Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Paul S. Rooy
  • Patent number: 8317554
    Abstract: A modular hydraulic thruster system for vessel. At least one thruster is hydraulically connected to a power pack and electrically connected to an instrument panel. The instrument panel has a thrust angle indicator, tube gear clamp status indicator, extension indicator, tilt angle indicator, and tachometer, all pertaining to each thruster. The thruster includes a tube rotating and reciprocating through a housing, which is rotatably attached to a bracket. A swivel union is attached to one end of the tube; a hydraulic motor drives a propeller to an opposite end of the tube. Some instrumentation electrical and hydraulic lines are routed through the swivel union and into the tube; others are further routed out of the tube through a tube aperture and through a flexible spiral conduit to accommodate tube reciprocation within the housing. Means is disclosed to prevent a swivel union stationary section from rotating relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: John T. Williams
  • Patent number: 8302642
    Abstract: An invertible handbag. The invertible handbag has a handbag compartment defined by four sides, a handbag roof, and a handbag floor; a handbag roof mouth bordered by a handbag roof mouth closure in the handbag root and a handbag floor mouth bordered by a handbag floor mouth closure in the handbag floor. A strap is swivelably attached to strap bridges at opposite ends of the invertible handbag. Method steps are taught wherein the handbag closures may be closed, the invertible handbag inverted, and then the uppermost closure and mouth opened, to permit seeing and removing items which were formerly lost at the bottom of the handbag compartment. Means is disclosed to hold the closures closed. Optional sidebags may be mounted to the handbag sides, each including a sidebag roof mouth closure and a sidebag floor mouth closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Richard A. Lindholm
  • Patent number: 8292317
    Abstract: A tow bar for tricycle or bicycle. The tow bar includes a handle attached at one end of a spine, an arm attached at an opposite end of the spine, and fingers attached to the arm. Each finger has a finger hook sized to engage a vehicle handlebar. In operation, the fingers are engaged with a vehicle, and the handle used to pull the vehicle by its handlebar. The position of the fingers along the arm and the angle of the fingers relative to the arm is adjustable, which allows the tow bar to be quickly and easily adapted to different handlebar designs. Padding may be centrally installed on the handlebar, and the fingers spaced so as to engage the handlebar on either side of the padding, thus keeping the tow bar centrally disposed on the handlebar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Mark R. Winters
  • Patent number: 8147389
    Abstract: An adjustable weight-loaded dip-chin machine. Dip bars and chin bars with means for vertical adjustment are mounted on columns, which in turn are mounted on a base. An arm is pivotally attached to the base, and weights can be added to an arm spindle attached to the arm. A belt is attached to the arm, and the weighted arm spindle resist upward exerciser motion when performing dips or chins. A pivot hook releasably engages the arm spindle in an elevated position for convenience and safety when commencing and ending a squat exercise series. Means are disclosed for adjusting the height of the pivot hook on a column, and for automatically disengaging the pivot hook from the arm spindle when exercise commences. A squat platform is sized to fit between foot platforms, which together form a stable standing area for the exerciser. Squat handles are height-adjustably mounted to the columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: Richard J. Hoole
  • Patent number: 8016312
    Abstract: A wheeled center stand for motorcycles. The center stand incorporates a spine rotatably attached to a frame, and at least one leg rigidly attached to the spine. The frame is attached to a motorcycle frame cross-member. At least one wheel is rotatably mounted to an extreme of a leg opposite the spine. The center stand may be extended and retracted conventionally, using a foot lever mounted to one of the legs. The wheels may be swiveling wheels or non-swiveling wheels. In the preferred embodiment, each non-swiveling wheel was mounted at a 20 degree offset relative to a stand centerline. When extended, a motorcycle to which the wheeled center stand is mounted may be rotated relative to a surface upon which it rests, such as a garage floor, with a minimum of effort. Nut plates are also taught which facilitate the mounting of the stand to a motorcycle frame cross-member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Lawrence A. MacEachern
  • Patent number: 8007328
    Abstract: A self-contained hydraulic thruster for vessel. A power pack is mounted on a forward end of a base, and a helm platform is mounted on an aft end of the base at a substantial height above the base. A reservoir in communication with the power pack is mounted on the helm platform, thus facilitating hydraulic fluid flow from the reservoir to the power pack, and also rendering the hydraulic system self-priming. At least one lower unit is tiltably mounted to the base aft end, laterally offset from the helm platform. Due to the lateral offset between the lower unit(s) and the helm platform, interference between the lower unit(s) and the helm platform is avoided when the lower unit(s) is retracted and tilted up for transportation, storage, or maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: John T. Williams
  • Patent number: 7966667
    Abstract: A garment with underarm externally accessible breast pockets and method of use. An upper body garment is disclosed having garment sleeves attached to a garment trunk, and a pocket mouth disposed under each garment sleeve. A pocket is attached to the garment trunk at each pocket mouth. A passenger positioned behind a driver wearing the upper body garment may insert hands and arms through the pocket mouths and into the pockets for warmth, security, and or intimacy enhancement. Divots sized to accept human fingertips may be attached to the pocket floors for increased security of grip. Alternate embodiment garments include divots sized to accept fingertips on the front outside of a garment or life preserver, and hand indentations sized to accept the palm side of a human hand on the front outside of a garment or life preserver. Methods of use are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: GX, Inc.
    Inventors: Jodi Tomlinson, Kevin P. Cutlip
  • Patent number: 7968777
    Abstract: A guide for stringed instrument and method. The guide comprises a mast slidably and rotatably attached to a clamp, an arm slidably and rotatably attached to and end of the mast opposite the clamp, and an up-stop rigidly attached to an end of the arm opposite the mast. Padding may be attached to the clamp to cushion the attachment between the clamp and a stringed plucked instrument. Method steps included removably attaching the clamp to a stringed instrument, setting a height of the up-stop over the instrument strings to substantially equal the sum of a player's middle finger distal phalangeal joint length plus the player's middle finger middle phalangeal joint length, positioning the player's index and middle fingers substantially under the up-stop, and plucking the strings. The guide may also be used to properly position a bow in a rest position, resting against the up-stop, pending being used to play the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Jon M. Davis
  • Patent number: 7954168
    Abstract: A garment sleeve with knuckle protector and thumb aperture. A shield having knuckle thimbles attached to a shield base, is attached either to a sleeve inner surface or a sleeve outer surface. If the former, the sleeve incorporates sleeve thimble apertures through which the knuckle thimbles extend. Indicia may be inscribed on the knuckle thimbles for aesthetic reasons. Each knuckle thimble may incorporate a thimble void sized to admit a human knuckle on a side of the shield base opposite a thimble dome. A thumb aperture is located through the sleeve such that when the thumb of a wearer of the sleeve extends through the thumb aperture, the wearer's knuckles are disposed beneath, and protected by, the knuckle thimbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: GX, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Cutlip, Jodi Tomlinson
  • Patent number: 7918770
    Abstract: An adjustable weight-loaded dip-chin machine. Dip bars and chin bars with means for vertical adjustment are mounted on columns, which in turn are mounted on a base. An arm is pivotally attached to the base, and weights can be added to an arm spindle attached to the arm. A belt is attached to the arm, and weights added to the arm spindle resist upward motion of an exerciser performing dips or chins. Elastic bands may be added connecting the arm to the base, and/or the belt to the base, which serve to render the exercise more strenuous. Dip bars incorporate a plurality of dip bar legs, each a differing distance from the other dip bar. Chin bars incorporate a downwardly-sloping dogleg. An alternate embodiment adjustable dip-chin machine incorporates a weight stack which can be attached to the belt. Stack weights selected from the weight stack render exercise more strenuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: Richard J. Hoole
  • Patent number: 7888916
    Abstract: A power conditioner for circuit breaker panel and method of use. The apparatus comprises an electric motor electrically connected to distribution power lines into the breaker panel. The electric motor drives an electric generator. Electric power from the electric generator is fed into sector circuit breaker bus bars in the circuit breaker panel, which in turn power sector circuit breakers mounted to the sector circuit breaker bus bars. The circuit breaker panel may incorporate a main breaker between the distribution power lines and the sector circuit breaker bus bars. The apparatus may include a transmission between the motor and the generator. The method steps include using electric power from the distribution power line to run the electric motor, using the electric motor to drive the generator, and feeding power from the generator to the sector circuit breaker bus bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory G. Taylor
  • Patent number: 7887213
    Abstract: A window light box with blind. A light source within the light box provides light through a front aperture. A blind is mounted to a light box front, and is extendable over the front aperture. The blind and/or light source may be colored; the blind may be opaque, translucent, or transparent. The light source is electrically connected to a power source through a switch, which may be an ON/OFF dimmer switch. An alternate embodiment is disclosed wherein the light source is electrically connected to a power source through a switching receiver, and a remote controls the receiver. A battery back-up is disclosed to power the light source in the event of power source interruption. The light source may be fluorescent, incandescent, serpentine lighting, a Christmas light string, LED, or other appropriate light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventor: Irma Hubbs
  • Patent number: 7883384
    Abstract: A self-contained hydraulic thruster for vessel. The hydraulic thruster incorporates a lower unit housing tiltably attached to a lower unit mounting tube attached to a base, a tube whose upper end is attached through the lower unit housing, and a shaft slidably disposed within the tube. A substantial length of tube extends downwards from the lower unit housing, thus providing support for the shaft. An actuator is disclosed which extends and retracts the shaft relative to the tube. A steering clamp is releasably attached to an end of the shaft which protrudes through the top of the lower unit housing. A steering clamp key traveling in a shaft keyway, or a shaft key in combination with a steering clamp keyway, help maintain constant the angular orientation between the steering clamp and the shaft. A steering gear meshing with a steering assembly, or an actuator driving a tie rod, provide steering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: John T. Williams
  • Patent number: 7871360
    Abstract: An adjustable weight-loaded dip-chin machine. Dip bars and chin bars with means for vertical adjustment are mounted on columns, which in turn are mounted on a base. An arm is pivotally attached to the base, and weights can be added to an arm spindle attached to the arm. A belt is attached to the arm, and weights added to the arm spindle resist upward motion of an exerciser performing dips or chins. Elastic bands may be added connecting the arm to the base, and/or the belt to the base, which serve to render the exercise more strenuous. Dip bars incorporate a plurality of dip bar legs, each a differing distance from the other dip bar. Chin bars incorporate a downwardly-sloping dogleg. An alternate embodiment adjustable dip-chin machine incorporates a weight stack which can be attached to the belt. Stack weights selected from the weight stack render exercise more strenuous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Richard J. Hoole
  • Patent number: 7857040
    Abstract: A heat exchanger for use with exhaust pipes. A shroud inlet communicates with a rear chamber, which communicates with a front chamber via a center plate vent. The front chamber communicates with a shroud outlet. Ambient air entering the rear chamber is routed around at least one J-pipe in the rear chamber, and around a collector in the front chamber, thus being twice heated prior to exiting the heat exchanger through the shroud outlet. The double heating provided by this design increases the efficiency of the heat exchanger. The collector is attached to the center plate by means of a full-penetration fillet weld, and the J-pipes are attached to the center plate, a front plate, and a pipe assembly baffle by stitch welding external to the J-pipes, thus strengthening the integrity of the hermetic seal between exhaust gasses and ambient air passing through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Power Flow Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Strohmayer
  • Patent number: 7814705
    Abstract: An automatic storm shutter. A shutter is hingeadly attached to a wall over a structure opening. An actuator is attached to the shutter, and releasably engaged with a support, which is rigidly attached to the wall. When external atmospheric pressure descends, as would happen at the approach of a wind storm such as a tornado, gas pressure within the actuator automatically releases the actuator from the support, which permits the shutter to quickly close as urged by gravity, to cover the structure opening and protect it from storm winds. An alternate embodiment is disclosed wherein one or more additional shutters are installed below the automatic storm shutter. The shutters are mutually attached with an elongate member. When the automatic storm shutter automatically closes, so also do the shutters below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Robert S. Reed
  • Patent number: 7779486
    Abstract: A garment with underarm externally accessible breast pockets and method of use. An upper body garment is disclosed having garment sleeves attached to a garment trunk, and a pocket mouth disposed under each garment sleeve. A pocket is attached to the garment trunk at each pocket mouth. A passenger positioned behind a driver wearing the upper body garment may insert hands and arms through the pocket mouths and into the pockets for warmth, security, and or intimacy enhancement. The pockets may terminate in conventional pocket shape, mitten shape, or glove shape, which latter two embodiments permit gripping of thumb lobes, major lobes, and/or finger lobes between the passenger thumbs and fingers, thus increasing passenger security. In another embodiment, non-slip material may be attached inside the pockets for increased passenger security. A method of use is disclosed wherein a passenger seated behind a driver inserts hands and arms into the pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: GX, Inc.
    Inventors: Jodi Tomlinson, Kevin P. Cutlip
  • Patent number: D640489
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Jim Tuholski
  • Patent number: D647302
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: Lien T. K. Hoang
  • Patent number: PP22728
    Abstract: ‘Weeping Kate’ is a distinctive variety of Dianella plant which is characterized by the combination of its short to medium plant height, dense upright growth habit with flowers positioned just above the foliage, upright leaf attitude with distal weeping, year round flowering season, and violet blue flower color with violet blue berry color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: Charles Mines, Francis Benson