Patents Represented by Attorney Wendy K. Chamberlain, Hrdlicka et al. Buskop
  • Patent number: 5870857
    Abstract: The method and apparatus include an insert for increasing the aesthetic value of a floral box. The insert has a bottom wall being substantially rectangular in shape, a first end wall and a second end wall. The first end wall is parallel and equal in length to the second end wall. The first end wall and the second end wall extend from the bottom wall. There is a first side wall and a second side wall. The first side wall is parallel and equal in length to the second side wall. The first side wall and the second side wall extend from the bottom wall. The first end wall, the second end wall, the first side wall and the second side wall diverge away from the bottom wall. The insert is made from a colored plastic material. The insert is formed by placing a piece of plastic on a heated mold that has the desired shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Formtex Plastics Corporation
    Inventor: Frank Yerich
  • Patent number: 5865989
    Abstract: A process for sweetening high mercaptan content gasoline or other liquid hydrocarbons is disclosed which utilizes aqueous caustic solution. A recycle stream is used to increase the conversion potential by reducing the relative mercaptan concentration of the untreated gasoline. Part of the treated gasoline effluent is recycled to the untreated feed. The treated gasoline has a low mercaptan concentration while the untreated gasoline is high in mercaptans. As the two streams combine, the feed to the unit becomes less concentrated in mercaptan compounds. In effect, the mercaptan concentration of the untreated gasoline has been diluted by the treated gasoline. Nitrogen inhibits the solubility of oxygen into gasoline. Nitrogen present in the recycle stream would create a system high in nitrogen and low in oxygen. By increasing the level of nitrogen, oxygen is limited in its ability to complete the sweetening reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Star Enterprise
    Inventors: John Clifton Cooper, Marc Daniel McConnell, Adam Richard Pawloski
  • Patent number: 5862761
    Abstract: A scamp and a scamp housing with a scamp having a base with casters, a telescoping column attached to the base, a locking mechanism to secure the telescoping column at a predetermined height, a podium hingedly attached to column, and a locking mechanism to secure the podium at a predetermined attitude, and the scamp house being composed of two "U" shaped frames with a desktop attached to the top ends of the "U" frames, a shelf attached near the base of the "U" frames, a slot provided in the shelf to accommodate the column of the scamp such that the base of the scamp fits underneath the shelf and the podium of the scamp fits underneath the desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Balt, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorraine Moore
  • Patent number: 5856361
    Abstract: A composition containing capsaicin together with another ingredient to neutralize the discomfort resulting from the application of capsaicin to the skin can be used to treat many types of discomforts, including musculo-skeletal pain, neuralgia and neurpathies, without the discomfort normally associated with the topical application of capsaicin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Medical Merchandising, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen D. Holt, Timothy R. Laughlin
  • Patent number: 5855767
    Abstract: A process for saturating aromatics in a lube range hydrocarbon is disclosed. The process can be used to raise the viscosity index of the lube range products. The process is carried out over a noble metal catalyst under mild process conditions. The catalyst is resistant to sulfur and nitrogen compounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Star Enterprise
    Inventors: John Robert Powers, Gerald Foley Prescott, James Roger Whiteman
  • Patent number: 5846023
    Abstract: Non-abrasive pads are attached to the at least one side of concrete elements with nylon rivets that are embedded into the concrete when the latter is soft. A flexible rope is laced through the center of each element in two directions to form a mat in a row-column array. Adequate spacing is provided between each element to allow the mat to conform to an uneven seabed and cover the underwater installation. The non-abrasive pads separate the concrete elements from the underwater installation to prevent the concrete elements from scratching and ablating the delicate underwater installations. Grooves are provided in selected elements, and loops are provided at the outer edges of the mat to enable several mats to be linked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Submar, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Angel, Robbie Boudreaux
  • Patent number: 5845586
    Abstract: A computer workstation that has an adjustable keyboard support is described. The workstation has a base having an upper end, a lower end, and a leg assembly. There is top having a bottom surface attached to the upper end of the base. A keyboard support having a longitudinal axis is pivotally attached to the top. The workstation is designed so that the keyboard support can be adjusted in height as well as angularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Balt, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorraine Moore
  • Patent number: 5826610
    Abstract: A breakaway coupling device is provided having a male and female valve body. The female valve body, a plurality of boltholes extending therethrough, and a plurality of boreholes extending therethrough. The female valve body further defines a first cavity traversing the female valve body. The male valve body has a plurality of flange pairs and a plurality of boreholes aligned with the boreholes in the female valve body. There are a plurality of tie bolts attached to the female valve body through the plurality of boltholes. The tie bolts are received by the plurality of flange pairs on the male valve body. There are a plurality of shear pins. Each one of the plurality of shear pins intersects each flange pair and each one of the plurality of tie bolts at an angle perpendicular to the tie bolts thereby connecting the male valve body to the female valve body. There are plurality of guide pins closely received by the boreholes in the male valve body and the female valve body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Vita International, Inc.
    Inventor: James Bodhaine
  • Patent number: 5806098
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a necktie comprising a wide end with a front side and a back side, a narrow end with a front side and a back side. The necktie has a means for connecting the wide end to the narrow end, and a means for forming a pocket on the back side of the wide end. A method for securing valuables in a pocket attached to the back of a necktie is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventors: Robert McKinnon, Jolene McMaster
  • Patent number: 5802189
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an electromechanical transducer for producing sound in response to an audio signal. The transducer has a generally rectangular enclosure, a diaphragm, a cylinder, a drive shaft, a lever means, and a motor means. The diaphragm is associated with the cylinder. The outer diameter of the diaphragm is substantially similar to the inside diameter of the cylinder. The diaphragm is slidably associated with the cylinder. The motor has the characteristic of rotating in response to the application of electric current from an audio source. The characteristic of rotating is limited to an arc having an angle of less than 180 degrees. Thus the motor can make only fractional rotations upon the application of electric current. A method for producing sound in response to an audio signal is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Samick Music Corporation
    Inventor: Clifford L. Blodget
  • Patent number: 5797761
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the present invention, there is provided a female power connector for connecting to a power cable. The power connector is designed to couple a male surface connector to a downhole pumping system. The power connector has a substantially cylindrical piece of pre-molded insulating material, a substantially tubular bushing designed to engage a coupling nut, a coupling nut for engaging a surface connector, and a sleeve. The cylindrical piece has a longitudinal axis, an outside surface defining an outside diameter, a first end, a second end, and a means for creating a fluid tight barrier adjacent to the second end. The cylindrical piece further defines a plurality of substantially circular cavities extending from the first end to the second end parallel to the longitudinal axis. Each channel has an inside surface defining an inside diameter. The bushing engages the coupling nut and the sleeve when the secondary molding is in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1998
    Assignee: Kemlon Products & Development Company
    Inventor: Russell K. Ring
  • Patent number: 5781004
    Abstract: A pallet and a method of operation is provided with electrical signal and power connections so that burn-in and other quality assurance testing can be completed without removing the product unit from the pallet and the pallet can be redirected to subsequent, modified production operations based upon the results of the testing. The pallet is also fitted with a memory device that retains inventory and testing information related to the product unit placed on the pallet. The memory device can be read by, or written to, a router at various locations along the assembly process. The router can access the inventory and testing information about the product unit and can write unit-specific instructions to the memory device to redirect the product unit for subsequent unit-specific production operations. The pallet is also provided with electrical, fluid, and gas connections in order to facilitate testing of the product units placed on the pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: PFI Vacuum Forming, Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Robinson Gaete
  • Patent number: 5766049
    Abstract: This nautical buoy is used to monitor the surface projection of a deployed anchor by floating above the anchor. This is accomplished by a connecting tether-line (16) from the buoy to the trip-eye of an anchor (48) attached using a shackle (18). As the anchor is lowered using the vessel's normal ground tackle, the tether-line (16) is deployed by unreeling from the buoy until the anchor rests on the bottom. The tether-line (16) is then secured from further deployment using a tether-line restraining tab (19) and the buoy is tossed overboard so as to float above the deployed anchor. A steady or flashing, light can be affixed to the top of the buoy to identify its location in subdued-light conditions. The buoy can also assist in retrieving an anchor, while aboard the vessel, that has been fouled on bottom vegetation, rocks, and/or other debris. Retrieving the anchor is accomplished by pulling on the tether-line (16), thus applying tensional forces nearly opposite to the frictional forces fouling the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Dana Letourneau
  • Patent number: 5765643
    Abstract: Apparatus for injecting tubing into a well having a tubing storage means and an injector device with a means for applying variable pressure to the coil tubing. The injector device is designed to accommodate tubing with couplings and other downhole tools without damaging the tubing. Also provided is a method of injecting and retrieving a length of coil tubing having couplings and other downhole tools that is tubing friendly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Assignee: Vita International, Inc.
    Inventors: Khaled Shaaban, Wally S. McClanahan, James Bodhaine
  • Patent number: 5763279
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus and method of use for a new simply constructed bioreactor made at least partially of gas permeable materials. The bioreactor is useful for culturing cells and tissues in suspension in a liquid nutrient medium with minimum turbulence. The bioreactor may include ports for easy access to the vessel culture, allowing the growth substrate to be varied for optimum performance. A method for culturing cells using the disclosed bioreactor is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Synthecon, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray P. Schwarz, Charles D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5749608
    Abstract: A lateral connector for a tube assembly has a modular unit which can be used to establish a lateral connection through the sidewall of a tubular member positioned around it. The modular unit has a carrier ring, a coupling element, and a carrier body. The coupling element can move radially but not axially. The carrier ring has generally cylindrical inside and outside surfaces. The coupling element is carried by the carrier ring. The coupling element has a longitudinal axis which is generally radially positioned with respect to the longitudinal axis of the carrier ring. The coupling element has an inner end and an outer end and the outer end has a sealing face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Assignee: Kvaerner Oilfield Products
    Inventors: Robert Lee Wilkins, Steven Dwayne Gullion, Charles Edward Jones
  • Patent number: D394925
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: Keith A. Robinson
  • Patent number: D395641
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: PFI Vacuum Forming Inc.
    Inventor: Jorge Robinson Gaete
  • Patent number: D396576
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: Balt, Inc.
    Inventor: Lorraine Moore
  • Patent number: D402444
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Inventor: Daniel W. Ball