Patents Represented by Attorney Joseph Patrick Burke
  • Patent number: 5623880
    Abstract: A positive action, self-leveling rear-tilting, centrally threadably, finger adjustable, stably positioned bathroom shelf, universally adjustable to fit most toilet tissue mounting rolls, which is mounted to straddle the mounting roll for a roll of toilet tissue. Arcuately-shaped lower surface portions of left and right vertical shelf mounting members are made to straddle outer portions of respective left and right side portions of the tissue mounting roll by finger adjustment(s) of the centrally positioned adjusting knob, e.g., using the thumb and index fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: Charles H. Kuntz
  • Patent number: 5251352
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a seven-way combination tool allowing for separate use of each of seven different functional portions of the tool and having a central blade, with upper and lower surfaces one of which has a concave surface and its blade tip is beveled at the end opposite the handle. The tool handle has upper and lower portions, both of which are independently rotatable 360.degree. and each of which has a polygonal opening to accommodate polygonal shafted screwdrivers of different head types. At the tip of the central blade are located tip angle edge portions of different areas. One of which is located adjacent to the concave surface of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventor: Jesse L. Cullison
  • Patent number: 5242347
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an easily disassembled sit down exercise device to enable the user to concentrate on exercising primarily the muscles of the face and neck particularly enabling the selective use of low weight poundage thus permitting physically able persons to improve their facial and neck muscle tone. This sit down device has a front bench having hand grips and rear legs having foot plates on each side; front adjustable supports housing a single front pulley; an intermediate support and guide member containing a carriage, multiroller assembly and a lower intermediate pulley to which a desired selected poundage of weights can be attached; a common base for the bench rear legs, front and intermediate supports; a cable permitting movement of the selected weight(s) during exercise, passing over the upper intermediate pulley and under the front pulley and connected at one end to a harness which is connected to a headband worn by the exerciser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventor: Larry N. Keeton
  • Patent number: 5106004
    Abstract: A combination watch/waist belt capable of use with interchangeable faceplates, each containing a housing and watch, and having a watch releasable and removable from its housing (case) yet attached thereto wherein the watch housing is readily detachable from an adjacent pair of buckle members attached to front portions of the waist belt in a quickly releasable manner. The wearer removes the watch from its housing by depressing a retainer to observe the time when desired. The watch is connected to its housing by a retainer cord or chain, which is inserted into a rear space in the watch housing upon placement of the watch back into its housing. The watch is retained, viz., held in position, by a clip in the upper central portion of its housing and a locator member in a recess in the bottom central portion of the housing. The watch is mounted on the central portion of the belt at the front of the wearer's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Inventor: Tuan D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5102023
    Abstract: A combination watch/waist belt capable of use with interchangeable faceplates and watches having an upside down, flip-up watch face spring hinged in its watch housing for the wearer's release to a time determining position at the wearer's will wherein the watch face can be read right side up by merely a downward glance by the wearer while the watch face is hingedly retained in a position normal to viz., approximatley 90.degree. to, that of its housing. The watch is mounted on the central portion of the belt at the front of the wearer's waist. A quick release device located adjacent the watch housing, permits easy disengagement of a given faceplate and replacement with another thus offering the fashion conscious wearer a variety of belt/watch ensembles for fashion coordination. The present watch/waist belt can be worn by both sexes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Tuan D. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5048276
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a mower blade-weed cutting flail assembly wherein the mower blade and the flail cutting line (cord) always rotate in opposite directions with the cutting line always rotating faster than the mower blade so that the two never meet, viz., the mower blade cannot cut the line and the line cannot damage the blade. Attached to the upper interior portion of the mower deck adjacent one end portion thereof is the upper flange portion of the return spring and support whose bottom end supports the bottom portion of the main flail housing at a position near the flail main housing stub shaft extension arm. This secondary return spring and support supports the flail main housing (for the cord trimming unit), keeps the driven disc of the line cutter away from the mower disc drive unless and until the operating handle is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventor: Gary D. Miller
  • Patent number: 5038799
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a gentle, yet effective versatile restraint system for persons, e.g., patients, which permits exercise without impairment of circulation and can be readily fitted to beds, cribs, etc. to effectively restrain bed patients, children, senile and/or incontinent persons to prevent them from harming themselves and/or engaging in unhealthy practices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventors: Neil E. Fowler, Shirley M. Fowler
  • Patent number: 5039159
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a sun shade/shield substantially rectangular panel with upper and lower surfaces and having a first hinge extending along the entire length thereof, along a non-central axis dividing the panel width into two non-equal portions; a second hinge extending along a portion only of the entire width thereof along an axis substantially perpendicular to that of the first hinge with the remainder of the panel width being split (separated) along a line constituting an extension of the first hinge axis, the first and second hinges dividing the panel length equally into hinged and split portions of greater and lesser areas, respectively; plurality of first a cross bars each having at least one finger having an openly facing portion for attachment to a portion of a vehicle roof luggage rack, the first cross bars with finger(s) positioned on each of the panel portions of greater and lesser area; and an additional cross bar having at least one finger having an openly facing portion on th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventor: Clifford M. Bonner
  • Patent number: 4992050
    Abstract: The consumer color reference kit of this invention is based on the four basic known process printing colors, viz., magenta (red), yellow, cyan (blue) and black, and contains nine major sheets each of which is dividable readily by the user into four minor cards. Each mirror card contains eight separate, different, distinct readily visually discernable color specimens. One of the major sheets, the primary major sheet, contains four shades (tints) of each of eight major colors or color groups, viz., red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown and gray.The remaining eight major color sheets are referred to as secondary and each secondary major sheet contains thirty-two different, distinct readily discernable shades (tints) of the same eight previously mentioned major colors/color groups.On one side of each of the nine major sheets, the color speciments are glossy (smooth).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: Diane M. Edwards
  • Patent number: 4978130
    Abstract: A dart flight rotation shaft and dart flight rotation shaft assembly. The dart flight rotation shaft is preferably, but not necessarily, integral and comprised of a cylindrical forward portion preferably, but not necessarily, uniform of substantially uniform diameter, and a flight mating portion having an outer diameter having one or more portion(s) of larger extension and/or smaller recess diameter than its remaining portion(s) to enable it to mate at such portion(s) in a slip-fit with one or more respectively smaller and/or larger inner diameter cavity portion(s) of a dart flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Inventor: Charles W. Farler
  • Patent number: 4973946
    Abstract: An enviromentally sound, non-contaminating underground liquid large storage tank leak containment, detection and alarm system containing: an impervious, steel reinforced, parallelpiped, non-fibrous concrete tank-containment vault. The vault has a fill pipe, a dispenser pipe, a vent pipe, and a vertical leak detection and pumpout pipe. Readily removable leak detection means are located near the vault floor within the leak detection and pumpout pipe. An electrical alarm is triggered by the leak detection means. The term "parallelpiped" describes the three dimensional vault configuration where the rectangular end walls and side walls, and the lid and floor portions are substantially parallel and each of the interior angles is approximately ninety degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 27, 1990
    Inventor: Roger H. Cowden, II
  • Patent number: 4958838
    Abstract: A snap-on dart flight that is readily attachable to a flight rotation shaft by the simple procedure of inserting the shaft mating portion into an internal axial cavity located within the flight. The axial flight cavity is comprised of a flight mating portion having one or more extension(s) and/or recess(es) which can be of any desired cross-sectional shape. e.g., rounded, v-shaped, cylindrical, etc., and is located along the flight central axis. The flight of this invention is comprised of a centrally located bushing tube having a plurality of vanes, usually four, equally spaced around said bushing tube. The vanes can be integral with the flight bushing tube or mounted on the outside surface thereof, e.g., using an adhesive. In accordance with a preferred embodiment of this invention, the flight is molded or otherwise formed in one piece to have the axial cavity described. Alternatively, a flight axial bore tube can be inserted within the flight bushing tube to define said cavity forward portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 25, 1990
    Inventor: Charles W. Farler
  • Patent number: 4939864
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to a visual fishing aid comprised of a substantially rectangularly shaped plastic plate having a plurality of openings or holes to retain spring rings (necklace claspers) inserted therein to allow the plate to slide along fishing line which is threaded through the openings in the spring rings, a plurality of anti-sail (anti-sway) openings to allow wind to pass through this plate so that the plate does not whip around and cause the fishing line to become snagged or twisted around the pole and a ballast glued or otherwise attached to the lower longitudinal (long) portion of said plate to make the plate more stable and to assist it in holding its position on the fishing line during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: Thomas J. Bowles
  • Patent number: 4842285
    Abstract: An anti-bounce-out dart having a combination of features which reduce significantly the instances of a dart failing to stick in the dart board, particularly due to striking a wire on the dart board. This combination of features for the anti-bounce-out dart of this invention provides it with a unique dual action of rotating the needle off the dart wire and forcing it into the dart board holding surface. This dual action is attributable to a dart board striking needle having an off-center point portion located in the forward portion of the needle; a grooved portion of the needle located in the rearward portion thereof; a dog point screw, pin, bolt, or equivalent member, whose lower portion seats in said needle grooved portion and a cavity in the forward portion of the dart body which receives the rearward portion of the needle and permits it to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: Charles W. Farler
  • Patent number: 4828280
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a one-wheel manually powered, two-blade ice bike vehicle capable of both pedal powered and gliding movement over ice wherein selection of the mode of movement is conveniently and safely located at the rider's fingertips in the vicinity of the handlebars with a studded drive wheel tire being raised and lowered readily at the driver's fingertip selection and control by a forked axle mount raising and lowering assembly with spring/cable/handle control assembly. The ice bike moves over the ice via front and rear smoothly contoured, concave bottom blade surfaces with the single studded tire drive wheel being lowered for forward movement. The forward movement is by a centrally located pedal driven sprocket-chain arrangement. The coaster/brake arrangement enables the driver to selectively disengage the studded wheel from the ice and coast the ice bike while the bike is travelling at fairly high speeds, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Inventor: James L. Kies
  • Patent number: 4821903
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a tubular metal cart combining ease of manufacture, economy of space and money and utility, particularly for accommodating a plurality of bins designated to contain different types of recyclable trash which are filled in one location and then transported to another location where the trash is picked up for disposal. The trash bin cart has an upper handle portion swept backwardly, a central vertical portion and a floor portion for bearing most of the weight of the individual trash bins. Attached to the upper part of the vertical central portion is a common lid which accommodates the plurality of bins at the collection site. The bin is braced at the rear vertical central portion and side bracing is also provided to connect the lower part of the vertical central portion with the horizontal part of the floor portion. Vertical foot portions, each of which can be provided with a rubber or plastic toe, extend from the horizontal floor portions of the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Inventor: James K. Hayes
  • Patent number: 4688271
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an improved waist band stay for women's garments comprised of a substantially rectangular, thin, one-piece, laterally free-riding, readily insertable and removable, strip of polypropylene plastic having substantially rounded corners at its leading end with a hanger opening centrally located in the vicinity of said leading end and indicia (markings) located thereon along the length thereof, e.g., calibrated in centimeters and/or inches (and portions thereof) to indicate length and make it simple for the user to cut the stay to the length appropriate for, viz., slightly less than e.g., from about 0.125 inch to about 1.0 inch less than, the wearer's waist measurement. The premeasured and marked strips usually range in width from about 1/2 to 13/4 inches and in lengths from about 30 to about 48 inches with a substantially uniform thickness of about 0.02" to about 0.04" plus or minus 10%.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Inventor: Catherine L. Capelle
  • Patent number: 4625970
    Abstract: A political game is disclosed having a square or rectangular game board containing a plurality of spaces which are unfavorable, favorable or neutral; a set of three different playing pieces of the same color for each player; a set of drawing cards of one color which either assist or hinder the players' pursuit of higher political office ranging from candidate through governor and senator and culminating in the presidency; a set of hindering drawing cards of a contrasting color; a set of debate cards challenging the players' knowledge of American political history; paper play money; a pair of dice; a plurality of vote tokens, worth different numbers of votes and a set of rules and regulations governing play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Inventors: Charles F. Childs, Linda M. O. Childs
  • Patent number: 4536924
    Abstract: A one piece clamping device which includes a proximal flexible hinge portion, distal portions having non-penetrating substantially flat gripping surfaces, and male and female medial portions. The male medial portion has a male locking member, one surface of which is toothed and the other surface of which is non-toothed. The female medial portion has a female locking cavity and a locking ledge extending therein. The toothed surface of the male locking member thereby meshes with the locking ledges of the female cavity. The male medial portion also includes a male guide, and the female medial portion also include a female guide channel for receiving the guide and a spur to guide the non-toothed surface of the male locking member into position in the female cavity and to retain it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Inventor: Patrick Willoughby
  • Patent number: 4486254
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a heat-activated patch or repair composition for metal object or surface capable of maintaining its shape at the temperatures to which it is heated to activate and set the composition and ranging from about 250.degree. to about 500.degree. F. comprising a preponderant concentration of a fibrous adhesive containing silicate, soda and asbestos fibrous cement, and lesser concentrations of iron ore and an alumina-containing air set mortar having Pier test of about 600 to about 800 p.s.i. and comprised of alumina, clay and grog (ground-up fired clay). The aforementioned heat-activated patch or repair composition is utilized in a system for repairing such metal object or surface by intimately associating said composition with asbestos cloth, preferably woven asbestos cloth, by applying said composition to one surface of said asbestos cloth and then wrapping the adhesive composition surface of the woven asbestos cloth around the exterior of the metal object or surface to be repaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1984
    Inventor: Oliver Zinimon