Patents Examined by Shin Kim
  • Patent number: 9609854
    Abstract: One object is to provide a lightweight fishing line guide that allows sharp sensing of fish bites. In accordance with one aspect, the line guide of the present invention includes a frame constituted by fiber-reinforced resin layers prepared by impregnating reinforcement fibers with a synthetic resin. The frame includes a ring retainer retaining a guide ring for admitting a fish line; a rod retainer having a retaining hole penetrating the frame and configured to be retained and fixed at a tip end of a tip rod of a fishing rod; and a support leg extending from the ring retainer and tipped with a fixation portion to be fixed on a rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: GLOBERIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Masaru Akiba
  • Patent number: 9609963
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for storing and displaying memorabilia include a base tray/enclosure for holding display modules which are to be mounted in the enclosure. Each display module includes a “display mount”, designed to have an item to be displayed mounted thereon, and a securing device to secure the item to be displayed to the display mount. The securing device is designed to secure the display item to the display mount without the need for any external tools. This enables the item to be displayed to be easily attached to the display mount, or to be detached from the display mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Lisa Ansorge Ratnow
  • Patent number: 9605440
    Abstract: A memorial photo box including a rear housing having a rear wall, upper and lower walls and side walls and a front opening defined by the upper and lower walls and the first and second side walls. The memorial photo box includes a top cover having upper and lower walls and side walls and a lip formed about a front opening defined by the upper and lower walls and the sidewalls, whereby the top cover is mounted onto the rear housing. A high resolution photo and protective UV sheeting is disposed between the lip and the front opening of the rear housing. The rear housing contains one or more strands of light bulbs and circuitry to provide power and operate the one or more strands of light bulbs. The high resolution photo disposed between the lip is illuminated by the one or more strands of light bulbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Frank E. Clay
  • Patent number: 9597917
    Abstract: A greeting card is held in a closed position by an envelope folded around the greeting card. The envelope is held around the greeting card by a band. The band is positioned in a vertical orientation, whereby it is parallel to a longitudinal axis of the greeting card and is transverse a longitudinal axis of the envelope. The envelope has a width dimension greater than a height dimension of the greeting card, whereby the greeting card is receivable in the envelope in a landscape orientation. The envelope has a height dimension less than the height dimension of the greeting card, whereby a portion of the greeting card is visible and extends beyond the envelope folded there around.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incoporated
    Inventor: Melanie Bridges
  • Patent number: 9595212
    Abstract: Architectural signage and the providing of systems and methods for adjustable signage suitable for operation with one hand. A signage assembly may include a slider panel assembly having a back plate and a plurality of slider portions, where each of the slider portions may include a guidance tongue formed from a portion of the back plate. The guidance tongue may include a lock button extending from a front face of the guidance tongue, wherein the guidance tongue is configured to flex in a direction perpendicular to or from a front face of the back plate to allow insertion of a slidable tab with reduced interference from the lock button, and wherein the lock button is configured to mate with a lock pocket of a slidable tab when the slidable tab is fully extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Adelphia Graphic Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil Jacobson
  • Patent number: 9585497
    Abstract: A modular product display system comprising a first horizontal shelf having opposing ends; two or more display panels disposed on a top surface of said first horizontal shelf; one or more side walls, each having a height and supporting each opposing end of said shelf; wherein said display panels are modular and each comprise a rear panel perpendicularly disposed to a bottom panel suitable for product placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Xuefen Luo, Jackson Chi-Yu Wang
  • Patent number: 9583028
    Abstract: A flashlight includes a casing having a first end, a second end, a first side surface and a second side surface. The casing has a first casing member joined to a second casing member, with the first and second casing members defining an interior cavity there between. An electronics package is provided that includes a power source, an actuable switch member and a light array coupled to the power source and switch member. The light source is capable of projecting light outwardly from the first end of the flashlight and into a cavity. The first casing member includes a light passable portion through which the light projected into the cavity can pass to the exterior of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Killion
  • Patent number: 9573732
    Abstract: A closure for a product retaining container constructed for being inserted and securely retained in a portal forming neck of the container has a substantially cylindrical shape and substantially flat terminating surfaces forming the opposed ends of said closure, wherein at least one of said terminating surfaces is at least partially covered by a decorative layer. Indicia may be applied on at least one of the two substantially flat terminating surfaces forming the opposed ends of a closure by means of hot stamping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Nomacore LLC
    Inventors: Damon James Bost, James Edward Cooper, Jr., Lindsay Herman Davis, Nisha Amol Keskar, Marco Josef Otto Kirch, Darrell James Miller
  • Patent number: 9569987
    Abstract: A label with which, among other things, vegetables, for instance vine tomatoes, fruit and house plants, can be supplied with information. The label is a three-dimensional object obtained by folding and gluing a punched or cut piece of paper, cardboard or another type of thin-walled material, which object can be attached to one or more branches of a vine of tomatoes and whereby at least one surface area of the three-dimensional object is visible in such a way that it can serve as an information-bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Joost Arie de Jong
  • Patent number: 9568141
    Abstract: A tablet holder including: a mounting plate including a back surface with a coupling for a support device and a front surface with slots configured to receive arms; the arms are slidably mounted in the slots and each include an end extending outward from the mounting plate; a locking mechanism releasably securing each of the arms to the mounting plate; and for each arm, a swiveling ledge connected by a locking hinge to the end of the arm, wherein the hinge includes a releasable locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph A. Zaloom
  • Patent number: 9564070
    Abstract: A backlighting system for a cabinet sign may include a plurality of panels. Each panel includes a plurality of light emitting diodes (“LEDs”) attached to the panel. The diode has a box sign depth factor of less than about 1.4. An integrated circuit may also be located on the panel. A wire physically connects adjacent panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey Marc Nall, Kevin Carpenter, Koushik Saha, Chenyang (Kevin) Li, Ronald K. Brengartner, Jr., Xin (Bill) Wang, Tomislav J. Stimac
  • Patent number: 9560924
    Abstract: A connection assembly 10 usable for interconnecting two elongate frame members 12 which each include a channel 14. An elongate link member 22 is locatable in the channels 14 of the adjacent members 12 and extending therebetween. A respective connection assembly 20 is locatable in each of the channels 14 to engage against the link member 22 and retain same in the respective channel 14. Each connection assembly 20 is selectively movable between an engaged and a disengaged condition to respectively connect the two frame members 12, or permit the frame members 12 to be pulled apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventor: Richard John Lawson
  • Patent number: 9551921
    Abstract: A display apparatus is disclosed that includes a screen and a frame system positioned to support the screen. The frame system includes a plurality of frame members, a hinge that couples the frame members together, and a lock that blocks relative movement of the frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: DRAPER INC.
    Inventor: Shanon O. Redmon
  • Patent number: 9545162
    Abstract: An image display including an image substrate and a support structure. The image substrate has an image printed on a first surface. The support structure can include a front sheet and a plurality of side strips extending from the front sheet. The image substrate can be adhered to an external surface of the front sheet so that the front sheet forms a rigid backing for the image substrate. A variety of image substrates are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Circle Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Hank B. Ridless, Evan D. Brooks, Keith E. Freebern
  • Patent number: 9536455
    Abstract: A signage frame kit for a point of purchase interface, such as a speaker post, is provided. The signage frame kit includes frame elements that can be retrofitted to an existing point of purchase interface. The frame elements provide not only a means for attaching the frame to the point of purchase interface but also provide a means for receiving signage which can be prominently displayed at the point of purchase interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Patrick Benasillo
  • Patent number: 9532562
    Abstract: An insect blowing and suction system including at least two tangential blowers, each creating an air stream at a suitable angle relative to the ground but in opposite directions to each other. The two air streams combine and are diverted upward, thereby lifting insects upward. The upward air velocity is increased by at least one upper axial blower that sucks the air from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventors: Shmuel Ganmor, Rafi Regev, Aharon Weiseblum, David Ben-Yakir
  • Patent number: 9526236
    Abstract: Foldable frame devices designed to transport fishing equipment and assorted items while functioning as a table and which are capable of being stored in confined spaces are disclosed. In an aspect, a foldable frame device may be carried by a user. The foldable frame device includes a rotating flat surface area which may be moved between a folded position and a usable position. In the folded position, the foldable frame device has a compact profile, thereby occupying a small amount of space for transportation or storage when not in use. In the usable position, the flat surface area extends away from the frame and may support items, such as fishing equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: James Coker
  • Patent number: 9521938
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cleaning device (1?, 1?, 1??) comprising a component (2?, 2?, 2??) which has associated product information (3). The aim of the invention is to develop and further improve a cleaning device of said type, such that once it has been easily marked with product information, said product permanently carries said product information. The device is characterized in that said component (2?, 2?, 2??) comprises a surface (2?a, 2?a, 2??a) in which the product information (3) is intrinsic and/or integral with the material, said product information (3) having been formed by means which are interspaced from said surface (2?a, 2?a, 2??a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Andreas Eisenhut
  • Patent number: 9501958
    Abstract: A sealing label suitable for sealing a package made of varnished cardboard comprises: a carrier layer, and an adhesive layer, wherein the thickness of the carrier layer, the material of the carrier layer, and the composition of the adhesive layer have been selected such that: a minimum deformation force of the label is smaller than a first breaking force needed to break the cardboard material of the varnished cardboard, a minimum detaching force of the label is greater than the first breaking force, and the minimum detaching force is smaller than a second breaking force needed to break the label, wherein the first breaking force is a first pulling force which causes breaking of the cardboard material in a situation where the label is separated from the varnished cardboard by pulling the label with said first pulling force, and the minimum detaching force is a second pulling force which is needed to separate the adhesive layer of the label from the surface of the varnished cardboard in a situation where
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: UPM RAFLATAC OY
    Inventors: Markku Pietarinen, Jari Herranen
  • Patent number: 9481196
    Abstract: Foldable financial transaction card displays that include at least one popup member, methods of making such displays, and methods of promoting such displays. Some of the displays include folding members that are unitary with the popup members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC
    Inventors: Jessica Canaday, Nichole Flynn