Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Terrance L. Siemens
  • Patent number: 5755441
    Abstract: A board game simulating professional football. The game apparatus includes a board having one hundred individual positions corresponding to the yard lines of the actual game and two scoring zones sandwiching the hundred positions, a marker for indicating position of the offensive player, and several varieties of cards. A menu of available offensive plays is preferably posted on the board. The offensive player selects a play from the menu. The defensive player draws a card associated with the offensive play. A result of each available play is inscribed on the card, and the marker is moved accordingly. If the result is a penalty, the defensive role may elect an outcome revealed on the card, or alternatively, may elect an option to select a second type of card bearing a different result concealed from the players. If the second type of card is elected, then the marker is influenced accordingly. Available plays include simulated yardage gains and losses, scores, possession transitions plays of the actual game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventors: Edward J. Langan, Donna L. Langan
  • Patent number: 5750967
    Abstract: A food container having provision for storing a freezable chilling medium and having a valve for venting steam. The food container is divided into a food storage chamber and a chilling chamber for holding the chilled medium. These chambers are separated by a wall having an opening at the top enabling fluid communication between these chambers. The container is closed by a removable lid. A steam relief valve is disposed in the lid, sunken into a depression formed in the lid, so that the valve body is substantially flush with the lid. A handle in the form of ears projects from the valve for easy grasping. The valve is opened for microwave cooking of stored food, and closed for chilled storage. When heating, the chilled medium is removed. Optionally, water is placed in the empty chilling chamber, and steam generated upon heating migrates into the food storage chamber, thereby steaming the food.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph E. Sprauer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5749097
    Abstract: A finger and thumb protector providing two sheaths for fingers and one sheath for the thumb of a user working with solvents. The sheaths are connected by a tether. The protector is formed from a thin, flexible, elastic material impervious to solvents, such as polyvinyl chloride. Two sheaths for fingers are disposed parallel, abutting, and open in similar directions. The sheath for the thumb is angled with respect to the sheaths for fingers, thereby assuming positions natural for a closed grasp of a small object. Each sheath is generally cylindrical, domed at the closed end, and extends to the first knuckle of its respective finger or thumb. The tether is U-shaped, with the U-shaped channel open in a direction similar to those of the finger and thumb sheaths. The protector may be fabricated by dipping a mold into liquid, uncured resin and peeling the protector from the mold after curing of the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Anita Mallory Garrett-Roe
  • Patent number: 5749792
    Abstract: Auxiliary golf club grips, preferably provided as a set of varied sizes, for providing oversized gripping surfaces. Each grip comprises a capped sleeve preferably having a wall of linearly variable thickness. The wall is thickest and the external diameter of the sleeve is greatest at the capped end. The other end of the sleeve is open so that the sleeve may be slipped over a golf club. Internal cavities of all individual grips of the set are identical, and cooperate with handles of standard golf clubs. Preferably, the cap and open end of the sleeve are rounded. A preferred constituent material is a resilient, elastic, foamed synthetic resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Engfer, Michael J. Britton
  • Patent number: 5749500
    Abstract: An insertable adaptor for providing a cylindrical container with a funnel and sump for collecting stored liquid centrally within the container. Preferably, the adaptor is generally in the form of a modified torus, having an inclined top wall forming a funnel, a sump for accumulating liquids collected by the funnel, an outer wall cooperating with the cylindrical wall of the container, and a bottom wall. The adapter is preferably formed monolithically, so that a hollow interior is defined by the adaptor, the hollow interior being impervious to infiltration by the stored liquid. A flexible flange projects outwardly from the adaptor, so that the adaptor resists upward displacement within the container after being forced to the bottom of the container. The sump accommodates a pickup tube of a vacuum or force operated spraying or dispensing apparatus utilizing the container as a storage receptacle for liquid to be sprayed or dispensed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventors: Joey Kraus, Jamie Keeble, Jimmy Moore
  • Patent number: 5744106
    Abstract: An improved heated scent dispenser is provided. The device has a reservoir which is heated by igniting paraffin or an equivalent fuel. A wick draws fuel from a fuel tank containing the paraffin, the wick being enclosed in a first chamber to avoid exposure to the elements. A second chamber disposed above the first chamber contains a fluid reservoir which can be filled with animal urine or other scent. A dome top is disposed above the housing to distribute the scent horizontally in all directions. The entire assembly is contained within a shroud to provide additional protection from exposure to wind, rain, snow, etc. so as to be operable in virtually any environment. The device may also be used to distribute insect repellent or other similar aromatic by removing the heating tank and filling the fuel tank with the aromatic. Once ignited, the fumes are distributed out of open scent reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Richard E. Eagle
  • Patent number: 5740940
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a portable beverage container holder and cover. More specifically, the invention is a floatable, insulated, beverage container holder, having an external tubular foam shell, and a two-piece device, comprising a dome-shaped cover portion and an annular collar portion. Hinged means, comprising of a rod connected to two ear shaped upwardly extended projections, is integrally formed with the annular collar, enabling the dome-shape cover to pivot between a forwardly closing position and a backwardly open position. The collar includes a recess in the rear of the hinge for receiving a locking projection correspondingly disposed at the back of the dome shaped cover. A frictional engagement between these corresponding parts retains the cover in an upright locked position, when it is pivoted backward. Similarly, the cover is adapted to snap into a watertight seal when it pivots forwardly into a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Inventor: Dave Weiss
  • Patent number: 5728199
    Abstract: An insert for air flow ducts includes a band (10) of a semi-stiff, although flexible character, a plurality of interspaced interflanges (11) along the band and spaced edge flanges (14) which are connected with the interflanges, the interflanges in pairs together with the band (10) and the edge flanges (14) delimiting consecutive cavities or pipes (12') along the band, the opposed ends of the cavities or pipes being open, the band being formed into a loop in which the band and the edge flanges are located tightly adjacent to each other and in which the pipes (12') are substantially evenly distributed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Freshman AB
    Inventor: Andreas von Glehn
  • Patent number: 5729192
    Abstract: An automobile is remotely disabled by shunting a portion of the ignition circuit. The remote automobile disabler device receives a remotely transmitted disable signal and, in one embodiment, forms a low resistance connection with the negative terminal of the battery so as to create a break in a low current capacity portion of the ignition circuit. The low current capacity portion may include a circuit breaker. In an alternative embodiment, the battery is redirected through a shunt circuit which includes a resistor. A voltage drop is thus formed which reduces the operating voltage to electronic components in the ignition circuit below the threshold voltage and disables the automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Berkley C. Badger
  • Patent number: 5722461
    Abstract: A hose for capturing and redirecting exhaust gasses of a motor vehicle for heating purposes. The hose is pliant and heat resistant. Apparatus for removably connecting to exhaust pipes of different diameters is provided at one end of the hose. This apparatus includes a manual, self-tightening clamp. A nozzle and handle are provided at the other end of the hose. Optionally, the hose has an extension removably insertable into the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Marion L. Lake
  • Patent number: 5722205
    Abstract: A post assembly for supporting a fence, a sign or receptacle such as a mailbox. The post assembly comprises a ground penetrating rod having an enlarged head, a square, hollow, decorative body placed over the rod after the rod is forced into the ground, and a footplate. The enlarged head of the rod cooperates in close fit within the hollow body. A pin frictionally fits into openings formed in the body, interfering with the rod as the body is lowered over the rod. The body is then employed as a driver to force the rod into the ground. When the rod is driven down to the point that the body contacts the footplate, the pin is removed from the body. The body then is lowered into abutment with the footplate. The openings of the body which receive the pin then align with a passage formed in the enlarged head of the rod. The pin is reinserted into the body, this time passing through the passage of the enlarged head of the rod. The rod and body are thus interlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventor: Richard M. Gannaway
  • Patent number: 5716270
    Abstract: A louvered air diffuser which mounts to an outlet of an air distribution system of a building and is removed therefrom without tools. The diffuser has two arms which expand resiliently to engage an environmental surface of the air conduit of the distribution system. The arms each have teeth for improving frictional engagement of the environmental surface. The arms and teeth are configured to assure that the arms are urged inwardly, away from frictional engagement of the environmental element, when being installed and removed. Optionally, the teeth have holes with sharp edges, or holes for receiving rubber projections for enhancing grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Charles F. Chambers
  • Patent number: 5717326
    Abstract: A portable current measuring apparatus brings many current sensing devices close to a wire in order for the magnetic flux of the current within the wire to induce a current in the devices. The devices are arranged in a bridge circuit and connected with a signal source and a differential amplifier so that when the output of the devices is added by the amplifier the noise generated by magnetic sources is eliminated. The housing for the apparatus is small and light weight and includes a place for a portion of the current carrying wire to be positioned for current detection. Use of the apparatus does not require that the wire be cut, nor is it required that the apparatus become a permanent fixture of the circuit having the current carrying wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Ikuo Moriwaki
  • Patent number: 5716215
    Abstract: A post and core for dentures which is machinable to adjust for axial misalignment of a denture with respect to surrounding dentures or teeth. The core has excess material which is machined away by a dental practitioner to result in a core appropriately oriented to compensate for the misalignment. The unnecessary material projects from the core to form a pie slice or wedge configuration. The pie slice or wedge tapers to a maximum cross sectional area with increasing distance from the post. The included angle of the wedge does not exceed thirty degrees when the post is hexagonal. The novel configuration of the core minimizes volume of material which must be removed by tedious hand machining to result in a core which is appropriately angled with respect to the post in order to overcome the misalignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: Gordon D. Blacklock
  • Patent number: 5713658
    Abstract: A hanger for holding a fluorescent drop light at a desired orientation or angle. The hanger holds the tubular lamp of a drop light by a clip. A hook for suspending the hanger adjustably attaches to the clip. The attachment apparatus includes a base surface having angularly displaced radiating slots for partially surrounding the rod stock of the hook, a threaded stud projecting from the base surface, and a threaded nut. The slots are preferably displaced in forty-five degree increments. The hook has an eye which is slipped over the threaded stud prior to tightening the nut. The hook is secured at a desired orientation by tightening the nut when a straight portion of the hook partially occupies one of the slots. The hook can be secured vertically, horizontally, or in an intermediate orientation depending upon which slot engages the straight section of the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Maurice J. Stranagan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5709137
    Abstract: A two sided or headed ratcheting driving wrench. Each side or head has a rotatable receptacle constrained to rotate in only one direction by interengaging teeth formed in the receptacle and in its housing. Both sets of teeth may be pointed or rounded. In one direction, torque locks the receptacle to the housing, and thus drives a tool such as a screw driver blade or a socket. In the other direction, torque causes the receptacle to disengage from the housing. Thus, conventional, intermittent one way rotation is assured. The receptacle and its surrounding chamber formed in each tool head are dimensioned and configured to assure engagement between receptacle and head when placed under torque in one direction. The wrench has a lever or handle which has a significant portion of its length offset from linear to allow for working in tight quarters. The receptacle has a square hole formed therein, for receiving a driven tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Inventor: Gordon D. Blacklock
  • Patent number: 5703636
    Abstract: A communications system linking video phones located at diverse premises by a network of optical fiber cables. Each premises has a telephone, television screen, and television camera. Audio and video output signals are converted to optical signals, which signals are carried over the optical fiber network to another premises. Each premises has apparatus for converting optical signals to a form suitable for driving the speaker of the telephone and the CRT of the television. Extremely high resolution is achieved by limiting the G1 aperture of the television cathode to 0.010 inch, thereby enabling the CRT to scan at least 2,000 lines. A centrally located master computer is disposed serially between any two premises, and generates signals for controlling horizontal and vertical yoke, and the electron gun. These signals are optically transmitted concurrently with the audio and video input signals. The system may also incorporate other inputs from the premises, such as utility meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Carmine Cifaldi
  • Patent number: 5699575
    Abstract: An electric rotary toothbrush having a flexible brush element which conforms to curvature of the teeth within the mouth. The flexible brush is supported at one end by attachment to the handle of the toothbrush, and at the other end by a wheel journaled to the shaft of the flexible brush. The wheel contacts and bears against the teeth or gums of the user. The wheel remains stationary while the brush rotates relative thereto. The toothbrush has a battery and reversible electric motor for rotating a shaft to which the brush is removably attached. The toothbrush is preferably provided with a cabinet for storing, sterilizing, and recharging the toothbrush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Inventor: Melvin W. Peifer
  • Patent number: 5698808
    Abstract: An electronic stringed instrument which simulates an acoustic counterpart, such as a guitar, in the aspect of string arrangement. The strings on the novel electronic instrument are actually depressed and picked in a manner similar to playing the acoustic counterpart to sound musical tones. The strings form partial circuits conducting signals to a conventional musical tone synthesizer. The pick completes the circuit for each tone, having a flexible conductor electrically joining the pick to each circuit. A complete signalling circuit for each tone is closed when the string is contacted by the pick, and when the string simultaneously contacts an electrically conductive terminal forming part of the circuit. Contact of the string is achieved either by depressing the string or by leaving the string undisturbed. In each instance, a signal will sound a tone corresponding to that which would ensue if the same actions were taken on the acoustic counterpart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Inventor: Randall L. Hamlin
  • Patent number: D390960
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Inventor: Edward N. Ross