Patents by Inventor Darrell Jay Metcalf

Darrell Jay Metcalf 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: 8561219
    Abstract: A self-rinsing urinal and very low water-usage mist-dispensing means mountable in close proximity to a normally-interior portion of at least one positionable panel configured slidably or pivotally positionable from an opening of customary cabinetry of a room or a wall. The urinal is positionable from the customary cabinetry or wall opening, between a zero-footprint concealed state and a revealed-for-use state, such that an interior receptacle surface of the urinal is aligned with said very low water-usage mist-dispensing means during at least a revealed-for-use state, to receive from the mist-dispensing means a distributed misted spray aligned with the receptacle, to repel waste-liquid from and facilitate a self-rinsing of the receptacle while employing as little as single-digit ounce(s) of water, per use-cycle. Certain of the embodiments include the option to provide actuating means for positioning and/or aligning one or more urinal-related components in response to receiving a control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Darrell Jay Metcalf, Clyde LeRoy Tichenor
  • Publication number: 20100241507
    Abstract: A network-based, integrated advertising and data searching system, and method for implementing the system, the system enhances the advertising exposure probability of transaction-enabling, associative discernible content ‘ADC’ elements proximately arranged on a website by storing, accessing and displaying transaction-enabling ADC element-related files in accordance with search criteria which matches geographic-territory specific data-files and optionally matches, category or subject data-files. The ADC element-related files are configurable for display in one or more groupings or word-cloud like arrangements within a single user interface or webpage, and in one embodiment, display one or more transactionable offerings, for a product, service or activity associated with at least one advertiser/seller according to user-specified criteria, or in response to input made via a user input device in communication with browser-equipped apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Quinn, Darrell Jay Metcalf
  • Publication number: 20090113619
    Abstract: A dual spout-type faucet with controllable conventional-flow and mister-flow rates is provided. In a first mode, one or more mister elements, or apertures having mister-like openings, are co-located proximate to a spout outlet, wherein water flow rates to the mister elements (or openings) and spout outlet are both controllable by one or more valve controllers accessible to a user. In a second mode, one or more mister elements, or apertures having mister-like openings, are co-axially located in a spout outlet wherein water flow rates to the mister elements (or openings) and spout outlet are both controllable by one or more valve controllers accessible to a user. In another embodiment the apparatus may be handheld and positionable and equipped to dispense soap or a cleaning solution optionally including attachable scrubbers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Clyde L. Tichenor, Darrell Jay Metcalf
  • Patent number: 6293525
    Abstract: Apparatus for facilitating the mixing, absorption and/or retention of carbon dioxide ‘CO2’ in hydrocarbon fuel to economically produce a safety-enhanced and/or improved-combustion fuel. The apparatus includes at least one mixing receptacle having at least one coupling with a controllable inert gas supply; at least one coupling with a controllable hydrocarbon fuel supply; and at least one coupling with a CO2-enriched fuel fuel-line. The mixing receptacle(s) is configured to retain a volume of fuel and a volume of CO2 such that CO2-enriched fuel having a controllable gas-fuel ratio is the product of the mixing receptacle(s) and the gas of the ratio(s) exceeds 0.1 volume of CO2 per volume of fuel and is less than approximately 3 volumes per volume of fuel when conveyed from the receptacle(s). The apparatus controls the exposure of hydrocarbon fuel molecules to an optimal volume of CO2 within the receptacle(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Inventors: Irwin Ginsburgh, Darrell Jay Metcalf, Clyde LeRoy Tichenor
  • Patent number: 6182714
    Abstract: A safety-enhancing management system for storing, transporting, or transferring hydrocarbon fuel whereby inert gas conveyance provides hydrocarbon fuel receptacles with a combustion suppressing volume of inert gas which displaces potentially combustible fuel vapor/air mixtures which can otherwise collect in the ullages of such receptacles. In one embodiment the inert gas is readily stored, transported, and conveyed in an inert gas-enriched fuel that degasses inert gas from the fuel within one or more receiving receptacles ullage(s). In a second embodiment, a separate controllable supply of inert gas, such as carbon dioxide, is storable in one or more gas receptacle(s), in a gaseous or liquefied state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventors: Irwin Ginsburgh, Clyde LeRoy Tichenor, Darrell Jay Metcalf