Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Wendy Buskop
  • Patent number: 6835697
    Abstract: A method to significantly reduce mounding on the seafloor near oil drilling operations comprising the steps of: mixing drilling fluids with organic contaminates in a high shear mixer; adding a solidification agent which expands when hydrated and electrolytically attracts said organic contaminates to its surface; adding a cellulosic additive in an amount between 1 and 50 wt % based on the amount of said organic contaminate in the drilling fluid forming a mixture; adding a cell transport agent in an amount between 0.5 wt % and 10 wt % based on the amount of said organic contaminate in the drilling fluid, wherein said cell transport agent is capable of transporting large organic molecules through cell walls and neutralizing said mixture to a pH of between 7 and 8 to said mixture; and mixing at a high shear rate until said mixture forms a fine powder, dispersing said fine powder into the sea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: James Richard Von Krosigk
  • Patent number: 6834188
    Abstract: A method of using a satellite based handheld phone system for generating a telephone call from a maritime vessel using a handheld unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Govind Prasad Menon
  • Patent number: 6823942
    Abstract: The invention is a tree saver apparatus for preventing excess pressure on a Christmas tree for a well, wherein the Christmas tree has tubing, a master valve, a top valve, a second master valve, a wing valve, and wherein the apparatus has a connection with at least 3 outlets connected to the cylinder, a frac wing valve connected to the connection with at least 3 outlets, a frac valve connected to the connection with at least 3 outlets, a mandrel connected to the piston rod, a landing bowl connected to the top valve, and a hydraulic system with a piston, a cylinder, an upper plunger, and a hand wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Harvey McGee
  • Patent number: 6826535
    Abstract: The invention is a method for reducing fraud in a healthcare program by registering a service provider with a private healthcare provider and issuing a service provider identification codes, registering at least one service of the service provider with the private healthcare provider and identifying a claim code for each registered service; issuing a smart card to an individual related to a benefits program of the private healthcare provider wherein the individual has an identification code and the smart card has a feature to identify the individual; using the smart card to determine if the individual is the authorized card bearer and is eligible for the healthcare program; using the smart card to determine if a service provider is preauthorized to provide a registered product under the private healthcare provider program; and using the smart card to facilitate a transmission between the service provider and the private healthcare provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventors: Richard Glee Wood, Wesley Jack White, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6826537
    Abstract: A method reducing fraud in a government healthcare program is described herein. The method includes registering a service provider with a healthcare provider and issuing a service provider identification code, registering at least one service of the service provider with the government sponsored healthcare provider and identifying a claim code for each registered service, issuing a code based on data from a biometric reading, a keypad entry with a PIN code, or an electronic signature pad entry to an individual related to a benefits program of the healthcare provider; using the code to determine if the individual is eligible for the healthcare program and performing three transmissions of information to reduce fraud in the systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventors: Richard Glee Wood, Wesley Jack White, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6821637
    Abstract: A building material adapted for controlling growth of vegetative fungi from spores having a compressed calcium sulfate layer, a paper layer over the sulfate layer, an adhesive for securing the paper layer to the sulfate layer; an amount of a salt of formic acid disposed on the paper layer thereby forming drywall with an ionic lattice on the surface to prevent vegetative growth from fungi spores, and a paint, an adhesive, a sealant, and an insulation each containing an antifungal amount of a salt of formic acid, such as potassium formate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventors: James Richard Von Krosigk, Thomas E. Peterson
  • Patent number: 6820422
    Abstract: The invention is a method for retrofitting a power plant that reduces the consumption of fossil fuel using compressed heated air by retrofitting the power plant by adding at least three heat exchangers, a vessel, a pump, and control system to the power plant, wherein the first heat exchanger receives compressed heated air from a power source and produces heated heat exchange fluid, a second heat exchanger heats a hydrocarbon flow that drives a turbine coupled to a generator, wherein the generator produces power and exhaust gases, wherein the method entails pumping a heat exchange fluid through a first heat exchanger; exchanging heat with compressed heated air; splitting heated fluid flow into a second and third heat exchanger; flowing the heated fluid through a second heat exchanger exchanging heat with a hydrocarbon flow; flowing the heated fluid from the first to third heat exchanger; and using the vessel to accommodate fluid thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Linney, Michael B. Bibb, Timothy Ray Bauer
  • Patent number: 6820423
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a method for retrofitting a power plant that reduces the consumption of fossil fuel using compressed heated air by retrofitting the power plant by adding at least three heat exchangers, a vessel, a pump, and a control system to the power plant, wherein the first heat exchanger receives compressed heated air from a power source and produces heated heat exchange fluid and a second heat exchanger heats a hydrocarbon flow that drives a turbine coupled to a generator in the power plant, wherein the generator produces power and exhaust gases, wherein the method entails pumping a heat exchange fluid through a first heat exchanger; exchanging heat with compressed heated air; splitting heated fluid flow into a second heat exchanger and a vessel; flowing the heated fluid through a second heat exchanger exchanging heat with a hydrocarbon flow; flowing the heated fluid from the vessel to a third heat exchanger; and using the vessel to accommodate fluid thermal expansion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventors: Jonathan W. Linney, Michael B. Bibb, Timothy Ray Bauer
  • Patent number: 6820059
    Abstract: The method for reducing fraud in a non-health government benefit program entails by registering a service provider with a non-health government agency and issuing a service provider identification code, registering at least one service of the service provider with the non-health government agency and identifying a claim code for each registered service; issuing a smart card to an individual related to a benefits program of the non-health government agency wherein the individual has an identification code and the smart card has a feature to identify the individual; using the smart card to determine if the individual is the authorized card bearer and is eligible for the non-health government benefit program; using the smart card to determine if a service provider is preauthorized to provide a registered product under the non-health government program; and using the smart card to facilitate a transmission between the service provider and the non-health government agency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventors: Richard Glee Wood, Wesley Jack White, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6820058
    Abstract: The invention is a method for accelerating the provision of funds to a service provider for medical insurance using a smart card by a person obtaining medical insurance coverage from an insurer and obtaining a contract from the service provider, creating a smart card, using the smart card to see if the user is eligible for funds, to see if the medical service is preauthorized, and to see if service provider is preauthorized, transmitting acknowledgment of services from service provider to insurer, transmitting amount from insurer to service provider, transmitting acknowledgement of amount from service provider to insurer, and transferring payment quickly from insurer to service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventors: Richard Glee Wood, Wesley Jack White, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6809067
    Abstract: A composition for oil and gas drilling fluids containing organic contaminants comprising: a solidification agent; cell transport agent; a cellulosic additive; and wherein said composition comprises enough solidification agent to enable the solidification agent to electrolytically attract the organic contaminates to the surface of the solidification agent when hydrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: James Richard Von Krosigk
  • Patent number: 6799528
    Abstract: The integrated and self contained diesel hydraulic thruster system integral has a dynamic positioning control system for dynamic positioning of any waterborne vessel having a hull with at least two sides and a deck connecting the sides, at least two removably mounted azimuthing thrusters, at least two self-contained diesel hydraulic power units removably secured to the deck, one for each thruster, at least one dynamic positioning computer connected to each of the self contained diesel hydraulic power units, at least one motion reference sensor connected to the dynamic positioning computer to correct reference position signals for motion of the vessel, at least one heading sensor, and at least one sensor that is either a position reference sensor connected to the dynamic positioning computer, an environmental sensor connected to the dynamic positioning computer, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Joannes Raymond Mari Bekker
  • Patent number: 6797676
    Abstract: A composition and method for treating oil and gas drilling fluids containing organic contaminants comprising: a solidification agent, and a cell transport agent; wherein the composition comprises enough solidification agent to enable the solidification agent to electrolytically attract the organic contaminates to the surface of the solidification agent when hydrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: James Richard Von Krosigk
  • Patent number: 6797675
    Abstract: A composition and method for treating oil and gas drilling fluids containing organic contaminants comprising: a solidification agent and a cellulosic additive; and wherein the composition comprises enough solidification agent to enable the solidification agent to electrolytically attract the organic contaminates to the surface of the solidification agent when hydrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Inventor: James Richard Von Krosigk
  • Patent number: 6775944
    Abstract: The invention is a method of fishing by attaching a hook to a fishing line, attaching the hook to the flexible fishing lure, engaging the hook to a solid rod of the fishing lure, through an egg sack connected to the rod, wherein the egg sack forms an angle between 60 and 90 degrees, wherein the flexible fishing lure has two legs and wherein the rod, first and second legs have substantially identical conical shapes with substantially identical outer diameters, and wherein the egg sack has a cylindrical shape with an outer diameter 0.01 to 0.05 mm larger than the outer diameter of the rod and the two legs, then casting the lure through various types of cover, placing the lure in the strike zone causing reaction strikes from the fish without entangling the cover while maintaining a natural presentation to the bait, and bouncing the lure multi-directionally through the cover and creating vibration in the water without entangling the hook and the lure in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Nyles Kelley Jones, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6763898
    Abstract: The invention is a multiple lift hoist system for a drilling vessel and use on land made of a mast with a top side and a base connected to a drilling vessel, wherein the mast has a hollow construction for supporting a first and second hoisting device at the top side, a lift system with a first hoisting device located in a first firing line that manipulates a first drill string and s second hoisting device located in a second firing line that manipulates a second drill string both hoisting devices move the strings in the longitudinal direction of the mast, and a plurality of cables and winches disposed in the hollow construction to manipulate the position of the first and second hoisting devices relative to the mast so the first and second firing lines are accessible from the outside of the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Adriaan Jan Roodenburg, Johannes Jozef Zwetsloot
  • Patent number: 6761227
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus for aerating soil proximate to a plant with root system using a hand drill system, made of a polymer drill bit having a shaft with a vertical axis that is generally cylndrically shaped having a connector end and a drill end, an indentation in the drill bit between one-fourth and one-third of the overall length of the polymer drill bit from the drill end, and a drill with a connector to engage the polymer drill bit for forming a bore hole in soil adjacent a plant with root system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Tom William Messer
  • Patent number: 6745576
    Abstract: An apparatus for re-liquefying boil-off gas produced by liquid natural gas is described. The apparatus is made up of a collector, wherein the collector contains liquid natural gas, at least one first pump, wherein the first pump is in or adjacent to the liquid natural gas collector, a compressor, wherein the compressor communicates with the liquid natural gas (LNG) collector by a first conduit, at least one mixing device, wherein the mixing device communicates with the compressor by a second conduit, and wherein the mixing device communicates with the first pump by a third conduit, at least one separating device, wherein the separating device communicates with the mixing device by a fourth conduit, and wherein the separating device also communicates with the liquid natural gas (LNG) collector by a fifth conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Darron Granger
  • Patent number: 6736012
    Abstract: The invention is a safety device for a trapped volume space for use as overpressure protection made of a housing forming a chamber within a trapped volume space having a incompressible fluid, a compressible material disposed in the chamber, and a pressure relief component in communication with the compressible material and the incompressible fluid, wherein the pressure relief component is adapted to break at a predetermined point thereby increasing the trapped volume space by compressing the compressible material and resulting in a reduced pressure in the trapped volume space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignees: Aker Kvaerner Oilfield Products, Inc., Statoil ASA
    Inventors: Scott Kennedy Beall, Lorents Reinas
  • Patent number: 6729804
    Abstract: A Jack Up drilling rig having a deck capable of being used offshore made of a cantilever which is mounted so as to be moveable in a first direction and a second direction, a Multi Purpose Tower fixably mounted on the cantilever, a supporting cart disposed between the cantilever and the deck of the Jack Up drilling rig, and at least four friction reducing devices, wherein the Jack-Up drilling rig is also used in methods for installing and decommissioning drilling equipment on a sub-sea well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Itrec B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Robert Frodo Van Kuilenburg, Pieter Dirk Melis Van Duivendijk