Patents Examined by Harland S. Skogquist
  • Patent number: 4536161
    Abstract: An articulator in which all natural chewing movements (articulation) and the biting movement (occlusion) shall be simulated. To this end a fixture is positively guided by means of a spring loaded elongated shaft relative to a base in three degrees of freedom. The positive movement proceeds via the longitudinal shaft as well as slanted surfaces extending obliquely relative to the longitudinal shaft and additionally a cam member including a cam follower is provided which determine the path of movement in the three axes of the articulation. In order to allow the occlusion the fixture can be pivoted relative to the base around a lateral shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Urs Marty
  • Patent number: 4535995
    Abstract: A game apparatus is disclosed herein including an elongated game board having a plurality of playing spaces arranged in rows extending longitudinally along the length of the game board and columns transversely arranged on the board. A plurality of elongated game pieces are arranged randomly adjacent the board. Graphic subject matter or indicia is carried on each of the board playing spaces as well as on each of a pair of graphic characters, and the object of the game is to align playing pieces with selected pairs of characters with identical pairs of characters carried on the game board by arranging the playing pieces either longitudinally or laterally in multiple tiers or levels on the game board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Inventor: Gordon E. Warnick
  • Patent number: 4536163
    Abstract: A wall board includes a board support mechanism which is adapted to be secured to a vertical wall surface and a board member which is vertically movably supported on the board support mechanism. The board support mechanism includes an arrangement which counterbalances the weight of the board member. Laterally spaced, vertically extending side walls extend rearwardly from the board member on opposite sides of the board support mechanism to locations adjacent the vertical wall surface. The inner sides of the side walls have vertically extending guide rails which receive guide slides or guide rollers provided on the board support mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1985
    Assignee: Weyel KG Visuelle Einrichtungen
    Inventors: Leo Schnirch, Karl-Hermann Weyel
  • Patent number: 4534736
    Abstract: An educational toy comprising a threaded shaft having blocks rigidly fixed to the opposite ends thereof and rotating and traveling blocks, spaced between the fixed end blocks and containing indicia to be aligned on faces of the rigidly fixed and rotating and traveling blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Inventor: Ben Cogdill
  • Patent number: 4533328
    Abstract: A device for displaying permanent wave or hair curling rods and the curls produced by them is disclosed for use in both professional hair styling salons and the home. This device includes a support, such as a ring or frame work, to which are attached permanent wave rods or curlers representative of the sizes used in the industry. On each rod or curler is a lock of hair processed to show the size and tightness of the curl resulting from use of that particular rod or curler. When attached to a framework type of support the rods and their curls are arranged to represent the relationship between the several sizes of curls and lengths of hair that result in a layered look hairstyle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Inventor: Francina E. McDaniel
  • Patent number: 4531736
    Abstract: A croquet post includes a base having a movable target and an activating arm attached to the target. A post extends upwardly from the base. A movable collar is supported by the post and is engaged by pins extending from a rod within the post. The rod is actuated by the arm to release the collar and allow it to slide down the post thereby providing a visible indication when the target is struck. A bell is struck by the rod providing an audible indication when the target is struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Assignee: The Quaker Oats Company
    Inventor: John T. Sahler
  • Patent number: 4531744
    Abstract: This invention is a novel and intriguing game, which may be played by from two to eight players. The game consists of a distinctive gameboard, having disposed thereon 25 contiguously connected squares, color-coded, 8 preferably pink, 8 preferably green and 9 preferably yellow, each square bearing playing indicia thereon; 27 stylized cards called "Open House Cards", numbered from 1 to 25 and two cards marked "Wild Cards"; three decks, or 156, conventional playing cards are also used in the game and 75 color-coded markers, 25 preferably red, 25 preferably blue and 25 preferably white are provided, to mark the capture of the squares during the game. The game is played according to specific rules of play, which form an integral part of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1985
    Inventors: John A. Pettipas, Albert G. Pettipas
  • Patent number: 4529199
    Abstract: A breakaway safety base including a ground support and base which may be secured on a playing field in two positions for safe play by both young and old players. In the first position relative low sliding forces break the base away from the ground support while in the second position relatively greater sliding forces are required to break the base away from the ground support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Assignee: J. D. & C., Inc.
    Inventor: Francis N. Fatool
  • Patent number: 4527981
    Abstract: In the process of designing a log structure, a kit is provided having a plurality of model logs of different diameters and lengths, having saddle notches and/or end notches, panels for windows, doors, etc., ceiling panels, trusses, and so on. A construction board or surface is provided having a rectangular grid of squares laid out to the same scale as the logs and other elements. In designing the structure, the various model building elements are laid out on the construction surface in precisely the same manner that they would be assembled on a floor slab with the full-sized finished logs. Model elements of the precise lengths, etc. are used, so that wall openings, such as windows and doors would be positioned precisely at the desired location. Sufficient numbers of elements would be provided to build a complete structure. Each construction element would be identified by a coded alpha-numeric symbol or designation which would completely specify the construction of that element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1985
    Inventor: Finis L. Chisum
  • Patent number: 4524968
    Abstract: A device for keeping ready billiard balls has a housing, a plurality of holding elements at the front side of the housing for receiving billiard balls, a coin receiver for determining a game time, an acoustic signal generating element which emits an acoustic signal when billard balls are removed for playing or after termination of the predetermined game time until they are returned back into the holding elements, wherein during unauthorized withdrawal of billiard balls from the holding elements an acoustic signal is also generated, contact elements provided with feelers in the region of the holding elements and connected with an electronic circuit to show whether all billiard balls are in the holding elements or some of them are missing, and an indicating element at the front side of the device to show the remaining game time available for a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventor: Heinrich Dolp
  • Patent number: 4524967
    Abstract: A game for picking and identifying figurines during a timed turn for matching with corresponding identification on a card. The game housing establishes a raised playing surface having a number of openings communicating with the interior of the housing. Under the playing surface there is a spring motor driven cam with three identical lobes and having an outwardly extending lever for winding the motor for a single cycle of approximately 125 degrees of rotation. Above the cam there is a follower riser having two concentric coplanar annular plates that support the figurines for simultaneous, essentially vertical, raising and lowering of the figurines through the openings. Keeper rings on the follower riser cooperate with guide posts in the housing to maintain the essentially vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Steven P. Hanson, Jeffrey D. Breslow
  • Patent number: 4522408
    Abstract: A board game having playing fields arranged in rows and columns, each playing field having a hole adapted to receive four types of playing pieces. The first type of playing piece comprising a peg of a length equal to the depths of the holes; the second type of playing piece being shorter than the first and the third type of playing piece having a length equal to the difference in length between the first and second types of playing pieces. The fourth type of playing piece comprises a sphere of diameter equal to the difference in length between the first and second type of playing piece. Board holes are of sufficient depth to naturally obscure playing pieces of the fourth type in darkness when positioned on the bottom of the holes. The tops of playing pieces of the first and second type project above, below or even with the board surface depending on the number of the fourth type of playing pieces already in the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1985
    Inventor: David M. McKee
  • Patent number: 4521024
    Abstract: Apparatus for playing a game, comprising a set of playing pieces having at least three distinct identifiable subsets and a playing surface arranged to receive the pieces and maintain them in a row and column matrix with pieces touching adjacent pieces defining the columns of said matrix and with said matrix being filled with less than the set of said pieces, guide means fixed in relation to said playing surface guiding the pieces for movement along the columns between their ends and permitting pieces to enter and leave each column from its ends so that insertion of a piece at one end of the column causes the pieces to be displaced along the column with a piece being discharged from the other end of the column, and means defining a unique direction in which pieces move along each column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: Seven Towns Limited
    Inventor: Brian P. Slade
  • Patent number: 4515372
    Abstract: A game device which consists of a game board having structural features and indicia associated with draw cards, simulated money, a pair of standard dice and a spinner which may be in the form of an octagonal spinner similar to a spinning top or an arrow type spinner provided with a support assembly associated with the game board. The upper surface of the game board includes four compartments or pockets for receiving cards and play money with each of the compartments including a lifting assembly to elevate one end of the cards or money positioned in the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Inventor: Jose M. G. Gonzales
  • Patent number: 4514178
    Abstract: Garments of one generic type, e.g. bottoms, are each provided with a first type of hangtag having a single color thereon. In most instances, the color is selected from a predetermined universe of colors. Each garment of the second generic type, e.g. tops, is provided with a second type of hangtag with all of the colors in the universe thereon. One or more of the colors on the first type of hangtag are designated by punching the area thereon bearing that color. Any bottom having a tag with a color corresponding to one of the designated colors, coordinates with the top bearing the punched tag. The color of the tag of the first type is visible through the punch in the tag of the second type, when same are held in registration, one behind the other. Bottoms having tags with a color other than one selected from the universe, coordinate with all tops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1985
    Assignee: Garan, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Noto, Michael Reid
  • Patent number: 4514175
    Abstract: A children's stuffed-art craft set includes a background board having two-dimensional graphics on a face surface with openings of various shapes forming elements of the graphics extending through the board to the opposite surface. Backing pieces, and relatively soft, stuffing pieces which are readily compressible compared to the background board and backing pieces, are shaped to fit into background board openings. Pieces of fabric or other material, larger than the openings and of various colors, patterns and textures are also supplied. A selected fabric piece is placed over the conforming stuffing and backing pieces and then inserted through the opening in the backing board from the opposite surface. The thickness of the extra fabric is wedged between the opening and the conforming backing piece to stretch the fabric, compress the stuffing and secure the combination in place creating a soft relief element of the picture or design following the two-dimensional graphics on the face of the background board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1985
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: John V. Zaruba, Steven P. Hanson, Beth E. Luecke, Wayne A. Kuna
  • Patent number: 4509921
    Abstract: A ski training halter is adapted for positioning on a person below his or her waist and to extend across the person's front, lower abdominal region to the respective left and right hip regions of the student's body. The training halter also includes portions adapted to be positioned around the upper portions of the student's thighs and interconnected with the portions extending across the student's lower abdominal and hip regions. Adjustable and detachable fasteners are provided to maintain the training halter in proper, taut position on the person's body, and elongated reins are detachably connected to the training halter and extended to a location rearwardly of the person where another person can be positioned safely on skis to hold the reins and use them to exert restraining and turning forces on the training halter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1985
    Inventors: Sue Buchheister, Ann Poulson
  • Patent number: 4508352
    Abstract: A game board with a top surface divided into zones of differing colors radiating from a central release spot has downward apertures near the outer edge of each zone adjacent a fence that surrounds the board. A trap cup seals off each aperture to prevent the escape of a rodent or other small animal used in the game as a random selector. The cup may be transparent so all players may see into which cup the rodent runs. Around the game board, which may be rotatable, are banks of players' segments, each segment being colored to match a color zone of the game board, with the exception of a "house" color. A transparent hood is secured above the players' segments by hinges, while the inner frame of the segments gives access to a monitor within the area defined by the banks of segments and the game board. Odds placards may be posted on each segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Inventor: William C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4508512
    Abstract: A shape-matching educational toy apparatus includes a first plate having a plurality of different shape apertures therein and a plurality of block elements of corresponding shapes which are receivable in the apertures. The block elements are retained in the apertures by resilient retaining elements until a second plate engages the block elements to push them therethrough. The second plate is hingedly attached to the first plate but resiliently upwardly displaceable relative thereto whereby when an obstruction such as a child's finger is interposed between the plates, injury is avoided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Assignee: Hasbro Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: B. J. Maria Girsch, Charles W. Girsch, Thomas C. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 4508510
    Abstract: A technique for training a subject to successfully perform a physical task and thereby acquire a skill in the performance of that task involves analyzing the action characteristics of the subject and, from that analysis, establishing an optimal sequence of movements to be carried out by the subject that are associated with particular patterning of the subject's body parts. In particular, a movement analyst observes the movement of a subject to identify that subject's particular actioning modality and, from that identification, develops an action form sequence that is appropriate for the subject's psychomotor process. Once the body part for initiating a movement within the action form sequence has been identified, it is coordinated with the effective psychomotor function, so that by training a subject with respect to his/her aligning, contouring or balancing sensibilities, the subject will be able to develop optimal action form sequencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Inventor: Mona Clifford