Ball Retriever Patents (Class 294/19.2)
  • Patent number: 10556155
    Abstract: Implementations of a tennis ball pickup tube attachment bag are provided. In some implementations, the tennis ball pickup tube attachment bag comprises one or more pieces of material attached together and forming an enclosed interior and a corresponding exterior. In some implementations, the tennis ball pickup tube attachment bag also comprises a first opening and a second opening into the enclosed interior. In some implementations, the tennis ball pickup tube attachment bag also comprises a first securing loop and a second securing loop. In some implementations, the tennis ball pickup tube attachment bag also comprises a first securing strap, a second securing strap, and a third securing strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Nelson
  • Patent number: 10376751
    Abstract: The current invention is a golf ball retriever that enables an individual to pick up a golf ball without requiring the user to bend over. The golf ball retriever includes an extendable rod with a cup configured to receive a golf ball disposed at a distal end of the rod. In one embodiment, the extendable rod is in a telescopic arrangement movable between an extend position and a retracted position. In use, the rod is extended and the cup is pressed over the ball. The cup receives the ball, and the ball remains within the cup until removed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Antonio Batista, Jose Batista
  • Patent number: 10300348
    Abstract: Various embodiments of a golf putter having a putter head attached to an elongated shaft with the putter head defining a retention cavity configured to engage and retain a golf ball therein are disclosed. The retention cavity is formed along the back region of the putter head and is configured to have a diameter that is slightly less than the diameter of a regulation sized golf ball such that the golf ball is retained therein when urged into the confines of the retention cavity by the putter head. The putter head further includes an alignment aid that cooperates with the retention cavity to assist in aligning the golf putter during a putting stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Morris
  • Patent number: 10232228
    Abstract: Described herein include various implementations of a ball funneling net that can capture sport balls, such as baseballs, directed into the ball funneling net. The ball funneling net can include a ball directing feature, such as a funnel, and a releasable restraining element that controls the sport balls from being released from the ball capturing net, such as from a distal dispensing end. In some implementations, a user can pick up a part of the ball directing feature and release the releasable restraining element thereby allowing any sport balls captured in the ball capturing net to exit the distal dispensing end. For example, the ball funneling net described herein can improve training efficiency in sports, such as baseball and softball, as well as reduce damage to equipment and improve user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: E3 High Performance Baseball Corp.
    Inventors: Michael Eaglin, Jeffrey Sehgal
  • Patent number: 10213657
    Abstract: The golf ball retriever is a tool for assisting in the recovery of golf balls from water hazards, weeds, muddy areas, or other difficult to reach areas. A typical golf ball retriever comprises a handle and a ball grabbing head. The handle extends the reach of the golfer to reach a golf ball. The ball grabbing head allows the golfer to grab the ball and retain it until the golfer to bring the ball within reach and remove the ball grabbing head for further play. A ball grabbing head may have an inner surface and a plurality of inwardly protruding fingers on the inner surface. The most inward facing portion of at least a portion of the plurality of inwardly or radially protruding fingers may be coated with a rubber liner to increase the golfer's ability to recover the golf ball efficiently. The rubber liner may be a thermoplastic elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Dynamic Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Leighton Klevana, Patrick Gallagher
  • Patent number: 10201124
    Abstract: A nut gatherer device includes a cage formed by a plurality of wires and a pair of hubs. Each hub includes first and second annular sets of spaced teeth, with portions of the wires secured in the radially-aligned spaces. In use, the wire cage is rolled on the ground into contact with a bulky object, such as a nut, so that the object forces the wires to separate and permit the nut to pass into the cage where it is retained until emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Faultless Starch/Bon Ami Company
    Inventors: Stephen M. Pope, Huang-Mo Hsieh, Huang-Lung Lin
  • Patent number: 10039960
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a ball scoop device comprising a hollow transport shaft connected by a lower angled connection to a ball scoop at the lower end of the transport shaft and connected by an upper angled connection at the upper end of the transport shaft to a ball retainer and a method for using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Janet Louise Olivieri
  • Patent number: 10035528
    Abstract: A cart assembly that is designed to hold and transport one or more ball hoppers. The ball hoppers have baskets that are supported by legs. The baskets are configured to hold some type of ball, such as a tennis ball or a golf ball. The cart assembly can transport the ball hoppers as they are standing on legs. The cart assembly has a platform that is supported by wheels. The wheels provide the platform with the ability to roll. Receptacles are present on the platform. The receptacles are sized, shaped and positioned to receive the legs of a ball hopper when the ball hopper is placed on the platform. Once a ball hopper is attached to the platform, the ball hopper becomes part of the cart assembly and can roll with the cart assembly from point to point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Rastislav Ilkovic
  • Patent number: 9975021
    Abstract: A ball retrieving receptacle that attaches to the ball-striking area of a bat. The receptacle comprises a tubular sleeve having a diameter sized to fit tightly or securely around a ball-striking surface of a bat. The tubular sleeve includes a top opening and a bottom opening, and a sloping collar connected to the tubular sleeve. A semisphere hood is connected to the outer rim of the sloping collar, and the semisphere hood includes a semicircle rim extending in front of an opening of the semisphere hood and is connected to the outer rim of the sloping collar. The ball retrieving receptacle is attached to a bat having a handle and a ball-striking surface, wherein ball-striking surface of the bat is located tightly against the tubular sleeve of the ball retrieving receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Michael J. Sokolik
  • Patent number: 9839816
    Abstract: A ball pickup device is provided, comprising a ball collector and a pull rod connected to the ball connector. The ball collector has ball inlets formed at the bottom of the ball collector and formed by transverse rods arranged at the bottom of the ball collector in parallel at intervals, and one ball outlet is formed by the interval between every two adjacent transverse rods. Each interval is smaller than the diameter of a ball. One end of each transverse rod is fixedly connected to the ball collector, and the other end is a movable end and located in the corresponding receding groove. When a ball is pressed, movable ends move along receding grooves to recede under the pressure of the ball, and the ball enters the ball collector. After the ball enters the ball inlet, movable ends move along receding grooves to gradually return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Ping Qiu
  • Patent number: 9820439
    Abstract: A particle connecting device includes a cage having a hub and a cover on each of two ends thereof. A handle is pivotably connected between the two covers and the two hubs. The cage is composed of multiple resilient wires which are bow-shaped, and the two ends of the resilient wires are respectively connected to two end pieces. Each hub includes pivotal portions which are pivotably connected to the corresponding end piece. The pivotal portions each include a hook to hook the cover. A shaft extends through the center of each of the hub and cover, and is pivotably connected to a respective lug of the handle in axial and radial directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SHEN YU PLASTIC CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsiu-Chuan Tung
  • Patent number: 9630064
    Abstract: A ball retrieving assembly includes a tube that has a first end, a second end and a perimeter wall extending between the first and second ends. Each of the first and second ends is open. The tube has a cylindrical shape. The tube has a diameter that is greater than a diameter of a ball to be received by the tube. A ring is attached to an inner surface of the perimeter wall adjacent to the first end. The ring is comprised of a resiliently compressible material. The ring has a diameter that is less than the ball. The ring is compressible to allow the ball to pass through the ring and into the tube. The ring retains the ball in the tube. A cover is removably positioned over the second end. The ball is removable through the second end when the cover is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventors: Gerard Cardello, Sr., Carol Cardello
  • Patent number: 9573025
    Abstract: A device for retrieving an object such as a golf ball. The retriever comprises a handle, a stationary member or loop that is rigidly attached to the handle, a reactive member or loop that is pivotally attached to the stationary member and a spring for biasing the reactive member substantially perpendicular to the stationary member. A locking clip is attached to the stationary member and is rotatable between a locking position and an unlocking position. In the locking position, the clip restrains the reactive member in a position substantially parallel to the stationary member so that the retriever can be stored without the reactive member rotating into the perpendicular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Albert James Light
  • Patent number: 9475183
    Abstract: A golf ball retriever handle having a plurality of telescoping segments, each segment comprising a tubular member configured to fit relatively snugly about an adjacent member in sliding engagement therewith, each of the members between the smallest diameter member and the largest diameter member being formed with a radially extending annular rib in proximity to a first end thereof and being formed with a radially inward extending annular depression in proximity to a second end thereof, whereby separation of the tubular members in a handle extending direction is inhibited. The handle also having at least one axial groove formed in each section such that overlapping grooves engage each other to prevent rotation of one section with respect to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Bag Boy, LLC
    Inventor: Albert James Light
  • Patent number: 9474950
    Abstract: A collar for outfitting a golf club or putter under its handle is presented. The collar is a clamshell-type accessory that can be secured with screws around various diameter shafts. One side of the collar has a recess for a divot repair tool. Optionally this tool is metal and a magnet under the recess secures it. Optionally two or more ball markers fit into other recesses. Magnets may secure metal ball markers or plastic versions may also be secured depending on size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Scott M McDowell
  • Patent number: 9377442
    Abstract: A tool for inspecting timber of a structure for the presence of damage to exposed timber caused by a pest. The tool includes a head having a substantially flat rear portion, and a generally concave front portion that forms an edge configured to permit the head to penetrate into a surface deviation in the timber, or into a boundary between the timber and a floor covering over a substantial portion of the height of the floor covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Trade Management Systems Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Humberstone
  • Patent number: 9339698
    Abstract: A portable tennis apparatus comprising a tennis bag, a tennis ball retrieving unit, a stretchable back bar and an extendable bottom stand. The ball retrieving unit retrieves balls on the ground directly to the bag; the stretchable back bar can be pulled up and pushed around with rolling means on the ground easily. The top opening of the bag made it easy to reach the balls for replay. The extendable stand can raise the tennis bag at a desirable level for dispensing balls so that the player does not have to bend down. The stretchable back bar and the stand can be put back to their original position during the transportation of the apparatus, such as between tennis court and player's home. The entire apparatus is light-weighted, easily carried and operated single-handed. This apparatus is truly an “all-in-one” tennis apparatus, and a revolution in the field of tennis equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Tiffany Tong Zhang, Ching Qing Guo
  • Patent number: 9339705
    Abstract: A pick-up device for picking up balls and other objects, includes an hollow ball container, including an extension section and an attachment unit, or alternatively a handle shaft and a handle bar; and a ball valve mechanism, which can include plurality of elastic strings, or springs, configured in a cross-over pattern, such that a user can hold the pick-up device and press the ball valve mechanism onto a ball, such that the ball passes the ball valve mechanism, and is stored inside the hollow ball container. The ball valve mechanism can alternatively include two springs mounted in slots on opposing sides of a lower end of the ball container; or an elastic string, which is woven in a horizontal/vertical interlacing pattern. The pick-up device can be elongated and tubular, or can include a rectangular ball container, and be made from a plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Kuldip C. Shodhan
  • Patent number: 9248351
    Abstract: A pick-up device for picking up balls and other objects, includes an elongated hollow ball container, including an extension section and an attachment unit, which includes a ball valve mechanism, which can include plurality of elastic strings, or springs, configured in a cross-over pattern, such that a user can hold the pick-up device and press the ball valve mechanism onto a ball, such that the ball passes the ball valve mechanism, and is stored inside the elongated hollow ball container. The ball valve mechanism can alternatively include two springs mounted in slots on opposing sides of a lower end of the ball container; or an elastic string, which is woven in a horizontal/vertical interlacing pattern. The pick-up device can be tubular and made from a plastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Kuldip C. Shodhan
  • Patent number: 9144715
    Abstract: A device for retrieving an object such as a golf ball. The retriever comprises a handle, a stationary member or loop that is rigidly attached to the handle, a reactive member or loop that is pivotally attached to the stationary member and a spring for biasing the reactive member substantially perpendicular to the stationary member. A locking clip is attached to the stationary member and is rotatable between a locking position and an unlocking position. In the locking position, the clip restrains the reactive member in a position substantially parallel to the stationary member so that the retriever can be stored without the reactive member rotating into the perpendicular position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: BAG BOY, LLC
    Inventor: Albert James Light
  • Patent number: 9089741
    Abstract: A golf ball-grabbing device including a cap affixable at the longitudinal extremity of the grip of a putter shaft and having a single central opening therethrough with finger-receiving guide notches therearound, and a movable grabber assembly having (a) a base member shaped to be movably retained within the shaft below the cap and (b) at least three non-destructibly resiliently-deformable resiliently-deformable strip-like fingers each having a proximal end secured to the base member, an arcuate ball-grabbing portion, and a distal end terminating in a camming member having a substantially-planar ball-engagable face, each finger slidably engaged within one of the notches. The movable grabber assembly is slidable with respect to the cap between a non-use position in which the arcuate portions of the fingers are contained only by the shaft and a use position in which the arcuate portions of the fingers are deployed outside the shaft and above the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventors: Bernhard Kaluza, Ralph Rhein
  • Patent number: 9067106
    Abstract: An apparatus for retrieving an object: more than two claws mounted to a plunger that is movably housed within a cup, the claws extending through a lid of the cup. With the plunger at the bottom of the cup, each claw is retracted into the lid; with the plunger at the top of the cup, each claw extends beyond the lid to a ball-grasping position. At least one claw is bent and resilient. On pressing the tips of the claws against an object, the at least one claw bends apart from the other claws to admit the object between the claws, and on passing beyond a diameter of the object, the tip of the at least one claw springs back toward the other claws to capture the object between the claws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Costanzo
  • Patent number: 9004506
    Abstract: A ball cart comprising a removable and rotatable ball basket having a plurality of separated chambers that are each able to hold a different kind of ball. Thus, whenever a particular type of ball is desired, a user is able to rotate the basket and lock it in place such that a lid of the chamber that holds balls of that type is accessible to the user. As a result, the user is able to easily select that type of balls desired from the ball cart without sifting through all of the balls in the ball cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventors: Patrick Rutz, Casey Nathan Harris
  • Patent number: 8944480
    Abstract: A device for retrieving an object such as a golf ball. In one preferred embodiment, the device comprises a handle, a stationary member or loop that is rigidly attached to the handle, a reactive member or loop that is pivotally attached to the stationary member and a spring for biasing the reactive member substantially perpendicular to the stationary member. Prior to capturing the object, the retriever is set such that the stationary and reactive members are substantially parallel. The retriever is then directed so that when the spring contacts an object, it trips the spring and causes the reactive member to pivot into a substantially perpendicular position with respect to the stationary member, capturing the object inside the stationary and reactive members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas E. Nihra, Deni H. Nihra
  • Patent number: 8920101
    Abstract: A tennis ball collection device includes a rotating drum that rotates at a higher speed than the rotation of the wheels that carry the device. Additionally, the drum rail that operates in connection with the rotating drum to lift a ball off of a ground is allowed to move in the horizontal direction. This back and forth movement is facilitated by a spring that otherwise biases the drum rail forward to a rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Luck Stone Corporation
    Inventors: Reynaldo P. Leyco, Steve L. Lawhorne
  • Publication number: 20140306471
    Abstract: A tennis ball retrieving apparatus includes a storage tube, a ball capturing system, a release cap, and a shoulder strap. The intake tube and the release cap are oppositely positioned from each other along the storage tube, where the ball capturing system is connected with the storage tube and the release cap is removably attached with the storage tube. The user can utilize the tennis ball retrieving apparatus to collect tennis balls as the tennis balls are collected through the ball capturing system and stored within the storage tube. The release cap allows the users to unload the tennis balls from the storage tube once the storage tube is filled with the tennis balls. The shoulder strap is connected with storage tube so that the tennis ball retrieving apparatus can be easily transported by the users.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Rafael Vital, JR.
  • Patent number: 8857871
    Abstract: A clay target magazine comprising a wall of cylindrical shape, said wall having at least one sight window provided therein, said magazine having slots provided in said wall proximate to said walls lower end to accept a retaining means therein, said magazine sized to hold a plurality of clay targets, said magazine further sized in order to be loaded into the carousel of a clay target trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Farmer
  • Patent number: 8852018
    Abstract: A method for retrieving a golf ball employs a gripper with a magnetic coupling. The coupling has a cavity containing a magnet. The magnet has a field strength adequate to hold onto a vertical surface of an unmagnetized metal object while a golf ball is held in the gripper. The magnetic coupling is magnetically attached a non-magnetized head of a golf club. In operation, downward force is applied through the golf club to depress the magnetic coupling in order to encompass and grip the golf ball with the gripper. The head of the club is lifted and the golf ball removed from the gripper. The device can be stored by clipping it to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: James Hanley
  • Patent number: 8844990
    Abstract: An advertising device for an improved golf ball retriever is provided. The golf ball retriever includes a hollow shaft made of a clear plastic material wherein an advertising slip can be placed into the hollow shaft by the use of a pole. The shaft may include a grip on one end for secure maneuvering of the golf ball retriever during retrieval. The shaft includes a suction cup with a hollow center on the opposite end where the grip may be located for retrieving a golf ball. The top end of the shaft also includes apertures in the shaft that allow a hanging device to be removably affixed to the shaft of the golf ball retriever. The top end of the shaft also has an end cap removably attached to the shaft to enclose the top end of the hollow shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Ball Pro, Inc.
    Inventor: Edna Bingham
  • Patent number: 8833817
    Abstract: An animal waste scooper has a flexible extension adapted to be reversibly coiled such that when it is uncoiled, a trigger operated jaws/scooping portion of the device is employed to pick up waste. The flexible scooper device includes a handle with a trigger, a flexible, preferably corrugated extension assembly and a pair of jaws. Other embodiments are directed to a reversibly flexible, bendable hand operated device for grasping a golf ball from the ground from a standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Carter J. Kovarik, Joseph E. Kovarik
  • Patent number: 8801061
    Abstract: A rolling collection tool allows for retrieval of ground objects including pine cones by a user while standing erect. A method for construction of the device is provided in which a plurality of wires are formed into a generally oval shaped chamber and covered in a flexible covering in sets of two or more wires. The chamber is connected to a bail and handle and rolls to pick up and store objects in the chamber until emptied. The objects enter the chamber as the device rolls by temporary separation of the covered wires for the object, and the device retains the objects by resilient return movement of the covered wires to their original position. The flexible covering on the wires rotates around sets of the wires as the device retrieves objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Cecil Holt
  • Publication number: 20140159399
    Abstract: A device for capturing an object includes a base and a plurality of resilient fingers extending from the base. The fingers provide an internal space for accepting at least a portion of the object, wherein the distal ends of the fingers define an opening configured to deflect the fingers outwardly to enlarge the opening when the object passes through it. An elastic member is attached between plural fingers, and exerts essentially no inward force resisting expansion of the internal space until the fingers are deflected outwardly, such as by the object. Various forms of the device enable it to be used and/or easily adapted for use in many settings, including a light bulb changer that can reach remote locations and is adaptable to many different bulb shapes and sizes, and a sports ball holder/retriever, a device for freeing an object from an attachment at a remote location and retrieving it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Charles A. Peralo
  • Publication number: 20140138967
    Abstract: A system for retrieving an object, particularly a substantially spherical object such as a golf ball, the system including a handle, a stationary member or loop that is rigidly attached to the handle, a reactive member or loop that is pivotally attached to the stationary member and a tension or compression member for biasing the reactive member substantially perpendicular to the stationary member. The tension/compression member is mounted externally, independent of the handle member and on the stationary member. Additionally, a telescopically extendable pole including a first hollow cylindrical tube and a second cylindrical tube which is telescopically displaceable within the first tube. In another arrangement, a system for selectively locking a set of telescoping tubes at a fixed relative longitudinal position including a series of hand operable, externally mounted, rotational locking collars and a two piece arcuate dimpled spacing mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: R. Lee Miller
  • Patent number: 8657351
    Abstract: The GOLF DISC AND FLYING DISC AND MULTIPURPOSE PICK UP TOOL is a lightweight, collapsible, segmented shaft fitted with a durable suction cup. The suction cup provides a vacuum adhesion on either side, or any location, on the golf disc or flying disc or other generally flat and smooth objects. The disc or object can then be picked up (retrieved) from any surface or obstacle within reach. A flick of the finger to the suction cup edge breaks the vacuum and the tool and disc or object are separated. The tool can be deployed and used with one hand. The tool can be carried and used as extended or folded and stowed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Allen Johnson
  • Publication number: 20140035303
    Abstract: A device for retrieving an object such as a golf ball. In one preferred embodiment, the device comprises a handle, a stationary member or loop that is rigidly attached to the handle, a reactive member or loop that is pivotally attached to the stationary member and a spring for biasing the reactive member substantially perpendicular to the stationary member. Prior to capturing the object, the retriever is set such that the stationary and reactive members are substantially parallel. The retriever is then directed so that when the spring contacts an object, it trips the spring and causes the reactive member to pivot into a substantially perpendicular position with respect to the stationary member, capturing the object inside the stationary and reactive members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas E. Nihra, Deni H. Nihra
  • Patent number: 8602711
    Abstract: A cart that collects tennis balls on the ground when manually pushed by a user and stores the tennis balls once collected. The cart includes a housing, a gathering assembly, a conveyor assembly, and a receptacle. The housing is manually pushed by the user. The gathering assembly is operatively connected to the housing, and gathers the tennis balls on the ground. The conveyor assembly is operatively connected within the housing. The receptacle is disposed against the housing, and stores the tennis balls elevated thereto by the conveyor assembly that have been gathered by the gathering assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventors: Novak Nash, Richard S. Kay, Richard L. Miller
  • Patent number: 8556565
    Abstract: A ball retrieval device that picks up tennis balls from the ground and vertically elevates them into a cart. The ball retrieval device includes an L-shaped frame including a first section and a second section. A feeder system is located on the horizontal section of the L-shaped frame and a paddle wheel system is connected to the feeder system. A lift system is located on the vertical section of the L-shaped frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Richard Roman Reyes
  • Patent number: 8534726
    Abstract: A table tennis ball collector and dispenser collects and secures table tennis balls with minimal effort. The collector may comprise a frame supporting one or more cross members arranged to allow one or more table tennis balls to enter therebetween. A tubular elastic sleeve having open receiving and dispensing ends may be attached to the frame to capture table tennis balls that advance beyond the cross members. The sleeve may taper towards its dispensing end to secure the table tennis balls within. Individual or multiple collected table tennis balls may be dispensed by applying force to push the table tennis balls out of the dispensing end of the sleeve. A handle extending from the frame allows the user to position the frame 120 for collection and dispensing of table tennis balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventor: Jose Bulatao
  • Patent number: 8528954
    Abstract: A tool for grasping and holding an article, such as a pine cone. The tool includes an elongated handle which may be telescopically adjustable so as to allow for a plurality of selectively-desired, longitudinal setting positions thereof. A flexibly-resilient, tension-biased grasping mechanism is mounted to a lower end of the handle. The grasping mechanism includes a pair of curvilinear arms for flexibly accommodating and securely grasping a pine cone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Connie F. Dale, Joseph N. Carter
  • Patent number: 8529379
    Abstract: A grabbing system uses a typical first grabber located on a main shaft to grasp golf tees for setting into and retrieving them from the ground. A secondary shaft slidably passes through the main shaft of the device and has a second grabber such that the first grabber and the second grabber are simultaneously controlled by a single trigger mechanism. This allows a tee and ball to be grasped and released together such that setting the position of the secondary shaft with respect to the main shaft allows for precise penetration placement of the tee into the ground. A clipping system allow for easy carrying of the device, while optional support legs allow the device to free stand upright on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy Faircloth
  • Patent number: 8523699
    Abstract: A golf ball lifting device is provided comprising: a golf ball gripper with a mechanical feature and a magnetic feature; and a gripper mount for attachment to a golf club. The mount has a mechanical feature and a magnetic feature. The mechanical and magnetic features of the gripper and mount are arranged for mutual cooperation, the mechanical and magnetic cooperation together assisting to maintain engagement between the gripper and mount when the gripper is mounted on the mount. The mount magnetic feature is arranged to enable the picking up of a magnetic golf ball marker, at least when the gripper is not mounted on the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Northcroft Golf Limited
    Inventor: John H. Bennett
  • Patent number: 8382173
    Abstract: An advertising device for an improved golf ball retriever is provided. The golf ball retriever includes a hollow shaft made of a clear plastic material wherein an advertising slip can be placed into the hollow shaft by the use of a pole. The shaft may include a grip on one end for secure maneuvering of the golf ball retriever during retrieval. The shaft includes a suction cup with a hollow center on the opposite end where the grip may be located for retrieving a golf ball. The top end of the shaft also includes apertures in the shaft that allow a hanging device to be removably affixed to the shaft of the golf ball retriever. The top end of the shaft also has an end cap removably attached to the shaft to enclose the top end of the hollow shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Edna Bingham
  • Patent number: 8360236
    Abstract: A ball carrier having a hollow tubular support member for holding a plurality of balls stacked axially therein and a ball release tab configured to release one ball at a time from an open end of the hollow tubular support member. The ball release tab may have a first stopper portion, a second stopper portion, and a manipulation portion. The ball release tab may be biased in a first position in which the first stopper portion impedes exit of the balls and may be actuated via the manipulation portion to a second position in which the first portion is rotated away from the balls and the second stopper portion impedes exit of the balls. When the ball release tab moves from the second position to the first position, the second stopper portion rotates away from the balls, allowing the ball resting on the second stopper portion to drop out of the ball carrier, while the first stopper portion rotates back toward the balls, impeding the next ball from dropping out of the ball carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Young, Gordon Arthur Young, Richard Bloomer
  • Patent number: 8356846
    Abstract: The instant invention is a golf ball retriever that is comprised of a molded unitary structure. The retriever is unique because the ball passes through the bottom edge by simply placing the retriever over the ball and pressing down on the ball making the movable bales move in an upward direction. After the ball passes through the bottom edge the movable bales return to their original position and are stopped by the bale stops. This traps the ball within the confines of the ball retriever. The handle and ball receiver are locked into position by fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy C. Corcoran
  • Patent number: 8328254
    Abstract: A portable ball retriever utilized on a tennis court flat surface, comprising a container having a top handle, a logo plate, a body with an open top, top band, converging side wall, a retrieving bottom aperture with elongated wires spaced from each other a distance smaller than a tennis ball's diameter. The converging side wall has a waist located near the retrieving bottom aperture. The side wall converges inwardly from the open top to the waist and diverges outwardly from the waist to the retrieving bottom aperture. The top handle has spaced grips and the oriented vertically logo plate is placed in-between them. The spaced grips cover the upper and lower edges of the logo plate. The side wall protrudes above the top band and along with the top handle enlarges the container capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Aleksey Zats
  • Patent number: 8297669
    Abstract: A ball hopper comprising a frame, a divider, a plurality of elastic members and a seat, wherein the frame further comprises a lower, middle and upper portion and at least one rigid connector joining the lower, middle and upper portion, and wherein the divider separates the frame into a lower compartment and an upper compartment, and wherein the plurality of elastic members are removably secured to the lower portion of the frame. The ball hopper provides a method for collecting, distributing (while a user is standing or sitting) and transporting balls by pressing the ball hopper over an object, such that at least one of the plurality of elastic members allows the object to enter the lower compartment. Further, the ball hopper may be utilized as a seat, such that the divider forces collected balls towards the top of the ball hopper for easy removal from the lower compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: BallCollectors, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Howard Matthews
  • Publication number: 20120256431
    Abstract: A golf ball retrieving device is described, having a specially shaped handle combined with a capturing member. The design and use are described, along with a preferred method of manufacturing the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Albert Moriarty
  • Patent number: 8277332
    Abstract: A golf ball pick-up device includes a body, which has a shape that allows the body to form a frame with a head of the golf club. The body has an end forming a clamping section that defines an internal receiving space. The clamping section also forms a sideway opening in communication with the receiving space. The clamping section uses the opening to lead a shaft of the golf club into the receiving space, so as to allow the clamping section to fit over and thus retain on the shaft of the golf club. A user may then use the frame formed by the body and the head of the golf club to pick up a golf ball, especially a ball that falls in a sand trap or a water hazard where hands may not reach to pick up the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: I-Chung Liu
  • Patent number: 8272976
    Abstract: A golf club that picks up a golf ball, sets the golf ball on a tee and may be used to hit the golf ball by providing an opening in the golf club head for entrance of the golf ball which through a series of inclining and declining planes and bumpers the ball rolls into the back of the golf club via a push down motion, thence the golf club can be picked up, held above the tee, and with a turn of the wrist the golf ball can be set upon the tee for driving by the same golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Robert DAgostino
  • Patent number: 8201864
    Abstract: A puck retriever has a hollow interior of diameter larger than that of a puck for use in the game of hockey. A ring of rubber or similar resiliently deformable material is located adjacent to the lower end of the tube. The ring has an inner edge which defines a circular inlet of diameter smaller than that of a puck. The ring flexes upward when pressed downward against a puck which is resting on a flat surface with resulting bending upward of the edge and enlargement of the inlet sufficient to allow the puck to pass through the inlet. The ring is of sufficient strength to resist flexing downward under the weight of any pucks within the tube such that the ring prevents pucks within the tube from exiting through the inlet. The ring may be continuous and unbroken throughout its circumference or it may be cut into a number of flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: William Ira Wright