Patents Examined by Andrew M. Calvert
  • Patent number: 4142264
    Abstract: There is disclosed a comforter of conventional shape and size, provided along its edges with a particular arrangement of male and female fastening elements, whereby said comforter may be used in a conventional manner on a bed, and yet by folding and securing said fastening elements as taught hereinafter, the comforter may be converted into a bag-like structure to be worn as a garment, covering the body of the user while leaving the head and hands exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1979
    Assignee: Whiting Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard T. Whiting
  • Patent number: 4053957
    Abstract: A multi-layered mattress for straightening a reclining body including a lower layer which has a support engaging bottom surface and a generally planar top surface. An upper layer which has a bottom surface engaging the top surface of the lower layer and a top, body supporting surface. The resiliency of the material in the upper layer is greater than that of the lower layer. First and second ribs of less resiliency than the upper layer extend transversely across and upwardly from the upper surface of the lower layer into complementary recesses in the bottom surface of the upper layer. The first and second ribs are positioned to support the shoulders and the buttocks of one lying on the mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1977
    Inventor: John J. Regan
  • Patent number: 4044411
    Abstract: A portable folding crib housed in a suitcase or similar piece of luggage is disclosed. In the basic embodiment, the crib-suitcase combination is so constructed that a majority of the total volume of the suitcase is preserved as two compartments for storing the crib mattress, clothing, and the like. Each of the two compartments is covered by a separate hinged door, the two doors forming the floor of the crib when the crib is erected. The crib structure when folded fits around the storage compartments which are covered by the hinged doors. When folded and closed, the structure has the appearance of an ordinary suitcase and is as readily transportable as the average packed suitcase. To utilize the crib, one fully opens the suitcase and unfolds the crib into its erected position. No mechanical skill or special tools are necessary to unfold or refold the crib. In addition to the basic embodiment, several additional embodiments of the invention are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1977
    Inventor: Jerald G. Peterson
  • Patent number: 4038712
    Abstract: A mattress includes a first bag forming a first cavity and being disposed within a second bag of substantially the same size. Each of the bags includes a pair of generally flat portions connected at a peripheral edge. Two separate continuous lap seams join the bags inwardly of their edge portions on opposite sides of the bags. These seams define with the edge portions of the bags a second cavity which is disposed around the first cavity. The first cavity can be filled with water to form a water mattress and the second cavity can be filled with air to form a peripheral air frame.In a preferred method, the mattress can be formed from four vinyl sheets of the same size using only four horizontal lap seams. The first bag can be provided with an inner peripheral lap seam by removing a ground rod associated with a heat sealer through a water valve. The second bag can be provided with an external peripheral seam by removing the ground rod through an air valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1977
    Inventor: Craig Salvatore Miller
  • Patent number: 4038711
    Abstract: A spring assembly formed of multiple coil springs arranged in lengthwise and crosswise rows and a sub-assembly for use in the manufacture of such spring assemblies in which the sub-assembly is formed of elongate slats having longitudinally spaced nodules extending from the upper surfaces thereof for mounting coil springs thereon in corresponding longitudinally spaced relation with the coil springs extending upwardly from the top surface of the slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1977
    Assignee: The United States Bedding Company
    Inventors: Gerald A. Golembeck, Ralph J. Marx
  • Patent number: 4037296
    Abstract: A method and article for reinforcing the holes made through non-woven material, particularly vinyl, suede and leather, used in tufting upholstery and the like, and an article of manufacture embodying same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1977
    Assignee: The Alan White Company
    Inventors: Douglas M. White, Alga L. White
  • Patent number: 4035854
    Abstract: A mattress cover is provided in which a fitted sheet for covering the mattress snugly is sewn to a plain sheet covering the fitted sheet along a line described by the foot of the mattress and a portion of the sides of the mattress, whereby the foot of the plain sheet does not become separated from the foot of the mattress during sleep.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1977
    Inventor: Marilynn Pardee
  • Patent number: 4033000
    Abstract: Functional stretcher shell device designed for picking up and transporting wounded, injured or sick people with orthopaedic retention of the lesions of the limbs, the head, the spine and the torso, characterized by the combination of a carrying unit serving the purpose of a stretcher and splint cradle, with self-adhesive straps positioning and immobilizing the various of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1974
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1977
    Inventor: Andre Bonifay
  • Patent number: 4033001
    Abstract: A sleeping bag has a hood back part having a pair of arm and hand portions extending from opposite sides thereof. A lower back part is affixed to and extends from the hood back part. A hood front part has a face opening therein and a pair of arm and hand portions extending from opposite sides thereof and corresponding to the arm and hand portions of the hood back and affixed to the hood back part to accommodate the head, upper chest area and arms of a user of the bag. A lower front part is affixed to and extends from the hood front part and is affixed to the lower back part to accommodate the remaining torso of a user of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1977
    Assignee: The Raymond Lee Organization, Inc.
    Inventor: Margaret Jean Kern
  • Patent number: 4028754
    Abstract: An adjustable head and shoulder rest is disclosed which is intended for supporting the body while lying face down with the head turned to the right or left at forty five degrees. It is intended as well to support the user's head on an elevated plane while the user is lying on either the right or left side. A head or face rest consisting of two distinctly separate members, one being movable, providing open areas for the eyes, nose and mouth, together with movable right and left shoulder support members permitting adjustment to different body dimensions and allowing proper weight distribution, ease of breathing and body comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1977
    Inventor: George Daniel Eary, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4028780
    Abstract: The disclosed line releasing clamp receives a line in a saddle portion of the clamp, the line including a stop lug that is caught against the end of the saddle to resist the tension of the line. The saddle in turn is received in, and pivotally attached to, a clip. Upon the tension in the line exceeding a predetermined amount, the saddle slips free of the clip and pivots sufficiently to permit the stop lug to slip from the saddle, releasing the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1977
    Inventor: Kenneth O. Vernon
  • Patent number: 4027344
    Abstract: A portable energy conserving bed warming device is provided, designed to store heat and to permit its gradual radiation over an extended period of time. The device is placed at the foot of the bed, under the bed covers, and radiates heat to warm the bed and provide for comfortable sleeping in cold weather. It includes a hollow container made of a heat conductive material to provide a reservoir for heated fluid. The fluid is placed in the container and heated, following which the container is closed. The container is snugly enclosed within a hollow heat insulating casing closed on all sides except for a plurality of selectively disposed openings in the front wall. The openings in the casing permit heat radiating from the heated fluid in the reservoir to pass slowly into the ambient atmosphere, thereby warming the bed in which the device is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1976
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1977
    Inventor: Kyoungsik Pak
  • Patent number: 4025973
    Abstract: A headboard sheet dispenser for beds. The dispenser includes means for dispensing top and bottom bed sheets from a roll of several sheets. The dispenser also serves as a padded backrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1977
    Inventor: Ernest Walbrecht
  • Patent number: 4025971
    Abstract: A frame including upright opposite side portions having front and rear ends and an upstanding backrest is supported above side frame portions. A pair of front and rear support arms are pivotally supported from lower forward and intermediate portions of the corresponding frame side portion for swinging about horizontal transverse axes. A first seat frame is pivotally attached to corresponding support arms. A second seat frame is supported in superposed relation from and above the first seat support frame. A pair of seat cushions overlie the first and second seat frames and are positionable in superposed relation when the second seat frame is disposed in superposed relation with the first seat frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1977
    Inventor: Carmine De Maria
  • Patent number: 4025974
    Abstract: A self-inflating air mattress comprising an airtight flexible jacket enclosing a core of a resilient, open cell, lightweight foam material, substantially the entire upper and lower portions of which are bonded to the envelope. The process of making this mattress comprises first laying down two sheets of an air impermeable plastic coated fabric, with the core positioned between the two sheets. Heated platens are applied to this layup, followed by applying a vacuum to the interior, cooling the assembly, and then moderately pressurizing the then bonded assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1977
    Inventors: James M. Lea, Neil P. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4024591
    Abstract: In a collapsible bed making device, a pair of frame supports is affixed to the head side of a bed. A collapsible bed spread frame and a collapsible blanket frame are mounted pivotally on the frame supports. A bed spread is removably affixed to the collapsible bed spread frame. A blanket is removably affixed to the collapsible blanket frame. In order to prepare a bed, incorporating the bed making device of the invention for use, the bed spread frame with the bed spread is rotated upward more than 90.degree. and left in that position. In order to prepare said bed for non-use, the blanket frame with the blanket is rotated upward and downward. Then the bed spread frame with the bed spread is rotated downward to a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1977
    Inventor: Mark B. Raczkowski
  • Patent number: 4021869
    Abstract: A top sheet or blanket to be fitted on top of a bed having an elastic binding at the bottom edge and around the two bottom corners for securely fitting the sheet or blanket to the bottom of the bed, and also provided with a large fold sewn in the sheet or blanket toward the bottom of the bed, said fold being expandable for foot room to provide comfort to the occupants sleeping in said bed, the folds being further provided with snaps to keep the folded portion of the bed or blanket in a neat position when the bed is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1977
    Inventor: William Edwin Root
  • Patent number: 4021871
    Abstract: A pillow cushion construction of foam material which has improved resilience and shape retention, and which facilitates the manufacture of pillow cushions. An upper and lower portion of the cushion provide a cavity which cooperates with a fibrous filler towards achievement of these results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1977
    Inventor: Harold Wortman
  • Patent number: 4021867
    Abstract: An improved infant rocking cradle is disclosed in which means are provided for converting the cradle to a non-rocking, stable configuration for use as a chest, cabinet, table, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1977
    Inventor: Oscar Benton Maxwell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4020512
    Abstract: A bed assembly comprising a metal frame of generally rectangular configuration including a pair of opposed side rails and a pair of opposed end rails and a plurality of metal slats extending transversely between the side rails in spaced parallel relationship to one another and to the end rails. Both of the end and side rails have a hollow cross section along their respective lengths. The hollow cross section in each of the rails is defined at least by two metal members welded together. The end rails are defined by a pair of U-shaped members having their legs overlapping with the bases of the U shapes spaced from one another to define the hollow cross section. The side rails are defined by channeled members having a channel extending therealong and a plate-like strip covering the channel to define the hollow cross section. The side rails also include slat support flanges upon which the slats are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1975
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1977
    Assignee: United States Steel Corporation
    Inventor: William L. Pringle