Patents Represented by Attorney Pate Pierce & Baird
  • Patent number: 7878418
    Abstract: An atomizer provides a control of duty cycle or a motor driving a diaphragm pump. By providing precise, high-speed flow through an eductor nozzle, improved atomization occurs. However, to control the total volume of atomized liquid discharged, the delay time between operational time periods may also be controlled. Thus, a very effective atomizer provides economical use of essential oils by control duty cycle. Precision modeling provides highly integrated subsystems providing superior performance and reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Early Vaughn Sevy
  • Patent number: 7784454
    Abstract: A pneumatic gun sized and designed to appear like and operate in a manner similar to a conventional handgun. The gun may include a removable magazine storing projectiles and propellant. The entire magazine may be small enough to fit into a handle of the gun (e.g., with a pistol grip). The magazine may be integrated with propellant and projectile portions locked together or separable. Standard carbon dioxide cartridges fit within the magazine. Projectiles may be staggered to increase the maximum magazine load. A user may selectively release just the projectile portion of the magazine, in order to leave the propellant undisturbed until fully expended. The magazine may be completely removed from the gun without substantial loss of propellant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventors: Benjamin T. Tiberius, Dennis E. Tiberius, Kyle L. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7779361
    Abstract: An integrated console provides multiple users an ability to bring in signals from a plurality of disparate hardware subsystems the monitoring and control signals, all to be controlled from a virtual console on a single computer screen. Multiple users may arrange subwindows for any or all controlled hardware and arrange those subwindows on a computer screen, in accordance with each user's preference. The system may store personalized display layouts, receiving commands from multiple workstations, and routing the commands received to the appropriate subsystems. Meanwhile, the system provides apparatus and methods to automatically detect changes on the subwindows and notify a user thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: R. Dean Malmstrom
  • Patent number: 7777145
    Abstract: A switch for controlling delivery of electrical current to a light. The switch may include a frame, a controller connected to the frame, and a toggle connected to the frame to pivot through a range of motion having a first extreme and a second extreme, opposite the first extreme. The toggle may toggle between a first position proximate the first extreme and a second position proximate the second extreme. The switch may further include a sensor connected to the frame and positioned to detect the toggle in the second position, and a tactile switch connected to the frame and positioned to be actuated by the toggle pivoting past the first position toward the first extreme. The switch may also include a controller connected to the sensor and tactile switch to receive inputs therefrom and to execute logic to control the delivery in accordance with the inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventors: Douglas Burrell, David Clare
  • Patent number: 7779407
    Abstract: A computer hardware life-extension apparatus and method is disclosed to circumvent hardware-dependent software installation locks, imposed by selected software packages, which may artificially enforce compliance with a minimum set of hardware requirements before allowing installation. Various techniques may be used to circumvent the artificial hardware locks, thereby effectively extending the useful life, and delaying the forced obsolescence, of selected computer hardware. An apparatus and method in accordance with the invention may be used to extend the life of a wide variety of computer hardware, including but not limited to processors, main memory, secondary storage devices, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: Phillip M. Adams
  • Patent number: 7775536
    Abstract: This invention relates to mounted, adjustable steps for vehicles and, in particular, to a multi-angle, extendable, and selectively height-adjustable step that can be mounted to a trailer such as a boat trailer, a camping trailer, trailers for all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, and the like. The adjustable step assembly of the present invention includes a mounting bracket, an extension member, and a step. The extension member includes a first end and a second end. The first end of the extension member being pivotably connect to the mounting bracket to facilitate selective pivoting with respect to the mounting bracket through a range of motion including a first position and a second position being higher than the first position. The step may be connected to the second end of the extension member and configured to provide at least a first stepping area and a second stepping area when the extension member is selectively positioned in the first and second positions, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: David L. Shumway
  • Patent number: 7773460
    Abstract: A “medication communicator” chart is used as a teaching tool to educate patients and to schedule events corresponding to a prescribed medication regimen. The “medication communicator” chart includes a scheduling graph having the shape of a 12-hour or 24-hour analog clock. The scheduling graph is divided into regions corresponding to each hour of a day for scheduling event information. Fields, on the “medication communicator” chart, are receptive to labels communicating information corresponding to numerous medications in the medication regimen. Timing indicators may be applied to the regions of the scheduling graph to indicate consumption or application times of each of the medications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Lindsay Holt
  • Patent number: 7770131
    Abstract: A method for integrating and sharing the monitoring and control of multiple subsystems. The method may include identifying an integration system comprising a first display processor and a first command processor. The first display processor may receive a display signal from each subsystem of the subsystems being monitored and controlled. The method may also include storing personalized display layouts, receiving commands from multiple workstations, and routing the commands received to the appropriate subsystems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: R. Dean Malmstrom
  • Patent number: 7747452
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improvement of computer-related products to solve problems caused by artificially embedded locks, barriers, defects, and the like, that force a consumer to needlessly upgrade hardware or software on a computer. An independent developer may procure access to a product, develop a testing regimen for functionality of the product, and perform evaluations to identify sources of any operational defects found. Accordingly, the developer may then provide a generalized testing regimen to test instances of product provided by a supplier, identify those containing the flaw, and may optionally provide a solution to the flaw, where practicable. The independent developer may obtain intellectual property rights in the testing, solution or both for the product. Thus, by notifying a supplier, an independent developer may become a supplier of testing or solution systems, motivating a supplier by one of several mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Phillip M. Adams
  • Patent number: 7740418
    Abstract: An apparatus for underwater propulsion. The apparatus may include a hydrofoil, a buoyancy compensator connected to the hydrofoil, a tank containing air, and a controller regulating the passage of air from the tank into the buoyancy compensator. The controller may also regulate the escape of air from the buoyancy compensator. By positioning the hydrofoil underwater and alternating between positive and negative angles of attack, a diver may generate forward propulsion by manipulating the controller to correspondingly alternate the buoyant force produced by the buoyancy compensator between levels below and above neutral buoyancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventor: Phillip M. Adams
  • Patent number: 7736557
    Abstract: A system, method, and apparatus for constructing and installing a roofing tile having an arbitrary design of color, patterns, textures, and the like in accordance with the requirements of a user, a designer, an architect, or the like, and provides an ability to select a color scheme for a base tile, variegations within the color of the base tile, as well as accent medallions having color, textures, and the like. Moreover, a texture may be provided to improve adhesion of the accent medallions to the base tile. In alternative embodiments, no texturing is required, but may be provided simply as a design element affecting shading in varied lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Evans Brothers Investments
    Inventors: Michael M. Evans, Lewis M. Evans, James D. Brasher
  • Patent number: 7726070
    Abstract: A material for maintaining hydration in plants, whether potted or in natural soils may include a substrate treated with a binder, securing a layer of hydrating particles thereto. Typical binders may include lignicite, or other naturally occurring materials such as sugars, molasses, corn syrup, gelatin, or the like. A byproduct of wood, lignicite has been found to be very effective. Various materials can serve as a hydrating, particulate coating. Polyacrylamide has been found to serve well and provide relief from the stress of dehydration that normally occurs in plants between waterings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Inventor: Tommy K. Thrash
  • Patent number: 7721861
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a clutch mechanism to adjust eccentricity in a power tool. The clutch mechanism comprises an outer race mounted radially on an annular main body which is mounted on an eccentric shaft. At least one first connecting member is disposed between the outer race and the annular main body. At least one second connecting member is disposed between the annular main body and the eccentric shaft. The first connecting member makes the outer race and the annular main body rotate relative to each other at one way. The second connecting member makes the annular main body and the eccentric shaft rotate relative to each other at one way. The annular main body has an axial projection formed thereon to connect with an eccentric mechanism in the power tool. With this type of clutch mechanism, the adjusted eccentricity will not change during working and torque can be transferred stably.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Positec Power Tools (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen Cheng Zhong
  • Patent number: 7653766
    Abstract: A programmatic time-gap defect correction apparatus and method corrects errors which may go undetected by a computer system. Buffer underruns or overruns, which may incur errors in data transfers, yet remain undetected and uncorrected in a computer system, are corrected by an error avoidance module in accordance with the invention. Bytes transferred to and from buffers, used by an I/O controllers to temporarily store data while being transferred between synchronous and asynchronous devices, are counted and an error condition is forced based on the count. If the count exceeds the capacity of the buffer, an error condition is forced, thereby reducing chances that errors are incurred into the data transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Philip M. Adams
  • Patent number: 7653531
    Abstract: A system for automating the quality evaluation of a translation. The system may include a computer having a processor and memory device operably connected to one another. A source text in a first language may be stored within the memory device. A target text comprising a translation of the source text into a second language may also be stored within the memory device. Additionally, a plurality of executables may be stored on the memory device and be configured to, when executed by the processor, independently identify a test sample comprising one or more blocks, each comprising a matched set having a source portion selected from the source text and a corresponding target portion selected from the target text.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: Multiling Corporation
    Inventors: Michael V. Sneddon, Brian R. Chandler
  • Patent number: 7648443
    Abstract: An exercise console is disclosed as including a housing and a display incorporated into the housing. The display is adapted to align substantially parallel to the top surface of the housing. A tilt mechanism connects the display to the housing and is operable by a user to tilt the display to a nonparallel angle with respect to the housing. In another aspect in accordance with the invention, the exercise console includes a substantially fixed array of buttons incorporated into the housing. The buttons provide to a user various input options which are selectable in a pre-determined sequence by operation of the buttons to program the exercise console. Various indicators are associated with the buttons and inform the user which input options are next available for selection after the user has selected one or more input options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Peter Schenk
  • Patent number: 7640334
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for network device information collection and change detection. An apparatus may include a reporting module hosted on a PC connected to a network. The reporting module may query an intelligent network infrastructure device (i.e. switch, router, hub, etc.) to obtain end point connection information corresponding to the PC. The apparatus may also include a correlation module to associate the end point connection information to a location identifier corresponding to the physical location at which the PC is actually installed. The reporting module may transmit the end point connection information to a central database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Frontrange Solutions
    Inventors: John Spinks, Glenn M. Stephens
  • Patent number: D624532
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Reminderband, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Huskinson
  • Patent number: D624908
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Reminderband, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Huskinson
  • Patent number: D624909
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Reminderband, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Huskinson