With Retraction Spring Patents (Class 401/33)
  • Patent number: 9092077
    Abstract: A writing device for marking on a capacitive touch screen and a paper substrate is disclosed. The device features a writing tip deployable through a hole in a conductive rubber stylus tip. The stylus tip connects to a distal end of a shaft. The stylus tip may be held in place by a ring. Electric connection is formed from a human user, through the shaft, and to the stylus tip onto the touch screen when a sufficient contact patch if formed through pressing lightly on the stylus tip. The stylus tip may be coated with a protective material that adjusts the coefficient of friction and prevents carbon from depositing on the touch screen. The writing tip (e.g., pen or pencil) moves from a working position where it extends through a hole in the stylus tip to a position where it is disposed within a hollow cavity formed by the stylus tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Wimo Labs LLC
    Inventors: Geoffrey Arthur Coleridge Boyd, Erik Alan Holverson, Scott H. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20120207529
    Abstract: A pivotal manipulation type writing instrument includes a pivotable body pivotable relative to a container main body and a writing element ejecting unit configured to actuate and move a slider to urge a writing element to be ejected from the container main body as the pivotable body is pivoted. The pivotable body is pivotable relative to the container main body by 360° in either left or right direction, and the writing element can be returned to a retracted state in which the writing element is retracted into the container main body from an ejected state in which the writing element is ejected from the container main body by moving the pivotable body in either left or right direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehei KAGEYAMA, Akira Miyoshi, Masahiro Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20080317538
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided including a first device for applying makeup, and a second device for removing makeup. The first device may be attached to the second device. The first device may include a first container having nail polish and a first applicator tip for applying the nail polish. The second device may include a second container having nail polish remover and a second applicator tip for removing nail polish.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventor: Izabella Wojtowicz
  • Patent number: 7384207
    Abstract: An improved hand-held implement is provided with a body having external surfaces that define contours which match and ergonomically engage the surfaces of a user's thumb and fingers when the user grasps the implement, so as to provide a large surface area of contact between the user's hand and the implement. The increased area of contact between the user's hand and the implement, compared to traditional designs, decreases the required level of applied unit area pressure, and also provides for greater control consequently facilitating manipulation of the implement. The exterior of the implement is sufficiently small so that, while in use, the body of the implement does not extend outside or beyond the hand of the user. The cartridge includes a coaxial retention ring device which readily fits into the body of the implement by the resilient engagement of the ring into the coaxial recessed groove in the implement body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Sun Coast Merchandise Corp.
    Inventor: Dilip Bhavnani
  • Publication number: 20070280772
    Abstract: A multi-purpose pen includes a housing having upper and lower ends and defining upper and lower openings, respectively. A carriage is rotatably mounted in the housing and is adjustably positionable by a user. Multiple implements, such as an ink assembly and a stylus may be coupled to the carriage, each implement having a tip for selective protrusion through the lower housing opening. A plunger is operatively coupled to the housing adjacent the upper opening and includes a plate for selectively urging one of the implements downwardly toward the lower opening according to a position of the carriage. The plate includes openings so that only a single implement is urged downward when the plunger is depressed while the other implements are allowed to remain in a stationary or storage configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Publication date: December 6, 2007
    Inventor: Jeanne M. Mika
  • Patent number: 7080949
    Abstract: A composite writing utensil for housing a plurality of writing members, at least one of which is a propelling pencil writing member, comprises a front shaft, a rear shaft which is rotatable relative to the front shaft, and a guide shaft for guiding the writing member in the back-and-forth direction. An annular engaging stepped portion projecting in the direction of inner diameter is formed on an inner peripheral surface of the rear shaft, and a plurality of engaging pieces formed at the rear end portion of the guide shaft to pass through an inner diameter-side hollow portion defined by the annular engaging stepped portion of the rear shaft and to be engaged with the engaging stepped portion of the rear shaft. A lead guiding member rotatable relative to the rear shaft is disposed between the plurality of the engaging pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7018124
    Abstract: A writing implement has a barrel provided with a separate front cap or a front cap formed integrally with the barrel, a writing member placed in the barrel, pushed constantly backward by a return spring and capable of axially sliding in the barrel, and a stylus mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehei Kageyama, Yoshio Noguchi, Juri Saitou
  • Patent number: 7008131
    Abstract: A composite holding device, includes a casing for accommodating a plurality of holders for holding media to serve either different or similar purposes, a supporting section for supporting the holders to be movable in an axial direction in the casing, a feed mechanism, provided in the casing, for selectively advancing one of the plurality of holders, and a manipulating mechanism for operating the feed mechanism, to project the tip of one of the plurality of holders out of a fore end opening at the tip of the casing and make usable the tip of one of the plurality of holders. A supported section of each holder supported by the supporting section is rotatably supported in relation to the supporting section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehei Kagevarna, Tadashi Yamamoto, Tadayoshi Ebinuma, Sachio Arai
  • Patent number: 6994484
    Abstract: A composite writing tool wherein when the rear shaft is rotated relative to a front shaft, a cam sleeve rotates with the rear shaft, and the relative rotation occurring between the cam sleeve and the front shaft and an intermediate shaft causes one of writing shafts guided in the axial direction by the intermediate shaft to be selectively held in a protruding position, and when a knock sleeve is knocked, the cam sleeve is knocked to advance a lead of the writing shaft protruded by the cam sleeve. The rear part of the intermediate shaft is inserted into the cam sleeve, and engaging pieces of the rear part of the intermediate shaft penetrate a through hole formed in a perpendicular engaging wall formed in a tail cap fastened to the rear end of a rear shaft, and are engaged with the through hole. The cam sleeve and the knock sleeve are linked to each other through a recess elsewhere than the through hole in the engaging wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidehei Kageyama, Tadao Odaka
  • Patent number: 6939069
    Abstract: A composite writing utensil comprising a front barrel and a rear barrel, a cam body provided within the barrel unrotatable with respect to the rear barrel, and a slider unrotatable with respect to the front barrel and coupled to each of a plurality of writing shafts. The cam body includes a V-shaped cam projection projecting forward, a cam surface, and a restraining portion. The slider comprises a V-shaped cam projecting rearward, and a slidably-contacted surface extending along the cam that is urged against the cam surface. A relative rotation between front and rear barrels causes the slidably-contacted surface of the cam to slidably contact the cam surface and one of the cams to be restrained by the restraining portion, thus a point of the writing shaft coupled to the slider provided with the cam selectively projects from the point aperture of the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadao Odaka
  • Patent number: 6633282
    Abstract: A wireless input device having an outward appearance resembling a standard ballpoint pen operates as both a standard ballpoint pen or similar writing instrument as well as an input device. The pen includes directional sensors for determining the direction and length of each pen stroke. A transmitter is provided in the pen barrel for transmitting the stroke signals directly to a computer for input and processing each stroke to provide an accurate representation of the pen stroke as it is being made. The transmitter may be a wireless device for transmitting a low frequency radio signal to a receiver associated with the computer. This permits the pen to be utilized anywhere within the transmitting range of the device, and in any orientation, with the computer picking up, processing and storing the signal representing the pen strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2003
    Inventor: Adam A. Monroe
  • Patent number: 6050735
    Abstract: A writing implement (10) includes an integrally formed stylus tip (12) for inputting information into electronic devices. An ink cartridge style pen (10) with a push-button spring actuator (48) is modified to include an integrally formed stylus tip (12) molded into the writing end of the pen. When the ink cartridge (30) is retracted, the stylus tip (12) is available for use. However, when the ink cartridge (30) is extended, it extends beyond the stylus tip (12) for engagement with paper writing media. The pen (10) allows the operator to quickly and easily switch between writing with an ink tip cartridge (30) to input information with the stylus tip (12) without significant manipulation of the pen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Ttools, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas B. Hazzard
  • Patent number: 5913629
    Abstract: A stylus tip for inputting information into electronic devices is provided on the writing end of a writing implement so that the operator can quickly and easily switch between writing with an ink tip cartridge to input information with the stylus tip without significant manipulation of the pen. More specifically, the writing implement comprises an elongated body portion including a first end, a second end and an outer surface constructed and arranged to be gripped by a user. Located within an interior chamber of the body portion is a retractable ink cartridge actuated by a conventional push button/spring biased actuator. The stylus tip is preferably integrally formed with the outer surface of the first end of the body portion extending forwardly from the first end of the body portion such that the stylus tip is presented for use when the body portion is gripped by a user in a normal writing grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: ttools, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas B. Hazzard
  • Patent number: 5713680
    Abstract: A combined writing tool comprises a cylindrical casing; a push button extended from the top end of said cylindrical casing by force of a spring; a plurality of writing cartridges arranged in the casing and adapted to be alternatively extended from the bottom end of the casing through a small aperture formed therein; and a cam arranged in the casing and adapted to cause a tip of either one of the writing cartridges to be alternatively extended from and retracted in the casing through the small aperture in response to the pushing operation of the push button. The combined writing tool makes it possible to extend or retract either one of the writing cartridges from or into the casing through the small aperture only by a pushing operation of the push button. Thus easy operation can be obtained and unwanted extension of the writing cartridge can be prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Crown Fancy Goods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokiyoshi Yoshino, Yoshihide Mitsuya, Shouji Anzai
  • Patent number: 5342135
    Abstract: A writing instrument includes an advance-retract mechanism for projecting the writing tip from within the barrel for employment of the writing instrument, and retracting the tip to a point within the barrel, when the writing instrument is not in use. A plunger assembly includes a rotatable knob which is disposed at the top of the barrel and is interconnected to a finger which contacts the cam surface of a slidable actuator. Rotation of the knob in one direction advances the writing tip from within the barrel and opposite rotation of the knob is effective to retract the writing tip into the barrel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: The Gillette Company
    Inventor: William E. Tucker
  • Patent number: 5306085
    Abstract: A multiplex writing implement comprises a plurality of writing elements, at least one which is a mechanical pencil writing element, which can be selectively projected and retracted from the front opening of the front barrel section by rotating a middle barrel section relative to the front barrel section. An eraser can be extended by rotation of a cap relative to the middle barrel section. The implement includes the following resin molded components, namely, a guide cylinder, front barrel section, cylindrical cam, middle barrel section, cap, and an eraser guide sleeve. The front half portion of the guide cylinder is fixed to the front barrel section and is attached rotatably in its rear half portion to the middle barrel section. The guide cylinder contains a plurality of writing elements fit in respective grooves and movable axially. The cylindrical cam is attached rotatably into the rear end of the guide cylinder, and is disposed in the middle barrel section, locked from relative turning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 26, 1994
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Pencil Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Seiichi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5056947
    Abstract: In a writing utensil according to the present invention, when a rearward outer cylinder is rotated in either direction, a cam engaging projection, which is integral with the rearward outer cylinder, slides pressingly on either of the respective cam surfaces of first and second sliders. This causes one of the first and second sliders to advance, which in turn causes a first of the first and second refills to project forwardly while the other remains retracted. Similarly, when the rearward outer cylinder is rotated in the opposite direction, the cam engaging projection slides pressingly on the other of the cam surfaces of the first and second sliders. This causes advancement of the other of the sliders, and in turn causes the second of the first and second refills to be projected while the first remains retracted. The construction allows these operations to be smoothly, stably and positively performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masuo Kubota, Hidehei Kageyama, Saburo Kobayashi, Yoshihide Mitsuya, Tadayoshi Ebinuma
  • Patent number: 4999017
    Abstract: A writing utensil for three different leads is provided in which due to the use of a special front part and a pusher housing being easily insertable into the same, a conventional writing utensil with only one lead can be converted in a simple and robust fashion to a three-color writing utensil. The pusher housing loosely inserted into the shaft housing, which supports the leads, has a profiled contour and can tilt freely into one of several predetermined tilting positions under the effect of gravity and as a function of the rotary position of the shaft housing in order to bring a selected lead into a ready position from which it can be displaced into the writing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 12, 1991
    Assignee: Firma Merz & Krell GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Georg Keil
  • Patent number: 4948285
    Abstract: A writing instrument in the form of a ball pen has two cartridges capable of being alternately moved into the writing position by rotating the barrel. A provision is made for a space in the top part of the barrel for accommodating or receiving various accessory devices such as stamping mechanisms, marker pens or the like. The invention includes a guide tube housed within the barrel and having two longitudinal slots therein. Two slides having small tubes for receiving the writing cartridges, are movable back and forth on offset guide rails on the guide tube. The slides are forced into contact with a curve switching cam surface of a switching casing by springs. By rotating the switching casing, the one or other slide and thus the small tubes with the writing cartridges inserted therein are alternately pushed toward the bottom of the writing instrument and into the writing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventor: Ludwig Schleif
  • Patent number: 4692046
    Abstract: A pen containing multi-color cores located in different tubes housed in the pen body, which colors can be optionally selected for use readily using a specially-designed turnable knob having a projected edge in cam contact with the top end of the core-receiving tubes. The top end of the core-receiving tube is pushed downward for use, when the turnable knob is rotated, so to enable a person to select a color core as he wishes quickly and readily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Inventor: Charng-Ching Lan
  • Patent number: 4359291
    Abstract: A multi-element writing instrument is disclosed wherein the rotation of a selection portion located at one end of the instrument successively selects, advances and retracts individual writing elements. The writing point of each selected writing element is axially advanced through the exit opening without contact with the interior of the body of the instrument. In the writing position the axis of the selected element is aligned with the axis of the instrument. The novel construction permits the use of elements that employ different types of nibs, for example porous writing points, either alone or in combination with ball point-tipped elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1982
    Inventor: Victor Lum
  • Patent number: 4290707
    Abstract: An improved writing instrument having multiple writing elements, i.e., a mechanical lead pencil element and at least one other writing element, which are selectively movable into operating position by rotation of a cam and wherein lead can be moved from the pencil element by axial movement of the housing element. The instrument comprises a sleeve-type cam having a transformed end face cam surface, the contour of which preferably comprises downwardly sloping edges having a generally elliptical shape which guide a pair of cam followers respectively associated with the writing elements. According to the invention, the cam has an upper, substantially vertical portion which allows the lead of the mechanical pencil to be pushed out from the supporting element by urging the cam axially downwardly whereby the cam follower associated with the other writing element can slide adjacent to the vertically extended cam portion, the cam being fixed to a housing element which can rotate and axially move with the cam element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1981
    Inventor: Tatsuo Ariga
  • Patent number: 4283151
    Abstract: A compound writing instrument, wherein a retractable mechanical pencil unit and a ball point pen unit are assembled in a lower barrel of the writing instrument, an upper barrel rotatable in one or two directions relative to said lower barrel around its axis overlaps said lower barrel and a cam mechanism engaging with said units for selectively shifting said units in the axial direction into a writing position is accomodated within said upper barrel of the writing instrument. By means of said cam mechanism, said upper barrel is shiftable relative to said lower barrel in the axial direction enough to feed out the lead of said mechanical pencil unit when this unit is in the writing position, while said upper barrel is non-shiftable relative to said lower barrel when said ball point pen unit is in the writing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1981
    Assignee: Zebra Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuhiko Sekiguchi
  • Patent number: 4227822
    Abstract: A composite writing instrument, in which a mechanical pencil unit of the type from which lead is ejected and a ball point pen unit are mutually diametrically opposed and held together within a lower tubular casing. A cap is provided accommodating a mechanism for engaging these units to shift them alternately in the axial direction when the cap is rotated around the axis, whereby the units are alternately advanced through a mouth of the writing tip of the lower tubular casing to a writing position or retracted therethrough to a storage position within said lower tubular casing. The mechanical pencil unit is so constructed that the cap is shiftable within certain limits in the axial direction relative to the lower tubular casing when the mechanical pencil unit is in the writing position, whereby the lead of the pencil unit is fed, whereas the cap is nonshiftably locked relative to the lower tubular casing when the ball point pen unit is in the writing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1980
    Assignee: Zebra Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teruo Kokubu
  • Patent number: 4221491
    Abstract: A multiple unit writing instrument includes end to end relatively rotatable barrel section housing a body member rotatable with the front barrel section and a cylindrical cam rotatable with the rear barrel section and having in its outer face a longitudinal guide groove extending to the raised portion of the end cam face and slidably engaged by an actuating member. A pair of writing elements are slidable in guideways in the body member between advanced and retracted positions and carry followers engaging guide slots and the cam face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1980
    Assignee: Walgan Corp.
    Inventor: Walter C. Ganz
  • Patent number: 4202641
    Abstract: A mechanical pencil unit of the pushbutton-action type and a ballpoint pen unit are housed in a common holder having top and bottom sections which are rotatable in oppposite directions relative to each other. Mounted within the holder and substantially secured to its bottom section only is a cradle which supports and constrains the two writing units for independent longitudinal motion with respect to the holder. The writing units are spring-biased into sliding engagement with an overhanging, downward-facing cam ledge on the inside surface of the holder top section, such that the writing units are selectively moved from a retracted to a writing position upon manual rotation of the holder top section in either direction relative to its bottom section. Upon movement of the mechanical pencil unit to the writing position, an offset pusher finger extending downwardly from a pushbutton on the holder is moved into alignment with the pencil unit for actuating and making the same ready for writing or marking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Assignee: Pilot Man-Nen-Hitsu Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Tomura