Patents Represented by Attorney Mills Law Firm
  • Patent number: 6848702
    Abstract: An assist assembly for actuating the release handle of a pivoting landing leg and a heavy trailer and providing an assist in raising and lowering the landing leg between a horizontal transport position and a vertical ground support position. The assist assembly includes a pivoting handle having camming surfaces to raising the release handle to an unlatched position maintaining weight bearing engagement with the handle during movement between the positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas Williams
  • Patent number: 6827651
    Abstract: A billiard training air for promoting accuracy and consistency in contacting an object ball with a cue ball to effect and desired path for the object ball and a resultant path and position for the cue ball includes an alignment body supported above the object ball, an object ball laser projecting a forward beams that is positioned on the desired path along a longitudinal axis, a impact indicating laser downwardly projecting a contact line along the object ball for indicating a contact point for the cue ball, a light unit for projecting a ghost ball image on the longitudinal axis at the contact point for indicating the impact position for the cue ball, and a pair of transverse lasers for projecting lateral beam to indicate and reference post impact cue ball position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Davis
  • Patent number: 6825407
    Abstract: A vibratory percussive instrument having an elongated curvilinear yoke connected at a center section to an instrument stand and an impact pad at the end of an arm for striking with a percussive instrument and a pin type resonator at the end of a lower arm for producing a prolonged resonance upon impacting the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Michael T. Curren
  • Patent number: 6821234
    Abstract: A motorized exercise and rehabilitation chair for pacing controlled movements of the legs and arms of a disabled user includes a chair supported above a reciprocating platform having a frontal spring biased footrest for exercising the knee and ankle joints and armrest that orbit in a circular pattern for exercising the elbow and shoulder joints of the user. The user may select and vary the operating speeds of the platform and armrests from a control unit swivel mounted in front of the chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Raymond L. Barbee
  • Patent number: 6810847
    Abstract: A charge dissipative 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 exterior coating comprising a silicone-based base coat containing aluminum flake and a dielectric silicone-based top coat containing ceramic pigment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventor: Ernest T. Jefferson
  • Patent number: 6766757
    Abstract: A remotely controlled outrigger for a fishing boat includes a mounting sleeve extending through the boat roof and a control cartridge rotatably supported by the sleeve. The control cartridge includes a hydraulic actuator operated by a handle below the roof to operate an actuator pumping assembly to extend an elevating piston to incline an outrigger boom pivotally supported at the upper end of the cartridge. The handle is rotated to swing the outrigger boom between detented inboard and outboard positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Richard T. Tilley
  • Patent number: 6751911
    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 attaching coil facia trim at detented positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Versatile Premium Products, Inc.
    Inventors: J. Larry Gates, Ronald J. Wilkins
  • Patent number: 6745452
    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 pair of assembly tables spaced along an assembly line on a work floor. Each table has an upper layout surface spaced vertically above the work floor and provides a work bay therebelow. The layout surface having indicia for orienting the discrete timbers in each layer whereby the timber may be roughly assembled. A gang drill moves in a longitudinal path along the assembly line with respect to the assembly tables. The gang drill carries a plurality of drills for sequentially drilling the lateral rows of intersections. The gang drill alternates between tables while manual assembly operations are conducted at the other table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald Harrison
  • Patent number: 6736128
    Abstract: A portable charcoal cooker includes a housing having side doors for loading starting materials and charcoal in separate compartments, a grill rack above the compartment, and a pivoting cover provided with a handle for transporting the cooker. The cooker is placed on end with the top door open to lights the starting materials and ignite the charcoal. After the charcoal is lit, the cooker is placed on its base and the cover opened to present the cooker rack for cooking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Cleve Ericson Nordeen
  • Patent number: 6725802
    Abstract: An ink dispenser includes a lower case having a cavity whereat a ceramic imprint ink dispensing plate is releasably retained by flexible tabs and including provisions for mechanically, frictionally and magnetically mounting the case on a variety of mounting surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventors: John H. Carrington, David W. Harvey
  • Patent number: 6718891
    Abstract: A seed planter having a plurality of vacuum operated seed metering units includes a valve assembly connected between the metering units and the vacuum manifold permitting discrete control of the operation of each metering unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventors: David Burbage, Jr., William S. Warren
  • Patent number: 6711764
    Abstract: A hammock stand includes faux bamboo nodes formed periodically along the tubular component, which a color highlighted for simulating a bamboo appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Charles W. Mauze, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6708417
    Abstract: A framing square for marking transverse, gable, hip/valley cut lines on a large standard sheathing panel includes an elongated rectangular scale with a transverse T-bar handle of equal width having transverse guide surfaces terminating a pivot point at the lateral ends thereof. The scale includes a first set of pitch angle lines for establishing gable cuts extending across the width of the panel and a second set of pitch angle lines for establishing hip/valley cuts. A series of holes are formed in the scale for attaching the scale to the panel at a select radius from a marker carried by the handle for establishing circular cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Neal Wilkins
  • Patent number: 6705039
    Abstract: A fish landing net for landing heavy fish from an elevated location includes a flexible retaining hoop having a normal open position. A netting has an open end carried at the hoop periphery and a depending closed end providing an enclosure for securing and carrying the fish. A lifting rigging is attached by three outwardly and downwardly extending rope sections to the hoop for raising and lowering said hoop member at the elevated location. The hoop has an initial prestressing establishing the open position and is locally anneals at the attachment sites for permitting inwardly deforming of the periphery under loading conditions of the fish in the netting thereby resulting in an inward constricting of the hoop opening during landing of the fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Phillip John Campbell
  • Patent number: 6702772
    Abstract: A restriction splint for immobilizing the CMC joint of a hand includes a splint body of a soft stretchable material that overlies the dorsum and palm of the hand and a tensioning strap having one end connected to the splint body at the dorsum and a free end wrapping around the CMC joint capsule, extending through the web between the thumb and the index finger and releasably connected to the splint body under extension for orienting and immobilizing the thumb without consequent loss of hand functioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Judy C. Colditz
  • Patent number: 6698596
    Abstract: A mobile stand for storing and organizing hand held puppets includes a base supported on swiveling casters and carrying a pair of vertically spaced display decks each of which includes a plurality of upwardly projecting support rods for carrying individual puppets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Herman R. Dean
  • Patent number: 6698817
    Abstract: A variable rate covering system for open top vehicle containers includes a hydraulic actuating system for pivoting arms carrying a roll up cover wherein the fluid flow rates to the hydraulic cylinders are reduced during the initial and final phases of the stroke to reduce acceleration and impact forces on the arms, cover and components, and normal fluid flow rates are provided during central phase movement without significantly affecting overall cycle time. The hydraulic cylinders are provided with metering orifices that reduce fluid flow rates to and from the cylinder pressure chambers for predetermined portions of the stroke length, thereby cushioning the pivoting mechanism at the terminal positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Woody V. O'Brian
  • Patent number: 6701215
    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: December 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Greg C. Stadermann
  • Patent number: 6692615
    Abstract: An organic substrate is manufactured from recycled waste paper, cotton fiber and cotton gin waste, and gypsum. The recycled waste products are combined to form a slurry mixture for processing by conventional paper making machinery into a substrate that may be used in sheet form or comminuted pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Timothy D. Cathey
  • Patent number: 6681940
    Abstract: A tool rack organizer having a support assembly including rows of horizontal arms normally disposed in parallel spaced relation to a storage wall. The outer arms are pivotally connected to the support assembly for independent movement between a closed position and an open position. The arms are provided with a series of longitudinally spaced opening for attaching implement hooks to thereby hang customary tools, equipment and other implements. The organizer, with the compact rows of hooks, provides a compact rack arrangement for storing and accessing a multiplicity of tools in a minimum of wall space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventors: Michael J. Cash, James A. Buffaloe