Patents Examined by Thomas A. Rendos
  • Patent number: 4854652
    Abstract: A pair of portable self contained voting booths comprised of main base members which fit together to form a compact carrying case for all of the other components of the two booths including support legs and foldable privacy shields. Each base member has corner sockets for receiving the support legs from below and a recessed central portion that provides storage space for the support legs and shield, when the base members are held together by removable clips in their storage and transporting mode. When erected for use, the base members are separated by release of the clips so that, the support legs and privacy shields for both booths can be quickly installed and set up to provide two voting stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: John E. Ahmann
  • Patent number: 4854656
    Abstract: A jewelry storage apparatus for the tangle-free and orderly storage of necklaces, earrings, and the like is set forth. Jewelry is positionable within the apparatus on one of a plurality of elements, such as openings for earrings, and hooks positioned a distance above a floor of the apparatus for tangle-free and dust-free orderly securement of the jewelry. A cabinet-like member is securable to a vertical wall or support surface with a slidable rack reciprocatable therefrom having secured thereto a horizontal rack having formed thereto the aforenoted hooks and earring post openings. An alternative embodiment of the invention includes an addition to wall hanging openings formed within a rear wall of the rack, a "U" shaped hook latchable within the container for securement about a typical coat rack, as is found in motel closets, for securedly attachment of the apparatus during travel by users thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Ellen O'Keefe
  • Patent number: 4854651
    Abstract: A device which provides protection from misuse and offers the convenience of accessory storage for a video cassette recorder, which is comprised of a main body that fits around the front portion of the video cassette recorder; a hinged and lockable front access door which can be opened to perform video cassette recorder functions and then closed and locked to prevent misuse by children; a storage compartment for information pertaining to the video cassette recorder; a compartment for remote control unit storage; and a video cassette storage rack for holding tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventors: Douglas W. Geiste, James C. Andrew
  • Patent number: 4854642
    Abstract: A head restraint assembly having a bushing member adapted for retaining and guiding a post supporting the head restraint pad of a motor vehicle seat back. The bushing is installed within the seat back and allows the head restraint pad to be positioned at various vertical positions to suit individual seat occupants. The head restraint post has a plurality of detent notches and a retainer notch. The bushing includes a detent lug engagable with the notches such that various indexed positions of the head restraint pad are provided. The detent notches of the post have ramped cam surfaces enabling the pad to be moved between the detent positions by exerting axial loads on the post. The retainer notch engages the lug to prevent inadvertent withdrawal of the head restraint pad. Complete withdrawal, however, is provided by an actuator mechanism which urges the lug to withdraw it from engagement with the post retainer notch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Hoover Universal, Inc.
    Inventors: Mohan P. Vidwans, Kenji Ino
  • Patent number: 4854654
    Abstract: The invention relates to a collapsible cabinet, comprising end ladder structures (3) on the gables of a cabinet and door frame structures. Both of these structures include upright posts (7) and horizontal braces (9) therebetween, the latter being fastened between the upright posts by means of screws (15) extending through said upright posts. Horizontal braces (9) and upright posts (7) define rectangular areas, the sides of horizontal braces and upright posts facing said areas being provided with a groove (13, 14) for receiving cover boards which cover such areas. The broad sides of upright posts (7) of end ladder (3) are placed against the ends of horizontal braces (9) and provided with two arrays of holes (16) extending on either side of the ends of horizontal braces (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Assignee: Proxy Oy
    Inventor: Jaakko Korpela
  • Patent number: 4852943
    Abstract: A pedestal chair has a chassis with a mounting block (16) mounted on the pedestal, a main frame (18) supporting the upholstered seat and back and an intermediate member (20). The block (16) and the intermediate member (20) are pivotally connected about a transverse horizontal axis (22), and the intermediate member (20) is pivotally connected to the main frame (18) about a transverse horizontal axis (28). Blocks of resiliant material (26,32) urge the main frame (18) to a datum position from which it can pivot either forwardly about the rear axis (22) or rearwardly about the forward axis (28), on dependence upon the weight distribution on the chair. (FIG. 2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: PHR Furniture Limited
    Inventor: Lewis P. Roper
  • Patent number: 4850657
    Abstract: A cabinet which houses electronic modules and provides a low-cost assembly of the modules in the cabinet. The cabinet includes a base portion, cover portion, and a locking portion which are used to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to critical modules within the cabinet. A vent system provides cooling while preventing objects one millimeter in diameter, or larger, from being inserted into the cabinet, as a safety measure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Dale L. Placke, Harley J. Shawen, Harry L. Howett, Donald L. Adelberger
  • Patent number: 4850285
    Abstract: Sheet metal convenience store shelving utilizes shelf-supporting frame-modules, each of which comprises a prefabricated frame rigidly connectable to a pair of shoes to provide free-standing units. Shelves are supportable on both sides of the frames, and the rear edges of the shelves are notched to receive the frame uprights. Each frame holds a removable backing panel, and additional backing panels extend between adjacent frames, being held in side channels of the frame uprights.The shelves are mounted on the uprights by the engagement of generally horizontally sheet metal shelf tabs with T-shaped slots in the uprights. The tabs extend laterally almost the full interior width of the uprights for optimum strength. As the shelves extend beyond the frame uprights, provision is made to prevent accidental disengagement due to excess weight on an overhanging part of a shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: Royston Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Suttles
  • Patent number: 4848247
    Abstract: A one-piece or unitary synthetic plastics pallet, in particular suitable for crates, comprising an upper deck and a lower deck connected thereto by means of spacers. The upper deck is substantially closed and the spacers consist of tubular members that are open at the side of the lower deck and which are positioned between lower deck and upper deck at such an interspace that from any of the sides of the pallet, the fork prongs of a pallet lifting and/or conveying device can be pushed between the lower deck and the upper deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Lankhorst Recycling B.V.
    Inventor: Sytze A. Kuipers
  • Patent number: 4848857
    Abstract: An apparatus for handling hairstyling brushes which includes a pair of end walls, a back wall secured to the end walls, a bottom attached to the end walls and the back wall, an upright support wall connected to the bottom and to the back wall. The apparatus for handling hairstyling brushes additionally includes a cross brace attached to the support wall and to one of the end walls, an upper door pivotally attached to the cross brace, a lower door pivotally connected to the bottom underneath the upper door, and a perforate tray slidably positioned to the upright support wall and to one of the end walls behind the upper door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Jimmie D. Modin
  • Patent number: 4848839
    Abstract: An article of seating furniture of the upholstered type that can be readily assembled and disassembled. Back and front panel members are attached to two spaced apart inner side-support panel members and two spaced apart outer side-support panel members; a seat member is mounted between the front and back panel members and the inner side-support panel members; and a back support member is mounted above the seat member and against the back panel member. Cushions and coverings, attached to the outer side-support and back panel members, are draped over the sides of the furniture to provide and aesthetically pleasing appearance associated with full-size furniture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Richard A. Galardo
  • Patent number: 4846536
    Abstract: A hinge mechanism is disclosed which couples the flat-panel display of a portable apparatus to the housing of the apparatus. The flat-panel display can be folded upon the housing, and the apparatus looks like an attache case. The hinge mechanism has a torsion bar. The torsion bar is fastened, at one end, to the hinge mechanism. The other end portion of the torsion bar is flat and held by a holder such that the torsion bar is prevented from rotating around its axis, but can move in its axial direction. The axis of the hinge mechanism is defined by hollow cylindrical bosses inserted in circular holes cut in the hinge mechanism. The force which the torsion bar generates when it is twisted comes into equilibrium with the force urging the display to fall down toward the housing when the display reaches a position close to the housing. Hence, the panel display stops at this position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshio Saitou, Katumaru Sasaki
  • Patent number: 4846078
    Abstract: An article combined with other parts which assemble into an items of furniture, the article constituting a spacer of extruded aluminum having a cylindrical bore therethrough and, as seen in cross-section, grooves outboard of such bore which are right angles to each other. Bores of aligned spacers receive posts and outboard legs therein define grooves which receive vertical panels with horizontal members between spacers, such horizontal members having openings which are aligned with the bores to receive vertical pipe. The vertical pipe thereby aligns the spacers, horizontal members and indirectly the vertical members. In one embodiment, L-shaped portions formed in the extruded spaces opposite the legs define further grooves which permit the use of connecting clips between adjacent shelves. Additional spacers having further grooves to provide midway and central aligned supports for larger shelves are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Richard W. Janson
  • Patent number: 4844564
    Abstract: A holder for tape cartridges having a housing divided by a partition to form an upper section and a lower section each of which has a plurality of compartments integrally formed therewith from a relatively rigid plastic material so that a tape cartridge may be positioned in each of the compartments and separate resilient force applying structures, integrally formed from a plastic material more rigid than the plastic material in the housing, and secured to the housing so as to apply a resilient force against the tape cartridge in a compartment to urge the tape cartridge against portions of the housing to hold the tape cartridge in the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Engineered Data Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Macy J. Price, Sr., Macy J. Price, Jr., Laurence G. Ball
  • Patent number: 4844680
    Abstract: An automatic article feeding apparatus which includes a stocker for housing pallets for containing articles such as parts for assembly, interchangeable tools or the like, a first pallet operating device for transferring the pallets from the stocker to an automatic assembling machine and vice versa, a second pallet operating device for feeding the loaded pallets containing the articles to said stocker and discharging the empty pallets to the outside, and control means for controlling the operations of the pallet operating devices in accordance with the actuation of said automatic assembling machine and the signals indicating the position of the loaded pallet housed in said stocker and the empty portion in said stocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hideaki Kawata, Yusaku Azuma, Kenzi Kuroki, Osamu Shigematsu
  • Patent number: 4842349
    Abstract: A display counter for use in supermarkets and like establishments for temporary storage, cooling and displaying of foodstuffs has a case with a hollow upper section having a pivotable front panel at the customer side and a horizontal counter top. The front panel can be pivoted by one or more fluid-operated motors with assistance from an attendant and through the medium of hinges which are mounted on forwardly extending arms of the skeleton frame of the upper section of the case. The top marginal portion of the front panel is held between discrete or integra rails of the hinges so that its exposed side is normally flush with the upper side of the counter top. One of the rails has a portion which extends rearwardly and overlies the adjacent portions of the arms and of the counter top to seal the interior of the case from the surrounding atmosphere when the front panel is held in its operative position at the customer side of the counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Gerd Und Bernd Vieler KG
    Inventor: Bruno Stenemann
  • Patent number: 4842350
    Abstract: The invention relates to bar units suitable for dispensing of ice and holding bottles and other paraphernalia necessary for work of a bartender. The bar unit provides for a housing having an inclined bottom and vertically extending walls supportable from the floor by legs which can be adjusted in height through telescopically movable elements. A first insert positionable within the housing has an arcuate wall to allow for easy scooping of ice from the housing. The insert has a horizontal attachment formed to occupy the spandrel space forward from the arcuate wall, the horizontal attachment having a number of chambers in which bins for retaining various bartenders' paraphernalia can be positioned. The bins follow the general shape of the horizontal attachment. A substitute bottom plate is provided for positioning within the housing to reduce the chamber formed by the housing when the amount of ice stored in the bar unit needs to be reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: James A. Collings
  • Patent number: 4842347
    Abstract: An improved glove box hazardous waste removal system especially for confining pipes, including a pair of semi-rigid side walls securable at one edge to one another to form a rigid cylindrical unit. The box includes sealable sleeves on each end thereof, sealable to the pipe being confined. The side walls include a flexible skirt attached to the opposite edge and including a sealable bottom opening on the skirt. The skirt includes an attachment structure for attaching disposable burial bags thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: Earl B. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 4840532
    Abstract: A transport vehicle mounted roll-off hoist having a main frame pivotally mounted on the rearward end of a vehicle such as a semi-trailer or trunk, including a pair of hydraulic lift actuators adapted to move the main frame of the hoist between a horizontal position and a rearwardly inclined position. Hydraulic actuator which means are provided for lifting a container onto the main frame of the hoist or setting off the container from the hoist. An extensible and retractable stop carriage is telescopically connected to the forward end portion of the hoist main frame. Hydraulic acutator and locking means are associated with the stop carriage for placing the container in the optimum position for transport on the vehicle. The hoist is capable of handling containers of both the outside rail and the inside rail type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Galbreath Incorporated
    Inventor: Donald E. Galbreath
  • Patent number: 4840427
    Abstract: A seat for vehicle is provided comprising a seat back, a seat bottom, a pair of side brackets mounted on both sides of the bottom of said seat bottom, respectively, and a pair of seat supporting brackets, spaced from each other, mounted on the floor of the vehicle. The seat also includes two pairs of arms, each mounted at one end thereof on said side bracket and at the other end thereof on the lower end of said seat back, adapted to shift said seat back forwards and backwards. Between the side brackets and the seat supporting brackets, two pairs of legs are pivotably arranged, which are adapted to maintain a constant angle between the seat bottom and the floor of the vehicle, thus the seat bottom can be moved a certain distance by the pivoting of the legs. The seat for a vehicle also comprises a locking mechanism adapted to actuate and constrain the pivoting of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Kia Motors Corporation
    Inventor: Bahk Hong