Patents Examined by Lan Mai
  • Patent number: 5349977
    Abstract: The present invention relates to invalid walkers which are designed to aid the handicapped. Specifically, the present invention relates to an attachment to an existing walker, or a modified existing walker which is hand operated and designed to be made adjustable to accommodate inclines or stairs. This walking aid will enable persons using it to ascend and descend stairs and inclines much easier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Inventor: Maurice S. Wood
  • Patent number: 5295499
    Abstract: The handles of a pair of crutches have male and female coupling elements which enable them to be removably and rotatably fixed to one another. Crutches fixed in this manner can then be placed in a stable manner against any support at an elevation above their center of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Joseph Stutz
  • Patent number: 5238014
    Abstract: A backbone-type framework for tents or houses, comprising a rope, a plurality of backbone links connected in series by said rope; a hand winch located at one end of said framework to tension or release the rope; a rope-reverser located at the other end of said framework; each of the backbone links comprises a tube link and two end caps, said end cap has tube portion and an end plate, said tube portion can be inserted into said tube link, said end plate has two holes, the outer end surface of said end plate is oblique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: China Shenyang Damo Camp Equipment Institute
    Inventor: Yongsheng Cai
  • Patent number: 5197505
    Abstract: A tent comprises a fabric layer over one or more arch poles, wherein said pole or poles is tensionable by means of tensioning members connected between upper and lower points of each said pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventor: Aarn Tate
  • Patent number: 5197501
    Abstract: A multi-purpose cane includes a shaft portion that can be adjusted to different lengths, and an electrical circuit that is used to activate a light generating element and/or an alarm or communicating unit. The electrical circuit includes a manual switch mounted on a handle portion of the cane. A rechargeable battery unit is located in the handle portion, and a second light unit can be mounted on a tip of the cane so the can be used to direct light longitudinally of the shaft portion. The other light generating unit can be moved to direct light at various angles with respect to the shaft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventor: Henry Ragatz
  • Patent number: 5190066
    Abstract: In order to provide an awning or a tent adapted for easy, removable attachment onto a caravan (1) in a sealed fashion, it is known in the art to form the canvas of the awning with a beading along one edge thereof formed with a casing (19) enclosing a beading core (12) and by providing the caravan with a fixed, stationary, hollow profile (2) with a narrow, longitudinal slit so that the beading may be introduced from the end of the hollow profile (2).In order to avoid the requirement of the attachment onto the caravan of fittings with anchoring eyelets for the tent ridge poles, the invention provides a method for attaching an anchoring bracket onto the canvas of the awning adjacent the beading edge so that the hollow profile is, in fact, used to support the poles (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Trio Sport A/S
    Inventor: Knud E. Joergensen
  • Patent number: 5188138
    Abstract: This invention is easily assembled walking stick which disposes wheels at the lower end, and it enables user to walk forward in stable state without danger.This walking stick helps aged persons and sick persons and physically handicapped persons to walk.And it comprises the main walking stick with a wheel which has the hollow support bar disposed the forward wheel rotatably at the lower end and the assistant walking stick with a wheel which has the hollow assistant bar disposed the back wheel rotatably at the lower endThe main walking stick with a wheel and the assistant walking stick with a wheel are tied with the fastening bar member and the hook.The forward wheel is adjusted by the brake structure.The hollow support bar can be folded or contracted and expanded.And it helps user to walk in stable state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignees: Kabushiki Kaisha Japan Health, Kabushiki Kaisha Fuji Iryoki
    Inventors: Yoshikiyo Yamasaki, Shinichiro Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 5184639
    Abstract: An improved opening lock for use in a sunshade or a parasol which is housed in a cavity defined on the shaft of the sunshade. The present opening lock has a stop block having a smoothly curved guide bottom at the front end and a bias spring disposed behind the stop block and a fixing element for mounting the spring, and a cover plate which confines the stop block and the spring and the fixing element inside the cavity so that the runner of the sunshade slidably disposed on the shaft is able to move against the lock, pushing the lock into the cavity when the runner traveling upward to make the sunshade open, and the stop block is able to pop out when the runner passing the same and to support the runner in place, keeping the sunshade opened. To close the sunshade, the stop lock must be pushed into the cavity to permit the runner slide downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Inventor: Chorng-Cheng Lee
  • Patent number: 5184446
    Abstract: A unique platform performs several functions in the installation of planar flooring. The platform has a planar top face and a pair of wheel sets on an underface. In a first function the platforms are used in groups of two, and positioned with the wheels extending upwardly and spaced from each other such that the axis of rotations of the sets of wheels on the two platforms are generally parallel and aligned. A coil of planar flooring material is placed on the spaced platforms, such that the planar flooring material may be removed from the coil with the wheels turning to aid in the removal and protect the surface of the flooring. After the planar material is removed and has been adhesively applied to a floor, the platforms perform a second function. They are reversed and a force is applied to the platform such that the wheels roll along the planar flooring and cause the adhesive to wet and firmly secure the planar flooring to the underlying floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Inventor: Willard Gustavsen
  • Patent number: 5181361
    Abstract: A multi-layer shingle is provided, comprising three shingle layers; specifically, a base layer, a secondary layer and a top layer. The base layer and the secondary layer each have butt portions and tab portions. The secondary layer has tab portions that are preferably somewhat shorter than the tab portions of the base layer, showing portions of the tab portions of the base layer beneath the tab portioins of the secondary layer. The top, or third layer is comprised of individual strips that are preferably narrower than the tab portions of the secondary layer, and which preferably extend up into the butt portion of the secondary layer, in overlying relationship therewith. The base layer and secondary layer are secured together by preferably horizontal adhesive stripes. Adhesive also secures the top or third layer strips to the secondary layer, preferably by means of vertical adhesive stripes. Different granule applications are provided for desired aesthetic effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Marcia G. Hannah, George W. Mehrer, Michael J. Noone, Kermit E. Stahl, Joseph Quaranta
  • Patent number: 5179968
    Abstract: A climatic heat aircraft protective (CHAP) screen that has been designed to protect various types of aircraft, and especially helicopters, from the adverse effects of direct exposure to sunlight while being relatively insensitive to wind conditions. The CHAP screen is specifically designed for various aircraft types to facilitate easy and rapid deployment and removal of the CHAP screen utilizing only the flight crew of the aircraft. The CHAP screen includes a porous screen canopy having overhanging portions and flap portions that are operative to reflect direct sunlight while allowing air to pass therethrough. The CHAP screen also includes a containment bag affixed to the underside of the porous screen canopy that is used to compactly stow the porous screen canopy prior to deployment and to secure the CHAP screen to the rotor head assembly of a helicopter during deployment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Richard E. Deichmann
  • Patent number: 5177913
    Abstract: A multi-level parking lot made from prefabricated reinforced concrete modular elements is disclosed. The modular elements include plural parking compartments with defined paths for passage between the compartments and approach routes for entering the parking lot. The parking compartments include connecting plates and integral units with four columns, each integral unit including a slab integral with and resting on the four columns. A steel pipe protrudes from an upper surface of the column for interfitting engagement with a corresponding hole in the connecting plate. The individual units bear against themselves in a stable manner by virtue of their weight without the need for any linking connections therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Inventor: Yigal Erel
  • Patent number: 5178175
    Abstract: A rain water collecting device for an umbrella includes a reservoir (6) with a closed end and an open end. A diaphragm (10) is mounted in the reservoir (6) adjacent to the open end to separate the reservoir (6) into a first compartment (62) and a second compartment (64). A receiving member (5) is mounted in the center of the diaphragm (10) and extends into the first compartment (62) for removably receiving a tip of the umbrella. A first coil tube (8) mounted in the first compartment (62) has a inlet (3) located at the diaphragm (5) and an outlet (4) in the first compartment (62). A second coil tube (9) mounted in the second compartment (64) has an inlet (1) located at the diaphragm (5) and an outlet (2) in the second compartment (64). When the umbrella is folded after use, the rain water is guided into the first compartment (62) via the first coil tube (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Inventor: Ching P. Lin
  • Patent number: 5176160
    Abstract: A combination cane and reaching apparatus includes a cane body having a longitudinal axis and terminating in a pair of ends, a top end having a handle member including a grip portion extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the cane body longitudinal axis, and a bottom end terminating in a cane tip. A trigger portion is secured to the cane body proximate the handle member, and includes a trigger element and a trigger pivot axis. A jaw portion is secured to the cane body proximate the cane tip, and includes a jaw element, a jaw pivot axis, and a spring. A string capture or lock portion is attached to the cane body between the trigger portion and jaw portion. A cable or string segment connects the trigger element and jaw element, with the string segment bearing a bead or knot along its length proximate the string lock portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventor: George M. Osborn
  • Patent number: 5174319
    Abstract: A longer effective automatic umbrella comprising mainly a tubular shank provided with an upper pulley therein; a cylinder at top end of the shank for receiving an umbrella opening spring; a handle at lower end of the shank, having upper and lower clamps and a middle pulley; an actuating mechanism comprising a pair of springs co-extending through the lower and upper clamps and at most up to the upper pulley to accumulate the energy; and an actuator to actuate and release the upper and lower clamps, respectively, for controlling the operation of opening and closing the umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: DAT, Sheng-Tong
    Inventors: Luc L. Chou, Jonathan C. Cheng
  • Patent number: 5172715
    Abstract: A foldable walker having a front frame section, left and right side frame sections and a top frame section. The left and right side frame sections and the top frame section are all hingedly attached to the front frame section. The walker folds by disengaging the top section from the left and right side frame sections. The top section pivots downwardly to lie against the front frame section. The left side section pivots outwardly to lie against the front of the front frame section. The right side frame section pivots inwardly to lie against the top frame section and the rear of the front frame section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Inventor: Lucie O. Webb
  • Patent number: 5172711
    Abstract: A combination canopy and fan (10), including an elongate shaft (16), a collapsible, domed canopy (12) mounted on the upper end of the shaft, and a fan assembly (18) mounted on the shaft under the canopy. The fan assembly (18) includes a fan hub (20) mounted axially and rotatably on the shaft, a plurality of fan blades (22) pivotally secured to the fan hub, and a drive motor (24) secured externally to the shaft adjacent the fan hub for driving rotation of the fan hub. The combination canopy and fan includes a power supply source (26) powering the drive motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Inventors: Erna Mueller, James Moores
  • Patent number: 5170811
    Abstract: An annexe assembly is shown which has a support assembly attachable to the side of a caravan or the like and which supports the annexe cover as well as the folded annexe frame. The cover is tapered whereby it may roll upon a spool within the support assembly. The cover may be selectively extended from or retracted into said support assembly and the annexe frame is pivotally attached to the support assembly whereby it may be selectively moved between a stowed attitude substantially within or adjacent the support assembly and an erected attitude for supporting the extended covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Aussie Traveller Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jude C. Kirk, William F. Bradnam
  • Patent number: 5170810
    Abstract: A sliding tray assembly is disclosed comprising a pair of spaced support rails which are interconnected by means of a connecting bar and which can be easily secured to a pair of spaced, substantially upright legs of a walker or other like object. The tray assembly itself is attached to the legs so as to extend forwardly thereof in order to prevent the tray assembly form obstructing the use of the object. The tray assembly further includes a pair of guide rail members which are respectively secured to the spaced support rails. The guide rails define guide channels within which a tray is removably, slidably mounted. The tray can be selectively secure within the channels along the length of the guide rails to position the tray in various operating positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Margaret T. Chapin
  • Patent number: 5170812
    Abstract: The clip comprises an arm (4) and an elongate portion (1) intended to be brought against each other in order to grip the edge of a piece of fabric between jaws (2 and 3). The elongate portion (1) and the arm (4) are then driven into soft ground so that the fabric is held down against the wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Christiane Caillat