Patents Examined by John F. Pitrelli
  • Patent number: 4334371
    Abstract: A molded plastic display tag includes a display panel with a rib along the bottom edge of the panel. A tapered stem with a knob formed on its distal end projects from the midpoint of the rib. The stem is tapered for cooperation with a metal clip which may be fastened about the stem and packaging material. The panel and rib are sized and shaped to permit manual gripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1982
    Assignee: Rheem Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Gordon R. Winders, Fredric M. MacKay
  • Patent number: 4291487
    Abstract: An inflatable article having a thin outer wall formed from a flexible, gas impervious, resilient material forming a closed surface. At least one hollow protrusion provided with a sealed end and an open end is associated with the wall, and at least one movable internal object is contained within the closed surface. A non-elastic connection member is attached on one side to the sealed end of the hollow protrusion and attached on the other side to the internal movable object. The article further includes an external control member connected to the sealed end of the hollow protrusion for imparting and controlling movement to the internal object through the connection member and extending from the protrusion externally of the closed surface so that the movable internal object will be moved when the user pulls the external control with the article in a restrained condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1981
    Inventor: Sidney H. Magid
  • Patent number: 4291475
    Abstract: A device for labelling a telephone set or the like. A flexible transparent shield covers a paper label in a receiving area in the handset housing of a telephone set. Lips at the opening of a pair of notches disposed in tangs in the transparent shield wrap around posts in the housing to retain the transparent shield and paper label in the receiving area of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1981
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventor: Hans L. Schoemer
  • Patent number: 4283869
    Abstract: A portable chartholder and table, particularly adapted to provide a readily viewable chart for sailing, his two rigid, flat and transparent members secured together by manually operable securing means having a release mechanism, one or more flexible grab handles extending from the perimeter of said members and multiple cushioning-supporting means secured on the perimeter of said members whereby said chartholder is protected against injury and/or displacement from a supporting surface during heavy weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1981
    Inventor: Leonard F. Rappa
  • Patent number: 4281469
    Abstract: A device such as an earring card having a main panel adapted to display jewelry articles while oriented in a generally vertical position by suspension from a rod or the like. Preferably, the upper portion of the main panel adjacent to a centrally disposed display area includes a pair of vertically spaced, parallel, outwardly extending flanges, which in combination with that portion of the main panel disposed therebetween form a slot or groove adapted to receive a secondary panel on which advertising or other identifying material may be placed. Accordingly, the secondary panel is removable such that the indicia may be changed without modifying the package. Means for preventing the lateral movement of the second panel with respect to the first is provided either in the form of an upwardly extending tab adapted for receipt in an opening in one of the flanges or by means of a plurality of serrations provided on opposite edges of the second panel for frictional engagement with the flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1981
    Assignee: A & H Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Feibelman
  • Patent number: 4280293
    Abstract: A stationary display member which is mounted on the rotating hub cap of a wheel of a vehicle, such as an automobile, or other rotating member, is provided, which comprises a disc-like member coaxially mounted on the hub cap to be freely rotatable about the axis of rotation of the hub cap. The disc-like member has an internal chamber which is partially filled with a flowable material, such as mercury. The flowable material collects at the bottom of the chamber, and it forms an off-set weight which prevents the disc-like member from turning as the hub cap turns about is axis of rotation. A damping device is included in the chamber which coacts with the flowable material, and which damps out any tendency for the disc-like member to oscillate about the axis of rotation of the hub cap. An appropriate insignia, design, message, or other inscription, is imprinted or attached to the outer face of the disc-like member and which remains stationary as the hub cap rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1981
    Inventors: Eugene N. Kovalenko, John G. Bowen
  • Patent number: 4279087
    Abstract: A box frame for the display of fabric prints and the like, comprising a shallow, closed box formed from folded sheet material, with the fabric stretched over the front face of the box and stapled or otherwise secured to the rear surface. The rear of the box is formed by overlying flap pairs extending inward from opposite sides of the box, each flap pair having flap tabs formed by folded down edges of the flaps, the tabs abutting each other and the inside front surface and extending across each other to stiffen the box. The tabs of the outer flap pair lock into slots formed in the underlying flap pairs to secure the flaps in the folded position. Slotted perforations are provided through flap pairs to enable ready wall mounting of the box frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Inventor: Andrew S. Crawford
  • Patent number: 4279089
    Abstract: This invention relates to an optical illumination device using optical fiber members. Basically, one of the respective ends of optical fiber members is opposed to a light source, with a filter disposed between the one end and the light source, the filter being movable across the path of incident light from the source to cause the other ends of the optical fiber members to illuminate with varying colors. In such basic arrangement, the optical illumination device of the invention is characterized in that the illuminating end side of a number of optical fiber members is disposed along the lateral surface of a significant-form representing member which represents a letter, figure or the like, so that the illuminating end surfaces of the optical fibers are positioned at the end edge of the significant-form member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Inventor: Tatsuo Murakami
  • Patent number: 4279088
    Abstract: There is provided a visual stimulation instrument operable to induce by perception of a visual message useful in therapeutic treatment of psychological and psychic disorders. A simple embodiment provides messages viewed by a patient with a sheet of paper comprising a viewing screen, with a lamp behind the paper flashed at high intensity during very short periodic intervals. One embodiment has two successive sheets of paper, one with an overt message and another with a covert message in such contrast that the lamp flash does not permit recognition of the covert message but does cause a conscious recognition of the overt message through the afterglow mechanism of the eye. The flashing by a gaseous discharge lamp preferably occurs periodically at a rate in the order of one to three seconds between flashes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Inventor: Robert W. Hyre
  • Patent number: 4276705
    Abstract: A graphical display apparatus having an enclosure with a thin opaque cover made up of an outermost sheet of paper bearing a design, to serve as a display face, and an underlying sheet of aluminum foil backed by an aluminum screen. Incandescent lights are mounted within the enclosure to light its interior. Through the use of pointed markers made of transparent plastic, pinpoints of light can be spotted where desired on the display face for any of various purposes. This is accomplished by pushing the markers through the display face, aluminum foil and aluminum screen at desired locations. The markers are exposed to light in the interior of the enclosure as they pierce the aluminum foil, and therefore show up as points of light on the display face. The incandescent lights in the enclosure emit heat, as a result of which the layer of aluminum foil reacts to bring about a tightening and smoothing of the display face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1981
    Inventors: William L. Barth, Clifford E. Barth
  • Patent number: 4276703
    Abstract: This invention relates to collapsible display members in general and more specifically to a personalized calendar suitable for mailing to current or prospective clients having a plurality of recesses, slots and pivotable members which allow various items to be displayed upon the calendar, and which provide support surfaces for maintaining the display surfaces in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1981
    Inventor: Donald J. Brindley
  • Patent number: 4275520
    Abstract: A modular panel system for making possible easy transportation in compact dissassembled form of a large single plane display surface structure comprised of at least four plastic foam core type panel sections assembled with their edges abutting the edges of adjacent panel sections so that the front faces of the panel sections form the single plane display surface and the back face of each of the abutting panel sections has fastened thereto at support positions with separable and pressure engageable loop and hook fastener elements a support panel overlapping the abutting edges of the associated panel sections so as to firmly bind the associated panel sections and support panel together, and a periphery support member at each of the peripheral edge junctures of the panel sections and likewise having separable and pressure engageable loop and hook elements binding the peripheral edges of the panel sections and the periphery support members together to thereby provide a unitary single plane display structure which
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Assignee: Appleton-Kingston, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold L. Appleton, Douglas R. Kingston
  • Patent number: 4275517
    Abstract: A photograph mount comprising a frame and cover hinged thereto along one edge so that by disposing the cover at an angle to the frame, the structure may set upright on the lower edges of the frame and cover and wherein the frame comprises a back board, an intermediate board coextensive therewith and a face board containing a photograph opening; and a blank for making a photograph mount such as described. This is a continuation of application Ser. No. 779,198 filed May 23, 1977, now abandoned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Assignee: Winthrop-Atkins Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Roland H. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 4275516
    Abstract: An improved permanent calendar construction that allows easy removal and rearrangement of vertical date columns and yet prevents their disengagement when, for example, the calendar is tilted forward. Extending horizontally across the date column area or well, there is located at least one lipped horizontal track. Defined in the back wall of each date column are at least two openings or grooves that can mate with the track, as desired. The lip results in a track which extends in more than one straight axial direction and thus engages the groove at least in dual directions (and with the end portion of the track furthest from the back wall terminating in an upwardly and perpendicular direction from an axis perpendicular to the back wall). An example of the preferred embodiment is a track with a right angle lip. Of course, at a minimum, the purposes of the present invention can be accomplished if the track is not lipped and is parallel to or diagonally upwardly directed toward the rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Inventor: Ronald S. Lane
  • Patent number: 4275519
    Abstract: A wall mounted telephone index including a housing arranged to be mounted in a substantially vertical position on a wall, the housing having a front opening for access to the interior in which a stack of pivotally mounted index cards are disposed with a pivotally mounted door on the housing for closing the front opening and maintaining the cards in a storage position. A slide selector is mounted on the housing for movement into a selected position for retaining engagement with a selected card so that when the door is pivoted downward manually, the index cards overlying the selected card pivot downwardly to display the selected index card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1981
    Assignee: Ketcham & McDougall, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome A. Grunstad
  • Patent number: 4274218
    Abstract: A display device comprises a rotary carrier and a plurality of supports for respective display slats which supports are mounted on the carrier for rotation around the axis of rotation of the carrier and for rotation about respective axes, which are equiangularly spaced about the axis of rotation of the carrier. A slat is mounted on each support with its longitudinal center line coaxial with the axis of rotation of the support. The arrangement permits each slat to be turned to show both its faces and by movement of the slats around the axis of the carrier it permits alternative slats to be brought into the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Assignee: Colin Robert Alty
    Inventor: Brian F. Harvey
  • Patent number: 4274216
    Abstract: A wine list display container provides a horizontal barrel having a horizontal division cut therethrough providing bisymmetrical upper lid and lower base portions, each having coinciding mating face portions. At least one hinge is provided for connecting the upper and lower base portions together in a hinged fashion, the lid being movable on the hinges between closed and open positions. A pair of spaced feet are attached to the base for securely supporting the horizontal barrel on a flat surface, such as a table. An inner rack mounted within the barrel and on the barrel base supports a plurality of substantially equally sized information cards which can contain for example individual information on differing wines. A plurality of equally sized information cards are provided which removably and temporarily can be attached to the rack within the barrel with the cards and the rack being contained within the barrel when the lid assumes a closed position with the face portions mating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1981
    Inventor: Ron V. Boyd
  • Patent number: 4272901
    Abstract: An address sign, especially for houses and other buildings, is provided with full time lighting so that the sign is easily readable under both day time and night time conditions from long distances. The lighted sign also provides low intensity illumination in a localized area such as a house entrance. The sign comprises a back plate and a translucent box-like cover having a length about four times greater than its width. A plurality of at least four miniature lamps are disposed on the back plate along the center line of the cover with certain spacing from each other and the front and side panels of the cover to provide uniform illumination of the cover. Opaque numbers are secured to the front panel of the cover and are preferably black to provide high contrast for easy day time and night time reading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1981
    Inventor: David R. Matthews
  • Patent number: 4271620
    Abstract: A three-dimensional figure made from an inflatable, sculptured envelope of soft pliable material into which is blown a constant flow of ambient air wherein said flow of ambient air can be modulated or reversed to cause a lifelike movement of the sculptured figure. The inflatable envelope can be attached to the face of a billboard to create a three-dimensional display which can be quickly assembled or dismantled. The structure can tolerate substantial leakage of air from the envelope along seam lines, through the pliable material fabric or small puncture holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Assignee: Robert K. Vicino
    Inventors: Robert K. Vicino, Calvin P. Owen
  • Patent number: RE30959
    Abstract: A scheduling board providing for the orderly listing of jobs or operations scheduled and/or contracted to be performed and the progress thereof in relation to the time allotted to each for their completion, said board incorporating an elongate, relatively narrow-width slideway extending along one side edge thereof for the reception of a plurality of discrete "day-date" tabs arranged in column formation therein, and further incorporating a wider channel disposed to the side of said slideway adapted to be filled with a multiplicity of transversely extending semi-rigid strips inscribed on their face with job or operation data, the vertical height of each of said strips being a known fraction of the vertical height of the day-date tabs, said column of day-date tabs being slidable upwardly in response to upward push force applied to the lowermost or lower tabs upon each uppermost tab having been removed from the slideway, and said topmost strip(s) being manually liftable from said channel by bowing force applied f
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventors: John S. Anderson, Virginia B. Anderson