Patents Represented by Law Firm Johnson & Gibbs
  • Patent number: 5022647
    Abstract: An upper torso and limb conditioner and exerciser useful for conditioning and strengthening the upper torso and limb thereby forming a natural resistance to the speed of a swinging golf club head. The apparatus is to be used with at least one weight in the exercising of a user's upper torso and limb. The apparatus includes a support frame with at least one upright member attached to at least one transverse top member, and at least one rest secured substantially parallel to the upright member adapted for engaging, receiving and supporting a selected region of the user's body to facilitate the lateral or longitudinal movement of the upper torso and limb while raising and lowering the weight. A pulley sheave is movably mounted on the top frame member, and a flexible cord passes over the pulley sheave and is coupled to the weight at the lower end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Inventor: Garland J. Fulcher
  • Patent number: 5021976
    Abstract: A method and system for generating dynamic, interactive visual representations of information structures within a computer which enable humans to efficiently process vast amounts of information. The boundaries of the information system containing the information to be processed are established and a set of mathematical relationships is provided which indicates the degree of correlation between parameters of interest to a user and segments of information contained within the boundaries. A visual display is generated for the user which has a plurality of different iconic representations and visual features corresponding to the parameters defined by the mathematical relationships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Alan D. Wexelblat, Kim M. Fairchild
  • Patent number: 5020755
    Abstract: A support assembly for utilization with generally horizontal handles, bars, shafts and the like for securement of articles thereto. The support assembly includes both a unit which is integrally formed with a handle and a discrete assembly for attachment to handles. The assembly is preferably of integrally molded plastic that comprises at least first and second hook portions adapted for supporting articles such as packages, clothes and purses from strollers, carts and the like. The assembly may also include a receptacle region adapted for the retention of a canned drink, baby bottle, loose articles or the like. The assembly provides a myriad of hook configurations and demountable attachment sections for the securement of loose articles such as purses, sweaters, towels or other infant items. In this manner, strollers, bicycles and the like may be rendered safer and more convenient for the user who must handle loose articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1991
    Assignee: Kel-Gar, Inc.
    Inventor: Gail B. Frankel
  • Patent number: 5016482
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for taking a constantly proportional flowing sample of gas flowing through a line and which is part of measuring and determining the total energy flow, that is, BTUs per minute, of combustible gas flowing through a line such as a pipeline. One method includes taking a continuous sample of the gas flowing through the line which sample is a constant proportion of the gas flowing through the line, and burning the sample in equipment which supplies air to the sample in an amount which maximizes its burning temperature. The flow rate of air which produces the maximum burning temperature of the sample is a flow rate which is directly proportional to the rate of energy flow in the main pipeline. Alternately, the flow rate of air which produces a stoichiometric mixture is directly proportional to the rate of energy flow in the main pipeline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventors: William H. Clingman, Jr., Lyn R. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 5012734
    Abstract: Device for printing endorsements on documents passing through a document processing apparatus. The device comprises a rotatable outer housing having a cylindrically shaped exterior surface and a ring gear having a toothed first part and a toothless second part. A stamp for printing endorsements and at least one band having digits or characters thereon form a substantially continuous surface with the exterior surface of the outer housing. When the endorsing device is rotated by a pinion meshing with the ring gear, the digits or characters, as well as the stamp, contact a document passing through the document processing apparatus. During the rotation of the outer housing, further rotation is prevented by an arm which engages a projection on the outer housing and biasing means which biases the arm into locked engagement with the projection. When the arm engages the projection, the pinion is unable to rotate the outer housing as the toothless part of the ring gear is now facing the pinion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: Amper, S.A.
    Inventor: Emilio B. Martin
  • Patent number: 5010592
    Abstract: A self storing coat having a coat body or shell and a lining including a storage pocket attached to the lining between the lining and the inside back of the coat, the lining having a longitudinal opening into the storage pocket with fabric fastener strips along the opening for releasably holding the opening closed when wearing the coat and when the coat is stored in the pocket, the coat and lining being foldable in halves and reverse foldable into the lining storage pocket which is turned wrong side out over the folded coat halves, so that the coat is stored within the reversed pocket and the fabric strips close the opening into the pocket forming a package containing the coat, the outer surfaces of the packages being the normal inside surfaces of the storage pocket when the coat is in normal wearing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Ol'Sonora Trading Company Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Skiles, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5009652
    Abstract: A disposable laminated medical sponge contains a thin sheet, having a top side and a bottom side, that is impermeable to infectious agents as well as nonwettable by water and a layer of absorbent material having an area that is smaller than that of the impermeable sheet, and one surface of which is secured to at least one side of the impermeable sheet. The peripheral edges of the absorbent layer are spaced inwardly from the peripheral edges of the impermeable sheet, providing a surrounding rim that consists of impermeable sheet alone. Any liquid on the layer of absorbent material cannot travel through and over the peripheral edges of the impermeable sheet to reach the opposite side of the impermeable sheet. Consequently, any infectious agents such as viruses that might be present in the body fluids cannot be transmitted from the absorbent material to the opposite side of the medical sponge that is being held by a health-care worker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventors: Cheryle I. Morgan, Millard M. Judy
  • Patent number: 5007493
    Abstract: A cutting element retention system is shown for a diamond drill bit. The drill bit has a bit body with a bit face, the bit face having polycrystalline diamond cutting elements received thereon within mating recesses provided in the face. Each cutting element has a mounting body with a leading face and a trailing face and a diamond layer carried on the leading face. At least one fin with associated troughs are located behind the mounting body on the bit face or within the carrier substrate or cutting element itself and arranged transverse to the cutting element layer. The fins are separated by a trough which extends for substantially the entire cross-sectional depth of the diamond cutting face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Dresser Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert B. Coolidge, David M. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5005611
    Abstract: An apparatus for separating and orienting conductors from a bundled array into a planar array includes a grooved template and means for fixedly uniting the conductors when disposed in the groove. A cable adapted for connection to a flat ribbon cable connector includes a portion of bundled connectors, and a portion including conductors separated by hand into the grooves on a template and fixedly retained in position by a laminate material connected thereto. The method involving use of the apparatus to produce the product described above is also disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Inventor: Jack D. Hecker
  • Patent number: 5005291
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for removing horns from livestock. The apparatus comprises first and second generally U-shaped cutting blades pivotally secured to each other. At least one, and preferably both, of the cutting blades has a convexly curved leading edge. If desired, the convexly curved leading edges may also be bent inwardly towards the oppositely disposed blade to form an integral, convexly curved lip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Inventors: Wayland F. Moore, Glynard Moore
  • Patent number: 5000891
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing expandable polystyrene pellets having a bulk density of about 36 lbs/cubic foot which upon expansion results in expanded articles having a bulk density of about 0.8 lbs/cubic foot and having substantiallly uniform cell formation is an interior portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: James R. Green
  • Patent number: 4991415
    Abstract: A lock includes a hollow lock body with a plurality of aligned first transverse holes, a cylindrical key plug rotatably disposed inside the lock body and having a plurality of second transverse holes aligned with the first transverse holes, and a plurality of tumbler pins extending into each set of aligned first and second transverse holes. The lock further includes a first control switch actuated by inserting a key into the key plug, a second control switch actuated by rotating the key plug relative to the lock body, and an electrical control circuitry including a first timer circuit connected to the second control switch, a second timer circuit connected to the first control switch, a warning device and an electromagnetic control unit both actuated by the second timer circuit. The first timer circuit disables the second timer circuit for a predetermined time period when the first timer circuit is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: Gary Shieh
  • Patent number: 4991788
    Abstract: A foldable spool for winding an elongate flexible member from which the coiled flexible member can be readily removed after winding. The spool includes a first elongate arm having a first tine located at one end and a second tine located at the opposite end. A second elongate arm includes a first tine located at one end and a second tine located at the opposite end. The central portion of the first arm is pivotally connected to the central portion of the second arm so that the respective first tines thereof form a first fork and the respective second tines thereof form a second fork to allow winding of the elongate flexible member. The wound coil is removed by pivoting one arm with respect to the other to separate the tines and open the forks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: Dewayne Pattison
  • Patent number: 4986523
    Abstract: A stack of documents to be supplied to a processing device rest on at least one pull wheel for pulling the documents towards the processing device. A pushing element exerts a constant and uniform force which pushes the stack of documents against the pull wheel. The pull wheel pulls the documents towards a guide. The guide, which is configured such that only one document is permitted to pass through to the processing device, includes a first roller with three toric projections mounted thereon on one side of the guide and a pair of rollers with two toric projections mounted therebetween on the other side of the guide. As the direction of the rollers on opposite sides of the guide rotate in different directions and as the force of rotation of the single first roller is greater than the force of rotation of the two second rollers, the toric projections mounted on opposite sides of the guide will only permit documents to pass therebetween one at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Amper, S.A.
    Inventor: Emilio B. Martin
  • Patent number: 4981173
    Abstract: A solenoid operated valve system for petroleum production wells including a solenoid operated valve securable in a well bore connected to the lower end of a tubing string extending to the surface. The valve of the system includes an outer housing, an inner wall defining a flow passageawy therethrough and an annular cavity therebetween for receiving the solenoid coil and associated electrical components. The spaces in the annular cavity surrounding the solenoid coil and components is filled with an electrically insulative filler material to protect the electrical elements from borehole fluids. The solenoid operated valve has an operator tube formed of tubular sections of different magnetic characteristics so that the valve is opened against a biasing spring by a high current flow and held open by a current flow of a lower value. The valve solenoid is operable by either AC or DC current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Assignee: Otis Engineering Corporation
    Inventors: Donald H. Perkins, Thomas M. Deaton
  • Patent number: 4980183
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for preparing a plurality of whole deviled eggs. The eggs are first oriented and stored collectively in a refrigerated area for a prolonged period of time in order to cause the egg yolk to float to a select side of each egg. The eggs are preferably oriented within a container turned upon its side to cause the sides of each egg to face upwardly. An egg carton is but one example. In this manner the egg yolks rise against the upward facing side. The oriented eggs are then steamed in a specialized platter to facilitate the hard cooking of the egg white in the preselected position. The egg yolk is then removed from the peeled egg through the thin portion of egg white exposed thereon. A whole deviled egg is then prepared by removing the egg yolk and stuffing the remaining whole egg with a preselect mix. The specialized platter is then used as a serving tray, wherein the bottom of each egg is flattened to prevent the egg from easily rolling over in the user's plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1990
    Inventor: Nancy C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4974385
    Abstract: An interconnection system incorporating a sliding locking member facilitating secured interengagement between a purlin and rafter. The sliding locking member is constructed for slip fit engagement within an extruded section of the purlin and for flanged interlocking with a rafter disposed orthogonally thereto. The purlin further includes an overhanging lip for engaging a web region or vent leg or vent wall of a gutter of the rafter and preventing lateral movement in a first direction. The sliding member prevents movement between the purlin and rafter in second and third orthogonal directions to thereby provide a triaxial securement system that is effected by a single sliding member that is easily moved or slid into position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Naturalite/EPI, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald G. McFadden, Raymond M. Schoderbek
  • Patent number: 4973341
    Abstract: A cyclonic separator for particles suspended in the flow of an air stream. The separator comprises first and second spiral baffles adapted for mating engagement one within the other for imparting cyclonic flow to the air stream for collecting the particles from cyclonic motion thereof. The baffles are oriented with the first baffle rotated relative to the second baffle to therein form a flow path therebetween. The flow path between the baffles has in it a reversing, oppositely directed concentric spiral passage which carries the particles in a first spiral direction and then in a second opposite spiral direction. Each inner terminal end of the first baffle, or each outer terminal end of the second baffle, or both, may include an arcuate region of sharply increasing curvature adapted for collecting strayed paint particles and solvent droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Inventor: Ben M. Richerson
  • Patent number: 4970630
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a removably-mountable integral lighting system having an elongate battery housing which includes a first lighting assembly mounted to its forward end, and a second lighting assembly mounted to its rear end. Each end of the housing includes means for engaging a structural member. The length of the housing can be axially adjusted to allow removable mounting of the system between the structural members of a vehicle and to accommodate mounting spaces of different sizes. The elongate housing includes at least two sections which are axially movable with respect to one another and are spring biased to allow compression of the spring when one end of the housing is moved toward the other for producing a force of securement when the housing is positioned in a space between two structural members which space is smaller than the overall length of the housing in an uncompressed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Gruhn USA, Inc.
    Inventor: George Mudrovich
  • Patent number: D314289
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Custom Metal Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Joe Schaelling, Ken Webb, Roger Krueger