Expansible And Contractible Lens Rim Patents (Class 351/95)
  • Patent number: 9016854
    Abstract: A mount for spectacles includes a first front frame made of plastic and having respective lens-holding rims with a closed contour, to receive and support lens, and a second frame made of metallic material inserted inside the first frame and solidly fixed thereto, the second frame including respective portions in a closed ring shape and extending respectively along the outline of the corresponding lens-holding rim, the mount being produced by stratification of the plastics material of the first frame on the second frame, by applying at least one sheet of plastic material of the first frame on each of the front and rear opposite surfaces of the second frame. At least one section of the second frame, at the location of each lens-holding rim, has a profile extending longitudinally in a sinuous shape, substantially of serpentine configuration, permitting assembly/disassembly of the lens in the lens-holding rim exclusively by resilient deformation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Safilo Societa Azionaria Fabbrica Italiana Lavorazione Occhiali S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Guadagnin
  • Patent number: 8485659
    Abstract: A rim locker for spectacle frame comprises a first portion and a second portion which are connected to two edges of lens rim in cut-off position respectively. The second portion has a screw hole for inserting a screw and the first portion is having thread to let the screw in for fastening the lens rim. The screw further has a stopping cap and the first portion further has a cylinder housing for hiding and moving the stopping cap, so that when the rim-locker is opening, the stopping cap will moving along the track of the housing, and stop at the end to prevent the screw slip off from the rim-locker and protect the screw threads not strip off easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Tony Xin Xiao
  • Patent number: 8313191
    Abstract: The present invention provides an eyewear assembly including a frame having a first portion and a second portion defining a first lens aperture for receiving a lens. The first portion is displaceable from the second portion to change the size of the lens aperture. The first frame portion includes a first arm extending therefrom and the second frame portion includes a second arm extending therefrom. The first and second arms include a connecting device disposed therebetween for restricting relative movement between the first and second arms. A securement body includes a slot for receiving therein the first and second arms. A locking member is engageable with the securement body and at least one of the first and second arms to secure the frame to the securement body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: Miro Optix LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Rothstein, Richard M. Baum
  • Patent number: 8182086
    Abstract: An eyeglass frame is provided that includes a lens retaining part including first and second lens retaining sections connected by a bridge. One of the sections includes a lens receiving opening defined by a rim having a groove into which an edge of a lens is adapted to be received, and a second opening proximate the lens receiving opening and spaced apart from the bridge. The section also includes a channel extending between the lens receiving opening and the second opening. The channel is adapted to be enlarged to expand the rim such that the edge of the lens can be situated in the groove in the rim. The one section may be formed from a flexible material. The section may be formed from a single piece of molded plastic. The bridge may be substantially non-expandable. An eyewear system is provided, and a method of assembling eyewear is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Lak Cheong
  • Publication number: 20120092609
    Abstract: The present invention provides an eyewear assembly including a frame having a first portion and a second portion defining a first lens aperture for receiving a lens. The first portion is displaceable from the second portion to change the size of the lens aperture. The first frame portion includes a first arm extending therefrom and the second frame portion includes a second arm extending therefrom. The first and second arms include a connecting device disposed therebetween for restricting relative movement between the first and second arms. A securement body includes a slot for receiving therein the first and second arms. A locking member is engageable with the securement body and at least one of the first and second arms to secure the frame to the securement body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventors: Michael J. Rothstein, Richard M. Baum
  • Patent number: 8087775
    Abstract: A hinge arrangement is described in which a pair of temples (1) are connected to a frontal portion (10) of the frame by a connection of upper and lower jaws (15, 16) extending from the frontal portion and passing through one or two apertures (4) provided in the temple. The lenses, once fitted, urge the jaws against upper and lower surfaces (8, 9) of the aperture in the temple, for example against the ends a T-shaped slot, which helps to prevent the hinged connection from coming apart. The jaws also engage a portion of the temple located rearwardly of the aperture to provide frictional contact that improves the feeling of stiffness in the hinge and/or a biasing action resisting over-opening of the temples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Lakh Dollay
  • Patent number: 8079701
    Abstract: So-called ‘rimmed’ or “half-rimmed” spectacles have two optical or sun lenses with contiguous edges between which is a bridge supporting the nose pads. The lenses are joined together by a central linking element and by a rigid full frame or a partial frame comprising a rigid upper part which is continued by a lower part in the form of two flexible and transparent cords housed in a groove running a the edge of each lens to support them. The spectacles are characterized in that the central linking means is a vertical bar inserted between the extreme adjoining flanks of the contiguous edges of the lenses, respective profiles being formed in the flanks to engage with, by housing, complementary profiles formed on the flanks of the linking bar, in such a way as to locate and secure it, and hence the lenses, without additional mechanical fixing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Logo SA
    Inventor: Didier Jacquemin
  • Patent number: 7384142
    Abstract: A rimlock for use with an eyeglass frame is provided. The rimlock comprises a pair of flanges which protrude from the frame at a split therein. A spring is fed through a bore passing through the flanges whereby a portion of the spring internal to the rimlock at a widened portion of the bore is in tension thereby biasing the flanges into engagement allowing the frame to hold a lens in position within the frame. By pulling the flanges apart, the lens can be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Chic Optic Inc.
    Inventor: Jacques Durand
  • Patent number: 7234808
    Abstract: In a pair of glasses, in particular industrial safety glasses, comprising a frame with side pieces which are articulated thereto by a side-piece projection; and two eyeholes with encircling grooves and sight pieces inserted in the grooves; the frame being divided in the vicinity of the eyeholes for expansion and exchange of the sight pieces and lockable in the closed position; and the frame being divided in the vicinity of the side-piece projection; it is provided that the side-piece projection, in prolongation of the divided area of the frame, is divided into a top projection of the top frame member and a bottom projection; and that a pivoted locking device is pivotably mounted on the top projection of the frame member and lockable in place by the bottom projection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Uvex Arbeitsschutz GmbH
    Inventor: Stefan Bruck
  • Patent number: 7163289
    Abstract: This invention provides for making a cam arm with a wave-shaped or curved portion adapted to fit within a recess on the top of the upper closure block of the frame so that the frame eyewire is securely closed in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Transframe Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: David Wedeck, Robert White, Russell LaCasse
  • Patent number: 7137700
    Abstract: The present invention provides an eyewear frame assembly. A frame has an aperture for receiving a lens. The frame has a split to expand upper and lower portions of the frame to insert or remove the lens from the aperture. First and second projections extend outwardly from the upper and lower frame portions, respectively. The first and second projections have first and second tapered portions, respectively. A sleeve receives said first and second projections. The sleeve has first and second inwardly extending and tapered tabs adapted to receive the first and second tapered portions to secure the first and second projections within the sleeve. The upper and lower portions of the frame are prevented from expanding when the first and second projections are received within the sleeve. First and second openings in the sleeve provide access to depress the first and second projections to remove the first and second projections from the first and second sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignees: Liberty Sport, Inc., Halo Sports and Safety, Inc.
    Inventors: Carmine S. DiChiara, Peter S. Leonardi
  • Patent number: 6986576
    Abstract: Eye glasses including a frame containing deformable lenses within the frame, the frame including means for deforming the lenses or changing the focal length of the lenses to enhance the wearer's ability to see clearly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Cloud Farm Associates, LP
    Inventor: S. Gregory Smith
  • Patent number: 6902636
    Abstract: In a joining method for a frame of spectacles, and in more particular to a method for joining a bridge or a temple to a lens rim, a joining method for a frame of spectacles comprises deforming a joining portion of a member made of a shape memory alloy material so as to be insertable into a pipe for joining the member to a lens rim, and joining the joining portion of the member to the pipe by returning the joining portion of the member to an original shape before the deformation after the member is inserted into the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventor: Kwang Koo Jee
  • Patent number: 6890073
    Abstract: The present invention provides an eyewear frame assembly. A frame has an aperture for receiving a lens. The frame has a split to expand upper and lower portions of the frame to insert or remove the lens from the aperture. First and second projections extend outwardly from the upper and lower frame portions, respectively. The first and second projections have first and second tapered portions, respectively. A sleeve receives said first and second projections. The sleeve has first and second inwardly extending and tapered tabs adapted to receive the first and second tapered portions to secure the first and second projections within the sleeve. The upper and lower portions of the frame are prevented from expanding when the first and second projections are received within the sleeve. First and second openings in the sleeve provide access to depress the first and second projections to remove the first and second projections from the first and second sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignees: Liberty Sport, Inc., Halo Sports and Safety, Inc.
    Inventors: Carmine S. DiChiara, Peter S. Leonardi
  • Patent number: 6786592
    Abstract: A method for assembling eyeglasses is disclosed. The method consists of selecting a pair of lenses from an inventory of circular lenses according to a patient's prescription. The circular lenses have the same geometric and optical center, so they do not require ground (grinded) decentration. The round shape also allows the lenses to be rotated within the eyewires when the clasps are open. The lenses are mounted into the annular eyewires of the eyeglasses, rotated so that the cylindrical axis is appropriately aligned, and secured in place so that the lenses may not rotate. The correct pupillary distance is achieved by varying the width of the nosepiece. Bifocal lenses may be selected based on the patient's bifocal prescription and positioned on the existing lens according to the bifocal markings on the eyewires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: John C. Rivera
  • Patent number: 6709099
    Abstract: A method for assembling eyeglasses is disclosed. The method consists of selecting a pair of lenses from an inventory of circular lenses according to a patient's prescription. The circular lenses have the same geometric and optical center so they do not require ground (grinded) decentration. The round shape also allows the lenses to be rooted geometric and optical center, so they do not within the eyewires when the clasps are open. The lenses are mounted into the annular eyewires of the eyeglasses, rotated so that the cylindrical axis is appropriately aligned, and secured in place so that the lenses may not rotate. The correct pupillary distance is achieved by varying the width of the nosepiece. Bifocal lenses may be selected based on the patient's bifocal prescription and positioned on the existing lens according to the bifocal markings on the eyewires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: John C. Rivera
  • Patent number: 6502936
    Abstract: Apparatus for facilitating and improving vision, and specifically reading or near vision. The apparatus is configured for facilitating vision from one eye of a user. The apparatus includes a lens coupled to a holding mechanism. The lens is formed of a size, shape and power that improves a substantially complete area of vision from the one eye when provided close to the one eye. The holding mechanism includes a first portion adapted to be coupled to or to hold the lens. The holding mechanism includes a second portion that is adapted for being held between two fingers of the user. The holding mechanism second portion can be formed with an aperture, for attaching to another object. The present invention provides a convenient, small, and personal apparatus for facilitating vision in situations where such vision could be impaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventor: Bradford J. Keene
  • Patent number: 6428165
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a nosepiece coupled to a pair of annular eyewires, and a pair of clasps hinged to the nosepiece that cooperate with each of two annular eyewires to secure the lenses. Each clasp and eyewire contains a locking hole into which a pin may be inserted to secure the clasp in the closed position. The eyeglasses also contain a pair of temples, each of which is pivotally joined to each of the eyewires. The eyewires have axial markings that indicate the cylindrical axis of the lenses, and bifocal markings that indicate the correct position of the bifocals, so that lenses may be installed and removed without the need for instruments or tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: John C. Rivera
  • Patent number: 6338556
    Abstract: To provide a closing block of the frame wherein the lens can be tightly fixed to the rim without rattling and the installing/removing of the lens can be easily operated even if the process precision of the outer shape of the lens is worse. The locking part 10 provided to the lower end portion 3c of the rim 3 is loosely inserted to the loose insert groove 9f of the locking part 9 that is fixed to the upper end portion 3b of the rim 3, and the locking part 10 is urged toward the upper end portion 3b of the rim 3 by the elastic part 11 that is provided between the bottom wall plate 9d of the locking part 9 and the locking part 10. By the urging force the lens 2 to be inserted to the rim 3 is certainly fixed to the rim 3. Moreover, because the inner shape of the rim 3 is expanded by pulling out the cut 3a of the rim 3 and is shrunk via the elastic part 11 by releasing the cut 3a, the lens 2 can be exchanged without using an exclusive screwdriver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Assignee: Meganeryutsusenta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kaoru Kamiya
  • Patent number: 6328444
    Abstract: A front part includes an upper frame and a lower frame, which are formed by bending a wire material, in which the upper frame and the lower frame each have rim pieces formed at both ends of a connecting part, which are retained to each other at the center, and in which wraparound end pieces provided on the outside of the upper and lower rim pieces are connected to each other to be assembled. The upper and lower frames have the wraparound end pieces in which rings are formed on the outside thereof, and temple has also rings formed at ends thereof. The rings are assembled, a shaft is fitted in shaft holes of the rings and is tightened with a screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Beat Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Hagiwara
  • Patent number: 6227666
    Abstract: An eyeglass frame includes a first portion and a second portion. The portions define an opening therebetween for receiving and retaining a lens. A fastening member is received by the first and second portions to move the first and second portions relative to each other between a first position whereby the opening is sized to receive the lens, and a second position whereby the opening is sized to retain the lens. The fastening member is constructed and arranged to be of a size to join the first portion to the second portion when the portions are engaged in the first position, and to include a break-away section that allows a portion of the fastening member to be severed therefrom when the portions are engaged in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Pareto Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Hirschman
  • Patent number: 6015212
    Abstract: An eyeglass frame made of wire is described, which has two end pieces (13), which are connected to a mount part (1) for the lenses (L) in an articulated manner. The mount part has an upper wire (3) and, for each lens, a lower wire (5), and wherein each of the lower wires (5) is fastened with its ends to the upper wire (3). An elastic element (9; 29; 39; 49) is provided at one of the ends of each lower wire to facilitate the mounting of the lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Bottega D'Arte in Firenze S.R. L.
    Inventor: Paolo Fortini
  • Patent number: 5992995
    Abstract: The invention relates to apparatus for fixing lenses to a spectacles frame, the apparatus comprising, for each lens, a flexible rim element passing along an associated bezel and being secured to the frame on either side of the lens. According to the invention, each flexible element (20) is organized to have two end loops (23, 24) which are secured to the frame (2) on either side of the lens (V) in question, merely by engaging over said frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Perie
  • Patent number: 5940164
    Abstract: An eyeglass frame has a pair of at least limitedly flexible upper arms and a pair of respective at least limitedly flexible lower arms. Each arm has an inner end and an outer end and a bridge interconnects the inner ends so that each upper arm forms with the respective lower arm to a respective side of the bridge a seat for a lens. Respective pairs of elastically deformable elements have front ends fixed to the outer ends of the arms and rear ends fixed to a respective temple support with each pair of elements biasing the respective upper and lower arm toward each other so that the lens is gripped elastically in the seat. A respective temple is pivoted on each of the temple supports. A pair of eyeglasses is assembled from such a frame and a pair of lenses by first displacing each upper arm away from the respective lower arm with elastic deformation of the respective elements until the respective seats are wide enough to accept a respective lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Neometal Optik International S.R.L.
    Inventor: Gianni Deppi
  • Patent number: 5602603
    Abstract: Eyeglasses having interchangeable lenses which are held in place by inner and outer lens attachment clips mounted at the bridge and temple, respectively, of the frame. The frame and/or lens is resilient so that the frame or lens can resiliently deform to allow the lenses to slide from beneath the lens attachment clips, yet the frame securely holds the lenses in place during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: Pierre N. Bondet
  • Patent number: 5579062
    Abstract: A temple to eye wire release eyeglass frame allows removal and replacement of lenses without the need for specialized tools or manual dexterity. The eyeglass frame includes temples, a wire frame having split sides with upper and lower eye wires. A double cam and two cam blocks fit together, with the temple attached to the double cam, so that when the temples are rotated, the lenses may be removed from the frame. Replacement lenses may be for use as sunglasses, rifle glasses, or simply for using a decorative color for appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventor: Larry L. Sondrol
  • Patent number: 5523806
    Abstract: To avoid excessive stressing of lenses and still facilitate the attaching and removing of the lens to the rim, a pair of eyeglasses has an improved rim lock member. The rim lock member has a two-parallel wire arrangement and a metal piece slidably movable thereon. The opposite ends of the loop hole of each rim are connected to the two parallel wire ends, and the space of the loop hole can be controlled by moving the metal piece on the two-parallel wire arrangement. Specifically the loop hole of each rim can be reduced by moving the metal piece toward the rim on the two-parallel wire arrangement until the circumferential length of time rim is shortened to wind tightly around the lens, thereby holding the lens fixedly. The bridge of the front of a pair of rimless eyeglasses has a similar parallel wire-and-metal assembly structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Assignee: Shuyu Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Sakai
  • Patent number: 5418580
    Abstract: An attachment for eyeglass frames which permits the wearer to quickly replace lenses without the use of optical hand tools or equipment, and which does not require the dexterity usually associated in working with miniature optical parts. The invention is permanently affixed to the eyeglasses, eliminating the possibility of loss, damage or disconnection. The invention is designed for use in instances where changing light conditions necessitate the need for tinted or sunglasses but where carrying additional frames is neither practical or desireable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Larry L. Sondrol
    Inventor: Larry L. Sondrol
  • Patent number: 5293185
    Abstract: An eyeglass frame having removable lenses, comprising of lens rings which are split into an upper and lower ring portion. Interposed between the upper and lower ring portions, and forming an integral part of the frame and positive actuating means to force open and draw closed the split lens rings to facilitate insertion and removal of lens. Several spices of eyeglass frame are visualized The preferred spieces utilizes a coil spring and resilient rod. Another spieces visualized utilizes several serrated coupling edges and an actuating fulcrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventors: Ray A. Berger, David H. Foster
  • Patent number: 4921341
    Abstract: A safety lens liner adapted to be mounted on the peripheral edge of an eyeglass lens is disclosed. The liner is shaped to engage a groove on the rim of an eyeglass frame to secure the lens in place. The lens incorporates a circumferential groove on its peripheral edge, which receives a tongue extending inwardly from the inner surface of said tongue, for positioning the tongue on the peripheral edge of the bead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Ronald S. Ace
  • Patent number: 4601555
    Abstract: A metal frame for eyeglasses, comprising a front frame having a pair of lens-bearing rims to each of which there is fastened, on its outermost part, a nose for the hinging of a temple piece. Each nose is formed of a monolithic block and each rim is cut at the place corresponding to the corresponding nose so as to define two branches, one fastened to the nose and the other connected to it by a threaded pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1986
    Inventors: Vittorio Tabacchi, Vincenzo Viel
  • Patent number: 4598983
    Abstract: A metal frame for eyeglasses, which comprises a front frame having a pair of wire rings to each of which there is fastened, on the outermost part, a nose for the hinging of a bar. Each nose consists of a pair of plates and of means for tightening one plate against the other. Each ring is cut at the place corresponding to its nose and its two end portions corresponding to the cut are shaped and held by form locking in corresponding anchoring seats defined by the clamped plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Inventors: Vittorio Tabacchi, Vincenzo Viel
  • Patent number: 4592629
    Abstract: Eyeglass frames are produced from reinforced plastic (synthetic resin) material in the form of plastic plates which are provided with a groove of predetermined configuration receiving a metallic reinforcing blade. When the groove is sealed, the blade extends across a bridge piece adapted to the position above the bridge of the nose of the user and around windows receiving lenses for the eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Assignee: Morwen s.r.l.
    Inventor: Renato Giacomelli
  • Patent number: 4445760
    Abstract: An improved pair of eyeglasses is provided which comprises a pair of eyeglass lenses, and a frame having a spaced pair of openable lens holders comprising annular rims substantially around the entire periphery of the lenses and ear retainers connected to the holders. The rims each have a closable about vertical space therein so that the rims can be opened to release the lenses. A nose bridge interconnects the holders in the frame and includes a closure in the form of an about horizontal rotatable rod having ends threaded in opposite directions and releasably received through the rims and spaces to simultaneously open or close the same by rotation of the rod. In another embodiment, a pair of such horizontal rods are rotatably positioned in the bridge, one end of each rod being received in a central vertical post and the other end being threadably received through one of the rims and spaces. Thus, the spaces can be independently opened and closed by rotation of the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Inventor: John T. Simms
  • Patent number: 4360252
    Abstract: An eyeglass frame having removable lenses comprising of lens rings which are split into an upper and lower ring portion. Interposed between the upper and lower ring portions, and forming an integral part of the frame are positive actuating means to force open or draw closed the split lens rings to facilitate insertion and removal of lens. Several species of eyeglass frame are visualized. The preferred species utilizes a turnbuckle arrangement or a coupling post. Other species visualized are torsional spring action closure, helical spring action, and double loop retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1982
    Assignee: Sol-Optics, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles I. Solomon
  • Patent number: 4255024
    Abstract: The main components of the frame are constituted by slats of wood arranged in layers, shaped and adhesively assembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1978
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1981
    Inventors: Thibaut de Monts, Herve de Varax, Jacques Gourvenec
  • Patent number: 4190333
    Abstract: A metallic spectacle frame having each of its eyes split to accomodate a lens is provided with hinge assemblies each of which including a T-bar member that extends through the frame to the front side thereof. The portion of the T-bar member disposed on the front side of the frame forms a plaque which adds structural support to the frame as well as conceals the slit in the frame. The plaque extends around the side of the frame and abuts against a temple. A slot formed in the bridge of the frame is adapted to receive a nose pad assembly which is retained by a set screw extending into the frame from the back side thereof. A pair of notches are formed adjacent the slot to receive respective posts of the nose pad assembly to ensure proper orientation of the assembly. The nose pad assembly may comprise a rocker arm with individual nose pads, a single piece saddle bridge or some variant thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1980
    Assignee: Lambert Anodizing Co. Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond E. Lambert
  • Patent number: 4017165
    Abstract: Eyeglass frame structure comprising a lens receiving or bow portion having a pair of oppositely disposed temple or earpiece members hingedly secured at the opposite ends thereof, said lens receiving portion being provided with a transversely separable nose bridge element for facilitating installing of a lens member in the eyeglass frame, each of said earpiece members being of an adjustable length, and each earpiece member hingedly secured to the lens receiving portion for adjustment of the planar orientation of the lens receiving portion with respect to the earpiece axis in both lateral and transverse directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1975
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1977
    Assignee: Frank S. Griffin
    Inventor: James F. Davis
  • Patent number: 3941461
    Abstract: A lens frame is split to afford mounting of the lens therein and a front hinge is attached to the split ends for mounting the temple. A pin aligns the split ends of the frame and the front hinge parts which affords numerous advantages of strength as well as alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1974
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1976
    Assignee: Lambert Anodizing Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond E. Lambert
  • Patent number: RE37523
    Abstract: Eyeglasses having interchangeable lenses which are held in place by inner and outer lens attachment clips mounted at the bridge and temple, respectively, of the frame. The frame and/or lens is resilient so that the frame or lens can resiliently deform to allow the lenses to slide from beneath the lens attachment clips, yet the frame securely holds the lenses in place during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Inventor: Pierre N. Bondet