A multi-purpose layout tool has an elongated main body component and a slide block component. Each component is designed to be used separately or in combination to perform a multitude of functions. An elongated opening extends substantially the length of the main body. The opening is configured to accept a slide block guide member extending …

Legal parties

Inventors (applicants): Robert Barrie Stark, Joseph J. Weishew
Agents: Stuart M. Goldstein (attorney)

The application was examined by Robert Scruggs (USPTO dept. 3723)


  • 1. A layout tool having a plurality of functions comprising: …
  • 2. The layout tool as in claim 1 wherein the elongated opening comprises two open …
  • 3. The layout tool as in claim 1 wherein each lateral section has a top surface …

Cited documents


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Brief Description of the Drawings

FIG. 1 is an exploded isometric view of the components of the layout tool of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a top isometric view of the main body component …


Background of the Invention

Numerous different hand tools are used in the carpentry and similar construction trades. Skilled workers in these trades traditionally transport heavy tool boxes for storing the tools to their worksites. …

Detailed Description of the Invention

Layout tool 1 comprises five basic components, main body 2, slide block 30, compass pin 70, knob 80, and washer 90. Main body 2 is an elongated unitary member, shown …

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Miscellaneous patent data

The application publication date is Jan. 8, 2013, invented by Robert Barrie Stark et al., the exemplary claims include number 1, similar categories include Construction of casings, bodies or handles, Mutilating Eraser Combined With Burnisher, interchangeable or adjustable tool elements, means specialized to manicure use, Combination or multi-purpose hand tools, Receptacle Opener or Closure Remover, gauge or other measuring means, e.g., ruler, level, etc., Associations of tools for different working operations with one portable power-drive means, Adapters therefor, gauge or other measuring means, e.g., ruler, level, etc., Details or components of portable power-driven tools not particularly related to the operations performed and not otherwise provided for, the patent was granted on Sep. 17, 2013, numbered 13/736,252 (application), originally classified under With Gauge or Other Measuring Means, e.g., Ruler, Level, Etc., the agent's last name is Goldstein, and his first name is Stuart M., 17 claims comprise the protection scope, 13 figures depict the invention details, illustrated by 9 drawings, the exemplary patent drawings are Multi-Purpose Layout Tool, Top isometric view of the main, Exploded isometric view of the components, Bottom isometric view of the main, the inventor's city is Oreland, state - PA, the inventor's last name is Weishew, and his first name is Joseph J., the grant number is 08533880, the invention is named Multi-Purpose Layout Tool, the applicant's location - Oreland, PA, the recorded applicant's name is Weishew Joseph J., an application examiner - Robert Scruggs (3723 USPTO department), the patent particularly claims a layout tool having a plurality of functions comprising…

Invention classification information

The invention is classified under With Gauge or Other Measuring Means, e.g., Ruler, Level, Etc., wherein the elements are brought into working position by a pivoting or sliding movement. The designated search classifications include And sliding, Beam type, Edge guided, With gauge or other measuring means, e.g., ruler, level, etc., With Gauge or Other Measuring Means, e.g., Ruler, Level, Etc., Including scale, Cutter Combined With Other Tool or Tools, With scoring means, House Painting, Paper Hanging, or Glazing.

Patent details
Publication number 08533880
Publication date Sep. 17, 2013
Kind code B1
Application number 13/736,252
Application date Jan. 8, 2013
Application type U
Application series code 13
National classification 7/164
Total number of claims 17
Exemplary claims 1
Number of drawings 9
Number of figures 13
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