Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Albert O. Cota
  • Patent number: 7303320
    Abstract: A bracket (10) for mounting accessories on a pick-up truck cab (20) consisting of a Z-shaped elongated body (22) having a forward upper horizontal mounting flange (24), a rearward lower horizontal mounting flange (28), and an integral arcuate upright section (26) located in between. The upright section (26) conforms to the shape of the truck cab (20) and includes a recessed cavity (30) in reverse image of a truck third brake light socket (32) that is formed within the truck cab. A number of threaded fasteners (54) are used for attaching the third brake light onto existing threaded mounting holes (38) in the truck third brake light socket (32) when the bracket is inserted into the socket (32), thereby securely retaining both the light and the bracket in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: David M. Ashley
  • Patent number: 7300068
    Abstract: An integral keyed lock (10) for a trailer trigger-lock coupler for use as an aftermarket kit or to be incorporated by an original equipment manufacturer. The coupler integral keyed lock (10) utilizes an actuating lever (20) that is configured to interface with and enclose a lock (52). The lock (52) is preferably keyed and includes an outward-extending plunger (54). The lock is disposed within the actuating lever, inside an enlarged portion (26) of one end. The plunger of the lock extends when actuated with a key and prevents rotational travel of the coupler trigger latch, thereby locking the trailer coupler until the plunger is retracted with the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Roger L. Johnsen
  • Patent number: 7283039
    Abstract: A window-attached alerting device (10) having an electronics circuit (12) that is enclosed within an alerting device enclosure (40) that includes an outer side (42) and an inner side (44). The outer side (42) is removably attached to an inner surface (62) of a windowpane (60) that is attached to a building. Since the enclosure (40) is attached to the inside of the building, the enclosure is not exposed to inclement weather or to theft. The outer side (42) of the enclosure (40) is visible through the windowpane (60) and includes indicia (52) in the form of a target (54) or the like that is positioned to encompass an electrode (22). When a person places his/her finger or hand proximate to the target (54) the electrode, in combination with the electronics circuit (12), produces an alerting device signal 31 that can be easily heard within the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: David L. Ratner
  • Patent number: 7267516
    Abstract: A light pole erector and remover (10) for pedestal mounted light poles (74) that is comprised of three major elements: a transportation dolly (20), a pedestal attaching and lifting mechanism (22), and a pole tilting mechanism (24). The dolly (20) has fixed and steerable wheels attached to a tongue (34). The mechanism (22) is hinged to the dolly (20) and has a pair of base support arms (52) that embrace a concrete pedestal (56). Each arm (52) has a ratchet buckle tie-down (58) used for encircling the pedestal (56) and securing the mechanism (24) to the pedestal (56). The mechanism (24) is pivotally affixed to the mechanism (22) and includes a pair of ratchet buckle tie-downs (58) that encircle and secure the pole (74) to the invention (10). The pole (74) is horizontally positioned on the tilting mechanism (24), tied down and rotated to a vertical position over the concrete pedestal (56) and then lowered for attachment to the pedestal (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Jay A. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 7261175
    Abstract: A power assisted bicycle (10) which modifies an existing manually powered bicycle (12) by replacing the left pedal crank arm with a motor-driven sprocket and left pedal assembly (32). An electric motor (34) is attached to the bicycle's frame (20) and has attached a motor drive sprocket (35) and a one-way clutch (36). A motor roller chain ring (38) is connected in concert to the motor drive sprocket (35) and motor driven sprocket (32), such that the electric motor (34), provides a power assist to the manually powered bicycle, with the one-way clutch (36) permitting unassisted pedaling without resistance of the motor when de-energized. An electrical power source (40) interfaces with an electrical control system (42) for supplying electrical energy to operate and control the electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Todd Fahrner
  • Patent number: 7245262
    Abstract: An antenna beam controlling system (ABCS) for use in cellular communication systems. The ABCS allows the antenna's horizontal beam direction and horizontal beam width to be remotely adjusted for optimum reception and transmission. The ABCS, in its basic design, is comprised of at least one antenna reflector that incorporates a reflecting disk for receiving and transmitting RF signals, an antenna rotating assembly, and an electronic controller. All the elements of the ABCS are housed within an antenna enclosure, such as a radome, which is maintained in an environmentally shielded condition by a top and bottom cover. The electronic controller is designed to remotely activate the ABCS and to control and optimize the position of the antenna reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Duk-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 7234934
    Abstract: A computer configured appliance (10) that applies amplified leverage for orthodontic correction of malocclusions that incorporates a number of computer configured prong units (20) for attachment to selected teeth. Each prong unit (20) is connected to a detachable placement template (28) for positioning the prong units (20) at a computer selected tooth location. Once positioned, the prong units (20) are bonded with dental bonding cement (40) to a predetermined site of each tooth. A successive series of computer configured segmented compartment arches (42) are connected by interproximal material (48), with each arch having elastic entry compartments (38), are snapped onto each prong unit (20). When each arch (42) has achieved the optimum tooth movement, the arch (42) is unsnapped, removed and replaced by snapping in the next arch in the series, which has a higher sequential increment of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Farel Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 7230174
    Abstract: A guitar and violin hybrid instrument (10) comprising either a solid or hollow body (12). The body (12) has an upper surface (14), a lower surface (16), an upper end (18), a lower end (20), a left half (22), and a right half (24). Located on the body's (12) lower section is a leg contour (38) that provides a comfortable leg support. On the lower surface (16) is an electronics cavity (26) for housing an electronics circuit (130). Located on the body's (12) upper surface (14) is a plurality of magnetic pickups (G), control knobs for the operating the electronics circuit (130) and a bridge (42). Located on the bridge's (42) upper surface (44) is a plurality of piezoelectric pickups (Y). A neck (82) extends from the body's upper end (18). Attached to the neck's (82) upper surface (88) is a fretboard (104) on which a multiplicity of frets (112) are distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 7227505
    Abstract: An antenna beam controlling system (ABCS) for use in cellular communication systems. The ABCS allows the antenna's horizontal beam direction and horizontal beam width to be remotely adjusted for optimum reception and transmission. The ABCS, in its basic design, is comprised of at least one antenna reflector that incorporates a reflecting disk for receiving and transmitting RF signals, an antenna rotating assembly, and an electronic controller. All the elements of the ABCS are housed within an antenna enclosure, such as a radome, which is maintained in an environmentally shielded condition by a top and bottom cover. The electronic controller is designed to remotely activate the ABCS and to control and optimize the position of the antenna reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Duk-Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 7222544
    Abstract: An electronic torque-tool tester (10) designed to verify that various mechanical, electrical and pneumatic torque tools such as a torque wrench, are correctly calibrated. The tester (10) includes a housing (50) that is bordered by a horizontal mounting plate (14) and a vertical mounting plate (36). From the front of the housing (50) extends a torque transducer (132) that converts a rotational mechanical force produced by the torque wrench, into a corresponding electrical signal (11) that is converted by an electronics circuit (130) into a corresponding display signal (17). The display signal (17) operates a digital display unit (146) from where the applied torque in inch/pounds or foot/pounds can be viewed. The digital display unit (146) is attached to an articulated display assembly (108) that can be rotated through a 90 to 350-degree arc and that allows the digital display unit (146) to also be rotated through a 90 to 350-degree arc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Bradley G. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7219405
    Abstract: A fabric attaching clip (10) consisting of a garter grip button end (20) attached to a loop tape strap (24) positioned on an outer surface of a fabric (26). A garter grip wireform (22) is attached to a hook and loop tape strap (30) that is positioned on an inner surface of the fabric, aligning with the garter grip button end (20) and tightly engaged with the fabric drawn compressably between. The fabric attaching clip (10) permits fabric, to be swagged by gathering the fabric with the loop tape strap, which has the end threaded into the wireform and by pulling the extending end for adjustment. The loop tape strap (24) is joined to the hook and loop tape strap (30) for closure therebetween. A theme decoration (38) having a hook tape segment (40) is attached on a front surface of the loop tape strap (30), providing both a decorative effect to a table and covering the clip (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Susan E. Nevens
  • Patent number: 7219455
    Abstract: A three-view foldable calendar (10) consisting of a single integrated structure (12) that includes three sections: an upper section (14), a center section (16) and a lower section (18). When the calendar (10) is to be stored or mailed, the upper section (14) and the lower section (18) are folded over the center section (16) to allow a small compact structure to be formed. The upper section (14) has adjacent an upper edge (24) a centered hanging hole (36) into which is inserted a pin that secures the calendar (10) to a wall. When the calendar (10) is placed in a viewing configuration it is hung on the wall which allows three consecutive calendars months to be displayed for comparative viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Dong Hwi Lee
  • Patent number: 7219816
    Abstract: A pre-filled disposable pipette (10) consisting of a hollow bulb (12) dimensioned to enclose a medicinal product. From a lower end (16) of the bulb (12) is attached sequentially a medicinal transfer tube (24) and a medication fill tube (32), from where the medicinal product is applied. Between a lower end (28) of the tube (24) and an upper end (34) of the tube (32) is formed a break-away notch (40). When the tube (24) or the tube (32) is rotated, the notch (40) is twisted and breaks-off, thus allowing the medicinal product to flow from the bulb (12) and be released from the tube (24). The pipette (10) includes a primary grasping tab (46) attached to an upper end (14) of the bulb (12); a secondary grasping tab (54) attached to each side of the tube (24); and a support tab (70) attached to each side of the tube (32). The invention also discloses several methods for sealing the lower tip (36) of the medication fill tube (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Zhishi Xia, Jack Yongfeng Zhang, Mary Zi-Ping Luo
  • Patent number: 7216668
    Abstract: A fluid valve (10) that interrupts the flow of fluid when backpressure ceases. The valve (10) consists of a valve body (20) having an inlet (22), an outlet (24), a piston chamber (32), and a backpressure port (34). The port (34) is located between the outlet (24) and the chamber (32), and a stem bore (36) is disposed within the valve body (20) between the chamber (32), and the inlet (22) and the outlet (24). A piston (40) that includes a restricting stem (42), is confined within the chamber (32) and the stem (42) is positioned within the stem bore (36). The stem (42) restricts fluid flow when there is no backpressure, but when backpressure exists the stem (42) is forced away from the inlet (22) and the outlet (24) by the piston (40) thereby permitting a full flow through the valve (10). An adjustable compression spring (68) engages the piston (40) urging the stem (42) into the stem bore (36) when no backpressure exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas A. Adams
  • Patent number: 7214005
    Abstract: A sectionalized flood control barrier (10) for mounting on top of a levee or a river bank to prevent flooding. The barrier (10) consists of a footing (20) with a series of support channels (24) that are butted end to end attached to the footing. The support shells are sealed watertight at the interface with each other and also to the footing. A series of primary channel bridge assemblies (32) and secondary channel assemblies (46) are disposed within the support channels (24) and are also butted end to end. Wind protectors (60) contiguously engage each support channel (24) and rest upon the footing for diverting the wind over the barrier. Stepped fastening risers (62) are attached to the footing on each end and over the channel assemblies, and wind protectors hold them securely in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Inventor: George T. Davis
  • Patent number: 7207342
    Abstract: A portable cleansing device (20) for cleaning small items, such as a pacifier (80), with pressurized liquid. The invention consists of a container (22) with a lid (46) that is removably attached to the container for maintaining liquid-tight integrity. A vertical partition (52) within the container forms a fresh liquid reservoir (56) for storing fresh water and a waste liquid repository (64) for storing waste water. A cleaning chamber (68) is formed having an inner wall (70) that is spaced from the container to create a void (72) therebetween that incorporates a number of nozzle openings (74). A liquid pump (78) is attached to the container and is in fluid communication with the void and with the fresh liquid reservoir. When the pump is manually energized, water is forced from the reservoir through the nozzles, thus spraying pressurized water onto the object positioned within the cleaning chamber, with the water accumulating and stored in the repository beneath the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Terry Daniels
  • Patent number: D541450
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: John C. Cheng
  • Patent number: PP17745
    Abstract: A new and distinct Chrysanthemum plant cultivar is disclosed, characterized by large decorative type inflorescences, consistent flowering response to short days, blooming consistently after 49 days of short day length, white ray florets, free branching habit, and a consistent natural season flowering habit during the first week of September.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Pieters Plant Production, BVBA a Belgian Corporation
    Inventor: Dirk Pieters
  • Patent number: PP17771
    Abstract: A new and distinct Abutilon plant cultivar is disclosed, characterized by red and yellow flowers, large, glossy leaves, an upright, vigorous growth habit and a tall plant height. The new variety is an Abutilon, and naturally blooms from April to September.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Athena Mudas, LTDA A Brazilian Corporation
    Inventor: Lucilene Anatriello
  • Patent number: PP17772
    Abstract: A new and distinct Abutilon plant cultivar is disclosed, characterized by bright yellow flowers, large, glossy leaves, an upright, vigorous growth habit and a tall plant height. The new variety is an Abutilon, and naturally blooms from April to September.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Athena Mudas, LTDA, A Brazilian Corporation
    Inventor: Lucilene Anatriello