Patents by Inventor Marcellus R. Benson

Marcellus R. Benson 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: 7410405
    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 of more of the light sources to be activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Jakks Pacific, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Paul M. Brown, Joseph L. McGowan
  • Patent number: 7207860
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: JAKKS, Pacific, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson, Joseph L. McGowan, Timothy S. Brakensiek, David Niehaus
  • Patent number: 7040951
    Abstract: An amusement device is disclosed having an animal body portion and a remote control portion. The animal body portion may be a lizard having horns and a tail. A user may use the remote control to cause the animal to move. The animal body has at least one motor operably connected to the animal's head, legs, and tail. The motor causes the animal to walk forward, walk backward, or dance in place at the selection of the user, and causes the tail to move and the mouth of the animal's head to move. An extendable tongue protrudes from the mouth. The tongue may have a magnetic tip for connecting with a magnetic or metallic object. The device may also contain a speaker that plays music and/or words as selected by the user through the remote control. In one embodiment, the lizard dances while playing music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Daniel J. Beckman, Marcellus R. Benson, William H. Bronson, Jr.
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20040198169
    Abstract: An amusement device is disclosed having an animal body portion and a remote control portion. The animal body portion may be a lizard having horns and a tail. A user may use the remote control to cause the animal to move. The animal body has at least one motor operably connected to the animal's head, legs, and tail. The motor causes the animal to walk forward, walk backward, or dance in place at the selection of the user, and causes the tail to move and the mouth of the animal's head to move. An extendable tongue protrudes from the mouth. The tongue may have a magnetic tip for connecting with a magnetic or metallic object. The device may also contain a speaker that plays music and/or words as selected by the user through the remote control. In one embodiment, the lizard dances while playing music.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Daniel J. Beckman, Marcellus R. Benson, William H. Bronson
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6672934
    Abstract: An amusement device is disclosed having an animal body portion and a remote control portion. The animal body portion may be a lizard having horns and a tail. A user may use the remote control to cause the animal to move. The animal body has at least one motor operably connected to the animal's head, legs, and tail. The motor causes the animal to walk forward, walk backward, or dance in place at the selection of the user, and causes the tail to move and the mouth of the animal's head to move. An extendable tongue protrudes from the mouth. The tongue may have a magnetic tip for connecting with a magnetic or metallic object. The device may also contain a speaker that plays music and/or words as selected by the user through the remote control. In one embodiment, the lizard dances while playing music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Trendmasters, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Daniel J. Beckman, Marcellus R. Benson, William H. Bronson, Jr.
  • 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
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 6409019
    Abstract: The present invention provides a blister for a blister type package, and a blister package, wherein the blister is generally transparent and has two separate pockets. The first pocket receives and contains a product to be sold. The second pocket has an irregularly shaped front surface and contains a figural item preferably related to the product. The irregularly shaped front surface of the second pocket substantially conforms to the figural item, thereby creating the appearance that the second pocket contains an article associated with the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Trendmasters, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Marcellus R. Benson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20020020712
    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: May 31, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Ryan A. Wolfinbarger, Joseph L. McGowan, Chad P. Stuemke, Marcellus R. Benson, David B. Midgett, Kurt V. Ulmer
  • Publication number: 20010041497
    Abstract: An amusement device is disclosed having an animal body portion and a remote control portion. The animal body portion may be a lizard having horns and a tail. A user may use the remote control to cause the animal to move. The animal body has at least one motor operably connected to the animal's head, legs, and tail. The motor causes the animal to walk forward, walk backward, or dance in place at the selection of the user, and causes the tail to move and the mouth of the animal's head to move. An extendable tongue protrudes from the mouth. The tongue may have a magnetic tip for connecting with a magnetic or metallic object. The device may also contain a speaker that plays music and/or words as selected by the user through the remote control. In one embodiment, the lizard dances while playing music.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Publication date: November 15, 2001
    Inventors: James R. Hornsby, Daniel J. Beckman, Marcellus R. Benson, William H. Bronson
  • 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