Patents Represented by Attorney Malcolm G. Dunn
  • Patent number: 6893199
    Abstract: A shear resistant fastener assembly for supporting structures from a wall behind which there are no supporting framework, the wall defining therethrough an opening having a predetermined size and configuration and bordered by an interior peripheral surface having the thickness of the wall, the fastener assembly comprising an anchor plate having a predetermined length and a predetermined width and adapted to be inserted through the opening in the wall and to be positioned flatly against the rear surface of the wall, and an insert having a predetermined size and having a configuration the same as that of the wall opening and adapted to fit closely within the opening and against the interior peripheral surface of the opening, and including an arrangement for connecting together the anchor plate and the insert. The shear resistant fastener assembly also is adapted to secure together overlapping panels behind which there are no structural supporting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: Larry Michels
  • Patent number: 6568134
    Abstract: A componentized, three dimensional, self-aligning, self-engineering building system for homes and similar constructions involving a plurality of individual, separately installable components of predetermined height selectively arranged, positioned and secured to each other in side-by-side relationship along the perimeter of and also secured on a previously prepared flat supporting surface for a home; and modeling blocks representing the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas E. Kerney
  • Patent number: 6164615
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant machine foundation formed from precast corrosion resistant vertical panels of an aggregate filled thermosetting resin defining an enclosed hollow form, each of the two side edge portions of each vertical panel intersecting one of the two side edge portions of an adjacent vertical panel at a predetermined angle and forming therewith a corner of the enclosed hollow form; the hollow form defining at each of the corners a barrier extending across and spaced from the corner from one vertical panel to an adjacent vertical panel and from the bottom of the hollow form to a predetermined height less than the height of the two adjacent vertical panels to form a vertically extending chamber; a portion of the bottom of the vertically extending chambers and the hollow form being filled with a cementitious material within the area of the hollow form between all of the vertical panels and each of the barriers to the top of each barrier, and each of the vertically extending chambers and the remaining ar
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: L. Robert Basham
  • Patent number: 6081942
    Abstract: A portable, foldable toilet apparatus for attaching to a tree trunk, and including a tree trunk gripping frame section and a pair of longitudinal seat members pivotally connected to the gripping frame section for pivotal movement from a folded position within the gripping frame section to an open horizontal cantilevered position extending forwardly of the gripping frame section for supporting the weight of a person sitting thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Duane H. Bellamy
  • Patent number: 6079107
    Abstract: A trimming device for one hand self-use for trimming beards and including first and second blade members, each blade member having a sickle-shaped configuration and having a pivotal connection to the other blade member within the crown portion of the sickle-shaped configuration. Each blade member has a handle defining a finger opening and a blade having a cutting edge, and the pivotal connection for the blade members is located to one side of the trimming device, while the handles and the blades are all located at the other side of the trimming device. In an alternate embodiment, a comb element is readily attachable to and detachable from the first blade member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Joseph Paul Horvath
  • Patent number: 6068167
    Abstract: A sling adapted for connection to a weapon having a muzzle end and a stock at the opposite end from the muzzle end and formed from a single elongated web folded upon itself and including a first terminal end to be connected at or adjacent the weapon muzzle end; a first guide arrangement to be connected to or adjacent the stock of the weapon, and a first loop formed in the web around the first guide arrangement at the opposite end of the sling from the first terminal end and defining therebetween a connecting inner leg; a second guide arrangement, and a second loop formed in the web around the second guide arrangement and spaced from the first terminal end and defining a middle leg and an outer leg of equal lengths in the web; a second terminal end located intermediate the length of the sling and a connecting arrangement to which the second terminal end is attached, the outer leg extending between and connecting the second loop to the second terminal end; and a third guide arrangement, and a third loop formed
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Cecil I. Hopson
  • Patent number: 6029552
    Abstract: Inside-out cutter apparatus for cutting fiber tow into predetermined lengths including rotatable cylindrical member defining an axially extending passageway for receiving fiber tow therethrough and an outlet opening on periphery of cylindrical member through which fiber tow emerges onto work surface formed around periphery, work surface including at least one guide shoulder and a base surface bordering along length of guide shoulder with guide shoulder and base surface angled to position fiber tow on work surface at acute angle to axis of rotation and away from alignment with direct circumferential path leading from outlet opening, and an array of knives extending around work surface with cutting edges facing toward and spaced from work surface; and method of cutting fiber tow inside-out into predetermined lengths including steps of rotating circumferential work surface around an axis, feeding fiber tow within work surface through opening in periphery of work surface onto work surface, positioning fiber tow a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Lowell D. Harris
  • Patent number: 5915610
    Abstract: A carpenter's tool holder to be supported from a wearer's waist belt and including a pocket for supporting and containing therein a tape rule device and a retention member connected within the pocket for interlocking engagement with the spring clip member attached to the rear surface of the tape rule device for preventing unintentioned dislodgment of the tape rule device from the pocket. A second embodiment includes below the pocket an elongated hanger member pivotally connected to the tool holder for supporting and containing a hammer and wherein the elongated hanger member has at its free end a tool loop defining therein an opening through which the handle of the hammer is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Steven W. Russell
  • Patent number: 5451062
    Abstract: A method for playing a card game in which the card deck has four series of numerical value cards, such as each series ranking from "2" through "20". Each player is dealt a predetermined number of cards. The remaining cards form a draw pile, and one card from the draw pile is turned face up to start a separate discard pile. The dealer then selects from his or her hand or from the discard pile cards the numerical value of which may be divided in half by the numbers of other selected cards or may be used to divide in half the numbers of other selected cards and plays them on the playing surface in a vertical row. The player may alternatively select from the sequential order and play in separate vertical rows on the playing surface matching cards the numbers of which cannot be used to divide in half the number of another card or to be used to be divided in half by the number of another card by placing one matching card uppermost and another matching card lowermost in a vertical row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Inventor: William E. Malone
  • Patent number: 5339120
    Abstract: A retina evaluation reticle apparatus for use in a slit lamp biomicroscope and removably positioned at the focusing point of the slit lamp biomicroscope and spaced therein from a patient to be examined, the retina evaluation reticle apparatus including a reticle defining and including thereacross a grid sized with reference to the expected diameter of an optic nerve for enabling measurements to be made from the optic nerve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Frank L. Oglesby, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5332292
    Abstract: A portable protective cushion arrangement for positioning on a toddler's car seat detachably secured to an automobile seat the portable protective cushion arrangement having a pair of side wing cushions, each having a height approximating the height of a child sitting in the toddler's car seat, a rearward portion adapted to be positioned against the front surface of the seat back of the automobile, a lower portion adapted to be seated on top of side members of the toddler's car seat adjacent the intersection of the lower portion with the front surface of the seat back of the automobile seat, and a forward portion facing away from the front surface of the seat back of the automobile seat; a flexible strap arrangement having a predetermined length and being connected to and between the rearward portions of each side wing cushion for positioning and retaining each rearward portion at essentially right angles to the front surface of the seat back of the automobile seat, and a flexible tubular cushion of predeterm
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Inventors: Pamela A. Price, Eva D. Jones
  • Patent number: 5275194
    Abstract: Fire control valve through which flows flammable material, such as gas or liquid, includes exteriorly located, replaceable locking pin assembly having a locking pin for locking the valve member of the fire control valve in the open position to enable flow through the fire control valve, the locking pin assembly being also located out of the path of such flow and including a heat-meltable material that holds locking pin in locked position with the valve member and, upon being melted, enables release of locking pin from locked position; the fire control valve including a sealing arrangement to prevent escape of flammable material to atmosphere past valve member and locking pin assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Donald E. Oates
    Inventor: Charles H. Gray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5104138
    Abstract: A trailer hitch assembly for use in the bed of pickup trucks and the like and including a trailer hitch supporting member secured to the underside of the pickup truck bed, a readily removable trailer hitch for seated and assembled relationship within the trailer hitch supporting member, and a spring-biased cylindrical rod for locking together the trailer hitch and the trailer hitch supporting member against vertical separation from each other while enabling the trailer hitch to be freely rotated relative to the trailer hitch supporting member, the cylindrical rod being manually movable against its spring-bias to a position to enable ready removal of the trailer hitch from the trailer hitch supporting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Inventor: Chester M. Allen
  • Patent number: 5018799
    Abstract: Anti-lock system for the air brakes of wheeled vehicles to be interposed between the existing relay valves and air-actuated diaphragms for applying the brakes and to be actuatable alternately in a pulsing sequence by a pulse-generating circuit after a predetermined electrical time delay sufficient to allow full frictional brake engagement upon actuation by the operator of the air brakes so as to block air flow from the relay valves to the air-actuated diaphragms and to vent air from the air-actuated diaphragms, thereby causing momentary release of the brakes, and then to re-establish air flow from the relay valves to the air-actuated diaphragms and to block venting of air from the air-actuated diaphragms, thereby causing a re-application of the brakes; and a solenoid-controlled valve for the anti-lock system having passageways of critical length and diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Assignees: John P. Squibb, W. B. Spratlin, James Widener
    Inventor: Jack Rutledge, Jr.
  • Patent number: D445249
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Steven W. Russell
  • Patent number: D337131
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventor: Lawrence E. Wilson
  • Patent number: D354869
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Inventor: David G. Salyer
  • Patent number: D387326
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: William M. Ingram
  • Patent number: D405955
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Steven W. Russell
  • Patent number: D415603
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Billy L. Wampler