Patents Examined by Laura Fossum
  • Patent number: 6769950
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wind operated device in the shape of a fish or the like. The device comprises at least two generally planar or segmented constructions of a lightweight material, each of the segments being flexibly connected to the other and a support rod connected to one of the segments by means of a bearing for supporting of the said device. When the device is subjected to an air-stream the segments move in a generally sinuous pattern in imitation of motion of a fish or the like while at the same time indicating wind direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Emil Suciu
  • Patent number: 6241572
    Abstract: A manipulatable beaded string toy device comprising of a plurality of interconnectable elements, each element including a number of beads disposed on a cord. When the plurality of interconnectable elements are interconnected, a junction formed comprises at least four beads, two from each cord, each of the at least four beads is in contact with at least three other beads of the junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Leonid Braginsky
  • Patent number: 6168541
    Abstract: An illuminated ping pong game comprises a table which comprises at least one table leg. The illuminated ping pong game further comprises a net securely fastened to a the table along a median thereof. The illuminated ping pong game further comprises at least two player's paddles utilized by at least one first player and second player. At least one player's paddle comprises a first player's paddle which comprises a first player's paddle handle having a first player's paddle handle ON/OFF cap positioned at a bottom distal end of a first player's paddle handle cylinder forming a first player's paddle handle cavity therein. The first player's paddle handle further comprises a first player's paddle handle illuminator integrally associated therewith. The first player's paddle handle illuminator comprises a first player's paddle handle illuminator light positioned at a top distal end within the first player's paddle handle cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Kirk Gibbs
  • Patent number: 6149490
    Abstract: A very compact interactive toy is provided that provides highly life-like and intelligent seeming interaction with the user thereof. The toy can take the form of a small animal-like creature having a variety of moving body parts that have very precisely controlled and coordinated movements thereof so as to provide the toy with life-like mannerisms. The toy utilizes sensors for detecting sensory inputs which dictate the movements of the body parts in response to the sensed inputs. The sensors also allow several of the toys to interact with each other. The body parts are driven for movement by a single motor which is relatively small in terms of its power requirements given the large number of different movements that it powers. In addition, the motor is reversible so that the body parts can be moved in a non-cyclic life-like manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Tiger Electronics, Ltd.
    Inventors: David Hampton, Caleb Chung
  • Patent number: 6132284
    Abstract: A transmission structure to provide an ornament with a rotary and swinging motion in a water globe, which mainly comprises a rotary and swinging ornament in the water globe; the bottom of the rotary and swinging ornament has a cylindrical hole having a suitable depth; the opening of the cylindrical hole is closed with a base member, of which the bottom is glued with a magnet; the hollow space of the rotary and swinging ornament is filled with water. The neck part of the water globe is fixedly mounted on a base member, of which the inner space is mounted with a music drum assembly; a rotary member is fastened on the music drum assembly; the fixed frame of the rotary member is fastened with two magnets having different polarity. The diameter of the magnets each are smaller than that of a magnet mounted in the base member on the bottom of the rotary and swinging ornament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Hsi-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 6132282
    Abstract: A multi-configuration amusement device in the shape of a ball includes a variety of mass components with axially-extending cylindrical bores, a lock fastener unit having a hollow cylindrical shaft, and an hollow cylindrical extension tube, with the lock fastener unit and the extension tube operably insertable into the cylindrical bores of the mass components, for locking the mass components together in a unitary configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Richard S. Camp
  • Patent number: 6126507
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reversible doll/hat that can be altered from a doll shape into a wearable hat and back to a doll. The doll/hat has a doll portion and a hat portion, where the doll portion defines an internal cavity, and has a head portion having a mouth portion, a torso portion fixedly attached to the head portion, an aperture having a perimeter that provides access to the interior cavity, and a zipper for closing the aperture. When configured as a puppet, the doll portion has a pocket configured and adapted to permit insertion of a hand of a puppeteer within an internal space defined by the pocket, thereby permitting movement of the mouth portion by the hand. The hat portion has a crown having a front, a back, an exterior, an interior, and an inner periphery, and a headband fixedly attached to and extending around the inner periphery of the crown. The hat portion may also have a brim fixedly attached at the front of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Chameleon Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry Lieberman
  • Patent number: 6123598
    Abstract: A hand held doll includes a pivotally supported nose and upper jaw upon a head which is supported by a torso. A mechanism within the torso utilizes a pullstring drive to rotate a drum. The drum defines an angled slot which receives one end of a pivotable lever. A link couples a pivotable lever to an arm which pivotally supports the nose and upper jaw of the doll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Robynn M. Cook
  • Patent number: 6110001
    Abstract: An animated toy doll having a substantially hollow head and an adjoining body, said head containing external facial features which include a mouth, said animated toy doll housing an operating device which comprises a pair of levers which are hinged together at one end position thereof and held apart by a biasing spring means disposed at the other end portion thereof, and connecting means extending from said one end portion of said pair of levers to the vicinity of the mouth of the doll, whereby, upon compressing the pair of levers against the bias of the spring, the connecting means pulls against the mouth, causing a desired change of expression in the facial features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Hosung NY Trading Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Chae
  • Patent number: 6106356
    Abstract: A toy locomotive is configurable to provide a push toy resembling a locomotive and is alternatively configurable to provide a toy figure launching device. A cylindrical portion of the locomotive is pivotable to an upwardly inclined position above the supporting chassis of the toy locomotive. The cylindrical portion defines a cylindrical bore within which a piston is moveable. A spring loaded plunger and knob cooperated with the piston to facilitate drawing the piston into the cylindrical bore against a spring and thereafter releasing the plunger to transfer energy from the spring to the piston. A toy figure is receivable within the cylinder bore of the cylindrical portion so as to be projected or launched when the piston is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Trageser
  • Patent number: 6106360
    Abstract: A doll is described including a plush doll body having integral arms, legs, torso, and head. A face is provided on at least one side of the head, and at least one annular flange formed about the head and face along a coronal plane passing through the body. The flange extends radially outward of the head and loosely overlaps a portion of the torso. A pillow having a doll body receiving pocket formed therein releasably receives and covers the torso, arms, and legs such that only the head and flange are exposed outwardly of the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventors: Donna Joy Jenkins, Vera Signe Lundberg
  • Patent number: 6102771
    Abstract: A toy vehicle includes a body supported by a plurality of rolling wheels and a front windshield. A trunk lid is pivotally supported at the rear of the vehicle body and is spring biased toward a closed position. A convertible top is pivotally supported by the vehicle and defines a curved upper surface and a rear window surface. A sector gear is joined to the convertible top and is pivotable therewith. A power drive unit includes a motor and plurality of coupling gears which couple motor power to the sector gear. A battery power source and a plurality of on/off switches are operatively coupled to the motor and battery power source to induce energizing of the motor. The convertible top may be either raised or lowered by energizing the drive motor in an action in which the outer surface of the convertible top provides a cam-like member forcing the trunk lid open to facilitate lowering the convertible top into the body or raising it from the body interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B Poznick, Manuel Goy
  • Patent number: 6099381
    Abstract: A catching toy includes a container having a first container body and a second container body which is relatively movable to the first container body. The first and second container bodies are configurable in a first state in which the container is opened and a second state in which the container is closed to form a chamber which is large enough to contain an object to be caught. A biasing member biases the second container body to the second state when the container is in the first stage. An engaging member engages the second container body with the first container body to keep the container in the first state. A releasing member releases an engagement of the first and second container bodies to change the container in the second state, by a contact with the object to be caught so that the object is entrapped in the chamber of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Tomy Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kei Sodeshima
  • Patent number: 6095888
    Abstract: A turkey call includes a housing and a striking plate for producing artificial turkey sounds when the striking plate is contacted by and moved relative to a rigid striking member that is moved relative thereto. The striking plate is preferably formed of an aluminum and includes a glare resistant striking surface. The glare resistant striking surface may also include a plurality of concentric grooves formed therein to allow for a more consistent turkey sound to be produced, even during adverse weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Creative Woodcrafts Inc.
    Inventor: John J. Panepinto
  • Patent number: 6095884
    Abstract: A device, for calling a variety of game having different instinctive calls, including a first flexible and elastic tube having vibrating means seated in one end thereof and further including a second flexible tube in which the vibrating means and the one end of the first flexible tube are engaged. Turbulent air passing through the first and second tube causes the vibrating means to generate a sound which may be altered in tone, pitch, resonance, and volume by radial deformation or linear bending of either or both the first or second flexible and elastic tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: William Thomas Wiley
    Inventor: William Thomas Wiley
  • Patent number: 6093078
    Abstract: A doll includes a torso supporting a pair of legs each having a simulated skate supported of the lower end thereof. The torso further supports a head which is coupled to a neck portion of the doll by a freely pivoting coupler. A housing within the doll torso supports a pivoting yoke coupled to a gear and rack drive mechanism. The gear rack is coupled to a depressible push button which the user actuates by squeezing the doll torso. A pair of arms are pivotally supported upon the torso and coupled to a gear drive mechanism responsive to the push button to move the arms back-and-forth in opposite pivotal directions as the push button repetitively squeezed and released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Robynn M. Cook
  • Toy
    Patent number: 6089944
    Abstract: A toy that includes at least one component that has a central part and a peripheral part that surrounds the central part and has a small thickness in comparison with the central part. The parts comprise a separate central part and a separate peripheral part that embraces the separate central part and is connected thereto. The separate peripheral part is comprised of a material which is tougher than the material from which the central part is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Baby Bjorn AB
    Inventor: H.ang.kan Bergkvist
  • Patent number: 6086449
    Abstract: A spring biased projectable latch mechanism having a triggerable release mechanism at the end of said latch which is projected furthest into a latch receptacle during fastener engagement. A latch housing part of an object being fastened, said housing comprising said latch, said spring bias means, at least one receptacle, and a trigger chamber area. The housing and latch mechanism are constructed such that the spring biased release of the latch of one object actuates the trigger release mechanism of each adjacent object, resulting in a cascading release of a complex structure of interconnected objects in response to a single latch release trigger event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: David F. Sharp
  • Patent number: 6086446
    Abstract: A toy figure resembles a fanciful insect and includes a body supporting a head and a pair of arm-like appendages each supporting a hand. A pair of legs are secured to the body and coupled to feet which in turn support the body in a vertical stance. The body further supports a pair of pivotally coupled wing shells which in turn support a pair of pivotally coupled wings. With the wings and wing shells folded to the closed position, the appearance of an insect shell is provided. With the wing shells and wings pivoted to their respective outward positions, a wing spread approximately twice the normal wing spread is presented. Within the wing shells, a pair of projectile launchers are supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc
    Inventor: Martin F. Arriola
  • Patent number: 6083072
    Abstract: An apparatus for creating freestanding columns of compressible substances such as snow and sand. These freestanding columns can then be sculpted into any desired shape. The apparatus is placed on level ground, filled with the compressible substance after which the substance is compressed using hands or other implements. The operator then rotates the apparatus by pushing horizontally on the handles, thereby causing the apparatus to rise vertically due to the spiral grooves on the inside surface of the apparatus. As the apparatus rises vertically, the column of compressed substance remains stationary while creating space at the top of the apparatus for the addition of more of the compressible substance. The process is repeated until desired height is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Patrick Brooks