Patents Examined by Roy D. Frazier
  • Patent number: 4312103
    Abstract: A separable slide fastener has a separable end stop assembly including a pair of pin members each formed, by injection molding, on one of a pair of fastener stringers along a bottom end portion of an inner longitudinal edge thereof, and means for holding the pair of pin members in collateral relation to couple the stringers at their bottom ends. A pair of reinforcing wing members are each formed integrally with one of the pin members and extend therefrom so as to overlie an inner marginal portion of one reinforcing film attached to a respective one of stringer tapes. Each wing member has an outer edge extending substantially parallel to one of the pin members and disposed slightly outwardly of an outermost side edge of a slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K K
    Inventor: Shunji Akashi
  • Patent number: 4312455
    Abstract: A holding device for supporting articles such as handbags, newspapers and packages underneath a table top in a dining area, the device being provided with a pivotal attachment which can be secured to any vertical surface underneath a table or to an under-surface of the table top. The holding device is provided with one or more holding members which are pivotally supported to make the holding members more adaptable for supporting the articles whether the holding device is secured from a vertical or a horizontal table surface. The pivotal attachment may possess a reticulated construction adapted for attachment to an arcuate table surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Inventor: Cora Weber
  • Patent number: 4312102
    Abstract: A sealing slide fastener stringer includes a stringer tape made of synthetic rubber and a series of coupling elements of synthetic resin injection-molded on a longitudinal edge portion of the stringer tape. The stringer tape has a thickened sealing member along the longitudinal edge portion. Each coupling element includes a pair of members one on each side of the tape, each comprised of a leg on the edge portion, a neck on the sealing member, and a coupling head projecting beyond the sealing member. The legs are interconnected by a first connector extending through the edge portion, and the necks are interconnected by a second connector extending through the sealing member. The first and second connectors may either be integral or comprise rivets. A single integral connector may alternatively be used to connect the legs and necks of the coupling element members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K K
    Inventor: Takeo Fukuroi
  • Patent number: 4310952
    Abstract: A safety belt buckle including a latch for engagement with an opening in a tongue, an ejection spring for the tongue and a bias spring for a push button that can be brought into engagement with the latch, wherein the latch can pivot on an axis approximately perpendicular to the direction of insertion of the tongue, the latch being biased in the unlocked position by the force of the bias spring, and when the bias spring is at least partially extended, the latch is maintained in locking engagement with the tongue by a reinforcing member that moves together with the push button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1982
    Assignee: N. V. Klippan S.A.
    Inventors: Paul J. Robben, Hugo R. De Vuyst
  • Patent number: 4310936
    Abstract: A water mattress has a portion of its volume occupied by air or gas filled bodies which lower the total mattress weight and inhibit the under damped natural harmonic motion typical of conventional water mattresses. A method of fabricating the water mattress of the instant invention is also disclosed. The gas filled bodies comprise independent, elongate, parallel chambers having sidewalls which are secured to the bottom panel of the mattress. The chambers are positioned to float between the horizontal midplane of the mattress and its upper surface such that it exhibits the uniform force per area weight distribution characteristic found desirable in such devices. Air is supplied to the chambers through generally aligned access fittings on the chambers and water mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1982
    Assignee: Kuss Corporation
    Inventor: Gary L. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 4309882
    Abstract: An antitheft device for a steering shaft of a motor vehicle has a latch which is movable between a latching and an unlatching position with respect to said steering shaft. A stop element in the form of a ball is provided in a radially extending opening in a stationary cylinder. The ball overhangs a projecting portion of the latch to prevent the projecting portion of the latch from moving past the ball. A rotating cylinder into which a key is inserted is rotatably mounted on the inside of the stationary cylinder and has a pair of circumferentially and longitudinally spaced detents into which the ball moves as the rotating cylinder moves past the radially extending opening. When the ball drops in the remote one of the detents, the projecting portion of the latch moves past the ball whereupon movement of the rotating cylinder moves the ball out of the detent to prevent the projecting portion of the latch from accidentally moving past the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Assignee: Arman S.p.A.
    Inventor: Guiseppe Maiocco
  • Patent number: 4309799
    Abstract: A belt holding device formed integrally from a continuous and planar blank material and comprising a peripheral frame portion and at least three projections or tongued portions respectively extending from the peripheral frame portion toward generally a center of a central area defined by the peripheral frame portion, and leaving an opening in generally a center of the central area through which a strip of belt can be threaded in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Assignee: Kohshoh Limited
    Inventor: Taizo Noda
  • Patent number: 4310097
    Abstract: A gravity feed combined display and storage unit for use in a professional salon type environment. The unit is divided into a plurality of compartments separated by a series of bottle supports, T-shaped in configuration, which includes an upright divider member and outwardly depending shoulders. The supports slope dowwardly from the back to the front of the unit where they abut a plurality of bottle stops. The sides of the shoulders are spaced apart a sufficient distance, to support a bottle by the underside of its angle and neck feed, the bottle supports being positioned at a sufficient height so that the bottles hang free and clear from any base surface. The shoulders terminate a sufficient distance from the back wall to that bottles may be placed in the rear, the shoulders supporting a number of bottles.The bottle stops terminate just below the shoulders and the bottle neck, exposing the entire front panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Assignee: Marlboro Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Milton J. Merl
  • Patent number: 4310094
    Abstract: A tool rack providing a pair of transversely spaced tool receiving recesses defined by transversely aligned tool supporting walls; a spring mounted between the walls in position for engagement by a tool inserted in the recesses with the spring positioned to engage a midportion of the tool between the walls and to be resiliently deflected away from the walls to resiliently hold the tool in a three-point support. The walls are preferably inclined to the direction of resilient deflection of the spring and in the direction of increasing the spring deflection upon removal of the tool from the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Inventor: John E. Hotchkiss, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4309798
    Abstract: A positively locking slide fastener assembly of the "zipper" type includes two trains of locking elements or teeth with each of the teeth being provided with an interlocking hook-like extension and a locking surface. Adjacent teeth in each of the two trains are oppositely directed with the hooks pointing up and down, and opposed teeth in different trains have the teeth pointing up and down for interlocking of the opposed trains. The slider for securing the trains together and for unlocking them includes camming surfaces for tilting the opposed teeth to an unlocking position as the opposed trains are brought together or unfastened. In addition, a movable or adjustable pointed element may be provided to assist in the separation of the two trains as the slide fastener assembly is opened. Camming surfaces and the pointed opening element may be secured and put into operation by movement of the slider handle to its operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1982
    Inventor: John B. Fraga
  • Patent number: 4308645
    Abstract: A separable slide fastener which includes a pair of stringers, a pair of pin members each secured at one end portion of one stringer, and a retainer for separably closing said pin members to each other is disclosed. The retainer may be a slidable one wherein the retainer can slide over both stringers and receive both pin members therein or a fixed one which includes a box having an opening for receiving the other pin member therein fixed to one of the pin members. The pin members are modified fastener elements formed by cutting the coupling heads off from some of the fastener elements positioned at one end portion of each stringer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K.K.
    Inventor: Akira Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 4308733
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improvement in tire locks and more specifically to devices which make spare tires in the trunk compartment of an automobile almost tamperproof from the standpoint of their removal by unauthorized persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Inventor: George R. Tampa
  • Patent number: 4308641
    Abstract: In a U-shaped clip made from strip material and intended to close bags and flexible tubes, said clip comprising a web connecting two limbs having outwardly angled end lugs, the improvement which comprises forming the surface of the clip which is to engage a bag so as to provide elevated and depressed zones to grasp the bag more securely. The elevated and depressed portions can be established by forming longitudinal beads on the inside of the clip along the web and limbs or by forming longitudinal grooves on such inside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Inventor: Herbert Niedecker
  • Patent number: 4308989
    Abstract: A signal device for a newspaper delivery box includes a hinged actuator located within the box and in the path of movement of an inserted newspaper, and includes a latch portion which projects through an opening in the side wall of the newspaper box to releasably engage a gravity biased, pivotally connected signal flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Inventor: Richard R. Elsinger
  • Patent number: 4307477
    Abstract: Bedding arrangement having a base for disposing on the surface of a bed and an adjustable back support with a frame pivotably mounted at the surface of the base enabling adjustment of the back support into various angular positions relative to the surface of the base. A board for supporting the back of a bed-ridden patient is pivotably mounted on the frame adjacent a head-resting portion of the latter. The board is upwardly pivotable in a direction opposite an upward pivotable movement of the frame whereby the patient assumes a recumbent position raised above the surface of the bed permitting unhindered introduction of a bed pot under the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Assignee: A/S Norsy Stalromobelfabrikk
    Inventor: Erling Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 4307494
    Abstract: Safety belt buckle comprising a locking part arranged in a buckle housing and a clasp which can be inserted and latched into the locking part and which can be unlocked by means of an operating mechanism, wherein there is a clasp comprising a plate-like blank with engagement recesses constructed in the vicinity of its lateral edges and with a circular guide surface in the front buckle end area and a locking part comprising two single-armed levers arranged in scissor-like manner about a common pivot point in the buckle housing and which are under the action of a locking or tension spring, said levers having at their free ends locking elements which engage in the engagement recesses of the clasp, said locking elements being in operative connection with an operating slide guided on the buckle housing and opening the levers in scissors-like manner for disengaging the clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Inventors: Reinhard Gasse, Reinhold Hennings, Dieter Hermann
  • Patent number: 4307671
    Abstract: A shelf is supported by at least one shelf support from at least one vertical support having vertically spaced slots therein. The rear edge of each shelf support carries upper and lower extensions which fit into the slots. Abutting surfaces between the upper and lower extensions extend at angles to each other and abut, selectively, the adjacent surface of the vertical support. A downwardly opening notch in the lower edge of each upper extension engages the adjacent portion of its vertical support between the slots therein while the shelf is horizontal. An upstanding projection on the upper edge of each upper extension engages the adjacent portion of its vertical support between the slots therein while the shelf is tilted. Depending projections on the lower extensions abut adjacent portions of the vertical support between the slots therein while the shelf is horizontal and are adapted to move over the portions of the support between the slots upon upward movement of the rear portion of the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Assignee: The Kent Corporation
    Inventor: Vincent J. Albano
  • Patent number: 4307923
    Abstract: The invention provides a cabinet, especially for storing and dispensing sanitary commodities, characterized in that said cabinet is provided with at least one compartment and at least one latchable door and is further provided with means for attachment of said cabinet atop a bathroom flush tank as an integral unit with the cover thereof, whereby said cabinet and cover are readily removable as a unit to allow access to a flushing mechanism within the flush tank in case of malfunction. The invention also is directed to bathroom flush tank covers whenever provided with such a cabinet and to a kit containing such a cabinet and instructions for attachment thereof atop a bathroom flush tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Inventor: Zeev Raz
  • Patent number: 4307493
    Abstract: A velvet type fabric tape for use as closing means or fasteners for garments, curtains and the like. The fastener tape comprises a woven foundation structure, and a number of material-engaging elements raised from one of opposite surfaces of the foundation structure. Each of the material-engaging elements is in the form of a mushroom-shaped loop having a pair of stalks juxtaposed on the foundation structure and an umbrella-shaped head borne on the stalks. The umbrella-shaped head includes a pair of material-hooking eaves each projecting from one of the stalks substantially parallel to the foundation structure for trapping loops on a companion fastener tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Koichi Ochiai
  • Patent number: 4306339
    Abstract: A pipe or casing spider coaxially overies a base ring and is provided with a plurality of slips supported by a slip ring above the spider. The slip ring and slips are moved vertically by a plurality of pressure cylinders interposed between the base ring and slip ring. A support plate coaxially underlies the base ring and is provided with a radial latch tongue slidable toward and away from the axis of the spider for maintaining a tubular string coaxially aligned with the spider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1981
    Inventor: John F. Ward