Patents Represented by Law Firm Timmons & Kelly
  • Patent number: 6164100
    Abstract: A locking shaft extends from the end of the hoist shaft through the hole in the rear bumper of a vehicle. The front end of the locking shaft is tapered to fit within the end of the hoist shaft. A padlock fits within a hole in the locking shaft adjacent to the bumper. The padlock prevents unauthorized removal of the locking shaft from the hoist shaft. If the locking shaft and the hoist shaft are rotated, the padlock contacts a lip on the bumper and prevents further rotation of the locking shaft and the hoist shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Adell Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald R. Schotthoefer
  • Patent number: 6088837
    Abstract: A cap includes a visor having a fixed rear section attached to the crown and a fore section pivotally attached to the rear section. Functionally identical latches, made up of pairs of fingers and mating catches with prongs that engage the finger in a ratchet-and-pawl action, act to engage the pivotable section and hold it vertically up or down, depending on which prongs engage the fingers. An alternative embodiment employs an adjustable headband rather than a cap and crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Melrose Corporation
    Inventor: Melvin L. Baker
  • Patent number: 6081743
    Abstract: A method for treating an individual includes selecting a reference site or sites for determining a brain wave frequency of the individual, determining an initial brain wave frequency of the individual, determining a brain wave frequency which corresponds to a highest evoked response of the individual, by use of electroencephalographic (EEG) feedback, entraining the brain wave frequency of the individual at the chosen site or sites to the brain wave frequency corresponding to the highest evoked response, and then maintaining the brain wave at that frequency for a first predetermined length of time. The highest evoked response can be the highest EEG response or the highest cerebral blood flow (CBF) of the individual or even some other measure. The CBF can be either for a selected portion of or the entire cerebrum. In one embodiment, the method includes repeating some steps. A preferred method entrains the individual back to approximately the initial brain wave frequency of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventors: John Leland Carter, Harold Laverne Russell, W. Daniel Vaughn, Robert Raoul Austin
  • Patent number: 6070999
    Abstract: An elongated duct having a front opening and a rear opening is attached by duct mounting hardware inside the engine compartment of a vehicle. Headlamp mounting hardware attaches a headlamp to the rear opening of the duct, the headlamp being aimed to shine through the duct and out the front opening. The duct mounting hardware maintains the duct at a critical angle of inclination, so that the upper edge of the front opening is level with or below the lower edge of the rear opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventors: John Herbert Kamps, Sherwin W. Kamps
  • Patent number: 6044232
    Abstract: An improved method of 3-D photography is described that allows real-time production of 3-D photographs of a subject (10) with correct depth perception. A camera (12) moves along a linear track (20) for a predetermined distance, simultaneously rotating to maintain orientation toward the subject (10) being photographed. A holder (14) retains a lenticular screen (20) and a recording medium at the focal point of the camera (12). The combination of rotation and translation of the camera (12) results in the formation of a continuous stream of images from different perspectives being formed on the recording medium (18) located behind the lenticular screen (20). The lenticular screen (20) refocuses the images onto the recording medium (26). In one embodiment, the holder (14) is rotated relative to the camera (12) during the scanning process through a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Shaugun Pan
  • Patent number: 6010003
    Abstract: A shrink-wrapping pallet (P) for packages includes a pallet member (150) having essentially rigid first and adjacent second sections (152 and 154). The first and second sections (152 and 154) each include an upper and lower surfaces (156, 168, 160 and 162) and opposing inner and outer edges (164, 166, 168 and 170). The first and second sections (152 and 154) are joined along the inner edges (164 and 166) of the first and second sections. The pallet (P) is adapted to hold a selected object (O) to be secured on the upper surface (156) of the first section (152) of the pallet member (150). A flexible film (172) is secured to the pallet member (150) near the outer edges (168 and 170) of the first and the second sections of the pallet member (150). A pocket (178) that is adapted to hold the object (O) to secured is formed between the upper surface (156) of the first section and an opposing lower surface (180) of the film (172).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: KPC Master's Craft International, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy S. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 6004221
    Abstract: A forward arm and a rearward arm are attached to an attachment bracket. The bracket can be attached to a putter shaft or hand grip, below the hands of a person using the device. The forward and rearward arms have upper sections that pivot relative to lower sections of the arms. Contact bars on the upper ends of the arms have contact points that touch or are very close to the forearms of a person swinging the putter properly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Reginald L. Thornhill
  • Patent number: 5974719
    Abstract: A gun support has an elongated vertical support member attached to a tripod base and a gun support member attached to the vertical support rod. The vertical support member attaches to the tripod base via a swivel plate that enables the vertical support member to be turned through a 360 degree range. Means for tilting the vertical support member within a preselected range are provided by a retaining box fixed to the swivel plate, the vertical support member being pivotally attached to the retaining box with a bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Edward L. Simonek
  • Patent number: 5965100
    Abstract: A gas stream containing hydrogen sulfide is combusted in a furnace to form a gas having a hydrogen sulfide to sulfur dioxide ratio of at least three to one. The gas is contacted with a conventional Claus catalyst to form elemental sulfur, which is separated and removed. The remaining gas is combined with an oxidizing gas stream and contacted with a special catalyst. The special catalyst has an active ingredient comprising a mixture of metal oxides or a mixed metal oxide, where metal is defined as at least two of the transition metals occurring in the first transition group of the periodic table. The special catalyst preferably has a spinel structure. As an option, a portion of the acid gas feed can be bypassed a point before the final reactor to ensure that the gas going to the final reactor promotes the desired catalytic action. The special catalyst oxidizes both COS and CS.sub.2 to CO.sub.2 and SO.sub.2, and converts H.sub.2 S and SO.sub.2 to elemental sulfur and water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Tofik K. Khanmamedov
  • Patent number: 5962991
    Abstract: A new and improved outdoor lighting control system for an outdoor lighting system network for automatically sensing, conveying, and recording data relevant to the operation of the lighting system network so that both control and maintenance can be performed more efficiently. At each of plural lamp locations in the network, there is a controller module that receives electric power input and that supplies electric power to the remaining lamp locations. Each controller module has a first relay to deliver current to one or more outdoor illumination lamps at the controller module's location, and a second relay for switching electric power on to a succeeding lamp location. A first current sensor monitors current to the lamps at each lamp location, and a second current sensor monitors current to the remaining locations. The network's power lines form portions of a bi-directional data link via which data is transmitted from each controller module to a command station, and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Intelilite, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Josef Levy
  • Patent number: 5962831
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing consumer transactions and recording them on a consumer's magnetic stripe card is disclosed, having a magnetic stripe reader, a magnetic stripe encoder, a printer and an account processing station. In one arrangement, a plurality of such apparatus are operatively connected to a master accounting station through an automatic communication system. A method for processing consumer transactions and a method for producing a promotional game are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Retail Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank D. Byrley
  • Patent number: 5913646
    Abstract: Table extensions for use with a numerically controlled (CNC) milling machine are disclosed. A gauge table extension has a platform, and means for feeding a workpiece along the platform into the milling machine. A number of support means hold up the platform and feeding means. Lower guide rails attached to each of the support means and upper guide rails attached to the platform transverse to the lower guide rails connect to the lower guide rails through a number of dual-axis bearings that allow the platform to be translated with respect to the support means. A catch tray catches filings and coolant that result from the machining process and recycles the coolant to the CNC milling machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Precast Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael K. Kinney
  • Patent number: 5871642
    Abstract: A fluid treatment apparatus (A) has an outer casing (12) with a central longitudinal bore (10) with a first and second ends (20,22) to ionize the fluid to be treated. First and second adapter sections (24, 26) have central bores (28, 30) for joining the outer casing (12) with pipes. A plurality of elongated magnets (32) have their longitudinal axis (34) parallel to the longitudinal sides (14) of the casing (12). At least one first support (36) extends between the longitudinal sides (14) of the casing (12) in the longitudinal bore (10) and is supported in proximity to the central bore's first end (20). At least one second support (38) extends between the longitudinal sides (14) in the longitudinal bore (10) and is supported in proximity to the central bore's second end (22). At least two magnets (32) are held between the first and second supports (36, 38) to form a row section (40) of magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Inventor: Jasper L. Meeks
  • Patent number: 5836182
    Abstract: A spare tire is mounted on a hoist having a hoist shaft. A rear bumper has a vertical portion with a hole providing access to the hoist shaft, a horizontal portion attached to the vertical portion and extending forward, and a lip extending downward from the horizontal portion, wherein the lip of the bumper has a arcuate notch aligned with the hole in the vertical portion of the bumper and the hoist shaft. A forward connector is attached to the forward end of a winch tube cover and adapted to cover one end of the hoist shaft, and has an open bore to provide access to the hoist shaft. A rear connector is attached to the rearward end of the winch tube cover and adapted to extend through the opening in the rear bumper, and has an open bore to provide access to the hoist shaft. A lock is temporary attached to the rear connector to prevent access to the hoist shaft through the rear connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Adell Corporation
    Inventor: Gerald R. Schotthoefer
  • Patent number: 5833588
    Abstract: A set of elastic bands are partially enclosed in an annular frame. A handle portion of each band extends outside the frame and is covered by a slip-on handle. An anchoring portion of the band is located on either side of the handle portion. Anchor posts and clamps attach the anchoring portions to the frame. The band handle portions and associated handles are disposed in opposed pairs, one pair by the outer edge of the frame, and the other pair by the inner edge of the frame. The frame defines struts, offset from and parallel to each handle, that can act as additional gripping surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventors: William L. Connelly III, Todd M. Grimm
  • Patent number: 5832912
    Abstract: A protective covering, carriage and storage device for use upon a compound bow. The device generally consists of marked upper and lower stitched cover sections designed to fit closely over the respective limb of a compound bow, including pulley devices and end portions. The sections are interconnected by a nylon webbed strap with a fastening buckle. The cover sections constitute the invention disclosed herein, called bow limb protector. The invention safeguards against damage to the compound bow limbs and mechanisms of the compound bow from environmental contaminants such as mud, dust, thorns and branches during general transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Alfonso Olivarez
  • Patent number: RE36348
    Abstract: A method for changing brain wave frequency to a desired frequency determines a current brain wave frequency of a user, generates two frequencies with a frequency difference of a magnitude between that of the current actual brain wave frequency and the desired frequency but always within a predetermined range of the current actual brain wave frequency, and produces an output to the user corresponding to the two frequencies. One apparatus to accomplish the method has a computer processor, a computer memory, EEG electrodes along with an amplifier, a programmable timing generator responsive to the computer processor for generating the two frequencies, audio amplifiers and a beat frequency generator driving a visual frequency amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Neurotrain L.C.
    Inventors: John Leland Carter, Harold Laverne Russell, Len Ochs
  • Patent number: D418711
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Paul R. Mettler
  • Patent number: D425228
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Bear Plastics
    Inventor: Gary W. Kibler
  • Patent number: D427035
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Ray A. Harvanek