Patents by Inventor Douglas K. Ward

Douglas K. Ward 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: 10412905
    Abstract: A plant cover transformable between collapsed and expanded states and including: a frame including a plurality of rods; a foldable canopy secured to the rods; and a pivoting support assembly operatively coupled to the frame. The pivoting support assembly includes: a brace having a central base and a plurality of projections extending radially outwardly from the central base and defining a longitudinally extending socket, a pivot support defining a pivot axis, and a latch receiver; and a plurality of rod supports pivotally coupled to a respective projection of the plurality of projections of the brace. Each rod support including a split hearing collar at one end pivotally mounted to the pivot support of a corresponding projection and a latch member at the opposite end, the latch member engaging the latch receiver to secure the corresponding rod support in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NuVue Products Ltd.
    Inventors: Edward James Kish, Douglas K. Ward, Mirek Kacprzak, Ken Miller
  • Publication number: 20170311557
    Abstract: A plant cover transformable between collapsed and expanded states and including: a frame including a plurality of rods; a foldable canopy secured to the rods; and a pivoting support assembly operatively coupled to the frame. The pivoting support assembly includes: a brace having a central base and a plurality of projections extending radially outwardly from the central base and defining a longitudinally extending socket, a pivot support defining a pivot axis, and a latch receiver; and a plurality of rod supports pivotally coupled to a respective projection of the plurality of projections of the brace. Each rod support including a split hearing collar at one end pivotally mounted to the pivot support of a corresponding projection and a latch member at the opposite end, the latch member engaging the latch receiver to secure the corresponding rod support in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 2, 2017
    Inventors: Edward James Kish, Douglas K. Ward, Mirek Kacprzak, Ken Miller
  • Patent number: 7114749
    Abstract: A splash guard assembly for an over the highway vehicle and a kit for making the assembly are disclosed. The assembly includes a contoured splash guard and an intermediate mounting element for positioning between the splash guard and a vehicle side panel. The guard and the element are complementally contoured to fit together. The element is also contoured to fit a specific vehicle panel adjacent a wheel well of a vehicle having such panel. When assembled the element and panel are interconnected to enable mounting of the guard. Fasteners securing the element and guard together and the element to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Douglas K. Ward
  • Publication number: 20040140664
    Abstract: A splash guard assembly for an over the highway vehicle and a kit for making the assembly are disclosed. The assembly includes a contoured splash guard and an intermediate mounting element for positioning between the splash guard and a vehicle side panel. The guard and the element are complementally contoured to fit together. The element is also contoured to fit a specific vehicle panel adjacent a wheel well of a vehicle having such panel. When assembled the element and panel are interconnected to enable mounting of the guard. Fasteners securing the element and guard together and the element to the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventor: Douglas K. Ward
  • Patent number: 6193278
    Abstract: An automotive vehicle splash guard is disclosed. The splash guard includes a generally flat and flexible mounting component contoured to be mounted in a wheel well of any vehicle of a class of vehicles and a contoured member shaped to provide body panel engagement with at least one selected vehicle but not all vehicles of the class. The member and the component have engaging portions which are contoured complementally such that when the member and the component are secured together the member and the component together give the appearance of a unitary splash guard custom molded to fit such at least one selected vehicle of the class. A process for making customized splash guards is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventors: Douglas K. Ward, Kenneth J. Lott
  • Patent number: 5722690
    Abstract: A splash guard is adapted to fit any one of a set of vehicles having fender wheel well opening curvatures falling within a predetermined range while providing an aesthetic appearance of being custom molded for any vehicle of the set on which the splash guard is intended to be mounted. The splash guard includes a mounting section for connection to a fender, a splash arresting section connected to the mounting section and extending downwardly from the mounting section when the splash guard is in use, and a flange section connected to the mounting and arresting sections. The flange section includes a pleated portion enabling enhanced flange deformation to accommodate a wide range of vehicle configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Inventors: Douglas K. Ward, Kenneth J. Lott
  • Patent number: 4709938
    Abstract: A splash guard for use on auto vehicles having at each wheel a body panel and a flange which in part defines a wheel well. The splash guard includes a body portion with an upper section and an adjacent mounting part formed to engage and cover the wheel well flange during use. The mounting part being curved in an upright plane of cross section whereby in use it is either undistorted or distorted into a condition of lesser curvature. The body portion also includes a lower section which is dished for enhanced splash protection, and sufficiently curved to disguise splash guard deformation and a lack of parallelism with a road surface. A flange portion projects from the body portion in a rearward direction during use and is preferably of a material capable of deforming to effect a seal between the flange portion and body panel. The flange portion includes a surface which engages the body panel and which is at an acute angle with the surface which engages the wheel well flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Powerflow, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas K. Ward, Jerry N. Moscovitch
  • Patent number: 4524986
    Abstract: A splash guard assembly including a splash guard 10 and mounting clamps 16 for attaching the splash guard to a fender flange 12b. The mounting clamp 16 includes structure defining a base 22, a back plate 24 extending laterally from the base and a pair of substantially parallel clamping arms 26 disposed on either side of the back plate. The clamping arms also extend from the base 22 and include portions disposed in a plane spaced from a plane defined by the back plate such that a fender flange receiving gap 28 is defined. Portions of the arms 26 are biased toward the plane of the back plate 24 so that when the clamp is pushed onto the fender flange a gripping force is generated by which the clamp is held in position during the installation process. A threaded pin member 18 is carried by the clamp and receives the splash guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Assignee: Powerflow, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas K. Ward
  • Patent number: D271079
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1983
    Assignee: Powerflow Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas K. Ward
  • Patent number: D281774
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1985
    Assignee: Powerflow, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas K. Ward
  • Patent number: D301710
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Powerflow Products, Ltd.
    Inventors: Douglas K. Ward, Jerry N. Moscovitch
  • Patent number: D332770
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: Fab-Form Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Rutter, Douglas K. Ward
  • Patent number: D415460
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventors: Douglas K. Ward, Kenneth J. Lott