Patents by Inventor William H. Gray

William H. Gray 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: 20040203873
    Abstract: A system and method of informing a WAN user of nearby WLAN access points, comprising determining a current position of a mobile appliance associated with the WAN user, transmitting the current position of said mobile appliance to a WAN service provider over a WAN network, determining the location of one or more WLAN access points that are accessible to the WAN user from the current position of the mobile appliance to provide a WLAN location information; and transmitting the WLAN location information to the mobile device over the WAN network, thereby enabling the WAN user to access and utilize a WLAN network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Publication number: 20040057408
    Abstract: A system and method of providing bandwidth on demand to a Wide Area Network (WAN) user from a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) access point including determining a current position of a mobile appliance associated with the WAN user by a mobile switching center; transmitting the current position of the mobile appliance to a position location server over a WAN network; selecting a WLAN access point position location server that is accessible from the current position of the mobile appliance; determining the direction to the mobile appliance from the serving access point transmitting the direction to the serving access point; controlling a serving access point directional antenna so that it points in the direction of the mobile appliance; and establishing a communication link with the mobile appliance to provide bandwidth on a WLAN network to the WAN user, thereby enabling the WAN user to access and utilize a WLAN network for performing a task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Patent number: 5673954
    Abstract: A method of making an assemblage of cargo containers includes use of a self-locking swivel stacking pin tool (10) with an elongated handle (12) having a handgrip (18) at a hand end thereof and a pin-housing engaging member (20) at a pin end thereof. A locking-head actuator (14) having an elongated force-transmittal portion (46) slidably extends along an elongated shaft (16) of the elongated handle, with a trigger (48) at a hand end thereof and a locking-head rotator (50) at a pin end thereof for engaging a bottom swivel locking head (38). By moving the trigger relative to the handgrip an operator can cause a rotatable axle (40) of a swivel stacking pin to rotate and thereby cause a top swivel locking head (36) to rotate and align with a top housing insert section (28) so that the top swivel locking head and the top housing insert section can be inserted into a hole (13a) of a second cargo container (13) by manipulation of the swivel stacking pin tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Patent number: 5566998
    Abstract: A cargo container swivel-stacking-pin tool (10) for insertion and removal of swivel stacking pins (11, 60) in cargo containers (13) includes a rigid elongated handle (12), a U-shaped pin-engaging member (14, 76) attached to the elongated handle and two trigger actuators (16, 18 and 90, 92) attached to the pin-engaging member. The pin-engaging member has a base member (26, 80) and first and second fork members (22,24 and 86, 88) attached to the base member which define a slot (28, 78) of a size for receiving a bottom insert section (30, 72) of a swivel stacking pin. The trigger actuators are attached to opposite sides of the base member for manipulating locking-head triggers of the swivel stacking pins for enabling top locking heads of the swivel stacking pins to rotate about rotation axes (55, 94) when the top insert sections thereof are inserted in engagement holes (13a) of the cargo containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1996
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Patent number: 5531011
    Abstract: A tool permitting a longshoreman to install and remove stacking pins from cargo containers without the necessity of using a ladder is disclosed. The stacking pin tool includes a segmented, elongated, handle with one end segment thereof terminating in a specifically designed stacking pin engagement and retention structure for a specific design stacking pin. The longshoreman remains on the deck while engaging and retaining the stacking pin with the end of the tool, rotating the tool and pin 180.degree. to individually position stacking pins over and in position to be inserted in each of the four reinforced corners of a cargo container. The length of the elongated handle is adjusted by adding or removing segments therein for use in one or two tier cargo container stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Patent number: 5516171
    Abstract: A self-locking swivel stacking pin tool (10) includes an elongated handle (12) having a handgrip (18) at a hand end thereof and a pin-housing engaging member (20) at a pin end thereof. A locking-head actuator (14) has an elongated force-transmittal portion (46) slidably extending along an elongated shaft (16) of the elongated handle, with a trigger (14) at a hand end thereof and a locking-head rotator (50) at a pin end thereof for engaging a bottom swivel locking head (38). By moving the trigger relative to the handgrip an operator can cause a rotatable axle (40) of a swivel stacking pin to rotate and thereby cause a top swivel locking head (36) to rotate and align with a top housing insert section (28) so that the top swivel locking head and the top housing insert section can be inserted into a hole (13a) of a cargo container (13) by manipulation of the swivel stacking pin tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Patent number: 5390970
    Abstract: A tool permitting a longshoreman to install and remove stacking pins from cargo containers without the necessity of using a ladder is disclosed. The stacking pin tool includes a segmented, elongated, handle with one end segment thereof terminating in a specifically designed stacking pin engagement and retention structure for a specific design stacking pin. The longshoreman remains on the deck while engaging and retaining the stacking pin with the end of the tool, rotating the tool and pin 180.degree. to individually position stacking pins over and in position to be inserted in each of the four reinforced corners of a cargo container. The length of the elongated handle is adjusted by adding or removing segments therein for use in one or two tier cargo container stacks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Patent number: 4570470
    Abstract: The subject invention is a door lock security device adapted to provide a means for preventing a doorknob lock from being opened by a master key or other means through the keyhole while the room is locked from the outside, such device comprising a cover member to envelope and otherwise cover a doorknob of the type which has a locking mechanism integrated therein. The subject covering device comprises a circular ring member comprising two separate retractable members, which are pivotably mounted to one another at a common point about which they can retract or close relative to one another. The circular ring member is adapted to encircle the doorknob in a peripheral manner and is provided with a solid frontal portion to cover the key insert. The solid frontal portion is adapted to fit securely against the outer extremity of the doorknob in which the key slot is structured so as to prevent one from inserting a key or other object into the key slot while it is so covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Inventor: William H. Gray, Sr.
  • Patent number: D437822
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Leadfoot Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Patent number: D447995
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Leadfoot Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Gray
  • Patent number: D449439
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Leadfoot Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Gray