Patents Examined by S. Castellano
  • Patent number: 5273142
    Abstract: A plurality of upwardly converging wall panels some of which are permanently connected at their lower edges to corresponding edges of a floor panel define an enclosure for transporting objects. Oppositely positioned external sleeves lying in the same plane receive resiliently bendable rods which, due to their resiliency, retain the sleeves stretched away from each other. The rods extend in an arc above the joined-together upper edges of the wall panels to define at their apices a handle for the valise. One of the wall panels has a slit therein to define flaps similar in appearance to tent flaps whereby the valise, when not in use as such, may be used as a toy tent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Butterpups, Inc.
    Inventor: Jennifer M. Weber
  • Patent number: 5271520
    Abstract: Apparatus for use in association with fishing comprising, in combination a pail with an open upper end, a closed lower end, and side walls with a cross section; a storage member in a configuration with a support member for supporting the storage member when located outside of the pail, the storage member also having a plurality of separate compartments for receiving items for use in fishing; shoulders adhered to the interior of the side walls, each shoulder including a flat storage member supporting surface for removably supporting the storage member in the pail, the storage member-supporting surface being spaced from the lower end of the pail by a distance greater than the height of the storage member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1993
    Inventor: E. John McAfee
  • Patent number: 5269473
    Abstract: A stand for a shredder has its frame members fully accommodated in recesses open to the rear of a paper collector so that the stand is not visible from the front or sides. The paper shredder-cutter unit is mounted on the stand only so that the collector can be removed and does not have a supporting function. The appearance of the integrated assembly of paper shredder, collector and stand is similar to that of a cabinet-type paper shredder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Geha-Werke GmbH
    Inventors: Willi Strohmeyer, Knut Bliesener
  • Patent number: 5269436
    Abstract: To improve the strength, resistance to leaks, and formation of tears and fissures in the inner wall of a double-wall tank, the inner wall is formed, as described in the inventor's earlier U.S. Pat. No. 4,739,895 (U.S. Pat. No. Re. 33,421) by a plurality of foil or sheet elements which are overlapped at the edges, and covered by a plastic, preferably epoxy layer. The sheet elements are preferably aluminum foils of from 0.15 to 0.3 mm, preferably 0.2 mm thickness. The plastic layer is reinforced by a multi-ply, preferably two-ply, glass fiber fabric, which is so woven that the layers or plies of the fabric are interwoven or interlocked. The fabric is embedded in the plastic coating, before it is cured, for example by rolling it into the plastic coating. To assure good fitting of the inner wall against the outer wall, a vacuum is applied in the space formed by the projections or puckers of the sheet elements and the outer wall before the plastic coating has cured, and maintained until it is cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Adisa Entwicklungs AG
    Inventor: Werner Bachmann
  • Patent number: 5269434
    Abstract: An apparatus for receiving and holding a flexible and collapsible trash liner comprises a rigid upright trash receptacle having a main body with a generally closed bottom and an open top. The bottom has a periphery about which the bottom is affixed to the main body, and this periphery has at least one cavity formed therealong. The cavity effectively forms a foothold for a user in removing the trash liner from the receptacle as well as a handhold for a user in transporting the trash receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: Michele Labuda
  • Patent number: 5267665
    Abstract: A bomb-resistant luggage container of this invention minimizes the effects of a bomb explosion by effectively containing the explosive shock wave and explosion debris, while allowing a controlled venting of detonation products. Methods of making the blast-resistant luggage container of this invention are disclosed. Methods of containing an explosion are disclosed. Methods of retrofitting existing non-blast-resistant luggage containers are also shown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: SRI International
    Inventors: Mohsen Sanai, Gary R. Greenfield
  • Patent number: 5265754
    Abstract: A container for beads and the like has a body connecting a group of individual compartments. Each compartment is relatively shallow for providing easy access to the contents; and, the bottom of each compartment is sloped so beads will move towards the wall of the compartment, and the bottom is concave so it will not be scratched when resting on surfaces. The container has a plurality of alignment posts to facilitate stacking of containers. The compartments have separate, individually removable, lids so any number of selected compartments can be uncovered for use while the rest remain covered for safety. The compartments are uniformly spaced so a plurality of compartments can be uncovered simultaneously, and beads in a plurality of compartments poured from one container to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Dal-Craft, Inc.
    Inventor: Emil J. Dalbo
  • Patent number: 5263605
    Abstract: The invention concerns a separator, of the type comprising a sheet provided with openings for centering the necks (3) of a layer of bottles (8) and protrusions (5) extending from the upper face of the sheet to center the bottoms (4) of a superposed layer of bottles, characterized in that each opening is defined, on the one hand, by at least two projections 12 presented by the sheet to abut on the shoulder (23) of the bottle and, on the other hand, by a cap 11 whose height is adapted to shroud the neck (3) of the bottle, when the projections (12) abut on the shoulder of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: PLV Concepts
    Inventor: Andre Caton
  • Patent number: 5263604
    Abstract: A suspension arrangement for a thermally insulated tank surrounded by a casing structure. Inside, the tank has a central part from which struts extend away in a star-shape through the exterior tank wall to the casing structure and are connected with the latter. Inside the tank, the struts are guided in gastight connecting tubes which connect the central part with the exterior tank wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm AG
    Inventor: Herbert Metz
  • Patent number: 5263603
    Abstract: An insulating system for storage tanks uses vertical straps and horizontal cables to form a web on the outer surface of a spherical storage tank. Fasteners and clamps positioned at intervals along the vertical straps anchor the cables in place. Panel sections are positioned transversely to the horizontal cables, the panel sections having opposing side flanges that are folded over flanges on adjoining panel sections as well as the attachment means looped around the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: Insultherm, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. McBride
  • Patent number: 5261553
    Abstract: A liner fastener arrangement for retaining a liner including bags with or without handles. The liner fasteners are retained relative to the container for providing removable liners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Inventors: Jay Mueller, Stephen B. Ashby
  • Patent number: 5257830
    Abstract: A collapsible freight or storage container consisting of two equal sized square or rectangular shaped planes (10,18), joined by the affixed ends of two pivotally mounted pendulum suspended support legs (20,22) in each external corner edge of the upper plane (18), and by the opposite ends of respective support legs (20,22), inserted vertically and assigned to one of two groove tracks (14,16) of the lower plane (10), providing mobility and stability of the blocked shaped frame to which accordion style side walls may be firmly affixed, collapses and opens to a plurality of different storage heights under control of a gear driven system (34,36,40) while keeping the platforms (10,18) in parallel relation to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1993
    Inventor: Rodney J. Pflueger
  • Patent number: 5253776
    Abstract: A transport and storage container has an annular and erect outer wall constituted as a grid of welded-together vertical and horizontal bars and having a lower edge provided with a lower-edge bar and an upper edge provided with an upper-edge bar, a normally horizontal and generally rectangular sheet-metal floor plate having an inwardly open C-section outer rim engaged over the lower-edge bar, and a flexible inner vessel enclosed by the outer wall and resting on the floor plate. The floor plate has four sides including two opposite sides formed with the C-section outer rim. In addition another of the sides is also formed with the C-section rim and a fourth side is free of the C-section rim and the fourth side of the floor plate is formed with outwardly projecting tabs that engage over the lower-edge bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Assignee: Sotralentz S.A.
    Inventors: Claude Decroix, Francis Herrmann
  • Patent number: 5253775
    Abstract: A combined hamper and laundry bag which provides a convenient arrangement for separating and maintaining separation of small laundry items from large items prior to washing and throughout the washing and drying cycle. The bag comprises a mesh bag portion having one open end, a latching strip for hanging the bag, and an adhesive backed mounting strip for engaging the latching strip. The openings comprising the mesh bag are of adequate size to allow sufficient water flow. The latching strip is permanently attached to the open end of the bag and is comprised of two strips of reinforced and durable material sewn together at their ends with an opening therebetween. At the ends of the latching strips, keyholes are formed to provide for engagement with the mounting strip. The mounting strip has adhesive on one side for attachment to the inside surface of the clothes hamper. On its other side, the strip has two knobs extending therefrom for engagement with the keyholes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Inventor: Laurence P. Gould
  • Patent number: 5253758
    Abstract: A stackable device is disclosed comprising a cooking vessel with tapered sidewalls, lid halves and a handle, whereby the lid halves slidably mount to the cookware vessel and contain apertures for draining and pouring excess liquid therefrom, and whereby the lid halves contain locking channels which interlock and mate with stacking leg projections depending downwardly from the bottom surface. Whereby once the lid halves are attached to the projections of the bottom surface, one unit may be placed within the cavity of another unit for stacking to accommodate convenient packaging, storage and display. In addition, by attaching the lid halves to the bottom surface of the cooking container, lids are prevented from being lost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1993
    Inventor: Irving J. Bissell, II
  • Patent number: 5251779
    Abstract: A trash container includes a body having a substantially rectangular cross section, a wall and a rim with opposite sides. A hinged lid is supported on one of the opposite sides of the rim. The other of the opposite sides of the rim has a receiving channel with an open bottom and an outer wall formed therein. A guide device is disposed on the receiving channel for engagement by a gripper of a hoisting and dumping apparatus. The guide device is formed of a guide tongue being integral with the outer wall of the receiving channel and pointing downward away from the wall of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventor: Stefan Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5251772
    Abstract: In accordance with this invention, in order that a document filing case can be piled on another document filing case in a folded state before use and can be constituted as a box with ease in use, a document filing case comprises: an upper wall member having one end portion pivotally connected to the front frame member, and the other end portion guided into longitudinal grooves formed in the rear frame member; a bottom wall member having one end portion pivotally connected to the rear frame member so as to oppose the upper wall member and the other end portion guided into longitudinal grooves formed in the front frame member; left and right side walls pivotally connected to either the upper wall member or the bottom wall member so that these side walls can rotate in a vertical direction from a folded state when the bottom wall member and the upper wall member rotate so that they are opposite to each other in a horizontal state; a rear wall attached on the rear frame member; and a front wall pivotally connected
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Toguchi
  • Patent number: 5251778
    Abstract: In a dispenser box for containment of graduated vessels of a type having an inlet opening for receiving fluids to be tested such as blood, blood plasma or the like, with the dispenser box having a longitudinal side provided with an ejection slot and a top side provided with spaced and parallel rectangular openings, wherein the inlet openings of the vessels face the openings in the top side, a sheet is removably secured between the top side of the housing and the vessels and covering the inlet openings of the vessels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Heinrich Amelung GmbH
    Inventor: Wilfried Eggl
  • Patent number: 5251775
    Abstract: A waste handling container includes a container body with a top and an opening defined therein, the opening having opposite sides; a lid adapted to cover and seal shut the opening; and, a lid control assembly for supporting and guiding the lid and enabling the lid to be moved between a horizontal, closed position covering and sealing the opening and a vertical, open position away from the opening and pivoted to either side of the container body. The lid control assembly includes a pair of guide rails mounted to the container body along opposing sides of the opening, and includes a pair of roller hinge mechanisms mounted to the lid and adapted to correspondingly engage with the guide rails and allow the lid to slide laterally along the top of the container body and to hingedly pivot at either of opposite edges of the container body. The guide rails are mounted to the container body for vertical reciprocation and each includes a pair of suspension units for biasing the guide rails in the up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1993
    Assignee: Galbreath Incorporated
    Inventors: Kent Kruzick, Brooks Roudebush
  • Patent number: 5249703
    Abstract: A travel mug includes a container and a lid in combination. The container has a handle and an annular lip. The lid has an annulus capable of forming a seal with the top side of the annular lip. A cylindrical well in the lid has a vertical dividing wall so that the lid may be readily rotated by hand. Two retaining arms extend from the underside of the lid and engage the underside of the annular lip to pull it into tight abutment therewith. Diametrically opposed gaps in the lip act as passageways for the retaining arms. Diametrically opposed notches in the lid when aligned with the gaps allow a person to drink from the otherwise sealed container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Inventor: Morry Karp