Patents Examined by David L. Tarnoff
  • Patent number: 4862685
    Abstract: A support frame is provided for support from the three point hitch of a tractor and rotatably journals an elongated horizontal roll for rotation about an axis extending transversely of the support frame. The support frame includes opposite side ground skid portions and the roll has its lower periphery elevated slightly above the under surfaces of the ground skid portions. Although other structure may be provided for driving the roll, a forwardly directed swing arm is pivotally supported from the support frame at its rear end and rotatably journals a ground engageable drive wheel at its forward end. The roll is journalled for rotation about an axis coinciding with the axis of oscillation of the support arm and the drive wheel is drivingly coupled to the roll for rotating the latter in a direction opposite to the direction of rotation of the drive wheel and at a peripheral speed which is at least substantially equal to the peripheral speed of the ground wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Inventors: Allen J. Gasseling, Kevin D. Gasseling, Joe A. Gasseling
  • Patent number: 4835951
    Abstract: A vehicle is controllably powered to be steerably moved over an area. Mounted on the front of the vehicle is a cutter assembly. Also mounted on the vehicle is a hopper. Mowed cuttings are delivered by a conduit from the cutter to the hopper. An outlet mounted within the hopper is coupled in use to the conduit for distributing received cuttings on into the interior of the hopper. A driver mounted with respect to the hopper moves that outlet in a systematic pattern to vary the direction of distribution of the received cuttings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Walker Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Dean M. Walker
  • Patent number: 4798169
    Abstract: A plant for fish farming in the open sea, comprising a net-work container submerged into the water, and elongated hollow bodies (10) interconnected in pairs in parallel to each other one beside the other to form floating units, from which the container (33) is suspended. The ends of the hollow bodies are interconnected by universal joints to form a closed polygonal configuration around the net-work container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Triflex Biomarin AB
    Inventors: Johnny Rosen, Par Wulff
  • Patent number: 4766850
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collecting objects from a surface, especially poultry from the ground, in which the apparatus comprises, with reference to FIG. 1, a mobile unit 1, provided with a rotatable paddle device 5, 6 which is supported by arms 20, 24 allowing it to be extensible and elevatable with respect to mobile unit 1 such that it is capable of advancing above the level of objects to be collected, lowering towards a surface on which the objects are situated, entrapping the objects between itself and a conveyor system provided on the unit 1 and urging objects on to the conveyor system, the conveyor system 8, 9, 10, 11 being used for delivery of the objects to a container on a platform 14 at the rear of the mobile unit 1, the conveyors 10, 11 being capable of depositing objects by retreating from beneath the objects while advancing the conveyor surfaces thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: Tamnaharry Developments Limited
    Inventor: James J. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 4750491
    Abstract: A trephine for cutting a groove in the cornea of an eye comprising a fixation member and first and second shafts having blades mounted thereon. The fixation member includes a bearing, and the shafts are sequentially receivable within the bearing. The fixation member can be affixed to the eye, and the shafts, when received in the bearing, are rotatable in the bearing so that the blades carried by the shafts can make cuts in the cornea. By making cuts in the cornea which intersect, a segment of the cornea can be removed to provide the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: Allergan, Inc.
    Inventors: Herbert E. Kaufman, Marguerite B. McDonald
  • Patent number: 4729374
    Abstract: A surgical instrument suitable for use in transcholedochal papillotomy for incision of duodenal papilla without duodenal incision is disclosed, comprising a fixed handle; a ring movably attached to the fixed handle; a transmission catheter suitable for insertion through a choledochus without duodenal incision, attached at one end to the fixed handle; a guide positioned within the transmission catheter and actuated by movement of a ring; a fixed blade attached at a second end of the transmission catheter, the fixed blade having a blunt distal end; a movable blade distally hinged to the fixed blade and closing thereon proximally and completely in a direction opposite to that of insertion, the movable blade being actuated by a guide; and a spring for displacing the control means back to an original position after movement therefrom, the original position corresponding to a closed position of the movable blade relative to the fixed blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1988
    Inventor: Jose-Maria P. Alfranca
  • Patent number: 4723702
    Abstract: Newspaper retaining closure used in combination with an open-ended newspaper delivery receptacle. The closure is pivoted in the upper portion of the receptacle near its open end; it has a length greater than the vertical distance from the pivot to the bottom of the receptacle and extends inwardly of the receptacle, whereby the closure is lifted as a newspaper is inserted but partly closes the open end of the receptacle after the newspaper is inserted. The frontal area of the closure is insufficient to allow it to be lifted inwardly by normal winds and drafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Inventor: Travis B. Martin
  • Patent number: 4723512
    Abstract: A modular animal habitat includes at least one vertical stack of similar compartment units formed of a transparent plastic, each unit including a rectangular bottom wall and front rear and end walls projecting upwardly from the bottom wall borders and terminating in coplanar flanges. Each unit rests on an underlying unit and has depending tongues engaging the inside faces of the underlying unit front and rear wall. The end walls of each unit have circular ports and an internally ribbed conduit network extends vertically along each end of the stack and is formed of tubular tees whose cross arms are coaxial and separably joined end to end and radial legs of alternate tees are coupled to the ports in successive units. Representations are applied to the unit walls by decacomania and the top unit is closed by a roof cover. Transversely offset habitat stacks may be coupled by the conduit network. Each tee is formed of mating halves separably interlocked by retainer rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: Metaframe, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry Margolis
  • Patent number: 4716895
    Abstract: A sling for support of the arm, comprising an elongated cloth body having a relatively wide central region and relatively narrow end regions, and further having an arm extending outwardly from adjacent the central region. The body is mounted on one shoulder and supports the opposite arm, without the need for any separate arm-containing pouch or pocket. Hook and loop fasteners are provided to secure the ends of the body to each other, and to secure the arm to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Inventors: Jean S. Marques, Ernesto D. Marques
  • Patent number: 4708090
    Abstract: A method for feeding fish raised in a pisciculture environment wherein fish feed is conducted to the fish pen or enclosure carried by a stream of water. To give the feed increased buoyancy after it is introduced into the enclosure, the stream of water is oversaturated with gas, such that gas bubbles penetrate into and/or adhere to the fish feed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Akva A/S
    Inventors: Ole Molaug, Sveinung B. Havrevold, Odd Skj veland
  • Patent number: 4708091
    Abstract: An animal watering apparatus having a tank for storing a supply of water. The tank has a top wall having a first tubular baffle surrounding an opening for accommodating a float valve assembly operable to supply water to the tank chamber. A second tubular baffle surrounds a drinking well. The first and second baffles are spaced from the walls of the housing to allow water to circulate about the baffles to minimize the freezing of the water in the float valve assembly and the drinking well. A closure associated with the drinking well minimizes the freezing of the water in the drinking well. The cover is a movable open float located within the drinking well. A second form of the cover is a pivotal lid that is moved by the animal to an open position to provide access to the drinking well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Schafer
  • Patent number: 4664114
    Abstract: This invention relates to a novel design of a device utilized as a dilator regarding various body cavities, and in particular, the human cervix wherein the device comprises a hollow cylindrical member capable of being inserted through the human cervix and into the uterine cavity such that the inflatable membrane positioned about the exterior of that portion of the device inserted into the uterine cavity is capable of being selectively inflated while the device is in the uterine cavity so as to prevent the inadvertent withdrawal of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1987
    Inventor: Kamran Ghodsian
  • Patent number: 4659008
    Abstract: A tampering-proof container for storing currency for use in conjunction with an automated teller machine (ATM). The currency door of the container through which the currency passes when the container is mounted on an ATM is moved positively between the open and closed positions when on the ATM. An indicator wheel within the container gives an indication or count of the number of times the currency door has been opened and closed to provide a check on potential sophisticated pilfering. When the count on the indicator wheel reaches a programmed predetermined amount, the currency door is locked in a closed position with first and second locking linkage inside the container locking the currency door in the closed position. A seal on a loading door on the container must be broken to gain access to the inside of the container to unlock the first and second locking linkage and to reset the indicator wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Harry L. Howett, Robert H. Granzow, Dale L. Placke
  • Patent number: 4655232
    Abstract: A person's skin has its pores opened and treated with a non-alcoholic toner, and has subcutaneous blood circulation locally stimulated preparatory to an application to the skin of a lotion preparation massaged onto the skin and into the pores with an electrically inactive heated disk at a beginning temperature of from approximately 109.degree. F. to approximately 111.degree. F., where the heated disk maintains a temperature of over 106.degree. F. during the approximate three and one-half minute treatment. The pores may be cleaned and opened by a cleaning treatment in one aspect utilizing the heated disk having greater than 106.degree. F. temperature. A kit maintains various treatment lotions and liquids at ambiant temperatures in an integral container along with the heated or heatable disk and its electrical heating pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Inventor: Geoff Ficke
  • Patent number: 4655031
    Abstract: In a combine header having a rotatable crop reel, a hydraulic cylinder is carried on each of the reel support arms for adjusting the fore and aft position of the reel. The cylinders are serially connected and comprise a phasing circuit wherein the cylinders have paired fluid inlets and flow-restricting orifices, and the piston is positionable between the inlet and orifice of a pair in either full-strode position. A check valve is operationally associated with each orifice to prevent loss of fluid acting on the piston when being moved from either full-stroke position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: J. I. Case Company
    Inventor: Frank C. Kucera
  • Patent number: 4653254
    Abstract: Auxiliary power apparatus having particular application to motor-driven lawn and garden devices is described. The auxiliary power apparatus operates an auxiliary load from a motor power source on, for example, the lawn and garden equipment in question. A collar member is fixedly attached to the drive shaft of a rotary power source. A flexible drive shaft including a flexible driven shaft and a flexible sleeve arranged about the driven shaft is connected at one end to the mechanical load by means of a driven shaft. A second end of the driven shaft ends in a shaft extension member. The collar member is formed to receive the shaft extension member and a second locking member is arranged at the second end of the flexible sleeve for releasable engagement with a locking member on the collar. Thus, the flexible drive shaft is releasably connected to the collar which in turn is connected to the drive shaft of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Inventor: Charles W. Qualls
  • Patent number: 4649940
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for threshing ribs from tobacco leaves and the like. The method comprises a basket having a grid in which a threshing gear formed with a rotary drum including teeth on its periphery is accommodated in such a manner that the outside portion of the gear is disposed spacedly adjacent to it, supplying raw material to the space between the threshing gear and the basket from one side of the axial direction by an air flow at a predetermined speed corresponding to the peripheral speed of the gear, rotating the gear and basket at different peripheral speeds and discharging raw material toward the crossing direction of the axis. The apparatus comprises a casing, a threshing gear formed with a rotary drum having teeth, a basket having a grid and surrounding the gear, the gear and basket being rotated at different peripheral speeds, a material supply port, a feed duct and a discharge opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: The Japan Tobacco & Salt Public Corporation
    Inventors: Taiichi Mine, Busaburo Sakabe, Kiyomi Sato
  • Patent number: 4646512
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a sugar cane harvester having a pair of contra-rotating cutters to cut cane at its base and to lift the cane cut-ends first onto a conveyor which delivers the cane through de-trashing devices and then to a pair of rollers which draw the cane from the conveyor and propel it into the open end of a container against an adjustable barrier disposed along the container from said open end. The barrier is positioned to suit the length of the cane being harvested and cutters are provided to cut the cane tops from the stalks where they protrude at the open end of the conveyor to separate the tops from the stalks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Assignee: Carib Agro-Industries Limited
    Inventors: Donald A. Scott, John C. Hudson
  • Patent number: 4641490
    Abstract: A header height/lateral float control mechanism for a crop harvesting header mounted on a combine base unit for movement in a generally vertical direction and for rotational movement in a generally vertical plane to permit the header to follow changes in the ground contour is disclosed wherein a height sensor bar is rotatably supported along substantially the entire transverse width of the header and first and second tilt sensors are mounted adjacent the transversely spaced header sidewalls. The control mechanism is operatively associated with the tilt sensors and the height sensor such that the header lift mechanism is operated whenever the height sensor is actuated and the mechanism for rotatably tilting the header can be actuated only when the tilt sensors indicate different relative ground changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Assignee: New Holland Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Wynn, Glenn A. Musser, Lawrence M. Halls
  • Patent number: 4615339
    Abstract: A device formed as a sleeve from a flat fabric rectangle with engaging VELCRO attachment strips along opposite edges and sides of the rectangle. The VELCRO strips are overlapping to provide circumferential adjustment to the arm upon application and quick detachment. The sleeve may be formed over either arm in a length overlapping the elbow and extending from the wrist to nearly the shoulder of the wearer. A thumb hole and integral longitudinal pockets are provided, the pockets for receiving stiffening strips as needed. A tie-down ring is also provided for external restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1986
    Inventor: Melinda L. Siwek