Patents Examined by Franklin Gubernick
  • Patent number: 5372557
    Abstract: An exerciser for simultaneously strengthening the finger, hand, wrist and forearm, comprising a head section connected to a handle section. The head section has enclosed within its rigid perimeter edge a solid flexible material which, when the exerciser is in use, generates air resistance to twisting and turning movements of the wrist and the forearm. The handle section comprises two moving components positioned in facing opposition to each other on opposites sides of a shaft which is connected to the head section. The moving components are connected to each other and to the shaft by springs which cause the moving components to be spaced apart from the shaft. In use, the handle provides gripping resistance to the fingers and hand of the user. An elastic sleeve surrounds the handle assembly to prevent pinching of the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: TRX, Inc.
    Inventor: David Ostigny
  • Patent number: 4859104
    Abstract: An applicator, especially for applying nail varnish, is associated with a closing cap with a reservoir for keeping the coating member moist. Located in the closing cap is a closing element which, when the closing cap is pulled off the applicator, closes the space containing the reservoir in order to prevent the reservoir from drying out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Assignee: Schwan-Stabilo Schwanhausser GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Georg Roeder, Gerhard Moeck
  • Patent number: 4792252
    Abstract: A liquid applicator device and the method of making the applicator device is disclosed for applying a liquid such as a paint, a perfume, a chemical, a coating or the like to a surface by writing, marking or painting. The liquid applicator device includes a container for the liquid and an applicator dispensing mechanism. The applicator dispensing mechanism includes an inner subassembly having a valve and an outer subassembly having the surface applicator. The valve regulates the flow of the liquid from the container to the surface applicator. The valve of the applicator device may be opened to allow the liquid to flow from the container to the surface applicator upon depression of the surface applicator or upon depression of a valve actuator. The liquid applicator device incorporates an improved sealing member for sealing with the sides of the surface applicator for reducing the flow of the applicator liquid along the side of the surface applicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1988
    Assignee: Pittway Corporation
    Inventors: Leon V. Kremer, Ronald E. Kieras, Michael G. Knickerbocker
  • Patent number: 4778302
    Abstract: A combination writing instrument and handcuff activating device comprises an elongated housing having a writing element and a handcuff locking element axially movable therein. On one end of the housing is a handcuff key. A mechanism is provided so that one or the other of the writing element and the handcuff locking element can be extended from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Inventor: Timothy E. Martinez
  • Patent number: 4778299
    Abstract: An applicator 10 for crease setting composition comprises an applicator body 12 having at one end thereof a nozzle 14 for applying a crease setting composition to a crease line and at the other end thereof an inlet 26 for compressed air for forcing the composition out of the nozzle 14. Guidance projections 18, 42 are mounted beneath the body so as to guide the applicator nozzle 14 and cause it to deliver composition accurately into the crease. Guidance projections 18, 42 is operatively connected to a valve 2 in the compressed air circuit such that when the guidance projections 18, 42 contacts the garment to be treated pressure is applied to the composition and when the guidance projections are removed from the garment to be creased pressure is removed from the composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Assignees: Wool Development International Limited, Dynic Corporation
    Inventor: John P. Coulter
  • Patent number: 4768782
    Abstract: A bicycle exercising apparatus which allows the user to place the rear wheel of a bicycle therein for stationary pedaling exercise. The apparatus supports the rear wheel of the bicycle and does not require the removal of the front wheel. The frame of the apparatus forms a support to the rear axle of the rear wheel, and an adjustable load mechanism, including a fly wheel and a wind cage, provides a resistance against the pedaling force of the user. The elements of the frame may be pivotally connected such that the frame is collapsable for ease of transportation and storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1988
    Assignee: Blackburn Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 4764047
    Abstract: A brush for home use such as washing cars and patios. The brush includes a body having a plurality of dependent bristles and defining a first compartment for a receiving soap and a second compartment for receiving rinse water. The body also includes an elongate tube partially defining each of the compartments. The first compartment has an outlet for providing soapy water to the bristles while the second compartment has an outlet for providing rinse water. A spool valve is slidable back and forth in the tube with the valve having a tubular wall defining an axial bore open to the conduit and an opening extending through the wall for communicating water to either of the compartments. Seals are carried by the spool valves flanking the opening to provide watertight seals between the valve and the tube. The brush also includes a thumb switch for reciprocating the valve along a linear path among a soap position, a rinse position, and an off position where water is supplied to neither of the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Assignee: Suncast Corporation
    Inventors: Damon A. Johnston, Paul E. Papenhause, George L. Garcia, Thomas L. Drehobl
  • Patent number: 4759652
    Abstract: A lotion applicator system is described for applying lotions, oils and the like to various parts of the human body. The system includes a container and a continuous lotion-carrying strip therein. The free end of the strip is accessible through an aperture in the container. Separable, disposable portions of the strip can be removed from the container and used to apply lotion to various parts of the human body. Optional clips or holders may be used to grasp and hold the ends of the strip portion being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Inventor: Tate B. Ulrich
  • Patent number: 4756524
    Abstract: A device, used in pairs, to provide upper body exercise to walkers, joggers and runners. A device which provides a total body exercise concept for said users. A device which emulates cross-country skiing during said use. A device which has a frame with a handgrip and foot thereon. The handgrip height can be adjusted as required. Weights can be added to the frame for a more balanced exercise routine of upward and downward force. The changeable foot is designed for ground and other supporting surface contact and provide for the rocking motion of the frame and to maintain good ground coefficient of friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Inventor: Kenneth B. Cooney
  • Patent number: 4738559
    Abstract: A device for braking between two substantially coaxial parts mounted for rotation relative to one another comprises a casing connected for rotation with a first part and adapted to surround at least a portion of the second part, the casing having flexible friction surfaces driven by the casing and situated against the inside surface of the casing, these friction surfaces being adapted to rub permanently against the outside surface of the second part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 4738557
    Abstract: A multi-purpose writing device comprising plural writing elements, at least one of which is an automatic pencil that can be extended, can be extended to and retracted from and between the writing position and the housed position alternately by rotating a cylindrical cam. The cylindrical cam is sectioned diagonally with respect to the axis at its lower end to form a cam surface and is also provided with a translation cam inside thereof to provide a two-stage cam mechanism. Further, a flat portion is made at the top and the bottom of the cam surface provided at the lower end of the cylinder member. A slider which connects with each writing element is stepped to provide slide projections while slide against the cam surfaces. The axial movement of the cylindrical cam is transmitted to the automatic pencil element by the engagement of the translation cam with the slide projections to cause the lead of the pencil to be discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Japan Craft
    Inventor: Koichi Yumoto
  • Patent number: 4735522
    Abstract: A painting roller for performing continuous painting work includes a roller element having an internal storage cylinder therein for receiving paint in the roller and at least one injection hole in an end of the roller element for filling the storage cylinder with paint, such as from a paint pail. A spring biased shutter is provided in the storage cylinder for closing the injection hole to prevent the inadvertent outflow of paint from the painting roller during painting work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Inventor: Kim Myun-Sik
  • Patent number: 4733983
    Abstract: A fillable toothbrush provided with a handle containing a dispenser for toothpaste is disclosed. One end of the handle is provided with a stem through which a duct is provided from a storage chamber to an outlet adjacent to a brush arranged at the free end of the stem. An actuating element is provided at the end of the handle remote from the stem. When actuated, the actuating element moves a valve that closes off the storage chamber from the duct and pushes toothpaste through the duct to the brush. When the actuating element is released, the valve retracts and permits toothpaste in the storage chamber to flow into the duct. The dispenser toothbrush is of simple design and allows defined quantities of toothpaste to be dispensed in a reliable way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Michael Hertrampf
  • Patent number: 4733425
    Abstract: Mascara brush construction composed of a plurality of radially extending bristle filaments fastened in brush formation by a helically twisted metallic wire core. The bristles are tubular or hollow polyamide filaments, each crimped at the midpoint of its length by portions of the helically twisted wire so that the filament halves flare outward in various directions from the brush core. In an alternate embodiment the filaments are noncircular in cross-section and include a plurality of longitudinal, radially extending flange portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Assignee: Sanderson-MacLeod, Inc.
    Inventors: Franklin J. Hartel, Eric W. Sanderson
  • Patent number: 4717275
    Abstract: A writing instrument having a casing with an axially-extending bore seating a cantilevered arm of a pocket clip which protrudes through the casing bore when the instrument is in an "off" position. The pocket clip has guide tabs which fit into guide channels in the instrument's casing. The guide channels, with spring fingers which bias the pocket clip in the direction of the bore, are capable of releasably locking the clip in plural positions. In the "off" position the pocket clip arm protrudes through the casing aperture but the writing members housed within the casing are retracted. Moving the pocket clip to a "write" position causes a writing member to project from either the front or back of the housing and the pocket clip arm to be retracted into the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Inventor: Dietmar Burkhardt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4696593
    Abstract: A car washing mitt constituting a flexible glove adapted to be worn on the hand of a user, having a palm pad formed of sponge material, and a liquid soap reservoir also mounted on the glove. A flexible water hose may be connected to a control device mounted on the glove, and the control device includes a manually operable selector valve, which may be set to deliver water selectively either directly to the interior of the pad, or to the interior of the pad after intermixture thereof with soap from the reservoir, or to a jet directed forwardly from the tip of the glove for rinsing purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Inventor: James D. Bayless