Patents Examined by Ramon O. Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8020815
    Abstract: The stand has modules to form a support base with elongated support members with wheels or legs. The stand can either incorporate two spaced load supporting posts or a single post extending from a spanner module that connects between the elongated support members. When two load support members are employed the user can step between the posts. When a single post and spanner are employed the user can step as far as the spanner near the center of support. The support members diverge from their centers provide a wide stance of the wheels or legs for stability. At the upper end of the post or posts a load support platform is carried either directly on a single post or through a cross-piece on a two post configuration. T-shaped slots in the post can be utilized to attach loads to the posts and a panel extending between posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Pryor Products
    Inventor: James Mark Cox
  • Patent number: 8020827
    Abstract: A suspendable blow dryer holder includes a lower frame having a first opening located within the bounds of the lower frame, the first opening dimensioned to accept and secure a barrel of a first blow dryer such that the barrel is pointed at a floor when the suspendable blow dryer holder is suspended. The suspendable blow dryer holder includes an upper component having a connection mechanism, the connection mechanism configured to connect the suspendable blow dryer holder to a suspending mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Susan M. Schieren
  • Patent number: 8006950
    Abstract: An apparatus support (11) with a damping characteristic comprises a rigid reinforcing component, in particular a steel plate (19), encapsulated by a body (16) of compliant material, particularly a composite of particulate mineral material and synthetic binder. The plate (19) defines an opening (19a) at spacing from the upper side of the body (16) and a mounting ring (21) is embedded in the body so as to be disposed at least partly above the opening. The ring (21) has a peripheral flange (21a) which is spaced from the plate (19) and from the upper side of the body and overlaps the plate in vertical projection. Material of the body is thus disposed above the flange (21a) and also sandwiched between the flange and the plate so that a damping zone is present around the ring both above and below the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Vistec Lithography Inc.
    Inventor: Paul George Harris
  • Patent number: 8002230
    Abstract: A system is provided for securing furniture and implements that risk tilting. The system includes a rail that is mounted on the floor and a roller that is mounted on the piece of furniture or the implement. An extension which engages into the rail so as to form a positive connection thereto is provided on the roller or a roller holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeraete GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Kempte, Karl-Friedrich Laible
  • Patent number: 8002232
    Abstract: A device used to secure an automobile catalytic converter. The invention deters a person from tampering with or stealing a catalytic converter. The device consists of at least four overlapping, and adjustable plates comprising an adjustable frame structure that clamp around the catalytic converter. Tightening of fasteners keeps the frame structure securely in position around the catalytic converter, preventing easy access to the catalytic converter. The frame structure is then secured to the automobile itself with a looped cable, which prevents easy removal of the catalytic converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Monat Technologies
    Inventor: Steven Meislahn
  • Patent number: 8002231
    Abstract: A support device includes a support frame, an arm, a first tray, and a second tray. The support frame is configured to rest on a support surface. The arm is coupled to the support frame and configured to rotate between at least a first position and a second position about a central axis substantially parallel to the support surface. The first tray is coupled to the arm and configured to rotate about a first axis substantially parallel to the central axis as the arm rotates between the first and second positions. The second tray is coupled to the arm and configured to rotate about a second axis substantially parallel to the central axis as the arm rotates between the first and second positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Avnet, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Lee Tallent, Mark James Paulson
  • Patent number: 7997552
    Abstract: A system is provided for suspending a plurality of line array loudspeakers. The suspension system includes a rigging bar having an engaging member, such as a pivotal member, positioned near one end of the rigging bar. The engaging member includes a free end capable of extending outward past the end of the rigging bar in which the engaging member is positioned. The end of the rigging bar opposite the pivotal member is designed to releasably receive an engaging member of an adjacent rigging bar. The free end of the engaging member of the rigging bar may include a hole that aligns with holes positioned in the receiving end of the rigging bar. The engaging member of one rigging bar may then be secured to an adjacent rigging bar by aligning holes of the engaging member of a first rigging bar with the holes in the receiving end of a second rigging bar and inserting a release pin through the aligned holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Engebretson, Mary Vosse, Harald Kanz, Yoshiyuki Takeuchi
  • Patent number: 7988105
    Abstract: A fastener for attaching an attached article to an attaching object is taught that preferably include a holding member that is arranged and constructed to hold the attached article, and an engagement leg that is arranged and constructed to engage an engagement hole formed in the attaching object. The engagement leg is connected to the holding member via a breakable connecting device. The connecting device is arranged and constructed to be easily broken when a substantial force is applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Daiwa Kasei Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruhisa Kamiya, Toshio Iwahara, Makoto Kato
  • Patent number: 7988117
    Abstract: A holder for a container such as a tissue box includes a lower jaw for mounting on a wall or other vertical surface, and an upper jaw telescopically slidable in the lower jaw. The jaws include opposed, outwardly extending ledges for clamping a container therebetween. Meshing teeth on the jaws permit releasable locking of the jaws in a container clamping position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Normand Blanchard
  • Patent number: 7988106
    Abstract: A novel adaptive mounting device that effectively mounts and secures objects to nonplanar surfaces, and in particular effectively mounts and secures objects in a quick and efficient manner to complex contours of different automotive vehicle dashboard and other interior vehicle surfaces having differing coverings of differing textures. By example and without limitation, this novel adaptive mounting device includes a substantially flexible container containing a substantially plastically formable composition; a frame at least partially embedded in the plastically formable composition; and a presentation structure substantially supported on the frame external of the container. A method for manufacturing the novel adaptive mounting device is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Carnevali
  • Patent number: 7988104
    Abstract: Segments of open framework auxiliary clamps are fastened together around a drilling riser. The clamps have depressions which mate with recesses in caps to hold auxiliary lines. Larger depressions and recesses hold choke and kill lines. The caps of the choke and kill clamps are extended radially through openings in buoyancy covers as mux clamp mounts. Extensions on mux clamps engage slots in the mux clamp mounts. Opposing channels in the mux clamps and covers hold inserts, with grooves in which multiplex lines are mounted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Flotation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy H. Cook, Frederick Maguire, David A. Capotosto
  • Patent number: 7988108
    Abstract: A tripod support for video-photographic equipment comprises a crosspiece with a tube, a column with a shaft sliding inside the tube of the crosspiece, the column having a plate arranged to be fitted at one end of the shaft and an end plug arranged to be fitted at the axially opposite end of the shaft as well as removable fixing means between the plate and shaft and between the shaft and plug respectively to remove the plate and plug from the shaft and the shaft from the tube. The fixing means onto the plate and onto the plug are mutually connectable, as an alternative to being connected to the shaft, to directly fix the plate and the plug to the opposite ends of the tube of the crosspiece when removed from the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Gitzo S.A.
    Inventors: Andrea Zen, Daniele Vigolo
  • Patent number: 7984885
    Abstract: A multi-purpose trivet comprising a base and at least one insulating pad removably coupled to the base. The base comprises a support surface and optionally a peripheral wall, wherein the peripheral wall elevates the base to define an air space. The at least one insulating pad is removably coupled to the base and is adapted to be separately used for gripping and handling hot objects having a temperature of up to 580° F. when removed from the rigid base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Mastrad, S.A.
    Inventors: Mathieu Lion, Elodie Brisset
  • Patent number: 7975978
    Abstract: A releasable mounting apparatus for securely retaining of a cylindrical tank in an inverted vertical position adjacent to a seat back assembly of an emergency vehicle including a foot plate and a top clamping assembly between which a tank receiving zone is defined for receiving and holding of a cylindrical tank in the inverted position. The top clamping assembly can include a three part positioning apparatus including a rear positioning device and an upper centering guide as well as a top clamping member. Preferably the top clamping member is movable between a lower clamping position and an upper retaining position for facilitating securing and releasing of a cylindrical tank relative to the receiving zone thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Inventor: Michael P. Ziaylek
  • Patent number: 7975974
    Abstract: An adjustable lamp holder has a mounting structure arrayed about a longitudinal axis. A pair of hollow pivot pillars extends from the mounting structure parallel to the longitudinal axis and a receptacle is positioned on the mounting structure parallel to the longitudinal axis and substantially opposite the pivot pillars. A body with a body axis coaxial with the longitudinal axis has a pair of pivots formed thereon for engaging the pivot pillars. A projection is formed on the body substantially opposite the pivots and an angle adjuster, having a proximal end and a distal end, has the proximal end positioned in the projection and the distal end positioned in the receptacle. Movement of the angle adjuster tips the angle of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Valeo Sylvania LLC
    Inventors: Roger A. Schaefer, Robert L. King, Marcus M. Hess
  • Patent number: 7971842
    Abstract: A swivelable support assembly for angularly adjustably supporting a sign from an overhead support rail. The support assembly comprises an elongated upper wing attachable to the overhead rail. An elongated lower wing is swivelably attached to the upper wing, the sign being secured to the lower wing. The lower wing has a housing with an alignment port therein for facilitating entry of a lift pole therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Rose Displays, Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Burrous, David E. Pitcher, Rebecca C. Suciu, Alan L. Stenfors, Sidney Rose
  • Patent number: 7967263
    Abstract: A fixing device is provided. The fixing device is fixed to a surface, comprising a sucker, a rack, a gear, a transforming unit and a limiting unit. The rack is connected to the sucker. The gear is engaged to the rack. The transforming unit is connected to the gear. The transforming unit rotates the gear to move the rack between a first position and a second position. The rack pushes the sucker to apply a suction force to the surface when the rack is in the first position, and the suction force of the sucker is released when the rack is in the second position. The limiting unit is connected to the rack to restrict the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: ASUSTek Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Keng Ping Wang, Chin Chang Meng, Chih-Ching Chen
  • Patent number: 7963494
    Abstract: A holder is for holding an electronic device, and includes a housing, a support frame, and a resilient element. The housing is disposed on a rear face of the electronic device, defines a receiving space, and includes a barrier plate abutting against one side of the electronic device. The support frame is disposed in the receiving space and is movable relative to the housing. The support frame includes a catch member which is exposed from the housing, which is disposed opposite to the barrier plate, and which is engaged with a retaining hole in the rear face, and a push button portion exposed from the housing. The push button portion is operable to permit disengagement of the catch member from the retaining hole. The resilient element is disposed in the receiving space to provide the catch member with a restoring spring force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Ta-Chun Hsiung, Chi-Chun Chiang, Ming-Tao Chang, Chu-Cheng Yang
  • Patent number: 7959113
    Abstract: A network cable bundling tool is disclosed, comprising an inner fitting retained within an outer jacket assembly. The outer jacket assembly comprises a first outer jacket half coupled to a substantially identical second outer jacket half, securing the inner fitting therein. The outer jacket assembly comprises a cylindrical housing, an intake orifice defined within the intake housing, and a plurality of funneling projections coupled to the cylindrical housing wherein the plurality of funneling projections form an array assuming the general shape of a truncated faceted cone. In operation, network cable wires are inserted into the inner fitting, and the inner fitting is then secured within the outer jacket assembly. The network cable bundling tool is then displaced in the desired direction of combing, arranging the network cables into an organized and space-efficient shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Panduit Corp.
    Inventors: Michael J. Vermeer, Richard A. Marcus, Robert J. Krisel, David W. West
  • Patent number: RE42912
    Abstract: A universal rail mounting bracket for attachment of a handrail or fence rail to a support structure. An adapter is also disclosed which is matingly engageable with the bracket, the adapter providing a suitable geometric mating surface with a support structure to which the rail will be attached, such as a wall, fence post, or column. By substitution of the adapter portion, the bracket portion can be adapted to virtually any surface and can support the attachment of the rail such that is may extend at any desired angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Homeland Vinyl Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William McGinness, Randall Heath, Maurice Coen