Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Kit M. Stetina
  • Patent number: 8074416
    Abstract: A joining arrangement is provided for use in the construction of stud frame which includes a releasable attachment/detachment feature. The first member (plate) includes in at least one side wall a formation which, when members are joined, engages a corresponding formation in at least one wall of the second member (stud). The formation, such as a V-shaped protrusion, is/are disposed at an angle to the longitudinal axis of the member and the formation on the second member is disposed generally parallel to its longitudinal axis such that upon engagement of the first and second members, the respective formations in the first and second members engage such that they are in alignment, thereby, securing the first member to the second. Additionally, a plurality of protrusions, which provide a gripping feature, may be formed on the upper surface of web for inhibiting the stud from sliding, slipping, moving and/or migrating within the plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: William John Andrews
  • Patent number: 8061099
    Abstract: A wall structure has a telescoping portion and a stationary portion. An overlapping section of the telescoping portion has a recess to allow dry wall to be fastened to the stationary portion at the overlapping section without being attached to the telescoping portion. The fastener pierces through the drywall and a sidewall of the stationary portion. However, a tip of the fastener does not engage a sidewall of the telescoping portion. Rather, the tip of the fastener stops within the recess of the telescoping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: William John Andrews
  • Patent number: 6230663
    Abstract: A quick release leash assembly for releasable attachment to an animal collar. The leash assembly comprises an elongate, flexible strap having opposed first and second ends. Attached to the second end of the strap is a latch mechanism which is releasably engagable to the animal collar. The latch mechanism has a latch member which is moveable between a locked position whereat the latch mechanism is maintainable in attachment to the animal collar, and a release position whereat the animal collar is detachable from the latch mechanism. Mechanically coupled to the latch mechanism is a release mechanism of the leash assembly which is operative to selectively move the latch member from the locked position to the release position subsequent to the application of a tensile force thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventors: Steve L. Welch, Timothy L. Welch
  • Patent number: 6220328
    Abstract: A lamination machine for adhesively heat laminating adjacent surfaces of two or more layers of material to each other. The machine includes upper and lower opposing conveyor belts disposed one above the other to form a lamination passage therebetween and through which layers of material travel during lamination. At least one pressure roller is tensioned against the layers to be laminated. A heating module is disposed between the entrance and pressure roller, while a cooling module is disposed between the pressure roller and an exit. The heating module provides a plurality of rigidly maintained single-structure extruded heater components for melting an adhesion constituent disposed between the layers of material in preparation for lamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Textile Systems & Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Nasser Pourmand, John James Boyer
  • Patent number: 6209502
    Abstract: An intake manifold for a four-cycle internal combustion engine with multiple stages to reduce imbalances in volumetric efficiency and air/fuel ratio. The intake manifold utilizes at least two ram stages coupled by a plenum chamber. The first stage includes a ram tube that carries the air/fuel mixture from the carburetor, or throttle body to the plenum chamber. The second stage includes at least two ram tubes that carry the air/fuel mixture from the plenum to a plurality of intake valves through cylinder head intake ports. The plenum chamber acts as a buffer between each intake valve and the carburetor or throttle body. The air/fuel mixture enters the first stage ram tube and passes into the plenum chamber. These gases then pass into either one of the second stage ram tubes, depending on which cylinder is at its intake stroke. By drawing the air/fuel mixture from the plenum instead of directly from the first stage ram tube, differences in the air/fuel ratio and volumetric efficiency are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: Gregory G. Davis, Kenneth Thurm
  • Patent number: 6210359
    Abstract: A single use needless syringe for administering a fluid medication. The syringe comprises a hollow, tubular body which includes a gas storage portion defining a storage chamber containing a quantity of pressurized gas. The body also includes an ejector portion defining a piston chamber which is selectively placeable into fluid communication with the storage chamber and has a piston movably disposed therein. In addition to the gas storage and ejector portions, the body has a barrel portion defining a delivery chamber for receiving a prescribed dosage of the fluid medication, with the delivery chamber being oriented relative to the piston chamber such that the piston is advanceable into the delivery chamber. A discharge orifice of the body fluidly communicates with the delivery chamber and allows the fluid medication to be filled thereinto and expelled therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Jet Medica, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dahyabhai R. Patel, John Michael Kay
  • Patent number: 6210070
    Abstract: A concrete dowel placement apparatus for use with continuous pour concrete slabs comprising at least one slip tube, a concrete support dowel insertable into a respective slip tube and a wire mesh supporting structure. The slip tube comprises an elongate tubular sheath with a closed end, and an open end for slidable insertion of the concrete support dowel. Additionally, attached to an exterior surface of the sheath is a clip which is engagable to the wire mesh support structure. Therefore, the slip tube is attachable to the wire mesh structure such that the dowel is positionable within a continuous pour concrete slab at a prescribed location. The slip tube provides lateral movement of the dowel within the slab to thereby prevent fracturing of the slab in areas near sawcuts. The support structure may be formed from different configurations to facilitate positioning of the slip tubes and respective concrete support dowels supported therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: Ron D. Shaw, Lee A. Shaw
  • Patent number: 6202515
    Abstract: A wrench with a quick release handle for providing torque to a fastener. The wrench comprises a wrench head having a retention opening for engaging the fastener and at least two engagement portions for attachment of a releasable handle thereat. The retention opening includes and open end for allowing the wrench head to be laterally extensible over the fastener. The engagement portion of the wrench head includes a head channel that can receive a corresponding handle lip disposed on the handle in order facilitate engagement between the wrench head and the handle. Additionally, the handle further includes a locking mechanism for maintaining releasable attachment between the wrench head and the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Sandra L. Denton
  • Patent number: 6196229
    Abstract: A patient mobilizer for enabling a care giver to move a generally disabled patient. The mobilizer includes a flexible sheet for placement against the back of a patient lying face up on a supported surface, and preferably is sized to extend from an upper neck location to a lower buttock location on a patient to present a perimeter edge which is shaped to match the lateral outline of a human torso. A plurality of hand engageable handles are disposed around the perimeter of the sheet for moving, rolling, and repositioning the patient as the patient is lying down upon and secured to the sheet. Patient securement to the sheet is accomplished through a pair of releasable and length adjustable shoulder straps attached to the sheet and engageable with the respective shoulders of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Arlene Piazza
  • Patent number: 6173695
    Abstract: A cylinder head for a four-cycle internal combustion engine with improved intake port and combustion chamber configuration. The physical shape of the intake port and combustion chamber directs the flow of the incoming air/fuel mixture in a swirl path, which is directed toward the spark plug. In particular, the intake port has a fin at its terminal opening into the combustion chamber. The fin creates a swirling motion in the incoming gasses and also directs the flow of the gasses toward the spark plug. As a result, a greater percentage of the intake charge is in close proximity to the center of the combustion chamber and the spark plug, and hence combustion occurs faster and more completely. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the portion of the cylinder head that forms the upper surface of the combustion chamber, includes a shear ledge that further acts to direct the flow of the incoming gasses toward the sparkplug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventors: Gregory G. Davis, Kenneth R. Thurm
  • Patent number: 6056307
    Abstract: A bicycle braking system comprising a bicycle frame having a rear wheel suspension mechanism connected thereto. Rotatably connected to the rear wheel suspension mechanism is the rear wheel axle of the bicycle rear wheel which includes a braking surface. Connected to the rear wheel suspension mechanism is a braking assembly which is selectively engageable to the braking surface of the rear wheel. The braking assembly is configured such that the engagement thereof to the braking surface facilitates the transfer of braking force to and the actuation of the rear wheel suspension mechanism in a manner countering the unweighting thereof normally resulting from the braking of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventors: James S. Busby, Michael Webb
  • Patent number: 5288287
    Abstract: A brace for supporting a knee joint is disclosed which is specifically adapted for use in athletic, i.e. sports, applications. The brace is formed by a pair of frame members disposed on opposite sides of the knee joint which are pivotally connected adjacent one end by way of ratio-swing hinge members. Attached to the inner surface of the lower frame member is a tibia pad which is used to provide a firm interface between the lower frame member and the portion of the knee joint adjacent the crest of the tibia. Means are additionally provided to adjust the position of the tibia pad relative to the knee joint. The brace further includes a patella cap which is positionable over the knee cap of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Innovation Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: James D. Castillo, Edward L. Castillo
  • Patent number: 5275429
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved control arm assembly for use in the front and/or rear suspension of a vehicle. The control arm assembly is constructed in a manner wherein the bushings incorporated therein may be easily removed and replaced. Such ease of replacement is facilitated by the polyurethane construction of the bushings. When inserted into the suspension, the control arm comprising the control arm assembly is prevented from moving laterally into metal-to-metal contact with a respective frame hanger bracket by the structure of the bushings inserted thereinto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: Donald Bunker
  • Patent number: 4570481
    Abstract: This invention provides a bundle carrier for deep drill stem testing in oil well drilling. The bundle carrier has an eccentric passage for permitting instruments and other apparatus to be passed therethrough during drilling and logging operations. A plurality of slots are formed in the thicker wall portion of the bundle carrier for receiving instrument bundles therein for making measurments of well borehole parameters. A locking device for securing measuring instruments in the slots and parts for communicating fluid to the measuring instrument are provided by this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: V.E. Kuster Company
    Inventor: Lauchlin A. McLaurin
  • Patent number: D438461
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Kai R&D Center Co.
    Inventor: Masami Yamagishi
  • Patent number: D438636
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Marshall J. Stuart
  • Patent number: D439973
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Neotech Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Pradip V. Choksi
  • Patent number: D441651
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Inventor: Richard Parnell Nygren
  • Patent number: D270144
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1983
    Inventor: Marilyn M. Bruce
  • Patent number: D270145
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1983
    Inventor: Marilyn M. Bruce