Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Richard L. Miller, P.
  • Patent number: 7040027
    Abstract: A rear peep sight for mounting to a string of a bow and having interchangeable sight ports for accommodating different user preferences. A mounting member mounts to the string of the bow and a sighting member is interchangeably attached to the mounting member so as to accommodate different user preferences of sight ports. The mounting member has a channel that slidably receives the sighting member so as to provide a dove-tail joint that prevents the sighting member from vertical movement, yet allows for horizontal movement so as to allow the sighting member to slide sideways into the channel. The sighting member has an auxiliary through bore and a pimple that align with, and engage with, respectively, a pair of through bores in the mounting member. A screw extends freely through one through bore in the mounting member and threadably into the auxiliary through bore so as to maintain prevention of the sighting member from horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: Alfred H. Shaffer, Richard D. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 7021629
    Abstract: A word-forming game for at least two players that includes twenty-eight aligned playing pieces. Each playing piece has front and rear indicia thereon that includes an uppercase letter and a corresponding lowercase letter therebelow. The front and rear indicia of a first and twenty-eight playing pieces is a “star,” while the front indicia of a second to a twenty-seventh playing piece are each respective letters of the alphabet in alphabetical order and the rear indicia of the second to the twenty-seventh playing pieces are each also respective letters of the alphabet, but in reverse alphabetical order. The method of playing the word-forming game includes making as many words as possible from the twenty-eight playing pieces, removing the associated letters therefrom each time a word is made. The last player to be able to make a word is the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: James N. McCabe
  • Patent number: 6966528
    Abstract: A holder for attaching a remote control to a piece of furniture. A bracket attaches to the piece of furniture and a platform is pivotally attached to the bracket and holds the remote control. The bracket includes a mounting plate, a stationary arm, and a movable arm. The platform has a lowermost surface which is concave allowing the platform to be used with remote controls having either flat or convex lower surfaces by merely inverting the platform accordingly, and a first portion of hook and loop fasteners screwed to the platform. A second portion of hook and loop fasteners is attached to the remote control and releasably engages with the first portion of hook and loop fasteners so as to releasably engage the remote control with the platform. A joint pivotally attaches the platform to the bracket and includes a pair of plates and a post with a second ball bearing and a screw boss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: David Hare
  • Patent number: 6945451
    Abstract: A mail receptacle. Exterior and interior portions are attached to opposing sides of a door. The exterior portion includes a first flap hingedly attached to the door and selectively closes a mail slot in the door, and an exterior receptacle affixed to the door and selectively closed by a second flap hingedly attached to the door. The interior portion includes an interior receptacle affixed to the door, communicates with the mail slot, and is selectively closed by a third flap hingedly attached to the door, and a clasp hingedly attached to the third flap and selectively overlying the interior receptacle. A padlock is welded to the clasp and a staple extends outwardly from the interior receptacle and is positioned to pass through the clasp, and after the staple passes through the clasp, the staple is engaged by the shackle of the padlock, and by closing the shackle, the interior portion becomes locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Earl Bridges
  • Patent number: 6857159
    Abstract: A renewable sponge. A body includes a non-abrasive layer and an abrasive layer that overlies, and is attached to, the non-abrasive layer. Each of the non-abrasive layer and the abrasive layer include a plurality of peel-off layers that are substantially separated from each other by strategically positioned slits so as to allow each of the plurality of peel-off layers to be peeled off when exhausted and expose a next peel-off layer so as to renew the renewable sponge. The strategically positioned slits extend between adjacent ones of the plurality of peel-off layers completely across the body, from one side of the body to the other side of the body. The strategically positioned slits that are between adjacent layers of the plurality of peel-off layers are separated from each other by non-slitted portions of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventor: Tracy Strine
  • Patent number: 6791039
    Abstract: A multi-terminal electrical safety switch that simultaneously closes or simultaneously opens electrical circuits connected thereto. The switch includes a terminal block and a current path completer/breaker. The terminal block has the electrical circuits connected thereto and the current path completer/breaker is replaceably engaged with the terminal block. The current path completer/breaker simultaneously completes current paths through the terminal block when engaged with the terminal block and thereby simultaneously closes the electrical circuits connected to the terminal block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventors: Robert M. Tuniewicz, Gilbert D. Talamo
  • Patent number: 6767207
    Abstract: A dentally retained intra-oral appliance worn at night for treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea and its fabrication process. The appliance maintains the patient's mandible in an anterior, protruded position to prevent obstruction of the pharyngeal airway. The appliance allows a limited degree of lateral movement of the mandible relative to the upper jaw in the protruded position to prevent aggravation of the patient's temporomandibular joint and associated muscles and ligaments. The appliance includes a lower bite block conforming to the patient's mandibular dentition, an upper bite block conforming to the patient's maxillary dentition, and a hinge connecting the upper bite block to the lower bite block. The upper bite block and the lower bite block are thin walled polyamide eliminating the need for dental wires to maintain them to the mandibular detention and the maxillary dentition and the problems associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Barry Lampert
  • Patent number: 6761603
    Abstract: A personal water rescue device. A gas device is connected to a housing and releases gas bubbles. A light device is contained within the housing and illuminates the gas bubbles. The light device includes a pair of vials that contain chemicals that when mixed form chemical illuminance and which communicate with inwardly deformable bulging ribs on the housing so as to allow mixing the chemicals and forming the chemical illuminance when the inwardly deformable bulging ribs are squeezed and their displacement ruptures the pair of vials. A tubular member of the housing terminates in a pin that punctures the gas device when the tubular member is further threaded into a connector sleeve of the housing, and in so doing, releases the gas bubbles for heads up surface positioning for a disoriented water victim, while the chemical illuminance from the light device provides illumination therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: George J. Govatzidakis
  • Patent number: 6761369
    Abstract: A truck for preventing damage thereto when attached to a skate board and negotiating and contacting a curb. A body attaches to the skate board and an axle extends rotatably through the body and terminates in a pair of wheels, respectively. A roller is rotatably positioned in the body and has the axle extend rotatably therethrough so as to prevent damage to the axle when the truck negotiates and contacts the curb, by virtue of the roller contacting the curb and rotating relative to the axle as the truck negotiates the curb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Scott D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6506057
    Abstract: An improved method for reading and writing lines containing words formed from letters. The method includes the steps of writing all odd numbered lines from left to right, writing all the words of the odd numbered lines from left to right, writing all the letters forming all the words of the odd numbered lines from left to right, positioning all the letters of each word of the odd numbered lines from left to right, writing all even numbered lines from right to left, writing all the words of the even numbered lines from right to left, writing all the letters forming all the words of the even numbered lines from left to right, positioning all the letters of each word of the even numbered lines from left to right, reading all the odd numbered lines from left to right, and reading all the even numbered lines from right to left.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Emigdio R. Benitez
  • Patent number: 6470503
    Abstract: A foot operated device for lifting a toilet seat that includes a base, a foot pedal, a pair of arms, and a pedal lock. The base includes a pair of fulcrums. The foot pedal includes a pair of levers that are pivotally mounted to the pair of fulcrums, respectively, and a pedal that connects the pair of levers. The pair of arms are pivotally mounted to the levers, respectively, extend upwardly therefrom, and engage the toilet seat so as to allow the toilet seat to be raised when the pedal is depressed by a foot by virtue of the pair of levers being pivoted upwardly causing the pair of arms to rise and raise the toilet seat along therewith. The pedal lock is movably mounted to the base and maintains the toilet seat in its up position, and when released, allows the toilet seat to return to its down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Inventor: Mark F. Holmes
  • Patent number: 6413144
    Abstract: A hand-held toy that lights when spun, and which includes a rod, a head attached to, and spins with, the rod, a light source illuminates with movement of, the head, and apparatus associated with the light source, and which is grasped by the hands of a user. The head is either spherically-shaped or a pair of stacked disks. The light source includes a plurality of bulbs that are disposed on the head, a pair of battery interfaces that are in electrical communication with the plurality of bulbs and hold, and electrically communicate with, a pair of batteries, and a centrifugal switch that is electrical communication with the plurality of bulbs, and which closes when the head is spun, and when closed, illuminates the plurality of bulbs so as to allow the plurality of bulbs to illuminate when the head is spun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Colin Williams
  • Patent number: 6412209
    Abstract: A waterfowl decoy for selectively simulating feeding in water. An articulating apparatus includes a motor, a threaded rod, a weight, a motion-reversing toggle switch, and a motion-reversing sliding plate having forward and rearward-stopping tabs. The motion-reversing toggle switch is toggled forwardly when the weight moves forwardly enough to contact and move the forwardmost-stopping tab forwardly, causing the motor to reverse, and when the weight moves rearwardly enough to contact and move the rearwardmost-stopping tab rearwardly, the motion-reversing toggle switch is toggled rearwardly causing the motor to reverse, with such back and forth motion of the weight causing the body to duck in and out of the water and imitate feeding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventors: Edward C. Kapraly, Richard L. Miller
  • Patent number: 6367636
    Abstract: A kitchen device for resting on a counter top and pitching a drain board supported thereon into a sink in the counter top that includes a bottom wall, a pair of side walls, and, a rear wall. The bottom wall includes a plurality of slats for supporting the drain board on a depending incline towards the sink, and which are spaced-apart from each other for providing drainage for leaks from the drain board. Each terminal end of each slot is formed into a tenon. Each side wall is generally right-triangular-shaped, and as a result thereof, has a leg for resting horizontally on the counter top, a base that extends vertically upwardly from the leg, a hypothenuse that depends inclined from the base forwardly to thevertex, an interior surface that faces the other side wall, and an exterior surface for facing the ambient. The interior surface of each side wall has a plurality of blind mortises that are disposed in line with each other, below, and parallel to, the hypotenuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Noel G. Walker
  • Patent number: 6349479
    Abstract: A ruler that guides a blade and provides shielding protection from the blade for the hand of a user not holding the blade, not only when the blade is drawn along the ruler and cuts a sheet of material, but also if the blade should be lifted and accidentally dropped during use. The ruler includes a base a shield, and successive numerical indicia. The base has an uppermost surface with a first recess therein that extends a substantial amount thereof and which is completely filled with a first pad of anti-skip material that provides cushioned comfort for, and prevents the hand of the user not holding the blade from skipping along the base when stabilizing and holding the ruler down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventor: Philip M. Bottega
  • Patent number: 6340198
    Abstract: A multi-part and multi-function cover for selective portions of a vehicle. The cover includes a cover member that covers the selective portions of the vehicle, fastening apparatus that is associated with the cover member and fastens the cover member on the selective portions of the vehicle, and a bag that stores the cover member when not in use. The cover member includes a lower portion that covers the pair of front fenders of the vehicle, the hood of the vehicle, the at least one door of a the vehicle, the pair of rear quarter panels of the vehicle, and the trunk lid of the vehicle. The cover member further includes an upper portion that is independent from the lower portion of the cover member and covers the roof of the vehicle, the front windshield of the vehicle, the rear windshield of the vehicle and the at least one side window of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Inventors: Graciela Benites, Miguel Carbo
  • Patent number: 6340026
    Abstract: A caring device for toes that includes a body and a pair of handles. The body is either tubular, flat, solid, or a sheet of rolled material for moving longitudinally between a pair of adjacent toes or is an endless loop for moving longitudinally and simultaneously between two pair of adjacent toes. The body is made of either cheesecloth, disposable paper, stockinet, or 100% cotton, is seamless and braidless for obviating risk of scarification of the toes caused by seams and braids when the body is moved between the toes during use, and is either dry for drying the toes so as to prevent formation of athlete's foot and other skin irritations and odors originating from moisture or is impregnated with a medicinal powder or cream for preventing at least skin cracking, infection, and fungus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Inventor: Ada Shapiro
  • Patent number: 6330992
    Abstract: A device for supporting a camera. The device includes a cushion, a strap, and apparatus. The cushion has a pocket disposed on the upper surface thereof, at one corner thereof. The upper surface of the strap has a first portion of hook and loop fasteners thereon that are disposed on the pair of free terminal ends of the strap. The lower surface of the strap has a second portion of hook and loop fasteners thereon that are disposed on the pair of free terminal ends of the strap. The second portion of hook and loop fasteners on one free terminal end of the strap releasably mates with the first portion of hook and loop fasteners on the other free terminal end of the strap so as to allow either free terminal end of the strap to overlap and engage the other free terminal end of the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Inventors: Robert D. Swayhoover, Patricia A. Swayhoover
  • Patent number: D451555
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventor: Richard Smith
  • Patent number: D492858
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Maria Georgopoulos