Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Richard L. Miller, P.E.
  • 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: 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: 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: 6325070
    Abstract: A brush for holding at least one of a fluid dispensing device and other items therein that includes a handle, a head, and bristles. The handle contains a chamber for holding either the fluid dispensing device or the other items therein, and the head contains a chamber. The chamber in the handle is separated from the chamber in the head by a floor. The floor is solid when the chamber in the handle holds the other items. The floor is not solid when the chamber in the handle holds the fluid dispensing device and the chamber in the head holds the other items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventors: Dan Tyroler, Liat Tyroler
  • Patent number: 6308716
    Abstract: An improved core for an adhesive device for attaching a false eyelash to an eyelid. The adhesive device is of a type that has a core, an adhesive coating that surrounds the core so as to form an attaching element, a primary substrate that is a card and has a face with an upper area that has a display throughbore therethrough for a hanging display and a lower area, a secondary substrate that is disposed on the upper area of the primary substrate, below the display throughbore therethrough, and a plurality of release sheet covers that are individual and separate from each other. The improvement includes the core being a plurality of synthetic fibers laid side by side and not twisted, braided, interwoven, intertwined, entwined, or interlaced with each other. Each synthetic fiber is thin, smooth, and does not absorb the adhesive coating so as to remain soft and pliable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Inventor: Yongho Han
  • Patent number: 6261196
    Abstract: A sports goal for minimizing injury to a player striking thereupon that includes a frame and a net that extends across the frame. The frame is tubular and includes four posts that extend vertically upwardly from a surface, at four corners of an imaginary rectangle, a front cross member that extends horizontally across the uppermost ends of a forwardmost pair of posts of the four posts of the frame. The forwardmost pair of posts of the four posts of the frame are releasably attached to the front cross member of the frame, which allows the forwardmost pair of posts of the four posts of the frame to break away from the front cross member of the frame when struck by the player for preventing injury thereto, while the remainder of the frame remains erect. Each end of the front cross member of the frame has a pin that depends therefrom that is releasably received in a blind bore that extends axially in the uppermost ends of the forwardmost pair of posts of the four posts of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventor: Anthony Caruso
  • Patent number: 6260204
    Abstract: A flexible protector for the back of the neck of a wearer of a hard hat. The protector includes a brim, a drape, and apparatus. The brim receives the crown of the hard hat and rests on the peak of the hard hat. The drape depends from the brim and protects the back of the neck of the wearer of the hard hat. The apparatus is associated with the brim and selectively maintains the brim on the hard hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventor: Oliver Morrissey
  • Patent number: 6250653
    Abstract: A carriage for seating multiple children that includes a frame, a seating assembly disposed on the frame, and a wheel assembly rotatably mounted to the frame. The seat assembly comprises a pair of guard rails, a plurality of cross member rails that form arm rests for the multiple children sitting on the seat portion and further divide each guard rail into multiple sections, and a plurality of seat backs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Dale W. Worrell
  • Patent number: 6231535
    Abstract: A support for maintaining the head of a wearer erect when the wearer is in a sitting position. The support includes a body for maintaining the head of the wearer erect when the wearer is in the sitting position, and a strap that extends from the body for engaging around the neck of the wearer. The body is rigid and defined by a plurality of arcuately-shaped surfaces so configured so as to accommodate for the clavicle, the chin, the upper chest, the neck of the wearer, and a knot of a tie if worn by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventors: Joseph Mainiero, John Mulvihill
  • Patent number: 6213022
    Abstract: An improved cartridge of a type having a casing and a bullet with a tip expellable from the casing for entering a target. The improvement includes the bullet having a pair of throughbores bored through different levels thereof for causing the bullet to expand violently and over a wide diameter and mushroom halfway in the target so as to cause severe damage, destruction, and hemorrhage to internal organs of the target for a quick kill, with the mushrooming being regular up to a first throughbore of said pair of throughbores and then splitting causing not only a wider mushroom but a sudden extra shock to the target due to more energy transfer caused by more tissue displacement of the target due to the wider mushroom, and with the bullet then splitting again at a second throughbore of said pair of throughbores so as to further widen the mushroom for even more shock and damage to the internal organs of the target causing a quicker kill by virtue of the bullet expanding and peeling back to nearly inside out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Johnie R. Pullum
  • Patent number: 6209165
    Abstract: A hand-held device for scrubbing a body part therewith and for capturing a washing article, such as, but not limited to, a bar of soap, a wash cloth, or even both, therein. The device includes a body that is slender, elongated, generally rectangular-parallelepiped-shaped, has a pair of ends for grabbing by the hands of a user, a length, a width, an abrasiveness, is tubular for capturing the washing article therein, and the pair of ends thereof are open for inserting and removing the washing article therein and therefrom. The body includes a first plurality of threads that are flexible nylon, parallel to, and spaced-apart from, each other, and run longitudinally along the length thereof, and a second plurality of threads that are flexible nylon, parallel to, and spaced-apart, from each other, and run laterally around the width thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Tatyana Frolova
  • Patent number: 6210772
    Abstract: A protector for a front fender of a vehicle that includes a first layer of material for facing the front fender, a second layer of material attached to the first layer of material for facing away from the front fender, apparatus for maintaining the protector on the front fender, and an open topped transparent pocket disposed on the second layer of material for holding papers pertaining to the vehicle. The apparatus includes a pocket that is slender, elongated, and extends along the length of an upper terminal edge of the first layer of material for depending inwardly of the front fender of the vehicle. The pocket is divided into a long central portion, and a pair of short terminal portions that are shorter than and straddle the long central portion of the pocket. The long central portion is filled with sand for weight in maintaining the protector on the front fender, while the pair of short terminal portions are empty of the sand and lie flat for not catching on the hood hinges of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Frank Ackermann
  • Patent number: 6208592
    Abstract: A clock with novelty hands that exhibit a different configuration at each time change when viewed from a same elevation, and by memorizing the different configurations, a viewer can tell time without having to consult its clock face. The clock includes a base, a clock face, a specifically configured second hand rotatably mounted to the base, a second apparatus, a specifically configured minute hand, minute apparatus, a specifically configured hour hand, hour apparatus, and a bell jar. The clock face disposed on the base. The specifically configured second hand is rotatably mounted to the base. The second apparatus rotatably mounts the second hand to the base. The specifically configured minute hand is rotatably mounted to the base. The minute apparatus rotatably mounts the minute hand to the base. The specifically configured hour hand is rotatably mounted to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventor: Russell S. Turner
  • Patent number: 6183041
    Abstract: An air deflector that includes a frame, multiple airfoils, and apparatus for adjusting the angle of attack of the air deflector. The frame includes a pair of side fences. The multiple airfoils include three airfoils, each which has a negative chamber for increasing downward force and traction and extends perpendicularly laterally from one side fence to another side fence. The three airfoils are disposed in such a tandem orientation that airflow thereacross is laminar which eliminates turbulence so as to minimize boundary layer separation and eddies resulting thereby and slip caused thereby. Air flowing over a forwardmost airfoil flows through a first air space and under an intermediate airfoil and air flowing over the intermediate airfoil flows through a second air space and under a rearwardmost airfoil so as to eliminate wake formation at the trailing edges of the forwardmost airfoil and the intermediate airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Stephen T. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6158052
    Abstract: A device for suspending from the neck, immediately below the chin, and for minimizing dribbling, dropping, and spilling of food, without use of hands. The device includes a suspender that hooks the neck and a tray that is suspended from the suspender and holds the food. The suspender is tubular and made from a semi-rigid wire that is enclosed in a foam material. The suspender includes a first portion that extends horizontally to a second portion that extends horizontally forwardly from the first portion, to a third portion that extends horizontally from the second portion, to a fourth portion that extends horizontally from the third portion and which define an opening. A fifth portion is pivotally mounted to the fourth portion, by a pivot joint, and extends generally upwardly therefrom in a hook-like fashion for hooking the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Ross W. Smith
  • Patent number: 6125998
    Abstract: A whistle case that is adapted to house and keep clean and quiet a whistle that has a mouthpiece portion and a remaining portion with a slot and a loop that extends therefrom and a ball that is movably contained therein. The whistle case includes a case sized and shaped so as to be adapted to snugly yet replaceably house the whistle therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Christina Batista
  • Patent number: D442539
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Carl N. Nickel
  • Patent number: D442908
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Carl N. Nickel
  • Patent number: D443973
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Dominick F. Callo
  • Patent number: D450360
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: George W. Nichol