Patents Examined by Peter Feldman
  • Patent number: 4930180
    Abstract: A windshield wiper blade universally adaptable to engage different pressure distributing superstructures having claws to retain the blade assembly. The elements of the wiper blade can be varied in order to accommodate the claw width and head clearance of the superstructure. The windshield wiper blade includes a backing member having a channel to receive the bead of the wiper element and an upper slot to receive a removable adapter. The adapter has an upper flange adapted to be received in the claws of various superstructures while the adapter can be removed to accommodate still other superstructures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1990
    Assignee: Pylon Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Rodney K. Longman
  • Patent number: 4916773
    Abstract: A paint brush is disclosed herein having an apertured block retaining the heel of a plurality of bristles. A frame is secured to the block on one end and secured to a handle on its other end so as to define a cavity between the block and the handle for storing a bristle cleansing fluid during a cleaning procedure. A cover removably or pivotally attaches to the frame for introducing a selected cleaning solution or compound. An illuminating device detachably couples with the frame directing an illuminating beam immediately ahead of the bristles and the handle is configured with a lazy "S" shape to accommodate the natural hand grip of the user's hand during a painting procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1990
    Inventor: Joseph H. McCoy
  • Patent number: 4893370
    Abstract: A hand tool for cleaning smooth surfaces having a holder in the form of a flat box; a sponge block and a squeegee, spaced apart from and parallel to the sponge block; a swivelable handle disposed on the holder, on an incline and laterally about an axis extending vertically to the holder and an axis extending parallel to the holder, with two joints, disposed one above the other, with both joints locked in a particular handle position by a common locking and unlocking element in the form of a bolt-shaped and/or bush-shaped slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Inventor: Manfred Klotz
  • Patent number: 4890350
    Abstract: A brush-bristle carrying device that is attachable to a handle member to form a brush. A thin layer of an adhesive overlies a flexible strip of material and is protected by a flexible protective cover that is peeled away when a brush is to be made. A bundle of bristles are adhered to one another at a first end so that the second end has utility as a brush. The first end of the bundle is adhered to the flexible strip on its adhesvie covered side. To make a brush, the protective cover is peeled from the adhesive covered flexible strip and that strip is wrapped around the end of a handle. The handle is provided by any available material of generally linear configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1990
    Inventor: William F. O'Keefe, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4888844
    Abstract: A multi-purpose toothbrush for cleaning and brushing a person's natural teeth and also his or her dentures. The device comprises an elongated handle for holding same by a user. An enlarged bulbous member is provided at one end of the handle. This member has a large number of bristles extending outwardly therefrom. One area of bristles has a substantially flat surface while the rest of the bristles provide a curved surface. Two parallel side edges are provided by the junctions between the flat surface and the curved surface. The very end of the bristle covered member is rounded. The side edges and rounded end are very useful in cleaning dentures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Inventor: Norman B. Maggs
  • Patent number: 4888845
    Abstract: An improved broom element, means for loosely attaching the broom element to a broom element holder and orientation of broom elements on a broom reel of a railway ballast regulator is provided. The apparatus significantly reduces the time and effort required for maintenance of broom elements and reduces the stresses which can increase the wear on the broom elements and the sweeper unit of the ballast regulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Assignee: Railway Track-Work Company
    Inventors: Edmund C. Ramm, John J. Nogan, II
  • Patent number: 4887327
    Abstract: A two piece cover for the ferrule of a paint brush is provided which is formed from a rubber composition and includes (a) a cover ferrule section having a hose (b) and a hook which is intergrally formed with a plate. The hook extends through a hole in the cover ferrule section. The hook permits a paint brush to be hung onto the edge of a container of paint or paint thinner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 19, 1989
    Inventor: Angelo Meimeteas
  • Patent number: 4884311
    Abstract: This invention relates to the field of oral hygiene. One embodiment comprises a spring clamp adapted for removable affixation to the bristles of a toothbrush, after it has been used, in a crucial region proximal the free ends of the brush bristles. A discovery and identification of the crucial area is claimed. A preferred embodiment is so designed that the impact area of the clamp on the brush is approximately 1/4 distance down from the free ends of the bristles. The clamp causes the bristles to be closely juxtaposed throughout the clamped area, while the bristles above the clamped area are permitted to flare outward, while the lower portion of the bristles below the clamp line form into a wedge-like configurtation, both of which shapes tend to move in opposite direction during the brushing action providing a resilient base of support for the flared upper portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1989
    Inventor: Harbert S. Gergory
  • Patent number: 4881291
    Abstract: A hand held device is herein provided for selectively scraping a surface layer from the face of a lottery ticket or the like, with this device having a housing member upon which a blade is mounted, with the housing having a central cavity for catching and retaining the scraped material removed from the lottery ticket. My novel device comprises upper and lower, generally triangularly shaped members mounted in a spaced apart relationship, and bounded by sidewalls. These sidewalls serve with the upper and lower members to define the central cavity. The blade for scraping the surface of the lottery ticket is supported at a front corner of my device, and an opening is disposed directly above the blade, and generally parallel therewith. This opening makes it readily possible for material scraped from the lottery ticket to enter my device and be retained in the central cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Inventor: John L. Ellis
  • Patent number: 4881289
    Abstract: A paint-coating brush is disclosed which comprises a body with an axial center bore and with a threaded portion on the butt side, a plurality of piliform members bundled on the outer surface of a muzzle-side end portion of the body, a cylindrical sleeve for fastening the piliform members to the body, and a cylindrical cover tube with which the piliform members are sheathed in such a manner that one end portion of the piliform members is left unsheathed. The cover tube is either made of a rigid material or in the form of a strap wound round the piliform members and the sleeve. In order to mount this paint-coating brush on an automatic paint-coating installation such as a robot, the above-mentioned threaded portion of the body is threaded into a tapped hole in the paint-coating installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Sunstar Engineering Inc.
    Inventors: Nagata Tsuyoshi, Fujita Katsuto
  • Patent number: 4879783
    Abstract: As to a reciprocating stroke wiper system for motor vehicles with a piston movably guided in a housing a projecting arm unrotatably fixed to the piston and comprising a guiding fork is provided as a protection against twisting, which projecting arm is guided along a guiding element fixed to the housing. According to the invention a rod with circular cross-section is used as a guiding element, which rod is arranged at an angle towards the axis of the piston so that the guiding areas of the guiding rod and of the guiding fork touching each other are displaced crosswise to them during the motion so that the effective guiding area is enlarged and thus wear is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: ITT SWF Auto-Electric GmbH
    Inventors: Bruno Egner-Walter, Eckhardt Schmid, Wolfgang Scholl
  • Patent number: 4879781
    Abstract: Improved attachment structure between a rotatable interdental device and a toothbrush handle having said device rotatable about a movable shaft. The device is held in position by positioners which engage when the device is at a predetermined angle to said handle and said shaft is in a first position. The positioners dissengage when the shaft moves to a second position. The positioners interact in a camming manner so that a predetermined force cams the shaft into its second position. The shaft extends from a resilient cantilever arm which biases the shaft toward the first position. The shaft also includes diverging wedgelike end surfaces which facilitate separating legs of the device for assembly of the shaft and device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Desimone
  • Patent number: 4878263
    Abstract: A connector device (C) for mounting a clip (E) of a windshield wiper contact portion on a curved end (2) of an arm comprises a component (1) having a substantially U-shaped longitudinal profile with two legs (7, 8) designed to lodge in the concave part of the curved end (2) of the arm. Component (1) comprises mechanism (A) for attaching the component to arm (3) and a mechanism (R) for receiving a shaft (6) on the side opposite the base of the U. The length (1) of one leg (7) of the U intended to be placed against the arm (3) is greater than the length (h) of the other leg (8) of the U intended to be placed against the curved part (9) of the end of the arm. Attachment mechanism (A) comprises at least one initial fastening component (14) towards an end (13) of the longer leg (7) of the U intended to cooperate with a complementary component (15) provided on the arm (3 ), the longer leg (7) comprising at its end a gripping device designed to project transversely from the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Valeo Systemes D'Essuyage
    Inventor: Bernard Raymond
  • Patent number: 4876157
    Abstract: A toothbrush blank having a handle, a pair of head portions provided with a plurality of bristles receiving bores on one side of the head portions, and a narrow hinge-forming V-shaped cavity or groove formed on the same bristle receiving side of the head portions. The V-shaped groove enables the head portions to be bent in a convex arch so that the bristles can be cut and polished in a common plane. Thereafter the head portions are bent toward each other into a finished condition where the side surfaces of the V-shaped groove form support abutments which are glued or welded against each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Inventor: Rolf Barman
  • Patent number: 4873923
    Abstract: A hydraulic press for compacting materials with a large platen area has a platen support comprising of four hydraulic cylinders, one at each corner of a rectangular or square shaped platen. The cylinders are supplied with near equal fluid flows from commercially available hydraulic flow dividers. When an off-centered platen loading is encountered, the cylinders will respond with a higher restraining force from the cylinders nearest the load with relatively small bending moments transferred to the cylinder rods. The resulting platen structural load resembles a beam supported with pinned connections. The resulting press capacity can be significantly higher than that achievable with guided type platen supports of similar costs where the bending moment is restrained by the stiffness of the guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Inventor: Douglas E. Manning
  • Patent number: 4873739
    Abstract: This invention relates to two or more flat flexible membranes segmented into blades for cleaning chimneys and conduits. Said membranes can be lowered into a chimney by gravity and with only light contact with the interior surface of the chimney. The blades comprising the membrane are forced into firm and maintained contact, with the interior surface of the chimney when moved through the chimney in the upward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Inventor: Armando J. Bardini
  • Patent number: 4873740
    Abstract: An improved rear-view wiping mirror assembly is described in which a rear-view mirror has placed against it a horizontal wiper connected at both ends to a bracket. The wiper is driven in oscillation by a vertically-positioned improved helical screw having expanded reversing grooves and a tanged cylinder member. The entire drive mechanism is contained within a sealed enclosure which includes yieldable seals through which the bracket oscillates. Ease of manufacture and reliability are enhanced through minimization of parts, molding of the oscillation mechanism, and utilization of a single connecting rod/guide rod member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Inventors: Michael C. Vahrenwald, John A. Brown
  • Patent number: 4870713
    Abstract: A self cleaning truck mirror has a housing which contains a tank for storing washer fluid. A wiper is mounted for reciprocation across the face of the mirror by a mechanism within the housing. The reciprocating mechansim includes a carriage screw provided with crossing helical opposite hand threads. The screw is rotated by a motor within the housing through a bevel gear arrangement. A limit switch is provided for parking the wiper. The mirror is provided with tubular supports for mounting on a truck body. The housing is rotatably mounted on the supports, and a motor driven gear drive within the housing allows the mirror to be rotatably adjusted with respect to the tubular supports. Limit switches control the range of adjustment. A pump motor within the housing supplies washer fluid from the tank to spray nozzles at the top of the mirror. All control wiring extends through the tubular supports for enabling control of all the motors from within the cab of the truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventor: George L. Raynor
  • Patent number: 4866811
    Abstract: A wiping device for panes of power vehicles comprises a swingingly movable wiper arm which includes a first wiper arm part holding a swinging shaft and a second wiper arm part provided with a wiping element arranged to abut against a pane, and a hinge connecting the wiper arm parts with one another and having an axis extending approximately in a swinging direction, a unit for turning the second wiper arm part away of the pane so that the wiping element located in a parking position is unloaded, the unit including an electric motor having a drive shaft, and a lifting element operatively connected with the drive shaft and arranged so that it cooperates with the wiping element and the upper arm which together form a wiper lever when the motor is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Gerd Kuhbauch
  • Patent number: 4866806
    Abstract: A multilayered foam scrub sponge for cleanup prior to a surgical procedure is described. One layer serves to impart a degree of rigidity to the structure, another layer retains an antiseptic solution, while a third layer acts as a scrubbing surface. The sponge is shaped to fall easily to the human hand. A toothed profile on the edges presents a rough surface for an augmented scrubbing capability. A removable serrated insert accommodated in the center of the sponge enables insertion of the fingers to cleanse and disinfect the cuticle areas. Removal of the insert allows access to a fingernail pick stored thereunder. The sponge is stored in a solution-impregnated state within a sealed package ready for immediate use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Inventor: Peter H. Bedford