Patents Examined by Robert Petrik
  • Patent number: 4819844
    Abstract: A carrying strap for a weapon, attached to the weapon in such manner that it forms a loop intended to be kept across one shoulder and the back, whereby the weapon can be held in front of the person supported by the carrying strap, ready to fire. A drawback of all carrying straps is that the weapon is hanging upside down when in the ready-to-fire position. The carrying strap of the invention has, at least at one attachment point, a laterally stiff strap section so that the center of gravity of the weapon, in correct ready-to-fire position, lies below the line defined by the stiffener and the other attachment point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Inventor: Pekka Niemela
  • Patent number: 4815643
    Abstract: Slats fixed to a vehicle deck have external-flange tracks along their opposite edges. Brackets engage these tracks--by a lip that projects inwardly from the side wall of each bracket to capture the flange. The brackets can be slid by a user along the tracks and locked at any point along the slats by clamping plates inside the brackets. The clamping plates are forced against the slats as by screws in the tops of the brackets. One type of bracket carries an arch-shaped tie-down member and is also adapted for attachment of crossbars, spanning the outboard slats, but only at certain discrete points along the slats. Each tie-down member is fixed to its tie-down bracket below the inwardly projecting lip, or in any event at a point in the side wall, of the bracket. This configuration preserves clamping force when a strap or cord is tightly cinched from the bracket over luggage, resulting in very strong upward force on the tie-down member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignee: Amco Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Robert C. Heideman
  • Patent number: 4809893
    Abstract: A fabric sack, comprising top, bottom, front and rear walls, has an opening for access to its interior provided in an inclined upper region of its front wall to avoid interference by any luggage strapped to the top wall of the sack and also to allow easy access when the sack is upright and/or on someone's back, and/or laid down on its rear wall. An internal supporting frame extending up the rear wall and across the top of the sack is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Assignee: Karrimor International Limited
    Inventor: Michael C. Parsons
  • Patent number: 4799601
    Abstract: The disclosed process includes making a slip or slurry by mixing alumina powder, water, a deflocculant and a magnesium compound, casting the slip or slurry by drain casting and thereafter firing or sintering same. A coagulant is used as the deflocculant.A tube for a lamp, which is a unitary body of translucent alumina ceramic, has a large-diameter portion located at a central portion of the tube and two small-diameter portions located at both end portions of the tube. The tube is produced by drain casting. The tube has substantially the same wall thickness over its whole length. The inner surface of the tube is more smooth than its outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Toshiba Ceramics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunzo Shimai, Yoshio Saito, Yawara Ando, Takashi Koseki
  • Patent number: 4798319
    Abstract: A portable ball caddy is set forth wherein a vertically oriented magazine tube is securable about the body of a user by a plurality of belts. The magazine is secured to the belts and is opaque except for an indicator slot formed therein to exhibit of the presence of balls therein. A spring loaded platform biases the balls towards an overlying exit formed of a flexible membrane of a memory retentent material. An opening is formed in the membrane of a diameter less than the diameter of the magazine tube and of the balls positionable therein. Formed on at least one diameter of said opening is an access relief enabling a user to position a finger therethrough for grasping of a ball adjacent the membrane thereunder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Inventor: Virtious James, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4795068
    Abstract: A backpack frame convertible to a chair through the use of a lightweight conversion assembly that includes a U-shaped member that attaches between the backpack frame and the shoulder straps of the backpack so that the shoulder strap becomes a seat when the pack is leaned against a vertical surface.The entire conversion assembly is very light and occupies little space and can be readily carried in the backpack or can be permanently attached to the backpack frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Inventor: Harold P. Blean
  • Patent number: 4793532
    Abstract: A carrier for ball game items such as baseball or softball bats and balls. A removable bottom contains a compartment for containing the balls. A sidewall contains compartments for individual bats. The carrier may be opened to a generally planar configuration to allow it to be coupled with a fence. Hooks are provided for attachment to the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Inventor: Dennis R. Cash
  • Patent number: 4793535
    Abstract: A sack for carrying and transporting a surfboard which sack may be used in its first form as a back-pack carrier for the surfboard, and in its second form as a roof-rack for transporting the surfboard by a vehicle. Four strap portions are provided having either a male coupler or female coupler at its free end. Each free end also has associated with it a hook for attaching the sack to the rain gutters of the roof of a vehicle. Length adjusters are provided for adjusting the length of the band to one end of which is attached the hook for the rain gutter. A pouch is also provided on each strap portion for storing the hook and its band during non-use. A zipper-closure is provided at the tail end portion of the sack to allow for storage of two surfboards in the sack. A separate compartment is provided for storing personal belongings. The outer portion of the sack has a portion provided with a mesh in order to ventilate the interior of the sack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Inventor: Donald Johnson
  • Patent number: 4792072
    Abstract: A carrier to transport a surfboard of similarly shaped article on a bicycle. The carrier has a pair of elongate members hingedly joined to each other and crossing each other at a location along their lengths. One member has a first end attachable immediately beneath a seat of the bicyle. The other member has a second end attachable on an axle of the bicycle. The members have padded substantially V-shaped portions formed to receive an edge of a surfboard. The members each have another end to support resilient members for engaging around the surfboard when fitted on the carrier to hold the surfboard firmly in position in the padded portions so that the surfboard projects forwardly and upwardly relative to the bicycle and clear of a head of a rider when the rider is riding the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1988
    Assignee: Kalmson Pty, Limited
    Inventor: John E. Gibson
  • Patent number: 4790459
    Abstract: A child carrying device for transporting a child in a natural fashion upon the hip of a person. This is a flexible horizontal seat which is worn in the manner of a holster and which folds down when not in immediate use. When in use, the child's weight is born through the seat into the hip via attachments to a hip pad, and onto the upper leg of the person through metal hinges which communicate with a thigh pad shaped to contour the upper leg. Hinges attach to the outermost aspect of the seat and to a central position on the thigh pad. A vertical strap connects the thigh pad to aforementioned hip pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Inventor: Mark R. Moseley
  • Patent number: 4790462
    Abstract: A boot carrier is described for carrying a pair of boots (e.g., ski boots, hiking boots, etc.) in a side-by-side fashion. The carrier includes (a) an elongated strap, (b) first and second snugging members, and (c) first and second sleeve members secured to the snugging members. Each end of the elongated strap passes through one of the sleeve members and is detachably fastened to one of the snugging members, forming a loop beneath each snugging member. The snugging members are adjustable, and the loops are also adjustable, so that the carrier can be adjusted to accommodate boots to various types and various sizes. If desired, the two snugging members may be detachably secured together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Inventor: Richard S. Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 4785983
    Abstract: A universal holster assembly for receiving a handgun body which forms a handgun receiving pocket including a muzzle portion, hammer portion and trigger portion. A snap-on fastener is provided at each of the muzzle, hammer and trigger portions for mating engagement with snap fasteners provided on associated mounting devices which enable the holster to be worn under the arm as part of a shoulder harness unit, directly on the belt, or suspended from the belt but inside the trousers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Inventor: Eugene DeSantis
  • Patent number: 4785980
    Abstract: A ski carrier is disclosed, which includes a frame, a locking bar and a plurality of elongated tubes into which skis are placed and locked in position by the locking bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Inventor: Ronald L. Redick
  • Patent number: 4784305
    Abstract: A golf accessory having a housing with two elongated tubes which are open at which end. Each tube is dimensioned to receive a plurality of golf balls therein and each tube has a longitudinally extending slot extending along one side and between its ends. A stop member protrudes into the interior of each tube adjacent each end which abuts against the golf ball positioned within the interior of the tube to hold the golf balls within the tube. Each tube, however, has a flexible side wall portion adjacent each end which flexes outwardly to enable a golf ball to pass over the stop member and out of the tube. The golf accessory also includes a plurality of openings which are designed to slidably receive and frictionally engage golf tees, golf ball markers and golf green repair tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Inventor: Kenneth Schoenberg
  • Patent number: 4778090
    Abstract: A barrier device for shielding a user from windblown sand and dirt which is normally carried as a backpack and when unpacked and placed in an operative position acts as a protector for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Inventor: Bernard G. Facchina
  • Patent number: 4778091
    Abstract: A child carrier apparatus (10) specifically designed for use in combination with a backpack (100) having two vertically projecting main frame members (103); wherein, the child carrier apparatus (10) includes a primary strap unit (11) having adjustable loops (17) that are operatively attached to the vertically projecting main frame members (103); and, an auxiliary strap unit (12) that cooperates with the primary strap unit (11) to form a chair sling assembly (20) that supports and suspends a child within the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Inventor: Burnett V. Barto
  • Patent number: 4776503
    Abstract: A combination hunting, backpacking and camping accessory that can be used as a hunter's climbing seat, a blind support, a backpack or a portable shelf for camp sites is formed from a pair of interconnected frame components each having first and second sections, a cross brace attached to the first sections and a support member releasably secured to the second sections. A cable or other flexible member is fixed at one end to the cross brace, has a series of stops attached to it along its length and is received in an open notch in the cross brace. When used as a climbing seat the cable is wrapped around a tree with the first sections extending downwardly, but when used as a backpack the accessory is reversed and the cable wrapped around the wearer's waist. When used as a shelf or a blind support the support member may be removed and replaced with extensions slipped over the second sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Inventor: Robert L. Sink
  • Patent number: 4773577
    Abstract: A fire fighter's axe and sling combination is disclosed. The sling is attached to the wooden axe handle by two bands wrapped tightly around the handle at two spaced positions. It has been observed that fire fighter's axes are habitually exposed to abuse and rough treatment because of the emergency conditions which prevail during their use of the axe. The handles frequently break along lines disposed about 10 to 20 degrees to the longitudinal axis of the handle at the usual location of fracture. The bands pass around the handle at a position to reinforce the handle. A slot for receiving the sling is disposed adjacent the ends of the handle so that the sling will not interfere with the use of the axe and the firefighter can grasp the handle with the sling in the slot with no inconvenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Inventor: Patrick D. Mikula
  • Patent number: 4773578
    Abstract: A carrying case for conventional throwing darts is disclosed in the form of a plastic box and mating plastic cover. The box or tray has a pair of tabs extending from one side for attaching the tray to a dart player's belt and a cover latching tab or boss on the opposite side. The lid or cover includes open slots passing around the belt tabs so that the tray may be worn with or without the cover being in place and includes an opening which cooperates with the latching boss to hold the cover in place. The tray is filled with a resilient material into which darts may be stuck and supported freeing the player's hands while waiting his turn to throw. The tray has a flat bottom and may rest upright on a horizontal surface as an alternative to being worn by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Inventor: Richard A. Braun
  • Patent number: 4773576
    Abstract: A cartridge holder is described for mounting on either a pistol, rifle or shotgun. The cartridge holder is comprised of an elastic member which is sewn in such a manner so as to create a first loop portion which may be slipped over the forearm of a weapon to maintain the member on the weapon. A pair of spaced-apart smaller loops are also formed in the member adapted to receive a cartridge therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Inventor: Milton G. Moravek