Patents Examined by Michael J. Foycik
  • Patent number: 4333262
    Abstract: A solar powered toy has a plurality of legs each with angularly related sections connected together. Certain of the sections are mounted for relative turning movement, and electric motors powered by solar cells are mounted to turn adjacent sections of the legs, so that movements of the legs of the device change the degree of exposure of the solar cells to the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1982
    Inventor: Akira Kimura
  • Patent number: 4332556
    Abstract: An aligning assembly for use in dentistry, particularly in prosthodontics and/or orthodontics includes two plates each of which is to be positioned in the oral cavity of a patient at the upper jaw and to the lower jaw, respectively. One of the plates has a projection which, subsequent to an initial positioning of the plates in the oral cavity, and while the patient moves the lower jaw relative to the upper jaw, provides a centering mark on the other plate. At least the other plate is of an inexpensive, easily deformable material so that, upon removal of the jaw plates from the oral cavity, a recess can be provided in the place of the centering mark on the other plate. When the two plates are repositioned in the oral cavity to be connected to each other to form the assembly, the projection is partially received in the recess and fixes the plates with respect to each other against misalignment while they are being connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1982
    Inventor: Karl Daiberl
  • Patent number: 4332104
    Abstract: The present invention relates to clockwork motors for toy vehicles of the type wherein depressing of the vehicle toward a rolling surface engages winding pinions which wind the propulsion spring as the vehicle is rolled against the supporting surface. The spring is housed in a casing to which one end is attached and the casing drives the wheel axle through one gear train. The other end of the spring is attached to a hub journaled in the casing and the spring can be wound by rotation of the hub which is accomplished by said winding pinions when engaged with a gear on the axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1982
    Assignee: Societe Anonyme "Majorette"
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Ribas, Jean-Paul Raharinosy
  • Patent number: 4330953
    Abstract: A Christmas tree display includes a hollow trunk as upright support structure on which in a direction from bottom to top there is mounted an upwardly and outwardly-flared air-diverter element positioned such that upwardly-directed air from a lower fan casing is directed outwardly against pneumatically actuatable motor-elements of ornamental designs, and a portion of air from the motor-driven fan of the fan casing is directed into and upwardly through the hollow trunk to another pneumatically actuatable motor-element of ornamental design, and helical limb-support elements extend laterally from the upright support structure and support leaf-bearing limbs inserted through and supported by the helical portions of the helical limb-support elements, one or more of the limb-support elements or limbs having the pneumatically actuatable motor-elements suspended therefrom and one or more of the motor-elements including an electric light bulb shaded to direct light downwardly and/or upwardly to prevent glare to the obse
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1982
    Inventor: Frank Damiano
  • Patent number: 4329807
    Abstract: An aerodynamic toy adapted for spinning and throwing having a cylindrical ring with at least one retaining element thereon and a tether for engaging at least one of the retaining elements, which tether can be also gripped by the thrower's hand to enable the thrower to impart a spin to the ring thereby moving the toy in a forward direction generally parallel to the axis of spin. The spin of the cylindrical toy imparts an inertial stability and the cylindrical shape causes the ring to glide through the air over great distances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Inventor: Kevin Atkinson
  • Patent number: 4329801
    Abstract: The timetable holder is mounted on a post and has a cylindrical element journalled around the post and has at least one tube of transparent material for the housing of a timetable which can be read from outside through the tube side wall, the tube being closed at both ends by a sleeve mounted on the post and securable to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Inventor: Poul J. Clausen
  • Patent number: 4329806
    Abstract: A fluid engine for use in pneumatically operated toys such as wheeled vehicles or airplanes. The engine housing has a fluid input cavity which is in continuous fluid communication with a source of compressed air, a fluid delivery cavity which is in continuous communication with a piston cavity bounded by a movable piston mounted in a cylinder member and which is separated from the fluid input cavity by a wall having a valve opening therein, and an open-ended exhaust cavity which is separated from the fluid delivery cavity by a wall having an exhaust opening therein. A valve rod with a tapered end is movably housed in the exhaust cavity to open the valve opening and close the exhaust opening during the piston's power stroke, and to close the valve opening and open the exhaust opening during the piston's exhaust stroke. The valve rod can be operatively connected to the piston to act in synchronism with it either by use of a cam or by use of a network of connecting links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Kenzo Akiyama, Ryoji Tomiyama
  • Patent number: 4329809
    Abstract: A multi-purpose amusement apparatus simulating the action of a bucking animal, such as a bull or horse, and which is an apparatus for mounting by a person, the apparatus generally simulating the appearance of the animal and installed in the bed of a pick-up truck, a heavy spring device supporting the apparatus with the bed of the truck, and eccentric rear wheels provided for the truck for transmitting an up and down motion to the bed of the truck for producing an action for the apparatus generally simulating the movement of a bucking animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1982
    Inventor: Vernon N. Reece
  • Patent number: 4327723
    Abstract: Disclosed is a shield assembly for a catheter particularly useful for the protection of flow directed catheters used in the measurement of central venous pressure and pulmonary wedge pressure. The shield assembly includes front and rear hubs sized to permit movement of the catheter therethrough and a feed tube for interconnecting the front and rear hubs. A flexible sheath interconnects the two hubs. The sheath is substantially longer than the feed tube and is collapsible to permit interconnection of the hubs by the feed tube and is extendible to shield a substantial length of catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1982
    Assignee: Arrow International, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul L. Frankhouser
  • Patent number: 4327516
    Abstract: A manipulatable structure that contains a series of linked units. Each unit contains a plurality of rhombic-shaped panels that are hinged along their oblique edges to create a collapsible enclosure that can be used to create two dimensional patterns when the panels are folded into one of two available common planes or any number of three dimensional structures when positioned between the two common planes. Each unit, in turn, is hinged to an adjacent unit along abutting oblique corners to create a chain that can be symmetrically formed by linking the units in a repeating linear pattern or asymmetrically formed by linking the units in a random fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1982
    Inventor: Lisa J. Lubozynski
  • Patent number: 4327511
    Abstract: A sheet of electroluminescent material in the shape of an alphanumeric character is embedded in a rigid base. An exciter unit for transforming incoming electric power to the appropriate voltage and frequency for driving the luminescent material is also embedded in the base behind the character. Each character, base and exciter unit thus form a self-contained display module. A universal interconnecting member is used to electrically and mechanically interconnect the module to any other module with the proper horizontal or vertical spacing. The gap between adjacent display modules may be filled with either a cover or an electrically active header which contains such devices as an electric eye for applying power to the modules after dark or a rechargable battery charged by either an external power supply or an internal solar cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1982
    Inventor: Paul R. Rodriquez
  • Patent number: 4327512
    Abstract: A container to be attached to a shoestring or the like and adapted to contain information regarding the medical condition and/or identification of the wearer. The container is made of two halves formed from a resilient plastic material, which define between them a cavity in which a specially-shaped piece of paper with the necessary information can be placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1982
    Inventor: Robert L. Oliver
  • Patent number: 4326846
    Abstract: This invention relates to a dental handpiece including turbine blades to be driven by a high-speed fluid under pressure to a turbine rotor chucking a cutting shaft, and blades are provided with openings or cutout portions located at both outside ends in a thrust direction of the blades so as to provide flange portions between the openings and the end portions of the blades and the peripheral width of the blades is larger than that of the high-speed fluid supply apperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Morita Seisakusho
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sugai, Shoji Nakayama
  • Patent number: 4326356
    Abstract: A generally rectangular sheet of self-supporting material such as paperboard is scored and cut in such a manner as to be foldable into a fast food carry-out tray which can be converted after use by manipulation of preformed tear and fold lines into a hand puppet. The fast food carry-out tray has at least one opening extending into a tray cavity for receiving a paper cup or food item. In a preferred embodiment, the tray is also provided with a box-like cover. The sheet material is printed with designs or indicia which suggest a hand puppet character. Cut-out tabs may also be provided for insertion into the sheet material to further create an impression of eyes, a nose, or the like of a hand puppet character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Assignee: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Mason
  • Patent number: 4326354
    Abstract: This invention discloses a kit for assembling light, airy, toy-like designs from blocks and solid sticks made of the same material throughout. The blocks preferably have tapered holes adapted to receive the sticks' ends therein. The holes and the sticks are adapted to compressively engage with one another upon insertion of selected ends of the sticks in the holes, thereby providing a secure grip by each hole's wall upon the end of the associated stick, locking it into the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Inventor: Carl E. Hagberg
  • Patent number: 4326351
    Abstract: A display device for a machine such as a poker machine or fruit machine in which information to be displayed is arranged on a closed loop of flexible strip material arranged to pass in front of a viewing window. The closed loop is moved around the predetermined path by electric motors for example. The closed loop can be stopped or started as required and when in motion its position is sensed by an electronic sensor, the output of which is fed to a microprocessor. In a poker or fruit machine a number of such loops of flexible strip material are arranged side by side in a casing which may have the appearance of a conventional fruit machine or poker machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Inventors: Joseph R. Heywood, Leonard H. Ainsworth
  • Patent number: 4326349
    Abstract: An article for displaying a plural leafed greeting card. The plural leaves may move around a common axis, or they may move around different axes. An article for displaying a two-leafed greeting card is made of two leaf supports connected together at a desired display angle, either stationary or variable, by a hinge. The first leaf support has a first part for receiving the first laf of the greeting card and is transparent on both faces to allow display of both sides of the first leaf of the greeting card. The second leaf support has a second part for receiving the last leaf of the greeting card and has at least one transparent side allowing display of at least one side of the second leaf of the greeting card. The display article may be inserted in a separate frame and support having added esthetic properties or having additional features such as added strength to protect against breakage during shipment, such as through the mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Inventor: Georgia A. Daughtry
  • Patent number: 4326352
    Abstract: A sign post has a hollow post with a cross arm assembly inserted into the upper end of a post and a stake inserted into the lower end. Hooks and a slotted member are attached to the horizontal tube of the cross arm assembly. A first sign may be hung from the hooks while a second sign may be inserted into the slotted member. Stake includes expander elements for snugly fitting within post and a plate for preventing the sign post from turning in the wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Assignee: Heritage Products Intl., Inc.
    Inventor: Duane D. Barth
  • Patent number: 4322905
    Abstract: A portable display unit for display of advertising material or other informational or decorative material on changeable display cards and for storage of other display cards. The display unit includes a rectangular box-like housing convertible between a collapsed or closed and portable configuration and an erect or a display configuration supported on a stand. At least one wall of the housing is comprised as a removable panel to expose a picture type frame surrounding a viewing area to be filled by the display card to be viewed. A retractable handle is provided for transport of the unit from place to place in the collapsed or closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Inventor: Robert A. Kruse
  • Patent number: 4321914
    Abstract: A percutaneous device to provide a path from the exterior of the epidermal tissue to interior body spaces and structures with a skirt of material with PTFE having an open microstructure for the ingrowth of epidermal and connective tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1982
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul C. Begovac, William C. Bruchman