Patents Examined by Michael Nornberg
  • Patent number: 6149110
    Abstract: A bag holder comprising a frame assembly, a bag support, an attachment assembly and a control assembly. The frame assembly includes a base assembly with vertical posts extending upward therefrom. The bag support is mounted on the posts for vertical movement by the control assembly. The control assembly includes a cable assembly which is driven by a drive mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Flexicon Corporation
    Inventors: David R. Gill, John F. Simonof, Jr., Keith Sterner
  • Patent number: 6116551
    Abstract: A portable urinal including a urine bottle support having a receiving area. The urine bottle support includes a hollow rod and an extension rod disposed within the hollow rod. The extension rod is selectively movable in a longitudinal direction relative to the hollow rod. Further, the portable urinal includes a urine bottle selectively coupled to the urine bottle support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Patricia Pfaeffle
  • Patent number: 6113059
    Abstract: The invention provides a tubing material suitable for constructing a double-walled dead shaft idler. The idler so constructed is lighter weight than standard idlers. It permits bearings to be mounted at a distance recessed from the ends of the idler, thereby reducing deflection or bending of the idler. The tubing also includes built-in balancing lugs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Engineered Metals Corporation
    Inventor: Cal Couillard
  • Patent number: 6113044
    Abstract: A self-adjusting furniture lifting bracket assembly preferably for lifting furniture to provide access to the floor under the furniture, has movable furniture support members mounted on an intermediate support spacing the support members apart. At least one of the support members move in an arc due to a bias member located proximate at least one of the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Inventor: Cletus J. Stratman
  • Patent number: 6113041
    Abstract: A video display screen is held by an elongated holding bracket that has a inwardly extending flange at a distal end of the bracket. The flange fits into a groove extending along the edges of the screen to hold the screen. The bracket is fastened to a support structure. The interior surface of the bracket is advantageously inclined at an angle so the interior surface does not block the light from the projected image, and also has a plurality of grooves to reflect any light incident on the surface away from the screen. In further embodiments, the flange comprises a removable channel section that extends on opposing sides of the screen to hold the screen, with the channel being held against the bracket by a leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: ADF, Incorporated
    Inventor: Louis A. Mannick
  • Patent number: 6113053
    Abstract: An electronic chip component for measurement formed by bending a plate material into a structure having an end face substantially in the shape of a square C comprises a cross-link section at the top portion thereof, leg sections formed individually on the opposite sides of the cross-link section, and foot sections formed by individually bending the respective lower end portions of the leg sections inward and each having a bent proximal end and a bent distal end, the respective distal ends of the foot sections facing each other across a space, and an the respective undersurfaces of the foot sections individually constituting joint surfaces to be bonded to the terminal surface, at least the lower parts of the respective outer surfaces of the leg sections and the respective outer surfaces of the foot sections being subjected to surface treatment for soldering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Kyoshin Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshimitsu Kumagai, Fumihiko Hikita
  • Patent number: 6105917
    Abstract: A cup holder is arranged for withdrawal from and insertion into an accommodation case. The cup holder includes a frame plate, a cup inserting hole formed through the frame plate, and a cup receiving frame pivotally arranged on the frame plate for rotation, and receiving a cup at a location underneath the cup insertion hole. One of the frame plate and the cup capable of receiving frame is formed of a resin with a higher melting point and the other is formed of a lower melting point resin with a melting point lower than the higher melting point resin. The frame plate and the cup receiving frame are formed by a two-layer molding method wherein the higher melting point resin is cast by injection molding and then a lower melting point resin is cast by injection molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Yabuya, Akiyoshi Nagano, Junichiro Kako, Akira Azumi, Tetsuya Tani
  • Patent number: 6105912
    Abstract: A blood reservoir mounting bracket supports alternate sizes of blood reservoir assemblies. The reservoir mounting bracket has a reversible reservoir mounting frame, with mounting pins on one side thereof arranged in a first pattern for the mounting holes of one size of a blood reservoir assembly, and mounting pins on its other side arranged in a second pattern for the mounting holes of a second, different sized blood reservoir assembly. Alternatively, the reservoir mounting bracket has a reservoir mounting frame with retractable pins therein for use in adapting to differently arrayed holes on different sized blood reservoir assemblies. The reservoir mounting bracket further has an oxygenator holder which allows orientation of the oxygenator in a plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Erin J. Lindsay, Daniel W. Viitala
  • Patent number: 6102360
    Abstract: A faceplate has self-contained fastening devices for securing it in a wall opening, and also has rearwardly projecting flanges and legs that are received in the wall. The flanges locate the faceplate relative to the opening and the legs serve to cooperate with the swinging fastener mounted arms to limit their rotation as the fastener is rotated to bring the arms into contact with the backside of the sheetrock wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: The Wiremold Company
    Inventors: William Clegg, Steven C. Thibault
  • Patent number: 6102345
    Abstract: In order to make an arm supporting base small, to enable the arm supporting base to move horizontally and rotatably, to prevent an occurrence of a fatigue of the arm operating a mouse for personal computer and to enhance the efficiency of work, a plurality of ball bearings are interposed between a movable base and a fixed base in such a manner as the movable base is prevented from being removed from the fixed base and the movable base may move in all directions relatively to the fixed base in a certain range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Carl Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Makoto Mori
  • Patent number: 6098945
    Abstract: A supporting structure, including a bracket brace and a bracket is disclosed. Preferably, the brace has an inside section and an outside section that move relative to each other. A portion of the inside section can be positioned completely within the outside section and each of the inside and outside sections have a pair of vertical portions. The brace also has a slot extending through the inside and outside sections. The bracket is coupled to the inside section of the brace and to each of the vertical portions of the outside sections of the brace. The bracket also has a coupling members in the form of threaded openings to secure a supported member; such as an electrical junction box, against the brace to prohibit relative movement between the brace and the bracket. The brace and bracket allow new, heavier lighting fixtures and ceiling fans to be safely supported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Hubbell Incorporated
    Inventor: Krzysztof Wojciech Korcz
  • Patent number: 6098933
    Abstract: A litter bag hanger for supporting a conventional plastic bag in an open position within a vehicle or under other structures. The inventive device includes a base member, an adhesive strip attached to the upper surface of the base member, a first arm extending from the base member, a pair of first notches within the first arm, a second arm extending from the base member, and a pair of second notches within the second arm. The first notches and the second notches are pear shaped with the narrow end within the perimeter of the first arm and second arm respectively. The first notches and the second notches receive the bag handles of the plastic bag thereby supporting it in a substantially open position. The adhesive strip is attachable to the under surface of a dashboard, countertop, desk, cabinet, or table. The first arm and the second arm are angled downwardly from the base member for allowing easy attachment and removal of the bag handles from the first notches and second notches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Roger A. Stein
  • Patent number: 6098932
    Abstract: A mounting apparatus for pipes and the method which enables the reliable attachment of pipes while offering corrosion protection. The mounting apparatus includes a plurality of fused together bands having a thermoplastic coating. Each band includes a plurality of adjacently disposed strings of various load-carrying filaments. The bands each have a thermoplastic coating thereby preventing corrosion where the thermoplastic surface lies against the pipe. By providing strings composed of fibers having different characteristics the bands are particularly tailored to a desired mounting application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Assignee: Roblon A/S
    Inventor: John Olesen
  • Patent number: 6095475
    Abstract: A manual adjustment assembly for adjusting the height of a vehicle seat includes mounting brackets for supporting a seat bottom that is movable between a lowered position and a raised position. Separate adjustment assemblies can be installed at the front and rear portions of the seat for adjusting the height of the front portion independently from the rear portion. Or, a single adjustment assembly can be used to adjust the height of either the front or rear portion where the adjustment assembly includes a connecting linkage assembly to correspondingly adjust the height of the other portion of the seat bottom. The adjustment assembly includes a torque tube extends between the mounting brackets and is actuated by an actuator that selectively supplies rotational input to the torque tube. A drive link is supported on one end of the torque tube and is fixed for rotation with the torque tube as the tube receives input from the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Dura Automtive Properties Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Willms, Pascal Garrido
  • Patent number: 6092778
    Abstract: An assembly for adjustably mounting a vehicle external mirror includes a first arm segment for securing to the vehicle, and a second arm segment for securing to the external mirror. An axle member is secured to one of the first and second arm segments and extends through an opening defined through the other of the first and second arm segments, the axle member defining a swivel axis therethrough and the first and second arm segments being pivotable and adjustably securable relative to each other about the swivel axis. A securing member is attached to the axle member for securing the first and second arm segments together about the axle member. A bearing brace having a fixed end is secured to one of the first and second arm segments and a free end extending from the fixed end, the bearing brace configured and secured so as to form a leaf spring. A plurality of teeth extend from one of the bearing brace and the other of the first and second arm segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lang-Mekra North America, LLC
    Inventors: Heinrich Lang, Albrecht Popp
  • Patent number: 6089514
    Abstract: A swing-arm bagging rack for use in simultaneously carrying multiple styles of packs of plastic bags. Swing arm bagging rack has a back portion with left and right sides. A first arm portion is attached with first hinges to right side of the back portion and a second and third arm portions are attached via a second hinge to the left side of the back portion. The first and second arm portions are for carrying a first pack of bags and the third arm portion has uprights positioned thereon to carry a second pack of bags. A fourth arm portion is hingedly attached to the front of third arm portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Durabag Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Feng Jung Huang, Daniel C. Huang
  • Patent number: 6089523
    Abstract: A mirror assembly includes a mirror bracket formed integrally on the interior surface of the mirror shell utilizing gas assist to eliminate sink marks on the outer surface of the shell. The mirror bracket preferably comprises a wall extending from the interior surface of the mirror shell. The wall includes a base portion of increased thickness. A channel is formed by gas assist in the base portion, thereby creating a pair of spaced walls in the base portion of the wall of the mirror bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Lear Automative Dearborn, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Brow, David S. Perry
  • Patent number: 6089519
    Abstract: A liquid control and storage system for use with different sizes of beverage containers, the system including an upwardly open generally cup shaped coaster which is automatically but releasably coupled to the lower portion of a container as it is inserted into the coaster and which provides for the receipt and storage of any condensate or other liquid draining from the sides and bottom of the container, with provision to prevent the back flow of stored liquid upon subsequent tilting of the container and coupled coaster. In a preferred embodiment, the storage facility consists of a cup like member which is carried by but detachable from the coaster and, after being emptied of any liquid therein, is attachable to the closure rim at the top end of the container to protect any contents therein from loss and contamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Sidney C. Laybourne
  • Patent number: 6089513
    Abstract: An assembly for protecting and fastening pipes to a vehicle body/underbody fitted with projecting electrowelded threaded fastening pins; the assembly includes at least one supporting element, and a protection element in the form of a channel snap-on connectable integral with one or more supporting elements, which are defined by respective clips, each having at least one through seat for housing a pipe, and a through hole perpendicular with respect to the seat and for engaging a respective threaded pin; the clips have integral elastic snap-on connecting means for retaining the channel, which is of predetermined length, is U-shaped in section, and has conjugate retaining elements, in which case, the through hole is provided internally with gripping means for gripping the pins; or the hole is a through hole, and the assembly also includes a sleeve, which engages the hole in the clip as well as a corresponding slotted through hole in the channel by means of a tubular body provided internally with means for grippi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: I.T.W. Fastex Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Pietro Cau, Rocco Calabrese
  • Patent number: 6086023
    Abstract: A bag rack (10) including a base (12), side walls (18, 20), a back wall (22) and a pair of L-shaped bag support arms (32). Side walls (18, 20) are releasably joined and secured to back wall (22) by the upright legs (30) of bag support arms (32) by means of a series of interlocking, aligned slots (26, 28). A rear slot (42) is provided between back wall (22) and base (12) to allow the bottom edges of a multiplicity of bags carried by a hook (37) to extend back of base (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Handle Helper L.P.
    Inventors: Jonathan F. Kerr, Peter D. Dieterich, Jr., Roy K. Fischer