Patents Examined by Kristine L. Kincaid
  • Patent number: 6407751
    Abstract: This invention provides various GUI moderator templates symbolizing templates which are capable of classifying a complicated behavior of the mobile agent into basic behavior patterns and defining a desired behavior pattern of the mobile agent by a combination of the basic behavior patterns, and various GUI activities symbolizing an activity of issuing a request in each place where the mobile agent moves around. The operator drops the GUI moderator template and the GUI activity on the GUI builder to join them for defining the order of executing jobs. The user Can also set address information of a place of execution in the GUI activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Minami, Toshihiro Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6396509
    Abstract: A system enabling participants in a virtual environment to select a partner for an interaction session, the system comprising attention and priority components. The attention component employs attention sense and focus spaces. The sense space comprises a sense cone, the sense cone being both contained by a sense sphere and having a sense vector along its axis. The focus space comprises a focus cone, the focus cone being both contained by a focus sphere and having a focus vector along its axis. The attention component is associated with one or more senses, each such sense having associated therewith respective sense and focus spaces. The attention component is configured to support either/both intentional interaction (interaction driven by defined explicit controls) and spontaneous interaction (interaction driven by non-intentional encounters, e.g., spontaneous “eye” contact between avatars).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Doreen Yining Cheng
  • Patent number: 6015953
    Abstract: An end of a conductor having a stranded conductor layer wound around a tension member made of resin-reinforced carbon fiber is cut back to expose the end of the tension member. The exposed end of the tension member is inserted into a metal fitting having multiple longitudinal slits. A metal sleeve is then fit over the metal fitting and also partially over the stranded conductor layer before compress-fitted into place. Accordingly, it is possible to attach, with good workability and sufficient tensile strength, a conductor that has a tension member made of resin-reinforced carbon fiber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignees: Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc., Tokyo Rope Mfg. Co, Sanwa Tekki Corporation, Showa Electric Wire & Cable Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Tosaka, Syuji Tachizaki, Kouetu Sato, Yoshihiro Takahashi, Hiroshi Kimura, Hiroshi Tajima, Haruki Susukida, Jun Sato, Masakazu Kojima, Hirotoshi Ebiko, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 5977483
    Abstract: A cellular unit is disclosed for use in a wiring distribution system having at least two cellular units oriented in end to end abutting fashion. Each cellular unit includes a housing having a top structure and a bottom structure connected to one another. The top and bottom structures are adapted and configured to define elongated cells extending through the housing. The cells extend parallel to one another and have open ends at opposite ends of the housing. Structure is provided to extend horizontally outwardly from the housing parallel with the cells. The structure includes an outwardly extending portion engageable with an abutting cellular unit such that abutting ends of the cellular units form a butt joint. The outwardly extending portion extends across the butt joint to define at least one vertical side positioned between two laterally adjacent cells to prevent the ingress of wires at the butt joint from one of the laterally adjacent cells to the other laterally adjacent cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Thomas & Betts Corporation
    Inventor: Gary L. Littrell
  • Patent number: 5955703
    Abstract: A circuitized electrical cable having a flat cable having a stripped portion exposing conductors of the cable and having a circuit board mounted to the stripped portion wherein the conductive fingers at a first edge of the circuit board are soldered directly to the correspondingly oriented conductors of the cable. The circuit board may include componentry in order to provide for altered signal transmission of the signal lines of the cable such as for signal line termination. The circuit board may include a second edge having a beam having conductive fingers adhered thereto and the circuit board may be inserted within a housing having a shroud protruding therefrom surrounding the beam in order to provide for a male I/O connector electrically connected to conductors of the electrical cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Methode Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Daly, Oleg Los
  • Patent number: 5949022
    Abstract: A cable splice closure assembly includes an end cap body having at least one cable passage hole therein for the passage of a cable therethrough, the end cap body defining a seal zone for retaining a sealing material and a thread zone, and a screw plug having a cable passage hole therein for the passage of a cable therethrough, the screw plug being adapted for mating engagement with the thread zone of the end cap body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: LG Chemical Ltd.
    Inventors: Young Ki Park, Yun-Won Chang
  • Patent number: 5932838
    Abstract: Ionization clusters have a plurality of ionization points which act to dissipate lightning charges into the air and prevent a lightning strike. A tree-like structure has a central support tower. One ionization cluster is mounted to the top of the tower. Successive arrays of second, third and N tiers of ionization clusters are mounted to the tower. The resultant tree-like structure forms a bell-shaped force field of equal voltage potential during a lightning storm. The force field dissipates a lightning strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Benson Carpenter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5925854
    Abstract: An injector insulating cover includes a circumferential engagement portion in an inner wall portion. The circumferential engagement portion is engaged in a circumferential direction with respective apexes of a nut portion disposed in a head portion of an injector. When the insulating cover is attached so as to cover the head portion of the injector, the insulating cover cannot relatively rotate about the axis of the injector. Thus, the insulating cover can surely hold electric wires connected to terminals of the injector, so that electric wires elongate in a desired direction, and disadvantages such as that the electric wires come in contact with peripheral components and their insulating sheaths are damaged can be prevented from being produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Yazaki Corporation
    Inventor: Norio Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 5922996
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electrical cable assembly in simplest form including at least one conductor, at least one insulator, and at least one attention getting material and/or a visual reacting material such as a thermochromic material or liquid crystal formulation, which will, visually and/or physically react to certain critical temperature ranges. It may give off a response to variations in temperature an/or magnetic and/or electrical fields which are indicative of a hazard and/or fault, or to the direct and/or indirect results of electrical energy behavior, to provide an indication of an electrical overload condition, and/or a malfunction, and/or the incremental stages of hazard experienced by, and being experienced by, and to be experienced by, the electrical cable assembly itself, which undergoes on its own, at least one noticeable manifestation, to get the user's attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Rizzo Development Corp.
    Inventor: John J. Ryeczek
  • Patent number: 5920454
    Abstract: A printed capacitor-mounted circuit board capable of increasing a capacity of each of printed capacitors formed on a printed board. A copper-clad laminate is arranged so as to act as an insulating substrate. The printed capacitors each include a first electrode made of a copper foil and arranged on a front surface of the copper-clad laminate. Then, a dielectric layer made of a dielectric paste is arranged on the first electrode and a second electrode made of a conductive paint is arranged on the dielectric layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Hokuriko Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Nomura, Nobutsugu Nakanuma, Ichiro Ishiyama, Koji Higashi, Masaki Kato, Ichiro Nagare, Hiroyuki Kurokawa, Yozo Ohara
  • Patent number: 5907125
    Abstract: A device for environmental protection of an electrical component on a mount, e.g. a circuit board, includes: a first housing part; a second housing part which together with the first housing part provides a substantially closed housing; a mount (e.g. a circuit board) for an electrical component that may be movably secured with respect to the first housing part; and a sealing material positioned between the mount and a surface of the first housing part; such that the mount can be moved with respect to the first housing part to put the sealing material under compression. The device can also include a maintenance termination unit for a telecommunications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: N.V. Raychem S.A.
    Inventors: Valere Buekers, Roger Delvaux, Marc Demesmaeker
  • Patent number: 5895886
    Abstract: A supply unit for supplying a workplace with electricity and/or gaseous media, with a first, vertically extending supply duct and a second, vertically extending supply duct, wherein the electricity and the media are led to connections on at least one of the supply ducts. From these connections the workplace is supplied and improved such that the ergonomically most favorable arrangement of the supply tubes and electric lines leading to the connections will be possible. This object is accomplished by a section of the side surfaces having an angle of inclination less than in relation to the base such that the ends of the side surfaces pointing away from the base can be connected at a common junction. The connections are arranged exclusively on the outer side surfaces and that the distance between the supply ducts is such that the workplace can be brought into the space between the supply ducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Dragerwerk Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Helmut Beuster, Rudolf Greiff, Georg Schlor, Bernd Schlichting, Dirk Lenz
  • Patent number: 5880402
    Abstract: Uniformly spaced insulating buttons support two signal conductors within a tubular cable. The signal conductors are twisted from 180 to 360 degrees and are in physical contact with each other at their crossing point between each pair of buttons. Between each pair of buttons one of the conductors is covered with an insulating sleeve. The insulating sleeve alternates from one conductor to the other over the length of the cable. The conductors and buttons are enclosed within an insulating and supporting tubing. The supporting tubing is reduced in diameter or has corrugations to provide flexibility between each pair of insulating buttons. An overall shield composed of wires or foil is woven or helically wrapped to form a straight tube that surrounds the supporting tubing. The overall shield is electrically connected to system ground at the source end, allowing current flow only in the signal conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Inventor: Steven Floyd Nugent
  • Patent number: 5872331
    Abstract: An improved hermetically sealed case for enclosing an electronic element, wherein the case has an upper portion and a lower portion connected together by atomic bonding. The upper portion includes through holes. Each hole forms a lead to provide a connection from the outside of the case to the element within the case. Each lead is arranged in the through hole to seal the hole hermetically and yet provide an electrical contact for the element. The sealed case prevents the electronic element from being deteriorated by hazardous gas generated by the conventional welding process used to seal such cases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daizo Ando, Syuji Kondo, Kunihiko Oishi
  • Patent number: 5872338
    Abstract: A structure includes a support layer formed of a conductive material, such as a sheet of copper. The support layer has a number of conductive islands isolated from other portions of the support layer by isolation gaps. The support layer is sandwiched between two compound layers each of which is formed of a dielectric layer having a number of via holes and conductive elements located in the via holes. The conductive elements are formed at predetermined locations such that a conductive element in each compound layer contacts a conductive island in the support layer. The structure also includes two conductive layers formed on the two respective compound layers such that a trace in a first conductive layer is coupled to a trace in a second conductive layer through two conductive elements in the respective two compound layers and an island in the support layer. Such a structure can be formed by a number of processes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Prolinx Labs Corporation
    Inventors: James J. D. Lan, Steve S. Chiang, Paul Y. F. Wu, John Y. Xie
  • Patent number: 5866844
    Abstract: The present invention relates to electrical wiring devices such as electrical receptacles, switches, and the like, and more particularly to wiring devices with a clamp for the ground connections to such devices. The present invention includes a pressure plate which engages the ground plate of a receptacle with legs of a pressure plate disposed within correspondingly shaped recesses adjacent the ground plate of the receptacle, so that the pressure plate is substantially constrained from rotation relative to the ground plate so that a wire can be received between the ground plate and the pressure plate when the screw is backed out a sufficient distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Pass & Seymour, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Osterbrock, Michael R. Bryndzia
  • Patent number: 5864460
    Abstract: An improved structure of a multi-slotted iron rod includes a core, a coil, and a lead frame. The core is a rod is made from good magnetic iron powder. The core has a fixture area and a winding area. The winding area has several winding sections and isolation sections. The winding area is used for coil winding. The isolation sections serve as capacitors. The fixture area has a hexagonal cross section and is used as a fixing end during winding. The coil winds on the winding sections of the core. The lead frame is attached to the two sides of the isolation sections of the core for connection to an electrical circuit. The device utilizes the above components to wind the coil on the winding sections of the core. The output pin of the coil is soldered to the lead frame of the isolation sections. The lead frame is soldered on the PC board. The capacitor of the isolation section of the core is connected in parallel to the coil in the winding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Yun-Kuang Fan
  • Patent number: 5861575
    Abstract: Submersible cables that are placed in a body of fluid such as water or other fluids such as chemicals or sewage often require a takeoff to be added to the submersible cable wherein a window is cut in the exterior insulation of the submersible cable or parent trunk exposing interior wires or fiber optical cables or tubes and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Blaine L. Broussard
  • Patent number: 5859760
    Abstract: A microelectronic capacitor is formed by nitrating the surface of a conducting electrode on a microelectronic substrate. The nitrated surface of the conductive electrode is then oxidized. The nitrating and oxidizing steps collectively form a film of silicon oxynitride on the conductive electrode. A tantalum pentoxide film is then formed on the oxidized and nitrated surface of the conductive electrode. The tantalum pentoxide film may then be thermally treated in the presence of oxygen gas. High performance microelectronic capacitors are thereby provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: In-sung Park, Kyung-hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 5852257
    Abstract: An optic module contains a flexible circuit board forming a cable which connects between an optical sub-assembly and a rigid interconnect structure within the optic module. One end of the cable includes lands proximate to through holes for soldered connection to pins which extend from the optical sub-assemblies. At the other end of the cable leads extend across interconnection pads on the surface of the rigid interconnect structure for soldered connection. The top surface of the interconnect pads is 10/90 (Sn/Pb) solder to provide a high temperature soldered joint. Solder flux can not be used because cleaning solvents would contaminate the interconnect structure. An atmosphere of formic acid mixed with nitrogen surrounds the lead and pad and a fluxless solder joint is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eberhard Siegfried Dittman, Mukund Kantilal Saraiya