Patents Represented by Attorney Mills Law Firm
  • Patent number: 7001512
    Abstract: A process for treating waste products discharged in a waste water from an animal operation, such as a swine confinement facility includes a holding tank for receiving waste water from the flushing of the facility in which solids to accumulate at the bottom thereof; wherein as conveyor transfers solids from said bottom at a rate preventing agitation of the waste water, to a compactor for removing additional water content and to a product dryer for converting the solids into a dry product. The product dryer includes a water heating system with water lines connected in a closed loop to the holding tank. The heating system thermal treats the circulating waste water and waste solids to a temperature sufficient to reduce undesired constituents therein. The product dryer is vented to a separator for recovering ammonia contents in the waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: David Ralph Newsome
  • Patent number: 7000290
    Abstract: A lockable hinge for preventing opening of a door wherein the fixed and pivoting hinge plates have solid, torque resistant knuckles with aligned passages configured in non circular shapes to permit insertion of a complementary hinge pin thereby preventing opening of the door. The passage may be further configured to permit insertion of a circular hinge pin to selectively allow normal opening and closing of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: James W. Ace
  • Patent number: 7000799
    Abstract: A hand held serving tray includes a slotted well for stemmed and regular glasses, and a hole adjacent for gripping the top surface with a thumb and supporting the bottom surface with finger loosely surrounding the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: Roger Hamre
  • Patent number: 6992252
    Abstract: A removable reducer bushing is carried in a threaded port of an outlet box for coupling with a small threaded conduit and electively removable for coupling with a large threaded conduit thereby permitting a single box to handle multiple conduit sizes without separately procured parts. The bushing includes a deformable thread interruption resisting bushing rotation during removal of the small threaded conduit and frontal slots for manual removal of the bushing with a screwdriver against the resistance of the thread interruption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: C. Gireesh Rao, David L. Scheer, Ashok Sathyanarayana Alilughatta
  • Patent number: 6990335
    Abstract: A thermostat control system for monitoring and controlling environmental characteristics of a building includes a base station unit and a remote access unit continuously interfacing through instant wireless private direct connectivity. The system also includes a plurality of sensors that measure the environmental characteristics and provide the thermostat unit with the measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventors: Charles G. Shamoon, Deborah H. Shamoon, Franklin Eugene Neal, Michael Fehnel
  • Patent number: 6986238
    Abstract: A mount assembly for mounting a conventional trimming device on a riding mover includes an adjustable support arm mounted on the mower deck carries a biaxially pivotal bracket carrying the shaft of the trimming device whereby the operator may selectively pivot the cutter of the trimmer about a wide arcuate path during movement to trim unwanted vegetation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: Danny Bloodworth
  • Patent number: 6983194
    Abstract: An acceptance and verification system creates data base records for each posted item of a bulk mailing so as to provide early notification to a mailing system as to the content of mail to be delivered by a bulk mailer in advance of physical delivery at the facility. A unique scanner readable bar code on the posted item provides documentation on the processing of each posted item and verifies correspondence between the notification and the documentation including item related specifics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: Greg C. Stadermann
  • Patent number: 6978567
    Abstract: A pendant display includes a hanger slidably disposed over an inwardly pivoting door and having a holder at an outwardly facing end supporting a pole at a snap-fit ball and socket connection that is pivotal to a horizontal position for displaying into an adjacent hallway an attribute of the room or the adjacent vicinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventor: Janice J. Pearsall
  • Patent number: 6976857
    Abstract: A ground clamp having upper and lower clamp members interconnected by clamping screws for mechanical and electrical connection with a grounding member, and a frontally projecting boss on the lower clamp member having a downwardly opening slot for receiving a ground wire which is retained by a set screw forward of the clamping screws whereby the various screws may be independently tightened without interference from adjacent screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Sigma Electric Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: Shuklesh Shukla, Krishnan S. Iyer, Neville N. Kharas
  • Patent number: 6969275
    Abstract: A cord organizer for cosmetology tools at a work station includes a cord retractor mounted on the work station to which the existing cord of an appliance may be connected without modification at an exterior receptacle on the rotating portion of the retractor housing. A locking grommet between the cord and the slot prevents movement forces on the electrical connection during extension and retraction. The housing further includes a wide angle extended circumferential opening that allows operator observation of the cord condition and increased cord mobility during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Dwight L. Brock
  • Patent number: 6966145
    Abstract: A fire ant trap for eradicating fire ants at a mound includes a domed enclosure having a lower rim peripherally engaging the mound and secured thereat by stakes. A tubular auger is threaded at the top end and has a perforated beveled tip that rotates into the top of the mound. A fire ant agent is dispensed to the tip from an upper fill opening that is sealed by a removable cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventors: Michael Taft, Marylee B. Taft
  • Patent number: 6935131
    Abstract: An indoor facility provided with a liquid refrigerant dehumidifier coil connected with the main refrigeration coils in a secondary refrigerant loop and a compressor waste heat coil coupled with the primary refrigerant loop and heating a desiccant wheel for removing further humidity from the process air stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Inventor: Tom Backman
  • Patent number: 6933016
    Abstract: The heat storage capacity of natural cellulosic products is increased by injecting nucleating products and/or heat storing material into unfilled cells thereby increasing the amount of material that can undergo phase change for transferring latent heat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Marvin E. Sykes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6932551
    Abstract: A truck rail for the side walls of a pickup truck cargo bed includes a welded chain having individual links structurally interconnected to form a rigid assembly of a center section spaced above the side walls and inclined end section attached to the sidewalls by mechanical fasteners or telescopic insertion into sidewall stake pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Gerald Bagley
  • Patent number: 6929515
    Abstract: A compact inline unitized plug/receptacle adapter interconnects a four blade plug configuration with a three slot receptacle thereby allowing a boat or RV user to readily adapt to an available receptacle at mooring or camping sites while retaining the ability to utilize the electrical equipment therein. The adapter includes a cover assembly carrying on the outer end the three blades for connection with a host receptacle and carrying on the inner end the four terminals for connection with the guest plug. The live or hot terminals are interconnected by a jumper bus mounted at a raised pad on the cover and electrically connected with the live blade. The neutral and ground terminals are separately connected with their respective blades and mounted at pads of differing elevation on the cover thereby providing differing base elevations and a first degree of physical and electrical insulation between the hot and neutral/ground paths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventors: Robert Schneider, Peter MacKay, Thomas Fanelli
  • Patent number: 6926159
    Abstract: A double arm peg board support hook includes a pivoting lock bar that establishes a detent locked condition across the free ends of the hook support arms to prevent inadvertent dislodgement of articles stored thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventors: Michael J. Cash, James A. Buffaloe
  • Patent number: 6912739
    Abstract: A safety inlet drain assembly for main and skimmer drains of a swimming pool includes a perforated cylinder in the drain cavity mounted at a lower end on the drain return line and having a domed cap on the upper end to which the drain gate cover is attached by fasteners. The safety drain assembly is configured for precluding complete blockage by pool users in the event of displacement of the cover plate thereby preventing excessive suction conditions otherwise posing physical danger to the users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Richard Nowell
  • Patent number: 6901793
    Abstract: A cover for a pitot-static probe includes a braided head resistance sleeve insertable over the probe that has an open end provided with an annular fold carrying a retaining ring for establishing a compressive fit with a non-tapered portion of the probe and accommodating relative movements of the sleeve in response to ground conditions without dislodging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Ernest T. Jefferson
  • Patent number: 6896283
    Abstract: An aircraft tug hitch assembly includes deflectable guide plates providing a converging pocket for mechanically positioning a tow bar eyelet with the hitch lock pin. The hitch includes a lock assembly including a lock pin is mounted on a slidable piston for operator controlled movement between a detented raised unlocked position and a lower locked position capturing the tow bar eyelet. An indicator ball carried by the piston is observable by the tug operator when the lock assembly is in the unlocked position, but is not visible in the locked position thereby confirming hitch status without the need for verbal communication with ground personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas M. Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6869054
    Abstract: A newspaper holder for delivering a newspaper includes a frustoconical sleeve for retaining the upper end of a coiled newspaper and a projecting hook for looping over the doorknob for looping over an exterior doorknob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: Mack Pearsall