Patents by Inventor Alan J. Weir

Alan J. Weir has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4998321
    Abstract: A handle assembly includes an open-ended sleeve connectable to a valve stem by a screw inserted and removed through the open end. A removable cap has four cross openings which align with four cross openings in the sleeve. Two cross members are placed in the cross openings and interfitted inside the sleeve. In one embodiment, the internal connection is provided in part by a hole in one of the cross members. In a preferred embodiment, the cross members have contacting surfaces for engaging the sleeve and the cap. The handle assembly is adjustable for use with a variety of sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Gaffney, Clarence E. Klessig, Alan J. Weir, Stanley M. Grycan
  • Patent number: 4961443
    Abstract: A handle assembly which is attachable to a conventional valve stem and includes a decorative handle member is disclosed. In a preferred embodiment, an adapter element has an interior splined surface that mounts on the valve stem. The adapter also includes external splines and an annular flange. The adapter is positioned within a central opening in an escutcheon. A mounting screw fastens the adapter to the valve stem, with the escutcheon trapped beneath the adapter due to the presence of the annular flange. A post member has internal splines which engage the external splines of the adapter so that the parts rotate together. In addition, the post member has external splines which engage a splined opening in a handle. The handle comprises a bottom lever bar and a top lever bar. A strap cap is positioned over the handle and has a threaded hole to receive an upwardly-directed bolt. The bolt presses the handle between the strap cap and the post member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Dana F. Buccicone, Thomas E. Gaffney, Clarence E. Klessig, Alan J. Weir
  • Patent number: 4766642
    Abstract: A decorative handle which is attachable to a rotatable stem and has a decorative insert held therein is disclosed. In one version, the insert member is retained by a retainer assembly which engages the decorative insert. The retainer assembly holds the insert against a narrowed open top of the handle from below. A collar member which is threaded onto the handle from the bottom provides the force to hold the retainer in place. A decorative handle is provided which can be assembled and disassembled without tools, yet is highly aesthetic as the engagement of the component parts is obstructed from view as is a portion of the attachment to the valve assembly. Further, the inserts can be readily changed when the room where the handle is placed is remodeled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: Kohler Co.
    Inventors: Thomas E. Gaffney, Alan J. Weir, Brent W. Lillesand, Jeffery E. Collins