Patents Examined by Carmine Cuda
  • Patent number: 5189779
    Abstract: A grommet assembly for a wall panel and method of installation. The grommet assembly includes a grommet structure for insertion into the aperture made through a wall panel and includes pivotal locking arms for locking at the back face of the wall panel. An insert sleeve provides a circular wall that upon insertion into the grommet pivots the pivotal lock arms of the grommet. The insert sleeve is further provided with snap-engagement members that snap-engage to the circular wall of the grommet so that the grommet assembly is fastened together and to the wall panel. A retention ring may be used prior to cutting an aperture in the wall to secure fabric, or other wall coverings, around the aperture to be cut to prevent displacement or tearing, and to protect the outer wall surface. The method includes the field installation of the grommet assembly from one side of a wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Allsteel Inc.
    Inventors: Duane D. Fishel, Nancy K. Rogers
  • Patent number: 5189759
    Abstract: A dual curtain rod unit for installation between opposite walls of a shower stall, the unit having an outer rod, a substantially bow-shaped inner rod of uninterrupted, substantially smooth outer surface construction over its entire functional length, a keying shaft on each end portion of the inner rod, a pair of end plates adapted for attachment to opposite walls of a shower stall, a first socket in a forward portion of each of the end plates for receiving and supporting the ends of the outer rod, and a keying socket in a rearward portion of each of the end plates for receiving and supporting the keying shafts of the inner rod in a mating, sliding fit, non-rotative manner with the bow of the inner rod facing toward the outer rod, the keying sockets being the only points of attachment of the inner rod, thus allowing for the uninterrupted surface thereof along its entire functional length for permitting slide hangers mounted thereon to slide without significant resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: Frank A. Poore
  • Patent number: 5176578
    Abstract: A protective cover assembly is particularly adapted for a play gym having a horizontal beam member (12), a hanger bracket (15) supported from the beam member (12) and a pair of hanger bars (13 and 14) pivotally depending from the hanger bracket (15) for swinging motion through an angular extent. The protective cover assembly (10) itself utilizes a pair of mirror-image cover caps (55), each of which include a concavo-convex wall (60) that has an outer circumference and a central portion. A collar (63) extends through the central portion of the concavo-convex wall (60), and a peripheral wall (61) is presented from the outer circumference of the concavo-convex wall (60). The peripheral wall (61) is recessed (at 62) along a predetermined circumferential extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Par Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel G. Smith
  • Patent number: 5173993
    Abstract: A locking hinge assembly includes two butt plates or hinge leaves each having a plurality of interlocking knuckles with an axially shiftable hinge pin mating with the knuckles. A locking mechanism carried by the top of the hinge pin includes pressure and sprocket plates, with one plate keyed to the hinge pin and spring devices adjustably compressible to apply varying degrees of biasing force against the movement of one hinge leaf relative the other hinge leaf. This is accomplished due to the juncture of one hinge leaf to the sprocket plate while the keyed pressure plate is fixed relative the other hinge plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Unlimited Ideas and Designs Inc.
    Inventor: Eldon R. Baker
  • Patent number: 5173992
    Abstract: A double-hinge device according to the invention enables the lid of a console box to be smoothly opened from either of a pair of opposite edges from a closed position or conversely closed and locked form an open position by a simple operation. A shaft 3 is arranged along each of the opposite edges of the main body 1 of the console box and an engagement/release mechanism 4 is arranged to the corresponding edge of the lid 2. The shaft 3 is securely embraced by pivotally arranged primary arm 4a and secondary arm 4b under the effect of the resilient force of a return spring 5 fitted between the primary arm 4a and the lid 2. The movement of the secondary arm 4b is dependent on that of the primary arm 4a when the latter is operated to release the shaft from the primary and secondary arms 4a and 4b and open the lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Kato Hatsujo Kaisha, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Aihara, Hiroyuki Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5170533
    Abstract: Handles formed to fit various shapes, sizes, and designs of baby bottles available on the market. The handles aid in holding the bottle in proper feeding positions. The handles' unique design allows attachment and detachment, thus making the handles reusable. The attachment is by way of lugs positioned on the edge of the handles and various bottles will utilize different combinations of the lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Generik Ink, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon B. Barry
  • Patent number: 5170531
    Abstract: Master carrier for a baton traversing drapery system comprises an elongated hanger adapted to be received in the horizontal gap of the conventional C-shaped type of traverse rod. The hanger element supports beneath the rod a platform having a rim along its outer edge which is inclined relative to the direction of travel. Spaced along the length of the inclined edge of the platform are a plurality of openings into which a drapery hook assembly can be installed and locked, by means of a clamp interacting with the rim of the platform. A pair of identical master carriers can be used to create an overlap in adjacent drapery panels without the necessity for using a projecting arm for this purpose. Attached to the outer face of the upper edge of the drapery is a baton which is attached to the drapery at substantially the point at which the drapery is suspended from the master carrier. Accordingly, when force is applied to the baton to move the drapery, little or no torque is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Hang-Well Corporation
    Inventor: Richard B. Ryan
  • Patent number: 5168600
    Abstract: A tool handle comprised of a hollow, transparent handle body defining a chamber therein inserted with a plug, the handle body having a plurality of raised stripes longitudinally disposed around the outer wall surface thereof for positive grip, and a plurality of retaining notches internally disposed around a top opening thereof, the plug comprising an elongated rod vertically extending downwards from a spherical head and inserted through the top opening into the chamber, the elongated rod having a bottom hole for holding the tool bit inserted into a bottom hole on the handle body, a plurality of projecting strips respectively engaged in the retaining notches, and a peripheral surface for marking advertising matters or attaching an advertising label for showing through the transparent handle body, the spherical head being stopped above the top opening and having a peripheral wall surface disposed flush with a peripheral wall surface of the handle body for comfortable grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Inventor: Shu-Nu Huang
  • Patent number: 5167047
    Abstract: A wire management grommet for routing wiring or cables through the surface of furniture articles comprises a liner and a cap having a slot opening and a captive closure member. A tongue and groove arrangement facilitates slidable movement of the closure member within the cap's slot opening. The closure member is locked into its closed position covering the slot through a detent mechanism. A pin and groove arrangement facilitates both the closure member's captivity to the cap and its downward pivoting movement away from the slot opening and into its retracted position. The closure member is stabilized, through interaction with the cap, when the closure member is in its open position. The operation of the closure member from its closed position covering the slot opening to its retracted position exposing the opening comprises three distinct movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Inventor: Roger K. Plumley
  • Patent number: 5165143
    Abstract: A stop device for placement over the extreme end of an elongated handle of the type used for a broom, mop, rake, or the like, which has a frictional outer surface so that when the handle is placed in an upright position against a vertical wall it is prevented from sliding off the wall to the floor or ground. The device is in the form of a sleeve having a circumferential score line medially thereon so that the sleeve can be severed along the score line to provide two separate stop members, either of which can be used with an elongated handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Inventor: Susan Detchon
  • Patent number: 5165145
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism is disclosed which is suitable for use on a pivotable character display for an electronic typewriter or portable computer. The hinge mechanism includes braking means for maintaining the character display in a viewing position, wherein friction is generated between disc shaped brake members of the hinge mechanism. Moreover, the addition of a cam in the hinge mechanism provides the selective use of torque to the braking means; the cam is engaged when the display is in a viewing position, preventing the display from slipping out of position, whereas the cam is not engaged when the display is near the horizontal, making it easier to raise and to lower the display. The hinge mechanism disclosed is suitable for use with multi-view position character displays as well as with single view position character displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Assignee: Smith Corona Corporation
    Inventor: Howard F. Sherman
  • Patent number: 5165144
    Abstract: An ergonometrically designed tool handle has a pair of perpendicularly extending hand grips secured at spaced locations along the handle. The tool handle allows prolonged usage by an individual without back strain. The tool handle includes a plurality of intersecting inclined portions which dispose the hand grips in optimal orientation. In a first embodiment, the tool handle has a distal end dimensioned for engagement with a hollow cylindrical socket on a tool head shank. In a second embodiment, a pair of offset sockets are provided on the handle for removable reception of a pair of tool head shanks. An adapter is disclosed which enables conversion of the dual socketed handle for use with single socketed tools. The adapter also provides an angulated extension of the tool handle. The tool handle is designed for use with interchangeable tool heads which may include a hoe, a shovel, a rake, and a scraper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Inventor: Philip Nisenbaum
  • Patent number: 5161282
    Abstract: A door stop for attachment to the top of a door frame. The stop is held at a permanent angle by ornamental bracing. The door stop may be used for either right or left hand doors, and is buffered so that the impact of a fast opening door will be damped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: Frank Pechota, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5159739
    Abstract: A device to allow health practitioners' cabinet drawers to be opened and operating lights and other movable operating equipment to be repositioned as he works, without the need to grasp, and thereby contaminate, the existing handles. The device comprises magnet devices attached to the drawers and equipment and a hand-held sterilizable element for contacting the attached magnet devices and moving the drawers and equipment, thus allowing for one easily washable and sterilizable handle to be used for any individual patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Inventor: Raphael A. Adinolfi
  • Patent number: 5158333
    Abstract: A hinge for a vehicle body closure component such as a deck lid has a hinge pin mounted on a bracket, which bracket can itself be moved up and down by a screw mechanism to provide a fine adjustment of the vertical position of the hinge pin. The screw mechanism is accessible from outside the vehicle at the required stage of assembly so that the mechanism can be operated to provide the correct panel fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: David R. Saville
  • Patent number: 5157807
    Abstract: A vibration-cushioned handle, to be clamped in at one end, is designed for an electrical tool or the like. The handle has a coupling at one end for firm attachment to the body of the tool, and a coaxial handle sleeve. At least one cushioned spring element is located between the sleeve and the coupling. The handle provides good reduction of vibration, and sufficient sturdiness of the handle connection on the other, while being of simple construction. To this purpose, the spring element has different spring rigidities, on the one side in the radial direction relative to the axis of the handle sleeve, and on the other side in the direction of a pendulous or Cardanic excursion of the handle sleeve, around a pole lying on their axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Assignee: Metabowerke GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Michael Keller, Uwe Bunz
  • Patent number: 5154265
    Abstract: A retractable wheel assembly, housed in an inverted well, has an elongated arm mounting wheels, is pivotally mounted in the well and is pivotally movable manually between a retracted position by which the arm is releasably locked interiorly of the inverted well and an extended operative position by which the arm is releasably locked with its wheels exposed. The arm has spring-biased detents for such manipulatively releasable locking engagements with detent recesses for both positions. Wheel assemblies in bottom rear-corner wells of a suitcase allow "wheel-barrowing" movement of the suitcase. Wheel assemblies in the bottom inverted wells at all four suitcase corners allow "trolleying" movement of the suitcase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Assignees: Stephen G. Capistrant, Susan D. Capistrant
    Inventor: Stephen G. Capistrant
  • Patent number: 5153967
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a handle for a pull-rope starter. The handle includes a T-shaped base body having an elongated part extending in the direction of the pull rope and a handle part extending transversely to the elongated part. The elongated part has a receptacle for accommodating an elastic expansion element which is connected at one end thereof to the pull rope. The expansion element is supported at its other end on the base body. The expansion element is as long as possible and has the longest possible expansion path. This is achieved in that the expansion element is supported at its upper end on the base body with the upper end facing away from the pull rope. In this way, the expansion element is stretched thereby providing a longer expansion path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1992
    Assignee: Andreas Stihl
    Inventors: Helmut Zimmermann, Michael Wissmann
  • Patent number: 5152029
    Abstract: A hydraulic hinge that includes an elongated tubular member in which a first ring member with an axial opening and a downward projection is fixed and a second ring member having an opening aligned with the opening of the first ring member and a notched portion having a cam face to abut against the projection of the first ring is provided. A hollow shaft with a closed bottom and a first fluid filled piston chamber within the same is inserted through the openings of the first and second ring members, whereat the second ring member is sealed in a sleeve around the hollow shaft. The hollow shaft has an opening formed adjacent to its bottom closed. A seal member is sealed around the hollow shaft wherein the inner surface of the elongated tubular member, the second ring member, the seal member and the outer wall surface of the hollow shaft cooperatively confine a second fluid filled chamber which is in communication with the first hydraulic chamber through the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Assignee: King Chain Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tung-Ching Pai
  • Patent number: 5152031
    Abstract: A device to allow health practitioners' cabinet drawers to be opened and operating lights and other moveable operating equipment to be repositioned as he works, without the need to grasp, and thereby contaminate, their handles. The device comprises magnet devices attached to the drawers and equipment and a wristband containing a piece of soft iron for contacting the attached magnet devices and moving the drawers and equipment without using the fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Inventor: Raphael A. Adinolfi