Patents by Inventor Edward L. Gibbs

Edward L. Gibbs has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7396002
    Abstract: A bracket is formed from a channel-shaped lower section adapted for attachment to the post, and a channel-shaped upper section pivotably joined to the lower section at its upper end. The bracket is used in fence assembly to connect the end of a channel-shaped rail and a post. The upper section may be pivoted with respect to the lower section, as required to align the upper section with the terrain upon which the rail and post are to be installed. The upper section and lower sections of the bracket cooperate to define a pair of spaced pockets adapted to receive the spaced side walls of a rail. Engagement of the side walls of the upper section of the bracket with internally projecting longitudinal ridges in the rail channel interfere with lifting of the rail from the bracket. Externally projecting tabs on the side walls of the upper section interfere with longitudinal withdrawal of the rail from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7325787
    Abstract: A barrier formed from one or more barrier tapes, which may be barbed. Two lower barrier tapes are supported on the opposed projecting arms of outrigger system installed atop a structure such as a wall, gate or fence. Each extended lower barrier tape is formed from loops having a substantially elliptical shape, with a major axis which extends parallel to the outrigger arm supporting it, with a length substantially equal thereto. The ratio of major axis length to minor axis length in each loop is between about 2 and about 5. A third and upper barrier tape, formed from loops with a circular shape, is positioned between the two lower barrier tapes, in at least partially overlying relationship to the lower barrier tapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7282659
    Abstract: A panel, such as a fence panel, is assembled by a projection welding process from a plurality of upright members and a plurality of rails. The rails and upright members are first assembled into a flat panel framework, which is introduced into a welding area having multiple welding stations arrayed in a series of rows. Paired welding stations in adjacent odd- and even-numbered rows are positioned on opposite sides of the panel framework. Each welding station is characterized by at least two laterally spaced electrodes of opposite polarity, both situated on the same side of the panel framework. One electrode contacts an underlying rail, while the other electrode contacts an underlying upright member. A welding current transmitted between the electrodes causes an internal weld to form between the upright member and the rail at a projection within the rail channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Fred L. Givens, Gary W. Vonnahme
  • Patent number: 7188826
    Abstract: A resilient clip adapted for internal installation within a rail having a longitudinally extending internal gap. The clip includes a lower leg that engages the base of the rail, and an intermediate leg, which engages a side wall of the rail. An indented upper leg of the clip is capable of clamping an elongate line, such as an electrical or communication line, in an elevated position in the upper section of the rail. Plural clips may be installed in the rail to support such a line at multiple spaced points along its length. A strengthening cable may be installed in the lower section of the rail, in overlying relationship to the lower legs of the clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7159853
    Abstract: A barrier such as a fence is formed by welding conductive upright members to conductive U-shaped rails by a projection resistance welding process. The rail includes at least one weld-forming region which projects within the rail channel, and may be formed wither as a ridge, or as a longitudinally spaced series of nipple-shaped projections. The upright member is transversely positioned within the rail channel in contact with the weld-forming region. A welding current transmitted between the upright member and the rail causes the weld-forming region to at least partially melt and form a weld within the rail channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Fred L. Givens, Gary W. Vonnahme
  • Patent number: 7071439
    Abstract: A barrier such as a fence is formed by welding conductive upright members to conductive U-shaped rails by a projection resistance welding process. The rail includes at least one weld-forming region which projects within the rail channel, and may be formed within as a ridge, or as a longitudinally spaced series of nipple-shaped projections. The upright member is transversely positioned within the rail channel in contact with the weld-forming region. A welding current transmitted between the upright member and the rail causes the weld-forming region to at least partially melt and form a weld within the rail channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Fred L. Givens, Gary W. Vonnahme
  • Patent number: 6969051
    Abstract: A two-part rail is formed from a channel element which includes internal runners and stops which form a tray holder. A separate tray element may slide into the channel element, where it is supported on and confined by the tray holder. The tray element and channel element define boundaries of a retainer channel. Pickets traversed by alignable retainer passages are inserted through registering picket openings in the channel and tray elements of a rail. The pickets are secured to the rail by inserting a rod-like retaining element into the retainer channel of the rail and through the aligned retainer passages of the pickets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 6874767
    Abstract: A high security palisade fence is formed from a plurality of vertical posts, each of which is characterized by a pair of flange sections which are joined by an intermediate flat web section having a double-walled structure. One or more cable passageways are formed in each post. Each adjacent pair of posts is interconnected by a plurality of parallel rails. Each rail is formed with an internal tray, within which a strengthening cable may extend. Vertical pickets are attached to the rails. The pickets are preferably characterized by a W-shaped profile, and preferably include longitudinal strengthening ribs. Each picket has a flat attachment surface in which a plurality of subsurface recesses are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 6811145
    Abstract: A barrier such as a fence is formed by welding conductive upright members to conductive U-shaped rails by a projection resistance welding process. The rail includes at least one weld-forming region which projects within the rail channel, and may be formed wither as a ridge, or as a longitudinally spaced series of nipple-shaped projections. The upright member is transversely positioned within the rail channel in contact with the weld-forming region. A welding current transmitted between the upright member and the rail causes the weld-forming region to at least partially melt and form a weld within the rail channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Fred L. Givens, Gary W. Vonnahme
  • Publication number: 20030209700
    Abstract: A barrier such as a fence is formed by welding conductive upright members to conductive U-shaped rails by a projection resistance welding process. The rail includes at least one weld-forming region which projects within the rail channel, and may be formed wither as a ridge, or as a longitudinally spaced series of nipple-shaped projections. The upright member is transversely positioned within the rail channel in contact with the weld-forming region. A welding current transmitted between the upright member and the rail causes the weld-forming region to at least partially melt and form a weld within the rail channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Publication date: November 13, 2003
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 6254064
    Abstract: An ornamental ring for a picket fence of the type having at least one horizontally extending rail being a top rail and at least one other horizontally extending rail being an intermediate rail spaced slightly below the top rail, and having a plurality of spaced vertical pickets connected to the rails such that the pickets extend through the rails and form rectangular openings with the upper rail and the intermediate rail, each rail having a top wall and an inner bottom wall spaced from the top wall so as to form a relatively narrow raceway wherein a retaining rod passes through each raceway of each rail and through openings in the pickets to retain the pickets in position, a ring filling each rectangular opening, each ring having a vertical tang extending upwardly from the top of the ring and through a slotted opening in the inner bottom wall of the top rail, each ring having a rectangular ear projecting downwardly from the bottom of the ring and extending into a slotted opening in the top wall of the interme
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 6176043
    Abstract: A gate framing system for a PVC gate, the gate comprising first and second spaced vertical PVC frame members connected at their upper and lower ends to a pair of spaced horizontal PVC frame members, the gate framing system comprising a pair of spaced metallic framing brackets mounted at each corner of the PVC gate, the pairs of framing brackets being connected to each other in such manner as to hold the PVC gate in compression between the brackets at each corner thereof, wherein the framing brackets are bent around the outer side edges of the PVC vertical frame members in an overlapping relation, wherein a first post-tensioning metallic rod extends horizontally across the top of the PVC gate through the overlapping ends of the pairs of brackets at the upper corners of the PVC gate, and wherein a second post-tensioning metallic rod extends horizontally across the bottom of the PVC gate through the overlapping ends of the pairs of framing brackets at the bottom corners of the PVC gate, whereby the post-tensioni
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 5443244
    Abstract: A rolled metal fence rail is incorporated into a picket fence which employs two or more such rails, each rail being formed by a single metal sheet which has been rolled to enclose an upside down and generally U-shaped channel or space, the space being formed by a plurality of interconnecting walls comprising a top transverse wall, an inner bottom wall spaced below the top wall, two upright outer side walls extending downwardly from the side edges of the top wall, two upright inner side walls connected to the side edges of the inner bottom wall, the lower ends of the upright outer side walls connecting with the lower ends of the upright inner side walls. The space between the top wall and the bottom wall forms a relatively narrow raceway to restrict vertical movement of the pickets when they are mounted on the retaining rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 22, 1995
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 5345723
    Abstract: A method for converting a gate panel into a rolling cantilever-type gate utilizing a conversion kit consisting essentially of a one-piece top-rail extrusion, commercially available roller assemblies, and hardware for attaching the top-rail extrusion to the existing gate panel.The top-rail extrusion is constructed in one piece with a flat vertical ribbed side face having vertical shoulders. The shoulders either bolt directly to the gate panel in a horizontal orientation or attach to the gate panel horizontally with contoured brackets selected to fit the gate's structural members. One side of the top-rail extrusion is provided with a longitudinal compartment having a downward facing opening along its length. The compartment serves as a trackway for upper roller assemblies which are secured to support posts. The upper roller assemblies access the compartment by way of the downward facing opening and support the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Assignee: Ameristar Fence Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 5272838
    Abstract: A kit for converting a standard swing-type gate into a rolling cantilever-type gate. The kit consists of commercially available roller assemblies and guide roller assemblies with associated attaching hardware and a unique top-rail extrusion.The top-rail extrusion is constructed in one piece with a flat ribbed side face having shoulders. Said shoulders either bolt directly to the gate in a horizontal orientation or attach to the gate horizontally with contoured brackets selected to fit the gate's structural members. One side of the top-rail extrusion is provided with a longitudinal compartment having a downward facing opening along its length. The compartment serves as a trackway for upper roller assemblies which are secured to support posts. Said upper roller assemblies access the compartment by way of the downward facing opening and support the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Ameristar Fence Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 5167049
    Abstract: The invention is a gate hinge comprising a male half with a rod extending upward from it and a female half with a sleeve which fits over the rod and swivels on the rod. Both the male and female halves have "U"-shaped portions extending outward at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the rod. Each "U"-shaped portion has two legs which fit around either a square gate post or a square fence post. Each leg has a square shoulder which fits around either the gate post or the fence post and an opening through which a bolt extends as a means of securing the hinge to the posts. The square shoulders force proper alignment of the hinge with the posts when the bolts are tightened and prevent up and down movement or tilt of the hinge when a heavy load is applied, such as a heavy gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1992
    Assignee: Fence Hardware Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 5136813
    Abstract: A cantilever-type gate which can be shipped in a disassembled kit and assembled at the job site using standard tools is disclosed. The top and bottom rail extrusions of the gate are modified to internally receive the vertical gate members which are bolted to the rails utilizing pre-drilled holes. Truss cables are used to hold the gate in a squared configuration. The gate is mounted on vertical supports for movement in a plane defined by the supports. The vertical supports have truck assemblies on which the gate is mounted and guide assemblies to keep the gate in alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Assignee: Fence Hardware Specialties, Inc. DBA Ameristar Fence Products
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Paul J. Bulten
  • Patent number: D566292
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: D572374
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs