Patents Represented by Attorney Michael J. Colitz, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7832140
    Abstract: An insect killing system optimized for mosquitoes uses multiple thermal gradients to simulate the breathing of, and body heat emitted by, animals, including human beings and fowl, to attract insects for subsequent electrocution and/or trapping. Mosquitoes are attracted to a mosquito-killing device for electrocution and/or trapping. Heat is generated within the device such that a heat gradient between an outer surface of the device and the atmosphere surrounding the device is created thereby emulating emission of body heat by an animal. At least one mosquito attractant, such as an aromatic, a pheromone, or moisture, is emitted from the device. And an airflow is created that sucks mosquitoes, which have been attracted to the outside of the device, into the device for electrocution and/or trapping by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Alvin D. Wilbanks
  • Patent number: 6320975
    Abstract: Disclosed is a retaining device for lockingly receiving a firearm wherein the firearm has a barrel, barrel sight, grip, hammer and trigger guard. The retaining device comprises a holster having a closed forward portion and an open rearward portion. A guide channel is positioned within the holster for accepting the barrel and trigger guard of the firearm. A fingerprint identification means has a fingerprint input device positioned upon the external surface of the holster at an intermediate extent. Further provided is a comparison means for comparing an inputted fingerprint with a stored fingerprint image, and a signal generating means for generating a first signal when an inputted fingerprint matches a stored fingerprint and a second signal when an inputted fingerprint fails to match a stored fingerprint. The signal generating means is in electrical communication with and controls a firearm retaining means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas Vieweg
  • Patent number: 5988408
    Abstract: A comprehensive tool organizing system is provided having at least one vertical wall. A plurality of tool holders are positioned on the wall for organizing a plurality of tools. Such tool holders include a speed wrench holder having a square plate coupleable to the wall with a pair of vertical members situated on a front face of the plate adjacent side edges thereof. The vertical members has a plurality of notches formed therein at equal elevations. Such notches extend downwardly and rearwardly from a front surface of the associated vertical member to a rear surface thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventors: Elizabeth P. Evans, Glenn C. Evans
  • Patent number: 5845816
    Abstract: A cylindrical container vertically multi-compartmented with circumferentially equally sectioned vertical partitions that are further divided along a horizontal plane providing fourteen compartments to store particulate spices. The first and second ends of the product chambers are closured with a double tier cover assembly sealing both ends with lids that are molded to a configuration that restrains spice cross-contamination. The recessed snap rim of the sealing lid receives a rotatable manually regulable dispensing disc, that is motivated by finger grips, to rotate in either direction, to position ports for replenishing and dispensing product to register over the desired spice compartment. This disc cover embodies dispensing ports comprising multiorifices perforated to dispense spices. Lock flaps, operational on living hinges, formulate closures on the top side of the dispensing disc when the container is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Harold F. Krane
  • Patent number: 5819719
    Abstract: A portable outdoor stove and stand is disclosed. A support table has four vertically extending legs parallel with respect to each other in a rectangular configuration. The support table has a horizontal surface and a horizontal lower surface secured to the upper ends of the legs through pivot pins. Two of the legs adjacent to one edge of the table are provided with wheels. The support surface has downwardly extending side walls including a front side wall, a rear side wall and parallel end walls. A pair of laterally disposed apertures are formed in the upper surface with a recessed burner within each aperture. Each aperture has beneath the burner a drip pan and a burner support thereover for maintaining cookware thereon. The front wall has a pair of small apertures with recessed switches therein for controlling the flame in each burner. A lower shelf is secured between the legs adjacent the lower extents thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Arturo S. Vidal
  • Patent number: 5647710
    Abstract: A kit comprised of an elongated threaded bolt having two end portions and an intermediate threaded portion therebetween. The two end portions have Allen wrench drives formed therein. The device includes a pair of removable cap heads each having an inner surface and an outer surface. The inner surface has an internally threaded aperture formed therein. The internally threaded aperture is adapted for removable coupling with the two end portions of the elongated threaded bolt. The inner surface of the removable cap head has a circular groove formed therein surrounding the internally threaded aperture thereof for placement of an O-ring therein. The outer surface of the removable cap head has an Allen wrench drive formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: Paul W. Cushman
  • Patent number: 5622292
    Abstract: A new and improved drinking glass (yard of ale), which uses a flexible detachable strap to support the drinking glass around ones neck for hands free control of the yard. The yard is constructed of plastic as to make it more durable. The strap is of one piece construction which hangs around ones neck as does a necklace. The yard is supported at the bottom, or base, of the strap through the use of a perpendicular overlapping strip of material which adheres through the use of pile type fasteners. The strap is of sufficient length as to give a person the ability to drink from the yard easily, and also let the yard hang from ones neck when released. The yard of ale and strap have decorative imprinted designs and colors, as to make them more attractive to the eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Inventor: Peter Dorney
  • Patent number: 5435370
    Abstract: An improved radial tire is reinforced with at least two carcass plies of radial rubberized cords wherein a radial inner or first ply extends continuously from one bead portion to another bead portion through the sidewall areas and across the crown of the tire and a radial outer or second ply in continuous contact with the inner ply has two sections disposed such that the second ply is discontinuous or interrupted in the crown area. The second ply is also foreshortened in the bead portion of the tire rather than being wrapped around the bead. An inner liner is also in constant contact with the inner ply from bead portion to bead portion without being wrapped therearound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Uniroyal Goodrich Licensing Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Shamim Ahmad, Kenneth V. Kenreich, Leonard A. Kopka, Joe A. Powell
  • Patent number: 5421678
    Abstract: Apparatus for conveying articles along a path of travel, the articles being of the type having an upper portion for being supported by the apparatus, a lower portion for being suspended from the apparatus and a low-angle transition portion therebetween, the apparatus comprising in combination a conveyor defining a path of travel along its length with neck rails for receiving the upper portions of the article to be conveyed, a pressure source operatively coupled to the conveyor to move the received articles to be conveyed, and control brushes coupled with respect to the conveyor along at least a portion of the path of travel to contact the lower portions of the bottles while being moved for providing a rearwardly directed angle to the articles to thereby abate the forward and rearward swinging of the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Inventors: Samuel S. Aidlin, Stephen A. Aidlin, Alan Frank, Larry K. Kincaid, Robert Ledwith, Brent A. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5405043
    Abstract: A hamper attachable to a back of a door for receiving laundry. The hamper is dimensioned to fit between the door and an adjoining wall when the door is in an open position and includes a receptacle structure in which the front panel may take the form of either a rigid panel or a deformable fabric panel. A spring supported movable wall for ejecting laundry from the hamper is disclosed and an alternate embodiment of the present invention includes a deodorant dispenser for spraying a mist of sanitary fluid onto the associated laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Inventor: Donald W. Meloney
  • Patent number: 5401022
    Abstract: A new and improved tee putter comprising a rectangular putting head with a striking surface that is generally flat. The rectangular putting head functions to contact a golf ball. A metal shaft has a lower end and an upper end and an intermediate extent. The lower end being is secured to the rectangular putting head. A cross bar is perpendicularly integral to the upper end of the metal shaft with an externally threaded right end and an externally threaded left end. The apparatus has a right locking sleeve and a left locking sleeve. The right locking sleeve has a first end and a second end. The first end of the right locking sleeve is internally threaded. The left locking sleeve has a first end and a second end. The first end of the left locking sleeve is internally threaded. The internal thread of the right locking sleeve is engaged with the external thread of the right end of the cross bar. The internal thread of the left locking sleeve is engaged with the external thread of the left end of the cross bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Inventor: Stephen McCready
  • Patent number: 5394972
    Abstract: A new and improved conveying system for lifting and orienting bottle caps comprising a conveyer belt which is formed of articulated sections and with guide rollers to support the belt with an upper lifting section having an essentially vertical path of travel and a lower loading section with an angled path of travel. Also included are sprockets on the guide rollers to effect movement of the belt in an upward path of travel through the lower section and then the upper section. Further included is a plurality of cleats secured to the exterior surface of the conveyer belts. The cleats have supporting surfaces which extend at right angles from the exterior surface of the conveyer belt for retaining bottle caps thereon in a proper orientation when the upper surface of the bottle cap is in contact with the conveyer belt and the lower edge thereof supported on the supporting surfaces of the cleats but to effect the dropping thereof when the bottle caps are not in the proper orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Inventors: Stephen H. Aidlin, Samuel S. Aidlin, Larry Kincaid
  • Patent number: 5391352
    Abstract: A system for analyzing a sample of fluid for a plurality of characteristics comprising a cuvette with a plurality of chambers for fluid to be analyzed; a housing assembly having a frame and a support subassembly reciprocable with respect to each other, the support subassembly including a base to receive the cuvette; and processing mechanisms associated with the housing assembly including a first component to intermix the fluid with a diluent and then with reagents in the chambers to facilitate the analysis thereof, the processing mechanisms further including a light source and an associated sensor located in an operative relationship with respect to the cuvette and a computer operatively associated with the sensor to determine a plurality of characteristics of the fluid within the chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventors: Billy E. Hendrix, Kurt H. Myrmel
  • Patent number: 5384930
    Abstract: A broom with a flexible coupling in the handle comprising a head having a threaded aperture therein. A handle is formed as a long upper section adapted to be held by a user and a shorter lower section being provided with screw threads for releasably coupling with the threaded aperture in the head. A coil spring couples the lower end of the upper section with the upper end of the lower section with the spring encompassing a space between the lower end of the upper section and the upper end of the lower section. The coupling may further include an adhesive in a rupturable membrane to provide a more secure attachment and a dye in a similar membrane for indicating proper attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Inventor: Thomas A. Uno
  • Patent number: 5379753
    Abstract: A solar panel control apparatus for varying the position of a solar panel mounted upon a roof comprising a solar panel support frame having a horizontal pivot rod mounted there beneath; a vertically receptacle collar having a clevis at its upper end rotatively receiving the pivot rod of the support frame and having a recess extending upwardly from its lower end with internal threads at its lower extent and a cylindrical cavity between the threads and the upper end; a rotatable shaft having a threaded upper end cooperatively secured with the threads of the collar and a handle whereby rotation of the shaft through the handle will act to raise and lower the collar and pivot with the support frame; a turret having a downwardly extending cavity having surfaces adapted to receive the collar; and a turret support plate with a upper face to support the turret, the turret plate having a wheel within the modular home to effect rotation of the plate and the turret whereby rotation of the handle will vary the angular ori
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: Cecil C. Noennich
  • Patent number: 5377878
    Abstract: A container supporting and dispensing apparatus for supporting a bottle in a sloped position and dispensing the contents of the bottle through a valve. The device includes a valve assembly which may be threadably coupled to an associated bottle. The valve assembly can then be secured to a container support which positions the bottle in a sloped position to facilitate gravity assisted dispensing through the valve assembly. An alternate embodiment of the present invention includes a pump assembly for re-pressurizing the bottle after use. A further alternate embodiment includes both an ice tray for containing ice within the container support and a water circulation assembly for collecting chilled water from the ice tray and cascading the chilled water over the associated bottle to provide a cooling effect to the contents of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventors: Donald S. Rainey, Sharon R. Rainey
  • Patent number: 5377957
    Abstract: A vehicle jack system attachable to a vehicle for lifting portions of the vehicle. The system includes at least one hydraulically operated jack pivotally mounted to the associated vehicle. A hydraulic positioning assembly extends between the jack and the vehicle to effect a pivoting of the jack into either a horizontal position for storage, or a vertical position for operation thereof. A solenoid arrangement facilitates a controlled distribution of hydraulic fluid from a pressure source to a plurality of such jacks mounted around the vehicle. An alternate embodiment of the present includes a ground engaging ski for permitting translation of the vehicle over a icy surface, and a locking assembly for securing both a longitudinal and angular position of each jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: J. David Mosley
  • Patent number: 5375261
    Abstract: A dickie of a generally cylindrical configuration comprising an upper extent formed with a neck opening of a cylindrical configuration for passage of a wearer's head and having a reduced diameter, the neck opening having a turned over upper end and a pair of knitted layers with downwardly extending lower ends. An intermediate extent is formed in the shape of a cone having a reduced upper diameter formed as integral extensions of the lower portion of the upper extent and having an enlarged lower diameter with an increasing diameter from the upper diameter to the lower diameter, the intermediate extent being formed as a pair of knitted layers. A lower extent is formed as a body opening and has a cylindrical configuration with an enlarged diameter, the body opening including a pair of knitted layers with downwardly extending lower ends and with upper ends formed as integral extensions of the lower ends of the intermediate extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Inventor: Daniel R. Lipke
  • Patent number: 5373809
    Abstract: A pet cage door with a raised central section comprising a rectangular screen formed of a plurality of spaced horizontal and vertical wires coupled in a mesh-like configuration and constituting a door, the door being positionable over the front screen of an animal cage formed with a rectangular opening of a predetermined height and width, the door being formed of horizontal and vertical wires with a height and width greater than the height and width of the opening; the rectangular screen having a raised central portion and peripheral regions formed vertically and horizontally as extensions of the central portion, the peripheral portions being beveled at an angle with respect to the central portion and terminating in horizontal and vertical end wires adapted to contact the front screen of the cage when the door is in a closed orientation; a plurality of wire loops encompassing an endmost wire of the door and an adjacent wire of the cage front screen to constitute a hinge for opening and closing the door, at le
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Inventor: Wayne A. Sphar
  • Patent number: D385167
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Terry F. Weber