Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Webb Ziesenheim Logsdon Orkin & Hanson, P.C.
  • Patent number: 6886277
    Abstract: A small swivel type working vehicle includes a running device (4), a swivel base (2) mounted on the running device (4) to be swivelable about a vertical swivel axis (X), a driver's seat (5) mounted on the swivel base (2), a control box (6) mounted upright on a top surface of the swivel base (2) forwardly of the driver's seat (5), a swing bracket (18) supported to be swingable about a vertical pivotal axis (19a) by a flange unit (17) provided at a front end of the swivel base (2), a boom (20) attached to the swing bracket to be swingable about a horizontal shaft (22), and a boom cylinder (21) connected at one end thereof to the swing bracket (18) and at the other end to the boom (20) for swinging the boom (20). The boom cylinder (21) is disposed outside the boom (20) to extend along a rear surface thereof. A walk-through space (100) is defined between the control box (6) and the driver's seat (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuhiko Yukawa, Takafumi Wada, Masanori Shintani, Junichi Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 6886194
    Abstract: A wheelchair convertible into a gurney that includes a main frame, a rear frame and a supplemental rear frame pivotally secured to the rear frame. The main frame includes a back portion pivotally secured to a seat portion which is pivotally secured to a leg portion. The rear frame is pivotally secured to the back portion. A guide arrangement is provided that coacts with the supplemental rear frame and the main frame whereby the main frame is in a first position. The back portion, seat portion and leg portion are arranged so that they are in different planes and when the main frame is in a second position, the back portion, seat portion and leg portion are arranged so that they are in a gurney position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Barton Medical Corporation
    Inventor: Graham L. Hodgetts
  • Patent number: 6888137
    Abstract: There is disclosed a scanning electron charged-particle beam instrument facilitating a search for a desired field of view on a specimen. Also, a method of observing a specimen image with this instrument is disclosed. In field of view search mode, low-magnification images are gained from plural regions on the specimen. The image signals gained from the regions are sent to corresponding image memories and stored there. At the same time, the X and Y coordinates of the specimen at the low magnification are stored. If the image is rotated, the angular position and the direction are simultaneously stored. The image signals stored in the image memories are supplied to a CRT, and plural specimen images are displayed on the CRT. If a human operator selects a desired one out of the displayed images, a control unit controls a stage control unit according to coordinates read out, driving an X-Y translation stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: JEOL Ltd.
    Inventors: Atsushi Yamada, Tsutomu Negishi, Toshiharu Kobayashi, Norio Watanabe
  • Patent number: 6884406
    Abstract: Disclosed is a process for preparing an alumina composition having high specific surface area and large pore volume, comprising preparing a reaction mixture having a given molar ratio between a monobasic acid and water by the use of an aluminum source such as acid-containing alumina obtained by heat treatment of aluminum hydroxide in the presence of an acid, bayerite, ?-alumina and ?-alumina, optionally adding an oxygen-containing organic compound or an inorganic polybasic acid as a pore structure controlling agent, performing sol-forming reaction, and then subjecting the product obtained by the sol-forming reaction to an appropriate operation such as alkali addition or heat dehydration treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventors: Goro Sato, Masayoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 6883550
    Abstract: A flexible pipe joint joins, in a bendable manner, a first pipe member provided with a partially spherical outer circumferential surface that protrudes outward in radial direction and a second pipe member provided with a partially spherical inner surface that can slide along the partially spherical outer circumferential surface. A sleeve made of a synthetic resin is inserted and fitted in a state of contact, bridging the inner circumferential surfaces of the two pipe members. The sleeve has a length that covers a cavity portion that opens inward in radial direction at a location where the two pipe members are joined together, and is elastically deformed substantially maintaining its circular tube shape when following a flexure of the two pipe members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Waterworks Technology Development
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Bekki, Tsutomu Kiyozumi
  • Patent number: 6884776
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of ubiquicidine or optionally modified peptide fragments derived therefrom for the preparation of a drug for the treatment, diagnostics or prophylaxis of infections in humans and animals. A peptide fragment derived from ubiquicidine comprises for instance a preferably continuous series of at least 3, preferably at least 7-13 amino acids from the amino acid sequence of ubiquicidine; KVHGSLARAGKVRGQTPKVAKQEKKKKKTGRAKRRMQYNRRFVNVVPTFGKKKGPN ANS (SEQ ID NO: 1). Hybrid molecules comprise for instance a cationic peptide with an antimicrobial action and/or a peptide fragment of ubiquicidine and/or a derivative thereof and one or more effector molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: RijksUniversiteit Leiden
    Inventors: Petrus Hendricus Nibbering, Pieter Sicco Hiemstra, Maria Theodora Van Den Barselaar, Ernest Karel Jacob Pauwels, Rolf Ide Johannes Feitsma
  • Patent number: 6884198
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mechanical transmission, comprising: a frame; an input shaft with a first friction surface, which shaft is arranged rotatably on the frame; an output shaft with a second friction surface arranged rotatably on the frame parallel to the input shaft; a rotatable body with a third and a fourth friction surface arranged at least for radial displacement on the frame between the input and output shaft; a first push belt arranged between the first and the third friction surface and co-acting therewith; and a second push belt arranged between the second and the fourth friction surface and co-acting therewith, wherein the friction surfaces are rotation-symmetrical, the friction surfaces comprise at least an axial component and at least one of the first and the third friction surface and at least one of the second and the fourth friction surface comprise a radial directional component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Hamapro Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Heerke Hoogenberg
  • Patent number: 6884278
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide spherical metal particles having excellent monodispersity. The present invention relates to a method of manufacturing monodisperse spherical metal particles characterized by passing liquid metal through a porous membrane so as to disperse the resulting liquid metal particles in a continuous liquid phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Miyazaka Prefecture
    Inventors: Masataka Shimizu, Kiyoshi Torigoe, Tadao Nakashima, Izumi Akazaki
  • Patent number: 6885170
    Abstract: A connection-switched capacitor storage system comprises plural capacitors, parallel monitors connected with the capacitors, respectively, switches for switching the connections of the capacitors from a series combination to a parallel combination or vice versa, and a control portion. The parallel monitors bypass the charging current for the capacitors when the terminal voltages of the capacitors exceed a given voltage, thus limiting increases of the terminal voltages of initializing the terminal voltages of the capacitors to their original level. The control portion controls initialization and switching of the connections of the capacitors. The control portion causes the parallel monitors to initialize the capacitors near the voltage at which the connections of the capacitors are switched by the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignees: Advanced Capacitor Technologies, Inc., Okamura Laboratory, Inc., Kabushiki Kaisha Powersystems
    Inventors: Michio Okamura, Masaaki Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 6880584
    Abstract: A weft end recovery apparatus comprises weft end carrier for carrying by water flow weft ends formed as a result of weft insertion, a plurality of storing and dewatering sections to receive the weft ends carried from the weft end carrier together with the water, and switching mechanism for selectively switching the storing and dewatering sections to store the weft ends and the water from the weft end carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Tsudakoma Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Keiichi Myogi
  • Patent number: 6877302
    Abstract: A mid-mount mower including a body frame supported above the ground by front wheels and rear wheels, and a mower unit vertically movably suspended from the body frame between the front wheels and rear wheels. The mower unit includes a mower deck having a top board, and a front wall, side walls and a rear wall depending from the top board. The mower deck has a rearwardly opening recess formed in a sideways middle region at a rear end thereof. A mower input shaft is disposed on the top board for transmitting power to the rotary blades juxtaposed inside the mower deck to be rotatable about three vertical axes arranged sideways. The mower input shaft extends longitudinally of the body frame and has a rear connecting end. A PTO shaft is provided in a rear transmission mechanism that drives the rear wheels. The PTO shaft extends longitudinally of the body frame and has a forward connecting end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Samejima, Kenichi Chujo, Teruo Shimamura, Yoshiyuki Esaki, Masatoshi Yamaguchi, Yoshihiro Kawahara
  • Patent number: 6878878
    Abstract: The present invention is a junction box cover for use in conjunction with a junction box. The junction box cover includes a plate element having a rim portion, an elevated portion, and a transition portion connecting the rim portion with the elevated portion. The plate element has at least one slot on the rim portion, which is configured to accept a fastening mechanism. In operation, the junction box cover is placed over an open side of the junction box, and the junction box cover is secured to the junction box via the fastening mechanism extending through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Patrick C. Westlake
  • Patent number: 6878441
    Abstract: A pressure sensitive adhesive sheet comprising a substrate, an intermediate layer superimposed thereon and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer superimposed on the intermediate layer, characterized in that the pressure sensitive adhesive layer exhibiting an elastic modulus at 23° C. ranging from 5.0×104 to 1.0×107 Pa, the intermediate layer exhibiting an elastic modulus at 23° C. which is not greater than the elastic modulus at 23° C. of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer, or the intermediate layer exhibiting an elastic modulus at 40° C. of less than 1.0×106 Pa. At the time of working of the back of an adherend having a surface whose unevenness height differences are large, this pressure sensitive adhesive sheet is preferably stuck to the adherend surface to thereby protect it during the working and to enable performing the grinding at a uniform thickness without the occurrence of dimples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Lintec Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Kondo, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Yoshihisa Mineura
  • Patent number: 6877186
    Abstract: A swingable handle for a hand tool includes a rear handle body with two spaced apart walls that confine a replacement bit receiving space for receiving replacement tool bits, a front handle body having a mount end portion for connection with a tool shaft, and a coupling end portion pivoted to and turnable relative to the front end of the rear handle body between normal and torque enhancing positions, and a lid member having a front end coaxially pivoted to the front end of the rear handle body and the coupling end portion so as to be turnable between open and closed positions, and a cover portion that covers the receiving space in the closed position and that permits access to the receiving space in the open position. A retaining member is disposed to arrest the coupling end portion in one of the normal and torque enhancing positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Hsuan-Sen Shiao
  • Patent number: 6879176
    Abstract: A leakage current of a dielectric overlaying a semiconductor wafer can be determining by moving a conductive probe into contact with the dielectric and applying an electrical stimulus, in the form of a fixed amplitude, fixed frequency AC voltage superimposed on a DC voltage which is swept from a starting voltage towards an ending voltage, between the probe tip and the semiconductor wafer. Conductance values associated with the dielectric and the semiconductor wafer can be determined from phase angles between the AC voltage and an AC current resulting from the applied AC voltage during the sweep of the DC voltage. The leakage current of the dielectric can then be determined from the thus determined conductance values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Solid State Measurements, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Hillard
  • Patent number: 6879261
    Abstract: An operator presence sensing apparatus for a seat of a vehicle includes a base member (7, 8) for supporting the seat (6), and a relay member (9) extending vertically between the base member and the seat. The seat is oscillatable about a pivot axis (X) extending in a transverse direction in the base member. The relay member is pivotably supported at one end thereof by the pivot axis and at the other end by the base member through a cushion spring (10). A seat lift-up spring (12) is disposed between an underside of the seat and the base member for receiving part of the weight of the seat. The seat unoccupied by the operator is oscillated to a floating position lifted from the relay member by the lift-up spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Kubota Corporation
    Inventors: Akifumi Nishino, Ryuji Kitagawa, Kenzo Ushiro, Hiroki Fukudome
  • Patent number: 6878360
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for production of vapor-phase growth carbon fibers. The apparatus can continuously produce these carbon fibers for a long time without blocking a furnace of tubular reactor of the apparatus. Also disclosed is a process for production of carbon fibers by means of the apparatus, a device for preventing deposition of carbon fibers on an inside of a furnace of tubular reactor, and vapor-phase growth carbon fibers produced in the apparatus. The vapor-phase growth carbon fibers include carbon nanofibers and/or carbon nanotubes. The apparatus includes a furnace of tubular reactor, at an end of which a feedstock-supplying nozzle is provided, and a discharge pipe inserted in the furnace of tubular reactor, the top end of which faces the opening of the nozzle and the bottom end discharges the carbon fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Nikkiso Company Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Ohsaki, Fumio Kawamura
  • Patent number: 6875201
    Abstract: In an eye drops container, a barrel portion 2 in the form of a flexible hollow cylinder defines a dent portion 7 which can be gripped with two fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Santen Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoichi Kawashima, Yukio Kusu, Hiroshi Yamada
  • Patent number: D503643
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Arad Measuring Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Dan Winter
  • Patent number: PP15723
    Abstract: A new and distinct rootstock variety of Prunus named ‘VSL-2’ that is characterized by an absence of suckers, a vigorous growth habit, pink flowers, the ability to serve well as rootstock that is compatible with all other cherries, and the ability to propagate well by softwood cuttings, stool beds and meristem cuttings in vitro. In combination these traits set the new cultivar apart from all other existing varieties of Prunus rootstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Krymsk Breeding Station
    Inventor: Guennadi Eremin