Patents by Inventor Corbin L. Collet

Corbin L. Collet 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: 6174019
    Abstract: A slide assembly for a sliding visor includes a sleeve which is concentrically positioned around a visor pivot rod and a polymeric slide extruded in situ with between the sleeve and pivot rod and extending along at least a portion of the sleeve to provide a sliding lubricous polymeric interface between the pivot rod and sleeve. The sleeve, in turn, is mounted to the visor body with a torque control allowing controlled rotation of the visor with respect to the pivot rod. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the sleeve is keyed to prevent rotation of the slide and pivot rod with respect to the sleeve, and the visor body includes stops for limiting the motion of the visor body and sleeve with respect to the fixed pivot rod mounted to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Corbin L. Collet, James B. Price, John P. Maurer
  • Patent number: 5967588
    Abstract: A vehicle visor having a pivot rod or a slip tube with a torque control disposed therein. The pivot rod or slip tube surface is provided with a layer of hardened material on the external surface to improve the wear and abrasion resistance of the pivot rod or slip tube surface in contact with the torque control. A preferred embodiment for the hardened material layer is a hard coat anodized surface layer on an aluminum pivot rod or slip tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Corbin L. Collet, Kenneth D. Kreuze, Michael L. Lanser
  • Patent number: 5967587
    Abstract: The visor system of the present invention provides a unique visor control and visor in which a two-piece control receives an elongated pivot rod. The combined torque control and slide permit the visor panel to slide with respect to the pivot rod and comprises a lubricous polymeric slide which extends around the visor rod to provide a sliding interface between the visor rod and a torque spring which surrounds the polymeric member and allows the visor to be moved to desired adjusted positions. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the slide comprises a segmented and partially split polymeric sleeve surrounding the visor rod. An adjustable cylindrical steel torque spring surrounds the sleeve and is secured to the visor body for providing the desired visor rotation and sliding action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Corbin L. Collet, Jay B. Price
  • Patent number: 5810421
    Abstract: A visor system includes a pair of opposed, facing visor panels, each of which are pivotally mounted to a vehicle roof by a pivot rod assembly in opposed, facing relationship. The length of the visor panels is selected to be substantially less than typical visor panels such that they intersect at a junction approximately midway between the visor mounting brackets. Each of the visor panels can be moved independently for front and side window protection and include interlocking means such that, if desired, they can function as a single visor. In one embodiment of the invention, at least one of the visor panels is slideably moved along the pivot rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse Kalkman, Corbin L. Collet
  • Patent number: 5685629
    Abstract: A vanity mirror assembly electrical circuit includes stamped conductors with projections for affixing the conductors to a rigid insulative backing member. In a preferred embodiment, the backing member further serves to support the vanity mirror in a frame assembly. In a preferred embodiment, the projections comprise rosettes which mount the conductors to a fiberboard backing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald L. Hemmeke, Corbin L. Collet