Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Eugene Stephens & Associates
  • Patent number: 7128350
    Abstract: This disengageable strike has a strike annexed to a strike member that is slideably mounted to a strike base. The strike member and strike base are, in turn, mounted to a door frame or door opposite a slam latch. In a first position, the strike engages the latch to prevent the door from opening. An electrically disengageable inhibitor prevents manual movement of the sliding strike from the first position. However, when the inhibitor is disengaged, the strike can be manually moved/slid using an actuator (in the form of a handle annexed to the strike member) to a second position where it does not engage the latch to prevent the door from opening. A biasing spring biasing the strike and strike member towards the first position helps to return it to the first position after the actuator is released. Further, one portion of a sensor for a signal generator is mounted to the strike member such that it is opposite the other portion in the door or frame only when the strike is in the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Key Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: George H. Eckerdt
  • Patent number: 6832411
    Abstract: Abutment projections (54, 54) of a resin-made driver member (not shown) are inserted in the opposite end portions of a key groove (41) of a metal-made turnable member (4) in the circumferential direction. A key portion (B3) of a receiving cylindrical portion is inserted between the abutment projections (54, 54). The interval between the abutment projections (54, 54) in the circumferential direction is set to be slightly larger than the width of the key portion (B3). By doing so, when a transmission section is turned into an open position or a closed position, the abutment projections (54, 54) and the key portion (B3) are collided with each other, thereby generating a click sound. Moreover, since both the abutment projections (54, 54) and the key portion (B3) are formed of resin, they can be prevented from getting worn out soon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichiro Koshikawa, Akira Sasaki, Hiroshi Sudo
  • Patent number: 6796447
    Abstract: This crane control system with swing control and variable impedance is intended for use with overhead cranes where a line suspended from a moveable hoist suspends a load. It is responsive to operator force applied to the load and uses a control strategy based on estimating the force applied by the operator to the load and, subject to a variable desired load impedance, reacting in response to this estimate. The human pushing force on the load is not measured directly, but is estimated from measurement of the angle of deflection of the line suspending the load and measurement of hoist position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Gorbel, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradford B. Laundry, Li-te Liu, Gustavo Montemayor, Dan O. Popa, Michael K. Taylor, John T. Wen
  • Patent number: 6789683
    Abstract: A strainer assembly for a camp cooking kit has a strainer body having at least one rim for engaging a rim of a camp cooking pot and a plurality of openings for pouring liquid from the camp cooking pot while preventing egress of other contents from the pot. Strap guiding features formed in the strainer body provide for guiding a securing strap around both the strainer body and the camp cooking pot. The securing strap includes a fastening arrangement for securing the securing strap together for attaching the strainer body to the camp cooking pot. Handles, which can be formed in the strainer body or attached to the securing strap enable the strainer body to be tipped together with the camp cooking pot to strain the contents of the cooking pot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: John M. Fisher
  • Patent number: 6783476
    Abstract: The size, weight, and cost of a full-traction differential are significantly reduced by the synergism of several interrelated design features of a cartridge-like gear complex: (1) Each combination gear has only a shallow journal hole in each end of an otherwise solid gear body, being supported on mating hubs fixed to mounting plates slipped into a one-piece differential housing. (2) The solid worm-wheel portion of the combination gears has a deeper hour-glass shape. (3) Mating worm/worm-wheel teeth have a broad “supra-enveloping” contact pattern on only the drive side of the mesh. (4) The side-gear worms have closed-end teeth. (5) Both diameter and axial length of the side-gear worms are reduced by a special cutting process. The efficiency of the differential is increased by a thrust plate supported in the mounting plates and positioned between inner ends of the side-gear worms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Torvec, Inc.
    Inventors: Vernon E. Gleasman, Keith E. Gleasman
  • Patent number: 6776384
    Abstract: A seat of a vehicle comprises an upper and a lower frame 10, 20 and a first and a second link 31, 32 of an X-shape disposed therebetween. A front end portion (one end portion) of a suspension spring 40 is locked to the lower frame 20, and a rear portion (the other end portion) of this spring 40 is locked to a slide member 50. An inclination cam face 52a of this slide member 50 is in abutment with an abutment projection 35 (abutment member) disposed at the first link 31. By this, vibration absorbing capability of the suspension spring can sufficiently be obtained even if the distance between the upper frame and the lower frame is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Shigeru Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasunori Igarashi
  • Patent number: 6772481
    Abstract: A hinge assembly (1) used for a foldable cellular telephone, comprising a pair of abutment members (5, 6), a bias means (7) biasing the abutment members so that the abutment members are pressingly brought into contact with each other, a projection (54) extending in the radial direction of one abutment member (5), and a recess (64) allowing the access of the projection thereto formed in the other abutment member (6), wherein the recess (64) is formed of an inside recess and an outside recess on the radial inner and outer sides of the other abutment member, and the inside recess is formed along the center line of the other abutment member and the outside recess is formed so that the width thereof is increased from the inside recess to the outside so that the side surface of the recess is generally formed in a dogleg-like configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Oshima, Shinichiro Koshikawa, Katsuya Imai
  • Patent number: 6772441
    Abstract: A palm face of a soccer goalkeeper glove is provided with a strand mesh secured at wrist and fingertip regions to strengthen back bending resistance of the thumb and fingers of the glove. The mesh can extend across spaces between the thumb and fingers of the glove, and can extend over fingertip regions of the glove to be bonded to back sides of the fingertip regions. The strand mesh can have screen or other configurations, and can be formed in a continuous laminate extending over the palm face of the glove. The goal is to reduce injuries from back bending of a goalkeeper's fingers from impact by soccer balls traveling at high velocities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Alfred W. Lucas, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6725863
    Abstract: A choking assistance device includes a head specially designed for placement against the abdomen of a choking victim for performance of the Heimlich Maneuver. The head has lateral extensions and, in the preferred embodiment, a central bulge. The choking assistance device also has a spacing rod attached to the head with appropriately located handles and a non-slip base pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Louis M. Karpel
  • Patent number: 6725798
    Abstract: A canoe platform interconnects a pair of spaced apart canoes arranged parallel with each other so that the platform can support human activity while the canoes support the platform above the water. The platform is made of a pair of panels adjoining each other and spanning the gunwales of the canoes and the space between them. Each of the panels is foldable in half longitudinally so that the panels can be stored within canoes for transport. The panels are unfolded flat and are arranged to span the canoes aft of the front seats of the canoes and forward of the rear seats of the canoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Robert A. Hill
  • Patent number: 6716139
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portable training device for optimizing a training comprising a sound playback means, a microprocessor, and a means for detecting parameters inherent to the body of the user, said detecting means being connected with the microprocessor for data communication. The training device further comprises a converter means controlled by the microprocessor and connected to the sound playback means for converting the detected values of the said parameters into verbal training information for the training person and outputting them by the sound playback means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventors: Boris Hosseinzadeh-Dolkhani, Wolfgang Schiller, Marc Rummel
  • Patent number: 6705677
    Abstract: A forward end part of an arm part (53) of a seatback frame is connected to a forward end part of a main frame (3) such that the forward end part of said arm part (53) can turn about a horizontal axis (61) extending leftward and rightward. A cam hole (71) is formed in a forward end part of the arm part (53). A shaft part (72) movably engageable with the cam hole (71) through a roller (73) is disposed at a forward end part of a seat frame (41). The cam hole (71), the shaft part (72) and the roller (73) constitute a positive motion mechanism (70) for causing a seat frame (41) to be tilted in accordance with the turning motion of the arm part (53).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Sugatsun Kogyo Co., LTD
    Inventors: Kazuyoshi Oshima, Hiroyuki Masuda
  • Patent number: 6704418
    Abstract: A pair of first conversion faces (55, 55) and a pair of second conversion faces (56, 56) are formed on the end face of a contact member (50) with which a movable member (now shown) comes into contact. The first conversion faces (55, 55) are separated by 180 degrees from each other in the circumferential direction of the contact member (50). The second conversion faces (56, 56) are separated by 180 degrees from each other in the circumferential direction of the contact member (50), and at the same time separated from the first conversion faces (55, 55) by a predetermined angle. The movable member is equipped with a pair of pressing projections which come into contact with the first conversion faces (55, 55) when the cover rotates to its closed position and come into contact with the second conversion faces (56, 56) when the cover rotates to its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignees: NEC Corporation, Ohsashi Technica, Inc., Sugatsune Kogyo, Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichiro Koshikawa
  • Patent number: 6678067
    Abstract: A new method and system applying the method inspect printed documents that have regions of variable content, the regions having variable locations from document to document in a print job, to ensure that predetermined criteria are met. The locations of the regions of variable content are determined by monitoring a print datastream, and the locations are used to analyze images of the regions of variable content. The images are captured by an optical imaging system mounted in a printer, print media out equipment, a finishing system, or other appropriate location with a suitable view of the printed documents. If a document does not meet its specific predetermined criteria, for example, if an account number does not match the desired account number for that document, then the inspection system takes an error notification action ranging from simply logging the error in a log file to removing the document to stopping the printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Videk, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Reda, Westly M. Perdue
  • Patent number: 6658827
    Abstract: These interface pads have a right and a left inflatable member with the volume of air in each of these inflatable members being independently adjustable. Each member is adapted to provide an interface between one side of a load-bearing animal and a load-supporting structure such as a saddle. Connecting means span the spinal area of the animal and link the members to one another in a manner that avoids the placement of any substantial compression on the animal's supraspinous ligament. Moreover, a gullet channel is maintained so as to allow appropriate ventilation in this area. The inflatable members are constructed of a foam core wholly surrounded by and bonded to a pair of thin skins or panels, forming a fluid tight envelope. A valve is disposed between the chamber formed by the envelope and the ambient environment. After allowing inflation of an air pad of this type and placing a load (such as the saddle and/or rider) thereon, the valve can be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Alan W. Brownlie
  • Patent number: 6647969
    Abstract: An evaporation chamber controlled by a pressure drop across an intake valve is used in conjunction with a regulator to supply fuel such as propane in its gaseous state regardless of the chamber's orientation to a portioning fuel injection system for portable engines such as can be used for gas-powered fastening tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph S. Adams
  • Patent number: 6641691
    Abstract: Display information is revealed from behind a metal film that can be cleared upon effective contact with a clearing agent. The metal film, while opaque, is generally less than 1000 Angstroms thick and can be cleared by exposure to innocuous agents including food or other household products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Timer Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Shadle, David M. Good, Gerrit L. Verschuur, Chauncey T. Mitchell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6637248
    Abstract: A revolution center line (C) of a roll (R) is made eccentric with respect to an axis (L) of an elliptic tube (1). The eccentric amount &egr; is set such that when the revolution radius of the roll (R) is gradually reduced from a state in which the roll (R) is not in contact with any part of the elliptic tube (1), the roll (R) contacts one (4) of the two protuberances (4, 4) which is located on the opposite side to the eccentric direction generally earlier than any other part of the eccentric tube (1). The roll (R) is revolved and reciprocally moved in a direction of the revolution center line (C). At least at one end portion of the reciprocal movement, the roll (R) is moved towards the revolution center line (C) side. By repeating this procedure, the roll (R) is press contacted with the first-mentioned protuberance (4) so as to crush it for elimination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Sakamoto Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Ishii, Akihiro Endo
  • Patent number: D484856
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinichi Ajiki
  • Patent number: D491454
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Sugatsune Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Koshi Yamaguchi