Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Charles P. Boukus, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5996141
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device which, when installed in cooperation with the wall of a shower stall and the front upper edge of a bathtub, prevents water from exiting the gap between a shower curtain and the wall during use of the shower. The device comprises an elongate, generally U-shaped device, one leg of the U-shape or first side wall for sealing engagement with the wall of the stall and the other leg or second wall directed or angled toward the tub. The upper portion of the device on the side wall is cut away to facilitate movement of the shower curtain and rings past the side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Bechara Ibrahim
  • Patent number: 5953825
    Abstract: In a safety razor, a blade assembly (2; 22; 52) is mounted to a handle by a mounting arrangement including several spring devices (8; 28: 68; 70) adapted so that the blade assembly is movable relative to the handle with several degrees of freedom, including pivotal movement about a longitudinal axis, pivotal movement about a transverse axis and translational movement in a downward direction substantially perpendicular to the plane defined by these axes. The longitudinal and transverse pivotal axes are not fixed in position and are variably located due to the spring suspension, allowing the blade assembly to follow closely the contours of a skin area being shaved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Thomas A. Christman, Christopher Martin Hawes
  • Patent number: 5880385
    Abstract: Disclosed is an elongate peg, preferably of wood, which has lips or shoulders generally perpendicular to the length of the peg body and adjacent opposite ends. The lips or shoulders are on opposite sides of the peg body. The peg is used to tighten or tension the vertical lacing in "bongo" type drums by contacting adjacent pairs of vertical lacing with the peg whereby each lip is in contact with one of the adjacent pair of vertical lacing so that when the peg is flipped generally horizontal end forward, a twist is formed in the lacing pair at one end of the peg held by the lip while the other end of the peg is forcibly held against the drum shell by the force in the twist. In a preferred aspect, the drum profile is such that the spacing between the vertical lacing and the drum shell is increased slightly to facilitate more easily the flipping of the peg but still retain a peg end in forceable contact with the shell once flipped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Darren B. Goldin
    Inventors: Darren Brett Goldin, Jim Stewart Smith
  • Patent number: 5802721
    Abstract: A shaving unit includes a skin engagement surface member for contact with the skin in advance of a blade edge and defined by a series of resiliently mounted elements (9) defining between them slots (10) through which hairs can pass while being subjected to a light pulling force to increase the length of hair projecting from the skin prior to cutting. The skin engagement surface member may be a guard of the shaving unit or it can be mounted between two blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Kevin James Wain, Frank Edward Brown
  • Patent number: 5624000
    Abstract: A power tool (20) includes a modular drive system in which the motor (22) and transmission (24) consist of separate self-contained modular units which can be assembled together by simply sliding and rotating the motor housing (42) and the transmission housing (70) relative to each other. The motor (22) has a D-shaped rotary drive shaft (44) which is inserted into a D-shaped aperture (86) in the drive gear (84) of a planetary gear system (80) contained within the transmission housing (70). Guide pins (92) extending from the transmission housing (70) are inserted into guide holes (94) in the motor housing (42) when the D-shaped drive shaft (44) is inserted into the D-shaped aperture (86) in the drive gear (84) to align the housings (42,70) with each other. A bushing (46) at the front of the motor housing (42) is inserted into a central opening (76) at the rear of the transmission housing (70) to couple the housings (42,70) together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Black & Decker, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip T. Miller
  • Patent number: 5588653
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for use with golf clubs in order to provide an assembly of clubs on the ground to assist a golfer in practicing his/her golf stance and swing. The device is of plastic material and includes a plate with one or more clip-like connector elements on each face of the plate whereby two clubs may be secured at least in a cross-like formation. Additional clip-like connector elements on the faces of the plate enable two of the devices to be used whereby three and four clubs can be assembled in selected formation to provide a grid on the ground for visual assistance not only on the stance of the golfer, but also in the position of the club being swung at the major checkpoints in the swing. The devices are easily carried by the golfer in his/her bag and can be used with clubs in the bag to assist in practicing the stance and swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: Gary G. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5467919
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioning system which provides for controlling the flow of conditioned air from a duct to a predetermined location of an occupied area of a building. A fitting is secured at one end thereof to the duct and has a moveable butterfly valve mounted therein for selectively controlling flow of conditioned air therethrough, the fitting including a motor and motor control relay for controlling operation of the valve. An outlet is mounted in association with wall means adjacent the location and spaced from the fitting. A flexible conduit is connected to another end of the fitting means and extends from the fitting means to and is connected with the outlet means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventor: Robert T. Tamblyn
  • Patent number: 5275333
    Abstract: Disclosed is an air conditioning system which provides for controlling the flow of conditioned air from a duct to a predetermined location of an occupied area of a building. A fitting is secured at one end thereof to the duct and has a moveable butterfly valve mounted therein for selectively controlling flow of conditioned air therethrough, the fitting including a motor and motor control relay for controlling operation of the valve. An outlet is mounted in association with wall means adjacent the location and spaced from the fitting. A flexible conduit is connected to another end of the fitting means and extends from the fitting means to and is connected with the outlet means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: Robert T. Tamblyn
  • Patent number: 5264754
    Abstract: Disclosed is a spark plug for an internal combustion engine including an annular end portion with a central electrode having an end within the annular end portion. A ground electrode extends from the annular end portion and has a portion extending over and spaced a predetermined distance above the end of the central electrode. The improvement comprises the end of the central electrode having cross-grooves therein defining four end faces and the ground electrode having diverging prongs at its end over the central electrode, a portion of each prong being over two adjacent end faces of the central electrode. Improved ignition is provided without critical manufacturing problems of prior art spark plugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Inventors: Santoso Hanitijo, Jacques L. Giguere
  • Patent number: 5191712
    Abstract: A razor head or cartridge is provided on its skin engaging surfaces, e.g. caps and/or guard surfaces with an array of closely spaced projections which, in use, produce a pleasant tactile sensation tending to reduce shaving discomfort.The projections may be formed by closely packed flexible filaments, or by moulded fins or pillars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventors: Alan Crook, Oliver D. Oglesby, Brian Oldroyd
  • Patent number: 5158282
    Abstract: Disclosed is a line marker for tennis courts and the like and particularly for clay courts. The line marker consists of a generally T-shaped strip of material of predetermined color and length. The T-shaped material has a vertical portion and a horizontal portion, the vertical portion being of a continuous length of material whereas the horizontal portion comprises a plurality of spaced laterally extending elements. Preferably the horizontal portion is made with alternate spaced elements, these elements being formed by cutting laterally about half way into a strip of material and alternately folding the elements at 90.degree. to form the horizontal portion, the remaining part of the strip forming the vertical portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: Cyril D. Winter
  • Patent number: 5135232
    Abstract: Disclosed is a strap device for storing or carrying ring toss game apparatus including two posts and four rings. The device has a first elongate strap and two second straps, one at each end which extends generally along the line of the first strap. The second straps are each adapted to be wrapped around parts of two rings and secured to the first strap. There are also two third straps. Each third strap extends perpendicular to the first strap and is adapted to be wrapped about an upper part of a post and secured with respect to the first strap. The lower part of each post is preferably located in a pocket at each end of the first strap. Each post has a step portion which enables the post to be forced into the ground by foot, the step also providing resistance to tilting of the post by contact by tossed rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Maurice R. Moreau
  • Patent number: 5046897
    Abstract: Disclosed is apparatus for raising and lowering a platform having wooden leg support means. A box girder is adapted to move axially about a wooden support leg of a platform, the box girder having means for securement of the girder to material forming the frame of a platform. The box girder has apertured lug on an exterior surface thereof. A header device is provided for detachable assembly with the top of a support leg of the platform during raising or lowering of the platform frame and screw means operationally cooperate with the header device and the girder lug for selectively raising or lowering the frame about the leg. Also disclosed is a method of using the apparatus in raising and lowering platform systems and has particular utility in dock systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1991
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Ray
  • Patent number: 5045589
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a polypropylene composition comprising a crystalline ethylene-propylene block copolymer having an ethylene content of 5-20% by weight and a melt flow index of 11-90, a thermoplastic elastomer, an amorphous propylene-.alpha.-olefin random copolymer having a number-average molecular weight of 1,000-20,000 and a propylene content of 40-95% by weight and an inorganic filler. This composition can be made into a molded article having no flow mark on the surface. The molded article is superior in rigidity, heat deformation resistance, low temperature impact resistance and coatability, has appearance free from waviness, voids, etc., and is suitable for use particularly in high quality bumper for automobiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Ube Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kouhei Ueno
  • Patent number: 4983647
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reinforced polypropylene composition comprising a polypropylene component (a modified polypropylene or a mixture of said modified polypropylene and an unmodified polypropylene), an ethylene-propylene copolymer, a glass fiber and mica having an average particle diameter of 40-160 .mu.m and an average aspect ratio of 30-85. This composition can provide molded articles of very low warpage and is useful for the production of molded articles, particularly core materials of instrument panels for automobiles requiring high rigidity, high heat resistance and deformation resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1991
    Assignee: Ube Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Kouhei Ueno, Tomohiko Akagawa, Yoshifumi Nakano
  • Patent number: D330960
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: Michael T. Roberson
  • Patent number: D381768
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: Jill M. Shurtleff
  • Patent number: D385659
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 28, 1997
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: Jill M. Shurtleff
  • Patent number: D397829
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: Michael J. Gray
  • Patent number: D397830
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: Michael J. Gray