Patents by Inventor Douglas E. Kucmerowski

Douglas E. Kucmerowski 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: 8033625
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of filling a tank with a fluid are provided. The method includes providing the tank including a porous media positioned therein, the tank having a length dimension and a width dimension; providing a plurality of needles, each needle having a first end connectable in fluid communication with a fluid source and a second end including a fluid outlet port, the fluid outlet port having an axis; orienting each needle such that the axis of the fluid outlet port is substantially parallel with a preferred direction, the preferred direction being along one of the length dimension and the width dimension of the tank; inserting each needle into the porous media positioned within the tank; and filling the tank with fluid from the fluid source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Douglas E. Kucmerowski, Robert E. Marowski
  • Patent number: 7976138
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a data-providing component securing mechanism for a printing apparatus reservoir. According to embodiments of the present invention, a securing mechanism is provided with an image-formation-material reservoir. The securing mechanism includes a drawer-style support feature having two guiding regions that interact with sides of the data-providing component when it is inserted therein. Upon complete or substantially complete insertion of the data-providing component into the drawer-style support feature, a retention feature is engaged at an opening end of the drawer-style support feature in order to retain the data-providing component in its engaged position. Consequently, the data-providing component can be secured without the use of external bonding agents, and can be removed from the drawer-style support feature intact, thereby allowing such data-providing component to be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Douglas E. Kucmerowski, Kevin R. Barrell, Eugene Edwards, Mark D. Perkins
  • Publication number: 20110148996
    Abstract: A method of filling an ink tank with ink for use with a printer, the method includes the steps of providing or obtaining an ink tank which ink tank includes both an ink supply port and an ink fill port that are enclosed within a rim that extends outwardly from the ink tank; providing an ink fill tube connected to a source of ink; connecting the ink fill tube to the ink fill port; flowing ink from the source of ink through the ink fill tube to the ink tank; removing excess air from the ink tank; and withdrawing the ink fill tube from the ink fill port.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventors: Douglas E. Kucmerowski, James E. Pickering, Joseph W. Hoff, Kevin J. O'Leary, Steven L. Moore
  • Publication number: 20090147058
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of filling a tank with a fluid are provided. The method includes providing the tank including a porous media positioned therein, the tank having a length dimension and a width dimension; providing a plurality of needles, each needle having a first end connectable in fluid communication with a fluid source and a second end including a fluid outlet port, the fluid outlet port having an axis; orienting each needle such that the axis of the fluid outlet port is substantially parallel with a preferred direction, the preferred direction being along one of the length dimension and the width dimension of the tank; inserting each needle into the porous media positioned within the tank; and filling the tank with fluid from the fluid source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Douglas E. Kucmerowski, Robert E. Marowski
  • Publication number: 20080151012
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a data-providing component securing mechanism for a printing apparatus reservoir. According to embodiments of the present invention, a securing mechanism is provided with an image-formation-material reservoir. The securing mechanism includes a drawer-style support feature having two guiding regions that interact with sides of the data-providing component when it is inserted therein. Upon complete or substantially complete insertion of the data-providing component into the drawer-style support feature, a retention feature is engaged at an opening end of the drawer-style support feature in order to retain the data-providing component in its engaged position. Consequently, the data-providing component can be secured without the use of external bonding agents, and can be removed from the drawer-style support feature intact, thereby allowing such data-providing component to be reused.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Douglas E. Kucmerowski, Kevin R. Barrell, Eugene Edwards, Mark D. Perkins
  • Patent number: 5235366
    Abstract: A recyclable, single use photographic film package and camera comprising a light/tight film casing having an exposure opening, a roll of unexposed film withdrawn from its canister and wound on a film winding reel disposed on one side of the exposure opening in the light-tight casing, the canister disposed on the other side of the exposure opening in the light-tight film casing, and an externally operable film winding thumbwheel for winding the film past the shutter and image area and into its canister as the film is exposed frame by frame. When all frames are exposed, the package is recycled after processing the exposed film by substituting a fresh roll of film and new packaging for resale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Douglas E. Kucmerowski