Patents Represented by Law Firm O'Connor, Cavanagh
  • Patent number: 5742941
    Abstract: A golf glove adapted to assist in maintaining a proper grip on the club by means of an elastic strap affixed to the back of the glove which may be drawn around the hand and golf club handle and fastened to the backhand portion of the fourth and fifth fingers of the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Michael Porter
  • Patent number: 5727679
    Abstract: A single use cereal and milk or other dry food and beverage container comprises an integral package formed of a first container of plastic or paperboard laminate construction containing a supply of liquid in a hermetically sealed condition, a second container of plastic or plastic coated paperboard construction for holding a supply of cereal having a removable cover for maintaining the cereal in a sealed condition, and a user operable valve on the first container and disposed opposite an orifice in the second container. The user first opens the second container by breaking the stay fresh seal to access the cereal and the valve. A spoon is disposed within the second container for ready use after accessing the cereal and before opening the valve. In one embodiment, an end portion of the spoon is specifically formed to break the aseptic seal and open the valve. The container is shelf storable, product displayable and readily disposable after single use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Emil M. Newarski
  • Patent number: 5717430
    Abstract: A multimedia computer keyboard that is adaptable to new or existing computer systems. The computer keyboard has built-in full range stereo speakers with a control panel located above the standard alphanumeric and function key pads. The computer keyboard also has external headphone and microphone jacks with interrupt circuitry. The standard alphanumeric and function key pad circuitry and the audio circuitry are maintained as separate circuit components within the multimedia computer keyboard housing. Individual component cables are combined into a single cable that connects the multimedia computer keyboard to the computer CPU terminal. Also, floppy disk drive, CD-ROM disk drive and telecommunications components may be incorporated into said multimedia computer keyboard system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: SC&T International, Inc.
    Inventors: James L. Copland, Gary Crunk, Klaus Muerzl
  • Patent number: 5713793
    Abstract: A commodities options trading game is provided in which the simulated market, which determines whether the value of the simulated commodities options rise or fall, is determined by a real event occurring outside the game being played. In a preferred embodiment, the event from which the simulated market is derived is a real-life sporting event, such as a professional basketball, football, or baseball game. Preferably a host calculator or computer generates the initial option prices and displays the information to a plurality of player stations. After play begins, the host computer updates the options prices using formula based on the current score, time remaining and a other empirically determined factors. The players buy and sell options in response to the momentum of the market. At the conclusion of the sporting event, the options are cashed in for their intrinsic value and the player with the most accumulated wealth is declared the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Oris, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Keenan O. Holte
  • Patent number: 5712629
    Abstract: A device (12) for interfacing an external peripheral unit (18) to a store controller (16) and store terminal (14) of a point of sale (POS) system has been provided. The interface device includes an MPU (50) for passively monitoring the data coming from the store terminal without causing any interruption to the POS system. When a specific key sequence indicative of a request for use of the peripheral unit has been detected, the device interrupts the flow of data between the store controller and store terminal and enables the MPU to now send data to the store controller and store terminal. Additionally, the device provides a plurality of data paths for allowing the MPU to read data from the store terminal, for storing and reading data from the store controller, and for transferring data between the MPU and the peripheral unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Assignee: DCNS, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. Curtiss, Jr., Donald L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 5683042
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus and method for compacting and pulverizing waste and soil, including a mechanism for cutting wire, tubing, hoses, plastics, carpet, mattresses, and other like materials that tend to be present at landfill and other waste sites and that can interfere with the operation of a compacting and pulverizing apparatus. The mobile compactor, pulverizer and cutting method achieves superior performance in terms of increased compacting ability by using a plurality of compacting and pulverizing members that are mounted rotatably on a plurality of rods running parallel to a main shaft, which compacting and pulverizing members rotate about the main shaft during operation to compact and pulverize waste and soil and other materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Enrico Giovanardi
  • Patent number: 5671955
    Abstract: A pipe coupler for use in fire sprinkler systems is of generally cylindrical shape. The coupler carries locking springs to engage grooves carried on the ends of the sprinkler pipes. The coupler also carries seal rings to provide for leak proof coupling. Each locking spring is carried in a groove in the coupler which has its sidewalls inclined to the inner surface of the coupler. Axial movement of the pipe in either direction relative to the coupler produces a wedging or camming action between the locking spring and the sidewall of the coupler groove and the sidewall of the pipe groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: American Fence Corporation
    Inventor: Paul W. Shumway
  • Patent number: 5655461
    Abstract: A robbery deterrent apparatus and method is provided for convenience stores or other businesses vulnerable to armed robbery, in which a would-be armed robber is incapacitated by an aerosol agent that is delivered in a predetermined pattern within the store. In a preferred embodiment, the aerosol incapacitating agent is delivered immediately upon the detection of a firearm discharge, or after a short delay in response to an employee activated trigger. The aerosol incapacitating agent may be accompanied by a marking agent, such as ultraviolet dye, to assist authorities in capturing and identifying the would-be armed robber in the event he or she is able to escape the store after the robbery attempt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: RDS Family Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Wayne A. Gilbert
  • Patent number: 5641262
    Abstract: This invention relates to hydraulic lift apparatus in general and to a hydraulically operated vehicular tailgate lift apparatus in particular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Assignee: Woodbine Manufacturing
    Inventors: Norman T. Dunlop, Peter A. Dunlop, David J. Roden
  • Patent number: 5637230
    Abstract: Apparatus and method are provided for the treatment of potable water. A non-pressurized chlorinator has a first chamber which receives solid calcium hypochlorite tablets. A portion of the potable water flows into the first chamber to produce a chlorine solution in a second chamber of the chlorinator. An eductor is connected in a potable water flow line and draws the chlorine solution from the second chamber to chlorinate the water. A third chamber in fluid communication with the second chamber includes level sensors to control the flow of water into the chlorinator. The use of pumps for injection of chlorine into the potable water supply is eliminated thereby providing a highly reliable and cost effective system. The system is particularly advantageous in that it does not rely upon the use of chlorine gas nor is it necessary to transport or store highly unstable liquid chlorine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: City of Chandler
    Inventor: Arnold A. Billings
  • Patent number: 5634214
    Abstract: The present invention is a golf glove which includes padding to assist in properly gripping a golf club and to also protect the hand when playing golf. The glove further includes a visual indicator to assist in properly gripping a golf glove. The glove also incorporates transversely isotropic material in a portion of the glove to assist in a proper fit. The invention also includes a method of gripping a golf club to assure proper grip and grip alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: James A. St. Ville
  • Patent number: 5628226
    Abstract: A manually-operated rule bending and notching press producing a ram output mechanical advantage that is substantially than prior art manual rule bending and notching presses. This is accomplished by providing a toggle linkage that drives a crank-and-pivot mechanism. The input handle is able to travel through at least about 100 to 180 degrees of rotation as the ram moves through its full travel, however, the handle still moves through the most usable 90 degrees of rotation while the ram is moving through the most highly loaded final 1/2 to 3/4 inch of its stroke. The crank and pivot mechanism provides a substantially linear force multiplication during this last part of the press ram stroke because the crank does not pass or near the top dead center of either the input or the output linkage. Accordingly, variations in output mechanical advantage may be effected simply by altering the radii of the input and output crank pivots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Assignee: J. F. Helmold & Bros., Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. Weissman
  • Patent number: 5594352
    Abstract: A circuit for use with an ultrasonic transducer utilized to measure depths of liquids in tanks is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Arizona Instrument Corporation
    Inventor: Glen A. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5593374
    Abstract: A device for exercising the muscles of the gluteal region comprising a rigid frame formed as an elongated bar. A hip support is rotatably attached to the middle of the frame and a back support is attached to the hip support. The device further comprises a bootie having elastic resistance members connected to the toe and heel portions of the bootie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Kor-One, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ned Gvoich
  • Patent number: 5560838
    Abstract: Cupric chloride etchant waste is converted into non-hazardous material consisting of copper oxide and salt water. The cupric chloride etchant is preheated and a stream of the etchant is combined with a stream of preheated caustic solution. A neutralization reaction occurs in the mixed stream which is directed to a mixing tank. The reaction completes in the mixing tank without addition of heat, producing fine copper oxide which is filtered out from the salt water. The entire apparatus for carrying out the process can be integrated into a single portable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Training `N` Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Victoria R. Allies, Mark F. Lloyd, James M. McCarron
  • Patent number: 5558605
    Abstract: A treadmill having a frame with first and second rollers mounted at opposite ends of the frame and an endless tread belt placed about the rollers. The treadmill further including a flywheel attached to the frame and coupled to the first roller for rotatably driving the flywheel at a rate of rotation greater than the rate of rotation of the first roller. The coupling mechanism comprises a first drive wheel attached to the flywheel and a second drive wheel attached to the first roller with an endless drive belt placed around the drive wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Kor-One, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ned Gvoich
  • Patent number: 5545114
    Abstract: An exercise device for exercising all of the major muscles comprising the upper and lower abdomen and back, while avoiding undue stress on the lumbar and cervical spinal discs and the muscles comprising the lower back and hip flexors. The device provides rigid upper and lower back supports which are pivotally joined at a point which restricts flexure of the spine to the T10-L1 region. Resistance means attach to the pivotal portions of the device to allow adjustable resistance to exercise motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: Kor-One, Ltd.
    Inventor: Ned Gvoich
  • Patent number: 5542401
    Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided for maintaining a substantially constant partial vacuum in the crankcase of an internal combustion engine. Maintaining the partial vacuum, in addition to essentially eliminating crankcase emissions, substantially reduced tailpipe emissions of carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons as evidenced by a test conducted according to California Air Research Board test method 505 (hot). The crankcase partial vacuum also has the added benefit of reducing the rate at which the engine lubricating oil was contaminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: En-Ovation Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Emil J. Newarski
  • Patent number: D379473
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: DMDN, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Vincent DeLorenzo, Jeff Bisch
  • Patent number: D418173
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: David Sholin