Patents Examined by Sarah A. Lechok
  • Patent number: 5088605
    Abstract: Device for storing dish-type containers such as plates, dishes or serving trays containing a product, with a vertical column which has a base support at the bottom side, the column being triangular or rectangular in cross-section and provided at each side with supporting elements placed at equal intervals above one another. Each supporting element comprises two pin-shaped projections lying in line with each other in the horizontal direction, and a third pin-shaped projection which is longer than the other two projections and lies cenrally between the other two projections at a certain distance from the line connecting the other two projections to each other. The distance from the bottom projection to the connecting line between the two upper projections is adjustable. The base support for the column comprises a flat bottom plate provided with wheels, which plate is provided with one or more fixing elements for detachable accommodation of the column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Inventor: Arnoldus T. B. M. Nales
  • Patent number: 5088607
    Abstract: An integrated modular store fixture system having a tray assembly for displaying merchandise. The tray assembly includes a tray support having front and side panels and a slidable tray in sliding engagement with the side panels to slide between a forward and rearward position. A pusher is provided to slide along the tray to press merchandise forwardly towards the front panel. A divider for separating the tray into compartments is provided with means for gliding along the width of a channel formed in a front member disposed the front panel. The front member includes an additional channel to receive a front stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Risafi, Fred Howard
  • Patent number: 5086931
    Abstract: A device for supporting a plurality of stacked caps has a concave upward element with two end portions defining mounting brackets for attachment to a wall. In one embodiment the brackets have screw holes, and in another embodiment the brackets have elongate tabs which fit into a channel defined in the wall. The device is so mounted to the wall that the concave portion faces upward and supports the front part of the crown of a lowermost one of the caps. The visor of the lowermost one of the caps is positioned in a gap defined between the concave element and the wall and faces downward. A next one of the caps is supported by a rear portion of the crown of the lowermost cap and also has its visor located in the gap. Additional caps are stacked in the same manner. The concave element inclines upwardly away from the wall to help support the stacked caps. In a further embodiment, the device stores in a planar shape, and the end portions are rotatable 90.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Inventor: Denis Cobb
  • Patent number: 5086933
    Abstract: A mounting arrangement is provided for securing printed wiring boards within guide members. The guide members are arranged in a vertical plane and each guide member is provided with part of a knuckle arrangement. A further corresponding part of the knuckle arrangement is provided upon a vertical support structure, and the vertical support structure is allowed to pivot through 90.degree. thereby closing the guides and securing the printed wiring boards therein, or alternatively permitting the guides to be opened to allow removal of the boards therefrom. The knuckle arrangement is so designed that the parts are snap-fitted together for ease of assembly and maintenance. The support arrangement is sufficiently rigid to prevent distortion when used, thus ensuring maximum component height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: GEC Plessey Telecommunications Limited
    Inventors: David G. Sykes, Alan Jordan
  • Patent number: 5085328
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multicomponent brochure display system comprised of a plurality of interconnectable brochure pockets and variable height brochure support shelves that interconnect with the brochure pockets. The preferred brochure pocket includes an open front enclosure having a bottom back wall and two side walls, the brochure pocket open front providing access to the back wall for mounting of the variable height brochure support shelves. One brochure pocket may serve as the front wall of a rearward brochure pocket when they are interconnected. A separate member is provided to serve as a front wall of the forwardmost brochure pocket. Also provided are an optional vertical divider and optical antisag tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Assignee: Eldon Industries
    Inventor: Mel Evenson
  • Patent number: 5080237
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for holding at least one bag in an inverted position to allow the bag to be sprayed with water for cleaning and then air dried. A support base, resting on a flat surface, has a top face with a plurality of engagement slots therein. At least one frame is included, each frame having two arms, each arm being segmented into two portions pivotally joined at their ends. The support base has two clips to hold at least one frame for compact storage and portability. The ends of each arm are adapted for engagement into said engagement slots. One portion of each arm is pivotally joined to the like portion of the other arm to allow the joined portions to move in scissor-like motion. The distal ends of each arm are adjusted so that the distance between the distal ends is approximately equal to the inside dimension of the bag, the bag being placed in an inverted position over the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1992
    Inventor: James P. Hefner
  • Patent number: 5078279
    Abstract: A utility holding device attachable to a vertical surface for carrying elongated objects such as rifles, bows, fishing rods and the like. The device can be attached to a vertical surface such as a wall or a window, and is specifically intended to be used on the interior surface of a vehicle such as a truck or boat. The device includes a base unit which is permanently attached either by adhesive or screws to the vertical surface. The base unit includes the female portion of an attachment member. The device further includes a mounting stem which includes the male portion of the attachment member and which also includes either a large holding unit integrally formed therewith or adjustably attachable thereto. The female and male portions of the attachment member being interlockable to rigidly attach the stem and base unit. The holding unit may also include a hold-down member which can encircle an item such as a rifle to prevent its removal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Inventors: Dennis Hancock, George Gates
  • Patent number: 5078197
    Abstract: A manually operated roll door. The door comprises a flexible door panel that is coiled on a drum located above the header of a doorway in a building, and the door panel is manually movable between an open position where the door panel is coiled on the drum, to a closed position where it encloses the doorway. A latch mechanism is associated with the door panel and automatically latches the door panel in the closed position. A handle is attached to the lower end of the door panel and the handle is connected to the latch mechanism in a manner such that an upward pull on the handle to open the door panel will simultaneously release the latch mechanism. A counterbalancing weight is operably connected to the door panel and partially counterbalances the weight of the door panel to aid in manually moving the door panel to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1992
    Assignee: Kelley Company Inc.
    Inventor: William B. Weishar
  • Patent number: 5076445
    Abstract: A circular collapsible rack for cuvettes and like vessels such as test tubes is disclosed which features a flat base and likewise flat upper and lower vessel support members of a suitable plastic material. The base has a plurality of equally spaced circumferential arms which are bent upward and substantially normal to its bottom via natural hinges. The arms include apertures for receiving tabs on the upper and lower support members, whereby said members are snapped into the base so as to be removably and adjustably supported thereby. With the disclosed arrangement the base and the upper and lower support members may be stored and shipped in the flat state so as to reduce storage space and shipping costs, and the assembled rack may accommodate a variety of vessel quantities and sizes, as is desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: David Landsberger
  • Patent number: 5074421
    Abstract: A quartz tube carousel device for vertically storing quartz tubes used in semiconductor fabrication. The carousel stores the quartz tubes in an upright position to conserve floor space and, further, provides for 360 degree rotation for ease of access. Laminar air flow is provided through openings in the device for purging the tubes. Optional features allow for different size, shape and number of tubes to be stored, as well as forced gas purging of the quartz tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Assignee: Sematech, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Coulter
  • Patent number: 5072836
    Abstract: A wall mountable storage rack for compact disks comprises an open framework forming a plurality of adjacent rectangular receptacles, each being sized to accept a compact disk when the disk is oriented with one of the disk's largest surfaces facing outward of the rack. At least one releasable latch is integrated into each of the receptacles for releasably retaining a disk therein. Each of the rectangular receptacles is formed from four elongated side members releasably joined to four corner members. Preselected ones of the corner members are connectable to other elongated side members for forming the adjacent receptacles. The corner members also include a pin and socket arrangement on a rear surface for attaching a backing to an assembled rack. The rack may be wall mounted using Velcro type fasteners or the corner members may include pin holes formed therethrough for attaching the rack to a wall with small brads or pins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Inventor: Jan S. Gross
  • Patent number: 5054625
    Abstract: A portable bat rack is generally shaped in the form of an equilateral triangle with larger sides of the triangular subtending the front and back of the rack while the smallest side subtends the bottom of the rack. The rack is closed at bottom and back and along the sides and carries three laterally disposed shelves, the lowest shelf being no greater than one-half the width the other two shelves, the other two shelves relatively disposed above the smallest shelf and defining a plurality of bat accommodating apertures, preferably in an array of two parallel rows, a forward and rearward row. The rearward row of openings allows bats placed therethrough to rest on the smallest shelf while the forward row of openings allows the bats to rest on the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Kevin M. Foley
  • Patent number: 5054624
    Abstract: A jewelry caddy which is characterized in a first preferred embodiment by a base, a support rod upward-standing from the base, a top strut frame attached to the top end of the support rod, a slat frame fitted over the support rod and the top strut frame and extending to a point above the base, and multiple, curved slats removably clipped to the slat frame and fitted with holes for mounting ear screws thereon. The strut frame is characterized by spaced, horizontal, outwardly-extending, elongated struts having upward-turned tips for receiving such jewelry items as beads, rings and the like. In a preferred aspect of the invention a strip of foam rubber or like resilient material is attached to the inside concave surface of the curved slats to facilitate mounting a retainer on the post of the ear screws when the post is projected through a hole in one of the slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventor: Betty J. Camp
  • Patent number: 5052563
    Abstract: A jewelry caddy which is characterized in a first preferred embodiment by a fixed or rotatable vase, a support rod or rods upward-standing from the base, an optional top strut frame attached to the top end of the support rod or rods and secured with a ring receptacle, a slat frame fitted over the support rod or rods and attached to the top strut frame and extending to a point above the base, and multiple, curved slats removably clipped to the slat frame and fitted with holes for mounting earrings thereon. The strut frame is characterized by spaced, horizontal, outwardly-extending, elongated struts having upward-turned tips for receiving such jewelry items as beads, rings and the like. In a first preferred aspect of the invention the slats are constructed of a resilient material having horizontal or slanted holes therein for receiving the earring posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Inventor: Betty J. Camp
  • Patent number: 5048699
    Abstract: A display/dispenser cabinet for selling cigarettes and other boxed merchandize. The cabinet has vertically spaced trays each capable of limited turning movement about its own rear horizontal axis fixed with respect to the cabinet. In a lower or use position the plane of the tray is sufficiently declined from the hozizonatal to cause a front-to-rear stack of boxes to slip forwards when a purchaser removes a box from the front of the stack. The tray can be raised to an upper position for re-stocking or for raising the next lower tray. Pairs of front supports are such that each pair supports one tray in the lower position and the next lower tray in the upper position. The raising of any tray requires the prior raising of a tray next above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Assignee: Megaspace Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Thomas R. Trevaskis
  • Patent number: 5044505
    Abstract: An equipment storage frame (10) having elongated supports (12) mountable between an upper surface (14) and lower surface (16) with adjustable beam clamps (22) mounted thereon. The beam clamps (22) hold support members (24) of various configurations at selected positions on the frame (10) to support bicycles (28) and other sports equipment. The frame (10) may be freestanding with the use of horizontal legs (36) and adjustable extensions (31). Wire supports clamps (44, 46, 50, 52), a flat plate (92), a cushioned support arm (49), a clamp fitting (128) and a matrix web (120) may all be attached to the frame (10) for storing large, bulky, and odd-shaped pieces of equipment in confined spaces with little or no alteration to the existing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Inventor: James V. Spratt
  • Patent number: 5042671
    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: September 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1991
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald E. Bischoff, Mark A. Brandon, John J. Caulfield, Lawrence G. Cook, George B. Uplinger
  • Patent number: 5040686
    Abstract: A hanging arrangement which includes a hanger. The hanger has a central portion and two elongated hanger arms which extend away from the central portion. The central portion has an inner facing side which defines a space. The arms each hold shoulder straps of a brassiere in position against the arms so as to avoid relative movement of the shoulder straps where held with respect to the arms. The inner facing side has a portion at an elevation which is higher than where the shoulder straps of the brassiere are to be held against the arms. The arms each have a face which extends in a common plane. The faces each have a predetermined width so that if said faces are each projected through the space to intersect each other as would occur by further elongating the hanger arms toward each other, said portion of the inner facing side lies within said widths of the faces as projected. The space is adapted to accommodate a support member inserted therein so that the portion of the side rests against the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Marlboro Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Lester W. Morrow
  • Patent number: 5040689
    Abstract: Rotating filing cabinets consisting of multiple drawers with the drawers being attached to a chain and sprocket arrangement which is power activated with the drawers being able to rotate in a substantially vertical loop enabling the operator to activate the power drive and bring any one of the multiple drawers to a predetermined level, such as eye level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventors: Harold L. Hull, Karl H. Elze
  • Patent number: 5040688
    Abstract: A display assembly which is adjustable between an open display and a flat storage position which includes a rack member adapted to support items for display thereon in the display position, at least one leg having an end which is pivotally connected to the rack member, and a base pivotally connected to the other end of the leg and adjustably positioned such that the base underlies and supports the rack member and the leg in the display position, and is received between the rack member and the leg in the storage position. The display assembly further includes a releasable latch structure which releasably locks the rack member to the base in the display position to thereby form a triangular configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Assignee: Harbor Industries
    Inventors: Gregory G. Martin, Thomas J. Nook