Patents Represented by Attorney Don J. Flickinger
  • Patent number: 5488741
    Abstract: A toilet bowl ventilating and deodorizing apparatus comprises an odor collector for extracting air from a toilet bowl, a filter assembly for deodorizing the air extracted from the toilet bowl, and a neck coupling the filter assembly to the odor collector, with the odor collector and the neck supporting the filter assembly adjacent the toilet bowl. The odor collector includes a base attachable to the toilet bowl, an air intake carried by the base and positionable adjacent an interior of the toilet bowl, and a sleeve carried by the base in gaseous communication with the air intake. The filter assembly includes an air duct, an impeller assembly for providing air flow through the apparatus, the air duct is coupled to the filter assembly, and a filter is carried between the impeller assembly and the air duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Inventor: Clyde J. Hunnicutt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5406874
    Abstract: A stringed instrument having a neck coupled to a hollow body portion, the hollow body portion being constructed primarily utilizing synthetic resin laminate sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Jim J. Witchel
  • Patent number: 5404901
    Abstract: An apparatus for fluid transfer including a valve assembly, receivable by a container, having a check valve for unidirectional flow of material, and a release valve having a closed position, and an open position, a coupler, receivable by the valve assembly to move the release valve to an open position, having a sliding valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: Wilbur-Ellis Company
    Inventors: John W. Pickrell, Gregory E. Hogue, William M. Finch
  • Patent number: 5390711
    Abstract: Improvements in a snow cone making machine including a retaining collar which interacts with a cone cup to prevent relative movement with respect to each other; an automatic cone cup dispenser having opposing forceps for extracting cone cups singly from a cup canister; and a scanning activation system for reading a product code on the cone cup to activate the preparation of a snow cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: James D. Murphey
  • Patent number: 5384994
    Abstract: A shelter which repays its construction costs in energy savings over a period of five to seven years. Except for entryways, the shelter is enclosed and has no vented attic or similar spaces below its roof. Roof and walls are skin-stressed panels having a closed cell insulation core between selected structural facings, for example steel. Interior insulation is at the walls and the roof line. Any ceiling below the insulated roof line is at nominal room temperature. Natural lighting enters the shelter via sun-tracking, sun-reflecting skylights. Preferable a plurality of air conditioners, concentric about the skylights, heats and cools the interior of the shelter. An energy program manager monitors and controls electrical usage. The shelter lends itself to many building types and functions.Those skilled in the art will conceive of other embodiments of the invention which may be drawn from the disclosure herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Inventor: Paul A. Borba
  • Patent number: 5381626
    Abstract: An apparatus which includes a growing container in which plants are hydroponically grown on a support medium is disclosed. The growing container includes a plurality of openings in which seals are installed. The seals include holes through which the plants grow. When seeds are planted, a hollow tube is placed through the seal hole to maintain the seed in position. After the seed germinates, it grows through the tube. As continued growth expands the plant's stem to the size of the tube, the tube breaks apart and does not constrain future plant growth. Moreover, as the plant grows further, the seal hole expands to accommodate the plant stem. The seal surrounds and contacts the plant stem to reduce evaporation of nutrient solution from the growing container and to keep insects and contamination out of the growing container. A holding container is positioned above the growing container and coupled to the growing container through a manifold arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventor: Charles O. Sherfield
  • Patent number: 5377439
    Abstract: A remotely controlled floating decoy having a buoyant body resembling a game bird and having a receiver disposed within the buoyant body. The receiver is responsive to commands from a transmitter and provides electrical control signals to a plurality of servomechanisms and associated linkages in response to the commands. The apparatus also has a propulsive device coupled to the buoyant body and electrically coupled to the receiver. The propulsive device is responsive to the electrical control signals. The apparatus also has a rudder coupled to a rear end of the buoyant body. The rudder is responsive to the electrical control signals. The propulsive device and the rudder cooperate to provide directed locomotion for the buoyant body in response to commands transmitted from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventors: Richard J. Roos, Richard J. Roos, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5375393
    Abstract: An automated system is disclosed for folding vehicle air bags so that a small folded bag profile in a desirable bag deployment pattern results. A machine having a holding fixture for receiving the retainer of an air bag assembly, and a plurality of upright members. A flattened bag with pleated sides is supported above the upright members, and sequentially inserted between the upright members forming undulating folds. The upright members are removed while retaining the undulating folds. The folds are then compressed, sharpening the folds and forming a compact package. The machine also includes an inserter assembly which inserts the folded bag into the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Assignee: Automated Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Baker, Robert A. Rhinefrank, Larry P. Hulsey
  • Patent number: 5372718
    Abstract: A housing including an inlet conduit and an outlet, carrying a reservoir for collecting filtered liquid. The reservoir is secured within the housing by a lid. A separator assembly is carried by the reservoir and includes a strainer assembly for removing materials from a liquid inflowing from the inlet conduit, an inner container and an outer container. The outer container is covered by a lid having an opening for sealably receiving the inlet conduit. The inner and outer container cooperate to hinder the flow of liquid, giving materials more dense than the fluid time to settle, and materials less dense than the liquid time to rise to and be contained by the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Ghassan W. Zebian
  • Patent number: 5371657
    Abstract: An illuminated fabric article (10) includes a flexible substrate sheet (34) to which conductive ink traces (38) and lights (20) attach. The substrate sheet (34) has a low resilience so as not to press against skin (12) after it wrinkles or otherwise deforms to accommodate body (14) curves and movement. A cloth material having a thin flexible polymer film (40) applied over a woven cloth backing (42) represents one example of a suitable substrate sheet (34). A conductive ink which remains flexible after curing is applied to the substrate sheet (34) to form the conductive traces (38), which convey electrical energization to the lights (20). Each light (20) attaches to the substrate sheet (34) and to the conductive traces (38) through the use of a non-conductive adhesive patch (64) and two conductive adhesive patches (66). The lights (20) on the substrate sheet (34) are arranged to be visible from an exterior side (28) of a textile ( 26) so that they may be visually perceived from a distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Tenco Partnership
    Inventor: Brent Wiscombe
  • Patent number: 5368227
    Abstract: A temperature limiting control valve for a shower head including a housing having an internal water chamber, a water diversion piston slidably mounted in the internal water chamber, a thermostat mounted in water diversion piston that is closed by a predetermined water temperature in the water chamber with a valve and valve seat being positioned to allow water to flow into the water diversion piston when the valve is in the unseated position and to substantially prevent water from flowing into the water diversion piston when the valve is in the unseated position and to substantially prevent water from flowing into the water diversion piston when the valve is in the seated position, a button mechanically connected to the water diversion piston chamber for resetting the water diversion piston, and an overflow passage external to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Merrill F. McGinnis
  • Patent number: D353198
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Accutron, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Blasdell, Raymond L. Blasdell
  • Patent number: D353976
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Dallas Perkins
  • Patent number: D354513
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventor: Juliet Jay
  • Patent number: D354712
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventor: Douglas M. Moat
  • Patent number: D355102
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Ronald E. Fridlind
  • Patent number: D355200
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: Stevens Engineering, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel A. Lippman
  • Patent number: D355641
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Gilbert Engineering Company, Inc.
    Inventor: William J. Down
  • Patent number: D355769
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: Clemmon Miles
  • Patent number: D369832
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Dan B. Poole