Patents Examined by Wenceslao J. Contreras
  • Patent number: 4860471
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a display means.This display means comprises a thin, light pivoting flap (5) with two principal surfaces (6, 6') and a rotating stepping motor (13). The motor drives the shutter by means of an elastic device (16) which times motor acceleration. A predetermined number of motor steps corresponds to one complete rotation of the flap.The display means is used to form large display units for train stations, airports, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Observatorie Cantonal
    Inventor: Jacques Bonanomi
  • Patent number: 4858351
    Abstract: The invention relates to a securing arrangement for securing an article, for example a painting in a frame, to a wall or surface. Engagement means are provided and are adapted to be mounted on or secured to the article. Mounting means are provided and are adapted to be attached to a wall or surface to which the article is to be mounted. The mounting means includes a location portion, such as for example a bore. The engagement means passes into the location portion to locate the engagement means and article relative to the mounting means and wall or surface. In one form the arrangement includes locking means to prevent unauthorized or desired removal of said article from said wall or surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1989
    Inventors: Charles P. B. Sewell, Michael J. B. Sewell, Margaret I. Sewell
  • Patent number: 4856213
    Abstract: A combination picture frame and video cassette holder comprising a picture frame having a video cassette holder mounted on the rearward side thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Micott Corp.
    Inventor: H. S. Hord
  • Patent number: 4854061
    Abstract: A door sign device includes an actuator mounted on the inner door surface of a door that has inner and outer door surfaces so that a user can move the actuator between first and second actuator positions, and a follower mounted on the outer door surface so that the follower can be move between first and second follower positions that each correspond to a respective one of the first and second actuator positions. Coupling components are included for coupling the actuator to the follower magnetically so that the follower follows actuator movement, and indicator components responsive to the follower being in the first follower position indicate that a predetermined sign applies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: Kamran Khoshkish
  • Patent number: 4852285
    Abstract: A luminous gas-discharge sign panel devised so that the brightness of sign is made constant throughout the entire length of the gas-discharge path irrespective of the positional width variations of the luminous sign patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Kimoto Sign Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaaki Kimoto
  • Patent number: 4850126
    Abstract: A sorting system and leaf thereof for use im mailing and the like. The leaf is of a resilient plastic material of a generally rectangular shape and has a double hinge at one side to allow travel of the body of the leaf through approximately The leaf is attached to a base at a spine adjacent the hinge. A plurality of leaves attached to the base forms the sorting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1989
    Assignee: Swains Enterprises Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Horace E. Swain
  • Patent number: 4841674
    Abstract: A portable impact-resistant athletic numerical indicator display produces highly visible numerals for observation by athletic participants and spectators. The display is provided with a series of shiftable component numeral panels which are connected to a selector lever by a coupling device including a stationary, slotted bar and yoke. The desired numeral to be displayed is presented behind a transparent face in the body by shifting the corresponding selector lever from a first position to a second position to compose the numeral to be displayed from the component panels. The display is conventionally used in contact sports such as football and is constructed to withstand impact with a player or the ground. The display is preferably mounted on a pole and is provided with a layer of padding to protect the playes from injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Pro Down, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert L. Smith
  • Patent number: 4841654
    Abstract: A header for mounting on a upright column or columns of a merchandise display unit, with the header being of generally arcuate configuration, in plan, and having vertically spaced tracks thereon receiving and mounting a removable flexible strip sign or signs, such as for instance a sign having advertising or caption indicia thereon. The tracks are so constructed and arranged that the sign can be expeditiously assembled onto the header by threading the flexible sign through slots and into the tracks for mounting the sign on the header, and also providing for rapid removal or changing of the sign.The header, in certain embodiments, comprises a plurality of generally circular, in plan, sections connected together at predetermined peripheral locations thereof, with each section being adapted for mounting on a respective column of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Dale Hodgson, John Stram
  • Patent number: 4839975
    Abstract: A lighting system for a translucent plastic car top sign having three side panels forming a truncated triangular pyramid and a top is disclosed. A convex reflector surface depends from the top and has three electric lamps oriented to be aligned with the apexes of the triangular pyramid such that each panel is illuminated by overlapping of direct and reflected light from the lamps. A translucent diffuser dome may be disposed over the reflector and lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Inventor: William A. Elmer
  • Patent number: 4839974
    Abstract: A closed frame is formed of a series of longitudinal pieces and a series of interlocking corner elements acting to hold the frame in assembled relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1989
    Assignee: Rahmen mit System GmbH
    Inventor: Eckhard Walter
  • Patent number: 4837957
    Abstract: A numerical display especially for use as a down marker in football games. The numbers which are displayed are painted on sets of slats which slide up and down by operation of finger levers connected to the slats by a special linkage. The slats slide behind other slats in a concealed position and are visible in an exposed position through transparent windows of a padded housing which encloses the operating components. A frictional detent retains the levers in place to prevent inadvertent slipping of the number which is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Dial-A-Down, Inc.
    Inventor: James J. Egender
  • Patent number: 4831757
    Abstract: A toy apparatus for generating a captive vortex comprises an upright transparent cylindrical enclosure filled with a selected quantity of a liquid and gas. A vane, sleeve and disk assembly coaxially mounted on a motor drive shaft, extending axially into the enclosure through its lid, is angularly rotated by the motor in response to manually operated electrical controls connecting a source of electrical energy with the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Teddy J. Sheehan
  • Patent number: 4831755
    Abstract: A back illuminated frame for displaying translucent plates. A frame assembly with four side walls and a top wall of suitable dimensions to display the plate is covered with a back cover member that includes several lighting fixtures mounted thereon for uniform back lighting of the translucent portion of the plate being displayed. A plate support member keeps the plate being displayed in a spaced apart relationship with respect to the cover housing in between the light fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Jose Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 4829686
    Abstract: A message center comprises a housing having a plurality of compartments each of which would correspond to a particular individual. The front wall of the housing includes a plurality of openings one for each compartment to provide access to the compartment. Each compartment is provided with a pivotally mounted plate which may be selectively moved to and from a generally horizontal position and a generally vertical position. When the plate is in the generally horizontal position it functions as the floor of its compartment. When the plate is in its generally vertical position it closes the opening and functions as a door to its compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Inventor: William L. Endicott
  • Patent number: 4827646
    Abstract: A sign display device for use in vehicles such as automobiles comprising a variable height sign holder extendibly mounted on a housing or frame which has an attachment means for holding the display device on a vehicle door or similar structure. The variable height sign holder is a manually extendible structure preferably comprising a series of pairs of lever arms pivotally fastened together in the center on the ends to adjacent pairs so as to form a scissors action structure. An actuation handle is mounted on one end of the pairs of lever arms to move the ends closer together and extend the sign holder. A sign or card holder frame is positioned on an upper end of the pairs of lever arms for holding the signs to be displayed by, or stored in, the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignees: Bradley Jay Miller, Paul G. McKenna, Bernard J. McKenna, Daniel R. Miller
    Inventors: Bradley J. Miller, Paul McKenna
  • Patent number: 4827643
    Abstract: An identification device for a necked container includes a ring-like base structure that is installed about a container neck, and indicia that is carried by the base structure for presenting container data. Preferably the indicia includes presentations of container data that are manually and machine readable. Preferably the indicia is protected from harm by a transparent cover. In one embodiment the identification device has inwardly extending fingers to establish a secure mounting about the neck of the container on which it is mounted. In another embodiment, locking pins are used to establish a secure mounting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: AGA Gas Central, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Hearst, Walter M. Schneider
  • Patent number: 4823782
    Abstract: A sling for supporting the limb of a patient is formed of a panel of fabric that is foreshortened along a given axis and is supported by suspending it by means engaging the panel at its four corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1989
    Inventor: Roy Y. Powlan
  • Patent number: 4821439
    Abstract: A composite label comprising a base sheet or layer having a contact adjes at its rear surface enabling the separation of the base sheet from a storing or stock means and the sticking to a useful carrier means and a cover sheet adapted to be completely or partially connected to the base sheet by a separable attachment means and fixedly connected to the base sheet along a connecting portion, the cover sheet or portions thereof being adapted to be flapped off from the base sheet after the separation of the separable attachment means, the stock carrier means preferably being of smooth paper allowing an easy removal of the base sheet, whereby the base sheet includes a number of removable or separable labels which are provided with a contact adhesive at their rear surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Assignee: Chalcographi Druck U. Papierverarbeitung Reingold & Wilck KG (GmbH)
    Inventor: Karl H. Wilck
  • Patent number: 4817318
    Abstract: A demountable road sign intended primarily for transient utilization includes a collapsible ground engaging support, a pivoted pantograph-type frame and a rolled, self-storing sign. The support preferably includes an elongate rod or similar structure which may be maintained in a vertical orientation by a plurality of attached legs. The legs are movable from a stored position generally adjacent the elongate rod to a deployed position in which they extend uniformly and obliquely away from the rod and engage the ground. Suitable structures for receiving the elongate rod support and securing the frame thereto form a portion of the frame. The frame includes a pair of preferably equal length arms pivotally interconnected at their mid points and a sign receiving device disposed on one end of each arm. The ends of the arms are interconnected by a pair of shorter pivoted arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Inventor: C. Randolph Strauch
  • Patent number: 4803796
    Abstract: The invention has reference to an animating mechanism for appendages of a toy figure where different appendages are given different motions. When applied to a winged figure, by way of example, the wings are given an up and down flap-like motion and the arm at the same time is swung laterally back and forth. For power an electric motor drives a rotating eccentric cam wheel. An eccentrically located pivot pin on the wheel has an articulated connection to the wings. At the same time a cam riding around an eccentric cam track on the same wheel causes a vertical rod to rotate, first in one direction and then in the opposite direction, so that the arm attached to the rod swings back and forth in a sidewise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Inventor: Dwight M. Ottinger