Patents Examined by Michael J. Foycik, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4435911
    Abstract: The specification describes an improved gaming token which includes, among other features, a relatively flat non-metallic annular ring having injection-molded indicia thereon bounded by sharp and durable color lines. This ring also includes an inner coin-support annulus which extends into a central opening of the ring and receives flat back-to-back metal slugs or discs on each surface thereof to retain these discs permanently in place once they are welded together. Since the outer coin surfaces are flush with the major surfaces of the flat non-metallic annular ring, this construction renders removal of the metal coins quite difficult.In one embodiment of the invention, this coin-support annulus is integral with a single unitary plastic annular ring which includes regions of injection-molded indicia thereon which are flush with both major and minor surfaces of the ring and are bounded by the sharp and durable color lines as noted above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1984
    Inventor: Bernard B. Jones
  • Patent number: 4407084
    Abstract: Apparatus for storing a plurality of different signs and automatically displaying the different signs at timed intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1983
    Assignee: Signs by Severson Rent A Sign, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert E. Uihlein, Walter C. Severson
  • Patent number: 4393612
    Abstract: A padded frame and method for making the same from decorative covering material and mounting board having an adhesive surface on one side thereof and a foam sponge material secured to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1983
    Inventor: Susan Clark
  • Patent number: 4389802
    Abstract: A lid insert is provided for releasable connection to a plastic lid having a subtantially flat top surface and an upwardly and inwardly projecting peripheral bead disposed above and spaced from the top surface of the lid. The lid insert is made of paperboard material having a planar configuration generally corresponding to the configuration of the flat top surface of the lid. The periphery of the planar lid insert includes a plurality of alternating indents and nodes. The area defined by the outermost points of the insert is greater than the area defined by the upwardly and inwardly projecting bead. This peripheral configuration of alternating nodes and indents facilitates the initial placement of the insert on the lid and enables the insert to compensate for the different expansion characteristics of the lid and the lid insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1983
    Assignee: Champion International Corporation
    Inventors: Edwin C. McLaren, David J. Adamek
  • Patent number: 4389801
    Abstract: A pocket for a garment has a facing sheet of flexible material provided with an adhesive backing and having an opening through which a card or the like can be displayed, and a masking sheet of flexible material provided with a similar opening and attached to the facing sheet in order to mask the adhesive backing in the region around and above the opening in the facing sheet when the pocket is attached to a garment. The portion of the facing sheet around and above the opening does not therefore adhere to the garment and enables a card or the like to be inserted into the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1983
    Assignee: Joel & Aronoff, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Sharrock, Donovan N. Fry, Robert William
  • Patent number: 4385462
    Abstract: A transparency viewing system employs an illuminated viewer adapted to be used with an overlay device and/or film retaining clips. Brackets are provided to define longitudinal open channels at opposite edges of the illuminated viewing surface. The overlay device is of a size to span the viewing surface such that the marginal edges thereof, which have a configuration similar to that of the open channels, may be inserted into the open channels so that the overlay device is held against the viewing surface. Each retaining clip includes a mounting portion having a configuration similar to that of the channels and may be adjustably positioned along the channels so that its operating portion is biased against the viewing surface to hold transparencies placed between the clip and the viewing surface in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Assignee: Knox Manufacturing Co.
    Inventor: Donald J. Brown
  • Patent number: 4385459
    Abstract: A photo display apparatus utilizing an assembly of slats having dados for permitting them to be meshed together in two or three dimensional configurations and provided with grooves in the sides for supporting the photographs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Inventors: John F. McGrath, Albert F. Candia
  • Patent number: 4385461
    Abstract: This sequentially highlighting copy holder employs fields of light as the frame of reference for an operator of a keyboard machine in keeping the place in the text of a document page. The page is affixed upon the copy holder for processing and is illuminated, portion by portion, as the place in the text advances. In one place keeping function the perceived effect of this highlighting delivered in sequence is that of a slender field of light slowly descending the document page. In another, the field of light disappears as a second field appears lower on the page, overlapping the position of the first field of light and disappearing in turn as a third field appears, overlapping the position of the second, so that as the place in the text moves downward the field of light moves with it in salient changes of position, holding to the moving place of attention in the text. In yet another function, ongoing input entered into the keyboard machine sets the downward pace of the field of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Inventor: Hale Wingfield
  • Patent number: 4384418
    Abstract: A shelf display is constructed for vertical elastic mounting of a product information member between upper and lower shelves. The product information member extends outwardly from the edges of the shelves so as to be viewable to a prospective purchaser moving down an aisle parallel to the shelves. The air movement caused by the normal walking of the prospective purchaser causes the sign to vibrate or quiver, and thereby further attracts the prospective purchaser's attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Assignee: Jerry Moss, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard O. Alley
  • Patent number: 4384416
    Abstract: A device and method for framing and displaying pictures or printed matter uses a transparent carrier panel and a bracket or affixed to the back of the panel for retaining a picture. A mat may be applied to the panel to block out a portion of the picture to be displayed. The portion of the picture to be displayed is centered within the mat by applying a clear centering sheet having a target area designated thereon over the picture so that the desired portion of the picture appears within the target area. A mounting board of the same size as the centering sheet and containing pressure sensitive adhesive is aligned with the centering sheet and fixed to the back of the picture. A picture so centered and mounted is inserted between the bracket and the rear face of the carrier panel resulting in a perfectly centered and matted picture which is attractively framed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Assignee: Contemporary, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Kanzelberger
  • Patent number: 4381615
    Abstract: A novelty writing instrument having cap and body members, each carrying part of an illusion producing device, is shown and described. By moving the cap and body members relative to one another, an illusion can be created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1983
    Inventor: Victor Lonsmin
  • Patent number: 4380879
    Abstract: A display assembly in the form of a supporting shell that mounts the assembly in an upright display panel in a matrix configuration. A disk assembly is pivoted to each shell and includes a thin disk movable about a transverse horizontal axis. The disk is moved by magnetic forces between a reflective position exposing one disk surface to the front of the panel, a closed condition exposing its opposite surface to the front of the panel, and a backlighted condition which is intermediate the other two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1983
    Assignee: American Sign & Indicator Corporation
    Inventor: Lloyd Seibert
  • Patent number: 4380433
    Abstract: A novel hand tool for dental use for dispensing wire, pins or rod and for manipulating the dispensed material in a dental procedure. In a preferred embodiment, the dispensed material is a strip of notched pins for cementing to tooth dentin in a retentive pin procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Inventors: Alan G. Ellman, Jon C. Garito
  • Patent number: 4380435
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis and process of making and installing the same, wherein a plurality of individual artificial teeth are assembled on an arched contoured longitudinal support, are disclosed, as well as a kit containing detailed instructions and necessary supplies and equipment for carrying out the process. The artificial teeth are made of an acrylic resin, other composites or plastics or porcelain. Anterior natural teeth adjacent the space to be filled are step shaped lingually and etched to provide a base for bonding. Posterior teeth adjacent the space have the fossae deepened if needed. The arched contoured longitudinal support carrying the proper number of artificial teeth integrated with the support and each other is placed in the formed steps or deepened fossae on opposite sides of the space and bonded in place, lapped and smoothed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Inventors: Arthur Raeder, Celia R. Raeder
  • Patent number: 4379372
    Abstract: A plant tag is provided for placement on a plant. The plant tag has a resilient tag portion with first and second holes formed therethrough. Guide notches are provided at exposed edges of the tag portion on either side of a scored line. Cuts extend from each of the first and second holes to a guide surface on the same side of the scored line. The tag is foldable about the scored line to align the first and second holes. The guide surfaces guide the tag onto the plant with the edges of the cuts being separated to permit the plant to pass through and into the first and second holes. The resilient tag unfolds to lock the tag on the plant and the cuts are nonaligned to form tabs to lock the tag to the plant by resisting simultaneous separation of the edges of the cuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1983
    Assignee: Horticultural Printers/Carscallen Nursery Label Company
    Inventors: Lee J. Alexander, Harold E. Vanberg, Clyde E. King
  • Patent number: 4376348
    Abstract: A picture viewer has a housing for a pile of pictures, a window for viewing the pictures, and a slider which is used to transport a picture from one side of the pile and guided to the other side of the pile again as the slider is operated. A retaining device selectively operates to prevent the remainder of the pile from being transported out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1983
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 4373281
    Abstract: A device for displaying indicia is provided comprising:(a) at least one cover member having at least one visual display means on at least one surface thereof; and(b) at least one display member slidably movable by gravity with respect to at least one of said cover members within a predetermined area underlying said cover member, said display member having at least one prepositioned indicium on at least one surface thereof, said indicium registering with at least one of said visual display means, whereby said display member slidably changes position with respect to said cover member under the force of gravity in response to rotation of said device in a substantially vertical plane to change the registry of said indicium with respect to said visual display means.In preferred embodiments of this invention a perpetual and yearly calendar is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventor: James A. Sebastian
  • Patent number: 4373280
    Abstract: A box structure having a light source therein and a light transmission panel on the front thereof to receive X-ray films thereon for viewing with back-light illumination is provided with a horizontal cross bar detachably secured across the light transmission panel at a predetermined vertical position to divide the viewing screen into upper and lower viewing areas. The bottom of the cross bar is provided with a portion for detachably retaining a film edge for viewing of a film in the lower viewing area, and shades are horizontally secured at the top or bottom of the front of the box structure and are vertically drawable to cover at least an underlying portion of the light transmission panel to reduce glare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventor: Samuel L. Armfield, III
  • Patent number: 4372068
    Abstract: Apparatus for viewing a transparency includes a rechargeable battery and a telescoping lens housing which moves inwardly and outwardly with respect to a housing in which is disposed the rechargeable battery, a light source, and a solid diffuser/reflector block for diffusing and reflecting light from the light source over substantially the entire area of the transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Assignee: Frederick A. Major
    Inventors: Paul A. Knapp, Frederick A. Major
  • Patent number: 4368586
    Abstract: A tensioning and attachment device comprises a bracket displaceably mounted in relation to a bar or a tube and a tensioning arm is pivotally connected to the bracket and comprises a handle portion and also two lugs, which act against the envelope surface of the bar or tube. These lugs are so shaped that upon actuation of the tensioning arm they firstly bring about displacement of the bracket in relation to the bar or tube, and in the end or final position they fix the bracket to the bar or tube. Preferably, the device is combined with a stand structure such as a display stand, and the foot or base of the stand may have resilient members in the shape of rubber blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1983
    Inventor: Tage N. Forzelias