Patents Examined by Gary L. Smith
  • Patent number: 5070557
    Abstract: This invention relates to a protective restraint for patients such as sufferers of Alzhemier's disease or people emerging from anesthesia who, although not acutely violent or dangerous, must be restrained in a bed for their own safety. This device comprises a bottom portion called an anchor, which is placed under the mattress of a bed. A top portion called a topper is fastened to the anchor on both sides of the bed by means such as zippers which run along the sides of the anchor. For some uses, the topper can be translucent, such as nylon mesh, so that a caregiver can easily see the status of the patient and any bedclothes or catheters under the topper. For other uses and for additional warmth, an opaque sheet or blanket which extends beyond the edges of the anchor can be provided for maximal privacy and dignity. The topper is secured across the chest and shoulder region in a snug but not demeaning or severely uncomfortable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventors: Barbara J. Vincent, Wanda G. Hale
  • Patent number: 5070714
    Abstract: A tamper resistant lock construction for a door, drawer, or similar closure is disclosed. A lock bolt releasably locks the closure. A plurality of finger openings are provided, each finger opening adapted to receive a finger. At least one actuator in each finger opening is positioned to be selectively operated by a finger inserted into the finger opening. The lock bolt is released only in response to the actuation of a preselected combination of the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: Steven G. Bedford
  • Patent number: 5070560
    Abstract: The pressure relief support system contains longitudinal air cylinders having wood slats extending across the air cylinders along the length of the air cylinders forming the shape of a mattress. Foam strips may be included on each of these slats to provide an improved pressure relief mattress system for optimal patient comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Healthflex, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 5071095
    Abstract: Apparatus including an elongate support plate mounting a plurality of spaced clamp members therealong at predetermined spaced intervals. Each clamp member includes a clamp support plate spaced from the elongate support plate rotatably mounting a plurality of clamp arms defining medial clamp members each including a free terminal upper end oriented in an opposed direction along the support plate. A single engagement arm is mounted on an end clamp member with the single arm directed interiorly of the elongate support. Each arm includes a resilient curved linear engagement nose for securement of a handle rod between pairs of clamp arms of separate clamp members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: G. Michael Newby
  • Patent number: 5070716
    Abstract: A locking mechanism is provided for locking and unlocking a vehicle door latch mechanism. The locking mechanism includes a housing (17) for securing to the vehicle, a barrel (1) rotatable within the housing, a drive (7, 37) selectively engageable between the barrel and the door latch mechanism and means (23) to disengage the drive, wherein the barrel (1) has an unlocked and a locked mode such that rotational movement of the barrel in the unlocked mode is communicated to the door latch mechanism via the drive (7, 37), while rotation of the barrel in the locked mode operates the disengaging means (23) to disengage the drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Rover Group Limited
    Inventor: Simon Whorlow
  • Patent number: 5070660
    Abstract: A snow guard is described which includes an integrated plastic part with a snow retaining part, as well as a bearing part and a retaining strap that can be moved and secured in the integrated plastic part. A shoulder connected to the snow retaining part, as well as the horizontal part and a projection of the retaining strap, form two arms that engage the lower end of a roof tile in the manner of prongs. The upper area of the vertical part of the strap is provided with a nose, and a spring surrounds the upper area of the vertical part of the strap and the nose. A catch plate with catch teeth is provided in the integrated plastic part parallel to the vertical part of the retaining strap. To assemble the snow guard, the retaining strap is inserted into a guide channel arranged in a vertical guide part, and a spring engages between two catch teeth. The snow guard can be used for roof tiles of any shape and thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Inventor: Siegfried Willa
  • Patent number: 5070648
    Abstract: A window regulator for moving a window glass up or down so as to open or close a window of an automotive vehicle door having two guide rails substantially vertically disposed and horizontally spaced in parallel with each other and two sliding members secured to the window glass and mounted on the two guide rails, respectively, for sliding movement. One of the two sliding members is vertically spaced above the other of the two sliding members and caused to slidingly move up or down along the guide rail, thereby moving the window glass up or down so as to close or open the window of the automotive vehicle door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Inventor: Yukihiro Moriyama
  • Patent number: 5070715
    Abstract: An interchangeable lock core cylinder for use with a lock housing has a cylindrical body with a pin chest attached and parallel thereto, a rotatable key plug inserted within the cylindrical body, provision for capturing the core in the housing, and a mechanism within the key plug for selectively operating the capturing provision. This mechanism allows rapid insertion, removal, and replacement of lock core cylinders using an appropriate control key. When installed, the core cylinder is locked into engagement with the housing and has a positive latching provision so that it cannot be removed without use of the control key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1991
    Assignee: Schlage Lock Company
    Inventors: Jon M. Smallegan, Frederick M. Hensley
  • Patent number: 5069001
    Abstract: A tiltable window sash mounted in a channelled window frame having a T-shaped bar projecting from the sash into the window frame channel, with the wings of the T-Bar engaging the inside of the window frame channel so that sash to frame alignment is maintained. The bar simultaneously provides a pivotal axis about which the sash is tilted. The bar engages a sliding pivot shoe located in the window frame channel to provide a guide for sliding of the sash. The pivot shoe has a cam operated dial acting brake; the cam is coupled to the T-shaped bar, so that the sash is tilted; the cam operates a first brake preventing sliding of the tilted sash, and when a predetermined angle of sash tilt is reached, a second brake is operated by the cam preventing further tilting of the sash, thus supporting the sash in a tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Assignee: Insul-Lite Window Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Makarowski
  • Patent number: 5067676
    Abstract: A system for preventing propagation of fire, fluid and or gas along cable lines, the system including a safety chute mounted along the cable line and having a sealing structure of fire resisting material detachably installed along the inner wall of the chute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Assignee: CSD International B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes A. Beele
  • Patent number: 5067335
    Abstract: A rotary type cylinder lock, a lock and key blade combination system and a locking tumbler are disclosed. The lock includes a row of locking tumblers (15a, 15b, 15c) being non-rotatably guided for elevational movement so as to cooperate with a side bar (19) for releasing the lock. The locking tumblers are provided with fingers (18a, 18b, 18c) located in specific positions, so that the free end portions (24a, 24b, 24c) of the fingers, which make contact with a wave-like code pattern of a key blade, form a specific, irregular longitudinal distribution pattern being different from the longitudinal distribution of the tumbler body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventor: Bo Widen
  • Patent number: 5065641
    Abstract: A column-shift type, shift lever arrangement for operating an automatic power transmission includes a shift locking mechanism which prevents a vehicle's driver from changing the position of a transmission shift lever. The shift locking mechanism engages an annular groove formed in a compression rod at a location neighboring one end thereof so as to mechanically lock the movement of the shift lever arrangement, until the vehicular driver depresses a brake pedal once, after engine starting is performed when the shift lever arrangement is positioned in a parking-range position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Fuji Kiko Company, Limited
    Inventors: Yoshimi Yamamoto, Keisuke Kino
  • Patent number: 5065537
    Abstract: A changeable letter sign system including a plurality of panels, each bearing a letter, character or other suitable indicia and combinable on an overhead readerboard to display a message thereon, each of the panels having magnetically attractive material carried on the normally front face thereof, in complete contiguous arrangement with the peripheral inner and outer edges of the indicia on the panel, and including a tool having a magnet presenting a pair of feet for engagement with said magnetically attractive material to permit holding of the panels for placement on or removal from suitable retaining means on the wall of the readerboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Assignee: Americraft Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond J. Bailey
  • Patent number: 5065485
    Abstract: Encased innerspring mattress and cover device is assembled by positioning mattress and cover component layers, one atop the other, in sequential order, (namely mattress cover bottom, bottom panel, filling material, insulator, innerspring, insulator, filling material, top panel, and mattress cover top, respectively). Continuous zipper at perimeter of mattress cover allows mattress cover to be completely assembled prior to its attachment to the innerspring mattress interior components. Entire mattress and cover assembly can be manufactured from the bottom up without overturning any interior components of the device during its assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Inventor: George Zocco
  • Patent number: 5064116
    Abstract: An improved coin escrow mechanism for use in a coin telephone including movable plates located at the corners where the hopper chute joins with the collect and refund channels, respectively. The movable plates facilitate the deposit of additional coinage. Also included is a special notch in the hopper facilitating the easy assembly of the coin escrow mechanism, particularly as to a trigger switch actuator used for actuating the trigger switch on the relay portion of the mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Quadrum Telecommunications, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald B. McGough, Timothy M. Stanford, Charles J. Bass
  • Patent number: 5064156
    Abstract: A workpiece support apparatus is provided with a pair of pivotable leg assemblies which are movable between a first, open position, and a second, closed position. A releasable latch member is provided for holding the leg assemblies in a selected one of the open and closed positions. The apparatus includes a vertically adjustable work support assembly which can be locked at a desired height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Hirsh Company
    Inventors: Milton E. Handler, Richard Sylvan, Herbert Baisch, Michael Naranjo
  • Patent number: 5063761
    Abstract: A combination padlock includes: a first lock body combinable with a second lock body having a hollow spindle formed in the second lock body, a shackle generally U shaped having two leg members respectively lockably embedded in the two lock bodies, a plurality of dials rotatably mounted on the hollow spindle of the second lock body, a plurality of sleeves each sleeve rotatably engageable with each dial, a locking bolt slidably held in the hollow spindle normally locking one leg member of the shackle for locking the padlock, and at least a combination-changing pin preformed in situ in one lock body, whereby upon an inward depression of the pin to disengage the sleeves from the dials, the dials can be freely rotated for resetting a new combination conveniently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: Chong-Kuan Ling
  • Patent number: 5063762
    Abstract: A locking assembly to secure portable or riding equipment such as skiing equipment or bicycles, scooters, mopeds, motorcycles and the like. The assembly is mounted on the hand grips of the ski poles, or the handle bars of riding equipment with no modification of the equipment required. A retractable cable and lock is used to secure the equipment to a fixed object. The assembly, when attached to the equipment, does not disturb the weight balance of the equipment. The assembly may be installed on the hand grips or handle bars at the time of the initial assembly of the equipment or thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: Catherine M. Vandeweghe
  • Patent number: 5064157
    Abstract: A mounting bracket used to mount a crossbar on a handlebar of a bicycle, motorcycle or similar vehicle. Two of the mounting brackets, one at each end of a crossbar, are used to mount the crossbar on a handlebar. Each mounting bracket has a sleeve portion that fits around the handlebar. The sleeve portion is clamped to the handlebar by a first bolt passing through apertures in clevis arms extending outward from the sleeve portion that are integrally formed with the sleeve portion. The crossbar has a lug at each end thereof. Each lug of the crossbar is secured between the clevis arms of a corresponding one of the mounting brackets by a second bolt that passes through apertures in the clevis arms and the lug. The first bolt is located between the end of the lug and the handlebar, and the second bolt is located between the end of the lug and the ends of the clevis arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Jim O'Neal Distributing, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. O'Neal
  • Patent number: 5064172
    Abstract: A stringing block adapted to be mounted on a utility pole having at least one crossarm. The stringing block supports a cable on the crossarm while the cable is drawn into tension and can be used to position the relatively taut cable into contact with a grooved insulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: William R. Hereford