Patents by Inventor Joseph L. McGowan

Joseph L. McGowan 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: 6913508
    Abstract: A toy race car and track system are disclosed having illuminated portions in the car and the track that are illuminated by light sources based on movement of the car on the track. The car includes a pull-back motor and has translucent windows for display of the light source inside the car. The track is a modular track system having interchangeable track portions and other parts. The track system includes a jump and a gauge for measuring the height of a vehicle on the jump. The gauge illuminates when the car travels through it and includes a break-away sign at the end of the gauge that detaches when the car reaches the end. The track system also includes a jump and loop portion, in which the jump launches the car upside down toward one of a plurality of loops that catch the car and redirect it back toward the jump. The car then is launched from the jump to an inner loop to decreased jump speed, and the process repeats until the car no longer has sufficient speed to reach the loops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Kurt V. Ulmer, Joseph L. McGowan, Marcellus R. Benson
  • Patent number: 6892902
    Abstract: The present invention provides a toy water gun including a pump for pressurizing the gun for shooting out a stream of water, a trigger for controlling the flow of the water, and a source of electricity and at least one light source for illuminating the stream, wherein the device is adapted to provide a lighted coherent stream of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: All Season Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Ryan A. Wolfinbarger, Joseph L. McGowan, Chad P. Stuemke, Marcellus R. Benson, David B. Midgett, Kurt V. Ulmer
  • Patent number: 6773329
    Abstract: A thematic play set that in one example is in the form of a castle includes a plurality of turrets. Some turrets have end caps that may be removed to allow fiber optic bundles to be exposed that simulate a fireworks bloom. Another turret includes a launcher that launches a winged figurine into the air to simulate flight. The play set includes a number of accessories and features that add to the theme established.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: All Season Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Chad P. Stuemke, David B. Midgett
  • Patent number: 6769793
    Abstract: A cover surrounds an expandable frame that, when expanded, shapes the cover in a decorative fashion. The frame includes a plurality of flexible rods interconnected between two base units. As the base units are moved towards one another, the rods flex outwardly to form a somewhat spherical configuration. The rods are tapered at one or both ends to help facilitate a circular curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: All Season Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Marcellus R. Benson, Chad P. Stuemke
  • Patent number: 6736694
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interactive amusement device and system encompassing a primary robotic unit which performs actions communicated by a remote wireless transmitter and at least one secondary robotic unit which interacts through wireless communication with the primary robotic unit. In some embodiments, the primary and secondary robotic units interact with each other and the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: All Season Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Joseph L. McGowan, Arne A. Schmidt, William H. Bronson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6702644
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interactive amusement device which gives birth to one or more offspring, wherein the device includes appropriate electromechanical interactive sensors and operating mechanisms. It encompasses a “mother” amusement device which is interactive with a user, and which appears to give birth spontaneously to one or more “baby” amusement devices. In some embodiments, the mother and baby(ies) may be interactive with the user and each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: All Season Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Chad P. Stuemke, Marcellus R. Benson, Ryan A. Wolfinbarger, Jason E. Emde
  • Publication number: 20030178439
    Abstract: The present invention provides a toy water gun including a pump for pressurizing the gun for shooting out a stream of water, a trigger for controlling the flow of the water, and a source of electricity and at least one light source for illuminating the stream, wherein the device is adapted to provide a lighted coherent stream of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Ryan A. Wolfinbarger, Joseph L. McGowan, Chad P. Stuemke, Marcellus R. Benson, David B. Midgett, Kurt V. Ulmer
  • Publication number: 20030124953
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interactive robotic device having a body, a transport mechanism, a drive mechanism, a plurality of inputs and outputs for receiving, delivering and/or displaying information, including aural and/or visual information or signals, a container for carrying or holding items to be delivered or dispensed to a user, and a dispensing structure for dispensing items to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Joseph L. McGowan, Timothy S. Brakensiek, David Niehaus
  • Publication number: 20020177383
    Abstract: The present invention provides an amusement device having a body, wherein the body has features, at least one motor for powering the device and at least some of the features, and an information receiving structure for receiving information from an information carrying item that is separate or discrete from the amusement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Christopher N. Hall, David M. Niehaus
  • Publication number: 20020165880
    Abstract: A digital book for providing reading education and amusement to a user. The digital book includes a visual display for displaying visual images and an audio component for broadcasting sound. The digital book includes a memory device for storing display images and a plurality of associated sounds. A processor controls the visual display to display a graphical image in association with a scrollable text segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Christian M. Mouser, Jason E. Emde
  • Patent number: 6474507
    Abstract: The present invention provides a toy water gun including a pump for pressurizing the gun for shooting out a stream of water, a trigger for controlling the flow of the water, and a source of electricity and at least one light source for illuminating the stream, wherein the device is adapted to provide a lighted coherent stream of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Trendmasters, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Ryan A. Wolfinbarger, Joseph L. McGowan, Chad P. Stuemke, Marcellus R. Benson, David B. Midgett, Kurt V. Ulmer
  • Publication number: 20020127946
    Abstract: The subject invention provides an amusement device and method of play using the device, wherein the device includes a gun for shooting a liquid and/or a light beam, wherein the gun comprises a generally elongated barrel, a tank for containing a liquid, a source of power, a pump for pressurizing the tank, valve structures suitable for controlling the flow of the liquid, at least one light source, and a trigger mechanism which may selectively cause a stream of liquid to be discharged and one or more of the light sources to be activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Paul M. Brown, Joseph L. McGowan
  • Publication number: 20020123297
    Abstract: An amusement device has a body, wherein the body has features, at least one motor for powering the device and at least some of the features, and an information receiving structure for receiving information from an information carrying item that is separate or discrete from the amusement device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Publication date: September 5, 2002
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Christopher N. Hall, David M. Niehaus
  • Publication number: 20020118539
    Abstract: A cover surrounds an expandable frame that, when expanded, shapes the cover in a decorative fashion. The frame includes a plurality of flexible rods interconnected between two base units. As the base units are moved towards one another, the rods flex outwardly to form a somewhat spherical configuration. The rods are tapered at one or both ends to help facilitate a circular curvature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Marcellus R. Benson, Chad P. Stuemke
  • Publication number: 20020098773
    Abstract: A thematic play set that in one example is in the form of a castle includes a plurality of turrets. Some turrets have end caps that may be removed to allow fiber optic bundles to be exposed that simulate a fireworks bloom. Another turret includes a launcher that launches a winged figurine into the air to simulate flight. The play set includes a number of accessories and features that add to the theme established.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, Chad P. Stuemke, David B. Midgett
  • Publication number: 20020072294
    Abstract: A toy race car and track system are disclosed having illuminated portions in the car and the track that are illuminated by light sources based on movement of the car on the track. The car includes a pull-back motor and has translucent windows for display of the light source inside the car. The track is a modular track system having interchangeable track portions and other parts. The track system includes a jump and a gauge for measuring the height of a vehicle on the jump. The gauge illuminates when the car travels through it and includes a break-away sign at the end of the gauge that detaches when the car reaches the end. The track system also includes a jump and loop portion, in which the jump launches the car upside down toward one of a plurality of loops that catch the car and redirect it back toward the jump. The car then is launched from the jump to an inner loop to decreased jump speed, and the process repeats until the car no longer has sufficient speed to reach the loops.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Kurt V. Ulmer, Joseph L. McGowan, Marcellus R. Benson
  • Patent number: D457572
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Trendmasters, Inc.
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Joseph L. McGowan, Timothy S. Brakensiek, David Niehaus
  • Patent number: D461209
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Trendmasters, Inc.
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, William H. Bronson, Jr.
  • Patent number: D461857
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Trendmasters, Inc.
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, William H. Bronson, Jr.
  • Patent number: D461858
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Trendmasters, Inc.
    Inventors: James Russell Hornsby, Joseph L. McGowan, William H. Bronson, Jr.