Patents Represented by Law Firm Keaty & Garvey
  • Patent number: 4315535
    Abstract: A flood protection apparatus for vehicles which comprises the unitary flexible container, having at least a bottom, and a continuous side wall integrally and sealably connected thereto and extended upward during operation, an upper orifice in the container for receiving a vehicle within, a length of cord housed within a continuous channel on the uppermost end of the side wall for constricting the orifice of the container after the vehicle has been placed within, at least one marking place on the bottom of the container running its length, and up at least one side of the container for indicating placement of the tires of the vehicle within the container. The walls of the container are collapsible, and the container material would be a multi-layer flexible material, with the outer most and inner most layers being plastic based, and the middle layer being a canvas type material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1982
    Inventor: Daniel S. Battle
  • Patent number: 4303135
    Abstract: A variable angle directional drilling "sub" provides a shifting end portion which allows the sub to be rotated from a first, in-line, axially straight orientation with the drill string to a selected second, angled or "bent" position, which second position is normally assoicated with conventional bent "subs" which are permanently structured in the bent position. The tool provides a multiple choice of varying angles to the sub in its bent position to satisfy differing directional drilling situations. A first embodiment (FIGS. 1-7) is manually set and varied at the surface by positioning two angularly marked sections temporarily rotatable with respect to each other until the desired angle set is matched up, while a second embodiment (FIGS. 8-9) is motor driven to allow varying the angle direction while "down in the hole".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1981
    Inventor: Lloyd F. Benoit
  • Patent number: 4299176
    Abstract: The invention relates to safe or vault protection system which deters attempt forced entry into the safe or vault by releasing a repulsive chemical agent particularly when peeling the safe door at its edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1981
    Assignee: Badger Safe Protectors
    Inventor: Mary J. Loehle
  • Patent number: 4279842
    Abstract: The apparatus of the present invention would relate to an air diffuser assembly which would comprise an aerator body having a plurality of side walls connected to form an enclosure and at least a pair of intersecting angularly oriented side walls forming an air container envelope for retaining an air volume therewithin. It would also have an air inlet adapted to convey air into said air body at the air container envelope, and a plurality of tear-shaped openings being provided in the body below the air container envelope allowing air to discharge air from the body through the tear-shaped openings, with each of the tear-shaped openings providing an upper pointed portion which would minimize the bubble size of air discharged through the openings. The apparatus would also comprise a baffle plate mounted within the enclosure at the air inlet, the baffle plate preventing the short circuit travel of air received by said enclosure to the tear-shaped openings placed on the body adjacent the air inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: Houston Systems Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Belveal
  • Patent number: 4278081
    Abstract: A self inflating and self deflating tracheal tube is comprised generally of an elongated air conveying tube having a cuff at the distal end portion thereof, the cuff forming a fluid tight seal with the tracheal wall during inhalation of the patient. Enlarged openings in the tube wall adjacent and into the tracheal cuff form a path of lesser resistance for air flowing through the tube from its proximal to its distal end. During exhalation of the patient, air within the cuff is quickly and firstly discharged into the tube before or substantially simultaneous with the exit of air from the lungs and trachea of the patient. A flange for attachment of the tube to the neck portion of a patient is provided which flanged portion is adjustable with respect to the tube allowing the surgeon to properly fit and compensate for changes in the size of the individual patient's anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1981
    Inventor: James W. Jones
  • Patent number: 4274216
    Abstract: A wine list display container provides a horizontal barrel having a horizontal division cut therethrough providing bisymmetrical upper lid and lower base portions, each having coinciding mating face portions. At least one hinge is provided for connecting the upper and lower base portions together in a hinged fashion, the lid being movable on the hinges between closed and open positions. A pair of spaced feet are attached to the base for securely supporting the horizontal barrel on a flat surface, such as a table. An inner rack mounted within the barrel and on the barrel base supports a plurality of substantially equally sized information cards which can contain for example individual information on differing wines. A plurality of equally sized information cards are provided which removably and temporarily can be attached to the rack within the barrel with the cards and the rack being contained within the barrel when the lid assumes a closed position with the face portions mating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Inventor: Ron V. Boyd
  • Patent number: 4273149
    Abstract: A blind pressure pilot apparatus provides a supportive base having a pressure responsive bourdon tube mounted on the base for sensing pressure within a connected test vessel. A pair of indicating arms are movably mounted on the bourdon tube upon a shaft mount which is attached to the bourdon tube and generates a rotation of the shaft responsive to pressure changes in the bourdon tube and the test vessel. Changes in pressure produce pivotal movement of each indicating arm which arms can be spaced to cover a desired span. A gap sensor is mounted upon the supportive base and provides a gap having a continuous stream of instrumentation gas flowing across the gap. During pivotal movement, each of the indicating arms generates an arcuate path, a portion of which intersects the gap and flowing stream of instrumentation gas. During such interruption, the flow of instrumentation gas is halted, which can produce desirable signals for operating valves, and performing like pneumatic instrumentation tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Inventor: David R. Gordon
  • Patent number: 4259182
    Abstract: A waste treatment apparatus provides a cylindrical vessel adapted to receive a waste water flow therethrough to be treated. The vessel provides an aeration chamber at the outer peripheral portion thereof, with a desirable generally helical flow being generated by aeration bubbles striking angularly deposed baffle plates. A clarifier is provided at the central portion of the cylindrical vessel for clarifying a liquid which enters the clarifier from the aeration chamber. The clarifier comprises a first settling chamber and a second decant chamber through which clear water is collected and transmitted to a chlorination chamber for subsequent discharge. The angularly deposed baffle plates are mounted in the upper portion of the aeration chamber and aid in spinning waste water in a circular or curved path. Likewise, a pair of aeration diffusers mounted in the lower portion of the aeration chamber near the center of the cylindrical vessel move waste water to be treated upwardly and outwardly in a circular path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1981
    Assignee: Houston Systems Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Robert E. Belveal
  • Patent number: 4249693
    Abstract: A dispensing cup-box closure apparatus provides a pair of rectangular planar members joining at a common edge, each of the members having uniform widths corresponding to the width of the common edge. The planar members form an angle with respect to each other of substantially A pair of correspondingly sized side webb members are provided, each having at least three edges and each side webb member being integrally connected respectively along at least two of the edges to the pair of planar members. The integral connection of the correspondingly sized side webb members and the planar rectangular members provide a container having an inner container space and an opening for receiving a dispensed product into the inner container space. The integral container provides a diagonally cut cube which conveniently covers and seals the dispensing flap opening of conventional rectangular cardboard boxes in addition to the container function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1981
    Inventor: Michael Diaz
  • Patent number: 4248224
    Abstract: A venous cannula apparatus is comprised of a fluid conveying tube, the tube providing an upper tube portion which communicates with a pair of lower connected tube branch members. Each of the lower tube branches is normally in an angular position with respect to the upper tube, thus allowing the tube branches to coincide with the atrium, superior vena cava and inferior vena cava during an operation requiring a cardio pulmonary bypass. In the preferred embodiment, two flexible lower branch members are provided forming a "wye" or "tee" with the upper tube portion. The entire cannula structure is manufactured of a material having a "memory" so that after a flexure of the branch members, they return to their operative or normal "tee" or "wye" position. A substantially stiffened sleeve member is cooperatively associated with and connectable to the fluid conveying tube, the sleeve being slideable about the tube and being capable of urging the lower tube branches into an aligned position with the upper tube portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1981
    Inventor: James W. Jones
  • Patent number: 4237558
    Abstract: A removable cooling band structure attaches directly to a hatband portion of a desired hat to be cooled. The cooling band structure has a liquid retaining pad for abutting at least a portion of the forehead of the wearer. Associated with the band structure and pad is a fluid supply vessel which is cooperatively connected to the cooling band structure and transmits fluid such as water to the band structure through a wick by capillary action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1980
    Inventors: Joseph R. Mackenroth, III, Hugo B. Bode
  • Patent number: 4232736
    Abstract: A portable system for early detection of leaks from suspect piping fittings, for example, as used on the "Christmas tree" portion of a gas well provides an encapsulating bladder which sealably encapsulates the suspect fitting and collects leaks from the fitting. The apparatus provides, in the preferred embodiment, a bladder which can encase any suspect portion of the Christmas tree (or like piping system), such as for example, the choke jacket or other like fittings where maximum turbulence occurs as when gas or oil mixed with sand flows through the fitting. In the preferred embodiment, the collection of a leak within the bladder causes a regulator to operate a control valve and halt the flow of gas, oil, or like flowing material through the piping system of which the suspect fitting is a part. The system can be applied to any other similar existing and operating piping arrangement where the detection of leaks from suspect fittings is desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1980
    Inventor: Kibbie P. Pillette
  • Patent number: 4231279
    Abstract: An adaptive washer assembly comprises a washer body which provides an inner flat surface which is abuttable against a base structure such as a timber bridge member to which a conventional bolt and the attached washer body will be attached in for example, timber construction. The washer body is provided with an outer curved surface, the outer surface and the inner face intersecting to form a periheral edge portion to said washer body. In the preferred embodiment, the washer body is thicker at the center portion thereof, and a substantially cylindrical bore is provided through the washer body at the thickened central portion thereof. The central bore can be provided with a diameter substantially equal to or larger than the diameter of the shaft portion of the bolt to be attached through the washer bore to the base structure which could be, for example, a wooden timber member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1980
    Inventor: Joseph E. Theriot
  • Patent number: 4210213
    Abstract: A Kelly Bushing Guard is comprised of an outer protective guarding shell which coverably mounts on the kelly bushing portion of a drilling apparatus. The outer shell is comprised of an upper smaller shell section which is mountable on the kelly bushing itself, there being provided an upper opening through the upper shell portion allowing the passage of the kelly therethrough. A lower shell section is integrally attached to the upper shell section, the lower shell section coverably registering with and guarding the rotary table portion of a well drilling apparatus. An improved cushioned mounting is provided which can be in the form of a plurality of pliable rubberized rings. The larger lower shell section provides a free space under the upper shell section which free space allows the kelly bushing to freely rotate therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1980
    Inventor: Huey P. Louviere
  • Patent number: 4202349
    Abstract: A radiopaque blood vessel marker is provided for attachment to the side wall portions of a blood vessel during, for example, a coronary by-pass operation. The markers in the preferred embodiment are flattened, oval-shaped radiopaque discs which are attached to the outer peripheral wall portion of the blood vessel at one hundred eighty degrees ( with respect to one another (See FIG. 3). Each radiopaque marker can be comprised of a central imbedded element of radiopaque material such as tantilum which is surrounded by a suitable plastic or like resinous material which is inert and acceptable for use within the human body. During a coronary by-pass, for example, these markers could be attached by suturing or like means to the vein graft which is itself sutured into its new position during the by-pass operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Inventor: James W. Jones
  • Patent number: 4201241
    Abstract: A check valve apparatus provides an overall valve body which can be placed in any typical flow line, a removable seat being provided at the inner portion of the valve body, the seat having a center orifice through which fluids can flow. The seat can be attached using a plurality of temporary tensile connectors, and the seat having a recess which receives a valving member therein. The valving member pivots in the seat and is weighted to a degree which aids in closure under static flow conditions. A closure spring can be added to further insure closure of the valve when desirable. In the preferred embodiment, the valving member pivots in the valve seat a distance less than ninety degrees, thus insuring valve closure during back flow conditions, the valving member projecting at least some degree into the line of flow of the fluid stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1980
    Inventor: William E. Schertler
  • Patent number: 4165815
    Abstract: A multi-compartment cosmetic container is comprised of an upper and lower case, there being provided an inner container to one case into which a desired cosmetic product can be placed. The container can be used to hold a variety of cosmetic products, preferably those which are applied by means of the finger tips. The other case portion provides a sponge like surface for retaining a suitable cosmetic remover. The individual can drag her finger across the surface and remove any excess make-up or like cosmetic which may have accumulated during application. The first and second case can be attachable together in a suitable fashion which separates the two products, but nevertheless retains them in an individual overall container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Inventor: Kathryn A. Vetter
  • Patent number: 4162625
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming dental matrices and copings is disclosed. The apparatus provides a first and a second compression member, each of which is provided with a pliable surface thereon. One of the compression members has a point for the attachment of a conventionally formed tooth die thereto, upon which a sheet of conventional coping material can be placed. The compression members are attachable to a jacking apparatus which imparts relative motion to the two compression members urging them together and compressing the tooth die therebetween the sheet of coping material conforming to the shape of the tooth die itself. In the method of the present invention, the first and second compression members are placed a distance apart, and the tooth die attached to one of the compression members at its pliable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1979
    Inventor: David E. Simmons
  • Patent number: 4152838
    Abstract: A straight edge level is provided which is comprised of a level body having a plurality of conventional leveling bubbles thereon, and a sliding scale member which is extendable from but substantially planar the level body itself. In the preferred embodiment, a scale is provided on the surface of the level body, and a second scale provided on the surface of the slide member. In operation, an extension of the slide member will produce a scale reading at the end portion of the level body from which the slide member extends. The scale provided on the level body begins its numerical climb from that same location on the level body. Thus, in operation, the user can add the numbers appearing on the two scales and get a desired overall measurement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Inventor: Joseph G. Cook
  • Patent number: 4130902
    Abstract: An improved cooling hatband is comprised of a structural support band which is affixable to the desired headpiece. An absorbent flexible liquid retaining band is attachable to the support band with a net fastener. The absorbent band is provided with a matrix of indented slots through which air can pass to optimize evaporation. The structural band is provided with a corresponding intermeshing matrix of openings which register with the intermeshing openings of the absorbent band when the absorbent band is connected to the structural band by means of the net fastener, allowing air to freely circulate through the assembled hatband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1978
    Inventors: Joseph R. Mackenroth, III, Hugo B. Bode