House Patents (Class 232/19)
  • Patent number: 9646280
    Abstract: A system and method for managing the delivery of goods. The system and method particularly provides for manifesting and controlling route-based delivery of orders or packages from a vendor to one or more locations accessible by customers. The locations may include automated, self-service vending machines and/or will-call lockers, under the control of a system (ideally centralized and automated) that can receive and actively manage manifest information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: W.W. Grainger, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Thomas
  • Patent number: 8607995
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a folding shelf intended for attachment to a door having a mail slot. The shelf is pivotably attached below the mail slot by a support and moved from its storage position to its operative position by a chain attached to the door by a fastener. The chain is attached to the shelf near that part of the shelf that is distal from the door. Using embodiments of the present invention, items inserted through the door are retained on the shelf rather than fall to the floor, and the door remains functional when the shelf is in the operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Julius C Mladinich
  • Patent number: 8390850
    Abstract: A toy mailbox for children includes a storage unit and a media processing mechanism. The storage unit includes a door member for closeably opening the storage unit and an ejection slot configured on a portion of the storage unit. The media processing mechanism is coupled to the storage unit, such that the media processing mechanism is capable of dispensing a media sheet having data content printed thereon, into the storage unit through the ejection slot. Opening the storage unit enables children to access the media sheet from within the storage unit. The media processing mechanism is also capable of printing the data content on the media sheet prior to dispensing the media sheet into the storage unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lexmark International, Inc.
    Inventor: John Thomas Writt
  • Patent number: 7597256
    Abstract: A wireless key (6), capable of transmitting an ultra-low frequency radio wave signal (5), is used to gain access to a secure receptacle (1), the wireless key (6) and receptacle (1) comprising a system to ensure the secure transfer or delivery of items between parties typically engaging in e-commerce. The wireless key (6) possesses a means to discriminate against the unauthorized entry of the receptacle, such as through the use of buttons to enter a secure access code. The wireless key (6) accepts an access code entry from the user desiring entry to the receptacle (1) and subsequently transmits an ultra-low frequency signal (5) to a receiving and processing means (4). If the analysis of the signal indicates the user of the wireless key (6) is authorized to gain entry to the receptacle (1), the receptacle's locking mechanism (3) is disengaged to allow entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Visible Assets, Inc
    Inventor: John K. Stevens
  • Publication number: 20090184159
    Abstract: A new and improved mail slot receptacle bag is provided for use with a door that has a mail slot therein. The top of the shorter panel of the bag adheres just below the mail slot, and the top of the longer panel of the bag adheres just above the mail slot. It is made of lightweight, yet sturdy fabric. There are slits on both sides of the sack to allow for easy accessibility to your mail. The slit openings also allow for more flexibility in the fabric when longer mail items are placed through the mail slot. The bag adheres to the door or wall using Velcro strips (which are concealed when bag is mounted). The Velcro strips allow for easy installation, easy removal of the bag whenever needed and avoids the damage that screws or nails would make to the door or wall. Below the side slits, the bottom ?rd of the bag's sides are sewn or closed so that mail will sit easily within.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: Camie Amber Crawford
  • Patent number: 7382252
    Abstract: An emergency signal apparatus for alerting police, medical service, neighbors and people passing by to emergency situations that may arise in or at a residence. The apparatus is designed for mounting on an upright post or column such as is commonly used for supporting rural mailboxes and includes a flashing strobe light and a siren which can be activated by operation of a manual switch in the residence or by operating a remote switch by a radio frequency emitter. The signal apparatus preferably includes illuminated house numbers, chimes within the residence and automatic dialing of the 911 emergency telephone number with a prerecorded message giving name, telephone number and address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Chet J. Brannon
  • Patent number: 7337944
    Abstract: The invention relates to a universal delivery and collection box unit (UDCBU). In one implementation, a UDCBU includes a mail compartment (110/120) accessible by one door (210) and a storage compartment (130) accessible by a second door (220). The mail compartment allows the postal service to deliver and pickup mail. The storage compartment allows both the postal service and authorized delivery services to deliver larger parcels. In this implementation, information would be recorded regarding access to this storage compartment and transmitted electronically to a consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: United States Postal Service
    Inventor: Rodney C. Devar
  • Publication number: 20080035720
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for a theft resistant mailbox includes a door assembly. A door is affixed to a frame by at least one pivot point. A cam includes a lever rotatably engaged to a fixed surface at a mounting point and defines a cutout oriented to be removably engaged to a striker attached to a separate surface abutting the fixed surface to form a lock for the door upon urging of the cam along an angle of rotation defined about the mounting point. An anti-pry plate is attached to the fixed surface and juxtapositioned about the cam throughout the angle of rotation by which the lock is effected. The fixed surface includes one of the frame and the door. The separate surface includes an other one of the frame and the door. The fixed surface and the separate surface are provided independent of the at least one pivot point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: February 14, 2008
    Inventor: David J. Bolles
  • Patent number: 7318548
    Abstract: A mail depository apparatus includes a rigid housing forming a channel adapted for directing deposited mail items and an interface member adapted to attach a flexible container to the housing for receiving deposited mail items from the channel, wherein the interface member is adapted to seal the flexible container to the housing to substantially prevent escape of air from the flexible container and the housing at the interface member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Felice, Patrick J. Fitzgibbons, John T. Swider
  • Patent number: 7296732
    Abstract: An assembly for a door or wall having a mail slot therein includes a mounting portion and a flap portion. The flap portion is sized to cover the mail slot. A connector is mountable on the door or wall around the slot. A cooperable connector is integral with the flap portion for releasably connecting with the connector. The connector includes one of a ferrous material containing portion and a magnetic portion. The cooperable connector includes the other of the ferrous material containing portion and the magnetic portion. The flap portion is magnetically connectable to the door or wall around the mail slot opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Steven T. Roddy
  • Patent number: 7240823
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a mail bag assembly designed to be attached to a garage door in a position to collect mail passed through a mail slot in the garage door. The assembly includes a mail bag having an opening for receiving mail, and a supporting subassembly (which can include a rod) coupled to the bag so as to hold open the mail-receiving opening. The supporting subassembly is configured to be mounted to a garage door and to support the bag in an open, mail-holding position. The bag is shaped and dimensioned so as to receive and hold mail (when supported by the supporting subassembly below a mail slot in the garage door in the mail-holding position with the door in a closed, vertical position) and to prevent the mail from falling out of the bag when the door is opened. Various embodiments of the assembly can be easily installed on any type of garage door, including residential or industrial wood garage doors and composite or metal garage doors with trust support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Jafar Saidiazar
  • Patent number: 7191932
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for receiving ordered products and/or making products available for pickup. The apparatus has a lockable container for the products with at least an input device and a controller with a memory element. The method employs this reception/provision apparatus. A control unit including at least input device, controller and memory element is positioned with container in front of the user's residence or place of business for an expected delivery/pickup. After a completed ordering process, the obtained order information is input by the user into memory element of reception/provision apparatus to put reception/provision apparatus in a state of readiness. The transportable reception/provision apparatus is positioned in front of the user's residence or place of business for the expected delivery or pickup of product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Inventors: Aldo Hermann Fobbe, Jesper Okkels
  • Patent number: 7182243
    Abstract: A mail slot receiver for use with a door having a mail slot therein comprising an outer frame member pivotably attached to an inner frame member and a receptacle attached to the inner frame member, whereby the inner frame member can pivotably rotate between a mail receiving position and a mail retrieving position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas W. Plappert
  • Patent number: 7168611
    Abstract: A postal receptacle assembly (20A, 20B, 20C, 20D) comprises a postal receptacle component (22) which is spatially framed by other components of the postal receptacle assembly. The other components include a horizontally-oriented stoop (24); two columns (26) mounted on the stoop and extending essentially vertically parallel in spaced apart relationship; and, a pediment (28) supported by the two columns. The postal receptacle component (22) is situated in a space (30) framed in two dimensions by the stoop (24), the pediment (28), and the two columns (26). In certain embodiments the postal receptacle assembly is configured to visually emulate the appearance of a building or portion of a building (e.g., a porch). One or more of the assembly components (known as “stylistic” components) may be formed with (or structurally and/or visually convey) selected architectural features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventors: David C. Thompson, Rayanne S. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7158941
    Abstract: A method for delivering and shipping parcels using a secure receptacle. The secure receptacle has an access device that controls a lock which is used to secure the contents of the receptacle from unauthorized access. One or more carriers are provided with authorized identification codes that are entered via the access device. Carriers can unlock the receptacle to place a parcel inside and then secure the receptacle to deliver the parcel whether a person is at the delivery location to receive the parcel or not. To ship a parcel, a sender places a parcel in the secure receptacle and notifies the carrier, who accesses the receptacle as described above. The carrier then takes the parcel and delivers it to the specified destination. When parcels are placed in or removed from the secure receptacle, a scanner positioned inside the secure receptacle reads a label on the parcel and sends the information to the carrier or a central processing station for the purposes of tracking parcels and payment transactions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Clifford C. Thompson
  • Patent number: 6959858
    Abstract: The invention is attached in front of and beneath a mail opening and as the mail passes through the opening it comes into contact with a face-plate provided by the unit. The reaction from the mail pushing against the face-plate rotates sliding plates producing an enlarged collection area from which the recipient can retrieve such mail. The face-plate can then be pushed into its upright position for the next mail delivery. The plates are pivoted at the base of the unit making them rotate around a common centerline. They are engaged in a manner, which allows them to slide past one another until such a point in rotation that one will stop and hold the adjacent plate in succession. The design enables the unit to automatically collapse upon contact with an adjacent wall when the door on which the unit is attached opens, allowing the door to open fully.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Brent Joseph Stagnaro
  • Patent number: 6945451
    Abstract: A mail receptacle. Exterior and interior portions are attached to opposing sides of a door. The exterior portion includes a first flap hingedly attached to the door and selectively closes a mail slot in the door, and an exterior receptacle affixed to the door and selectively closed by a second flap hingedly attached to the door. The interior portion includes an interior receptacle affixed to the door, communicates with the mail slot, and is selectively closed by a third flap hingedly attached to the door, and a clasp hingedly attached to the third flap and selectively overlying the interior receptacle. A padlock is welded to the clasp and a staple extends outwardly from the interior receptacle and is positioned to pass through the clasp, and after the staple passes through the clasp, the staple is engaged by the shackle of the padlock, and by closing the shackle, the interior portion becomes locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Inventor: Earl Bridges
  • Publication number: 20040232215
    Abstract: The preferred mailbox of the invention includes a body and a first door. The body preferably defines a first opening adapted to receive a mail item, and a cavity adapted to contain the mail item. The body also includes a primary section that substantially prevents light from entering into the cavity, and a secondary section that substantially allows light to enter into the cavity. The first door is preferably coupled to the body and adapted for movement between an open position that allows access through the first opening into the cavity and a closed position that prevents access through the first opening. In the closed position, the first door substantially allows viewing of the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Albert A. Monette, Janice I. Monette
  • Publication number: 20040211827
    Abstract: An extendable and retractable mailbox tray, which is a sliding, guided tray that is mountable within into a standard, rural mailbox. The tray extends from the mailbox when the mailbox door is opened, and retracts back within the mailbox when the mailbox door is closed. The guided mailbox tray assembly includes a tray, which may be referred to as a “sled.” Preferably, the tray is cut out and bent into the form of a rectangular box from a single sheet of galvanized metal. The tray has a side panel and a runner slot cut within the side panel. A runner with a slot fastener end, and a bracket fastener end that is slidingly mountable into the runner slot. A bracket is mountable to the openable door of the mailbox. The bracket includes a runner fastener that is hingably attachable to the bracket fastener of the runner. The tray extends from the mailbox upon opening the door and the tray retracts back into the mailbox when the door is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Gaylord M. Gunvaldson
  • Patent number: 6715669
    Abstract: In the case of parcels delivered by an automatic delivery system, all tenants in an apartment, etc., agree to receive parcels by a box; however, in the case of registered mails, in particular, registered mails with cash, some tenants do not agree to receive these from a delivery box because of fear of theft, etc. The resulting problem is that the delivery box is not used for delivering registered mails. A delivery box capable of handling a registered mail is provided with: a memory 22 for preliminarily memorizing kinds of registered mails that are not accepted by receivers, with respect to each of the receivers; a barcode reader 12d for reading electronic information of a registered mail; a judgment device 21 for making a judgment as to whether or not the kind of the registered mail read by the electronic information reader is permitted by a destination receiver as an acceptable mail; and a device for opening a lid 13 of a registered mail locker when the registered mail has been judged as an acceptable mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Fulltime System
    Inventor: Kouichiro Hara
  • Publication number: 20030136824
    Abstract: A mailbox for residential or business use that sanitizes mail deposited within it. The mailbox is equipped with one or more sanitizing devices such as a UV light, an ultra-sound unit, a heating element, and/or a misting device that dispenses a bactericidal mist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Rudy J. Simon
  • Publication number: 20030132279
    Abstract: A method and system for sterilizing mail is provided. A mailbox is loaded with mail and closed. A decontamination process is performed over a predetermined period of time. An indicator communicates the status of the decontamination process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2001
    Publication date: July 17, 2003
    Applicant: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventor: Denis J. Stemmle
  • Publication number: 20030094485
    Abstract: A non-contact food/cuff pass apparatus and system is disclosed. The apparatus generally includes a hollow body adapted to be affixed to a prison door aperture. The hollow body includes a door on one end. The other end is open to be affixed to the prison door aperture. A locking lever is connected to the main body. The locking lever is adapted to lock the body to the prison door. The interior of the body is used to place items to be passed to and from a prisoner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Inventor: James Alford Stapleton
  • Publication number: 20030006275
    Abstract: A secure receptacle allows packages to be delivered to domestic premises when members of the household are absent. The apparatus has a pair of doors, which are normally locked, buy may be accessed in sequence to allow a package to be moved from an outer area to a secure inner area. The sequential opening of the doors ensures the inner area is not directly accessible, even to someone making an authorized delivery. The chamber for receiving the package may be collapsed when not in use to minimize the visual and special impact of the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: Andrew P. P. Gray
  • Patent number: 6430977
    Abstract: An integrated keyslot makes it possible to secure a door key immediately after locking a door. Upon leaving the premises and locking the door, the key is deposited in the keyslot. In an embodiment, a chute connects the keyslot to a receptacle on the interior surface of the door, which retains the key until it can be retrieved by the owner. The method and system described herein are believed to be advantageous in providing greater security to premises. As an example, maintenance personnel could be given a key with which they could visit a home to perform repairs. Immediately upon leaving, they would lock the door and deposit the key in the integrated keyslot, thus protecting the owner against loss or theft of the key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Viktors Berstis, Michael A. Paolini
  • Publication number: 20020070269
    Abstract: An assembly that receives and stores mail secured to the exit side of a mail slot comprising of an opaque flexible pouch attached to a U-shaped mounting frame. The variable positioning capabilities of the assembly adds security to the rear area of the mail slot by blocking the view through the mail slot. Support tracks allow the assembly to adjust to different mail slot dimensions, whether attached to a building, residence or garage door. A support means inserted through a loop located in the upper most portion of the pouch, forming to the U-shaped frame and support structure present a permanent opening for mail to pass through and be stored. The pouches approximate set length adds security against seizure of mail through front side of the mail slot. The invention stores mail as a garage door rotates from a vertical closed position to an open horizontal position. Based on the location of the mail slot, the assembly design allows easy access to the mail for those confined to a wheel chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: Richard L. Rosiello, Karen A. Rosiello
  • Patent number: 6378767
    Abstract: A security deposit mailbox that may be installed in a wall, door or other structure. A pivoting door allows items to be placed into an attached pan from which the items slide or fall through an opening when the door is closed. The pan prevents access to the opening when the door is opened. A secure storage container is provided for retaining the deposited mail when the deposit box and secure storage container are mounted in a wall or plinth. A framework that may be used in the installation, and methods of installation are also presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: Jack W. Steele
  • Patent number: 6378769
    Abstract: A pass through closure and delivery device permitting material to be safely passed through a slot in a partition or prison cell door. A container having first and second openings and first and second doors associated with each opening is disclosed for mounting on a partition or cell door having a slot therethrough. Each door on the container includes a latch that is operable from only one side of the cell door. A cam-operating attaching mechanism allows the container to be releasably mounted to a pair of track members affixed to the cell door with the slot therebetween. Using the pass through delivery device and the method of the present device, food or other materials can be safely delivered to an inmate inside a locked cell by mounting the container of the pass through delivery device on the cell door with one of the openings adjacent the first door covering the slot in the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Door Group, LLC
    Inventor: Steven Wolgamot
  • Patent number: 6343737
    Abstract: A mail slot door immobilizer for immobilizing a mail slot door within a main door, including an interior portion located on an interior side of the mail slot door and overlapping the mail slot door and the main door, and an exterior portion located on an exterior side of the mail slot door and overlapping the mail slot door and the main door. A fastener removably fastens the interior portion to the exterior portion to clamp the mail slot door and the main door between the interior and exterior portions and to prevent movement of the mail slot door with respect to the main door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Security Accessories Corp.
    Inventor: Dwayne Roger Adams
  • Publication number: 20010045449
    Abstract: Disclosed is a temporary storage device associated with a home or office building for use in temporarily storing delivered goods. The storage device has a compartment with an access door associated with a locking device and preferably a handcart. In some embodiments, the storage device is integrated into a wall of a home or office associated with the storage device and further includes a second access door. In other embodiments, a temporary storage device system is provided having a switch means connected to the locking device, an input device, and a control unit, where access to the storage device is granted through entry of a valid security code. Also disclosed is a method for ordering goods from a remote location for delivery into the storage device. In some embodiments, a security code generated at the time of the order is provided to a commercial carrier to access the temporary storage device upon delivery of the good.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventor: Bruce L. Shannon
  • Patent number: 6204763
    Abstract: A household consumable item automatic replenishment system automatically maintains a desired inventory of household consumable items. The household consumable item automatic replenishment system has a refrigerator compartment having an indoor access and an outdoor access and an unrefrigerated compartment having an indoor access and an outdoor access. An automatic inventory system has a plurality of sensors configured to provide information representative of an inventory of the refrigerated compartment and the unrefrigerated compartment. An inventory processor is coupled to the sensors to process the information representative of the inventory of the refrigerated compartment and the unrefrigerated compartment, so as to make a list of items which are to be replenished. An automatic ordering system comprises a telecommunications device coupled to cooperate with the inventory processor to communicate at least a portion of the list to at least one vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Assignee: Jujitsu Limited
    Inventor: Masahiro Sone
  • Patent number: 6032855
    Abstract: A message display apparatus for displaying messages and receiving mail includes a body which is attachable to a structure. A note pad is coupled to the front surface of the body. The front surface of the body also has a drawer slidably inserted into the interior of the body and a slot therein providing an opening into the drawer. A pair of spaced apart hooks downwardly extend from the lower end of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Brenda F. Douglas
  • Patent number: 5979750
    Abstract: A computerized delivery-acceptance system has a delivery container (1) with a computer-control input door (4) and an outlet door (18). The input door has a lock (5) that can be unlocked by computer-controlled recognition of access authorization for placing delivery items (2) in the delivery container. After the delivery items are placed in the delivery container, the input door is closed and locks automatically. Then the outlet can be opened separately for receiving the delivery items. Computerized recognition (40, 13, 42, 43, 14, 44, 45, 11, 10), delivery-arrival indicia (16), memory backup (58), power backup (57), operational alarm (15), misuse alarm, compartmental containment, freezer containment (19), delivery records (16) and all-weather protection are provided as options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Gary J. Kindell
  • Patent number: 5897053
    Abstract: A mail slot box includes a bottom, opposite sides, a semi-circular back, and an open top. A mounting flange extends along the front edges of the bottom and sides for mounting behind a mail slot and collecting mail delivered therethrough. The semi-circular back causes the mail to rotate and stack in an orderly fashion without binding or bunching up. When mounted behind a mail slot on a garage door, the semi-circular back provides a concave surface for holding the mail and preventing it from falling out when the garage door is lifted to a horizontal open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald Cirimele
  • Patent number: 5897054
    Abstract: A new DOOR IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM for ALLOWING HOMEOWNERS TO RECEIVE AND VERIFY IDENTIFICATION FOR A PERSON KNOCKING ON THEIR DOOR. The inventive device includes an interior door sleeve positioned within a hole through a door. A sliding tray is slidably received within the interior door sleeve. The sliding tray includes an outwardly sliding portion and an inwardly sliding portion with a hinge disposed therebetween. A safety clip is secured to and extends upwardly from a front wall of the inwardly sliding portion of the sliding tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Michael John Firth
  • Patent number: 5845843
    Abstract: A tray-like member extends horizontally outward from a vertically oriented panel and is hingedly attached to the panel to be swung upward to a closed position to form a box-like enclosure having an opening at the top. A lid is also hingedly attached to the panel for closing the top opening. A latch is provided interior of the enclosure for holding the tray member in the closed position until manually swung open and a releasable mechanism is provided on the underside of the lid to prevent the enclosure from being pulled open while the lid is closed. Further, a key-operated plunger lock can be attached to releasably lock the tray member in the closed position while the lid is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Merrill Kuller
  • Patent number: 5774053
    Abstract: A storage device (10) that secures goods from theft and exposure to the elements and that provides a notification that goods have been delivered and/or picked up is disclosed. The storage device (10) includes an enclosure (14) for enclosing the goods and a communication apparatus (16) for providing notification that goods have been delivered or picked up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Inventor: David Porter
  • Patent number: 5664728
    Abstract: An automatic signal attachment for a security mail box which indicates when the mail box door is opened by activating an alarm. A magnetic release on the door and a pivoting platform within the mailbox triggers the alarm. The mail box allows users access from within a secured location and indicates delivery of the mail at a remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Lea Jones
  • Patent number: 5518175
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a mail slot mounting assembly which can be easily installed onto the cross-bars of an existing door without the need for welding or extensive cutting operations to the door frame. The mounting assembly has upper and lower face plates each having an inner surface to be mated and a first pair of wall members running longitudinally along and substantially perpendicular to each of said inner surfaces. The inner surfaces of the upper and lower face plates are configured so that, upon mating the face plates, the first pair of wall members align to form outer channel regions extending longitudinally along and perpendicular to the face plates, the outer channel members being adapted to receive mounting members located in a door. The mated face plates are then configured to receive a mail slot apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Inventor: Noubar Yeremian
  • Patent number: 5492272
    Abstract: A mail slot receiving device for capturing and retaining mail positioned through a mail slot. The inventive device includes a mounting assembly securable beneath a mail slot. A flexible receiving assembly is coupled to the mounting assembly for receiving mail positioned through the mail slot. The receiving assembly will flexibly deform to retain mail therewithin during movement of the device such as occurs when the device is secured to a garage door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventor: Brian R. Fewer
  • Patent number: 5368226
    Abstract: A new and improved mail slot pouch apparatus is provided for use with a door that has a mail slot therein. The apparatus includes a planar frame element for framing an interior opening of the mail slot. The planar frame element includes a plurality of frame apertures. Screws are employed for attaching the planar frame element through the frame apertures onto the door. A pouch assembly is attached to the door by the planar frame element. The pouch assembly includes a first opening which includes a pair of tubular edges which include a pair of rigid rods inserted into the tubular edges. The pouch assembly also includes a second opening which permits mail to be removed from the pouch assembly. The pouch assembly further includes a plurality of pouch apertures that are placed in registration with the frame apertures in the planar frame element for installation of the pouch assembly and the planar frame element onto the door by the fastening assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Luisa M. Franceschino
  • Patent number: 5000380
    Abstract: A receptacle adapted to be mounted on the exterior of a mailbox for protection and retention of articles of mail comprising: a housing open at the bottom and of a generally triangular shape in cross-section having front and rear walls pivotally connected at their upper edges; sidewalls laterally depending from each edge of the front and sidewalls, the front and rear walls being biased to a first position, wherein the sidewalls depending from the front wall overlap the sidewalls depending from corresponding edges of the rear wall; and, projections depending interiorly laterally of the front and rear walls in resilient engagement for detachably securing an article of mail in suspended position within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Gustavo R. Barrios
  • Patent number: 4950202
    Abstract: A toy mailbox includes a mounting member formed as an "L" shaped rod threadedly mounting the mailbox at an upper end and including a "C" shaped clamp for securing the mailbox to door frame portions of an interior door frame. The toy mailbox further includes a base with a battery housing and switch therein with fiber optic illumination members directed upwardly through a transparent post for selective illumination of the post as an alert when the mailbox is secured interiorly of a dwelling. A transparent base member is securable to the mailbox housing for securement to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Inventor: Robert J. Florio
  • Patent number: 4869425
    Abstract: A letter box includes a housing having a pivotable door having a letter inlet and an inlet cover pivotably covering the inlet, and an indicating device coupled to the inlet cover in the manner that when a letter is inserted from the inlet into the box the device will be actuated to indicated that there is a letter in the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Inventor: Chuang-Jiunn Chiou
  • Patent number: 4826075
    Abstract: The invention relates to receptacles for the collection of mail and more specifically to the collection of mail through a mail slot. According to the invention there is provided a mail receptacle means assembly consisting of a rectangular open weave basket with open top and having means for mounting to a bracket fixed to a door just below a mail slot. The receptacle means is mounted in such a way that the door can be of the overhead type such as a garage door so that it can be moved from the vertical to the horizontal orientation. The mail receptacle means and its mounting are designed to allow the receptacle means to maintain its orientation such that the open top of the receptacle means faces the ceiling no matter what position the door is in. The mail receptacle means mounting is designed also to allow the receptacle means to be removed from the door for placing onto a desk or other mail sorting or collection location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Inventor: Donald S. Burns
  • Patent number: 4776512
    Abstract: A mail receptacle is disclosed in the form of a pouch which attaches to the periphery of a mail slot on the interior of a door or wall of a residence or building to receive mail therein which is inserted through the slot. Part or all of the pouch material is transparent to provide a visual indication of mail delivery. A zipper opening is provided in the pouch to retrieve delivered mail from the pouch. A flap is provided as extra protection against air drafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Inventors: Lee P. Moore, Sr., Mary A. Moore
  • Patent number: 4630769
    Abstract: A document storage container for holding documents, such as a run ticket or a swimming pool maintenance record, comprises a receptacle having an open-ended cavity defined therein and a removable lid which can be completely separated from the receptacle. Attached to the lid is a document retaining member, such as a clipboard, against which the document can be retained and which is simultaneously moved into the cavity of the receptacle when the lid is placed on the receptacle to close the open end into the cavity and which is simultaneously moved out of the cavity when the lid is removed from the receptacle to open the open end of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Inventor: Randell D. Ball
  • Patent number: 4602738
    Abstract: A container for holding a document at a well site comprises a housing having a cavity into which the document can be received. The cavity can be substantially fluid-tightly sealed by a lid appropriately connected to the housing. The housing has a side in which a window is disposed to enable one to determine whether anything is inside the cavity without having to open the lid. The housing has pairs of holes defined therein so that the housing can be connected to well site structures which are disposed at different angles to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1986
    Inventor: Randell D. Ball
  • Patent number: 4516719
    Abstract: A container for holding a document at a well site comprises a housing having a cavity into which the document can be received. The cavity can be subtantially fluid-tightly sealed by a lid appropriately connected to the housing. The housing has a side in which a window is disposed to enable one to determine whether anything is inside the cavity without having to open the lid. The housing has pairs of holes defined therein so that the housing can be connected to well site structures which are disposed at different angles to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1985
    Inventor: Randell D. Ball
  • Patent number: 4098454
    Abstract: A receptacle positioned within a wall structure of a dwelling for receiving, retaining, and transmitting a newspaper or the like in a unidirectional path is disclosed. The receptacle includes an elongated chute, resilient fingers, and a first collar. The chute is comprised of an external end for receiving the newspaper into the chute, a body for retaining the newspaper within the chute, and an internal end for transmitting the newspaper from the chute. Resilient fingers extend from the inner wall of the body and converge toward the internal end of the chute for allowing unidirectional passage of the newspaper through the chute and preventing withdrawal of the newspaper from the external end. The first collar is mateable to the external end and has a plurality of elastomeric projections extending from the peripheral portion of the first collar and converging radially inward toward the center of the first collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1978
    Inventor: Robert C. Easter