Patents Represented by Attorney Bill B. Berryhill
  • Patent number: 7077274
    Abstract: Apparatus removably engageable with a golf bag for holding and carrying two or more selected golf clubs from the golf bag. The apparatus includes two or more tubular members substantially shorter than the golf clubs joined together in parallel relationship opened at each end and through which the shafts of selected golf clubs may be inserted. An elongated handle member is attached near one end of the tubular members and extends in spaced parallel relationship therewith toward a free distal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Jogerni (Joe) N. Laud
  • Patent number: 6863092
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for filling containers with liquid of the type having a tubular filling lance operatively connected to a source of liquid and being vertically moveable between raised positions above said containers and lowered positions, when coaxially aligned with a filling hole in one of said containers, extending through said filling hole into said container for filling thereof. The apparatus comprises a conveyor assembly on which two or more containers with randomly disposed filling holes may be moved to a filling station generally below the filling lance. A carriage assembly is provided by which the filling lance may be moved in X, Y, Z coordinates, first to a raised position coaxially aligned with a selected one of the container filling holes and then to a lowered position into a selected container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Specialty Equipment Conveyor Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Seiver, Donald H. Green
  • Patent number: 6817107
    Abstract: Batter board apparatus for use in building construction, including first and second sleeve members hingedly connected and adapted to slidingly receive first ends of first and second elongated board members, respectively, for hinged movement between parallel positions adjacent each other and positions mutually perpendicular to each other. The first and second sleeve members are provided with a common tubular member the axis of which is perpendicular to their hinged movements. Third and fourth sleeve members, adapted to receive second ends of the first and second elongated boards, respectively are also provided. Each of the third and fourth sleeve members are provided with a tubular member the axis of which would be perpendicular to the elongated board members when engaged thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Kirby N. Rabalais, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6725890
    Abstract: Apparatus for automatically handling and filling drums comprising a conveyor on which drums may be sequentially moved to an orienting station, a filling station and a capping and sealing station. The orienting station includes a rotating mechanism for rotating the drum so that a bunghole in the upper end thereof is properly oriented for subsequent filling. The filling station includes a tubular filling lance connected to a source of liquid and which may be lowered into the bunghole for filling the drum with liquid and then raised allowing the drum to be moved to the capping and sealing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Specialty Equipment Fabrication Company
    Inventors: Donald H Green, Michael J. Seiver
  • Patent number: 6659246
    Abstract: Telephone cord apparatus providing a wall mounted device from which a telephone cord may be extended and/or retracted. The cord is mounted on a reel which is engaged by a spring, biasing the reel toward a retracted position. A catch and release mechanism maintains the cord in an extended position until retraction is desired. The catch and release mechanism is manually engageable from the mounting plate to release the reel, allowing the spring to automatically retract and wind the cord upon the reel and into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventors: Jay E. Chen, Joe C. Adriano, Yu-Jen Hsu
  • Patent number: 6651940
    Abstract: Apparatus for supporting cable, hose and the like between a tractor and trailer of a tractor-trailer rig. The apparatus includes a base member attached to the frame of the tractor and a tubular sleeve member extending vertically therefrom. A support member has a portion insertable into the sleeve member for rotation therein and from an upper end of which extends, at an angle therewith, an arm portion. An attachment member is connected to the distal end of the arm member for attachment to cable, hose and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Gene R. Hill, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6583725
    Abstract: A motion sensor having an outer tubular member closed at both ends thereof and an inner tubular member, concentrically disposed within the outer tubular member, forming therein an inner chamber and with the outer tubular member forming an outer chamber surrounding the inner chamber, the inner tubular member being provided with one or more apertures in walls thereof allowing fluid flow between the inner and outer chambers. A liquid at least partially fills the inner and outer chambers providing a liquid interface therein. Operatively connected to at least one of the tubular members are devices for determining the position of the liquid interface of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: William Fehrenkamp
  • Patent number: 6565107
    Abstract: A device for attachment to a bicycle which includes a flat strap of semi-rigid plastic a substantial portion of which is straight terminating in a free distal end. A portion of the strap is bent at a proximal end thereof against itself forming an area of double thickness. A fastener is engageable with the strap at the proximal end thereof to affix the apparatus to the bicycle so that the distal end of the strap may be sequentially engaged by the spokes of a rotating bicycle wheel to simulate the sound of a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Lawrence B. Hartman
  • Patent number: 6554222
    Abstract: A dispenser for holding and dispensing sheets of paper from paper rolled on a tubular core, including a base member by which the dispenser may be attached to a wall and first and second rigid support arms at each end of the base member providing a pair of inclined openings extending upwardly from the base when the base is mounted on a vertical wall. A spindle member is insertable through the tubular core on which the paper is rolled. Opposite ends of the spindle are receivable in a corresponding one of the inclined openings allowing the spindle and rolled paper to move by gravity against the base member but permitting sheets of paper to be dispensed therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Kenneth T. Lindow, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6543494
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for filling containers with liquid including a vertically disposed filling lance operatively connected to a source of liquid and to a power device by which the lance may be vertically moved between raised and lowered positions. A tubular rod extends upwardly through the lance for operative connection to an actuator by which the tubular rod and a foot valve of the lower end of the lance may be vertically moved between closed and open positions. A pressure transducer detects fluid pressure in the tubular rod and converts the pressure to a proportional signal which is transmitted to the power device for raising the lance a predetermined amount while keeping the foot valve and lower end of the lance submerged beneath the surface of container liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventors: Dale W. Bellin, Donald H. Green
  • Patent number: 6540186
    Abstract: An anchor device comprising an elongated flat plate having an upper face, a lower face and two ends, at least one of the ends being engageable with a connecting member for attaching the device to the object. A sheet of hooked fabric is affixed to the lower face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: David Scott Fischer
  • Patent number: 6513459
    Abstract: A livestock chute for confining and controlling an animal including a pair of spaced apart side frames connected by support members to provide an elongated space into which the animal may be driven, a tailgate near the rear end of said space and a head gate assembly supported near a front end of the space which includes an expandable and contractible opening which, when expanded, allows the head of the animal to extend therethrough and, when contracted, surrounds the neck of the animal to prevent removal of said animal's head therefrom. A gate carriage is mounted near the top of the side frame for longitudinal movement relative thereto and from which the head gate assembly is suspended for movement between a terminal position near the front of the space and selected positions nearer the rear of said space. Preferred embodiments include a squeeze assembly for engagement with the hip area of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Gene H. Linn
  • Patent number: 6484432
    Abstract: An improved flounder gig comprising, in combination, a handle, a spear carried at one end of the handle having a pair of outwardly biased legs at the distal ends of which are diverging sharp prongs, and an elongated guide plate having a pair of spaced apart apertures slidably receiving said legs. The guide plate is moveable from a retracted position nearer the lower end of the handle in which the legs and prongs are allowed to assume an outwardly diverging relationship under the influence of the biased legs and a terminal position nearer the prongs in which the prongs are maintained in a closer relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Fred L. Walger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6471289
    Abstract: An umbrella attached to a chair for self-supported deployment thereof and including a cover of fabric stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole for movement from a collapsed position around the pole to an extended position from the pole to provide shade to the chair occupant. One end of the pole is pivotally mounted allowing the pole to pivot from a downwardly depending position to a generally upwardly directed position where the fabric cover may be moved to its extended shade providing position. A latch device is attached to the pole for releasably holding it in it's upwardly directed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Inventor: Sandra B. Aguilar
  • Patent number: 6467271
    Abstract: An improved system for controlling emissions of VOC's by combustion of the VOC's in an internal combustion engine, comprising: a chiller through which the VOC's pass for condensing some of the VOC's into useable liquid products, the remaining VOC's being directed through piping to the engine as the primary fuel therefor; and a refrigeration unit connected to the engine and powered thereby, the refrigeration unit being connected by other piping to the chiller providing refrigerant thereto for the condensing of some of the VOC's passing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Weeco International Corporation
    Inventor: Kun C. Youn
  • Patent number: 6460383
    Abstract: A locking device for preventing movement of the operating handle of a valve comprising a U-shaped rod member engageable with a portion of the valve and having a curved proximal portion from which extends parallel portions for disposition on opposite sides of the valve handle to prevent movement thereof. First and second pivotally connected elongated arm members are positionable on opposite sides of the U-shaped member so that when they are brought together the U-shaped rod member is confined thereby to prevent said movement of said valve handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Michael W. Wadsworth, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6446491
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for locating leaks at an undetermined location in a section of pipeline of known length. Standard pressure vessels of relatively small volume are connected to respective ends of the pipeline section through valves. The pipeline is closed at each end and the valves into the standard pressure vessels are opened. Fluids are placed in the pipeline under a pressure. The valves to both of the standard pressure vessels are simultaneously closed, isolating each of the standard pressure vessels from the pipeline section so as to maintain the pressure vessels at substantially the same level as at the time of closing. The differential pressure between each end of the pipeline and its respective standard pressure vessel is then continuously monitored and recorded in real time measurements. The location a leak is determined by solving an equation, based on the equilibrium equation and real time measured differerential pressure values at each end of the pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventors: Juan Rogelio Pompa, Jerry M. Ball
  • Patent number: 6428183
    Abstract: An improved fluorescent light fixture of the type having an elongated housing in a downwardly opening elongated cavity of which are carried one or more tubular fluorescent lamps for emitting light below the fixture. The improvement comprises one or more upwardly opening elongated cavities defined by upper portions of the housing in which are carried one or more tubular fluorescent lamps for emitting light above the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: X-Tra Light Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth M. McAlpin
  • Patent number: 6425419
    Abstract: Composite flexible air ducting comprising an elongated inner lining of plastic reinforced by a spirally wound coil member providing an elongated continuous air passage; a layer of natural fiber insulation surrounding the inner lining and an outer sheath surrounding the layer of natural fiber insulation. The outer sheath and the layer of fiber insulation are bonded to each other by a layer of adhesive having substantial thermal insulating properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: Sharon L. Attra
  • Patent number: 6381939
    Abstract: A wire rope sling made of wire rope having a core and multiple strands of wire helically laid around the core and cut from a predetermined length. Approximately half of the strands of wire are separated from the core and the remaining strands of wire, shifted, relative to the core, a predetermined distance and rewoven with the core and remaining strands of wire into a continuous loop. A splicing sleeve surrounds first and second ends of the approximately half of the strands and a continuous section of the core and remaining strands in a tightly engaged manner and another splicing sleeve surrounds first and second ends of the core and the remaining strands and a continuous section of the approximately half of the strands in a tightly engaged manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Holloway Houston, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall B. Brown, Charles L. McCarthy