Patents Represented by Attorney Richard K. Thomson
  • Patent number: 8342200
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a yoke vise that can be secured to the inflow/outflow plumbing to a water meter, facilitating the removal or replacement of the meter and shutoff valve without damage to the plumbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: William Payne
  • Patent number: 8341818
    Abstract: A nail removal tool in the form of an adapter for attachment to the drive socket of a rotary driver such as a rotary pneumatic impact driver. The adapter includes a drive shaft engagable with the chuck of the pneumatic driver, a cylindrical foot with a slot for receiving the body of a nail and a ramp for engaging under the head and lifting it to dislodge the nail from its embedded location. A coil spring serves as a flexible connection to provide proper presentation of cylindrical bit allowing wedging of the adapter beneath the head of a nail which is reluctant to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory W. Ralph
  • Patent number: 8322103
    Abstract: A suspension system secures thin, light-weight, monolithic panels which appear as adjacent courses of brick to be suspended adjacent a substrate in a manner permitting sliding movement in the x-direction while inhibiting motion in the y- and z-directions, and, such that air can circulate behind the panel to prevent mold growth. The primary suspension hardware is an H-shaped channel with two vertically extending arms which secure the panels at the desired spaced position from the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventor: Charles D Kownacki
  • Patent number: 8276498
    Abstract: A modular ballistic shield design includes a viewport which extends from a first lateral edge of the shield to the second lateral edge providing unobstructed viewing. The three modules are connected together in a manner enabling replacement of any particular damaged module. No fastener protrudes through to the front face in a region fronting the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Composiflex
    Inventors: Alan J. Hannibal, Kurt Gunther
  • Patent number: 8261918
    Abstract: A container for facilitating solid phase-liquid phase separation has all corrosive resistant materials on the liquid-contacting surfaces. A center wall of polyethylene is provided to increase the surface area available for separation. Support structure for the filter medium includes either a poly grate or a poly cuspated plastic or a combination thereof. Poly connectors and drain lines complete the structure ensuring that the container has high durability and will provide a long, corrosion-free life. A specially formulated highly lubricious material (high molecular weight polyethylene) is utilized for the poly walls to enable rapid clean out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: James Robert Powell, Corey L. Sechler, Matthew B Wilson, Dale W. Deist
  • Patent number: 8256505
    Abstract: A well cellar system includes a substantially planar base plate, the base defining an aperture sized to receive a conductor pipe. The planar base plate is an integral structural member which, in conjunction with the seal between the base plate and the wall and the riser and the conductor, are sufficiently robust to support the weight of the conductor pipe and its auxiliary equipment. The sealed well cellar is afforded with a laterally extending flange which serves as an anti-buoyancy anchor. A anti-buoyancy port allows the upward floatation pressure to be balanced out by water pressure within the cellar during placement to avoid floatation. A sacrificial anode housing is provided with a removable lid and holes for allowing passage of electrolyte. Although the preferred embodiments of sealed well cellars are metal and plastic, a cementaceous embodiment is also envisioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: James A Rose
  • Patent number: 8240517
    Abstract: A elongated rectangular kiosk with a floor-engaging portion is equipped with a handle and wheels adjacent a rear surface to facilitate is mobility. A sink-like region has a faucet-like dispenser from which waterless sanitizer is dispensed in response to a motion sensor. Electrical power is provided by a lithium storage battery which is recharged by a solar panel. A wireless receiver/transmitter communicates with a remote base computer to control and monitor the operation of the kiosk. Informational displays, both video and placard, can be accommodated and a business card dispenser provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: David J Stob, Keith Haluska
  • Patent number: 8235401
    Abstract: The lever assist device which is attached to the axle of a transport dolly has a foot pedal which is spring biased to a first, vertical inactive position, may be engaged by the foot of a user to reduce the draw force required to rotate the loaded dolly onto its wheels for displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Rick Scriven, David L Caraffa
  • Patent number: 8156928
    Abstract: The power cables of a compound bow are cross cabled to ensure the dual cams rotate at the same rate and complete their rotations simultaneously, i.e., are synchronous. Three separate embodiments, each capable of achieving the desired objective, are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Roger C. Blahnik
  • Patent number: 8143334
    Abstract: A press board for use in construction is made of unreduced peanut shells and a polyester resin binder. The preferred formulation has 87-92% by weight peanut shells and 8-13% binder. The method of manufacturing involves curing the formulation in a 100 ton press at temperatures in the range of 29-380° F. for periods of from 5-8 minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: John L. Froess, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8136979
    Abstract: A mixer for mixing food items and ingredients includes beaters removably attachable to the mixer, and the beaters including arms and mixing blades and extending along and wrapping about the arms and mixing blades of each beater is a warming element, preferably electrical wiring or leads, that is embedded in and covered by a heat conductive material such as ceramic, so that the warming element and the heat conductive material can warm up and bring to room temperature the various food items and ingredients for more efficient and quicker food preparation and processing when the beaters are immersed in or submerged within the items or ingredients and the warming element is actuated for producing heat that conducts through the heat conductive material to the food items and ingredients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Maureen B Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8132348
    Abstract: An action breech assembly features a one-piece action housing movable between a horizontal at rest position and a vertical cocked position to move a cocking plunger rearwardly as a result of a lateral offset between a pivot pin on which the housing is mounted and a plunger stop pin to which the plunger is attached. Pressure relief devices are provided for the powder chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas R Post
  • Patent number: 8127837
    Abstract: A well cellar system includes a substantially planar base, the base defining an aperture sized to receive a conductor pipe. The well cellar system also includes at least one substantially inflexible side member attached to the base, the at least one side member and the base defining a cavity. A seal between the at least one side member and the base substantially prevents the flow of fluids between the at least one side member and the base. The attachment between the base and the conductor pipe substantially prevents the flow of fluids between the base and the conductor. An additional embodiment incorporates an extension ring to minimize/eliminate runoff entering the cellar. One version of the extension ring includes a telescoping section which moves between an extended and retracted position representing its to operative positions. Yet a further embodiment provides a rain cap to reduce the amount of precipitation which enters the cellar and becomes hazardous waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Inventor: James Anthony Rose
  • Patent number: 8025612
    Abstract: Several embodiments of martial arts practice assemblies are described involving variations spanning from apparatus permitting movement along a single translational axis and about a single rotational axis to an embodiment mounted on a robotic arm enabling translation in all three axial directions and about all three rotational axes. A dual-lockout circuit requiring simultaneous activation by an operator and a user is used to activate the pneumatic system powering the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventors: Joseph E. Buzzanco, Lawrence A Slomski, James R Schmitt
  • Patent number: 7996921
    Abstract: A fishing vest/chest pack has a backpack slidably attached to its shoulder straps to enable the backpack to be flipped between a first stored position and a second in front position enabling ready access to the contents of the backpack without the need to remove the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventor: Joshua Alexander Snyder
  • Patent number: 7987904
    Abstract: A well cellar system includes a substantially planar base plate, the base defining an aperture sized to receive a conductor pipe. The planar base plate is an integral structural member which, in conjunction with the seal between the base plate and the wall and the riser and the conductor, are sufficiently robust to support the weight of the conductor pipe and its auxiliary equipment. The sealed well cellar is afforded with a laterally extending flange which serves as an anti-buoyancy anchor. A anti-buoyancy port allows the upward floatation pressure to be balanced out by water pressure within the cellar during placement to avoid floatation. A sacrificial anode housing is provided with a removable lid and holes for allowing passage of electrolyte. Although the preferred embodiments of sealed well cellars are metal and plastic, a cementaceous embodiment is also envisioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: James A. Rose
  • Patent number: 7990025
    Abstract: A hermetic package for electronic components which is made of metallic silicon is disclosed. The package includes a plurality of silicon elements which are bonded together. In the first embodiment, a cavity is hollowed out in the cover to house the Application Specific Integrated Circuit oscillator and the resonator. In a second embodiment, the cavity is formed in the base member with a plurality of pedestal shelves to hold the resonator above and out of contact with the electrical circuitry for the oscillator and thermal controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: Pablo Ferreiro, Kenneth Martin, John Cline
  • Patent number: D653266
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventors: Stephen W. Woodward, Robert M. Sterner
  • Patent number: D668571
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Fragello
  • Patent number: D670475
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Chernek