Patents Examined by Tamara L. Graysay
  • Patent number: 7275554
    Abstract: An assistive walking rear entry device including a main frame, elongated upright body weight support members connected to each side portion of the main frame and two elongated leg members connected to each body support member one extending forwardly, the other extending rearwardly, each leg member including a rollable member attached to a distal end portion thereof. An elongated seat is attached to and supported on a lower portion of a centerpost, the centerpost being supported on the main frame. Rearwardly opening lateral torso supports are attached to the upper portion of the centerpost and make supporting contact with the thoracic area and for propelling the device during a walking gait. The seat is positioned against the perennial region to support the pelvis and to help propel the device on a “hands free” basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Larry Mullholand
  • Patent number: 7240685
    Abstract: A side rail assembly for a canopy having a plurality of uprights is provided that includes a side rail having a first end and a second end with a hook attached to the first end of the side rail; and a mounting bracket mounted on a corresponding one of the uprights. The mounting bracket includes a first side rail connector having a post, such that the hook engages the post to secure the side rail to the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Caravan Canopy International, Inc.
    Inventor: Dong Woog Seo
  • Patent number: 7240684
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a rain and sun shelter for automobiles, which comprises a plurality of supporting stands, and one end of the supporting stand being installed onto a car, and an adjacent supporting stand having a horizontal rod movably disposed between the other end, and a canopy movably disposed on the horizontal rod. The canopy is supported by the supporting stand and keeps a specific distance with the car, such that a heat-insulating space is kept between the canopy and the car body, so that the heat absorbed by the canopy will not be dispersed through the heat insulating space into the car, and the rain water or other fluid blocked by the canopy will not drop on the car roof, and thus attaining the sun shelter and rain shelter effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Inventor: Ching-Tse Yang
  • Patent number: 7237363
    Abstract: A domed building or mold constructed with flexible, lightweight curved panels snapped together using grooves and ridges formed in the panels to form a building wall, a tension ring holding the panels in place and a top cap overlying and secured to upper edges of the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventor: Arnold Wilson
  • Patent number: 7234275
    Abstract: One version of the barrier system may include a first barrier and a second barrier, in which each of the first and second barriers may have a support structure and an upwardly-extending structure. In addition, the first barrier may have a retaining structure adapted to facilitate retention of a portion of the upwardly-extending structure of the second barrier when one of the first and second barriers is in an inverted position. This inverted orientation may be especially advantageous when storing a pair of barriers. For example, in such an orientation, the barrier-pair may occupy less floor- or ground-space than two such barriers placed side-by-side. Moreover, depending on the height of the particular storage area, a second pair of similarly inverted barriers may be securely placed on top of the first pair. In this fashion, the barriers occupy relatively little storage space, space which typically is quite limited and therefore valuable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Safety by Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christine M. Haggy, John W. Marr, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7231742
    Abstract: A metal panelized wall system having a plurality of generally parallel vertical wall studs with an opening formed in each one. A top horizontal member is connected to a top end of each of the vertical wall studs and a bottom horizontal member is connected to a bottom end of each of the vertical wall studs. Extending from the bottom horizontal member to the top horizontal member is at least one diagonal member. The diagonal member extends through the openings formed in the vertical wall studs such that loads from the vertical wall studs are not transferred to the diagonal member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Kamran Reza Majlessi
  • Patent number: 7228666
    Abstract: A device for making a connection between concrete slabs, the device having two modules derived from sheets, each module having a number of flat elements which form projections, each module further having elements in the form of a right angle, having a flat part integral with projection, and a raised part, and longitudinal members between the raised parts, and wherein the modules are assembled in such a way that the raised parts and longitudinal members of the two modules are facing each other along the two sides of a center plane, and that the projections extend on both sides of the center plane, so as to form meshing projections which pass from one side of the joint to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Plakabeton S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Michiels
  • Patent number: 7225821
    Abstract: An umbrella structure according to the invention includes a cover, a shaft, a notch, a runner, main ribs and stretchers. The notch is downwardly extended to form an extension section, which is accommodated with the runner and extruded to form an integral elastic protrusion. The protrusion is devised as a fastening button with one end thereof joined with the extension section, and a projecting top portion forming a supporting plane for butting against the runner. When the umbrella is stretched, the supporting plane of the protrusion section is butted against a lower section of the runner to stretch the umbrella.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Ping-Tung Su
  • Patent number: 7222635
    Abstract: A tent (10) having a fabric enclosure (16) which including a number of walls (18), a floor (22) having a floor perimeter (4) and a framework (14) which supports the fabric enclosure (16) and urges it to expand outwardly. The walls (18) meet the floor (22) and are attached together at a joining seam (25) near the floor perimeter (4). The floor (4) is preferably a tub floor (32) which is joined to the walls (18) at the joining seam (25) which is at a distance vertically removed from the ground plane. One or more skirts (34) are attached to the walls (18) at a distance vertically removed from the ground plane. The skirts (34) are attached external to the floor perimeter (4) and overlap a portion of the walls (18) so that the wall portion and floor perimeter (4) is protected from rainfall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Assignee: North Pole, Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert Cantwell
  • Patent number: 7219680
    Abstract: A backpackable, collapsible blind designed to be mounted against a tree for use by hunters and others. The blind has a backpack-capable frame with canopy support arms that are collapsible against the frame for use as a backpack, a removable canopy, and a seat on a lower part of the frame that can be used to support a backpack load. The support arms define a unique upper/lower support structure for the canopy relative to the seat, with the canopy having a generally triangular opening located above the seat and a lower end or hem that hangs below the seat and the lower end of the frame for a baseless, open-bottomed blind that is useful for nearly any hunting situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Alex S. Gresock
  • Patent number: 7216460
    Abstract: A drainage system comprises an elongate flashing member having a width similar to width of CMUs, to be received beneath a course of CMUs, in use. A layer of water permeable material is attached to an upper surface of the flashing member. The water permeable material includes a longitudinal portion extending longitudinally adjacent a rear edge of the flashing member and a plurality of transverse portions extending transversely from the longitudinal portion to a front edge of the flashing member. A plurality of blocks of water permeable material are provided, each being positioned above the layer of water permeable material and extending upwardly into cavities of CMUs, in use. The water permeable material of the layer and the blocks has a porosity sufficient to permit water to pass therethrough but substantially insufficient to permit mortar and debris to pass therethrough so that water in cavities of the CMUs drains through the transverse portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Tom Sourlis
  • Patent number: 7216658
    Abstract: An apparatus for a portable pop-up carport for automobiles 18, sports utility vehicles and small trucks comprising a foldable frame structure 32 having a light weight waterproof roof 20, side panels of mesh-like material 22 and optional front and rear panels. Bungee cord 24 and hook members 34 are provided to secure and anchor the pop-up carport 10 to the vebicle's bumpers 26 and anchor rings 28 are provided to further secure the device to the ground 30. The device 10 is designed to provide shade from the sun and help cool the air within a vehicle 18 parked beneath the device. When the user is finished with the use of the pop-up 10, they simply fold it up and secure it with a VELCRO, hook and loop, strap 38.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Arthur Navarro
  • Patent number: 7210492
    Abstract: A retractable rain cover is attachable to a golf cart has a rigid frame extending aft from the rear roofline of a golf cart and over a golf bag carried at the rear of the cart. A flexible canopy is movable along the frame from a stowed position to a deployed position. In the stowed position the canopy is contained either rolled up in a housing along the rear roofline or is in a lay flat condition disposed within the footprint of the golf cart roof. In the deployed position the canopy extends along the frame and overlies the golf bag at the rear of the cart. Also, the canopy has a closable opening positioned to align with the upper end of the golf bag when the canopy is in a deployed position thereby permitting direct access through the deployed canopy to any golf club in the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventors: William Gerrie, Kenneth M. McAlpin
  • Patent number: 7207344
    Abstract: A two-tier canopy system is provided that includes a canopy support structure having a central post and a plurality of radially extending arms. A first canopy covering is supported by the radially extending arms and has a central opening, wherein the central post extends through the central opening. A second canopy covering, having at least a portion thereof disposed above the central opening, is supported by the central post, wherein the central post is biased towards the second canopy covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Caravan Canopy International, Inc.
    Inventor: Chung Sen Wu
  • Patent number: 7207343
    Abstract: An umbrella frame includes an upper shaft part 2 and a lower shaft part 1, the two parts being connected by a tilting joint to enable the upper part to tilt with respect to the lower, a runner 4 sliding on the lower shaft part 1, for spreading a cover on the umbrella frame into its unfurled configuration when slid upwardly, and an actuator connected to the upper shaft part 2 and passing down the shaft, through or past the runner 4 when in its upper position with the umbrella open, to an operating location on the lower shaft part 1, the actuator being accessible at its lower end to allow an operator to tilt the upper shaft part 2.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Hoyland Fox Limited
    Inventors: John Michael Earnshaw, Michael Harold Bly
  • Patent number: 7200971
    Abstract: A suspender bottom bracket for ceiling frameworks, includes a support wall that is adapted to be fastened to a rod of the suspender and is extended by two flanges in parallel planes that each have a rim parallel to the support wall, the two rims being directed toward the interior of the volume encompassed by the support wall and the planes of the flanges. The rims have at their end a fixing lug, the fixing lugs being on the opposite side of the support wall relative to the rims, perpendicular to the support wall, and are offset in a direction parallel to the planes of the flanges by a distance sufficient to provide a passage for the framework. The flanges that extend from the support wall as far as the rims have the overall shape of parallelograms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Assignee: Placoplatre
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Klein, Andre Rivaud, Pascal Ozouf
  • Patent number: 7195025
    Abstract: A first supplementary fabric 117 and a rainwater guiding fabric 118 are equipped between an inner door fabric 112 and a first zipper tape 113 attached to this, and a first waterproof tape 114 is attached on the sewing line of the reverse of the first supplementary fabric 117, so the rainwater that comes into the first zipper tape 113 by thee rainwater guiding fabric 118 can be guided downward to be discharged. And, by attaching a second waterproof tape 104 to the part of the sewing line that is formed when sewing a second supplementary fabric 109 to which an outer door fabric 102 and the second zipper tape 103 attached to this are connected, rainwater can be prevented from penetrating through the sewing line of the outer door fabrics 102.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Cabela's, Inc.
    Inventors: Kyong Jai Choi, Pat Snyder, James Louis Gianladis, Curt Lynn Dinges
  • Patent number: 7191788
    Abstract: A tent having window shelf that extends into a tent from the bottom of a window opening. The shelf may be formed, for example, by an inner covering of the window. The inner covering may include an outer support such as a pole so that it may maintain its configuration when folded down, and a fabric strip or other structure for maintaining the inner covering in a horizontal position so that it may serve as a shelf. A clasp or a plurality of clasps may be provided for attaching an inner covering of a tent window and permitting the inner covering to drape over the opening for the window without completely closing the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: The Coleman Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Holub, Ryan J. O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 7188634
    Abstract: A cane comprising a shaft, an ergonomic handle that includes multiple storage/retention zones, an emergency assist handle, and an ergonomically enhanced tip, or foot. The emergency assist handle, when inserted into one of two sleeves located in the shaft, provides a user with a means for rising from the ground after a fall. The ergonomic handle of the present invention includes a compartment, or retention zone, into which any number of small, hand-held devices and may be inserted and is formed with an external, textured material that helps the cane to resist falling over when leaned against virtually any vertical surface at angles not precisely perpendicular to the ground. The elongated foot of the present invention is radically different in size, length, and configuration and, thereby increases the area in contact with the surface being traversed by a user by up to 200%, without changing the “feel” of the cane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: John A. Coakley, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7178300
    Abstract: A latch-type tile mounting system for mounting a tile to the frame of a wall panel. An outwardly extending hook is engaged with the wall panel frame, and includes an outer hook portion. The tile includes a receiver within which the outer hook portion of the hook member is received, and blocking structure that prevents engagement with the outer hook portion. A latch member is movably mounted to the tile over the receiver, and is movable between an open or unlocked position for enabling the outer hook portion to be moved into and out of engagement with the receiver, and a closed or locked position in which the latch member engages the outer hook portion to secure the tile to the frame. The latch member is pivotably movable between its locked and unlocked positions, preferably via a fastener that secures the latch member to the tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Krueger International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Elsing