Patents Examined by Christopher J. McDonald
  • Patent number: 5599201
    Abstract: A circuit assembly is provided for terminating an insulated electrical wire having a central conductive core. A generally rigid dielectric base has circuit-receiving channels formed therein. Stamped and formed conductive circuitry is mounted on the base, with circuit portions located in the channels, and with at least one connecting portion for terminating the insulated electrical wire. The connection portion is a wire trap for receiving and trapping the conductive core of the electrical wire. The base includes a wire guide located adjacent the wire trap to guide the electrical wire for insertion of the conductive core into the wire trap and for providing stress relief for the electrical wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Molex Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward S. Sommer, Richard R. Edgley, Michael D. Driscoll
  • Patent number: 5593053
    Abstract: A drinking mug which includes a central core for holding liquid and having an outer surface. A hollow sleeve of flexible molded plastic material is disposed over the central core. The central core defines an outwardly protruding key while the inner surface of said hollow sleeve defines a keyway. The key and keyway are engaged in mating relationship to hold the sleeve non-rotationally upon the outer surface of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Applause, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan Kaufman, Jim Podhaisky
  • Patent number: 5590772
    Abstract: A locking device is provided which releasably secures a plurality of golf clubs therein. Each golf club has a head disposed at an end of a shaft which has a narrow region near the head and a wider region further from the head. The locking device comprises a plurality of elongated shackles each having parallel limbs extending from a bight portion and which are separated from one another by a distance greater than a club's narrow region and less than a club's wider region. The limbs of each shackle are lockingly receivable by a receiver to secure a plurality of club shafts therein. A lightweight polymeric retainer retains the receivers in slidably spaced relation therein, whereby the receivers, as well as said shackles, when lockingly received therein, may be aligned with individual compartments of a golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventors: Kevin Schuhlen, Matthew J. DeNucci
  • Patent number: 5590766
    Abstract: A transparent shoe box has a box body proper and a box cover. All box bodies and box covers are made of transparent plastic. At the edge of one side, the box body and the box cover are joined together, forming a connecting overlapping edge. In a preferable design, along the center-line of the bottom of the box body and the box cover, there is one or more cylindrical protruding members. In addition, there are two shoe-holders corresponding basically to the size of the feet of the shoe users. Each of the shoe-holders includes a shoe-prop and a protruding or raised part. At the end surface of the protruding or raised part there is a polygonal recess. The shoe-holders can, by dint of the recess on the protruding or raised part, be inlaid and firmly mounted on the protruding member located on the bottom of the box proper or on the box cover. Furthermore, each shoe is placed tidily and apart from each other at a certain position specified by the type of box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventors: Garnett Carnahan, Caroline Carnahan, Marvin R. Carnahan
  • Patent number: 5588847
    Abstract: A chip carrier mounting system of the present invention includes a chip carrier socket which is mounted (e.g., by soldering) on a printed circuit board. The chip carrier socket has a frame and a plurality of spaced-apart, inwardly projecting contact members constructed of electrically conductive material. The system further includes a chip carrier constructed and arranged for receiving and securing a chip thereto. The chip carrier includes a frame having a plurality of spaced-apart receiving slots in registry with and capable of receiving the contact members therein for securing the chip carrier to the chip carrier socket. Each receiving slot has an electrically conductive surface mount for providing electrical connection between the chip, chip carrier, chip carrier socket and printed circuit board. The system also includes a retaining clip releasably securable to the chip carrier socket for maintaining the chip carrier and chip carrier socket in assembled relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Inventor: John O. Tate
  • Patent number: 5588583
    Abstract: A paperboard multiple compartment tray-type container erectable from a blank, having a product dividing keel which provides structure as well as flexibility to the container. The container may have tapered or vertical sides. The container is formed from a die-cut and scored blank of paperboard or other sheet material, and includes locking devices which allow for mechanical forming of a multiple compartment tray without the need for adhesives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1996
    Assignee: Kliklok Corporation
    Inventor: John W. Cargile, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5586674
    Abstract: A golf club cover device for semi-permanent attachment to a golf bag serves the purpose of promptly alerting a golfer to a missing golf club, particularly an iron. The device comprises a receiving member and an L-shaped meshing member. The receiving member has a main body with a passageway extending through it and a vertical hooking leg extending along one side. In use, the vertical hooking leg extends over an open-top edge of the golf bag and helps to hold the receiving member in place. A substantially horizontal leg of the L-shaped meshing member is configured to fit in the passageway of the receiving member for limited rotational movement. A protuberance on an enlarged terminus of the horizontal leg of the L-shaped member is used to engage a sidewall of the golf bag. A substantially vertical leg on the meshing member is used to hold the club cover. In use, the L-shaped meshing member rocks from a non-locking position to a locking position whereby the protuberance is forced into contact with the golf bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Armand E. Nachbauer
  • Patent number: 5575421
    Abstract: This invention relates to a knob of a corrugated cardboard packing box which can prevent a danger of an external appearance of a packing box, has a cutting part 103 being cut, a bending part 105 connecting both edges of the cutting part 103, holes 110 formed between both edges of the cutting part and the bending part, for dispersing a stress applied in both edges of the cutting part 103.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignee: Goldstar Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Se-Hwan Heo
  • Patent number: 5573175
    Abstract: A one-piece, octagonal, bulk shipping container with a lock bottom arrangement that includes interlocking inner and outer bottom closure flaps wherein the inner closure flaps have lock tabs that extend downwardly through openings in the outer closure flaps to lock the flaps together and also which extend under lock tongues of the outer closure flaps to function as a cushion for the contents of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Jefferson Smurfit Corporation
    Inventors: Gustave O. Straub, Jeffrey D. Schneider
  • Patent number: 5573176
    Abstract: A Minimal Container, made of pre-cut corrugated cardboard strips fastened together at overlapping surfaces and folded to form a rectangular frame, without generating any scrap corrugated cardboard. The Minimal Container is intended to protect contents for one shipping application. Each side and top and bottom ends of the rectangular frame have an open area. Plastic film is wrapped around the Minimal Container, enclosing it and being connected to it, not only for dust and weather protection, but also to enhance structural rigidity of the Minimal Container. A method of constructing the Minimal Container includes gluing or stapling the corrugated cardboard strips together to form a ladder structure; scoring, slitting, and folding the ladder structure to form the rectangular frame; fastening the rectangular frame together; loading contents in to the rectangular frame; enclosing the rectangular frame with a flexible plastic film wrap; and connecting the flexible plastic film wrap to the rectangular frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Stephen S. Applegate
  • Patent number: 5573426
    Abstract: Improved automotive jumper cables (10) having electrical connections to both legs (24) and (26) of handles (14). Each handle (14) has a flexible insulating cover (20). The covers (20) provide added protection against electrical burns, shocks and other accidents. The covers also prevent the handles (14) from becoming entangled with other items when the cables (10) are being moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: George E. Grant
  • Patent number: 5573441
    Abstract: The security pouch for holding money, credit cards, debit cards, driver's license, and other valuables. The security pouch is worn between the front center of a brassiere or similar type of clothing and the wearer's skin. The pouch is held in place by a wrap-around strap that encircles the brassiere. The pouch has a resealable opening for added security. It is made from lightweight material which can absorb perspiration and allows air to pass through the material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Cynthia D. Smith
  • Patent number: 5573241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an accessory for golf clubs, and more particularly to a device for protecting golf club shafts composed of materials such as graphite. It is designed primarily to protect the section of the golf club shaft which is nearest to the head of a golf club, which is especially prone to marring and abrasion during transport, storage and use. Primarily, it consists of an outer surface and an inner surface which, combined, form a protective component, with a fastening component attached thereto for securing the golf club shaft protector in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Doc A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5564623
    Abstract: A receptacle (10), such as an attache case or brief case, has a cover panel (22), back panel (24), front panel (26), top panel (30), bottom panel (32) opposing tabs (34) and opposing side panels (36). The case is made from a unitary sheet of expanded polyethylene. The expanded polyethylene sheet material is produced by encapsulating a thermoplastic blowing agent (azodicarbonamide) within an ethylene vinyl acetate carrier resin to form a pelletized compound which is combined with high-density polyethylene resin and extruded. The melt temperature of the pelletized blowing agent is lower than that of the polyethylene resin, and controls the expansion of the polyethylene resin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: American Trading and Production Corporation
    Inventor: David L. Kiley
  • Patent number: 5560479
    Abstract: A golf bag for storing and transporting a set of golf clubs including customized indicia affixed to the golf bag and a method for affixing such indicia. The golf bag comprising a flat, single-walled panel which is completely removable from the golf bag in order to facilitate affixing indicia onto the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Quality Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank L. Leyba, Ralph V. Quarantello
  • Patent number: 5560485
    Abstract: A cylindrical hood made of water resistant, durable heavy duty material and designed to fit over a golf bag container, the hood containing a security device that includes a steel ribbon connected to a band at each end and sewn into the hood near its base with an adjustable clip fastened to one end of the band and a hasp fastened to the other end of the band, the clip under tension latching onto a tongue on the hasp and the hasp fitting over a staple through which a cable is inserted, passed around a static fixture and secured with a padlock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventor: John M. O'Hara, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5560506
    Abstract: A method of making a bottle with a handle, wherein a synthetic resin parison is disposed in half-cylindrical molds with a handle body, which is blow-molded and at the same time integrated with the handle body, characterized in that the parison is disposed between the opened molds; the handle body is tacked to a face of matching faces of the half-cylindrical molds; the molds are closed; and the blow-molding is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Plastics Industries Limited
    Inventors: Tateo Yanagisawa, Hisayoshi Yamada, Katsumi Sakamoto, Seiki Inagawa, Yukihide Umetsu, Takeshi Uchida, Hideyo Nakahara, Yoshiharu Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 5558275
    Abstract: An environmentally appropriate protective covering for articles, in particular rectangular parallelepipedal bodies, comprises a container receiving the article or rectangular parallelepipedal body, if appropriate is of a rectangular parallelepipedal form and is closed by means of an at least three-part, partly separable closure strip. For opening, the central part is separated from the side parts, which remain on the container. The presence or absence of the central part consequently represents an indication of originality. The closure strip can also be used advantageously in the case of a protective covering unit, comprising a plurality of stacked containers, for connecting and forming a pack. The invention can be used advantageously in any application where a single closure strip can be used to economize on outer packaging materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: BASF Magnetics GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus Schoettle, Gerald-Wolfgang Borck, Heinrich Wollensack
  • Patent number: 5558240
    Abstract: The invention comprises a novel cup handle that includes an outer and an inner section combined so that a user may grasp a cup or mug comfortably and firmly. The outer section is adapted to fit adjacent the user's palm, and the inner section is adapted to be grasped by the user's fingers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Inventor: Morry Karp
  • Box
    Patent number: 5556026
    Abstract: A novel box has an envelope made of cardboard coated by a coating which is essentially impermeable to fluids. The box is particularly suitable as a container of scented and wet tissue paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Blank Paper Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Efraim Blankitny