Friday, October 31, 2008

Dice game patent

United States Patent
7,341,250
Lewis, Jr.
March 11, 2008
Dice game
Abstract
The present invention relates a board game that utilizes a game board that has constructed thereon a field grid accommodating two players. The field grid is further defined to removably receive designations for position, roll amount and score for each player. The rounds of play are facilitated by utilizing a random number generator with the game consisting of sixteen rounds. The game further includes a position coin that is used to commence the game and determine that starting position for the players.
Inventors:
Lewis, Jr.; James (Sacramento, CA)
Appl. No.:
11/359,039
Filed:
February 21, 2006
Current U.S. Class:
273/146
Current International Class:
A63F 9/04 (20060101)
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4016939
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Thron
4378115
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4856780
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Begley et al.
4984805
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5054775
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5217229
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Jaime
5901956
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Warmack
6530571
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McWilliams
2004/0160002
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Christensen et al.
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July 2006
Doskocil et al.
Primary Examiner: Kim; Eugene Assistant Examiner: Collins; Dolores R. Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Claims
What is claimed is:1. A method of playing a board game comprising: using a playing surface, said playing surface having: a plurality of spaces configured in rows further being oriented in a generally linear manner, said spaces being further configured for providing an area for removably receiving designations for each player selected from a group consisting of position designation, roll amount and score; selecting a team designation fro the participating players, said team designation being selected from a group consisting of home or visitor; tossing of a position coin by the player designated as home team to determine the position of the player designated as visitor; said position coin having two position designations thereon, said position designations being offense position on one side of the position coin and defense position on the opposing side of the position coin; utilizing a random number generator; said random number generator configured to produce a number between and including one and six, said random number generator being utilized once for each of said players during a round of play; completing a round of play, said round of play being completed once said players for each of said team has utilized the random number generators one time; tabulating a score, said tabulation of said score being derived from a predetermined scoring sheet displaying all possible scoring options for numbers generated by each player using said random generator; wherein the team in the position of defense can accumulate points if the player for the defense generates an equal number to the number generated by the player for the offense; alternating positions, said players alternating position designations upon completion of one round of play and subsequent moving to the next round of play; accumulating points, said players accumulate points during each round of play for purposes of determining a winner based upon the highest point accumulation. 2. The method of claim 1, wherein the random number generator is a six sided die. 3. The method of claim 1, wherein the players engage in sixteen rounds of play to determine a winner. 4. The method of claim 3, wherein the score for the team in the position of offense is five points upon the generation of the number six by the offensive team and the generation of the number one by the defensive team in the same round of play. 5. The method of claim 3, wherein the score for the team in the position of offense is four points upon the generation of the number six by the offensive team and the generation of the number two by the defensive team in the same round of play. 6. The method of claim 3, wherein the score for the team in the position of offense is three points upon the generation of the number six by the offensive team and the generation of the number three by the defensive team in the same round of play. 7. The method of claim 3, wherein the score for the team in the position of offense is two points upon the generation of the number six by the offensive team and the generation of the number four by the defensive team in the same round of play. 8. The method of claim 3, wherein the score for the team in the position of offense is one point upon the generation of the number six by the offensive team and the generation of the number five by the defensive team in the same round of play. 9. A method of playing a board game comprising: having two players, each of said players having one random number generator, each player in turn using said random number generator at least one time on a playing surface, said playing surface having: a plurality of spaces configured in linear rows, said spaces being further configured for providing an area for removably receiving designations for selected from a group consisting of position, roll amount and score; selecting a team designation for each of said players, said team designation being selected from a group consisting of home or visitor; tossing a position coin, said position coin having two position designations thereon, said designations being offense position on one side of the position coin and defense position on the opposing side of the position coin; utilizing a random number generator; said random number generator configured to produce a number between and including one and six, said random number generator being utilized once for each of said player during a round of play; completing a round of play, said round of play being completed once said players has utilized the random number generators one time; tabulating a score, said tabulation of said score being derived from a predetermined scoring sheet displaying all possible scoring options for numbers generated for each player, said score being further recorded in said spaces; wherein the player in the position of defense can accumulate points if the player for the defense generates an equal number with said random number generator to the number generated by the player for the offense; alternating positions, said players alternating position designations upon completion of one round of play and subsequent moving to the next round of play; accumulating points, said players accumulating points during each round of play. 10. The method of claim 9, wherein said player with the team designation of home commences the game by tossing the position coin to determine the position designation for the first round for the player playing with the team designation of visitor. 11. The method of claim 10, wherein playing a round is accomplished by said players rolling one six sided die one time per player. 12. The method of claim 11, wherein said players pay for a total of sixteen rounds to determine a winner based upon the highest point accumulation.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates a board game to be played by more than one individual, more specifically but not by way of limitation, to an apparatus and associated rules for playing a board game wherein the object of the game is to accumulate more points than your opponent, whereby the points are generated with a random number generator. BACKGROUND Playing board games has been a popular pastime amongst individuals for decades. There have been many games heretofore devised and utilized constructed of familiar and expected configurations in order to achieve numerous objectives and requirements. The advantages of the present board game will be understood more readily after a consideration of the drawings and Detailed Description. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION It is an object of the present invention to provide a new board game and a method of playing thereof that is designed to contain a plurality of rounds of play with each player alternating between offensive and defensive positions with an objective to accumulate the most points. It is a further object of the present invention to provide a new board game that utilizes random number generators to facilitate the playing of each round of play during the game. It is another object of the present invention to provide a new board game that accommodates two players and utilizes a game board that contains a grid that facilitates the recording of the players' position, the amount generated by the random number generator and the score. It is a further object of the present invention to provide a new board game that can be used to conduct a tournament style of play between a total of thirty six players. It is another object of the present invention to provide a new board game that is easy to use. To the accomplishment of the above and related objects the present invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Attention is called to the fact that the drawings are illustrative only. Variations are contemplated as being part of the present invention, limited only by the scope of the claims. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS A more complete understanding of the present invention may be had by reference to the following Detailed Description and appended claims when taken in conjunction with the accompanying Drawings wherein: FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective schematic diagram of one embodiment of the playing surface suitable for use with the game of the present invention; and FIG. 2 illustrates a perspective view of the tokens suitable for use with the game of the present invention. DETAILED DESCRIPTION Referring now to the drawings, wherein the various elements depicted are not necessarily drawn to scale, and in particular FIGS. 1 and 2, there is illustrated a board game 100 comprising of the elements according to the principles of the present invention. The elements of one embodiment of the board game 100 include a game board 10, a pair of random number generators 5 and a position coin 15. Typically the game will be played by two players. The rules of the game require that a player use the position coin 15 to determine the position of each player at the commencement of the board game 100. The position coin 15 is a standard two-sided coin that has a single position designation 17 on each side. One side of the position coin 15 designates offense while the opposite side thereof designates defense. Those skilled in the art will recognize that while the position designation 17 illustrated in the drawings submitted herewith are in written words, it is within the scope of the present invention that the position designation 17 could be designated by numerous alternatives in place of and/or in conjunction with words. More specifically but not by way of limitation, the position designation 17 could be a symbol. The game board 10 has a plurality of spaces 12 thereon. The spaces 12 are generally square in shape and are configured in a linear manner in a plurality of superposed rows, each row functioning to record specific information during play. The spaces 12 are configured to removably receive the designations therein. It is further contemplated within the scope of the present invention that that game board 10 could consist of a sheet of paper that has printed thereon the grid 90 necessary to conduct the board game 100. The game board 10 has two team designation spaces 25 that function to identify the two teams, one for each player. The team designation spaces 25 in the present embodiment are designated with the identifiers home and visitor. Those skilled in the art will recognize that numerous team names could be used in place of and/or in conjunction with home and visitor. More specifically but not by way of limitation the team designation space 25 could be printed with different team names upon manufacturing of the game board 10. Furthermore, while the game board 10 is illustrated as a schematic diagram in the drawings submitted herewith, it is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the game board 10 could be the field component of a miniature stadium to enhance the simulation of playing a field game such as but not limited to football. It is also contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the board game 100 could additionally be comprised of team player tokens. The team player tokens would have human-like head and thigh representations with a body that resembled a field grid. The team player tokens would have thereon names such as but not limited to Ace, Deuce, Trey, Quattro, Fevor and Big6. The game board 10 further includes adjacent to the team designation spaces 25 a plurality of position designation spaces 30 configured in a linear row. The position designation spaces 30 function to identify the position of each player as originally determined by the tossing of the position coin 15. The position coin 15 is used to commence the board game 100 to determine whether the player will have the position of offense or defense. The player that is designated as the home team will toss the position coin 15 to commence the game. The player that is designated as the visitor team must begin the board game 100 subsequent to tossing the position coin 15 and thereby accepting the position designation 17 indicated thereon the upwardly facing side of the position coin 15. Subsequent to the first round of play, each player will alternate positions during each round of the game. For example, if the visitor player commences with an offense designation in the first round, the home player will be offense for the second round. This will continue through the first eight rounds. A round consists of each player using a random number generator 5 such as but not limited to a six sided die. Although no particular type of die is required, it is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the die for each player be identifiable. More specifically but not by way of limitation the dice could be different colors such as red and green. The opposing players roll the die once during each round. A score is determined as reference herein for each round. The players alternate positions through the first eight rounds. In the ninth round the player with the home team designation will begin by using the position that was used in the first round by the opposing player. During the rounds the position designation 17 of each team is tracked and recorded in the position designation space 30. The position designation space 30 functions to provide a space for the players to removably record whether their respective position is offense or defense as determined by the position coin 15 at the commencement of the board game. The position coin 15 is only used in the first round as previously referenced herein. The player's position of offense or defense subsequent to the initial round will alternate thereafter. The game board 10 further consists of a linear row of round designation spaces 45. The round designation spaces 45 are generally square in shape and have designated therein the round numbers. Although no specific amount of round numbers are required, good results have been achieved using round designation spaces 45 designated with the number one through the number sixteen. Interposed amongst the round designation spaces 45 are the quarter designation spaces 50. The players will play the board game 100 according to the rules referenced herein for four rounds. Subsequent to each round, the players will utilize the rules referenced herein to determine the score achieved for each player. The players will record the number produced by the random number generator 5 for each round in the respective roll amount space 33. Subsequently each player will record their respective score in the scoring tabulation space 40. At the end of four rounds of play the players will tabulate their cumulative score from the preceding four rounds as designated in the scoring tabulation space 40 and record in the quarter designation space 50. Each player will perform this task at the end of every fourth round. Subsequent to eight rounds of play, the players will tabulate their respective scores and record in the half designation space 55. Ensuing to playing rounds nine through sixteen the players will tabulate their cumulative score for all sixteen rounds. The player accumulating the most points wins. The spaces 12 on the game board 10 are configured to removably receive the appropriate scoring or position designations for each player. More specifically but not by way of limitation, the players could use erasable pen or pencil to record their scores, position and number rolled for each round. It is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the board game 100 could additionally contained magnetic pieces with the required information thereon such as but not limited to position designation, score and numbers used to record the number generated by the player with the roll of their die to be releasably secured into the appropriate space 12. The board game 100 in its intended form is designed to accommodate 2 players simultaneously to compete against one another for sixteen rounds of play. It is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the board game 100 could be used to construct a tournament with the tournament having therein a plurality of conferences, divisions and teams. More specifically but not by way of limitation the board game 100 could be used to facilitate a tournament between thirty six players. The players would be divided up between into two conferences of eighteen players. Each conference would have three divisions containing six players. An example league of two conferences, three divisions and thirty six players is listed below. Those skilled in the art will recognize that numerous combinations of conferences, teams and divisions are possible within the framework of an elimination tournament. Furthermore, those skilled in the art will recognize that numerous team names could be used and the team names referenced herein is for illustrative purposes only. One example of a possible configuration for a tournament contest and a sample contest schedule for one week, or level of the tournament amongst the thirty six teams is: TABLE-US-00001 Alpha Beta Rank Division Rank Division Rank Delta Division Glory Conference 1 Admirals 1 Gimmicks 1 Frustrators 2 Illusions 2 Moderators 2 Breakers 3 Rangers 3 Imitators 3 Cyclones 4 Tornadoes 4 Tenacles 4 Modifiers 5 Hurricanes 5 Predators 5 Sonics 6 Echoes 6 Oxidators 6 Radials Honor Conference 1 Sentinels 1 Kinetics 1 Levers 2 Volcanoes 2 Saucers 2 Flickers 3 Mediators 3 Dictators 3 Hornets 4 Calculators 4 Flames 4 Centrals 5 Resistors 5 Clouds 5 Spectrums 6 Foilers 6 Formulators 6 Bumbees Week_01 01 vs 04 02 vs 05 03 vs 06 Game Number Home vs Visitor 1 Admirals Tornadoes 2 Illusions Hurricanes 3 Rangers Echoes 4 Sentinels Calculators 5 Volcanoes Resistors 6 Mediators Foilers 7 Gimmicks Tenacles 8 Moderators Predators 9 Imitators Oxidators 10 Kinetics Flames 11 Saucers Clouds 12 Dictators Formulators 13 Frustrators Modifiers 14 Breakers Sonics 15 Cyclones Radials 16 Levers Centrals 17 Flickers Spectrums 18 Hornets Bumbees Those skilled in the art will recognize that numerous configurations are possible for determining which team plays each other at a particular point in an elimination style tournament. One example of configurations possible for organizing the contests amongst the teams based on initial ranking within the respect conferences is: TABLE-US-00002 Example Tournament Schedule Schedule Initial Rank Week 01 01 vs 04 02 vs 05 03 vs 06 010402050306 Week 02 01 vs 05 02 vs 06 03 vs 04 010502060304 Week 03 01 vs 06 02 vs 03 04 vs 05 010602030405 Week 04 ga vs gb ha vs hb gd vs hd gagbhahbgdhd Week 05 01 vs 02 03 vs 05 04 vs 06 010203050406 Week 06 05 vs 06 01 vs 03 02 vs 04 050601030204 Week 07 ga vs hb gb vs hd gd vs ha gahbgbagdgha Week 08 01 vs 04 02 vs 05 03 vs 06 010402050306 Week 09 01 vs 05 02 vs 06 03 vs 04 010502060304 Week 10 01 vs 06 02 vs 03 04 vs 05 010602030405 Week 11 ga vs gd ha vs hd gb vs hb gagdhahdgbhb Week 12 01 vs 02 03 vs 05 04 vs 06 010203050406 Week 13 05 vs 06 01 vs 03 02 vs 04 050601030204 Week 14 ga vs ha gd vs gb ga vs hb gahagdgbhdhb Week 15 01 vs 04 02 vs 05 03 vs 06 010402050306 Week 16 01 vs 05 02 vs 06 03 vs 04 010502060304 Week 17 ga vs hd ha vs gd gb vs hb gahdhagdgbhb Week 18 01 vs 06 02 vs 03 04 vs 05 010602030405 Week 19 01 vs 02 03 vs 05 04 vs 06 010203050406 Week 20 05 vs 06 01 vs 03 02 vs 04 050601030204 Example of play between divisions (Week 14): Glory Conference Alpha Division plays against Honor Conference Alpha Division. The teams initially ranked 01 plays against each other, teams initially ranked 02 play each other, continuing until all equally ranking teams are matched in a game. It is contemplated within the scope of the present invention that a tournament with the board game 100 amongst a plurality of teams could involve a potential monetary reward. An example pricing schedule is listed below that demonstrates one possible permutation for tournament play. Those skilled in the art will recognize that numerous different permutations of a pricing schedule could be used in place of and/or in conjunction with the pricing schedule referenced herein. TABLE-US-00003 Game Total Pay- Game Play- Example Pricing Schedule ment Games Cost ers Cost Regular Season Games $1.00 20 $20.00 36 $720.00 Playoff Games $1.00 11 $11.00 36 $396.00 Total $2.00 31 $31.00 $1,116.00 Regular Season Winners $1.20 20 $24.00 18 $432.00 Regular Season Losers $0.00 20 $0.00 18 $0.00 Regular Season Organizers $0.60 20 $12.00 18 $216.00 Administrative Fee $0.20 20 $4.00 18 $72.00 Total $2.00 $40.00 $720.00 Playoff 1st Round Winners $0.60 4 $10.80 $43.20 Playoff 1st Round Losers $0.40 4 $7.20 $28.80 Playoff 1st Round Bye Teams $0.80 2 $14.40 $28.80 Playoff Organizers $0.00 4 $0.00 $0.00 Administrative Fee $0.20 4 $3.60 $14.40 Total $2.00 $36.00 $115.20 Playoff 2nd Round Winners $1.26 4 $24.00 $95.99 Playoff 2nd Round Losers $0.56 4 $8.00 $32.09 Playoff Organizers $0.00 4 $0.00 $0.00 Administrative Fee $0.22 4 $4.00 $16.05 Total $2.04 $36.03 $144.12 Championship Winners $1.32 2 $27.34 $54.67 Championship Losers $0.46 2 $13.67 $27.34 Championship Organizers $0.00 2 $0.00 $0.00 Administrative Fee $0.25 2 $4.56 $9.11 Total $2.02 $45.56 $91.12 Board Game Winner $1.32 1 $31.89 $31.89 Board Game Loser $0.46 1 $9.11 $9.11 Board Game Organizers $0.00 1 $0.00 $0.00 Administrative Fee $0.25 1 $4.56 $4.56 Total $2.02 $45.56 $45.56 Playoffs Payout Total Playoff 1st Round $115.20 Playoff 2nd Round $144.12 Championship $91.12 Random Bowl $45.56 Total Check $396.00 The pricing schedule referenced herein demonstrates potential pricing for an elimination style tournament with each team owner, or player investing an equal amount according to the pre-determined pricing schedule. An example of a set of rules for a game constructed in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention as follows: Contents: A game board 10. A pair of dice 5 and a position coin 15. One strategy and instruction sheet will be included with the board game 100. Directions and Rules of the Game: Object of the Game: The object of the game is to accumulate more points through the sixteen rounds of play than your opponent. Start the Game: The game is commenced by the player who has chosen to be the team with the designation, home, using the position coin 15 to determine the position of the team with the designation, visitor. The player playing as the home team will toss the position coin 15. Subsequent to the landing of the position coin 15 the upwardly facing side will have displayed thereon the position designation 17 of the visitor. The position coin 15 has thereon two position designations 17. One side of the position coin 15 is designated as offense and the opposing side of the position coin 15 is designated as defense. The player playing as the visitor team must commence the game utilizing the position designation 17 determined by the tossing of the position coin 15. The position designation 17 alternates for each round thereafter with the exception of the start of the ninth round. In round nine, the player playing as the home team begins with the position designation 17 of the opposing player from round one. Subsequent to round nine, the position designation 17 will continue to alternate for each round until the completion of the board game 100 at round 16. Rounds: The board game 100 comprises of sixteen rounds. Four rounds comprise a quarter of play. Rounds one through four represent the first quarter, rounds five through eight represent the second quarter, rounds nine through 12 represent the third quarter and rounds thirteen through sixteen represent the fourth quarter. During each round, each player will roll their die one time. The roll of the die determines the score achieved in each round. Quarters: The board game has four quarters. The first and second quarters comprise the first half and the third and fourth quarters comprise the second half. Each players score is tabulated at the end of each quarter in addition to the tabulation subsequent to each round. Scoring: Each player's score is determined by their position designation 17 and the number generated by the roll of their respective die. The following table summarizes the scoring for the board game. A scoring example has been indicated in bold type in the scoring tables herein, in the first table if the player with a position of offense rolls a six with their die and the player designated as defense rolls a one on their die, the player designated as offense will record 5 points for round one in the scoring designation space 45 and the player designated as defense will record zero points for round one. All possible scoring configurations from a six sided die are referenced below in the scoring table. Scoring Tables: TABLE-US-00004 Offense Roll 6 6 6 6 6 6 Offense 5 4 3 2 1 0 Points Defense 0 0 0 0 0 1 Points Defense Roll 1 2 3 4 5 6 Offense Roll 5 5 5 5 5 5 Offense 4 3 2 1 0 0 Points Defense 0 0 0 0 1 0 Points Defense Roll 1 2 3 4 5 6 Offense Roll 4 4 4 4 4 4 Offense 3 2 1 0 0 0 Points Defense 0 0 0 1 0 0 Points Defense Roll 1 2 3 4 5 6 Offense Roll 3 3 3 3 3 3 Offense 2 1 0 0 0 0 Points Defense 0 0 1 0 0 0 Points Defense Roll 1 2 3 4 5 6 Offense Roll 2 2 2 2 2 2 Offense 1 0 0 0 0 0 Points Defense 0 1 0 0 0 0 Points Defense Roll 1 2 3 4 5 6 Offense Roll 1 1 1 1 1 1 Offense 0 0 0 0 0 0 Points Defense 1 0 0 0 1 1 Points Defense Roll 1 2 3 4 5 6 While the described embodiment of present invention is a game board 10 and corresponding tokens 200, it is contemplated to be within the scope of the present invention that the game could also be fashioned either in part or whole electronically or rendered in part or whole in computer software and hardware. More specifically but not by way of limitation, a software program could be utilized to manage a tournament schedule as described herein controlling such aspects as but not limited too game scheduling, pricing, playoff schedule, team assignments and monetary payouts. In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants thereof, have been described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention. It is to be understood that other suitable embodiments may be utilized and that logical changes may be made without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention. The description may omit certain information known to those skilled in the art. The preceding detailed description is, therefore, not intended to be limited to the specific forms set forth herein, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents, as can be reasonably included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims. For more information go to WWW.GAPATENTS.COM or www.GOOGLE.com.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pool cue with light conducting core patent

United States Patent
7,335,111
Deakes
February 26, 2008
Pool cue with light conducting core
Abstract
A pool cue that includes a first hollow rod with a light source connected to a second hollow rod via a light conducting coupler is disclosed herein. Thus, the light source can project light the length of the cue. The coupler can be hollow or a made from a translucent material. The light source can be a light emitting diode (LED) powered by disk shaped watch batteries. Different inserts can be placed in the hollow rods to change the color and the illumination pattern of the cue. Inserts can also be added to change the weight of the pool cue. The pool cue can also have a tubular mirror insertable into the first hollow rod where the grip is to minimize the absorption of light in these areas.
Inventors:
Deakes; Brandon Forrest (Kinsale, VA)
Appl. No.:
11/375,389
Filed:
March 14, 2006
Current U.S. Class:
473/44
Current International Class:
A63D 15/08 (20060101)
Field of Search:
473/44-49
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U.S. Patent Documents
835489
November 1906
Adorjan
3804411
April 1974
Hendry
4688796
August 1987
Wright
5181718
January 1993
Valentine
5653640
August 1997
Shirley, Jr.
6017277
January 2000
Chuang
6117019
September 2000
Taylor
6155929
December 2000
Chipman
6165078
December 2000
Holt
6746336
June 2004
Brant et al.
6827652
December 2004
Castro, Jr.
2006/0247068
November 2006
Lagaipa
Primary Examiner: Graham; Mark S Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Claims
What is claimed is:1. A pool cue comprising: a first rod having a first end and a second end; a light source coupled to the first end of the first rod; a light conducting coupler threadable with the first rod; a second rod threadable with the light conducting coupler such that light from the light source at the first end of the first rod traverses the light conducting coupler and emits light from at least a portion of the second rod; and a tubular mirror insertable into the first rod. 2. The pool cue of claim 1 wherein the light source comprises a light emitting diode. 3. The pool cue of claim 1 further comprising a threaded cap adapted to secure the light source, at least one battery, and a switch to the first end of the first rod. 4. The pool cue of claim 3 wherein the threaded cap further comprises a conductive spring adapted to make contact with the at least one battery. 5. The pool cue of claim 3 wherein the at least one battery comprise a disk shaped battery. 6. The pool cue of claim 1 wherein the first rod and the second rod are hollow. 7. The pool cue of claim 6 further comprising a translucent member insertable into the first rod. 8. The pool cue of claim 7 wherein the translucent member has a shape of on of a triangle, a hexagon, a square, and a polygon. 9. The pool cue of claim 1 further comprising a tubular piece of metal insertable into the first rod to change a weight distribution of the pool cue. 10. A pool cue comprising: a first rod having a light conducting core and an insertable member that alters the properties of the light, the first rod having a first end and a second end; a light source coupleable to the first end of the first rod, substantially concentric with the light conducting core; a light conducting coupler threadably coupleable with the second end of the first rod; a tapered rod having a light conducting core, the tapered rod threadably coupleable with the light conducting coupler such that light originating from the light source traverses the hollow coupler and illuminates the tapered rod; and a tubular mirror positionable under a grip in the first rod. 11. The pool cue of claim 10 wherein the light conducting coupler is translucent. 12. The pool cue of claim 10 wherein the light conducting coupler is hollow. 13. The pool cue of claim 10 wherein the coupler comprises one of an acrylic or a polycarbonate material. 14. The pool cue of claim 10 wherein the light source further comprises a light emitting diode. 15. The pool cue of claim 10 further comprising a threaded cap adapted to secure the light source to the first rod. 16. The pool cue of claim 15 further comprising a switch coupled to the threaded cap. 17. The pool cue of claim 10 further comprising inserts insertable into the first rod.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The present disclosure is generally related to a pool cue and more particularly to a pool cue that has a light conducting core. BACKGROUND Pool cues come in many shapes and sizes. Some pool cues are decorated with ivory or gold inlays, while others are made from exotic types of wood. Serious pool players often bring a custom pool cue to a pool match, sometimes in an effort to gain a psychological advantage over other players. One such custom pool cue includes an illuminated pool cue such as the one described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,165,078. This patent discloses a dual bulb system, having a light bulb in the but end of the cue and a bulb in the tip end of the cue, wherein this two bulb system is required for lighting both sections of the two piece pool cue. Since during use, a pool cue must be gripped at one end and slide across the user's skin at another end, placement of the switches for such a dual bulb system is awkward and difficult. This dual bulb arrangement also causes many other difficulties such as proper weight distribution within the pool cue because batteries and a light fixture are required at each end of the cue. Additionally, the incandescent light bulbs disclosed in this patent are subject to burning out as a result of the impact required to hit pool balls. Another shortcoming is that the two piece pool cue does not uniformly spread light throughout the pool cue. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a side view of a pool cue with a lighted core; and FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view of the pool cue. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The following is a detailed description of novel embodiments depicted in the accompanying drawings. The embodiments are in such detail as to clearly communicate the subject matter. However, the amount of detail offered is not intended to limit anticipated variations of the described embodiments, but on the contrary, the claims and detailed description are to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the spirit and scope of the present teachings as defined by the appended claims. The detailed descriptions below are designed to make such embodiments understandable to a person having ordinary skill in the art. Generally, methods and arrangements for a lighted pool cue are provided herein. While specific embodiments will be described below with reference to particular configurations, those of skill in the art will realize that embodiments may advantageously be implemented with other configurations. A pool cue comprising a first translucent rod connected to a second translucent rod with a light conducting coupler is disclosed. The first rod can have a light source that projects light the length of the cue. The first and second translucent rods can have a hollow core and can be joined by a hollow coupler such that a light beam from the light source can travel along the core and illuminate the first rod and the second rod. The hollow coupler can have threads that engage the first and second rods. The light source, batteries and a switch can be assembled into a cap that can be attached to the first end of the first rod. Different light conducting inserts can be placed in the hollow core of the rods to change the color and pattern of the light emitted from the cue. Further, metallic inserts can be inserted into the hollow rod to change the weight and balance of the pool cue. The pool cue can also have a tubular mirror insertable into the first hollow rod to mask the light output in specific sections of the pool cue and to minimize the absorption of light in these sections. Referring to FIG. 1, a pool cue 2 with a hollow core that allows for light from a single light source to travel along at least the majority of the pool cue 2 is provided. The pool cue 2 can be comprised of a first translucent rod 22 and a second translucent rod 24. The first rod 22 and the second rod 24 can have a hollow core 4 and 5 respectively (i.e. have an internal air space concentric with the rod). In one embodiment, the rods 22 and 24 can be made from a transparent or translucent plastic or glass material such as a polycarbonate or an acrylic. In one embodiment, the coupler between the first and second rods can be made from a transparent or translucent material such that light from a light source 6 at the first end 25 of the first rod 22 can travel through the coupler 20 to the far end of the second rod 24. Additionally, a translucent material of various shapes can also be placed in the hollow cores 4 and 5. The first rod 22 can be coupled to the second rod 24 with a coupler 20 that provides a conduit for the light or for the conduction of light. Hence, the coupler 20 may provide only a small obstruction to the light beam and can assist in conducting the light throughout the cue 2. In one embodiment the coupler 20 has a hollow center or a translucent center such that at least a portion of a light beam generated in the first end 25 of the first rod 22 passes through the coupler 20 to illuminate substantially the entire second rod 24. Thus, the light from the light source 6 can traverse the first rod 22, the coupler 20 and nearly the entire second rod 24. The first rod 22 can have threads at its first end 25 to engage threaded cap 28. The threaded cap 28 can secure a bumper 14, batteries 8 and 10, a switch 12 and a light source 6 such as a light emitting diode (LED). The user of the pool cue 2 can depress switch 12, to engage contacts within the switch 12 between the batteries 8 and 10 and the light source 6. Batteries 8 and 10 could be disc shaped batteries such as those utilized in watches and in hand held calculators that are less one half of an inch in diameter, less than one eight inch thick and weigh only a few ounces. A spring loaded contact on cap 28 could be utilized to secure the switch 12 to the batteries 8 and 10. The spring in the cap 28 can also facilitate electrical contact between the switch 12, the batteries 8 and 10, and the LED 6. The LED 6 can be easily interchanged with LED's of different colors such that different colors can be emitted from the pool cue 2. The first rod 22 can also include a grip 18. Under the grip 18 can be a tubular mirrored surface 16 facing the center of the first rod 22 such that there is minimal absorption of light in the area where the mirrored surface 16 is placed. In one embodiment the rods 22 and 24 can be made, at least partially from a translucent material such as a polycarbonate or acrylic including Lexan.RTM. or Plexiglas.RTM.. Additionally, interchangeable insert can be made in different shapes, with different patterns and from different materials such that the properties of the light that is emitted from the pool cue 2 can be selectable. Thus, the insert can fit into the hollow cores 4 and 5 to modify the properties of the light emitted. The insert can also act as a light pipe to evenly distribute the light along the cue 4 and the inserts can be configured such that they control the spectrum, refraction and reflection of the light beam. Further, the insert can be manufactured in different colors with different patterns and optical properties such that the pool cue 2 can emit different colors of light and can emit different patterns of light. Metallic flakes and patterns could also be cast or impregnated into the translucent material. A leather tip 42 can be glued on to one end of the second rod 22. The hollow portion 5 of the second rod 24 can taper towards the tip 42 with a taper that is similar to, or parallel with, the external taper of the second rod 24. The hollow portion of the taper could end short of the tip 42 such as not to compromise the strength of the pool cue 2 near the tip 42. The core 4 of the first rod 22 can take many shapes and such shapes can dictate the pattern of the light that is emitted from pool cue 2. For example, a cross section of the core 4 could be a circle, a square, a triangle, an oval, an ellipse or a polygon such as a hexagon. As stated above, the cores 4 and 5 could be hollow (i.e. provide an air space) or the cores could be made from, or filled with, an interchangeable translucent material. Likewise, core 5 and the coupler 20 could be hollow or made with a non-removable translucent material such that light can be conducted the entire length of the pool cue 2. Referring to FIG. 2 a cut away section of the pool cue 2 near the first end 25 of the first rod 22 of FIG. 1 is illustrated. The cross section of the core 33 of the pool cue 2 can have be manufactured in many different shapes, however a hexagonal cross sectional shape 38 is illustrated. As stated above, a mirror structure 36 can be placed into the first rod in the area defined by the grip 18 such that the light energy has minimal absorption in the segment of the first rod where the grip 18 is located. In addition a metal sleeve 34 may be inserted into the area covered by the grip 18 such that the weight and balance of the pool cue 2 can be adjusted or changed. A translucent member 30 can define the area between the core 33 and the external surface 32 of the pool cue 2. The above disclosed subject matter is to be considered illustrative, and not restrictive, and the appended claims are intended to cover all such modifications, enhancements, and other embodiments which fall within the true spirit and scope of the present invention. Thus, to the maximum extent allowed by law, the scope of the present invention is to be determined by the broadest permissible interpretation of the following claims and their equivalents, and shall not be restricted or limited by the foregoing detailed description.
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Safety Opener patent

United States Patent
7,343,835
Jensen
March 18, 2008
Safety opener
Abstract
Safety Opener is a device having a toothed opening corresponding to the ridges of a standard twist off bottle cap. To use Safety Opener, a consumer simply places a twist off bottle cap attached to a bottle underneath the toothed opening. When the bottle opener or bottle is rotated in the appropriate direction, the twist off bottle cap will loosen. It can then easily be removed by hand.
Inventors:
Jensen; Christopher G. (Chicago, IL)
Appl. No.:
11/524,594
Filed:
September 20, 2006
Related U.S. Patent Documents
Application Number
Filing Date
Patent Number
Issue Date
60725102
Oct., 2005
Current U.S. Class:
81/3.27 ; 81/3.09
Current International Class:
B67B 7/44 (20060101)
Field of Search:
81/3.27,3.55
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Primary Examiner: Thomas; David B Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Parent Case Text
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This United States Non-Provisional patent application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/725,102 entitled "Safety Opener" filed on Oct. 7, 2005.
Claims
What is claimed is:1. A bottle opening device comprising: a frame having a toothed opening; and, a first opening and a second opening wherein said first opening is located on one end of the frame and is substantially rectangular with curved ends and wherein said second opening is located on the end opposite said first opening and said second opening is substantially circular. 2. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of plastic. 3. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of metal. 4. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is made of stainless steel. 5. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is oblong in shape. 6. The device of claim 1 wherein the frame is rectangular in shape. 7. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is semicircular. 8. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is approximately circular. 9. The device of claim 1 wherein the toothed opening is approximately centrally located on the frame.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to the food and beverage industry. The invention discussed herein is in the general classification of bottle openers. BACKGROUND Historically, people have opened beverage bottles in a variety of ways. Often pop off caps require the use of a bottle opener to apply leverage to the cap to disengage it from its fit on the top of a bottle. A variety of bottle openers have been developed that permit a user to apply the proper force to these caps. Twist off bottle tops permit a consumer to use his hand to maneuver the cap in a counterclockwise direction to remove it from a bottle. Unfortunately, the sharp edges and ridges on a twist off top can still cause injuries or discomfort to a user's hand. This is particularly true when a twist off top is screwed on tightly or when a user's hands are wet. Hence, there is a need in the art for an effective and inexpensive device for unscrewing conventional twist off bottle caps. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE Safety Opener is a bottle opener for use with twist off bottle caps. In certain embodiments, it can also be used to open pop off bottle caps. The principal object of this invention is to provide a device that allows a user to easily remove twist off bottle caps. Another object of this invention is to provide a device that also allows a user to remove pop off bottle caps in the traditional manner. Another object of this invention is to provide an affordable device for removing bottle caps. Yet another object of this invention is to provide a device that will allow a user to safely remove bottle caps. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 depicts a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the invention. FIG. 2 depicts an alternative embodiment of the invention. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The preferred embodiment of Safety Opener is comprised of an oblong frame having a circular-shaped opening on one end, a curved rectangular shaped opening on the other end, and a semicircular and toothed opening in the center. FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the invention. An oblong bottle opener frame 1 measures seven inches in length, two inches in width and one-eighth of an inch in thickness. The bottle opener frame 1 is made of heavy-gauge stainless steel in this preferred embodiment though plastic materials as well as others could be utilized. A circular shaped opening 2 is located on one end of the bottle opener frame 1. A curved rectangular shaped opening 3 is located on other end of the bottle opener frame 1. The circular shaped opening 2 and curved rectangular shaped opening 3 can be used to open pop off bottle caps in the conventional manner. A toothed semi-circular shaped opening 4 is located in the center of the bottle opener frame 1. FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the invention. This embodiment is a wall-mounted version of the invention. A bottle opener frame 20 has a first hole 21 on the top and a second hole 22 on the bottom for easily attaching the frame 20 to a wall or door. The center of the frame 20 has a toothed socket 23 that corresponds to the shape and size of a standard bottle cap. The toothed socket 23 has a first set of teeth 24 at the top and a second set of teeth 25 at the bottom. To use Safety Opener, a consumer simply places a twist off bottle cap attached to a bottle underneath the semi-circular, toothed opening or toothed socket in the center of the bottle opener frame. When the bottle opener or bottle is rotated in the appropriate direction, the twist off bottle cap will loosen. It can then easily be removed by hand or by using the other openings of the device. Obviously, the circular shaped opening and curved rectangular shaped opening may also be used to open pop off, rather than twist off, bottle caps. The materials utilized for Safety Opener may vary widely but could include metal and plastic components. The metals would ideally be selected from available steel or alloys of steel and aluminum. The production process related to the use of these metals insures that the metal is non-corrosive, durable and strong. The selected metal should have high impact strength and be capable of accepting and retaining coloring materials for an extended length of time. The plastic used in the production will ideally be selected for durability and longevity. Thermoplastics are commonly used in the manufacturing of components similar to those used in this invention. Polyethylene, polypropylene, and other similar thermoplastic materials would be among those with the necessary traits. Members of this family are recognized universally as being versatile and of high quality. The plastic components of Safety Opener can also be formed with the use of plastic molding techniques, such as injection molding or blow molding. Injection molding requires melted plastic to be forcefully injected into relatively cool molds. As the plastic begins to harden, it takes on the shape of the mold cavity. This technique is ideal for the mass production of products. Alternatively, blow molding, a form of extrusion, could be utilized. Blow molding involves a molten tube being pushed into a mold. Compressed air then forces the molten tube against the cold walls of the mold. It should be obvious that the components of the present invention can be of various shapes and sizes. It should also be obvious that the components of the invention can be made of different types of plastics and metals or other suitable materials and can be of any color or design. It should further be obvious that a toothed socket and toothed opening are being used synonymously herein to describe an opening of any shape that permits the ridges on a bottle cap to at least partially engage the teeth of the opening. Although this invention is primarily for use with twist off bottle caps, all of the openings could also be used to aid in opening pop off bottles as well. It will be recognized by those skilled in the art that changes or modifications may be made to the above-described embodiments without departing from the broad inventive concepts of the invention. It should therefore be understood that this invention is not limited to the particular embodiments described herein, but is intended to include all changes and modifications that are within the scope and spirit of the invention as set forth in the claims.
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Easy Stairs patent

United States Patent
7,350,306
Reed , et al.
April 1, 2008
Easy stairs
Abstract
Easy Stairs is an L-shaped device having a diagonal sliding rod attached to the two sides. Connectors with locking devices allow the diagonal rod to firmly affix to the sides at various locations. To use Easy Stairs, a user adjusts the diagonal rod along the edge of a stringer. When it is in the correct position for the proper size stair, the lock lever is activated. A line can then be drawn on the inside edge of the device on both sides, forming the shape of the stair. The same stair size is then repeated as many times as is necessary to make a staircase of appropriate size.
Inventors:
Reed; Michael G. (Hermiston, OR), Reed; Traci L. (Hermiston, OR)
Appl. No.:
11/486,571
Filed:
July 14, 2006
Related U.S. Patent Documents
Application Number
Filing Date
Patent Number
Issue Date
60700445
Jul., 2005
Current U.S. Class:
33/474 ; 33/420
Current International Class:
B43L 7/00 (20060101); E04F 21/26 (20060101)
Field of Search:
33/418,419,420,421,474
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373929
November 1887
Gillette
539534
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October 1910
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1289047
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1438432
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Evans
1480925
January 1924
Wright
1770304
July 1930
Ferris
2031661
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Mendenhall
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3153859
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4507869
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5083380
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Primary Examiner: Smith; R. Alexander Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates LP
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Parent Case Text
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS This U.S. Non-Provisional Patent Application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/700,445 entitled "Easy Stairs" filed on Jul. 15, 2005.
Claims
What is claimed is:1. A carpentry device comprising: (a) a first side; (b) a second side perpendicular to the first side; (c) a first connector comprising a pivot, a V-shaped viewer and one or more ball bearings capable of sliding along the first side; (d) a second connector comprising a pivot, a V-shaped viewer and one or more ball bearings capable of sliding along the second side; and (e) a diagonal rod connected to the first connector at the pivot on the first side and the second connector at the pivot on the second side. 2. The device of claim 1 wherein the first side and the second side are made of steel. 3. The device of claim 1 wherein the first side and the second side are made of aluminum. 4. The device of claim 1 wherein the diagonal rod is made of steel. 5. The device of claim 1 wherein the diagonal rod is made of aluminum. 6. The device of claim 1 wherein the diagonal rod is telescoping. 7. The device of claim 1 wherein the first connector and the second connector are made of metal. 8. The device of claim 1 wherein the first connector and the second connector are made of plastic. 9. The device of claim 1 wherein a first locking device is located on the first connector and the second locking device is located on the second connector. 10. The device of claim 1 further comprising: a first set of increments along the first side and a second set of increments along the second side. 11. A carpentry device comprising: (a) a first side made of steel; (b) a second side made of steel perpendicular to the first side; (c) a diagonal rod made of steel that telescopes and is attached to the first side via a first connector made of metal and the second side via a second connector made of steel; (d) a first set of ball bearings attached to the first connector and a second set of ball bearings attached to the second connector; (e) a first locking device located on the first connector and a second locking device located on the second connector; (f) a first pivot located on the first connector and a second pivot located on the second connector; (g) a first set of increments located on the first side and a second set of increments located on the second side; (h) a first V-shaped cut out on the first connector and a second V-shaped viewer cut out of the second connector.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to the household improvement industry. The invention discussed herein is in the general classification of stair construction devices. BACKGROUND Building uniform stairs is one of the more difficult and tedious tasks for a carpenter. A layman often finds the task exceedingly difficult and often discovers after many hours of labor that the stairs he built are inconsistently sized and spaced. Traditionally, a carpenter's square is used to measure and mark the stringers for stair building. However, a carpenter's square does not adjust, leaving the user to remember the dimensions of the previous stair and consistently mark the stairs along the stringer. Hence, there is a need in the art for a convenient, inexpensive and effective device for measuring stairs that permits uniform repetition of stair dimensions. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE Easy Stairs is an L-shaped device having a diagonal sliding rod attached to the two sides. Connectors with locking devices allow the diagonal rod to firmly affix to the sides at various locations in the preferred embodiment. The principal object of this invention is to provide a device that can be used to measure stairs. Another object of this invention is to provide a device that can be easily used by carpenters or layman to efficiently measure stairs. Another object of this invention is to provide an affordable device for measuring stairs. Another object of this invention is to provide a device that will permit a user to make a set of stairs uniform in size. Yet another object of the invention is to provide a device that will allow a user to lock the device in place to insure accuracy in measurements. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 depicts a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 depicts a close-up view of the connectors of the preferred embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 3 depicts a cross-sectional view of the connectors of the preferred embodiment of the present invention. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The preferred embodiment of Easy Stairs is comprised of at least some of the following: an L-shaped device having a diagonal, telescoping and pivoting sliding rod attached to the two sides via connectors. The connectors move on ball bearings and have locking devices to allow the sliding rod to firmly affix to the sides at various locations marked along the two sides. FIG. 1 shows the preferred embodiment of the present invention. A first side 1 is located perpendicular to a second side 2. Along the length of the first side 1 and the second side 2, increments 3 for measuring are shown. The first side 1 and second side 2 form an L-shape. The first side 1 and second side 2 are made of steel, although other types of metals or materials may also be utilized. The first side 1 is approximately 24 inches in length while the second side 2 is approximately 16 inches in length. The first side 1 has a width of two inches and the second side 2 has a width of approximately one and one-half inches. The thickness of both the first side 1 and the second side 2 is approximately one sixteenth of an inch. A diagonal sliding rod 4 is connected to the first side 1 and the second side 2 via connectors 5. The diagonal sliding rod 4 is made of steel though other materials may also be utilized. The diagonal sliding rod 4 is telescoping to permit it to be extended and shortened as appropriate. The connectors 5 utilize ball bearings to slide along the length of the first side 1 and the second side 2 to accommodate various size stairs. Locking devices 6 permit the connectors 5 to be firmly affixed in a designated location along the first side 1 and the second side 2. Pivots 7 on the connectors 5 allow the diagonal sliding rod 4 to change orientation when it is being extended or shortened. A diagonal sliding rod 4 is connected to the first side 1 and the second side 2 via connectors 5. The diagonal sliding rod 4 is made of steel though other materials may also be utilized. The diagonal sliding rod 4 is telescoping to permit it to be extended and shortened as appropriate. The connectors 5 utilize ball bearings to slide along the length of the first side 1 and the second side 2 to accommodate various size stairs. Locking devices 6 permit the connectors 5 to be firmly affixed in a designated location along the first side 1 and the second side 2. Pivots 7 on the connectors 5 allow the diagonal sliding rod 4 to change orientation when it is being extended or shortened. A diagonal sliding rod 4 is connected to the first side 1 and the second side 2 via connectors 5. The diagonal sliding rod 4 is made of steel though other materials may also be utilized. The diagonal sliding rod 4 is telescoping to permit it to be extended and shortened as appropriate. The connectors 5 utilize ball bearings 8 to slide along the length of the first side 1 and the second side 2 to accommodate various size stairs. Locking devices 6 permit the connectors 5 to be firmly affixed in a designated location along the first side 1 and the second side 2. Pivots 7 on the connectors 5 allow the diagonal sliding rod 4 to change orientation when it is being extended or shortened. FIG. 2 depicts a close-up view of the connectors of the preferred embodiment of the invention. The diagonal sliding rod 4 attached to the pivot 7 of the connectors can be seen in greater detail. Also shown are the locking devices 6 that press against the first side and second side 2. The increments 3 can be seen through the V-shaped viewer 20 cut out of the connector 5. To use Easy Stairs, a user adjusts the diagonal rod along the edge of a stringer, permitting it to telescope and pivot as necessary. When it is in the correct position for the proper size stair, the lock lever is activated. A line can then be drawn on the inside edge of the device on both sides, forming the shape of the stair. The same stair size is then repeated as many times as is necessary to make a staircase of appropriate size. The materials utilized for Easy Stairs may vary widely but will likely include metal and plastic. The metals would ideally be selected from available steel or alloys of steel and aluminum. The production process related to the use of these metals insures that the metal is non-corrosive, durable and strong. The selected metal should have high impact strength and be capable of accepting and retaining coloring materials for an extended length of time. The plastic used in the production will ideally be selected for durability and longevity. Thermoplastics are commonly used in the manufacturing of components similar to those used in this invention. Polyethylene, polypropylene, and other similar thermoplastic materials would be among those with the necessary traits. Members of this family are recognized universally as being versatile and of high quality. The plastic components of Easy Stairs can also be formed with the use of plastic molding techniques, such as injection molding or blow molding. Injection molding requires melted plastic to be forcefully injected into relatively cool molds. As the plastic begins to harden, it takes on the shape of the mold cavity. This technique is ideal for the mass production of products. Alternatively, blow molding, a form of extrusion, could be utilized. Blow molding involves a molten tube being pushed into a mold. Compressed air then forces the molten tube against the cold walls of the mold. It should be obvious that the components of the present invention can be of various shapes and sizes. It should also be obvious that the components of the invention can be made of different types of plastics or other suitable materials and can be of any color. While the device described herein is primarily used in conjunction with stair building, it could also be used for a variety of other home improvement tasks or carpentry that require measurements and/or repetition of identically sized units. It will be recognized by those skilled in the art that changes or modifications may be made to the above-described embodiments without departing from the broad inventive concepts of the invention. It should therefore be understood that this invention is not limited to the particular embodiments described herein, but is intended to include all changes and modifications that are within the scope and spirit of the invention as set forth in the claims. 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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gear Secure patent

United States Patent
7,347,298
Perry
March 25, 2008
Gear secure
Abstract
This automobile anti-theft device comprises a removable stick gear shifter, release mechanism, and possibly a second level safety release mechanism, steel ball bearing, an exclusive shaft key lock component, and electrical connections depending on the type of transmission in use. These components are designed to function in unison to allow a car operator to remove a gear shifter to prevent automobile theft.
Inventors:
Perry; Alvin (Palmale, CA)
Appl. No.:
10/994,624
Filed:
November 22, 2004
Current U.S. Class:
180/289 ; 70/247; 74/473.12; 74/523
Current International Class:
B60R 25/06 (20060101); B62H 5/08 (20060101)
Field of Search:
74/473.1,523,529,536,548 180/287,289 70/204
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3564878
February 1971
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3865500
February 1975
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4231241
November 1980
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4638882
January 1987
Sato
5211078
May 1993
McCarthy et al.
5251466
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5722452
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April 2006
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May 2006
Perry
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July 2006
Marks et al.
Primary Examiner: Dickson; Paul N. Assistant Examiner: Amores; Karen J. Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Claims
What is claimed is:1. A theft prevention device for a motorized vehicle comprising: (a) a removable gear shifter; (b) a mooring for anchoring the removable gear shifter; (c) a key located at the bottom of the removable gear shifter; (d) a lock on the interior of the mooring that corresponds to the key located at the bottom of the removable gear shifter; (e) a release button on the removable gear shifter that activates a steel ball bearing located inside the key on the bottom of the removable gear shifter (f) a first safety release button located on the removable gear shifter; and (g) a second safety release button located on the removable gear shifter. 2. The theft prevention device of claim 1 further comprising: a release button located on the removable gear shifter that activates an electrical terminal located on the key at the bottom of the removable gear shifter. 3. The theft prevention device of claim 2 further comprising: electrical terminals located on the interior of the mooring. 4. The theft prevention device of claim 1 further comprising: a theft prevention warning sticker placed on the motorized vehicle. 5. The theft prevention device of claim 1 further comprising: a flap hinged to the mooring. 6. A theft prevention device for a motorized vehicle comprising: (a) a removable gear shifter; (b) a mooring for anchoring the removable gear shifter; (c) a key located on the bottom of the removable gear shifter; (d) a lock on the interior of the mooring that corresponds to the key located at the bottom of the removable gear shifter; (e) a release button located on the removable gear shifter that activates a steel ball bearing located inside the key on the bottom of the removable gear shifter; (f) a first safety release button located on the removable gear shifter; (g) a second safety release button located on the removable gear shifter; (h) a theft prevention warning sticker placed on the motorized vehicle; and (I) a flap hinged to the mooring. 7. A method for protecting a vehicle comprising: installing a gear shifter into a mooring connected to the vehicles transmission; and pressing the release button on the removable gear shifter that activates a steel ball bearing located inside the key on the bottom of the removable gear shifter, the first safety release button on a removable gear shifter in conjunction with the sescond safety release, button, simultaneously, and removing the removable gear shifter from the mooring.
Description
FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE The disclosures made herein relate generally to a vehicle theft prevention device. Gear Secure is in the same general classification of protective equipment as the steering wheel and pedal immobilizers. BACKGROUND Over the years, there have been many inventions to help secure automobiles from being stolen to give an owner a feeling of comfort when he/she leaves his/her automobile. For example, audible and silent alarms have been designed to sound when a parked automobile is moved or senses motion. Unfortunately, these alarms often sound inadvertently. In fact, many people simply view these alarms as audible irritants and do not pay attention to them anymore. Even if people responded to such alarms, this type of system puts the onus on the car owner or other citizens to stop a potential car thief, potentially jeopardizing their own safety. Moreover, these audible alarms often sound alike and it can be difficult to recognize the source of the alarm. Hence, many users are forced to pay for expensive devices with more unique alarms sounds. In general, these car alarms are also not very complicated to bypass. It may only take fifteen (15) to twenty (20) seconds for a car thief to smash the window, lift the hood, and cut the wires to the siren. Alternatively, a car thief could short out the alarm with a high voltage charge even more quickly in many cases. Because the common occurrence of a car alarm sounding for 15-20 seconds will likely be ignored by most people, it will not serve as much of a deterrent for a determined car thief. Another invention, the CLUB, is a well-known car theft prevention device that has sold tens of millions of devices through the years. The use of the CLUB is actually an antiquated idea that involves relatively primitive technology. Unfortunately, the CLUB is also fairly easily circumvented. A car thief can simply cut the steering wheel in one place with a hacksaw and remove the club and steal the car. While the CLUB is more difficult to bypass than a common car alarm, it can still be done if the car thief has sufficient time. For example, in the evening while a car owner sleeps, the car thief can probably disable the CLUB in 15 minutes or less. Other car theft prevention accessories are also sold with the CLUB. A club cover (steel plate device that covers the steering wheel) can be utilized with the CLUB to prevent a car thief from sawing the steering wheel and removing the CLUB. However, this type of device is large and awkward to place on the steering wheel and to take off which may prevent many consumers from using it. LoJack is another car theft prevention device that deters thieves from stealing a car because the location of the car can be tracked. However, if the car thief knows what to look for after stealing the car, he can dismantle the device in a secluded spot before a car owner even reports the car missing. Obviously, this device also can only be used as a deterrent and a determined car thief could still steal the car if he was willing to take the risk that the car might be located through the use of the LoJack system. Unlike the CLUB or the present invention, LoJack does not truly immobilize the car. The physical kill start switch and computerized switch through an alarm are also inexpensive security features that can work well in helping to stop auto theft if the consumer is imaginative when installing it. Most consumers have their switch installed in a very common place which can be visible if the car thief should take a few seconds to look for it. Most car thieves know to look for a kill start switch if the car does start immediately. It may only take a thief a few minutes to locate this type of switch and bypass it. Other devices, like valet keypads and keycards that are waived by the steering column, are useful, but if the consumer forgets his code or loses his keycard, he will be unable to start his car. These devices, in the aggregate, can still be a good deterrent but do not solve the problem of automobile theft. Most thieves are able to bypass one or more of these devices. SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE In general, the Gear Secure system comprises a removable gear shifter, release button, key, lock and possibly safety release buttons, a steel ball bearing mechanism (like used in a socket wrench) and/or electrical connections on the key and lock. One embodiment of this invention is for use with automatic floor transmissions. In this design, a removable gear shifter can be detached from the mooring connected to the automobile's transmission. This type of removable gear shifter has a release button on the top and electrical terminals located on the bottom (key) that will send a signal to the electrical connections on the interior of the mooring (lock) to allow release of the gear shifter when the release mechanism is pressed. The bottom of the gear shifter with the electrical terminals has a unique key design to be inserted into the mooring. Electrical connections on the interior of the mooring allow the removable gear shifter to only be removed when the car is in park or the car is turned off. Hence, the removable gear shifter can only be removed when both the release mechanism is pressed and the car is in park or turned off. The interior of the mooring with the electrical connections has a unique lock design that corresponds to the key design at the bottom of the removable gear shifter. Another embodiment of this invention is for use with automatic steering column transmissions. In this design, as with the floor automatic transmission model, a removable gear shifter can be detached from the mooring connected to the automobile's transmission. This type of removable gear shifter has a release button on the top and electrical terminals located on the bottom that will send a signal to the electrical connections on the interior of the mooring to allow release of the gear shifter when the release mechanism is pressed. The bottom of the gear shifter with the electrical terminals has a unique key design to be inserted into the mooring. Electrical connections on the interior of the mooring allow the removable gear shifter to only be removed when the car is in park or the car is turned off. Hence, the removable gear shifter can only be removed when both the release mechanism is pressed and the car is in park or turned off. The interior of the mooring has a unique lock design that corresponds to the key design at the bottom of the removable gear shifter. Yet another embodiment of this invention is for use with manual transmissions. In this design, as with the in floor and steering wheel automatic transmission models, a gear shifter can be detached from the mooring connected to the automobile's transmission. However, unlike the automatic transmission models, the manual transmission model does not have electrical terminals located on the bottom of the removable gear shifter and in the interior of the mooring. Instead, it has one or more safety buttons on the removable gear shifter that will be pressed simultaneously with the release button located at the top of the removable gear shifter. When the release button and safety release buttons are pressed simultaneously, the removable gear shifter can be taken out of the mooring. The bottom of the removable gear shifter has a unique key design with a steel ball bearing placed inside. The interior of the mooring has a unique lock design that corresponds to the key design at the bottom of the removable gear shifter. Pressing the release button and safety release buttons activates the steel ball bearing mechanism and allows the key at the bottom of the removable gear shifter to be taken out of the lock located on the interior of the mooring. One object of this invention is to design a car theft prevention device that will be easy to install and remove. Another object of this invention is to produce a car theft prevention device that is unique to each vehicle in which it is installed. Another object of this invention is to create a car theft prevention device that is difficult to bypass. Another object of this invention is to provide a car theft prevention device that actually immobilizes a car. Another object of this invention is to create a car theft prevention device that is inexpensive. Yet another object of this invention is to create a car theft prevention device that can be installed or retrofitted for use in new, older and classic model cars. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 depicts a perspective view of the Gear Secure System for floor automatic transmission models. FIG. 2 depicts a perspective view of the Gear Secure System for steering column automatic transmission models. FIG. 3 depicts a perspective view of the Gear Secure System for manual transmission models. FIG. 4 depicts an overhead view of various lock designs for use in the Gear Secure System. DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Gear Secure is an automobile theft prevention system that allows a car owner to remove his gear shifter from the automobile when he leaves the vehicle. When properly used, the Gear Secure System prevents a car from being placed in gear and stolen while the owner is away from his car. FIG. 1 depicts the preferred embodiment of Gear Secure 10 for floor automatic transmission models. In this design, a removable gear shifter 12 can be detached from its mooring 14 connected to the automobile's transmission. The removable gear shifter 12 has a release button 16 on the top and two electrical terminals 18 located on the bottom. These two electrical terminals 18 send a signal to the mooring's electrical connections 20 located on the interior of the mooring 14 to allow release of the removable gear shifter 12 only when the release button 16 is pressed. The bottom of the removable gear shifter 12 with the two electrical terminals 18 is fashioned into a unique key 22 to be inserted into the mooring 14. The mooring's electrical connections 20 allow the removable gear shifter 12 to only be removed when the car is in park or the car is turned off. Hence, the removable gear shifter 12 can only be removed when both the release button 16 is pressed and the car is in park or turned off. The interior of the mooring 14 is fashioned into a unique lock 24 that corresponds to the key 22 at the bottom of the removable gear shifter 12. FIG. 2 depicts the preferred embodiment of Gear Secure 30 for steering column automatic transmission models. In this design, as with the floor automatic transmission model, a removable gear shifter 42 can be detached from its mooring 34 connected to the automobile's transmission. The removable gear shifter 42 has a release button 32 on the top and two electrical terminals 36 located on the bottom. These two electrical terminals 36 send a signal to the mooring's electrical connections (not pictured) located on the interior of the mooring 34 to allow release of the removable gear shifter 42 only when the release button 32 is pressed. The bottom of the removable gear shifter 42 with the two electrical terminals 36 is fashioned into a unique key 38 to be inserted into the mooring 34. The mooring's electrical connections allow the removable gear shifter 42 to only be removed when the car is in park or the car is turned off. Hence, the removable gear shifter 42 can only be removed when both the release button 32 is pressed and the car is in park or turned off. The interior of the mooring 34 is fashioned into a unique lock 40 that corresponds to the key 38 at the bottom of the removable gear shifter 42. FIG. 3 depicts the preferred embodiment of Gear Secure 64 for manual transmission models. In this design, as with the floor and steering wheel automatic transmission models, a gear shifter can be detached from the automobile's transmission. However, unlike the automatic transmission models, the manual transmission model does not have two electrical terminals located on the bottom of the removable gear shifter 66. Instead, the removable gear shifter 66 has a release button 50 on the top. The removable gear shifter 66 also has a first safety release button 52 located next to the release button 50 on top of the removable gear shifter 66. A second safety release button 54 is located on the back of the removable gear shifter 66, a few inches down from the first safety release button 52. The release button 50, first safety release button 52 and second safety release button 54 must be pressed simultaneously to remove the removable gear shifter 66 from its mooring 62. The bottom of the removable gear shifter 66 is fashioned into a unique key 58 with a steel ball bearing 56 placed inside. The interior of the mooring 62 is also fashioned into a unique lock 60 that corresponds to the key 58 at the bottom of the removable gear shifter 66. Pressing the release button 50, first safety release button 52 and second safety release button 54 activates the steel ball bearing 56 and allows the key 58 at the bottom of the removable gear shifter 66 to be taken out of the lock 60 located on the interior of the mooring 62. The manual and automatic transmission versions of Gear Secure shown in FIGS. 1-3 could be interchanged, however, certain practical and safety considerations make this less desirable. Moreover, the location and number of release buttons, safety release buttons and electrical terminals can be manipulated without departing from the spirit of this invention. Although Gear Secure was originally designed for use with a car, other motorized vehicles may also employ the Gear Secure system. FIG. 4 depicts an overhead view of various sample designs for locks 70 (also shown in FIGS. 1-3 as 24, 40 and 60). In the preferred embodiment of Gear Secure, each lock and key for the removable stick will be unique in shape and size. In the event that a car thief would happen to break into a consumer's car and obtain a removable gear shifter of his own, his key will not fit in the lock of other vehicles and will not permit him to steal other vehicles. The lock and keys will have serial numbers matching the car should the removable stick malfunction or be lost. This will allow replacement by only the owner. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the Gear Secure system for use with all models would further include a sticker to be placed on the windshield stating "this car utilizes the Gear Secure system." This sticker would act as a further deterrent to a car thief who would likely seek an easier target if he read the sticker. The preferred embodiment of the Gear Secure system for use with all models would further include a hinge plastic flap (74) to fit over the mooring when the removable gear shifter is removed to prevent dust and debris from entering the lock area. Gear Secure is manufactured using several interrelated components. These components include those that allow the product to act in the manner of a standard motor vehicle gear shift lever. Gear Secure thus employs gear shift lever shafts and handgrips as well as locking mechanisms in its makeup. The length and width of the components remain relatively the same as with standard gear shift mechanisms. Of course, Gear Secure is different from these standard gear shift levers because it is easily removable due to its design and component parts discussed in FIGS. 1 through 4. Gear Secure is constructed of the best quality materials commonly accepted and used in the manufacturing industry today. In the preferred embodiment, the metals used will be selected from available steel or alloys of steel and aluminum. The production process related to the use of these metals would insure that they were produced so as to be non-corrosive, durable and strong. The selected metals should have high impact strength and be able to accept and retain coloring materials for an extended length of time. The plastic used in the production of the preferred embodiment of Gear Secure should also be selected for its durability and lasting traits. Thermoplastics are commonly used in the manufacturing of components similar to those designed for Gear Secure. Polyethylene, polypropylene, and other similar thermoplastic materials would be among those considered to have the desirable traits. Members of this family are recognized universally as being versatile and high quality. The electronic components of Gear Secure will also be ideally selected from those currently having the highest industry ratings. These components would meet or exceed all safety regulations as well. Wiring and associated connecting hardware should be insulated and otherwise protected from intrusion by any harmful or degrading elements, including water, medium level temperatures, and low to medium impact force. The method of operation for Gear Secure will ideally vary depending on whether a manual or automatic transmission car is being operated. In an automatic transmission vehicle, as a vehicle owner leaves his or her car, truck or other motorized vehicle, he or she would press the release button located on the gearshift. The automatic transmission model will have two electric terminals located on the key that will send a signal to the lock located on the transmission releasing the stick only when release button is pressed and the transmission is in the park gear or the car is turned off. The gear shift would then be removed by the owner. In a manual transmission model, as the owner exits his vehicle, he would press the release button located on the gearshift. The first and second safety release buttons would also be pressed simultaneously with the release button on the gear shift to unlock the lock and allow the key to be removed from the lock. To accomplish this, a steel ball bearing activated mechanism will be unlocked with the activation of the release buttons. The gear shift would then be removed by the owner. It will be recognized by those skilled in the art that changes or modifications may be made to the above-described embodiments without departing from the broad inventive concepts of the invention. It should therefore be understood that this invention is not limited to the particular embodiments described herein, but is intended to include all changes and modifications that are within the scope and spirit of the invention as set forth in the claims. For more information go to www.GAPATENTS.com or www.GOOGLE.com
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