Land Marker Or Monument Patents (Class 52/103)
  • Patent number: 10669735
    Abstract: Described herein are systems, methods, and kits useful in stabilizing markers, such as driveway markers or garden stakes, that are placed in the ground. The invention comprises a marker stabilizer that can be inserted into the ground and that can receive a marker within an interior channel. The invention also comprises a cap that can be used to protect the marker stabilizer and a marker stabilizer remover that can be used to pull the marker stabilizer out of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Johnson
  • Patent number: 10372162
    Abstract: A tombstone display assembly includes a tombstone for a deceased person and a housing that is coupled to the tombstone such that the housing is visible to individuals visiting the tombstone. A plurality of religious symbols is provided and a selected one of the religious symbols is removably attached to the housing. The selected religious symbol is chosen according to religious beliefs of the deceased person. A pair of adhesive strips is each coupled to the housing and each of the adhesive strips adhesively engages the tombstone to retain the housing on the tombstone. A display is coupled to the housing and the display is electrically coupled to the control circuit. The display displays indicia comprising images and text that are associated with the deceased person. In this way the display enhances the memorial experience for the individuals visiting the tombstone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Jeffery Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 10301065
    Abstract: A liquid container for producing and/or storing liquids, in particular alcohol-containing liquids, intended for consumption comprises a container that is open at one end, can be closed by a lid and container walls with an inner wall surface that is at least partially, in particular substantially entirely, in the form of a surface of a solid natural stone. Also described are various methods for producing such liquid containers and a method for producing and/or storing drinkable liquids using such containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Alois Bauer
  • Patent number: 10104878
    Abstract: A rotary auger fishing pole holder for removably holding a handle of a fishing pole or fishing rod in an upright position on the ground. The stand includes an upright rod with a helical coil or flights forming an auger base having a point at the lower distal end to be fixedly and removably screwed into the ground to support the stand in an upright position. The top end of the rod forming the stand body includes a ring or loop for insertion of a proximate end of a fishing rod there thorough and a cup spaced apart from and in alignment with the ring to support a distal end of the pole or rod handle therein. The cup is disposed above a portion of the elongated rod forming an integral S-shaped loop defining a handle for rotating the auger into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Decoy Stake Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Brooks
  • Patent number: 9316016
    Abstract: A rotary mounting stand for removably holding a decoy, camera or there selected device upright on the ground. The stand includes an upright rod with a helical coil or flights forming an auger having a point at the lower distal end to be fixedly and removably screwed into the ground to support the stand in an upright position. The top end of the rod forming the stand shape cap configured, sized and shaped to correspond to the mounting base of a selected device to be supported on the stand. Just above the helical coil at least two outward extending legs extend normal to or perpendicular to the vertical rod forming a base when the auger portion is screwed into the ground. The distal end of each of the legs are bent or angled to extend upward perpendicular from the ground a selected distance forming handles for the purpose of rotating the auger into the ground. The auger is intended to be cranked until the at least two outward extending legs come to bear against the ground for increased lateral support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Brooks
  • Patent number: 8950222
    Abstract: A tamper resistant apparatus for removable retention of a memorial marker such as those found at a grave site. The apparatus includes a locking mechanism housed within a cylinder. The cylinder has a cover intended for use exposed to the environment. The cylinder is attached to a footing plate that provides lateral stability during placement of the apparatus in the ground. Horizontal gripping within the ground is provided by a helical anchor attached to the footing plate. The locking mechanism includes a latch which may be moved into and out of a notch in the post of the memorial marker to respectively retain and release the marker from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Bruce A. Bonnevie
  • Publication number: 20150020354
    Abstract: An improved cemetery experience whereby the cemetery and accompanying facilities may celebrate and demonstrate the passion and hobbies of the deceased individual, such as a love of sports. The contemplated themed cemetery may be a stand-alone cemetery that celebrates a common passion of a plurality of individuals, yet still maintains the traditional burial and memorialization process. The themed cemetery memorializes a specific event or a loved location and provides enjoyment to individuals having a common interest with an opportunity for burial and/or memorial with a common theme. The themed cemetery comprises a visual and physical replica of a venue, such as a sporting facility, e.g., the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the Los Angeles Coliseum, Angel Stadium, Wimbledon, and the like. The themed cemetery is configured to providing space for the deceased while also providing income and revenue by way of advertising for the cemetery operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: David Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8887449
    Abstract: A benchmark marking tool includes a marking plate having an upper surface formed in a flat shape so as to mark a benchmark on the upper surface, a stud extending from a back surface of the upper surface of the marking plate and buried in a structure such as a floor of a building to fix the marking plate, and an outer peripheral flange provided around the marking plate and buried in a coating layer applied to the structure. The marking plate is provided such that the upper surface is located to be flush with or below an upper surface of the coating layer formed on the structure when the marking plate is located in the structure of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Toshiba Plant Systems & Services Corporation
    Inventor: Isao Hoshi
  • Publication number: 20140311056
    Abstract: A grave marker assembly that can be removably mounted and secured to a support surface such as a lawn crypt lid. The grave marker assembly has a fastening system that is not exposed to view and yet allows the grave marker to be easily installed and removed. The fastening system includes a channel and interior opening formed on a base member that is adapted to receive a fastener. The fastener in turn is adapted to be inserted into an opening formed on the crypt lid or other support surface. The assembly further includes a multi-function frame disposed along the outer periphery of the memorial marker that can serve as a decorative feature and draining functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Bobbitt
  • Publication number: 20140259983
    Abstract: A portable tombstone includes a main body having a first cavity and a second cavity. The first cavity is defined by an interior surface of the main body, and is filled with a weighting media to improve stability. The second cavity is defined by an exterior surface of the main body, and holds a capsule configured to contain ashes or mementos. The first cavity and the capsule are sealingly enclosed with a plug and a cap, respectively. The portable tombstone is molded from a polymeric material having a stone-like appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: William P. Camp, JR.
  • Patent number: 8800122
    Abstract: A containment device for holding the remains of a cremated individual. The containment device may include a receptacle with a rim section and a containment section. A cap may be sealed on the receptacle once the remains of the cremated individual are within the containment section. The outside of the receptacle may include an attachment component. Therefore, the receptacle may be displayed in one's home for a time and then may be permanently mounted in a memorial site. An anchor may attach to the attachment component to prevent theft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: David William Pato
  • Publication number: 20140215933
    Abstract: A cremated remains remembrance and burial system that includes an urn, an urn lid, an urn enclosure and a headstone. The urn includes an enclosure with an opening, a first sealing mechanism and second sealing mechanism. The urn lid is capable of engaging the first sealing mechanism to substantially seal the enclosure. The urn enclosure has a recess formed therein that is adapted to receive the urn. The urn enclosure is adapted to engage the second sealing mechanism to retain the urn in engagement with the urn enclosure. The headstone has an opening formed therein that is adapted to receive at least a portion of the urn. The headstone is adapted to engage the second sealing mechanism to retain the urn in engagement with the headstone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Charles Carlson, Donald Eyberg, Mark Cannon
  • Patent number: 8782932
    Abstract: A funerary article for the identification and perpetuation of the memory of a deceased individual in a timeless manner, made of unalterable material, includes: a marked element (1) with a unique code that is assigned to the deceased individual, and on a pair of plates (3, 4) held together by an attachment member, both being marked with the unique code, the second plate including data for identification of the deceased individual in natural language to constitute a device for identification and remembrance. The marked element (1) is available when the Funeral Services take charge of the deceased, whereas the plates (3, 4) are produced following the burial or the cremation and are then to be attached together to definitively form the article for remembrance and identification of the deceased. A kit and a process for the production of this funerary article for identification and remembrance are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Francoise Giannetti Rouzaud, Entreprise personelle commercant
    Inventor: Françoise Rouzaud Giannetti
  • Patent number: 8763318
    Abstract: A grave marker assembly that can be removably mounted and secured to a support surface such as a lawn crypt lid. The grave marker assembly has a fastening system that is not exposed to view and yet allows the grave marker to be easily installed and removed. The fastening system includes a channel and interior opening formed on a base member that is adapted to receive a fastener. The fastener in turn is adapted to be inserted into an opening formed on the crypt lid or other support surface. The assembly further includes a multi-function frame disposed along the outer periphery of the memorial marker that can serve as a decorative feature and draining functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Gary Bobbitt
  • Patent number: 8707636
    Abstract: A memorial foundation system includes a pair of vertical supports having screw threads on their bottom ends and first attachment structure at their upper ends. Support plates corresponding to the vertical supports have respective second attachment structures configured to mate with the first attachment structures. A block has a first end supported by one of the pair of support plates and one of the pair of vertical supports and a second opposite end supported by the other of the pair of support plates and the other of the pair of vertical supports. The block includes a plurality of pockets in a row, each of the pockets open to an upper side. Each of a plurality of markers is configured to be received by a corresponding one of the plurality of pockets in the block to arrange the plurality of markers in an aligned row with even height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Tribute Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Toson, Tim Hentges, Dean Wardlow, Doug Engel, Clyde Rupnow
  • Publication number: 20140102015
    Abstract: A memorial foundation system includes a pair of vertical supports having screw threads on their bottom ends and first attachment structure at their upper ends. Support plates corresponding to the vertical supports have respective second attachment structures configured to mate with the first attachment structures. A block has a first end supported by one of the pair of support plates and one of the pair of vertical supports and a second opposite end supported by the other of the pair of support plates and the other of the pair of vertical supports. The block includes a plurality of pockets in a row, each of the pockets open to an upper side. Each of a plurality of markers is configured to be received by a corresponding one of the plurality of pockets in the block to arrange the plurality of markers in an aligned row with even height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: THE TRIBUTE COMPANIES, INC.
    Inventors: William R. Toson, Tim Hentges, Dean Wardlow, Doug Engel, Clyde Rupnow
  • Publication number: 20140069033
    Abstract: This invention relates to a flora barrier member for a grave marker, the combination of a flora barrier member and a grave marker, and a method of erecting a grave marker. Many cemeteries have banned the use of temporary grave markers as they are prone to damage and increase the amount of time required to maintain the cemetery. This is due to the fact that extra time must be taken to remove the grass and weeds in the vicinity of the base of the grave marker. The present invention provides a flora barrier member that prevents grass or weed growth in this area. The flora barrier member is simple to construct and install and will allow the use of temporary grave markers in most cemeteries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: DANIEL MORNING
  • Patent number: 8667745
    Abstract: A military service persons burial marker assembly having an upper plaque having front and rear faces; upper indicia fixedly attached to or formed wholly with the upper plaque's front face, the upper indicia commemorating the service person; a bracket cantilevering rearwardly from the upper plaque; a lower plaque having a front face; lower indicia fixedly attached to or formed wholly with the lower plaque's front face, the lower indicia further commemorating the service person; a loop fixedly attached to and extending rearwardly from the lower plaque; and a hook connected operatively to the loop, the hook being adapted for engaging the bracket for resisting downward movements of the lower plaque with respect to the upper plaque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jesse C. May
  • Patent number: 8635758
    Abstract: A method and system of affixing a plaque to a solid surface is provided. The method includes the steps of providing at least one opening in a face of the solid surface and inserting a plaque support into the at least one opening. The plaque support includes a body defining a passageway therethrough and having a first end and a second end. The first end has a flange portion. Further, at least one outer tab member extends radially outward toward the first end and at least one inner tab member extends radially inward toward the second end. The outer tab member engages the solid surface upon insertion of the plaque support into the at least one opening. The method and system further include providing the plaque with at least one installation fastener. The at least one installation fastener is inserted into the passageway of the plaque support, such that the at least one inner tab member engages the at least one installation fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Matthews Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Slepecki, Daniel T. Lenau
  • Patent number: 8615855
    Abstract: An improved cemetery experience whereby the cemetery and accompanying facilities may celebrate and demonstrate the passion and hobbies of the deceased individual. The contemplated themed cemetery may be a stand-alone cemetery that celebrates a common passion of a plurality of individuals, yet still maintains the traditional burial and memorialization process. The themed cemetery may take a specific event, or commonly understood and loved location and memorialize that location in the theme of a cemetery where those with that common interest and enjoyment of the commonly understood location may desire to be buried. The cemetery would closely resemble both visually, and physically a replica of the theme being celebrated and may provide space for the deceased while still providing adequate income and revenue in the way of advertising for the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: David Montgomery
  • Patent number: 8610581
    Abstract: A surveyor's mark and a method of forming the mark. A tag is embedded in a head. The head is removably assembled to a stick. The head is configured to be above a ground when the stick is planted in the ground. The head includes a tag. The tag in the head includes an identification number whose value identifies the tag and indicates if the head is disassembled from the stick. If the stick is planted in the ground and the head is above the ground, then pulling the head in an attempt to pull up the mark from the ground results in changing the value of the identification number in the tag from a first code value to a second code value that differs from the first code value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frederic Bauchot, Gerard Marmigere, Pierre Secondo
  • Patent number: 8561363
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for stabilizing a headstone. A substantially-rigid perforated member is provided having a headstone aperture formed therein. The perforated member includes at least one anchor extending away from the perforated member to be driven into the ground. At least one securing member is disposed at the headstone aperture of the perforated member to secure the stabilizing apparatus to the headstone. The method includes providing such a perforated member, removing existing sod from around the headstone, placing the perforated member over the headstone with the headstone extending through the headstone aperture so that the perforated member is next to the ground, adjusting a securing member so as to secure the stabilizing apparatus to the headstone, and placing sod on top of the perforated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas H. DeArmond, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8555561
    Abstract: A headstone support system includes a pole having a first auger attached to the pole proximate a first end thereof, the first auger configured to drill through soil upon rotation of the pole, and a headstone support attached to a second end of the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Source of Pride, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Duncan Dickinson, Rodney Kenneth Knyvett, Enrique Escamilla
  • Patent number: 8490258
    Abstract: In a cremation remains system for memorializing a decedent the cremation remains of the decedent may be sealed in a cremation remains capsule. The cremation remains capsule is placed in a chamber formed in a memorial monument and concealed from view so that the memorial monument is not distinguishable from other cemetery memorials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Jayakumar Muthusami
  • Patent number: 8474167
    Abstract: There is disclosed an information display device, which comprises a ground attachment structure having a convex upper face, and a cooperating convex removable, transparent top cover, between which an information display support is arranged. The structure is hollowed-out on its upper face with channels enabling water to flow towards openings for discharging water to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Ludovic Bertrand
  • Patent number: 8448388
    Abstract: A vase assembly includes an outer vase including a top portion having an open top end, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, a base portion having a top end connected to the bottom end of the top portion, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, and at least one locking component disposed on the base portion. An insert is removably disposed within the internal cavity of the top portion of the outer vase. The insert includes an open top end, a closed bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity. A locking mechanism removably secures the insert within the outer vase. The at least one locking component is adapted for securing the outer vase against removal from a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Matthew Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Karenbauer
  • Publication number: 20130125479
    Abstract: A vase assembly includes an outer vase including a top portion having an open top end, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, a base portion having a top end connected to the bottom end of the top portion, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, and at least one locking component disposed on the base portion. An insert is removably disposed within the internal cavity of the top portion of the outer vase. The insert includes an open top end, a closed bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity. A locking mechanism removably secures the insert within the outer vase. The at least one locking component is adapted for securing the outer vase against removal from a support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: MATTHEWS RESOURCES, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Karenbauer
  • Patent number: 8439401
    Abstract: A caution pole for embedding in a support medium for drawing attention to potential hazards includes a generally elongate pole body with a proximate end portion formed with a pointed tip for insertion into a support medium, a metal impact cap fitted over the end opposite the proximate end portion of the pole body, the impact cap including a generally cylindrical body having an access opening on one end thereof and a substantially planar surface opposing the access opening, and a clip disposed on the pole body having a base and an arm capable of securing an attachment to the caution pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Fiberglass Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Brad Groves, Parker Richard
  • Patent number: 8429859
    Abstract: A headstone support system includes a pole having a first auger attached to the pole proximate a first end thereof, the first auger configured to drill through soil upon rotation of the pole, and a headstone support attached to a second end of the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Source of Pride, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Duncan Dickinson, Rodney Kenneth Knyvett, Enrique Escamilla
  • Patent number: 8418344
    Abstract: A multi-piece ceremonial sculpture when assembled creates a symbol for unity during a wedding ceremony or anniversary or business celebration. The method of assembling the sculpture is to fasten an outer cross-shaped piece to a solid base through peg holes. Once the outer cross-shaped piece has been secured, then an inner piece will be secured within the outer piece by placing plugs through the openings on the top and sides. Once assembled, the sculpture displays a complete piece of art commemorating the commitment to the union.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Michael James Letney
  • Publication number: 20130061540
    Abstract: A monument has a face sheet made from a corrosion resistant material, such as stainless steel, which is cut to a desired ornamental shape. An inscription is cut through the face sheet and includes something that is unique to a person, such as that person's signature. Backing material is applied to the back surface of the face sheet such that it is visible through the cut inscription in order to create a contrast with the surface of the face sheet. The face sheet is set into uncured concrete placed in a recess in the ground to create a pad which secures the monument in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Merrill R. Denney
  • Publication number: 20130031849
    Abstract: A headstone support system includes a pole having a first auger attached to the pole proximate a first end thereof, the first auger configured to drill through soil upon rotation of the pole, and a headstone support attached to a second end of the pole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Duncan Dickinson, Rodney Kenneth Knyvett, Enrique Escamilla
  • Publication number: 20130031850
    Abstract: A headstone support system includes a pole having a first auger attached to the pole proximate a first end thereof, the first auger configured to drill through soil upon rotation of the pole, and a headstone support attached to a second end of the pole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Duncan Dickinson, Rodney Kenneth Knyvett, Enrique Escamilla
  • Patent number: 8307584
    Abstract: A vase assembly includes an outer vase including a top portion having an open top end, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, a base portion having a top end connected to the bottom end of the top portion, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, and at least one locking component disposed on the base portion. An insert is removably disposed within the internal cavity of the top portion of the outer vase. The insert includes an open top end, a closed bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity. A locking mechanism removably secures the insert within the outer vase. The at least one locking component is adapted for securing the outer vase against removal from a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Matthews Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Karenbauer
  • Patent number: 8286314
    Abstract: In a cremation remains system for memorializing a decedent the cremation remains of the decedent are placed in a cremation remains bag and sealed in a cremation capsule. The cremation capsule is placed in a chamber formed in a memorial monument and concealed from view so that the memorial monument is not distinguishable from other cemetery memorials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Jayakumar Muthusami
  • Patent number: 8289167
    Abstract: A surveyor's mark and a method for forming the mark. The mark includes a stick and a head assembled to the stick. The stick is configured to be planted in a ground and the head is configured to be above the ground. The head includes a tag having an identification number. The identification number has a value which is a first code value. The stick includes a thin wire configured as an electrical conducting loop and connected to the tag. If the stick is planted in the ground and the head is above the ground, then pulling the head in an attempt to pull up the mark from the ground results in the head being disassembled from the stick and the thin wire breaking so as to open the loop which changes the value of the identification number from the first code value to a second code value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frederic Bauchot, Gerard Marmigere, Pierre Secondo
  • Patent number: 8215067
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a flower vase for a cemetery memorial that can be stored within a compartment on the memorial when it is not in use. The cylindrical and hollow flower identification vase includes two photographs, two bronze engraving tags with personal data of the deceased people, a container for water and flowers when in an upright position, a serial number and exactly identification of the place where the vase is located in the cemetery property and a connection system between the vase and the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Armando F. Segura
  • Patent number: 8209918
    Abstract: Provided herewith is an apparatus and means for interning a plurality of cremated remains and their accompanying urns in a columbarium placed in the ground above a pre-existing coffin style burial such that the ashes and urns are inaccessible once they are interned. The apparatus comprises an “L” shaped columbarium that is placed above a pre-existing coffin with the longer side of the “L” shape being laid horizontally. A telescoping cylinder is utilized to hold the urn for viewing during the ceremony and to deposit the urn in storage. As the telescoping cylinder is lowered back into the columbarium, a push arm forces the pivotal plate to pivot causing the urn to roll off the pivotal plate and onto a ramp that allows the urn to continue by gravitational force to the base of the ramp for permanent storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Troy D. Voit
  • Patent number: 8151420
    Abstract: The funeral vase statues include pre-cast statues or figurines and vases, the statues or figurines being interchangeably attached to or supported by the vases. The statues or figurines are lightweight and can be installed or removed easily from the vases. The vases may have bottom fastening members for attachment to a monument stone equipped with a complementary fastening system. Alternatively, the bottom fastening members may be directly attached to bottom of the statues or figurines so that the statues or figurines may be securely attached to the monument stone directly without a vase. A variety of statue/figurine designs are provided, and may include cultural and/or religious figures, symbols, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Inventor: Randy B. Randall
  • Publication number: 20120079777
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for stabilizing a headstone. A substantially-rigid perforated member is provided having a headstone aperture formed therein. The perforated member includes at least one anchor extending away from the perforated member to be driven into the ground. At least one securing member is disposed at the headstone aperture of the perforated member to secure the stabilizing apparatus to the headstone. The method includes providing such a perforated member, removing existing sod from around the headstone, placing the perforated member over the headstone with the headstone extending through the headstone aperture so that the perforated member is next to the ground, adjusting a securing member so as to secure the stabilizing apparatus to the headstone, and placing sod on top of the perforated member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas H. DeArmond, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110219709
    Abstract: A grave marker apparatus that has four walls and a top for displaying computer generated text, graphics, images and the like, atop and/or around a head stone. The four walls and top form a five sided cover that allows maximum graphic display space for a variety of differently shaped headstones. Velcro buttons or like material accommodates temporary attachments without damaging the marker or landscaping around the stone. The device also covers flat grave markers and faceplate markers using one wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Cheryl A. Leyden
  • Patent number: 7993722
    Abstract: A non-powered photoluminescent paving brick includes a substrate defining one of a cavity and a channel that extends from one end to an opposite end of the substrate. A photoluminescent portion includes a light transmissive resin including a suspension of photoluminescent particles. The photoluminescent portion is arranged in the one of the cavity and the channel and wherein the light transmissive resin has an exposed outer surface that directly receives light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Glow-Mark Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: David K. Sturley
  • Publication number: 20110161254
    Abstract: A multi-use park for the living and the dead, which typically includes a bounded green space; asymmetric columbaria in the form of art objects, such as mosaics or sculptures; and a building for wedding ceremonies or celebrations, baptisms, graduation celebrations, retirement parties, picnics, and other events along the continuum of life. In other words the multi-use park, in one location, melds ongoing activities of the living, with remembering the dead. A method of use typically includes the step of a receiving payment to deploy the ashes of a deceased entity within the bounded green space of the multi-use park, wherein the ashes are deployed in an asymmetric columbarium having the appearance of an art object such as a sculpture or mosaic; and receiving payment to conduct a milestone life-continuum event, such as a graduation celebration, within the bounded green space of the multi-use park.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas William Van Den Bogart
  • Publication number: 20110094168
    Abstract: An interlocking precast slab assembly such as a bench or memorial marker is provided. Each assembly includes a precast seat member having upper and lower surfaces and an elongated groove formed in the upper surface of the seat member. Each assembly also includes a precast back member having an engraved front surface and an elongated lower edge portion which fits into the elongated groove to form a joint which interlocks the members together to form the assembly with the engraved front surface supported above the upper surface of the seat member for viewing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis Michael Hill
  • Patent number: 7930859
    Abstract: A cable marker pole system is described for marking the location of buried utility cabling. The cable marker pole system includes a base for embedding in earth or concrete, and a two-part pole assembly that couples with the base. The two-part pole assembly includes a spring coupling the two pole members to allow the pole assembly to flex if struck. A sign is attached to the top of the pole assembly to indicate what is buried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L. P.
    Inventors: Hossein Eslambolchi, John Sinclair Huffman, Gene Geren
  • Publication number: 20110056149
    Abstract: A vase assembly includes an outer vase including a top portion having an open top end, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, a base portion having a top end connected to the bottom end of the top portion, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, and at least one locking component disposed on the base portion. An insert is removably disposed within the internal cavity of the top portion of the outer vase. The insert includes an open top end, a closed bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity. A locking mechanism removably secures the insert within the outer vase. The at least one locking component is adapted for securing the outer vase against removal from a support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Matthews Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Karenbauer
  • Publication number: 20110047893
    Abstract: A data enhanced tombstone contains audio, video, or text of the deceased and means to communicate to an electronic user device reproducing the audio and visual images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Enio Iezza
  • Publication number: 20100313492
    Abstract: A memorial marker having a base for placement on a grave marker is provided. A spring element is coupled to the base and configured to affix the base to the grave marker. A rod having a first end and a second end is coupled to the base at the first end. The rod is disposed in a substantially upright position. The second end of the rod permits an ornament such as at least one of a medallion and a flag to be coupled to the second end of the rod. A kit for the memorial marker and a related method for memorializing a deceased individual are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventors: Verne Shellhouse, Curtland Smith
  • Publication number: 20100295699
    Abstract: A monument usable for locating stationary geographical positions and/or assets includes a housing, comprising a body and a cap; at least one permanent magnet mounted on or in the housing; and at least one electronic marker located on or in the housing. The magnet has a magnetic field of sufficient strength for its location to be readily identified from outside the housing using a portable magnetic locator and the electronic marker includes an electronic transceiver for receiving and/or transmitting electronic information unique to the geographical location and/or functional properties of the monument or an asset associated with the monument.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: Berntsen International, Inc.
    Inventor: William C. Rushing
  • Patent number: RE47066
    Abstract: A cremated remains remembrance and burial system that includes an urn, an urn lid, an urn enclosure and a headstone. The urn includes an enclosure with an opening, a first sealing mechanism and second sealing mechanism. The urn lid is capable of engaging the first sealing mechanism to substantially seal the enclosure. The urn enclosure has a recess formed therein that is adapted to receive the urn. The urn enclosure is adapted to engage the second sealing mechanism to retain the urn in engagement with the urn enclosure. The headstone has an opening formed therein that is adapted to receive at least a portion of the urn. The headstone is adapted to engage the second sealing mechanism to retain the urn in engagement with the headstone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Charles Carlson, Donald Eyberg, Mark Cannon