Patents Represented by Attorney Carrithers Law Office PLLC
  • Patent number: 8347562
    Abstract: A radiant barrier rafter vent defining an elongate radiant heat reflective panel formed from a sheet of aluminum or other heat reflective material having longitudinal creases that permit compressing the panel a selected amount in a direction transverse to its length and panel strengthening spaced apart formations on the remainder of the panel. The panel have a high reflectivity and are installable in various buildings between the rafters or roof supports spaced apart from the roof and optionally coated with a sound absorbing material or include small perforations therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Kevin D. Morris, Adam D. Morris
  • Patent number: 8336562
    Abstract: An assemblage of components for decoratively retaining ones hair bundled together in a pony tail. The assemblage includes an elastically stretchable band for tightly circumscribing the bundled collection of hair and a decorative clip that detachably anchors it to the ponytail at a position in overlying relation with respect to the elastic band. The clip is an elongate elastically stretchable unit terminating at opposite ends in a respective one of a pair of connecting clasp portions. The clip has a decorative outer face and an inner face on the opposite side. A pin secured to the unit projects at a selected angle from the inner face and projects into the ponytail at a position above the elastic band extending there through and thereby securely retains the clip on the ponytail. The pin preferably has an enlargement such as a spherical ball thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Lisa O. Whyte
  • Patent number: 8302891
    Abstract: A device for gathering and removing chicken litter from chicken houses and for compacting the litter onto a compost pile. The scraper, hauler and compacter cleans and levels the floor of a chicken house as the scraper is being pulled by a tow vehicle such as a small tractor. A tiltable container is filled with the litter as scraping is done. When the container is full, the apparatus is towed to a compost pile where the scraper is either backed onto the pile or can be pulled up onto the pile. The container is tilted and the tailgate is opened. The apparatus is configured such that the wheels are in the rear and when the container is tilted into an unloading position with the tailgate hanging down in front of the wheels, the tailgate levels the litter out as the apparatus is moved forward. The wheels compress the litter onto the compost pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Kevin V. Koehn, Rusty L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 8303209
    Abstract: A sectional I-beam post for use along a roadside in which the post has a first elongate lower section securable via a first slip type coupling to a base anchored in the ground. Slip movement of such coupling is in a direction across the length of the post. The first coupling includes L-shaped brackets with one leg thereof attached to the post by bolts so as to be detachable therefrom and notches in the outer end of the other leg which projects outwardly from the post A second elongate upper post section has the lower end thereof connected to the upper end of the first post section by a second slip type coupling. Slip movement of the second coupling is in a direction lengthwise of the post. The second coupling includes an end plate bolted to at least one post section including at least one notch that providing a slip connection with the other post section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Donnie G. Lewis
  • Patent number: 8162071
    Abstract: An implement that conditions the ground surface as it is moved there over aerating the soil and distributing fertilizer and/or seeds thereon. The implement has a pair of aerator rollers mounted on a frame that can be towed by a tractor or constructed so as to be self-propelled if so desired. The aerator rollers project below the frame for rolling engagement with the ground and are located one behind the other in tandem relation relative to the direction of travel of the implement during use thereof. Each aerator roller has a plurality of formations defining teeth that penetrate the ground surface. The formations on each aerator roller are spaced apart from one another circumferentially around and longitudinally along the roller associated therewith and such formations on one aerator roller are offset from those on the other roller permitting overlap of the same. The aerator rollers are interconnected in drive and driven relation to rotate in a predetermined ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: K. Kent Barger
  • Patent number: 8151979
    Abstract: A package for shipping and displaying bottles of beverage vertically upright. A rectangular box is provided for receiving and holding a bottle therein. The box is formed from a top and bottom panels connecting to side panels and front and back support members at the top and bottom of the box. An additional longitudinal member extending along the top at the rear of the box supports the bottle neck with a moveable bar or rod extending across the body of the bottle through a hole in the side panel abutting and engaging a slot or depression formed in the opposing side panel. A retaining means such as a peg or lock secures the rod from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: David O. Lindenmayer
  • Patent number: 8141929
    Abstract: A power operated retractable tailgate assembly for a vehicle that includes a tailgate with opposite end edges thereof connected via sliding pivots to a respective one of a pair of elongate slide rails. The slide rails mount in lateral spaced apart relation on the underside of the floor of the cargo carrying box on the vehicle. A first extendible and retractable assembly, having relatively movable respective first and second portions, has the first portion anchored to the vehicle and a second portion that is hingedly connected to the tailgate proximate a lower marginal edge thereof. A power means is operatively connected to the extendible and retractable assembly and is operable from within the cab of the vehicle selectively to extend and retract the tailgate by moving the tailgate along the slide members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Robert L. Marshall
  • Patent number: 8122609
    Abstract: A tool for use when laying out lines on stair stringers or roof rafters along which cuts are to be made. The step and rafter tool includes a framing square, an angle bracket and two carriage bolts with washers and wingnuts. Each leg of the framing square has a longitudinal slot which is about 90% of the length of the leg. The angle bracket has two central longitudinal slots in the first flange, each of which is about 40% of the length of the angle bracket. The angle bracket is positioned against the framing square so that two carriage bolts are place within holes formed by the overlapping slots of the bracket and square with washers and wingnuts assembled therein. With the wingnuts loose, the angle bracket can be positioned wherever is desired with respect to the framing square and then the wingnuts are tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventors: Harvey H. Farr, William H. Farr
  • Patent number: 8091893
    Abstract: A board game containing a board with multicolored squares laid out in a rectangular path and playing pieces to which specialized pieces are added connected as the player advances the playing piece around the board. The specialized pieces to be added to the playing piece represent and look like one of the following: a piece of bread, peanut butter, or jelly. The object of the game is to build a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and advance the sandwich to a space which represents a glass of milk. A player rolls a die, and advances a playing piece the number of spaces on the die. There are spaces of many different colors. Purple corresponds to jelly, yellow corresponds to a piece of bread and brown corresponds to peanut butter. Spaces of other colors don't have a special meaning. If a player lands on purple, yellow or brown and if the player needs the piece corresponding to that color, then that piece is joined to the player's playing piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Robert L. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 8056646
    Abstract: A device for making holes in the ground for easy insertion and planting of garden plants which are rooted in small containers. The tool has a least one frustro-conical or frustro-pyramidal shaped projection forming a cone extending down projecting downward from a base of a stirrup having a means for attaching a handle defining a cylinder formed at the top of the stirrup. A long handle may project up from the tool body with a large aperture just above the tool body into which the user's foot may be placed to help in pushing the projections into the ground to make holes sized for planting garden plants. The tool body can be connected to the handle rigidly or may swivel if desired. In one embodiment a plurality of frustro-conical shaped projections extend from a tool body. The projections are assembled onto a tool body in such a way that the distance between each of the projections is easy adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel L. Broadstone
  • Patent number: 7997605
    Abstract: A trailer with a pivoting and extendable tongue for use with all terrain vehicles (ATV) wherein the trailer tongue connects to a standard vehicle hitch receiver providing means for pivoting the trailer up in a raised transport or storage space saving configuration supported by the ATV or other vehicle receiver. The tongue is telescoping. The wheels are provided with heavy duty fenders which can be pivotally mounted on the wheel axles to function as sled runners. Support members extend from the axles to a selected point under the trailer frame at a selected angle in front of the wheels to function as brush guards so that the wheels are not caught in brush, hung on stumps, or deep gullies. A keeper can be removed to allow the fenders to be rotated forward and down to be used as sled runners when the ATV is towing a load in the snow. The wheels are also positioned under the trailer bed to extend pass the frame to allow the trailer to be backed over objects such as logs or gullies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Floyd L. Kittrell
  • Patent number: 7993726
    Abstract: A matting construction includes a multilayer thickness for supporting at least a user thereon, the multilayer thickness may have an outer layer which enables a user to ambulate without slipping thereon; a compressible layer for absorbing at least a portion of the weight of the user, and a peripheral frame member disposed between the outer layer and the compressible layer. The peripheral frame member may be disposed at an angle from the horizontal and the frame member is fixedly attached between the outer layer and the compressible layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Johnson Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Johnson, Robert E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7954782
    Abstract: Picture Hanging Position Finder And Wall Marking Device has an elongated adjustable vertical support with a hanger at the top to accept and hold a wire or bracket for a framed picture or other hanging object, wherein the device may lean against a wall with the back of the vertical support held flush against the wall, and with the bottom of the vertical support elevated above any wall baseboard, and held in place by forward and laterally extending legs which reach down to a horizontal floor. As such, a picture can be suspended from the vertical support, and the device can be moved to any location against a wall, and the height can adjusted and locked in place, so that a user may view the picture from a distance as if it were hung on the wall in order to choose a desirable location for the picture. The device then has a means for marking the wall for the installation of a permanent hanger at the precise location from where the picture had been temporarily suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventors: Benjamin Simpson Harralson, Mary Stacey Harralson
  • Patent number: 7950328
    Abstract: A borehole liner comprising a continuous length of polymer tubing of alternating diameters forming undulations sized for creating undulations in the liner to optimize the annular air gap alternating with full bore hole diameter loads of explosive to effectively reduce overall explosives consumption by 1-20%. Explosive charge weights can be modified to meet the users needs without introducing inert materials or other more labor intensive alternative.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Dave Howerton
  • Patent number: 7935006
    Abstract: An apparatus for soccer kicking practice comprises a soccer ball having a hidden attachment point and means of removably attaching a tether to the ball wherein the tether comprises a handle connecting a cord and elastic strip to a soccer ball in a manner allowing the ball to freely rotate with respect to the cord and the handle providing kicking and spinning of the ball and return of the ball to the user in a controlled manner. The device is designed to be readily attached or detached from the soccer ball for training or play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventor: Ryan Maina
  • Patent number: D654131
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: William E. Crabtree
  • Patent number: D657656
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: David O. Lindenmayer
  • Patent number: D665616
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Wintrell Pittman
  • Patent number: D672138
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Emily M. Hale
  • Patent number: D673733
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Jack D. Webb