Patents Represented by Attorney Edmund S. Lee, III
  • Patent number: 7152383
    Abstract: A blind connection for joining foam core panels which comprise a central sheet of foamed resinous material having top and bottom rails and veneers bonded to opposite sides of the central sheet and the rails. The rails having abutting side edge faces with matching slots formed along the length of the side edges. Te slots have undercut retaining surfaces which are engaged by retaining surfaces formed on a joining member which is inserted into these slots in joining the panels in assembled relation. The use of modified joining members in connecting foam core panels that are in angled relation to each other is also described. Wear resistant retaining surfaces may be provided for slots in the foam core by solid polymer liners. Additionally a method customizing panels on an installation job site is provided through the use of portable electrically powered saw to cut a panel to a desired width and a portable electrically powered router to form and undercut slot for receiving a joining member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: EPS Specialties Ltd., Inc.
    Inventors: E. Lee Wilkinson, Jr., Edgar L. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 6823532
    Abstract: A malodor control system for a toilet comprises a modified toilet seat which is a hollow construction. The seat may be mounted on supports for pivotal movement between an up position and down position in which its opening is registered with the opening of an toilet bowl for receiving products of human waste. As in conventional toilets, portions of a person sitting on the seat define a chamber, in combination with the seat and the bowl. A pair of water spray nozzles are disposed within the hollow seat and directed rearwardly toward the pivotal mounting for the seat. A water supply system includes a flexible tube connection between a fixed source of pressurized water and a bracket for pivotally mounting the seat. Flow of water to the spray nozzles is controlled by a valve on the rear of the seat. The water spray induces flow of fouled air from the user defined chamber into the hollow seat where offensive odors are removed by the water spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Donald C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6453633
    Abstract: Light weight, foamed panels are suspended in spaced relation above the floor of an arena to create “privacy zones” which facilitate discussion and concentration on details. In the prior art, attachment of the panels to mounting rods was predicated on cementing wooden strips in the upper surface of the panel, in order to provide T-nuts, into which suspension rods are threaded. The improved installation employs a plurality of attaching members, each of which has a tubular body portion which is inserted through a vertically disposed hole in the foamed panel and an ornamental flange projecting laterally and underlying the bottom of the penal. Each tubular body portion has a threaded portion which is threaded onto a supporting rod. Torquing surfaces are provided on the attaching members to facilitate their being threaded onto the supporting rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: EPS Specialties Ltd., Inc.
    Inventors: E. Lee Wilkinson, Jr., Edgar L. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 6053460
    Abstract: A display panel for use in combination with a merchandise fixture, having a plurality of hanger arms on which a garments, or other merchandise can be hung by conventional hangers. The display panel is secured to the outer end of a hanger arm, with its width dimension disposed in a plane normal to the length of the hanger arm. The display panel has a projecting peg on which a sample of the merchandise may be hung. The display panel is connected to the hanger arm, by mechanism which includes a U-shaped bracket. The hanger arm is connected to the bracket by being captured between vertically and horizontally adjustable bolts, mounted on the bracket. Alternatively, the hanger arm may be secured by being clamped against a fixed abutment on the bracket. The lower end of the display panel may be positioned in an upright position by a position plate that is relatively thin and underlies a portion of the fixture. The positioning plate in one embodiment, in connected to the display panel by a hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventors: E. Lee Wilkinson, Jr., Edgar L. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 5027105
    Abstract: A security device for the prevention of theft is described. It comprises an alarm, a motion detector which provides a signal, effective through an electrical circuit for actuation of the alarm. The motion detector includes a tubular cylinder, a sphere and a tether which are conductive and connected in series across an electrical potential. Movement of the detector, from any initial orientation and in any direction results in an increase in contact resistance between the sphere and cylinder and generates a motion signal. After actuation of an arming switch, a motion signal energizes the alarm. Once armed, a disarming switch must be actuated to prevent or halt energization of the alarm. The device is detachably mounted on a brief case, with the switches on the exterior and connected by conductors to the remaining elements of the device mounted on the interior of the brief case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Inventors: Thomas A. Dailey, Alfred A. Dailey, Richard J. Dailey
  • Patent number: 4723952
    Abstract: An ostomy device is disclosed which comprises a simple, rigid frame having an opening which is registered with the stoma of an ostomate and secured on his torso by an elastic belt. The tension of the belt cause the frame to press into the user's flesh and thus stabilize the peristomal region within the confines of the frame opening. The peristomal region is given sufficient firmness to insure secure attachment of an adhesive sheet of a waste management adjunct. This frame is also employed in a method which obviates the need for a collection container for body wastes. In this method, a protective sheet may be adhered to the peristomal skin, with an opening registered with the stoma. A absorbent pad is held against the stoma by the frame as it stabilizes the peristomal region. The solid matter is then periodically removed by replacement of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Inventor: Thomas Esposito
  • Patent number: 4693075
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a rotor forming an inducer and a turbine which succesively register with a series of circumferentially spaced combustion chambers. The engine has the capability of firing less than the total number of combustion chambers for each cycle of rotor rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Inventor: Andrew Sabatiuk
  • Patent number: 4513983
    Abstract: A shopping cart is disclosed with a point-of-purchase advertising display which includes an octagonal, transparent display tube, rotatably mounted adjacent the cart's handle. The display tube is mounted on a shaft which is journaled on brackets on the cart's frame, thus isolating the tube from stresses arising from abuse of the cart. Advertising strips are mounted within the display tube for viewing as the tube is rotated by the cart's user. These strips may be replaced through use of a temporary support, as trunnions supporting the shaft are shifted outwardly to permit removal of the end cap of the display assembly. In another embodiment, a portion of the end cap is separately removable to permit replacement of the advertising strips. In a third embodiment, the shaft is omitted and the end caps are journaled on trunnions projecting from brackets on the frame of the cart. Also described is a method for assuring free rotation of the advertising display, when it is mounted on the frame of a cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1985
    Inventor: Robert E. Calder
  • Patent number: 4334994
    Abstract: A disposable, oil filter cartridge is described. The cartridge comprises a shell of circular outline within which a stack of interconnected filter discs of octagonal outline are held in preloaded, compressed condition by an end cap attached to the outer, or open, end of the shell. The stack of filter elements has a plurality of tortuous passageways through which oil flows and is discharged, after filtration, centrally of the stack of filter elements, through the end cap. A compression spring maintains the integrity of the tortuous passageways which might otherwise be lost due to the expected reduction in thickness of the filter elements during use. A second embodiment of the invention illustrates a similar cartridge in which the filter discs are of hexagonal outline which facilitates their fabrication from a sheet of filter material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1982
    Assignee: Fleetguard, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard V. Jensen
  • Patent number: 4323186
    Abstract: A method is described for obtaining extrusion products of "high performance" alloy wire of small cross section in an economical fashion. The ratio of length to cross section of cast "high performance" alloy preforms limits the length of a filled billet to less than the optimum which may be extruded on available extrusion presses where it is desired to obtain small diameter extrusion products in a single extrusion. This limitation is overcome by squaring the ends of cast lengths of the alloy and then butt welding such lengths to compositely form preforms of the maximum length capable of being extruded on a given extrusion press. The composite preforms are extruded in a filled billet in accordance with the teachings of U.S. Pat. No. 4,209,122. The extrusion products from these composite preforms have the same desirable properties described in that patent and extend the benefits described therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Polymet Corporation
    Inventor: James G. Hunt
  • Patent number: 4280368
    Abstract: The device for producing vibratory forces shown in the drawings comprises a pair of plates mounted on a structural frame. There are three rows of gears on each plate which are intermeshed so that all may be driven from a drive input to one of the gears in the central row. Drive means provide the input to the driven gear of each plate through one of the journals for mounting the plates on the frames. Weights are mounted eccentrically on each of the gears and are thus rotated synchronously between extreme outward and inward positions to produce, by centrifugal force, vibratory forces parallel to the planes of the plates. Means, operative through the other journals for pivotal mounting the plates, simultaneously and synchronously pivot the plates between aligned positions wherein the centrifugal forces are nullified and essentially no vibrations are produced and parallel positions wherein the vibratory forces are at maximum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1981
    Inventor: Howard M. Woltering
  • Patent number: 4209122
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing wire is described. "High performance" alloy rods in an "as cast" condition are incorporated into a filled billet which is extruded within defined extrusion parameters to obtain a simultaneous reduction in the diameters of the cast rods. After separation from the filled billet, the extruded "high performance" rods, now in wire form, are particularly suitable for manual welding applications of hard facing deposits. The separated "high performance" alloy wires are joined by butt welding to form a wire of indeterminable length which is accurately sized by successive drawing and annealing steps, making it suitable for use with an automatic welding machine to weld hard facing deposits. An optional second extrusion step is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1980
    Assignee: Polymet Corporation
    Inventor: James G. Hunt
  • Patent number: 4022520
    Abstract: A rear view mirror assembly adapted for attachment to the outside of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The assembly comprises a fixed arm which is adapted to be attached to the motor vehicle, a disc rotatably mounted on said arm about a general horizontally axis and a pair of mirrors adjustably mounted on said disc by ball joint assemblies. By adjustment of the disc relative to the arm a desired position of the two mirrors can be obtained relative to the motor vehicle and then the mirrors themselves may independently adjusted to provide separate fields of vision which effectively eliminate any blind spots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1977
    Inventor: Robert D. Scifres