Patents Represented by Attorney Bill B. Berryhill
  • Patent number: 5515926
    Abstract: Hanger apparatus for suspending coiled tubing and equipment in a well including a tubing head having a vertical flow passage therethrough. A hanger assembly is carried in an inverted frusto-conical recess of the flow passage. The hanger assembly includes segmented slip and seal members moveable between outwardly expanded passive positions in which the slip and seal members do not interfere with full bore flow passage and inwardly contracted active positions in which gripping surfaces carried on slip members engage the coiled tubing to support the weight thereof, the weight of the tubing being transferred from the slip members to the sealing members. Slip activators carried by the tubing head are manipulatable externally of the tubing head to move the slip members from passive positions to active positions. Methods of utilizing the apparatus to install coiled tubing and equipment in a well are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Randy J. Boychuk
  • Patent number: 5505849
    Abstract: Apparatus for filtering particulates from fuel being transferred through a nozzle into a fuel tank including an annular flange member and an elongated tubular mesh filter member having a proximal end of which is attached to the flange member, providing an opening through which a fuel nozzle may be inserted into the filter member, and a distal end which is closed so that particulates of predetermined size are prevented from flowing through the tubular filter member. The tubular filter member is provided, near the proximal end thereof, with a radially outwardly projecting protuberance, permitting insertion or removal of the apparatus into or from a tank only upon contraction of the tubular filter member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventor: Roman Rama, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5490605
    Abstract: An improved storage tank of the type having a bottom, side walls and a floating roof in which the improvement comprises support legs and support sleeves for selectively supporting the floating roof at first and second elevations. The support legs engage the tank bottom and extend upwardly therefrom. The support sleeves are attached to the floating roof and extend downwardly therefrom. The support sleeves surround the support legs and are vertically moveable relative thereto from first positions in which the support sleeves engage the tank bottom to support the floating roof at the first elevation and second positions in which the floating roof may be supported by the support legs at the second elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1996
    Inventor: William T. Cutts
  • Patent number: 5484312
    Abstract: An improved foot piece for attachment to a surfboard. The foot piece has an elongated fin-like body having an elongated flat base for attachment to the deck of the surfboard. Inner and outer side surfaces project upwardly from the base and curve in the same direction terminating in a tip. The inner side surface and the adjoining deck provide a laterally unobstructed curved pocket for lateral engagement by the medial side of a surfer's foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Inventor: Jesse G. Zepeda
  • Patent number: 5470231
    Abstract: A method of forming a porcelain tooth restoration from a positive replication of the tooth structure on which the tooth restoration is to be placed. Areas of the replication are coated with a liquid preparation which substantially inhibits moisture absorption by the replication. A slurry of powdered porcelain is applied over the coated area of the replication to form at least a portion of the tooth restoration which is cured and eventually separated from the tooth replication for bonding to the tooth structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Inventor: Alvin L. Stern
  • Patent number: 5460418
    Abstract: A safety retainer for preventing disengagement of a shackle bolt from a U-shaped shackle. The retainer includes a collar member and a pin member. The tubular collar member surrounds the head of the shackle bolt and is provided with a pair of holes through its walls, coaxially alignable with an aperture in the shackle bolt head, and a notch cut out of the wall of one end thereof for engagement with one arm of the shackle. The pin member is insertable through the pair of collar member holes and the shackle bolt aperture to prevent rotation and disengagement of the shackle bolt from the shackle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Inventor: Elwood S. Falls
  • Patent number: 5442531
    Abstract: Modular light display apparatus for mounting a string of electric lights which has a plurality of light sockets and corresponding light bulbs connected at spaced intervals to electrically conducting wire. The light display apparatus comprises two or more pre-shaped modular light holders the ends of which are removably engageable with corresponding stationarily disposed objects to provide for mounting of the string of electric lights in a display of predetermined configuration. Each of the modular light holders comprises an elongated member of generally U-shaped cross-section to provide a channel in which the string of electric lights may be disposed. A plurality of uniformly spaced holders each one of which is engageable with one of the light sockets of said string of electric lights may be provided within the channel so that when viewed from at least one side of the modular light holder, the light sockets are hidden within the channel and the light bulbs project upwardly from the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Inventor: Kuo-Hsing Lee
  • Patent number: 5427504
    Abstract: A gas operated plunger for lifting well fluids from a subterranean reservoir to the surface through a well conduit comprising: a plunger body slidably mountable within the conduit having an upper portion, a lower portion and an intermediate cylindrical portion of reduced diameter; and a sealing assembly surrounding the intermediate cylindrical portion of the plunger body. The sealing assembly may include a plurality of longitudinally divided cylindrical segments of relatively smooth cylindrical surfaces for sliding and sealing contact with the well conduit walls to provide a seal which allows the plunger to gravitate through the well conduit to the reservoir and provides sufficient sealing upon an increase in gas pressure therebelow to elevate the plunger and well fluids thereabove to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Inventors: Robert W. Dinning, Joseph B. Heath, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5415520
    Abstract: Apparatus for loading drums onto pallets including a support frame having a first area where the drums are moved to predetermined loading positions and a second area where drums may be placed on pallets for further handling. The frame supports a carriage assembly which supports a lift assembly. The lift assembly is engageable with the drums in the predetermined loading positions to lift them for transfer to the second area by the carriage assembly where they are lowered by the lift assembly onto pallets for further handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1995
    Inventor: Michael J. Seiver
  • Patent number: 5406931
    Abstract: Portable cooking apparatus which comprises a support stand for supporting the apparatus above a cooking fire; a pair of flat cooking grills between which food to be cooked may be placed and suspension members connecting the pair of cooking grills to the support stand. The suspension members are manipulatable for moving the pair of grills from a horizontal position to a vertical position and then to another horizontal position as the relative position as one grill on top of the other is reversed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Jerry A. Montgomery
  • Patent number: 5403557
    Abstract: Improved emission control apparatus for use with a diesel engine which may include an enclosed cylindrical housing having an inlet and an outlet. A particulate trap is disposed in the housing between the inlet and outlet for collection and removal of particulates from the engine exhaust. The particulate trap includes an upstream section of reduced diameter and a downstream section of a diameter greater than the cylindrical housing to form an annular pocket therearound. The upstream section is provided with peripheral walls in which are provided uniformly spaced, longitudinally disposed, slotted apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventor: Harold L. Harris
  • Patent number: 5391044
    Abstract: Lifting and towing apparatus for attachment to a towing vehicle having a winch thereon and the frame of which includes a pair of spaced apart longitudinal beams at least partially supported on a rear axle of said vehicle. The apparatus includes a support assembly extending transversely between the vehicle beams and opposite outer ends of which are attachable to opposing ones of the beams directly above the rear axle. An arm assembly extends rearwardly from the support assembly and has at least one lifting connection for connection to the winch and by which the distal end of the arm assembly may be lifted. A cradle assembly is connected to the distal end of the arm assembly for securing the front or rear wheels of a towed vehicle thereto for lifting above the ground in response to lifting of the distal end of the arm assembly by the winch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: Robert N. Young
  • Patent number: 5386880
    Abstract: A self-propelled ground effect machine having an elongated body, on the underside of which is an air plenum chamber, and a motor driven fan for directing air flow to the air plenum chamber and for propelling the machine across land or water. The fan is disposed in a cylindrical shroud whose flow axis is generally parallel with the longitudinal axis of the elongated machine body. The axis of the shaft of the rotating fan is mounted at an inclined angle relative to a vertical plane passing through the longitudinal axis of the machine. A splitter device directs part of the air flow into the air plenum chamber and part generally rearwardly of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Ralph K. Dubose
  • Patent number: 5370494
    Abstract: A self-propelled lift truck comprising a forward carriage assembly which includes a pair of spaced apart ground engageable wheels and a vertical mast on which is mounted a forwardly projecting fork assembly for lifting and lowering of loads thereon by relative upward and downward movement and a rearward carriage assembly which includes at least one ground engageable wheel and on which is supported a power source for operating components of the lift truck. The forward and rearward carriage assemblies are connected by first and second transversely spaced apart support members, the forward ends of which are pivotally attached to the forward carriage assembly and the rearward ends of which are pivotally attached to the rearward carriage assembly. A power device is connected to at least one of the support members and is activatable to effect relative angular displacement of the elongated support members with the forward carriage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Inventors: Arthur J. Holmes, William K. Holmes
  • Patent number: 5354365
    Abstract: An improved air filter assembly for removing particulates and undesirable gases from a stream of contaminated air including a first layer of filter fabric formed by parallel elongated semi-cylindrical surfaces joined at common parallel edges and a cooperating second layer of filter fabric contacting the first layer of fabric at its common parallel edges so as to leave elongated parallel semi-cylindrical voids therebetween. The voids are filled with gas sorbing materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventor: Kun C. Youn
  • Patent number: 5350691
    Abstract: A method of abandoning an underground storage tank including the steps of: removing residuals, if any, from the tank and filling the tank with a mixture which includes water, sand, a binding agent and a material for promoting uniform mixing of said mixture. In one embodiment of the invention, a surfactant is added to reduce the amount of water required by the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Inventors: Richard C. Hannay, Dudley B. Pate
  • Patent number: 5318152
    Abstract: An improved lubricating system for continuous closed lubrication of bearings including: an oil mist generator; a distribution assembly for distributing oil mist from the oil mist generator to the bearings; a collection device for collecting excess oil and oil mist from the bearings and a return assembly through which excess oil and oil mist are returned from the collection device to an oil mist collection/supply vessel for reuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Lubrication Systems Company of Texas, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Ehlert
  • Patent number: 5317491
    Abstract: A holder for a string of electric lights which includes a flat mounting plate on at least one side of which is provided first and second sets of mounting elements for mounting a series of lamps and lamp sockets of said string of electric lights in first and second rows at opposite ends of the mounting plate. Third and fourth sets of mounting elements may be provided on the opposite side of the plate. Each of the sets of mounting elements includes a row of uniformly spaced tabs between which are provided a row of uniformly spaced slots and a row of projecting pairs of elements providing another row of uniformly spaced slots therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Kuo-Hsing Lee
  • Patent number: 5316386
    Abstract: A fluid receptacle formed of a bag having first and second sides, the bottom and lower outer edges of which are joined to provide a central pocket. The intermediate and upper outer edges of the first and second sides of the bag are provided with cooperating sealing elements by which the remaining outer edges of the bag may be sealed. The sealing elements are disengageable to permit the first and second sides of the bag to be laid open on opposite sides of the central pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Jae K. Moore
  • Patent number: 5305904
    Abstract: An improved fluid storage tank of the type having a bottom, side walls and a floating roof. A plurality of first support legs extend upwardly from the bottom. A plurality of second support legs extend from the floating roof. A power device attached to the floating roof is provided to rotate the roof between a first position in which the first and second support legs are not aligned, allowing the roof to be supported at a first elevation, and a second position in which the first and second support legs are aligned, allowing the roof to be supported at a second elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Inventor: William T. Cutts