Patents Examined by Harland S. Skogquist
  • Patent number: 4721508
    Abstract: An ostomy prosthesis comprising a drainage tube securable at one end within an ostomy stoma deep to the fascia, and a skin-contacting plate to which the other tube end is secured. The prosthesis includes an ostomy bag having a mouth securable to the plate about the stoma. Closure means, operable from outside the bag, is provided to open and close the passageway defined by the drainage tube and plate to control the flow of bowel contents into the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1988
    Assignee: Waters Instruments, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Burton
  • Patent number: 4710183
    Abstract: An improved ostomy appliance has two interengageable coupling elements, one of which (herein called the body side coupling element) is secured to a medical grade adhesive pad and the other side of which is secured to an ostomy bag. A flexible chute ring is interposed between the body side coupling element and the adhesive pad. The flexible chute ring is attached to a polymeric film surface of the pad at a first annular region and to the body side coupling element at a second annular region. The first annular region is located radially inwardly of the coupling element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Craig Medical Products Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter L. Steer
  • Patent number: 4655715
    Abstract: A thin, lightweight, nursing bottle holder with handles for the movement of the holder by a baby includes a picture display at the distal end for attracting the baby's attention. The picture in the display is preferably one which changes as the bottle holder is tilted so that the baby will learn hand/eye and hand/mouth coordination while motivating the baby to continue the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Inventors: F. Rene Van de Carr, Marc Lehrer
  • Patent number: 4655716
    Abstract: A phantom formed of a non-biological material into the shape of a breast, said material having radiation characteristics of breast tissue, for use by medical personnel while in training to interpret mammographs, and as a tool to assess the quality of a radiological imaging system. The phantom material comprises one epoxy resin based tissue substitute which simulates the breast tissue, and another which simulates the skin tissue. A slot is formed in the phantom into which targets for simulating breast masses, fibers and calcifications can be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Marilyn K. Hoevel
  • Patent number: 4651996
    Abstract: A rectangular game board includes four base lines each forming an edge of the board. A plurality of spaced locations are designated on an upper surface of the game board such as by circles or squares to form a rectangular matrix of playing spaces comprised of equally spaced rows and columns aligned perpendicular to one pair of facing edges and parallel to the other pair of facing edges of the board. A row of such playing spaces is aligned along and is positioned adjacent to each base line of the board and defines a base row thereon. The game begins with a first player positioning a first playing piece on a playing space of one of the base rows. A second player then positions a second playing piece on either an unoccupied playing space in the same or another designated base row, or on the playing space immediately adjacent to the occupied playing space and in the same row or column as the occupied playing space so as to be positioned toward the center of the board with respect thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Inventor: Ray R. Watkins, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4652243
    Abstract: A display for demonstrating puncture sealant tires includes a housing for supporting a tire in an upright position having a base supporting an upstanding frame, a tire restraint on the frame for holding the tire in its upright position, and a pair of spaced apart rollers rotatably mounted on the base for permitting rotation of the tire with respect to the housing to any desired position. A spike member is mounted on a handle assembly which in turn is pivotally mounted on the housing frame for movement between a first non-puncturing position and a second tire puncturing position. A spring in the form of a flat resilient plastic member is mounted on the handle assembly and acts in opposition to the movement of the handle assembly to bias the handle assembly to its first non-puncturing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Frank Mayer & Associates
    Inventor: Louis J. Crosslen
  • Patent number: 4645460
    Abstract: A verbal vision system spatial design model comprises multiple blocks, and associated structure, spatially arranged, and sized, to represent qualities of a work of art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1987
    Inventor: Eleanore K. Bregand
  • Patent number: 4643684
    Abstract: A magnetic display panel in which syneresis is completely eliminated between a colorant and a dispersion medium by the simultaneous use of organic and inorganic thickener. A liquid sealing space is provided between two substrates sealed by an adhesive in which space a dispersing liquid having a yield value of at least 5 dyne/cm.sup.2 is filled. The dispersing liquid is composed of fine magnetic particles, a colorant, a dispersion medium and the organic and inorganic thickeners. The organic thickener is preferably one of olefinic polymer, olefinic copolymer, wax, metal soap and dextrin fatty acid ester while inorganic thickener is preferably one of fine powder silicic acid and fine powder silicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Assignee: Pilot Man-Nen-Hitsu Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yasuzo Murata, Hiroshi Sato
  • Patent number: 4643683
    Abstract: A set of didactic blocks to be used by children is provided and consists of a plurality of different shaped geometric solid members and a plurality of indicia associated with the geometric solid members to stimulate artistic creativity and at the same time teach children mathematics, science, language and the like when the blocks are manipulated in play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1987
    Inventors: Milagros C. Orsini, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4642055
    Abstract: A computerized training system allows physicians, nurses and other medical professionals to obtain substantial experience in hemodynamic monitoring without need to acquire all that experience with live, critically ill patients. The system simulates the entire process of hemodynamic monitoring, including the physical process of introducing the catheter through an insertion site in a manikin, feeding the catheter through the veins, the heart and into the pulmonary artery, inflating the balloon at the tip of the catheter, and interpreting the measured pressure and other information obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Inventor: Steven S. Saliterman
  • Patent number: 4640686
    Abstract: An automatic injector training device comprising an automatic injector simulating assembly having a forward end arranged to be engaged with a muscle injection site of the user and an exterior periphery adapted to be manually gripped by a user. The assembly includes an outer structure and a movable structure mounted for movement with respect to the outer structure (1) from a storage position into an audible signal producing position in response to an actuating movement performed by the user while manually gripping the exterior periphery of the assembly and thereby maintaining the forward end of the assembly in engagement with the injection site and (2) from its audible signal producing position into its storage postion in response to a reset movement performed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1987
    Assignee: Survival Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: N. Lawrence Dalling, Linda A. Gordon
  • Patent number: 4637609
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a game is disclosed in which a plurality of word-building structures, each having a plurality of playing spaces, are disposed about a gameboard. The preferred word-building structure comprises a pyramid shaped grid having 49 playing spaces. The pyramid is arranged in seven rows, with thirteen playing spaces in the base row and two less playing spaces in each succeedingly higher row.A word-building structure is associated with each respective competitor, as well as a color-coded set of playing pieces containing alphanumeric characters. These pieces are used by each competitor for building words in the horizontal, vertical, and diagonal directions in his respective word-building structure during a three minute word-building phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Inventor: John R. Vanderhoof
  • Patent number: 4637603
    Abstract: A device is set forth for simulating a fish for operation of a rod and reel. The device includes a frame, a drum journalled to the frame with the fishing line attached to the drum. A motor and clutch are provided for applying a selected torque to the drum to tension the line and simulate the pull of a fish. Also provided is a track to support and guide a carriage. Mounted to the carriage is a pulley. The fishing line is reeved about the pulley and thereafter connected to the drum. By adjusting the position of the carriage and pulley the position of the fish is simulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Inventors: John A. Fry, Douglas B. Robinson
  • Patent number: 4635938
    Abstract: A dice game using three dice of tetrahedron type, two of said dice being colored white and the third die having four colors on separate surfaces, each colored surface having a differing numerical value as well. The play is commenced by first rolling the two white dice to obtain a numerical value of one of ten possibilities upon which first bets have been placed. The second roll utilizes the third colored die to determine the remainder of the wagering which include: odd/even, hard three, six, nine, and twelve; the total numerical value of the three dice, the listed numbers shown on each die, and the color and number of the third die.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1987
    Inventor: Patrick Gray
  • Patent number: 4630830
    Abstract: A bingo game card holder having a base defining a plurality of pockets for holding one each bingo game cards in laterally related disposition. A light-transmissive cover is retained releasably in overlying relationship to the pockets for releasably retaining the selected bingo game cards therein. The exposed upper surface of the cover is constructed to be readily marked by conventional erasable marking elements to identify the called numbers appearing on the cards retained in the pockets. The cover, in the illustrated embodiment, is releasably retained by retaining structure at opposite portions thereof. In the illustrated embodiment, the periphery of the cover is spaced inwardly of the periphery of the base and structure is provided for defining access to an edge portion of the cover for facilitated installation and removal. The base, in the illustrated embodiment, defines an integral handle for use in carrying the assembled card holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Inventor: Helen E. Gadd
  • Patent number: 4629430
    Abstract: A computer controlled training simulator for a thermal power plant includes a switching device for selecting interactive or independent operation of a boiler simulation section, a turbine simulation section and a generator simulator section. In the interactive mode, the boiler, turbine and generator sections operate as corresponding sections of a single power plant for training operators of the respective sections. In the independent mode, the individual sections are operated as the corresponding sections of three separate power plants so that training of operators of each section can proceed without delays associated with functions of the other two sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Fumio Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 4629428
    Abstract: Colored art work is produced by the use of a kit comprising a collection of small process color reference "tints" printed from selected combinations of three standard process colors, optionally with black, at selected percentage densities. The reference tints are arranged in groups with all the tints in one group having the same percentage, but varying combinations of process colors, and each of the tints is identified by a reference index. The kit also includes larger "cut-out tints" identifiable with individual reference tints and each of exactly the same tone as the corresponding reference tint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Inventor: Gordon L. P. Phillips
  • Patent number: 4626218
    Abstract: Disclosed is a knock down kit of miniature walls and miniature modular furniture items magnetically attachable together and including a rubber stamp face printing mechanism on each face miniature modular furniture items in the kit so as to facilitate the making of scale drawings of the layout of a room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Inventor: Charles W. Wright
  • Patent number: 4625971
    Abstract: An educational game requiring skills in both language and scoring ability involving correlating certain zones on a playing surface with scoring opportunities. A game board is formed from moldable material having first and second marginal borders provided with a plurality of pockets adapted to receive therewithin letter tiles having diverse colors on opposed sides correlatable to letters of the alphabet printed as indicia on the game board itself. Inwardly disposed therefrom is a four-sided frame having pairs of spaced opposed parallel vertical and horizontal legs defining a rectangular frame provided with numerical and alphabetical correlatives oriented to assist in deployment of a plurality of segments within the frame. Immediately within the frame itself a plurality of segments formed by N.times.N arrays define a peripheral playing surface within which a central major playing segment is disposed having a 3N.times.3N array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Inventor: Jack A. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 4624642
    Abstract: A metal panel carries views depicting a human spine. A plurality of movable pieces corresponding in shape to vertebrae or disks depicted on the panel are provided with magnet means, so that the pieces may be placed to overlie vertebrae areas on the panel to illustrate normal spinal conditions, and may be shifted on the panel to illustrate abnormal conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Inventor: Angelo N. Ferrara