Abstract: Electronic delivery of counterfeit-resistant documents exchangeable for value such as admission tickets, gift certificates, coupons, vouchers, etc. directly to the person who ordered the documents over an open communications network such at the Internet. A first party orders a document from a second party, and the second party electronically delivers the ordered, counterfeit-resistant document to a device designated by the first party. For example, the document may be electronically ordered using a PC, and a printer coupled to the PC may print the document. In one embodiment, the first party transmits unsolicited offers over the open communications network The document may be made counterfeit resistant by assigning unique information to each document of a given type, e.g., admission tickets, and checking the uniqueness of a document and whether the unique information was previously read prior to allowing it to be exchanged for value.
Abstract: A railway crossing structure for a railway track including an elastomeric gauge insert (50) fitting between each rail (10) and the adjacent gauge panel (12). Elastomeric gauge insert (50) has a body portion (70) formed by upper and outer sides (72, 74) separated by an elasticity cavity (76) and joined to each other at juncture (78) defining an outer sealing surface (80). Hinge lines formed by notches (82, 84) in sides (72, 74) assist in the folding or flexing of body portion (70) as shown in FIG. 6 during installation of gauge insert (50) by a pushing force exerted against upper surface (62) of body (52). Body portion (70) snaps beneath head (16) of rail (10) upon the seating of gauge insert (50) with leg (54) engaging arcuate connecting surface (36) of base (18) as shown in FIG. 3. Sealing surface (80) of body portion (70) seals against undersurface (30) along a relatively large sealing area and a relatively large sealing force is provided by compressed sides (72, 74).
Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved on-line interactive computerized catalog system and process for efficiently processing international, cross-border transactions in a manner substantially transparent to the user-customer.
September 24, 1997
Date of Patent:
October 19, 1999
Hardware Street, Inc.
Robert John Westrope, Bruce Edward Martin, John Bernard Lyons
Abstract: A self-service sales system for large containers such as pet food bags and the like includes a fixture having a plurality of container or bag shelves. A price channel positioned at each of the shelves contains product identification and marketing information. In addition, a plurality of Universal Product Code (UPC) symbol pads are fixed to the price channels. The symbol pads are attached by an adhesive coated foam strip. The pad contains a plurality of removable sheets, each of which are imprinted with a product description and UPC code. The purchaser may remove a sheet corresponding to each product to be purchased. The sheets are taken to the checkout counter where the UPC code is read. After payment for the product, the retailer retrieves the product for the customer.
Abstract: The invention provides a seal for rails in a road level railbed comprising inner and outer resiliently flexible elongate members secured about each rail. The seal members are contoured to fit snugly against the inner and outer sides of a rail and are provided with a flexible membrane accommodating rail spike heads. The inner members have a groove to allow clearance of the flange of a railcar wheel and a flexible membrane extends beneath the groove. Movement of the flexible membrane in response to the railcar wheel flange breaks up silt and detritus which has a tendency to settle and pack hard in the flange groove. The movement of the flexible membrane also allows for deicing in the winter.
Abstract: The present invention contemplates a resilient pad mounted on the outside adjacent portion of a rail having sealing engagement with the rail along its base, the head and the interconnecting web of the rail with compression chambers located within the pad to permit the resiliency of the pad to cooperate with the movement of the rail in its vertical displacement as well as other movements imparted thereto by the passage of trains, thereover while maintaining a sealing contact with the rail to prevent water collecting along the rail and other foreign matter to minimize maintenance.
Abstract: A railway level crossing (grade crossing) is described in which the road surface between the rails is, at least adjacent the rails, provided by flexible plates, e.g. rubber plates. The plates extend right to the rails and under their edge portions adjacent the rails are resilient support means which allow the plate to flex downwardly when engaged by the flange of a wheel passing on the rail. The resilient support may be a gas-filled tube extending parallel to the rail.