Patents Examined by J. Hakomaki
  • Patent number: 5113612
    Abstract: A method of providing a user of a telephone with a set of instructions respecting the use and function of the telephone. The method including the steps of providing a telephone, providing an attachable information providing device which includes means for attaching said device to an extensible, coiled telephone cord interconnecting elements of the telephone, and attaching the attachable information providing device to the telephone cord so that the set of instructions respecting the use and function of the telephone is readily available to the user thereof and so that said means for attaching substantially encircle a portion of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: Jamco International, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Machen
  • Patent number: 5103580
    Abstract: A device for the cyclic rearrangement of a pile of rectangular sheets, especially photographic prints. The device includes first and second frame parts (12, 14), of which one has a viewing window (35) in front of a principal face of the pile. The frame parts can be pulled away from each other and pushed back together again parallel to the plane of this face. A single sheet is removed from one end of the pile when the frame parts are pulled away from each other and returned to the other end of the pile when the frame parts are pushed together. During its movement relative to the window, the sheet facing the window is held spaced from the window by elements on the frame parts which are arranged and designed so that they overlap all edges of the picture but nevertheless render possible the passage of the picture through the gap defined by those elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 5090936
    Abstract: A movable decoration capable of being moved to exhibit unexpected motion or variation in configuration while maintaining a conventional ornamental effect in a stationary state, resulting in a viewer taking much interest and exhibiting lots of imaginative power. The movable decoration includes a power supply, to which a sensor switch is connected. Also, the decoration includes a motor connected through the sensor switch to the power supply, a drive mechanism connected to the motor so as to be actuated thereby, and a core in the form of a wire operatively connected to the drive mechanism so as to be rotated depending on actuation of the drive mechanism. On the core is loosely fitted a hollow element such as a artificial plant, a doll or the like so that it may be meanderingly moved depending on and separate from rotation of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Takara Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuta Satoh, Shigeru Nakane, Shinya Saitoh, Isamu Kataoka
  • Patent number: 5075991
    Abstract: A frame (10) has an integral outer margin (24) and a back plate (26). A display item (28) such as a picture, photograph, certificate, document, or the like is front-loaded into the frame (10) by insertion of the corners of the display item (28) into slots (50). The display item (28) is thus held against the back plate (26) and bounded by the outer margin (24). A flexible transparent sheet (30) fits over the top of the display item (28) and is inserted into the slots (50) in like manner. The frame (10) has a bracket (44) such that the frame (10) may be mounted upon a horizontal surface such as a table, desk, counter or the like. The bracket may be inserted into different sockets (36), (38), (40), and (42) to change the orientation of the display item (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Assignee: Uniek Plastics, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory J. Wenkman, Ferdinand F. Salzmann
  • Patent number: 5072533
    Abstract: A supporting assembly including a first and second reel defining a transport path therebetween of a transport band mounted rotatably on the reels. The first roller and a second rollers are bridged by an endless band spanning the rollers and movable in concert with the transport band. The transport band is provided with transverse, parallel clamps which serve to releasably retain a poster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Inventors: Doepgen Heinz, Winkelmann Gerhard, Jean Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 5068987
    Abstract: This invention concerns a box (receptacle) for holding and displaying photographs, in the form of a somewhat flattened parallelepiped, inside which one or more tidily stacked photographs of suitable format can fit exactly, and the first of which, starting from the top of the pile, is clearly visible from the outside of the box, in that the lid of the latter possesses a sizeable central window closed by a sheet of transparent material, thus obtaining the optical effect of making said photograph-holding box into a simple photograph frame, without giving any clues that would enable its primary function as a photograph holder to be seen or surmised. The box for holding photographs, according to the invention, is characterized by certain constructional aspects that render both its use and assembly particularly simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Inventor: Sergio Tontarelli
  • Patent number: 5063698
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the personalized greeting card includes an independent, detachable, electronic memory device that stores electronic signals, a mechanism for retrieving the electronic signals from the memory device, a voice synthesizer which obtains these electronic signals and produces audible sounds representative of the personalized message, and a switch that controls the retrieving device and the voice synthesizer. Prior to incorporating the memory device in the card, an EPROM translation machine converts the personalized message obtained from the sender of the card into appropriate electronic signals and stores those representative electronic signals in the memory device. The memory device is then detached from the EPROM and mounted in the circuitry disposed in the greeting card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventors: Ellen B. Johnson, Daryl Ivey
  • Patent number: 5060408
    Abstract: A device for the cyclic rearrangement of a pile of sheets with a housing having a viewing window, from which housing a slider member can be withdrawn and reinserted, and with elements for removing a sheet from an inserted pile and transferring the same to the other end of the pile on each movement cycle of the slider member. When the slider member is inserted the pile is pressed against the viewing window by a pressing arrangement which comprises rails supported on leaf springs. The rails have integrally moulded function elements, such as anchoring projections, sheet stop members, blocking projections, spacer ribs and guide prongs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 5058297
    Abstract: A hand-assembled picture frame has a plurality of triangular, corner connection fittings which interengage mitercut ends of abutting readily available picture frame channel members. Each of two sides of the fitting slidably receives one picture frame channel member and interlocks thereto by projecting locking arms, one arm engaging a cooperating notch in each frame member. The arms, resilient and preferably integral with the balance of the fitting, are accessible from the rear surface of the fitting. A tab within the confines of the fitting is manipulated to release each locking arm. The two intersecting outside walls of the fitting may define an acute angle, slightly less than ninety degrees in order to provide a bending moment to all four channels of an assembled frame, thereby increasing the retention force of a completed frame. A stand-off member in the form of a protuberance may be provided on the rear fitting surface to space the frame assembly from the cooperating supporting surface, such as a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventor: Michael J. McGinnis
  • Patent number: 5054220
    Abstract: A structure for supporting a product label in connection with a product rack comprised of tubular support members. The present invention provides a planar face which is configured to fit between and among the tubular members which form the rack. This generally rectangular face is used as a backing for labels, such as product labels. The present invention also discloses side walls which extend generally downwardly over a generally concave curve from the rectangular face. The curve of the generally downwardly extending side walls is such that it can snappingly engage the tubular members of the rack. In certain rectangular, square and other similar configurations of the planar face, additional downwardly extending side walls may also be included within the structure. These side walls may or may not engage the tubular members of the rack. A lip structure extending generally perpendicularly outwardly from the lower edges of the side walls is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Warner-Lambert Company
    Inventors: Richard J. Touzalin, Brian J. Zettler
  • Patent number: 5050325
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a display device with a movable element. The movable element is driven between ON and OFF positions by switching the polarity of a first high remanence magnetic core. A reed switch is located in the flux path of the switchable magnetic core and of a second magnetic core such that the reed switch assumes open and closed states. The reed switch is connected so that one state turns on or exposes a light source and the other state turns off or masks the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: Dayco Products Canada, Inc.
    Inventor: John Browne
  • Patent number: 5050623
    Abstract: In a vanity case including a receptacle, a cover hinged with the receptacle and latch members for maintaining the cover in a closed position, a recess is formed in the marginal portion of the receptacle and is defined by an inner wall and side walls. An unlatching member includes an upper end and a body having a lower end, the upper end being connected to the cover at a position corresponding to the recess in such a manner as to permit the body to swing about the upper end, and the body extending downwardly to close the recess with the lower end abutting the inner wall of the recess when the cover is in the closed position. A slant surface is formed on at least one of the inner wall and the lower end, whereby an inwardly directed pressure to the body causes the cover to move upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1991
    Assignee: Yoshida Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yukitomo Yuhara, Yoshiharu Hatakeyama
  • Patent number: 5048208
    Abstract: A clip for use with a CD case is made of a single strip of bent metal to form top and bottom plates that engage the top and bottom surfaces of the ridge of a CD case. A connecting plate is connected between the top and bottom plated and engages against a rear surface of the ridge. An angled flange connected to the leading edge of the top plate engages onto a front surface of the ridge for holding the clip to the ridge. A tab plate extends rearwardly of the connecting plate and is co-planar with the bottom plate to serve as a grasping tab for grasping the case and removing it from a collection of like CD cases which can be stored one immediately next to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventor: Eli Tatz
  • Patent number: 5048209
    Abstract: An apparatus for cyclic rearrangement of a stack of sheets includes a transfer system for an individual sheet so as to displace it from one stack end to the other stack end. The transfer system includes at least one pivotable element, namely a bent wire element subjected to spring bias which, in turn is produced by the wire element itself due to its being deformed upon assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignees: Licinvest AG, Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 5044104
    Abstract: A label mounting apparatus includes a molding member which is mounted on a support, such as a shelf. The apparatus also includes an elongated carrier for labels corresponding to items on the support. To permit the carrier to be mounted on the molding member at a desired angle, detents are provided on the carrier and on the molding member or the corner of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Rehau AG & Co.
    Inventor: Siegfried Hopperdietzel
  • Patent number: 5044383
    Abstract: A manicure device is described which comprises an applicator stick which, at one end, has an absorbent swab tip over one end of the stick and which at its opposed end merges with an integral manicure tip. The stick is preferably formed of a composite of polymer, e.g. polypropylene, and wood chip filler, e.g., a softwood chip filler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Inventors: Gerald Alessio, William G. Blasius, Jr., Joseph Silberberg
  • Patent number: 5044101
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the cyclic rearrangement of a pile of rectangular or square sheets, especially a pile of photographic prints, having a first and a second frame part which may be moved relative to one another and parallel to the main plane of the pile, and having structure that, on movement of the frame parts backwards and forwards, remove an individual sheet at one end of the pile and add it to the other end of the pile again, this structure comprising:(a) a separating element to separate the individual sheet from the pile,(b) a feeding element to feed sheets to the separating element,(c) a retaining element, to hold the individual sheet in the first frame part and the remainder of the pile in the other frame part, and(d) a guide element, to guide the separated individual sheet for the purpose of returning it to the other end of the remainder of the pile,wherein as the feeding element, there is provided a transporter (22, 404, 420) engaging the sheet to be separated at its rear edge in t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 5040320
    Abstract: An illuminated display which utilizes optical fibers to convey visible light from a singular light source to a display board. The display board is provided with channels (apertures) into which ends of optical fibers are inserted and secured. The placement of optical fibers at regular intervals around the perimeter of an alphabetical character and an irregular, random locations within the area defined by the perimeter produces a display with enhanced visual effects, greater reliability, and lower operating costs than conventional illuminated displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Tru-Lyte Systems, Incorporated
    Inventor: Michael J. Reidinger
  • Patent number: 5031345
    Abstract: A display scissors having two elongate members which are movable with respect to one another. The first elongate member has one end portion configured to represent a first blade element of a scissors and an opposite end portion configured to represent a first loop element of the scissors. The first loop element is curved in a clockwise direction. The second elongate member has one end portion configured to represent a second blade element of the scissors and an opposite end portion configured to represent a second loop element of the scissors. The second loop element is curved in a counter-clockwise direction. The second blade element is positioned generally parallel to the first blade element and points in a similar direction to that of the first blade element. The display scissors includes mounting means for pivotally moving the first elongate member in one direction and simultaneously and pivotally moving the second elongate member in an opposite direction about a common axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: William J. Kinney
  • Patent number: 5031344
    Abstract: Apparatus wherein a central housing body includes a fabric network in surrounding relationship thereto wherein the body includes an interior cavity wherein a musical IC module is actuatable by a central deformable dome permitting the pressing of an actuator ring in surrounding relationship relative to the body. The body includes a fastener mounted on a rear surface thereof with a ferro-magnetic cylinder selectively securable about elongate shank of the fastener. The deformable support tube receives a shank of a hook member which permits securement of various notes and the like onto the apparatus when mounted on a ferrous surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: Lillian V. Goroza