Patents by Inventor Darle L. Kerkenbush

Darle L. Kerkenbush has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4351129
    Abstract: A circular flying disc is provided. The flying disc has an insert permanently secured across a circular aperture through its center by means of a fusion bond between an annular section of the disc and a retaining ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1982
    Assignee: Wham-O Mfg. Company
    Inventors: Darle L. Kerkenbush, Jimmie L. Whittington, Terry J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 4340222
    Abstract: A tennis ball consisting of two identical hemispheres joined together and including small upstanding integral fingers molded into the outer surface of the ball to provide surface texture, and enable the ball to grip the surface of the racquet. Each hemisphere incorporates an integrally molded plug in the interior of the hemisphere for providing means for introducing pressure into the ball. One or both of the plugs are pierced by a needle during fabrication to provide a conduit for a needle valve inflating device. A cylindrical sphincter is placed around the inflation plug during manufacture to squeeze the plug and prevent the escape of air when the ball is inflated. The ball is manufactured by first injection molding the hemispheres and then placing the hemispheres in facing mold halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1982
    Assignee: Wham-O Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Darle L. Kerkenbush, Peter P. Blaszcak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4235378
    Abstract: A water play toy shaped in the form of an animal or cartoon character in which the body is provided with an outlet section which has a plurality of flexible hollow tubes attached to water outlets spaced around the outlet section. A source of water under pressure is coupled to a conduit passing through the body and communicates with the outlet section for distributing water to the hollow tubes. When the water pressure is turned on, a plurality of individual jets of water are emitted by the individual tubes. Because the tubes are flexible they writhe and twist in a random motion pattern due to the action and reaction forces of the water acting on the tubes. In one embodiment a first enclosed chamber compresses the outlet section. A second enclosed chamber is built into the upper interior portion of the first chamber which communicates with a small pinhole-type outlet to provide a misting or fogging aspect to the overall water pattern emitted by the water play toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1980
    Assignee: Wham-O Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Arthur K. Melin, Richard L. Gillespie, Darle L. Kerkenbush, Jim L. Whittington, Douglas A. Geller