, Ichirou Tanimura, Takuya Nobuta
  • Patent number: 8322006
    Abstract: A safety shield is provided for a clip applying apparatus which applies plastic clips to connect rebar. The safety shield prevents operation of the apparatus unless a forward end of the apparatus is properly placed against the bars which are to be joined. Other features may include a safety latch which prevents operation if a cover door of the apparatus is open. Another feature which may be included is an anti-jamming mechanism that prevents operation of the apparatus if a string of clips is not properly received within the clip applying apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Kodi Klip Corporation
    Inventor: Jon R. Kodi
  • Patent number: 8324829
    Abstract: A high pressure discharge lamp ballast is provided with a control operation for stable transition from a lamp ignition mode into a preheating mode. An inverter is coupled across a DC source and has a plurality of switching elements coupled to the high pressure discharge lamp. A series resonant LC circuit is coupled to the inverter outputs and to the high pressure discharge lamp. A control circuit is coupled to the switching elements and configured to control switching operation. An ignition mode has one or more time periods during each of which a driving frequency of the switching elements is swept through a predetermined range of frequencies and then controlled at a first driving frequency less than the predetermined range of frequencies. A preheating mode follows wherein the switching elements are controlled at a second driving frequency less than the predetermined range of frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyoshi Nakada, Tomoyuki Nakano, Koji Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8324813
    Abstract: An electronic ballast includes a filament voltage control block having first and second switches and configured to receive a filament voltage control signal. An inverter includes an inverter driver having first and second gate drive output terminals for driving first and second inverter switches, and a gate drive transformer having a primary side coupled to the inverter driver. A first secondary side is coupled to the first inverter switch and a second secondary side is arranged to drive the first switch in the control block. The control block is effective in response to a first control signal state to drive the switches in the control block and generate a lamp filament heating voltage, and is further effective in response to a second control signal state to disable the second secondary side of the gate drive transformer and thereby disable the lamp filament heating voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Wei Xiong
  • Patent number: 8317640
    Abstract: A bat having a handle portion, a transition portion attached to the handle portion, and a barrel portion attached to the transition portion. The area(s) adjacent to the central portion of the barrel have an increased performance with respect to the central portion of the barrel to effectively enlarge the sweet spot, or preferred hitting area. At least one tubular member of the barrel is circumferential aligned and axially spaced from another tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Matthew Cruz, Biju Mathew, Matthew V. Vacek, Tyler S. Jessie
  • Patent number: 8316602
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a portable table having numerous favorable characteristics. The table comprises a tabletop, a column connection, and a column. The tabletop includes a core, a thickness, a perimeter section, and a bottom surface. The column connection is positioned within the thickness of the core and within the tabletop, and includes a flange and a cylindrical sleeve having a first fastener. The column includes an insertion end that includes a second fastener shaped to removably engage the first fastener and secure the column to the column connection. The insertion end is shaped to removably fit within the cylindrical sleeve of the column connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: PS Furniture, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger A. Clark, George Gula
  • Patent number: 8319447
    Abstract: An electronic ballast is provided for improved startup and powering of a high pressure discharge lamp. The ballast includes an inverter, a starting circuit for generating a high voltage to ignite the lamp, a controller for controlling an operating frequency of the inverter from startup to steady-state lamp operation, and a lamp output detection circuit. The controller controls the inverter in association with one or more of a first phase in which the starting circuit generates the high voltage and causes dielectric breakdown between the lamp electrodes, a second phase in which an electrode heating operation is performed after dielectric breakdown and a third phase in which steady-state operation of the lamp is performed. A lamp output determination is performed at a predetermined time before shifting to the third phase, and upon determining that the lamp is ignited the second phase is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Junichi Hasegawa, Takeshi Goriki
  • Patent number: 8308395
    Abstract: In a road construction machine (1) for the treatment of road surfaces with a milling drum (3) height-adjustable with regard to the milling depth, with a leveling device (4) with at least one controller (6a, 6c) which receives set values for the milling depth and/or the slope of the milling drum (3), and with at least one exchangeable sensor (A, B, C) or with several switchable sensors for registering the current actual value of the milling depth and/or the slope of the milling drum (3) relative to a reference surface, where the controller (6a, 6c) effects a milling depth control and/or a slope control for the milling drum (3) conditional on pre-determined set values and the currently measured actual values of the at least one sensor (A, B, C) by returning an adjustment value for achieving or maintaining the set value during the milling operation, where the leveling device (4) is provided with an indication and setting device (2) for indicating and setting operating parameters for the at least one sensor (A, B
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Jaroslaw Jurasz, Günter Hähn, Günter Tewes
  • Patent number: D671460
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Larry Cohen
  • Patent number: D671578
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Wirtgen GmbH
    Inventors: Karsten Buhr, Thomas Lehnert, Cyrus Barimani, Guenter Haehn