Patents Represented by Attorney Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
  • Patent number: 8347436
    Abstract: A mattress system has a cover, a crib, and a fluid bladder system. The crib surrounds the perimeter of the fluid bladder system and the cover overlies the top surface of the crib and fluid bladder system. The fluid bladder systems provide at least one conventional bladder therapy to a patient positioned on the mattress system. The fluid bladder system interconnects to the crib to not form a hammock effect so the crib functions as a restraint. The fluid bladder is also designed to bottom out to form an exterior cavity. A second cushion is inserted into the exterior cavity and positioned so the crib continues to function as a restraint. The second cushion provides a therapy to the patient that is different from the fluid bladder system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Roland E. Flick, Karl H. Cazzini
  • Patent number: 8351856
    Abstract: An adaptive inductive ballast is provided with the capability to communicate with a remote device powered by the ballast. To improve the operation of the ballast, the ballast changes its operating characteristics based upon information received from the remote device. Further, the ballast may provide a path for the remote device to communicate with device other than the adaptive inductive ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 8346166
    Abstract: An adaptive inductive ballast is provided with the capability to communicate with a remote device powered by the ballast. To improve the operation of the ballast, the ballast changes its operating characteristics based upon information received from the remote device. Further, the ballast may provide a path for the remote device to communicate with device other than the adaptive inductive ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 8346167
    Abstract: An adaptive inductive ballast is provided with the capability to communicate with a remote device powered by the ballast. To improve the operation of the ballast, the ballast changes its operating characteristics based upon information received from the remote device. Further, the ballast may provide a path for the remote device to communicate with device other than the adaptive inductive ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 8341767
    Abstract: A protective sports glove including a contoured wrist cuff that substantially shields a gap defined between adjacent portions of the protective sports glove, such as hand and cuff portions. The contoured wrist cuff can include a leading edge that contours forwardly adjacent a thumb portion of the contoured wrist cuff and rearwardly across a portion of the radial side of a wearer's hand when the glove is on the wearer's hand. This can allow protection of the wearer's wrist in flexion without also impairing movement of the wearer's wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew M. Winningham
  • Patent number: 8338990
    Abstract: An inductive power supply including multiple tank circuits and a controller for selecting at least one of the tank circuits in order to wirelessly transfer power based on received power demand information. In addition, a magnet may be used to align multiple remote devices with the inductive power supply. In one embodiment, different communication systems are employed depending on which coil is being used to transfer wireless power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventors: David W. Baarman, Scott A. Mollema, Joshua K. Schwannecke
  • Patent number: 8336155
    Abstract: A replacement head for an electromagnetic toothbrush drive includes a mechanical linkage assembly for converting linear drive motion into rotational movement of the brush head. The mechanical linkage assembly includes a fixed shaft and a lever arm that extend between a movable bottom member and a fixed top member, and a link member rotatably connected to the top member and the brush head. The lever arm pivots about a fulcrum formed in the top member, and engages the link member. When the bottom member oscillates as a results of the actuation of the electromagnet in the drive unit, the lever arm pivots about the fulcrum and drives the link member to rotate in an arc shaped pattern. The rotation of the link member consequently rotates the brush head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Ranir, LLC
    Inventors: Scott P. Crossman, Dai Xiaoguo
  • Patent number: 8332979
    Abstract: A cushioning device has a first material and an opposing second material that are sealed together at the peripheral edges to form a first (right) side, a first (head) end, a second (left) side, and a second (foot) end. Positioned between the first material and the second material is a middle material. The middle material has a top side, a bottom side, a first gap between the first side and the middle material and a second gap between the second side and the middle material. In addition, the first material is sealed to the middle material's top side at a first set of locations to form a first set of interior welds. The second surface is sealed to the middle material's bottom surface at a second set of locations to form a second set of interior welds. The first set of interior welds on the middle material's top surface and the second set of interior welds on the middle material's bottom surface are not superimposed on each other or overlap each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Roland E. Flick, Scott Endress, Edward Mazzu
  • Patent number: 8324531
    Abstract: A positioning device (13) for producing a light signal (32) to position a robot tool (2) relative to a workpiece (14) is provided. The positioning device (13) comprises a frame (16) and a pair of light sources (22, 24) mounted at the free end of the frame and arranged to direct a pair of light beams (28, 30) therefrom in converging directions which intersect with each other and provide a light signal (32) at a predetermined distance from the free end of the frame (16). The positioning device (13) can include two pairs of light sources to generate two pairs of intersecting light beams (28, 30; 29, 31, ). The two pairs of light sources can be arranged so that the two pairs of light beams (28, 30; 29, 31) are located substantially 90 degrees apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Andrew Turner
  • Patent number: 8319633
    Abstract: A location detection system for a facility includes a patient handling device with a communication module with a unique ID, a locator fixed relative to the handling device for transmitting a unique location identifier corresponding to the location of the handling device, and a receiver mounted to the patient device for receiving the unique location identifier. A processing station remote from the handling device and the locator receives the unique location identifier and the unique ID and further correlates the unique ID with a patient supported by the handling device wherein the processing station can track the handling device and the patient supported thereby such that the location of the patient and handling device can be determined and monitored remotely from the handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: David Terrance Becker, Bruce L. MacDonald, Joseph E. Mroz, Michael Joseph Hayes, Christopher John Hopper, Richard C. Mayoras, Jr., Martin W. Stryker, Vivek Shankar, Jean-Paul Dionne, Aaron Douglas Furman, Krishna Sandeep Bhimavarapu
  • Patent number: 8315561
    Abstract: An adaptive inductive ballast is provided with the capability to communicate with a remote device powered by the ballast. To improve the operation of the ballast, the ballast changes its operating characteristics based upon information received from the remote device. Further, the ballast may provide a path for the remote device to communicate with device other than the adaptive inductive ballast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventor: David W. Baarman
  • Patent number: 8313143
    Abstract: An office chair is provided having a back assembly which is configured to provide supplemental support to the back of a chair occupant in addition to the support provided by the primary support surface of the chair back. The chair back includes a lumbar support unit having a lumbar support pad wherein asymmetric support is provided to the left and right halves of the lumbar pad. As such, the asymmetric support loads are independently adjustable to more comfortably support a chair occupant. The chair back also includes a pelvic support pad which is disposed vertically adjacent to the lumbar support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Pete J. Beyer, Joe Willette, Larry A. Wilkerson, Teresa Bellingar
  • Patent number: 8307473
    Abstract: A patient transfer device including a retractable wheel assembly, a caster brake and a track extension is provided. The retractable wheel assembly can include a cammed linkage arm operatively coupled to a retractable wheel. As the patient transfer device moves downwardly over a step, the cammed linkage arm can bear against the step, rotating the retractable wheel to a stowed position. The caster brake and the track extension can cooperate to stabilize the patient transfer device at the top and bottom of a stairway, respectively. The caster brake and the track extension can each include a high-friction engagement surface that is vertically offset from the respective caster and track. The retractable wheel assembly, caster brake and track extension can improve the control the patient transfer device along level, ramped and stepped surfaces, particularly for operators lacking sufficient training or experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Coropration
    Inventors: Clifford E. Lambarth, Alfred J. Dacey, IV, Chris Gentile, Keith L. Buffinga
  • Patent number: 8306635
    Abstract: The disclosed invention primarily relates to methods for assisting and motivating persons with respect to various exercise and rehabilitation regimens they might undertake, mentally as well as physically. The invention also has potential application to for diagnosis and/or treatment of certain mental and physical disorders, and in other situations where a form of companionship may be provided the user. In addition the invention herein provides an enjoyable means of social interaction with others providing further motivation for physical and mental activity represented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Motion Games, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy Pryor
  • Patent number: D671687
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew M. Winningham, David M. Livingston, Richard J. Janisse
  • Patent number: D671827
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Display Pack, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Raimer, Matthew D. Hansen, Victor D. Hansen, David H. Bult
  • Patent number: D671833
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Display Pack, Inc.
    Inventors: George E. Raimer, Matthew D. Hansen, David H. Bult
  • Patent number: D672149
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Ranir, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan M. Stebila, Scott P. Crossman
  • Patent number: D672233
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Access Business Group International LLC
    Inventor: Timothy L. Green
  • Patent number: D674149
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter B. Smith