Patents Examined by Steven N. Meyers
  • Patent number: 6007285
    Abstract: A fastener assembly which allows relatively heavy objects to be attached to either a hollow or a solid core wall by distributing the weight of such objects along a relatively long axial plane of support defined by an elongated cantilever structure. The apparatus includes an elongated tubular body having a flange or face plate at its proximal end. The tubular body defines an axial cavity dimensioned to receive a correspondingly dimensioned support member. When inserted into a properly dimensioned hole formed in a suitable support structure such, for example as a wall, ceiling, or floor, the rear face of the face plate contacts the portion of the support structure surface which surrounds the hole. The elongated tubular body, as well as the support member received therein, is maintained in position by an anchoring member which is disposed proximate the distal end of the tubular body. The anchor member comprises a base portion defining a central, threaded aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Pinnacle Innovations
    Inventors: Salvatore J. Sisto, Edward S. Rudnicki
  • Patent number: 5918491
    Abstract: This invention is a tamper-resistant enclosure for a coin-operated vending apparatus and the like wherein the locking device is fixedly attached to and mounted internally of the enclosure making it less vulnerable to theft and vandalism. The locking mechanism includes a ring-shaped hanging lock that is attached by weldment to an interior end wall of the enclosure. The lock is positioned in substantial alignment with an aperture in the front end wall to permit operation of the lock from the exterior of the enclosure by a key. The top cover includes an integrally formed locking flange which passes through a slotted opening in the end wall adjacent the lock such that the lock is positioned in an operative relationship with an aperture in the locking flange when the slideable top is in a closed position enabling the enclosure to be secured. The enclosure is adaptable to use for vending any suitable consumer product or to any application where a secure, corrosion-resistant enclosure is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventors: Daniel H. Maxwell, Henley S. Hales
  • Patent number: 5916086
    Abstract: The bed system has a rectangular frame, with a mattress assembly mounted on the frame. The mattress assembly has upper and lower wooden strip layers and intervening foam blocks. Each wooden strip layer has a plurality of relatively thin, somewhat flexible laterally-oriented wooden strips arranged in proximity to each other from top to bottom of the frame, with each strip extending from one side panel to the other side panel. There are three foam blocks, namely two outer foam blocks and one central foam block, running from head to foot of the bed between the wooden strip layers. A padded layer, preferably of foam approximately 5 cm thick, is positioned on top of the mattress assembly, extending substantially across the full width and length of the mattress assembly. Preferably positioned on top of the padded layer is a sheep's wool mattress pad, also with a cotton cover. Conventional sheets can be used to cover the mattress assembly, padded layer, and mattress pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Ralph H. Rossdeutscher
  • Patent number: 5913908
    Abstract: A waterproof hatch latch with a lifting ring for mounting in a hatch cover with the lift ring connected to a cam member disposed in the latch housing. The cam member carries a locking bar on its inner end which is engagable with the adjourning deck to lock the hatch. A waterproof lock tumbler is mounted in the latch housing and a slide plate connects the tumbler to the cam member to lock the lock bar in its position engaging the deck and to lock it in position one hundred eighty degrees removed from engagement. A spring is disposed in the mounting between the cam member and the housing to prevent damage to the lift ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Accon Marine, Inc.
    Inventor: John Czipri
  • Patent number: 5899101
    Abstract: A security device (10) for security a frame or chassis of a caravan or other wheeled vehicle to the ground comprises an elongate securing arm (12) extending substantially transversely of the chassis between two frame members (4) thereof, and an elongate support member (14) extending downwardly into the ground. The support member (14) and the securing arm (12) are made in one piece and the free end of the support member (14) is engaged in the ground. The engagement of the support member (14) is such that withdrawal thereof from the ground requires rotation of the support member (14). At each of its ends, the securing arm (12) carries engagement members (32,34) to engage with, and be locked to, the frame members (4). Although the security device is simple to manufacture and install, it provides a high degree of security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: John T. West
  • Patent number: 5895081
    Abstract: An inside door handle assembly includes a handle rotatably held on a base to be secured to a vehicle's door and a knob rotatably held on the base. The base has first, second and third upright walls. The handle is disposed with respect to the first and second upright walls to cover the top of the second upright wall and the knob is disposed with respect to the second and third upright walls. The lateral movement of the handle is limited by the knob, thereby preventing the handle from becoming detached from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tetsurou Tanimoto, Morihito Nomura, Kouji Ooe, Kouichi Nagata, Katsuaki Maruyama, Masayuki Nomura, Akira Matsuura
  • Patent number: 5884949
    Abstract: A rigid base interconnects a pair of spaced legs, one of the legs being resiliently hinged to the base. A locking socket with a cavity is secured to an end of one of the legs distal the base and a locking stud is secured to the end of the other leg distal the base, the stud for manual resilient insertion into the socket cavity. The stud is rectangular having a wide transverse dimension and includes a locking tip with at least one barb which extends along the width. A U-shaped spring steel female locking member is secured in the socket cavity and has at least one locking tang to engage the at least one barb. The U-shaped member comprises any one of a plurality of different tang arrangements each for engagement with the same given barb configuration and are randomly assembled to the sockets of different seals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignee: E.J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Jeremy Phelps Leon, Donald Arthur Ruth
  • Patent number: 5884947
    Abstract: A control panel door that is pivotally connected to the beznet of a television receiver. The beznet has a pair of radial protrusions which cooperate with a single radial protrusion of the door to secure the control panel door in a closed position. The door is provided with enough lateral movement to allow the single door protrusion to slide past the beznet protrusions when the door is rotated to an open position. The door protrusion and the beznet protrusions also align the control panel door with the beznet when the door is rotated into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Andrew Lopez, Anthony John Gangitano
  • Patent number: 5882052
    Abstract: The present invention provides a detent mechanism adapted to be mounted on a container which is to contain one or more articles, notably CD cases, which container has an access aperture through which the article(s) can be inserted into or moved from the container. The detent mechanism is adapted to retain the article within the container and is formed from a mounting member adapted to be carried externally in the container, preferably at or adjacent the access aperture of the container. A latch member is adapted to be carried externally of the container by the mounting member and is movable between a retracted position at which at least the distal end of which is adapted to retain an article within the container. The latch member is also movable to a extended position in which latch member permits removal of the article through the access aperture by being located out of the line of travel of the article as the article is withdrawn from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Robert Malcolm Broadhead
    Inventor: David Frank Whitehead
  • Patent number: 5876075
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for closing wire gates includes an inner U-shaped ring that is pivotally attached at each end of the inner U-shaped ring to a U-shaped handle at each of two open ends thereof. A first length of chain is attached near to one of the two open ends of the U-shaped handle. A second length of chain is attached near to the remaining end of the two open ends of the U-shaped handle. The second length of chain includes a hook that can be attached to any link of the first length of chain, and therefore provides a method to adjust the overall combined length of the first length of chain and the second length of chain as desired. The inner U-shaped ring bears against a first post that is to be drawn closer toward a second post thereby eliminating the need for any attachment of the closer to either the first post or to the second post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Leo Floyd Barthelmess, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5865479
    Abstract: A lock mechanism comprises at least one bolt member moveable between an engaged and a disengaged position. The latch arrangement prevents movement of the bolt members from the engaged position to the disengaged position. A first operating member for operating the lock mechanism is provided on one side thereof and a second operating member and a latch release arrangement are provided on the other side of the lock mechanism. The latch arrangement responds to movement of the first operating member or the latch release arrangement to release the bolt members and allow movement thereof from the engaged position to the disengaged position. The bolt members are further moveable between the engaged and disengaged positions in response to movement of the first or second operating members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Surelock McGill Limited
    Inventor: Bernard John Viney
  • Patent number: 5855400
    Abstract: A door lock assembly for an automotive vehicle includes a base secured inside a vehicle door, a latch mechanism provided on the base and free to engage with and disengage from the body side of the vehicle, an opening lever provided on the base for operating the latch mechanism via a linking member, a locking lever provided on the base for manipulating the linking member to engage and disengage a transmission path from the opening lever to the latch mechanism, and a protective cover for covering the locking lever and the linking member. The protective cover has an opening and the opening lever has a connecting portion extending outwardly of the protective cover from the opening in offset relation to the opening, wherein the connecting portion is linked to an operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1999
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masao Ohhashi, Nozomu Torii, Shigeru Hayakawa
  • Patent number: 5850752
    Abstract: A security device includes a case with a lid to receive merchandise and a locking mechanism for latching the case closed. The locking mechanism has a housing with parallel flanges to overlie a portion of the lid and another surface of the case, preventing the lid from being opened. One end of the locking mechanism is fixed and the other is movable between open and closed positions, and a mechanism in the housing retains the movable end closed. A decoupler is provided for opening the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Autronic Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Lax
  • Patent number: 5839306
    Abstract: The invention provides an electronic lock, in which body (14) there is mounted a bar (1), a bar shifting mechanism including riegel (2), a control lever (3) and a blocking mechanism. The latter is made in form of an electromechanical catch which moving plate (11) is coupled to a limiter (8) blocking the bar shifting mechanism. In the present aspect of the electronic lock a power consumption is reduced significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Martyn Sergeevich Nunuparov
  • Patent number: 5836627
    Abstract: A locking device for use with a conventional liftgate support to retain a hatchback-type door of a vehicle in an open position. The locking device of the present invention is for use with a liftgate support to retain a hatchback-type door in an open position even in cold weather or after the liftgate support has worn out. The locking device is defined by a pair of opposed interdigitating body portions which encircle the rod. A threaded member locks the two portions together and secures the device to the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Dexter Automatic Products Company
    Inventor: Stephen A. Nemeckay
  • Patent number: 5829802
    Abstract: An operator for a multi-point locking system for a casement window is provided. The operator includes a handle having two opposing legs that pass through side walls in the escutcheon thereby leaving the outer wall of the escutcheon intact. Due to a delay between movement of the handle and the first link which indirectly imparts movement of the handle to the tie bar, the handle can be rotated a full 180.degree. between the open and the closed positions while the first link is rotated through an angle of less than 180.degree.. As a result, the handle lies in a flat position with respect to the inside window frame surface in both the open and closed positions. Because of the handle design which employs two opposing legs disposed on opposite sides of the escutcheon, the operator can be used both on the right side and the left side of a window frame. The legs of the handle include inwardly extending shafts which are accommodated and supported by braces disposed on opposing sides of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Allen-Stevens Corp.
    Inventors: Todd Allan Anderson, Clifford Elliott Simon, Edward J. Subliskey, Jeffrey M. Briggs
  • Patent number: 5829284
    Abstract: A protector block is constructed so as to be urged in a key extracting direction and movable in a key inserting direction and is provided with radially outwardly projecting engaging portions which come into engagement with an outer lock cylinder when the protector block is pushed in. The overall length in the key inserting direction of the protector block can be shortened and hence it is possible to construct a handle locking device in a compact shape. Further, in the case where the protector block is fabricated by sintering, the green compact density in powder molding can be made more uniform because it is possible to shorten the length in the key inserting direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiko Yamashita, Yoshifumi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 5829281
    Abstract: A protector block is movable in a direction in which a key K can be inserted, and first engaging portions which engage each other when the protector block is pushed in are formed between the protector block and an outer lock cylinder. A crankshaft is movable in the direction in which the key K can be inserted, and second engaging portions which engage each other when the crankshaft is pushed in are formed between the crankshaft and the outer lock cylinder. When an object in place of a key is inserted into a key insertion hole and attempts are made to forcibly turn the object while pushing the object, the first engaging portions between the protector block and the outer lock cylinder engage each other, preventing the crankshaft from being turned. When attempts are made to turn an inserted object while pulling the object, the second engaging portions between the crankshaft and the outer lock cylinder engage each other, preventing the crankshaft from being turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Honda Giken Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Akihiko Yamashita, Yoshiyuki Nakajima, Yoshifumi Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 5827030
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a thread-forming joining element, in particular, a screw, which comprises a single or multiple thread that extends over at least part of the screw shaft (1), a screw tip (3) and a screw head (2). The thread extends to the point of the screw tip (3), with at least one friction edge region (11) extending over at least part of the length of the screw tip (3) in the longitudinal direction of the screw, namely on the circumferential surface in the region of the screw head (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: A-Z Ausrustung und Zubehor GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Robert Dicke
  • Patent number: 5826450
    Abstract: A locking device with at least one key and a locking cylinder having at least one cylinder core with a key channel. The core is mounted rotatably in a cylinder housing, mechanical tumblers for blocking and releasing the cylinder. An actuator is disposed in the cylinder housing for shifting a blocking element blocking and releasing the cylinder core. An electronic code transmitter is provided in the key and an electronic code evaluator in the cylinder housing for controlling the actuator. The electronic code transmitter is formed by a transponder (26) and the electronic code evaluator by a transponder reading device (16, 17). A power supply device (24) is disposed in the cylinder housing (1). The blocking element (23) engages in at least one recess (42, 43) disposed on the periphery of the cylinder core (4) spaced from the key channel (10, 11) in the axial area of the cylinder core (4) which is provided with the mechanical tumblers (49, 50, 51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Codatex ID-Systeme Gessellschaft mbH
    Inventors: Leonhard Lerchner, Hermann Hainzlmaier