Patents Examined by Fred A. Silverberg
  • Patent number: 5007134
    Abstract: In bathroom doors which open inwards, it is impossible to remove the door if an obstruction such as a person disabled or laying against the door prevents the door from opening. This invention will permit the door to be removed instantly without destroying the door or the frame and causing possible injuries. This can be done with the door knob locked or unlocked from the outside of the bathroom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Ferdinand G. Stanford
  • Patent number: 4984331
    Abstract: A door holding mechanism for use with closure devices, having interacting members connected to the door that selectively, by touch, effect locking or sliding movement to permit unrestricted door movement or rigid positioning in one or more positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Inventor: Richard Hucknall
  • Patent number: 4907736
    Abstract: An improved method of forming a filamentary reinforced article includes forming a preform of metal and filament layers by winding material around an axis. The resulting layered preform is enclosed in a fluid tight housing. The housing has a rigid frame which bounds the periphery of the preform. The housing also has flexible panel sections which extend inwardly from the frame across the preform. To bond the layers of the preform together and increase the density of the preform, the housing is subjected to a hot isostatic pressing operation. During the hot isostatic pressing operation, fluid pressure forces against the housing plastically deform the panel sections of the housing inwardly in a direction parallel to the axis around which the layers of the preform were wound to apply axial deformation forces to opposite sides of the preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Airfoil Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Gordon S. Doble
  • Patent number: 4881293
    Abstract: A wedge member usable as a door stop on a carpeted floor. Special triangular cross-sectioned grooves are formed in the lower face of the wedge member to bend and trap carpet pile yarns, whereby the wedge member is prevented from sliding out from beneath the door lower edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Inventor: Francis A. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 4876765
    Abstract: A door apparatus includes a door movable between a closed position and an open position with respect to a stationary structure, and a support device for supporting the door. The support device includes a magnet mounted on one of the door and the stationary structure, and a member of a magnetic material mounted on the other of the door and the stationary structure. The magnet and said magnetic member cooperates with each other to produce a magnetic force therebetween to support at least part of the weight of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Assignee: Shinko Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuji Karita
  • Patent number: 4864685
    Abstract: A brass stair bracket to fasten down oriented rugs/carpets edges on stairways. The bracket will reduce side-to-side movement of the rug, and it will reduce stress on carpet tack/staples as well as add to the decor. The new one-piece construction will aid installation and add sturdiness which will improve wear of the bracket. Since the bracket is installed near the crease of the stair, it should reduce any downward slipping of the carpet also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventor: Louise L. Dennis
  • Patent number: 4864684
    Abstract: A reusable device for connecting hose or tubing to a hole in the panel of machines, vacuum motors, and the like, that can be installed and removed by hand. Installation requires no special skill, tools, or panel preparation, and does not alter the panel in any way. Once installed, hose or tubing can be clamped onto the device by a conventional way. The device consists of three interlocking parts assembled in the order in which they are presented in FIG. 1. Part A is a flexible tubular body with a flange (11) at one end and a slotted section (17) along its length. When the body is squeezed together the diameter of the flange (11) is reduced, allowing it to pass through the hole in the panel. Once inserted into the hole, and the pressure released, the diameter of the flange (11) expands. The flange, once again larger than the diameter of the hole, secures the tubular body in the panel. Part B is an insert that fits into the slotted section (17) of Part A and completes the tubular shape of Part A.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: On The Spot America Inc.
    Inventor: Carl O. Gellenthin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4864688
    Abstract: A hinge structure includes two sections, each of which incorporates a flange structure attached to a cylindrical pin holding part. The pin is secured in one of the cylindrical parts and the other cylindrical part removably receives the pin. The flange structures for attaching the hinge to a door and to a door jamb include parts of L-shaped cross section extending tangentially from the cylindrical parts with the attaching flanges either forming part of the outboard section or forming part of an additional L-shaped part attached to the outboard edges of the first L-shaped parts. One embodiment includes an additional bend for attachment to a grooved or notched door jamb. Another embodiment includes an elongated rod with eyebolts affixed in grooves near its ends for attachment to a jamb and having flanges located adjacent the eyebolts for attachment to the door. This embodiment leaves the decorated rod exposed along the height of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventor: Mary E. Gerber
  • Patent number: 4862554
    Abstract: A lightweight strap with a handle at one end of the strap for grasping and a heavy duty hook snap and "D" ring configuration at the other end. The snap hook to be inserted through a handle or other aperture in a tractor trailer door and snapped to the "D" ring. The length of the strap being sufficient so as to permit an individual to grasp the strap through the handle portion when the tractor trailer door is open and pull upon the strap thereby pulling the door down in a safe and conscientious manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Inventor: Daniel M. Chojnacki
  • Patent number: 4858273
    Abstract: A door stop for mounting on a hinge pin of a hinged door is disclosed and comprises a body including at one end portion thereof at least two apertures for receiving the hinge pin. Two bumpers are secured with respect to said body, each bumper being spaced from the other bumper and the axis of each aperture to define one angle between one aperture axis and the bumpers and another angle between another aperture axis and the bumpers to provide for multiple mounting positions of the door stop on the hinge pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventor: Gennaro Civitelli
  • Patent number: 4856698
    Abstract: Installations for assembling by welding or other means comprising means for positioning the various constituent parts, at least one programmeable means for assembly by welding or other means.An installation characterised in that it comprises at least one gantry (10, 11) the upper face of which accommodates the programmeable welding or other means which can be moved on at least one mobile cross member (10.sub.1, 11.sub.1) and in that means (13, 14) are provided to move constituent parts in the lower zone of the gantry and to immobilise them under the welding means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Sciaky S.A.
    Inventors: Jean J. Marianne, Pierre Jablonski
  • Patent number: 4854008
    Abstract: This invention relates to a detachable castor support for a baby carriage and in particular to one including a body portion having a vertical shaft with a pivot hole and a protuberance, a stand having a rectangular recess having two sides each formed with a semicircular hole at the lower part thereof and an elongated slot at the front part thereof, a U-shaped member extending from the rear part of the stand and having a hole in each vertically extending sidewall of the U-shaped member and a semicircular notch at the bottom thereof, a connector disposed within the stand with its tubular lug engaged with the semicircular notch of the stand and its protuberance fitted into the elongated slot of the stand and a rivet extending through the hole of the U-shaped member and the lower part of the vertical shaft of the body portion whereby the baby carriage can be stowed conveniently and the castor thereof can be easily replaced with a new one once damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Jason Kuo
  • Patent number: 4854009
    Abstract: A removable door hinge for motor vehicle doors including two hinge portions to be fastened to the motor vehicle body and the motor vehicle door, respectively. The hinge portions have eye portions defining eye bores. When the hinge is assembled, the eye portions mesh with each other and a hinge pin extends through the eye bores. The two hinge portions are secured against unintentional separation over the permissible pivoting range of the hinge by means of meshing projections and recesses arranged alternatingly on the hinge portions. The hinge pin is divided into two bolt-like halves which are each non-rotatably fastened in an eye portion of one of the hinge portions. A recess serving for the hinge against unintentional separation is provided in the hinge portion to be fixed to the door immediately adjacent the upper eye portion of this hinge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Ed. Scharwachter GmbH & Co. KG.
    Inventor: Ernst Brockhaus
  • Patent number: 4854007
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dust-proof caster assembly including a caster having a peripheral annular recess disposed thereon and a casing having a corresponding annular peripheral flange which can be fitly engaged with the annular recess when the caster and the casing are assembled together, thus effectively preventing dust or fragmental threads in a textile factory from getting into the fissure between the wheel hub and the bearing, improving the operation of the caster and enhancing the longevity thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Chih-Jen Cheng
  • Patent number: 4850079
    Abstract: Disclosed is a grip-enhancing device for a shaft handle which includes a grip portion generally coaxial with the shaft and sized to be grasped generally around its longitudinal axis by the palm and fingers of a user's hand. The grip-enhancing improvement comprises a rigid first portion extending substantially radially outwardly from the grip portion and presenting a surface positioned to bear against an edge of the user's hand. The surface has a cross-section which is spaced radially from and extends obliquely with respect to the longitudinal axis of the grip portion. A rigid second portion extends from the first portion in a direction oblique to the longitudinal axis of the grip portion and toward the user's wrist. The grip portion, the first portion and the second portion define a gap in which the user's hand is partially captured, thereby preventing axial and lateral slipping of the hand from the handle and reducing fatigue to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Inventor: Franklin B. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4850081
    Abstract: A hinge comprises first and second components (10,12) for attachment to respective structural members. A substantially cylindrical surface (26) on the second component (12) snap-fits into a part-cylindrical bearing surface (20) on the first component (10). The components (10,12) have interengaging formations which act to resist closing over a predetermined arc. In one embodiment, one set of interengaging formations comprises blades (28) sliding in slots (22), and another set comprises protrusions (32,34).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Inventor: Alexander Grant
  • Patent number: 4850082
    Abstract: An easel hinge for supporting picture frames and the like comprises two hinge plate members each including a tubular wall. The tubular wall of one hinge plate member is inserted in the tubular wall of another hinge plate member with at least some non-congruent portions whereby the inner tubular wall can be rotated within the outer tubular wall. The outer tubular wall is open and has at its open edge a substantially straight lower end wall portion. When the inner hinge plate member strikes against the substantially straight lower end wall portion of the outer hinge plate member the plates are retained in the end angular position, and further angular displacement of the hinge plate members relative to each other is prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: Starlight Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Han Ung Yi
  • Patent number: 4847950
    Abstract: The assembly comprises two, snap-together pieces which, following their clinched or latched engagement, are freely rotatable relative to each other. One of the two pieces comprises a sleeve which has an inner annular land, and the other of the two pieces comprises a rod having flexible extending fingers which terminate in outwardly-directed, land-engaging and latching lugs. The rod is slid into the sleeve, with the lug-ended fingers entering first, and, consequently, the fingers are resiliently forced inwardly until the lugs reach the land. Then the fingers spring outwardly while the lugs latch onto the land. This latching together of the pieces requires no tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Von Duprin, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Coleman
  • Patent number: 4847948
    Abstract: A hinge for connecting two relatively movable components of a piece of furniture has a housing which is mounted on one of the components and a carrier which is mounted on the other component. A link bar pivotally connects the housing to a hinge arm which is secured to a quick-mounting plate via a fastening screw. The fastening screw passes through a slotted hole of the hinge arm so that the latter can be moved longitudinally relative to the quick-mounting plate when the fastening screw is loosened. An adjusting screw is threaded into the hinge arm and allows the inclination of the hinge arm relative to the quick-mounting plate to be adjusted. One end of the quick-mounting plate is provided with a pivotable arresting member for rapidly locking the quick-mounting plate to, and rapidly releasing it from, the carrier. The arresting member has a lip which engages a projection of the carrier in the locked condition. A cover is provided for the hinge arm and is designed to overlie the fastening and adjusting screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Paul Hettich GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Jurgen Gross, Ulrich Beneke
  • Patent number: 4847945
    Abstract: An improved wheel attachment mechanism for securing wheels to a child vehicle, such as a stroller or a carriage. The mechanism comprises a leg attachment member which is removably securable to a leg of the vehicle. An intermediate housing is removably secured to the leg attachment member and has a support surface for mating frictional engagement with an abutment wall of the leg attachment member to form a swivel joint to permit swivelling of the leg attachment member about a swivel post. The swivel joint is protected by an inverted cup member. A wheel axle housing is also removably secured to a suspension portion of the intermediate housing whereby the entire attachment mechanism may be dimantled by removable fasteners for servicing or repair of the wheel attachment mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Dorel Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Schwartz, David Hall