Patents Examined by Roy D. Frazier
  • Patent number: 4548435
    Abstract: A latch assembly wherein a latch bolt and a latch trigger are unlatched by rotation of a sleeve adjacent the latch trigger which causes the latch trigger to pivot out of engagement with the latch bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1985
    Assignee: Hartwell Corporation
    Inventor: William R. Bourne
  • Patent number: 4418553
    Abstract: In a locking device for use with a vehicle having a trunk compartment and a fuel tank filling outlet positioned adjacent and below a vertical lower wall of the trunk compartment, with the vehicle also having a closeable lid member which closes by engaging said trunk compartment lower wall, said device including a removeable cap closure member for the fuel tank inlet which tightens onto the fuel tank inlet by rotational movement and which has a slot in the exterior thereof, and a locking bar element having configured upper and lower portions, with the upper portion being adapted to fit over the top of the trunk compartment lower wall and engage the underside of the trunk lid, and with the lower portion having a lower terminus which is adapted to seat into the slot in said fuel tank filler outlet cap to lock thereby the cap in place and prevent its removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1983
    Inventor: Edward R. Applegate
  • Patent number: 4391460
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improvement in a multiple bolt locking device. In accordance with the invention, the entire locking assembly is contained inside a housing comprising a box section which extends over the entire length of the door. The locking mechanism is totally adjustable both in vertical dimension and in the positioning of horizontal bars providing extra security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Inventor: Jose D. Bonet
  • Patent number: 4389760
    Abstract: A slip unit for releasably supporting a well pipe, including a support structure to be positioned on and turn with a rotary table and preferably taking the form of a slip bowl, and a vertically movable slip carrier structure suspending a number of pipe-gripping slips and adapted to be releasably retained by latch means in a lower active position, with the carrier and slips being yieldingly urged upwardly to inactive positions when the latch means are released. The support structure and carrier structure are both desirably formed of complementary sections hinged for relative swinging movement between closed positions about the pipe and open positions permitting movement of the unit laterally relative to the pipe, and with an additional latch being provided for retaining the structures in their closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1983
    Assignee: Varco International, Inc.
    Inventor: Igor Krasnov
  • Patent number: 4382540
    Abstract: A double-door security rural mailbox having oppositely faced front and rear closures permitting safe, easy access thereto by the rural mail carrier and the owner of the mailbox. The mailbox has a locking mechanism including a key operated lock for locking the rear closure. The front closure is provided with a locking mechanism which allows the front closure to be freely opened and closed once by the mail carrier before securing in a locked position. Thereafter, the front closure may only be unlocked by unlocking and opening the rear closure. Once the rear closure is again closed and locked, the front closure may again be opened and closed once by the mail carrier before securing in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1983
    Inventors: James B. Kelly, Viola F. Kelly
  • Patent number: 4378100
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mount for a stand or stool. The support legs for the stand or stool are disposed in a pyramidal relationship with the mount at the apex. The legs, four in number, are disposed between parallel, spaced legs of L-shaped brackets and pivotally secured thereto. Unlike prior art devices, the brackets are integrally joined to the legs and removable from the remainder of the mount. The remainder of the mount comprises a support member or plate with a threaded rod depending perpendicularly therefrom. The rod passes between the L-shaped brackets which pivotally hold the legs. A flat washer is used to engage one side of the bracket and a wing nut is used to tighten the flat washer and the support member against the brackets to form a rigid mount for the stool or stand. An interlocking set of cross bars, pivotally mounted to the legs midway below the stand, keeps the legs extended and adds to the stability of the overall construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1983
    Assignee: M.B.O. Music Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Ferdinand R. Minozzi, Stephen A. Minozzi, Robert R. Pelepako
  • Patent number: 4377022
    Abstract: A separable slide fastener having a separable assembly comprises a pair of stringer tapes each carrying along one longitudinal edge a row of coupling elements each having a pair of spaced legs and a coupling head extending between the legs. The separable terminal assembly comprises a separable pin and a retainer pin fixed to the bottom end of the respective tapes and a retainer formed integrally with the retainer pin for receiving the separable pin. The rows of coupling elements can be interlocked by interengagement of a pair of lateral projections of the opposed coupling head. The lateral projections of the endmost coupling elements located adjacent to the pins are cut off to permit the endmost coupling elements to be disengaged from each other when the slide fastener is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Shunji Akashi
  • Patent number: 4377011
    Abstract: A cradle for an infant is disclosed which is collapsible and which provides several different rocking motions. The framework of the cradle is comprised of an outer frame with an inner frame suspended therein. The outer frame has an open position and a collapsed position and comprises two hoops connected at a first pair of pivots to pivot between the open and collapsed positions, the lower portions of the hoops serving as rockers. The inner frame comprises two U-shaped portions connected to each other at a second pair of pivots. The inner frame is connected to the outer frame at a third pair of pivots proximate the apexes of the U-shaped portions at opposite upper portions of the hoops equidistant from the pivots of the first pair, so that the inner frame can swing within the outer frame about the third pair of pivots. A collapsible receptacle is supported by the inner frame and oriented for side-to-side swinging motion about its longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Inventor: James Kinberger
  • Patent number: 4373639
    Abstract: The present invention provides level positioning for storage devices used by draftsmen, illustrators, painters, etc of a universal and secure nature, providing for most mounting structure sizes and angles, left or right mounting, of simplicity which provides low cost and utility not available in nearly forty years of drawing experience and manufacturing observance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventor: Alfred J. Tricon
  • Patent number: 4372481
    Abstract: An auxiliary mailbox marking attachment comprises a mounting strap transversely surrounding, and generally conforming to the shape of, the exterior top and sides of a mailbox. A portion of the mounting strap extends inwardly beneath the mailbox such that the mounting strap may be drawn tight to clamp around the exterior of the mailbox. A flag or other marking device is mounted on the mounting strap by a support attached to the mounting strap and serves as a visible indication of the presence of the mailbox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Inventor: Ronald K. Benson
  • Patent number: 4372448
    Abstract: The device has first and second opposing surfaces each including first and second planar sections. The sections of the first surface are inclined with respect to each other along a center line at an angle greater than 180.degree. and cooperate with upstanding side members to form drainage channels along the sides of the first surface. The sections of the second surface are inclined with respect to each other at an angle less than 180.degree. to form a central drainage channel in the second surface. End members support each of the surfaces at an incline relative to the horizontal. One end member has drainage ports aligned with each of the channels and a container receiving opening, connected by means of a drainage channel, to the port aligned with the drainage channel on the second surface. The first surface has members thereon for retaining dishware, silverware and galssware. When used with the first surface facing upward, the device may be used as a dish rack and/or a drain board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Inventor: Edward Drach
  • Patent number: 4371996
    Abstract: An articulated bed having a tubular frame, a mattress-holder made up in three parts; a back-rest, a seat-rest and a leg-rest; an arcuate cradle welded to the frame; a carrier capable of rolling on the cradle and an air compressed jack acting on the carrier. Under the combined action of the weight of the carrier and of the jack, the mattress-holder is practically in a state of stable equilibrium in any relative position of the back-rest and of the seat-rest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Inventor: Sylvain Nahum
  • Patent number: 4372449
    Abstract: A lightweight, portable, auxiliary towel rack adapted for use with an existing towel bar includes spaced legs uniquely configured such that the towel rack is securely held in place on the towel bar. Each leg includes a first straight section at one end of which a reversely bent portion having a second straight section is provided. A straight third section extends from the reversely bent portion, the third straight section being substantially at right angles to the first straight section. A short wall-engaging portion extends from the third straight section in a direction generally parallel to the first straight section. The legs are connected to the underside of an oval member having a major dimension approximately equal to that of conventional towel bars. In use, the reversely bent portions of the legs are wrapped about the towel bar and the wall-engaging portions engage the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Assignee: Tool Dynamics, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond W. Fink
  • Patent number: 4370782
    Abstract: A belt retainer for securing the belt of a disposable sterile operating room gown comprises a generally rectangular strip of semi-rigid deformable material having a continuous belt retaining and locking cutout slot therein. The cutout slot defines a central upwardly extending tab, a narrow downwardly extending tab extension connected to the central tab adjacent one side edge of the central tab, and a side downwardly extending tab positioned adjacent the opposite side edge of the central tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: The Kendall Company
    Inventor: John A. Aronica
  • Patent number: 4371085
    Abstract: A display rack (20) for displaying cartons of bottles or packages is disclosed. Display rack (20) is comprised of modules (22) having a bottom support panel (34) and a back support panel (36) which are pivotably attached to allow rotatable movement between a folded configuration for packaging and shipping and an upright configuration for displaying. A header assembly (30) including a shelf (32) is provided for attaching advertising materials and providing space for sample products. Guard rails (24) are attached to the outer sides (26, 28) of outer modules (22) to direct shopping carts and people away from the stacked display of consumer products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: Cornelius Cannon, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Fredrickson
  • Patent number: 4370767
    Abstract: The disclosure is of a beach mat for human use comprising a center section which may be adjusted to provide a surface on which the body may rest in a reclining or sitting position and which has bottom and head end parts. The bottom end part has side panels which may be folded under the center section to permit rigid maintenance of an upward fold in part of the center section, and the head end part has side panels pivotally connected to the center section which may be folded rearwardly from the center section to support the head end part of the center section in raised position for head and back support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    Inventor: Alberto Fraser
  • Patent number: 4370766
    Abstract: A bed which is movable between a horizontal open position and a vertical closed position wherein a counterbalancing mechanism comprising two levers and gas springs are placed at the foot of the bed in order to provide a lifting moment for help in closing the bed and a gravitational restraint when opening the bed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: Murphy Door Bed Company, Inc.
    Inventor: W. Dorwin Teague, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4369998
    Abstract: By providing two independent torsionally flexible loop systems, each incorporating a curved wire loop portion and a stabilized portion which anchors the loop portion with a resilient, torsionally flexible quality, a unique bicycle seat undercarriage is achieved which provides dual, independent, resilient loop deflection at the areas of maximum load, with resilient loop return to their original positions when the deflection force is removed. Preferably, the bicycle seat undercarriage incorporates a wire holdng and clamping bracket adapted for mounting engagement with a bicycle seat post and at least one elongated wire member securely affixed along a portion thereof to said bracket and extending from said clamped position in a substantially uniformly curved loop with its terminating end holdingly engaged with said bracket. In the preferred embodiment, a single continuous wire is employed which also forms the forward leading pommel end of the undercarriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Inventor: Robert Blase
  • Patent number: 4369533
    Abstract: A hospital bed in which the mattress is composed of an endless belt placed over several rows of rollers that are disposed in a transverse direction of the bed. The outer edges of the mattress can be raised by displacing a column of rollers upwardly by means of an endless chain placed at the head and foot of the bed. By this means a disabled person can be shifted easily and without pain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Inventor: Hermann Gisiger
  • Patent number: 4369887
    Abstract: A merchandising rack for displaying and dispensing a plurality of generally planar upright product packages comprises a forwardly inclined ramp adapted for receiving a first linear array of the product to be dispensed. A product carrying container is slidably received on the ramp. The product carrying container defines a parallelpiped having an angle of inclination approximately equal to the slope angle of the inclined ramp. The container is adapted for receiving a second linear array of the product and backing up the first linear array of the product to gravity bias the same in the forward direction for viewing and dispensing. Stop means is disposed at the front of the ramp for engaging the foremost members of the first linear array of the product and the gravity biasing container when the first linear array of the product is exhausted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1983
    Assignee: Harbor Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Merton D. Emery