Window Box Patents (Class 47/68)
  • Patent number: 8657131
    Abstract: An expandable framework, with attachable plant-support trays, is provided for installation within an interior window frame. One embodiment of the framework is expandable to a fixable height in a vertical direction and expandable in a horizontal direction via upper and lower telescoping tube pairs to accommodate a range of common window sizes. A pair of spacer sticks are provided, which can be cut to appropriate lengths so that one spacer stick and an associated coil spring can be inserted within each telescoping tube pair so that the frame assembly can be biased against opposed vertical portions of the window frame in the interior of a building. A plurality of tray support arms, each of which has a square aperture or receptacle, can be rotationally locked onto each telescoping tube pair for the support of a plant support tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: William Scott Pixler
  • Patent number: 8132366
    Abstract: The modular germinating apparatus provides a plurality of rods, each with an extendable insert whereby total length of the rod and insert is adjustable, the adjusted length selectively maintained by dual, outward pressed lock pins. Rods are positioned as chosen both horizontally and vertically between given objects, such as window sills. A plurality of planters with planter inserts is hung as chosen from the rods with extendable inserts, thereby providing for germinating a multitude of plants simultaneously, with great space efficiency. Each insert provides a plurality of individual compartments, each compartment having drain holes for draining excess liquids from the compartments to the planter below, thereby maintaining optimal germinating environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Neil B. LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 7958671
    Abstract: A semi-circular flexible flower box (top section) and a semi-circular flexible mounting shelf (bottom section), are both functional companion units. The top section functions as a flower box but has a flexible accordion pleat (inside/outside diameters) configured in a semi-circle to allow for attachment to cylindrical objects. The bottom section functions as a mounting shelf for the top section and is structured not only in the same flexible semi-circular fashion, but is designed in such a way as to capture the flower box section allowing it to rest securely on the mounting shelf or bottom section. Configured to the inside or backside diameter of the mounting shelf are slots that allow for insertion of an attachment strap. The attachment strap allows for a precise and snug fit of the mounting shelf and companion flower box, top section to cylindrical objects within the range of the mounting shelf's diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Garden-Aire, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel E. Sheaffer, William P. Camp, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7891135
    Abstract: A planter is fabricated to be suspended from a wall, window, or other partition. The planter generally includes a planter element for holding a flower or plant, a planter casing which supports the planter element, and a suspension member for mounting the planter to the partition. The planter casing is open on top to allow planter elements to be placed therein, and has perforated sides which allow visual inspection of the contents within the sides. The planter may also have two or more recessed portions in which the planters can be positioned. The recessed portions can be parallel may have a saddlebag appearance. The suspension member may partially separate the recessed portions, and allow some overlap between the recessed portions. Dual-function elements may also be added to provide structural and ornamental features to the planter casing, and may further be selectively added to complement decorative features of the partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Larry R. Laycock
  • Patent number: 7735800
    Abstract: An adaptable planter mounting system includes a holder having a platform and at least one pair of arms configured to support a planter. The platform and at least one of the arms are provided with apertures. At least one pair of brackets are adjustably and removably attachable to the platform and the arms to provide a variety of mounting arrangements including a post-top mounting arrangement, a rail mounting arrangement, and a wall-top mounting arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Fiskars Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Victoria A. Lunato, Gary V. Hoffman, Timothy J. Brunette
  • Patent number: 7712254
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention pertains to a collapsible planter apparatus is provided comprising (1) a floor section having one or more drainage holes, (2) a first side wall hingeably coupled to a first edge of the floor section, and (3) and a second side wall hingeably coupled to a second edge of the floor section opposite the first edge of the floor section. A third side wall may be removably coupled between the first and second side walls along a third edge of the floor section. A fourth side wall may also be removably coupled between the first and second side walls along a fourth edge of the floor section opposite the third edge of the floor section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Klohr, Bobbie L. Klohr
  • Patent number: 7229056
    Abstract: A window box 10 comprises a receptacle 12 provided with an integrally formed pair of upper sleeves 14, and an integrally formed pair of lower sleeves 36. Arms 16 are adjustably engaged within respective sleeves 14 so that distal ends 20 of each arm 16 can be positioned at one of a plurality of distances from the receptacle 12. The distal end 20 of each arm is shaped to hook over a support 22. Arms 38 are adjustably engaged in the sleeves 36 and abut the support 22 to hold the window box 10 in a vertical disposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Serros Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Trudy Bittner Rosser, John G. Rosser
  • Patent number: 6681522
    Abstract: A flower box having posts and wall elements connected by first reversible anchoring devices, the wall elements being in turn reversibly associated with at least one corresponding bottom so as to provide, as a whole, full vertical and horizontal flexibility in assembling the flower box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Marchioro S.p.A. Stampaggio Materie Plastiche
    Inventor: Domenico Marchioro
  • Patent number: 6615540
    Abstract: The invention relates to a planter comprising a plant container which opens upward and which has a bottom and sidewalls, as well as comprising an insert for insertion into the plant container. The insert is comprised of a basket which opens upward and which is provided for accommodating a plant culture, whereby the basket has a bottom and sidewalls. The planter additionally comprises a support which can be attached with an end thereof to the planter and can be attached with another end thereof to a fastening location. The planter is characterized in that the support consists of two retaining arms which can be attached to two opposing sidewalls of the planter, whereby each retaining arm can be fixed with a lower area thereof to an inner wall of a sidewall. The lower area of the retaining arm is provided with at least two holes in which the bolts mounted on the inner wall engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Siegfried Müller
  • Publication number: 20030024161
    Abstract: A fastening means for attaching containers to the side of balusters of railings of porches, balconies and stairways, and the containers are used to hold plants and to store items. The containers are mounted to the side of the balusters furthest from the porches, balconies and stairways and do not take up any space on the porches, balconies and stairways. Heavier containers have a support lip that rests on the floor of the porches and balconies to support the heavier weight while the fastening means hold the container firmly against the balusters. The fastening means comprises a threaded member that extends from the rear of a container and through the balusters, and a cross bar and knurled knob with nut turn onto the threaded member to pinch the balusters, thereby creating a frictional force that holds the containers to the balusters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2002
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Inventor: Donald Tilton
  • Patent number: 6108971
    Abstract: A planter box for installation on the top of a narrow horizontal surface includes a lower surface with at least one recessed depression. Each depression comprises serrations around its periphery. A rectangular connector with serrations complementary to the serrations of a respective depression and a downwardly depending peg, is frictionally inserted in each depression. In this manner, when the box rests on the top of the panel, one peg extends downwardly in close relation, but not contacting the panel. A wedge member is provided for each peg, each wedge member including a block with a friction surface to contact a respective wall member side, and a slanted slot to receive a respective peg. As each wedge member slides along a respective peg in a direction parallel to the panel top, the friction surface of each wedge member will be brought into frictional contact with a respective panel side to hold the planter box in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: George Julian Zaremba
  • Patent number: 6050532
    Abstract: A collapsible support assembly for plant containers which can be easily broken down and, when fitted together, provide sound structural support for relatively heavy plant containers includes a vertical support rod defining a pair of spaced, vertically-extending arms, each arm having an upper end and a lower end with the vertical support member further including a horizontally-extending brace between the lower ends of the vertical arms. The assembly further includes a pair of rod end receptacles fixed to the vertical support member at spaced locations, each receptacle having a vertically-facing opening for receiving rod ends of an associated horizontal support member. The horizontal support member is formed of a shaped rod extending laterally from the vertical rods from first and second rod ends, each of which are downwardly extending and fitted within a corresponding one of the rod end receptacles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Wayne L. Paul
  • Patent number: 5984249
    Abstract: A supporting structure for a plant or flower box, or the like, fits over the top edge of a wall, room divider, or similar device. The supporting structure includes an elongated plate and a pair of L-shaped members, each member having a flange which depends below the elongated plate. The space between the two dependent flanges fits over and embraces the top edge of a room divider or the like. The other flange of each L-shaped member lays against the elongated plate which may be attached to the bottom of the box. In one embodiment, the L-shaped members have a flange which fits through a selected one of a plurality of spaced parallel slots formed in the elongated plate and is held in place at least in part by the weight of the box. In another embodiment, the bottom of a U-shaped member is secured to an elongated plate, with no adjustment of the space between a pair of flanges formed by open arms of the U-shaped members which slip over and embrace the top of a wall of known thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Vista Products
    Inventor: Michael Cohen
  • Patent number: 5960586
    Abstract: The proposed invention pertains to a configurable, mutli-purpose anti-theft window mechanism, particularly referring to an innovative device featuring practical value and economic benefits. The primary components consist of a flower planter railing, a patterned grill, and a weather-shielding canopy making up the structure, via interconnecting easy assembly mechanisms to provide users to choose any of the accessories offered to configure their desired installation with option to add or take away any of the components highlighting flexible, configurable and practical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Jung-tsung Chen
  • Patent number: 5934016
    Abstract: A bouquet holder module is provided for a bouquet display apparatus which includes an adjustable clamp assembly and a bracket assembly supported by the adjustable clamp assembly, wherein the bracket assembly includes a module holder portion. More specifically, the bouquet holder module includes a bracket assembly attachment portion which includes a bracket attachment frame and a bracket attachment channel defined by the bracket attachment frame. A bouquet retention portion is connected to the bracket assembly attachment portion. The bouquet retention portion includes a bouquet retention frame and bouquet retention channel defined by the bouquet retention frame. A bouquet holder assembly can be supported by the bouquet holder module. The bouquet holder assembly includes a tapered insertion shaft/handle and a cushion-containing head supported by the insertion shaft/handle. The cushion-containing head is tilted at approximately a forty-five degree angle in a direction away from the adjustable clamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Jill Marie Jones
  • Patent number: 5890455
    Abstract: A combination window mounted pet/plant enclosure and carrying case capable of replaceably housing a pet/plant therein and having a window mounted pet/plant enclosure modality where it is adapted to be maintained in an opening of a double hung window that has a sill and separates the outdoors from the indoors and a pet/plant carrying case modality where it is removed from the opening of the double hung window and adapted to carry the pet/plant housed therein. The combination includes a housing that extends from the opening of the double hung window to the outdoors and replaceably houses the pet/plant therein, and a facia assembly that is attached to the housing and extends from the opening of the double hung window into the indoors and provides access into the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Jonathan H. Donchey
  • Patent number: 5887384
    Abstract: A planter box for installation on the top of a narrow horizontal surface such as the top of a movable room partition or panel includes a lower surface with at least one pair of side-by-side, circular depressions. Each depression includes serrations around its periphery. A rectangular connector with serrations complementary to the serrations of a respective depression at its short ends, and a downwardly depending peg, is frictionally inserted in each depression at an angle such that, when the box rests on the top of the panel, one peg extends downwardly on each side of the panel in close relation, but not contacting the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: George Julian Zaremba
  • Patent number: 5881503
    Abstract: A decorative window well is provided with a plurality of planters coupled to the window well for supporting plants. The planters define a plurality of rows comprising a bottom row including a single planter, an intermediate row including a pair of planters, and a top row including more than two planters. The window well further has an arcuate lip integrally coupled to a top face thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Eichelberger
  • Patent number: 5626927
    Abstract: The portable box includes a housing forming four sides of an enclosure, with a front panel pivotally mounted to the enclosure and a support bar pivotally mounted in the upper end of the enclosure. The support bar includes an elongated strut and a clamping arm adjustably secured to the strut to selectively secure a display item in an upright position projecting upwardly from the support bar. The front panel is pivotally mounted on the enclosure to swing between an open position, wherein the support bar may pivot to store the display items within the enclosure, and a closed position securing the support bar in either an upright display position or an inverted storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Claude A. Reed
  • Patent number: 5479742
    Abstract: A pair of end caps for a planter box having first and second side walls and a bottom wall, each end cap defining a first support surface having a generally vertical orientation and arranged to engage a marginal face portion at one end of the first side wall; and a second support surface having a generally vertical orientation, horizontally spaced from and facing the first support surface and arranged to engage a marginal face portion at one end of the second side wall. A plurality of holes are vertically spaced apart and intersect the first support surface, and a plurality of openings are vertically spaced apart and intersect the second support surface. The holes receive securing members that penetrate the marginal face portion at one end of the first side wall and the openings receive securing members that penetrate the marginal face portion at one end of the second side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventor: Joseph J. Monahan
  • Patent number: 5191746
    Abstract: A "U" shaped unitary bracket is arranged for mounting about a forward edge of a window sill utilizing an adhesive strip mounted to a bottom surface of a first plate extending beyond an underlying parallel second plate. Connector fasteners are orthogonally directed through the second plate for securement to a bottom surface of the window sill. A modification of the invention includes a window box structure mounted to a connecting web of the first and second plates, with the window box including a rear wall mounting a plurality of sockets in a parallel relationship relative to the second plate utilizing threaded extender rods arranged for projection and in engagement with a rearwardly oriented vertical wall surface to align the window sill box relative to the associated window. A further modification of the invention includes an irrigation conduit structure positioned in an adjustable relationship overlying the window box for the continuous directing of irrigation fluid into the window box structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Inventor: Robert J. Russell
  • Patent number: 5142819
    Abstract: A greenhouse, to be provided in a window opening, includes an enclosed housing having a first operable window pane provided on the outer side of the window opening to allow air into the enclosed housing, and a second operable window pane provided on the inner side of the window opening. The windowsill of the window opening is provided with an elongated groove to serve as a plant box to contain soil to grow plants. A watering device is mounted on the enclosed housing adjacent to the second operable window pane. The watering device includes a receptacle to contain liquid to water the plants, a watering pipe member communicated with the receptacle and extending into the plant box, and a valve to control liquid flow from the receptacle to the pipe member. A surrounding temperature control device is similarly mounted on the enclosed housing adjacent to the second operable window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Inventor: Hung-Tzu Sung
  • Patent number: 5127188
    Abstract: A bracket for use with a planter box mountable on a partition, window sill or the like. The bracket includes pivotable and vertically adjustable retaining members to retain a planter box and engaging means for mounting the bracket and planter box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Integrated Plastics Limited
    Inventors: Donald Shaw, Carman Buonito
  • Patent number: 4912876
    Abstract: A planter box for mounting on the top of a partial height wall partition having substantially vertical panels connected to a partition wall frame, the planter having a planting chamber defined by a wall connected to a bottom and at least one downwardly depending support flange for orienting and supporting the planter box on the upper horizontal surface of the partial height wall partition. The at least one downwardly depending support flange is concealedly secured between the substantially vertical panels and the partition wall frame and are spaced from the peripheral edge of the bottom so that the front surface of the planter box is substantially contiguous and flush with the front surface of the substantially vertical panels. Two downwardly depending support flanges in orthogonal relationship to one another can be provided for securement behind the two corresponding orthogonally opposed panels on the corner portion of a partial height wall partition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Inventor: Alyce Ginsberg
  • Patent number: 4897958
    Abstract: A window-box is formed from a plastic tray having a lip on its upper edge which hooks over a ridged connector strip mounted on a window-ledge. A pair of legs adjustably mounted on the bottom of the tray brace the box against the wall below the window-ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1990
    Inventor: Ronald Brydges
  • Patent number: 4748770
    Abstract: A window box planter device (10) in combination with a window assembly (100) including a window frame (110) and a window sill (100) wherein the device (10) comprises a receptacle unit (11) and securing means (12) extending through the receptacle unit (11) and comprising cooperting cylindrical means (20) which are urged apart by spring means (40) and provided on their outboard ends with friction means (50) which operatively and releasably engage the device (10) with the window frame (110).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1988
    Inventor: Joel S. Cline
  • Patent number: 4698936
    Abstract: A planter designed to be mounted upon the top of a wall partition typically found in an open plan modern office, wherein wall partition includes a horizontal surface terminating in two parallel vertical surfaces. The container has a bottom and a continuous side wall forming an unobstructed open interior. Support brackets, having a generally horizontal leg and a generally vertical leg, includes means to permit the support bracket to be secured to said container. Means to fasten said support bracket to said container, and said container and support bracket to said wall partition, such that said generally vertically depending legs of said support brackets tightly clamp said two parallel vertical surfaces of said wall partition, includes one or more screw threaded studs and mating nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Inventor: Barbara Helfman
  • Patent number: 4559738
    Abstract: A planter is designed to be positioned on top of or against an office partition wall. The planter may include brackets which support the planter on top of the partition wall, or against the partition wall. The planter may also be self-supporting by forming a groove in the bottom of the planter, the groove being designed to snugly fit over the top of the wall, or the planter may include an integral horizontal arm with a downwardly projecting component or another planter, wherein the wall friction fits between the dual planters or between the planter and the downwardly projecting component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1985
    Inventor: Barbara Helfman
  • Patent number: 4534130
    Abstract: A wire mesh basket is disclosed which features a convertible, removable handle arrangement for permitting the basket to be used either as a tote for potted plants, floral arrangements or the like or as a display stand. For displaying or toting heavy loads a carriage bottom is described, and for stacking several baskets a foldable wire mesh cover is disclosed. The basket may be used as a planter with an appropriate plastic or ceramic liner or as a window box with the use of window sill hooks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1985
    Inventor: William S. Rogers
  • Patent number: 4524542
    Abstract: An ornamental bracket for suspendingly supporting potted plants or the like alongside the vertical extending surface of a wall, fence or the like. The bracket includes a loop portion for mounting to the wall, fence or the like and includes means for abutting the vertical surface so as to position the bracket to extend in an outwardly projecting manner from the vertical surface, and includes hook means positioned outwardly of and remote from the loop portion for receiving thereon a potted plant or the like so that the potted plant would be suspendingly supported alongside the vertical surface of the wall, fence or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1985
    Inventor: James J. Elliott
  • Patent number: 4213271
    Abstract: A planter having a supporting tray and potting vessel arrangement wherein the vessel is supported with its bottom portion within a tray compartment and in juxtaposition with the compartment walls. The vessel tray combination further provides for the access of air to the compartment and for its direction up and around vegetation foliage within the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1980
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Petruzzi, Harold P. Ashton, Rino Conti
  • Patent number: 4120119
    Abstract: Reduced ends of an elbow-like receptacle form flanges for rigid connection to the inside surfaces proximate individual open ends of two trough-like receptacles, for connecting these trough-like receptacles together at an angle, forming a continuous planter or flower box. Provision for extending the length of a section of the planter is also included via a splicer, having a plate with a flange, for rigid connection to the inside surfaces proximate individual open ends of two trough-like receptacles, respectively, abutted together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1978
    Assignee: Superior Tool & Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Hugo George Engel
  • Patent number: 4052816
    Abstract: A window stand for plants that is especially suited for mounting on an inner the window sill and provides for drainage of water, to the outdoors. The stand is in the form of an elongated shelf member having a corrugated bottom of alternating transverse ridges and valleys. The ridges are coplanar and level when the shelf is installed on a window sill, to hold flower pots upright without tilting. The valleys slope downward toward the outside edge of the inner sill, to allow any excess water to drain outward under the sash.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1977
    Inventor: Frank Perez
  • Patent number: 4048754
    Abstract: A plant-holding type window box has wedge-tight spring-lock assembly-securance system providing rapid, tool-less set-up for use and knockdown for shipping or storage; plural hangers incrementally adjust in pre-spaced holes and screw-adjust in depth in coaction with screw adjustable stand-offs to mount the unit securely to all usual building-structure configurations; conveniently large and accessible assembly wedges so-relate visually to the wall members that the wall structure as a whole appears unitary when assembled; economical straight-cut fabrication is employed throughout to hold all edges of two-level plant pot holding structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1976
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1977
    Inventor: Leon E. Laux
  • Patent number: 4009546
    Abstract: A pre-assembled unitary bay window construction having a plurality of window frames with related sash held in assembled relation by a peripheral frame structure, the frame structure being receivable in a wall opening and secured therein. The unitary window construction is prefabricated and may be handled as a unit. When used at a kitchen patio window above a kitchen counter, the counter space is extended outwardly, is protected from outside weather, yet can be utilized as an outside counter for eating purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1977
    Assignee: D G Shelter Products Company
    Inventor: Elwood W. Buck, Jr.