Patents by Inventor Russell O. Blanchard

Russell O. Blanchard 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: 9814340
    Abstract: A hanger comprising a hanger body and a hook assembly. An attachment assembly is configured to allow for the coupling of the hanger body and the hook assembly in selectively rotatable engagement. The attachment assembly includes a first coupling component and a second coupling component, the first coupling component positioned on the hook assembly and the second coupling component positioned on the hanger body. A releasable locking component releasably where employed locks the first coupling component and the second coupling component in at least a collapsed configuration and an articulated configuration. A loop member may extend from the attachment assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: Hangers PLUS, LLC
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 9549630
    Abstract: A hanger including a hanger body, a hook assembly and an attachment assembly. The hanger includes a hanger body and a hook assembly. The hook assembly includes a body and a hook member. The attachment assembly is structurally configured to couple the hook assembly to the hanger body while facilitating relative rotation thereof, and, comprises a first coupling component and a second coupling component. The first coupling component includes a central post having an outer surface and locking tabs at a distal end thereof. The second coupling component has a central bore with a rear annular surface. The central post extends through the central bore, with the locking tabs interfacing with the rear annular surface so as to substantially preclude axial movement of the central post within the central bore, while allowing rotation about an axis that extends through the central post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Hangers Plus, LLC
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20170000278
    Abstract: A hanger comprising a hanger body and a hook assembly. An attachment assembly is configured to allow for the coupling of the hanger body and the hook assembly in selectively rotatable engagement. The attachment assembly includes a first coupling component and a second coupling component, the first coupling component positioned on the hook assembly and the second coupling component positioned on the hanger body. A releasable locking component releasably where employed locks the first coupling component and the second coupling component in at least a collapsed configuration and an articulated configuration. A loop member may extend from the attachment assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Publication date: January 5, 2017
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 9445679
    Abstract: A hanger comprising a hanger body and a hook assembly. An attachment assembly is configured to allow for the coupling of the hanger body and the hook assembly in selectively rotatable engagement. The attachment assembly includes a first coupling component and a second coupling component, the first coupling component positioned on the hook assembly and the second coupling component positioned on the hanger body. A releasable locking component releasably locks the first coupling component and the second coupling component in at least a collapsed configuration and an articulated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Hangers PLUS, LLC
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20160088964
    Abstract: A hanger including a hanger body, a hook assembly and an attachment assembly. The hanger includes a hanger body and a hook assembly. The hook assembly includes a body and a hook member. The attachment assembly is structurally configured to couple the hook assembly to the hanger body while facilitating relative rotation thereof, and, comprises a first coupling component and a second coupling component. The first coupling component includes a central post having an outer surface and locking tabs at a distal end thereof. The second coupling component has a central bore with a rear annular surface. The central post extends through the central bore, with the locking tabs interfacing with the rear annular surface so as to substantially preclude axial movement of the central post within the central bore, while allowing rotation about an axis that extends through the central post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20160088965
    Abstract: A hanger comprising a hanger body and a hook assembly. An attachment assembly is configured to allow for the coupling of the hanger body and the hook assembly in selectively rotatable engagement. The attachment assembly includes a first coupling component and a second coupling component, the first coupling component positioned on the hook assembly and the second coupling component positioned on the hanger body. A releasable locking component releasably locks the first coupling component and the second coupling component in at least a collapsed configuration and an articulated configuration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Publication date: March 31, 2016
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20110073624
    Abstract: A garment hanger with a removable hanger hook includes a hanger body, a hanger hook and a removable coupling assembly. The removable coupling assembly includes a first portion which is attached to the hanger body and a second portion that is attached to the hanger hook. The first portion and the second portion can be coupled to each other so as to effectively join the hanger body to the hanger hook.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 7874468
    Abstract: A sizer for a garment hanger configured to extend over a garment hanger comprising a body. The body has an outer surface and an inner surface, and defines a cavity with an upper opening and a lower opening. The body further having a central region with a first wall and a second wall spaced apart therefrom, and, a first curved wall spanning between the first wall and the second wall and a second curved wall spanning between the first wall and the second wall. The first and second curved walls are outwardly convex and define a peak region on each of the first and second curved walls. Applying a pinching force upon the first and second curved walls toward each other drives the first wall and second wall further apart, to, in turn, temporarily widen at least one of the lower and the upper openings of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Hangers Plus, LLC
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Publication number: 20090302074
    Abstract: A sizer for a garment hanger configured to extend over a garment hanger comprising a body. The body has an outer surface and an inner surface, and defines a cavity with an upper opening and a lower opening. The body further having a central region with a first wall and a second wall spaced apart therefrom, and, a first curved wall spanning between the first wall and the second wall and a second curved wall spanning between the first wall and the second wall. The first and second curved walls are outwardly convex and define a peak region on each of the first and second curved walls. Applying a pinching force upon the first and second curved walls toward each other drives the first wall and second wall further apart, to, in turn, temporarily widen at least one of the lower and the upper openings of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 7556180
    Abstract: A garment hanger comprising a body, a hook member and a first and second clamp assembly. The body includes a beam member, a first end and a second end. The beam member has an upper flange and a lower flange spaced apart from the upper flange. Additionally, a first web portion extends from and is oblique to the upper flange. A second web portion extends from and is oblique to the lower flange. The two web portions intersect each other between the upper and lower flanges. The hook member is coupled to the body. The clamp members are positioned on opposing sides of the body. One or both of the clamp assemblies include a rear assembly half and a front assembly half. The two halves are pivotally coupled to each other. Each half has a garment engaging surface and a spring receiving region. The spring receiving region is configured to receive at least two spring members. At least one spring member is coupled to the spring receiving region so as to bias the garment engagement surfaces toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2009
    Assignee: Hanger Plus, LLC
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard, Kin Chiu Chung
  • Patent number: 7506785
    Abstract: A garment hanger comprising a body, a hook member and a first and second clamp assembly. The body includes a beam member, a first end and a second end. The beam member has an upper flange and a lower flange spaced apart from the upper flange. Additionally, a first web portion extends from and is oblique to the upper flange. A second web portion extends from and is oblique to the lower flange. The two web portions intersect each other between the upper and lower flanges. The hook member is coupled to the body. The clamp members are positioned on opposing sides of the body. One or both of the clamp assemblies include a rear assembly half and a front assembly half. The two halves are pivotally coupled to each other. Each half has a garment engaging surface and a spring receiving region. The spring receiving region is configured to receive a at least two spring members. At least one spring member is coupled to the spring receiving region so as to bias the garment engagement surfaces toward each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Hangers Plus, LLC
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 7464841
    Abstract: A garment hanger comprising a body, a hook member and sizer attachment member. The body includes a central region, a first leg extending away from the central region and a second leg extending in a direction opposite to the first leg. Each of the first leg and the second leg include a strap slot which comprises a central opening defined by opposing upper flanges terminating with inward protrusions, and a convex bottom flange defining a peak corresponding to the central opening. The hook member is coupled to the body. The sizer is attached to the body proximate an interface between the hook member and the body and comprises a first and a second opposing buttress positioned about either side of a central base. Each of the first and second opposing buttresses include a plurality of flanges and a web disposed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Hangers Plus, LLC
    Inventors: James Hansen, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6578323
    Abstract: A columbarium suitable for indoor or outdoor placement includes a plurality of niche units carried by a supporting framework, the niche units being independently assembleable and disassembleable from the supporting framework as often as desired prior to activation but, upon activation, being permanently connected to the framework, each niche unit having means for creating a non-air atmosphere within the niche unit upon activation of the niche unit, each niche unit having four seals protecting the niche unit interior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventors: Ronald Richard Zartman, Donald F. Morgan, Russell O Blanchard
  • Patent number: 6105836
    Abstract: A ship-on garment hanger having ramp means on the hanger body to prevent dislodgement of a garment from the hanger by outwardly directly dislodging forces and end shields on the outside edges of the clamps to prevent dislodgement of a garment from the hanger by inwardly directed dislodging forces, the hanger being nestable with similar hangers to maximize shipping space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Batts, Donald F. Morgan, Russell O. Blanchard, Steven J. Brammer, Robert A. Bredeweg, Michael G. Kamps, John D. Sykes
  • Patent number: D436743
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: John H. Batts, Donald F. Morgan, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: D440409
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventor: Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: D423353
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Lilly Industries (USA), Inc.
    Inventors: Russell O. Blanchard, Donald Hero Bratt, Jay DeWitt, Douglas J. Dykstra, Mark R. Zietse
  • Patent number: D424817
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald F. Morgan, Russell O. Blanchard
  • Patent number: D429898
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald F. Morgan, Russell O. Blanchard, John H. Batts
  • Patent number: D435173
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Batts, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald F. Morgan, Russell O. Blanchard, John T. Batts