Patents Examined by Robert L. Wolfe
  • Patent number: 5035127
    Abstract: A lock arrangement for containers comprising a latch with a crossbar and a counterpart, the crossbar and the counterpart being equipped with lock members provided with holes. The lock members are locked together by means of a padlock. When the lock arrangement is shut, the lock members are inside a housing mounted on the crossbar or the counterpart. The housing is shaped and arranged in such a way that it tightly encloses the padlock and the lock members when the padlock provided with a straight shackle is in its locked position. The housing and the lock members are furthermore provided such that the padlock is insertable in the housing via an opening therein by a rectilinear movement in at least two directions perpendicular to each other. The crossbar and the counterpart are fastened to the container by means of safety fastening means, such as bolts, the heads of which being on the same level as the crossbar and/or the counterpart. This results in a simple and burglar-proof lock arrangement for containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: Servial CC ApS
    Inventor: Allan R. Larsen
  • Patent number: 5035187
    Abstract: A safe having multiple openings in the form of drawers, with each of the drawers having a different color. The material placed into any one of the drawers passes from the drawer into a container located below the drawer in the safe. Each of the containers bears the same color as the drawer with which it communicates. A door over the safe prevents the unauthorized access to or removal of the containers from the safe. Catches, attached to each of the drawers, prevent their unauthorized removal from the safe. Each of the drawers may also include a separate lock to prevent entrance into the drawer except by authorized individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1991
    Assignee: McGunn Safe, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward T. McGunn
  • Patent number: 5033282
    Abstract: A self-locking electronic lock system is illustrated in association with safe doors having a door locking bolt works manipulated between door open and door locked positions by a door mounted handle. The bolt works includes a link which moves the door bolts and in turn is locked by an electronic lock in accordance with the present disclosure. The elctronic lock has a spring bias bolt normally biased into a locking gate provided on the link and is operated to a withdrawn position by an associated digital input electronic signal generating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: LA Gard, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus W. Gartner, Alan K. Uyeda, Peter J. Phillips
  • Patent number: 5033279
    Abstract: A flexible elastic padlock cover both form-fit and stretch-fit to the padlock body and having handle means for ready handling of the cover in putting it on and taking it off. The cover may be split so that the upper half can remain on the body while the lower half is removed for lock operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Master Lock Company
    Inventor: Horst Lebrecht
  • Patent number: 5033281
    Abstract: A vehicle locking device includes a sleeve for removably enclosing one control member of the vehicle, and a pair of locking members movable to a closed position where they may be locked together around a second control member of the vehicle, or to an open position to permit their removal from the second control member. In one embodiment, the transmission control lever of the vehicle is thus locked to the floor-mounted handbrake lever; and in a second described embodiment, the steering wheel is thus locked to a transmission control member mounted on the steering column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Inventors: Anatoly Kofman, Avraham Kavitsky
  • Patent number: 5033242
    Abstract: A shutter panel for use in a lost formwork for making a cavity floor. The panel has connection members for bearer feet. The connection members extend through holes in the shuttering panel. For marginal reinforcement of the panel around the holes, special fittings are provided, for example bracing plates, flanges or washers disposed against the underside of the panel. The holes in the shutter panel may also have an inside diameter such that the bearer feet can be passed through them from above at the time of fixing to fittings at the holes. The panel preferably consists of plaster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Assignee: Gyorgy Borbely
    Inventors: Gyorgy Borbely, Thomas Gsell
  • Patent number: 5033702
    Abstract: Apparatus is described herein for supporting a length of hose extending from an outlet such as the waste disposal outlet of a recreational vehicle to a disposal inlet. The apparatus includes a trough-like support which may be in sections supported by vertical members removably clamped to bottom end edge portions of the trough-like support in an inclined position from the outlet to the inlet. The vertical members are designed with horizontal U-shaped clamping portions positioned with the end edges of the trough-like support clamped between the legs of the "U".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Inventor: Daniel T. Robbins
  • Patent number: 5031368
    Abstract: A tile for use in the construction of a false floor consists of a rectangular tray into which concrete is poured. The tray is of metal, a strong plastic material or any other suitable material. The concrete is preferably pliable concrete. The tray has a diagonal ridge which has a cross-sectional shape of a narrow inverted V, extending into the concrete. Preferably the tray has at least one shear pin extending from the floor of the tray into the concrete, to reinforce the bond between the concrete and the material of the tray. The side walls of the tray may be shaped to provide an additional key for the concrete, which also reinforces that bond. To form a false floor, the tile is placed on pedestals located under each corner of the tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: Anthony W. Matthews
  • Patent number: 5031868
    Abstract: A support apparatus for musical instruments, including a mounting frame, a guide assembly, a support assembly and an instrument retention assembly, the support assembly being coupled to the instrument retention assembly and retractable into the mounting frame, which may be mounted within a component slot of a component mounting rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: Richard G. Thomas, II
  • Patent number: 5031429
    Abstract: An anti-theft steering wheel locking device which appearance and function are all the same with the one that in the market but has an anti-turning cylindric member hidding either underneath, on top of or in the steering wheel which is able to be pulled out and locked at fixed position when parking to prevent unauthorized driving the vehicle. When driving the car, driver only needs to unlock the locking device with a legal key then pushes the cylindric member back into a tube which is located in a trough and the steering wheel at this moment is able to turn freely without any disturbance. This device, furthermore, takes no extra space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: Mao-Hsiang Wang
  • Patent number: 5031430
    Abstract: A double ended key ring includes a first body portion, a second body portion, and joining and biasing mechanisms for releasably engaging the first and second body portions together to form a key ring having openings on opposite ends. The first body portion is configured to form one of the openings and has a gap which is hidden when the first and second body portions are biased together in an engaged position. The first and second body portions can be moved axially and then rotated into an open position to expose the gap. In an alternate embodiment, the joining mechanism may be pushed from the second body portion toward the first body portion thereby disengaging the body portions from the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Inventor: Linden D. Nelson
  • Patent number: 5029800
    Abstract: A device for mounting an auxiliary outboard motor on the swim platform of a water craft to allow the motor to be pivoted between an extended position aft of the swim platform when in use, and a compact stowed position when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Inventor: Vladimir Ponican
  • Patent number: 5029799
    Abstract: A mechanical bracket for mounting a telecommunication antenna on a metallic tower comprises a pipe section to secure the bracket to the tower. The angular position of the pipe section about its longitudinal axis is selected to appropriately orient the bracket. A transversal pivot bridges a pair of spaced apart parallel plates of the bracket. The antenna comprises a pole member with a free end pivotally mounted on the pivot between the two plates. A bolt and nut assembly traverses the pole member and two arcuate slots respectively made in the parallel plates. In operation, the pole member is rotated about the pivot with the bolt sliding in the two arcuate slots, and the bolt and nut assembly is tightened when a desired position for the pole member, and therefore for the antenna, is reached to thereby lock the pole member and the antenna in this position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Roy Telecommunications Lt'ee
    Inventor: Marc Bernier
  • Patent number: 5027628
    Abstract: A lockable quick-release mechanism for preventing theft of a bicycle wheel or seat from a bicycle frame. The lockable quick-release mechanism includes a rotatable lever having an eccentric cam rotating within a piston head. As the eccentric cam rotates within the casing, the piston head moves in relation to the casing. For tightening, the piston head is brought from its outermost to innermost position relative to its casing. Conversely, for loosening, the piston head is brought from its innermost to outermost position relative to its casing. Flat abutment surfaces are formed on the lever adjacent to the eccentric cam. A locking disc is disposed within the casing and includes a pair of extension arms engaging the abutment surfaces to prevent rotation of the lever. A spindle, which is disposed within the casing and extends through an aperture in the locking disc, rotates the locking disc from a locked to an unlocked condition. The spindle and locking disc are retained in the locked condition by a lock means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Omnilock Incorporated
    Inventors: Etienne De Rocher, Michael Green
  • Patent number: 5027629
    Abstract: An electronic lock includes two covers respectively formed on an outside and inside of a door, a tumbler slidably moving in a tumbler hole formed in a central transmission shaft secured to an outside door knob and moving in a tumbler socket formed in a sleeve engageable with the central shaft and secured to an inside knob, in which the tumbler is operated, by the action of a magnet manually swung or by an electromagnetic coil which is powered by a sensor when sensing a correct coded number card inserted in the sensor, to couple the central transmission shaft with the sleeve coupled to a dead latch so that upon a rotation of the outside knob to rotate the central shaft, the sleeve will be rotated to retract the dead latch for opening the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Inventor: Yin-Chic Liu
  • Patent number: 5027630
    Abstract: A door latch comprises a post and collar gripping and release mechanism cooperatively mounted to the door and door frame of a vending machine, cabinet, or the like, to provide an initial latching function in the form of a frictional gripping of the post by the collar, and further comprises a lock assembly associated with the post and collar mechanism to provide a primary locking function and to effect release of the latching function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Assignee: Star Lock Company
    Inventors: Woodrow C. Stillwagon, Donald Embry
  • Patent number: 5025647
    Abstract: A mechanical card-serviced lock comprises a housing (1), a locking member (2) which is displaceably arranged in the housing, blocking pins (12, 13) which by means of a key card (4) are mechanically movable between positions where they prevent and permit, respectively, relative movement between the locking member and the housing, and means (3, 18) for selectably changing the total length of the blocking pins in order to set the combination of the lock in correspondance with a key card (4) introduced in the lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Assignee: TrioVing a.s.
    Inventor: Frank Muus
  • Patent number: 5024078
    Abstract: A magnetic key chain which comprises a plastic material in which particles are embedded so that it will adhere to a metal surface such as iron or steel and which in at least one embodiment has a covering sheet on one side and which carries a key ring to which keys can be attached so as to magnetically support the keys from a metal surface when at least one side of the key ring engages the metal surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Fenwick
  • Patent number: 5024073
    Abstract: A lock assembly includes a lock body having a hole longitudinally therethrough, a plunger arranged longitudinally in the hole, a single strong spring coiled around the plunger and arranged longitudinally in the hole inside the lock body for returning the plunger to an open position, a key for turning the plunger to a closed position, and a plate for receiving the plunger in the closed position. A hole in the head portion of the plunger and a hollowed end of the key have matching hexagonal cross-sections for engagement with each other. A first roll pin is seated in the hole in the head portion and guides the hollowed end of the key into the hole. A second roll pin is inserted crossways into another hole in a middle body portion of the plunger for retaining the plunger in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Assignee: Rusken Machine & Tool Service
    Inventor: Russell M. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 5024069
    Abstract: A lock apparatus for locking the steering wheel of a vehicle includes an elongate member, a pair of hook members fixedly secured to one end of the elongate member, and a lock assembly pivotally mounted on the elongate member. The lock assembly pivots to a locking position where it cooperates with the hook members to secure the steering wheel of a vehicle between it and the hook members and away from the locking position to release the steering wheel. The opposite end of the elongate member engages the seat, door panel or other portion of the passenger compartment of a vehicle proximate the steering wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Inventors: Edwin J. Hull, Jr., Charles R. Johnson