Patents Examined by Derek J. Berger
  • Patent number: 6065726
    Abstract: A portable urinal including a urine bottle support having a receiving area. The urine bottle support includes a hollow rod and an extension rod disposed within the hollow rod. The extension rod is selectively movable in a longitudinal direction relative to the hollow rod. Further, the portable urinal includes a urine bottle selectively coupled to the urine bottle support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Inventor: Patricia Pfaeffle
  • Patent number: 6062520
    Abstract: Opposing sling object holding device that includes a first flexible strand and a second flexible strand that have at least a first and a second intersection with a loop defined therebetween. The overlapping portions of the strands and the first and second intersection are held in a relative relationship by holding members. The holding members are not fixedly mounted to the strands or are releasably fixedly mounted so that the size and location of the loop can be changed to accommodate different sized pots and different hanging arrangements. The components of the hanging device preferably withstand environmental degradation and have a multiplicity of arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventors: Richard L. Ralston, Rhonda J. Ralston, Robert E. Ralston, Aron P. Ralston, John Timothy Coslow
  • Patent number: 6062527
    Abstract: An improved support boom is disclosed for supporting instrumentation on extraterrestrial vehicles. The support boom includes first and second support legs which are each pivotably mountable at corresponding first ends to a support structure and which are interconnected at second ends to define a support boom structure. In one embodiment, flexure members are interposed in each of the support legs so as to pivot the support boom structure from a stowed position to a deployed, cantilevered position. The flexure members may be elongated with an arcuate cross-sectional configuration when straight (e.g., of carpenter's tape construction). Preferably, three support legs are included to define a tripod support arrangement, wherein each of the support legs includes at least one flexure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: William D. Nygren, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6059250
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tilting device that makes it possible to tilt around at least one axis, with a tilting member, a base member, and an elongated holding device arranged beneath the tilting member. At least two stabilizing members, of rectangular shape, are installed, offset from each other, on the base member. Connecting members between the holding device and the stabilizing members engage the holding device at different heights. During movement of at least one stabilizing member, at least another stabilizing member remains rigidly fixed at one location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung
    Inventors: Martin Reuter, Stefan Richter
  • Patent number: 6059243
    Abstract: In the vessel holder for an automobile-mounted console box, the wobble of a vessel ie: cup or the like caused by the vibration and the like of an automobile is particularly prevented. A console box 10 includes a box main body 20 and a lid 40. The box main body 20 has a hollow structure with its upper surface opened and the rid is openably and closably attached to the open upper surface of the box main body 20. The lid 40 includes a cup inserting hole 70 and a sliding door 90. The cup inserting hole 70 passes through the lid 40 in a vertical direction. The sliding door 90 is slidably held by sliding rails 80 disposed to the lid 40 and opens and closes the cup inserting hole 70. The sliding door 90 is slid so as to be abutted against the periphery of cups A B C inserted into the cup inserting hole 70 and holds them between it and the inner edge of the cup inserting hole 70 by adjusting the amount of opening of the cup inserting hole 70.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignees: Nifco Inc., Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.
    Inventors: Mitsuharu Hikage, Tomoaki Satou
  • Patent number: 6056251
    Abstract: Adjustable-height column, especially for chairs, includes a guide tube and a pneumatic, selectively blockable piston-cylinder unit for height adjustment located in the guide tube. The piston sealingly subdivides the cylinder into two operational chambers. Beginning at a defined retracted setting of the piston-cylinder unit, the blocking function is compulsorily canceled, in that a fluid flow connection between the two operational spaces is established which overrides the blocking function. An additional spring element is placed in series with the piston-cylinder unit to prevent a sudden collapse of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Stabilus GmbH
    Inventors: Axel Knopp, Elmar Keck
  • Patent number: 6053456
    Abstract: A cable anchor assembly for facilitating ready anchored connection of cables to components while protecting the cables from external forces and from moisture. The assembly includes a plurality of plates slidably engageable along a rail for facilitating relative movement between the plates. Each plate has an engaging edge that defines a portion of a formable collar in which a cable is receivable. A fixture, such as a rubber boot, is placed over a section of the cable and, with the plates separated, the cable section is placed between the formable collar portions, whereupon the plates are brought into sliding edge-to-edge contact with each other to enclose the cable section and boot. With the plates in contact, a securing mechanism is operated to maintain contact between the plates. In a preferred embodiment, the boot is configured to create a substantially water-resistant seal between the cable section and the movable plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: John Anthony Dispenza
  • Patent number: 6050530
    Abstract: The vertical movement of a retaining link mechanism and the horizontal movement of a counterweight are interlocked by a drive mechanism for balancing in weight between a medical optical device and/or its auxiliary devices and the counterweight about the center of pivot. Accordingly, the action of the drive mechanism makes a balance in the horizontal and vertical movements of the operating microscope combination, thereby automate the balancing control readily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Mitaka Kohki Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsushige Nakamura
  • Patent number: 6045106
    Abstract: A convertible trivet utensil having a body defining a central aperture and a planar surface and a plurality of frusto-conical rings oriented concentrically about a central axis and perpendicular to the planar surface so as to function as a trivet. The rings are nested in a single plane within the aperture in a first state and co-planar with the planar surface. A stand is displacibly attached to one of the rings to form a braced paraboloidal cavity as a bowl or container in a second state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: William V. Henley
  • Patent number: 6045097
    Abstract: The invention described holds dialysis bag and other similar articles containing delicate membrane securely in place so that biological solution can be added or collected, safely. The Dialysis Bag Holder contains bottom, vertical and top plates, cradle tubes and a funnel holding mechanism. The bottom plate holds vertical plate and cradle tubes. The vertical plate, besides providing additional support to cradle tubes, holds the top plate firmly in place. The top plate located over the tip of cradle tubes, seats funnel for pouring large volume of sample. Cradle tubes, attached permanently at an angle to the top of bottom plate, hold dialysis bags. The angle of attachment makes cradle tubes have an ascending slope. The concave holding surface of cradle tube complements with the cylindrical body of the bag or similar articles. The entire unit provides stability to the dialysis bag before, during and after loading biological sample.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Shaik A. Gaffar
    Inventor: Shaik A. Gaffar
  • Patent number: 6045112
    Abstract: A vibration isolation system (20) reduces vibrations produced by an operating electric motor (22). A motor retainer ring (24) fits into a motor retaining ring isolator (40) which is placed into a mounting surface opening (52) such that protrusions (48) contact a mounting surface (50). An upper motor cover (54) and a lower motor cover (60) are positioned to surround motor (22) while protruding ridges (62) space the interior surface away from motor (22). Fasteners (32) fit through retainer mounting holes (30) and attach to threaded holes (38) such that protrusions (58) of the upper motor cover (54) contact the mounting surface (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Calsonic North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Clark Kirkwood
  • Patent number: 6042078
    Abstract: The wall hanger of the present invention is designed to minimize the damage done to a wall when hung thereon. The wall hanger has a plurality of narrow bores angling generally downward through which pleating pins may be inserted to anchor the wall hanger. The wall hanger additionally has a support member from which may be hung an object. The bores and support member are configured to maximize a proportion of gravitational stress transferred to the wall to relieve stress on the pins. A pilot tool is also disclosed that starts a hole in the wall through the bores in the hanger and then is used to push a pin through the bore, into the pretapped hole in the wall, and further into the wall until its head is flush with the hanger. A kit is provided that consists of a wall hanger and a mounting tool. In addition, a method is provided for mounting a wall hanger to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Charles A. Donovan
  • Patent number: 6042079
    Abstract: A device for the vibration isolation with level control of an object with respect to a base, having a pneumatic spring and a completely mechanically decoupled control loop comprising a position sensor which operates in a contact-free manner, an electronic controller and an electrically controllable flow valve allowing a contact-free level control with adjustable control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Mikroskopie Und Systeme GmbH
    Inventor: Detlef Hogenkamp
  • Patent number: 6042068
    Abstract: A mount that secures a projector to a ceiling is disclosed. The mount includes an upper element which is attached to the ceiling, and a lower element which is attached to the projector. The two elements are adapted to slidably engage and disengage for quick mounting without having to detach the upper element from the ceiling and the lower element from the projector. The mount may include a spring-biased latch which locks the two elements together to prevent accidental disengagement. The latch may include a safety lock feature which prevents inadvertent actuation of the latch and subsequent disengagement of the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Peerless Indsutries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Tcherny
  • Patent number: 6042061
    Abstract: An improved roller rung for a cable bed to reduce cable traction is disclosed. The roller rung comprises a holder rung having a groove, a plurality of roller drums and a plurality of partition panels. The partition panels are mounted in the groove from above or an end of the groove and securely engaged with the holder rung with panel engagement means. The roller drums turnably engage the partition panels and can rotate freely and independently on axial engagement means substantially above the groove or partially protruding from the groove. Cable weight is securely borne by the partition panels which are supported by the sturdy holder rung, thus the roller rung of the present invention can additionally provide an improved support of cable weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Mirai Industries Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Shohachi Shimizu
  • Patent number: 6039296
    Abstract: In a beverage container holder for a vehicle comprising a box-like member, a first holding member, and a second holding member, the box-like member comprises a floor and generally upstanding walls defining a compartment with an opening on its top, the first holding member extends across the opening of the box-like member and divides the compartment into two parts, and the second holding member is mounted to the first holding member and moveable between a relatively retracted position and a relatively extended position. Preferably the second holding member is pivotally connected to the first holding member so as to be rotatable between the relatively retracted and extended positions. This beverage container holder can be readily adjustable for receiving and holding beverage containers of various sizes by rotating the second holding member between the relatively retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignees: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Nishina, Toshihide Kimisawa
  • Patent number: 6039294
    Abstract: A support leg has a unitary one-piece molded body which includes an upper fitting portion to be fitted into a vertical side of a partition wall. The upper fitting portion has two opposing vertical plate portions, a plurality of U-shaped bends which extend from the vertical plate portions to bend about a common vertical axis and which are spaced vertically, a plurality of horizontal grooves defined by the adjacent bends, and limit blocks formed on the vertical plate portions within the horizontal grooves. A lower sleeve portion extends downward from the upper fitting portion and has a female screw portion adjacent to the upper fitting portion, and a tubular portion with a bore of uniform cross-section that extends coaxially downward from the female screw portion. A horizontal abutment portion projects from the lower sleeve portion below the upper fitting portion for abutting against the bottom end of the partition wall. The horizontal abutment portion has an engagement groove and an engagement projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Waterson Chen
  • Patent number: 6039299
    Abstract: A damper interposed between a stationary portion and a movable portion for attenuating or inhibiting vibrations or shock propagated from the stationary portion to the movable portion in an electronic equipment. The damper, which has its one end and its other end mounted on the movable portion and on the stationary portion, respectively, has its main body portion formed of flexible butyl rubber. The main body portion has a hollow portion and a protuberant portion having a shaft-inserting hole and which is protruding towards the hollow portion. The protuberant portion has an outer diameter equal to not less than 2.3 times the inner diameter of the shaft inserting hole. In the hollow portion of the main body portion is enclosed a viscous fluid, such as silicone oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Sei Ohnishi, Yoshinori Hatayama
  • Patent number: 6039298
    Abstract: A post support apparatus for retaining a mounting post in generally upright disposition and including an elongated support body which includes a lower stake portion adapted to be driven into the earth, and an upper or above-surface post receiving portion. The post receiving portion includes a cavity adapted to rigidly and clampingly retain the base of a post therewithin. The stake portion consists of a continuously tapered body of generally crisscross or "X" configuration, having outer edge surfaces therealong, and with a distal tip end for engaging the earth and a proximal end for above-surface post retention. The stake portion body is tapered continuously from its proximal end to its distal tip end so that the outer edge surfaces remain in firm contact with the subterranean earth or soil. The stake body is dual tapered along its length with the portion adjacent the distal tip being steeply angularly tapered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Peter Stier
  • Patent number: RE36640
    Abstract: A collapsible Christmas tree stand is disclosed for supporting a Christmas tree or the like from a longitudinal tube supported by two pair of opposing legs. The second pair of legs being rotatable about the tube in relation to a first pair of legs between a storage position and a plurality of support positions. The position of the two pair of legs with respect to one another is maintained with a locking wing nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Lincoln Imports Ltd., Inc.
    Inventors: David Frost, Matthew Leung