Patents Examined by Jeanne Elpel
  • Patent number: 5768822
    Abstract: A tractor mountable apparatus for collecting and destroying insects from multiple rows of plants, and for simultaneously burning unwanted vegetation on the ground between the rows of plants as the tractor passes along the rows, is disclosed. The apparatus includes a supporting frame mountable upon the front end of a tractor with a number of open top metal pans suspended from the supporting frame at spaced intervals such that the pans pass between rows of plants as the apparatus moves through a field. Each of the pans has three or more transversely spaced elongated gas burner conduits for directing combustible gases along the surface of the pan and directing the combustible gases downwardly beyond the rear end of the pan for destroying insects that are knocked into the pan as the pan passes between the rows, and for destroying unwanted vegetation between the rows of plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1998
    Inventor: Robert C. Harrell
  • Patent number: 5746019
    Abstract: An improved scenting system having a frangible vial containing scented liquid disposed within a flexible, moisture-proof sheath member and a wick member having a first end disposed adjacent to the frangible vial and a second end extending from the sheath member, wherein the frangible vial may be broken and the scented liquid released for evaporation by the wick member without the hunter coming into contact with the scented liquid and wherein the scented liquid does not experience unwanted evaporation prior to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: Synergy Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Fisher
  • Patent number: 5732501
    Abstract: A gaff for electrically incapacitating fish is disclosed. The gaff includes a handle and a hook. In a flying gaff, the hook is separable from the handle. In two embodiments, the gaff utilizes a piezoelectric sensor which when flexed by the weight of the fish produces a signal which activates a circuit which produces a stunning voltage across electrodes attached to the hook. Mechanical apparatus for activating the electric circuit are disclosed. Electrical circuitry diagrams are described which may be used with the piezoelectric sensor and the mechanical activation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventor: Kirk A. Ausburn
  • Patent number: 5724764
    Abstract: A storage box with compartments for items, such as fishing hooks, sinkers and lures, having a pair of endless belts which revolve perpendicular to each other. Each belt has at least one aperture in it, so that when the respective apertures in the belts are aligned with a compartment in the box, the item in that compartment can be removed. An other embodiment has only a single belt with an aperture that will allow the removal of large items. A third embodiment has an endless belt with a disc, having an aperture, pivoted on the belt. A pair of tensioning devices may also be used to maintain the belts in a snug fit around the storage boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: Charles Kent Alsup
  • Patent number: 5713151
    Abstract: A pass through fishing rod has a plurality of rod bodies, including a tip rod body having a first diameter and a plurality of larger-diameter rod bodies having successively increasing diameters greater than the first diameter. Each of the rod bodies has an inside surface defining a passage for a fishing line, a rear end section, and a front part having an inside diameter. The rod bodies are so formed that the rear end section of a rod body can be inserted and fastened to the inside surface of the front part Of a larger-diameter rod body. The fishing rod further includes line supporting means for supporting a fishing line which are installed in a portion of the inside surface of at least one rod body that is located further toward the rear end section of the rod body than the front part of the rod body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Shimano Inc.
    Inventor: Kiyohiko Matumoto
  • Patent number: 5697184
    Abstract: A fishing rod butt is provided with a rod blank having upper and lower ends. A handle grip comprised of a dual layer is placed over a portion of the rod blank. A reel seat is also placed over at least a portion of the rod blank and is positioned adjacent the handle grip. A pair of wood arbors are positioned over the rod blank on each side of the hand grip. A gimbal is positioned on the rod blank on the lower end thereof and a cap is placed over the gimbal. The arbor at the upper end of the rod blank receives a reel seat thereover. A ferrule may be inserted and extend from the reel seat, the ferrule receiving a fishing rod therein. A method of assembling a fishing rod butt includes the steps of sliding a dual layer hand grip over a rod blank such that an upper portion and lower portion of the rod blank extend from the hand grip. An arbor is slid over each of the upper and lower portions of the rod blank and are glued thereto. A gimbal is also glued to one of the arbors, while a reel seat is glued to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1997
    Inventor: Barry Heller
  • Patent number: 5694714
    Abstract: A fish lure is made in simulation of an insect and has a torso carrying wings, the wings being intermittently oscillated by a drive unit carried in the torso so that this simulates the activity of a living insect and therefore is more enticing to a fish as representing a live insect potential food object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Paul T. Basso
    Inventors: Paul T. Basso, Frank Cavuoto
  • Patent number: 5685037
    Abstract: A fishing tool equipped with a number of useful features including a fish hook sneller. The tool comprises a support body with a hook holding mechanism provided at one end of this body adapted to engage a section of a hook. A line holder has first and second spaced apart arms with the first arm being longer than the second and generally parallel thereto. These arms are connected together and slidable in the support body between an outer position in which both arms project from the side of the support body and an inner position wherein the second arm does not project at all or substantially from the side of the support body and the first arm is flush or slightly protruding. The first arm is provided with a line catching member at one end thereof so that a line looped around this arm will not slip off when the arms are slid to the inner position. In a preferred embodiment, the line holder is generally U-shaped with a connecting section extending between ends of the two arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Inventors: Marc James Fitzner, Ronald John Mundy
  • Patent number: 5682706
    Abstract: A flying insect trap consists of a housing having a plurality of channels, wherein each channel has a horizontal portion and a vertical portion. The channels are typically formed by a center wall which divides the housing into generally equal portions, thereby forming the channels. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the center/common wall is continuous and generally vertical so that insects contacting the wall will fall into the generally vertical portion of the channel. The housing nests with a container which is used to store bait and to capture the flying insects once they have passed through the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Charles Altenburg
  • Patent number: 5678346
    Abstract: A bird decoy having more than one use is disclosed. In a first embodiment the decoy provides conveyance means for user supplies and when the user is situated in it, becomes a decoy which operates as a blind. In a second embodiment the decoy is adaptable to present the image of any one of three different body positions found in a flock of game birds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Keith Craige Kellett
  • Patent number: 5678349
    Abstract: An artificial insert-type fishing lure has an elongated and narrow lower body base that is attached to a fishing line at one end and has fish hooks attached thereto. A clear pivoting member is pivotally attached to the upper side of the base at its forward end so that it pivots and swings upward from the lower body base. The pivoting member defines within itself a cavity within which a removable lure insert is placed. The pivoting member can be made in various different sizes and shapes and is itself interchangeable on the base. When the pivoting member is swung upward, a removable insert of varying colors and appearances and of corresponding shape can be placed within the cavity of the pivoting member, and the upper body is then pivoted downward and snap-fit to the lower body base. The removable insert is thus held within the cavity of the pivoting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Howard E. Pacora
  • Patent number: 5675928
    Abstract: A trap is of the power snare type for trapping fur-bearing animals, including large predators. The trap has a base arm and a snare arm as integral extensions of a torsion coil spring. The base arm is supported on the ground using a support assembly. A trigger connected to the support assembly engages the snare arm to hold it in a set position against the bias of the spring. The snare arm has an outer section that slopes upwardly across an animal trail so that the main part of this trap can be set to the side of the trail and a snare carried by the snare arm positioned across the trail. The free end of the snare is connected to the trigger so that the trap will be triggered by an animal engaging its head in the snare. Traps of this construction may also be used as tip-ups for fishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Donald Tattrie
  • Patent number: 5675926
    Abstract: An animal decoy apparatus includes a life size, simulated animal decoy unit, such as a life size bovine animal or cow. The cow includes a head portion, a body portion, and a tail portion. More specifically, the animal decoy apparatus includes a frame assembly and a pair of decoy units connected to the frame assembly. Each decoy unit includes a window. The pair of decoy units are spaced apart from one another by the frame assembly so that a person can position oneself between the pair of decoy units. One or more transverse struts are connected between the pair of decoy units at a position below the frame assembly. Seat units can be connected to the transverse struts. One or more gun racks may be connected to the frame assembly adjacent to the windows in the decoy units. Padded handle members are connected to the frame assembly to ease carrying of the apparatus from place to place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: William W. Manka
  • Patent number: 5673507
    Abstract: A support apparatus for use on a watercraft to hold several trolling devices such as outriggers, downriggers, and fishing rods includes oppositely disposed base members and a bridge structure including opposite vertical portions each attached to and extending upward from a corresponding one of the base members, and a horizontally extending portion integral with upper end zones of the vertical portions. The opposite base members removably mount to the watercraft to support the bridge structure above the watercraft's stern. Mounting structures are provided on the base members and bridge structure for holding the trolling devices in operative positions thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: Donald R. Stokes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5673509
    Abstract: This invention relates to an adhesive type rodent trap that is disposable and has an opaque housing with a window, preventing unintended view of the trapped rodent but allowing quick intended viewing for checking if the trap is occupied. The trap further includes an entrance and a handle for closing the entrance to the trap and carrying the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: Askew W. Gatewood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5669176
    Abstract: An insect trap for trapping hematophagous insects utilizes a methanol fuel cell to provide carbon dioxide, water vapor, and heat as attractive agents, and further utilizes electricity generated by the fuel cell to power the electrical components of the trap, thus eliminating the need for an external power source. The fuel cell is mounted in a tubular housing having inlet and outlet ends. The inlet end of a second tubular housing is mounted in spaced adjacent relation to the outlet end of the fuel cell housing. A fan, powered by the fuel cell, is mounted in the second housing for creating an air flow through the fuel cell housing and the second housing. The carbon dioxide and water vapor generated by the fuel cell are drawn through the fuel cell housing and into the inlet end of the trap housing by the air flow, while insects attracted to the device are also drawn into the inlet end of the trap housing by the air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: American Biophysics Corp.
    Inventor: Mark H. Miller
  • Patent number: 5669175
    Abstract: A fish strike indicator apparatus, which is used with a fishing line, includes a main body portion which includes a top end, a mid-portion, and a bottom end. The bottom end includes a support groove for receiving a fishing line. A first balance arm is connected to the top end of the main body portion and projects transversely therefrom. The first balance arm includes a first balance groove located at a distal end of the first balance arm. A second balance arm is connected to the top end of the main body portion and projects transversely therefrom in a direction opposite to the first balance arm. The second balance arm includes a second balance groove located at a distal end of the second balance arm. A fallen-indicator receiver can be located under the main body portion to provide an audible signal when a fish strike occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Leroy F. Phipps
  • Patent number: 5666759
    Abstract: A suspension sleeve for snood swivels, arranged to be installed around a fishing line and to rotate about the line's longitudinal axis. The sleeve (10) is made of a rectangular plate and has two end areas (2, 3) which are facing each other, considered in the sleeve's (10) circumference direction, and which have respective engagement sections (4, 20) which are arranged for releasable, firm connection with each other. One end area (2) comprises a support section (6) for an eye of the snood swivel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Assignee: O. Mustad & Son A.S.
    Inventors: Tom Thormodsen, Per Borgund
  • Patent number: 5664366
    Abstract: A shipping container for sea worms contains a fibrous bed of vegetable matter which is degraded by fermentation. The bed is both wetted and seeded with a microorganism in order to insure the fermentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventors: Michel Lopuszanski, Daniel Lopuszanski
  • Patent number: 5661922
    Abstract: A weed guard resonating system for a fishing lure attached to a fishing line by a swivel, has a cone which slidably engages the fishing line to substantially enclose the swivel, thereby protecting the swivel from vegetation, such as weeds, algae and moss, which allows the swivel to rotate freely, and producing a first, substantially constant resonating sound. In an alternate embodiment, the system includes a sinker for slidably engaging the fishing line, the sinker positioned adjacent and intermittently engaging the cone, opposite the swivel, for producing a second resonating sound upon impact with the cone, as the lure is pulled through the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Louis James Bonomo