Patents Represented by Attorney Michael C. Smith
  • Patent number: 5018729
    Abstract: A batting practice machine comprising a generally flat horizontal base; a vertical frame; an adjustable, rotatable, outward extending arm; a line secured to the arm; a ball secured to the line; and a motor and drive mechanism for rotating the arm in a generally horizontal circle, thereby moving the ball along a horizontal circular path for repeated presentation to a batter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 28, 1991
    Inventor: Cecil L. Wilkerson
  • Patent number: 4974637
    Abstract: A self draining valve having a valve housing with a fluid entrance channel, a fluid exit passageway leading toward the direction of normal flow of fluid, and a fluid drain channel leading in a direction inconsistent with the normal flow of fluid; a cylindrical inner valve member rotatably positioned within the valve housing; and two continuous o-ring type seals positioned between the inner surface of the valve housing, and the outer surface of the inner valve member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Inventor: Garfield Clark
  • Patent number: 4922647
    Abstract: A rigid wobble-type fishing lure comprising one single shaft weedless hook loosely secured to the lure at two locations which permit the hook to swing and tilt from side to side to enhance vibration of the lure and emit fish attracting sound vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Inventor: Keith M. Tompkins
  • Patent number: 4911041
    Abstract: An alignment tool designed for use with flexible cable type screw drivers such as carburetor adjusting tools, comprising a rigid tool which is fixed to the end of a screw driver type handle and shaft, the rigid tube has a spiral shaped slot formed therein so that a flexible cable may be rolled through the slot into the center of the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Inventors: Michael P. Jones, John P. Jones
  • Patent number: 4880445
    Abstract: Apparatus for and method of absorbing a gas into a liquid in a multiple stage absorption process wherein the gaseous products from each stage is reintroduced into fresh liquid in subsequent stages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventor: Barnaby J. Watten
  • Patent number: 4844175
    Abstract: A hitch for connecting the rear of a garden tractor to the rear of a garden tiller of the type having one or more tines which rotate in the direction of normal travel of said tiller comprising a beam, a bracket and an arm aligned in an adjustable triangular shape being in a substantially vertical plane for the controlled pulling of the tiller by the tractor in a direction opposite to the direction of rotation of the tiller tines thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Inventor: Richard E. Nations
  • Patent number: 4842451
    Abstract: A deburring drill bit having a shank, an elongated shaft, a drill bit head having forward drilling surfaces formed in the head, and rearward deburring surfaces formed behind said forward drilling surfaces, whereby drilling and deburring can be performed in a single operation, the drilling surfaces having a first longitudinal axis and the deburring surfaces having a second longitudinal axis not coincident with said first longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: Ben A. Dugger
  • Patent number: 4831762
    Abstract: A fishing float for catching fish during absence of the fisherman and indicating a caught fish comprising a buoyant body having a flat top surface and a flat bottom surface parallel thereto; a concentric central aperture through the float from top to bottom; a first flat side surface on the periphery of the float; and a second flat side surface on the periphery of the float; located opposite to and parallel to the first side surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Olin P. Harris
  • Patent number: 4827920
    Abstract: A restraint system for use in maintaining a patient on a patient supporting structure comprising, a harness adapted to fit on the torso of the patient, a flexible strap assembly connected to said harness, said strap assembly having a plurality of openings therethrough at spaced apart positions axially of said strap assembly, a flexible connector adapted to selectively extend through any selected of said openings in said strap assembly, and an attachment for connecting said flexible connector to the patient supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Inventor: Richard H. Rowell, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4823418
    Abstract: A birth safety net to prevent the dropping or falling of a new born child as it exits the birth canal comprising a fabric body, five sides, five corners and means for securring each corner to a portion of the birthing chair or birthing bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Inventor: Margaret C. Downs
  • Patent number: 4753148
    Abstract: A media loaded computerized sound emphasizer device for synchronizing a light show performance to music based upon active computer control instead of conventional passive sound control or inaccurate manual comprising a computer and media playback unit controlled by the computer, a power distribution unit, and one or more light units, wherein each song used with this apparatus cooperates with an individualized program thereby allowing the audience to experience the audio detail through the visual sense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Inventor: Tom A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4736525
    Abstract: A floor square for use in squaring and marking a ledger notch in the end of a floor joist and for use in marking the intended position of a ledger on a girder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Inventor: John M. Deason
  • Patent number: 4723680
    Abstract: A utility bin for enclosure in structures such as furniture, cabinets, and closets for storage of such objects as magazines, newspapers, books, wearing apparel and linen. As storage for wearing apparel and linen, forward and rear pivot arms on each end of the bin control the movement of both the upper and the lower area of the bin outward to a tilted position. As storage for magazines, newspapers, and books, the bin also has an automatically positioned panel for support of upright placed contents. Rollers attached to the support panel contact a downward sloping rear to front surface such as the bottom to effect movement forward for contact with the contents of the bin when the bin is placed in home position. Flexible retainers such as chains attached to the rear of the support panel and to the rear of the enclosure structure retain the upright support panel to the rear when the bin is moved outward allowing unobstructed access to the contents of the bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Inventors: Floyd E. Carroll, Rodger L. Carroll
  • Patent number: 4705096
    Abstract: A method is provided for removal of surface oxide from a continuously cast copper bar preparatory to inline hot rolling, wherein solidified bar continuously advancing from a continuous caster is directed to a continuous hot rolling mill, comprising: passing said advancing bar, being at hot rolling temperature, through a spray zone of selected quench capacity and impulse, such that for each segment of said bar passing through said spray zone, said oxide is quenched to a black heat but is not ablated and said underlying bar is subjected to a shallow quench; said spray zone being situated in close proximity to but selectively spaced upcourse from the first rolls of said hot rolling mill such that there is insufficient time for substantial reheating of said quenched oxide during the approach to said first rolls; whereupon as quenched segments of the advancing bar progressively approach said first rolls and said underlying bar begins to deform just prior to roll contact, said oxide spalls off the bar surfaces subs
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Southwire Company
    Inventor: E. Henry Chia
  • Patent number: 4661074
    Abstract: A reading and spelling teaching system primarily for auditory dyslexics and visual dyslexics having a phonogram classification board with the seven categories of vowel sounds depicted, phonogram cards with the major vowel sounds of each vowel group (a, e, i, o, u), consonant cards depicting through pictures the consonant sounds and consonant blends/consonant diagraph sounds, and a teaching device in the form of a game for reinforcement of the phonograms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Inventor: Susan M. Walker
  • Patent number: D292679
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Inventor: Fred T. Fincher
  • Patent number: D297896
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1988
    Inventor: David A. Welborn
  • Patent number: D298183
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Inventor: Mary F. Bruse
  • Patent number: D303485
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Inventor: Jeff J. Windom
  • Patent number: D305876
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Inventor: Marcus N. Gewinner