Patents Examined by Carl D. Friedman
  • Patent number: 7331549
    Abstract: Pipe brackets and a pipe hanging system are provided for supporting fluid-carrying ducts or pipes along a wall or suspended from a ceiling of a building structure. The pipe hanging system can position and support a pipe or system of pipes in any position and to provide a constant centerline path of each pipe segment irrespective of changes in the diameter of the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Woodworker's Supply Inc.
    Inventors: John Wirth, Jr., Jay L. Sanger, Paul Brutsman, Dan Stoops, Mark K. McCool
  • Patent number: 7331555
    Abstract: A recessed fixture for mounting into an opening in a wall structure defining front and rear wall surfaces comprises a pot defining a fixture chamber to be received in the opening of the wall structure and having a peripheral wall, an end wall and a peripheral flange for abutment with the wall structure. A clip is provided having a surface-abutting portion. The clip is so mounted to the peripheral wall of the pot so as to reciprocate between a retracted position where the clip is inside the fixture chamber and an extended position where the surface-abutting portion is outside the fixture chamber and abuts the rear surface of the wall structure. A fastener is coupled to both the clip and the pot for reciprocatively moving the clip between retracted and extended positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Les Luminaires Eureka Lighting
    Inventor: Guy St-Pierre
  • Patent number: 7328879
    Abstract: A bearing washer is inserted into a horizontally elongated recess formed within the top flat surface of an upper tapered wedge of a support assembly through which equipment is adjustably positioned on a foundation. The upper wedge is vertically and horizontally adjusted in slidingly positioned contact with a lower tapered wedge along inclined surfaces within a recess formed therein before attachment of the tapered wedges to each other by horizontal fastener bolts extending through the upper wedge and the lower wedge. In such adjusted position of the wedges, a convex surface on the inserted bearing washer is in contact with a concave surface within a recess formed in the top surface of the upper wedge to support the equipment in close spaced relationship thereabove. Slidable adjustment of the wedges is limited by a recess shoulder in the lower tapered wedge to avoid excessive loading of the fastener bolts under severe shock and vibration conditions imposed on the equipment positioned on the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Gus F. Plangetis
  • Patent number: 7328874
    Abstract: A supporting device for non-averaged force in a pipeline comprised of a frame that is fixed to a supporting portion and a fixing mechanism for fixing a pipe body to the frame, wherein wedge bodies capable of blocking movements of the pipe body in a pipe axial direction with respect to the frame are provided when being pressed against an outer surface of the pipe body through pressing force acting from the frame towards the pipe body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Waterworks Technology Development Organization Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsutoshi Tenma, Masashi Igarashi, Kenji Otsuka, Kikuo Saito, Haruhiko Shimizu
  • Patent number: 7325776
    Abstract: This invention's suspensory fastener for piping is characterized in that the fastener is arranged from the two members of a long band and short band, a coupled state maintaining means, which maintains a state wherein a bolt of a bolt-and-nut set that is provided at a lower end coupling portion of the above-mentioned long band is engaged with an opening with guiding entrance of lower end coupling portion of the above-mentioned short band and the two lower end coupling portions are overlapped with each other, is provided, and coupling and releasing of the coupling of the lower end coupling portion of the above-mentioned long band with the fastener coupling portion of the above-mentioned short band are enabled without separation of the bolt-and-nut set provided at the lower end coupling portion of the above-mentioned long band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Akagi Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiji Shibuya
  • Patent number: 7325777
    Abstract: A portable multiple-component articulating support apparatus for engaging, moving, orientating and manipulating a hand-operated power tool within and throughout a three-dimensional workspace. The apparatus includes a clamping device for demountable engagement with a structural element, an elongate double-link hinge member, a spacer arm having opposite ends adapted for detachable engagement and rotational communication with the clamping device and the double-link hinge member, a vertically disposed pivotably connected counterbalance arm assembly adapted for detachable engagement and rotational communication with the double-link hinge member. The counterbalance arm assembly is equipped with a gas-charged cylinder for balancing the weight of hand-operated power tools. The clamping device, spacer arm, double-link hinge and counterbalance arm assembly are interconnected with removable hinge pins. A tool-mounting bracket is provided for grippingly engaging a power tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Gordon Daniel Thiessen
  • Patent number: 7322550
    Abstract: A magnetic holder for holding a non-magnetic sheet against a magnetically attractive surface contains a body having a first end and a second end, an upper surface and a lower surface. The body is formed from a first material having a first co-efficient of friction. The lower surface has a first portion and a second portion. The first portion is joined to the second portion at a fulcrum line that defines an obtuse angle between the first portion and the second portion for preventing the first and second portions from engaging the magnetically attractive surface simultaneously. A magnet member is disposed on the second portion for magnetically coupling the holder to the magnetically attractive surface. A first gripping member is disposed on the second portion for frictionally gripping the non-magnetic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas Killion
  • Patent number: 7322551
    Abstract: An apparatus with a first and second loaf spring portions extending from a bridge portion, the second leaf spring portion provides an article support mounting aperture for attachment of an article support to the second leaf spring portion by structure for attaching said article support, and additional structure for securing the article support to the second leaf spring portion is disclosed. In a first embodiment, the article support is a towel ring, the structure for attaching the towel ring to the second leaf spring portion includes a shaft extending from a distal end of a post, and a retention groove formed at a distal end of the shaft. The additional structure for securing the shaft to the second leaf spring portion includes: a compression spring enclosing the shaft and interposed between the second leaf spring portion and the post; and a fastener affixed to the retention groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Inventor: Joseph M. Simonsen
  • Patent number: 7320455
    Abstract: A platform that includes a vibration sensor located within an inner core of a table. The table may have a first plate that supports a vibration-sensitive payload. The first plate may be separated from a second plate by the inner core. The sensor can be located within the core directly below the device. The sensor can be connected to an electrical connector attached to an external surface of the table. A monitor can be readily plugged into the electrical connector to obtain vibration data from the sensor. The platform may also include a damper located within the inner core to reduce vibration of the table. The damper may be an active device that is connected to control circuits located within, or outside, the inner core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Newport Corporation
    Inventors: Vyacheslav M. Ryaboy, Warren Booth
  • Patent number: 7320451
    Abstract: In a stand of liquid crystal display, a holding member may include a slider, a lower cover, a leaf spring that abuts against a side of the slider, a push-force adjusting member. The push-force adjusting member includes a push member, which has a tapered portion and pushes the leaf spring, and a screw member, which adjusts a height of the tapered portion of the push member relative to the leaf spring. The push-force adjusting member serves to adjust a push force of the leaf spring on the side of the slider. The lower cover has an adjustment hole, through which the screw member can be adjusted from outside. The slider may have a rectangular-shaped. The lower cover may have a first stopper, against which an upper end surface of the slider abuts, and a second stopper, against which a lower end surface of the slider abuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Funai Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masuo Ogawa
  • Patent number: 7320454
    Abstract: A display supporting apparatus includes an upper engaging part mounted on a ceiling, a swivel adjusting part rotatably combined with bottom of the upper engaging part, a flange member combined with the upper engaging part to support the swivel adjusting part, a first engaging pipe extended downward from the swivel adjusting part, and a display mounting part combined with a bottom of the first engaging pipe to mount a display thereon. Accordingly, the present invention includes a display supporting apparatus to support a large-sized display in a stable manner without a separate casing for the display, and further provides swiveling, tilting and height adjustment of a display with the use of engaging pipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: You-sub Lee, Sang-hyun Han, Sang-hak Kim
  • Patent number: 7318567
    Abstract: A cable management device includes a clamping mechanism (110) suitable for attachment to a surface. The clamping mechanism comprises an annular portion (111) having an outside surface (114), an inside surface (115) that forms a perimeter of a cavity (118) interior to the annular portion, a first terminus (116), and a second terminus (117) disposed opposite the first terminus. The first terminus and the second terminus define a gap (151) between them. In one embodiment, the cable management device further comprises a membrane (120, 220) attached to the clamping mechanism at the inside surface, where the membrane contains a first opening (121). In the same or another embodiment, the cable management device further comprises a slot (140) in the annular portion of the clamping mechanism. Both the membrane and the slot enhance the cable management features of the cable management device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Belkin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Mori, John Wadsworth
  • Patent number: 7318573
    Abstract: A seat sliding device comprises a lower rail fixed at a stationary part and extending in a seat longitudinal direction, an upper rail fixed at a seat and slidably guided by the lower rail, a lock mechanism for locking and unlocking a slidable movement of the upper rail to the lower rail in order to adjust a position of the seat relative to the stationary part, the lock mechanism being attached at the upper rail, and a memory mechanism for returning the seat, which has moved to a forefront seat position from an occupant's seated position during a walk-in operation, to the occupant's seated position, the memory mechanism having a memory rail positioned at a distance from at least one of the lower rail and the upper rail and a memory slide configured to be fixed to the memory rail and to be slidably movable relative to the memory rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Hideo Nihonmatsu
  • Patent number: 7318571
    Abstract: A fixation member, made of a single piece of elastic material, used for mounting an object to a frame, and in particular for mounting an automotive lamp in a reflector housing, includes a first portion and a second portion interconnected by first spring means. The first portion comprise first catch means for engaging with a frame to which the fixation member is to be fixed after the first portion is pushed towards the second portion, while the first spring means pushes the second portion against the frame. The first portion furthermore comprises second catch means for engaging with corresponding catch means of the second portion when the first portion is pushed further towards said second portion against an increasing force of the first spring means, whereby the catch means retracts and thereby disengages from the frame. The second portion is provided with second spring means for abutting against the frame thereby pushing the second portion in a direction away from the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Petrus Johannes Antonius Linssen
  • Patent number: 7318568
    Abstract: A device is for releasably mounting a bundle of bags on a wall. The device has a wall-mounted suspension fitting. One rear major surface of the bag bundle is connected to a sheet which is parallel with said bundle and which is adapted for releasably co-action with the fitting. The bags are releasably connected to said sheet at there respective opening regions. The sheet has an opening midway of its width and the fitting has upwardly directed clip-finger that includes in an upper portion of its side facing towards the wall a projection that can be received in the opening in the sheet. The projection has two vertically separated oblique surfaces which are mutually convergent in a direction towards said wall for co-action with the upper and lower edges of the sheet opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Tony Barouta
  • Patent number: 7318572
    Abstract: A mount for attaching a flat screen display panel is disclosed in which a wall bracket is attached to a support surface, a panel bracket is secured to a display panel, and the two brackets then cooperate to securely affix the display panel to the support surface while allowing subsequent lateral and pivotal adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Assignee: Premier Mounts
    Inventor: Leonard Dozier
  • Patent number: 7316380
    Abstract: An article hanging system (1) capable of easily changing an exhibit position and an exhibit height of an article such as a goods exhibited in a shop, a hanger and a display shelf comprises a ceiling rail assembly (10), a wire holder (50) slidably retained to the ceiling rail assembly (10), a wire (100) hanging down from the wire holder (50), a gripper (120) fixably attachable at a desired position along the wire (100), a wire holder (70) attached to a lower end of the wire (100) and a floor rail assembly (40) to which the wire holder (70) is slidably retained. Each of the rail assemblies (10), (40) comprises longitudinal rails (21), (11Y) extending in a longitudinal direction (the Y-direction) and lateral rails (11), (11X) slidable with respect to the longitudinal rail as being spanned between the longitudinal rails. Each of the wire holders (50), (70) are slidable along the lateral rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: A.G.K. Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Arakawa
  • Patent number: 7316098
    Abstract: The present invention is a framing component interconnecting device that is particularly useful for interconnecting a spanning member and its supporting components. While the device may be used in a number of ways to facilitate frame construction, the preferred mode of use is to pre-attach it at the bearing points of a spanning member during pre-assembly of the spanning member. Because the device is not obtrusive while it is in what is referred to herein as a “non-deployed configuration,” the device thus attached to a spanning member does not hinder or complicate storing, transporting, and handling the spanning member. The device incorporates an anchor strap and connecting flaps that can be deployed in order to interconnect the spanning member to its supporting component once the spanning member has been raised into position. In its deployed configuration, the device anchors, orients, braces, and interconnects one framing component to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventor: Gerald L. Sackett
  • Patent number: 7314207
    Abstract: A stand for supporting one end of an elongate structural member, such as a utility pole, a distance off of the ground includes first and second pairs of legs and a cradle configured to engage a circumference of the elongate structural member. The first and second pairs of legs are movable relative to one another, from a nested configuration to a working configuration. In the nested configuration, the second legs are positioned generally between the first legs so that the stand has a generally flat profile that is convenient for storage and transporting the stand to a work site. The legs can be moved to the working configuration when it is desired to support a utility pole or other elongate structural member thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Tru 2 Form Ventures, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Jones
  • Patent number: 7314200
    Abstract: A support and transport system for a patient care apparatus comprised of a first arm assembly connected to a stationary support and a second arm assembly connected to a patient transfer vehicle. An end cap for supporting a patient care apparatus is selectively attachable to the first arm assembly and to the second arm assembly. Locking means are provided on the end cap for locking the end cap onto one of the first and second arm assemblies. The other of the first and second arm assemblies is detachable from the end cap only when the end cap is locked onto the one of the first and second arm assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: American Sterilizer Company
    Inventors: Alex Bally, Wendell Wilson, George Gounaris