Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Pitts & Brittian
  • Patent number: 7975621
    Abstract: An apparatus for fighting fires comprises a rail carriage, a base mounted upon the rail carriage and an enclosure mounted upon the base. The enclosure includes a top wall having an aperture defined therein. At least one vertically extendible lift is mounted within the enclosure and carries a liquid discharging device. A pressurizer and connecting conduits deliver liquid from a liquid source to the liquid discharging device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Don Gibson
  • Patent number: 7946252
    Abstract: An electronic animal trainer with temperament learning. The electronic animal trainer with temperament learning learns and remembers the response pattern of the animal to the correction stimulus to provide a customized training profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Albert L. Lee, IV, Christopher E. Mainini
  • Patent number: 7942276
    Abstract: A rotatable article display device for displaying an article such as a piece of jewelry or the like includes a platen defining a display surface. The platen is configured to rotate about a first axis substantially perpendicular to the display surface and a second axis parallel to the displays surface. First and second drive mechanisms, together with suitable connectors, are provided to mechanically rotate the platen about the perpendicular and parallel axes. In a method for use, at least one article of jewelry is positioned on the display surface and viewed while the platen is rotated about at least one of the perpendicular and parallel axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Inventors: Eric Johnson, Dianna Dean, Walter Walsh, III, Chris Dotson
  • Patent number: 7934687
    Abstract: An appendage elevation support structure is disclosed. The appendage elevation support structure includes a platform defining a central axis. A plurality of legs is secured to the platform in a substantially radial configuration about the central axis to support the platform above a surface. A frame having a plurality of support members is carried by the platform. A plurality of slings is carried and supported by the frame. The slings are adapted to cooperate to cradle and support a human appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Inventors: Richard A. Crook, Jennifer L. Crook
  • Patent number: 7930981
    Abstract: An adjustable riffler can be used in a piping system connecting a pulverizer and a furnace. The adjustable riffler includes a support member, at least two plates spaced apart along an axis, and at least one inclined flange. The two plates include a fixed plate attached to the support member and a translatable plate positioned adjacent to the fixed plate. The translatable plate is translatable along the axis with respect to the fixed plate. The at least one inclined flange is connected to one of the fixed plate and the translatable plate and extends along the axis between the plates to form a channel between the fixed plate and the translatable plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Lonnie A. Coffey, Robert L. Frank
  • Patent number: 7927261
    Abstract: A boxer-fly exercise apparatus, hereinafter Boxer-fly, is provided. The Boxer-fly provides an additional exercise for performing strength training of a user's pectoral muscles. Specifically, the Boxer-fly presents a novel angle for conditioning a user's pectoral muscles derived from the motion performed by a boxer dropping his elbows to block his ribs. Furthermore, the apparatus can be used by any user looking to fully develop their chest muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Justin Fisher
  • Patent number: 7921811
    Abstract: Described is an electronic pet door for automatically granting a selected animal access to a through-way defined by the electronic pet door and denying a non-selected animal access to the through-way. The selected animal carries a transmitter. The electronic pet door includes a corresponding receiver and a frame that defines the through-way, which has a tapered contour. A flap, which has a tapered contour corresponding to the through-way, is disposed within the through-way and is capable of a locked position and an unlocked position. When in the locked position, the flap denies access to the through-way. When unlocked, the flap grants an animal access to the through-way. The flap is locked and unlocked by way of a locking mechanism that shifts the flap longitudinally between the less tapered and most tapered portions of the through-way. The locking mechanism shifts the flap in response to the receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: James R. Bosserdet, Jr., Thomas P. Bjorholm, George M. Smart, IV, Andrew S. Grimmett, Lane Whiteside
  • Patent number: 7918186
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are exemplary embodiments of various grass-growing devices. In one nonlimiting embodiment, for example, a device for growing grass in a container that provides water to a household pet is disclosed. The device includes a basket that is configured for insertion into the container. The basket comprises one or more apertures that allow for fluid movement through the basket. The device further includes a seed-holding unit. The seed-holding unit of this embodiment comprises a housing in which one or more grass seeds can be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Veterinary Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Michael Rowe, John Michael Lipscomb
  • Patent number: 7918190
    Abstract: An electronic animal containment system with direction-of-approach determination, or direction-sensitive animal containment system. The direction-sensitive animal containment system generally contains a transmitter unit connected to a wire loop bounding a containment area and a receiver unit carried by the animal. The direction-sensitive animal containment system of the present invention generates a containment field having polarity and retains the polarity information when the containment field is sensed using a sensing coil optimized along the azimuth. The receiver unit also generates a gravity vector to determine the orientation of the receiver unit. The gravity vector is combined with the containment field vector to produce a function that automatically yields a sensing coil output that is independent of the orientation of the receiver unit. The polarity of the sensing coil output allows determination of the direction from which the receiver unit is approaching the wire loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Donald K. Belcher, Christopher E. Mainini
  • Patent number: 7905796
    Abstract: Described is a portable and intuitive golf swing improvement device for indicating the proper shift of a golfer's body weight to the front foot during a down swing. More specifically, the swing improvement device measures the shift of the golfer's body weight during a golf swing and indicates when such shift is in accordance with a technically sound swing. Additionally, the swing improvement device is self-sufficient and portable such that the device is deployable almost anywhere. The swing improvement device also provides swing analysis in a manner that is immediately understandable to the golfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Inventor: Carl Papa, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7900585
    Abstract: Described is a two-probe bark control device for detecting an animal's bark by way of an electrode that is also used in delivering an electrical stimulus to the animal. The two-probe bark control device includes a housing, a first probe, and a second probe. The first and second probes include first and second electrodes, respectively. The first electrode is secured to the housing by way of a resilient overmolding such that the first electrode extends outwardly from the housing and has the potential to vibrate within the housing. The housing is carried by the animal such that the first probe detects the bark of the animal and the first and second probes deliver an electrical stimulus to the animal in response the first probe detecting the animal's bark such that the first probe both detects the animal's bark and delivers an electrical stimulus to the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Albert L. Lee, IV, Steven M. Schrick, David A. Hinkle
  • Patent number: 7884340
    Abstract: A low-volume biomarker generator for producing ultra-short lived radiopharmaceuticals. The low-volume biomarker generator system includes a low-power cyclotron and a radiochemical synthesis system. The cyclotron of the low-volume biomarker generator is optimized for producing radioisotopes useful in synthesizing radiopharmaceuticals in small quantities down to approximately one (1) unit dose. The cyclotron incorporates permanent magnets in place of electromagnets and/or an improved rf system to reduce the size, power requirements, and weight of the cyclotron. The radiochemical synthesis system of the low-volume biomarker is a small volume system optimized for synthesizing the radiopharmaceutical in small quantities of approximately one (1) unit dose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Biomarker Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald Nutt
  • Patent number: 7841301
    Abstract: A low impedance probe for delivery of a corrective stimulus to an animal. The low impedance probe includes an electrode for directing an electrical stimulus from an electrical source toward the skin of an animal. A conductive gel source is configured to provide conductive gel to a region between the electrode and the animal upon positioning of the electrode proximate the skin of the animal. The conductive gel establishes improved electrical connectivity between the electrode and the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher E. Mainini, Brent Reider
  • Patent number: 7834769
    Abstract: An animal deterrent mat with animal detection capability. The animal deterrent mat produces a detection pulse that is attenuated when an object makes contact with the animal deterrent mat. The animal deterrent mat monitors the amplitude of the detection pulse and compares the measured detection pulse amplitude to one or more threshold values. When the amplitude of the detection pulse is below an upper threshold corresponding to the attenuated signal caused by an animal making contact with the animal deterrent mat and, optionally, above lower threshold corresponding to the attenuated signal caused by another object making contact with the animal deterrent mat, such as a human, a deterrent pulse selected to deter the animal from crossing or remaining on the animal deterrent mat is generated. When the amplitude of the detection pulse is below the optional lower threshold, no deterrent stimulus is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: David Anthony Hinkle, Albert Leon Lee, IV, Steven M. Schrick, Duane A. Gerig
  • Patent number: 7814865
    Abstract: Described is an animal training/locating device including an animal training feature, an animal locating feature, and a transmitting device for communicating with the animal training feature and the animal locating feature independently. The training device and the locator device are secured to a carrying strap that is secured to the animal such that the training device and the locator device are carried by the animal. The training device is adapted to receive a training signal and the locator device is adapted to receive a locator signal. The transmitting device transmits the training signal and the locator signal. Whether the transmitting device transmits the training signal or the locator signal is governed by the trainer. Consequently, the trainer, by way of the transmitting device, communicates with the training device and the locator device independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Radio Sysetms Corporation
    Inventors: Lance Tracy, Greg Gillis
  • Patent number: 7808439
    Abstract: A substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) slot full-array antenna fabricated employing printed circuit board technology. The SIW slot full-array antenna using either single or multi-layer structures greatly reduces the overall height and physical steering requirements of a mobile antenna when compared to a conventional metallic waveguide slot array antenna. The SIW slot full-array antenna is fabricated using a low-loss dielectric substrate with top and bottom metal plating. An array of radiating cross-slots is etched in to the top plating to produce circular polarization at a selected tilt-angle. Lines of spaced-apart, metal-lined vias form the sidewalls of the waveguides and feeding network. In multi-layer structures, the adjoining layers are coupled by transverse slots at the interface of the two layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: University of Tennessee Reserch Foundation
    Inventors: Songnan Yang, Aly E. Fathy
  • Patent number: D625124
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Inventor: Brandon Campbell
  • Patent number: D627527
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Ben T. Ferguson, III, Marc E. Brush, Jason R. Graves, Nianhong Zhou
  • Patent number: D631274
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Gina Yelencich
  • Patent number: D670450
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Jason R. Graves, Marc E. Brush, Ben T. Ferguson, III