Patents Examined by Jeanne M. Elpel
  • Patent number: 5804321
    Abstract: A unitary article that is solid at a temperature in excess of about 1100.ree. C. which includes a diamond, a metal, and a brazing material brazing the diamond and the metal. The brazing material includes a metal carbide adhering to the diamond and a platinum family metal or nickel adhering to the metal. The platinum family metal has dissolved therein carbide forming metal and contains particles of metal carbide. The article is made by depositing a platinum family metal or nickel on a metal melting above the melting point of the platinum family metal or nickel, depositing a carbide forming metal which is soluble in molten platinum family metal or nickel, heating the assembly until platinum family metal or nickel is in a molten state, and cooling the molten platinum family metal or nickel to a solid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Thomas P. Thorpe, Keith A. Snail
  • Patent number: 5675927
    Abstract: A new Shock Resistant Illuminated Fishing Bobber for providing an illuminated slip bobber for utilization at night time which is shock resistant, providing a useful life of approximately five to ten years. The inventive device includes a transparent resilient container, an illuminating means positioned within the transparent resilient container, and an anti-shock material positioned within the transparent resilient container surrounding the illuminating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Dan Kloos
  • Patent number: 5628143
    Abstract: A poison bait dispenser for rodents which may dispense liquid or solid poisoned bait, or both, comprising a housing having a front member and a rear member hinged and securable together and defining a space in which is provided a first pathway between two opposite side openings, which pathway is defined by the back wall of the rear member and partial walls spaced from the back wall. The partial walls provide support for the poison bait dispensers and also front trough walls defining a second pathway extending between the troughs. The second pathway is connected to the first pathway between the troughs. Solid bait may be dispensed as blocks slideable down into one trough on a vertical axis. A special cap dispensing member may be provided for the liquid bait. Special locking arrangement with pin keys of preselected lengths prevents passable opening of the dispenser by unauthorized persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventor: Carl Doucette
  • Patent number: 5626183
    Abstract: The local thickness across the width of a cast sheet is regulated by controlling the crown of the work rolls in a twin roll continuous casting machine producing the sheet. The work roll crowns are controlled by providing differential cooling in a plurality of cooling subsystems along the length of the rolls. The work rolls contain inlet and outlet water plenums which are connected to peripheral cooling channels between a core and an outer shell of each roll. Water flow to the cooling subsystems is controlled by a movable sleeve within the outlet plenum. In a first position of the sleeve, water is permitted to flow through all areas of the work rolls providing an even heat removal. In a second position, a greater portion of water flows through cooling subsystems in the center portion of the work rolls resulting in increased removal of heat from the center area of the core, reducing the temperature in this area, and thus reducing the crown of the work roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: FATA Hunter, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. Romanowski, Bruno Amateis
  • Patent number: 5619818
    Abstract: A body tube is plugged at one end so as to receive hair and stack the hair against that end. Two gathering slides have tapered holes and move opposite each other crosswise of the body tube to gather the hair. A clamp tube lies against the body tube and holds clamp jaws away from the hair until the clamp tube is withdrawn. Hair is quickly stacked and clamped for use in tying fishing flies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventor: Dellas Frederiksen
  • Patent number: 5617669
    Abstract: The container comprises a pair of longitudinally divided cylinder halves molded unitarily with a connecting "living hinge" running the entire length of the container. Mating fasteners are provided on the ends of the halves opposite the hinge. Weight-receiving pockets are molded integrally with the ends of the lower half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Lure'em In, Inc.
    Inventor: Stewart Levey
  • Patent number: 5615510
    Abstract: A seine for collecting bait from a body of water having a bed. The seine comprises a mesh receptacle having an intake portion and a collection portion. A frame is operably connected to the mesh receptacle and has a first portion for holding the intake portion of the mesh receptacle in a receiving state and a second portion for holding the collection portion of the mesh receptacle in a receiving state. An anchor is operably connected to the frame and has a prong capable of penetrating into the bed of the body of water thereby securing the seine to the bed. A handle is operably connected to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Eric C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5611167
    Abstract: A directional cannonball weight having a body made of solid, non-buoyant mass of substantially homogeneous material with a skag defining a vertical plane and serving as a rudder, extending outwardly from the body and defining an oblique angle with the direction of travel of the weight while the weight is under tow. The body and skag may be constructed as a single monolithic structure, or with the body having a slot formed in the body, a pin for pivotally fixing the skag to the body within the slot on the body so the skag protrudes from the slot of the body and may extend in varying angular orientations with respect to the body as the skag is pivoted around the pivot pin and a locking bolt for fixing the skag at a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: Kris B. Mills
  • Patent number: 5611168
    Abstract: Deep sea fishing lures for adequately securing bait. The lure has a bait housing that includes upper and lower cylindrical half jaws that are pivotally connected at their front ends and biased together by a spring. Inside the upper jaw are at least two rows of teeth one behind the other, and inside the lower jaw are at least two rows of teeth, one behind the other. The upper front row of teeth and the lower front row of teeth are approximately 1/8 inches long. The upper rear row of teeth and the lower rear row of teeth are approximately 1/8 inches long. The teeth can be cone shaped and formed from either plastic or metal. Covers can be inserted next to one of the rows of teeth to change the length of each of the teeth. Using the covers allows the lure to be able to secure thinner pieces of bait fish. The lure includes a wall ahead of the front rows of teeth which prevents water from passing through the interior of the bait housing and washing out bait.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventors: Benjamin I. Schultz, Leslie A. Thomas
  • Patent number: 5607023
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an impact absorption mechanism and a power tool including an impact absorption mechanism. When a tool bit binds a high energy impulse of short duration is generated that may damage components of the power tool. The impact absorption mechanism absorbs this high energy impulse and prevents damage to other components of the power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
    Inventor: Bernhard Palm
  • Patent number: 5603445
    Abstract: Improved ultrasonic wire bonders, and improvements to ultrasonic wire bonding transducers that are used with such ultrasonic wire bonders. The improvements to the ultrasonic wire bonding transducer includes driver-node mounting of the transducer and a clamping arrangement for a bonding tool in the transducer. The driver-node mounting of the transducer is achieved by mounting it in the ultrasonic bonder such that a 3/4--wavelength distance is created between a mounting bracket of the transducer and a distal end of the transducer at which the bonding tool is disposed. As a result, vibrational problems caused by the transducer not being located at the node are eliminated. The driver-node mounting aspect of the present invention provides a shorter overall transducer and concentrates the mass at the driver end for less tool impact, and reduces manufacturing variables related to achieving a one-half wavelength distance between the driver node and the transducer node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventors: William H. Hill, Joseph E. Donner
  • Patent number: 5603181
    Abstract: A connecting device for connecting an object, such as a fishing lure, to a line without formation of a knot in the line. The connecting device includes a first shank angularly disposed from a second shank, a line engaging hook and a line retaining loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Assignee: H.A.L.A.Q., Inc.
    Inventor: Qaiyim Abdul-Raheem
  • Patent number: 5600914
    Abstract: A fish penetrating tool for killing fish which have been previously caught by the user. The tool has both an opened and a closed orientation. In its broadest context, the tool includes a handle with a hollow interior and a fish penetrating needle. The needle can be secured to the handle in a first sense with the needle extending outwardly from the handle and a second sense with the needle secured within the hollow interior of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: George E. Tatar
  • Patent number: 5598656
    Abstract: An ice fishing tip-up which includes an insulating heating structure integrated with a fish indicator. The device is comprised of a four-walled enclosure which surrounds a heating element mounted on the interior. Contained within the enclosure is a fishing structure consisting of a rotatable shaft and a spool containing fishing line which is used to catch the fish. Connected to the exterior of the enclosure is a fish indicator which is connected at one end to the wall of the enclosure and engages the portion of the shaft extending to the exterior of the enclosure. With the heating element in place, a cover is placed over the top surface of the enclosure to retain heat within the enclosure and prevent the ice fishing hole from freezing over. When a fish strikes the fishing line, the shaft rotates and releases the fish indicator, signaling to the fisherman that a fish has been hooked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: Paul M. Strasser
  • Patent number: 5588251
    Abstract: A passive method for protecting flying birds against the danger of colliding into transparent barriers is disclosed. The method involves placing on the transparent barrier an image of the center portion of the web of an orb web building spider especially including in the image an adornment on the web known as the stabilimentum. The stabilimentum is known to be an advertisement by the spider for the purpose of deterring birds from flying into the web, an event which both animals wish to avoid. When the spider web image is placed on the transparent barrier, flying birds will take evasive action and thus avoid harmful collisions. Since the spider web image is mostly transparent, it does not block out a large portion of the transparent barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Sam W. Young
  • Patent number: 5588243
    Abstract: A device for transmitting irregular jerking or darting motions to the end of a fishing line from a boat propelled by an oar including apparatus for securing a modified downrigger release clamp to a pulley line suspended between the end of a row boar oar and a bracket adjacent to the handle of the oar. An attachment at the end of the oar comprises two opposed clamping members with resilient pads on the inner faces thereof and an extension arm on one of them projecting outwardly and rearwardly from the end thereof. Apertures at the end of the extension arm have a pulley line therethrough and through a bracket secured adjacent the oar handle which has an outwardly extending end portion through which the pulley line is fixed. The line has crimps therein for holding a downrigger release clamp in place thereon. Through the action of the present apparatus a repetitive jerky line motion is imparted to the fishing line held by the downrigger release clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Gregory Caldwell
  • Patent number: 5586905
    Abstract: An electrical connector assembly is provided for terminating an insulated electrical wire. The assembly includes a housing having a wire-receiving opening adapted to receive the insulated electrical wire. The housing is defined by two housing halves which are relatively movable between an open condition for insertion of an insulated wire into the opening and a closed condition. A terminal is mounted on the housing and has an insulation displacement slot positioned in the opening adapted to displace the insulation of the wire and electrically engage an inner conductor of the wire. Opposing flexible portions of the housing halves provide strain relief to the insulated electrical wire by gripping the wire substantially entirely thereabout when the housing halves are in their closed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Robert C. Marshall, Frank Pansari, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5586406
    Abstract: A live bait container including a container body with air vents for keeping live baits; a cover covered on the container body by a screw joint, the cover having a bait outlet and a bait inlet spaced on the periphery, a bait passage way connected between the bait outlet and the bait inlet at an outer side, a plurality of raised portions raised from the inside wall opposite to the bait passage way, and a spiral track spirally extending downwards from said bait outlet for guiding live baits from the container body to the bait passage way; a locating board mounted on the cover, having a peripheral flange covered over the bait passage way, and a plurality of holes through the peripheral flange; and a rotary cap covered on the locating board, having an inside recess forced into engagement with one raised portion of the cover, and a through hole through the periphery; wherein the rotary cap can be turned between the operative position in which the through hole of the rotary cap is aligned with one through hole of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventors: Yong F. Lin, Yong C. Lin
  • Patent number: 5586712
    Abstract: Apparatus for forming welded joints on superconducting foils to form long lengths of foil for use in superconducting magnet tapes including fixturing for controlling the accurate positioning of sheared foils and control of the overlap to be welded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Neil G. Fiddes, Christopher G. King, Anthony Mantone, Frank D. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 5577338
    Abstract: A fishing rod has rod a plurality of sections (1, 2 and 3), a fishline guide (6), and fishline guide rings (9a-9e). The rod sections include an inner passage (P) through which fishline is to extend, a reel mount to which a reel is attached, and a fishline guide hole (2a). The fishline guide (6) is placed between the reel mount (5) and the fishline guide hole (2a) for guiding the fishline (L) to the fishline guide hole (2a). The fishline guide rings (9a-9e) are fitted to a guide portion of the fishline guide (6), a rim of an opening of the fishline guide hole (2a), and a rim of a rear opening of the inner passage (P) close to the fishline guide hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiyohiko Matsumoto, Toshihiko Yasui