Patents Examined by Ro E. Hart
  • Patent number: 4167659
    Abstract: An operation mechanism of a switch comprises a first slidable device connected to a moving electrode of the switch; a second slidable device faced to the first slidable device with a gap; and a wedge type element which is inserted between both slidable devices to move the first slidable device depending upon the movement by a driving means and to move the moving electrode, whereby the electrode of switch is turned on and off depending upon the movement of the wedge type element inserted between both of the slidable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1979
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Yamanaka, Keikichi Kondo
  • Patent number: 4167229
    Abstract: A screw strip for holding a row of parallel screws is formed of a flexible plastic material with sleeves which either only partially surround the screws, or have different wall thicknesses on different sides of the screws. The ribs interconnecting the sleeves have wall thicknesses less than the outer diameters of the screw threads. In a method for forming the screw strip, a plastic material is extruded only on one side of the threads of a row of screws, and it is then pressed by means of grooved rollers to be formed into the sleeves which only partially surround the screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1979
    Assignee: Karl M. Reich Maschinenfabrik GmbH
    Inventors: Siegfried Keusch, Anton Abt
  • Patent number: 4166205
    Abstract: A circuit breaker having stationary and movable contacts operable between open and closed positions with the movable contact being biased in an open position. The movable contact is mounted to a contact and spring holder which engages one link in a toggle means. The first link is connected to a second link which has a drive pin secured thereto, and the second link is pivotally connected to a toggle lever. A cam is secured to a rotatable drive shaft, and the cam engages a cam roller which is secured to a follower plate. The follower plate, which rotates about an axis different from the drive shaft axis, has a drive pawl attached thereto, with the drive pawl being disposed adjacent the drive pin. Spring means are pivotally connected to the follower plate and are capable of being in spring charged and discharged positions. The spring is charged by rotation of the drive shaft and cam causing the cam roller to move outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Alfred E. Maier, Louis N. Ricci, Donald D. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 4165659
    Abstract: A cover formed of plastic material dimensioned and shaped to fit over a circular valve hand wheel having a ring of alternate ribs and recesses, the cover having an opening approximating the diameter of the recesses and yieldable to stretch over the ring of ribs for retension thereby; the cover being translucent to expose information appearing on the hand wheel, such as to indicate the direction in which to turn the hand wheel in order to open or close the valve; the cover also having areas for embossing or otherwise applying further information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1979
    Inventor: Norman C. Fawley
  • Patent number: 4165009
    Abstract: A closure for sales promotion comprising a closure shell having the indication of a prize offer on its inner bottom surface and a gasket bonded to its inner bottom surface, the gasket having a center panel portion held half-adhered or non-adhered to the inner bottom surface of the closure shell and a peripheral sealing portion firmly adhered to the inner bottom surface of the closure shell, the center panel portion being completely defined from the peripheral sealing portion by a breakable line so that the center panel portion can be stripped off from the inner bottom surface of the closure shell while leaving the peripheral sealing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1979
    Assignee: Japan Crown Cork Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kashiwa Murayama
  • Patent number: 4164308
    Abstract: A lady's handbag adapted to be carried with improved security. The handbag includes a main article-carrying bag-shaped portion. Secured to the main portion near corners thereof is a strap adapted to be carried over the back of the wearer's neck. The main portion has an exterior face adapted to face the front of the wearer's torso when the handbag is carried with the strap over the back of the wearer's neck. Provided on that exterior face are means forming pockets for receiving both of the wearer's hands when the handbag is carried with the strap over the back of the wearer's neck. Also provided is a pair of loops and means fastening the loops in front of the aforementioned face, the loops being adapted to receive a belt worn by the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1979
    Inventor: Francisco Gautier
  • Patent number: 4163500
    Abstract: A bottle seal particularly adapted for ink bottles used in automatic ink feed systems wherein the bottle seal is to be pierced by an ink withdrawal needle, the seal having a stopper which has a portion extending into the bottle neck terminating in a lip seal. The stopper portion has an outer diameter groove adjacent the lip seal with at least one air channel communicating from the groove to the exterior to allow aeration of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1979
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Ingemar Gunne, Bertil Almgren
  • Patent number: 4162695
    Abstract: A handbag is provided with a switching means which is activated when an excessive removal force is applied to the handbag's carrying strap. The switching means is connected in series with a battery and resistance wires. The wires preferably run under the outer surface of the bag and are elevated to a high temperature by electrical current, forcing a person holding the bag to release the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1979
    Inventor: Lawrence L. Moses
  • Patent number: 4162696
    Abstract: A deformable camera case, alternatively usable as a camera stand, includes a wall in the form of a flexible cushion preferably filled with a plurality of small balls, that constitutes a pliable body capable of adjusting its shape to the contours of an object suitable for supporting the camera in a desired stable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1979
    Assignee: Rollei-Werke Franke & Heidecke
    Inventor: Jurgen Sprung
  • Patent number: 4161975
    Abstract: A handbag having a cuff stitched to each end of a strap of the handbag, so that the cuff drapes shirt-like over the strap and bag connection so to attractively hide the connection; and a method whereby this construction is accomplished; the method including stitching the cuff inside out around and intermediate position of the strap and thereafter pulling cuff outside in so to draw it over the strap end and bag connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1979
    Inventor: Charles Stakofsky
  • Patent number: 4160495
    Abstract: A suitcase surrounded by paired circular raceways forming an endless track is disclosed. Into each of these raceways there is mounted a complementary revolving rim rotating upon bearings placed at intervals around the raceway. The rim, preferably taking the form of a circular tube, surrounds the suitcase. This rim forms the points of rotating transport over the ground. In operation, the suitcase is propelled by a handle which protrudes from the end wall of the suitcase between the raceways, yet permits convenient opening of the suitcase. The suitcase, because of its attachment at the handle, does not rotate. The tubes within the raceways do rotate and provide continuously revolving contact points with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1979
    Inventor: Donald D. Conard
  • Patent number: 4153825
    Abstract: A dual snap-action electric switch is used in an antenna drive to stop antenna movement when a predetermined resistance to longitudinal movement is encountered. The switch has two actuator arms operated by actuator tabs maintained in spaced relation by a spring. The actuator tabs are movable longitudinally in response to longitudinal movement of an electric motor driven worm shaft to open one or the other of the switches to stop the motor, such as when full extension or retraction of the antenna is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Raymond A. Flora
  • Patent number: 4153174
    Abstract: A tamper-proof closure for a container having a member projecting from its neck, in which the closure is thermoformed with a skirt wall having a tab which engages the projecting member and which breaks off as the closure is unfastened from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Assignee: The KLM Company
    Inventor: Frederick D. Keeler
  • Patent number: 4153091
    Abstract: A mailing pouch comprises a pouch mouth closure flap integral with one of the pouch walls. The closure flap has a resilient portion associated therewith which is sufficiently flexible to permit insertion and withdrawal of the flap into and from the pouch mouth. The resilient portion provides resistance to flap withdrawal to thereby provide a mailing pouch having a closure without the need for snap fastener, zipper or the like and is marginally susceptible to accidental opening during mail handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Inventor: Gerhard Jahn
  • Patent number: 4153173
    Abstract: A cap closure is provided for bonding to the neck of a container. The cap closure includes a base portion enclosed by a side wall, a peripheral rim extending outwardly from the side wall with the rim being adapted for bonding to the neck of the container, an administration port connected to the base portion, a medication addition port connected to the base portion, a resealable injection site connected to the medication addition port, and port protectors covering and hermetically sealing the administration and medication addition ports. In the illustrative embodiment, the base portion, side wall, peripheral rim, administration port and medication addition ports are molded as an integral, unitary member, and a method is provided for fusing a membrane to the medication addition port and for fusing port protectors with the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Assignee: Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary A. Ward, David A. Winchell
  • Patent number: 4153829
    Abstract: A pushbutton switch is disclosed which comprises a housing and a contact unit contained in the housing. The contact unit includes a fixed contact member, a movable contact member disposed in parallel, spaced relation with the fixed contact member, an insulating member interposed between the fixed and movable contact members and formed with an opening. The movable contact member has a snap-action disc portion preformed so as to bow at its center away from the fixed contact member so that when the disc portion is pushed it is snapped to project through the opening of the insulating member into contact with the fixed contact member. The contact unit also includes a resilient member disposed adjacent the movable contact member and having a projection extending toward the center of the disc portion for pushing the disc portion. A spring member is provided to have a zigzagged portion for pushing the resilient member toward the movable contact member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Assignee: Alps Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Taneo Murata
  • Patent number: 4153170
    Abstract: A weaning device comprising a rubber nipple having the opening thereof conformed for receipt of a drinking straw, the other end of the straw being insertable into a liquid container. In this form as an infant becomes adept in ingesting larger volumes of liquid through a nipple the foregoing device may be substituted therefor comprising one step of a weaning process whereby the child is taught to ingest liquids through a straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Inventor: Star T. Aquarian
  • Patent number: 4153146
    Abstract: A tailored, casual, soft bag that can be used as luggage for camping, sporting events, etc. with provision for approximately doubling its carrying capacity, the bag having a main body and a secondary body collapsibly carried within the main body, the secondary body being able to be withdrawn from the main body to approximately double the size of the bag, zipper closures of novel design being provided for both the main body and the secondary body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1979
    Assignee: Atlantic Products Corporation
    Inventors: James S. Patton, Richard W. Housel
  • Patent number: 4152561
    Abstract: A circuit breaker having stationary and movable contacts operable between open and closed positions with the movable contact being biased in an open position. The movable contact is mounted to a contact holder which engages one link in a toggle means. The first link is connected to a second link which has a drive pin secured thereto, and the second link is pivotally connected to a toggle lever. A cam is secured to a rotatable drive shaft, and the cam engages a cam roller which is secured to a follower plate. The follower plate has a drive pawl attached thereto, with the drive pawl being disposed adjacent the drive pin. Spring means are pivotally connected to the follower plate and are capable of being in spring charged and discharged positions. The spring is charged by rotation of the drive shaft and cam causing the cam roller to move outwardly. The outward movement of the cam roller causes rotation of the follower plate, resulting in charging of the spring means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1979
    Assignee: Westinghouse Electric Corp.
    Inventors: Alfred E. Maier, James R. Farley, Nicholas A. Salemi
  • Patent number: 4149647
    Abstract: A metal cap for crimping on the neck of a container has one or two tear lines of reduced strength about its skirt which define a tear-off strip. A perforation for initiating tearing extends across the width of the strip and at least one smaller perforation is also provided in the strip. A tear-off tab (plastic tape) engages both sides of the strip and is joined together through the perforations. The larger perforation is either U- or L-shaped, a straight slot or variations thereof. The portion of the tear line adjacent the larger perforation may be scored to facilitate initial rupture in the desired direction. One or more circumferential reinforcing ribs may be provided in the skirt on one or both sides of the tear-off strip. In addition to the full circumferential tear line, a partial tear line may extend between the larger perforation and a slot in the edge of the cap to provide an initially narrow tear-off strip, which enlarges to include the edge of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1979
    Assignee: Gebruder Seidel KG
    Inventor: Hermann Ritzenhoff