Patents Examined by Lanna Mai
  • Patent number: 7140308
    Abstract: A foldable frame includes two U-shaped tabletop supports mounted underneath two table panels respectively, two folding hinges spacedly mounted between the two tabletop supports to pivotally connect the two tabletop supports with each other such that the tabletop is adapted to fold between a folded position that the two table panels are overlappedly folded with each other and an unfolded position that the two table panels are aligned edge-to-edge, and two leg frames foldably connected with the tabletop supports respectively. As a result, the foldable frame is capable of not only supporting the tabletop but also folding the tabletop in half so as to reduce the size of the foldable table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Wok & Pan Ind., Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Tsai
  • Patent number: 7134735
    Abstract: A display case comprises a first section having a top wall, a bottom wall and a back wall connected between the top and bottom walls, and, a second section having opposed side walls with a front wall connected between them. The second section slides into engagement with the first section to form a closed interior. The bottom wall of the first section is integrally formed with a bracket which includes first and second arms connected in an inverse, L-shape, with one of the arms oriented parallel to and spaced from the bottom wall to form a space within which a shelf is received. A thumb screw or other mounting device extends through the bracket arm to engage the shelf and secure the display case thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: BBC International, Ltd.
    Inventor: John Cummings
  • Patent number: 7121060
    Abstract: A moulding element for motor vehicle bodies has been realized wherein a main section bar (2) of elongated conformation is engaged to attachment projections (9) presented by a correspondent securing area (5a) of a body (5) of a motor vehicle. The engagement between main section bar (2) and body (5) occurs by means of the interposition of a continuous support element (7) presenting a pre-set number of seats (11) able to be engaged to a pre-set number of fastening projections (9) of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Industrie Ilpea SpA
    Inventors: Paolo Cittadini, Pierpaolo Ferrante, Ralf Laudwein
  • Patent number: 7108101
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for forming cast members. Steps are provided in the cast member by sliding mounting flanges of hollow plastic step inserts into slots provided in the inner mold shell. The cast material is then poured into the mold. Once the cast material has set, the cast member is withdrawn from the mold assembly. The step insert mounting flanges are broken away, leaving hollow step inserts into which manhole steps are force-fittingly mounted. The inserts are provided with integral cover tabs which cover larger slots provided to facilitate insertion of the step inserts, preventing leakage of the cast material into the mold assembly. Integral cover tabs are similarly provided on enforcement ring support members mounted in a similar fashion to insertion slots provided on one of the mold members to cover larger width slot portions to prevent seepage of cast material. Similar seals are provided by cylindrical-shaped inserts for use in wetcast and drycast fabrication methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Poly-Tec Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Westhoff, James A. Kelly, Craig B. Williams
  • Patent number: 7104024
    Abstract: A connector for interconnecting two building members together. The connector, in one embodiment, includes first and second plates secured together. Each plate includes one or more elongated slots wherein the elongated slots of one plate are oriented at an angle of approximately 90° with respect to the slots formed in the other plate. Fasteners extend through the slots in the plates and connect the plates of the connector to two building members such as a horizontal building member and a vertical building member. Once connected, one of the building members is free to move with respect to the other building member while the connector is connected to the two building members. In another embodiment, the connector is slidable within a track. In this embodiment, a portion of the connector extends from the track and connects to one of the building members while the track connects to the other one of the building members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, Michael Torres, Gary Bennett, Michael Booth
  • Patent number: 7104011
    Abstract: A protection panel for a rain gutter that includes a top planar surface, a wall which extends substantially vertically downwardly from the top, a curved lower portion, and a flange which extends outwardly and forwardly from the curved portion is disclosed. The wall includes a plurality of apertures arranged in one or more rows where the apertures are staggered. The flange has a right end, a left end, and a length extending therebetween where each of the ends is raised above the length of the flange so that a gap is formed between the flange and the rain gutter when the panel is secured under the forward lip of the rain gutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Charles Knight
  • Patent number: 7096631
    Abstract: A resilient flooring system in combination with an athletic court having a playing direction and a cross-direction transverse of said playing direction. The flooring system comprises a non-resilient base covered with a resilient layer, and sub-flooring comprising substantially rectangular panel members laid side-by-side and end-to-end in staggered relationship diagonally of the playing direction. The panels are slightly spaced along their ends and sides to form expansion joints. Flooring shorts are arranged over the sub-floor in end-to-end and side-to-side engagement. The shorts are arranged to extend parallel with the playing direction over the entire length of the court. The shorts are also arranged so that a section thereof between opposed ends extends over the expansion joints. Securing members secure each short with the panel members on opposing sides of the expansion slots. Finally, clips are provided to secure the panel members with the base flooring in a manner allowing limited vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: James Counihan
  • Patent number: 7090316
    Abstract: A tilting organizer including a base section and a supply section movably connected to the base section. The base section being a single unit having no movable parts and including at least one sidewall with a groove formed therein. The supply section being a single unit having no movable parts and including a plurality of compartments formed therein for storage and an arm formed in an exterior sidewall for movably engaging the groove. When the arm moves within the groove the supply section moves within the base section. The supply section can extend from the base section and tilt so as to provide a topical view and access to the compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Model
  • Patent number: 7083243
    Abstract: A self-closing and opening preventing device for slide rails of a drawer includes a housing fixed on the rear inside of a fixing rail with engaging holes on its front upper and lower positions and a long pin guiding groove on its central part. A cam slider is movable forward and rearward within the housing; and a spring attaches at one end to the rear of the housing and at the other end to the cam slider. Engaging jaws mounted on the slider can be locked in the engaging holes, and pin guiding slopes, pin engaging slopes and a pin hole of the engaging jaws are configured to receive an actuating pin fixed at a rear position of a movable rail to lock the opening preventing device at the time of drawing-out of a drawer and to unlock the opening preventing device at the time of drawing-in of a drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: Juyoung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Myeong-Cheol Lee
  • Patent number: 7077488
    Abstract: A drawer closing mechanism includes a toothed rack fixed in position with respect to a furniture frame member, a toothed drive gear mounted to a drawer for engaging the teeth on the rack, and a spring with two ends, one end being fixedly attached to the drive gear and rotatable therewith and the opposite end being fixed, wherein as the drawer is pulled open, the teeth on the drive gear engage the teeth on the rack and rotate the drive gear, and as the drive gear rotates, the spring is wound and potential energy is stored in the tension therein. The spring can be a flat wire spring wound circumferentially about a central point in a spiral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Grass America Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Wiklund, Todd Booker, Georg Domenig
  • Patent number: 7077487
    Abstract: A drawer rail having an auto-returning device has an outer track, an inner track, a driving block formed on the outer/inner track and a base mounted on the opposite inner/outer track. The base has a spring recess and a block recess with a positioning cutout to respectively receive a spring and a sliding block. The sliding block is pulled by the spring. An elongated through hole is defined in the block recess to allow parts of the sliding block to penetrate to engage with the driving block. When the outer/inner track moves away, the sliding block is pushed by the driving block to bias at the positioning cutout to allow the driving block to release from the sliding block. When the outer/inner track moves near, the driving block urges the sliding block back to a horizontal place and the spring pulls the sliding block back to an original position automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Jun-Long Yang
  • Patent number: 7062884
    Abstract: A lock for retaining shutters in a closed position is disclosed. The lock includes backing and retention brackets, and a fastener. The backing bracket is mounted to a dwelling to maintain the shutters spaced from the dwelling when the shutters are in the closed position. The retention bracket includes retention and locking portions. The retention portion is spaced from the backing bracket to enclose the shutters between the retention portion and the backing bracket when the shutters are in the closed position. As such, the shutters are prevented from opening from the closed position. The locking portion extends from the retention portion to operatively engage the backing bracket. The fastener extends through the backing bracket and the locking portion to lock the retention bracket to the backing bracket such that the shutters, which are enclosed between the retention portion and the backing bracket, are retained in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Tapco International
    Inventors: Jeffrey S. Jaycox, David Cottingham
  • Patent number: 7062883
    Abstract: A mobile communication tower comprising a trailer comprising a chassis, mounted on two or more wheels, a hitch, a plurality of chassis guy wire attachment points and a plurality of leveling mechanisms; a telescopic tower pivotally mounted on the trailer; a mechanism to raise and lower the tower; a plurality of tower guy wire attachment points located on the tower; and a plurality of guy wires each with an upper end attached to one of the tower guy wire attachment points and a lower end attached to one of the chassis guy wire attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: AllTech Communications, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Laurence H. Langholz, Robert C. Brothers
  • Patent number: 7063220
    Abstract: A collapsible clothesline apparatus 10 is disclosed which includes a base member 12. The base member 12 is provided with a plurality of wheels 18 coupled thereto for moving the base member 12 from one location to another. Additionally the base member 12 includes a plurality of apertures 14 formed therein which allows excess water to flow to a removable drip pan 16. The apparatus 10 also includes pole members 20, 22, 24 and 26 supported between the base member 12 and a clothes supporting member 52. The pole members 20, 22, 24 and 26 are provided to allow the clothes supporting member to be raised to a predetermined upright position and be lowered to a folded position as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Inventor: Angela W. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7048346
    Abstract: A modular storage rack, display structural element or cube system formed by snap together panels with alignment guides, which may also support wheels, shelves, drawers and doors. The system is assemble-in-place and may shipped and displayed for sale in a flat pack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Cube Concepts LLC
    Inventor: Darren Saravis
  • Patent number: 7043881
    Abstract: An insulated glass (IG) assembly for windows which includes an internal lighting system is disclosed. The IG assembly includes two or more panes of glass, a spacer and a strip of light emitting diodes (LEDs). The spacer separates glass panes and provides the hermetic seal for the IG assembly. The spacer extends around the periphery of the glass panes with a portion of its ends overlapping to form a sealed corner joint. The LED light strip includes a plurality of LED lamps connected in series by thin electrical contact wires fixed in a flexible nonconductive substrate. The LED strip is fixed to the spacer and extends around the periphery of the insulated glass unit. The lead wires from the LED light strip pass through the corner joint between the overlapped ends of the spacer. The LED light systems provide dependable illumination but emit relatively little thermal energy. Consequently, the LED light system maintains the thermal insulating properties of an insulated glass unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Tem-Pace, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard J. Krause, Sr., Richard J. Krause, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7044065
    Abstract: An article transporting/storing device of the present invention includes a table to be loaded with a desired article. A pair of post units are spaced from each other, and each include two posts connected together. A pair of unit supporting devices respectively support the two post units on the table such that the post units are selectively locked in a position in which they stand substantially vertically on the table or unlocked and allowed to be angularly moved toward the mount surface of the table between the post units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoaki Arai, Satoshi Ishihara, Sakae Ishikawa, Juusei Matsumoto
  • Patent number: 7032984
    Abstract: A case for a portable display device is provided which can realize a large-sized screen by interconnecting a plurality of display elements. When the display elements are unfolded, the adjacent sides of the display elements closely contact each other, thereby minimizing the non-display area. When the display elements are folded, the outer surface of the display elements can be protected. The case includes a foldable panel housing receiving at least two flat display panel elements. The panel housing is provided with an opening such that when the panel housing is unfolded, the adjacent sides of the fiat display elements closes contact each other. The case further includes a hinge supporting member for providing the folding/unfolding operation of the panel housing and a cover for covering a side of the flat display elements, which is exposed through the opening, to protect the display elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventors: Si Han Kim, Jang Ho Kim, Hyung Nyun Kim
  • Patent number: 7013903
    Abstract: An outdoor umbrella includes a foldable umbrella awning, an umbrella frame, a lighting system mounted on the umbrella frame, and a solar power supply arrangement which converts solar energy into electrical energy and provides the converted electrical energy to the lighting system for lighting up the lighting system. The solar power supply arrangement includes a solar collecting device supported by the main supporting stem, wherein the solar collecting device has a collecting surface arranged to expose to sunlight for extensively collecting solar energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Wanda Ying Li
  • Patent number: RE39097
    Abstract: A raised flooring system and methods of forming components of such a system are disclosed. The present flooring system utilizes thin sheet metal, typically galvanized steel, to form a first strip having a plurality of pedestals formed in a spaced apart relation on the strip and connected via wings extending from the first strip to wings extending from a second strip, thereby forming an overall rectilinear, grid-like pattern of pedestals. The pedestals are used to maintain floor panels above a network of channels in which conduit, cables, hoses, pipe and other materials can be routed. The pedestals are punched and formed from strips of sheet metal and have an overall shape generally that of a tower supported by two legs that may have rounded edges for increased load-bearing capacity. The wings that are designed to interlock with corresponding wings from another strip may also be formed from the pedestal-bearing strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Guildford (Delaware), Inc.
    Inventor: Jan J. Schilham