Patents Represented by Attorney L. Lee Humphries
  • Patent number: 7178296
    Abstract: At a beams-to-column connection of two beams to a column, in which the joint connection comprises both a gravity load-carrying capability and a moment-resisting capability between each beam and column, there is added a beam-to-beam connection across the column, using two gusset plates, facing each other on opposite sides of the joint connection. The gusset plates which are not welded directly to the column in a moment-resisting connection, connect the two beams in a tension, shear and moment-resisting connection with respect to each other. Such beam-to-beam connection by the gusset plates provides the capability of withstanding severe torsional and lateral inelastic deformation due to direct blast pressure. When subjected to violent conditions and upon loss of column support or the loss of integrity of the beams-to-column joint connection, the two beams and gusset plates provide independent beam-to-beam structural continuity, causing the two beams to act as one long beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: David L. Houghton
  • Patent number: 6591573
    Abstract: This invention relates to columnar, “primary support” for a building or other heavy structure, in which a beam is connected to a column in a strong, moment-resisting connection comprised of two gusset plates welded to a flange or the face of the flange of the column and welded to the beam or attached to cover plates fixedly attached to the beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: David L. Houghton
  • Patent number: 6516583
    Abstract: This invention is a structural joint having a diagonal brace, beam and column fixedly attached with respect to each other by parallel gusset plates disposed in face-to-face relationship on opposite sides of the brace, beam and column and extending from the column along the sides of the beam and the brace. The other end of the diagonal brace may be attached to another structural joint of beam and column, or to another beam only, or to another column only, by fixedly attaching with respect each other, as the case may be, the parallel gusset plates disposed in face-to-face relationship on opposite sides of the brace, beam and column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: David L. Houghton
  • Patent number: 6301838
    Abstract: An off-the-floor water closet carrier is adapted to sit on flooring structure and has a waste conduit junction therein. The water closet carrier is rigidly constructed without primary reliance upon the waste conduit junction for such rigidity. The waste conduit junction is connected to receive waste from off-the-floor water closets and is also connected to pass such waste to a waste discharge conduit which is also connected to receive waste from one or more bath or shower or combination thereof. The waste discharge conduit is substantially entirely above the flooring structure upon which the water closet carrier is supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Gerald W. Hall
  • Patent number: 6138427
    Abstract: A moment resisting, beam-to-column connection, comprising two gusset plates attached to a column and extending along the sides of a beam and having connecting elements, for example, angle irons, which attach the gusset plates to the beam. The connecting elements are bolted, riveted or welded to the beam along its longitudinal direction and to the gusset plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: David L. Houghton
  • Patent number: 6092584
    Abstract: A vehicle sunshield which is foldable in an accordion-like manner and method of making a foldable sunshield comprising an impressionable material having a plurality of successive creases or channels on the same side of the material. Alternate creases are wider to allow folding the sunshield over the alternate creases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: L. Lee Humphries
  • Patent number: 5855525
    Abstract: A golf club has a high modulus of elasticity grip which is, preferably, an all-metal grip. The grip is connected to the shaft and the shaft is connected to the head without intervening material, such as by welding, brazing, force fit, pinning or similar method, or by intervening material having a modulus of elasticity 100,000 psi or greater. The golf club, or its parts, may be cast, forged, bonded, or otherwise manufactured and assembled. In the preferred embodiment, which is a putter, the grip and shaft both have high modulus of elasticity. In the putter, there is achieved a very stiff, but sensitive, low frequency "feel". Such metal or high modulus of elasticity grip is also used in irons, woods and playing utility clubs and provides an improved "feel" and sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Inventor: Terry S. Turner
  • Patent number: 5724773
    Abstract: A smaller building module is comprised of two parallel frames and a water closet carrier disposed between the frames and adapted to support an off-the-floor water closet on each side of the parallel frames upon each of which a wall may be constructed. Waste conduit means, hot and cold water conduits and electrical lines extending, between the parallel frames provide ready access for connection to plumbing and electrical fixtures. Additionally, gas conduits, dryer vent conduits or other utility conduits or lines may be provided. Such building module is advantageously included in a larger building module comprised of two toilets, and one or more bath, shower, lavatory or other plumbing fixtures. Either of such building modules may be conveniently constructed in a shop and then transported and set in place on a flooring structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: Gerald W. Hall
  • Patent number: 5647594
    Abstract: The invention relates to indoor games of the thought-game type including a board with dual aspect cells: an active position and an inert one. According to the invention, it includes a frame 1 with cells where removable pawns 2 are in one of two positions, allowing to define a particular playing board of the game. In active position, the pawns can have two different characteristic aspects and change from one to another during the course of the game. In order to play, there is no need to shift a pawn from one cell to another one: changing the aspect of pawns is the way to play QUISCO.RTM..FIG. 1 is appended to the abstract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: Jean Pesquie
  • Patent number: 5575324
    Abstract: A spring loop folding sunshield and method of manufacture in which a spring loop is enclosed within tape across the intermediate portion of the sunshield and around the edges of the sunshield. The tape is attached across the intermediate portion of the sunshield by creating two ridges across the intermediate portion of the sunshield and sewing or otherwise attaching a tape over the ridges. In one method of creating the ridges, the material is cut into two approximate halves, leaving an intermediate portion which is then sewn to the two approximate halves to create the ridges across the intermediate portion of the sunshield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Charles Hwang
  • Patent number: 5575473
    Abstract: A golf club has a grip and a shaft which extends into the grip. The grip has an enclosed cavity and a partially-enclosed cavity between the inner diameter of the grip and the outer diameter of the shaft. The enclosed cavity provides a low-frequency feel and if a small cavity is also provided, a high frequency sound is provided. A matched set of golf clubs, as to feel or sound, or both, is readily obtained by such invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Terry S. Turner
  • Patent number: 5533700
    Abstract: A holder for a container has fingers capable of holding various sizes of containers, particularly, the large-sized containers. The fingers are attached to a base, extend upwardly and curve outwardly at their upper ends. The base fits into a cup holder or the drink caddy found in automobiles or at the theater or sporting events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Inventor: Dennis Porter
  • Patent number: 5477855
    Abstract: A shield for the conductors extending from an implantable device, provides a cover for the conductors and protects them against being dislodged or moved, by scratching, physical activity, skin pressure or other circumstance. The cover is resilient and flexible and is made of a fabric laminated between layers of an elastomer, such as silicone rubber. The cover is fixedly attached at one end with respect to the implantable device. The cover is suturable to hold the implantable device, cover and conductors in place, thereby providing stabilization. The shield is disposed over the location where the conductors extend from the implanted device and provides strain relief for the conductors and protects them from breakage at that very fragile location. The shield partially or totally encircles the conductors for a short distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1995
    Assignee: Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research
    Inventors: Robert A. Schindler, Charles L. Byers, Alfred E. Mann, James W. Beazell
  • Patent number: 5455098
    Abstract: Decorative pleats have two cuts made in each of two or more pleats and the fold of the pleat is reversed between the cuts. When used as a decorative display for a photograph, picture, merchandise or other item, the cuts may be made angularly to hold the item in place. Cuts may be perpendicular to the fold of the pleat, angular to the fold, zigzag, curvilinear or of other shape. The pleats may be a blind, a lantern or of other shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1995
    Inventor: Tai-Ping Cheng
  • Patent number: 5322285
    Abstract: A golf putter has a hard grip or an all-metal grip, and the grip, shaft and head are formed of a single, stiff material, or materials having closely-related moduli of elasticity, into an integral structural element. It is cast, forged, bonded, or otherwise assembled, to achieve a stiff, but sensitive "feel", for the golfer. A low frequency "feel" and sound is obtained by the shaft being closed at both ends and by one or more sound chambers or resonating elements. No dissimilar materials are included between the "sweet spot" and the golfer's hands, including in the grip. In one embodiment, toe area loft of the head is greater than the center loft and the heel area loft is less than the center loft. The putter head toe area may be closed slightly and the heel area may be opened slightly. A bulge may be included in the heel or toe areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Inventor: Terry S. Turner
  • Patent number: 5312439
    Abstract: An electrolytic, capacitive electrode, adapted to be disposed in body fluids when implanted, is used to store electrical energy for use in providing electrical energy to at least a portion of the internal electrical circuitry of an implantable device. Substantial capacitance is provided, particularly when constructed of anodized, porous tantalum with a counterelectrode of activated iridium. Such capacitive electrodes, exposed outside the implantable device, alleviate the requirement for space for a storage capacitor within miniature, implantable devices and may also serve as stimulating electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1994
    Inventor: Gerald E. Loeb
  • Patent number: 5305381
    Abstract: A telephone cradle has ratcheting, sliding walls which engage a telephone and hold it securely. A ratchet release button, operable by the same hand that grasps the telephone, releases the sliding walls when it is desired to lift and use the telephone. The walls are spring-loaded to open and are driven to move equally in opposite directions. A friction plate dampens the motion of the sliding walls. Resilient pads disposed on the sliding walls securely hold the telephone. The cradle may be flexibly mounted to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventors: Chin Y. Wang, Timothy Sheahan
  • Patent number: 5193539
    Abstract: An addressable, implantable microstimulator is substantially encapsulated within a hermetically-sealed housing inert to body fluids, and of a size and shape capable of implantation in a living body, by expulsion through a hypodermic needle. Power and information for operating the microstimulator is received through a modulated, alternating magnetic field in which a coil is adapted to function as the secondary winding of a transformer. Electrical energy is stored in capacitor means and is released into the living body by controlled, stimulating pulses which pass through body fluids and tissue between the exposed electrodes of the microstimulator. Detection and decoding means within the microstimulator are provided for controlling the stimulating pulses in accordance with the modulation of the received, alternating magnetic field. Means for controllably recharging the capacitor is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research
    Inventors: Joseph H. Schulman, Gerald E. Loeb, John C. Gord, Primoz Strojnik
  • Patent number: 5193540
    Abstract: An implantable microstimulator has a structure which is manufactured to be substantially encapsulated within a hermetically-sealed housing inert to body fluids, and of a size and shape capable of implantation in a living body, by expulsion through a hypodermic needle. The internal structure of the microstimulator comprises a coil adapted to function as the secondary winding of a transformer and receive power and control information. Circuit means, including control electronics, a capacitor and electrodes are provided. The electrodes, which may be made one of iridium and the other of tantalum and placed on opposite ends of the microstimulator, or alternatively, an iridium electrode at each end of the microstimulator, are at least partially exposed and provide electrical, stimulating pulses to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Alfred E. Mann Foundation for Scientific Research
    Inventors: Joseph H. Schulman, Gerald E. Loeb, John C. Gord, Primoz Strojnik
  • Patent number: 5136414
    Abstract: Permanent magnets are employed to continually urge an rotatable element, such as an oscillating, motor-driven shaft toward a preselected position. When the torque from the motor becomes minimal or is removed, the shaft is returned to a pre-selected, or rest, position. A magnet is disposed on the rotatable shaft and two additional magnets, one disposed on each side of the first magnet, constantly repel it toward a location between the two additional magnets. Such constant repelling is useful in scanners, light-choppers and the like and helps to achieve a harmonic-like motion. In a laser scanner, when the shaft is returned to its preselected position, the radiation is undeflected from a preselected axis. The magnets take the place of springs and are superior to them in precision, length of life and in ease of installation and adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Vincent C. Jenkins