Patents by Inventor James O. Watkins

James O. Watkins 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).

  • Publication number: 20190248807
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to modulators of Cot (cancer Osaka thyroid) and methods of use and manufacture thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Publication date: August 15, 2019
    Applicant: Gilead Sciences, Inc.
    Inventors: Elizabeth M. Bacon, Gayatri Balan, Chienhung Chou, Christopher T. Clark, Jeromy J. Cottell, Musong Kim, Thorsten A. Kirschberg, John O. Link, Gary B. Phillips, Scott D. Schroeder, Neil H. Squires, Kirk L. Stevens, James G. Taylor, William J. Watkins, Nathan E. Wright, Sheila M. Zipfel
  • Patent number: 10316017
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to modulators of Cot (cancer Osaka thyroid) and methods of use and manufacture thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: GILEAD SCIENCES, INC.
    Inventors: Elizabeth M. Bacon, Gayatri Balan, Chien-Hung Chou, Christopher T. Clark, Jeromy J. Cottell, Musong Kim, Thorsten A. Kirschberg, John O. Link, Gary Phillips, Scott D. Schroeder, Neil H. Squires, Kirk L. Stevens, James G. Taylor, William J. Watkins, Nathan E. Wright, Sheila M. Zipfel
  • Patent number: 7666056
    Abstract: An apparatus for launching streamers is disclosed in which the streamers remain connected to the user's hand during and after launch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Parti-Line International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raul Vicente Munoz, James O. Watkins, Shirley Watkins, legal representative
  • Patent number: 6776684
    Abstract: A launching device is disclosed which launches snap caps against a hard surface, such as a wall or ceiling, with sufficient force so as to “pop” the caps like tiny firecrackers. In one embodiment, the launcher simultaneously launches confetti into the air so as to create an effect of both sight and sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 6692335
    Abstract: A manual system and method is disclosed for launching streamers into the air such as from a hollow tube in which the streamers are positioned in particular manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20020160686
    Abstract: A device for propelling confetti or festive streamers or the like comprises a slinging device having a rim portion defining an open area and a handle connected to said rim portion. A cup element of a size adapted to pass through said open area and capable of holding confetti is connected to the rim portion by elastic lengths. The cup element preferably has tapered wall portions whereby the cup element can be withdrawn from the rim portion against the tension of the elastic elements and released to sling the cup element through the open area to propel confetti or coiled streamers within the cup element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20020013119
    Abstract: A manual system and method is disclosed for launching streamers into the air such as from a hollow tube in which the streamers are positioned in particular manners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Publication number: 20010053654
    Abstract: A device for launching confetti, coiled streamers or the like, comprises a conical tube having a bottom plug in a lower portion to define a cavity above the plug to receive the confetti, coiled streamers and the like. An upper plug formed of a low density foam material is fitted within a top portion of the tube for holding any confetti, coiled streamers or the like within the cavity, and the tube forms a handle portion below the lower plug for grasping by a user. The upper plug is adapted upon quick motion of the handle portion by the user to fly outwardly by centrifugal force and permit the confetti, roller streamers or the like to fly from the tube to fall in an attractive shower. When used with confetti, the confetti is preferably arranged face to face in a plurality of bundles arranged in layers within the cavity. Each layer of bundled confetti is arranged adjacent another in side-by-side relation with the individual elements of confetti in substantially vertical alignment within the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2001
    Publication date: December 20, 2001
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5896756
    Abstract: A necklace which is comprised of a plurality of soft Pom-Pom balls such that the necklace may be thrown to participants at celebrations without injury while still being very festive for the occasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5823850
    Abstract: A confetti launching wand is disclosed in which the wand comprises a relatively short barrel portion which contains the confetti, preferably in the form of a stack or bundle, and the barrel portion is connected to a relatively long handle portion. In some embodiments, the barrel portions may be separable from the handle portion and may be replaced by other barrel portions designed to launch multiple bundles of confetti in different, non-parallel trajectories, and/or the handle and barrel portions may be composed of biodegradable materials such as paper and cardboard. Tapered wands are also disclosed which may be composed of deformable materials such as thin plastic, rubber or plastic foam, or rolled cardboard or paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5807159
    Abstract: A streamer is disclosed which includes at least one strip of plastic film having a silvered layer and a lacquered coating containing a lubricant. In one embodiment, the strip includes a plurality of individual strips wound together with overlapping ends such that the individual strips separate into multiple pieces as the streamer flies through the air. In another embodiment, a lubricant is disposed between each wound layer of film such that the outermost layer may be slid off the streamer without the provision of a tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5772489
    Abstract: A detonator for exploding amusement balloons is disclosed in which the detonator comprises a pair of electrical lead wires electrically connected at their ends by a small-gage filament, which filament may be a standard office-type staple, and the detonator may be covered by an intermediate layer of material between the detonator and the balloon wall through which layer heat passes from the heated filament to the balloon wall to cause the balloon to explodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventors: Ronald B. Sherer, James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5772491
    Abstract: A hand-held confetti launcher is disclosed of a size and shape such as to be held in and operated by one hand, and which includes readily separable connectors for rapidly removing an empty barrel and replacing it with another barrel pre-filled with confetti.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5714210
    Abstract: An amusement streamer is disclosed in which portions of the streamer of greater and lesser widths are disposed along the length of the streamer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5709584
    Abstract: A stack of confetti is disclosed which is wrapped by a wrapper about only a portion of the circumference of the stack whereby insertion of the stack into a launcher is facilitated and the aerodynamics of the stack in the air are substantially improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5655325
    Abstract: A rolled banner containing confetti in the rolled layers of the banner is disclosed including apparatus for releasing the rolled banner such that the banner may be unrolled upon command whereby a message or other indicia on the banner is displayed simultaneously with the confetti bursting into the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5643042
    Abstract: A form of confetti is disclosed which comprises a plurality of pieces of paper, tissue paper or plastic film wherein each piece of confetti has an elongated tetragonal shape and the plurality of pieces of confetti are stacked in face-to-face relationship with their lengths parallel to each other so as to form an unwrapped stack of tetragonal-shaped confetti having a mass so as to be capable of being projected high into the air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5634840
    Abstract: A system for launching confetti into the air is disclosed in which a gas cylinder is connected to a barrel containing confetti through a manually operated on-off valve. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the valve is a pressure reduction valve, and the confetti comprises stacks of elongated tetragonal-shaped confetti.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5624295
    Abstract: A wand is disclosed for launching confetti into the air which comprises an elongated hollow tube with axially extending slits forming flexible fingers at one end of the tube such that the fingers grip and hold stacks of confetti which are projected high into the air by centrifugal force upon waiving the end of the tube in an arcuate motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Inventor: James O. Watkins
  • Patent number: 5620354
    Abstract: Streamers containing confetti rolled inside the streamer are disclosed in which the confetti is released from the streamer as the streamer unwinds in the air. The preferred embodiments include PVC film for the wound streamer, a soft cushioned core to enable cutting without jagged edges to impede unwinding of the streamer, and a high-slip coating on the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventor: James O. Watkins