Patents Represented by Attorney Ben E. Lofstedt
  • Patent number: 6200213
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for the delivery, holding, storage, and dispensing of coins, and the like, from coin-operated gaming machines, such as “slot” machines, or the like, into which coins are deposited and, when an award is indicated, coins are dispensed as part of, or all, of the award or prize, is disclosed. After depositing coins in the coin slot of the gaming machine, the coins are typically passed through a coin-counting and delivery mechanism then deposited into one or more coin hoppers located in the front or the rear, or the top or bottom, or to the left or right of the coin counting and moving mechanism in the slot machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph Cole
  • Patent number: 6200374
    Abstract: An improved antibacterial liquid binder for use as a pre-application binder with cosmetic powders for eye liners, eye shadows and eyebrow makeup including a unique blended mixture of de-ionized water, honey, isopropyl alcohol, potassium alum, propylene glycol, boric acid, and methylparaben, and, more specifically, a new and novel admixture and combination of these ingredients, by weight, as follows: deionized water—70.97%, honey—20.88%, isopropyl alcohol—5.25%, potassium alum—0.9%, propylene glycol—0.9%, boric acid—0.9%, and methylparaben—0.2%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Richard Stevens
  • Patent number: 6003720
    Abstract: A disposable, thin-wall mixing bowl for dentists used for mixing batches of a combination of liquid and powdered materials used for taking dental impressions of the patient's teeth is described consisting of a bowl, a hollow base, a plurality of longitudinally-arranged, external ribs extending from the base up to just below the rim and a rim having a rounded and beveled portion thereabout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventors: Rick H. Morimoto, Patricia T. Morimoto
  • Patent number: 5967287
    Abstract: An internally mounted, externally lockable and removable mounting device for a coin comparator for video vending machines and the like which allows for the ready installation, removal and alignment of a coin comparator to a coin track in a gaming/vending machine without requiring that the lid or the door to the gaming/vending machine cabinet be unlocked and opened to accomplish the installation, removal or alignment of the coin comparator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph Cole
  • Patent number: 5833134
    Abstract: A wireless remote temperature sensing and control thermostat system for regulating air ducted air conditioning systems incorporating a normal mode and a remote control mode, including a combination thermostat and radio-frequency receiver unit, a radio-frequency transmitter, and an adjustable register. In the normal mode, a reference temperature is set by the thermostat for the temperature throughout the entire air conditioned structure. In the remote control mode, the local temperature sensing and control functions of the thermostat are disabled and the transmitter unit will take over the temperature sensing at the remote site which, in turn, then will control the thermostat unit. As a result, the users will be able to more accurately control their own personal environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventors: Tienhou Joseph Ho, Le Tang
  • Patent number: 5803140
    Abstract: An oil drain funnel for removable attachment to the bottom of an engine oil pan for receiving oil draining therefrom having a magnetic retention device on the rim of the opening for receiving fluids thereinto, and a crossmember supported by the sidewall of the funnel and spanning the entrance to the opening of the outlet of the funnel to prevent the passage of the oil pan drain plug therethrough while allowing the flow of oil through the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: David Edward Jodoin
  • Patent number: 5694115
    Abstract: A remote control activated electric drip coffee maker including a plurality of integrated electric controllers for implementing a plurality of start control brewing times and for providing audible signals from the coffee maker and from the hand-held remote control to signal exactly when the coffee has been brewed and is ready to drink. An electrical circuit is provided at the drip coffee maker to generate an out-of-water signal for remotely notifying the user that the drip coffee maker is out-of-water is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: Jack Desatoff
  • Patent number: 5593137
    Abstract: An bi-directional, adjustable elevating and support mechanism to assist in the removal, installation and repair of rack-mounted items such as electronic telecommunications modules by supporting and aligning such modules during the removal, installation and repair of such modules from support racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Charles L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5363734
    Abstract: A guitar holster for cradling the body of a guitar, including a generally T-shaped, rearwardly-facing element substantially co-extensive with the back side of the guitar, a forwardly-facing element essentially extending from the bottom of the guitar body up to the guitar strings' anchoring points and peripherally-disposed about the portion of the body of the guitar disposed therebetween, the peripheral portion of the forwardly-facing element secured to the complementary peripheral portion of the rearwardly-facing element to form a pocket for cradling or holstering the guitar body therein, means for securing the neck of the guitar to the vertical portion of the T-shaped element, and means for securing the entire combination of elements to a support structure, such as the housing for a guitar amplifier, or a speaker enclosure, or a wall, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Stephen P. Wilenken
  • Patent number: 5117778
    Abstract: An improved moated combination food and water animal feeding dish with nested offset triangular receptacles for improved resistance to tip over by maximizing the overall combined weight distribution characteristics of the food-water-dish combination which includes a pair of nested offset triangular receptacles, a floor, a first triangularly shaped dish secured to the floor, the first triangularly shaped dish having vertically arranged walls peripherally surrounding and disposed below the rim of a generally triangularly shaped second dish shaped similar to the first dish but substantially larger than the first dish and disposed so that it surrounds the first dish, whereby the apexes of the first dish are placed in close proximity to the mid-point between each of the pairs of apexes of the second dish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: Alvin H. Imamura
  • Patent number: 5040708
    Abstract: A caddy for needle punch needles, a needle threader and spools of threads including a base, a backwall secured to one end of the bases and rising upwardly therefrom, a plurality of receptacles in the backwall for receiving needle punch tools, such as needles and the like, a plurality of vertically arranged rods secured to the base for receiving spools of thread, and a needle threader receptacle secured to the backwall, said receptacle so formed that when the needle threader is inserted thereinto, the body of the needle threader is caused to bend slightly along its length to create a biasing force between the receptacle and the needle threader thereby preventing free relative movement between the needle threader and the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventors: Richard Blair, Barbara E. Blair
  • Patent number: 4908740
    Abstract: An integral composite structure having predetermined electrically conductive networks on a non-conductive planar or non-planar support structure produced by the combination of a slurry of electrically conductive materials having a fluid carrier which includes an evaporative fluid and an elastomeric substance in which particles of an electrically conductive material are contained, the fluid carrier being chemically reactive with the material forming the relatively non-conductive support structure to secure one to the other, and upon evaporation of the evaporative portion of the fluid carrier, the unevaporated portion of the slurry formed of the elastomeric substance and the electrically conductive particles form a solid which is both flexible and electrically conductive and a method for producing same, including the steps of introducing the slurry into a container, the container having at least a portion of the wall forming the container consisting of an elastomeric material having at least one normally closed
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Inventors: Richard D. Hudgins, Scott Carr
  • Patent number: 4676219
    Abstract: A repeating rubber band pistol for shooting elastic band and the like, including a pistol frame with handle and a pair of support arms extending upwardly from the frame, the support arms having a pair of complementary holes therein, a hand crank with a rotary spindle thereon adapted to be mounted in the pair of support arms through the pair of holes therein and adapted to be freely movable therein, a cylindrical magazine with a plurality of radially-extending elongated arms disposed circumferentially about a centrally-arranged spindle member having a central aperture therein for mounting a plurality of stretched rubber bands thereon to hold in readiness for shooting said rubber bands, and a solid cylindrically shaped spindle mounted on the frame forwardly of the handle and the support arms and adapted to freely receive the apertured magazine thereon, whereby when a string is anchorably secured to the spindle of the hand crank and the string is secured mediately about the body of one of the stretched rubber ba
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Inventor: Tony Miller
  • Patent number: 4660554
    Abstract: A combination athletic brief and cup supporter specially formed and constructed of approximately 13 percent Spandex/Lycra and 87 percent Nylon stretch material, including a brief having a waist and two openings for the legs of the brief wearer, and a cup pocket formed in the front portion of the brief by a single piece of material sewn thereon along the sides and bottom thereof to the front and along the bottom thereof.The method of constructing said combination athletic brief and cup supporter is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Inventor: Timothy D. Wright
  • Patent number: 4645198
    Abstract: A neck exercising device including an upright frame means capable of surrounding the upright torso of a human being, including a pair of handle means for manually gripping the frame means, a plurality of weighted objects, a plurality of flexible ropes one end of each of the ropes being securable to one of the weighted objects, guide means secured to the frame means for guiding each of the plurality of ropes, means for securing the ropes to the weighted objects, and means for securing the unattached ends of the ropes to the head of the person using the neck exerciser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Inventor: Frederick M. Levenston
  • Patent number: 4640500
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved inherently effectively damped coiled spring construction including a first coiled spring having a pair of ends, and a second coiled spring having a pair of ends, the second coiled spring being in the form of at least one tubular spring, the body of which is disposed about the body of the first coiled spring in operable contact therewith to provide the desired friction therebetween and whose ends are not contiguous with the ends of the first coiled spring and are free of contact with the weight imposed on the first spring and the support of the first spring so that when the first spring is dynamically compressed or expanded, relative twisting movement of the springs is made possible immediately following yielding of static friction force along their contacts, whereby the second spring disengages from the further twisting movement of the temporarily deformed coils of the first spring, thereby creating an effective friction generating and energy dissipating device for
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventor: Jgi J. Shiau
  • Patent number: D288501
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: Joan Rea
    Inventor: Richard E. Henderson
  • Patent number: D404178
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Inventor: David James Wetzler
  • Patent number: D407958
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventor: George Frederick Royse, III
  • Patent number: D414876
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventors: Rick H. Morimoto, Patricia T. Morimoto