Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Michael A. Mann
  • Patent number: 6834882
    Abstract: A trailer system that includes a main chassis assembly including a detachable, trailer tongue assembly that is assembled from multiple trailer tongue assembly parts; a pair of detachable ramp members each detachably connectable to the main chassis assembly; multiple fasteners; and a multi-panel enclosure assembly attachable to the main chassis assembly. The fasteners are used to secure the multiple trailer tongue assembly parts together, the multi-panel enclosure assembly together and the assembled trailer tongue assembly and the assembled multi-panel enclosure assembly to the main chassis assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Ellis J. Boyd
  • Patent number: 6826452
    Abstract: A cable array robotic system and apparatus for applications such as cargo handling at sea and pallet handling in manufacturing, based on a multi-cable robotic control system is disclosed. The cables are deployed from three or more folding, telescoping masts at the corners of a work area. The cables attach to an end-effector (e.g. a spreader mechanism) that grips an object (e.g. a container) and affects desired movements as directed by an operator through a computer controlled graphical user interface using pointing directives such as “put that there”. Various sensors and cameras enable a high degree of control over the end-effector (e.g. spreader or pallet) as it is moved from place to place. Sufficient control is possible so that the present cargo handling system may unload, without pendulation, the deck and hold of a ship onto a sea-going lighter during sea state three conditions in a container handling application at sea.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: The Penn State Research Foundation
    Inventors: Carl S. Holland, David J. Cannon
  • Patent number: 6817375
    Abstract: The torsion generator includes casing (1), in which at least one canal (2) is formed, whose inlet is located near to the casing (1) periphery. The longitudinal axis of the canal (2) passes on the logarithmical curve, wherein the mathematical sequence of the construction of the coordinates is different for each section of the curve. The outlet of the canal (2) communicates with the camera (3), formed inside the casing (1) and is connected with an outgoing pipeline (4). The inlet of the canal (2) is located tangentially, and the outlet—axially to the casing (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventors: Alexander Sorochinsky, Hristo Stojanov, Hristo Ivanov, Marija Stojanova
  • Patent number: 6808074
    Abstract: The present invention is a system and method of fabricating showcases in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, while allowing both novices, with an interest and skill in arts and crafts (or framing), and professional framers to enjoy the easy-to-construct features of the present invention. The showcase system includes, but is not limited to (1) novel molding pieces that are used in conjuction with (2) standard picture frame pieces, which are themselves used in novel manner, (3) standard glass, mirrored glass, ceramic or other similar materials that can be suitably used to make the showcase walls, (4) standard adhesives, sealants, and/or glass retaining strips, (5) standard matting and/or foam core materials, and/or (6) the use of standard tools, including, but not limited to, a razor knife, stapler, and/or a diamond point attachment tool. A second embodiment of the showcase having a hexagonal shape, is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Fred G Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6799500
    Abstract: A soft magazine or pouch for belted machine gun ammunition is disclosed. The pouch has a metal or plastic top with flexible sides and bottom made of woven fabric. The sides have internal pockets that carry plastic panels for structural support. One side also has an external pocket that carries a link injector. The bottom is held to the sides by a circumferential zipper that wraps around a majority of the perimeter of the sides, leaving a fabric hinge. Then by unzipping the zipper, the bottom swings open to permit filling the pouch with ammunition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Ernie Kulikowski
  • Patent number: 6789416
    Abstract: A hand-held probe (10) for measuring a tire tread profile comprises a housing (20) with a slit (64) formed parallel to its major axis, a range finder (70) mounted inside the housing (20) in such a way that it can traverse much of the length of the tube while directing light from a laser through a window (60) and onto a tire surface, a bracket (50) that is carried by the proximal end of the tube to enable the user to hold the probe (10) in position against the tire, a serial port (32) for connection with a computer (40), and a handle (30) that houses the batteries for operation and an IR or RF transmitter. The IR or RF transmitter is for transmitting the tire tread profile wirelessly to a computer suitably equipped to receive IR or RF transmissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventors: Roger H. Tracy, Edwin H. Reeves, Nicholas J. Radclyffe, Robert Mark Longden
  • Patent number: 6783383
    Abstract: A light socket with a terminal cover and lamp lock is disclosed. This single, molded piece is resiliently attached to the top lip of the socket and is held, cantilevered, over the central terminal. Screwing the lamp into the socket, displaces the cover and lock into a gap formed in the socket threads. Pressure of the resilient lock laterally against the lamp base helps to hold the lamp in place. Contacts that electrically connect the central terminal and line wire conductor and the lamp base and the neutral wire are both formed with lower portions shaped like inverted “Vs” that slice perpendicularly into the insulation to capture their respective conductors in the crotch of the V to assure good contact regardless of whether the conductors are centered in their insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: James W. Gibboney
  • Patent number: 6782652
    Abstract: A rail cover may be snapped on or off the side of Picatinny rail mounted to a weapon, such as a rifle. The rail cover protects the user from the teeth of the rail and from heat generated during repeated firing. The rail cover is readily installed or removed from the side, rather than being slipped over the end of the rail, by pressing it onto the rail or by prying it off the rail. The slightly flexible rail cover is preferably made of a polymer to which a rubberizing agent has been added and by forming grooves in its top surface. In addition to improving flexibility, the grooves also improve the user's grip on the rail cover. Locking tabs on the underside of the rail cover, dimensioned to fit in the grooves between adjacent teeth of the Picatinny rail, prevent axial movement of the rail cover when it is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Milton W. Erickson
  • Patent number: 6782666
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus that provides both a protective and a decorative covering, or sleeving, for rafters. Generally, the apparatus is a U-shaped sleeve that has upper and lower horizontal flanges that run the entire longitudinal length of the member. The upper flange provides a means for securely attaching the invention to roofing materials such as roof sheathing, and together with the bottom flange forms an external channel that can be used to carry soffit material between the rafters. Furthermore, to complete the coverage and, therefore, the protection afforded the exposed rafter by the present invention, an endcap is attached to the outer end of the U-shaped sleeve member. Additionally, to further enhance the appearance of the building, the rafter sleeving is designed to easily and securely carry decorative trim and/or molding pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventors: Christopher Condon, Jonathan Ward Buzzell
  • Patent number: 6780061
    Abstract: A multi-fusable electrical receptacle includes a power section telescopically received within a fuse section. The receptacle may receive fuses of different sizes and ratings for different applications such as for use with a string of holiday lights and as part of an extension cord. The power section holds two wires at the bottoms of two channels. The fuse section includes two fuse holders in separate channels, each with a spring contact. When the power section and fuse section are slid together, two fuses or a single fuse and a buss bar held by the fuse holders run from the channels of the fuse section to the channels of the power section thereby forming two separate electrical paths from wires to the spring contacts. A cavity formed in the power section is dimensioned to receive the two wires folded double for better pull strength. The cavity is covered by a locking lid so that the entire receptacle housing, when the fuse section is secured to the power section, is water-tight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: James W. Gibboney
  • Patent number: 6774546
    Abstract: An improvement to the usable lifetime of a lamp includes the use of a primary filament, a backup filament, and a means to switch portions of the backup filament into the current flow path after a portion of the primary filament open circuits. Using bypass shunts, which do not become electrically conductive until a portion of the primary filament open circuits, an open circuited portion of the primary filament can be electrically replaced with an associated backup filament portion to keep the lamp lit. The shunts in one embodiment are made of oxidized wire and are wrapped around the primary and backup filaments, in a spaced-apart relation, forming filament pairs consisting of a primary filament segment and its associated backup filament segment. In another embodiment, support brackets are used to not only support the primary and backup filaments, but are also used to provide the bypass shunt function as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: James W Gibboney, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6767456
    Abstract: An insert for use in a sewer system to remove oils and solvents carried by surface water runoff. The insert includes a holder and a quantity of water permeable, hydrophobic, oil and solvent absorbing material such as melt blown polypropylene. The holder has two functions. It holds an effective quantity of the absorber and holds it in such a way that the surface water is exposed to the absorber to allow oils and solvents to be absorbed. The insert in preferably placed, cartridge-like, at the inlet or outlet of the sewer system so that it may be quickly checked, replaced and serviced. In one embodiment, the insert also contains a leaf trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Circle Environmental, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Middleton, Marion H. Lesesne, III
  • Patent number: 6766730
    Abstract: An apparatus used in the basting of foods, including a rack supporting a basting pan, a grill, and a rotisserie having a rotating spit. The rack is dimensioned to fit between the surface of the grill and the rotisserie and includes a grid and a frame. The basting pan is supported by the rack at an elevation so that when the pan is filled with basting fluid, the surface of the basting fluid comes in contact with the food on the rotisserie. The rack is adjustable to accommodate various sized pans and grills. A heating element is also provided that is located in the rear of the grill in relation to the rotisserie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Judith H Wrenn
  • Patent number: 6763627
    Abstract: A bipod for a light-weight machine gun is disclosed. The bipod has tubular telescoping legs that may be extended and retracted to discreet locking positions. The bipod has a spring-based system that allows a user to fold the bipod either towards or away from the barrel muzzle with one hand, thus giving 180 degrees of travel. The spring system also provides a detent to retain the bipod in the folded or deployed position without additional fasteners or catches. The bipod is attachable to a machine gun with a round yoke that allows the user to pivot the direction of fire and rotate the barrel of the machine gun radially while keeping the bipod firmly planted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Inventor: Tonny Kaempe
  • Patent number: 6752137
    Abstract: The present invention is a projectile launching system having an independently operable gas powered less-lethal launcher, which is capable of firing projectiles containing either incapacitating, debilitating, or marking agents for use during those situations when lethal force would be an inappropriate response. The gas powered launcher is ergonomically designed and comprises a receiver housing and receiver that are detachable from a stand-alone stock so that it can be attached to a mounting bracket located underneath the barrel of a rifle and, therefore, integrated with such rifle in order to provide both a lethal and a less-lethal capability for the user. One of the ergonomic features of the receiver is that it is designed to releasably carry a compressed gas container in a way that presents a favorable profile and a convenient and efficient trigger location, even after attachment of the receiver to the barrel of a rifle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventors: James R. G. Brunette, Gary A Sniezak, Richard Vay Oney, Steve Doehler
  • Patent number: 6753678
    Abstract: The present invention is a voltage detector that is capable of measuring AC voltages, especially the high voltages encountered by electric utility linemen, with improved accuracy. To obtain these improvements in accuracy the present invention includes a novel circuit, which can be incorporated into a standard digital voltage detector. This circuit is able to accurately determine the magnitude of external capacitive reactance, which allows the voltage detector to compensate for variances in the external capacitive reactance that, if uncompensated, could adversely affect the voltage measurement; consequently, this invention provides the user with an AC voltage detector having improved accuracy characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Walter S. Bierer
  • Patent number: 6735781
    Abstract: A personal hunting blind that comprises a long sheet carrying a camouflage layer and having a head slit and two sleeves is disclosed. When the user's head passes though the head slit and the blind is carried in the shoulders, the sleeves conceal the user's arms. A head cover made of the same fabric provides concealment for the user's head. The blind is dimensioned to be long enough in the front to be draped over the ground and other surfaces proximate to the user to conceal the shape of the user. Alternatively, the blind may be tied to a tree using grommets along its back edge and provide concealment without being worn by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: E Wayne Fulmer
  • Patent number: 6735897
    Abstract: An authorization system for a firearm includes a personal device worn by the authorized user, modifications to the firearm's fire control system, and an authorization control circuit carried in the backstrap of the firearm handle. The authorization control circuit controls the fire control system and communicates with the personal device. In particular, the authorization control circuit will send a first coded signal to the personal device via an ultrasonic transponder and wait for a coded response. If the personal device is worn by a user and is within range, properly oriented and has received a correct code, it will respond to the signal by sending a coded response. If the correct coded response is not received, the authorization control circuit signals a brake solenoid located near the trigger bar to move to a locked position where it will cam the trigger bar out of engagement with the sear as the trigger is pulled. Consequently, the trigger bar will not move the sear and the firearm will not fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventors: Edward P. Schmitter, Jason Lee Hitchcox, Thomas Jerome Ruemping
  • Patent number: D492477
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventors: Jenny Zaniewski, Rebecca C. Zaniewski
  • Patent number: D494345
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Jonathan Werman