Patents Examined by Robert M. Fetsuga
  • Patent number: 7895682
    Abstract: Negative pressure is: (a) applied through a shallow manifold inlet fitted between the rear of a toilet porcelain bowl and hinged seat; (b) created by a remote blower; (c) conveyed via conduit. An adjustable hood in front of the manifold optimizes odor collection. The blower can be located in a housing possessing multiple inlet ports for connection to a plurality of manifolds. The blower can also be used in line with conduit and multiple blowers utilized. A sensor port in a manifold extension facilitates empirical verification of air flow. Electrical supply to the blower can be controlled by a light switch: (a) independently; or with: (b) a vent that can be exhausted through the same conduit, or (c) a humidity blower. Plastic and metal conduit of differing cross section are joined with an adapter and either connected to a blower housing inlet port. PVC conduit is disposed within wall frames hung from the sill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Robert De Nyse
  • Patent number: 7882577
    Abstract: A mobile sanitary system has a transportable platform, in particular a chassis, on which a plurality of sanitary elements are arranged. A number of technical supply devices are situated on the platform. According to one aspect of the invention, the technical supply devices are arranged in a central region of the platform, which region is surrounded all the way around by the plurality of sanitary elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Kärcher Futuretech GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Merz, Michael Moser, Gunter Siegle, Johann Tatar
  • Patent number: 7865979
    Abstract: A toilet tank flush valve structure includes a valve base for installation in the outlet hole formed in the floor of a toilet tank and defining a water outflow passage and including a first valve member at the upper end of the water outflow passage. A float assembly is movable relative to the valve base between a sealing position in which a second valve member at a lower end of the float assembly engages the first valve member in sealing relationship and a flushing position in which the second valve member is spaced upwardly from the first valve member. The float assembly includes an outer shell that is open downwards and has a lower edge at which the shell is provided with the second valve member, and a closure member within the outer shell and cooperating with the outer shell to define a float chamber. The closure member is adjustable in position relative to the outer shell, whereby the float chamber is adjustable in volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas P. Hand
  • Patent number: 7849529
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods include an array of a plurality of individual air injector nozzles are integrally connected to a common air flow tube. The individual nozzles include an integral attaching plate and an integral air injector tube in addition to the common air flow tube with the individual nozzles spaced along the common air flow tube. A plurality of arrays can be joined together to form an entire arrangement of any desired configuration of individual air injector nozzles that can be applied as a complete unit to a tub or spa. One or more of the arrays can be cut across the common air flow tube to achieve the exact number of individual nozzles required in accordance with the desired arrangement of air injector nozzles. The arrays, including the cut arrays can be joined together at a location other than at the tub or spa and then transferred as a complete unit to be attached to the tub or spa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Paul R. Bedard
  • Patent number: 7836525
    Abstract: A Comfort Seat and Commode Device that is adaptable for incorporation into a wheel chair, an ordinary arm chair or couch or bed, a hospital bed, or any other means of convalescence or permanent occupation by the disabled, is herein disclosed. The device's framework supports a seat portion that is capable of rotating to provide an opening through which a patient or disabled person may eliminate waste. The rotatable seat is located in-line vertically with a waste bin and cover that comprise the commode. An actuation means is provided, which, in response to a command by the user, simultaneously opens the waste bin cover, rotates the seat, and elevates the waste bin to permit use of the device. A means of providing squirting action of a cleaning solution to cleanse the user after elimination, as well as a drying system, may also be incorporated into the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventors: Hector Castillo, Mahendra C. Shah
  • Patent number: 7836526
    Abstract: A hot tub or spa (100) has a vanishing or overflow edge (110) not readily visible to a user. Water from the main holding area (101) overflows the edge (110) into a catch basin (102). A reservoir (120) holds a constant head of water to provide to a pump (112) and also allows for the holding of increased amounts of water displaced by users who are using the hot tub (100). Water flowing over the vanishing edge (110) flows into the catch basin (102) and thence to the reservoir (120) and pump (112) where the water is recirculated into the spa (100).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Coast Spas Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Reginald Toye, Donald Alfred Elkington
  • Patent number: 7814581
    Abstract: A device for a person to reduce straining during expulsion of fecal matter into a toilet. The device comprises a block-shaped footrest placed on a floor in front of the toilet. The person sitting on the toilet will place both feet upon the block-shaped footrest to elevate his/her lower body into a quasi-squat position without any change to above-the-waste posture to reduce straining significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Jeffrey S. Willner
  • Patent number: 7814582
    Abstract: A system for detecting an actual or impending overflow condition from a washroom fixture includes an overflow sensor configured with the fixture at a location to detect an abnormal rise in water level within the fixture before water overflows the fixture. A water sensor may also be disposed to detect an abnormal amount of water on the washroom floor. A data communications unit is in communication with the sensors. A washroom monitoring station is provided in wireless communication with the data communications unit and in communication with the sensors through the data communications unit. The washroom monitoring station is configured for indicating the presence of water when detected by the overflow or water sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiran K. Reddy, Joseph Mitchell, Cheryl L. York, Amanda Butler, Debra N. Welchel, Rameshbabu Boga, James J. Detamore, Ronald R. Padak, Jason Lye
  • Patent number: 7805777
    Abstract: In one aspect of the subject invention, a spacer is provided for supporting a closet flange above a sub-flooring, the closet flange having a pipe section and an annular flange extending radially outwardly from the pipe section. The spacer includes a disc-shaped body having spaced apart first and second faces, and spaced apart inner and outer edges extending between the first and second faces. The inner edge defines an opening extending through the body, the opening sized to permit passage therethrough of the pipe section of the closet flange but not the annular flange of the closet flange. The outer edge is generally smooth and arcuate. Advantageously, with the subject invention, a spacer is provided usable with a closet flange to provide elevation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Set-Rite Products, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Hughes
  • Patent number: 7788742
    Abstract: A cistern outlet valve assembly (10). The assembly includes an outlet orifice (14) and a buoyant member (20). The buoyant member (20) has an outlet seal (22) on one side and a housing seal (26) on the other. The assembly (10) also includes a valve housing (18) is adapted to cover the buoyant member (20). The housing (18) has large clearance guide means (30) adapted to guide movement of the buoyant member (20) from a closed position in which the outlet seal (22) seals against the outlet orifice (14) and an open position in which the housing seal (20) seals against the housing (18). When the buoyant member (20) is in the open position any fluid incident on the guide means (30) is prevented from flowing onto the buoyant member (20) by the housing seal (20) sealing against the housing (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Caroma Industries Limited
    Inventor: Sam Robertson England
  • Patent number: 7748673
    Abstract: A hook is provided for simultaneously supporting a shower curtain and a shower curtain liner in side by side spaced, parallel relation on a shower curtain rod. The shower curtain and the shower curtain liner each have an opening therein proximate the top edge thereof. The hook includes a portion for engaging the rod. First and second spaced support portions, each of which is connected to the rod engaging portion, are provided. Each of the support portions includes a generally “U” shaped portion defined in part by an upstanding member. The upstanding member of the first support portion is adapted to be received through the opening in the shower curtain to retain the shower curtain. The upstanding member of the second support portion is adapted to be received through the opening in the shower curtain liner to retain the shower curtain liner. The hook is fabricated from a single continuous wire section by making a series of bends therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Ex-Cell Home Fashions Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Barrese
  • Patent number: 7743437
    Abstract: Jet aerator apparatus and method. The apparatus can include a jet body including a passageway, water conduits, and an air conduit. The jet aerator can include an exit nozzle received in the passageway. The exit nozzle can include lock clips, locking tabs, and stabilizing tabs. The jet aerator can include a jet head coupled to the exit nozzle by the lock clips. The jet head can include a locking rib. The jet aerator can include a jet cover coupled to the exit nozzle. The jet cover can include slots to receive the locking tabs, stepped portions to receive the stabilizing tabs, and lock grooves to receive the locking rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: G-G Distribution and Development Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Arturo Reynoso
  • Patent number: 7730559
    Abstract: A toilet seat is provided for mounting on a toilet bowl (1) and is configured to be placed in communication with a mechanical air extraction system. The toilet seat includes a seat (4) that can be applied in a sealed manner on the toilet bowl. The toilet seat (4) has an air inlet (6) at the front and an air outlet (7) at the rear. The outlet (7) is connected by ducts (8, 9, 10) to the air extraction system (14, 15). A cover (11) is hinged in proximity to the seat (4). The cover (11) is configured to prevent the toilet bowl (1) from being flushed when the cover (11) is in the open position and seals the front air inlet (6) when the cover is in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Alain-Dominique Gallizia
  • Patent number: RE45865
    Abstract: A prosthetic valve assembly for use in replacing a deficient native valve comprises a replacement valve supported on an expandable valve support. If desired, one or more anchor may be used. The valve support, which entirely supports the valve annulus, valve leaflets, and valve commissure points, is configured to be collapsible for transluminal delivery and expandable to contact the anatomical annulus of the native valve when the assembly is properly positioned. The anchor engages the lumen wall when expanded and prevents substantial migration of the valve assembly when positioned in place. The prosthetic valve assembly is compressible about a catheter, and restrained from expanding by an outer sheath. The catheter may be inserted inside a lumen within the body, such as the femoral artery, and delivered to a desired location, such as the heart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Medtronic CoreValve LLC
    Inventors: Jacques Seguin, Georg Börtlein
  • Patent number: RE45867
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted conveyor system including an infeed conveyor assembly mounted for powered rotation relative to the vehicle. The conveyor system includes a discharge conveyor assembly pivotally mounted to a main turret, which in turn is mounted to a primary turntable for powered rotation relative to the vehicle. The discharge conveyor assembly includes a telescoping boom and a moving discharge conveyor belt to supply an aggregate material, such as concrete, to a desired point at the work site. An infeed conveyor assembly is rotatably mounted to the main turret by a powered secondary turntable. The powered secondary turntable is mechanically driven by a drive mechanism, such that the infeed conveyor assembly can be rotated relative to the main turret. The secondary turntable and the primary turntable are independently operable and rotate about a common vertical axis, such that the infeed conveyor assembly and the discharge conveyor assembly can be independently rotated relative to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: PUTZMEISTER INC.
    Inventors: Martin G. Mayer, Terry L. Smith
  • Patent number: RE46857
    Abstract: The present invention provides a small electric blind rivet setting device that is capable of being driven by a battery and that does not require a pathway for recovering the broken mandrels to be provided in the motor shaft. A recovery container 10 is provided in a tool housing 27 forward of an electric motor 13 in the axial direction, and a spindle 14, which rotates because of the rotation of a drive shaft 18 connected to the electric motor circumventing the recovery container, is connected so as to move a pulling head (30) in the axial direction. The positive rotation, stopping of rotation and reverse rotation of the electric motor are controlled by a pulling operation on a trigger and detecting the position of the pulling head in the axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: NEWFREY LLC
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Matsugata
  • Patent number: RE46878
    Abstract: A key for use in a cylinder lock with a rotatable key plug having a profiled keyway. The key comprises an elongated, substantially flay key blade (120; 120?) having a longitudinal profile groove (122; 122?) extending along at least a portion of the length of the key blade. The groove has an undercut portion (129) adjacent to a ridge portion (128, 128?), the outside of which forms part of a side surface (123; 123?) of the key blade. The undercut portion (129; 129?) of the groove is expanded, at its innermost part adjacent to and inside said ridge portion, into a longitudinally extending pocket (135; 135?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: WINLOC AG
    Inventor: Bo Widen
  • Patent number: RE47086
    Abstract: A toner container detachably attached to a toner-container holder of a main body of an image forming apparatus includes a container body that includes an opening, and discharges toner contained in the container body, from the opening; and a held portion that is held by the toner-container holder in a non-rotating manner. The held portion includes an open/close member for opening/closing the toner outlet in synchronization with an attachment/detachment operation of the held portion to/from the toner-container holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuyuki Taguchi, Goro Katsuyama, Takeroh Kurenuma, Hideo Yoshizawa, Masayuki Yamane
  • Patent number: RE47210
    Abstract: A collapsible crate for transporting goods, the crate having an upstanding wall, at least a portion of which is movable, locating feature and releasable locking feature for releasably securing the movable wall portion relative to the crate, wherein the locating feature has a projection receivable within a recess or aperture to align, in use, the movable wall portion relative to the crate such that the movable wall portion is releasably securable by the locking feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Goodpack IBC (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: David Lam
  • Patent number: RE47329
    Abstract: An anchor for a carpet tile includes a cross-shaped base having four arms extending from a vertex. The arms form a planar top surface and a planar bottom surface. A vertical blade centered on the base rises to engage the backing of a carpet tile when a corner of the carpet tile is placed near the vertex. The blade is preferably made of bendable and resilient material. Preferably, the anchor is used with a pedestal head of a raised-flooring system and has a nub extending from the bottom surface of each of the arms of the base to fit within holes in the pedestal head and thereby secure the anchor to the pedestal head. An alternative anchor includes a plate for the base and the blade in the shape of a cross rises from the plate. The plate may have a hole in each quadrant defined by the blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: CarpetLok, LLC
    Inventor: Wilson Edward Bailey, Jr.