Patents Examined by Kurt Rowan
  • Patent number: 7617630
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for exterminating subterranean burrowing air-breathing animals which burrow subterranean tunnels having burrow hole openings at ground level, the apparatus including an elongate arm having a base end and an opposite distal end, a frame mounted to a vehicle, the base end of the arm mounted to the frame, a selectively actuable actuator mounted so as to cooperate between the frame and the arm, at least one reservoir of a lethal substance, conduits cooperating between the reservoirs and the arm for carrying the lethal substance to deliver the lethal substance from the distal end of the arm into the burrow hole openings, wherein positioning the arm and delivering the lethal substance is remotely actuable from within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Larry Allan Holmes
  • Patent number: 7614180
    Abstract: A flying insect trapping device configured to be used with a fuel supply containing a combustible fuel is disclosed. The trapping device includes a combustion device that includes an inlet port for receiving the combustible fuel, a turbulence reducing structure for substantially laminating flow of a mixture of the combustible fuel and air, a catalyst element disposed downstream of the turbulence reducing structure, a heat zone having a hollow interior space in between the turbulence reducing structure and the catalyst element to enable the combustible fuel to flow into the heat zone for continuous combustion therein to create an exhaust gas comprising carbon dioxide, and a plurality of heat exchanger fins extending inwardly into the hollow interior space of the heat zone for conducting heat generated by the continuous combustion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Woodstream Corporation
    Inventors: Emma Amelia Durand, Michael J. Palombo, Richard B. Dunne
  • Patent number: 7610714
    Abstract: A flexible artificial fishing lure comprising a lure body and a pair of legs extending from the lure body, wherein each leg has an upper leg portion attached to the lure body and a lower leg portion extending rearward of the upper leg portion. Each lower leg portion tapers inwardly such that the thickness of each lower leg portion gradually decreases from an outer edge toward an inner edge. According to this design, the lower leg portions have greater weight along the outer edge than along the inner edge. In operation, the lower leg portions move multi-dimensionally as the lure is pulled through the water, thereby creating substantial motion and concomitant vibrations for attracting fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Inventor: Braxton McNaughton
  • Patent number: 7607253
    Abstract: A lure light device is positioned on a fish line ahead of a fishing lure to illuminate the lure when used at depths or at night. The device has a watertight body containing an LED or lamp device and power cells. A lens on the device contains the light so that it concentrates on the lure. An additional chamber can be used for a scent or fish attractant. A switch turns the light on when a cable has tension from the drag of the lure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: James Makowski
  • Patent number: 7603805
    Abstract: A fish catching system for includes a fishing pole and a fishing net to receive a fish landed by a user of the fishing pole. A support assembly engages and extends between the fishing net and the fishing pole. The support assembly supports the fishing pole above the fishing net to support the fishing pole when the fishing net and fishing pole are being held by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Ned W. Lehmberg
  • Patent number: 7596902
    Abstract: A novel type of an animal trap is provided for trapping animals of different sizes. The mechanism for controlling rotative movement of the trapping means provides high sensitivity of the trap. The trap is easy and safe to use and suitable for the purpose of controlling household rodents, such as mice, rats, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventors: Kehan Han, Kedu Han
  • Patent number: 7591099
    Abstract: An insect monitoring and trapping device is provided according to the invention. The device includes a base and a lid for covering the base, and is constructed to provide a trap interior and an insect opening for insects to access the trap interior. The device includes a heating device provided within the trap interior for attracting insects, and an adhesive surface provided within the trap for trapping insects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Gregory Lang, Joelle Francine Olson, Stephen John Barcay, Stephen X. Skaff
  • Patent number: 7584571
    Abstract: A composite fishing rod is described having a polygonal exterior with an integral interior spine which attaches to the interior of the joints or facets of the polygonal exterior. The polygonal exterior and spine are formed in one homogeneous structure, wherein gluing or other attachment is not required after forming the rod section. The fishing rod provides a high strength to weight ratio with improved flexibility, durability and action when compared with rods of conventional construction. The invention describes alternative embodiments for fabrication and novel joining ferrules, reel seat, line guide and other accessories directed toward enhanced utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Eric Thomas Ryan
  • Patent number: 7581347
    Abstract: A jig and bait fishing system is provided which includes various fanciful and realistic shapes for attracting and capturing fish. The system includes a body connected to a neck and a bait keeper; the neck being adapted for securing skirt material for avoiding underwater obstructions. The bait keeper secures bait and in particular internally reinforced artificial bait at the reinforced area in combination with the reinforcing material. The system also provides for a fishhook for capturing the fish and hooking the bait. The system includes a latch which prevents the fish from spitting-out the hook after capture. A method of manufacturing fishing jigs includes the steps of dipping rods into liquid plastic material and embedding reinforcing yarn filaments therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Andy T. Gill
  • Patent number: 7581349
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling rodents uses pressurized exhaust gases from an internal combustion engine. The gases are compressed and injected under pressure into underground burrows of rodents. The rodent tunnels fill with a very high concentration of such gases as carbon monoxide from the exhaust within just a few seconds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Allen Hurlburt
  • Patent number: 7578092
    Abstract: An improved fishing line planar board provides an elongate body having a buoyant cylinder portion with a reduced nose at a forward end portion structurally carrying a longitudinally aligned buoyant dorsal vane and two bilaterally symmetrical opposing arcuate wings, each wing defining a through right slot spacedly behind a rearwardly angulated leading edge for uninterrupted water flow therethrough to reduce cavitation. A stabilizer tip having a slotted sleeve and an angulated planar portion is removably carried at the forward end portion of the cylinder portion proximate the reduced nose and is adjustably positionable thereon to control direction of planar board movement relative to moving water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventor: William James Spickelmire
  • Patent number: 7568306
    Abstract: A rod holding apparatus has a tube having ground penetrating stakes at one end for attaching into the earth for removably supporting a fishing pole or umbrella or the like. The rod holding apparatus incorporates a slide hammer for driving the stake into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2009
    Inventor: James D. Rice, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7565763
    Abstract: A dovetail split bobber includes a first bobber half and a second bobber half. A horizontally and/or vertically tapered male dovetail projection is formed on the first bobber half and a horizontally and/or vertically tapered female dovetail slot is formed in the second bobber half. The tapered female dovetail slot is sized to receive the tapered male dovetail slot. The split bobber is preferably a sphere, but may have any other suitable shape, such as a cylinder. A stuffed toy eye may be attached to opposing outside surfaces of the split bobber to create a rattling sound, when floating in a body of water. A Velcro split bobber includes a first bobber half and a second bobber half. A hook fastener pad is applied to the first bobber half and a loop fastener pad is applied to the second bobber half.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Inventor: Emil Ruzicka
  • Patent number: 7562491
    Abstract: A fish live box has a frame assembly supporting a mesh screen surrounding a chamber for accommodating fish. A top wall and door closes the top of the frame assembly. Brackets mount the live box to a dock. Upright legs mounted on the frame assembly are vertically adjustable to locate pads on the bottom of the legs on the bed of a body of water to support the box on the bottom of a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Douglas A. Lueck
  • Patent number: 7562490
    Abstract: A fish hook remover system for efficiently removing a fish hook from a fish. The fish hook remover system generally includes an elongated member including a first end and a second end, a catch member extending from the first end of the elongated member and a bulge portion extending from adjacent the first end, wherein the bulge portion extends outwardly from the elongated member. At least a portion of the bulge portion is between the catch member and the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: John Itamura
  • Patent number: 7559172
    Abstract: An improved soft flexible fishing lure and a method of rigging same are provided by the present invention. More in particular, the invention provides a soft flexible fishing lure having an elongate lure body having a longitudinal axis, a top longitudinal surface, a bottom longitudinal surface, a left wall surface, a right wall surface, a head region forming the distal end, and a tail region forming the proximal end and a channel positioned along the longitudinal axis of the lure at the bottom longitudinal surface. The fishing lure of the invention is further provided with a tandem hook assembly that resides in part in the channel of the soft flexible lure body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Hogy Lure Company
    Inventor: Michael P. Hogan
  • Patent number: 7552560
    Abstract: A tackle container with barriers extending across the bottom of the interior cavity holds fishing lures in a fixed position and allows easy retrieval of each lure. Each barrier in the container includes a curved wall that converges with the bottom of the container. The barrier thereby forms a nesting space between the backside of the curved wall and the bottom of the container. A fishing lure fits under a barrier with its hooks wedged into the nesting space to hold the lure in a desired position. The barriers may be removable inserts having rails that slide into slots along the sidewall of the container. The inserts may be positioned in a variety of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Plano Molding Company
    Inventor: Ronald D. Hoover
  • Patent number: 7543406
    Abstract: A single use, reusable or disposable, animal trap suitable for trapping rodents, having a stable enclosure, an unstable internal floor that tilts to dose the trap, a locking mechanism to keep trap closed, and a release for said locking mechanism, where both the locking mechanism and release mechanism are unaffected by gravity once the trap has tripped, regardless of the orientation of the trap relative to gravity. The floor of the trap tilts back and forth allowing the animal to enter and leave the trap (each time leaving the trap in the open position), until the animal enters the trap far enough such that the floor tilts to one end closing the opening in the trap where the floor is then locked into the closed (or trapped) position with the animal inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Wolfgram Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk W. Wolfgram
  • Patent number: 7543408
    Abstract: An insect-catcher has a frame, a cover and a gathering base. The frame has an open top and a bottom. The top has at least one key mounted on the edge of the open top and protruding from the open top. The cover detachably covers the open top of the frame and has at least one light tube, a high-voltage net and at least one safety switch. Each safety switch has an activating lever aligning with the keyway and pressing against one key. The gathering base detachably connects to the bottom of the frame. The activating lever disengages from the key and turns off the high-voltage net when the cover separates from the frame so people will not get hurt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Well Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Heng-Yuan Lin
  • Patent number: 7540112
    Abstract: A method and a fly swatter for practicing the method of killing a fly resting on a support surface without smashing the fly against the support surface, including a swatter having, at the outer end of an elongated handle, a head portion formed of a generally planer, pliable, foraminous sheet having on an inner surface a peripheral lip, including the step of striking, by use of the handle, the head portion to instantaneously encapture the fly between the sheet inner surface and the support surface and within the peripheral lip, compressing air that passes out through the foraminous sheet suddenly forcing the fly against the sheet inner surface, the impact of the fly contacting the sheet inner surface and/or the aerodynamic shock of compressed air serving to kill the fly without compressing the fly against the support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Floyd D. Crenshaw