Patents Examined by Carl D. Friedman
  • Patent number: 7494099
    Abstract: A wall mount usable with a display apparatus to mount the display apparatus on a wall, includes a base to attach to the wall, a supporting bracket supported by the base, a rotating bracket tiltably coupled to the supporting bracket and on which the display apparatus is mounted, and an elastic member provided between the supporting bracket and the rotating bracket to expand or contract according to rotation of the rotating bracket to adjust a tilt angle of the rotating bracket. Thus, the wall mount easily tilts the display apparatus through a simplified tilting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yong-ha Shin
  • Patent number: 7431247
    Abstract: A bipod operable for attachment to a bipod mounting plate having at least one transverse slot on a lower surface thereof, the upper surface of the bipod mounting plate including attachment means operable for attaching the mounting plate to a firearm or optical device. The bipod includes a bipod mounting bracket operable for rigidly and adjustably attaching the bipod to the bipod mounting plate. The bipod further includes a pair of telescopically extendable legs pivotally attached to the mounting bracket. The pivotal attachment means is operable for manually adjusting the angle of orientation of the legs with respect to the mounting bracket between zero degrees and a preset angle of less than 180 degrees and most preferably about 90 degrees. The pivotal attachment means further includes beveled detents that enable the silent locking of the legs into the desired angular orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Inventor: Andrew Bobro
  • Patent number: 7377475
    Abstract: A television mount assembly includes an elongated railing has a first end and second end. The railing is attached to a ceiling with a plurality of brackets. A pole has a top end and a bottom end. The pole has a pair of bends therein so that the pole includes a first arm, a second arm and a middle section extending between the first and second arms. A mounting is attached to the top end and secures the pole to the railing. The pole is movable along the railing. A first motor is mounted on the pole and a drive wheel is mechanically coupled to the motor. The drive wheel is in communication with the railing. The first motor is configured to selectively rotate the drive wheel in a first direction or a second direction so that the top end of the pole is moved along the railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Inventor: Rodovaldo Lopez
  • Patent number: 7374141
    Abstract: A clip including two plates that preferably are substantially parallel, a spacer that connects the plates and that holds the plates apart by a gap, and at least one part of a hook-and-loop fastener attached to at least one of the plates opposite the other of the plates. Also, a clip including a plate, one or more structures for fastening the plate to an object, and at least one part of a hook-and-loop fastener attached to the plate. In addition, a method of using such clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: David Holden
  • Patent number: 7370841
    Abstract: The crisscross fulcrum according to the present invention is formed as a continuous member by fabricating one elastic member in the form of a plate. Therefore, the rocking fulcrum member can be obtained as a precise fulcrum member at a low cost with reduced variations in the spring characteristic and can be easily assembled. Additionally, in the present invention, it is preferable that a heat treatment should be performed on the crisscross spring formed by fabricating the one elastic member in the form of a plate. By the heat treatment performed after fabricating for forming the crisscross spring, the spring characteristic is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignees: Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd., Tosei Engineering Corp.
    Inventor: Nozomi Takai
  • Patent number: 7364128
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a support mechanism are provided. The support mechanism includes an engagement pin including an engagement surface and a latch surface wherein the engagement pin is coupled to a base. The support mechanism also includes a pawl that includes an engagement surface complementary to the pin engagement surface and a latch surface complementary to the pin latch surface wherein the pawl is biased toward engagement of the pawl latch surface with the pin latch surface. The support mechanism also includes a ring latch that includes an annular ring having a toothed edge, the ring latch is coupled to the pawl such that the pawl extends axially away from the ring latch in a direction opposite the toothed edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: GE Security, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Donaldson, Arnold Top
  • Patent number: 7354025
    Abstract: The present invention provides a roof scaffold bracket (12) having a roof fixing arm (14), a platform support arm (16) pivotally attached (28) at one end of roof fixing arm (14) and an adjustment arm (18) pivotally attached (20) at the other end of roof fixing arm (14). Platform support arm (16) is adapted to be connected to adjustment arm (18). At least one foot means (72) is provided on roof fixing arm (14) whereby the at least one foot means (72) is adapted to secure the roof scaffold bracket (12) to a frame element (81) of a roof (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Brunsen Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Peter Searle
  • Patent number: 7350759
    Abstract: A quick release mounting apparatus and method for mounting a room air conditioner in a window opening that utilizes a quick release mounting which supports the weight of the outdoor portion of the air conditioner in a cantilevered condition and, in the event of an emergency, upon releasing a latch mechanism allows the air conditioner to topple rearwardly from the window opening exterior of the room to provide an escape route through the open window. A safety harness may also be provided that suspends the air conditioner unit a distance above the ground on the exterior of the room after it has been released to prevent it from falling to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Robert R. Gray
  • Patent number: 7344117
    Abstract: An adjustable lift support apparatus includes a base, a sleeve attached onto the base, at least one meshing device, a shaft, and a support attached at the shaft. At least one groove is formed on an inner surface of the sleeve along a first axial direction. Each meshing device corresponds to one of the at least one groove and includes a flexible protrusion. The shaft is inserted into the sleeve. At least one rack is provided on an outer surface of the shaft along a second axial direction, such that the flexible protrusion of the meshing device is meshed between two neighboring teeth of the at least one rack. The support is lifted or lowered by an external force to make each of the at least one rack move with respect to the flexible protrusion of the corresponding meshing device, so as to adjust the height of the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Benq Corporation
    Inventor: Wei-Shin She
  • Patent number: 7341235
    Abstract: A rack has a first shelf and a second shelf disposed upwardly of said first shelf, and a display unit is placed on the first shelf and disposed between the first shelf and the second shelf. The display unit is fixed to the second shelf by a display unit fixture. The display unit fixture has a display unit fixing member fixed to said display unit, i.e., a first fixing member, and a second fixing member having a magnet which can be attracted to a lower surface of the second shelf. The second fixing member can removably be fixed selectively to a desired position on the lower surface of said second shelf. The first fixing member and said second fixing member are connected by shafts to respective opposite ends of a connector for rotation about the shafts and are also rotatable with respect to the connector within a plane or planes perpendicular to the display screen of the display unit and a horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shinya Okamoto
  • Patent number: 7341233
    Abstract: In a chair having a base, a seat defining a fore-to-aft longitudinal axis, a seat back and a tilt control mechanism, a horizontal adjustment mechanism is provided for allowing fore-to-aft movement of the seat relative to the seat back. The mechanism includes a first plate adapted to be coupled to the seat; a second plate adapted to be coupled either directly to the base or to the tilt control mechanism, the second plate being slidably coupled to the first plate such that the two plates can move relative to one another along the longitudinal axis of the seat; an intermediate element positioned between the first and second plates for facilitating relative sliding movement therebetween, and a handle positioned between first and second plates that selectively positions the first plate in relation to the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: L & P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Kevin McMains
  • Patent number: 7341227
    Abstract: An adjustable wrist pad for mating a keyboard and a wrist pad base is provided, which comprises a sliding board and a fastening base. The sliding board is provided with a plurality of positioning holes with an engaging portion extended from each of the two ends of one side of the sliding board. The fastening base includes a first housing and a second housing mutually correspondent to each other. Each of the first housing and the second housing is provided with an elastic arm on the middle thereof. A projection is provided on one lower part of the elastic arm of the first housing and corresponds to one of the positioning holes of the sliding board, whereas another projection is provided on one upper part of the elastic arm of the second housing and corresponds to the same positioning hole. The present adjustable wrist pad is formed as a modularized structure, which can connect the keyboard and the wrist pad base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun Lin Chen
  • Patent number: 7341230
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device removably attachable to a vertical rod-like structure to hang articles such as flower pots. The device has a main body on which the article to be hang can be attached and a U-shaped bracket. In use, the main body and the U-shaped bracket are assembled in such a manner as to surround the rod-like structure. The article to be hung once attached, generates a cantilever action that presses the main body against the rod-like structure and causes the device to lock on the structure. Advantageously, the rear part of the main body is carved in a stepwise manner in order to fit rod-like structures of different sizes and shapes. The device may also be advantageously used with interchangeable supports for use to hang articles of different sizes and shapes. The device and the support are easy to use and can be installed without tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Bernard Beaudry
  • Patent number: 7341232
    Abstract: Various systems including brackets and associated wires are disclosed for suspending fixtures from ceilings and the like. The systems improve over the prior art in several ways. Attachment of the wire to the bracket is faster and easier. The attachment can be made more rigid. Several different components can be combined to adapt to different suspension requirements. Brackets can be provided with structure to make more stable connections to cement and masonry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: Fernando R. Masas
  • Patent number: 7338020
    Abstract: An attachment device for mounting an object to non-porous surface comprises a spring-loaded suction pad assembly, a rigid cover formed to fit upon the pad assembly, and an articulated actuator arm pivotally coupled to the pad assembly and movable upon the cover to selectively urge the pad assembly into sealing contact with the surface. The suction pad assembly includes a pliable pad member having a rigid stem centrally affixed thereto and a compression spring set coaxially about the stem between the pad member and the inside cover to apply pressure upon the pad member. The articulated actuator arm includes a base member pivotally coupled to the stem and a mounting sleeve flexibly joined to the base member with an extension spring coaxially engaged therethrough. The base member is formed to compress or release the suction pad assembly and is adapted to be locked to the cover in the compressed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Inventor: Edward Magid
  • Patent number: 7338019
    Abstract: An adjusting assembly for adjustably connecting a monitor (50) to a base (60), includes a first rotate assembly (10) connected with the base, a second rotate assembly (20) connected with the monitor, a support arm (30) connected with the first rotate assembly and the second rotate assembly, and a pair of transmission straps (80). The transmission straps alter the rotation of the first rotate assembly in one direction to the rotation of the second assembly in an opposite direction. The first rotate assembly generates a first torsional moment. The monitor generates a first gravity moment opposite to the first torsional moment. When the monitor rotates relative to the support arm, the first rotate assembly generates a second torsional moment to counteract a second gravity moment of the monitor relative to the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Alvin (Chien-Chung) Liu, Chen Lu Fan, Li-Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 7334765
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a display apparatus having: a display to display a picture; a mounting unit to mount the display on a mounting surface. The mounting unit has: a supporting bracket to support the display; a tilting hinge provided between the mounting surface and the supporting bracket to rotatably support the supporting bracket centering on a first axis along a first direction of the display; and a pivoting hinge provided between the supporting bracket and the display to rotatably support the display centering on a second axis formed along a second direction of the display, substantially perpendicular to the first direction. The pivoting hinge has: a pivoting shaft provided in a central part of the supporting bracket; a supporting disc stationarily connected to the pivoting shaft and connected to the supporting bracket; and a rotating disc rotatably connected to the pivoting shaft and connected to the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung-ho Hwang
  • Patent number: 7336479
    Abstract: A monitor adjusting apparatus include a monitor (10), a base (20) and an adjusting device (30). The adjusting device includes a first pivot assembly (40) connected with the monitor, a second pivot assembly (50) connected with the base, and a connecting assembly (70) mounted between the first pivot assembly and the second pivot assembly. The first pivot assembly generates a friction moment. The monitor generates a first gravity moment opposite to the friction moment. The second pivot assembly generates a twist moment. The monitor and the connecting assembly generate a second gravity moment opposite to the twist moment. The monitor stays at any obliquity under a balance of the friction moment and the first gravity moment, and stays at any height under a balance of the twist moment and the second gravity moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Alive (Chien-Chung) Liu, Chen Lu Fan, Li-Ping Chen
  • Patent number: 7334762
    Abstract: A flat panel display mounting apparatus that enables quick and easy mounting and dismounting of the flat panel display. The system includes a first bracket having a periphery defining a plurality of spaced apart notches and a second bracket selectively removably receivable on the first bracket that includes a plurality of fastening buttons, each fastening button defining a slot. The fastening buttons are spaced apart and positioned correspondingly with the notches of the first bracket so that the slot of each fastening button receives the periphery of the first bracket at a separate one of the notches when the second bracket is received on the first bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: CSAV, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Dittmer
  • Patent number: 7331553
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a compressed-air bottle. The apparatus has a bottle support, a plurality of glide inserts projecting away from the bottle support and engageable with a compressed-air bottle supported on the apparatus, and a tightening strap for exerting a force on a compressed-air bottle supported by the apparatus. The tightening strap draws a compressed-air bottle against the glide inserts so that the glide inserts are repositioned relative to the bottle support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: MSA Auer GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Kling, Carsten Leuschner