Patents Examined by Joanne Bonifanti
  • Patent number: 5215353
    Abstract: A three dimensionally adjustable frame designed to surround an easy chair having abbreviated armrests and providing a fulcrum support against which a user of the chair may bear and pivot about to aid in arising therefrom. The adjustable frame includes inter-engaging slidebar members which provide slideable adjustment thereof. The top portion of the adjustable frame carries a pair of fulcrum support members which extend outwardly from and in front of the front end of each armrest of the easy chair, thereby providing a bearing surface and fulcrum grip which the user of the chair can grasp to aid oneself when arising therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Inventors: Michael H. Daniel, Lee R. Lindquist
  • Patent number: 5101586
    Abstract: A picture frame assembly for substantially upright positioning of a picture and the like on a planar surface comprises a frame body and a brace. In its preferred embodiment the brace configuration represents a "Y" in cross section with the brace being composed of a resilient material. The "v" end of the "Y" is removably interfittable with a channel peripherally defined in the back side of the frame body, the brace being frictionally held by tension therein. A plurality of mask inserts are removably provided for selective placement over unsightly fasteners positioned within the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Garbis Zennedjian
  • Patent number: 5074619
    Abstract: A convertible chair is provided and consists of a plurality of hollow legs, a seat supported on the hollow legs and having a compartment therein and apertures for communication with the hollow legs, a cover hinged to the seat over the compartment, a back rest extending upwardly from the seat and an auxiliary article of furniture having a flat top and plurality of thin legs which fit into the hollow legs and the compartment in the seat for storage. When needed the seat cover can be opened and the auxiliary article of furniture removed therefrom to be used as a temporary chair, stool, snack table and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Inventors: Anthony D'Orsi, George Spector
  • Patent number: 5012603
    Abstract: A modular sign system is disclosed in which signs having various thicknesses can be adjustably mounted on a post. The system comprising a post which has a longitudinally extending slot into which a sign or a plurality of nesting components can be accommodated. Each nesting component can be accommodated to receive either a sign of lesser thickness or another nesting component which may form a spacer between several signs or may itself hold a sign of appropriate thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignee: Esselte Letraset Limited
    Inventor: Kenneth W. A. Elcock
  • Patent number: 4991338
    Abstract: A club head cover and a tag attached thereto for identifying a covered golf club. Multiple label plates are contained in face-to-face arrangement within a label plate holder defining a window through which a label located on one side of the label plates is displayed. The label plates are releasably latched into the holder and are symmetrically shaped to permit placement into the holder with either face directed toward the window, so that either side of the label plate can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: George H. Jones
  • Patent number: 4989355
    Abstract: A display card including a pair of panels hingedly interconnected at their edges, one of the panels including a relective surface, an indicia secured to the surface of the other panel, the indicia being in a face-to-face relationship with the reflective surface when the panels are in a closed position, and gusset means holding said panels in an angular relationship wherein the virtual image of the indicia will appear in the reflective surface of the one panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Inventor: Robb Thomas
  • Patent number: 4978168
    Abstract: A chair having ganging apparatus for interconnecting a number of such chairs together and a stacking pad is attached to the underside of the chair seat, the bottom surface of which conforms closely to the top surface of the seat. The ganging apparatus includes first and second ganging members, each connected to the seat underside, and swingable between a retracted position beneath the chair seat and an extended position extended out from under the chair seat. Both of the ganging members are wire-like members formed in a generally U-shape and are interlinked with corresponding members of an adjacent chair. The stacking pad accommodates the attachment of a frame, to which the legs and ganging members are attached. The pad includes recesses for accommodating the ganging members when in their retracted position. A spring is provided for biasing the ganging members toward the retracted position, and a catch is provided for locking the ganging members in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 18, 1990
    Inventor: Giancarlo Piretti
  • Patent number: 4974352
    Abstract: A picture frame including two side members, a top member, a bottom member and four connecting means. Each of the two side members, the top member and the bottom member has a flat elongated base. A first flange protrudes from the elongated base adjacent to a first edge of the base and extends along a length of the base. A second flange protrudes from a middle region of the base and extends along the length of the base. A third flange protrudes from a second edge of the base and extends along the length of the base. The first flange has two slots formed at a position adjacent to each end thereof. A fourth flange protrudes from a middle portion of the second flange. The first flange, the second flange, the fourth flange and the base together define a first channel therebetween within which the connecting means is slidable. The second flange and the third flange together define a second channel for receiving a picture or photograph. The connecting means is substantially L-shaped including two side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Inventor: Chen Shwu-Jen
  • Patent number: 4965950
    Abstract: In a display device such as a mark plate of an automobile, a light conducting member is arranged on the rear surface of a display panel held on a case. A pair of light incident portions are formed at the right and left ends, and a pair of light sources are mounted in the light incident portions. A number of stipples are formed in the rear surface having a greater concentration towards the middle from the right and left ends. The rear surface of the light conducting member is bent inwardly so that the member is smaller in thickness towards the middle from the right and left ends, whereby the display device is small in thickness and the display region of the display panel is uniformly illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1990
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Yamada
  • Patent number: 4937961
    Abstract: A sign assembly has a frame surrounding an aperture, and a sheet of flexible sign material has a main portion stretched across the aperture and an end portion secured to the frame. The frame has a lip member defining the aperture, the lip member having a free end over which the flexible sign sheet passes, the frame also having a U-shaped channel portion rearwardly of the lip member and receiving an end portion of the sign sheet. A mounting bar extends longitudinally within the U-shaped channel, and the sheet end portion is wrapped, around the mounting bar. A series of spaced U-shaped resilient clips retain the mounting bar and wrapped around sheet end portion therein. The U-shaped channel has at least one wall with a plurality of longitudinally-extending shoulders which face in a rearward direction from the lip member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Signtech, Inc.
    Inventors: James Gandy, Bruce E. S. MacDonald