Patents by Inventor Terry V. Pearce

Terry V. Pearce 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: 20160262561
    Abstract: A cushion includes a cover and a cushioning element having a top surface heat-fused to the cover. The cushioning element comprises an elastomeric material having a plurality of voids formed therein. At least 60% of a bottom surface of the cushioning element is exposed such that when the cushion is disposed over a surface at least 60% of the bottom surface of the cushioning element is in direct contact with the surface. Methods of foaming the cushion include disposing a cover adjacent a mold, conforming the cover to a selected shape of the mold, injecting molten elastomeric material into the mold, bonding the molten elastomeric material to the cover, solidifying the molten elastomeric material to form the cushioning element, and separating the mold from the cover. The cushioning element maintains the cover in the selected shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Publication date: September 15, 2016
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce, Russell B. Whatcott
  • Patent number: 8782934
    Abstract: Disclosed is an enclosure for artificial features such as artificial fish and artificial plants. The enclosure has one or more walls and is configured to house a liquid therein. One or more electromagnets are provided to generate a magnetic field within the enclosure. A controller is configured to control electric currents that generate magnetic fields from the one or more electromagnets. The controller is configured to selectively reverse the magnetic polarity of at least one of the one or more electromagnets. Also disclosed is an artificial feature such as an artificial fish or artificial plant with a body made of elastomeric gel. The artificial feature may include multiple permanent magnets housed in a body where the permanent magnets are aligned based on an orientation of a north pole and a south pole of each permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Edizone, LLC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8607485
    Abstract: Disclosed is an enclosure for artificial features such as artificial fish and artificial plants. The enclosure has one or more walls and is configured to house a liquid therein. One or more electromagnets are provided to generate a magnetic field within the enclosure. A controller controls electric currents that generate magnetic fields from the one or more electromagnets. The controller is configured to selectively reverse the magnetic polarity of at least one of the one or more electromagnets. Also disclosed is an artificial feature such as an artificial fish or artificial plant with a body made of elastomeric gel. The artificial feature may include multiple permanent magnets housed in a body where the permanent magnets are aligned based on an orientation of a north pole and south pole of each permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: EdiZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8434748
    Abstract: Various gel springs can be constructed for cushioning purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Edizone, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8424137
    Abstract: Ribbed gel devices for cushioning purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Edizone, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20120285057
    Abstract: Disclosed is an enclosure for artificial features such as artificial fish and artificial plants. The enclosure has one or more walls and is configured to house a liquid therein. One or more electromagnets are provided to generate a magnetic field within the enclosure. A controller controls electric currents that generate magnetic fields from the one or more electromagnets. The controller is configured to selectively reverse the magnetic polarity of at least one of the one or more electromagnets. Also disclosed is an artificial feature such as an artificial fish or artificial plant with a body made of elastomeric gel. The artificial feature may include multiple permanent magnets housed in a body where the permanent magnets are aligned based on an orientation of a north pole and south pole of each permanent magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: EDIZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20120015151
    Abstract: Gel cushioning elements may comprise a sheet of elastomeric gel. The sheet may be shaped and configured to define recesses aligned with and extending into corresponding protrusions. The protrusions are configured to buckle in response to a pressure greater than a threshold pressure. Methods of forming a gel cushioning element may comprise disposing elastomeric gel between two molds having elevated features to impart an alternating pattern to the elastomeric gel, and hardening the elastomeric gel to form a sheet defining a plurality of protrusions. Elevated features of one mold may face elevated features of the other mold, and each elevated feature of one mold may be adjacent an elevated feature of the other mold. A portion of the sheet may be configured to buckle in response to a pressure greater than a threshold pressure. A cushion may comprise a gel cushioning element and fabric bonded to the gel cushioning element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: EDIZONE, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce, Russell Whatcott
  • Patent number: 8075981
    Abstract: An alternating pattern gel cushioning device and methods for making the same. The gel pattern may be two- or three-dimensional. The devices may be zoned or stacked. The device may be made by a variety of methods including roller molding, open-face molding, injection molding, casting, extrusion, compression molding and other methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Edizone, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce, Russell Whatcott
  • Publication number: 20100223730
    Abstract: Cushions include a plurality of core structures wherein each core structure of the plurality of core structures is interconnected along a length thereof to at least one other core structure of the plurality of core structures. Each of the core structures may be configured as a column having a column axis. The core structures may be connected by a joiner rib. The joiner ribs may be integrally formed with the core structures. Methods of forming cushions include forming a plurality of core structures and configuring each core structure to be interconnected along at least a portion of a length thereof to at least one other core structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: EDIZONE, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20100183847
    Abstract: An alternating pattern gel cushioning device and methods for making the same. The gel pattern may be two or three dimensional. The devices may be zoned or stacked. The device may be made by a variety of methods including roller molding, open face molding, injection molding, casting, extrusion, compression molding and other methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce, Russell Whatcott
  • Patent number: 7138079
    Abstract: Methods for making foamed elastomer gels are disclosed. Chemical foaming agents may be incorporated or gas may be injected into a molten gel and then using heating and cooling techniques and/or additives, gas bubbles are formed and preserved in the cooled and solidified elastomer gel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: EdiZone, LC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 7101247
    Abstract: Jelly blocks and jelly letters are disclosed. The jelly blocks and jelly letters may be made from an elastomer gel resulting in a soft, stretchable children's toy that has shape memory. The jelly blocks and jelly letters may be made from an elastomer gel that is formulated for tackiness to permit stacking of the blocks or sticking of the letters to a desired surface. The blocks and letters may be soft enough that a child could be struck with them without suffering injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: EdiZONE, LC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 6905431
    Abstract: Toys and balls are disclosed having a skin and a core of somewhat dissimilar materials. The skin and core are of different colors. When the toy is squeezed, the non-liquid deformable core presses against at least a portion of the skin, making the skin thin at that point and permitting the color of the core to show through, creating the appearance of a color change of the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: EdiZONE, LC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20040247649
    Abstract: Various edibles, their compositions, and manufacturing methods therefore are disclosed. Some examples of the edibles include orally soluble films. Some of the films may have a pleasant taste, carry nutraceuticals, carry medication, or serve other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: EdiZONE, LC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20040247746
    Abstract: Various edibles, their compositions, and manufacturing methods therefore are disclosed. Some examples of the edibles include orally soluble films. Some of the films may have a pleasant taste, carry nutraceuticals, carry medication, or serve other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: EdiZONE, LC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20040247744
    Abstract: Various edibles, their compositions, and manufacturing methods therefore are disclosed. Some examples of the edibles include orally soluble films. Some of the films may have a pleasant taste, carry nutraceuticals, carry medication, or serve other purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Applicant: EdiZONE, LC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20040002560
    Abstract: Jelly blocks and jelly letters are disclosed. The jelly blocks and jelly letters may be made from an elastomer gel resulting in a soft, stretchable children's toy that has shape memory. The jelly blocks and jelly letters may be made from an elastomer gel that is formulated for tackiness to permit stacking of the blocks or sticking of the letters to a desired surface. The blocks and letters may be soft enough that a child could be struck with them without suffering injury.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Applicant: EdiZONE, LC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20030236313
    Abstract: Methods for making foamed elastomer gels are disclosed. Chemical foaming agents may be incorporated or gas may be injected into a molten gel and then using heating and cooling techniques and/or additives, gas bubbles are formed and preserved in the cooled and solidified elastomer gel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Applicant: EdiZONE, LC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Publication number: 20030235662
    Abstract: Toys and balls are disclosed having a skin and a core of somewhat dissimilar materials. The skin and core are of different colors. When the toy is squeezed, the non-liquid deformable core presses against at least a portion of the skin, making the skin thin at that point and permitting the color of the core to show through, creating the appearance of a color change of the toy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Applicant: EdiZONE, LC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: D784731
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: EdiZONE, LLC
    Inventors: Tony M. Pearce, Terry V. Pearce, Russell B. Whatcott