Patents Examined by Jennifer E. Novosad
  • Patent number: 10667630
    Abstract: A merchandising system that improves the merchandising of product by limiting the number and the frequency with which product can be removed from, for example, a merchandising shelf. The merchandising system may include a base configured to support product and a housing configured to engage the base. The housing may comprise a top wall, a first side wall, a second side wall, and a front retaining wall mounted to the base at an angle. The system may further include a spring-urged pusher movably mounted on the base. The system may further include an opening defined by the first side wall and the front retaining wall through which product may be removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy
  • Patent number: 10670064
    Abstract: A set including a panel and a slider, such as a drawer slider. The slider including a slider surface and the panel comprising a panel surface. The slider is configured to be assembled to the panel with the slider surface facing the panel surface. The panel surface is provided with an insertion groove and an undercut groove, which are of a longitudinal shape. A strip protrudes from the slider surface, and the strip is configured to be inserted into the insertion groove and the undercut groove by an angling motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: VALINGE INNOVATION AB
    Inventor: Peter Derelöv
  • Patent number: 10667629
    Abstract: A product pusher assembly includes a front rail, a base member, and a pusher. The front rail includes a first lower surface and a second lower surface spaced from the first lower surface. The base member is adjustably coupled to the front rail. The base member includes a first upper surface configured to engage the first lower surface. The pusher is coupled to the base member. The pusher includes a second upper surface configured to engage the second lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Fasteners for Retail, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald Matthew Szpak
  • Patent number: 10660439
    Abstract: A bracket mechanism is configured to facilitate connection of multiple rail elements to form an elongated element to span over a work space and/or to help support a continuous integral element spanning over a work space. The bracket mechanism can be configured to help ensure the rigidity of the elongated element positioned over the work space so that the elongated element does not sag or bow downwards as it extends over the work space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Knoll, Inc.
    Inventors: James Harrison McKenzie, James Eldon, David McClanahan, Christopher Bender
  • Patent number: 10654536
    Abstract: The folding dirt bike stand is configured for use with a cycle. The folding dirt bike stand is a collapsible stand. The folding dirt bike stand is a rotating stand. The folding dirt bike stand comprises a handle used to rotate the folding dirt bike stand. The folding dirt bike stand comprises a support frame, a pivot frame, and a plurality of hinged brackets. The plurality of hinged brackets attaches the pivot frame to the support frame such that the pivot frame rotates relative to the support frame. The support frame vertically supports the cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Kenneth Moreno
  • Patent number: 10646058
    Abstract: An electrified display system for use with a retail shelving unit that employs a backer panel that has pair of right-angled electrical conductors disposed in a recessed channel on its front surface. The backer panel can selectively engage and couple the electric power to a first display panel having a straight-in electrical connector that engages a first leg on each of the right angled conductors, or second display panel having a twist and lock electrical connector that engages a second leg on each of the right-angled electrical conductors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: VIRA Insight, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Jones
  • Patent number: 10646035
    Abstract: Free standing storage system for garage spaces and the like, without requiring any attachments, and no tools are required. The system includes positioning four or six vertical supports (posts), each having ends with extendable threaded footers/screw type jacks that can vertically abut each support (post) against both a floor surface and a ceiling surface. Posts can have a generally rectangular configuration with two short spaces between two supports (posts) on a left and right side, and two longs spaces between the two supports (posts) between the left and right pairs of supports (posts). Fasteners, can attach parts together. A pair of telescoping horizontal beams can be positioned between the left and right side posts. Horizontal accessory bars and horizontal beams can support storage racks, and/or hooks for additional storage for items that can include rakes, shovels, bicycles, electrical cords, brooms, wood, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Steve Schindehette
  • Patent number: 10647474
    Abstract: A dispensing device, comprising a container, one or more support members mechanically coupled to one or more of the lateral walls, a base which has one or more supporting arms and a cover element mechanically coupled to one or more of the supporting arms to remain fixed while said container rotates around said rotation axis. The container includes a storage portion defined by a circumferential wall and two or more lateral walls with a dispensing opening defined in the circumferential wall. The supporting arm(s) support rotation of the container from a closed state to an open state and vice versa. The rotation is held around a rotation axis defined by a location of the support member(s). The cover element covers the dispensing opening when the container is rotated into the closed state and does not cover the dispensing opening when the container is rotated into the open state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: URC Ltd
    Inventor: Ehud Rubinstein
  • Patent number: 10646988
    Abstract: A storage structure for fluid pumping device adapted for disposing on a fluid pumping device comprises: a ring body, sleeved onto the fluid pumping device; a plurality of storage portions, arranged around the ring body, each of the storage portions being adapted for a workpiece to removably connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LIH YANN INDUSTRIAL CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Po-Lin Liao
  • Patent number: 10638855
    Abstract: A dispensing shelf for storing, presenting and dispensing food products that require hygiene protection, the dispensing shelf including a rack defining at least one storage space for storing and visibly displaying food products, and at least one retrieval space that coincides at least partially with the at least one storage space. A front side includes a storage front plate with a retrieval opening for retrieving food products from the dispensing shelf. The at least one storage space and the at least one retrieval space are at least partially arranged in an interior of the rack. The retrieval opening is positioned in the storage front plate and defined by an edge portion of one or plural storage front plates which envelop the retrieval opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG
    Inventors: Denis Cichuta, Oliver Menke, Philipp Bange, Hernan De La Vega
  • Patent number: 10640050
    Abstract: A holding device for an air freshener includes a hanging member and a base member. The hanging member includes a rack and a belt. The rack includes two separate hooks arranged in parallel with a reinforcing beam in between. The hooks have their front ends extended downward into two columns, and bended perpendicularly forward and joined into a bottom ring. A top ring is perpendicularly welded to the columns above the bottom ring. The belt has a ring and two belt pieces, and each belt piece is extended from the ring and a buckle at an outer end of the belt piece. The base member includes a cup and an L-shaped seat with a planar element and a wall element. The planar element has a central through opening, and the cup is joined to the planar element from below and exposed by the through opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Fu-Zong Shin
  • Patent number: 10631666
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes a divider secured to a support structure and a barrier that is moveable by rotation between a folded position and an upright position without a rotation biasing element. A product positioned in the system can contact the barrier when the product moves toward the forward end of the system and rotate the barrier from the folded position to the upright position. The system may include a rotational mounting structure to which the moveable barrier is connected. The rotational mounting structure may be removably connected to the forward end of the divider. The merchandise display system may be used in conjunction with a product tray which provides for product stored in the product tray to be slid from in the product tray into the product pocket of the merchandise display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen N. Hardy, Stuart Parsons
  • Patent number: 10617204
    Abstract: A furniture unit includes at least one substrate having an upper surface, a lower surface, a proximal peripheral surface, a distal peripheral surface, a first seam, and a second seam. The lower surface is opposite the upper surface. The proximal peripheral surface extends from the upper surface to the lower surface. The distal peripheral surface is opposite the proximal peripheral surface and extends from the upper surface to the lower surface. The second seam is spaced apart from the first seam. The first and second seams extend in a direction parallel to the proximal peripheral surface. The proximal peripheral surface engages the lower surface such that the substrate defines a first hollow support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SAUDER WOODWORKING CO.
    Inventors: Marvin K. Burnett, Mark A. Strayer, Neal J. Fifer
  • Patent number: 10617231
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a plurality of horizontal support members, each horizontal support member having a length; a plurality of wall supports, each wall support including a first surface on which at least a portion of a horizontal support member rests; a plurality of brackets, each bracket attachable to the horizontal support members at different positions along the length of the horizontal support member; a plurality of vertical support members, each vertical support member coupled to at least one bracket; and a shelf attached to at least two of the plurality of vertical support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SPG INTERNATIONAL LLC
    Inventors: Arturo Gonzalez, Steven M. Kessell, Michael D. Potter, Jerry Vance Foster, III
  • Patent number: 10617236
    Abstract: A bagging station with a bag holder includes a box that encloses a bag dispenser. The bag holder is mounted at a bagging station in a retail store so the bag dispenser can hold and dispense shopping bags at the bagging station. The bag holder includes a rectangular box with a sliding door front that encases the bag dispenser and the shopping bags. The sliding door slides between a closed position and an open position. In the open position, the bag dispenser is accessible at the bagging station, and is used to dispense shopping bags. In the closed position, the bag dispenser and the shopping bags are enclosed in the bag holder. In the closed position, the shopping bags will not fall off the bag dispenser, or be stolen from the bag dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: WALMART APOLLO, LLC
    Inventors: Yurgis Mauro Bacallao, Carolyne Wendel
  • Patent number: 10617235
    Abstract: A footwear storage and display rack includes a mounting member configured to be mounted to a wall or other generally vertical surface. The mounting member includes an upper portion and a lower portion. A footwear shelf includes a proximal section and a distal section with the proximal section extending from the lower portion of the mounting member so as to be configured at an angle between about 0 degrees and about 90 degrees with respect to the wall or other generally vertical surface when the mounting member is secured to the wall or other generally vertical surface. The distal section extends from the proximal section. An accessory support extends from the upper portion of the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Willams-Sonoma, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan Tran
  • Patent number: 10609837
    Abstract: A data storage center comprising a plurality of cabinets configured with one or more racks. The racks are configured for accommodating one or more appliances. At least one of said cabinets is displaceable to facilitate access to the respective racks of said cabinet and to racks of a neighboring cabinet of said cabinets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: STORONE LTD.
    Inventors: Gal Naor, Raz Gordon
  • Patent number: 10589770
    Abstract: A system for securing at least one fixture for transport or storage is described. The system comprises at least one rod from which the at least one fixture may be hung by an associated clamp that is attached to the top of the fixture. A locking bar associated with each of the at least one rod is provided, along with a locking mechanism, which may be actuated by a worker to move the locking bar between an open and a closed position. When the locking bar is in the closed position, it secures all clamps to the at least one rod simultaneously. When the locking bar is in an open position, any hung fixtures are released and can be removed from the rod. Described also is a method for securing a fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Christie Lites Enterprises Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Huntly Gordon Christie
  • Patent number: 10588426
    Abstract: A merchandising system includes a first cooperating member having a first engagement structure for engaging the mounting member in order to restrict movement of the first cooperating member relative to the mounting member in at least one direction. A second cooperating member includes a second engagement structure for engaging the mounting member to restrict movement of the second cooperating member relative to the mounting member in at least one direction. A third engagement structure is provided for selectively connecting the first cooperating member to the second cooperating member. The first cooperating member and the second cooperating member are selectively independently mountable to the mounting member and are selectively attachable to each other and mountable as a combined structure to the mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Fasteners for Retail, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory M. Bird, Shane Obitts, Thaddeus Brej
  • Patent number: 10568438
    Abstract: A product management display system for merchandising product on a shelf includes using a trackless pusher mechanism that travels along a surface on which product is placed and one or more dividers for separating product into rows. The one or more dividers may be engaged to a front rail in two different conditions, locked and unlocked. In a locked condition, the relationship between the divider and the front rail resists alteration in any direction with respect to each other. In the unlocked condition, the dividers may be freely slid laterally along the front rail, while remaining perpendicular to the front rail. The one or more dividers may lock to the front rail through the use of corresponding teeth, resilient surfaces, a locking tab, a locking bar and/or a cam that may define a cam glide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen N. Hardy