Patents Examined by Philogene Pedro
  • Patent number: 6221079
    Abstract: An apparatus for repairing a vessel in a patient. The apparatus includes a graft. The apparatus includes a mechanism for compressing the vessel to the graft and holding the vessel to the graft. A method of repairing a vessel of a patient. The method includes the steps of placing a first end of a graft in contact with a first side of the vessel. Then there is the step of placing a second side of the graft in contact with the second side of the vessel. Next there is the step of compressing the first side of the vessel against the first end. Then there is the step of compressing the second side of the vessel against the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Cardiac Assist Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Magovern, Wayne P. Griffin, David W. Kletzli, Michael Szwerc, Dennis R. Trumble
  • Patent number: 6192894
    Abstract: A hair clip includes a pair of hair retainers for retaining hair therebetween and a pivotal shaft for pivoting the hair retainers. Each hair retainer has a pair of opposing hinge ledges at one end portion thereof. The hinge ledges of one of the hair retainers are disposed adjacent to those of the other hair retainer. A pivotal shaft is inserted into shaft penetrating apertures formed in the hinge ledges so that the hair retainers are pivoted about the pivotal shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Yasuda Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Yasuda
  • Patent number: 6190417
    Abstract: The present invention provides a femoral prosthesis to be utilized as an implant into a human femur to connect the coxa. The femoral prosthesis comprises a stem body to be inserted into a femur bone, a neck portion fixed integrally at the proximal portion of the stem body, a spherical head member having an opening to receive the neck potion, and a cross pin for fixing the stem body to the femur bone, wherein the stem body is formed with a pinnig hole through a proximal portion thereof corresponding to a greater trochanter of the femur bone, and the cross pin is in a unthreaded cylindrical shape and inserted into the pinning hole, both ends of the cross pin being projected out of the stem body to be engaged with the bone wall of the femur bone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventors: Moritoshi Itoman, Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Noriyuki Ishida, Shingo Tamabuchi, Masaru Ueno
  • Patent number: 6129732
    Abstract: A surgical reamer in the form of a cap (1) fitted with arms (4) extending from the circular edge of the reamer toward the axis of the reamer for its attachment to a reamer spindle. The reamer comprises a central disk (3) to which said arms (4) are attached. The disk is intended to display an item of information, in particular the diameter of the reamer. In this way, the diameter of the reamer or any other information may be read without handling the reamer and turning it upward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Precifar S.A.
    Inventor: Andre Lechot
  • Patent number: 6086363
    Abstract: A laser system and method are described that will improve dental treatments in small animals, particularly in situations where periodontal disease has progressed to the advanced stages of periodontitis and when dental pulp is exposed by fracture or disease. A laser system is employed to achieve enhanced precision by selectively ablating affected tissue without damaging the collateral tissue. The laser system is also capable of sealing the tubules and eradicating bacteria within the periodontium to significantly reduce the risk of infection. Additional pre-treatment methods may be employed to further enhance the laser therapy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: CeramOpter Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Kelly Moran, Jane Morello, Bill Siminovsky, John Stambaugh, Carol Morello, Kimberly Muller
  • Patent number: 6026828
    Abstract: A toothbrush providing a radiation source of selected optical range, having the radiation source built into a cavity in the handpiece of the toothbrush. The brush head may be transparent and the bristles may be transparent. Various combinations of scattering, transparent and reflective properties of the brush head, the type of radiation source, and bristle transparency allows selected influence directly on different field and tissues of the oral cavity. Radiation wavelength is selectable to provide treatment to both the soft tissue of the oral cavity and to the teeth. Selected radiation penetrates the pulp of the tooth to stimulate and enhance calcium transport to the dentine and enamel of the tooth to prevent and treat cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Gregory B. Altshuler
  • Patent number: 6026827
    Abstract: The hair clip includes two comb-shaped elements pivotably mounted in relation to each other and held in a brought-together state by an elastic member. Each comb-shaped element has teeth arranged on an end of the element. A first set of teeth has at least one opening in which a corresponding tooth from a second set of teeth engages when the cone-shaped elements are in a completely or a partially brought-together position to adequately clamp the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Societe Robert Revais
    Inventor: Gerard Revais
  • Patent number: 6009886
    Abstract: A toothbrush which dispenses dentifrice and dental floss. More specifically, the toothbrush is an assembly including a tubular handle integrally connected to a toothbrush neck and toothbrush head, over which a protective sheath having a floss dispenser is removably attached. A dentifrice dispensing mechanism is provided to drive a supply of dentifrice contained in the tubular handle through a duct and conduit in the toothbrush neck and head. The dispensing mechanism is comprised of a twistable knob, a threaded screw, and a screw driven follower. When the knob is turned the piston moves up to handle to force dentifrice through the brush head and into a outlet passage exiting the toothbrush head between the bristles. A plug of foam-like material is disposed within the conduit of the toothbrush head thereby occluding the outlet passage when the plug is in a decompressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventors: Robert Labranche, Geoffrey Grenert
  • Patent number: 6006760
    Abstract: A system for and method of shaving includes a bath of an evaporative astringent material such as witch hazel extract and alcohol in which a razor head is soaked after each shave and is used for the next shave while still wet with the material of the bath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: Robert W. Benzinger
  • Patent number: 5988181
    Abstract: A hand held braiding apparatus is operative for braiding elongated filaments in the nature of natural hair and filaments of synthetic material. The apparatus includes a rotatable actuator having an opening operative for receiving a plurality of filament holders in the form of elongated cylindrical tubes. By repetitive operation of the actuator, the filament holders are manipulated into a sequence of positions which effect braiding of filaments received therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Solutions Toy Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Gable, Morris Betty
  • Patent number: 5983904
    Abstract: A hair roller is provided with an hollow outer member enclosing an inner member. A plurality of hair clips is connected to the inner member by flexible roots and connected to the outer member by integral pivot axes. The hair clips extend though longitudinal openings in the outer member. Longitudinal movement of the inner member relative to the outer member, thereby causes the hair clips to either grip or release a user's hair when the user's hair is wound upon the outer member. Also provided is detent mechanism that allow the inner member to be restricted in gripping and released positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Conair Corporation
    Inventor: Kam Fai Fung
  • Patent number: 5964590
    Abstract: A maintenance-free dental prophylaxis angle includes a one-piece body including a sleeve and a head. The sleeve and head define intersecting bores. A one-piece drive gear including an enlarged bearing part and a forward gear end is journaled directly in the sleeve and held axially between a retaining ring engaging the rear of the enlarged bearing part and a ball engaging the forward gear end. A one-piece driven gear is journaled solely in a cap which is press fit in the head bore The driven gear is engaged and driven by the drive gear. The driven gear includes an upper bur tube and a lower gear part. The gear part of the driven gear rests on the ball, and is restrained from axial movement by the cap and the ball, which forms a thrust bearing for the driven gear. A dental tool is connected to the bur tube of the driven gear, and forms a seal with the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Young Dental Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Gerald Ray Loddeke, James R. Thurman, III, Mark M. Rose
  • Patent number: 5964228
    Abstract: A hair holder includes two symmetric holder members made of flexible material. Each holder member includes a first portion for holding hair, a second portion for retaining hair, and a transition portion interconnecting the first portion and the second portion in an acute angle to thereby define a hair holding space therebetween. The first portion of each holder member includes a number of first slits spaced along a width thereof to thereby define a number of first teeth spaced along the width. The second portion of each holder member includes a number of second slits spaced along a width thereof to thereby define a number of second teeth spaced along the width. The width of each second tooth increases from a distal end of the second portion to the transition portion, thereby defining an engaging portion adjacent to the transition portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Wen Hsiung Chang
  • Patent number: 5961324
    Abstract: An intraoral camera connects to a shade analyzer subsystem, e.g., a digital video processor, and a color display monitor. The camera captures a digital color image of the patient's tooth and the subsystem compares that image to a stored plurality of tooth shades. Each tooth shade is represented in a block of data, including color image data, a tooth shade digital word, and a manufacturer type. The patient's tooth image includes an RGB chromaticity representation that is scanned and compared with the several tooth shades stored in memory, and a match is determined and communicated to a user of the system. The methodology includes the specification of fractional tooth shades, if needed, corresponding to a plurality of porcelain films for manufacturing a reconstructed tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Shade Analyzing Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Maryann Lehmann
  • Patent number: 5944521
    Abstract: A tooth powdering applicator. A container for holding infrared reflective powder has an inlet connected to a source of pressurized fluid and an outlet connected to a rigid outlet tube. A cover is removably threaded on the container to allow for insertion of the powder. The container includes a circuitous path through which the pressurized fluid is directed lifting the powder therein and forcing the powder out through the tube. The tube is rotatably mounted to the container. An optional push button valve is provided to control the flow of fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: David E. Lawler, P.C.
    Inventor: David E. Lawler
  • Patent number: 5941255
    Abstract: A cosmetics travel kit includes a case having a rectangular body with a floor and side walls projecting from the floor, a lid having a ceiling and side walls projecting from the ceiling, a stop member projecting inwardly from the lid side wall in spaced relation to the ceiling, and an inwardly facing anchor member; an implement carrier having a panel member and a retainer for cosmetic implements, first and second couplings for releasably holding the panel member in a closed position spaced within the lid for forming an openable lid storage cavity; and a supply of cosmetics selected from the set consisting of shadowing material, blushing material, lipstick, lip liner, coloring powder skin products, and coloring, calcium-bearing coating, and vitamin-bearing coating nail products. Also discloses is a method for grooming a user's fingernails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Markwins International Coporation
    Inventor: Sung-Tsei Chen
  • Patent number: 5915391
    Abstract: An electric comb, particularly for combing out and styling difficult hair, comprises a plurality of teeth which are individually mounted and guided to make oscillatory movements. The comb is constituted by a handle (10), a casing (20) containing the tooth drive mechanism, a series of teeth (22) and an electric motor (12). The tooth drive mechanism is a shaft (16) which is rotated by motor (12), comprising eccentric elements (18) forming a camshaft. A second portion of each tooth comprises means for guiding the tooth by eccentric elements of the drive mechanism, which are formed, for example, by a fork with two prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Claude Revil
  • Patent number: 5899209
    Abstract: The hair extension of the present invention includes hair strands affixed to a ring assembly. The ring assembly comprises an inner ring and an outer ring. The inner ring is configured to nest within the outer ring, with distal ends of the hair strands impinged between the inner and outer rings. A plait of a user's hair is inserted through the ring assembly of the hair extension. In one embodiment, the hair extension is attached to the plait with a band, or by sewing the hair extension to the plait. In another embodiment, the ring assembly is modified with a fastening assembly for fastening the hair extension to the plait.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventors: David McDonald, Marlene McDonald
  • Patent number: 5881745
    Abstract: A dental floss apparatus generally comprising a thimble, a pair of tines extending from the top surface of the thimble and a section of dental floss suspended between the tips of the tines. To floss, a forefinger or thumb is typically inserted into the thimble, which remains relatively fixed onto the forefinger or thumb by pressing the opposing forefinger or thumb on the same hand onto the side of the thimble. The thimble is sized and configured such that insertion of the forefinger or thumb causes a suction within the thimble that further aids holding the thimble. The section of dental floss across the tips is used to floss between the teeth. In an alternate configuration, a single tine extends upward from said thimble and dental floss is suspended between the tip of the tine and the thimble. In still another configuration, a second thimble is attached in tandem onto the first thimble for additional torque control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: OP-D-OP, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy J. Landis
  • Patent number: 5878758
    Abstract: A dental floss article is provided comprising a fiber having a predetermined length and defined by at least one substantially rigid portion and at least one flexible portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Gore Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: John Edward Bacino, John W. Dolan, Thomas Michael Gray