Patents Assigned to A.T. Cross Company
  • Patent number: 6446871
    Abstract: An interactive data transfer system and method is provided. In embodiments of the invention, the data transfer system includes a computing device, and a data well for interfacing with an elongate instrument, the elongate instrument having a data transfer end with a data transfer tip. The data well has a housing with an opening for receiving the data transfer tip of the elongate instrument. The data well also has a communications port operatively coupled to the computing device to provide data to the computing device, and the data well has a data communication device contained in the housing for interfacing with the data transfer tip when the data transfer end of the elongate instrument is received in the opening The computing device is programmed to receive data from the data well. The received data includes data indicative of at least one address on a global communications network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: John E. Buckley, Thomas H. Peterson, Paul E. Linderson, Frank Mercurio, Robert O. Southworth
  • Patent number: 6213398
    Abstract: A data well arrangement is for storing data and for interfacing with a writing implement having a writing end with a writing tip and data transfer end with a data transfer tip. The data well arrangement has a housing with an inlet opening for receiving an end of the implement. A data reader is in the housing for facing the data transfer tip to exchange data with the implement when the data transfer end of the implement is received in the opening. A shutter in the housing is engageable with an engagement portion of the implement for moving of shutter between a writing end storage position in which the data reader is inaccessible, and an interface position in which the data reader is accessible to the data transfer tip with the shutter being engaged by the engagement portion of the implement, only when the data transfer end is received in this opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Robert Southworth, Frank Mercurio, Paul E. Linderson
  • Patent number: 5955719
    Abstract: A data well arrangement for storing data and for interfacing with a writing implement having a writing end with a writing tip and data transfer end with a data transfer tip is described. The data well arrangement has a housing with an inlet opening for receiving an end of the implement. A data reader resides in the housing for facing the data transfer tip to exchange data with the implement when the data transfer end of the implement is received in the opening. A shutter in the housing is engageable with an engagement portion of the implement for moving of shutter between a writing end storage position in which the data reader is inaccessible, and an interface position in which the data reader is accessible to the data transfer tip with the shutter being engaged by the engagement portion of the implement, only when the data transfer end is received in this opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: A. T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Robert Southworth, Frank Mercurio, Paul E. Linderson
  • Patent number: 5662424
    Abstract: A mechanical pencil has a front sleeve, a cap rotatably and detachably mounted at the rear end of the front sleeve, and a lead advancing mechanism contained in the front sleeve. Rotation of the cap actuates the lead advancing mechanism to advance a lead. The mechanical pencil prevents breakage of lead and has low manufacturing costs. A rotation cam mechanism is disposed behind the lead advancing mechanism for advancing lead. The rotation cam mechanism has a rotation cam for rotating in accordance with rotation of a cap and a cam sleeve biased to engaged the rotation cam. An inside diameter of the front end of the cam sleeve is larger than an outside diameter of the rear end of the lead advancing mechanism so that the rear end of the lead advancing mechanism is inserted into the front end of the cam sleeve with a clearance in the radial direction. An inside diameter of the rear end of the lead advancing mechanism is larger than the outside diameter of a lead to establish a clearance there also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Kageyama Shuhei, Ebinuma Tadayoshi, Thomas Clem
  • Patent number: 5635682
    Abstract: A wireless stylus apparatus for use with a pen computing device having a input screen or tablet for inputting information into the pen computing device. The wireless stylus includes, but is not limited to, a reusable barrel having an open end and a disposable stylus cartridge having a body section and a head section. The head section has a point. The information is input to the pen computing device when the point is in contact with the surface of the input screen or tablet. The disposable stylus cartridge is meant to be releasably mounted in the reusable barrel so that the head section can extend beyond the open end thereof. The disposable stylus cartridge is configured to leave no discernable mark on the input screen or tablet when the head section of the disposable stylus cartridge is in contact with the input screen or tablet. Additionally, A disposable stylus cartridge adapted to replace a refill cartridge used with a typical reusable writing device is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Erik B. Cherdak, Carl Caslowitz
  • Patent number: 5627348
    Abstract: A non-marking, writing system simulates a physical writing system which has characteristic ranges of writing resistance, sound, resilience and thermal conductivity. The non-marking writing system includes a non-marking writing instrument having an elongated shank with opposite ends. A non-marking tip is connected to one end of the shank for engagement against and movement across a writing surface. The writing surface onto and across which the tip is moved for non-marking writing, creates an actual writing resistance. The tip is structured and made of selected material and the writing surface is made of selected material so that the actual writing resistance falls within the characteristic range of writing resistance for the physical writing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Mitchell Berkson, David Arthur
  • Patent number: 5518330
    Abstract: A four part writing instrument mechanism includes a one piece synthetic anchor bushing and a one piece synthetic cartridge shuttle which are axially movable with respect to each other. A metal driver with a helical section engages a groove in the shuttle for moving the shuttle axially. The driver is axially fixed but rotatable on the anchor bushing. A writing cartridge, such as a ball point pen cartridge, is fixed to the shuttle and has a writing point which is extendable from and retractable into an opposite end of the anchor bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Guy A. Gervais, Mitchell E. Seamans
  • Patent number: 5434371
    Abstract: A hand-held electronic writing implement comprises a writing tip for marking a surface and a pressure sensor located at the writing tip for emitting a pressure signal once the writing tip contacts the writing surface. An accelerometer sensor is also located at the writing tip for sensing the acceleration of the tip over the surface and emitting an acceleration signal based on the acceleration of the tip. The pressure signals and acceleration signals are transmitted to a processing circuit located within the implement. An analog-to-digital converter is used to convert the signals into a digital code which is recorded in a recording chip within the instrument. A power source is used to power the electronics of the implement. The writing implement is used in conjunction with a receiver capable of receiving digital information such as a computer having a translating package which translates the digital information in order to determine the original markings made by the writing tip on the writing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventor: Lamar E. Brooks
  • Patent number: D324397
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Jens E. von Elder, Stephen V. Boyce
  • Patent number: D325398
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Jens E. von Edler, Stephen V. Boyce
  • Patent number: D349129
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: A. T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Paul E. Linderson, Jens E. von Edler
  • Patent number: D360433
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Mary M. Payne, Gregory J. Rogers
  • Patent number: D362019
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventor: Paul E. Linderson
  • Patent number: D363309
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: A.T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Sergio Carpani, Mary M. Payne
  • Patent number: D368930
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: A. T. Cross Company
    Inventor: Mary M. Payne
  • Patent number: D396729
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Assignee: A.T Cross Company
    Inventor: Soojung Ham
  • Patent number: D400579
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: A. T. Cross Company
    Inventor: Soojung Ham
  • Patent number: D400589
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: A. T. Cross Company
    Inventor: Soojung Ham
  • Patent number: D406114
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: A. T. Cross Company
    Inventors: Soojung Ham, Melinda Payne Williamson
  • Patent number: D416043
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: A. T. Cross Company
    Inventors: David Arthur, Mitchell Berkson