Patents Examined by Joseph G. McCarthy
  • Patent number: 4632418
    Abstract: A collapsible ski skate is provided with front and rear portions each having ends pivotally connected by means of first and second pairs of parallel strips with the first pair connected to the ends of the second pair of strips with the second pair of strips being pivotally connected to a spindle member and pairs of complementary bevel surfaces on the respective front and rear portions of the skate which interengage when the skate is fully unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventors: Manuel Brue Moya, Juan Escolies Bordoy
  • Patent number: 4625983
    Abstract: A non-woven, non-tufted skeletal mass of fibrous members in a mat-like structure for reducing liquid splash and/or spray in a region likely to be subjected to liquid impact is provided. The mat-like structure contains 75-98 percent by volume of voids and is particularly useful on motor vehicles as a material for mud flaps, mud guard lining, and wheel valances. The mat-like structure may be provided with a gutter or deflector so that water draining from the skeletal structure is deflected to one side. The mat-like structure may be made by needle-puching a fibrous web and the fibrous members may randomly be bonded to each other by use of an adhesive or welds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Ronald G. Tye
  • Patent number: 4621829
    Abstract: A safety ski binding part includes a base plate having a cam member supported thereon, a sole holder supported on the base plate for pivotal movement around a vertical axis and a transverse horizontal axis, the sole holder having a shoulder thereon. A lever supported on the base plate for pivotal movement about a transverse axis has a nose engageable with the shoulder. A transversely extending cam surface is provided which is engageable with the cam member. A release spring biases the lever in a direction urging the nose into engagement with the shoulder and a further spring urges the cam member into engagement with the cam surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1986
    Assignee: TMC Corporation
    Inventors: Erwin Krob, Helmut Bauer
  • Patent number: 4614349
    Abstract: A combination hand truck and tool for use in installing floor coverings of the glued-down type, such as carpet or linoleum utilizes the weight of the installer's tool box for pressing the floor covering to the floor, in lieu of a weighted roller ordinarily carried by the installer. Retractable wheels and a pivotable, adjustable position handle enable the device to be used as either a press, riding on glides that contact the floor covering, or as a hand truck for carrying the installer's tools and supplies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1986
    Inventor: Michael D. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 4609201
    Abstract: A vehicle for sliding on the ice or snow having a bottom section for contact with the ice or snow, and a seat portion, the bottom being foldable and a handle provided on each section for use during riding and carrying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Flachsmann
  • Patent number: 4603880
    Abstract: Ski safety binding which maintains one end of a ski boot or shoe secured to a ski. The binding includes:(a) a jaw for securing the sole of a shoe or boot to the ski, when the binding is in the locked position;(b) a pivot to be secured to the ski;(c) a rotatable element mounted pivotably on the pivot;(d) a body having a movable element configured to be biased against a rocker, the rocker being pivotably mounted relative to the rotatable element; andwherein the bias of the movable element against the rocker is adapted to bias the jaw against the sole when the binding is in the locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventor: Georges P. J. Salomon
  • Patent number: 4603868
    Abstract: A roller skate undercarriage including a roller carrier having three or more pairs of rollers attached by screws to the upper structure of a roller skate or to the blade of an ice skate. The carrier has holes, one group of holes at the front, one group of holes at the rear and one hole between the front and rear groups to hold roller hubs. The center axes of the holes in the carrier and of the axle pins inserted through them are staggered with respect to the central axes of the roller hubs mounted on the axle pins so that the height of the rollers may be changed with respect to the roller carrier by turning the roller hubs. In this way the roller skate can be individually adapted to the user and the purpose of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Inventor: Ernst Schutz
  • Patent number: 4602802
    Abstract: The invention comprises a dolly for use with a sailboard. The dolly has a U-shaped portion with upright members to receive a board which has been twisted to the horizontal. An elastic strap extends across the top of the U-shaped members to hold the board in place. The dolly includes a pair of wheels which support the end of the board received in the U-shaped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1986
    Inventor: Robert D. Morgan
  • Patent number: 4600213
    Abstract: A safety ski-binding having force transmitting surfaces which are inclined at an angle which corresponds substantially to the angle of friction. The force component acting in the direction of release of the sole plate created by the additional load compensates for the friction, so that the release resistance is not influenced even for a heavy load from the ball of the skier's foot even for the purely rotary fall load. These inclined surfaces are preferably provided on a rearward tongue which is disposed between the base plate and a rearward guide rail, the rearward tongue comprising an upper surface in substance in the shape of a flat M whose upper tips are flattened to abut in the normal position supporting elements depending from the guide rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Assignee: Marker International Company
    Inventors: Gerhard Sedlmair, Walter Knabel
  • Patent number: 4600204
    Abstract: A shopping cart having an upwardly opening basket supported on a wheeled base. The basket includes a front wall rigidly joined between a pair of side walls through intermediate front corners. The front and side walls are defined by intersecting wire rods which extend vertically and horizontally to form a gridlike construction. The horizontal wires are normally positioned outermost relative to the vertical wires and are substantially vertically spaced apart. An elongated striplike plastic bumper is positioned to extend longitudinally along and conform with each of the vertical front corners of the basket. The bumper is of a substantially L-shaped cross section and has an inner surface which enables it to conform to and abut against several of the vertically spaced horizontal wires. Upper and lower hooks associated with the bumper project inwardly and downwardly to engage a pair of vertically spaced horizontal wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Assignee: United Steel & Wire Company
    Inventor: Ronald L. Badger
  • Patent number: 4600212
    Abstract: An electronic ski binding incorporating a capacitor for generating actuating signals to a release circuit, and a recharging circuit for recharging the capacitor from an energy source according to the energy level of the capacitor. A charge measuring circuit is provided for measuring the charge of the energy source according to the time required to recharge the capacitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Assignee: Marker International Company
    Inventor: Walter Knabel
  • Patent number: 4597589
    Abstract: A ski pole having a grip pivotally mounted on a pole member to enable the grip to move from an in-line position to a transverse position on the pole member. A latch normally holds the grip against pivotal movement. A trip on the grip unlatches the grip for pivotal movement. The trip is so located on the grip that it can be actuated by the thumb of the hand grasping the grip. The pressure on the trip may be relieved after the latch is tripped. A cam arrangement enables the latch to automatically re-engage when the grip is returned to its in-line position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1986
    Inventors: Ray K. Fujii, William K. Brown
  • Patent number: 4596404
    Abstract: An outrigger construction for raising and supporting selected portions of a railer or other wheeled vehicle, e.g. to provide a level stable vehicle attitude while the vehicle is located on sloping terrain. The principal feature of interest is a low-cost power mechanism for operating the outrigger. In one case the power mechanism comprises a winch-cable system. In another instance the power mechanism comprises a level-link assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1986
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventor: Erwin F'Geppert
  • Patent number: 4595211
    Abstract: An elongated thin flexible strip of plastic material is provided for removable securement beneath the ski of a snowmobile. The under surface of the strip is smoothly finished and has substantially no tendency to be subject to a build up of frozen snow thereon under certain temperature and snow conditions which cause snow to freeze to and build up on a metal snowmobile ski under surface. The strip includes longitudinally spaced opposite side tab portions by which elongated tension structure may be utilized to removably secure the strip to the underside of a snowmobile ski and further includes structure for embracingly engaging the usual elongated and longitudinally extending wear and steering bar which projects downwardly from the under surface of a snowmobile ski. Further, the strip is sufficiently flexible for the forward end thereof to project beyond the tip end of the associated snowmobile ski and to be bent back thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Inventor: James W. Fitzpatrick
  • Patent number: 4593929
    Abstract: The vehicle has a pair of spaced apart side frames disposed and spaced apart in parallel relationship. Each of the side frames is provided with a caster wheel and a drive wheel. A seat base assembly is provided above the frame assemblies and is movably interconnected on each side with one of the frame assemblies. A seat back assembly, having an upper end and a lower end, is pivotally and adjustably interconnected at its lower end to each of the side frames. In a preferred embodiment, the transport vehicle is collapsible for storage and has a removable seat base insert, adjustable and removable leg rests and arm rests, a head restraint, a torso restraint, a sun visor, and a removable enclosure for inclement weather.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1986
    Inventor: Ronald H. Williams
  • Patent number: 4593926
    Abstract: A portable pair of skis may be packed in a small case for convenient storage and carrying. In one embodiment each ski is readily disassembled into two pieces, each ski piece having an end plate which mates with the end plate of the other ski piece. An assembled ski, which will function as originally designed and intended, comprises a bottom joining plate, which spans the two pieces, having four posts which are fixed to the bottom joining plate and which protrude through holes in the ski pieces and a top plate securing nuts, nut bearing plates and a removable over-center cam-action fastener which joins and applies tension to the two adjacent posts at the end plates. In another embodiment, the bottom plate is hinged and permanently fastened to the two ski pieces and two posts, which are fixed to the hinge, protrude through holes in the ski and the top plate. A removable over-center cam-action fastener is removably connected to the two posts via the grooved securing nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1986
    Inventor: Nicola F. Pergola
  • Patent number: 4593786
    Abstract: A low profile support for releasably mounting a portable power supply on a vehicle chassis. The support comprises a framework adapted to be secured beneath the vehicle chassis so as to dispose the power supply between the longitudinal frame members of the chassis. The lowermost member of the framework is a closed tubular frame which may provide an oil reservoir for the lubrication system of the power supply. In one embodiment, the support is extended to provide for suspension of a fuel tank therein. In another embodiment, a chassis mountable fuel tank separate from the power supply support is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1986
    Inventor: John Tate
  • Patent number: 4592436
    Abstract: A solar powered vehicle utilizing incident solar radiation to charge storage batteries for energizing an electric motor mounted within the vehicle. The solar panel comprises a lower panel mounted on an exterior surface of the vehicle and first and second upper panels pivotally connected on opposed sides to the lower panel and movable between a first inboard position overlaying the lower panel and a second outboard position in-line with the lower panel in which the lower panel and the first and second upper panels are disposed for receiving incident solar radiation. The first and second upper panels are releasably interlockable with the lower panel in a secure, spaced-apart position when the first and second upper panels are disposed in the first inboard position overlying the lower panel. A plurality of solar panels may be provided on the roof, hood and/or trunk of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Inventor: Edmardo J. Tomei
  • Patent number: 4591182
    Abstract: A chassis in a wheelchair assembly interconnects forward large wheels having hand rims and a reclining chair via a recliner mechanism and supports side panels for the assembly. Rear caster wheels are connected to the rear of the side panels. The occupant of the wheelchair normally has his center of gravity centered between the forward and rear wheels. The chassis has an H-configuration as seen in plan. An underlying transverse tube of rectangular cross-section is welded to the undersides of two square cross-section tubes extending in the usual direction of travel of the wheelchair. One-half inch thick bars are welded to the transverse bar and inclined upwardly therefrom for mounting the axles for the large wheels. A horizontal brace is welded between the inclined bars and the upper aspects of the tubes of rectangular cross-section to provide an extremely strong and rigid all welded, all steel chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1986
    Inventor: Francis W. Wood
  • Patent number: 4589673
    Abstract: A release mechanism for assisting a binding to resist pivoting about an element fixed to the ski. The mechanism includes an adjustable mechanical release mechanism for producing an initial release retention force, and a hydraulic pneumatic or mechanical assistance mechanism controlled by an electronic control, for increasing the initial release retention force. The initial release retention force is produced by a spring biasing a piston against the element fixed to the ski. The assistance mechanism increases the initial release retention force in response to a signal received by sensors on the binding indicating that the boot is attached to the binding. When shocks are sensed by the sensors, a signal is produced reducing the release retention force added by the assistance system. In the event that the electronic control fails, the binding still experiences the initial release retention force produced by the mechanical release mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Dimier, Roger Pascal