Combined Patents (Class 401/195)
  • Patent number: 9716548
    Abstract: A data center for executing a data processing application includes processing units, sub-units or servers. Each of the processing units, sub-units or servers can execute a part or all of the data processing application. The processing units, sub-units or servers are electrical disjoint with respect to data communications, but can communicate with each other over free space optical links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: THE INVENTION SCIENCE FUND I, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Lee Davidson, James Robert Hamilton, Roderick A. Hyde, Arne Josefsberg, Edward K. Y. Jung, Jordin T. Kare, Robert W. Lord, Kenneth Lustig, William Henry Mangione-Smith, Michael J. Manos, Craig J. Mundie, Nathan P. Myhrvold, Richard F. Rashid, Burton J. Smith, Clarence T. Tegreene, Robert V. Welland, Charles Whitmer, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9588599
    Abstract: A system is described herein for monitoring the movement of one or more magnet sources located external to a device using the vector data from one or more magnetic vector sensors incorporated in the device to determine a position and/or to communicate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: CORRELATED MAGNETICS RESEARCH, LLC.
    Inventors: Larry W. Fullerton, Mark D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9561360
    Abstract: A writing utensil for providing active nerve stimulation to the fingertips of a user. The writing utensil has a body portion, a tip portion with a marking tip, and an active stimulator with active stimulation surfaces retained adjacent to the distal end of the body portion to be engaged by the fingertips of the user. The active stimulator has an active state where active stimulation is provided to the fingertips of the user and an inactive state where active stimulation is not provided. The active stimulator can comprise mechanical movement mechanisms where nodules, such as rotatable cam nodules with eccentric portions, periodically extend in relation to the active stimulation surfaces. Additionally or alternatively, the active stimulator can comprise electrical pulse mechanisms for imparting electrical impulses to fingers disposed in contact therewith. Active nerve stimulation can be provided simultaneously, in series, or in some other pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Raymond M. Messina
  • Patent number: 9511618
    Abstract: A note paper dispensing writing instrument having inner and outer tubular shells telescopically assembled with a partially coiled pad of paper inserted within the inner shell. Axial aligned slots in the shells receive free edges of the paper projecting therethrough in fanned relationship. The opposite edges of the paper being lightly glued together. An elongated member in the center of the coil is flexed to engage a sheet of paper being withdrawn and aids in detaching the paper at its glued edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Frerderick Pesce
  • Patent number: 9393679
    Abstract: There are provided a wrench socket and a method for tightening a high tension bolt. The wrench socket includes: a first housing making partial contact with a nut; a second housing connected to the first housing and coupled to a handle; a marker disposed in the first and second housings for marking a high tension bolt, the nut, and a washer according to a height of the high tension bolt; a gauge disposed in the first and second housings for making contact with the high tension bolt and reciprocating according to a position of the high tension bolt; and an elastic part configured to apply an elastic force to the gauge according to a position of the gauge unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: KOREA ELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kang Seok Kim, Yong Seung Lee, Hwan Seon Nah, Hyeon Ju Lee
  • Patent number: 9375972
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes a pen point retaining member, a pen point that is attached to a first end of the pen point retaining member, an ink tank that is attached to a second end of the pen point retaining member, and an ink that is accommodated in the ink tank. The ink includes a lubricating interface layer-forming compound, and a carbonaceous film is formed on at least one of a surface of the ball or a contact portion of the ball holding portion with the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA PILOT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hirotaka Masuda, Naoto Masushige
  • Patent number: 9301593
    Abstract: A packaging system for a cosmetic product is disclosed. The system includes a reservoir for holding a cosmetic product. The reservoir defines an open end of the reservoir and a closed end opposite the open end of the reservoir. The system further includes a casing positioned at least partially over the reservoir, wherein at least a portion of the casing is transparent for observing the reservoir through the casing, and wherein a size and/or shape of the reservoir as observed through the casing appears different than an actual size and/or shape of the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: L'OREAL
    Inventors: Zachary Mahoney, Wenzhen Cheng, Anthony Drouin, Thomas Kearney, Ludovic LeCaro
  • Patent number: 9283802
    Abstract: A writing instrument (1) having a writing instrument housing (3), with a writing nib (8) protruding beyond one end of said writing instrument housing, wherein the writing instrument (1) has a machine-readable data memory. The invention provides a functional element (5) at that end of the writing instrument housing (3) which is remote from the writing nib (8) and attaching at least one subregion of the functional element (5) to the writing instrument (1) in a detachable manner, and allowing the functional element (5) or its detachably attached subregion to contain the machine-readable data memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Klio-Eterna Schreibgeräte GmbH & Co KG
    Inventor: Hariolf Briggl
  • Patent number: 9148026
    Abstract: Method and apparatus, among other things, are provided for detecting a charger type. In an example, a method to classify a potential charger coupled to a port of an electronic device can include detecting the potential charger coupled to a USB-compatible port of the electronic device, applying a pull-down current to first and second data lines of the USB-compatible port to provide a first test voltage on each of the first and second data lines, and executing a primary detection process of a USB Battery Charging 1.2 Compliance Plan if the first test voltage on each of the first and second data lines is not between a first threshold and a second threshold using the pull-down current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Nickole Gagne, Oscar W. Freitas, Christian Klein, Tyler Daigle, Derek Richardson
  • Patent number: 9139036
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a writing device and an electronic device. The electronic device comprises a headphone socket and the writing device is elongate and comprises first and second ends. The first end is shaped to be received by and releasably retained in the headphone socket of the electronic device. The second end is shaped to allow a user to withdraw the writing device from the headphone socket of the electronic device when the first end is retained in the headphone socket. In a first, housed configuration the first end is releasably retained in the headphone socket and the second end is exposed remote from the electronic device. In a second, writable configuration the second end is releasably retained in the headphone socket and the first end is exposed remote from the electronic device to enable the writing device, in combination with the electronic device, to be used to write with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Jackpen Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Alexander Jewson
  • Patent number: 9108454
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes a glass break on the end opposite the writing tip. Means for securing a cap over either the writing tip or the glass break are provided. The body of the writing instruments may include circumferential ridges or channels. Some examples of the writing instrument may include a cover removably secured over the glass break, possibly with a key ring attached. The cap may include a light source or laser pointer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Samuel Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9063693
    Abstract: Peripheral device storage techniques are described. In one or more implementations, a computing device includes a housing and a power connection port that is configured to form a physical coupling to a peripheral device sufficient to retain the peripheral device against the housing and form an electrical coupling configured to receive power at the computing device from a power adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Raken, Andrew W. Hill, Robert J. Bingham, Jr., Peter Kyriacou, Robyn Rebecca Reed McLaughlin
  • Publication number: 20150139714
    Abstract: The invention relates to a set for dispensing, in particular in a manually controlled manner, a light-curing material contained in a reservoir of an applicator, with at least one lighting means for curing the material dispensed from an outlet opening of the applicator by the effect of pressure on the reservoir, if required with a modelling device for processing the dispensed light-curing material, wherein at least one lighting means can be fastened detachably or undetachably to the applicator, and/or at least one lighting means can be fastened detachably or undetachably to the modelling device, or at least one lighting means can be exchanged between the applicator and the modelling device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Dinko Jurcevic
  • Patent number: 9022677
    Abstract: A writing apparatus that provides a writing tool and also provides a small compartment for mounting and holding a piece of food, preferably candy, for consumption. The writing apparatus is preferably a pen that includes an internal pen casing with a volume of ink. In addition, an item of food, preferably candy, is located in a rear-mounted compartment on the writing apparatus and can be exposed when an individual is hungry. A cap can be used to cover the item of food when an individual is not hungry or when the writing apparatus is being used for writing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Clifford A. Hughes, Laura Hughes
  • Patent number: 9004798
    Abstract: A golf tee insertion depth measurement tool provides a gauge to facilitate marking the shaft of a golf tee to indicate a desired insertion depth that provides an optimum height for a golf ball placed on the tee, which ball is to be struck by a club face having a height H. The tool has a base portion and an elongate stem portion having a stem length. The base portion has a first surface and a second surface. The stem portion is connected to the base portion and extends outwardly away from the second surface of the base portion. The stem portion is first marked along its length at a location corresponding to the club face height H above the ground. The shaft of a tee is then marked at a location corresponding to the marked location on the stem portion to provide the correct insertion depth for the tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: TeeCorrect, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R Schumaier
  • Patent number: 9005857
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a thermochromic color-memory toner containing: a microcapsule pigment encapsulating a thermochromic color-memory composition; and a binder resin, in which the microcapsule pigment shows a hysteresis characteristic that, in a temperature-rise process, decoloration starts when the temperature reaches t3 and the pigment completely reaches a decolored state in a temperature region of t4 or higher, and in a temperature-drop process, coloration starts when the temperature reaches t2 and the pigment completely reaches a colored state in a temperature region of ti or lower, and ti is in a range of from ?50 to 0° C. and t4 is in a range of from 50 to 150° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Pilot Ink Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Fujita, Yoshiaki Ono, Yutaka Shibahashi
  • Publication number: 20150091251
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a combined writing and storing instrument to aid lottery players in decision making and lottery ticket collecting. The present invention combines a manual random number generator and a scratching off implement with a writing instrument. A lottery player can record the numbers generated by the manual random number generator using the writing instrument. One or more pieces of paper recording the lottery number selecting information can be stored inside the writing instrument through a longitudinal slot on the body of the writing instrument. Both the manual random number generator and the scratching off implement are located on the cap of the writing instrument. A clip on the cap is capable of clipping the writing instrument to a pocket for the lottery player to carry the writing instrument easily. The ink reservoir of the writing instrument is replaceable for the continued and repeated use of the writing instrument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Alvin Polk, Rahman Polk
  • Publication number: 20150086706
    Abstract: A system for applying sealant material from a cartridge includes a cartridge fixture storing a plurality of cartridges each cartridge including unique identification information and containing sealant material, a cartridge robot for removing a selected one of the cartridges from the fixture, and a dispense robot for receiving the selected cartridge from the cartridge robot and applying the sealant material contained therein to a workpiece. A controller is connected to the cartridge robot and the dispense robot for operating the robots and a plurality of sensors are connected to the controller for generating the unique identification information for the selected cartridge, sealant usage per workpiece, sealant dispense pressure, sealant dispense temperature; and sealant usage from the selected cartridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Raymond J. Guzowski
  • Patent number: 8979412
    Abstract: A tip unit of a cosmetic applicator includes a tube portion connected to a hollow body of the cosmetic applicator, and a tip portion tapering away to a point from the tube portion. The tip portion has a passage space contain liquid cosmetics advanced from the hollow body through the tube portion, and has a plurality of flexible blade segments, a plurality of guiding grooves defined respectively by corresponding adjacent pairs of the blade segments, and a plurality of slits, each communicating the passage space with a respective one of the guiding grooves, and being enlargeable when the tip portion is deformed so as to permit flow of the liquid cosmetics from the passage space to the respective one of the guiding grooves therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ming-Lang Lin
  • Publication number: 20150071697
    Abstract: A dispensing apparatus includes a display panel having a back surface and a dispensing device coupled to the back surface of the display panel. The dispensing display device may include a medicament pad configured to dispense medicine, lotion, or the like. The dispensing apparatus includes a display housing. The display panel is selectively coupled to the display housing so as to define a void between the display panel and the display housing when coupled thereto. The dispensing device is selectively positioned at a first configuration in which the dispensing device is situated within the void and a second configuration in which the dispensing device is situated outside the void. The display housing may include one or more channels and the display panel may include one or more bosses such that display panel may be reversed in orientation by slidable operation of respective bosses in respective channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Lisa Maldonado
  • Publication number: 20150071694
    Abstract: Stylographic pen provided with a pen nib including an aeration hole, a slit, a tip and a precious material plate made of any precious material, wherein the plate made of precious material is placed in proximity to the aeration hole and in proximity to the ink present in the pen nib.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: Gennaro Marino, Ciro Matrone
  • Patent number: 8970560
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes a cylindrical barrel and an end cover having a robust structure and attached to the cylindrical barrel. The end cover includes a cylindrical base attached to a rear end portion of the cylindrical barrel, a cover body fitted around an outer peripheral surface of the cylindrical base, a stopper ring fitted around an outer peripheral surface of at least a fitted portion between the cylindrical base and the cover body, and a cooperation structure for enhancing a holding force which is exerted on the cover body by the cylindrical base and the stopper ring and for joining the cylindrical base, the cover body, and the stopper ring together to form a joined unit which includes the cylindrical base, the cover body and the stopper ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tadashi Keda, Sachio Arai, Hidehei Kageyama
  • Patent number: 8967899
    Abstract: A writing pen, including a first pen portion containing an ink cartridge, a ferro rod extending from the first pen portion, and a removable second pen portion removably positionable over the first pen portion. The second pen portion includes a whistle integrally formed therewith. A third pen portion is removably positionable over the first pen portion and overlys the ferro rod to substantially conceal the ferro rod. A removable striker having a first end configured for contacting the ferro rod is installable onto the third pen portion so that either the first end of the striker or the second end of the striker extends outwardly from the third pen portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Taylor Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Jiun-Yu Chu, Morgan Taylor
  • Patent number: 8967900
    Abstract: A hygienic modular writing utensil and method of using for eliminating or minimizing the spread of germs, bacteria and the like between a first and a second user. The utensil has an External Protective Shield with a first holding area for use by the first user and a removable Internal Writing Utensil with a second holding area for use by the second user. The External Protective Shield has an internal cleaning element and the Internal Writing Utensil has a removable cap on its outer end, whereby when the first user pulls the Internal Writing Utensil out from the External Protective Shield or reinserts the Internal Writing Utensil back into the External Protective Shield by grasping the exterior surface of the removable cap, an outer surface of the Internal Writing Utensil, including the second holding area is cleaned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: James M. Anderson, Sanjay Agarwal
  • Patent number: 8961051
    Abstract: The device for tapping and inoculating trees includes an elongate, main arm having an actuating mechanism attached to one end and a housing attached to the opposite end. A cutting mechanism extends from one side of the housing and a spray system is disposed in a recess in the housing. A universal actuator operates both the cutting mechanism and the spray system upon activation by the actuating mechanism. The cutting mechanism taps or scrapes the bark off the target branch and the spray system sprays a solution that stimulates the tapped area into producing more sap and sap of higher quality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: King Saud University
    Inventors: Hashim Ali El Atta, Ibrahim Mohamed Aref, Abdurrahman Ali Alazba, Sayeda Ali Ahmed Khalil, Kareem Khaled Mohamed
  • Patent number: 8961052
    Abstract: A golf tee insertion depth marking system includes a measurement tool and a marking tool. The marking tool includes a housing having first and second surfaces. Bores extend into the housing from the first surface. Windows are disposed in the second surface of the housing that provide openings into the bores at various distances from the first surface. Each of the windows is of sufficient size to receive the tip of a marking pen to mark the shaft of a golf tee inserted into the bore. The measurement tool includes a base portion and a stem portion. The stem portion extends upwardly from the base portion and has spaced-apart apertures extending there through. The apertures are used to measure the height of the striking face of a golf club, which height is used to determine which window in the marking tool to use to mark the golf tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: TeeCorrect, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R Schumaier
  • Patent number: 8950965
    Abstract: The writing instrument is equipped with the foldable boarding including plural boards foldably connected through the predetermined hinge part and other hinge parts and is capable of transforming between the flat form and the tridimensional form. As for the writing instrument like this, in the flat form, the foldable boarding doubled up along the predetermined hinge part forms a plate-like shape together with the holder which holds the writing unit. On the other hand, in the tridimensional form, the foldable boarding folded along the other hinge parts covers both principal surfaces of the holder to form a prismatic penholder by moving the predetermined hinge part to the vicinity of the specific side surface of the holder. Consequently, the writing instrument is capable of transforming from the flat form to the tridimensional form which gives a good grip feeling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Takafumi Nagao
  • Patent number: 8950964
    Abstract: A specially designed addition to stick deodorant packaging that incorporates a handy absorbent pad or brush that removes moisture from the skin prior to application. Design intent is to provide consumers with a novel tool that ensures optimal hygiene may be realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Tia Jefferson
  • Patent number: 8944715
    Abstract: A sanitary disposable writing instrument for minimizing the transfer of bacteria, viruses and/or chemicals from one person to another including a strip of flexible holding material, a writing implement removably secured to the flexible holding material, and a writing tip associated with the writing implement. At least a second writing instrument can be provided to form a series of removably secured writing instruments wherein removal of one writing instrument from the series causes a next writing instrument to be positioned for removal from the series. Combination dispenser and holding members for dispensing the series of writing instruments in a sanitary manner is also provided. The holding members can be mounted on either a vertical or horizontal support surface and can receive replacement dispensers therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy Howard Yoder
  • Publication number: 20150023718
    Abstract: A modular magnet writing instrument and hobby tool comprises a plurality of permanent magnet segments and a writing cartridge. Each magnet segment is magnetized axially. An aperture extends longitudinally through the entirety of each magnet segment. The writing cartridge has an elongate body, which is sized for coaxial insertion within a magnet segment, or plurality of magnet segments, such that the magnet segments are in sliding engagement with the elongate body. In operation, different combinations of magnet segments can be axially positioned on the elongate body, in a variety of like-pole and unlike-pole interactions, to produce a plurality of writing and hobby tool configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Gardner
  • Publication number: 20150016861
    Abstract: An automatic coloring device for moving coloring tool along a curve includes a guide-bar, a moving platform, a coloring tool, a first moving member and a second moving member. The moving platform is movably disposed on the guide-bar, and the coloring tool is disposed on the moving platform. The first moving member controls the guide-bar to move along a curve, and the second moving member controls the moving platform to move along the guide-bar. An axle center of the guide-bar penetrates the plane where the curve is disposed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Zong Jing Investment, Inc.
    Inventors: Charlene Hsueh-Ling Wong, John Chen, Chun-Liang Hsia
  • Patent number: 8905667
    Abstract: A scent dispenser includes a holder member that is removably attached to the back side and heel of a hunter's boot and has curved arms disposed at each side thereof, the holder attached to the boot by an elastic cord that extends from one arm, over the vamp portion of the boot, and is releasably attached to the other arm. The back side of the holder removably holds a scent containing bottle in an inverted position at the rear portion of the boot, the bottle having a cap with a sponge that extends a distance below the bottom of the boot heel to engage the ground surface and is compressed to deposit an amount of the scent onto the ground each time a step is taken to leave a scented trail to attract animals, or mask the smell of a human. The bottle may be removed and hung from another object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Kym Burks
  • Publication number: 20140356044
    Abstract: A writing device with input unit includes a case and an input unit receiving in the case. The input unit includes a flexible main body, a sensing electrode layer and a protection layer. The flexible main body has a first face and a second face. The sensing electrode layer has a first sensing electrode and a second sensing electrode disposed on the second face of the flexible main body. The protection layer is correspondingly disposed on the second face of the flexible main body to cover the sensing electrode layer. The writing device with input unit has small volume and is lightweight so that a user can conveniently carry, store and use the writing device with input unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Ching-Hang Shen, Fu-Kuei Chang
  • Patent number: 8899862
    Abstract: An applicator has reservoir for fluid and a supply passage. A valve in the passage has a seat and a member movable between closed and open positions. A spring biases the member toward its closed position. An elongated nib is mounted in the supply passage and has an end extending from the passage, the nib engaging the member so that the member moves to its open position. An adapter has a portion for holding a pad that has at least one dimension elongated transversely to the nib. The adapter includes an engagement portion with a cavity for detachably receiving an end of the reservoir, the cavity having a depth so that it engages the nib when the end of the reservoir is detachably received in the cavity to apply pressure on the nib to move the member to its open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: SKM Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: George Korper, Stephen Krisanda
  • Patent number: 8870486
    Abstract: Exchangeable attachments and apparatus and methods for retaining exchangeable and tradable attachments, such as attachments that are removably attached to a retainer. Retainers may be located on, for example, the non-marking end of a writing implement, hair barrettes, shoe laces, bracelets, broaches, earrings, keychains, necklaces, rings, etc. Attachments may be coupled to a receptacle located in the retainer, wherein the attachment is inserted into a receptacle and rotated in a first direction to couple the attachment to the retainer, and wherein the attachment is rotated in a second direction and removed from the receptacle to uncouple the attachment from the retainer. Attachments may be stored internal to the apparatus to which the retainer is attached. Attachments may include identifying indicia or other designs. The retainer may include protrusions or another type of stand to allow the attachments to be displayed while the retainer is removed from the writing implement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventors: Robert David Castro, Russell Edward Castro
  • Patent number: 8864397
    Abstract: A disposable writing instrument is provided for carpenters, masons and other tradesmen. The instrument is a lead pencil which comprises one or more accessories, including a level and a ruler. The level is positioned about the center of the instrument. Either or both ends of the instrument are adapted to be used to mark a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Ryan
  • Patent number: 8864400
    Abstract: A golf tee insertion depth marking device includes a housing having a first surface and a second surface. A plurality of bores extend from the first surface into the housing. Each bore has a diameter sufficient to receive the shaft of the golf tee when the shaft is inserted therein and a depth that is different from depths of other of the bores. A plurality of windows are disposed in the second surface of the housing. Each window provides an opening into a corresponding one of the bores. Each window is of sufficient size to receive a tip portion of a marking pen inserted therein, whereby the tip portion of the marking pen may make contact with and mark the shaft of the golf tee inserted into one of the bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: TeeCorrect, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel R Schumaier
  • Patent number: 8851777
    Abstract: A replacement cartridge for a safety razor includes a dispensing head and a reservoir for a flowable shaving aid material. A removable shield is between the reservoir and the dispensing head and the shield interrupts fluid communication between channels of the reservoir and the dispensing head when the shield is in place. Fluid communication is permitted when the shield is removed. Removal of the shield is a onetime event. The shield can be a thermoplastic film. A razor cartridge can be disposed adjacent the dispensing head and the housing of the razor cartridge can be integrally formed with the housing of the dispensing head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Eveready Battery Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J Pennella
  • Publication number: 20140270896
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention describe a product tube applicator contains a hollow elongated tube to hold an applicator ointment, a removable cap, and an abrasive element provided on the elongated tube and/or the removable cap. The abrasive element may be utilized to prepare the epidermal surface of a user before or after applying the ointment, for example to reduce chapped skin before application of ointment. The removable cap may contain an openable cover attached to the top portion of the removable cap that remains attached to the cap and flaps open away from the cap. One or more embodiments disclose the abrasive element located on one or more of the removable cap, the hollow elongated tube, the openable cover of the removable cap, on a removable flap, under the removable flap, on a sliding sleeve and under the sliding sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Susan Green, Ryan Green
  • Publication number: 20140270899
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes a magnetically actuated locking assembly for releasably securing a first component, such as a cap, to a second component, such as a barrel. The magnetically actuated locking assembly includes a first magnet and at least one second magnet, the magnetic fields of which actuate and release a mechanical lock between the first component and the second component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Leighton Davies-Smith, David Martin
  • Patent number: 8801311
    Abstract: A writing implement organizing device mechanically links multiple writing instruments to a central hub and includes a plurality of cords having an end attached to each writing instrument. Each cord is formed of an elastic material with an end attached a desired writing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Angela Miller
  • Patent number: 8801309
    Abstract: A disposable writing instrument is provided for carpenters, masons and other tradesmen. The instrument is a lead pencil which comprises one or more accessories, including a level and a ruler. The level is positioned about the center of the instrument. Either or both ends of the instrument are adapted to be used to mark a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Ryan
  • Publication number: 20140219701
    Abstract: An active temperature modulating device for applying cosmetic or medicinal products to surfaces. The device has an applicator which includes a temperature modulating element disposed in the tip. Moreover, the temperature modulating element is controlled via an electrical source. The applicator comprises a material that is capable of storing, retaining, and/or transferring thermal energy during application of the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: HCT Packaging, Inc.
    Inventor: David Jeffrey Eberlein
  • Patent number: 8790034
    Abstract: A golf tee insertion depth marker comprises a reservoir having a fluid container. Over the reservoir is a cover having a series of spaced apart openings, each sized to receive a shaft of a golf tee. In the fluid container is an ink-impregnated sponge having wells that are sized to receive the shaft of the tee. Each well is axially aligned with a corresponding one of the openings in the cover. The bottom of the reservoir has ledges configured in stair step fashion that are aligned with the openings in the cover. When a golf tee is inserted through any of the openings, the shaft of the tee rubs against the inner surface of the well of the sponge which marks the shaft with ink. The height of the marking is determined by the height of the ledge below the tip of the tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel R. Schumaier
  • Patent number: 8790150
    Abstract: A modular combination toy and desktop writing accessory apparatus comprising a plurality of structural elements each having at least one nodal connector portion to which a complementary connector portion of another structural element can be coupled. The structural elements can be assembled into a barrel-like form that is configured with a passageway for carrying a writing component of the invention. The writing component can be a pen, pencil, marker, crayon, eraser or the like. The modular combination toy and writing instrument has multiple functions in playtime as well as in everyday desk-bound activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Hermes Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Csaba Truckai
  • Publication number: 20140169858
    Abstract: The device for tapping and inoculating trees includes an elongate, main arm having an actuating mechanism attached to one end and a housing attached to the opposite end. A cutting mechanism extends from one side of the housing and a spray system is disposed in a recess in the housing. A universal actuator operates both the cutting mechanism and the spray system upon activation by the actuating mechanism. The cutting mechanism taps or scrapes the bark off the target branch and the spray system sprays a solution that stimulates the tapped area into producing more sap and sap of higher quality.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: HASHIM ALI EL ATTA, IBRAHIM MOHAMED AREF, ABDURRAHMAN ALI ALAZBA, SAYEDA ALI AHMED KHALIL, KAREEM KHALED MOHAMED
  • Publication number: 20140161507
    Abstract: An automatic coloring system and method are used for coloring a three-dimensional object. An electronic device executes a coloring design process to obtain a coloring procedure corresponding to the three-dimensional object. The coloring procedure has multiple coloring instructions sequenced according to each individual generation order thereof. A connecting interface electrically connects the electronic device to an automatic coloring machine in a separable manner, so as to output the coloring procedure from the electronic device to the automatic coloring machine. Finally, the automatic coloring machine directly executes the coloring instructions in the coloring procedure sequentially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: ZONG JING INVESTMENT,INC.
    Inventor: Charlene Hsueh-Ling WONG
  • Publication number: 20140112696
    Abstract: Twirling writing instrument bodies include a writing instrument body, a gripping member, and a rotary assembly that is configured to facilitate selective twirling of the writing instrument body relative to the gripping member by a user. Twirling accessories for writing instruments include a gripping member, a connector that is configured to be operatively coupled to a writing instrument body, and a rotary assembly that is configured to facilitate selective twirling of the connector relative to the gripping member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: MORGAN K. OSBORNE
  • Publication number: 20140099153
    Abstract: A stylus pen cap has at least one camera disposed at least partially therein. The pen cap can further include a light source (such as an infrared light source) that directs light outwardly of the pen cap to the stylus. The pen cap can further include an electrical connector that operably couples to the camera(s) and conveys captured-image data to an outboard device of choice. The pen cap can include a pocket clip that comprises the electronic connector. The pocket clip can include a flexible joint (such as but not limited to a universal joint) to thereby permit the camera(s) to be oriented and aimed as desired even while electrically connected to an outboard device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: RESEARCH IN MOTION LIMITED
    Inventor: Nigel Patrick PEMBERTON-PIGOTT
  • Patent number: 8690464
    Abstract: A writing instrument is disclosed that can enhance the speed and accuracy for a respondent using an optical machine response form. This writing instrument includes at least two reservoirs for dispensing two independent fluids with different optical reflectivity, whereby an application of the second fluid on top of a layer marked with the first fluid of the response form, modifies the digital response from the optical machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Amara Rahman Durham