Patents Examined by Sarah A. Lechok
  • Patent number: 5119946
    Abstract: A self-leveling dispenser for trays or the like. At least two parallel, hexagonal posts extend longitudinally. A roller mechanism extends between the two posts, the roller mechanism having a plurality of rollers engaging the hexagonal posts in order for the roller mechanism to travel longitudinally along the posts. At least one arm extends from the roller mechanism, the arm adapted to support the trays or the like. A hanger is provided near an end of the hexagonal posts and extension springs extend between the roller mechanism and the hanger to provide an upward force against the downward force of the weight of the trays or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Jero Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard F. Baker
  • Patent number: 5119948
    Abstract: A shelf guard for use with bookshelves and the like includes first and second stationary support brackets and first and second linkages pivotally attached to the support bracket. The linkages and a retention bar supported thereon are pivotal to a raised position thereby permitting access to a guarded shelf and are pivotable to a lowered position for preventing items from falling from the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventor: Bjarki H. Hallgrimsson
  • Patent number: 5119943
    Abstract: An upper rectilinear framework includes a matrix of drainage rails directed orthogonally between side walls of the framework, with the framework mounting a lowered apertured drainage tray thereto. The framework is pivotally mounted to an underlying support base, wherein the underlying support base includes a floor angulated downwardly relative to a rear wall and side wall structure of the support base. A modification of the invention includes a drying manifold to direct air interiorly of the framework and further includes an accessory fluid receiving trough and reservoir within the framework, with the reservoir containing a germicidal and/or fungicidal fluid contained therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventor: Alex L. Hoang
  • Patent number: 5117990
    Abstract: A warehouse storage rack organization capable of accommodating pallets arranged in four-deep push-back relation is described in which three carts that move along a single pair of rails permit internested disposition of the carts when they are unloaded, and the sequential movement of load-bearing carts by the imposition via a forklift of subsequent loads on the remaining carts. The organization utilizes only a single pair of rails to achieve the desired result, which rails are formed of conventional structural members whereby the cost of production of the organization is significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Advance Storage Products
    Inventors: John V. R. Krummell, Kenneth E. Davison
  • Patent number: 5114018
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a new carrier for holding and transporting semiconductor products, and more specifically, to a versatile product carrier for holding and transporting a plurality of products, such as, ceramic substrates, green sheets, wafers, glass and/or metal masks, rigid or floppy disks, to name a few. The modular or versatile product carrier usually has two symmetrical cross-bars and two symmetrical end plates. The two cross-bars securely link into the end plates thereby forming the versatile product carrier of this invention. A cover that can be used to cover the versatile product carrier is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald E. Bischoff, Mark A. Brandon, John J. Caulfield, Lawrence G. Cook, George B. Uplinger
  • Patent number: 5114021
    Abstract: A self feeding peg and pegbar have a pair of elongate parallel support members extending outward from a mounting structure to a common nose, a goods pusher slideably mounted upon the support members, and a negator spring having a coil behind the pusher and a fixed end secured to the peg nose. The method has the step of pulling the pusher and goods forward with the negator spring being extended through the goods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Assignee: IMI Cornelius Inc.
    Inventor: Howard J. Fredrickson
  • Patent number: 5111944
    Abstract: A container station, which has a plurality of cornerposts retained in spaced relation. A plurality of cradles extend between opposed pairs of cornerposts. Each cradle has front and rear support members. A plurality of primary containers depend from the cradles. Each primary container has a brim and a bottom. Each primary container is movable between a rest position and an access position. The brim overlies and is supported by a respective front support member in its rest position. The brim is disposed below and unsupported by a respective front support member in its access position. The bottom is continuously supported by a respective rear support member during movement between rest and access positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Inventor: Walter H. Ostermeyer
  • Patent number: 5111941
    Abstract: A self locking file folder suspension hanger made up of two u-shaped end members supporting a pair of transversely spaced horizontal suspension members, the end members having upwardly extending free ends having doubled over end portions with the upper closed end portion being doubled over to form a pair of spaced closed upper ends and a depending closed end, the suspension members being disposed through and engaging the undersides of the upper closed ends and a cross member at each end underlying the ends of said suspension members, said cross member having angled end portions being disposed to underlie said suspension members in a downwardly angled position and being rotated axially through 180.degree. to have its angled ends bear up against the suspension members to engage and self-lock the same in a pressure action against the overlying upper closed ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Inventor: Jerome Hillestad
  • Patent number: 5111940
    Abstract: A storage rack assembly comprises a rack (10) formed of a base (20) and U-shaped wires (21) forming side supports in which the rack (10) is used for storing articles such as audio and video cassettes (14, 12) and compact disc containers (16) on shelves, cabinets and the like. The U-shaped wires (21) are parallel to each other and extend transversely across the rack (10) in spaced relationship. The rack (10) may be of a knockdown type. Specifically, the wires (21) may have laterally extending feet (30) that removably fit within channels (78) in the base (20) so the rack (10) can be assembled and disassembled. A track (34) slidably mounts the rack (10) for sliding movement with the rack (10) and is mountable on a shelf or in a cabinet. The cassettes (14, 12) and disc containers (16) lie vertically between the wires (21) and across the base (20), resting on step portions extending along the longitudinal sides of the base. The step portions accommodate storage of various sizes of cassettes and discs (14, 12, 16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Assignee: Kent Design & Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew J. VanNoord
  • Patent number: 5107992
    Abstract: An ornament displaying hanger comprising an upper rod and a lower rod with a gap therebetween to receive a displaying card therein. An opening which communicates with the gap is provided for inserting the displaying card into the gap. A plurality of expanded portions are formed on the lower rod for helping remove the card out of the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1992
    Inventor: Ta-Chi Yang
  • Patent number: 5105952
    Abstract: A device for storing and displaying compact discs comprising a series of horizontally interconnecting elongated rigid display panels, which may vary in length and are assembled vertically. Each panel member includes a forward and rearward surface and upper and lower edge portions which incorporate the means used to couple each member to the one next adjacent. The rearward surface, which is generally flat, contains a means to mount each member separately to a vertical flat surface, such as a wall. The member is mounted against the flat surface so that the lower portion of each said member is positioned at a slight acute angle relative to the surface of the wall. Along the upper edge of each panel member is a top guide ridge member which includes an edge and a lip extending around the edge surface for releasably retaining each compact disc case on the display rack. Along the lower edge of each panel member is a base upon which the bottom edge of each compact disc case rests when stored and on display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Inventor: Donald G. Krattiger
  • Patent number: 5103987
    Abstract: A bookend is disclosed for a bookshelf having top and bottom surfaces and a forward edge, which top surface supports a row of books in an upright condition with the bound edges of the books facing forwardly. The bookend includes a shelf engaging section having a first engagement portion for engaging the top surface of the bookshelf adjacent to the row of books, a second engagement portion for engaging the bottom surface of the bookshelf underneath the row of books and a first intermediate portion that extends across the forward edge of the bookshelf for interconnecting the first and second engagement portions. There is a bookstop section attached to and extending upwardly from shelf engaging section for engaging the book at the end of the row of books.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Inventor: John C. Davis
  • Patent number: 5101986
    Abstract: A merchandise display assembly which comprises a plurality of like, profile units which are interengaged vertically to provide an assembly of the desired height. Each profile unit includes a vertical wall portion and an angular merchandise supporting portion which extends outwardly and downwardly beyond the lower edge of the vertical wall portion. A vertical flange extends upwardly from the upper edge of the vertical wall portion, which flange is offset from the plane of the vertical wall portion, to form a longitudinal groove between the profile unit and a vertical support member to which it is secured, for receiving the lower edge of a profile unit connected thereto. The point of connection between adjacent profile units is hidden from view thereby giving the appearance of an integral assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Inventor: William J. Holztrager
  • Patent number: 5097964
    Abstract: A dental floss dispenser is described which is characterized by a hollow housing having an outer appearance reminiscent of a character appealing to the potential user of the disperser. The housing has a passageway for passing floss from inside the housing to outside the housing. An appendage on the housing, preferably in the form of a pair of teeth, has an aperture in the form of a slotted space for passing floss therethrough. A cutter mounted elsewhere on the housing is used for cutting the floss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Steven D. Fitz
  • Patent number: 5097965
    Abstract: A device for suspending one or more paint brushes within a container out of contact with the bottom of the container has a pair of slats disposed in side by side relationship and which are of sufficient length to span the container rim. A pair of spaced apart elastic bands encircle the intermediate regions of the slats and urge the slats together enabling paint brush handles to be gripped between facing surfaces of the intermediate regions. End portions of the slats diverge from each other at each end of the device. This enables spreading of the slats at one end of the device, to admit a brush handle, by manually squeezing the end portions at the other end of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Richard Fehr
  • Patent number: 5096069
    Abstract: A calendar accessory for use with a wall calendar of the type having sheets bound in the middle to form pages is constructed of a linear, vertically extending plastic member wherein the length of the member is substantially greater than its width and the width is substantially greater than its thickness. The member has a centrally located clearance hole extending through the member. The hole is adapted for receiving a nail which partially penetrates a vertical surface or wall. The linear member has a depending tab at either end. The calendar holder is used by placing the central hole over a nail embedded in a wall or other vertical surface, after which the calendar is hung by placing it over the supporting nail. The linear member lies behind and along the horizontal upper edge of the suspended calendar.The tabs depend from the upper edge near the ends of the horizontal member and extend outwardly and downwardly to retain the calendar pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1992
    Inventor: Daniel E. Brandon
  • Patent number: 5092472
    Abstract: An improved hat holder having a crown ring and at least one adjustable strap for receiving a hat of the type having a crown and a brim for securing the hat to a surface. In a preferred embodiment, a pair of straps are connected to the surface by means of a first pair of Velcro pads connected to the ends of the straps and a second pair of Velcro pads adhesively connected to the surface whereby the hat may be conveniently placed or removed from the holder by simply separating one or both such straps at the Velcro pads from the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventor: Kevin C. Jones
  • Patent number: 5090579
    Abstract: A modular shelving system has a plurality of spaced apart vertical members with parallel side surfaces and a plurality of aligned holes defined in the side surfaces. A plurality of tray members are removably installed to the support rails by detent pins which engage the holes in the support rails. Automatic locking by deflectable portions of the tray bottoms locks the tray members to the support rails. Each tray member has a pair of detent pins carried on opposing side walls of the tray member. The detent pins are substantially perpendicular to the bottom of the tray, thus causing the tray to be cantilevered substantially horizontally from the support rails when the detent pins engage the holes in the support rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Inventor: Ronald P. Major
  • Patent number: 5088606
    Abstract: An elongate display prong for the display of articles in shops or the like includes a generally horizontal portion bent at an elbow to have an end portion angled for location into a standard peg board bracket. An end element is releasably attached to the other end of the arm. The end element pivotally mounts a flap member. The flap member and arm can be inserted through a correspondingly sized aperture formed in packaging of an article. The arm includes outer channels flanking an inner channel to reinforce the elongate arm. The channel includes a plurality of apertures providing push fit location for a display member and also a push fit location for a stock limiting element which restricts the length of the arm onto which articles can be hung.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Boas Investments Limited
    Inventor: Barry Boas
  • Patent number: RE33913
    Abstract: A dispensing rack for use in a refrigerated environment for dispensing a leading item from a stack of items which includes a housing adapted to receive the items in associated ramps releasably secured within the housing by a plurality of horizontal connecting rods. One of the connecting rods engages abutment posts extending downwardly from the ramps and another connecting rod engages a rear flange extending downwardly from the ramp. The connecting rod engaging the rear flange is positioned at a horizontal plane above the horizontal plane of the connecting rod engaging the abutment post so that the ramps are generally forwardly inclined. In such an inclined position, when the leading item in the stack of items within each ramp is withdrawn, the next leading item is placed into a convenient position to be withdrawn as a result of the positive gravity feed of each ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Assignee: M & M Mars
    Inventors: Rudy Kral, Paul Belokin