Patents Examined by William Price
  • Patent number: 5002179
    Abstract: In general, contact lens cleaning kits include a plurality of separate elements which represent a carrying/storage problem. A simple, portable kit includes an elongated cylindrical casing defined by a base containing disinfectant or cleaning solution for receiving a lens carrier, which is dependent from a disc threaded into the top end of the base; a hollow cylindrical barrel mounted on the disc and carrying a removable syringe containing lens cleaning solution; and a cover connected to the syringe nozzle and to the barrel, the cover carrying a spring clip of the type used to hold a pen in a pocket and a small mirror on the spring clip to facilitate insertion of the contact lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Alnoor Dhalla
  • Patent number: 4969557
    Abstract: A toner cartridge is provided for use in replenishing toner to a toner storing section of an imaging machine, such as a copying machine, which uses toner to produce a visible image. The toner cartridge includes a container having an opening, a folded over seal member having one end fixed to the container and another end fixed to a roller, and means for winding up the seal member which includes a roller provided with a shaft. When the shaft is rotated, the seal member is peeled off the container to unseal its opening. The toner drops from the container into the toner storing section. The seal member can be easily peeled off from the container, and toner is kept from being spilled and from soiling the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1990
    Assignee: Ricoh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Oka
  • Patent number: 4964521
    Abstract: The invention relates to opening aids for an ampul which is closed by upper and lower plastic membranes. The opening aids are funnel-shaped sleeves, one of which contains a membrane welded to one of the plastic membranes closing the ampul, and the other of which includes a plastic punch for rupturing the upper membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1990
    Assignee: Merck Patent Gesellschaft Mit Beschrankter Haftung
    Inventors: Gerhard Wieland, Klaus Steckenreuter, Wolfgang Gernand, Helmut Simgen
  • Patent number: 4946043
    Abstract: An improved retainer for surgical sutures is provided which includes a suture retaining compartment comprising a suture winding panel with the panel having a pair of holding panels foldably connected to longitudinal edges of the suture winding panel. The holding panels are foldably connected to the winding panel by at least three gussets formed at the edges of the suture winding panel. The gussets at the ends of the foldable connection prevent frictional compression of the wound suture at the corners of the retaining compartment, and the central gussets or gussets engender a convex curvature to the holding panels, thereby creating a low friction volumetric compartment which retains the suture in place. The suture retainer also includes a needle holding means mounted at the intended location of the needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Constance E. Roshdy, Robert J. Cerwin, Marvin Alpern
  • Patent number: 4946033
    Abstract: A convenient, portable, single use package providing method of a cleanup of grease or grime in when conventional means are not available. The pouch 20 contains a cleaning composition 28 which after application on the hands or skin, is removed from under and around the nails by a scraping implement 42 and the remainder of the cleaning composition 20 is removed by a towel 26 provided in the pouch thus leaving the hands clean.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Inventor: Bruce E. Conner
  • Patent number: 4946030
    Abstract: An emergency key holder card which includes a credit card sized key holder card retaining emergency keys, as well as, various other incidentals. The keys may be separably retained within corresponding apertures of the card, or may be separably, hingedly attached to the emergency key holder card such that they may pivot into and out of the plane of the card. The hinge means provided pursuant to this invention allows for each key to be separated from the card at the preference of the user. Each key may be separably retained within the key holder card by means of a tab and corresponding recess arrangement, by manufacturing the key such that each non-cut edge directly abuts the corresponding key aperture edge of the key holder card, or by a separable hinge means as described above. Each key may also be separably retained within corresponding key shaped apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Inventors: Jose J. S. Guridi, Jerry D. Perdue
  • Patent number: 4946031
    Abstract: This holder is particularly intended for a sheet block and comprises a tray-shaped body having a missing front edge and defining a holding seat for a stack of sheets. The tray-shaped body has the rear edge thereof which is inclined forward so that the front edges of the stack sheets are offset to each other, and is slidably supported by a base body upwardly closed by the tray-shaped body. The base body has front and rear edges which have a forward inclination corresponding to the inclination of the rear edge of the tray-shaped body and defines a plurality of compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1990
    Assignee: Nava Milano S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giulio Confalonieri
  • Patent number: 4944390
    Abstract: A merchandising system for paint brushes and the like characterized by open-top shipping cartons each having a removable top cover and a wire frame within the carton having a base member retained against the bottom wall of the carton and a plurality of pegs extending generally perpendicular from the base member in spaced apart relation for supporting a plurality of brushes from each of the pegs. To display the brushes, the top cover is removed from the cartons and the cartons are inserted in a bracket which supports the cartons at an angle relative to an upstanding panel member with the brushes hanging downwardly at such angle from such pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Assignee: The Wooster Brush Company
    Inventors: William E. Baucom, Jeff Augustine
  • Patent number: 4944389
    Abstract: An earring and display card assembly includes a display card having at least one aperture therein and a plurality of resilient fingers which are defined by slits which radiate outwardly from the aperture and an earring assembly including an ornament member, a post extending rearwardly from the ornament member and a clutch on the post. The earring and display card assembly is formed by inserting the post of the earring assembly into the aperture in the display card with the clutch thereon, and advancing the post rearwardly so that the resilient fingers are deflected rearwardly to receive the clutch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 31, 1990
    Assignee: E. D. R. Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward I. Robertson
  • Patent number: 4942962
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting and maintaining a golf club bag in a vertical position on natural turf, consisting essentially of a chassis, said chassis being removably, or permanently fixed to the bottom of a golf club bag, and a plurality of prongs protruding downward from the chassis, mounted to the chassis in a fixed, or pivotal manor. The golf club bag is supported by the prongs being driven into the turf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Inventor: Rodney B. Jordan
  • Patent number: 4941569
    Abstract: The invention relates to a rectangular key case having a swing-out flat key, so that the key can be integrated into the case in a space-saving manner. The case contains a key receiving space formed as a two-legged receiving shaft which, viewed over its length, is essentially L-shaped and extends with its longer leg along the side edge and with its shorter leg along the front edge of the key case housing. The flat key, in its non-working position, is lowered with its shank part entering into the longer leg and with its grip part entering into the shorter leg located near the corner of the key case housing. The shank part of the flat key is pivoted outside the housing and around its corner with the flat key in a working position pointed in the opposite direction from its non-working position and whereupon the grip part of the key engages into a longitudinal area of the shorter leg more remote from the corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Assignee: Daimler-Benz AG
    Inventors: Martin Lindmayer, Rudi Kneib, Gunther Weikert, Wolfgang Schneider, Rolf Krugener, Klaus-Peter Claar
  • Patent number: 4940136
    Abstract: A fingernail clipper pouch for use with a key ring or the like is disclosed as including an elongated one-piece receptacle formed of resilient and flexible material. The receptacle includes an interior compartment generally configured to the shape of fingernail clipper, one end of the receptacle being closed and the other and being open for entry and removal of the fingernail clipper. The closed end of the receptacle is attached to the key ring while the open end has a restricted throat opening that is capable of being resiliently enlarged when the receptacle is temporarily deformed by squeezing thereof to facilitate removal of the fingernail clipper from the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Assignee: Mocap
    Inventors: Joseph T. Miller, Edward F. Brown
  • Patent number: 4940250
    Abstract: A key holding article for removable attachment to the interior of a purse, a bag and the like. The article includes a rigid magnetic body removably attachable to the purse or bag and a metal strip having a key ring or one or more keys attached thereto. The body is coverable with a polymerized covering, either comprising a plastic coating or a layer of a plastic or vinyl material. The body is removably attachable to the interior of the purse or the bag by a pin assembly or by hook and loop mattings, one of the mattings being adherable to the interior wall of a purse or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: Josephine Corrado
  • Patent number: 4940139
    Abstract: A mop head container has a bottom portion that is hingeably connected to a top portion. The container has a curved bottom and projections mounted on the top that squeeze the mop head against the curved bottom to force liquid out of the mop head. The container also includes curved troughs that receive the liquid from the curved bottom and conduct such liquid to drain holes which are fluidically connected to a collection chamber. Dessicant and deodorant are located in the collection chamber and a door on that chamber provide access thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: Jean Sandt
  • Patent number: 4938354
    Abstract: A medical syringe holder is described which comprises a base for holding a hollow syringe needle holder in an inclined position and having an annular elastic collar for engaging and retaining the needle cover when the syringe is withdrawn from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Inventor: Manuel F. Hernandez
  • Patent number: 4938353
    Abstract: A container and dispenser for aneurysm clips is shown which allows the aneurysm clips to be magnified as they are displayed to the user to facilitate easy removal of the clip from the container. The container includes a base preferably made of silicone or some other rubber like material with slits for holding the jaws of an aneurysm clip and a platform for raising the coil and arms of a clip above the top surface of the base. The container also includes a generally disc shaped magnifier housing for a containing a plurality of magnifying lenses and a shaft extending into a corresponding bore in the base. A locking ring attached to the shaft is used to control the distance the magnifier housing can be moved above the top surface of the base so that the clips will be in focus for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Bell
  • Patent number: 4938357
    Abstract: A corner-angle edge protector for strapped packages, bundles or the like, having a strapping-band passage opening which is open via a slot towards the adjacent edge of the corner-angle edge protector. At least the region adjacent the slot to the edge is developed as an elastically outwardly bendable tab which protrudes freely with spacing from the resting plane of the corner protector and the slot extends at an oblique angle to the lengthwise direction of the passage opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: Sander GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Wolfgang Schmidt
  • Patent number: 4938349
    Abstract: A golf club protector for protecting the shaft of a golf club including a golf club housing tube having a protective interior and a protective collar provided at the upper end of the tube. Alternatively, an optional protective sleeve insertable within the tube having a protective collar attached thereto may be removably provided as a unit for a conventional tube. Where the housing tube includes a fixed collar and protective interior, the length of the tube may be predetermined in accordance with the length of a particular club shaft, or the tube may be provided with spaced apart cut markings at its lower end to facilitate shortening of the tube by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Inventor: Paul H. Burns
  • Patent number: 4938350
    Abstract: A wood cleated reinforced paper board shipping container for outboard motors including a bottom frame, a bottom box to enclose the powerhead end of the motor, a motor mounting frame, a gear case housing pad, an exhaust housing pad, and an upper box to enclose the gear case end of the motor, the motor rigidly mounted in the frame powerhead down in the container configured to protect the motor from damage while experiencing rough handling during shipping and warehousing of the motor, the motor mount frame having side rails, a front rail, a rear rail, a crossbar on which the motor mounts, the crossbar disposed normal between the side rails at an angle sufficient to orient a mounted motor at an angle with respect to verticle, and a strap around the front rail and crossbar resisting deformation of the crossbar to restrict rotation of the motor during shipping and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignee: North American Container Corporation
    Inventor: John M. Grigsby
  • Patent number: 4938360
    Abstract: A receptacle having a cover with a seal located between the cover and receptacle and flexible fins located on the interior of the receptacle and cover. The fins are deflected and the seal depressed in response to an article being squeezed between the cover and receptacle upon fastening the cover to the receptacle. External flexible finned protectors are provided for external corners and edges of an article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Assignees: Robert S. Wallace, Jack Bauman
    Inventor: Robert S. Wallace