Patents Examined by Richard J. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5000327
    Abstract: A writing system is provided for use in both dry and wet environments and includes a holder adapted to be releasably supported by a wall surface and defining pen and note pad receptacles. The holder forms a perforate bottom wall permitting drainage of water from the receptacles. One receptacle supports a waterproof pen. The other receptacle receives a waterproof note pad composed of waterproof sheet material such as Tyvek paper-like material which are bound in assembly to form a note pad. To facilitate all weather use of written materials and writing materials, water-proof paper-like materials is employed on which is printed information with water-proof ink and/or written information with a water-proof writing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Allen C. Kincheloe
  • Patent number: 5000600
    Abstract: A container particularly for cosmetic or pharmaceutical products, in stick or cream form, dispenses the product by rotating the upper part of the container with respect to the lower part, provided with peripheral friction sealing systems for good conservation of the product, shaft-led axial guiding systems and systems for making separately produced bodies integral one with the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventors: Ennio Cardia, Anna M. Ballarati
  • Patent number: 5000606
    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 writing 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, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Felgentreu
  • Patent number: 5000601
    Abstract: A lipstick container is disclosed having an inner body member with an upper tubular portion. An outer body member surrounds the tubular portion and is mounted thereon for relative rotation thereabout. A base member surrounding the outer body member is in fixed engagement with the inner body member. A slidable cup received in the tubular portion carries the lipstick mass. Relative rotation between the inner body member and the outer body member moves the slidable cup between a protracted position and a retracted position. A central ring partially surrounding the outer body member and secured to the base member includes a plurality of projecting biased elements for engaging the outer surface of the outer body member to provide a radial force thereon whereby an approximately constant torque is required to enable relative rotation therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: The Bridgeport Metal Goods Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Keith R. Wruck
  • Patent number: 5000605
    Abstract: A ball point pen wherein the ball is held in the front end of a tubular metallic holder. The inner side of the holder is coated with a molded plastic lining which defines a centrally located ink supply channel extending all the way to the ball, one or more axially parallel groove-like capillary channels which communicate with the channel and also extend all the way to the ball, and a seat which is engaged by the confined portion of the peripheral surface of the ball when the pen is in used. The external surface of the holder is partially coated with a jacket which is a snug fit in the front end portion of the housing of the ball point pen and is integrally connected with the lining at one or more points. The lining and the holder, as well as the holder and the jacket, have complementary annular profiles to fix the holder in a desired axial position as soon as the material of the jacket and lining sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: Gebr. Schneider GmbH
    Inventor: Roland Schneider
  • Patent number: 4998839
    Abstract: A liquid nail polish remover applicator that permits disposal of soiled absorbent material within the applicator. The applicator is formed as a hollow housing member having a first chamber which houses a wetted coiled strip of absorbent material and a second chamber which receives soiled absorbent material, the first and second chambers being separated by a flexible membrane which permits enlargement of the space within the second chamber by displacement of the space within the first chamber. The absorbent material is fed through said housing member by a manually operated gear mechanism. An opening is formed within the housing member between said first chamber and said second chamber to selectively expose axial portions of the absorbent matrial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Inventor: Irfan Bashir
  • Patent number: 4998836
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shower brush and liquid soap dispenser combination for use in a shower. The soap dispenser has an inlet end which is connectable to the main water supply of the shower and an outlet end which is connectable to the brush. The inlet end of the dispenser includes a venturi feed to a liquid soap container in the dispenser such that water flowing through the water supply and into the soap dispenser draws liquid soap by suction through the venturi feed from the liquid soap container. The liquid soap is mixed with the water to form a soap and water mixture which is then fed by the water supply through the dispenser to the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Inventor: Mark Scripnick
  • Patent number: 4999017
    Abstract: A writing utensil for three different leads is provided in which due to the use of a special front part and a pusher housing being easily insertable into the same, a conventional writing utensil with only one lead can be converted in a simple and robust fashion to a three-color writing utensil. The pusher housing loosely inserted into the shaft housing, which supports the leads, has a profiled contour and can tilt freely into one of several predetermined tilting positions under the effect of gravity and as a function of the rotary position of the shaft housing in order to bring a selected lead into a ready position from which it can be displaced into the writing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Firma Merz & Krell GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Georg Keil
  • Patent number: 4998838
    Abstract: A dispenser for the convenient application of a liquid facial cover make-up has means for the daubing and blending of the make-up without the user's fingers having to touch the make-up. The dispenser comprises a container for holding the liquid cover make-up, a reservoir base positioned on the container and having an opening therethrough so as to be in communication with the container's contents, an applicator sponge positioned in the reservoir base with a retainer sleeve to hold it permanently in place, a blender pad base and blender pad removably positioned over the applicator sponge and a cover cap removably positioned over the blender pad base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Inventors: Tammy J. Cancelosa, Tammy J. Matthews
  • Patent number: 4997302
    Abstract: A liquid dispenser that is adapted for use with an applicator to apply liquid coatings. The dispenser has a first tubular housing in which is slidably received a second tubular housing. A liquid tight seal is provided between the two housings to define a liquid reservoir and the second housing has an outlet channel in fluid communication with the reservoir. The second housing has an inlet with a valve which allows fluid flow into the reservoir from an external source but prevents fluid flow from the reservoir when the external source is disconnected. A pressure differential is established between the external fluid source and the reservoir to fill the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Assignee: Diversifed Dynamics Corporation
    Inventor: Dallas W. Simonette
  • Patent number: 4997301
    Abstract: A fountain pen includes a fountain pen barrel, an ink tube fixed inside the pen barrel, a stopper means fixed inside said pen barrel to hold the ink tube in place, and a fountain pen head joined to the other end. A pressing force applied to an urging means moves the ink tube in an axial direction towards a writing core which guides ink from the ink tube in a capillary flow. Axial movement enables the stopper means to generate a contracting force on the ink tube to increase the releasing pressure of the ink. Excess ink absorbed by the writing core permeates an ink absorbent member disposed inside the fountain pen head to prevent leakage of excess ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Inventor: Jyug-Jen Sheu
  • Patent number: 4995344
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for scrubbing mammals and inanimate objects having a cover with a handle and a tubular section, a perforate scrubbing platen with a finger or sponge or abrasive or other structure to contact the mammal or object, a scrubbing compound holder inbetween the cover and platen, and a central scubbing drive strut and socket structure that enables the platen to move toward the cover to expell scrubbing compound during use and to move away from the cover during use to intake diluent. The method uses the device and has the steps of expelling compound and intaking diluent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: Anita D. Olson
  • Patent number: 4993857
    Abstract: A cosmetic container for containing a bar-shaped cosmetic material, wherein a helical body is provided having on the top hereof a portion to which the bar-shaped cosmetic material is attached, said helical body being contained in a guide cylinder so that it does not rotate but only freely slides in the axial direction, and wherein a rotary rod having sliders slidably engaging with the helical groove of said helical body is coaxially placed within said helical body and provided so that it does not axially travel relative to said guide cylinder, whereby a feed motion is applied by rotation of the rotary rod on the helical body through the sliders to upwardly and downwardly move the cosmetic material along the inner periphery of the guide cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Suzuno Kasei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Atsushi Ohba
  • Patent number: 4993858
    Abstract: An applicator device for cosmetic uses comprises a tubular casing accommodating at least one stick of cosmetic material which projects from the casing. At each of the two axially mutually remote ends of the casing the internal space within the casing includes respective end portions which are each defined in respect of their axial dimension by a stick abutment means for fixing the position of a respective stick in the internal space end portion. One or both internal space end portions may accommodate a respective cosmetic stick, and the two end portions of the space within the tubular casing are of the same configuration to minimize the sorting expenditure involved when processing casings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Messrs. Schwan-Stabilo Schwanhausser GmbH & Co
    Inventor: Gerhard Mock
  • Patent number: 4991988
    Abstract: A writing instrument such as a pen having an elongated housing of an extruded plastic tube, a molded tip member which is press fit into one end of the housing, a cartridge containing a writing medium therein such as ink therein, and including a writing tip for contacting a substrate such as paper, a molded combined clip/cam member press fit into the opposite end of the housing for retaining the cartridge therein, and an extension and retraction system for positioning the cartridge in either a first position where the tip extends beyond the forward end of the tip member or in a second position where the cartridge and tip are retained within the tip member and housing. The clip/cam member preferably includes a clip for attachment to clothing or the like while the housing preferably includes a matte finish thereon. This soft finish may be achieved by sand blasting the housing or by including an outer covering of a soft feel material such as a soft plastic or elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Assignee: BIC Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas G. Snell, M. David Gandelman
  • Patent number: 4990015
    Abstract: The invention relates to a pen including a tubular body and a rigid fastening clip that extends longitudinally of the body and is pivotably movable with respect to the body, characterized in that the clip (6) is solidly attached in its upper portion (7) to at least one point of an elastic device (8, 9) accommodated in the body (1, 2) and immobilized with respect to it in the longitudinal and transverse directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Cartier International B.V.
    Inventor: Alain D. Perrin
  • Patent number: 4990014
    Abstract: A closure assembly to be removably attached across the open neck of a container that contains a supply of fluid. The closure assembly includes an elongated stem which extends into the container and an applicator brush which is attached to the stem so that the fluid within the container may be easily accessed. The closure assembly also includes a cap portion which can be manually rotated so as to impart a corresponding rotation to and axial (i.e. linear) displacement of the stem, whereby to cause the applicator brush to be easily and efficiently lowered into the container in the event of a short fluid supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Inventor: Richard K. O'Neill
  • Patent number: 4987959
    Abstract: The farm machine 1 for working the soil comprises tools 21 each of which consists of a concave disk 47 provided with a plurality of spades 48 at its periphery. The concavity of the concave disk 47 is directed toward the forward end 12 of the rotor 16, considering the work direction 3 of the farm machine 1. A lateral stabilizing element 41 comprising at least one share 43 extends behind the rearward lateral end 11 of the frame 9 of said farm machine 1. The farm machine 1 also comprises support wheels 36, 38, one 36 of which extends in front of the forward lateral end 12 of said frame 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Kuhn, S.A.
    Inventor: Michel Kirch
  • Patent number: 4986683
    Abstract: A writing instrument comprised of a hollow tubing housing wherein the upper portions of the housing are bent into attractive pleasing shapes with ornamental accessories such as eyes attached to the housing. The overall effect is to suggest a living creature or critter. A second embodiment of the writing instrument uses a base formed of hollow tubing bent into shapes to complement the living creature suggested by the upper housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Inventor: Curt E. Whitright
  • Patent number: 4986368
    Abstract: An auger-like apparatus for boring planting holes includes an elongate shaft carrying a spiral blade or screw flight at its lower end. Means are provided at the outer end of the cutting edge to protect a sprinkler conduit or hose which may be contacted by the apparatus. In one embodiment, the outer end of the cutting edge is rounded and tapered into the peripheral edge of the screw flight. In a second embodiment, a guard extends between the outer edge of the cutting edge and a subsequent spiral of the screw flight. The shank may be graduated and support a slidable snap ring. A graduated tape mechanism is also provided to gauge the spacing of the plant bores.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Inventors: John P. Underwood, Dan B. Poole