Patents Examined by Alex Grosz
  • Patent number: 5926880
    Abstract: Cervical pillows with beautification properties for supporting the head and neck of a person are provided. Pillows have a resilient pillow body having an adjustable height head rest, a resilient pillow body having a resilient upper portion with a plurality of depressions on a top face of the resilient upper portion for receiving the person's ears, a top face with a planar portion with a downward angular planar declination, and a resilient lower portion with a bottom face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Les Nuages, LLC
    Inventor: Roger Sramek
  • Patent number: 5926879
    Abstract: The present invention provides a pillow with an insert and lobe of sufficient curvature to enable the user to obtain the intended firmness effects. The pillow includes a compressible and resilient body having a top portion and a bottom portion and a rounded lobe which upwardly protrudes from the bottom portion. Formed within the lobe is an opening which has an insert shaped and dimensioned for snug contact therein. The radius of curvature of the opening is at least 60% of the radius of curvature of the lobe. Inserts of varying compressibility, texture, and contour may be employed in single or multiple openings. Additionally, the pillow may be reversible, offering the user increased versatility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Banyan Licensing, L.L.C.
    Inventor: E. Scott Davis
  • Patent number: 5926871
    Abstract: A tanning cot assembly is provided with a portable and foldable rigid support frame, a human-body support surface carried by the support frame, a face-opening frame carried by the support surface and having an interior face-opening, and an adjustably positioned head support only partially filling but spanning the face-opening frame interior face-opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Troy D. Howard
  • Patent number: 5926884
    Abstract: An air distribution device with a plurality of sheets is provided to prevent and treat decubitus ulcers. Air from an air source is provided between sheets of the coverlet which are air tight except for a plurality of very tiny apertures that are provided in the top sheet. The device is used between a support surface such as an alternating pressure mattress and a patient. The air escaping from the tiny apertures circulates around the patient to remove excess moisture from the patient's skin and wounds. The top sheet of the coverlet is made of a low friction nylon with an undercoating of a waterproof yet vapor permeable polyurethane. The top sheet has a plurality of apertures punched through the material. The central sheet is made out of the identical material of the top sheet, except there are no tiny apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Sentech Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: John Biggie, Lydia B. Biggie
  • Patent number: 5920928
    Abstract: The sofa according to the invention can be converted into bed by drawing forwardly the supporting structure until it reaches an elongated condition in which the mattress lies down thereon. In the retracted condition for use as sofa, the mattress is folded under the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Desital Holland B.V.
    Inventor: Giancarlo Piretti
  • Patent number: 5921626
    Abstract: A portable seat cushion for a bleacher seat includes a polyethylene foam extrusion having a generally planar top portion, front and rear portions downwardly extending from front and rear edges of the top portions, and bottom portions inwardly extending from lower ends of the front and rear portions. The top, front, rear, and bottom portions form a channel-shaped cross-section having a central passage sized for the bleacher seat to pass therethrough. The bottom portions are sized to form an opening for insertion of the bleacher seat into the central passage, upon flexure of the top portion, and to retain the bleacher seat within the central passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Stephen A. Baker
  • Patent number: 5918333
    Abstract: A deodorizing pillow has a core covered by a cover which has pockets formed both on its upper and lower sides. The pockets on one of the sides of the cover can removably contain charcoal or active carbon granule deodorizers, while the pockets on the other side of the cover are filled with chips of Japanese cypress. In an another embodiment, the core of the pillow is composed of an upper and a lower layer, and a deodorizer of active carbon granules or charcoal is tucked between the upper and lower layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Takashima Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshie Takashima
  • Patent number: 5918334
    Abstract: A cushion, generally indicated, comprises a foam portion and a gel portion. The foam portion has a rear section defining a cavity, while the front section is shaped to support the users' thighs. The gel portion comprise a gel sac, which substantially fills the cavity and an overlay that extends over the gel sac and the front section of foam. The overlay is attached to the bag to maintain their relative portions, but gel cannot flow between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Medical Support Systems Limited
    Inventor: Colin A. Laidlaw
  • Patent number: 5918328
    Abstract: A bedside swivel device is presently disclosed for assisting individuals with physical impairments to maneuver themselves in and out of bed. The bedside swivel device is a swivel socket attached to the side of the bed and is constructed to accommodate various other structures that may be utilized by a physically impaired individual, without the need to take up indispensable floor space that is needed by the wheelchair bound individuals. Such structures include a crane, tables, drawers, sinks, televisions, and the like. Further, the swivel socket and crane combination can be utilized without the need for electricity or any backup power source. Another feature utilizes the disabled individual's physical abilities to the maximum extent possible thereby increasing the individual's health and rate of rehabilitation. In another instance, a power backup source can be supplied with the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Nathan R. Ramsey
  • Patent number: 5918331
    Abstract: A stretcher style mobile intensive care unit including an elongated hollow housing having an upper patient support table. The housing being adapted to hold at a location below the support table, a range of medical equipment. The range of medical equipment being customarily required for emergency care. The unit has four handles so that it is able to be carried like a stretcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Buchanan Aircraft Corporation Limited
    Inventors: David Hall, John Charles Grant-Thomson
  • Patent number: 5916089
    Abstract: A support article for use with a carrier device provides adjustable cushioned support to an infant placed therein in a travel position and comprises an elongated pad adapted to be interposed between the infant and the carrier device and a raised cushion assembly. The elongated pad has a first surface upon which the infant can be placed, an opposite second surface and a pair of longitudinally extending side edges. The raised cushion assembly is disposed on the first surface and includes a pair of transversely spaced apart cushion elements that are adjustable in position relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Diana R. Ive
  • Patent number: 5916088
    Abstract: The present invention is a pillow/headrest designed to keep a user cool and comfortable when sunbathing, using a tanning bed or reclining in any uncomfortably warm environment. The pillow system comprises a housing in a generally rectangular configuration having an upper surface and a lower surface with a front edge and a rear edge and side faces. A generally rectangular gel pocket is formed in the upper surface and is adapted to contain a layer of thermally conductive gel material. A slot is formed in the rear edge with a chamber for the removable receipt of a freezer pack of thermal material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Martin Gueli
  • Patent number: 5911655
    Abstract: A device for supporting a patient for stereotactic on-target radiation therapy in the head region of the patient includes a supporting table with a tabletop movable at least in the horizontal plane, and a holding means for arranging a stereotaxis unit fixed on the head of the patient. The holding means is arranged on the tabletop and is associated with the head region of the patient projecting beyond the tabletop. This device provides aiming accuracy also with not highly rigid connections between a stereotaxis unit and the skull of a patient. This device provides a connection means permitting free relative movability at least in the longitudinal direction of the table or the patient, and at least temporarily between the tabletop and the stereotaxis unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventor: Werner Brenneisen
  • Patent number: 5911657
    Abstract: A new inflatable cushion for providing padding that is quick and easy to inflate and deflate. The inventive device includes a series of connected mattress sections with each the mattress section including an inflatable first cell member coupled to an inflatable second cell member such that second cell member may be folded over the first cell member so that the side of the series may be used as a cover for the other side of the series. Each cell member includes an opening into their respective hollow interiors for permitting inflation and deflation of the cell member. Each cell member also includes interlocking ribs on the perimeter of the opening into the cell member hollow interior to provide a sealing means for permitting the formation of a substantially air tight closure each opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventor: Devoine Meiners
  • Patent number: 5907876
    Abstract: A pillow is provided including an exterior extent defining an interior space and a pair of open ends. A pair of interior extents are included each having a hollow tubular configuration. Each interior extent has a length equal to that of the exterior extent and is situated within the interior space of the exterior extent in parallel relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Janet Schwabe
  • Patent number: 5907877
    Abstract: A cover for use on a medical examination table stirrup, the cover forming a pocket. The pocket is defined by an upper edge and side edges extending downwardly from the upper edge to a bottom edge, the bottom edge being open to form a mouth. The pocket receives the frame of the stirrup. A closure tie, such as elastic, for securing the pocket about the stirrup frame is provided in the bottom edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Lynn Allgood
  • Patent number: 5907878
    Abstract: An air spring bedding system includes a mattress matrix assembly and a box spring assembly. The mattress matrix assembly comprises first and second air support structures. Each support structure has alternating offset air springs and connecting tubes which interconnect to two adjacent alternating offset air springs for distributing air between them. One of the two support structures also has alternating offset apertures. A respective one of the alternating air springs of the second support structure are respectively aligned with and inserted into a respective one of the alternating offset apertures of the first support structure such that the two support structures abut against each other to form the mattress matrix assembly. The alternating air springs of the two support structures are arranged in a matrix arrangement. The box spring assembly includes upper and lower support structures. Each support structure has a plenum and hollow cylinders which are arranged in a matrix arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventors: Paul B. Thomas, Robert Leventhal
  • Patent number: 5903938
    Abstract: A furnishing to cover and substantially conceal the underside of a top bunk bed comprises a generally rectangular frame and a sheet affixed to the frame. The interchangeable sheet has sleeved borders with slits in the corners for the insertion of side-support members, end-support members, and corner joints of the rectangular frame. The sheet may be embellished with artwork, characters or designs, and may have apertures to accommodate mechanisms for hanging or attaching the frame and sheet to the underside of the top bunk bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Rafael Padilla
  • Patent number: 5901392
    Abstract: A constant-pressure waterbed is provided, which can provide a constant air pressure to a sole air-pressure frame that surrounds a water-filled mattress so as to allow the water in the water-filled mattress to be always suitably compressed to provide the desired level of softness. The air-pressure frame is used to apply an air pressure of a preselected limit level to the water-filled mattress. The constant-pressure waterbed utilizes a drainage valve to drain excessive air in the event that the air pressure in the air-pressure frame is above a preselected limit level so as to maintain the air pressure at the preselected limit level. Moreover, the constant-pressure waterbed utilizes an air pump which can pump air into the air-pressure frame when the air pressure in the air-pressure frame is below the preselected limit level. The air pressure in the air-pressure frame can therefore always be maintained at the desired level so as to allow the water-filled mattress to always provide the desired level of softness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Lin-Mei Hsieh Yang
    Inventor: Hsuan-Chi Hsieh
  • Patent number: 5899529
    Abstract: A child's rear-facing safety seat is secured in a substantially horizontal position on a vehicle rear seat that has a seat surface extending downwardly to a joinder with a seat back, by positioning an apex of a bolster having the shape of an elongated, triangular wedge into the seat joinder, and placing the child's seat in a rear-facing position on the seating surface with the front edge of the child's seat resting on the bolster, so that the seat is maintained by the bolster in a substantially horizontal position. The bolster is preferably formed of a central section in the shape of a equilateral triangle with opposed first and second parallel, rectangular surfaces; and first and second triangular side sections, each having a rectangular side surface releasably attached to a rectangular surface of said central section. When placing a child's seat on a vehicle rear seat that has a smaller tilt, the central section can be removed, and the bolster formed by joining the side sections to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Jane E. Chaucer