Patents Examined by Jerry A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6766749
    Abstract: Preformed modules for making pallets include basic crossbar profiles and additional long and short crossbar profiles, basic and additional board profiles, and connection fittings. Each crossbar profile includes a preformed body having a cross section with a framework of laminar baffles, which define a plurality of cells, a perimetric covering, and longitudinally extending engagement elements. Each of the basic and additional board profiles is laminated and includes a plurality of cells, a perimetric covering, and at least one longitudinal engagement element on the perimetric cover. The crossbar profiles support the board profiles by means of the connection fittings. A pallet includes some or all of the modules described above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Plaspalet S.A.
    Inventor: Carlos Fabricio Lacabanne
  • Patent number: 6755493
    Abstract: A wall mounted cabinet with an improved hinge design having a mounting frame, a cabinet body and a pair of improved hinge apparatus. The hinge apparatus includes a hinge shaft attachable to a side of the mounting frame in such a manner that the hinge shaft is slidably adjusted along the mounted frame side and a hinge plate attached to the cabinet body. The hinge shafts can engage the hinge plates, securing the cabinet body to the mounting frame, or disengage the hinge plate, thereby allowing the removal of the cabinet body from the mounting frame. Fasteners secure the hinge shafts to the side of the mounting frame and maintain the hinge shafts in the desired position. The fasteners can only be removed from the inside of the cabinet, thereby providing a secure enclosure when the cabinet body is attached to the mounting frame and secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Chatsworth Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William Drew Krietzman, Enrie Rillo Ballesteros
  • Patent number: 6749275
    Abstract: A telescoping slide support assembly includes a telescoping slide assembly, a vertical rack for use in an equipment cabinet, and a quick-mount support coupled to a stationary slide included in the telescoping slide assembly. The quick-mount support includes a movable retainer and a linkage for moving the movable retainer about a pivot axis to facilitate coupling and uncoupling of the quick-mount support and the vertical rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: General Devices Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip B. Cutler, William B. Greenwald
  • Patent number: 6733095
    Abstract: A compartmented storage organizer for vitamins and herbal supplements comprising a housing member having a plurality of recesses located on the front surface thereof and a corresponding number of like-sized bins to be slidably retained therein for storage or removed by the user to take with them for use as a pillbox and to be returned thereafter. The bins are magnetically maintained within the housing. A means for individually dispensing tablets is further included to assist the elderly and infirm when removing the contents therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Inventor: Lorie E. Rieb
  • Patent number: 6729701
    Abstract: A safety cabinet is disclosed which includes an enclosure having a double-wall construciton and a pair of doors to selectively seal the enclosure. The safety cabinet includes a retaining system for retaining the doors in an open position and a closure system for automatically closing the doors. The safety cabinet also includes a latch system for selectively retaining the doors in a closed position to cover the enclosure. The latch system includes a paddle handle, first and second slide plates, a bullet slam latch, and first and second latch rod assemblies. The safety cabinet can be used to store, for example, flammable liquids, flammable waste, corrosives, pesticides, or combustible waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Justrite Manufacturing Company LLC
    Inventors: Glen Alan Carter, Steven Michael Eyer
  • Patent number: 6731350
    Abstract: In the structure of a vehicle-mounted display system, a pair of racks, that is, a first rack and a second rack, are secured to a sliding chassis which can move forward and backward inside a case. A pair of arms, that is, a first arm and a second arm, are swingably supported by a movable base which rotatably supports a monitor, with a third motor serving as a driving source of the monitor being disposed between the pair of arms. A first gear that engages the first rack and a first motor serving as a driving source of the first gear are installed on the first arm. A second gear which engages the second rack and a second motor serving as a driving source of the second gear are installed on the second arm. When the monitor is drawn in and out, both motors are operated in order to move both gears along their corresponding racks in the same direction, as a result of which the movable base is moved forward and backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Alpine Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Masashi Endo, Seiko Nakasuna
  • Patent number: 6729705
    Abstract: A shelf mounting support includes an annular flange portion having a side surface from which projects a cavity defining body portion. The mounting support is adapted to extend through an aperture formed in a liner of an appliance with the body portion of the mounting support being inserted in a respective aperture from an outer insulation zone side of the liner. Each mounting support is held in the aperture through the use of one or more retainer elements in the form of an adhesive element or flexible grip members. Thereafter, the liner is positioned within an outer shell of the appliance and foamed insulation is then injected into the insulation zone and into the internal cavity of the mounting support to anchor the mounting support in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Maytag Corporation
    Inventors: Gerald L. Wolanin, Walter I. Disbennett, John C. Ellingwood, Virgil R. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6726294
    Abstract: A cabinet locking system includes at least one cabinet having a housing and a plurality of separately openable compartments in the housing. The system has an interlocking device locking the compartments, that device including separate switchable locking devices mounted in the housing and assigned to the compartments as well as an access authorization device into which identification codes corresponding to the compartments may be entered. An electronic processing unit that is connected to the interlocking device and the access authorization device controls the locking devices in accordance with codes entered into the access authorization device so that by entering selected codes into that device, corresponding ones of the compartments are unlocked. The system also includes an interlock responsive to the opening of one unlocked compartment for preventing the opening of any other unlocked compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Lista Europe Holding AG
    Inventors: Thomas Muller, Bruno Hasler
  • Patent number: 6715850
    Abstract: A computer assembly comprising a computer housing and a plurality of separate outer casing members mountable in enveloping relationship with the housing; the plurality of outer casing members having an attached state in fixedly mounted relationship with the housing and a disengaged state in nontouching relationship with the housing; the plurality of outer casing members being toolessly switchable between the attached state and the disengaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignees: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., Tatung Company
    Inventors: Elizabeth B. Diaz, Kun-Chi Hsieh, Bo Siu-Fai
  • Patent number: 6715429
    Abstract: A folding table having a first and second tabletop portions pivotably connected to first and second pairs of legs respectively. The folding table may comprise a pair of buttresses protruding from each of the first and second pair of legs, such that when the table is in the collapsed position, each pair of buttresses extend through openings in a corresponding table top portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Adams Manufacturing Corp.
    Inventors: William E. Adams, David M. Fountain, Theodore Bloom
  • Patent number: 6708627
    Abstract: A shelf section adapted to fit against a wall section where there are exposed 2×4 wooden posts at spaced intervals. The shelf section has a horizontal platform, part of which is positioned between adjacent 2×4 posts, and the other part extending outwardly from the posts. A pair of mounting flanges attach to the outer surfaces of the 2×4s, and a pair of braces extend between the flanges and the platform. The shelf section is designed to be made from a single metal sheet cut to the appropriate dimensions and configuration, and is arranged so that a plurality of shelf sections can next within one another for storage, transportation, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Harry A. Wood
  • Patent number: 6705690
    Abstract: A trash receptacle device includes a pair of railings. Each of the railings has an open side such that the open sides are positioned such that they face each other. Each of the railing is mountable to a bottom wall of the glove compartment. A housing has a lower wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, a third side wall and a fourth side wall. The first and second side walls are positioned opposite of each other. Each of the first and second side walls has an elongated slot therein positioned generally adjacent to and extending along the lower wall. A pair of carriages, each of the carriages is slidably mounted on one of the rails. Each of the carriages is removably attached to the housing such that said housing is extendable along said rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Sherry D. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 6705687
    Abstract: A storage and display unit for prepaid telephone calling cards, collectible cards, and the like which is made, at least in a major part, of a substantially transparent plastic having a reasonable amount of impact resistance to breakage, the unit being combinable with other units to assemble larger units, the unit providing one or more bins holding cards that are for sale, with the cards in view through the transparent portions of the unit, and arranged to have a key-lockable cover to at least deter unauthorized removal of cards. The unit also provides for display of a card's face to indicate the type of card in each card bin. The display can be arranged to be on the front or back of the unit, or both. When on the back, the unit is best oriented so that the display card seen through the transparent unit back is facing customers, and the locked cover is facing the clerk or other salesperson who has a key and is authorized to remove cards for sale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Bruce Arnold McGraw
  • Patent number: 6702412
    Abstract: A track assembly, adapted to be mounted in a housing, having first and second rail members aligned with one another and allowed limited relative longitudinal movement with respect to the other. The joined first and second rail members have a mounting bracket attached to distal ends of the rail members. A spring, positioned between the rail members, provides a force extending the distance between the distal ends of the rail members. A locking mechanism interacts with the rail members and has a locked position resisting inward movement of the distal ends. The method of installing the track assembly in a rack is accomplished by compressing the track assembly to reduce its overall length prior to positioning it between opposing rack members. The track assembly is released to securely engage the opposing rack members and locked in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Karl J. Dobler, Kelly K. Smith, Robert J. Hastings
  • Patent number: 6698361
    Abstract: A foldable desk includes a top and a first leg and a second leg are respectively and pivotally connected to an underside of the top. Two rollers are connected to the underside of the top and one of the first leg and the second leg has two rollers connected thereto. The two legs can be pivoted parallel to the top and the rollers on the top and one of the two legs may roll on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Hsin-Liang Lung
  • Patent number: 6698602
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a shelf adapter for attachment to a conventional towel rack for use in a bathroom, shower stall, or the like. The present invention comprises a pair of parallel generally horizontal members having a female and male telescoping attachment means mounted onto a pair of leg-like mounts which are fastened around the towel rack so as to be removably, fixedly attached to the towel rack. The purpose of the telescoping members is to allow the shelf to be removably, fixedly attached to towels racks of various sizes wherein the telescoping members can be adjusted to fit towel racks of varying lengths. Furthermore, the parallel members have indentions or cutouts disposed therein which form semi-circular cutouts for receiving bottles or bottle necks of various bottled bath condiments which the user might use. The bottles are mounted upside down into the semi-circular cutouts in order to always have the liquid contained in the bottle disposed near the outlet end of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Christopher L. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6698854
    Abstract: The key organizer has a housing with a first section and a second section which are pivotally connected. First and second drums are rotatably mounted on axles within a cavity of the housing. A first belt is engaged with the first and second drums and has a plurality of suspension points for hanging articles thereon. A drive mechanism is connected to one of the drums for rotating one of the drums to cause rotation of the belt. A switching device is connected to the drive mechanism for selectively continuously activating the drive mechanism. Third and fourth drums are mounted onto the axles in spaced relation to the first and second drums. A second belt engages these drums. The drive mechanism has a gear train with a drive gear and additional gears which matingly engage the drive gear. A locking mechanism locks the first and second sections together. A light can be mounted onto one of the first and second sections for illuminating the housing cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventors: William J. Knox, Jr., John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk
  • Patent number: 6694893
    Abstract: An art table having a top surface, two ends, and a lower tray. Each end has two legs. A brace is placed at each end supporting a plurality of holders, where drawing materials can be placed. Wheels are attached to two legs of one end. A paper dispenser is placed under the top surface and holds a roll of paper, so that paper can be fed over the top surface for drawing. The lower tray serves as a brace to provide extra support for the table and also serves as a holding place for extra papers and drawing materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: ABC School Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Alcala, Sofia Dumery, Sun Chul Kim, Kimberly Leonard, Andrew Schloss
  • Patent number: 6694895
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a tray which includes a base having an upwardly opening open-ended groove and a member slidable in the groove for limited right-to-left and left-to-right movements in a horizontal plane. Upper surfaces of the base and the slidable member lie substantially in a common plane such that at least two input devices, such as a keyboard and a mouse, can be supported thereon on substantially the same horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Charles A. Gillis
  • Patent number: 6688239
    Abstract: A display unit is adapted to be mounted to a holiday tree. The display unit comprises a plurality of table tops, each of the table tops having an outer diameter which generally conforms to the cross sectional outer diameter of the holiday tree at differing heights. In addition, each of the table tops has a cutout where the trunk of a holiday tree extends through. Further, each of the table tops is divided into two portions along a join line extending through the cutout. The table tops are supported by legs extending between adjoining table tops and between the bottommost of the plurality of table tops and the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Inventors: John R. Pettini, Daniel C. Resanovich