Patents Examined by Carl Moy
  • Patent number: 4381113
    Abstract: A gameboard and carrying case wherein the gameboard is of pliable material, such as leather, so that it is adapted to be rolled into a roll and a carrying case for the gameboard which receives the gameboard when in a rolled condition and in which there are also received within the roll of the gameboard in the bore of that roll, the playing pieces which may be stored in a bag provided for that purpose, and which bag may be tubular comprising a gamepack for storing play pieces and which may be reinforced to maintain a predetermined shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1983
    Inventor: Charles R. Simons
  • Patent number: 4377287
    Abstract: Apparatus for playing a board game based on airplane flight concepts and geographical relationships among countries of the world. Spaces are provided on a board for the movement of symbolic elements representing airplanes, with the number of spaces moved determined by chance, subject, however, to specific instructions affecting the movement of the symbolic elements, as determined by the directions of certain of the spaces on the board. At least four (4) stacks of cards are provided, with each card providing a specific flight destination or good or bad information affecting the flight movement on the board, either towards or from the numerous airports located on the board. The object of the game is for a player to be the first to move his symbolic element or airplane to the total number of airports agreed upon by the players before the game starts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Inventor: John R. Erwin
  • Patent number: 4374546
    Abstract: A conditioning apparatus is provided for working of an upper surface layer of a dirt race track to form a cushion of loosened and uncompacted earth particles. The apparatus includes a rigid structural frame mounted on a single elongated supporting roller extending substantially the entire width of the apparatus. A plurality of transversely extending beams are fixedly secured to the frame and each carries a plurality of vertically extending earth working tines. The frame is vertically adjustable on the roller to a selected elevation and a leveling mechanism is interconnected between the frame and a towing bar to enable pivoting of the frame about the single roller to a horizontal plane when the towing bar is connected to a towing vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1983
    Assignee: Larcom & Mitchell Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles E. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 4373517
    Abstract: This invention comprises a reversible orthopedic brace for the human arm and shoulder, useful for supporting and immobilizing either arm for indefinite periods of time. The brace is simply constructed with improved adjustment and locking means so that it may be adapted for use with either arm. It comprises two or more interconnected harness members to be fastened about the wearer's torso, and which are maintained in parallel relationship and securely joined to form a unitary structure by a hip support assembly, a locking bar assembly and a main support assembly, the latter two assemblies cooperating to receive and adjustably secure an arm support assembly. All elements cooperate to distribute uniformly the weight of the wearer's immobilized arm to the shoulders and torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Assignee: Thomas E. Spath
    Inventor: James M. Criscuolo
  • Patent number: 4373731
    Abstract: A board game for simulating a war including a playing board divided into a plurality of segments. The segments may also be divided into a plurality of discrete areas of different representations, for example, land and sea. The players are provided with a plurality of sets of playing pieces adapted for movement along the playing areas formed by the segments. Each set of playing pieces includes at least two different types of pieces having predetermined movements and capable of removing an opponent's pieces, in accordance with the result of a random number generator, for example dice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventors: Dennis J. C. Whiteman, Gary R. C. Whiteman
  • Patent number: 4370976
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a device which may be used to provide active forces necessary to substitute for decreased or absent muscle function in various joints of the body and to help bring deformed or spastic muscles and joints back to normal configuration. Since the device is made from relatively soft, resilient foam, the forces needed to provide assistance to various muscles are inherent within the device itself. The device contains a contoured cavity which is anatomically designed to simulate normal joint and muscle positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: Contour Fabricators, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Wanchik, Joseph M. Gabriele
  • Patent number: 4371168
    Abstract: A pocket-size chess set is disclosed, comprising a pair of identical panels pivotally secured at their inner edges to a narrow third intermediate panel, whereby the first two panels may be folded together to form a case with the third panel acting as a spine. Two slidable para-magnetic checkerboard halves are provided, on the top surface of each of the first two panels. Thirty-two chessmen are also provided. Each of the latter is provided with a magnetic element on its back and bottom surfaces. Thus, each chessman may be placed either horizontally or vertically on the checkerboard halves. The squares of the latter have a recessed portion and their margins are also recessed for the placing of captured chessmen thereon. The case is kept in closed position by the magnetic attraction of the chessmen for one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Inventor: Robert C. Dupuis
  • Patent number: 4369769
    Abstract: A spinal fixation device in which sleeves or spacers are placed over or around spinal rods in order to obtain better reduction of spinal fractures or spinal deformities. The sleeves can be made in various thicknesses so that the surgeon can obtain optimum fixation in each case. The sleeves can be made of any biologically compatible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Inventor: Charles C. Edwards
  • Patent number: 4368728
    Abstract: A plurality of guides are mounted in a housing. Each of the guides is movable up and down transversely to its longitudinal direction. A plurality of sleeve carriers are slidably mounted on respective ones of the guides. A plurality of finger sleeves extend on top of the housing and are secured to respective ones of the sleeve carriers. A drive is provided for reciprocating the guides up and down with the sleeve carriers and finger sleeves and for reciprocating the sleeve carriers with the finger sleeves along said guides. A horizontal shaft is mounted in the housing for rotation on a first axis. The drive comprises a motor for rotating the shaft. A plurality of eccentric camwheels are non-rotatably mounted on the shaft. A plurality of levers are pivoted in the housing on a common second axis, which is parallel to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Assignee: Lacrex Brevetti S.A.
    Inventor: Max Pasbrig
  • Patent number: 4365811
    Abstract: A battle type game, which is readily constructed, includes simple electric circuitry for actuating signals to indicate hits made. The signals are actuated by completion of an electric circuit due to contact of an electrically conductive piercing portion of a piercing probe member, which may be a bulletin board type tack, with an electrically conductive head portion of a contact member, which may be a substantially flat headed metal thumbtack, representing a target or a part thereof. The invention is preferably made from a kit of components, readily assemblable by a youthful prospective player of the game. Also within the invention is the provision of cover sheets, having grid indicia thereon, for use to cover a corresponding marked sheet on a circuit board, for playing of the game, on which the target members are placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Inventor: Casey S. Krzes
  • Patent number: 4361140
    Abstract: A cardiopulmonary resuscitator massager pad is provided comprising a compressible, fluid filled enclosure adapted for mounting on the reciprocal piston of a cardiopulmonary resuscitator. The massager pad includes means for restricting lateral expansion of the enclosure and a face including means for evenly distributing the pressure of the fluid in the enclosure on the patient's chest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1982
    Assignee: Michigan Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Clare E. Barkalow
  • Patent number: 4360009
    Abstract: Medical treatment table having one degree of freedom and including slidable foot-ankle harnesses for securing a patient's legs to one end of the table. The foot-ankle harnesses slidably move on one end of the table either manually or electrically. The table is tilted by way of an electric motor or a manual override crank. A cervical traction harness at the other end of the table can also be used in conjunction with the table. The table is for the treatment of medical conditions or disorders predetermined by doctors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1982
    Inventor: Eric Weisman
  • Patent number: 4357018
    Abstract: A game comprises a playing surface and a set of playing pieces. The playing surface is marked with interlocking closed chains of regular pentagons in side to side abuttment. In the preferred embodiment, pieces having pentagonal portions are assembled on the playing surface to form closed chains. In other embodiments, traditional games such as dominoes and checkers are adapted to the new playing surface. Many such playing surface designs are possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1982
    Inventor: Murray B. Calvert
  • Patent number: 4356816
    Abstract: A portable traction device is disclosed. The device includes a frame which has an upper surface to support the individual to be subjected to traction. The frame has at least one mounting point at one end of the upper surface. At least one tension member emanates from beneath the frame and has a free end passing through the mounting point and back toward the upper surface of the frame. The free end of the tension member is secured to the individual who is to be subjected to traction. A takeup mechanism for applying tension to the tension member is located beneath the frame. The takeup mechanism is manually activated, usually by the patient. A system is provided for automatically decoupling the activation mechanism from the takeup mechanism when the applied tension reaches a preselected value, while maintaining the preselected tension on the tension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1982
    Assignee: Granberg Pump and Meter Ltd.
    Inventor: Elof Granberg
  • Patent number: 4355632
    Abstract: An anti-shock pressure garment having a trouser portion and an upper portion connected thereto forming a one-piece construction. The upper portion has a flexible back panel which is not inflatable and a front panel containing a plurality of pressure chambers or bladders which wherein inflated inpose pressure on the thorax and abdomen of the patient. The legs of the trousers have pressure chambers or bladders which when wrapped about the patient's legs, can impose the desired pressure. The upper portion is length adjustable to allow the garment to cover a greater size range of patients. This is accomplished by folding down the upper portion of the front and rear panels and securing them in folded position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Assignee: Jobst Institute, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry L. Sandman
  • Patent number: 4350343
    Abstract: Game board apparatus and method for at least two players for simulating the play of soccer is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Inventor: Jorge Salazar
  • Patent number: 4347838
    Abstract: The invention comprises an improved foot massage device having a plurality of rotatable balls forming a generally convex surface. The balls are mounted on parallel bars in turn supported in a frame suitable for placement on the floor. A detachable electric vibrator is mounted within the frame to impart a vibrating and massaging action to the balls through the frame. The user merely places his foot upon the massager and moves the foot back and forth to have a gentle massaging and vibrating action imparted to the foot. Mounted on the frame is a generally vertical conical spindle that is rotatable and formed to impart the massaging and vibrating action to the arch of the foot when placed in contact with the spindle.The vibrator is conveniently detachable from the underside of the foot massager. Attachable to the vibrator are a general massage attachment and a special spinal roller attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Inventor: Kerry McCauley
  • Patent number: 4347840
    Abstract: A chair for providing support and corrective forces to a patient having scoliotic, lordotic or kyphotic conditions includes parallel side panels with parallel vertical slots on the inner faces and slats extending between the panels. The slats have end fittings which are selectably insertable in the slots with the bottom of each slat resting on the one below so that the slats define a generally curvilinear surface having predetermined curvatures. Devices for holding straps and pads to apply lateral forces in a predetermined manner are also provided. Specific slat structure and full adjustability is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1982
    Assignee: Orthotech, Incorporated
    Inventor: Gerald M. Adams
  • Patent number: 4346899
    Abstract: A game features competitive sports in track and field, water, winter and arena events. The apparatus comprises a playing board, at least four two-piece magnetic playing pieces, five sets of playing cards, a die, a spinner and game instructions. The playing board comprises a two-dimensional area having a zoned section around the perimeter thereof upon which players advance among a plurality of contiguous spaces, the inscription for each station providing a random distribution of penalties or bonuses in advancing play or in calculating score and instructions to the players including directions diverting play into the major event. It has a spinner located centrally. The remaining area is divided in quadrants, each having a course for play and an area for an associated deck of cards. Each event quadrant contains playing stations arranged in a path from start to finish. Event cards identify a sport and set values for winning medals. A special card may direct a player's next move, grant a bonus or impose a penalty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Inventor: George E. Nuebling, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4344625
    Abstract: A board game for encouraging adherence to a self-improvement program, particularly a diet. The game comprises a board depicting a path to a goal and a plurality of playing pieces for each of one or more players, the playing pieces representing stages of development or achievement in the self-improvement program. The playing pieces are adapted to indicate the current positions of the players progressing along the path, and means are provided for rewarding the players for progress toward the goal. Progress toward the dieter's goal is indicated by use of human form playing pieces of progressively slimmer appearance, thereby reinforcing the player's will to succeed. Hazard and benefit spaces are provided along the path, as well as means for soliciting support from others, and for directing the players' frustration toward constructive ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Inventor: Rosalie Frudakis