James R. Hornsby 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).
Abstract: A novelty closure consists of a container cover, such as that used in connection with soft drink cups, and a puzzle means coupled with said cover at the central portion thereof. The puzzle means takes the form of a planar member having indicia imprinted thereon and having depressions therein and small spherical balls are movably mounted upon the planar member so that by manual manipulation of the cover the balls can be rolled into the depressions.
Abstract: A novelty device in the form of a color-changing amusement ball comprising a spherical body member, a transparent spherical cover concentrically surrounding the body member and spaced therefrom to define a spherical cavity, and a layer of liquid crystalline material disposed within the cavity. The liquid crystalline material is responsive to temperature changes and/or deformational stresses applied thereto so that the material changes color with a change in temperature to which the ball is exposed and/or on deformation of the ball which can be accomplished by impacting the ball against a hard surface.
Abstract: A tether ball game includes an upstanding pole having a ball connected thereto by a string. At least two movable contact members can be manually operated to hit the ball and to cause the ball and the string to wrap around the pole. The contact members are carried by mounting means which are horizontally movable toward and away from the pole and which are rotatable to hit the ball and propel the same in the desired direction.
Abstract: An upstanding face member, having decorative indicia thereon in the form of a pirate ship, is provided with an aperture. A pair of projectile firing devices are positioned behind the face member, with the barrels from the firing devices extending through the face member to simulate guns. A plurality of pirate-simulating targets are rotatably mounted for movement from an upright position extending above the face member to a collapsed position. Such movement of the targets occurs when the targets are struck by projectiles fired from an opponent's firing device. A container is mounted behind the aperture and is movable between a closed object-containing position and an open position where objects are released through the aperture. A controlling member coacts with the targets and the container to retain the container in its closed position so long as at least one of the targets remains in its upright position.