Patents Examined by J. Bonifanti
  • Patent number: 5493803
    Abstract: A device for storage and display of photographs consisting of a housing with front frame and a spindle containing photo envelopes supported mid-way across the front frame. The spindle is formed in unique manner to carry a large plurality of photo envelopes by heat welding each envelope to the spindle in close spacing. Each envelope contains two photos back-to-back, and rotation, either manually or motor controlled, indexes intermittent display of the successive photos with two photos always in view in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventor: Thomas L. Byers
  • Patent number: 5457903
    Abstract: A perpetual mechanical calendar is disclosed which includes a front board having twelve windows, a sliding plate mounted behind the front board and being printed with two series of numbers, portions of which are visible through the windows of the front board, a rack and gear assembly for horizontal adjustment of the sliding plate relative to the front board, and lever assemblies for vertical positioning of the sliding plate relative to the front board. The sliding plate can be horizontally moved between seven different positions corresponding to years which begin on each day of the week. Additionally, the sliding plate can be raised and lowered to display a series of numbers which corresponds to the proper calendar for standard years in one setting and leap years in the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Gerardo A. Lopez
  • Patent number: 5404665
    Abstract: Three small stickers, mounted on a backing sheet, carry, respectively, different indicia indicating the location of the gas filler opening and an advertisers logo or trademark. The driver or gas pump attendant can select and remove the appropriate sticker from the strip and adhere the selected sticker to the instrument panel adjacent the fuel level indicator thereby to remind the driver continually of the location of the gas filler opening of that automobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Inventor: Mansung Choi
  • Patent number: 5388356
    Abstract: A numeric display has a background and seven panels positioned to form a stylized FIG. 8. The seven panels include four vertical panels, each revoluably mounted about a horizontal axle, and three horizontal panels each revoluably mounted about a vertical axis. The axis of each of said seven bars pass substantially through the geometric center the panel. The panels each have a front face and a back face. The front face of the panels contrasts optically with the background. The rear face optically melds with the background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Timothy Kalivas
  • Patent number: 5383296
    Abstract: A flexible display banner functions to display visually perceived messages, of a changing nature, particularly a light emitting diode message display signboard and messages of an unchanging nature whereas the said messages are a physical part of said banner.The flexible display banner includes a containment pouch having four opaque panels and one transparent panel which houses said message signboard, which projects a plurality of messages which can be readily changed including many by remote control. The containment pouch also houses an alarm, particularly one sounding like a fire alarm, which will be activated by unauthorized tampering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventors: Elizabeth J. Vecchione, J. Vecchione, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5359798
    Abstract: A miniaturized device adapted to be worn as a piece of jewelry and which contains personal identification and/or medical information about the person wearing the device. The device includes a housing in which first and second panels are hingedly mounted for movement between closed positions stored in the housing and upright exposed positions generally parallel to one another outside the housing at opposite ends thereof. One of the panels carries a piece of microfilm containing the information, and the other panel carries a lens adapted to focus on the microfilm when the panels are in their upright positions outside the housing. The housing includes an openable cover so that the panels are enclosed and protected when the cover is closed. The panels are urged toward their upright positions by spring means when the cover of the housing is opened, and detents formed in the housing engage with the panels to positively hold them in their upright, properly spaced relationship when they are opened for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventor: Raymond K. Pelosi
  • Patent number: 5353534
    Abstract: A device for holding a variable number of rear-illuminated advertisement carriers formed of a poster-like blanks. Each advertisement carrier is mounted in a pocket that is open on one side and formed of a transparent flexible sheet material. The pockets can be positioned from a rear chamber to a visible front area by a drive device and then returned to the chamber. The pockets are connected into a disengageable chain of pockets that is contacted and driven by motor driven gears, belts or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1994
    Inventors: Angelika Fassauer, Peter Haluszka
  • Patent number: 5351425
    Abstract: A self-standing display device (10) formed from front (18) and rear (20) panels, and methods for making and using the same, are disclosed. The rear panel (20) includes an easel portion (12) which is foldable to provide standing support for the display device (10). The front (18) and rear (20) panels are interconnected by an adhesive coating (48) which can extend across the interface between the front (18) and rear (20) panels. Adhesion between the front panel (18) and the easel portion (12) is substantially prevented by barrier layer (46) which can be applied by lithographic printing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Apex Die & Box Company
    Inventors: Robert T. Knappe, John F. B. Prockter
  • Patent number: 5347737
    Abstract: A portable sign includes at least three elongated members interconnected by collapsible members and can be collapsed to fit into a shipping tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Inventor: Clarence J. Theobald, III
  • Patent number: 5343647
    Abstract: A versatile paperboard panel can be used to attach identifying (e.g. price) information to a wide variety of articles. A release coating is applied to a first face of the panel, and a label having an adhesive face is disposed over the panel with the adhesive in contact with the release coating. A perforation allows separation of the panel into first and second portions. The first portion contains the label, and the second portion includes an opening capable of receiving an attachment mechanism (such as a hook or string). A number of panels may be provided in a cut or continuous sheet that may be fed through a printer, the sheet having a first layer of paperboard which forms the panels, and a second layer of paper which forms the labels, with adhesive attached to the paper and a release coat to the panel. The labels are die cut from the second layer, and the panels are die cut from the first layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Moore Business Forms, Inc.
    Inventor: Tricia Bulka
  • Patent number: 5343645
    Abstract: A variable speed drive mechanism (4) is disclosed for use in conjunction with multi-sided prismatic convertible sign elements (22). A drive gear (32) driven at constant speed causes a mounting gear (23) to rotate at an angular velocity both slower than the angular velocity of the drive gear (32) and at a varying angular velocity. An idler gear (38) guides a flexible tension supporting element (31) as it travels between an equalizer gear (35) and the drive gear (32). A series of the drive trains (21) may be mounted adjacent to each other so as to permit a plurality of prismatic sign elements (22, 47, 48) to create a convertible sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Quality Manufacturing Incorporated
    Inventor: Mortimer J. Huber
  • Patent number: 5335435
    Abstract: A media holder (20) is disclosed particularly suited for search and display of a selected media. The holder has a plurality of frames (22) each configured to hold media (e.g. business cards, compact discs, computer diskettes) and pivotally mounted over a slidable striking member (44). The striking member contacts an abutment member (50) defined by each frame to flip the frame for viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Inventors: Manny Cotton, George Sanchez, Bernardo Baran
  • Patent number: 5331758
    Abstract: A label holder made from a single piece of molded plastic with an area of reduced thickness (i.e., a living hinge) dividing the single piece into a back panel and a transparent front panel. The back panel has an area into which a label is placed. By applying finger pressure to the front panel, the holder can be closed along the living hinge until the front and back panels contact each other. Each locking tab on a panel interlocks with a corresponding free edge on the other panel and locking the label in a sandwiched condition. A release lip on the front panel facilitates unlocking and opening of the holder by similar finger pressure. The back panel has attachment means allowing easy insertion into any surface adapted with appropriate receiving means. Once connected, the holder is securely attached to the surface, while at the same time being easily removeable for quick and simple replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Inventor: Jerome M. Romick
  • Patent number: 5329715
    Abstract: A swinging toy for swinging a doll includes a sound producing unit comprising of a platter, a record, a tone arm assembly. The sound producing unit is a buzzer and driven by a motor drive to produce sounds. A clock may be provided which is controlled by a control unit to turn on the motor drive once per hour. And an actuator comprising a chuck carried on a revolving rod connected to a crank through a link and driven by the platter of the sound producing unit through a transmission gear to swing the doll as the sound producing unit produces sounds is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: Shih Po-Wen
  • Patent number: 5323551
    Abstract: A picture frame is provided which has a frame portion and a frictionally retained insert. The frame portion is a single piece of plastic including a recess defined by a raised wall. The raised wall includes a plurality of recess-facing constricting tabs which as a result of their sloped faces increase frictional pressure on the insert as the insert is placed deeper into the recess. The insert is a flat member sized to snugly fit into the recess and to prevent a photograph from unintentionally exiting the recess. Included along the peripheral edge of the insert are a plurality of slots to cooperatively engage the constricting tabs of the frame. The front surface of the frame has an applique placed thereon and is shaped such that a portion of the front surface extends through the applique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventors: Douglas I. Lovison, Lawrence J. Longobardi
  • Patent number: 5317823
    Abstract: A three-dimensional pop-up display which may be made from a single generally rectangular piece of cardboard or the like and a method for forming the same are disclosed. The display includes three portions and an internal hinged support member for maintaining the display in an open position. The display may also include a pocket formed as a part of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Inventor: William F. Brunt, II
  • Patent number: 5315777
    Abstract: A foldable emergency sign is provided, made up of a number of flat slats joined by flexible hinges. The slats are provided with warning indicia to alert passing motorists to the presence of a disabled vehicle. The slats are also provided with magnets for quick attachment and detachment from a vehicle. A support harness may be provided for attachment to irregularly shaped areas of a vehicle. The slats may be arranged in two columns with the triangular emergency sign defined over a number of the slats in both columns or the slats may be portions of the sidearms themselves of the triangular emergency sign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: The Wise Child Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Fogelman
  • Patent number: 5315774
    Abstract: A device adapted to be mounted, optionally removably, directly on wire and cable and indirectly thereon via cable ties and similar products, for the receipt of information or other indicia concerning the item to which the notator is attached or for the receipt of other information. The device includes a first indicia receiving portion and a second retainer portion for mounting the device on a substrate. An accessory engageable with one portion of the device or optionally built into that portion of the device includes a cable tie portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Conrad L. Chompff
  • Patent number: 5313728
    Abstract: This invention relates to an action doll and in particular to an action doll which includes a base in which are mounted a motor, a transmission mechanism, a friction wheel, and a battery chamber, a bicycle having a front wheel engaged with the friction wheel and a time clock at a hind part thereof, and a doll having two feet engaged with pedals of the front wheel of said bicycle, whereby the doll may ride the bicycle as a human being and may produce music as desired hence making the toy funny and interesting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Inventor: Chen F. Tien
  • Patent number: 5313724
    Abstract: A picture frame is formed in a perimeter relationship relative to a central support plate. The picture frame includes a housing coextensively directed about the support plate, with the housing including a housing section associated with each side of the support plate. Each housing section includes an elongate cylindrical illumination bulb mounted therewithin. A transparent lens is positioned contiguous to and adjacent each edge of the central support plate coextensive with each illumination bulb to direct illumination onto the central support plate. A modification of the invention includes each elongate bulb formed with a plurality of semi-cylindrical coatings, including an opaque, translucent, and clear coating to provide a varying degree of illumination directed upon the central support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Inventor: Sheila J. Warner