Patents Represented by Attorney Roger A. Marrs
  • Patent number: 6347915
    Abstract: A two-piece lock washer for use with a variety of fasteners wherein the lock washer itself includes a pair of components having opposite end opposing surfaces formed with a plurality of inclined ramps and locking faces so that when the components are pressed together, the ramps will ride upon each other as the fastener is turned until locking faces engage where locking is produced. The lock washer includes a central opening through which the shank of a fastener is passed and an exterior surface of the washer bears against the workpiece while the exterior surface of the other component bears against the head of the fastener. Thereby axial compression of the lock washer components causes the locking faces of the ramps to engage as the fastener is tightened against the workpiece. Backing off is prevented due to locking face engagement and the provision of radial ribs bearing against the fastening nut and the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventor: Alfiero Balzano
  • Patent number: 6331750
    Abstract: A light source device is provided for separating light into several light components with a plurality of colors or hues which includes a source of white light and at least one dichroic filter carried on an envelope of the light source device. The filter selects a particular wavelength band from a visible light spectrum and transmits only light from the selected wavelength band therethrough. The filter includes a mirror for reflecting light having a wavelength band other than the selected wavelength band whereby all transmitted light exits the device in different combinations of colors or hues. Several filters and mirrors may be arranged adjacent to each other with respect to the light source and the apparatus therefore transmits ideally 100% of the light from the light source and no additional means are required for dissipating or absorbing the non-selected wavelength bands since all bands or rays are included in the multi-colored emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2001
    Inventor: Gary Thompson
  • Patent number: 6328360
    Abstract: A chopstick set includes two pairs of chopsticks with a single pair of interchangeable handles and with each pair being of a different configuration such as Chinese style and Japanese style. Each chopstick has a handle or holder portion detachably connected to a food engaging or gripping portion. The adjacent ends of the handle or holder portion and the food engaging or gripping portion are detachably joined together by an interference type fit connector. A hygienic and cleanable travel case is provided having a support or insert with channels shaped to receive and store the pairs of chopsticks when disassembled. A sanitizer may be carried in the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: Roger Freeman
  • Patent number: 6325077
    Abstract: A contact lens kit or pouch organizer for removably storing a plurality of accessories which are contained in separate containers such as lens solutions, contact lens themselves, a drain catcher and a mirror. The organizer includes a box-like container properly sized to accommodate the shape and size of the contact lens accessories intended to be placed therein. A container closure includes an upper flap intended to fold over an opening leading into the interior of a storage compartment and which closes with a snap fastener on a bottom flap which folds across the bottom of the container and folds upwardly to receive the snap fastener on the upper flap. A mirror carried on the external surface of the container is covered by the bottom flap or the mirror can be mounted on the inside of the bottom flap so as to bear against the outside of the container when the bottom flap is folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventor: Diane Lark
  • Patent number: 6321420
    Abstract: A tobacco belt buckle pipe serves as a closure for the opposite ends of a belt and also serves as a smoking pipe. The buckle pipe includes a geometrically shaped tubing which includes an endless internal passageway having an opening defined as a receptacle for insertably receiving a quantity of tobacco and further having a slit opening in the tubing for holding the tobacco. A rotatable closure device is provided around the tubing having an opening having a first position remote from the receptacle so as to close the receptacle and a second or operative position in registry with the receptacle during a smoking procedure. A pipe stem is secured to a rotatable bearing or coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventor: Stanley Spancer
  • Patent number: 6318699
    Abstract: A powered engine stand having a portable framework with front and rear support members joined by a central member and further including an upright post which is rigidly supported by braces on the front member and the central member. The front support member is of shorter length than the rearmost support member and the upright post or stanchion includes a bearing assembly for rotatably mounting a shaft that is cantilevered outwardly towards the rear support member. The shaft is provided with a mounting plate for detachably connecting with fittings on an engine intended to be serviced. The upright post mounts a motor and drive train interconnecting the output of the motor with the shaft carried on the bearing assembly and a control is attached to the motor so that rotation of the engine can be power adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Charles Williams
  • Patent number: 6298488
    Abstract: A kitchen grip or implement for kitchen use is composed of a water-resistant and stain proof material having temperature control characteristics. Such a material forms the implement from at least one sheet having a textured, recessed or irregular surface providing a non-slip contact surface while the opposite surface of the sheet is composed of a close fabricated fabric which is affixed to the sheet of non-slip contact surface material. The fabric sheet may be a sheet of nylon/polyester composition which is affixed to the non-slip contact surface sheet which may be composed of a chloride rubber. The sheets are die cut to the shape of a useful implement such as a hand mitt, a trivet, a lid holder or the like. A two-piece implement such as a hand mitt requires that two sheets of the fabric and chloride rubber composition be sewn together by means of a zigzag lock stitch employing nylon thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventors: David D. Duncan, Robin Lee Duncan
  • Patent number: 6295904
    Abstract: A fastener driving assembly or tool includes a metal handle having opposite ends with an elongated driver shaft projecting from one end and a swivel knob installed on the other end. An electrical insulator is installed between the handle and the driver shaft and an insulating filler secures the shaft, insulator and handle together. The handle includes a recess for storing a lever arm or breaking bar adapted to outwardly pivot with respect to the longitudinal axis of the handle and driver shaft. A pivot rotatably connects one end of the lever arm with the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: James Webb
  • Patent number: 6286497
    Abstract: An air valve and regulator system for an air gun includes a cylindrical body having an internal air chamber operably connected at one end to a high pressure air supply. The other end of the cylinder is provided with a discharge orifice having a conical or frustro-conical member mounted coaxially with the cylinder and which partially occupies the discharge orifice so that exhausting air strikes the tapered surface and is distributed in a radial direction exteriorly of the air gun. A support brace mounts the member across the orifice and the surrounding surface of the discharge orifice is similarly tapered so that its surface is parallel with the exterior surface of the member. The space in between represents a circular discharge opening or orifice through which the high pressure exhaust is directed exteriorly of the gun. A regulator valve stem and regulator seal in movable relationship with respect to the member is provided so that reciprocal movement is permitted between the member and the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Sergey Levkov
  • Patent number: 6272761
    Abstract: A tape measuring device for the direct measurement to determine cup size of the breast which includes using an elongated flexible measuring tape for band size measurement by initially measuring the user's girth circumference with the flexible tape measure immediately below the breasts followed by adding five inches to the measured number and incorporating conventional round off procedures. Cup size is determined by directly measuring with the same flexible tape measure of the circumference of each unclothed (bare) breast from the beginning of the breast mound at one side laterally to the parasternal area medially. Next, a measurement conversion is made wherein a measurement of seven inches corresponds to an “A” size cup, eight inches a “B” size cup, nine inches a “C” cup, etc. Each one inch increment determines a cup size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Edward A. Pechter
  • Patent number: 6270423
    Abstract: A golf club head with striking surface density control having a club head having a mounting face defining a surface or recess for interchangeably receiving and accepting a selected one of a plurality of pads or inserts, each of which is composed of material having a different density. The mounting face detachably anchors or holds the selected pad or insert in place by screws, clips, adhesive or the like. Guides are provided on the club head for aligning the pad or insert with the mounting face. In one form, the pad or insert may be insertably received within the recess and anchored by fastening or alternately, adhesive may be employed to releasably secure the pad to a flat club surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: James H. Webb
  • Patent number: 6257329
    Abstract: A thermal management system includes a compressed and heat treated graphite material layer or runs laminated between two layers of thin insulated layers providing an integral construction. Heat generating components are mounted on the insulation layers and openings are selectively placed in the insulation layers immediately adjacent to each heat generating component. Each opening is occupied by graphic material connecting with the runs of graphite material laminated between the insulated layers. Heat generated by the component is carried by the graphite in the openings serving as a connector to the graphite layer or run for transfer and connection away from the component. The graphite material layers serve as thermal bus lines designed into a suitable geometric configuration. The graphite material runs or strips terminate in a remote dissipation device or in a thermal utilization device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Alfiero Balzano
  • Patent number: 6254499
    Abstract: A tennis racquet with a holeless oval frame head with front and back faces provided with a continuous outside groove and with spaced-apart recessed transverse cuts in each face occupied by a portion of a continuous string. The edge groove is interconnected with the transverse cuts and a continuous grommet is insertably received in the outside edge groove and is secured in place. The grommet has spaced-apart slots in co-extensive alignment with an edge marginal groove having a plurality of spaced apart projections which include an undercut channel conformal with the curvature of the string. A double stringed bed is provided with the string trained about both faces of the head in a recessed position so that the strings of the bed are substantially coplanar across the bed surfaces and slightly above the front and back faces of the frame head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Barry A. Tarleton
  • Patent number: 6238297
    Abstract: A bowling ball thumb sleeve provides an elongated sleeve having a cylindrical wall thickness composed of a yieldable material that defines an open-ended passageway adapted to insertably receive the thumb of the bowler via either end of the sleeve as opposed to the sole opening of a finger insert. Each open end of the passageway is defined by a geometric shape or configuration at the time of sleeve usage in the bowling ball hole. The sleeve provides for at least one pad or wedge-shaped thickened portion at least at one entrance to the passageway and such may be present at both entrances. An example of an entrance shape may be oval, round or elliptical and the improved sleeve provides for a combination of these geometric shapes. The thumb sleeve is elongated and of a length greater than the length of a bowling ball hole and the player may select the entrance opening shape and ramp thickness followed by severing and removing the opposite end which then may be discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: James Tilton
  • Patent number: 6236792
    Abstract: A fiber optical device is employed to produce a unique display. The device includes an elongated bundle of fibers for conducting light from a light source to remote terminating ends. The fiber ends produce a pattern representing a graphic symbol or character. The display is enhanced by employing fibers lying flat side-by-side with selected exterior portions roughened and some selected exterior portions masked. These latter portions provide a secondary display of light augmenting the first mentioned pattern. A color wheel and lens is disposed between the light source and the fiber bundle and is edge driven by gearing and a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Chun Chung Fung
  • Patent number: 6232552
    Abstract: A holding block for wires having a plurality of grooves in a surface for receiving a plurality of wires in spaced-apart relationship including a plurality of sets of openings in the block straddling each wire in the plurality so that a retaining clip can be introduced into each of the respective sets of openings for retaining the wire in position. Each clip includes a pair of barbed legs inserted into the respective sets of openings so as to mate with and engage with notches or points along the length of openings. The clip employs a pressure-bearing member midway between the barbed legs for forcible engagement with the insulated portion of each wire so as to hold the wire in position on the block. Staggering of the clips between adjacent wires places the plurality of wires and clips close together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Alfiero Balzano
  • Patent number: 6224547
    Abstract: A tongue depressor, including an elongated strip or body having opposite ends separated by a flat midsection wherein each end is curved in an opposite or reverse direction. One end of the strip is curved upwardly while the opposite end of the strip is curved downwardly. The entire length of the strip may embody a slight, weak, or shallow curve. The width of the strip may be wider than commonly employed and also, the respective opposite ends of the strip may be wider than the midsection which interconnects the opposite ends. A separate end section may include a doubled over depressor piece and the section may insertably receive the end of a flat stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Donald E. Doyle
  • Patent number: D445688
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: James Webb
  • Patent number: D455363
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Arthur Fuss
  • Patent number: D455664
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: James Webb