Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jack C. Munro
  • Patent number: 7681851
    Abstract: A retractable hook device that has a hook mounted on a housing. The housing is to be securable to an exterior surface. The hook is pivotable between a retracted (stowage) position and an extended (usage) position. A release plate is mounted on the housing. The release plate can be in either an outer position or an inner position. When in the outer position the hook can be locked in either the extended position or the retracted position. When the release plate is in the inner position, the hook is pivotally movable between the extended position and the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventors: Lana M. Osterholt, Gerald R. Osterholt
  • Patent number: 7284327
    Abstract: A valve stem puller which comprises a length of flexible elongated member which is connected at one end to a ring and at an opposite end to an externally threaded plug. The valve stem puller is to be utilized by inserting such through a fastener nut and then through a valve stem mounting hole in a tire rim and then threadably connecting the externally threaded plug onto a valve stem of an inflating tube and then inserting the inflating tube about the tire rim and within the confines of the tire, pulling on the flexible elongated member to cause the valve stem to connect with the valve stem mounting hole in a close conforming manner. A fastening nut is then threadably mounted about the valve stem to secure such in position. The tire is then completely installed on the tire rim and the externally threaded plug is then removed from the valve stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Inventor: Mark W. Varnum
  • Patent number: 7275787
    Abstract: A combined second seat, backrest and luggage rack for a motorcycle which comprises a frame composed of a pair of tubular members, each in a mirror image of the other, mounted together by an adjusting link which provides for variable spacing of the side members of the frame. A hinge plate assembly composed of a pair of plates which are pivotally connected together is mounted on the frame with one plate not being mounted on the frame and that plate being movable between a position in juxtaposition with the plate that is mounted on the frame to a position that is transverse relative to the plate that is mounted on the frame. A cushion is to be mounted on this transverse plate and when that transverse plate is in its transverse position is capable of the unit being used as a backrest for an operator of a motorcycle, and when in juxtaposition with the plate that is mounted on the frame, this cushion is usable as a second seat for a motorcycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: James E. Grove
  • Patent number: 7252213
    Abstract: A beverage jug cover which is constructed of flexible material and has an internal compartment within which is to be located the beverage jug. A section of gatherable material (usually of fabric) surrounds an access opening into the internal compartment with there being a drawstring mounted within the section of gatherable material and by pulling of the drawstring the gatherable material can be made to occupy a tight position with the neck of the beverage jug. The beverage jug cover includes a thermal insulation layer which is mounted within the sidewall of the internal compartment. There is also formed a pair of handle access openings within the cover which connect with the handle of the jug to facilitate carrying of the jug using the handle of the jug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Inventor: David F. DeSanto
  • Patent number: 7240524
    Abstract: A locking apparatus for a garage door which utilizes a pair of actuators with one actuator being mounted at a side edge of the garage door and the other actuator mounted at the opposite side edge of the garage door. One actuator is mounted on a carrier gear which connects to a worm gear which is driven by an electric motor. Each operator connects with a locking bolt with there being a separate locking bolt for each actuator. Each locking bolt is to be movable in conjunction with the door jamb of the garage door to lock the garage door to the jamb. Both actuators pivot in the same direction. Both locking bolts are linearly slidable. A connecting member connects between the first actuator and the second actuator so that the actuators move in unison. One actuator has a back end which extends through a slot formed in a latch housing. This back end is manually accessible to cause the actuator to move manually if electricity fails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventors: Bryan A. White, Clyde D. Herman
  • Patent number: 7234672
    Abstract: A retractable hanger comprising a base member which has recessed mounted therein a hook. The base member is adapted to be securely mounted on the exterior structure with the base member being recessed within the exterior structure. The hook is capable of pivotable movement between a retracted position and an extended position. When in the extended position, the hook is capable of having articles hung thereon. A spring connects to the hook that exerts a bias on the hook to move the hook from the extended position to the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventors: Lana M. Osterholt, Gerald R. Osterholt
  • Patent number: 7206260
    Abstract: An interval timer that is constructed of a polygonal shaped housing which has a time display screen and a pressure activating button within one surface of the housing and another surface of the housing includes a mode selection switch, time increment button and second time increment button. With the mode selection switch in the set position the first time increment button and second time increment button can be operated to produce a selected time value such as in minutes and in seconds to be displayed within the time display screen. Movement of the mode selection switch to a usage position and pressing of the pressable activating button will result in the selected preset time interval to count down a second at a time (or other minimum time increment) to eventually reach zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: Dennis M. Klein
  • Patent number: 7196320
    Abstract: A passive all fiber optic encoder that will be able to determine speed, position, and direction of movement of a movable object. The all passive encoder utilizes no electronics within the sensing part and therefore is deployable in harsh environments, electrical, electromagnetic and radiation fields, otherwise not possible with conventional electronic encoders. The system utilizes a multiwavelength light source and one optical fiber leading to the encoder sensor housing which has a shutter, a light filter assembly and reflective mirror. The movement of the shutter produces a sequential series of light impulses sequenced proportional to the movement of the shutter. The light filter assembly utilizes a minimum of two different filters each of which passes or rejects light within a certain space and wavelength range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Robert Rickenbach
  • Patent number: 7192520
    Abstract: A magnetic device for attachment on an exterior wall of a canister where the canister is mounted within a liquid flow path. The purpose of the device is to attract ferrous particulate matter flowing within the flow path and cause that ferrous particulate matter to be fixed to the inside surface of the canister therefore no longer flowing in the flow path. The device has a frame which includes a cavity and within that cavity is mounted a baseplate. Mounted on the baseplate are a pair of blocks. Mounted on each of the blocks is a plurality of magnets with the magnets mounted in a side abutting relationship in conjunction with each block. Between the blocks is located a bridge. The bridge permits limited flexing of the frame so the frame can be used to accommodate to different diameters of canisters within about a one-half inch range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Tigermag, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Fowler, Jack C. Munro
  • Patent number: 7185435
    Abstract: A utility knife that includes a pair of blades mounted on a blade holder. One blade is to be extendable from the housing of the utility knife adjacent the fore end of the utility knife with the other blade to be extendable from the housing to be usable for adjacent the aft end of the housing. The blade at the fore end of the housing is to be usable by the user exerting a pulling action toward the user with the blade at the aft end of the housing to be usable by the user exerting a pushing action against the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: AWI Acquisition Company
    Inventor: Yi Chuan Tseng
  • Patent number: 7179180
    Abstract: A hand accessory contoured to anchor into tough areas of a hand and bridge over sensitive areas in securing a grip on an implement handle, maximizing the transmission of force to the implement handle, minimizing stress received in the upper areas and sensitive areas of the hand and increasing power transmission through the lower areas and tougher areas of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: John H. Frost
  • Patent number: 7168195
    Abstract: A scroll advertising display device which utilizes a housing which includes a windup mechanism which is attached to a sheet member with the sheet member to be extendable from the housing and then retractable by the windup mechanism to be confined in conjunction with the housing. The housing includes a spindle on which the sheet member is wound. The spindle includes a pair of projections which are to engage in conjunction with a windup spring. The body of the spindle is formed as a pair of separate parts which are mated together with the exception at each end of the spindle is located a smaller diametered rod which is integral and formed as a single unit. A material dispenser may be connected in conjunction with the housing with the material dispenser adapted to dispense material, such as a scented gas, coupons, recipes or entry forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Ad-Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Gregg A. Seidel
  • Patent number: 7168820
    Abstract: A lighted vase which utilizes a base on which is mounted a container with the container having an internal chamber which is open at its outer end. The base includes a cavity and mounted in the cavity is a light generator. The structure of the container and the base is of a rigid material which is capable of conducting light. Light from the light generator, when activated, is to be transmitted through both the base and the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Djirair Minassian
  • Patent number: 7160151
    Abstract: The subject invention is an electrical connector system for a pair of printed circuit boards which utilizes a vertical female connector which is to be connected to one printed circuit board and a separate right angled male connector which has a housing which includes a plurality of right angled first electrically positive terminals which are to be used to connect to a second printed circuit board. Both printed circuit boards are connected together in a right angle relationship with one printed circuit board being located edgewise to the other printed circuit board. A mass of separate positive circuit paths is obtained by the terminals from one printed circuit board to the other. The vertical female connector and the right angled male electrical connector are fixedly mounted on their respective printed circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Component Equipment Company, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Rigby, Scott S. Blaise
  • Patent number: 7155999
    Abstract: A strap wrench which includes a plurality of gripping pads located on the strap that facilitates tight engagement of the cylindrical object that is used to be located thereabout for the purpose of gripping and turning of the cylindrical object. The strap wrench also includes a brake that provides for securely locking of the position of the strap when it is in its tightly mounted position preventing any loosening movement of the strap. The brake includes a ratcheting mechanism that permits movement of the handle in only one position when the brake is in the locked position. The strap may include a joint assembly which will permit the strap to be separated to be located in conjunction with a cylindrical object and then rejoined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Leon Helfet
  • Patent number: D537213
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Scott T. Selstad
  • Patent number: D537214
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Scott T. Selstad
  • Patent number: D539969
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Inventor: John J. Accornero
  • Patent number: D549074
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: J. Douglass Devine
  • Patent number: D550653
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventors: Robert F. Wendt, Hortense M. Wendt