Patents Represented by Law Firm Stratton Ballew
  • Patent number: 6736417
    Abstract: A chair situated upon a single wheel in such a relationship to achieve a low center of gravity. The chair is secured between parallel elongated handle members, extending from the front to the back of the chair which enables the safe transportation of a handicapped person and cargo by two other people over rugged terrain where conventional devices for handicapped individuals are unsuitable. The chair is convertible to a four-wheeled chair which makes it practical to use for camping trips in the wilderness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Inventor: Ward Whitmire
  • Patent number: 6725697
    Abstract: A keyway cylinder plug removal tool specifically configured for the removal of a lock core or cylinder plug from a safety deposit box. The tool includes a shaft received within a hole saw housing, the hole saw housing including a plurality of teeth, positioned about a cutting cylinder. The hole saw housing includes a shank. The shaft including a keyway end and a free end. The free end fits into the shank of the hole saw housing and a keyway tab attaches to the keyway end of the shaft. The keyway tab inserts into a keyway of a cylinder plug. Once the cylinder plug is removed, the latch bolt of the lock can be retracted, to open the safety deposit box. The keyway tab is typically flat and free of cut indentations or “keying,” but is generically insertable into most manufactures' proprietary keyway shapes. The keyway tab attached to the keyway end of the shaft. A shaft spring is received onto the shaft and abuts against the holesaw housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Kevin P. Leadon
  • Patent number: 6716618
    Abstract: A system and process for remediating an “asbestos containing material” (ACM), or a “regulated” asbestos containing material (RACM), with a vermicultural process, or “vermiprocess.” Worms are employed to convert the ACM into a material with an acceptable, deminimus level of asbestos fibers, or further to a non-detectable level of asbestos. The process includes placing an asbestos containing material into a worm bin and mixing the asbestos containing material with an effective quantity of a worm adjuvant, optionally employing organic material and mixing in a homogenizer. The worm bin may be a single bin or alternatively an array of staged worm bins. The worms are introduced into the ACM to form an asbestos containing vermicompost. The preferred worm species employed the species Esenia hortensis, or “hortensis,” and Esenia fetida, commonly referred to as “red wigglers,” or “red worms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Good Earth Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan Craig, G. Daniel Thomas
  • Patent number: 6604294
    Abstract: An adjustable carpenter's square for the quick and reproducible measurement of angles and radii. The adjustable carpenter's square includes a center bar that includes a set of indicia. The indicia are any appropriate set of graduations, which may include numerical notations. A indicator slide is receivable onto the center bar. The indicator slide includes a first and second slide strut pivot. A first and second strut attach to the indicator slide. A first wing attaches to the center bar and the first strut. The first wing also includes a first wing strut pivot. The first wing strut pivot hingably connects the first wing to the first strut. The first wing strut pivot attaches to the first strut. A second wing attaches to the center bar and the second strut. The second wing includes a second wing strut pivot. The second wing strut pivot hingably connects the second wing to the second strut. The first and second wings pivotably connect to the center bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Kent Farley
  • Patent number: 6588716
    Abstract: An accessory mount for removably securing an accessory to an extendable shaft, such as a music stand shaft The extendable shaft includes a stationary shaft and a telescoping shaft. The accessory mount includes a sleeve with a longitudinal opening, the sleeve being receivable on the extendable shaft. A collar provided proximate the upper edge of the interior surface of the sleeve supports the accessory mount on the stationary shaft of the extendable shaft, and prevents the accessory mount from sliding down the extendable shaft. An accessory attachment point on the sleeve is adapted to receive a variety of accessories. The accessories can include string instrument holders, mute holders, accessory trays and the like, which can be interchangeably mountable on the sleeve. The accessory mount is quickly and easily installed on an extendable shaft, and can be installed without tools or adjustments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Manhasset Specialty Co.
    Inventor: Barry T. Heid
  • Patent number: 6584802
    Abstract: A cooling apparatus and method that employs carbon dioxide (CO2) to cool, refrigerate or freeze the contents of a cooler or container. The cooling apparatus is preferably a portable device with a selfcontained refrigeration system that cools indirectly with liquid carbon dioxide, utilizing the sublimation of CO2 “dry-snow” or “snow” to self-regulate the flow of the CO2 refrigerant in the system. The cooling apparatus includes a liquid carbon dioxide reservoir that contains a quantity of liquified carbon dioxide. A regulator for reducing the pressure of the liquid carbon dioxide flowing through the regulator, connects to the liquid carbon dioxide reservoir. The cooling coil preferably terminates with a cooling coil to vent to an atmosphere. A flow of carbon dioxide is established by a movement of the carbon dioxide from the liquid carbon dioxide reservoir, through the regulator, into the cooling coil, and to the atmosphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventors: Monty J. Cofield, Scott B. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 6575485
    Abstract: A shock absorbing suspension system for a lightweight, bicycle pulled trailer, fitted to the frame of a light weight trailer. The trailer suspension system includes a pair of shock absorbers each mounted to cushion the trailer and its contents, which can be a passenger. The suspension system mounts to a trailer frame that has a shock base and an arm base. The shock base includes a shock base pivot and the arm base includes an arm base pivot. A wheel arm attaches to the arm base of the trailer frame. The wheel arm includes a hub end and a pivot end, and the pivot end hingably connects to the arm base pivot. A wheel hub is received into the wheel arm proximate the hub end of the wheel arm. An arm shock bearing is positioned on the wheel arm. A shock, for dampening the hinging of the wheel arm about the arm base pivot, is mounted between the trailer frame and the wheel arm. The shock includes a base bearing and an arm bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Greg R. Durrin
  • Patent number: 6543960
    Abstract: A camming coupler for removably attaching a music desk to an upright support of a music stand is disclosed. The camming coupler includes an inner sleeve for receiving the upright support. 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 pivotally attachable to the music desk. 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. The upright support of a music stand is then inserted in the inner sleeve, and the outer sleeve is rotated to compress the inner sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Manhasset Specialty Co.
    Inventors: Barry T. Heid, Peter J. Abercrombie
  • Patent number: 6485577
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for pipe pig that is employed in a piping system for the purpose of recovering product. The pipe pig, or simply “pig,” is utilized to flush or purge a piping system, which includes a pipe that is normally filled with a product stream. The pig is a substantially solid slug that is introduced into the flow within the pipe. The pipe pig includes at least a component of a product stream and the pig is at least partially frozen to achieve its substantially solid form. The pipe pig is inserted or alternatively formed within a launch chamber that junctions with a pipe. A release valve is opened to allow the pig to enter the pipe. An exterior surface of the launch chamber can be heated to prevent the pig from sticking within the launch chamber or refrigerated to form the pig. The pipe pig can be propelled into the product stream or allowed to fall by gravity or suction alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Kiholm
  • Patent number: 6461399
    Abstract: An organic-based uniprill fertilizer is provided. To produce the fertilizer, organic matter is sequentially pre-treated by first mixing it in a first grinder with a lime admixture, then adding a slurry of reagents and binders, followed by a mixture of acids. The acids can include sulfuric and phosphoric acids, in addition to nitric acid and various organic acids such as citric and fulvic acid, depending on the end requirements of the fertilizer product. Following the mixing of the pre-product with the mixture of acids and reagents, the resultant raw product is preferably processed through a second grinder. This grinding further dries, mixes and granulates the raw product. The particle size of the completed fertilizer is reduced into a flowable, user safe uniprill product that can be further ground to reduce its moisture. Further drying may be necessary for bag or bulk product, or it can be liquified by high speed blending or micro-fluidized for sprinkler or drip applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Inventor: Larry V. Connell
  • Patent number: 6457692
    Abstract: A hanger bracket for supporting suspended equipment from a support rail. The hanger bracket includes a rail cap adjoined to a side bar. The rail cap also includes a lip parallel to the sidebar. The rail cap rests on the top surface of the support rail. The lip adjoins to the rail cap at an opposite end of the rail cap from the sidebar. The hanger bracket, with the sidebar, the rail cap and the lip, has an inverted “J” shape. The sidebar of the hanger bracket mounts onto an element of the suspended equipment, so that the rail cap rests on a top surface of the support rail. A plurality of hanger brackets can support the equipment element on the support rail. The hanger bracket is first mounted to the equipment element of the overhead equipment, which is then lifted to raise the rail cap above a support rail. The equipment element is then shifted, to position the rail cap over the support rail. The equipment element is finally lowered to contact the rail cap with the top surface of the support rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Northwest Refrigeration Contractors, Inc.
    Inventor: Wayne F. Gohl, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6449801
    Abstract: A set of add-on front castors or casters, configured for attachment to a conventional three wheeled jogging stroller. The add-on front castor set includes a crossbar with a first crossbar end, a second crossbar end and a mid-crossbar. A first castor mounts proximate the first crossbar end and a second castor mounts proximate the second crossbar end The add-on front castor set also includes a fork clamp that mounts proximate the mid-crossbar. The fork clamp is attachable to a front wheel fork of the jogging stroller. The front wheel fork is configured to accept a hubbed axle of the single forward wheel that is detachable to so that the front wheel fork can receive the fork clamp of the add-on front castor set. The fork clamp of the front castor set is attached to the front fork by first inserting the front fork between a top clamp plate a bottom clamp plate. A clamp screw threads between the top clamp plate and the bottom clamp plate, and a clamp knob is mounted to an end of the clamp screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: Greg R. Durrin
  • Patent number: 6440901
    Abstract: A process and composition for thinning fruit blossoms with a calcium chloride solution is provided. The calcium chloride is a common salt, often referred to as CaCl, but having the chemical formula CaCl2 and is preferably applied to the blooms in a solution or brine. The calcium chloride brine is a natural material that is classified as a “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) compound. The calcium chloride solution in water apparently interrupts the pollination of blooms through the dessication of the pistils, when it is applied during the blooming period. The CaCl2 blossom or bloom thinning agent solution is effective on many varieties of fruit trees, especially apples. The calcium chloride is preferably applied in a substantially aqueous solution at a rate of between 5 and 40 pounds of calcium chloride per acre. The CaCl2 solution is not an artificial or derived substance and carries none of the environmental and health concerns raised by other hormonal or caustic chemical thinning agents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Gary S. Long
  • Patent number: 6419135
    Abstract: A bottom support cord having a limited stretch for use with a conventional produce harvesting receptacle, such as a fruit picking bucket or bag often used in the harvesting of tree fruit, such as apples, pears, and peaches. The bag is typically tubular with a top opening and a bottom opening. A pair of stretchable support cords replace the typical support ropes that permanently attach to the bag at the bottom and removably attached near the top at a pair of cord receivers. The support cords have a tubular outer sheath that stretches. Within the outer sheath, a non-stretchable inner cord limits the outer sheath's extension. The bag folds upwardly, near the bottom to retain a quantity of produce within. When both support ropes are removed from the cord receivers, the bottom of the bag folds down to dump the produce. The stretchable support cords extend to increase the holding capacity of the bag automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Kasper B. Sali
  • Patent number: 6415937
    Abstract: The invention provides a bottle adapter for securing an attachment to a bottle. The attachment can be a nipple and ring assembly for a baby bottle. The bottle adapter has a base, and the base has a bottom end and a top end. A bottle receiving portion extends from the bottom end of the base, and an attachment receiving portion extends from the top end of the base. The bottle receiving portion includes an outer bottle receiving ring and an inner bottle receiving ring. The attachment receiving portion includes an outer attachment receiving ring and an inner attachment receiving ring. The base of the bottle adapter also includes a passage defined therein for allowing the flow of a fluid from the bottle receiving portion to the attachment receiving portion of the bottle adapter. In an embodiment of the invention, the bottle adapter is sized to adapt both a disposable liner bottle and a traditional bottle to receive both a disposable liner bottle nipple and ring assembly and a traditional nipple and ring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventors: Lorraine DeJong, Jared DeJong
  • Patent number: D463026
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventor: Allan G. Holms
  • Patent number: D465235
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Manhasset Specialty Co.
    Inventor: Barry T. Heid
  • Patent number: D478343
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Manhasset Specialty Co.
    Inventor: Barry T. Heid
  • Patent number: PP14126
    Abstract: A new and distinct variety of Myrobalan tree (Prunus cerasifera). Its novelty consists of the following unique combination of features that are desirable in a new interstock when growing cherries: 1. Decreasing the height of the cherry tree for more economical harvesting. 2. Providing earlier production of fuit when growing cherries with the new interstock variety on Citation Rootstock. 3. Increasing the number of rootstocks available for cherries. 4. Improving the opportunity to match soil type with the desired rootstock by using an interstock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventors: Chris Floyd Zaiger, Gary Neil Zaiger, Leith Marie Gardner, Grant Gene Zaiger
  • Patent number: PP14127
    Abstract: The new hop plant variety named ‘VGXP01’ is notable for its unique, pleasant aroma and relatively high alpha content. The cones of the new variety are small and compact, and grow abundantly on the mature plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventors: Paul A. Gamache, Bernard J. Gamache, Steven J. Gamache