Patents Represented by Law Firm Hughes & Multer
  • Patent number: 5901858
    Abstract: A system and method for mounting fishing reels on a mounting surface. The system employs a base member having retaining walls and detent members. The base member is mounted on the mounting surface. Tangs on the reel are held by the detent members against the retaining walls to hold the reel in place. A stop member is formed on an inner surface of one of the retaining walls to reduce the likelihood that the reel will become inadvertently dislodged. The base member is designed to be injection molded as a single part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Clifford R. Perry
  • Patent number: 5898462
    Abstract: Encoded data storage devices with stored data corresponding to: (a) information for coaching a user in accomplishing one or more steps of a specified task in a learn-then-perform way, and (b) an instruction set which enables the user access to access the information on a user-selected step of the task. Methods of providing and employing encoded data storage devices of the character just described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Coach Master International Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Harrison, Robert D. Lamson
  • Patent number: 5897439
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to enable practicing of a putting stroke on an actual green surface. A putting cup post is positioned upright in the putting cup, and a stabilizing post is put into the green surface so as to be upstanding therefrom adjacent to a putting location. An alignment cord is extended from an upper end of the stabilizing post to the upper end of the putting cup post, and an alignment cord is extended between the two posts. For a breaking putt, an alignment post is positioned to provide an initial alignment section of the cord that is aligned with the initial path of travel of the ball from the putting location along the intended putting path. The ball is placed at a putting location near the stabilizing post, and the golfer uses proper putting techniques to strike the ball, using the initial portion of the alignment cord to putt the ball in the proper direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventors: Thomas H. Hohl, Ronald L. Bidleman
  • Patent number: 5895169
    Abstract: A removable and collapsible barricade post assembly for the restriction of vehicular traffic. The barricade post assembly has a novel base assembly that allow the post assembly to be removed from its mounting bracket which is normally permanently affixed to the ground. Alternatively, the post assembly can remain attached to its mounting bracket while being lowered to allow the passage of vehicular traffic. The barricade post assembly has a number of security features to restrict the unauthorized removal or collapsing of the barricade post. A cover assembly to enhance security and to provide weather protection for the barricade post assembly is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Carl David Holm
    Inventors: Carl D. Holm, Kyle Anderson
  • Patent number: 5890771
    Abstract: A tunnel boring machine particularly adapted to operate at substantial depths below the earth's surface. The machine comprises a head section comprising a cutter head that is rotatably mounted to a support structure. There is a plurality of gripper shoes spaced circumferentially around the support structure, and these are operated to grip the tunnel wall and be selectively operated to advance the machine in the tunnel as the tunneling operation progresses. Also, there is a roof shield positioned immediately behind the cutter head. There is also a pair of support shoes supported from the support structure by links having curved bearing surfaces to maintain the machine at the proper distance above the tunnel invert. There is a beam structure having a forward end connected to the support structure by a universal connection, and the beam structure is supported by a rearwardly positioned gantry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: David T. Cass
  • Patent number: 5865407
    Abstract: Disposable covers for tray jacks and waste containers. These covers have an aesthetically pleasing segment which conceals the tray jack or container and a second, integral segment. In tray jack applications of the invention, the integral segment provides a receptacle for trash and other wastes. And, in container applications of the invention, the second, integral segment provides an inner liner for the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: Gerald I. Effa
  • Patent number: 5839699
    Abstract: A leading edge slat wing combination where the slat is mounted to a pair of circularly curved carrier tracks positioned within the outer surface contour of the fixed wing. In moving from the cruise configuration to the take-off and climb configuration and thus to the fully deployed landing configuration, the slat has a fixed angular orientation relative to the carrier track. This eliminates the need for auxiliary track assemblies of the prior art that are used in addition to the carrier tracks to change the angular position of the slat for the high lift configuration. Also, in two embodiments, the slat, in the take-off and climb configuration, forms a gap or slot with the fixed wing, and the gap or slot is sealed in the vicinity of the carrier tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Wayne T. Bliesner
  • Patent number: 5833470
    Abstract: Systems which have an integrated unit (or module) that allows information retrieved from an onboard information storage device to be presented in visual, audio, or visual audio form via output devices such as CRT screens and audio speakers. When the system is turned on, the disc player is checked to see if a disc has been loaded. If a disc is found, a message identifying the type of disc that has been loaded and a message prompting the user to activate a control which will cause the disc to be played are displayed on the integrated unit screen. If a disc is not found, the system user is prompted to load a disc. Once this is done and the disc is detected, the step of ascertaining the type of disc, displaying a disc type message, and prompting the user to start the disc playing are carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Coach Master International
    Inventors: Robert G. Harrison, Robert D. Lamson
  • Patent number: 5801784
    Abstract: Encoded data storage devices with stored data corresponding to: (a) information for coaching a user in accomplishing one or more steps of a specified task in a learn-then-perform way, and (b) an instruction set which enables the user access to access the information on a user-selected step of the task. Methods of providing and employing encoded data storage devices of the character just described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Coach Master International
    Inventors: Robert G. Harrison, Robert D. Lamson
  • Patent number: 5795250
    Abstract: A practice device for improving batting, pitching, and fielding skills. The device includes a backstop which can be adjusted at different angles to the vertical to return balls striking the backstop on the ground or in the air. With the device configured for batting practice, a ball is positioned at a selected height above and at a selected location across the span of a home plate by a suspension system which includes a cantilevered arm fixed to the backstop, a tether, and a motion damping arrangement which almost instantaneously brings the tethered ball to rest after the ball is struck and rebounds to its rest position. The components of the practice device can be and quickly folded or otherwise positioned against the backstop to provide a compact, easily stored package. The practice device can also be easily configured as a wheeled cart easily moved from one location to another along with ball bags and other equipment stowable on the cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventor: Larry Duane Cripe
  • Patent number: 5793044
    Abstract: A transducer for nondispersive infrared radiation (NDIR) gas analysis and a passive device for verifying the calibration of the transducer. The calibration verification device can be mounted on a cable by which the transducer is attached to an associated signal processing-control-display unit (SPCDU) or monitor. Calibration parameters for the transducer are stored in a plug at the monitor end of the cable. The transducer includes an integrated subassembly of an infrared radiation source unit, an infrared radiation detector unit, and a flex connector and may be employed with an airway adapter preferably maintained by a thick film heating element at an above-dewpoint temperature to ascertain the concentration of a specie potentially present in gases flowing through the adapter. The transducer may also be employed for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: NTC Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Leslie E. Mace, Lawrence L. Labuda, Gerald R. Apperson, Walter A. Cooke, Joseph O. Sams
  • Patent number: 5787998
    Abstract: A jet assisted drill system which uses a high pressure intensifier, positioned in a down hole drill assembly. Drill fluid from a drill stem is directed into the drill assembly, and in one mode this drill fluid is passed through the pressure intensifier to cause a piston assembly of the intensifier to reciprocate, with high pressure pistons of the piston assembly delivering high pressure drill fluid to a discharge jet in the drill bit assembly. The lower pressure fluid which drives the low pressure pistons is discharged into a downstream annular passageway and to the drill bit assembly. In a by-pass mode, a selector valve directs drill fluid from an upstream main passageway portion directly to a downstream main passageway portion to pass out the drill bit assembly. This flushes out debris which is carried upwardly out of the drill hole. There is a control valve to operate the piston assembly and a trigger valve operated by the piston assembly to direct fluids selectively to the control valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: FlowDril Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas A. O'Hanlon, Douglas P. Kelley, Scott D. Veenhuizen
  • Patent number: 5774652
    Abstract: A restricted access computer system. The system comprises a general purpose computing platform and a control system comprising a control hardware device and a control software program. The control hardware device is connected to the computing platform and to an access-status device such as a coin hopper or the like. The control software program runs on the computing platform and, in a secure mode, replaces the graphical user interface portion of the operating system of the general purpose computing platform. The control hardware device and control software program interoperate to allow access to application software programs on the computing platform only when certain conditions are satisfied. The control hardware device resets the computing platform if the control software program fails to communicate therewith. The control hardware device also restricts operation of the user keyboard and display monitor to reduce the possibility of unauthorized use of the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Perry Smith
  • Patent number: 5772107
    Abstract: Ventilation panels for boxes and cartons and methods and apparatus for manufacturing those panels at production levels. The ventilation panels include a pest barring, gas transmitting screen trapped between two segments of the material from which the panel is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: Gordon M. Younger
  • Patent number: 5764304
    Abstract: Encoded data storage devices with stored data corresponding to: (a) information for coaching a user in accomplishing one or more steps of a specified task in a learn-then-perform way, and (b) an instruction set which enables the user access to access the information on a user-selected step of the task. Methods of providing and employing encoded data storage devices of the character just described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Coach Master International Corporation
    Inventors: Robert G. Harrison, Robert D. Lamson
  • Patent number: 5761899
    Abstract: A supersonic engine having an ejector/suppressor. The engine has a rear discharge portion with an ambient air inlet section, a mixing section, and a rear discharge section. For noise suppression, arms mounted in the air inlet section are moved to open air inlet passageways causing air to flow there through. Primary exhaust from the engine flows through primary passageways interspersed with the ambient air passageways. The primary supersonic air from the primary passageways mixes with the ambient air in the mixing section and flows out the final nozzle which is in the open position. For cruise mode, the arms are moved to close the air inlet passageways, and the final nozzle is in a position to cause the flow upstream thereof to be a subsonic, and the flow aft of the final nozzle to be supersonic. The arms can be placed in an intermediate position for thrust reversal, with the final nozzle being moved a blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Garry W. Klees
  • Patent number: 5760495
    Abstract: A power supply for generating an uninterruptible AC power signal. The power supply utilizes leakage inductance in its transformer to eliminate the need for an output inductor. In standby mode, the AC power signal is generated from a battery by a switching circuit. Certain components of the switching circuit are also used to charge the battery when the power supply is operating in line mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Alpha Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Fereydoun Mekanik
  • Patent number: 5758596
    Abstract: A bird feeder having a containing section for sunflower seeds, such seeds having a meat portion and a surrounding husk.A lower platform with through openings surrounds the containing section, with the openings being sufficiently small to retain full seeds thereon, but large enough to permit husk fragments to drop through the openings. The bird feeder is thus self cleaning, with rain, wind and the movement of the birds causing husks to drop through the platform, while whole seeds can be retained thereon for feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: Guy J. Loiselle
  • Patent number: 5751369
    Abstract: Systems (or appliances) which have a learn-then-perform mode of operation. Information is stored in digital form by a data storage device and is retrieved for presentation by: (a) navigating through a hierarchial array of multiple choice menus, or (b) directly and in one fast step by employing identifier codes associated on a one-to-one basis with retrievable items of information. Identifying codes may be obtained as needed from a directory in which each code is associated with a descriptor of the corresponding item of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventors: Robert G. Harrison, Robert D. Lamson
  • Patent number: D397190
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventor: Shiraz Balolia