Patents by Inventor Joseph R. McFarland

Joseph R. McFarland 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: 4744353
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for attaching soft tissue to bone in a surgical operation, particularly in suturing a portion of a shoulder joint socket to the rim of the glenoid cavity of a scapula. A drilling guide includes a pair of convergent tubes and a handle supporting them, and a locater rod is used to aid in holding the drilling guide so that intersecting holes can be drilled from opposite sides of the glenoid rim. A suture is pushed into one of the intersecting holes and pulled out from the other using a double hook to anchor a suture to the glenoid rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Inventor: Joseph R. McFarland
  • Patent number: 4678154
    Abstract: A beverage container holder including an upper arm which extends upwardly and a pair of lateral arms connected with the upper arm which are bent to form a frusto-conical cup-holding receptacle whose size is adjustable through the use of a series of slots in which a hook can be engaged. A tongue extends through a respective one of a second series of slots to prevent undesired relative movement of the two cup-holding arms. A spacer is foldable away from the cup-holding arms to stabilize the beverage container holder when it is suspended alongside a vertical surface. The beverage container holder can be inverted, with the lateral arms joined to form a cylindrical, can-holding, receptacle, and the upper arm used to stabilize the holder by being gripped between seat cushions of a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventor: Joseph R. McFarland
  • Patent number: 4619372
    Abstract: A disposable, removable closure cap for a beverage container, including a depression permitting the beverage to be drunk while the cap remains in place on the container, while limiting spillage of liquids held in the container. The cap includes perforations in a depending wall located closely adjacent an inner wall of the container in order to limit the flow of beverage into a depression defined in the upper surface of the cap. A slit in the cap permits the aroma of a beverage to be enjoyed while the beverage is being drunk from the depression. The cap may be formed from sheet plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1986
    Inventor: Joseph R. McFarland