Patents Examined by Bena B. Miller
  • Patent number: 7007731
    Abstract: A base frame for holding fixtures used in woodwork includes an extruded body having a raised top central portion formed into a dovetailed open-topped upper channel, two lowered wing portions located at each lateral side of the upper channel and formed into two symmetrically identical open-topped side channels with a height difference between the tops of the upper and the side channels, and a big-size open-bottomed lower channel formed below said upper channel and said two side channels. With the height difference between the upper and the side channels, two base frames may be perpendicularly connected to each other in the same plane using a U-shaped connecting bracket flush with the top of the upper channel, or superposed with the upper channels facing toward each other by locking inserting blocks in each open-sided channel formed between two side channels at the same side of the two superposed base frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventors: Ming-Hsiang Chiu, Hsu Hsiu-Kwei Liu
  • Patent number: 6988929
    Abstract: A miniature-sized toy vehicle that is set in motion with a push along straight-ahead path of movement and which rides on a wheel bearing in depending relation from the vehicle chassis, the revolving mode of which wheel bearing contributes to an optimum length of travel, and wherein the vehicle chassis has a straight movement about the wheel bearing and during its travel will not turn aside and keep a proper position for travel along straight-ahead path of movement, to further increase the length of travel of the toy vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Che Ming King Wong
  • Patent number: 6976899
    Abstract: An all terrain vehicle having a casing, a motor assembly, a cradle supporting the propulsion system, and an outer shell. The casing surrounds the propulsion system with three connected rings, each ring capable of independent rotation. The cradle is positioned in the center of the vehicle and is attached to the innermost ring. The outer shell encircles the motor assembly, cradle, and casing, and is constructed from a plurality of vertical and horizontal bars. The vehicle rolls upon the ground while the cradle remains upright. The vehicle may be operated by a remote control or by a person seated within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: Kypros Tamanas
  • Patent number: 6953378
    Abstract: A device for housing the frame containing the reed(s) in a caller for producing sound to attract wild game, said housing device comprising essentially planar elastomeric material defining an essentially planar cavity adapted to relatively snugly capture the frame without interfering with the sound producing characteristics of the reed(s). Said housing may include a resiliently flexible flap facilitating adapted to closely contact the user's palate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Inventor: John F. Finley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6948999
    Abstract: A “magic mirror” wand toy has a body having a mirror element that is partially transparent. An image illuminating apparatus is mounted rearward of the mirror element. An image transport apparatus has a plurality of images that can be positioned selectively and alternately in front of the illuminating apparatus. When an image is stationary, it is lit up and an audible message associated with the image may be played. The wand can be operated in sampling mode, in which each of the set of images is displayed in sequence, and in an individual selection mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Thinking Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Chan
  • Patent number: 6932667
    Abstract: A wrist band call conditioner (10) is intended to be conveniently worn around the wrist of a hunter during an active hunt. The wrist band call conditioner is to be used when needed to clean and condition friction game call sound producing surfaces. The wrist band call conditioner has a wrist band (12) that is worn around a hunter's wrist. The wrist band (12) supports an abrasive pad (22), a medium grit cloth backed abrasive (24), and a coarse grit cloth backed abrasive (26) that are fastened to the wrist band (12) using the hook and loop fastener. The hunter can use the abrasives on or off of the wrist band (12) to clean and condition such sound producing surfaces as slate, glass, wood, and metal as needed with minimized hunter motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Russell Orlin Koxlien
  • Patent number: 6926581
    Abstract: A toy vehicle comprising a hinged, three part chassis having a first longitudinal end and a second, opposing longitudinal end and including a central chassis portion with first and second lateral chassis portions pivotally coupled with the central chassis portion on the first and second lateral side, respectively, of the central chassis portion. The first and second lateral chassis portions are coupled so as to pivot with respect to the central chassis portion in a common plane and spring biased against the central portion. Each lateral chassis portion includes a pair of road wheels at least one of which is driven by a reversible motor in that chassis portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: The Obb, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Michael John Lynders, James Michael Ferro, Noah Luther Kislevitz, Androc Luther Kislevitz, Adam Luther Kislevitz
  • Patent number: 6926579
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for launching a toy rocket that includes rotating a launch tube about an axis that is parallel with a connecting tube, which is rotatably connected to the launch tube; extending the launch tube in a perpendicular direction; progressively closing a safety valve by rotating the launch tube toward a vertical position, relative to a launch pad assembly; loading the toy rocket onto a distal end of the extended launch tube; and rapidly compressing a bellows in communication with the launch tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventor: Mark Rappaport
  • Patent number: 6918810
    Abstract: A wedge tool for operating a slide fastener having an auto-locking biasing member, the wedge tool having elongated arms and a tapered wedge tip extending from at least one arm toward the opposing arm. The wedge tip releases the slide fastener's auto-locking member at the pull tab hole to permit movement of the slide fastener to close an opening of a stuffed toy animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Jimmy D. Brewer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6913505
    Abstract: A sinkable fun toy includes a floater body and a counter weight member. The floater body includes a receiving portion, which has a receiving opening and a stand portion, which has at least one leg for supporting the receiving portion. The counter weight member is received in the receiving opening of the receiving portion. The first and second engaging portions are formed between the receiving portion and the counter weight member and being engaged with each other. After assembled, the floater body and counter weight member being sinkable, sink in water, the receiving portion is kept a desired height from the ground of water by the stand portion. Wherein the first engaging portion and the second engaging portion are disengaged through pressing the counter weight member, the floater body floats on the water but the counter weight member remains in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Herman Chiang
  • Patent number: 6908359
    Abstract: A water skipping toy which has the desired characteristics of a few, simple, low cost parts that are easily produced using injection molding and minimal assembly time. The preferred embodiment comprises two substantially identical convex plastic discs each having an annular flange recessed from the outer perimeter of the disc. The flange of one of the discs is taller and has a slightly larger diameter than the flange of the other disc so that the two flanges are radially juxtaposed when the two discs are joined together. The discs may be secured together by the press fit engagement of the two annular flanges or the flanges may be glued to each other by a common adhesive along contiguous radial surfaces of the flanges. The discs create an air pocket between them which makes the toy lighter and buoyant. The third component of the preferred embodiment comprises a relatively soft rubber ring which encircles the outer radial edges of the discs to provide a safety barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Chapman-Walters Intercoastal Corp.
    Inventor: Boguslaw Orlowski
  • Patent number: 6908360
    Abstract: The invention is a projectile plaything, namely a boomerang-like toy that, if properly thrown, will fly in an arcuate path and return to the area of its release. The plaything will be formed to imitate the shape of the United States Air Force B2 Bomber, aka the Stealth Bomber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Steven L. Christensen
  • Patent number: 6905388
    Abstract: A water toy is provided. The water toy includes a housing (15) and an inlet (54) for directing liquid into the housing. The water toy also includes a distribution assembly (30) disposed in the housing and coupled in fluid communication with the inlet. The water toy further includes a plurality of outlets (61), each adapted to direct a stream of liquid (12) out of the housing, the outlets coupled in fluid communication with the distribution assembly, wherein the distribution assembly intermittently directs a stream of liquid (12) out of each of the outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: Michael C. Schoonmaker
  • Patent number: 6902464
    Abstract: A rolling toy includes a chassis, an electric power source attached to the chassis, a remote signal receiver, an electric motor attached to the chassis and receiving power from the power source in response to a signal received by the remote signal receiver, a pair of riding surface-engaging wheels mounted co-axially to the chassis and capable of rotating independently of one another, and wherein at least one of the wheels is driven to rotate by the electric motor, and a dome-shaped profile formed on each wheel and adapted to bear upon the riding surface to assist in righting the toy, should it topple in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Silver Manufactory Holdings Company Limited
    Inventor: Michael Pui Kuen Lee
  • Patent number: 6902463
    Abstract: A slate-type game call includes a flange extending downwardly below the bottom wall of the pot portion of the call. The flange creates a unique sound chamber. One or more apertures may be provided around the flange to assist in projecting sounds from the sound chamber when the call is secured to a support surface. The flange may further include a pair of slots through which a fastening strap can be inserted to secure the call to a person's limb or hunting implement. Relatively narrow channels leading to the strap slots may be formed in the flange to allow the game call to be quickly connected and disconnected from the fastening strap. The configuration of the flange in combination with the flexible fastening strap allows the game call to be pivoted relative to a support surface to which the game call is secured to project and direct sounds from the sound chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Primos, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul A. Vaicunas, Wilbur R. Primos
  • Patent number: 6902063
    Abstract: A wafer container having a latching mechanism utilized to lock the door of the wafer container in an airtight status. The latching mechanism comprises a cam rotated to move a link and a locking plate pivoted to one end of the link, and a guide block adapted to guide the locking plate sliding into an insertion hole in the container body of the wafer container by using a straight guide means and a curved guide means of the guide block and then to turn the locking plate about pivot rods at the link, causing the locking plate to withstand against part of the container body and to hold down the door toward the inside of the container body and to lock the door in an airtight status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Wei-Ming Pai, Dar-Zen Chen, Tzong-Ming Wu, Jyh-Jone Lee, Ching-Ko Lin
  • Patent number: 6899589
    Abstract: A toy animal mounted on 4 spring legs to permit movement of the animal in response to the rotation of an eccentrically mounted weight. This weight is mounted in the front body portion about a shaft disposed transverse to the body portion. The shaft is driven by a reversible motor, the speed and direction of which is controlled by a program controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventors: Bruce D. Lund, Sunil Moothedath
  • Patent number: 6896577
    Abstract: A toy assembly and its method of manufacture. The toy assembly is a spherical object that can be temporarily compressed into a disc. A short time after compression, the toy pops back into its original ball-like shape. The toy assembly has arcuate sections that join form a generally spherical body. The arcuate sections are symmetrically disposed around a central axis. The spherical body is bisected by an imaginary equatorial plane that is perpendicular to the central axis. A leaf spring is provided behind each of the arcuate sections that bias the arcuate sections into a spherical shape. A connector mechanism is provided that temporarily connect opposite sides of the spherical body when the spherical body is compressed. The leaf springs provide a spring bias that resists any compression and causes the arcuate sections to return to a spherical shape when the connector mechanism release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Jung Chung Feng
  • Patent number: 6896578
    Abstract: A swinging bob toy having an outer bob and middle bob on a string, with the middle bob having a bore through which the string passes to allow the middle bob to slide along the string. The middle bob has a substantially toroidal, liquid-containing bladder. The mass of the liquid contributes substantially to the overall mass of the middle bob, but the viscosity of the liquid and the dimensions of the bore of the toroid are such that the dynamic moment of inertia (i.e., a moment of inertia dependent on linear and/or rotational velocity and/or acceleration, of a history thereof) is small as the middle bob begins its rotation as the outer bob passes the top of its orbit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Laurence J. Shaw
  • Patent number: 6892613
    Abstract: A machine tool that comprises a fixed bed, a pair of tool posts mounted on the fixed bed on a side closer to an operator and a carriage mounted on each of the tool posts is disclosed. A headstock is provided on a side of the fixed bed farther from the operator so that a workpiece disposed in the headstock is subjected to a cutting process by moving the carriages and the tool posts relative to the workpiece. The machine tool also includes a headstock base having the headstock disposed thereon. The headstock base is structured and arranged so as to be movable between a workpiece machining position where the workpiece can be machined at a position farther from the operator and a workpiece loading and unloading position where the workpiece can be loaded and unloaded at a position closer to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Mori Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masamitsu Nakaminami, Jun Adachi