Patents Examined by Hugh B. Thompson, II
  • Patent number: 7363748
    Abstract: A plastic louver which is to be swingably mounted in a shutter frame has a generally hollow louver body with a mouth at each end of the louver body. An end cap is fitted to each end of the louver body. Each end cap has an insert part which slides into the mouth and a face part which is exposed at the end of the louver body. The face part includes surrounding flashing which locates against without completely covering the mouthwall around the mouth. The flashing is of a size to provide sufficient strength to hold the face part of the end cap from pushing into the mouth of the louver body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Vinylbilt Shutter Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Angelo Gabriele
  • Patent number: 7281562
    Abstract: A curtain blind power conversion device with reverse brake effect, wherein the power conversion device particularly provides the brake effect and power conversion during course of manipulating slats of the curtain blind. The power conversion device is structured to include a first annular gear and a second annular gear, the two annular gears having different circular pitch and coaxially configured face to face. The first annular gear is fixedly configured, whereas the second annular gear passively rotates, and the two annular gears synchronously engage with a single planetary gear set. Utilization is made of the unequal circular pitch of the two annular gears to produce an angular speed difference, where upon the second annular gear being subject to an external force feedback, the reverse brake effect is thereby assuredly achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: Hsien-Te Huang
  • Patent number: 7281561
    Abstract: A high R-rating window assembly storing multiple, reciprocating reflective flexible film layers in a sealed housing between rigid (e.g. glazed) layers. The glazed layers are separated on the order of 3 to 5-inches and are secured to low thermal conductivity framework pieces. The framework is capped with a motorized roller and film housing and the assembly is evacuated and filled with a desiccated, inert dry gas. Several plastic, reflective coated films are supported under tension in planar parallel relation between the glazing layers from the motorized roller and several guide rollers and guide tracks. Location sensors responsive to indicia on the films identify film position. Temperature sensors monitor ambient, internal and user set thermal conditions to control film exposure. The films are operable via a room control system and window controllers to define open, closed and partial exposure conditions. Alternative control functions may control film exposure in relation to room occupancy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventors: Donald Anderson, Clifford Taylor
  • Patent number: 7278515
    Abstract: A foldable scaffold is convertible between a use position and a folded position. In the use position, the scaffold may be used to support one or more people standing thereon. In the folded position, the scaffold may be more compact and easy to carry or store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Cosco Management, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory C. Moser, Paul F. Meyers
  • Patent number: 7275346
    Abstract: A washer door or lid as defined by a tempered glass panel bordered by an open frame-like encapsulation of one-piece injection molded polymeric/copolymeric synthetic plastic material. The latter material is preferably acrylonitrile/styrene/acrylate polymer blended with mica glass beads at a ratio of substantially 70%-30% to 90%-10% by weight, but preferably 80%-20% by weight. Further specifics of the washer lid include a relatively thick inner periphery of the encapsulation which securely grips and reinforces an outer peripheral edge of the tempered glass panel, a rigid outer peripheral skirt, an indiscrete handle, a reinforced hand corder for a switch actuator and opposite rear corners carrying hinges for securing the washer lid to an associated washer opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Gemtron Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Bienick, Howard Daley
  • Patent number: 7270216
    Abstract: An assembly of portable platforms is mounted and connected together on a ladder to provide a working platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Lee Gordon Elliott
  • Patent number: 7264084
    Abstract: A tool tray support adapted for placement on the top step of a ladder, the support comprising a receptacle for storing construction material and at least one opening formed in the receptacle for supporting a hand tool. The receptacle includes a plurality of cells, the cells dedicated to storing hand tools or materials, thereby maintaining order and organization. The openings are formed so that the elongated portion of the hand tool is inserted therethrough, and the widest portion of the hand tool is suspendingly impinged by the narrower opening. The support includes an electrical cord electrically coupled with an integral electrical outlet, thereby providing electricity from a source to the integral electrical outlet for providing power to an electrical hand tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Mark D. Switzer
  • Patent number: 7261139
    Abstract: An upward acting door, such as a flexible curtain rollup door, is moveable between open and closed positions by an electric motor drive unit wherein the motor has a drive shaft with an external drive tang for engagement with a hand crank member. The crank member is adapted for mounting on a wall bracket and in engagement with a switch connected to a motor control unit. When the crank member is removed from its bracket, the switch causes the motor control unit to prevent transmission of electrical power to the motor. A manually disengageable brake is associated with the motor drive unit and is connected via an actuating member to a foot pedal which may be operated by a person using the crank member to disengage the brake and to allow free rotation of the motor drive shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Overhead Door Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Varley, Raymond A. Clark, George Lair
  • Patent number: 7258200
    Abstract: A tree stand includes a platform having a tree engaging end; a pair of hollow support arms pivotally connected to the sides of the platform; a belt having ends slidable in the support arms for forming a loop around a tree trunk to connect the platform to the tree; latches on the arms for locking the ends of the belt in position; and a bungee cord or spring connecting one end of the belt to the platform or support arms, whereby when one latch is released the belt is pulled into one arm to shorten the loop around the tree.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: Lewis Forrest
  • Patent number: 7258197
    Abstract: A scaffold bracket apparatus removably attaches to a screen enclosure framework. A pair of scaffold brackets are attached to an aluminum frame for a screen enclosure for supporting a plurality of planks thereacross to support a person thereon. The scaffold bracket has a plank supporting arm having a pair of brace members which grip each side of a generally perpendicular frame member for attaching the plank supporting arm to the generally vertically extending frame member. A locking spline is removably attached to one of the brace members for engaging a groove in the vertically extending frame member to lock the scaffold bracket against slipping sideways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: Frederic Wicks
  • Patent number: 7255198
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a stepladder having a ladder portion 18 that is comprised of rungs 24 and includes two ladder side rails, and a support portion that includes two angularly disposed telescoping legs 20 that provide mechanism for stabilizing the ladder. The telescoping support legs 20 are interconnected to each other and to the ladder side rails by lockable rigid spanner arms 22. When in use, the spanner arms 22 are locked in an open position to form a tripod formation between the rails while additionally limiting the angle of spread between the ladder portion 18 and the support legs 20. The present invention 10 also provides a retractable fly assembly 26 at the top of the ladder rails to provide for additional usable working height. A safety belt 36 is provided on the handle for additional support. A series of apertures with lock key fasteners 28 in each of the support legs provide mechanism for the user to securely position the legs at a desired length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Jennhwa Alan Lo
  • Patent number: 7252133
    Abstract: A high load operation industrial roll door, including a flexible door curtain windable about a top roll positioned above a door opening and provided with a drive system. The roll door includes a bottom beam fastened to the door curtain, and a biasing spring, for resisting movement of the door upon application of a load thereon, and a positive stop preventing movement of the biasing means beyond a predetermined point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Assignee: Albany International Corp.
    Inventors: Mikael Bengtsson, Hakan Larsson, Raymond Sauve, Holger Siewert, Jan Victor, Kent Palsson
  • Patent number: 7249655
    Abstract: An all purpose utility vehicle supporting rescue efforts especially directed toward servicing disable airplanes being an entry tube having a cab section and a tail end section. Mechanisms are provided for inclining the tube so that the cab section is elevated to the level of an airliner permitting personnel to enter the lower end of the tube and walk up to the cab section and into the stricken airplane. A gangplank design for joining the cab section to the tail section provides that the floor of the cabin section is always horizontal regardless of inclination of the tail section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2007
    Inventor: Ralph Colet
  • Patent number: 7246682
    Abstract: An elevator device that is installed on one or more ladders to lift loads from the ground to a desired position on a roof. A base securing device can be added to each of the ladders to insure stability. An outrigger mounted on a user's truck can be employed to further stabilize the ladders. The elevator device includes a ladder attachment assembly to affix the device to a ladder or ladders, a lateral travel section, and a roof top mounting device. A ladder stabilization bracket that affixes the ladder to a parapet or balcony can be employed for additional stability of the device. Several winch mechanisms are utilized to position the device and raise loads. The device can be easily adapted for use on flat roofs with a parapet through the addition of a ladder stabilization bracket. The elevator device can also readily be used on flat roofs without parapets, pitched roofs, and even to load trucks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventor: Barlow Hatch
  • Patent number: 7240714
    Abstract: A system for suspending a free-hanging shade material in an architectural opening includes a panel of shade material and brackets that can be mounted to the top edge of the framework around the architectural opening even when the top edge is not straight or horizontally disposed. The top edge of the panel has reinforcement strips operatively connected thereto which are releasably connected to the brackets. The system is useful in conventional rectangular architectural openings or openings of unusual shapes and sizes such as semi-circular or having an inclined top edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas Inc.
    Inventors: Terrence M. Drew, Stephen P. Smith, James L. Miller
  • Patent number: 7237650
    Abstract: A tension device for use with a self-retracting lifeline having a drum includes a lifeline and an elastic member. The lifeline has a retracting end, an intermediate portion, and a connecting end. The retracting end is operatively connected to the drum, and the connecting end is releasably connectable to a user. The elastic member interconnects the retracting end and the connecting end. The elastic member provides tension on the lifeline and prevents the drum from retracting the lifeline when the connecting end of the lifeline rebounds in an upward direction during a fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignee: D B Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott C. Casebolt
  • Patent number: 7237649
    Abstract: A ladder for climbing trees and other vertical elements having a pair of spaced stiles, a plurality of rungs between such stiles and stand off elements on the stiles or rungs for spacing the ladder from the object to be climbed which will maintain the ladder in generally parallel relation to the object. Adjustable straps secure the ladder to the object. The ladder is provided in joinable sections to permit the same to be erected against the object without scaling the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Terry Harmston
  • Patent number: 7228936
    Abstract: A mobile scaffold (10) having bi-axially rotatable casters (22–28) and including brake assemblies (30 and 32) associated with the casters (22–28) is disclosed. The inventive brake assemblies (30,32) enable an elevated worker to selectively control the mobility of the scaffold (10) and each broadly includes shiftable brake stop subassemblies (74 and 76), a brake housing (72) adjustably connected to a respective scaffold frame (12,14) and shiftably connected to the brake stop subassemblies (74,76), and an actuator (78) adjustably connected to the housing (72) and configured to shift the brake stop subassemblies (74,76) into and out of braking positions. When in the braking position, the brake stop subassemblies (74,76) prevent the respective casters (22–28) from rotating about both axes. The actuator includes cables (180,182) for interconnecting brake stop subassembly and the handle in one embodiment and a plunger (308,406) in other embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventors: Steven J. Wyse, James L. Wyse
  • Patent number: 7228884
    Abstract: A rear window car curtain comprises a base, fixed on a car body; a winding device, having a main shaft, mounted on the base, a curtain and a leading rod; a driving device with an output shaft; a threaded shaft, linked to the output shaft; left and right driving rods, engaging with the threaded shaft; left and right connecting rods, each being shaped like the letter L, with a center rotatably connected with the base; springs, inserted between the base and the left and right driving rods; wherein the springs help in pulling out the curtain and attenuate the speed of winding up the curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Inventor: Ing-Wen Chen
  • Patent number: RE39725
    Abstract: A tree stand, for attaching onto a tree and creating an elevated platform thereon, comprising a platform having a pair of side members, a pair of seat supports pivotally attached to the platform, a bracing system for fixing an angle between the platform and side members, and a pair of upper levelers and a pair of lower levelers. The lower levelers extend from the side members and adjust to the contours of the tree. The upper levelers extend from the seat supports and further aid adjustment to the contours of the tree. The bracing system is adjustable to adjust the angle between the platforms and seat supports. A seat assembly is mounted to the seat supports and provides height adjustment to the user. The adjustability of the upper levelers, lower levelers, and bracing system help ensure that a horizontal platform can be achieved despite trees of varying configurations and lean angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Inventor: Anthony J. Muhich