Patents Examined by Gary L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5197313
    Abstract: A locking apparatus that includes first and second structural elements that are adapted to be juxtaposed and positioned next to one another in a "locked" mode, and physically separated from one another when "unlocked." When in its locked mode, the locking apparatus is restrained against separation until a manual force is simultaneously applied to appropriate levers, ends of which are accessible on the exterior of the apparatus.A plurality of levers are mounted on the first of the two structural elements for rocking movement about a pivotal axis carried by the first element. Each lever has a first end that protrudes externally of the apparatus, and a second end that is sized and shaped so that it may be engaged with a lip surrounding an associated aperture in the second structural element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Assignee: Richard P. McCullough
    Inventors: Roy L. Chandler, Richard P. McCullough
  • Patent number: 5170651
    Abstract: The cylinder lock and key comprises at least two auxiliary pins which are arranged on opposite sides with respect to the key slot and have an end which protrudes into the slot. The opposite ends of the two auxiliary pins cooperate with respective auxiliary tumbler pins which are actuated by springs and are suitable for being actuated in the position for rotation of the plug by a lever articulated in an opening of the shank of the key when the key is fully inserted in the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Costruzioni Italiane Serrature Affini C.I.S.A. S.p.A.
    Inventor: Deo Errani
  • Patent number: 5165641
    Abstract: Large contact areas braces for attachment to the siderails of a ladder maintain the top end of the ladder away from the work surface against which the siderails would ordinarily rest. Each brace provides a large surface area to contact the work surface to prevent defacing of the work surface by the side rails of the ladder. The large contact areas of the braces grip the work surface to prevent the ladder from slipping or sliding. The braces have contact pads that pivot horizontally so that the ladder can straddle corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Inventor: Don L. Southern
  • Patent number: 5150484
    Abstract: A load bearing scaffold adapted to disperse load forces to interior room surfaces. The load bearing scaffold includes a pair of generally parallel telescopically adjustable horizontal beams. The horizontal beams are supported on at least one end by at least one pair of generally parallel vertical beams. The vertical beams are interconnected in spaced apart relation by at least one cross bar. The scaffold is assembled so that the vertical beams and cross bar abut against one wall while the horizontal beams abut against the ceiling and opposite wall. Articles may be supported by being suspended from the vertical beams or horizontal beams of the scaffold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Inventor: Gordon Whitten, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5138728
    Abstract: The interior container insert for any pillow, cushion, or stuffed toy consists of an insert bag with an anchor which can be inserted into and anchored to any of the above forms. The insert bag is pressed into a hollow of typical pillow, cushion, or stuffed toy and has space for the storage of articles of a personal private nature and/or valuables and provides a passive security for same. Once inserted and anchored to the forms described above, it is covered with an exterior casing of any decorative or functional material to camouflage its presence within. The interior container insert is removable, flexible, washable, and replaceable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Inventor: Joan F. Aston
  • Patent number: 5136893
    Abstract: A gearshift rod for an automotive manual transmission includes two tubular shift rods that support stop plates welded to the inner surface of the rods. Spaced axially along an overlapping region of the rod, located between the stop plates are resilient damping members. A resilient damping strip is located between the longitudinal edges of semicircular portions of the shift rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Assignee: Ford Motor Company
    Inventor: Egon Wilhelmy
  • Patent number: 5133201
    Abstract: A locking assembly is provided for vehicle wheels, such as those found on an automobile. A control cable is hand manipulated from the interior of the vehicle to permit a bias element on a locking stud to extend through one of a series of circumferentially defined locking holes through a holding plate adjacent the wheel to selectively lock the wheel in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventors: Darryl L. LaMott, David R. Lee
  • Patent number: 5123267
    Abstract: Disclosed is a lock for securing the U-shaped member of a hasp-type latch assembly, and which lock has an outer protective case having a front wall with elongated aperture therein that can receive the U-shaped member, and the case enclosing a pair of pivotally mounted arms and the first of the arms having a locking tap that is spaced opposite a locking tab of the second arm and aligned one to each side of the apertures, and the lock having an open position in which a segment of the U-shaped member can be inserted through the aperture and past the spaced-apart locking tabs, and a closed position in which the locking tabs are moved towards each other bringing opposing edges of the blades into engagement to secure the U-shaped member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventor: Paul Appelbaum
  • Patent number: 5123268
    Abstract: A cylinder lock including a housing and a plug disposed in the housing and arranged for rotation relative thereto, a first plurality of chambers formed in the housing and a second plurality of chambers formed in the plug and arranged such that each one of the first plurality of chambers extends coaxially with a corresponding one of the second plurality of chambers, when the plug is in a first rotational orientation relative to the housing, a first multi-element pin assembly being disposed in said first plurality of chambers and a second multi-element pin assembly being disposed in said second plurality of chambers, the first multi-element pin assembly including an outer pin element having an axial recess and an inner pin element disposed for selectable axial orientation relative to the outer pin element and apparatus for retaining the inner pin element against disengagement from and undesired misalignment with respect to the outer pin element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Mul-T-Lock Ltd.
    Inventor: Noach Eizen
  • Patent number: 5118148
    Abstract: Label holders used for closing and sealing bags have the disadvantage of having to be individualized (numbered) since one type of violation would be destroying the label holder to withdraw the security seal intact and then substituting it with a new label holder and re-using the seal.The label holder of this invention has two protuberances formed with rectangular openings on one portion thereof, which pass through two corresponding openings in the other portion when the label holder is closed. Two stops, one on each side of the strip of the outer surface between the two corresponding openings are provided. The security seal has a capsule and a lock interconnected by a thread, which in the sealed configuration are separated by the first protuberance, a part of the lock passing through the opening in such protuberance and a head of the lock being locked within the capsule. The part of the lock is connected to the head by weakenings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: ELC Produtos De Seguranca Industria e Comercio Ltda
    Inventor: Eduardo De Lima Castro Netto
  • Patent number: 5104164
    Abstract: The invention provides a lock with a forward and reverse action bolt element and a lock cylinder which precedes the operating region of the bolt element into which the force for shifting the bolt element is to be introduced. The lock comprises an arresting element which can be fused at least locally by the effect of heat on the lock cylinder and which, after fusion, arrests the bolt element against reverse lock actuation.In an alternative embodiment, the lock may comprise a coupling between the operating region and a lock-actuating element spatially separated from it and protected by the lock cylinder, which coupling can be broken by fusion due to the effect of heat on the lock cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: DOM-Sicherheitstechnik GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Giselher Sieg
  • Patent number: 5103658
    Abstract: A gate latch is provided for locking a hingeably mounted gate to a latch post. A gate latch is mounted to either the gate or post by a mounting means. The mounting means extends from a lock housing having a locking means disposed therein. Extending from the housing is an oarlock means. The oarlock means is pivotal between a first locked position and a second unlocked position. The locking means automatically locks the oarlock means in the first locked position when the oarlock pivots from the second position to the first position. Also provided is a key lock means normally biased to a locked position which may be used to unlock the oarlock from the first lock position and permit the pivotal movement of the oarlock between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Inventor: Donald E. McQuade
  • Patent number: 5103657
    Abstract: A slide fastener comprising a pair of stringer tapes each carrying along their respective inner longitudinal edges a row of coupling elements. The slide fastener is produced from a continuous fastener chain having mounted thereon alternate sliders and top end stops both movable along the rows of coupling elements. Either the slider or the top end stop is provided with a latch for retaining the slider in provisionally or completely locked engagement with the top end stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignees: Yoshida Kogyo K.K., Miwa Lock Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Horita, Kiyoyasu Wake
  • Patent number: 5099610
    Abstract: A portable livestock barrier is disclosed which includes a rigid metal panel of open grid construction that is arranged to rest in a normal operational position that is parallel to the ground to thus form a raised grid which livestock will not cross but which can be flattened to the ground against a resilient return force when a vehicle is driven across it. The rigid metal panel is supported by a resilient suspension which permits the panel to tilt with respect to its normal operating position and to be forced flat against the ground when the weight of a vehicle is applied to it. The livestock barrier does not require a pit or special surface preparation for its installation. It may be quickly installed on any solid, relatively level surface. The unit is transportable and it can be readily moved from one location to another without disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventor: Wayne Klatt
  • Patent number: 5095678
    Abstract: A structural beam having at least one open-faced end flange that can be snap-fitted into the end of a similar stud to create a high strength structural assembly. The interlocking flanges are equipped with locking devices that prevent the studs from separating in assembly. Each flange is also equipped with a flexible distal wall with an outwardly turned lip which is adapted to apply a biasing holding force on the interlocked flanges. The lip also serves as a useful mechanism for engaging structural panels mounted upon the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Steelway Housing
    Inventor: Wesley T. Murphy
  • Patent number: 5095667
    Abstract: A telescopic manhole or storm drain installation includes a riser assembly provided with an upper section and adjacent lower section the former of which comprises a side wall defining an inverted frustoconical configuration while the latter provides a vertically disposed member having external threads cooperating with a stationary threaded collar. To prepare for resurfacing of a roadway or the like, no excavation about the riser is required prior to its elevation by use of a tool which engages mating receptors located within the interior of the riser. Rotation of the tool rotates the riser assembly within the threads of the collar until the new, elevated plane is achieved. The effort required to displace the riser is minimial due to the movement of its outer surface away from any grouting or roadway base previously abutting the riser. Risers with non-circular upper sections and lids are accommodated by forming the riser of separate upper and lower sections having a sliding joint structure therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventors: Chester Ryan, John Morina
  • Patent number: 5095659
    Abstract: A vehicle door comprising a door shell, a module, and door hardware components attached on the door module. The door shell comprises an outer belt reinforcement, an outer panel and an inner panel having a hinge and a latch member. The module comprises a core member having two metal plates thereby to receive the hardware components. The hardware components which are attached to the module are an exterior door release, an interior door release, a latch mechanism, a window regulator mechanism, and a trim panel. Thus, the module is adapted to permit pre-assembly and pre-testing of major sub-assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Assignee: Atoma International, A Magna International Company
    Inventors: Dominique Benoit, Jonathan Vinden
  • Patent number: 5094422
    Abstract: A device and assembly for holding emergency flares stationary under adverse conditions. The instant flare base comprises a planar cleated base member having apertures disposed therein, said apertures being capable of receiving tubular flare supporting members. The apertures of one flare base may be aligned sequentially with tubular members on other of said flare bases to comprise a compact stackable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventor: Carlton R. Tiffany
  • Patent number: 5094386
    Abstract: A signal flag apparatus is disclosed for use on a mailbox wherein a door operably connected to the mailbox is selectively closed and opened to permit and block access through a doorway to the interior of the mailbox. The apparatus includes a flag section having a pair of spaced-apart support post portions and a flag element that extends between the post portions. There are a pair of spaced-apart clip portions that detachably engage the mailbox proximate the doorway. There are also a pair of spring portions, each of which integrally interconnects a respective post portion and clip portion. The spring portions permit the flag section to be retracted within the mailbox and held therein by the door while the door is closed and urge the flag section to extend out of the mailbox when the door is subsequently opened to indicate that the door has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Assignee: Josephine M. Tabacco
    Inventor: Sebastian P. Tabacco
  • Patent number: 5092147
    Abstract: A steering lock device includes a housing and a key cylinder rotatably disposed in the housing. A generally cylindrical member is rotatably disposed within the housing coaxially with the key cylinder. The cylindrical member includes an outer wall with a groove having a first circumferential groove section, a second circumferential groove section axially spaced from the first circumferential groove section, and a junction section connecting the first and second circumferential groove sections. A first surface is disposed at one end of the first groove section at the junction section and inclined at a predetermined angle to the first groove section, and a second surface is disposed at the end of the second groove section at the junction section and arranged generally perpendicular to the second groove section. A latch is slidably disposed within the housing and includes a first end projecting outwardly from the housing and a second end projecting within the groove in the outer wall of the cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Assignees: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Kokusan Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha, Nissan Shatai Company, Limited
    Inventors: Haruo Mochida, Yoshio Watanuki, Etsuo Nara, Mikio Masaki, Mitsuo Kamata, Taizo Wada