Patents Examined by James Miner
  • Patent number: 5682705
    Abstract: An animal trap has a rectangular housing with one or more access openings in the side. The preferred trap has two access openings in adjacent sides, at diametrically-opposed corners. A tunnel leads from each access opening into the container. Within the tunnel is a gravity door, pivoted at the top and sloping inwardly so that an animal may push the door open to enter the container but cannot open the door to the outside. The door is perforated and carries a lure housing on its inside surface. An odoriferous lure is carried in the lure housing to attract animals into the access opening an through the tunnel. For use in very cold weather, a heating wire, preferably battery powered, may be used to warm the lure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Michael Stahl
  • Patent number: 5655327
    Abstract: A purse seine link (10) having a roller head (30) attached to body (20) by head pivot (32). Latch mechanism (22) allows for one step release of roller head (30) to release cable (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: Cooper Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Myron Henry Wardell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5636935
    Abstract: A saw chain drive device comprising a clutch drum and a drive member. The clutch drum has an axis of rotation and includes an end wall forming at least two apertures, and at least one of the apertures is radially spaced from the axis of rotation. The drive member includes at least two axially extending projections adapted to be received in the apertures of the end wall. At least one of these projections forms a circumferentially extending groove positioned to be aligned with the end wall of the clutch drum when the projections of the drive member are received in the apertures of the end wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Griffiths & Beerens Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Cornelis J. M. Beerens
  • Patent number: 5628142
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of attracting and trapping insects which includes an elongate strip of trapping material having a sticky substance thereon. In one embodiment, the trapping material provides a tubular trapping area. The trapping material is unwound from a feed roll across feed rollers to a take-up roller. The trapping area is provided between the feed rollers. The supply and feed rollers and take-up rollers may be contained in a cartridge which is disposable. The cartridge can be inserted in a housing having auxiliary components such as electrical components and lighting. The drive motor may be provided for automatically and intermittently advancing the take-up roller such that new sections of trapping material are automatically advanced into the trapping section, thereby maintaining fresh attractant substance exposed to insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventors: Roger Kitterman, Lawrence D. Hardesty, David R. Hardesty
  • Patent number: 5625976
    Abstract: Improved fishing lines, and specifically fly lines, and methods of manufacture and use thereof are disclosed. The line includes a core line portion and a coating portion, the coating including a copolymer of olefin and acrylic material, the olefin preferably being ethylene. The lines provided include a clear floating fly line having a nylon core and ethylene acrylic acid copolymer coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Flow Tek, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Goodale
  • Patent number: 5625978
    Abstract: A crab trap is described that is movable between an erect condition and a collapsed condition. The crab trap includes top and bottom panels each with a plurality of edges. A pair of opposing side panels are pivotally and hingedly connected to a corresponding one of the edges of the bottom panel. A pair of opposing end panels are also pivotally and hingedly connected to a corresponding one of the edges of the bottom panel. Each of the panels is comprised of a mesh material. Each of the upper edges of the end panels is releasably secured against a corresponding one of the edges of the top panel. The side panels are pivotally movable between a closed position wherein the side panels extend substantially perpendicular to the top and bottom panels and an open position wherein the side panels extend substantially parallel to the top and bottom panels when the crab trap is in the erect condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: Leonard W. Streeper
    Inventors: Leonard W. Streeper, Theodore Streeper, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5613318
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fishing rod holder including a spring loaded fishing rod mount that is attached to a retractable frame by means of a rotating cross member. The release mechanism, which also serves as part of the triggering device, which shall be known hereafter as the trigger release mechanism, consists of a pivotally mounted pre-formed metallic rod that retains a fishing pole in a spring loaded horizontal position. A trigger line is attached to the bottom portion of the trigger release mechanism and to a trigger float. The trigger float is comprised of low density foam with a retaining clip and trigger line attachment point. The trigger float is slidably attached to a fishing rod line. When the trigger float is moved sufficiently downward, tension on the trigger line rotates the trigger release mechanism from the top of the fishing rod urging the fishing rod by spring-force to move in a vertical direction from a horizontal cocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Inventor: Dennis M. Hislop
  • Patent number: 5613545
    Abstract: This invention relates to an inert gas injecting plate brick or nozzle brick for use in a sliding gate valve apparatus of molten metal, characterised in that said plate brick or insert nozzle brick is horizontally split into at least two parts, and a number of small diameter pipes are sealingly arranged and secured in said split surfaces. According to such a plate brick or nozzle brick, it is possible to prevent leakage of injection gas in such kind of apparatus, it is possible to carry out a stable casting working, and complicated, high cost, additional processes such as cutting working, boring working and connecting working of said bricks can be saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Shinagawa Refractories Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Otsuka, Kenji Yamamoto, Mototsugu Osada, Tadao Taniguchi, Yoshifumi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 5611165
    Abstract: A holder for holding an absorbent material carrying an animal attractant scent includes top and bottom portions that are movable relative to each other between enclosed positions and use positions. In the enclosed position, the interior of the pod containing the absorbent material is sealed. In the use position, ambient air can reach the interior such that the scent can escape. The pod is provided with an O-ring to seal the two members in the enclosed position. In addition, a stand is associated with the bottom portion to be inserted into the ground and position the pod above the ground. In a preferred embodiment, there are two stands with a first stand being used for positioning the pod at a first relatively high distance above the ground and a second stand for positioning the pod at a relatively lower distance above the ground. Both of the stands preferably pivot relative to the pod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: Roger N. Blaha
  • Patent number: 5606820
    Abstract: A storage container for storing fishing lures having treble hooks carried by lure bodies in a tangle-free manner includes a plurality of lure compartments, each having first and second lure storage panels. A plurality of lure retention slots are formed in the lure storage panels having a slot entrance which receives a shank of the treble hooks of the fishing lures. The first and second panels are carried in each lure compartment and a hook space is formed below the panels and a lure body space is formed above the panels so that the treble hooks are completely enclosed and separated from the treble hooks of the other fishing lures as well as from the bodies of the fishing lures. The first and second lure storage panels are carried in each compartment about a pivot so that the slot entrances may be pivoted upwardly for easy insertion and removal of fishing lures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventor: Melvin E. Suddeth
  • Patent number: 5606819
    Abstract: A reel leg fixing device is made up of a tubular main body 3 provided with a first reel leg receive portion 2 and fittable loosely onto a rod 1, a support portion 4 disposed on one side portion of the tubular main body 3 and extended in the longitudinal direction of the rod 1, a partially cylindrical engaging receive portion 6' fitted loosely onto the rod 1, and a fastening tubular member 8' fitted loosely onto the rod 1, provided with a second reel leg receive portion 7 and fittable with the engaging receive portion 6'. The fastening tubular member 8' is designed to fasten the engaging receive portion 6' onto the rod 1 to adjust the fixing position of the reel leg and to fix the reel leg to the rod positively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Daiwa Seiko, Inc.
    Inventors: Takafumi Ozeki, Masaru Akiba, Shuichi Kimura, Nobuo Nodera, Tomoyoshi Tsurufuji
  • Patent number: 5601335
    Abstract: A seating assembly, such as for use in auditorium seating, includes a pair of spaced frame assemblies and a seat and back, each of which is mounted between the frame assemblies. The seat assembly is mounted to the frame assemblies by means of an internal pivoting arrangement providing movement of the seat between an occupied position and an unoccupied, storage position in which the seat is substantially vertical. A biasing arrangement, such as a counterweight, moves the seat toward its storage position. The back is mounted between the frame assemblies by a pivoting back mounting arrangement, providing articulating movement of the back according to the position of the sitter's back. A biasing arrangement, such as a torsion spring, is associated with the back mounting arrangement for moving the back toward a storage position when the seat is unoccupied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Woods, Richard A. Koprowski
  • Patent number: 5596833
    Abstract: An insect trap includes a vial having an annular reservoir, a bottom opening extending between opposite portions of the reservoir, a transparent upper wall of the vial extending upwardly and inwardly above the reservoir and having an upper opening centrally located in an upwardly extending, centrally located neck portion, the neck portion forming a stopper engagement surface proximate the upper opening; an elongate hook having a stem, a main hook portion connected to an upper extremity of the stem for supporting the hook on an external support, and a secondary hook portion at an intermediate location on the stem portion. A stopper is connected proximate a lower extremity of the hook for supporting the vial and closing the upper opening when the trap is suspended by the hook. The hook sealingly protrudes the stopper, forming an inside hook portion below the stopper for suspending a fixture within the vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Inventors: Michael R. Harrie, Gary L. Merrill
  • Patent number: 5595452
    Abstract: A link assembly connectable to a member and adapted for rotary motion and conical deflection relative to the connectable member generally consisting of an elongated rigid member having an opening therethrough for receiving said connectable member therein. A bushing disposed in said connectable member opening, the bushing being formed of a thermoplastic polyurethane material and having an opening therethrough providing an interior, cylindrical wall therein. The interior cylindrical wall having a plurality of dimples therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: U.S. Farathane Corporation
    Inventors: Clinton W. Hill, Robert M. Crandall
  • Patent number: 5595013
    Abstract: An improved underwater fish attracting device including a housing of fish shaped design retractably attached to a first cable to a boat. A parachute is retractably attached through a third cable to the fish-like housing and a second cable retractably attaches the parachute to a fishing rod on the boat. A fishing lure is also attached to the parachute. The fish-like housing is provided with a propeller on a forward outside end thereof which is in activating relationship with a movable spool within the housing for releasing and retracting the third cable to which the parachute is attached. The parachute is openable in response to the pressure of water on the underside of the parachute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Assignee: Strikeline, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul C. Dubriske
  • Patent number: 5588246
    Abstract: Interchangeable eyes for fishing lures comprising eye fastening members on the head of the fishing lures, simulated eyes detachably attached to the eye fastening members and having a simulated pupil protruding therefrom, and further comprising distinctively colored spongy material removably retentive to the eyes for retaining and releasing selective fish-alluring scents into the water for attracting game fish onto the hooks of the fishing lures. These fishing lures resemble the prey of the fish so that the fish will try to feed upon the fishing lures and as they do so they will become hooked upon the hooks depending from the fishing lures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Curtis J. Hill
  • Patent number: 5588248
    Abstract: A fishing weight having an outer surface. The fishing weight is formed from a zinc alloy which is environmentally safe. It has a protective coating covering the entire outer surface. The covering is non-corrosive when exposed to water so that if it is chipped or broken, the environmentally safe zinc alloy of the weigh will not contaminate the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventors: Thomas W. Cornell, Jr., John L. Reinbold
  • Patent number: 5588247
    Abstract: A noise-making rattle jig for use in fishing having a solid metallic body of generally circular cross-section with a forwardly extending body extension of lesser diameter having a fish hook secured to the forwardmost end, and an eyelet for attaching the jig to a fish line at the opposite end of the body. A rattle chamber is provided within the body with at least one noise-making rattle element held loosely within the chamber. A fiber weed guard is secured to the body and extends radially outwardly spaced rearwardly from the barb of the fish hook. The body extension is provided with at least one annular channel to which a rubber camouflage skirt or other accessory may be attached to the jig. Because of environmental concerns the body, body extension and cap are preferably formed from lead-free brass. All other elements are desirably composed of non-leaching non-toxic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: John E. Wicht
  • Patent number: 5586407
    Abstract: A swatter has a handle, and a flat swatting blade which is fast with the handle. The blade is provided with openings which are uniformly distributed over the blade. Two sets of impaling projections are mounted on one of the major surfaces of the blade. The projections of the two sets are of different length and are uniformly distributed over the blade and among each other. Neighboring projections of each set are spaced from one another by distances which are so large that essentially no squashing of an insect would occur were the insect to be impaled by more than one projection of a set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Anthony E. Raymond
  • Patent number: RE35478
    Abstract: A noise making fishing lure including a two piece plastic shell assembly having two chambers therein. Each chamber contains a plurality of metal spheres which move as the lure is pulled through the water. The lure has an internal sleeve therein for receipt of a fishing line. The lure of the invention can be connected and used in conjunction with conventional fishing lures and enhance the fish luring capability of an existing fishing lure by the addition of a noise production element. The rattling fish lure of the present invention may be inserted into other artificial lures such as plastic worms, by cutting the worm to provide access for the rattling lure. The two piece shell assembly is made of plastic and can be manufactured in any desired color to be incorporated into or used with almost any type of fishing lure or rigging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Woodie's Cajun Lures, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael W. Crihfield