Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Gordon G. Waggett
  • Patent number: 8337706
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method and apparatus for improved separation or clarification of solids from a solids-laden liquid. Entrained gasses can also be removed. A liquid to be treated is introduced into the inlet of a solid-liquid separator modified to include one or more sources of vibrational energy. The liquid to be treated is directed through a conduit within the separator. Preferably the conduit within the separator is configured into a tortuous flow path to assist in the separation of solids from the liquid. Vibrational energy is applied to the flow path, preferably through the flow path conduit. As solids fall out of solution, they are collected. The clarified liquid is also collected. A vacuum can be applied to the system to assist in moving the solid-liquid mixture through the system and to provide vacuum clarification. Electrocoagulation electrodes and gas sparging can also be employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: 1612017 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Derald L. McCabe
  • Patent number: 8245665
    Abstract: An on demand food and water dispenser for pets comprises a base structure, having a base floor and a surrounding substantially vertical base wall structure, capable of holding water; a food bowl, having a bowl floor and a surrounding substantially vertical bowl wall structure attached to the base floor within the base structure but not contacting the base wall structure, the bowl capable of holding food; and a dual-chambered container attached within the base structure but not contacting the base wall structure, capable of receiving, storing and dispensing on demand from a first chamber dry pet food into the food bowl and on demand from a second chamber water into the base structure. The base structure receives dispensed water from the second chamber to create a water-filled moat that inhibits crawling insects from accessing the food bowl or food stored in the first chamber of the dual chambered container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Shelley Sue Willett
  • Patent number: 8177085
    Abstract: A tooth protector device is disclosed for attachment to the top of a glass bottle to provide protection against injury, including chipping of teeth that can occur during drinking from a glass bottle. One embodiment comprises a monolithic structure for insertion into the mouth of a glass bottle and comprises inner, outer and top portions. The inner portion and the outer portion are substantially concentric structures defining an annulus for engaging the mouth of the bottle, and the top portion joins the inner and outer portions and protects the consumer from the top edge of the bottle. The length of the outer portion is selected such that the bottom part of the consumer's mouth is protected from the bottle. When installed, a tooth protector according to the present invention cushions the teeth and mouth from any blunt force or impulse that can occur when a bottle is hit or blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Krag David Hopps
  • Patent number: 8082869
    Abstract: Apparatus and system are disclosed for anchoring a kayak to the bottom of a body of shallow water. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a tube for attachment to the kayak proximate the upper portion of the kayak between the bow and the stern of the kayak, and a shaft which is disposed in the tube. A gear box is provided proximate the seat which comprises a gearing mechanism for operative engagement with the shaft, and a rotatable handle which is external to the gear box for operative connection to the gearing mechanism. The rotatable handle, when rotated in a first direction, deploys the shaft from a position inside the tube to a position outside the tube and into engagement with the bottom of the body of water. An anchoring system according to this embodiment permits the operator of the kayak to anchor the kayak at the bow or stern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Benny R. Beaty
  • Patent number: 7921847
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a novel device and method for providing a disposable endotracheal intubation device for use with an auxiliary passageway serving as a guide for the placement of an orogastic or other enterally directed device in a patient. The present invention pertains to a combination intubation device comprising an endotracheal tube and a catheter proximate the endotracheal tube to guide the path of an enteral tube. In a preferred embodiment, the endotracheal tube is capable of defining an arcuate path in a first geometric plane between its proximal end and its distal end to facilitate introduction of the tube into the trachea of a patient. In a preferred embodiment, the catheter employs a fenestration to facilitate removal of the intubation device from the patient without removal of any enteral device previously directed therethrough into the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Intubix, LLC
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Totz
  • Patent number: 7828703
    Abstract: The present invention provides a compact, portable, centripetal force-driven exercise device. The device employs a handle equipped with a rotational member. One end of a strap is attached onto the rotational member; the other end to a soft bag. The soft bag, preferably of a heavy duty cloth or synthetic fiber construction, is capable of holding one or more water-refillable, reclosable plastic bags. The strap can have adjustable length. The soft bag itself is also capable of being filled with a desired amount of water. The handle preferably is covered on its exterior surface with a hand grip material. The user places the desired amount of contained water weight into the soft bag, holds the handle and swings the bag in an orbital pattern at a desired number of revolutions per minute to achieve the desired degree of centripetal force resistance to exercise, strengthen and condition the user's muscular system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Don E. Boesch
  • Patent number: 7803059
    Abstract: An improved static alignment and an improved dynamic alignment are combined in a laser beam method and system that provides instantaneous and continuous information feedback to a golfer to allow the real time correction of defects arising from a golfer's stance, head movement, body movement, golf club alignment, and golf club swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventor: Yaohui Zhang
  • Patent number: 7735318
    Abstract: More specifically, the present invention is directed to apparatus and methodologies that take advantage of the movement produced by a body when it changes density in relation to the ambient environment surrounding the body in order to translate such movement into the generation of electricity or torque to move machinery or other processes requiring a driving force. The present invention addresses the need to harness a change in density between two substances to create rotational movement, or torque, that can be harnessed for any number of useful purposes, such as, generation of electricity, movement of pistons, operation of pumps used for any liquid, such as water or petroleum, conveyors, etc. The present invention also takes advantage of the combination of opposed natural forces, such as gravity and hydrostatic pressure, to achieve such movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Gabriel Curiel
  • Patent number: 7380297
    Abstract: The present invention is directed generally to bed coverings for a mattress and, more particularly, to a fitted (or semi-fitted) top sheet that may be attached at one end to the mattress and which may be placed between a user and other bedding such as blankets, quilts, comforters, or the like. The fitted sheet provides for ease in changing or making the bed. The fitted bed sheet of the present invention includes a zone of expansion to provide extra room for a sleeper's feet, and provides overhanging side flaps to provide and end-to-end finished look. Additionally, the present invention is directed to a fitted blanket, fitted quilt, fitted comforter and fitted bedspread for a mattress. The invention is also directed to a pattern for making these fitted bed coverings from an existing flat sheet or a starting flat cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Dennis E. Bauer
  • Patent number: 7182131
    Abstract: A dual diameter centralizing sub for maintaining stand-off and/or centralizing a tubular member inside a larger diameter tubular member, for instance, in a wellbore. The centralizer is provided with bow springs that compress into grooves between radially outwardly-extending vanes that are spaced around the outer diameter of the sub when compressive force is applied to the bow springs. The vanes extend radially outwardly far enough that the effective diameter of the sub in the area of the vanes is greater than the diameter of the sub and/or the tubing to which it is mounted to provide stand-off even under conditions in which the bow springs are fully compressed while still maintaining fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: CaseTech International, Inc.
    Inventor: Maximillian S. Gremillion
  • Patent number: 7156171
    Abstract: A centralizer for maintaining stand-off and/or centralizing a tubular member inside a larger diameter tubular member, for instance, in a wellbore. The centralizer is provided with bow springs that compress to a minimal diameter around the outer diameter of the sub to which the centralizer is concentrically mounted when compressive force is applied to the bow springs to facilitate insertion of the centralizer into restricted openings and/or flow control or wellhead equipment. The minimal diameter of the centralizer is provided by mounting the bow springs to a reduced diameter portion of the collar that is mounted to the sub, and even greater reduction in diameter is achieved by mounting the bow springs in notches formed in the reduced diameter portion of the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: CaseTech International, Inc.
    Inventor: Maximillian S. Gremillion
  • Patent number: 7140432
    Abstract: A dual diameter centralizing sub for maintaining stand-off and/or centralizing a tubular member inside a larger diameter tubular member, for instance, in a wellbore. The centralizer is provided with bow springs that compress into grooves between radially outwardly-extending vanes that are spaced around the outer diameter of the sub when compressive force is applied to the bow springs. The vanes extend radially outwardly far enough that the effective diameter of the sub in the area of the vanes is greater than the diameter of the sub and/or the tubing to which it is mounted to provide stand-off even under conditions in which the bow springs are fully compressed while still maintaining fluid flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: CaseTech International, Inc.
    Inventor: Maximillian S. Gremillion
  • Patent number: D518594
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Richard Brunner
  • Patent number: D518914
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Volume International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Brunner
  • Patent number: D520668
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Volume International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Brunner
  • Patent number: D520669
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Volume International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Brunner
  • Patent number: D552783
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Volume International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Brunner
  • Patent number: D639875
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventors: George Pou, Julie Pou
  • Patent number: D664614
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: George Pou, Julie Pou
  • Patent number: D672064
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: RTG Concepts LLC
    Inventor: Eric J. Grandich