Patents Examined by Wenceslao J. Contreras
  • Patent number: 4727876
    Abstract: A medical forceps having a core of metal, a molded-on layer of plastics in sandwich-like manner. In particular, medical forceps wherein the part of the core which is destined to become the gripping part is covered by a plastic gripping means with or without teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1988
    Inventors: Michael Porat, Amir Porat
  • Patent number: 4727668
    Abstract: A surveillance marker is provided for utilization in antipilferage and anticounterfeiting systems. The marker includes a housing formed of barium ferrite impregnated plastic. Advantageously, the barium ferrite impregnated plastic housing provides a quasi-solenoidal dc magnetic bias field for activating one or more stacked ferromagnetic ribbons contained within the housing to produce an identifiable signal in response to an applied ac magnetic interrogation field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1988
    Assignee: Allied Corporation
    Inventors: Philip M. Anderson, Ronald K. Reich
  • Patent number: 4723368
    Abstract: A display element mounting arrangement provides a pair of display holders for frictionally-engaging and supporting an elongated display element at its opposite ends. The display holders are adapted to be mounted on and frictionally secured to a support member, such as a circuit board. Each display holder includes a display-engaging portion and a support member-engaging portion. The display-engaging portion includes four walls which define a chamber into which an end of the display is inserted. Friction tabs in the chamber aid in retainedly engaging the display. The support member-engaging portion includes a leg adapted to extend through and move in a slot which extends inward from an edge of the circuit board. A foot formed on the end of the leg is so spaced from the display-engaging portion as to provide frictional engagement between it and the circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Assignee: Hamilton Standard Controls, Inc.
    Inventors: Dana L. Brechbill, Jon M. Skekloff
  • Patent number: 4722147
    Abstract: A display panel comprising a substantially planar structural layer of rigid material, a plurality of slats fastened to the structural layer, and a fastener for attaching the structural layer to a wall. The slats have a first surface that fastens flush against the structural layer. The slats also have a substantially planar second surface opposite the first surface. A horizontal slot is defined by the area between adjacent slats. A dado slot is formed within each of the slats and extends upwardly transverse to the horizontal slot and communicates with the horizontal slot. The fastener is a cleat which is fixedly attached to the side of the structural layer opposite the slats. The cleat has an angle cut along its lower edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Inventors: Detlef J. Gieske, David B. Kawchak
  • Patent number: 4715136
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for creating a kinetic water display is provided having a plurality of water jets for outputting streams of water and also having a transparent plate of clear glass or acrylic material. The transparent plate is disposed proximate to and in opposing relationship to the streams of water such that the streams impinge upon the inner surface of the transparent plate thereby forming at least one kinetic shape comprised of ambient air and water upon the inner surface of the transparent plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1987
    Assignee: Wet Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Fuller, Alan S. Robinson
  • Patent number: 4714076
    Abstract: Bone-setting device comprises two elongated holders which are joined by an elongated connecting link. Pins which can be screwed into bone elements are held in each holder in such a manner that they can be rotated around their axis, moved along that axis, and clamped. At least one holder comprises spherical guiding bodies, each of which holds a pin in such a manner that the pin can be pivoted in space. The connecting link comprises a sleeve and a stud which is held in the sleeve in such a manner that it can be shifted in the axial direction and pivoted, and which, in order to generate a force which presses the bone elements against each other, can, by means of a tensioning screw inserted in it, be pulled against one end of sleeve and clamped in various pivoting and sliding positions by means of a clamping screw. The device offers many adjusting possibilities for setting the bone elements but is, nevertheless, very rigid in the clamped state and also relatively small and easy to handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Synthes
    Inventors: Pierre-Andre Comte, Caius Burri, Lutz Claes, Heinz Gerngross, Remy Meier
  • Patent number: 4713900
    Abstract: A super bowl for eating onto which attachments with sports' emblems are changeably mounted. The attachments are slidably removeably mounted to either an internal or external track on the bowl. An elastic band with integral track mounted in a circumferential concave on the bowl, is also available for receiving the attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Inventors: Luther Calloway, Jr., George Spector
  • Patent number: 4711044
    Abstract: A decorative sign which simulates the appearance of neon lighting and a method for making the same is described in which a polymer fluorescent gel is cast upon and bonded to a plane in a "neon" shape and is activated by exposure to an activating lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Danjell Creations, Inc.
    Inventor: Barbara Danjell
  • Patent number: 4711046
    Abstract: A multi-panel display comprises a plurality of rectangular panels formed of a foam core laminate interconnected at adjacent side edges by flexible plastic strip hinges formed of resilient sheet material and fastened in slots in the adjacent side edges of the panels. The outer edges of the panels include longitudinal slots that extend around the outer periphery of the panel display. The front and back surfaces of the panel display are covered by a loop fastener fabric, with the ends of the fabric on the front and back surfaces extending over the outer edges of the panel display and tucking into the slots around the periphery of the panel display so as to conceal the ends of the fabric. Separate panel display sections can be interconnected by stiff splines that fit in the slots in opposing edges of display sections placed edge-to-edge on top of each other. Panel display sections can be interconnected horizontally by hook fabric strips inserted in the outer side edges of the panel displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Inventor: Donald E. Herrgord
  • Patent number: 4707937
    Abstract: A clip is provided shaped to retain a picture within its frame and with an aperture by which the assembly may be hung from a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Pico-Glass
    Inventor: Pietro Astolfi
  • Patent number: 4706396
    Abstract: The file is equipped with a plurality of bags, which are vertically stacked, between the front cover and the back cover being unfoldable. The vertically adjoining bags are connected by way of the connecting part one to another and the upper bags can be shifted from the lower bags in the direction opposite to the opening section within the allowable range of the connecting part so that the opening section of the lower bags may be exposed from the upper bags. The knob is provided on the uppermost bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Sanki Vinyl Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Tetsuro Nomura
  • Patent number: 4706665
    Abstract: An improved stereotactic instrument for precise insertion of an electrode or a biopsy needle into the brain is designed for use with a computed tomographic (CT) scanner and does not require scanner software modification or complicated calculations to transfer the scanner coordinates of a desired brain location to the instrument. The instrument is based on a modified rectangular Gouda frame which can be temporarily attached to the CT scanner table by mounting plates that can be adjusted relative to one another until the frame is precisely aligned to the CT scanner zero reference plane. The frame is then affixed to the patient and after a plurality of CT scans are taken to establish the coordinates of the desired brain location, the patient and frame are detached from the CT table and moved to the operation room where coordinate arms and a electrode/needle holding arc are placed on the frame. The target coordinates obtained from the CT scanner can then be set directly on the coordinate arms of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Inventor: Kasim I. Gouda
  • Patent number: 4706659
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a flexible connecting shaft for an intramedullary reamer. In each embodiment, several short segments or links are attached together to form an elongated flexible shaft which shaft is designed, due to the specific attachment means for the links, to bend along its longitudinal axis while transmitting torque without any lag in such transmission. A link at one end of the flexible shaft as made by a plurality of the links includes means provided for attachment to a torque providing device such as an electric motor. At the opposite end of the shaft, the last link includes structure thereon enabling connection to a drill bit. The various embodiments disclose different ways of interconnecting the links.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Larry S. Matthews, Steven A. Goldstein
  • Patent number: 4704852
    Abstract: A rake for softball and baseball infields and baselines which smooths the surface after each game without leaving any tracks. The rake may be pulled by hand or by a lightweight tractor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Inventor: Richard W. Knapp
  • Patent number: 4703572
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for animating illuminated signs and displays comprises sequentially illuminating with at least one source of radiant energy of a particular wavelength range at least two planar scenes, or three-dimensional objects, visibly responsive to radiant energy of the particular wavelength range used. Means are provided for shielding a non-selected planar scene or object from illumination during the time a selected planar scene or object is illuminated. In the preferred embodiment, invisible ultraviolet illumination is used to cause a plurality of scene-views to fluoresce visibly in a timed sequence which produces a visual sensation of apparent motion from one scene-view to another of an object depicted by the scene-views. Subjective brightness of scene-views may be enhanced by modulating the illumination of a scene at a perceptibly low frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Inventor: William L. Chapin
  • Patent number: 4703570
    Abstract: A product identification and display tag for use in connection with a product-suspending hook extending substantially horizontally from a support surface. 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, with 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: April 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Inventor: Jacob J. Fast
  • Patent number: 4703574
    Abstract: A luminous sign (10) comprising three sandwiched plates: a front transparent legend plate (12) incorporating a legend (12a), a center feedthrough plate (14) having a set of termination bores (14a) and crossover bores (14b), and a back crossover cavity plate (16) having a first and second power/gas input bore (16b) (16c) and a crossover cavity (16a) across each set of crossover bores (14b). When all three plates are aligned and hermetically bonded a continuous gas passage is provided through the first power/gas input bore (16b), termination bore (14a), legend (12a), crossover bore (14b), through the crossover cavity (16a), a crossover bore (14b) and again through the legend (12a). The gas path continues through subsequent passages terminating at the second power/gas input bore (16c). Into the power/gas input bores (b 16b) (16c) is hermetically inserted a tubulated electrode (18) and a non-tubulated electrode respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Inventor: Michael Garjian
  • Patent number: 4702026
    Abstract: A method of making pages for photo albums and the like comprises the steps of passing a first elongated continuous sheet of a flexible transparent plastic material through a work station, extruding a plurality of spaced lines of a hot-melt pressure-sensitive adhesive onto the first sheet at the work station, overlaying a second elongated continuous sheet of flexible transparent plastic material on the first sheet, pressing the two sheets together so that they are secured together with the adhesive to define a composite sheet, and transversely cutting the composite sheet at predetermined intervals to form a plurality of pages. The flexible transparent sheets preferably comprise biaxis-oriented polypropylene sheets having thicknesses of less than approximately 2 mils. The pages made by the method are durable and effective, and they can be made at substantially higher rates and lower cost than the previously-available pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: SPM Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: William L. Shaine
  • Patent number: 4702025
    Abstract: A display frame for a sign, poster, or the like. The frame comprises a plurality of frame sections each comprising a rear structure, a front structure, and tensioned spring means. The rear structure has a cylindrically shaped portion and an opposing channel spaced therefrom, while the front structure comprises a forward panel portion and a semi-circularly shaped portion, and with the latter being rotatably mounted on the cylindrical portion of the rear structure to thereby permit movement of the front structure from an open to a closed position. A spring means is disposed between the channel and the cylindrical portion of the rear structure, with the end thereof adjacent the cylindrical portion being circularly shaped. Said end biases against the leading edge of the semi-circularly shaped portion of the front structure when said structure is in the closed position, and against the solid section of the semi-circular portion when the front structure is moved toward or maintained at the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: M & M Displays
    Inventor: Vincent Mace
  • Patent number: 4700498
    Abstract: A portable display apparatus is provided having a display section adapted to assume either an operative or inoperative mode. When in an operative mode, the display section assumes an upright substantially partition-like configuration having a large exposed display surface. When in an inoperative mode, the display section assumes a collapsed condition and forms a compact unit suitable for storage. The display section is maintained and supported in the operative mode by structural members. A first set of structural members supportingly and removably engage opposed peripheral portions of the exposed display surface. A second set of structural members are operatively and removably connected to the first set of structural members and maintain the display section in a selected operative mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Nimlok Company
    Inventors: Simon G. A. Perutz, Gerald E. A. Perutz