Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm John E. Vandigriff
  • Patent number: 8231299
    Abstract: A cover device is used to cover bolts and welded plate edges on a lumber stacking rack to prevent damage to the lumber when it is placed in the stacking rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: David Klauer
  • Patent number: 7431229
    Abstract: A new method and concept for the recovery of valuable materials from solid waste and the conversion of organic solid waste and sewage into crude oil, gas, usable elemental solids and water uses a two step process, solid waste reduction and an organic fusion process. Two resources are used in the Waste Resource Process, solid waste (municipal garbage) and waste water (municipal sewage). Waste water goes directly into the Organic Fusion Process. Solid waste requires processing for removal of non-organic products and preparation of the organics that are used in the Organic Fusion Process. Solid waste organics used in the Organic Fusion Process include, plastics, papers, food and yard waste, organic construction debris, waste oils, many household and commercial chemicals; anything with a hydrocarbon molecular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Carl Gali
  • Patent number: 7320345
    Abstract: An air inflation device is a pass-thru vehicle tire inflation device. It ensures exact air pressure without the use of an air gauge. It works by attaching to a tire valve, and then to an existing air supply, such as those found at gas stations, and utilizing an internal pressure relief valve that is pre-set to exact PSI recommendations. This means that the inflation device will put only the amount of air needed in every tire without having to use a pressure gauge. Air moves through an internal air chamber constructed of plastic or rubber tubes that runs through the nozzle to the head that attaches to the valve of the tire. A plastic valve located on the back of the apparatus connects to any existing air supply. A pressure relief valve is integrated into the bottom of the nozzle that ensures that the exact PSI recommendations are maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventors: Tim Matthews, Joshua A. Matthews, Howard Ashcraft
  • Patent number: 7195104
    Abstract: A lifting device (10) includes a base frame (12), the base frame having associated drive means: a lifting arm (44) connected at a first end thereof to a frame (42), the lifting arm being pivotally movable with respect to the frame and being movable between a withdrawn condition and an extended lifting condition; and a lifting cradle being movable between open and engaged positions. The device is suitable for use in the movement of hospital beds and trolleys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Austech and Design Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Adam Thomas Lear
  • Patent number: 7175115
    Abstract: A new method and concept for the recovery of valuable materials from solid waste and the conversion of organic solid waste and sewage into crude oil, gas, usable elemental solids and water uses a two step process, solid waste reduction and an organic fusion process. Two resources are used in the Waste Resource Process, solid waste (municipal garbage) and waste water (municipal sewage). Waste water goes directly into the Organic Fusion Process. Solid waste requires processing for removal of non-organic products and preparation of the organics that are used in the Organic Fusion Process. Solid waste organics used in the Organic Fusion Process include, plastics, papers, food and yard waste, organic construction debris, waste oils, many household and commercial chemicals; anything with a hydrocarbon molecular structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventor: Carl Gali
  • Patent number: 7157000
    Abstract: A Catalytic Bioconversion (CB) process using kenaf core powder is used to promote an environmentally friendly method to biologically treat the petroleum contaminants in these wastes and waste waters while simultaneously producing a high energy solid fuel. The new process has very low capital and operating costs, treats and converts hazardous waste to non-hazardous waste, and can produce a viable solid fuel product instead of a waste. Typically, these petroleum-contaminated waste/wastewaters undergo some type of hydrocarbon separation and recovery via phase separation using heat and chemical treatment in storage tanks. The objective is to recover as much “good” hydrocarbon as possible and recycle it back to the production process. The material that is not recoverable, an emulsion of oil, water, and solids must be further processed and eventually discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Energy & Environmental Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Eric B. Tiemeyer
  • Patent number: 7096697
    Abstract: An electronic deadbolt lock arrangement including a lock having a bolt movable between locked and unlocked conditions. The lock includes a manual control and a power drive to operate the lock that are connected by a decouplable transmission enabling the lock to be operated by either the manual control or the power drive. The transmission includes two concentric cylinders that can be locked or unlocked for relative rotational movement, with manual operation of the lock decoupling the power drive. A biased pin engages co-operating apertures in the cylinders to lock the two cylinders to each other. A cam operated by the manual drive acts against the pin to cause the two cylinders to be decoupled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Kym John Keightly
  • Patent number: 7079178
    Abstract: A high Dynamic Range Active Pixel CMOS image sensor architecture has incorporated therein an adaptive pixel reset. The individual sensor pixels are reset only when accumulated charge, or the integration time exceeds certain predetermined limits. The reset is skipped when the integrated charge signal in a given pixel is low. The accumulated number of reset skips in a given time frame, together with the standard analog output, is used to calculate the sensor high DR output signal. A signal processing system is used to simultaneously process both sensor analog and digital outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Jaroslav Hynecek
  • Patent number: 7075575
    Abstract: A charge detection system used in an image sensor consists of the vertical punch through transistor with the gate surrounding its source and connected to it. The charge detector has a large conversion gain, high dynamic range, low reset feed through, and low noise. It senses charge nondestructively, which avoids generation of kTC noise. Additional embodiments of the invention include a standard reset gate option, a resistive reset gate option, and a lateral punch through transistor reset option to minimize the reset feed through. The charge detection system can be used in all know CCD image sensor architectures as well as in most CMOS image sensor architectures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Isetex, Inc.
    Inventor: Jaroslav Hynecek
  • Patent number: 7013599
    Abstract: A method of treating a distressed tree includes the steps of: creating a mixture comprising a fertilizer and a growth hormone and applying the mixture to a root area of the distressed tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventors: Don Wiley Smith, Peter Martin
  • Patent number: 6926625
    Abstract: A batter stance training device is place beside the batting plate to train young batters the proper position of feet, and the proper step forward position during batting. A first strip of material is placed along side a batting plate. On the strip of material are three foot position devices that are movably attached to the strip of material to indicate the batter's feet position during batting. Additional strips of material may be attached to the first strip of material to form a batting box in which the batter stands during batting. The first strip may have indicia thereon so that the positioning of strips of material to indicate the batter's feet position may be noted for each batter. The strips and foot placement devices may be made of flexible material, for example, heavy cloth, canvas, and various plastic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Eric R. Fruechting
  • Patent number: 6927433
    Abstract: A CMOS Active Pixel Image Sensor is formed by only two transistors. The sensor may be fabricated with very small pixel sizes, which have only two metal contacts in them, have in-pixel offset non-uniformity correction, and bootstrapped reset lines. These features are achieved by employing the transistor body effect as the main photo-generated charge sensing means. The bootstrapped reset lines allow the sensor to operate at low bias voltages. Additional embodiments of the invention include: single line for addressing the pixels, column-clamping circuits to prevent the forward biasing of pixel's p-n junctions and trench isolation to minimize the pixel size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: ISETEC, Inc
    Inventor: Jaroslav Hynecek
  • Patent number: 6899257
    Abstract: A utility belt assembly for use with electronic devices such as electronic game devices, cellular telephones, and digital cameras has one principal pouch or container, and may have several smaller ones for cellular telephones, and other electronic related devices. The principal container has a large pocket into which a game electronic device or other device may be stored while not in use. A folding unit extends out from the principle container and has a plurality of storage pouches or pockets into which may be placed, for example memory devices, game cartridges, and batteries. The folding unit is attached to the bottom of the principal pouch and will fold back upon itself and the front of the principal pouch. A cover attached to the top back of the principal pouch, when closed, encloses the principal pouch and the folding unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventor: Tony Jones
  • Patent number: 6882022
    Abstract: A Dual Gate BCMD pixel has a compact size, nondestructive readout; complete reset with no kTC-reset noise generation, anti-blooming protection, and column reset capability. By incorporating a dual gate MOS transistor with an enclosed annular layout into the pixels of image sensing array, and sensing photo-generated charge nondestructively by detecting the transistor threshold voltage variations caused by collected charge, achieves this goal and other objects of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Isetex, Inc
    Inventor: Jaroslav Hynecek
  • Patent number: 6807772
    Abstract: A shutter device for covering windows provides two shutters, each shutter having clear and opaque areas to provide and block vision though the shutter as one panel is moved with respect to the other. The shutter device is adaptable to semicircular, circular and rectangular windows. The shutter utilizes two panel, one fixed panel mounted on widow and one moveable panel, of clear material, such as glass or plastic, each panel has alternate clear and opaque areas. When the two panels are aligned so that clear areas are adjacent (open position), there is viewing through the window. When an opaque area is aligned over a clear area, vision through the shutter (closed position) is blocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: John C. Halter
  • Patent number: 6733836
    Abstract: A method of removing a polyethylene coating from a glass surface includes the steps of contacting the glass surface with a solution of ammonium bifluoride (NH4HF2), rinsing the contacted surface with one or more rinses, and drying the surface. The thickness of the polyethylene slip coating applied to most commercial glass bottles is in the range 75-100 &mgr;m. The coating is removed by the process outlined above sufficiently to allow the application of an adherent decorative coating to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Arthur Bourne
  • Patent number: 6726183
    Abstract: A fencing system includes fencing panels that are made of first and second parts jointed together at both edges extending the length of each part. Each part has a U-shaped slot along one edge and another of said edges has an extended ridge, wherein in securing the two parts together, the extended ridge of each part is inserted into the U-shaped slot of the other part. The panels may be mounted vertically or horizontally between two U-shaped rails, extending horizontally, and secured between two fence posts. When the panels are mounted vertically, a panel may be mounted over a fence post, the post extend upward in the panel in a space formed by the two parts of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Wiley Built, LLC
    Inventor: Gary W. Wiley
  • Patent number: 6702313
    Abstract: A shopping cart is securely attachable to the foot rest supports of a wheel chair in a manner allowing a person to enter and depart the wheelchair while the cart is attached. Two attachable arms that are moveavble horizontally and vertically attached to the each foot rest support in a low position. The horizontally and vertically movement of the attachable arms permit the cart to be attached to different wheelchairs. The attachable arms have ends that are easily attached and detached from the foot rest supports. In one embodiment, the attachment arms have a U-shaped end that fits around the foot rest support and is held in place by a strap, the ends of which may be secured by any one of buckles, snaps and hook and loop fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventors: Darren C. Forshee, Brian B. Reed
  • Patent number: D541555
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Kenneth John Falland
  • Patent number: D551005
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Robert Walterscheid