Patents Examined by Michael J. Foycik
  • Patent number: 4350155
    Abstract: A body implantable medical infusion system including an infusate reservoir, a system for regulating infusate discharge and a catheter for delivery of discharged infusate to the desired infusion site. An unregulated infusate discharge is prevented, in a preferred embodiment, by a normally open valve positioned intermediate the pump and the catheter, the valve closing in response to the sensing of unregulated infusate. A sensor, to which the valve responds, may be positioned at the output of the pump or at any other location within the system to sense infusate leakage. The valve may be additionally closed in response to an externally generated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Medtronic, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Thompson
  • Patent number: 4349986
    Abstract: A radio-controlled toy has a transmitter designed to transmit a signal amplified and modulated with a low-frequency square signal by the supply of power effected by closing a switch and a receiver having a receiving circuit portion and a forward-to-reverse switching control. The transmitter may include an astable multivibrator for producing a low-frequency square signal and a crystal oscillation circuit. The forward-to-reverse switching control is designed such that when no signal is received, a d.c. motor turns forward and when a signal is received, the d.c. motor turns in reverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Assignee: Tsukuda Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuo Tsukuda
  • Patent number: 4349975
    Abstract: A key attachment for affixing identifying information to a key in which a handle has a recess therein and the head of the key is retained in the recess, with the shank of the key projecting outwardly from the handle. A sheet with the identifying information is disposed on the top of the key in the handle, and a clear cover is disposed on top of the sheet and is locked to the handle. The means for retaining the key head in the handle may be a filler piece in the recess having a cutout conforming to the shape of the head of the key, a post or rivet interconnecting the key and the bottom of the recess, a layer of malleable material in the recess in which the head of the key is embedded, or a layer of material in the recess having a high coefficient of friction against which the head of the key is held under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1981
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1982
    Inventor: Wayne L. Chubb
  • Patent number: 4348830
    Abstract: This invention discloses improvements to the connecting blocks for a kit for assembling toy-like configurations from blocks and solid sticks.The blocks are made in at least two pieces which have contacting surfaces. The one of the contacting surfaces is substantially smooth and the other has grooves therein. When assembled the grooves and adjacent surfaces of the two pieces form holes for the sticks to be inserted into.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Assignee: Intermatch S.A.
    Inventor: Carl E. Hagberg
  • Patent number: 4348826
    Abstract: A frame for front insertion of pictures and the like has a plurality of elongated frame elements which have inclined edges and are movable relative to one another between a proximal position and a distal position, and a plurality of connecting elements each connecting a pair of the frame elements in their corner region and including an angled member insertable into each pair of the neighboring frame element so that the latter can move over the angled member between these positions, a supporting member connected to the angled member and extending inside the frame so as to support pictures and the like, and two arresting members arranged to engage with and arrest the frame elements in each of these positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Inventor: Paul Reim
  • Patent number: 4347054
    Abstract: An orthodontic expansion screw is provided having two screw bodies which are displaceable relative to each other by a screw spindle. A guide pin disposed parallel to the spindle is attached to an attachment section of one of the screw bodies and engages a guide bore of the second screw. The screw spindle has threaded sections of counter-rotating threads which engage threaded bores in the screw bodies; such opposed sections extend from an actuating section to which attached. The second screw body has a guide portion which extends from the second screw body portion. The first screw body has a threaded body portion extending from the attachment section whereby maximum separation of the screw bodies is permitted by virtue of the extended threaded bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1982
    Assignee: Dentaurum H.P. Winkelstroeter KG
    Inventors: Hans-Joachim Kraus, Berthold Walter
  • Patent number: 4345395
    Abstract: A day-night picture achieves a realistic reproduction of the twinkling of distant city lights or the like, by backlighting small apertures in the picture with a fine, randomly moving reflection pattern obtained by suspending pieces of crumpled reflective foil from fine threads behind the picture above a light source whose heat creates convection currents which slowly move the foil pieces in a random manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Inventor: Gloria Grassi
  • Patent number: 4345392
    Abstract: This invention relates to a simple, inexpensive calendar sheet and holder, intended as an appointment type where notations may be made in each day box, that has as its feature a continuous week by week display covering several, say 5, weeks at a time. Preferably one plus calendar years are printed on a continuous roll of paper so that as each week ends it is pulled so that successive weeks, one per line, are exposed and the used portion may be torn-off. The flat calendar holder is of simple, preferably one piece, construction, which has a unitary chamber to hold the calendar roll and an aperture to expose the calendar sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1982
    Inventor: Robert W. Cornell
  • Patent number: 4344240
    Abstract: An identification snap for attachment to woven material such as clothing includes a first plate member bearing identifying indicia on an outer surface and a post projecting from an inner surface, and a second plate member including a centrally disposed orifice extending from an inner face to an outer face, the orifice being defined by a substantially frusto-conical wall which converges toward the inner face. The orifice is sized to receive the post of the first plate member in an interference fit so that when the first plate member is placed against the fabric of a garment with the post extending through it and the second plate member is placed on the opposite side of the fabric, the post can be received within the orifice, thereby joining the first and second plate members and clamping the fabric therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Assignee: S and S Associates
    Inventor: Karl H. Schiller
  • Patent number: 4344242
    Abstract: A machine for the manufacture of a panel file for the storage of flat, flexible data elements is herein disclosed. A sheet of flexible resilient material is unrolled from an arbor. The material is cut into strips and rolled onto reels. The strips are substantially narrower than the depth of the pockets to be formed in the panel file. The reels are mounted on a strip aligning mechanism so that as the strips are unloaded from the reels they are in a parallel overlapping relationship. The strips are then pulled through an accumulator and placed in a heat sealing die. In the heat sealing die, the strips are joined to each other proximate the ends thereof to form a layered panel of overlapping pocket entrances. Also in the heat sealing die, a pocket forming sheet is attached to the back of the layered panel of strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Assignee: Visu-Flex Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur T. Spees
  • Patent number: 4344243
    Abstract: An animated display showing the Nativity scene. Human figures representing the Wise Men, shepherds, etc., move past the crib containing the infant Jesus. Each figure pauses, turns towards the crib, bows, turns back, and then moves away. The pausing action is created by a drive gear with some missing teeth. The turning action is created by two racks which mesh sequentially with a gear on which each figure is mounted. The bowing motion is created by a hinge mounting for each figure, and a push-rod actuation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Inventor: Leon Reszka
  • Patent number: 4344244
    Abstract: A signage system includes a frame including a vertical support plate having horizontal sign mounting flanges on at least one side of the plate. Removable plate-shaped lettering inserts are mounted on the frame by mounting flanges on the back surface of the lettering inserts that mate with the mounting flanges on the support plate. The flanges are engaged by fitting the mounting flanges of the lettering insert endwise on the ends of the mounting flanges for the support plate and sliding the lettering inserts horizontally onto the frame. Removable end caps cover the ends of the frame and lettering inserts, with the end caps including at least two opposed resilient fingers that fit over and press resiliently against the opposite sides of the support plate to hold the end caps on the frame. The end caps are formed by joining together two identical halves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1982
    Inventor: Charles R. Tyke
  • Patent number: 4343106
    Abstract: The disclosed structure holds a rectangular thin-piece such as a photographic transparency on a base sheet between at least two holding portions formed on the base sheet and a thin-piece seat being recessed relative to the holding portions. A push-in area is formed on the base sheet adjacent to both the seat and at least one of the holding portions. One edge of the thin-piece is once pushed in between the push-in area and the holding portion adjacent thereto to an extent sufficient for clearing the thin-piece from the remainder of the holding portions, and then the thin-piece is moved back from the push-in area onto the seat where an abutting member abutts the thin-piece to keep the thin-piece in position. A plurality of the thin-piece holding structures are formed on one base sheet to form a slide filing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: Slidex Corporation
    Inventor: Jiro Ozeki
  • Patent number: 4343105
    Abstract: The display device includes an ordinary mailing envelope with a slot in the back. A stiff fiber-board card is inserted into the envelope. The card has a tab or tongue which is pushed outwardly through the slot in the back of the envelope to serve as a prop to support the envelope in the manner of a display card for counters or shelves in stores, etc. On the front of the envelope is printed the message to be displayed. Alternatively, the front of the envelope is fully or partially transparent, and photographs or other graphic matter are inserted into the envelope with the picture showing so that the display device serves as a relatively simple and low-cost picture frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1982
    Assignee: Connecticut Valley Paper & Envelope Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Isaacson
  • Patent number: 4342167
    Abstract: A self-mounting display calendar made of a multisheet paper pad having an upper mounting portion contained in a lightweight casing which is a packaging replica bearing distinctive indicia of a package design, e.g. serving as an advertising display, and a lower detachable portion on which calendar dates are printed, the two portions being separable along a tear line formed by two opposing edge notches and a number of two-dimensional perforations which occupy a major part of the tear line between the notches, a double-faced adhesive mounting being attached to the outer back side of the combined pad and casing. The resulting display device is readily mounted on a vertical surface with sufficient adhesive strength to resist the weight of the device and the force needed to detach each paper sheet bearing a calendar date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1982
    Inventor: Michael Stanard
  • Patent number: 4339885
    Abstract: A generally tubular-shaped article which is adapted to be placed around the end of a rolled-up article, such as rolled-up drawings and the like, for identification purposes. The tubular-shaped article has a cylindrical tube having at one end and attached thereto another cylindrically-shaped object of a rubber-like composition. The rubber-like cylindrically-shaped object is adhered to the outer periphery of the one end of the cylindrical tube. A cap is placed around the outer periphery of the opposite end of the cylindrical object. The cap has a label attached for identifying the rolled-up article, such as the rolled-up drawings placed therein. The cylindrical object is flexible, thereby permitting the user to grip the drawings using the rubber-like cylindrical object. Other embodiments include a concave-shaped cylindrical object for gripping the drawing when placed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1982
    Inventor: Richard K. Brown
  • Patent number: 4336664
    Abstract: An advertising or promotional item is made by preparing a visual advertising or promotional message and cutting it into a plurality of separate interfitting pieces, substantially all of which have the same shape and size as at least one other piece. After interchanging the locations of most of the pieces to scramble them and hide the message, the scrambled relationship visual image is printed upon sheet material and then die-cut to form the original message pieces arranged in scrambled relationship, whereby the recipient must rearrange the pieces to discover the hidden, advertising or promotional message. Preferably, the message region is divided into three or more substantially identical sections. The die-cut sheet material may be laminated with pressure-sensitive adhesive to a backing sheet having a release coating and may be applied to or formed as a part of the sidewall of a container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1982
    Assignee: Compak System, Inc.
    Inventors: Ib Penick, John K. Volkert
  • Patent number: 4335538
    Abstract: An air-inflatable overhead crib gym toy encourages children to perform exercise-type manual movements with safety. The toy has an inflatable elongated tubular body in which a movable toy object is received, a pair of longitudinally-extending inflatable tubular extensions at opposite ends of the body, and a transversely-extending inflatable tubular projection which extends downwardly towards the child. A handle is swingingly supported from each extension. The movable object is visible through transparent side walls in the body, and is movable when the child grasps the handles, the projection, or any other part of the toy. Noisemakers are actuated when the child manipulates the toy. The inflated toy is soft and yieldable to the touch to protect the child from injury, and restores itself to its inflated condition when the child releases the toy from his grasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1982
    Assignee: Shelcore, Inc.
    Inventor: Sheldon Greenberg
  • Patent number: 4334373
    Abstract: A combination building permit display device and rolled blueprint holder is provided. The permit and the blueprints are protected from the elements and yet are readily accessible by authorized persons, such as the building inspectors. The base member of the device is formed by a single sheet of plastic and the translucent cover sheet for the permit is mounted by slots cut in a raised frame on the base member. A holder tube stores the rolled blueprints adjacent the permit and the tube is closed at the top for protection from the weather. Ring brackets or, in the alternative, hook brackets mount the tube for quick removal and replacement. A raised reinforcement rail is provided along the side of the base member adjacent the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1982
    Inventor: Carl N. Bryan
  • Patent number: 4333261
    Abstract: A toy car adapted to travel on a track assembly is disclosed. The toy car includes a motor coupled to a drive train which drives the car forwards regardless of a direction of rotation of an output shaft of the motor. The drive train includes a first set of gears coupled with a first one-way clutch to drive an axle of the car when the output shaft of the motor rotates in a first direction. The drive train also includes a second set of gears coupled with a second one-way clutch to drive the axle when the output shaft rotates in a second direction. The first set of gears represent a higher gear reduction ratio from the output shaft to the axle than the second set of gears whereby a speed of the forward motion of the car may be altered by reversing the direction of rotation of the motor. The motor of the car draws electric power from the track assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Assignee: California R & D Center
    Inventors: Lawrence T. Jones, Anson Sims, Ashley G. Howden, Mark S. Knighton, L. C. James Kingsbury, Richard F. M. Conroy