Patents by Inventor Joe R. Brooks

Joe R. Brooks 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: 6176160
    Abstract: Components of a an assembly of operatively related devices for installing a flange cover for a gas valve include a bit especially useful for engaging a corresponding access hole or opening in the face plate portion of a flange cover for transmitting torque thereto for coupling it with a matingly threaded gas valve. The bit end of the bit may have a hole extending axially therethrough and is preferably successively smaller as the end is approached. In one embodiment the bit includes a drive end of a shape differing from the bit end so that a shoulder is formed separating the two ends and providing a stop to prevent the bit from sliding into the hole in which it is engaged. In another embodiment, the drive end is circular with a square recess to accept a drive lug of an appropriate driving tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventors: Gordon P. Ruhlander, Joe R. Brooks