Patents Examined by Theatrice Brown
  • Patent number: 6319141
    Abstract: This invention pertains to a pool table that consists of 16 pockets rather than the normal six pockets but also includes the normal six pockets. Some of the pockets vary in size. Since the balls are rated as a face value in points and the pockets have a face value rated in points. The multiplying of one another produces a score for every single shot. The highest point scorer wins the game. This is why the invention is titled “Variable Point Pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: James Ronald Cartee
  • Patent number: 6102021
    Abstract: A baseball pitching machine is disclosed preferably employing a counterrotating wheel type baseball launch subsystem pitching a series of baseballs and a computer controlled system for selecting the type and percentage of pitches, pitcher and batter characteristics, strike zone areas and other parameters to provide a meaningful batting training session. The pitching machine includes a ball transport subsystem including a carousel for receiving and transporting baseballs in sequence to a position adjacent the counter rotating wheels. While being transported, each baseball stops at seam orienting stations where seam rotators rotate the baseball to provide a commanded seam orientation for the particular pitch selected. The baseball is oriented by the ball orienter for insertion in the launch subsystem. A computer allows the selection by the operator of a variety of pitches, random or selected order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: Barry L. Sanders, Ross D. Beers, Devinder S. Gill, Frank E. Hill
  • Patent number: 6050906
    Abstract: A mechanical football centering device for training quarterbacks to receive a snapped football. The device includes a magnetic latch which is releasable by a motion closely simulating the signal which a quarterback gives to a human center, and includes features which allow the quarterback to adjust the football's orientation and to practice "riding the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventors: Ryan L. Stout, Christopher A. Stout, Robert M. Fresques
  • Patent number: 6033326
    Abstract: A durable replaceable blade edge for a hockey type stick wherein the replaceable blade edge includes a narrow rectangular strip on the bottom edge of the hockey stick blade. In one form of the invention, the replaceable edge includes an elongated dovetail shaped mortise which is structured for interlocking attachment to an elongated dovetail shaped tenon on the bottom surface of a modified hockey stick blade. One end of the replaceable edge is structured for bolt on securement to the blade which allows for quick and easy affixment and replacement of a worn edge. A second form of the invention is provided as an accessory glue-on member to the blade bottom of an existing standard hockey stick. The glue-on blade edge preferably includes a plurality of angular grooves into and around which liquid adhesive flows and then hardens to interlock with the blade edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Richard M. Lee
    Inventor: Richard Lee
  • Patent number: 6030301
    Abstract: The present invention relates to sports post for athletics, which are light, tough, easily to set up or taken down. The sports post have two or more fiber reinforced plastic hollow tubes that are fitted and connected together. A screw-type extension and retraction mechanism is built within the posts. The sports posts have a rod shaped member fixed to one hollow tube that passes through the through-hole of an element fixed to another hollow tube. Another embodiment of the present invention includes sports posts in which the reinforcing fiber layer from which the hollow tubes are composed include, a laminate structure of sheet-shaped material. The sports posts include a laminate structure of a sheet shaped material in which the fiber is carbon fiber and filaments thereof are unidirectionally arranged, and of a filament bundle structure layer which can be seen from outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Asada, Hideyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6030299
    Abstract: The invention relates to a baseball teaching device that allows to develop striking skills of a player by emulating a force with which a ball travels before being hit by a player. The device has a frame mountable on a horizontal surface, an upright pole extending from the base and a baseball support arm extending traversely to the pole when the device is in use. The baseball support member is a flexible resilient plate that offers the necessary resistance to a striking force exerted by the player when the baseball is hit by a bat. An optional resilient insert is embedded into the body of the plate to increase resistance to the striking force by making the plate less flexible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Michael S. Denny
  • Patent number: 6012993
    Abstract: A waist belt has opposite free ends which can be buckled together. A pair of fabric loops are disposed at the free ends and define holes for attachment to a tether. A pair of adjustable thigh straps are supported below the belt. Seven connectors are supported on the belt at locations along the belt adjacent to strategic musculo-skeletal points of the pelvis. The connectors are disposed adjacent the left and right anterior superior iliac spines, the left and right iliac crests, the left and right posterior superior iliac spines and the sacrum of a user when the harness is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Gary P. Guerriero
  • Patent number: 5975527
    Abstract: In a baseball, softball tennis practice ball throwing machine having a spring actuated pivot arm having a ball impact element at a free end thereof and biasing spring elements at its pivot end. A hand crank is attached to a pivot shaft for rotating the arm against the bias of the spring elements. A ball support station is provided to support a ball in the path of the ball impact element to be impacted and projected a distance by the arm as it rapidly rotate about the pivot shaft when under the influence of the biasing spring elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: David A Winchester
  • Patent number: 5954589
    Abstract: A cue rest for attachment to a suitable support such as the table top includes two opposed jaws with jaw surfaces for engaging opposed sides of the support. The jaws are connected for relative pivotal movement and are spring biased to the clamping position. Each jaw has a manually engageable portion on a side of the pivot axis opposite to the jaw surface and arranged such that the jaws can be moved to the release position by manual squeezing of the manually engageable portions. A generally U-shaped receiving surface is provided on at least one and preferably both of the jaw members, the receiving surface defining an open mouth at an edge of the manually engageable portion opposite to the jaw surfaces for receiving and cradling the cue within the receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Kegus Investments Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael T. Masters
  • Patent number: 5954597
    Abstract: A tethered ball game apparatus for use by two players. The game includes a net supported between two vertical posts. An upright is attached to one of the posts which supports a horizontal arm. The horizontal arm in turn supports an arm which is at right angles to the net. This arm in turn holds a ball tether support arm to which a tethered ball is held. In use, the ball may be struck over the net and the tether slides along the ball tether support arm. In this way the ball never rolls far from the players so that the game may be played by persons even though they may be physically challenged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Inventor: Alvin Smith
  • Patent number: 5941783
    Abstract: A method for conducting the game of football is disclosed. In this method, each player is given a designation consisting of a combination of a single letter and certain selected numbers worn on his uniform that directly identifies the player and his assigned position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: James T. Schneider
  • Patent number: 5938536
    Abstract: A cue tip is provided from a polyurethane elastomer having a hardness between Shore A 60 to Shore D 50. The cue tip has a hemispherically shaped striking surface having a diameter of between 7.0 and 15 millimeters and exhibiting a high coefficient of friction with billiard balls in an unchalked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald C. Minke
  • Patent number: 5935024
    Abstract: A ping pong bounce back device is provided including a ping pong table and a back board mounted along one of the short parallel edges thereof. The back board has a front face with a plurality of undulations formed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: John A. Lao
  • Patent number: 5928095
    Abstract: A kit for forming a court upon a generally planar playing surface. In a first embodiment, the kit comprises a plurality of pieces of tapes adhesively attachable to the playing surface wherein each tape of the plurality of tape is sized and configured to correspond with and represent a specific boundary of the court. In an alternative embodiment, the kit comprises a court overlay formed from a unitary piece of tape that may be spread out about the playing surface and adhesively attached thereto to thus form a given court. The tape utilized to form the court according to the present invention may be selected to have a desired adhesive property, texture, or reflective property. There is additionally disclosed a measuring apparatus for facilitating the formation of a court from the kit of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Jeffrey E. Aldstadt
  • Patent number: 5924930
    Abstract: A multiple ball hitting station and a method related thereto are provided. The hitting station preferably has three balls, each movable and each being positioned along a common line. The station is useful for teaching and practicing a level swing, a down swing or an up swing, and helps the hitter to keep the hitter's lead shoulder in for a longer period of time, and provides the hitter with a wider view of the baseball swing area. The method provided involves providing the hitting station and having the batter hit all of the balls with the bat during a single swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Roger K. Stewart
  • Patent number: 5924940
    Abstract: The specification relates to a portable hopscotch for playing hopping games indoor or outdoor. The hopscotch made of a single piece of plastic, vinyl or fabric material has distinctively divided and marked small areas on its top surface. The division and marking can be made by lines and numbers, colors, shapes or cartoon characters. The shape of the hopscotch may be made to resemble an animal to make the hopscotch more attractive to children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: James A. Lucy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5919095
    Abstract: An angled pool table rail-mirror for teaching players how to execute bank shots comprising a reflective surface disposed on a base which fits under the rail cushion of any standard pool table. The mirror is fixedly angled to a position which enables the shooter to line up virtually any bank shot while standing in a natural shooting position. The base of the rail-mirror possesses a knurled surface which secures the device under the rail cushion and prevents it from being inadvertently knocked out of horizontal alignment with the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Ron K. Risner
  • Patent number: 5916032
    Abstract: A combination billiard rack convertible between two game configuration, such as a 15-ball configuration and a 9-ball configuration. The rack includes two side members and a base member that cooperate to form a substantially equilateral triangle defining an interior area in a plane of the rack capable of receiving and racking a plurality of billiard balls. Pivotal arms are provided on each of the side members. Each is pivotal about one fixed end at a location proximate a midpoint of each side member for pivotal movement about the fixed end in the plane of the rack. The pivotal arms are pivotal between a first position in which each pivotal arm is parallel with corresponding side members and a second position located within said interior area in which the pivotal arms are non-parallel with corresponding side members and act with the side members and base member to form an internal area of a size smaller than the first configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Raymond C. Stoll
  • Patent number: 5916045
    Abstract: A multiple-adjustable batting tee includes base and tube assemblies. The base assembly includes a base plate and a rotating plate. The rotating plate is rotatably mounted on the base plate by an axle subassembly. The tube assembly includes telescopically interconnected first and second tubes. The first tube is concentrically mounted on the rotating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Thomas S. Busch
  • Patent number: 5908360
    Abstract: A game is provided including a playing field. A pair of planar vertically oriented backboards are situated at opposite ends of the playing field with a plurality of apertures formed therein and a net mounted within each aperture. A ball is provided having a circular configuration and formed of an elastomeric material. The ball has a pair of flexible resilient wings mounted on diametrically opposed sides thereof. A plurality of game units include a racquet and a lacrosse stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Mario Guillont