Nonfouling Patents (Class 116/174)
  • Patent number: 10876676
    Abstract: Systems and methods for switching tools in an enhanced ring assembly of a gimbal. One embodiment is a gimbal that includes an outer ring and an inner ring. The outer ring is attached to an arm and includes a first hinge to open and close the outer ring, and also a first latch to fasten the outer ring in a closed position. The inner ring is rotatably supported within the outer ring and includes a second hinge to open and close the inner ring, and a second latch to fasten the inner ring in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Rebecca Leigh Cook
  • Patent number: 10842244
    Abstract: A portable apparatus with deployable visibility enhancing signals includes a backpack member from which a pair of flag members are deployable to extend up and out of the backpack member behind a wearer's shoulders to resemble wings of a beast or an animal. The flag members incorporate bright, visually distinct fabrics, to increase the visibility profile of the wearer. An elongate member, reminiscent of a tail, may also be incorporated and deployed to dangle behind the wearer to augment the semblance of a winged beast or animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventors: Steven Ogrin, Alyna Douglass
  • Patent number: 10808913
    Abstract: A flagpole lighting device includes a mounting stem, a dome assembly including an illumination dome and at least one light source; a mounting structure with a central portion and mounting arms; and mounting receptacles each including a receptacle fastener, a receptacle body, and body flanges; such that the flagpole lighting device is configured to be connected to a flagpole truck that is mounted on a top of a flagpole, such that the flagpole lighting device provides lighting for a flag mounted on the flagpole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Inventors: Daniel J. Pitcher, Lisa M. Pitcher
  • Patent number: 10672308
    Abstract: An apparatus and related methods includes a base attached to an upright structure (such as a street light pole), a mounting bracket that releasably engages the base while supporting a hanging banner, and an install adapter that releasably holds the mounting bracket and banner until the mounting bracket attaches to the base. A removal adapter facilitates disengaging the mounting bracket and banner from the base. The mounting bracket and install adapter (and removal adapter) are attached to a pole and engage (and disengage) remotely and without using separate fasteners, thus allowing a worker to install (or remove) banners high on the upright structure while standing on the ground. The base and mounting bracket have tapered shapes that wedgingly engage, secured by a spring-biased friction retainer. The install adapter and removal adapter have structures that facilitate remote install and removal of the mounting bracket from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: CP Global, LLC
    Inventor: Calvin R. Peters
  • Patent number: 10654350
    Abstract: An automatic sunshade system mounted to a cabin-top of a vehicle automatically deploys from a stored and retracted orientation to a deployed orientation. The canopy is coupled to a plurality of support members that are wound about a hub and have stored energy when in retracted orientation. The support members unwind from the hub automatically and spread the canopy out over the vehicle. The support members may comprise a plurality of elongated portions that are coupled together by an elastic tether. The canopy may be retracted manual with a crank or by a motor that winds the support members around the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Alessandro Lovisetto
  • Patent number: 10157556
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a flag system including a mounting sleeve and a flag. The mounting sleeve is adapted for attachment around a rod, such as a roll bar of an open-top off-road vehicle or an antenna. In one embodiment, the flag is adapted to be releasably fastened to the mounting sleeve. The mounting sleeve includes a section of material adapted for attachment around a rod by means of a zipper secured with hook-and-loop fastener, and a zipper for releasably fastening the flag to the mounting sleeve. The flag includes an ornamental portion, a zipper tape, and a transition strip having a first side coupled to the ornamental portion and a second side coupled to the zipper tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Cory Allen
  • Patent number: 10074296
    Abstract: A support assembly for maintaining a flag or banner in a properly displayed manner while mounted on a flag staff, especially when the flag staff is at an angle from vertical, and no matter the wind or other weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Charles P. Lyons
  • Patent number: 9275564
    Abstract: A three-dimensional, panoramic diver down flag visible having increased visibility is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a diver down flag includes a first indicator and a second indicator positioned obliquely to the first indicator. A separation member is disposed between the first and the second indicator, the separation member configured to maintain an angular separation between the first and the second indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Vance K. Lime
  • Patent number: 9156154
    Abstract: A supporting and orienting apparatus that is angularly agile and can balance the weight of tools, and permits quick tool replacement is disclosed. An inner gimbal portion holds the tool at its center of balance and is rotationally disposed within an outer gimbal portion. The gimbal portion combination is rotationally attached to an articulated arm. The tool with one or both gimbal portions attached can be removed and replaced with another tool, also having gimbal portions attached such that the tool is automatically balanced when inserted into the support apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventors: Garrett W. Brown, Anthony D. Sacksteder
  • Patent number: 8967072
    Abstract: A retractable flagpole assembly includes a retractable flagpole, a top pivot holder rotatably capped on the top rod of the retractable flagpole and provided with a hanging lug for securing an inner top end of a flag, an end block spaced below the lower pivot holder and provided with a hanging lug for securing an inner bottom end of the flag, a link coupled between the top pivot holder and the end block, and a lower pivot holder rotatably sleeved onto the retractable flagpole and axially movable along the link and lockable to the end block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Wu-Tsung Chen
  • Patent number: 8881669
    Abstract: A wrap preventing flag (44) apparatus including a rod (58) extending from the upper portion (22) of a flagpole (20) in a gravity plane (P) with an attachment (60, 62) securing the top edge (46) of a flag (44) to the rod (58). A rod support (84) inter-connects the rod (58) and the upper portion (22) of the flagpole (20) for preventing the rod (58) from rotating about the pole axis (A) while allowing free rotation of the rod (58) under the force of gravity only in the gravity plane (P). The rod support (84) includes a pair of stops (94) for limiting rotation of the rod (58) in or parallel to the gravity plane (P). In the first embodiment, the rod support (84) extends into an especially fabricated flagpole (20) whereas the rod support (84) of the second embodiment includes a first bracket (96) which is disposed about an existing flagpole (20) for securing the rod support (84) to the flagpole (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Louis Horvath
  • Patent number: 8733720
    Abstract: A rotatable banner support assembly comprises upper and lower plates spaced by at least one spacing fastener and each defining a passage for circumscribing a support member, a plurality of brackets mounted on one of the upper and lower plates to frictionally engage the support member at least one of the brackets being radially adjustable, and a rotatable annular disc disposed between the upper and lower plates and circumscribing the at least one spacing fastener, the rotatable disc configured to retain a banner arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Wes Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 8567337
    Abstract: A flag pole device includes a pole, an upper rotary barrel and a lower rotary barrel rotatably mounted on the pole for securing a flag, and a connection rod connected between the upper rotary barrel and the lower rotary barrel. The upper rotary barrel and the lower rotary barrel each have a side column at the periphery, which has a through hole for receiving the connection rod. The connection rod has opposing flat top and bottom end portions disposed in the same plane and respectively inserted through a flat bottom hole portion of the through hole of the upper rotary barrel and a flat top hole portion of the through hole of the lower rotary barrel and positioned in a respective crossed hole portion and stopped at a respective step in the side column of the upper rotary barrel and the side column of the lower rotary barrel, assuring synchronous rotation of the upper rotary barrel and the lower rotary barrel and avoiding tangling of the flag on the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Wu-Tsung Chen
  • Publication number: 20130186323
    Abstract: A biocompostable marker flag and post possesses a flag that rotates freely around the post with the wind without becoming wrapped up. The post has a grooved or knurled surface for easy gripping. The post also has an annular indentation near its bottom so that the post easily breaks away without impaling a person or a limb.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventors: William A. Oberg, Robert L. Comper, JR., Kennith R. Smudrick
  • Patent number: 8297216
    Abstract: The forever flyer flag and flagpole supports a flag in an unfurled position via a spring-loaded support arm that fully extends the top, side of a flag via a support arm pocket. The spring-loaded support arm is connected to a flag tube lift that rises up and down upon the flagpole via a rope that runs within the flagpole via a pulley. The side of the flag nearest the flagpole is fully extended via flag attachment grommets that are based upon the flag tube lift. The flag and flag tube lift can rotate about the flagpole irrespective of the flag height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Walter M. Janton
  • Publication number: 20120260842
    Abstract: A non-flexible vehicle flag made molded plastic thin walled rigid material where a front half and a rear half are screwed together to form a hollow rectilinear shape having an aerodynamic teardrop shaped cross section. Horizontal ribs inside the hollow structure have cut out areas that retain bushings. The flag can rotate about a flag pole that is retained by the bushings. The flag pole can be attached by a bracket to the ledge of any standard vehicle window. The teardrop cross sectional shape allows the flag to cut through the air with minimal turbulence during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Douglas Moreland King
  • Patent number: 8202204
    Abstract: A method and a device are disclosed for improving performance in sports where a swinging motion is needed. In some embodiments, a swing resistance device may be attached to or be built into elongated sport apparatus, such as racquets, clubs, bats, sticks, and the like, configured to resist a swinging motion of the sport apparatus by capturing air and utilizing a force of air resistance, similar to a parachute. The swing resistance device is generally attached to the elongated sport apparatus by coupling components that allow the swing resistance device to freely rotate around the effective longitudinal axis of the elongated sport apparatus. During a swing, air resistance creates dynamic forces that over time may improve swing power and path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas J. Celone, Tim Yablonowski
  • Publication number: 20120103246
    Abstract: A wrap preventing flag (44) apparatus including a rod (58) extending from the upper portion (22) of a flagpole (20) in a gravity plane (P) with an attachment (60, 62) securing the top edge (46) of a flag (44) to the rod (58). A rod support (84) inter-connects the rod (58) and the upper portion (22) of the flagpole (20) for preventing the rod (58) from rotating about the pole axis (A) while allowing free rotation of the rod (58) under the force of gravity only in the gravity plane (P). The rod support (84) includes a pair of stops (94) for limiting rotation of the rod (58) in or parallel to the gravity plane (P). In the first embodiment, the rod support (84) extends into an especially fabricated flagpole (20) whereas the rod support (84) of the second embodiment includes a first bracket (96) which is disposed about an existing flagpole (20) for securing the rod support (84) to the flagpole (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventor: Louis Horvath
  • Patent number: 8146278
    Abstract: An illuminated display configured for mounting to an automobile flag pole, or alternatively, to a window, the display including a rectangular enclosure having a transparent first side, a transparent second side, a bottom side, opposing lateral sides and a hinged-top lid. An interchangeable first panel displaying a first indicia, an interchangeable second panel displaying a second indicia and an opaque middle panel having a light source coupled to each side thereof are supported within the enclosure by sets of opposing tracks extending along the interior surface of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Melvin Grant, Linda M. Grant
  • Patent number: 8082687
    Abstract: An article, such as a towel, having an opening to secure a twirling mechanism thereto. The twirling mechanism having a handle extending from a bottom portion thereof and having a mechanism to permit rotating of the handle with respect to the fabric-article, such that the fabric article is capable of twirling around the twirling mechanism. The twirling mechanism may in other embodiments include noise maker when the handle is rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Cohen
  • Patent number: 8069811
    Abstract: This invention relates to a flag pole and more specifically, to a flag pole with moveable flag clips and an electric lamp to illuminate the flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Ciaccia
  • Patent number: 8057078
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an environmentally friendly beacon or light for illuminating a pole-mounted flag, banner, pennant or the like that has a luminous source located in a laterally extending cover, is mounted on top of the pole, and is capable of continuously directing an umbrella shaped illumination toward the flag, banner, pennant or the like as the wind blows the same to rotate about the flagpole. The flagpole light of the present invention is designed to be installed as a retrofit in existing flagpoles having a shaft supported knob or sphere located a short distance above a rotatable cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Gordon Ko
  • Patent number: 7717055
    Abstract: A flagpole assembly comprising a flagpole body having an aperture disposed in the side thereof, one or two internal fastening plates, disposed within the flagpole body, an external fastening plate and door assembly and a set of threaded fasteners securing the flagpole assembly together. A cleat or winch mount may be secured to the internal fastening plate, having a winch secured thereto for securement of a flag halyard inside the flagpole body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Concord Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Scott Somers
  • Patent number: 7707960
    Abstract: An apparatus for the prevention of flag entanglement upon a flagstaff that is comprised of a specifically milled wood block which acts as an attaching mechanism to the flagstaff and is the hinge point for a metal rod that is attached to the flag. The hinge point of the block allows the rod to swing in a 180 degree arc from the 90 degrees to 270 degrees. The length of the rod being equal to or greater than the width of the flag in conjunction with the hinge block action prevents the flag from flipping over and tangling on the staff.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: James Russell Cullop
  • Publication number: 20100089305
    Abstract: An apparatus for the prevention of flag entanglement upon a flagstaff that is comprised of a specifically milled wood block which acts as an attaching mechanism to the flagstaff and is the hinge point for a metal rod that is attached to the flag. The hinge point of the block allows the rod to swing in a 180 degree arc from the 90 degrees to 270 degrees. The length of the rod being equal to or greater than the width of the flag in conjunction with the hinge block action prevents the flag from flipping over and tangling on the staff.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2008
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: James R. Cullop
  • Patent number: 7681348
    Abstract: An improved device for signaling traffic on roadways including a fixed display surface with one or more additional display surfaces rotatably attached, such that different indicia can be displayed to motorists. A rotation grip allows an operator to manually change the position of the additional display surfaces. This manual adjustment ensures the operator is displaying the appropriate messages not only to oncoming traffic but also to traffic approaching from the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Will Saylor
  • Patent number: 7451720
    Abstract: A flagpole assembly comprising a flagpole body having an aperture disposed in the side thereof, one or two internal fastening plates, disposed within the flagpole body, an external fastening plate and door assembly and a set of threaded fasteners securing the flagpole assembly together. A cleat or winch mount may be secured to the internal fastening plate, having a winch secured thereto for securement of a flag halyard inside the flagpole body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Concord Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: James Scott Somers
  • Publication number: 20080257249
    Abstract: The support bar has a two-fold purpose. The goal in raising and displaying a national flag is to do so in a manner designed to catch the eye. This is better accomplished by spreading it out and making it noticeably more appealing. Use of the support bar invention guarantees a full extension of the width of the flag between the attachment points. In the case of displaying banners the goal is to make the message clearly apparent to sight and understanding. The support bar lends itself to accomplish both goals more effectively by helping to maintain full exposure of the face of the banner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Charles Walter Brong
  • Patent number: 7424864
    Abstract: This invention provides a flag (1), consisting of a flexible membrane (2), a shaft (3) and a distending mechanism comprising resilient rods (4.1) and (4.2). The shaft (3) is hollow and forms a sleeve about a flag staff (7). The flexible membrane (2) has a leading end (5) and a trailing end (6). The leading end (5) is removably attached to the shaft or sleeve (3). Each rod (4.1) and (4.2) has a fixing end and a free end. The fixing ends are frictionally fixed to the sleeve (3) by a collar (8) located on the sleeve, and the free ends are retained in pockets (6.1) and (6.2) provided in the trailing end (6). In use, the rods (4.1) and (4.2) exerts a pressure from within the membrane (2), resulting in the distended state of the flag (1) under all weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Sunsmart Products (Pty) Limited
    Inventor: Christopher Paul McCann
  • Publication number: 20080156252
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for continuously and selectively raising up a flag or a banner. Generally, flags, banners, some signs and the like are erect only in the presence of natural wind. In the absence of natural wind, they are normally not erect and not clearly visible. The present method and apparatus keep flags, banners and the like fluttering and raised up with or without the existence of natural wind. The absence of natural wind is detected and then an air pump is activated to keep the flag or banner raised up. Wind sensors, timers or even light sensors are used for selectively turning the air pump on to keep the flag or banner fluttering. Manual override such as manually or remotely disconnecting the power source is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Anas Ahmad AL-Tawarh
  • Patent number: 7275495
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an environmentally friendly beacon or light for illuminating a pole-mounted, halyard-hoisted flag, banner, pennant or the like that has a luminous source located in a cover, is mounted on top of the pole, and is capable of continuously directing a narrow beam of light toward the flag, banner, pennant or the like as the wind blows the same around the pole. The flagpole beacon of the present invention is designed to replace the knob of an existing pole and may be used on poles having either an internal halyard configuration or an external halyard configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventors: Mike Lawrence, Vicki Lawrence
  • Patent number: 7270076
    Abstract: A flag pole mounted unfurling device is installed on a flagpole and rotates to minimize the unwanted furling of the flag. The device includes a lower swivel, an upper swivel, and a baton that extends between the lower swivel and the upper swivel to retain the two swivels in alignment and properly separated. The upper swivel and lower swivel are free to rotate around the axis of the pole while the baton serves to couple the upper and lower swivels together, both rotationally and longitudinally. The entire assembly is longitudinally retained on the pole by an upper collar and a lower collar and minimizes the unwanted furling of a flag through ‘dynamic instability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Arthur Lee Evans
  • Patent number: 7231884
    Abstract: A pennant display system comprising a cuff positioned on a structure having predetermined height and means connected to the cuff for moving the cuff along the height of the structure. The system further comprises means positioned on each of the cuff and the moving means for releaseably attaching a pennant thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Corey Rang
  • Patent number: 7168389
    Abstract: A banner-carrying apparatus which reduces the folding and winding up of the banner or flag about the banner-carrying pole by using a tubular sleeve coaxially, annularly and rotatively mounted about a flag pole shaft. Low friction bearing surfaces allow the sleeve to freely rotate unwinding, through the force of gravity, a flag which has been wound upon it. Specialized clamps provide adjustable and releasable securing of the flag to the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Gregory H. Piedmont
  • Patent number: 7125597
    Abstract: A tape barrier, warning, or display composed of flexible material having generally parallel edges and substantially greater length than width with cuts made into the tape at intervals along the tape defining pennants and connecting bands. The tape may be any color or even transparent, and messages or images may be applied thereon. The tape is deployed by placing longitudinal tension or pulling on a segment. Upon deployment, the tape lengthens and the pennants drop. The appearance is of a series of spaced apart hanging pennants held together by connecting tape material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventor: David M. Kuchar
  • Patent number: 7082889
    Abstract: A device and method for displaying a flag at night under a light, wherein the flag is attached to a vertical rope, and a weight is attached to the bottom of the rope. The rope and flag can be easily raised or lowered, and the flag will fly in any wind direction without becoming wrapped around a supporting pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Michael Bruce Clark
  • Patent number: 7062873
    Abstract: A golf marking flag for attachment to a supporting upright pole having flag attachment means comprising a linear sleeve adapted to loosely slip over the upright pole to enable unobstructed rotation of the flag in response to wind direction along with a flexible tab secured to the top of the linear sleeve and adapted to rotatably engage an upwardly extending narrow pin located at the top of the upright pole. The flexible tab contains an opening larger than the narrowed upright extension to enable free rotation of the tab around the narrowed extension, while the opening is smaller than the upright pole to enable the larger pole to vertically support the marking flag. The flexible tab supports the marking flag on the upright pole while the sleeve enables rotation of the marking flag about the upright pole. The golf marking flag can be attached directly to an upright pole or adapted to be interconnected to an intervening swivel harness to provide indirect connection to the upright pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: Markers, Inc.
    Inventor: Dale J. Hlavin
  • Patent number: 7017512
    Abstract: A method and kit for mounting a flag to a flagpole includes providing a mounting kit having a flagpole, a sealed bearing with an inside diameter dimension selected to correspond to an outside diameter dimension of the flagpole; a tie; a flexible coupler and a flag with a sufficiently stiff pole-side hemmed edge extending between a top flag eyelet and a bottom flag eyelet to help hold the pole-side hemmed edge straight for full flag display purposes; and then, following the instructions within the kit, mounting the flagpole to a stationary surface, securing the sealed bearing to a top portion of the flagpole, passing the tie through the top one of the pair of flag eyelets to secure a top portion of the flag to the bearing with the tie; and securing the flexible coupler between the bottom one of the pair of eyelets and the flagpole, thereby mounting the flag for free rotation about the flagpole in windy conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventors: Raymod Alan Laird, William John Riordan
  • Patent number: 6976447
    Abstract: A flag holder designed to reduce the fraying of the trailing edge of a flag supports a flag with an upper fitting and a lower fitting. The upper fitting may be fixed with respect to the flagpole or, if desired, may rotate with respect to the flagpole. However, the upper fitting may not reciprocate with respect to the flag holder. The lower fitting may freely reciprocate with respect to the flagpole and, if desired, may be rotatable with respect to the flagpole. As soon as wind conditions exceed a desired threshold, the lower fitting begins to rise up the flagpole, moved by flexing of the flag, until it arrives at the location of the upper fitting, causing the body of the flag to assume an elongated generally U-shaped configuration which drastically reduces the snapping effect that would otherwise cause fraying of the downstream edge of the flag. As soon as wind conditions reduce, the lower fitting automatically lowers, causing the flag to be fully opened again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Inventor: H. Jay Spiegel
  • Patent number: 6923141
    Abstract: A flag assembly includes a base having a substantially planar bottom portion and an opening disposed medially thereof. The assembly further includes an elongated flagpole removably engageable with the opening. A plurality of brackets are connected adjacent an upper portion of the flagpole and an elongated arm is pivotally connected to one of the plurality of brackets. The assembly further includes a support shaft having first and second end portions with the first end portion being pivotally connected to the elongated arm and the second end portion being removably connected to another one of the plurality of brackets. A plurality of flag clamps are connected to the upper portion of the flagpole and the elongated arm for removably clamping a flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventors: Robert A. Staats, Kevin T. Staats, Brandon T. Boeshart
  • Patent number: 6857386
    Abstract: Flag fastening assembly for fastening the upper and lower portion of the leading edge of a flag to a flag supporting member in a manner that balances the weight of the flag about the axis of the flag supporting member and prevents furling. Each flag fastening assembly includes the combination of a swivel that is positioned longitudinally on the flag supporting member by set screws, each swivel including an outwardly extending member with spaced apart holes near an outer edge thereof and a cord member attached through such holes and linked through a grommet near an adjacent inner corner of the flag. The grommet lies in a plane that is substantially orthogonal to the cord as the flag flies in the wind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventor: Omer Francis Brewer
  • Patent number: 6845730
    Abstract: A device for preventing a flag from wrapping around a flagpole. The flag is mounted to at least one device that is positioned on the flagpole. The flag has one edge affixed to a rod, which is therein connected on opposing ends to rotatory of the invention. The rotatory have a capability of 360 degrees of free rotation. Each rotator is positioned and supported on the flagpole by opposing stabilizers, which support and position the rotators in a suspended relationship with the flagpole, thereby allowing them to rotate while maintaining a proper flying flag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Venanzio Cardarelli
  • Patent number: 6807924
    Abstract: An anti-fouling flag and windsock display assembly for displaying a flag or windsock without it wrapping around the display assembly due to wind includes a pole having a hollow top portion, a swivel attachment insertable into the hollow top portion, and an attachment rod extending from the swivel assembly. For a flag, one end of an anchoring line is attached to a bottom corner of the flag and a second looped end is attached to freely rotate around the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Craig S. Christiansen
  • Publication number: 20040200402
    Abstract: Flag fastening assembly for fastening the upper and lower portion of the leading edge of a flag to a flag supporting member in a manner that balances the weight of the flag about the axis of the flag supporting member and prevents furling. Each flag fastening assembly includes the combination of a swivel that is positioned longitudinally on the flag supporting member by set screws, each swivel including an outwardly extending member with spaced apart holes near an outer edge thereof and a cord member attached through such holes and linked through a grommet near an adjacent inner corner of the flag. The grommet lies in a plane that is substantially orthogonal to the cord as the flag flies in the wind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: Omer Francis Brewer
  • Patent number: 6799530
    Abstract: A rotatable flagpole apparatus comprising a sleeve, an end cap, a collar, and means for attaching the flag to the sleeve. A flagpole extends within the sleeve, the flagpole having an end member defining a shoulder that is adjacent to a top edge of the sleeve so that the sleeve is rotatably supported by said end member. The sleeve of the apparatus and the flag attached thereto rotates about the stationary flagpole to permit the flag to be parallel with the wind. This reduces the tendency of the flag to wrap itself around the flagpole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Silas A. Heichelbech
  • Patent number: 6758159
    Abstract: An apparatus (12) for supporting a flag comprising a housing (26) having an opening (24) in a side face. A passage (30) extends trough housing (26). The housing (28) has a lower tubular part (40) that is mounted to the top of a flagpole (10). A cable (16) is attached to an arm (14). The cable extends from a winch (22) up through the flagpole and through the passage (30) in the housing (26). The cable is attached to the arm (14). In order to attach a flag to arm (14), winch (22) is operated to extend cable (16) and to lower arm (14) to the ground. Once a flag is attached to arm (14), the winch (22) is operated to retract the cable (16). This draws the arm (14) into the housing (26). Continued retraction of the cable (16) results in the arm (14) adopting an essentially horizontal position. The apparatus may rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventors: Arthur Lachlan McCudden, Lachlan Arthur Dean McCudden
  • Patent number: 6748896
    Abstract: A streamer flag attachment adapted for securement to a flag pole or a flagstaff, includes a circular loop of elastic material defining a central opening for receiving therethrough a portion of the flagstaff, a streamer holder adapted for operative engagement with the loop of elastic material, and a plurality of streamers attached to the streamer holder, the plurality of streamers extending radially away from the streamer holder. The present invention is further directed to a method for making the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Barbara Hunsley
  • Publication number: 20040031433
    Abstract: A device for preventing a flag from wrapping around a flagpole. The flag is mounted to at least one device that is positioned on the flagpole. The flag has one edge affixed to a rod, which is therein connected on opposing ends to rotators of the invention. The rotators have a capability of 360 degrees of free rotation. Each rotator is positioned and supported on the flagpole by opposing stabilizers, which support and position the rotators in a suspended relationship with the flagpole, thereby allowing them to rotate while maintaining a proper flying flag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Venanzio Cardarelli
  • Patent number: 6584928
    Abstract: A banner and support assembly for supporting a banner or flag to a vertical rod, such as a motor vehicle antenna, in an unfurled state at all times. The assembly includes a banner formed of cloth or other flexible material and a banner support for attaching the banner for receiving the antenna, and a horizontal sleeve disposed at the upper edge of the banner for receiving the banner support. The support includes a vertical clip portion and a horizontal arm disposed at the upper end of the clip portion. The clip portion is generally C-shaped having an inner diameter less than the outer diameter of the antenna to receive the banner and antenna to frictionally clamp the banner to the antenna. The arm portion of the support extends through the horizontal sleeve of the banner to maintain the banner in the unfurled state at all times. In the alternative the banner support may include a C-shaped clip and an L-shaped extension formed of flexible, formstable sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Brian Kinahan
  • Patent number: 6495238
    Abstract: The banner material is comprised of flexible polyester fabric which comes in a rolled elongated sheet. A number of grommets are placed along the top and bottom edges. The grommets along the top edge are aligned with the grommets along the bottom edge and are placed along the top and bottom edges of the banner material alternately a first distance apart and a second substantially smaller distance apart. The user of the banner can customize the length of the banner by cutting from top edge to bottom edge between the grommets, preferably between the grommets spaced the second substantially smaller distance apart in order to avoid wasting any excess banner material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Cambridge Canvas Centre Ltd.
    Inventor: William Paul Campbell