Patents Examined by Melba Bumgarner
  • Patent number: 10413785
    Abstract: A ball striking device has a head that includes a face member having a striking surface and an inner surface opposite the striking surface, and a body member connected to the face member, where the body member includes a crown portion and a supporting structure. The face member includes a frame portion connected to the supporting structure and forming at least a portion of an outer periphery of the striking surface, where the frame portion includes a mounting structure, and a face plate connected to the mounting structure to form at least a portion of a central region of the striking face. The supporting structure includes a base member forming at least a portion of the sole of the head and a plurality of truss members connected to the base member, such that the truss members connect the base member to the crown portion and the frame portion of the face member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Hiromitsu Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10413795
    Abstract: A basketball-training defender-reach simulator apparatus and method providing a pair of simulated arms and hands constantly upraized in a defensive position, to be worn by a trainer during on-court training in order to condition basketball players to anticipate and counteract the movements of defending guarders, having life-like characteristics of look, feel, posture or positioning, and movement, solving problems of providing training against defending guarders when the trainer is required to use the real arms and hands for other tasks, when the trainer is unable to keep arms raised for extended periods, or when the stature of the trainer prevents reaching a realistic height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Clarence Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10398992
    Abstract: A toy figurine includes internal light and sound effects that are coordinated with the manipulation of a toy figurine joint. The toy figurine joint may be configured to perform an action when manipulated. The light and sound effects may be coordinated with the performance of that action. The light and sound effects may serve to enhance or embellish the performance of that action. The embellishment stimulates the senses and the imagination and otherwise enhances the play value of the toy figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Kerner, Mark J. Barthold, James W. Mazzolini
  • Patent number: 10384141
    Abstract: A bobbling toy exciter is provided for gently tapping the bobbling portion of the bobbling toy to create a continuous movement of the bobbling portion. A motor drives a flexible arm in periodic movement which causes the arm to strike the bobbling portion, for example the bobbling head of the toy. A bob or other mass may be added to the end of the flexible arm to more effectively strike the toy. The flexible arm may extend transversely from the shaft of a rotating motor. The flexible arm may also transversely extend from a pivoting vertical rod. The present bobbling toy exciter gently creates movement and action in bobbling toys which would require manual excitation, so that the user may continuously enjoy the bobbling movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Steven Sanders
  • Patent number: 10378864
    Abstract: An ecological shooting training panel has a compact metal sheet retained by a first metal support frame, a rhomboid-shaped metal mesh disposed on the compact metal sheet, and a compact layer of elastomeric material covering the rhomboid-shaped metal mesh. The rhomboid-shaped metal mesh is retained by a second metal support frame connected to the first metal support frame. The elastomeric material is spaced from the compact metal sheet to provide an open gap formed by the compact metal sheet, rhomboid-shaped metal mesh and elastomeric material. A target is configured to be removably mounted over the elastomeric material such that when a projectile is fired at the target, the projectile passes through the target and the combined structural arrangement of the compact metal sheet, rhomboid-shaped metal mesh and elastomeric material absorbs an impact energy of the projectile, and residue generated by the projectile drops through the open gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Konstantinos Soukos
  • Patent number: 10376763
    Abstract: A net system used for example a sports game and a fine height adjustment system is provided. A cable mount is coupled to one or both of the upright posts with coarse height adjustment. A cable system for supporting the net includes a first end coupled to the upright post, and a second end coupled to a tension system of the other upright post. An intermediate portion of the cable system is slidably coupled along a pivoting member of the cable mount. The cable mount includes the fine height adjustment system that is coupled to the pivoting member. The pivoting member is pivotable in an upward direction or a downward direction upon movement of the fine height adjustment system without relieving tension from the cable system. The total distance of travel provided by fine height adjustment may be less than an incremental distance with coarse height adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Gared Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: William D. Crosby, Kevin R. Needler, James J. Connerley
  • Patent number: 10377093
    Abstract: A composite panel structure has opposing outer walls or surfaces and a core comprising a plurality of ribs extending between and connected to the outer walls and defining chambers which are filled with expanding foams, non-expanding foams, gases, or a combination thereof. The outer panel surfaces and internal chamber walls or ribs are made of woven or non-woven fibrous material impregnated with one or more resins. The panel structure may be used for making a variety of products including sports equipment such as sports paddles, surfboards, kite boards, skateboards, wakeboards, as well as construction panels for walls, ceilings or floors, display panels, panels for the vehicle industry, furniture, and other structures requiring high strength to weight properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Gear Box
    Inventor: Rafael G. Filippini
  • Patent number: 10371480
    Abstract: Retention of a large diameter axle on an archery bow limb preferably includes a limb axle. A tubular limb axle may be attached to either twin limbs or a split limb. At least one spacer may be inserted into the tubular limb. An end of the twin or split limb may be modified to have the same shape as the at least one spacer. Attachment of the tubular limb axle and the at least one spacer to the twin or split limbs may be implemented with adhesive, glue, cement or any suitable bonding substance. The tubular limb axle and at least one spacer may also be attached to twin or split limbs with at least one fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Dorge O. Huang
  • Patent number: 10359252
    Abstract: An archery bow adjuster includes first and second adjuster portions. The first portion is configured to mount to one of a bowstring and a cable. The second portion is configured to mount to the one of the bowstring and the cable. The first portion is rotatable relative to the second portion to adjust a length of the one of the bowstring and the cable of an archery bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: HOYT ARCHERY, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Ady, Gideon S. Jolley
  • Patent number: 10343077
    Abstract: A process executing on an acceleration sensitive sound producing apparatus, comprising: generating accelerometer output signals comprising magnitude and direction of acceleration sensed by a three axis accelerometer; processing, by a microcontroller, the accelerometer output signals into a pulse width modulation timer input signal; modulating, by an interrupt timer, a pulse width modulation timer according to the pulse width modulation timer input signal; generating, by the pulse width modulation timer, a pulse width modulation timer output signal; regulating, by the pulse width modulation timer, playback speed of stored sound according to the pulse width modulation timer input signal, comprising: increasing playback speed when the magnitude of acceleration increases, decreasing playback speed when the magnitude of acceleration decreases; and/or increasing playback speed when change in the direction of acceleration increases, decreasing playback speed when change in the direction of acceleration decreases; pl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Pascale
  • Patent number: 10335697
    Abstract: A toy projector includes a housing and a light projector adapted to project light from the housing. A sheet is associated with the housing to be disposed over the light projector to thereby diffuse light emitted from the housing and to be selectively withdrawn from being over the light projector to allow the projection of light from the housing to be unobstructed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: SKIP HOP, INC.
    Inventors: Janet Villano, Chelsea Carter, Peter Therrien, Ellen Diamant
  • Patent number: 10330425
    Abstract: The device of the present invention employs a riser, bow limbs, and bowstring to shoot an arrow. The employed features are positioned horizontally relative to the ground and generally perpendicular to the device handle when in use. The device handle may be hinged, and is hinged in the same plane as the riser, bow limbs, and bowstring. The device handle is ambidextrous and may include an arm brace. The device handle may be adjusted to alter draw length, and the device limb pockets may be adjusted to alter draw weight. The device is completely user-adjustable, compact, and lightweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan William Missel
  • Patent number: 10325515
    Abstract: An incrementally-sized Standard-Sized eating-ware system and process comprise a plurality of formulas to establish and assign Standard Sizes to eating-ware. The Standard Sizes are based on a series of incrementally-sized flat surfaces, and the flat surfaces establish the basis for total volumetric capacity equivalents. The total volumetric capacity equivalents comprise volume inside the eating-ware and directly above the eating-ware. The Standard Sizes are used as a guide to control amount and rate of food consumed. The incrementally-sized Standard-sized eating-ware system and process provide a plurality of incrementally-sized Standard-Sized eating-ware components having successively decreasing Standard Sizes appointed to be utilized in a graduated manner over a period of time and deployed during intervals to provide gradual and unnoticeable food adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Foqus, Inc.
    Inventors: Danuta Highet, Roberta Cahn
  • Patent number: 10315089
    Abstract: A basketball shooting training device includes a main frame, a first vertical rail structure having vertical and oblique rail portions, a first sliding base, and a first basketball imitation member. The first vertical rail structure is disposed on the main frame. The first sliding base is slidably disposed on the first vertical rail structure for sliding along the first vertical rail structure. The first basketball imitation member is connected to the first sliding base. When the first basketball imitation member is propped and then propelled upwardly by a user's hand, the first sliding base slides from a first initial position on the vertical rail portion to a shooting position on the oblique rail portion for guiding the user's hand to complete a set shot along the first vertical rail structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Chien-Yi Liao
  • Patent number: 10311748
    Abstract: An incrementally-sized dishware system and method for weight management gradually modifies food portion consumption behavior to provide healthier eating habits. The incrementally-sized dishware system and method includes a plurality of incrementally-sized plates having successively differentiated plate surface areas. Each of the incrementally-sized plate surface areas is successively different by an increment to modify food portion delivery to a user. When utilizing the incrementally-sized dishware system and method a user selects a starting plate surface area based on a combination of weight management factors, and over time successively shifts to plates having smaller/larger plate surface areas. Interval changes between the dishes of the incrementally-sized dishware system and method adjust the amount of food consumed and rate of weight loss over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Foqus, Inc.
    Inventors: Danuta L. Highet, Roberta E. Cahn
  • Patent number: 10306881
    Abstract: A Helical Deer Rattle is disclosed. The rattle is made of two staves having tines of high-density polymer that replicates the density and mass of deer antlers. Each staff has a single helix-shaped tine. The two tines are formed so that they can be screwed together for silent transportation and easy storage. To use the rattle, a hunter strikes and rubs the two tines together to create the sound of deer antlers clashing, thus calling deer to the hunter. Each staff may have a handle with a guide groove, which holds the tine of other staff when the staves are screwed together. A cord may be included with each handle, to further assist in securing the tines to the handles of the other staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Andrew Charles Del Guercio
  • Patent number: 10307651
    Abstract: A portable soccer goal frame with a base to which removable vertical poles having top side bar supports are joined holds a net to create a goal opening. The top side bar supports have a unique shape and extend horizontally from the top of the vertical poles in a manner that reduces the weight placed on the net fabric hung between the vertical poles. The top side bar supports also create a depth of the goal pocket without need for additional vertical posts. Each vertical post creates a pivot point at its bottom end, such that each vertical post is urged apart from the other post to create tension or leverage between the opposite top side bar supports, thus creating a more realistic goal shape and reducing sag at the top edge of the goal opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Rukket, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan L. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 10300366
    Abstract: A positioning system for bowling pins includes: a support frame; levers, each independently rotatably associated to the frame, according to an oscillating axis oscillating between rest and perturbed positions; cables, each having first and second ends, fixed to a respective lever; a carriage slidably associated to the support frame; first guides connected to the carriage, each configured to contact a respective cable between the respective lever and pin; a positioning template, provided with accommodating openings of the pins, in which a portion of a corresponding cable is inserted; brakes, each connected to the support frame, associated to a respective cable and actuatable between a blocking position and an unblocking position; an electric motor to actuate the carriage between first and second positions; sensors, each of which is associated to a corresponding lever and is configured the lever position; a control, which detects lever positions and manages the motor and brakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: GEMAC SRL
    Inventor: Mario Giovanni Di Dio
  • Patent number: 10293225
    Abstract: A golf club head comprises a body having a face, a crown and a sole together defining an interior cavity. The body having a channel located on the sole and extending generally from a heel end of the body to a toe end of the body. A weight member movably positioned within the channel such that a position of the weight member within the channel is able to be adjusted, thereby adjusting a location of a center of gravity of the body. Additionally, adjustment of the weight member provides a maximum x-axis adjustment range of the position of the center of gravity (Max ?CGx) that is greater than 2 mm and a maximum z-axis adjustment range of the center of gravity (Max ?CGz) that is less than 2 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Nathan T. Sargent, Joseph Reeve Nielson, Christopher John Harbert, Todd P. Beach, Brian Bazzel, Mark Vincent Greaney, Christian Reber Wester, Craig Richard Slyfield, Kraig Alan Willett
  • Patent number: 10272309
    Abstract: A portable, configurable obstacle course game is provided for creating an interactive, entertaining game in a small space. The game is arranged along or above a path for a rolling ball, and obstacles move into and out of the ball's path, creating challenges for the players to roll or hit the ball through the path. Players can interact with each other and set difficulty levels in various play modes. The game is portable and configurable, so that it can be arranged on different playing surfaces, with different obstacles and even environmental interactions. The game can also communicate with wireless devices such as an application on a user's mobile phone, for additional game features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Ryan K. Moody