Patents Examined by Edgar A. Burr
  • Patent number: 6382852
    Abstract: An information recording apparatus and an information recording method are provided for recording additional information on a heat-sensitive recording medium with a simple configuration without seriously affecting a main recorded image. A CPU includes a memory for storing the additional information. The CPU further includes a memory for storing information about thermal energy and glossiness of the heat-sensitive medium. Based on the information about gloss characteristics, the CPU controls a thermal head through a head controller so that a specific amount of thermal energy is applied to an image recording surface of the medium after image recording. The thermal energy applied effects variations of glossiness corresponding to the additional information to record. Through the application of the thermal energy, glossiness of the medium varies and the additional information is thereby recorded on the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Noboru Koyama
  • Patent number: 6289801
    Abstract: A new face painting stencils for helping paint images, logos and other designs on the face of a user. The inventive device includes a card having substantially planar first and second surfaces, a pair of end edges and a pair of side edges extending between the end edges of the card. The card has at least one hole therethrough extending between the first and second surfaces of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Inventor: Patrick M. Raymond
  • Patent number: 6155729
    Abstract: An ink ribbon feeder for use in a facsimile machine has a feed roll winding thereover an ink ribbon and a take-up roll for taking-up the ink ribbon fed from the feed roll. A friction mechanism is provided at one end of the take-up roll for rotating the take-up roll in a taking-up direction. A back tension mechanism is provided at one end of the feed roll for rotating the feed roll in a direction opposite the taking-up direction. The friction mechanism and the back tension mechanism are provided at the same side of the ink ribbon. A separation segment is provided between the feed roll and the take-up roll and is positioned below the ink ribbon and in contact therewith. The separation segment has a sliding surface extending in a widthwise direction of the ink ribbon. A height of one and another ends of the sliding surface is different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuhito Ishida, Hideo Nishigaki
  • Patent number: 6129016
    Abstract: A stamping toy having a pair of self inking stamp pads. The arms are part of a housing assembly including a central drum which is rotatably mounted on a center support post and is biased along with the housing assembly by spring means into an inoperative position. A series of opposed radially spaced depending fingers and upwardly projecting projections are positioned in opposed relationship within the drum. An indexing rod on the post is adapted to cooperate with camming surfaces on the fingers and projections to rotate the arms as the drum is moved from an inoperative to the operative position and back to the inoperative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventors: Steven Rehkemper, Jeffery Rehkemper, Todd J. Hannon
  • Patent number: 6123021
    Abstract: A machine for printing a plurality of colored patterns on the surface of a contact lens has a plurality of parallel oriented print stations each of which has an image die and an ink cup for applying ink into the image in the die. A slide is moveable between a plurality of the print stations such that a contact lens on the slide can receive printing at each of the stations. The slide also carries a vertically moveable print pad for applying printing to a lens and an indexing cleaning tape for cleaning the print pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Cameron
  • Patent number: 6119591
    Abstract: A processing method for undetachably printing pictures on the surface of a fastening sheath for a shoe lace head, including the steps of: processing acetic acid fiber at high temperature and then pressing the fiber into transparent film which is wound into a roll of film; printing one side of the film with necessary colorful pictures by general ink printing technique; printing two liquid transparent inks onto the side of the film to cover the colorful pictures as a protective coating for protecting the colorful pictures from being corroded by chemical adhesive agents; and by means of a fixed mold and a movable mold, which are unifiedly operated at a certain temperature, placing the head section of the shoe lace on the fixed mold and spraying chemical adhesive agents such as MEK, acetone, toluene, etc. thereon. The roll of film is then cut off into a segment of film having a certain length with the necessary colorful pictures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Taiwan Paiho Limited
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 6119595
    Abstract: A pair of doctor blade assemblies extend from upper and lower ends of a housing. Seal assemblies having compressible seals, seal spacers and retaining plates are disposed at opposite ends of the housing and extend between the upper and lower doctor blade assemblies. The doctor blade assemblies, the seal assemblies, the inner surface of the housing and the outer surface of the transfer roll define a fully encapsulated applicator chamber. The upper blade assembly includes a doctor blade positioned as a trailing edge blade, a blade support for clamping the blade and for securing the blade to the housing, a blade seal positioned for sealing the ink chamber and a pneumatic assembly for adjusting the pressure of the trailing doctor blade against the transfer roll. The lower blade assembly includes a doctor blade positioned as a trailing edge blade and a blade support for clamping the blade and for securing the blade to the lower end of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    Inventors: William Earl Garris, Donald Ellis Williams
  • Patent number: 6098537
    Abstract: In a stencil printer, in order to definitely prevent an ink leakage even when the perforated portion 20c of the printing drum laps over the clamp 25 of the back press roller 14, the portions of a part of the outer circumferential surface of the back press roller positioned adjacent to the rear and opposite side edges of the clamp 25 is provided by a movable circumferential member 66 adapted to bias rearward relative to the clamp in synchronization with the opening operation of the clamp, so as thereby to cancel the clearance formed along the periphery of the clamp without obstructing the opening operation of the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Riso Kagaku Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Nakayama, Yasuhiro Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6095088
    Abstract: A pet litter box assembly is provided having an open-ended base into which litter can be placed, a cover which can be latched upon the base in order to seal the base and a waste collecting member mounted within the cover at a position spaced from the underside of the cover. When waste and used litter deposited in the base needs to be separated from non-used litter placed in the base, the cover can be seated upon and latched to the base and the pet litter box assembly can be rotated to cause the contents of the base to flow onto the waste collecting member. The waste collecting member includes numerous filtering orifices that are sized to permit non-used litter granules to readily flow therethrough while waste and used litter is collected in the waste collecting member for disposal. The base and the cover have double-wall constructions and therefore each includes inner and outer wall portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: First Brands
    Inventor: Alan F. Savicki
  • Patent number: 6095700
    Abstract: In a thermal printer having a plurality of thermal elements arranged in a line, voltage of a battery which is to be applied to the thermal elements is detected. Based on the detected voltage, the period of time during which the thermal elements are driven is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Negishi, Katsumi Kawamura, Katsuyoshi Suzuki, Hiroshi Orita, Minoru Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6089159
    Abstract: System for applying a pumpable substance (printing liquid) to running material webs, comprising a chambered doctor blade casing provided with a space for pumpable substance; an inlet and an outlet for pumpable substance; and at least two doctor blades detachably mounted on the chambered doctor blade casing, which blades bound an opening which, in operation, faces the outer circumference of a roller and which extends over the length of the chambered doctor blade casing, and the chambered doctor blade casing being sealed at its end faces by detachable seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Cornelis Gorter
  • Patent number: 6073558
    Abstract: A printing press includes a combination printing blanket and blanket cylinder having a fill-in bar adapted to receive both ends of the printing blanket. The printing blanket and the fill-in bar are preattached, and, after wrapping the blanket around the cylinder, a barbed snap fit is achieved to fastened the blanket tightly around the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Jackson Hacker Jones
  • Patent number: 6071024
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an ink ribbon positioning system of a color printer for identifying a position of a color ink ribbon of the color printer. The ink ribbon is windingly installed inside an ink ribbon box comprising a plurality of dye blocks. Each of the dye blocks comprises a plurality of transparent color frames, and the color frames are used for storing different color dyes. The ink ribbon positioning system comprises a light source installed at one side of the ink ribbon for emitting a color light beam through the ink ribbon, an optical sensor for detecting the light beam and generating a corresponding output voltage, and an identification device for identifying positions of a dye block of the ink ribbon and color frames inside the dye block according to output voltages generated by the optical sensor and generating corresponding position signals. The color printer further comprises a thermal print head and a control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Acer Peripherals, Inc.
    Inventors: Chien Chi-Ming, Chun-Jun Lee, Yen-Chi Lee
  • Patent number: 6062750
    Abstract: A printing apparatus comprises input means for inputting various characters, design setting means for selecting a design pattern including a frame to be added around the characters and a background pattern to be added on a background of the characters thereby to emphasize the characters, memory means for storing ornament frame data of an ornament frame to be arranged in both ends of the frame and mask data of the ornament frame, first data producing means for producing first frame data on the frame selected by the design setting means, the first frame data having a predetermined area, and first background pattern data on the background pattern selected by the design setting means, the first background pattern data having a predetermined area, second data producing means for producing design data by generating second background pattern data by a logical multiply of the first background pattern data and the mask data of the ornament frame and arranging the second background pattern data within second frame data
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideo Ueno, Minako Ishida, Sachiko Nakagawa, Mizue Terai
  • Patent number: 6058842
    Abstract: A bearing assembly for an inking or wetting device of a printing press which quickly adjusts and readjusts a position of a first roller against a second and third roller includes a movable carrier plate on which a bearing assembly holding the first roller is mounted. The carrier plate rests against couplings of quadrilateral mechanisms which are positioned in relation to stops on bearings of the second and third rollers. As the position of the second and third rollers is adjusted for wear, the carrier plate follows the stops via the couplings so that the first roller automatically follows the second and third rollers during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG
    Inventor: Robert Mayr
  • Patent number: 6056460
    Abstract: A paper discharging apparatus comprising a printing means to perform a predetermined printing on a paper, a cutting means to cut the printed paper at a predetermined length, a paper discharging means to discharge the printed and cut paper through a paper discharging route and a paper outlet, a paper detecting means provided at the paper discharging route to detect the paper, a paper collection part provided between the cutting means and the paper discharging means, and a retry means, to recognize an occurrence of paper jam when the paper is not detected by the paper detecting means in spite of completion of the printing and cutting, to return the paper in a direction opposite to the paper discharging direction and to execute a paper reissue operation, thereby the returned paper being pushed by a reissued paper to be collected in the paper collection part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Star Micronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kanji Suzuki
  • Patent number: 6053646
    Abstract: An input device for inputting data into a computer or a video game is provided. The input device includes two keyballs mounted to a base. The keyballs may be swiveled relative to the base. Each keyball includes a plurality of switches for activation by the finger tips and thumb tips of a typist. By moving the keyballs and pressing the switches, the typist can enter data in a manner which mimics a conventional typing method. During operation, the typist's hands need not leave the keyballs. Therefore, the input device can reduce strains, and the likelihood of injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, to the wrists of the typist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Arild T. Kolsrud
  • Patent number: 6048116
    Abstract: There is provided an output apparatus for outputting an image pattern by dots on the basis of a vector font. The apparatus comprises: a memory to store coordinate point data indicative of an outline of a pattern; a first mode to arrange into dots on the basis of the coordinate point data stored in the memory; a second mode to reduce the number of outline points than that in the first mode and to arrange into dots; a mode indicating device to indicate the first or second mode; and an output device to output dots in accordance with the first or second mode on the basis of the indication from the mode indicating device. By properly selecting the first or second mode, an image pattern can be displayed or printed by dots at a desired quality and a desired speed on the basis of the vector font.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shuichi Kumada
  • Patent number: 6047755
    Abstract: An improved labeler includes a housing and a bellows drive gear and cassette drive sprocket spaced apart and each rotatably supported in the housing. A stepper motor is mounted in the housing and has an output shaft. A first drive gear is affixed to the shaft and engages the bellows drive gear. A second drive gear is affixed to the shaft. A drive train is interposed between and engages the second gear and the cassette drive sprocket. The stepper motor is positioned between the bellows drive sprocket and the cassette drive sprocket whereby the footprint of the labeler is minimized. Each individual bellows has a marker. A position sensor detects each of the markers. A first sensor detects a fruit. The stepper motor is responsive to the fruit sensor to advance the bellows wheel in response to detection of a fruit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: FMC Corporation
    Inventors: David N. Anderson, Wayne C. Sherman
  • Patent number: RE36699
    Abstract: An electric device which removes supragingival and sub-gingival plaque and undesirable debris from the interproximal surfaces between teeth is described. This device utilizes a combination of sonic energy and dental floss which is secured between two tines, the tines being part of a flexible fork which is removable from a powered handle which contains batteries and an electric motor. The electric motor, which is coupled to an eccentrically mounted disc on an output shaft, revolves at sonic frequencies which in turn generates sonic energy that is transmitted to the flexible fork which holds the floss. The sonic energy is synchronized and in tune with the natural resonance frequencies of the fork thereby stimulating the resonance action of oscillating vertical and/or elliptical movement of the fork which in turn imparts cleaning energy to and enhances the cleaning properties of the floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald K. Murayama