Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Molly D. McKay
  • Patent number: 8328528
    Abstract: A sucker rod pump with no travelling valve consisting of, from the bottom: hold down with pump inlet, lower standing valve, hollow coupling, upper standing valve suspended within the coupling, relief valve, hollow pump housing, solid piston within the housing, and barrel to clean and retain the piston in the housing. The piston attaches to and reciprocating with the rod string. Peripheral channels in the relief valve communicate between the coupling and the housing. A central channel in the relief valve communicates between the upper standing valve and the pump's outlets. The upstroke pulls fluid from the bottom of the well upward through the open lower standing valve, around the closed upper standing valve and into the housing chamber. The down stroke pushes fluid from the housing chamber past the closed lower standing valve and through the open upper standing valve to the pump's exit into the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Thompson Pump Company
    Inventor: Charles Gene Fisher
  • Patent number: 8322580
    Abstract: The present invention is a retractable cargo carrying device that can be mounted on the top of a trailer such as a horse trailer. The device is provided underneath with a telescoping rail system that secures to the top of the trailer and to a storage box of the device. This telescoping rail system allows the storage box to be lowered near to the ground so that items can be easily placed in the storage box from the ground. Once the storage box is loaded, it can then be retracted back onto the top of the trailer for transport. The storage box has a pivoting attachment to the telescoping rail system that maintains the storage box in a level position at all times, even when lowering and retracting the box relative to the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Billy Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8307847
    Abstract: A fast opening pressure relief valve (200) for providing pressure relief for a vessel. The valve (200) has an ejector (216) and a sleeve structure (210) in which the ejector (216) moves longitudinally. The ejector (216) is constructed of material that will expand outward slightly upon pressurization, increasing friction between staging glands (202) provided on the sleeve structure (210) and buckling glands (206) provided on the ejector (216). Also, as pressure on the ejector (216) increases, the buckling rings (206) deform slightly to release their grip on the staging glands (202) and move past them. Once the buckling rings (206) move past the staging glands (202), the pressurized ejector (216) quickly moves to its open position, i.e. opening within 2 and 3 milliseconds, thereby releasing the pressure on the vessel. The valve (200) can be reset by returning the ejector to its closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Enviro Valve, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald Keith Fritts
  • Patent number: 8292195
    Abstract: A frameless portable water panel for displaying advertising and products constructed of transparent material combining a water wall column and cascading water tanks supporting dry, removable display shelves. Water is pumped into a tall water column from a bottom reservoir with a water pump. Water fills the tall water column and flows down on the outside of the front wall of the column then into a series of cascading water tanks before returning to the bottom reservoir. An alternate embodiment is modified to serve as a self-serve drinking fountain by removing the lowest shelf and adding fountain openings in the outside face of the front wall of one of the cascading tanks. Other modifications including bevel top edges on the water column, a light pan under the unit, pegs to secure the shelves, clear splash guards on the back of all shelves, and supporting legs under each shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Patrick Freeman
  • Patent number: 8294565
    Abstract: An automatic turn signal monitor and warning device for use with a vehicle such as a motorcycle which requires manual deactivation of the turn signals. The device monitors turn signal activation which initiates a timer, and the timer activates a warning signal to remind the operator to deactivate the turn signal when the turn signal remains activated beyond an adjustable time interval after initiation. The warning signal can be produced by one or more audible, visual, or tactile mechanisms. The vehicle's hazard lights do not activate the device's timer, and the device's timer resets when the vehicle's brakes are applied. The device can be retrofitted onto an existing vehicle or included as original equipment when a vehicle is manufactured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Charles D. Thomas
  • Patent number: 8282140
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hidden locking mechanism for furniture that includes a pivoting locking bar that locks and unlocks a lid of the furniture in response to the horizontal movement of a sliding leg provided on the furniture that is attached to one end of the locking bar. When viewed from outside the furniture, the bar is not visible and the leg appears to be fixed and unmovable so that it is not obvious how to unlock the lid of the furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Heather L. Joy
  • Patent number: 8240585
    Abstract: A dishwasher controlled garbage disposal system that momentarily activates the garbage disposal upon activation of the dishwasher to clear the dishwasher's drain route through the garbage disposal. A signal detection and transmission device functionally attached to the dishwasher detects activation of the dishwasher's water pump and sends a signal to a wall mounted control module which activates a pre-operational warning timer. This timer activates for a short time a pre-activation yellow warning light and a fluctuating warning sound. When the warning timer deactivates, a disposal timer activates for a short time a red warning light, a constantly sounding warning sound, and a relay which activates the garbage disposal. A single shot latching relay within the signal detection and transmission device is activated when the dishwasher is initially turned on to prevent the control box from activating more than once during a given wash cycle of the dishwasher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Chet Raymond Olajos
  • Patent number: 8215524
    Abstract: A mechanical device for pulling on and removing socks which does not require any excessive bending or other extraneous body movement by the user. The device is primarily comprised of a triangular shaped sock mount attached to one end of an elongated shaft that terminates on a second end in a u-shaped handle containing hand operative controls. By engaging the hand operative controls the device can secure a sock to the sock mount while the user places their foot inside the sock. Disengaging the controls allows the user to remove the device from the sock while keeping their foot inside and enables the sock mount to rotate 180 degrees to expose the stationary elevated tongue that can then be used to remove the sock from the user's foot, can be used as a shoe horn, or to place the device in a storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Richard Trent Morris
    Inventor: Steven L. Swisher
  • Patent number: 8216114
    Abstract: An adjustable height exercise platform device having a platform that is removably secured between a pair of risers. The risers are held upright by an H-shaped horizontal base whose legs extend outward slightly to provide stability to the base. Each riser has spaced apart horizontal slots along its rear side for receiving one of two U-shaped bolts extending upward from the platform. Notches are cut out of the rear edge of the platform so that one of the U-shaped bolts straddles each notch. When the platform is attached to the risers, the U-shaped bolts rest in the slots and the two notches extend around the risers. One or more locking mechanisms are provided on the platform as a means of locking the platform and preventing the platform from being tilted in such a manner as to allow it to disengage from the risers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Clois M. Wynn, III
  • Patent number: 8215823
    Abstract: A cement mixing method for mixing cement used in cementing oil wells casing and the mixer used in that method. The mixer employs a straight bulk cement inlet, five annular recirculation jets and five annular water jet orifices located downstream of the recirculation jets so that all of the jets discharge at an angle towards the mixing chamber and the discharge from the water jet orifices intersects with the flow from the recirculation jets. This five jet, intersecting flow design allows for more thorough wetting of the cement powder with a smaller, lighter, less expensive and more durable mixer that is less inclined to foul and easier to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Estate of Thomas E. Allen
    Inventor: Thomas E. Allen
  • Patent number: 8210461
    Abstract: A device for securing excess tie down strap on a base formed by two approximately parallel spaced apart arms held together centrally with at least one crosspin. Spring loaded clevis pins provided at a distal end of each arm serve to open channels formed between the arms so that strap can be wound onto or off of the base by gripping the clevis pins as handles and rotating the device. Each clevis pin is movable retained in one of the arms and is rotatable therein by means of a flanged sleeve bearing located within a bushing provided in an opening in the arm. When the clevis pin is in its closed position, an inwardly extending free end of the clevis pin inserts through an aligned opening in the opposite arm and is retained therein by an outwardly biased detent provided on the free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Greg L. Strope
  • Patent number: 8192070
    Abstract: A cement mixing method for mixing cement used in cementing oil wells casing and the mixer used in that method. The mixer employs a straight bulk cement inlet, five annular recirculation jets and five annular water jet orifices located downstream of the recirculation jets so that all of the jets discharge at an angle towards the mixing chamber and the discharge from the water jet orifices intersects with the flow from the recirculation jets. This five jet, intersecting flow design allows for more thorough wetting of the cement powder with a smaller, lighter, less expensive and more durable mixer that is less inclined to foul and easier to clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Estate of Thomas E. Allen
    Inventor: Thomas E. Allen
  • Patent number: 8192181
    Abstract: A sucker rod pump with no travelling valve consisting of, from the bottom: hold down with pump inlet, lower standing valve, hollow coupling, upper standing valve suspended within the coupling, relief valve, hollow pump housing, solid piston within the housing, and barrel to clean and retain the piston in the housing. The piston attaches to and reciprocating with the rod string. Peripheral channels in the relief valve communicate between the coupling and the housing. A central channel in the relief valve communicates between the upper standing valve and the pump's outlets. The upstroke pulls fluid from the bottom of the well upward through the open lower standing valve, around the closed upper standing valve and into the housing chamber. The down stroke pushes fluid from the housing chamber past the closed lower standing valve and through the open upper standing valve to the pump's exit into the tubing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Thompson Pump Company
    Inventor: Charles Gene Fisher
  • Patent number: 8152659
    Abstract: A football holder for holding extra footballs on the side or hips of the quarterback until the quarterback is ready to throw the extra footballs. A pair of holders attach to the quarterback with a waist strap and two leg straps. Each holder has two spring-loaded cupped ends that are biased toward each other for holding the football there between. A football is inserted in the holder by spreading apart the two cupped ends and inserting the ends of the football between the two cupped ends of the holder. The bottom cupped end has a notch cut out of it to facilitate removal of the football from the holder by applying a twisting motion to the football.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: James Edward Wadley
  • Patent number: 8147009
    Abstract: The present invention is a component system for constructing the framework for cabinets of the type that are employed when building an outdoor kitchen. The components system consists of specially designed brackets used in conjunction with lightweight concrete side panels to construct the forms for the cabinets. The brackets have channels that attach to the corner edges of the concrete side panels and hold the side panels in place so that the top edges of the panels are accessible for attachment of back splashes and back bars. Brackets with more than one channel have support rods connecting their channels and holding them in spaced apart arrangement. Once the forms are constructed, their exterior surfaces can be finished in a variety of ways. The counter tops, wiring, plumbing, appliances and doors for the cabinets can then be installed to complete the cabinets and kitchen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: H. Joe Rider
  • Patent number: 8128971
    Abstract: A homoeopathic formula and method for treating celiac disease. The formula includes the ingredients of L-Carnosine, Aronia Berry, Vitamin D3, Folic Acid, RNA, DNA, Pulsitilla, and Lycopodium Clavatium which are mixed with brown rice flour as an anti clumping agent prior to encapsulating the formula in standard gel caps. The preferred dosage for the treatment of celiac disease is to administer 6 capsules of the preferred formulation to the patient orally each day for 30 consecutive days.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: Jack Wesley Wise
  • Patent number: 8118018
    Abstract: An attachment for an existing commercial concrete saw to convert the vertically cutting saw to a horizontally cutting saw. The saw's vertically oriented saw blade and associated horizontal shaft are first removed and the attachment is installed on the saw. The attachment has a gear box with pulley for receiving power from a pulley on the saw via a drive belt that extends around both pulleys. The gear box has a drive shaft extending vertically downward out of the gear box. Either a horizontal saw blade or cup brush can be removably attached to the drive shaft so that the saw can be used for making horizontal cuts in concrete or alternately the cup brush can be used to remove striping off the surface of a road. The gear box and the horizontal saw blade or cup brush are water cooled and lubricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: The John T. Sherment Trust
    Inventor: John T. Sherment
  • Patent number: 8087270
    Abstract: An anti-theft device in the form of a cage created from high security steel cable for use with a motorcycle helmet to secure the helmet to a motorcycle in order to prevent the helmet from being stolen when the helmet is not in use. The cage opens via a draw string type opening to capture the helmet therein and closes to prevent the helmet from being removed from the cage. A closure cable forms the draw string type closure for the cage and has a closure cable loop at each of its free ends so that the closure cable can be wrapped around the motorcycle and the ends secured together with a standard lock to secure the device and the captured helmet to the motorcycle. The device can be folded to store in a small storage space when not in use and the cable may be plastic coated or uncoated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Gruver Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Robert W. Gruver, Richard Karry
  • Patent number: 8066562
    Abstract: A method of simulating a traditional casino roulette game experience using a specially designed deck of thirty eight (38) playing cards to determine a winning number rather than via a spin of the roulette wheel. The deck includes one card for each single unique number from the roulette wheel, i.e. 00, 0, and numbers 1-36. The deck is shuffled so that the cards are drawn at random to simulate a spin of the roulette wheel. The dealer activates the shuffler to draw a card from the shuffled deck. A bar code on the drawn card is read into a computer via a scanner. Scanning the card activates the computer to provide a visual representation of a spin of the roulette wheel on a monitor located near the roulette table. The visualization shows the ball landing on the unique number of the roulette wheel dictated by the drawn card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Cherokee Nation Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Thompson, Steven Bilby, Steven Loyd, Duane D. Jennings
  • Patent number: 8054932
    Abstract: A filter medium for strainers used in the emergency sump of a nuclear power plant ECCS. The filter medium is employed with double wall, concentric tube type strainer modules. The filter medium is preferably constructed of a woven or knitted stainless steel wire material and is shaped in a cylinder so that it can be inserted between two concentric strainer walls, concentric tube type strainer in such a manner that water that passes through the strainer must pass through and be filtered by the filter medium before the water can be pumped to the reactor core. The filter medium is inserted through the bottom of the strainer module and is held in place by an x-shaped retainer. The filter creates varied approach velocity of the fluid and results in non-uniform fibrous debris accumulation on the strainer, insuring acceptable strainer debris hydraulic head loss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Enercon Services, Inc.
    Inventors: James Aaron Smith, Atul Harihar Patel, Louis Thomas Carr, Jr.