Patents Examined by Robert W. Gibson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7591383
    Abstract: Rack mountable display apparatus is provided for an electronic equipment rack. The apparatus includes a support for the display whereby the display is moveable between a storage position within the rack and a deployed position external to the rack. The display can be in the form of sheets of material supported on a mount, or could be in the form of an electronic display in combination with a processor. The processor could be located within the rack, or could be deployed with the display, for example where the display is part of a portable computer. The display is used to provide maintenance information to a maintenance engineer to facilitate maintenance of the rack mounted equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Cynthia Mary Milton
  • Patent number: 7131542
    Abstract: A merchandise display hook attaches to a display board and has a rod assembly from which items of merchandise are hung and a base assembly that moves relative to the rod assembly. The base may lock directly to the rod or to an inner base member attached to the rod. When locked, the display hook is locked to the display board. The display hook may include an end assembly that slides along and selectively locks to the rod assembly to allow or prevent removal and loading of the items of merchandise from and onto the rod assembly. The display hook may alternately include an anti-sweeping mechanism to prevent rapid removal of the items of merchandise from the rod assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2006
    Assignee: Alpha Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Sedon, Frank H. Copen
  • Patent number: 7021476
    Abstract: A jig (10) is provided for holding an elongate member (56) to be surface treated. The jig (10) comprises a beam (12) and a plurality of hangers 14 spaced apart along the beam (12). The hangers (14) have supports (90) with retaining springs (96) thereon which are arranged to support and grip the elongate member (56). The beam (12) has hook-like members (18) for engagement with a lifting bar (30) of a crane (28). The crane (28) is used to transport the jig (10) to an anodising station (60) and subsequently to transport the jig (10) still with the anodised elongate member (56) thereon to a painting station. In that way, an elongate member to be surface treated can be manually placed on the respective supports (90) and held in place by the retaining springs (96) without having to use other forms of clamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Airbus UK Limited
    Inventors: Ian S Lloyd, Graham N Jones, Gordon Salt, Tony Sadler
  • Patent number: 7007814
    Abstract: An advantageous display unit is provided in which one or more columns support plural shelves, at least some of which are mounted in a cantilevered fashion. According to a preferred form, one or more retractable flaps are provided which form sub-shelves to allow, for example, the display of product samples thereon. Preferably, the flaps are not only retractable, but also translatable so that their position can be varied along the length of the shelf. The arrangement allows for variety in the set up of the display unit, for example, by providing the ability to retract and deploy the flaps as needed and to vary the positioning of the flaps along the length of the shelves. Also, the overall set up of the display can be varied. For example, a single column arrangement can be provided with shelves disposed in a cantilever mount therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Dominique Ploix
  • Patent number: 7004335
    Abstract: A shelf includes a plurality of integrated hook members supporting a rod member to provide free movement of items supported by the rod member. The hook members are integrally connected to support members of the shelf deck to support the rod member for use in, for example, hanging items thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Clairson Inc.
    Inventor: Lee E. Remmers
  • Patent number: 7004334
    Abstract: A bottle glorifier may be mounted on the interior surface of a glass refrigerator case door. A body holds a side-to-side array of exemplary containers. A separate adapter accommodates particular sizes or combinations of sizes of containers for a given body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Mechtronics Corporation
    Inventors: Desmond M. Walsh, Richard J. Fellinger
  • Patent number: 6974038
    Abstract: A high capacity motorized rack holds a plurality of jewel case enclosed CDs in holders flexibly inter-connectable with each other to form a rotatable continuous loop. The loop is rotatably retained within a vertical rack housing and is driven by a motor, disposed within the housing, under user control such that the loop is rotated until a desired CD is moved to the top region of the belt. A rack may hold two or more such loops of inter-connected holders. In one embodiment a holder retains a single jewel case, and comprises two independent loops that are rotated with a single motor. A lamp and/or barcode scanner may be disposed on the housing for ease of CD selection. The housing base preferably is detached during shipping to permit transporting the rack in a smaller volume container. User control can include voice commands to direct loop rotation and speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: The Sharper Image Corporation
    Inventors: David Caplan, Charles E. Taylor
  • Patent number: 6951288
    Abstract: An earthquake resistant equipment rack that includes multiple methods for reinforcing the equipment rack to resist seismic forces. The side rails can include two inwardly projecting V portions extending the length of the rails to diffuse seismic forces by deflecting seismic forces vertically. The base and top are preferably formed from multiple components formed from sheet metal and having both over-lapping multiple thickness of sheet metal and multiple box structures. A cover is non-removably attached to the base. In one embodiment, the cover has a dog house shape with inclined roof like surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventor: Kevin R. Henderson
  • Patent number: 6948627
    Abstract: In baseball and softball, as well as other sports, equipment such as helmets, caps, and ball gloves are worn by the players, but not necessarily throughout the entire duration of a game. When not being worn, this equipment should be organized by hanging it up. However, hooks for hanging equipment are not universally available at all ball diamonds and other sports fields. A scissor-folding hanger made of light material such as PVC pipe and made to hang on a fence provides the needed storage space. Such a hanger is light and folds into a very small package, enhancing its portability. The strength of the rack can be varied by using larger or smaller diameter pipe for its construction. The scissor-folding sports-gear hanger is a flexible solution to the storage needs on the sports-field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Earl Evans
  • Patent number: 6948624
    Abstract: A desk top or vertical surface storage rack for small items. The rack includes a rectangular, U-shaped base having a pair of outwardly extending legs separated by an upwardly opening transversely extending slot. An outwardly opening strip receiving slit is formed in each of the outwardly extending legs and a wider strip receiving slit is formed in the bottom of the slot. Each base includes a pair of retainer loops formed of a strip of a tough, resilient, abrasive-resistant resin. Each retainer loop has a bight portion positioned outwardly of the outwardly extending legs of the U-shaped base and has two legs extending from the bight portion. One of the legs of the strip has its distal end positioned in the strip receiving slit of one of the base upstanding legs and the other of the legs of each loop is positioned in the wider receiving slit in the bottom of the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Transilwrap Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert M. Drower
  • Patent number: 6942109
    Abstract: A rotary display apparatus is provided having a plurality of concentric circular areas in which a plurality of concentric circular areas in which a plurality of differing magazines and other printed materials can be displayed in a circular array presenting the covers of the same to full view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventors: Carlos Joaquin Aros, Sylvan S. Throndson Aros, Eliseo Salcedo
  • Patent number: 6938782
    Abstract: A rack for carrying a bicycle on a vehicle. The rack includes forward and rear crossbars extending across a top surface of the vehicle and a pair of tower bodies associated with each crossbar to secure the crossbars to the vehicle. A wheel mount is attached to a first one of the crossbars. The wheel mount is adapted to support a wheel of the bicycle with a lowest point on the wheel positioned over a range of positions relative to the crossbar including with the lowest point positioned off the wheel mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Yakima Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory A. Dean, Scott R. Allen
  • Patent number: 6935523
    Abstract: Modular display rack systems, which are easily configurable, have interchangeable components, and are capable of being packaged and shipped in small containers, are described. Preferred methods for using modular display rack systems are also disclosed. In some of the embodiments disclosed, one or more ladder racks are used to erect a single tower modular display rack, a two tower modular display rack and so forth. Each ladder rack used to construct the modular display rack system may include a support base pivotally attached via a pivot pin to a lower portion of the ladder rack. The support base supports the load of the ladder rack and the modular display rack system and also pivots to a folded position if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: LA Display Fixture, Inc.
    Inventor: Chong Youn Ahn
  • Patent number: 6935522
    Abstract: Pre-packaging of flats mail by mailers, printers, and binding houses is provided by a carrier assembly that provides optimum shipping volumes while requiring reduced handling at postal facilities at elevated rates while supporting both manual and automated mail processing. The carrier assembly consists of a substantially rigid carrier body of rectangular cross section and includes a plurality, at least two, of generally flat, rectangular side walls and at least one end wall, two or more of which have one or a pair of banding guide slots formed in respective outer edges thereof in mutual registration for receiving banding or other strapping means in either parallel or cross-banding arrangements for securing mail loaded therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventor: Daryl S. Mileaf
  • Patent number: 6932226
    Abstract: An attachment device for attachment to a shelf rail having a slot and an upper cavity. The attachment device includes an upper shelf rail insert for insertion into the slot, and a lower shelf rail insert for insertion into the slot beneath the upper shelf rail insert. The upper shelf rail insert has an upper lip for insertion into the upper cavity of the shelf rail. The present invention also provides a shelf display system having a shelf rail and a shelf rail clip. The shelf rail may have a female dovetail or semi-dovetail configuration. The shelf rail clip includes upper and lower shelf rail inserts that may have a male dovetail or semi-dovetail configuration for coupling the shelf rail clip to the shelf rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen Neal Hardy
  • Patent number: 6932223
    Abstract: A combination suspension rack includes a base portion, and two receiving portions each formed on the base portion. Each of the two receiving portions has an insertion hole having a wall formed with a plurality of elastic clamping plates. Thus, the tool, such as the screwdriver, is inserted into the receiving portion of the combination suspension rack easily and conveniently, thereby facilitating the user's use. In addition, the screwdriver is closely positioned on the receiving portion of the combination suspension rack rigidly and stably, thereby providing an efficient positioning effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventors: Sung Min Lee, Yu Chun Lee
  • Patent number: 6932222
    Abstract: A rack for storing billiard balls including a base having a first engagement surface. The rack also includes an elongated billiard ball holder defining an elongated central space configured to support a plurality of billiard balls in contact with one another in a row. The billiard ball holder includes an opening to the elongated central space such that billiard balls can be inserted into the central space through the opening. The billiard ball can be tilted to roll the stored billiard balls through the opening. The billiard ball holder has a second engagement surface configured to removably engage the first engagement surface of the base and retain the billiard ball holder in a generally upright position wherein the elongated central space extends generally vertically. The billiard ball holder is removable from the base to facilitate transport of the billiard ball holder and stored balls to an associated billiards table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Brunswick Bowling & Billiards Corporation
    Inventors: William R. McCormick, Kelly M. Wolcott, Theodore J. Caron
  • Patent number: 6929131
    Abstract: An improved display system particularly adapted for the display of consumer products in a retail sales environment includes a backboard and fixtures mountable thereon. Individual backboard panels may be interconnected. The backboard panels are of a horizontally slotted construction. While the fixtures are provided with an interlock structure that allows them to be installed on the panels in a rigid manner. By use of an adapter, the backboards may be retrofitted upon a conventional pegboard or slotwall. A second adapter allows the fixtures to be used in connection with a pegboard or slotwall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Display Producers Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur E. Landi
  • Patent number: 6929132
    Abstract: A display strip or merchandiser for displaying items offered for sale is disclosed. The display strip comprises a strip and a plurality of adhesive portions adhered to the strip for releasably adhering to the strip items to be held by the display strip. The adhesiveness between the adhesive portions and such items is less than the adhesiveness between the adhesive portions and the strip. The adhesive portions may comprise two-sided adhesive tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventor: James G. Belt
  • Patent number: 6926160
    Abstract: A space-efficient workroom organization system comprising a slotwall panel with at least one repositionable slotwall-mounted storage cabinet, and a workbench system comprising a workbench having a work surface and defining a storage recess beneath the work surface, with at least one mobile storage cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Travis Michael Perkins, Thomas Wesley Arent, Todd Christopher Starr, Tyree Edward Sampson, Kenneth J. Rasche, Steven Edward Tolliver, Brent A. Junge, Duane A. Schmidt, Brian J. Stewart, Mark Allen Stout