Patents by Inventor Andrew F. Ditterline

Andrew F. Ditterline has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 6358224
    Abstract: An irrigation system for use during endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery is shown. Both vacuum and a pressurized irrigation fluid are continually provided to a trumpet valve for immediate use during surgery. A pump that provides the pressurized irrigation fluid has a reusable motor, but a disposable head that can be replaced between procedures. A control circuit automatically reduces the voltage being supplied to the pump if there had not been a request for irrigation fluid for a first time period. If a second time period, which is longer than the first time period, passes and (a) there is no demand for irrigation and (b) the voltage to the pump has not been reduced, either the voltage to the pump will be reduced or the pump shut OFF. The irrigation system is provided in kit form with parts having to be replaced between procedures contained therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Tyco Healthcare Group LP
    Inventors: Jerry L. Tims, Andrew F. Ditterline
  • Patent number: 4662617
    Abstract: A support base is shown for supporting a motorcycle where the motorcycle has a footpeg on either side of the motorcycle frame for receiving the rider's foot and where each footpeg is provided with at least one opening therein. The base includes a body having a top support surface for supporting the frame of the motorcycle, a bottom surface and sidewalls therebetween. A tie-down tool is provided which includes a handle and a shank extending outwardly from the handle. The shank is of lesser relative diameter than the handle to allow the shank to pass through the footpeg opening but to restrain the handle. The outer extent of the shank opposite the handle is provided with a hook for engaging a loop on the sidewall of the body to support the motorcycle in upright fashion on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Inventors: Andrew F. Ditterline, Jr., James A. Mann, Jr.
  • Patent number: D615908
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Andrew F. Ditterline