Patents Examined by Paul A. Schwarz
  • Patent number: 5325981
    Abstract: An all plastic cap for an automotive power steering reservoir includes a cap portion and a central integrally molded stem portion, the latter having oppositely extending integrally molded stiffly resilient locking ears with an elastomeric gasket disposed within the cap such that the ears may engage a cam lip within the reservoir neck as the cap is turned with the ears drawing the cap into the neck and squeezing the gasket to effect the seal of the neck opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignee: Huron Plastics Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaime L. Klomhaus, David S. Cook, Craig R. Koss
  • Patent number: 5322183
    Abstract: A paint brush receptacle engageable with the peripheral edge of an open paint can comprising a bottom wall, front, back, and a pair of side walls upstanding from said bottom wall and terminating at an open end for receiving paint brushes therein; the bottom wall having an extension projecting exteriorly outwardly therefrom; a leg depending from said extension and spaced from said back wall for insertion into said paint can and releasably engageable with said peripheral edge of said open paint can; a scraper extending outwardly from said extension for scraping paint off said paint brush into said open paint can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Inventor: David G. Strachan
  • Patent number: 5305902
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for interconnecting thin-walled vessels. Lip and groove alternatively disposed on the exterior upper edges of contiguous vessels fit together to interlock the vessels. Tensioning brackets provided with tension screw engage the contiguous vessels. Tightening the tension screw causes force to be exerted on the interconnected lip and groove, thereby providing a rigid connection between the vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: AFP Imaging Corporation
    Inventor: David Vozick
  • Patent number: 5305904
    Abstract: An improved fluid storage tank of the type having a bottom, side walls and a floating roof. A plurality of first support legs extend upwardly from the bottom. A plurality of second support legs extend from the floating roof. A power device attached to the floating roof is provided to rotate the roof between a first position in which the first and second support legs are not aligned, allowing the roof to be supported at a first elevation, and a second position in which the first and second support legs are aligned, allowing the roof to be supported at a second elevation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Inventor: William T. Cutts
  • Patent number: 5295603
    Abstract: Pressure lid can or container with an at least one-part body member and a lid member, which together with the closure-side end of the body member forms a tight closure, in which a lever gap is left free between the body member and the lid member for the engagement of a lever enabling the lid member to be levered up and in which the lid member has an all-round, resilient engagement lip, which engages from the inside under pretension in a closure crease of the body member adapted to the engagement lip shape (according to patent application P 40 29 146.4), in which instead of the engagement lip of the lid member engaging in a separately produced closure crease, it resiliently engages below an inwardly rolled, upper circumferential edge bead of the body element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Effem GmbH
    Inventors: Eckart Schormair, Bernard De Turckheim, Rolf Hornig
  • Patent number: 5295599
    Abstract: A multiple cap arrangement is provided to seal the open end of a container. The multiple cap seal includes a sealing cap and locking cap which are hingedly coupled to the open end of a container such as a disposable centrifuge container. The sealing cap is lodged in the open end of the container and the locking cap coupled to the sealing cap by a mechanism that retains the caps essentially fixed relative to one another. With the caps coupled in this way, stress, resulting from pressure in the container, is transferred through the caps to the hinges. The hinges are sized to prevent axial movement of the interlocked sealing and locking cap structure away from the container. Since the hinges resist stretching even under substantial tension, the container remains reliably sealed even when the pressures in the container are very high.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Innervision, Inc.
    Inventor: James C. Smith
  • Patent number: 5295601
    Abstract: A caulk cartridge cap is designed to enable the storage of unused portions of products of the types supplied within caulk cartridge type containers to thus maintain them in a reusable condition. The cap operates as a closure for purposes of resealing a caulk type cartridge to prevent the premature drying out or aging of the materials stored within the cartridge and to also prevent blockage within the cartridge applicator tube. The cap includes an orifice retention rod which is positionable within the applicator tube, and a self-threading insert positioned within the cap is then used to threadably attach the cap to the cartridge. Modified embodiments of the cap include the use of a tether, a scraping edge formed on the orifice retention rod, and a bracket assembly to which the cap is rotatably attached and which may be mounted to a conventional caulk cartridge holding gun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Inventor: Richard F. Bostelman
  • Patent number: 5292019
    Abstract: A tamper evident cap designed for threading onto a container by conventional bottle capping machinery. The cap includes a first set of spaced-apart lugs for engaging a second set of spaced-apart lugs of a container. The lugs of the cap and the lugs of the container neck are constructed to slide relative to each other upon threading of the cap onto the container while engaging each other to prevent unthreading of the cap from the container. The container neck is especially suited for glass bottles which must be blow molded. The cap includes a first skirt portion and a separable strip, and may include a second skirt portion that remains on the container neck after the separable strip has been removed. The gap between the skirt portions left by removing the separable strip indicates that the cap has been tampered with.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignees: L. Ring, R. Ring, Closure Technologies, Inc., M. Patterson
    Inventor: Michael C. Patterson
  • Patent number: 5292022
    Abstract: A closure of a metallic container for beverages has at an opening thereof to be cleared, a pulling ring which, as it is pulled from the can, tears off a stamped surface defining that opening. The closure further includes a protective sheet applied to the stamped surface. The protective sheet is removed after pulling the ring, thereby preventing contamination by noxious substances the interior of the container upon opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Arsenio G. Blanco
  • Patent number: 5289959
    Abstract: The invention relates to emergency transportation of more than one infant at a time by one rescue person. A plurality of pockets are located on the front and back of the rescue vest garment. The pockets each contain a seat over which the infant straddles and a ventilation structure through which the infant breathes toward the rescue person. A pocket flap further shields the transported infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventors: Robert A. Beeley, Brenda K. Oswalt, James Oswalt
  • Patent number: 5289940
    Abstract: A container is arranged with a central core support, with the core support having radially displaced vanes fixedly mounted relative to a central spine, wherein each vane fixedly mounts a floor and array of divider walls. The core support is mounted between front and rear walls, with the rear wall hingedly mounting a lid over each array of divider walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: David H. Wisenbaugh
  • Patent number: 5289929
    Abstract: This relates to the provision of a vacuum actuated button type closure with a tamper indicating arrangement which will visually indicate when a container has been opened or more particularly when the vacuum within a vacuum packed container has been lost. The deflectable button of the closure is utilized to squeeze a dye from a sponge like member into a layer of absorbent material so as to color the absorbent material. The absorbent material, in turn, is provided with non-absorbent areas which define indicia to indicate that an associated container has been opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Assignee: Continental White Cap, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Heilman, Daniel M. Carson, Robert E. Sparks, Norbert S. Mason
  • Patent number: 5287980
    Abstract: A lottery ticket dispenser assembly including a plurality of modularly constructed dispenser units arranged in vertically stacked, interlocking relation. The dispenser units each include sets of rails which are engageable with complementary sets of rails on adjacent dispenser units to interlock the dispenser units for sliding movement relative to one another. Each dispenser unit also includes a door which, when closed, prevents the rails of adjacent dispenser units from being disengaged to prevent unauthorized personnel from disassembling the dispenser assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Eddy Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward B. Saltz
  • Patent number: 5287982
    Abstract: The improved structure for the external cap of a spout used in waterbeds has a cap body with a slot opening, and two flanges with punched holes extending from the edge of said external cap. The two supporting legs of a hand grip can feed through the punched holes of the flanges and move freely. The user can pull up the hand grip to rotate the external cap body in order to open or close said external cap. The horizontal portion of said hand grip has a T-shaped sectional surface which can be partially adapted into the slot; the bottom end portions of the supporting legs have inverted hooks on both sides to avoid the hand grip from disengaging with the external cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: Ho Lee Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: John Tsai
  • Patent number: 5284270
    Abstract: An improved lever latch ring for securing a cover panel having a plurality of tabs thereon to a container wherein the tabs extend beneath an outwardly extending rim forming an upper margin of the container and against an outer wall thereof. The improved lever latch ring includes an arcuate member having a lower horizontal portion that coextends the tabs. The lower horizontal portion is urged against the tabs by a lever latch connected to opposing ends of the arcuate member and when so urged confines the tabs against the outer wall and against a lower portion of the rim. A vertical portion is connected to the lower horizontal portion and extends upwardly therefrom in contact with an outermost portion of the cover panel extending intermediate the vertical portion and the rim. Engagement of the lever latch urges the vertical portion against the cover panel to press the cover panel against the rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Assignee: Self Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred A. Kusta
  • Patent number: 5282541
    Abstract: A cap locking device for a water bottle comprising a bottle cap threadably closing an inner bottle, a push button and a nipple pusher, the bottle cap shaped like a shell head having a diametric opening, a tubular post in the opening for a nipple fixed on top of a drinking tube extending vertically in the inner bottle to fit therein, a push button pivotally fitted in one side portion of the opening and the liftable nipple pusher pivotally fitted in another side portion of the opening, the liftable nipple pusher pushed down to close the opening or raised up to open the opening by pushing the push button for the nipple exposed for sucking the content of the inner bottle contained in an outer bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventor: Wen-Yen Chen
  • Patent number: 5277324
    Abstract: A bottle cover arranged for securement about an upper portion of a bottle member in a complementary relationship, wherein the bottle cover includes a body cavity and is formed of a fluid absorbing sponge material having a head portion to receive the bottle cap therewithin, with the head portion having a cylindrical cavity, including a cylindrical resilient insert arranged coextensively about an interior wall of the head portion for enhanced engagement of the bottle cap to permit rotation of the bottle cap relative to the associated bottle, with the sponge body arranged to absorb fluid in an overflow from the associated bottle member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1994
    Inventor: Gary D. Cash
  • Patent number: 5275298
    Abstract: A storage container for storing powdered baby formula consisting of a first opening mated with a baby bottle and a hollow member rotatably disposed in the container. A wall of the hollow member provides a waterproof seal between the interior of the hollow member and the baby bottle when the hollow member is rotated into a first position. The hollow member defines a second opening which aligns with the first opening when the hollow member is rotated into a second position. The container also has a second open end for mating to a nipple. The container is used to store a pre-measured amount of powdered formula and the baby bottle is used to store a pre-measured amount of water. When in the first position the wall of the hollow member prevents contact between the powdered formula and the water. At a desired time, the hollow member is rotated to the second position to allow the water and powdered formula to mix, thereby producing liquid baby formula.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventors: James W. Holley, Jr., Kirk B. Kajita
  • Patent number: 5275299
    Abstract: A closure device for a front side of an in particular evacuable cylindrical housing comprises a cap surrounding said front side of said housing with a front wall in which a borehole is arranged. A sealing device is arranged between the borehole and an internal cavity of the cylindrical housing. The cap is connected to the sealing device and/or the cylindrical housing by means of a coupling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: C. A. Greiner & Sohne Gesellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Franz Konrad, Gunther Pakanecz, Manfred Lederer
  • Patent number: 5273179
    Abstract: A child resistant VCR cover comprises a cover plate having ribs for locating the cover within the video cassette door, a pair of cams which lock the cover in place, grips for rotating the cams, and springs for biasing the cams against the cover plate. The cover is installed by pushing and turning simultaneously the two grips. Each cam has a bevelled surface and acts in a screwlike fashion to engage the interior surface of the VCR frontplate, thereby locking the cover in place. To release the cover, the grips are pushed and rotated until the cams no longer engage the interior side of the VCR frontplate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: James M. Stratton