Patents Examined by Karen J. Chotkowski
  • Patent number: 5762311
    Abstract: A Christmas tree stand stores by rotation a decorative electrical light string in an orderly manner on an enclosed rotary drum, and also delivers and electrically energizes the light string for decorating the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Innovative Product Deveopment
    Inventor: Benito Triglia
  • Patent number: 5639058
    Abstract: What is disclosed herein is a removable shift slide stabilizer tool used in the repair and maintenance of inboard-outboard engines used on watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1997
    Inventor: John J. Mammel
  • Patent number: 5636751
    Abstract: A shelf rack such as for storing both men's and womn's shoes including a stack of shelf angles, a shelf angle being a pair of rectangular panels joined along a common edge and each shelf angle having a pair of bar members adapted for hanging shoes with high heels on side edges of the shelf angle. In one embodiment, the rack is structure of wooden panels and rods. The panels are hinged to fold together against a central panel for storage. In another embodiment, the rack is heat formed from a blank plastic panel. The heat formed panels may be stacked for convenient storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventor: Monty R. Frank
  • Patent number: 5634620
    Abstract: A universal clamp assembly for remotely placing a motor flushing device over the water inlet ports of an outdrive of a marine motor from either above (twelve o'clock position), below (six o'clock position), to the right (three o'clock position), or to the left (nine o'clock position) of the motor to direct clean, fresh, water through the inlet ports to flush the interior of the motor. In a second embodiment of the universal clamp assembly as depicted in FIG. 3, the universal clamp assembly comprises a first, generally T-shaped, clamp member including a foundation for securing a motor flushing device thereto in a first orientation; and a second, generally Y-shaped, clamp member including a foundation for alternatively securing a motor flushing device thereto in a second orientation. When assembled, the foundation of the first clamp member is in a plane generally perpendicular with the foundation of the second clamp member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: Thierry R. E. Verot
  • Patent number: 5624092
    Abstract: An adjustable bracket is disclosed for use in mounting a display sign, equipment, or the like on the post of a support stand, which is quick and easy to use, requires no tools, is easy to fabricate, and is adaptable to posts of different sizes and shapes. When installed, it is adapted to firmly grip the post along three lines of contact, thereby firmly securing the bracket at a predetermined location. An improved flexible sign receiving portion for such a bracket is also disclosed, which permits a flexible sign to be installed therein in a single motion, and provides a secure attachment of the sign to the sign stand, even in adverse conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Traffix Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack H. Kulp, John D. McKenney
  • Patent number: 5622270
    Abstract: A modular system is capable of storing and displaying up to N compact disk cases or other types of similarly sized, cases having at least one slot on each of two spaced apart, parallel peripheral edges. A modular unit includes a frame supporting N pairs of spaced cantilevers projecting outward from a front side of the frame, N being at least one. Each of the N pairs of cantilevers includes a first cantilever and a second cantilever, each of the first cantilever and second cantilever having a stop surface facing the stop surface of the other and a tab projecting from the stop surface, wherein the first and second cantilever can cooperatively grip one of the cases when the tabs are inserted in the first slot and the second slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Inventor: Marcelo Bezos
  • Patent number: 5615850
    Abstract: An improved wire bracket for use in construction which can be used to hold and organize electrical wires within holes located in the bracket. The bracket has two separable portions with a breakaway line separating the two portions, each of the individual portions having holes formed therein through which wire is threaded. The bracket further having reinforced mounting flanges or plates oriented on each of the three axes of the bracket to provide flexibility in mounting the bracket on different construction members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Leonard W. Cloninger
  • Patent number: 5611512
    Abstract: A device for fixing a housing of an electronics module includes an intermediate part (6) on which the housing (1) is fixed, and also includes a rail (5a) for receiving the housing (1) and the intermediate part (6), said intermediate part (6) including a locking element (21) that carries a catch (30) suitable for co-operating with complementary relief on the intermediate part (6) to hold the locking element in a retracted position, from which it is released when the intermediate part (6) and the housing (1) are put into place on the rail (5a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Sitour Electronic Systems (S.E.S)
    Inventor: Claude Cholet
  • Patent number: 5611509
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism is provided for securing a member to a structure, such as a support leg to a sign stand, wherein the member includes a slot having a bottom surface and the structure has a slot having an open top end. A latch member releasably attaches the member to the structure, and is adapted to extend axially through both the member and structure slots, so that a proximal portion of the latch member extends forwardly of the member slot and a distal portion of the latch member extends rearwardly into the structure slot. With this arrangement, when the latch member proximal portion is actuated downwardly, the latch member distal portion swings upwardly through the open top end of the structure slot, thereby disengaging from the structure slot and releasing the member so that it may pivot relative to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Assignee: Traffix Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack H. Kulp, John D. McKenney
  • Patent number: 5609320
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for mounting and dismounting an overhead bowling scoring monitor. The method includes positioning a support member at the overhead location for the bowling scoring monitor and providing a lifting mechanism having an elongated lifting member and a force-producing member for extending and retracting the lifting member. The lift mechanism is attached to the bowling scoring monitor and to any stationary member above the monitor and the force-producing device is operated in order to retract the lifting member to raise the overhead bowling scoring monitor into proximity with the support member, or to pay out the lifting member to lower the overhead bowling scoring monitor from the support member. Preferably, the support member is a rigid frame which is substantially horizontally planar. The rigid frame may include at least two spaced apart parallel tubular members in a manner that the elongated lifting member extends from the elongated body between the two tubular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corporation
    Inventor: Michael D. Peters
  • Patent number: 5607134
    Abstract: A lock is provided for the slideout box of a travel trailer which consists of an extensible lead screw locking member which is placed on top the slideout box when in its inner position to apply a firm inward force keeping the box pressed inwardly of the trailer with consequent compression of the sealing gasket around the outer face of the slideout box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Kit Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Vern Corning, Dan Pocapalia
  • Patent number: 5605310
    Abstract: In the case of a device for supporting a container, in particular a golf bag, the supporting device is designed integrally with the container in that an annular retaining means (2) with supporting legs (4) articulated thereon is provided, the retaining means (2) forming part of the container (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Assignee: MS-Trade Handels-GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Jungkind
  • Patent number: 5605311
    Abstract: An adjustable, sturdy upper body support system for keyboard operators includes a pair of adjustable arm rests mounted on a rigid frame which can be incorporated into a standalone system or into a desk workstation system. In either embodiment, the frame includes a portion extending forward under the arm rests to prevent the device from tipping. The arm rests can be pivoted about two axes relative to a U-shaped frame slidable within a primary frame underneath a keyboard platform. The standalone version includes outwardly diverging feet for added maneuverability and can be positioned underneath an existing desk. In one version, the upper body support is mounted to a height adjustable desk workstation. Another combined upper body support and desk system includes a height adjustable desk positionable with respect to the arm rests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1997
    Inventors: Michael McGrath, Joseph McGrath, Josephine McGrath
  • Patent number: 5601264
    Abstract: A wrist rest is disclosed for use with a keyboard. The wrist rest includes a bladder for holding a fluid, a pump operatively connected to the bladder for selectively filling the bladder with fluid and a valve for selectively releasing fluid from the bladder. The bladder preferably includes two elongate lobes interconnected by an isthmus. The lobes are shaped so that the perimeter of a horizontal cross-section through one of the elongate lobes is substantially elliptical in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: Stephen Peart
  • Patent number: 5598997
    Abstract: A rail section on a container of an oxygen supply unit for hanging the container into a mount in an aircraft. Hook parts on the end tips of the rail section are provided, which end tips project from the container and engage the mount on a first contact zone (10). A subsequent alignment of individual containers to a uniform alignment becomes unnecessary, and displacement of the containers in relation to the mount (5), which may be due to the operation of the aircraft, is not possible. To achieve this object, the hook part has a projection, which supports the rail section in a preselected angular position in relation to the mount, and which is supported by a second contact zone in the area of the inner surface of the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Dragerwerk AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Marquardt
  • Patent number: 5597144
    Abstract: A golf bag stand which can support a golf bag carrying golf equipment in an inclined position while it is at rest. A hinge block comprising a pair of T-shaped holes firmly holds support rods inserted therein. The support rods are unfolded in the form of a tripod and are firmly held within said holes so as to bear the heavy weight of the golf bag. A V-shaped connecting rod and a resilient means are provided for serving to spread the supporting rods when in use and for pulling them into a carrying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Inventor: Soeng-Yeol Lee
  • Patent number: 5593116
    Abstract: A hose retractor for gas stations and the like having an arcuate or goose-neck head portion extending through preferably a 90 degree arc and laterally extending from the vertical axis of the vertical standard portion. A removeable pulley-assembly or cartridge arcuately shaped to be inserted through the free end of the head portion, is inserted therein and secured by external bolts or other removeable fasteners when in the operative position. The cartridge preferably includes at least two, axially aligned cartridge pulleys to guide the cord along the head curvature. Upon damage or other need for replacement, the cartridge can be easily removed and replaced by a new cartridge, without the need to replace any other part of the retractor. The retractor standard and head portion according to one aspect of the invention can be made in a single piece with fixed orientation to reduce the costs of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Assignee: Universal Valve Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Martin C. Pettesch, Douglas T. Main, Jr., Robert J. Milo
  • Patent number: 5593115
    Abstract: A telescopically extendable elongate pipe hangar has resilient connector grommets affixed to opposed ends. The grommets snap rigidly into standard punch holes or knockouts to secure the pipe hangar to metal construction studs. The hangar has spaced boreholes along at least one side for receiving screws or bolts attaching clamps at selective locations to space and support pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: James M. Lewis
  • Patent number: RE35485
    Abstract: A uni-brace mechanism is provided which allows a vehicle seat to be attached to the vehicle seat slide adjusters made by various manufacturers. A front bracket and a rear bracket are spaced apart and attached to the underside of a vehicle seat. Each bracket includes two pairs of receiving holes, with each receiving hole having at least one corresponding engagement hole spaced apart from the receiving hole. The various engagement holes combined to form various generally rectangular patterns, spaced at distances to correspond to the bolt patterns found on vehicle seat slide adjusters. A pal nut is inserted into a receiving hole and into engagement with the proper corresponding engagement hole. Pal nut includes a hub with an internal thread which is positioned within the engagement hole. The bolt on the vehicle seat slide adjuster are threaded through the engagement hole and into the hub, attaching the vehicle seat slide adjuster to the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Assignee: Atwood Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Stewart
  • Patent number: RE35572
    Abstract: A seat assembly for a motor vehicle includes an air suspension system for effectively isolating the occupant of the seat from shock, vibration and inertial forces directed along both a vertical axis and a horizontal axis. A base plate is mounted to the floor of the vehicle and supports first and second pairs of sleeve bearings on opposed sides of a box-like housing. The housing itself is attached to a pair of guide rods which cooperate with the sleeve bearings to provide fore and aft movement of the housing. Springs operating in cooperation with a first horizontally disposed air bag serves to dampen out inertial forces on the vehicle seat. The seat itself it support atop a vertically oriented air spring and a plurality of hydraulic vibration dampeners that tend to cushion vertically directed force spectors acting upon the seat and its occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Comfort Ride USA, Inc.
    Inventors: David Lloyd, Ronald J. Geiser