Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Mills Law Firm PLLC
  • Patent number: 7210211
    Abstract: An apparatus for making temporary road mats characterized by multiple layers of mutually perpendicular elongated timbers having an array of vertical intersections aligned in lateral rows. The apparatus includes a gang drill that moves relative to a roughly assembled mat for sequentially drilling the lateral rows of intersections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Ronald Harrison
  • Patent number: 7207135
    Abstract: An audio fishing lure system for attracting fish using preselected audio content includes a fishing pole, a fishing line, a lure or hook, an audio source, an aural encoder, and an underwater transducer. Sound reproduced by the audio source, such as a radio, cassette player, or digital playback device, is electrically communicated to the encoder, which correspondingly generates sound waves that modulate the fishing line. The fishing line is optimized to serve as a transmission line. The audio information propagates along the fishing line, into the water, and to the transducer, where the mechanical waves are transformed to sound waves and transmitted into the water, thereby delivering sound to the region about the bait and attracting fish responsive to such content. Preferably, the audio source is provided with a selectable format of audio recordings of bait species having demonstrated or empirical attractiveness to target fish species.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Jimmie D. Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7207748
    Abstract: A water collection and distribution system for yard maintenance includes a buried reservoir for collecting water from the roof of a structure and a submersed pump in the reservoir for supplying contained water to a pressurized manifold having outlets available for yard maintenance activities. One of the outlets is connected with a premix catch basin upstream of the reservoir in which additives may be mixed for storage in and dispensing from the reservoir. Another outlet is connected to spray nozzles in the reservoir for agitating the additive mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Mark C. Urban
  • Patent number: 7207132
    Abstract: A bait rigging holder includes a V-shaped trough supports the bait along its entire length during insertion of rigging needles through the bait. The trough includes a frontal slot that allows the rigging needle to be inserted through the jaw and nose when the bait is vertically oriented. The trough includes a side slot for transverse insertion of the rigging needle through the gill covers, preparatory to tying closure. Both insertions may be made without encountering any point dulling surfaces and allow the fish to be removed after penetration for manually completing the rigging operations. The holder includes provisions for holding a plurality of needles of varying sizes, as well as a support for rigging spools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Scott Parsons
  • Patent number: 7204028
    Abstract: A drafting device creating perspective views from horizontal base lines with remote horizontal vanishing points and with a remote skyline vanishing point. The drafting device includes articulated arm assemblies on opposite sides of the board. Each arm assembly includes a lower straight edge that is pivotally connected by primary and secondary arms to a pivot arm pivotally mounted at opposed sides of the drawing board, thereby establishing an adjustable four-bar linkage that allows the straight edge to be oriented at vertically varying horizontal base lines with horizontal vertical vanishing points remote from the drawing board and variable perspective angles. In combination with ordinary drafting tools and scales, the drafter can create three dimensional objects as viewed from a horizontal base line perspective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Inventor: John A. Mills
  • Patent number: 7195268
    Abstract: A pivoting hitch mount assembly for interconnecting a towed vehicle with towing vehicles having hitch positions at varying elevations includes a pivot arm assembly having a hitching component for coupling with a the hitch position with the towing vehicle that is selectively connected to a support assembly on the towing vehicle at plural front and rear pivot connections enabling selective inclination and elevation of the hitching component with respect to the towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas M. Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7185770
    Abstract: A storage rack formed of modular sleeve units assembled to variable lengths at mating tab and slot connections for attachment to mounting surfaces horizontally or vertically for storing and organizing articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Inventor: Randal E. Roten
  • Patent number: 7152812
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a walk behind zero turn radius drive unit and a front spray frame carrying a plurality of transversely spaced, clearly observable spray nozzles. The drive unit permits accurate and high productivity traverse of the application area with the ability to steer around obstacles and accurately traverse an irregular edging pattern. The spray frame includes a pair of folding spray arms, each of which carried dispensing nozzles. Another set of nozzles is positioned at the sides of the frame. All the nozzles are within the forward lateral view of the operator permitting ready steering of the drive unit around the borders of the application area. The nozzles are supplied with liquid from a frame mounted tank by an electric pump powered by the drive unit. The spray nozzles are controlled by an operator valve positioned adjacent the drive unit control, thereby allowing operator to control the application during travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: William D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7137721
    Abstract: A weatherproof outdoor pivoting light assembly includes a front gasket on a metallic lamp housing having spaced sealing rings for locally compressively engaging to seal the floodlight envelope and a rear gasket for sealing the power cord thereby providing a sealed cartridge for the electrical socket enabling mounting at ground and structure location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventors: C. Gireesh Rao, Ashok Sathyanarayana Alilughatta, Tushar Han Godbole
  • Patent number: 7129413
    Abstract: A weatherproof outlet plate cover assembly provides a weatherproof a universal lid that is diagonally hinged at a corner of the cover plate for unobstructed lateral and downward routing of electrical cables in either a horizontal of vertical location. The universal lid carries a sealing gasket that is spring biased against a projecting rim that circumscribes a center panel provided with a center opening(s) for use with either duplex or GFCI receptacles. The hinge design allows the use of one product in each formal for two applications—vertical plus horizontal mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventors: C. Gireesh Rao, David L. Scheer, Ashok Sathyanarayana Alilughatta
  • Patent number: 7111891
    Abstract: A tarp covering system for an open top container of a vehicle includes a pair arms assemblies stowed beneath the base of the container during travel and extendable and pivotal in a semi circular path for covering and uncovering the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventors: Woody V. O'Brian, Sean Vincent O'Brian
  • Patent number: 7104013
    Abstract: A facia border for covering the periphery of a structure between the roof and a soffit includes mounting clips attached at periodic peripheral locations for slidably attaching facia trim at detented positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventors: J. Larry Gates, Ronald J. Wilkins
  • Patent number: 7098469
    Abstract: A forensic light source kit including a portable light source having a self contained battery and a white light source with a plurality of sliding filters for providing selected wavelength illumination, a plurality of barrier filter goggles, a tripod for mounting the light source, and a carrying case therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: John Carrington
  • Patent number: 7093812
    Abstract: A multipurpose camping hook for mounting any available support surface includes a plurality of functional surfaces and contours for hanging equipment, clothing and associated articles, as well as providing tools for supplemental tasks. In combination with like articles, the hangers may be used for stringing lines and rods for additional organizational capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Cleve E. Nordeen
  • Patent number: 7083555
    Abstract: An abdominal exercise device for use by a person sitting in an automobile seat and doing crunches. An automobile seat-engaging member engages either the back or the head rest of the automobile seat. An elastic resistance strap extends through the automobile seat-engaging member and forward thereof to be gripped by the person sitting in the automobile seat so as to add resistance as the person sitting in the automobile seat does the crunches. The elastic resistance strap enters the automobile seat-engaging member from close to one end, and leaving an exposed portion thereof extending out of the automobile seat-engaging member extends through the automobile seat-engaging member, and exits the automobile seat-engaging member from close to the other end thereof and leaving another exposed portion thereof extending out of the automobile seat-engaging member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Michael McPartland
  • Patent number: 7062878
    Abstract: An audio fishing lure system for attracting fish using preselected audio content includes a fishing pole, a fishing line, a lure or hook, an audio source, an aural encoder, and an underwater transducer. Sound reproduced by the audio source, such as a radio, cassette player, or digital playback device, is electrically communicated to the encoder, which correspondingly generates sound waves that modulate the fishing line. The fishing line is optimized to serve as a transmission line. The audio information propagates along the fishing line, into the water, and to the transducer, where the mechanical waves are transformed to sound waves and transmitted into the water, thereby delivering sound to the region about the bait and attracting fish responsive to such content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Jimmie D. Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7055482
    Abstract: A cover for the spark plug boot and an ignition wire connected with spark plug of an engine includes a woven fiberglass sheath surrounding the spark plug insulator and spark plug boot and having an entrance cuff formed with an inner end flap stitched to form a pocket for capturing the end strands of the sheath, forming a four plug end construction that maintains the circularity of the opening and reduces the harmonic vibration in the sheath during engine operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Ernest T. Jefferson
  • Patent number: 7050715
    Abstract: An integrated imager and camera mounting assembly that allows a single operator to scan the crime scene for prints without assistance, and to attain an optimally illuminated and stably focused recorded image with single handed adjustments. The assembly includes an A-frame stand which carries a pair of UV lights on adjustable arms for single handled adjustment by the operator in the scanning and recording modes. The stand includes a footed base that allows the operator to securely engage the frame against vertical, horizontal and irregular surfaces using the imager handle thereby locating the imager at a fixed distance from the print area and permitting ready focusing of the image with the other hand. The base further includes a sliding scale for placement in the field of view for dimensional referencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventors: John H. Carrington, David W. Harvey
  • Patent number: 7008085
    Abstract: A light servicing system for suspended lighting that may be lowered from operating height to a testing and servicing height while remaining connected to the fixture electrical service includes a mate and lock connector providing plug in connection to the fixture electrical service thereby avoiding the need to disconnect the wiring. The fixture chain is provided with a releasable link to permit removal of the fixture without special tools. A tethering assembly having an adjustable fixed length includes upper and lower hooks for engaging the chain and fixture across the releasable link. Upon release of the link, the tethering assembly allows manual lowering of the fixture to a suspended testing height to avoid damage to fixture components. Prior to lowering, an extended umbilical power cord is spliced at the mate and lock connector to provide circuit power to the lighting unit for validating the operations of the fixture prior to remounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Tony Czlonka
  • Patent number: 7008538
    Abstract: A process for treating wastewater and a system for practicing the process includes: providing a plurality of zones within a single vessel wastewater treatment system; feeding wastewater into the system; maintaining an aerobic zone in the upper central portion of the vessel; feeding air into the aerobic zone for oxygenation and creating an upflow; maintaining an annularly disposed anoxic zone about said aerobic zone; causing the upflow from the aerobic zone to produce a downflow in the anoxic zone; causing at least a portion of the downflow from the anoxic zone to pass into the upflow of the aerobic zone; maintaining an annularly disposed clarification zone about said anoxic zone for clarified liquid, including an upflow; causing at least a portion of the downflow from the anoxic zone to pass into the upflow of the clarification zone; maintaining a facultative transition zone below the upper aerobic, anoxic and clarification zones; maintaining an anaerobic zone below the facultative zone for absorbing solids s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventors: Kaspar A. Kasparian, Eric Verret