Patents Represented by Attorney John J. Murphey Law Offices Murphey
  • Patent number: 5839970
    Abstract: The head of a mallet-type putter includes on its upper surface indicia in the form of a first long line, a second short line, and a series of even shorter lines extending from the end of the short line and sweeping rearward in a curved are to become parallel with the first long line. In order to compensate for a golfer's sighting error resulting from eye predominance, the long line is arranged to align putts that are ten feet or longer in distance from the golf ball to the putting cup. The short line and the arcuate array of even shorter lines are arranged to align putts that are shorter than ten feet in distance from the golf ball to the putting cup. The golfer may measure the degree of eye dominance, if any, by a sighting method that closely approximates conditions found on all golf courses including a 4 1/4 inch putting cup, and this measurement is used to arrange the different sighting lines on the putter head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Samuel Lombardo
  • Patent number: 5820093
    Abstract: A universal utility mount for attaching an object exterior of a vehicle including at least three pad mounts in spaced-apart arrangement for attachment to the exterior surface of the vehicle, a transition fitting attached to each pad mount, each fitting allowing adjustment through in azimuth and through from zenith, at least three thin-walled support tubes of terminal length, each tube containing a straight portion intermediate the terminal ends thereof, the tubes extending outward from the transition fittings, a bracket attached to the support tubes on which to mount the object, and a device for providing light-weight stiffening to the support tubes in the area of attachment with the object-mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Stephen C. Murray
  • Patent number: 5819933
    Abstract: An article of manufacture for storing and securing a variety of motor-driven landscape tools therein, comprising a container including a bottom floor panel and upstanding spaced-apart front and rear side wall panels and end wall panels attached about the perimeter of said bottom floor panel and attached together along their respective marginal edges, a top lid panel pivotally attached to one of the vertical wall panels arranged to close over container and form a secure enclosure having an interior chamber a first pair of arms mounted exterior said container on which to hang at least one first tool, first and second pairs of Y-supports formed on top of the end walls on which to support at least one second tool in secured confinement, a third set of stiff, spaced-apart iron bars formed in one of the end walls through which to accept the extension of a portion of a third tool generally contained within the chamber, and, a fourth set of stiff, iron spaced-apart bars mounted on said lid for interconnection with sa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Octavio P. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 5784758
    Abstract: A hinge for mounting a door for swinging between open and closed positions on a frame, the hinge including a door and frame wings mountable to the door and frame, respectively, a pivot interconnecting the wings to permit swinging of the door between the open and closed positions, a latching finger disposed in close spaced-opposing relation with the door wing and having first and second ends and including a large bend intermediate the first and second ends to provide spring action thereto, a second smaller reverse bend formed at the first distal end and arranged for overlapping engagement with a locking edge formed on the door wing, and a tab formed on the finger spaced-apart from the second bend for insertion into a cut-out formed on the door wing spaced-apart from the locking edge to steady the finger in connection with the door wing, the simultaneous overlapped engagement of the reverse bend and insertion of the tab in the cut-out providing significant locking power to the finger in the door wing; the secon
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Youngdale Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph Carrick
  • Patent number: 5743888
    Abstract: An improved safety needle, including a needle base, for fixing therein a rigid needle containing a hollow hub at one end, a hollow needle connected thereto and a sharp needle tip at the other end, the base defined by a proximal end and a distal end spaced-apart therefrom, the distal end of the needle base having formed therethrough a first bore concentric to the needle and covering the sharp needle tip, and a cap covering the first bore and rotatably positioned thereover, having formed therethrough a second bore, wherein the cap is rotatable between a first, safe position placing the first and second bores out of alignment and preventing passage of the needle and the sharp needle tip therethrough, and a second, armed position placing the first and second bores in alignment to allow passage of the needle therethrough to expose the sharp needle tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Assignee: Kaleva Design
    Inventors: Robert D. Wilkes, Paul S. Turin, Robert G. Ullrich, Brian S. Murray
  • Patent number: 5737189
    Abstract: A computer subsystem including stackable, interlocking, modular peripheral containment enclosures, each the enclosure including broad top and bottom walls held in spaced-apart arrangement by opposed shorter side walls and a rear wall, the walls joined along their respective marginal edges to form an enclosure cavity accessible through the front opening formed thereby, a device extending rearward from the front opening interior the cavity for receiving therealong an enclosed sled containing a computer peripheral, in controlled alignment, the sled including a front face that aligns flush against the front enclosure opening when the sled is fully seated in the cavity, a device for electrically interconnecting the peripheral to a connectable connector in the enclosure, a device for providing an air cooling throughout the cavity including an aperture formed in at least one the side wall for passage of air therethrough, and a device for interconnecting a plurality of the enclosures in horizontal or vertical arrange
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Artecon
    Inventors: Dana W. Kammersgard, Angus R. Colson, Jr., Steven B. Cook
  • Patent number: 5695654
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in draining, cleaning and refilling an aquarium tank including an elongated flexible hose having first and second opposite ends, a tube including an upper distal end for connection to the first end of the flexible hose, and a lower distal end adapted to be immersed in the aquarium tank such that the lower end may be placed near the bottom of the aquarium tank, a first device attachable to the second end of the flexible hose and for connection to a flowing water source for creating a flow of water from the tank through the tube and the flexible hose, and a grille, defined by a chamber and including a plurality of apertures formed in the walls thereof that are narrower than the width of the gravel particles, the grille and chamber attached to the lower distal end of the tube for contact with the gravel for moving the gravel about the floor of the tank such that the gravel particles are forced by the movement to bump and rub against each other outside the tube to dislodge the sediment and impur
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Lee's Aquarium & Pet Products
    Inventor: Mark A. Schultz
  • Patent number: 5673799
    Abstract: A method of continuously testing and sorting large quantities of capacitor chips, including the steps of loading the chips into identical rows of aligned positions in a rotatable member, simultaneously and sequentially rotating the member to advance the chips past a plurality of testing stations and past subsequent sorting stations, each station successively aligned momentarily with each row of the aligned chips, simultaneously and sequentially conducting a plurality of sequential electrical testing to the chips as they are rotated from test station to test station and classifying them in a plurality of ranges of values at the last test station, and at each subsequent sorting station, sequentially collecting chips belonging in one of the ranges of values until all the chips are collected before the rotating member returns for reloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Chip Star Inc.
    Inventor: Denver Braden
  • Patent number: 5661978
    Abstract: A refrigerated, medical dispensing drawer for use in a computerized medicine-dispensing station, the station of the type having a cabinet that houses a plurality of openable drawers in stacked arrangement containing pharmaceutical items in locked storage therein for retrieval following instructions inputted into a computer integrated the station, a drawer including a base plate, spaced-apart side walls, and spaced-apart front and rear walls, all attached together along their respective mating marginal edges to define an interior compartment of a size and shape available for reciprocal movement on a pair of side rails into and out of the cabinet, a tub reposed in the drawer covered by a tub lid hingedly attached to the drawer to form an air-tight chamber interior thereof and moveable with the drawer into and out of the cabinet, a plurality of individual baskets, each formed of fenestrated side walls and a bottom plate joined along their respective mating marginal edges, arranged in the tub with their open tops
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Pyxis Corporation
    Inventors: William K. Holmes, Laird P. Broadfield
  • Patent number: 5597240
    Abstract: A structural bearing including a first, rigid-support member for mounting on a structure on which the bearing is supported; a layer of first elastomeric material mounted on top of the first support member; a second, rigid-support member for operative engagement with a structure supported by the bearing mounted on top of the layer of elastomeric material; a pin rigidly attached to one of the support members and extending through the layer of first elastomeric material; a ring, extending from the rigid-support member to which the pin is not attached, to surround the pin and remain spaced-apart therefrom and extending at least partially about the free end thereof to form a cavity thereabout; and, a ring-shaped layer of second elastomeric material interposed the ring and the pin and in contact with the layer of first elastomeric material for sharing the components of the vertical, horizontal, rotational and torsional loads on the bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Hexcel-Fyfe Co., L.L.C.
    Inventor: Edward R. Fyfe
  • Patent number: 5590675
    Abstract: A method of valving a flow of pumped fluid, to prevent siphoning of the flow when the pump is stopped, including the steps of filling a chamber with fluid, directing a small flow of pumped fluid into the chamber to increase its volume, opening a main flow valve by the increase in chamber volume, providing a leak in the chamber to reduce the volume of fluid therein when the small flow of pumped fluid is terminated, and closing the main flow valve by the decrease in chamber volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Matthew T. Babb
  • Patent number: 5577785
    Abstract: A single-hand actuated pick-up tool, including an elongated hollow stalk terminating at spaced-apart distal and proximal ends, first and second short, flexible, spring pick-up fingers extending divergently outward from the distal end of the stalk and including flexible elements terminating the outer ends of the fingers for grasping an object when brought toward one another, a center strap extending from the first pick-up finger interiorly along the stalk and then back interiorly to the second pick-up finger, a handle formed in cooperation with the stalk including a handle member pivotally mounted to the stalk and further including a device for drawing the center strap rearward the fingers when the handle member is pivoted toward the stalk, and a first hollow stalk plug for slidable insertion in the distal end of the stalk for retaining the fingers by friction in mounted position in the stalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: Arcoa Industries
    Inventors: Arthur Traber, Robert S. Traber
  • Patent number: 5555599
    Abstract: A brush assembly for use with a carpet cleaner of the type comprising a cleaning liquid reservoir, cleaning liquid pump, distributing tubing, control valve, and spray nozzle, for applying a thin coating of cleaning liquid to the fibers of a carpet, and a suction nozzle mounted at the lower end of a stiff wand and including suction lines, a suction pump and a catch reservoir to collect the cleaning liquid and solubilized dirt as the nozzle is moved in a back and forth motion over the carpet, the assembly including a brush including a plurality of stiff bristles fixed at their upper end in a wide support and having free lower ends, a bracket for holding the brush in alignment at the suction nozzle, the bracket including device allowing the brush to move from a first upper position out of contact with the carpet to a second lower position wherein the free ends of the bristles come into contact with the carpet, an elongated cable of terminal length extending from a first terminal end connected to the brush upward
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Jim Markley
  • Patent number: 5557253
    Abstract: This invention concerns a device for confirming an official's call in a field sport, including a flag for waving to visually indicate to others that the event has occurred, a shaft upon which the flag is loosely attached, a handle to support the shaft integral therewith, a power source, an electronic signal generator and transmitter, and a receiver worn by another offical for receiving the signal in confirmation of the official's call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Max M. Stern
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Hegemann, Max M. Stern
  • Patent number: D372734
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Marilyn A. Day
  • Patent number: D373994
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Artecon
    Inventors: Dana W. Kammersgard, Angus R. Colson, Jr., Steven B. Cook
  • Patent number: D373995
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Artecon
    Inventors: Dana W. Kammersgard, Angus R. Colson, Jr., Steven B. Cook
  • Patent number: D375724
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Artecon
    Inventors: Dana W. Kammersgard, Angus R. Colson, Jr., Cory Echito
  • Patent number: D384329
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Artecon
    Inventors: Dana W. Kammersgard, Angus R. Colson, Jr., Cory Echito
  • Patent number: D398692
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Xtreme Wheelz, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Wilson, Paul del Bosque