Rectilinear Patents (Class 116/225)
  • Patent number: 11491385
    Abstract: A football yardage chain apparatus for more accurately detecting first downs includes a unit housing having a pole aperture extending from a top side through a bottom side and a channel extending through to the pole aperture from proximal the bottom side to the top side. A pole is coupled through the pole aperture and a chain connector is coupled proximal a bottom end of the pole. A marker bar has a hinge coupled within the channel and swingingly moves between a stored position parallel with the pole and an alternative extended position configured to extend to a height proximal a nose of a football resting horizontally on the ground. A back side of the marker bar lies coplanar with a tangent plane of the pole at a point of union with the chain connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventor: Anthony Mattina
  • Patent number: 10578244
    Abstract: A device having means for inhibiting a holding means from collapsing, wherein said inhibiting means is configured to fit between two legs of said sign holding means; means for supporting said inhibiting means, wherein each of said supporting means is disposed at each proximate end portion of said inhibiting means; means for securing said inhibiting means to said leg of said sign holding means; means for compressing said securing means; means for locking; and means for accepting said locking means to lock said inhibiting means in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Justin Santolaya
  • Patent number: 10088378
    Abstract: Low cost transducer bonding tooling and techniques are provided which can be used to duplicate the quality of factory manufactured load indicating members, and to allow transducers to be attached to fasteners irrespective of their orientation. The bonding tooling and techniques can also be used to bond other small objects requiring precise placement and reliable bonding such as, for example, the bonding of identification labels to manufactured components or structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Innovation Plus, LLC
    Inventor: Ian E. Kibblewhite
  • Patent number: 9925454
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a base and a coupling member. The base is configured to position a game piece with respect to a gaming area, and the coupling member is configured to couple the game piece to the base. A status selector is provided to select a status of the game piece with respect to the gaming area, using an indicator extending from a first side to a second side of the base. A set of indicia are configured to be selectively displayed by positioning the indicator with respect to the first and second sides of the base, so that the selected status of the game piece is indicated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventors: Jason Beaudoin, Christian T. Petersen
  • Patent number: 9868051
    Abstract: A table includes a table surface, a border, and an underside. A planar game board is disposed within the table, wherein the planar surface includes a plurality of scoring targets and a plurality of zones marked thereon. A simulated American football field piece is secured to the planar game board, so that playing pieces may pass underneath, across, over, or above the planar surface and simulated American football field piece. Play-indicating mechanisms are attached to the table. The play-indicating mechanisms are each configured to indicate one of a plurality of play options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Justin Kolb
  • Patent number: 9433849
    Abstract: A remotely controllable first down demarcation laser projection system for sporting events such as football. The system comprises a first laser projection module and a second laser projection module within an elongated track positioned parallel to the athletic field. The projection modules are configured to project a beam across the athletic field at predetermined locations. The first laser projection module is configured to track the location of the football when the football is on the line of scrimmage while the second laser projection module is configured to track the location of a first down demarcation on the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Jeb Brown
  • Patent number: 8904951
    Abstract: A device for recording baseball or softball game data includes a band adapted to fit around a limb of a user, the band having an inner surface configured to face inwardly towards the circumference of the limb, and an opposed, outer surface configured to face outwardly away from the circumference of the limb; a base plate attached to the outer surface of the band or an end portion of the band; a front cover attached to the base plate, the front cover having at least one aperture disposed therethrough or at least one viewing window disposed therein; at least one plurality of numbers, the plurality of numbers configured to represent differing quantities of balls, strikes, outs, or innings during a baseball or softball game inscribed on the device; at least one number of the at least one plurality of numbers configured to be visible through the aperture or the viewing window of the front cover; and at least one indicium inscribed on the device near the at least one plurality of numbers, the indicium labeling the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Brian R. Hronek
  • Patent number: 7987809
    Abstract: A basketball sports whistle having an integral basketball possession indicator at the eye level of the referee enables the referee to accurately determine which team is entitled to possession of the basketball without diverting his eyes from the basketball court. The referee switches the indicator to record a change of ball possession. A friction or detent lock in the integrally constructed indicator prevents the ball possession indicator from being accidentally switched to a different position. The possession indicator element is a friction lock slider, or a pop-up indicator in a see-saw like element with friction or a detent at the axis of the see-saw. It can alternatively be or a single pop-up element that carries either H for home team basketball possession or V for visitor team basketball possession.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: Luis H. Uribe, Anthony J. Palmeri
  • Patent number: 7975641
    Abstract: A tennis scoring system utilizing a display unit having a plurality of colored indicia areas disposed within at least a first and second scoring bar, each of such colored indicia areas of the first and second scoring bars representing, respectively, the games and sets to be won by the first and second players, each of such colored indicia areas in the first and second scoring bars to be changed in color in sequence whenever a player wins a game, such changed colored indicia representing the scores of games and sets won by the two players in a tennis match.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventors: Dusan Pittner, Ida Pittnerova
  • Patent number: 7614358
    Abstract: A dosage reminder device is disclosed. The device is comprised of a front plate, a set of slides inserted into the front plate and a back plate connected to the front plate. Each slide indicates a first position for a dosage not taken, a second position to indicate a dosage taken, or to a third position to indicate no dosage. The rear of the back plate has a removable adhesive cover that once removed, facilitates adhering the dosage reminder device to a medicine vial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Inventor: Lisa Annette Duer
  • Patent number: 7607403
    Abstract: A method of providing team scoring information at a wrestling meet. This method includes providing a scoring device with team names and a team score associated with each team name. Information related to the wrestling match is then inputted into the scoring device and the team score is updated as the information is inputted. Additionally, the scoring device allows spectators to view what weight classes have been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: John D. Walters
  • Patent number: 6210296
    Abstract: A portable tennis scorekeeper device includes a portable body attachable to an article of apparel or insertable within a pocket of an article of apparel worn by a tennis player and a scoreboard applied to a side of the portable body. The scoreboard includes a middle region and a pair of opposite side regions. The middle region includes a first portion having a plurality of numbers and letters associated with points scored in a game of a tennis match, a pair of tracks extending along opposite sides of the first portion, second and third portions each disposed on a side of one of the tracks opposite from the first portion and having a plurality of numbers associated with points scored in a tiebreaker of the tennis match, and a pair of markers each mounted to and for undergoing movement along one of the tracks and alignable with the numbers and letters of the first, second and third portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Wendell J. Gabriel
  • Patent number: 6119623
    Abstract: A golf score keeping device is formed from a body 50 having interlocking front and back portions 100, 200. A preferred version of the front portion includes five slides, each slide defining a slide trough within which at least one slide indicator may travel. A similar back portion includes six slides having a total of four slide troughs. A slide channel between the slides of each body portion provides spaced teeth which are engaged by an arm extending from the slide indicator, thereby providing a distinct click as the slide indicator is moved a discrete distance. Slide indicators traveling in the slide trough of one portion 100, 200, extend through the slide channel of the other portion 200, 100. Left and right end covers 300, 400 secure the front and back portions, and protect the slide indicators from contact with a flat supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventors: Richard W. Penland, Jeffrey L Bendio
  • Patent number: 5582128
    Abstract: A hand-operated device in the form of a slide rule or disk computer for giving play-by-play instructions about the most appropriate next move in a team game, based upon the current status or position of the players and other game conditions. The device comprises a stationary frame with at least two sets of windows through which markings on a slidable or rotatable member can be displayed. A first set of windows is used to dial the position or the roles of the players or of a team on the field such as the loading of the bases in a baseball game. A second set of windows displays one or more instructions about the recommended next move. A plurality of movable members may be used in connection with the same frame, each member corresponding to a player's or team's role or position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Wollan, Pennant-Jones, & Dostart
    Inventors: Donald N. Wollan, John G. Pennant-Jones, Paul J. Dostart, Henri J. A. Charmasson
  • Patent number: 5489122
    Abstract: A personal tennis score keeper comprising a strip of sheet material having an upper surface and a lower surface and with the upper surface thereof bearing squares arranged in a linear array and forming three columns, one of the columns bearing indicia indicating the number of games won by a player, another column bearing indicia indicating the number of games won by an opposing player, and the remaining column bearing indicia for indicating a score of each player during a game; and a plurality of scoring markers slidably secured to the strip in a juxtaposed slidable relation with respect to a column for marking a score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Inventor: Dusan Pittner
  • Patent number: 5398418
    Abstract: A circular or bar-type slide rule made of a durable rigid material for converting a golf handicap index into a converted playing handicap based upon the slope rating of a golf course. A method for calculating a converted playing handicap by aligning the player's handicap index value on a first logarithmic scale, locating the golf course slope rate on a second logarithmic scale so that the aligned value of the converted playing handicap may be read on the first scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Inventor: K. Tom Jones
  • Patent number: 5353439
    Abstract: A system for attaching a scoring display unit to a fastening band of a glove. The fastening band includes a top strap, and a back surface patch for the top strap. Confronting surfaces of the top strap and the back surface patch comprise cooperating interengaging means, such as hooks and loops of VELCRO fabric. The scoring device of the invention is affixed to a strip of plastic and then cemented to a strip of hook VELCRO. The assembly is then placed over the top of a glove top strap and fastened to the loop VELCRO on the underside of the glove top strap. In a preferred embodiment, the scoring device consists of a flexible plastic strip and plastic beads connected thereto and together by a linkage of nylon thread. A second embodiment includes a rotary, numbered disc scoring device. The scoring device may also be affixed directly to the glove tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventors: John G. Kurtz, Edward L. Zabelny
  • Patent number: 5291850
    Abstract: In indicating devices of the invention, a slide member is disposed between two registering rectangular sheets forming a holding member and is guided for relative rectilinear movement in certain embodiments and for relative rotational movement in other embodiments, the position of the slide member relative to the holding member being adjustable according to differences in handicap and to indicate stroke holes on which strokes are to be given by one golfer to another golfer in a accordance with a particular order of handicap order numbers of a golf course. Certain embodiments are designed for use separately from a golf course score card while others include indicia to be usable as golf course score card and to more directly indicate stroke holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventors: LeRoy W. Gries, Van M. Lund
  • Patent number: 5251570
    Abstract: A scoreboard system for use in tournament play such as in golf, tennis and trap and skeet shooting events, which includes a plurality of scoreboard panels which are portable so as to be selectively moved between an outdoor support system and an indoor support system and wherein at least two of the scoreboard panels include two different player grid portions permanently displayed on the front and rear surfaces thereof for accommodating different types of tournaments having differing numbers of players and wherein the panels are reversible with respect to their support systems whereby, when the front surfaces are mounted in display relationship with respect to one another, a first grid pattern is established, and wherein, when the rear surfaces thereof are oriented in a display relationship, either a second or third grid pattern is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Eagle Scoring Systems
    Inventor: Eugene Creech
  • Patent number: 5078265
    Abstract: A lottery ticket holder having a pair of planar members interconnected by and through a pair of partition (or side) members to form a hollow body wherethrough a lottery ticket slidably passes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventors: Gary L. Fugit, James L. Griswold
  • Patent number: 5062381
    Abstract: A game data board formed as a planar subsrate having an upper surface and lower surface; a first marking slide; first passage means in the upper surface of the planar substrate for receiving the first marking slide and for permitting movement of the first marking slide therein; first indicia on the upper surface of the planar substrate adjacent the first passage means and arranged relative to the first marking slide so as to permit the first marking slide to be moved in the first passage means to various positions adjacent the first indicia for indicating particular scoring for at least one sport; a second marking slide; second passage means in the upper portion of the planar substrate for receiving the second marking slide and for permitting movement of the second marking slide therein; second indicia on the upper surface of the planar substrate adjacent the second passage means and arranged relative to the second marking slide so as to permit the second marking slide to be moved in the second passage means
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Hendricks
  • Patent number: 5048452
    Abstract: A scoring device for use in racquet games. A track member is mounted to a base member by an attachment means which allows relative movement between the base and track members. Scoring indicators move along the track member. An adhesive label is attached to the base member to allow its attachment to a curved surface and, more particularly, to the curved surface such as that of a throat of a racquet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventors: Perry S. Haddock, Wayne M. Fraser
  • Patent number: 5040796
    Abstract: A playing card-based simulated football game comprising a plurality of playing cards for at least two players, each of whom represents opposing football teams, the playing cards containing integers and play-controlling indicia for producing, under certain playing conditions, simulated football game plays including "draws", "traps", "bombs", "sacks", "dogs", and "live ball" situations; a plurality of drawing cards housed in a container and retrieved by a player upon notification of the occurrence of a foul, the drawing cards showing the identity of the offending team, the type of foul which occurred and the penalty therefor, all virtually indistinguishable from those actually encountered in the game; a try-kick and field goal chart device comprising a hand-held container and a strip of flat material slidingly received therein, having integers printed thereon, for matching with apertures in the cover to indicate the values of playing cards that may be used to possible insure success of the kick; an elongated st
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventor: John T. Schall
  • Patent number: 4825803
    Abstract: Apparatus for displaying information from the inside of a vehicle consisting of a pair of horizontal members attached to end brackets mounted on the inside of a window in the vehicle utilizing suction. The upper member is removable and reversible. The lower member is provided with a slide to identify a particular bit of information, with a tooth on the slide and notches on the lower member to keep the slide in place and to highlight a preselected bit of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Inventors: Michael B. Ammann, Steven S. Delicati
  • Patent number: 4738449
    Abstract: The invention comprises a score marker for tennis including a base pierced with three slots arranged in U form. Each slot is provided with a cursor associated with positioning means which in the case of the two parallel slots enables retention of the cursor in four predetermined positions so as to display the points 0, 15, 30 and 40 and in the case of the third slot enables retention of the cursor in three predetermined positions in which it indicates in the central position equality of the players and in the end positions to which player the advantage belongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Inventor: Francois Droz
  • Patent number: 4669732
    Abstract: A lottery number selector is provided and consists of a set of numbered cards so that a series of numbers can be selected at random for a state lottery drawing. A dispenser device can be used to hold at least one set of randomly mixed numbered cards so that a person can remove the top cards one at a time. The dispenser device is rotatable about its base and has a mechanism for recording the numbers selected when each card is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Inventors: David Zebrowski, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4651998
    Abstract: The invention relates to a projectile target game of the dart type which has individual player score keeping apparatus that includes a pair of nonrotatable shafts around which are loosely carried continuous belts which have an opaque background through which transparent numbers have been formed. Each digit of a number has a width substantially greater than the digits height. The continuous belt passes between a light source and a unidirectional magnifying lens which magnifies only the height dimension of the number's digits. The continuous belt is provided with score advance openings that are exposed via a slot in the face of the game that supports the target. The score advance openings are adjacent the transparent numbers such that a score may be made to appear in the magnifying lens. The target of the dart game is a dart board which has a unique bullseye target deflection detection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Inventors: David R. Holt, Thomas C. Harms, Jr., Robert B. Shepherd
  • Patent number: 4535987
    Abstract: A multi-purpose golf tool which provides, on a single, collapsible, compact carrier, most of the functions required by a golfer in the course of a round of golf, the carrier, itself, being constructed to perform certain of the functions in addition to acting as the carrier for the other elements of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Joseph K. Dikoff
  • Patent number: 4498668
    Abstract: A device for scoring the opposing sides of a tennis match which is adapted to be mounted on the side of a tennis racket handle. A variation of this device may be employed to keep count of the games won by each side. The device comprises an elongated, flexible, transparent structure which is segmented into two compartments by a seam across its mid section. Enclosed within each compartment is a bead-like chip or marker which is slideably movable therein when the marker is pressed gently. Each chip is held in place by a spring-like action wedging it against the wall of its compartment and preventing it from being moved inadvertently during the game. The structure itself is sandwiched between two strips of film which are adhesively attached together. The outer film layer includes an elongated transparent panel through which each marker may be viewed within its compartment and upon which are imprinted indicia, each of which corresponds to a score in a tennis game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Inventor: Jack Bowen
  • Patent number: 4404543
    Abstract: An improved indicia display apparatus particularly useful for displaying indicia indicating the number of down to be played in football competition and locating the position of the ball along the sideline, for example, the apparatus comprising an opaque outer cylinder with a domed top and bottom, with three evenly spaced openings, said outer cylinder fitting over a translucent inner cylinder with two rows of printed indicia. Illumination within the inner cylinder is attached to a center pole that attaches to the domed top of the outer cylinder by a male and female plastic threaded screw fittings. The inner cylinder having a sleeve that slides up and down and rotates on the center pole for selecting desired indicia representing chosen down. Top dome and bottom dome of the outer cylinder are attached to outer cylinder body with metal screws for securing assembly together and removing to replace illuminating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1983
    Inventor: David L. Kracl
  • Patent number: 4357895
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a tennis scoring aid comprising a board, first and second markers movable along, respectively, first and second paths, positions of said board adjacent said paths bearing markings, successively, with respect to said paths, representing the tennis scoring points "love", "15", "30", "40" and "game" whereby scores of two players or two teams of players may be indicated by moving one of said markers which is to be considered allocated to one player or team, and by moving the other of said markers, which is to be considered to be allocated to the other player or team, to the appropriate one of said positions; and further including a mechanism such that, when both of said markers are at positions corresponding to the score "40", to interpose a position representing the scoring point "advantage" between the "40" position, which "40" position will thereafter represent the scoring point "deuce", and "game".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1982
    Inventor: Gerry Nightingale
  • Patent number: 4347853
    Abstract: A simple device intended to register the number of cycles performed by a patient using a lung exerciser. A means for easily resetting to zero is provided. The device is adaptive to various sizes, scales, and maximum number of cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: Gordon A. Gereg
    Inventors: Gordon A. Gereg, Robert K. Rightler
  • Patent number: 4331098
    Abstract: A small sized device is disclosed for keeping score of a tennis match, and which can be conveniently carried either around a player's wrist, mounted on a racquet or the like; the score keeper including a frame on which is imprinted a row of point scores and a row of game scores along which arrows for each player are slidable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1982
    Inventor: Aldo Rubano
  • Patent number: 4185583
    Abstract: A tennis scoring display device including a portable weighted support rod connected to a plurality of transverse display counting rods. The counting rods have counting elements selectively movable from a hidden position. The upper portion of the display device is correspondingly movable as the players change positions in the game court.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1980
    Inventor: Bruno Stamm
  • Patent number: 4172595
    Abstract: A tennis tally includes different colored markers for scoring the opposing sides of a tennis match. The markers are movable to at least four positions so as to be capable of scoring "0", "15", "30" and "40" for each side. The tally may be readily attached to or made integral with the end of a tennis racket handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1979
    Inventor: J. Terry Sewell
  • Patent number: 4164910
    Abstract: A device for registering the score or points in a game or contest comprising a scoreboard member bearing indicia of all possible score points, score indicator markers and means for detachably fastening the score indicator markers to the scoreboard member in association with the individual indicia of the score points and athletic apparel comprising such score registering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1979
    Inventor: Robert Feiler
  • Patent number: 4158342
    Abstract: A scoring device is provided for sports events. The scoring device is comprised of a wrist band of flexible material and a securing means for securing the band snugly about wrists of different sizes. The scoring device is further comprised of a plurality of scoring characters arranged on the wrist band and at least one scoring marker. The marker has attached to at least one side an attachment means for detachably attaching the scoring marker to the wrist band in close proximity to a scoring character. When it is desired to record the score of the sports event the scoring marker is attached to the wrist band in close proximity to the appropriate scoring character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1979
    Inventor: Jack E. Scruggs
  • Patent number: 4132187
    Abstract: A handsized scoring device for sporting events and particularly tennis having side and bottom recesses within which a magnifying indicator slide may travel over fixed score indicia on the device. Individual game scores are kept for several players on the upper area of the device and total game tally on the lower area. Provision is made for attachment of a supplemental score panel as well as a writing implement and pad of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1979
    Inventor: Ulrich Moebius