Patents Represented by Attorney James A. Geppert
  • Patent number: 6644695
    Abstract: A novel method of advertising in appropriate bound or unbound publications wherein the pages of the publication are folded in half and may be bound along one edge by either saddle-stitching or perfect-binding the pages at the center of the publication together, wherein a carrier member formed of a folded member that is appropriately bound into the publication and has at least one adhesive strip or a plurality of adhesive spots positioned adjacent one edge for mounting a substantially thinner mouse pad thereon for ease of removal and subsequent use. The mouse pad is formed of a thin generally transparent plastic material and carries advertising printed on the undersurface of the pad, which advertising is viewed through the transparent pad; the mouse pad acting to insure that the publication will flip open at the position of the pad so that the viewer or reader will see the advertising early in the inspection of the publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Daniel L. O'Malley
  • Patent number: 6594927
    Abstract: A novel method for the application of collectible or play premiums which are positioned on labels or wrappers for consumer packaging to provide value to the advertising label stock and provide an incentive for the initial and repeat purchase of the consumer product. The premiums may be in the form of stickers, transferable tattoos, painting or other activity members, glow-in-the-dark or scented inks, etc., which are integral with the labeling material such that the label has an essentially uniform thickness which will not create problems in the use of high-speed automated machinery that is utilized in the application of the label stock to the consumer product. The flexible label comprises a first layer having advertising thereon and a second layer coextensive with the first layer providing a uniform thickness and includes a removable premium which is separated from the label for play or collection by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: MagicCom
    Inventor: Daniel D. Witkowski
  • Patent number: 6563278
    Abstract: An automated garage door closing device for a remote controlled overhead garage door wherein the device is mounted on one of a pair of parallel tracks receiving rollers suitably mounted on the outer edges of the door panels, the device including a switch housing containing a switch for the leading edge of the door, and a circuit located in a second housing adjacent the garage floor and including an interval timer acting to close the door after a predetermined period of time, an audible alarm which is activated upon the garage door reaching the fully open position, a switch deactivating the entire unit when the garage door is deliberately to be left in the fully open position, and a flexible switch arm extending through the switch housing to a position to engage the upper edge of the garage door panel and acts to activate the automated closing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Noostuff, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald J. Roman
  • Patent number: 6327801
    Abstract: This invention relates to the application of holographic collectible and/or play premiums positioned on consumer packaging to provide value to the advertising label stock. The holograms are integral with the labeling material such that the label has an essentially uniform thickness. The labels of this invention include a front face and a back face. In one embodiment the collectible hologram premium is provided on the front face of the label stock and in another embodiment the collectible hologram premium is provided on the back face of the label stock. The labels with the holographic premium can be trimmed to provide a collectible hologram premium with entertainment value to children or adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: MagicCom
    Inventor: Daniel D. Witkowski
  • Patent number: 6247258
    Abstract: A modular, mobile sign assembly which has the appearance of a permanent installation including a base module formed of a frame with a set of height-adjustable support posts and a pair of wheels on an axle for movement of the unit between locations, and a display module mounted on the base module providing a lighted sign with display panels having a battery of fluorescent lighting tubes within the sign and a message formed of letters or tiles through which the light projects, and an electrical source, either self-contained by the use of batteries or solar panels or by connection to a remote electrical source. The base module is provided with an appearance of permanence by the use of fascia support panels which are mounted to depend from the upper edge of the base frame to adjacent the ground and removable horizontal panel sections which cover the upper surface of the base module and form seating thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: John O'Malley
  • Patent number: 5997995
    Abstract: A non-slip mat, pad or coaster which is considerably thinner than present known and available pads, the mat or pad being formed from a thin plastic sheet having a lower surface with a tacky characteristic to provide a non-slip coefficient of friction; the mat or pad being formed from a suitable plastic material, such as polyvinyl, polyproplylene, polycarbonate, polystyrene or polyester, etc., and the lower surface is formed by coating the surface with a suitable ink, such as an ultraviolet ink, water-based ink or solvent-based ink containing a tackiness agent in the form of an acrylated polymer. The ink may be applied as a very thin firm of the ink adhesively joined to the underside of the plastic, or the ink is coated onto the undersurface of the pad or mat by silk screening, or in a multimaterial coating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Microthin Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Scianna
  • Patent number: 5984131
    Abstract: The invention is generally directed to a plate-lid for serving selected food items which are to be used in connection with a beverage container. An inner circular ribbed region of the plate-lid snaps over the annular ridge or rim of the beverage container thereby forming a seal to prevent spillage of liquid from the beverage container. The ribbed region includes a plurality of inwardly directed lands with a plurality of flutes of varying circumferential lengths positioned between the lands in order to space the lands about the inner plate-lid. The outer area of the plate-lid provides sections or wells for the placement of food stuffs and/or condiments. This mating means serves to resist lateral movement between the beverage container and the food holding section or tray when they are joined together. The plate-lid also provides the option for a straw insertion in a location where the straw will not interfere with the food items or condiments being served on the plate-lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Sparks International, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Krueger, Ronald A. Perez
  • Patent number: 5947919
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in coronary bypass surgery procedures wherein the heart remains beating rather than completely stopping the heart, where a blockage is located in the blood vessel for the heart and an incision is made in the vessel adjacent the blockage for the grafting of a vein from another location in the patient's body, and an intraluminal shunt is inserted into the blood vessel to retain the vessel open and allow blood flow through the vessel but prevent blood flow on the exterior of the shunt. The intraluminal shunt comprises a primary perfusion tube having an enlarged bulb or occluder adjacent each end of the tube to cooperate with the interior surface of the vessel, and a secondary perfusion tube intersecting the primary tube at a point either intermediate between the ends of the primary tube or at a location providing a one-third/two-thirds ratio along the primary tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Heyer-Schulte NeuroCare, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Krueger, Mark M. Levinson, Luiz A. Rivetti
  • Patent number: 5942311
    Abstract: A non-slip mat, pad or coaster which is considerably thinner than present known and available pads, the mat or pad being formed from a thin plastic sheet having a lower surface with a tacky characteristic to provide a non-slip coefficient of friction; the mat or pad being formed from a suitable plastic material, such as polyvinyl, polyproplylene, polycarbonate, polystyrene or polyester, etc., and the lower surface is formed by coating the surface with a suitable ink, such as an ultra-violet ink, water-based ink or solvent-based ink containing a tackiness agent in the form of an acrylated polymer. The ink may be applied as a very thin firm of the ink adhesively joined to the underside of the plastic, or the ink is coated onto the undersurface of the pad or mat by silk screening, or in a multimaterial coating operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Microthin Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Carl Scianna
  • Patent number: 5894977
    Abstract: A backpack assembly with top, bottom, front, primary back and side panels which together define a chamber within. A pair of shoulder straps are secured to the backpack such that, with the straps positioned over the shoulders of the person, the position of the front panel is generally parallel to the back of the person. The primary back panel is securely attached to a secondary back panel along the top edge and elastically attached along the sides forming a pocket in-between the back panels. When placed over the back chair rest, the pocket supports the backpack behind the chair. Thermal gradient pads and vibrational generation provide enhanced benefits of the backpack to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Sparks International Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Krueger, Ronald A. Perez
  • Patent number: 5772625
    Abstract: A drainage system for use in the drainage of ventricles of a patient's brain or of the patient's lumbar region and which is connected to a catheter inserted in either the ventricles or lumbar region and secured to the patient, the system including tubing from the catheter, a four-way stopcock inserted into the tubing followed by a Y-connector providing a needle-less sampling site, and a one-way valve, a length of flexible tubing leading from the one-way valve to a burette clamped within a sliding panel mounted on a support panel, suspension means for the support panel onto an IV pole, said sliding panel being in frictional contact with the support panel so as to remain in adjusted position on the support panel, and a drainage bag connected to the bottom of said burette to receive the collected fluid from the burette after it is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: Heyer-Schulte NeuroCare, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Krueger, Kevin M. Jaeger, Helmut W. C. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 5746707
    Abstract: A wrist and two digit restraining device for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome wherein the device comprises a palmar brace having a wrist support conformably receiving the wrist of a patient, a forward portion of the support supporting the heel and palm of the patient's hand and terminating at the base of the second, third and forth fingers of the hand, a thumb support extending at an angle from the forward portion of the support, a fifth finger support extending at an angle in the generally opposite direction from the thumb support, and attachment straps for the wrist support, the thumb support and the fifth finger support securing the device to the wrist, thumb and fifth finger over an extended period of time to create a fully abducted position of the thumb and fifth finger relative to the remainder of the hand with unrestricted motion of the second, third and fourth digits to relieve pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: Donald R. Eck
  • Patent number: 5737801
    Abstract: An insert adapted to be positioned within an elongated channel member having a base portion and a pair of parallel sides, with the sides terminating in internally curled edges defining an open side forming a C-shaped channel, the insert having a width to be conformably received in said channel member either for longitudinal movement therein or to be positioned therein to receive the shank or axle of a caster or wheel, respectively. The insert may be either square in cross section and generally rectangular in shape or generally cylindrical with a pair of oppositely disposed grooves formed in the side surfaces of the insert to receive the curled edges of the channel member. The insert also may be provided with a body portion having a pair of oppositely disposed flanges extending from the body to form a generally rectangular outline, the insert being received in the channel member in a longitudinal manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: William R. Flood
  • Patent number: 5676401
    Abstract: A label for a container in the form of a metallic generally cylindrical can or glass or plastic bottle wherein the label encompasses and surrounds the outer side surface of the container, the label carrying suitable advertising matter on the exterior surface identifying the contents of the container and identifying the source of the container as well as itemizing the ingredients of the food or beverage therein, and the internal surface of the label having printed thereon one or more removable, temporary transfer tattoos which may be easily transferred from the label, when removed from the container, to the skin a child for his or her enjoyment and entertainment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Dan Witkowski Presents, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel D. Witkowski, Marcia D. Griffith
  • Patent number: 5669296
    Abstract: A high ratio screw actuated device used as a press to provide high pressure under small increments of movement which includes a frame or base for a housing rotatably carrying a screw having large pitch threads, a nut within said housing receiving said screw and having internal threads of the same pitch as the screw threads but a pitch diameter larger than the screw pitch diameter, a thrust/radial bearing encompassing said nut, a compression spring in said housing urging said nut downward, the free end of said screw carrying one piece of a two-piece die set, a guide rod having one end received in a socket in the frame, and a motor mounted on the guide rod for slidable movement thereof, the upper end of the screw terminating in a coupling receiving the drive end of the motor to engage the screw in rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Alan R. Newton
  • Patent number: 5525383
    Abstract: A container such as a disposable packaging container, cup, bottle, drinking glass or beverage can is provided with an upright circular or tubular wall upon which is mounted for rotation a tubular sleeve formed from transparent or translucent plastic. Complementary moire markings are applied to the adjacent walls of the container and the sleeve so that when the sleeve is rotated about the central axis of the container, moving or animated transitory images are produced as a display for entertaining the user and attracting attention and interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: Daniel D. Witkowski
  • Patent number: 5476429
    Abstract: An exercise device for the occupant of a wheelchair acting as a treadmill which may be used for cardiac stress testing, cardiac or stroke rehabilitation, fitness training, aerobic training or educational/physical games, with the device including a generally inclined ramp having parallel sides, a forward entrance portion, a movable dolly mounted on rails on the sides of the ramp, the dolly having a pair of laterally movable caster capture plates with openings to receive the front casters of a wheelchair and angular rods cooperating with the wheelchair drive wheels acting to adjust the lateral spacing of said plates, locking means for the dolly to retain it in its forward position, separate locking means for locking the dolly in its rearward position when a wheelchair has been moved onto the ramp into operative position, a pair of enlarged openings adjacent the rear edge of the ramp, and a pair of longitudinally movable rollers beneath the ramp and movable between a rear retracted position allowing the wheelcha
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1995
    Assignee: Packer Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford C. Bigelow, Jerome V. Eck, Terry N. Layton
  • Patent number: 5377910
    Abstract: A double-gauge rail system for the rolling stock of railroad trains including pairs of rails of differing gauges, with the rail track sections of each gauge being in axial alignment but separate and not welded together at the section ends. The inner and outer rail sections of the two gauges at least partially overlap so that the inner rail sections extend across the gaps of the outer rail sections and, likewise, the outer rail sections extend across the gaps of the inner rail sections. To provide continuous contact between the wheels and rails sections, each axle of a vehicle car or engine has pairs of wheels on each end of the axle; the outer pair of wheels corresponding to the outer gauge and the inner pair of wheels corresponding to the inner gauge, so that the wheels of at least one rail gauge are in contact with the corresponding pair of rail sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Inventor: Alan R. Newton
  • Patent number: 5290390
    Abstract: A carpet tape seam applicator for use in the installation of carpet pieces which abut to form the seam, the applicator including a pair of U-shaped bracket portions pivotally mounted together and intersecting at a substantially right angle with a removable spindle adjacent the pivot carrying a roll of carpet tape, a pair of rollers at one end to contact the floor surface where the tape is being applied, and a centrally located arm extending rearwardly from the opposite bracket portion. The arm has a laterally curved surface to conformably receive the handle of a heat bonding iron to heat the glue on the tape and activate the glue so that the carpet edges of the abutting pieces can be pressed down onto the tape as the applicator passes thereover. The central arm and handle of the heat bonding iron are easily gripped by the installer for ease of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventors: Ronald J. Roman, Rey E. Blanco
  • Patent number: D370472
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: UvTek Corporation
    Inventor: Carl Scianna