Patents Examined by Terry Lee Melius
  • Patent number: 6202922
    Abstract: A container with a front opening and a top opening, and a top wall preferably hinged to the container to cover the top opening. A hinged front wall covers the front opening and has a curved guide rail extending therefrom which is slidingly received in a curved guide channel formed in the left or right wall, with the rail having a knob for manually pivoting the front wall. A cross-bar assembly preferably comprises two parallel top rods with rollers, two parallel bottom rods with rollers, and two sets of two diagonal cross-rods, the rods interconnected such that the top rods move upward when the diagonal rods pivot upon the application of a force to the bottom rods. An actuator assembly preferably comprises a lever with a foot pedal coupled thereto. A linkage assembly is preferably coupled to the lever and the bottom rods, such that depressing the pedal actuates the linkage assembly to pull the bottom rods inward which moves the top rods upward against the bottom wall to raise the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventors: Carol O. Phillips, Lindsey Jasmine Phillips, Janine Marie Phillips
  • Patent number: 6202234
    Abstract: A therapeutic pillow for placing on a seat and for being sat upon by a user and for supporting the tail bone of the user and for cradling the buttocks of the user to assure that support for the tail bone of the user is held in place. The pillow includes a base, a support, and a pair of bolsters. The base overlies the seat. The support is disposed axially along the base and supports the tail bone of the user. The pair of bolsters extend axially along the base, straddle the support, cradle the buttocks of the user therebetween so as to assure that the support is held in place under the tail bone of the user, by minimizing lateral movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Josephine Henderson
  • Patent number: 6202230
    Abstract: A surgical table apparatus includes a base, a pedestal, and an upper support frame coupled to the pedestal. The upper support frame includes a head frame section, a seat frame section, optional leg supports, and optional head supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Hill-Rom, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Borders
  • Patent number: 6202270
    Abstract: A cremation container is foldable into a compact configuration for shipping purposes and is unfolded and erected at its destination. The cremation container comprises a bottom, a pair of side walls pivotally connected to the bottom, a pair of end walls pivotally connected to the bottom, and a cover removably positionable atop the pair of side walls and the pair of end walls. One pair of the pair of side walls and pair of end walls is foldable onto the bottom, and the other pair of the pair of side walls and pair of end walls is foldable onto the one pair of the pair of side walls and the pair of end walls, to thereby compactly configure the container for shipping. Preferably, the pair of side walls are foldable onto the bottom and the pair of end walls are foldable onto the pair of side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Batesville Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Pat Bowman, Tom Heil, Rodger Jones, James Maple, Daniel J. Parker, Ed Scheele, Samacha Somtrakool
  • Patent number: 6199233
    Abstract: An elongated patient support table [22] with a horizontal patient support surface has a contoured radiolucent table extension assembly [26, 126] connected thereto in cantilever fashion for supporting the head and upper torso of a patient [27]. An outer end of the extension assembly [26, 126] has a reduced width compared to the support table [22] to enable extendable movement of the radiolucent extension assembly [26, 126] into a scanning zone defined by a central opening [112] of a diagnostic unit such as a CT scanner [20]. The table extension assembly [26, 126] supports the patient [27] via an inboard radiolucent horseshoe headrest [32, 132] and an outer tool support [54, 122] for holding an outer stabilization device [66, 166] such as a radiolucent skull clamp [74, 174].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventors: Allen Kantrowitz, In Ki Mun, Charles E. Dinkler
  • Patent number: 6199232
    Abstract: An emergency care blanket may be assembled into a plurality of desired arrangements to protect an individual from prevailing environmental conditions while providing access to the patients. Broadly the blanket includes a first flexible covering, a second flexible covering and a plurality of fasteners associated with the first and second coverings. Each of the fasteners includes two fastening structures, preferably male and female snaps, which project from opposite respective ones of the upper and lower surfaces of their associated first and second coverings. Thus, cooperative fastening structures can matably engage so that the first and second coverings may be releasably secured thereby to assemble the emergency care blanket into a fastened state characterized by one of the plurality of desired arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Karl Kocivar
  • Patent number: 6199230
    Abstract: The Infant/toddler indoor—outdoor play/mat corral with locking handle 16 and clasp mechanism 18 has a top quilt base 10 and foam block walls 40 which follow the perimeter of the base. Fabric 14 is sewn together creating two “U” shape receiving channels which overlay foam block walls 40 and are sewn to top quilt base 10 and bottom water resistant base 28 from interior to exterior. A locking handle 16 and clasp mechanism 18 including a handle piece sewn into one exterior wall that is fitted into a clasp sewn into the opposite exterior wall forming a handle for securing and carrying purposes. When the corral is folded along its diameter 30 creating a single “U” shape, the foam block walls 40 collapse and meet by connecting VELCRO strips 32 sewn along the bottom water resistant base 28 thus keeping the wall portions secure with the locking handle 16 and clasp mechanism 18. A pocket 22 is sewn to exterior wall portion to store items when folded and unfolded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Christina M. Parikh
  • Patent number: 6199310
    Abstract: An illuminated grid sign designed to be viewed at a maximum viewing angle (&agr;) from a horizontal line of sight of an observer, the sign comprising: a frame, a partially transparent face thereon, tubing mounted therein and having an inside radius (r), and a plurality of concavely-curved, reflective channels each having an angle of wrap (&bgr;) and positioned at a minimum distance (d) from the luminous tubing; wherein the improvement comprises each channel being substantially semi-cylindrical and having a radius (R) approximately equal to 80 to 120% of r×(1+1/(sin &agr;))+d.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventors: Lance Mueller, Patrick F. Gleeson
  • Patent number: 6199309
    Abstract: A merchandising marker such as a tag or card including an electronic article surveillance (EAS) security device for use with EAS systems in order to protect merchandise from unauthorized removal from a controlled area. The security device can be embedded into the marker to form a unitary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Contempo Card Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Vark Markarian
  • Patent number: 6199231
    Abstract: A fitted mattress cover has a fabric skirt warp-knit from bulked yarns and elastic yarns. The skirt is elastically stretchable in the longitudinal direction by at least 50%, inelastically stretchable in the transverse direction by at least 60%, and regains its transverse stretch characteristics when laundered and dried in a relaxed condition and possesses important advantages over known stretchable stitchbonded skirts in wash durability, stretch/conformability, and puncture resistance, as well as in economy of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Xymid, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Dimitri Peter Zafiroglu
  • Patent number: 6195822
    Abstract: A patient transport bag includes a fabric base having a bottom and four sides which define an interior cavity. The base is securable to a stretcher. A top cover is detachably secured to the base. Straps are provided for securing the top cover as a roll along one of the four sides. The patient transport bag, as described, is attachable to a stretcher in such a manner that it is ready for immediate use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventors: David Charles Sorensen, Rachel Gertrude Sorensen
  • Patent number: 6195926
    Abstract: Jardin Gem is a set of three multipurpose, independent identifier stratagems. Jardin Gem Topper is the primary device and is a hose support/hose guard/holder/identifier with a variety of configurated tops through which each top a hose can be laced or something attached. Every top also serves as a push-pull handle to put its opposite end into soil, predrilled wood, a cored brick, or whatever. The secondary identifier is the Jardin Gem Straww used as a marker while in the ground before, during, and after plant growth. If a Topper is slid into a Straww, the latter functions as an auxiliary identifier or when a watering, soaker, or sprinkler hose needs to be laced through a series of tops. The third device is the Jardin Gem Barr . . . a single Jardin Gem Straww nested in between two elbow connectors . . . which can be easily positioned horizontally or vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventors: Corinne L. Jarl, John M. Tursky
  • Patent number: 6195925
    Abstract: A safety warning flag assembly for use with highway trucks provides for a foldable placard which is attachable to the front end of a highway truck. The placard, attached longitudinally along the front bumper is foldable along its longitudinal length. When closed, the placard essentially becomes part of the bumper. When opened, the placard displays a warning sign to oncoming traffic. With the placard in its open position, a flag receiving fixture attached to the placard allows a conically shaped flag and flag holder to be received within the fixture. In an alternative embodiment, the flag fixture is functionally adapted to receive the flag from various angles such that the flag can be flown at its most effective angle for warning traffic of the approaching wide load. In another alternative embodiment, the flag fixture may be attachable to other parts of the truck and may be used in conjunction with the warning placard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Clements M. Werner
  • Patent number: 6192708
    Abstract: A finger ring insert for use with a finger ring. The finger insert comprises a saddle shaped top portion, side portions, and rounded end portions that are seamlessly coupled to the saddle shaped top portion and the side portions. The finger ring insert includes a opening that extends from one side of the insert to the other side of the insert and allows the insert to be snappingly attached to and detached from the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Inventor: James Valliant Mitchell
  • Patent number: 6192608
    Abstract: In order to create interest in advertising pieces in a consumer, a pop-up advertising piece includes a booklet-shaped advertiser movable from a closed position to an open position. An anchoring strip is in vertical confronting relation to a normally inwardly facing surface of one of the cover portions and has top and bottom edges secured to the normally inwardly facing surface in general proximity to top and bottom edges thereof. An internal substrate has one vertical edge secured to the one of the cover portions opposite the anchoring strip and the other vertical edge is secured to the anchoring strip. A first fold line is provided on the internal substrate in spaced relation to a generally vertical fold line of the booklet-shaped advertiser when it is in the closed position. The internal substrate also has a second fold line on the side of the anchoring strip opposite the first fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventor: Bruce D. Williams
  • Patent number: 6189250
    Abstract: A magnetic picture display device is described. The invention includes a horizontal ground surface, a planar item to be displayed, a first support element and at least one front surface-contacting member. The display item has a front surface, a rear surface and at least one edge. The first support element has at least one ground surface contacting portion and at least one rear surface contacting portion. The rear surface-contacting portion includes ferromagnetic material. The front surface-contacting member includes a high-strength magnet. To use the invention the ground surface contacting is located on the ground surface and the rear surface of the item is located on the rear surface contacting portion of the first support element. The front surface contacting member is located on the front surface of the item at a point closest to the rear surface contacting portion of the first support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Thomas Bell
  • Patent number: 6189165
    Abstract: A cot includes a base, a pair of side walls and a pair of end walls extending above the base. A transverse wall is detachably secured across the cot above the base between the side walls at a position partway along the length of the cot and serves to reduce the effective length of the cot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: G & S Safety Products Limited
    Inventor: Carl Burton
  • Patent number: 6189188
    Abstract: An artificial reef is assembled from modular units having mating projections and recesses and incorporating human cremain to provide a memorial for deceased persons in a marine environment. In one embodiment the human cremain is encapsulated in cavities within the module. In another embodiment, the human cremain is incorporated in a plaque mounted in an opening in the surface of the module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Christopher F. O'Hare
  • Patent number: 6189167
    Abstract: A pillow includes a lower housing for containing a base, a motor connected to a transmitting device, and an upper housing. The motor rotates the transmitting device, which has several transmitting shafts and gears so as to provide different modes of movement, such as rotation and up and down movement, to the pillow. The upper housing is fixed with the transmitting device, supporting the body of a user, and having a curved recess formed in an upper surface to suit to the curvature of a human body. A cover covers the upper and lower housings to prevent miscellaneous matters from entering the interior of the upper and the lower housings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Chi-Wen Tsai
  • Patent number: 6189890
    Abstract: A method of sealing sheet pile joints using a paraffinic product to seal the gripping elements of the sheet piles. The paraffinic products usable for sealing the gripping elements of sheet piles have a drop point lying between 100 and 140° C. and a cone penetration of between 20 and 50 mm/10. In a preferred embodiment, the paraffinic product contains at least 50% paraffin waxes, and may also incorporate mineral oils, bonding agents, antioxidants and/or other normal additives. According to another embodiment, the paraffinic products usable for sealing the gripping elements of sheet piles have a resistance to hydrostatic pressure of at least 0.12 bar/mm, preferably at least 0.22 bar/mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Profilarbed S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Moulin, André Rix