By Location Patents (Class 116/209)
  • Patent number: 10948796
    Abstract: This invention discloses how EC devices can be fabricated as tags or labels; and further the materials used, device structures and how these can be processed by printing technologies. In addition, systems using displays of such EC devices and their integration with other components are described for forming labels and tags, etc, that may be actuated wirelessly or powered with low voltage and low capacity batteries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Anoop Agrawal, John P Cronin, Lori L Adams, Juan Carlos L Tonazzi
  • Patent number: 10690796
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to utility locator and user interfaces for use with such locators. Such utility locators may include multiple antennas and sensors for determining and displaying information associated with a buried or otherwise inaccessible utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventor: Mark S. Olsson
  • Patent number: 10543420
    Abstract: A prompting device for prompting state information of a physical game character includes a smog machine and a control circuit. The smog machine include a smog chamber, a heating element, and an air-blowing device. The smog chamber has a receiving cavity for receiving smog fluid, an inlet, and an outlet. The inlet and the outlet are in communication with the receiving cavity. The heating element is mounted within the receiving cavity and generates heat to vaporize the smog fluid after an electric current is applied. The air-blowing device is disposed corresponding to the outlet for blowing an air flow towards the receiving cavity. The air flow generated by the air-blowing device enters into the receiving cavity from the inlet and discharges smog within the receiving cavity from outlet. The control circuit is configured to control the smog machine to generate the smog that characterizes the state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Xiaolong Wu
  • Patent number: 10145505
    Abstract: An anchoring system (10) comprising an anchor (12) and a pin member (14). The anchor (12) comprises a body (16) configured to be inserted in a support surface (18). The body (16) provides an elongate passage ((22) configured to receive and support the pin member (14). The elongate passage (22) provides an open end (30) providing an opening (32). The opening (32) is provided for receiving an end (34) of the pin member (14) therethrough. The anchor (12) and pin member (14) provide a fastening arrangement (36) for fastening the pin member (14) within the passage (22), when the pin member (14) is inserted through the opening (32) into position within the passage (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Jason Wasley
  • Patent number: 10130489
    Abstract: An expandable implant for engagement between vertebrae includes an inner member, an outer member, and a gear member positioned coaxial with respect to each other such that the inner and outer members are moveable relative to each other along an axis. The inner member includes a longitudinal groove configured to engage a pin extending through the outer member such that the pin prevents the inner member from translating completely through the outer member and aids in alignment and limits rotation of the second endplate. Portions of the implant may be provided with a series of markings such that when the markings are aligned, the implant is aligned in a specific configuration and for a specific implantation approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Globus Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Colm McLaughlin, George Howard, Jason Gray, James Himmelberger
  • Patent number: 9858520
    Abstract: The description relates to controllable device marking. One example can be manifest as a device that has a housing and a marking apparatus integrated into the housing. The marking apparatus can include a display and a disablement mechanism. While the disablement mechanism is in a first state the display is controllable to allow content presented on the display to be defined and when the disablement mechanism is transitioned to a second state the content is persisted and unchangeable on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Vladimir Holostov, Austin Czarnecki, Julia Meinershagen
  • Patent number: 9824551
    Abstract: A seating area system for use in a seating area where the seats have respectively associated radiation emitting devices (for example, infrared light emitting diodes) to help people find their seats through a camera type display on their mobile devices. Upon request from an end user, a server system turns on the radiation emitting device, associated with the end user's request, for a limited time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gabriele Barboni, Alessandro Baroni, Emilio Spatola, Marta Usai
  • Patent number: 9752337
    Abstract: A mid-rise residential building with a garage section, a lower section disposed above the garage section, and an upper section disposed above the lower section is disclosed. The upper section includes a corridor that traverses the building, but the lower section does not include such a corridor. The garage section includes a plurality of private garages. The lower section includes at least a pair of multistory dwelling units, where each unit has a through unit floor plan and each unit provides direct access to a respective private garage. The upper section includes a corridor. The upper section also includes a single story dwelling unit that is primarily accessible from the corridor; and at least two multistory dwelling units that have respective entranceways disposed laterally across the corridor from the single story dwelling unit. Each of the multistory dwelling units has a second floor with portions directly above the corridor and the single story dwelling unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: S&T Joint Venture
    Inventors: Jerry W. Stewart, W. Bryan Thruston
  • Patent number: 9670662
    Abstract: A marker has an anchor portion and a twisted portion, and the twisted portion has one or more reflective sides and is twisted about a length axis of the strip so that part of at least one of the reflective sides faces any view toward the marker. Or, a marker includes an anchor portion and a reflective portion, and the reflective portion contains a material that permits manual, plastic deformation to create a twist in the reflective portion. The marker when twisted may be attached to mark a location of a feature of a building in which insulation hides the feature but leaves the twisted portion of the marker exposed within an access space of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Timothy G. Newhoff
  • Patent number: 9650112
    Abstract: A shot gun flotation device includes an inflatable arrangement comprising a water sensitive mechanism; an inflatable bladder; and a source of gas for inflating the inflatable element. Housing has a first tubular section attached to the shot gun, a tubular transition section, and a second tubular section for housing the inflatable arrangement. A further embodiment comprises an attachment adapter, a frame, and a sheath. The attachment adapter includes a first end section with threads for attachment to the shot gun, a middle section for mounting a ring, and a second end section with external threads for engaging the frame. The frame supports an inflatable arrangement and a sheath houses the inflatable arrangement and the frame when in an inoperative state. Further embodiments include an inflatable arrangement with a bladder stored in housing and a CO2 cartridge for inflating the bladder when the inflatable arrangement is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Brian E. Milam, Joseph E. Bellande, IV
  • Patent number: 9610799
    Abstract: A housing includes a base defining at least one receiving cavity and at least one embedding member corresponding to the at least one receiving cavity. The at least one embedding member is embedded into the at least one receiving cavity. The at least one embedding member includes a pattern layer formed on the ceramic body. The pattern layer includes at least one pattern having a color. The least one pattern changes the color thereof according to changes of temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Yu-Tsai Wang, Ying-Bo Yang, Shui-Ying Chen, Bi-Ling Dong
  • Patent number: 9599740
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to user interfaces for enhanced utility locators. Such enhanced utility locators may include a variety of sensors and other such technologies for determining information regarding a buried or otherwise inaccessible utility line. Such information may be displayed in various ways to convey relative characteristics among multiple utilities, or to convey relative characteristics of one or more utilities with respect to a locator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventor: Mark S. Olsson
  • Patent number: 9285499
    Abstract: This detecting and/or monitoring device (2) is intended to be mounted on optically invisible objects and to be placed substantially parallel to the general direction of said objects. The detecting and/or monitoring device (2) comprises at least one electrically or optically conductive linear element (3) and an insulating sheath (4) covering the linear element. The insulating sheath (4) comprises at least one first face (5) having at least one substantially flat portion (5a) intended to be mounted on said objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: SOCIETE PLYMOUTH FRANCAISE
    Inventors: Mounir Saad, Daniel Arnaud
  • Publication number: 20150136014
    Abstract: Disclosed are devices, kits and systems for enhancing distance determination of an object from a point of reference within a terrain. One or more devices are provided which are visually distinct in appearance. The devices are placed within a terrain such that devices of a similar visual appearance are at a first distance from the point of reference, objects of a similar appearance different than the first set of objects are placed at a second distance from the point of reference, and so on. The use of one or more devices representing one or more distances from a point of reference can be used to determine a position of one or more items within the terrain based on its position relative to the devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Mark PERUZZARO
  • Publication number: 20150128845
    Abstract: A rescue locator signal is provided that includes a central member with a first arm extending therefrom in a first direction. A second arm extends from the central member in a second direction that is completely opposite to the first direction, and a third arm extends from the central member in a third direction. A fourth arm extends from the central member in a fourth direction that is completely opposite to the third direction. A plurality of reflective members are located on upper surfaces of the first arm, second arm, third arm, and fourth arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: RICHARD C. DESAULNIERS
  • Patent number: 9027503
    Abstract: A multi-purpose reflective collar for attachment to a fire hydrant that increases the visibility of the hydrant to motorists and others, and that indicates the hydrant's flow rate, water source and pressure rating to firefighters and other first responders through the use of color coded reflective tape webs that can be removably attached to the collar. The multi-purpose reflective collar of the present invention is adjustable to accommodate fire hydrants of different shapes and sizes, and is useful in increasing safety and the efficiency of firefighting procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Sampson
  • Publication number: 20150122171
    Abstract: An adjustable marking device for visual identification of a valve in a valve housing or a pipe comprises a substantially planar flexible body having a tail, a head, and a visual indicator. A permanent magnet is secured to the body for magnetic attachment to the housing or pipe. A fixing means holds the tail and the head when they are brought into overlapping proximity with one another to form an in use configuration to fit the housing or pipe. The visual indicator may be a colour indicator and/or a directional indicator. A method is provided for visually identifying a valve in a valve housing or a pipe in a multi-valve distribution and/or treatment system by means of a colour indicator and directional indicator of valve operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: CHIIPS INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Shivendra Nath Varma
  • Patent number: 8985048
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus and method for visual identification of valves in multi valve distribution and transmission systems, and particularly for municipal utility infrastructures such as mainline, connection, drain, pressure district, pressure regulating and pressure sustaining valves. In an embodiment, color coded valve box inserts are made to specifications, inserted and secured into place at the opening of multiple valve boxes to easily and accurately identify the different types or sizes of valves. Each color represents a different type or size of valve, as established by the municipality. A color coding chart identifying the different types or sizes of valves may be placed at each point of access to the valves to assist in identification of the different types of valves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Perin, Jeremy Leyland Hunt
  • Publication number: 20150075908
    Abstract: A visual indicator for a ladder is provided which may include a component having a photo luminescent material, a component have a reflective material, or both. In one embodiment, the visual indicator includes a rung plug having a cap portion and a body portion, the body portion being configured to be inserted into the interior hollow of a ladder rung such that the cap portion is visible along the side of an associated ladder rail. The cap portion may comprise a photo luminescent material, a reflective material or both. In one embodiment, the cap portion comprises a photo luminescent material while a separate reflective indicator is placed on the ladder rail at a location adjacent the rung plug.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: N. Ryan Moss, Joe Bloomfield, Sean R. Peterson, Brian B. Russell, Steve Puertas
  • Patent number: 8967071
    Abstract: Included are embodiments of a guide apparatus. In some embodiments, the guide apparatus includes a body portion, a connector housing, and a rounded connector portion. The connector housing may include a connector snap surface that is disposed on an interior surface of the connector housing. Additionally, the connector housing may define a hollow portion adjacent to the interior surface. The connector housing may be coupled to the body portion via the connector snap surface. Similarly, the rounded connector portion may be coupled to the connector housing and may removably secure to a spad that is disposed on a ceiling, such that the guide apparatus hangs substantially downward, regardless of the orientation of the spad. By hanging substantially downward, the retractable guide apparatus may more accurately identify an intended path within a mine shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: JTSR, LLC
    Inventor: Dwayne Jarvis
  • Publication number: 20150020727
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying areas of a processing plant in which a glove is damaged. The system includes utilizing color-coded sets of gloves in different areas or processing steps within the plant. All the gloves used in a particular plant are provided with a unique identifier. If a piece of a glove is located in the product within the plant, the color of that piece indicates the area or process of the plant in which the glove was used. If a piece of a damaged glove is located in the product at a remote destination, the unique identifier in that piece is matched with a registry to determine the plant in which the glove was used. The color of the piece then helps the plant to identify where the damaged glove was used. The system and method are particularly helpful in the food processing industry, especially meat processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Summit Glove Inc.
    Inventor: James L. Hull
  • Patent number: 8899170
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of an object locating apparatus includes a cartridge having a cartridge interior; a float in the cartridge interior; a float attachment line attached to the float and the cartridge; a water-dissolvable float retainer tablet retained in the cartridge interior; a cartridge cap in the cartridge interior; and a spring normally sandwiched and compressed between the cartridge cap and the float retainer tablet and adapted to expand and push the float from the container interior upon dissolving of the float from the retainer tablet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Brandon Bell
  • Patent number: 8887449
    Abstract: A benchmark marking tool includes a marking plate having an upper surface formed in a flat shape so as to mark a benchmark on the upper surface, a stud extending from a back surface of the upper surface of the marking plate and buried in a structure such as a floor of a building to fix the marking plate, and an outer peripheral flange provided around the marking plate and buried in a coating layer applied to the structure. The marking plate is provided such that the upper surface is located to be flush with or below an upper surface of the coating layer formed on the structure when the marking plate is located in the structure of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation
    Inventor: Isao Hoshi
  • Publication number: 20140283731
    Abstract: Aerial markers are disclosed for hanging on overhead support cables at discrete spaced apart distances to warn passersby, such as airplanes, helicopters, hang gliders, hot air balloons, and the like of the presence of the cables. The aerial markers can be made in multiple parts, having various parting lines, including a vertical parting line, and can be hung in a spaced relationship to the support cables. To space the marker body from the support wire, a support frame is used to enable hanging the marker body via one or more external clamps. Direct connection is also possible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventor: Flynn S. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 8832981
    Abstract: A rescue locator signal is provided that includes a central member with a first arm extending therefrom in a first direction. A second arm extends from the central member in a second direction that is completely opposite to the first direction, and a third arm extends from the central member in a third direction. A fourth arm extends from the central member in a fourth direction that is completely opposite to the third direction. A plurality of reflective members are located on upper surfaces of the first arm, second arm, third arm, and fourth arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rescued In Time, LLC
    Inventor: Richard C. Desaulniers
  • Publication number: 20140216328
    Abstract: The post system of the present invention is formed from a cap and a base. The cap sits flush with the ground while base system extends into the ground towards the underground hazard. The cap is removable to access a tracer station or similar mounting integrated steel plate. The cap includes a superior disk, a cap housing, and a locking mechanism. The base includes an anchor system and two telescoping assemblies nested within the base so as to raise the test station or steel plate above ground level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Nick Seibert
  • Patent number: 8776715
    Abstract: A whisker marker system has an installation apparatus, a whisker marker, a marker strip, and a whisker fastener. The installation apparatus includes a housing and a driver shaft connected to a power driver for rotating the driver shaft. A slide body coupled to the housing moves between extended and retracted positions. The slide body has a guide channel for receiving a marker strip. The marker strip includes a series of whisker markers, each bunched together with a bunching device and attached to a threaded whisker fastener. In use, the apparatus rotates the whisker fastener until it passes through the bunching device of the whisker marker. The fastener is driven into the ground until it secures the whisker marker to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Flagshooter Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Michael Carrette
  • Publication number: 20140150711
    Abstract: A paint stick and marker installation system for inserting a marker having shaft with a bottom end for inserting into the ground and an engagement portion of the shaft separated from the bottom end by an insertion portion of the shaft. The apparatus includes a magazine assembly configured to receive at least one marker. The magazine space has a push position in the magazine space for receiving the at least one marker. The apparatus further comprises a push assembly mounted on the magazine assembly. The push assembly is configured to engage the engagement portion of the shaft of the marker located in the push position and push the marker from the magazine assembly when the push assembly is actuated. A plurality of the markers are bonded together such that each of the markers can be removed from the rest of the plurality when inserting a marker into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: FlagShooter Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Paul M. Carrette
  • Patent number: 8720363
    Abstract: A water activated device having a lower casing with a cavity into which a spring is received, followed by a plunger and a bobbin. The lower casing attaches to an upper casing which houses a floatation member and includes a central aperture sized to allow the plunger to pass. The bobbin is sandwiched between the floatation member and the plunger. The floatation member defines a line holding dispensing spool such that one end of a line is attached to the spool and the opposite end of the line is attached to the device. The bobbin is the water sensitive trigger: when the water comes in contact with the bobbin, the bobbin starts to disintegrate losing its structural integrity, allowing force to enable the spring, forcing the plunger against the floatation member which discharges the floatation member from the upper casing. Once the floatation member is discharged, the floatation member floats to the water surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Ian Weatherford
  • Patent number: 8701586
    Abstract: A magnetic wear saving device including a resilient member and a magnetic member for protecting a wear surface on a material handling device. The magnetic wear saving device further including a release means provided within a bore formed through and along the central axes of the resilient member and the magnetic member for removing the magnetic wear saving device from the wear surface of the material handling device. There may be a single shear plate with several recesses for the magnetic wear saving devices, or the wear surface of the equipment itself may be integrally formed with recesses for the magnetic wear saving devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Raptor Mining Products Inc.
    Inventors: Craig E. Harder, Murray A Smith
  • Patent number: 8677660
    Abstract: A support bracket for an upright tracer wire conduit proximate a pipeline riser with an above grade flange having bolt holes for receipt of mounting bolts. The bracket has a first hole sized to accommodate the mounting bolt shank diameter and a second hole spaced from the first hole and sized to accommodate a diameter of said upright tracer wire conduit. The bracket is thereby arranged for fastening to the above grade flange of the pipeline riser through alignment of the first hole of the bracket with one of the bolt holes of the above grade flange and fastening of the mounting bolt through said aligned holes in order to support the tracer wire conduit in an upright position extending through the second hole. A surface of the bracket facing away from the holes presents a label carrying area of the bracket for displaying identifying information concerning the pipeline or riser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael A. Reid
  • Publication number: 20140061478
    Abstract: A method for tracking a moving target object, in particular a vehicle. The method involves identification the target object, marking the target object with a marking invisible in the visible spectrum but retro-reflective in a selected wavelength range of the invisible spectrum of light, tracking the marked moving target object with an image capture device provided on a moving platform, which image capture device is sensitive in the selected wavelength range of the invisible spectrum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: EADS Deutschland GmbH
  • Patent number: 8656857
    Abstract: A marker installation system is disclosed for inserting a marker of the type having shaft with a bottom end for inserting into a ground surface and an engagement portion of the shaft separated from the bottom end by an insertion portion of the shaft. The apparatus includes a magazine assembly defining a magazine space configured to receive at least one marker. The magazine space has a push position in the magazine space for receiving the at least one marker. The apparatus further comprises a push assembly mounted on the magazine assembly. The push assembly is configured to engage the engagement portion of the shaft of the marker located in the push position and push the marker from the magazine assembly when the push assembly is actuated. A plurality of the markers are bonded together such that each of the markers can be removed from the rest of the plurality when it is desired to insert a marker into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Flagshooter Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Michael Carrette
  • Publication number: 20140014025
    Abstract: A device indicates a ready and/or upset condition of a ground supported goal such as a soccer goal that has at least one bar that lies in contact with the ground. An indicator arm is movable relative to the contact arm between a ready position and an upset position. A contact arm cooperates with. A biasing element biases the indicator arm to the upset position. When the bar of the goal is no longer in contact with the ground the indicator arm moves from the ready position to the upset position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: GOAL ALERT LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Dempsey
  • Publication number: 20130340670
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to vertical markers placed in the ground to show property boundaries so that snow-removing ploughs or other vehicles do not damage curbing, drain covers and other areas of property. This disclosure is a driveway and street marker with an elongate tube and a optional cantilevered extending arm that extends out over a curb or property boundary, marking property to prevent snow-removal ploughs from damaging curbing, drain covers or other areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Keith Vogt
  • Publication number: 20130312654
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments of a section marking apparatus and method for dividing a geological survey site into one or more sections. In some embodiments, the section marking apparatus includes a case part, a fixing shaft part, a section marking part, and a driving pin part. The fixing shaft part is accommodated in the case part. The section marking part is coupled to the fixing shaft part, received in the case part, and has a marker string configured to be extracted to the outside of the case part. The driving pin part is coupled to the fixing shaft part and configured to be driven into a ground surface to secure the section marking apparatus to the ground surface. Accordingly, the section marking apparatus can be used to divide a site when the ground is flat or when the ground is uneven and/or has a slope.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: KOREA INSTITUTE OF GEOSCIENCE AND MINERAL RESOURCES
    Inventors: SUNG-JA CHOI, IL-MO KANG
  • Patent number: 8572874
    Abstract: An artwork protection device (2) having a set of brackets (1) that mount into a wall (18) which support a clear protective cover (14) over the front of a piece of hanging artwork (16). Each bracket has a footing (3) with a proximal end (4) and a distal end (5). The proximal end is attached to the wall using a screw, a bolt and a wall anchor and so forth. An extension (8) having a distal end (9) and a proximal end (10) that attaches to the distal end of the footing. The proximal end of the extension preferably has a recessed edge (12) that is placed through an aperture (13) located on a periphery of the protective cover. A cap (15) attaches to the proximal end of the extension, thereby locking the protective cover in place. The device allows a user to easily remove the protective cover and bracket extensions when the user wants to fully display the painting and to attach the caps directly to the footings to give an aesthetic appearance to the footings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Robert A. Casterline
  • Publication number: 20130269593
    Abstract: A system used to detect and identify at least one utility line is disclosed. The system comprises an indicator applied to the outside surface of a utility line. The indicator surrounds at least a majority of the outside surface of the utility line and creates a protective barrier around the utility line. In one embodiment, the indicator comprises a polyurethane foam. In another embodiment, the indicator is a sleeve. A color coding system used to identify at least one underground utility line is also disclosed. A method used to identify at least one underground utility line is also needed to detect and identify at least one underground utility line is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: DeLee Leon Upchurch, II
  • Publication number: 20130255563
    Abstract: The present invention is a multi-faceted roadside motor vehicle emergency marker. The marker includes a reversible marker body, a grommet with teeth, a body rod and attachment member with two terminal obstruction members, a message sleeve, a writing utensil attachment member, a motor vehicle attachment member, and a self source illuminator. The marker body is reversible and allows the user to select a visibility level depending upon their situation. The marker can be positioned on a motor vehicle component to alert passerby as well as provide passerby alerting illumination that does not require use of electricity. Each side includes a fastener to hold a writing utensil so the user can readily write down information pertinent to the motor vehicle condition or the emergency situation, in addition each side also has sleeve and a reservoir to contain, display, and protect information pertinent to the motor vehicle condition or the emergency situation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Lee Lawrence Goodwyn, JR.
  • Patent number: 8471716
    Abstract: Signaling methods and apparatuses are described for preventing flood irrigation water from overflowing in a trench, field, or other area. Signaling devices may include indicators such as a reflector, a flag, a light, or a sound device provided on an end of an elongate member having its opposite end engaged with the ground. A stake is driven into the ground near the elongate member in the trench or other area where water will flow. A breakaway link such as a strip of paper is engaged to either the indicator or the elongate member and also to the stake, causing the elongate member to be bent downward, with the breakaway link located in the trench where water will flow. When exposed to the flow of water, the breakaway link weakens and eventually tears such that the elongate member springs upward carrying the indicator with it, signaling an operator that water has reached that location in the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Hansen
  • Patent number: 8448592
    Abstract: Methods and devices are provided for rescuing and recovering underwater vehicles. In one embodiment, a system is provided that includes a modular rescue device configured to attach to an underwater vehicle, such as with a tow line. The rescue device can include one or more emergency mechanisms that can be automatically and/or manually activated to aid in detecting the location of the underwater vehicle in the event of an emergency. One exemplary emergency mechanism includes a buoyancy mechanism, e.g., an expandable lift bag, configured to be inflated with a fluid to add buoyancy force to the system to pull the underwater vehicle toward a water surface. Another exemplary emergency mechanism includes a signaling mechanism configured to signal the underwater vehicle's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Ocean Server Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Crowell, David Charles
  • Publication number: 20130092076
    Abstract: A marker is provided for use with a plaster covering. An indicator arrangement is activated by moisture from the plaster covering to provide an indication which is visible from the exposed face of the plaster covering. This may be by swelling, releasing a dye or ink, pushing a pin through the plaster or in other ways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicant: SEA-CUBED LIMITED
    Inventor: Gilly Michael Duncan Fox
  • Publication number: 20130047912
    Abstract: An illustrative embodiment of an object locating apparatus includes a cartridge having a cartridge interior; a float in the cartridge interior; a float attachment line attached to the float and the cartridge; a water-dissolvable float retainer tablet retained in the cartridge interior; a cartridge cap in the cartridge interior; and a spring normally sandwiched and compressed between the cartridge cap and the float retainer tablet and adapted to expand and push the float from the container interior upon dissolving of the float from the retainer tablet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Brandon Bell
  • Patent number: 8371054
    Abstract: An artwork protection device (2) having a set of brackets (1) that mount into a wall (18) which support a clear protective cover (14) over the front of a piece of hanging artwork (16). Each bracket has a footing (3) with a proximal end (4) and a distal end (5). The proximal end is attached to the wall using a screw, a bolt and a wall anchor and so forth. An extension (8) having a distal end (9) and a proximal end (10) that attaches to the distal end of the footing. The proximal end of the extension preferably has a recessed edge (12) that is placed through an aperture (13) located on a periphery of the protective cover. A cap (15) attaches to the proximal end of the extension, thereby locking the protective cover in place. The device allows a user to easily remove the protective cover and bracket extensions when the user wants to fully display the painting and to attach the caps directly to the footings to give an aesthetic appearance to the footings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Robert A. Casterline
  • Publication number: 20130032081
    Abstract: The invention relates to wayfinding devices including an integral changeable space for advertisements which enable the municipality to provide pedestrian wayfinding and reduce or eliminate the cost of such wayfinding system. The wayfinding device includes a stylized compass and a message element. The stylized compass defines an inner space and is intended to be embedded in a concrete panel and installed in a sidewalk, building facade, kiosk bus stop shelter and/or planter among other possibilities. The advertising element is positioned within the inner space defined by the stylized compass and includes an inner element and a centerpiece removable from the inner element. The centerpiece has a surface having a message portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventor: Nathaniel Kent Covington
  • Publication number: 20130014691
    Abstract: A device indicates a ready and/or upset condition of a ground supported goal such as a soccer goal that has at least one bar that lies in contact with the ground. An indicator arm is movable relative to the contact arm between a ready position and an upset position. A contact arm cooperates with. A biasing element biases the indicator arm to the upset position. When the bar of the goal is no longer in contact with the ground the indicator arm moves from the ready position to the upset position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory Dempsey
  • Publication number: 20120295244
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus and method for visual identification of valves in multi valve distribution and transmission systems, and particularly for municipal utility infrastructures such as mainline, connection, drain, pressure district, pressure regulating and pressure sustaining valves. In an embodiment, color coded valve box inserts are made to specifications, inserted and secured into place at the opening of multiple valve boxes to easily and accurately identify the different types or sizes of valves. Each color represents a different type or size of valve, as established by the municipality. A color coding chart identifying the different types or sizes of valves may be placed at each point of access to the valves to assist in identification of the different types of valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Perin, Jeremy Leyland Hunt
  • Publication number: 20120229282
    Abstract: A process and system for detecting the presence of a person overboard including: setting the perimeter of an area to scan, scanning said area 180 degrees in azimuth utilizing a laser beam for receiving a reflection of said laser beam off said person, detecting said reflection and playing back a video recording of said trajectory of the person, wherein the area above and below the perimeter of an area to scan is continuously video recorded and wherein upon detecting the target, one or more of audio and visual alarms alert that crew, and wherein an alarm with location is sent to PDA system with GPS coordinates time and date. Additionally a launched deploys a device to track the person overboard, and allows persons on the ship or in a control center to ascertain the location of the person overboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: Security Identification Systems Corporation a Florida
    Inventors: ANTHONY ZAGAMI, JOSEPH CARVALKO
  • Patent number: 8260578
    Abstract: The method uses a location device and a timing element to determine the location of a protection device at various periods of time. During these periods of time, the human may be participating in a variety of activities and positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Tana Marie Kirkbride, Thomas Ward Osborn, III, Reginald Edward Crutcher, II, Marie Brigid O'Reilly
  • Publication number: 20120216469
    Abstract: An apparatus aids in indicating the location of pipe and conduit that may be within or behind walls. Specifically, an in-wall pipe and conduit location indicator apparatus helps to indicate the presence and location of pipes and conduit disposed behind drywall wallboard within a room in a building. Methods of using the same are further provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventor: Joshua Mescall