Patents Examined by Sarah A. Lechok
  • Patent number: 5439120
    Abstract: The merchandising system includes an upright store fixture and at least one hanger arm coupled with the upright store fixture. The hanger arm has (i) a gravity slide portion extending forwardly and angularly downward from a location on the front side of the upright store fixture, (ii) a stop member disposed on the gravity slide portion near the lower end thereof, (iii) a front portion extending forwardly from the lower end of the gravity slide portion, and (iv) a support device at the forward end of the front portion. At least one product/clip combination is suspended from the hanger arm. The product/clip combination comprises a product (e.g., a baseball or softball glove or mitt) and a clip releasably engaging a predetermined portion of the product. The clip has a hook configured to releasably engage the hanger arm at any location rearward of the support device and to suspend the product/clip combination therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventor: Emory N. Brozak
  • Patent number: 5372266
    Abstract: A novel open air laundry dryer including a generally rectangular free-standing frame-based structure having removably attachable pieces which can be easily assembled and disassembled by one person in about a minute. A base supports a pair of opposing side members in an upright position. Each side member includes a pair of vertical legs having a cross member extending therebetween. The vertical legs are each attachable to support bars having a plurality of article support elements such as clotheslines suspended in a spaced parallel relationship therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Daniel R. Fisher
  • Patent number: 5372263
    Abstract: An improved display rack for flat data box carriers, particularly CD-boxes. The display rack is a modular unit which includes a plurality of intermediate locking extensions and two end locking extensions which are configured such that carrier rows are formed between adjacent extensions which house the flat data box carriers. Each row has at least one protrusion and a space above the protusion such that a carrier can be easily removed and replaced in the display rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Edwin J. Niekel
  • Patent number: 5370238
    Abstract: A remote control organizer, with releaseable attachment for securing and supporting a plurality of remote control units, while said remote control units are in use, which control electronic entertainment equipment, comprising of two structural members, one disposed on the other forming an internal storage cavity for a television program guide and a suitable location for securing and supporting a cable channel guide. Said organizer having handle portions to provide a single hand grasping and pick up without the accidental pushing of buttons on said remote control units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Inventors: Julian Czajkowski, Eric Watson
  • Patent number: 5363973
    Abstract: A sample changer for precise positioning of a selected sample from a plurality of samples stored on a removable annular sample file. The samples comprising a rectangular dimensioned object is radially removed from the annular cassette and precisely positioned at a predetermined location for testing. Upon completion of the desired testing, the sample is replaced into the cassette which is repositioned and a subsequently selected sample is accordingly extracted and positioned for testing. Furthermore, the present invention includes a combination of elements which act together to detect and dislodge samples which may become temporarily stuck or jammed in the mechanism, reducing the need for operator intervention. Furthermore, the annular cassette is removable from the sample changing mechanism and includes a concentric locking ring which selectively retains all samples within the cassette or permits the removal of all samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Christopher Sieg
  • Patent number: 5363975
    Abstract: This invention relates to a clothes line having adjustable tension and to a line tensioner which is used for the taking up slack in a clothes line. According to this invention, a clothes line dryer (10) having an adjustable line tension comprises at least two frame members (11), a line (12) extending between the frame members (11) that is fixed at least one location on the frame member (11), a plurality of line guide members (13) located on each of the frame members (11) which substantially hold the line (12) with respect to each of the frame members (11) and allow the line (12) to extend between the frame members (11) at spaced intervals along the frame members (11), but which allow longitudinal movement of the line (12) therethrough, and at least one line tensioning means (14), (15) which engage the line (12) so as to shorten its length thereby creating a desired tension in the line (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Hills Industries Limited
    Inventor: Ronald G. Meade
  • Patent number: 5361914
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus and method for processing electronic components in an ultrasonic bath. The apparatus includes a tray, which has a number of nests geometrically configured for the admission of the components. In one embodiment the tray is made of a polypropylene core which includes conductive carbon and glass beads as a filler. Plated over the core is a metallic sheath, which is actually formed of three layers of metal. The metal encapsulation of the core serves to appreciably reduce the amount of contaminants released by the tray during component processing. Additionally, the metallic sheath prevents static electricity from building up and damaging the components during processing, and provides added structural integrity to the polypropylene core at process temperatures which exceed the softening temperature of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Digital Equipment Corporation
    Inventor: Tim Parker
  • Patent number: 5360121
    Abstract: A slotted display wall provides a modified "T" shaped slot having a throat open to the front face of the panel and a vertically extending opening inwardly spaced from said throat, said opening including opposed angled walls extending in both directions from said throat to end extremities, the angled walls being angled toward the back face of the panel from said throat to the extremities, said opening also including end walls joining the extremities of the angled walls and extending to a rearward face spaced from the back face of the panel. The opening provides a relatively deep dimension adjacent to the throat and increasing material thickness between the angled walls and the front face as the angled walls extend from the throat towards their extremities. This permits conventional cantilever brackets to be installed through the slots and provide upper mounting portions which engage the angled walls at a point substantially spaced from the throat where greater material thickness exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Assignee: Commerical and Architectural Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Sothman
  • Patent number: 5351840
    Abstract: A combined chalk and chalkboard eraser dispenser includes a vertical planar rear wall, a vertical planar front wall spaced forward from the rear wall by approximately the height of a standard blackboard eraser, and a horizontal planar bottom ledge projecting forward from the lower edge of the rear wall, an eraser dispenser opening being defined between a lower edge of the front wall and a forward edge of the bottom ledge. Chalk receptacles are substantially in the form of rectangular boxes having a open horizontal forward face. The depth of the chalk dispenser is preferably slightly less than the length of a standard piece of chalk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: University of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Louis A. Visco, Arthur Gravina
  • Patent number: 5351835
    Abstract: A device for storing parallelepipedic cassettes (K) for CD records comprises a plurality of supporting means (1) disposed on a wall. The cassettes are supported side by side and above each other on the supporting means for forming a wall picture made up of the cassettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: CD Ware i Stockholm AB
    Inventor: Anders Hallgren
  • Patent number: 5346078
    Abstract: In accordance with the present invention, a shelf assembly is provided, which assembly is comprised by a pair of end brackets, adapted for spaced mounting, in cantilever fashion, on a slotted wall display area, and a shelf element secured to a pair of such brackets, each bracket being provided with a widened, flat horizontal upper surfaced, cantilevered, arm element. A pair of such brackets being comprised by two brackets having opposed, upturned edge flanges on one side only of the flat portion, the upturned flanges being of sufficient height to act as end stops for a shelf supported between the bracket arms and secured to and resting on the flat portions of the arms, the end stops preventing articles, supported on the shelf, from being inadvertently pushed off the ends of the shelf. In the assembly, adapted for display of cassettes, cassette accepting channels are provided in the upper surface of the shelf which support a plurality of cassettes in leaf-through-observation arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Inventor: Ulf Ernetoft
  • Patent number: 5344032
    Abstract: A system of holders for carrying long guns in automobiles. The holders are somewhat malleable and include liner devices for the holder at the barrel end of the gun to hold the barrel tightly. The malleability allows the holder to be shaped to hold the stock end tightly closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Inventor: Wayne W. Ramsdell
  • Patent number: 5344031
    Abstract: An improved display structure is provided for displaying articles in confined spaces. The display structure includes two vertical supports that may be placed on the floor or suspended from a ceiling. A horizontal frame member extends between the two vertical supports. The horizontal frame member includes at least three distinct portions including an upper rectangular frame for the display of product indicia, a middle horizontal display area ideally suited for pegboard-type display and a lower horizontal hanging area for hanging products. When the display structure is mounted to the floor, the lower area between the two vertical supports may be used for displaying additional products or the display structure may be constructed around an existing counter, display or cashier's station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: EZ Paintr Corporation
    Inventors: James J. Jarecki, Jason R. Landmark
  • Patent number: 5341945
    Abstract: The present invention provides a shelf divider system (10) for organizing merchandise on a shelf (16). The system (10) comprises a shelf divider (12) and an edge member (14). In use, the shelf divider (12) may be snap-fit to the edge member (14) by connecting a hook (84) on the shelf divider to a bead (20) on the edge member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Burke Gibson, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott S. Gibson
  • Patent number: 5341944
    Abstract: A modular library system for computer cartridges has stationary and mobile racks. Each of the racks comprises a plurality of spaced "T" shaped vertical supports. The vertical supports define vertical spaces for receiving cartridge holding trays or packs. The "T" shaped supports have tabs for holding the packs. The "T" shaped supports are interconnected by a top panel, a rear panel, a mounting base and a spreader. The spreader interlinks with all the vertical supports for providing structural rigidity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Wright Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard M. Latino
  • Patent number: 5341941
    Abstract: A storage tower for holding an item, including a plurality of supporting side walls, an upper platform secured to the side walls, and grasping passages for handling the tower. Items are releasably secured to the tower. One type of item that may be attached to the tower is a hand exercise and manipulation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventor: Thomas W. Marlor
  • Patent number: 5339968
    Abstract: A vertically extending carousel for the display of clothing items and the like. The carousel provides cantilever supported, horizontally extending display racks on which the garments can be displayed. An access position at the bottom of the carousel includes a stop mat which stops the operation of the conveyor when a prospective customer approaches the access position. Manual controls are provided to allow the customer to move selected display racks to the access position, allowing the customer to inspect the garment and remove it in the event that a purchase is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: White Consolidated Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale Voelz
  • Patent number: 5339966
    Abstract: An device for securing a fire arm has a base with a floor and two upstanding sidewalls, each sidewall defining a groove adjacent the floor. The device also has a first member pivotally mounted between the two sidewalls, a second member slidable in the grooves and adapted to couple with the first member to lock the fire arm between two protruded parts of the fire arm, a lock pin for locking the second member and a lock for locking the lock pin. The floor has at least one through-holes each for passage of a fastener, each through-hole being disposed under at least one of the first member and the second member, so that the fastener is inaccessible when the device is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Assignee: R L Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Richard G. Bastiaans
  • Patent number: 5337904
    Abstract: A storage and display rack which has a base plate, a spreader plate thereabove, and a holder at the top which is provided with devices to engage electronic remote control devices and the like to permit storage, display and ready removability of remote control devices for accessibility and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Lewis B. Goldberg
  • Patent number: 5337906
    Abstract: A wall-mounted device to provide storage for and convenient access to secretarial items such as pens, pencils, writing pads, keys, etc. The device may be mounted on any vertical surface including the box of a telephone and will hold such items so as to be convenient for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1994
    Inventor: Neil N. Digiulio