Patents Examined by Robert J. Warden
  • Patent number: 6911177
    Abstract: An ultraviolet area sterilizer (UVAS) is mobile or stationary. The UVAS is positioned in a room, such an operating room or intensive care unit. Motion detectors sense movement, to assure that personnel have evacuated the space to be sterilized. Subsequently, UV-C generators, such mercury bulbs, generate UV-C from multiple locations within the room or other enclosed space. Multiple UV-C sensors scan the room, and determine the area reflecting the lowest level of UV-C back to the sensors. The device calculates the time required to obtain a bactericidal dose of UV-C reflected back to the sensors. Once an effective bactericidal dose has been reflected to all the sensors, the unit notifies the operator and shuts down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Deal
  • Patent number: 6910243
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for securing a wiper arm, which is driven via a lever mechanism (10) that has a drive lever, connected in a manner fixed against relative rotation to the drive shaft (12), and a steering lever (22, 24, 26) connected to an axle (16, 18, 20), which are pivotably connected to a wiper lever (112). It is proposed that the steering lever (22, 24, 26) is braced in the mounting direction (28) on a bearing shoulder (30, 32, 34) on the axle (16, 18, 20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Zimmer
  • Patent number: 6908597
    Abstract: An air sanitizing device for vehicles includes a casing attached to an air vent of the vehicle and having a passage defined therethrough. An ultraviolet LCD is located in the passage and powered by a power supply device connected to the casing. The power supply device can be powered by batteries, AC or DC electric current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventors: Chug-Ming Chen, Chen-Chen Liu
  • Patent number: 6907640
    Abstract: An apparatus for dispensing paint comprises a container arranged to contain paint, the container has an open top end of the container providing access to the paint by a user, an enclosed bottom end on the container and a front inner side of the container. The front inner side has a plurality of raised protrusions for rolling off excess paint of a paint roller. A mounting arrangement is located at the top end on a back side of the container for supporting the container in a raised position on a vertical structure. A supporting arrangement is located at the bottom end for supporting the container such that the container remains in a generally vertical position. The mounting arrangement is arranged such that the raised protrusions on the front inner side of the container face towards the user on the vertical structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Ronald Rougeau
  • Patent number: 6907637
    Abstract: An edge wheel assembly for use in a semiconductor wafer fabrication brush box is provided. The edge wheel assembly is configured to support and to rotate a semiconductor wafer in a vertical orientation and includes an edge wheel assembly block having at least two pairs of edge wheel shaft bores. Edge wheels are attached to shafts extending through the edge wheel shaft bores, and a drive motor drives the shafts to rotate the edge wheels. The drive motor is coupled to the edge wheel assembly block with a plate which is designed to enable insertion of the edge wheel assembly into either one of a first side and a second side of the brush box. Component parts are designed to be configurable to a plurality of orientations and implementations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventor: Christopher J. Peña
  • Patent number: 6907639
    Abstract: An improved paint roller for easy removal from a paint roller frame having a paint roller tube, an end cap and a removal interface attached to the end cap. The end cap attaches to, attached within, or is part of the distal end of the paint roller tube. The removal interface is configured to aid in removal of the paint roller from a paint roller frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Frank's Creative Idea's, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Chelednik, Frank Chelednik, Virginia Chelednik
  • Patent number: 6904638
    Abstract: A drying apparatus has a support frame mounted on a handle. A drying spool is rotatably mounted on the support frame and has a web of liquid absorbent material which is incrementally scrolled from the drying spool onto a take-up roller during use of the apparatus. A user grips the handle on the support frame to move the apparatus back and forth over a wet floor surface with the web in contact with the floor surface to dry the floor surface. Indexing means is provided for incrementally advancing the drying web from the drying spool to the take-up roller to advance the wet web onto the take-up roller. On the forward stroke the web is held immobile to dry the wet floor surface as it is pushed over the wet floor surface. On the reverse stroke the indexing means releases the take-up roller to wind the wet web portion onto the take-up roller and pull a dry portion of web from the drying spool at the start of the next forward drying stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Barema Limited
    Inventors: Barry Flynn, Joseph Naughton, Hugh Mc Loughlin, Owen Laverty
  • Patent number: 6904637
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a substrate is provided. The apparatus comprises a plurality of rollers adapted to support a substrate in a vertical orientation, a scrubber brush adapted to contact a substrate supported by the plurality of rollers, and a sonic nozzle positioned at an elevation below the elevation of the scrubber brush and adapted so as to output a sonicated fluid spray that contacts a beveled edge or a major surface of the substrate such that fluid having sufficient sonic energy to harm the scrubber brush will not contact the scrubber brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Applied Materials, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Sugarman
  • Patent number: 6901623
    Abstract: A wiper pivot for a wiper apparatus of motor vehicles, which is provided with a pivot holder 3 having a shaft-holding portion 3b to rotatably support a pivot shaft 2, and a body-fixing portion 3d to be fixed to the vehicle body and formed in one body of resin together with the shaft-holding portion 3b through a connecting portion 3c, and the connecting portion 3c is further provided with a thin-walled destructible portion 4 to be destroyed at the time when impulsive force exceeding the predetermined value is applied on the pivot shaft 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Jidosha Denki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuo Ohashi, Toshiyuki Fuke
  • Patent number: 6895628
    Abstract: Multiple implement makeup applicators provide access to multiple makeup application implements releasably secured within a case. A plurality of locking mechanisms releasably secure a plurality of implements within tubes enclosed by a case. The case has a lid that closes it when it is not in use. The locking mechanisms consist of a locking pin with a locking pin tab on one end with its opposing end slidably inserted through a guide slot and a tube slot into a locking pin receiving channel. A spring encircling the opposing end of the locking pin pushes it into the sidewall of the tube to engage the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Melissa A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6895630
    Abstract: A toothbrush has, on the brush head (1), a negative end magnetic pole (5), lateral magnetic poles (6a,b) of opposite polarities and upper magnetic poles (7a-c) which have alternately opposite polarities, that of the foremost magnetic pole (7a) differing from that of the end magnetic pole (5). The field strength at the surface of the toothbrush is between 600 and 1500 Gauss in the vicinity of a magnetic pole. The magnetic poles (5, 6a,b, 7a-c) are produced by magnetic plates (4a-f) integrally cast close to the surface. Instead of being let directly into the brush head, the magnetic plates can also be let into an attachment which can be pushed onto a conventional toothbrush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Grital Anstalt
    Inventor: Paolo Giuseppe Tini
  • Patent number: 6892416
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a baby bottle brush for washing a nursing bottle. The brush comprises at least one soft and resilient support member, a washing brush, and a cap inserted into an opening portion of the nursing bottle with the upper end of the support member fixed and rotated to the right and to the left by a user. According to the brush, the interior of a nursing bottle is easily and quickly washed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventors: Sang Woong Lee, Dong Hean Lee
  • Patent number: 6889400
    Abstract: The cleaning member for a medical tube is shaped like a spherical body having a porous fibrous structure formed of a large number of superfine fibers aggregated and intertwined three-dimensionally. The spherical body moves along a lumen surface of the medical tube together with a cleaning liquid, with the cleaning member wiping and cleaning the lumen surface of the medical tube. The porous member for cleaning the treatment appliance insertion lumen of the endoscope is formed approximately spherically by molding a large number of superfine fibers. The porous member can be swelled with an aqueous cleaning liquid. When the porous member swells, the outer diameter of the porous member becomes larger than the inner diameter of a treatment appliance insertion lumen of an endoscope to be cleaned. Further because the porous member deforms, the porous member can be inserted into the treatment appliance insertion lumen of the endoscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: One Step Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kaoru Kawazoe, Koji Yoneyama, Hiroaki Kamiya
  • Patent number: 6886212
    Abstract: A wiper apparatus that decreases the number of tightening means and can efficiently carry out connecting and fixing work with respect to integration of a wiper motor and pivot axes with a pipe member. A linkage piece at the second pivot axis side is arcuately formed so as to match half the outer circumference of a linkage pipe member, a linkage piece at the wiper motor side is formed so as to be arcuate, on the inner circumferential surface of which, an external fitting portion of a pipe member along the outer circumference of the linkage pipe member and an external fitting portion of the linkage piece along the outer circumference of the linkage piece are formed. The respective linkage pieces, that are disposed on the outer circumference of the linkage pipe member, are connected in a laminated manner at the position of the external fitting portion of the linkage pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventor: Ken Machida
  • Patent number: 6884393
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods of sterilizing a device in a sterilizer, methods of sterilizing a device in an enclosure in a sterilizer, and enclosures for retaining a device capable of being sterilized in a sterilization process. The sterilization process comprises hydrogen peroxide vapor or gas. The sterilization load may include an enclosure, which can be a tray or a container. The tray or container comprises at least a volume of aluminum oxide. The ratio of the amount of hydrogen peroxide gas or vapor introduced into the sterilizer to the volume of aluminum oxide is at least 24 mg/cm3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry K. Hui, Les A. Feldman, Nancy Chu, Su-Syin Wu
  • Patent number: 6884391
    Abstract: A method for oxidizing an inorganic species in an aqueous solution comprises the steps of: (i) supplying an oxidizable source of sulphur, and oxygen to the solution; and (ii) irradiating the solution with UV light such that both the inorganic and sulphur species are oxidized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: CRC For Waste Management & Pollution Control Limited
    Inventors: Ging Hauw Khoe, Myint Zaw, Patricia Salini Prasad, Maree Therese Emett
  • Patent number: 6884390
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for applying a corrosion inhibiting material to an article. The method includes the steps of depositing a layer of corrosion inhibiting material onto a carrier film, applying the corrosion inhibiting material to the article, and separating the carrier film from the at least a portion of the corrosion inhibiting material. In a preferred embodiment, the corrosion inhibiting material is applied to rotors of disc brakes in new automotive vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: FLEXcon Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank McConville, Richard Skov, John R. Pennace
  • Patent number: 6880195
    Abstract: A vehicle (210) for travel though a fluid-filled pipe (12) is disclosed, capable of using power derived from the fluid flow to drive the vehicle (210). Certain embodiments have drive means capable of variable pitch in order to adjust the speed and direction of the vehicle in the pipe. Certain embodiments have drive means comprising a helical arm that can vary in pitch and diameter to accommodate different sizes of pipe and/or different rates of travel along the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: P.A.C.T. Engineering (Scotland) Limited
    Inventors: Bijan Bahari, Timothy Robert Louis Derval
  • Patent number: 6877180
    Abstract: A street sweeper system is used typically in a motorized vehicle. The sweeper utilizes a cylindrical brush rotating about an axis generally perpendicular to the vehicle's direction of motion. A conveyor belt catches debris thrown forwards and upward by the brush and moves the debris to a hopper. A cutoff flap is mounted contacting a front portion of the brush. The cutoff flap deflects debris that moves upwards along a front portion of the brush back downwards to be recollected at the conveyor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Tennant
    Inventors: Michael S. Wilmo, Archie A. Weidner
  • Patent number: 6877182
    Abstract: An improvement to a four sided trash container having wheels and a hinged lid includes a ramp in at least one side of the can near an upper rim of the container, the ramp being either fixed or pivotal, with the upper rim on which the ramp is located also including a tapered sweep above the ramp, for raking or sweeping debris into the container without the debris falling back out of the container during filling of the container while on its side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Felix A. Hutson