Patents Examined by Richard C. Pinkham
  • Patent number: 5007638
    Abstract: Apparatus for converting a small trampoline into a ball player's pitchback device for the practice of pitching and fielding. Members fastened to the legs of the trampoline support it on an edge so that its resilient surface is presented at any of various desired angles to the pitcher. The members include a U-shaped supporting member having two parallel legs and a cross leg connecting the two legs at one end thereof. The other free end of each parallel leg is pivoted to a respective first and second trampoline leg. Two brace members are pivoted to a respective third and fourth trampoline leg. The parallel legs are selectively connectible to different locations along a respective brace member to adjust the angle of the trampoline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Benjamin Yukl
  • Patent number: 4899734
    Abstract: An arresting member (5) is rotatably mounted about the lengthwise axis of a lever handle (2) of a pair of pliers. The arresting member (5) is directed towards the other lever handle (1) and penetrates with its free end (11) through a slot (12) in this other lever handle (1). The shank (13) of the arresting member (5) is flattened so that the arresting member in one rotational position can axially freely slide in the slot (12). The largest radial extent of the shank (13) slightly exceeds the width of the slot (12) so that the arresting member (5) is clamped in another rotational position in the slot (12). By fabricating the arresting member (5) from a deformable material, the pair of pliers can be operated also with the arresting pin in this rotational position. Upon sliding through the slot (12) the arresting member (5) is thereby deformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: Ottes Trading S.A.
    Inventor: Doris Gelley
  • Patent number: 4893820
    Abstract: A game apparatus comprising a playing board having a grid of interconnected segments depicting a plurality of selectable movement paths. Certain areas of the grid are differently colored. Each player has a position marker for movement along the paths towards the colored areas. The position markers are adapted to hold a set of progress markers. These progress markers are also differently colored to correspond with the colored areas. Upon arriving at a colored area, a player receives a correspondingly colored progress marker and places it on his/her position marker. A first chance device having movement direction indicia controls the direction of movement of the position marker. A second change device controls the magnitude of the movement. The game apparatus further comprises a third chance device bearing colors corresponding to the colors of the progress markers. According to the rules, players may capture opponent's progress markers by utilizing the third chance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Inventor: Andrew Silverman
  • Patent number: 4883272
    Abstract: A multi-purpose ball expelling apparatus which can be used with repeated operations for the training of baseball fielders, batters and pitchers comprising in combination a special netted frame in which a ball can be thrown, collected and pass into a special ball expelling machine which can be adjusted to expell the ball as a grounder, pop-fly or straight pitch. An inverted U-shaped frame is in a generally vertical plane and has a net stretched tightly across it. A brace is connected to each side leg of the U. A rectangular frame is supported in a generally horizontal plane by the U-shaped frame and braces. A second net is also stretched tightly across the rectangular frame. The rectangular frame downward somewhat toward its front edge to direct a ball into the expelling machine. A third net is attached to the top of the U-shaped frame and hangs loosely down to the net on the rectangular frame. This third net has a rectangular opening which serves as a baseball pitching target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Inventor: William C. Lay
  • Patent number: 4861026
    Abstract: A fishing game toy containing at least two rotatable pans to allow two or more participants to compete simultaneously. A plurality of game pieces are disposed in the rotatable pans. The game pieces rise and fall in sockets in the pans. The pans are driven by a drive that includes an idler gear so that all pans rotate in the same relative direction, and provide moving targets for game participants to attempt to catch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Inventor: Chuang Chuan-Tien
  • Patent number: 4854596
    Abstract: A tennis racket with a handle which can take a number of angular attitude positions all around its axis and a stable anatomic grip on the handle to obtain a correct dynamic position in power strokes and to avoid traumas to the articulation (FIG. 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Italo Carbonetti
  • Patent number: 4850878
    Abstract: A method for sighting engine components in an engine compartment by first locating a desired perimeter label which is brightly colored and then to envision a straight line from that label to the respective engine component. The engine component will have detection means similar in color to the label to thereby provide immediate recognition. Certain hidden components may also be sighted with the use of two perimeter labels which have respective envisioned straight lines intersecting at the component's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Inventor: Robert W. Perotti
  • Patent number: 4850483
    Abstract: A golf accessory holder for golf balls, tees and the like is formed of an elastomeric thermoplastic rubber. The holder provides a cylindrical opening for at least two golf balls, an upper reinforcing rim with provision for tees and an external reinforcing spine with provision for tees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Inventor: Denis M. Stack
  • Patent number: 4846140
    Abstract: A stand for supporting a compound archery bow includes a spike member having a pointed end adapted to be driven into the ground and an opposite end connected to a swivellable bracket member attached to the lower limb of the bow by a releaseable clamp. The bracket has a special nut with a handle for securing the spike member in its ground-engaging position, or alternatively into a position suitable for carrying or storing the bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Paul J. DiMartino
  • Patent number: 4846472
    Abstract: A baseball batting aid or trainer comprises a hand-held rigid handle having an elongated extension with an outer base portion at its free end, and a flexible, preferably extensible member co-extending with the extension, the extensible member being affixed adjacent one end with respect to the extension and adjacent the opposed end to a baseall or like target object, the tether and extension being arranged to retain the target object in engagement on the base portion of the elongated extension whereby the trainer may be used to hold the target object in a selected position before a batter to facilitate practice by, and training of the batter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Thomas J. Terza
  • Patent number: 4846176
    Abstract: A thermal bandage including a conforming member which is adapted to be placed against the skin to uniformly heat or cool the skin area, a thermal pack which is mounted to the conforming member to provide the necessary thermal change to heat or cool the adjacent skin area and the thermal conducting surface interposed between the conforming member and a thermal pack to separate them and to facilitate heat transfer between them. In the preferred embodiment, the conforming member has a thin pliable outer material enclosing a heat conductive substance such as a glycol gel or liquid. The conductive substance readily conforms to the contours of the body portion so that the conforming members is in complete contact with the skin to insure uniform heat transfer therebetween. The thermal pack of the preferred embodiment is flexible and has a fluid flow chamber therein for the circulation of a thermal fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Theodore A. Golden
  • Patent number: 4846474
    Abstract: A swivel glide bar rail table for stringing racquets in which glide bars and clamps are mounted on a rotatable table to permit a change in clamp orientation without the need for removing the clamps and glide bars. Glide bar rails are mounted on a disk which pivots and can be secured in a variety of positions depending on the desired string orientation. The rotatable table is retained in stringing position by screws with stepped heads which are positioned beneath a fixing plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Chinn-Chann Chiang
  • Patent number: 4846002
    Abstract: A device for testing the stringing tension of a racket is made up of two components. The first component has a racket support surface with a recess therein. The second component is a cylinder containing a spring in compression with a slot in the cylinder indicating the compression load on the spring. The components are connected together with a connecting bolt passing through the racket. A spindle mounted on the connecting bolt and the first component applies pressure between the two components, acts on the strings of the racket and indicates racket tension by the amount of compression applied to the spring of the second component. The connecting bolt can also be threaded and the second component cylinder can be threaded thereon to apply pressure between the components. Distance sensing electrical contacts in the recess of the first component indicate when the reading is to be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Adolf Brunner
  • Patent number: 4846479
    Abstract: A board game including a playing board, a plurality of markers and a plurality of cards. The board playing surface has a plurality of spaces forming a playing lattice along the perimeter portion of the board. Each space is colored by one of a plurality of various colors. A group of lines runs through the middle portion of the playing lattice and each line is also colored by one of the plurality of various colors. The lines make connections between the spaces. The markers indicate by symbols, characteristics or facts of nature and the cards have statements of physical, mental, philosophical, spiritual or emotional characteristics of human beings and natural phenomena. According to the rules, a player places markers on the spaces, selects a card, reads the statement and uses the statement to describe a relation between two or more placed markers. The markers used in the relationship can only be markers placed on similarly colored spaces wherein these spaces are connected by similarly colored lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Mary Anne Hanley
  • Patent number: 4844460
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a bat for striking a ball. The bat has a tapered barrel and a tapered handle and is formed of at least two pieces. Each piece, in its barrel, has a recess formed in it of a length less than the length of the barrel and which is formed along a surface which will be in the interior of the bat. The recesses combine to form a void which is of such a volume that the bat will have a desired weight and which is positioned along the longitudinal axis of the bat so that the bat will have a desired center of gravity. The bat is constructed by weighing the separate pieces, determining the proper location along each piece where material is to be removed to form the recesses and to determine how much material is to be removed, removing the material and then assembling the pieces to form the bat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Figgie International Inc.
    Inventors: Hal D. Mitchell, Roger J. Lueckenhoff
  • Patent number: 4844073
    Abstract: A two-piece rectal insert containing a coolant fluid. The rectal insert includes a one-piece tube for holding the fluid and a one-piece cap which seals against the tube. The tube and the cap have complementary sealing structures to prevent the coolant fluid from leaking from the insert. The cap has a ring to which a string is tied. The string is pulled to remove the insert from the rectum. The cap and a wing portion of the tube provide a stop to prevent the insert from going too far into the rectum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Inventor: Jerzy Pohler
  • Patent number: 4844459
    Abstract: A trainer comprising a framework designed to offer resistance against being pushed and training pad-carrying members provided with pads against which players in a scrummage may push, each such pad including at least one position for engagement by a shoulder of a player and a raised horizontal portion by the head and neck of the player so that he can push upwards against it, the members being resiliently movable vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Inventors: Timothy D. Francis, Derek R. De Glanville
  • Patent number: 4844474
    Abstract: A toy apparatus having a plurality of exploding members exploded and ejected from a housing in seriatum by radiant energy hitting the housing at a predetermined location. The exploding members are held to the housing by latches positioned in the path of a cam member driven intermittently by a drive mechanism in response to radiation aimed at a detector on the housing. The exploding members are exploded from the housing in seriatum as radiation is repeatedly aimed at the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Randolph S. Schaub, Terence A. Choy
  • Patent number: 4841969
    Abstract: A device for producing cyrotherapy with liquid nitrogen includes a container for the liquid nitrogen with electrical heating in its interior. The container has a maximum volume of 50 l and the electrical heating is a heating element comprising a self-regulating strip heater secured in the interior of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Messer Griesheim GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Donnerhack, Kurt P. Schneider
  • Patent number: 4842282
    Abstract: A board game in which the board has a playing surface formed into squares arranged into rows and columns, the end portions of which define the territory of the two players. Each territory has a plurality of consecutively numbered squares, arranged in a triangle, which constitute the array by which similarly-numbered playing pieces must be arranged in order to win the game. Each player's playing pieces are arranged in a starting array in his territory, and he must move his pieces toward the other player's territory and arrange his pieces in the opposing player's triangular array of numbered squares, with like-numbered pieces being positioned in like-numbered squares. Diagonal moves are not allowed, but sideways, rearward, and forward moves are allowed, as well as jumping of opposing pieces as long as an empty square is directly next to the opposing piece in the direction of the jump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: Michael Sciarra