Patents Examined by Richard J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5017034
    Abstract: A writing instrument comprises a combined marking pen and a fine line pen, especially useful for providing a highlighter and an underliner or a note writer. It comprises a single elongated body (23) with a felt marking pen tip (25A) and a ballpoint pen tip (27A), both projecting from the bottom end of the body. The ends of the tips are spaced apart in the longitudinal direction of the body and in a second direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction. This enables a user to write with either tip by holding the pen at either of two angles to the vertical. The spacing in the second direction can be effected, even if the felt body and the ballpoint cartridge are adjoining, by providing a cutout (24) in the felt tip adjacent the ball point tip. The pen can include two ballpoint tips (57A, 57B), spaced from the marker's tip in the second direction, but aligned in the longitudinal direction. The body can include a dividing partition (64) to separate the ballpoint cartridge from the felt pen's reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Stary, Victor H. Goulter
  • Patent number: 5015209
    Abstract: The invention relates to a child-playing toy called the "Tooth Fairy Doll" since its basic structure is molar-shaped with two butterfly-like wings at the side. The top of the molar shape is the head and face of the doll while the two roots of the tooth shape are its legs. To complete the `tooth fairy` idea, the doll carries two arms with a wand in one, and behind the wings, there is a sack or pouch for the tooth the child has just lost. Overnight, the "Tooth Fairy" takes the tooth out of the sack or pouch and in its place leaves a gift for the child. Fairy-like apparel completes the fantasy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Theresa Ortiz
  • Patent number: 5015111
    Abstract: A pencil has front and rear barrels mounted on an inner barrel. The rear and inner barrels are axially displaceable as a unit relative to the front barrel to advance a lead, and the rear barrel is angularly displaceable in opposite directions relative to the front and inner barrels to axially extend and retract an eraser. The eraser is carried by an eraser holder having projections which ride in helical grooves formed in the rear barrel, and the eraser holder is prevented from undergoing rotation. Angular displacement of the rear barrel effects axial displacement of the eraser holder so as to extend and retract the eraser depending on the direction of angular displacement of the rear barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: Pentel of America, Ltd.
    Inventor: Tor Petterson
  • Patent number: 5015210
    Abstract: A toy wash, which is preferably built by means of elements from a toy building set, comprises, in a preferred embodiment, two brush assemblies (6,7) comprising a cylindrical brush which is rotatably journalled in a bracket (9) which is journalled pivotably about a vertical axis. An elastic connector (15,16) is connected between respective brackets and a pair of carrier beams (3,4), thus providing at the same time biasing of the brush assemblies with a spring force which acts on the assemblies in a direction toward a front beam (5), and the connectors (15, 16) are also so constructed that they resemble the hose and cable connections which are present in a real life wash between its frame and brushes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: Interlego A.G.
    Inventor: Erling T. Dideriksen
  • Patent number: 5015112
    Abstract: The disclosed combination includes an oil container, an applicator assembly, and a removable cap. The applicator assembly includes a tube through the top of the container, a drain receptacle surrounding the tube above the container, and a porous applicator tip on the drain receptacle and over the end of the tube. Oil flows through the tube, to and from the applicator tip. One applicator tip includes ridges with a channel or groove between them. Another has a periphery with convex and concave portions. These tip configurations facilitate oiling of various surfaces. The device is effective to provide oil to the tip for application of a film of oil on a desired surface, and to drain excess oil from the tip back into the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Nanci N. Arnold
  • Patent number: 5013173
    Abstract: A container for a cosmetic liquid comprises a flat, rectangular container body, of the size of a cash card such as a credit card or a bank card, having an inner chamber capable of storing an anti-perspiration liquid agent,a roller attached to an end portion of the container body so as to be rotatable around its longitudinal axis, the roller having a surface layer made of cloth,a conduit for supplying the liquid agent in the inner chamber to said roller, anda cap detachably attached to the container body so as to cover the roller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventor: Katsumune Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 5011447
    Abstract: This invention relates to a balloon holder comprising an external cap having a slit through which a string is pulled out, and an internal cap to be fitted to the external cap. When the holder is fitted to a balloon, the total weight of the holder is greater than buoyancy of the balloon. Accordingly, the balloon does not fly away when one lets the string go. The length of the string can be adjusted or the string can be fixed to prevent string pull-out by rotating the external and internal caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Superloon K.K.
    Inventor: Hajime Watanabe
  • Patent number: 5009535
    Abstract: A toothpick dispenser and pen combination combined in an elongated tubular two-piece telescoping housing having a first housing member and a second housing member. The first housing member is structured for storing and dispensing toothpicks, with the oppositely disposed second end structured as a writing implement. The toothpick storage chamber of the first housing member is structured with a concave floor and a dish-shaped curved ceiling. The ceiling contains a central dispensing aperture, sized for passage of at least one toothpick, while the concave floor contains a central centering pin aperture sized for passage of a toothpick centering pin. The centering pin projects upward into the toothpick storage chamber as the first housing member is depressed downward over the second housing member. The distal end of the centering pin is structured to engage one end of a toothpick as it is projected upward, raising the top end of the toothpick upward and out the dispensing aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventor: Clayton D. Oilar
  • Patent number: 5009534
    Abstract: The dispenser of a solid or paste product to be spread includes a reservoir (1) containing the product (P), which is made available by a drive mechanism manually controlled by the user, the reservoir (1) being a tube the interior of which is cylindrical, the tube including a dispensing opening (4), and a product (P) being disposed in the tube between the dispensing opening (4) and a displaceable piston (5), the translation of the piston (5) being obtained by means of the drive mechanism, the drive mechanism including a rod (6) at the end of which the piston (5) is engaged, the piston (5) being pierced, from its face (10) closest to the product (P) to its face facing the drive mechanism, by at least one conduit (11). The edge of the dispensing opening (4) are at least partly covered with a layer of an air-permeable material that serves to apply the product (P), the layer (8) being positioned over the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis Gueret
  • Patent number: 5007757
    Abstract: A liquid container comprising: a shaft; a fixed cylinder including a discharge valve and provided on an upper end of the shaft; a liquid supply means provided on an upper end of said fixed cylinder; a liquid receiving means provided in the shaft and slidable with respect to the shaft; a movable cylinder including a suction valve, said movable cylinder being fitted in an upper end of the liquid receiving means and slidable with respect to said fixed cylinder; springs for rearwardly biasing the movable cylinder; and a push button provided at a lower end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Assignee: Yoshino Kogyosho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeo Iizuka
  • Patent number: 5007148
    Abstract: A thin sheet of metal foil is inserted in a typewriter and conventional typing strokes produce indentations therein. The ribbon of the typewriter contains material of a high degree of visibility which is deposited at the bottom of the indentations. A fixative ensures that the material is properly disposed in place. The sheet is mounted on a base and a layer of clear plastic is provided around the plaque. The plaque is removably mounted on a coffin by a pair of pins or brackets each of which includes portions disposed at an angle of about to one another. Attaching means including a bracelet secures the plaque to the remains within the coffin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Sam Bida
  • Patent number: 5005653
    Abstract: A hoe attachment for a conventional rotary line trimmer designed to cultivate soil when rotated and which is particularly useful for cultivating small areas of soil. The attachment comprises a plurality of downwardly extending arms each having a blade projection at the lower end thereof extending radially inwardly toward the vertical axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Inventor: Lance R. Macomber
  • Patent number: 5004364
    Abstract: A device for advancing and retracting a writing element in a writing instrument, of the type comprising a cylinder, a stationary cam provided on an inner surface of the cylinder, a rotary cam follower disposed inside the stationary cam to be rotatable and slidable axially of the cylinder, the rotary cam follower being in abutting engagement at a front end thereof with the writing element, and a knocking rod disposed in the cylinder and having a front cam portion. When the knocking rod is pushed forward, the knocking rod, the stationary cam and the rotary cam follower cooperate to advance the writing element and maintain the same in an advanced position and to allow the writing element to retract to a retracted position. The knocking rod has projections which are in slidable engagement with slots formed axially through the cylinder. The knocking rod has slots to make it resilient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Pilot
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Tomura, Keiji Maruhashi, Nobuyuki Ozawa
  • Patent number: 5004363
    Abstract: An applicator device for cosmetic purposes which is intended in particular for trying out or selecting a suitable cosmetic stick or color shade thereof comprises a casing in the form of a tubular element accommodating a stick of cosmetic material having an application portion which projects from the casing. At its rear end portion remote from the application portion of the stick the tubular element internally provides a holding portion into which an externally screwthreaded portion of a forward feed spindle can be screwed. The spindle bears with the forward end against the inwardly disposed end of the stick while the rearward end of the spindle carries an actuating member which projects from the rear end of the tubular element for actuation of the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: Schwan-Stabilo Schwanhausser GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Gerhard Huttner, Peter Kruckel, Gerhard Mock
  • Patent number: 5004365
    Abstract: A drop weight for a tubular writing instrument has a drop weight body consisting of an upper and lower part (20; 22). The lower part (22) has a front support surface for supporting the drop weight body in its front position inside the tubular writing instrument, and the cleaning wire (21) is fixed to the bottom of the upper part (20). The two parts (20, 22) can be axially moved in relation to each other, by means of which the distance between the front support surface and the front end of the cleaning wire (21) can be altered. In this way the projection of the cleaning wire (21) beyond the end of the writint tube (11) can be adjusted. Further, to set the projection of a cleaning wire (103), provided at the front end of a drop weight body (115), beyond the front end of the writing tube (102) of a tubular writing instrument, a bush element (116) having a shoulder area (117), is clampingly fastened on the drop weight body (115 ).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Felgentreu
  • Patent number: 5004362
    Abstract: A mechanical pencil which employs the concept of inverting the configuration of a conventional mechanical pencil by designating the depressible end as the writing end and the stationary end as the eraser and thereby providing the convenience of advancing the lead as required without interrupting the writing process and requiring slightly more than the effort of dotting the letter "i" or adding a period at the end of a sentence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Inventor: Leon Robert Palmer
  • Patent number: 5002073
    Abstract: A writing instrument is in the form of a tubular body divided into a front compartment and a rear compartment. The front compartment has a leading end socket for receipt of a writing element such as a ball point pen and the rear compartment can be used to extinguish cigarettes. To this end, the rear compartment is provided with a sliding bushing for receipt of a cigarette to be extinguished and the compartment has a base against which the cigarette may be extinguished. The bushing has a depressible button which can be used for gripping the cigarette when it is to be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Wu-Hsiung Chiang
  • Patent number: 5002182
    Abstract: Resilient fingers extend from one end of the crayon holder whereby a crayon may be pushed forward by a push rod to project beyond the fingers. A sleeve is slidable on the fingers to clamp the crayon in adjusted position, the sleeve being movable between outstanding flanges on the ends of the fingers and a shoulder on the holder at the opposite ends of the fingers. One form of container for a plurality of crayons in their individual holders has a push rod holder in the bottom of the container and a crayon sharpener mounted in a cover for the container. Another form of container has a push rod holder in the cover and no sharpener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Dale W. McGinnis
  • Patent number: 5000602
    Abstract: A paint applicator having a housing containing a paint bag, such housing having a flexible and removable face plate and a pressure plate adapted to apply pressure to the paint bag to force paint through openings in the bag aligned with openings in the face plate onto a paint pad for paint application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Dae S. Kim
  • Patent number: 5000671
    Abstract: A hand held, self cleaning, machine which uses embossed design rollers to sculpture designs on walls or ceilings. It is now possible to put embossed designs on walls or ceilings, in prepared areas of mortar, joint compound, clay, or cement. The machine uses a water jet spray to continuously clean the design roll and vacuum to continuously remove the contaminated water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Ray J. Nolte