Patents Represented by Attorney Howard E. Thompson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4491415
    Abstract: A light weight, inexpensive rotary drum mixing device is provided in which an essentially pear shaped drum, open at the small end and having an axially elongated socket at the large end, is rotatably supported on a unitary base having a transversely extended forward end and an upwardly and angularly extending rear end providing a bearing portion detachably engageable with said socket to rotatably support the drum at an inclination of about 35.degree., readily engageable means on the bearing portion and socket for preventing unintended axial movement, the forward end of the frame being slightly forward of the center of gravity of the rotatably supported drum to firmly support the same as drum contents are being mixed by rotation of the drum, and providing a pivot fulcrum for tilting the assemblage to discharge contents of the drum, and groove means adjacent the large end of the drum facilitating application of circumferential force to impart controlled rotation to the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1985
    Inventor: Robert J. Bishop
  • Patent number: 4453582
    Abstract: An air retaining and bead-seat-lock device for pneumatic tire wheels is provided having air retaining engagement with an aperture in a tire rim adjacent the seated tire bead, and having two positions of operative engagement with the rim, one position disposing the inner end of the device substantially flush with the inner rim surface facilitating air-pressure seating of the tire bead against the rim flange, and the other position disposing an end to protrude beyond the inner rim surface adjacent the tire bead to support the same in seating engagement with the rim flange. In its simplest form the device comprises an elongated threaded shank closely fitting a threaded aperture in the rim and having an enlarged head externally of the rim adapted for clamping an air sealing gasket against the rim, and being movable between the first and second positions by rotating the threaded shank to appropriately position its inner end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1984
    Inventor: Theodore C. Patecell
  • Patent number: 4435082
    Abstract: A light weight, inexpensive rotary drum mixing device is provided in which an essentially pear shaped drum, open at the small end and having an axially elongated socket protruding from the large end, is rotatably supported on a unitary base having a transversely extended forward end and an upwardly and angularly extending rear end providing a bearing portion detachably engageable with said socket to rotatably support the drum at an inclination of about 35.degree., readily engageable means on the bearing portion and socket for preventing unintended axial movement, the forward end of the frame being slightly forward of the center of gravity of the rotatably supported drum to firmly support the same as drum contents are being mixed by rotation of the drum, and providing a pivot fulcrum for tilting the assemblage to discharge contents of the drum, and means externally of the drum facilitating application of circumferential force to impart controlled rotation to the drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Inventor: Robert J. Bishop
  • Patent number: 4428394
    Abstract: A downspout baffle mechanism is disclosed, adapted for use in conventional, vertically disposed downspouts for diverting controlled amounts of water descending in such downspouts to water collecting means located above and spaced from the normal downspout terminus. The baffle mechanism is controlled by the rise and fall of a suitable float in the water collecting means through a motion reversing mechanism such that the baffle diverts water through a side opening in the down position of the float and substantially seals such side opening in the up position of the float. The baffle and control mechanism is preferably incorporated in a preformed assemblage adapted for insertion in a conventional downspout by merely removing, at the desired elevation, an appropriate length of the downspout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1984
    Assignee: Charlotte M. Wright, executrix
    Inventor: Jack C. Wright, deceased
  • Patent number: 4342125
    Abstract: A water level control for swimming pools is provided in the form of a casing for suspension on a ladder, pool wall, or pool edge having a float-controlled valve detachably coupled with a pressure water supply and adapted to open as the float drops a predetermined distance within the range of about 3/4 inch to 1 inch, said casing having a transverse partition intermediate its upper and lower ends which supports the valve and float assemblage, and said partition and casing bottom being apertured to permit egress of water fed through the valve while in open position while at the same time acting as baffles to maintain an essentially stable water level within the casing in spite of the wave action which may prevail in the surface of the pool water. Positioning of the casing is facilitated by external high and low water level markings which align with the water levels within the casing at the upper and lower limits of float movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Assignees: G. Robert Hodge, Louise S. Hodge
    Inventor: George R. Hodge
  • Patent number: 4312694
    Abstract: An improved approach to printshop paste-up operations involves a vacuum table having a grid of closely spaced air passage apertures in the top surface, a mounting member for receiving sheets carrying text and illustrative material comprising a sheet apertured to match the grid of said top surface having an imperforated border facilitating vacuum positioning on said top surfaces with apertures aligned, arranging and rearranging sheets of text and illustrative material on said mounting member while preventing unintended movement thereof by the vacuum effect at apertures covered thereby until desired composition is achieved, and then bonding a transparent plastic sheet over the mounting member and arranged sheets of text and illustrative material to provide an assemblage which is durable for transport, printshop use and extended storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Inventors: Paul L. Sherman, Kay Sherman
  • Patent number: 4277063
    Abstract: A support device is provided for strengthening the hand gripping of racquet handles and other shaft members in the form of an elongated sheet member formed at least in part of resiliently expansible material having means at one end for adjustably securing the member to a shaft to be gripped and an aperture at the other end of the member of a size to closely and expansibly engage the shaft closely adjacent the gripping hand with the spacing of said securing means and aperture being such that the device as mounted on a racquet handle or other shaft member forms a loop which receives the hand with sufficient resilient tension to hold the shaft firmly to the palm of the hand even as the gripping action of the fingers may be relaxed. The device can be a unitary member or a two-part member with overlapped portions aligning with the back of the hand and adjustably secured together by quickly engageable and disengageable means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1981
    Assignee: Mary Perrone
    Inventors: Albert L. Perrone, deceased, Mary Perrone, administratrix
  • Patent number: 4270592
    Abstract: A unitary run-flat insert for inflatable tires is provided in the form of a split ring having sufficient flexibility, through separation at the split portion thereof, to pass over the rim flanges of a tire mounting rim and having an inner periphery closely and circumferentially engaging the rim when the split portion is closed, with lock means at said split portion adapted for automatic engagement as the ends forming said split portion are moved into juxtapositioned alignment. As closed by the lock means, the insert engages the rim in a manner to rotate therewith in normal operation, but to slip circumferentially thereof when riding on a deflated tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1981
    Inventor: Theodore C. Patecell
  • Patent number: 4271149
    Abstract: New and improved germicidal iodine compositions are provided in which iodine levels, in the presence of organic adjuvants containing at least carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms, are maintained for extended periods of time in the presence of iodide, through the addition of iodate and control of pH within the range of pH 5-7.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1981
    Assignee: West Agro-Chemical, Inc.
    Inventors: Murray W. Winicov, Michael Oberlander
  • Patent number: 4253631
    Abstract: An improved approach to printshop paste-up operations involves a vacuum table having a grid of closely spaced air passage apertures in the top surface, a mounting member for receiving sheets carrying text and illustrative material comprising a sheet apertured to match the grid of said top surface having a imperforated border facilitating vacuum positioning on said top surfaces with apertures aligned, arranging and rearranging sheets of text and illustrative material on said mounting member while preventing unintended movement thereof by the vacuum effect at apertures covered thereby until desired composition is achieved, and then bonding a transparent plastic sheet over the mounting member and arranged sheets of text and illustrative material to provide an assemblage which is durable for transport, printshop use and extended storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Inventors: Paul L. Sherman, Kay Sherman
  • Patent number: 4196901
    Abstract: A tennis racquet comprising a frame providing an open, tensioned string receiving, playing head of generally elliptical contour, and an elongated handle extending from one end of the head and terminating in a hand grip, the contour of the open head at the hand grip end thereof being closed at a point between the center of gravity and the hand grip end of said racquet. A preferred form of the racquet comprises a unitary frame bowed in its central portion to form a generally elliptical head contour and continuing as coplanar throat and shaft extensions which are joined at their extremeties in a hand grip, and the first joining of the ends being at a point between the center of gravity and the hand grip end of the racquet. Central longitudinal strings may join the frame at points closer to the hand grip end than is the center of gravity, and the longitudinal strings are under somewhat greater tension than the transverse strings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1980
    Inventor: Enoch J. Durbin
  • Patent number: 4155874
    Abstract: A new group of compounds, generically classed as phenothiazinyl sulfides, are described having the formula: ##STR1## wherein n is 1 or 2, x and/or y and/or z represent 0, 1 or 2; R.sub.1 may be H, alkyl, aryl, alkaryl, acyl, haloacyl and biologically activating aminoalkyl groups known in the medicinal arts, such as --(CH.sub.2).sub.3 --N(CH.sub.3).sub.2, ##STR2## and -[2-(1-methyl-2-piperidyl)ethyl]; and R.sub.2 and/or R.sub.3 and/or R.sub.4 and/or R.sub.5 and/or R.sub.6 and/or R.sub.7 represent H, OH, Cl, Br, F, CF.sub.3, SH, NO.sub.2, CN, COOH, alkyl, alkoxy, sulfamoyl, dimethylsulfamoyl, dimethyl amino, aryl, alkaryl, acyl, aryloxy, methyl sulfonyl, methyl thio, and -S-phenothiazinyl substitutents; and as charge-transfer complexes of iodine therewith in which the number of moles of iodine associated with the molecule equals 1.5 (range 0.75 to 3.0) times the number of phenothiazinyl groups in the molecule.Methods for the preparation of the compounds are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1979
    Assignee: West Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Nodiff, Abraham Cantor
  • Patent number: 4151275
    Abstract: An improved iodine tincture is provided by incorporating therein a small amount, preferably about 0.25 to 2.5 parts, per part by weight of iodine, of povidone, 1-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone polymer. In these proportions , the povidone modified tincture of iodine exhibits markedly reduced tendency to burn or sensitize skin areas on which it dries, is stable, and at the same time retains the essential germicidal activity of unmodified tincture of iodine. The new products can be formulated directly, or as concentrates yielding the improved tincture upon extension with a prescribed amount of aqueous-ethanolic diluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1979
    Assignee: West Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Cantor, Murray W. Winicov
  • Patent number: 4093744
    Abstract: This invention relates to new and improved means for killing spores on instruments and the like utilizing the combination of glutaraldehyde and a detergent selected from the group consisting of nonionic, anionic and ampholytic surface active agents. The sporicidal kill activity of glutaraldehyde is enhanced by said detergents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1978
    Assignee: West Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Murray W. Winicov, Abraham Cantor
  • Patent number: 4048336
    Abstract: This invention relates to new and improved means for killing spores on instruments and the like utilizing the combination of glutaraldehyde and a monoaldehyde, such as, for example, formaldehyde. The sporicidal kill activity of the composition is more rapid than previously possible, and more effective than the use of either glutaraldehyde or monoaldehyde alone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1977
    Assignee: West Chemical Products, Incorporated
    Inventors: Murray A. Winicov, Abraham Cantor
  • Patent number: 4017407
    Abstract: The improved approach to the direct formulation of solid iodine carriers containing poly (N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) and an iodide, as disclosed in copending application Ser. No. 360,338, has been extended to the direct formulation of solid products containing, in addition to the PVP and iodide, compatible additives such as nonionic detergent, anionic detergent, elemental iodine and mixtures thereof, as well as to the direct formulation of other solid iodine carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1977
    Assignee: West Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Abraham Cantor, Murray W. Winicov
  • Patent number: 4016664
    Abstract: A neat and practical holder for interchangeable worksheets is provided in a size to comfortably fit shirt and inner jacket pockets, the device being characterized as having on one flat surface backing and mounting means for supporting a worksheet with substantially the entire surface thereof exposed and usable, the opposed flat surface being of a roughened, fabric gripping texture adapted to counteract accidental displacement from a pocket, and a compartment between said surfaces, and accessible along one longer side of the device of a size to receive additional worksheets. The device is particularly intended to facilitate the following of periodically changing routines such, for example, as a doctor's daily schedule of hospital visits and/or house calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1977
    Assignee: William F. Blake, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur E. Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 3976114
    Abstract: A run-flat insert or safety roller for inflatable tires comprising a plurality of arcuate members which, when clamped in end to end relation circumferentially envelop the wheel or rim in a manner to rotate therewith in normal operation but to slip circumferentially thereof when riding on a deflated tire, is provided with circumferentially engageable lock means permitting partial assemblage of the insert within a tire in advance of mounting the tire on a wheel or rim and completion of said insert assemblage, to circumferentially envelop said wheel or rim, by application of radially opposed forces to outer surfaces of the mounted but uninflated tire.The circumferentially engageable lock means enables the run-flat insert to be clamped to the rim by novel procedures compatible with existing automatic tire mounting equipment of automotive assembly lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1976
    Inventor: Theodore C. Patecell
  • Patent number: 3975837
    Abstract: A wall-mounted notice board providing multiple access writing and display panels comprising a frame having four peripheral portions joined to a rear wall, a front wall fitting within said frame having pivots at one side and protruding beyond opposed edges thereof engaging movable guides in opposed peripheral portions of the frame enabling the front wal when pivoted outwardly of the frame to be moved from side to side in said frame thereby selectively exposing the inner surface of the rear wall and opposed surfaces of the front wall as accessible writing and display surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1976
    Inventor: Dieter Baars
  • Patent number: 3962733
    Abstract: A safety shower adapted for reliable operation under all weather conditions is provided with strategically located bleed means for draining water from the shower, at least one of such bleed means including a temperature sensitive valve which permits limited flow of supply water upon the occurrence of predetermined ambient temperature conditions.In temperature zones the temperature sensitive valve will be one responsive to near freezing temperatures, in equatorial zones the temperature sensitive valve will be one responsive to dangerously high water temperatures, and in intermediate and temperate zones both types of temperature sensitive valves may be employed.Other bleed means is preferably employed to facilitate draining of water from portions of piping beyond the shower activating means when the shower is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1973
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1976
    Assignee: Thermal Conduction Engineering Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Parry