Patents Represented by Law Firm Fisher, Gerhardt & Groh
  • Patent number: 4187954
    Abstract: A lid for a beverage container which makes possible emptying the contents of the container without removing the lid through a small opening formed in the lid and separated therefrom by a line of weakening. The cover member is formed in an elevated spout member and can be removed by distorting the cover member with either the fingers or the teeth to rupture the line of weakening for removal of the cover. This results in an opening in alignment with the inner wall of the container so that the entire contents can be drained without completely inverting the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1980
    Inventor: Lewis J. Striggow
  • Patent number: 4183526
    Abstract: A tennis training device is provided which has a head portion comprising a lightweight plastic foam material, a handle member and a grip affixed to the handle. The overall weight of the tennis training device is distributed so as to simulate the balance of a conventional tennis racket. The grip includes finger placement guides so oriented as to train the player in the eastern forehand type of grip. The air resistance of the head when swinging the tennis racket forces the player to utilize shoulder action in his swing thereby conditioning the player in proper tennis form with an objective of minimizing one of the contributing causes of "tennis elbow." When used in conjunction with a lightweight spongy game ball, the tennis training device is particularly suited for indoor use. Additionally, a retaining device is provided attachable to the handle of the tennis trainer and adapted to receive a companion game ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1980
    Inventor: Donald K. Brown
  • Patent number: 4182205
    Abstract: A turret type machine tool indexable to selected positions with a plurality of identical tools supported in each of the indexed positions to work on a like number of rotatable workpieces. The tool carrying turret is indexable about an axis located in the same plane as the axes of rotation of the workpieces. The turret is movable in a vertical plane between working and nonworking positions on bearings which are symmetrically disposed relative to the plane so that tool loads at the workpieces are distributed to the remainder of the machine symmetrically relative to the same common plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 8, 1980
    Inventor: Gary L. Baker
  • Patent number: 4181065
    Abstract: A two stage vacuum break or fluid motor device of the type used to control choke valves of internal combustion engine carburetors. The motor uses a single diaphragm in which the fluid motor plunger operates in a first stage in response to movement of a portion of the diaphragm and in a second stage in response to movement of the entire diaphragm. The stages of movement are under the control of separate sources of manifold pressure which may be made available to the device independently of each other. The two stages of operation may be used to control one or more choke valves through a single output plunger or to control a pair of output plungers movable independently of each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Assignee: Schmelzer Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Benjamin, Leon F. LaVene
  • Patent number: 4177831
    Abstract: A time delay valve of flexible material to be supported in an opening in a wall and having a body member provided with a recess permitting the use of a tool to position the valve in the opening in the wall from one side of the wall with the recess also accommodating displaced material during the time that the valve is being installed. The valve has an enlarged head which closes the opening and flexes away from the wall to open and permit relatively free fluid flow. A metering groove extends radially of an annular sealing surface formed on the perimeter of the head to restrict and delay fluid flow when the valve is in a closed position relative to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1979
    Assignee: Schmelzer Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 4171929
    Abstract: A blade for windmills fabricated of sheet metal to form a generally hollow structure containing a reinforcing member. The surfaces of the blade are such that the forward surface is flat and rear of the blade is formed by two surfaces which extend in opposite directions from a line extending from a radially inner point at a rearward side of the pitch axis of the blade to a point at the radial outer end and forward of the pitch axis of the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1979
    Inventor: William D. Allison
  • Patent number: 4162333
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making a filled tubular food product in which tubular dough pieces are extruded onto a supporting die member which maintains the internal diameter of the cavity in each dough piece fixed during raising and baking after which said cavity is filled with another relatively softer food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1979
    Assignee: Mars Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard L. Nelson, Walter P. Nelson
  • Patent number: 4159092
    Abstract: A musical instrument support for holding a stringed instrument in an elevated position having a bracket receiving portion secured to its base to accommodate a mating bracket carried by an adjustable swivel assembly for attachment to a vertical supporting surface or by a prop member that acts in conjunction with the instrument body support for use on a flat supporting surface. The swivel assembly permits universal angular movement of the musical instrument support relative to a wall. A collar is provided to close about and retain the neck of the musical instrument held thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1979
    Assignee: D & J Products
    Inventor: Arthur D. DeLano
  • Patent number: 4159121
    Abstract: A grip accessory for skateboards, a pair of which are mounted on the top surface of the board to form foot or hand holds, each grip accessory being shaped generally like a mushroom with a stem and a head with the head spaced from the top surface of the skateboard to form an annular groove around the stem to receive the feet of a user of the board. The head also forms a hand rest for doing handstands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1979
    Assignee: Matrix Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur Spitzke
  • Patent number: 4157105
    Abstract: A collapsible, portable log splitter which extends from a compact storage or transport position to an operating position in which a hydraulic cylinder is used to move a log into splitting engagement with a blade assembly. The blade assembly includes a plurality of splitting elements having multiple faces disposed in diverging relationship to each other to form a wedging action during splitting of a log. The splitting elements are separately replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1979
    Assignee: Harold Phelps
    Inventor: Byron J. Gansley
  • Patent number: 4155167
    Abstract: A dipstick guide for a dipstick measuring the level of oil in the crankcase of an engine wherein a housing has an enlarged funnel like opening and is attached to the dipstick supporting tube. The arrangement includes a guide element which is positioned to assist guiding the end of the dipstick into the opening in the dipstick tube but which is moved out of that position by the dipstick to insure that the dipstick reaches its normal position for measuring the level of oil. The arrangement includes illuminating means helping to locate the opening to the dipstick supporting tube and also serving as a signal that the disptick is not properly seated for its measuring function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Inventor: Arthur DeLano
  • Patent number: 4154146
    Abstract: A fluid motor or vacuum break for use with the carburetor of an internal combustion engine in which an output plunger of the motor moves in two stages and at different rates in each of the stages through means of an auxiliary housing supported within the main housing. Upon admission of vacuum pressure to the primary housing and output plunger moves in a first stage at the end of which vacuum pressure is admitted to the auxiliary housing causing it to collapse and move the plunger in a second stage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1979
    Assignee: Schmelzer Corporation
    Inventor: Benjamin C. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 4154637
    Abstract: A landscape blanket to be used as ground cover in which particles such as crushed stone, marble chips and the like are arranged in a substantially single layer and are held together to form a blanket by sheets of transparent plastic material which conform to the shape of the particles and are bonded thereto without the use of adhesive. The plastic sheets are bonded to the particles by forcing them into contact with the particles while the plastic sheets are in a softened condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 15, 1979
    Assignee: X Incorporated
    Inventor: Walter Kasten
  • Patent number: 4146273
    Abstract: A wheel trim assembly including a metal retainer having teeth for bitingly engaging the flange of a vehicle wheel to hold the trim assembly in position on the wheel. The retainer is provided with an arm member which tends to lift the teeth out of engagement with the wheel after the trim assembly has been moved a predetermined axial distance. The arm also prevents the retainer from being bent excessively to exceed the elastic limits of the material making up the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1979
    Inventor: Edward G. Spisak
  • Patent number: 4138155
    Abstract: A removable roof panel arrangement for motor vehicles and the method of installing such panels in which access openings to be covered by the panels are formed at opposite sides of the center of the vehicle body by completely cutting away a transverse section of the roof of the vehicle body and subsequently installing a unitary frame member which is attached to forward and rearward portions of the original vehicle roof. The construction retains the strength of the original body and the frame members form drainage troughs and support sealing members for engaging the removable panels to maintain the panels in weather tight relationship to the roof of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1979
    Inventor: Richard R. Chrysler
  • Patent number: 4133583
    Abstract: A vehicle wheel and trim assembly has a decorative trim member positioned in preselected symmetrical relation to the vehicle wheel by a retainer member on the trim member which engages retaining grooves formed in the nuts used to retain the vehicle wheel on its hub. The retainer member includes a guide arrangement which interferes with the nuts to prevent attachment of the trim to the wheel unless there is properly circumferential alignment and after attachment holds the wheel and trim against relative circumferential displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1979
    Inventor: Edward G. Spisak
  • Patent number: 4133576
    Abstract: A hatch assembly for vehicle roofs in which an opening is covered by a pair of panels disposed in side by side relationship to each other and being held in position by a latch system which permits the panels to be used in a partially open position or to be completely removed and stowed separately of the vehicle. The framed opening and panels incorporate a sealing system which diverts moisture away from the hatch assembly and allows drainage of water that does enter the hatch assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1979
    Inventor: Richard R. Chrysler
  • Patent number: 4123052
    Abstract: A toy or game is provided which has as an object to increase the lifting power of the forearm. It is particularly attractive to children who wish to demonstrate their ability to lift a dumbbell or other weight by retracting the forearm. It comprises a first sleeve adapted to embrace the forearm and a second sleeve adapted to embrace the upperarm. The sleeves are composed of two halves hinged together so that they can be opened and closed around the arm portion to which they are adapted. Each sleeve has a rigid plastic shell and a soft flexible-foam liner of suitable thickness to form a cushion and to compensate for different size arms. Each sleeve has a groove on the back or underside thereof which is canted toward the other sleeve. These grooves are adapted to receive the ends or bites of an endless elastic band and which, when in place, tends to pull the forearm sleeve toward the upperarm sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1978
    Assignee: Perky & Me Co.
    Inventor: John A. Perkins
  • Patent number: 4120529
    Abstract: A removable roof panel arrangement for motor vehicles and the method of installing such panels in which access openings to be covered by the panels are formed at opposite sides of the center of the vehicle body by completely cutting away a transverse section of the roof of the vehicle body and subsequently installing a central frame member which is attached to forward and rearward frame members through a reinforcing member. The construction retains the strength of the original body and the frame members form drainage troughs and support sealing members for engaging the removable panels which form secondary drainage systems to maintain the panels in weather tight relationship to the roof of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: Cars & Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard R. Chrysler
  • Patent number: 4117708
    Abstract: A method of forming a cup shaped housing member with an integral inlet tube extending radially to the axis of a cup shaped member from a flat strip of metallic material in progressive dies such that a tube is formed first to extend parallel to the axis of the cup shaped member and in subsequent progressive steps is moved first to a position extending at an angle to the axis and finally to a position extending radially to the axis of the cup shaped member. SUThis invention relates to a method and apparatus for forming metal parts in progressive dies and more particularly it relates to the method and apparatus of forming a dished housing member with a tube extending radially from the axis of the housing member.To provide a radially extending tube from a housing usually requires the welding of separate parts together or requires forming the assembly from molded materials such as plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1978
    Assignee: Schmelzer Corporation
    Inventor: Leon F. LaVene