Patents by Inventor Ian F. Ayton

Ian F. Ayton 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: 5056682
    Abstract: A container for carrying a uniform, fan-folded stack of plastic sheet assemblies and for allowing the assemblies to be conveniently dispensed, one at a time, with minimal risk that the stack will become jammed. The stack of assemblies is retained behind a constriction within an elongated chamber having a corresponding shape and slightly larger size. Pulling the forward-most assembly through a narrow channel and exit slot at the forward end of the container flexes a trailing assembly past the constriction, while the remaining assemblies remain retained behind the constriction. In addition, a shallow recess in a wall defining the narrow channel conformingly receives a plastic sheet assembly in position to be dispensed, with the recess' rear periphery inhibiting the assembly from being moved unintentionally back into the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Diatek Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard P. Meyst, Joseph J. Manno, Jimmy J. Carlock, Ian F. Ayton, Thomas K. Gregory, Edward D. Suszynski
  • Patent number: 4993424
    Abstract: A self-contained handheld infrared medical thermometer having an elongated probe that is reciprocably movable between a retracted position, located fully within the thermometer housing, and an extended position, located exterior to the housing. When extended, the probe is adapted for insertion into a patient's outer ear canal to measure the patient's body temperature. When the probe is retracted within the housing, a reference plate is pivoted in front of the probe, to facilitate calibration. Advancement of the probe to its extended, operative position automatically pivots the reference plate away from the advancing probe and, in addition, automatically advances a disposable protective cover from a container for a large number of such covers into a position where it automatically stretches over the advancing probe to provide hygienic protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Assignee: Diatek, Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward D. Suszynski, Ian F. Ayton, James P. Stewart, Marco A. Schilling, Thomas K. Gregory
  • Patent number: 4613215
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for an automotive vehicle rear view mirror. The bracket includes a mirror-supporting arm which normally extends outwardly from the side of the automotive vehicle. A spring-loaded detent maintains the mirror-support arm in its normal position. Manually applying a pivoting force above a certain magnitude to the arm overcomes the biasing force of the detent and permits rotation of the mirror-support arm and its mirror inwardly towards the automotive vehicle to reduce the overall vehicle width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Assignee: Orion Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Ian F. Ayton
  • Patent number: D336862
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Diatek Incorporated
    Inventors: Ian F. Ayton, Jimmy J. Carlock, Thomas K. Gregory, Joseph J. Manno, Richard P. Meyst