Patents by Inventor Paul R. Carlson

Paul R. Carlson 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).

  • Publication number: 20190241299
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for configuring product packaging and removal of the packaging from a product is disclosed. The labeled product packaging includes a shrink wrap packaging adapted for sealing around a product. A predefined point of failure is configured in the packaging and includes a failure mode for when pulled in at least one direction. A label is sealed to the packaging and adhered to the predefined point of failure in covering relation over the predefined point of failure. Lifting the label from the packaging tears open the packaging starting at the predefined point of failure so the product can be removed from the packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Publication date: August 8, 2019
    Inventors: Ryan David Lucey, Christopher John Opelt, David M. Shoberg, Brian P. Carlson, Paul R. Kraus
  • Patent number: 5053607
    Abstract: A check processing device is particularly adapted for retailer/customer use at the point-of-sale through use of a MICR read head means, printer means and keypad means which feed information into a CPU which communicates, through an existing telecommunication system, with the customer's bank and the retailer's bank in order to transfer funds from the account of the customer to the account of the retailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Inventors: Steven R. Carlson, Paul R. Carlson
  • Patent number: 4758714
    Abstract: A secured point-of-sale mechanism is provided by a closable two compartment housing having (1) a secured portion which includes a printer and a plurality of signal devices for verifying that the mechanism is in a "locked" state and (2) an unsecured portion which cooperates with said secured portion in such a manner that transactions involving credit cards, negotiable instruments and the like are protected against unauthorized intervention. In certain preferred embodiments of this invention, the mechanism further comprises (a) means for accessing a computer system maintained by issuers of credit cards, negotiable instruments, etc., (b) means to access an external communication in order to identify a payor of a negotiable instrument and to perform an electronic funds transfer, (c) telephonic means to communicate with issuers of credit cards, negotiable instruments etc., and (d) a keypad, for customer use, which is located outside the closable two compartment housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1988
    Inventors: Steven R. Carlson, Paul R. Carlson
  • Patent number: 4678896
    Abstract: A secured point-of-sale mechanism is disclosed in which there is a closable two compartment housing having an unsecured door portion covering a monetary negotiable instrument section disposed within a secured portion for which a transaction price index is set to the correct sales amount purchased by a customer, wherein a plurality of switching mechanisms are actuated by the negotiable instruments in the negotiable instruments section for which a locking mechanism connected to said plurality of switching mechanisms and disposed between the secured and unsecured portions of the housing is actuated against invasion as long as the plurality of switching mechanisms are actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventors: Steven R. Carlson, Paul R. Carlson
  • Patent number: 4332572
    Abstract: A belt drive clutch having a hexagonal sleeve splined on a power output shaft and carrying an outer sheave disc. A drive belt supporting annulus is freely rotatable on the sleeve and located between the outer sheave disc and an inner sheave disc. The inner sheave disc has a stud shaft extending inwardly and having a hexagonal bore matching the hexagonal external conformation on the sleeve. Ball bearings are assembled on the stud shaft and a clutch control ring is assembled on a peripheral race of the ball bearing. A camming arrangement shifts the clutch control ring axially to engage or disengage the belt by optionally constricting or expanding the space between the outer and inner sheave discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1982
    Inventors: Paul R. Carlson, Richard L. Carlson
  • Patent number: 4077480
    Abstract: Quarter inch plate steel forms the bottom, front and rear walls of a U-shaped open sided saddle for mounting therewithin a 9 H.P. four cycle gasoline engine, the bottom of said saddle being clamped along its front edge to a 30 inch fixed axle on opposite ends of which are freely rotatable 14 inch diameter ballon tired wheels. Rectangularly rigidly connected to upper ends of said spaced rear and front engine saddle walls and continuing 46 inches forwardly therefrom is an inverted 4 inch square U-cross section sheet metal channel providing a drill supporting tongue for the tool while also housing a main shaft, the rear end of which journals in a self-aligning bearing fixed rockably on said rear engine saddle wall. Behind said wall said main shaft has a driven pulley fixed thereon which is belt driven from an engine shaft drive pulley when a manually controlled idler roller clutch means tightens the connecting belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1978
    Assignee: Ground Hog, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul R. Carlson, Richard L. Carlson