Patents Examined by Gary L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5079873
    Abstract: A deflatable sealing member forms a weatherstrip to seal a closure opening. The sealing member includes an operative tubular section designed to provide tight interference engagement between the closure and vehicle body when vented to atmosphere and expanded by built-in resilient memory. A bellows pump is connected to the sealing member through a flow control circuit. The bellows pump serves to deflate the sealing member during closing of the closure. The bellows pump is adapted for convenient mounting in a cavity in the closure or vehicle body spaced from the closure hinge area. A flexible cable connects the bellows pump to the closure or vehicle body to provide the necessary actuation for operation of the bellows pump in response to the swinging movement of the closure. As the closure closes, a bleed port of fixed or variable size located at the pump vents the sealing member to ambient pressure, and the sealing member expands by resilient memory to its full cross section so as to provide a tight seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Jack E. Smith
  • Patent number: 5079933
    Abstract: An ear clip is molded from a plastic material and has two arms hinged together. The arms are each attached to a curved link by hinges. The link expands and contracts between its two ends maintaining the arms in one of two positions and urges the arms to return to one of two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: Steven R. Alviti
  • Patent number: 5079790
    Abstract: A wheel chair cushion and the like is disclosed which includes a cushion formed of a deformable resilient material. The cushion includes a base having a front wall and a rear wall. A plurality of individual foam springs are carried by the base having support surfaces which lie in a plane that is inclined to the base surface of said base as extending from said front wall to said rear wall. A pressure relief cut-out is formed substantially in its entirety from a mid-line of said cushion rearwardly so as to be disposed underneath the buttocks of a person sitting on the cushion to relieve pressure in that area and provide increased compressibility of the foam springs in the pressure relief area to disperse pressure and provide a resilient depression in the cushion to enhance the patient retention capability of the cushion as used in a wheel chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: William H. Pouch
  • Patent number: 5077844
    Abstract: An invalid lifting device is disclosed. A mast is mounted to a frame to rotate about a vertical axis. A boom is mounted to the mast to swing with the mast and to pivot about a horizontal axis. A sling for supporting an invalid extends from the end of the boom. A first motor drives the mast to rotate and a second motor is mechanically linked with an extendible strut to raise and lower the boom. A control box is provided in the proximity of an invalid as he is seated in the sling to allow the user to select an elevational and rotational movement. A computer controls movement of the device based upon input at the control box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventors: Kendel S. Twitchell, Elden K. Twitchell
  • Patent number: 5077939
    Abstract: A cam pivot for a full tilt, double-hung window comprising a locking lug which extends from the cam pivot and which is received between the walls of a channel-shaped slide member which is a part of a mechanical balance. The locking lug, when the sash is tilted to its vertical position, prevents separation of the cam pivot from its locking terminal during shipment or when loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: SealRite Windows, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven E. Erickson
  • Patent number: 5077872
    Abstract: An antitheft device for marking articles for sale and comprising two members, which automatically interlock one another when one member is inserted in a cavity in the other member, the first member being a rod-shaped body with a completely or partially pointed insertion end, whereby said rod-shaped body is capable of engaging for instance balls loosely arranged in the cavity of the second member, a third member of magnetizable material being inserted below the loosely arranged balls, whereby a resilient member with an upward driving force is placed below said third member. According to the invention the resilient member is an annular plastic member with inward connecting parts connected to a centrally arranged disk-shaped plastic member pressing against the third member in the cavity, the annular plastic member being secured by way of squeezing to an annular groove in the bottom of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Antonson Security Denmark A/S
    Inventor: Jan Guthammar
  • Patent number: 5078019
    Abstract: A trackball device comprising a housing having a circular opening formed in a top wall thereof, a ball received in the housing and partially projecting through the circular opening, a pair of rotatable members arranged orthogonally to each other and rotatable in accordance with rotation of the ball, detectors capable of detecting the amounts of rotation of the respective rotatable members, and elastic members arranged in the vicinity of the edge of the circular opening and capable of suppressing vibration of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Aoki
  • Patent number: 5077843
    Abstract: A hospital bed has, at least at its head end, longitudinally extending inflatable mattress sections on each side of the bed. When those mattress sections are deflated, that portion of the bed can be narrowed to permit a nurse to move into the vacated space along side the bed and to permit hospital equipment such as an IV rack to be moved into the vacated spaced on the other side of the bed. Thus, the nurse can conveniently reach the patient as well as the patient care instruments on the opposite side of the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Foster L. Dale, Michael E. Poehner
  • Patent number: 5077845
    Abstract: A bed with a built-in commode is provided which has a bed frame, a mattress having a through-hole formed almost at the central portion of the mattress and placed on the bed frame, a commode attached to the mattress at the through-hole, a pair of inflatable outer tubular pads laid along the opposed edge parts of the commode, a pair of inflatable inner tubular pads laid between the pair of outer tubular pads, a water inlet port disposed in the commode, a discharge passage communicated with the commode, an inflatable valve disposed in the discharge passage, and a controlling device to control the valve and the turbular pads. The controlling device is housed in an operating panel to control both the valve and the tubular pads so that the valve and the pair of outer tubular pads are inflated while the pair of inner tubular pads are deflated when a patient excretes, while both the pair of outer tubular pads and the pair of inner tubular pads are deflated when the valve is inflated for hip bathing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenki Tokunaga, Shin-ichi Akahira, Takahide Kakinuma, Takeshi Itagaki, Kyuichi Kawashima
  • Patent number: 5076621
    Abstract: A gravity latch for a swinging gates such as a corral gate or a gate on a box stall. The latch has a barrel and keeper mounted on the gate and a gate post. They are both rectangular metal tubes and inclined downwardly from the barrel to the gate at an angle of 45.degree.. The barrel and keeper have parallel rows of fastener openings through them to enable the fastening of the barrel and keeper to gates and posts of various types, including wooden and steel corral gates. A bolt for the latch is in the form of a source metal tube that slides along the barrel and the keeper. In the latched condition, it is completely enclosed within the barrel and keeper to prevent opening of the gate by an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventors: Colin Taylor, Dennis Thompson
  • Patent number: 5076077
    Abstract: An apparatus (10) for preventing the attachment of a glad hand brake line coupling device (100). The apparatus (10) includes a pivoted member (32) and a stationary member (31) equipped with a brake line plug (36) to be inserted into the brake line conduit (101). The stationary member (31) and pivoted member (32) may be locked together with the use of a conventional padlock (11) to prevent the coupling of the glad hand brake line coupling device (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Donald G. Renne
  • Patent number: 5076520
    Abstract: An infant toy support includes a cross member having a pair of angular leg members pivotally attached to each end thereof. A lock mechanism is provided for each of the leg members which permits the height of the cross member to be adjusted between several height positions. Additionally, the lock member provides for the pivotal folding of the toy support structure to a collapsed more compact configuration for storage and transport. Angled members are provided for each leg member to further captivate the infant beneath the cross member. A plurality of straps extend downwardly from the cross member to suspend toy articles above the infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay M. Bro
  • Patent number: 5076015
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for the shutter-like and tilt-down opening, with respect to a fixed frame, of a window or door-window composed of an upper cross-member and a lower cross-member connected by a pair of uprights on one of which handle is rotatably associated. The peculiarity of the device consists in the fact that it compirses box, arranged on one of the uprights, which is provided with means, actuated by the handle, for tensioning at least one traction element such as cable. This at least one traction element can be advantageously constituted by a first and second cable which actuate a plurality of pins for the temporary closure of the window onto the fixed frame and for coupling to an upper hinge for shutter-like or tilt-down opening. The device furthermore comprises a lower spherical hinge which is provided with a friction action for shutter-like opening and with an articulation action for tilt-down opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Otlav S. p. A.
    Inventor: Norberto Manzalini
  • Patent number: 5074726
    Abstract: A blind fastener that is installed from one side only of a hole in a plate structure wherein the blind fastener has a tubular body with a head and a sleeve loosely journaled in the central bore of the tubular body. The sleeve has an upper portion that is retained within the central bore and a lower portion larger in diameter than the upper portion presenting a shoulder that abuttingly engages the annular end of the tubular body. The sleeve is retained in position on the fastener by tabs extending from the tubular body through slots in the lower portion and extend radially to limit the axial movement of the sleeve. The central bore of the sleeve is threaded to receive a fastening bolt as well as the draw rod that effects the upsetting of the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: The B. F. Goodrich Company
    Inventors: Thomas S. Betchel, James D. MacGregor, Ronald W. Phillips, II, James R. Shackelford
  • Patent number: 5074502
    Abstract: A support member for a platform such as a table which may be of universal construction. The support member includes an axially elongated member with a pair of slots which face outwardly from the elongated member in opposite directions. Each slot includes a floor and a wall portion which extends along the elongated member. The slots extend along axes which lie in planes that are selectively orthogonally oriented relative to the axis of the elongated member or non-orthogonally oriented relative to the axis of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Inventor: Scott Glendinning
  • Patent number: 5074161
    Abstract: A vehicle steering column is decoupled in the event of a frontal impact of the vehicle to prevent frontal crash forces from reaching the upper steering column. A releasable coupling interconnects upper and lower portions of the steering column and includes a clamping arrangement normally to clamp the two portions together. The clamping arrangement is released upon forcible shifting of the lower portion towards the upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: The Torrington Company
    Inventor: Michael T. Hancock
  • Patent number: 5074077
    Abstract: A window regulator comprising a vertically extending support member having respectively on upper and lower ends thereof turn up guide members, a drive cable extending between the two turn up guide members and being connected to a movable driven member such as a bracket connected to a window glass, and a drive mechanism for moving the drive cable. One of the turn up guide members is movably supported on the support member such that the distance between the turn up guide members can be changed, and a spring is provided to urge the movable turn up guide member in the direction separating from the stationary turn up guide member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Toyoshima, Takashi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5072976
    Abstract: For use with a deadbolt lock having an actuating knob, a lock plate and a tailpiece engaging the actuating knob, a lock accessory comprises an intermediate plate for location between the lock plate and a door on which the lock is provided. The intermediate plate has an opening through which the tailpiece extends and a manually actuatable locking member mounted on the intermediate plate for selectively preventing and permitting rotation of the tailpiece. The locking member is displaceable into a first position, in which the locking member is in locking engagement with the tailpiece, and a second position, in which the locking member is displaced out of locking engagement with the tailpiece, and has a portion which can be manually engaged for effecting the displacement of the locking member between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Inventor: Steve P. Meszaros
  • Patent number: 5071178
    Abstract: A motor-vehicle door latch for mounting on a door closable inward against a body part has a latch element fixed on the part and displaceable into and out of a latch housing and a latch fork pivotal on the housing. This fork is pivoted into a closed position on inward displacement of the latch element into the housing and the latch fork has an inwardly directed face bearing inward against the latch element in the closed position with the latch element in the housing. A latch pawl is pivotally engageable with the fork in a holding position to retain same in the closed position. The latch pawl can be pivoted out of contact with the fork to release same and allow the door to open. A blocking member in the housing has an outwardly directed face and is displaceable in the housing between a blocking position with the blocking face confronting and relatively closely juxtaposed with the fork face and an unblocking position with the blocking face spaced more remotely from the fork face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Kiekert GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
    Inventors: Horst Brackman, Lothar Brandes
  • Patent number: 5071177
    Abstract: In a cover-frame assembly for a manhole or the like a locking device is provided, which comprises a closing member having at least two horizontal arms and a mounting rod provided with a bearing and actuating device. The mounting rod and the bearing and actuating device are located in a bore having a widened bore portion, whereby a shoulder is formed, on which is supported a bearing surface of the bearing and actuating device. The ends of the arms each project into a guide link, which is shaped on the inner flange of the frame. The guide link has an inclined flank, by means of which the arms are increasingly elastically deformed. In the closed position of the locking device, the arms engage in locking recesses provided on the end of each inclined flank. This leads to a self-closure with pre-tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Von Roll AG
    Inventors: Hansruedi Spiess, Francois Galvanetto