Patents Examined by Jimmy G. Foster
  • Patent number: 5833066
    Abstract: A unique carrying case for oral inhalers, nasal inhalers, other medications, or similar items that protects such devices from damage while providing a counting mechanism for the user to track the number of doses dispensed from an inhaler, other medication, or similar item. The preferred embodiment described in the drawings includes a case constructed of lightweight, impact-resistant, molded plastic that is opened and closed by a hinged lid. The counting mechanism shown in the preferred embodiment depicts a three-digit, manual, mechanical device with digits from zero to 999. The user operates each digit independently by pressing a "+" button to advance or a "-" button to retract the digits. A polyurethane foam pad surrounds the counting mechanism. The foam protects the counting mechanism and inhaler from damage and reduces noise that may result when an inhaler is allowed to move freely within the case. The case may be carried in a pocket, purse, or bag or may be carried with an optional wrist strap or clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: InhalerMate, LLC
    Inventors: Susan D. Hargus, Karen J. Biehle
  • Patent number: 5829594
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for transporting materials which are potentially hazardous in primary containers, especially biological materials. The device comprises an enclosure having a top that snapably locks into a body to prevent removal of the top after it is placed into the body. The body includes a grasping flange which can be engaged and pulled along a spiralling line of weakness to rip open a top portion of the body section which does not directly house the specimen containers. The inside of the shipping container includes a resilient material to cushion any shock that the shipping container might undergo. The resilient material is preferably highly absorbent and is impregnated with one or more of several visual indicators, so that in the unlikely event a primary specimen container breaks, its contents will be absorbed, held inside the shipping container, and even the casual observer will be aware that a specimen leak has occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Pro-Tech-Tube, Inc.
    Inventor: William G. Warder
  • Patent number: 5826715
    Abstract: A time-locked cigarette case has time-controlled locking mechanism which is manually adjustable by the user and also has a first latch rod which normally retains the case in a closed condition and a second latch rod which moves to retain the case in a closed condition if the first latch rod is jolted to an open position so as to prevent the case from being opened by jolting before the manually set time delay has expired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: David Milton Thompson
  • Patent number: 5826711
    Abstract: A jewelry display and storage tray for stacking upon like trays includes a tray member having an upper face and a lower face. The upper face of the tray member having a plurality of recesses extending downward from the upper face for accommodating items of jewelry, such as rings, when the tray member is oriented in a substantially horizontal position. The tray member is provided with a sunken channel surrounding the recesses on the upper face for receiving a middle layer therein which is provided with a plurality of slits corresponding with the recesses in the tray member and which facilitates retention of items of jewelry positioned within the recesses. A upper pad having a plurality of openings corresponding to the recesses in the tray member is disposed upon the upper face of the tray member for providing access to the recesses in the tray member and for retaining the middle layer within the sunken channel on the upper face of the tray member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph Ovadia
  • Patent number: 5823351
    Abstract: A pair of box-like device halves are molded from polyethylene terephthalate or like elastic material. Each device half has a horizontal edge wall having a protuberance and a recess, and also raised guides and recessed guides, and it also has a downwardly convex semiconductor accommodation wall formed between its opposite side walls for accommodating semiconductor crystal. The device half further has legs extending to a greater extent than the arcuate sectional profile outer surface of the semiconductor accommodation wall. Semiconductor crystal is set in one of the device halves, which is then covered by the other device half such that the raised guides and recessed guides of the two device halves engage one another and that the protuberances and recesses engage one another. The semiconductor crystal is thus accommodated in the device halves such that it is pushed by the elastic forces of the semiconductor accommodation walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Shin-Etsu Handotai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinichi Matsuo, Nobuyoshi Fujimaki, Shiroyasu Watanabe, Kintaro Kato
  • Patent number: 5823341
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a video tape case with lock is used to prevent shoplifting of video tapes. A case body is composed of a receiving body and a lid part. The receiving body and the lid part are connected flexibly. A lock part is an independent component of this video tape storage case. There are penetration holes on the receiving body and on the lid part respectively. The penetration holes overlap when they are closed together. Holding claws are disposed within the penetration holes. The lock part is structured with an abutting wall and a flexible holding part attached to a stud. When the case body is closed, the holding claw and the holding part are fastened by inserting the prop into the overlapped penetration holes until the abutting wall touches to the out side of the lid part. The case body is unable to open when the lock is attached to the case body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Tamotsu Nakasuji
  • Patent number: 5823332
    Abstract: A device for storing substantially planar media comprises a base having sidewalls and a containing area located between the sidewalls, and a tile having a plurality of holders for storing the substantially planar media and having an outer shape designed so as to be received within the containing area of the base and further designed, in conjunction with the containing area of the base, such that the tile may be arranged within the containing area of the base in first and second orientations with the first orientation preferably being substantially orthogonal to the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Allsop, Inc.
    Inventor: Eivind Clausen
  • Patent number: 5819932
    Abstract: A holder for pliers and similar tools contains a body with a bore passing into the body from the top surface and extending at least substantially through the body. The bore has a narrow part that is wider than the tool in its closed position and narrower than the tool in its open position. A divider extends through the bore from the front surface to the back surface. The upper surface of the divider is at or below the narrow part of the bore. When the working pieces of a pair of pliers or similar tool are placed into the body through the top opening of the bore, the post forces the working pieces apart so that the handles are also forced apart and so that the tool is readily accessible and yet resists dislodgment if the holder is subjected to rapid upward and downward movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: G. Theodore Norbits
  • Patent number: 5820267
    Abstract: The present invention provides a security locking bag for holding currency and coin comprising a fabric bag open along one side, the open side of the bag having a lock end and a zipper end. A zipper is attached to the fabric bag along the open side of the bag to allow the open side of the bag to be closed by pulling a sliding piece. A lock is positioned at the lock end of the open side of the bag, the lock including a body portion and locks by capturing and retaining the sliding piece. A flexible reinforcing material is folded over onto itself, to straddle the bag at the lock end of the bag. A rigid reinforcement shield is disposed between the sides of the flexible reinforcing material. The rigid reinforcement shield is sized and shaped to conform to the size and shape of the body portion of the lock and is positioned to hold one side of the flexible reinforcing material tightly against the body portion of the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Block and Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Columbus Nobles
  • Patent number: 5819933
    Abstract: An article of manufacture for storing and securing a variety of motor-driven landscape tools therein, comprising a container including a bottom floor panel and upstanding spaced-apart front and rear side wall panels and end wall panels attached about the perimeter of said bottom floor panel and attached together along their respective marginal edges, a top lid panel pivotally attached to one of the vertical wall panels arranged to close over container and form a secure enclosure having an interior chamber a first pair of arms mounted exterior said container on which to hang at least one first tool, first and second pairs of Y-supports formed on top of the end walls on which to support at least one second tool in secured confinement, a third set of stiff, spaced-apart iron bars formed in one of the end walls through which to accept the extension of a portion of a third tool generally contained within the chamber, and, a fourth set of stiff, iron spaced-apart bars mounted on said lid for interconnection with sa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Octavio P. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 5816409
    Abstract: New molded pulp and molded fiber structures provide interior package cushioning to protect products shipped in a package. The molded pulp fiber interior package cushioning (IPC) structure defines a cavity for receiving and holding a product to be shipped. The IPC structure incorporates a plurality of structural ribs in the form of elongate hollow ridges molded in the IPC structure and extending between different locations for reinforcing the IPC structure between the locations. The IPC structure comprises intersecting ribs extending in at least two orthogonal directions or axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Moulded Fibre Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger J. Baker, Matthew P. Noel, Brian C. McCullough
  • Patent number: 5816392
    Abstract: A photographic film and print organizer for storing an integral set of an index print sheet, prints and a film cartridge comprises a receptacle for carrying the index print sheet thereon, a retainer for retaining the index print sheet onto the receptacle, and a cartridge holder for holding the film cartridge, the cartridge holder being made as an integral part of the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Kawagoe, Zenya Tanabe, Takuya Arai, Noriko Katayama
  • Patent number: 5816027
    Abstract: A handle bag 16 in a bag pack 2 suitable for suspension and opening on a bag rack 4 has a front wall 22, a rear wall 24, a pair of laterally spaced handles 20, and an area of a cold releasable adhesive 8 between the rear wall 24 of the bag 16 and the front wall 42 of its immediately subsequent bag 40. The front wall 22 is joined opposite the rear wall 24 and defines an enclosure 26 having an open top 28, opposed two sides 30 and a bottom 32. The handles 20 and the opposed sides 30 are substantially symmetric with respect to a longitudinal axis 50. The area of the cold releasable adhesive 8 is centered about the longitudinal axis 50 and is positioned closer to the open top 28 than to the bottom 32. The area of the cold releasable adhesive 8 is preferably in the range of about 1 sq. inch to about 4 sq. inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: E-Z Plastic Packaging Corporation
    Inventor: Nam T. Li
  • Patent number: 5813525
    Abstract: In order to releasably retain compact discs in an orderly fashion, a compact disc holder includes a single thickness panel having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The first surface has a first retention assembly for releasably retaining a compact disc and the second surface has a second retention assembly for releasably retaining a compact disc. With this arrangement, the retention assemblies are disposed on the respective surfaces of the single thickness panel to support compact discs in generally superposed relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventor: Thomas Patrick McQueeny
  • Patent number: 5813532
    Abstract: The invention is directed towards a storage case formed from an upper shell, a lower shell and an insertable tray. The insertable tray is removably positioned in an opening in the lower shell. The insertable tray contains supports for tools and parts such as router bits. When the upper shell, lower shell and insertable tray are joined a convenient storage case is formed. Alternatively, the insertable tray can be detached from the lower shell and used to store the tools and parts in a readily accessible manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Credo Tool Company
    Inventors: Kamyar Kheradpir, Cliff J. Von Hoene, Grover C. Haddock, Paul J. Simon
  • Patent number: 5813530
    Abstract: An improved apparatus and method for holding articles on a ladder, operable with a combination of a tool belt, a tool box, and/or an apron. In one combination that uses all of these items, the apron has belt loops. The apron attaches to the sidewall of the tool box. The belt loops secure the tool belt. And the tool box with the apron and the tool belt attached is situated on the top step of the ladder. To stabilize the tool box on the top step, the apron has an edge overhang, which extends over at least part of the sidewall of the top step. For further stabilization, the belt loops also extend over at least part of the sidewall of the top step, thereby allowing the tightening of the tool belt around the sidewall of the top step. Additionally the tool box is stabilized on the step ladder by straps attached to either the tool box or to the apron itself. The straps extend underneath the top step of the step ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: David A. Kornblatt
  • Patent number: 5813535
    Abstract: A housing device for Christmas light bulbs is able to securely receive not only the light bulbs therein, but also the plug. Furthermore, a resilient plate integrally formed on the housing device is able to provide necessary resilience to bring the plug back to its original position within the housing device after the plug is pulled out from the housing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Jeou-Nan Tseng
  • Patent number: 5810171
    Abstract: A bag buffer is applied to a bag, the bag buffer consisting of two plates, springs, and a sponge, the springs and the sponge being disposed between the two plates, such that the bag buffer can effectively buffer outside shocks to protect articles contained in the bag as well as to easily carry and use the articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Jinwoong Ltd.
    Inventor: Youn-jae Lee
  • Patent number: 5810194
    Abstract: A portable collapsible vessel for holding a fluid or other substance formed of a rigid but flexible thin loop through and over which is passed the edge of sheet material formed to define a cavity terminating in a mouth defined by said edge area. Said edge area is passed through the loop and is doubled-back to contact the outside wall of such material, where it is secured by heat sealing or adhesive. When the loop with the sheet material so secured is twisted to bring one part of the loop into abutment with the other part, the sheet material collapses so that, while it may no longer serve as a vessel, it occupies a minimum of storage space. The sheet material may either be permanently secured over the loop or it may be peelably adhered to the outside wall of the vessel for removal from the loop and replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Christine A. Samsel
  • Patent number: 5810168
    Abstract: A tool box with integrated electrical outlets and AM/FM radio. A radio is mounted on the interior of a tool box with the speakers mounted flush on the front face of the exterior. Additionally, a plurality of power outlets are located on the exterior. The radio and the power outlets are electrically coupled to an input socket for supplying power thereto. The radio and the speakers are adapted for use in harsh working conditions such as dust and rain. To that cause, the speakers should be made of a water or moisture resistant material, and a gasket may be disposed underneath the control knobs of the radio. A grill may also be mounted over the speakers to provide additional protection. The electrical system is protected by a GFI circuit breaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Steven A. Eggering