Patents by Inventor Gerald Blankenau

Gerald Blankenau 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: 7770753
    Abstract: In combination, a vending machine for newspapers which includes a storage area for newspapers, a dispensing device, and an output device through and from which the newspapers fall downwards and an output chute including a lower newspaper-receiving support slot having a rearwardly angled lower wall, an upper wall extending generally parallel with the lower wall and spaced thereabove, a base wall and side walls which together form the generally rectangular box shape of said lower newspaper-receiving support slot. The lower and upper walls extend at an angle between 10° and 40° from vertical, and the lower wall has a height of between one-half inch and three inches less then the height of the newspaper such that upon the newspaper being dropped therein, a graspable portion of the newspaper protrudes whereby the newspaper is easily removable from said lower newspaper-receiving support slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Gerald Blankenau
  • Publication number: 20070289989
    Abstract: In combination, a vending machine for newspapers which includes a storage area for newspapers, a dispensing device, and an output device through and from which the newspapers fall downwards and an output chute including a lower newspaper-receiving support slot having a rearwardly angled lower wall, an upper wall extending generally parallel with the lower wall and spaced thereabove, a base wall and side walls which together form the generally rectangular box shape of said lower newspaper-receiving support slot. The lower and upper walls extend at an angle between 10° and 40° from vertical, and the lower wall has a height of between one-half inch and three inches less then the height of the newspaper such that upon the newspaper being dropped therein, a graspable portion of the newspaper protrudes whereby the newspaper is easily removable from said lower newspaper-receiving support slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Gerald Blankenau
  • Publication number: 20050188733
    Abstract: The present invention provides a coin lock box including a coin lock box mounting section including a coin lock box retention structure, a coin slot formed in the coin lock box mounting section and a key mounted thereon and a coin lock box including an outer circumferential wall structure, a top wall, a base wall, a coin slot formed the top wall or the outer circumferential wall structure and a coin lock box access mechanism which restricts access to the coin lock box. The coin lock box access mechanism further includes a lock box access plate with an access plate coin slot, the lock box access plate movably mounted between an aligned position and an offset position. Finally, a lock device is operatively connected to the lock box access plate such that engagement with the key moves the lock box access plate between the aligned and offset positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2005
    Publication date: September 1, 2005
    Inventor: Gerald Blankenau