Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Jerry R. Potts
  • Patent number: 8273001
    Abstract: A muscle toning kit includes an exercise garment having a first resistance article and a second resistance article. The first resistance article and the second resistance article cooperate to facilitate the exercise of at least one muscle group of a user. The first resistance article is adjustable to provide a range of user selected resistance levels, while second resistance article has another range of user selected resistance levels so that as the user maneuvers the exercise garment, its adjustable pressure opposing structures facilitate the toning and conditioning of the at least one muscle group of the user. The method includes wearing and deforming the exercise garment from its original shape through natural extension and flexing actions of the user to facilitate providing a resistive force to condition the at least one muscle group of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventors: Linda Karecki, Michael M. Potempa, Brian Potempa
  • Patent number: 8240258
    Abstract: The present invention provides a burner which uses solid fuels, especially waste plastic fuels. Burner size is minimized by having multiple combustion chambers concentrically located around a rotating screw conveyor. Heat efficiency is improved by having air passages disposed around the combustion chambers, thus preheating air for the combustion prior to its delivery to the combustion chambers, while simultaneously thermally insulating the combustion chambers against the environment. Waste plastic is transported from a fuel hopper to the combustion chambers by a rotating screw conveyor having the spiraling auger blades. Speed of screw conveyor rotation controls the consumption of waste plastic and, thus, the amount of thermal energy generated in the burner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: William Hunkyun Bang, Thomas Anthony Patti
  • Patent number: 8182487
    Abstract: A device (12) for implanting a tissue prosthesis comprises an elongate support member (14) having a proximal end (16) and a distal end (13), the support member (14) defining a recessed receiving zone 20 at a distal region for receiving at least a part (22) of the implant in a collapsed configuration. A cover member (24) having a proximal end (26) and a distal end (28) is arranged on the support member (14) to over at least the receiving zone (20) of the support member (14), the cover member (24) being removably arranged relative to the support member (14) to provide access to the receiving zone (20), the cover member (24) and the support member (14) together defining an insertion assembly (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventors: Zoran Milijasevic, Ashish Diwan
  • Patent number: 8104920
    Abstract: A modular lighting system includes an elongate light module with a printed circuit board having at least one light emitting diode mounted thereon for emitting a shadowless light pattern. The light module is adapted to be electrically connected to one or more other light modules where each light module generally includes a support frame having a base member disposed between an upstanding right-side wall member and an upstanding left-side wall member. Each side wall member includes an upper inner wall channel, a lower inner wall channel and an outer wall channel which is disposed between the upper inner wall channel and the lower inner wall channel. The channels support a track cover and in cooperation with a pair of spaced apart removable retention members help determine, at time of installation, the mounting angle of the printed circuit board for directing light emitting from the light module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Jack Dubord
  • Patent number: 8070074
    Abstract: A bathing apparatus includes an in-line mixing unit and a hand operated injecting unit. The mixing unit is coupled between a water supply pipe and a water dispensing device, such as a showerhead and is in fluid communication with the hand operated injection unit. The injection unit, upon user demand, draws a controllable predetermined quantity of bathing fluid from a standard off the shelf purchased bottle of bathing fluid, such as a bottle of bath oil, and then ejects, upon user demand and in a hands free operation, the drawn bathing fluid, at a user selected flow rate. The ejected bathing fluid passes to the mixing unit which causes the ejected bathing fluid to be mixed within a stream of water being delivered to the water dispensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: William Richard Craig
  • Patent number: 8061868
    Abstract: A light emitting diode lighting system and kit includes a plurality of matched pairs of breakaway light emitting diode assemblies adapted to be mounted in a primary lamp holder where each individual matched pair assembly includes: (1) a light emitting diode coupled to a printed circuit board; (2) a break away housing adapted to be pressed fit over the light emitting diode; and (3) a breakaway lens adapted to be pressed fit into the housing to facilitate controlling the spread of light emitted by said light emitting diode from a wide range angle Ø to a narrow range angle ? at a user selected breakaway angle ? of between about A degrees to about B degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Jack Dubord
  • Patent number: 7823302
    Abstract: A novelty footwear item includes a footbed and a heel-shaped storage unit which has a liftable lid. The footbed and the storage unit are mounted within a wedge-shaped cupsole so that a rear portion of the footbed overlays and conceals the storage unit and pivots up and away from the cupsole in unison with the lid when it is lifted to provide a user access to the heel-shaped storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventors: Nickolas Aniko Mann, Amy Lynn McMahan, Brett D. Ritter, James Darr Burress, Eric Simmons
  • Patent number: 7802382
    Abstract: A novelty footwear item includes a flexible outsole, a flexible footbed and a flexible elongated wedge-shape midsole. The midsole has a unitary construction including a heel support area and an arch support area. An open storage compartment is disposed within the heel support area and is concealed by the footbed which overlays the midsole and the outsole. The footbed is fixedly attached to a front toe area of the outsole and fixedly attached to the midsole at about the arch support area. The footbed is further removably attached to the midsole at about the heel support area so that the footbed may be lifted up pivotally and way from the heel support area to provide user access to the storage compartment. Stiffeners disposed within the footbed facilitate the pivoting of the footbed and prevent collapse of the footbed into the compartment under a user load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Inventors: John Michael Eades, Michael Gass, Joel Steven Barrie
  • Patent number: 7717017
    Abstract: A hand tool generally includes a tool mount that removably receives thereon a tool. The tool mount and tool cooperate to provide the hand tool with a variable angle of attack with an enhanced power ratio for accommodating aged, arthritic and otherwise handicapped people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventors: Mark Tabin McBride, Dyson Lister Hamner, Joseph John Jankiewicz
  • Patent number: 7698998
    Abstract: A portable cable marking mechanism includes a gun-like housing with a pivotally mounted trigger assembly for moving a stamping unit along a predetermined inking path to engage in sequence an inking pad of a replaceable ink cartridge for inking the stamping unit and then a cable sleeve for providing the cable sleeve with customized indicia markings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: William Bourgeois
  • Patent number: 7508919
    Abstract: A radiopaque diagnostic kit, tool and method for helping a practitioner define an optimal anatomical location of a patient to perform diagnostic and interventional procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Inventors: Matthew D. Young, Joseph Caruso, Max Crigger
  • Patent number: 7418793
    Abstract: A novelty footwear item includes a mid-sole foot platform for supporting from below the foot of a user, an outer sole for providing the footwear item with turning traction and a stash assembly sandwiched between the mid-sole foot platform and the outer sole, wherein said stash assembly has disposed therein a slidably removable comb sufficient width, length and depth dimensions for storage therein of loose items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventors: Bonnie Dominguez, James Darr Burress, Amy Lynn McMahan, Ryan William Quinn, Eric Simmons, Brett D. Ritter
  • Patent number: 7398883
    Abstract: A blister kit includes a plurality of blister inhibiting coverings of different sizes and shapes, a plurality of blister dressing coverings of different sizes and shapes, a set of instructions for when and where to use individual ones of the coverings, and a container for storing the coverings and the set of instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Tucker
  • Patent number: 7380349
    Abstract: A novelty footwear item includes an upper, a lower and an opener for protecting the foot of a user and for facilitating unsealing a sealed container with the footwear item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventors: Brett D. Ritter, Ryan Keenan, John Eades, Joel Barrie, Nick Mann, Andy Wickstrom, Will Goloveyko
  • Patent number: D583103
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Perriann M. Holden
  • Patent number: RE40756
    Abstract: An improved bag clamp and bag cutter is presented that is a non-obvious increase in capability over this inventor's previous bag clamp/cutter invention. The improved clamp possesses a stronger spring, an improved cutting blade with safety guard, a springboard button for pressing the blade firmly against a bag surface, and other improvements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Christopher I. Hall
  • Patent number: D596833
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: South Cone, Inc
    Inventors: Bonnie Dominquez, Brett D. Ritter
  • Patent number: D605816
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Inventors: Perriann M. Holden, Guillermo A. Uribe, III
  • Patent number: D625101
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Perriann M. Holden
  • Patent number: D656716
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: John Michael Eades, Andrew Wickstrom