Patents Examined by Glenn T. Barrett
  • Patent number: 5374791
    Abstract: A compact automatic stop device for two mechanisms for counting revolutions which consist of coaxial counting wheels (10, 10') each associated with a notched cam (14, 14') interacts with a cutoff finger (24, 24') securely fastened to a common cutoff lever (20, 20'), so that when the notches (19) are aligned, the cutoff lever actuates a switch (26, 26'). A set-to-zero lever (29, 29') makes it possible to reset the counting wheels to zero by acting via hammers (33') on core cams (18'). The counting wheels, the cutoff levers and the set-to-zero levers of each counting mechanism are pivoted in a common cradle (5, 5') articulated with respect to a fixed casing (1) having profiled parts (36, 37, 36', 37') which are intended to interact with the cutoff levers and the set-to-zero levers during the displacement of the cradles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: Somfy
    Inventor: Philippe LeMarchand
  • Patent number: 5361957
    Abstract: A shoulder strap for a carrying device such as a suitcase or the like has a cushion incorporated therewith. The cushion is an inflatable member which is either integrally formed with the strap or removably secured thereto. The cushion minimizes the strain placed upon the shoulder of a user by distributing the load through the cushion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: Marvin H. Weintraub
  • Patent number: 5361950
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a carrying device capable of being supported on the inside of a vehicle door by the door, the door being of the type having a window opening with a window sill and a window glass set in a channel in the sill. The carrying device has a body having, or being capable of having attached thereto, a carrying part enabling an article, which is preferably at least one container for holding food or drink, to be carried thereby. The carrying device also has a substantially rigid tongue and an elongated flexible connector connecting the tongue and the body. In use of the device, the tongue is slid down into the inner side of the channel alongside the window glass to be releasably retained in the channel with the connector draped over the window sill and the body hanging down adjacent the inside of the door. The flexible connector allows the device to be used in vehicles having different widths of window sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventors: Noel W. Signal, James R. M. Darling
  • Patent number: 5361959
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for carrying one or more bicycles on a motor vehicle and a strap for securing the carrier to the motor vehicle. The strap includes a stretchable and contractible resilient web that is connected intermediate the ends of the strap. A loop is formed in the strap when the strap is not tightened. The web is stretched by tightening and serves to maintain tension in the strap. When tightened, adjacent surfaces of that portion of the strap forming the loop and the web are in close juxtaposition. Separation between adjacent surfaces of the resilient web and the portion of the strap that forms the loop, provides a visual indication of the degree of strap tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: Alexander R. Allen
  • Patent number: 5362934
    Abstract: The keytop of a push-button switch includes a keytop portion situated on the top of a resin film, and a retaining portion situated on the underside of the resin film. The keytop portion and retaining portion are formed into a unitary body by a resin-molding process in which resin is passed through a hole provided in the resin film such that the resin film is sandwiched between the keytop portion and the retaining portion. In another embodiment, the retaining portion is loop-shaped and is formed into a unitary body with the keytop portion by a resin-molding process in which the resin passes through a plurality of holes provided in the resin film in a pattern corresponding to the loop-shaped circumference of the retaining portion. The resin film is sandwiched in a water-tight state between the keytop portion and the loop-shaped retaining portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Teikoku Tsushin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jiroh Inagaki, Atsushi Hari, Nobuyuki Yagi, Yasutoshi Kaku, Takashi Shinoki
  • Patent number: 5358159
    Abstract: A personal communication shoulder holster has a soft, flexible shoulder strap which encircles the shoulder with a size and shape to support side carriage of a small soft communication case under a user's arm. The shoulder strap is adjustable in length and has resilient sections for adjustment and adaptability to body movement. Extended from the shoulder strap at a moveable position is an adjustable and pliant suspender strap which crosses the back and then goes over the other shoulder and clown the front of a user to a belt-hooking position at an opposite side from the communication case. The communication case is suspended from a bottom of the shoulder strap. An adjustable and pliant tie-down strap is suspended from a bottom of the communication case to a belt-hooking position. A flexible belt is provided for use with clothing that does not have a belt or edge at a waistline for attachment of the suspender strap and tie-down strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: Edgar Lundie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5357070
    Abstract: The present invention provides a means for locking "off" or locking "on" an electrical slide switch. The shape definition of the invention further serves as a position indicator, whereby even a casual glance confirms the position of the switch, even from some distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventor: William H. Parsons, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5356058
    Abstract: A bicycle seat bag comprises a tapered unitary body formed of a substantially rigid polymeric material and having a smaller forward end and a larger rearward end, an opening at the rearward end of the body, and a unitary cap member formed of a substantially rigid polymeric material detachably connected to the body at the opening. A cleat member attached to the top of the body has a pair of slots opening outwardly in opposite directions that receive the frame bars of a bicycle seat to removably attach the body to the seat. A generally C-shaped clip member attached to the forward end of the body and having a pair of resilient legs defining an opening that faces laterally is received on and resiliently engaged with a bicycle seat post with one leg in front of and the other leg in back of the seat post so as to attach the body to the seat post against forward, backward and rotational movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Assignee: Cannondale Corporation
    Inventor: Timothy J. Fenton
  • Patent number: 5356059
    Abstract: An attachment to a wheel chair, which may be in the form of a basket or a tray, has a substantially rigid planar base portion, which has two sides. A pair of legs extend downwardly from each side of the base and a foot is positioned at the bottom of each leg. Each foot is adapted to rest upon the forward outer edge of the seat or on a support member positioned just below the seat, one support member on each side of a wheelchair. The attachment also has a pair of arms, one arm extending rearward from each side of the base and at the distal end of each arm there is an inwardly extending finger. The inwardly extending fingers are adapted to fit around the outer edges of the upwardly extending back of a wheel chair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1994
    Inventors: John E. Yanez, John Sandford
  • Patent number: 5351868
    Abstract: A laminated pouch includes a layer of woven synthetic fabric, a layer of polyfoam and a layer of liner material, the layers being bonded together under heat and pressure. During the molding process selected areas of the laminate material is compressed under substantial heat and pressure to permanently deform the laminate into areas of substantially less thickness than uncompressed areas, the compressed areas being of substantial stiffness. The laminate is also formed with edges, and corners of substantial stiffness. The pouch is formed of two such laminate layers which are trimmed and fastened together at the edges. The resulting pouch retains its shape well and is not significantly deformed by the weight or pressure of its contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Bianchi International
    Inventors: Robert J. Beletsky, Anthony G. Lefeber, John J. Chase, Gary M. Paudler
  • Patent number: 5349147
    Abstract: A water-splash protected electric switch apparatus which includes a casing of electrically insulating material and fixed contacts housed within the casing. A closure wall sealingly closes off the front of the casing. A pair of control push buttons disposed exteriorally of the closure wall are connected to respective ones of a pair of transmission rods that pass through the closure wall to actuate a contact element. The contact element is actuated to establish continuity or to break continuity between fixed contacts within the casing. Guide collars on the closure wall have perimetric walls on the push buttons sealingly associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Cesare Gallone
  • Patent number: 5349145
    Abstract: A molded case circuit breaker handle interlock unit is arranged on the top surface of the circuit breaker to lockingly prevent intentional displacement of the circuit breaker operating handle from either the ON or OFF positions. The movable clip on the unit is attached to the circuit breaker handle to prevent tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Joseph B. Kelaita, Jr., Roger N. Castonguay, Edwin J. Collin
  • Patent number: 5347095
    Abstract: An electrical receptacle for use with an annunciator for indicating the removal of an electrical plug from the electrical receptacle. The electrical receptacle includes neutral switching contacts actuated in response to the insertion of a plug into the receptacle. An input circuit in the annunciator apparatus monitors the state of the neutral switching contacts and couples signals produced when a plug is removed to a latching circuit thereby to produce an audible or electrical indication of plug removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Inventor: Abraham Zeder
  • Patent number: 5345050
    Abstract: A switch actuating assembly supports and actuates a limit switch of the ball and roller type. The assembly includes a housing, a plunger movably positioned within the housing, and an end cap which closes off one end of the housing. The assembly is adapted to be mounted to a vehicle control panel utilizing conventional mounting hardware. Various ball and roller type limit switches are interchangeable with the housing body. The plunger is movable between a first detent position with the limit switch activated and a second spring loaded position with the limit switch deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew G. Branch, Chris E. Willey
  • Patent number: 5341973
    Abstract: A low profile backpack system is provided which includes a mechanism for allowing free movement of the shoulder straps as the wearer moves, bends, twists from side to side, etc. The inventive mechanism comprises a buckle having a pair of transverse elongated slots. The buckle is fixed to the top of the pack by means of a single vertically oriented strap which passes through the lower of the two slots. A second strap passes through the upper slot and has its ends fixed to an end of each of two shoulder straps adapted to fit over the shoulders of the wearer. A further inventive feature is the provision of a quick release fire shelter on the pack which may be deployed by one hand. The shelter is stored in a rectangularly shaped pouch depending from the bottom of the pack. An open end of the pouch is selectively closed by a flap secured by Velcro fasteners. Pulling a release strap depending from the pouch first disengages the fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Eagle Gear
    Inventors: Kerry G. Dawes, Robert J. Early
  • Patent number: 5343006
    Abstract: A panel mount switch assembly for mounting a push-button actuator switch on an opening in a panel. The switch assembly including a switch base holder connected to the switch base, a pair of legs connected to the base holder and positioned to protrude through the actuator opening along opposite sides of the switch actuator, and a switch plunger that engages the actuator. The legs are inserted into the opening and a lip formed on a distal end of each leg extends over the panel to prevent the legs from disengaging from the opening when a downward force is applied to the switch actuator. Once the legs are engaged with the opening, the switch plunger is attached to the switch actuator by inserting the actuator in a channel formed in the plunger and thereby frictionally engage the actuator with the plunger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Thrustmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Moffett
  • Patent number: 5341521
    Abstract: An environmentally controlled standard toilet designed to neutralize and confine contaminating agents such as bacteria, odors, vapors and other airborne particles inside the bowl by generating and maintaining a cyclone-type air circulation inside the existing bowl. A standard toilet bowl (70a) with a housing (20a), and an air-trapping cavity (88b) created inside the bowl (70a), by a seat (82b) having a seat-skirt (87b), confines the contaminating agents during toilet use and improves the efficiency of the air circulation. Sanitizer and odor conditioner cartridges are employed to neutralize the contaminating agents by releasing sanitizing and odor conditioning agents into the air flow circulated inside the bowl (70a). This invention is retrofitable to existing standard toilet bowls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventor: Daniel S. Redford
  • Patent number: 5343009
    Abstract: In a data processing device, when exchanging a plug-in package with another without breaking off the power to be supplied to the data processing device, a package removing lever is equipped with a locking piece. The lever does not move and the package hence cannot be removed, until the locking piece is released. In response to the release operation of the locking piece, a switch is activated to break off the power supply for the package. After the package is mounted perfectly, the power for the package is switched on by the action of the locking piece, thus preventing any misoperation when removing the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Process Computer Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Manabu Araoka, Yoshiaki Takahashi, Atsushi Shikama, Yoshihiro Miyazaki, Tomoaki Nakamura, Masayuki Sakata
  • Patent number: 5337932
    Abstract: A multilevel bicycle rack comprising a pair of vertical supports having two pair of rearwardly extending arms to support a plurality of bicycles or, optionally, bicycles in combination with other items. A pair of diagonal cross braces extend upwardly from attachment to the opposite side of the bumper from the attachment of the pair of vertical supports. A third vertical support extends upwardly to a forward extension of the upper arms with the upper arms and diagonal braces attached to the pair of vertical supports toward the top of the vertical supports. Despite the fact that the upper pair of rearwardly extending cantilevered arms are 12 to 15 times the bumper thickness above the bumper no additional attachment connections to the motor vehicle are needed above the bumper to counter the cantilevered loading of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Gary L. Griewahn
  • Patent number: 5337936
    Abstract: A holder for valuables includes a thin flat container body with one or more compartments with an open top edge and a closure flap extending from a back panel and fastening onto a front panel. A pair of elongate narrow strips of material each have a first end secured to the upper portion of the back panel. A second end of each strip terminates in a belt loop for threading onto a belt worn on trousers. The distance between the loop and the container body of each strip is greater than the height of the container body. This permits the container body to be moved between a concealed position behind the trousers and and accessible position in front of the trousers while fastened to the belt without bending the container body or disarranging the clothing. The container body slips past the waistband of the trousers in moving between concealed and access positions without bending the container body or the contents thereof making it suitable for storing passports, credit cards and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Alvin S. Blum