Patents Represented by Attorney Richard L. Miller
  • Patent number: 7552825
    Abstract: A tote bag for organizing, securing and safely transporting laundry supplies which comprises a box-shaped housing having a bottom wall, a pair of side walls, a rear wall and a lower front wall. A flap can be folded over to cover a top and an upper front portion area of the box-shaped housing. A plurality of box-shaped laundry supply containers are sized and proportioned so that they can fit within the box-shaped housing in a side-by-side relationship to utilize almost the entire confines of the box-shaped housing without any appreciable left over wasted space therein. A mechanism is for securing all of the box-shaped laundry supply containers snugly within the box-shaped housing. When the flap is opened and the securing mechanism is removed therefrom all of the box-shaped laundry supply containers can be easily taken out of the box-shaped housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Romina V. Caporrino
  • Patent number: 7537285
    Abstract: A device that automatically rocks a rocking chair and similar articles. The rocking chair has a pair of rocker bars to provide rocking motion on a floor surface and a pair of arm rests. The device comprises a housing, a mechanism for attaching the housing onto a forward end of one of the rocker bars in a removable manner, and a mechanism within the housing, for raising and lowering the forward end of the rocker bar with respect to the floor surface, to automatically rock the rocking chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Laverne L. Stewart
  • Patent number: 7511241
    Abstract: A rotary indexing mechanism for a mechanically activated control. The mechanism includes an insulator, an input assembly, and an output assembly. The insulator rotatably attaches to the mechanically activated control by way of a frame of the mechanically activated control. The input assembly is operatively connected to the insulator and selectively rotates the insulator. The output assembly is operatively connected to the insulator and selectively activates the mechanically activated control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Martin A. Magda
  • Patent number: 7509963
    Abstract: An washing machine for washing trays. The machine includes a housing, a frame, a water system, and an air system. The frame is rigidly mounted in the housing and holds the trays to be washed at a tilted angle so that fluids completely drain there from and accordingly facilitate the washing and drying processes. The water system is contained in the housing and supplies water to wash the trays. The air system is contained in the housing and supplies air to dry the trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Wayne Fenderson
  • Patent number: 7444954
    Abstract: A gangplank system for facilitating safe boarding and disembarking from a boat which comprises a support structure attached to a deck of the boat. A mechanism is for stabilizing the support structure in a generally vertical position from a gunwale of the boat. The support structure is sized to extend and be adjusted in height above the gunwale of the boat. Another mechanism is for pivotally connecting a first end of a ramp assembly to the support structure above the gunwale of the boat. When the ramp assembly is adjusted for height and is pivoted outwardly away from the boat to a dock, a person can safely board and disembark from the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen Resta
  • Patent number: 7445016
    Abstract: A shock absorbing cane, including a shaft and a handle, the shaft having a self propelling and repositioning forward motion when compressed handle is lifted by user. The shaft extends from the handle and the handle is shock-absorbing for absorbing impact when the shaft strikes against an unyielding surface. The handle includes a fixed portion, a movable portion, and a dampening assembly. The fixed portion is affixed to the shaft and the movable portion is movably mounted to the fixed portion. The dampening assembly includes a tension spring disposed in the fixed portion of the handle, with one leg thereof extending into the shaft to preload the tension spring by biasing against the shaft, and with the other leg thereof extending via a rod into and affixed to the movable portion of the handle, thereby allowing the movable portion of the handle to resiliently move relative to the shaft and absorb impact when the shaft strikes against the unyielding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: Ralph O. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 7438271
    Abstract: A holder and wringer for a sponge, that includes a sheet of material holding the sponge and resting in a soap dish having a liquid soap dispenser thereon. The sheet of material is microwavable allowing sanitizing thereof and springy allowing squeezing thereof for wringing out the sponge held therein. The sheet of material is bent so as to have an N-shaped lateral cross section. A front wall and an intermediate wall define a V-shaped lateral cross section forming a cradle for holding the sponge, and when the front wall is pressed towards the intermediate wall, the sponge is squeezed therebetween and wrung out. The front wall and the intermediate wall meet at a fold having a pair of terminal ends. The fold is concave for directing drainage towards the terminal ends thereof to facilitate draining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Christopher R. Iannace
  • Patent number: 7395986
    Abstract: A dispenser for readily attaching to a roll-type toilet-tissue holder and dispensing moist towelettes from a roll of the moist towelettes. The roll-type toilet-tissue holder is disposed in a wall and has a spindle that is axially spring loaded to facilitate insertion into and removal from the roll-type toilet-tissue holder. The dispenser includes a container. The container contains the roll of the moist towelettes to prevent dehydration thereof prior to dispensing, dispenses the moist towelettes from the roll of the moist towelettes contained in the container, and has the spindle of the roll-type toilet-tissue holder pass freely therethrough and attach to the roll-type toilet-tissue holder so as to allow the container to readily attach to the roll-type toilet-tissue holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Ernest L. Haering
  • Patent number: 7392925
    Abstract: A handheld fluid cooled electric solder tweezers. A pair of soldering heads extend from a pair of tweezer members, respectively, and are operatively connected to a cooling apparatus. The cooling apparatus of each tweezer member includes a pair of heat dissipating tubes that travel in an associated tweezer member, with distal ends thereof in fluid communication with an associated soldering head, and with a proximal end of one thereof fluidly communicating with a fluid source. A crossover tube fluidly communicates the proximal end of one tube of one tweezer member with the proximal end of one tube of the other tweezer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Inventor: Richard N. Arnoth
  • Patent number: 7360317
    Abstract: A level having an adjustable mechanism for truing to acquire an exact reading which comprises an elongated rigid body being an I-shaped frame having a web with a first flange transversely extending across a first long end of the web and a second flange transversely extending across a second long end of the web. A first bubble vial is mounted in a parallel relationship within the center of a first elongated rectangular plate for taking horizontal measurements. A second bubble vial is mounted in a transverse relationship within the center of a second elongated rectangular plate for taking vertical measurements. A mechanism is for securing the first elongated rectangular plate in an adjustable manner to one face of the web and the second elongated rectangular plate in an adjustable manner to an opposite face of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Stephen T. Lavalle
  • Patent number: 7338032
    Abstract: A leverage utilizing bar for facilitating prying a flat member from a slender member. A head extends from a handle. The head engages under the flat member and functions as a fulcrum by engaging the slender member and thereby cause the head to pry the flat member from the slender member when the handle is pushed away from the head by the fulcrum pivoting on the slender member. The head includes a pair of hook members and the handle includes a pair of shank members. The pair of hook members of the head together with the pair of shank members of the handle form a pair of main members, respectively, that are generally J-shaped. The pair of main members diverge from each other as they extend from a common proximal end to distal ends of the pair of hook members of the head so as to allow the head to straddle the slender member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Gerald E. Sykes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7338285
    Abstract: A dental cleaning attachment for a dental handpiece which comprises a disposable prophy angle having a neck and a right angle head, wherein the neck is removably attached to the dental handpiece. A polishing cup is rotatably connected to the head of the prophy angle. An encompassing toroidal pouch has a tube fluidly formed to and extending from the toroidal pouch. The tube runs externally along a top surface of the neck, is bent at a right angle, goes through a rear aperture in the head of the prophy angle and into a top aperture in the polishing cup. A paste material is carried within the toroidal pouch, the tube and the polishing cup. When the dental handpiece is gripped by a hand of a dental hygienist and the polishing cup is applied to a tooth, any finger of the hand of the dental hygienist can squeeze the toroidal pouch to force some of the paste material through the tube and out of the polishing cup, so that the paste material can be applied onto the tooth for cleaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Elena Balaban
  • Patent number: D563183
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Stanley L. McNatt
  • Patent number: D567004
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Inventor: Philip M. Bottega
  • Patent number: D567801
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Wilma J. Trappler
  • Patent number: D571530
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventor: Marianne De Palma
  • Patent number: D572603
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Steven D. Josephs
  • Patent number: D572625
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Thao V. Doan
  • Patent number: D577395
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventor: Maria C. Pietramala
  • Patent number: D589328
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Richard A. Edge