Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm James C. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7377383
    Abstract: A mixing container wherein two or more chamber members each contain a material to be mixed. A first chamber member has a threaded port. A second chamber member has a threaded neck which is threadedly receivable in the port to threadedly connect the chamber members. The neck has a terminal opening. A sealing member covers the opening. The first chamber member has a frangible portion which sealingly closes an inner end of the port and which is broken is as the neck bears there against as the neck is threadedly received in the port. A blade on the first chamber member punctures the neck sealing member as the neck sealing member bears against the blade as the neck is threadedly received in the port. This allows the materials in the chamber members to flow between the chamber members to be mixed. The container may also have an opening for dispensing the substance mixed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: John R. Henry
  • Patent number: 7340944
    Abstract: A device having an oscillator such as a sensor for use in an atomic force microscope. A pair of co-axial members interconnect support structure and the oscillator for torsionally suspending the oscillator. The co-axial members are portions of a layer of silicon nitride or other material that is connected to the oscillator and support structure, which are composed of silicon or other material. A process for making a device which includes an oscillator, which includes depositing on silicon or other first material a layer of silicon nitride or other second material, forming in the first material a support structure and the oscillator, including applying an etchant which is selective for the first material to etch all the way through the first material and leave the second material substantially unetched to thereby form the at least one flexible hinge of the second material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventors: Arthur Beyder, Frederick Sachs
  • Patent number: 7300367
    Abstract: An assembly for tracking an animal which has been shot by an arrow. A shank portion of an arrow is received in a bushing which in turn receives a housing for a transmitter. The housing is retained on the bushing during arrow flight by an elastomeric ring. Upon impact of the arrow with the animal, the elastomeric ring is dislodged, releasing the housing from the bushing. Associated with the housing are members which penetrate the animal to attach the housing to the animal. A hand-held direction finding receiver receives signals from the transmitter so that direction to the animal is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignees: General Welding and Fabricating, Inc., Balboa Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Steven Andol, Edwin G. Pierrot, James R. Pierrot, Robert R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 7287352
    Abstract: A decoy for use during hunting. Two decoy portions overlap and together depict a turkey or other animal. A member is attached to a stand and is pivotally connected to at least one of the portions in a manner to effect movement of the one portion relative to the other portion between different positions such as an upright position and a feeding position for a turkey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Richard C. Kirby
  • Patent number: 7273634
    Abstract: A coating for support beams in buildings to protect their structural integrity in case of high heat events, for roofs and the like to inexpensively provide protection from ultraviolet light, for wood or steel substrates to inexpensively provide flame or chemical resistance respectively, and for protection of various other building substrates. The coating comprises an adhesive and a recycled ceramic powder and may also comprise a recycled granular ceramic material. An additive to sealants, caulking, and other construction materials to inexpensively provide improved fire resistance and insulation and other enhanced properties. The additive comprises a recycled ceramic powder and may also comprise a recycled granular ceramic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2007
    Inventor: Robert T. Fitzgibbons, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7216918
    Abstract: A cover for a vehicle sun visor. The cover comprises a sleeve in which the sun visor is receivable through an open end thereof. The sleeve is elasticized to allow stretching of said sleeve for easily receiving and removal of the sun visor and to effect gripping of the received sun visor by the sleeve. A rear panel of the sleeve has an access opening which allows access to accessories on the sun visor. A flap panel preferably covers the rear panel and has one edge which is secured thereto and another edge which is releasably securable thereto so as to be liftable therefrom to allow access to the access opening. A front panel of the sleeve and the flap panel have indicia thereon or a surface upon which indicia can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Peter G. Runfola
  • Patent number: 7168546
    Abstract: An inexpensive, high capacity, and easy to install roller for engaging hot metal plates being transferred over a cooling bed plate transfer grid. An invertible block which may have a bearing is provided at each end of the axle for the roller. The bearing block is received in a cut-out in the upper edge of a respective elongate parallel grid member. The bearing block is clamped in the cut-out by a plate which is received in a pair of slots in forward and aft edges of the cut-out to clampingly overlie the bearing block. A lip on each of the bearing blocks is positioned and sized to abut a lateral surface of a respective grid member and a shoulder on the axle engages the bearing block for preventing movement laterally of the bearing, whereby the roller is restrained from movement axially.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Ronald L. Plesh, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7021689
    Abstract: An assembly for attachment detachably to the tailgate of a vehicle for extending the vehicle bed length. The assembly comprises a plate which is detachably attachable to the tailgate, a panel hingedly connected to the upper edge of the plate for serving as an alternative tailgate, and at least one side panel hingedly connected to a side edge of said plate. A pair of cables extend from the alternative tailgate for attachment to the vehicle for deploying the alternative tailgate in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Leonard A. Weisbeck, III
  • Patent number: 6965181
    Abstract: A hybrid foil-magnetic bearing wherein the foil and magnetic bearing parts share the load at predetermined speeds or operating conditions. Force, flux, strain, temperature, or acceleration sensors provide a measure proportional to actual load on at least one of the bearing parts, and this measure is inputted to a load sharing controller for dividing the load between the bearing parts. In order to provide control of a hybrid journal bearing which is substantially free of the effects of a bending mode node resulting from magnetic planes on opposite sides of the bearing and of sensor non-collocation, a pair of redundant sensors are provided on opposite sides respectively of the housing for regulating flux on the opposite sides respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hooshang Heshmat, James F. Walton II
  • Patent number: 6942539
    Abstract: An improved sound quality box call. The box call comprises a box and a paddle. The box has a pair of longitudinal walls, a sounding chamber between the walls, and a pair of longitudinally extending upper arcuate edges on the walls respectively. The paddle has a lower surface for engaging the edges for making sounds. The paddle lower surface is longitudinally arcuate and has a contour longitudinally which desirably conforms substantially to the contour longitudinally of the arcuate side wall edges, which allows increased length of contact between the paddle and box side walls whereby to produce a more realistic yelp and better sound quality in both pitch and volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Richard C. Kirby
  • Patent number: 6893703
    Abstract: A blanket which is placed over a person to protect the person from flying glass during extrication of the person from a vehicle involved in a collision. The blanket comprises at least one inner layer of pliable cut-resistant material and at least two outer layers of buffer material between which said inner layer is sandwiched so as to provide the feel and body of a blanket. A kit for use by rescue workers includes, in addition to the blanket, gloves for handling the blanket after use, a bio-hazard bag in which the used blanket is placed, and a carrying case for the blanket, gloves, and bio-hazard bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventors: Jerome S. McIntee, Jon R. Kemp
  • Patent number: 6848804
    Abstract: A light apparatus attachable to the head of a person to emit light generally along the line of sight of the person. The light apparatus including a housing cavity in which are contained a light bulb and a pair of batteries on opposite sides thereof and connected thereto. At least a portion of the housing is composed of elastomeric material having a rear concave surface shaped for conforming to a person's forehead to allow elastomeric conformity of the rear surface to the person's forehead. The light bulb and a lens are disposed for directing light forwardly of the housing and generally along the line of sight of the person. A plurality of legs on at least one side of the housing provide support for setting the light apparatus down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Ray T. Webber
  • Patent number: 6827566
    Abstract: A blade for use in a tire mold, a combination of the blade with the tire mold, and a method of attaching the blade to the tire mold. An edge portion of the blade is received in a slot in the tire mold, and a body portion extends therefrom to form a sipe in a tire. One or a pair of tab portions attached to the edge portion is received in an indent in the slot, and a wedge forces the tab portion or portions into a locked position as the blade is driven into the slot. A break-away tendon or tendons attach the wedge to the tab portion or portions and break to allow wedge movement for achieving the locked position when the blade is driven into the slot. Alternatively, a wedge is pre-positioned in an housing in the indent whereby blade tab portions move into a locked position upon contact with the wedge. The mold is engraved, and the blade is formed by laser or water jet cutting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: G.M. Root, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Root, Gerald E. Hallberg, Jr., Pierre H. Noel, Robert J. Boody
  • Patent number: 6826941
    Abstract: A roller assembly for use as a back-up roller for work rolls. The roller assembly comprises an axle, a roller rotatably mounted on the axle, a plurality of bearing elements rotatably positioned between the axle and roller, at least one bushing which is eccentric relative to the axle and which is fixedly mounted on the axle by a dowel which passes through holes in the axle and eccentric bushing, and a housing for the bushing. The eccentric bushing is rotatable for translating the roller in a radial direction thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald L. Plesh, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6811553
    Abstract: A method to provide an efficient, safe, and easy to use supracapsular method for removal of cataracts, wherein a groove is formed in the cataract nucleus, the nucleus is cracked along the groove into two halves and rotated approximately 90 degrees, force is applied to the proximal half to effect movement of the distal half into a stacked position relative to the proximal half, and the nucleus halves along with the remainder of the cataract are then emulsified and removed. In order to minimize the chances of trauma to the capsule while sweeping the lens capsule away from cataract portions as well as making a crack in the nucleus and for otherwise assisting in manipulation of nucleus portions, an instrument has a prongless cataract-engaging portion, preferably with a convex frontal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Anthone
  • Patent number: 6790604
    Abstract: A method of predicting the lymphotropic metastatic potential of a solid non-lymphoid tumor. The percentage of cells of each of a plurality of representative samples of the tumor which express lymphoid gene products is determined. The metastatic potential is predicted to be low when no tumor cells in all of the samples are detected to express lymphoid gene products. The metastatic potential is predicted to be high when a high percentage of tumor cells in at least one of the samples are detected to express lymphoid gene products. A solid non-lymphoid tumor is treated by systemically administering a substance comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a molecule linked to a toxin, radionuclide, or chemotherapeutic agent and having binding specificity for a tumor specific lymphoid gene product idiotype.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventors: Stefan A. Cohen, Untae Kim, David P. Montesanti
  • Patent number: 6769528
    Abstract: An inexpensive, high capacity, and easy to install roller (20) for engaging hot metal plates being transferred over a cooling bed plate transfer grid. An invertible block which may have a bearing is provided at each end of the axle (22) for the roller. The bearing block (24) is received in a cut-out in the upper edge of a respective elongate parallel grid member. The bearing block (24) is clamped in the cut-out by a plate which is received in a pair of slots in forward and aft edges of the cut-out to clampingly overlie the bearing block (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald L. Plesh, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6770993
    Abstract: A hybrid foil-magnetic bearing wherein the foil and magnetic bearing parts share the load at predetermined speeds or operating conditions. Force, flux, strain, temperature, or acceleration sensors provide a measure proportional to actual load on at least one of the bearing parts, and this measure is inputted to a load sharing controller for dividing the load between the bearing parts. In order to provide control of a hybrid journal bearing which is substantially free of the effects of a bending mode node resulting from magnetic planes on opposite sides of the bearing and of sensor non-collocation, a pair of redundant sensors are provided on opposite sides respectively of the housing for regulating flux on the opposite sides respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hooshang Heshmat, Erik E. Swanson, Dennis H. Locke, James F. Walton, II
  • Patent number: 6717311
    Abstract: A magnetic bearing wherein axially spaced combinations of permanent magnets on a rotor and stator are polarized to levitate the rotor and positioned with the rotor magnets offset axially outwardly (or inwardly) of the stator magnets to allow a force balance to be achievable to bear axial thrust. An electrically energizable coil modulates magnetic flux between the respective stator and rotor magnets for each combination. A first electrical circuit regulates electrical energy to the coils for maintaining a reference position of the rotor. A second electrical circuit compares feed-back of electrical energy to at least one of the coils with a reference electrical energy of about zero amps or volts and integrates the differences until the difference is about zero to provide a signal to modify the reference position, whereby to attain a zero force balance position wherein the current which must be supplied to the coils may be reduced to near zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis H. Locke
  • Patent number: 6696128
    Abstract: A blanket which is placed over a person to protect the person from flying glass during extrication of the person from a vehicle involved in a collision. The blanket comprises at least one inner layer of pliable cut-resistant material and at least two outer layers of buffer material between which said inner layer is sandwiched so as to provide the feel and body of a blanket. A kit for use by rescue workers includes, in addition to the blanket, gloves for handling the blanket after use, a bio-hazard bag in which the used blanket is placed, and a carrying case for the blanket, gloves, and bio-hazard bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventors: Jerome S. McIntee, Jon R. Kemp