Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Geoffrey A. Mantooth
  • Patent number: 7793892
    Abstract: A holder or organizer has first and second strips releasably fastened together by coupling material such as by hook and loop material. The strips each have two ends, namely a bonding end and a free end. The two bonding ends are coupled together. The first strip has an adhesive on its outside. The second strip has a selvedge area adjacent an edge, which selvedge area lacks releasable coupling material. The selvedge area will not fasten to the first strip. A user can easily grip the selvedge area of the second strip and peel the second strip off of the first strip. A tongue extends in the direction of the bonding ends of the strips and works in conjunction with a non-tongue area of the upper strip to more securely hold an object in the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Prestige Ameritech Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael L. Bowen, George D. Reese
  • Patent number: 7782015
    Abstract: A system and method produces electrical power for a load. First and second battery banks are provided, as is an inverter bank, which produces three phase. A switch alternately connects one of the first or second battery banks to the load and to the inverter bank with the other of the first or second battery banks being disconnected from the load and the inverter bank. A motor is connected to the output of the inverter bank. The motor drives an alternator bank, which alternator bank is electrically connected to, and recharges, the other of the first or second battery banks. A timer periodically alternates the battery banks between a load mode and recharge mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Billy Joe Aaron
  • Patent number: 7774974
    Abstract: A fishing lure has a body and a tail. The tail is coupled to one end of the body. The tail has a center portion and an outside edge that is arcuate around the center portion. A gap extends from the outside edge to the center portion. In one embodiment, the outside edge is thicker than the center portion of the tail. When the lure is retrieved, the tail moves back and forth and creates a noise and also causes the body to move back and forth, thus producing a desirable action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Steve Parks
  • Patent number: 7717802
    Abstract: The putting training device positions a plurality of objects and a practice ball on a practice surface, and, in the preferred embodiment, comprises an arm arrangement of two connected rods having telescoping ball receptacles at each end. Four golf balls contained within perimeter receptacles are guiding balls. A golf ball positioned within a fifth receptacle is a practice ball to be putted once the putting training device is removed from the five positioned golf balls. The method comprises: providing an alignment device comprising; two ball sockets that define a take-away gap; two ball sockets that define a follow-through gap; the take-away gap and follow through gap further defining a putting arc distance gap; placing a plurality of objects on a putting surface; overlaying the alignment device on the objects so that the sockets contain an object; and removing the device, thereby leaving the objects on the putting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Chris A. Christensen
  • Patent number: 7686598
    Abstract: A downhole pump has a barrel and a plunger which reciprocate with respect to each other. The plunger has a first portion with a first seal, a second portion and a third portion with a second seal. The second portion is intermediate the first and second portions. A balancing chamber is formed between the plunger second portion and the barrel. The balancing chamber communicates with the plunger interior by way of an opening. A sand snare chamber is provided with respect to the opening so as to prevent sand from contacting the seals in the balancing chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Harbison-Fischer, Inc.
    Inventor: Benny J. Williams
  • Patent number: 7607901
    Abstract: A downhole pump for a well has a barrel and a plunger. The barrel has a passage extending along the length of the barrel, with the passage having an inside diameter. The plunger has an outside diameter and is received by the barrel passage for relative reciprocal movement. One of the barrel or the plunger is equipped with wear rings, with a wear ring at one or at each end. The wear rings are made of a material that is harder than the material of the respective plunger or barrel. The wear rings provide protection from abrasion, particularly in a sandy well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Harbison-Fischer, Inc.
    Inventors: Benny J. Williams, Mark William Mahoney
  • Patent number: 7604464
    Abstract: A reciprocating downhole pump has a gas separator located at its bottom end. The separator forms a chamber that is expanded and contracted when the pump is reciprocated. Expansion and contraction of the chamber occurs by either the plunger reciprocating in the chamber or a piston coupled to the plunger reciprocating in the chamber. The chamber has an orifice therein so that during reciprocation fluid flows in and out of the orifice. The orifice is sized so as to subject the fluid to a pressure drop, wherein gas in the fluid is separated from the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Harbison-Fischer, Inc.
    Inventor: Benny J. Williams
  • Patent number: 7590710
    Abstract: A system for extending the operation of a local communications port of a client computer includes a central server, a client communication module, and a remote communication device, each connected to a communication network. A method of operating a central server in a communications network begins with establishing a first communication link between the central server and a remote communication device in response to a request from the remote communication device. A second communication link is established between the central server and a client communication module in response to a request from the client communication module. Application data is received from the client communication module via the second communication link and forwarded, via the first communication link, to the remote communication device. Remote equipment data is received from the remote communication device via the first communication link and forwarded, via the second communication link, to the client communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Wavetrix, Inc.
    Inventors: James Vincent Kokal, James Henry Price, Mark Alan Smith, Joseph James Pautler
  • Patent number: 7578392
    Abstract: A packaging system, hereinafter referred to as the Critical Packaging System, relates to critical issues that associate with sensitive articles such as IC wafers before, during and after shipment phases. The system employs a choice of two or more specialty designed containers, and any one selected design having choices of two or more methods by which to avoid, reduce and/or eliminate wafer damage from breakage, scratches and/or corrosion during shipment phases. For the purpose of maximizing product yield during packaging phases a special apparatus is used to insert wafers within containers without scratch damage. The following programs are used in packaging: (1) Quality Assurance/Certification, (2) Critical Factor Monitoring, and (3) a Recycle and Refurbish Program. These programs are specifically designed to achieve new levels of product yields, reduce product cost, and landfill impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Convey Incorporated
    Inventors: Ray G. Brooks, Timothy W. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7559961
    Abstract: Mixed alcohol formulas can be used as a fuel additive in gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, aviation gasoline, heating oil, bunker oil, coal, petroleum coke or as a neat fuel in and of itself. The mixed alcohols formulations can contain C1-C5 alcohols, or in the alternative, C1-C8 alcohols or higher C1-C10 alcohols in order to boost energy content. The C1-C5 mixed alcohols contain more ethanol than methanol with declining amounts of propanol, butanol and pentanol. C1-C8 mixed alcohols contain the same, with declining amounts of hexanol, heptanol and octanol. C1-C10 mixed alcohols contain the same, with declining amounts of nananol and decanol. Synthetically produced mixed alcohol formulas feature higher octane and energy densities than either MTBE or fermented grain ethanol; more stable Reid Vapor Pressure blending characteristics; and increased soluablizing effects on condensate water. The primary benefits of mixed alcohols are increased combustion efficiencies, reduced emissions profiles and low production costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Standard Alcohol Company of America, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert M. Jimeson, Mark C. Radosevich, Rex R. Stevens
  • Patent number: 7500578
    Abstract: The lid is used to cover a utility box which houses a meter such as a water meter. The lid is compression molded from a plastic material such as medium density polyethylene, and has a planar upper surface and a planar lower surface. A plurality of generally parallel spaced apart recesses are formed in the lower surface. The recesses are spaced inward of the outer edges of the lid and have lengths equal to a substantial portion of the length of the lid along which the recesses extend. The area of the lower surface of the lid is greater than the total area of the recesses in the plane of the lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Robert McKinnon, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7481127
    Abstract: A transmission utilizes oscillating torque to vary the mechanical power transmitted to a load. The transmission has a rotatable input member and a rotatable mass. The transmission also has a member with an eccentric offset, with the rotatable mass rotatably coupled to the offset and being eccentric with respect to the offset. The input member is coupled to the rotatable mass by a linkage so that the rotation of the input member causes the rotatable mass to rotate and apply centrifugal force to the member with the eccentric offset. First and second one-way clutches are coupled between the eccentric offset member and an output member. The first one-way clutch drives the output member in one direction and the eccentric offset member is driven in the one direction and the second one-way clutch prevents the output member from rotating in the other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: William T. Lester
  • Patent number: 7458787
    Abstract: The pump has a barrel with vent ports located therein and a plunger that reciprocates inside the barrel. The barrel has a standing valve and the plunger has a traveling valve. The plunger has a first portion with a seal between the plunger and the barrel and a second portion with a clearance between the plunger and the barrel. On the downstroke, gas contained in the compression chamber between the two valves vents through the clearance and out of the barrel through the vent port into the well bore. When the plunger contacts liquid in the compression chamber, the liquid enters the clearance and forms a seal, wherein the plunger traveling valve opens. The plunger can also be equipped with a second traveling valve and a vent in the plunger between the two traveling valves in order to equalize pressure across the first traveling valve at the bottom of the downstroke. This enables the standing valve to open much faster on the upstroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Harbison-Fischer, Inc.
    Inventor: Thaddeus Leon Brown
  • Patent number: 7432612
    Abstract: A tidal power generator has a floating vessel hull that is subject to rising and falling water levels so that the hull moves vertically up and down. Linear-to-rotary converters are coupled between the vessel hull and a fixed object. The converters allow the hull to move vertically while constraining the horizontal movement of the hull. The converters convert the vertical movement of the hull into rotary movement, which is then used to drive an electrical generator. A harborage is provided to protect the hull and the converters and to regulate the water level for the vessel hull as well as become a fixed object relative to the vessel from which a change in relative position causes power to be developed. If the hull is subject to tidal variations, vertical movement of the hull can be desynchronized from the tidal variations so as to store energy during slack tides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventors: Robert B. Lomerson, Sr., Robert B. Lomerson, Jr.
  • Patent number: D575478
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: Frank Jay Hague
  • Patent number: D575926
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Frank Jay Hague
  • Patent number: D578596
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Gary Dwayne Hicks
  • Patent number: D591480
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Frank Jay Hague
  • Patent number: D593275
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Carolyn D. Williams
  • Patent number: D594182
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Frank J. Hague