Patents Examined by Richard D. Lovering
  • Patent number: 6746588
    Abstract: The invention provides a cationic electrodeposition method requiring the immersion of a conductive substrate in a coating composition, applying a voltage between an anode and the conductive substrate, and removing the substrate from the coating composition. The coating composition of the invention comprises, in an aqueous medium, an aqueous dispersion of a resin composition comprising: (A) a polymer having at least one primary carbamate group and one or more quaternary ammonium groups, (B) a carbamate functional reactive additive which is generated insitu during the production of polymer (A) and (C) a compound having a plurality of active methylol or methylalkoxy groups that are reactive with said carbamate groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: BASF Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy S. December
  • Patent number: 6723890
    Abstract: A formulation and method of making and using that neutralizes the adverse health effects of both chemical and biological toxants, especially chemical warfare (CW) and biological warfare (BW) agents. The aqueous formulation is non-toxic and non-corrosive and can be delivered as a long-lasting foam, spray, or fog. The formulation includes solubilizing compounds that serve to effectively render the CW or BW toxant susceptible to attack, so that a nucleophillic agent can attack the compound via a hydrolysis or oxidation reaction. The formulation can kill up to 99.99999% of bacterial spores within one hour of exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Tucker, Rita G. Betty, Maher E. Tadros
  • Patent number: 6719925
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel compounds of the naphthopyran type with a fused heterocycle in the 5,6-position. These compounds have formula (I) or (II) given below: These compounds (I) or (II) have valuable photochromic properties. The invention further relates to their preparation, to their applications as photochromic substances, and to the (co)polymer compositions and matrices containing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Corning SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Breyne, You-Ping Chan, Patrick Jean
  • Patent number: 6716366
    Abstract: Novel compositions are described for use in nitrate removal and treatment of water such as water and wastewater streams produced by processes in mining operations, agriculture industries operations, industrial operations, military operations, etc. These novel compositions are also useful for the treatment of water and wastewater streams associated with the running of industries and with the production and maintenance of livestock. Advantages of these novel compositions include use of them without need for pH adjustment and/or the presence of electropositive metals, inorganic acid, or alkaline compounds. One embodiment of these novel compositions comprises: (1) a sufficient amount of organic modified clay, (2) a highly crosslinked carbohydrate polymer with branched-chain structure containing sulfide and/or disulfide groups, or an alloy or blend of such a polymer with triazine-trithione sodium salt, (3) high swelling sodium bentonite or calcium bentonite, and (4) activated carbon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Maxichem Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Waldmann
  • Patent number: 6716729
    Abstract: There is provided a stable single-phase composition of bisphenolic stillbottoms and methods for making such compositions. There is also provided a resole and a novolac composition that includes in the manufacture of the resins the use of a stable solution of bisphenolic stillbottoms. Methods for making the resins are also provided. There is further provided a low molecular weight phenolic resin useful in the manufacture of paper laminates, such that the resin exhibits improved paper saturation and reduced phenol emissions during treating when compared to the prior art. There is also provided a laminate composition that results in a paper laminate that exhibits improved flexibility when compared to the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Borden Chemical, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Wayne Arbuckle, Vinay Malhotra, John George Juras, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6716523
    Abstract: A dispersant slurry for making spandex, based on phosphated block poly(alkylsiloxane)-poly(alkyleneether) alcohol or aromatic- or alkylaromatic-terminated phosphated poly(alkyleneether) alcohol dispersants, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.
    Inventors: Thomas Edward Carney, Oliver Gutsche, Kai-Volker Schubert
  • Patent number: 6716885
    Abstract: A storage-stable aerated gel composition comprising 30 to 97% by weight of water, 0.2 to 5% by weight of a gelling agent selected from xanthan gum, sodium alginate and neutralized carboxyvinyl polymer and 2 to 5% by weight of a fine particulate hydrophobic silicone-treated silica having a surface area of from 80 to 300 m2/g. The composition is in the form of fine particles of an aqueous gel containing the water and the gelling agent, the surface of which particles are coated with a coating of the finely divided particulate hydrophobic silica. The gel composition is prepared by mixing, under high shear conditions, the water and the fine particulate silica, and then adding to the resulting mixture, the gelling agent and mixing under high shear conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Sorex Limited
    Inventors: Roland Twydell, Lesley Le Quesne
  • Patent number: 6712900
    Abstract: On object of the present invention is an agent for the reduction of the degree of shrinkage in hydraulic binders, whereby said comprises an alkanolamine of formula R—NH—(AOH) wherein R is hydrogen or a linear or branched aliphatic or cyclic C1-C6-alkyl group, and A is a C2H4-group or C3H6-group, alone or in combination with hydroxy compounds and/or ethers. Furthermore a method for the reduction of the dry shrinkage of binders such as cement, admixed cement, puzzolanas and thereof produced mortars and concretes by means of such a shrinkage reducing agent is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Sika AG, Vorm, Kasper Winkler & Co.
    Inventors: Franz Wombacher, Theodor A. Bürge, Urs Mäder
  • Patent number: 6710092
    Abstract: A novel emulsion comprising a material which is stabilized by a polymer resin precursor having interface active molecules incorporated therein by reaction from poorly or non-surface active materials is disclosed. The process for producing such emulsions is likewise disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Syngenta Limited
    Inventors: Herbert Benson Scher, Patrick Joseph Mulqueen, Nicholas David Green, Catherine Julia Piper
  • Patent number: 6709650
    Abstract: Microparticles of a water-soluble material, which are smooth and spherical, and at least 90% of which have a mass median particle size of 1 to 10 &mgr;m, and which carry a therapeutic or diagnostic agent can successfully be used in dry powder inhalers to deliver the said agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Elam Drug Delivery Limited
    Inventors: Andrew D. Sutton, Richard A. Johnson, Peter J. Senior, David Heath
  • Patent number: 6709675
    Abstract: The invention concerns liquid or pasty thixotropic compositions containing an active substance for filling capsules at room temperature. The compositions become fluid by the effect of shearing when they pass through the filling nozzle, then recover their consistency with sufficient intensity and rapidity to prevent, after filling any leak between the two capsule parts. Said compositions are characterized in that their rheological properties are specially adapted for filling and for optimal recovery of consistency. They are preferably in the form of dispersions supporting amphiphilic excipients. Said compositions enable the formulation of active liquid, pasty and even solid substances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Pierre Fabre Medicament
    Inventors: Pascal Lombardin, Jean-Louis Grossiord, Monique Seiller, Elie Leverd, Eric Goutay, Joël Bougaret
  • Patent number: 6706795
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for the production of particles of nano-materials being transition metals and alloys; metal oxides; and ceramic compositions having a small nanosize, i.e. about 1-6 nm. The method comprises a synthesis in the solutions of complex liquids from suitable precursors, which precursors are selected from suitable surfactants and alkoxides, by a suitable chemical reaction under mild conditions; and preparing from said materials fine colloids dispersed in various polymer solutions. The water in the solution is preferably non freezing water, the mild conditions are atmospheric pressure and a temperature range of room temperature to 70° C., and the reaction condition is selected among a hydrolysis, reduction and exchange process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Inventors: Nissim Garti, Yana Berkovich
  • Patent number: 6703352
    Abstract: Viscoelastic surfactant based aqueous fluid systems useful as thickening agents in various applications, e.g. to suspend particles produced during the excavation of geologic formations. The surfactants are zwitterionic/amphoteric surfactants such as dihydroxyl alkyl glycinate, alkyl ampho acetate or propionate, alkyl betaine, alkyl amidopropyl betaine and alkylimino mono- or di-propionates derived from certain waxes, fats and oils. The thickening agent is used in conjunction with an inorganic water-soluble salt or organic additive such as phthalic acid, salicylic acid or their salts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Schlumberger Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Manilal S. Dahayanake, Jiang Yang
  • Patent number: 6699912
    Abstract: A method for preparation of a semitransparent colloidal solution of bismuth sodium tartrate generally comprises producing an aqueous solution of bismuth sodium tartrate; extracting a magma of bismuth sodium tartrate from the aqueous solution at a pH of approximately 2.2; and then dissolving the magma into a salting-in mixture. It is critical that the magma be extracted at a pH of at least 2.2 but not more than 2.3. As a result, the magma is extracted by washing with a wash liquor comprising an addition of distilled water; allowing the magma to settle out of the wash liquor; measuring the pH of the wash liquor after the magma has settled; and then decanting the wash liquor from the magma. This process is then repeated as necessary to arrive at a magma within the critical pH range, whereafter the magma is air dried in preparation for salting-in. After addition of preservative and strength testing, the base solution is diluted to an elixir strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Gastropal Partners
    Inventor: Fernando Palafox, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6698883
    Abstract: A photochromic cured product exhibiting excellent photochromic properties such as a high color density and a high fading rate, as well as excellent base material properties such as a high hardness and a large heat resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Tokuyama Corporation
    Inventors: Junji Momoda, Hironobu Nagou, Toshiaki Otani
  • Patent number: 6683117
    Abstract: An oiliness agent comprising a carboxylate of a composite metal hydroxide having a chemical composition represented by the following general formula (1), M2aM3x(OH)y(A)z.nH2O  (1) wherein, M2 indicates a divalent metal, M3 indicates a trivalent metal, A indicates an anion of an aliphatic carboxylic acid, a, x, y, and z are numbers satisfying the following formulas: a>0, 3x+2a−y−mz=0 (wherein m is a valency of anion A), 0.3≦a/x≦2.5 1.5≦y/(a+x)≦3.0 1.0≦(a+x)/z≦20.0, and n is a number not larger than 7. The oiliness agent exhibits excellent emulsifying properties such as dispersion stability and moisture retaining property without emitting odor and without a tendency of being colored, and is very useful for forming a water-in-oil emulsion which can be effectively used as a base material for cosmetics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Mizusawa Industrial Chemicals Ltd
    Inventors: Yoshinobu Komatsu, Hitoshi Ishida, Kouji Inoue, Hiroshi Igarashi, Masami Kondou, Madoka Minagawa, Tetsu Sato, Hiroshi Ogawa
  • Patent number: 6683123
    Abstract: A process for producing a thermoplastic molding composition is disclosed. The process entails introducing a solid polymeric resin, optionally containing residual moisture, into an extruder, operating under conditions designed to melt the resin and charging water into the melt while in the extruder to yield wet, molten resin that contains water in an amount of at least about 2 percent. The wet, molten resin is then devolatilized to yield dry resin having water content not exceeding 0.3 percent. Molding compositions thus produced have improved properties. In a preferred embodiment, the process results in a molding composition that contains a fine dispersion of a discontinuous phase in a continuous polymeric phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Bayer Polymers LLC
    Inventor: Henry A. Kozlowski
  • Patent number: 6682594
    Abstract: A process for making a functional film by adding a magnesium alkoxide and a diethanolamine, which can dissolve or disperse the magnesium alkoxide, in an organic solvent followed by allowing hydrolysis of the magnesium alkoxide to proceed in a rate-controlling manner wherein the magnesium alkoxide is dissolved or dispersed in the organic solvent. Water is added in no more than a stoichiometric amount to the solution or dispersion partially to hydrolyze the magnesium alkoxide. The partial hydrolyzate solution is matured to grow magnesium oxide and/or magnesium hydroxide particles, resulting in a stable sol solution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshio Yoshihara, Nobuko Takahashi, Satoshi Mitamura
  • Patent number: 6680066
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a composite material with an improved structure in which is dispersed an active organic compound, and a method for treating effluents, in particular a method for treating photographic effluents. The composite material takes the form of a structured gel comprising an aluminosilicate polymer matrix in the form of fibers in which at least two distinct fibers are interconnected by at least two covalent bonds to form an irreversible chemical gel and, dispersed in the matrix, an active organic compound. The choice of the degree of cross-linking of the matrix makes it possible to control the diffusion of a hydrophilic active organic compound. The invention further concerns a method for preparing such a composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Olivier J. Poncelet, Danielle M. Wettling
  • Patent number: RE38459
    Abstract: An injectable physiologically acceptable aqueous phase fluorocarbon emulsion, which has substantially no free fluorocarbon, has an excellent stability is prepared by a process of the invention. Typically, more than about 99.8 wt. % of the fluorocarbon remains in the size range of about 0.2 to 0.4 microns even after being stored at room temperature for one year or more in sealed containers under a non-oxidizing atmosphere. The emulsion is useful in medical applications, for example, coronary angioplasty, cancer therapy, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Thomas Jefferson University
    Inventors: Stuart Raynolds, Robert H. Dettre