Patents Examined by Wenceslao J. Contreras
  • Patent number: 4934076
    Abstract: A perpetual calendar displaying selected faces or sides of a minimal number of parallelepiped blocks for displaying the year, the days of the month, initial numbering of the weeks of the year and the months of the year spelled out in a choice of several languages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1990
    Inventor: Eugene C. Fowler
  • Patent number: 4922639
    Abstract: Molded-in advertising panels which may be integrally formed with any of the walls of a plastic shopping cart basket. The molded-in advertising panel includes a plate portion, molded with and recessed from the outer surface of the walls of the plastic basket, and a frame element. The frame element for the molded-in panel is preferably identical to that for the retrofitted panel embodiment and is also retained in position using tabs and slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: Rehrig International, Inc.
    Inventor: Houston Rehrig
  • Patent number: 4920671
    Abstract: An improved male component for a two-piece animal ear tag in which the male component is of one-piece construction, and is formed of at least two compatible plastic materials. The male component includes a flexible tab at one end, a hollow, elongated stem extending from the flexible tab, and an integral, hard tip formed on the end of the stem opposite the tab. The plastics blend with each other to an extent sufficient to form a secure junction, thereby creating male component formed of a unitary piece of plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Assignee: Y-TEX Corporation
    Inventor: Robert J. Zatkos
  • Patent number: 4912866
    Abstract: A display structure is disclosed comprising rectangular panels each having at its upper edge a cross member (7) providing an upwardly open channel (80) which receives a central formation (68) of a retaining member (54) which provides, at its upper end, on opposite sides, respective downwardly open channels (60). In a lowered position of the retaining member, the outer wall (62) of each channel (60) extends on the outer side of the member (7) and can serve to retain the upper edge of a respective display card fitted in the panel. The releasing member can be raised, then tilted, while being held captive on the member (7) by an enlarged lower end part (76, 78) of the central formation which cannot pass between flanges (82) on member (7), to a position to one side of the respective side face of member (7) to allow vertical insertion or removal of the display card or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Marler Haley Exposystems Limited
    Inventors: Brian C. Bannister, James N. Morgan
  • Patent number: 4907359
    Abstract: An identification tag for handwritten imprinting of information is disclosed. In such an application, a hole is provided for attachment to the identified item by a variety of conventional means. A transparent protective sheet is attached to the tag in the area of the hole by a pressure sensitive adhesive. The balance of the protective sheet is coated with the adhesive but isolated from the tag by a releasable backing. Following information imprinting, the backing is removed to allow the adhesive to completely attach the protective sheet to the tag. The imprinted tag may be temporarily attached to another object by an extension of the protective sheet, adhesive, and backing beyond an edge of the tag. Subsequent removal of the tag is accomplished by bending and tearing along perforations or scoring in the protective sheet at the edge of the tag. Various embodiments and applications of the tag are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Law Printing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Sidney A. Berman
  • Patent number: 4905391
    Abstract: A tripod-type support is disclosed to releasably support a resiliently deformable highway sign in a stressed condition. Two front tripod legs carry medial brackets to support lower peripheral portions of a sign and the rearward leg in its upper part pivotally supports an upper arm that adjustably fastens the uppermost portion of a sign and moves to a position to stress and positionally maintain a supported sign. The support is adapted to positionally maintain both standard three and four foot square highway signs. Auxiliary apparatus releasably positions flags at an eight foot elevation above ground level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1990
    Inventor: George D. Dillon
  • Patent number: 4901456
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed herein having a base defining a display area between the opposite surfaces of a pair of plates in which a member is magnetically supported on a filament extending between one plate and the member which a magnetic is mounted on the other plate. Magnetic material or a second magnetic is carried on the member in attractive relationship to the first magnetic so that the member is magnetically suspended in the display area pulling taut against the filament. Articles to be displayed such as photos or the like are mounted for visual observation on the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventor: Peter Cotutsca
  • Patent number: 4899474
    Abstract: This open sleeve support is consisting of a central flat or slightly curved part (1), preferably of constant thickness, provided with two lateral branches (2) growing more narrow downwards, the latter being connected through a small fillet, to the two flat and parallel flanges (4) bent inwards and almost reaching the center of the sleeve, so that the support can be easily fitted on cables of various size (7) by slipping the sleeve on laterally, without risk of failure, while remaining firmly in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Assignee: Graphoplast S.p.A.
    Inventors: Ivana Piana, Silvano Piana
  • Patent number: 4888896
    Abstract: A non-penetrating utility cut patch identification tag comprises a wafer of a durable, pliant polymeric material coated on its lower surface with adhesive and having labeling indicia on its upper surface. The tag is preferably circular with a diameter of from about one to about two inches. The tag is pressed into the surface of fresh paving material which has been introduced into a previously cut out section of pavement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Inventor: Richard E. Sanchez
  • Patent number: 4885858
    Abstract: An inflatable plastic structure simulating a beverage can or bottle with a capped end. The upper end of the structure is provided with an annular lip projecting vertically from the peripheral edge thereof. The lip is adapted to be folded down over the end of the structure, and may be provided with a tubular ring inflatable separately from the structure to resemble the rim of a beverage can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Assignee: Strom International, Ltd.
    Inventor: David H. Strom
  • Patent number: 4882865
    Abstract: Disclosed is a graphics display system having a plurality of discrete light sources disposed along, and forming an integral part of, an illustration which is printed upon a shirt or other substrate. A battery-powered pre-programmed timing control circuit selectively illuminates the light sources disclosed as light-emitting diodes extending through openings in the shirt, to produce animation of the illustration and in particular motion of an item from one location on the illustration to a spaced location thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Inventor: Frits J. Andeweg
  • Patent number: 4879826
    Abstract: Illuminated characters or graphic symbols for external fixing to vehicles are constructed as active illuminating bodies and each includes a character shaped element, two deformable insulating layers and a cover formed to retain the shaped element and insulating layers together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1989
    Inventor: Christian A. Wittke
  • Patent number: 4876811
    Abstract: An improved hand-held sign for sending visual messages aimed at specific persons. The apparatus has a substantially vertical planar member for posting of messages, such as by message cards, a pistol-grip member with a handle portion and a substantially horizontal extension portion, the horizontal portion attached at its distal end to the back of the planar member. A plurality of message cards are preferably kept against the planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1989
    Inventor: David Peltz
  • Patent number: 4875302
    Abstract: The present invention provides a collapsible sign apparatus that is readily portable and usable for temporary applications, wherein the apparatus is formed with a pair of hinged leg-support frame members which are adjustable controlled from a folded mode to a fully extended mode by means of a slidable frame member having guide members that movably engage the hinged leg-support frames. A stretchable elastic fabric is secured at its opposite ends to each respective leg-support frame member, the intermediate portion of the fabric being mounted for engagement with the slidable perpendicular frame member, whereby the elastic stretching of the fabric will bias the support frame members to a sustantially secure open position by placing an outward and upward force on the respective leg-support frame members. When in a folded position, the fabric is forced upwardly, thus preventing the leg-support frame members from moving to an open position, unless forced to do so against the fabric's spring-like tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Inventor: Alfred A. Noffsinger
  • Patent number: 4870767
    Abstract: A card holder is comprises a panel having a continuous central web and oppositely and inwardly directed flange formations along its edges to thereby form a pocket by which the holder may mount file cards on either or both sides of the central web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 3, 1989
    Inventor: Alan F. Davies
  • Patent number: 4869004
    Abstract: An identification badge holder which is readily adapted to assembly line production thereby requiring less labor while resulting in a durable, pleasing and less costly product. An anaerobic adhesive is utilized to assist in the assembly process while also providing mechanical and adhesive properties to add strength and durability. A method for the manufacture of the identification badge holder is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventor: John E. Maloney
  • Patent number: 4866867
    Abstract: A card holder assembly for holding a dialing instruction card for a paystation telephone includes a monolithic bracket that exhibits a planar forwardmost surface to which a card holder is attached. The bracket also exhibits a lateral surface oriented orthogonally to the forwardmost surface and arranged to be positioned alongside the paystation telephone. A ligamentary portion joins the lateral surface to a bracketing surface that includes a mounting notch for supporting the bracketing surface, and, thereby, the entire card holder assembly, on a mounting surface such as the rear wall of the paystation booth. A card holder, configured to have a perimeter conforming to the perimeter of the forwardmost surface, is attached to the forwardmost surface by virtue of hardware inserted through access holes that align with mounting holes in the forwardmost surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: General Telephone Company of California
    Inventor: Kenneth H. Clark
  • Patent number: 4864753
    Abstract: Visible index systems which include a support and hanger wires for detachably affixing cards and pocket cards to the support in an overlapping arrangement. The arrangement for fixing the hanger wires to the support is so constructed that each card or pocket card is independently supported, and lateral movement of the hanger wires is precluded as is lateral movement of the cards along those wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventors: Alexander P. Janssen, Samuel A. Loyd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4862617
    Abstract: A message-carrying device (e.g., a key ring holder) wherein the device is provided with a restricted passageway communicating between a central opening and an opening along the edge of the device for receiving a portion of an article to which the device is to be affixed, and wherein the central opening, but not the restricted passageway, can accommodate a different portion of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Inventors: Edward J. Cooke, Jr., Frank S. Cooper, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4860469
    Abstract: Apparatus for exhibiting grains of precious stone comprises in a container assembly at least two communicating compartments, which communicate with each other through at least one passageway, which constitutes a singling path for grains of precious stone. That communicating passageway is constricted so as to permit singled grains having a given size to move freely through the passageway. The container assembly contains an aggregation of grains of precious stone. The at least two compartments communicating with each other have different elevations. The communicating passageway is defined by a slideway, which is inclined from the vertical, or constitutes a path for a free fall of grains of precious stone from the aggregation. Such apparatus can be used as a sales display container, an ornament, or a gift article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Firma Ernst Winter & Sohn (GmbH & Co.)
    Inventor: Dietrich Borse