Patents by Inventor Ross Rumfola, III

Ross Rumfola, III 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: 9141138
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic device includes a cover with a cavity and a back plate that fits within the cavity of the cover. The cover has an aperture that displays either the back plate or an electronic device, if an electronic device is housed in the protective case. The cover may contain at least one locking latch with three orientations, the locking latch includes a tab. In the first orientation, the tab protrudes into the cavity, engages the back plate, holding the back plate within the cavity of the cover. The locking latch may slide across a portion of the cover to the second orientation, where the tab continues to protrude into the cavity and engage the back plate. Once in the second position, the locking latch is free to rotate to the third position, where the tab no longer protrudes into the cavity, allowing the back plate to be removed from the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. Stucke, Jr., Daniel J. Damon, Travis William Eckler, Anthony Favorito, Ross Rumfola, III, Rachel A. Wiatrowski-Pardi
  • Patent number: 9016803
    Abstract: Axle mounting assemblies including an object, an axle, and a bushing assembly that operatively couples the object to the axle. The bushing assembly includes a bushing portion that extends at least partially through and engages a hub of the object, a fastener operatively retained relative to a bore defined by the bushing portion and positioned around the end region of the axle, and a force-receiving portion configured to selectively receive an installation force for operatively positioning the fastener over the end region of the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Ross Rumfola, III, Kevin M. Gastle
  • Publication number: 20140194029
    Abstract: A toy play set with multiple modes and a housing for a touchscreen portable electronic device includes a support structure, a first movable portion defining a housing configured to receive a portable electronic device, and a second movable portion. The first and second movable portions are rotatably coupled to the support structure and movable between a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration, the first movable portion is in an upright orientation and in the second configuration the first movable portion is in a flat orientation. The portable electronic device is configured to provide different game modes depending at least upon the orientation of the first movable portion and the detection of certain toy objects thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared P. PARDI, Brian John ARGAUER, JR., Bruce Robert CORDIER, Daniel J. DAMON, Anthony FAVORITO, William Joseph MCCORMICK, Brian P. MYSLIWY, Ross RUMFOLA, III, Donald W. STUCKE, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140190974
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic device includes a cover with a cavity and a back plate that fits within the cavity of the cover. The cover has an aperture that displays either the back plate or an electronic device, if an electronic device is housed in the protective case. The cover may contain at least one locking latch with three orientations, the locking latch includes a tab. In the first orientation, the tab protrudes into the cavity, engages the back plate, holding the back plate within the cavity of the cover. The locking latch may slide across a portion of the cover to the second orientation, where the tab continues to protrude into the cavity and engage the back plate. Once in the second position, the locking latch is free to rotate to the third position, where the tab no longer protrudes into the cavity, allowing the back plate to be removed from the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. STUCKE, JR., Daniel J. DAMON, Travis William ECKLER, Anthony FAVORITO, Ross RUMFOLA, III, Rachel A. WIATROWSKI-PARDI
  • Publication number: 20140190842
    Abstract: A protective case for an electronic device includes a cover and a back plate that are hingedly coupled to one another. The cover has a locking plate hingedly coupled to the top of the cover. A latching mechanism is disposed on the top of the back plate. The locking plate is configured to rotate over the cover and back plate and be engaged by the latching mechanism, locking the cover and back plate together. Furthermore, a portable electronic device is configured to be enclosed by the cover and the back plate, which provide protection for the portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Ross RUMFOLA, III, Daniel J. DAMON, Jared P. PARDI, Donald W. STUCKE, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140194030
    Abstract: A base with beveled edges for conductive toys is a base for toy objects, such as toy figurines and other hand-held objects, that supports a toy object and encourages a user to grab the toy at or above a top portion of the base. In order to encourage a user to grab a toy that is supported by the base, the base includes a beveled edge, such as an inwardly sloping side wall. Thus, when used in conjunction with a touchscreen device, the base encourages a user to grab a toy supported thereon at a distance from the surface of the touchscreen device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald W. STUCKE, JR., Brian John ARGAUER, JR., Anthony FAVORITO, Kathleen Elizabeth KREMER, Ross RUMFOLA, III, Jared P. PARDI
  • Publication number: 20140190843
    Abstract: A protective case for a portable electronic device includes a top and a bottom that define an interior configured to receive a portable electronic device. The top and bottom are hingedly coupled to one another along at least one side and removably coupled together by a latch along another side, opposite the hinged side. The latch includes two actuators and in order to open the protective case, both actuators must be actuated simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ross RUMFOLA, III, Daniel J. DAMON, Jared P. PARDI, Donald W. STUCKE, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140049015
    Abstract: Axle mounting assemblies including an object, an axle, and a bushing assembly that operatively couples the object to the axle. The bushing assembly includes a bushing portion that extends at least partially through and engages a hub of the object, a fastener operatively retained relative to a bore defined by the bushing portion and positioned around the end region of the axle, and a force-receiving portion configured to selectively receive an installation force for operatively positioning the fastener over the end region of the axle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: February 20, 2014
    Inventors: William R. Howell, Ross Rumfola, III, Kevin M. Gastle
  • Patent number: 7980966
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a play implement positioning device including an implement support for holding a first play implement in a play position to be struck. The invention also discloses a mechanism for selectively, automatically placing multiple stored play implements onto the implement support after the first implement has been struck and dislodged from the implement support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Tell, David B. Fisher, Scott H. McIlvain, Ross Rumfola, III
  • Publication number: 20110021294
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a play implement positioning device including an implement support for holding a first play implement in a play position to be struck. The invention also discloses a mechanism for selectively, automatically placing multiple stored play implements onto the implement support after the first implement has been struck and dislodged from the implement support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Tell, David B. Fisher, Scott H. McIlvain, Ross Rumfola, III
  • Patent number: 7828679
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a play implement positioning device including an implement support for holding a first play implement in a play position to be struck. The invention also discloses a mechanism for selectively, automatically placing multiple stored play implements onto the implement support after the first implement has been struck and dislodged from the implement support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Tell, David B. Fisher, Scott H. McIlvain, Ross Rumfola, III
  • Patent number: 7597331
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a unique convertible ride-on vehicle. The ride-on vehicle of the present invention includes at least one font wheel, at least two rear wheels mounted on a rear axle, a frame supported by the at least one front wheel and the at least two rear wheels, a torque input mechanism, a torque transfer mechanism for transferring torque from the torque input mechanism to the rear wheels. The ride-on vehicle of the present invention is convertible between a first, tricycle configuration in which the rear wheels are spaced apart on the rear axle and a second, bicycle configuration in which the rear wheels are in close proximity to each other. Finally, the present application discloses a clean, simple method and apparatus for adjusting the tension of a chain or belt utilized to drive a ride-on vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony G. Schulte, Ross Rumfola, III
  • Publication number: 20080300070
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a play implement positioning device including an implement support for holding a first play implement in a play position to be struck. The invention also discloses a mechanism for selectively, automatically placing multiple stored play implements onto the implement support after the first implement has been struck and dislodged from the implement support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Tell, David B. Fisher, Scott H. McIlvain, Ross Rumfola, III
  • Patent number: 7201676
    Abstract: A sports-themed game apparatus convertible from a storage configuration to a deployed configuration, and vice versa is disclosed. The sports-themed game apparatus includes a rim and a defense mechanism operable to move from a first position in which the defense mechanism permits a sports implement to pass through the rim, to a second position in which the defense mechanism prevents the sports implement from passing through the rim. The sports-themed game apparatus may further include a return portion configured to return the sports implement to the user after it is propelled/shot toward the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Ross Rumfola, III
  • Patent number: 6877501
    Abstract: A ball launching apparatus configured to launch balls to a user. The ball launching apparatus is configured such that a user may change an angle of trajectory T of launched balls by simply resting the ball launching apparatus on one of two different base portions. The ball launching apparatus is configured to receive, feed, and launch balls having different shapes, such as baseballs and footballs. A ball feed mechanism of the ball launching apparatus is driven by ball propulsion mechanism of the ball launching apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Wojtkiewicz, Ross Rumfola, III, Kevin R. Shinn, Dave Moomaw
  • Patent number: 6637422
    Abstract: A ball launching apparatus configured to launch balls to a user. The ball launching apparatus is configured such that a user may change an angle of trajectory T of launched balls by simply resting the ball launching apparatus on one of two different base portions. The ball launching apparatus is configured to receive, feed, and launch balls having different shapes, such as baseballs and footballs. A ball feed mechanism of the ball launching apparatus is driven by ball propulsion mechanism of the ball launching apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Wojtkiewicz, Ross Rumfola, III, Kevin R. Shinn, Dave Moomaw
  • Patent number: D814837
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Maarten Van Huystee, Philip R. Pyrce, Ross Rumfola, III, Matthew Alan Szymanski
  • Patent number: D814838
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Maarten Van Huystee, Philip R. Pyrce, Ross Rumfola, III, Matthew Alan Szymanski