Patents Examined by Wenceslao J. Contreras
  • Patent number: 4700497
    Abstract: An automatic page turning apparatus for use with a passbook or like document wherein drive rollers advance the passbook to a page turning station, pressing means moves the passbook into position for a page turning roller to engage with and to turn up the page to a bowed condition. Page turning detecting means is coupled to sequence control means and to retry control means for ensuring that the page is turned to the partially turned position for subsequent turning of the page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Susumu Sato, Toshio Arashida
  • Patent number: 4698929
    Abstract: A product information tag for use in connection with a ladder rack-type display assembly having a product suspension hook projecting from adjacent an upright rod of a ladder rack, is formed from an elongated blank of sheet plastic which has in-line panels for folding into a depending triangular-shaped wedge at the back end of the tag, cut-outs bridging the bottom and back edges of the wedge for press-fitting the wedge respectively onto a proximal portion of the hook adjacent the rod and onto a portion of the rod adjacent the hook. The two-point press-fit type attachment provides excellent lateral stability to the tag which extends forwardly over the length of the hook to provide product information at its front end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Inventor: Jacob Fast
  • Patent number: 4698930
    Abstract: Three embodiments for a holder for film, papers, canvas, sheets and the like, are disclosed. Each of the embodiments presented utilizes gravity in some fashion for the holding function. The invention generally comprises a recessed horizontal groove located upon a vertical planar surface which is covered by the holding assembly. The holding assembly comprises a vertical planar cover, the bottom edge of which participates in the holding. An object to be held is slipped between the bottom edge and the vertical planar surface and extended into the groove. Whereupon gravity means holds the object in a hanging fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Assignee: Scientific Component Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Rhett McNair
  • Patent number: 4696118
    Abstract: A display mount has four panels of lined paperboard with the first panel flexibly hinged to the second panel and the second panel flexibly hinged to the third panel and the third panel hinged to the fourth panel with a ductile hinge material. The first and second panels are substantially the same length and width with the third panel being of a shorter length than the first and second panels and the fourth panel being of a shorter length then the first, second and third panels. The fourth panel can be bent on its ductile hinge relative to the third panel which can be placed on a flat surface. The first and second panels can be folded to lay across the edge of the fourth panel as a slant type easel back desk calendar. The first panel can also be propped on the third panel to act as an upright type desk calendar and the first and second panels can be folded forward onto a flat surface for viewing referenced material or writing on the inside surface of one of the panels or on paper sheet supported thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Inventor: Carroll N. Cross
  • Patent number: 4694596
    Abstract: A merchandise information tag for mounting face-to-face against a surface of a perforated board has projections for fitting in respective holes of the perforated board to retain the tag on the board. The projections are slit longitudinally into fingers which are squeezed together in the respective holes so that the projections are held in the holes by friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Inventor: Jacob Fast
  • Patent number: 4694601
    Abstract: The invention provides a portable, collapsible sign comprised of a flexible, durable panel secured to a frame of four arms pivotally attached to a rigid central web so as to fold down one direction only and form a compact bundle for storage. The arms in the extended position are in the form of a cross and hold the sign panel firmly extended. The portable sign can be quickly assembled and disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Assignee: Dicke Tool Company
    Inventors: Grant D. Dicke, Jeffrey A. Williams
  • Patent number: 4694597
    Abstract: A perpetual calendar, particularly a perpetual calendar that can be electrically operated to show the date, the week-day, and the month. The calendar comprises a round wheel or case driven by a gear to rotate one cycle per 24 hours, and the peripheral edge of the round case has a cam for contacting a micro-switch which can trigger a circuit to drive a motor for rotating an eccentric wheel. A retractable rod can be driven by a pin on the eccentric wheel and move downwards to pull the date pulling rod and the week-day pulling rod downwards, and then a ratchet wheel will be driven to rotate, and a positioning piece in the notch of the ratchet wheel will cause the loose-leaves showing date and week-day to advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Inventor: Sheu Kuei-Wen
  • Patent number: 4694600
    Abstract: The price display module has a clear plastic light pipe and support member mounted on the back of a bezel to display an indicia on the pre-coiled strip through the bezel aperture and illuminated by light piped through the member from the back light source to the front of the member. The coiled ends of the strip are supported by and separated by the pipe so the illumination of the displayed indicia is uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1987
    Assignee: General Indicator Corporation
    Inventor: Ledell L. Murray
  • Patent number: 4693024
    Abstract: Product information tags formed from plastic sheet are adapted to engage a merchandise support hook between two arms of an angle iron hook support member. In one form of the invention a mounting portion of the sheet is divided into two panels with a transverse fold line therebetween and apertures in the respective panels connected by a longitudinal slit which allows the mounting portion to be pressed down over a part of the hook within the angle-iron support and snapped into place with the respective panels juxtaposed with the limbs of the support. In a second form of the invention the mounting portion of the tag is formed of four panels which fold to provide a triangular-section wedge with similar apertures and longitudinal slit allowing the wedge to be snapped over the hook into the angle iron support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Inventor: Jacob Fast
  • Patent number: 4693026
    Abstract: An internally illuminated sign structure wherein the message is formed by interchangeable panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: Allen-Morrison, Inc.
    Inventors: David T. Callahan, David W. Dobyns
  • Patent number: 4691457
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for mounting an emblem to objects such as a vehicle, a wall or a fence includes an anchor member secured to the emblem. A threaded rod is detachably engaged with the anchor member. Additionally, a hold down bar is mounted over the rod, and a locking member is secured to the remote end of the rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: LaFrance Corporation
    Inventor: Peter A. Peroni
  • Patent number: 4691458
    Abstract: A tag for attachment to the ear of an animal, said tag comprising in combination a male component having a headed stem and a female component having a base portion 11 with an upper surface and a lower surface, a panel 10 projecting upwardly from the upper surface. An opening 12 is formed in the base portion 11 and the headed portion of the stem of the male component is able to pass through the opening 12 to effect coupling of the male and female components. The lower surface of the base 11 includes an engagement surface 16 which in use of the tag engages with the upper outer surface of an animal's ear. The engagement surface 16 has a profile which relative to the panel is transverse to the plane of the panel and follows the contour of the upper outer surface of the animal's ear to which the tag is to be applied to resist swivelling movement of the tag about the axis of coupling between the male and female components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Allflex International Limited
    Inventor: Michael J. Scott
  • Patent number: 4688341
    Abstract: An assembly for providing a visually discernible indicator and a bar code in association with goods to be sold, includes a tray having opposing side walls and a front panel containing the bar code in association with the goods; first and second clips secured to the opposing side walls, respectively, and each having a flange having an aperture therein; and an indicator panel containing the visually discernible indicator and including opposite tabs pivotally mounted within the first and second apertures so as to pivotally mount the indicator panel between a first position in covering relation to the front panel, and thereby in covering relation to the bar codes, and a second position exposing the front panel and bar codes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1987
    Assignee: Coats & Clark, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Castel
  • Patent number: 4686973
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of making an inflatable bone plug for plugging the open end of an intramedullary bone canal which is capable of restricting the flow of bone cement, particularly, during the insertion of bone cement, particularly during the pressurized injection of such a cement, during an operative procedure involving the fixation of the stem of an artificial joint prosthesis such as a femoral hip joint prosthesis to the end of a bone such as a femur. The bone plug is designed to be pressurized with a biocompatible fluid and to thereafter deflate in a controlled manner after the cement hardens. Preferably, the bone plug is made by forming a hollow expandable container of a silicone elastomer permeable to carbon dioxide gas which has a valve stem attached to one end of the container and an opening at the opposite end of the container. A shrinkable elastomeric band is placed over the valve stem in which a channel has been made to receive a further cooperating injection means such as a needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Dow Corning Corporation
    Inventor: Eldon E. Frisch
  • Patent number: 4686783
    Abstract: The two ends of a band of a marking tag for game, defined by male part and female part, are provided with means for permanent attachment to one another by simple pressure. Other means on the perimeter of band permit indication of the date of the tagging using a simple sharp object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: Biwi S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Bourquard, Yves Bourquard
  • Patent number: 4685234
    Abstract: A surveillance marker clip assembly includes a dual pin head section having a smooth pin for insertion through the article to be protected and a grooved securing pin. The grooved securing pin is positively received and maintained in a locking mechanism including a pair of latching chocks. Flanges are provided on the latching chocks. The flanges provide secure and positive edge-to-edge mating engagement with the grove of the pin so as to resist forced withdrawal of the pin and removal of the marker from the article. A spring biases the chocks into engagement with sloped inner cam surfaces of the clip assembly housing thus forcing the chocks into a closed position. A spring steel biasing element may also be provided concentrically disposed around the chocks to further maintain the chocks in the closed position. The chocks are made of soft ferromagnetic material so as to be openable for the release of the securing pin by means of an electromagnetic release mechanism positioned at the cashier counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Assignee: Allied Corporation
    Inventors: Philip M. Anderson, Ronald K. Reich
  • Patent number: 4685231
    Abstract: The viewer includes a main body defining a horizontal opening within which a photographic disc is rotatably supported. A light source below the horizontal opening projects the viewed image onto a magnifier lens located above the opening. A viewing port renders the image identifying number on the disc visible. A switch control automatically closes a switch upon grasping of the handgrip portion of the main body. The control is inherently biased to a switch opening position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Inventor: Donnamae J. Brown
  • Patent number: 4685612
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention concerns a plate having a coil spring indicator positioned thereon and a retaining means for retaining the indicator from its normal vertical position to a horizontal position. A pair of such plates are adapted to be mounted upon the side of a mailbox. In another embodiment of the present invention, a conventional rural mailbox is initially manufactured with a pair of spring loaded indicators positioned on the side of the mailbox and having a pair of retainer means being positioned between the spring loaded indicator and the door of the mailbox. By using a pair of spring loaded indicators, the present device indicates when mail has been deposited by the resident in the mailbox for pickup by the mailman, and when mail has been deposited by the mailman for pickup by the resident.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Inventor: Anthony J. Rascov
  • Patent number: 4685232
    Abstract: An indexing device having a container for holding a plurality of cards therein and a cover pivotally mounted to the container by means of a shaft. When the cover is opened by the force of a resilient spring, the card placed at a desired location is exposed. A damping mechanism is provided around the shaft of the device to prevent the cover from being suddenly swung open, which would otherwise be caused by the resilient force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1987
    Assignee: Carl Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuzo Mori
  • Patent number: 4682433
    Abstract: A vinyl fabric sign having a panel of vinyl fabric, an undercoat layer of vinyl solvent based transparent coating, a graphics transfer of vinyl based paint bonded to the front of the undercoating, and, an exterior coating layer of vinyl solvent based transparent coating over the front of the graphics and the undercoating, the exterior coating combining chemically with the graphics and bonding it chemically to the undercoating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Inventor: Johann Stilling