Patents Examined by Roy D. Frazier
  • Patent number: 4367571
    Abstract: The clamp of the invention comprises a strip of flexible material formed at the ends with tongues which can be engaged with one another when the clamp is fitted around a tubular or bar-like object. One end is formed with at least one set of three tongues consisting of a short tongue flanked by two long tongues the tips of the long tongues being bridged by a fixed bar and the other end is formed with at least one tongue engageable over the bar and under the short tongue of the tongues of the other end. The strip of flexible material may consist of two portions hinged to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: Webco Industrial Rubber Limited
    Inventors: Graeme K. Speirs, Anthony D. Cameron
  • Patent number: 4367896
    Abstract: An armature for supporting a shell of a bicycle saddle from a clamp carried by a saddle support pipe consists of a single die-forged piece of light alloy. The single piece has a general shape similar to that of a fork with a yoke portion, a pair of symmetrical prongs extending in one direction each from a respective opposite end of the yoke portion, and a stem portion extending from the middle of the yoke portion in a direction opposite to said one direction and in a general plane of symmetry of the sprongs. Each of said sprongs has a respective rectilinear fastening portion extending from the yoke and a respective tail portion extending from the fastening portion. The rectilinear fastening portions are parallel to each other, so as to define a general base plane which is perpendicular to said plane of symmetry, and are adapted to be clamped in said clamp. The tail portions diverge from each other and have free ends which are adapted to support a rear portion of the saddle shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: Cinelli Cino & C. S.r.l.
    Inventor: Mario Nieddu
  • Patent number: 4367818
    Abstract: In a gravity-operated, forward feed bottle merchandiser, bottles are supported by their necks on tracks consisting of parallel track elements which are removable and reversible to accommodate bottles of different neck widths. Each track element is secured between front and rear support rails. The track elements are held against rotation in slots in the rear support rail, and must be twisted in order to be disengaged from the front support rails.Each track element comprises a web having flanges extending in opposite directions respectively from its upper and lower edges. Ramps extending forwardly from the flanges cross each other and each ramp has a projection overlying the other ramp so that the ramps reinforce each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Suttles
  • Patent number: 4367819
    Abstract: A display rack comprising a relatively long and narrow support member with a plurality of projections spaced therealong, each projection having a plurality of differently oriented holes for receiving an arm of a hook so that a hook may extend in the same direction regardless of the orientation of the support. The hook may also have a foot which engages the support when the support extends vertically or which engages the supporting surface on which the support is mounted when the support extends horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Assignee: Clip Strip Corporation
    Inventor: Lawrence A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 4367844
    Abstract: A mailbox comprises a hollow, closed body having an open end with a door pivotally mounted therein. A rigid mounting sleeve, formed integrally and in one piece with the body, depends from the base of the mailbox and is shaped to telescopingly receive a support post therein to securely mount the mailbox and its contents at a desired location. The door preferably has a recessed handle and a recessed signal flag pivotally mounted in the exterior face of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 11, 1983
    Inventor: Donald J. Drummond
  • Patent number: 4366906
    Abstract: A flattenable merchandising holder device including a pair of mounting elements swingably mounted in a display panel. The mounting elements define flatted locking portions engaging cooperating mounting channels on the display panel for selectively retaining the mounting elements in an operative position wherein a support provided on the lower end thereof extends forwardly from the lower end of the display panel. In a retracted position, the support elements are swung into general alignment with the flat plane of the display panel so as to define a flat arrangement of the device. The locking action is effected by longitudinally positioning the mounting element relative to the mounting channel. A connector is provided on the mounting element for mounting of the device to a perforated wall board. The display panel is provided with channel portions for removably mounting a display card element, such as for use with the merchandise intended to be carried on the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventor: Patrick H. Joyce
  • Patent number: 4366587
    Abstract: An infant safety carrier for vehicles comprises a rigid receptacle that is secured by a vehicle seat belt on the seat crosswise of the vehicle and a bag of strong flexible material fastened to the receptacle and shaped and dimensioned to envelop an infant's body and head, except for his or her face, to restrain the infant safely in the vehicle in the event of an accident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventor: Juichiro Takada
  • Patent number: 4366909
    Abstract: A clothes hanger with multiple clothes supports is formed of a pair of U-shaped members each having a bight portion and two leg portions. The leg portions form the upper and lower clothes supports extending laterally from the bight portion with other struts fixed to the bight portion between the leg portions and forming the remaining clothes supports. The leg portions and the struts are all located in a single plane. A hook is secured to the end of a support rod which is hingedly connected to the bight portions of the two U-shaped members. The U-shaped members can be pivoted relative to the support rod, held in the vertical position, so that the bight portions can be positioned vertically or horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventor: Ibrahim Fahmi
  • Patent number: 4366586
    Abstract: A folding bed mechanism, such as, for example, a convertible ottoman, has a plurality of pivotally connected bed sections, including a base section supported on rollers or the like. The bed sections are adapted to unfold into a straight line and to fold into a compact configuration. The improvement of the present invention comprises at least one anti-roll foot mounted in the base section for movement toward and away from the surface on which the base section is supported and a control mechanism responsive to the initiation of unfolding pivotal movement of one of the bed sections relative to the base section for urging the foot into contact with the support surface to resist rolling of the base frame during unfolding of the bed sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Assignee: Castro Convertible Corporation
    Inventor: W. Dorwin Teague
  • Patent number: 4366585
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an armchair effective to be transformed into a bed, comprising a plurality of opened box structures, coupled telescopically to one another and unthreadable from one another in such a way as to provide a resting plane having a length like that of a conventional bed. The level difference occurring in the box structures forming said resting plane or surface is compensated for by using cushions having suitably differentiated heights. To the fixed base structure, furthermore, are coupled a backrest effective to assume two stable positions of different slant, and at least a vertical wall provided with a basculable or tiltable arm and including an unthreadable table arranged to be rested on said tilted arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Assignee: I.V.M. S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marcello Ponti, Paolo Cesana
  • Patent number: 4365839
    Abstract: The armrests and base feet of a chair are encased by a soft cushioning layer of foamed plastic, such as polyurethane, to provide bumping and impact protection and to enable the structural support members of the chair to be fabricated from rough and unfinished metal stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1977
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: Intercollection Development SA
    Inventor: Alex Strassle
  • Patent number: 4365390
    Abstract: A clip for writing utensils such as a sharp pencil or the like comprising a clip piece including a pair of opposed insertion arms, said insertion arms being inserted into receiving grooves provided in side surfaces of a clip base formed integral with a holder of the writing utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehei Kageyama, Takahiko Suzuki
  • Patent number: 4365369
    Abstract: A three cushion convertible seat-bed is disclosed. A single seat has first and second panels (12,14) for the seat back and seat bottom mounted on a seat base (10) and a third panel (16) pivotally coupled with the seat back. A conversion mechanism (18) includes a quadrant plate (80) which is pivotally supported on the base (10). The lower part of the seat back is rigidly connected (84,86) with the quadrant plate (80) and the rear edge of the seat bottom is pivotally coupled (124) with the quadrant plate so that the three panels can be unfolded from the seat orientation to a bed orientation. A first set of latches (A, B, D) holds the conversion mechanism (18) in the seat orientation and are released sequentially by moving an operating handle (22) in one direction. This same motion of the operating handle (22) causes an actuating means (172,170) to thrust the third panel (16) rearwardly toward the bed orientation as the first and second panels (12,14) are unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1982
    Inventor: Robert W. Plume
  • Patent number: 4364481
    Abstract: A variable shelf organizer adapted to being assembled to provide shelf organizers of various sizes. The elements are constructed so that portions of them may be broken away to adjust both the length and the width and so that the parts interlock to give product troughs of various widths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Assignee: Bristol-Myers Company
    Inventor: Albert A. Ricci
  • Patent number: 4364590
    Abstract: Automobile door locking apparatus with cancellation mechanisms, the mechanisms consisting of an open lever, a locking lever, a lever connecting the above two levers, and a cancellation lever which are all operatively fitted to a back surface of base body of the door locking apparatus. Said back surface has a projection for a door striker. The above levers are located aside said projection and substantially within the level of said projection so as to provide a window glass channel with a wider front width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1982
    Assignee: Mitsui Kinzoku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Hamada
  • Patent number: 4363159
    Abstract: A separable fastening device is provided comprising a pair of clasping members, each of said members being comprised of a rigid, bendable material having a central aperture extending therethrough and at least one substantially flat edge section, each flat edge section having;(a) an internal angular notch;(b) an external angular notch; and(c) a slot in said edge section connecting with the vertexes of said internal and external angular notches and dividing said edge section into split end portions, said slot having a gap less than the thickness of the edge section of the other of said pair of clasping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Inventor: K. Edward Lischick
  • Patent number: 4363438
    Abstract: An improved mail box structure incorporating existing Postal Service mail boxes for facilitating collection of mail contents thereof in a dry condition even in stormy weather and is comprised of an existing mail box of the self standing type and having internally thereof a mailbag holding frame for holding the mailbag in open position for receiving mail deposited through the existing mail receiving pivotal door chute, baffles extending downwardly from the mail box wall toward the mailbag holding frame for deflecting all received mail into the open mailbag held on the mailbag holding frame which is carried on a horizontally disposed slide structure fixed to the side walls of the mail box and positioned for slidably moving the mailbag holding frame with the mailbag held thereon forwardly through the existing mail collection door opening when the mail collection door is in open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Inventor: Charlie Connor
  • Patent number: 4363516
    Abstract: A thrust support for bicycles against which the rider may press his buttocks at the same time he exerts the muscular force of his legs upon the pedals so as to accomplish additional driving power, thereby exerting less upper body energy and maintaining proper seat position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1982
    Inventors: Douglas E. Braly, James A. Stein
  • Patent number: 4362267
    Abstract: A tray for mail boxes, especially those of the rural type, wherein the tray rests upon the mail box bottom and receives mail and other contents placed within the mail box. The tray includes finger grasping means adjacent the mail box door whereby the tray may be partially pulled from the box making the contents readily accessible and eliminating the necessity to reach deeply into the mail box cavity. Means are defined on the tray for holding letters to be picked up in a convenient position, and for supporting coins to pay postage due.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Inventor: Homer A. Donaldson
  • Patent number: 4361919
    Abstract: A convertible child's bed is provided which may be sold in the form of a crib for use by the child when it is very young, and which may subsequently be converted into a standard twin bed as the child becomes older.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Inventor: James R. Hull