Patents Examined by Sarah A. Lechok
  • Patent number: 5242065
    Abstract: A lockable fitting for a curtain rod of the type having lengthwise extending rod flanges, the lockable fitting including a latch body movable along the rod and a latch member having first and second pairs of fingers with the fingers of each pair disposed at relatively opposite sides of a respective one of the rod flanges. The latch member is mounted on the body for movement between a release position in which the fingers of each pair loosely receive the associated rod flange and a lock position in which the fingers of each pair grip the associated rod flange means therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Assignee: Springs Window Fashions Division, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael B. Hoban
  • Patent number: 5240127
    Abstract: A modular display unit employing a pair of spaced apart feet having prongs that engage a transverse beam or shelf unit. The display unit is composed of a series of shelves, beams, side portions and feet, which can be combined to provide units of varying widths and heights. The shelves are centrally supported in their depth dimension from a pair of laterally disposed side portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: NYSCO Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Levin, Barry Kramer, Roberto Gutierrez
  • Patent number: 5234116
    Abstract: A readily transportable rack or assembly for holding packages or bags in a stable condition, comprising a collapsible and expandable framework for providing spaced, side-by-side compartments, accessible from overhead to place packages or bags therein. The collapsible and expandable frame can be extended linearly providing for compartments of greater size or collapsed linearly for providing compartments of lesser size. Collapsible and expandable frames are adjustably positionable, depending upon a particularly chosen size to correspond to packages or bags to be held. In addition, hooks on a top end of the frames can be utilized for purposes of holding handles of grocery bags to prevent the bags from toppling over. Ideally, the rack is utilized in vehicles to prevent the packages or bags from rolling around in the vehicle during its movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Inventors: Bjarni Kristinsson, Philip H. White
  • Patent number: 5221013
    Abstract: An add-on shelf for athletic or school lockers having hinged first and second planar shelf members. The edge of the first shelf member is hingedly affixed along the length of the second shelf member, the precise hinge point being adjustable to accommodate differing width lockers. Tabs on the first shelf member engage slots on the second shelf member to form the hinge. A plurality of slots are provided along the second shelf member to facilitate the above-noted width adjustment. Releasable latch means lock the shelf members is fixed planar orientation. Rubber abutment feet are provided along the outside edges of the shelf members to engage the locker walls. The shelf is installed by forming an obtuse angle between the shelf members, placing the shelf assembly into the locker, then, forcing the angle open until the shelf members are in the 180 degree planar locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: DEK, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald G. Santucci
  • Patent number: 5221011
    Abstract: A napkin holder includes a base, a pair of spaced-apart posts extending along respective axes, a pair of pivot arms,both mounted for pivoting movement in one circumferential direction about the axes to an open loading position, and both pivotable in an opposite circumferential direction about the axes to a closed position, and a spring for constantly urging the arms to the closed position to firmly and uniformly hold the napkins in an upright dispensing condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Inventor: Julio C. Coto
  • Patent number: 5219081
    Abstract: A clothes tree comprised of a stand, a plurality of tubes, connecting devices, branching hooks and branching rods, wherein said tubes are connected by said connecting devices into an upright pole fastened in a hole on a cone at the top of said stand; said stand has a recessed groove around the cone thereof for collecting rain water from the umbrella hung on said branching rods; said branching hooks are respectively connected to said upright pole and used to hang clothes, of which each comprising a peg rod having one end connected to a socket by a stop element, and an opposite end intersected with either branching rod, said socket being sleeved onto either tube of said upright pole and secured in place by said stop element, said socket comprising a longitudinal hole, into which said stop element is inserted to stop against said upright pole, two side wings longitudinally disposed by said longitudinal hole at two opposite sides with pin holes thereon, into which a lock pin is inserted to connect said stop eleme
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1993
    Assignee: Good Choice Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Cheng-Lin Lin
  • Patent number: 5217122
    Abstract: A lightweight adjustable retaining apparatus is located on an underside of a shelf and is capable of retaining books between a downwardly extending movable bookend and a fixed stationary vertical support. The retaining apparatus includes a stationary base having side walls and a hollow portion defined therebetween. Compressed spring members are located in guide channels substantially adjacent lengthwise edges of the side walls. The movable bookend is guidably supported by the guide channels and urged by the spring members to retain a variable number of books between the movable bookend and the fixed vertical support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Inventor: Beatrice E. Martinez
  • Patent number: 5203464
    Abstract: Storage rack systems having a plurality of storage bays adapted to store pallet loads that are multiple pallets deep are disclosed. Each of the storage rack systems includes an interlocked cart assembly constructed and arranged to move along the same track of a pair of track means, the interlocked cart assembly including a first cart movable along said track between a forward position and a back position and a second cart interlocked with said first cart and movable along said track between a forward position overlying the forward position of said first cart and a back position one pallet length farther back then said back position of said first cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1993
    Assignee: Frazier Industrial Company
    Inventor: Donald R. Allen
  • Patent number: 5193692
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a recyclable dunnage support assembly. The dunnage support assembly includes a dunnage support member which is secured to a frame. The dunnage support member includes at least one surface which is adapted to engage and support dunnage for shipment. Each dunnage support member, furthermore, is formed from pulverized automative tire fragments which are held together by a binder. When use of the dunnage support is no longer necessary, the dunnage support member can be repulverized into fragments which are then reconstituted together with a binder to form a new and different dunnage support assembly. As such, the dunnage support member is recyclable virtually indefinitely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Inventors: Charles Farley, Lawrence E. Plawecki
  • Patent number: 5190166
    Abstract: A support or separation, especially a book-end consists of a resilient element (1) and a support element (2). The support or the separation achieves its function by, that the branch (5) of the resilient element, which engages the underside of the shelf and the upper branch (3), which the support element slides upon, is wedge shape, thereby one can adapt the support or separation to the thickness of the shelf by displacing the support element on the resilient element. Hereby is obtained a surface pressure between the parts, which results in, that the support is self-locking, and hereby is the function of the support or the separation obtained. The two holes in the support element are placed so, that by turning the support element upside down variations in adaption to the doubled thickness of the shelf can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: Niels Vilsboll
  • Patent number: 5181622
    Abstract: A shelf guard for use with bookshelves and the like includes first and second stationary support brackets and first and second linkages pivotally attached to the support bracket. The linkages and a retention bar supported thereon are pivotal to a raised position thereby permitting access to a guarded shelf and are pivotable to a lowered position for preventing items from falling from the shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1993
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventor: Bjarki H. Hallgrimsson
  • Patent number: 5180128
    Abstract: A pegboard hook or rod mounting assembly for use in combination with the pegboard having a plurality of holes, the assembly constructed of a two-part complementary component assembly consisting of a U-shaped mounting assembly, configured to fit within two or more holes of the peg board, and a rod like supporting member, which supports a variety of articles thereon, securely mates within the U-shaped mounting member, to snugly locate therein, and support the variety of packaged articles being displayed, or to hold a shelf suspended in place. Shifting of the rod support member can easily be performed, even if it contains and supports a variety of packaged articles, by merely shifting vertically, the entire support member, while it is maintained in a horizontal position, for ease of removal and relocation for holding within another U-shaped mounting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Richard C. Massey
  • Patent number: 5180069
    Abstract: A warehouse storage rack organization capable of accommodating pallets arranged in four-deep push-back relation is described in which three carts that move along a single pair of rails permit internested disposition of the carts when they are unloaded, and the sequential movement of load-bearing carts by the imposition via a forklift of subsequent loads on the remaining carts. The organization utilizes only a single pair of rails to achieve the desired result, which rails are formed of conventional structural members whereby the cost of production of the organization is significantly reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Advance Storage Products
    Inventors: John V. R. Krummell, Kenneth E. Davison
  • Patent number: 5180067
    Abstract: A shower caddy (10) includes a wire portion (11) and a plastic portion (12). The wire portion (11) is formed with upper foot wires (45, 46) to engage grooves (73) in the plastic portion (12) and with a rear support wire (51) to engage lock tabs (74) in the plastic portion (12) so that the plastic portion (12) may be removably carried by the wire portion (11). The wire portion (11) has two spaced apart wires (14,15) interconnected by a loop wire (16) to engage the top of a neck pipe of a shower head. A bracket (17) is engageable with and slidable along the wires (14, 15) to engage the bottom of the neck pipe. The wire portion (11) also includes adjacent spaced-apart shelf wires (35, 36, 37, 38) with two adjacent shelf wires (36, 37) having opposed arcuate portions (41, 42) formed therein to hold a bottle in an inverted position therebetween. The plastic portion (12) includes soap trays (61, 62) formed therein. The soap trays (61, 62) have outwardly flaring side walls (64, 67) and bottom surfaces (65, 68).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Assignee: Rubbermaid Incorporated
    Inventors: Brian J. Conaway, Tyrone M. Keyes
  • Patent number: 5176262
    Abstract: A display apparatus for displaying products such as eyeglasses or jewels, comprising a heavy base, a main stem having one end pivotally fixed to the base and another free end, and a tip element fixed to the free end of the main stem. The tip element includes another pivotable stem and a vise to attach the product to be displayed. Screws are used to apply friction to the surfaces of the stems to keep them in any desired orientation while allowing the stems to be turned without a tool. A brass tip helps reducing the wear on the stem surfaces in contact with the screws. The display apparatus may further comprise a sliding element including another pivotable stem and another vise to attach another product. The display apparatus is particularly well adapted for displaying eyeglasses in an optical shop window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Inventor: Georges Zoueki
  • Patent number: 5172814
    Abstract: A board for holding and displaying jewelry consisting of a base and a plurality of removable and replaceable jewelry holding brackets adapted to support on an individual basis clip type earrings, earrings for pierced ears, bracelets, necklaces, finger rings and pins. A special holder for supporting hair barrettes, such as used by little girls, is also adapted to be included or utilized with the board. The particular number of each type of support unit and their arrangement thereon can be determined by the user. Each of the elements for holding jewelry with the exception of an included pin pad and a shelf for supporting finger rings, can be removed and replaced on an as-desired basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Assignee: Other Notions, Inc.
    Inventors: Carol C. Pell, Pamela J. Simon
  • Patent number: 5172817
    Abstract: A wall mountable free-standing storage rack for compacts disks comprises an open framework forming a plurality of adjacent rectangular receptacles, each being sized to accept a compact disk when the disk is oriented with one of the disk's largest surfaces facing outward of the rack. At least one releasible latch is integrated into each of the receptacles for releasible retaining a disk therein. Each of the rectangular receptacles is formed from four elongated side members releasible joined to four corner members. Preselected ones of the corner members are connectable to other elongated side members for forming the adjacent receptacles. The corner members also include a pin and socket arrangement on a rear surface for attaching a mount to an assembled rack. The rack may be wall releasibly mounted using the mount in one form or be coupled to other racks in various angular orientations using the mount in other forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1992
    Inventor: Jan S. Gross
  • Patent number: 5170895
    Abstract: A file folder suspension assembly that may be assembled and disassembled without the use of tools. The assembly includes a pair of spaced, parallel, file-suspension rails and two end frames supporting such rails at their opposite ends. Each end frame has a pair of upstanding side bars and a horizontal spreader bar, and spring metal clips tightly and securely connect together the ends of the spreader and side bars, and the ends of the rails, at four corners of the assembly. Each spring clip is generally S-shaped with aligned openings in the base and intermediate portions thereof for receiving the upper ends of said side bars and with the ends of the file suspension rails gripped securely between such portions. An opening is also provided by each clip for receiving an end portion of a spreader bar for supporting the same in contact with the upper end portion of a side bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Richard W. Chudzik
  • Patent number: 5170892
    Abstract: A cabinet for the storage of shoes and the like comprising a plurality of spaced, vertical dividers slit at spaced intervals at the front, each slit extending part of the way back from the front of the cabinet to about half the depth of the vertical dividers. Spaced, horizontal dividers are slit at spaced intervals at the rear of the cabinet, each slit extending part of the way from the back of the cabinet, the vertical and horizontal dividers being interleaved with each other so that the slits in the horizontal dividers accommodate the vertical dividers and the slits in the vertical dividers accommodate the horizontal dividers forming vertical columns and horizontal rows of cubby holes for the shoes. The forward edges of the vertical dividers extend forward of the front edges of the horizontal dividers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Cyrus J. Fromkin
  • Patent number: 5170979
    Abstract: A universal package support for packages of yarn having various inside diameters and lengths. The support has a movable disc slidably supported on a shaft which slides in and out to actuate a plurality of pivotally mounted levers to engage and disengage the interim surface of a yarn tube placed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Assignee: Milliken Research Corporation
    Inventor: Roy R. Baber