Patents Examined by Wenceslao J. Contreras
  • Patent number: 4754566
    Abstract: A clamping device for holding flexible sheet material and the like includes a longitudinally elongated receiving member having a receiving channel across which the sheet material passes. A wedging member breaks the plane of the surface of the sheet material and forces the material into the receiving channel. The receiving member includes a base that intersects with the lower edge of a lip member and the lower edge of a rear wall member that is parallel to and spaced apart from the lip member. The intersection of the respective inner surfaces of the base, rear wall and lip member define the receiving channel wherein the lip member inner surface is inclined toward the inner surface of the rear wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Assignee: Metromedia Company
    Inventor: Thomas Gordon
  • Patent number: 4754565
    Abstract: A distress sign which is adapted for placement on the upper edge of a vertically movable window of a vehicle. The sign includes a pair of elongate, substantially rigid display panels each having upper and lower marginal edges and end edges. The panels are connected together along their upper marginal edges by a substantially rigid spine panel. A hook entends downwardly from one end of the spine panel and is spaced from the end edges of the panels to provide a slot in which the upper edge of the window is received, and is configured to engage the adjacent end edges of the panels against the surface of the window when the upper edge of the window is received in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Inventor: Billy G. Cox
  • Patent number: 4754563
    Abstract: Several embodiments of a product identification and display tag for use in connection with a product-suspending hook extending substantially horizontally from a support surface are disclosed. In each case the tag comprises first and second parts. The first part has a mounting portion for attachment to the hook adjacent the support surface, and an elongate portion extending from the mounting portion for overlying the hook. The second part of the tag comprises a display portion for hanging vertically at the forward end of the hook to receive a product information and identification label or the like. The second part of the tag is releasably attached to the first part by male and female connector elements so that when a label is to be replaced, the second part of the tag can be removed and replaced with another second part having a new label, thereby avoiding the need to replace the tag as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Inventor: Jacob Fast
  • Patent number: 4754564
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for the cyclic rearrangement of a pile of rectangular or square sheets, especially a pile of photographic prints, having a first (12) and a second (14) frame part which may be moved relative to one another and parallel to the main plane of the pile, and having means that, on movement of the frame parts backwards and forwards, remove an individual sheet from one end of the pile and add it to the other end of the pile again, these means comprising:(a) a separating means (20/266) for separating the individual sheet (188) from the pile,(b) a feeding means (460) for feeding sheets to the separating means,(c) retaining means (460/20) for holding the individual sheet in the first frame part and the remainder of the pile in the other frame part, and(d) a guide means (386) for guiding the separated individual sheet for the purpose of returning it to the other end of the remainder of the pile, wherein the feeding means and the retaining means for holding the individual sheet are formed
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 4753026
    Abstract: A sign unit is described which may be used in a variety of ways to make up signs. The unit consists of an extruded section having a flat central web (1, 30) and two flanges (2, 3, 32, 33). The outer surface of web (1) remote from the flanges can have a legend printed on it. Alternatively a sign plate (14, 15, 37, 38) may be inserted between flanges (2 and 3) and held against e.g. ribs (4) or in grooves (35, 36). The flanges or formations thereon may be dimensioned to cooperate with a holder on which the unit may be clipped. The sign unit is preferably made of aluminium alloy or rigid plastics material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1988
    Assignee: Esselte Pendaflex Corporation
    Inventors: Michel A. G. Woodman, Kenneth W. A. Elcock
  • Patent number: 4747223
    Abstract: A partially transparent mirrored screen extends continuously over a preselected area and contains a distribution of reflective material which varies in optical density to define regions of differing optical transmittance to light. A plurality of regions are selectively backlighted to reveal two-dimensional or three-dimensional images embodied within media behind the screen. The densities of the regions are chosen so that the images are displayed clearly when the regions are backlighted and disappear in the absence of backlighting, leaving the screen uniformly reflective of environmental light in an "off" condition. In a preferred embodiment, the reflective material includes a front layer of uniform optical density over the preselected area and a rear layer of nonuniform optical density. The front layer corresponds to the density required for a first object or image-bearing sheet located behind one region of the mirror and the rear layer provides a different density for a sheet located behind another region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Inventor: Cesar Borda
  • Patent number: 4745696
    Abstract: A visual marker for indicating or identifying rolled drawings provides a marker member in the form of a flat disc with a boss on a rear surface of the disc. A wire loop has ends turned inwardly for receipt as a press-fit in a slot defined in the boss. The ends define an axis which can rotate within the slot so that a front face of the disc can either be positioned at right angles to the plane of the loop for presenting axially from the end of the rolled drawing or substantially in the plane of the loop for facing upwardly when the loop is positioned horizontally between planar sheet or, for example, a stack of paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Inventor: Raymond E. Scouten
  • Patent number: 4745697
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for a cyclic rearrangement of a pile (182) of sheets having a housing (12) with a viewing window (35) and a slider member (14) that can be pulled out of the housing (12) and pushed back into the housing again parallel to the latter, and having a sheet-changing mechanism by means of which one sheet in the pile (182) is retained in the housing while the slider member (14) transports the remainder of the pile out of the housing (12), means being provided for removing the sheet remaining in the housing (12) from the housing (12) through the opening provided in the housing for the slider member (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Assignee: Licinvest AG
    Inventor: Peter Ackeret
  • Patent number: 4744162
    Abstract: A card sandwiching member is mounted on a storing box which is formed integrally with a frame like elastic holding plate on one surface of the mounting base plate in almost a rectangular shape made of elastic material, and a card bearing information related to an article stored in the storing box is sandwiched and retained on the outer surface of the side wall of the storing box by an elastic holding member, and the storing box is formed integrally with a flange on the outer surface of the side wall, and engaging members are formed integrally on the outer surface of the side wall spaced apart from one surface of the flange so as to be projected, and hook portions bending to the side of the flange are formed integrally on the tips of the engaging members, and the card sandwiching member is sandwiched and retained between the outer surface of the side wall of the storing box and the inside surface of the hook portion by inserting the mounting base plate between the flange of the storing box and the engaging mem
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Assignee: Sanko Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Masayuki Okazaki
  • Patent number: 4742631
    Abstract: A transparency mounting device includes a support member made from a non-opaque material. Adhesive is applied to one face of the support member so that a transparency may be attached thereto. The adhesive has low tack characteristics to permit the ready detachment or repositioning of the transparency. In addition, the adhesive is non-opaque so that transparency may be illuminated through the support member and adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Inventor: Alan W. Zimble
  • Patent number: 4742629
    Abstract: An easy to assemble picture frame is formed of double sheet material. The double sheet material has two parallel sheets with spacers forming parallel channels between the sheets. The material is die cut, and the material can be cut except for one sheet to form a natural hinge. A frame is cut to receive a picture, and a backing holds the picture against the frame. The backing can be hinged to the frame and either held by a clamping arrangement or frictionally engaged with the material. A base can be hinged to the picture frame, and malleable wires in the channels of the double sheet material hold the hinge in the desired position. A notch may be provided in the backing, and a rigid stand can be received in the notch to support the frame. In some embodiments, a transparent clamp holds the frame and backing together and provides a protective panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Inventor: James C. Koconis
  • Patent number: 4741119
    Abstract: A display board for displaying, behind a transparent window, a sheet document such as a paper document clinging electrostatically on the surface of a dielectric plastic backing board. The sheet document is covered by a sheet of transparent thin film plastic, preferably provided with a display window with a contrasting border or matte, which also tends to cling electrostatically against the sheet document with the result that the sheet document is sandwiched between the backing board and the sheet of transparent plastic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1988
    Inventor: Stanley J. Baryla
  • Patent number: 4738042
    Abstract: A commerical merchandising unit for displaying products offered for sale is integrally provided with a device displaying moving merchandising message indicia. Fixed merchandising message indicia may further be integrally combined in the general vicinity of the moving indicia. The integral appearance of either the moving indicia, or the fixed and moving indicia, combined with a merchandising unit, such as a refrigerated display case, significantly enhances the merchandising affect of the merchandising indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: Specialty Equipment Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Paul H. Corden, Robert A. Johnson, Joseph G. Correia, Dan G. Hopkins
  • Patent number: 4738040
    Abstract: The slide frame is made of elastic plastic and has an entrance slit which is adapted to be expanded throughout the width of the transparency to be inserted. The frame is formed at its opposite end with an additional expansible slit, which is also adapted to be expanded throughout the width of the transparency to be inserted and to such an extent that the two frame portions defining said additional slit do not obstruct the complete insertion of the transparency into the frame, and the film bed is constricted by a clamping rib, which is formed at and extends along a picture gate defining edge which extends at right angles to the direction in which the transparency is inserted into the frame. The slide frame comprises two frame members having broadsides facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: Geimuplast Peter Mundt GmbH. & Co. Kg.
    Inventors: Arnold Neuhold, Claus Pohl
  • Patent number: 4736537
    Abstract: A foldable corrugated fiberboard decorative insert which is intended for use in the enhancement of the appearance of a bookshelving unit and also for use as a general advertising means. The invention inherently includes a novel method of display advertising which may be effectively utilized by retail merchants without the need for costly expenditures for complex advertising display systems. The invention structure is designed to be shipped in a flat or knockdown position so that multiple units may be most economically shipped and warehoused as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1988
    Assignee: Merchandising Innovations Co.
    Inventor: Phil B. Sheffer
  • Patent number: 4735006
    Abstract: The rear surfaces of sign component pieces carry printed alignment indicating direction indicia in the form of arrowheads that are of a dark color and have a glossy surface luster while the front surfaces of the pieces carry a printed background of the same color but having a flat surface luster. The direction indicia serve to indicate the alignment of the pieces for proper insertion into a changeable sign and for proper shearing from a large sheet during manufacture. The dark color and glossy surface luster reduce eye strain during the shearing of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1988
    Assignee: Kane Graphical Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Kane
  • Patent number: 4733488
    Abstract: A luminous decorative display apparatus to be employed in setting off the design of a Christmas tree or commodities. The apparatus is provided with a plurality of two-sided flat luminous display elements each having an electroluminescent layer formed contiguously between opposite transparent electrodes and capable of shining in a specific color and a specific shape when a voltage is applied to the transparent electrodes. Each display element is connected through the electrode terminals extending from the transparent electrodes respectively, in parallel connection to power supply lines. The display elements are distributed on an article to be decorated and made to shine for decorating the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Assignee: Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Meiso Yokoyama, Makoto Takahashi, Hiroshi Ohkawa
  • Patent number: 4733485
    Abstract: A desktop film viewer includes a box-shaped structure consisting of a cover member and a main member fitted with each other, a light transmission diffusion plate provided on the cover member, and a light source and reflectors provided in the main member to illuminate the light transmission diffusion plate. The box-shaped structure comprises wedge-shaped side surfaces. At the acute angle edges of the wedge-shaped side surfaces, the main member and the cover member are pivotally connected to each other. The box-shaped structure further comprises foldable linked stays for maintaining the box-shaped structure opened at any angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Assignee: Slidex Corporation
    Inventor: Jiro Ozeki
  • Patent number: 4731944
    Abstract: Image bearing panels with interleaved strips are slidably carried by a sign base. A motor drives a crank and reciprocating arm with the arm end sequentially engageable with an abutment on each panel to shift the panel and expose the panel image. An obstruction is positionable at the completion of the last panel shifted which causes the arm to move out of its reciprocating path to engage and actuate linkage acting on the panels to collectively reposition the panels preparatory to the start of a viewing sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventor: James J. Honse
  • Patent number: 4729183
    Abstract: A modular frame structure including a plurality of elongated frame side sections having means for retaining an article to be displayed, a plurality of frame corner sections for joining adjacent frame side sections to one another, alignment means for insuring alignment between the corner sections and their adjacent side sections and a threaded member extending generally parallel to the longitudinal axis of the side sections for securing the corner sections to their respective adjacent side sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1988
    Assignee: Kroy Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Tarter, John A. Spencer, Dennis V. Baumann