Patents Examined by William I. Price
  • Patent number: 5445266
    Abstract: A carry case for a pen-based computer. The case is of a design which minimizes its footprint, yet provides a variable tilt support structure for the computer. Accordingly, the computer can be positioned at the optimum viewing angle of the user during non hand-held use, even under crowded working conditions. The case allows the computer to be readily removed therefrom for hand-held use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventors: Richard Prete, Pablo V. Vialera
  • Patent number: 5417327
    Abstract: An insulated modular vessel for transporting beverage containers of a known size and shape, typically cans and bottles, is disclosed. The insulated modular vessel comprises at least one main body portion having first and second open ends and generally cylindrically shaped peripherally disposed outer wall extending between the first and second ends so as to define a centrally disposed cavity shaped and dimensioned to receive and retainer beverage containers therein. An insulating layer is disposed generally around the perimeter of the main body portion. The first and second open ends are shaped and dimensioned to permit the passage of beverage therethrough into and out of the centrally disposed cavity. Co-operating male and female threads are disposed at the first and second ends respectively of the main body portion so as to permit a plurality of main body portions to be removably matably attachable to one another in first-end-to-second-end relation so as to form the modular vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Denis A. Saumure
  • Patent number: 5409114
    Abstract: A package (10) enclosing a stack of rolls (1) includes a carrying means (12), a first tray-like member (40) mounted on the carrying means (12) and a roll support member (14) for receiving and supporting the rolls (1) in a vertical stack. A moisture and light impervious member (16) is wrapped around the vertical stack with the top most roll (3) in the stack at least partially abutting the first closed end of the package (10). Means for opening and closing the first and second closed end portions are provided. In the preferred embodiment, overlapping flap portions (82,84) are formed and then sealed together via tape 30. A second tray-like member (42) is mounted onto the first closed end of the package (10) and the unitized package is wrapped with at least one strap (44) to secure the package (10) to the carrying means (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Kathleen L. Myers, Howard D. Cook, Richard P. Garnsey, Diane E. Parke-Potter
  • Patent number: 5407067
    Abstract: A folding compact disk carrying case foldable about a center thereof to define interior right and left surfaces and including a plurality of pockets in the interior surfaces. Each of the pockets has an opening and a depth shorter than the diameter of each of the compact disks to allow a top portion of each of the compact disks to extend beyond the opening. A transparent flexible sheet is connected to a lip of each of the pockets for covering the top portion of each of the compact disks extended beyond the opening of each of the pockets. As a result, while the top portion of each compact disk is extended outside of each pocket for easy and quick access and removal of the compact disk, the transparent flexible sheet covering the top potion protects the surface of the compact disk and yet allows a quick recognition of the compact disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventors: Betsey J. Cotter, John R. Cotter
  • Patent number: 5392920
    Abstract: An impact protector for securement to an edge of a fragile article, for example, a pen-based computer. The protector includes a pair of opposing support legs having support surfaces located thereon which prevent the computer-contacting walls of the protector from directly striking the ground if the computer is accidently dropped or jarred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: Richard Prete
  • Patent number: 5390787
    Abstract: A new and improved portable, recorded media storage apparatus includes a housing assembly and a plurality of recorded media retention assemblies supported by and retained in the housing assembly. The recorded media retention assemblies are arrayed with the housing assembly in parallel rows and columns. A door assembly includes an interior side and an exterior side, and a flexible, resilient panel is attached to the interior side of the door assembly. A hinge assembly connects the door assembly to the housing assembly. An auxiliary storage chamber assembly is supported by and retained in the housing assembly. The auxiliary storage chamber assembly includes an auxiliary chamber housing, an auxiliary chamber door, and an auxiliary hinge assembly for connecting the auxiliary chamber door to the auxiliary chamber housing. A door lock assembly is used for selectively locking the door assembly to the housing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: David W. Macasaet
  • Patent number: 5390792
    Abstract: A packaging for the protective sterile containment of a rigid product and, more particularly, a sealed container protectively enclosing the sterile product, such as a liquid-filled vial, during shipment and handling of the packaging, and upon opening of the packaging in a sterile environment; for instance, a surgical operating room, facilitating the sterile transfer of the product from the packaging into the sterile environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: William Van Ness, Robert J. Kalinski
  • Patent number: 5390791
    Abstract: A portable medicine carrier and protector for storing and transporting medicine stored in vials. The vials may be of different sizes. The medicine carrier and protector includes a hollow, thin walled medicine carrier. The carrier is substantially filled with a paraffinic hydrocarbon (C14-C18) such as Hexadecane, an alpha olefin (C14-C20), or a material such as Dimethyl Sulfoxide. A cavity is disposed in a top surface of the carrier. The cavity being formed from a plurality of different semi-circular compartments. Each of the compartments has a different cross-sectional radius. This allows the carrier to accept medicine vials of differing sizes. A plurality of solid ribbed members are disposed transversely in the cavity, so as to prevent direct contact between the carrier and the medicine vials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: Medicool, Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Yeager
  • Patent number: 5390786
    Abstract: A carrier bag for carrying a pair of athletic boots. The carrier bag has a compartment for storing the pair of boots and a retainer for securing the boots inside the compartment in an inverse, planar relationship to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventors: Audrey K. Challoner, Michael Swick
  • Patent number: 5390785
    Abstract: A pressurized sealable transportable container (100) stores at least one workpiece (138) and has a substantially parallelepipedic-shaped cassette reservoir (123). The container has a box-shaped housing (102) with a main access opening (104) on the front lateral face and protective shells to protect the housing top (143) and bottom (144) surfaces. A door (124) mates with the main access opening to define a sealable interior space (103). The housing has a gas injection valve (124) adapted for connection to a compressed ultra pure neutral gas supply installation (700) to establish a determined static first or nominal pressure p within the interior space having a positive differential pressure .DELTA.p with respect to the outside ambient. A support (108) firmly and accurately maintains the workpiece within the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: George Garric, Andre Lafond
  • Patent number: 5389036
    Abstract: A storage vessel for storing grain or other natural products comprises a gas-impermeable enclosure having a water-vapour-permeable membrane to allow the grain to breath and dry, and to prevent condensation and mould growth. The membrane is impermeable to oxygen gas to allow a reduced oxygen atmosphere (e.g. 3 to 7%) to be established as oxygen is used up by insect pests within the grain. The insects are unable to survive at such low levels of oxygen. Thus the grain is protected against pests without the use of chemical pesticides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: David Halley
  • Patent number: 5388688
    Abstract: A pen-case having a bottom plate with attachments for securing a pen or pencil thereto. In the central region of the bottom plate is a pivot area at which the bottom plate can be folded double, the attachments being located on both ends of the bottom plate and at least one receptacle being provided where the pen or pencil, detached from said attachments, can be carried and supported in a substantially vertical position when the folded bottom plate is in a substantially horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: Oy Leo Longlife Ltd.
    Inventor: Heikki Kiiski
  • Patent number: 5388689
    Abstract: A writing kit comprises a base, an external wall extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the base to define a compartment, one or more wings hingeably mounted to the base, one or more writing surfaces attached to the interior wing surface of at least one wing, wherein the wings may be adjusted between an open position, one or more partially open positions, and one or more closed positions. Preferably, the kit includes four wings and four writing surfaces, one attached to each wing. The kit provides for self-contained storage of the writing surfaces and writing implements, and is suitable for use by a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Assignee: Binney & Smith Inc.
    Inventors: Tracy D. Kroop, Nancy A. DeBellis, Charles W. Dietterich, Robert S. Volk
  • Patent number: 5386911
    Abstract: Two or more pairs of packing spacers support objects within a shipping container in a floating arrangement that absorbs shock and vibration and protects the object from impact damage. Each packing spacer is comprised of rigid frames enclosed in stretchable membranes (22) which are held in position by collars (20) having off-center slots which form the frame assembly (18). These assemblies may be reversed or inverted in relation to each other thereby providing multiple spacing options to accommodate a variety of object shapes and sizes within a single size container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Thomas M. Payne
  • Patent number: 5385231
    Abstract: A jewel case for compact disks has a hinged lid and base held in the closed position by both a breakable tab extending from the base though a mortise in the lid and by a dimple and protrusion forming a detent. Initial opening of the jewel box requires a sufficient force to break the tab. Later openings require less force sufficient only to release the detent. The hinge is formed of pins received in sockets, the pins and sockets being disengageable only when the lid and base are in the open position. The tabs have camming surfaces to permit them to engage the mortise in the lid by deflecting sidewalls of the lid apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Don Evans, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Nowotny
  • Patent number: 5385228
    Abstract: The invention provides a container that is used for shipping and displaying a product. The container is convertible from a shipping configuration, where the product is encased, to a dispensing configuration, where the product may be displayed and dispensed at a retail outlet. The container includes a weakened seam that permits easy removal of a portion of the container body to define an aperture for displaying and dispensing the product. Openings are provided in the bottom surface of the container to permit attachment of a dispensing tray for receiving product dispensed through the aperture. One embodiment of the container includes a floor that slopes towards the aperture to assist the dispensing of product. In another embodiment of the container, the floor is pivoted with the assistance of tabs located on the dispensing tray. The dispensing tray includes a groove defined in its base that is adapted to cooperate with a lip protruding from a product shelf to secure the container tray to the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: Gorrie Advertising Management Limited
    Inventors: Daniel P. Vidoni, James Morison
  • Patent number: 5381894
    Abstract: A storage case for accommodating a plurality of compact discs includes lid and bottom members having similar rectangular panels and pairs of opposed peripheral walls extending along the short and long sides, respectively, of the respective panels, with the lid and bottom members being pivotally connected for relative movements about an axis parallel to adjacent long sides of the panels between a closed position in which the panels are in parallel spaced relation and the pairs of peripheral walls interfit to enclose a space between the panels, and an opened position in which the panels are angularly spread apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Digital Audio Disc Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph J. Misterka, John W. Carroll, III
  • Patent number: 5381893
    Abstract: A housing case for a tape cassette, including a main body, a lid pivoted to the main body at one edge and an index card for indicating various items on the tape cassette, said index card being inserted along the inner surface of the lid, said lid including a flat portion 19, a step portion 23 and a recess portion 21 for receiving a thick portion of the tape cassette. the step portion 23 is provided with at least one retainer lug 31 consisting of a slanted surface extending from, and away from the plane of, the inner surface of the flat portion in the direction of the insertion and a surface extending from the distal end of the slanted surface in the direction substantially normal to said flat portion 19, and said index card is provided with at least one opening for receiving the retainer lug 31. The construction makes it easy to insert the index card which is then held securely in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Hashizume, Masatoshi Okamura
  • Patent number: 5381905
    Abstract: DISPOSABLE SUPPORT FOR PIZZA, made whether of a paper covered by a waterproof material or totally in plastic, having a base of a basically triangular or circular shape, characterized by comprissing a rear edge delimited by a circular sector-shape rear edge, and a folding line, which is symmetrical to said rear edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Grupoutil De. De Prod. De. Util. Ltda.
    Inventors: Breno S. Mallmamm, Fabio Irigoite
  • Patent number: 5379946
    Abstract: A stand alone folding bottle pack to separate and protect from injurious contact with each other the individual bottles in at least two rows of bottles standing vertically in a container, said bottle pack being manufactured in a partially or fully unfolded condition to facilitate moulding and unmoulding and stacking for packaging prior to use, and then optionally locked in the folded stand alone condition, for manual or mechanical insertion into said container, appropriately located and standing erect, ready to receive said bottles, which may then also be inserted either manually or mechanically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: Roy W. Emery