Patents Represented by Law Firm Duckworth, Hobby, Allen & Pettis
  • Patent number: 4265046
    Abstract: A rod holder device useful in combination with a plural section fishing rod for holding at least one of the rod sections in substantially parallel relation to the main body of the fishing rod. The device is primarily useful for storing and transporting a plural section fishing rod in its taken apart condition, and is preferably integrally mounted on the fishing rod handle. The rod holder device comprises a receiver body movably attached to the fishing rod as by a pivot pin, and the receiver body is movable between first and second positions defining a closed and opened condition, respectively. A receiver aperture is formed in the receiver body and is operatively disposed when the device is in its second position. The receiver aperture is dimensioned and configured to receive, preferably, the male end of a rod section therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1981
    Inventor: W. Louis Keith
  • Patent number: 4264451
    Abstract: Hydrogen sulfide is effectively removed from potable water by the combined action of first chlorinating the water and then passing the chlorinated water through a bed of activated carbon. Chlorine is added in large doses to potable water containing dissolved hydrogen sulfide to convert substantially 90% of the hydrogen sulfide to sulfates. The chlorinated water containing residual hydrogen sulfide is then passed through a bed of activated carbon. Chemisorbed nascent oxygen in conjunction with the activated carbon catalytically affect breakdown of the remaining sulfide compounds into elemental sulfur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1981
    Assignees: City of Orlando, Orlando Utilities Commission
    Inventors: Theodore C. Pope, Richard A. Dunham
  • Patent number: 4260901
    Abstract: A system for converting the mechanical energy in the wave motion of a body of water into electrical energy. A frame is fixed with respect to the wave motion of the water. A flotation element is buoyantly supported by the water and constrained to follow only the vertical component of the wave motion. The motion of the flotation element is transferred to an electrical generating device which includes a device for producing electromagnetic flux and electrical coils. The motion of the flotation element causes relative motion between the flux-producing device and the electrical coils thereby generating an electromotive force. A positioning subsystem is provided for moving the electrical generating device relative to the flotation element when the average depth of the body of water changes so as to maintain a symmetrical relative motion between the flux-producing device and the electrical coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: David D. Woodbridge
  • Patent number: 4260468
    Abstract: An apparatus for chlorinating water of a swimming pool. The device includes a main unit that is inserted into a cannister containing water; the main unit including a perforated barrel with a membrane therearound. The barrel containing salt and a gas collection dome fitted on top of the barrel, having a perforated downward shroud containing anode elements connected by wiring to an exterior electric power source; the anode elements extending into the salt and water, and a gas discharge outlet line extending from the dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: James A. Bradley
  • Patent number: 4258763
    Abstract: A plurality of cutting teeth are disposed at intervals in a complete circle around the periphery of a flexible cutting element. A frame is coupled to the cutting element to receive and guide the cutting element. Means is coupled to the cutting element and to the frame to impart an oscillatory motion to the cutting element to enable the oscillating teeth of the cutting element to cut a selected material. A simplified version of the present invention includes first and second handles coupled to opposite ends of the flexible cutting element to enable an operator to impart an oscillatory motion to the cutting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Inventors: Fernando Figueredo, Guillermo A. Valdes, Armando R. Framil
  • Patent number: 4256181
    Abstract: A fire extinguishing system is automatically actuated in response to flames from a fire on the upper surface of a stove having a vent hood. A pressurized fire extinguisher includes a lever actuated valve spring biased to the open position and contains a supply of fire extinguishing material. A discharge manifold extends between the valve of the fire extinguisher and a plurality of nozzles which are positioned within the vent hood to distribute the fire extinguishing material over the upper surface of the stove when the valve is released into the open position. A fusible link secures a strut which maintains the valve in a closed position. A fuse extends from an area above the upper surface of the stove to a capsule of gun powder which surrounds the fusible link. A fire in the stove top area ignites the exposed end of the fuse which controllably transfers fire to the capsule of gun powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1981
    Inventor: Charles C. Searcy
  • Patent number: 4256241
    Abstract: A fluid-solid mixing and dispensing apparatus primarily intended for use in the application of pesticide dust. The apparatus comprises a blower and a removable, disposable pesticide dust cartridge attachable to the blower in fluid-communicating relation to at least a portion of the blower's fluid flow stream. A volume control is provided so as to regulate the quantity of fluid flowing through the cartridge, thereby regulating the quantity of pesticide dust actually dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1981
    Inventor: Robert S. Mesic
  • Patent number: 4255936
    Abstract: The heating system of the present invention includes a compressor for compressing and heating refrigerant. The pressurized, heated refrigerant is passed through a first heat exchanger which is coupled to a container of water. A pump circulates water from the container through the first heat exchanger to transfer heat from the refrigerant through the heat exchanger to the water. This heat exchange process cools and condenses the refrigerent from a gas to a liquid as the water is heated. The liquified refrigerant is transferred to a coaxial earth tap which includes an inner passageway for transferring the refrigerant from the upper end to the lower end of the earth tap and a restrictor positioned at the lower end of the tap for vaporizing the refrigerant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1981
    Inventor: Robert W. Cochran
  • Patent number: 4256295
    Abstract: An adjustable clamp for holding a workpiece wherein the clamp is characterized by a pair of fixed, opposing jaws and a first clamping member movably disposed on one of said jaws. The adjustable clamp further comprises a second clamping member movably attached to a clamp positioning bar formed on the body of the adjustable clamp whereby the second clamping member may be selectively positioned in first and second clamping positions with respect to a normal plane between the jaws. A second embodiment for the adjustable clamp is disclosed comprising a third clamping member operatively mounted on the other jaw in substantially opposing relation to the first clamping member, whereby a workpiece may be centered between the two jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1981
    Assignees: Elmer A. Egner, Leonard M. Anton, Carolyn A. Egner
    Inventor: Elmer A. Egner
  • Patent number: 4254716
    Abstract: An integrated fuel preparation and incinerator system and method for utilizing organic solid and semi-solid waste materials as a primary boiler fuel is provided. The organic waste fuel materials are refined to allow for improved combustion efficiency. Combinations of the organic fuel wastes with inorganic wastes are first dried to attain maximum thermal potential; and thereafter, special dry precombustion processing allows for the removal of undesirable inorganics, thereby reducing the adverse physical and chemical effects upon the process hardware.The organic waste fuels are further refined during drying to a constant moisture which enhances combustion flame stability and organic fuel burnout efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1981
    Inventor: Donald H. Graham
  • Patent number: 4254157
    Abstract: A method, and the product rendered by the method, for processing citrus fruit to tenderize the intermediate membrane between adjacent fruit sections includes heating canned citrus sections containing membranes to an elevated center can temperature in order to tenderize the membrane, but in which the cooking process is insufficient to appreciably damage the juice sacs in the fruit sections adjacent to the membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Assignee: Citrus Central, Inc.
    Inventor: Harry Hannan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4250128
    Abstract: Annular magnets, primarily for motor stators, are centrifugally cast from particulate materials and synthetic plastic materials. Iron particles and ferrite particles stratified during the spin casting procedures so that the former provide an outer stratum that serves as a yoke in the permanently magnetized structure. The anisotropic ferrite particles are magnetically oriented during casting by a rotating center magnet with the aid of bucking magnets that also rotate and serve to confine the field of the center magnet to the cavity area. Apparatus for carrying out the process is disclosed and includes means for introducing the plastic and particulate materials to the mold cavity while the mold is rotating as well as mold arrangements that facilitate material introduction by the creation of reduced pressure conditions in the cavity during the rotation of the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1981
    Assignee: Magna Motors Corporation
    Inventor: John H. Meckling
  • Patent number: 4249327
    Abstract: A fine grader for fine grading the surface of the subgrade on which fresh concrete is to be poured to form a uniformly level surface for receiving freshly poured concrete is formed by coupling together a fine grader attachment with a vibratory screed. The screed includes first and second ends and first and second end brackets which are coupled to the first and second ends of the screed frame. A winch is coupled to each end bracket for translating the screed along the length of the side forms. The fine grader attachment for the screed includes a fine grader blade, a series of brackets coupled to the screed frame and to the fine grader blade for maintaining the blade in a grading position below and in front of the screed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1981
    Assignee: Allen Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: J. Dewayne Allen
  • Patent number: 4248305
    Abstract: A system and method of moving near-surface water to a deep water aquifer at a high rate of transfer and with no external energy sources, and which additionally generates excess energy available for other uses. The system comprises at least one deep well into the deep aquifer and one or more shallow wells into a near-surface water table aquifer having siphon pipes from the shallow wells to the deep well. Siphon action is initiated resulting in a continuing flow of water from the shallow wells to the deep well. A water-driven turbine is disposed in the deep well above its tail water level and below the lower end of the siphon tubes. The water flow operates the turbine and the turbine shaft drives an external vacuum pump. Each shallow well has a closed top plate, and suction from the vacuum pump is applied through the top plate, holding the water level above its normal point increasing the draw down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1981
    Inventors: William L. Scarbrough, Jerry L. Norris, Joe D. Hardin
  • Patent number: 4244841
    Abstract: A unique method for recycling rubber scrap to yield a final product of at least about one inch in thickness characterized by the absence of the use of alkalis, acids or organic solvents in the steps of the process. Finely ground dry rubber scrap is intimately mixed with a cure mix comprising about nine parts, by weight, dry sulfur and not more than about one part, by weight, zinc stearate. The resulting dry cure mix and dry rubber scrap mixture is placed into a mold and cured in a steam autoclave for about 1.25-4 hours at a temperature of about 325.degree. F., preferably, while maintaining a steam pressure within the autoclave of about 125 psi, preferably. Actual curing time is determined by the thickness of the final product. The final recycled rubber product is also claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1981
    Assignee: Frankland Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Howard Frankland
  • Patent number: 4243464
    Abstract: A laminating machine and the method incorporated therein includes a pair of opposing and substantially parallel cylindrical steel rollers defining a continuous pressure line between the outer cylindrical surfaces thereof. A sheet is fed between the rollers in a first direction substantially transverse to the pressure line, and a film to be laminated is fed onto the sheet surface and with the sheet in the first direction. A fluid pressure cylinder-lever arm arrangement is provided with one of the rollers for applying relative pressure between the two rollers along the pressure line during passage of the film-sheet combination therebetween, the pressure being in an amount sufficient to compress the sheet to effect complete bonding of the film to the sheet surface, but in an amount less than that which causes structural damage to the sheet. The outer surface of one of the rollers is heated during the laminating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1981
    Inventors: Thomas M. Potchen, Jessie M. Potchen
  • Patent number: 4243050
    Abstract: An apparatus and related method for implanting pacemaker electrodes and similar devices within a patient include an introducer with a tapered end adapted to extend into the patient's body, and a hollow, tubular sleeve having a first portion with an inner dimension greater than the outer dimension of the introducer and a second portion at one end of the sleeve which extends parallel with the introducer and in close engagement therewith, with a gradual taper along the sleeve between the first and second portions. The sleeve has a longitudinal slit along the first portion and through the taper, but short of the forward extremity, to permit the sleeve to be peeled away from the pacemaker electrode after introduction. The introducer and sleeve include corresponding hub and flange arrangements which provide a means for locking the two elements together to prevent inadvertent motion of the sleeve with respect to the introducer as the two elements are being inserted into the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1981
    Inventor: Philip O. Littleford
  • Patent number: 4241107
    Abstract: A unique method for applying a lightweight cementitious coating to either existing or new roof surfaces. The invention relates to the method of preparing the coating mixture and its manner of application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1980
    Inventors: Theodore O. Mandish, Doneath M. Mandish
  • Patent number: 4239404
    Abstract: A dispenser for a roll of paper, a deflectable paper guide and systems for indicating when a predetermined amount of paper is left on the roll and when the supply of paper is totally exhausted. The paper dispenser is mounted on a printer frame and includes first and second cylindrical rollers having large and small diameter sections which permit the roll of paper to be readily inserted in and removed from the dispenser assembly. The deflectable paper guide is positioned between the paper dispenser and a fixed paper guide and includes a bar oriented parallel to the longitudinal axis of the roll of paper and biaser which forms a loop in the paper guide. The low paper quantity indicating system includes an infra red transmitter and an infra red receiver which are positioned in axial alignment on opposite ends of the roll of paper. An indicating device indicates when a clear path is established between the transmitter and the receiver which is indicative of a predetermined amount of paper remaining on the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1980
    Assignee: Scope Data Incorporated
    Inventors: Fred A. DeFilipps, Roy O. Lipper, Luther R. Winters, Jr., Larry A. Nordstrom, Daniel J. Szechy
  • Patent number: 4238931
    Abstract: In a system having a waste heat recovery subsystem utilizing a heat exchanger, such as a refrigeration system having a heat exchanger for extracting and recovering heat energy from the superheated refrigerant by means of a transfer fluid, method and apparatus for control of the heat recovery subsystem. A combination of three interactive control systems is provided for control of the flow of the heat transfer fluid through the heat exchanger. A first heat sensor means determines when the waste heat temperature is sufficiently high, controlling a pump to obtain circulation of the fluid when such temperature exceeds a preselected value. A second heat sensor means monitors the temperature of the heat transfer fluid and stops circulation of the fluid when such temperature exceeds a preselected safe upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1980
    Assignee: Energy Conservation Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Campbell