Multipart Patents (Class 411/469)
  • Patent number: 11109902
    Abstract: Bone fixation systems include various combinations of stabilizing members, dynamic elements, fasteners, and locking mechanisms. Bone plates receive dynamic bone staples and bone screws. Other dynamic elements include elbow pegs, straight pegs, and wire pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Crossroads Extremity Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Chad Hollis, Vernon Raymond Hartdegen, Daniel Sayger
  • Patent number: 10433888
    Abstract: Bone fixation systems include various combinations of stabilizing members, dynamic elements, fasteners, and locking mechanisms. Bone plates receive dynamic bone staples and bone screws. Other dynamic elements include elbow pegs, straight pegs, and wire pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Crossroads Extremity Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Chad Hollis, Vernon Raymond Hartdegen, Daniel Sayger
  • Patent number: 10299842
    Abstract: Bone fixation systems include various combinations of stabilizing members, dynamic elements, fasteners, and locking mechanisms. Bone plates receive dynamic bone staples and bone screws. Other dynamic elements include elbow pegs, straight pegs, and wire pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: CROSSROADS EXTREMITY SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Chad Hollis, Vernon Raymond Hartdegen, Daniel Sayger
  • Patent number: 9700306
    Abstract: A substantially U-shaped staple has a bridge, legs, and an internally disposed compression device with a bias portion having a compression surface movably disposed between the legs and a compression resistor connected to the bridge and to the compression surface and is formed to resist movement of the compression surface towards the bridge with a force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Kevin W. Smith, Matthew A. Palmer, Korey Kline, Derek Dee Deville
  • Patent number: 9636111
    Abstract: There is provided a variable size, uniform compression staple assembly for use in stapling differing thicknesses of tissues. The staple assembly includes a staple and a staple block for receipt of tissue penetrating tips of the staple. Upon assembly through tissue, the tissue penetrating tips of the staple lodge within the staple block to a depth inversely proportional to the thickness of the tissues being stapled. There is also disclosed an anvil configured for use with the staple assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Covidien LP
    Inventor: Thomas Wenchell
  • Patent number: 9017329
    Abstract: A method for applying compression to a joint includes providing an intramedullary fixation assembly having a proximal screw member positioned at a proximal end of the intramedullary fixation assembly and a lag screw member positioned at a distal end of the intramedullary fixation assembly. Medullary canals are drilled in a first and second bone and the medullary canals are reamed. The proximal screw member is inserted into the first bone and a drill is used create a dorsal hole in the first bone. The lag screw member is slideably coupled to the dorsal hole and to the proximal screw member and into the second medullary canal. A torque is applied to the lag screw member to apply compression to the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Extremity Medical, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Tyber, Jamy Gannoe, Lawrence Kiefer, Brian Gerard Donley, Brian Adams
  • Patent number: 8874395
    Abstract: Various arrangements for determining a voltage of a voltage source using pre-charging are presented. Such arrangements may include a measurement module which includes an analog to digital converter, a driver, and an interface. The interface may be electrically coupled with the analog to digital converter and the driver. The driver may be configured to output current to charge a capacitor. After a first predefined period of time, the driver may stop outputting current to pre-charge the capacitor. After the driver has stopped pre-charging the capacitor and a second predefined period of time has elapsed, the analog to digital converter may be configured to measure a voltage of the capacitor. Such arrangements may include a capacitor, wherein the capacitor is electrically coupled with the interface of the measurement module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Echostar Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Jeremy Mickelsen
  • Patent number: 8858146
    Abstract: A manufacturing method and device for supporting conductors. Using a non-metallic insulating material extending beyond the inside of one or both parallel legs of a staple the thumb and forefinger may grip this extension while the staple is being driven into a supporting structure. This finger grip allows for a small, insulated staple to be held with increased safety to thumb and forefinger during penetration of staple into support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Dale Derrig, Jeffrey Roy
  • Patent number: 8282328
    Abstract: The present invention includes various embodiments directed to apparatus and methods surrounding a fastener device. In particular embodiments, the fastener device is a quick charging and discharging device that includes a solenoid, a fastener striker, a flash capacitor, and a control circuit. Other novel features of the fastener device exist. In particular embodiments, the present invention also includes apparatus and methods related to deforming staples for securing conduit and the like, and staple insulation and insulated staples that may be discharged by the fastener device. The insulation may be provided in an ordinary staple strip for use in the fastener device. Each insulation form may include deformation voids to assist the adaptation of the insulation about a target object that is being secured by the insulated staple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Halex/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker, Mirko Champa, Jim Bias, Jeffrey Sutherland
  • Patent number: 8277160
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting and fastening a wire to a mounting object includes a molded unibody having a first section connected to a second section, wherein the first section includes a surface that operates to receive a fastener, such as a staple, therethrough to secure the wire in place against the mounting object, and the second section protrudes from the surface of the first section and extends away from the surface of the first section for a user to safely hold the first section in place as the user mounts the apparatus and the wire to the mounting object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Inventor: Theodore A. Strauel
  • Patent number: 7966799
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing staples including the steps of placing a deformable member into a mold block and overmolding a crown onto the deformable member. In various embodiments, several deformable members may be produced from an elongate wire where the deformable members can be connected by portions of the wire. In at least one such embodiment, the elongate member can then be cut to separate the deformable members to form a plurality of surgical staples or strips of surgical staples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerome R. Morgan, Christopher J. Hess, William B. Weisenburgh, II
  • Publication number: 20090285655
    Abstract: The present invention includes various embodiments directed to apparatus and methods surrounding a fastener device. In particular embodiments, the fastener device is a quick charging and discharging device that includes a solenoid, a fastener striker, a flash capacitor, and a control circuit. Other novel features of the fastener device exist. In particular embodiments, the present invention also includes apparatus and methods related to deforming staples for securing conduit and the like, and staple insulation and insulated staples that may be discharged by the fastener device. The insulation may be provided in an ordinary staple strip for use in the fastener device. Each insulation form may include deformation voids to assist the adaptation of the insulation about a target object that is being secured by the insulated staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Applicant: Halex/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Gardner, Glenn A. Baker, Mirko Champa, Jim Bias, Jeffery Sutherland
  • Publication number: 20090047098
    Abstract: A pushpin and method of use for the pushpin for inserting into a surface and remaining adjacent to the surface, the pushpin includes a body having a body longitudinal axis, the body also including a first end portion and a second end portion, the body also having a middle portion disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion wherein the middle portion is sized and configured for manual grasping. Further included in the pushpin are at least three tines, each of the tines includes a proximal end portion and an opposing distal end portion with a lengthwise axis spanning therebetween, wherein each tine proximal end portion is adjacent to the second end portion, wherein each lengthwise axis is substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and each of the tines are positioned substantially equidistant to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy Alan Darling
  • Patent number: 7490395
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching an item to load-bearing fabric including male and female strips that snap together on opposite sides of the fabric. The male strip is attached to the item to be secured to the fabric, and includes male prongs that are pushed through the weave of the load-bearing fabric. The female strip preferably defines a series of receptacles that snap onto the male strip. The male and female strips are elongated strips formed from a molded thermoplastic or other formable material. In a preferred embodiment, the male prongs include barbs and the receptacles include angled fingers that act as a snap, such that the barbs of the male prongs can easily be pressed through the fingers, but are retained once in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy P. Coffield, Tanja Krstov
  • Publication number: 20080179371
    Abstract: The present invention includes various embodiments directed to apparatus and methods surrounding a fastener device. In particular embodiments, the fastener device is a quick charging and discharging device that includes a solenoid, a fastener striker, a flash capacitor, and a control circuit. Other novel features of the fastener device exist. In particular embodiments, the present invention also includes apparatus and methods related to deforming staples for securing conduit and the like, and staple insulation and insulated staples that may be discharged by the fastener device. The insulation may be provided in an ordinary staple strip for use in the fastener device. Each insulation form may include deformation voids to assist the adaptation of the insulation about a target object that is being secured by the insulated staple.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Applicant: THE HALEX COMPANY
    Inventors: Michael GARDNER, Glenn A. Baker, Mirko Champa, Jim Bias, Jeff Sutherland
  • Patent number: 7021879
    Abstract: The anchorage used at a corner part of woods includes a first anchorage including a first anchorage body; nails, punching on a long side plate of the first anchorage body; and nail insertion holes formed at the short side plate of the first anchorage body; and a second anchorage including a second anchorage body, forming via a bended part which overlaps with the short side plate of the first anchorage; nails, punching on a base plate of the second anchorage body; and nails formed in the shape of an overlapped pin, punching on an overlapped part of the second anchorage body so as to insert into the nail insertion holes of the first anchorage. Therefore, it can perform the attachment work easily; it can fix at the corner part by sufficient intensity; and it can attach to the corner part without forming a insertion hole for the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Kaoru Taneichi
  • Patent number: 6899502
    Abstract: A fastener, such as a nail or staple, includes a fastener body having an impact surface and a plug of filler material joined to the impact surface. The plug of filler material fills the hole made by the fastener body when the fastener is driven into a workpiece. Many types of fasteners can be used, such as nails and staples. In the case of a nail, the plug of filler material would be joined to the nail head. In the case of a U-shaped staple, the plug of filler material would be joined to the cross member joining the staple legs. The filler material can be a wide variety of materials such as wood putty, acrylic sealant, fiberglass resin fillers, epoxy adhesives, and plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Khameleon Nails, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Strunk
  • Patent number: 6854945
    Abstract: In combination, an elongated tool having a striking end and a tapered insertion end and a drift pin cap. The drift pin cap includes a cap body having an upper end, a lower end and at least one side wall extending between and connecting the upper end and the lower end. A drift pin receiving cavity is formed in the lower end of the cap body which extends upwards towards the upper end within the cap body, the pin receiving cavity having a diameter smaller than a diameter of the cap body. The pin receiving cavity is operative to fit over and be retained on the striking end of the tool such that when the tool is impacted by a driving device, the drift pin cap is interposed between the tool and the driving device to prevent damage to the tool yet still permit driving of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventors: John Humphrey, Dean Wieser
  • Publication number: 20040165968
    Abstract: A fastener for temporarily fastening a length of wire to the ground includes a U-shaped member having leg portions, a bridge portion bridging the leg portions, and a mount portion arranged at one end of the bridge portion. One of the leg portions has a length greater than the length of the bridge portion, and the mount portion is adapted to receive a visual indicator for identifying the location of the wire. An interior surface defined by the bridge of the U-shaped member captures the wire when the leg portions are inserted into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: John LoGiudice
  • Patent number: 6669425
    Abstract: A fastener that cuts into or self-threads into an article upon movement of the article towards the fastener and a method of securing the article via the fastener. The fastener includes a connecting member having a first end which is adapted to be secured to a surface and a second end, a member rotatably mounted on the connecting member and being substantially axially retained with respect to the connecting member. The member includes at least one of an external thread, a spline and a row of teeth. A stop surface is arranged between the first end and the second end, and the stop surface is adapted to engage the surface. Wherein, when the article is moved into engagement with the member of the fastener, the member is caused to at least one of rotate with respect to the connecting member and cut into the article. The method provides for attaching the first end of connecting member to the surface, and moving the article towards the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: John Preta
  • Patent number: 6634537
    Abstract: A detachable insulation wire-pressing element of a stapling device is disclosed. The wire-pressing element has a wire-pressing section at the center of the element and the bottom face of the wire-pressing section is provided with a wire slot having an opening facing downward the two sides of the wire-pressing section are respectively provided with a corresponding nailing hole, and the nailing hole is corresponding to a staple-impacting plate of the stapling device, thereby a wire-pressing element is formed. When the front edge of the wire-pressing element is aligned with the front edge of the stapling device the nailing holes are corresponding to the staple-impacting plate of the stapling device, and thereby a staple row utilized in the stapling device and by aligning the wire-pressing element with the front edge of the stapling device, the wire-pressing element can be used to secure insulation wires. The wire-pressing element can be utilized in stapling device for outdoors and indoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Tung-I Chen
  • Patent number: 6435792
    Abstract: An improved sleeve for insulating a tacking strip from materials applied to furniture products. The sleeve covers and encompasses the entire tacking strip with the exception of a central corridor through which tacks from the strip extend. The sleeve slides over the tacking strip and includes a flexible flange graduated in thickness on either side of a central corridor left open by the sleeve. The sleeve is installed around the tacking strip by a lateral displacement of the sleeve over the strip causing the graduated flanges to deform slightly upon contact with each tack along the central corridor. Due to the deforming properties of the flange, resistance on each tack is small enough that insertion of the sleeve over the tacking strip not hindered yet sufficient to prevent further lateral displacement of the sleeve once it is installed around the tacking strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Tacking Strip, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen S. Farris, Timothy Lee Farris
  • Patent number: 6334749
    Abstract: A connector having apertures to be used to secure different pieces of construction material in relation to each other is provided with structure to hold a nail thereto. This structure permits the nail to be brought into selective alignment with the aperture allowing the nail to be driven home without the workman holding the nail. The invention includes aperture engagement structure which is located in the aperture of the connector. The nail is held in a fastener engagement structure, which has the structure of a sleeve. The fastener engagement structure is attached to the aperture engagement structure on their common first side by a hinge. The fastener engagement structure further has a male portion located on its second side. The aperture engagement structure further has a female portion located on its second side. In a first configuration, the nails are held flat against the body of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Tom Orr
  • Patent number: 6305479
    Abstract: A helical wedge tie, anywhere from 2½ inches to 4 inches in length, (which is approximately the width of a standard brick), can be utilized to wedgingly engage the mortar in a wall after a helical main tie has been passed all the way through the mortar and secured in the concrete. The wedge tie may have the same helical pitch as that of the main tie, or it may be a pitch somewhat tighter or shorter to not only fill the space between the host tie and the mortar, but wedgingly engage the same. The auxiliary wedge pin may be pointed at both ends, pointed at one end, or even blunt at both ends. Successful fixes have been made where one end is sheared, and has a relatively chisel-like end. The method of the invention is directed to the reinforcing of a tie in a wall reinforcing environment, where the outer portion of the tie passes through a softer material, and a subsequent reinforcement of the tie portion in the soft material becomes desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Helifix Limited
    Inventors: Robert Ian Paterson, Patrick John Sweeney
  • Patent number: 6305891
    Abstract: A fastening device comprises a “U” shaped spacer wherein the recess of the “U” shape is captured by the upper cross bar of a staple when the staple is used to fasten a protective sheeting to an item to be stored or transported. The spacer has a flat bottom surface and a flat side surface. The flat bottom surface increases the surface area of the staple in contact with the item during transport thereby reducing the chances that the protective sheeting may become torn from the item. The flat side surface increases the surface area of the standard staple during removal of the plastic sheeting because the spacer rotates about the crossbar of the staple. This rotation of the spacer reduces frictional contact between the spacer and the protective sheeting so that when the plastic sheeting is pulled from the lumber, the plastic sheeting will pull the spacer and the staple therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Mark S. Burlingame
  • Patent number: 6174119
    Abstract: An improved connector with integrally attached fasteners is disclosed. In the embodiments described, the fasteners are nails and they are held in a sleeve. A flexible member attaches this sleeve to the body of the connector. In a first shipping or storage configuration, the fasteners are held flat against the body of the device. When it is desired to drive the fastener, a user moves one or more of the fasteners into a second, upright position. This aligns the fastener with the aperture present on the connector and the user then drives the nail home. Various rivet type attachments may be employed to secure the sleeve assembly to the apertures present on the connector through which the nail is driven. Additionally, the sleeve may include a corrugated interior to assist in gripping the nail more firmly in place. In another embodiment, this sleeve may be scored so that as the nail is driven, the sleeve splits and falls out of the way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: Tom Orr
  • Patent number: 6155352
    Abstract: A helical wedge tie, anywhere from 2 1/2 inches to 4 inches in length, (which is approximately the width of a standard brick), can be utilized to wedgingly engage the mortar in a wall after a helical main tie has been passed all the way through the mortar and secured in the concrete. The wedge tie may have the same helical pitch as that of the main tie, or it may be a pitch somewhat tighter or shorter to not only fill the space between the host tie and the mortar, but wedgingly engage the same. The auxiliary wedge pin may be pointed at both ends, pointed at one end, or even blunt at both ends. Successful fixes have been made where one end is sheared, and has a relatively chisel-like end. The method of the invention is directed to the reinforcing of a tie in a wall reinforcing environment, where the outer portion of the tie passes through a softer material, and a subsequent reinforcement of the tie portion in the soft material becomes desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Helifix Limited
    Inventors: Robert Ian Paterson, Patrick John Sweeney
  • Patent number: 6039125
    Abstract: A helical wedge tie, anywhere from 21/2 inches to 4 inches in length, (which is approximately the width of a standard brick), can be utilized to wedgingly engage the mortar in a wall after a helical main tie has been passed all the way through the mortar and secured in the concrete. The wedge tie may have the same helical pitch as that of the main tie, or it may be a pitch somewhat tighter or shorter to not only fill the space between the host tie and the mortar, but wedgingly engage the same. The auxiliary wedge pin may be pointed at both ends, pointed at one end, or even blunt at both ends. Successful fixes have been made where one end is sheared, and has a relatively chisel-like end. The method of the invention is directed to the reinforcing of a tie in a wall reinforcing environment, where the outer portion of the tie passes through a softer material, and a subsequent reinforcement of the tie portion in the soft material becomes desirable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Helifix Limited
    Inventors: Robert Ian Paterson, Patrick John Sweeney
  • Patent number: 5927570
    Abstract: A hanger for hanging on a rod and holding clothes thereon. The hanger has a pair of spaced vertical downwardly extension portions forming a garment holder. The extension portions are secured to the hanger by angled ends fixed into the bottom of the hanger providing ends which can be quickly and easily forced into the hanger bottom and keep the garment holder from rotating with respect to the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Keith Beverly
  • Patent number: 5826391
    Abstract: A formwork comprising a metal panel 11 having an upper portion 12, a lower portion 13 and a intermediate portion 14 displaced laterally out of the line of the panel 11, the portions 12 and 13 have spaced holes 15 through which reinforcing rods 16 project so that the ends of the reinforcing rods can be tied to similar rods in an adjacent slab to be poured in order to occupy the space at 17. A slab poured upon a timber deck 18 and the metal form provided by the panel 11 is retained in place by upright bracing rods 19 located at spaced intervals along the form 11 and passing through pairs of holes 20 and 21 in the intermediate section 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Daniel Charles Underwood
  • Patent number: 5819494
    Abstract: A truss connector utilizing a first relatively flexible plate which has a first side and an opposite second side. A plurality of teeth extend from the second side of the first relatively flexible plate and are capable of penetrating the truss, which may be composed of softer material such as wood and the like. The second relatively rigid plate is fixed to the flexible plate such that the first side of the rigid plate contacts the second side of the flexible plate to form a unit. Apertures pass through the connected first and second plates to accept fasteners which bear on the relatively rigid plate and are capable of passing through the truss. Pairs of connectors may be employed in a truss assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Douglas C. Haisch
  • Patent number: 5743693
    Abstract: A new Double-Ended Nail Driving System for securing two boards together without scarring a surface of the boards by securing a conventional fastener into the surface of the boards. The inventive device includes a double-ended nail having a center flange, an elongated cylinder having an elongated cavity projecting into an end for removably receiving an end of the double-ended nail, and a lower flange attached to the end for engaging the center flange of the double-ended nail. The lower flange engages the center flange thereby allowing the user to tap upon an opposite end with a conventional hammer thereby penetrating the double-ended nail into the board within dulling a sharpened end of the double-ended nail. The present invention further reduces the amount of scarring normally associated with conventional fasteners securing the two boards together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Edmond P. Sobotker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5718548
    Abstract: A staple assembly 10 for use in a stapling tool (not shown) for fixing an elongate member such as a cable C onto a substrate such as a wooden beam. The staple assembly 10 comprises a staple 12 having a back 14 and legs 16 depending from opposite ends of the back 14. Also included is a saddle 18 for receiving the staple 12. The saddle comprises a body 20 and two posts 22 which depend from opposite ends of the body 20 in a parallel manner. The body 20 end posts 22 define a receptacle 24 for receiving the cable C. A groove 26 is formed along the outer surface of posts 22 and body 20 for seating the staple 18. A protuberance 28 is formed on the body 20 and extends into the receptacle 24 for engaging the cable C.In one embodiment, the staple 12 is provided with barbs 36 on the inside of legs 16 for engaging an under surface 38 of the posts 22. This prevents the staple 12 from separating from the saddle 18 during transportation and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Assignee: Clipmaster Corporation PTY Ltd
    Inventor: Sergio Cotellessa
  • Patent number: 5709059
    Abstract: A circular thin metal or thermoplastic disc stress plate has an annular stiffening rim and groove and a central opening. Three equilateral and symmetrically oriented elongated nail-like members depend from the plate at the rib and groove inclined in diverging relation relative to a vertical axis normal to and central the plate on a conical surface of revolution. The members extend radially beyond the perimeter of the stress plate projected onto the members forming an annular attachment region to a cementitious substrate significantly greater than the area subtended by the stress plate. Two or more than three members may be used in the alternative. The nail-like members have conical tips which may be any shape and blunt. The members preferably are circular cylinder steel, may be other transverse sectional shapes, and are driven individually or simultaneously into the substrate either through holes in the plate or penetrate the plate material by a power operated nail driving tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: Exterior Research & Design, LLC
    Inventors: Colin Murphy, Robert Mills, Mark Reichlin, Steven Bunn, Charles Phillips
  • Patent number: 5613817
    Abstract: A tack strip assembly for use in securing upholstery fabric to furniture or the like includes an elongate metal tack strip and an elongate protective vinyl or other suitable plastic sleeve which generally surrounds the tack strip. The tack strip has a base portion and a plurality of integrally formed, spaced tacks which extend outwardly from the base portion and a plurality of spaced apertures in the base portion. The sleeve has a bottom portion which generally overlays a bottom surface of the base portion and portions which overlay the side edges and portions of the top surface of the base portion. The sleeve has a tab or a plurality of tabs formed in its bottom surface, each of which extends into an aperture in the base portion to restrain relative endwise movement between the sleeve and the base portion and to minimize the possibility of the sleeve from detaching from the tack strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Handy Button Machine Company
    Inventors: E. Dan Bush, David Wortner
  • Patent number: 5429300
    Abstract: A two-piece locking spike which includes a first shaft having a longitudinal groove extending from the top of the shaft approximately one third of the way down along one side to a tapered bottom. A second shaft is also provided which fits into said longitudinal groove and which includes a tapered point at the bottom which corresponds to the tapered bottom of said groove. After the first shaft is inserted into a medium, the second shaft (which is longer than the groove) is inserted into the groove so that when fully inserted, the bottom of the second shaft protrudes into the medium at a different angle than the first shaft. This interaction helps lock the first shaft more snugly in place in the medium. Several alternative embodiments are available including rounded and squared spikes, nails, and screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventor: Jim J. Berna
  • Patent number: 5393184
    Abstract: A self-retaining staple construction is provided having a retainer bridge from which extend a pair of spaced, sharp pointed staple legs which are capable of penetrating a structure. The staple is provided with opposed inwardly directed retainer projections which permit assembly of the staple construction to an object and which retain the staple in assembly with the object. These retainer projections may be defined by resilient or rigid retainer members and may include an adhesive composition for securing the staple to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: Reinier Beeuwkes, III
  • Patent number: 5314160
    Abstract: A hanger assembly particularly useful for hanging objects on a masonry wall includes a body for receiving case hardened nails and having attached thereto by a frangible connection one end of a handle which can be broken away from the body after the nail has been driven into the wall. A second hanger body can be connected to the opposite end of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Larsen Products, Inc.
    Inventor: William H. Larsen
  • Patent number: 5090858
    Abstract: Considerable difficulties are encountered in fixing holding devices for objects to or into motor vehicle interior parts made from foamed material, such as e.g. mirrors to sun visors. It is therefore proposed to provide on the holding devices, sinking pins with passage openings and cross-pins, which are driven through the passage openings into the foamed material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1992
    Assignee: Rockwell-Cim Societe Anonyme
    Inventor: Jean-C. Canadas
  • Patent number: 4955813
    Abstract: A multi-pronged thumbtack which includes a head and a plurality of tines projecting from the head in the same direction to assure that paper impaled upon the tines will not be able to rotate around the axis of any one of the tines. In general, the head has at least one monoplanar side from which the tines extend codirectionally, and three tines are preferably disposed at the corners of an equilateral triangle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1990
    Inventor: Stephen H. Fochler
  • Patent number: 4852324
    Abstract: A refractory support device comprising two elongated members pivotally connected at one end and adapted to be attached to shaped connecting surfaces, and an insulated structure comprising connecting surfaces having the support devices attached thereto and having refractory material covering the surfaces and surrounding the support devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Assignee: Conoco Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Page
  • Patent number: 4795294
    Abstract: The fixing device comprises a body adapted to be secured directly onto a brittle wall or secured to the brittle wall with a member to be attached to the wall interposed therebetween. The body is formed with at least two guide holes passing therethrough from the top to the bottom thereof each for receiving therein a fixing member such as a set screw or a nail so that it is driven into the wall to thereby fixedly secure the body onto the wall. The guide holes are oriented in such an inclinded direction with respect to the normal to the wall that the fixing members do not intersect with each other and do not extend in parallel to each other when they are inserted into the body and driven into the wall, thereby permitting the body to be securely fixed to the wall. An engaging member having integrally formed therewith a supportng portion such as a hook or a hanger may be detachably engaged over the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Assignee: Nippon Light Metal Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuo Takada, Mikio Kita, Kenzo Yonemochi
  • Patent number: 4793335
    Abstract: The agraffe is composed of a deformable metal plate having two projections, each of which is provided with a threaded eyelet. In addition, anchored pins are threaded into the respective eyelets and can be selected from a set of pins having different lengths. The deformable plate is arched between the projections and has a plurality of tacks fixably secured in place to increase adhesion of a ligament or tendon to a bone. The instrument for implanting or extracting the agraffe includes a pair of angular sector-shaped grooves of T-shaped cross-sections which are sized to engage with and under the heads of the pins in order to form a connection between the instrument and agraffe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1988
    Assignee: Sulzer Brothers Limited
    Inventors: Otto Frey, Rudolf Koch
  • Patent number: 4723540
    Abstract: A bone staple includes a body and a pair of angled arms oppositely threaded into opposite ends of the body. The body has at least one generally flat periphery striking surface and a corresponding relatively sharp outward protrusion at an opposite side of the body from the striking surface. According to the disclosed method, the bone staple is implanted by driving the staple partly into two bone members and then rotating the body to threadably adjust the positions of the arms and thereby exert a force between the bone members. The staple is next driven further by striking the striking surface until the protrusion embeds beneath a bone surface to prevent rotation of the body. A driver tool useful for implanting the staple has a clamping head which receives the staple body and rigidly clamps the angled arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Inventor: Raymond E. Gilmer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4711234
    Abstract: The invention relates to a retention pin for fixing a support plate or other prosthesis on bone tissue. The pin is made of a material which is bio-compatible with human tissue and comprises two half-pins each having a half-head for bearing against the prosthesis and a retention shank projecting therefrom, with the outline of each shank being semi-cylindrical and with the two half-pins being generally symmetrical to each other about a radial separation plane passing at least partially along the axis of the pin and extending at least as far as the inside faces of the half-heads from which the respective retention shanks project.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Societe Europeen de Propulsion
    Inventors: Michel Vives, Bernard Buttazzoni
  • Patent number: 4627777
    Abstract: An attachment means for mounting decorative borders consisting of at least two identical nail-like parts, each part having an elongated section, one end of which gradually narrows and the other end of which forms a member having two trapezoidal-shaped heads. The trapezoidal head parts are separated by a V-shaped notch and are bent at an approximate right angle relative to the elongated section of the part so that the head forms two protruding teeth. The elongated section has a longitudinal bend and a slot which coincides with the bend. The bend, the width of the elongated section, and the width of the slot are mutually matched so that the elongated section of one part can be inserted with a friction fit into the slot of an identical other part. When using the attachment means the elongated section of one part is inserted with friction fit into a pre-bored hole and the teeth are pushed into a border which is then affixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1986
    Inventor: Eskil T. Johansson
  • Patent number: 4610250
    Abstract: A two-art surgical fastener is provided for joining and approximating the edges of a wound in body tissue such as fascia tissue. The fastener, which can be made of an absorbable resinous material, has a fastener member and a retainer member. The fastener member has four prongs which mate with four openings in the retaining member. The two end prongs are tension legs, holding the fastener together. The two inner prongs are bent toward each other by camming surfaces in the corresponding openings in the retainer, approximating the edges of the wound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: United States Surgical Corporation
    Inventor: David T. Green
  • Patent number: 4573469
    Abstract: A fastener is provided to hold together separated portions of mammalian tissue and includes an open loop fastening member and a receiver adapted to receive the legs of the fastening member. The legs of the fastening member are then deformed to effect engagement of the fastening member and receiver. An instrument is provided for holding the receiver on one side of the tissue portions and for inserting the fastening member through the tissue portions and into the receiver. The instrument also (1) deforms the legs of the fastening member to effect the engagement of the fastening member with the receiver and (2) severs the protruding portions of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald M. Golden, William P. McVay
  • Patent number: 4312611
    Abstract: A fastening element assembly consists of an anchoring bolt and a spreading wedge. After the assembly is inserted into a prepared borehole, by driving the spreading wedge inwardly relative to the anchoring bolt, the bolt is secured in the borehole. To ensure that it is driven into the borehole for a sufficient distance, the spreading wedge is provided with a separating web intermediate its ends so that if a predetermined breaking point of the separating web is reached, the web breaks and the rear part of the wedge can be driven into the borehole relative to the forward part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Assignee: Hilti Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Armin Herb
  • Patent number: 4278091
    Abstract: A novel combination of a bone implant, e.g. a bone staple, and a tissue retention element in sliding relation therewith is disclosed. The tissue retention element is provided with a multiplicity of teeth capable of piercing and holding in place adjacent soft tissue when the implant is driven into the bone structure of a patient. Since the tissue retention element is separable from the implant, the same element can be used in combination with different bone implants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1981
    Assignee: Howmedica, Inc.
    Inventor: Rocco R. Borzone