Means For Comparing Characteristics Of Plural Articles Or Materials Patents (Class 434/367)
  • Publication number: 20150099258
    Abstract: A shaving demonstration method having a step of providing a first shaving razor with a shaving surface having at least one blade with a cutting edge. A transparent first surface is provided. The shaving surface the first shaving razor contacts the transparent first surface. Another step includes illustrating the shaving surface of the first shaving razor against the transparent first surface through a transparent second surface opposite the first surface. The first shaving razor is moved along the transparent first surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Amanda Marie Romeu
  • Publication number: 20150064684
    Abstract: A method of assessing curated content may include receiving curated content. The method may also include assessing a quality of the curated content based on a predefined quality criteria and a selected template. The method may further include measuring user engagement with the curated content based on a predefined user engagement criteria. The method may also include generating a quality assessment result and a user engagement assessment result based on the assessed quality of the curated content and the measured user engagement of the curated content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takuro WATANABE, Kanji UCHINO, Yuko OKUBO, Jun WANG
  • Publication number: 20140315183
    Abstract: System for exhibiting different motifs for facades of buildings of the type intended to be superimposed on a facade of a building and comprising a large exhibiting surface and lighting means; which comprises—a plurality of transparent plates which are arranged on the outside and at a distance from a facade of said building;—a modular structure which comprises: supporting brackets which are arranged at different levels, are fixed to said building at a first end and project from said facade of the building; vertical tubes which are fixed on a second end of said supporting brackets by an intermediate area and are at a distance from said facade of the building; clamps for fastening said transparent plates to said vertical tubes; maintenance walkways and cable management trays fixed to the supporting brackets and situated at different levels within the exhibiting surface;—an array of LEDs which is situated behind the transparent plates and is oriented towards said transparent plates;—a computerized unit for contro
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: Muro Cortina Modular Group, S. L.
    Inventor: Antonio Garcia-Valdecasas Canet
  • Patent number: 8734163
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, and systems for a novel approach to on-site evaluation and demonstration of illumination schemes to fit the unique needs of a defined area or object. The system provides a versatile method of producing a wide range of illumination schemes from a limited number of components and allows for optional add-on features or replaceable modules to simulate various lighting characteristics from various types of lighting fixtures, including commercially available fixtures or custom fixtures. Methods of wireless control described herein help to achieve the purpose of the mobile lighting evaluation system in that a system operator may evaluate and/or demonstrate illumination schemes from a convenient remote location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Musco Corporation
    Inventors: Myron Gordin, Matthew D. Drost, Joel D. Rozendaal, Brian P. Wan, Ross A. McCombs, Bradley W. Lepley, Andrew J. Schembs
  • Patent number: 8721341
    Abstract: Objects associated with eye fixations are used to support training tasks that are characterized by operation within a dynamic 3D environment, problem-solving that involves user multitasking, short decision time periods, heavy workloads, potential for unexpected events, and the need for high-performance skills. The invention is ideally suited to measure the nuances associated with maintaining situation awareness in such problems where dynamic 3D environments that support problem solving with high cognitive fidelity have already been developed. Potential training application areas include urban warfighting, night vision goggle use, aircraft piloting, helicopter operation, remote control of vehicles and robots, night driving, and air traffic control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Optimetrics, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian T. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8678834
    Abstract: A device for demonstrating and comparatively testing the effectiveness of an antireflection treatment for an ophthalmic lens, the device comprising an image (2, 20) and a mirror (3, 30). According to the invention, the device further comprises a part (1, 10) having a first face (1A, 10A) for supporting said image (2, 20), a second face (1B, 10B) for supporting said mirror (3, 30) substantially perpendicularly to said first face, and a third face (1C, 10C) for positioning at least one ophthalmic lens, the third face being situated. facing said second face and being provided with a positioning arrangement for positioning said lens (4?, 4?, 40), the arrangement comprising at least one orifice (4A, 4B, 40A) arranged in said third face facing said mirror, in such a manner that when a user looks through said orifice, the user can see the resulting reflection of said image on said lens by means of said mirror (3, 30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Essilor International (Compagnie Generale d'Optique)
    Inventors: Fabien Calandrini, Carole Nadolny, Catherine Fauquier
  • Patent number: 8647127
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems of demonstrating advantages and benefits of premium animal care products, the methods comprising the steps of: presenting a first demonstration aid wherein the first demonstration aid demonstrates a first feature or characteristic; presenting a second demonstration aid wherein the second demonstration aid demonstrates a second feature or characteristic; describing to an audience the first feature or characteristic; describing to an audience the second feature or characteristic; and comparing the first and second features or characteristics to demonstrate the advantages and benefits of the animal care product. The methods and systems can include methods and systems of demonstrating reduced hair ingestion and hairball related effects; methods and systems of demonstrating improvements in skin and coat; and methods and systems of demonstrating better absorption and/or retention of food and nutrients, and production of less waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Martin S. Cregg, Robert S. Englert, Scott W. Osiecki
  • Publication number: 20130309649
    Abstract: A method for rating electronic books (e-books) is revealed. Acquire and save an e-book in a memory device. Set up a criterion that includes at least one standard value and a plurality of regions defined by the standard value. Compile at least one electronic label corresponding to the region by an input device and save the electronic label in the memory device. The electronic label is linked to at least one electronic page of the e-book so that the electronic label is displayed with the electronic page when the e-book is retrieved by a reading device. The present invention can be applied to rating, copyright notice, and classification of e-books. The electronic labels in visual or audio form show messages related to e-book rating, copyright notice and classification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: YINGQIDA INFORMATION CO., LTD.
    Inventors: PEI-HSUN TSAI, HAI-TAO WO, HIROSHI KAMIYAMA
  • Publication number: 20130078606
    Abstract: This paper proposes a new method for the objective evaluation of student work through the identification of original content in writing assignments. Using WordNet as a lexical reference, this process allows instructors to track how key phrases are employed and evolve over the course of a student's writing, and to automatically visualize the point at which the student's language first demonstrates original thought, phrased in their own, original words. After sketching the method for isolating “points of originality,” the paper provides a method for visualizing the resulting information. By visualizing otherwise subjective information in a way that is objectively intelligible, the goal is to provide educators with the ability to monitor student investment in concepts from the course syllabus, and to extend or modify the boundaries of the syllabus in anticipation of pre-existing knowledge or trends in interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: Brandeis University
    Inventors: Brandon M. White, Johann A. Larusson
  • Publication number: 20130071832
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems of demonstrating advantages and benefits of premium animal care products, the methods comprising the steps of: presenting a first demonstration aid wherein the first demonstration aid demonstrates a first feature or characteristic; presenting a second demonstration aid wherein the second demonstration aid demonstrates a second feature or characteristic; describing to an audience the first feature or characteristic; describing to an audience the second feature or characteristic; and comparing the first and second features or characteristics to demonstrate the advantages and benefits of the animal care product. The methods and systems can include methods and systems of demonstrating reduced hair ingestion and hairball related effects; methods and systems of demonstrating improvements in skin and coat; and methods and systems of demonstrating better absorption and/or retention of food and nutrients, and production of less waste.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
    Inventor: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
  • Patent number: 8379195
    Abstract: According to the invention, in order to visualize the ultraviolet radiation reflection power of a glasses lens (10), a face of said lens is exposed to an ultraviolet radiation in order to reflect a portion of said radiation. The portion of the reflected radiation then activates a developer surface (3) having a visual appearance that changes under the influence of the received ultraviolet radiation. The developer surface is watched in real time by an observer (100). Such a visualization is particularly quick, simple and demonstrative, and can be used in an optician's shop to help a client chose a glasses lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Essilor International (compagnie Generale D'optiqe)
    Inventor: Herve Cado
  • Patent number: 8323033
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems of demonstrating advantages and benefits of premium animal care products, the methods comprising the steps of: presenting a first demonstration aid wherein the first demonstration aid demonstrates a first feature or characteristic; presenting a second demonstration aid wherein the second demonstration aid demonstrates a second feature or characteristic; describing to an audience the first feature or characteristic; describing to an audience the second feature or characteristic; and comparing the first and second features or characteristics to demonstrate the advantages and benefits of the animal care product. The methods and systems can include methods and systems of demonstrating reduced hair ingestion and hairball related effects; methods and systems of demonstrating improvements in skin and coat; and methods and systems of demonstrating better absorption and/or retention of food and nutrients, and production of less waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Martin S. Cregg, Robert S. Englert, Scott W. Osiecki
  • Patent number: 8296661
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for integrating the peer review process with other applications and facilitating peer review using a user interface linked to a peer review application having knowledge base information and defined rules for: accepting a paper for peer review, assigning the paper to one or more of a defined set of reviewers for review, providing to the reviewers one or more criteria to be used for reviewing and evaluating each paper for enabling each reviewer to create a peer review result, and processing all peer review results for any paper to produce a peer review report. Access to these systems and methods may be provided, for example, on a stand-alone computer or over the Internet, World Wide Web, or an intranet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: iParadigms, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Barrie, Colin C. Sherman
  • Patent number: 8261237
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting plagiarism of software source code. In one embodiment, a first set of arrays and a second set of arrays are created for a first program source code file and a second program source code file respectively. Each pair of arrays in the first and second sets has entries corresponding to program elements of a distinct program element type such as functional program code, program comments, or program code identifiers. Next, each pair of arrays from the first and second sets is compared to find similar entries, and an intermediate match score is calculated for each pair of arrays based on the similar entries. Further, the resulting intermediate match scores are combined to produce a combined match score, which is then used to provide an indication of copying with respect to the first program source code file and the second program source code file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Robert M. Zeidman
  • Patent number: 8192205
    Abstract: Demonstrative methods for sanitary tissue products, for example toilet tissue products, and more particularly, methods for demonstrating absorbency-based consumption differences between two or more toilet tissue products, and toilet tissue product packages and marketing articles that evidence absorbency-based consumption differences between toilet tissue products are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Gregg Thomas Weaver, Dean Larry DuVal
  • Patent number: 8137290
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a device (or an apparatus) and a method for providing information about body fluids. The device is for measuring a body fluid discharged from a body of a user by putting a first disposable absorbent article having a predetermined absorbent capacity to a fluid discharging portion of the user. The device comprises means for inputting an amount of the body fluid which is absorbed by the first absorbent article through observation; and means for calculating the total amount of the body fluid which was discharged by the user based on the input and the predetermined absorbent capacity of the first absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ting Zhang, Chunhua Huang, Jie Yin, Koichi Tomi
  • Patent number: 7823127
    Abstract: Plagiarism of software source code is a serious problem in two distinct areas of endeavor—cheating by students at schools and intellectual property theft at corporations. A number of algorithms have been implemented to check source code files for plagiarism, each with their strengths and weaknesses. This invention detects plagiarism by comparing statements within source code of a first program to comments within source code of a second program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Robert Marc Zeidman
  • Patent number: 7731085
    Abstract: A display for two or more products having two or more three-dimensional visual aspects providing visual information about two or more products. The visual aspect has a first visual product, a second visual product, a first sampling aspect for the first visual product, a second sampling aspect for the second visual product, product samples associated with both the first and the second sampling aspects, and a dispenser for dispensing the product samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter + Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Patricia Ann (Kennedy) Kulich
  • Patent number: 7676403
    Abstract: Systems and methods for demonstrating displays and image capture devices are presented. Such systems and methods are typically provided in a retail environment. Customers may efficiently and easily compare disparate displays and image capture devices at a single location using the systems and methods disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Crutchfield Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Crutchfield, Jr., Marty Johnson, Richard Innes Wright, James P. Carneal
  • Patent number: 7665659
    Abstract: A display includes a visual aspect and, in certain embodiments, a sampling aspect. The visual aspect displays items of visual interest to a consumer. Product samples are associated with the sampling aspect for dispensing to a consumer such that the consumer may sample the product. Upon depletion of the product samples, the display retains value as a visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Gillespie, Patricia A. Kennedy
  • Publication number: 20090311661
    Abstract: Demonstrative methods for sanitary tissue products, for example toilet tissue products, and more particularly, methods for demonstrating wet pilling differences between two or more toilet tissue products and toilet tissue product packages and marketing articles that evidence wet pilling differences between toilet tissue products are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Gregg Thomas Weaver, Mark Casey Fox
  • Patent number: 7513636
    Abstract: A plurality of lighting fixtures with interchangeable sensors and transmitters are displayed for sale to the consuming public such that a customer of such a display may easily choose a specific lighting fixture and combine it with a specific sensor and/or transmitter enabling the customer to buy a lighting fixture meeting a customer's aesthetic and functional requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: IQ Group Sdn Bhd
    Inventor: Daniel John Beasley
  • Patent number: 7503035
    Abstract: Plagiarism of software source code is a serious problem in two distinct areas of endeavor—cheating by students at schools and intellectual property theft at corporations. A number of algorithms have been implemented to check source code files for plagiarism, each with their strengths and weaknesses. This invention consists of a combination of algorithms in a single software program to assist a human expert in finding plagiarized code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Assignee: Software Analysis and Forensic Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Robert M. Zeidman
  • Patent number: 7487118
    Abstract: Systems and methods for demonstrating displays and image capture devices are presented. Such systems and methods are typically provided in a retail environment. Customers may efficiently and easily compare disparate displays and image capture devices at a single location using the systems and methods disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Crutchfield Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Crutchfield, Jr., Marty Johnson, Richard Innes Wright, James P. Carneal
  • Patent number: 7467122
    Abstract: While a base model has been determined for a product, in a system for performing a configuration designing operation of the product by setting a specification value to a specification item of the product, a product configuration design aiding system aids that a configuration designer can easily perform the configuration designing operation while following a restriction condition of a specification value of a specification item. A specification configuration information database is constructed which describes restriction conditions available for the specification values with respect to the specification item, and a configuration designing screen for inputting the specification values with respect to the specification item is displayed so as to conduct an input by the configuration designer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Morita, Shingo Akasaka, Atsuhiro Ishida, Hiroshi Sora
  • Publication number: 20080305466
    Abstract: A method is provided for communicating to consumers through a test protocol chemical functionality of commercially available cosmetics. The method is a proof of the promotional advertising. The steps include comparing two or more different commercially available cosmetic products which advertise antioxidant functionality, contacting each of the products with a test system reactive with antioxidants, and generating a perceivable change in color proportionate to concentration of the antioxidant in the product. The test is preserved in a tangible medium such as a video and then shown to consumers who might have potential purchase interest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 11, 2008
    Applicant: CONOPCO, INC., D/B/A UNILEVER
    Inventor: Allan Robert Burger
  • Publication number: 20080242737
    Abstract: The present invention relates to packaged oral delivery systems for delivery of actives into the oral cavity. In particular, the packaged pharmaceutical product contains a complexate including a complexing agent and an active, an oral delivery system for delivery of the complexate and a package for containing the oral delivery system. The package includes indicia associated therewith. The indicia identifies the complexate as the active ingredient contained in the oral delivery system, which is as a regulatory approvable chemical entity. The present invention also relates to methods of labeling, pricing, marketing and satisfying governmental regulations for such packaged pharmaceutical products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Fuisz
  • Publication number: 20080213203
    Abstract: Antiperspirant compositions are provided. An exemplary composition includes a carrier material; an antiperspirant active in an amount from about 5% to less than 19%, by weight of the composition and on an anhydrous basis; and plurality of particles comprising a cyclodextrin complexing material and a fragrance material, wherein the percent of the fragrance material that is complexed with the cyclodextrin is greater than about 75%, so that the perceptibility of the fragrance is minimized prior to its release, wherein the composition has a Residue Grade of less than about 35.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventors: Timothy Alan Seavone, Michael Jude Leblanc, Lowell Alan Sanker
  • Patent number: 7219301
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods for integrating the peer review process with other applications and facilitating peer review using a user interface linked to a peer review application having knowledge base information and defined rules for: accepting a paper for peer review, assigning the paper to one or more of a defined set of reviewers for review, providing to the reviewers one or more criteria to be used for reviewing and evaluating each paper for enabling each reviewer to create a peer review result, and processing all peer review results for any paper to produce a peer review report. Access to these systems and methods may be provided, for example, on a stand-alone computer or over the Internet, World Wide Web, or an intranet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Assignee: iParadigms, LLC
    Inventors: John M. Barrie, Colin C. Sherman
  • Patent number: 7217132
    Abstract: A unique educational medium for teaching children to recognize various objects by sight and touch including animals, vegetables, minerals, articles, items, and environmental features according to a thematic scene associated with the medium. The medium is preferably at least one sheet of material having a surface with a plurality of objects thereon and forming a part of the thematic scene, the objects representing at least two of the group consisting of images, shapes, forms, and numbers. Tactile material forms at least a part of each object and is used to represent the actual object such that a user may touch the tactile material and recognize the object. The sheet is of a size sufficient to allow a user to walk on the sheet, cover themselves with the sheet, and identify objects on the sheet by touch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Tory Herald Knepper
  • Patent number: 7158937
    Abstract: Methods and systems for tracking whether an individual has received required services and for analyzing service gaps. In one embodiment, the present invention tracks special education students to ensure that they receive services that have been designated as appropriate for them. When a service is provided to any student by any provider, this information is input and maintained electronically. Once this information is entered, it can be analyzed to ensure that the services provided correspond with the student's IEP. In another embodiment, data from the input information on service encounters is usable with Medicaid or other reimbursement services to produce documents for submission for reimbursement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Spectrum K12 School Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Clark Easter, Theodosia Ewers, Amy H. Koren, Amitabh Mathur, James M. Easter
  • Patent number: 6890182
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the selection of oral care chemistries by a consumer from a plurality of available options. An oral care selection advisor first requests information from a consumer regarding their oral care preferences. The oral care selection advisor then selects a classification of chemistries from among at least two available classifications corresponding to those oral care preferences. The information is then displayed from the oral care selection advisor identifying at least one chemistry within the selected classification, allowing the consumer to identify the chemistries corresponding to the consumer's oral care preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Patrick John Healey, Scott Matthew Wright, Louis John Viltro
  • Patent number: 6419497
    Abstract: A tactile sensing device allows a user to utilize tactile senses in order to distinguish between a plurality of different surface textures. A body member has a plurality of openings with a plate member rotatably disposed therein. Each plate member has a first surface with a first texture thereon and a second surface with a second texture thereon. Each first texture is unique with respect to each other and each second texture is unique with respect to each other. A magnet is attached to the rim of each opening while each plate member has a magnetically sensitive portion, or vice versa, for limiting plate member rotation. A chamber may be located on at least one end of the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Elizabeth A. Carlson
  • Patent number: 6283860
    Abstract: The system displays on a screen a set of options that are selectable by a user. The user standing in front of the screen points at a desired option and a camera of the system takes an image of the user while pointing. The system calculates from the pose of the user in the image whether the user is pointing to any of the displayed options. If such is the case, that particular option is selected and an action corresponding with that option is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Philips Electronics North America Corp.
    Inventors: Damian M. Lyons, Thomas G. Murphy
  • Patent number: 6176782
    Abstract: The system displays on a screen a set of options that are selectable by a user. The user standing in front of the screen points at a desired option and a camera of the system takes an image of the user while pointing. The system calculates from the pose of the user in the image whether the user is pointing to any of the displayed options. If such is the case, that particular option is selected and an action corresponding with that option is executed. This known housing has radially resilient clamping limbs arranged in a circle and having radially outward clamping surfaces for engagement in a central opening of a disc-shaped information carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Philips Electronics North America Corp.
    Inventors: Damian M. Lyons, Thomas G. Murphy
  • Patent number: 6039576
    Abstract: A product display board for display of a plurality of product lines of memorial products having a plurality of design features. The product display board includes samples of memorial products of each product line arranged in rows with related design features arranged in columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. Gabig, David B. Jones
  • Patent number: 5882209
    Abstract: A product display board for display of a plurality of product lines of memorial products having a plurality of design features. The product display board includes samples of memorial products of each product line arranged in rows with related design features arranged in columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. Gabig, David B. Jones
  • Patent number: 5876212
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of teaching mathematical problem solving includes using a series of containers, each consisting of an inherent problem requiring the use of mathematical skills for solution. The series of containers meets all conditions for the teaching of mathematics as recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in their 1989 document "The Standards". The complete solution satisfying "The Standards" for each container ordinarily takes a period of days. A kit consisting of such containers is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Safe-T Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul G. Hartung
  • Patent number: 5759045
    Abstract: A product display board for display of a plurality of product lines of memorial products having a plurality of design features. The product display board includes samples of memorial products of each product line arranged in rows with related design features arranged in columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Matthews International Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. Gabig, David B. Jones
  • Patent number: 5746600
    Abstract: A color reference chips system for plastics has a sheet having a plurality of sets of holes, each set being provided with two holes, a first side of each hole receiving a color chip made of dyed plastic film whereby shade difference between the color chips is perceptible when light is shone from a second side of said hole. A plurality of chips can be bound together and enclosed by a portfolio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventor: Chin-lu Chang
  • Patent number: 5525061
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for testing and evaluation of physical coordination and dexterity in occupational rehabilitation or physical therapy for injury or illness, and for training of retarded or developmentally delayed or handicapped persons. The person being tested attempts to traverse a test pattern with a targeting image or to plot coordinates and connect line segments from instructions, using left and right hands or feet to control motion or plot coordinates in at least two dimensions. Controls can be oriented and configured to test and train motor skills, motions and coordination requirements common to workplace, home or recreational activities. A permanent trace record of the subject's effort, made in the same orientation and scale as the test pattern, provides a means by which test results can be compared directly to the test standard, to previous and later recorded traces by the same subject, and to the traces of other subjects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1996
    Inventor: William P. Lord
  • Patent number: 5480308
    Abstract: Each block of a set of wooden blocks bears indicia of the tree species of the wood from which the block is made. Preferred embodiments may include the following features. The blocks are configured as building blocks for children. The indicia on each block show the living tree from which the lumber for the block is derived. The indicia are laser etched upon the blocks. The indicia comprise a picture of a living tree, divided into two portions, one portion showing the tree foliated and one portion showing the tree defoliated. The indicia comprise a picture of a leaf of the living tree, the common name of the tree species and the taxonomic name. The blocks are accompanied by a data sheet further describing the woods and trees of the blocks of the set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventors: Henriette E. Boundy, Bruce K. Boundy
  • Patent number: 5283865
    Abstract: A computerized system provides a salesperson with assistance related to training and sales of parts corresponding to particular products. More particularly, a computerized system incorporating a data storage device, a display apparatus, a part selection device and a user interface mechanism enhances the efforts of a parts salesman. The data storage device electronically stores graphic and textual parts-related information including specifications, features and customer benefits. The display apparatus electronically displays portions of the graphic and textual information in order to provide training and sales assistance related to part features and customer benefits. The part selection device electronically selects a particular part by navigating through part choices menus based on stored part specifications. The user interface controls the operation of the display apparatus and the part selection device so that each of the respective system parts are operatively coupled and related to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Clear With Computers, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5135401
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for containing and displaying photographs of the items of clothing and related articles contained within a user's wardrobe. The apparatus includes leaves for holding and displaying photographs and a binder for holding the leaves and for grouping the leaves into tiers whereby a photograph in one tier can be compared and viewed with various photographs in the other tiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Sara Feldman-Schorrig
  • Patent number: 4993953
    Abstract: A display holder for displaying proposed arrangements of pictures, artwork, mats, picture frames, and the like, has a base support and a generally rectangular display base pivotally connected to thereto and a transparent rectangular cover/holding member pivotally connected to the display base to substantially cover the front surface of the display base with its corners aligned with the corners of the base. Guide lines on the front surface of the display base aid in strategically placing flat materials such as artwork, posters, photographs, mat corner samples, etc., on the display base. Clips on the cover/holding member allow flat materials such as mat samples to be releasably secured firmly against the cover/holding member. Flat materials are placed on the front surface of the display base and the transparent cover/holding member closed thereon and sample mat materials are secured on the front surface of the cover/holding member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 19, 1991
    Inventor: Linda C. Stein
  • Patent number: 4457718
    Abstract: A color display product for the display of various finishes of paint coatings. The product includes a film base which comprises polyethylene terephthalate, or acrylic coated polypropylene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1984
    Assignee: Color Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley Lerner
  • Patent number: 4309111
    Abstract: An apparatus to facilitate the grading of coins which takes the form of a thin planar housing which has an elongated rectangularly shaped recess within its upper planar surface. Adjacent the elongated recess is located a plurality of standard graded master coin replicas, made in accordance with certain accepted standards, which are sequentially arranged from the greatest wear condition to the least wear condition, such as "very good", "fine", "very fine", and "extra fine". A block is located within the recess and is movable longitudinally along the entire length of the recess. Upon the block is to be located the coin which is to be graded. This coin is capable of being positioned directly adjacent each specimen. The observer can then accurately determine the precise wear level of this coin. The block is maintained in continuous contact with the recess through the use of a ridge and groove assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1982
    Inventor: Edmund J. Sobresky, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4253259
    Abstract: A portable carpet display system in which the colors of a particular line of carpeting are displayed on a single card which has the specifications of that line of carpeting on the reverse side, with a plurality of said cards being mounted together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Assignee: Commercial Affiliates, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel I. Schaffer, Carl R. Elsinger