Patents Examined by Henry F. Epstein
  • Patent number: 6251525
    Abstract: An article comprising an intaglio three-dimensional solid molded sculpture as an accurate model of an actual subject having selected features at least one of which is proportionally modified to have a proportion: ratio other than the proportion:ratio of the corresponding selected feature of the actual subject of 1:1 taken as a measurement ratio. Observation of the sculpture, under illumination, by a moving observer evoke, to said observer, a virtual illusory solid appearing reproduction of the actual subject, the modified feature of which appears to follow the moving observer. The preferred modification of the proportion:ratio being 1.3:1; the preferred range being between 0.8:1 and 1.8:1 as a measurement ratio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Peter Yau
  • Patent number: 6080454
    Abstract: A process for producing stained crystallized glass and its articles is provided where crystallized glass is obtained with patterns and colors like that of granites, marble, and other natural stones. The process includes the heat-treatment of a prepared batch of crystallizable glass granules, colored powder and water, at a temperature higher than the softening point of the glass granules resulting in fusion bonding of the glass granules. The colored powder is compounded by an inorganic pigment, a suspension stabilizing agent, an agglomerate, a deflocculant agent, and a crystallizable glass powder. The surface pattern is formed by the grain boundary region of the crystallizable glass granules, and part of the inorganic pigment in the colored powder moving with the crystallizable glass powder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: China Glaze Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Chuan Hsu, Ching-Hsi Lin, Hsien-Chung Tsai
  • Patent number: 6074712
    Abstract: A decorative bow is disclosed which comprises at least one sheet of material that is gathered around an insert and fastened together in a gathered configuration with a tie. A bow chip may be attached to the bow. The bow chip provides a stable backing on which information may be printed. The bow chip may include a removable pull-off strip exposing adhesive enabling the end user to affix the bow to a desired object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    Inventor: James R. Ramirez
  • Patent number: 6068896
    Abstract: An injection molded colored article produced from colored material prepared by blending a coloring pigment with a synthetic resin. The article has the shape of a long main body section and a thin plate section integrally molded along a side edge of the main body section. A back surface of the main body has a curve formed from an inner end thereof. The thin plate section is formed into a tapered shape, having its thickness decreased toward its outer edge. An inclined angle .theta. defined between a upper surface and a back surface of said thin plate section, a ratio of distance A between an inner edge of said upper surface and an outer edge of said thin plate section to a distance B between said inner end of said back surface of said thin plate section and said outer edge, A/B, and a thickness C of said main body section are selected to fall within the following ranges;5.ltoreq..theta..ltoreq.45.degree.;0.3.ltoreq.A/B.ltoreq.1; and1.5.ltoreq.C.ltoreq.10 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Harutaka Manabe, Daiichiro Kawashima, Tomokazu Nishikawa, Takahiro Sato, Hiroshi Mukai, Masao Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6066228
    Abstract: A method for making a honeycomb carrier body and product formed thereby in which a corrugated foil strip is provided having opposite side edges and corrugations oriented at an oblique angle to the side edges. The corrugated foil strip is folded on lines perpendicular to the side edges to provide a core body having fluid passages between opposite ends and a shaped periphery defined by parallel outside folds in the corrugated strip. The core body thus formed is inserted into a jacket tube so that folds at the core body periphery are in compressive contact with the jacket tube, and the periphery of the core body is joined to the jacket tube. Preferably, the corrugated foil strip is coated before the folding step, such as with an oxide layer, a catalytic coating or both, prior to the folding step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Engelhard Corporation
    Inventors: Gordon Wayne Brunson, Bryce Zoccola
  • Patent number: 6063460
    Abstract: Polyolefin and polyphenyloxide products such as products made using expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polypropylene (EPP). A "foil" or "skin" of vinyl or other suitable decorative material is associated with the product to achieve a pleasing appearance and an otherwise satisfactory exterior surface. To make the product, the skin is positioned over the cavity of a female mold part. The mold is closed and, with or without vacuum assistance, the skin is brought into contact with the female mold surfaces during introduction of the plastic. This plastic is introduced in the form of small beads selected from the group consisting of polyolefin and polyphenyloxide beads which have been pre-expanded to a density reduction in the order of 75%. Air pressure is used to feed the beads into the mold cavity and steam is injected to soften the beads and to cause bonding thereof into an integral mass. In addition, the outer layer of beads is bonded to the foil whereby a one-piece part is removed from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Buffalo Molded Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Souders, Peter J. Aretz
  • Patent number: 6057010
    Abstract: A space saving decorative tree is provided including a base and a plurality of posts interconnected with respect to each other and further connected to the base and extending upwardly therefrom. Next provided is a plurality of branches removably coupled to the posts, wherein the branches are constrained by an arc of no more than 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Robert M. Ayers
  • Patent number: 6057029
    Abstract: A blast protecting panel for interior portions of building windows includes a blast-shielding panel of a high tensile fiber woven in an open weave fabric in such a manner whereby a high degree of light is transmitted through the fabric while still allowing see-through visibility. The fabric is mounted using a retention system, which can be either fixed or dynamic, allowing the fabric to unwind and billow out into the building, retaining flying glass and debris. The retention system preferably includes fixed upper and dynamic lower tension retainers around which a length of fabric is wound and which allows the fabric to unwind therefrom without becoming detached from the retainer case or from the surface to which the retainers are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Virginia Iron and Metal Co.
    Inventors: Eugene J. Demestre, Kenneth M. White, T. Jameson Stott
  • Patent number: 6042904
    Abstract: An achievement award including a novel, substantially transparent, injection molded acrylic plaque and a supporting base therefor. The display plaque is provided with ornamental designs comprising either or both a fossil-like, three-dimensional decorative design or image which appears to be embedded in the central body portion of the plaque and an upstanding ornamental design which extends outwardly from the front face of the plaque. The display plaque uniquely includes strategically located bevels that give the plaque the appearance of expensive cut glass and, at the same time, functions to optically mask the mold lines which are formed during the injection molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Plastic Dress-Up Co.
    Inventors: Alan P. Greenblat, John Banman
  • Patent number: 6017595
    Abstract: This invention relates to a mixed composition for making structural building materials or articles; wherein the composition comprises a prepared or reprocessed solid or sludge waste material such as impure lime obtained, in particular, from water treatment plants, and further comprises a reinforcing material such as fiberglass, metal material, sisal fiber, or plastics, and also comprises a polymeric material which preferably includes polyurethane foam. A coloring agent is added the composition to give a distinctive color to the structural building materials or articles such as shingles, panels, sidings, walls, and logs, all replicating products made especially from wood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventors: Stephen E. Brenot, Arnold G. Althoff, Randy M. Schneider
  • Patent number: 6004634
    Abstract: A novelty device (1) is provided for attachment to an article such as an eating utensil. The novelty device (1) has a device body (2) formed of a soft plastics material. The device body (2) has a slot (4) extending within the device body (2). The slot (4) tapers within the device body (2) in order to accommodate different shapes and sizes of article. The device body (2) can be molded as a character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Megaprint Group Limited
    Inventor: Mary Aiken
  • Patent number: 5985381
    Abstract: Methods and articles so produced for increasing the camouflaging effect of any camouflaging pattern, the invention relates to the coating of at least portions of a camouflaging pattern disposed on an article with a material capable of assuming different chromic states at different ambient light levels. Materials employed to produce color changes in the camouflaging pattern include light and/or heat sensitive dyes and/or inks and particularly photochromic materials capable of reversible color changes. At least portions of camouflaging patterns modified according to the invention change color, such as from a color in the original camouflaging pattern to a different color or from a first shade of a given color to a second shade of that same color, on exposure to sunlight either of a more direct nature or a greater intensity, the color change being reversed in whole or in part by a return of ambient light conditions toward or to a given set of original light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Kyle Henry Conner
  • Patent number: 5985063
    Abstract: A plant material is preserved by immersing a cross sectional surface of a severed stem, stalk, trunk or vine of a plant material into a preservative solution. The preservative solution can include a suitable dye. The plant material remains intertwined with its trellis, lattice or similar support during a preservation process. Alternatively, the plant material remains in a natural configuration during the preservation process. Also alternatively, the plant material also remains in a natural orientation during the preservation process. The cut stem, stalk, trunk or vine can be immersed in a container of preservative solution, at or near the time the stem, stalk, trunk or vine is severed. The cut stem stalk, trunk or vine of the plant can also be tied to a container of preservative solution. A rain shroud can also be placed over the container of preservative solution that contains the severed stem, stalk, trunk or vine of the severed plant, to protect the preservative solution during the preservation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventors: Bruce Morford, Melaine Morford
  • Patent number: 5981003
    Abstract: A clear crystalline faceted substrate is provided with a coating of a colored transparent ink in order to enhance the appearance of the otherwise inexpensive gem stone. The ink is a permanent type ink made from n-propanol, n-butanol and diacetone alcohol which is soluble in a solution having a isopropyl alcohol 99% strength. Once the coating has been applied to a substrate such as a cubic zirconia to enhance the appearance of the gem stone, the coating can be removed by use of the solvent. A fresh coating of a different color may then be applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Fitness Innovations & Technologies (F.I.T.), Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald W. Arends
  • Patent number: 5981026
    Abstract: A zeolite-coatable metallic foil, in particular in the form of a honeycomb body, is formed of a steel containing chromium and/or aluminum and having a surface. An oxide layer covers the surface. A ceramic washcoat on the oxide layer acts as a bonding layer for receiving a zeolite layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Emitec Gesellschaft fuer Emissionstechnologie mbH
    Inventors: Hans Bode, Henry Pusch
  • Patent number: 5976643
    Abstract: The invention uses a garnish of tufts of filaments or strips attached to camouflage material, particularly camouflage material for use on mobile equipment, vehicles and personnel. The garnish or tuft is formed from a sheet of flexible, low emissivity material that has been cut into filaments or strips adhesively attached along one uncut longitudinal strip edge portion of the sheet. The tuft is formed by rolling the strip edge portion longitudinally around one part of a tuft retaining anchor, to form a rolled, adhesive-bound segment attached to the tuft part. When the rolled strips or filaments are so bound about the tuft retaining anchor part, a tuft is formed therefrom. When all the tuft retaining anchor parts are assembled, the tuft retaining anchor and tuft together constitute the garnish. A plurality of garnishes is attached to a base camouflage material on, e.g., mobile equipment, vehicles and personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Marconi Aerospace Defense Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Bradley Sallee
  • Patent number: 5976644
    Abstract: A process to treat bamboo comprises splitting a bamboo shoot lengthwise into at least two separate bamboo lengths, and removing any internal membranes and external nodes from the bamboo lengths. The split bamboo lengths are treated to remove substantially all sugars present in said lengths, following which they are dried to a moisture content of less than about 3%. The bamboo lengths are then rehumidified to a predetermined moisture content of greater than about 3%. Then, optionally, a first plurality of the bamboo lengths suitable to form a core for a laminated bamboo article may be uniformly sized, and a second plurality of the bamboo lengths suitable to form an outer surface for a laminated bamboo article may be uniformly sized. A core may then be formed with a uniform first plurality of the lengths by laminating the first plurality of lengths together, and at least one outer surface layer may be formed with a uniform second plurality of the lengths by laminating the second plurality of lengths together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Amati Bambu Ltd.
    Inventors: Baha-al Dean Sanaee, Babak Kashef
  • Patent number: 5976646
    Abstract: An improved material for forming vehicle trim panels includes natural fibers formed reinforcing mats. The natural fibers replaced the prior known use of glass fibers. Prior art glass fibers may sometimes cause skin irritation, and the natural fiber eliminates this problem. The fibrous mats are preferably placed on both sides of the central foam layer, and a decorative layer is placed outwardly of one of the fibrous mats. Various naturally occurring fibrous materials such as hemp may be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: UT Automotive Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald R. Stevens, Stuart G. Boyd, Brian Eagen
  • Patent number: 5976642
    Abstract: A stereo ceramic granite and marble has a stereo pattern composed of more than two non-transparent silicate color masses containing more than 20% non-vitrified state composition. As seen from its vertical section, it has the characteristics that wherein both vertical sectional edges of at least four mutually contacting color masses are essentially parallel to the extension lines of the boundary lines of the other color masses from within 3 mm beginning form the surface of the product and form an angle of 10.degree. to 170.degree. with the surface plane of the product, the deviation error of parallelism not exceeding 40.degree., and this kind of pattern exists in the product at more than four places.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Dening Yang
  • Patent number: RE36457
    Abstract: Molded articles having contoured, decorative outer surfaces are disclosed. The articles comprise a molded polymer substrate and a decorative surfacing film adhered to one side of the substrate. The decorative surfacing film comprises a substantially molecularly unoriented cast polymer film formed from a weatherable polymer. The articles are particularly suited for use as automobile body panels and the like. Also disclosed is a method for making such articles, and a method for making sets of such articles for assembly into automobile bodies and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: Rexam Industries, Corp.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Ellison, Brian M. Keith