Patents Examined by Carl D. Friedman
  • Patent number: 7314203
    Abstract: This invention is directed toward a base for a top object such as a vanity mirror or other small object with enhanced stability and rotational capabilities. The invention is also easy to manufacture, take apart and put back together, and repair as it has only one screw which holds the entire unit together. While designed for a vanity mirror, and number of other items can be mounted on the top of the invention due to its design which includes a threaded opening at its upper portion which can accommodate screw threads from an attached device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Chi Yau Yue
  • Patent number: 7311290
    Abstract: A kit of components for constructing and installing an awning and light support system to provide sun and weather protection to a window or door of a structure. Included therein are a pair of uniquely constructed bracket members having an L-shaped configuration with the respective free ends of the legs termination in an angled L-shape configuration, where the latter are used to removably secure an awning spar to support the awning material. Additionally, the bracket member includes a short horizontal arm, projecting from a first leg of the bracket member within the plane of the bracket member, from which may be secured a lighting fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Michael S. Barnes
  • Patent number: 7311289
    Abstract: A multi-purpose foldable stand is simple in structure and capable of being used on a table as a memo holder, a coffee filter holder, a book holder, and a banana holder, and when not in use, the stand is folded into a compact size for storage or carry. The stand has two identical U-shaped frames. Each of the frames includes a horizontal leg portion, an upright support portion, and a horizontal arm portion, to which spring clips or hooks are attached for suspending articles. Both of the upright support portions are pivotally bound together. When the stand is used, the frames are so pivoted that the horizontal leg portions form an angle of approximately 90 degrees with respect to each other, then memos, a coffee filter, a book, or bananas are suspended from the horizontal arm portions, and so the stand functions as the holder for the article suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Akio Mori
  • Patent number: 7309054
    Abstract: A clamp assembly is disclosed including a clamp support half having an attachment end, the attachment end engaging a supporting structure, a lower clamp half releasably secured to the clamp support half, and wherein the lower clamp half accommodates an anti-rotation pin to prevent rotation about a longitudinal axis of the clamp assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Taco Metals, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen O. Slatter, William E. Kushner, Michael Burnley
  • Patent number: 7305798
    Abstract: An overfilled arch bridge system includes a composite arch which has a precast layer and a cast-in-place layer. The system further includes means for reducing bending moments within the overfilled arch. The means include customizing the arch end geometry and prestressing the arch prior to or during loading. The system can be used in connection with the overfilled arch system disclosed in co-pending patent application titled “Top Arch Overfilled System” filed by the same inventor on Mar. 22, 2002.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Bebo of America
    Inventor: Werner Heierli
  • Patent number: 7306191
    Abstract: A suspension structure for a ceiling fan is primarily composed of an L-shape plastic seat and a bracket, wherein by abutting a right-angle inner surface of the L-shape plastic seat on a right-angle portion of a beam, and then by transfixing screws into the bracket and the L-shape plastic seat to fix the seat under the beam, the bracket can be used to hang a ceiling fan. The L-shape plastic seat can be temporarily fixed under the beam conveniently, by the thorns of L-shape locking device, so as to facilitate the assembling and to enhance a structural intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Inventor: Bi-Ju Chen
  • Patent number: 7303173
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a mechanism for adjusting the angle of an auxiliary support mounted on an auxiliary support mechanism. The mechanism may have a first member having a plurality of surfaces mounted on the end of an auxiliary support mechanism. The mechanism may also have a second member having a plurality of surfaces slideably enveloping said first member. The mechanism may still further have a third member movably connected to the auxiliary support mechanism as well as a spring member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Humanscale Corporation
    Inventor: George Mileos
  • Patent number: 7303172
    Abstract: A secure dish holder that easily and firmly attaches to tables and various other structures without relying on suction or adhesive. The secure dish holder is easily released by an adult, but securely holds a dish or another article so that it is not easily spilled or dislodged by a child, by wind, or by movement of the structure. The secure dish holder includes a top plate with a fastener for a dish on the topside. The top plate has slip-resistant padding on the underside that grips the surface to which the secure dish holder attaches. The secure dish holder includes a top plate with posts extending substantially perpendicularly from the underside of the top plate and a bottom plate with holes that slide snugly over the posts so the bottom plate slides along the posts. A compressible material is fixed to the topside of the bottom plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Jason H. Rich
  • Patent number: 7299588
    Abstract: The present invention is a roof tarp. The roof tarp is a square or rectangular shaped tarp that has a first and a second face. The tarp has a tar strip that runs parallel and abuts all edges of the tarp, the tar strip is at-least two and a half inches in width from each edge of the tarp and is at-least a half inch in height from the first face of the tarp. A cellophane covering overlaps the tar strip. A ridge is defined on the first face of the tarp. The ridge is adjacent to the tar strip and runs parallel to the tar strip. The ridge is at least half an inch in height. A first hook and loop material attachment means that is attached to the first face of the tarp and that runs parallel and is adjacent to the ridge of the tarp, the hook and loop attachment means is at least a half an inch inwards from the ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventors: Antonio Diaz, Ernesto Alonso
  • Patent number: 7300028
    Abstract: A tripod head includes a cylindrical housing 1 having connection member at one end for a tripod, a ball joint (2) rotatably and pivotally arranged in the housing (1), a bearing element (4) for the ball joint (2), having a sliding surface (7) contacting the circumference of the ball joint (2) and arranged so as to be axially displaceable and rotatable in the housing (1), and a device (5) for fixing the ball joint (2) and having a support (6) for the bearing element 4 and an adjusting device (25) in operative connection with the support (6) in order to displace the bearing element against the ball joint to achieve the clamping action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Philippe Vogt
  • Patent number: 7300031
    Abstract: A collapsible beverage container supporting apparatus is disclosed that includes a mounting framework having a first mount spaced from one end of the framework and a second mount located adjacent to the other end. A container stabilizer is pivotably secured at the first mount and is movable between a substantially perpendicular configuration relative to the framework and a stored configuration with the end thereof located adjacent to the one end of the framework. A container bottom support is pivotably located at the second mount and is movable from a stored deployment adjacent to the framework to a substantially perpendicular deployment. Corner mount openings in the tray and/or a rear wall of the framework are provided for receipt of selected sheet material (such as advertising).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventors: Patrick M. Bertsch, Brent W. Murray
  • Patent number: 7301759
    Abstract: A bracket assembly for a portable unit. The assembly is pivotally mounted to the back of the unit and includes a frame member secured to the pivotally mounted member. A cover assembly is releasably secured to the frame member and can be moved to various positions with respect thereto. The cover assembly includes a locking assembly for locking and unlocking the cover assembly relative to the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: Silicon Electron Pyrimid Ltd.
    Inventor: Chen Kuo Hsiung
  • Patent number: 7299935
    Abstract: A support for a pipe clamp includes a first body adapted to be mounted to a vertical surface and a second body pivotally connected to the first body for pivotal movement between a substantially vertical stored position and a substantially horizontal operative position. A first end of each one pipe clamp is secured to the first body. A second end of each pipe clamp is secured to the second body, when the second body is in the operative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Wilbert A. Skaley
  • Patent number: 7297880
    Abstract: An over-travel protection device for mounting an occupant classification sensor having a deflecting member, the sensor being mounted between first and second seat mounting portions, is described. The device has a sensor plate positioned adjacent the occupant classification sensor and a spacer having a land. The spacer is positioned adjacent to the occupant classification sensor. A compliant element is located between the sensor plate and the second seat mounting portion. The land is spaced from the first mounting portion until the deflecting member deflects a predetermined amount, causing the land to abut the first seat mounting portion and thereby preventing further displacement of the deflecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Chrysler LLC
    Inventors: Michael Sulkowski, Issam Al-Khairy
  • Patent number: 7296776
    Abstract: A method for stabilizing a roof-resting vehicle includes the steps of leaning one or more buttress stands against a rear fender area of the vehicle, passing a chain under a rear end of the vehicle from one of the buttress stands to another, tightening the slack from the chain by pulling chain-grab end fittings towards the fenders at the vehicle undercarriage, using a ratchet strap, restraining the chain from sliding off the rear end of the vehicle by attaching a ratchet strap to the chain near a trunk lid of the vehicle, and passing the chain up to the vehicle undercarriage in front of a wheel assembly of the vehicle, attaching a ratchet strap at a base of the one or more buttress stands and tightening, and placing wedges in front of the opposite end of the vehicle, such that the vehicle is stabilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Res-Q-Jack, Inc.
    Inventor: Cris E. Pasto
  • Patent number: 7296817
    Abstract: A stop block for preventing over travel of an adjustable fifth wheel hitch assemblies comprising a generally rectangular solid member having a double curve disposed in said member such that a long portion of said member is higher in elevation than a short portion of said member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Fontaine International
    Inventors: Steven William Mann, Michael Shane Wolfe, Christopher Aaron Bond
  • Patent number: 7293755
    Abstract: A vibration isolation device includes two attachment members inter-connected by an elastic member. One of the attachment members comprises a metal tubular member connected to the elastic member, a metal bracket in which the metal tubular member is press-fitted, and a plastic bracket supporting the metal bracket and adapted to be attached to a support body or a vibratory source. The metal bracket has an engagement portion press-fitted with the metal tubular member, and a non-engagement portion offset from the engagement portion in a radial outward direction and held out of press-fitted engagement with the metal tubular member, the non-engagement portion being connected to the plastic bracket with a second elastic member disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignees: Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Miyahara, Katsuhisa Yano, Eiji Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7293745
    Abstract: A cable holder for securing multiple elongated objects to a support has a plurality of inner and outer hangers fixedly attached to one another and each configured to receive a respective one of the multiple elongated objects. The inner and outer hangers are displaceable relative to one another so that the outer hanger does not block the inner hanger during attachment of the latter to a support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Site Pro 1, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph P. Catapano
  • Patent number: 7293754
    Abstract: A locking mechanism for preventing theft of an object hung on a flat surface is provided. The locking mechanism may comprise a latch, hook and key. The latch may be attachable to the wall with an optional wall track attached thereto. Also, the hook may be attachable to the object with an optional object track attached thereto with the object track engageable to the wall track when the object is hung on the wall. Furthermore, the hook is engageable into the latch simultaneously as the object track engages the wall track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Hangman Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Gallien
  • Patent number: 7290746
    Abstract: The multi-purpose beverage container holder supported tray assembly: includes a beverage container holder component and a tray component hingedly coupled to the beverage container holder component and provides one or more utilitarian support surfaces that may be used for various functions such as food and beverage placement, writing, and other activities where a stable, conveniently positioned surface is desired; and is adapted for use in theaters, stadiums, indoor and outdoor sports arenas, convention halls, home entertainment centers, and the like. The multi-purpose tray assembly is portable and removably supported in the seat arm beverage container holders (cup holders) normally found on the seating in the locations listed above. The position of the tray component of the tray assembly can be easily adjusted to suit the user and position the utilitarian support surface of the tray component in a location most convenient for the intended use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Inventors: Nicky B. Macias, Raul A. Landa