Patents Represented by Attorney Vance A. Smith
  • Patent number: 6834979
    Abstract: An illumination device utilizes a profiled rod or material having waveguide that preferentially scatters light entering a light receiving surface so as to along the length of the rod. A light source is positioned adjacent the light receiving surface with a reflecting member or coating juxtaposed against that surface for reflecting light into the light receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: iLight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Cleaver, Eric Olav Eriksson, George R. Hulse
  • Patent number: 6761472
    Abstract: A waterproof illumination device for simulating the lighting effect of neon lighting with the additional feature of being unaffected by water submersion. The device comprises a plurality of space point light sources secured within a waveguide that is waterproofed by sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: iLight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Cleaver, Eric Olav Eriksson, George R. Hulse
  • Patent number: 6640827
    Abstract: A hot tapping tool having a stationary tubular member threadedly engaged to a movable tubular member adapted for rotational and axial movement with respect to the stationary member with said movable tubular member operably connected to a shaft having cutter head and causing said shaft to move axially toward and away from a pipe line to be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Mark A. McClure
  • Patent number: 6608718
    Abstract: A method and system for producing false three-dimensional images for amusement may be used in haunted houses, fun houses, or similar attractions found at fairs, amusement parks, and/or tourist areas. The method includes forming specific color and geometric patterns on a substantially black background illuminated by ultraviolet light and then viewing the resultant images through the preferred stereoscopic lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Nightmare Network, Inc.
    Inventor: John Burton
  • Patent number: 6592238
    Abstract: An illumination device for simulating neon lighting comprising a plurality of space point light sources positioned adjacent a lateral light receiving surface of a substantially rod-like waveguide. The waveguide is made of a material that preferentially scatters light entering the light receiving surface such that the light intensity pattern exiting a lateral light emitting surface of the waveguide has a substantially uniform light intensity pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Light Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Cleaver, Eric Olav Eriksson, George R. Hulse
  • Patent number: 6557282
    Abstract: A portable illuminated outdoor advertising display comprises a plurality of modules, a portion of which are removably secured to said frame structure, collectively forming a matrix of modules when juxtaposed adjacent one another in predetermined positions on a surface of the frame structure. An illumination device is secured to at least one of the modules such that the surface of the matrix together with said illumination device forms a visually apparent indicia or a design when the modules are in said predetermined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Ilight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Cleaver
  • Patent number: 6550952
    Abstract: An illuminating device comprising an optical waveguide having at least one set of LEDs positioned adjacent one end surface and having a portion of the surface area treated so as to cause a portion of the light directed along the length of the waveguide to be reflected out of the waveguide through a second surface area located intermediate the length of the waveguide. Indicia may be located within the treated portion of the surface area so as to be illuminated and made visible to a viewer through the second surface area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Ilight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: George Robert Hulse, Cory Alan Smith, Mark Joseph Cleaver
  • Patent number: 6464137
    Abstract: A system including a central data receiving and processing station and one or more dispensing stations for the preparation and dispensing of documents such as gift certificates in which the individual documents can be customized with both messages and value. The system further provides for the automatic closing of transactions at each of the dispensing stations and a polling of the dispensing stations during which information concerning the transactions are communicated to the central station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Mid America Gift Certificate Company
    Inventors: Donald R. La Mar, David S. Owens, Michael L. Nelligan, Mark A. Kleier
  • Patent number: 6397133
    Abstract: A sensing and notification system helps prevent vehicle rollover accidents, and/or, in the event of such an accident, notifies emergency rescue and/or medical personnel of the same. Vehicle sensors and an associated microprocessor and central controller cooperate to determine whether a potential or immediate rollover condition exists, and then appropriately communicate the existence of such condition to the vehicle operator or other vehicle occupants through local alarms and/or a remote call center through radio transmission of emergency signals. Should a potential rollover condition exists, the system provides local notification to the vehicle operator or occupants through an audible alarm and/or a visible alarm, and further provides a recommended steering correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Palmer Safety Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Paul van der Pol, Meredith Leathers
  • Patent number: 6325117
    Abstract: A beverage dispenser having a downwardly projecting dispensing spout spaced outwardly from the housing of the dispenser and a rib component secured into a position between the housing and the spout to prevent insertion of oversized cups beneath the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Grindmaster Cratheo Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Joe Burke, Eckhard-Uwe Kowalewski
  • Patent number: 6315017
    Abstract: A jig facilitates the construction of joints in a working piece, and, more particularly, secures the working piece to be cut and allows it to be passed over a fixed router without sacrificing any of the ease of use or quality associated with prior art jigs and templates. The jig also can be secured to a work surface and used with a hand-held router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventor: Richard L. Stottmann
  • Patent number: 6298978
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mechanical vibrating drive system for supplying a consistent, elliptical driving force to a conveyor trough. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the vibrating conveyor has a set of vertical leaf springs connecting the conveyor trough to a vibratory frame, and a set of horizontal leaf springs connecting the vibratory frame to a stationary frame. The leaf springs amplify the motion initiated by a reversible motor, and the net result is a force output from the drive module that produces a uniform elliptical vibratory motion throughout the length of the conveyor trough. By reversing the motor, a symmetric elliptical motion for moving product in the opposite direction is generated without any further adjustments to the leaf springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Carrier Vibrating Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Bo Richard Rosenstrom
  • Patent number: 6269940
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a mechanical vibrating drive system for supplying a consistent, elliptical driving force to a conveyor trough. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the vibrating conveyor has three parallel shafts, the intermediate shaft being located at the center of gravity for the vibrating conveyor, and the shafts are driven such that the outer shafts rotate in one direction while the intermediate shaft rotates in the opposite direction from the outer shafts. Each of the shafts bears essentially equal weight. The net result is a force output from the drive module that produces a uniform elliptical vibratory motion throughout the length of the conveyor trough. By reversing the motor, a symmetric elliptical motion for moving product in the opposite direction is generated without any further adjustments to the weights or shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Carrier Vibrating Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Bo Richard Rosenstrom
  • Patent number: 6266910
    Abstract: A holder for a hunting rifle or other weapon is comprised of a pair of identical assemblies, each of which is adapted to be secured to an individual's thigh. Secured to an individual's thighs, these two assemblies provide a convenient holder for supporting a rifle or other weapon in a position across the individual's lap, thereby freeing the individual's hands to perform other tasks. The weapon, however, is still advantageously positioned so that the individual has ready access to the weapon should game suddenly appear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Ray L. Horine
  • Patent number: 6267361
    Abstract: A dynamic reaction reducer operably connected between spring isolated vibrating equipment and stationary support structure where the reducer permits the equipment to be operated within a range of operating frequencies with inducing excessive vibration to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Carrier Vibrating Equipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Bo Richard Rosenstrom
  • Patent number: 6258327
    Abstract: The present invention is a biopsy specimen collection device having chambers, for receiving tissue samples of differing sizes from various locations within a particular anatomical organ or system, consolidated on a base or tray. The site-specific chambers of the collection device are mounted over a schematic diagram of the anatomical organ or organ system from which the specimens are being collected, and an identification panel, having a key for each chamber, allows commentary to be added regarding the particular samples. One or more non-site-specific chambers are also provided to allow the physician maximum collection flexibility, without the need for additional, separate containers. The chambers are filled with a tissue preservative to preserve the specimens for laboratory testing or histological examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: E. Terry Tatum
  • Patent number: 6244162
    Abstract: A brewing apparatus with a brew basket for holding ingredients in particulate form that contain soluble flavorants delivers a predetermined amount of hot water to a spray head positioned above said brew basket. The spray head has a multiplicity of openings positioned and configured in such a manner that the hot water is sprayed uniformly over the entire surface of the ingredients at a predetermined rate thereby wetting substantially all of the particles of the ingredients and uniformly extracting said solubles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Assignee: Grindmaster Corporation
    Inventor: William A. Dahmen
  • Patent number: 6226801
    Abstract: The invention pertains to protective helmet that has an inflatable liner that is constructed with a multiplicity of cells each separated by constrictions of a narrower cross-section. The liner has a central ring and a plurality of loops extending therefrom adapted to protect various portions of the wearer's skull. The structure of the liner permits the liner to be molded using various molding techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Adams USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Cherie Alexander, Peter David Halstead, Brian Howard
  • Patent number: 6202894
    Abstract: The pre-mix beverage dispensing apparatus (10) includes an ice bank assembly (12) connected to a remote system of potable water at line pressure for the chilling of the potable water. The chilled water is carried at a regulated line pressure from the ice bank assembly (12) to a mixing valve/dispensing assembly (18) where the chilled water is metered into a prescribed amount and mixed with a proportionate amount of syrup metered from a syrup holding tank (64). The syrup tank (64) is provided with an agitating element (66) that periodicially agitates the syrup to prevent syrup constituents from precipitating out of solution or stratification of the syrup into various concentration levels. In one embodiment, the apparatus is provided with a hopper assembly (14) that stores and meters a powder flavorant to the syrup tank and components that deliver chilled water to the tank proportional to the powder flavorant metered into the tank (64).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: GrindMaster Corporation
    Inventors: Krzysztof Struminski, Charles M. Fisher
  • Patent number: D471054
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Assignee: Grindmaster Crathco Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy D. Gantt