Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Ronald R. Kilponen
  • Patent number: 8201309
    Abstract: Various connectors are shown and disclosed for attaching rope, cable or synthetic lines to fixed surfaces. Lashing line is used between the connector on the line and the connector attached to the fixed surface. Alternative embodiments are shown that use a cleat or a cam for securing the lashing line for adjusting the overall line length. The lines and connectors can be used for rigging in sailing vessels and for any other application requiring strong lines, connectors and light weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: John E. Franta
  • Patent number: 8052129
    Abstract: A damper is shown for damping the movements of a spring. The spring is housed within the damper. The side walls of the damper have inverted T-shaped cutouts and hinge members resulting in flexure of the side walls when the spring is compressed or released. A steel band can be housed on the outside surface of the side walls providing biasing of the inside of the side walls against the outside of the spring thereby damping movement of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventors: Jason B. Youd, Ronald N. Check, Jonathan E. Slade
  • Patent number: 7780377
    Abstract: A roof stabilizer for use in securing surfaces in tunneling and mining is disclosed and claimed. The stabilizer has a tube with a slot and a ring attached to the bottom end of the tube. The ring can have indicia on a bottom surface of the ring or a side surface of the ring or both. The location of the indicia can provide better indication of the properties of the stabilizer to the installer. The indicia is easier to read than that of the background art both before and after installation. The location of the indicia can also provide easer and quicker visual inspection of already installed stabilizers to verify that the proper roof stabilizers were installed. The location of the indicia lessens the likelihood that corrosion will remove the indicia making it unidentifiable. The stabilizer disclosed and claimed also allows the use of grout or an adhesive in the interior of the tube which does not cover up or conceal the indicia on the ring as opposed to indicia in the background art stabilizers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Steven E. Brady, Roland C. Walker, Matthew S. Slatter
  • Patent number: 7712838
    Abstract: An improved ground support member insertion device comprising means for attaching the device to a jackleg drill, a clutch assembly disposed adjacent to the attaching means and adapted for holding a ground support member while it is being inserted into a first drill hole; and, anchoring means disposed opposite the clutch assembly and adapted for temporarily anchoring the device for stabilization in a rock formation during insertion of the ground support member. An impact tool for engaging the proximate end of the ground support member providing rotation and impact to the ground support member to mix the resin and to secure the ground support member in a rock formation. The impact tool can also be used to manually or mechanically tension the ground support member once installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventors: Roland C. Walker, Matthew S. Slatter, Phillip E. Gramich, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7516713
    Abstract: An anchor system 12 is shown and described. The anchor system 12 consists of a boat plate 18 to which are rotatably attached a plurality of boat shackles 24. The boat shackles 24 are affixed to boat lines 14 that secure the boat B to the boat plate 18. The boat plate 18 is attached with a swivel 22 to an anchor plate 20. The anchor plate has a plurality of anchor shackles 26 to which are attached anchor lines 16. The anchor lines 16 are then attached to anchors which are secured to the sea or lake bed. This anchor system 12 can be used to secure a boat B in a harbor or in the water to the sea or lake bed. The system as described helps prevent the boat lines 14 or the anchor lines 16 from crossing over one another during undesirable weather thus helping to prevent chafing and premature line failure. This system can help prevent failure of the lines 14, 16 and boat loss or catastrophic damage to the boat B.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: John Eugene Franta
  • Patent number: 7461886
    Abstract: A sun visor for a vehicle is shown and described. The sun visor can be slidably adjustable by the user from a first or storage position to a second position and anywhere there between. The sun visor also has an illumination system for lighted viewing in a mirror. These embodiments show and describe an illumination system that can be used with the mirror when the sun visor is located in any position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventors: Jianhua Wang, Jian Yin Tai
  • Patent number: 7455025
    Abstract: A bridal plate is shown and disclosed where the bridal plate is secured to a mooring ball or other static object with a jaw. The bridal plate has a plurality of shackles attached to the plate and lines are attached to the shackles. The lines are then secured to the boat or floating object. This allows multiple lines between the floating object and static object and reduces the possibility of the lines crossing and chafing of lines against one another helping to prevent premature failure of the lines or connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventor: John Eugene Franta
  • Patent number: 7425148
    Abstract: A cord holder is shown and disclosed. The cord holder has a bridge and a fixture on each end of the bridge. The fixture has a finger on the outermost edge of the bridge which extends from one side of the bridge to the other side forming an upwardly opening saddle. A pair of knobs located adjacent to the fingers, extend from the bottom of the bridge. The arrangement of the knobs forms a downward opening curved area for housing the cord. The user inserts one cord into the saddle and the curved area on one end and the second cord into the saddle and curved area on the opposite end. The ends of the cords can then be attached and retained below the bridge in this plugged together position until removed by the users as the cords are retained preventing premature disconnect of the cords. Alternative embodiments show a cord holder either translatable or fixed to one end of the cord. Another embodiment shows multiple cord holders attached to form a multiple line extension cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Inventor: Robert S. Allen
  • Patent number: 7370855
    Abstract: A damper is shown for damping the movements of a valve spring in an engine. The valve spring can be housed within the damper or the damper may be located inside of the valve spring. The damper is made from a suitable polymer and has one or more slots located radially to a central axis and one or more rings or bands. The rings or bands are located on the outer surface of the damper where the valve spring is located within the damper. The rings or bands are located on the inner surface of the damper where the valve spring surrounds the damper. The cross section, number and location of the slots, rings or bands can be adjusted depending on the particular application of the damper and the amount of damping that is desired for the particular application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventors: Jason B. Youd, Derek Saynor
  • Patent number: 7082619
    Abstract: A device for adjusting and securing the bill of a cap in a user chosen arc having indicia on the top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Roger G. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7003992
    Abstract: A lock for installation on a pre-existing or new door is shown. The lock extends from the door through the hinge of the door and into the door frame and alternatively into the door frame and stud. This arrangement provides increased security and resistance against breaking in the door to gain unauthorized entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Paul Dominic Scribner
  • Patent number: 6782876
    Abstract: A system is shown, which when attached to an internal combustion engine, will charge the air/fuel mixture or fuel mixture and oppositely charge the spark plug such that the air/fuel mixture or fuel mixture will be attracted to the opposite charge of the spark plug in the combustion chamber resulting in fewer exhaust emissions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Robert S. Allen
  • Patent number: 6347538
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is shown for locking weapons. The mechanism works with a lever that turns and locks and unlocks the weapon by interfacing with elements on the interior of the weapon. A key can be used to position a lock plunger such that the lever cannot be turned to the firing position, hence locking the weapon against unauthorized use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventor: Gerald J. Doiron
  • Patent number: D463223
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Rebecca M. Bien
  • Patent number: D467631
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Inventor: Timothy F. Keener
  • Patent number: D472113
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: Andrea A. Seifert
  • Patent number: D557729
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Eddie M. Bain
  • Patent number: D486755
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Gregory S. Cole
  • Patent number: D592833
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Eddie M. Bain
  • Patent number: D609051
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Richard D. Hofer