Patents Examined by Kurt Rowan
  • Patent number: 8393110
    Abstract: A storage and transfer bag system are disclosed for use in tournament fishing competitions. A living fish can be stored in the storage bag, which is kept in a live well until the storage bag with living fish therein is placed in a transfer bag that is partially filled with water. The storage bag is made from a mesh fabric, enabling water to be drained from the storage bag. After draining the water from the storage bag, the storage bag and living fish are weighed, and the weight of the fish computed. The storage bag and living fish are then placed back into the transfer bag and transported to the lake or river or other body of water. The storage bag and living fish are removed from the transfer bag and the fish released without human contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Ball
  • Patent number: 7743548
    Abstract: A fishing pole holder that includes a base and a pole holding portion, with the pole holding portion designed to be mounted atop the base. The base is designed to be driven into a ground surface. The pole holding portion includes a mounting bar, a pair of connector arms, and a pole holder that is pivotally attached to the pair of connector arms. A spring is attached to both the pole holder and the mounting bar, with the default position of the spring being present when the pole holder is pointed upward. The pole holder can bent downward and connected to the mounting bar with a latch. When a fishing pole placed within the pole holder is jerked by a biting fish, the latch will disconnect from the mounting bar, forcing the pole holder to rapidly move upward through a pulling action by the spring, thereby jerking the fishing pole line and ideally snagging the fish hook in the biting fish's mouth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Ezell Cashaw
  • Patent number: 7698850
    Abstract: An ice fishing line protection device, for protecting micro fishing line as light as one or two pound test, comprising an elongated tube with an internal passageway through which a fishing line may pass. The protection device floats in an ice fishing hole protecting the line from abrasions. The protection device opens to release the line or it can be extracted from the ice hole entirely when a fish is caught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Inventor: Gary G. Harris
  • Patent number: 7676986
    Abstract: A device for manually capturing and restraining intended insects, the same comprising a pad of stacked, singular sheets each sheet having a partial enveloping means comprised of hydrophillic absorbing material and collapsible sheet construction whereby the sheet partially conforms in response to the insects body mass. Each sheet has a region is coated with a mild compression adhesive material capable of trapping of an insect in response to the physical manipulation by a human being. The pad of stacked adhesive sheets can be used by separating each sheet individually or as a stack. Upon apprehension of an insect, the sheet restraining the insect is separated, if not already separated from its stack, folded to encase the insect and ready for disposal. The pad of stacked adhesive sheets can have various sheet sizes, thickness and density with varying enveloping ability—all depending upon intended insect to be trapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: David W. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7676985
    Abstract: A system and device for pest monitoring and eradication includes member having a dark crack and crevice environment for attracting, housing, retaining, and eradicating bedbugs and other similar pests. The system and device provides for boundary barriers adaptable to the perimeter of interconnected planar surfaces to maximize bedbug population monitoring and eradication activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Robert T. Perkins
  • Patent number: 7669362
    Abstract: A trap for catching woodland, garden, and agricultural insect pests, consisting of a catching part (37) with an outlet opening, and a container (31) for storing caught pests, has a device for separating the captured pests from water and small debris. The device for separating the captured pests from water and small debris is placed between the outlet opening of the catching part and the container. The device for separating the caught pests from water and small debris has a shape of a funnel (135) having a funnel inlet covered up by a mesh (32) and an funnel outlet (36) situated outside of the container (31) for storing the caught pests. The funnel inlet is placed below the outlet opening of the catching part (37).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: BASF Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Leszek Cwiklinski, Andrzej Barczyk
  • Patent number: 7661222
    Abstract: Fish holding apparatuses and methods of using the same are disclosed. Embodiments of a fish holding apparatus include: a first plate; a second plate coupled to the first plate, the second plate rotatable relative to the first plate about a horizontal rotation axis proximate and substantially parallel to a bottom edge of the first plate; a biasing member configured to bias the fish holding apparatus toward a closed position; and a holding mechanism configured to maintain the fish holding apparatus in an open position. Other embodiments of a fish holding apparatus (a “caliper”) configured to hold open the mouth of a fish include an elongated wire including: two ends having prongs; two arms; and a spring loop configured to provide a spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Loren E. Bowers
  • Patent number: 7654032
    Abstract: An adjustable quick rig for a bait comprising a bait pin to hold the bait, a leader channel having a tapered passage to receive a leader, and a line stopper intended for crimping onto the leader at an adjustable location to set a desired length of the leader relative to a hook in the bait. The line stopper can jam within a portion of the tapered passage to provide the desired length. The adjustable quick rig can transfer a pulling force from a back of the bait to a front of the bait to suppress a spinning motion during trolling. Moreover, the adjustable quick rig can use one leader to accommodate a variety of bait fish of different lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Charles Fricke
  • Patent number: 7654030
    Abstract: The present invention includes a spear tip that is removably mounted onto the upper end of a spear shaft, which is securely engaged upon the upper end of a handle. A rubber band secures the spear tip to the upper end of the spear shaft. Spear tip has a conical portion integrally formed upon the top of a cylindrical portion. A cable is fixed to the spear point by passing the end of cable through a transverse passageway formed through the cylindrical portion below conical portion and forming a loop at the end of the cable. A pair of parallel rabbit ears is affixed to opposing sides of the cylindrical portion. The cable is adapted with a quick connect/disconnect mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Ramion Clayton Butler
  • Patent number: 7654033
    Abstract: The invention is a storage system for fishing lures and fishing tools that can be mounted to a vehicle such as a boat, prevents the lures and tools from becoming entangled or unintentionally dislodged, and yet provides easy and immediate accessibility for the user. A key feature of the present invention is the means for securing the fishing lures. Individual lures are isolated from each other and from dislodgement during the rough motion of a fishing boat at speed. Special tortuous slots retain the tackle hooks until deliberate removal by an angler for use. Another key feature of the present invention is the means for securing commonly used fishing tools, such as pliers, wire cutters, or hook disgorgers, against dislodgement. The tools are held in place by rubber grommets. This means resists tool dislodgement during the rough motion of a fishing boat at speed, yet it also provides easy access to the angler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventors: Todd Kuhn, Robert Mark Peiser, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7654034
    Abstract: A device for entrapping an insect includes a hollow cylinder, a piston located in the cylinder and sealed at an inner surface of the cylinder, a spring for urging the piston to move axially in the cylinder; and a releasable latch for securing the piston in an armed state, wherein the spring applies a force tending to move the piston axially and for releasing the piston from the armed state to produce a partial vacuum. A disposable cartridge containing an adherent able to entrap an insect pneumatically communicates with the suction side of the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Russik
  • Patent number: 7650714
    Abstract: The body of the fisheye device is sized to be supported around the fisherman's neck and rest against his chest. The body carries a convex lens, a spinner hook for engaging and holding a fishing hook with the eye free. A visual panel is in the line-of-sight beyond the spinner hook and carries a surface which is visually appropriate to aid in tying the line through the eye of the fishing hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Charles A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 7650713
    Abstract: A fishing pole holding device for holding fishing poles adjacent a seat of a boat while the fishing poles are being used to fish includes a box being positionable on a deck of a boat. The box has an aperture extending through a top wall and a bottom wall of the box. The aperture receives a pedestal of a seat wherein the box is positioned between the seat and the deck. The box includes a peripheral wall extending between the top wall and the bottom wall. A plurality of pole sleeves is coupled to the box. Each of the pole sleeves receives a handle of one of the fishing poles to permit the fishing poles to extend from the associated one of the pole sleeves when the fishing poles are is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph W. Peede
  • Patent number: 7650712
    Abstract: An automatic fishing device for pulling the fishing line upon fish strike to set the hook. It embodies a trigger member, a weight member, a trigger support, a fish line and a connector for attaching the weight member to the fishing line. The trigger member includes a weight support element and a fish line coupler. Parts of the weight support element can support the weight member but other parts of weight support element cannot support the weight member. The weight member can be connected to the fish line by the connector. The movement of fishing line caused by a fish strike rotates the trigger member to unload the initially supported weight member to drag the fishing line downward, effectively tightening the fishing line for setting the hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventors: Gary Enguo Lou, Effie Teng Lou
  • Patent number: 7631456
    Abstract: This waterfowl decoy is designed and constructed having a planar body resulting in to substantially identical sides. Each of these sides can then be covered with distinct graphic designs enabling one decoy to mimic two different types or species of waterfowl. The decoy may further be provided with a weighted section near the head for keeping the decoy from blowing away or magnetically attaching the decoy to a positioning rod, or to aid in the storage of the decoys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Reel Wings Decoy Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Allen Butz
  • Patent number: 7627979
    Abstract: A soft bait fish lure includes an elongated body having a head and a rear along a longitudinal axis. The body tapers laterally to a reduced tail portion toward the rear, then flares laterally into an enlarged tail at the rear. Optionally, the reduced tail portion is flexible in a lateral direction. The enlarged tail may have a tapered top and tapered bottom, each formed from two intersecting faces, such that the enlarged tail forms a substantial diamond-shape in cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. Optionally, each of the faces includes a contour terminating in an edge proximate said rear such that fluid flowing over said enlarged tail forms a vortex at each said face. Optionally, the rear forms a distal surface including a lateral indentation at the intersection of the tapered top and tapered bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Huddleston Deluxe, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel M. Huddleston
  • Patent number: 7624530
    Abstract: A fishing net includes a hoop having a net defining a catch area and having an array of illumination elements on the hoop. A bracket connects first and second ends of the hoop and defines a passage therebetween. The fishing net includes a handle coupled to the bracket and movable through the passage between use and storage configurations. A lantern is coupled to a distal end of the handle relative to the hoop, the lantern being movable between retracted, extended, and offset configurations relative to the handle. The fishing net includes a flexible shaft having a light element and that is movable between a retracted configuration in the handle and an extended configuration extending from the handle adjacent the hoop for illuminating a specific area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventors: Christopher T. Resch, Amy R. Resch
  • Patent number: 7621067
    Abstract: A fishing rod including a pipe-shaped frame, a reel seat provided on an outer peripheral surface of the frame, a cylindrical front grip spirally attached to a front end of the reel seat, a rod inserted into a front end of the pipe-shaped frame, wherein the front grip is screwed into the reel seat side, to thereby make a hood on a back end of the front grip engage with a reel on the reel seat so as to fix the reel thereon, and wherein a front portion of the front grip is internally supported with the front grip being screwed into the reel seat side. This enables to prevent the rod and the front grip from becoming eccentric to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: Megabass General Baits, Inc.
    Inventor: Koichi Ito
  • Patent number: 7621074
    Abstract: A novel tackle box is disclosed which employs hook attaching means comprising a vertical slot adapted to receive the hooks of artificial fishing bait. The hook attaching means are secured to the top inside of the tackle box or to one or more horizontal shelves in said box so that any bait stored is suspended during storage. Suspension allows for drying of the tackle and prevention of rust. The tackle may be easily inserted and easily removed from the slots. The box provides an effective storage means and method especially for unwieldy and cumbersome baits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventors: Darrell L. Glidewell, Billy D. Horton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7621073
    Abstract: The present invention comprises four embodiments of an apparatus, which allows fishing poles or other items to be carried with a standard sized tackle box in combination with one hand. The present invention also allows fishing poles to be stored on the lid (or elsewhere) on a tackle box so that the tackle box and poles form one compact unitary package. The rods are arranged longitudinally with the tackle box, and are attached to the lid of the tackle box, not the handle, such that the handle is left clear. In each embodiment, a tube or tube portion secures the handle end of the pole, while an optional cutout may be provided to secure the reel portion to on side of the box lid. The apparatus may be built into the box lid, or may be provided as an aftermarket or OEM attachment. Optional rod clips may be used to hold the upper portion of the rod if a multi-piece rod is disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventor: Michael O'Keeffe