Patents Examined by Kurt Rowan
  • Patent number: 7472509
    Abstract: A non-separable two-piece fishing rod includes a first rod section; a second rod section structured to matingly join the first rod section in an end-to-end engaged configuration; and a retention member having a first member end secured to the first rod section and a second member end secured to the second rod section, the retention member being constructed of flexible resilient material and being structured and dimensioned to create a longitudinal force between the first and second rod sections; the retention member being structured wherein the force created by the retention member between the first and second rod sections prevents the first rod section from separating from the second rod section in a casting operation. The fishing rod includes a latching mechanism, a latched indicating mechanism, a slowed connecting mechanism, and gripping means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventors: Emmett E. Stacy, Ella R. Stacy
  • Patent number: 7472510
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder for mounting within a pickup truck bed includes a housing having a top surface with a pair of side walls depending therefrom. Also depending from the top surface are a vertical front wall and an oblique, inwardly extending rear wall. Received within the housing and accessible from the top surface thereof are a plurality of obliquely extending tubular rod holders. A mounting lip is positioned adjacent a front edge of the top surface for fastening the housing to a truck bed wall or toolbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Joseph M. Fasola
  • Patent number: 7469499
    Abstract: Several embodiments of an insect trap using attractant light displayed on a projection surface are disclosed. The insect trap can be mounted on a vertical surface or on a ceiling surface. The wall-mounted housing forms an upwardly facing opening for facilitating entry of flying insect pests and for the reflection of light onto the vertical surface. The ceiling-mounted housing has a lateral opening for facilitating entry of pests and for reflection of light onto the ceiling and/or opposite wall. Insects that enter the trap are immobilized on an adhesive surface within the trap. A method of trapping insects is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Ecolab Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Nelson, Douglas G. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7469498
    Abstract: A fishing line release system is disclosed. The fishing line release system includes a fishing line quick release mechanism that may be used in conjunction with a planar device for trolling or may alternatively be used with a down rigger cable and weight when used in down rigger fishing. When used in conjunction with the planar device, the system may be used for directional trolling. The planar device comprises a planar body, the fishing line quick release mechanism attached to the planar body, and a line locking assembly for securing a portion of a fishing line to the planar body. When used in conjunction with a down rigger cable and weight, the quick release mechanism may be used either on the down rigger cable or may be attached to the down rigger weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventors: Kevin John Brinker, Holly Jean Moore
  • Patent number: 7464499
    Abstract: The elongated tubular pesticide administration system is designed to fit between the foundation wall of a structure and the lowest board in a lapped exterior wall system, such as wood, composites, cement-fiber board, vinyl, or aluminum siding. The pesticide dispersion system is attached to the inner surface of the lowest board, and it includes an extended, flexible, resilient seal which seals it against the outside of the foundation wall, thereby sealing the exposed area between formed between the foundation wall and the exterior siding. Pesticide foam is injected into the system through fill ports which are spaced along the bottom of the system. The pesticide foam fills the aperture and is then disbursed through pesticide dispersion holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: John Jeremiah Jordan
  • Patent number: 7464498
    Abstract: A fish cooler device 10 comprising an insulated fish cooler lid 20 that provides a means for ease of deposition of fish, a funnel shaped fish receiver 30 for dropping fish through an aperture 22 and a trap door 40 into a thermally insulated container 24. The fish cooler device 10 may also feature an ice chest or cooler with two lids, an upper lid 26 and the fish cooler lid 20; and a fish remover tray 90 that provides for the fish to be easily removed from the ice/ice water without having to handle a single fish, and a funnel shaped fish receiver 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Daniel Galon Lester
  • Patent number: 7464497
    Abstract: Making a spear gun shaft includes selecting a solid steel drill rod of desired length; wrapping the rod with thermo-setting polymer impregnated carbon fiber sheet; covering rod with compression wrapper; curing the resin coated rod in an oven; removing the covering; machining the cured resin to the desired diameter with ends exposing drill rod; affixing a spear tip-carrying member to an end of the rod; affixing a trigger-engaging member to opposite end of the rod; affixing collars over the joints formed between rod and members to reinforce the shaft at the respective joints; mounting a sliding collar onto rod; and affixing the collars with metal adhesive to waterproof and seal the respective joints covered by the collars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventors: William H. Rogers, Brian Richard Pond, Norman E. Clifton, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7461475
    Abstract: A device embodiment comprises a fishing rod; a regular and additional reel rotatable by a handle; a mechanism including a ratchet wheel, a string-lever rotatable about a lever axis, a spring-lever rotatable about the lever axis connecting the levers, an orifice in the string-lever, a tongue fixed on the string-lever, a spring attached to the spring-lever remotely to the tongue, a regulative means to vary dispositions between the levers, spring, and string; wherein all the mechanism's elements are so configured that tend to disengage the tongue from the wheel's teeth; a string woundable on the additional reel by revolving the handle and tied to the rod's free end, which string is threaded through the orifice so that capable to engage the tongue with the wheel's teeth while said string being stretched between the additional reel and the rod's free end. Other embodiments may be modified for traps, anti-theft, alarm systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Aleksandr Zyryanov
  • Patent number: 7461477
    Abstract: A portable culling cart is disclosed comprised of a housing, a live well therewithin, a self contained means of filling the live well with water from a marine source, a self contained water circulation/aeration means, a self-contained power source for powering both the means of filling the live well with water and the circulation/aeration means, at least two wheels and a transportation handle. The cart is transported upon said two wheels by a user from site to site utilizing the transportation handle and utilizes powered filling of said live well from a marine source and powered circulation/aeration of water therewithin without need for outside power sources, pumps or manual filling of the live well. In a preferred embodiment, the cart includes at least one electric water pump, at least one electric battery having suitable voltage and amperage to power said at least one electric pump, a length of water pick-up hose having sufficient length to extend from the cart to a marine water source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: David Allen
  • Patent number: 7461476
    Abstract: A fishing pole and line assembly for underwater use includes a linear, tubular fishing rod member having first and second open ends. A linear, tubular handle member has an open first end and a closed second end and is axially aligned with the rod member. The handle member's open first end slidably fits over the second end of the fishing rod member. The handle member includes a one-way valve member adapted for passing fluid only into the tubular handle member. A fishing line is secured at a first end interior the tubular handle member, with the fishing line passing interior both the handle member, the fishing rod member and extending through the rod member's open first end. The fishing line has a second end adapted for attachment to a fishing bait.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Edward H. Davis
  • Patent number: 7458182
    Abstract: A live catch rodent trap has a tubular housing which is sealed at a far end by a removable end cap. A door is pivotably mounted to a near end of the housing, and alternately permits entrance to the housing through a front opening when the door is propped open, and closes the front opening when the trap is actuated by a rodent passing into housing and past a midpoint of the housing. The housing is pivotably mounted to a shroud which surrounds the rear portion of the housing to prevent inadvertent activation of the trap from the exterior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Bell Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7454862
    Abstract: A fishing pole handle hinge assembly is provided with a first handle element, a second handle element, and a clamp. The first handle element terminates in a contact surface having a socket. The second handle element terminates in a contact surface having a tapering head configured to be received for pivotal positioning within a socket. The claim extends between the socket and the head. The clamp is configured to compress together the socket and the head to prevent movement of the socket relative to the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Inventors: Duane C. Markley, Ron Stokes
  • Patent number: 7441365
    Abstract: A game attracting apparatus comprises a pole, a flag and an actuator. The pole has a lower end and a top end displaced from the lower end. The flag includes a tip, a mounting location, an outer side and an underside. The flag is configured to resemble the shape and color of a deer's tail when viewed from the underside and is mounted at the mounting location to the pole at a location above the lower end. The actuator is coupled to the flag adjacent the tip of the flag. The flag, pole and actuator are configured to induce the flag to hang from the pole with the tip downward so that the outer side is presented toward a desired direction when the actuator is not actuated and so that, during actuation of the actuator, the tip of the flag moves upwardly so that the underside of the flag is presented toward the desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventors: Larry Thomas Brunner, Rae Jean Brunner
  • Patent number: 7441367
    Abstract: An autonomous robotic system and method for removing pests from a specific location. The robotic system of the invention preferably comprises a means for attracting pests to at least one specific location; and a robotic means for collecting and/or exterminating pests attracted to the specified location. In certain embodiments, the robotic means comprises a mobile robot and a means for navigating the robotic means. In operation, pests are attracted to at least one location by an attracting means, and these pests are then collected and/or exterminated by a mobile, autonomous robot of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: VMI Foundation
    Inventors: James C. Squire, David L. Livingston, Daniel E Sonenshine, Dennis J. Crump, Glenn B. Hammond, Justin H. Woulfe, Gerald Allen Sullivan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7441368
    Abstract: A trap for flies or other small insects or pests has an enclosure in which is normally maintained a static vacuum. A small opening, preferably with a cone-shaped corridor leading to the opening, has a closure door which when released will swing open and admit a high-velocity rush of air that will draw a fly from the corridor into the enclosure. A fly sensor, such as a motion detector or photodetector, determines the presence of a fly and relays this information to a CPU or a simply relay, which sends a signal to release a latch on the door, allowing the door to swing open. The enclosure's interior preferably includes an angled wall surface which the fly impacts at high enough speed to kill or stun the fly, and falls into a fly tray that can be pulled out for cleaning. A pest attractant such as a light or a smell attractant is included near the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Stan Rieger
  • Patent number: 7437851
    Abstract: A two-stage fishing bobber including a bobber main body normally buoyable in a body of water with the bobber main body having an opening extending through a vertical float axis of the bobber main body and a slideable rod slidably positioned in the cavity of the bobber main body with the slideable rod normally resiliently maintained in the bobber main body in an up position but downwardly displaceable with respect to the bobber main body in response to a first force on the fishing line. In one embodiment the force is sufficient to displace the slideable rod with respect to the bobber main body but not sufficient for a viewer to discern the displacement of the bobber main body with respect to the body of water to thereby provide a first-stage visually indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Gary L. Bennis
  • Patent number: 7434347
    Abstract: A waterfowl luring system provides directional motion to one or more waterfowl decoys. The system employs a motor or other force-generating device to rotate a platform to which one or more decoys are attached so that the decoys are moved in relation to rotation of the platform. In operation, the decoys are moved along a substantially circular flight path. The system is highly versatile and may be employed on dry land or in shallow as well as deep water environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Charles D. Powell
  • Patent number: 7434352
    Abstract: A rodent bait dispenser that has a dispenser assembly and an activator mechanism. The dispenser assembly includes a generally cylindrical bait dispensing head with a piston assembly slidably disposed therein. The piston assembly includes a pair of spaced apart piston members coupled by a central rod, with the first piston member serving as a bait moving piston and the second piston member acting as an end cap for the cylinder head. The activator mechanism has a handle assembly and an actuating wire generally enclosed by a flexible sleeve. The actuating wire is coupled to the piston assembly for controlling extension and retraction of the piston assembly in relation to the cylinder head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventors: Rodney E. Gouff, Kenneth L. Gouff, Jana L. Larsen
  • Patent number: 7421820
    Abstract: The jig fish lure has a jig head, a neck extending from the jig head, and a fishhook having a portion of the shank embedded in the jig head and neck. The jig head has an upper portion and a lower portion. A recess having orthogonal walls extending horizontally and vertically is defined in the lower portion, defining a ledge. A notch is defined in the upper portion extending into and bifurcating the ledge, the notch defining a passage. A bore is defined through the upper portion extending from the crown of the jig head to the top of the notch. The eye of the fishhook extends from the lower portion of the jig head beneath the ledge. A fishing line can be threaded through the bore and the notch, looped through the eye, and secured by a knot, which lies protected within the notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Inventor: Eric A. Harrell
  • Patent number: 7412795
    Abstract: A unitary, rotational, and collapsible luring dredge capable is rapid and convenient assembly for use and collapse for storage is provided, as are methods and kits for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Offshore Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin B. Glynn, Christopher Godino