Patents Examined by Donald M. Gurley
  • Patent number: 5966779
    Abstract: A base plate for fixing a hinge arm on furniture is constituted by a support plate (2) which can be fixed to a support wall, a covering plate (3) at least partially covering the support plate and transversely guided thereon and having fixing devices for attaching the hinge arm. Pre-mounted fixing screws (23,23') are partially screwed in the holes (20,21) of the support plate (2) and go through oblong holes (15,16) provided in the covering plate (3). In order to let the covering plate be transversely moved, easily and by economical means, and in order to prevent the support plate from separating from the covering plate before the mounting of the base plate, one hole (20) of the support plate (2) is at least partially surrounded by guide sockets (24) that go through the corresponding oblong hole (15) of the covering plate and slightly protrude from its upper edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Arturo Salice S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luciano Salice
  • Patent number: 5964012
    Abstract: A hanging fitting for a door, window or the like having a fixed support inserted on the sash-frame and on which is installed a spindle for inserting a movable support fixed on the leaf of the door, window or the like into a bushing. The spindle is pivotally installed, by an eccenter, on the fixed support. The bushing corresponding with the movable support is covering a sleeve. This sleeve has an eccentered bore for receiving the spindle of the fixed support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Ferco International Ferrures et Serrures de Batiment Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Daniel Vigreux
  • Patent number: 5964009
    Abstract: A driving tool, such as a screwdriver, has a handle with an injection-molded, relatively hard and rigid inner body, molded around a tool shank, the inner body having an elongated central portion with two end flanges extending laterally outwardly of the central portion around the entire periphery thereof, with the central portion having a peripheral groove formed therein adjacent to an end flange. An outer gripping body of a relatively soft and resilient material is injection molded around the inner body, surrounding said central portion of said inner body and filling said groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Assignee: Snap-on Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Hoepfl, Christopher D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 5956804
    Abstract: An improved carpet tack strip formed from synthetic chemical and natural materials which include a selective amount of a polyethylene material of between 40% to 60% by weight, which is mixed with a selected amount of polypropylene material having about 1% to 10% by weight and including therein a fine powdered wood material having a selected amount of between 60% to about 40% by weight, wherein the mixture thereof is extruded from an extruding apparatus, thereby producing a continuous elongated homogeneous plastic strip that when cooled is cut in predetermined lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Duraplex, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey W. Dunne
  • Patent number: 5956806
    Abstract: A door closer has a cylindrical body `A` installed in a swing door and a base plate `B` fixed to a wall `C` standing still and near the door. The body `A` has an oil-hydraulic third cylinder 3 fixed by a connecting pin 4 in a second cylinder 2, which slides in a first cylinder 1 serving as an outer casing. A piston rod 7 displaceable into and out of the third cylinder has a front end fixed to a piston 5 in this, and a rear end fixed to a piston 6 at rear end of the second cylinder. A tie rod 9 connects the second cylinder's front end to the base plate, and an airtight chamber 10 is defined between the piston 6 and the first cylinder's inner end wall. An air suction passage 12 is formed through which the chamber communicates with atmosphere, a one-way valve 11 disposed in the passage allows only suction of air into the chamber, and a thin ventilation hole 13 communicates with the airtight chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Daiyasu Metal Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiji Tutikawa
  • Patent number: 5953791
    Abstract: An earpiece for eyeglasses is characterized by an earpiece body (1) having an eyelet (2) at its end and a threaded section (6) on which is screwed a sleeve (10) containing an elastic mechanism (9) suitable for pushing a cursor (8) against the eyelet (2) so that the distance between the sleeve edge (10a) and the cursor body (8c) can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Marcolin S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alessandro Da Forno
  • Patent number: 5950280
    Abstract: A utensil holding device engageable with a utensil (e.g., spoon or fork) to provide an improved gripping surface for the utensil. The utensil holding device is adapted for quick and easy attachment to a utensil. A portion of the handle section of a utensil is arranged inside a cavity formed by the utensil holding device. The device allows an individual to better grip and maneuver a utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Magic American Corporation
    Inventor: Curtis Taylor
  • Patent number: 5943738
    Abstract: A friction hinge is provided, comprising a shaft and a band frictionally wrapped about the shaft, wherein the band is formed with a pair of annular slits for defining a pair of outside annular members and an inside annular finger disposed between the slits, the finger being circularly wrapped about the shaft such that the finger is matingly received within an annular undercut formed along the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: TorqMaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Yury Karfiol
  • Patent number: 5933916
    Abstract: A faucet handle has a generally cylindrical ceramic body, with a bore extending axially through the body. A mounting member extends through the bore and has an enlarged head on the exterior end thereof. The interior end of the mounting member has threads for attachment to the faucet control member. There is a cylindrical chamber formed between the exterior of the mounting member and the surface of the bore and there is an axially extending cushioning insert positioned within the chamber. The insert extends substantially about the mounting member within the chamber and is there to prevent damaging contact between the mounting member and the ceramic body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Moen Incorporated
    Inventor: Todd C. Loschelder
  • Patent number: 5926916
    Abstract: This invention relates to a computer having a door being opened/closed at either side having a case for protecting internal circuits of a computer from an external impact, a face which is attached to the front of the case; and a door, installed in an open area of the face, which can be opened/closed from either side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seung-Woon Lee, Tae-Sang Kim
  • Patent number: 5926913
    Abstract: An extension for use with different pneumatically powered tools is provided. The extension comprises an elongated body for coupling the extension to a pneumatic source and a sleeve for coupling a pneumatic tool to the extension, coupling the tool to the source. The extension has a small diameter to enable the extension to be disposed in substantially small workspaces, for enabling facile operation of a pneumatic tool coupled to the extension in such workspaces. The extension is sufficiently long, to enable a tool coupled to the extension to access fasteners located in deep and narrow workspaces. The body has a handle that includes a control switch for controlling activation of a tool coupled thereto, thus remotely controlling activation of the tool. A passageway extends through the body to provide an air flow path therethrough pneumatic air source to the pneumatic tool coupled to the extension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventors: J. Manuel Hernandez, M. Elizabeth Harbinson-Moore, Johnny L. Moore, Josephine Cruz Hernandez
  • Patent number: 5924169
    Abstract: A suitcase handle device has a positioning seat disposed in a top portion of the suitcase, a grip seat disposed on the positioning seat, a grip disposed on the grip seat, and a press plate disposed in the grip seat. The positioning seat has a first square recess and a second square recess. The grip seat has a first distal sleeve inserted in the first square recess, a first through hole, a first passage, a second distal sleeve inserted in the second square recess, a second through hole, a second passage, a recess hole, two lateral plates, a slide rail, and an extended hole. The press plate has a base seat, a neck portion, a press portion, a protruded block, and a round hole receiving a coiled spring. The extended hole receives the protruded block. The lateral plates clamp the neck portion. The base seat slides in the slide rail. The grip has a first distal arm receiving a first inner pipe and a second distal arm receiving a second inner pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Ting Cheng Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lien-Ching Lu
  • Patent number: 5920956
    Abstract: For mounting a folding/sliding door, a support is connected to a hinge arm of a hinger mounted in the upper outer end area of an outer door leaf in a position in which the side of the retaining part that attaches to the hinge arm is located in the extension of the bearing part. The folding/sliding door can then be joined by its inner leaf via hinges, preferentially standard double-link hinges, to a side panel of the body. The pre-fitted support, already connected to the hinge arm of the outer door leaf, can then be introduced and locked into the guide channel together with its carriage part. First, the carriage part is swiveled through 90 degrees around the retaining part so as to position the carriage part within the longitudinal slot of the guide channel. The carriage part is then locked in place by turning the hammer-shaped head through 90 degrees by means of its supporting pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Arturo Salice S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luciano Salice
  • Patent number: 5920957
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic hand grip 1 having two end zones respectively attachable in a support opening 5 by means of a connecting part. Each connecting part 3 has at least one locking zone adapted to grasp behind the support opening 5 and to be held therein in a spread position. The connecting part 3 has two oppositely facing connecting flanges 10, 11. One connecting flange 11 is resilient and the other connecting flange 10 is rigid. In closed position, the resilient connecting flange 11 is held in the spread position S by means of a secured arresting bolt 15. The connecting part below the two contact flanges 10, 11 is provided with two locations, arranged at a distance from each other, for a spring-loaded hinge bolt 20 for penetrating the end zones of the tiltably designed hand grip 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: TRW United-Carr GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Jorg Wagner
  • Patent number: 5918347
    Abstract: A motor vehicle door lock for use with a motor vehicle door hinge having two hinge halves connectable, respectively, with two parts of a door assembly, a door and a door pillar, and pivotally connected with each other by a hinge pin, the door lock including a cylinder housing fixedly connectable with one of the two hinge halves connectable with one part of the door assembly, a cylinder stem received in the cylinder housing and fixedly connectable with another of the two hinge halves connectable with another part of the door assembly, and at least one locking member arranged in the cylinder housing or the cylinder stem with a possibility of a radial adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Ed. Scharwachter GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Richard Morawetz
  • Patent number: 5918348
    Abstract: The present invention provides a small, cylindrical hinge, or pivoting pin, which can be configured to produce various profiles of torque versus angle. The desired profile of torque versus angle is achieved by the shapes of the hinge shaft and the spring plates of the hinge. Detents at one or more angular positions can be achieved, with or without frictional damping torque at other angles. The friction of our hinge is produced symmetrically about the hinge axis, eliminating the problems associated with asymmetric construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: TorqMaster, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Carpenter, Mikhail Gelfand, Edward T. Rude
  • Patent number: 5911235
    Abstract: A glide, preferably self retaining, for the lower end of each rear leg of a walker. The device substantially reduces forward drag or resistance to walker sliding movement over a support substrate such as carpet, hard floors, concrete, ground and like, while simultaneously increasing resistance to side ways or lateral slippage. The device includes a stationary or fixed member which engages with and receives support from each walker leg lower end and includes a support shaft orientated at an acute angle of preferably about fifteen degrees (15.degree.) to the central axis of the leg. A ground engaging member is held on the support shaft for rotation only and has a lower exterior contoured ground engaging surface which, in combination with the acute angle, makes contact with the support substrate laterally from the central axis of the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventors: Richard E. Henderson, Kathleen O'Brien
  • Patent number: 5909758
    Abstract: A supporting tool which can be easily mounted at a desired position on a wall surface or the like at a low cost to function as a supporting bar or a handrail includes a sucking pad. An adhesive agent layer is disposed on one main surface of the sucking pad and on a portion of the other main surface, opposed to a pedestal. One end of a shaft shaped connection member is fixed to the other main surface of the sucking pad, whereas the other end of the shaft-shaped connection member penetrates through the center of the pedestal. A horizontal shaft is inserted through the other end of the connection member which extends upward through the upper surface of the pedestal. Each end of the horizontal shaft is rotatably supported by shaft-receiving members. The horizontal shaft is fixed to a rotatable cam. The horizontal shaft is moved vertically by rotating the cam. As a result, the center of the sucking pad is moved vertically through the connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Inventor: Akio Kitamura
  • Patent number: 5901413
    Abstract: A vertical blind holder apparatus 10 for collecting, gathering, and moving individual vertical blind panel segments away from an opening created by a sliding glass door 40. The apparatus 10 comprises an extension unit 20 which extends rearwardly from, and is operatively connected to the handle grip portion 53 of the handle member 50 of the sliding glass door 40 to collect the individual vertical blind panel segments 101 as the sliding glass door 40 is opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: John C. Patee
  • Patent number: RE36213
    Abstract: Furniture hinge for hanging a door on a cabinet carcase whose door-side front face is narrowed by a frame formed of stick-like frame members reaching inward at right angles from the side walls and at least partially overlapping the inside of the door in the closed position, the hinge having a hinge arm of sheet metal which has a fastening plate which can be placed on the free edge face of a member of the frame remote from the side wall, has a width substantially corresponding to the width of the edge face of the frame member, bears the actual arm section coupled by a linkage to the hinge part attached to the door, and is provided with a slot running in the longitudinal direction of the edge face of the frame member, the width of the slot being substantially equal to the diameter of the shaft of the fastening screw, and at least one tab being created on the back edge of the fastening plate pointing into the cabinet interior which is bent substantially at right angles against the cabinet-interior face of the fr
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: MEPLA-Werke Lautenschlager GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst Lautenschlager, Gerhard Lautenschlager