Patents Examined by Brian K. Green
  • Patent number: 7107713
    Abstract: An adjustable support structure for temporary sign displays formed from a vertically oriented rigid panel having a plurality of length and angle adjustable support arms. Each arm has a distal end thumb screw attachment to a T-nut on the sign. The arm is adjustably anchored to the panel by a bolt extending from the panel through a longitudinal oval slot in the arm to engage a wingnut. Additional hardware prevents loss of movable parts. Sign stiffening battens are tethered to the panel. A stiffening tray parallely spaced apart from the back of the panel further bears against and secures the support arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Inventors: Anton K. Simson, Dan C. Pulos
  • Patent number: 7103997
    Abstract: A lottery card reader has a clip made from two separate pieces that are assembled together and a transparent flap attached to the clip. The clip has a first and a second pair of arms attached to a pivot. The arms in the first pair are separated and the arms in the second pair are resiliently biased towards each other. Moving the first pair of arms together moves the second pair of arms apart. The transparent flap can cover games on a lottery card to which the clip is attached. When a lottery card is inserted between the second pair of arms under the transparent flap it is releaseably gripped by the second pair of arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Peter J. Ruffino
  • Patent number: 7047680
    Abstract: A vehicle alert kit includes at least one base member having a substantially planar bottom surface and a threaded portion integral therewith. The kit further includes a mechanism for fastening at least one base member to a surface so that same can be maintained at a substantially secure position. The kit further includes an elongated support member having a lower end portion threadably attachable to a select one of at least one base member. The elongated support member extends substantially vertically and upwardly from the base member to a predetermined height, and includes a receiving portion extending substantially vertically along a length thereof and having a bottom surface. The kit further includes a flag having indicia printed thereon and including an edge portion selectively engageable with the receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: David R. Myles
  • Patent number: 7036254
    Abstract: A display is disclosed as having a first panel, a second panel, and a third panel. The third panel is retained by and between the first and second panels in a manner in which at least part of the third panel is exposed. An indicia is printed on the exposed part of the third panel which includes an integrally formed detachable portion which is fixably connectable to one of the first and second panels and which provides a bearing surface upon which the third panel rotates. The first and second panels are adhered to one another in a manner to permit rotation of the third panel member there between.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Neff Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Elston Jones, Douglas Arthur Kline
  • Patent number: 7003910
    Abstract: The attachment plate (2) is made of a flexible, bendable material. The attachment plate has two tongue shaped portions including a first tongue and a second tongue formed by a perforation in the plate so that a foot portion of each tongue shaped portion is held to the plate while each respective tongue shaped portion, extending from the foot portion to an outer free end of each tongue shaped portion, respectively, is outwardly bendable from the plate and the outer free ends of the tongue shaped portions are immediately adjacent to one another at a slit formed by a perforation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Novus Innovation Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth Sharp
  • Patent number: 7003906
    Abstract: The vessel to display a changeable advertisement has a double walled vessel, an inside wall assembly, a windup motor, an upper wheel, a key and a bottom wheel. The inside wall is mounted rotatably in the double walled vessel. The windup motor is attached to the inside wall assembly. The upper wheel is attached to the double walled vessel and has a secondary gear and a threaded neck. The secondary gear is formed on the upper wheel. The key extends through the upper wheel, is attached to the windup motor and has a thread. The bottom wheel is mounted around the key and has a central threaded hole. When the central threaded hole screws onto the threaded neck on the upper wheel, the inside wall will rotate. When the central threaded hole screws onto the thread on the key, the double walled vessel will rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Hsiao-Chung Yang
  • Patent number: 6986220
    Abstract: An information display device adapted to be mounted on the safety bar of a ski-lift chair. The device has a tubular base which is rigidly attached to the safety bar. A tubular carrier is rotatabley secured to the tubular base. This tubular carrier provides a cylindrical support surface for information to be displayed. A tubular cover is mounted about the carrier and fixed to the tubular base to protect the tubular carrier and the information attached to it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: SpinVision
    Inventor: Nicholas R. M. Kaulbach
  • Patent number: 6976329
    Abstract: A sign unit includes a translucent holder unit which has a solar-powered lighting unit supported thereon. A container is mounted on one side of the holder unit and is adapted to contain printed information. Anchor stakes support the holder unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Foster
  • Patent number: 6971196
    Abstract: A message sign includes a panel having a plurality of ribs each defining an interior channel. The plurality of ribs are preferably spaced apart in parallel relationship. At least one lamp is secured through an opening in at least one of the ribs. In one preferred embodiment, the message sign includes a first and second panel, each preferably including a base web, wherein the ribs of the first and second panels extend outwardly from the base web of the respective panels. The base webs of the first and second panels are abutted with the ribs thereof extending outwardly therefrom in opposite directions. The first and second panels are oriented such that at least some of the channels of the first panel cross at least some of the channels of the second panel and form a plurality of junctures of crossing channels. Preferably, at least one lamp is secured through an opening in at least one of the plurality of ribs at one of the junctures. A method of manufacturing a message sign is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: National Signal, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Fernandez, Carl L. Erwin
  • Patent number: 6971201
    Abstract: A label holder includes a front panel, a back panel connected to the front panel with a common bottom edge, the front panel and the back panel forming a cavity. The back panel is constructed to have a resilient rearward curvature that flexes to flatten against the shelf. The label holder further includes a retainer structure extending rearwardly from the back panel. The retainer structure includes a spring clip configured to resiliently clamp the label holder to the shelf. When mounted to the shelf, the shelf in combination with the retainer structure causes the flexure of the resilient rearward curvature to provide secure attachment of the label holder to the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Brinkman, Craig Zadak, Kirk Lewis
  • Patent number: 6968641
    Abstract: A snap-together poster frame includes a plurality of edge supports, each comprising a plurality of segments having a slotted, channel-shaped cross-sectional profile to define a single opening having an unobstructed mouth for receiving an edge of a poster board. The segments include a top wall, a bottom wall and a sidewall joining the top and bottom walls. The edge support is resilient and the sidewall includes a generally L-shaped instep by which it is joined to the bottom wall having three flex points which allows the opening to adjust to the width of the posterboard inserted therein, thereby retaining the edge of the poster board via an interference fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Ronald M. Pollack
  • Patent number: 6966134
    Abstract: A pocket chamber calendar and an assembly blank therefor which calendar is provided with a slit entering into said chamber for receiving a notice or the like so that a portion of the notice when positioned in the pocket chamber extends outwardly therefrom for ease in removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Chi Lung Ngan
  • Patent number: 6957507
    Abstract: A decorative magnet having lens with a generally rounded upper surface, a generally flat lower surface, and a peripheral flange. An image is adhered to the bottom surface of the lens. The lens is mounted in a base having a central recess and a flange that interlockingly engages the peripheral flange of the lens. A small, strong magnet is positioned in the recess. The bottom wall of the base modulates the magnetic field of the magnet, providing a modulated magnetic attachment force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2005
    Inventors: Kelly Stewart Ausland, Elizabeth Brooke Smith
  • Patent number: 6941690
    Abstract: An apparatus, consisting primarily of colored, dyed stretchable materials arranged solely to form display indicia, is constructed to fit onto, and substantially conform to the complex three-dimensional curvilinear shape of, a mirror housing of a motor vehicle exterior mirror. The colored, dyed stretchable material, upon installation, forms display indicia facing the front of the vehicle without obstructing the view of the mirror surface facing the rear of the vehicle. Preferred embodiments provide for removal of the apparatus without harm to the mirror housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: William Norbert McCambley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6935057
    Abstract: Printed tags of double thickness for marking electronic elements include first and second parallel, spaced apart strips. Tags of first and second sets have outer ends detachably connected to inner edges of the first and second strips, respectively, and extend toward the other strip. Each tag of the first and second sets have inner ends that extend in a lengthwise direction of the strips, with the inner ends of respective opposing tags of the first and second sets being connected together along a center line that extends in the lengthwise direction to form a tag pair. The tags of each connected tag pair are marked with identical indicia. The connected tags are folded along the center lines thereof so that the identically marked opposing connected tags are superimposed over each other to create tags of double thickness and double markings on both outer surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Grafoplast S.p.A.
    Inventor: Ivana Piana
  • Patent number: 6918199
    Abstract: Decorative device which can be mounted to a wall. The device includes a trim portion that resembles a window, a door or a portal. The trim portion includes a front surface and thickness. The trim portion defines an enclosed area that is sized to contain a scene. At least one window or door includes angled surfaces. The at least one window or door includes a front surface, a thickness, and a width that is arranged generally parallel to the front surface of the trim portion. The at least one window or door has the appearance of being opened while being arranged generally parallel to the front surface of the trim portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Arsenio V. Preta
  • Patent number: 6904711
    Abstract: Disclosed is a laminating frame employing a partial hologram, in which a photograph or picture is placed. The laminating frame includes a first laminating film of a desired dimension; a backing sheet adhered to the first laminating film and having a dimension slightly less than that of the laminating film; a partial hologram film disposed on the backing sheet and having a rim adhered to the first laminating film and a transparent window of a dimension slightly less than that of the backing sheet, wherein the transparent window is patterned with a plurality of dotted-hologram pixels and the rim is patterned on the upper and lower surfaces of the rim with a plurality of deeply colored hologram pixels; and a second laminating film adhered to the partial hologram film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Kugil Special-Papers Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Hyung Kim
  • Patent number: 6904710
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying indicia and securing an object to a support includes a body member that defines an indicia bearing surface and a resilient hoop member that normally extends around an object. The body member includes a cup segment that defines a cavity and a plug segment that extends into the cavity of the cup segment. The resilient hoop member extends between the cup member and the plug member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Makka Enterprise Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Andrew Lawrence, Peter Blaise Edmund Hart
  • Patent number: 6898882
    Abstract: A signboard device exhibiting information regarding roads, buildings or street names is disclosed. The device includes a post having a plurality of fitting grooves at its outer surface; a base joined to a concrete foundation, the base having a post-seating stepped recesses comprised of two concentric recesses; a post cover unit comprised a lower cover, a cylindrical intermediate cover and an upper cover; a signboard unit comprised of a signboard frame assembly and a pair of signboards attached to the stepped lines of the signboard frame assembly; and a stopper for fixing the signboard frame assembly to the post. The device enables one or more signboards to be easily installed on a post, and has excellent structural strength and an adaptable appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Hanyang Frame Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 6880277
    Abstract: An evidence marker 10 includes at least two flat marker elements 20 bearing visual indicia thereon, and a substantially rigid leg unit 30 connecting and detachably securing the at least two flat marker elements at an angle (preferably 90°) with respect to one another. Each of the flat marker elements is preferably L-shaped and symmetrical, and more preferably about 1 mm thick and having a pair of perpendicular outer edges 22 about 10 to 11 cm long. The leg unit consists of six identical, orthogonally disposed legs 32 substantially shorter than the pair of edges 22 of the flat marker elements. The six legs 32 of the leg unit 30 are preferably about 1 to 3 cm and about 1.5 cm thick. Each of the six legs of the leg unit preferably has four orthogonal grooves 34 formed longitudinally therein. Each groove 34 is capable of receiving an edge of one of the flat marker elements therein, retaining one of the flat marker elements therein by friction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Jane A. Kaminski