Patents Represented by Law Firm Rhodes, Coats & Bennett, L.L.P.
  • Patent number: 6153335
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a lead-acid battery cell construction including a container; a plurality of positive plates positioned in the container; and a plurality of negative plates arranged in alternating order with the positive plates. A plurality of separators are provided with the plate separators being wrapped around the positive or the negative plates such that the vertical side walls of the wrapped plates are covered with at least a single layer of separator material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Assignee: Douglas Battery Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: David G. Vutetakis, Christopher R. Cestone, Stanley K. Wilkie
  • Patent number: 6141924
    Abstract: A hotel-restaurant structure including a shared area formed by an overlapping corner portion common to the hotel and the restaurant. The overlapping portion is defined by a corner of the hotel structure that overlaps the restaurant structure and a corner of the restaurant structure that overlaps the hotel structure. The structure includes an access from the hotel structure through the overlapping portion into the restaurant structure such that the shared area comprises less than 50 percent of the floor area of the hotel structure and less than 50 percent of the restaurant structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: Quaintance-Weaver Hotels, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Dennis W. Quaintance
  • Patent number: 6117548
    Abstract: A self-coating stabilizing yarn for use with conventional effect yarns in the construction of outdoor fabrics. The self-coating yarn includes a low melt constituent and a high melt constituent. After being woven with the effect yarns and exposed to a pre-selected heating temperature, the low melt constituent melts, flows through the fibers or filaments of the stabilizing yarns and onto the adjacent effect yarn, thus firming bonds and stabilizing and strengthening both the stabilizing yarns, the effect yarns, and the resulting fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Glen Raven Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Swers, Johnny E. Parrish
  • Patent number: 6110551
    Abstract: A wallet size card book which has been adapted to hold a card having the dimensions of a conventional credit card, and is particularly designed to be carried in the credit card compartment of a wallet or similar size compartment holder. The use of an adhesive strip extending along the marginal edges between a first and second leaf in the card book makes it possible to create a properly formed pocket for holding and protecting the card. The preferred adhesives for the strip include latexes of polyvinyl ethylene, polyvinyl acetate, other acrylics, and copolymers thereof. The preferred adhesive is a polyvinyl acetate copolymer latex having a glass transition temperature (Tg) approximately room temperature or below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: William Exline, Inc.
    Inventors: William B. Exline, Michael P. Exline
  • Patent number: 6092563
    Abstract: A decorative outdoor fabric including a woven structure formed of acrylic warp yarns and at least some of the fill yarns comprising self-coating yarns formed of high melt and low melt yarn constituents. When the fabric is tentered, the low melt constituents melt and cross-flow to the other fibers in the fill and warp yarns. The warp yarns have deniers of at least 150 d and the fill yarns have deniers of at least 400 d. Because of the cross-flow of the low melt constituents, the resulting fabric achieves acceptable abrasion resistance, stability, and load recovery and hand without the need for a latex backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Glen Raven Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: David N. Swers, Johnny E. Parrish
  • Patent number: 6092663
    Abstract: A book-type carton for holding and displaying an article, the carton including a base carton and a tray. A cover flap selectively positionable between an open position and a closed position is hingedly connected to the base carton. The tray is slidably mounted in the base carton and is selectively positionable between an extended position and a retracted position. One of the tray and the cover flap has a closure tab forming a part thereof. The other of the tray and the cover flap has a slot forming a part thereof. The closure tab and the slot are relatively arranged and configured such that, when the tray is in the retracted position and the cover flap is in the closed position, the slot and the closure tab engage to releasably lock the cover flap in the closed position. A partition may be provided in the base carton to align the tray. A stop tab and limiter tab may extend from the tray to resist removal and overinsertion of the tray with respect to the base carton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Mebane Packaging Group
    Inventor: Rodney Dixon
  • Patent number: 6026868
    Abstract: The present invention solves these problems by providing a fueling system capable of distinguishing between types of transponders based on the type of signals transmitted or information transmitted therein. Based on the type of transponder, the system may control dispenser functions accordingly. For example, certain applications may allow transponders carried on a person to be moved about the fueling environment during a fueling operation, but stop fueling and provide warning or instructional information if a vehicle mounted transponder begins or starts to move during the fueling operation.The fueling system may use many various techniques to determine transponder movement within the fueling environment, and in particular, with respect to the fuel dispenser at which the fueling operation is taking place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: William S. Johnson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6023705
    Abstract: A method for updating detecting and loading CD volume indexes from a multiple-CD set to a cumulative volume table contained in a computer memory. The method employs an volume index file on each intermediate CD of the set along with a dual index file feature on the last CD of the set. The second index file on the last CD is a cumulative file of all the index files contained on all the CDs of the set. The cumulative index file on the last CD is compared to the cumulative volume table to generate a list of missing volumes which have not already been loaded into computer memory. The method permits determining whether a given CD is a single CD or a CD that is one of a multiple-CD set by detecting the presence of a second volume index file on the CD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Wachovia Corporation
    Inventors: David T. Bellinger, Andrew J. Garner, IV
  • Patent number: 5996145
    Abstract: A bed frame system for supporting a mattress. The bed frame system includes length and height adjustable bed rails. A groove is provided in each bed rail for receiving the end of a transverse support slat. A length adjustable support slat is provided. Unique height adjustable support feet are removably coupled to the bed rails and/or slidably mounted beneath the slats. Preferably, the bed rails, the slats and the support feet are formed of moldable polymeric material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignees: Harry A. Taylor, T. Michael Rusher, H. Thomas Keller, Rosemary P. Keller
    Inventor: Harry A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 5980598
    Abstract: A filter cleaning apparatus for removing dust and debris from a stationary filter having a dust and debris collecting surface. The apparatus includes a longitudinally extending duct having a lengthwise slot formed therein. A belt in the duct extends across the slot whereby the duct and the belt together define a plenum. The belt has an opening formed therein adjacent the slot and in fluid communication with the plenum. The belt is mounted for movement along the slot such that the opening may be repositioned along the length of the slot. A nozzle is mounted on the belt for movement therewith and extends outwardly from the belt. The nozzle has an inlet distal from the belt. The inlet has a width substantially transverse to the length of the slot which is greater than a corresponding width of the opening in the belt. The inlet is in fluid communication with the opening and thereby the plenum. The apparatus further includes a belt driver for moving the belt along the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Carolina Air Filtration, Inc.
    Inventor: Ivan J. Horvat
  • Patent number: 5965664
    Abstract: An aqueous silane composition for increasing the resistance to penetration by aqueous media of an absorbent substrate. The composition includes about 1.7 wt. % of an emulsion of an amino functional silicone having an amine content of about 70 mg KOH/gm; up to about 80 wt. % of a hydrolyzable silane; up to about 5 wt. % of an amino functional silane; and the balance water. The resulting composition is hydrolytically stable for a long period without requiring a separate buffering compound while, at the same time, may be prepared in much higher concentrations to reduce packaging and shipping costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Lindley Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: William Clarke Lindley, James Thomas Lindley, Jr., Herman Gustav Weiland
  • Patent number: 5956259
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fuel dispenser system capable of receiving a signal from a vehicle transponder. Upon receiving the transponder's signal, the dispenser determines the proximity of the vehicle relative to the dispenser, and preferably, a particular fueling position associated with that dispenser. Proximity is determined by measuring one or more characteristics of the signal received at an antenna associated with the dispenser. Generally, the strength or magnitude of the signal received at the antenna is the characteristic used to determine vehicle proximity. Multiple directionally sensitive antennas are used to correlate a vehicle at a unique fueling position. The controller is configured to receive a signal from the transponder indicative of the presence of an ORVR system on the vehicle. Depending on the sophistication of the communication link between the transponder and dispenser, the dispenser will control its vapor recovery system accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Hal C. Hartsell, Jr., Edward A. Payne
  • Patent number: 5953929
    Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a base having an inlet opening, an outlet opening, an evaporator pan, a condenser pan, and a compressor mounting surface all integrally formed therein. All of the components of the refrigeration system mount onto the base to from a unitary structure. An evaporator is mounted to the base above said evaporator pan. A condenser is mounted to said base above said condenser pan. A compressor mounted to the compressor mounting surface and operatively connected to said evaporator and said condenser. A cover encloses the inlet opening, outlet opening and evaporator. The cover and base include an integral locking mechanism to secure the cover to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventors: Jeffrey E. Bauman, Kennard C. Hildreth, III, Johnie J. Cooper, Michael J. Palladino, J. Thomas Jablonsky
  • Patent number: 5950255
    Abstract: A shower curtain assembly for enclosing an opening in a shower enclosure in environments where there is a risk that an individual might attempt to use a part of the shower curtain assembly to cause injury to himself or others. The assembly is constructed of a foam plastic curtain support, a shower curtain attached at its upper edge to the curtain support, and releasable attachments that include hook-and-loop fasteners attached at opposite ends of the curtain support to attach the assembly across the enclosure opening. The shower curtain assembly may also include a cover around the curtain support, with the upper edge of the curtain being releasably attached to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Bob Barker Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Greg Thompson
  • Patent number: 5950457
    Abstract: A warp knit, weft inserted fabric substrate for use as a strength component in vinyl coated and laminated backlit signs, awnings and in other applications where stability and uniform geometry is desired. The stable knit construction of the fabric is achieved by doubling the number of stitches or courses per inch of fabric. To avoid changing the industry-wide standard fabric construction of 18x12 with the stitch doubling, weft yarns are inserted every other stitch. In a fabric having an 18 x 12 construction, the number of stitches doubles from 12 to 24. The final fabric construction is 18 warp ends per inch, 12 weft ends per inch, and 24 courses per inch. Although the course count increases from 12 to 24 stitches per inch, only one weft yarn is inserted for every two stitches rather than every stitch as currently done in the prior art. By doubling the number of stitches through shortening the stitch length, the weft or filling yarns area forced to remain in a restricted are of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Highland Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl P. Wagner, Jr., Jack S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 5947419
    Abstract: An aerial cargo container system for transporting cargo from an aircraft to the ground having a cargo box with a continuous side wall with six rectangular side panels, and rotor blades having stowed positions against alternating box side panels and deployed positions extending outwardly from the box in a generally horizontal plane. Each blade may include a lower panel and an upper panel that has two triangular sections behind the leading edge that forms an aerodynamic camber. The blades are hinged to a rotor hub secured across the top of the box. The upward deployment of the blades is limited by tethers extending from the blades down to a tether attach frame secured across the bottom of the box. The box and blades are preferably formed of corrugated paper or plastic material. The entire unit rotates with the load to create aerodynamic braking and lower cargo to the ground with a minimum of energy being translated to the cargo on impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventors: Charles M. Warren, Charles V. Warren
  • Patent number: 5947346
    Abstract: A mobile asphalt dispenser for applying strips of asphalt having prescribed widths to a roof. The dispenser has a frame including an asphalt container for holding the asphalt. At least one wheel is rotatably mounted on the frame. A valve assembly is provided in fluid communication with the asphalt container and is operable to control flow of the asphalt from the container to the roof. The dispenser has a valve assembly selectively positionable into at least three prescribed positions, each of the prescribed positions corresponding to a respective one of the prescribed widths of the asphalt strips. In addition to or as an alternative to the valve assembly, the dispenser may include a side dispensing arm for applying asphalt to a cant of the roof. Preferably, the dispenser is provided with a swivellable wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph T. London
  • Patent number: 5946668
    Abstract: A system and method for funding a home investment trust program to provide for home mortgage payments to pay for a home throughout the mortgage period, a first trust fund and a cash-out amount payable during the mortgage period useable for college expenses, and a second trust fund payable at the end of the mortgage period for retirement, wherein funding for the trust comes substantially from income tax savings associated with deducting interest paid on a home mortgage. The invention includes determining the purchaser's tax liability and any tax refund or reduction due to the deduction attributable to interest paid on the home mortgage. The latter amount is systematically deposited into a trust fund. At a point during the mortgage period, the home maybe refinanced in a manner allowing the homeowner to "cash-out" part of the equity build-up. After refinancing, the homeowner will continue funding another trust with income tax deductions attributable to the interest paid on the home mortgage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: J. Dean George
    Inventor: J. Dean George
  • Patent number: 5938223
    Abstract: A trailer of the type for securing to and following a bicycle. The trailer includes a frame, a wheel rotatably mounted on the frame, and an extension member having first and second ends. The first end is hingedly connected to the frame such that the extension member is selectively positionable between an extended position wherein the extension member extends outwardly from the frame and a folded position wherein the extension member is disposed adjacent the frame for compactness of storage and transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Bernard M. Kotlier
  • Patent number: D421354
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy A. Walters, Avis Edward Tobin, Jr.