Patents Examined by Douglas D. Watts
  • Patent number: 6915580
    Abstract: A razor handle assembly having a telescoping extension body portion with a loop-handle at one end and a gripping portion at the opposite end, the gripping portion is detachably connected to the handle of a typical shaving razor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: Lisa L. Dassel
  • Patent number: 6915579
    Abstract: The present invention relates, in general, to a punch assembly and methods of using same and, more particularly, to a punch assembly that is capable of accurately and repeatedly measuring an intersecting point at which a hold or indentation can be put in a sheet of material such as, but not by way of limitation, a sheet of metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: Archie Cofer
  • Patent number: 6912790
    Abstract: A power tool, such as a reciprocating saw, including a spindle for supporting a tool element, a body defining a pivot axis and housing a motor and a drive mechanism driven by the motor, the drive mechanism driving the spindle, the body having a forward end supporting the spindle and a rearward end, and a grip connected to the rearward end of the body for pivoting movement about the pivot axis. The reciprocating saw may include a locking assembly for locking the grip in a pivoted position relative to the body and a switch assembly at least partially supported on the grip. The switch assembly is preferably inoperable when the locking assembly is in an unlocked condition, and the locking assembly preferably cannot be moved to the unlocked condition when the switch assembly is in an operating condition. Also, the reciprocating saw may include a grip portion provided by the body and engageable by the operator's other hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas Paul James, Roger Dean Neitzell, Troy Charles Thorson
  • Patent number: 6910277
    Abstract: A flexible noise attenuating cutting line for use in rotary vegetation trimmers formed by extruding a pair of molten monofilament strands in proximate disposition through a rotating die so as to form a line comprised of two monofilament polymer strands bonded together in a twisted disposition about a central longitudinal axis so as to define a pair of substantially V-shaped opposed troughs extending helically along and about the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Proulx Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard A. Proulx, Rodger D. Thomason, William P. Conley
  • Patent number: 6901664
    Abstract: A seal for sealing a gap defined between a blade assembly and a housing of a clipper has a sealing portion and a base portion. The sealing portion has a blade engaging side and a housing engaging side. At least one projection extends upwards from the housing engaging side for engaging the housing. At least one attachment formation is provided for releasably attaching the seal to a boss interior to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Wahl Clipper Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Melton, Michael Eddinger
  • Patent number: 6901669
    Abstract: A hair clipper protective and identifying cap that is used to cover the cutting portion of a standard hair clipper. The protective cap is shaped to accommodate the cutting portion of the hair clipper. The bottom edge of the cap has a lip that allows the cap to be securely attached to the clippers. When the cap is properly placed over the cutting portion, the lip extends around the housing top end, at a point just below the cutting portion. Labels are applied to the protective cap or imprinted thereon to indicate whether the clipper is clean or requires sanitizing, namely “Clean” and “Soiled”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Shari Liberatore
  • Patent number: 6901668
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a device for protecting a blade of a knife, scissors or the like, consisting of two largely congruent partial surfaces that are designed as one piece with one another, of which at least one contains on essentially its entire surface an adhesive and which can be glued together while sandwiching the blade in between them, wherein the two partial surfaces are connected with each other along a folding edge containing a perforation and at least one of the partial surfaces contains a projection protruding beyond the congruence area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Victorinox AG
    Inventors: Carl Elsener-Zehnder, Peter Balsiger-Schilter
  • Patent number: 6901662
    Abstract: A rotary electric shaver with a plurality of cutting heads that have planetary motion and circular motion for the outer screen elements of the cutting heads and an internal gear ring drive means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Hy Steinberg
  • Patent number: 6901663
    Abstract: A hand-held tool for piercing and scraping includes a handle with a short wedge-shaped blade having a pointed end for concentrating tearing forces for piercing, and a large radius tapering away from the pointed end for scraping. A thumb-rest portion is located a short distance from the handle to facilitate use of a thumb to grip and tear away packaging. The tool can also be used to scrape off sticky price labels or to clean grime, while minimizing scratching due to its plastic construction. A flexible cap can be slipped over the blade portion to protect and keep it clean. The cap can be removed and placed in the handle when using the tool, and easily removed again by pushing down on either end of the cap to raise the opposite end for grasping. The blade and handle can be injection molded as one piece from a high strength plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas G. Grieve
  • Patent number: 6898855
    Abstract: A scraping tool employing a sharp-edged blade comprising a top, bottom, door, carrier, blade, storage box and an ergonomic base grip. The top, bottom and base grip combine to form the scraper tool body. The blade is attached to the carrier which is contained within the body and slides back and forth allowing the blade to be exposed. The storage box is contained within the body and can be used to store spare and used scraper blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventors: Gordon Sinclair Jones, John Darrin Fiegener, Jason A. Morris
  • Patent number: 6898856
    Abstract: A letter opener is disclosed as including a body with a channel allowing an envelope to pass through, and a cutting blade extending into the channel, in which the body and the cutting blade are movable relative to each other to vary the position along the channel at which the cutting blade cuts the passing envelope. At least part of the channel is of a generally S shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Inventors: King Biu Mak, Chung Yin Ronald Mak, Chung Ming Mak
  • Patent number: 6895673
    Abstract: A receiving groove is defined on a lower surface of a guide bracket. An oil pad is received in the groove. The guide bracket is defined adjacent to an end thereof with an oil inlet hole. A movable clipper blade is defined adjacent to front and rear ends thereof with front and rear oil passages and is positioned underneath the oil pad, such that the front and rear oil passages are communicated with oil storing grooves defined on a lower surface of the movable clipper blade, to supply oil between the movable clipper blade and a fixed clipper blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Tae Jun O
  • Patent number: 6892460
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pliers-type tool and to a method for cutting through optical fibre cables (OF). According to the invention, the OF cable is received between the jaws of the pliers precisely, in a specific position, and is securely and precisely held and supported there. The invention uses a novel round blade (14) which is accommodated in a separately operated cutting device (23). A switching mechanism (26, 28, 31, 32) is allocated to the cutting device for measuring the duration of use of the cutting blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Rennsteig Werkzeuge GmbH
    Inventors: Edgar Wilhelm, Georg Holland-Moritz, Bernd Tomas
  • Patent number: 6889437
    Abstract: A shaving system for a dry shaver has at least one long-hair cutter arranged between shaving units for short-hair cutting. The shaving units for short-hair cutting each include an upper blade and a lower blade, which can be moved relative to one another by a drive. The long-hair cutter is formed from at least two cutting elements that can be moved relative to one another and are arranged one beside the other. The cutting elements of the long-hair cutter are each of comb-like design, and their rows of cutting teeth, which are formed by tines, are oriented essentially perpendicularly to the skin which is to be shaved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: Braun GmbH
    Inventors: Raoul Bader, Matthias Gradl, Sebastian Hottenrott, Peter Junk, Christof Kleemann, Michael Meiss, Uwe Neumann, Michael Odemer, Andreas Reklau, Jens Störkel, Petri Toivanen, Till Winkler, Jürgen Wolf
  • Patent number: 6886262
    Abstract: A razor handle includes a hard section and a soft section integrally formed and overlapping each other. On the rear surface of a gripping section, a second rear contact section of the soft section is exposed and a finger applying concave section is formed at the upper section of the second rear contact section. On the front surface of the gripping section, the first front contact section of the hard section is exposed at the boundary section with a side surface, the second front contact section of the soft section is exposed between the first front contact sections at the both boundary sections, and a concave area is formed on the upper section of the second front contact section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Kai R&D Center Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ohtsubo, Kazuhiko Isogimi
  • Patent number: 6886256
    Abstract: A chamber is formed in the upper end of a brush saw cutting head housing. The brush saw cutting element drive spindle's upper end projects into the chamber. The drive spindle's lower end projects beneath the housing and is drivingly couplable to the cutting element. A disc is mounted against the underside of the cutting element. A cavity is formed in the disc. At least one channel extends through the disc, between the cavity and the disc's external rim. An aperture extends through the drive spindle, between the chamber and the cavity. Herbicide supplied to the chamber flows from the chamber, through the drive spindle aperture, into the cavity. The drive spindle rotates the disc. Centrifugal force imposed on herbicide within the cavity forces the herbicide through the channel(s) onto the underside of the cutting element, for transfer onto the stumps of material cut by the element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Apex Reforestation Ltd.
    Inventors: Bryan Marc Hobday, Peter Williams
  • Patent number: 6886261
    Abstract: This invention consists of three new features which on their own or in combination, improve the usefulness of the existing drywall jab saw. The three new features are the addition of fine teeth to the top of the blade, a blade with equally spaced holes along its length which are used as a rip guide, and a notch at the end of the handle to help remove narrow rips of drywall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Dale Steven Haut
  • Patent number: 6880252
    Abstract: A hand tool is used to automatically and precisely define a starting hole that will accommodate an element such as a self-tapping screw, a drill bit, or the like. The hand tool has a leading section that automatically orients and locates a punch rod that will be actuated by means of a trigger mechanism to define the starting hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Theodore P. Drake
  • Patent number: 6877231
    Abstract: An expandable storage container includes a primary storage container having a series of openings arranged in an upper portion and a cavity on one side, and a secondary storage container arrange at least partially within the primary storage container. The secondary storage container has a series of openings arranged in an upper portion therein, and is sized to be slidably nested within at least a portion of the primary storage container. Items such a knives, rods, screwdrivers, etc. are stored vertically within the openings, and the secondary storage container slides outwardly from the primary storage container to permit additional storage as the use increases the number of item needing storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventors: Gayle Rosenberg, Eli S Pine
  • Patent number: 6877234
    Abstract: A reciprocating hand saw with a housing has a motor, a gearbox with a lifting rod for moving a saw blade mounted thereon up and down, and a base plate on which the housing is mounted, capable of carrying particularly easy-to-handle spare saw blades by the fact that the housing has an opening into which a magazine-like, longitudinal saw blade receptacle is capable of being inserted in a detachable, captive manner, and a part of the saw blade receptacle serving as grip projects outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel Saegesser, Sacha Felder