Patents Represented by Attorney Donald E. Nist
  • Patent number: 6263946
    Abstract: The window covering cord safety assembly includes at least one window covering control cord bearing an eyelet on its free end, preferably about 4 such cords with eyelets, and a safety device connected to the free end of the control cords through the eyelets and adapted to release all but one of the cords at a predetermined pull pressure. The device includes a closed housing having an upper end having control cord openings, an opposite lower end, interconnecting sidewalls and a generally central space. The upper portion of the space has a larger diameter than the lower portion of the space. A retainer is slideably received in the space for movement between the lower portion and upper portion of the space. The lower portion of the retainer is preferably inverted conical. The retainer has spaced pockets in which the eyelets are received and trapped when the retainer is in the lower portion of the space, but are released when the retainer is in the upper portion of that space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: E Z Release, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred Cotten
  • Patent number: 6223644
    Abstract: The improved gun has a rapid fire trigger assembly. The gun has a main body and a trigger connected thereto and depending therefrom, with the lower portion of the trigger biased into a forward, non-firing position. The improved rapid fire trigger assembly includes a housing having spaced sidewalls and interconnecting front and rear sides and is adapted to be connected to the gun in front of the trigger. A generally circular elongated tube passes transversely through the housing sidewalls and into the central space in the housing. The tube is rotatable relative to the housing and has a central portion within the housing, which central portion has a number of spaced radiating spokes extending outwardly therefrom. The tube also has opposite end portions extending lateral of the housing sidewalls, one of which end portions has a crank with a trigger finger-receiving space therein. The crank is adjacent the external surface of the sidewall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Vincent Troncoso
  • Patent number: 6176657
    Abstract: The cargo restraint assembly is for a vehicle cargo bed and includes a vehicle cargo bed liner adapted to lie on the floor of the cargo bed. The liner has spaced parallel grooves extending from the rear to the front of the liner and defined by spaced parallel upstanding ribs. The assembly also includes a cargo stop block having a rear end, opposite front end, top, bottom and opposing sides. The block bottom has parallel spaced forwardly extending ribs defining spaced parallel grooves therebetween. The block ribs and grooves are adapted to mate with the grooves and ribs of the bed liner. The assembly further includes a stop block lock which is adapted to draw the block laterally to engage the sides of the block depending ribs with the sides of the upstanding ribs of the bed liner in order to secure the block in place on the bed liner. In one embodiment the lock has a body with a depending rib which fits in a bed liner groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: Joel Romph
  • Patent number: 6164002
    Abstract: The gun of the present invention has a rapid fire trigger assembly. The gun includes a main body with a trigger rotatably secured therein for operating the firing mechanism of the gun. The trigger has a lower portion depending below the main body into a trigger housing or guard below the main body. The housing includes an upper portion connected to the underside of the main body of the gun and a lower horizontal bar spaced therebelow and defining therewith a finger space. The trigger is spring biased into a forward nonfiring position and is rotatable into a rear firing position. A detachable and adjustable rapid fire assembly is attached to the bar of the housing and includes a lever projecting up into the finger space in front of and spaced from the trigger, a connector with its front end pivotally secured to the lower end of the lever and a rear end adapted to contact the first trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Vincent F. Troncoso
  • Patent number: 6152891
    Abstract: The improved shoulder brace of the present invention includes a support having a cup-shaped central portion adapted to receive and support a human shoulder, a front portion adapted to extend over the chest area of a person wearing the brace, a lower portion depending below the central portion and adapted to encircle and support the upper portion of the arm adjacent the shoulder, and a rear portion adapted to extend over the scapular area adjacent the shoulder. The support can be a single piece of flexible sheet material, with or without padding, and preferably is porous, or can be separate pieces interconnected to form a unitary whole. Preferably, the support is of a porous mesh material or an elastomeric material with spaced openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventor: Greg Carlson
  • Patent number: 6074405
    Abstract: The improved medical instrument is adapted to remove obstructions from ear canals, nostrils and endotracheal tube airways. It includes an elongated handle with an elongated hollow tube connected to the front end thereof and an elongated flexible wire extending from the front end of the tube. The front end of the wire is curved to form a scoop for removing obstructions from a lumen. In one embodiment the wire and tube are removable as a replaceable unit from the front end of the handle. In another embodiment the handle has a central cavity therein communicating with the cavity in the tube and through both of which the wire extends. The wire is connected to a spring which extends out of the handle. The spring biases the wire into the tube. When the wire is manually depressed the front end of the wire extends out of tube and curves into the desired scoop configuration. The instrument can include a light which is switched on when the wire extends out of the tube and which is used to light the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Craig S. Koch
  • Patent number: 6041776
    Abstract: The improved medical nebulization device includes a head and a removeable depending liquid reservoir. The head has a closed top, closed sides and open bottom defining a central space in which is secured a nebulization chamber having closed sides and an open top and open bottom. A nebulization baffle is connected to the head top and extends into the nebulization chamber. A liquid draw tube is connected to the baffle and depends from the chamber into the reservoir. A nebulized aerosol output port extends between the space outside the chamber and a point peripheral of the head for supplying nebulized aerosol to a patient. An auxiliary multiple gas entrainment inlet port, with removeable cap, extends into the chamber at a point remote from the output port and is adapted to supply auxiliary gases such as a mixture of oxygen and helium. The liquid reservoir in one embodiment includes a graduated liquid measuring scale and is transparent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Stephen W. Briggs, III
  • Patent number: 6021769
    Abstract: The improved archery bow arrow rest includes an elongated bracket having a front end portion and opposite rear end. The front portion is adapted to be secured to the sidewall of an archery bow riser on the side of the riser opposite that which defines the arrow window of the bow. The rear end of the bracket has one end of a transverse bar secured thereto, with the opposite free end of the bar extending behind the arrow window when the bracket is secured to an archery bow. The bar preferably is secured by a spring to the bracket to bias the bar against counterclockwise rotation. The rest also includes a spaced parallel pair of inflexible arrow holder arms, the rear ends of which are secured to the bar. The central portions of the holder arms extend upwardly and forwardly of the bar for positioning in the arrow window. The front portions of the holder arms are bent down to form prongs which are at an angle extending toward each other to form a V. The lower ends of the prongs are spaced apart at least about 0.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Freddie Troncoso
  • Patent number: 6021534
    Abstract: The ear lavage and medical examination table includes an upper plate and a lower plate connected thereto at the rear ends of the two plates. The upper plate has a front head support portion with an ear lavage drain hole extending down therethrough. Preferably, the upper plate is curved or dished to comfortably support the torso of a patient. The lower plate is preferably horizontal while the upper plate rises thereabove at an angle from the rear end to the front end of the table. In one embodiment the two plates are integral and the angle is fixed. In another embodiment the two plates are interconnected so that the angle and distance therebetween can be adjusted. The table also includes a water catch tray supported on the upper surface of the lower plate directly below the upper plate hole and removeable therefrom for emptying. The tray bears a light and a mirror. The mirror can be secured to a flexible base support slideably disposed in an elongated slot in the tray for accurate positioning of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Craig S. Koch
  • Patent number: 5950610
    Abstract: The improved arrow rest mounting bar assembly includes an elongated mounting bar, the front portion of which defines a transverse opening for securing the bar to the riser of an archery bow, with the rear portion of the bar extending behind the riser. The bar front portion includes a number of vertical openings spaced along the length thereof and extending up from the bottom thereof. The rear portion of the bar has a pair of spaced rearwardly extending arms defining a collar-receiving space therebetween, in which is disposed a rotatable collar. The collar and arms define aligned apertures therethrough for receiving the transverse cross bar of an arrow rest. The collar has a first lock screw with expanded head external thereof, the shaft of the lock screw extending through the collar into the collar aperture for locking the collar to the cross bar. The collar is cylindrical with its opposite sides abutting the inner bearing surfaces of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Troncoso
  • Patent number: 5937843
    Abstract: The improved archery device has improved shock-absorbing and vibration-dampening properties. It includes an about circular ring and either of solid construction or is hollow with a fill port for liquids and/or particles which increase the inertial properties of the ring. The ring preferably is circular but can be oval and defines a central space in which is disposed at about the center thereof a disc which is preferably flat and circular and which includes a central opening to enable the device to be connected directly to an archery bow or to a stabilizer projecting outwardly from an archery bow. The ring and disc are connected to each other by a number of springs spaced preferably symmetrically along the periphery of the ring and disc. The spring can either be of metal with integral connectors at the opposite ends thereof or can be elastic bands with attached connectors at opposite ends thereof. Preferably the ring contains external grooves within which the connectors are seated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Vincent F. Troncoso
  • Patent number: 5902314
    Abstract: The improved medical instrument is adapted to remove obstructions from ear canals, nostrils and endotracheal tube airways. It includes an elongated handle with an elongated hollow tube connected to the front end thereof and an elongated flexible wire extending from the front end of the tube. The front end of the wire is curved to form a scoop for removing obstructions from a lumen. In one embodiment the wire and tube are removable as a replaceable unit from the front end of the handle. In another embodiment the handle has a central cavity therein communicating with the cavity in the tube and through both of which the wire extends. The wire is connected to a spring which extends out of the handle. The spring biases the wire into the tube. When the wire is manually depressed the front end of the wire extends out of tube and curves into the desired scoop configuration. The instrument can include a light which is switched on when the wire extends out of the tube and which is used to light the lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Craig S. Koch
  • Patent number: 5873819
    Abstract: The pneumatic otoscope includes a speculum which has an elongated preferably generally cylindrical body with a rear end to which a vewing lens is fixed to seal that end. The opposite front end of the speculum is open. The sidewall of the speculum body is closed and defines a generally central space extending from the rear end to the front end of the body. The speculum body also has at least one opening extending peripherally through the sidewall. To the front end of the speculum body is secured a forwardly projecting extension having a closed sidewall defining a passageway extending from the rear end of the extension to the open front end thereof and in communication with the space in the speculum body. The extension tapers from its rear end to its narrow diameter front end which is adapted to be inserted into an ear canal to a point adjacent an eardrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Craig S. Koch
  • Patent number: 5857452
    Abstract: The improved arhery bowstring release device assembly of the present invention includes an archery bowstring release device having a front end with a bowstring engager, a front portion having a component adapted to manually move the bowstring engager between a bowstring retaining position and a bowstring releasing position, an elongated shaft extending rearwardly from the front portion and a detent connected to the rear end of the shaft. The assembly also includes a wrist strap having on its outer surface a sleeve defining a longitudinal passageway therethrough through which the shaft slideably extends. The passageway is of smaller diameter than that of the detent so that the shaft cannot be removed from the sleeve. The release device can be moved into a wrist storage position by sliding the shaft rearwardly in the sleeve, and can be extended forwardly by the shaft to an operative position for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Inventor: Robert Troncoso
  • Patent number: 5857930
    Abstract: The improved hunting arrow point includes an elongated preferably generally frusto-conical aerodynamic main body defining a central longitudinal slot extending from near the rear end of the body to the front end thereof and a front tip releasably secured over the front end of the main body. The tip has a rearwardly extending pin which fits into the slot and supports the front end of the main body. At least two flat cutting blades are rotatably secured at their rear ends in the rear portion of the slot for rotation between a collapsed forward position abutting the front tip and an operative cutting position wherein they extend outwardly and rearwardly of the slot for cutting the flesh of an animal pierced by the point. The blades bear integral detents which releasably secure the blades in the collapsed position. The blades have laterally extending front pusher tips which facilitate opening of the blades to the cutting position when an animal is pierced by the point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Inventor: Vincent Troncoso
  • Patent number: 5851177
    Abstract: The improved otoscope and rhinoscope device includes a resilient, flexible deformable ring with elastic memory. The ring is circular or oval and of metal, an elastomer such as plastic or rubber or of a plurality of interconnected springs of metal, plastic or the like. The ring has a groove on both the top and bottom thereof to receive on the top the forefinger of a medical practitioner and on the bottom the thumb of that practitioner. In the central cavity in the ring is secured a spaced pair of spreaders. Each spreader has a horizontal support bar extending transversely into the cavity, the two support bars being connected to opposite sides of the ring in the same plane and bearing on their free ends a spaced pair of spreader blades extending forwardly of the ring at about the midline thereof. The spreader blades have smoothly curved outer surfaces to engage the sidewalls of an ear canal or sidewalls of a nare when the ring is compressed vertically, thus increasing the spacing between the spreader blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventor: Craig S. Koch
  • Patent number: 5839437
    Abstract: The improved endotracheal anti-disconnect device includes a flexible, resilent elongated patient neck band having a main body, the front surface of which bears a number of hook-receiving loops. The band has narrow opposite ends which form tabs, the front surfaces of which bear a number of hooks. With this arrangement the tabs can be passed through slots in the sides of an endotracheal tube bracket and then can be reflected rearwardly and connected by the hooks to the loops to releasably hold the bracket against the throat of a patient. The device also includes a ring assembly having a ring with a central space and to which ring are connected 4 connectors, which radiate therefrom. Two of the connectors are in the form of wings which are disposed horizontally and are elongated. The wings bear a number of hooks on their inner surfaces so that the ring can be pulled against the bracket and connected by the wings to the front surface of the neck band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Stephen W. Briggs, III
  • Patent number: 5791324
    Abstract: The improved cable guard for a compound archery bow includes an elongated, flexible resilient rod having a rear portion and an opposite front portion, the flexibility of the rod increasing from the front portion to the rear portion. Preferably, the front portion of the rod is generally circular in transverse cross-section while the rear portion of the rod is semi-circular in such cross-section, with a flat side facing away from the bow cables and toward the bowstring. In another embodiment both the front and rear portions of the rod are generally circular in cross-section, but the diameter of the rod decreases from the front portion to the rear portion thereof. The cable guard also includes an elongated transversely extending bracket the medial end of which is adapted to be secured to the rear end of the bow riser while the distal end of the bracket extends laterally of the riser and releasably secures the rod so that its position relative to the bow riser can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Steven C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5715884
    Abstract: The window covering cord safety assembly includes at least one window covering control cord, and preferably two or more such cords, the free ends of which bear expanded beads or eyelets or the like. A safety device is releasably connected to the free ends of the control cords. The device includes a housing having closed upper and lower ends interconnected by closed sidewalls and collectively defining a generally central space within which a retainer is slideably disposed. The retainer has external pockets in its lower portion. The space has an expanded upper portion and the retainer has a lower portion of reduced diameter. The free ends of the control cords and eyelets pass down through openings in the housing top into the retainer pockets and are trapped therein until the lower portion of the retainer moves up into the expanded upper portion of the space to release them from the retainer pockets. A spring is mounted between the retainer top and the housing top to bias the retainer downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Fred Cotten
  • Patent number: 5652962
    Abstract: The gown assembly of the present invention is constructed to provide a patient wearing the gown with maximum comfort and also ease of insertion of various intravenous tubes for feeding and blood sampling without removal of the gown. Moreover, the gown is adapted to fit a variety of sizes and shapes of patients and has patient-restraining straps and bands integral with the gown. The gown preferably is of washeable cloth and may be disposable. The gown extends from about the level of the neck to at least about the level of the knees and opens at the back by means of a vertical opening extending the full length thereof and placed off the midline of the gown so that the fasteners for the gown will not rub the spinal column. The gown includes mittens attached to the ends of the sleeves and having elongated restraining bands which tie into bows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Inventor: Shirley Patnode