Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm William J. Sapone
  • Patent number: 6782909
    Abstract: A matric potential responder which includes a liquid absorbing swellable nonliquid material (115) held within a housing (114) of a ceramic material environ such as soil, to the material (115), being subject to a compressive force such as a spring (116). This uses balance of compressive force as compared to tension of the soil matric potential being used to control a position of a valve (119) which is arranged to effect an output such as control of a mains water valve (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Clive Lindsay Ragless
  • Patent number: 6780316
    Abstract: A drinking water filter assembly has a filter cartridge which includes a filter element contained in a pressure vessel for unitary disposal, the cartridge received on a base containing attachment fittings for ease in installation and replacement with limited exposure to contaminants during a filter change. A flow powered flow meter is provided which measures the quantity of flow through the filter for alerting the user to replace the filter cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Professional Dental Manufacturing
    Inventors: Ronald W. Haynes, David William Sale, Randall May
  • Patent number: 6781966
    Abstract: In the present invention, a forward direction power control method using a backward direction power control sub-channel for a mobile communication system is disclosed. The method according to the present invention is directed to rapidly and effectively controlling the power of a base station transmission signal using a power control, sub-channel in a backward direction pilot channel when performing an outer loop and inner loop in a mobile station of a mobile communication system which adapts an IS-2000 CDMA method and rapidly coping with a channel environment and forward direction wireless environment for thereby decreasing the power of a transmission signal of the base station and increasing the capacity of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Jin Sook Kim
  • Patent number: 6776754
    Abstract: A cardiac insert or implant is deployed in a patient's heart so as to reduce ventricular volume, thereby improving cardiac function. The insert or implant may be a compressive device such as a tensile member inserted into the patient's heart, and thereafter operated or deployed to bring opposite walls of a ventricle of the patient's heart into at least approximate contact with one another to thereby constrict and close off a lower portion of that ventricle. The compressive device or tensile member is insertable into the patient heart via a catheter threaded through the patient's vascular system and into the patient's heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Wilk Patent Development Corporation
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 6773063
    Abstract: An operating principle or method and a construction for small chairs that can be utilized by children to form playthings at home or at the nursery, crèche or kindergarten. When such chairs are being coupled with U-shaped clamps, a variety of doll's furniture can be created by the children themselves. The child's furniture is safe and easy to handle while assembling or disassembling them. Combinations of said chairs could form such playthings as barns, high rise buildings, doll houses, a doll's crib, a bed, a puppet theatre, a couch, an umpire seat and so on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Cornelis Eerkens
  • Patent number: 6772959
    Abstract: A constructive arrangement applied to an integrated thermostatic valve attached to its own housing has a hollow tubular-shaped body (1) projecting from a flange (2) with holes (3) for fixing screws, and a central opening (4) that determines the chamber mouth molded to the cavity of the body. There are two opposing lengthwise projections (6), which have a groove (7) near the chamber mouth, and another groove (8) near the mouth of the body (1), with the ends of a curved plate (9) fitted into the grooves (8). In the grooves (7) are fitted the ends of another plate (11). A sheet metal disk (12) is inserted into the internal rim of the mouth (4) of the chamber (5), having fixed to the end of the thermostatic valve, a washer (14) for supporting the disk (15) that has a hole where the terminal of the aforementioned thermostatic valve is housed and moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Wahler Metalurgica Ltda
    Inventor: João José Cardinali Ieda
  • Patent number: 6763526
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an air vent structure for an inner air discharge of a helmet adapted to protect a user's head when a user rides a motorcycle, and in particular to an air vent structure for a helmet which is capable of preventing a breath steam from forming in an inner surface of a shield by installing an air vent in lower both sides of a shield installed in a front side of a helmet and accurately adjusting an opening and closing degree of an air vent. It is a primary object of the present invention to provide an air vent structure for a helmet which is capable of discharging an inner air based on the flow of an air of an air vent by installing an air vent at both lower sides of a shield of a helmet, improving a structure of an air flow of an air vent and accurately adjusting the amount of flowing air, and it is possible to adjust the flowing amount of air based on a helmet user's condition and a state of an inner and outer side of a helmet for thereby implementing a pleasant state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: HJC Co., LTD
    Inventor: Seong-Kug Hong
  • Patent number: 6762830
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laser surveying apparatus including a body, a platform pivotally supported by the body about a first axis, a drive pivotally supported by the platform about a second axis transverse to the first axis, a head rotatably supported by the drive to rotate about a third axis transverse to the second axis, and a semiconductor laser supported by the head to project laser radiation transverse the third axis. Electrical power to the laser is supplied via rotatable connections thereby allowing the weight of a power source to be omitted from the rotating head. Selective adjustments of the head allow the laser to rotate in a horizontal plane, a vertical plane or an inclined plane. Selective adjustment of the platform permits the laser to irradiate in a vertical plane at differing horizontal angles so facilitating marking out of buildings, fences etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Michael Connolly
  • Patent number: 6758322
    Abstract: According to a method for transferring blister packs to a feeding line of a packaging machine, a series of blister packs arranged in a line at a cutting station is picked-up and arranged in alignment with receiving and moving means, adjacent to the cutting station. The series of blister packs is released simultaneously, so that a first blister pack, situated in a foremost position falls onto the receiving and moving mechanism and the further blister packs of the series of blister packs fall onto support elements, carried by a selective releasing member and disposed above the receiving and moving mechanism. The support elements are operated selectively, so as to release, one by one and in succession, the further blister packs aligned and regularly spaced apart, onto the receiving and moving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 6755861
    Abstract: A method of breast reconstruction utilizes a breast prosthesis having a plurality of chambers or compartments distributed through a body member or shell in the form of a breast. The chambers are disposed along the superior, lateral and inferior surfaces, as well as in the interior, of the body member. The chambers are differentially pressurized or filled in order to control the shape of the prosthesis upon implantation thereof. Valves are provided for regulating the flow of fluid into and from the chambers. The prosthesis and the fill levels of the respective chambers may be selected by computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Granit Medical Innovation, Inc.
    Inventor: Naomi Nakao
  • Patent number: 6753019
    Abstract: A food supplement which has beneficial effects for bowel health, and a method of preparing the food supplement are disclosed. The food supplement is derived from fiber extracts from two or more types of fruit or vegetables. The fiber extracts have a majority of soluble solids removed therefrom. The two or more types of fruit or vegetable may be selected from the group consisting of grape, citrus, apple, tomato, carrot, mango, cranberry, papaya, banana, pineapple, kiwi fruit, spinach and melon. The beneficial effects for bowel health are manifest in an increase in levels of short chain fatty acids (SCFA's) in the colon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Food Ingredients Technologies Intangibles (Bermuda) Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Lang, Derek Denton, Anthony R Bird, David Topping
  • Patent number: 6751927
    Abstract: A machine for producing so-called strip packs includes: a station for feeding products to a packaging group, situated in cascade, which places and seals each of the products in relative heat-welded pockets, arranged on a continuous band; an operating station, situated in cascade with respect to the packaging group, equipped with: means for printing and/or applying codified data and/or information on each pocket; feeling detecting means for verifying the presence of corresponding products inside each pocket; pre-cutting groups for transversal precutting of the continuous band; cutting groups for longitudinal and transversal cutting of the continuous band; a compensation magazine, interposed between the packaging group and the operating station, and aimed at allowing, at least partial, accumulation of the continuous band. The continuous band is moved stepwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Packservice S.r.l.
    Inventor: Antonio Battisti
  • Patent number: 6752257
    Abstract: A device for transferring blister packs to the feeding line of a packaging machine includes a pick-up member capable of picking-up a series of blister packs disposed in reciprocal alignment at the blister packs cutting station and releasing this series of blister packs in alignment with a conveyor situated adjacent to the cutting station. A blister packs selective releasing device is situated above the conveyor and is equipped with support elements for receiving in support the blister packs picked-up by the pick-up member and operated selectively to release the blister packs, disposed in reciprocal alignment and orderly spaced apart, onto the conveyor. A stepwise rotating carrousel is situated at the outlet of said conveyor and is equipped with gripping members capable of picking-up the blister packs from the conveyor and transferring the blister packs, one by one, to a feeding line arranged perpendicular with respect to the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Marchesini Group S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Monti
  • Patent number: 6750564
    Abstract: A compact non-contact electrical switch for use in an electrical box mounted on a wall has a capacitance sensor for detecting a presence of a hand placed adjacent to the switch and for generating a first data bit, and a CPU for receiving the data bit and for calculating a power output in response to the first data bit The CPU generates a control signal for controlling a triac or relay and thus the power supplied to an electrical circuit passing through the box, for on/off and optionally dimmer control responsive to the proximity of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Marko Cencur
  • Patent number: D493204
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: John Frank
  • Patent number: D493707
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Codan Gummi A/S
    Inventor: Jan Rasmussen
  • Patent number: D493950
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: BCNY International
    Inventor: M. Bruce Cagner
  • Patent number: D494081
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Allstar Marketing Group, LLC
    Inventor: Howard Boilen
  • Patent number: D494327
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Conet Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Sung-Uk Song
  • Patent number: D495065
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: IND.I.A. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Bruno Gonzato