Patents Examined by Gary C. Hoge
  • Patent number: 11328627
    Abstract: Provided are apparatus and method for management of electronic shelf label. The apparatus for management of electronic shelf label, ESL, including an ESL mainboard and a plurality of ESL small boards, wherein the ESL mainboard sends task commands to the plurality of ESL small boards through a first logic signal; and each ESL small board of the plurality of ESL small boards includes a receiving portion and a display portion, the receiving portion receives, through the first logic signal, a command for a task corresponding to the ESL small board as sent by the ESL mainboard, and the display portion displays the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Yang Rao, Peng Qin, Zhongli Luo, Bo Wang, Juncai Ai
  • Patent number: 11324352
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a set of interlocking panels arranged in stacked polygons to create a scalable, re-useable and flat-packable Christmas tree or display stand that substitutes for traditional Christmas trees in that it allows for use of standard string lights, garland, traditional hanging ornaments or also as a standalone stylized Christmas tree or display stand. In some embodiments, the panels could also be combined to form other objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Joel Thomas Michalski
  • Patent number: 11328630
    Abstract: A modular collapsible shadowbox system for creating customizable decorative tables. The system comprises a plurality of individual units, each displaying a letter, number, symbol, or shape, which, when combined, form a desired word, phrase, expression, or design. The units may be folded for storage and transport, then assembled in any desired combination for use. The desired units may be aligned in a row with a tabletop secured thereon for use as a table. The units may be individually lit from within, backlighting the letter, number, symbol, or shape and creating a shadowbox effect. The individual units, combined with color-customizable lighting, allow a user to create a custom table with any desired message and color scheme and is thus ideal for weddings, parties, and other events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventors: Renee Hairston-Wilson, Kendel Stocker
  • Patent number: 11318896
    Abstract: A license plate locking system is provided that will prevent theft of a license plate. The license plate locking system of the present invention comprises a hollow body, wherein said hollow body comprises an opening, a locking mechanism and a protrusion. The opening in the hollow body provides access to a plate holder device, such as a screw, wherein said plate holder device is positioned inside said hollow body and covered by non-removable cover with resilient properties rendering the screws inaccessible. This prevents the removal of the registration tags or license plate by unauthorized persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Inventors: Ricardo Hernandez De Luna, Amalie Marie Hernandez Soto
  • Patent number: 11315448
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger service unit signage placard adapted to be retrofitted to a passenger service unit, the placard comprising at least a first signage area and a second signage area, wherein the first signage area is arranged to be illuminated by a switchable illumination means in the passenger service unit and wherein the placard comprises a first and a second layer and photoluminescent material is provided on at least one of the first and second layers of the placard in the second signage area, the second signage area having at least one first icon illuminated by the photoluminescent material such that the first icon is always illuminated in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: SAF-T-GLO LIMITED
    Inventors: Rhian Bache, Sean O'Kell
  • Patent number: 11306452
    Abstract: A structure of a sign pole is provided. The sign pole includes a tubular member that has a predetermined outer diameter, a predetermined inner diameter, and a predetermined thickness. In a state in which the sign pole is embedded in a ground, the sign pole includes a reinforcement portion having a thickness different from the predetermined thickness while maintaining the predetermined outer diameter in a first range from a first position equal to or lower than a level of a ground surface to a second position located a predetermined distance above the level of the ground surface. The reinforcement portion has a thickness larger than the predetermined thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Inventors: Tomonori Shindo, Kazumi Matsui
  • Patent number: 11297959
    Abstract: A do-it-yourself awards storage and display system is described. The system comprises a cassette having a hollow space therein configured to receive ribbons attached to awards within the hollow space and a cloth cover configured to wrap around the cassette and cover a front surface thereof and configured to display the awards on the cloth cover. The cloth-covered cassette can then be placed into a frame for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Joseph Broun
  • Patent number: 11297910
    Abstract: A tool to position accouterments on a uniform includes a component having at least one opening extending through the component. The opening can receive an accouterment to be placed on a uniform. The tool has one or more reference indicators indicated around the opening on at least one side. The accouterment can be placed in the opening and then appropriately positioned using the reference indicators. The tool can also have a grid that can be used to place accouterments on the uniform with respect to both horizontal and vertical positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Mentor Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Gerecht, Matthew Dail
  • Patent number: 11291311
    Abstract: The present floor seat apparatus includes a base, a seat removably seatable in the base, and a tray engagable to the base. The base may be used as a seat by itself, with or without the seat and with or without the tray. The base includes a post. The seat includes a post through opening that engages the post and positions the seat in the seat receptacle of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Regalo International, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. Flannery, Gary T. Schultze
  • Patent number: 11278132
    Abstract: A display for displaying a plurality of images includes a cube shaped housing formed of a first housing part that includes first, second and third faces and a second housing part that includes fourth, fifth and sixth faces, wherein the first part and the second housing parts are coupled to one another by a snap-fit to form the cube shaped housing. The display includes a skeleton frame formed of a first frame part and a second frame part. The first frame part and the second frame part are attached to one another to surround the cube shaped housing. The display includes a first image template that includes interconnected first, second and third images, the first image being coupled to the first face, the second image being coupled to the second face and the third image being coupled to the third face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Steven M. Spiro, Ryan Kelly, Paul Dowd
  • Patent number: 11278133
    Abstract: The present invention is a display support comprising a bracket that is attachable to a display and having at least one wing adjacent to a bracket channel. The bracket channel has at least one keyway. A sleeve is held within the channel and has a keyway aligned with the keyway of the bracket channel to form an aligned keyway. A support arm, held within the sleeve, has a key that can be received in the aligned keyway. Rotation of the support arm in the sleeve is prevented when the key is received in the aligned keyway and rotation of the support is permitted when the key is not received in the aligned keyway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: RM Holdings, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Roger H. Miller
  • Patent number: 11280462
    Abstract: A safety device cabinet includes an equipment cabinet, a safety switch having an integrated light, a switch logic circuit and a battery back-up. The safety device cabinet includes an equipment cabinet and an access door. The access door includes a window and an edge light emitting device. The window is etched with a message containing a description of the equipment stored in the equipment cabinet. The safety switch with an integrated light includes a push momentary switch, a light bezel and a bezel light source. An inner perimeter of the outer shell is sized to receive a push button of the push momentary switch. The light bezel preferably includes an opening to receive a light emitting portion of the light source. The switch logic circuit preferably includes a AC to DC converter, a microprocessor, a software program and a monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Steve Wriggle, Dorothy J. Wriggle
  • Patent number: 11276337
    Abstract: An intelligent cone comprises a base; a cone section; at least one light; a 360 degree motion sensing system; a fan; and at least one hardware processor; and one or more software modules that are configured to, when executed by the at least one hardware processor, receive information from the sensing system indicating that a person is approaching the intelligent cone, activate the at least one light as a warning to the approaching person, and operate the fan to dry a spill or moisture that is creating a safety issue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: CHAIN VAULT INC.
    Inventor: Ara Yavruyan
  • Patent number: 11276331
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a placard holder and, more specifically, to a placard holder capable of being mounted to a curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Julian Kaye, Pamela Ann Kopelke
  • Patent number: 11274473
    Abstract: A security tag (100) for attachment to an item comprises a pair of flat panels (102, 104) joined together by a flexible hinge (106). Each panel (103, 104) has an inner surface and an outer surface. The panels are foldable about the flexible hinge with the inner surfaces of the panels abutting each other. One panel has a retainer (112) for a flexible tie of plastics material and the other panel has an orifice (116) in alignment with the retainer (112). The security tag (100) can only be removed by breaking the plastics tie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventor: Paul Jevens
  • Patent number: 11276335
    Abstract: A scrolling billboard having a frame, a first pair of mandrels mounted within the frame supporting an elongate banner having multiple sign images. One sign image is viewable within the frame opening. A pair of sign drive motors are connected to the first pair of mandrels. A second pair of mandrels move a curtain relative to the frame opening between a blocked position where view of the sign is obstructed and a viewing position in which view of the sign is unobstructed. The mandrels are tubular and internally supported by mandrel supports to prevent sagging. A controller cooperates with the sign and curtain drive motors to change the viewable image by: moving the curtain to the closed position, changing the sign image, and returning the curtain to the viewing position. An add/remove fixture is disclosed to insert or remove signs from the banner. A corresponding method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Inventors: Paul G. Angott, Randy Gu, Michael A. Latcha, Hugo F. Pimentel
  • Patent number: 11269432
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display module including a transparent display panel and a frame to fix a side of the transparent display panel, wherein the frame has a communication unit to receive data from the outside, a controller to process the received data and to output a drive command corresponding to the processed data and a display drive unit to drive the transparent display panel in response to the drive command from the controller. A display system includes a system body and a display module detachably mounted in the system body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Inventors: Joo-yeon Lee, Sang Chul Lee, Jong Seo Lee, Se Yong Kim
  • Patent number: 11270608
    Abstract: A graphic, includes a substrate and a printed pattern disposed over the substrate. The substrate is configured to attach to a mounting surface, and is transparent. The printed pattern exposes a nonprinted pattern. The printed pattern is a geometric projection of a graphic design on the mounting surface from a first viewpoint, and the nonprinted pattern is a geometric projection of a transparency design on the mounting surface from a second viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: BIGGIE INC.
    Inventors: Gordon Handelsman, Ken Milhous
  • Patent number: 11260974
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus are provided for generating and dispersing plumes of reflective aerosols. Methods include: supplying fuel to an engine of an aircraft for combustion; supplying an additive to the fuel, where the additive includes at least one of a reflective aerosol or a precursor thereof; combusting the fuel and the additive to the fuel in the engine; and generating, in the exhaust from the engine, a plume of reflective aerosol, where the reflective aerosol reflects sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Inventor: Nathan D. Hiller
  • Patent number: 11253072
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a reusable writing kit is disclosed. The kit includes a substrate comprising a substrate writable surface and a substrate rear surface and a panel releasably mountable to the substrate. The panel includes a panel writing surface, a panel rear surface, and a first attachment member having a first type of securing force operable to mount the panel to the substrate, where the panel is mounted to the substrate and the panel rear surface is spaced apart from the substrate writable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: COMSERO, INC.
    Inventor: Anthony Franco