Patents Examined by Robert M. Fetsuga
  • Patent number: 7895682
    Abstract: Negative pressure is: (a) applied through a shallow manifold inlet fitted between the rear of a toilet porcelain bowl and hinged seat; (b) created by a remote blower; (c) conveyed via conduit. An adjustable hood in front of the manifold optimizes odor collection. The blower can be located in a housing possessing multiple inlet ports for connection to a plurality of manifolds. The blower can also be used in line with conduit and multiple blowers utilized. A sensor port in a manifold extension facilitates empirical verification of air flow. Electrical supply to the blower can be controlled by a light switch: (a) independently; or with: (b) a vent that can be exhausted through the same conduit, or (c) a humidity blower. Plastic and metal conduit of differing cross section are joined with an adapter and either connected to a blower housing inlet port. PVC conduit is disposed within wall frames hung from the sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Robert De Nyse
  • Patent number: 7882577
    Abstract: A mobile sanitary system has a transportable platform, in particular a chassis, on which a plurality of sanitary elements are arranged. A number of technical supply devices are situated on the platform. According to one aspect of the invention, the technical supply devices are arranged in a central region of the platform, which region is surrounded all the way around by the plurality of sanitary elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Kärcher Futuretech GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Merz, Michael Moser, Gunter Siegle, Johann Tatar
  • Patent number: 7865979
    Abstract: A toilet tank flush valve structure includes a valve base for installation in the outlet hole formed in the floor of a toilet tank and defining a water outflow passage and including a first valve member at the upper end of the water outflow passage. A float assembly is movable relative to the valve base between a sealing position in which a second valve member at a lower end of the float assembly engages the first valve member in sealing relationship and a flushing position in which the second valve member is spaced upwardly from the first valve member. The float assembly includes an outer shell that is open downwards and has a lower edge at which the shell is provided with the second valve member, and a closure member within the outer shell and cooperating with the outer shell to define a float chamber. The closure member is adjustable in position relative to the outer shell, whereby the float chamber is adjustable in volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas P. Hand
  • Patent number: 7849529
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods include an array of a plurality of individual air injector nozzles are integrally connected to a common air flow tube. The individual nozzles include an integral attaching plate and an integral air injector tube in addition to the common air flow tube with the individual nozzles spaced along the common air flow tube. A plurality of arrays can be joined together to form an entire arrangement of any desired configuration of individual air injector nozzles that can be applied as a complete unit to a tub or spa. One or more of the arrays can be cut across the common air flow tube to achieve the exact number of individual nozzles required in accordance with the desired arrangement of air injector nozzles. The arrays, including the cut arrays can be joined together at a location other than at the tub or spa and then transferred as a complete unit to be attached to the tub or spa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Paul R. Bedard
  • Patent number: 7836525
    Abstract: A Comfort Seat and Commode Device that is adaptable for incorporation into a wheel chair, an ordinary arm chair or couch or bed, a hospital bed, or any other means of convalescence or permanent occupation by the disabled, is herein disclosed. The device's framework supports a seat portion that is capable of rotating to provide an opening through which a patient or disabled person may eliminate waste. The rotatable seat is located in-line vertically with a waste bin and cover that comprise the commode. An actuation means is provided, which, in response to a command by the user, simultaneously opens the waste bin cover, rotates the seat, and elevates the waste bin to permit use of the device. A means of providing squirting action of a cleaning solution to cleanse the user after elimination, as well as a drying system, may also be incorporated into the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventors: Hector Castillo, Mahendra C. Shah
  • Patent number: RE45865
    Abstract: A prosthetic valve assembly for use in replacing a deficient native valve comprises a replacement valve supported on an expandable valve support. If desired, one or more anchor may be used. The valve support, which entirely supports the valve annulus, valve leaflets, and valve commissure points, is configured to be collapsible for transluminal delivery and expandable to contact the anatomical annulus of the native valve when the assembly is properly positioned. The anchor engages the lumen wall when expanded and prevents substantial migration of the valve assembly when positioned in place. The prosthetic valve assembly is compressible about a catheter, and restrained from expanding by an outer sheath. The catheter may be inserted inside a lumen within the body, such as the femoral artery, and delivered to a desired location, such as the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic CoreValve LLC
    Inventors: Jacques Seguin, Georg Börtlein
  • Patent number: RE45867
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted conveyor system including an infeed conveyor assembly mounted for powered rotation relative to the vehicle. The conveyor system includes a discharge conveyor assembly pivotally mounted to a main turret, which in turn is mounted to a primary turntable for powered rotation relative to the vehicle. The discharge conveyor assembly includes a telescoping boom and a moving discharge conveyor belt to supply an aggregate material, such as concrete, to a desired point at the work site. An infeed conveyor assembly is rotatably mounted to the main turret by a powered secondary turntable. The powered secondary turntable is mechanically driven by a drive mechanism, such that the infeed conveyor assembly can be rotated relative to the main turret. The secondary turntable and the primary turntable are independently operable and rotate about a common vertical axis, such that the infeed conveyor assembly and the discharge conveyor assembly can be independently rotated relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: PUTZMEISTER INC.
    Inventors: Martin G. Mayer, Terry L. Smith
  • Patent number: RE46857
    Abstract: The present invention provides a small electric blind rivet setting device that is capable of being driven by a battery and that does not require a pathway for recovering the broken mandrels to be provided in the motor shaft. A recovery container 10 is provided in a tool housing 27 forward of an electric motor 13 in the axial direction, and a spindle 14, which rotates because of the rotation of a drive shaft 18 connected to the electric motor circumventing the recovery container, is connected so as to move a pulling head (30) in the axial direction. The positive rotation, stopping of rotation and reverse rotation of the electric motor are controlled by a pulling operation on a trigger and detecting the position of the pulling head in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Matsugata
  • Patent number: RE46878
    Abstract: A key for use in a cylinder lock with a rotatable key plug having a profiled keyway. The key comprises an elongated, substantially flay key blade (120; 120?) having a longitudinal profile groove (122; 122?) extending along at least a portion of the length of the key blade. The groove has an undercut portion (129) adjacent to a ridge portion (128, 128?), the outside of which forms part of a side surface (123; 123?) of the key blade. The undercut portion (129; 129?) of the groove is expanded, at its innermost part adjacent to and inside said ridge portion, into a longitudinally extending pocket (135; 135?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widen
  • Patent number: RE47086
    Abstract: A toner container detachably attached to a toner-container holder of a main body of an image forming apparatus includes a container body that includes an opening, and discharges toner contained in the container body, from the opening; and a held portion that is held by the toner-container holder in a non-rotating manner. The held portion includes an open/close member for opening/closing the toner outlet in synchronization with an attachment/detachment operation of the held portion to/from the toner-container holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Taguchi, Goro Katsuyama, Takeroh Kurenuma, Hideo Yoshizawa, Masayuki Yamane
  • Patent number: RE47210
    Abstract: A collapsible crate for transporting goods, the crate having an upstanding wall, at least a portion of which is movable, locating feature and releasable locking feature for releasably securing the movable wall portion relative to the crate, wherein the locating feature has a projection receivable within a recess or aperture to align, in use, the movable wall portion relative to the crate such that the movable wall portion is releasably securable by the locking feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Goodpack IBC (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: David Lam
  • Patent number: RE47329
    Abstract: An anchor for a carpet tile includes a cross-shaped base having four arms extending from a vertex. The arms form a planar top surface and a planar bottom surface. A vertical blade centered on the base rises to engage the backing of a carpet tile when a corner of the carpet tile is placed near the vertex. The blade is preferably made of bendable and resilient material. Preferably, the anchor is used with a pedestal head of a raised-flooring system and has a nub extending from the bottom surface of each of the arms of the base to fit within holes in the pedestal head and thereby secure the anchor to the pedestal head. An alternative anchor includes a plate for the base and the blade in the shape of a cross rises from the plate. The plate may have a hole in each quadrant defined by the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CarpetLok, LLC
    Inventor: Wilson Edward Bailey, Jr.
  • Patent number: RE47555
    Abstract: A key for use in a cylinder lock with a rotatable key plug having an elongated key blade with a relatively wide lower portion and a relatively narrow upper portion. A step-like transition region between the wider lower portion and the narrow upper portion. The key blade includes a longitudinal profile groove located adjacent to the step-like transition region that extends along at least a portion of the length of the blade. An inner wall of groove is substantially parallel to a side surface of the lower portion of the key blade. The longitudinal profile groove includes an undercut portion adjacent to and inside a ridge portion of the key blade. The outside of ridge portion forms apart of the side surface of the blade in the relatively wide lower portion up to the step-like transition region and the inside of ridge portion facing inner wall of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widen
  • Patent number: RE47574
    Abstract: A climate controlled seat assembly includes a seat cushion that has an outer surface with a first side for supporting an occupant in a seated position and a second side, which generally faces in an opposite direction than the first side. An air passage extends from the first side to the second side of the seat cushion. A support member has a first side that is configured to provide support to the seat cushion and a second side. the first side and the second side of the support member generally face in opposite directions. A distribution passage is in communication with the air passage and is formed at least in part by a recess formed at least in part in one of the first side of the support member and the second side of the seat cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Gentherm Incorporated
    Inventors: John Terech, David Marquette
  • Patent number: RE47617
    Abstract: The present invention is a lifting mechanism with lift stand accommodation, which is used to allow a lift stand to reside within its bounding space. The present invention comprises a lifting mechanism and a Y-shaped chassis. The Y-shaped chassis comprises a lift mechanism housing and a U-shaped base. The U-shaped base comprises a base slot that allows a jack stand frame to be inserted between its left and right end. The lifting mechanism is used to raise and lower an object from its initial position. The lifting mechanism comprises a left support arm, a right support arm, a lift arm and a U-shaped lift platform. The U-shaped platform comprises a platform slot that can allow a jack stand saddle to be inserted between its left platform end and right platform end. A brace maintains the rigidity of the lift arm, the left support arm, and the right support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas J. Galla
  • Patent number: RE47627
    Abstract: A movable barrier system wherein the trolley system comprises at least two guiding rail portions. At least one of the guiding rail portions is supported by a support member secured to the headroom area of the building support structure. The trolley traverses the at least two guiding rail portions by a hinged coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: The Chamberlain Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Roy Skotty
  • Patent number: RE47738
    Abstract: A joint for use in aircraft construction, for example a wing, comprises: a cover skin having an interior surface, an exterior surface and a distal portion, said distal portion having an exterior-facing surface; and a butt-strap having a first portion for connection to the skin, said first portion having an interior surface, an exterior surface and a distal end. The first portion of the butt-strap is connected to the distal portion of the skin such that a junction is formed between the exterior surface of the skin and the exterior surface of the first portion of the butt-strap. The exterior-facing surface of the distal portion of the skin is of a shape complementary to the shape of the interior surface of the first portion of the butt-strap. The first portion of the butt-strap tapers towards its distal end such that, at said junction, the exterior surface of the skin and the exterior surface of the first portion of the butt-strap form a substantially continuous exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Anthony Cooper
  • Patent number: RE48011
    Abstract: A pump assembly comprising a stator and a rotor having vanes of opposite handed thread arrangements is described. A radial gap is located between the stator vanes and the rotor vanes such that rotation of the rotor causes the stator and rotor to co-operate to provide a system for moving fluid longitudinally between them. The operation of the pump results in a fluid seal being is formed across the radial gap. The described apparatus can also be operated as a motor assembly when a fluid is directed to move longitudinally between the stator and rotor. The presence of the fluid seal results in no deterioration of the pump or motor efficiency, even when the radial gap is significantly greater than normal working clearance values. Furthermore, the presence of the radial gap makes the pump/motor assembly ideal for deployment with high viscosity and/or multiphase fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: HIVIS PUMPS AS
    Inventor: Alastair Simpson
  • Patent number: RE48252
    Abstract: A pontoon boat having enhanced handling characteristics includes a deck, a central pontoon mounted to said deck, two outer pontoons mounted to said deck on respective opposite sides of said central pontoon, and a motor, wherein the central pontoon extends below the outer pontoons to create a V-shaped hull, and the motor is capable of causing said center and outer pontoons to plane during normal operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: David J. Curtis
  • Patent number: RE48269
    Abstract: A thrust foil bearing includes a thrust member, and a foil member mounted to an end surface of the thrust member and having a thrust bearing surface that forms a thrust bearing gap. The foil member includes a foil that integrally includes a plurality of leaves each having a free end on one side in a circumferential direction and the thrust bearing surface, and a coupling portion for coupling the plurality of leaves to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventor: Masato Yoshino