Patents Examined by Henry A. Bennett
  • Patent number: 7556086
    Abstract: Device for enhancing cooling of electronic circuit components that is substantially or fully independent of orientation. A thin profile thermosyphon heat spreader mounted to an electronics package comprises a central evaporator in hydraulic communication with a peripheral condenser, both at least partially filled with liquid coolant. A very high effective thermal conductivity results. Performance is optimized by keeping the evaporator substantially full at all orientations while leaving a void for accumulation of vapor in the condenser. A cover plate and a parallel base plate of generally similar dimension form the evaporator and condenser. Optionally, an opening in the base plate is sealed against the electronics package and places the heat-dissipating component in direct contact with the liquid coolant. Alternatively, the base plate may be formed with the electronics package from a single piece of material. A boiling enhancement structure is provided in the evaporator to encourage vapor bubble nucleation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: University of Maryland, College Park
    Inventors: Yogendra Joshi, Sunil S. Murthy, Wataru Nakayama
  • Patent number: 7347203
    Abstract: A heat and moisture exchanger for both conducting a stream of air produced by a ventilator to a moisturizing medium and internally bypassing the moisturizing medium if aerosolized medication is introduced into the stream includes a housing having a ventilator-side port coupled to an outlet of a ventilator and a source of aerosolized medication. The housing has a patient-side port for coupling to a patient to provide ventilation including either air or air carrying aerosolized medication. A first path conducts air from the ventilator-side port through the moisturizing medium and the patient-side port, and a second path conducts air carrying aerosolized medication from the ventilator-side port directly to the patient-side port. A two-way valve mechanism in the housing selectively couples the ventilator-side port into fluid communication with one or the other of the first and second paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2008
    Assignee: Thayer Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory S. Marler, David T. Sladek
  • Patent number: 7263999
    Abstract: A ring for preventing a prolapse of the uterus and the urinary bladder has an annular part and a flexible curved rod-shaped part whose one end and other end are so formed as to be connected to the annular part and whose intermediate portion interposed between the one end and the other end is so formed as to be disposed over a central region of an annular plane formed with the annular part The annular part has an open portion formed by a partial absence thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Kitazato Supply
    Inventors: Hisayuki Kaseki, Noboru Inagaki, Tamotsu Inoue
  • Patent number: 7263956
    Abstract: A valve lifter assembly for deactivating a cylinder in an internal combustion engine. The valve lifter assembly is provided with a plunger movably disposed within a bore of a main body member to controllably isolate the cam lift from the rocker arm and valve of the engine. The plunger is normally locked in an extended position to transmit cam lift to reciprocatingly operate the valve. At least one locking pin is moveably disposed within the plunger to engage an inner annular groove of the main body member. Pressurized oil is provided to dislodge the locking pins from the annular groove and allow the plunger to move within the main body member, thereby isolating the cam lift from the rocker arm and valve. The deactivating lifter is preferably disposed within the recess conventionally provided for hydraulic valve lifters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Spath, Nick J. Hendriksma, Michael J. Fox
  • Patent number: 7258676
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to compression devices and, more particularly to a method using air flow to close the exhaust valve in each sleeve, allows air to fill the sleeve to a pretuned pressure, and finally deflating the sleeve by letting the air flow through the outlet valve. This creates a pressure gradient and a pneumatic cycle means that facilitates the massaging movement on the limb towards direction of the heart. The magnetic force in valves is uniquely adapted for controlling low-pressure compression. A magnetically adjustable valve is adapted for use in a compression device to control and regulate low to very low pressures and comprising of a movable magnetic part and a metal part, defining an air gap there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: C-Boot Ltd
    Inventors: Noam A. Calderon, Amit Ben Dror
  • Patent number: 7243648
    Abstract: A silicon die having an orifice layer with plural openings formed therein defines a drop ejection device for use in a handheld inhaler. An underlying control layer defines fluid chambers, each carrying a heat transducer. A control system energizes selected heat transducers to heat fluid in the chambers, vaporizing the fluid, which is ejected through the orifices in small droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Yang, Kenneth E. Trueba, Rod Alley, Winthrop Childers, David Tyvoll, Douglas A. Sexton
  • Patent number: 7234467
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved form of a splint having a contact portion for maintaining the vertical separation of rearwardly opposed teeth in the oral cavity of a patient wearing the splint. The splint is provided with a contact portion for contacting opposed forward teeth to the forward teeth to which the splint is attached such that movement of the opposed forward teeth with respect to the contact portion maintains the spacing of the rearward teeth. The contact portion is provided with a central or intermediate section to which a forward portion is angularly inclined. The splint is optionally provided with a third portion angularly inclined to the central or intermediate portion for stabilising the position of the jaw or teeth to prevent permanent or long term change in the jaw position (strictly).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Myohealth IP Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Harry Ball
  • Patent number: 7234466
    Abstract: A forehead support (10) is disclosed that is adapted to be secured to a respiratory mask (16). The forehead support (10) including a joining member (14) for securing to the mask (16) and a cushion frame (12) pivotally mounted to the joining member (14). The cushion frame (12) is adapted to locate one or more forehead cushions (25). The cushion frame (12) is also adapted to pivot relative to the joining member (14). The cushion frame (12) is also selectively lockable at two or more predetermined angular positions relative to the joining member (14). A respiratory mask assembly comprising a respiratory mask (16) and a forehead support (10) adapted to be secured to the mask (16) is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Philip R. Kwok, Michael K. Gunaratnam, Perry D. Lithgow, Jonathan P. Harrison, Jonathan L. Liston, Robert S. Matchett, Robert E. Styles
  • Patent number: 7216650
    Abstract: A handcuffing assisting apparatus includes a panel having a pair of openings extending therethrough. The panel has a break therein extending from a first side edge to a second side edge to define an upper portion and a lower portion of the panel. The upper and lower portions are pivotally coupled together. A closed position is defined when an upper edge of the lower portion is extended into a slot in a lower edge of the upper portion. The break extends through the openings. A securing assembly secures the panel in the closed position. The arms of an inmate are extended through a tray slot of a cell door and into the openings where they are secured by placing the upper and lower portions in the closed position. Handcuffs are then positioned on or removed from the wrists of the inmate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventors: Michael Merriweather, Douglas Wells
  • Patent number: 7217853
    Abstract: A skin-contacting adhesive composition is described which has improved initial tack, long-term adhesion, water uptake and translucency characteristics and may be prepared by melt extrusion. Uses of these compositions are also described, for example, their use in wound dressings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: Corium International, Inc.
    Inventors: Valery G. Kulichikhin, Shoreh Parandoosh, Mikhail M. Feldstein, Sergey Antonov, Gary W. Cleary
  • Patent number: 7211060
    Abstract: Ultrasound bandages (10) and ultrasound transducer array bandages are provided herein to accelerate the healing of wounds by positioning the ultrasound bandages (10) and ultrasound transducer array bandages adjacent to a wound and generating ultrasonic pulses. The ultrasound bandages (10) generally include (a) a backing layer (12), (b) an adhesive layer (14) applied to, and substantially coextensive with the backing layer (12), and (c) a transducer material (16) disposed on at least a portion of the adhesive layer (14). The ultrasound transducer array bandages generally include (a) a backing layer (13), (b) an adhesive layer applied to, and substantially coextensive with, the backing layer, and (c) an array comprising a plurality of transducer materials arranged in adjacent relation to define spaces therebetween, the array being disposed on at least a portion of the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Exogen, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger J. Talish, Alan A. Winder
  • Patent number: 7207993
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for repairing the femur. A connector is provided having a claw-like member to engage with the greater trochanter. Along the body of the connector are a plurality of cable apertures and cable screws to receive and engage with cables that loop around the femur. Along the inferior end of the connector are bone screw slots and bone screws engaging the connector with the femur. The bone screws provide added support to the re-attached greater trochanter and provide support for periprosthetic fractures. The connector may be used to re-attach the greater trochanter by impacting a connector onto the greater trochanter, positioning the greater trochanter onto the femur, passing cables around the femur and through the connector, tensioning the cables to provide engagement between the greater trochanter and the femur, and attaching the connector to the femur using at least one bone screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Pioneer Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Baldwin, Thomas S. Kilpela, Burns O. Severson
  • Patent number: 7207332
    Abstract: An apparatus (1) for administering a gas to a person or an animal, is provided with a chamber (9) for receiving a quantity of gas to be administered. The chamber is provided with a gas line (3) for supplying gas from a source to the chamber (9) and elements for pressurizing the gas in the chamber. The chamber (9) is connected to a breathing tube (5) for supplying pressurized gas from the chamber (9) to the person or the animal, wherein the breathing tube (5) connects to a discharge channel (26), for discharging gas exhaled by the person or the animal, via a valve (11), which restricts the flow of exhaled gas from the breathing tube (5) to the discharge channel (26) in order to build up gas pressure in the breathing tube (5) during exhalation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Gerardus Wilhelmus Lugtigheid
  • Patent number: 7204249
    Abstract: An oxygen concentrator is utilized in combination with a compressor, preferably a radial compressor, to provide a highly enriched and compressed oxygen gas in a mobile container such as a gas cylinder. The combination and method of production provides for the facile preparation of an enriched source of oxygen for use by an ambulatory or wheelchair-confined patient. The oxygen concentrator utilizes two or more molecular sieves to provide a breathable gas of at least about 85% or 90% oxygen from atmospheric air. The oxygen-enriched gas can be stored in a buffer tank and prioritized so as to supply a patient with a proper amount and concentration of oxygen and secondarily to supply an amount of the enriched oxygen to a compressor. The radial compressor utilizes multiple stages to produce the highly compressed oxygen-enriched gas and has radially arranged pistons. The radial compressor is compact and lightweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Invcare Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph B Richey, II, Gerald G Goertzen, David D Polacsek
  • Patent number: 7204252
    Abstract: A system, device or method uses surface energy to assist in fluid transport or separation. One example includes removing mucus from a subject's lungs during mechanical ventilation of the subject using a tracheal tube. At least one wicking fluid pickup port is located more distal or more proximal than a sealing device between the tracheal tube and the trachea. Surface energy assists in introducing mucus into the port. A peristalsis or other pump is used to remove from the subject the wicked-in liquid. Ventilation is not impaired by the mucus removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Eidon, LLC
    Inventor: Roger N. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7204840
    Abstract: Devices and methods provide accurate targeting, placement, and/or stabilization of an electrode or other instrument(s) into the brain or other body organ, such as to treat severe tremor or other neurological disorders. Targeting is performed using any form of image-guidance, including real-time MRI, CT, or frameless surgical navigation systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Image-guided Neurologics, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Skakoon, Robert Wharen, Matthew S. Solar, Kari Parmer, Rudy A. Mazzocchi, John David, Frank Murdock, David Hatcher, Thomas I. Miller, Timothy Alan Parmer, Charles L. Truwit
  • Patent number: 7201164
    Abstract: An aerosol medication delivery apparatus includes a holding chamber having an input end and an output end and defining an interior space. The output end comprises an orifice having a cross-sectional area of less than about 60 mm2. In one preferred embodiment, the orifice has a circular cross-section. Preferably, the orifice has a diameter of between about 2.0 mm and about 7.50 mm. In one preferred embodiment, an inhalation and exhalation valve is located at the output end. A method of using the holding chamber is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Trudell Medical International
    Inventors: Jerry R. Grychowski, Martin P. Foley
  • Patent number: 7201751
    Abstract: A supplemental spine fixation device and method is used in association with a primary spine fixation device. The supplemental spine fixation device includes a guide and spacer for distracting apart adjacent spinous processes and the device has hook members which hook about the first and second spinous processes. With the spinous processes distracted and the hook members about the spinous processes, the hook members can be rigidly secured to a hub in order to rigidly affix the spinous processes about the spacer. The rigidity between the spinous processes assures that the vertebral bodies will be held rigidly in place in order to promote bone growth and fusion. Further additional freedom of movement between the spacer and hub is accomplished with the spacer being pivotably mounted relative to the hub. The hooks have a tissue distracting lead-in guide for allowing the hooks to be easily urged between spinous processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: St. Francis Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James F. Zucherman, Ken Y. Hsu, Charles J. Winslow, Henry A. Klyce
  • Patent number: 7194773
    Abstract: A tool is constructed and adapted for dislodging debris obstructions in a toilet bowl and similar other drains. An elongate longitudinal shaft extends from a handle end to a curved blade end. The curved blade end is broadened, expanded and flattened from the shaft, the blade gradually curves and narrows from the broadened, expanded and flattened portion to a pointed tip end. Sharpened edges surround the perimeter of the curved blade end. In use, the worker grasps the tool by the handle end and inserts the curved blade end into the debris obstruction. Twisting, chopping and churning actions are exerted with the tool to agitate the debris obstruction to a flushable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Richard Bixby
  • Patent number: RE39966
    Abstract: Predetermined pressure changes in the oral and throat cavity is achieved by inducing at least a partial vacuum in the mouth and throat area of a mammal in temporal coordination with the mammal's breathing pattern. The partial vacuum is selectively applied to the mouth and throat cavity only during inhalation cycles of the breathing pattern. A further aspect of the invention provides for additionally inducing a positive or atmospheric pressure in the mouth and throat cavity only during exhalation cycles of the breathing pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Hongwei Zhao