Patents Represented by Law Firm Stratton Ballew
  • Patent number: 7266544
    Abstract: A method for electronically generating and assigning a photograph is provided. The method employs a server-based control program and preferably utilizes an Internet web browser to interface with users. The control program receives a photograph request from a user and issues a user identification and an access code for that specific user. The control program then receives a photograph specification from the user, the specification detailing the criteria for the photograph, such as size, style and media. The user may be a single customer or a group. The user searches a photographer data base for a photographer that corresponds to user's needs. The program then transmits the specifications to the selected photographers. The control program co-ordinates the user's review and/or approval of submissions by the photographer in response to the user's specifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventors: Sharon D. Dodge, Brian L. Matthews
  • Patent number: 7249794
    Abstract: A drawer assembly for vehicles, and more particularly to a system of opposed drawers for use in a vehicle or trailer. The drawers integrate into the structure of a vehicle for storage or concealment of the retractable features, and can cantilever out and away from the storage compartment, when the drawers extend. The drawer assembly includes an upper drawer and a lower drawer, the bottom or pan of the upper drawer bottom located in substantially the same horizontal plane as the bottom of the lower drawer. An upper drawer rail mounts to the upper drawer and a lower drawer rail mounts to the lower drawer. The upper and lower drawer rails have a rail length greater than the drawer length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Assignee: Western Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald A. Doyle
  • Patent number: 7223041
    Abstract: A camming coupler for removably attaching a music desk or other object to an upright support leg. The camming coupler includes an inner sleeve for receiving the upright support leg. The inner sleeve has at least one longitudinal slit formed therein, and preferably has four substantially equidistant longitudinal slits. The inner sleeve also has a cammed exterior surface. An attachment member extends from the inner sleeve, and is attachable to the music desk or other object. The camming coupler further includes an outer sleeve positioned over the inner sleeve. The outer sleeve has a cammed interior surface that corresponds with the cammed exterior surface of the inner sleeve. In use, the camming coupler is secured to a music desk or other object. An upright support leg is inserted in the inner sleeve, and the outer sleeve is rotated to compress the inner sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: Manhasset Specialty Co.
    Inventors: Barry T. Heid, Peter J. Abercrombie
  • Patent number: 7187936
    Abstract: A radio frequency transmission device including electronic circuitry. A digital logic circuit is alternate-able from a sleep mode to an active mode after a pre-determined time period, and back to the sleep mode immediately after transmission of a digital signal. The digital signal includes a unique and pre-determined sequence of fixed length pulses routed to a transmission circuit to transmit a radio signal in a specific frequency range. An output display signal from the output circuitry is displayed with an LED. An input circuitry is manually activated. A radio frequency signal is received with a receiver circuitry, sensed to determine if the received signal has a compatible characteristic of an expected signal. The radio frequency signal is converted into a digital form and sent to the microprocessor. Every associated transmitter device is tracked with a counter maintained by a microprocessor. Personnel, belongings and pets can be tracked with this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: J3 Keeper, L.L.C.
    Inventors: James F. Allyn, John D. Miller, Sheng-Hui J. Chu
  • Patent number: 7165930
    Abstract: An actuated mechanical thumb apparatus is provided that pivots in compliment to the hinging of a bucket or similar hydraulically actuated attachment, as employed with conventional heavy equipment, such as backhoes and excavators. The thumb co-operatively actuates with the bucket to prevent walking or shifting of the gripped object. The thumb apparatus is unitized, or of a single component, well suited for easy retrofit to conventional material handling and earth moving equipment. The frame of the thumb apparatus mounts to a heavy equipment boom member or arm. The frame can be held in place on the boom member by two pins. The frame includes two frame plates, and the thumb includes two thumb plates. Each frame plate hingably attaches to one of the thumb plates at a separate pivot. This allows the thumb to pivot straddle the bucket's hinge, and pivot on the same axis as the bucket. A thumb link can be used across a pivoting bell crank, actuated by the thumb's hydraulic cylinder to actuate the thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Pasific Services & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter J. Pisco
  • Patent number: 7143495
    Abstract: A backlight etching process, and more particularly the etching of a solid, semi-translucent base material, to form an exact image within the material. The base material is preferably translucent and most preferably an acrylic-based product, such as DuPont Corian®. Specific portions of the etched image can be digitally altered to enhance the quality of the image. Lines may be added to better delineate between areas of the image, or specific areas may be masked and altered. The etched image can also be colorized by cutting exact forms or silhouettes of colored film using digital techniques and adhering the silhouette to the smooth, back side of the etched image. A backing sheet may then be applied over the colored silhouette, to strengthen the product and protect the silhouette, to the etched image product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventors: Brandon M. Wing, Rick D. Wing
  • Patent number: 7131254
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing nuts and fruits, and more specifically, to a mobile apparatus that picks-up fruits and nuts, and similar products from the ground and conditions them, in bulk. The mobile apparatus conditions the fruits and nuts by removing debris with a combination of a belted conveyor and a high volume fan. The plenum of the apparatus is sized to achieve a constant velocity of air throughout the portions of the plenum in contact with the product, providing a constant suction to prevent the entrainment of product into the dust collection system. The processing apparatus can be utilized in a conditioner that picks-up and processes the product and then returns the cleaned and conditioned product to the floor of the orchard or grove. The processing apparatus can also be utilized in a harvester that picks-up and processes the product and then stores the product temporarily in a bin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventors: Jonathan J. Flora, Douglas W. Flora, Adam L. Benedict, Pierre J. de Wet
  • Patent number: PP17013
    Abstract: A new and distinct apple tree is disclosed. ‘Burkitt Gala,’ a limb sport of ‘Tenroy’ gala is notable for its distinctive fruit, which exhibits a 100% cherry red coloration, with underlying striping present. ‘Burkitt Gala’ is further distinguishable from its parent by its early maturity. ‘Burkitt Gala’ matures ten days earlier than ‘Tenroy’ gala.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Trustees of BMA Trust
    Inventor: Edward Mark Burkitt
  • Patent number: D527066
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Inventor: Richard C. Greiner
  • Patent number: PP17075
    Abstract: A new cultivar of nectarine tree (Prunus persica L. Batsch) named ‘Mesembrine’ is disclosed. The fruit of ‘Mesembrine’ is notable for its broad oblate shape and sub-acid flavor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Agri-Obtentions, SA
    Inventor: Réné François Monet
  • Patent number: PP17268
    Abstract: A new and distinct apple tree named ‘Mahana Red Braeburn’ is disclosed. The fruit of the new variety is notable for its high color as compared to the fruit of other known ‘Braeburn’ trees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Robin T. Field
  • Patent number: PP17284
    Abstract: A new and distinct apple tree named ‘GRE-1198’ is disclosed. The fruit of ‘GRE-1198’ is notable for its large size, crunchy texture and sweet taste as compared to other golden-type apples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Inventor: Mark Greiner
  • Patent number: PP17387
    Abstract: A new distinct pear variety is described. This interspecific variety results from crossing between ‘Nijisseiki’ (Pyrus pyrifolia Nakai) (not patented) and ‘Max Red Barlett’ (Pyrus communis) (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 741). The new variety has been named ‘Prem2P’ and was selected because of its crisp texture and ‘Bartlett’ type flavor. The fruit of this new variety is characterized by its pyriform shape, smooth yellow skin, crisp texture and ‘Bartlett’ type flavor when fully ripe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Prevar Limited
    Inventor: Allan G White
  • Patent number: PP17388
    Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Fragaria×ananassa is disclosed. ‘Yuval’ grows from September and produces fruit starting in November and lasting until the following summer. The production of the fruit beginning in November (Northern Hemisphere, latitude 30-33 degrees) is two months earlier than short day varieties of Fragaria species. The fruit of ‘Yuval’ is characterized by a unique, uniform color, as well as a very desirable taste, texture, shape and size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Fertiseeds Ltd.
    Inventor: Shamay Izhar
  • Patent number: PP17456
    Abstract: A new cultivar of peach tree (Prunus persica L. Batsch) named ‘S-6359’ is disclosed. The new cultivar is notable for its large, yellow fleshed, high quality fruit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Agri-Obtentions SA
    Inventor: René Francois Monet
  • Patent number: PP17457
    Abstract: A new cultivar of peach tree (Prunus persica L. Batsch) named ‘S-5848’ is disclosed. The new cultivar is notable for its large, yellow fleshed, high quality fruit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Agri-Obtentions SA
    Inventor: René Francois Monet
  • Patent number: PP17549
    Abstract: A new apple tree (Malus domestica) named ‘SJ303’ is disclosed. The fruit of ‘SJ303’ is notable for its exceptional taste, appearance, and storageability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Skyglow Enterprises Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Jan W. Brouwer, Richard T. Atherton, Catherine S. Portman
  • Patent number: PP17624
    Abstract: A new distinct pear variety is described. This interspecific variety results from crossing varieties, ‘Nijisseiki’ (Pyrus pyrifolia Nakai) (not patented) and ‘Max Red Bartlett’ (Pyrus communis) (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 741). The new variety has been named ‘Prem1P’ and was selected because of its crisp texture and strong ‘Barlett’ type flavor. The fruit of this new variety is characterized by its round to high round fruit shape which has 50-70% red blush coverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Prevar Limited
    Inventor: Roy Hart
  • Patent number: PP17727
    Abstract: A new and distinct primocane-fruiting (autumn-bearing) cultivar of black raspberry, Rubus occidentalis, named ‘Explorer.’ The ‘Explorer’ black raspberry was created as an F2 generation seedling of a controlled cross between two unnamed black raspberry plants collected from uncultivated areas. ‘Explorer’ black raspberry is capable of providing a reliable and productive crop of large black raspberries on primocanes in late summer and early autumn when there are no fresh black raspberries available from other cultivars of black raspberry. The canes of ‘Explorer’ black raspberry also exhibit fewer thorns than canes of a typical black raspberry plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Peter H. Tallman
  • Patent number: PP17773
    Abstract: A new and distinct grapevine variety named ‘DM 8313-1’ is disclosed. The new variety originated from a hand pollinated cross made at South Haven, Minn., and is distinguishable by virtue of its cold hardiness in USDA Zone 4, combined with its fine muscat flavor similar to Vitis vinifera variety ‘Muscat Blanc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: David W. MacGregor