Convertible From, Or Serving As Diverse Article Patents (Class 446/71)
  • Patent number: 10823527
    Abstract: A dart launcher having few but integral parts and an assembly process that is quick and easy for forming robust but inexpensive toys. The launcher may have an outer body, a safety valve and spring, a valve cap, a trigger, a piston, a launch spring, a cylinder cap and a plunger rod. The outer body includes an integral cylinder portion, a barrel portion and a trigger-mounting portion, the trigger includes an integral finger pad portion, a latch arm, a biasing portion and resilient legs. The piston includes an opening and a connector component formed around the opening to snap-fit with the piston, the cylinder cap includes an opening for the plunger rod and a connector component to connect with the cylinder portion, and the barrel portion includes a valve and mandrel support for supporting the safety valve and spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Alexander Tino, Ho Fai So
  • Patent number: 10602837
    Abstract: In some embodiments, an oral care implement includes an elongate body extending from a proximal end to a distal end, a head disposed at the distal end of the elongate body, a plurality of bristles disposed at the head, a speaker, a sound chamber, and a water impermeable membrane. The speaker is disposed in the elongate body to emit sound corresponding to audio received from an audio source. Speakers disposed in a distance spaced from the proximal end of the elongate body and is configured to emit sound toward the proximal end of the elongate body. The sound chamber includes an elongate internal space extending from the first opening proximate the speaker the second proximate the proximal end of the elongate body. Sound emitted from the speaker passes through the sound chamber. The water impermeable membrane occludes the sound chamber between the speaker and the proximal end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Brian Bloch, Lars Ralf Rainer Lieberwirth
  • Patent number: 9615673
    Abstract: A compact jumper for an infant or young child. The compact jumper includes a support frame, at least one resilient member, and a child-receiving apparatus. The support frame is configured for resting on a support surface and the at least one resilient member is coupled to a portion of the support frame. The child-receiving apparatus is supported by the at least one resilient member, with a collar mounting the resilient member to the child-receiving apparatus, and is guided by a portion of the support frame. The child-receiving apparatus is movable with respect to the support surface as the child moves and jumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Stephen R. Burns, Alex Soriano, Blake D. Pomeroy, Cary Costello
  • Patent number: 9387412
    Abstract: A modular combination toy and desktop writing accessory apparatus comprising a plurality of structural elements each having at least one nodal connector portion to which a complementary connector portion of another structural element can be coupled. The structural elements can be assembled into a barrel-like form that is configured with a passageway for carrying a writing component of the invention. The writing component can be a pen, pencil, marker, crayon, eraser or the like. The modular combination toy and writing instrument has multiple functions in playtime as well as in everyday desk-bound activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Hermes Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Csaba Truckai
  • Patent number: 9108117
    Abstract: An article of manufacture includes a figurine body and a first mounting pad at a bottom of the figurine body. The first mounting pad can include a first mounting mechanism. The article of manufacture can also include a raised portion at the bottom of the figurine body. The raised portion is at least in part be adjacent to the first mounting pad. The raised portion is raised in relation to the first mounting pad. The raised portion is configured to prevent a portion of a fastener from rotating 360 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: John R. Rinehart
  • Patent number: 9028291
    Abstract: An image capturing toy may include a toy vehicle that may include at least one wheel and a camera, the camera including a camera lens and/or a housing that may include a first aperture and a wheel chock configured to inhibit displacement of a wheel. The housing may be moveable from an open position in which the toy vehicle may be placed in and removed from the housing, to a closed position in which the housing releasably encases the toy vehicle such that the camera lens is accessible through the first aperture and the wheel chock engages the at least one wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony M Martino, Eric C Ostendorff, Kevin K Cao, Christopher J Hardouin, David A Sheltman, Stacy L O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20150044935
    Abstract: A toy system for sending and reading hidden secret messages including a toy dart or arrow launcher using a dart/arrow with a surface for preprinted or written messages, a pen if the message is to be written, and a decoder structure. In one embodiment, the dart surface includes a red and white camouflage pattern and the message is in light blue ink. A red filter placed over an opening in the dart launcher is used for reading messages from the outer surfaces of the darts before the darts are launched. A separate decoder may be provided to an intended recipient of secret messages. Other embodiments to read messages use a red flashlight, or invisible ink to write a message and ultraviolet light to decode, or heat sensitive ink to write a message and a heat-generating structure, including a recipient's hand, to read the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Katherine Fakonas
  • Patent number: 8951087
    Abstract: Example implementations relate to one product with multiple functions. For example, implementations may include two halves, each including four sets of seven half rings connected to a large ring. The two halves may then be connected together using banding wire. In this manner, implementations may be changed into many different forms and shapes and are suitable for meditation, relaxation, and as a toy. For example, implementations can be formed into jewelry, a holder for a pen, napkin, candle, or orange, and many other shapes. Example implementations can be used outside or inside as a decoration on a table, on a wall, or as an ornament. Geometrical and changeable forms can help children to develop their imagination. Stainless steel surgical wire that may be used in this toy is very safe and a non-allergic material so that people of all ages can use the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Zbigniew Doroszkiewicz
  • Publication number: 20140335753
    Abstract: A stackable block is provided which may be constructed as a traditional toy or as a beverage container. The block includes six sides. Furthermore, the block includes at least one projection which projects from one of the block's sides. Each projection is square so as to include a face and four sidewalls. Furthermore, it is preferred that each projection include a ridge forming a recess between the square projection's face and a block's side. Furthermore, each block includes at least one slot formed into one of the block's sides. This slot extends the entire side of a block and forms an elongate cavity sized for receipt of a projection. Preferably, each slot includes parallel opposed flanges sized to project into a projection's recesses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: DRINK BLOCKS, LLC
    Inventor: TOM WEISS
  • Publication number: 20140335754
    Abstract: A modular combination toy and desktop writing accessory apparatus comprising a plurality of structural elements each having at least one nodal connector portion to which a complementary connector portion of another structural element can be coupled. The structural elements can be assembled into a barrel-like form that is configured with a passageway for carrying a writing component of the invention. The writing component can be a pen, pencil, marker, crayon, eraser or the like. The modular combination toy and writing instrument has multiple functions in playtime as well as in everyday desk-bound activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: HERMES INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Csaba TRUCKAI
  • Patent number: 8864544
    Abstract: A hooded blanket and stuffed toy combination device that includes a blanket having a perimeter defining an area, a hood attached to the perimeter and positioned externally to the area, and an ornamental surface comprising an outer surface of the hood, wherein the hood comprises an outer shell and an interior volume whereby the blanket is stored within the interior volume of the hood to provide a stuffed toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Infinity Headwear & Apparel, LLC
    Inventors: Geoff Anderman, Doug Keller
  • Publication number: 20140273710
    Abstract: A toy fortune cookie is disclosed encasing a screen cleaner on which a message is made to appear upon some triggering event. The screen cleaner may be a cloth or tissue wipe for cleaning the display of a smart phone, lap top or other computing device. The screen cleaner may include a latent image imprinted thereon which becomes visible on the screen cleaner as a user cleans the display with the wipe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Bailey L. Heit, Ryder C. Heit, Deborah E. Heit, Warren S. Heit
  • Patent number: 8801489
    Abstract: A toy vehicle transformable between first and second forms includes an undercarriage, a top member having first and second surfaces serving as upper surfaces of the vehicle in the first and second forms, respectively, a front member rotatably connected to the front end portion of the top member, where the front member has first and second surfaces serving as front surfaces of the vehicle in the first and second forms, respectively, and a connector that connects the rear end portion of the top member to the undercarriage and that includes a separation rotation shaft for supporting the top member for rotation in a direction in which the top member moves away from the undercarriage and a turnover rotation shaft for supporting the top member for rotation in a direction in which the top member is turned over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Bandai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Koshida, Akane Miyata, Yumi Kanaoka, Ayumi Hasegawa, Naohiro Yoshino, Takayuki Shinoda
  • Patent number: 8790152
    Abstract: A ramp for a ride-on toy includes a base adapted to be positioned on a surface. The base has a top, sidewalls and an interior space. An end ramp section is also adapted to be positioned on the surface. A middle ramp section is removably connected between the base and the end ramp section. The end ramp section and the middle ramp section are sized to be removably positioned within the interior space of the base for storage. The ramp sections include a track formed on their top surfaces sized for miniature toy vehicles. The base features a roller wheel and a handle for pulling the base along the surface when the ramp sections and ride-on toy are stored in the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Radio Flyer Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas Schlegel, Joseph Agati
  • Publication number: 20140194029
    Abstract: A toy play set with multiple modes and a housing for a touchscreen portable electronic device includes a support structure, a first movable portion defining a housing configured to receive a portable electronic device, and a second movable portion. The first and second movable portions are rotatably coupled to the support structure and movable between a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration, the first movable portion is in an upright orientation and in the second configuration the first movable portion is in a flat orientation. The portable electronic device is configured to provide different game modes depending at least upon the orientation of the first movable portion and the detection of certain toy objects thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jared P. PARDI, Brian John ARGAUER, JR., Bruce Robert CORDIER, Daniel J. DAMON, Anthony FAVORITO, William Joseph MCCORMICK, Brian P. MYSLIWY, Ross RUMFOLA, III, Donald W. STUCKE, JR.
  • Publication number: 20140148075
    Abstract: An entertainment device comprising an apparel (1) or a garment meant to be worn on the upper part of the body depicting at least one portion of an animate part in the front part of the apparel, an animate part 12) comprising of an indicia (3) (design or motif) and an insignia (4) (patch or a badge) affixed to said apparel, means for inducing animation in said apparel attached to said animate part comprising an interlock system affixed to the rear side of the front part of the apparel displaying at least one portion of said animate part and means for inducing animation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Shailendra Rakhecha
  • Publication number: 20140065921
    Abstract: A universal track adaptor system having a shell including a portable device receiving surface arranged for receiving and detachably holding a portable electronic device, said shell further including a track facing surface, a plurality of track receiving guides which can be adapted to interface with a plurality of different sized tracks, as permitted by a specific range of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: GuessWhat, LLC
    Inventors: Birgit Coleman, Lukas Coleman, Brain R. Coleman
  • Publication number: 20140065920
    Abstract: A universal track adaptor system having a shell including a portable device receiving surface arranged for receiving and detachably holding a portable electronic device, said shell further including a track facing surface, a plurality of wheels including a first wheel and a second wheel; a first track adaptor rotatably coupling said first wheel and said second wheel to said track facing surface, said first track adaptor having a specific range of motion, said first track adaptor including an adaptive mechanism operable to adjust a specific width between said first wheel and said second wheel through said specific range of motion, whereby said first wheel and said second wheel can be adapted to interface with a plurality of different sized tracks, as permitted by said specific range of motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: GuessWhat, LLC
    Inventors: Lukas Coleman, Brian R. Coleman
  • Publication number: 20140057522
    Abstract: A vehicular toy with multiple multimedia related features includes a toy body having an open upper surface, a propulsion system operably coupled to the toy body, multiple multimedia members mounted on the toy body, a power source for providing power to the toy, a user control device for controlling the plurality of multimedia related features of the toy, a remote controller configured to control movement of the toy, a clock, a universal serial bus port, a slot for holding the user control device, an open retractable roof, a foldable bay door operably mounted on the open surface, a charging port for charging the power source, at least one joystick port, a plurality of game ports and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Vincent Leslie Stewart
  • Patent number: 8628371
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a toy bank that includes a toy or toy housing, a money bank, and a computer interface in communication with the money bank. The money bank has a storage compartment; one or more unidirectional slots for receiving coins, dollar bills, or both; a compartment door at the storage compartment; and a processor to calculate an amount of coins, dollar bills, or both. The present invention also pertains to a toy bank that includes a pet carrier and a money bank, wherein the money bank is removably attached to the pet carrier. The present invention further relates to a toy bank that includes a toy and a money bank integrated with the toy. The present invention also includes systems and methods that incorporate the toy bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventors: Jeanne D'Alleva, Sheila Moylan
  • Publication number: 20130330996
    Abstract: An image-stamping amusement article includes a resilient elastic band having an outer surface which supports a plurality of raised stamps. Each stamp defines a printing surface. The amusement article further includes apparatus for covering the printing surface of one or more of the stamps with a quantity of ink or other printing liquid. The inked stamp is then pressed against a to-be-printed medium such as paper or the like to create a printed image. Embodiments are shown in which a continuous loop band is provided and alternate embodiments which are formed into a continuous loop from an elongated band material in which opposed ends are secured using snap fit attachments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Francesca Benevento, Robert W. Ranftl
  • Publication number: 20130324000
    Abstract: A toy building set comprising at least one building element (6) having a surface on which at least two coupling N studs (8) are provided that extend from the surface, and wherein those coupling studs are configured in a pattern by which there is a mutually fixed distance between adjacent coupling studs, and wherein the toy building set further comprises a perforator (1), said perforator comprising means for punching material from a sheet element configured from a thin material such as a sheet of eg paper, plastics or fabric, in such a manner that the perforator is capable of punching a hole in the sheet, which hole has such expanse that one or more coupling studs can be introduced into the punched hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2011
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: LEGO A/S
    Inventor: Frank Høhrmann Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8568191
    Abstract: A toy vehicle which may have the capability to raise and lower a spin mechanism within the vehicle to lift the vehicle up off of a surface and spin the vehicle in a top-like manner when the spin mechanism is charged. The vehicle may further include a chassis with a cavity to house the spin mechanism and a release mechanism to direct the spin mechanism to lower a spin shaft below wheels on the vehicle. Energy may be generated in a power drive system and transferred to the vehicle via a transfer gear in the spin mechanism. Another embodiment of the vehicle may also transforms between multiple configurations, including a spinning top, and utilizes a launch mechanism to spin the vehicle in a top-like manner. This embodiment may further include a sliding front segment, a sliding rear segment, two sliding side segments and a receiving cavity. When the sliding front segment and rear segment move toward one another, the two side segments are pushed outward and direct a spin shaft downward to extend below the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rehkemper, Ryan Kratz, Phillip H Fensel
  • Patent number: 8556095
    Abstract: The replacement bottle cap according has a circular lid. An annular skirt extends downward from the lid to provide an opening for receipt of a threaded neck of a bottle. The skirt has internal threads to engage corresponding threads on an external portion of the neck of a bottle. The lid is permeable to a magnetic field. A magnet is located in the cylindrical opening adjacent the lid. A decorative object extends upwardly from the lid. A decorative object is attracted to the magnet so the object is securely held to the lid. The decorative object is detachable from the lid by pulling on the object sufficiently to overcome the force exerted by the magnet on the object. At least a first connector extends from the outside of the skirt for receipt of a mating connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Sawako Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 8549726
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simple and easy to make snowman with a limited amount of snow. The system does not require the lifting of heavy snow balls, typically used in the making of a snowman, and provides for small children to be able to handle the snow without adult help. Further, this invention provides a quick and affective decorating system which can be reused and positioned securely anywhere on the figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Phyllis Washburn
  • Patent number: 8517790
    Abstract: A transforming vehicle and launch system where the vehicle transforms between multiple configurations including a spinning top. The vehicle includes sliding front and rear segments, two sliding side segments and a receiving cavity. The launch mechanism includes a rotating launch shaft in communication with a power system and a release button. The power system includes the capability to generate and store energy. When the front and rear segments move toward one another, the two side segments are pushed outward directing a central shaft downward below the vehicle. The receiving cavity receives the launch shaft and transfers energy from the power system to the vehicle when it rotates. Energy generated and stored in the power system is transferred to the second configuration via the rotation of the launch shaft when a release button is triggered such that the vehicle separates and spins on the central shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Rehco, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Rehkemper, Ryan Kratz
  • Patent number: 8499397
    Abstract: An oral care implement with an oral care region having cleaning elements for engaging oral tissue and a body for gripping the implement including a handle with a front and a removable faceplate is described. The removable faceplate may be transparent or translucent and may also include design features. The faceplate may provide protection to a user inscription surface on one of the surfaces of the handle which is may be configured to receive user indicia that may later be removed and further indicia provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: John Gatzemeyer, Eduardo Jimenez
  • Publication number: 20130189897
    Abstract: This invention is a beverage bottle with a play value feature as a secondary use. The specific shape and design of the bottle allows the consumer to use the bottle as a piece, that combined with other bottles of the same kind, becomes part of a construction toy after the liquid is consumed. The invention consists of a beverage bottle. The bottles shape allows the cap and the bottom of the bottle to interlock with holes located the surface of the bottle. Therefore, the bottle has a secondary function as a construction toy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Ernesto Jorge Cajias
  • Publication number: 20130171905
    Abstract: A modular combination toy and desktop writing accessory apparatus comprising a plurality of structural elements each having at least one nodal connector portion to which a complementary connector portion of another structural element can be coupled. The structural elements can be assembled into a barrel-like form that is configured with a passageway for carrying a writing component of the invention. The writing component can be a pen, pencil, marker, crayon, eraser or the like. The modular combination toy and writing instrument has multiple functions in playtime as well as in everyday desk-bound activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: HERMES INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Csaba TRUCKAI
  • Patent number: 8419498
    Abstract: A vehicle toy makes an imagination of an appearance of a second mode which is transformable from an appearance of a first mode difficult. A vehicle toy transformable between a first mode and a second mode includes a base member having a front surface forming part of the first mode and a back surface forming part of the second mode, at least two or more rotating members each rotatably coupled to the base member and having different features on the front surfaces and the back surfaces thereof so that the front surfaces form the first mode and the back surfaces form the second mode, and have connecting portions disposed at respective ends of at least two of the rotating members connecting to each other and retain the vehicle toy in either the first mode or in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Bandai Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hokuto Furusawa, Shotaro Matsuno, Katsuyuki Miyazawa
  • Publication number: 20130090033
    Abstract: The invention pertains to the field of caps and toys designed as building blocks, and relates in particular to a functional cap that can be re-used as a playing toy designed as interlocking or stackable blocks after the cap has been used for sealing packaging containers. The cap comprises a body (1) with a top surface (2) provided with projections (3) that can take the shape of rings, pins or any other shapes that fit into recesses or cavities (41) provided in the lower region of the body (1) or in structures provided in the sidewalls (5) thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Claudio Patrick Vollers, Leonardo Garcia Nogueira
  • Publication number: 20130072081
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an infant support structure. In one embodiment, the infant support structure includes a frame that has an activity portion or tray area that is located proximate to a seat in which an infant can be placed. The seat is rotatable so that the infant can view and play with different elements in the activity portion. The infant support structure includes an entertainment mechanism that has several movable elements or components coupled to the frame. A drive mechanism is connected to the movable elements and configured so that the drive mechanism moves the movable elements when the drive mechanism is activated. The infant support structure includes at least one input mechanism or switch that can be activated by a child to provide the input to activate the drive mechanism to move the movable elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Goszewski
  • Publication number: 20120315818
    Abstract: One product with multiple functions. It is perfect for meditation and relaxation as a tool while playing and changing into many different forms and shapes. 3 sets of half rings on each site can be squeezed and used together or separately. It formed into jewelry, holder for pen, napkin, candle, orange and more (up to the user's imagination). WIRE TOY MANDALA can be formed into unnumbered different shapes which people can create themselves. Can be used outside or inside as a decoration on the table, on the wall, or X-mas ornament. Geometrical and changeable forms can help children to develop their imagination. Stainless steel surgical wire used in this toy is very safe and non-allergic material,—everybody can play,—no matter of age.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Zbigniew Doroszkiewicz
  • Patent number: 8328596
    Abstract: A play set having a main panel section and a pair of side panel sections, each of which is pivotably connected to tile side lateral edges of the main panel section. When the play set is in a first orientation, the main panel section and the pair of side panel sections are oriented generally co-planar to each other such that the upper main surface and upper side surfaces define a play surface having a perimeter, and when the play set is in a second orientation, the side panel sections are adjacent each other and in a plane parallel to the main panel section to define a play set case. When in the first orientation, one of the panel sections includes an elongated member extendable therefrom in a telescoping manner to define an additional play surface outside the perimeter of the main panel sections and side panel sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Julian R. Payne
  • Publication number: 20120252304
    Abstract: Described is a convertible item that is portable and that can be easily folded into a playing field through the use of one or more pop-up elements. For example, the convertible item is a substantially flat item that can transition between a first state, in which it is substantially flat, to a second state, in which the pop-up element is affixed in an upright position. In the second state, the convertible item operates as a playing field to allow users to play on its surface. For example, the playing field includes goals (in a soccer or hockey aspect) or can be formed to include a ramp (in a toy skateboard aspect). The convertible item is any suitably flat item, such as a folder for papers, or a greeting card. Thus, it can transition between a folder or card, to a playing field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Lee Vaughan
  • Publication number: 20120180786
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for making same utilizing a breathable mesh material having a reduced suffocation resistance level for infant and toddler use. The breathable mesh material includes an inner and outer fabric that includes larger openings on the front substructure than on the back substructure and a pile substructure is integrated and extends between the front and back substructures allowing air to substantially move effectively therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: BreathableBaby, LLC
    Inventors: Dale Richard WATERS, Susan Marie WATERS
  • Publication number: 20120090356
    Abstract: A cylindrical gear ring assembly is provided for use as a decorative wearable ornamental device useable as a ring or other piece of jewelry, a toy, and a therapy tool, and more specifically to a ring with a rotatable mechanism comprising movable cylinders which rotate against gear mechanisms and method of using the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Applicant: Kinekt Design, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Liberman, Benjamin David Hopson
  • Publication number: 20120015581
    Abstract: A support for retaining inflated balloons in an upright, uniform, and visually pleasing position is disclosed. The support includes lower and higher tie-down coils that are separated from one another to define a space therebetween wherein an inflated balloon may be situated in an upright position. Each coil is arranged for retaining an inflated balloon therein. A segment extends within the space between the tie-down coils and includes an arcuate portion shaped to enable the inflated balloon to be situated upright within said space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventor: Ronald A. Feldstein
  • Patent number: 8070549
    Abstract: A baby distraction item and more specifically a baby toy for storing baby care items such as baby clean-up items with the baby toy temporarily distracting a baby with the baby top comprising either a cover or a base with a chamber for holding baby care item so that when a caretaker cleans up a baby, the baby may grasp the handle and play with the base or cover as a toy to distract the baby while a diaper is changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Molly King
  • Publication number: 20110287687
    Abstract: A multicolored cleansing bar includes at least one cleansing material, wherein the cleansing bar includes a plurality of layers, wherein the plurality of layers includes at least a red layer, an orange layer, a yellow layer, a green layer, a blue layer, and a purple layer. A method for improving a child's hygiene includes (1) providing a child with a multicolored cleansing bar including a cleansing material and having a plurality of colors, and (2) having the child wash or bathe with the cleansing bar, wherein the child is motivated to wash or bathe with the cleansing bar in order to see the appearance of the cleansing bar change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventors: Bruce Elliot Kramer, Joy Elizabeth Belin
  • Patent number: 8051590
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 8046941
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Publication number: 20110256792
    Abstract: A backpack and toy vehicle system includes a storage compartment, a trolley, and elements for selectable securement of the compartment in the trolley. The storage compartment includes a semi-rigid front, rear, and first and second lateral sidewalls. A flexible bottom base having edges in integral communication with opposing lower edges of all sidewalls; a top base of the storage compartment having one edge in integral flexible communication with the upper edge of one of the front, rear or lateral sidewalls of the compartment in which other edges of the top base are selectably securable to opposing edges of the front, rear and lateral sidewalls. The top base defines an object-interest of a child and is formed of a material of sufficient rigidity to support a child wishing to ride on after the elements of the system have been assembled. Also provided is a handle grip upon at least one of the sidewalls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Max A. Silver
  • Publication number: 20110237152
    Abstract: The invention relates to a laser illumination lamp as a novelty toy using a laser beam pattern that is contained in a polygon sphere such as a truncated rhombic dodecahedron to enable positioning the projection. The above system provides a unique utility shape for a small visual entertainment system toy that operates on batteries as well as AC adapter output for a night light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventors: Richard Redpath, Sarah Donan Redpath
  • Patent number: 8016634
    Abstract: A child's learning device includes a housing, a countdown timer and a driving mechanism. The housing includes a main body and an appendage attached to the main body, the appendage pivoting between a first orientation and a second orientation. The countdown timer includes a control mechanism for designating one of a plurality of designated time periods. The driving mechanism is connected between the countdown timer and the appendage. The driving mechanism and countdown timer are configured such that manually pivoting the appendage from the first orientation to the second orientation sets the countdown timer for the designated time period, and the appendage is driven back from the second orientation to the first orientation over the course of the designated time period by mechanical force provided by countdown timer to the driving mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Douglas Thompson Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Courtney M. Douglas, Christine D. Thompson
  • Patent number: 8011991
    Abstract: A building component for facilitating a construction of a snow man/woman. A spherically-shaped body is provided that has an outer surface and an interior, the interior substantially lighter than when the interior is filled with snow. An adhesion surface is provided on the outer surface of the spherically-shaped body that substantially increases the ability of the outer surface to adhere snow to the spherically-shaped body. The spherically-shaped body and adhesion surface form a building component for facilitating the construction of the snow man/woman. The adhesion surface may be an electrically charged surface in combination with a texture or alone. The electric charge may be generated by a generator that may be disposed with the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Ignacio Marc Asperas
  • Patent number: 7992331
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Publication number: 20110130067
    Abstract: A modular combination toy and desktop writing accessory apparatus comprising a plurality of structural elements each having at least one nodal connector portion to which a complementary connector portion of another structural, element can be coupled. The structural elements can be assembled into a barrel-like form that is configured with a passageway for carrying a writing component of the invention. The writing component can be a pen, pencil, marker, crayon, eraser or the like. The modular combination toy and writing instrument has multiple functions in playtime as well as in everyday desk-bound activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: HERMES INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Csaba TRUCKAI
  • Publication number: 20110097963
    Abstract: The toy of the invention includes an outer tube and an inner tube slidably penetrating the outer tube. An outer section of the inner tube is formed with a handle and an inner end thereof is provided with a piston air-tightly disposed in the outer tube. The toy can serve as a water gun by pushing and pulling the inner tube against the outer tube. The end of the outer tube, which connecting with the inner tube, is provided with a locking ring. An inner end of the handle is provided with two protrusions which can engage with the locking ring. The locking ring and protrusions are correspondingly asymmetric in size to avoid undesired engagement. This toy can serve as a bat when they are engaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Willy Chen
  • Patent number: 7927176
    Abstract: A play set having a main panel section and a pair of side panel sections, each of which is pivotably connected to tile side lateral edges of the main panel section. When the play set is in a first orientation, the main panel section and the pair of side panel sections are oriented generally co-planar to each other such that the upper main surface and upper side surfaces define a play surface having a perimeter, and when the play set is in a second orientation, the side panel sections are adjacent each other and in a plane parallel to the main panel section to define a play set case. When in the first orientation, one of the panel sections includes an elongated member extendable therefrom in a telescoping manner to define an additional play surface outside the perimeter of the main panel sections and side panel sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel Inc.
    Inventor: Julian R. Payne