Shelf Type Patents (Class 108/147.11)
  • Patent number: 10405627
    Abstract: A luggage having a luggage body with a fold out table is provided. The luggage body includes a top, a bottom, a front side, a rear side, a first side and a second side. The body further includes a slot formed along the rear side with an opening formed at the top leading into the slot. At least one wheel, such as a plurality of wheels are secured to the bottom of the body. A platform is slidably engaged with the slot. The platform includes a stowed position, a handle position, and a table position. The stowed position includes the platform substantially disposed within the slot, the handle position includes the platform extending from the slot and disposed vertically, and the table position includes the platform extending from the slot and disposed horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Charles Boland, III
  • Patent number: 9861199
    Abstract: An adjustable shelf system for a household appliance includes at least one shelf assembly having at least one support structure, wherein each support structure of the shelf assembly includes upper and lower coupling elements outwardly extending from the support structures. A track member is coupled to a sidewall of an internal compartment of the appliance. The track member includes an outer surface with at least one longitudinal channel disposed therein. The longitudinal channel further includes a plurality of spaced-apart receiving notches disposed along a vertical length the channel. The upper and lower coupling elements of the support structures are configured to be received in the longitudinal channels of the track members and nested within the receiving notches thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Luiz Afranio Alves Ferreira, Gean Ricardo Hay, Edson Isaltino Bento
  • Patent number: 9016214
    Abstract: An article support, such as a shelf, is securely attachable at a plurality of locations along a generally vertical support or rail. The article support includes a support-engaging portion having one or more tabs, at least one of which is a locking tab having a forward-extending tooth that engages the vertical support, when the tab or tabs extend through slots in the support. Optionally, a biasing element urges the article away from the support to maintain secure engagement of the locking tab with the support. The resulting shelving system or article support system is resistant to accidental detachment of the article supports from the supports and permits relatively small adjustment intervals for the article supports along the supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Altria Group Distribution Company
    Inventors: Dathan G. Zang, Donald M. Farnquist, II, Benjamin B. Edinger, William J. Parsons
  • Patent number: 9010703
    Abstract: A kit for mounting one or more appliances on a pole, the kit comprising a central ring for being mounted around a pole and having a through-hole, a fitting surface and a support surface, and a carrier having a base part and at least one support arm extending from said base part for supporting one or more appliances, wherein said base part is adapted to be fitted on said support surface and has a through-hole adapted for being fitted around said fitting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Acronimus Technology, S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Tresserras Picas, Javier Viñas Garcia De Falces, Antonio Fargas Angrill
  • Publication number: 20150014264
    Abstract: Apparatus (10) comprises a base (12), a plurality of posts (14) attached to the base (12), and a platform (16) defining a surface (18) for supporting at least one mail tray. The platform (16) is coupled to the four posts (14) and is moveable therealong between a first position (20) and a second position (22) (shown in phantom lines) below the first position (20) when a first object (e.g. a full tray) is supported on the surface (18) of the platform (16). As other full trays are stacked on the apparatus (10), the platform (16) is displaced further from the first position (20) until eventually it reaches the base (12). When the full trays are unloaded from the apparatus (10), the platform (16) rises upwards, returning to the first position (20) when none remain on the surface (18). As the platform (16) rises, a space (32) between the platform (16) and the base (12) opens up and is a convenient place to store empty trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Charles Linnell, SR., Michael Charles Linnell, JR., Linda Rose Linnell, Sharon Ann Manning
  • Publication number: 20130305964
    Abstract: The invention provides a Couch Shelf, a space saving, single shelf accessory unit designed primarily to be placed behind the back of a couch. The Couch Shelf works equally well behind or next to a bed. The shelving component of the Couch Shelf is manufactured in wood, plastic or glass material. The Couch Shelf is manufactured in three installment type embodiments. A first embodiment is free standing, a second embodiment is fixed and wall mounted, and a third embodiment is a hinged and wall mounted or mounted to the back of the couch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: James Swallow, Christine Swallow
  • Patent number: 8453982
    Abstract: A utility corner shelf bracket which enables easy installation and removal, which are done quickly and without requiring tools, of a utility corner shelf bracket, and placing a shelf upon it, and which it based on bows which are capable of bending on one plane and durable to loads perpendicular to this plane and a tensioning system which enables adjustment to the wall corner prior to installation and fastening to the wall during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Microdel Ltd.
    Inventor: Erez Baruch
  • Patent number: 8226184
    Abstract: A height adjusting apparatus of a shelf for a refrigerator in a refrigerator having the shelf on which objects to be stored are placed and which is movable up or down to a certain height, the apparatus comprising: fixing guides formed in parallel with the movement path of the shelf; and operation levers movable along the fixing guides when the shelf is moved upwardly or downwardly, and restricted in the fixing guides to maintain the shelf at a height that the shelf is moved upwardly or downwardly when the shelf is completely moved upwardly or downwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Byeong-Gyu Kang, Jae-Youl Lee, Ki-Hoon Song, Jeong-Ho Shin, Jong-Seok Yoon
  • Patent number: 8109216
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing fluid containing bags comprising a shelf having a bag-supporting surface, and a pair of laterally extending projections. The device includes a pair of opposed sidewalls each comprising an inner surface, and a longitudinal groove for receiving one of said projections. The groove is disposed in the inner surface. A first support for supporting one of the projections in a first shelf position is disposed within the groove, and a second support for supporting one of the projections in a second shelf position is disposed within the groove. The shelf is disposed between the sidewalls such that each of the projections is disposed within a corresponding groove. The shelf is movable from the first shelf position wherein each of the projections is supported by a corresponding first support and the second shelf position wherein each of the projections is supported by a corresponding second support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventors: Mirna Nono, Fadi Nono
  • Patent number: 8061788
    Abstract: A refrigerated display case having a bearing base and a top glass compartment designed to be alternatively used to display home made ice cream and pastry, the display case has a horizontal wall above the base designed to house the containers of homemade ice cream and having a pair of shelves designed to support pastry trays inside the front wall of the glass compartment the shelves being able to slide together towards the top of the glass compartment in order to be concealed from the sight of customers situated in front of the display case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Clabo Group S.p.A.
    Inventor: Pierluigi Bocchini
  • Patent number: 8007059
    Abstract: A contraband barrier on a mounting surface for use on an intensive use furniture component providing a sealing connection between the mounting surface and a floor or wall to prevent liquid from seeping under or behind the furniture component and discourage hiding contraband between the floor or wall and the mounting surface. The furniture component is formed by an outer shell having a side wall extending generally perpendicular to the mounting surface. A mounting flange is disposed adjacent the sidewall. A bolt hole is formed in the mounting flange. The sealing connection comprises a caulk channel formed as a channel in the mounting surface for receiving a bead of caulk to fill the seam between the mounting surface and the wall or floor to prevent fluid from seeping past the caulk channel to a space adjacent the interior mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Norix Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard B. Karl, Scott Karl, Kurt Staskon
  • Publication number: 20100275818
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus that includes a first and second attachment strap, a tray member coupled to a first end of the first attachment strap and a first end of the second attachment strap, a first fastener coupled to a second end of the first attachment strap, a second fastener coupled to a second end of the second attachment strap, and a support member coupled to the tray member and at least one of the first attachment strap and the second attachment strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Randle R. Ellis
  • Patent number: 7735481
    Abstract: An oven includes an oven cavity having multiple pairs of horizontally disposed guide slots recessed into the side walls of the oven cavity. At least one oven rack is configured with at least two wheels mounted on axles secured to at least one hinged support along an edge of the oven rack. After the oven rack is inserted into the oven cavity, the hinged support is pivoted to move the axles of the wheels to a generally horizontal position to cause the wheels to engage the horizontal slots and support the oven rack. The oven rack is removed from the oven cavity by lifting the oven rack to cause the wheels to disengage from the horizontal guide slots and to pivot so that the axles are at an angle with respect to the horizontal position. With the wheels disengaged from the guide slots, the oven rack is readily removable from the oven cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Capital Cooking Equipment, Inc.
    Inventors: Surjit S. Kalsi, Rafael H. Romero, Surya Kanwal Kalsi, Roberto Bernal
  • Patent number: 7726615
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved shelf system which is characterized by the following features: an anchoring pot is provided which can be inserted in a fixed and captive manner into a corresponding bore of a shelf bottom, said bore facing the shelf bottom support; a slot opening and a screw path for a locking screw, which is offset relative thereto and runs diagonally, are provided in the anchoring pot; a portion of an anchoring section that is part of the shelf bottom support can be inserted into the slot; and the locking screw can be twisted in such a way that the shelf bottom support is directly or indirectly fixed at least in a non-positive and preferably a positive fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Steelcase Werndl AG
    Inventor: Josef Rutz
  • Patent number: 7703734
    Abstract: A slide mounting bracket structure includes a main bracket, an auxiliary bracket, a first engaging member, a second engaging member, an actuating element, a linking member and an elastic element. The main bracket is provided with the actuating element and the linking member at its inner side, and the auxiliary bracket is provided with the first engaging member and the second engaging member at its outer side. The actuating element corresponds to the first engaging member. The linking member has a part penetrating the main bracket, and has a support stand corresponding to the second engaging member, which further drags the auxiliary bracket to engage in sliding, and brings a second folded plate to depart from a first folded plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Assignee: King Slide Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken-Ching Chen, Chien-Li Huang, Chun-Chiang Wang
  • Patent number: 7574965
    Abstract: In the case of a height-adjustment device for a table (1) with three or more table legs (3.1 . . . 3.4) arranged in an edge region of the table, with respectively adjacent table legs (3.1 . . . 3.4) being connected to one another by a horizontal, hollow-profile connecting element (4.1 . . . 4.4), each of the table legs (3.1 . . . 3.4) comprises a telescopic mechanism for changing a length of the table leg (3.1 . . . 3.4), which mechanism can be adjusted by rotating a rotatably mounted adjusting element (7.1 . . . 7.4). A plurality of coupling elements (9.1 . . . 9.4) are accommodated within the connecting elements (4.1 . . . 4.4) and are arranged in such a manner that each of the adjusting elements (7.1 . . . 7.4) of the table legs (3.1 . . . 3.4) is mechanically synchronized with the adjusting elements (7.1 . . . 7.4) of the adjacent table legs (3.1 . . . 3.4) by means of separate coupling elements (9.1 . . . 9.4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: USM Holding AG
    Inventors: Kurt Scherrer, Alexander Schärer
  • Patent number: 7309051
    Abstract: The invention provides a height adjustable support or leg assembly for a table or similar object, said assembly having two components, an L-shaped inner leg and a square outer leg constructed to create a perfect fit between them using means for adjusting the height of the assembled unit. The height adjustment means consists of a plurality of holes bored in the outer component and T-nut studs to connect the legs together at specific height adjustment and to secure the components together firmly and safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Donald McNeill
  • Patent number: 7261214
    Abstract: For visually displaying product on the side wall of a product dump table, a store lead-in fixture includes a support structure, a mounting structure, and a presentation structure. The support structure is to be placed in confronting relation to the side wall of the product dump table. The mounting structure is to be placed in operative association with the top edge of the product dump table. The presentation structure is for visually displaying product on the side wall of the product dump table. With this arrangement, the presentation structure may comprise one or more product display shelves and/or one or more product hanging projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Walgreen Co.
    Inventors: Mark A. Wagner, Joseph Brahar
  • Patent number: 7168373
    Abstract: An elevation adjustment device in the legs of table includes a rectangular leaf and four legs connected to the underside of four corners of the leaf. The legs each has a first tube and second tube slidably inserted into the first tube having graduation on outer periphery, a tubular sleeve engaged with the lower end of the first tube, a tubular stopper with a circular pad pressed into the lower end of the second tube, a pushing rod connected to a threaded shank inserted into a circular through hole of the first tube and a protrudent radial through hole in a segmental retaining bar, an enlarged retaining ring, a washer and a spring sequentially wrapped on the threaded shank and secured by a internally threaded cap from the inner end of the shank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Koh Tuang Hock
  • Patent number: 7163184
    Abstract: A drive device, preferably for lifting columns for height-adjustable tables, comprising an endless chain (31) running over first and second chain wheels (16, 17) with a first chain run and a second chain run between the two chain wheels, wherein at least one chain run may be connected with a movable element in the structure in which the drive device is incorporated. The drive device comprises a stick-shaped element (5), where the chain wheels (16, 17) are mounted at their respective ends and the one chain wheel (16) is driven by an electric motor (6) via a transmission and where both the electric motor and the transmission are likewise mounted on the stick-shaped element so that the drive device essentially appears as a finished, mountable unit. The length of stroke is determined solely by the selection of the length of the drive device, just as the drive device may be constructed for a slender column profile. The drive device is moreover easy to mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Linak A/S
    Inventor: Jens J. Nielsen
  • Patent number: 6905037
    Abstract: A wire shelf includes at least four post supporting members each disposed at a respective corner of the wire shelf. A pair of end members is disposed at opposing ends of the wire shelf. Each of the end members is comprised of a truss having an upper wire and a lower wire. Each of the end members is joined at one end to one of the post receiving members and is joined at another end to another of the post receiving members. A pair of side members is disposed at opposite sides of the wire shelf. Each of the side members is joined at one end to one of the post receiving members that is joined to one of the end members and is joined at another end to another of the post receiving members that is joined to another of the end members. A plurality of wires is disposed atop and is joined to a top surface of the side members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Systemax, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Goldberg
  • Patent number: 6846043
    Abstract: Method and apparatus providing a rest member having a support surface and a stand for the rest member, with the rest member having a plural multiplicity of apertures therein to permit the adjustment in height thereof with respect to the stand, which can take the form of an expandable member associated with the rest member and being contractable as well as expandable inwardly and outwardly and accompanied by means for inhibiting the separation of the rest member from stand after the rest member has been positioned on the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas Leoutsakos
  • Patent number: 6695156
    Abstract: A rack device includes one or more shelves, each having one or more collars for being detachably secured onto one or more posts with one or more sleeves. The sleeve includes an enlarged lower portion. The collar includes a bore for receiving the sleeve, and having a narrower middle portion and two greater end portions, for allowing the collar to be invertibly secured onto the enlarged lower portion of the sleeve, and for allowing either of the upper and the lower sides of the shelf to be arranged on the upper portion for supporting various objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Chang Chou Wang
  • Patent number: 6676233
    Abstract: A storage lift includes two vertically extending tracks mounted to a wall surface such as a garage wall. The tracks guide associated sliding members through vertical motion up and down adjacent the wall. The sliding members are in turn hinged to a platform that serves in alternative embodiments as a storage platform base or a variable-height work surface, and which may also be folded compactly when not in use or during shipping. A full box framework is provided for most applications, and panels are slidable within framework grooves or brackets to fully enclose the platform. A cover may optionally be provided as required. In the preferred embodiment, an electric motor is provided within the storage platform base for motive power, and a key switch control is provided to safely actuate the motor. The electric motor in the preferred embodiment is attached to the tracks through a combination of cables and pulleys, though other techniques are contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventors: Paul E. Evans, John S. Titus
  • Patent number: 6659294
    Abstract: A multi-configurational wire-rod display rack has one or more display modules which have at least two vertical side frames provided with two spaced-apart vertically extending posts. A plurality of transverse horizontal attachment rods are removably secured between the posts of the end frames. The posts are interconnected at a top end by a transverse top horizontal member. The vertical side frames are interconnected together in spaced, parallel relationship by lower connecting cross-bars secured between a respective common one of the end posts of the pair of side frames, and a top connecting cross-bar secured between the transverse top horizontal members of the vertical side frames. A plurality of wire-rod product support-and-display accessories are removably supported between the attachment rods and span the at least two vertical side frames. A plurality of these racks may be disposed side-by-side to form a large flexible display structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Cari-All Inc.
    Inventor: Gilles Simard
  • Patent number: 6622876
    Abstract: A wire shelf includes at least four post supporting members each disposed at a respective corner of the wire shelf. A pair of end members is disposed at opposing ends of the wire shelf. Each of the end members is comprised of a truss having an upper wire and a lower wire. Each of the end members is joined at one end to one of the post receiving members and is joined at another end to another of the post receiving members. A pair of side members is disposed at opposite sides of the wire shelf. Each of the side members is joined at one end to one of the post receiving members that is joined to one of the end members and is joined at another end to another of the post receiving members that is joined to another of the end members. A plurality of wires is disposed atop and is joined to a top surface of the side members. At least one center support member is disposed between the side members and in parallel therewith. The center support member is comprised of a truss having an upper wire and a lower wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Systemax, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Goldberg
  • Patent number: 6588863
    Abstract: A sneeze guard includes at least one post and a bracket assembly that is coupled to the post. The bracket assembly is configured to be moveable relative to the post and includes a locking mechanism that is operable to lock the bracket assembly to the post at a certain location on the post. Further, a panel is coupled to the bracket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Assignee: Brass Smith, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Yatchak, Chuck DeWitt
  • Patent number: 6540093
    Abstract: A window shelf system includes a pair of elongate shelf mounting tracks, each track defining a plurality of notches. An upper support arm is attached to the back side of each track adjacent a top thereof, each upper support arm having a downwardly extending flange for insertion between an upper trim molding segment and a wall such that the mounting tracks may be hung from the trim typically mounted to a wall above a window. Shelf support arms releasably mate with the notches for selectably determining a height for supporting a shelf board thereon. Length-adjustable lower support arms are attached to back sides of respective tracks adjacent a bottom thereof for displacing lower ends of the tracks from the wall. Each mounting track includes a telescopic support leg which may be extended to support the weight of the system and articles placed on the shelf board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Cindy A. Shumway
  • Patent number: 6467636
    Abstract: A corner shelf is easily mountable on and removable from a pair of walls defining a corner and a corner apex joining the walls. The corner shelf has two mutually transverse sides and a shelf apex joining the sides. The shelf is configured and dimensioned exclusively for three point installation in a corner, and is characterized by (A) only a pair of laterally spaced openings disposed on one shelf side, and (B) only a single opening on the other shelf side. Each of the openings is substantially spaced from the shelf apex, and the openings are adapted to mount the shelf in the corner. Preferably a total of only three support members project inwardly from the corner walls, and each of the openings is configured and dimensioned to at least partially receive therein a portion of a respective support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: PGM, LLC
    Inventor: Markus V. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 6389993
    Abstract: A shelving system, shelf assembly and components are easily retrofit on existing shelves for improved product presentation, stocking and maintenance. Shelf assemblies may include improved adjustable product stops and dividers, and improved rollers for automatic advance of product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Anthony, Inc.
    Inventor: V. John Ondrasik
  • Patent number: 6302284
    Abstract: A modular shelf system comprising a plurality of shelf units mounted to four vertical posts. The shelf units are provided with four hollow corner-pieces configured to fit over cone-shaped collars mounted to the posts. The hollow corner pieces are of an incomplete circumference forming a slot of a width exceeding the outer cross-measure of the posts to enable the lateral withdrawal of any shelf unit from the assembled position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Julius Engineering Ltd.
    Inventor: Igal Zonshin
  • Patent number: 6273281
    Abstract: A shelving system includes a shelf and at least one leg. A finger is supported by the shelf and is extendable through an aperture in the skirt of the shelf. The finger includes a base portion and a retaining portion angled with respect to the base portion. A biasing member biases the finger toward a retracted position. The leg includes a slot having a wide portion and a narrow portion. The finger is movable against the biasing force of the biasing member to be received within the narrow portion of the slot such that the leg is sandwiched between the retaining portion of the finger and the skirt of the shelf. The shelf may be removed from the slot by moving the retaining portion of the finger into alignment with the wide portion of the slot in the leg such that the biasing member retracts the finger from the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: DCI Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Terrence G. Berglund
  • Publication number: 20010004064
    Abstract: A display stand assembly comprising a plurality of display stand modules joined together. Each display stand module comprises an upper and lower base or spanner having a plurality of spanner members generally bisecting each other medially. A plurality of vertical uprights extends between the end portions of the spanner members of the upper and lower spanners and are joined to the ends of the upper and lower spanners with a plurality of wedges. A portion of each wedge fits around a clover defined on the vertical uprights and a bracket attached to each spanner member end slides over and attaches to each wedge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Publication date: June 21, 2001
    Applicant: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Joseph M. Battaglia, Rafael T. Bustos
  • Patent number: 6196140
    Abstract: A worksurface system is provided which includes a rear and front worksurface. The rear worksurface has a front edge and a rear edge. The front worksurface has a front edge adjacent a user of the system and a rear edge generally parallel and adjacent to the front edge of the rear worksurface. The rear worksurface is supported by a plurality of rear posts. A plurality of brackets, each connected to a rear post, support the front worksurface. These brackets are adapted to allow the front worksurface to be adjusted to different heights in relation to the rear worksurface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Herman Miller, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas J. Newhouse, James R. Bruer, Scot Laughton, Gary T. Ottenjan