Patents Represented by Attorney Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
  • Patent number: 7988391
    Abstract: An aircraft cargo restraint has a base configured for attachment to a cargo deck. A housing is rotatably mounted to the base about a first axis and is movable between an erect position and a stowed position. A head is movably disposed in the housing, and is movable between an extended position and a contracted position in directions that are substantially parallel to the first axis. The restraint includes a lock configured to releasably secure the housing in the erect position when the head is in the contracted position, and to permit movement of the head from the erect position to the stowed position when the head is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Greg Schulze
  • Patent number: 7984843
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton comprises a top panel, a bottom panel, a first side panel, a second side panel, a top end flap foldably connected to the top panel, and a side end flap foldably connected to one of the first side panel and the second side panel. The carton includes a handle in the closed end of the carton for grasping and carrying the carton. The side end flap comprises a main panel for closing the closed end of the carton and an extension panel foldably attached to the main panel an the top end flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard M. Cooper, Andrea Coltri De Paula
  • Patent number: 7984681
    Abstract: A system for automatically attaching a flanging material to the edges of a panel such as for a mattress, including a work table on which the panel is supported and a sewing assembly having a sewing machine located along a path of travel of the panel across the work table. The flanging material is fed from a supply of flanging material located adjacent the sewing assembly, and is attached to the side edges and about the corners of the panel by the sewing machine of the sewing assembly. A clamp mechanism engages and holds the panel as the sewing machine of the sewing assembly attaches the flanging material about the corners of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Atlanta Attachment Company
    Inventors: Warren Oxley, John S. Chamlee, Van H. Nguyen, Danny V. Murphy, John P. Phillips
  • Patent number: 7984647
    Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting ice particle accumulation is disclosed herein. In one exemplary implementation, a method for detecting ice is described in which a parameter within an interior volume of a heated conduit is measured. The method also includes detecting the presence of an accumulation of ice particles based on the parameter measured within the interior volume of the heated conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: John Albert Severson, Darren Jackson, Matthew J. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7984719
    Abstract: A filtered cigarette possesses at least one breakable capsule in its filter element. The filter element can possess a central cavity extending from the cigarette tobacco rod towards the middle of the filter element. The central cavity may be defined by an inner filter portion. The inner filter portion can be surrounded by an outer filter portion comprised of filter tow material that is generally permeable to the smoke generated by the cigarette. At least one breakable capsule is disposed in the central cavity of the filter element. The breakable capsules are spherical in shape, and are composed of a gelatin outer shell that encloses a payload of triglycerides and flavoring agents. The breakable capsules are adapted to rupture in response to pressure applied by the smoker to the outside region of the filter element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Michael Francis Dube, Kenneth Wayne Smith, Vernon Brent Barnes
  • Patent number: 7982168
    Abstract: Various constructs that absorb exudates and enhance browning and crisping of a food item during heating in a microwave oven are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott W. Middleton, Terrence P. Lafferty, William J. Schulz
  • Patent number: 7982720
    Abstract: A haptic feedback planar touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that inputs a position signal to a processor of the computer based on a location of user contact on the touch surface. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position signal, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user contacting the touch surface. The touch input device can be a touchpad separate from the computer's display screen, or can be a touch screen. Output haptic sensations on the touch input device can include pulses, vibrations, and spatial textures. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Louis B. Rosenberg, James R. Riegel
  • Patent number: 7982167
    Abstract: Various blanks are provided for forming sleeves, containers, and other constructs for heating, browning, and/or crisping of a food item in a microwave oven, and for holding and/or transporting the food item after heating. The various blanks, sleeves, containers, and other constructs include a removable portion defined by one or more lines of disruption that enable the removable portion to be separated from the remainder of the blank, sleeve, container, or other construct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventor: Kelly R. Fitzwater
  • Patent number: 7981946
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a substrate having one or more antimicrobial or antistatic properties. Such properties are imparted by applying a coating or film formed from a cationically-charged polymer composition. The polymer composition includes a noncationic ethylenically unsaturated monomer and an ethylenically unsaturated monomer capable of providing a cationic charge to the polymer composition. Optionally, the polymer composition includes a steric stabilization component incorporated into the cationically-charged polymer composition. The present invention also relates to a personal care product and polymeric material comprising a base polymer blended with the above cationically-charged polymer composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Mallard Creek Polymers, Inc.
    Inventor: Venkataram Krishnan
  • Patent number: 7981336
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates generally to the production of a predetermined ratio of multicomponent fibers in combination with monocomponent fibers or other multicomponent fibers, preferably through a spunbonding process. After extrusion, these fibers can produce a fiber network that is subsequently bonded to produce a nonwoven fabric comprising multiple types of fibers. The multicomponent fibers within the network may be processed to remove one component by dissolution or to split the individual components into separate fibers. As a result, the fabric will be comprised of fibers with a range of diameters (micro- or nano-denier fibers as well as higher denier fibers) such that the fibers will not pack as tightly as in a homogeneous nonwoven fabric produced from one type of monocomponent or multicomponent fiber. The present invention additionally relates to methods for producing nonwoven fabrics with increased loft, breathability, strength, compressive properties, and filtration efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventor: Behnam Pourdeyhimi
  • Patent number: 7981226
    Abstract: The subject matter disclosed herein relates generally to fabrics composed of micro-denier fibers wherein said fibers are formed as bicomponent fibrillated fiber. The energy is sufficient for fibrillating as well as entangling (bonding) the fibers. These fabrics can be woven or knitted and made from made from bicomponent islands in the sea fibers and filaments or can be nonwovens and formed by either spunbonding or through the use of bicomponent staple fibers formed into a web by any one of several means and bonded similarly to those used for the spunbonded filament webs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Nataliya V. Fedorova, Stephen R. Sharp
  • Patent number: 7978183
    Abstract: A haptic feedback planar touch control used to provide input to a computer. A touch input device includes a planar touch surface that inputs a position signal to a processor of the computer based on a location of user contact on the touch surface. The computer can position a cursor in a displayed graphical environment based at least in part on the position signal, or perform a different function. At least one actuator is also coupled to the touch input device and outputs a force to provide a haptic sensation to the user contacting the touch surface. The touch input device can be a touchpad separate from the computer's display screen, or can be a touch screen. Output haptic sensations on the touch input device can include pulses, vibrations, and spatial textures. The touch input device can include multiple different regions to control different computer functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Louis B. Rosenberg, James R. Riegel
  • Patent number: 7975871
    Abstract: A container has a base panel, at least one side panel extending upwardly from the base panel, and at least one end panel extending upwardly from the base panel. At least one corner is formed at a junction between the side panel and end panel. A flange extends laterally outward from the upper edges of at least one of the side panel, end panel, and corner. An injection-molded structure extends along at least a portion of the flange, the injection-molded structure includes a base portion adjacent the upper edges of the side wall and the end wall, a distal portion extending laterally outward from the base portion, and an indentation in the distal portion extending along at least a portion of the flange of the container. An apparatus for forming the container and a method of manufacturing are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick H. Wnek, James B. Kluz, Ronald P. Marx
  • Patent number: 7977050
    Abstract: A method mediated with in-vitro transcription (“IVT”) which permits miniaturization of multiplexed DNA and RNA analysis, and in which elongation-mediated multiplexed analysis of polymorphisms (eMAP®) is used as the analysis step, is described. Also described is a method mediated with IVT is for selecting a designated strand from T7-tagged double stranded DNA: wherein, the selected strand forms the template for RNA synthesis. In one embodiment, double stranded DNA incorporating the T7 (or other) promoter sequence at the 3? end or the 5? end is produced, for example, by amplification of genomic DNA using the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Also disclosed are nested PCR designs permitting allele analysis in combination with strand selection by IVT.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Bioarray Solutions, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Seul, Nataliya Korzheva, Jiacheng Yang, Yi Zhang
  • Patent number: 7977316
    Abstract: Disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions and methods for preventing or treating a number of amyloid diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, prion diseases, familial amyloid neuropathies and the like. The pharmaceutical compositions include immunologically reactive amounts of amyloid fibril components, particularly fibril-forming peptides or proteins. Also disclosed are therapeutic compositions and methods which use immune reagents that react with such fibril components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale B. Schenk
  • Patent number: 7971773
    Abstract: A carton for containing a dispensable material. The carton has a plurality of panels that extends at least partially around an interior of the carton. The plurality of panels comprises at least a first panel and a second panel foldably connected to the first panel at a fold line. A spout is at least partially formed in the first panel and the second panel. The spout is moveable between a closed position substantially preventing the removal of the dispensable material from the carton and an open position allowing removal of the dispensable material from the carton. The spout comprises a first spout panel formed from a portion of the first panel and a second spout panel formed from a portion of the second panel. The second spout panel is foldably connected to the first spout panel at at least a portion of the fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packing International, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd A. Wagner, Sean Alan Moss
  • Patent number: 7972254
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing a rod member for a cigarette filter element, is provided. Each rod member defines a longitudinal axis and includes a generally longitudinally-extending filter material and a plurality of objects disposed therein along the longitudinal axis. Such an apparatus comprises a rod-forming unit configured to form a continuous supply of a filter material into a continuous cylindrical rod member. An object insertion unit is configured to introduce a plurality of objects into engagement with the rod member. A rod-dividing unit is configured to divide the rod member into a plurality of rod portions such that each rod portion includes a plurality of the objects. Associated method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: Cynthia Stewart Stokes, John Larkin Nelson, Vernon Brent Barnes, Michael Francis Dube
  • Patent number: 7967018
    Abstract: A cigarette-making method is provided, comprising forming an elongate tobacco rod having a non-circular cross-sectional shape and opposed ends, by circumscribing a tobacco charge with a wrapping material. A filter element is formed having opposed ends and a non-circular cross-sectional shape corresponding to the cross-sectional shape of the tobacco rod, by circumscribing a filter material with a plug wrap material. One end of the tobacco rod is axially aligned and abutted with one end of the filter element, and a tipping material is applied about the tobacco rod and the filter element, wherein the tipping material extends across the abutting ends thereof, so as to join the tobacco rod with the filter element and form a cigarette having a non-circular cross-sectional shape along a length thereof. Associated apparatuses and methods are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: John Larkin Nelson, Gary Lee Wood, Vernon Brent Barnes
  • Patent number: 7966789
    Abstract: A carton for containing a plurality of articles. The carton has panels that extend at least partially around an interior of the carton. The panels comprise a top panel, a bottom panel and a first side panel and a second side panel. The carton has a dispenser for allowing access to the articles in the carton. The dispenser has a dispenser panel that is at least partially defined by a tear line in the carton and is for being at least partially removed for at least further opening a dispenser opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
    Inventors: Graham Hand, Andrea Coltri-Johnson, Raymond Rudolph Spivey, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7969416
    Abstract: A man-machine interface which provides tactile feedback to various sensing body parts is disclosed. The device employs one or more vibrotactile units, where each unit comprises a mass and a mass-moving actuator. As the mass is accelerated by the mass-moving actuator, the entire vibrotactile unit vibrates. Thus, the vibrotactile unit transmits a vibratory stimulus to the sensing body part to which it is affixed. The vibrotactile unit may be used in conjunction with a spatial placement sensing device which measures the spatial placement of a measured body part. A computing device uses the spatial placement of the measured body part to determine the desired vibratory stimulus to be provided by the vibrotactile unit. In this manner, the computing device may control the level of vibratory feedback perceived by the corresponding sensing body part in response to the motion of the measured body part. The sensing body part and the measured body part may be separate or the same body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Marc R. Tremblay, Mark H. Yim