Spring Biased Patents (Class 453/54)
  • Patent number: 10857434
    Abstract: A golf ball marker dispenser may include a housing having an inner compartment with an opening in a front wall of the housing. The housing may include a rectangular slot in a top wall of the housing through which a golf ball marker may be inserted and retrieved. The dispenser may include a spring having a relaxed position and an engaged position. The spring is in its relaxed position when the golf ball marker is not housed within the dispenser, and in its engaged position when the golf ball marker is housed within the dispenser. The spring pushes the golf ball marker toward the front wall into engagement with an inner surface of the front wall. The golfer inserts his or her finger through the opening in the front wall and into contact with the golf ball marker to then slide it upwardly for removal through the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Wayne Dearing, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9981395
    Abstract: A knife includes a blade, and a counterweight unit, and a handle having an accommodating space. The counterweight unit includes a counterweight-receiving member removably disposed in the accommodating space, multiple counterweights, and a biasing member. The counterweight-receiving member has a tubular wall, and an abutment wall cooperating with the tubular wall to define a receiving space and defining an exit opening that spatially communicates with the receiving space. The counterweights are removably disposed in the receiving space. The biasing member biases the counterweights toward the abutment wall so as to permit removal of one of the counterweights via the exit opening when the counterweight unit is separated from the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Chia-Ming Liu
  • Patent number: 9254024
    Abstract: A purse having interchangeable inner bags includes an outer casing, a plurality of inner bags, and a shoulder strap. A first chosen bag and a second chosen bag of the plurality of inner bags are removably attached to the outer casing, where the outer casing encloses the first chosen bag and the second chosen bag. The shoulder strap is removably attached to the outer casing through a pair of connecting rings. Each of the plurality of inner bags includes a front transparent panel which opens up to the users when the outer casing is unfolded. The users can store items within each of the plurality of bags and access the stored items through a bag zipper. A back panel of the plurality of inner bags magnetically attached the first chosen bag and the second chosen bag with outer casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Inventor: Laura DeWitt
  • Patent number: 7547248
    Abstract: A disk dispensing apparatus has an ejector unit that can be reversibly mounted at the end of a guide path so that tokens or disks can be both adjusted for different sizes while permitting the discharge of the disks in opposite directions. The guide path is also adjustable to accommodate different sized disks with a base member extending above support plates that define a transmit opening for the disk. The base member has an aperture that is operatively interfaced with a flipping roller that can propel disks at a discharge position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Minoru Enomoto
  • Patent number: 7172503
    Abstract: A coin dispensing apparatus for automatically directing coins from a coin escalator includes a coin dispensing unit such as a non-metallic roller that is rotatable about a bearing shaft which can be aligned to minimize forces that can shorten the life of a coin dispensing assembly. A guide unit can operatively move the coin dispensing unit at an acute angle to a centerline of a guiding passageway coin exit. A resilient unit can operatively bias the coin dispensing unit to an initial position for contacting coins attempting to exit a coin exit while permitting movement along a guide length with a major biasing force exerted toward the exiting coin to reduce wear on the guide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: Asahi Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masayoshi Umeda
  • Patent number: 7083512
    Abstract: An improved coin and token organizing, holding and dispensing apparatus comprises a lower housing for organizing, holding and dispensing a pre-determined number of coins and tokens of varying sizes and denominations. The lower housing has a substantially rectangular shape having a taper along its length so that the apparatus fits conveniently in pocket or purse and is comfortable to hold. The apparatus is well suited for visually and physically impaired individuals as it permits the ready identification and handling of coins based on the tapered shape of the apparatus and the ability to distinguish by touch one coin from another. The lower housing has a substantially open top surface, a closed flat bottom surface; and, closed vertical sides. Within the lower housing is a plurality of linearly disposed cylindrical wells. Each well is adapted to receive a coin or token of a predetermined size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventors: Marc Auguste, Jr., Marc B. Auguste, Sr., Jacqueline A Johnson-Auguste
  • Patent number: 6817938
    Abstract: A coin holder and dispenser holds coins for use with a slot machine and is used to easily and efficiently dispense coins directly into the coin slot of the slot machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventors: Jon J. Sorensen, George S. Withrow
  • Publication number: 20040162015
    Abstract: The present invention provides a guiding device for dispensing discs from a storage hopper and includes a disc guiding unit attached to the storage hopper to extend operatively for conveying discs in a first mode of operation and also attached relative to the storage hopper to extend in a second non-operative mode of operation wherein jammed coins can be removed and a disc dispensing apparatus can be provided in a compact configuration for transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventors: Hiroshi Abe, Takashi Inozuka
  • Patent number: 6510973
    Abstract: A coin case for an automobile includes: a casing to be attached to a vehicle end, the casing being formed with a plurality of independent cylindrical chambers to be sortingly loaded with a plural kind of coins; and a coin tray connected to a side end portion of the casing, the coin tray including a bottom wall having a curved surface in a direction toward the plurality of independent cylindrical chambers from a place where is far from the coin case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Piolax, Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroaki Ichioka
  • Patent number: 6302777
    Abstract: A coin holding apparatus includes a disk shaped casing and a locking ring. The casing defines three coin wells, each having upper and lower openings thereby having storage for six different coins in a compact casing. The locking ring rotates on the casing to open or close coin well openings to retain coins held within the casing or permit their removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Unitylab Inc.
    Inventor: Romeo Zoldan
  • Patent number: 5492504
    Abstract: The invention involves a coin dispenser that can be carried in its user's clothing pocket, and has multiple chambers for holding coins with their faces parallel to the dispenser's largest face. Each chamber holds its coins in a stack. Each stack is urged upward by a follower and spring toward a pair of opposing retaining ledges at the top of the dispenser. Each follower has a center stub on its spring side which is guided in a hole in the dispenser's bottom. This guidance reduces the coverage of a top coin needed by the pair of ledges. The reduced coverage provides improved access of a user's finger or thumb to the top coin for pushing it radially through an opening and out of the dispenser. Each guided follower also prevents a top coin from tilting its edge away from its opening or a user's pushing finger. Each chamber has a trough cutting into it, opposite the opening, which aids the user's finger access to a top coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventor: Charles P. Wolters
  • Patent number: 5267893
    Abstract: A housing is secured within a vehicular ashtray, with the vehicular ashtray having a floor for receiving and mounting the housing thereon. The housing includes a plurality of top walls arranged in a tiered relationship relative to one another, with a finger recess directed into an upper wall for access to one of a plurality of wells receiving coins of various denominations into the respective wells.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Inventor: Gretel C. Mangigian
  • Patent number: 5152399
    Abstract: An improved key and coin holder is provided and consists of a housing for holding a plurality of coins therein, a mechanism within the housing for readily positioning the coins in a stacked relationship so that the coins can be dispensed from the housing one at a time and a chain having one end attached within the housing to the readily positioning mechanism so that the other end of the chain can engage with a key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Inventors: Patrick Keenaghan, George Spector
  • Patent number: 5112276
    Abstract: A coin dispenser and numerical register (10) having first, second, third, fourth and fifth numerical wheels (13), (15), (17), (19) and (21) and first, second and third coin receptacles (23), (25) and (27), mounted in a portable housing (11), is described. The first coin receptacle has a sleeve (37) for mounting a plurality of coins (35) while the first numerical wheel is mounted on a shaft (49) with an associated registering gear (51). The first coin receptacle and the first and the second numerical wheels are serviced by a common wire (47). The wire forms a spring (47b) that is disposed in the sleeve of the first coin receptacle for advancing the plurality of coins after an upper most coin is removed from the receptacle. The wire also forms a pawl (47c) in ratchet engagement with the registering gear of the first numerical wheel and an associated registering gear of the second numerical wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1992
    Inventor: Ronald A. Spaeth
  • Patent number: 5026321
    Abstract: A coin dispenser for accomodating and storing coins is made of plastics and comprises a plurality of coin compartments, each receiving a stack of coins of a certain denomination. The stack is retained by upper supporting flanges against which the stack is urged by a spring. The top coin of each stack can be pushed out from the dispenser by a user's finger, preferably the user's thumb and, reversely, a coin can be inserted into the dispenser in a similar manner. The arrangement is such that from a central depression or well free pushing-out paths are formed across the compartments between the supporting flanges. In this way the back or inner edges of the top coins are readily accessible for pushing out. In addition, the dispenser is designed in such a way that in their dwelling position all uppermost coins are prevented automatically from sliding out unintentionally from the dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Inventor: Anders B. Benson
  • Patent number: 5024629
    Abstract: A coin holder/dispenser is manufactured as an integral molded body defining a plurality of side by side bores extending from the upper surface through to the lower surface of the body. Each bore is plugged at the lower end by a removable plug. A spring biases coins upwardly along the bore toward the upper surface. The upper surface is contoured to define shoulders which engage the upper surface of the uppermost coin to hold it against axial movement. A channel extending forwardly from the rearmost edge across a rear shoulder along the side shoulders guides the finger of the user to sweep a coin from its entrapped position forwardly through a slot in the front surface. The molded device is inexpensively manufactured from a limited number of parts and provides an attractive appearance and close control over the dispensing of the coins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Inventor: Darlene G. Murray