Patents Represented by Law Firm Woodard, Weikart, Emhardt & Naughton
  • Patent number: 4653240
    Abstract: A waterfront structure including a plurality of structure segments each containing a plurality of business units, the structure segments being arranged in a U-shaped configuration and fronting and overlying a portion of a body of water. The free ends of the U-shaped structure are spanned by a connecting walkway. Each structure segment defines dual pathway segments therethrough forming dual pathways providing access between each of the business units. A portion of the waterfront structure is configured to resemble a ship docked at said waterfront structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Atrium Structures, Inc.
    Inventor: Louis J. Jenn
  • Patent number: 4653624
    Abstract: A fluid shear coupling apparatus includes a driving member comprising a rotor mounted to a shaft and defining several annular ridges and grooves. A driven member including a bearing housing is mounted to the shaft. A cover secured at the perimeter to the bearing housing has a disc-shaped portion defining several annular ridges and grooves positioned complementary with the ridges and grooves of the rotor. A shear fluid therebetween provides variable coupling according to the proportion of fluid in the reservoir vis a vis the working chamber defined by the complementary grooves and ridges. A temperature responsive valve cooperates with a modulation ramp encasing the valve end to provide a fluid control orifice which varies in size and radial location in response to temperature, thereby providing temperature modulation of the amount of shear fluid in the working chamber, and consequently, the degree of coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Assignee: Household Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald E. Mader
  • Patent number: 4651902
    Abstract: A support housing for a fluid-dispensing container that includes a pump for delivery of the fluid from the container. The container has a specifically contoured D-shaped neck portion flange which mounts to the support housing which has a receiving flange adapted to hold the neck portion flange. The housing also includes a front housing portion that is deformable and able to snap on and off of a back housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Huntington Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard E. Hobbs, John H. Hanning
  • Patent number: 4651971
    Abstract: A direct acting valve assembly including a valve body and a guide tube attached thereto. An insert is secured within the guide tube and includes a central aperture and at least one filtering aperture. The valve body includes an annular surface between an annular inlet and a centrally located outlet, and an annular seal is positioned in a central recess in the bottom of the insert and adjacent the annular surface to provide a fluid tight seal therebetween. The guide tube receives a closure member which has one end tapered to a point positionable through the central aperture of the insert and adjacent the annular seal. A spring and solenoid combination is operable to move the closure member between a first position displaced from the annular seal and opening the valve and a second position adjacent the annular seal and sealing the central passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Appliance Valves Corporation
    Inventor: William R. Donahue, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4651946
    Abstract: An automatic belt retractor mounted within a boot having belt retraction locking means mounted within the boot to lockingly but releasably engage the belt to counterbalance the spring bias retraction of the retractor spool. The belt locking means includes a base member with a tongue disposed toward the belt and a moveable member slideably received by the base member also with a tongue disposed toward the belt, the belt being disposed between the base and moveable members. Such members define a belt locking position when their respective tongues are aligned to arrest the belt therebetween, preventing the retractor from cinching up the belt upon repeated momentary loosenings of the tension upon the belt. Concurrently, such moveable member's rigid rod engages the retractor's rotatable cam plate and is operable to rotate such cam plate manually to lock the retractor during all times when the belt locking means are engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Indiana Mills & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Anthony, David Merrick
  • Patent number: 4649714
    Abstract: A container for holding food. The container includes cylindrical side walls fixedly mounted atop a bottom wall. A externally threaded post is rotatably and removably mounted atop the bottom wall and is in meshing engagement with a horizontally extending food supporting wall which sealingly engages the interior surface of the side walls. The top end of the threaded post is reduced in configuration and keyed to receive an external tool to facilitate the rotation of the post allowing the food supporting wall to be moved upwardly maintaining the food level adjacent the top of the container as food is withdrawn therefrom. A second tool removably mounted to the top end of the post allows the post and food supporting wall to be pulled upwardly and removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: Mark A. Lee
  • Patent number: 4650005
    Abstract: A row crop cultivator for use in farming which includes a pair of weeding disks associated with each cultivator unit of which a plurality is ganged together in series. Each weeding disk is bearingly supported by a vertical shaft which is received by a cross bar in a manner which permits the shaft associated with the weeding disk to be adjusted as to depth and angular orientation. Such changes in the vertical shaft for the weeding disks are directly transferred to the weeding disk itself. Disposed adjacent the uppermost point of the shaft is a degree gauge plate and adjacent thereto is a depth gauge structured out of angle iron. As the farmer makes adjustments as to angular orientation and depth of one weeding disk, he need not be concerned with the specific values until the optimum depth and angular orientation have been found for the particular field being cultivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: John A. Tebben
  • Patent number: 4650472
    Abstract: A apparatus and method for percutaneous catheterization of a blood vessel permitting use of a small gauge needle is shown. A 22 gauge needle is used for making the initial entry into the blood vessel. A wire guide is then introduced into the blood vessel through the introducer needle, the needle then being withdrawn. A catheter and an inner cannula are passed in unison over the wire guide, through the skin and into the blood vessel. The cannula is provided with a tapered tip which extends through the distal opening of the catheter, thereby providing a diametrical transition between the small wire guide and the relatively larger catheter, resulting in a minimum of trauma during insertion. Once the catheter is in place, the inner cannula and wire guide are withdrawn, leaving the catheter in place with a relatively large distal opening, thereby promoting good fluid flow characteristics of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Cook, Incorporated
    Inventor: Brian L. Bates
  • Patent number: 4651125
    Abstract: A grid assembly for converting electrical energy to heat and then dissipating same. A plurality of parallel grid members include outwardly extending legs received in holes provided on mutually facing surfaces on polyester glass insulator members. The grid members are arranged in a continuous serpentine path from an input to an output terminal. The grid members are of sheet metal construction with the cylindrical legs formed by a radiused sheet metal configured leg portion of one grid member positioned adjacent an identical configured and mutually opposed leg portion of an adjacent grid member. The main body of each grid member extends from the legs through a flat portion and then through a diverging end portion spacing the main bodies of the grid members apart. In an alternate embodiment, the grid members are arranged with different lengths to provide a particular sized and configured grid assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Dynamic Corporation
    Inventor: Jack A. Harkness
  • Patent number: 4646874
    Abstract: A felted paper loudspeaker diaphragm in which the felted paper of the annular supporting flange is thinner, and of lesser density and higher compliance than the cone body. The supporting flange is permeated with a high compliance elastomer which provides most of the tensile strength of the supporting flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Inventors: Neal L. Baitcher, Robert M. Brennan
  • Patent number: 4643476
    Abstract: A mobile band instrument repair shop is disclosed which includes a movable trailer with a structure having four interior walls and a door, each wall being arranged and specially equipped to perform different tasks in repairing all band instruments. The first wall is a customer service and instrument receiving area. The second wall is a brass department. The third wall is a woodwind department, and the fourth wall is a storage area. The brass department includes two different work stations. The first work station includes a foldable table for supporting a variety of different shaped instruments. A plurality of holes in the table receive posts in various configurations to accommodate the different instruments. The second station includes a plurality of different shaped and sized mandrels, and a mandrel holding fixture to hold various instruments during dent removal operations. Bannister rods, removably mounted to the floor, are also included at the second station for holding instruments awaiting repair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Inventor: William E. Montgerard
  • Patent number: 4643354
    Abstract: A poultry vaccinator for use in brooding houses having multiple layered rows of cages for high volume vaccination. The vaccinator apparatus includes a plurality of atomizer nozzles disposed at multiple elevations on a collapsible stand pipe assembly. A single reservoir provides a common source for vaccination liquid for each of the atomizer nozzles. Calibration orifices located in the liquid lines to each of the atomizer nozzles provide pressure compensation for elevational differences of the nozzles. Thereby producing a uniform particle size aerosol out of the nozzles regardless of nozzle elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: Curtis-Dyna Products Corporation
    Inventor: John H. Stowe
  • Patent number: 4642999
    Abstract: A foamed polystyrene beverage container cooler. In one embodiment an annular wall is nestably received between a base and lid each of which defines a cylindrical inner cavity to receive a half barrel size beverage container. The outlet of the container extends centrally through an aperture located in the top wall of the lid locating the container concentrically with respect to the cylindrical inner surface of the cooler allowing ice to circumferentially surround the container. A skirt and rim mating combination between the annular wall and the lid and between the annular wall and the base secure the components together. In an alternate embodiment, a cooler to receive a pony keg includes a base and lid each of which has an annular wall defining a cavity sized to allow ice to surround the keg. The keg outlet extends through an aperture in the lid locating the keg concentrically with respect to the interior surface of the cooler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: Pakway Container Corp.
    Inventor: James W. Justice
  • Patent number: 4640269
    Abstract: An improved back brace strap is shown in combination with a back brace which has a generally cruciform shaped anterior frame having a vertical member which crosses and is fixed to a horizontal member. The back brace is configured to be applied to the anterior thoracic area of a person. Also included in the back brace is a back pad curved to conform to the shape of the lumbar area of the back. The ends of the back brace strap are reeved through slots in the back pad and are attached to the sides of the anterior frame. The back brace strap includes a central core of cotton canvas and overlying layers of absorbent terry cloth, all secured together by alternating diagonal stitching for substantially the full width of the back brace strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventor: Joan Goins
  • Patent number: 4639960
    Abstract: An air inflatable recliner including: a back and head support extending upwardly at angles between 30 and 45 degrees, comprised of 3 individual wedge shaped, air inflatable, cushions interconnected together in a single vertical stack; which back and head support is removably interconnected together with a leg and foot support, comprised of individual wedge shaped, air inflatable, cushions positioned and interconnected together in 2 vertical stacks for elevation of the popliteal fossa through 120 to 150 degrees; and, an air inflatable support for dissipating body heat, which has a plurality of holes extending therethrough, and which is positioned atop said back and head support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Quillen, James G. Spahn
  • Patent number: 4641101
    Abstract: A wideband, microwave regenerative divider with varactor tuning in which a double-balanced mixer is incorporated in a feedback loop with a varactor-tuned filter and an RF amplifier in the forward loop, with the RF amplifier output fed directly back to the mixer. A series resonant circuit formed by two serially connected back-to-back varactors interconnected by an inductor is tuned by application of a DC tuning voltage to a center tap of the inductor. In the preferred embodiment two regenerative dividers are connected in series in a YIG oscillator system which includes a programmable tuning circuit connected between the VCO tuning signal input for the YIG oscillator and the tuning voltage inputs of the respective regenerative dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: IFR, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold N. Selim
  • Patent number: D288258
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Inventor: Donald D. Oden
  • Patent number: D288385
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Inventor: Stephen M. Hewitt
  • Patent number: D288820
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Hurco Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: James S. Couch, Rainer B. Teufel, David E. Platts, Peter T. Zarich, Thomas M. Whitcomb
  • Patent number: D288856
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Standex International Ltd.
    Inventors: Geoffrey C. Owen, David Heath