Aquatic Patents (Class 446/153)
  • Patent number: 10821328
    Abstract: An exercise ball includes a spherical cage and a sphere. The spherical cage includes two opposite openings. The sphere includes two opposite convex portions formed thereon. The sphere is inserted in the spherical cage and the convex portions are inserted in the openings to keep the sphere in the spherical cage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Industro International Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kuo-Chan Huang
  • Patent number: 10434358
    Abstract: Exercise weights and methods of making exercise weights are disclosed. In one embodiment, the exercise weight comprises a weight housing comprising a central portion and a plurality of handle sleeves extending from a periphery of the central portion. The central portion is fillable by a weighted filling material. A handle component surrounds the central portion and portions of the handle component extend through the plurality of handle sleeves. The exercise weight can also comprise void spaces located in between segments of the handle component and the central portion radially inward from the handle component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Jenkins Asia Tech (Shanghai) Limited
    Inventor: Weng Kin Chen
  • Patent number: 10159904
    Abstract: Water toys and methods of attaching and detaching different types of upwardly protruding objects on the toy with a hydrofoil underneath comprising a skeg and a wing/vanes. The assembled toy can ride incoming waves back to shore. The hydrofoil can have weights being extra weight or thickened portions at any location on the wing vanes, skegs, any combination, or have no extra weight. The wings/vanes can be bendable to different positions to enhance the toy's performance. Different versions of pegs can be used to attach the main wing, skeg, flotation device and upwardly protruding objects together. The upwardly protruding objects can include figurines, vehicles, toys, sails and the like, and the toy can be used without an upwardly protruding object. The toy can also be pulled through the water with motorboats and/or fishing poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Toyosity, LLC
    Inventors: William Hohns, Marcellus Rambo Benson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9701380
    Abstract: An aquatic toy that is a biomimetic fish with a watertight body portion. The body portion contains a battery electrically connected via a controller to at least one coil. The coil is positioned relative to a magnet and the coil can be caused to oscillate by virtue of a controller defined alternating current passing through the coil. The oscillation of the coil causes movement of a tail fin that is engaged to said watertight body to cause the fish to move forward through a body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Xiaoping Lu
  • Patent number: 9016520
    Abstract: A squirting toy is comprised of a cylindrical housing and a piston that slides within to force water into or out of the housing via a hole therein. The housing is encased within a shell creating a water impervious volume sufficient for the toy to float in water. The shell is soft, so that the gun is not a safety hazard when left floating in a swimming pool. Handles associated with one or both actuating portions of the squirting toy are provided for gripping and operating the squirting toy more effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Prime Time Toys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Boguslaw Orlowski, Veronica Wong, Francis Chia
  • Publication number: 20150111461
    Abstract: A negatively buoyed aquatic toy with a watertight body portion that contains a battery electrically connected via a controller to at least one coil. The coil is positioned relative to a magnet and the coil may be caused to oscillate by virtue of a controller defined alternating current passing through the coil. The oscillation of the coil causes movement of a tail fin that is engaged to said watertight body to cause the toy to move upwards through a body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Xiaoping LU, Mathew Peter Mowbray
  • Patent number: 8956196
    Abstract: A bath apparatus for play and/or bathing having a reservoir, a plurality of substantially co-planar bottom release holes, and a top control aperture. Upon submerging the bath toy, water flows into the reservoir through the release holes as air escapes through the control aperture. When the control aperture is sealed with a thumb or finger and the toy is raised from the water, water in the reservoir is retained in the reservoir. When the control aperture is unsealed, water in the reservoir flows out through the release holes. The control aperture is offset from the top of the reservoir by approximately 12° to be ergonomically located and oriented to allow a thumb to produce an airtight seal when the reservoir is held in a single adult-size hand, or to allow a finger to produce an airtight seal when the reservoir is held by child-size hands in both hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventors: Johanna Rickenbach, Alex Hochstrasser
  • Patent number: 8894460
    Abstract: Toy surfboard toys and methods of a figurine mounted on a surfboard with hydrofoil allowing the surfboard to ride incoming waves back to a shore. The hydrofoil can have a V or boomerang shape with side wings having ends extending rearward and out from the surfboard. Wing ends can be curved discs for stability. Optional stabilizing tail/fin/rudder can extend rearward from the hydrofoil. Games can include racing toys by tossing them simultaneously from the shore to see which one reaches the shore first.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Toyosity, LLC
    Inventor: Joe Lee Thompson
  • Patent number: 8852007
    Abstract: An aqueous novelty apparatus operable to provide a visual effect of a forward motion using a first liquid and a second liquid that are immiscible. The apparatus further includes a support frame having a base and a first vertical support and a second vertical support. The support frame is operable to suspend a vessel in an angular orientation. The vessel has an interior volume that is substantially hollow having the first liquid and second liquid disposed therein. A pumping system is operably coupled to the vessel and in fluid communication with the first liquid and in conjunction with the angular orientation of the vessel promotes the flow of the first liquid from one end of the vessel to a second end. A flow path disruption member shaped as a boat is disposed within the vessel and engages the flow path and results in the appearance of forward motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: David Stone
  • Patent number: 8845382
    Abstract: A submersible water toy for stunt based activities includes a main body portion constructed of a buoyant material. The main body portion defines an upper deck surface upon which the user can stand or otherwise be supported. The buoyancy of the main body portion is such that at least a portion of the user's weight is supported when used in a pool or other body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Jerry Fielding, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8794486
    Abstract: A toy water gun can include a housing having a first intake port, a second intake port and an outtake port. The housing of the toy water gun (also referred to herein as “water gun”) can define an internal chamber. The toy water gun can include a pump configured to transfer fluid from the first intake port to outside of the housing through the outtake port when the pump is activated and when the first intake port is disposed within an external fluid reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Gigglicious, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Wolfinbarger
  • Patent number: 8795021
    Abstract: A diving toy having hydrostatic depth control adapted to cause said diving toy to continuously seek a predetermined depth in water. The diving toy includes a sealed main body with a motor and a battery compartment for receiving at least one battery positioned inside the sealed main body. A propeller is attached to an axle of the motor protruding through the sealed main body so that when the motor is activated the propeller spins. The sealed main body has a flexible portion disposed substantially rearward on the sealed main body. The flexible portion is hydrostatic pressure sensitive varying the fluid displacement volume and volumetric center of the toy as it dives or climbs. The toy may be adapted to have positive, negative or neutral buoyancy when placed in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: William Vernon Thompson
  • Publication number: 20140162526
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fishing toy comprising a bait head resembling a fishing lure attached to a sponge resembling an aquatic animal. The sponge is initially compressed and rolled such that it fits inside a dissolving gel capsule or paper pouch encapsulation. During play, the entire bait unit is submerged into water. Once exposed to water, the capsule dissolves, releasing the captive animal-shaped sponge. The increase of weight and drag on the line simulates a live fishing experience.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Anything Possible, LLC
    Inventors: Ralph Joseph Duda, III, Van Blakely, Jason Bauer, Anthony Tolliver
  • Publication number: 20140162525
    Abstract: The present invention, provides a fishing toy comprising a had head resembling a fishing lure attached to a sponge resembling an aquatic animal. The sponge is initially compressed and rolled such that it fits inside a dissolving gel capsule or paper pouch encapsulation. During play, the entire bait unit is submerged into water. Once exposed to water, the capsule dissolves, releasing the captive animal-shaped sponge. The increase of weight and drag on the line simulates a live fishing experience. Thereby, as the fishing toy is introduced to water the animal shape is generated from the growth of the bait unit into the uncompressed sponge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Anything Possible, LLC
    Inventor: Ralph Joseph Duda, III
  • Publication number: 20140154946
    Abstract: A squirting toy is comprised of a cylindrical housing and a bellows that compresses in response to an outside force in order to expel water therefrom. The ends of the squirting toy may provide buoyancy sufficient for the toy to float in water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: EASEBON SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventor: Boguslaw Orlowski
  • Publication number: 20140148077
    Abstract: A swimming search and retrieval game is provided. The game includes the use of a faux environment in a body of water. The faux environment is configured to mimic a real life environment, such as a log, stump, coral, or ice environment. Items, such as replica animals associated with the real environment, are placed at and around the faux environment. Participants take turns retrieving the items from the faux environment based upon the type of play, such as most retrievals within an allotted time. The game difficulty can be increased by adding propellants for the environments and/or items to move the items during the retrieval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Hunter
  • Patent number: 8721465
    Abstract: A water dispensing device comprises a container mounted to rotate about an axis. The container is adapted to receive and accumulate quantities of water. The container is pivotal mounted to rotate about the axis such that when the container accumulates more than a predetermined quantity of water, the container is adapted to rotate at least one rotation about the axis to dispense a quantity of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Proslide Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Hunter
  • Patent number: 8708768
    Abstract: A whirlpool toy for use in a partially enclosed household fixture having water therein and having a drain. An example of the whirlpool toy comprises a generally cylindrical body having a generally cylindrical upper chamber, the body having a top allowing a clear view of the upper chamber and at least one generally vertical side wall. A first outlet aperture is formed in a bottom of the upper chamber, located near a center of the bottom of the upper chamber. A lower chamber is connected to the upper chamber by the first outlet aperture, and has an open bottom offering a flow connection to the exterior of the device. The lower chamber extends beyond and is offset from the upper chamber. At least one inlet slot extends vertically up a portion of the at least one generally vertical side wall. A third chamber may be connected above the lower chamber offset to allow for the removal of objects drawn down into the lower chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Alan Fahnline
  • Publication number: 20140099855
    Abstract: A water toy comprising a foam tube having a first end, a second end and a body therebetween, an optional seat positioned on the body, a first feature attached to the first end, and a second feature attached to the second end, the first and second features being aesthetic and/or functional and/or a combination of the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: MACK-RAY, INC.
    Inventor: Raymond A. Liberatore
  • Patent number: 8689473
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: RainGlobes, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua James, Frederick Bowen Northup, Jr., Lawrence Scott Larson, Jeremy Kolenbrander, James Ladtkow
  • Publication number: 20140094086
    Abstract: A rotating water play device generally comprises a static shaft typically fixedly mounted to a ground surface and a platform mounted for rotation on the shaft. The platform allows at least one person to stand on it and impart a rotating motion thereto. The shaft is configured to be connected to a water source and comprises a hollow axial bore and at least one radial opening. The platform comprises a sleeve pivotally mounted to the shaft, the sleeve comprising at least one radial opening in fluid communication with at least one dispensing opening located on the platform, typically at the periphery thereof. The radial openings of the shaft and of the sleeve are configured to be in intermittent or continuous fluid communication, whereby water can flow through the shaft and then through the platform before exiting the platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Stella Hamelin Holdings Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Hamelin
  • Publication number: 20140087622
    Abstract: A floating foam whistling toy and method for use. A toy body composed of a resilient, lightweight closed-cell foam tube is provided. An internal resonator chamber, open at the top and bottom ends is provided within the toy body. A sound production apparatus is contained within the internal chamber. Air is blown into the open top end of the toy and through the sound production apparatus whereby a musical tone is produced. The specific tone produced can be varied by changing the size and shape of the internal resonator chamber. A fluid such as water can be incorporated into the resonator chamber to alter the effective size of the chamber, and thereby change the musical tone produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen Merz Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140065923
    Abstract: A gun for producing a ring of fluid is described. The gun comprises a body defining a bore therethrough; a moveable member positioned at least partially within the bore; and a nozzle assembly coupled with the body and positioned at a bore opening. The nozzle assembly defines one or more fluid entrapment regions adjacent an opening of the nozzle assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffery M. DAVIS
  • Patent number: 8651972
    Abstract: A lightweight, portable artificial sport log having physical properties that mimic a selected natural log is disclosed that has a hollow cylindrical shell of a suitable polymeric material defining a volume having the desired dimensions of length and diameter of a selected natural log of interest, an internal baffle support shape of a rigid polymeric foam material is fixed to said internal surface of said cylindrical shell, end closure members at ends of said hollow cylindrical shell provided with sealable fill/discharge openings for adding and draining water from the artificial log. The internal baffle volume and shape are determined such that the buoyancy of the artificial log generally equals the buoyancy of the natural log of interest and the mass moment of inertia resembles that of the natural log of interest when the artificial log is filled with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventors: Judith L. Hoeschler, Jay F. Hoeschler, Abigael A. Hoeschler
  • Publication number: 20140000147
    Abstract: A water toy comprises an elongated buoyant body, a front attachment point, a weighted figurine, and a fin. The elongated buoyant body has a nose, a tail, a top surface, and a bottom surface. The top surface and the bottom surface meet at an outer edge. The front attachment point is disposed upon the bottom surface at the nose. The front attachment point comprises an aperture. The weighted figurine is disposed upon the top surface toward the nose. The fin extends from the bottom surface toward the tail. The water toy may comprise a rear attachment point for attaching a fish hook or lure and/or a water foil disposed upon the bottom surface at the tail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Bland
  • Patent number: 8608526
    Abstract: An amusement apparatus 100 of the present invention comprises a mirror placed in the bath, a support 125, a lighting member 129, a half mirror 128, a transparent waterproof sheet 130, a waterproofing mechanism 145, and an inlet 146. The support 125 and the lighting member 129 is placed on the mirror 120, the half mirror 128 is supported to the support 125, placed to an inner wall of bath 110 watertightly. Transparent waterproof sheet 130 coats the aperture upper part of bath 110, by a waterproofing mechanism the transparent waterproof sheet is watertightly fixed in the bath. Also an inlet for injecting a liquid between the half mirror and transparent waterproof sheet is provided, by the lighting member lighting up a region between the half mirror and the mirror, a reflection of the light is repeated in the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: BLD Oriental Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20130324003
    Abstract: Playsets for use on a water surface, including a toy vehicle configured to travel along the water surface and a buoyant race course, where the race course includes a guide that defines the race course on the water surface, a start platform that supports the toy vehicle, a start gate that releases the toy vehicle from the start platform onto the water surface at the start of the race course, and a finish gate that marks the end of the race course.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Keith A Hippely, Pete Hill, Chris Down
  • Patent number: 8556674
    Abstract: A self-priming underwater device for generating a vortex ring entrained with a fluid, includes a handle, a housing including front and rear sections, a trigger for supplying a fluid to the housing, a piston assembly in the rear section of the housing and including a yoke, a piston movable in the yoke, and a plate for displacing a liquid, and a splitter for diverting one portion of the fluid to the piston assembly to thereby move the piston. The front section of the housing includes an opening for discharging a vortex ring therefrom, and a fluid supply member is positioned adjacent the opening for supplying another portion of the fluid to be entrained in the vortex ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Tecmap Corporation
    Inventor: Eric W Curry
  • Publication number: 20130237120
    Abstract: A construction kit of modular components including rigid and flexible foam bars with endcaps designed to be joined together by snap-fit connections to define three-dimensional, adult-sized playing fields which float in aquatic settings such as swimming pools. The connectivity of the modular components is characterized by manual assembly, a high resistance to separation during active play by teams of adults participating in vigorous athletic activities, and tool-assisted disassembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory Lee Haner
  • Patent number: 8500510
    Abstract: A floatable toy structure is disclosed herein, the floatable toy structure having a floatable base portion; a collapsible track section, the collapsible track section having a pair of track sections; a collapsible support secured to the floatable base portion, the collapsible support capable of being positioned in an extended position and a stowed position, the collapsible support extending upwardly from the floatable base portion when it is in the extended position, the collapsible support engages and maintains the collapsible track section in an extended position when the collapsible support is in the extended position; and a fair start mechanism for simultaneously releasing a pair of objects for travel down the pair of track sections, wherein the fair start mechanism comprises a bucket that spills water onto the pair of objects after a predetermined amount of water has been placed into the bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Nuttall, Stacy Lynn O'Connor, John Violette
  • Patent number: 8490831
    Abstract: A squirting toy is comprised of a cylindrical housing and a piston that slides within to force water into or out of the housing via a hole therein. The housing is encased within a shell creating a water impervious volume sufficient for the toy to float in water. The shell is soft, so that the gun is not a safety hazard when left floating in a swimming pool. The squirting toy can further include bellows that can provide safety benefits as well as other benefits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Easebon Services Limited
    Inventors: Veronica Pui Chung Wong, Boguslaw Orlowski
  • Publication number: 20130171907
    Abstract: A submersible water toy for stunt based activities includes a main body portion constructed of a buoyant material. The main body portion defines an upper deck surface upon which the user can stand or otherwise be supported. The buoyancy of the main body portion is such that at least a portion of the user's weight is supported when used in a pool or other body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Jerry Fielding, JR.
  • Patent number: 8460051
    Abstract: A toy system that can be used in a body of water. The system includes a plurality of toy accessories that can be placed in the water. Placement of a toy accessory into the water activates the accessory to generate a signal. The signal is received by a base station. The base station generates an output in response to the signal. By way of example, the base station can generate a speech pattern. Each toy accessory may provide a unique code to the base station. Each code may generate a different speech pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Rudell Design LLC
    Inventors: Elliot Rudell, William Byles, Roger Gardner
  • Patent number: 8403723
    Abstract: A construction kit of modular components including rigid and flexible foam bars with endcaps designed to be joined together by snap-fit connections to define three-dimensional, adult-sized playing fields which float in aquatic settings such as swimming pools. The connectivity of the modular components is characterized by manual assembly, a high resistance to separation during active play by teams of adults participating in vigorous athletic activities, and tool-assisted disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory Lee Haner
  • Patent number: 8388402
    Abstract: A submersible water toy for stunt based activities includes a main body portion constructed of a buoyant material. The main body portion defines an upper deck surface upon which the user can stand or otherwise be supported. The buoyancy of the main body portion is such that at least a portion of the user's weight is supported when used in a pool or other body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jerry Fielding, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8317565
    Abstract: A portable, lightweight, water-resistant, multi-colored toy for placement in a bathtub, either supernatant or stationary, and which can be used with small toy cars of various models includes a base member having a multi-storied superstructure on which toy cars are placed with the base member having pivotal flip-down and flip-up legs for supporting the toy in the bathtub and the legs having suction cup for adhering to the bathtub bottom and one of the floors—the top floor—including a car wash, a gas station and a convenience store with water for the car wash being provided by a conduit that extends from the water up to the car wash and the upper side of the base member including an island and a boat ramp extending to the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Shallah
  • Publication number: 20120289118
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides a novelty float device or pool float device designed for use in a swimming pool, lake or other water recreational area. The novelty float device comprises an upper portion of a shark's body, wherein the shark's body also comprises a mouth. The mouth of the shark's body is typically in an open position, and extends above the surface of the water in a preferred embodiment. Typically, the upper portion of the shark's body is buoyant and sturdy enough so that a user can jump or dive through the shark's mouth, or users can feed the shark by throwing sea creature (or other animal) water toys or other articles through the shark's mouth.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Richard Ohrn, Kathleen Ohrn
  • Patent number: 8308523
    Abstract: A swimming hoop with a buoyancy member and flexible frame. By increasing or decreasing the buoyant force provided to the flexible frame by the buoyancy member, the user is able to position the swimming hoop at a desired vertical distance within a body of water. To increase or decrease the buoyant force, a pump is used to increase or decrease the level of air within an air chamber. The buoyancy member is adjustably secured to the flexible frame. The flexible frame may be generally circular, square, or any other shape, and is flexible such that other shapes can be further obtained by twisting or manipulating the flexible frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Water Sports, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Raymond
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    Patent number: 8267738
    Abstract: A track set is disclosed herein, the track set having: a first track segment pivotally mounted to the track set for movement between a first position and a second position, the first track segment having a first end and a second end; a perforated vessel secured to the first end of the first track segment, wherein a predetermined amount of water in the perforated vessel will maintain the first track segment in the first position; a second track segment mounted to the track set, the second end of the first track segment being spaced from a receiving end of the second track segment and the second end of the first track segment being elevated from the receiving end of the second track segment when the first track segment is in the first position, wherein at least one toy vehicle positioned proximate to the first end of the first track segment will be held there until an amount of water in the perforated vessel is less than the predetermined amount and the first track segment moves from the first position to the s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Nuttall
  • Patent number: 8251768
    Abstract: A floatable toy structure is disclosed herein, the floatable toy structure having a floatable base portion; a collapsible track section secured to the floatable base portion, the collapsible track section capable of being positioned in an extended position and a stowed position, the collapsible track section extending upwardly from the floatable base portion when it is in the extended position; and a collapsible support secured to the floatable base portion, the collapsible support capable of being positioned in an extended position and a stowed position, the collapsible support extending upwardly from the floatable base portion when it is in the extended position, the collapsible support engages and maintains the collapsible track section in the extended position when the collapsible support is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Nuttall
  • Publication number: 20120214382
    Abstract: An amusement apparatus 100 of the present invention comprises a mirror placed in the bath, a support 125, a lighting member 129, a half mirror 128, a transparent waterproof sheet 130, a waterproofing mechanism 145, and an inlet 146. The support 125 and the lighting member 129 is placed on the mirror 120, the half mirror 128 is supported to the support 125, placed to an inner wall of bath 110 watertightly. Transparent waterproof sheet 130 coats the aperture upper part of bath 110, by a waterproofing mechanism the transparent waterproof sheet is watertightly fixed in the bath. Also an inlet for injecting a liquid between the half mirror and transparent waterproof sheet is provided, by the lighting member lighting up a region between the half mirror and the mirror, a reflection of the light is repeated in the region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: BLD ORIENTAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20120214381
    Abstract: A bath apparatus for play and/or bathing having a reservoir, a plurality of substantially co-planar bottom release holes, and a top control aperture. Upon submerging the bath toy, water flows into the reservoir through the release holes as air escapes through the control aperture. When the control aperture is sealed with a thumb or finger and the toy is raised from the water, water in the reservoir is retained in the reservoir. When the control aperture is unsealed, water in the reservoir flows out through the release holes. The control aperture is offset from the top of the reservoir by approximately 12° to be ergonomically located and oriented to allow a thumb to produce an airtight seal when the reservoir is held in a single adult-size hand, or to allow a finger to produce an airtight seal when the reservoir is held by child-size hands in both hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventors: Johanna Rickenbach, Alex Hochstrasser
  • Patent number: 8221184
    Abstract: A floatable toy structure is disclosed herein, the floatable toy structure having: a floatable base portion; a collapsible track section secured to the floatable base portion, the collapsible track section capable of being positioned in an extended position and a stowed position, the collapsible track section extending upwardly from the floatable base portion when it is in the extended position; a support secured to the floatable base portion, the support configured to support the collapsible track section in the extended position; a pump for spraying water from a spray nozzle movably secured to the floatable toy structure; and a gate pivotally mounted to the floatable toy structure proximate to the collapsible track section, the gate being configured for movement between a first position and a second position, the gate further comprising a vessel for holding water therein, wherein the gate moves from the first position to the second position when a predetermined amount of water is placed into the vessel and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Nuttall, Stacy Lynn O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20120178336
    Abstract: A floatable toy structure is disclosed herein, the floatable toy structure having a floatable base portion; a collapsible track section, the collapsible track section having a pair of track sections; a collapsible support secured to the floatable base portion, the collapsible support capable of being positioned in an extended position and a stowed position, the collapsible support extending upwardly from the floatable base portion when it is in the extended position, the collapsible support engages and maintains the collapsible track section in an extended position when the collapsible support is in the extended position; and a fair start mechanism for simultaneously releasing a pair of objects for travel down the pair of track sections, wherein the fair start mechanism comprises a bucket that spills water onto the pair of objects after a predetermined amount of water has been placed into the bucket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Nuttall, Stacy Lynn O'Connor, John Violette
  • Patent number: 8210194
    Abstract: A tent structure, water transfer system and sprinkler mechanism are provided. The water transfer system utilizes components of the tent structure to transfer water from a garden hose to the sprinkler mechanism positioned at the top of the tent structure to spray water above the tent structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Rehkemper
  • Publication number: 20120100775
    Abstract: According to one aspect, embodiments of the invention provide an aquatic toy comprising a main body comprised of thermoplastic rubber, the main body comprising a buoyant portion comprised of thermoplastic rubber, and a weighted portion coupled to the buoyant portion, wherein the weighted portion contains material which is heavier than water and is configured to maintain the aquatic toy submerged when the aquatic toy is placed in a body of water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Ralph C. Marciano
  • Publication number: 20120058704
    Abstract: A squirting toy is comprised of a cylindrical housing and a piston that slides within to force water into or out of the housing via a hole therein. The housing is encased within a shell creating a water impervious volume sufficient for the toy to float in water. The shell is soft, so that the gun is not a safety hazard when left floating in a swimming pool. Handles associated with one or both actuating portions of the squirting toy are provided for gripping and operating the squirting toy more effectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Prime Time Toys, Ltd.
    Inventors: Boguslaw Orlowski, Veronica Wong, Francis Chia
  • Patent number: 8123077
    Abstract: A squirting toy is comprised of a cylindrical housing and a piston that slides within to force water into or out of the housing via a hole therein. The housing is encased within a shell creating a water impervious volume sufficient for the toy to float in water. The shell is soft, so that the gun is not a safety hazard when left floating in a swimming pool. Handles associated with one or both actuating portions of the squirting toy are provided for gripping and operating the squirting toy more effectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Easebon Services Limited
    Inventors: Boguslaw Orlowski, Veronica Wong, Francis Chia
  • Patent number: 8113963
    Abstract: A water based entertainment device in accordance with an embodiment of the present application is connected to a garden hose to provide smooth walls of water that define an enclosed dry that is substantially free of water spray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Thought Development Inc
    Inventor: Alan Amron
  • Publication number: 20120034840
    Abstract: A portable, lightweight, water-resistant, multi-colored toy for placement in a bathtub, either supernatant or stationary, and which can be used with small toy cars of various models includes a base member having a multi-storied superstructure on which toy cars are placed with the base member having pivotal flip-down and flip-up legs for supporting the toy in the bathtub and the legs having suction cup for adhering to the bathtub bottom and one of the floors—the top floor—including a car wash, a gas station and a convenience store with water for the car wash being provided by a conduit that extends from the water up to the car wash and the upper side of the base member including an island and a boat ramp extending to the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas Michael Shallah