Patents Represented by Attorney Gregory C. Smith
  • Patent number: 7044087
    Abstract: A unisex protective garment worn by both male and female animals, particularly dogs, the garment having a first forward harness portion and a rear genitalia protection portion. The rear portion includes a woven vinyl mesh material covering both the male genitalia and the female genitalia, in the same unisex garment, which would allow fluid flow, such as urine therethrough, but would prevent contact between male and female genitalia. This garment, when worn by either a male of female dog, would allow the dog to urinate and defecate, but would not allow the dog to copulate with the opposite sex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Jomain Brecheen
    Inventor: Jomain Brecheen
  • Patent number: 6832720
    Abstract: A secured debit card package having an embedded value and being adapted to be sold from open and unprotected retail shelving. The secured debit card package comprises a debit card, formed as from a first material bearing a card identification number, and packaging means formed as from a second different material securing the debit card thereto, the packaging means defining a window through which the card identification number is visible, a magnetic stripe disposed on the packaging means, the magnetic stripe bearing an encoded representation of a card identification number borne by the debit card, the stripe being positioned to be scanned by a terminal for reading the encoded representation from the packaging means and for transmitting the encoded representation to a remote processing center for testing of the representation to determine whether the debit card should be activated. A method for providing security for the embedded value of a debit card is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Magnetic Ticket & Label Corp.
    Inventor: Murray Dawson
  • Patent number: 6810568
    Abstract: A protector system for a soft flexible refrigeration line as it exits an exterior wall of a building. The system comprises an elongated inflexible tube, made of such as PVC or the like, which extends through an opening in the wall of the building, with a portion of tube extending into the gap between the interior and the exterior wall and a portion of the tubing extending outside of the wall. The refrigeration line would run through the tube, and extend from the outer most end of the tubing projecting out from the wall. There would further be provided a cut or etched line along the exterior portion of the tube, so that should the soft flexible refrigerant line which extends from the outer end of the tube be crimped at that point, the part of the exterior tube extending from the cut or etched line could be then snapped or cut off, which would expose a portion of the flexible refrigerant line that is not crimped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Marvin LaCoste
  • Patent number: 6809658
    Abstract: An apparatus for maintaining an accurate count of multiple species of fish caught by multiple fishermen, the system including an electronic counter, having a face plate comprising a first numerical LCD display; a counter button for increasing the numerical LCD display when the button is struck; a reset button for resetting the numerical LCD display to zero when depressed; a second button for increasing or decreasing the number displayed on the numerical LCD display depending on the part of the second button depressed; at least a second set of numerical LCD display; counter button; and second button for allowing at least two individuals to utilize the counting system during fishing; means for securing the counting system to a fixture on a boat for easy access as fish are caught and being counted; and battery-powered electronics to carry out the functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Daryl P. Lofaso
  • Patent number: 6789299
    Abstract: A versatile quick change tooling system for internally and externally mounted machine tools which provides components adaptable to a system which is easy to maintain since it has no moving parts. The system would allow for universal adaptation of both internal and external tools on a machine turret and would include a turret having a face portion for mounting tools thereon; a plurality of receivers adjustable to centerline engaged either to the face portion or the perimeter portion of the turret; a tapered bore formed into each of the receivers; a tool holder, with a tool secured to a first end, and having a second end being a tapered shank to be positioned within the tapered bore of each of the receivers; a retainer secured to the tapered shank to secure each tool holder to each receiver; and allowing each of the tool holders mounted to the receivers to be easily removed by unsecuring the retainer from the tapered shank, and replacing the tool holder with a new tool holder and tool secured thereupon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Ronnie J. Kidder
  • Patent number: 6779606
    Abstract: A system for heating drilling, completion, and/or stimulation fluids including acidizing liquids but not limited to; entering or exiting a wellbore, the system including a principal heat exchange vessel; a first inlet for introducing heat transfer media into fluid flow lines within the vessel; an outlet for flowing the heat transfer media from the vessel; a second inlet for introducing fluids returning from or returning to the well bore for receiving heat from the heating fluid within the fluid flow lines in the vessel; an outlet for flowing the heated downhole fluids from the vessel to be returned down the borehole; a heater for heating the heating fluid to a desired temperature before returning the heating fluid to the heat exchange vessel. Optimally, the drilling or completion fluid would be heated to 50° to 60° F. above ambient temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Perry A. Lopez
  • Patent number: 6776753
    Abstract: A method and system of placement of a magnetic field flux field generator in fitment which creates a specific effect of three dimensional field gradient to alter the charge distribution on living membranes in order to establish normal physiological functioning of damaged tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Holcomb Healthcare Services, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Ray Holcomb
  • Patent number: 6764269
    Abstract: A frame apparatus which is positionable on the tines of a forklift which includes a pair of lower feet portion, having an upper flat surface, and having an opening therethrough in which the forklift tines remain fully inserted therein so that the frame work is fully positioned on the tines of the forklift. There is further included a rear wall portion, which rests against the forklift which can be secured thereto. Further there is provided a pair of sidewalls extending a distance out from the rear wall, in parallel relation to the pair of foot members, so as to define a first large opening into which a load such as a drum or container may be placed, first and second bar members positioned between the rear portion and each of the wall members, which when in a first down position, define a small opening therebetween to accommodate a smaller container, and when in a second up position define the larger space to accommodate the larger container between the wall members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony J. Cannata
  • Patent number: 6745855
    Abstract: A method and system of drilling straight directional and multilateral wells utilizing hydraulic frictional controlled drilling, by providing concentric casing strings to define a plurality of annuli therebetween; injecting fluid down some of the annuli; returning the fluid up at least one annulus so that the return flow creates adequate hydraulic friction within the return annulus to control the return flow within the well. The hydraulic friction should be minimized on the injection side to require less hydraulic horsepower and be maximized on the return side to create the desired subsurface friction to control the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Innovative Drilling Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Gardes
  • Patent number: 6741889
    Abstract: A medical electronic apparatus for treating human pain by the application of an electrical stimulus with the proper current density and a special magnetic flux generator stimulus to the body surface of animals which includes an electrode complex of the treatment device which includes an adhesive means for holding the 4 electrodes of the device in contact with the human body. The electrode complex is preferably comprised of 4 electrodes which are 2 positive and 2 negative electrode defining opposite diagonal vertices of the quadrilateral shape. The electrodes are supplied by power means to activate and generate an electrical stimulus. Each electrode pad contains a Magna Bloc™ which snaps into position by an aluminum snap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: Holcomb Healthcare Services, LLC
    Inventor: Robert R. Holcomb
  • Patent number: 6719094
    Abstract: A ladder for people with limited mobility comprising a first frame member defining a first sidewall; a second frame member defining a second sidewall; a plurality of steps spanning between the first and second sidewalls, from a first level above the surface to the upper level substantially to the height of a wheelchair seat; handles positioned above each of the steps, so that a person is able to place one's hands on the handles and lift oneself up the first step, and grasp the next highest handles and lift to the next highest step until the person is able to move from the highest step onto the wheelchair seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Rene J. de la Tour
  • Patent number: 6691333
    Abstract: An improved Bathroom Baton apparatus which includes an electronic package designed for a one-handed operation of the water supply mechanism utilizing a membrane protective push buttons, situated on the handle, and including an electronic. module which houses battery operated solenoid valves, and electronics to facilitate the operation of the solenoid valves and battery module, in order to supply the energy to operate the components in the housing. The housing would be remotely installed at the outlet of the water supply valve which supplies water to the toilet to which the Baton is connected. There would be further provided a mercury switch in the handle to interrupt power form the battery to the electronic module when the handle is in a certain position relative to the vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Robert S. Krist
  • Patent number: 6651854
    Abstract: A cell phone carrying case which includes an elongated pocket for insertion of the cell phone thereinto, the pocket including an orifice for the antenna of the phone to protrude therethrough. There is further included an upper flap member which includes a vertical slot therein for allowing a belt loop of pants or like garment to fit therethrough, so that when a belt is passed through the loop, the flap is engaged between the belt and the pants or garment during carrying. The flap is of such a length that the carrying case portion of the carrier can be rolled up so that the phone is engaged tightly against the belt loop and belt when the flap is engaged in the closed or sealed position. There could be further included a pocket for holding a pen or the like for writing as one would be using the phone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Inventor: Marvin LaCoste
  • Patent number: 6651744
    Abstract: A retrievable pig apparatus having a substantially cylindrical body portion, the body portion having a central flow bore therethrough, and secured to coiled tubing, including a central fluid flow bore in fluid communication with the interior bore of the coiled tubing; a plurality of flow bores spaced equally apart within the body, with the flow bores allowing fluid flow to be injected at a certain predetermined pressure through the flow bores, so as to be emitted on the front end of the pig for defining a high pressure spray of fluid or the like material to break up blockages of debris in the pipeline, such as paraffin or the like; the debris retrieved through the central bore back into the coiled tubing to be stored in a tank or the like on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Superior Services, LLC
    Inventor: James R. Crawford
  • Patent number: 6608132
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved carbon black for tire tread rubber. More particularly, the invention relates to a carbon black which imparts upon tire tread rubber improved treadwear, lower rolling resistance, lower heat buildup and improved tear resistance. The improved carbon black is in the N100 series and, when in rubber, combines the long tread wear and low heat buildup advantages N121 carbon black with the high tear resistance properties of N115 or N110. The improved carbon black has particular application to truck and bus steel cord radial tire treads, especially for use in on/off highway conditions, and for high performance passenger car tires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Columbian Chemicals Company
    Inventors: Francis G. Bomo, Ronald A. Swor
  • Patent number: 6608961
    Abstract: An optical waveguide system includes a generally planar waveguide 1 arranged so that light can be injected by a projector 2 into one edge at a range of out-of-plane angles. The waveguide 1 is tapered so that different out-of-plane angles, after being totally internally reflected for a certain distance, leave the waveguide at different respective points along the waveguide. This expands the image in the direction of propagation along the waveguide. Meanwhile the image is expanded transversely by a parallel-sided input waveguide 3. A large-area flat-panel display is thus created, or the planar waveguide can be used as a planar collimating light source or, using layers of controllable optical index, an optical switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventor: Adrian Robert Leigh Travis
  • Patent number: 6592250
    Abstract: An improved waste treatment chamber which comprises a first substantially, cylindrically shaped chamber portion, a first tapered end portion and a second tapered end portion, the cylindrical body and first and second end portions further comprising a plurality of components which may be transported individually and assembled to one another via bolting or the like so as to define an enclosed treatment chamber therewith, the assembled chamber mountable on bearings for rotation during the treatment process. Further, there is provided an improved container opening for placing waste therein or removing waste therefrom, which further comprises a rotatable locking system so that when the lid is in the open position, the lid is rotated and locked in place along the wall of the chamber to provide the necessary opening to avoid the lid from being loosely connected to the chamber during disposal of the waste therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Paul Gement
  • Patent number: 6571915
    Abstract: A ladder for people with limited mobility comprising a first frame member defining a first sidewall; a second frame member defining a second sidewall; a plurality of steps spanning between the first and second sidewalls, from a first level above the surface to the upper level substantially to the height of a wheelchair seat; handles positioned above each of the steps, so that a person is able to place one's hands on the handles and lift oneself up the first step, and grasp the next highest handles and lift to the next highest step until the person is able to move from the highest step onto the wheelchair seat. There is further provided a mechanism for allowing each of the steps to fold upwardly along their midpoint to move the apparatus into a folded storage position when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Rene J. de la Tour
  • Patent number: 6561280
    Abstract: A new method and apparatus have been developed which inserts and withdraws tubing from pipes without bending or kinking the tubing. Beneficially, the new method and apparatus may be employed to insert and withdraw tubing to depths greater than ever possible before. The method involves using a thruster pig to provide force to inject the tubing, and skate apparatuses to reduce coiling and friction of the tube. Advantageously, the apparatus is portable, easily handled, and adaptable to handle tubing of differing diameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventors: Benton F. Baugh, James R. Crawford
  • Patent number: D497846
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventors: Wayne LeBlanc, Janiene LeBlanc