Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm David S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6632786
    Abstract: An attractant scent and solid delivery vehicle allows the application of attractant scent or other types of scent using a solid delivery vehicle, from a convenient container similar to that used for underarm deodorant. The attractant scent is typically animal urine, but other attractant scents or other types of scents, could be substituted. Approximately 40 parts water, 30 parts urine or other attractant, and 30 parts propylene glycol are mixed in a double-jacketed container. The mixture is heated to 160 degrees. Approximately 15 parts amorphous fumed silica and 10 to 15 parts sodium sterate are then added, and the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. The mixture is then cooled to 125 degrees. The cooled mixture is then poured into containers. Preferred containers include those used for underarm deodorant. In use, the attractant scent and solid delivery vehicle may be advanced from the container and a portion of the solid applied to form a thin coating on any desired surface, such as the bottom of a boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventor: Donald M Wyatt
  • Patent number: 6543165
    Abstract: A folding traffic-warning device includes an enclosure and enclosure base define first and second ballast compartments, which may be filed with sand, liquid or other material to provide stability during use. A circuit and a battery holder are carried between the first and second ballast compartments. The circuit provides power to a plurality of LEDs carried by a stationary light bar and first and second folding light bars. The folding light bars may be moved between an operational position and a storage position. An axle passing through the enclosure has an upper end attached to the stationary light bar and a lower end attached to a stabilizer bar. In an in-use or operational position, the stabilize bar is oriented perpendicular to the enclosure. In a storage position, the stabilizer bar is oriented parallel to the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventors: Paul V Youseph, Michael D. Small
  • Patent number: 6543270
    Abstract: A kit of parts for auto body dent repair includes a plurality of tool bodies (11) and a plurality of tips (80). Each tool body includes a rearward shaft (20) and handle (60). The rearward shafts of the various tool bodies include both those with compound (bent) shafts and simple (straight) shafts. The lengths of the tool bodies varies to fit different needs. Each tool body also includes a forward shaft (40), which is adjustably attached to a forward end of the rearward shaft. The appropriate tip may be installed on the forward end of the forward shaft of the appropriate tool body. As an alternative to the tips (80) and forward shafts (40), an integral dent repair tip (50) provides the functionality of a both in a single unit. In use, the appropriate tip (80), or integral dent repair tip (50), for the job may be installed on the appropriate tool body. The overall tool is then used to remove the dent from an auto body panel by applying force correctly to the inside surface of the body panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Mike J Cmelik
  • Patent number: 6536179
    Abstract: A blocking anchor (20) allows connection of each end of an engineered or dimensional lumber bridge between first and second parallel joists. Each blocking anchor includes a saddle (22), which cradles the end of the bridge, and a pair of fastening flanges, which allow attachment to the side of the joist. The saddle is formed by a base (30), from which first and second legs (40), (50) extend. The saddle is sized to fit over the end of dimensional lumber or engineered beams. The first and second fastening flanges (60), (70) extend from opposed sides of the base, perpendicular to the legs. Fastener holes defined in each leg and in the fastening flanges allow the use of screws, possibly nails, or other fasteners to attach the legs to the bridge and the fastening flanges to the joist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: John M. Little
  • Patent number: 6503176
    Abstract: A walker device (20) includes a frame assembly (30), which supports the user during operation and carries the other assemblies discussed below. Left and right front wheel assemblies (50) include a pivoting fork supporting a wheel, thereby allowing directional control over the walker during use. Left and right rear wheel assemblies (70) are fixed-direction. A brake assembly (90) allows the user to apply a frictional brake element to the both rear wheels, and prevents unwanted movement by the walker. A support sling assembly (190) carries some or all of the user's weight. Left and right lift cylinder assemblies (150), (170) lift and lower the support sling assembly to the desired elevation during use. A compressed air assembly (110) provides power to the lift cylinder assemblies. A valve assembly (130) provides independent control over both lift cylinder assemblies, to provide extra help to one side, if needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventor: James P. Kuntz
  • Patent number: 6425268
    Abstract: A body piercing jewelry substitute 10 includes a body 20 having an internal cavity 30. A rim 22 frames the opening 23 to the internal cavity. The rim is positioned on a damp body surface, such as moistened skin or the user's tongue. By creating an area 500 of reduced pressure around the body 20, air is removed from the internal cavity 30, lowering the pressure within the body 20. Where the body piercing jewelry substitute is applied to the tongue, the area of reduced pressure may be created by sucking orally. Where the body piercing jewelry substitute is located on the cheek for example, the reduced pressure may be created by use of a suction cup. When pressure is restored to normal levels around the body, the rim adheres to the damp body surface due to the partial vacuum within the internal cavity. The body piercing jewelry substitute may then moved to a different location by sliding it on the damp body surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: Dwayne Anderson
  • Patent number: 6413015
    Abstract: A beaver controlling culvert attachment prevents beavers from disturbing the flow of water through a culvert. An upstream unit includes a vertical pipe having an upper grate, which prevents the entrance of beavers and debris, while allowing the entrance of water during periods of high water levels. A horizontal pipe has an upstream end attached to an upper portion of the vertical pipe and a downstream end attached to an upstream end of the culvert by an attachment plate. A basket insert is carried within the vertical pipe, and is movable between an in-use position, wherein a grate prevents entrance to the bottom of the vertical pipe, and a clean-out position wherein the grill is elevated to allow disposal of accumulated debris through the horizontal pipe and culvert. A downstream grate prevents beavers from entering the downstream end of the culvert, and from filling the culvert with debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventors: Keith Poirier, Karen Poirier
  • Patent number: 6405771
    Abstract: A bicycle cover 10 is adapted to cover one or more bicycles supported by a rack mounted on the rear of a vehicle. A preferred version of the bicycle cover provides opposed front and rear panels 20, 30 held together by a zipper 120. A pair of handlebar enclosures 40 are adapted for covering both the generally straight handlebars found on “mountain” bikes as well as the curled handlebars found on “English racer” type bikes. A hanging mesh bag 50 provides storage for the gear associated with serious bicycling. A taillight assembly 60, carried by the cover, compensates for the inability of drivers following the vehicle to see the vehicle's taillights due to the width and size of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventors: Randall J Mote, Phillip R Wilson, Debra J McWilliams
  • Patent number: 6394092
    Abstract: A fastening structure is adapted for use with both tracheal and endo-tracheal assisted breathing device. The fastening structure provides a fastening ring and a fastening bracket. The fastening structures are adapted for connection to prior art assisted breathing components currently adopted in most medical facilities. In an endo-tracheal application, where the endo-tracheal tube passes through the patient's mouth, first and second fastening rings are attached to the auxiliary port and to the ventilator attachment port, respectively, of the ventilator adaptor. The U-shaped opening of a fastening bracket is passed over the endo-tracheal adapter which is attached to the ventilation adapter. First and second legs, extending from the fastening bracket, lock onto the first and second rings. The connection between the fastening bracket and the fastening rings prevents unwanted separation between the endo-tracheal adapter and the ventilation adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventors: Kimberly L. Barrett, Jessica A. Krzyzanek, Jeff Bendio
  • Patent number: 6393682
    Abstract: A spring loaded mud flap tool (10) includes a hook element (20) carried by one a first of a drive rod (30). The hook end of the hook element is sized to grasp the end of the spring carried within the hanger tube of the mud flap assembly. A handle assembly (80) is carried by a second end of the drive rod. The handle assembly allows the user to manipulate the hook until it successfully grasps the spring. A bearing assembly (40) is carried on the threaded surface of the drive rod (30), and supports a pair of diametrically opposed crank handles (70). In operation, the bearing assembly rests on the open end of the hanger tube. Revolution of the crank handles turns the drive rod, which retracts the hook element and therefore retracts the spring. The force of the spring pulling the tool (10) into the hanger tube is offset by an equal force exerted by the bearing assembly on the rim of the hanger tube. A safety chain (90) connects the hanger tube and the bearing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Donald L. O'Kane
  • Patent number: 6383421
    Abstract: An active log 20 includes a body made of porous ceramic material. A channel is defined within the active log, within which is carried a gas tube 40. A gas supply line 60 provides gas to the gas tube 40. Gas exhausted from holes defined in the gas tube moves through the porous material from which the active log is constructed, cooling the active log by convection. Due to the slightly greater gas pressure within the active log, gas moves outwardly through the porous material, until it is exhausted from pores on the surface of the active log. Contact with the ambient atmosphere results in combustion. Because the combustion is generally uniformly distributed about the external surface of the active log, and because there is no unsightly external burner from which gas is exhausted, the appearance of the active log is a realistic approximation of the burning surface of a real log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: L. Myles Phipps
  • Patent number: 6364289
    Abstract: A locksmith's wedge for opening vehicle doors includes a tapered lower body and a channelized upper body. The tapered lower body is sized to slide between the outer wiper and outer surface of a vehicle's window, thereby separating the wiper from the window so that a locksmith's unlocking tool may be inserted. The tapered lower body includes a tapered lower edge, a slightly ramped surface and a generally parabolic blade surface. A channelized upper body includes opposed sidewalls defining a channel between them. A parabolic inner surface extends the length of the wedge, on the side opposite the the sidewalls. A pair of tapered sides, adjacent to the parabolic inner surface, taper from a wide point adjacent to the top to a narrow point adjacent to the lower edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: David A. Cook
  • Patent number: 6355262
    Abstract: A liniment is disclosed for use in conjunction with massage or other manual topical application method, and is adapted for any application where massage therapy is used as a part of a medically recommended treatment, particularly where pain management is involved. The liniment for topical application includes a mixture of ethyl alcohol, methyl hydrate and distilled water. To this solution is added horseradish and powdered cayenne pepper. The mixture is sealed for 25 days, with twice daily stirring or shaking. The particulate matter is allowed to settle for 3 days, after which the liniment is siphoned off for use. The liniment may be applied topically to the skin in areas of pain and discomfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Sigmund Krentz
  • Patent number: 6349559
    Abstract: A cooler chest with an ice-surrounding food compartment (10) includes an outer container 20 that supports an outer lid (40). An inner container (60) having an inner lid (80) is carried within the outer container (20). In use, an ice storage area is defined within an area between the inner and outer containers; food is contained within the inner container. Due to the curvature of the sidewall of the outer container and due to the sloping sidewall of the inner lid carried by the inner container, a flared ice entry passage is defined which aids in the addition of ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventor: Simbad Hasanovic
  • Patent number: 6322179
    Abstract: An adjustable support carries a workpiece in a manner that allows convenient welding. An enclosure having opposed half-round ends and a rounded half cylinder body defines an insulated workpiece cavity. The enclosure supports a hinged cover having a frame within which slides first and second sliding doors which allow an opening of variable size and location to be formed for access to the workpiece cavity. A frame provides a base from which extend left and right forks which are pivotally attached to opposed middle portions of the enclosure. A locking pivot allows the angle between the forks and the enclosure to be adjusted and fixed as desired. A support insert, extending from the base of the frame, may be attached to a support mounted in a work area, heating area or cooling area. A locking pivot allows the angle between the support insert and the enclosure to be adjusted and fixed as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Kurt D. Hillemann
  • Patent number: 6318039
    Abstract: A cornice or crown molding finishing accessory (10) allows creation of a smooth, continuous and aesthetic finish to the joint between first and second molding segments. These molding segments may be oriented to form inside or outside corners. Preferred examples of the finishing accessory are adapted for use with outside and inside 90-degree corners. The molding finishing accessory provides first and second facade-creating flanges (20), (40) which have a cross-sectional shape including a molding-conforming curve designed to match the cross-sectional decorative surface of the molding segments. The flanges meet at a vertex (60), from which an anchor element extends. In use, the anchor element (80) is inserted into a gap defined between the first and second molding segments, thereby holding the finishing accessory in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventors: Tom Watson, Scott Thompson
  • Patent number: 6318498
    Abstract: A collapsible ladder provides a plurality of segments, each segment associated with one rung of the ladder. The segments may be folded into a flat or planar configuration, after which each segment may be folded against adjacent segments, thereby forming a stacked storage configuration. Each segment provides a generally horizontally oriented rung carried at either end by a generally vertically oriented inside element. A middle element is hinged to each inside element, and an outside element is hinged to each middle element. Side rails may be formed by folding the middle element at 90 degrees to the inside element, and the outside element at 90 degrees to the middle element. A side rail formed in this manner is generally U-shaped when viewed from the end. Springs bias the inside, middle and outside elements into a 90 degree relationship with each adjacent element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Ed Warner
  • Patent number: 6315170
    Abstract: A dispensing device is adapted for release of a measured quantity of granular material. A base is generally disk-shaped. A stop is carried by an upper surface of the base, and is adjustably positionable so that when a container to be filled is moved into contact with the stop, that container is correctly positioned. A body is attached to a support ledge defined about the perimeter of the base. The body is generally cylindrical, and defines an interior cavity with access through a front opening and a circular top defining an off-center hole. A slide is supported by the top, and is manually movable between a loading position wherein a spring biasing the slide is stressed, and a dispensing position wherein the spring is relaxed. A slide enclosure is attached to the upper rim of the body portion. An input funnel provides a larger upper circular rim and a smaller lower circular rim which is concentric with the upper rim when viewed from the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventors: Susan A Thomson, Jeffrey L Bendio
  • Patent number: 6311879
    Abstract: A cap storage and bill shape maintenance device (10) is adapted to receive the bills of a plurality of baseball or similar type caps, and to maintain the curvature of the bills of those caps. A main body (20) is formed of substantially mirror image front and back halves (30), (50) connected by a plurality of peg and socket or similar fastening structures. A plurality of generally horseshoe-shaped bill slots is defined in the main body. Two feet (70), (80) are attachable to the lower edge to support the main body in a vertical orientation. A hanger (90) attaches to a upper edge of the main body, and allows the device to be supported by the upper edge of a door, a rod in a closet, or other supporting structure. In use, by curving the bill of a cap, such as a baseball cap, the bill may be inserted into the bill slot. Time spent by the bill of the cap in the bill slot tends to overcome the resilience of the bill, allowing it to retain the rounded shape for hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventors: Jerry H. Rigler, Brenda J. Rigler
  • Patent number: 6308954
    Abstract: An integrated crossword and circle-a-word puzzle includes a number of open spaces defining an interlocking crossword region and a number of preprinted letters which replace the black squares present in traditional crossword puzzles. The crossword region includes a number of spaces defining at least one across word and one down word. The preprinted letters include a number of circle-a-word preprinted letters and circle-a-word camouflage letters. During the process of solving the puzzle, the circle-a-word words are circled. Circle-a-word words may have one or more circle-a-word preprinted letters and may have one or more circle-a-word spaces within the crossword region. In this circumstance, the letter added to the circle-a-word space adds to the solution of the crossword region. In a preferred version of the puzzle, a number of open spaces within the crossword region are defined by an indicator to be unscramble-a-word spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: George L Breeler