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Multi-Use Exercise Apparatus (M):

The invention is a device that allows an individual to do various resistance exercises using hydraulic and pneumatic mechanisms.

Golfer’s Alignment Aid (M):

This invention is a device which aids a golfer in improving their performance. Provisional application filed by volunteer attorney on 6/10/19.

Shelving Device (M):

This invention is a modular shelving device used in healthcare. The inventors is a retired paramedic.

Haircutting Device (M):

This invention is a single guide tool used as a template for a haircut such that the user could perform their own haircut.

Climbing Mechanism (M):

This invention is a climbing method and system comprised of only two light-weight devices that allow the user to climb to any height on a tree or utility pole and specially designed for hunters, tree trimmers, or utility workers.

Wheeled Child Safety Seat (M):

This invention is a portable and multi-use car seat. Inventor is an undergraduate biomedical and economics student. A provisional application was filed on 4/4/18.

Heart Assistance Device (M):

This invention is an implantable device which aids in the proper functioning of a heart with an adverse medical condition. The inventor is a retired researcher.

HVAC Air Manipulation Device (M):

This invention is a device which re-directs and balances the air flow in HVAC systems. Inventor is a HVAC technician who has experienced a substantial improvement in the effectiveness of HVAC systems when employing this invention.

Orbital Engine (M):

This invention is an improved mechanical engine device. The inventor is a retired engineer.

Car-Top Mount with Density with Population Density Estimation (E):

This invention integrates with a global positioning service to estimate the density of a population in the vehicle’s vicinity. Non-provisional application filed by volunteer attorney on 2/28/2017 (Appl. No.: 15/445,045). Currently in prosecution stage.

Woodworking Tool (M):

This invention is a woodworking tool which is used to produce record adapters and is an improvement on existing products in terms of time, safety and precision. Inventor has a functional prototype. Inventor is a skilled and avid woodworker.

Autonomous Lawn Mower (M):

This invention is a lawnmower that uses software to be fully automated. The inventor is a software engineer.

Network Security System (E/M):

This invention is a computer security system that detects and protects against intrusions on a network. The inventor has a degree in computer programming and a non provisional was filed pro se on 7/9/20.

Contagion Device (CP):

This invention is an apparatus designed to reduce or eliminate the contagious effects of coughing or sneezing.

Hair Color Mixing Device (CP):

This invention is a device used to improve the efficiency of mixing hair color.

Equine Feeding Device (CP):

This invention is a plastic feeding device which specially formulated to conform to the equine mouth structure and slows rapid eating. A provisional application filed May 5, 2018. The inventor is a product developer.

Velcro Hair Cleaner (CP):

This invention is a device aids in the removal of hair.

Reading Aide Monitor (CP):

This invention is a wearable device which aides and tracks reading performance for children.

Lawn Wand (CP):

This invention is used to signal the location of a house.

Scented Umbrella (CP):

This invention is used to dispense a scent or odor on an umbrella.

Hair Wrap (CP):

This invention is an improvement on current overnight hair wrapping products.

Locking Pocket Carrying Good and Method of Use (CP):

This invention is a pocket that is both odor-proof and detachable. Non-provisional filed 4/13/2018 (Appl. No.: 15/952,883).

Hand Warming Device (CP):

This invention is used to keep hand warms. 

Personal Vaporizer Holster (CP):

A detachable pivoting holster for personal vaporizers.

Dental Hygiene Kit (CP):

This invention is a compact travel kit for oral hygiene products.

Vertical Farming System (CP):

This invention allows for the maximum density of growing space for plants. The inventor is an entrepreneur in the agriculture field.

Football Training Apparatus (CP):

This invention is a mechanical device that assists with the training of football athletes.

Pepper Spray Dispensing Phone Case (CP):

This invention is a phone case that dispenses pepper spray.

Mobile Application for Gait Analysis & Therapy (S):

This invention is a mobile application for patient gait and mobility assessment and self-administered incentive-based gait therapy. The inventors are four undergrad and graduate students from The Ohio State University.

General Control System Process (S):

This invention is a process to optimize the stability of any nonlinear electrical or software systems. The inventor is an undergraduate student studying electrical engineering at Cleveland State University.

Mental Health Mobile Application (S):

This invention is a mobile application that combines social medica, community forums, wellness tools and other functions to support mental health. The inventors are two medical students from The Ohio State University.

Pathways (S):

This invention is a software application to me used for medical documentation.