Patents Examined by Thomas T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10368484
    Abstract: In a sickle cutting system including a plurality of guard fingers at spaced positions across a cutter bar across which a reciprocating sickle knife passes, each guard finger has a forwardly projecting tip portion in front of a ledger surface and a rearwardly projecting tang portion connected to a rear end of the tip portion and extending therefrom over the ledger surface to a rear edge of the tang portion located over the blade. The lower surface of the tang portion includes a first portion adjacent the tip portion which is generally parallel to the ledger surface and a second portion adjacent the rear edge which is inclined at an angle away from the ledger surface. The width of the tang portion across the rear of the tang portion is equal to or greater than 1.5 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: MacDon Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Francois R. Talbot
  • Patent number: 10368487
    Abstract: A glider assembly for a handheld trimmer includes a glider shaft coupleable at one end with a rotating head of the handheld trimmer, and a glider plate connected to an opposite end of the glider shaft. The glider plate is part-spherical or saucer shaped and includes a concave side and a convex side. A bearing acts between the glider plate and the glider shaft. The assembly enables an operator to rest the weight of the trimmer on the ground during use while controlling a cutting height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: AERO-FLEX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Vincent D. Morabit
  • Patent number: 10368485
    Abstract: In certain example embodiments of this invention, the lawn mower includes one or more of: (a) cutter deck baffle teeth for improving cutting performance; (b) a trim divider edge portion of the cutter deck for improving cutting performance; (c) a trim vacuum structure portion of the cutter deck for improving cutting performance; and/or (d) a center vacuum structure portion of the cutter deck for improving cutting performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Wright Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey M. Weems, Edward R. Wright
  • Patent number: 10368486
    Abstract: In certain example embodiments of this invention, the lawn mower includes one or more of: (a) cutter deck baffle teeth for improving cutting performance; (b) a trim divider edge portion of the cutter deck for improving cutting performance; (c) a trim vacuum structure portion of the cutter deck for improving cutting performance; and/or (d) a center vacuum structure portion of the cutter deck for improving cutting performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Wright Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Corey M. Weems, Edward R. Wright
  • Patent number: 10342175
    Abstract: A vegetation cutting device comprises: a rotating cutting head and having a cutting line, the cutting line arranged to define a swath for cutting vegetation. A cutting line feeding mechanism comprises a counterweight for balancing a free end of the cutting line protruding from the cutting head, the counterweight being configured to actuate the cutting line feeding mechanism and feed more cutting line when the length of free end the cutting line is shorter than or equal to a feed length. A guide wheel is mounted on the vegetation cutting device and has an outer surface for engaging the ground. The guide wheel is moveable between a retracted position and an extended position wherein when the guide wheel is in the retracted position, the feed length is substantially equal to a distance between the outer surface of the guide wheel engaging the ground and the cutting head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Walmsley
  • Patent number: 10334780
    Abstract: A lawn mower includes a mower frame that is able to articulate between a rear frame portion and a forward frame portion. In one embodiment, the rear frame portion is supported by two main drive wheels and carries an engine and controls for operating the mower. The forward frame portion carries a mowing deck which is suitable for cutting grass. The frame may be latched in a lowered mowing position by a releasable frame latch, but, when frame latch is released, the rear frame portion and the forward frame portion may be folded with respect to each other to provide access to the underside of the raised portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: EXCEL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Harlan John Bartel, Brian Roy Funk
  • Patent number: 10314230
    Abstract: A chopper assembly for a crop residue distribution system of an agricultural combine may include a rotor shaft extending lengthwise along a rotational axis between a first end and a second end. The chopper assembly may also include a plurality of flail blades pivotally coupled to the rotor shaft. Each flail blade may be configured to pivot relative to the rotor shaft about a pivot axis, with the flail blades being spaced apart axially from one another between the first and second ends of the rotor shaft. In addition, the chopper assembly may include a plurality of spring tines coupled to the rotor shaft, with the spring tines being spaced apart from one another between the first and second ends of the rotor shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CNH Industrial America LLC
    Inventors: Justin L. Montenguise, Craig E. Murray
  • Patent number: 6903755
    Abstract: A network management system and graphical user interface for configuring a network connection between first and second service access points utilizes a configuration manager and information manager to provide a generic set of models so that different manufacturer's nodal processors and other network hardware can be inserted into the network with minimal changes to the software which controls the device. The system comprises an information manager including routing information for the network. The configuration manager operates to establish a connection across each subnet on the route by sending requests to element managers to program the subnet elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventors: John T. Pugaczewski, Jeffrey T. Kays, Nicholas P. Chantiloupe
  • Patent number: 6847387
    Abstract: The mechanisms of the present invention provide comprehensive heuristic menu arrangement control by providing several discrete, yet complementary, features. One feature is automatic menu arrangement for both fixed and variable content menus based on a combination of frequency of selection and recency of selection. Another feature is the consideration of time of day for menu arrangement. Time of day is used in two different ways. First, time of day is used as a heuristic factor (i.e., in the same way as recency and frequency) to affect the automatic arrangement of menu items. The second time of day feature allows the user to affect the order that certain menu items are presented during a user specified time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Steven William Roth
  • Patent number: 6822664
    Abstract: Methods, system, and computer program products for browsing content with a display area and input system that may be limited in comparison to more traditional browsing systems. Movement between and selection of interactive elements generally occurs in a navigation mode, whereas interaction with a single interactive element generally occurs in an edit mode. In navigation mode, a direction input selects the next interactive element in the direction indicated. If no interactive element is at least partially visible in the direction indicated or if a selected interactive element is only partially visible, the display scrolls. Switching between navigation mode and edit mode is based on the input received, in view of the input supported, by a particular interactive element. Interactive elements may be limited to the width of available display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventor: Peter O. Vale
  • Patent number: 6801199
    Abstract: A simple graphical user interface enables a user to understand how the user's level of risk affects both the amount of money the user can earn over a selected period and the likelihood that the user will make that amount. A graph plots return (in dollars) versus time, which may be user selectable. The user may select his preferred level of risk on a risk control panel, such as a digital risk thermometer. As the user selects various risk tolerances, the user may see the differences in how the investment may potentially grow (or potentially shrink) over the time period. When the user is comfortable with the results being displayed on the risk graph, the user may indicate to the system that the user is satisfied with the current level of the risk. This selected value of risk may be used by a portfolio manager in creating and managing the user's portfolio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: FOLIOfn, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven M. H. Wallman
  • Patent number: 6795098
    Abstract: A method for converting a document which contains words and images which is intended to convey information in a traditional, linear format into a document or display in which the words and images are rearranged so that the result is laid out in a pictorial representation which makes it much easier for a person using the document to understand its content. To create the easier to understand pictorial/graphical representation, a document, in its original format, is stored so that it can be accessed by a user using a personal computer or work station. A user accesses the document in its original format, selects portions of the document, and each selected portion is assigned a category for subsequent processing. The categories which may be assigned are selected from among the following: i) structural, ii) functional, iii) procedural, iv) time based, and v) event based. Additional categories may be added as a function of the desired end result and specific sub-parts or diagrams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Edutainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramin Emrani
  • Patent number: 6791577
    Abstract: As portable telephone capabilities increase, access to the myriad of features requires users to be familiar with multiple levels of functioning for each of the limited buttons available on the portable telephones. The Operation Guidance Display Processing System and Method provides an enhanced display that guides the user through the operation of various functions relative to the available buttons. The operation guidance display can be enabled or disabled by the user. In addition, the display can also assess the competency of the user during function operation and display operation guidance relative to the users own skill level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Kenji Yoshioka
  • Patent number: 6788317
    Abstract: A method of generating an implementation for an interface definition language interface (IDL), includes identifying parents for an interface; computing a set of directly implemented methods for parent interfaces; generating an implementation of the interface with concrete parent interfaces to generate a plurality of delegation fields; generating initialization and setting method for the delegation fields; and generating indirectly implemented methods with a body that delegates functionality to one of the delegate fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Karel Gardas, Tomas Zezula, Dusan Balek
  • Patent number: 6771284
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method of providing a navigational aide. In a first aspect of the present invention, a system and method of providing a navigational aide includes monitoring data displayed on a display device and detecting a marker of a section of the displayed data. A navigational aide is displayed in response to the detected marker of the section of displayed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Gateway, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen J. Anderson, Michael J. Calvillo
  • Patent number: 6771286
    Abstract: A method for converting a document which contains words and images which is intended to convey information in a traditional, linear format into a document or display in which the words and images are rearranged so that the result is laid out in a pictorial representation which makes it much easier for a person using the document to understand its content. To create the easier to understand pictorial/graphical representation, a document, in its original format, is stored so that it can be accessed by a user using a personal computer or work station. A user accesses the document in its original format, selects portions of the document, and each selected portion is assigned a category for subsequent processing. The categories which may be assigned are selected from among the following: i) structural, ii) functional, iii) procedural, iv) time based, and v) event based. Additional categories may be added as a function of the desired end result and specific sub-parts or diagrams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Edutainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramin Emrani
  • Patent number: 6771289
    Abstract: Visualizing Internet web traffic is disclosed. In one embodiment, a number of windows are displayed, corresponding to a number of clusters into which users have been partitioned based on similar web browsing behavior. The windows are ordered from the cluster having the greatest number of users to the cluster having the least number of users. Each window has one or more rows, where each row corresponds to a user within the cluster. Each row has an ordered number of visible units, such as blocks, where each block corresponds to a web page visited by the user. The blocks can be color coded by the type of web page they represent. In one embodiment, the corresponding cluster models for the clusters are alternatively displayed in the windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Igor Cadez, David E. Heckerman, Christopher A. Meek, Steven J. White
  • Patent number: 6768500
    Abstract: A method for converting a document which contains words and images which is intended to convey information in a traditional, linear format into a document or display in which the words and images are rearranged so that the result is laid out in a pictorial representation which makes it much easier for a person using the document to understand its content. To create the easier to understand pictorial/graphical representation, a document, in its original format, is stored so that it can be accessed by a user using a personal computer or work station. A user accesses the document in its original format, selects portions of the document, and each selected portion is assigned a category for subsequent processing. The categories which may be assigned are selected from among the following: i) structural, ii) functional, iii) procedural, iv) time based, and v) event based. Additional categories may be added as a function of the desired end result and specific sub-parts or diagrams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Edutainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramin Emrani
  • Patent number: 6760044
    Abstract: A method for converting a document which contains words and images which is intended to convey information in a traditional, linear format into a document or display in which the words and images are rearranged so that the result is laid out in a pictorial representation which makes it much easier for a person using the document to understand its content. To create the easier to understand pictorial/graphical representation, a document, in its original format, is stored so that it can be accessed by a user using a personal computer or work station. A user accesses the document in its original format, selects portions of the document, and each selected portion is assigned a category for subsequent processing. The categories which may be assigned are selected from among the following: i) structural, ii) functional, iii) procedural, iv) time based, and v) event based. Additional categories may be added as a function of the desired end result and specific sub-parts or diagrams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Assignee: Edutainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramin Emrani
  • Patent number: 6727930
    Abstract: A personal digital assistant can display large amounts of information as well as advertising by scrolling information and advertising in a ticker-tape format scrolled or rotated across a limited portion of the screen. Soft keys or other input mechanisms can be used to toggle the solicitation and display of additional advertising information if necessary. Large amounts of information, or local information of interest to a PDA user can be sent in real time or hot linked into the PDA for consumption by the PDA user at a later time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin G. Currans, John A. Bertani