Patents Represented by Law Firm Willian, Brinks, Olds, Hofer, Gilson & Lione
  • Patent number: 5262185
    Abstract: Fried chicken is prepared by marinating uncooked chicken parts and then searing in water to release fat from the chicken parts and to make the chicken parts tacky. Predust, batter and breading are then applied to the seared chicken parts and the coated chicken parts are fried in oil to set the coating with minimal oil absorption. Then the seared, coated and fried chicken parts are oven cooked until fully cooked and fat is removed from the chicken parts during the oven cooking step. The resulting product has been found to have no more than about 230 calories, 80 milligrams of cholesterol, and 10 grams of fat per 3.5 ounce portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: ConAgra, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Babka, Daniel P. Kvedoras, Charles Y. Park
  • Patent number: 5259723
    Abstract: A feeding device for down hole tubulars includes a frame which defines a support surface. First and second stops are arranged to reciprocate in stop guides between an upper position, in which the stops interrupt movement of a tubular, and a lower position in which the stops allow movement of the tubular. The stop guides are moveable relative to one another to adjust the separation between the stops as appropriate for tubulars of different diameters. A tilting actuator arm cycles the stops between upper and lower positions to control the feeding of tubulars along the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: W-N Apache Corporation
    Inventors: Clyde A. Willis, Gary T. Oatman
  • Patent number: 5260905
    Abstract: The multi-port memory of the present invention is provided with a random port for describing the graphic data, a first serial port for reading the data to be displayed, and a second serial port for writing the dynamic picture image data and which has a transfer mask register to transfer the dynamic picture image to a window. The multi-port memory enables multi-window display of the dynamic picture images in a simple circuit structure, with ensuring high-speed erasure and scroll of the multi-window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshiki Mori
  • Patent number: 5260743
    Abstract: An electrophotographic apparatus having a first frame accommodating an exposure head which emits a light according to digital image data and a second frame accommodating a photosensitive member on which an electrostatic latent image is formed with a light emitted from the exposure head to the photosensitive member at an exposure portion. The first frame is openably supported by the second frame. When the first frame is opened relative to the second frame, the exposure head is released from the photosensitive member and thereby a document exposing unit including a transport system for transporting a document and an exposure optical system for exposing the photosensitive member to an optical image of the document being transported by the transport system is mountable at the exposure portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masashi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 5258581
    Abstract: A radial combination weighing machine having a nutating distribution disc that imparts a radially outward directional force to product that is deposited on its upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Triangle Package Machinery Company
    Inventors: Larry N. Pearce, Ryszard B. Kozyra
  • Patent number: 5257521
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cutting a pipe includes first knife means having a cutting edge adjacent a surface of the pipe and second knife means having a cutting edge adjacent an opposite surface of the pipe. To cut the pipe, the first knife means is moved into an overlapping relation with the second knife means such that a first portion of the pipe is cut, the first knife means is retracted and rotated about the axis of the pipe into a position adjacent a second uncut portion thereof, and the first knife means is again moved into an overlapping relation with the second knife means such that a second portion of the pipe is cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Spiro America, Inc.
    Inventor: Wilhelmus P. H. Castricum
  • Patent number: 5258858
    Abstract: An optical scanner is disclosed that includes light transmitting and receiving optical fibers to illuminate and scan an image to be copied, transmitted or stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Inventor: Vincent Chow
  • Patent number: 5258580
    Abstract: A combination weighing machine that discharges individual batches of product into a collecting hopper in a weight sensitive sequential order and/or in weight sensitive timing between batches order to avoid clogging at the outlet of the collecting hopper and enhances the efficiency, reliability and speed of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Assignee: Triangle Package Machinery Company
    Inventor: Steven P. Bergholt
  • Patent number: 5256432
    Abstract: A pizza toppings disk as well as a method of making a pizza toppings disk and a method of making a pizza using a toppings disk are disclosed. In accordance with the present invention a pizza toppings disk is made by combining a quantity of cheese with a plurality of pizza toppings that may include but are not limited to the following items: sliced meats, ground meats, and vegetables, as well as combinations thereof. The quantity of cheese and selected pizza toppings are combined into a layer that is appropriately shaped to be placed on a pizza shell. The cheese and the selected pizza toppings are fused together to form a pizza toppings disk that may be stored for subsequent use in assembling a pizza. In making a pizza in accordance with the present invention a pizza toppings disk is placed on a uncooked pizza shell and the pizza toppings disk and uncooked pizza shell are then baked to produce a cooked pizza.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Pizza Hut, Inc.
    Inventors: Jane M. McDonald, Lynn R. Bingham, Lori B. Higgins, Kathryn M. Jennings, Susan Koeppe, Edward O'Neill
  • Patent number: 5255497
    Abstract: A form-fill-seal machine, for converting a continuous sheet of sealable film into bags, filling and then sealing the bags, in which the vertical forming tube is fabricated from a rectangular sheet of stainless steel material by making a plurality of equal angle and equal spaced bends in the stainless steel material and joining the ends together with a butt weld such that the vertical forming tube has a regular polygon cross section
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Triangle Package Machinery Co.
    Inventors: Maynard J. Zoromski, Kraig L. Klopfenstein
  • Patent number: 5256027
    Abstract: A lifting apparatus to be attached to a side of a garbage collection truck. The apparatus comprises a series of linkages mounted to a mounting member attached to the vehicle. A plurality of suction cups is provided on a garbage bin securing member. A vacuum supply to the suction cups is actuated by means of a trip switch mounted adjacent to the suction cups. The trip switch is activated as it abuts the side of a garbage bin. The vacuum supply is disconnected as the bin securing member returns past a predetermined position. In a preferred embodiment, the securing member is mounted on lateral shift rails to allow for positional adjustment of the bin securing member relative to the bin. The apparatus is adapted to raise a garbage bin from a position generally adjacent the truck to a raised and inverted position adjacent to an entry chute of a garbage compactor of the garbage truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Stevelift Pty Ltd A.C.N.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Guest
  • Patent number: 5256557
    Abstract: A highly purified alkaline protease preparation is produced by separating a mixture containing amorphous form and crystalline form of alkaline protease from ultrafiltrate containing impurities, through a method which includes the incubation of an aqueous alkaline protease concentrate with sodium chloride and carbohydrate hydrolyse enzymes at an elevated temperature greater than 20.degree. C. and a pH between pH 4.0 and pH 6.5 at constant agitation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Solvay Enzymes, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayarama K. Shetty, Chimanbhai P. Patel, Mary A. Nicholson
  • Patent number: 5255595
    Abstract: A cookie maker includes a housing having a lid and a base, a heat conducting element supported within the lid of the housing, a cookie pan disposed within the base of the housing, and a heating element supported within the housing and operative to heat the cookie pan. The cookie pan and the heat conducting element cooperate to define a baking cavity having a height in the range of 0.5 inches to 2 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: The Rival Company
    Inventor: David T. Higgins
  • Patent number: 5255030
    Abstract: A camera is capable of switching normal photographing mode and panoramic photographing mode to each other and has a view finder for checking a photographing range. The view finder includes a visual frame display device, a device for varying magnification of the view finder, a control device. The visual frame display device switches a visual frame for displaying the normal photographing mode and a visual frame for displaying the panoramic photographing mode. The control device switches the visual frame display device from the visual frame for displaying the normal photographing mode to the visual frame for displaying the panoramic photographing mode and allows the magnification varying device to increase the magnification of the view finder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiromu Mukai, Kohtaro Hayashi, Jun Ishihara
  • Patent number: 5255034
    Abstract: A camera according to the present invention is a camera which feeds a film from a film feed opening of a patrone chamber and it includes a film feeder for feeding the film drawn from the film feed opening to a spool chamber through a film exposure portion, a detector for detecting whether or not the fed film passes through the film exposure portion, and a controller for controlling operation of the film feeder in response to an output of the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahisa Shimada, Junichi Tanii, Ikushi Nakamura, Masaaki Chikasaki, Sadafusa Tsuji
  • Patent number: 5254485
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method for manufacturing a bipolar semiconductor device in which emitter region and active base region are formed by implanting impurities of first and second conduction types in a first semiconductor region of the first conduction type to be a collector through a non-single crystalline semiconductor thin film, a second semiconductor thin film is formed on the first semiconductor thin film, and an impurity of the first conduction type is introduced in the second semiconductor thin film after patterning the first and second semiconductor thin film so as to form an emitter electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Mizuki Segawa, Shuichi Kameyama, Hiroshi Shimomura, Atsushi Hori
  • Patent number: 5253431
    Abstract: A linear measurement device having a digital readout provides rapid and direct measurement of center-to-center, center-to-edge and edge-to-edge distances. The device includes an endpiece assembly secured to an elongate beam. A slider assembly is disposed on the beam for bi-directional translation therealong and includes an electronic distance measuring and readout assembly. The endpiece assembly and the slider assembly each include portions of three sets of locating structures which cooperate to position the slider relative to the beam to effect linear measurement. A first set of locating structures comprises a pair of cones for locating the centers of circles and measuring therebetween. The second set of locating structures comprises a cone and a pin for measuring the distance of the center of a circle from an edge. The third set of locating structures includes two pairs of pins disposed in parallel spaced relationship for making edge-to-edge and diagonal measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Inventor: Quintin R. Smith
  • Patent number: 5254852
    Abstract: A helmet-mounted night vision system that is compact, light in weight and ejection-safe. The system incorporates a night vision goggles apparatus for receiving incoming infrared and/or visible light from a viewed object and for converting the incoming light to an intensified visible light for presentation to an eye of a user, a visor mounted to a helmet to be worn by the user and adapted to be positioned in front of the night vision goggles apparatus, and connecting structure for connecting the visor to the night vision goggles apparatus for retaining the visor in position in front of the night vision goggles apparatus. By ensuring that the visor is safely retained in front of and substantially fully covers the goggles apparatus at all times, the system of the invention is rendered ejection-safe. The system also provides the user with numerous other structural and operational advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Night Vision General Partnership
    Inventors: Danny Filipovich, Jack Fiore
  • Patent number: 5253757
    Abstract: A drawing receptacle can be adapted for use with the drawing output of such computer-directed printers, such as a laser printer. Such drawing receptacles can comprise a base, drawing retention means located about the base forming an open receptacle top and being adapted to retain drawings inserted into the open receptacle top, and a receptacle floor which is yieldably carried by the drawing receptacle above its base and within the drawing retention means and which is adapted to support drawing stacks of variable quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Ball State University
    Inventor: James S. Locker
  • Patent number: D340765
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: The Rival Company
    Inventors: Michael S. Joss, Stanley T. Gresens