Folded Along Lateral Center Line Patents (Class 108/167)
  • Patent number: 9849819
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a table that may be selectively stored in a portion of a vehicle console. An outer housing member having a storage cavity therein attaches to a side of the vehicle console. A support shaft supporting a table is mounted for sliding and rotational movement with respect to the vehicle console. The support shaft is slidable in a first direction from a storage position wherein the table is positioned in a vertical orientation in the cavity of the outer housing member. The support shaft is also rotatable 270 degrees from the storage position to move the table into a horizontal use position after removal from the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: S. M. Iskander Farooq, Scott Holmes Dunham, Dean M. Jaradi, Mohammed Omar Faruque
  • Patent number: 9750339
    Abstract: A folding table includes a table top and a table top elevator. A hinge unit is coupled between panels of the table top to allow the folding table to be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Dorel Home Furnishings, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M Turner, Andrew B Mendenhall, Paul T Zink, Terrence C Bergin, Simon L Leclerc, Christopher N Brauer
  • Patent number: 9200463
    Abstract: A multipurpose support platform system is disclosed including a variety of configurable components. In some aspects a frame is made from readily available standard materials such as construction lumber and sheet material connected by hardware support units that include metal plates securely joined in a configuration supporting the frame and sheet materials of the platform. Horizontal and vertical wall configurations are permitted, and the overall structure then allows for a secure and protective work surface for a variety of activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventors: Lauren Amar, Samuel Putnam Batchelor, Kelly Jean Ard
  • Patent number: 9127473
    Abstract: The home entertainment stage includes a raised surface defining a miniature stage. The raised surface includes a plurality of fixtures integrated therein, which include lights, microphones and microphone stands as well as a fan. The home entertainment stage includes side surfaces, which may include audio/video controls, speakers, switches, lights, wheels, and a handle. The home entertainment stage has a size and shape comparable to a large coffee table, and is able to lie on a ground surface, or be turned to a side wherein the wheels enable the home entertainment stage to be rolled away when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Darrel Scipio
  • Publication number: 20150068435
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to trays typically comprising a composite internal structure, a thermoplastic frame typically located about the composite internal structure, and two cover sheets forming the upper and lower tray surfaces. The composite internal structure may be a corrugated composite structure in some embodiments. In other embodiments, the composite internal structure may comprise a series of composite elements (which might act a beams or struts). The cover sheets may comprise thermoplastic material, and in some embodiments, the cover sheets may comprise composite material (for example the same as for the corrugated composite structure). In some exemplary embodiments, the thermoplastic frame and the composite internal structure may have the same thermoplastic material, and they may be joined together to have a plurality of homogeneous connective attachments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Reliant Worldwide Plastics, LLC
    Inventor: William H. Maslakow
  • Publication number: 20120210915
    Abstract: A table may include a table top and one or more legs or support pedestals. The table may also include one or more handles that may enhance the portability of the table. For example, if the table is a fold-in-half table, then the table top may include first and second sections that may be moved between an folded position and an unfolded position. The handle may include first and second sections that are connected to the first and second sections of the table top. The first and second sections of the handle may be collectively grasped, which may help prevent the table top from unintentionally unfolding. The table top may also include receiving portions that are sized configured to receive one or more portions of the handle. This may allow, for example, at least a substantial portion of the handle to be disposed in receiving portions when the handle is in a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: LIFETIME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Branch, Ed VanNimwegen
  • Patent number: 8188410
    Abstract: A portable party table [1000] for holding hot and cold foods is described. It employs at least two sections [1100, 1500] held together with a hinge [1600] for holding foods. The party table [1000] has folding legs [1111, 1511] and leg supports [1113, 1513] to support the legs. Each section [1100, 1500] has a tapered base [1101, 1501] with a drain hole [1107, 1507] and a drain plug [1109, 1509]. As ice melts it is directed toward the drain holes [1107, 1507]. Electric receptacle [1525] provide electricity for a heating plate. Alternatively, the hinge [1600] is a type which provides spacing between the sections [1100, 1500] to thermally insulate the hot from the cold section. The hinge [1600] may be allowed to slide to provide an insulation gap [1607], or eliminate the gap [1607].
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventors: Marlene Dean, Larry Dean
  • Publication number: 20120111242
    Abstract: A table may include a table top and one or more legs or support pedestals. The table may also include one or more handles that may enhance the portability of the table. For example, if the table is a fold-in-half table, then the table top may include first and second sections that may be moved between an folded position and an unfolded position. The handle may include first and second sections that are connected to the first and second sections of the table top. The first and second sections of the handle may be collectively grasped, which may help prevent the table top from unintentionally unfolding. The table top may also include receiving portions that are sized configured to receive one or more portions of the handle. This may allow, for example, at least a substantial portion of the handle to be disposed in receiving portions when the handle is in a retracted position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: LIFETIME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Paul Branch, Ed VanNimwegen
  • Patent number: 8033435
    Abstract: The invention is a mobile blueprint holder wherein a box mounts along an interior side of a pickup truck bed. The box opens to allow the blueprint table to fold out where the blueprint table rests at an angle. When not in use the blueprints and the blueprint table fold away for safe storage. The blueprint table folds along the middle and contains a plurality of clips for holding a blueprint in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: Steven A. Brooke
  • Patent number: 7900566
    Abstract: Disclosed is a tray for a portable chair. The tray may include a table attached to a support rod by a first linkage and a second linkage. The first linkage may include a first linkage slot. The tray further may include a clamp attached to the support rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: Matthew Bunker
  • Publication number: 20100170423
    Abstract: A foldable table includes a table top, two leg frames foldably coupling with a bottom side of the table top, and a torsion resistance frame including two longitudinal side frames parallelly provided along two longitudinal side portions of the table top respectively, and two lateral side reinforcing members laterally extended between the longitudinal side frames at two lateral side portions of the table top to form an anti-torsion frame for encircling with a peripheral portion of the table top. The torsion resistance frame is integrated with the bottom side of the table top, making it a one-piece table frame structure with increased rigidity at its maximum level, resistance to the external force of torsion and distortion. The table, having the maximum utility with minimum materials, has increased durability, comfort in usage and convenience for transportation and has lowered energy consumption in the manufacture of household furniture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2010
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Mei-Fang Chang
  • Publication number: 20100116176
    Abstract: Foldable table that is easy to handle is described, which is provided for use by a plurality of people but do not require a plurality of people when it is folded. The table can be unfolded and be folded in a fast and simple way, and can be provided with a parasol, wherein the table and the parasol can be unfolded simultaneously.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Andrej Witkowski
  • Patent number: 7461752
    Abstract: A foldable article support rack has a shelf-board and a plurality of bearing legs joined to the shelf-board at spaced locations to support the shelf-board steadily. The shelf-board includes two daughter boards that are connected in a manner to be foldable along a line. The foldable article support rack further includes telescopic link mechanisms connected to the daughter boards and the bearing legs. The telescopic link mechanisms are operable to selectively fold the daughter boards and the bearing legs into a plane for storage or stretch the daughter boards and the bearing legs for use. Therefore, manufacturers or merchants could assembly all components of the rack into finished product and fold it into a package for easy storage and transport and, in turn, consumers purchased the rack may immediately stretch it for use without troublesome assembling operation, while not in use, the consumers can fold it for sparing space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Xuliang Li
  • Patent number: 7246562
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a delivery door having anti-theft security means, more particularly to a door structure consists of a pair of casings, area adjustable mounting plate, hinge means and actuation means, which are installed on an entrance door or a window for delivering articles or products thereof. A delivery door installed on an entrance door or a window comprise an outer casing (4) and an inner casing (5) pivotally mounted on hinge means (3, 8, 9, 10), actuation means (12, 13, 15, 16) associated with the outer casing (4) and the inner casing (5) for opening and closing operation of casings and the mounting plate (6) having area adjustable means between the outer casing (4) and the inner casing (5) is characterized in that the mounting plate (6) is rotatable while in the transporting operation which securely controlled by the actuation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Inventors: Jin-Kook Lee, Sung-Hae Lee
  • Patent number: 7197990
    Abstract: A table tennis table has a lower frame and two playing surface boards. The lower frame comprises vertical struts which are used as carrier elements and are arranged opposite each other along the width of the table tennis table. The playing surface can be transferred from a first position, in which the playing surface boards are vertically oriented and the guides are arranged in a lower position, to a second position, in which the playing surface boards are horizontally oriented and the guiding elements are arranged in an upper position. Upper and lower safety levers maintain the guides in either position. An actuation lever moves the safety levers to allow movement of the playing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Kettler, Heinz Kettler, Reinhard Rocholl
  • Patent number: 7004495
    Abstract: A vertically stowable modular multi-purpose trailer is provided. The trailer includes a forward support section including a first tubular frame having a main body portion with a first upper platform and rear interface side, and forward trailer neck; a pair of caster wheels attached proximate said rear interface; and a first planar deck substantially covering the first upper platform. The trailer further includes a rear support section including a second tubular frame having a second upper platform and a forward interface; and a second planar deck substantially covering the second upper platform. A pair of hinge assemblies interconnecting rear interface and said forward interface. The trailer is adapted to be configured in a deployed configuration, wherein the forward support section and rear support section are longitudinally positioned next to each other forming a generally horizontally oriented common planar platform for supporting a payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Thurm
  • Patent number: 6990910
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a table tennis table comprising a lower frame and two playing surface boards. Said lower frame comprises vertical struts which are used as carrier elements and are arranged opposite each other along the width of the table tennis table, in the central region of the same, and vertical guiding structure on which guiding elements pertaining to fixing units applied to the playing surface boards can be moved upwards and downwards, in such a way that the playing surface boars can thus be transferred from a first position, in which the playing surface boards are vertically oriented and the guiding elements are arranged in a lower position, to a second position, in which the playing surface boards are horizontally oriented and the guiding elements are arranged in an upper position, the guiding structure being embodied on the vertical struts used as carrier elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Heinz Kettler GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Joachim Kettler, Heinz Kettler, Reinhard Rocholl
  • Patent number: 6955375
    Abstract: A vertically stowable modular multi-purpose trailer is provided. The trailer includes a forward support section including a first tubular frame having a main body portion with a first upper platform and rear interface side, and forward trailer neck; a pair of caster wheels attached proximate said rear interface; and a first planar deck substantially covering the first upper platform. The trailer further includes a rear support section including a second tubular frame having a second upper platform and a forward interface; and a second planar deck substantially covering the second upper platform. A pair of hinge assemblies interconnecting rear interface and said forward interface. The trailer is adapted to be configured in a deployed configuration, wherein the forward support section and rear support section are longitudinally positioned next to each other forming a generally horizontally oriented common planar platform for supporting a payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Thurm
  • Patent number: 6848371
    Abstract: Shelves in a collapsible shelving structure are foldable about respective fold lines extending widthwise of respective shelves to load-bearing states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Assignee: Arrow Art Finishers, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Xiaoyu Zheng
  • Publication number: 20040238469
    Abstract: A folding frame comprises four vertical legs and at least one shelf pivotally connected to each of the four vertical legs, each shelf being capable of folding vertically upward. The folding frame further comprises two support beams positioned beneath and on opposite ends of each shelf, each support beam being pivotally connected to two of the four vertical legs and capable of folding horizontally inward. The folding frame is moveable between an extended position with each shelf being horizontal and supported by two of the support beams, and a collapsed position with each shelf being folded vertically upward and the support beams being folded horizontally inward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Kelvin Kin-Chung Ng
  • Patent number: 6663074
    Abstract: A portable artist's horse includes a pair of generally parallelepiped bench sections containing individual storage compartments which are hinged to provide a bench and pallet (or drawing board) support in an erected configuration and to allow folding to a compact travel configuration which can be easily transported by pulling or pushing. A pair of spaced-apart rollers provide mobility, and a pair of lifting handles, which are interconnected by latches, allow manipulation of the horse in transport condition. The rollers are received in pockets in the other bench section with the horse in its erected condition, and the lifting handles are integral portions of legs which stably support the bench in its erected configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Frederick Prior
  • Patent number: 6446921
    Abstract: The display utility stand of the present invention is an aesthetically pleasing and durable collapsible portable display stand, which incorporates a minimal number of movable parts. The display utility stand may be adapted for supporting and stabilizing a wide variety of shapes, sizes and weights. The main panels are connected by a pair of top support supported by a left side support and a right side support which are also connected to the main panels. The left and right side supports are hinged at a horizontal median point of the respective by one or more hinge means at the inner ends of the left and right side panels. The top support is located superior to each of the side supports and folds upward as the first and second main panels are pressed together and the display stand is converted into a collapsed condition for easy and safe transfer or storage. There is provided an optional fixture for supporting various shapes as well as an optional door for storage beneath the stand upon erection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Alan K. Maschhoff
  • Patent number: 6425835
    Abstract: Table tennis table including a frame, a pivot linkage, and two table halves which are secured to the frame by the pivot linkage to be pivotable between a substantially vertical storage position and a substantially horizontal play position. A releasable safety device is provided for each of the table halves that includes two safety levers each assuming an open position for changing the position of said table half. The table also includes at least one safety lever per table half having a locking device for holding purposes in the open position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: Heinz Kettler
  • Patent number: 6267111
    Abstract: My invention, the “Portable Self-Contained Mobile Vending Unit,” revolutionizes the single chafing dish equipment used by caterers as well as the small steam table used by food vendors in a mobile vending “hot cart.” Caterers as well as mobile food vendors can offer their customers a complete professional looking buffet style set-up of foods, indoor or outdoor, with a minimal amount of set-up. Another benefit is that the equipment is lightweight as well as durable, and requires no maintenance. The expansion of the standard style mobile vending “hot cart” from one or two full chafing dish compartments to as many as seven additional full size portable steam pans, offers a food operator endless potential. Additionally, the self-contained style saves the food caterer from setting up a separate table to accommodate his separate chafing dishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: William Hendricks Burton
  • Patent number: 6164016
    Abstract: A folding stage includes deck connectors that are configured for engaging a bore formed in the decks. The connectors may extend outward to support bridging decks adjacent the stage. Pin-type connectors are rotatable into a retaining position are rotatable downward below the decks. The connectors may also be turned to extend beyond the edge of the stage decks or be retracted to a position below the stage deck when not used for bridging. A deck retainer includes a retaining tab portion at one end for retaining bridging decks against the stage decks as well as the lifting surface at the other end which may engage the bottom of the decks to lift the decks so that the connectors may be turned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: Sico Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard C. Bue, Mark DeSimone
  • Patent number: 6014936
    Abstract: A variable height staging for forming a staging surface for presentations or performances by orators, singers, dancers, actors and others who may appear on a stage. The staging of the invention can be assembled to form staging surfaces of variable height. The variable staging can be assembled to form staging surfaces of more than three different heights. The variable staging includes at least one platform panel and a cross brace member having at least one caster attached thereto. A slot and groove assembly comprised of at least one plate, a slot or track and at least one groove for engaging a cross pin is pivotally attached to the cross brace member. The variable staging further includes at least two cross legs; one of the cross legs has a support end and a pivot end attached to the bottom surface of the platform panel and the other cross leg has a support end and a locking end that is engaged by the slot and groove assembly. The cross legs are attached to each other at a center point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Stageright Corporation
    Inventors: Orley David Rogers, Kenneth Edward Staten
  • Patent number: 6003963
    Abstract: A new combination table and desk for combining functions of a desk and a table. The inventive device includes a base portion having a desktop disposed thereon. The desktop has a generally rectangular configuration. The desktop has a pair of storage containers. A table top portion is coupled with an upper surface of the desktop. The table top portion includes a plurality of sections hingedly coupled together at side edges thereof. The plurality of sections fold one over another to expose the desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Elizabeth J. Grender
  • Patent number: 5957061
    Abstract: A banquet table including a table surface, upper frames fixedly installed on the bottom side of the table surface, and leg frames which are rotatably connected to the upper frames so as to allow the leg frames to be folded inward and toward the bottom side of the table surface. The table surface can also be formed by two sections for folding. The two-section banquet table also includes a pair of hinges for connecting the upper frames on each table section. The hinges are designed to include two facing pressure resisting sections so that when the table is extended, the pressure of the table is applied on the pressure resisting sections, instead of the connecting pin shafts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Mei-Fang Chang
  • Patent number: 5607176
    Abstract: A collapsible trailer includes a first platform and a second platform which is pivotably mounted to the first platform so that the second platform may move between an open and closed position. A support arm is mounted on the first platform and extends to contact the second platform at a position substantially away from the pivot axis of the second platform when in the open position. The support arms shares a load applied to the second platform between the first platform and the second platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventors: Donald Leib, Kenneth Thurm
  • Patent number: 5590607
    Abstract: A portable shelf apparatus for a notebook computer adapted to be mounted on a stationary body such as a table having an edge in which a pair of folding supports each includes an elongated support arm and a hanger for suspending the support from the edge, the hanger and arm are joined by a support hinge, and a deck having opposite ends attached to the support arms for supporting the notebook computer thereon. Each end of the deck is either foldably attached to one of the support arms by an end hinge or slidably attached via a tongue and groove joint. The deck may also include at least two folding leaves joined by a central buttress hinge. The hanger is a generally U-shaped support device having an upper suspension member and a lower stabilizer member and an opening therebetween for receiving the table edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Inventor: Thomas E. Howard
  • Patent number: 5501158
    Abstract: A collapsible portable support for providing an elevated working surface, and having right and left hand end walls, a pair of platform panels hinged to respective end walls at their outer ends, and hinged together at their inner ends, so as to swing between upwardly folded positions and generally horizontally extended positions, a first pair of right and left hand panel supports and a second pair of right and left hand panel supports, the panel supports being in interdigital relation with one another and hinges connecting respective first right and left panel supports on respective second right and left hand panel supports for folding towards and away from one another, and hinges connecting respective panel supports to respective end walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Kirk S. Cheney
  • Patent number: 5445085
    Abstract: Folding table consisting of a tabletop and support, which tabletop is composed of two tabletop parts that are connected to one another in a manner that they can pivot between two extreme positions, the tabletop parts lying in one plane and constituting the tabletop in the first extreme position and the tabletop parts positioned parallel to one another, their bottom sides facing one another, in the second extreme position, the support consisting of two leg structures, each leg structure connected to a tabletop part in a manner that it can pivot around an axis parallel to the tabletop, and capable of assuming a normal position perpendicular to the plane of the tabletop in the first extreme position of the tabletop parts, and the leg structures positioned between the tabletop parts in the second extreme position of these parts, each leg structure comprising two leg parts which are connected to one another via a hinge whose axis of rotation in the normal position of the leg structure is perpendicular to the plane
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Assignee: Lawn Comfort S.A.
    Inventor: Josephus P. M. Westerburgen
  • Patent number: 5392718
    Abstract: A mobile folding stage unit has right and left platform sections pivotably mounted in side-by-side relation to a frame, corresponding sets of roller wheels mounted to the frame, pivot brackets mounted to the bottom of the platform sections, support brackets mounted to the frame to which the platform sections are pivotably mounted via the pivot brackets, and pivot legs pivotably mounted to an eccentric position on the corresponding pivot brackets and slidable in pivotable bearing guides mounted to the frame adjacent the corresponding roller wheels. When the platform sections are folded to the vertical position for storage, the pivot legs are lifted above the wheels, and when they are opened to the horizontal position for use, the pivot legs are lowered to lift the wheels out of contact with the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Assignee: King Arthur Co., div. of Shelby Williams Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth V. Stevens
  • Patent number: 5381740
    Abstract: A folding, short legged table particularly suitable for diverse application as in automobiles, in beds, and on lawns. A limited rotation piano hinge enables the table to fold for compact storage, and opposes collapse when in the deployed state. Indicia, preferably including pictorial representations of faces of animate objects, are located about the tabletop. These faces draw children's attention to the table, help define territorial areas, and amuse the children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventor: Ruby J. Johnston
  • Patent number: 5295446
    Abstract: A variable shelf assembly includes side frames composed of posts, transverse support members and diagonal struts, and longitudinal support members and/or longitudinal stop members which connect the posts of two side frames releasably but rigidly with each other, and shelf members mounted between two side frames. The shelf members can be placed between two frames which are coupled to each other by means of several longitudinal support members and/or longitudinal stop members either in horizontal alignment or in a unilaterally inclined alignment in the transverse direction. At least at the removal side of the shelf assembly, each shelf member is provided with a longitudinal support member and/or a longitudinal stop member forming a support and abutment element. A basic shelf element is formed by two frames with corresponding longitudinal support members and/or longitudinal stop members and the shelf members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1994
    Assignee: Fritz Schafer Gesellschaft
    Inventor: Gerhard Schafer