Flexible Connection Patents (Class 101/406)
  • Patent number: 8931408
    Abstract: A sock identification kit includes a housing configured to secure a plurality of ink stamps, a stamp holding device, at least one ink well, and a cleaning member. The stamp holding device includes a handle, actuation assembly, and a pair of clamping members that may be selectively actuated to move the clamping members between open and closed configurations. Accordingly, a selected stamp may be securely removed from the housing, used to imprint ink upon a fabric, and then replaced without ever touching a potentially ink stained stamp with one's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventors: Debi N. Ruskofsky, Kyle D. Ruskofsky
  • Patent number: 8925454
    Abstract: An ink-storage unit for a hand stamp includes a retainer in which a storage body is arranged, and a frame in which a printing plate is arranged. The frame sits in a provisional mounting position on the retainer, in which position the storage body and the printing plate are held at a distance from each other, and the frame can be moved into a final mounting position on the retainer, in which position the storage body and the printing plate lie against each other, wherein the storage body is fixed in the retainer by at least one engaging part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Colop Stempelerzeugung Skopek Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. KG
    Inventor: Ernst Faber
  • Patent number: 7678423
    Abstract: An elastomeric stamp is used to deposit material on a non-planar substrate. A vacuum mold is used to deform the elastomeric stamp and pressure is applied to transfer material from the stamp to the substrate. By decreasing the vacuum applied by the vacuum mold, the elasticity of the stamp may be used to apply this pressure. Pressure also may be applied by applying a force to the substrate and/or the stamp. The use of an elastomeric stamp allows for patterned layers to be deposited on a non-planar substrate with reduced chance of damage to the patterned layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignees: The Regents of the University of Michigan, The Trustees of Princeton University
    Inventors: Stephen Forrest, Xin Xu, Xiangfei Qi, Marcelo Davanco
  • Patent number: 7552677
    Abstract: A texture tool comprising a body to which is coupled an upper cap and a lower cap. A ball holder fits in a socket defined by the body and the lower cap. The ball holder includes a plurality of balls which come into contact with a sheet of material to be embossed or imprinted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. McLean, Kevin Schmidt, Marcia Werner, Jason Wolf, Robert W. Cornell, Tiffany Broecker
  • Patent number: 7296513
    Abstract: A texture tool comprising a body to which is coupled an upper cap and a lower cap. A ball holder fits in a socket defined by the body and the lower cap. The ball holder includes a plurality of balls which come into contact with a sheet of material to be embossed or imprinted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark A. McLean, Kevin Schmidt, Marcia Werner, Jason Wolf, Robert W. Cornell, Tiffany Broecker
  • Patent number: 7296519
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for transferring a pattern from a stamping surface (31) of a stamp (30) to a receiving surface (21) of a substrate (20). The pattern is transferred to the receiving surface (21) by successively bringing portions of the pattern within such a range of the receiving surface (21) during a certain period, that the pattern is locally transferred from the stamping surface (31) to the receiving surface (21). The individual portions can be moved by means of individual actuators (50). By applying the method, the transfer of the pattern can be performed according to a wave, which is for example ring-shaped, moving from the center of the receiving surface (21) to the circumference, or linear, moving from side of the receiving surface (21) to an opposite side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Marinus Josephus Jakobus Dona, Martin Hillebrand Blees, Michel Marcel Jose Decre, Patrick Petrus Johannes Van Eerd, Richard Joseph Marinus Schroeders, Teunis Johannes Antonius Heijmans, Christiaan Leonard Jozef Janssen, Peter Jan Slikkerveer
  • Patent number: 7066089
    Abstract: An automatic re-inked stamp has a stamp base an ink pad, a character unit, a housing and a bottom cover that attaches to the stamp base without having to press the character unit down. The stamp base has a bottom, an opening at the bottom and a lip formed on and protruding out from the bottom. The ink pad is mounted slidably in the stamp base, and the character unit is rotatably mounted below the ink pad and abuts the ink pad when it moves into the stamp base. The housing has a biasing member and is mounted slidably over the stamp base. The bottom cover has two latches that hook the lip on the stamp base to hold the bottom cover securely on the stamp base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: Shiny Shih
  • Patent number: 6615719
    Abstract: An inking system for applying ink to an inking surface. The inking system comprises a handle, a first and second intermediate members, and first and second inking assemblies. The intermediate members attach the first and second intermediate members to the handle so that a user has two inking surfaces to use. The first and second inking assemblies can be of different types.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Winston
  • Patent number: 6371022
    Abstract: A detachable handle for inkpads is described which is capable of temporarily placing a handle on an inkpad to aid the grasping and lifting of the inkpad for the purpose of applying ink to a surface without transferring ink to the fingers. The invention is comprised of a solid handle (1a) having a hook or loop fastener attached to one surface (1b), and a cooperating hook and loop fastener base (1c) which will be affixed by the user to the underside of an inkpad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Enid R. Crystal
  • Patent number: 6341882
    Abstract: A light emitting circuit assembly includes a battery holder holding a battery set and a light emitting element installed in the battery holder, wherein the light emitting element has a first lead-out leg extended in vertical direction and retained between the negative terminal of the battery set and the battery chamber, and a second lead-out leg extended in horizontal, which is forced into contact with the positive terminal of the battery set when the battery holder is forced upwards relative to the light emitting element to curve the first lead-out leg, or disconnected from the positive terminal of the battery set when the upward pressure is released from the battery holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Inventor: Mo-Hsin Lin
  • Patent number: 6324977
    Abstract: A stamp assembly for use with an ink to create an image having an area on a surface of a workpiece. The stamp assembly comprises a handle member having a surface with an area at least approximating the area of the image. A flexible sheet-like embossing member is provided and has opposite first and second sides. The first side has a first side surface and the second side has an embossed portion with a substantially planar raised surface corresponding to the image. The first side of the embossing member is removably secured by interfacial tack to the surface of the handle member. The embossed portion is adapted to receive ink on the raised surface and the raised surface is adapted to thereafter engage the surface of the workpiece to form the image on the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Assignee: Arlo, Inc.
    Inventor: David M. Hadden
  • Patent number: 5832832
    Abstract: A unique two piece, hand held, device having an ergonomic and ambidextral hand holder with a detachable, and/or interchangeable, sponge-like, image imprinting element is disclosed. The imprinting element is preferably made of a unitary piece of a sponge body having an ornamental design embossed into the printing face. The embossed printing face is dipped into a paint and the paint is transferred to the desired surface by pressing the printing surface of the sponge body against the surface to be decorated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Dale Anthony Carsel
  • Patent number: 5642667
    Abstract: A stamping device utilizing a translucent base member having a surface. An imprinting element is fixed to the surface of the base member and is capable of marking items. A handle is also included and possesses a grasping element to allow the user to press downwardly. A translucent connecting structure resiliently links the handle to the base member. The imprinting element is visible through the base member and connecting structure during the stamping process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Michael Sastre
  • Patent number: 5357861
    Abstract: A medical stamp system and method of use, the system comprising, in combination, a stamp having a lower portion and an upper portion, the lower portion terminating in a planar surface, a dye on the lower surface with indicia indicative of an intended course of medical action; and a box having a first region for receipt of the stamp and a minor region coupled to and offset from the major region, the minor region having a recess and ink pad within the recess for the receipt of indelible ink, the recess and pad being of the size to receive the planar surface and dye of the stamp, the box also having a lid to cover the first and second regions of the box with indicia of the responsible position on the exterior surface of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventors: Rodolfo d'Arbelles, Maryann d'Arbelles
  • Patent number: 5313885
    Abstract: A hand held apparatus for stamping ink images on paper, comprising a handle, which is substantially transparent, a printing die, which is able to bold ink on a printing surface thereof, and an attachment means by which said printing die is able to be detachably attached to the handle. The printing surface comprises a resilient, opaque substance, such as natural rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Winston
  • Patent number: 5191837
    Abstract: A hand stamp has a base and a handle which is movable between two folded positions and an operational position between the folded positions. The handle has legs with respective axles which are adapted to enter a bore in the base. There are lugs on respective axles which are adapted to cooperate with the respective one of the notches in the base to lock the handle in one operational position and two transportation positions. The handle is firmly but releasably held in each of the operational position and the transportation positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Chusid Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: John G. Bolton
  • Patent number: 5178067
    Abstract: A rubber stamp is disclosed which produces a special effect when the stamp is pressed against a medium to be imprinted therewith. The special effects generated by the stamp can include audible (sound and/or music), light (patterns and/or sequences), and/or aromas. A cavity in the wood block of the rubber stamp contains the electronic circuitry necessary to provide the special effects messages. A sensor is affixed within the wood block, such as a pressure sensitive switch between the block and the rubber stamp, so as to trigger the electronic cicuitry to issue the special effects message simultaneously with the imprinting of a visual image from the rubber stamp upon the desired medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Inventor: Harry B. Collier
  • Patent number: 5123349
    Abstract: A hand stamp assembly that includes a porous ink cartridge received in the stamp housing and a porous ink containing die head that is mounted in contact with the forward face of the ink cartridge so that ink may be transferred from the cartridge to the die head as the ink in the die head is depleted. The forward face of the die head is normally protected by a spring-loaded shielding sleeve that retracts when the stamp is pressed against the surface to be marked. An axial handle socket is provided so as to receive a handle or other gripping means. The socket is designed to have an inherent resilient flexing capability to provide firm gripping of the handle or other holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Indiana Stamp Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Beaver, William A. Collins, Millard B. Beaver, Leonard L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4896604
    Abstract: A stamp is described which includes a die plate constructed in a number of clipped-together die plate sections, a rectangular die plate mounting member with a rigidly affixed handle, and elastomerically extensible retainers which releasably engage opposing side edges of the die plate and which normally draw the die plate into secure engagement with the mounting member. The die plate can be removed for replacement with another die plate, or for addition or substitution of die plate sections which conveniently alter the message otherwise printed by the die plate. The elastomeric extensibility of the retainers permits expansion of the die plate (or replacement with a larger die plate) without necessitating use of a larger or different mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Inventor: Walter Urbanowicz
  • Patent number: 4881841
    Abstract: A combination hand stamp and writing instrument which has the appearance of a ball point pen of standard size and construction. The apparatus includes an easy to use indicia imprinting assembly which is conveniently housed within the upper portion of the device. The indicia imprinting assembly is movable from a retracted position into a stamping position against the urging of a novel biasing mechanism in a manner that prevents smearing and produces a clean, sharp inprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Inventor: Larry F. Irwin
  • Patent number: 4803922
    Abstract: The present invention provides method and apparatus for printing a pattern on articles employing a printing plate having a grooved pattern therein in which ink is applied to such plate and a scraper blade passes thereover to remove the excess ink from the plate surface while leaving such ink in the grooves. An apertured shield can be placed over the scraped plate, the aperture positioned to expose the grooved pattern. A transfer printing pad is then contacted with the so-shielded grooved plate and picks up the ink pattern. The so-inked transfer pad is then contacted with an article to print the inked pattern thereon. In some embodiments, the apertured shield is omitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Assignees: Joseph C. Dennesen, Thomas C. Stover
    Inventor: Joseph C. Dennesen
  • Patent number: 4187772
    Abstract: A stamp carrier on which a plurality of elastomeric stamps are mounted for the marking of lumber and other products. In a stamping operation, an appendage of the carrier flexes to assure desired presentation of the stamp to the surface. The carrier is of molded construction and utilizes resilient materials of different hardness to avoid distortion of the stamp when the latter is applied other than in a true manner to the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1980
    Inventor: Paul R. Hollenbeck
  • Patent number: 4137846
    Abstract: A price-marking stamp device adapted to be mounted to the molding positioned along the edge of a shelf having items stored thereon, whereby the consumer can individually mark the price of a selected item therefrom. The device comprises a main support body having a locking member to retain the device within the channel of the molding, and a movable ink-pad holder interconnected to the main support body by a ball-joint member, the ink-pad holder being arranged to removably receive various price-indicating ink pads, and the pad holder and ink pad being covered by a slidable housing which is spring-biased to normally receive and cover the ink pad, the ink pad having numerical indicator members disposed on the face thereof so as to be pressed against the selected item to be price-tagged, at which time the slidable housing is forceably retracted to expose the ink pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1979
    Inventor: Conrad Rossebo
  • Patent number: 4123973
    Abstract: A tool for making designs on surfaces such as ceilings. It comprises a head and a handle therefor. The head is formed into the desired pattern and the material applying surfaces thereof have resiliency for efficient operation on an uneven surface. The head may have a flexible connection to the handle to provide good surface engagement by the head even though the tool is tilted relative to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1978
    Inventor: Frank O. Genevase
  • Patent number: 4003309
    Abstract: A hand grip unit for rubber stamps comprising a substantially hollow hand grip area, a membrane extending across the lower opening of the hollow and having extending therefrom a stud member to be inserted into the rubber stamp, and stop means preventing the upper surface of the rubber stamp from contacting the lower surface of the hand grip portion. The membrane is sufficiently thin to allow the hand grip to flexibly pivot with respect to the rubber stamp, insuring the reproduction of a full, non-smudged image on the printing medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 18, 1977
    Inventor: Whitney K. Munson
  • Patent number: D378597
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Shachihata Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Harden