Patents by Inventor V. James Hutchison

V. James Hutchison 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: 5429334
    Abstract: An information display bracket mounts directly to an upright pegboard support panel for use in cooperation with a product support bracket mounted on the support pane. The information display bracket includes a base member having one of several disclosed mounting structures, a display arm hingedly connected at a proximal end to the base member such-as by a living hinge structure, and a display plate located on the distal end of the display arm. The display arm has a flattened distal end portion, preferably rectangular in shape, and is sized to cooperate with a selected product support bracket such that the flattened distal end portion rests on the free end of the product support arm of the product support bracket when fastened to the support panel above the product support bracket. The base member has at least one but preferably a plurality of mounting posts that frictionally resiliently engage respective mounting holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Inventor: V. James Hutchison
  • Patent number: 5199728
    Abstract: A spacer device for shopping carts mounts on the wheeled frame of a cart in order to prevent lateral binding of the frames of a pair consecutively nested shopping carts. The spacer has a central body portion that is secured alongside a frame portion of a first one of the pair of shopping carts by a mounting structure so that when the carts are nested, the central body is interposed between the frame portions of the two carts thereby preventing direct contact and, thus, binding. The central body has an exposed glide surface formed of a low friction material so that the frame portion of the second cart slideably contacts the glide surface for lateral sliding movement. The mounting structure may be C-shaped resilient clips that snap fir onto circular frame portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventor: V. James Hutchison
  • Patent number: 5109993
    Abstract: A merchandise holder for use with slat-wall displays and merchandise display systems incorporating the holder provided. The merchandise holder includes a base member having a front and a back, a merchandise retention member mounted on and extending forwardly of the base member and a channel engaging structure on the back of the base member. The channel engaging structure also has a biasing element to bias the base member into positive engagement with a lower retention wall that forms the lower portion of the channel. This biasing element presses against either an upper retention wall forming the slot and/or channel or an upper side wall of the channel. The channel engaging structure may be a pair of flanges that are mounted on and extend rearwardly of the base member; a lower flange engages the lower retention wall, and an upper flange engages an upper retention wall. The biasing element is preferably a pair of resilient arms that extend outwardly from the upper flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: V. James Hutchison
  • Patent number: 5082215
    Abstract: An information display bracket is disclosed having a base portion for securing the information display bracket to the base of a product display bracket. An elongated arm extending over the product display bracket is pivotally secured to the base of the information display bracket at a proximal end by a living hinge and an information display plate is provided at a distal end extending past the end of the product display bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1992
    Inventor: V. James Hutchison
  • Patent number: 5012997
    Abstract: Information display brackets provided to retrofit existing product support brackets in pegboard display systems. The basic information display bracket includes a mounting plate that is slideably received between the mounting base of the support bracket and a pegboard support. The positive support bracket has at least one prong that engages the pegboard support, and a product support arm that projects forwardly to receive items for display. The mounting plate has mounting structure that engages the prong. The information display bracket has a display arm projecting forwardly of the mounting plate to support an information display plate at its distal end. The mounting plate and mounting structure position the display arm in spaced relation above the product support arm of the support bracket. Spacers may be used to hold a lower portion of the mounting plate slightly away from the pegboard to provide a wedge effect, and the lower portion of the mounting plate may be split into a pair of wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventor: V. James Hutchison
  • Patent number: 4328605
    Abstract: A cord clamp for binding flexible cords and the like having a sleeve and plunger which are axially movable with respect to one another. One end of each of the plunger and sleeve is provided with a shoulder to prevent separation as the pieces undergo axial movement, and a channel and rib are provided to prevent relative rotation of the plunger and sleeve. The plunger and sleeve are each provided with alignable openings in offset relation to the rib and channel assembly, and these openings move into and out of radial alignment as the plunger and sleeve are axially moved with respect to one another. A spring is provided to urge separation of the plunger and sleeve so that the openings are biased to be out of radial alignment. A cap member seals the entire structure at an end opposite the shoulder formed on the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1982
    Assignee: T-Plastech Company
    Inventors: V. James Hutchison, Wayne F. Robb
  • Patent number: D300003
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Assignee: T-Plastech Corporation
    Inventor: V. James Hutchison