Patents Examined by Shin Kim
  • Patent number: 9731840
    Abstract: An aircraft interior light unit having a light output over an extended light emission area includes a flat light distribution body having a front surface, through which the light output is coupled out, and a back surface, wherein at least one of the front surface and the back surface of the flat light distribution body has a plurality of surface irregularities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Christian Schoen, Bjoern Schallenberg
  • Patent number: 9734740
    Abstract: A compliance material organizer and display device that is operable to receive and retain a plurality of compliance posters being different in size and provide display thereof. The compliance material organizer includes a wall mount that is configured to be secured to a wall. The wall mount has secured thereto a ring mount wherein the ring mount is configured to be expandable in length so as to be extended to a length of at least three feet. A plurality of rings are secured to the ring mount and are movable so as to receive and suspend therefrom numerous compliance posters. The compliance material organizer and display is configured to receive, retain and display a plurality of compliance posters wherein the posters are arranged in a stacked pattern against the wall with the largest compliance poster being proximate the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventors: Lindsey Lopez, Lisa P. Siafos
  • Patent number: 9713317
    Abstract: A locking device that is held in a hand of a user, grabs an eel directly at any desired position along the eel, impales the eel and locks onto the eel of any diameter both for secure grabbing. The locking device includes a stationary handle, a movable handle, a stationary jaw, and a movable jaw. The stationary handle and the movable handle are pivotally attached to each other, and are held in the hand of the user. The stationary jaw and the movable jaw are pivotally attached to each other, extend from the stationary handle and the movable handle, respectively, grab the eel directly at any desired position along the eel, and impale the eel and lock onto the eel of any diameter both for secure grabbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: John L. Tetenes
  • Patent number: 9711069
    Abstract: A freestanding display system includes a weighted base removably and replaceably coupled to a relatively lightweight top portion bearing display surfaces. Because of the shape of the freestanding display and the significant weight differential between the weighted base and the top display portion, the center of mass for the freestanding display may be disposed within its volume such that the freestanding display resists tipping over when subjected to substantial tilt angles, while advantageously facilitating easy disassembly and transportation for deployment at tradeshows or similar temporary venues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: T3 Expo, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Hugh Valentine
  • Patent number: 9709036
    Abstract: A display which can be mounted on the outside of a vehicle includes a generator to generate electricity to power accessories such as a light for illuminating the display. The display may comprise a windsock which is mounted on a support ring surrounding a central hub in which the turbine mounted. The turbine includes an impeller extending on an inlet end of the central hub and a light source electrically connected to the generator and mounted on the central hub and projecting in an opposite direction from the impeller. The windsock is mounted on the support ring in surrounding relationship to the light source. The vehicle mounted wind turbine may power other electronic devices or accessories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: NEMO VENTURES, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Paul E. Skelton, Robert S. Cutler
  • Patent number: 9693547
    Abstract: A system for tracking and counteracting flying insects includes an imager, a unmanned aerial vehicle with an embedded counteracting device and a processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Jean François Moitier
  • Patent number: 9681762
    Abstract: A decorative frame comprises a lining plate (1), wherein a layer of tensioned elastic film (2) is covered at one side of the lining plate (1); the edge of the elastic film (2) is fixed at the edge of the lining plate (1) by virtue of clipping strips (3); an interlayer is formed between the lining plate (1) and the elastic film (2); an inserting opening (4) is left at the edge of the lining plate (1) and the elastic film (2); the lining plate (1) or/and the elastic film (2) is/are transparent; paintings and photos can be inserted into or taken out of the interlayer by uncovering the elastic film (2), thereby facilitating the operation; the paintings, the photos and the like in the interlayer can be saw through the lining plate (1) or/and the elastic film (2); a support component (6) is assembled on the clipping strips (3); and the angle adjustment of the decorative frame is realized by adjusting the position of the landing leg (62) of the support component (6), thereby overcoming the technical problems of inco
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Yalan Peng
  • Patent number: 9679502
    Abstract: A graphic display assembly includes a base having a top surface, a bottom surface and a plurality of spaced-apart holes extending through the base between the top surface and the bottom surface. A pillar extends from the top surface of the base and has at least one elongated channel. A sign has a portion that is held by the at least one elongated channel and a remaining portion extending outwardly from the pillar. The sign includes a bottom edge that is spaced apart from the top surface of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Logan, Sara L. Hayden
  • Patent number: 9669645
    Abstract: A greeting card which includes a greeting card body and a flying disc removably attached thereto. A sound module and motion sensor are contained within the flying disc. The sound module contains one or more audio clips contained thereon and is operative to replay the one or more audio clips through a speaker. The motion sensor triggers the audio playback upon the flying disc being tossed or thrown through the air by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: David Mayer, Dave Sapp
  • Patent number: 9651724
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of photo-luminescent display systems and photo-luminescent visual elements creating eye-catching displays of visual advertising or marketing messages that are very effective at generating interest, engagement, and loyalty in the viewing public. Photo-luminescent pigment containing visual elements are illuminated by one or more remotely located emitters at a first wavelength that is outside the human visual spectrum. In response, the visual elements then radiate at one or more wavelengths within the human visual spectrum. Additional features control unwanted reflections and unwanted transmission of radiation at the first wavelength. Additional features control the uniformity of radiation of one or more wavelengths within the human visual spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: NanoLumens Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. Cross, Richard C. Cope, Jorge Perez-Bravo, Gary Feather, Theodore Heske, III
  • Patent number: 9642454
    Abstract: For multiple viewing angle media support, and apparatus includes three support sides. Each support side includes a back support and an edge support. A top of each back support is in physical communication with an adjacent edge support clockwise about a central axis and each back support and each edge support is in physical communication with two ends of a solid interior. Each back support, each edge support, and each end is a surface of the solid interior, the solid interior is a pillow covered in fabric, a first viewing angle of the first back support is 36 degrees, a second viewing angle of the second back support is 74 degrees, and a third viewing angle of the third back support is 49 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Bruce Cannon, Juliette Fassett
  • Patent number: 9643443
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to various embodiments of a greeting card having at least one motor attached to a mechanism which causes movement to a mobile object and one or more attachments suspended from the mobile object. The mobile object may be a circular disc, a string or a swing structure. Each mobile object contains one or more attachments either attached directly thereto or suspended therefrom via a string or line. The motor may effect various movements in the mobile object such as circular motion, back-and-forth motion or bouncing or vibrating motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Sharon Bogdanski, John Talbot
  • Patent number: 9636939
    Abstract: An environmental greeting card is constructed as a self-mailer and thus, eliminates the need for a separate envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Inventor: Vincent Ramirez
  • Patent number: 9633584
    Abstract: A sign is combined with an electrical outlet plate which can mount near or to existing electrical infrastructure to provide information such as direction toward an exit. A protruding and/or outwardly visible surface of the sign may be painted or adorned with a sign appliqué, and can be illuminated and/or photoluminescent to provide maximum visibility with or without electrical power. Advantageously, the sign can be mounted at electrical outlets and/or electrical switches that are near the floor and away from the ceiling, such that the sign remains visible even when lines of sight within a building are impaired, such as from smoke. In one exemplary embodiment, the sign is integrated into a portion of a standard-sized duplex cover plate, which can be mounted to an existing electrical junction box to preserve the functionality of adjacent electrical outlets or switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Underwood
  • Patent number: 9632218
    Abstract: A two-in-one colored and translucent film structure suitable for use in backlit displays having a multi-point illumination source. The film structure utilizes a colored layer and a light-diffusing layer that reduces variations in the amount of light transmitted through different areas of a backlit sign. The light-diffusing layer includes light-diffusing particles dispersed in a transparent matrix material, and scatters light transmitted therethrough. The light-diffusing particles have an index of refraction that is different than an index of refraction of the matrix material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Xiang Liu, Michael Ramsay, Steven Reekmans
  • Patent number: 9633583
    Abstract: A sign assembly have a chassis assembly for supporting indicia plates and for providing proper horizontal alignment of the indicia plates. The chassis assembly includes two chassis members having a medial receptacle for receipt of a support panel and a receptacle for receipt of alignment members. The indicia plates include mating members on distal edges for cooperating with the chassis member alignment members. The mating members and alignment members have cooperating surface configurations to facilitate proper indicia plate horizontal alignment. A tamper resistant assembly prevents unintentional removal of the indicia plates from the chassis assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: APCO Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Cobb, Dillon P. Cobb, Benjamin H. Bell, Daniel L. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9629352
    Abstract: A system and device for capturing or entrapping pests, such as rodents, is described herein. In some embodiments, the device includes an opening in the bottom of the device which allows the pest to enter the device. In some embodiments, the device may include a kill trap. In other embodiments, the device may be used to live capture the pest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Leonard E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 9626885
    Abstract: A device for protecting a door includes a body extending over at least a portion of the door and two inserts, extending from opposing edges of the body between the door and the door frame. A rod attached to the two inserts and extending therebetween contacts a surface of the door and secures the device thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Mariano Alvarez
  • Patent number: 9615552
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a fishing lure having a body and a means for skimming. The means for skimming comprises a strike plate arranged on an underside of the body and configured to provide a force bearing lower surface for communicating with the surface of a water body for providing improved fluid dynamic characteristics of the lure when in use. The lure may be a unitary item or assembled together by joining the body to the means for skimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: HALCO PTY LTD
    Inventor: Gregory Michael Budd
  • Patent number: 9620036
    Abstract: A sign holder includes a pair of upright posts, each having a lower ground engaging end and an upwardly disposed portion having a serpentine area with a plurality of bend areas leading to an upper end which is not aligned with the lower end. A relatively thicker transverse member joins the upright posts such that the upper ends thereof are spaced farther apart than the lower ends thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Jeffrey K. Hartman