Patents Represented by Attorney Richard C. Litman
  • Patent number: 8080974
    Abstract: The battery charge indicator provides a color-coded battery status indicator system adapted for attachment to or adjacent the battery compartment on a power tool body. The system includes a first member that is adapted for attachment to the surface of the power tool. The front face of the first member is provided with hook and loop fastener material thereon. A second member has a first face fabricated from green-colored hook and loop fastener material and an opposite, second face fabricated from red-colored hook or loop fastener material. Display of the red-colored face indicates that the battery needs recharging. Display of the green-colored face indicates that the battery is charged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: Nancy J. Sullivan, Robert E. Sullivan
  • Patent number: 8079942
    Abstract: The archery training device allows an archer to properly train his or her muscles, as well as train for proper archery technique. The archery training device includes a support having a plurality of pairs of apertures formed therethrough. A plurality of elastic members each has opposed first and second ends, which are respectively received within one of the plurality of pairs of apertures and attached to the support. Optionally, the upper end of an elastic band may be releasably attached to the support. A lower end of the optional elastic band is adapted for being held against a support surface by the foot of the archer. In use, the archer grasps the support with the bow hand and grasps a selected number of the plurality of elastic members with the string hand to simulate a string pull of an archery bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Kim A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8074512
    Abstract: A system for on-line testing of an emergency shut-off valve includes a first emergency shut-off valve and a control for initiating a test on the first emergency shut-off valve. The system also includes a fluid actuator for opening and closing the first emergency shut-off valve. A subsystem is also provided for testing the first emergency shut-off valve without fully closing the shut-off valve in response to a signal from the control. In this system, a second solenoid valve bleeds off pressurized fluid to move the emergency shut-off valve from a fully opened to a partially closed position functions as a second emergency shut-off valve. A second emergency shut-off valve is also provided in series with the first emergency shut-off valve and a bypass around the second emergency shut-off valve allows the second emergency shut-off valve to be tested by being fully closed without shutting down the process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Tareq Nasser Al-Buaijan
  • Patent number: 8075367
    Abstract: The absorbent pad for an underwire brassiere includes a sealed cover layer having opposed first and second surfaces and defining an open interior region therein. The first surface is porous, allowing for passage of perspiration into the open interior region. An absorbent layer is positioned within the open interior region of the sealed cover layer, and the absorbent layer is formed from a hydrophilic material. An adhesive layer is formed on the second surface of the sealed cover layer, so that the adhesive layer releasably adheres the absorbent pad to a lower edge of one cup of the underwire brassiere. The absorbent pad is dimensioned and configured to completely cover an underwire of the cup so that the absorbent pad absorbs perspiration of the wearer and provides protective padding over the underwire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Candis A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 8065754
    Abstract: The pole plunger includes a main shaft having an upper disc secured to an upper end and a lower disc secured to a lower end. The lower disc has a radius greater than that of the upper disc, allowing the user to select the appropriately sized disc which matches the radius of a drain pipe to be plunged. Additionally, a handle portion may be secured to the main shaft, extending in a direction orthogonal thereto, providing the user with a handle to grip during the plunging process. The handle portion further has a handle disc secured to its free end, with the handle disc having a radius between that of the upper and lower discs, providing the user with a third size disc for plunging of the drain pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Carlos J. Johnson, Robert Dreher
  • Patent number: 8066246
    Abstract: The telescopic support with an internal brake provides a telescoping tube with a selectively actuable and adjustable internal braking mechanism. At least one lower opening is formed through a lower end of a sidewall of an inner hollow tube. A mounting plate is secured within the inner tube adjacent the lower end, and at least one resilient element is secured to the mounting plate so that the resilient element projects through the lower opening. At least one brake pad is secured to the resilient element, so that the brake pad contacts an inner surface of an outer hollow tube when the internal brake is engaged. At least one cable is provided, with a lower end thereof being secured to the brake pad. An actuating mechanism linearly translates the upper end of the at least one cable to selectively disengage the brake pad from the inner surface of the outer hollow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: William Bishop
  • Patent number: 8066557
    Abstract: The game field dressing tool provides a one-piece tool utilized to dress both small and large game in the field. The tool is fabricated from a suitable rugged metal, such as stainless steel. The tool comprises an elongate handle and a head. The head incorporates a plurality of surface areas adapted to perform different field dressing tasks. A threaded hole is provided in the handle to permit the tool to be converted to a hatchet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald R. Tarrant
  • Patent number: 8066124
    Abstract: The disposable pill counting device is a tray formed of a disposable material and includes a sidewall to define areas for holding and dispensing pills. The disposable tray may be substantially U-shaped with a folding sidewall and can be used with a disposable spatula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Ming S. Koh
  • Patent number: 8056759
    Abstract: The bird carcass container includes a closed container body adapted to be mounted to a sidewall of a facility. A tubular extension or inlet extends from a side of the container body to the interior of the facility. The inlet includes an access door accessible from the facility interior so that users may deposit dead carcasses into the container body. A trap door is disposed on the bottom of the container body and selectively opened by a bracket actuator attached to the trap door. The door is maintained in a closed position by a system of counterweights. The bracket actuator is operated on by the bucket of a skid steer to open the trap door. The interior of the container includes sloping sides forming a chute towards the bottom of the container body. The rear side of the container may also include an access door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Randy Spence
  • Patent number: 8056527
    Abstract: The split-chamber rotary engine includes a rotary power module having a case with a circular rotor installed therein. At least one, and preferably two or more combustion chambers are formed peripherally in the rotor. The generally circular rotor cavity of the case includes at least one, and preferably two or more, peripheral expansion chambers. A corresponding number of reciprocating compressor modules are installed upon the case, with the compressor module axis being aligned generally tangentially to the rotor periphery. The compressor module includes concentric reciprocating pistons and valves that compress the air charge and transfer the compressed charge to the rotary power module for power production. The compressor module is driven purely by combustion gas pressure acting upon its inboard piston. No mechanical linkage exists from power module to compressor module. The engine may include multiple rotor and case rows, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Egidio L. De Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8056908
    Abstract: The mechanic's creeper has a lower body support, an upper body support and dual wheel assemblies mounted to the frame in a triangular array. The triangular positioning of the dual wheel assemblies provides for exceptional mobility when a person is working in a reclined position underneath a motor vehicle. The mechanic's creeper may have trays for holding small tools and parts attached to the frame near the lower body support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: David G. Scott
  • Patent number: 8056757
    Abstract: A hot beverage cup and sleeve bring together two modes of heat transfer, conduction and radiation. The sleeve has an inner face with a plurality of high reflectivity surfaces for radiating heat back to the cup. The sleeve also has a plurality of insulating members for containing insulating air. Each of the insulating members is positioned to space the high reflectivity surfaces away from the cup. A low emissivity film can be adhered to the cup without touching the insulating members. The film can also be attached to the sleeve facing but spaced from the high reflectivity surfaces. This cup and sleeve arrangements minimize thermal contact and reduce heat transfer. Thus, the hot beverage cup and sleeve protect a person's hand as well as extend the time of keeping the beverage hot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Rached Ben Mansour, Muhammad A. Hawwa
  • Patent number: 8051883
    Abstract: The industrial container filling lance is an elongate pipe having a hose connector allowing connection of a hose from a fluid source to the lance, a ball valve for regulating flow of fluid through the pipe, and a fill spout for delivery of the fluid to an industrial container. The lance is disposed atop a hinged slide clamp attached to a telescoping lance support assembly, which extends vertically from a pedestal base. The elongate locking handle, rotated in the open position, allows the lance to be swung upward away from a fill container, and alternatively allows the lance to be longitudinally positioned precisely over a container to be filled. The elongate locking handle can be rotated over the lance to prevent movement of the lance during the container filling procedure. A rotating lock collar on the support stand assembly secures the support height while allowing angular rotation of the lance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Glenn J. Gibisch
  • Patent number: 8055571
    Abstract: The investment liquidation and purchase adjustment method is an investment model for open-ended investments that takes into account the net asset value (NAV) of the mutual fund and an accumulated stock brokerage transaction commission fees. The accumulated commission fees are added to the net asset value per share prior to the purchase of shares of the mutual fund. Alternatively, the accumulated commission fees are subtracted from the net asset value per share prior to the liquidation of the shares. These additional fees flow into the assets of the mutual fund. As accumulated brokerage transaction commissions change each day because of the trading of the positions in the mutual fund, the brokerage transaction commission's percentage change on a daily basis, too. This also solves the problem of maintaining the true asset value for existing shareholders when there are share liquidations by existing shareholders, protecting the true asset value for the remaining existing shareholders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Sacks Equalization Model, Inc.
    Inventor: Seymour Sacks
  • Patent number: 8051589
    Abstract: The clothing iron holder with water reservoir (10) is a protective accessory for use with a clothing iron (12) or the like. The holder (10) includes a water reservoir (16) and is sized and shaped to receive a clothing iron (12). The holder (10) has an opening (30) for releasably covering the iron's water fill opening (14) so that if the iron (12) is inadvertently tipped over or falls, water exiting the water fill opening (14) is received within the water reservoir (16). Further, when received within the holder (10), a lower face (42) of the clothing iron (12) is supported by an upper surface of the central portion (22), and the upper surface preferably has a heat-resistant padded layer (40) formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Sky A. Adams
  • Patent number: 8052423
    Abstract: The tunneling method for dental block grafting is surgical method for increasing the thickness of the soft tissue of the mouth prior to performing block grafting procedures for dental implants. The method includes cutting a pair of incisions in the mucosa. A tunnel is formed through the mucosa which extends between, and connects, the pair of incisions. The tunnel is then extended coronally to undermine tissue covering the recipient site. An acellular dermal matrix is then sutured to an exposed end of a dental implement pulled through the tunnel to position the acellular dermal matrix within the tunnel. The acellular dermal matrix is then positioned over the recipient site using a periosteal elevator, and the acellular dermal matrix is fixed coronally by suspension sutures. The pair of incisions are closed with interrupted sutures, and a block graft is fixed to the recipient site by a pair of titanium screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz University
    Inventor: Ali Saad Ali Alghamdi
  • Patent number: 8051955
    Abstract: The elevator alert includes an elevator pit can (10) and a float switch (240) disposed therein. The float switch (240) produces an alarm-activating signal when the pit can (10) is nearly full and overflow of oil into the pit is imminent. An alarm control unit (200) takes alarm-activating signals from one or more float switch-equipped pit cans (10) to operate a relay (405a, 405b) to drive various kinds of alarms and/or elevator controls. A loudspeaker (210) on the pit can (10) emits an audible alarm when the float switch (240) is closed. Optionally, a remote alarm (300) is provided, the remote alarm (300) being activated when the remote alarm float switch (250) is closed. Users of the elevator, such as passenger or building occupants, would hear the audible alarm and call maintenance to thereby prevent an oil spill. The device can be retrofit to existing elevator pit cans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald Therriault
  • Patent number: 8047254
    Abstract: The magnetic cordless shade includes a header defined by a substantially elongated U-shaped channel. The top of the header includes attachment areas for attaching the header to a window frame. A pleated blind has one end attached to the underside of the header top, and when folded, the blind is housed inside the channel. The other end of the pleated blind is attached to a footer. A magnetic latching assembly is disposed between the header and the footer to keep the blind in a folded condition. Pulling a pull cord disposed on the footer releases the magnetic latching mechanism to thereby rapidly unfold the blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Robert E. Bolton, III
  • Patent number: D650054
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Kishor C. Desai
  • Patent number: D650902
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Teodoro Lopez, Jr.