Patents by Inventor Robson L. Splane

Robson L. Splane 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: 8080004
    Abstract: A laparoscopic surgical instrument configured to be ergonomic and anthropometrically correct, the laparoscopic surgical instrument comprising: (a) an ergonomic handle configured to orient a hand of a surgeon in a functional position, the handle comprising a handle grip; (b) an actuating mechanism actuatable by a finger and supported by the handle, the actuating mechanism comprising an actuator shaft and a gearing assembly operable to displace the actuator shaft with a mechanical advantage upon actuation of a trigger by the surgeon; (c) a locking mechanism configured to lock the actuating mechanism in one of a plurality of positions, the locking mechanism comprising a release located in an anthropometrically correct position; and (d) a working shaft having a proximal end coupled to and operable with the actuator shaft, the working shaft having an elongate configuration and a distal working end configured to couple a surgical tool to be manipulated by the surgeon via the handle and the actuating mechanism to pe
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: Earl Downey, Stephen B. Carter, Kenneth A. Gross, Darrin I. Schmuckle, Robson L. Splane, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8065775
    Abstract: A mop includes a molded mop casing having two mophead supporting faces connected together to show a double beveled configuration, a detached part pivotally connected to the molded mop casing between the mophead supporting faces, a mop shaft connected to the detached part and biasable with the mop shaft relative to the molded mop casing, a handle coupled to the mop shaft and movable forwards/backwards along the mop shaft, and an extending device mounted in the handle and the molded mop casing and movable by the handle between an extended position and a received position for locking/unlocking a consumptive material for enabling a user to mount/dismount the consumptive material conveniently without direct hand contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Alan Cameneti, Robson L. Splane, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7794378
    Abstract: An exercise chair primarily directed to employing an exercise method, with foot bars, high bars, and a foldable configuration. The seat is supported by a plurality of support elements, at least some of which are hingeably connected with the seat, so that the chair can be folded into a compact shape for storage or transport. The independent foot bars may each be attached to a lever that is hingeably coupled with one or more of the support elements. The position of the foot bars may also be adjustable by extending out of the levers and locking into the desired position. One or more resistance elements may be removably attached to a location below the chair seat, and individually connected with the levers via an adjusting assembly that can either slide or be placed in pre-set mounting locations along the lever to provide variable resistance, or can be equipped with a turnbuckle to provide varying resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Guthy-Renker LLC
    Inventors: Robson L. Splane, Jr., Rodger Thomason, Andy Tobias, Andrew Spivak
  • Publication number: 20100101039
    Abstract: A mop includes a molded mop casing having two mophead supporting faces connected together to show a double beveled configuration, a detached part pivotally connected to the molded mop casing between the mophead supporting faces, a mop shaft connected to the detached part and biasable with the mop shaft relative to the molded mop casing, a handle coupled to the mop shaft and movable forwards/backwards along the mop shaft, and an extending device mounted in the handle and the molded mop casing and movable by the handle between an extended position and a received position for locking/unlocking a consumptive material for enabling a user to mount/dismount the consumptive material conveniently without direct hand contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Alan Cameneti, Robson L. Splane, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090299141
    Abstract: A laparoscopic surgical instrument configured to be ergonomic and anthropometrically correct, comprising: a) an ergonomic handle configured to orient a hand of a surgeon in a functional position, the handle comprising a wall structure defining an interior portion, and adapted to contain at least a portion of one or more working mechanisms; b) an actuating mechanism actuatable by the surgeon and supported within the interior portion of the handle; c) a working shaft having a proximal end coupled to and operable with the actuating mechanism, the working shaft having an elongate configuration and a distal working end configured to couple a surgical tool to be manipulated by the surgeon; and d) means for accessing the interior portion of the handle to expose an inner side of the wall structure and at least a portion of each of the working mechanisms for cleaning, sterilization and maintenance purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventors: Earl C. Downey, Stephen B. Carter, Kenneth A. Gross, Darrin I. Schmuckle, Robson L. Splane, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090197746
    Abstract: An exercise chair primarily directed to employing an exercise method, with foot bars, high bars, and a foldable configuration. The seat is supported by a plurality of support elements, at least some of which are hingeably connected with the seat, so that the chair can be folded into a compact shape for storage or transport. The independent foot bars may each be attached to a lever that is hingeably coupled with one or more of the support elements. The position of the foot bars may also be adjustable by extending out of the levers and locking into the desired position. One or more resistance elements may be removably attached to a location below the chair seat, and individually connected with the levers via an adjusting assembly that can either slide or be placed in pre-set mounting locations along the lever to provide variable resistance, or can be equipped with a turnbuckle to provide varying resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventors: Robson L. Splane, JR., Rodger Thomason, Andy Tobias, Andrew Spivak
  • Patent number: 7341565
    Abstract: A passive motion exercise and/or treatment apparatus is provided which includes a main support assembly for supporting at least the head and torso of a user. The main assembly includes three support members which, in one mode of operation, are disposed in a common plane. The second and third members are movably connected to the first member, which is a backrest support member, and are movable relative thereto so as to respectively provide passive movement of both the head and, and the lumbar region, of a user. Cervical side bending and rotational movements and lumbar side bending and rotational movements can all be provided. A separable leg support assembly is adjustable to support the calves of the user in a plane elevated with respect to the common plane while the apparatus provides the aforementioned passive body movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Suncepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Robson L. Splane, Jr., John R. Santarsiero, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6945604
    Abstract: A lifting toilet chair having arm rests which are utilized to provide a leveraging action to allow the user to control the ascent and descent of a pivoting toilet seat as well as to assist the user in raising himself/herself from a sitting to a standing posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: LifeGear, Inc.
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20040208798
    Abstract: There is disclosed an adjustable germicidal system to be attached to an air handling apparatus. In one embodiment, an adjustable germicidal system comprises a first socket assembly adjustably coupled to a second socket assembly. The first socket assembly and the second socket assembly may be spatially adjusted with respect to one another in at least one dimension. A germicidal lamp is coupled to each of the socket assemblies. The adjustability of the socket assemblies allows the lamps to be placed in a desired alignment relative to one another and relative to one or more walls of the air handling apparatus. A single power cord is coupled to one of the socket assemblies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Applicant: Steril-Aire USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Robson L. Splane, Richard Fisk, Timothy Jones, Forrest B. Fencl
  • Patent number: 6742266
    Abstract: A small reciprocating saw device is provided which is adapted for one hand operation and which enables delicate sawing or filing work to be carried out. An eccentric drive arrangement includes a motor mounted in a housing at one end of the device and a slender drive rod for the saw blade disposed in a gripping handle connected to the motor housing. Motor control switches are mounted on the motor housing and gripping handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6692451
    Abstract: A passive motion exercise and/or treatment apparatus is provided which includes a main support assembly for supporting at least part of the body of a user of the apparatus. The assembly includes a first support member and a second support member disposed in a common plane. The second support member is pivotably connected to the main support member and is movable relative thereto so as to provide passive movement of a part of the body of a user supported by the second support member relative to a part of the body supported by the first support member. A separable leg support assembly is adapted to be connected, in use, to the main support assembly at either end so as to support the calves of the legs of the user in a plane parallel to, and elevated with respect to, the common plane while the apparatus provides the passive body movement referred to above. A motorized drive arrangement is used to provide the aforementioned relative movement of the second support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Suncepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6684431
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable tabletop personal support apparatus includes a positioning base for positioning on the top of a table, a supporting mattress unit pivoted to the positioning base and adapted to support the user's head and chest, and an angle adjustment unit provided between the positioning base and the supporting mattress unit and adapted to support the supporting mattress unit on the positioning base in a tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: LifeGear, Inc..
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6637696
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for producing a double roll fabric construction useful as a receptacle for, e.g., eyeglasses. The construction is comprised of adjacent rolled up portions disposed in side by side relation so as to be unrollable to form a receiving space therebetween. The rolling device includes a pair of spindles disposed in parallel relation and adapted to respectively receive opposite ends of a stretchable fabric so that rotation of the spindles causes rolling up of the fabric around the spindles. Respective pinion gears are mounted on the spindles and are disposed in engagement with, and ride along, a rack member. A drive unit produces movement of the pinion gears toward each other along the rack member so as to produce rotation of the second spindles and resultant wrapping of the fabric around the respective spindles to produce respective fabric rolls of the double roll fabric construction. After the construction is removed from the spindles, the ends are sewn to produce the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Suncepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Robson L. Splane, Jr., Arthur John Drusch
  • Patent number: 6622656
    Abstract: A pest resistant pet feeder having a base providing a moat or barrier for insects supports a pivoting platform with openings at one end for removably mounting a pair of pet food and water dishes. The one end includes a transparent lid pivotally attached to the one end for covering and uncovering the dishes. A linkage assembly extending between the platform and the lid translates pivotal movement of the platform in response to weight of a pet into deploying the lid into its dish uncovering position. Departure of the pet actuates the linkage via the pivot movement of the platform to position the lid to cover the dishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane
  • Publication number: 20030135137
    Abstract: A passive motion exercise and/or treatment apparatus is provided which includes a main support assembly for supporting at least part of the body of a user of the apparatus. The assembly includes a first support member and a second support member disposed in a common plane. The second support member is pivotably connected to the main support member and is movable relative thereto so as to provide passive movement of a part of the body of a user supported by the second support member relative to a part of the body supported by the first support member. A separable leg support assembly is adapted to be connected, in use, to the main support assembly at either end so as to support the calves of the legs of the user in a plane parallel to, and elevated with respect to, the common plane while the apparatus provides the passive body movement referred to above. A motorized drive arrangement is used to provide the aforementioned relative movement of the second support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane
  • Publication number: 20030089813
    Abstract: A method and device are provided for producing a double roll fabric construction useful as a receptacle for, e.g., eyeglasses. The construction is comprised of adjacent rolled up portions disposed in side by side relation so as to be unrollable to form a receiving space therebetween. The rolling device includes a pair of spindles disposed in parallel relation and adapted to respectively receive opposite ends of a stretchable fabric so that rotation of the spindles causes rolling up of the fabric around the spindles. Respective pinion gears are mounted on the spindles and are disposed in engagement with, and ride along, a rack member. A drive unit produces movement of the pinion gears toward each other along the rack member so as to produce rotation of the second spindles and resultant wrapping of the fabric around the respective spindles to produce respective fabric rolls of the double roll fabric construction. After the construction is removed from the spindles, the ends are sewn to produce the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventors: Robson L. Splane,, Arthur John Drusch
  • Publication number: 20030084513
    Abstract: An angle-adjustable tabletop personal support apparatus includes a positioning base for positioning on the top of a table, a supporting mattress unit pivoted to the positioning base and adapted to support the user's head and chest, and an angle adjustment unit provided between the positioning base and the supporting mattress unit and adapted to support the supporting mattress unit on the positioning base in a tilted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane
  • Publication number: 20030066196
    Abstract: A small reciprocating saw device is provided which is adapted for one hand operation and which enables delicate sawing or filing work to be carried out. An eccentric drive arrangement includes a motor mounted in a housing at one end of the device and a slender drive rod for the saw blade disposed in a gripping handle connected to the motor housing. Motor control switches are mounted on the motor housing and gripping handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2001
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane
  • Patent number: 6543853
    Abstract: A massage chair including a main support frame and large and small curved rod frames. Specifically, the user can use a retaining pin to engage any of several round holes formed in the intermediate section of the main support frame to adjust the position of the hip pad, which is mounted to the large curved rod frame, which rides on a block secured to the retaining pin. The main support frame abuts against an eccentric angular block to enable the user to adjust the distance between the curved part of the main support frame against which the angular block abuts and the center of rotation of the block to permit micro-adjustment of the inclination of the main support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: LifeGear, Inc.
    Inventor: Robson L. Splane, Jr.
  • Patent number: D688963
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Royal A. Hanson, Steven W. Shaw, Robson L. Splane, Jr., Jeff Rosenbohm, William P. Debley, Jr.