Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Woodard, Emhardt, Naughton, Moriarty & McNett
  • Patent number: 7861341
    Abstract: A restraint for holding a person atop a gurney or on a vehicle seat. A harness includes a pair of straps slidably mounted to a main frame. The straps are connected to an adjuster. A slide plate is mounted to the frame with the straps extending therethrough. A spring loaded device normally positions the plate to position the straps apart from the shoulders of a person positioned beneath the straps until the straps are pulled relative to an adjuster moving the plate and the straps adjacent the shoulders of the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Ayette, Guy R. Dingman
  • Patent number: 7000641
    Abstract: A method of controlling the fluid pressure of an inflatable stopping bag used to block the fluid flow through a fluid conduit comprises pressurising the bag using a pressure regulator which operates to regulate the pressure of the bag as a function of the instantaneous pressure in the pipe upstream of the stopping bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Assignee: Crane Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Welfare
  • Patent number: 6767863
    Abstract: The present invention provides a concentrated herbicide composition containing a glyphosate isopropylammonium salt and a polyoxyalkylene alkylamine surfactant. The concentrated herbicide composition can be formulated to exhibit decreased viscosity by reducing the amount of isopropyl amine used to prepare the glyphosate salt while maintaining the high concentration of the glyphosate salt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Dow AgroSciences LLC
    Inventor: Tank Holger
  • Patent number: 6758587
    Abstract: An apparatus for illuminating a license plate includes a reflector, one or more light emitting diodes mounted on a substrate, all positioned within a housing. The light emitting diode or diodes project light directed at the reflector. The reflector has a surface geometry for redirecting the light through a window in the housing such that it substantially uniformly illuminates the license plate. The apparatus preferably does not include a lens. The apparatus may include a light emitting diode or diodes and a curved free form reflector. The apparatus may also include a plurality of reflectors or reflector segments, each corresponding to a light emitting diode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Grote Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Newel L. Stephens, Timothy W. Brooks
  • Patent number: 6599404
    Abstract: Described are preferred multilayer, thin-film electrodes (11) that have improved resistance to flaking or cracking under conditions of operation. Also described are electrolytic cells (17) incorporating such electrodes (11), and methods for selecting electrode materials to facilitate reaction rates, energy production, and/or to shift the average mass number of transmuted products to lighter or heavier values. Preferred electrodes (11) have a plurality of thin-film conductive layers (14) supported on generally concave surfaces (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: George H. Miley
  • Patent number: 6592580
    Abstract: An apparatus for the high-frequency treatment of body tissue comprises a head (10) which is provided with at least one HF electrode (14a, 14b, 14c) of an electrically conductive material. Optionally one electrode (14a, 14b) can be brought into contact with the tissue (24) to be treated and electrically activated. In order to avoid undesired temperature peaks provisions are made that the head supporting the HF electrode or the HF electrodes, respectively, comprises highly heat conductive portions (12) in order to dissipate heat generating at the HF electrode or the HF electrodes, respectively, in particular in the proximal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Stockert GmbH
    Inventor: RĂ¼diger Stockert
  • Patent number: 6593573
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring the distribution of a chemical species within a defined space, for example a vessel such as an internal combustion engine cylinder. A plurality of radiation sources and radiation detectors are distributed around the perimeter of the vessel. The radiation sources are distributed to emit beams of radiation across the interior of the vessel, the wavelength of the radiation being selected such that an interaction such as fluorescence or absorption occurs between the radiation and the chemical species which can be detected by the detectors. A representation of the distribution of the chemical species within the vessel can then be derived from the detected interactions by conventional tomography techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Hugh McCann, Krikor Bertch Ozanian, Stephen John Carey, Francis Peter Hindle
  • Patent number: 6581427
    Abstract: A method of adjusting the stroke of a press brake having a movable beam (1) supporting a punch (2), a fixed beam (3) supporting a die (4), means of displacing (5, 5′) the movable beam with respect to the fixed beam, said displacement means resting on side frames (6, 6′) immovably attached to the fixed beam, linear encoders (9, 9′) for measuring the displacement of the movable beam with respect to the side frames, at least one sensor (8, 8′) measuring a physical parameter (p) varying with the force exerted by said punch on a metal sheet placed on said die, and an electronic device for controlling (7) the bending movement controlling the speed of said displacement movement between top dead center and bottom dead center (BDC), provided with a calculation means for correcting the value of said bottom dead center depending on the measurement of said displacement and said physical parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Assignee: Beyeler Raskin S.A.
    Inventor: Gerrit Gerritsen
  • Patent number: 6575899
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and instruments for performing a surgical procedure in a disc space between adjacent vertebrae. A cannula is inserted to create a working channel through the skin and tissue of a patient using a transforaminal approach to the disc space. A viewing element is used to visualize working end of the cannula and the disc space. A facetectomy is performed through the working channel to access the disc space. The disc space is prepared with various instruments, such as distractors, shims, chisels and distractor-cutters that extend through the working channel. At least implant is inserted into the disc space. The procedure allows bi-lateral support of the adjacent vertebrae with the at least one implant inserted via a unitary, minimally invasive approach to disc space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: SDGI Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin T. Foley, John L. White, Bradley T. Estes, Mingyan Liu, Loic Josse, Jeffrey D. Moore
  • Patent number: 6575022
    Abstract: An engine crankcase gas blow-by sensor. In a closed crankcase ventilation system, crankcase gases are caused to flow through a venturi which includes high pressure and low pressure taps. The high and low pressure taps are coupled to a differential pressure transducer which produces an output that is proportional to the volumetric flow of crankcase gases through the venturi. The use of a venturi in conjunction with a differential pressure sensor offers a low resistance path for the flow of crankcase gases and allows continuous monitoring of blow-by without exceeding the operating pressure limitations of various oil seals. Such a sensor is particularly suited for closed crankcase ventilation (ccv) systems, as it doesn't require venting of crankcase gases to the atmosphere, but works well in open crankcase ventilation systems also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Cummins Engine Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew L. Schneider, Abhay P. Bhagwat, Alfred Schuppe, George M. Kuhns
  • Patent number: 6571723
    Abstract: A system for anchoring of a tanker near an offshore production unit (1) which is anchored by means of a number of anchor lines (2, 14) and associated anchors, and from which a tanker (3) in use of the system is supplied with oil or gas. The system comprises a first and a second pair of bottom-anchored buoys (13 resp. 15) located before or behind the production unit (1), as seen in the prevailing weather direction (W), and at a chosen distance from the production unit (1). The buoys (13) of the first pair are located closer to the production unit (1) than the buoys (15) of the second pair, and the buoys (13 resp. 15) of each pair has a chosen mutual distance transversely to said weather direction (W), so that a tanker (3) may be moored in the region between the buoys (13, 15) with the fore-and-aft direction essentially coinciding with said weather direction (W).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignees: Navion ASA, Advanced Production and Loading AS
    Inventors: Arild Bech, Kare G. Breivik
  • Patent number: 6571962
    Abstract: A cover encloses a filter cartridge in an outer housing. The cover has an unfiltered fluid inlet channel and a concentric filtered fluid outlet channel. The filter cartridge includes a filter media with a central passage. An upper endplate is provided on the upper end of the filter media, and the upper endplate has oblong openings defined therein. A separate seal retainer is attached to the upper endplate. The retainer has an outer body portion and a concentric inner body portion extending from the outer body portion. The outer body portion has a lower outwardly opening channel, and the inner body portion has an upper outwardly opening channel. An outer seal is provided in the lower channel to seal the filter cartridge with the housing. An inner seal is provided in upper channel to seal the inlet channel from the outlet channel in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad M. Thomas
  • Patent number: 6571961
    Abstract: A fluid filter for spin-on mounting to a base includes an outer shell defining a hollow interior and a nutplate secured to the outer shell by forming an upper edge portion of the outer shell onto the nutplate. A filtering element is positioned within the hollow interior and the base provides fluid-in and fluid-out passageways for the fluid filter. To provide a face seal against the base and concurrently a radial seal against the formed edge, a retainer and gasket assembly is used. The retainer has a base portion which rests on the nutplate and an inclined portion which extends upwardly and inwardly. An elastomeric gasket with a unique cross sectional shape has a flat portion which rests on the inclined portion. With axial compression of the gasket by the base, the gasket compresses against the retainer and expands radially into sealing contact with the formed edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventor: A. Caner Demirdogen
  • Patent number: 6572548
    Abstract: A method of ultrasound imaging, including the following steps, transmitting ultrasonic beams generated by transducers (20) into an object volume (v) such as an object body or a part thereof, receiving (20) and storing (3) signals reflected from said object volume, processing and receiving signals into image data associated to image dots or lines of a video display (8), and displaying at least a few image data on the display (8) in accordance with parameters set by a user and related to a predetermined section or projection plane of the image of said object volume. According to the invention, scanning is only performed in the region of the object body which coincides with the section plane or the image projection plane (P) of the object volume along which imaging is to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Esaote, S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marino Cerofolini
  • Patent number: 6568125
    Abstract: A pest control apparatus is provided including a vacuum adapted to suction air from an inlet upon the actuation thereof. Also included is a mechanical housing with attractor means for luring pests to a position where the pests may be suctioned. A trigger means is provided for actuating the vacuum either based on a sensor detecting a pest or intermittently based on expiration of a timer. A one way valve prevents the pests from escaping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Charles Kleinhenz
  • Patent number: 6568645
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for a utility meter transceiver unit, consists of a main bracket piece having a first end and a second end, with a through opening at the first end sized to receive therethrough a utility pipe that is in communication with a utility meter, and with a receiving channel at the second end; an upright bracket piece having a third and fourth end, sized at the third end to be received within the receiving channel, and sized at the fourth end to be received within a mounting channel within a utility meter transceiver unit; and a device to adjust the relative positions of the fourth end of the upright bracket piece and the receiving channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Maddox Bracket Company
    Inventor: Michael F. Maddox
  • Patent number: D510881
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Assignee: Liaisons Electroniques-Mecaniques LEM S.A.
    Inventor: Pascal Morel
  • Patent number: D476058
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel A. Norton
  • Patent number: D476791
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Paul J. South
  • Patent number: D485405
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Gladson Group Limited
    Inventor: Stephen Vize