Patents Examined by Lan Mai
  • Patent number: 5116258
    Abstract: The invention concerns a collapsible umbrella against for instance sunlight, rain and so on, consisting of a shaft and a number of ribs fixed pivotally relative thereto for supporting fabric-like material, which ribs are each pivotally connected to the one end of a rod-like stretcher, the other end of which is displaceable in lengthwise direction of the shaft characterized in that said shaft takes a hollow form and serves as guiding for a common control rod connected to the stretcher rods. It is suitable for stationary use and it is suspended from above to avoid obstruction of the space underneath the umbrella.To allow the umbrella to be collapsed the shaft thereof is hollow and it accommodates a common control rod connected to all the stretchers, the other sides whereof are connected with the ribs. The umbrella is suspended from a carrier pivotally connected to a standard. Such a standard may bear several umbrellas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Nijkamp B.V.
    Inventor: Johan Vennik
  • Patent number: 5107881
    Abstract: A ridge tent is provided with a permanent double roof, and may be erected without guying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Assignee: Camp Mate Limited
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Feldman, John Tsatsos
  • Patent number: 5103601
    Abstract: A trilateral gutter guard includes first and second angled legs adapted to rest at different locations on a gutter bottom. A substantially horizontal leg is coupled to the top of the first and second legs, the three legs each comprising a mesh. Preferably, the horizontal leg is positioned and dimensioned to allow self-cleaning of the gutter guard by natural forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Robert Hunt
    Inventor: Robert Hunt
  • Patent number: 5103849
    Abstract: A hiker's staff having a special hiker's point of rugged dimensions, telescoped over the lower end. The hiker's point has a vertically mounted plate with a truncated tapered notch at the lower end to define two square support areas on each side thereof, with the notch permitting the anchoring of snakes and the like to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Inventor: Lewis N. Hamner
  • Patent number: 5101606
    Abstract: A structure comprises uprights and connecting beams as well as wall panels and vertically spaced apart horizontal partitions inserted between said uprights and beams. To permit the structure to be assembled and disassembled without a need for tools, the wall panels are provided with vertical edge flanges, which extend into grooves formed in the uprights, the uprights are interlocked with the connecting beams, and the wall panels and horizontal partitions are held between upper and lower connecting beams against a vertical displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Horst Meru
  • Patent number: 5101846
    Abstract: An improved crutch pad for providing extended cushioning for a user's side for the crutch and crutch bar. The crutch pad utilizes an outer envelope formed from a flocked material, an inner padding envelope secured to the inside surface of the outer envelope and formed such that the underside of the inner padding envelope can be securely fit over the crutch. In a second; embodiment, a heat activated adhesive formed on the inner side of the inner padding envelope is used to secure the inner padding envelope to the crutch. The inner padding envelope also can be added to in order to customize the crutch pad to the needs of a particular user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: Y'vonne L. Greatwood
  • Patent number: 5101844
    Abstract: A device for an umbrella and in particular a securing and tearing prevention device, that is attached to the umbrella rib ends and further attached to the umbrella material. Providing additional securing of the umbrella material to the umbrella rib ends outer perimeter.Thus, keeping the umbrella material from breaking away from the rib ends and preventing tearing of the umbrella material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: James V. Morrone
  • Patent number: 5101845
    Abstract: Clamping device attachable to the side of a crutch for carrying thin, flat, non-rigid articles or a 12 oz. beverage can, having a preload to firmly hold articles in place. The device is attachable to a variety of crutch frame cross-sections and widths by a single bracket at the top of the device connected to the crutch handgrip bolt by a wingnut. At least one adjustable strap prevents the lower end of the device from pivoting away from and banging against the crutch frame. One embodiment comprises an L-shaped member and a spring-biased hinged member connected to and preloaded against the L-shaped member for clamping articles therebetween. In another embodiment a molded plastic J-shaped member has a thinned portion at the base of the short leg of the J to provide resiliency. A spacer between the outer end of the resilient short leg and the clamp surface of the rigid long leg provides a preload force between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: David A. Kravetz
  • Patent number: 5099866
    Abstract: A protective play enclosure includes a frame having first and second rectangular frame members which are inclined relative to one another with end braces arranged in an X-configuration. A flexible floor extends between the bottom frame crossbars and a flexible wall of a netting material extends upwardly from the floor and is connecting to the frame top cross bars. The frame end braces are extendable and retractable for erecting and collapsing the enclosure. A frame top for the enclosure can be pivotally displaced to a position along one sidewall when an open topped enclosure is preferred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventors: Clorinda A. Solis, Jaime J. Solis
  • Patent number: 5097856
    Abstract: This invention relates to an electronic talking stick for the blind and more particularly to a stick which talks to instruct a blind man to walk and go upstairs and downstairs, and to warn a blind man of dangerous depression in road, and which calls for help when a blind man who uses the stick falls. It is generally comprised of a supporting rod, a control box, a handle, a free steering caster, and a horizontal scanning device, in which the free steering caster helps the whole assembly to slide; two detectors in the control box and a range finder and moving object detector in the handle are arranged for trouble detection to let detected signals be converted into voice, by means of the processing through a control circuit, to instruct the user through an earphone connected to the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Hsieh Chi-Sheng
  • Patent number: 5096214
    Abstract: A portable enclosure which is suitable for use as a portable bus stop or the like and includes a frame constructed of plastic pipe, a canopy covering the top and bottom portions of the frame and a clear plastic window area located in the center section of the frame between the canopy segments, for viewing purposes. The portable enclosure is fitted with a pair of wheels and a handle positioned above the wheels for transportation purposes and includes a door for ingress and egress and a seat for accommodating the occupant or occupants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventors: Lionel Walker, Horace D. Tilley
  • Patent number: 5095676
    Abstract: A sectional frame and insert arrangement in which one contact surface on the insert rests against the frame, and the insert has a flange with a foot-shaped cross-section extending into a channel with a C-shaped cross-section. The flange has an impact surface that extends perpendicular to the contact surface and rests against the wall of the channel. The flange has a snap-in edge that engages below and can be released from the head of another wall having a T-shaped cross-section and being positioned opposite the first wall. Positioners enclosing at least partly the inserted area of the snap-in edge of the foot-section flange, are inserted into a longitudinal snap-in groove. The positioners have resilient tongues above the snap-in edge resting against the head of the T-section wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Manfred Muhle
  • Patent number: 5094058
    Abstract: The improved roofing shingle has a body portion of generally flat, four-sided polygonal configuration and relatively thin in thickness. The body portion is provided with a plurality of irregular corrugations or otherwise deformed to give the roofing shingle the appearance of natural wood or other natural material such as slate. The body portion has a channel formed in the under surface so that the upper surface forms a ridge extending substantially parallel to the upper edge of the body portion. The body portion is also provided adjacent each of the opposite side or vertical edges with raised portions which are so shaped and dimensioned as to have one raised portion nest within the raised portion of a next adjacent like roofing shingle. The ridge and nested raised portions forming barriers to water infiltration between the overlapping shingles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventor: Donald H. Slocum
  • Patent number: 5094257
    Abstract: A portable and temporarily installable vehicle cover is supported by a frame, which in turn is supported by brackets attached to the vehicle rocker panels or floor pan. Alternatively the brackets may be secured to stakes which are secured in the ground near the midpoint of each side of the vehicle. The frame is formed of a forward, central and rear support. Each end of the forward support is secured to the brackets, while each end of the rear support is secured to the corresponding ends of the front support. The front and rear supports provide support for the cover, while the cover itself serves to locate and support the center support. The frame may be formed of telescoping tubular sections joined by springs, enabling the entire apparatus to be disassembled and stored within otherwise unused space such as the interior of a vehicle bumper. Alternatively, the cover may be left in its erected state if secured to stakes, and one end may be opened to allow for the entrance or exit of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1992
    Inventors: Marguerite Wilson, John F. Galler, Raymond J. Galler, Randolph B. Galler, Cheyenne Galler, Bronwyn G. Welkner
  • Patent number: 5090435
    Abstract: The invention relates to a folding canopy like a sunshade, shelter for hiking, camping or similar, intended specially to provide protection for an area of ground against storms, sunshine or rain. The shelter (1) consists of a roof held up by a retractable system (3) fitted on a column (4) supported on the ground via a foot (5). The foot (5) has means for extending its radial arms (6) simply through the contact between a sliding ferrule on which the arms (6) are jointed and the ground. The invention concerns manufacturers of industrial sunshades and umbrellas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Leclercq
  • Patent number: 5090169
    Abstract: This invention relates to an interior panel unit having a structure in which a plurality of rectangular floor base members to be installed on a foundation floor of a room are connected to each other by base joint members. A plurality of fundamental support members having the same height and a plurality of connecting support members having the same height as that of the fundamental support members are located on each floor base member. Each floor panel member supported by the fundamental support members and the connecting support members is arranged to assure a predetermined space with the corresponding floor base member. Cables and various types of equipment which constitute an office-automation system are mounted in the space defined by the floor panel member and the floor base member. The space defined by the floor panel member and the floor base member is partitioned by vertical and horizontal separator members. The cables and various types of equipment are appropriately arranged in the partitioned space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Fumio Takeda, Yoshio Kojima, Tsuneo Kaneko, Yutaka Ishibashi, Naoto Sasaki, Isako Tsushima
  • Patent number: 5088512
    Abstract: A lightly operable fully automatic umbrella comprising a hollow shank having a reduced neck at intermediate portion to divide it into an upper section having upper and lower apertures and a lower section having upper and lower holes, a longitudinal guide groove at the upper section and a middle ring provided at a location having a distance from the top end, the guide groove having a through hole communicating with the interior of the shank; a cylinder mounted around the shank at the end section above the middle ring for receiving an umbrella opening spring therein, and provided with an upper ring at outer lower end; a slidable sleeve mounted around the shank at the upper section, having upper and lower pawls, and provided with a lower ring at outer upper end, including an inner sleeve having a slot; an inner shaft inserted in the lower section of the shank, having upper and lower holes, including an umbrella closing spring received in a space between the top end thereof and the reduced neck, a wire and a slid
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Sheng-Tong Day
    Inventors: Luc L. Chou, Jonathan C. Cheng
  • Patent number: 5088514
    Abstract: A tanning and screening apparatus includes a folding frame, a panel stretched over the frame and having a sun reflecting surface, and legs having an adjustable length and being pivotally connected to the frame. The apparatus may assume a plurality of different positions and may be used to reflect the sun towards an individual or to protect an individual from the sun or the wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Inventors: J. C. House, Jonathan C. House
  • Patent number: 5086595
    Abstract: A stair support system for supporting a plurality of steps using an outer leg and stringer assembly. The stringer includes a plurality of risers which extend upwardly from the stringer to support the individual steps. Attached to and underlying each step is a channel member which extends along the length of the step and is sandwiched between the riser and the step's undersurface. Also disclosed is a deck support structure that is attachable to the outer leg to which the stringer is attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Saratoga Spa & Bath
    Inventors: John V. Maiuccoro, John Gardenier
  • Patent number: 5086797
    Abstract: A frame for an umbrella has a shaft (4,5), ribs (7) extending radially from the top of the shaft, and stretchers (6) extending from a runner (2) on the shaft to attachment points on the ribs. The shaft comprises first and second parts (4,5) connected by a pivot or bending portion, e.g. a joint (1), located at a position between the top of the shaft and the runner (2) to allow the axis of the upper part of the shaft to be set in a position inclined to the axis of the part of the shaft below the pivot. This provides a stable tilting arrangement. Advantageously, the joint (1) can be a snap-in ball joint which is easy to assemble and manipulate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Holyand Fox Limited
    Inventors: John M. Earnshaw, Michael H. Bly