Patents Represented by Attorney A. C. Smith
  • Patent number: 7162847
    Abstract: A foam wall panel system with a unique Z-shaped wall panel connection device. The Z-shape of the wall panel connection device provides cavities on each side which accept the angled edges of foam wall panels that fit within the cavities. Adjacent foam cores having angled edges are secured into the cavities on opposite sides of Z-shaped wall panel connection devices to form a continuous foam wall. The Z-shaped wall panel connection device can be fabricated from a single sheet of material, or other suitable materials, and can replace metal wall studs. The folded corner edges of the Z-shaped wall panel connection device, and the edges of the foam cores, are rounded to avoid damage to the foam wall panel during the installation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Marko Gigiakos
  • Patent number: 7137861
    Abstract: A motion based communications system having an animated device, which is controlled locally or over a network connection, and which uses motion to convey information to a user. The information can relate to a predefined system events, such as printer status changes, e-mail status, system errors or communications. Further, it can represent remote individuals in a chat room, or when playing games. Computer games can use it to represent a remote or local human or software opponent. Voice recognition software allows commands or data to be input to the system via the device. Multiple devices can be used for multiple remotely located users. A universal base unit allows characters to be replaceably attached to, and controlled by, the base unit. Different characters can be substituted for different games, etc. The device may be software controlled by any application program via a standard application program interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventors: Sandra L. Carr, G. Richard Geldbaugh
  • Patent number: 7131989
    Abstract: A light therapy system that exposes specific light frequencies to specific points on a patient's body. The light varies both in frequency and in length of exposure. A broad range of light frequencies are intermittently directed to chakra points on a patient's body. Selected light frequencies are sequenced for each chakra point. An adjustable apparatus is provided which can simultaneously expose multiple locations, with the ability to align each lamp to a specific location and at a specific distance from the patient's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Laura Anderer
  • Patent number: 7097860
    Abstract: A method of reducing inflammation in a variety of disorders by using an intraperitoneal solution of magnesium. The solution can be used for treating inflammatory and inflammation-related disorders in animals and/or humans. Application of the solution reduces inflammation and thereby assists in the healing process. An alternative method involves the intraperitoneal administration of a solution containing magnesium salts. Another alternative method provides for treatment of inflammatory and inflammation-related disorders in animals by way of intraperitoneal administration of a solution containing magnesium salts, methenamine or its salts and dextrose. The method further provides the use of methenamine or its salts and/or dextrose in combination with magnesium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventors: Aaron Moshenyat, Anna Moshenyat, Reuven Moshenyat, Yitzchak Moshenyat
  • Patent number: 7047988
    Abstract: A cleaning device which washes each of the components of a paint sprayer from the correct angle to ensure that all residue is properly removed. The invention provides a mechanism for aligning cleaning nozzles with the components of the paint sprayer. Holding devices precisely position components of the paint sprayer such that they align the components to be cleaned with adapters happening solvent spray nozzles. Each holding device is aligned with individual spray nozzles that spray cleaning fluid onto surfaces from which paint is to be removed. Adjustable spray nozzles are provided which allow the cleaning device to be adjusted such that the it can be used with paint sprayers having different configurations. An alternative embodiment provides a kit assembly that can be retrofitted to a conventional cleaning machine. Alternatively, the device may be used with other tools which are disassembled prior to cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Sharon Schwartz
  • Patent number: 7044087
    Abstract: A unisex protective garment worn by both male and female animals, particularly dogs, the garment having a first forward harness portion and a rear genitalia protection portion. The rear portion includes a woven vinyl mesh material covering both the male genitalia and the female genitalia, in the same unisex garment, which would allow fluid flow, such as urine therethrough, but would prevent contact between male and female genitalia. This garment, when worn by either a male of female dog, would allow the dog to urinate and defecate, but would not allow the dog to copulate with the opposite sex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Jomain Brecheen
    Inventor: Jomain Brecheen
  • Patent number: 6974906
    Abstract: A signal cable lead structure in which each lead inside the cable is formed in a generally rectangular shape such that current passing through each segment of the lead is traveling in the opposite direction from current passing through an adjacent segment of the same lead. As the signal is passing through the signal cable, the magnetic fields generated in each segment of the lead cancels out the magnetic fields in adjacent segments of the lead. In signal cables having multiple leads, the leads are arranged such that they are offset from one another to maximize the distance between the leads, and also rotated in relation to one another to further maximize the distance between the leads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventor: Wing Yat Lo
  • Patent number: 6944293
    Abstract: A telephone line shunt for disabling incoming and outgoing calls to or from a telephone line. The device attaches to a single outlet or telephone such that the line is unavailable to devices attached to it from any other location. A shunt short circuits the ring and pitch lines of a conventional telephone line to inhibit a dial tone for outgoing calls while simultaneously creating the appearance of a line busy status for incoming calls. The shunt is inserted into any standard telephone wall jack to inhibit line availability, and removed to restore line availability. The shunt can be implemented by a simple wire shunt embedded in a modified plug for an RJ-11 jack. Alternatively, the shunt can be controlled by activation switches on a wall receptacle, on a telephone hand set, and on a telephone/clock radio. An optional remote control allows switching of the shunt. The shunt control mechanism may also used a password system to control access to the shunt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: William J. Rutter
  • Patent number: 6923131
    Abstract: A windsurfing catamaran with a self-stabilizing wing. The wing is moved to the correct position by counter balancing water pressure from a rotating central keel connected to a central mast. The keel rotates in the opposite direction of the wing when the wing is moved off center by wind. The keel rotates such that a greater surface area is presented to water flow striking the keel. Water pressure on the keel offsets wind pressure on the sails and returns the keel and mast back to an upright position. This increases stability, lift, driving force, and speed. A central catamaran platform provides hinged struts and shock absorbers between the rear end of the central platform and planing hulls to reduce impact damage. The hinged struts and shock absorbers reduce water drag and the braking effect of repeated hull impacts with water resulting in a further increase in speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Enrique Petrovich
  • Patent number: 6910238
    Abstract: An alternating pressure support surface for use by patients requiring bed rest. The air pressure control system used by the alternating pressure surface dynamically controls air pressure in multiple inflatable compartments and further controls the cross over pressure as sets of inflatable compartments are simultaneously being inflated and deflated. A pressure transducer provides feedback which is used to dynamically adjust the output pressure produced by a pump to prevent over inflation or under inflation and ensure that cross over air pressure is properly maintained to prevent under inflation which results in bottoming out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventors: Lydia Biggie, John Biggie, David Genaro
  • Patent number: 6912398
    Abstract: A time/location information delivery system that provides focused advertising and/or other information to individuals based on the time and their location. A wireless identification device is carried by an individual and can be read from or written to when the individual passes by interrogators in a specific geographic location. The detectors read ID information embedded in the wireless identification device. A computer uses the ID and location information to select, from a list of information providers, those information providers which provide information content identifiable or correlated to a location and/or time, and is of interest to the individual. The information content can be forwarded to the individual by a variety of information channels. One channel uses conventional Internet email to deliver advertisements and other information to the individual's Internet mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: David Domnitz
  • Patent number: 6855881
    Abstract: A multifunction power/data distribution system which consists of a cable system that provides power, data, and air cooling from a single wall outlet. Each device, has a single cable which brings power, data, and/or cooled air to that device. The system includes an appliance coupler assembly which may incorporate a fiber optics signal line, a coax cable, a cooled air supply line, and/or a telephone line. The data lines may be combined into a single high bandwidth line. Only a single cable is required to be run between the appliance coupler socket on the wall and an appliance, such as a PC, telephone, etc., to connect the appliance to an external power source, to a data network, to telephone network, or to a source of air cooling. The system provides for, and describes several types of, mating wall sockets and appliance end plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Bahman Khoshnood
  • Patent number: 6834459
    Abstract: A spring loaded line recoil device which automatically rewinds the line which secures the release clip on a telescoping outrigger when the telescoping outrigger pole is collapsed. Balanced spring assemblies automatically recoil the fishing line on outrigger release clip onto a spool. As one spring assembly increases pressure, the other spring assembly produces pressure to maintain uniform tension on the line holding release clip. The retraction device attaches to the base of an outrigger. When the telescoping outrigger pole is collapsed, the spring assemblies recoil the outrigger line onto a spool. When the telescoping outrigger pole is extended, the position of release clip arm on the outrigger can be moved without changing the overall tension on the line securing the release clip arm due to the counter balanced spring pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Edgar R. van Weenen
  • Patent number: 6832720
    Abstract: A secured debit card package having an embedded value and being adapted to be sold from open and unprotected retail shelving. The secured debit card package comprises a debit card, formed as from a first material bearing a card identification number, and packaging means formed as from a second different material securing the debit card thereto, the packaging means defining a window through which the card identification number is visible, a magnetic stripe disposed on the packaging means, the magnetic stripe bearing an encoded representation of a card identification number borne by the debit card, the stripe being positioned to be scanned by a terminal for reading the encoded representation from the packaging means and for transmitting the encoded representation to a remote processing center for testing of the representation to determine whether the debit card should be activated. A method for providing security for the embedded value of a debit card is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Magnetic Ticket & Label Corp.
    Inventor: Murray Dawson
  • Patent number: 6810568
    Abstract: A protector system for a soft flexible refrigeration line as it exits an exterior wall of a building. The system comprises an elongated inflexible tube, made of such as PVC or the like, which extends through an opening in the wall of the building, with a portion of tube extending into the gap between the interior and the exterior wall and a portion of the tubing extending outside of the wall. The refrigeration line would run through the tube, and extend from the outer most end of the tubing projecting out from the wall. There would further be provided a cut or etched line along the exterior portion of the tube, so that should the soft flexible refrigerant line which extends from the outer end of the tube be crimped at that point, the part of the exterior tube extending from the cut or etched line could be then snapped or cut off, which would expose a portion of the flexible refrigerant line that is not crimped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Marvin LaCoste
  • Patent number: 6809658
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining an accurate count of multiple species of fish caught by multiple fishermen, the system including an electronic counter, having a face plate comprising a first numerical LCD display; a counter button for increasing the numerical LCD display when the button is struck; a reset button for resetting the numerical LCD display to zero when depressed; a second button for increasing or decreasing the number displayed on the numerical LCD display depending on the part of the second button depressed; at least a second set of numerical LCD display; counter button; and second button for allowing at least two individuals to utilize the counting system during fishing; means for securing the counting system to a fixture on a boat for easy access as fish are caught and being counted; and battery-powered electronics to carry out the functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Daryl P. Lofaso
  • Patent number: 6789299
    Abstract: A versatile quick change tooling system for internally and externally mounted machine tools which provides components adaptable to a system which is easy to maintain since it has no moving parts. The system would allow for universal adaptation of both internal and external tools on a machine turret and would include a turret having a face portion for mounting tools thereon; a plurality of receivers adjustable to centerline engaged either to the face portion or the perimeter portion of the turret; a tapered bore formed into each of the receivers; a tool holder, with a tool secured to a first end, and having a second end being a tapered shank to be positioned within the tapered bore of each of the receivers; a retainer secured to the tapered shank to secure each tool holder to each receiver; and allowing each of the tool holders mounted to the receivers to be easily removed by unsecuring the retainer from the tapered shank, and replacing the tool holder with a new tool holder and tool secured thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Ronnie J. Kidder
  • Patent number: 6779606
    Abstract: A system for heating drilling, completion, and/or stimulation fluids including acidizing liquids but not limited to; entering or exiting a wellbore, the system including a principal heat exchange vessel; a first inlet for introducing heat transfer media into fluid flow lines within the vessel; an outlet for flowing the heat transfer media from the vessel; a second inlet for introducing fluids returning from or returning to the well bore for receiving heat from the heating fluid within the fluid flow lines in the vessel; an outlet for flowing the heated downhole fluids from the vessel to be returned down the borehole; a heater for heating the heating fluid to a desired temperature before returning the heating fluid to the heat exchange vessel. Optimally, the drilling or completion fluid would be heated to 50° to 60° F. above ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Perry A. Lopez
  • Patent number: D497528
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Debra Fogel Harris
  • Patent number: D497846
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventors: Wayne LeBlanc, Janiene LeBlanc