Patents Represented by Attorney E. Herbert Liss
  • Patent number: 5186830
    Abstract: Abstract for filtering drinking water which includes a lower non-porous container to receive the filtrate. An upper filter vessel closed at its lower end by a high density ceramic filter is stacked in nested relationship to the lower container. When water containing contaminants and pollutants is poured into the filter vessel, it drips through the ceramic filter under gravitational forces and is stored in the lower receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1993
    Inventor: Joseph M. Rait
  • Patent number: 5173166
    Abstract: An electrochemical gas sensor cell is provided, the use of which permits quantitative measurement of volatile gas contaminants in an atmosphere being monitored, generally at ambient temperatures below The cell comprises at least a first sensor electrode and a second counter electrode, on either side of an electrolyte which may be immobilized in a matrix, or a polymer electrolyte. The sensing electrode has a catalyst dispersed on a porous base, and is mounted in such a manner as to be exposed to the atmosphere which is to be sensed for gaseous contaminants, with the counter electrode being isolated from any exposure to that atmosphere. Generally, the electrodes are mounted in electrically conductive plastic frames, sandwiching a third non-conductive frame member in which the electrolyte is located. In an alternative embodiment, a further reference electrode may be mounted so as to be exposed to the electrolyte.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Minitech Co.
    Inventors: Klaus Tomantschger, Allan A. Janis, Norman L. Weinberg, Joseph M. Rait
  • Patent number: 4791696
    Abstract: A windscreen wiper system comprises a drive shaft (1), a windscreen wiper arm (2) mounted at one end (3) on the drive shaft (1) for reciprocal pivotal movement therewith and a windscreen wiper blade (9) articulated to the other end (4) of the arm (2). A link (6) extending substantially at right angles to the surface of the windscreen is pivotally connected to both the arm (2) and the blade (9) so as to provide an articulated connection therebetween and a control lever (12) is pivotally connected at one end to the link (6) between the pivots for the arm (2) and the blade (9). A cam surface (15) is associated with the drive shaft (1) and a cam follower (16) is provided for cooperation with the cam surface (15) and mounted on the other end (11) of the control lever (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1988
    Inventor: Graham Durtnal
  • Patent number: 4718409
    Abstract: A body care appliance fixed to a backing element is removably and replaceably mounted on a human body encircling frame of flexible plastic tubular material. The frame is separable at a junction. A segment may be inserted at the junction to enlarge the frame. The backing element chordally straddles the frame. A plurality of units having a body care appliance fixed to a backing element are provided which enable the use of the invention for diverse self-treatment body care functions at the dorsal area of the body such as scrubbing, massaging, application of a heating pad and application of body care creams and lotions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Inventors: Uri Gershov, Edward Marinow, Eleanor Marinow
  • Patent number: 4716612
    Abstract: A primary wiper arm includes a mounting head for securing the inner end to a pivot shaft, the outer end being pivotally secured to a pivot block. A drag link includes a ring bearing and a disk journaled in the ring bearing having mating spherical concave and convex surfaces respectively. This disk is mounted at the pivot shaft bearing housing eccentrially to the logitudinal axis of the pivot shaft. At its outer end the drag link is connected to the pivot block at a point spaced from the connection between the primary arm and the pivot block. A connector is provided for securing the blade to the pivot block. The arrangement effects relative angular movement between blade and arm assembly and permits gyrating movement of the drag link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Trico Products Corp.
    Inventor: Anthony R. D'Alba
  • Patent number: 4715082
    Abstract: A windshield wiper blade superstructure is provided with one or more fin like depending projections. Slots are provided in the backing strip positioned to receive a corresponding depending projection to limit longitudinal displacement of the refill unit relative to the backing strip. The depending projections may be inclined on an edge to readily receive the refill unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Neil A. Gowans, William C. Riester
  • Patent number: 4608728
    Abstract: A molded plastic slidable latch member for retaining a side mounted wiper blade on a wiper arm having a laterally extending connecting pin is retained within a plastic insert. The rectangular plastic insert is retained between the flanges within a rectangular aperture in the web of a channel shaped metal yoke. Aligned cylindrical projections on each side wall of the insert lie within aligned openings in the flanges of the yoke. Aligned holes extending through the side walls of the insert and the projections serve to journal the laterally extending pin on the arm. Contact at the junction between the metal components of the arm and the metal yoke is precluded. A cover plate on the latch is externally accessible to permit manual actuation of the latch from a latched position engaging the pin to an unlatched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Edmund J. Sumins, Roger W. Baker
  • Patent number: 4564971
    Abstract: The need for separately manufactured left-hand and right-hand wiper arms, when a bend is provided along the length of the wiper arms, is avoided by enabling an inner end of a bar portion to be removed from a retainer portion, rotated through a half turn about the longitudinal center line of the inner end, and detachably reassembled with the retainer portion, and by enabling an arm termination to be removed from an outer end of the bar portion, rotated through a half turn about the longitudinal center line of the outer end, and detachably reassembled with the bar portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Peter C. Pethers, Ivan A. Duck, Malcolm A. Carter
  • Patent number: 4562661
    Abstract: A hollow body preferably simulating prey for game fish is slotted on its dorsal and ventral surfaces. At one slot a lever in the form of a body part of the prey is pivotally secured with a portion extending inwardly and a portion exposed. At the other slot a fish hook is pivotally mounted. A spring within the hollow body extends between and engages the fishhook and the lever. When the fishhook is depressed to a concealed position within the hollow body, the spring is compressed; a catch on the hook engages a keeper on the lever to retain the hook within the body. If a game fish strikes the lure and depresses the exposed portion of the lever, the lever pivots to a position which releases the catch from the keeper and permits the spring to eject the hook to an external position where it can hook the game fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1986
    Inventors: Donald J. Messinger, William J. Zugger
  • Patent number: 4481681
    Abstract: An adjustable sweatband for uniform caps and the like having a flat generally tubular resilient casing with one open end and one closed end and a vertical opening adjacent the closed end; a semi-rigid regulator strap passing through the casing having one end extending beyond the vertical opening and fixed to the casing and the other end extending beyond the casing open end; and circumferentially spaced tabs on the strap fixed end and circumferentially spaced openings on the strap free end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Inventor: Benjamin Hankin
  • Patent number: 4453154
    Abstract: An apparatus to continuously monitor a preset altitude for a pilot of an aircraft. It senses a change in altitude and an audible as well as a visible alarm tells the pilot that he has deviated from his preset altitude by a given height. Increase in altitude is signaled by a high pitch tone and by a yellow light while a decrease in altitude is signaled by a low pitch tone and a red light. The invention can also be used to warn a small boat operator of a pressure drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Assignee: Tech Nomadic Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph M. Rait, David Dhanens
  • Patent number: 4429431
    Abstract: A monolithic body is provided with contours on its side surfaces which are configured, sized and positioned to fit securely between and to seat depending ears of a slotted saddle type wiper arm for adapting the wiper arm to accept a side mounted wiper blade having a transverse pin receiving opening. A detent coacting with the arm retains the body in position; a cantilever pin projecting from the side surface of the body is adapted to be received and detachably retained within the wiper blade receptor formed by the pin receiving opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Bronislaus S. Graczyk
  • Patent number: 4389747
    Abstract: The anchoring strip of an elastomeric squeegee element is retained within the body portion of a plastic supporting strip; the supporting strip includes laterally open channels which slidably engage opposed sets of claws of a superstructure; a plurality of pairs of spaced apart openings extend through the web of one channel in alignment with corresponding pairs of openings in the web of the other channel and corresponding notches in the anchoring strip. The pairs of openings and notches are spaced apart from like parts along the length of the refill unit so that at least one pair of opposed claws of diverse types of superstructures will fall between pairs of openings when the superstructure is substantially centered upon the refill unit. A U-shaped clip embraces a claw and its legs pass through the pairs of corresponding openings and notches and are detachably retained. Indicia is provided to guide in centering the superstructure on the backing strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1983
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: William C. Riester
  • Patent number: 4380860
    Abstract: A socket of yieldable semi-rigid plastic material is formed with an external circumferential groove for receiving the periphery of an opening in a linkage member. The periphery of the opening is deformed out of the plane of the surface of the linkage to produce an effective thickness approximately the thickness of the groove, providing a method to assure a secure fit in cases where the thickness of the linkage material is either greater than or less than the width of the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1983
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: William C. Riester, Dionysios D. Papadatos
  • Patent number: 4358955
    Abstract: Apparatus for externally determining the level of a mass of flowable material such as liquid or granular material contained in a closed or sealed container having walls of magnetic material includes an elongate strip of thin magnetized metal sheet material coated with a thermochromic substance which varies chromatically with variations in temperature. The elongated strip is applied to the outer surface of the wall of the container in heat conducting relationship thereto by magnetic attraction and extends along the height of the container. The container is exposed to a temperature change either natural, such as that which occurs at sunset and sunrise, or artificially induced. Because of the difference in the rate of heat conduction of the void volume and the filled space of the container, the container wall experiences a temperature gradient which is most pronounced at the interface of the contents and the void space. The temperature of the container wall changes abruptly at the surface of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Assignee: Technomadic Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph M. Rait
  • Patent number: 4347640
    Abstract: A connector assembly, for use in connecting a wiper arm and a wiper blade for pivotal movement of the blade in relation to the arm about a common axis which in use is substantially perpendicular to the surface to be wiped, comprises two basic parts, namely a first part (11) for attachment to the wiper arm and a second part (12) for attachment directly or indirectly to the wiper blade, the parts being pivotally connected together for relative angular movement about the common axis (13). The assembly includes a discrete element (33) arranged for rotation about the common axis in relation to one of the parts (11) and there are two first abutment faces (31, 32) on that part (11), and two second abutment faces (36, 37) on the discrete element, the second faces being arranged to co-operate with the respective first faces to limit the range of relative angular movement of the two parts (11, 12) about the common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Graham Durtnal
  • Patent number: 4343063
    Abstract: A windshield wiper refill wiping unit includes a squeegee element supported by a sinuous backing strip in which the central portion is convex in the direction facing the squeegee element and the end portions are concave on the side facing the squeegee element. The unit may be supported in an articulated superstructure having outboard claws which are disposed adjacent the end of the backing strip or in a superstructure having outboard claws which are spaced a substantial distance from the ends of the backing strip; it will produce improved pressure distribution in either type of superstructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Batt
  • Patent number: D287709
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Assignee: Trico Products Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Mower, Peter C. Pethers
  • Patent number: D296317
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Inventors: Peter Mower, Peter C. Pethers
  • Patent number: D325207
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Jeffrey R. Dix