Patents by Inventor Paul A. Couture

Paul A. Couture 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: 6733202
    Abstract: A quick-connect fastener for removably fastening a component between a first abutment and a moveable shaft. The first abutment is part of a base member and optionally a second abutment may be attached to a shaft. The shaft extends through the base member and is connected to a hand-operated actuator. The quick-connect fastener further includes a locking mechanism that has two mating parts; one mounted to the shaft, and the other mounted to the base member. As a user moves the hand-operated actuator between a locked position and a release position, the first mating part moves both angularly and in a direction along the longitudinal axis of the shaft, in relation to the second mating part. The movement of the two mating parts in relation to each other causes the spacing between the first and second abutments to vary, thereby allowing a component to be fastened and unfastened between the two abutments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Couture, Mihai I. Stamate
  • Publication number: 20040022578
    Abstract: A quick-connect fastener for removably fastening a component between a first abutment and a moveable shaft. The first abutment is part of a base member and optionally a second abutment may be attached to a shaft. The shaft extends through the base member and is connected to a hand-operated actuator. The quick-connect fastener further includes a locking mechanism that has two mating parts; one mounted to the shaft, and the other mounted to the base member. As a user moves the hand-operated actuator between a locked position and a release position, the first mating part moves both angularly and in a direction along the longitudinal axis of the shaft, in relation to the second mating part. The movement of the two mating parts in relation to each other causes the spacing between the first and second abutments to vary, thereby allowing a component to be fastened and unfastened between the two abutments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Paul Couture, Mihai I. Stamate
  • Publication number: 20040020174
    Abstract: A set of modules for a bagging machine that are assemblable to form a compression chamber for compressing at least one item prior to the at least one item being inserted into a bag. The compression chamber includes a first module and a second module that both have side plates that form the side walls of the compression chamber and transverse plates that form the transverse walls of the chamber. The modules are connected to actuators that impart movement to both the side plates and transverse plates in unison, such that the two modules move towards and away from each other. The set of modules can be connected to the bagging machine via quick-connect fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Paul Couture, Mihai I. Stamate
  • Patent number: 4862657
    Abstract: A skylight that may have a domed-type or flat-type glazing and which is adapted to fit within the opening of a roof or the like having a peripheral frame which is fixed to the roof about the opening. The frame is constructed including a base frame and an operating leaf frame usually referred to as an operating leaf frame or operating leaf. A retainer is used for securing the skylight cover over the operating leaf frame. The frame comprises a rigid plastic profile (core) having high temperature resistant properties and a plastic capping material extruded over the external exposed surface of the core to protect the profile from weathering. There is also preferably provided with the profile and capping, a flexible gasket means which may include respective gaskets associated with both the base frame and the operating leaf frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4757655
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral curb of an extruded rigid thermoplastic, such as polyvinylchloride (PVC), which is fixed to the roof construction about the opening. The rigid thermoplastic curb has a top co-extruded flexible thermoplastic (such as PVC) gasket intergral with the curb and compressible against the edge of the glass or plastic dome or panel, a second flexible integral co-extruded thermoplastic gasket adapted to contact a retainer secured to the curb for retaining the dome or panel on the curb, and a third co-extruded flexible gasket adapted to contact and seal between the curb and a support wall there below preferably against an outer aluminum wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1988
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4570394
    Abstract: A skylight that may have a domed-type or flat-type glazing and which is adapted to fit within the opening of a roof or the like having a peripheral frame which is fixed to the roof about the opening. The frame is constructed including a base frame and an operating leaf frame usually referred to as an operating leaf frame or operating leaf. A retainer is used for securing the skylight cover over the operating leaf frame. The frame comprises a rigid plastic profile (core) having high temperature resistant properties and a plastic capping material extruded over the external exposed surface of the core to protect the profile from weathering. There is also preferably provided with the profile and capping, a flexible gasket means which may include respective gaskets associated with both the base frame and the operating leaf frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4514943
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat-type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral base that may be constructed of a metal material such as aluminum, and which is fixed to the roof construction about the opening. The base comprises inner and outer base frames separated by a thermal break, a peripheral curb frame disposed over the base, and a retainer for securing the skylight dome over the curb fame. In one embodiment the thermal break is formed by a separate gasket preferably in the form of a pre-molded butyl tape with a neoprene shim. The curb frame is sealed to the base by means of a hollow second gasket preferably secured to the base but separate from the butyl gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1985
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4481735
    Abstract: An operator for providing opening and closing of a skylight and described herein in a number of separate embodiments, including a first embodiment which is solely manual including a gear and sprocket drive. A second embodiment employs a combination of a manual hand crank drive along with electric motor drive. In third and fourth embodiments described herein, the operator is set up normally for manual drive but is readily adapted by replacement of the manual cover plate to electric motor drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4466221
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat-type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral base that may be constructed of a metal material such as aluminum, and which is fixed to the roof about the opening. The base comprises inner and outer base frames separated by a thermal break, a peripheral curb frame disposed over the base, and a retainer for securing the skylight cover over the curb frame. The curb frame or support frame has inner and outer sections connected by a heat insulating thermal barrier. The curb frame is constructed by welding at the corners of the support frame but eliminating the welding in the area of the thermal barrier thus alleviating a caulking operation at the top and the bottom of the curb frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1984
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4455799
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat-type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral curb of an extruded rigid thermoplastic, such as polyvinylchloride (PVC), which is fixed to the roof construction about the opening. The rigid thermoplastic curb has a top co-extruded flexible thermoplastic (such as PVC) gasket integral with the curb and compressible against the edge of the glass or plastic dome or panel. There is also provided a second flexible integral co-extruded thermoplastic gasket adapted to contact a retainer secured to the curb for retaining the dome or panel on the curb. The rigid curb is of a thermoplastic in the shore "D" durometer hardness scale, while the flexible gaskets are of a thermoplastic in the shore "A" durometer hardness scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4449340
    Abstract: A skylight that may have a domed-type or flat-type glazing and which is adapted to fit within the opening of a roof or the like having a peripheral frame which is fixed to the roof about the opening. The frame is constructed including a base frame and an operating leaf frame usually referred to as an operating leaf frame or operating leaf. A retainer is used for securing the skylight cover over the operating leaf frame. The frame comprises a rigid plastic profile (core) having high temperature resistant properties and a plastic capping material extruded over the external exposed surface of the core to protect the profile from weathering. There is also preferably provided with the profile and capping, a flexible gasket means which may include respective gaskets associated with both the base frame and the operating leaf frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 22, 1984
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4439962
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral curb of aluminum or the like material which is fixed to the roof construction about the opening. The curb member or frame at its top receives a flexible thermoplastic (such as PVC) gasket compressible against the edge of the glass or plastic dome or panel. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention the frame may be constructed of a material such as PVC, in which case the top gasket may be integral with the frame or curb. In this case there may also be a second flexible thermosplastic gasket adapted to contact a retainer secured to the curb for retaining the dome or panel on the curb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1984
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4409767
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral curb of an extruded rigid thermoplastic, such as polyvinylchloride (PVC), which is fixed to the roof construction about the opening. The rigid thermoplastic curb has a top co-extruded flexible thermoplastic (such as PVC) gasket integral with the curb and compressible against the edge of the glass or plastic dome or panel, a second flexible integral co-extruded thermoplastic gasket adapted to contact a retainer secured to the curb for retaining the dome or panel on the curb, and a third co-extruded flexible gasket adapted to contact and seal between the curb and a support wall there below preferably against an outer aluminum wall. The curb is provided with two recesses at its bottom which permit a snap engagement of the inner and outer aluminum walls which form the support for the curb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4388784
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat-type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral base that may be constructed of a metal material such as aluminum, and which is fixed to the roof construction about the opening. The base comprises inner and outer base frames separated by a thermal break, a peripheral curb frame disposed over the base, and a retainer for securing the skylight dome over the curb frame. In one embodiment the thermal break is formed by a separate gasket preferably in the form of a pre-molded butyl tape with a neoprene shim. The curb frame is sealed to the base by means of a hollow second gasket preferably secured to the base but separate from the butyl gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4208840
    Abstract: A safety vent preferably for use in a high rise building for permitting the escape of smoke and fumes and comprising a fixed frame accommodated by an opening in the building, a movable frame pivotally secured to the fixed frame and means for biasing the movable frame to an open position. In the preferred embodiment the movable frame includes panel means and pivots at its lower end. A latch mechanism maintains the movable frame in a closed position while a release mechanism, operated either electrically or pneumatically, can be energized to permit opening of the vent. Limiting means in the form of shock absorbers or snubbers interconnect between frames for limiting the open position of the vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1980
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4189877
    Abstract: A covering for an expansion joint of a building is formed from an extruded thin vinyl strip having a relatively thick expanded plastic insulating strip secured to one side of the vinyl strip. A reinforcing strip of material may be bonded securely to the vinyl between the vinyl and foam insulating strip in a sandwiched configuration to provide dimensional stability for the assembly and particularly to resist shrinkage of the assembly in a longitudinal direction. The vinyl strip is wider than the foam insulating strip to define longitudinal marginal flanges extending along the length of the strip. Metal nailing strips are embedded in the longitudinal flanges to facilitate attachment of the flanges to the spaced building sections which define the expansion joint. The nailing strips are formed to define a weakened, longitudinally extending line to facilitate longitudinal bending of the flanges along the nailing strips directly at the construction site without the use of heavy bending equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: York Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Joseph P. Anghinetti, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4106723
    Abstract: A spool for thread or the like is provided with means for locking or securing the spool in position over a spindle. The spool may be of the type having a base member and a substantially cylindrical portion in which the thread may be taken from the spool in a direction substantially parallel to the spool axis. A locking means is provided to prevent spool jumping when the thread on the spool is partially removed making the spool with the remaining thread thereon lighter. In one embodiment, radial score marks, indentations or grooves are formed in a thin membrane section of the spool formed across the bore of the spool. The spool is designed so that the thin membrane will break along the radial score marks when placed over the spindle with the inwardly pointing ends of the thin membrane engaging the spindle thereby holding the spool down. In another embodiment, an adhesive is provided on the bottom of the base portion of the spool to temporarily fasten the spool to the thread stand plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1977
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1978
    Assignee: Holland Thread Co.
    Inventor: Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: 4104834
    Abstract: A wall vent preferably for use in a high-rise building is releasably opened for venting a fire in the building. The vent comprises a frame, a window or venting panel that is pivotally supported on one of its sides, means for biasing the venting panel to an open position and latch means for maintaining the panel in a closed position. The latch means may be either manually or electrically released or released upon detection of heat or smoke, and may be released either at the panel or remotely. Each wall vent is also preferably releasable to an open position from a story of the building therebelow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1976
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1978
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph R. Anghinetti, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: RE32539
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral curb of aluminum or the like material which is fixed to the roof construction about the opening. The curb member or frame at its top receives a flexible thermoplastic (such as PVC) gasket compressible against the edge of the glass or plastic dome or panel. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention the frame may be constructed of a material such as PVC, in which case the top gasket may be integral with the frame or curb. In this case there may also be a second flexible thermosplastic gasket adapted to contact a retainer secured to the curb for retaining the dome or panel on the curb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture
  • Patent number: RE32915
    Abstract: The skylight may be of the domed-type or flat-type and of single or double glass (acrylic or other transparent or translucent plastic) construction. The skylight fits within an opening in a roof or the like and has a peripheral curb of an extruded rigid thermoplastic, such as polyvinylchloride (PVC), which is fixed to the roof construction about the opening. The rigid thermoplastic curb has a top co-extruded flexible thermoplastic (such as PVC) gasket integral with the curb and compressible against the edge of the glass or plastic dome or panel. There is also provided a second flexible integral co-extruded thermoplastic gasket adapted to contact a retainer secured to the curb for retaining the dome or panel on the curb. The rigid curb is of a thermoplastic in the shore "D" durometer hardness scale, while the flexible gaskets are of a thermoplastic in the shore "A" durometer hardness scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Assignee: Wasco Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Arthur P. Jentoft, Paul A. Couture