Patents Represented by Law Firm Litman, Day & McMahon
  • Patent number: 4700786
    Abstract: A drag-type road grader including a skewable frame and a plurality of blade assemblies extending transversely across the frame. A tongue assembly is mounted on the frame and includes hydraulic cylinders for skewing the frame to alternative parallelogram-shaped configurations whereby the blade assemblies are angled with respect to the direction of travel. Retractible wheel assemblies are provided for transporting the grader in a non-working mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Logan Western Road, Inc.
    Inventor: Vernon D. Berry
  • Patent number: 4695083
    Abstract: A latch for a pickup truck cover door and the like includes a handle assembly with a pivotable shaft. A lever extends from the shaft and includes a bight section. A hook plate includes inner and outer legs forming a notch therebetween. The latch lever bight section is received in the notch with the latch in its locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Assignee: Rigid Form, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis C. Herrmeyer
  • Patent number: 4691607
    Abstract: A board positioner operationally cooperates with a radial arm saw with a workpiece fence to measure a board to be cut by the saw. The positioner comprises a support structure, a slide bar supported by the structure and a slide mounted on the slide bar. The slide is selectively rotatable with respect to the bar and infinitely positionable therealong. The slide includes a bridge which allows the slide to arc the fence when in operational position to assist an operator in cutting a board from a workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Inventor: Floyd A. Webb
  • Patent number: 4691478
    Abstract: An infiltration control device comprises an elongated fabric strip with opposite side margins overlapping at a lap seam to form an elongated tube. The tube is filled with an insulative material. A fastener is provided for releasably securing the tube on the operable element of a door, window or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Inventor: John W. Lorg
  • Patent number: 4688750
    Abstract: A system for mounting a component on a wall and the like includes inner and outer brackets adapted for attachment to the wall. Each bracket includes a leg positioned outwardly from the wall and an end. An upper and a lower bracket are provided for mounting a standard, and a pair of standards are provided for mounting the component. Each standard includes end plates with end flanges extending therefrom. The standard end flanges are adapted for placement between the bracket ends and the wall with the bracket ends captured between the standard faceplate and end flanges. The standards may be mounted on the wall in sets for juxtaposed mounting of standards and components. The lateral positioning of the standards on the brackets is adjustable for accommodating different components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Glen O'Brien Movable Partition Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry S. Teague, Donald A. Jackson, James L. Kerske, Stephen R. Nichols, Robert L. McGuire
  • Patent number: 4683728
    Abstract: A locking device is provided which includes a body comprising a tube with a bore and a longitudinally-extending flange with a plurality of shackle receivers. The bore is adapted to slideably receive an elongate member, such as a load binder handle. The body is secured to a second member, for example a load binder connector or a load chain link, by a padlock including a case and a shackle receivable in a respective shackle receiver. With the padlock in its locked position, the elongate member and the second member are secured together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1987
    Assignee: Transportation Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael L. Hailey
  • Patent number: 4676394
    Abstract: A carton for receiving and sealing an inner bag is provided. The carton, for example a cereal box, includes flexible tabs thereon oriented to engage a sealing fold selectively formed in a flexible bag received within the container. In the preferred embodiment, the flexible tab is formed by rupturing a portion in the sidewall of the container, along a tear-line provided therein. In an alternate embodiment, the flexible tab is formed from a modified flap mounted on an upper edge of the container. In still other alternate embodiments, containers with multiple flexible tabs for clamping an inner received bag shut, are presented. In all embodiments, the flexible tab or tabs provide clamping shut of the internally received bag by generally pinching a sealing fold, formed in the bag, between the tab(s) and an inner wall of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Inventor: Walter Hiersteiner
  • Patent number: 4674356
    Abstract: A dynamic rotational counterbalance structure includes a discoid balance body having a groove or race formed in an outer circumferential surface of the body. A plurality of movable weights such as spherical weights are positioned in the groove along with a lubricating and noise damping fluid. The groove is closed by an outer circumferential band. At least two of the balance structures are affixed coaxially on a rotatable member to be balanced. During rotation of the member so balanced, the weights shift circumferentially to offset unbalancing forces which influence the rotating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventor: Ronald B. Kilgore
  • Patent number: 4675008
    Abstract: A flexible T-tube for utilization in surgical procedures and the like includes a flexible crossbar comprising two generally planar and intersecting walls joined at an apex and forming a V-shaped channel communicating with the stem near the center of the apex. The stem has an elliptical outer cross-section near the juncture thereof with the crossbar channel and is aligned such that the major axis of the elliptical cross-section of the stem is aligned generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the crossbar channel. The walls of the crossbar channel are trimmed prior to insertion into a body duct such that the walls fit generally snugly within the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1987
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Tretbar
  • Patent number: 4673776
    Abstract: A locking switch for electrical automobile systems connects and disconnects an automobile battery to the starter. The locking switch has two normally separated contact plates, one connected to a cable from the battery and the other being connected to a cable from the starter. A lock cam is mounted at the end of a cylinder lock, which is key-actuated. The lock cam carries a spring-loaded copper ball that rotates with the lock cam upon actuation by the key. The cam and ball can be moved from an open position on one stationary contact to a closed position, whereby the ball provides electrical contact between the two stationary contacts, thus completing the electrical circuit between the battery and the starter. Each stationary contact is provided with a semispherical indentation in which the ball is received in the open position, thereby providing a substantial contact area between the ball and each of the two stationary contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1987
    Assignee: K & S Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael H. Sambursky
  • Patent number: 4671714
    Abstract: A system for transporting a semi-trailer with a king pin and a wheel assembly on first and second drawn vehicles includes a stanchion on the first vehicle for releasably securing the trailer king pin. Ramp assemblies are provided on the vehicles and are extendable therebetween for loading and unloading the trailer. A pair of wheel cradles are independently and pivotally mounted to a butt plate box which in turn is adjustably mounted on a platform of the second vehicle. The wheel cradles receive the wheel assembly and have combination chocks and ramps pivotally mounted thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Inventor: Robert W. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4671872
    Abstract: A horizontal mixing aerator rides on a upright mast or beam for submersion in a body of liquid such as a sewage equalization basin, oxidation ditch or sludge holding tank. The aerator has a submersible mixer motor driving a propeller which is mounted to the beam by a slidable bracket arrangement for height adjustment. The bracket is also swingably mounted to the beam for adjustment of the vertical plane angle and the beam is rotatable for azimuth changes in the direction of liquid flow. A lower bracket stop includes vibration reducing elements. An upper azimuth lock also includes vibration reducing elements. The locking parts have a high co-efficient of friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Air-O-Lator Corporation
    Inventors: Barry G. Cramer, Roy A. Cramer
  • Patent number: 4671282
    Abstract: A clip apparatus for use in cholangiography or the like includes a clip, a catheter and a tool for applying and removing the clip from the cystic duct or the like. The clip preferably has two opposed C-shaped surfaces in jaws which can be biased together such that opposed edges touch to apply the clip or spread apart such that at least one set of opposed edges is spread to allow removal of the clip. The clip includes arms attached to the jaws which are medially bent outward at the time the clip is applied and which are compressible to rotate the jaws relative to one another about a common fulcrum to space sides of the jaws opposite the fulcrum and allow easy removal of the clip. The catheter is inserted in the cystic duct during a cholangiography procedure and held therein by the clip. The catheter is serrated on the surface thereof which engages the duct beneath the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Tretbar
  • Patent number: 4671745
    Abstract: A magnetically-actuated, motorized pump includes a plurality of cylinders extending at radially-spaced intervals between first and second heads. Each cylinder reciprocably receives a piston assembly including a pair of permanent magnets with outwardly-extending poles. Inlet and outlet valves are each provided at opposite ends of the cylinders. First and second rotors are each rotatably mounted at a respective end of the pump outside of a respective head. Each rotor includes a concentric ring comprising alternating permanent magnets and electromagnets for reciprocating the piston assemblies. Perimeter magnets are provided on the first rotor and the first head for interacting whereby rotary motion is imparted to the rotors. The electromagnets are actuated by an electrical distribution system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Inventor: Raymond H. Smith
  • Patent number: 4669626
    Abstract: A rupture disc system comprises a rupture disc including a dome portion and a flange portion interconnected by a transition region and a mounting mechanism for mounting the rupture disc by the flange portion thereof in a pressure relieving vent. The rupture disc includes a thickness reducing groove at least partially circumferentially surrounding the dome portion and located in the transition region thereof. Preferably, the rupture disc is of the reverse buckling type and the groove does not completely surround the dome portion so as to define a tab or hinge within that part of the transition region which is ungrooved or not as deeply grooved as a remainder of the transition region. In addition, the slope or radius of curvature may be increased in the region of the tab. The rupture disc also includes an indentation on the dome portion. The indentation is preferably greatest on the dome portion at a location spaced from the transition region and directly between the tab and a crown of the dome portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Continental Disc Corporation
    Inventor: Robert M. Mozley
  • Patent number: 4669730
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for playing a sweepstakes-type game wherein a player inserts an identification card into an automated remote computer terminal and accesses an account at a subject financial institution. The user identifier provides access to the financial account, and user indicia is compared to a game indicia. A sweepstakes processor compares the user and game indicia to determine whether a selected winning correlation is present between the game indicia and user indicia. The sweepstakes processor communicates with the remote computer terminal to notify the user of the presence or absence of a selected winning correlation, and upon the presence of the winning correlation, the user is notified of the prize awarded to him. The game apparatus is adapted to be used with a network of data processing machines and a transmission facilities device, which provides data processing communication among the data processing machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Inventor: Maynard E. Small
  • Patent number: 4667457
    Abstract: A hopper for an automatic envelope stuffer and the like includes first and second base rails each having a column extending upwardly therefrom. The columns are spaced further apart at their upper ends than at their lower ends. Endpieces are provided across the ends of the base rails and project upwardly to define a hopper space for receiving envelopes and the like. Support pins extend through the endpieces and project into the hopper space for supporting envelopes therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Assignee: Tension Envelope Corporation
    Inventors: Michael E. Rogovein, Stephen J. Benz, Jr., Wayne H. Bloecker
  • Patent number: 4663855
    Abstract: A vehicle alignment system uses transverse, longitudinal and vertical bars mounted on a vehicle and equating to X, Y and Z axes for establishing the dimensions of the vehicle, which dimensions are then compared to the vehicle engineering specifications. The transverse bars are connected to the underside of the vehicle and, to enable quickness and ease of transferring the alignment system between vehicles, quick connect fittings extend between the transverse and longitudinal bars. Additional supports extend between the longitudinal bars and a base surface. The system is arranged so that transverse bars in a path of entry and exit of the vehicle can be readily removed and the vehicle removed and replaced, while maintaining the alignment system substantially set up and ready for use. The process improves the speed of use of the system by substantially alleviating the dismantling previously required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: Hein-Werner Corporation
    Inventors: Harold F. Hamilton, Robert L. Donahue
  • Patent number: 4664222
    Abstract: A vibrator baseplate for use in a seismic signal transducer system has a bottom plate with a dome centrally located thereon. A pair of partial domes overlap the central dome on opposite sides thereof. Top plates are attached to the partial domes, which are also attached to the bottom plate. Internal rib stiffeners are provided within each dome and gusset members extend between the partial domes and the top plates. Means are provided to connect the baseplate to the seismic signal transducer system. Alternatively, the baseplate comprises a bottom plate with an elongate eccentric dome attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Assignee: George E. Failing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ernest L. Jones, Steven K. Bradford
  • Patent number: D290070
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1987
    Assignee: Fixtures Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Gerd Lange