Patents Examined by Roy D. Frazier
  • Patent number: 4328897
    Abstract: A rack for accommodating circuit boards includes a pair of metal end plates joined by pairs of front and rear extruded metal tie bars. Slotted guide rails moulded from plastics materials are capable of being snap fitted into position between the front and rear tie bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1982
    Assignee: Vero Electronics GmbH
    Inventor: Harald Weiss
  • Patent number: 4327836
    Abstract: A portable bottle storage device for storing bottles of wine, or the like, is disclosed which includes a main member comprising a sheet of plastic, cloth, or like material, and supporting means for hanging the sheet in a generally vertically extending plane. The supporting means includes an elongated rod to which the main member is secured, and a handle member in the form of a hook attached to the rod intermediate the opposite ends thereof. The hook opens toward the rear of the device, and is used for hanging the device from a closet pole, or the like. Elongated side members, which also may comprise sheets of plastic, cloth, or like material, are attached along parallel spaced lines to opposite sides of the main member to form vertically disposed and generally horizontally extending bottle-receiving pockets along opposite sides of the main member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1982
    Inventor: Benjamin T. Okuno
  • Patent number: 4327837
    Abstract: A hanging rack device for hanging articles such as neck ties and belts having a base on which is disposed an attachment means such as the hooked material of a hook and burr-type fastener and one or more hanging means for holding said article which can be secured at any position on said attachment means by virtue of a pile material on the surface thereof which is cooperative with said hooked material thus allowing the articles to be hung in any convenient configuration desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1982
    Inventor: Paul C. Ross
  • Patent number: 4326395
    Abstract: A locking assembly for electrical enclosures to prevent unauthorized tampering with internal power connections. The locking assembly comprises an adjustable bracket which is secured to the walls of the enclosure by bolts; a cover which covers the open front and a substantial part of the sides of the enclosure and which is secured by a bolt to the adjustable bracket, a locking shield which overlies and prevents removal of the bolt which attaches the cover to the adjustable bracket, and a removable lock bolt which secures the shield to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1982
    Inventor: Pasquale A. DeRosa
  • Patent number: 4325237
    Abstract: A lock plug for use with a glad hand coupler of the air brake line of a tractor - trailer. The lock plug is insertable into and held in place locked within the air passage of the glad hand coupler to prevent unauthorized hookup of the plugged glad hand coupler with a mating glad hand coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1982
    Assignee: James G. O'Neill
    Inventor: Larry L. Menzie
  • Patent number: 4325577
    Abstract: A foldable chair comprising a seat portion made of a sheet of flexible material such as canvas, fabric, leather or plastic supported by a pair of rectangular support frames hinged relative to each other and crossing each other along an intermediary hinge line such as to form a figure X when supported from the ground and viewed from the front. The flexible seat portion is frictionally held at its ends as a result of being wrapped around and passed between a pair of parallel lateral tie members forming part of each support frame or, alternatively, forming part of an armrest in chair structures including a back supporting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1982
    Inventor: Sacha Thebaud
  • Patent number: 4325484
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holder for elongated articles such as handles of brooms, fishing rods and other sporting equipment. The holder comprises a base member 11 to which is attached a pair of curved metal strips 15 of channel construction. An elongated bristle strip 17 is mounted in each metal strip 15 so that the bristle strips extend towards each other in end-to-end contact. The bristles may, however, be spaced apart and the metal strips 15 may be adjustably mounted on the base member 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1982
    Assignee: Kleeneze Limited
    Inventor: Richard M. Berry
  • Patent number: 4324022
    Abstract: A ratchet buckle for tightening and tensioning straps includes a bifurcated frame member having a pair of oppositely positioned parallel arms between which a reel member and ratchet wheels are rotatably mounted. A strap to be tensioned is reeved through the reel member. A bifurcated lever member, having a pair of oppositely positioned parallel arms, is rotated on the reel and has a ratchet drive plate which engages the teeth of the ratchet wheel such that when the lever is actuated the reel is rotatably driven. A portion of the load on the frame is transferred to the lever when the buckle is in its closed position, thereby substantially increasing the strength-to-weight ratio of the device by providing tab members and notches which matingly engage each other with the handle in its tensioned or closed position, one of these two engaging members being on the arms of the lever and the other of these members being on the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Assignee: Ancra Corporation
    Inventor: Ernest Prete, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4324119
    Abstract: A locking device with a main body member having a threaded bore therein adapted for screwing onto the axle bolt of a bicycle, a securing member for shackling the main body member to an adjacent frame member of the bicycle, and a lock device for locking the securing member to the main body member. The main body member also includes an annular collar protruding axially therefrom in radially spaced concentric relation to the axis of the threaded bore for extending concentrically over the axle nut of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Inventor: David Mitton
  • Patent number: 4324023
    Abstract: A ratchet buckle for tightening and tensioning straps which include a bifurcated frame member with a pair of oppositely positioned parallel arms between which a reel member and ratchet wheels are rotatably mounted. The reel member is formed from a pair of oppositely positioned curved plates. This reel member is reinforced structurally by means of a spreader bar insert member which is placed between the plates and which has a slot formed in the center thereof through which a strap to be tensioned is reeved. The insert member has a pair of similar ridge portions running along the outer surfaces of the portions thereof forming the walls of the slot and a pair of wing portions at each of the opposite ends thereof, these wing portions extending in a direction normal to the longitudinal axis of the slot and being fitted between the edges of the curved plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1982
    Assignee: Ancra Corporation
    Inventor: Ernest Prete, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4323162
    Abstract: Multiple domestic trouser-hanger comprising a certain number, preferably five, of horizontal bars, one bar for each pair of trousers, adequately spaced one from another, projecting from and fixed to an arm held by an articulated joint to a base which can be fixed to any wall and which can take up two main, self-locking positions according to whether the plane on which it is fixed is vertical or horizontal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Inventor: Jiri Steinhilber
  • Patent number: 4323161
    Abstract: A printed circuit card retainer and rack assembly is described. The retainers comprise resilient arcuate channel members of U-shaped cross section having a flared central wall portion permitting vertical alignment of cards of diverse thickness. The retaining force exerted by the resiliency and deformation of the members is in the vertical direction parallel to the face of the card. The flared portion lends additional stiffness to each member in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Inventor: Joseph Marconi
  • Patent number: 4322959
    Abstract: A locking means for a trunk in an automobile is disclosed which can be unlocked by the rotation of a key inserted in a key cylinder of the trunk and which comprises a first switch provided at a proper location in the room of the automobile to open and close a D.C. circuit including an actuator means for unlocking the locking means. A second switch which is usually closed is provided in said D.C. circuit in such a way as to be opened by the rotation of said key inserted in the key cylinder of the trunk in a direction contrary to that for unlocking the locking means, thereby it becomes possible for a proprietor of the automobile who stands outside the automobile near the trunk to actuate the second switch so as to prevent the opening of the trunk by any other person against the will of the proprietor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventor: Haruo Mochida
  • Patent number: 4322875
    Abstract: Two strip materials from which portions may be severed and used together as a releasably engageable fastener. Each strip material comprises a bonding layer in which are embedded a plurality of U-shaped monofilaments. Each U-shaped monofilament includes two headed stem portions adapted to engage the headed stem portions of the other strip material, and the monofilaments are rectangularly arrayed, and spaced to provide a number of headed stem portions per unit length that are different from and not a multiple of or evenly divisible by the number of headed stem portions per unit length on the other strip material in any direction so that upon engagement the rows of headed stem portions of one strip material cannot readily slip between the rows of headed stem portions on the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1982
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manfacturing Company
    Inventors: James N. Brown, Melvin O. Kalleberg
  • Patent number: 4322007
    Abstract: A display stand of the type having vertically spaced bars adapted to releasably receive display cards in suspended relation thereon. The display stand comprises vertically extending corner stanchions comprising wall portions extending in the plane of adjacent sides of the display stand, the inner surfaces of said wall portions removably receiving an elongated strip which extends for substantially the extent of said stanchion and which extends across each corner stanchions to define a generally triangular configuration in cross-section, said strips being provided with vertically spaced support means for receiving and supporting the ends of horizontal bars on which the display cards are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1982
    Assignee: A & H Mfg. Co.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Feibelman
  • Patent number: 4321733
    Abstract: A slide fastener stringer includes a stringer tape having a pair of opposite surfaces, and a series of fastener elements sewn to the stringer tape on one of the surfaces thereof along its one longitudinal edge by utilizing single thread chain stitches formed with a monofilament thread having a coefficient of thermal contraction. The sewing thread has a succession of loops disposed on the other surface of the tape, each loop being intralooped with a preceding loop of the same thread such that the crossing of these adjacent two loops is disposed between adjacent two of the fastener elements, as viewed in a direction perpendicular to the general plane of the tape. The monofilament thread, after sewn to the tape, is heat-set to shrink and then become dimensionally stable, thereby holding the fastener elements more tightly on the tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1982
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Yoshida
  • Patent number: 4322005
    Abstract: A corrugated paper display stacker having a plurality of vertically arranged springs and upwardly biased pivoted trays secured to a back panel. A double acting torsion spring having hooks on protruding fingers that are inserted into the fluting of the tray and a stablizing U-shape loop on the other side of the spring maintain each of the trays in a vertical position when not loaded with merchandise. The torsion spring is held to the back panel by securing means in the form of a dowel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1982
    Assignee: Displayco
    Inventor: David Robertson
  • Patent number: 4322049
    Abstract: A gas fired barbecue grill includes a base to which are attached a pair of positioning and support brackets for the lower ring of a propane gas tank. A vertical support post for the grill body rising from the base carries a two part adjustable stabilizing bracket which engages an upper ring of the gas tank to hold it in proper fixed relationship to the support post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1977
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1982
    Assignee: W. C. Bradley Co.
    Inventors: Mason P. Holland, Lester E. Taylor, James W. Branch
  • Patent number: 4320934
    Abstract: A pull-out guide for drawers with which the drawer can be pulled completely free of the cabinet and is still held in the latter has a structure such that on each side of the drawer is a holding member attached to the drawer and a holding member attached to the side wall of the cabinet, both holding members being elongated and have a running surface for a roller placed between the holding members and mounted in the middle of an intermediate rail. The holding members have a rack profile and a part of the roller is a pinion engaging in the racks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1982
    Assignee: Julius Blum Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Erich Rock, Bernhard Mages
  • Patent number: 4319686
    Abstract: A ski holder comprises a vertically elongated and fixed U-section guide adjacent which a vertically elongated and movable U-section guide having a lower end provided with an abutment projecting toward the fixed guide can move. A pair of links forms a parallelogrammatic linkage with these guides for relative parallel movement. A spring urges the movable guide from a lower closed position spaced relatively close to the fixed guide into an upper open position spaced horizontally relatively far from the fixed guide. A ski set on the abutment will automatically cause the movable guide to pivot downwardly and inwardly on its links so as to clamp and hold the ski.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1982
    Inventor: Marcel A. Avocat