Staple Puller Patents (Class 254/28)
  • Patent number: 11279015
    Abstract: A staple removing device configured to remove a staple of a paper bundle bound by the staple includes a loading portion on which the paper bundle is loaded and a pressing member (120A) configured to press the paper bundle to the loading portion. The pressing member (120A) includes a staple support portion (126) configured to position the staple at a removing position at which the staple abuts against the staple support portion (126).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: MAX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Katsuya Hakozaki, Tooru Yoshie, Tomokazu Matsui
  • Patent number: 10967493
    Abstract: A binding member removal apparatus includes a removal unit that removes a binding member that binds a bound medium from the bound medium, an image capturing unit that captures an image in which a portion of the bound medium appears, a driving unit that moves the removal unit, and a control unit that controls the driving unit such that the removal unit is disposed at a predetermined position with respect to the binding member, on the basis of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: PFU LIMITED
    Inventors: Yuki Matsuda, Shigeharu Okano, Haruka Shimura
  • Patent number: 10701228
    Abstract: A scanner for removing paperclips from a sheaf of papers, with a paper lifting tray operable to move the sheaf of papers in a vertical direction, a pushdown bar configured to move in a vertical direction and make contact with the sheaf of papers on the paper lifting tray and apply a force in an opposite direction from the direction in which the paper lifting tray moves, the force being sufficient to hold the sheaf of papers in place, and with a removal bar configured to move in a direction that is coplanar with the paper lifting tray and orthogonal to the vertical direction, wherein the removal bar is configured to come into contact with the sheaf of papers and push a paperclip off of the sheaf of papers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Gin Yoshidome
  • Patent number: 10385585
    Abstract: Tools including a jaw portion, a hinge portion, and a handle portion are provided. The jaw-portion may include a pair of jaws. The hinge portion may generally be configured to allow each jaw of the pair of jaws to pivot between open and closed positions relative to each other and form an aperture adjacent a tip of each of the pair of jaws when the jaws are in the closed position. The handle portion may be located on the opposite side of the hinge portion to the jaw portion to allow for opening and closing of the pair of jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.
    Inventor: Christopher Henry Johnstone
  • Patent number: 9782877
    Abstract: A panel fastener tool is disclosed that includes a first arm pivotally connected to a second arm. Each of the first arm and second arm include a camming portion, a camming surface, a terminal projection projecting substantially inwardly, and an indent between the camming portion and the terminal projection. Upon pivoting the first arm and the second arm towards each other, the camming surfaces each engage a top portion of an inner member of a fastener inserted into a hole in a workpiece. The camming surfaces lift the inner member out of an insertable member of the fastener, and the terminal projections capture a head portion of the insertable member within the indents. When an upward force is applied, the terminal projections lift the insertable member from the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Paul Marquis
  • Patent number: 9415495
    Abstract: Disclosed is a novel nail removing tool that requires lower force to remove an embedded nail from a substrate than nail remover tools currently in use via use of a sliding fulcrum. The disclosed nail remover tool also minimizes damage to the substrate as the nail is being removed from the substrate via use of a dimple for facilitating access of the tool to a nail head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Marquette University
    Inventors: Christopher Stephen Spaulding, Lauren Nicole Radtke, Caroline Anne Villa, Nathaniel Richard Larson, Ruohao Li, Richard William Marklin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9257820
    Abstract: A hand tool (10), including: a handle (14) at a handle end (16) of an elongated main body (12); an arcuate shaped contact surface (20) on a base end (22) of the elongated main body opposite the handle end; a support strut (35) extending laterally from the elongated main body; and a connection structure (26) disposed at a distal end of the support strut, between the handle end and the arcuate shaped contact surface. The handle is positioned on a concave side (18) of the arcuate shaped contact surface along a line (50) perpendicular to a tangent (52) of the arcuate shaped contact surface, and the perpendicular line traverses a middle 80% of the arcuate shaped contact surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Jimmie A. Chestnut, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150101167
    Abstract: A staple remover having a retractable pair of pliers is provided. The pair of pliers are capable of a retracted position and an extended position. In the extended position, the pliers may be used to remove a partially removed staple or staple fragment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Yuning Jiang
  • Publication number: 20140299824
    Abstract: The present staple-pulling tool is configured to facilitate the removal of carpet pad staples from floors by a standing user. Specifically, the staple-pulling tool can comprise a handle section, a blade section, and a fulcrum. The handle section can be configured to have an adjustable length capable of fitting users of varying heights. The blade section can be connected to the handle section at an angle. The blade section can comprise a series of teeth that can accommodate the width of carpet pad staples. The fulcrum can be located beneath the handle section and can comprise one or more wheels. The wheels can help a user to move the staple-pulling tool and can also provide leverage for the user to pull the staples. When a user pushes down on the handle, the teeth can pull the carpet pad staples from the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel Knox
  • Publication number: 20140217338
    Abstract: An automatic staple remover in a gun-shaped housing comprises a trigger that engages a series of levers and one or more springs that ultimately engage a rotating tumbler. Alternatively, the trigger engages an electric motor and gears, or a pneumatic motor and lever arrangement, or a combination of levers and motors to engage the rotating tumbler. Around the perimeter of the tumbler are one or more teeth capable of sliding under a staple. Positioned below the tumbler a removable receptacle catches removed staples. Additionally, the automatic staple remover can include stapler components side-by-side in the same housing that can be engaged by a common trigger. Stapler components comprise a series of levers and springs, a blade assembly, and a plurality of staples in a sleeve. Alternatively, stapler components can include pneumatic motor components or electric motor components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Marusich
  • Patent number: 8733607
    Abstract: An automatic staple remover in a gun-shaped housing comprises a trigger that engages a series of levers and one or more springs that ultimately engage a rotating tumbler. Alternatively, the trigger engages an electric motor and gears, or a pneumatic motor and lever arrangement, or a combination of levers and motors to engage the rotating tumbler. Around the perimeter of the tumbler are one or more teeth capable of sliding under a staple. Positioned below the tumbler a removable receptacle catches removed staples. Additionally, the automatic staple remover can include stapler components side-by-side in the same housing that can be engaged by a common trigger. Stapler components comprise a series of levers and springs, a blade assembly, and a plurality of staples in a sleeve. Alternatively, stapler components can include pneumatic motor components or electric motor components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Marusich
  • Patent number: 8656570
    Abstract: The hand tool is used to extract a fastener from a material by preferably gripping the fastener from a horizontal orientation. The hand tool has a head with two pivotally joined halves including at least one pair of gripping jaws. The tool head preferably includes tips that may be used to dig beneath a fastener head that is flush with or set below a surface. The tool includes a pair of handles operable to close the gripping jaws. The handles are preferably offset above the plane of the tool head such that they operate as a lever in cooperation with a fulcrum on the bottom of the tool head to extract the fastener. In one embodiment, the forward jaws of the tool have concave curved gripping surfaces. In one embodiment, the rearward jaws have non-complementary surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael J. Foley
  • Patent number: 8651473
    Abstract: In one embodiment, there is provided a feeder that includes: a feed table on which a plurality of papers are staked in one direction, wherein some of the papers are bundled by a staple; a take-out module configured to sequentially take out the stacked papers from an outermost surface of the papers; a first detector configured to detect whether or not the staple exists in the papers within a distance h measured from the outermost surface; a controller configured to control the take-out module in a first mode or a second mode. When the staple is detected in the papers within the distance h, the controller controls the take-out module in the first mode. When the staple is not detected in the papers within the distance h, the controller controls the take-out module in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Takahiro Suzuki, Masaki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20140027687
    Abstract: A rod with termini that are used to remove construction staples, which are utilized in housing construction and electrical assemblies. Each terminus is J-shaped and is configured to pry a closed-end loop of a U-shaped construction staple so as to ease its removal. One terminus has a flatter profile to reach difficult spots where construction staples are located. The other terminus has a hook profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas L. McLaughlin
  • Patent number: 8632549
    Abstract: A pectus bar extraction tool for removing a pectus bar having posterior and anterior sides includes a handle, an engagement member fixed to and extending from the handle for extending from the anterior to the posterior sides of the pectus bar to engage the posterior side of the pectus bar, and a lever arm fixed to and extending from the handle opposite to the engagement member for engaging the pectus bar on the anterior side of the pectus bar. A system and method for removing a pectus bar are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignees: Old Dominion Resarch Roundation, Children's Surgical Specialty Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Frederic McKenzie, Sebastian Bawab, Krzysztof Rechowicz, Robert Obermeyer
  • Patent number: 8579258
    Abstract: The invention relates to an integral load support (7) for a jack, said load support which is made of a plain sheet is formed by bending several parts thereof, whereby the bending angle between 2 adjacent bended surfaces (A-L) is less than 180°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Arikan Kriko ve Makina Sanayi Ticaret Anonim Sirketi
    Inventor: Cem Güney Ayana
  • Publication number: 20130263382
    Abstract: A prying tool including an elongate shaft portion having a prying member disposed at one end, the prying member having a flat section terminating in a serrated, distal edge comprising a plurality of teeth arrayed in parallel and separated by a corresponding plurality of notches, a top face of the plurality of teeth defining a first glide surface, each first glide surface of the plurality of teeth being substantially coplanar about a glide plane, and a glide member projecting from the elongate shaft portion distal the prying member and defining a second glide surface distal the elongate shaft portion, the glide member projecting from the elongate shaft a distance sufficient for at least a portion of the second glide surface to intersect the glide plane, wherein the prying member forms an integral fulcrum between the shaft portion and the distal edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Jason Sindt, Ronald Warren
  • Patent number: 8517340
    Abstract: An apparatus for pushing a fastener from a host material with, for example, an air hammer includes a punch shank, a compression spring, a hollow sleeve, a fastener and a punch. The hollow sleeve includes an opening formed therein for interfitment over a central portion of the punch shank, and a set screw placed therein for engagement with a retention flat portion of a central portion of the punch shank. The punch includes a top that operably engages with the air hammer, and a bottom end having a recess formed therein, where the recess is configured and arranged for retention of a top of the punch shank. The spring fits over the punch shank, and contacts the bottom end of the punch and the top end of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Mayhew Steel Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James Douglas Pell
  • Patent number: 8485409
    Abstract: A stapler includes a base and a stapler remover. The base defines a receiving room. The receiving room receives backup staples. The stapler remover is rotatably mounted on the base. The staple remover includes a tilting portion, which is located out of the base. The tilting portion is configured to be arranged in different positions with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yun-Lung Chen
  • Publication number: 20130168621
    Abstract: Staple removal equipment is provided. The staple removal equipment has a detecting unit which detects a position of a staple stapling a paper bundle, a striking portion which strikes the staple, and a removing unit which removes the staple from the paper bundle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: KSBUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Masaki TAKAHASHI
  • Patent number: 8387952
    Abstract: A staple remover, with a staple removing blade, for removing a staple from a stack of sheets of paper. The staple remover prevents staple jams by providing a means for automatically discarding removed staples from the staple removing blade. The staple remover comprises a storage compartment and an elongate staple removing blade. The elongate staple removing blade comprises a longitudinally extending staple pulling surface and a laterally flared portion located at the apex of the staple pulling surface. The geometry of the elongate staple removing blade substantially resiliently deforms the legs of the staple, allowing the legs to spring back towards each other and project the staple into the storage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Saheed Khan
  • Patent number: 8387487
    Abstract: A tactical entry tool for creating an entry point through a building structure is provided. The tool includes a shaft portion including a shaft, and a head portion attached to a first end of the shaft. The head portion includes two heads, with each head including a head shaft extending from the shaft to form a ‘Y’ shaped structure and a break head portion attached to the head shaft at an opposite end from which the head shaft is connected to the shaft. Each break head portion includes a plurality of teeth surrounding the perimeter of the break head portion and a plurality of breaker tips extending from the break head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: J&N Tactical, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Herr, Matt Herr
  • Patent number: 8366076
    Abstract: A staple remover (10) for removing a staple (100) from a document (102) and simultaneously capturing the thus-removed staple. The staple remover includes a wedge (18) for prying the staple free from a document without the staple snagging to the wedge, a bin (20) into which the freed staple will fall and, when in the form of a handheld device, an enclosed clearance (26) around the wedge's top or bearing surface that lifts the staple and that is in communication with the bin such that when the remover is immediately tilted front end upwardly as the staple is freed, the staple falls through the clearance and into the bin. The surfaces of the wedge that engage or could possibly engage the staple's leg portions, are adapted to prevent snagging of the staple when freed from the document. The bin could include an opening (24) covered by a cap (22) that is removable to permit emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Anton Paul Ness
  • Patent number: 8225477
    Abstract: A fairing removal tool and a method of using the tool provide for an improved method of removing a fairing from an engine inlet case. The fairing removal tool employs a hook and notch to engage the fairing and release the bonds joining the fairing to an inner structural element of the inlet case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Phillip Alexander
  • Patent number: 8191863
    Abstract: The staple remover is a device that effectively removes staples, especially staples that have already been partially removed. The device includes top and bottom jaws that are pivotally connected in pliers-like fashion. A conventional spring biases the jaws apart. Each jaw is provided with a toothed or serrated-like inner surface. The outer surface of each jaw is padded to enhance ergonomic dexterity and comfort. An elongate prong extends from the front surface of the bottom jaw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: John D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8167271
    Abstract: A staple extractor having a handle, a shank attached to the handle and having a conical pry tip, and a sliding member having a clamp head engageable with the pry tip and slidably attached to the shank so as to permit relative longitudinal movement between the shank and sliding member, wherein the clamp head has opposed wings that straddle the pry tip so as to releasably secure a staple bridge. The sliding member has a thumb knob located proximate the handle for moving the sliding member between a retracted position and a clamping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Wendy Janet Boudreau
  • Patent number: 8132308
    Abstract: The hand tool is used to extract a fastener from a material by preferably gripping the fastener from a horizontal orientation. The hand tool has a head with two pivotally joined halves including at least one pair of gripping jaws. The tool head preferably includes tips that may be used to dig beneath a fastener head that is flush with or set below a surface. The tool includes a pair of handles operable to close the gripping jaws. The handles are preferably offset above the plane of the tool head such that they operate as a lever in cooperation with a fulcrum on the bottom of the tool head to extract the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Michael J. Foley
  • Patent number: 8083211
    Abstract: A staple remover device having first and second opposed, elongated jaws extending from a lower end of the remover toward an upper end of the remover. The jaws are pivoted to the remover at the upper end. With the remover in a substantially perpendicular orientation above a horizontal work surface, the first jaw moves toward the second jaw, actuated by a user's finger pressure. A handle extends along the remover device, the handle being normally operationally fixed to a jaw by a link including a latch, and at a pre-determined position of the first jaw to the second jaw, a release rib of at least one jaw causes the latch to suddenly de-link the handle from the jaw, wherein the de-linked handle moves in relation to the jaw and moving the handle in relation to the jaw causes the other jaw to rise, lifting out the staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: WorkTools, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel S. Marks, Brian E. Melgaard
  • Publication number: 20110297723
    Abstract: An automatic staple remover in a gun-shaped housing comprises a trigger that engages a series of levers and one or more springs that ultimately engage a rotating tumbler. Alternatively, the trigger engages an electric motor and gears, or a pneumatic motor and lever arrangement, or a combination of levers and motors to engage the rotating tumbler. Around the perimeter of the tumbler are one or more teeth capable of sliding under a staple. Positioned below the tumbler a removable receptacle catches removed staples. Additionally, the automatic staple remover can include stapler components side-by-side in the same housing that can be engaged by a common trigger. Stapler components comprise a series of levers and springs, a blade assembly, and a plurality of staples in a sleeve. Alternatively, stapler components can include pneumatic motor components or electric motor components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Marusich
  • Patent number: 7954217
    Abstract: A seal ring dismounting device includes a handle and a first section of a shank is connected to the handle, a second section is connected to the first section at an angle. The second section includes first teeth defined in a lower side thereof. An operation plate having hook portion is connected to the second section. A rod is connected to a U-shaped frame and includes second teeth which are engaged with the first teeth of the second section. A spring member is located between the frame and the second section so that when pushing the frame toward the second section, the rod is moved to disengage the second teeth from the first teeth such that the rod can be easily moved along the second section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Pi-Liang Wu
  • Publication number: 20110127474
    Abstract: A staple remover includes: a fixed seat including a front end portion and a bottom surface; a staple removing blade including a tip disposed in the front end portion, and an elongate staple passing surface inclined relative to the bottom surface; a moving seat disposed pivotally on the fixed seat; a staple retracting unit including a staple retracting member movable relative to the staple removing blade and having a claw, and a first biasing member for biasing the claw to contact the staple passing surface; and a motion transmitting mechanism including a first member connected to the moving seat, and a second member connected to the claw. When the moving seat is pivoted relative to the fixed seat to convert from a non-pressed state to a pressed state, the claw is moved from an extended position to a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: ABEL INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: SANE-TUE CHEN
  • Patent number: 7950627
    Abstract: The hand tool is used to extract a fastener from a material by preferably gripping the fastener from a horizontal orientation. The hand tool has a head with two pivotally joined halves including at least one pair of gripping jaws. The tool head preferably includes tips that may be used to dig beneath a fastener head that is flush with or set below a surface. The tool includes a pair of handles operable to close the gripping jaws. The handles are preferably offset above the plane of the tool head such that they operate as a lever in cooperation with a fulcrum on the bottom of the tool head to extract the fastener. In one embodiment, the forward jaws of the tool have concave curved gripping surfaces. In one embodiment, the rearward jaws have non-complementary surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Nail Jack Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Foley
  • Patent number: 7815052
    Abstract: A paper clip removing device capable of removing a paper clip made of a shape memory alloy, that has such a shape that a plurality of documents are bound at a normal temperature and a document bundle is released in a heated state, when the paper clip is on any positions on an end side of a document is provided. When a paper clip made of a shape memory alloy, that has such a shape that a plurality of documents are bound at a normal temperature and a document bundle is released in a heated state, is removed, the paper clip removing device detects a position of the paper clip to heat the paper clip and deforms the paper clip into a shape of releasing a document bundle to attract and remove the paper clip, resulting that the paper clip is collected in the collecting box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazumasa Tonami
  • Publication number: 20100207080
    Abstract: The staple remover is a device that effectively removes staples, especially staples that have already been partially removed. The device includes top and bottom jaws that are pivotally connected in pliers-like fashion. A conventional spring biases the jaws apart. Each jaw is provided with a toothed or serrated-like inner surface. The outer surface of each jaw is padded to enhance ergonomic dexterity and comfort. An elongate prong extends from the front surface of the bottom jaw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: John D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7766306
    Abstract: A device for removing a vehicle wheel end assembly includes a base having an upright section; and a hub support movable with respect to the upright section, the hub support having a first section translatable with respect to the upright section, and a hub adaptor pivotally connected to the first section so as to permit the hub adaptor to be angled with respect to the first section. A method for servicing ball joints of a motor vehicle includes jacking the motor vehicle so that a wheel is off the ground; removing a wheel from a wheel hub; removing the wheel end assembly including the wheel hub from the vehicle having ball joints using a device supporting the entire wheel end assembly; and servicing the ball joints of the motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventor: Robert P. Morey
  • Publication number: 20100187487
    Abstract: A staple remover, with a staple removing blade, for removing a staple from a stack of sheets of paper. The staple remover prevents staple jams by providing a means for automatically discarding removed staples from the staple removing blade. The staple remover comprises a storage compartment and an elongate staple removing blade. The elongate staple removing blade comprises a longitudinally extending staple pulling surface and a laterally flared portion located at the apex of the staple pulling surface. The geometry of the elongate staple removing blade substantially resiliently deforms the legs of the staple, allowing the legs to spring back towards each other and project the staple into the storage compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Saheed Khan
  • Patent number: 7735806
    Abstract: A panel removal tool includes a plastic handle, a forked portion at a first end of said plastic handle, wherein said forked portion further comprises a fulcrum, and a blade portion at a second end of said plastic handle, said second end being opposite said first end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Scosche Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Carl Prater, Kevin Michael Trejo
  • Patent number: 7703748
    Abstract: The hand tool is used to extract a fastener from a material. The hand tool has a head with two pivotally joined halves including at least one pair of gripping jaws. The tool head preferably includes tips that may be used to dig beneath a fastener head that is flush with or set below a surface. The tool includes a pair of handles operable to close the gripping jaws. The handles are preferably offset above the plane of the tool head such that they operate as a lever in cooperation with a fulcrum on the bottom of the tool head to extract the fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: Nail Jack Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Foley
  • Publication number: 20100077890
    Abstract: A multi-purpose opener including a head portion having a top side, a bottom side and a tip, the head portion being connected to a handle at a first angle. The head portion includes a curved member protruding from the top side of the head portion and an elongate hook-like member protruding from the bottom side. A pronged element is provided protruding from the tip of the head portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Gabe Neiser, Alan Randmae
  • Patent number: 7686281
    Abstract: The base member 1 is pivotally connected to the lever member 2 by a pin 5 that provides a leverage fulcrum point. The tongue 3 extends from the front end of the base member 1 and is used to wedge under the staple crossbar 11. The teeth 4 extends from the front end of the lever member 2. The user then lifts the lever member 2 into a second position so that the wider top section 8 of teeth 4 lifts the staple 10 from the substrate. The front edges 9 of teeth 4 are curved such that it does not go below the baseline of base member 1, and thus do not interfere with or damage the substrate. The base member 1 presses against substrate providing support and allows the leverage operation to be performed on pliable and flexible substrates such as sheets of paper, and minimizes damage to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Pan Louis
  • Publication number: 20090267034
    Abstract: A staple remover device having first and second opposed, elongated jaws extending from a lower end of the remover toward an upper end of the remover. The jaws are pivoted to the remover at the upper end. With the remover in a substantially perpendicular orientation above a horizontal work surface, the first jaw moves toward the second jaw, actuated by a user's finger pressure. A handle extends along the remover device, the handle being normally operationally fixed to a jaw by a link including a latch, and at a pre-determined position of the first jaw to the second jaw, a release rib of at least one jaw causes the latch to suddenly de-link the handle from the jaw, wherein the de-linked handle moves in relation to the jaw and moving the handle in relation to the jaw causes the other jaw to rise, lifting out the staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Joel S. Marks, Brian E. Melgaard
  • Patent number: 7600305
    Abstract: A seal pulling tool includes an elongate shaft extending from a manual grip handle. The shaft is bent and includes a seal gripping hook at its outer end and an adjustable fulcrum support post slidably mounted and laterally projecting from the shaft intermediate the handle and hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Lisle Corporation
    Inventors: Randall J. Ploeger, Robert S. Westbrook
  • Publication number: 20080042113
    Abstract: A staple extractor having a handle, a shank attached to the handle and having a conical pry tip, and a sliding member having a clamp head engageable with the pry tip and slidably attached to the shank so as to permit relative longitudinal movement between the shank and sliding member, wherein the clamp head has opposed wings that straddle the pry tip so as to releasably secure a staple bridge. The sliding member has a thumb knob located proximate the handle for moving the sliding member between a retracted position and a clamping position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Publication date: February 21, 2008
    Inventor: Wendy Janet Boudreau
  • Publication number: 20070187658
    Abstract: An improved staple remover having at least one extended finger tab to aid the user in forcing the jammed jaws of the staple remover to dislodge a lodged staple. The at least one extended finger tab may be located at a single end of each lever arm opposite of the jaws of the staple remover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventor: Vanamali Thotopalli
  • Patent number: 7232112
    Abstract: A staple removing tool comprises a shaft having a working end at which opposed sloped surfaces are formed, such that shaft, in side elevation, the working end of the shaft substantially comes to a pointed end. A notch is formed in the forward end of the tool, and a slot extends rearwardly from the apex of the notch. The tool is rotated to remove staples from furniture and can be adapted to be received in an electric drill or screwdriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Danny Wayne Foster
  • Patent number: 7163195
    Abstract: Displaced force backing wedge with a rigid wedge shape, a rigid handle, the wedge shape having a plurality of rounded ridges extending from left to right at its top most surface. The wedge shape has a centrally located slot extending perpendicularly from the thin edge of the wedge to the center area of the wedge. The handle extends outward perpendicularly from a central portion of the thick side of the wedge. A preferred embodiment includes rounded ridges that run parallel to the front surface and start as a small radius and progress to larger radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Lawson
  • Patent number: 7131636
    Abstract: A hand tool for removing and collecting used staples. The tool includes a handle hollowed out to form an interior compartment for storing removed staples. At a first end, or working end, and adjacent an entranceway of the compartment, is an outwardly extending prong for wedging under the bridge of an embedded staple. Adjacent to, and substantially coextensive with the prong is a guide member that acts to confine movement of removed staples toward the compartment entrance. The prong and guide define a pathway extending from the point of staple engagement at the working end of the tool, all the way to the entranceway of the storage compartment. The hand tool is designed to be separated to provide access to the interior, and includes a removable plug to dump collected staples as necessary. This hand tool avoids injuries and damage typically caused by prior staple removal devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Gurmu
  • Patent number: 7090198
    Abstract: The staple remover includes a large and small arm cooperating to withdraw staples. The larger arm includes at a working end a pair of prongs between which is centered a single prong provided at a working end of the smaller arm. The prongs include curved camming surfaces extending from arm working ends toward their pivoted ends. Arms are interconnected at their pivoted ends so as to be opened and closed for cooperation when removing bound staples. The camming surface of the single prong of smaller arm is shorter than the camming surfaces of the prongs of the larger arm such that a staple will be deformed and discarded rather than clinging to remover prongs. Included within the arms is a collection box with a magnetized plate or drawer positioned for capturing the discarded staples. An opening in the collection box permits removal of the plate for crushed staple disposal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Gurmu
  • Patent number: 7048255
    Abstract: A staple removal tool includes a working end with an enlarged area and forked portion. The forked portion includes two prongs separated by a substantially V-shaped slot, wherein the V-shaped slot includes a rounded junction. The working end tapers in thickness along two non-parallel planar surfaces that may include grooves set transversely to the longitudinal axis of the tool. A second embodiment of the staple removal tool includes a working end with both outwardly and inwardly curved exterior surfaces. The outwardly curved exterior surface leads to a prong. A blunted tine is separated from the prong by a substantially U-shaped slot that includes a rounded junction. The working end tapers along two non-parallel planar surfaces that may include grooves set transversely to the longitudinal axis of the tool. Methods of using the tools are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventors: Paul M. Buch, Scotty W. Hill
  • Patent number: RE46744
    Abstract: A staple remover (10) for removing a staple (100) from a document (102) and simultaneously capturing the thus-removed staple. The staple remover includes a wedge (18) for prying the staple free from a document without the staple snagging to the wedge, a bin (20) into which the freed staple will fall and, when in the form of a handheld device, an enclosed clearance (26) around the wedge's top or bearing surface that lifts the staple and that is in communication with the bin such that when the remover is immediately tilted front end upwardly as the staple is freed, the staple falls through the clearance and into the bin. The surfaces of the wedge that engage or could possibly engage the staple's leg portions, are adapted to prevent snagging of the staple when freed from the document. The bin could include an opening (24) covered by a cap (22) that is removable to permit emptying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Anton Paul Ness