Patents by Inventor Thomas H. Grimm

Thomas H. Grimm 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: 20130237891
    Abstract: The invention is a back brace with a stacked pulley tightening device that allows a user to quickly, efficiently, and easily tighten the back brace around the user after the back brace is donned. The pulleys provide a mechanical advantage. Additionally, the present invention includes a segmented belt portion such that a single pulley tightening device can be used to tighten around users of any size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventors: Marshall Fryman, Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 7828258
    Abstract: A cantilever, gravity hanger for holding by hanging a personal accessory, operatively attachable to, or integrated with, such an accessory. The hanger, in an operative condition poised for holding such an accessory, includes (a) an elongate central body, (b) a pair of spaced, elongate arms joined to opposite ends of the body, and extending laterally outwardly from a common side of the body in diverging relation to one another, and (c) accessory-connection traveler structure including a traveler carried captively on, and shiftable freely and reversibly along the length of, one of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventors: Linda T. Shigio, Thomas H. Grimm
  • Publication number: 20100025555
    Abstract: A cantilever, gravity hanger for holding by hanging a personal accessory, operatively attachable to, or integrated with, such an accessory. The hanger, in an operative condition poised for holding such an accessory, includes (a) an elongate central body, (b) a pair of spaced, elongate arms joined to opposite ends of the body, and extending laterally outwardly from a common side of the body in diverging relation to one another, and (c) accessory-connection traveler structure including a traveler carried captively on, and shiftable freely and reversibly along the length of, one of the arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Linda T. Shigio, Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 6099422
    Abstract: A lightweight bat with a pressurized striking portion and a separate handle portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: OddzOn, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Rappaport, Thomas H. Grimm, Terry J. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6079398
    Abstract: A toy includes a ring airfoil and a launcher to launch the ring airfoil. The ring air foil is formed with a rigid body portion and an energy absorbing material disposed on a leading edge. The launcher is adapted to substantially simultaneously impart rotational launching energy and translational launching energy to the ring airfoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: OddzOn
    Inventor: Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 6076511
    Abstract: A launcher for a ring airfoil includes a magazine assembly holding a plurality of ring airfoils. The magazine assembly is coupled to a launching mechanism, and the launching mechanism provides an indexing motion to the magazine assembly. In use, the setting action of the launching mechanism indexes the magazine assembly allowing a ring airfoil to engage with the launching mechanism for subsequent launching. Additional ring airfoils may be launched by repeated actuation of the launching mechanism without reloading the magazine assembly with ring airfoils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: OddzOn
    Inventors: Thomas H. Grimm, Arturo Meuniot, William S. Law, Christopher Fruhauf, Arne Lang-Ree
  • Patent number: 6010419
    Abstract: A throwing toy is provided which is adapted to be thrown by a user for a flight through the air along a flight path. The toy includes a football-shaped head portion, generally centered about a longitudinal axis, an elongate tail portion extending axially rearward the head portion along the longitudinal axis, and a coupling, which interconnects the head and tail portions and allows the portions to be movable relative to each other, particularly to be rotatably movable about the longitudinal axis. Because the head portion and tail portion can rotate relative to each other, the user can hold the head portion in the hand and throw the toy through the air, imparting a spin to head portion causing it to rotate about its longitudinal axis throughout the flight. At the same time, the tail portion remains substantially fixed throughout the flight with respect to the longitudinal axis because the spin imparted to the head portion is substantially isolated from the tail portion by the rotatable coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: OddzOn, Inc,
    Inventors: Mark J. Rappaport, Jose E. Leal, Thomas H. Grimm, Arne Lang-Ree, Ron LaRonge
  • Patent number: 5970970
    Abstract: Toys and methods for safely and reproducibly launching ring airfoils in a flying orientation. The toys generally comprise a member, a ring airfoil support mounted on the member, and a propelling element configured to move the ring airfoil support along the member from a first to a second position. Contact between the ring airfoil and the ring airfoil support causes the ring airfoil to move with the ring airfoil support as the ring airfoil support moves; this contact is overcome as the ring airfoil support decelerates at the second position, causing the ring airfoil to be launched with forward or both forward and spinning motion. The toys further may comprise a housing to protect the toy and user, a return element to place the toy in an engaged, launch-ready configuration, and a trigger to hold the toy in the engaged configuration until launching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: OddzOn, Inc.
    Inventors: Chester F. Vanek, John W. Hunter, Abraham Flatau, Thomas H. Grimm, Sung H. Kim, Robert B. Brownell, Jr., William S. Law, Mark C. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 5881885
    Abstract: Capture/display packaging structure for a ball-like, or other hand-manipulable, article including an enclosure having spaced, opposite sides and an open exposure window intermediate those sides exposing a capture/display area for an article, and pinioning structure including at least one portion extending from adjacent one of such sides into the capture/display area adapted to pinion an article on display in the capture/display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: OddzOn Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 5833897
    Abstract: A method of forming a ball-shaped unit including (1) molding an inner core subunit from a high-resilience, polyurethane foam material, (2) lining the wall of a mold cavity which is larger than such a formed inner core subunit with a thin film of an outer, skin-forming material--preferably a water-based, pigmented, acrylic emulsion, barrier release coating for urethane foam, (3) suspending the inner core subunit generally centrally within and circumsurroundedly spaced from the lined mold cavity wall, (4) filling the space intermediate the inner core subunit and the lined mold cavity wall with a soft, slow-return, polyurethane material thus to form an outer core subunit which encases the inner core subunit and which is encased by the skin-forming material, and (5) removing from the mold cavity, in the form of the desired ball-shaped unit, the assembly including the inner and outer core subunits and the skin-forming material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: OddzOn Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 5807198
    Abstract: A multi-component game ball comprising (1) a generally football-shaped inner core formed of a high-resilience, polyurethane foam, (2) a generally football-shaped outer core encasing and bound to the inner core formed preferably of a soft, slow-return, polyurethane foam, (3) a thin, generally football-shaped, high-friction, grip-enhancing outer skin encasing and bound to the outer core formed preferably of a water-based, pigmented, acrylic emulsion, barrier release coating for urethane foam, and (4) a flight-enhancing, elongate tail structure extending from within the assembly (made up of the inner and outer cores and the skin) and extending outwardly along the ball's long axis, with radially extending fin structure forming part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: OddzOn Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 5592688
    Abstract: A mitt having opposite, matching side expanses forming opposite sides of the mitt is disclosed. Each side expanse is made up of a foam layer sandwiched between opposed overlay layers. The mitt may be shaped for use either on the left hand or the right hand, with a web in the mitt having a reversible concavo-convex shape which is changed depending upon the hand with which the mitt is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: OddzOn Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Ron LaRonge, Thomas H. Grimm, Diana L. Wooldridge, Scott H. Stillinger
  • Patent number: 4568305
    Abstract: A toy train set includes a toy train car operative upon a two rail trackway. The trackway includes a braking system for reducing the toy train speed at selected places along the trackway and a track intersection having no moving parts which permits a child user to select either of two direction paths. An elongated beam spring is provided on the toy cars to facilitate placement upon the trackway by a younger child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas De Anda, Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 4564162
    Abstract: A toy train set includes a toy train car operative upon a two rail trackway. The trackway includes a braking system for reducing the toy train speed at selected places along the trackway and a track intersection having no moving parts which permits a child user to select either of two direction paths. An elongated beam spring is provided on the toy cars to facilitate placement upon the trackway by a younger child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1986
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 4522607
    Abstract: A toy train set includes a toy train car operative upon a two rail trackway. The trackway includes means for reducing the toy train speed at selected places along the trackway and a track intersection having no moving parts which permits a child user to select either of two direction paths. Means are provided on the toy cars to facilitate placement upon the trackway by a younger child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene J. Kilroy, James E. Morse, Thomas H. Grimm, Nicholas DeAnda
  • Patent number: 4349196
    Abstract: A toy track system having an electro-optical sensing device in the roadway senses the passage and identity of a plurality of individual cars on that roadway and provides the sensed information to a microprocessor based operator control panel. The operator control panel provides visual information to the operator by individual LED's and an alpha-numeric display and provides audio information by a speaker. The operator control panel receives information from the operator through a 4.times.4 matrix keyboard. The microprocessor of the control panel is programmed to permit the operator to test his skill in manipulating the train cars in a dictated sequence and within a certain time frame. The operator can also direct the control panel microprocessor to activate a plurality of accessory devices in the system in a desired sequence and time span.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Assignee: Smith Engineering
    Inventors: Jay Smith, III, Thomas G. Schneider, Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: 4262623
    Abstract: A plurality of fingerprints of a person are recorded by applying a solution of a first substantially colorless chemical reagent to the fingertips. Essentially invisible fingerprints are obtained by gently pressing the fingers having the solution of the first chemical reagent thereon on a suitable recording sheet. Subsequently the recording sheet is exposed to sublimed vapors of a second chemical reagent. The first and second chemical reagents are selected to react with one another to yield a highly colored substance which is formed on the surface of the recording sheet providing a visible image of the fingerprints. Ferric chloride and a 8-hydroxyquinoline are ideally suited chemical reagents for use in this invention. An apparatus of unitary construction incorporating a replaceable dispensing pad having the solution of the first chemical, is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1981
    Assignee: Park Management and Development Co.
    Inventors: Jay Smith, III, Virgile L. Hedgcoth, Thomas H. Grimm
  • Patent number: D346001
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1994
    Assignee: OddzOn Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott H. Stillinger, Thomas H. Grimm, Christopher S. Page, William A. Scott
  • Patent number: D361811
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: OddzOn Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Grimm, Christopher S. Page, William A. Scott
  • Patent number: D668307
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas H. Grimm, Martin Beck, Dennis Connor, Kim Lufkin, James Kowalczyk