Patents Examined by Jerome DeLuca
  • Patent number: 6604720
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable laptop computer work station comprising a first work space that includes a planar table of rectangular cross section having an upper surface for receiving a laptop computer, such upper surface terminating in a lip along one of the long sides of the table, and a lower surface fitted a Tee-shaped receiver having a pair of longitudinal legs parallel to the lip at the upper surface and a transverse leg normal to the lip. The planar table is threadably attached at its lower surface to a receiver pad of a conventional camera tripod and provides for additional work spaces to be mechanically supported therefrom via the Tee-shaped receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Wilbert J. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6409140
    Abstract: A frame hanging tool has an elongated body member formed with a plurality of openings. Each of the plurality of openings has an opening edge and a recessed border formed at least partly around the opening edge. The inserts have an overhanging edge that has a shape corresponding with the recessed border for removably fastening the inserts to the body member within the openings. The recessed border can have a protrusion and the overhanging edge can have a recess, or vice-versa, the recess aligned with and corresponding to the protrusion. The protrusion and the recess can be curved or linear in shape. A shape of the recessed border can correspond with or be slightly smaller than a shape of the overhanging edge. The overhanging edge can have a tapered corner for easier insertability. The inserts are each configured to receive and guide fasteners such as nails and screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventors: Martin L. Kratish, Lawrence Kratish
  • Patent number: 6386502
    Abstract: A pair of slits (2a), a pair of first grooves (2b), a pair of second grooves (2c), and an engaging aperture (2d) are formed to the bottom plate (21) of an outer casing of the telephone set (1). An adapter plate member (3) has a base pate (3a), a pair of generally triangular plates (3b) standing on the base plate, a pair of elastic claws (3c) formed on the top edges of the triangular plates, and a mating tab (3d). One end of the adapter plate member is remobably and rotatably mounted at the front edge of the bottom plate. In a first condition where the telephone set is disposed with the bottom plate is not inclined, the triangular plates are inserted into the slits. In a second condition where the telephone set is disposed with an increased inclined angle, the claws are inserted into first grooves. In a third condition where the telephone set is mounted on a wall by the use of the adapter plate member. After the adapter plate member is removed from the bottom plate, turned upside down, and fixed onto the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: NEC Infrontia Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yamagishi
  • Patent number: 6357716
    Abstract: An object hanging tool includes an elongated body member having at least one removable insert holder for removably fastening, to the body member, an insert for receiving and guiding a fastener to be secured to a structure. The insert holder is slidably disposed at an edge of the body member, and has a holder opening with a holder opening edge and a recessed border formed at least partly around the opening edge. The recessed border self-secures to an overhanging edge of the insert upon placing the insert into the holder opening. The recessed border can have a protrusion and the overhanging edge can have a recess, or vice-versa, the recess aligned with and corresponding to the protrusion. A shape of the recessed border can correspond with or be slightly smaller than a shape of the overhanging edge. The inserts are each configured to receive and guide fasteners such as nails and screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventors: Lawrence Kratish, Martin L. Kratish
  • Patent number: 6341752
    Abstract: A golf tee support for preventing movement of the tee after the golf ball is hit. The golf tee support includes a housing having a top wall, a bottom wall and a peripheral wall extending therebetween. The top wall has a bore therein. A coil spring has a first end and a second end. The first end of the coil spring is fixedly mounted on the bottom wall of the housing. A rod has a first end and a second end. The first end of the rod is tapered to a pointed tip. The second end of the rod is fixedly coupled to the second end of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Inventor: Vincent L. Green
  • Patent number: 6334596
    Abstract: Provided is a unique sign support system having a self-contained installation and extraction system which is effective for temporarily attaching the sign support system to soft or hard ground with minimal effort and without the requirement for additional tools. The sign support system further provides for independent vertical and horizontal size adjustments to permit the sign support to adapt to a variety sizes of signs and spatial limitations. The invention further provides a unique vertical support assembly having a self-contained installation and extraction system which is effective for temporarily attaching the vertical support assembly to soft or hard ground, the vertical support assembly then being adapted for a wide variety of uses, to include tent supports, temporary lawn awning supports and other such temporary vertical support requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Boyd K. Temple
  • Patent number: 6328268
    Abstract: An attachment piece for a bicycle display device includes an attachment component for attachment to a structural member of the bicycle, a support column fixed at a proximal portion thereof to the attachment component, and a base member having an attachment surface for attachment to the display device. The base member is pivotably coupled to a distal portion of the support column at a location aligned below the center of the attachment surface when the attachment surface is vertical. The support column may extend from the attachment component at an incline relative to a plane that extends through the attachment component perpendicular to a central axis of the attachment component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Shimano, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Irie
  • Patent number: 6325353
    Abstract: In general the invention features a disk drive carrier and a method for inserting a disk drive into a peripheral bay chassis. The disk drive carrier includes a base for receiving a disk drive into and a latching mechanism that is rotatably attached to the base. The rotatably mount permits a lever to rotate between an open position and a closed position. The lever includes a lower engagement point and an upper engagement point. The disk drive carrier can additionally include a downwardly movable release tab attached to the upper engagement point facilitating release of the engagement point from a P-Bay chassis. The disk drive carrier can also include an electromagnetic interference (EMI) shield to create a tight EMI seal in the front of a P-Bay chassis slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin G. Jiang
  • Patent number: 6318683
    Abstract: This invention relates to an infant utensil apparatus. The apparatus comprises a utensil, such as a feeding bowl, which is connected to a base through a twist lock coupling. The base can include a suction cup which can be removably attached to a conforming surface such as a table. The utensil has legs extending downward from the utensil in a circular pattern and such legs are adapted to provide a first part of the twist lock coupling. The base for the apparatus is adapted to provide the second part of the twist lock coupling which together with the first part of the twist lock coupling holds the utensil firmly to the base. The base can also be included in the feeding table of a high chair as an integral part of the feeding table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Adonica B. Savoy
  • Patent number: 6318695
    Abstract: A notebook computer key comprises a key hat, a seat, an elastic touch moving piece, a first supporting frame and a second supporting frame. The key hat is formed with an operating surface and an assembling surface at the top surface and the lower surface. The seat is installed with a plurality of through holes, each through hole is installed with a positioning piece. The elastic touch moving piece installed between the key hat and the seat. The first supporting frame and second supporting frame installed between the assembling surface of the key hat and the seat. The two supporting frames are pivotally connected. The upper ends of the two supporting frames are connected to the assembling surface of the key hat, and each lower end of two sides of the two supporting frames are installed with a pivotal shaft for being pivotally connected to the through hole of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Silitek Corp.
    Inventor: Gino Hu
  • Patent number: 6267333
    Abstract: A cylindrical component is secured in a slot of a mechanical assembly. The slot is defined by two registration surfaces which meet at a vertex and a third surface which meets one of the registration surfaces. The securing method includes: placing the cylindrical component into contact with the two registration surfaces; applying a force F1 against the cylindrical component causing compression of the cylindrical component into the two registration surfaces; and applying an anti-rotational force against the third surface to prevent redirection of the force F1. One fastener which uses the above method includes: a surface which contacts the cylindrical component; a threaded engagement mechanism which secures the fastener to the mechanical assembly through a clearance hole in the fastener; and a protruded section which prevents rotation of the fastener by engagement with the third surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Assignee: Agfa Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas K. Hebert, James D. Waterman
  • Patent number: 6257531
    Abstract: An adjustable keyboard or workstation tray supported by a pair of articulating arms that are linked together in key locations by torsion tubes. The assembly is attached to the bottom horizontal surface of the user's desk or workstation and used from the desk edge it originates from. This assembly has lift assistance through adjustable torsion springs that are incorporated in the six pivot hubs forming the range of motion of the entire assembly and secures the assembly from movement with their normally latched mechanisms. The user changes the elevation of the keyboard tray by grasping the handles and using his/her thumbs to depress the mechanism release triggers. The first release increment will allow only angular adjustment of the keyboard tray itself by releasing only two pivot hubs at the handle subassemblies. Further depression of the trigger to the next increment allows movement of six pivot hubs, thus enabling movement from under the desk to above or any range between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Phillip R. Penner
  • Patent number: 6250591
    Abstract: A conduit support assembly comprising the combination of a base member and a bridge member for positioning and securing a plurality of conduits upon a rooftop surface. The support assembly base member is configured to be fixedly attached to a substantially flat rooftop surface. The bridge member is longitudinally disposed above this base member and has a pair of vertical brace members—one at each end of the bridge member. Each of the pair of brace members is affixed to the base member with a pair of legs. Disposed between the pair of brace members is a transversal member disposed parallel to and above the base member. The bridge member is configured to receive conduits disposed longitudinally atop the transversal member and also a plurality of conduits disposed in a space medial of the base member and the transversal member. Each of these various conduits is secured to the conduit support assembly with a suitable damp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Inventor: Michael E. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 6220561
    Abstract: A new class of tilting micromechanical mechanisms have been developed. These new mechanisms use compound floating pivot structures to attain far greater tilt angles than are practical using other micromechanical techniques. The new mechanisms are also capable of bi-directional tilt about multiple axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventor: Ernest J. Garcia
  • Patent number: 6216991
    Abstract: A foot structure for an apparatus including a bolt member and a slide cup. The bolt member has a first end fixed to the apparatus and a second end. The slide cup has, at an upper portion, a recess for slidably supporting the second end of the bolt member, and a lower portion fixed to a floor surface. An elastic member surrounds the bolt member, and is fixed to the apparatus and the slide cup. Horizontal movement of the bolt member in the slide cup is limited within the recess, thereby limiting the range of displacement of the apparatus relative to the floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Shinichiro Okamoto
  • Patent number: 6213442
    Abstract: An isolation system includes a housing that contains an electromagnet, a sensor and a controller. The housing is mounted underneath a table top of an isolation table (or other structure requiring isolation from a second body), and target elements, such as permanent magnets, are associated with the frame of the table in proximity to the housing. The sensor provides an input signal representative of motion of the table to the controller, which generates a control signal for the electromagnet to produce a force acting on the target element. The housing can be attached to the table top with magnets, which facilitate installation. The housing provides a unit that is simple to install, is unobtrusive, and advantageous for retrofitting existing isolation tables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Lord Corporation
    Inventors: Douglas E. Ivers, Leslie P. Fowler, Russell E. Altieri, Stephen F. Buchner
  • Patent number: 6206335
    Abstract: An adaptable frame carrier with triaxial freedom of movement for couches and seats, in which the freedom of movement is achieved in the X-, Y- and Z-direction by a system of elements which can be moved relative to one another and are spring loaded, a connecting element making the moveability between the X-, Y- and Z-direction interdependent. The frame carrier having at least one dome-shaped rolling body (3, 8) which rolls along a pressure-resistant rolling plate (2) in the X- and Y-direction, and two cylinders (6, 7) which slide one into the other and are supported against each other in the Z-direction by a compression spring (4). One of the cylinders (7) which slide one into the other being connected in a spring-loaded and hinged manner to the frame (18) of the couch or seat via a frame connection plate (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2001
    Inventors: Ulrich Huber, Thomas Götze
  • Patent number: 6202966
    Abstract: A multi-position bracket includes a cantilever body defining first and second sides, and including rear and upper orthogonal edges. The rear edge includes at least one hook shaped to removably engage slots of an upright. The multi-position bracket further includes a mounting plate interconnected with the cantilever body in a selected one of first and second offset positions and a center position relative to the cantilever body. The mounting plate defines a center portion and first and second opposite side portions. The center portion of the mounting plate includes a center connector interconnecting the mounting plate in the cantilever body with the mounting plate in the center position for supporting adjacent side edges of a pair of side-by-side hang-on furniture units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. MacDonald, Robert J. Hoeft
  • Patent number: 6196505
    Abstract: An adjustable pedestal for insertion into a substantially cylindrical opening in a furniture or equipment leg. The pedestal includes a substantially cylindrical hollow insert and a foot. The insert includes a leg opening, a foot opening, and a leg portion disposed adjacent the leg opening. The leg portion has an outside diameter substantially equal to the inside diameter of the opening in the furniture or equipment leg and an inside surface into which are formed a plurality of threads. A cup portion is disposed adjacent the foot opening of the insert and has an outside diameter greater than the inside diameter of the opening in the furniture or equipment leg for preventing the insert from complete insertion within the leg. At least one retainer is formed within the insert for preventing rotation of the insert within the leg and for preventing withdrawal of the insert from the leg. The foot is substantially hollow and includes a shell end and an insert end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Charles Wainwright
  • Patent number: 6196508
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a shade bracket and shade bracket system that is easy to manufacture, easy to install and easy to adjust to ensure the shade is level. The shade bracket of the present invention comprises a wall or ceiling engaging member and a bracket member having a centrally located cut out portion. The shade bracket provides for the vertical adjustment of a shade roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Frederik G. Nijs