Patents Examined by Wenceslao J. Contreras
  • Patent number: 4803791
    Abstract: The device exhibits images of products to be advertised mounted continually rotatable about axes arranged in a space in any manner, consisting of a supporting framework provided, at least at one end thereof, with a fixed element having an extended surface in transparent material, adapted to support images to be exhibited and, in a position facing the image-bearing element, with at least one rotatable element, bearing colors and other images, associated with a pivot freely rotatable on a support rigidly associated with the framework. The rotatable element is subject to continuous rotations alternating in both directions according to present angles, with respect to said fixed image-bearing element, by means of a miniaturized electronic circuit, independently powered by a battery and adapted to cause said pivot to rotate by magnetic repulsion between an intermittently powered coil and a permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Inventor: Giuseppe Dell'Acqua
  • Patent number: 4800663
    Abstract: Display apparatus of expandable/collapsible form incorporating a framework which is erected and display support mounted on the framework defining a continuous support surface to which displays may be attached. A feature of the framework includes mounting for auxiliary devices and which functions to hold the framework in erected condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1989
    Inventor: Theodore R. Zeigler
  • Patent number: 4799322
    Abstract: A lock pin for a badge shell having a round periphery and inwardly bent skirt along the periphery forming an open back, the lock pin being made of a length of resilient wire having a substantially straight fastening portion with a lower pointed end on the wire first free end to fasten the badge to a garment. The resilient wire includes a shell securing portion connected to the upper end of the fastening portion extending in a closed generally planar path around the fastening portion and terminating in the wire second free end comprising a locking tab extending outwardly from the plane for removably locking the second free end to the fastening portion upper end, the locking tab further adapted to bear against the inward side of the shell securing portion to resist removal of the lock pin from the badge shell. The shell securing portion has first and second arcuate segments conforming substantially to the curvature of the shell inner periphery and extending approximately 90.degree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Sarco Mfg. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Sardinskas
  • Patent number: 4798014
    Abstract: A point-of-purchase display is disclosed, which is assembled from a single, folded piece of two-dimensionally rigid material. When assembled, the display includes a vertical display face which is rigidly supported in a plane perpendicular to a vertical support surface. The vertical support surface is suitable for attachment to typical store display shelves. The display face is held in place by a tab which includes a slot, the tab being attached to one edge of the support surface and cooperating with an edge of the display face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1989
    Assignee: Tombstone Pizza Corporation
    Inventors: Charles A. Stoerzinger, James Machlett
  • Patent number: 4794712
    Abstract: A portable display device for displaying educational material or student's work comprising a plurality of panels, each panel separated from the next adjacent panel by a score line to permit relative movement between adjacent panels, each panel comprising a base portion including a first and second corrugated substantially rigid section separated by a substantially rigid member and a writing surface adhered to the outer surface of the first corrugated substantially rigid section, the score line formed between adjacent panels extending entirely through the second corrugated substantially rigid section and a portion of the first corrugated substantially rigid section such that adjacent panels may be folded relative to each other for storage and transport or extended relative to each other for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Showboard, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald L. Wood
  • Patent number: 4794715
    Abstract: A roller-type map or shade holder is provided which is operated by an electric motor. In one embodiment, a simple drive clutch arrangement decouples the motor drive shaft from the map roller when the map is fully unwound or rewound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Inventor: Charles Cherwin
  • Patent number: 4790304
    Abstract: A self-locking pin device comprises a pin formed with enlargement in the region of its distal end; a tube received over the pin and having a diameter smaller than the enlargement, the tube being axially split at both its distal and proximal ends; and a collar received between the proximal ends of the pin and tube such that moving either the pin or tube splays the distal end of the tube about its axial split, and moving either the collar or the tube splays the proximal end of the tube along its axial split.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Inventor: Lior Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 4787163
    Abstract: A portable sign for removable mounting on the roof of a vehicle. The sign includes a rigid body formed of first, second and third side walls formed into a rigid triangular structure, a top structure including a triangular top wall and a frame fitting over the top wall and including a downturned flange extending around the laterally outer triangular perimeter of the top wall, and a bottom structure including a triangular bottom wall and a bottom frame including an upturned flange extending totally around the laterally outer perimeter of the bottom wall. The upper edge portion of the triangular body structure is positioned contiguously within and attached to the downturned flange of the top structure and the lower edge portion of the triangular body structure is positioned contiguously within and attached to the upturned flange of the bottom structure. An alarm assembly is also provided within the rigid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Inventor: Marlin C. Berg
  • Patent number: 4785562
    Abstract: A display device comprising a frame having a front side, rear side, outer edge, and inner edge; the inner edge surrounding and defining an interior opening and display area. The frame includes magnetic attachment means so that a display piece, such as a child's drawing or photograph or the like, can be retained in a display position between the frame and a metal surface. An exemplary embodiment employs truncated interior corners to accommodate a range of display piece dimensions. In a further precept, ridges on the rear side act as moldings. In another embodiment, the display device comprises a plurality of corner sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Assignee: Good Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard R. Good
  • Patent number: 4783921
    Abstract: A wind resistant sign for display purposes includes a base and a resilient panel having a base portion supported by the base for extending outwardly from the base in a direction perpendicular to the base, the panel being thin and of such resilience and strength as to undergo bending deflection responsive to wind forces. First and second oppositely disposed mounting members of the base are clamped together by screw and nut fasteners to define between the members a throat for receiving the panel base portion. The throat opens upwardly on opposite faces of the panel in smoothly outwardly diverging relationship to the panel with radius of curvature much less than the natural bending radius of curvature of the panel to provide a strain-relieving support on opposite faces of the panel when undergoing bending deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1988
    Assignee: Stout Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary P. George
  • Patent number: 4782610
    Abstract: The present invention provides an assembly for displaying a sign, including a sign frame and one or more lights disposed on the frame, with each light including one or more electrical conductors for conducting electric current thereto from an electric power source. The display assembly includes an electrical conductor associated with the frame and connectable to the electric power source, a light socket interconnectable with the frame and having a socket opening for receiving the light inserted therein, a connector interconnectable with the light socket and having at least one electrical conductor disposed for electrical contact with the electrical conductor on the light when the light is inserted into the light socket and the light socket is interconnected with the conductor. The electrical conductor on the connector is interconnectable in electrical contact with the electrical conductor on the frame in order to establish electrical communication between the light and the electric power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Marketing Displays, Inc.
    Inventors: David U. Hillstrom, Donald R. Gaines, Donald L. Gaines, John E. Chandler
  • Patent number: 4782613
    Abstract: An identification seal for an electricial cable having resilient insulation on the surface thereof, said seal comprising a flat plastic body retaining a wire shackle. The shackle is provided with a pair of legs for engagement in seal body apertures and has a medial portion connecting the legs which comprises a semi-circular loop portion for gripping the cable, the plane of said semicircular portion being perpendicular to the plane of the shackle legs and the plane of a seal face so that when the seal is assembled onto the cable said face of the seal body is readily visible. Numbers or letters identifying the particular cable may be impressed into the surface of the seal face. The components are so dimensioned that when the seal is assembled onto a cable, the cable is gripped firmly by the loop portion of the shackle to prevent longitudinal or rotational movement of the seal on the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: E. J. Brooks Company
    Inventors: Richard S. Guiler, Allan W. Swift
  • Patent number: 4782615
    Abstract: An advertizing board for use with a mobile display system is arranged in parts surrounding the display board of the system. For transport, the advertizing board is collapsible in a "nested" fashion such that a plurality of boards are arranged parallel to and adjacent each other. The top board may be simply pivoted relative to the other boards so as to fold over the top thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunichi Futatsuishi, Shozo Fujita
  • Patent number: 4780976
    Abstract: A container for accommodating a pile of pictures, having a picture exchanging mechanism, is provided. The container has a window under which the pile of pictures is held in a viewing and storage position. At least one picture in the pile can be pulled out on a slider member such that when the slider member is pushed back in, the at least one picture is returned to the other end of the pile, so that a different picture can be viewed in the window. A hold-down member which prevents the withdrawn picture or pictures from falling out of the slider member while the slider member is pulled out is at least partially retracted when the slider member is pushed back in, so that it is not visible in the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 4780977
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed which is operable for turning a page of a book, or other like reading material, and for retaining said page in a turned position. The page is turned via a vacuum arrangement which draws a single page away from the rest of the pages and an arm which is disposed in back of the single page and is displaced to turn said page from right to left. The page is retained in the turned position by means synchronously operataed with the page turning arrangement and including an arm which rests on the turned page to prevent said page from returning to the unturned page position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Assignee: Maddak, Inc.
    Inventors: James M. Howard, Constantine Tsoucalas
  • Patent number: 4779367
    Abstract: A product identification tag is made of transparent plastic and takes the form of a planar card from which one or more integrally-formed support portions project. In one embodiment, the support portion is slotted to receive J-hook or peg hook portions so as to be suspended from the hook, whereby an attached pressure-sensitive adhesively backed label is visible. In another embodiment, the support portions are flexible anchor arms which can be folded out of the card plane, each arm including a distal end with wing-like projections that can be flexed to permit insertion of the wings in the peg board holes and unflexed so as to anchor against the back surface of the peg board. The tags are die-cut from plastic sheets, preferably with adjacent tag edges sharing common die-cuts in order to conserve material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Inventor: Jacob Fast
  • Patent number: 4779366
    Abstract: The holder serves for fixing sheet-like picture material between a back wall (1) and a transparent front pane, which together with the picture material can be exchanged towards the front side. The back wall (1) is designed as one piece with a frame (2) extending around the inserted picture material and the front pane and projecting towards the face side. Frame segments disposed on opposing sides (3, 4) of the frame each support at least one holding attachment (5, 6) and each are cut free by a through-extending opening (12, 13) disposed adjacent the holding attachment, wherein in each case one of said openings is aligned with a holding attachment, exposing an area in the back wall (1) which is larger than the parallel projection of the projecting holding attachment. One (13) of the through-extending openings is shaped in a way such that it can be penetrated by the user with the end of a finger in order to lift out the picture material and front pane for exchanging the picture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Assignee: Filmosto-Projektion Johannes Jost GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Jochen Jost
  • Patent number: 4779368
    Abstract: A frame for displaying one or more photographs or the like on a wall has parallel front and back panels between which the photographs or the like may be disposed. The frame is suspended from a hook or other projection on the wall by a length of flexible filament which has end portions that extend through passages at opposite side regions of the back panel and engage the front panel. Consequently the weight of the suspended frame urges the two panels together and additional fasteners are not necessarily needed. All components including the front and back panels and the filament are formed of transparent material in embodiments where it is desired to de-emphasize the presence of a display frame and to simulate the appearance of photographs or the like that are directly attached to a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1988
    Inventor: James S. Thede
  • Patent number: 4777747
    Abstract: An inexpensive, quick change pricing display on a sign board employs one or more basic numerical arabic figure eight digits of a segmented construction. Each basic numerical eight is made up of designator segments that may have contrasting color with respect to a viewing background of the display or sign. Numerical digits of zero through nine are selectively formed on each basic eight by applying or removing covering strip segments or elements which may be of the same or a different color as the viewing background to selective designator segments of each basic eight in such a manner as to leave exposed or to present color segments that represent the desired numerical digit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Assignee: IDL Incorporated
    Inventor: Hugh A. Murray, Jr.
  • Patent number: RE32766
    Abstract: A picture viewer having a housing to confine a pile of pictures, a slider to be withdrawn and returned to the housing, a viewing window, a pressure plate confronting the window, springs urging the plate toward the window, a retention strip to engage and strip off the picture at the end of the pile upon withdrawal of the slides, a separator strip to retain the pile as the one picture is stripped off, a slidable button on the housing to disable the springs and draw the plate away from the window, and a confining ledge on the slider also drawing the plate away from the window and independently of the slidable button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret